DVDizzy.com: FEBRUARY 1-15, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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February 15, 2011 - Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut on Jack Goes Boating, in which he stars as an odd New York City limo driver starting a new relationship with an equally awkward woman (Amy Ryan). The film is adapted from the Off-Broadway play of the same name, which Hoffman and castmates John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin-Vega also starred. It's available now from Anchor Bay with deleted scenes, two featurettes, and the trailer. Our review.
Fox has announced a Friday April 8th home video debut for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the latest and possibly last entry in Walden Media's fantasy film series. It remains to be seen whether the $100 million grossed in North America and $375 million worldwide by the Pevensie children and Aslan's third cinematic adventure is enough for any of the remaining four C.S. Lewis books to get similar big budget big screen treatment. Dawn Treader will be available in a single-disc DVD ($29.98 SRP), a Double DVD Pack ($34.98 SRP), and a 3-Disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($39.98 SRP). Read the press release for full details.
Today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases include the acclaimed American education documentary Waiting for "Superman" and Woody Allen's English ensemble romance You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
February 14, 2011 - For the first time, Tyler Perry adapts another's work in For Colored Girls. Based on Ntozake Shange's Obie-winning 1970s play, this drama focuses on the challenges of contemporary life for a number of African American women in New York, from teen pregnancy to domestic abuse. The ensemble cast includes Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Phylicia Rashad, and Whoopi Goldberg. Now available, Lionsgate's DVD contains a documentary on the stage show in its various incarnations, readings of poems from the text, a making-of featurette, music video montages, and an archive of marketing materials. Read our full review.
February 13, 2011 - The King's Speech is closing in on the $100 million mark in North American theaters. This English drama has recently pulled ahead as the frontrunner in this month's Best Picture Oscar race. But aware that this glory will fade, Anchor Bay and The Weinstein Company have set an April 19th DVD and Blu-ray debut. This official announcement announces what you will find on either format in this high-profile launch of the two studios' new home video distribution deal. Read on...
The official Tangled press release details the bonus features you'll find on the March 29th DVD, Blu-ray + DVD, and Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy editions of Disney Feature Animation's 50th canonical entry. Included with this announcement is a video trailer.
Waiting for "Superman", the acclaimed new documentary from An Inconvenient Truth's Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim, takes a good look at America's public education system, profiling students exploring their options and considering some of the factors behind today's troubling statistics. Available Tuesday, the movie is joined by an audio commentary, a making-of featurette on John Legend's closing song, over a half-hour of deleted scenes, a couple of promotional animated shorts, updates on the film's subjects, and a $25 DonorsChoose.org gift card. Read our review.
February 10, 2011 - Woody Allen extends his annual feature writing/directing streak to nearly thirty years with You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Allen returns to London with this story of the complicated romantic relationships of three family members, played by Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, and Gemma Jones. Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Lucy Punch, and Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto co-star in this movie, which comes to DVD and Blu-ray next week from Sony in the filmmaker's signature low-key fashion. Full review with clip and trailer.
February 9, 2011 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, the penultimate film in J.K. Rowling's fantasy series, will on DVD ($28.98 SRP), Blu-ray ($29.98 SRP), and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($35.99 SRP) on April 15th, three months before its follow-up is theatrically released. In addition, a seemingly premature Years 1-7 Part 1 Box Set will be offered on DVD ($78.92 SRP) and Blu-ray ($134.99 SRP).
Our newest review looks at the controversial and recently remade 1978 thriller I Spit on Your Grave. A New York author (Camille Keaton) looking to write her first novel gets brutally raped by the men of the small town where's she summering and takes revenge. Released yesterday, Anchor Bay's DVD includes the unrated director's cut of the film, two audio commentaries, a new interview with writer/director Meir Zarchi, a photo and poster gallery, and vintage marketing materials. Full review...
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Life as We Know It is also available for download and on demand, at Amazon.com and elsewhere. Don't forget to read our review.
February 8, 2011 - We've just posted the press release for The Fighter. Paramount will bring the acclaimed drama starring Mark Wahlberg as working class boxer Micky Ward to DVD and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy on March 15th with deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, "Keeping the Faith" on the real life Micky Ward and his troubled brother Dicky Ecklund, a trailer, and an audio commentary by director David O. Russell. The film is nominated for seven Academy Awards, including supporting actor honors for Wahlberg's co-stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo. Full announcement.
