DVDizzy.com: JUNE 15-30, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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June 30, 2011 - Have a Laugh! Volume 3 presents updated versions of five classic Disney animated shorts alongside the remastered originals. Spanning from 1938 to 1950, the featured cartoons are Mickey's Delayed Date, The Whalers, Chef Donald, Goofy's How to Play Baseball, and Pluto and the Gopher. Now available, the disc also includes three "BLAM!" shorts and a "Re-MICKS" setting vintage Mickey and Minnie partying to The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling." Read our full review.
Disney has very quietly this week launched the Generations Collection, a new line of made-to-order DVD-Rs for long-unavailable titles. The first wave of releases, each priced $19.99 on Amazon.com, includes Amy, the 1981 drama about a deaf school teacher (An American Werewolf in London's Jenny Agutter); Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure, a 1998 Wonderful World of Disney movie starring The Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell and "Charmed"'s Alyssa Milano; and the 1987 TV movie Student Exchange, which features early work by Maura Tierney and Heather Graham, along with appearances by Lindsay Wagner, Lisa Hartman, Gavin MacLeod, and O.J. Simpson. It's anyone's guess how the quality of these discs will compare to the basic Disney Movie Club exclusives the studio has been releasing in recent years.
Three years after production and two years after airing on Canadian television, the teen sex comedy Wild Cherry has come to DVD and Blu-ray. Tania Raymonde ("Lost"), Rumer Willis (The House Bunny), and Kristin Cavallari ("The Hills") play high school seniors who vow not to lose their virginity after learning the football team has made deflowering a tradition. Co-starring Ryan Merriman, Jesse Moss, John White, Tia Carrere, and, as a sad single dad, Rob Schneider, this R-rated romp is joined only by its trailer in Image Entertainment's release. Read on...
June 29, 2011 - A year after his big screen debut, Greg Heffley returns in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. Now in seventh grade, Greg (Zachary Gordon) takes a liking to the new girl (Peyton List), tries to make his best friend Rowley (Robert Capron) an Internet sensation, and bonds with his big brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick). That last part claims the lion's share of screentime in this adaptation of the second entry in Jeff Kinney's best-selling children's book series. We review Fox's now-available Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, which holds seven "My Summer Vacation" shorts, an alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, an audio commentary by Kinney and director David Bowers, and a trailer. Full review.
June 28, 2011 - This week only, Amazon.com is selling the Limited Edition Blu-ray + DVD + CD Collector's Set of The Sound of Music at 57% off. A purchase through our link supports this site at no additional cost to you. You can read our review of the Blu-ray + DVD combo here.
June 27, 2011 - No relation to the TBS series of the same name, Glory Daze gave Ben Affleck his first starring role back in 1995/96. Affleck plays Jack, an angry, lovelorn guy on the verge of graduating from art college. He decides he'd like to spend another year at "El Rancho Grande" with his four housemates (including Sam Rockwell and French Stewart). Full of the era's punk music and grunge fashion, this film written and directed by Airheads and xXx scribe Rich Wilkes features early appearances by a number of future stars, including Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser, and Leah Remini. The cast also includes Alyssa Milano, John Rhys-Davies, and Spalding Gray. Check out our full review of Echo Bridge's new DVD release of this now Miramax-branded independent film.
June 26, 2011 - The 1995 anthology film Four Rooms is made up of segments written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Alexandre Rockwell, and Allison Anders. Tim Roth stars as the lone bellhop of a faded old Hollywood hotel. New Year's Eve, his first day on the job, finds him dealing with a coven of witches (including Madonna and Ione Skye), an enraged husband (David Proval), the mischievous kids of Antonio Banderas, and a penthouse party of a hot Hollywood director (Tarantino) and his entourage (Bruce Willis, Jennifer Beals). One of 251 Miramax titles now being distributed by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, Four Rooms hits DVD this week at the low list price of $6.99. Watch the trailer as part of our full review.
June 25, 2011 - The independent comedy Cedar Rapids stars Ed Helms ("The Office") as a mild-mannered Wisconsin insurance agent who attends an important convention in the eponymous Iowa city. He finds a wild good time with co-stars John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Now available, Fox's Super Awesome Edition Blu-ray offers deleted scenes, a gag reel, Fox Movie Channel shorts, cast interviews, making-of featurettes, BD-Live, a digital copy, and more. Read the full review.
