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January 15, 2013 - Norse mythology becomes the basis of Iceland's first ever animated feature film in Thor: Legend of the Magical Hammer. The son of the god Odin and a human woman, Thor would rather be a warrior than a blacksmith.
He gets his wish when the most powerful weapon in the world, the talking hammer Crusher, comes to him. It becomes a central element in Odin's battles with the ice queen Hel. ARC Entertainment brings this 3D computer-animated film to DVD today as a Walmart exclusive. Full review.

January 14, 2013 - The HBO comedy series "Life's Too Short" applies the mockumentary treatment to the life of veteran dwarf actor Warwick Davis, who after such films as Return of the Jedi, Willow, Leprechaun, and the Harry Potter franchise, finds himself out of work and in debt. Davis created this show with co-stars Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the decorated duo behind "The Office" and "Extras." Among the guest stars playing themselves are Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson, Sting, Steve Carell, Helena Bonham Carter, and Cat Deeley. Available tomorrow, The Complete First Season DVD holds seven episodes on two discs along with a half-hour making-of featurette, ten behind-the-scenes clips, deleted scenes, outtakes, and episode previews. Read our review.

January 13, 2013 - For something different, we take an early look at tomorrow night's new episode of the TCM filmmaking series "AFI's Master Class: The Art of Collaboration". The third and latest episode has director Robert Zemeckis and his frequent cinematographer Don Burgess sit down to discuss four films that inspired them (Carnal Knowledge, Lawrence of Arabia, The French Connection and The Godfather) and four of their own collaborations (Forrest Gump, Contact, What Lies Beneath, and Flight). The two also field questions from the small audience of AFI Conservatory Fellows. Review.

Today's first new review covers next week's DVD release of Chris Hardwick: Mandroid. The first Comedy Central special of the TV presenter and podcaster embraces Hardwick's brand of nerd comedy in an extended, uncensored presentation that includes three bonus features of Hard 'n Phirm, his musical duo with Mike Phirmin. Review.

January 12, 2013 - We look at another of next Tuesday's new releases and one of 2012's lesser films in our Blu-ray review of Branded.
Produced in Russia, this R-rated thriller turns the life of a movie marketer (Ed Stoppard) upside down with a conspiracy to reinvigorate the fast food industry and the troubling creatures he sees attached to his girlfriend (Leelee Sobieski) and everyone else. After a limited September North American theatrical release, Branded, which co-stars Max von Sydow and Jeffrey Tambor, hits BD from Lionsgate with an audio commentary from the writers/directors and two trailers. Read all about it...

January 11, 2013 - Woody Allen extends his streak of working outside the United States with the ensemble comedy To Rome with Love, which juggles four distinct storylines featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, and Ellen Page; Roberto Benigni; Penιlope Cruz; and Allen himself. The comedy hits stores on Tuesday and we've got a review of Sony's Blu-ray, which includes a rare making-of featurette and the original trailer. Read on.

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal follow up their 2009 Oscar winner The Hurt Locker with Zero Dark Thirty, a drama about the ten-year search for Osama bin Laden. Jessica Chastain stars as a CIA officer devoted to the challenging mission to find the mastermind of the September 11th terrorist attacks. A day after picking up five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay, the film expands nationwide today. Our review.

In theaters today, Gangster Squad tells the true story of an undercover police unit assigned to take down Mickey Cohen, the most powerful criminal in 1949 Los Angeles. Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling lead the good guys, Sean Penn is the infamous Cohen, while Emma Stone and Nick Nolte also appear. From Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and "Castle" writer Will Beall, this violent period crime drama opens four months after it was scheduled to, with some re-edits. Read our review.

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January 10, 2013 - The documentary The Other Dream Team considers the experience of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team, which won the Bronze Medal during a summer of high-profile U.S. dominance by Michael Jordan and other future Hall of Famers. The theatrically-released film explores the years of Eastern Europe upheaval which saw Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis go from members of a champion Soviet Union team to proud representatives of their own newly-independent small nation, making meaningful stints in the NBA on the side. Available Tuesday, Lionsgate's DVD includes audio commentary and a Q & A with director Marius A. Markevicius and his producer/co-writer Jon Weinbach. Our review.

