WB is Bringing Sexy Back to Blu-Ray with Diamond Luxe Editions

There’s a lot of info here, so I’m going to let the press release do most of the talking.  The first films using the new packaging will start hitting on September 30th, and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

On September 30, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will launch its new Diamond Luxe Editions – special new releases that will be offered in sleek and elegant collector-style packaging.

The releases selected to introduce the packaging will be two-disc sets of anniversary editions, alternate cuts and other signature titles – all of which will boast new or outstanding vintage bonus features.  The first group of Diamond Luxe Edition titles includes anniversary editions of The Green Mile, Gremlins, Natural Born Killers and Forrest Gump. Ben-Hur will also be offered in a new Two-Disc Blu-rayTM edition. All are available for $24.98 SRP.

The striking functional design is more sleek and durable than traditional Blu-ray packaging. As pictured below, a super-slim case, only 1⁄2” ‘thin’ when completely closed, features an eye-catching photographic image and title treatment. The case opens into a two-fold with two additional impactful images and then again into four panels with a powerful panoramic photo and two slots for the discs…all folding neatly for easy storage.

The Green Mile 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray
Nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Frank Darabont’s
The Green Mile was adapted from Stephen King’s 1996 best-seller. The two-disc set will include vintage bonus features plus a new high-def documentary feature, Walking the Mile (Extended Version) with star Tom Hanks, Darabont, Stephen King and Mr. Jingles the mouse. This exclusive first-person making-of documentary feature was shot on location in Tennessee, North Carolina and Los Angeles.

Special Features:
Walking the Mile (Extended Version) NEW!  High-def documentary feature starring Tom Hanks, Frank Darabont, Stephen King, and Mr. Jingles, the mouse
Commentary by Frank Darabont
The Teaser Trailer: A Case Study
Walking the Mile: The Making of The Green Mile
Miracles and Mystery: Creating the Green Mile- Stephen King: Storyteller
Miracles and Mystery: Creating the Green Mile- The Art of Adaptation
Miracles and Mystery: Creating the Green Mile- Acting on the Mile
Miracles and Mystery: Creating the Green Mile- Designing the Mile
Miracles and Mystery: Creating the Green Mile- The Magic of the Mile
Miracles and Mystery: Creating the Green Mile- The Tail of Mr. Jingles
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Frank Darabont
Michael Clarke Duncan’s Screen Test
Tom Hank’s Makeup Test

Natural Born Killers 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray
This 1994 Venice Film Festival winner captures Oliver’s Stone’s hallucinogenic ride through the minds and exploits of two cold-blooded lovers (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis), and is a powerful, gut-grabbing look at how violence and crime are sensationalized and glamorized in the media.

This anniversary edition will contain two versions of the film (Theatrical version and Director’s Cut), and a new high-def featurette Natural Born Killers: Method in the Madness, a rare glimpse provided by director Stone, editor Hank Corwin and technical advisor Dale Dye into the creative process that gave birth to this provocative, unapologetically violent piece of American cinema.

Special Features:
Natural Born Killers: Method In The Madness NEW!  High-def featurette with Oliver Stone, editor Hank Corwin and technical advisor Dale Dye
Commentaries by Oliver Stone (Theatrical version and Director’s Cut)
Introduction by Oliver Stone (2009)
Natural Born Killers Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?
Chaos Rising: The Storm Around Natural Born Killers
“The Charlie Rose Show”
Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary by Oliver Stone
Alternate Ending
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Oliver Stone.

Forest Gump 20th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray
Forrest Gump is the movie triumph that became a phenomenon. Tom Hanks gives an astonishing performance as Forrest, an everyman whose simple innocence comes to embody a generation. The winner of six Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Zemeckis) and Best Actor (Tom Hanks).

Special Features:
Greenbow Diary (HD)
The Art of Screenplay Adaptation (HD)
Little Forrest (HD)
An Evening with Forrest Gump (HD)
Easter Egg: Groom on Gump (HD)
The Make-up of Forrest Gump
Through the Ears of Forrest Gump – Sound Design
Building The World of Forrest Gump
Seeing is Believing – The Visual Effects of Forrest Gump
Screen Tests
Theatrical Trailer (HD)
Remember Trailer (HD)

Gremlins: 30th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray
Gremlins, written by Chris Columbus and directed by Joe Dante, is a wildly original roller-coaster about supposedly gentle furballs who create their own rules about their care and feeding. Michael Finnell produced and Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg executive produced.

Special Features:
From Gizmo to Gremlins: Creating the Creatures (NEW!)
Special effects wizard Chris Walas plus the filmmakers and cast guide us through the art of creating Gremlins Gizmo and Stripe, how the puppets worked (or didn’t!) and how their voices came to be.
Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous: Making Gremlins (NEW!) Steven Spielberg tells how he found the screenplay for Gremlins and why it was perfect for his then-new company Amblin Entertainment. Dante, Marshall and Finnell also participate.
Motion Comic of the 1984 Book “Gremlins: The Gift of the Mogwai” (NEW!)
Motion Comic of the 1984 Book “The Last Gremlin” (NEW!)
Hangin’ With Hoyt on the Set of Gremlins (NEW!)

Ben-Hur: Two Disc Blu-ray with Bonus Special Features Disc
William Wyler’s unforgettable epic spectacle, full of visual splendor, thundering action and towering drama, won a record-setting 11 Academy Awards® (1959) including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Charlton Heston, in his Best Actor Oscar®-winning role, is Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman in Palestine whose heroic odyssey includes enslavement by the Romans, vengeance against his tormentors during a furious arena chariot race and fateful encounters with Jesus Christ. Truly an enduring and spellbinding spectacular.

Special Features:
Commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher and Charlton Heston
Feature Length Documentary: Charlton Heston & Ben-Hur: A Personal Journey – Retrospective on the Ben-Hur star, written and directed by his son Fraser C. Heston, featuring never-before-available images and footage from the Heston family archives
The 1925 Silent Version – Thames Television
Restoration with Stereophonic Orchestral Score by Carl Davis
Vintage Documentaries Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema and Ben-Hur: The Making of an Epic
Ben-Hur: A Journey Through Pictures – Audiovisual Recreation Via Stills, Storyboards, Sketches, Music and Dialogue
Screen Tests
Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards® Telecast