DVDizzy.com: MARCH 1-15, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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March 15, 2011 - The Switch stars Jason Bateman as a New Yorker who interferes with the artificial insemination of his best friend (played by Jennifer Aniston). Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, and Juliette Lewis also appear in this PG-13 comedy from the directors of Blades of Glory. The final Miramax Films release from Disney, the movie makes its overdue home video debut today from new Miramax partner Lionsgate. We look at the Blu-ray version, which includes a making-of featurette, bloopers, and a 25-minute section of deleted & alternate scenes. Our review includes a bonus feature clip.
The Switch is one of a number of today's new releases we have reviewed or will be soon. Others: the Oscar-winning drama The Fighter, Clint Eastwood's fantastical drama Hereafter, Roger Corman and Syfy's schlocky Sharktopus, NBC's celebrity genealogy series "Who Do You Think You Are?": Season 1, and, from Italy, the Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection.
March 14, 2011 - NBC's series "Who Do You Think You Are?" follows celebrities as they compile their genealogies, traveling around the world and consulting historians and public records. Available tomorrow, the widescreen 2-disc, 7-episode Season 1 DVD fleshes out the family trees of Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow (one of the show's executive producers), Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, and Spike Lee. Read our full review.
March 12, 2011 - We look at another of this year's Best Picture nominees in The Fighter. This drama tells the true story of working class boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his large Massachusetts family, including his drug-addled older brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) and his tough mother/manager (Melissa Leo). Bale and Leo won Oscars for their supporting performances, and Amy Adams (playing love interest Charlene) was nominated along with the screenplay and director David O. Russell. Releasing on Tuesday, Paramount's DVD includes a Russell audio commentary and a half-hour documentary on the acclaimed film's creation. Read on...
March 11, 2011 - The 2000 movie The Miracle Maker uses stop motion and 2-D animation to tell the story of Jesus Christ. Ralph Fiennes voices the Nazarene in this Welsh-Russian co-production that played theatrically in Europe but made its US debut airing Easter Sunday on ABC. Released this week, Lionsgate's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack includes a filmmakers' audio commentary, a half-hour making-of documentary, a storyboard-to-film comparison, a quiz, and a Gospel verses playback mode. Our review.
March 9, 2011 - From Syfy and legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman comes Sharktopus, a new movie about a genetically-engineered shark-octopus hybrid being cultivated into a military weapon. When the creature breaks loose, a scientist (Eric Roberts) sends his brainy daughter (Sara Malakul Lane) and a pricey ex-employee (Kerem Bursin) to retrieve it, but not before it starts feasting on the scantily-clad people of Mexico's Puerto Vallarta. Coming to DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday from Anchor Bay, the film is joined by an audio commentary by Corman and his wife Julie and a trailer. Read our full review.
March 8, 2011 - Director Danny Boyle's follow-up to 2008's Best Picture winner Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours tells the remarkable true story of young canyoneer Aron Ralston (portrayed by James Franco) who fights to stay alive after his arm gets trapped by an 800-pound boulder. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, this harrowing drama is now available on DVD with over a half-hour of deleted scenes (most notably, a 22-minute alternate ending) and an audio commentary by Boyle and two of his colleagues. Hang in there for our full review.
Our newest review covers "The Walking Dead": The Complete First Season. AMC's original series depicts life in a zombie apocalypse, with our focus remaining on a sheriff's deputy and other Southern survivors. Adapted from a comic book series and developed by The Shawshank Redemption's director Frank Darabont, the series will return in the fall, but today, the first six episodes debut on DVD and Blu-ray. The DVD includes making-of featurettes and behind-the-scenes shorts. Read our full review.
In addition to those walkers, today's other new releases include the TV news workplace comedy Morning Glory and the stand-up comedy shows Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts and Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group
March 5, 2011 - Morning Glory stars Rachel McAdams as a workaholic hired to help a long-running morning news show combat dwindling viewership. Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton play her clashing anchors, while Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum co-star as love interest and boss, respectively. This comedy is directed by Notting Hill's Roger Michell and written by The Devil Wears Prada's Aline Brosh McKenna. It comes to DVD from Paramount on Tuesday with an audio commentary and a deleted scene featuring "Modern Family"'s Ty Burrell. Full review.
March 4, 2011 - The debut American release of Italian boutique studio Raro Video, The Clowns (I Clowns) is a 1970 film written and directed by Federico Fellini. As much about Fellini and company's filmmaking adventures as the legendary old circus performers they're tracking down, this "docu-comedy" was produced both for theaters and Italian television. Raro's DVD includes a 50-page companion book, a new 42-minute video essay, and Marriage Agency, Fellini's segment for the 1953 omnibus feature Love in the City. Read on...
