DVDizzy.com: JUNE 1-15, 2010 NEWS ARCHIVES
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June 15, 2010 - Get the scoop on all of today's new releases here, including our review subjects: Youth in Revolt, When in Rome, "HawthoRNe": The Complete First Season, and Air Bud: World Pup Special Edition.
June 13, 2010 - The third movie in Disney's athletic dog series, Air Bud: World Pup is now the third treated to a Special Edition. This direct-to-video 2000 film lets Buddy play soccer, as he joins owner Josh (Kevin Zegers) on the high school's newly-formed team. Josh and Buddy both get love interests in the same house and one of them becomes a father to six (guess who). The new DVD offers a widescreen feature presentation (for better or worse), a new Buddies Sports Channel report from the next generation's talking puppies, a making-of featurette, and the sports cinch bag you've been needing. Our review includes a clip from the movie. Goooooaaal!
June 12, 2010 - Amazon.com has placed The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Edition DVD up for preorder for just $13.99, 30% off list price.
June 11, 2010 - Michael Cera and Michael Cera star in Youth in Revolt, our latest review subject. Adapted from C.D. Payne's sequel-spawning cult novel, this offbeat comedy tells of a cultured teenaged virgin who creates a mustachioed bad boy alter ego to reunite with the girl (Portia Doubleday) he loves. The distinguished supporting cast includes Jean Smart, Steve Buscemi, Mary Kay Place, M. Emmet Walsh, Ray Liotta, Zach Galifianakis, and Justin Long. In stores Tuesday, Sony's DVD of this Dimension film includes an audio commentary by Cera and director Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl), nine deleted scenes, five extended versions of the film's animation sequences, and audition footage. Read our review.
Kelvin Cedeno brings us an interview with Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue's director Bradley Raymond and producer Helen Kalafatic. They discuss what we can expect from the upcoming third adventure in Tink and friends' third computer-animated outing. And Kelvin describes the 8-minute clip he got to see. Check out the full interview, which includes some new pictures from the movie.
Disney has announced a release date for the oft-delayed new edition of one of their lowest regarded animated films. The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Edition will arrive on DVD on September 14th at a $19.99 list price with long-overdue 16:9 enhancement. New extras -- the deleted scene "The Fairfolk" and The Witches Challenge game -- will join three carried over ones: the Quest for the Black Cauldron game, Donald Duck and his nephews in the classic short Trick or Treat, and a still gallery. The presumed cancelled new Special Edition DVD of James and the Giant Peach is now due at the same price on the same day, six weeks after it is available as part of its Blu-ray debut. The DVD releases are two of fourteen with which Disney will bundle a glow stick and trick-or-treat bag for a Halloween promotion. Click here for Black Cauldron cover art.
June 10, 2010 - Just added to our August & Beyond Release Schedule: dates, details, and preorders for Kick-Ass, Date Night, The Ghost Writer, The Back-Up Plan, Furry Vengeance, Death at a Funeral, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Oceans, and The Crimson Wing.
New cover art has been posted for The Crazies, Sesame Street: 20 Years...and Still Counting!, The Bounty Hunter, and Disneynature's Oceans and The Crimson Wing.
June 9, 2010 - Today's new review looks at "HawthoRNe": The Complete First Season. This TNT medical drama stars Jada Pinkett Smith as the heroic head nurse of Virginia's Richmond Trinity Hospital. Coming next week in advance of Season 2's premiere, Sony's three-disc set holds the first ten episodes and 7 behind-the-scenes featurettes. Co-starring Michael Vartan ("Alias") and Vanessa Lengies, the series welcomes Season 1 guest appearances by Cloris Leachman, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Judy Reyes, and Joanna Cassidy. Read this review STAT.
