GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The wait is "Ogre" when
DreamWorks Home Entertainment releases the #1 comedy of all time and biggest
animated picture ever on DVD and VHS on Friday, November 5. One of the best
reviewed and most watched movies of 2004, Shrek 2 earned more than
$439 million at the box office and secured a spot as the third highest
grossing film in cinema history. Making the biggest movie of the year even
BIGGER, the fun reaches fever pitch with more Shrek than ever before -- taking
the film's hip humor and non-stop entertainment to an unparalleled home
viewing experience. Like its Academy Award(R)-winning* predecessor that
crushed previous home video records upon its DVD release in 2001, the Shrek 2
DVD will be loaded with hours of entertainment including an all-new exclusive
side-splitting surprise ending that takes the clever classic and pop culture
satire peppered throughout the film to the pinnacle of parody hilarity.
Created by the Shrek 2 filmmakers and animators, the extensive new animated
spoof is entitled "Far, Far Away Idol" and features a talent competition with
riotous singing performances by favorite Shrek characters. In this
irreverently funny send-up of one of today's most popular programs, Shrek,
Fiona, and a delightfully animated Simon Cowell -- complete with a
medieval-styled black t-shirt and plenty of witty pointers for the fairytale
crooners -- are put in the judges' seats. After enjoying the hilarious spoof,
DVD viewers are able to join in on the judging fun with an interactive
component that allows them to cast their vote for their favorite performer.
Giving this comical contest global notoriety, Shrek 2 VHS and DVD owners can
access a link to the DreamWorks website to find out which characters their
fellow "arm chair" critics are supporting. They can then cast their vote
along with millions to determine the ultimate winner. The DVD also features
newly created animated menus, fascinating behind-the-scenes programs,
specially created TV set top games for kids, and much more. Shrek 2 VHS will
be ownably priced at $15.95 and the DVD will be available for $19.95.
A deluxe 4-disc gift set entitled, Shrek: The Story So Far will also release
on Friday, November 5. The perfect gift for the avid Shrek fan, this
beautifully package set includes: the original Academy Award-winning Shrek
and hours of bonus programs; the Shrek 2 DVD fully loaded with all extras;
Shrek 3-D, featuring a fun-filled Shrek adventure in both dazzling 3-D
animation and 2-D complete with four pair of 3-D glasses; plus a bonus disc
featuring never-before-seen programs only available in this remarkable gift
In addition to becoming the top movie of the year, the most successful
animated film of all time and the third largest domestic grossing motion
picture ever, Shrek 2 overtook numerous other box office records including:
earning $300 million faster than any other film; hitting the $400 million mark
faster than any other film; biggest opening weekend for an animated film
($108 million); best single-day box-office ever ($44.8 million on Saturday,
May 22); and best second weekend box office.
The DVD is loaded with hours of entertainment offering something for
everyone including: an outrageously fun surprise ending; fascinating
behind-the-scenes programs detailing the ins-and-outs of the animation
process; new interviews with the all-star talent; specially-created animated
menus; fun games and printables for the kids; and much more. The DVD is
packed with more Shrek for audiences to love! The following details the DVD:
SHREK 2 DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Menus: The moment viewers pop in the Shrek 2 DVD, the all-new animated
menus playfully propel them into the movie's irreverent humor. Complete with
hilarious character banter recorded by the original voice talent, the menus
are designed to entertain, as well as help the viewer navigate through a
wealth of bonus material. To go to a desired section of the DVD, viewers
simply click on the character. The following details each section:
Far, Far Away Idol
The lovely ogress Princess Fiona hosts this section which takes viewers to
the all-new animated spoof "Far, Far Away Idol," in addition to fun programs
that complement this exclusive to DVD parody. Following is a description:
* Far, Far Away Idol: Created by the Shrek 2 filmmakers and animators,
this interactive segment enables viewers to "cast their vote" for the
next Far, Far Away Idol -- giving each presentation of the program a
fresh new twist every time they choose a different character. Staying
true to the "spoof" nature of the Shrek franchise, this all-new
animated piece is an uproarious parody of one of today's most popular
shows and features Shrek characters battling it out in a hilarious
singers' showdown. With a judging panel that includes Shrek, Fiona
and everyone's favorite sharp-tongued critic Simon Cowell, each
charming performance is met with some con-structive, some
de-structive, but always hilarious quip! This send-up picks up where
the movie left off and gives the home viewing audience even more of
the movie they love.
