Tom from sends along news the Peter Jackons’s ‘The Lovely Bones’ will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on April 20th. More details: Paramount Home Entertainment has announced 1-disc DVD ($19.99) and 2-disc Blu-ray ($29.99) releases of The Lovely Bones for the 20th April. We have no word on any extra material for the 1-disc DVD – if anything is included we’ll let you know just as soon as we hear anything. The 2-disc Blu-ray however will include an extensive production diary in 15 segments hosted by Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens that follows the film’s shoot and post-production work on the visual effects. More..

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As Peter Jackson told us earlier, his vision for Susie Salmon’s afterlife in The Lovely Bones (which Paramount Pictures opened wide last weekend) was a surreal, in-between journey to heaven predicated dreams and metaphoric symbols. A house in the dead cornfield represents her murderer, Mr. Harvey; the blooming flower suggests Susie’s life force and her ability to communicate with her father; the Gazebo in the barley field signifies unfulfilled love, with the field turning to mush as she runs toward it.

Interestingly, the vfx challenges for Weta Digital were more artistic than technical, even though the CG imagery of the In-Between world necessitated abandoning the laws of physics. More..

Primmy writes: I thought you might be interested to know that Peter Jackson will be on The Culture Show on BBC2 in the UK tonight at 7PM, discussing The Lovely Bones (and hopefully other things!).

Todd writes: Here’s a link to a PJ interview in Post Magazine about the Lovely Bones. Post Magazine focuses on the post production end of the film and video industries. More..

Director Peter Jackson gave Susie Salmon a trippy afterlife in his adaptation of the bestseller, a film he says he was destined to make.
‘The Lovely Bones’. In Alice Sebold’s bestselling book “The Lovely Bones,” after 14-year-old Susie Salmon is raped and murdered by her next-to-door neighbor, she ends up in the afterworld, not quite heaven, but a sort of cosmic way station that looks much like Susie’s old terrestrial stomping grounds — a typical American suburb, with a junior high school, subdivisions and a mall. More..