June 8, 2010 - Oceans, the second North American theatrical release in the Disneynature documentary line, has been scheduled for an October 19th release on DVD ($29.99 SRP) and in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo ($39.99 SRP). Both versions will include Disney Friends for Change's "Make a Wave" music video (the group includes Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato) and the featurette "Disney & Nature: Preserving the World We Share." The Blu-ray adds filmmaker annotations and "living menus", both of which the DVD will simply sample. Arriving alongside Oceans in similar fashion is Disneynature's The Crimson Wing: The Mystery of the Flamingos. Shown theatrically in France back in 2008, this doc is going straight to video in the US. Its DVD will include "Lake Natron: Behind The Crimson Wing", while the Blu-ray disc of the combo adds annotations, a screensaver, and the fully interactive Earth-exploration experience "Living Planet."
Among today's new releases are five given our usually thorough review treatment: Jim Henson's Dog City: The Movie, "Family Matters": The Complete First Season, Disney Channel's StarStruck Extended Edition DVD + Soundtrack CD, Caddyshack: 30th Anniversary, and The Cry of the Owl.
Our Teddy Ruxpin DVD giveaway has ended. Click here to see who won and by which of the three eligible ways.
June 5, 2010 - Just added to our July DVD & Blu-ray schedule: details and pre-orders for three of the month's biggest movie debuts: Clash of the Titans, Cop Out, and The Losers.
June 4, 2010 - Our newest review looks at the Touchstone Pictures romantic comedy When in Rome. Kristen Bell stars as a New York City curator who finds herself persistently pursued by five men whose coins she removed from Italy's Fountain of Love. Josh Duhamel, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard, Danny DeVito, and Anjelica Huston co-star. In stores June 15th, Disney's DVD includes bloopers, deleted scenes, and music videos by Friday Night Boys and 3OH!3 with Katy Perry. Full review...
Disney has announced a number of new titles scheduled for release later this year. The studio is giving Disney Channel programming another shot on Blu-ray when Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam comes to video on September 7th, just four days after its cable premiere. The Demi Lovato/Jonas Brothers sequel will be available on an Extended Edition DVD ($29.99 SRP) whose only bonus is lyrically-subtitled "Rock-Along" playback and in a 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo ($44.99 SRP) that adds music videos by "Camp Rockers around the world" and the featurette "Getting to Know Camp Rock's Newest Stars." Click the pic for a larger look at combo cover art:
Contents for August 3rd's James and the Giant Peach Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD have been specified. The predominantly stop-motion 1996 film will add the interactive "Spike the Aunts" game to three recycled extras (Randy Newman's "Good News" music video, a production featurette, and a trailer). There is no word yet if the DVD in the set will be an exclusive new pressing or the discontinued 2000 Special Edition disc; the latter would also provide a 72-still art gallery otherwise not mentioned.
The brief final run of the retooled "Scrubs" is due on DVD September 28th. The 2-disc strangely-named The Complete and Final Ninth Season ($29.99 SRP) will include bloopers, deleted scenes with creator Bill Lawrence's intros and explanations, featurette "Scrubbing In" on the show's changes, and something called "Live from the Golf Cart." Like Season 8, the final season will be cropped to 1.33:1 "fullscreen", not presented in 1.78:1 as high-def broadcasts of this and almost all new network shows are. On the same day, Disney will issue a rare complete series set in "Scrubs": The Complete Collection ($149.99 SRP). Holding all 182 episodes produced from 2001 to 2010, the DVD collection will also add an exclusive bonus disc (contents to be announced). The compact folio packaging will include a John Dorian gag Sacred Hospital ID card, a cast photo booth strip, and a lenticular X-ray cover. No Blu-ray versions are planned at this time.
Also on September 28th, syndicated ABC production "Legend of the Seeker" will return to DVD in The Complete 2nd and Final Season ($45.99 SRP). The 5-disc set will contain over 40 minutes of bonus materials including extended scenes and two featurettes, the creators' mythology discussion "Under the Underworld" and Tabrett Bethell piece "Redemption of a Mord'Sith: Meet Cara."
Christmas comes early, when Disney releases "Phineas and Ferb": A Very Perry Christmas ($19.99 SRP) to DVD on October 5th. The 79-minute compilation holds Season 2's "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!" plus four other Perry-themed episodes. Among the extras will be a sing-along mode, a magical fireplace environment, "Letters to Santa", and more to be announced. The release will also include an in-case Perry iron-on decal.