The romantic dramedy Life as We Know It stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel as a pair of Atlanta singles whose mutual friends assign them joint custody of their one-year-old daughter. Available today, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD Combo pack supplies deleted scenes, three featurettes, and a digital copy. Watch the trailer as part of our full review.
Today's other new releases include the low-budget horror sequel Paranormal Activity 2, the multi-generational wedding party comedy You Again, the '90s e-commerce pioneer drama Middle Men, Hilary Duff's ABC Family Original Movie Beauty & the Briefcase, Elia Kazan's forgotten Oscar-winning immigration epic America America, the controversial original 1978 I Spit on Your Grave, its 2010 remake, and the Tyler Perry-adapted ensemble drama For Colored Girls. For more on other of this week's debuts, please consult the February 8th entry on our Release Schedule.
February 7, 2011 - Our newest review looks at America America, a 1963 drama written and directed by the legendary Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire). Inspired by his own uncle's story, this epic film details a poor young Greek man's arduous journey to start life anew across the Atlantic Ocean at the turn of the 20th century. Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture but largely unknown today, the movie makes its long-awaited individual DVD debut with the same historian's audio commentary it contained on the recent Elia Kazan Collection. Read our review, which includes a film clip.
February 5, 2011 - We've updated our Disney Blu-ray page to reflect price reductions, new Blu-ray + DVD combo packs coming on Tuesday and in upcoming weeks, and the latest and next releases from the studio. Check it out!
Take a look with us at Paranormal Activity 2, the fast follow-up to 2009's little word-of-mouth hit. By home movie and surveillance camera, this prequel documents life for the sister of the first film's protagonist. The family of four's house experiences a variety of unexplainable disturbances. Releasing on Tuesday, Paramount's DVD contains both theatrical and unrated cuts of the film and we detail everything that distinguishes the two. The few-frills disc also includes unused found footage and a teaser trailer. Read on...
February 4, 2011 - Touchstone Pictures' You Again stars Kristen Bell as a young woman who is shocked to find out her high school bully (Odette Yustman) is about to marry her brother. Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Betty White co-star in this cameo-filled, PG-rated comedy. It is released next Tuesday on DVD and a Blu-ray + DVD combo with deleted scenes, a featurette on director Andy Fickman, a Funny or Die short, and "Ask the Cast." Full review.
Amazon.com has made Tron: Legacy available for preorder in five arrangements: a single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP), a 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP), a 4-Disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy ($49.99 SRP), a 5-Disc 2-Movie Collection that adds the original Tron on Blu-ray ($79.99 SRP) and The Ultimate Tron Experience ($99.99 SRP) which packages the 5-disc set in a collectible identity disc. Not crazy about the sequel or also want the original film on standard DVD? The original 1982 movie, billed as "Tron: The Original Classic", will also be available on its own in a new 2-Disc Special Edition ($29.99 SRP) and a Blu-ray + DVD Combo ($39.99 SRP). Though no release date has been set, an early April debut is expected. From now through February 10th, all Tron: Legacy editions are eligible for a $5 off coupon at Amazon. For more information on contents, check our April Release Schedule.
February 3, 2011 - Middle Men dramatizes the true story of a Texas family man (Luke Wilson) who becomes an integral part in the dotcom boom of the late-'90s with a billing service for Internet porn. Directed and co-written by George Gallo (writer of Bad Boys and Midnight Run), this limited-release drama co-stars Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, and James Caan. Available on Tuesday, Paramount's DVD includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a slap montage. Read our review...
February 2, 2011 - Our first of many looks at next week's new releases covers Beauty & the Briefcase. This ABC Family Original Movie stars Hilary Duff as a fashionable young working woman who infiltrates New York City's financial district for an investigative Cosmopolitan cover story about the men of the business world. Our review includes the trailer for this movie.
February 1, 2011 - Let Me In does not drastically depart from Let the Right One In, the acclaimed 2008 Swedish film on which it's based. This acclaimed American adaptation, written and directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves, tells the story of a lonely bullied boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who befriends a girl (Chloλ Grace Moretz) with a bloodthirsty secret. Elias Koteas and Richard Jenkins co-star. Available today, Anchor Bay's DVD includes audio commentary by Reeves, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, a photo gallery, and trailers. Read our full review right here.