January 7, 2013 - Another Alfred Hitchcock thriller joins The Criterion Collection next week with the Blu-ray debut and DVD release of the original 1934 The Man Who Knew Too Much. An ordinary British family on vacation in Switzerland gets mixed up in an international espionage plot that sees their daughter kidnapped by the leader of a team of assassins (Peter Lorre). Remade by Hitchcock in the 1950s with Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day, and an Oscar-winning song, this British version is joined by a new audio commentary, a restoration demonstration, relevant excerpts of Franηois Truffaut's 1962 audio interview of Hitchcock, the 50-minute 1972 television interview "The Illustrated Hitchcock", a new interview with director Guillermo del Toro, and an essay booklet. Know just enough with our Blu-ray review.

Nicolas Cage is back in New Orleans, this time to reunite with Con Air director Simon West in the action thriller Stolen. Cage stars as a master bank robber/jewel thief who upon release from prison finds the FBI (led by Danny Huston) still on his trail and a disgruntled former associate (Josh Lucas) abducting his teenaged daughter.
After a limited theatrical run last September, the film hits DVD + Digital Copy and Blu-ray tomorrow with an hour of bonus features in cast & crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, a making-of featurette, and the trailer. Our Blu-ray review.

January 6, 2013 - Our newest DVD review looks at this week's release of "The Goode Family": The Complete Series. This animated satire from Mike Judge and two of his "King of the Hill" writers/producers centers on a family of environmentalists who strive to be respectful and politically correct. Lasting only one summer season on ABC, the 2009 show has all thirteen of its episodes placed on a two-disc Shout! Factory set. Extras include four creator audio commentaries, nearly an hour of deleted scenes, scripts for three unproduced episodes from the unrealized second season, and a number of short promotional featurettes. Our review.

January 4, 2013 - On the heels of its underperforming theatrical reissue, Monsters, Inc. will get a new 5-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition combo pack ($49.99 SRP) on February 19, consisting of a Blu-ray 3D, two standard Blu-rays, a DVD, and a digital copy. Pixar's soon to be prequelized 2001 hit will also receive a new 3-disc Collector's Edition ($39.99 SRP) comprised of two Blu-rays and one DVD, available in both Blu-ray and DVD packaging.

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In our newest review, we look at Tim Burton's stop motion animated feature Frankenweenie, adapted from his 1984 live-action short. A boy uses the electrical power of lightning to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life. This highly acclaimed black and white flop hits stores Tuesday in a four-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack that includes the original half-hour short, an all-new short, a making-of featurette, a piece on the film's touring exhibit, and the Plain White T's music video for their "Pet Sematary" cover. Watch a clip from the film and read all about this first big Blu-ray release of 2013 right here.

January 3, 2013 - Following its November premiere on the National Geographic Channel, the Weinstein Company docudrama Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden hits DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday, three days before the acclaimed, high-profile Zero Dark Thirty's nationwide expansion in theaters. Seal Team Six tells the same story, dramatizing the risky May 2011 operation from CIA and U.S. Navy SEAL points of views. Cam Gigandet leads an ensemble cast, while Blue Crush's John Stockwell directs. Read our review of the Blu-ray, which includes a making-of featurette.

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Paramount has scheduled a February 5th release date for the DVD and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack editions of Flight. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), this original drama hopes to compete for the Best Actor Academy Award on the basis of Denzel Washington's performance as an alcoholic pilot whose quick-thinking heroics save lives, but open him up to media scrutiny and criminal investigation. Co-starring Kelly Reilly, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, and Bruce Greenwood, this acclaimed film will be joined by Q & A highlights and two making-of featurettes on Blu-ray. For much more, see the official announcement.

