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Monday, July 15, 2002

SPIDER-MAN ON DVD AND VHS ON NOV. 1

Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment will release the Spider-Man movie on DVD and VHS on Friday, Nov. 1.

The two-disc DVD set of Spider-Man -- available in wide and full screen editions -- features interactive elements with never-before-revealed Spider-Man factoids and a first look at comic book-to-film comparisons. Also releasing on Nov. 1 will be a specially packaged limited-edition Collector's DVD Gift Set, "loaded with extra features."

"We are thrilled to bring the biggest film of the year to people's homes in time for the holidays," said Benjamin S. Feingoldm, President, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures' Digital Studios Division.

"We have taken great care to ensure that the features on the Spider-Man DVD and VHS will provide even more excitement than audiences experienced in the theatre by further immersing consumers in Spider-Man's world. Spider-Man is one of the most beloved superheroes in the world and now consumers can learn even more through some of the DVD features such as an exclusive comic-to-feature comparison, a historical documentary on the character and never-before-revealed factoids."

The Collector's DVD Gift Set will feature the widescreen special edition Spider-Man DVD with extras including a reprint of Marvel Comic's Amazing Fantasy #15 in which Spider-Man was created; an exclusive collectible drawing by John Romita, Sr. and artist John Romita, Jr.; a collectible numbered film cel from the movie; and more.

DVD features will include:

DISC ONE

* Audio: English and French 5.1 (Dolby Digital).

* Subtitles: English, French and Spanish.

* Subtitled Factoids "Weaving the Web": Pop-On Production Notes and Historical Facts.

* Commentary: Sam Raimi (director), Laura Ziskin (producer), Kirsten Dunst and Grant Curtis (co-producer).

* SFX Commentary: John Dykstra (special effects designer) and visual effects crew.

* Branching Web-i-sodes (access via Spider-Sense).

* Marketing Campaigns: Trailers and TV Spots.

* Filmographies and Character Files.

* Music Videos: Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott, "Hero," and Sum 41, "What We're All About."

* DVD-ROM: Comic/Feature Comparison; Record Your Own Commentary; Countdown to "Spider-Man 2"; Weblinks.

DISC TWO

* HBO Making of Spider-Man.

* Spider-Mania: an E! Entertainment Special.

* Director Profile: Sam Raimi.

* Composer Profile: Danny Elfman.

* Screen Tests: Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons and CGI Spider-Man.

* Costume and Makeup Tests.

* Gag/Outtake Reel.

* Conceptual Art and Production Design Gallery.

* Historical Documentary -- "Spider-Man:" The Mythology of the 21st Century.

* The "Spider-Man" Comic Book Archives.

* Rogues Gallery.

* The Loves of Peter Parker.

* Comic Book Artist Pin-Up Gallery.

* Activision Game: Hints and Tips.

* DVD-ROM: Activision Game (two playable levels for PC); three exclusive Marvel dot.comics (Spider-Man: Blue #1, Black Cat #1 and Peter Parker: Return of the Goblin); Spider-Man: Visualizer.

WITCHBLADE UPDATE

"Lagrimas," a new episode of Witchblade, will premiere on TNT on Monday at 9 p.m. (ET).

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Sara experiences love at first sight when she meets the man of her dreams. But her perfect love turns into a perfect nightmare when Irons returns from the grave with knowledge of the man's true identity. Sara is faced with an impossible dilemma: can she kill the man she loves?"

The episode will have an encore on Monday at 11 p.m.

Click on the thumbnails below for images from "Lagrimas."


BIRDS OF PREY UPDATE

Although she was part of the pilot, Sherilyn Fenn won't be playing Harley Quinn in the upcoming Birds of Prey television series.

Fenn's part in the pilot will be re-shot with another actress. With production targeted to start in about two weeks, it is expected that the new actress will be named within 10 days.

The re-casting is basically because Harleen Quinzel (aka Harley) will be a major character in the show's first season, and Fenn couldn't commit to such a recurring role.

Fenn's involvement in the pilot were scenes with Helena Kyle in a psychiatrist role, and then at the end pilot revealing more of her true intentions.

This is the second DC show to have an actress replaced from pilot to series. Cynthia Ettinger originally played Martha Kent in the Smallville pilot, but was replaced by Annette O'Toole for the series. Ettinger's scenes in the original pilot were re-shot with O'Toole.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

Men in Black II remained No. 1 at the box office this week, beating out another film with comics roots.

Men in Black II brought in an estimated $25.0 million to $22.1 for Road to Perdition, based on the Max Allen Collins graphic novel. The sequel, based on Lowell Cunningham's comic book and again starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, has a 12-day total of $133.3 million.

Road to Perdition played in a little more than half the number of theaters of Men in Black II - 1,791 to 2,629.

Spider-Man is now at $402.1 million since its May 3 release.

SETH FISHER DRAWS DOOM PATROL

DC Comics has provided The Continuum with a first look at Seth Fisher's upcoming art from Doom Patrol.

Fisher, whose credits include Green Lantern: Willworld and last week's The Flash: Time Flies, is drawing Doom Patrol #13-14.

Here's how DC describes the story:

"Robotman finds a tie-pin in a strange antique box - a pin that once belonged to Dr. Niles Caulder, the chief of the original Doom Patrol. And once Robotman makes the connection, he and the entire modern-day team are transformed into ... the original team?"

Regular series artist Tan Eng Huat is drawing the covers and returns with Doom Patrol #15.

BRIEFLY

  • Here's a first look at the covers to Iron Man #59, Sabretooth: Mary Shelley Overdrive #4 and Apache Skies #3.

    GIVE'EM A CLICK

  • According to sources, there's a "good chance" Aquaman will be returning for the second season of Cartoon Network's Justice League animated series. An episode featuring the character has not been scheduled yet, though.

  • The Monday, July 29 episode of The WB's Smallville will be "X-Ray." The Tuesday, July 30 episode will be "Cool."

  • Coming Wednesday: TV news - and much more!!!
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