Almost overnight, the worldwide success of the film based on the novel, The Hunger Games, has transformed Lawrence into a movie star. Jennifer discusses her initial hesitancy about the film adaptation, but explains why she had to play the lead character.
Jennifer Lawrence, the 22-year-old star of the film The Hunger Games, looks stunningingly gorgeous in a black Theory blazer, a Tory Birch striped shirt, tight blue jeans and tall, sexy stilettos as she talks about her participation in the massive box office hit. It's early March and Lawrence is spending this particularly cool and sunny Los Angeles day holed-up in one of the City of Angels' more posh and luxurious hotels, speaking to members of the national and international press -- just weeks before the film's opening. Surprisingly, almost immediately after we began our chat, Lawrence revealed an astounding admission when asked how she felt when she -- a self-admitted longtime, hardcore fan of The Hunger Games novels -- first discovered that bestselling author Suzanne Collins's book was being turned into a major motion picture.
"I do have to say that when I heard that they were turning The Hunger Games into a movie, my first thought was, ‘Great! Here’s another book that Hollywood will screw up, " Lawrence candidly confessed, followed by a huge grin. Of course, after landing the lead role of Katniss Everdean and filming the celluloid adaptation of The Hunger Games (available on Blu-ray and DVD on August 18), her opinion naturally changed. "I couldn’t have been more wrong about Hollywood screwing this one up, because we didn’t," the Oscar-nominated actress (for Winter's Bone) admitted. "Everyone involved in this film was a fan of the books. We vowed not to make a watered down version of a great story."
Although she was initially worried about how The Hunger Games would turn out as a film, Lawrence was still determined to be a part of it -- relentlessly going after the role of Katniss. "The real reason that I wanted to do the movie was because this role was just me," the Kentucky-born actress explained. "It was a little bit like Katniss and I were soul mates."
Katniss (Lawrence) being prepared for the games
The Hunger Games is the first in a trilogy of books that had already become a literary phenomenon with over 36.5 million copies in circulation. The big screen version is set in the future, where one male and one female from each of the twelve districts of the nation is forced to participate in the annual competition called The Hunger Games, which is broadcast live throughout the country for the entertainment of the Capitol’s wealthy residents. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) volunteers in her younger sister’s place to enter the games, and is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy when she’s pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Directed by Academy Award-nominee Gary Ross (Seabiscuit), The Hunger Games features an ensemble cast that also includes Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland (Citizen X), Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Woody Harrelson (The People vs. Larry Flynt), Lenny Kravitz (Precious) and Elizabeth Banks (30 Rock), as well as up-and-coming actors Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) and Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2). A Number One film for four consecutive weeks, The Hunger Games (the first of a planned film franchise) has already grossed nearly $400 million in North American theaters and is quickly approaching the $650 million at the worldwide box office (a number that doesn't include its opening in China this past June).
The original 'The Hunger Games' theatrical poster featuring Lawrence as Katniss
Since its release, The Hunger Games has transformed Lawrence -- a relative newcomer to Tinsel Town, with films such as X-Men: First Class and Like Crazy under her proverbial belt -- into a major superstar and Hollywood celebrity. Furthermore, it has also turned the role of Katniss Everdean (who Jennifer refers to as "...a futuristic Joan of Arc") into one of the most iconic female characters to hit the silver screen in the past decade. However, even before The Hunger Games had opened, Lawrence wasn't overly concerned with how the overnight success of the film would affect her life -- professionally or personally. "I've read the stories on me that the heat on me is too hot, too fast and too soon," said Lawrence, who is preparing to begin filming the second film of the cinematic trilogy, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (scheduled for release in late-2013). "I mean, when you get a promotion at your job, you never say, ‘That was too fast. Can I stay in the mailroom?’ You take it gratefully. As for me, I haven’t thought about how this will affect my life except in the negative sense. But, I’m as ready as I can be...but mostly, I’m clueless," she added with laugh.