Today's new releases include Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD, the acclaimed vampire drama Let Me In, the teen comedy sequel Mean Girls 2, talking dog comedy Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, and the Kristen Stewart/James Gandolfini independent drama Welcome to the Rileys. For more details on these and other titles we won't be reviewing, check our February Schedule.
January 31, 2011 - Disney's lowly regarded but highly profitable 2008 canine comedy gets a Buddies-esque follow-up in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. Chloe (now voiced by Odette Yustman) marries Papi (still George Lopez) and soon gives birth to five mischievous pups. In an effort to help the family of part-time owner Sam (Marcus Coloma), the brood enters a dog show and later gets mixed up in a bank robbery. Available tomorrow on DVD and Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, this direct-to-video sequel is joined by a Bridgit Mendler music video and a bloopers reel. Read our review.
January 30, 2011 - "Glee": Season 2, Volume 1 serves up the first ten episodes of the award-winning Fox high school musical dramedy's current season. Included in that lot are tributes to Britney Spears and The Rocky Horror Picture Show; guest appearances by Gwyneth Paltrow, John Stamos, and Carol Burnett; a "Glee" wedding and Grinch-inspired Christmas episode. The 3-disc DVD includes the Glee Music Jukebox, a Comic-Con cast & crew panel discussion, a collection of Brittany one-liners, and more. Full review.
January 29, 2011 - Kelvin Cedeno takes a fourth and -- for now -- final look at Disney's animated filming of Alice in Wonderland for next week's 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo. Full of music, color, and characters, this 1951 feature continues to grow in reputation. The studio shows it much respect in a loaded 2-disc set that adds an enhanced viewing mode, reference footage, a game, a pencil test, and a color Walt Disney introduction to the wealth of extras afforded the film on its deluxe laserdisc and subsequent 2-disc DVDs. Only here will you find a detailed overview of what's gained, what's lost, and how the hi-def presentation compares to DVD incarnations. We've even included a video clip of the "Through the Keyhole" playback mode. Check it out.
January 28, 2011 - The independent drama Welcome to the Rileys stars Twilight's Kristen Stewart as a runaway teenaged stripper/prostitute who finds help and support from a Midwestern man (James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos") and his phobic wife (Melissa Leo, The Fighter) down in New Orleans. Directed by Jake Scott (son of Riley) and written by Ken Hixon, this limited-release film comes to DVD and Blu-ray from Sony next Tuesday with a making-of featurette. Our review.
January 26, 2011 - The prison drama Stone reunites actors Robert De Niro and Edward Norton. De Niro plays the retirement-bound parole officer reviewing the case file of Norton's hardened criminal. Milla Jovovich plays the convict's seductive wife, who becomes a part of the process. From the writer of Junebug and the director of The Painted Veil, this psychological thriller is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay with a making-of featurette and trailer. Full review.
January 25, 2011 - James L. Brooks' 1987 dramedy Broadcast News gets an upgrade today courtesy of The Criterion Collection. This film about life at a Washington TV news station as seen by three ambitious employees earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and stars William Hurt, Albert Brooks, and Holly Hunter. Criterion's two-disc set includes an audio commentary by Brooks, a documentary on his career, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a featurette on the CBS News producer who inspired Hunter's character, and vintage making-of materials. Read our full review.
As expected, the following ten films were announced as nominees in the Academy Awards' Best Picture category: The Social Network, The King's Speech, The Fighter, Black Swan, Toy Story 3, Inception, True Grit, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, and Winter's Bone. The full list of nominees can be seen here. All ten Best Picture contenders and many other 2011 nominees are now available for preorder or purchase at Amazon.com.
Today's new DVD and Blu-rays include "Glee": Season 2, Volume 1, Disney's sports drama Secretariat, the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy, and The Criterion Collection release of James L. Brooks' Broadcast News. More on all of these on our schedule page.
As promised, you could watch the Academy Awards' official nomination ceremony live right here. The fun began at 8:30 AM EST/5:30 AM PST, but you can rewatch the announcements here
January 23, 2011 - We take a look at Secretariat, the latest true sports drama from the producers of The Rookie, Miracle, and Invincible. Diane Lane stars as Penny Chenery, the housewife owner of the first U.S. Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred horse in 25 years. John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Baker, James Cromwell, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis and AJ Michalka co-star in this Disney film. Available Tuesday, the Blu-ray + DVD combo includes an audio commentary by director Randall Wallace, deleted scenes with commentary, a multi-angle Secretariat race reconstruction, an interview with the real Chenery, and a music video by Michalka. Read on...