June 24, 2011 - We've just updated our Disney Animated Classics page to reflect this year's Blu-ray and DVD releases and plans for the studio's official feature animation canon, from Snow White to Tangled, with Winnie the Pooh soon to number 51. See where your collection stands and even print out a checklist right here.
Red Riding Hood stars Amanda Seyfried in the title role as Valerie, a teenaged girl pursued by two men (Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons) while their small, snowy town is threatened by a deadly wolf. A werewolf, in fact, who seems to know Valerie. Who could it be? Director Catherine Hardwicke's follow-up to Twilight, this PG-13 fantasy aims for similar tastes. The cast includes Julie Christie, Lukas Haas, Virginia Madsen, and Charlie Swan himself, Billy Burke. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack is chockfull of extras including a sexy alternate cut, a picture-in-picture commentary by Hardwicke and her young leads, music videos, making-of featurettes, and deleted scenes. Don't be afraid of our big bad review.
June 22, 2011 - Our newest review looks at happythankyoumoreplease, the filmmaking debut of "How I Met Your Mother" actor Josh Radnor. Radnor wrote, directed, and stars in this independent dramedy about a twentysomething short story writer who welcomes a quiet orphan boy (Michael Algieri) into his bachelor pad. That story is complemented by romances involving a waitress/cabaret singer (Kate Mara), the writer's alopecic best friend (Malin Akerman) and her colleague (Tony Hale), and a longterm couple (Zoe Kazan and Pablo Schreider) going through life changes. Three months after a limited theatrical release and well over a year since winning the Audience Award at Sundance, this film came to DVD and Blu-ray yesterday, joined by a Radnor audio commentary, deleted scenes, and a featurette on the score by indie singer-songwriter Jaymay. Readmorepleasethankyou...
June 21, 2011 - Like the source of our Google problem, our 1,400th home video review subject is Unknown. In a vehicle reminiscent of Taken, Liam Neeson plays an American in Berlin who wakes from a brief coma to be completely unrecognized by his wife (January Jones) and have someone else (Aidan Quinn) answering to his name. Helping him make sense of that puzzle are an illegal Bosnian immigrant (Diane Kruger) and a local private eye (Bruno Ganz). Available today, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes two short making-of featurettes. Get in the know with our detailed review.
In addition to Unknown, today's new releases include the FX comedy "Louie": The Complete First Season, The Criterion Collection release of noir classic Kiss Me Deadly, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany's Syfy monster movie Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, the family comedy sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules; happythankyoumoreplease, the directorial debut of "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor, and, perfectly timed for "National Thank Your Insurance Agent Week", the Fox Searchlight comedy Cedar Rapids. You can send an e-card for the latter on their Facebook page:
June 20, 2011 - The second and most famous filming of a Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer novel, 1955's Kiss Me Deadly has the hard-boiled private eye (played here by Ralph Meeker) investigating the death of a hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman in her film debut). Involving threatening men and femme fatales, the mystery leads to an ominous (and influential) glowing briefcase. Available tomorrow, The Criterion Collection's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by noir experts Alain Silver and James Ursini, pieces on L.A.'s Bunker Hills neighborhood where this was shot, featurettes on Spillane and screenwriter A.I. Bezzerides, the controversial alternate ending, the trailer, a video tribute by director Alex Cox, an essay booklet, and a hidden gallery. Read our full review.
June 19, 2011 - Hitting stores this week in a Blu-ray/DVD combo is Fox's "Louie": The Complete First Season. Comedian Louis C.K. plays a version of himself, a recently-divorced 42-year-old father of two young girls living in Manhattan. Featuring original stand-up material in each episode, this FX sitcom also follows Louie on dates, on the road, and at home, with appearances by comedian friends and guest spots by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Broderick. The double-sided, dual-format 2-disc set includes C.K. commentaries on eleven of the thirteen episodes, a half-hour deleted/extended scenes section, and a Fox Movie Channel short interview with C.K., who alone created, writes, and directs the series. Read on.
June 17, 2011 - Our newest review covers the recent Blu-ray debut of Once Upon a Time in the West. After making The Man with No Name Trilogy with Clint Eastwood, writer/director Sergio Leone returned to the Old West with this 1969 epic. Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, and Charles Bronson star in the story of a family's railroad-motivated massacre and the efforts to make sense and carry out justice for it. Boasting Techniscope visuals, an Ennio Morricone score, and no shortage of iconic sequences, this is now considered one of the very best Spaghetti Westerns and simply one of the very best films ever made. Paramount's single-disc BD presents two similar cuts of the movie, whose differences we detail, along with over an hour of retrospective documentaries, photo slideshows, a trailer, and a hidden extra. Don't miss our thorough review.