In addition to explaining her feelings about playing Katniss, Lawrence, who is slated to reprise her role as Raven/Mystique in the upcoming sequel X-Men: Days Of Future Past, also discussed why she had a little trouble pretending she was in love with costar Josh Hutcherson, talked about how her Kentucky roots helped her out when the shooting of The Hunger Games moved to the woods of North Carolina, why she decided to film The Silver Linings Playbook with director David O. Russell and her feelings about becoming an overnight sensation.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games'
JENNIFER LAWRENCE ON THE HUNGER GAMES:Did The Hunger Games director Gary Ross hire you on the basis of your Oscar nomination for your role in Winter’s Bone or did you campaign for the role?
"Hell yes, I was competitive about it. (laughs) I knew that Gary was talking with other young women. But, for me, it has nothing to do with being a better actor. I’m not better than those other girls. I wanted to play Katniss, because I really understood the character. Like I said earlier, we are soul mates."
Do you like playing characters that are a lot like you -- personally?
"It’s a risky thing when you pick roles that remind you of you. I never play roles based just on me because I’m a boring person. I’d never want to see me in a movie. With Katniss, it was just a sense of understanding. I knew I could read the lines and say them without forcing anything. I could speak as this character. There are a lot of scripts where I simply can’t find those words. There are no way those words can come out of my mouth and feel natural. Katniss is a girl I can understand."
Lawrence filming a scene on the North Carolina set of 'The Hunger Games'
Do you think that Katniss realizes she is a power young woman?
"Katniss is stronger than she knows. She starts out in the film thinking she’s a bit cold, but she’s actually a lot nicer and warmer than she thinks, too. She thinks of herself as a hunter and never focused on trying to get people to like her. Before having to go off to The Hunger Games, she’s just surviving. Her father is gone. Her mother has a breakdown and Katniss is just trying to feed her family. Eventually, she’s put in a position of saving her people and her family. She becomes a symbol of revolt and goes for it. She realizes she’s a symbol and fights like a futuristic Joan of Arc."
How would you describe Katniss' mixed feelings for both Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth)?
"Her feelings for Peeta are confusing. She does love him and wants a person with her in the games. But I think she gets confused about what’s real and what’s for TV during this fight for survival. If you have a higher sense of surviving by being in love with someone then you do it."
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta in 'The Hunger Games'
Is it true that it was tough for you to pretend that you were in love with Josh while filming the movie?
"Yeah, a little. The problem was my chemistry with Josh. In real life, we have that annoying brother and sister thing going. We’ll fight about who is on the face of a ten-dollar bill. That’s our crack down fight. We play with each other like cats, clawing at each other. That’s not the chemistry you hope to find between two lovers. That was a problem for (director) Gary Ross."
How did you feel about shooting a lot of the film in the woods?
"I’m from Kentucky and grew up in the woods, but Josh Hutcherson is also from Kentucky. I called Josh the real redneck. He’s a bigger hick than me." (laughs)
Did growing up in Kentucky influence the way you approached the role of Katniss?
"I drew on it. Even the other day, I said to a friend here in Los Angeles, ‘You mean, you didn’t grow up with any woods? Where did you fall out of trees and build a fort?’ For a long time, I said my Kentucky upbringing had nothing to do with my character of Katniss. The truth is, I grew up riding horses and racing through the trees. I was more prepared than someone who was from, let’s say, New Jersey."
Katniss (Lawrence) with Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) in 'The Hunger Games'
Physically, what was filming The Hunger Games in North Carolina like for you?
"It was physically exhausting. There was a lot of training including running. I did a ton of climbing, plus combat work -- including archery. I even did yoga to prepare for the role. I did as many of the stunts as I could. Of course, the studio wasn’t too big on having their lead actress at the beginning of a franchise roll out of trees and fall down mountains. For the most part, the stunts I didn’t do were ones where I said, ‘No, thank you.’"
Was it all hard work for you filming the actual games?
(Laughs) "There were some funny moments. Actually, it was so hot that a lot of girls were passing out. At least three hours a day was taken up by rain. We just had to wait in the shade."
And what about the bears and turkeys?
"Oh yeah, there were bears there and lots of them -- including mothers and baby bears. There were also wild turkeys, who were funny. We had an assistant director who had to run around and scare the turkeys away. But after awhile, they weren’t scared of him anymore."
Katniss appears on The Hunger Games show
At the beginning of your career, where you hesitant about leaving home in Louisville (Kentucky) to become an actress in New York City?
Didn't you get a lot of modeling gigs when you first got there?
