Charles de Lauzirika is an American DVD andￂﾠBlu-ray producer and filmmaker. ￂﾠ
Lauzirika spent his early years in La Crescenta,ￂﾠCalifornia and attended Glendale College where he served as entertainment editor of In Focus,ￂﾠthe college's weekly Public-accessￂﾠtelevision show. He also contributed to the school's weekly, ElￂﾠVaquero, receiving several JACC student journalism awards for his work asￂﾠeditorial cartoonist, entertainment editor and editor-in-chief.
Lauzirika laterￂﾠattended the University ofￂﾠSouthern California School ofￂﾠCinematic Arts, where he wrote and directed a fully funded 16mm sync sound film in theￂﾠprogram's CNTV 480 Advanced Production Workshop; Lauzirika graduated in 1994. While attendingￂﾠUSC film school, Lauzirika concurrently worked for numerous film companies,ￂﾠincluding LucasfilmￂﾠLtd., Lightstorm Entertainment, Warner Bros.,ￂﾠSilver Pictures and ScottￂﾠFree Productions.ￂﾠ
While working as a story analyst for directors Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, Lauzirika wasￂﾠchosen by Ridley Scott to supervise and produce elaborate DVD special editionsￂﾠof Scott's classic films. Lauzirika's works have been nominated for Video andￂﾠDVD Premiere Awards, and in 2003 his comprehensive nine-disc Alien Quadrilogy garneredￂﾠthe DVDX Award for Best Overall DVD, Classic Movie. In 2008, Lauzirika won twoￂﾠSaturn Awards for his work on Blade Runner (Best DVDￂﾠSpecial Edition) and Twin Peaksￂﾠ(Best Retro Television Release). And in 2011, he won his third Saturn Award forￂﾠthe Alien Anthology (Best DVD Movie Collection.) ￂﾠ
Lauzirika has beenￂﾠin charge of the restorations and new cuts of such as films as Alienￂﾳ, Legend and Blade Runner: TheￂﾠFinal Cut, each project requiring new visual effects and additional scenesￂﾠwhich had to seamlessly blend in with existing footage.ￂﾠ
He has also directedￂﾠseveral commercials and short films, as well as the music video for Montell Jordan's WhenￂﾠYou Get Home (1998) which featured Billy Dee Williams.ￂﾠLauzirika himself occasionally serves as camera operator in hisￂﾠdocumentary interviews, thereby fostering a more intimate environment, allowingￂﾠthe interviewee to be more sharing on camera.ￂﾠ
Although his work has long beenￂﾠassociated with the films of Ridley Scott, Lauzirika has also produced DVDￂﾠcontent for the works of numerous other directors, including David Lynch, Sam Raimi, James Cameron, the Coen brothers, Michael Bay, David Fincher, Robert Rodriguez, Marc Webb, John Badham, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Mark Romanek and TonyￂﾠScott. ￂﾠ
In 2010, Empire Magazine reportedￂﾠthat Lauzirika was working on a comprehensive Blu-ray release of the four Alienￂﾠfilms, now known as the Alien Anthology. In addition to creating newￂﾠcontent, he also oversaw a new sound mix of the Alienￂﾳ Special Editionￂﾠwhich necessitated the return of certain actors to re-record their dialogue dueￂﾠto the poor production sound heard in the film's original rough assembly. Inￂﾠ2011 it was reported that Lauzirika was working on DVD/Blu-ray special editionsￂﾠfor such films as Transformers:ￂﾠDark of the Moon, The AmazingￂﾠSpider-Man and Prometheus.
Lauzirika made hisￂﾠfeature directorial debut with the psychological thriller Crave whichￂﾠstars Josh Lawson, Emma Lung, Edward Furlong and Ron Perlman. Lauzirika isￂﾠalso one of the film's producers and co-wrote the screenplay. ￂﾠ