Around the World in 80 Days, Wyatt Earp and Enter the Dragon: Burbank, Calif., February 23, 2004 – Around the World in 80 Days, Wyatt Earp and Enter the Dragon – great action/adventure titles from Warner Home Video (WHV) – will be released May 18 as deluxe, newly remastered Two-Disc Special Edition DVDs, with Wyatt Earp and Around the World in 80 Days, (one of the most requested DVDs ever) making their DVD debuts (in widescreen). In plenty of time for Father’s Day (June 20th) gift giving, the films will each be priced at $26.99 SRP.
Around the World in 80 Days – This celebrated Best Picture Academy Award®-winning 1956 blockbuster finally makes its DVD debut after years atop the most requested DVD wish lists, with the complete and uncut 182 minute widescreen version. Boasting an international crew of nearly 2600, a 44-member all-star cast headed by David Niven; Cantinflas, the famous Mexican comedic actor; Shirley MacLaine and 68,894 extras, this film launched the big-budget, big special effects era in Hollywood.
While producing Around the World in 80 Days Mike Todd invented the term "cameo" calling them “gems etched in celluloid by stars,” and then enticed Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward, Peter Lorre, Buster Keaton, Red Skelton, among others, to enhance his film by doing tiny roles. He also convinced newscaster Edward R. Murrow to narrate the prologue.
Adapted from the Jules Verne novel about a Victorian Englishman who bets that with the new steamships and railways he can actually travel "around the world in 80 days," the film premiered with one of the most massive PR campaigns in movie history, scoring record box-office numbers and a 16-month run that kept many theaters completely sold out for weeks. The film went on to win eight Academy Award® nominations and five Oscars® for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay Adaptation, Best Editing and Best Musical Score.
Around the World in 80 Days extra content includes:
-Introductions by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne
-Feature-length commentary by Brian Sibley of BBC Radio
-Georges Melies’ A Trip to the Moon (1902)
-1956 original and 1983 reissue theatrical trailers
- DVD-ROM link to Michael Todd’s Around the World in 80 Days Almanac
- Introductions by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne
- Around the World of Mike Todd (1968): narrated by Orson Welles, this profile of the film’s producer features
reminiscences by Elizabeth Taylor, Gypsy Rose Lee, Ethel Merman, Lowell Thomas and others
- Playhouse 90: Around the World in 90 Minutes (excerpts): Elizabeth Taylor hosts this live October 17, 1957 telecast of the a star-studded gala from Madison Square Garden celebrating the one-year anniversary of Around the World in 80 Days’ world premiere.
- March 27, 1957 Academy Awards® ceremony highlights
- Newsreels: the Los Angeles premiere and the opening in Spain
Wyatt Earp -- Kevin Costner portrays one of the Wild West’s most acclaimed lawmen in this gritty biographical western; a complex portrait of the life, loves and adventures of the man who became a legend in a lawless land. Dennis Quaid also stars as Doc Holliday and Gene Hackman as Nicholas Earp; Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, Grand Canyon) directed.
The Wyatt Earp DVD will include the feature film on Disc 1 and will contain the following bonus content on Disc 2:
- It Happened that Way documentary (new)
- Walk with a Legend documentary (vintage)
- Eleven lifted scenes
Enter the Dragon -- Bruce Lee stars in his signature film as an intelligence agency recruit who goes undercover as a Karate tournament contestant to infiltrate a drug trafficking ring. Leonard Maltin called the movie an “almost perfect kung fu film…with mind-boggling action.”
The Enter the Dragon DVD features more than five hours of bonus material, including a brand new making-of documentary that explores Lee’s motivation for making the film, the difficulties of filming on location in Hong Kong and other behind-the-scenes insights.
Enter the Dragon DVD bonus features will include:
Disc 1 - Commentary by producer Paul Heller
- Blood and Steel: The Making of Enter the Dragon (new)
- Bruce Lee: In His Own Words (vintage)
- Linda Lee Cadwell Interview Gallery
- Lair of the Dragon – Includes 1973 featurette and “Backyard Workout with Bruce Lee” (selection only)
- Bruce Lee: A Warrior’s Journey (vintage)
- Curse of the Dragon (vintage)
- Theatrical trailers
- Television spots
Each DVD will be available in widescreen format [16x9 2.4:1] and Enter the Dragon will also feature Dolby Digital audio.