Disney has announced a March 5th Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD release for its acclaimed hit Golden Globe-nominated latest animated film, Wreck-It Ralph. The story of a reluctant villain who deserts his video game to explore other arcade universes, the film will come to HD Digital and HD Digital 3D three weeks before being sold in a 1-disc DVD, a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD, and a 4-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D combo pack. Extras will include the animated short Paperman, alternate & deleted scenes, video game commercials, and a BD-exclusive Gamer's Guide hosted by Chris Hardwick. For cover art, preorders, and full details, check out the full press release.

January 2, 2013 - Our first review of 2013 covers The Words. This layered drama, from two writers of Tron: Legacy, tells the story of an aspiring writer (Bradley Cooper) whose big break comes in the form of a discovery of an unpublished manuscript, which an old man (Jeremy Irons) claims to have written. That is the premise of the newest work of an accomplished novelist (Dennis Quaid), which he reads to a large, captive audience. Now available, Sony's DVD of this CBS Films release presents the film in theatrical and extended cuts along with two making-of featurettes and UltraViolet. Our review.

December 31, 2012 - Hitting stores today is the acclaimed sci fi film Looper. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a hitman of the future assigned to kill time travelers for an organized crime unit. He hesitates when he comes face to face with the future version of himself (Bruce Willis), sending both versions of the man to the Kansas farm of a single mother (Emily Blunt) and her young son believed to have future significance. Written and directed by Brick's Rian Johnson, the film hits Blu-ray with audio commentary, 22 deleted scenes with commentary, three making-of featurettes, UltraViolet, and, as an Easter egg, Johnson's student short film Evil Demon Golf Ball from Hell!!!. Don't miss our review.

We close out 2012 with two new Blu-ray reviews. First, we take a close look at "Tosh.0": Deep V's, the second home video release of Comedy Central's popular web video commentary series. The two-disc Blu-ray includes sixteen episodes of the Daniel Tosh-hosted series along with extended Web Redemptions and The Human Centipede spoiler. Featuring such Internet icons as the "I Like Turtles" Kid and the Awful Weatherman, this chronological Season 2 compilation is now available. Our review.

Today's new releases includes the acclaimed sci-fi time travel tale Looper, FX's "Justified": The Complete Third Season, and the vampire drama The Thompsons. For more, check out Upcoming Cover Art.

December 25, 2012 - Merry Christmas! We've got a review of one of today's biggest new theatrical releases: Django Unchained. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, this film pays homage to the spaghetti western while telling the tale of a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) and former slave (Jamie Foxx) who team up to retrieve the slave's wife (Kerry Washington) from a wealthy plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). You can read all about one of the year's most violent and best reviewed releases right here.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

December 23, 2012 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days extends and possibly concludes the series of live-action comedies adapted from Jeff Kinney's bestselling books. Focusing on the summer before eighth grade, this threequel follows Greg (Zachary Gordon) to a country club, where he pretends to work and be a member. There's also father-son bonding, time with best friend Rowley's family, and a dog. Now available, Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes deleted scenes, director's audio commentary, a gag reel, an FX Movie Channel featurette on the author, the animated short Class Clown, and UltraViolet. Check out our review.

December 22, 2012 - Before the Dark Knight Trilogy, before Inception, and before Memento, Christopher Nolan wrote and directed a small British film called Following. Made for just $5,000, this black and white neo-noir tells the story of an aspiring writer (Jeremy Theobald) whose interest in shadowing strangers brings him into contact with a gentlemanly thief (Alex Haw). This acclaimed, twisty thriller has recently come to Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection, who fit it with Nolan's 2001 audio commentary, a substantial new Nolan interview, the director's 1997 short film Doodlebug, a script-to-film comparison, a linear edit of the film, two trailers, and an essay booklet. Read more.

