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January 30, 2013 - Domestic disturbances of the inexplicable kind continue in Paranormal Activity 4. This entry to Paramount's annual horror series focuses on a Nevada family who took in a strange neighbor boy.
It's now available to own in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack that includes theatrical and unrated cuts on both formats, an additional 29 minutes of "Recovered Files" (deleted scenes), and UltraViolet. See a clip from The Recovered Files as part of our complete review.

January 29, 2013 - Added to our review of today's Hotel Transylvania Blu-ray 3D combo pack is a link to watch the first ten minutes of the movie. Check it out! Today's other new releases include Paranormal Activity 4, the latest entry to the lucrative low-budget horror franchise; the crime comedy Seven Psychopaths, Amy Schumer's new Comedy Central stand-up special, and the gamer comedy Noobz. For more on these and other debuts, see our January Release Schedule.

Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) returns to live-action filmmaking on Flight. An Oscar nominee for Best Actor and Original Screenplay, this R-rated drama centers on a pilot (Denzel Washington) whose quick-thinking heroics save most aboard a doomed commercial plane, but subject him to an investigation of his alcoholic lifestyle.
Co-starring Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly, and Melissa Leo, this acclaimed film hits stores next Tuesday in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack that includes making-of featurettes, highlights from a cast and crew Q & A session, and UltraViolet. Our thorough review.

Above Suspicion: Set 2 DVD Review The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Blu-ray + DVD Review

January 28, 2013 - The British crime drama series "Above Suspicion" stars Kelly Relly (Sherlock Holmes, Flight) and Harry Potter's Ciarán Hinds as London police detectives looking to solve the drug-related murder of a retired colleague. In stores next week, Acorn Media's Set 2 DVD includes all three parts of third season "Deadly Intent" along with interviews, behind-the-scenes, filmographies, biographies, and a photo gallery. Check out our review.

January 27, 2013 - The Seven-Per-Cent Solution crosses the paths of Victorian Era sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Nicol Williamson) and influential Austrian psychiatrist Sigmund Freud (Alan Arkin). At the request of Watson (Robert Duvall), Freud helps Holmes overcome his addiction to cocaine, before the three gentlemen try to solve a kidnapping case involving another of Freud's patients (Vanessa Redgrave). An Academy Award nominee for Adapted Screenplay and Costume Design, this 1976 mystery is now available to own in a Shout! Factory Blu-ray + DVD combo pack that includes a substantial new interview with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan writer/director Nicholas Meyer, who penned the screenplay and the bestselling novel on which it is based. Our review.

January 26, 2013 - In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh brings a similar sensibility with meta twists to the Los Angeles crime comedy Seven Psychopaths. As an alcoholic Irishman (Colin Farrell) struggles to make progress on his new screenplay, his best friend (Sam Rockwell) takes the wrong Shih Tzu as part of his dognapping scam. Co-starring Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson, this CBS Films release hits stores on Tuesday. Our review covers the Sony DVD which includes UltraViolet, the cat trailer "Seven Psychocats", and making-of shorts. More...

January 25, 2013 - Tonight's new review covers the Blu-ray 3D combo pack of Hotel Transylvania. This computer-animated family comedy is set in a hotel for monsters owned and operated by Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), who remains overprotective of his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) even as she turns 118. This Sony Pictures Animation hit marks the feature directorial debut of "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack" creator Genndy Tartakovsky. Available on Tuesday, Sony's three-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes a filmmakers' audio commentary, a new traditionally-animated Tartakovsky short, a featurette on the celebrity voice cast, a making-of short, three deleted scenes, progression reels, a music video by Becky G featuring will.i.am (with accompanying making-of), DVD-ROM content, and UltraViolet. See clips from the film as part of our complete review.

In theaters today, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters puts a new twist on an old fairy tale, following the threatened siblings into adulthood, where they (The Avengers' Jeremy Renner and Prince of Persia's Gemma Arterton) become a town's top option for putting an end to a wave of missing children. Norway's Tommy Wirkold (Dead Snow) wrote this R-rated action film, which co-stars Famke Janssen and Peter Stormare. Read our review.

The Hunger Games Blu-ray Review Searching for Sugar Man Blu-ray Review

January 24, 2013 - With just under ten months until Catching Fire hits theaters, we've finally finished our Blu-ray review of The Hunger Games. This blockbuster first adaptation of Suzanne Collins' line of bestselling post-apocalyptic young adult novels finds teenaged Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteering in place of her younger sister to compete in the deadly 74th Annual Hunger Games alongside baker's son Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). Lionsgate's 2-disc Blu-ray includes a two-hour making-of documentary, six featurettes, trailers, galleries, digital copies, and more. Full review.

