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LWW Four-Disc Extended Edition – Press Release

July 22nd, 2006 by Paul Martin

Here is the Press Release for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Four-Disc Extended Edition of the film. The Feature’s Run Time is approximately 150 minutes, which is only about 10 minutes longer than the official runtime of the theatrical cut. But we must remember, they didn’t have much that they actually cut out of the film, originally. Here’s hoping that there’s more than just the mentioned battle scene extension, and enhanced special effects.

NEW MAGICAL NARNIA COLLECTIONS!
LIMITED EDITIONS AVAILABLE ONLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media Present
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA:
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
FOUR-DISC EXTENDED EDITION & GIFT SET
All-New Footage Added By Director Andrew Adamson;
All-New Feature-Length Film About ‘Narnia’ Author C.S. Lewis;
New Explorations Of The ‘Narnia’ Film Magic
All The Wonders Of C.S. Lewis’ Enchanted Realms In Treasured Collections
On Disney DVD December 12

BURBANK, Calif., July 22, 2006 – For a very limited time, Walt Disney Home Entertainment presents the ultimate “Narnia” DVD collection: Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media present C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Four-Disc EXTENDED EDITION available on DVD December 12. This extraordinary 4-disc DVD edition, a wondrous celebration of C.S. Lewis’ beloved fantasy world, will only be available for seven weeks over the holidays, making it an excellent holiday gift.

The EXTENDED EDITION features a new, extended version of the film with enhanced special effects and an extended, climactic battle scene. Viewers will venture even deeper into the beloved fantasy world of ‘Narnia’ with “C.S. Lewis – The Dreamer Of Narnia,” an all-new feature-length film about the creative genius behind the ‘Narnia’ mythos. “Visualizing the Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe: The Complete Production Experience” is an in-depth look at the process and technology of adapting the book into the stunning motion picture.

For the ultimate collector, there is The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Four Disc GIFT SET. This limited-edition offering features the 4-disc DVD plus a pair of heirloom-quality bookends from the master creative artists at WETA Ltd., the innovators who designed the breathtaking creatures for the film.

The Extended Edition: (U.S. $42.99 SRP, Canada $59.99 SRP) and the Gift Set: (U.S. $79.99 SRP, Canada $119.99 SRP), each a treasure for collectors, will go back to the Disney vault after the holidays. There are very limited quantities available for each title. (more)

DVD BONUS FEATURES
DISC ONE: NEW EXTENDED VERSION

  • FEATURE FILM: EXTENDED MOTION PICTURE

New Extended Version Of The Film With Enhanced Special Effects And Extended Battle Scene

  • NARNIA FUN FACTS

With this feature engaged, viewers can access optional pop-up facts about C.S. Lewis, the creatures and lands of Narnia, and more. Plus, there is an introduction by author C.S. Lewis’s step-son Douglas Gresham.

  • BLOOPERS OF NARNIA

The cast and crew are caught in hilarious moments and outtakes as they miss lines and make other miscues.

  • KIDS AND DIRECTOR COMMENTARY

The delightful child stars Georgie Henley (Lucy), Skandar Keynes (Edmund), Anna Popplewell (Susan) and William Moseley (Peter) had just screened the film for the first time when they recorded this audio commentary. The result is a fresh, witty and lively commentary track, joined by director Andrew Adamson.

  • FILMMAKER’S COMMENTARY

This audio commentary features Director Andrew Adamson, Production Designer Roger Ford, and Producer Mark Johnson.

DISC 2: TWO WORLDS OF NARNIA

CREATING NARNIA

An in-depth look at this cinematic masterpiece.

  • CHRONICLE OF A DIRECTOR

This personal diary takes viewers on a tour of the film from director Andrew Adamson’s point of view. Viewers can sit in the director’s chair with the director as he brings his skill, artistry and unique imagination to the film.

  • THE CHILDREN’S MAGICAL JOURNEY

Viewers will be delighted with this “behind-the-scenes” tour, led by the film’s charming child stars Georgie, Skandar, William and Anna. Here is a fresh and fun look at making the film, with wonderful moments including the children’s surprise first look at the amazing ‘Narnia’ sets.

EVOLUTION OF AN EPIC

  • ANATOMY OF THE SCENE: THE MELTING RIVER

This featurette goes in-depth to explore the making of the exciting and pivotal ‘waterfall’ scene. Viewers are taken to the set of a remarkable in-door river, where the children and crew make this complicated scene work. Viewers will learn how effects and shots from different countries are put together to get the final scene just right.

  • CINEMATIC STORYTELLERS

Eight different film diaries, from eight different members of the film team, give viewers a personal and heartfelt look at every step of the film’s production. Recorded as the film was being made, the personal film diaries of ‘Cinematic Storytellers’ are fresh, candid and unique perspectives on an epic film.

Producer Mark Johnson, Production Designer Roger Ford, Costume Designer Isis Mussenden, Editor Sim Evan-Jones, Composer Harry Gregson-Williams, KNB Effects Group co-founder and Makeup Effects wizard Howard Berger, Weta Workshop Visualist and Creative Supervisor Richard Taylor, and Director of Photography Donald M. McAlpine each contribute their insights about the production.

