As part of its 600-title distribution deal with Paramount, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of director Ben Stiller's Zoolander, starring Stiller and Owen Wilson as rival male models, as well as Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller, David Duchovny and Jon Voight. The 2001 comedy makes its Blu-ray debut on June 3rd.
Official Synopsis: Clear the runway for Derek Zoolander (Stiller), VH1's three-time Male Model of the Year. His face falls, though, when hippie-chic Hansel (Owen Wilson) scooters in to steal the latest award. Meanwhile, the evil fashion mogul Mugatu (Will Ferrell) seizes the opportunity to brainwash Derek, turning him into a killing machine that, when triggered, will assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia. With the help of the beautiful journalist Matilda (Christine Taylor), Derek races to keep the world safe for male models everywhere.
Warner Bros. has yet to detail tech specs or special features.
As with almost every Paramount European catalog release, the Blu-ray missed all the extras from the DVD version. And Zoolander had plenty of great easter eggs and bonus footage, like the early Zoolander shorts that were the inspiration for the film.
Which is why I was waiting for the US version, just like I've been holding up on The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance for the very same reason. Paramount doesn't want to pay for localization in less common languages, to go through the hurdles of clearing rights for this footage in every country or prefers to give the room on the disc to additional dubs.
And the funny thing is that the US versions have all their extras perfectly presented with French or Spanish subtitles. Being French myself, these are for me the reference discs.
"As with almost every Paramount European catalog release, the Blu-ray missed all the extras from the DVD version. And Zoolander had plenty of great easter eggs and bonus footage, like the early Zoolander shorts that were the inspiration for the film."
I'd be surprised if any of those things make it onto the Blu-Ray - Paramount titles distributed by WB have dropped certain items like music videos, I assume because of the extra legal issues. But I hope I'm wrong!