Shrek 2 (R2) in November
Universal have announced the Dreamworks Home Entertainment UK Region 2 DVD release of Shrek 2 for 2nd November 2004. Shrek, Donkey and Fiona are back for even more laughs in this blockbuster sequel that will arrive on DVD in single-disc (£22.99) and double-disc (£27.99) special editions.
Far, Far Away Idol: Created by the Shrek 2 filmmakers and animators, this interactive segment enables viewers to “cast their vote” for the next Far, Far Away Idol – giving each presentation of the programme a fresh new twist every time they choose a different character. Staying true to the “spoof” nature of the Shrek franchise, this all-new animated piece is an uproarious parody of one of today’s most popular shows and features Shrek characters battling it out in a hilarious singers’ showdown. With a judging panel that includes Shrek, Fiona and everyone’s favourite sharp-tongued critic Simon Cowell, each charming performance is met with some con-structive, some de-structive, but always hilarious quip! This send-up picks up where the movie left off and gives the home viewing audience even more of the movie they love.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Menus: The moment viewers pop in the Shrek 2 DVD, the all-new animated menus playfully propel them into the movie’s irreverent humor. Complete with hilarious character banter recorded by the original voice talent, the menus are designed to entertain, as well as help the viewer navigate through a wealth of bonus material. To go to a desired section of the DVD, viewers simply click on the character. The following details each section:
Far, Far Away: The lovely ogress Princess Fiona hosts this section which takes viewers to the all-new animated spoof “Far, Far Away Idol,” in addition to fun programmes that complement this exclusive to DVD parody.. Following is a description:
Far, Far Away Idol Printables: Adding more fun and interactivity to Far, Far Away Idol, printable activities are available. While watching the Far Far Away Idol challenge, viewers can print up their own score cards, Far, Far Away Idol posters, signed glossy photos of the contestants, and a Far, Far Away Idol press guide that provides each competing character’s biography and details about the song they perform.
Cast Your Vote: After viewers have selected their favourite Far Far Away Idol in their own home, they are offered the chance to have their voice heard around the world! A link to a DreamWorks website allows viewers to join millions of Far, Far Away Idol fanatics in casting a vote to determine the ultimate winner in this side-splitting send-up. Shrek 2 fans can continuously log on to the site to see who’s ahead in the race to become the #1 Far, Far Away Idol!
Special Features: The very brave and valiant Puss In Boots hosts the SPECIAL FEATURES section, introducing viewers to a variety of fun programmes including:
Technical Goofs: An interesting and often hilarious look at technical mishaps that occurred during the production of Shrek 2.
Filmmakers’ Commentaries: Two filmmaker’s commentaries give viewers a true insider’s look at the various aspects of creating Shrek 2. Directors Conrad Vernon and Kelly Asbury reveal fascinating secrets about the animation process and working on this record-shattering smash. Producer Aron Warner and editor Mike Andrews provide insight into the process of producing and editing.
Meet Puss In Boots: A delightful introduction to the story and the new breakout character Puss In Boots. Featuring never-before-seen footage of Antonio Banderas, this charming feature reveals just what makes this cat pur-r-r-r-r.
Meet the Cast of Shrek 2: A rousing romp through the land of Far, Far Away, providing viewers with a look at returning favourites and new members of the Shrek family.
The Tech of Shrek 2: Once again, DreamWorks’ Preferred Technology Provider, Hewlett-Packard (HP), made it possible to take computer animation to the next level, providing the computing infrastructure for the animation studio. This featurette offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the talent and technology behind the pixels.
The Music of Shrek 2: A resident of Billboard’s Top Soundtrack hit list for weeks, Shrek 2’s tunes drive the film’s action forward with refreshing sounds. This featurette provides a look at the creation of the score and soundtrack, which features an eclectic group of artists including Counting Crows, Tom Waits, Eels, and Dashboard Confessional among others.
Scene Index: With a swish of her wand, Fairy Godmother takes viewers to the SCENE INDEX where they can “magically” go directly to any one of 20 scenes.
Help Menus: Highlighting her sweet and caring demeanor, Queen Lillian takes viewers to the HELP MENUS where those new to the DVD format can access information about navigating the DVD.
Play Movie: Never at a loss for words, Donkey invites viewers to PLAY MOVIE (S-h-h-h Donkey, no talking during the feature presentation!).
New From DreamWorks Animation: Shrek takes viewers to the NEW FROM DREAMWORKS ANIMATION section where they can get a sneak peek at the studio’s upcoming animated films Madagascar and Shark Tale. Viewers also get the chance to take a look at Lemony Snicket!
Audio Menus: Making full use of his deep and sultry voice, seasoned with just a hint of ennui, Prince Charming takes viewers to the AUDIO MENU. The audio options include: English 5.1; English 2.0; French 5.1; Spanish 2.0. Subtitles include: English; French; Spanish.
Subtitles: His Royal Highness plays host to the SUBTITLES page (English, French and Spanish available).
DWK: This Way To Play: The high-pitched spokesman for DWK: THIS WAY TO PLAY, the Gingerbread Man (aka: Gingy) takes the “wee little” viewers to a section filled with fun music games and more!
Shrek’s Music Room: An area for kids to access programmes specific to the music of the movie including:
-Fiona’s Jukebox Scene Index: Takes kids directly to the scene in the movie that plays their favourite song
-Fairy Godmother Sing-Along
-Counting Crows’ “Accidentally In Love” Music Video
Favourite Scenes: Kids can access their favourite scenes as categorized by Gross Out, Shrek & Fiona, Puss In Boots, Donkey and Laugh Out Loud.
Set Top Games: Features an assortment of fun Shrek-themed games and activities such as, Find Puss In Boots, Save Fiona! and Map of Far, Far Away that can be accessed on your television set via the remote control.
DVD-ROM Activities: Featuring an assortment of creative activities and printables including: “Far, Far Away”-themed materials, post cards, puzzles, hair ornaments, as well as links to the Shrek 2 and DreamWorks Kids web sites.
Far, Far Away Idol: The hilarious new animated spoof also can be accessed in the DreamWorks Kids section
SHREK 2 – TWO DISC – SPECIAL EDITION
Shrek 2: The loaded Shrek 2 disc featuring all the great bonus features and a full frame version of the movie.
Shrek Bonus Disc: Exclusive to gift set owners, a special bonus disc featuring close to an hour of never-before-seen programmes. This disc includes:
Puss in Boots Music Video: If viewers enjoyed this feisty feline in the “Far, Far Away Idol” spoof, they love Puss in his very own music video singing “These Boots Where Made For Walking.”
Learn How to Burp with Shrek and Fiona: Better out than in, Shrek always says! The best belchers in the biz will teach you how to let it out with style!
A Making Of Featurette: Get the inside scoop on the making of the hilarious spoof, “Far, Far Away Idol.
Shrek 2 Around the World: Dubbed in 33 languages, find out how this massive task gets accomplished and meet the all-star voice talent from different places around the globe.
Learn To Draw Shrek, Donkey and Puss In Boots: Don’t just doodle… get drawing lessons for real DreamWorks animators.
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