Nowhere Boy dramatizes the teenage years of John Lennon. Kick-Ass' Aaron Johnson portrays the rebellious Liverpudlian as he begins playing guitar, forms a band, and spends time with two contrary mother figures (Anne-Marie Duff, Kristin Scott Thomas). After a limited theatrical engagement, this Weinstein Company drama comes to DVD and Blu-ray this week from Sony, with two deleted scenes and two making-of featurettes. Read our full review.
January 21, 2011 - The Academy Award nominees will be announced next Tuesday morning at 8:30 Eastern/5:30 Pacific and you'll be able to watch them live right here! We'll be embedding a stream of the event, starting with the short "Road to the Oscars", continuing with the announcement of ten leading categories by Academy President Tom Sherak and last year's Supporting Actress winner Mo'Nique, and wrapping up with commentary on the nominees. Prevailing wisdom expects that The Social Network, The King's Speech, The Fighter, Black Swan, Inception, Toy Story 3, True Grit, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, and Winter's Bone will compete in the recently-expanded Best Picture category.
Mean Girls 2 takes us back to North Shore High, where a new new student (Camp Rock's Meaghan Martin) finds herself at war with nasty new Plastics (led by Maiara Walsh) along with a new friend (Jennifer Stone, "Wizards of Waverly Place") she's being paid to look after. Tim Meadows returns as Principal Duvall. Premiering this Sunday night on ABC Family, the sequel then comes to DVD on February 1st, equipped with several making-of featurettes, a gag reel, and an anti-bullying PSA. Read our full review.
January 20, 2011 - Looney Tunes Super Stars: Foghorn Leghorn & Friends - Barnyard Bigmouth collects 15 vintage Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts, 14 of which haven't properly been released to DVD before. Nine of the fifteen star the tall Southern rooster, as he butts heads with Barnyard Dawg, Egghead Jr., and Henery Hawk. Also found here are cartoons starring the mice equivalents of "The Honeymooners" neighbors, Mexican crows, and Elmer Fudd. Like the series' first two DVDs, this disc mattes the shorts to 16:9 widescreen, but this one also offers original full screen presentations of the shorts. See a clip from one of the 'toons in our review.
January 19, 2011 - Disney's Tangled will be coming to home video on March 29th. It will be available in a single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP) with original storybook openings, a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo ($39.99 SRP) with the Blu-ray disc adding deleted scenes, extended songs, and the featurette "Untangled: The Making of a Fairy Tale", and a 4-Disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy "super set" ($49.99 SRP).
Our newest review looks at the Comedy Central special Denis Leary and Friends Present: Douchebags and Donuts, which gives half of its 99 minutes to the "Rescue Me" ranter and the rest to Whitney Cummings, Lenny Clarke, and Adam Ferrara. Released this week, the special is joined by two unused musical numbers and behind-the-scenes footage, with portions of the proceeds going to The Leary Firefighters Foundation. Read on...
This week's other new releases include the Australian crime family drama Animal Kingdom, the Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried (Blu-ray + DVD), and Sandra Bullock's notorious Roger Corman-produced South American flick Fire on the Amazon (Unrated). See our schedule for other new DVD and Blu-ray debuts.
January 18, 2011 - The third pairing of actors Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, Dinner for Schmucks remakes the 1998 French comedy The Dinner Game. Carell plays Barry, an idiot who enters straight man Rudd's life and chaotically destroys its order before attending a feast designed to secretly ridicule its guests. The talented large cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement, Stephanie Szostak, Jeff Dunham, Lucy Punch, Kristen Schaal, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams, and Ron Livingston. Now available, Paramount's DVD includes deleted scenes, a gag reel of bloopers and unused improvisations, and a making-of featurette. Review.
January 17, 2011 - The Australian drama Animal Kingdom tells the story of a teenaged boy who finds himself caught up in his criminal family's legal problems. This acclaimed feature debut of David Michτd stars James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, and Golden Globe nominee Jacki Weaver. From Sony, it comes to DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow with a Michτd audio commentary, making-of featurette, and Los Angeles Film Festival Q & A session. Full review.
January 15, 2011 - Case 39 stars Renιe Zellweger as a social worker whose custody assumption of a troubled young girl (Jodelle Ferland) has quick and deadly consequences. Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper co-star in this horror film, shot back in 2006 but only released to theaters last fall. Paramount's DVD includes a half-hour of deleted scenes (including an alternate ending and an alternate death) plus four making-of featurettes. Read our review.