Finding Nemo Blu-ray + DVD Review Trouble with the Curve: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review Premium Rush Blu-ray Review

December 21, 2012 - Today's review covers the recent Blu-ray debut of Finding Nemo. This Oscar-winning 2003 film remains the all-time #1 seller on DVD and the theatrically best-attended Pixar film. Its 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack upgrades the film's audio commentary to Cine-Explore, adds a Filmmakers' Roundtable discussion, a featurette on Disneyland's Submarine Voyage, and deleted scenes, but loses a few features from its now-discontinued two-disc DVD. Swim over to our review for full details.

December 20, 2012 - Clint Eastwood came out of acting retirement to star in Trouble with the Curve. He plays an aging Atlanta Braves scout with secretly failing vision who is joined by his workaholic daughter (Amy Adams) on a North Carolina recruiting trip in advance of the MLB Draft. Co-starring Justin Timberlake and John Goodman, this drama marks the directing debut of Eastwood's longtime AD Robert Lorenz. It is now available to own in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack that includes two making-of shorts. Don't miss our complete review.

December 19, 2012 - Premium Rush stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Wilee, a bike messenger who is able to weave through New York City's traffic. The chase is on when a corrupt cop with gambling debts (Michael Shannon) tries to get a valuable parcel out of Wilee's hands. After a quiet late summer theatrical run, this acclaimed PG-13 action film hits Blu-ray and DVD on Friday with two making-of featurettes and UltraViolet. Watch clips from the film as part of our full review.

Babes in Toyland (1961) Blu-ray Review

December 18, 2012 - Last week, Disney has reached way back into its library to make Babes in Toyland the studio's oldest live action film on Blu-ray. The 1961 fantasy musical stars Annette Funicello, Tommy Sands, Ray Bolger, Ed Wynn, Tommy Kirk, and a number of additional familiar faces from vintage Disney television and movies. Nominated for the Best Musical Golden Globe and two Academy Awards, this film hits high definition in time for Christmas, but only one of its rear cover's two disappointing reveals proves to be true. For full details, read our review.

The Touchstone Pictures blockbuster Who Framed Roger Rabbit will make its Blu-ray debut on March 12th, alongside the recently-announced 2-Movie Collections given to Disney animated classics Brother Bear, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan and their sequels. Roger Rabbit's 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack ($26.50 SRP) will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD packaging. See Upcoming Cover Art for a look at its artwork and to preorder all of these titles.

Paramount has set a January 29th Blu-ray and DVD release date for Paranormal Activity 4, the latest and weakest-performing entry in their lucrative low-budget horror franchise. This sequel will be presented in both its original 87-minute theatrical cut and a new 96-minute unrated cut. Its Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack will include UltraViolet and nearly 30 minutes of additional found footage. For cover art, preorders, and full details, see the press release.

New to Blu-ray, 1998's Les Misιrables offers a dramatic, not musical, adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel. Liam Neeson stars as Jean Valjean, a reformed convict who becomes a factory owner, mayor, and caretaker to the young illegitimate daughter (Claire Danes) of his impoverished former employee (Uma Thurman), all the while being hunted by the determined Inspector Javert (Geoffrey Rush). Now available, Sony's Blu-ray includes a making-of short and UltraViolet. Full review.

Today's new Blu-ray releases include the sci-fi action remake Total Recall, Clint Eastwood's baseball drama Trouble with the Curve, the family comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, and the high school reunion indie 10 Years. New DVDs include Shout! Factory's loaded standalone release of "The Sarah Silverman Program": Season 3 and the icy psychological thriller The Frozen. For more on all these titles, check out our Upcoming Schedule and keep an eye open for our reviews!

Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Favorites Collection DVD Review Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection Blu-ray Review Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection DVD Review

The Warner Archive made-to-order DVD Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Favorites Collection assembles four of the company's lesser-known holiday specials: the previously unavailable sequel The Little Drummer Boy Book II, the traditionally-animated, hour-long musical A Christmas Carol adaptation The Stingiest Man in Town, and the early 1980s stop motion programs Pinocchio's Christmas and The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold. That adds up to 2½ hours of nostalgic seasonal entertainment. Check out our review.

