Strong Praise for Hugo Blu-Ray
There are fascinating featurettes about the creepy history of automatons, a blow-by-blow look at the miniatures used for Hugo‘s cool derailing-locomotive sequence, and best of all, a deeper study of Georges Méliès, the pioneering French filmmaker at the heart of the movie (he’s played by Ben Kingsley). This is where Scorsese, the infectious rat-a-tat-tat extoller of cinema, is at his best. Watching clips from turn-of-the-century films like A Trip to the Moon and Kingdom of the Fairies through Scorsese’s eyes makes them seem more like Méliès magic tricks than movies.
— Entertainment Weekly
And critic Glenn McDonald even made Hugo a case study in the kind of extras that make a movie worth owning:
The DVD/Blu-ray combo pack … includes five excellent featurettes that explore details of the film’s production and elements of cinematic history. … This stuff is gold, and you can’t get the full extras package in any downloadable bundle.
— Glenn McDonald, Yahoo! Digital Crave
EMC Is Getting Animated!
This is just one of EMC’s many recent bonus features for a Disney animated classic that’s nabbing rave reviews. Upcoming and completed projects include a re-creation of Walt’s lost Native American film Hiawatha for the Pocahontas Blu-ray, narrated by animator and director Eric Goldberg; Louis Prima’s deleted song “Peoplitis” for The Rescuers, introduced by Ron Clements; and an alternate opening to The Aristocats, containing an amazing lost Sherman Brothers song, hosted by Richard Sherman himself.
Aladdin, Mulan, The Lion King… a key part of Disney’s diamond treatment is EMC West bonus features. Animators know how to make images come to life, and EMC West knows how to make the amazing work that animators do come alive in funny, fascinating, jaw-dropping bonus features!
For the film, EMC West produced both marketing materials and DVD/Blu-Ray bonus features in true Muppet-style. The Muppets was an international blockbuster, and a sequel is already in the works. On March 20, 2012, the movie was released on DVD and Blu-Ray and became a home video smash hit as well. Here’s what the critics are saying:
The feature film is a definite win. However, the Wocka Wocka Blu-ray value pack is an even bigger win for fans. There are several hilarious featurettes included that feel like mini-segments from The Muppet Show.
I love these special features. Every last one of them only makes you love the film even more, which is what special features should do.
—Rich Knight, Cinema Blend
The extended blooper reel is fantastic and earns its name, “The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History––We Think).” The behind-the-scenes glimpses are very playful … The Muppets never fails to entertain, whether it’s the actual film or the bevy of special features and deleted/extended scenes!
EMC West has remained involved with the Muppets’ busy promotional schedule, recently filming and editing a Swedish Chef cooking video and producing a Kermit the Frog Spanish Language Press Day. ¡Viva los Muppets!
Cinderella: Diamond Edition
If you pick up a copy of the Caldecott Medal-winning book by Brian Selznick upon which it is based, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, you’ll find a story about an orphan who lives in a Paris train station, a clockwork automaton, and a mystery that goes back to the very origins of the cinema. EMC West explores all these exciting facets on the DVD/Blu-ray bonus features for the film.
“The two special features Shutter Island includes do more for the film than most two-disc special editions. Both are so well produced and informative that you could not ask for anything more.” – thereelplace.com
“Behind the Shutters” features interviews with Scorsese, Lehane and cast members which delve into what drew them to tell the surprise-twist story of U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo).
“Scorsese, DiCaprio, Ruffalo and others take the viewer back and show them subtle clues sprinkled throughout the film. It’s pretty great.” – Collider.com
“Into the Lighthouse” documents the real historical background upon which the story draws and features an interview with the world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Gilligan, who consulted on the film.
“Gilligan provides a fascinating and downright shocking history lesson of the school of medical thought at the time.” – Richard Lam, Suite101.com
To build excitement in EMC West’s promos, editor Nathan Aceves used a uniquely rhythmic edit in perfect harmony with the acclaimed score for the film by Daft Punk. Graphics artist Gage Ullman created custom “Tron-ized” 3D logos for TBS, TNT and TruTV and seamlessly integrated them into footage from the film, tracking with camera moves to create a fifteen second spot that conveys more information than a traditional thirty second spot.