Our latest review looks at Yogi's Great Escape, the first of ten Hanna-Barbera Superstars TV movies from the late-1980s. Awakening to spring, Yogi and Boo Boo take care of three hungry orphan cubs while on the run from Ranger Smith and a zoo transfer. Recently making its DVD debut, this 93-minute film receives a truly barebones presentation as part of the Warner Archive Collection. Read on.
January 14, 2011 - Buried spends 90 minutes in a coffin with Ryan Reynolds, playing an American civilian contractor who's kidnapped and buried alive in Iraq. Fortunately, he's got a working cell phone, a pencil, some glow sticks, and our full attention.
In the midst of a minor screenplay Oscar scandal, Lionsgate releases this acclaimed Spanish/American thriller next week exclusively in a low-priced Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack. Read our full review.
January 13, 2011 - Our newest review looks at "Rules of Engagement": The Complete Fourth Season. While this traditional multi-camera CBS sitcom is in the midst of a full standard fifth season, last winter's 13-episode run received an offseason DVD release this week from Sony. Starring Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, David Spade and others, this show about New York couples and friends arrives in a 2-disc set sporting only the essentials. Full review.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Piranha - Loosely remaking the Joe Dante-directed, Roger Corman-produced 1978 film of the same name, this horror comedy channels Jaws in its story of killer piranhas wreaking havoc on a small Arizona lake town in the midst of a busy spring break. Alexandre Aja (Mirrors, The Hills Have Eyes) directs a cast that includes Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Steven R. McQueen, Christopher Lloyd, and (in a grand Jaws nod) Richard Dreyfuss. Sony's DVD presents only a 2D version of the movie along with an audio commentary and 91 minutes of making-of featurettes.
"Hot in Cleveland": Season One - TV Land's first original series is a throwback to yesteryear sitcoms, most notably "The Golden Girls." Valerie Bertinelli ("One Day at a Time"), Jane Leeves ("Frasier"), and Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me!") play Los Angeles friends who relocate to Ohio, sharing a rented house with a sassy caretaker (Betty White). The 2-disc DVD includes ten episodes plus an extended version of the pilot, the pilot of the TV Land's forthcoming sitcom "Retired at 35", bloopers, a set tour, and other behind-the-scenes videos.
Fire on the Amazon - One of Sandra Bullock's earliest and most infamous films returns to DVD and debuts on Blu-ray in Anchor Bay's unrated edition. Shot in the early 1990s and shelved for years, this low-budget Roger Corman-produced drama stars Bullock and A River Runs Through It's Craig Sheffer as Americans investigating the covered-up death of a rainforest preservation figure. Fitted with its first widescreen transfer and 5.1 surround soundtrack, the film is also joined by a trailer.
Alpha and Omega - This CGI comedy tells the story of opposite wolves pulled away from their home to repopulate. Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Danny Glover, Dennis Hopper, and Christina Ricci lend their voices to this, the first feature from India's Crest Animation. Lionsgate's DVD includes making-of featurettes, a game, a deleted scene, an Animal Fun Facts playback mode, and a personality quiz.
Louis C.K.: Hilarious - The first comedy concert to ever play at the Sundance Film Festival, this stand-up feature film is presented uncut and uncensored, as it was in its limited theatrical release. Full review.
The Last Exorcism - A small documentary film crew follows a Southern preacher (Patrick Fabian) to rural Louisiana, where he intends to expose exorcism as dangerous fraud. Instead, he is hired to deal with a teenaged girl (Ashley Bell) whose torment puzzles him. Lionsgate's DVD includes two audio commentaries, a making-of featurette, a piece on real hauntings and exorcisms, and a teaser trailer from the Cannes Film Festival. (Related Interview: star Patrick Fabian)
Step Up 3 - The latest and probably last entry to Touchstone Pictures' youth dance film series offers more romance and competition. Its biggest addition, 3-D, is lost in this Blu-ray + DVD Combo, which supplies a half-hour of deleted scenes, a half-hour of music videos, fly-on-the-wall making-of featurettes, and a character's documentary.
Gun - This direct-to-video crime drama stars Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Val Kilmer as old friends who reunite as part of a violent weapons operation. James Remar and AnnaLynne McCord ("90210") co-star.
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