DVDizzy.com: JUNE 16-30, 2010 NEWS ARCHIVES
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June 30, 2010 - Aaron Wallace looks at the even more inclusive option among Questar's recent theme park offerings with a review of the DVD Six-Pack of Disney Parks: The Secrets, Stories, and Magic Behind the Scenes. This 6-disc set adds hour-long programs on Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Disney Cruise Line, and the behind-the-scenes of Walt Disney World to the WDW, Disneyland, and beyond specials also offered on the Blu-ray. There's also one exclusive extra. Remain seated please (permanecer sentados por favor) for this review.
June 29, 2010 - Our Caddyshack: 30th Anniversary DVD review has been updated with a feature presentation and extras comparison between this recent edition and the movie's previous milestone rerelease. More...
Check out our reviews of today's new releases: The Crazies, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: The Complete Series, Night Train to Munich: The Criterion Collection. As always, check the schedule for more information on the other new releases we won't be reviewing.
June 28, 2010 - Our newest review covers this week's Criterion Collection release of Night Train to Munich. This 1940 British thriller reunites much of the creative team behind Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, including leading lady Margaret Lockwood, screenwriters Sidney Gilliat & Frank Launder, and two popular comic relief characters. Rex Harrison and Paul Henreid also star in this twisty early WWII tale of Nazi double agents. The DVD includes a new half-hour video discussion of the film. Read the full review.
June 27, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno reviews "Family Guy": Volume Eight, the latest DVD release of Fox's irreverent animated sitcom. This 3-disc set holds 15 episodes aired in 2009. Included in the lunacy are Stephen King retellings, a trip to a Disneyfied universe, and guest appearances by Lauren Conrad, the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", late night talk show hosts, and cast members from Jaws, 1970s "SNL", and "How I Met Your Mother." Topical targets include religion, illegal drugs, and Hannah Montana. Bonus features include eleven audio commentaries, a making-of and mini script for the ambitious "Road to the Multiverse", 28 sing-along songs from over the years, and 47 deleted scenes. Read on...
June 26, 2010 - Aaron Wallace brings us a review of Disney Parks: The Secrets, Stories, and Magic Behind the Scenes. Not to be confused with the similarly-titled 2007 Walt Disney Treasures, this set compiles hour-long television specials occasionally aired on cable's Travel Channel. Though Questar Entertainment called three concurrent releases the same thing, this review differentiates them while paying most attention to the 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo, which holds three programs and nine BD-exclusive extras. No Fastpass needed and no wait to read this review.
Though a release date has yet to be announced, DreamWorks has made its animated hit How to Train Your Dragon available for preorder as a single-disc DVD, a 2-Disc DVD, and the studio's first Blu-ray + DVD combo, none of which will present the film in 3D.
Disney's most devoted fans know that three feature-length documentaries on the studio's legacies have been given extremely limited theatrical release over the past 13 months. Word had been that they'd come to home video late summer or early fall in a collection. Now, it looks like each will be coming to DVD on its own on November 30th. Amazon.com has new preorder listings for the three PG-rated films, each assigned a $29.99 list price and a number of extras.
Walt & El Grupo (106 mins.) chronicles the ten-week goodwill trip that Walt Disney and his animators took to South America in 1941, an excursion that gave us the films Saludos Amigos & The Three Caballeros. Amazon says we'll get trailers for both of those films (which were absent from their 2008 Classic Caballeros Collection), Saludos Amigos in its (uncensored?) 42-minute entirety, an audio commentary, three cut sequences, and the featurette "Photos in Motion."
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story (101 mins.) deals, of course, with the famous songwriting siblings. While collaborating on the beloved music of films like Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book, Richard and Robert Sherman didn't always get along, as this film directed by their long-estranged respective sons shows. It includes interviews with the likes of Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and Ben Stiller (who produced the doc). Among the extras listed: a Sherman Brothers jukebox, looks at the artwork of Robert Sherman and Mouseketeer Roy Williams, Hollywood testimonials, and featurettes on 1960s Disney, casting Mary Poppins, and the Shermans' theme park songs.
Finally, the 86-minute Waking Sleeping Beauty, produced by Don Hahn and former executive Peter Schneider, reflects on the exciting times that marked Walt Disney Feature Animation in the 1980s and 1990s, culminating with the "Renaissance" fan favorites. Bonuses will include deleted scenes, four studio tours, 3 webisodes, a gallery, a reunion of directors Rob Minkoff and Kirk Wise, a tribute to Roy E. Disney and other deceased key players from the documented time, and a featurette comparing the Disney of the '80s and '90s to Walt's Disney.
No Blu-ray releases are planned for these films anytime soon. For more on the films, check out our Upcoming Disney Movies page.
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Lionsgate is finally getting around to releasing "Boy Meets World", one of the most highly-demanded ABC shows they acquired distribution rights from Disney two years ago. Straightforward repackagings of Buena Vista's Seasons 1, 2, and 3 are due on September 7th and can be pre-ordered at the ridiculously low price of $13.99 each. No word yet on when the studio will start releasing the additional seasons that Disney opted not to release.
June 25, 2010 - Our newest review looks at The Crazies, the 2010 remake of George A. Romero's 1973 horror film. Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell star as the sheriff and doctor of a small Iowa town whose residents strangely begin to exhibit insane behavior. Joe Anderson and Danielle Panabaker co-star in this acclaimed thriller directed by Breck Eisner (Sahara). It comes to DVD on Tuesday from Anchor Bay loaded with bonus features, including audio commentary, several making-of featurettes, an Easter egg, and the screenplay and storyboards on DVD-ROM. Read the full review.