"I did. I was shooting commercials for MTV and H&M. I remember when I first hit New York City, I loved it so much. I was 14 and wearing my brand new Forever 21 boots. There, I was storming the sidewalks knowing where I was going. It just seemed like home."
How do you feel about now living in Los Angeles?
"I have to be honest that it took me a while to call it home. It took me years to like it. It’s just hard to find good, normal, nice people to call friends. Plus, I don't have a lot of hang time."
Katniss and Gale from 'The Hunger Games'
In The Silver Linings Playbook, the motion picture you just filmed with director David O Russell (and scheduled for release later this year), you reportedly play an ex-sex addict. What was that whole experience like?
"I was cracking up when I read the script, plus it was hilarious to work with David. I have a strong reaction to everything he has ever done."
Are you proud of everything you've done so far?
"Yeah, I’ve wanted to do the most I could with my movies. I’m lucky that I don’t have to say, ‘There is a lot of crap in there.’"
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games'
Seriously, are you really ready for how the success of The Hunger Games will change your life?
"I don’t want to think about me. I’d rather think about how this movie will affect young girls. Maybe it will make them feel more powerful, which is the goal. Yes, I get to be this character. She’s an amazing, iconic character. But when I drive by the big posters (along Sunset Blvd.), I still get goosebumps. Of course, I do hope to do other movies where I’m not Katniss. I hope it’s not going to be, ‘Oh look, Katniss is doing a period drama. Katniss looks so stupid in a hoop skirt.’"
The Hunger Games 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD Bonus Features: "The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games" - an eight-part documentary covering the "making of" the film in all aspects from the pre-production process all the way through the theatrical release and fan reactions; The Featurettes: "Game Maker: Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Phenomenon," "Letters from the Rose Garden" - insights from Donald Sutherland on the development of his role as President Snow and "Controlling the Games" - stories and concepts behind creating the control center; "A Conversation with Gary Ross and Elvis Mitchell"; Propaganda Film (in its entirety); Marketing Archive and the Blu-ray exclusive featurette "Preparing for The Games: A Director's Process." ON THE NET: Check out the Official Facebook Page @ www.thehungergamesmovie.com * Surf through the Official The Hunger Games Film Site @ www.thehungergamesmovie.com/index2.html * See the Official Special Features Trailer on YouTube @ http://youtu.be/2zccITxJ8tYThe Hunger Games 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD will be available at midnight August 18, 2012.NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY & DVD:
Dexter: The Complete Sixth Season
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Glee: The Complete Third Season
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Tonight You're Mine
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ScaleneScalene is a dark, edgy thriller that asks you to decide the truth for yourself in the face of tragedy. In homage to the eponymous triangle, Scalene is a perceptual thriller told from three points-of-view revolving around the rape of a female college student by a mentally handicapped man and his mother's subsequent breakdown. In the varying views, the absolute truth takes a backseat to who can tell the most convincing tale. What really occurred, and who will you believe? Written and directed by Zack Parker, and starring Emmy Award-winner Margo Martindale (Justified, A Gifted Man), Hanna Hall (Rob Zombie's Halloween, The Virgin Suicides) and Adam Scarimbolo (Stake Land), Scalene brings the best and the worst in everyone to the surface in a twisted, layered tale of betrayal, lies and revenge. Scalene is the winner of the Dances with Films Best Feature Grand Jury Award and took home the awards for Best Feature and Best Director from the Cincinnati Film Festival. Blu-Ray Bonus Features: The full featurette of "Perceiving Reality: The Making of Scalene; Dances with Films World Premiere/Q&A and Awards Ceremony at Dances with Films featurettes; Teaser trailer and Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: View the Official trailer for Scalene @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OBBJyBN6cM * Go the film's home site @www.BreakingGlassPictures.com * Join @ www.Facebook.com/BreakingGlassPictures or Twitter @ http://www.twitter.com/BreakingGlassPx
Doctor Who: Spearhead From Space: Special Edition
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Doctor Who: The Greatest Show In The Galaxy
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Vega$: The Third Season, Volume 2
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Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation: Original Movie
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Dalziel & Pascoe: Season 6
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Judge John Deed: Season Six
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The Raid: Redemption
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The Forsyte Saga Collection
