Artisan Home Entertainment to Deliver “T2: Extreme DVD” Two-Disc DVD Set Including First Windows Media 9 Series High-Definition DVD-ROM

SANTA MONICA, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. May 1, 2003 Artisan Home Entertainment Inc. today announced it will issue
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Extreme Edition),” a two-disc DVD set that will feature a digitally remastered theatrical version of the film in high-definition video and full surround sound on a single DVD-ROM in Microsoft® Windows Media® 9 Series. The cutting-edge high-definition
“T2: Extreme DVD”
will offer consumers using today’s powerful Windows XP-based computers nearly three and a half times the resolution of standard DVD video and will include previously unseen extras.
“T2: Extreme DVD”
will be available in the United States and Canada on June 3 for a suggested retail price of $29.98.

“Artisan Home Entertainment has always been a leader in the marketplace when it comes to meeting consumer demand, and as those demands become more and more sophisticated, we are proud to take the lead once again,”
said Steven Beeks, president of Artisan Home Entertainment.
“With this exciting high-definition version of ‘T2,’ Artisan will provide consumers with the stunning visual and surround-sound capabilities of Windows Media 9 Series so they can experience critically acclaimed films like never before.”

“Artisan is leading the way to a new level of entertainment experiences, delivering ‘T2’ fans high-definition video and 5.1 surround sound on a single DVD-ROM,”
said Dave Fester, general manager of the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft Corp.
“When the Terminator said, ‘I’ll be back,’ who knew that it would be with such stunning clarity?”

The groundbreaking
“T2: Extreme DVD”
contains an abundance of extra features, offered on both the standard DVD and the revolutionary high-definition DVD-ROM. In this new edition, the critically acclaimed, multiaward-winning film that set the visual tone for every action film to follow has been digitally remastered frame by frame to make it look better than ever. Extra features include 16 minutes of additional footage never seen in theaters; all-new audio commentary with director and writer James Cameron and co-writer William Wisher; an extreme interactive mode with graphic commentary and rare behind-the-scenes footage; an all-new documentary on the role of
in the evolution of digital effects and modern filmmaking; and a special-effects studio where viewers can morph their imported images into a T-1000 or a T-800 Terminator.

In addition, Artisan Home Entertainment’s
“Standing in the Shadows of Motown”
two-disc DVD package, released April 22, includes a Microsoft Windows Media 9 Series enhanced DVD-ROM secured with Windows Media Digital Rights Management. This exciting technology presents the movie in a high-resolution format for PC viewing, offering almost two times greater resolution than standard DVD video.
“Standing in the Shadows of Motown”
is available for the suggested retail price of $22.98.

“Standing in the Shadows of Motown”
DVD also offers a Virtual Recording Studio extra feature with software from Sonic Foundry that will enable viewers to actually compose and record their own hit tune by arranging original music created exclusively for the DVD by the Funk Brothers, the musicians responsible for the extraordinary sound of Motown and the focus of this extraordinary film. The impressive software allows viewers to create endless variations and even add their own vocals and instruments. The DVD is loaded with several other intriguing extras, including featurettes, commentary, music videos and a series of this year’s short films from

About Artisan

Artisan Entertainment Inc. is the leading independent producer and distributor of theatrical, television and home entertainment product. The Company coordinates its business activities through two wholly owned operating divisions, Artisan Pictures and Artisan Home Entertainment. The Artisan Pictures division is responsible for the development, production, marketing and distribution of the Company’s annual slate of theatrical films. The Artisan Home Entertainment division has an extensive library of over 7,000 titles which includes its own properties, as well as a wide spectrum of films from Academy Award® winning classics to blockbusters and cult favorites.

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