March 3, 2011 - Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group is a one-hour improvised comedy special from the "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" performers. Filmed in Milwaukee's Pabst Theater, this concert includes pantomime, puppeteering, sound effects, and other audience-enlisting activities. It's coming to DVD on Tuesday with two behind-the-scenes shorts with the stars. Watch a clip from the feature as part of our review.
March 2, 2011 - The new DVD "Wishbone" compiles four episodes of the 1990s public television series in which a Jack Russell Terrier imagines himself in classic stories paralelling the circumstances in the lives of his teenaged owner and his friends. Featured here are adaptations of Jules Verne and Victor Hugo plus the tales of Don Quixote and Robin Hood. Read our full review.
March 1, 2011 - Aaron Wallace reviews Bambi, Walt Disney's fifth animated film and now his namesake studio's third entry in the Diamond Edition line. Nearly seventy years after its debut, this mature and atmospheric story of a deer, adapted from Felix Salten's novel, continues to delight. Our exhaustive review fills you in on what's new, what's dropped, and how this 1 Blu-ray, 1 DVD combo pack compares to the film's 2005 Platinum Edition DVD. Our two-page review includes film and bonus feature clips. Read on...
Dwayne Johnson returns to action in the R-rated revenge thriller Faster. The former wrestler plays an ex-con who upon release from prison tracks down those who set him up and killed his brother. Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Carla Gugino, and Maggie Grace co-star. Available today, Sony's DVD includes an alternate ending and deleted scenes, introduced by director George Tillman, Jr. (Men of Honor). Read our review...
February 28, 2011 - In our first look at this week's new releases, we review Burlesque, a musical that stars Christina Aguilera as an Iowa waitress who tries to make it as a Los Angeles entertainer. Written and directed by Steven Antin, the film co-stars Cher, Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet, Kristen Bell, Alan Cumming and Julianne Hough. Sony's DVD includes an Antin commentary, a blooper reel, six uncut song performances (including a deleted number), and an alternate opening. Full review.
February 25, 2011 - DreamWorks Animation's film Megamind centers on a bald blue alien supervillain (voiced by Will Ferrell) who gets his wish of conquering his nemesis, Metro Man (Brad Pitt). This superhero satire co-stars Tina Fey and Jonah Hill as a news reporter and her cameraman, who are at the center of the change sweeping over Metro City. Released today, the Mega Double DVD Pack includes the all-new short film Megamind: The Button of Doom, a filmmakers' audio commentary, featurettes on the all-star voice cast and design, a drawing lesson, DVD-ROM printables, a video comic book, and a "spot the differences" activity. Read our review.
Facebook fan Adam Vargulish (whose favorite movie of 2010 was Toy Story 3) has won ten Academy Award-nominated movies, ten Redbox rentals, and more in our Oscar Party Giveaway. Thanks to all who entered!
February 24, 2011 - Our newest review covers the 2010 remake I Spit On Your Grave, which remains true to the controversial original 1978 horror film, but with graphic Saw-style revenge to complement the rape brutality of its first half. Anchor Bay's DVD preserves the unrated cut given limited theatrical release and includes an audio commentary, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and marketing materials. Full review.
February 23, 2011 - Blue Valentine, the film that earned an NC-17 rating (later reversed) and an Academy Award Best Actress nomination for Michelle Williams, will come to DVD and Blu-ray uncut on May 10th. The second feature directed by Derek Cianfrance, this acclaimed romantic drama stars Williams and Ryan Gosling as a married couple, whose journey from courtship to dissolution is uncompromisingly depicted. The second home video collaboration between The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment, both DVD and Blu-ray will include an audio commentary, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and a home movie. Read the full announcement.
As promised, we've got one huge giveaway for you! Host your very own Oscar party with ten of this year's major Academy Award-nominated movies (including Toy Story 3, Inception, and The Social Network), ten free Redbox rentals, a box of Orville Redenbacher's popcorn, and some movie decorations. Read about our Oscar Viewing Party and then enter to win your own in one of three ways. One lucky reader will receive a prize pack with a retail value of over $300. Act fast because entries to this Giveaway must be received by noon EST on Friday. Check it out!
February 22, 2011 - In advance of next week's Blu-ray debut of Disney's Bambi, we've got a new interview with Donnie Dunagan, who voiced the young deer some seventy years ago. A live-action child star beforehand, Dunagan shares his memories of working with Walt Disney and the "drawing men", experiences he kept secret during a long, prolific career in the United States Marine Corps. Read the full interview conducted by Renata Olson and including video clips.
Aaron Wallace reviews Unstoppable, the second consecutive Tony Scott-directed Denzel Washington action movie to center on a train. This one, better received and higher grossing than the duo's 2009 Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 remake, casts Washington as a veteran engineer and Star Trek's Chris Pine as an inexperienced conductor who together are called to avoid the certain disaster facing a racing, highly explosive, unmanned locomotive. Fox's Blu-ray includes two audio commentaries, three featurettes, a trailer, BD-Live, and a digital copy. Full review.
