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May 15, 2009 - Tonight, we bring you an exclusive interview with Jason Dolley. The seventeen-year-old actor of Hatching Pete, "Cory in the House",
and Minutemen fame talks to UD's Amy Braun about his Disney Channel work, his music, college, and his future. Click here for the complete interview.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop DVD Review

Our latest DVD review subject, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, surprised the nation with its blockbuster performance in theaters earlier this year. The PG-rated comedy stars Kevin James ("The King of Queens") as an overweight Segway-riding security guard who becomes the only one able to stand up to robbers that take over the mall on Black Friday. Sony's single-disc DVD serves up an audio commentary by James, deleted scenes, and 50 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Read our full review.

May 14, 2009 - Amazon.com has placed this year's Walt Disney Treasures up for pre-order: "Zorro": The Complete First Season and "Zorro": The Complete Second Season. They're currently selling at 30% off list price, but per the e-tailer's price guarantee, should they come down, you'll get them even cheaper.

Paramount's upcoming DVD Action Packed: T.V. Sets compiles the first episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger", "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service", "MacGyver", and the 1960s "Mission: Impossible." Our review covers the 4 hours of programming
which will reach stores on May 26th at a low price. Read on...

May 12, 2009 - Our Disney DVD Schedule has been updated with the next batch of retail-bound former Disney Movie Club exclusives, recently announced titles now up for pre-order, and theatrical films anticipated to reach disc by the end of the year. Take a look.

It's Tuesday, which means it's time to check out our Schedule for details on the day's new DVD and Blu-ray releases.

Today's new Disney Channel DVD seems uncharacteristically willing to please customers. 2009 DCOMs Dadnapped and Hatching Pete team up on a Double Feature disc that grants each a widescreen presentation. The two comedies are filled with actors familiar from "Hannah Montana" and other shows. Dadnapped stars Emily Osment and George Newbern as a daughter and best-selling author father abducted by fans. Hatching Pete enlists Jason Dolley and Mitchel Musso as high schoolers with a mascot secret. Extras on the modestly-priced release include an extended ending, an animated graphic novel, and a making-of featurette, while the set's Disney Movie Rewards code will let you download two music videos, one of which we also posted here. Full review.

May 11, 2009 - Wave 2 isn't officially out for another hour or so, but Disney has already scheduled a third wave of Walt Disney Animation Collection. It's a small one; Volume 7: Mickey's Christmas Carol will street alone on September 29th. In addition to the Oscar-nominated 1983 title featurette, the disc will include holiday favorites Pluto's Christmas Tree (1952), Don Bluth's The Small One (1978), and Santa's Workshop (1932). Par for the line, SRP is $19.99 and the only bonus is a litho print.

Kelvin Cedeno brings us a look at Walt Disney Animation Collection: Classic Short Films, Volume 5: Wind in the Willows, which is available tomorrow. The star attraction of the disc stands out both for its length and its presentation. Also included here are five Silly Symphony cartoons from the mid-to-late 1930s and a lithograph print of Mr. Toad and friends. Read on...

May 8, 2009 - Our newest DVD review kicks off our coverage of the second wave of Walt Disney Animation Collection DVDs, in stores next week. Volume 4: The Tortoise and the Hare contains the studio's Oscar-winning 1935 adaptation of Aesop's fable, its boxing-themed sequel, two other Silly Symphonies, and two longer rare shorts from the turn of the 1960s. The title short also features in the DVD's litho print card. More...

In perhaps the studio's least likely rerelease to date, Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie is getting a new edition. The Limited Edition Gift Set will pare the 2005 hodgepodge's original DVD with a Beanz plush of Pooh in a Tigger costume. Available on September 1 while supplies last, the set bears a hefty $29.99 list price. Preorder from Amazon.com.

Disney has announced its next wave of Walt Disney Treasures and it's nothing like the first eight. Arriving on November 3, 2009 are two volumes: "Zorro": The Complete First Season and "Zorro": The Complete Second Season. Each six-disc set will carry a $59.99 SRP and present its 39 episodes in their original black & white format. In addition, the four famous "third season" one-hour "Zorro" specials will be divided among the two sets (two on each). Extras will include Leonard Maltin introductions, certificates of authenticity, Zorro pins and lithographs. We've got your first look at the stylish dark grey & gold tins, pins, and lithographs on our Upcoming Cover Art page.

We've added a preview of The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story, the Disney-distributed feature documentary about legendary songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman which opens in NY, LA, and San Francisco on May 22nd.

To get the word out about a little upcoming film called A Christmas Carol, Disney is running a 5-month Train Tour. Starting two weeks from now, four vintage rail cars will move around the country from Los Angeles to New York providing behind-the-scenes attractions, demonstrations, a 3D sneak peek of the film, and authentic artifacts on loan from London's Charles Dickens Museum. Click here to view the full schedule for the train's 40-city tour.

We've learned that Coraline will be coming to DVD (in single-disc and 2-Disc Collector's Edition versions) and Blu-ray from Universal on July 21, 2009. One of this year's best-reviewed films, this stop-motion fantasy was adapted from Neil Gaiman's book by Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick.

