‘Kung Fu Panda’ DVD Release To Include Sequel
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On November 9, 2008, DreamWorks Pictures will release their mega-popular animated hit Kung Fu Panda on DVD and Blu-ray. The film will be released in your normal single-disc version, the Blu-ray version, and the “Pandamonium Double Pack,” which will have two discs, all sorts of special features, and even a companion/sequel movie called Secrets of the Furious Five.

Secrets of the Furious Five Synopsis:
Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman are back in an all-new Kung Fu Panda adventure! We catch up with Po after he has become the Dragon Warrior and he faces a new and daunting task, to teach Kung Fu to a group of eager bunnies from the Valley of Peace. Although Po is now able to face the fiercest of villains, he is completely out of his element in the classroom. So, he leans on the one thing closest to his heart; his Kung Fu fan-boy knowledge. He tells the kids how each of the five unlocked an important lesson which allowed them to become “excellent” and put them on the road to being the Kung Fu masters they are today. In the end, Po will see that through sharing these stories, he has taught the bunnies much more important lessons than he ever could have through Kung Fu exercises.

The companion movie is in the same vein as Anchorman and Get Smart; involving familiar characters/voices in a side story for after you watch the movie. Basically, it’s scenes cut from the movie or that never made it to the movie used for another purpose. Unlike Anchorman and Get Smart though, Kung-Fu Panda‘s companion movie won’t be feature-length. Either way, a fun little extra to include, if you ask me!

Here’s a look at all of the features that the releases will have:

The Kung Fu Panda single-disc edition will have the features included on Disc 1 listed below.

Pandamonium Double Pack:

Disc 1 Features:
– Filmmakers’ Commentary
– Meet the Cast
– Pushing the Boundaries
– Sound Design
– “Kung Fu Fighting” Music Video by Cee-Lo
– Mr. Ping’s Noodle House
– How To Use Chopsticks
– Conservation International: Help Save Wild Pandas
– Dragon Warrior Training Academy
– Printables & Weblinks
– DreamWorks Animation Video JukeBox

Disc 2 Features:
– Secrets of the Furious Five
– Bonus features:
– Po’s Power Play
– Learn to Draw: Crane, Monkey, Viper, Po, Mantis & Tigress
– Dumpling Shuffle

Pandamonium Activity Kit
– Sound Machine
– HP Printables
– Custom Printables
– Kung Fu Panda Activision Game Demo (DVD ROM)
– Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Activision Game Demo (DVD ROM)

Land of the Panda
– Learn the Panda Dance
– Do You Kung Fu?
– Inside the Chinese Zodiac
– Animals of Kung Fu Panda
– What Fighting Style Are You?

Kung-Fu Panda Blu-ray:

– Inside Kung Fu Panda
– Filmmakers’ Commentary
– The Animators’ Corner
– Trivia Track
– Meet the Cast (HD)
– Pushing the Boundaries (HD)
– Conservation International: Help Save Wild Pandas (HD)

Po’s Power Play
– Dragon Warrior Training Academy
– Dumpling Shuffle
– Learn to Draw (HD)

The Sounds and Moves of Kung Fu Panda
– Sound Design (HD)
– “Kung Fu Fighting” Music Video by Cee-Lo (HD)
– Learn the Panda Dance (HD)
– Do You Kung Fu? (HD)

Land of the Panda
– Mr. Ping’s Noodle House
– How to Use Chopsticks (HD)
– Inside the Chinese Zodiac (HD)
– Animals of Kung Fu Panda
– What Fighting Style Are You?

DreamWorks Animation Video JukeBox (HD)

– A Day in the Life: A Shaolin Monk in Training (available for a limited time)
-Po Around the World

With this release will also come a massive marketing campaign spanning restaurants, retail, media and banks, so get used to the idea of seeing adorably tubby panda all over your TV, food, and probably in your dreams! Naturally this is all in an effort to add to the $600 million Kung-Fu Panda took in worldwide.

As you can see, they don’t seem to be holding back on the goodies here. That, paired with the fact that it’s a funny, entertaining movie makes this a sweet little offering; I suggest checking it out!

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