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The Looney Tunes Show: There Goes The Neighborhood
Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, Foghorn, Sylvester, Tweety, Granny and all your favorite Looney friends are back! It’s The Looney Tunes Show! Get ready to laugh till it hurts, when the Looney Tunes gang takes you on one hilarious roller coaster ride of fun after another! It’s episode after episode of Looney Tunes adventure and Looney Tunes insanity for the whole family to enjoy. And wait, there’s more! Not only will you get all these side-splitting madcap shows, you’ll also get brand new Merrie Melodies and Road Runner shorts. The laughs never end with The Looney Tunes Show, which includes the second half of the first season, -- all14 episodes. ON THE NET: View the clips "Muh Muh Muh Murder -- I Have Business To Attend To" @ http://youtu.be/Y325HWdyOgo * "Muh Muh Muh Murder -- You Won't Even Know We're Here" @ http://youtu.be/nzPCnj2W97s * "To Bowl Or Not To Bowl: -- Become the Bowling Ball" @ http://youtu.be/BLYxPBasu7E * "DMV" -- Come On Ya Big Lug" @ http://youtu.be/Gi0kzQ5OJ3o
Stallone 3-Film Collector's Set
The world’s favorite action superstar, Academy Award-nominee Sylvester Stallone (Best Actor in a Leading Role, Rocky, 1976), is back with the Stallone 3-Film Collector’s Set. Just in time for the theatrical release of his highly anticipated action film, The Expendables 2, this collection features three of Stallone’s most memorable hit films Cop Land, Rambo: First Blood and Lock Up, together for the first time. A must-have for Stallone fans of all generations. COP LAND: Stallone stars as Freddy Heflin, the sheriff of a place everyone calls "Cop Land," a small and seemingly peaceful town populated by the big-city police officers he's long admired. Yet when Freddy uncovers a massive, deadly conspiracy among these local residents, he is forced to take action and make a dangerous choice between protecting his idols and upholding the law. Blu-Ray Bonus Features: Audio commentary with Writer/Director James Mangold, Producer Cathy Konrad, Sylvester Stallone and Robert Patrick; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; "Cop Land: The Making of an Urban Western" behind-the-scenes featurette and Storyboard Comparison. RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD: Stallone stars as war hero John Rambo. An ex-Green Beret haunted by memories of Vietnam, he was once the perfect killing machine. Now he's searching for peace, but finds instead an over-zealous, small-town sheriff who's spoiling for a fight. All hell breaks loose when an unjustly imprisoned Rambo escapes and becomes the target of a massive manhunt. Now he must use all his cunning, combat skills and weapons training to stay alive and outwit his pursuers. Blu-Ray Bonus Features: Audio commentary with Sylvester Stallone; Audio commentary with Novelist David Morrell; "Drawing First Blood" featurette; Deleted Scenes and Advanced Trivia Track. LOCK UP: "This is hell and I'm going to give you a guided tour!" With these chilling words, the warden (Donald Sutherland) welcomes Frank Leone (Sylvester Stallone) to Gateway Prison, a nightmare jail where every minute is hard time. The warden wants vengeance for the past; Leone wants only to survive the present. Their explosive battle of wills is the electrifying heart of one of Stallone's most heroic thrillers. Blu-Ray Bonus Features: "Making-of Lock Up" featurette; Sylvester Stallone Profile; Behind-the-Scenes Interviews with Cast and Theatrical trailer. ON THE NET: Visit The Expendables 2 -- which opens August 17 -- Official Site @ http://theexpendables2film.com
Community: The Complete Third Season
Classes resume at Greendale Community College, and the new school year brings our favorite group of social misfits back together for more outlandish behavior. Season Three brings new changes to the Greendale campus, as well as its students. Senor Chang now lives in the school's air vents working as Greendale's Campus Security Officer, and Troy and Abed move in together. From homicidal Halloween pizza parties, holiday Glee Club smackdowns, foosball showdowns, epic pillow fight wars and an underage campus security force to a shocking remarriage, a riotous funeral service, submarine sandwich throwdowns, a new Vice Dean (Emmy Award-winner John Goodman, Roseanne) with a strange air-conditioning fixation and a crime show homage for the ages -- the Third Season of television's boldest, brashest comedy is the most brilliant yet. Get ready to cram it all in. Led by Joel McHale (The Soup), the ensemble cast includes Gillian Jacobs (The Good Wife), Danny Pudi (Greek), Yvette Nicole Brown (Rules of Engagement), Alison Brie (Mad Men), Donald Glover (30 Rock), Academy Award-winner Jim Rash (The Descendants) with Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part II) and Emmy Award-winner Chevy Chase (Saturday Night Live). DVD Bonus Features: Cast and crew commentary on every episode: "This is War: Pillows vs. Blankets" mockumentary featurette; "A Glee-ful Community Christmas" featurette; Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel. ON THE NET: For news, gossip and videos of the show Community, head to the fansite @ http://communitynbc.com * Go to the NBC Network Official Site and type in "Community."
Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Tea Bagging in the U.K.
To help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year, Leonardo, New Jersey sent two if its highest ranking emissaries, Jay and Silent Bob, to England on a good will tour dubbed "Tea Bagging in the U.K." During their first-ever tour of England, Jay (actor Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (actor/director Kevin Smith) performed live on stage in front of sold-out crowds in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Four hours of highlights from the tour are on the two-disc set, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old: Tea Bagging in the U.K. While it mostly features Jay and Silent Bob performing live, the set also incorporates animation to illustrate several of the stories they are telling. The freewheeling shows are part of a long-running tradition. For years, Mewes and Smith have hosted evenings where they take questions from the audience and regale guests with hilarious tales about sex, growing up together, sex, Hollywood, sex and drugs. The duo recently took its Jay and Silent Bob Get Old show around the US, recording each performance and then releasing the audio as free podcasts. Bonus Features: Outtakes from all three concerts. ON THE NET: For more fun and outrageous behavior, head to Jay and Silent Bob's Official Site @ www.jayandsilentbobgetold.com
The long-awaited classic TV series The Lieutenant -- from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry -- is finally making its DVD debut exclusively on WarnerArchive.com. The Lieutenant was Roddenberry’s first TV series (as both creator and producer). Gary Lockwood (2001: A Space Odyssey) plays young and easy-going Marine Corps Lieutenant William Rice who commands a colorful crew of raw recruits. Rice soon finds his missions consist of dodging political grenades, searching to destroy dissent within the ranks and mounting reconnaissance missions to obtain young ladies' phone numbers. The series features guest star appearance from Star Trek legends Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, and Majel Barrett and Six Million Dollar Man Richard Anderson. What has become a huge fan base clamoring to get the 29 episodes filmed in 1963-64 will now get its wish. The Lietenant has been restored and includes an unseen theatrical iteration. ON THE NET: For more information on the DVD, visit www.WarnerArchive.com
The Sword Identity
Experience the lengths one man will go to prove his sword is invincible in The Sword Identity. In the Southern Chinese city of Guancheng, during the Ming Dynasty, there lived four families, each of them faithful keepers of martial arts. Anyone who wants to establish a new form or technique of kung fu has to fight their way through the family's gates. But when one man's request is rejected he will be put through a series of fights, determined to prove that his sword is invincible. From the writer of The Grandmasters comes a traditional action-packed martial arts film starring Yu Chenghui (The Legend of Bruce Lee). In addition to Yu Chenghui (The Shaolin Temple), The Sword Identity also stars Song Yang and Zhao Yuanyuan in their feature film debuts. ON THE NET: View the Official Trailer for The Sword Identity @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9jjFC6VrQE
Heidi's SongHeidi's Song is the iconic 1982 animated musical feature produced by Hanna Barbera. Johanna Spyri’s best-loved children’s classic, Heidi, is affectionately retold in this colorful, full-length animated musical motion picture. The famed story has been supplemented with three new, unforgettable sequences: a musical review, The Nightmare Ballet, in which Heidi meets the mountain creatures of the Wunderhorn; a dream fantasy in which Clara, Heidi’s wheelchair confined friend, meets her Prince Charming at a fantastic ball; and Ode to a Rat, in which a band of evil but clownish rats, led by King Rat, are roused into attacking Heidi in a dark cellar. Voices are provided by Lorne Greene as Grandfather, Margery Gray as Heidi and Sammy Davis, Jr. as King Rat. Sixteen original songs were written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Burton Lane. Heidi’s Song has all the elements to make a thoroughly enjoyable film that children will cherish a lifetime. ON THE NET: Kids can sing along with tunes from Heidi's Song @ www.heidisongs.com * To purchase this DVD, head straight to www.WarnerArchive.com
