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March 4, 2013 - Our newest review looks at Wreck-It Ralph, the 52nd film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. This Oscar-nominated comedic adventure follows the titular dejected villain (voiced by John C. Reilly) of a 30-year-old 8-bit video game into the colorful universes of his arcade neighbors.
Available tomorrow, Disney's 4-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition presents the film on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and Digital Copy. Extras include Best Animated Short Oscar winner Paperman, a Disney Intermission "Gamer's Guide" hosted by Chris Hardwick, a making-of featurette, deleted and alternate scenes, plus faux video game commercials. Read our review.

March 2, 2013 - Today's new review covers the long-awaited DVD debut of Samson and Delilah. Seven years before The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille produced and directed this Biblical epic, which tells the ancient story of a super strong man (Victor Mature) and the Philistine woman (Hedy Lamarr) in love with him. Co-starring Angela Lansbury and George Sanders, this Oscar-winning 1949 hit finally, legally hits five-inch disc on March 12th with a dramatic new restoration. Don't miss our review.

Samson and Delilah DVD Review

February 28, 2013 - Our last review of February looks at "Tosh.0": Cardigans Plus Casual Sweaters, the DVD-only third release of Comedy Central's web video commentary series. The Walmart exclusive 3-disc set holds fifteen chronological episodes from Seasons 1 and 2,
extending Web Redemption to the likes of Tron Guy, the Nintendo 64 Kid, and David After Dentist. Nearly two hours of extras include Daniel Tosh's extended spoil of the movie Orphan, blog crew member interviews, and extended Web Redemption interviews. Our review.

February 27, 2013 - Longtime DVDizzy.com critic and reporter Aaron Wallace has written a book! The Thinking Fan's Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom is the first installment in a projected series of books that will go into detail about the various attractions at Disney's assorted theme parks. You can now request a free excerpt from the book from publisher The Intrepid Traveler in advance of its April 16th release date. You can also pre-order through Amazon.com, where it is currently 45% off list price and eligible for the e-tailer's pre-order price guarantee.

February 26, 2013 - Our newest review covers The Intouchables, the highest-grossing worldwide foreign film. This French dramedy tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a poor young black man (Omar Sy) and a wealthy widowed quadriplegic (Franηois Cluzet). A huge hit in most parts of the world and respectable performer in limited U.S. release, this award-winning Weinstein Company release comes to Blu-ray via Sony with deleted scenes and UltraViolet. Our review.

It's Tuesday! Today's new releases include Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-nominated drama The Master, the acclaimed French film Holy Motors, Anchor Bay's revenge thriller Girls Against Boys and the family adventure My Lucky Elephant.

February 25, 2013 - The 85th Academy Awards were held last night and for the second straight year, the wealth was shared. This time, no film won more than four Oscars. Winners now available on DVD and Blu-ray include Best Documentary Searching for Sugar Man, Best Animated Feature Brave, and Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Picture, Argo, which became the first film since 1989's Driving Miss Daisy to win the top Oscar without a directing nomination.

You get a look behind the curtain in our new article Studios That Care About DVDizzy.com Readers... and Those That Don't, which details what studios are most and least on the ball when it comes to having their releases covered on this site. From the fruitful to the frustrating, find out about a little more about what goes into running this site and join us for a look back at the 2012 DVD and Blu-ray releases we'd have loved to review, but were unable to. Full article.

February 23, 2013 - Today's new review covers Girls Against Boys, a revenge thriller whose recent theatrical engagement will qualify it for next year's Oscars, though it most likely will not compete. The film tells of a New York City college student (Danielle Panabaker) and her fellow bartender (Nicole LaLiberte) who take drastic action against men who have wronged them. Available Tuesday, Anchor Bay's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by Panabaker and writer/director Austin Chick (XX/XY and August). Our review.

February 22, 2013 - Hey, have you heard? The Oscars are this Sunday! In honor of that, we bring you predictions and thoughts on all 24 of the categories whose awards will be announced. What will win? What should win? What did the Academy overlook? Who do DVDizzy.com readers want to win? Get the answers to all the questions and more in 85th Academy Awards Preview & Predictions.

