DVDizzy.com: MARCH 1-15, 2012 NEWS ARCHIVES
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March 14, 2012 - In The Adventures of Tintin, Steven Spielberg finally realizes a 30-year journey to bring the popular Belgian comic series by Hergé to the big screen. This motion capture animated film follows a young 1940s Belgian reporter (Jamie Bell) and his dog on high-spirited adventure around the globe, from the sky to the sea to the desert. With help from alcoholic Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), Tintin and Snowy get caught up in a decades-old mystery involving buried treasure. Now available, Paramount's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes over 90 minutes of making-of featurettes, a digital copy download, and UltraViolet. Review.
March 12, 2012 - Today's new review covers tomorrow's Blu-ray debut of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. This 1988 religious drama adapted from Nikos Kazantzakis' novel remains one of the most controversial films ever released. Willem Dafoe stars as Jesus, who wrestles with his dual natures as human and divine. Scorsese, Defoe, and two screenwriters contribute to the audio commentary on The Criterion Collection disc, which also provides Scorsese's behind-the-scenes video from the Morocco production, an interview with composer Peter Gabriel, and a number of galleries. Don't miss our full review.
March 11, 2012 - Young Adult reunites Juno's director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody. This dark comedy tells the story of Mavis Gray (Charlize Theron), a popular prom queen turned bitter ghost writer of young adult fiction. She returns to her small hometown in an effort to win back her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson), even though he is the married father of a newborn baby. Releasing on Tuesday, Paramount's Blu-ray includes a 45-minute Q & A session with the director, a filmmakers' audio commentary, deleted scenes, two making-of featurettes, and UltraViolet. Our review.
March 10, 2012 - My Week with Marilyn casts Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, an unlikely screen pairing in the 1950s costume comedy The Prince and the Showgirl. Eddie Redmayne stars as young, eager third assistant director Colin Clark, whom Olivier assigns to keep the erratic Monroe on schedule. Available Tuesday, Weinstein and Anchor Bay's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack accompanies this Oscar-nominated drama with an audio commentary and making-of featurette. Full review.
March 8, 2012 - Something different for you today: we've just posted a preview of 2012 movies featuring trailers, photos, posters, synopses, cast and crew information, release dates, box office predictions, and early thoughts. Currently given this treatment: John Carter, A Thousand Words, 21 Jump Street, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Casa De Mi Padre, The Hunger Games, The Three Stooges, The Five-Year Engagement, The Dictator, What to Expect When You're Expecting, Men in Black 3, Moonrise Kingdom, That's My Boy, Nero Fiddled, The Dark Knight Rises, Argo, The Gangster Squad, Wreck-It Ralph, Django Unchained, and Lincoln. We'll be adding more of this year's scheduled releases, but only if there is adequate interest, so let us know with "likes", "tweets", and "shares." Full index: 2012 Movie Preview.
March 7, 2012 - The Hitchcock Blu-rays keep coming with this week's release of To Catch a Thief. Paramount's 1955 VistaVision romance/mystery stars Cary Grant as a reformed jewel thief suspected of returning to his old ways in the French Riviera. Grace Kelly plays the daughter of a target who is wise to his deceptions. The dazzlingly-restored, loaded disc includes over three hours of extras including an audio commentary, a USC film class' Q & A session with Hitchcock's daughter and granddaughter, and making-of retrospectives from the film's three DVD releases. Catch our review.
March 6, 2012 - Today's new releases include the Blu-ray debut of Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief; the home video debut of fall movies Jack and Jill, the Footloose remake, and the indie romance Like Crazy; and Shout! Factory's six-disc complete collection of 1960s Saturday morning cartoon "Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales". See our March schedule for more on these and other releases.
March 5, 2012 - Winner of the Grand Jury Dramatic Prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival, Like Crazy is the subject of our newest DVD review. Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones play Los Angeles college students who fall for each other shortly before graduation. When she fails to return home to England before her visa expires, she finds herself banned from the US, turning their relationship into a long-distance one. Co-starring Jennifer Lawrence, this PG-13 romance reaches stores tomorrow with filmmakers' audio commentary. Read on...
March 4, 2012 - Today's new review covers the recent Criterion Collection Blu-ray debut of La Jetée & Sans Soleil, two films from the engimatic, unconventional French director Chris Marker. A 28-minute post-apocalyptic short composed primarily of still photos, 1962's La Jetée became the basis for 12 Monkeys. Freeform 1983 travelogue quasi-documentary feature Sans Soleil visits Japan, West Africa, and the San Francisco of Hitchcock's Vertigo. The double feature includes two segments from the French TV series "Court-circuit" on Jetée's Vertigo and David Bowie connections, extended interviews with Jean-Pierre Gorin, a thick essay booklet, and, new to this edition, Marker's 1981 short film Junkopia. Full review.