June 15, 2011 - Fox has announced Rio, presently the year's top-grossing animated film, will come to Blu-ray and DVD on August 2nd. From Blue Sky Studios, the makers of Ice Age, Robots, and Horton Hears a Who!, comes this story of a domesticated Spix Macaw returned to his home in the Brazilian wild to meet the last remaining female of his species. Adventure ensues, with the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch, George Lopez, will.i.am, and Jemaine Clement. Having grossed over $460 million worldwide, this colorful computer-animated comedy will be available in a single-disc DVD ($29.98 SRP), a 2-Disc Ultimate Party Edition DVD ($34.98 SRP), and a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($39.99 SRP). Extras will include exclusive levels of the popular Angry Birds Rio video game, a deleted scene, an exploration of Rio's worlds, a music video, and more. Read the full press release.
June 14, 2011 - Kill the Irishman tells the true story of Danny Greene, who in 1970s Cleveland rose from menial laborer to union president to key figure in an infamous mob war capped by over 35 bombings. Ray Stevenson plays the lead and is joined by the likes of Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, and Linda Cardellini in this independent crime drama from The Punisher writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh. After receiving positive reviews in a limited theatrical run, the Scorsesian film came to DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay, joined by the hour-long documentary "Danny Greene: The Rise and Fall of the Irishman." Read our review.
Simba, Mufasa, Nala, and Scar aren't the only Disney lions coming to Blu-ray on October 4th. African Cats, Disneynature's third U.S. theatrical release, will be issued as a Blu-ray + DVD combo ($39.99 SRP) on the same day in both DVD and Blu-ray packaging. Extras include the featurettes "Disney & Nature" and "Save the Savanna", and, on Blu-ray only, Jordin Sparks' "The World I Knew" music video and interactive filmmaker annotations. Echoing the banner's theatrical campaigns, Disneynature will dedicate a portion of release week sales to saving the Savanna.
June 13, 2011 - Aliens invade Earth and the U.S. Marines fight back in Battle: Los Angeles, a PG-13 movie dealing much more action and war than science fiction. Denied retirement, Staff Sergeant Mike Nantz (The Dark Knight's Aaron Eckhart) commands a determined platoon against the unknown beings who arrive in what looks like meteor showers. Our review covers Sony's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, available tomorrow with a Command Control playback mode, Battle Points, 7 making-of featurettes (only four of which are available on DVD), and BD-Live extras including movieIQ. More...
June 11, 2011 - Our newest review looks at 3 Idiots, the top-grossing film in Bollywood history. This comedy-drama-musical centers on authority-questioning "Rancho" (Aamir Khan) and his two friends enrolled at an elite engineering college administrated by the humorless director "Virus." In the present day, the "idiots" and their campus rival reunite, along with the director's daughter, in search of the elusive Rancho, who hasn't been seen in years. Fox's DVD cleanly translates the Hindi-English presentation and adds 20 minutes of making-of featurettes. Read our full review.
June 10, 2011 - Less fun but more important than most of our articles is our report, Sitepocalypse Now?, which explains why after reaching millions of readers in more than ten years online, this site's days appear to be numbered, due to an unfortunate and inexplicable incident occurring four months ago and involving one of the world's biggest corporations. Please read and share.
Confirming expectations, Disney has scheduled Special Edition rereleases for the direct-to-video sequels Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas and Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World. Presented for the first time in widescreen (1.78:1), Christmas will be available as Blu-ray + DVD combo ($39.99 SRP), an otherwise identical "DVD + Blu-ray" in DVD packaging, and a new single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP). All versions will include "Stick to It", an episode of the live-action Disney Channel series "Sing Me a Story with Belle", plus Sing-Along Mode, Song Selection, an enchanted environment, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and the music video for "As Long As There's Christmas." The more lowly-regarded Magical World only gets a full screen DVD ($29.99 SRP), joined by the "Sing Me a Story" episode "What's Inside Counts", Belle's Delightful Dinner game, Song Selection, and an enchanted environment. Seven weeks earlier, on October 4th, the original 1991 film that inspired both gets a new 5-disc combo pack ($49.99 SRP), presenting the Oscar-winning musical in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy.
