DVDizzy.com: MAY 15-31, 2010 NEWS ARCHIVES
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May 31, 2010 - In anticipation of the new month, we've updated our wicked comprehensive DVD & Blu-ray release schedules with new information on dozens of upcoming titles: June, July, August & Beyond.
Disney fans who have been bothered by the studio's lack of home video releases this spring and summer may be glad to know that this week Questar, Inc. is releasing Travel Channel specials on the Disney Parks to DVD and Blu-ray. Not to be confused with the similarly titled Walt Disney Treasures set, 3-program Disney Parks: The Secrets, Stories and Magic Behind the Scenes is available on DVD and in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. Also available exclusively on DVD is a 6-disc set devoting specials to Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney Cruise Line.
May 30, 2010 - Our latest review subject received about as limited a theatrical release as possible when it played in one theater for one week last March. Based on the 1962 book by the author of Strangers on a Train and the Tom Ripley series, The Cry of the Owl unites two strangers (Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles) with stalking tendencies and then puts one at the center of a puzzling murder mystery. This thriller will come to DVD from Paramount on June 8th, but you can read our review right now.
May 29, 2010 - Our newest Disney DVD review brings you StarStruck. This 2010 Disney Channel Original Movie tells of a paparazzi-evading famous teen pop star (Sterling Knight, "Sonny With a Chance") who falls for an ordinary midwestern girl (Danielle Campbell) on vacation in L.A. with her family. In stores June 8th, this 2-Disc Extended Edition reinserts a deleted scene with song and includes three music videos, a song lyric track, and the full soundtrack CD. Full review.
May 27, 2010 - Today's new DVD review covers "Family Matters": The Complete First Season. Joining ABC's TGIF lineup in 1989, this Miller-Boyett-Bickley-Warren sitcom initially centered on the Winslows, a large middle class black family living in Chicago. Midway into Season 1, nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) joined the mix and quickly became a fan favorite. Available June 8th, Warner's long-awaited DVD debut holds the first 22 episodes on three discs. It's no rare condition this day and age to read any good news on our review page.
May 26, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno reviews Alice in Wonderland, the 2010 Tim Burton film that's likely to be most associated with Lewis Carroll's title for some time. Coming off a phenomenal box office run that made it one of the highest-grossing movies ever with $1 billion in global earnings, Alice futterwacks to home video next Tuesday. Mia Wasikowska stars as the teenaged heroine who plunges down the rabbit hole to a fantastic world that's home to the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the tyrannical Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), and animals ranging from the imposing Jabberwocky to a hookah-smoking caterpillar. Anne Hathaway and Crispin Glover co-star in the flesh, while Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, and Michael Sheen are among those lending their voices to this ambitious live-action/CGI hybrid. Disney's Blu-ray combo includes twelve short making-of featurettes, nine of which are withheld from the DVD. Don't miss our full review.
Go further down the rabbit hole with these Fun Facts about Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and the Lewis Carroll books that inspired it. In addition, we've got three video clips from the film.
May 25, 2010 - For information on today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases, look no further than our May 25th schedule table.
Our review of Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 2 has been updated with a video clip and a comparison of the final two specials that have now made multiple DVD appearances. This 6-special set will be released a week from today.
May 24, 2010 - Our newest review looks at another one of this week's new releases. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men), The Road tells the story of a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) struggling to survive in a cold, cruel modern post-apocalyptic world. Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, and Guy Pearce co-star. Sony's DVD of this Dimension Films release includes an audio commentary by director John Hillcoat, deleted scenes, two trailers, and a making-of featurette. Take a walk down our full review.
May 23, 2010 - Our Great Best Picture Oscars Project has resumed with an updated, photograph-supported review of 1927 silent pioneer Wings and 1940's Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock's only Best Picture winner. Eleven down, seventy-one to go...
May 22, 2010 - In Dear John, we get another Nicholas Sparks romance put on film. Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried star as young lovers who use letter-writing to bridge the long-distance gap that his military service puts between them. Richard Jenkins and Henry Thomas co-star in this Lasse Hallstrφm-directed drama. Available on Tuesday, Sony's DVD includes deleted and alternate scenes, outtakes, topical making-of featurettes, and a documentary on a young autistic cast member. Read the full review.
May 21, 2010 - Disney has announced last year's motion capture extravaganza A Christmas Carol for DVD and Blu-ray release on November 16th. The 2.40:1 widescreen-only single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP) will include deleted scenes and the featurettes "Capturing A Christmas Carol" and "On Set with Sammi." A single-disc Blu-ray ($39.99 SRP) will add "Behind the Carol: The Full Motion Capture Experience" and a digital advent calendar. Finally, a four-disc Blu-ray Combo pack ($49.99 SRP) will include a 3D Blu-ray (with exclusive 3D extra "Mr. Scrooge's Wild Ride"), a 2D Blu-ray, the DVD, and a digital copy DVD-ROM. Click here to see combo cover art.
