Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ DVD on October 11. Why can we look forward to that? Because according to The Hollywood Reporter among the bonus material it will feature a ‘preview of Fox’s upcoming feature “Tristan & Isolde,” starring James Franco’ (and Sophia Myles)!
‘Kingdom’ of DVD docus set for Scott epic
By Thomas K. Arnold
When Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases the Ridley Scott epic “Kingdom of Heaven” on DVD on Oct. 11, viewers will have the chance to create their own documentary on the making of the film, a theatrical underperformer that grossed slightly less than $46 million in theaters despite an all-star cast that includes Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons.
Working with Scott’s production company, Scott Free Prods., Fox created an interactive production grid that allows viewers to assemble their choice of 16 custom documentaries, ranging in length from eight minutes to 90 minutes and based on their own interests.
“We wanted to try to something new,” said DVD producer Charles de Lauzirika, who produces all of Scott’s DVDs. “I don’t know if others will want to do it down the road, but I thought it was a nice one-time experiment to see how it works.”
At the main menu, viewers will see a grid “that gives you the power to tailor your documentary to your liking,” Lauzirika said. “If, for example, you want to know what the director did in preproduction, you click one button, or if you want to see what the cast did during postproduction, you click on that button.
“If you want to see what the director did during the whole filming of the movie, you can filter out everything else and just get the director’s perspective — or the timeline, or what they all did in preproduction.”
Die-hard fans of the film, Lauzirika said, “can just hit play and see the whole thing.”
Lauzirika has produced more than 20 DVDs, beginning with “Hannibal” in 2001.
The “Kingdom of Heaven” DVD, which will retail for $29.98, also features five hours of other bonus materials, including a streaming text commentary with historical notes about the Crusades, an A&E “Movie Real” feature titled “History vs. Hollywood,” interviews with Bloom and Scott and a preview of Fox’s upcoming feature “Tristan & Isolde,” starring James Franco.