June 9, 2011 - Hall Pass, the latest comedy from the Farrelly Brothers (There's Something About Mary), offers a mix of crudeness and compassion. Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play long-married men whose wives (Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate) each grant them a week-long break from commitment. Available next week, Warner's "Enlarged Edition" Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack serves up extended and theatrical cuts on the Blu-ray plus a deleted scene and a gag reel. Watch a clip and listen to the dozens of songs featured in the film as part of our review.
June 8, 2011 - '80s pop stars Debbie Gibson and Tiffany take each other on and team up in the 2011 Syfy original movie Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. From the Asylum, the studio that brought you such films as Transmorphers, The Da Vinci Treasure, and Titanic II, comes this movie about an Everglades environmentalist (Gibson) and ranger (Tiffany) who have a big problem on their hands when giant snakes and alligators begin killing the locals. Directed by Pet Sematary's Mary Lambert and also featuring A Martinez, "Desperate Housewives"' Kathryn Joosten, and Micky Dolenz, this action-packed sci-fi flick comes to DVD and Blu-ray in two weeks with a making-of featurette and a trailer. Don't miss our full review.
June 7, 2011 - Win Volume Six, the latest DVD release of ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" in our new giveaway. Twelve episodes comprise this second half of the teen drama's third season, whose finale aired earlier this week. Between wedding bells, raging hormones, and unlikely friendships, anything can happen in "Secret Life". There are three ways to enter and three readers will win this 3-disc set now in stores. More...
One of 2010's final films comes to stores today as True Grit becomes the last of last year's Best Picture Oscar nominees on home video. Offbeat auteurs Joel and Ethan Coen try something a little different, with this adaptation of the Charles Portis novel whose first filming won John Wayne his only Academy Award. This exalted PG-13 Western tells the story of a 14-year-old girl (Hailee Steinfeld) looking to bring justice to her father's murderer, with help from one-eyed U.S. Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon). We review the DVD, which includes an interview with Steinfeld and featurettes on costumes, production design, and the cast. Full article.
June 6, 2011 - Starring and written by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky won the people's hearts and the 1976 Academy Award for Best Picture. We review its latest hi-def edition, a Blu-ray Book. Stallone plays a Philadelphian nobody who gets picked to fight champion boxer Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in an exciting and patriotic New Year's Day match. The film earned original screenplay and acting Oscar nominations for Stallone, as well as for co-stars Talia Shire (shy love interest Adrian), Burt Young (short-tempered friend Paulie), and Burgess Meredith (Mickey the trainer). MGM's Digibook includes essays, photos, quotes, and bios of the stars and Best Director winner John Avildsen. Full review.
John Hughes' beloved high school comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off is getting repackaged for its 25th anniversary on August 2nd. Available on DVD and Blu-ray, Paramount's new Bueller...Bueller...Edition will contain the same six bonus features as the in-print editions, but its slipcover will open to supply a colorful map of Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane's Chicago adventures on the spring day they skip school. Check out artwork here.
June 5, 2011 - The film writing and directing debut of network TV drama veteran John Wells ("ER", "Third Watch", "The West Wing"), The Company Men follows several experienced, high-ranking Boston businessmen (Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper) through unexpected layoffs in the face of the troubled economy. Doomed by piling bills and a fruitless job hunt, the lead focus, Affleck's family man, reluctantly takes on a construction job with his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner). This Weinstein Company release comes to DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday from Anchor Bay, fitted with a Wells commentary, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a making-of featurette. Full review.
June 4, 2011 - Adam Sandler adds to his string of $100 million-grossing PG-13 comedies with Just Go With It. A loose remake of 1969's Cactus Flower and the French and American plays that inspired it, this film casts Sandler as an L.A. plastic surgeon who has his assistant (Jennifer Aniston) pose as his wife to cover a lie in the young new girlfriend (swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker) he is serious about impressing. Co-starring Nick Swardson, Nicole Kidman, and Dave Matthews, this hit romcom reteams Sandler with Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, and Grown Ups director Dennis Dugan. Our review looks at Sony's Blu-ray, which adds movieIQ and a number of exclusive short making-of featurettes to deleted scenes, bloopers, and two audio commentaries. Just go read it.
Disney has announced an August 30th release for The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D. This 3-disc combo pack ($49.99 SRP) will supply the Tim Burton-produced, Henry Selick-directed 1993 stop motion cult classic on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and, sharing the final disc, DVD, and Digital Copy. Preorder it from Amazon.com.
