09 August 2007


Press Releases

Brothers and Sisters - The Complete First SeasonBrothers & Sisters: The Complete First Season – September 18, 2007

Touted as the next great family drama, Brothers & Sisters explores the highs and lows of The Walkers – a postmodern American family and their delicate relationships. The series features an all-star lineup of Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Oscar® winners including Sally Field (“Norman Rae”), Tom Skerritt (“Picket Fences”), Rachel Griffiths (“Six Feet Under”), Calista Flockhart (“Ally McBeal”) and Rob Lowe (“The West Wing”).
William (Skerritt) and Nora (Field) have raised five unique children, all battling complex problems. Kitty (Flockhart) is an outspoken political commentator who begins a relationship with charismatic Senator Robert McCallister (Lowe), while Sarah (Griffiths) balances motherhood with managing the struggling family business. Tommy (Balthazar Getty) is the loyal son who manages the Walker family business with Sarah. Kevin (Matthew Rhys) is a gay lawyer coming to terms with his sexuality, while Justin, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, battles drug addiction.

The 6-disc Brothers & Sisters Complete First Season DVD box set leaves no Walker family stone unturned. Special features include a bonus un-aired episode and “Walker Family Tree” which goes behind the scenes of this acclaimed ensemble series. Plus, meet the real family behind the show’s success in “Family Business” featuring Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig.

• Bonus Un-Aired Episode
• “ Walker Family Tree”
The story behind the making of the compelling new series
• “Set Tour with Dave, Balt and Matt”
Get the inside look with Balthazar Getty, Dave Annable and Matthew Rhys
• “Family Business”
Meet the Olins, the real family behind the success of the popular TV family
• Bloopers
• Deleted Scenes
• Audio Commentaries

Ugly Betty - The Complete First SeasonUgly Betty: The Complete First Season – The Bettyfied Edition – August 21, 2007

America is cheering for vibrant overachiever Betty Suarez a.k.a. Ugly Betty, played by America Ferrera (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”). Winner of two Golden Globes®, Ugly Betty received statuettes for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy and Best Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy for Ferrera. Ugly Betty is the ultimate story of a square peg in a universe of round holes. The bespectacled Betty Suarez is the true beauty in the skin-deep world of high fashion, but she toils as the assistant to dashing womanizer Daniel Meade (Eric Mabius), editor-in-chief of fashion industry bible “MODE.” Both are newcomers to the ultra-competitive fashion scene, and need to constantly beat back attacks from their jealous enemies— fashion diva Wilhelmina (former Miss America Vanessa Williams), her toadying assistant Marc (Michael Urie) and conniving receptionist Amanda (Becki Newton). Away from the glitz of Manhattan, Betty lives in Queens with her family—her loving father Ignacio (Tony Plana), spitfire sister Hilda (Ana Ortiz) and fashion-obsessed nephew Justin (Mark Indelicato)—who lend her support whenever she is in need.

Get into the MODE with 23 episodes on this 6-disc DVD. “Must-have” bonus features include “Becoming Ugly”, in which Ferrera and the cast discuss what it means to get Bettyfied. Plus, get the real behind-the-scenes scoop with “A La Mode” and “Green is the New Black,” which explore the fashion, sets and magic that go into creating the show. The DVD will also feature deleted scenes, audio commentaries, bloopers and a Spanish audio track.

• “Becoming Ugly”
America Ferrera and the cast discuss what it means to get Bettyfied
• “A La Mode”
Behind-the-scenes with production, set and costume designers to discover how the world of MODE was created
• “Green is the New Black”
See the high fashion of Manhattan and coziness of Queens all created on a Hollywood sound stage
• Deleted Scenes
• Audio Commentaries
• Bloopers

Friday Night Lights -  The Complete First SeasonFriday Night Lights The Complete First Season - August 28, 2007

UNIVERSAL CITY,Calif., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspired by the New York Times best-selling book and acclaimed theatrical feature, the Emmy® nominated Friday Night Lights: The First Season debuts on DVD on August 28, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Executive produced by Peter Berg (who directed and wrote the feature film) and Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind), Friday Night Lights has won viewer devotion and critical praise for its look at the emotional dynamics of small-town life. Featuring outstanding production values, insightful writing and compelling characters, the series has received several prestigious honors including two 2007 Primetime Emmy® nominations including Best Directing, the 2007 Television Critics Association award for Outstanding New Program, The George Foster Peabody Award and the American Film Institute's (AFI) 2006 Television Program of the Year. All 22 episodes of the initial season, available for the first time on DVD, come with outstanding bonus features including a "Making of the Final Episode" featurette, special commentary by the show's producers and deleted scenes from some of the season's most memorable episodes. Friday Night Lights: The First Season comes in a five-disc set and is priced to own at $29.98 SRP.

Friday Night Lights tells the story of life in the small town of Dillon, Texas, where everyone comes together on Friday nights when the Dillon High Panthers play. But life is not a game; and the charismatic players, new coach and the passionate fans find that their biggest challenges and obstacles come off the field in the compelling day-to-day dramas of their tight-knit community. Bringing this story to life is an impressive ensemble cast including Kyle Chandler (King Kong) Connie Britton ("24"), Scott Porter (Music &Lyrics), Gaius Charles ("The Book of Daniel"), Taylor Kitsch (The Covenant), Zach Gilford (The Last Winter), Minka Kelly ("What I Like About You"), Adrianne Palicki ("South Beach") Jesse Plemons ("Grey's Anatomy") and Aimee Teegarden ("Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"). Season 2 of Friday Night Lights premieres Friday, October 5 (9 p.m. ET) on NBC.


