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Warner Announces Blu-ray Giftsets For Austin Powers Trilogy and Casablanca
The holidays just got a little groovier with the Blu-ray Hi-Def debut of Austin Powers Collection: Shagadelic Edition, Loaded With Extra Mojo December 2 from Warner Home Video. All three films in the franchise, which grossed a total of $472M in the domestic box office, will be offered as a collection only. Directed by Jay Roach, Mike Meyers stars as the legendary swinger-spy Austin Powers who is constantly fighting off the globally greedy madman Dr. Evil and his side-kick Mini Me.

These films feature all star casts including Elizabeth Hurley, Beyonce Knowles, Heather Graham, Rob Lowe and Seth Green, with celebrity cameos by Will Ferrell, Britney Spears, Tom Cruise, Rebecca Romijn and Christian Slater, just to name a few. This three-disc collection features commentaries, featurettes, music videos, deleted scenes and more. Oh behaaave!

Just in time for the holiday shopping rush, the Austin Powers Collection: Shagadelic Edition, Loaded with Extra Mojo will sell for $74.98 SRP. Orders due October 28.

The legendary Casablanca -- which critic Leonard Maltin calls "the best Hollywood movie of all time," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and winner of three Academy Awards(R) including Best Picture -- returns in a stunning new Ultimate Collector's Edition (UCE) on December 2 from Warner Home Video, just in time for the holidays. Casablanca Ultimate Collector's Edition will also be available in Blu-ray(TM) Hi-Def for the first time ever.

Casablanca has remained a beloved favorite for almost seven decades, and was voted the screen's greatest love story and the #3 film of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI). This classic wartime romance also took Oscars(R) for Michael Curtiz (Directing); Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch (Writing - Screenplay) and the studio (Outstanding Motion Picture).

The luxurious Casablanca Ultimate Collector's Edition looks like another beginning of a beautiful friendship. The premium giftset is elegantly boxed in an intricate laser-cut Moroccan design and will include such collectibles as replicas of actual props (Victor Laszlo's "Letter of Transit") as well as a number of Warner studio documents (an executive's letter commanding a new PR image for Bogart from gangster to romantic lead; a note from producer Hal Wallis re-titling the film to Casablanca; and a memo from Wallis to Jack Warner strongly urging casting Bogart over George Raft). The DVD set will also contain a branded passport holder, luggage tag, photo book and a mail-in offer for a reproduction of the original movie poster. Additionally, with more than seven hours of bonus features (see below) along with a documentary on Jack Warner, no matter how often one has seen the unforgettable classic, there's sure to be something to enrich the experience.

Casablanca Ultimate Collector's Edition will retail on DVD for $59.98 SRP, the Casablanca Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray(TM) Hi-Def for $64.99 SRP. The previously released Two-Disc Special Edition will also be available with new packaging and will sell for $26.99 SRP.

The Kipnis Studios 08-21-2008 01:50 PM

Re: Warner Announces Blu-ray Giftsets For Austin Powers Trilogy and Casablanca
While I always enjoy special features and remasterings of classic films, I find it particularly insulting that this new BD / HD version of Casablanca is exactly the same remastering as has been available on HD-DVD for several years now, and for $19.99 from Amazon.

Suddenly, the special features cost more than three times what the movie costs. Why?

Otherwise, I'm delighted that the Austin Powers Trilogy will be available in HD on BD . . . for $74.98!

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