January 23, 2013 - An insert inside Disney's upcoming Peter Pan Blu-ray combo pack reiterates The Little Mermaid as this fall's Diamond Edition release and announces The Jungle Book as next in line for that treatment, to make its Blu-ray debut in Spring 2014.

January 22, 2013 - Nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award and considered one of the films to beat, Searching for Sugar Man hits DVD and Blu-ray today and we've got a review. In the early 1970s, American folk singer Rodriguez had no success at home, but his music would be embraced by the people of South Africa, where legend had it that he died. Fans go looking for answers in this acclaimed 2012 theatrical release. The Blu-ray's extras include an audio commentary, a making-of documentary, a featurette from the film's Tribeca Film Festival premiere, and the trailer. Read on.

January 20, 2013 - Adapted from the K.L. Going young adult novel of the same name, the comedy Fat Kid Rules the World tells the story of an obese teen (Terri's Jacob Wysocki) saved from a suicide attempt by a troubled young musical rebel (Matt O'Leary). The two new friends start a band, or hope to, over parental concerns (The Rocketeer's Billy Campbell). After a limited theatrical run, this Matthew Lillard-directed indie hits DVD on Tuesday with over 20 minutes of bonus features. Our review.

The Paperboy Blu-ray Review The Imposter DVD Review The Possession: Blu-ray + Digital Copy Review

January 18, 2013 - Today's review covers Tuesday's Blu-ray release of The Paperboy. Director Lee Daniels follows up Precious with this drama set in swampy Florida at the end of the 1960s. At the wishes of a sexpot (Nicole Kidman), Miami Times reporter (Matthew McConaughey) and his younger brother (Zac Efron) look to exonerate a convicted prisoner (John Cusack) on death row for the murder of a sheriff. Critically drubbed and a box office bomb in limited fall release, this Golden Globe-nominated film hits BD with a making-of featurette, behind-the-scenes footage, cast & crew interviews, and its original trailer. Review.

January 17, 2013 - The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment have announced a February 26th DVD and Blu-ray combo pack release for The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's critically acclaimed, publically divisive drama about a charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his WWII-traumatized follower (Joaquin Phoenix). Long perceived as a major competitor in 2012's Oscar race, the film had to settle for just three acting nominations. Bonus features will include outtakes and additional scenes set to music by Johnny Greenwood, a behind-the-scenes featurette, teasers, trailers, and, on Blu-ray only, John Huston's 1946 WWII veteran documentary Let There Be Light. For cover art and more information, see the full press release.

Shortlisted but not nominated for this year's Best Documentary Oscar, the highly acclaimed The Imposter hits DVD next week and we've got review. In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay went missing in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Three years later, he was found in Spain and returned home to his family. Only, it wasn't really Nicholas, but French con man Frederic Bourdin, who went to great lengths to pose as the missing boy and wasn't discovered for several months. Available next Tuesday, Indomina's DVD includes a 41-minute making-of featurette, the original trailer, and a QR Code link to actual case files. Read more.

January 16, 2013 - Our newest review covers the horror film The Possession. At a yard sale, the young daughter of a newly-divorced New York couple (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick) acquires an old wooden wine cabinet with Hebrew inscriptions that turns out to be a haunted Dibbuk Box that changes the girl in profound ways. A solid performer in its late summer theatrical release, this Sam Raimi-produced PG-13 thriller is now available to own in a Lionsgate Blu-ray that includes two audio commentaries, a documentary on the real Dibbuk Box that inspired the film, the trailer, a digital copy, and UltraViolet. Our review.

The Canadian mystery film Love Me stars Lindsey Shaw ("Pretty Little Liars"), Jamie Johnston ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") and Jean-Luc Bilodeau ("Kyle XY") as prep school students in a town where a teenager has recently gone missing under mysterious circumstances. Now available, Anchor Bay's Blu-ray includes two making-of featurettes with cast interviews. Read the review.

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; Penélope 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.

The Other Dream Team DVD Review

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 François 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.

Monsters, Inc.: 5-Disc Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo cover art -- click to preorder Frankenweenie: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

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.