* Far, Far Away Idol Printables: Adding more fun and interactivity to
Far, Far Away Idol, printable activities are available. While
watching the Far, Far Away Idol challenge, viewers can print up their
own score cards, Far, Far Away Idol posters, signed glossy photos of
the contestants, and a Far, Far Away Idol press guide that provides
each competing character's biography and details about the song they
* Cast Your Vote: After viewers have selected their favorite Far, Far
Away Idol in their own home, they are offered the chance to have their
voice heard around the world! A link to a DreamWorks website allows
viewers to join millions of Far, Far Away Idol fanatics in casting a
vote to determine the ultimate winner in this side-splitting send-up.
Shrek 2 fans can continuously log on to the site to see who's ahead in
the race to become the #1 Far, Far Away Idol!
The very brave and valiant Puss In Boots hosts the SPECIAL FEATURES
section, introducing viewers to a variety of fun programs including:
* Technical Goofs: An interesting and often hilarious look at technical
mishaps that occurred during in the production of Shrek 2.
* Filmmakers' Commentaries: Two filmmaker's commentaries give viewers a
true insider's look at the various aspects of creating Shrek 2.
Directors Conrad Vernon and Kelly Asbury reveal fascinating secrets
about the animation process and working on this record-shattering
smash. Producer Aron Warner and editor Mike Andrews provide insight
into the process of producing and editing.
* Meet Puss In Boots: A delightful introduction to the story and the new
breakout character Puss In Boots. Featuring never-before-seen footage
of Antonio Banderas, this charming feature reveals just what makes
this cat pur-r-r-r-r.
* Meet the Cast of Shrek 2: A rousing romp through the land of Far, Far
Away, providing viewers with a look at returning favorites and new
members of the Shrek family.
* The Tech of Shrek 2: Once again, DreamWorks' preferred technology
provider, Hewlett-Packard (HP), made it possible to take computer
animation to the next level, providing the computing infrastructure
for the animation studio. This featurette offers viewers a behind
the-scenes look at the talent and technology behind the pixels.
* The Music of Shrek 2: A resident of Billboard's Top Soundtrack hit
list for weeks, Shrek 2's tunes drive the film's action forward with
refreshing sounds. This featurette provides a look at the creation of
the score and soundtrack, which features an eclectic group of artists
including Counting Crows, Tom Waits, Eels, and Dashboard Confessional
* Cast and Filmmaker Bios
* Production Notes
With a swish of her wand, Fairy Godmother takes viewers to the SCENE INDEX
where they can "magically" go directly to any one of 20 scenes.
Highlighting her sweet and caring demeanor, Queen Lillian takes viewers to
the HELP MENUS where those new to the DVD format can access information about
navigating the DVD.
Never at a loss for words, Donkey invites viewers to PLAY MOVIE (S-h-h-h
Donkey, no talking during the feature presentation!).
New From DreamWorks Animation
Shrek takes viewers to the NEW FROM DREAMWORKS ANIMATION section where
they can get a sneak peek at the studio's upcoming animated film Madagascar.
Making full use of his deep and sultry voice, seasoned with just a hint of
ennui, Prince Charming takes viewers to the AUDIO MENU. The audio options
include: English 5.1; English 2.0; French 5.1; Spanish 2.0. Subtitles
include: English; French; Spanish.