Disney has announced another new DVD release of their top cable draw. "Hannah Montana" Forever: Who is Hannah Montana? ($19.99 SRP) will arrive on November 2nd with a record 8 recent episodes. Cover art posted here.
June 23, 2010 - Our newest review looks at "The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo": The Complete Series. Running for just 13 episodes on ABC in 1985-86, this seventh incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera franchise follows Scooby, Shaggy, Scrappy, Daphne, and Flim Flam as they try to send the frightening spirits they accidentally freed back into the Chest of Demons. Advising the gang is Vincent VanGhoul, who looks and sounds just like a 70-year-old Vincent Price. Working with the ghosts are the hapless Bogel and Weerd. Available next Tuesday, Warner's 2-disc set includes a bonus episode from the recent series "Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!" and a preview of Scooby's next Cartoon Network show. Our review includes over 20 screencaps and an episode clip from the DVD.
June 22, 2010 - Our August & Beyond Schedule has been updated with dates and details for the now customary TV-on-DVD blitz slated for August and September.
Released and reviewed today is The Last Station, Sony Pictures Classics' drama about the final year in the life of Leo Tolstoy. Christopher Plummer plays the iconic Russian author, Helen Mirren is his long-suffering wife, and each of the two actors earned Academy Award nominations. James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, and Kerry Condon co-star in this film directed and adapted by Michael Hoffman (A Midsummer Night's Dream). The DVD includes star and director's audio commentaries, an unexpected blooper reel, deleted scenes, and AFI's 20-minute interview with Plummer. Our review supplies three clips from the film.
Here is an 8-minute clip from the upcoming Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, whose creators Kelvin Cedeno recently interviewed:
Learn about today's other new releases with a look at our Schedule's June 22nd section.
June 18, 2010 - Judd Apatow troupe actor Jay Baruchel ("Undeclared", Knocked Up) gets a crack at leading man in She's Out of My League, a raunchy yet sweet male-friendly romantic comedy aspiring to Apatow's stylings. Baruchel plays a nerdy airport security worker who finds himself in a relationship with a wealthy, beautiful event planner (Alice Eve). Could it ever work out? Available next Tuesday, Paramount's DVD of this DreamWorks film includes deleted scenes, a reel of bloopers & alternate takes, an audio commentary, an Easter egg, and "Devon's Dating Show!" Read the full review and see a clip.
June 16, 2010 - Kevin Cedeno slings us an early review of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Fox's feature filming of the first book in Rick Riordan's popular fantasy series. The titular modern teen (Logan Lerman) learns his father is a Greek god and that other potent figures of myth are real and suspecting Percy of having taken Zeus' bolt. Among those personifying gods are Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson, Steve Coogan, Kevin McKidd, and Uma Thurman. Delayed until June 29th, the DVD includes a handful of deleted scenes, a powers quiz, and an interview with the author. Read on...
Disney's official Beauty and the Beast website announces Bambi: Diamond Edition as coming in 2011. Last we heard, The Lion King is supposed to turn up on Blu-ray in October of next year, which would point to Bambi being a spring release should the studio return to a schedule similar to the biannual Platinum calendar it kept for five years. Dumbo's Anniversary Edition Blu-ray, already released in some parts of the world, is still expected to arrive next February.
Next up, we've got a review of Stagecoach: The Criterion Collection. This 1939 film made John Wayne a major star and began his legendary collaboration with director John Ford. Wayne plays outlaw Ringo Kid, one of nine strangers gathered together on a westward ride threatened by Apache Indians. Now available, Criterion's two-disc DVD includes a new historian's audio commentary, John Ford's 1917 silent film Bucking Broadway, an over one-hour 1968 interview with the director, a half-hour radio broadcast, and new video features interviewing the likes of Peter Bogdanovich, Buzz Bissinger, Ford's grandson. You even get the Ernest Haycox short story Stagecoach is based on. Don't miss this review.
Aaron Wallace takes a look at Stark Raving Black, angry comedian Lewis Black's new stand-up film. Filmed at the Fillmore Detroit, this 80-minute movie finds the "Daily Show" commentator riled up about aging, alternative energy, politicans, and having to follow Vince Gill and Amy Grant. Following a limited theatrical release last fall, this is now on DVD from Comedy Central alongside the 70-minute documentary "Basic Black." Read the full review, which includes audio samples.
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, Lewis Black: Stark Raving Black, 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:
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Jim Henson's Dog City: The Movie - In this episode of NBC's short-lived 1989 anthology series "Jim Henson Hour", Rowlf narrates a noir-inspired tale about a new dog in town who resists paying the local gangster. This Emmy-winning puppet program inspired the 1990s Fox Kids cartoon series. Lionsgate's DVD includes art and photo galleries.
• Caddyshack (30th Anniversary) - Snobs and slobs co-exist at a golf course that's home to a slew of wacky hijinks. 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. Warner's new DVD looks a lot like the film's 20th Anniversary Edition disc, but it's not.
• The Cry of the Owl - Based on the 1962 book by the author of Strangers on a Train and the Tom Ripley series, this thriller unites two strangers (Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles) with stalking tendencies and puts one at the center of a puzzling murder mystery.
• 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. The 2-Disc Extended Edition reinserts a deleted scene with song and includes three music videos, a song lyric track, and the full soundtrack CD.
• "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. Warner's long-awaited DVD debut holds the first 22 episodes on three discs.
• Alice in Wonderland - Tim Burton's $1 billion-grossing take on Lewis Carroll's fantasies stars Mia Wasikowska as the teenaged heroine who plunges down the rabbit hole to a 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. (Related: Alice Fun Facts and Video Clips)
• The Road - Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men), it 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 includes an audio commentary by director John Hillcoat, deleted scenes, two trailers, and a making-of featurette.
• 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.
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