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Paranormal Activity on DVD and Blu-ray

One of the most successful independent horror films of all time, Paranormal Activity has taken the world by storm grossing nearly $150,000,000.

Based on true events, this frightening and supernatural film portrays the story of Katie and Micah, a carefree couple who become haunted by an unseen presence in their house. They decide to investigate the increasingly bizarre and escalating intrusions by setting up a video camera to capture evidence of the demonic presence in their house, only to find much more than they ever imagined.

Now you can experience the phenomenon that is Paranormal Activity with the UK release of the DVD and Blu-ray today.

Drew and I saw Paranormal Activity last November on Friday 13th during one of the worst storms to hit the UK. Coupled with the film being screened during the witching-hour it made for one scary night. If you’ve yet to see the movie, take a look at our review for Paranormal Activity.

For those of you who haven’t seen this terrifying film or for those who pale at the thought of seeing it again, we bring you the Paranormal Activity Support Pack, which includes:.

  • A post viewing helpsheet, that includes top tips on beating Paranormal induced anxiety
  • An MP3 of soothing sounds to help get rid of the scary unwanted noises from your mind (in most cases, otherwise we suggest you seek a doctor….)
  • An ‘In Case Of Paranormal Emergency’ wallet card with emergency contact information
  • Our dedicated paranormal activity hotline to get you through this difficult time; just call: +44 (0) 208 820 4571* for soothing reassurance and calming techniques. (*Standard call rates will apply)

For the more evil of you, there is also an MP3 of scary sounds so you can play paranormal pranks on your friends…

However for those of you that are brave and have what it takes and what to have a bit of extra fun whilst watching it, we also have a daring Drinking Game for you to have fun with while you watch it at home with friends and family.

The truly terrifying global box office smash hit that is Paranormal Activity is released in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray on March 22nd 2010.

Described by Harry Knowles from AIN’T IT COOL NEWS as “one of the scariest at-home viewing experiences ever!”

Bonus features include:

  • Audio Commentary from director Oren Peli.
    World Exclusive: This region 2 release is the only one in the world that will feature audio commentary from ‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli. As you watch the film, listen as he talks about how he created the horror phenomenon that shocked the world.
  • “Film your own Paranormal Activity” Short Film Finalists.
    The DVD & Blu-ray release of ‘Paranormal Activity’ will contain the winning entries to Icon’s “Film Your Own Paranormal Activity” competition.

    During ‘Paranormal Activity’s theatrical release, UK fans were challenged to shoot their own paranormal short film using the same home-made techniques applied in ‘Paranormal Activity’, you can view all of the 3 minute entries on Icon’s ‘Prepare To Be Scared’ YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/preparetobescared).

    The entries, judged by Icon Home Entertainment and ‘Paranormal Activity’ director Oren Peli, were whittled down to a shortlist of 10 finalists. The overall winner was then selected by Peli, who filmed an exclusive video introduction to the winning short film, detailing why that particular entry was chosen. All 10 winning short films, along with Oren Peli’s video introduction, will be exclusively included on the UK DVD & Blu-ray release of ‘Paranormal Activity’.

  • Alternate Ending (with optional Audio Commentary).
    Another World exclusive; the alternate ending featured on the ‘Paranormal Activity’ UK DVD & Blu-ray release will feature never-before-heard audio commentary from the film’s acclaimed director Oren Peli. While the alternate ending has been made available on other DVD & Blu-ray releases, Oren recorded the audio commentary exclusively for the UK.

Timecrimes director masters creepy sci-fi on a shoestring

Timecrimes writer-director Nacho Vigalondo knows how to milk a tight budget. Spending a grand total of roughly $95 for three props — a gauze bandage, scissors and a pair of binoculars — the Spanish filmmaker crafted a time-travel thriller that packs more punch than most $100 million sci-fi epics.

Throw into the mix a naked woman, a vintage sci-fi pod and a balding middle-class guy who spots something weird from his backyard, and you’ve got an exceptionally taut exercise in sci-fi noir. Expertly building toward a head-spinning mid-plot revelation Timecrimes does sag a bit toward the end. The acting is adequate, but it’s the concept itself that makes this Spanish language – with – subtitles an import worth seeking out.

Made for about $2.6 million, Timecrimes opened Dec. 12 in New York and Los Angeles and goes wider Friday. The R-rated film earned the seal of approval from hard-core genre buffs by winning Fantastic Fest’s Next Wave Award in 2007 and went on to screen at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The four-person cast features Karra Elejalde, Barbara Goenagaand, Candela Fernandez and Vigalondo himself, who plays a loopy scientist (pictured, right).

Visiting New York last week, Vigalondo spoke to Wired.com about time travel, voyeurism and sci-fi heroes.

Timecrimes bandage man
Timecrimes bandage man

Wired.com: Even though this is a “small” film, there’s a lot going on stylistically. What did you have in mind when you started work on this story?

Nacho Vigalondo: I’ve always loved science fiction. My favorite writer is Philip K. Dick. I wanted to make a film that had that kind of twisted stuff. At the same time, I knew it wasn’t going to be something involving starships and laser guns. I didn’t have the money. I’m also a big fan of Alfred Hitchcock and Brian de Palma and James Cain (Double Jeopardy, The Postman Always Rings Twice).

I wanted to pull all that together and around the fifth draft of the script, The Girl came into my head and I realized Timecrimes would be about time travel, but also about seduction, voyeurism, guilt, all those horrible feelings. For example, the situation between the mummy and the girl, and the naked corpse — I can tell you, during the shoot, it was psycho.

Wired.com: You manage to create a huge amount of suspense from such simple building blocks. No explosions. Cars run off the road but they don’t really crash. You conceptualized that from the start?

Vigalondo: I knew from the beginning this was going to be a tiny film with a limited budget. The idea of building a tragic paradox with such few elements is my attempt to go back to the classics and try to bring back something new. When you’re not making a big-budget [movie] you have to push all the other elements of film that don’t depend on the budget, and the script is one of them.

Wired.com: You also act in the movie. Most of your previous experience has been as a performer, right?

Vigalondo: I’ve worked as an actor mostly in TV commercials. It was funny because the morning my short film 7:35 in the Morning got nominated for an Oscar, I was appearing on Spanish television riding on a donkey in a commercial for glasses. From one day to the next, that guy on the donkey became an Oscar nominee.

Wired.com: Time-travel stories inevitably become complicated by the fact that, you know, it’s not actually possible.

Vigalondo: It was a mind fuck. I tried to create a story in which there is not a specific ending, but at the same time, it doesn’t have a specific beginning because when you go back in time, the effect comes before the cause.

Wired.com: Did you look to other time-travel stories for inspiration?

Vigalondo: If you watch Twelve Monkeys, you discover that Bruce Willis is the trigger of the catastrophe he is trying to stop in time. And Robert Heinlein wrote a tale about a guy who’s his own father and at the same time, he’s his own mother. The story explains how that is possible, following the rules of time-travel paradox: If you are your own father, which came first?

Wired.com: Even though the production itself is very simple, the concept behind the story is awfully complicated.

Vigalondo: We invented a bunch of rules. For example, if you go back in time, you have to appear in the same device that sent you back because you’re not moving in space, you’re moving in time.

Wired.com: What kind of reactions have people had to the film?

Vigalondo: In Timecrimes, you cannot tell when the story begins and I really wanted to put this kind of paradox in front of the audience. The reaction I like the most is when the movie ends and people keep talking about the story. I want people to scratch at their heads.