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January 13, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno brings us a new review of "Make It or Break It": Volume One. This ABC Family original drama centers on four competitive teen gymnasts and their lives on and off the mats. Just released, Disney's 2-disc set holds all ten hour-long episodes (one of which is extended) plus deleted scenes and a featurette. Read the review.
January 12, 2010 - Get informed about today's new releases right here.
January 11, 2010 - Aaron Wallace serves up a Blu-ray review of Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side. This second send-up of Star Wars films has Seth MacFarlane's irreverent animated comedy retelling The Empire Strikes Back with the Griffin family and friends in the parts. Now available, the hour-long feature is accompanied by an audio commentary, a fact track, two table reads, a featurette, an animatic comparison, and, only on Blu-ray, a digital copy. Read the full review.
January 8, 2010 - You're not experiencing déjà vu. Our newest review subject, "10 Things I Hate About You": Volume One, is the ABC Family original series based on the 1999 Touchstone teen comedy. The characters are the same, the cast is different (save for Larry Miller, who returns as the dad). The single-camera sitcom depicts the Stratford sisters' life as the new girls in a California high school. The 2-disc set holds the ten episodes aired to date, two cast/crew audio commentaries, bloopers, the pilot episode of gymnastics drama "Make It or Break It", and two featurettes. The DVD is in stores Tuesday, but you can read our review right now.
Disney has announced a 2-disc Special Un-Anniversary Edition DVD of their original 1951 animated Alice in Wonderland for release on March 30, 2010 while Tim Burton's new take on the story plays in theaters.New bonus features include the deleted scene "Pig and Pepper" considered in the 1930s, and the featurette "Reflections on Alice." It seems safe to assume that The Great Mouse Detective, previously scheduled for re-release on the same day, will be delayed. For a look at the new Alice DVD's cover and to preorder, click here.
The biggest news out of this year's Consumer Electronic Show (CES) has been about 3D content coming to televisions. Disney announced that A Christmas Carol will be the studio's first Digital 3D release on Blu-ray in the fall. To capitalize on this oh-so-demanded technology that will replicate the gimmickry of today's premium-carrying theatrical exhibitions in the comforts of one's home, they're also prepping a 3D Showcase Disc for manufacturers to bundle with 3D hardware. The Showcase disc will hold the 1953 Chip 'n Dale short Working for Peanuts, trailers for A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, and Toy Story 3, plus original content to be announced.
The plug may have been pulled on "My Friends Tigger & Pooh" and a traditionally-animated Hundred Acre Wood may be returning, but that doesn't mean we've seen the last of Darby and her CG friends. Disney has announced the "full-length" 45-minute adventure My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths for DVD release on April 6th. Carrying a $29.99 SRP, the widescreen disc will also include a never-before-seen episode and an interactive Discovery Mode.
January 7, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno brings us a review of Jennifer's Body. Diablo Cody's follow-up to her Oscar-winning Juno screenplay is a darkly comedic horror film about a cheerleader (Megan Fox) and her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) whose lives change after a chaotic concert fire. Fox's recent Blu-ray holds the film's theatrical cut and an extended version, two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, video diaries, a gag reel, and more. Review.
January 6, 2010 - Now available, a rare Touchstone DVD reissue and our latest review subject: 10 Things I Hate About You: 10th Anniversary Edition. This 1999 teen comedy updates William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew to a Seattle high school, where a smitten student (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) tries to set up an icy feminist (Julia Stiles) with an Australian bad boy (Heath Ledger) so that he can date her younger sister (Larisa Oleynik). Released yesterday, this set includes an audio commentary by the writers and four supporting cast members; a documentary holding new crew and old cast interviews, deleted scenes, and outtakes; and a digital copy of the film. Read on...
January 5, 2010 - We've updated our all-inclusive DVD and Blu-ray release schedules for 2010. Get briefed on the new releases for today, the next twelve Tuesdays, and beyond.
January 4, 2010 - Our newest review covers Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: 2-Disc Super-Sized Edition. In stores tomorrow, Sony's computer-animated comedy/adventure expands upon the beloved children's book with the story of an outcast inventor who creates a device that causes a variety of foods to rain down from the sky. The colorful voice cast for this Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature includes Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, and Mr. T. Extras include an audio commentary by Hader and the writers-directors, deleted/extended scenes, a Food Fight Game, two featurettes, and a music video, sing-along and making-of for Miranda Cosgrove's end credits song "Raining Sunshine." Don't miss our full review.
December 31, 2009 - Take a look at the 2-Disc DVD & Plush Gift Set that will be released for Ponyo on March 2nd. Click here to view.
December 30, 2009 - We've got a look at next week's new Special Edition DVD of Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine For You. The disc teams up the eponymous 1999 ABC holiday special with a pair of "New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" episodes. The old release's set-top game is here joined by a bonus "New Adventures" installment and six character Valentines. Full review...
December 21, 2009 - Just in time for its release comes our review of "Kyle XY": The Complete Third Season. In the final 10 episodes of ABC Family's original drama, human-like experiment Jessi (Jaimie Alexander) develops feelings for Kyle (Matt Dallas), while both get involved with the mysterious Latnok society and its suspicious new supervisor Michael Cassidy (Hal Ozsan). The three disc set includes 2 audio commentaries, 12 deleted scenes, and a featurette about the series' future we'll never see. More...
December 18, 2009 - Updated: our pages devoted to Disney Animated Classics and Other Theatrical Animation (covering Pixar, DisneyToon, Ghibli, and others).
The March debuts of Ponyo, Toy Story, and Toy Story 2 will bring the total number of Disney Blu-ray releases to over 60. We've fully updated our Disney Blu-ray page to include all of this year's releases and titles announced and expected next year. Our page includes cover art, review links, purchase links, and detailed contents overviews designating BD-exclusive bonus features. Check it out.
Recent Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie - In last summer's much-watched Disney Channel Original Movie adapted from the popular sitcom, the Russo family goes on vacation in the Caribbean, where Alex (Selena Gomez) accidentally casts a spell making her parents never have met and threatening the existence of her and her brothers (Justin Henrie, Jake T. Austin). The Extended Edition DVD narrowly elongates the movie and includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and your own color-changing wishing stone on a clip.
G-Force - PG-rated action/comedy about a team of highly-trained government commando guinea pigs. Bill Nighy, Zach Galifianakis, and Will Arnett star in the flesh, while the CG-animated critters are voiced by the likes of Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Penelope Cruz, and Nicolas Cage. Disney's Deluxe DVD includes an audio commentary by visual effects artist turned first-time director Hoyt Yeatman, deleted scenes, bloopers, three music videos, and two short featurettes.
Recent Non-Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
District 9 - In this acclaimed science fiction hit, extraterrestrials living in South African squalor are asked to relocate by their disgruntled human neighbors. Sony's 2-Disc Edition DVD includes an audio commentary by first-time director Neill Blomkamp, 23 minutes of deleted scenes, and over an hour of making-of featurettes (most of which are exclusive).
Extract - Office Space writer/director Mike Judge returns to workplace comedy with Jason Bateman starring as the troubled owner of small food flavoring factory. Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig, and J.K. Simmons co-star. [Related Interview: Mike Judge, "King of the Hill"]
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