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Xerxes: Imagine what horrible fate awaits my enemies when I would gladly kill any of my own men for victory!
King Leonidas: And I would die for any of mine..
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THE SKINNY: Warner Home Video today announced the launch of www.JoinThe300.com, an interactive online site promoting the release of the breakout hit movie 300 on DVD July 31.
The website features 300-related challenges for fans to complete, along with social networking and user-generated content functionality.
Beginning on June 21, fans of 300 can log on to www.JoinThe300.com for a chance to win one of two trips to the upcoming Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA, where the two winners will compete head-to-head for the grand prize – a once in a lifetime trip to visit the set of director Zack Snyder’s upcoming film WATCHMEN.
WHV will also offer random prize giveaways to fans just for registering for the website, including 300 DVD mini posters signed by Zack Snyder and featuring exclusive art not available anywhere else, iPod shuffles, and 300 DVDs (that is, DVDs of the movie – we don’t know yet how many they’ll give away). The two winners of the www.JoinThe300.com contest will receive travel to San Diego, hotel accommodations, passes to Comic-Con and a per diem for themselves and a guest.
Visitors to www.JoinThe300.com will take part in multiple Spartan-themed “missions,” ranging from creating 300 video mash-ups to answering trivia questions about the film to creating their own television commercial for the movie. Tasks will be assigned escalating point values based on difficulty, and all contestants earning 300 points or more will be entered in a random drawing for the two trips to Comic-Con from July 26th – July 29th. The two winners will then compete against each other in a final mission. The victor of this epic battle will win the trip to the set of 300 director Zack Snyder’s new film WATCHMEN.
We presume the loser’s head will be impaled on a spike while his entrails are devoured by jackals. But that’s just a guess.
300 will be available on July 31 Single Disc at $28.98 SRP in both widescreen and full frame formats. The 2-Disc Special Edition DVD will be available in widescreen format for $34.99 SRP. The HD-DVD Combo disc will be available at $39.99 SRP and the Blu-ray Disc version will be available at $34.99 SRP.
The 2-Disc Special Edition and hi-definition versions are loaded with over 90 minutes of thrilling extras, including additional scenes and revealing featurettes on the real-life Spartans. With the HD DVD Combo, experience the entire film with “blue screen” picture-in-picture running throughout the feature and special commentary by Zack Snyder, plus an exclusive strategy game “Vengeance and Valor.”
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Some of the special features you can expect from the two-disc special edition of 300:
Audio Commentary: Director Zack Snyder, Writer Kurt Johnstad and Director of Photography Larry Fong
Deleted Scenes: with Introduction by Zack Snyder
Featurette: The 300- Fact or Fiction? (RT: 24:31 Historians, authors and filmmakers reveal how much of the film was based on fact.); Who Were The Spartans: The Warriors of 300 (RT: 4:24 Touches on the customs and ways of life of the Spartan that weren't explicitly shown in 300 but were used by the actors and filmmakers Â to help build their characters.); Frank Miller Tapes (RT: 13:00 Â We'll show how the outspoken Miller continued to push his limits to realize his epic graphic novel in the world of film
Other: Webisodes: Behind the scenes peeks on the set of 300 (RT 20:00)
Photo gallery: RT 3:39 Rapid fire stills from the first day of production to the last.
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As Zack Snyder tools around Los Angeles and Pasadena these days, speeding down the Hollywood highways, he doesn’t have to look far to remind himself of the incredible, mind-blowing success of his Spartan epic, “300,” based on Frank Miller’s acclaimed 1998 Dark Horse miniseries.
It’s right there at his fingertips.
“The studio bought me an Aston Martin,” Snyder says almost sheepishly about the car made famous by the James Bond flicks, “which was really nice of them.”
Those are the perks that come when you craft a film that takes the whole industry by storm, rocketing out of the gate to a jaw-dropping, March record-setting $70.9 million opening weekend en route to an over $200 million domestic take…and counting.
Now the world has changed for Snyder, way beyond just his gym buddies being impressed with him as that guy who “went to Montreal and made that insane movie”—“300” has propelled to the front of the conversation when it comes to discussing the greatest comic book films ever made, joining “Spider-Man,” the original “Superman” and Miller’s “Sin City.” But “300” vindicated Snyder’s vision as well, a vision that began with his unrelenting remake of the George Romero classic “Dawn of the Dead.” In fact, Snyder admitted he would’ve considered “300” a success if it approached “Dawn’s” $27 million opening weekend. Instead, Snyder’s vision resulted in the shocking success of a film that many thought was too niche and violent for mainstream audiences.
Snyder proved that an R-rated action film can translate into big box office—the Green Bay, Wis. native insists on only making restricted, adult-oriented films, and he refused to budge when Warner Bros. wanted “300” softened for a more family-friendly PG-13 rating. “90 percent of my budget restraints [on the $60-million production] came from the R rating,” Snyder explains.
The 41-year-old director demonstrated he didn’t need a household name to carry the project, that an unknown actor like Gerard Butler (Spartan King Leonidas) could capture the audience’s imagination in the right vehicle. Snyder also remained steadfast that, because of the great source material, “300” could score big with audiences despite the lackluster efforts of previous sword-and-sandals epics such as “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Alexander.”
Now, the world is wide open for Snyder, as he gears up for the beginning of production of “Watchmen” in September, based on writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons’ 12-issue, mature DC Comics series that deconstructed the superhero comic genre. The arguments about “Watchmen” being rated R, about how a multilayered series can work on the big screen, about Snyder having a free hand with the creative vision…well, you can count on Snyder flexing a little more muscle when it comes to those conversations. Or as one successful Hollywood director puts it after seeing “300’s” opening numbers, “Warners will let Snyder do what whatever the f--- he wants now.” (“It’s not as true as you would think,” counters Snyder.)
For a few precious moments, Snyder gets to bask in the afterglow of the classic “300” he created, before he dives headlong into “Watchmen,” a film that’s been in and out of development for over a decade. He carries the oversized Absolute Edition of the series with him wherever he goes, redrawing the graphic novel frame by frame as he works out how the movie will look and be shot. It’s his new all-consuming passion, and the creation of it absorbs all his waking moments.
That is, when Warner Bros. isn’t calling to ask him an expected question.
“There is pressure to do a sequel to ‘300’,” sighs Snyder. “Personally, I don’t know that I have an idea in my head as to what to do with that. Frank would have to write it and I would have to think it was a g
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