Universal’s Press Release for Heroes HD DVD Edition

Source: TVShowsOnDVD.com

Heros – Season 1 HD DVD can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com at US$69.95.

Universal City, July 25, 2007 – Heroes: Season 1 on HD DVD offers exclusive features viewers can only see on HD DVD including web-enabled Download Center, Heroes Abilities Test, The Helix Revealed, Character Connections and Picture-in-Picture Commentary available August 28, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The seven-disc HD DVD set provides a personal experience for viewers of television’s hottest must-see series and immerses them in the program. The exclusive interactive features showcase the HD DVD Web-connectivity feature which is Universal’s first-ever. HD DVD is the only high definition format that offers Web connectivity.

Heroes: Season 1 on HD DVD creates a community for fans and gets them engaged in the Heroes experience. HD DVD allows viewers to connect to the Internet and download exclusive content, trailers and updates directly to their HD DVD players-a powerful opportunity for fans to enter the world of their favorite heroes. In fact, Heroes is the first “Connected Title” with a 360 program allowing HD DVD users unique access to exclusive online content. Some of the groundbreaking online features include: an exclusive Heroes’ Ability Test, which prompts you to create your own Heroes profile and upload it to an exclusive webpage on the NBC.com/HEROES site; The Helix Revealed, a guide to the mysterious Helix symbol; Character Connections, an interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes; Artwork Presentation, exploring the artwork and comics featured in the show in detail, and much more.

Heroes: Season 1 continues to expand on the superior interactive capabilities of HD DVD with unprecedented web-enabled features that take advantage of the consistent consumer experience only HD DVD can guarantee, regardless of the player,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Studios Digital Platforms. “The release of this highly-anticipated box set brings fans closer to the action than ever before, incorporating new social networking options that will enable a new level of immersion into the highly popular world of Heroes.”

Heroes: Season 1 on HD DVD enhances the home viewing experience with mandatory HD features such as a network connection, picture-in-picture, persistent storage and compelling interactive features. Quality, affordability, and exceptional viewing and listening experiences are widely touted benefits of the HD DVD format. Additionally, the HD DVD version also includes the exciting extras from the standard DVD version including the never aired 73-minute premiere episode with audio commentary by the show’s creator, Tim Kring, 50 deleted and extended scenes, The Making of Heroes, Mind Reader (Matt Parkman’s mind-reading abilities reveal your inner Hero with a series of simple tests) and much more!

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 Coleman (“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.

HD DVD INTERACTIVE FEATURES

Interactive features are available on the following disks:


DISC ONE Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.


DISC TWO Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

CONNECTIVITY FEATURES

  • DOWNLOAD CENTER – download exclusive content, trailers and updates directly to your HD DVD player.
  • GENETIC ABILITIES TEST – Take the Abilities Test and find out what type of Hero you are. Your profile will be uploaded to NBC.com/Heroes where you will be given a unique access code to view exclusive content.

DISC THREE Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

DISC FOUR Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

Picture-in-Picture Cast & Crew Video Commentary

  • Godsend with Jack Coleman, Leonard Roberts and Sendhil Ramamurthy.
  • The Fix with Greg Grunberg, Hayden Panettiere and Natalie Chaidez (Episode Writer and Co-Executive Producer).
  • Distractions with Milo Ventimiglia, Zachary Quinto, Greg Grunberg, Jeanot Szwarc (Episode Director), Jack Coleman and Michael Green (Episode Writer and Co-Executive Producer).

DISC FIVE Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

MIND READER

    Put hero Matt Parkman’s mind-reading abilities to the test with a series of simple math activities to reveal your hero.

DISC SIX Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

Picture-in-Picture Cast & Crew Video Commentary

  • .07% with Chuck Kim (Episode Writer), Andrew Chambliss (Asst. to Tim Kring) and Timm Keppler (Asst. to Dennis Hammer).
  • Five Years Gone with Greg Grunberg, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Jack Coleman.
  • The Hard Part with James Kyson Lee, Noah Gray-Cabey and Ian Quinn (Stunt Coordinator).
  • Landslide with Masi Oka, George Takei and Matthew Armstrong.

EXTRAS

    DELETED SCENES (1:51)
    • .07%: Linderman’s Missing Sword
    • Five Years Gone: Old Friends
    • Landslide: Marty, That’s An Order

DISC SEVEN Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

Picture-in-Picture Video Commentary

    How to Stop an Exploding Man with Tim Kring (Creator/Executive Producer & Episode Writer), Dennis Hammer (Executive Producer) and Allan Arkush (Executive Producer & Episode Director).

Below is a full list of features found on all seven discs:

DISC ONE-SPECIAL FEATURES: Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

EXTRAS:

    NEVER AIRED 73-MINUTE PREMIERE EPISODEWITH AUDIO COMMENTARY BY SHOW CREATOR TIM KRING

    Tim Kring’s original, unaired extended pilot episode.

DELETED SCENES

  • Don’t Look Back: A Spark Ignites; Niki’s Mistake; Behind Niki’s Garage Door; Blood on the Map.

DISC TWO-SPECIAL FEATURES: Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

CONNECTIVITY FEATURES

  • DOWNLOAD CENTER – download exclusive content, trailers and updates directly to your HD DVD player.
  • GENETIC ABILITIES TEST – Take the Abilities Test and find out what type of Hero you are. Your profile will be uploaded to NBC.com/Heroes where you will be given a unique access code to view exclusive content.