Our newest review covers "Leverage": The 2nd Season. The TNT original drama series stars Timothy Hutton as the leader of a 5-person team of skilled former crooks who lend their talents to wronged citizens. In stores next Tuesday, Paramount's 4-disc set holds 15 episodes (half of them featuring recurring guest star Jeri Ryan). All of them include audio commentary and the DVD adds outtakes, a Q & A session, a short video spoof, and behind-the-scenes featurettes to the mix. "The A-Team" meets Ocean's Eleven in "Leverage". Our review includes a clip from the show.
May 18, 2010 - Morgan Freeman portrays Nelson Mandela in Invictus, Freeman's third and latest collaboration with director Clint Eastwood. This Oscar-nominated drama tells of the beginning of long-imprisoned Mandela's presidency, focusing on the longshot South African national rugby team (led by Matt Damon) in the 1995 World Cup. Our review covers Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo, which supplies a number of exclusive featurettes and a picture-in-picture playback track. Read our review.
Invictus is one of four of today's new releases we've reviewed at length. For more on them and this week's other debuts, check our schedule.
Disney has cancelled the DVD-only re-release of James and the Giant Peach. It was scheduled for August 3rd at half the price of the Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD, which will still be released as planned. Cover art here.
May 15, 2010 - It's time for some Jackie Chan family action comedy! The Spy Next Door stars Chan as a CIA ally who has his hands full watching his girlfriend's three kids. To complicate matters, some evil Russians are on the family's trail. Amber Valletta, George Lopez, and Billy Ray Cyrus co-star. Lionsgate's Blu-ray + DVD combo holds a featurette on Chan, another with the film's child actors, and bloopers. It's available Tuesday, so don't hesitate to read our review.
Disney has announced that The Last Song, Miley Cyrus' first star vehicle outside the "Hannah Montana" universe, will come to DVD ($29.99 SRP) and Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP) on August 17th. The Nicholas Sparks-penned, PG-rated Touchstone Pictures drama will include an audio commentary by director Julie Ann Robinson and producer Jennifer Gibgot, Cyrus' "When I Look at You" music video plus making-of, and a behind-the-scenes set tour with Bobby Coleman. Exclusive to the Blu-ray combo are deleted scenes and an alternate opening. Cover art here.
Disney has scheduled an unusual mid-summer release for next year's traditionally-animated, not-yet-titled Winnie the Pooh movie. The film will open on July 15, 2011, the same day as the series-ending Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II. Meanwhile, though it's been cancelled for some time now, another DVD release has been scheduled for computer-animated Playhouse Disney series "My Friends Tigger & Pooh". Arriving August 17th, 2010, Bedtime with Pooh ($19.99 SRP) will hold three episodes, an interactive Discovery Mode, and the "Hanny Manny" episode "Tool for Sale."
May 12, 2010 - Our newest DVD review looks at "The Jeff Dunham Show". This short-lived Comedy Central series let the beloved American ventriloquist and five of his raucous puppet characters (Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Peanut, Bubba J, and Sweet Daddy Dee) loose in Los Angeles for a variety of sketches. Released next Tuesday, the disc holds all seven episodes plus three behind-the-scenes shorts, an unaired Sweet Daddy Dee sketch, and a bloopers reel. Can millions of fans be wrong? Read our review and find out.
May 11, 2010 - Get the 411 on 5/11's new DVD and Blu-ray releases: check the schedule!
A winner has been chosen in our Toy Story DVD giveaway. Click here to see if it's you.
May 10, 2010 - Our newest and all-time earliest review covers Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 2. The third volume in Warner's all-inclusive chronological DVD series, this 2-disc set serves up the next six half-hour animated specials. Included in that class are holiday tales (Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown), athletic events (You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown, It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown), and the Snoopy-centric What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown, which makes its DVD debut. The DVD also holds a new 18-minute documentary on Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. Contrary to expectations, the picture quality differs from Warner's earlier Deluxe Editions. Good grief, you'll simply have to read this review, Charlie Brown.
May 8, 2010 - Amazon.com has added listings for Disney's announced James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition. According to the e-tailer, the release will be available as a Blu-ray + DVD Combo ($39.99 SRP) or as a standalone DVD ($19.99 SRP) on August 3rd.