December 16, 2012 - Today's new review covers Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection Blu-ray. Lionsgate's 4-disc set includes the following films written and directed by the maker of The Godfather trilogy: the epic 1979 Vietnam War drama Apocalypse Now and its 2001 extended cut Apocalypse Now Redux, the acclaimed 1974 thriller The Conversation about a guilt-stricken San Francisco wiretapper (Gene Hackman), the mostly black & white Buenos Aires drama Tetro, and, new to BD, the bankruptcy-prompting 1982 Las Vegas musical romance One from the Heart. The films are joined by a wealth of extras including audio commentaries, deleted scenes, making-of documentaries, and more. Don't miss our two-page review.

December 15, 2012 - Released in the summer and finally made available for review, Warner Archive's Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection gathers three half-hour animated holiday specials. A Christmas Story follows a mouse and dog as they attempt to deliver a boy's letter to Santa Claus. The Town Santa Forgot tells the story of a greedy, spoiled boy whose half-mile-long list to Santa is misinterpreted. Casper's First Christmas brings Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo, Quick Draw McGraw, and other characters to the mansion of the friendly ghost. Read more about all three programs right here.

December 14, 2012 - Disney has set March 12, 2013 as the day when three animated classics and their direct-to-video sequels will make their Blu-ray debuts. Arriving in 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Combo Packs are Mulan & Mulan 2, Brother Bear & Brother Bear 2, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame & The Hunchback of Notre Dame II. All three are now available for preorder on Amazon.com. Each 3-Disc Special Edition will consist of one Blu-ray and 2 DVDs and carry a $39.99 SRP list price. More details to come. Click the thumbnails for larger cover art:

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Our newest theatrical review covers The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson's much-anticipated return to the fantasy worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien's novels. Martin Freeman stars as the young Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming Hobbit invited on adventure by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen determined dwarves. Now playing, this first installment in another epic trilogy introduces the world, at certain locations, to high frame rate 3D filmmaking, utilizing 48 frames per second, twice as many as standard film. We assess that format as part of our complete movie review.

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Recent Film Reviews:
• Hitchcock - Anthony Hopkins is legendary director Alfred Hitchcock as he makes the film Psycho amidst studio resistance and censor concerns. Helen Mirren plays Hitch's long-suffering and influential wife Alma Reville, whose collaboration with a screenwriter (Danny Huston) draws suspicions, while Scarlett Johansson depicts leading lady Janet Leigh.
• Life of Pi - Ang Lee's long in development drama adapts Yann Martel's novel about a religiously open-minded Indian teenager who survives a shipwreck with a Bengal tiger and other wild zoo animals.
• Rise of the Guardians - Based on William Joyce's series of picture books, DreamWorks Animation's newest film finds Jack Frost joining the ranks of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman to protect the world's children from the Boogeyman called Pitch Black.

