The other day Warner Home Video formally announced
the Sept. 2nd
DVD release of Supernatural - The Complete 3rd Season
. At the time there hadn't been any word on the bonus materials yet, but those came in a day later. In the meantime, we were also trying to get clarity about Warner's listed video specs, which read in the announcement as ""1.85 Widescreen [4:3 Transfer]" (we thought this might be trying to indicate a non-anamorphic "letterbox" widescreen video format).
Warner has gotten back to us now, and informed us that the the aspect ratio for Season 3 should have been listed as 16x9 anamorphic widescreen, in 1.78:1 aspect ratio as filmed. This is the same video format as previous seasons. The studio rep also made sure we were aware that the bonus material ("over an hour's worth!") had now been added to the listing at the studio's press site, and said there will be even more details in the press release, which is forthcoming. Here's what the extras look like:
- From Legends to Reality: Supernatural Effects
- Impala Featurette: A Look Inside the Classic 1967 Chevrolet Impala
- Scene Specifics: Short Segments Showcasing Creative Team Members Discussing Favorite Aspects of Particular Episodes
- Ghostfacers! Confessionals Minifeaturette Gallery
- Gag Reel
- Bonus Digital Copy of the entire season!
Now, that last one is a TRULY special thing. For those of you who aren't familiar with this, it's an easy and quick way to get "digital file" copies of the feature on the DVD (or Blu-ray, in some cases) downloaded to your PC or PC-compatible media player (such as an Archos
) at no additional charge. Think about it: "video iTunes" functionality, at no additional charge and without the wait for downloading it (I recently put Digital Copies of two movies on my media player in under 10 minutes). A great way to get "portable" copies of the DVD without any muss, fuss or additional expense. I've written in-depth about it at TVGuide.com
recently, and I try to keep it updated; take a look for more details (including which studios and titles support Digital Copies on the PC and compatible devices, and which also support iPod/Mac, and even Sony's PSP game system). It's the wave of the future, and Supernatural
is only the second TV-DVD release to support it (after Family Guy - Blue Harvest
). Hopefully we'll see many more!
Our thanks to Warner for the info, and the clarification on the video aspect ratio. If you haven't pre-ordered this yet, what are you waiting for?