EXTRAS:

    DELETED SCENES
    • One Giant Leap: Hiro’s Book of Revelations; Niki Confronts Her Mother-in-Law.
    • Collision: The You That Ain’t You; Micah’s Plea.
    • Hiros: Claire’s Miracle; Strangers in Our Own Home; Brody’s Cheer.

DISC THREE-SPECIAL FEATURES: Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

EXTRAS:

    DELETED SCENES
    • Nothing To Hide: Matt’s Voices; Tough Love; Nathan’s Paternity Suit; You Can’t Tell Anyone; Stakeout; Claire the Freak; Jessica Gets Her Gun; Lyle’s Secret.
    • Seven Minutes To Midnight: Appearances Can Be Deceiving; Eden’s New Life; Matt and Janice Reminisce.
    • Homecoming: The Battle for Claire.
    • Six Months Ago: Dad Is Dead; Jessica Takes Care of Business.

DISC FOUR-SPECIAL FEATURES: Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

Picture-in-Picture Cast & Crew Video Commentary

  • Godsend with Jack Coleman, Leonard Roberts and Sendhil Ramamurthy.
  • The Fix with Greg Grunberg, Hayden Panettiere and Natalie Chaidez (Episode Writer and Co-Executive Producer).
  • Distractions with Milo Ventimiglia, Zachary Quinto, Greg Grunberg, Jeanot Szwarc (Episode Director), Jack Coleman and Michael Green (Episode Writer and Co-Executive Producer).

EXTRAS:

    DELETED SCENES
    • Fallout: Mohinder’s Discovery.
    • Godsend: Claire’s Media Moment; Peter’s Awakening.
    • The Fix: The Dishonest Plumber.
    • Distractions: A Shock to the System; You’re My Business; Niki’s Homecoming.

DISC FIVE-SPECIAL FEATURES: Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

Picture-in-Picture Cast & Crew Video Commentary

  • Run! with Greg Grunberg and Kevin Chamberlin, Adam Armus and Kay Foster (Episode Writers and Supervising Producers).
  • Unexpected with Greg Beeman (Episode Director and Co-Executive Producer), Zachary Quinto, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Jeph Loeb (Episode Writer and Co-Executive Producer).
  • Company Man with Jack Coleman, Allan Arkush (Episode Director and Executive Producer) and Bryan Fuller (Co-Executive Producer and Episode Writer).
  • Parasite with Allan Arkush (Executive Producer), Jimmy Jean-Louis and Christopher Zatta (Episode Writer).

EXTRAS:

    DELETED SCENES
    • Run!: Mr. Bennet’s Phone Calls; Janice Panics; The Haitian’s Talent.
    • Company Man: Generation Gap; The Cover Up; Thompson’s Mandate.
    • Parasite: Lonely Wolf.

MIND READER

    Put hero Matt Parkman’s mind-reading abilities to the test with a series of simple math activities to reveal your hero.

DISC SIX-SPECIAL FEATURES: Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

Picture-in-Picture Cast & Crew Video Commentary

  • .07% with Chuck Kim (Episode Writer), Andrew Chambliss (Asst. to Tim Kring) and Timm Keppler (Asst. to Dennis Hammer)
  • Five Years Gone with Greg Grunberg, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Jack Coleman
  • The Hard Part with James Kyson Lee, Noah Gray-Cabey and Ian Quinn (Stunt Coordinator)
  • Landslide with Masi Oka, George Takei and Matthew Armstrong

EXTRAS:

    DELETED SCENES
    • .07%: Linderman’s Missing Sword
    • Five Years Gone: Old Friends
    • Landslide: Marty, That’s An Order

DISC SEVEN-SPECIAL FEATURES: Character Connections

    An interactive experience which lets fans follow their favorite heroes.

The Helix Revealed

    An interactive guide to the mysterious Helix symbol that keeps appearing throughout the show.

Artwork Presentation

    Immerse yourself in the artwork featured in the show in detail.

Picture in Picture Video Commentary

    How to Stop an Exploding Man with Tim Kring (Creator/Executive Producer & Episode Writer), Dennis Hammer (Executive Producer) and Allan Arkush (Executive Producer & Episode Director).

EXTRAS:

    MAKING OF
      We take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Heroes – from development to phenomenon.

    SPECIAL EFFECTS

      Examines the flying scenes and other cool effects in the show.

    THE STUNTS

      Examines the physical stunts in the show.

    PROFILE OF ARTIST TIM SALE

      A look at the artist behind much of the artwork used in show.

    THE SCORE

      Go behind the scenes with Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman as they bring the Heroes world to life through their own special style of music.

**Italics denote DVD EXCLUSIVE

SYNOPSIS

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.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

HD DVD

Street Date: August 28, 2007

Copyright: 2007 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Price: $ 99.98

Discs: 7

Layers: HD-30

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.78:1

About HD DVD

HD DVD is the next generation, post-DVD standard for high capacity, high definition optical discs, approved by the DVD Forum, which develops and defines DVD formats. Its more than 220 strong membership brings together leaders in movies and entertainment, computing, consumer electronics and software. HD DVD is fast becoming the primary visual medium for the age of high-definition TV. The North American HD DVD Promotional Group, Inc. is an organization established to promote the HD DVD format and educate consumers in North America. For more information and a complete listing of HD DVD launch titles please visit http://www.TheLookAndSoundOfPerfect.com.

About Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

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Heros – Season 1 HD DVD can be pre-ordered from Amazon.com at US$69.95.