'Sin City' Released On DVD

One of the most successful and innovative movies of the spring makes its way to stores Tuesday. Jess Cagle, entertainment contributor and People magazine senior editor, has the details in The Early Show's Home Theater.

Basing his work on the crime novels and noir films of the '40s and '50s, director Robert Rodriguez manages to bring stylized filmmaking to a new level with "Sin City."

Set in a violent, morally bankrupt metropolis, "Sin City" is an adaptation of Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novel. Filmmakers have been trying to bring Miller's stories to the screen for over a decade, but he kept turning them down.

Actor Clive Owen explains, "Frank Miller was worried it would be tempered down; it wouldn't be quite what he originally intended. Robert Rodriguez went to him and said, 'I'm going to be incredibly faithful to your original material,' shot a five-minute test. Frank said, 'I'm in. Let's do it.'"

That five-minute test became the movie's opening scene, and Rodriguez asked Miller to be his co-director.

The film has an all-star cast including Clive Owen, Britanny Murphy, Benicio Del Toro, Bruce Willis, and Jessica Alba in a very revealing role.

To achieve the films highly stylized look, Rodriguez shot it entirely in front of green screens, with background, scenery, and lighting added later.

Explaining a scene, Jessica Alba says, "We were in a car, but we were on a green stage, so it's me and Bruce (Willis) in a car on a green stage and they have these humongous fans blowing at us, as if we're driving really fast. And in post(-production), because it's all black and white, and to make it as cool as the drawings, he draws the background on a computer, basically."

Owen adds, "I think it's the most successful bedding in of computer technology and people I've ever seen in a movie."

If you're looking for something completely different, Cagle says, the romantic comedy "The Wedding Date" starring Debra Messing and Dermut Mulrooney also makes its way to stores Tuesday.