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Bonus View Exposed: Resident Evil: Extinction

Posted December 18, 2007 05:44 PM by Josh Dreuth

Sony PicturesToday, Blu-ray.com received a screener copy of 'Resident Evil: Extinction', and knowing that our viewers would want to see what Blu-ray Profile v1.1 (aka Bonus View) is all about, we have put together a few images to show you exactly what to expect early next year. Needless to say, the feature is beautiful and worked flawlessly and provides a unique experience for those looking for a bit more about their favorite movies.

With a recently updated PS3, and a digital camera, the disc booted up quickly and without issue. Selecting special features, we then selected "Under the Umbrella" and turned the feature on. We started the film, and below is what we saw:

The menu system; selected images showing different positions of the picture-in-picture
content; the menu system on a non-Profile v1.1 Player.


As you can see, the picture-in-picture (PIP) content rotates around the screen, but it is not random. Content shown in the upper-right hand corner is used to show storyboard comparisons. If it appears in the lower-right hand corner, video commentary from the director or others who worked on the film will be seen. Content shown in the lower-left hand corner is behind-the-scenes footage, showing how a scene was set-up or even how they did the blue-screen shots.

Despite what some people have warned about, a non-Bonus View player will not explode upon reading a Bonus View disc. As you can see from the last picture, the disc has accurately detected that my Panasonic DMP-BD10 is not a v1.1 player, and has not given me the option to watch the PIP content. No other content is affected; the player simply works like it should.

And of course, the film looks and sounds amazing.

'Resident Evil:Extinction' will be on store shelves January 1st.


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News comments (42 comments)



transcension
  Dec 18, 2007
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I can't wait to get this and check out the PIP.

clyon
  Dec 18, 2007
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Looks like a bug on the screen, oh it PIP, turning off. Anyway, I can't wait to get this movie.

statikcat
  Dec 18, 2007
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Very cool. Hopefully not all the PiP stuff is of that guy..

can't wait!

frank_t
  Dec 18, 2007
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claytonmg - am i to unerstand that with IME you have a logo always on the screen? i'd not buy a movie if that were the case.

LynxFX
  Dec 18, 2007
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Great, can't wait to try it out. However, I thought all PiP content was still supposed to be playabled on 1.0 players, just as standalone content, not as PiP. Looks like that isn't the case?

Also, can you zoom the PiP to fullscreen, or essentially swap them with the film?

Balian
  Dec 18, 2007
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Who cares ...PiP is overrated. The only good thing about it is HD DVD fan boys have one less talking point.
sonicbox
  Dec 18, 2007
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LynxFX, no... that was never the case. The author could choose to include some of the IME/PIP content in different form on the disc, but it generally would be out of context in most cases... so why bother? IME/PIP is supposed to be fairly interacticve to the film. If not, it might as well be a lame featurette produced separately.

Seretur
  Dec 18, 2007
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I guess the veterans of this format war, like the good knight Balian above, have fought so many hard battles against the HD DVD folk and their snotty attitude that they eventually convinced themselves that PiP is as moot a point as any of the other pro-HD DVD points.

It's not. It IS an asset to anyone wishing to know about the moviemaking process, as long as it's done right (as it, apparently, is on the "Resident Evil: Extinction" disc). If it's just featurettes playing over the film, of course it's a nuisance. But as a display of the entire process, it has a potential to be more informative than even the audio commentaries -- which are the best film school one can get.

Of course, the vast majority of home video users just don't watch any extras. But for those of us who like filmmaking as much as films, PiP is a true bonus view -- and I'm glad that Blu-ray seems to have done it right, even if we had to wait for it a bit.

Thanks for this update, Josh!

dialog_gvf
  Dec 18, 2007
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Excellent work as always Josh!

jurassic_pork
  Dec 18, 2007
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I think this is a cool feature that folks could learn to love. I can't wait to get this movie

richard lichtenfelt
  Dec 18, 2007
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I'll never use it, but at least it should shut up some of the hd dvd zealots who love to claim that interactive features are more important than technical capabilities, player build quality, and movie selection.

LynxFX
  Dec 18, 2007
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Sonicbox, that's not what some of the insiders on this site have said. PiP content was supposed to be available as invidual extras for non 1.1 players. It won't be a big deal once 1.1 standalone players are the standard but that probably won't be for a year.

Sure some could be out of context but most won't be. Most of the stuff is just behind the scenes stuff being played at the same time as the feature. Stuff that normally filled up the extras on DVD's being played by themselves.

Y3k Bug
  Dec 18, 2007
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Great preview. I won't use it, but it's better to have it and not need it than the other way around. Btw...Second to last paragraph "seen" should be "scene".

tru blu
  Dec 18, 2007
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I'll never use it but agree with the above that it's better to be availble than not. Also Warner using
IME it helps. Cheers

May the Blu be with you...

toocheezy
  Dec 18, 2007
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I will probably never use it but it is always a good feature to have. Now the HD-DVD fanboys have one less topic to talk about. But good job Sony for the PiP update!! I cant wait to get this box-set. Keep the update coming.

