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The Happening was released today on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
A couple journalists recently had the opportunity to sit in on a mini-conference call with M. Night Shyamalan. MovieWeb.com’s Brian Gallagher was one of those journalists.
Q: Is there anything you can tell us about The Last Airbender?
M. Night Shyamalan: It is gonna be really cool (Laughs). I’m at the stage where we have pre-vized the last act of the movie. Because my normal approach to filmmaking is almost like making an animated movie, you take out every shot and analyze everything, it kind of lays out really nicely for a big CGI movie. That is such a helpful thing in the process with all the pre-viz. I feel like I’m making the movie right now. I’m editing it and stuff because doing the pre-viz, if you were here, I could show you the last 30 minutes of The Last Airbender in animatic form. It’s an amazing and emotional experience, just to watch that.
I highly recommend checking out the full interview. They talk a lot about The Happening and the process of getting it made. They also touch a little bit more on The Last Airbender and an Unbreakable sequel.
As we announced earlier, Fox Home Entertainment has scheduled an October 7th release date for The Happening on DVD and Blu-ray. We recently got hold of the Special Features to be included with the releases.
- Anamorphic Widescreen presentation
- English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
- Deleted Scenes with introductions from M. Night Shyamalan
- Behind-the-scenes Featurette: (The Hard Cut, A Day for Night, Elements of a Scene, Visions of The Happening: A Making of, I Hear You Whispering)
- Gag Reel
The Happening, M. Night Shyamalan’s latest opus, has been scheduled for release this October.
Fox has set an October 7 Blu-ray release date for the Mark Wahlberg-starrer (day-and-date with the standard DVD).
Tech specs are Fox’s standard BD-50 dual-layer presentation, with1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video and audio in English DTS-HD Lossless MasterAudio 5.1 Surround, with additional English, French and Spanish DolbyDigital 5.1 Surround (640kbps) and subtitle options.
Blu-ray.com has learned early details of the Blu-ray Disc for “The Happening” which will feature a quasi-commentary track by Shyamalan. Is this the first in a new trend for Shyamalan? Let’s hope to see more for “The Last Airbender.”
Overseas, “Happening” narrowly beat “Hulk” in grossing an estimated $32.1 million from 5,714 runs. “Hulk,” playing in far fewer locations, grossed $31 million from 3,165.
“Happening,” bowing in 2,986, also made the record books. The horror-thriller, playing in 2,984 runs, is the second-best June opening for an R-rated film after raunchy laffer “Knocked Up,” which opened last year to $30.7 million. Not many R-rated films debut in June, considering its prime season for all-audience summer films.
BoxOfficeMojo.com has now posted the studio box-office estimates for the weekend of June 13th-15th, and the figures for The Happening put it as Shyamalan’s 3rd biggest opening weekend ever at $30.5 million. A couple other sources estimate the weekend take at $32.3 million – but we’ll have to wait til Monday afternoon to get the official numbers. All in all, this is pretty encouraging news considering some insiders predicted an opening of only $18 million.
BoxOfficeMojo.com has posted the industry daily box-office estimates for Friday, June 13th… and The Happening is performing well above analysts’ predictions! Estimates place the opening day box-office take for Shyamalan’s newest thriller at $12,800,000. If the box-office take follows its typical patterns, The Happening should have a weekend total of over $30,000,000 – making it Shyamalan’s third biggest opening ever, and placing it well over insider predictions of $25 million dollars.
Today (June 11th) the stars of The Happening will be out in full force on a variety of talk shows. Zooey Deschanel will be the first guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, airing on CBS @ 11:30pm ET/PT.
Then, Spencer Breslin will be Jay Leno’s second guest on the legendary Tonight Show, airing on NBC @ 11:35 ET/ 10:35 CT.
To end the night, Mark Wahlberg will make an appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, airing on NBC @ 12:35 ET/ 11:35 CT.
And if you forgot to catch/tape The Happening: Taking Fear to a New Level, Fox Movie Channel will be airing repeats @ 12:34am ET, 7:34pm ET and 11:45pm ET. We recommend recording the program on your TiVo, DVR or VCR and watching it after you have seen The Happening – which of course is in theaters FRIDAY!
This evening (June 10th) @ 11:30 ET/PT, Mark Wahlberg will make an appearance on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. Wahlberg will talk with the legendary late-night talk show host about his new film The Happening, in theaters this Friday!
Also, Fox Movie Channel will be airing re-runs of The Happening: Taking Fear to a New Level tonight at 7:30 ET & 10:34 ET. I would advise folks to record the program and watch it after you have seen the movie.