  • C.S. LEWIS: FROM ONE MAN’S MIND

This featurette is a fond look at C.S. Lewis, the creative dreamer and best-selling author who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia and created the world of Narnia.

  • CREATING CREATURES

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE won the Academy Award® for Best Makeup (2005) and was Oscar®-nominated for Best Visual Effects (2005). Now, viewers can learn the movie effects secrets behind eleven creatures from the film, including Jadis the White Witch and Aslan. From initial creative sketches to sculpting, molding, rendering, and final realization, each creature is showcased in an easy-access menu. Featured are: The White Witch, Aslan, Ginarrbrik, Mr. Tumnus, Wolves, Minotaurs, Goblins, Beavers, Satyrs, Ankle Slicers and Centaurs.

This feature offers a special wardrobe icon which when accessed takes viewers to the real-life biographies of the creatures in the ‘Creatures of the World’ portion of the DVD.

CREATURES, LANDS & LEGENDS

Meet all the strange creatures that fill Narnia, and explore the wondrous landscapes of this far-off land.

  • CREATURES OF THE WORLD

This is the companion feature to the “Creating Creatures” feature. Here viewers will discover fantastic biographies on The White Witch, Aslan, Ginarrbrik, Mr. Tumnus, Wolves, Minotaurs, Goblins, Beavers, Satyrs, Ankle Slicers and Centaurs.

  • EXPLORE NARNIA (3D MAP)

Viewers can explore Narnia’s magical realms with this unique interactive map.

  • LEGENDS IN TIME

This special timeline acts as a portal to take viewers through Narnia.

DISC 3: ALL-NEW FEATURE-LENGTH FILM
  • C.S. LEWIS – THE DREAMER OF NARNIA

Here is the never-before-seen feature-length film about C.S. Lewis, the man who created the land of wonder and enchantment called Narnia. For fans of C.S. Lewis and for those who are experiencing his wondrous works for the first time, this comprehensive feature shines a brilliant spotlight on this creative genius.

DISC 4: ALL-NEW IN-DEPTH EXPLORATION OF NARNIA

  • VISUALIZING THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE: THE COMPLETE PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE

Fans will rejoice at this unique, exclusive tour of the film. Here is the ‘movie magic’ that results in the lavish final film. Adapting the book into the motion picture is a daunting task, and this featurette shows how it was done.

  • ANATOMY OF A SCENE: BEHIND THE BATTLE

Viewers will be thrilled with this fascinating new look at a crucial battle scene. From pre-visualization computer images to storyboards, here is the exciting process of creating one of the key scenes in the film.

  • ART OF NARNIA GALLERY

‘Narnia’ features stunning imagery, and here is a special museum full of superb images from the film. This new gallery is open for business, and fans will want to visit it again and again.

A spectacular journey of imagination and one of Walt Disney Pictures’ most successful live-action films of all time, Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media present C.S. Lewis’s THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE the spectacular live-action/CGI motion picture adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s beloved literary classic. In World War II England the four Pevensie siblings – Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter — enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of ‘hide-and-seek’ in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Aided by the wise and magnificent ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch’s powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis’ glacial powers forever.

This epic film stars Tilda Swinton (“Constantine,” “Vanilla Sky”) as the White Witch, Rupert Everett (“Shrek 2,” “Inspector Gadget”) as the voice of Mr. Fox, Jim Broadbent (Academy Award® winner Best Supporting Actor “Iris” 2001) as Professor Kirke, James McAvoy as Mr. Tumnus, and Ray Winstone (“King Arthur”) as the voice of Mr. Beaver. The children are Georgie Henley as Lucy, Skandar Keynes as Edmund, William Moseley as Peter and Anna Popplewell as Susan.

The film won the Academy Award® for Best Makeup (2005) and earned Oscar® nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing 2005.

The film marks the first live-action directorial effort for New Zealander Andrew Adamson (“Shrek,” “Shrek 2”), who also co-wrote the screenplay adaptation with Emmy® Award-winner Ann Peacock (HBO’s “A Lesson Before Dying”) and scribes Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Based on the book by C.S. Lewis. Produced by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Mark Johnson (Best Picture “Rain Man” 1988) and Philip Steuer.

STREET DATE: DECEMBER 12, 2006
EXTENDED EDITION:
Suggested retail price: U.S. $42.99, Canada $59.99
Feature run time: Approximately 150 minutes
Rating: U.S. Extended Edition not rated
Canada: Extended Edition rating is pending
Bonus features not rated
Aspect ratio: Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16×9 TV screens
Sound: 5.1 Dolby® Digital Surround Sound
5.1 DTS Digital Home Theatre Mix
Languages: English, French, Spanish audio
French, Spanish subtitles
Not all technical specifications apply to all elements.
GIFT SET:
Suggested retail price: U.S. $79.99 Canada $119.99

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