Bambi: Diamond Edition
Just like Disney’s latest Alice in Wonderland Blu-ray release, they once again provide an impressive feature length supplement. This time it’s a feature called “Inside Walt’s Story Meetings” which takes original transcripts from story meetings between Walt and his team of filmmakers, which are then re-enacted in time with the film.
I thought this was an absolutely ingenious innovation … adding life to the concept of the audio commentary.
This feature has proved so popular that an “Inside Walt’s Story Meetings” was created for the new Lady and the Tramp Diamond Edition Blu-Ray.
Beauty and the Beast: Three-Disc Diamond Edition
“While this plays, there are pop-ups that allow you to branch off into a separate features like the history of Disney animation, the concept art of the film, or the film’s venture onto Broadway. Should you choose to watch one of these, the person in the documentary seamlessly recognizes you have chosen this and gives you an introduction to the video. This is really well done and makes for a great interactive experience.” – cgchannel.com
“Everything contained in this lovingly-put-together feature is interesting, thought-provoking, and all-together exciting!” – highdefdigest.com
“If you’re a fan, you’ll also want to checkout the “Beyond Beauty” documentary. As behind-the-scenes, making-of type documentaries go, this is about as in-depth as I’ve seen.” – hometheaterblog.com
EMC West also produced a 20-minute special “Composing A Classic: A Musical Conversation with Alan Menken, Don Hahn & Richard Kraft” in which Alan Menken uses both his voice and his piano to tell the story of how he composed the Oscar-winning songs and score.
“My favorite feature has to definitely be … the featurette “Composing A Classic“.” – highdefdiscnews.com
Gnomeo & Juliet
Take the music of Elton John, the director of Shrek 2 (Kelly Asbury), Shakespeare’s classic love story and garden full of gnomes and what do you get? Gnomeo & Juliet! This Rocket Pictures / Touchstone release was a sleeper hit, winning the box office on Oscar weekend and going on to earn nearly $100M domestically.
EMC West was behind the EPK marketing materials for the film, with crews capturing the stars James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Ozzy Osbourne and more as they recorded voice tracks over nearly two years of production. The same footage became the basis for a unique trio of DVD/Blu-ray bonus features, set to be released May 24.
“Elton Builds A Garden” explores the contributions of the pop piano man, who not only contributed new and catalog songs to the film, but also helped produce and guide the story and the animation.
“Fawn of Darkness” is a hilarious peek inside the recording sessions with Ozzy Osbourne, complete with subtitles!
“Frog Talk with Ashley Jensen” shows why the Brit comedienne inspired the animators to give her character a big mouth. As Nanette the Frog, Jensen gabbed away with the show — even when speaking Japanese!
Toy Story 3
In “The Gang’s All Here”, producer Charlie Visnic captured the reunion feeling as the all-star cast of the Toy Story films (Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusak) gathered with new all-star talent (Michael Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg, Timothy Dalton) to tell this final chapter. Fans get the rare treat of seeing Tom Hanks and Tim Allen interacting as they lay down their tracks.
But that’s not all EMC West and producer Charlie Visnic did for Toy Story 3. To help introduce audiences to some of the new toys featured in the film, a series of featurettes were created. Visnic and EMC West’s crew filmed director Lee Unkrich introducing the film and the new characters against a green screen, the elements of which were used as fun, compelling scene transitions that kept the pace of pieces moving along.
Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Edition
“The real gem is a feature-length HD picture-in-picture track that pops up all sorts of rare and, yes, wonderful stills, archival footage, drawings, and factoids about the film, Disney, and Carroll. Watching the film in this mode really makes you appreciate it more.
Bottom Line: Disney’s animated “Alice in Wonderland” has never looked better, and the PIP track on this Blu-ray is one of the best I’ve seen.” – DVDtown.com
EMC West also produced all of the introductions with voice actress Katherine Beaumont as well as the 13-minute documentary about the film which is also featured on the latest DVD release, “Reflections on Alice”.
The Proposal became one of 2009’s top comedies, earning more than $160M domestically at the box office. For the home video release, EMC West produced commentary tracks, the Alternate Ending as well as two fun bonus videos: a “Blooper Reel” and “Alaskachusetts,” a how-they-did-it piece which shows the movie secrets behind making a town Maine double for the Alaskan setting of the film.