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Beasts of the Southern Wild (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - This Oscar-nominated indie drama is set in The Bathtub, a storm-ravaged New Orleans community where young girl Hushpuppy (Quvenzhanι Wallis) lives with her sickly father Wink (Dwight Henry). Expected to snag Oscar nominations in Best Picture and Best Actress, this Fox Searchlight film is now available to own in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack that includes deleted scenes, audition tapes, a making-of documentary, writer/director Benh Zeitlin's kindred 2008 short Glory at Sea, shorts, and the trailer.
• Heavyweights (Blu-ray) - In this 1995 Disney comedy, middle schoolers get more than expected when their summer fat camp is taken over by maniacal motivator (Ben Stiller) who hopes the pounds they shed will make for a rewarding infomercial. Co-written and executive produced by Judd Apatow, this comedy is joined by a lively new audio commentary, over 90 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, a half-hour making-of featurette, new reflections by the film's young actors, a video chat between Apatow and Kenan Thompson, Super 8 footage from production, and the original trailer.
• Gypsy (Blu-ray) - Adapted from the Tony-nominated Broadway musical and the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, this 1962 film tells the story of a stage mother (Rosalind Russell) determined to have her daughters make it in show business with a Vaudeville act. Formerly reduced to the background, the elder daughter (Natalie Wood) becomes a star... in burlesque. The Blu-ray retains the original theatrical trailer and two deleted musical numbers featuring the singing voice of Karl Malden.
• 10 Years (Blu-ray) - Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Oscar Isaac, Kate Mara, and Anthony Mackie form part of the large ensemble of young adult actors in the foreground of this independent comedy about a high school reunion written and directed by We Are Marshall, Dear John screenwriter Jamie Linden. After a modest fall theatrical engagement, this PG-13 film hits stores on December 18th with deleted scenes.
• Dick Tracy (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) - Warren Beatty directs, produces, and stars in the title role of this adaptation of the long-running comic strip, playing a police detective who stands up to his city's many colorful criminals. Co-starring Al Pacino, Madonna, Dick Van Dyke, Dustin Hoffman, and Mandy Patinkin (to name just a few), this 1990 Touchstone Pictures film grossed over $100 million and won three Academy Awards.
• Thunderstruck (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - NBA superstar Kevin Durant makes his acting debut in this family comedy about an athletically lacking Oklahoma high school sophomore (Taylor Grey) who inadvertently inherits Durant's basketball skills at halftime of a Thunder game. Co-starring Jim Belushi and Brandon T. Jackson, Warner's combo pack includes deleted scenes and four short making-of featurettes.
• Butter (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - Independent comedy stars Jennifer Garner as an Iowan wife determined to follow the footsteps of her husband (Ty Burrell) into the world of competitive butter carving. Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Alicia Silverstone, newcomer Yara Shahidi, and Hugh Jackman co-star in this limited fall theatrical release. The Weinstein/Anchor Bay release includes a gag reel and deleted scenes.
• eXistenZ (Blu-ray) - This trippy 1999 science fiction film written and directed by David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome) stars Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh as an endangered couple who venture into the virtual reality world of a much-anticipated new gaming system. Echo Bridge Home Entertainment's BD includes 45 minutes of interviews with Law, co-star Willem Dafoe, and special effects supervisor Jim Isaac.
• The Dark Knight Rises (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - In the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's epic trilogy, an ailing Batman (Christian Bale) comes out of reclusion and retirement when the warlord Bane (Tom Hardy) and his army overthrow Gotham City. Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt join the returning regulars in the series' longest entry. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes a Second Screen playback mode, a new hour-long documentary on the many versions of the Batmobile, two hours of making-of featurettes, trailers, and print art.
• Catch Me If You Can (Blu-ray) - This 2002 Steven Spielberg blockbuster tells the unbelievable true story of Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio), a teenager who forges his way to wealth and fakes his way to being a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. Tom Hanks plays the FBI agent determined to catch him. The acclaimed caper also features an Oscar-nominated Christopher Walken and some of the earliest appearances of Amy Adams, Elizabeth Banks, and Jennifer Garner. DreamWorks/Paramount's Blu-ray retains everything from the two-disc DVD, including a photo gallery upgraded to HD.
• Sparkle (Blu-ray) - In her final film performance, Whitney Houston plays the mother of three young women (Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter) who form a girl group in 1968 Detroit. A remake of a 1976 movie, this musical drama hit stores yesterday after a modest summer theatrical run. Sony's Blu-ray includes a director's audio commentary, a music video, an extended song performance, a tribute to Whitney, three additional making-of featurettes, and UltraViolet.
