UltimateDisney.com and DVDizzy.com: February 16-28, 2010: News Archives
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March 2, 2010 - In case you hadn't noticed, it's March now. You can tell because our DVD and Blu-ray release schedules have been shuffled and updated. Check out today's new titles and if you're really feeling it, why not take a look at upcoming weeks and the months of April and May (and Beyond). The pages are updated nearly every day with newly-announced dates and details.
March 1, 2010 - Our coverage of this week's new Studio Ghibli releases continues with a review of Kiki's Delivery Service. Adapted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, this 1989 animated film tells the story of a 13-year-old witch in training who sets off with her talking cat Jiji for a year abroad. In 1998, the movie became the first Ghibli work Disney dubbed, which they did with a voice cast including Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman, and Janeane Garofalo. The studio's new 2-disc set mildly but significantly revises that English presentation and adds a number of new bonus materials, including recent interviews with Miyazaki and composer Joe Hisaishi, a documentary that takes us to the Swedish sites that inspired the film's settings, a personality quiz, a lithograph, and an interactive map of Studio Ghibli universes. Read the full review.
February 28, 2010 - Our Up Blu-ray & DVD Review has been up-dated with nine screencaps of nine of the film's Blu-ray-exclusive bonus features. Check it out. In related news, Amazon.com is currently selling the 4-disc combo pack for just $16.99, a staggering 63% off list price and a dollar less than even the single-disc DVD.
Along with District 9, A Serious Man, and two others, Up is one of five Academy Award Best Picture nominees presently available to own.
February 27, 2010 - James and the Giant Peach, the lesser-known of the two Tim Burton-produced, Henry Selick-directed stop motion '90s Disney films, will be making its Blu-ray debut this summer according to a trailer and booklet from an upcoming release. Adapted from Roald Dahl's 1961 novel and featuring an Oscar-nominated Randy Newman score, the partly live-action film will also be sold in a new Special Edition DVD. Its previous Special Edition disc, issued in 2000, has quietly gone out of print with second-hand prices soaring. Though no date has been set, the releases could be out alongside Burton's latest Disney movie, Alice in Wonderland, for which an early June home video debut has been strongly hinted.
February 26, 2010 - Our latest review looks at Ponyo, the latest film from legendary Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, this film tells the story of a young boy and the somewhat magical goldfish he rescues who, against her wizard father's wishes, turns herself human. As usual, Disney's release lets viewers choose between the original Japanese audio and the studio's Western-friendly dub. A cast of movie and TV stars lend their voices to the latter. Click here for the full review.
February 24, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno brings us a review of "Little Einsteins": Animal Expedition, the tenth and latest DVD deriving from the culturally-enriching Playhouse Disney series. The disc's four animal-centric episodes are supplemented by a game and an unannounced bonus episode of "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse." Read the full review.
February 23, 2010 - Take a look at today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
February 19, 2010 - Coming to DVD on Tuesday, just five months after taking to the airwaves is our latest review subject: "FlashForward": Part One, Season One. This ABC sci-fi action drama series opens with everyone in the world blacking out for 2 minutes. From that disaster come questions and an investigation led by the Los Angeles FBI. The ensemble series stars Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), John Cho (Star Trek), Dominic Monaghan ("Lost"), and Courtney B. Vance. Arriving in the season's approximately halfway hiatus, the 2-disc set holds the 10 episodes that have aired, a preview of what's coming next, a behind-the-scenes featurette on the pilot, and a rebate for a set that may render this worthless. Click here for the full review.
February 18, 2010 - Our newest review looks at Everybody's Fine. A remake of a 1990 Giuseppe Tornatore drama, this intended awards contender merely wound up being probably the last film carrying the Miramax Films banner at Disney. Robert De Niro stars as a widowed man who travels around the country to visit his grown-up children (Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, and Drew Barrymore). Making a quick trip to stores next Tuesday, the DVD includes deleted & extended scenes plus a look at the making of Paul McCartney's Golden Globe-nominated end credits song. Read the full review.
February 16, 2010 - Take a look at today's new releases with our detailed weekly schedule.
February 15, 2010 - Head back to the Clubhouse for Aaron Wallace's "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse": Minnie's Bow-tique review. The DVD disc born out of the Playhouse Disney series, this one holds four episodes prominently featuring Minnie Mouse. Two of these are unaired and two of them are equipped with four types of Adventure Mode playback. Click here for the full review.
Kelvin Cedeno brings us a review of Amelia, Fox's much-anticipated but little-noticed Amelia Earhart biopic. Mira Nair directs Hilary Swank as the pioneer aviatrix, while Richard Gere plays husband George Putnam. The now available Blu-ray includes deleted scenes (featuring Virginia Madsen as Putnam's cut first wife), several featurettes, and a digital copy. Read the full review.