June 2, 2011 - Our newest review looks at MGM's recent Limited Edition Blu-ray Book release of The Usual Suspects. This highly-regarded 1995 mystery won Oscars for Kevin Spacey (Supporting Actor) and Christopher McQuarrie (Original Screenplay) with its tale of a criminal alliance with consequences. Bryan Singer directed this film (his second), which also features Chazz Palminteri, Benicio Del Toro, Gabriel Byrne, and Kevin Pollak. This latest edition delivers fancy packaging but very few bonus features. Full review.
May 31, 2011 - The hard-R action film Drive Angry stars Nicolas Cage as a mysterious man looking to retrieve the infant daughter of his murdered daughter from Satanists. He teams up with tough waitress Piper (Amber Heard) and her 1969 Dodge Charger in pursuit of the leader (Twilight's Billy Burke) who intends to sacrifice the baby. Meanwhile, supposed FBI agent "The Accountant" (William Fichtner) is on the same trail. From the director and a writer of 2009's My Bloody Valentine, this underperforming Summit movie hits home video today in a DVD, a Blu-ray, and a Blu-ray 3D preserving the format this was shot for and exhibited in. Our review covers the Blu-ray, which includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, and a picture-in-picture viewing mode adding up to three layers of insight over feature playback. Read on...
May 29, 2011 - The Firm, the blockbuster 1993 adaptation of John Grisham's first bestseller, is now available on Blu-ray exclusively at Best Buy. Read our review.
May 28, 2011 - Norm Macdonald, 1990s "Saturday Night Live" Weekend Update anchor and current host of "Sports Show with Norm Macdonald", gives us his first one-hour comedy TV special in Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup. Filmed in San Francisco in January and aired on Comedy Central in March, the show finds Norm joking about death, sex, Tiger Woods, alcoholism, and TV news. Releasing on June 14th, the extended and uncensored DVD includes "Back to Norm" (the 2005 pilot the network didn't turn into a series), Macdonald's set on the Roast of Bob Saget, and an animated short "The Twelve Days of Christmas" adapted from Macdonald's comedy album. Read our full review.
May 27, 2011 - The independent film Passion Play stars Mickey Rourke as a washed-up jazz trumpeter who escapes death and stumbles upon Lily Luster (Megan Fox), a winged sideshow act. He runs off with this angel and falls in love while using her as collateral to spare his life from angered gangster Happy Shannon (Bill Murray). This R-rated drama is written by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged, The Recruit), who makes his directorial debut. After a brief, limited theatrical run, Passion Play hits stores next week. Read our Blu-ray review and, for a chance to win the movie on DVD, "Like" and comment upon our Facebook post.
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• The Big Bang - Combines gritty film noir with quantum physics. Antonio Banderas stars as a Los Angeles private eye hired by an ex-con boxer (Robert Maillet) to track down his stripper pen pal (Sienna Guillory) for him. The case takes Banderas and us on a journey to New Mexico desert, where a rich eccentric (Sam Elliott) is trying to answer life's mysteries in an underground lab. Most of the film is framed within the detective's interrogation by police (Delroy Lindo, William Fichtner, Thomas Kretschmann). With cameos by Snoop Dogg and James Van Der Beek and featuring more of Autumn Reeser than ever before, this unrated DVD includes a making-of featurette, an audio commentary, and two extended scenes.
• The Royal Wedding: William & Catherine - The feature presentation provides 127 minutes of the BBC's coverage of last month's widely-acknowledged ceremony including the arrival, departure, and Buckingham Palace balcony send-off. Alongside that is the 48-minute BBC documentary "William & Kate: A Royal Engagement" profiling the upbringings and ten shared years of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Our review includes a video clip of the sacred vows.
• Platoon (Blu-ray + DVD) - Written and directed by Oliver Stone from his own experiences as an infantry soldier, this Best Picture-winning 1986 Vietnam War drama follows Private Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) into unpredictable jungle action. Taylor and his fellow "grunts" brave hardship and each other while bearing witness to tension growing between two of their contrasting sergeants (Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger). Includes two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, documentaries, featurettes, a trailer and TV spots.
• I Am Number Four (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy - A hunky alien (Alex Pettyfer) attends a small town high school and finds romance (with "Glee"'s Dianna Agron), friendship (with Flipped's Callan McAuliffe), and antagony (from Percy Jackson's Jake Abel) in this Twilight-esque sci-fi tale. This first DreamWorks movie distributed by Disney's Touchstone Pictures is joined by deleted scenes, bloopers, and a featurette on Teresa Palmer's character Number 6.
