Aside from the eye candy at every turn of Frank Miller’s “The Spirit”—not just the special effects, but the stellar-looking cast of course—there’s plenty of reasons to check out the Blu-ray version.
The two-disc Blu-ray was released last week, and it’s the latest in adding to the potential that’s out there with mega-storage Blu-ray releases over the standard DVD versions.
Several typical commentaries and featurettes are there for the viewing—like the alternate storyboard ending; the “Green World” look at the technical aspects behind the scenes; the “History Repeats” peek into comic book artist’s Will Eisner’s influence; and audio commentary from Frank Miller and Deborah Del Prete.
But it’s the interactive social and downloadable goodies that should attract tech-savvy viewers who want to truly immerse themselves in what Blu-ray has to offer here. Along with the slick Hollywood CGI screen details, you’ll be able to add your own graphical nuggets, and share them with other viewers via the film’s MoLog (Movie Blog) network-connected community. You can log on and start hacking away at the storyboard with your own shapes, text, audio and other graphics that you can create, cut and paste right into the film, and then post blogs about them for others to see (and vice versa).
“The Spirit” also gives you a way to keep tabs on what else Lionsgate has coming up, as the Blu-ray takes full advantage of BD-Live. It’s the first release with the studio’s “Lionsgate Live” support that’s loaded with updateable and downloadable exclusive content—like games, ringtones, wallpapers, commentaries, trailers, notifications and widgets.
The Lionsgate Live feature will let you know of happenings every time you pop in “The Spirit,” plus whatever new features being brought to other Lionsgate releases this year that have the interactivity enabled.
All of that’s on Disc One—Disc Two gives you the standard-def digital copy, so you can watch the movie on your portable player too.
We’ve seen some bolder additions to Blu-ray releases lately, and for one that’s so heavily influenced by the audio and video aspects to take Blu-ray over standard DVD (did we mention it includes a 7.1 surround soundtrack?) it’s nice to see an overflowing complement of extras and BD-Live offerings that the format can indulge.
Anyone try the MoLog-ing yet?
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