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March 13, 2009 - Our newest DVD review covers Bolt, the 48th and latest feature from Walt Disney Animated Studios. This CGI comedy centers on the canine star of an action television series who gets lost in New York. Helping him back to the West Coast and his beloved owner are an alley cat named Mittens and Rhino,
a hamster who moves about in his plastic exercise ball. John Travolta and Miley Cyrus head a full voice cast. The Deluxe Edition DVD serves up the all-new short Super Rhino, deleted scenes, three featurettes, a music video and featurette for Travolta and Cyrus' duet, and a digital copy. Read the full review.

March 12, 2009 - It's looking like Disney has benched the May 19th Blu-ray debut of Monsters, Inc.. The 1-disc plus digital copy release of A Bug's Life remains scheduled to bow the same day.

March 11, 2009 - Our Pinocchio: Platinum Edition DVD review has been finished with a full critique of the two discs, a graphic comparison to the movie's original DVD release, and more than twenty screencaps from Disney's latest 2-disc release. Check it all out here.

March 10, 2009 - We've now got a look at today's new Walt Disney Family Classics edition DVD of Return from Witch Mountain. This 1978 sequel brings Tony and Tia (Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann) back to California, where they are separated.
Tony winds up kidnapped and under the mind control of two baddies (Bette Davis and Christopher Lee), while Tia runs with L.A.'s school-skipping Earthquake Gang. The disc restores most of the bonus features from the film's 2003 Special Edition and adds some new items too. More...

We've brought you six reviews of this week's new releases, counting the one we've got to go back and finish. Check all of them out as well as other high-profile debuts we won't be covering on our DVDizzy.com Schedule for March 10th.

March 7, 2009 - Our newest review covers Escape to Witch Mountain. This new Walt Disney Family Classics edition represents the popular 1975 fantasy's third time on DVD. The film tells the story of two supernaturally gifted siblings (Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann) trying to determine their origins and destination while on the run from bad men and the sheriff's department. The cast includes accomplished adult actors Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, and Donald Pleasance. The new disc includes nearly everything from 2003's fine Special Edition, plus an improved presentation, a fact track, and a movie ticket to see the new remake. Read on...

March 6, 2009 - We've just posted a review of what has for years been one of Disney's most anticipated DVD releases: Pinocchio: Platinum Edition. But you'll eventually notice it's not up to our usual standards and discover just why. The second part of the review provides a candid reaction to the Blu-ray format and the entertainment industry's efforts to market it. Read on...

Disney has announced that the real life sports dramas Miracle and The Greatest Game Ever Played will make their Blu-ray debuts on June 16th, just in time for Father's Day, major hockey and golf sporting events, and Shia LaBeouf's big summer sequel. Though each will carry a $34.99 list price, you'll be able to save $10 when you buy both. The same day will also see the first two seasons of "Lost" coming to Blu-ray with $69.99 SRPs.

March 5, 2009 - We take a look at another of next week's Miramax DVD debuts in Happy-Go-Lucky. This British comedy from Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies) centers on an optimistic woman (Sally Hawkins) and her fairly ordinary life as a school teacher and driver in training. Hawkins won a Golden Globe for her much-praised performance. The disc includes an audio commentary and two featurettes. More...

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March 3, 2009 - Our newest DVD review covers The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. This acclaimed English drama tells the story of a German family that relocates next to a concentration camp during World War II. There, the 8-year-old son secretly makes friends with a Jewish boy on the other side of the fence. In addition to the PG-13 feature, Miramax's disc includes a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and an audio commentary by director Mark Herman and author John Boyne. The DVD is out next Tuesday but you can read our review right now.

Tuesday is here and with it, an exciting slate of new DVDs. You can find our detailed overview of the week's standard and high-def releases here.

March 2, 2009 - We've just posted an early review of Primal Fear: Hard Evidence Edition. Paramount reissues the 1996 drama that marked the film debut of Edward Norton. Norton earned an Oscar nomination for his turn as a stuttering altar boy accused of murdering an archbishop. Richard Gere stars as the hotshot lawyer who defends the suspect. The impressive cast also includes Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Frances McDormand, Alfre Woodard, Andre Braugher, and Maura Tierney.
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In stores next week, the disc adds an audio commentary and 3 new featurettes while retaining the trailer and all at a low list price. Read on...

February 26, 2009 - Our third and final interview with the cast of High School Musical 3 lets Aaron Wallace chat with Olesya Rulin, who has portrayed student composer/pianist Kelsi Nielsen in all three HSM movies. Read the article.

February 25, 2009 - In our newest interview, Amy Braun talks with Matt Prokop, who made his feature film debut as game-winning underclassman Jimmie "Rocketman" Zara in High School Musical 3: Senior Year. The 18-year-old actor discusses his experiences joining an already hot franchise. Read on...

February 24, 2009 - Our Disney DVD Schedule has been updated to reflect two new former Disney Movie Club exclusive DVDs that will quietly make their way to general retail this spring, including Walt's sixth live-action film. In addition, new dates have been set for the delayed Walt Disney Family Classics edition of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Disney's announced 3-disc set of Aamir Khan's Indian film Like Stars on Earth. Check it out.

Our latest DVD review covers Air Bud: Special Edition. The unassuming 1997 family drama that spawned a franchise centers on a lonely boy and the jump shot-making Golden Retriever who becomes his best friend and basketball teammate. Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter, Bill Cobbs, and Wendy Makkena star in this PG-rated hit, which is more thoughtful and better than the seven sequels that have followed. The disc offers an upgrade to the feature presentation and a light handful of bonuses, the most advertised of which is an audio commentary by Buddy, Molly, and their "Buddies." Read on...

February 21, 2009 - Our newest DVD review subject is Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Disney's widely criticized, highly profitable talking dogs movie. Drew Barrymore voices Chloe, a pampered California canine stranded in Mexico. Her vocal co-stars include George Lopez, Andy Garcia, and Cheech Marin, while Piper Perabo and Jamie Lee Curtis make live-action appearances. In stores March 3rd, the one DVD version holds widescreen and fullscreen formats, outtakes, deleted scenes, an all-new animated short, audio commentary, and an Easter Egg. Our review includes a full list of songs from the film, with audio previews. Read on...

Recent Disney DVD Reviews:
High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Taking the hit Disney Channel franchise to theaters, this third installment covers the final months of East High's star class, with a basketball championship, a prom, uncertain futures, and one last autobiographical musical. The Extended Edition DVD adds five minutes of material to the already substantial theatrical cut and includes bloopers, 8 deleted scenes, 3 featurettes, sing-along subtitles, and a digital copy. [Related Interview: Justin Martin]
"Wizards of Waverly Place": Supernaturally Stylin' - The second compilation given to Disney Channel's fantastical sitcom holds four episodes and a wardrobe featurette.

Recent Non-Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Igor (Blu-ray) - John Cusack voices a Malarian assistant who longs to be a mad scientist himself in MGM's mishmashed computer-animated comedy. The high-def disc includes an audio commentary, an alternate opening, and concept art galleries.
Body of Lies - Directed by Ridley Scott and adapted by William Monahan (The Departed), this R-rated action thriller finds Leonardo DiCaprio playing a CIA counterterrorism agent who develops a conscience in Amman while Russell Crowe coaches him via earpiece from afar.
Miracle at St. Anna - Spike Lee's World War II drama centers on four African American sooldiers who save a boy in Italy. Nazis, partisans, and conflicted locals all add perspectives to our stranded protagonists.

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