With Sunday's Academy Awards marking the official end of the cinema year, we've put together a list ranking and succinctly reviewing every one of 2012's theatrical films that we've seen. Find out where your favorites and least favorites place and learn more about the good, bad, and mediocre movies you've missed.
If the single sentence summaries don't fill you up, be sure to explore the 87 full DVD, Blu-ray, and film reviews we've written on the crop. Don't miss The Films of 2012: Ranked and Reviewed.

February 21, 2013 - In theaters last December, Lay the Favorite grossed less than 1/100th of its production budget. Based on a true story, this R-rated comedy follows a young Florida woman (Rebecca Hall of The Town and Iron Man 3) to Las Vegas, where she finds work placing bets for a legendary sports gambler named Dink (Bruce Willis). From the screenwriter of High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank and the director of The Queen and Dangerous Liaisons, this film co-stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, and Vince Vaughn. It hits Blu-ray in a couple of weeks with deleted scenes and we've got an early review.

Our newest review covers next week's Blu-ray release of the acclaimed French film Holy Motors. Written and directed by Leos Carax, this film follows Mr. Oscar (Denis Lavant), a man whose work out of a limousine requires him to make himself over for various bizarre scenarios. It features appearances and songs by Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes. The Blu-ray includes an English language interview with Minogue, two trailers, and a 47-minute making-of documentary. Our review.

Zero Dark Thirty Blu-ray + DVD cover art -- click to read the complete press release.

February 20, 2013 - Sony has set a March 19th home video debut for Zero Dark Thirty. Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal's follow-up to The Hurt Locker, the esteemed Best Picture-nominated docudrama about the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden will be available in a DVD and a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, each with four making-of featurettes and UltraViolet. See cover art and read much more in the full press release.

Today's new review covers The Master, the critically acclaimed, publically divisive newest film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood). Joaquin Phoenix plays an ill-adjusted World War II veteran whose path crosses with that of a charismatic leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Nominated for three acting Oscars, this Weinstein Company drama hits stores next week in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack that includes 20 minutes of deleted scenes, 16 minutes of trailers, behind-the-scenes looks, and John Huston's military documentary Let There Be Light. Don't miss our thorough review.

Warner has chosen May 14th as the date for the Blu-ray combo pack and DVD release of Cloud Atlas, the ambitious flop from the directors of The Matrix and Run Lola Run. The film, which features Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Grant in multiple roles, will be joined by seven featurettes on Blu-ray, one of which will also be included on the DVD.

Paramount will release the feature film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away on DVD as well as Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D combo packs on March 12th. Produced by James Cameron and directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe), the film follows a small town Midwestern girl into the dreamlike world of the famous circus troupe. Check out cover art here.

Cast your vote for Best Picture in our final 2013 Oscars poll! As long as you're there, why not go back and catch up on other categories you may have missed.

February 19, 2013 - Today's new review covers the Blu-ray debut of the 1996 drama Marvin's Room. Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep star as sisters who break a 20-year estrangement when one of them requires a bone marrow transplant. Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Hume Cronyn, and Gwen Verdon co-star in this Miramax film, adapted from an award-winning play, that drew notice for its acting. Available now at Best Buy and reaching other stores at the end of March, Echo Bridge's low-priced Blu-ray includes a previously unreleased look at Streep and Carly Simon's recording of the end credits song "Two Sisters." Full review.

February 18, 2013 - Argo, the most decorated film of 2012, hits stores tomorrow, five days before its dreams of making Oscar history are dashed or realized. Based on an improbable true story, this Ben Affleck-directed drama also stars Affleck as a CIA agent who decides posing as a Canadian science fiction film crew scouting Middle Eastern locations is the best way to extract six American diplomats hiding out in Iran during the heated hostage crisis at the turn of the 1980s. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes an audio commentary by Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio, a picture-in-picture mode with reflections from the real people who experienced this episode (including President Jimmy Carter), a 2004 Canadian television documentary, and three making-of featurettes. Watch the 29-minute "Argo: Declassified" as part of our complete review.

February 17, 2013 - Today's new review covers My Lucky Elephant, a family film about an orphaned boy and the abandoned elephant that becomes his best friend, as well as a street dancer and painter in Thailand. It his DVD next Tuesday from ARC Entertainment and we've got an early look.