TheTenth
  Dec 18, 2007
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I'll try it once and surely forget it 5 minutes after

miokti
  Dec 18, 2007
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meh... PiP is a novelty, but I'd take it just to shut DUDs up. Anyway... i'll pick up this movie, watch it without the PiP so as no not miss an inch of the movie... then maybe watch the PiP the second time around.

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Guinness7
  Dec 18, 2007
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Not that I see myself using that a lot it is pretty neat feature.
logicsense
  Dec 18, 2007
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good good this is good. now if all the studios fallow this method of using this features this exact way on all their blu ray movies than this will upset the HD-DVD crowd in the hundreds. also now that this feature is set to be in place all i can say is man now not only do we have this feature but also the space and more upcoming disk space in 100 and 200 gb discs by TDK later next year. 2.0 OR BD live will will just about top things out i mean lionsgate is already tauting an online gaming experience tie to their release of WAR. than in late feb or early march i like many anylist expect warner to endorse blu ray. putting all this together you can pretty much say blu ray will win this war withing the upcoming years. i mean heck even transformer's director Micheal bay prefers blu ray over HD-DVD. not to mention Steven Spielberg. now i only wonder like video games which can be patched or upgraded with extras and add-ons through a firmware upgrade, shouldn't and couldn't these methods be used on and for films the same way so that movies like spider-man 3 or pirates and casino royale can make use of this feature without people having to re-purchase a film? don't know much just trying that out there thats all.

jcdDigix
  Dec 18, 2007
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Great!

RickD
  Dec 18, 2007
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The most important thing that I pulled from the preview is that the 1.1 disc works flawlessly on a 1.0 player. That is going to be very important to a lot of folks.
sonicbox
  Dec 18, 2007
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logicsense... seriously, won't see 100GB or 200GB purchased movie Blu-Ray discs even if they end up being 100% compatible somehow. There is no point. Larger capacity is targeted for computer data storage. Anyway, it's all just vaporware for now. If we need that much commerical video storage for whatever reason, we'll be ready for another next generation product and delivery mechanism.

Don't get too excited with the fanboy-esque victory comments. It's not that simple.
Iron Rodent
  Dec 18, 2007
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This is what all the hubbub was about with the profile 1.1? Give me a break... nobody cares cept the geeks.

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crystal_sun
  Dec 19, 2007
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i'm one who could care less about the PIP feature. I find it a distraction...rather just watch the movie and spend on doing somethine else afterward.
tronsdisc
  Dec 19, 2007
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You won't think secondary video and audio is for geeks when the studios begin taking full advantage of the technology.

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pro-bassoonist
  Dec 19, 2007
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I've stated it a number of times and shall repeat it again: so long as BR delivers top audio and video quality for the films released via the format I will be satisfied. I have zero interest in the PIP feature and am enormously underwhelmed by the fact that HDDVD backers placed such an emphasis on it. It is a non-issue, plain and simple. I have more interest in pushing the boundaries of BR to the limit so that it becomes painfully obvious how much more superior it is in comparison to HDDVD.

This being said I welcome the news that PS3 now handles 1.1 flawlessly. Hopefully the rest of the giant manufacturers /Panasonic, Phillips, SHARP, HITACHI, etc/ saturate the markets with 1.1/2.0 players.

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ellldiablo
  Dec 19, 2007
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now i wish they would rerelase 300 i would love to see that movie with pip, all the behind the scenes stuff you heard on the commentarty audio would be nice to see.

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that1guystudios
  Dec 19, 2007
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I work at my local Blockbuster, where we get titles pre-street.
Usually Blu-Ray titles come in only a day or two early...
but we actually got "War" already!

I updated my PS3 last night to the Profile 1.1 update,
and it works like a charm! The video commentary
worked without a hitch!
(The Commentary is REALLY boring though...
it's mostly just a talking head of the director,
as he records his commentary...LAME!)

Still, this is a huge win for Blu-Ray!
I can't wait to see what Disney, Sony, Fox
and Warner will do with these functions!

We also just got the PS3's FOR Sale at Blockbuster.
Normally this wouldn't be a big deal...but it's
a specialized bundle made exclusively for Blockbuster
by Sony (Probably for helping back the format)
and INSIDE THE SPECIAL BOX (it has a big Blockbuster sign on it.)
they are giving away a free game (Motostorm)
a Blu-Ray of Surf's Up, the Blu-Ray Remote, an HDMI cable,
the 80 GB PS3, and a rental card for 20 (!) free
PS3 games OR Blu-Ray movies for $599.

It's really cool to know that I'm probably one of the VERY first
people to have a profile 1.1 Blu-Ray title in my house,
and that you can get a special bundle on the PS3 at Blockbuster.

I just wanted to share a "geek" moment with you.