Today, Disney officially announces re-make/imagining Race to Witch Mountain for DVD and Blu-ray release on August 4th. Per the studio's current methods, two DVDs and one Blu-ray/DVD combo will be offered. DVD consumers can choose between a barebones single-disc ($29.99 SRP) and a 2-Disc Deluxe Edition ($39.99 SRP) holding deleted scenes, bloopers, an audio commentary, the Sprouse Brothers' Blu-ray infomercial, and a digital copy. Blu-ray buyers have no choice but to opt for the 3-disc combo ($44.99 SRP) carrying a Blu-ray disc, the Deluxe Edition's standard DVD, and the digital copy DVD-ROM. Extras exclusive to this set are the featurette "Which Mountain?" and unspecified BD-Live content. All versions will offer a widescreen-only feature presentation. This is indeed the release on which you can save $6 by buying in tandem with the concurrent 10th Anniversary Edition of The Tigger Movie. Preorder Race to Witch Mountain.

May 7, 2009 - Our latest review critiques The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The seventh film from director David Fincher is his most ambitious, highest-grossing, and first to garner Academy Awards and a PG-13 rating. Brad Pitt stars as the title character, a man born old in 1918 New Orleans and proceeding to age in reverse. Cate Blanchett is normally-aging love interest Daisy in this epic drama loosely adapted from an F. Scott Fitzgerald story. Our review of this Best Picture nominee covers the now available 2-disc edition Paramount released in tandem with The Criterion Collection. Full review.

May 6, 2009 - Kelvin Cedeno reviews "Imagination Movers": Warehouse Mouse Edition, this week's other new Disney DVD. This disc compiles 4 episodes of the wacky Playhouse Disney series that centers on band of handymen/musicians. In real life, the Movers formed in New Orleans in 2003 and only recently came to join the Disney family. The DVD includes two episodes of the upcoming animated series "Special Agent Oso." Read the full review.

This week not only marks three years on the air for "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse", it also brings a 5th DVD featuring the top-rated Playhouse Disney series.
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We've just posted our review of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Big Splash, which holds four episodes (including two that have yet to air) and three set-top activities. More...

May 5, 2009 - We're currently at work reviewing three other discs that are released today. But you needn't wait for those to get some information on today's new DVDs and Blu-rays. Check out our guide to May 5th.

May 4, 2009 - Eighteen months after Season 1's DVD release, Kelvin Cedeno takes us back to "October Road" for a review of The Complete Second Season. Available tomorrow, the 3-disc set holds the hour-long drama's final 13 episodes. Bonus features include a blooper reel, set tours, and -- by far, most exciting -- an all-new 10-minute epilogue that ties up the loose ends spawned by ABC's swift cancellation. Read the full review.

Miramax's Golden Globe-winning, Academy Award-nominated period drama Enchanted April has taken an unusually long time to turn up on DVD. You can own Mike Newell's 1992 film on disc tomorrow and you don't even have to wait until then to read our review. Four women leave rainy 1920s London behind for the excitement of a month in a furnished Italian castle. The cast includes Miranda Richardson, Josie Lawrence, Joan Plowright, Alfred Molina, and Jim Broadbent. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director Newell provides an audio commentary with producer Ann Scott. Read on and see a clip from the film.

May 1, 2009 - Our newest DVD review covers Galaxy Quest: Deluxe Edition, DreamWorks' upcoming re-release of its well-regarded 1999 sci-fi/comedy. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell star as members of a cancelled but still loved TV series who find themselves a part of genuine intergalactic battle. The disc adds an hour of new bonus material. More...

Disney has set August 4th as the (premature) street date for The Tigger Movie: 2-Disc 10th Anniversary Edition. While a digital copy bolsters that disc count, the DVD will include 2 new-to-DVD episodes of '80s/'90s cartoon "The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" (yeah, Disney's actually using its name!) plus extras from the original DVD like Kenny Loggins' "Your Heart Will Lead You Home" music video and a "Round My Family Tree" sing-along. List price is $29.99, but you can save money buying both this and a concurrent major Disney DVD debut we can't tell you about until next Friday. Preorder from Amazon.com.

April 16, 2009 - Our Classic Live Action Disney Movies page has been updated to reflect Disney Movie Club and quiet retail debuts, comparable editions of some all-time favorites, price drops, anticipated re-releases, and more. Click here to view it.

April 9, 2009 - Believe it or not, it's been five years since our countdown of The Top 100 Disney Songs. That's enough time for albums to go out-of-print, DVDs to get upgraded, and links to become outdated. Since this is one of the most popular features on UltimateDisney.com, we went back and brought the countdown up to date. Now, you can listen to songs and download them for less than a dollar (DRM-free!) through Amazon.com MP3 or pick up complete soundtracks featuring the chosen works. All links to relevant articles and reviews have been verified and updated. What better time than now to revisit -- or discover -- what site readers picked as the very best of Disney music. Check it: Disney Songs Countdown.

Recent Disney Movie and DVD Reviews:
Earth - The Disneynature banner launches with this widely-released documentary that reuses footage from BBC's award-winning "Planet Earth" with new narration by James Earl Jones.

Recent Non-Disney DVD Reviews:
The Uninvited - Keeping gore and the supernatural to a minimum, this PG-13 American remake of an Asian horror film tells the story of two teenaged girls (Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel) who begin to suspect their father's new lover (Elizabeth Banks) was responsible for their mother's death. DreamWorks' disc includes a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and an alternate ending.
The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie - Released in 1981, this was Warner Bros.' second feature film to compile classic Looney Tunes cartoons together. Showcasing over a dozen shorts from the '40s, '50s, and '60s plus Friz Freleng-directed bridging content, this anthology is accompanied by three 1990s shorts not previously available on disc.

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