On the Waterfront: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review The Insider Blu-ray Review Rise of the Guardians: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy cover art -- click for press release.

February 16, 2013 - On Tuesday, On the Waterfront, the Oscars' 1954 Best Picture, will make its Blu-ray debut in a two-disc set from The Criterion Collection. A winner of eight Oscars on twelve nominations, this drama stars Marlon Brando as a former prize fighter who now works as a longshoreman amidst corrupt union practices. Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and Eva Marie Saint co-star in this Elia Kazan-directed classic, which Criterion presents in three different aspect ratios. Extras include an audio commentary and two features from Sony's Special Edition DVD, an hour-long 1982 documentary on Kazan, new interviews with Saint and Martin Scorsese, new documentaries on the score, the film, and the waterfront, and the original trailer. For more on 2013's best Blu-ray to date, see our full review.

February 15, 2013 - Today's new review covers The Insider, the 1999 Touchstone Pictures drama nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Writer/director Michael Mann's follow-up to Heat tells the true story of a fired research scientist (Russell Crowe) who becomes a whistleblower against Big Tobacco with help from "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino). Available next Tuesday, the Blu-ray includes a featurette and a trailer, though two of the case's claims are inaccurate. Our review.

February 14, 2013 - As expected, Rise of the Guardians will hit home video in time for Easter. DreamWorks Animation has announced a March 12th release for its well-reviewed but underperforming holiday adventure in which Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Sandman team up to save the world. The press release details your options from single-disc DVD, two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy, and three-disc Blu-ray 3D combo, two of which are also available with two hopping toy eggs based on the film. More...

Now in theaters, Beautiful Creatures adapts the first in a young adult novel series. This PG-13 supernatural teen romance pairs South Carolina insomniac bookphile Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lena (Alice Englert), the new-in-town niece of a famous recluse (Jeremy Irons). Co-starring Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, and Emmy Rossum, this Twilight-esque film is primed to do some strong Valentine's Day business. Read our review.

Senseless Blu-ray Review The Guilt Trip: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy cover art -- click for larger view Undefeated DVD Review

February 13, 2013 - Fifteen years ago this month, the college comedy Senseless opened in theaters. It's now on Blu-ray at Best Buy and available everywhere else at the end of March. Marlon Wayans stars as a cash-strapped senior who participates in drug trial that heightens his senses and then randomly dulls one of them, as he vies for a junior analyst position at a prestigious financial firm. Directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World), co-written by Craig Mazin (Identity Thief, one of Wayans' Scary Movie successors), and co-starring David Spade, Rip Torn, and Brad Dourif, this R-rated film is joined by a never-before-released behind-the-scenes featurette. Full review.

While we're at work on our review of next week's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack of Argo, why not take a look at "ARGO: Declassified", an in-depth, 29-minute featurette on the real events that inspired the highly acclaimed Best Picture hopeful. Watch it here and check back soon for our full review!

In time for Mother's Day, Paramount will bring The Guilt Trip to DVD and Blu-ray on April 30th. The PG-13 Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen mother-son road trip comedy will be available in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack with extras including alternate openings, alternate endings, deleted scenes, a gag reel; the featurettes "Barbra & Seth", "Barbra's World", "Guilt Trip: A Real Mother of a Road Trip", "In the Driver's Seat", "Not Really a Road Trip Movie"; and UltraViolet. Click here for cover art and preorders.

Last year's winner of the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, Undefeated spends a season with the football team of North Memphis, Tennessee's underprivileged Manassas High School as they try to reverse a history of losing and aim to win their first playoff game in the school's 110-year history. After five weeks of Walmart exclusivity, this Weinstein Company release hits DVD and Blu-ray with directors' audio commentary, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and a black and white teaser. Our review.

Fun Size Blu-ray + Digital Copy Review

February 12, 2013 - After a meager fall run in theaters, the PG-13 Nickelodeon Movies comedy Fun Size hits stores next week. Written by "The Colbert Report" scribe Max Werner and directed by "Gossip Girl" creator Josh Schwartz, the film follows teenagers (Victoria Justice, Jane Levy, Thomas Mann) and a younger sibling around Cleveland for a Halloween night full of excitement and embarrassment. Co-starring Chelsea Handler and an uncredited Johnny Knoxville, this flop hits BD with a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a Carly Rae Jepsen music video and making-of short, a digital copy, and UltraViolet. Trick-or-treat over to our review.