Disney looks to reinvent the preschool DVD experience on November 16th when a couple of new Playhouse Disney discs are released with a 3-inch "Mickey Mote." The colorful, easy-to-handle remote control is meant to heighten the interactivity value of 88-minute "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse": Mickey's Number Roundup and one-hour "Handy Manny": Big Construction Job. Carrying Discovery Modes playback for ages 2-3 and 4-6, each DVD will arrive in a "Mote"-toting Play Set ($29.99 SRP) and a standard DVD-only edition ($26.99 SRP). No special kid-friendly remote is required for any of the Discovery Modes.
While it's still unclear exactly how it fits into the ever-growing Buddies canon, Disney has released some information on The Search for Santa Paws. This all-new holiday movie centering on Santa Claus' North Pole canine helper will be released to DVD ($29.99 SRP) and a Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP) combo on November 23rd. Both festively-packaged editions will offer an animated pop-up book of Rosebud relaying the film's plot to her sibling pups, a Disney Channel music video TBA, bloopers, outtakes, and deleted scenes.
June 3, 2010 - Muppets fans should appreciate our latest DVD review. Jim Henson's Dog City: The Movie serves up the Emmy-winning episode of NBC's short-lived 1989 anthology series "Jim Henson Hour." Rowlf narrates this noir-inspired canine tale about a new dog in town who resists paying the local gangster. This puppet program inspired the 1990s Fox Kids cartoon series. Available next week from Lionsgate, the DVD includes art and photo galleries. Read the full review.
June 2, 2010 - Our newest review covers next week's 30th Anniversary release of Caddyshack. Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe and Cindy Morgan star in this highly-regarded comedy directed by Harold Ramis, who wrote it with Animal House's Doug Kenney and "SCTV" scribe Brian Doyle-Murray. Snobs and slobs co-exist at a golf course that's home to a slew of wacky hijinks. Scheduled for Father's Day gift-giving, Warner's new DVD looks a lot like the film's 20th Anniversary Edition disc, but it's not. Read the review and find out what's different.
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.
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 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.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Dear John - Another Nicholas Sparks romance is put on film, with Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried starring as young lovers who use letter-writing to bridge the long-distance gap his military service puts between them. Richard Jenkins and Henry Thomas co-star in this Lasse Hallstrφm-directed drama. Sony's DVD includes deleted and alternate scenes, outtakes, topical making-of featurettes, and a documentary on a young autistic cast member.
"Leverage": The 2nd Season - TNT's original drama series stars Timothy Hutton as the leader of a team of former crooks who lend their talents to wronged citizens. Paramount's 4-disc set holds 15 episodes (half of them featuring recurring guest star Jeri Ryan, all including audio commentary). Other extras include outtakes, a Q & A session, a short video spoof, and behind-the-scenes featurettes to the mix.
Invictus (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - In his third film for Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman portrays Nelson Mandela. 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. Warner's combo pack supplies a number of exclusive featurettes and picture-in-picture playback.
The Spy Next Door - Jackie Chan delivers action comedy for the whole family as a CIA ally whose hands are full watching his girlfriend's three kids while they're pursued by evil Russians. 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.
Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 2 - The third volume in Warner's all-inclusive chronological DVD series, this 2-disc set serves up the latter six half-hour animated specials of the '70s: 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. Besides boasting picture improvement, the DVD also holds a new 18-minute documentary on Peanuts creator Charles Schulz.
"The Jeff Dunham Show" - This short-lived Comedy Central series let the beloved American ventriloquist and five of his raucous puppet characters loose in Los Angeles for a variety of sketches. The disc holds all seven episodes plus three behind-the-scenes shorts, an unaired Sweet Daddy Dee sketch, and a bloopers reel.
Extraordinary Measures - Action stars Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford team up for down-to-earth human adventure in 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. On Sony's DVD. the film is joined by deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and an interview with the real-life dad.
Edge of Darkness - Mel Gibson returns to acting, playing a Boston police detective avenging his daughter's conspiratorial murder in this thriller adapted from the 1985 British TV series. Warner's DVD includes deleted and alternate scenes.
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.
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