Lionsgate will release Frank Miller’s “The Spirit” on Blu-ray Disc April 14. Hi-def video will be formatted in MPEG-4/1080p with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1. And, finally some real sound on this Blu-ray release. Audiophiles will be happy with DTS HD Master Audio 7.1. Don’t you think all BDs should be 7.1 channels?
The Blu-ray Disc box will also contain a standard-definition version of the movie on a second disc. Go figure. The 2-disc Special Edition DVD and standard 1-Disc DVD will also be released the same day.
The Blu-ray release will debut “Lionsgate Live” (using BD Live) which provides additional content like commentaries, games, ringtones, wallpapers and trailers. Also, new “MoLog” technology will allow users to insert and animate shapes, text, audio and graphics directly onto the film. Users can also post blogs and share with other MoLog users.
For bonuses, the Blu-ray Disc will contain the following:
- “Green World” featurette – a look at the technical wizardry behind the making of the film
- “Miller on Miller” featurette – a look at the artistry of Frank Miller
- “History Repeats” featurette – an in-depth look at the origin of The Spirit as well as Will Eisner’s influence and vision in the comic book world
- Alternate storyboard ending with voiceovers by Samuel L. Jackson and Gabriel Macht
- Audio commentary by Frank Miller and Deborah Del Prete
- MoLog – Movie Blog network connected community and interactive movie blog tool set
- Lionsgate LIVE enabled
- Theatrical trailer
The Blu-ray version of “The Spirit” will retail for $39.99. The 2-Disc Special Edition will go for $34.98, and the standard DVD for $29.95.