Posted Fri May 2, 2008 at 06:00 AM PDT by Peter Bracke
'Bee Movie' is buzzing to Blu-ray this May and the full specs and box art are now in, with the next-gen release including a hive's worth of exclusive content.
As previously reported, Paramount's long-awaited return to Blu-ray includes a May 20 Blu-ray debut for the Jerry Seinfeld animated smash. (The studio previously announced an HD DVD version of 'Bee Movie,' only to cancel the title following the demise of the format)
Extras shared with the two-disc DVD edition (which Paramount released earlier this year) include audio commentary with Seinfeld and the filmmakers, four making-of featurettes ("Jerry's Flight Over Cannes," "Inside The Hive: The Cast of Bee Movie," "Tech of Bee Movie," "Meet Barry B. Benson"), deleted scenes and alternate endings with optional commentary, a music video, "TV Juniors" shorts that first aired on NBC, and a suite of "DreamWorks Animation Kids" interactive activities ("The Buzz About Bees," "The Ow! Meter," "That's Un-BEE-lievable!", "Pollination Practice," "Be A Bee").
Exclusive to the Blu-ray will be several additional features, including "The Animators' Corner" a picture-in-picture storyboard reel that runs the length of the film, "Barry's Trivia Track" pop-up fun facts and "My Menus" which allow users to customize the disc's navigation based on their favorite character. Additional web-enabled content is set to include "The World Of Bees" movie guide with biographies of talent and characters from the film, the "Build-A-Bee Avatar" and "Barry's Digital Coloring Book."
Tech specs include 1080p video and audio tracks in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Finally, Paramount has unveiled the Blu-ray box art for 'Bee Movie':
Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $39.95.
You'll find final specs for 'Bee Movie' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under May 20.
We've also set up a dedicated thread for Paramount's latest in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss the 'Bee Movie' Blu-ray release.
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