Today's new releases include the Blu-ray + DVD combos of the buddy comedy Due Date and the 1982 animated fantasy The Last Unicorn, both of which we've reviewed in detail. A rare Friday debut is in the cards for DreamWorks Animation's Megamind, whose Mega DVD Double Pack we'll be looking at before then.
February 21, 2011 - Our newest review looks at Due Date, a road trip buddy comedy from The Hangover director Todd Phillips resembling John Hughes' Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Robert Downey Jr. plays an uptight architect who drives cross-country with a dim-witted stranger (Zach Galifianakis) in order to see the birth of his son. Available this week, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes a gag reel, a "Two and a Half Men" scene, deleted scenes, mash-ups, and the usual digital copies. Read our full review.
February 20, 2011 - Make some sense of the seven DVD and Blu-ray editions soon bestowed upon Disney's effects extravaganza Tron: Legacy and the 1982 film it follows, which reportedly was withheld from retail last Christmas on fears of detriment. The studio's press release details what comprises the single and 2-disc DVDs and combo packs ranging from 2 to 5 platters (six if you count collectible identity disc packaging) releasing in April. Read the full announcement.
February 19, 2011 - Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts is Comedy Central's upcoming stand-up special from the host of the network's highly-rated "Tosh.0" series. In a San Francisco performance taped last summer, the comic talks sports, religion, and race. Available March 8th, the DVD offers the program in uncensored 58-minute and broadcast 42-minute cuts plus Tosh's encore, a "Day in the Life" of Tosh, and two warm-up acts. Full review.
February 18, 2011 - We take a look at The Last Unicorn, the 1982 Rankin/Bass animated film adapted from Peter S. Beagle's novel. Featuring songs by America and an all-star voice cast, this musical fantasy has developed the reputation of a cult classic over the years. This review covers the Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack released next week by Lionsgate, which adds extensive narrated galleries, a new featurette, and a new commentary to existing bonus features, while restoring the film's original theatrical soundtrack and speed. Full review.
February 17, 2011 - An insert inside Disney's upcoming Bambi: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo announces that the studio will be releasing a 2-Movie Collection Combo Pack of the 1981 animated feature The Fox and the Hound (30th Anniversary Edition) and its 2006 direct-to-video sequel The Fox and the Hound 2 in September, in a 3-disc set holding one Blu-ray and two DVDs.
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 latest Tony Scott/Denzel Washington train thriller, Unstoppable (co-starring Star Trek's Chris Pine), 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...
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
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. On DVD, 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.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger - Woody Allen returns to London with this film about 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.
I Spit on Your Grave (1978 - In this controversial and recently remade thriller, 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. 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.
Life as We Know It - Romantic dramedy 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. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD Combo pack supplies deleted scenes, three featurettes, and a digital copy.
America America - Inspired by his uncle's story, this epic 1963 drama written and directed by Elia Kazan (On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire) 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, the movie makes its long-awaited individual DVD debut with the same historian's audio commentary it contained on the recent Elia Kazan Collection.
Paranormal Activity 2 - By home movie and surveillance camera, this speedy prequel documents life for the sister of the 2009 hit's protagonist. The family of four's house experiences a variety of unexplainable disturbances. 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.
You Again - Kristen Bell plays a young woman 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. Touchstone's Blu-ray + DVD combo includes deleted scenes, a featurette on director Andy Fickman, a Funny or Die short, and "Ask the Cast."
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. Paramount's DVD includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a slap montage.
Beauty & the Briefcase - 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.
Let Me In - Written and directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves, this acclaimed American adaptation of the Swedish film Let the Right One In 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.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 - In this Buddies-esque sequel to Disney's profitable 2008 canine comedy, Chloe (now voiced by Odette Yustman) marries Papi (still George Lopez) and gives birth to five mischievous pups. 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. This direct-to-video sequel is joined by a Bridgit Mendler music video and a bloopers reel in this Blu-ray + DVD combo.
"Glee": Season 2, Volume 1 - The first ten episodes of the award-winning Fox high school musical dramedy's current season include tributes to Britney Spears and The Rocky Horror Picture Show; guest appearances by Gwyneth Paltrow, John Stamos, and Carol Burnett; a "Glee" wedding and a 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.
Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD - Full of music, color, and characters, Disney's1951 animated feature continues to grow in reputation. The loaded 2-disc set 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.
Welcome to the Rileys - Independent drama 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 Ridley).
Stone Robert De Niro plays a retirement-bound parole officer reviewing the case file of Edward 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 joined by a making-of featurette and trailer.
Broadcast News: The Criterion Collection - James L. Brooks' 1987 dramedy 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.
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