His Royal Highness plays host to the SUBTITLES page (English, French and
DWK: This Way To Play
The high-pitched spokesman for DWK: THIS WAY TO PLAY, the Gingerbread Man
(aka Gingy) takes the "wee little" viewers to a section filled with fun music,
games and creative activities including:
* Shrek's Music Room: An area for kids to access programs specific to
the music of the movie including:
-- Fiona's Jukebox Scene Index: Takes kids directly to the scene in
the movie that plays their favorite song
-- Fairy Godmother Sing-Along
-- Counting Crows' "Accidentally In Love" Music Video
* Favorite Scenes: Kids can access their favorite scenes as
categorized by Gross Out, Shrek & Fiona, Puss In Boots, Donkey and
Laugh Out Loud.
* Set Top Games: Features an assortment of fun Shrek-themed games and
activities such as Find Puss In Boots, Save Fiona! and Map of Far, Far
Away that can be accessed on your television set via the remote
* DVD-ROM Activities
Featuring an assortment of creative activities and printables
including "Far, Far Away Idol"-themed materials, post cards, puzzles,
hair ornaments, as well as links to the Shrek 2 and DreamWorks Kids
* Far, Far Away Idol: The hilarious new animated spoof also can be
accessed in the DreamWorks Kids section
SHREK: THE STORY SO FAR GIFT SET
Just in time for the Holidays, DreamWorks will also release Shrek: The
Story So Far, a four-disc collection featuring all of the uproarious Shrek
adventures in one great boxed gift set. Available Friday, November 5 and
priced at under $40.00, this collection is a must-own for every Shrek fan.
Shrek: The Story So Far includes:
* Shrek: This single disc DVD features the original Academy
Award(R)-winning movie in full frame and fun-filled bonus programs
that enhance the viewing experience
* Shrek 3-D: After revisiting their favorite Shrek characters, viewers
can pop in Shrek 3-D and join Shrek, Fiona and Donkey right where they
left them -- just before they take off for their next great adventure
in Shrek 2. Featured in both dazzling 3-D animation and a 2-D version
on the same disc, Shrek 3-D also includes four pair of 3-D glasses
* Shrek 2: The fully-loaded Shrek 2 DVD featuring the film in full
* Shrek Bonus Disc: Exclusive to gift set owners, a special bonus disc
featuring never-before-seen programs. This disc includes:
-- Puss In Boots Music Video: If viewers enjoyed this feisty feline
in the "Far, Far Away Idol" spoof, they love Puss in his very own
music video singing "These Boots Where Made For Walking."
-- Learn How to Burp with Shrek and Fiona: "Better out than in,"
Shrek always says! Get some "Gas Management 101" lessons from the
best belchers in the biz!
-- Making Of "Far, Far Away Idol" Featurette: Get the inside scoop
on the making of this hilarious spoof.
-- Shrek 2 Around the World: Dubbed in 31 languages find out how
this massive task gets accomplished and meet the all-star voice
talent from different places around the globe.
-- Learn To Draw Shrek, Donkey and Puss In Boots: Don't just
doodle...get drawing lessons for real DreamWorks animators.
SHREK 2 SYNOPSIS
Everyone's favorite larger than life hero returns in Shrek 2 and happily
ever after never seemed so far far away when a trip to meet the in-laws, Queen
Lillian (Julie Andrews) and King Harold (John Cleese), turns into another
hilariously twisted adventure for Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz).
With the help of his faithful steed Donkey (Eddie Murphy), Shrek takes on a
potion-brewing Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders), the pompous Prince
Charming (Rupert Everett), and the famed ogre-killer, Puss In Boots (Antonio
Banderas), a ferocious feline foe who's really just a pussycat at heart.
DreamWorks SKG was formed in October 1994, by its three principal
partners, Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen -- as a single
company to produce live-action motion pictures; animated feature films and
television programs; network, syndicated and cable television programming;
records; books; toys and consumer products.
VHS Price: $15.95 (M.A.P.) -- Widescreen and Full Screen
DVD Price: $19.95 (M.A.P.)
Street Date: Friday, November 5, 2004
Running Time: 92 minutes, 24 seconds
MPAA Rating: PG
SOURCE DreamWorks Home Entertainment