March 3, 2012 - The documentary Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel reflects on the long career of B-movie king Roger Corman. Having produced and directed over 400 independent movies since the mid-1950s, Corman has provided breaks to some of Hollywood's great talents both in front of and behind the camera, including Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, and Jonathan Demme. Those six are among the many colleagues interviewed by director Alex Stapleton in this 2011 Sundance Film Festival premiere. Available on March 27th, Anchor Bay's Blu-ray includes extended interviews, messages to Corman, and the trailer. Our full review.
We've updated our release schedules. See what's in currently in store for March, April, May & Beyond.
March 2, 2012 - Our newest review covers Jack and Jill, the PG-rated comedy that stars Adam Sandler as both of the title's fraternal twins. Obnoxious Bronx loudmouth Jill visits LA advertising executive Jack for Thanksgiving and winds up staying through the end of the year, as acting legend Al Pacino (playing himself at length) winds up featuring in both of their lives. Critically thrashed and less-attended than Sandler's usual blockbusters, this Razzie-nominated film hits stores next week. We look at the Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, which includes many deleted scenes, bloopers, behind-the-scenes with the numerous cameo-making celebrities, and an UltraViolet digital copy. Read on...
March 1, 2012 - Nominated for eleven Academy Awards and the winner of five, Hugo is the first family film made by legendary director Martin Scorsese. Adapted from the award-winning children's book, this adventure centers on a 12-year-old orphan boy (Asa Butterfield) living in a large train station whose clock he maintains in 1931 Paris. His efforts to restore an automaton leads him on a path of discovery involving an old toy shop owner (Ben Kingsley) and his book-loving goddaughter (Chloë Grace Moretz). Now available, Paramount's three-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes an hour of making-of featurettes.
February 29, 2012 - Paramount has announced The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection for fall 2012 release. Though a date and specifics are yet to come, the studio confirms that the set "will include all four of Indy's thrilling adventures, using the highest possible high definition picture and audio presentation – along with a 'best of' collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and a few new surprises."
February 27, 2012 - Our newest review covers Take Shelter. One of last year's best-reviewed but least-seen movies, this drama centers on an Ohio family man (Michael Shannon) who is troubled by visions he interprets as either apocalyptic warnings or the first signs of mental illness. Jessica Chastain plays his wife in this second film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. Now available, Sony's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by Shannon and Nichols, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a SAG Q & A, BD-Live, and the trailer. Our full review.
A 1940s western, a 1950s sci-fi B-movie, a 1960s Fu Manchu mystery, and a 1970s spy TV series pilot come together and all get skewed in "Mystery Science Theater 3000": Volume 23, Shout! Factory's next DVD release of the cult 1990s cable TV series. Available at the end of March, the 4-disc set is chockfull of bonus features, including a reel of MST3K promos, an introduction and interview by the series' cast members, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a video game featuring the cast, trailers, and featurettes on two of the producers behind this set's subjects. Don't miss our early review.
February 23, 2012 - Our newest review looks at Puss in Boots, DreamWorks' spin-off from the Shrek franchise. Antonio Banderas once again voices the proud, dashing sword-swinging feline, who reteams with his old friend Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and nimble thief Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) to swipe magical beans from the heinous Jack and Jill to become rich. Releasing tomorrow, the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes a trivia track, a picture-in-picture viewing mode, deleted scenes, games, activities, and the all-new short Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos. Gear up for the Best Animated Feature Oscar with our complete review.
February 22, 2012 - Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-nominated WWI drama War Horse will hit home video on April 3rd. Adapted from the Tony-winning play and up for Best Picture and four technical awards, the Disney/DreamWorks film will be available in a single-disc DVD, a two-disc DVD + Blu-ray combo, and a deluxe four-disc combo pack (holding two Blu-rays, a DVD, and a digital copy). See the press release for more info on each edition.
The final theatrical releases of 2011 are now being announced for home video. Paramount has just set an April 17th DVD and Blu-ray debut for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, the warmly received fourth entry in the Tom Cruise action series. The live-action directorial debut of The Incredibles' Brad Bird, this one finds Ethan Hunt and his fellow IMF operatives having to clear their name after the agency is blamed for a terrorist bombing. The blockbuster will be available in a single-disc DVD and both 2 and 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo packs. See the press release for full details.