DirtHerder
  Dec 19, 2007
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For all those giving the PiP up as a "geek" thing, understand that some of us (me included) enjoy the ability to watch a show from a unique perspective. I do wish to be able, like those of the other camp to watch 300 with the raw print. Heck, it'd be great with the release of the film "Sin City" instead of the hyper fast version shown on DVD.

With some true imagination, think about classics like "Lawrence of Arabia" being shown and broken down historically by historians and the director's look with pictures on set played to scene. Remember all those silly moments that are only shown in a stand alone video of all the actor's gaffs? How about them popping up during the crucial moment when they flub?! An actor's observation of scenes - or hell, anyone else with insight to the movie. If your interested in the actors, One for them. How about the Director? cue it up. Production (special effects, sets, wardrobe, lighting, etc.) interest you? Well look at that, there it is to select.

Honestly, No one company has truly exploited PiP to it's fullest potential since the day it showed up. With 50 GIGs of room, and it being played at 480p.. the landscape is VAST.
My father just wants to watch the movie and be done with it, fine. Blow him away with the images of amazing clarity and be done with it. I'll be putting one back home in my own comfortable entertainment center with an adult beverage and enjoy the amazing waterfall of information at my fingertips. Careful to all with their noses pointed at the ceiling in their disdain for such a trivial distraction, you might walk off a cliff.


Till somebody with foresight and zeal demands it so, we'll never see such limitless potential be exploited.

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supersix4
  Dec 19, 2007
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yeah not really for me lol, but nice to know its there
logicsense
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sonicbox
» Dec 18, 2007 22:29
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logicsense... seriously, won't see 100GB or 200GB purchased movie Blu-Ray discs even if they end up being 100% compatible somehow. There is no point. Larger capacity is targeted for computer data storage. Anyway, it's all just vaporware for now. If we need that much commerical video storage for whatever reason, we'll be ready for another next generation product and delivery mechanism.

Don't get too excited with the fanboy-esque victory comments. It's not that simple.

i know i know its not that simple i never said it was, but those discs i just mentioned before will eventually come to light some day and i believe that although they will be mainly used for pc data, they can and will some day be used for trilogies and collectors sets, and thats inevitable. also blu ray will most likely end up winning this war period and although that sounds like fanboysm to you or anyone else it doesn't to me for the simple fact that man the numbers speak for themselves, and as im hearing blu ray players will start hitting new lower prices which mean more people will start to have em. i mean don't get me wrong universal and paramount do make great films but we all here clearly know blu ray has had and still has the better end of the deal when it comes down to studios and movies. seriously i dont see any change in the near future either when other films like AVP:R ,Rambo,Hitman,Underworld rise of the lycans,SAW4 no country for old man start hitting shelves some time next year. heck by this time blu ray players will have lower prices and than what the heck are we gonna be talking about?

Thegemte
  Dec 19, 2007
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Its a good thing. I with dvd's the camera angle thing was so few are far between. The only film that comes to mind is "Cannibal".

Blu Ray is cruising along which is good.

My local blockbuster is just started stocking too, which i am happy to see. No Red there.

monkyman
  Dec 19, 2007
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>Good I guess, but I'll never use it.
docjan_uk
  Dec 19, 2007
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Doubt I'll be using this... however, assuming Blu-ray remains a solid format till around 2020, I can see
large wall sized screens ala minority report with the second encode showing up on a smaller virtual
screen off to the side... or on a hand held tablet whilst watching the main feed.


ooooeh!

MacDaddyOJack
  Dec 19, 2007
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I was pretty sure I wouldn't care about PiP, but after seeing those pics, I know I dont care about PiP..... The only thing it's good for is shutting up the red crowd.

javaman_idn
  Dec 19, 2007
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This movie is already out in HKG in trilogy set. As I have already the Apocalypse one, I did not get it. Instead I get the original version.

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dobyblue
  Dec 19, 2007
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Ha, ha - that will piss people off that think this will balk on every 1.0 player, shills like rdjam for one.
dvcmember
  Dec 19, 2007
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Great. I personally think that it detracts from the movie but at least that's one less item that the red ants can throw at us.

SgtBigNuts
  Dec 19, 2007
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Hey its another great reason for everyone who loves blu ray to rush out and grab a PS3.
Cyan
  Dec 19, 2007
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This is why Warner still hasn't given us Batman Begins and the Matrix trilogy?

I mean fine, it's cool that these have PiP now, but, it doesn't seem that amazing that it's necessary to force us to wait for 2 of the best movies/series ever.

Slapper
  Dec 19, 2007
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So much for those "1.1 Blu-ray discs won't work on 1.0 Blu-ray players" FUD rumors that keep getting tossed around by the DUDer Duckers.
punkguy03
  Dec 21, 2007
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idk i dont think ill like this feature too much. im a fan of extras like deleted scenes there the best.which may be y i like blu more it has more space for storage so it always seems to have lotsa deleted stuff which i love.


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