May 7, 2010 - Action stars Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford team up for down-to-earth human adventure in Extraordinary Measures, the first release of CBS Films. This PG-rated drama tells the remarkable true story of a father (Fraser) who unites with a scientist (Ford) to find a cure for the rare genetic disease threatening his kids' lives. Keri Russell co-stars as Fraser's wife. Coming to DVD and Blu-ray from Sony, the film is joined by deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and an interview with the real-life dad. Read our extraordinary review.
May 5, 2010 - Mel Gibson returns to acting in the action film Edge of Darkness. Adapted from the 1985 British TV series, Gibson plays a Boston police detective whose efforts to solve and avenge his daughter's murder lead him to conspiracy. Out next week, Warner's DVD includes deleted and alternate scenes. Read our full review.
We've updated our Upcoming Disney Movies page with a write-up of War Horse, which Disney has just scheduled for August 2011 release. That will make it the next directorial outing of Steven Spielberg, whose DreamWorks bought the rights to the children's novel and London play of the same title. Fellow 2011 Disney-DreamWorks release, the teen alien flick I Am Number Four, is also previewed. Also receiving updates are currently-playing films plus Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Secretariat, the recently-confirmed Monsters, Inc. 2, and the recently-renamed Brave (formerly The Bear and the Bow). Click here to read about all these and other upcoming films.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Nine - Chicago director Rob Marshall adapts the Broadway musical based on Fellini's 8½. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as a 1960s Italian film director with lots to sort out before production can begin on his much-anticipated next project. Playing the distinctive women in his life are Marion Cotillard, Penιlope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Fergie, and Sophia Loren. Extras include an audio commentary, eight making-of featurettes, and three music videos.
"Deadliest Warrior": Season One - This hour-long Spike TV series pits tenacious fighters from a variety of historical eras against one another, testing weapons and using a computer to simulate outcomes, which are then dramatized. Paramount's 3-disc set serves up last year's nine episodes plus fourteen installments of the online post-fight show "The Aftermath."
Avatar (Blu-ray + DVD) - The most expensive and highest-grossing film of all-time, James Cameron's epic adventure tells of a paraplegic ex-Marine (Sam Worthington) who virtually embodies a ten-foot blue alien for a research project on the planet Pandora. Reaching for new heights in motion capture and computer-generated visuals, Avatar's first of undoubtedly many trips to stores devotes all of its disc space to a feature presentation with which it seeks to wow.
Doctor Zhivago: Anniversary Edition - David Lean's epic 1965 filming of Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning novel stars Omar Sharif as a passionate Russian poet-physician whose life is impacted by communist upheaval and war. Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Alec Guinness, Rod Steiger, and Tom Courtenay co-star. Warner's new 2-disc set carries over nearly everything from the film's potent DVD debut and adds a new celebratory documentary.
Tombstone (Blu-ray) -Touchstone's 1993 Western was faced with production problems and a comparable competitor, but emerged as one of its decade's best-regarded films. Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, and Bill Paxton head a huge cast in this ambitious retelling of the famed tale of lawman Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and sidekick Doc Holliday squaring off against the Cowboys in Arizona Territory. The hi-def disc includes a three-part making-of featurette, some storyboards, and trailers & TV ads, but not a number of things fans might crave.
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s - Warner's latests addition to its nostalgia-stoking DVD line gathers episodes of "Mister T", "The Flintstone Kids", "Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos", "Thundarr the Barbarian", "Dragon's Lair", "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley", "The Kwicky Koala Show", "Monchhichis", "The Biskitts", "Galtar and the Golden Lance", and "Goldie Gold and Action Jack." Beyond those over four hours of '80s animation, the set delivers an all-new featurette on "Thundarr" (from which we share a clip).
Armageddon (Blu-ray) - Touchstone Pictures' second highest-grossing film of all-time sends ragtag oil drillers into space to stop a Texas-sized asteroid from wiping out life on Earth. Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, and Billy Bob Thornton top a cast full of familiar faces in this Michael Bay-directed, Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 1998 summer blockbuster.
Defendor - Woody Harrelson stars as a self-made superhero, using his limited mental resources to thwart criminals (or get hurt trying). Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas, Michael Kelly, and Sandra Oh co-star in this independent action/comedy written and directed by Peter Stebbings. Its Sony disc is loaded with extras including a cast & crew audio commentary, an hour of making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, and outtakes.
Alice in Wonderland: Special Un-Anniversary Edition - The third DVD release of Disney's 1951 animated fantasy adds two all-new extras to the excellent collection of bonus features gathered for the 1995 laserdisc and previous 2004 Masterpiece Edition DVD.
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