August 22, 2008
Evidence of mankind’s creator also plays host to our worst nightmare, in Anchor Bay Entertainment’s October 28th DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases of Dead Space: Downfall.
A feature that bridges the narrative between the ongoing Image Comics series and the highly anticipated Electronic Arts video game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (to be released October 21st and the PC version released October 28th), Dead Space: Downfall’s terrifying tale leads into the highly anticipated Electronics Arts video game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 to be released October 21st and the PC version released October 28th, completes one of the more ambitious -- and disturbing -- multi-media story arcs in recent horror history.
“The trick here is it’s three different properties, the comic, the movie, and the video game,” said Jimmy Palmiotti, co-scriptwriter for Downfall.
“For us, it was creating another 400 ways to kill people … Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it turns another corner.” Joe Goyette, Dead Space Downfall’s producer, added, “The comic book has it’s own voice. The game has it’s own voice. We have our own voice too.” That voice --- entailing everything from bone-chilling suspense to unanswered screams for mercy --- completes the plot of the comics, and gives gamers insight into the horrors they’ll face.
"Dead Space: Downfall" was produced and animated by Film Roman (“The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill”) – Film Roman and Anchor Bay Entertainment are divisions of Starz Media – and is the first of several planned Film Roman animation projects based on Electronic Arts franchises.
Both the DVD and the Blu-ray will feature a deleted scene, trailers and hidden “cheat” codes for the EA video game. The Blu-ray is a 25GB offering, with 1080p video encoded with AVC. English True HD and DTS-HD tracks are included, along with a Spanish subtitle track. In a first for Anchor Bay Entertainment, a CD soundtrack in MP3 format, presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, can be downloaded via BD Live features, as well as animatics and other Dead Space: Downfall extras. The Blu-ray will also feature a separate standard definition DVD with digital copies for the PC and PlayStation Portable.
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