Monday June 02, 2003
Exclusive Interview and Pictures with Dalene Kurtis and Craig Lieberman at the E3 2003
The video gaming industry and entertainment industry have always been partners but now, DVD is playing an increasingly important role. For the first time ever, a studio is linking its DVD, Theatrical and Interactive releases at E3 Exposition.
This year at the E3- Electronic Entertainment Exposition 2003, you could come by and see the customized "tricked out" vehicle that appears exclusively on the upcoming release of The Fast and The Furious Tricked Out DVD, on display in the West Hall Lobby with a reel containing highlights from the DVD and videogame debuting this fall from Universal Studios Home Video, Universal Pictures and Universal Interactive.
Dalene Kurtis 2002's Playboy Playmate of the Year and host of TNN's NOPI (Number One Parts, Incorporated) Tunervision show and Craig Lieberman, tuner pro and technical advisor for The Fast and the Furious were on location to promote "Tricking Out a Hot Import Car!". It is a segment that shows viewers the secrets of the pros on different ways to customize a car, where you can watch the amazing transformation of a stock-model 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution into a customized, nitrous-powered Fast and Furious racer.
Dalene mention in her Video Centerfold Playboy's Playmate of the year 2002 that she was happy to be working with Playboy and was welcoming opportunities that her success will bring so I started our conversation by asking her is that one of the opportunity that she had talked about and she said yes it was.
So then I asked Dalene how did she get involve in doing the segment ? Dalene told me that she had met Craig Lieberman, tuner pro and technical advisor for The Fast and the Furious while she was hosting a TV Show called NOPI (Number One Parts, Incorporated) on TNN and it was Craig that called her and asked if she wanted to do the special video for the DVD movie of the Fast and Furious so she agreed.
I asked them what is the Video about exactly? It is about this Mitsubishi that was modified and in the video she asks Craig questions by pointing to a part of the car about what is this and what does that do and Craig answers her questions.
How long is the Video I asked? They told me about 22 minutes.
Dalene told me that the making of the video has taught her many things about the car and now she has more knowledge about specific parts of the car.
Dalene and Craig also gave me more detail about the car that Mitsubishi provided, it is a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution that I mention earlier and that is the car you see in the pictures with Dalene and Craig.
Here is more information on the DVD
The Fast and the Furious Tricked Out Edition DVD
An All New Movie Experience Available June 3, 2003
Includes Landmark Specially-Created Prelude to Universal Pictures Sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious and Free Movie Ticket Offer
Start your engines! Action fans have a slammin new way to get an adrenaline rush with The Fast and the Furious Tricked Out Edition DVD racing to release on June 3, 2003 from Universal Studios Home Video. Offering an all new movie experience, the DVD contains a landmark industry first: A specially-created prelude to a sequel, Universal Pictures highly-anticipated 2 Fast 2 Furious, that hits theaters on June 6. The original film was a huge summer hit in 2001 that earned $145 million at the domestic box-office and went on to become one of the best-selling DVD titles of all time. The Fast and the Furious Tricked Out Edition DVD also contains an incredible FREE movie ticket sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. to see 2 Fast 2 Furious during its initial two weeks in theaters and is valid for one admission up to $10 from June 6 through June 22. The DVD is priced at $26.98 S.R.P. and the order close date is April 29.
An Entirely New Movie Experience Created for the DVD
The Fast and the Furious Tricked Out Edition DVD contains a host of exclusive new features created just for the DVD:
"A Turbo-charged Prelude to 2 Fast 2 Furious!" This all new movie experience, a DVD first, features star Paul Walker in an electrifying never-before-seen short film that picks up where The Fast and the Furious ends and continues the action to the sizzling streets of Miami where 2 Fast 2 Furious begins.
Universal Studios Home Video and Universal Pictures will join forces to create a full-throttle media blitz supporting the release of The Fast and the Furious Tricked Out Edition DVD in tandem with the release of 2 Fast 2 Furious. A broad range of network, cable and local television spots will communicate the FREE movie ticket offer contained on the DVD to see 2 Fast 2 Furious. The promotion will also be showcased via top market radio and newspaper outlets.
On May 25, the MTV network will air a special Speedway Showdown edition of "Junkyard Wars" on TLC that promotes both the upcoming theatrical release of 2 Fast 2 Furious and The Fast and the Furious Tricked Out Edition DVD.
From May 30 June 26, a promo spot featuring the "Tricking Out a Hot Import Car" bonus segment from the DVD will run in over 2,000 Regal Cinema theaters across the country.
Mitsubishi Partners for "Tricking Out a Hot Import Car" Bonus Feature
Mitsubishi Motors, one of the worlds leading automobile manufacturers, showcases one of its newest cars for 2003, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, in the "Tricking Out a Hot Import Car" bonus feature of the Fast and the Furious Tricked Out DVD. In this fascinating bonus feature, a stock model Lancer Evolutions highly-acclaimed engine performance, styling, and audio/interior trim are assessed and dramatically modified with a turbo upgrade, more aerodynamic styling, and wheel and suspension packaging enhancements. In addition, the vehicle receives new body paint, a new full tilt audio system, and for good measure, a modest nitrous system to beef up the vehicles racing potential, to demonstrate the exciting possibilities of what can be done to turn a great car into an even hotter ride.
The "tricked out" Lancer Evolution will tour select cities in the U.S. at selected auto shows and special events, giving consumers an opportunity to view the same car that appears exclusively on the DVD.
The Fast and The Furious DVD Movie will be in store June 03 2003
The Fast and The Furious Video Game will be in store in November 2003
For those who are not too familiar with Craig, please read the following to learn more
Craig Lieberman is an experienced driver and a graduate of three of the nations top five racing schools and has driven nearly 100 types of cars including the European exotics and Japanese sports cars. He has enjoyed drag racing and road racing at many of the greatest racing facilities in the USA.
Starting as a Technical Advisor to The Fast and The Furious, his services ranged from script input to parts procurement. He later served as a Publicity Consultant, receiving a credit in the movie and provided some behind-the-scenes interviews for the DVD he even had a small part in the film. The movie went on to make $300M worldwide with a modest budget of $39 million, a budget made possible partly due to his resourcefulness in acquiring product donations and manufacturer support. For The Fast and The Furious 2, Lieberman was again recruited to be part of the team charged with the creation of the import vehicles and provided input where needed on the technical aspects of the script.
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