• Deathtrap (Blu-ray) - Adapted from a long-running, Tony-nominated Broadway play, this 1982 twisty comic thriller finds a struggling playwright (Michael Caine) plotting to claim the promising script of a former student (Christopher Reeve) as his own work. Directed by Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Network) and adapted by Jay Presson Allen (Cabaret), the film is joined by an original trailer.
• Men in Black 3 (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD) - Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as J and K, two senior agents of the secret organization protecting our planet from extraterrestrials. J journeys back in time to 1969 to prevent the death of a young K (Josh Brolin) at the hands of an alien foe (Jemaine Clement). The Blu-ray includes an alien-shooting game, a half-hour making-of documentary, two featurettes, progression reels, scene investigations, a gag reel, the music video for Pitbull's end credits theme, and UltraViolet, while the 3D disc adds a couple of exclusives.
• "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show": The Complete Animated Series - In 1983, this half-hour series took to CBS' Saturday morning schedule, where it stayed for three years. The two-season, 18-episode run is now on DVD in its entirety courtesy of this barebones 2-disc set.
• Godzilla vs. Biollante (Blu-ray) - The seventeenth entry overall in the flagship monster sci-fi movie series of Japanese studio Toho, this 1989 film pits Godzilla into a super flower infused with his DNA and the spirit of a human girl. Echo Bridge and Miramax's Blu-ray presents the film in both Japanese and English audio with English subtitles plus a nearly hour-long making-of documentary and a design featurette.
• "The Sarah Silverman Program": Season 3 - The two-disc set adds four audio commentaries, a 2012 retrospective, the series' original pilot (with commentary), behind-the-scenes shorts, cast auditions, and more to the final ten episodes of Comedy Central's offbeat musical comedy show.
• Treasure Planet (10th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD) - Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island in space, this pricey adventure was a major flop at the box office and a major reason why Disney abandoned traditional animation. The combo retains the many extras of its original DVD, most of them also making the Blu-ray, while adding previously unused Laurie Metcalf introductions to each section.
• The Apparition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Twilight's Ashley Greene, Harry Potter's Tom Felton, and Captain America's Sebastian Stan star in this PG-13 supernatural horror film in which a young couple's new home is site to a number of inexplicable disturbances connected to a college student experiment.
• Lawless (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Three brothers (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke) who run a bootlegging business in Prohibition Era Virginia. Directed by The Road's John Hillcoat and based on Matt Bondurant's historical novel about his grandfather, this drama co-stars Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Gary Oldman. Available next week, The Weinstein Company's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, two featurettes, Willie Nelson's "Midnight Run" music video, and a hidden feature.
• A Special Sesame Street Christmas One of two holiday Sesame Street specials that premiered in early December 1978, this one that aired on CBS features only some of the cast, including Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird, in addition to a variety of guest stars from Tony winner Leslie Uggams to Anne Murray and Ethel Merman to walk-on appearances by Michael Jackson and Henry Fonda. Nominated for an Emmy but losing to PBS' Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, this hour-long musical special recently made its home video debut with bonus features and some misleading packaging.
• Heaven's Door - Inspirational drama tells the story of a girl (Kirstin Dorn) who acquires healing powers after an unusual fall from a tall tree. Her skeptical mother (Charisma Carpenter), mechanic father (Dean Cain), outspoken grandmother (Joanna Cassidy), and neighbors in need have different reactions to her supposed gifts.
• My Big Fat Greek Wedding (10th Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - This independent romantic comedy starring and written by Nia Vardalos became an unlikely box office behemoth, sticking around all year on good buzz and word of mouth. Now, this story of a Greek-American whose large, loud, traditional family complicates her courtship to a plain old American (John Corbett) has hit high definition. HBO's new set offers the film on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy, with the BD offering a never-before-seen deleted scenes and a brand new half-hour retrospective reuniting Vardalos and Corbett alongside the stars' 2002 audio commentary.
• Grave of the Fireflies (Blu-ray) - Isao Takahata adapted and directed this 1988 animated drama, the first theatrical Studio Ghibli production to fall outside of Disney's distribution deal. Based on Akiyuki Nosaka's semi-autobiographical novel, this film tells the story of a brother and sister in 1945 Japan who are separated from their mother by an air raid and try fending for themselves in an abandoned bomb shelter. Sentai Filmworks' disc presents the film with original Japanese audio and English dubs new and old alongside a storyboard version of the film, two deleted scenes in storyboard form, and an original theatrical trailer.

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