Shrek in November

The major announcement of the day comes from Dreamworks, who are set to release the hit animated comedy Shrek on the 2nd of November. The 2-disc special edition, which will have a bargain retail price of $19.95, looks to be a great set and I can see this being very popular indeed. The set will also feature a never-before-seen extra that is new to DVD. Shrek’s ReVoice Studio will allow, using DVD-ROM, “the viewer to become the actor” by allowing the viewer to choose from twelve scenes and record the lines of the characters, before syncing the voice with the character’s mouth. Very impressive!

The full specifications are as follows:

Disc 1: Pan and Scan version with English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround sound, French and Spanish 2.0 surround tracks, English subtitles, an extended version of the ending, a featurette showing how the movie and the characters were created, the Shrek’s ReVoice Studio DVD-Rom feature, 17 DVD-Video games, Shrek’s Music Room (Baha Men music video and making-of, Smash Mouth’s I’m a Believer music video), interviews with Shrek, Donkey, Lord Farquaad and Fiona, Hidden Fun facts with trivia on the creation of the movie, production notes, cast and crew bios and lastly a preview trailer for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron .

Disc 2: Anamorphic widescreen version with English DTS 5.1, DD 5.1 and DD 2.0 surround sound, French and Spanish 2.0 surround tracks, English subtitles, an audio commentary with the filmmakers, a fifteen-minute extended ending which "picks up where the movie left off and continues the party with more than 150 Shrek characters showing us what goes on after the fairy tale ending," a production featurette, Shrek X-box game hints, Storyboard Pitch where the viewer can see the animators and filmmakers act out some scenes that never made it into the final movie, outtakes, a featurette on international dubbing, the design process stages that allow you to see how each character evolved from start to finish, cast and crew bios, production notes and lastly the theatrical trailer.

Personally, I think it’s a good move by Dreamworks to release both P&S and widescreen versions in one set – hopefully that should please everyone. As for a guess at which version the studio prefers, I draw your attention to which version features the audio commentary...

Released theatrically in the UK on the 29th of June, Shrek was this summer’s blockbuster hit. Directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, and featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow, Shrek tells the story of the eponymous ogre (Myers), as he and his companion Donkey (Murphy) begin a fairy tale journey to return their world to normality. To achieve this, they must face the evil Lord Farquaad (Lithgow), who demands that Shrek and Donkey rescue his future bride, the beautiful Princess Fiona (Diaz)...

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