February 12, 2010 - We've just posted our review of "Shaun the Sheep": A Woolly Good Time. This stop-motion claymation series from Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman Animations returns to DVD next week in a new compilation from HiT Entertainment and Lionsgate. This one includes a sing-along and short making-of featurette. More...
February 9, 2010 - Our newest review looks at one of today's biggest releases: A Serious Man. The latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, this dark comedy tells the tale of a Jewish 1960s physics professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) dealing with various life setbacks, from divorce to putting up his unstable brother (Richard Kind). Recently chosen as one of the ten films competing for the Best Picture Oscar, A Serious Man is joined by three bonus features on DVD. Read the full review.
Our Serious Man coverage doesn't stop there, however. Aaron Wallace brings us an interview with the film's Golden Globe-nominated star Michael Stuhlbarg in a 1-on-1 interview. Stuhlbarg, a veteran Tony-nominated stage actor, claims his first leading film role in the acclaimed film. He tells us how he landed the part, what it's like to act for the Coen Brothers, his take on the film's message, and what's next. Don't miss An Interview with Michael Stuhlbarg.
We've updated our new/upcoming release schedules: February, March, April & Beyond.
February 7, 2010 - Our latest DVD review covers "Gary Unmarried": The Complete First Season. The CBS sitcom stars Jay Mohr and Paula Marshall as a newly-divorced couple adjusting to family and love lives apart after 15 years together. Available this week, ABC/Disney's 3-disc set holds 20 episodes plus a making-of featurette, bloopers, and tours of the sets and Ed Begley, Jr.'s eco-friendly home. Click here for the full review.
February 6, 2010 - "Scrubs"' Sarah Chalke stars in our newest DVD review subject, Maneater. Chalke plays a 32-year-old L.A. socialite determined to marry who gets caught in a love triangle. In stores Tuesday, this 2009 two-part Lifetime miniseries co-stars Judy Greer, Philip Winchester, Marla Sokoloff, Noureen DeWulf, and Maria Conchita Alonso. Read on...
February 3, 2010 - There has been much speculation and uncertainty regarding Disney's home video plans for its most treasured animated classics. Last fall's premiere Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, has yet to be followed by a second release or even a firm announcement. Now, thanks to a tip from someone aware of Disney's retail schedules, we've gotten word of the studio's plans for its tentpole titles. This year's anticipated Diamond Editions are still on track to make it to stores in 2010. Beauty and the Beast is slated to make its Blu-ray debut in October, with Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 following in December. Meanwhile, already heavily-marketed Dumbo, which isn't part of the Diamond line but was clearly intended for re-release this week, won't arrive until February 2011 (rendering its proposed 70th Anniversary Edition moniker more accurate). Beyond that, a big October 2011 splash is expected for one of Disney's biggest all-time titles; The Lion King is set to bow on Blu-ray then. As always, all of these plans are subject to change until they're formally announced (and sometimes even after that). But we had to pass this news along to give you an idea of how long you'll be waiting for these highly-anticipated high-def debuts and standard-def returns.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Whip It (Blu-ray) - Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut on this comedy about a socially awkward teenaged girl (Juno's Ellen Page) empowered by joining a roller derby league. Fox's Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, a Fox Movie Channel interview, and a digital copy.
• New York, I Love You - A sequel in spirit to Paris, je'taime, this international production weaves together more than ten primarily romantic stories set in New York City with actors including Shia LaBeouf, Bradley Cooper, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, and James Caan. Vivendi's DVD includes two bonus segments (one of which marks the writing/directing debut of Scarlett Johansson), remarks from Brett Ratner and four other directors, and the trailer.
• Air Bud: Golden Receiver Special Edition - In this theatrically-released 1998 sequel, the wonder dog and his best friend Josh (Kevin Zegers) join Fernfield's football team, while Josh's widowed mom (Cynthia Stevenson) begins dating the family's new vet. This unlikely re-release contains a sports report from Buddy's kids (the talking puppies of the popular "Buddies" movies) and a whistle.
• Zombieland - With humanity threatened by ravenous zombies, a college student (Jesse Eisenberg), a Southern man (Woody Harrelson), and two sisters (Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin) join forces to stay alive, wipe out the undead, and enjoy life's little pleasures. Sony's DVD includes an audio commentary, two featurettes, deleted scenes, visual effects deconstructions, promotional trailers, a webisode, and seven Easter eggs.
• The Boys Are Back - Clive Owen stars as a widowed British sportswriter struggling to single-handedly rear his two sons in Australia. Based on Simon Carr's experiences and directed by Shine's Scott Hicks, this PG-13 drama includes a narrated photo gallery and featurette.
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