Remember Eagle Eye? The paranoid techno-thriller from director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) hit theaters in September, but didn't stick around very long.
If you missed it, there's a new DVD/Blu-ray release coming Dec. 28, and Caruso tells us that it will be packed: an alternate ending, deleted scenes, a gag reel and photo gallery. There's also an interview and discussion between Caruso and his mentor, director John Badham, who helmed Short Circuit, Blue Thunder and WarGames.
"WarGames was a particular influence for Eagle Eye, because it's interesting to see how times have changed," Caruso explained. "Back then , you had to explain what a password was in the movie for it to make sense, and today my 2-year-old knows what that is."
Also on the Blu-ray is an interactive "Shall We Play a Game?" feature, as well as a featurette called "Is My Cell Phone Spying on Me?" Read on for more!
The DVD also includes a behind-the-scenes featurette called "Asymmetrical Warfare: The Making of Eagle Eye," as well as a look at the actual government locations in "Eagle Eye on Location: Washington, D.C."
Other secrets revealed in interviews with cast and crew include how the technology was ripped from the headlines and some of the spy techniques, which clearly exist. Caruso enjoys talking about how he hit on Julianne Moore to voice of the sinister computerized "Big Brother."
"We really wanted either Julianne Moore or Meryl Streep for the voice," he said. "Those were our only two choices. At one point, we thought Meryl would be too recognizable, and Julianne's is alluring and sexy and at the same time has a bit of danger to it. It was cool to use her."
Overall, Caruso said that he is impressed with Blu-ray's capabilities and quality, "Blu-ray is absolutely better, the picture quality is better and the sound is as close to the sound you can get in the theater," he said.
Most of the extras on the two-disc special edition are identical on both the Blu-ray and regular DVD release for Eagle Eye, but the quality is higher on Blu-ray. "It's a noticeable difference, especially with the sound," the director said.
The Eagle Eye DVD includes insights and bloopers from actors Shia LaBoeuf, Billy Bob Thornton, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis and Michelle Monaghan and also reveals some of their fears of and speculation about technology.
Since he released the movie, Caruso said, "I have been getting suspicious clicks and periodic weird calls on my cell phone, and I'm convinced that I'm being monitored. I have gone into the Department of Defense, CIA, FBI headquarters, and although I've done a movie that portrays them in a good light, I have a feeling they know what I'm doing and who I'm talking to."