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A Look At The Snow White And The Huntsman DVD Release

Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin, will be released on Blu-ray, On Demand and Digital Download as and Extended Edition on Sept. 11.

The Combo Pack includes an extended version of the film not shown in theaters, as well as a digital download of the film, compatible with iPhone, iTunes, iPad, iPod, iPod touch, Android or online retail partners including UltraViolet (a service that allows consumers to collect movies and TV shows in a cloud to stream and download to TV’s, computers, tablets and smartphones).

The Blu-ray and DVD bonus features include:

  • A New Legend is Born
  • Feature Commentary with director Rupert Sanders, visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and co-editor Neil Smith

Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-ray:

  • Reinventing the Fairy Tale
  • Citizens of the Kingdom
  • The Magic Of “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Around the Kingdom: 360° Set TourUniversal’s Second Screen: Viewers can control, interact with and explore the film with features on a networked tablet or computer, in sync with the movie on the television screen. During the film, users can access:

      • Flick View: Move content from the tablet to the TV screen, and compare storyboards, animatics, and other bonus material with a “flick” of the fingers.
      • Behind the Scenes (Picture in Picture)
      • Around the Kingdom: 360° Set Tour
      • Virtual flip books
      • Cast of Characters
      • UltraViolet
      • Digital Copy: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronics and portable devices including computers, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android and more.
      • pocket BLU App for smartphones
      • Advanced Remote Control: A new way to operate Blu-ray players.
      • Video Timeline: Users can bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
      • Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
      • Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
      • Keyboard: an intuitive keyboard for data entry
      • BD-LIVE: Access the BD-Live Center through an Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more.

New Photos for Snow White and the Huntsman

More photos from the upcoming movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, were recently released online by Universal Pictures. This was done via the movie’s official Facebook page and I’m sure we’ll see more in the near future until the release date June 1st.

Cashing in on the likes of the largest market in the world with disposable income; nerds and 14 year old girls; more and more shows and movies have been focusing on fairy tales. This I believe is based on the popularity of a series of comics called Fables.

Fables started in 2002, published by DC Comic’s Vertigo. The series is about a number of characters from various fairy tales and folklore who have been forced out of their homelands by the great Adversary. The Fables; what they refer to themselves as; have traveled to the real world and formed a secret community in New York City known as Fabletown. I wonder if my attachment to these characters are how ancient Greek children viewed their gods. A collection of stories that are as flawed as we mortals are.

Looking towards the instant win section for comics, “Fables” and all the characters that are used in the story are part of public domain. So why wouldn’t the industry cash in?

Snow White and the Huntsman is another story that’s been adapted for the big screen based reworked fairy tales. Drawn from the tales by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White and the Huntsman adds to the long procession of movies or television shows aimed at children stories gone dark; which they really didn’t have to go any further than the original story, not rewriting them to be Twilighty. For example, in the original Snow White story, the evil queen dies dancing to death, forced to wear red hot iron shoes.

According to the official movie website, the story goes as follows.

 “In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.”

Yes, I get the portion where the megalomaniac decides to save on time and resources by outsourcing the labor to a source of cheap and skilled workers. What I don’t get is that in what world, real or fantasy is Kristen Stewart hotter than Charlize Theron? Considering that this is a fairy tale, it’s the least believable part.

As the incarnation of the Mirror said to the queen in the trailer, “You are fairest, but there is another destined to surpass you.” Meaning that Stewart is not the fairest yet. A bit of foreshadowing, especially if the Queen is killing anyone that looks remotely attractive, once Queeny bites the dust, Stewart will win by default; two of the sweetest words of the English language. Dee Fault!

So this isn’t going to be the last of reinterpreted children stories. What we’ll see instead are more and more until the next genre of “Whats in” kicks in.

Considering my bias towards actors in this movie, I think of a Fables storyline. Jack of Fables; all those stories about a guy named Jack are about him; breaks one of Fabletown’s oldest rules and gets into the entertainment industry. Jack creates a successful film trilogy about himself which he believes will make him nearly immortal; the theory in the comic is that the more popular a Fables’ story is, the stronger his power. So the inverse should be true. If a character story is not liked, forgotten or repeatedly killed, so should the subject become weaker or forgotten.

I’m rooting for the Witch on this one.

Check out the new photos below or at the official Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/snowwhiteandthehuntsman