New Release: Kung Fu Panda Blu-ray/DVD combo

Kung Fu Panda movie scene

Kung Fu Panda

With Kung Fu Panda 2 arriving in theaters on May 27, 2011, Paramount Home Entertainment released a new version of the original animated movie on Blu-ray on April 5, 2011.

The Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of Kung Fu Panda comes filled with special features, many of which are already available in the Blu-ray-only version.

The animated family film features the voices of Jack Black (Gulliver’s Travels), Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid), Dustin Hoffman (All the President’s Men), Angelina Jolie (Salt), Ian McShane (The Pillars of the Earth) and Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet).

It tells the story of Po (Black), a lazy panda who’s the biggest fan of Kung Fu. He works in his parents noodle shop until he’s unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy and invited to study Kung Fu alongside his idols, Tigress (Jolie), Crane (David Cross, Megamind), Mantis (Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu, Charlie’s Angels) and Monkey (Chan). But when the vengeful snow leopard Tai Lung (McShane) escapes from prison and heads their way, Po must defend everyone.

DreamWorks Animation’s PG-rated movie grossed $215 million when it was in theaters back in 2008.

Here’s a list of the special features included in the Blu-ray/DVD combo:

  • commentary with filmmakers
  • picture-in-picture commentary track
  • featurette: “Meet the Cast” in high-definition
  • featurette: “The Tech of Kung Fu Panda” in high-definition
  • featurette: “The Sounds of Kung Fu Panda” in high-definition
  • featurette: “KFP Sound Machine”
  • music Videos: “Kung Fu Fighting” Music Video
  • featurette: “Learn the Panda Dance”
  • featurette: “Do You Kung Fu?”
  • featurette: “Mr. Ping’s Noodle Factory”
  • featurette: “Chopsticks”
  • featurette: “Inside the Chinese Zodiac”
  • featurette: “Animals of Kung Fu Panda
  • featurette: “A Day in the Life: Shaolin Monks in Training”
  • featurette: “KFP Shuffle”
  • featurette: “The World of Panda: A Look at China’s National Mascot” in high-definition
  • “HP How to Video”
  • KFP/Mad 2 Activision game trailer
  • set-top game: “Panda Kicking Gallery” in high-definition
  • “Learn To Draw” in high-definition
  • DreamWorks Animation Video JukeBox in high-definition

And here’s a trailer for the new Kung Fu Panda 2:

 

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.