February 21, 2012 - Today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases include Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar biopic on the FBI's powerful first director, the inspirational true basketball drama The Mighty Macs, and Shout! Factory's Complete Second Season release of the 1960s sitcom "Hazel". DreamWorks' Puss in Boots, meanwhile, will be released on Friday. See our February schedule for more details.
February 20, 2012 - Our newest review covers J. Edgar, the biopic of the FBI's influential first director. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in a film directed by Clint Eastwood and scripted by Milk's Dustin Lance Black. Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, and Judi Dench play the few other individuals impacting Hoover's life outside the bureau. Given less acclaim that anticipated and a dud at the fall box office, this drama hits stores this week with the featurette "J. Edgar: The Most Powerful Man in the World." Watch a clip from the film as part of our full Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack review.
February 18, 2012 - The Mighty Macs tells the inspirational true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College basketball team. In it, determined new coach Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino) makes champions out of the financially-challenged Philadelphia all-girls Catholic school. Co-starring Ellen Burstyn, Marley Shelton, and David Boreanaz, this G-rated drama comes to DVD on Tuesday after a modest fall theatrical run. The Sony disc includes deleted scenes, a long making-of featurette, and an ESPN segment on the underdog team. Read our full review.
February 16, 2012 - Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson remarkably lost over 50 pounds for our latest review subject, All Things Fall Apart. This drama stars the rapper/actor as a college football star whose world is turned upside down after a cancerous tumor is found in his chest. The film, which Jackson co-wrote, co-stars Ray Liotta, Lynn Whitfield, and Mario Van Peebles (who also directed it). It's available now and so is our DVD review.
The Adventures of Tintin will come to Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD on March 13th. Directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and written by Edgar Wright, this Golden Globe-winning motion capture animated feature brings to life Hergé's popular Belgian comic series. The combo packs will be loaded to the hilt with making-of bonus features documenting this ambitious production. Read the full press release.
Fox has announced an April 3rd DVD and Blu-ray combo pack release date for Cameron Crowe's family dramedy We Bought a Zoo. Matt Damon stars as a widower who buys and renovates -- you guessed it -- a zoo. Extras will include a Dove-approved family-friendly audio track (for those who can't stand PG-rated language); an audio commentary by Crowe, actor J.B. Smoove, and editor Mark Livolsi; 20 deleted and extended scenes; a gag reel, and more. For complete details, check out the press release.
Adapted from a nonfiction bestseller, The Big Year follows three birders from different walks of life (Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson) as they secretly compete to spot the most species in North America. Directed by Marley & Me's David Frankel, this PG-rated comedy bombe in theaters last fall. It is now available in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack which presents it in theatrical and extended cuts (the latter narrated by John Cleese) plus deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a gag reel, and trailer. Full review.
February 14, 2012 - After fourteen years away, "Beavis and Butt-Head" returned to MTV last fall and today, their newest season releases on Blu-ray and DVD. The immature titular teens are just as you remember them, but their music video couch commentary has been expanded to also include MTV reality series. The twelve unedited half-hour episodes find the teens inspired by Twilight, Morgan Spurlock, Dog the Bounty Hunter, conservative protesters, and much more. Bonus features include a 20-minute Comic-Con Q & A panel with creator Mike Judge and a handful of shorts. Read our full Blu-ray review.
February 13, 2012 - Another Hunter S. Thompson novel is adapted with Johnny Depp in the lead in The Rum Diary. Depp plays a somewhat fictionalized version of the author, who arrives in 1960 Puerto Rico to write horoscopes for The San Juan Star. Alcohol-fueled misadventures get him in trouble with the law and make him indebited to a wealthy American businessman (Aaron Eckhart) who wants his help in developing an uninhabited island. This box office flop hits stores tomorrow and we've got a review of the Blu-ray, which includes a 45-minute documentary chiefly comprised of Depp and Thompson's preproduction meetings and a making-of featurette. Read on.
Our newest review covers the recent Blu-ray debut of The Apartment, the 1960 winner of the Best Picture Oscar. Jack Lemmon stars as a New York insurance company employee who allows executives (including a personnel director played by Fred MacMurray) to use his apartment for their indiscretions. Shirley MacLaine plays elevator operator Frank Kubelik, who is caught in between the two. Produced, directed, and co-written by Billy Wilder, this comedy-drama hits HD with an historian's audio commentary, a half-hour making-of retrospective, a tribute to Jack Lemmon, and its original theatrical trailer. Our full review.
