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This Thanksgiving Acclaimed Filmmaker Judd Apatow Brings You the Two-Disc DVD & Blu-ray(TM) Hi-Def Release of Funny People

October 21, 2009

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Critically-acclaimed writer, director and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) takes audiences on a hilarious and revealing look at the world of stand-up comedy with the story of George Simmons, a famous comedian who is given a second chance at life in Funny People, coming to two-disc Blu-ray(TM) Hi-Def, two-disc Collector’s Edition DVD, single-disc DVD and digital download on November 24, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. All versions deliver even more heartfelt laughs with both the original theatrical movie and a never-before-seen unrated film. The two-disc Blu-ray and DVD versions are also packed with bonus features created especially for home entertainment audiences by Judd Apatow and his entire production team, including actual footage of Adam Sandler’s and Apatow’s personal prank phone calls, additional stand-up comedy performances by the cast, and in-depth video diaries chronicling the filmmaking process. With two versions of the movie, and an incredible array of hilarious bonus features crafted just for fans, Funny People on DVD and Blu-ray(TM) promises to be the ultimate comedy experience and a must-have gift this holiday season.

In Funny People, Adam Sandler (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry) leads an all-star ensemble cast including Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express, Knocked Up), Leslie Mann (17 Again, Knocked Up), Jonah Hill (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad), Eric Bana (Star Trek, The Time Traveler’s Wife) and Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore), along with special cameo appearances from some of comedy’s greatest legends including Paul Reiser, Ray Romano, Sarah Silverman, Norm MacDonald, Dave Attell and Charles Fleisher, among others.

Funny People on Blu-ray(TM) is presented with perfect picture and the purest digital sound available, as well as Universal’s acclaimed BD-Live(TM) Center, which allows fans access to a world of interactive and exclusive content via their Internet-connected player.

Film critics from coast to coast have given Judd Apatow’s Funny People great reviews for its smart, touching and comedic take on the life of George Simmons. “Apatow’s richest movie yet,” said David Denby of The New Yorker; “hilarious” raves Peter Travers of Rolling Stone; and “uproariously funny!” according to Sonny Bunch of The Washington Times.

BONUS FEATURES

Throughout the production of the film, Judd Apatow and his entire production team were mindful of home entertainment audiences, gathering exclusive footage of the filmmaking process and creating special features that they knew fans would love. Accordingly, both the two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray(TM) and DVD come loaded with exclusive bonus features, including:

  • Hilarious gag reels
  • Deleted & Extended / Alternate Scenes
  • Line-O-Rama: Re-watch some of the movie’s funniest scenes, but this time with alternate punch lines
  • Feature Commentary with director Judd Apatow and stars Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen
  • Documentaries:
    • Funny People Diaries: A documentary in four parts which takes audiences inside all aspects of the filmmaking process from early cast table reads and joke brainstorming sessions, to the various filmmaking techniques employed throughout the production.
    • Judd’s High School Radio Show
    • Raaaaaaaandy!: This mockumentary takes fans on the road with Aziz Ansari’s Randy character from the film.
  • Music from Funny People: Listen to music from and inspired by the film from James Taylor, Adam Sandler, Jon Brion and RZA
  • From the Archives: Watch Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow on a 1990 episode of The Midnight Hour with Bill Maher; Sandler’s first appearance on David Letterman; and Seth Rogen doing stand up at 13!
  • The Films of George Simmons: Watch footage from George Simmons’ greatest films including Sayonara Davey and Merman
  • Prank Call 1990: Watch Sandler as he performs an actual prank phone call, in this archival footage from Judd Apatow’s personal video library
  • “Yo Teach…!”: Go “behind-the-scenes” of “Yo Teach…!”, the television show featured in the film Funny People

Funny People on Blu-ray(TM) Hi-Def includes everything on the two-disc Collector’s Edition DVD, plus more exclusive content and interactive features, including:

  • Enjoy more hilarious laughs with two more Line-O-Rama’s
  • Watch additional Deleted, Extended and Alternate Scenes
  • Additional music and an extensive look at James Taylor on the set
  • Over an hour of stand up performances by the film’s cast
  • Additional archival material including Sandler’s second Letterman appearance, Sandler at Los Angeles’ famed Comedy & Magic Club and Judd Apatow performing on The Dennis Miller Show
  • Hilarious prank calls from Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow
  • Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow’s appearance on “Charlie Rose”
  • U-Control(TM): Funny People music: Universal’s exclusive signature feature puts the viewer just a click away from additional insights into the music in the film without ever leaving the movie.
  • BD-Live(TM): Access the BD-Live(TM) Center through any Internet-connected player to download more exclusive content, the latest trailers and more!
    • My Chat: Using any Internet-connected player, host a text chat with friends while watching the movie in synchronization
    • My Funny People Commentary: Create play-by-play video, audio or text movie commentary and share it with friends through UniversalHiDef.com and the BD-Live Center
    • My Scenes Sharing: Bookmark favorite scenes from the movie to share with BD-Live buddies!

The Funny People single disc DVD includes a gag reel and feature commentary with director Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT IS OFFERING UP A $100,000 CHANCE OF A LIFETIME TO CELEBRATE THE BLU-RAY(TM) HI-DEF & DVD RELEASE OF FUNNY PEOPLE THIS HOLIDAY!

Beginning October 28th, you could live like a movie star by winning $100,000!* With this much cash, create the experience of a lifetime by taking a first-class comedy tour in Los Angeles. While there, you could take advantage of VIP access to top comedy clubs or even buy and cruise Hollywood Boulevard in a brand new luxury ride, like the ones seen in Funny People! Over 200 additional prizes will be awarded, including HDTVs, Netbooks, Blu-ray(TM) players and more. Each winner of these additional prizes get 2 – one for themselves and one to give away this holiday. (*$100,000 prize will be awarded in the form of a check to the winner.)

SYNOPSIS

Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann star in this seriously funny film from writer-director Judd Apatow, (The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up). When famous comedian George Simmons (Sandler) is given a second chance at a new beginning, he and his assistant, a struggling comedian, Ira (Rogen), return to the places and people that matter most… including the stand-up spots that gave him his start and the girl that got away (Mann). Co-starring Jonah Hill, Eric Bana and Jason Schwartzman, it’s the film critics cheer is “uproariously funny” (Sonny Bunch, The Washington Times).

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CAST AND FILMMAKERS

Written & Directed By: Judd Apatow

Produced By: Judd Apatow, Clayton Townsend, Barry Mendel

Executive Producers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jack Giarraputo

Director of Photography: Janusz Kaminski

Production Designer: Jefferson Sage

Edited By: Brent White, Craig Alpert

Co-Producers: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien

Costume Designers: Nancy Steiner, Betsy Heimann

Music By: Jason Schwartzman, Michael Andrews

Cast: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, Rza, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

TWO-DISC BLU-RAY(TM) HI-DEF

Street Date: November 24, 2009

Copyright: 2009 Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 61106315

Running Time: Theatrical: 2 hours 26 minutes; Unrated: 2 hours 33 minutes.

Layers: BD-50

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1

Rating: R for language and crude sexual humor throughout, and some sexuality / Unrated

Technical Information:

  • Blu-ray Hi-Def Disc One:
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, English SDH
    • Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, Spanish subtitles
    • French DTS Surround 5.1, French Subtitles
  • Blu-ray Hi-Def Disc Two:
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0
    • English, Spanish and French subtitles

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

TWO DISC DVD

Street Date: November 24, 2009

Copyright: 2009 Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 61106313

Running Time: Theatrical: 2 hours 26 minutes; Unrated: 2 hours 33 minutes.

Layers: Dual Layers

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1

Rating: R for language and crude sexual humor throughout, and some sexuality / Unrated

Technical Info:

  • Standard Definition Disc One:
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, English SDH
    • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish subtitles
    • French Dolby Digital 5.1, French Subtitles
  • Standard Definition Disc Two:
    • English Dolby Digital 2.0
    • English, Spanish and French subtitles

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

SINGLE DISC DVD

Street Date: November 24, 2009

Copyright: 2009 Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 61106320

Running Time: Theatrical: 2 hours 26 minutes; Unrated: 2 hours 33 minutes.

Layers: Dual Layer

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1

Rating: R for language and crude sexual humor throughout, and some sexuality

Technical Info:

  • Standard Definition Disc One:
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1/DVS DD 2.0, English SDH
    • Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish subtitles
    • French Dolby Digital 5.1, French subtitles

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    Vice President, Publicity
    Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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