March 31, 2009 - Bedtime Stories DVD Review
Our newest DVD review critiques Doubt. John Patrick Shanley adapted and directed this drama from his 2004 play. Meryl Streep stars as Sr. Aloysius, a Catholic school nun/principal who suspects the pastor priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of having an inappropriate relationship with an altar boy. Streep, Hoffman, and castmates Amy Adams and Viola Davis all received Oscar nominations, as did Shanley's script. Available next week, the disc includes a commentary by Shanley and four featurettes. Read the full review.
Look here for our detailed overview of today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
March 30, 2009 - Those looking to build a Blu-ray collection may be interested in a new Amazon.com Disney promotion where you can save $20 buying three of the studio's BD releases, $50 buying six, and $100 buying ten. Forty titles are eligible including 5 Pixar ones, the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, and three computer-animated works belgonging to the classic Disney canon. More...
Our latest review covers Walt Disney Animation Collection: Classic Short Films, Volume 1 - Mickey and the Beanstalk. One of three volumes that will launch Disney's new cartoon shorts DVD line, this one serves up the Ludwig von Drake version of the half-hour Fun and Fancy Free segment plus four other Mickey Mouse cartoons from the 1930s and '40s. Read the full review.
March 28, 2009 - Today, we bring you our Bedtime Stories DVD Review. Adam Sandler stars as a goofy hotel handyman surprised to discover aspects of his nightly tales to his sister's kids actually occurring. This PG-rated comedy fantasy co-stars Keri Russell, Russell Brand, and Guy Pearce. Disney's Deluxe Edition DVD serves up outtakes, twelve deleted scenes, a few short featurettes (including a new Dylan and Cole Sprouse infomercial for Blu-ray), and a digital copy. More...
March 27, 2009 - Another day, another DVD review. For now, enjoy our look at "Hannah Montana": Keeping it Real, next week's compilation of Disney Channel's most popular sitcom. Although the cover advertises a sneak peek at Hannah's new look, there is more interest in the inclusion of a bonus Season 3 episode and a code for a ticket to see Hannah Montana: The Movie. Read on...
March 26, 2009 - Our newest DVD review covers Follow That Bird: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. The first and more esteemed of the two Sesame Street movies, this 1985 comedy sends Big Bird to an Illinois family of Dodos. Leaving them to return home, he sets off a cross-country search. Now available, Warner's new disc grants the film a widescreen presentation and adds an interview with Big Bird/Oscar puppeteer/voice Caroll Spinney. Read the full article.
March 24, 2009 - Take an early look with us at Schoolhouse Rock! Earth. In stores next week, this 45-minute program serves up eleven new musical cartoons educating on ways to help the environment by recycling and conserving energy. Writers and singers from the fondly-remembered ABC series have returned for this project, which also features a vintage short and Mitchel Musso's music video covering Jack Johnson's twist on "Three is a Magic Number." Read our full review, complete with song previews.
Be sure to check out our DVDizzy.com Schedule for a look at all of this week's new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
Our latest DVD review covers The Odd Couple: Centennial Collection. The film version of Neil Simon's Tony-winning play stars Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as divorced Manhattanites whose personalities clash when they become roommates. Available today, Paramount's new two-disc edition contains an audio commentary by the stars' sons, five new featurettes, photo galleries, and the movie's original trailer. Does this acclaimed 1968 comedy live up to its reputation? Read our review to find out.
March 23, 2009 - We recently chatted with Bolt story supervisor Nathan Greno and Rhino voice Mark Walton about their feature film, the DVD and Blu-ray releases' all-new short film Super Rhino, animation at large, and their upcoming work. Greno, who directed Super Rhino is now in the helm on the much-anticipated Rapunzel, while Walton is helping to visually develop 2012 fantasy King of the Elves. Don't miss our Virtual Roundtable interview.