Flight Blu-ray & DVD Press Release Wreck-It Ralph Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD Press Release Looper Blu-ray + UltraViolet Review

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.

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

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

Babes in Toyland (1961) Blu-ray Review Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Favorites Collection DVD Review Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection Blu-ray Review

Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection DVD Review Heavyweights Blu-ray Review Dick Tracy Blu-ray + Digital Copy Review

Recent Film Reviews:
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).
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.
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:
"Tosh.0": Deep V's (Blu-ray) - This second home video release of Comedy Central's popular web video commentary series includes sixteen episodes on two Blu-rays along with extended Web Redemptions and The Human Centipede spoiler.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Blu-ray + DVD) - Extending and possibly concluding Fox's series of live-action comedies adapted from Jeff Kinney's bestselling books, this threequel follows an 8th grade-bound 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. The two-disc 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.
Following (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Before Memento, Inception, and the Dark Knight Trilogy, Christopher Nolan wrote and directed this small black and white neo-noir about an aspiring writer (Jeremy Theobald) whose interest in shadowing strangers brings him into contact with a gentlemanly thief (Alex Haw). This twisty thriller is joined by a 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.
Finding Nemo (Blu-ray + DVD) - This Oscar-winning 2003 film remains the all-time #1 seller on DVD and the theatrically best-attended Pixar film. The 3-disc 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.
Trouble with the Curve (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - Clint Eastwood came out of acting retirement to star as an aging Atlanta Braves scout with secretly failing vision who is joined by his workaholic daughter (Amy Adams) on a North Carolina recruiting trip that might be his last. Co-starring Justin Timberlake and John Goodman, this drama marks the directing debut of Eastwood's longtime AD Robert Lorenz. Warner's combo pack includes two making-of shorts.
Premium Rush (Blu-ray) - Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars 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.
Babes in Toyland (1961) (Blu-ray) - Disney's oldest live action film on Blu-ray, this 1961 fantasy musical stars Annette Funicello, Tommy Sands, Ray Bolger, Ed Wynn, Tommy Kirk, and a number of additional familiar faces from the studio's vintage 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.
Les Misérables (1998) (Blu-ray) In this dramatic 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). Sony's Blu-ray includes a making-of short and UltraViolet.
Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Favorites Collection - Warner Archive DVD-R 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.
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.
Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection - Warner Archive gathers three half-hour animated holiday television 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.
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 (Quvenzhané 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.

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Life's Too Short: Season 1
Chris Hardwick: Mandroid
Branded (Blu-ray)
To Rome with Love (BD)
The Other Dream Team
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Criterion Blu-ray)
Stolen (Blu-ray)
The Goode Family
Frankenweenie (Blu-ray 3D)
Seal Team Six (Blu-ray)
The Words
Looper (Blu-ray)
Tosh.0: Deep V's (BD)
Hotel Transylvania: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD Review
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3 (BD)
Following (Criterion BD)
Finding Nemo (BD + DVD)
Trouble with the Curve (BD)
Premium Rush (Blu-ray)
Babes in Toyland (Blu-ray)
Les Misérables (BD)
Rankin/Bass Favorites
Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection (Blu-ray)
Hanna-Barbera Christmas
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Heavyweights (Blu-ray)
Gypsy (Blu-ray)
10 Years (Blu-ray)
Dick Tracy (Blu-ray + DC)
Thunderstruck (BD + DVD)
Butter (Blu-ray + DVD)
eXistenZ (Blu-ray)
The Dark Knight Rises
Catch Me If You Can (BD)
Sparkle (Blu-ray)
Deathtrap (Blu-ray)
Men in Black 3 (3D Combo)
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
Godzilla vs. Biollante (BD)
Sarah Silverman Program S3
All Reviews (Old Index)
Life's Too Short: The Complete First Season DVD Review
INTERVIEWS
Interviews Index
John Carter: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Staff
Tangled producer Glen Keane
Tangled directors Nathan Greno & Byron Howard
Donnie Dunagan, voice of Disney's Bambi
Patrick Fabian, star of The Last Exorcism
Joey King, Ramona and Beezus star
Michael Arndt, Toy Story 3 screenwriter
Princess and the Frog directors Ron Clements & John Musker
Phyllis Diller, comedienne and A Bug's Life voice
John Ratzenberger, Pixar voice actor
An Interview with Leonard Maltin, Disney Treasures
Taylor Lautner, Sharkboy and Twilight's Jacob Black
More Interviews...
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