What Elsa Ya Got? “The Invention of Lying”

For a movie that didn’t exactly perform well at the box office, Warner Bros. has put together a pretty strong collection of extras for the Blu-ray release of “The Invention of Lying.” You’ll get all of the same material on the DVD version, though, so unless you care about the added incentive of a digital copy, you might be better off just saving a few bucks on what isn’t exactly a must-own film.

Prequel: The Dawn of Lying

Originally conceived as a pre-credits sequence, this alternate opening details evidence of the very first lie in history. Narrated by Patrick Stewart and starring the film’s principal cast as their prehistoric counterparts (including Ricky Gervais, Rob Lowe and Jeffrey Tambor), the scene is mildly entertaining, but was rightfully cut during post-production. It might sound great on paper, but it just doesn’t work tonally.

Meet Karl Pilkington

Anyone who’s ever listened to the Ricky Gervais podcasts is already familiar with his friend/punching bag, Karl Pilkington. This 18-minute video diary documents Pilkington’s trip from England to Boston to serve as an extra on the film. It’s not exactly the most economical thing to do, but if nothing else, it proves just how far Gervais is willing to go for his own personal amusement. The fact that Pilkington’s scene just so happens to be the one that was cut (see above) only makes the investment seem that much more senseless. Hey, at least they got a funny extra out of it.

A Truly ‘Honest’ Making of Featurette

It’s not quite as advertised, but this short 7-minute featurette does offer interviews with the cast and crew about working on the film, as well as a few exclusive outtakes and a behind-the-scenes look at the many variations of Gervais’ infectious laugh.

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Sneak Peek: “Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince”

When Warner Bros. announced that they would be pushing the release of “Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince” from Fall 2008 to Summer 2009, many fans were understandably angry. After all, it’s not cool to hold back a finished film just because you hope to make more money – especially one as highly-anticipated as this. For some reason, though, that hasn’t stopped the “Harry Potter” marketing team from unleashing a constant stream of new clips and trailers, and their latest web featurette should definitely appease the masses until the first official trailer hits in a few months.

Though featurette is essentially just a series of interviews with the cast and crew discussing how unbelievably awesome the new movie is going to be, there are actually quite a lot of never-before-seen clips including a first look at Ron in Quidditch gear (a welcome sight considering that particular subplot that was axed from “Order of the Phoenix”), the Weasley Twins in their joke shop, and the infamous Love Potion hard at work. Put on your wizard’s hats, pull out your wands, and check out the video below.


  

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