A River Runs Through It and Midnight Express Reveal Sony Blu-ray Book Packaging

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will embark on a new Blu-ray packaging initiative in July that borrows heavily from Warner’s Digibook treatment given to select catalog titles.

Like Digibook, Sony will include a 30-40 page book with select catalog titles housed within a hard outer case package resembling a book itself. The first two titles to feature this new packaging have been on the Blu-ray backburner for some time: Midnight Express on July 21 and just-announced A River Runs Through It on July 28.

The latter will be presented in 1.85:1 1080p video and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio and include a 32-page book with photos, talent files and three pages of the Oscar-nominated screenplay. Click here to read the Midnight Express announcement.

New bonus features have been produced specifically for A River Runs Through It including a Blu-ray exclusive as outlined below:

  • 32-Page Book
  • Never Before-Released Deleted Scenes
  • All-New Featurette: Casting a Line: The Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing
  • Hosted by master fly fisherman Brandon Boedecker, this segment takes us step by step through the process of fly fishing.

  • All-New Featurette: The Blackfoot Challenge: Rescuing a River
  • The compelling true story of the destruction of Montana’s Blackfoot River, and how a committed group of volunteers (assisted by Robert Redford and the film crew) helped generate enough money to restore this natural treasure.

  • All-New Featurette: Deep Currents: Making a River Runs Through It
  • In an in-depth exploration of the movie’s creation, Redford talks about his long and challenging journey to turn Norman Maclean’s evocative book into a transcendent piece of cinema.

  • On The Blackfoot River Hi-Def Looping Screen Savers (BD exclusive)

Retail pricing for Midnight Express and A River Runs Through It has been set at $38.96. Both are available for pre-order at Amazon.com for $30.49.

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