EXCLUSIVE: 'Surrogates' DVD & Blu-Ray Bonus Feature Preview - 'Breaking The Frame'

"Surrogates," director Jonathan Mostow's big-screen adaptation of Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele's comic book series, arrives on shelves next week. As regular readers know, we've been all over the film since it was first announced several years ago — mainly because we're all big fans of the book around Splash Page HQ.

That's why we're happy to present an exclusive preview of one of the bonus features on the "Surrogates" DVD and Blu-Ray. In "Breaking the Frame," Venditti describes the long, strange trip "Surrogates" has taken from the mailroom at Top Shelf Productions to a feature film starring Bruce Willis.


"Surrogates" arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray January 26. Read on for a full breakdown of the specs for each release.

Official press release text:

Bruce Willis is Back in Action in the Adrenaline-Fueled Thriller SURROGATES

Available on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and DVD on January 26, 2010

BURBANK, California, November 20, 2009 – Action superstar Bruce Willis (the Die Hard franchise) headlines another spectacular thrill ride in the gripping film Surrogates, coming to Blu-ray® Hi-Def and DVD on January 26, 2010 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator Three: Rise of the Machines, U-571), Surrogates is a heart-pounding futuristic tale of splintered identity, treachery and murder. Both DVD and Blu-ray editions come with an array of bonus features that not only invite viewers to delve deep into the darkly imaginative world of Surrogates, but describe how this futuristic idea is not such a far-off reality.

Based on the enormously popular graphic novel created by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, Surrogates also stars Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill), Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible), James Cromwell (Spider-man 3) and Rosamund Pike (An Education).

Synopsis

FBI agent Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) lives in a world where robotic surrogates stand in for people, protecting them from violence, contagion—and the appearance of aging. These picture perfect, real-life avatars—fit, good-looking, remotely controlled machines that assume their operator’s life role—enable the population to experience life vicariously from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Greer and his partner, Agent Peters (Radha Mitchell), are called in to probe the mysterious death of a college student, whose life ended when his surrogate was destroyed. When Greer’s surrogate is damaged in the investigation, he ventures out of his apartment for the first time in decades. In a world of masks, Greer must decide who is real and who can be trusted.

Bonus Features

Surrogates on DVD includes:

· Commentary with director Jonathan Mostow

· “I Will Not Bow” Music Video by Breaking Benjamin

The Surrogates Blu-ray contains the DVD extras plus exclusive bonus features that go into the heart of the film’s intriguing premise:

· A More Perfect You: The Science of Surrogates — The world of surrogates is not far away! Mind-controlled robotics is already in use in today. This featurette explores the realities of this technology and offers an in-depth look into the creation of the superhuman versions of the cast created for this film.

· Breaking the Frame: A Graphic Novel Comes to Life — A visual exploration of the evolution of Surrogates from graphic novel to major motion picture from the earliest designs and sketches. Pivotal sequences come to life in a dazzling 3-D animated experience.

· Four Deleted Scenes

Surrogates is priced at $39.99 (U.S.) and $44.99 (Canada) on Blu-ray Hi-Def, and $29.99 (U.S.) and $35.99 (Canada) on DVD.

Blu-ray

Suggested retail price: U.S. $39.99, Canada $44.99

Feature run time: 88 Minutes

Rating: USA: PG13 - for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene; Canada: 14A - Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children

Bonus materials not rated

Aspect ratio:

Sound: English 5.1 DTS-HD

Languages: English, Spanish, French

DVD

Suggested retail price: U.S. $29.99, Canada $35.99

Feature run time: 88 Minutes

Rating: USA: PG13 - for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene; Canada: 14A - Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children

Bonus materials not rated

Aspect ratio: 2.40:1

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound

Languages: English, Spanish, French