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Par’s ‘Forrest’ branches out

Co. pumps up 'Gump' for 1st-time DVD stump

Paramount Home Entertainment will finally release the studio’s second biggest movie ever, “Forrest Gump,” on DVD Aug. 28.

This year is expected to represent Paramount’s biggest push into mining its library for first-time DVD releases of some of the studio’s biggest and most-requested titles.

It recently released “Ghost” for the first time and is expected to release “Apocalypse Now Redux” and several other major titles in its vault, later this year.

Among titles still unreleased on DVD are the “Godfather” and “Indiana Jones” trilogies, the original “Star Trek” movie and other installments in that theatrical series, and movies such as “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease.”

Top 10 B.O.

“Forrest Gump” has generated more than $330 million in the U.S. since its release in 1994, ranking it sixth on the all-time list, behind “Titanic” (a Fox production distributed in the U.S. by Paramount), the original and latest “Star Wars” movies from Fox and “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park” from Universal.

The DVD edition will feature more than two hours of supplemental material, including many elements from a previously released special laserdisc edition as well as new material, including commentaries by director Robert Zemeckis, producer Steve Starkey and production designer Rick Carter.

More history lessons

Most of the extra material is featured on a second DVD disc, including two never-before-seen sequences involving Martin Luther King Jr. and George Bush Sr., and the behind-the-scenes documentary “Through the Eyes of Forrest Gump.”

Also included are a photo gallery, talent screen tests and two theatrical trailers, plus additional production featurettes on sound effects, production design, makeup and visual effects.

Paramount is pricing the double-disc “Forrest Gump: Special Collector’s Edition” at $29.99 and will mount a marketing campaign featuring national network, syndication and cable TV spots in the U.S. and Canada as well as print advertising in top entertainment magazines in the U.S. and Canada.