Kelvin Cedeno gives us an early look at next week's 2-Disc Bad Dog Edition of Marley & Me. Based on John Grogran's bestselling autobiographical book, Fox's holiday season hit stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as a married couple who build a family and journey through life with a badly-behaved Labrador in their ranks. On DVD, the PG-rated dramedy is joined by nearly a half-hour of deleted scenes, a number of featurettes, a gag reel, and finalist and winner videos from a Purina Dog Chow contest. Full review...
A new blurb for Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer's live-action film The Sorcerer's Apprentice, scheduled to reach theaters July 2010, has been posted to our updated Upcoming Disney Movies page.
March 19, 2009 - The May & Beyond page of our DVDizzy.com Release Schedule has been updated with dates and contents for late spring Paramount/DreamWorks releases The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Revolutionary Road, and Defiance. Other details are added all the time, so be sure to check out the full schedule.
Our next and final stop on our island review tour is Hawaii, the setting for Lilo & Stitch. Disney's 2002 animated hit finally gets the special treatment fans wanted years ago with the 2-Disc Big Wave Edition that closely follows editions released earlier overseas. The comedic story of a girl and her new "dog" (who's really an advanced extraterrestrial) is joined by a 2-hour documentary, an audio commentary, various behind-the-scenes "footnotes", previously-unseen deleted scenes, and nearly everything from its original DVD. Get the full report with our review.
March 18, 2009 - Our two newest reviews take us to islands around the world. First, Kelvin Cedeno brings us to Australia for a critique of Fox's Blu-ray release of Baz Luhrmann's fourth film. Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman star in this epic drama set down under at the turn of the 1940s. Read on...
March 17, 2009 - Although we don't presently have any reviews posted for this week's new titles, you can still learn about all the big releases with a quick visit to our DVDizzy.com Schedule for today. As always, new titles and dates are being added all the time. You can discover most of them on Pages 2 and 3.
Disney has announced its typically full summer to fall slate of television DVD sets scheduled for this season's ABC programs. Those due for the complete, chronological treatment: "Samantha Who": The Complete Second Season and "Scrubs": The Complete Eighth Season (3-disc sets; $39.99 SRP) on August 25th; "Desperate Housewives": The Complete Fifth Season (7 discs) and "Brothers and Sisters": The Complete Third Season (6 discs) on September 1st ($59.99 SRP); "Grey's Anatomy": Season Five (7 discs; also on Blu-ray for $69.99 SRP) and "Private Practice": The Complete Second Season (6 discs) on September 15th ($59.99 SRP); "Ugly Betty": The Complete Third Season (6 discs; $59.99 SRP) and "Castle": The Complete First Season (3 discs; $39.99 SRP) on September 22nd, and American remake "Life on Mars": The Complete Series (4 discs; $39.99 SRP) on September 29th.
Recent Disney DVD Reviews:
• Bolt - The 48th and latest Disney animated feature, 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.
• Pinocchio: Platinum Edition - Walt Disney's second feature finally gets its long-awaited deluxe treatment in this 2-disc set.
• Return from Witch Mountain (Walt Disney Family Classics) - This 1978 sequel brings Tony and Tia 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.
• Escape to Witch Mountain (Walt Disney Family Classics) - The popular 1975 fantasy 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. This 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.
• 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 that's more thoughtful and better than the seven sequels that have followed.
• Beverly Hills Chihuahua - 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. The DVD 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.
• 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 Interviews: Justin Martin, Matt Prokop, Olesya Rulin]
Recent Non-Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Happy-Go-Lucky - This British comedy from Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies) centers on an optimistic woman (Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins) and her fairly ordinary life as a school teacher and driver in training. The disc includes an audio commentary and two featurettes.
• The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - 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. Miramax's disc includes a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and an audio commentary by director Mark Herman and author John Boyne.
• Primal Fear: Hard Evidence Edition - Making his film debut, Edward 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. Paramount's reissue adds an audio commentary and 3 new featurettes while retaining the trailer and all at a low list price.
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