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Sony DADC secures Blu-ray 3D authoring & manufacturing project with Eagle Pictures

Cousteau’s undersea odyssey, OceanWorld 3D,

comes to Blu-ray 3D

Sony DADC is authoring and manufacturing Independent movie distributor Eagle Pictures’ Blu-ray 3D release of OceanWorld 3D. The underwater adventure movie was the first ocean documentary to be completely filmed and released in 3D. The movie took over seven years to produce, and twenty-five diving expeditions to complete.

This exciting project comes shortly after Sony DADC was appointed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to handle the disc production of its first Blu-ray 3D release – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.


In terms of 3D, Sony DADC provides a truly global and integrated authoring network, which allows the company to share resources and cross-train authoring experts. The value chain starts with 3D content creation, a field in which Sony DADC is actively participating thanks to the connection to Sony’s stereoscopic filming knowledge base, enabling Sony DADC not only to create 3D bonus features for Blu-ray 3D and corporate portraits, but also full length 3D film productions for the music industry.


The value chain then provides a seamless link to authoring, mastering, replication, distribution and retail support, resulting in significantly decreased turnaround times for each project.


Following a long and successful tradition in DVD and BD authoring, a global R&D team continues to push back the boundaries of BD-Java and BD-Live features for 3D.


Last but not least, 3D customers like Eagle Pictures benefit from the highest quality assurance possible, supported by in-house test disc replication and quality control.


3D centre of excellence for both Indies and Majors

This spring has seen the company open the doors of a new 3D production centre of excellence with branches all over Europe. This specialised service enables rights owners to produce the highest quality 3D Blu-rays whilst also fast-tracking them in order to meet the anticipated demand for Blu-ray 3D from consumers this summer.


Currently, the 3D production centre of excellence is able to support ten 3D projects each month, whilst the company already provides the biggest Blu-ray Disc replication capacity in the industry. Turnaround times for a Blu-ray 3D production - from receiving the assets through to shipping the finished product - start from as little as three weeks, depending on the complexity of the production.


"This is tremendous news," commented Dieter Daum, CEO of Sony DADC. "We are probably the first supply chain provider to secure Blu-ray 3D projects from both the major and independent sectors. This, we believe, is a reflection of our significant commitment to this ground-breaking home entertainment technology. We look forward to working closely with the team from Eagle Pictures."


As of today, all Sony DADC authoring and production sites in the US and EU are fully 3D capable, with Japan to follow soon.


About OceanWorld 3D

OceanWorld 3D takes viewers on an awesome journey that captures the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet – and inspires them to protect its fragile ecosystem and inhabitants. Guided by a sea turtle, viewers will enjoy a close-up look at her fascinating world from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Argentina’s Penninsula Valdez to Mexico’s Roca Partida Island, home to thousands of sharks.


They will witness some of the most unforgettable scenes of life beneath the waves ever captured: the manta ray’s enchanting ballet, the noble procession of hammerhead sharks; the lionfish’s relentless hunt; dolphins playing algae-soccer; the astonishing beauty of the Spanish dancer sea slug and leafy sea dragon; and an exceptional encounter with the largest cetaceans on the planet.

OceanWorld 3D is presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau and endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme. Produced by 3D Entertainment and Gavin McKinney Underwater Productions, it is a Mantello Brothers Film with underwater cinematography by Gavin McKinney, and featuring an original score by Christophe Jacquelin.


The Blu-ray 3D version of Eagle Pictures’ Ocean World 3D will be a 90min full feature 3D movie stored in the highest quality possible on a 50 Gigabyte Blu-ray Disc.


About Eagle Pictures

Eagle Pictures was founded in 1986 and acquired by Franco-Tunisian financier/producer Tarak Ben Ammar two years ago. It is one of the leading independent Theatrical, Home Entertainment and TV distribution companies in Italy.