This is a press release issued by the West Virginia Film Office:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As the city of Weirton awaits the Blu-ray/DVD release of J.J. Abrams’ summer blockbuster, “Super 8,” the West Virginia Film Office is conducting an online campaign to promote the Nov. 22 release.
“The film office is very excited to celebrate the DVD release,” said Pam Haynes, director of the West Virginia Film Office, “and has arranged for eight days of giveaways, starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 15, leading up to the Nov. 22 release.” Haynes said there will be daily giveaways through the film office’s Facebook and Twitter pages, culminating with a grand prize that includes a weekend in Weirton with complimentary lodging, dining and a personal tour of the “Super 8” film sites that will be captured by a professional photographer.
The release comes a little more than five months after the film opened in theaters across the globe and will renew interest in the locations chosen for the West Virginia portion of the film. “Super 8,” which was directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, shot for several weeks in and around Weirton. Haynes said that several dozen workers were hired to work on the film and hundreds of locals were cast as extras. She added that West Virginia’s film tax incentive program played an integral role in Paramount choosing West Virginia for filming.
According to Paramount Pictures, the Blu-ray™/DVD combo with digital copy features more than two hours of bonus material, including in-depth, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes and more. Haynes said, “Of particular interest to Weirton residents is a featurette titled ‘Rediscovering Steel Town.’ ” She believes Weirton residents will be quite proud of the featurette and other bonus material, and will want to share the experience with family and friends.
For information about ordering the Blu-ray™/DVD combo with digital copy, visit www.super8-movie.com. To participate in the film office’s eight-day giveaway, visit www.facebook.com/wvfilm, or, www.twitter.com/wvfilm.