February 11, 2013 - Disney's dramatic fantasy The Odd Life of Timothy Green tells the story of a boy (CJ Adams) with leaves on his legs who shows up one night in response to the wishes of an infertile married couple (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton). We take a look at its December Blu-ray + DVD combo pack which includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, two making-of featurettes, and a Glen Hansard music video. Read the review.

February 10, 2013 - "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Rocky IV's Dolph Lundgren star in The Package. This direct-to-video action thriller finds a mobster's enforcer (Austin) braving danger to deliver an important, mysterious parcel to an old colleague named "The German" (Lundgren). Anchor Bay's two-disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack is released on February 19th and we've got a review.

February 9, 2013 - The thriller The Factory stars John Cusack and "Dexter"'s Jennifer Carpenter as Buffalo, New York detectives puzzled by a string of prostitute abductions and murders. Their investigation grows more pressing when Cusack's teenaged daughter (Mae Whitman) goes missing by the same pattern. Shot in 2008 but not given a standard theatrical release, this Warner Bros.-Dark Castle production hits DVD with UltraViolet on February 19th. Our review.

February 8, 2013 - Our newest review covers Criterion's recent two-disc Blu-ray edition of Heaven's Gate, the epic Western that helped bankrupt United Artists and irreversibly derailed the promising career of Michael Cimino, the Oscar-winning director of The Deer Hunter. Kris Kristofferson plays a Harvard-educated Marshal in 1890 Wyoming whose populace faces mob justice in the form of a death list compiled by wealthy stock growers. The film co-stars Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston, and John Hurt, also featuring one of the first and last film appearances, respectively, of Mickey Rourke and Joseph Cotten. The Blu-ray includes an illustrated new audio interview with Cimino, a video interview of Kristofferson, additional interviews, trailers, and an essay booklet. Full review.

Bully: Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack Review The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray & DVD Press Release

February 6, 2013 - The subject of a high-profile MPAA ratings battle and maker of an Oscar shortlist, The Weinstein Company's documentary Bully hits home video next week and we've got a review of the Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack. Lee Hirsch's film is presented in its PG-13 version along with an abbreviated edit suitable for young children, deleted and extended scenes, a "Good Morning America" excerpt, shorts catching up with the film's subjects, a Meryl Streep speech, and more. Don't miss our review.

Tell us what you're rooting for in this month's Oscars with the daily category polls on our Facebook page! Yesterday: Best Animated Feature. Today: Adapted Screenplay.

February 5, 2013 - Warner has announced a March 19th Blu-ray and DVD release date for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The first installment of Peter Jackson's second Middle Earth trilogy will arrive for Easter in a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, a Blu-ray + DVD, and a Blu-ray 3D combo pack. Each edition will include UltraViolet and over two hours of extras, while owners will be treated to a first look at this year's follow-up The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with a Peter Jackson-hosted live stream. Check out the press release for cover art and full details.

February 4, 2013 - Premiering tomorrow on DVD, the crime drama Mafia stars Ving Rhames as an urban gangster in 1975 being tracked by a pair of detectives (Pam Grier and Robert Patrick). It is joined by its trailer. Don't miss our review.

The indie romantic comedy Celeste & Jesse Forever stars Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation") and Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live") as a separated Los Angeles couple that remains extremely close and friendly. The possibility of reconciliation hangs over their other potential relationships in this R-rated film that Jones wrote with co-star Will McCormack. After a limited theatrical run, the film hits stores tomorrow. Sony's Blu-ray includes cast and creator audio commentaries, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a Q & A session from the LA Film Festival, and the trailer. Our review.

Peter Pan: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Storybook App Review

February 2, 2013 - Here Comes the Boom stars Kevin James as a Massachusetts biology teacher who tries to raise the funds needed to save his school's music program by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Co-written by James, produced by Adam Sandler, and co-starring Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler, this PG-rated comedy hits DVD on Tuesday with deleted scenes, a gag reel, a cast featurette, and UltraViolet. Our review.