February 9, 2012 - Disney takes a new approach to TV DVDs with this week's release of Geek Charming. That 2011 Disney Channel Original Movie, about a film geek (Matt Prokop) making a documentary about one of the most popular girls in his school ("Modern Family"'s Sarah Hyland), has hit stores in a 2-disc set wielding almost four hours of bonus features. Those features are ten random episodes of the Disney Channel sitcom "Shake It Up" about two teenaged cast members (Bella Thorne and Zendaya) of a TV dance show and their friends. Read all about this unusual pairing.
February 8, 2012 - In Time returns Gattaca writer/director Andrew Niccol to science fiction. The film depicts a future where time is the currency and the poor find it difficult to keep their clocks running. After receiving a transfer of over 100 years, one poor factory worker (Justin Timberlake) instantly climbs social strata, but is targeted by both the law-enforcing timekeepers (led by Cillian Murphy) and time-thieving minutemen (led by Alex Pettyfer). He kidnaps Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of a loaded centenarian, as the two fugitives try to repair their world's inequality. Fox's now available two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes the backstory featurette "The Minutes", ten deleted/extended scenes, trailers, and IMDb Live Lookup. Make our review part of your immediate future.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Love Story - Blockbuster 1970 romance nominated for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture) tells the story of two Massachusetts college students (Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw) from different socio-economic classes who fall for each other. Paramount's Blu-ray retains the three extras of the film's DVD: an audio commentary by director Arthur Hiller, the retrospective featurette "Love Story: A Classic Remembered", and the original theatrical trailer (now in HD).
• Lady and the Tramp: Diamond Edition Blu-ray - This 1955 CinemaScope canine caper returns to stores with a handful of new bonus features, including an Inside Walt's Story Meetings audio commentary, a Second Screen experience, and newly-unearthed deleted scenes and song. It also retains most of its many DVD extras including excerpts of Walt's "Disneyland" anthology series, a 7-part making-of retrospective, more deleted scenes, the Fred Willard-hosted "PuppyPedia", Steve Tyrell music video, and original trailers.
• Coming & Going - Romantic comedy stars Rhys Darby ("Flight of the Conchords") as a shy New Zealand-born California obstretician who pretends he needs a wheelchair to preserve his relationship with a lawyer (Sasha Alexander, "Rizzoli & Isles").
• Rebecca - Alfred Hitchcock's only Best Picture Oscar winner and producer David O. Selznick's follow-up to Gone with the Wind, this adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's bestselling Gothic melodrama tells of an unnamed young woman (Joan Fontaine) who marries the aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) and moves into his glorious mansion Manderley, where the dark secrets of Maxim's first wife's death haunt all, including the icy head housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson). MGM's Blu-ray includes over six hours of bonus features including three Rebecca radio play broadcasts, an historian's audio commentary, two retrospectives, two Hitchcock interviews, Vivien Leigh and Margaret Sullavan's screen tests, and a rerelease trailer.
• Real Steel (Blu-ray + DVD) - Hugh Jackman stars as down and out former boxer who looks for redemption with temporary custody of his 11-year-old son (Dakota Goyo) and co-management of a spruced-up junkyard robot. A box office hit overseas and Visual Effects Oscar nominee, this PG-13 Disney/DreamWorks family film is now available to own in a combo pack chockful of extras. They include Second Screen with audio commentary by director Shawn Levy, a deleted storyline, a pre-fight mockumentary, bloopers, robot boxer profiles, and a number of making-of featurettes.
• Annie Hall (Blu-ray) - Woody Allen's wall-breaking 1977 romantic comedy defeated Star Wars to win Best Picture. In the director's typical fashion, it's joined by just a single bonus feature.
• "Hey Dude": Season 2 - In this early '90s Nickelodeon sitcom, four teenagers continue to work and play in a summer at Arizona's Bar None Ranch, where their guests include a TV heartthrob, one of their teachers, a robber on the run, and aliens.
• Dead Poets Society (Blu-ray) - This Oscar-winning 1989 drama tells the story of an English teacher who opens his pupils' minds at an elite all-boys prep school in 1959 New England. The Blu-ray hangs onto all of the bonus features from the movie's Special Edition DVD, including an audio commentary featuring director Peter Weir, raw takes, a cast retrospective, and a cinematography workshop.
• Drive (Blu-ray) - Acclaimed nernoir action film stars Ryan Gosling as a Los Angeles mechanic/movie stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver. When he offers his services for a pawn store robbery, he quickly finds himself over his head, targeted by deadly serious criminals. Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Albert Brooks co-star in this stylish from Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn. Sony's Blu-ray includes an interview with Refn, four making-of featurettes, BD-Live, and an UltraViolet digital copy.
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