As far as I can tell, none of these services include any bonus features except for iTunes — but the bonus features included with the iTunes package are not identical to the bonus features that have been advertised for the upcoming Blu-Ray.
The Blu-Ray will include three featurettes totaling over an hour, on ‘Iceland: Extreme Beauty’, ‘The Ark Exterior: A Battle for 300 Cubits’ and ‘The Ark Interior: Animals Two By Two’. The iTunes release comes with the first two featurettes but replaces the third with ‘Special Makeup FX on Noah,’ which just happens to be one of the featurettes that is rumoured to be on the exclusive Target edition of the Blu-Ray. The iTunes featurettes add up to almost 51 minutes of bonus content.
To mark the film’s digital release, Paramount released at least two exclusive clips to two websites today — and I have no idea at this point if these clips are taken from any of the existing bonus features, or if they are unique to these websites.
First, here is the clip that was posted on Hitfix, in which cinematographer Matthew Libatique talks about the “nightmare” of filming a battle scene in the rain:
And second, here is the clip that was posted on CraveOnline, in which the special-effects guys talk about some of the animal puppets that were created for the film — including a “hound” that was eventually replaced or enhanced by a CG effect:
If I find any more new making-of clips, I will add them to this post.
Incidentally, that last video reminds me of two videos that were posted by special-effects veterans Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr last month, in which they addressed the question of why filmmakers often start out with practical effects, only to replace them with computer-generated effects later on. Here’s the short version:
And here’s the long version:
Update: I just noticed that Paramount also posted the following clip to YouTube today, which presumably comes from the ‘Ark Interior’ featurette:
July 16 update: USA Today posted a clip today on the “brutalist” design of the Ark, which appears to come from the ‘Ark Exterior’ featurette:
Check out earlier Noah videos and my shot-by-shot trailer analyses here:
- The first domestic and international trailers (November 14, 2013)
- The second international trailer (November 29, 2013)
- The Japanese trailer (December 3, 2013)
- The Super Bowl TV spot (January 29, 2014)
- The Russian TV spots (February 6, 2014)
- The Brazilian trailer (February 16, 2014)
- The ‘Tyrant’ TV spot (February 24, 2014)
- The ‘Beginnings’ page on the movie’s website (February 27, 2014)
- The ‘Protect’ TV spot and ‘The Flood’ motion poster (February 28, 2014)
- The ‘Ark’ featurette, the ‘Ark Experience’ page on the movie’s website, the ‘Growth’ motion poster and the ‘Chosen’ TV spot (March 6, 2014)
- The ‘We Build an Ark’ clip and the extended international TV spot (March 10, 2014)
- The second domestic trailer with Emma Watson intro (March 11, 2014)
- The ‘Begins’, ‘Live’, ‘Storm’, ‘Redemption’ and ‘Survive’ TV spots and the Empire motion poster (March 13, 2014)
- The Peruvian TV spot (March 15, 2014)
- The ‘It Begins’ clip, some Emma Watson soundbites, some B-roll footage and the first two Damaris Trust videos (March 19, 2014)
- The ‘Tubal-Cain’ featurette and some more B-roll footage (March 20, 2014)
- The ‘I’m Not Alone’ clip, the music video, the faith leaders video and the EPK (March 24, 2014)
- The ‘We Take the Ark’ clip, the ‘Animals’ featurette and a TV spot (March 25, 2014)
- The ‘The Flood’ clip (March 28, 2014)
- The ‘Clint Mansell’s Score’ featurette and the Kim Walker-Smith music video (April 3, 2014)
- The critics’ quotes TV spot (April 8, 2014)
- The ‘Creation’ clip (May 10, 2014)