February 1, 2013 - On Tuesday, the sixtieth anniversary of its theatrical release, Peter Pan becomes the seventh Disney animated film treated to a Diamond Edition combo pack. One of the most beloved films from Walt's era, this 1953 release adapts J.M. Barrie's play and novel in which three London kids are whisked away to Never Land for adventures with pirates and Indians. Our review covers the three-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Storybook App set, which adds never-before-seen deleted scenes and songs, a Diane Disney Miller introduction, and the new 40-minute documentary "Growing Up with Nine Old Men", in which Ted Thomas meets up with fellow children of Walt's loyal animators. Find out what's dropped from the film's past DVDs as part of our review.

Robot & Frank DVD Review Paranormal Activity 4: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review Flight: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

The first of today's two new reviews looks at the independent dramedy Robot & Frank. Frank Langella stars as an increasingly disoriented former jewel thief whose son (James Marsden) buys him a robot companion (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard). Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, and Jeremy Sisto co-star. After an acclaimed but limited theatrical release, this film comes to DVD alone on February 12th, wielding an audio commentary from its first-time writer and director as well as a gallery of robot posters. Our review.

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.

Hotel Transylvania: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD Review The Hunger Games Blu-ray Review

The Imposter DVD Review The Other Dream Team DVD Review

Recent Film Reviews:
• 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.
• Zero Dark Thirty - Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal follow up their 2009 Oscar winner The Hurt Locker with this Academy Award-nominated 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.
• 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.
• 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).

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Flight (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future) returns to live-action filmmaking on this Oscar-nominated R-rated drama about 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 in combo pack that includes making-of featurettes, highlights from a cast and crew Q & A session, and UltraViolet.
• "Above Suspicion": Set 2 - The British crime drama series stars Kelly Relly (Sherlock Holmes, Flight) and Harry Potter's Ciarαn 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.
• The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (Blu-ray + DVD) - This 1976 movie 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 mystery hits high def in a 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.
• Seven Psychopaths - In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh brings a similar sensibility with meta twists to this Los Angeles crime comedy. 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 is joined by UltraViolet, the cat trailer "Seven Psychocats", and making-of shorts on DVD.
• Hotel Transylvania (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD) - 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.
• The Hunger Games (Blu-ray) - 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.
• Searching for Sugar Man (Blu-ray) - 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. Extras on this Best Documentary Oscar nominee include an audio commentary, a making-of documentary, a featurette from the film's Tribeca Film Festival premiere, and the trailer.
• Fat Kid Rules the World - Adapted from the K.L. Going young adult novel of the same name, this comedy 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 with over 20 minutes of bonus features.
• The Paperboy (Blu-ray) - 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.
• The Imposter - 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. Indomina's DVD includes a 41-minute making-of featurette, the original trailer, and a QR Code link to actual case files.
• The Possession (Blu-ray) - 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.
• Love Me (Blu-ray) - Lindsey Shaw ("Pretty Little Liars"), Jamie Johnston ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") and Jean-Luc Bilodeau ("Kyle XY") play prep school students in a town where a teenager has recently gone missing under mysterious circumstances. Anchor Bay's Blu-ray includes two making-of featurettes with cast interviews.
• Thor: Legend of the Magical Hammer - Iceland's first ever animated feature is spun from Norse mythology. 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.
• "Life's Too Short": The Complete First Season - HBO's comedy series 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. The two-disc set holds seven episodes along with a half-hour making-of featurette, ten behind-the-scenes clips, deleted scenes, outtakes, and episode previews.
• 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.
• Branded (Blu-ray) - 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.
• To Rome with Love (Blu-ray) - Woody Allen extends his streak of working outside the United States with the ensemble romantic comedy that juggles four distinct storylines featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, and Ellen Page; Roberto Benigni; Penιlope Cruz; and Allen himself. Sony's Blu-ray includes a rare making-of featurette and the original trailer.
• The Other Dream Team - The documentary 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. Lionsgate's DVD includes audio commentary and a Q & A with director Marius A. Markevicius and his producer/co-writer Jon Weinbach.

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