Starting with its acclaimed premiere episode, Friday Night Lights has won over critics across the country with its top-notch visuals, heartfelt writing and gifted cast. Michael Schneider of Daily Variety declared it "one of the best-looking pilots of the year with sharp cinematography, strong editing and a feature-quality feel." Friday Night Lights is "the fall's best new series," according to Time magazine, and "the best live-action show about contemporary life in America that is currently on the air," in the opinion of Adam Buckman of the New York Post. The Associated Press raves that Friday Night Lights is "breathtaking in how it captures ordinary life set against extraordinary passions."

-- Behind the Lights - A special look at the creation of the first season
of Friday Night Lights.
-- Episode Commentary with the Talented Cast of Friday Night Lights.
-- Deleted Scenes from Favorite Episodes.

Heroes - Season OneHeroes The Complete First Season - August 28, 2007

Universal City, May 18, 2007 – Ordinary people with extraordinary abilities link a group of complete strangers that may determine the future of the world when Heroes: Season 1 comes to DVD and HD DVD August 28, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The most acclaimed and addictive new series of the 2006-2007 television season, Heroes: Season 1, which was created by Tim Kring (“Providence,” “Crossing Jordan”), features an extraordinary ensemble cast that includes Sendhil Ramamurthy (Blind Guy Driving), Milo Ventimiglia (“Gilmore Girls”), Adrian Pasdar (“Judging Amy”), Hayden Panettiere (Bring It On: All Or Nothing), Ali Larter (Final Destination), Noah Gray-Cabey, (“My Wife & Kids”), Leonard Roberts (“Smallville”), Santiago Cabrera (“Empire”), Tawny Cypress (NBC’s “Third Watch”), Greg Grunberg (“Alias”), Masi Oka, (NBC's “Scrubs”), Jack Colman (“Dynasty”), James Kyson Lee (NBC’s “Las Vegas”), Zachary Quinto (“24”), Ashley Crow (NBC’s “American Dreams”), Cristine Rose (NBC’s “Friends”), Jimmy Jean-Louis (Monster-in-Law), Eric Roberts (“Less than Perfect”) and Malcolm McDowall (“Entourage”). Electrifying intrigue, compelling mythology and soaring imagination make the NBC epic drama the must see event of the year. Praised for its “propulsive, surprisingly and emotionally charged storytelling” by Entertainment Weekly, Heroes nabbed the People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Drama Series and a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Drama Series of 2007, even before completing its first season. Heroes is television’s number-one new show of the 2006-2007 season.

"Heroes is one of those rare television series with such broad popular and critical appeal that it has become an instant cultural phenomenon," said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Studios Digital Platforms. "With the extraordinary array of compelling bonus content offered on both the DVD and HD DVD respectively, this title, which has already generated tremendous anticipation among consumers, is well poised to be one of the greatest, must-have DVDs of the year.”

Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy), a genetics professor from Chennai, picks up his late father’s research and makes an astonishing discovery - a seemingly random group of people around the world are developing astonishing super powers. From a drug-addicted artist (Santiago Cabrera), who paints the future and an ambitious politician (Adrian Pasdar) who can fly, to a New York cop who hears other people’s thoughts (Greg Grunberg) and a Japanese computer programmer (Masi Oka) who can distort the space time continuum, these new Heroes seem to have a shared destiny. Creator Tim Kring (“Crossing Jordan”) fashions a complex new world full of hidden clues, breathtaking plot twists and suspense-filled conundrums for an exhilaratingly fresh story about average people who are confronting the existence of inexplicable super powers. Also starring Milo Ventimiglia, Hayden Panettiere, Ali Larter, Noah Gray-Cabey, Leonard Roberts, Tawny Cypress and Jack Colman, Heroes: Season 1 is packed with special bonuses that take viewers deeper into this rich and riveting series. Relive the excitement or discover it for the first time with Heroes: Season 1 on DVD and HD DVD.

The seven-disc DVD set is packed with revealing bonus features, including five featurettes, over 50 deleted scenes plus the 73-minute Tim Kring cut of the original series premiere that has never aired on television and much more.

• Unaired Pilot: The Tim Kring Cut with Audio Commentary – A full 73 uninterrupted minutes of the original, unaired, extended pilot episode, as Heroes’ creator Tim Kring first envisioned it, with a character never seen.
• The Making of Heroes – From concept to pop culture phenomenon, a behind-the-scenes look at the hottest new series on television
• Special Effects – The secrets behind the eye-popping visuals that give the Heroes their amazing powers.
• The Stunts – A back stage look at the show’s hair-raising stunts.
• Mind Reader – Matt Parkman’s mind reading abilities reveal your inner Hero with a series of simple tests.
• Profile of Artist Tim Sale - A look at the Eisner Award-winning comic book artist (Spiderman, Batman, Daredevil) behind much of the Manga-influenced artwork used in the show.
• The Score - Go behind the scenes with Wendy Melvin and Lisa Coleman (of Prince’s The Revolution) as they create their ASCAP Award-winning musical score.
• 50 Deleted and Extended Scenes

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