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V for Vendetta and Miami Vice specs unveiled

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The cover art and full specs for the upcoming HD DVD releases of V for Vendetta (October 31st) and Miami Vice (December 5th) have been unveiled (see here and here respectively).

V for Vendetta:

  • 1080P 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1
  • Dolby Digital-Plus: English 5.1, French 5.1
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles
  • In-Movie Experience - Director’s Notebook: Reimagining a Cult Classic for the 21st Century - Director James McTeigue (joined by stars Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving and other creative team members) traces in detail the V saga from graphic novel origin through the movie’s execution.
  • Designing the Near Future
  • Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot
  • England Prevails: V For Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics
  • Freedom! Forever!: Making V For Vendetta
  • Saturday Night Live Digital Short
  • Cat Power Montage
  • Theatrical Trailer

Miami Vice:

HD DVD side (HD30):

  • 1080P 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1
  • Dolby Digital-Plus: English 5.1
  • English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Michael Mann
  • Miami Vice Undercover
  • Miami & Beyond: Shooting on Location
  • Visualizing Miami Vice
  • Behind the Scenes Featurettes

DVD side (DVD9):

  • 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English, French & Spanish DD5.1 Surround
  • English DVS DD2.0 Stereo
  • English SDH, French & Spanish subtitles
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Michael Mann
  • Miami & Beyond: Shooting on Location
  • Miami Vice Undercover

Additionally, it should be pointed out that the HD DVD side contains the unrated director’s cut of the film, whereas the DVD side features the R-rated theatrical cut.

Looks as if both are going to be fantastic packages. In the case of Miami Vice, I’ve no idea whether or not the extras themeselves will be in high definition on the HD DVD side (similar to the recent Blu-ray release of Click), but either way, having all the extras on the HD side (and indeed, more than there are on the standard definition side) is indeed convenient. This, and the inclusion of a Dolby TrueHD track, shows the major benefit of having been able to get dual-layer HD DVD/dual-layer DVD combo discs working.

I’m looking forward to seeing this film, by the way. I’ve never seen the TV series on which it’s based, and the only Michael Mann films I’ve come into contact with are Manhunter and The Last of the Mohicans, but I’ve heard so much about Miami Vice, both good and bad, that I’m itching to make up my own mind about it.

Update, December 19, 2006 05:47 PM: Fixed dead link.

 
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2006 at 7:14 PM | Comments: 1
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD | HD DVD | TV | Technology

 
Comments

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I think you're better off never having seen "Miami Vice" the series - it was slick and well-made, but ultimately superficial tripe. I couldn't bring myself to watch the film, even though Mann is always interesting (and sometimes excellent). Having two highly irritating lead actors doesn't help either.

So, I'll be interested to read your unbiased opinion. And I suppose I'll rent it eventually.

Posted by: Philly Q, October 13, 2006 9:45 PM

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