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 10: The Complete Final Season + Power Rangers Super Samurai -The Super Powered Black Box, Volume 1 & Super Showdown, Volume 2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season Ten: The Complete Final Season -- Cowabunga! Get ready for Kung Fu Action in the final season of the totally awesome classic TV series. Join Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo as they battle the evil Lord Dregg in one final battle. All 8 episodes from season 10 of the classic TV series available for the first time ever on DVD! Bonus Features: All-new exclusive interviews with the show’s artists and two never-before-released episodes. THE POWER RANGERS SUPER SAMURAI arrive to save the world in the first super volumes in the newest season of the long-running popular entertainment franchise -- Power Rangers Super Samurai: The Super Powered Black Box Vol. 1 and Power Rangers Super Samurai: Super
Showdown Vol. 2. Join the team of the now Super Samurai Rangers as they battle Master Xandred and his evil Nighlok monsters to defend mankind. This all new super version features new super weapons, super modes and a new super villain that the Samurai Rangers must combine forces against. Currently airing on Nickelodeon, this new production of Power Rangers Super Samurai is the Number One kids action series across all television. A fan favorite for over two decades, Power Rangers Super Samurai combines action-filled storylines with humor and heart, while promoting strong values including teamwork, friendship and fitness. ON THE NET: Visit the Official Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Site @ www.nick.com/shows/ninja-turtles * Check out Nickelodeon's Official Power Ranger Super Samurai @ www.nick.com/shows/power-rangers-samurai
The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show
Remember the classic 80’s cartoon series Heathcliff and Dingbat? Fans of classic animation, or anyone who watched Saturday morning cartoons, are sure to enjoy this series based on the timeless Heathcliff comic strip about a wily cat who loves lasagna and terrorizing his neighborhood. The sassiest, frassiest, classiest cat, Heathcliff, jumps from the comic strip to the TV screen in the first of his animated adaptations and is joined by the silliest trio of monsters ever seen, the aptly named Dingbat and the Creeps. The feline half of the show is pure classic Heathcliff high jinks, with the highfalutin’ low-livin’ tomcat living the life while romancing Sonja, avoiding the dog-catcher and tormenting Spike. And as an added soupcon of catnip, Heathcliff is voiced by the legendary man of 1,000 voices, Mel Blanc! Meanwhile, a dog heads up the second half, but this is no common canine. Dingbat is a vampire dog, who with fellow Creeps the fat skeleton Sparerib and teamleader Nobody, a talking jack-o-lantern, makes up the strangest service biz ever seen, Odd Jobs, Inc. So grab a seat and get ready for the funniest antics this side of alleyway and graveyard. ON THE NET: For your own copy of The Heathcliff and Dingbat Show head to www.WarnerArchive.comNOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY:
Jaws: Blu-Ray Combo PackJaws – the landmark motion picture that still makes audiences afraid to go in the water. Directed by Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg, Jaws set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and forever changing the movie industry. When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town's chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, Jaws remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history. Featuring an all-new, digitally re-mastered and fully restored picture, as well as 7.1 surround sound, the Jaws Blu-ray Combo Pack gives fans the ultimate way to watch the breathtaking and terrifying action-thriller. When it was first released in 1975, Jaws smashed box-office records and became the highest-grossing film of its era, earning Spielberg a reputation as a Hollywood visionary. Today, it remains one of the highest-grossing films in motion-picture history and is largely considered the film that launched the summer blockbuster. Blu-ray Bonus Features: “The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws" - an all-new documentary narrated by Roy Scheider; "The Making Of Jaws"; "Jaws: The Restoration" - an 8-minute featurette on the restoration process; Deleted Scenes and Outtakes; From The Set; Storyboards; Productions Photos; "Marketing Jaws"; "Jaws Phenomenon" and Original Theatrical Trailer. ON THE NET: "Jaws: The Restoration" - an 8-minute featurette can be found on Universal’s YouTube channel @ http://www.youtube.com/user/nbcunient/