• The Mechanic - Jason Statham and Ben Foster play master hitman and apprentice in this loose remake of a 1972 film starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent. Con Air's Simon West directs this violent action flick, which co-stars Donald Sutherland and Tony Goldwyn. CBS/Sony's DVD includes extended scenes and a making-of featurette.
• A Thousand Clowns - Jason Robards stars as Murray Burns, an out-of-work eccentric TV writer (based on A Christmas Story writer/narrator Jean Shepherd) whose guardianship of his 12-year-old nephew (Barry Gordon) is called into question by child welfare workers. Barbara Harris (Freaky Friday), William Daniels ("Boy Meets World"), and an Oscar-winning Martin Balsam (Psycho) co-star in this 1965 Best Picture nominee, adapted by Herb Gardner from his Tony-winning Broadway play.
• The Roommate - Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl") and Minka Kelly ("Friday Night Lights") play Los Angeles college freshmen assigned to the same room. They quickly become best friends, one less healthily than the other. Cam Gigandet, Aly Michalka, and Billy Zane co-star in this PG-13 Screen Gems thriller resembling Single White Female. Sony's Blu-ray includes a director's commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, and three exclusive making-of featurettes.
• The Terminator (Blu-ray Book) - James Cameron's 1984 sci-fi classic follows the titular cyborg assassin (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and a human solider (Michael Biehn) from a post-apocalyptic 21st century to 1984 Los Angeles, where waitress and future mother Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) finds her life in danger. The movie is joined by an early '90s Cameron and Schwarzenegger retrospective, a making-of featurette, and seven deleted scenes. Exclusive to this Limited Edition is the packaging, which includes essays and photos
• Gnomeo & Juliet (Blu-ray + DVD) - Conceived at Walt Disney Animation Studios ten years ago with the makers of Beauty and the Beast, this was ultimately produced at Miramax Films and, after that was sold, distributed by Disney's Touchstone Pictures. The hit G-rated, computer-animated comedy puts a twist on William Shakespeare's tragedy, setting its tale of young love among rival clans in a world of English lawn gnomes. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt lead a large accomplished voice cast, whose dialogue is complimented by new and classic songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The 2-disc set provides 45 minutes of Blu-ray-exclusive deleted scenes, 2 alternate endings, 2 voice actor shorts, a making-of featurette, and a music video for Nelly Furtado and John's new take on "Crocodile Rock."
• The Firm (Blu-ray) - This hit 1993 adaptation of John Grisham's first bestseller stars Tom Cruise as Mitch McDeere, a Harvard Law School graduate who joins the small memphis firm where all is not as idyllic as it seems. Directed by Sydney Pollack, this blockbuster thriller also features Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Wilford Brimley, David Strathairn, Gary Busey, and an Oscar-nominated Holly Hunter. Paramount's disc offers a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack, two original trailers, and a slipcover.
• The Rite (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Thriller tells the story of an American seminarian (Colin O'Donoghue) who travels to Rome to study exorcism in a class and first-hand with a legendary Welsh priest (Anthony Hopkins). From the writer of the latest Chronicles of Narnia movie and the director of 1408, The Rite opened #1 at the box office earlier this year.
• Lemonade Mouth - Disney Channel musical tells the story of five high school students who meet in detention and form a band. Music becomes their form of expression, as they deal with domestic issues and their classmates. Based on Mark Peter Hughes' young adult novel, directed by Under the Same Moon's Patricia Riggen and starring Bridgit Mendler ("Good Luck Charlie"), Adam Hicks ("Zeke and Luther"), and Christopher McDonald, this movie comes to DVD in an Extended Edition featuring an exclusive ending with a performance of a tenth original song, Rock-Along lyric subtitles, and a digital copy.
• "Growing Pains": The Complete Second Season - Five years after this highly-rated 1980s ABC sitcom's DVD debut, Warner brings us the sophomore season. In Season 2, nerdy Carol (Tracey Gold) gets a jock boyfriend, young Ben (Jeremy Miller) makes inappropriate phone calls, and mischievous Mike (Kirk Cameron) gets a job, says no to cocaine, and charms nearly every girl he encounters. Through it all, psychiatrist Jason (Alan Thicke) and journalist Maggie (Joanna Kerns) are there to keep the kids in line.
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