July 15, 2008 - Kelvin Cedeno reviews Shutter, the recent remake of a 2004 Thai horror film. Joshua Jackson and Rachael Taylor star as a married couple that's photographically haunted by a Japanese woman they apparently ran over. Out today, Fox's Unrated DVD serves up heaps of bonus features, including deleted/alternate scenes, an audio commentary, featurettes, filmmaker interviews, and several pieces on spirit photos. More...
For an overview of all today's many new and exciting DVD and Blu-ray releases, be sure to consult our DVDizzy.com July 15 Schedule.
Our newest DVD review looks at Step Up 2 The Streets, Touchstone's profitable but unneeded sequel to 2006's sleeper hit dance movie. Applying the same storyline -- Baltimore youth finds art school as a way out of a trouble -- to a girl named Andie (Briana Evigan), the film continues in the vein of its predecessor but with no returning cast members save for a briefly-seen Channing Tatum. The "Dance-Off Edition" holds 8 deleted scenes, 6 music videos, two featurettes, Easter Eggs, and more. Read our full review.
July 11, 2008 - Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symonι star as father and daughter in Disney's G-rated comedy College Road Trip, the subject of our latest DVD review. Conflict lines the film, when the daughter wants to study pre-law at Georgetown University and the father prefers her going to nearby Northwestern. An assortment of hijinks mark their journey to D.C. Available next Tuesday, the DVD supplies widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film, two audio commentaries, a gaggle of deleted and alternate scenes, Raven's "Double Dutch Bus" music video and featurette, bloopers, and "Raven's Video Diary." Read on...
July 10, 2008 - Our newest DVD review covers "Reno 911!": The Complete Fifth Season Uncensored!. Comedy Central's "COPS"-inspired mockumentary series follows eight police deputies around the Reno Sheriff's Department and on emergency calls. The 3-disc set holds the largely improvised show's 16 most recent episodes, up through tonight's season finale. Bonus features include six cast audio commentaries, four extended sequences, and 23 minutes of officer psychological evaluations. Read our full review.
July 8, 2008 - In his latest review, Aaron Wallace covers The Ruins: Unrated, available today from DreamWorks. Written by Scott Smith from his book of the same name, this horror film centers on four college-age kids (Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, and Laura Ramsey) who encounter unrest while visiting temple ruins in Mexico. The extended cut runs 6 minutes longer and is accompanied by an audio commentary, three featurettes, deleted scenes, alternate endings, and the trailer. More...
July 7, 2008 - Aaron Wallace serves up a look at The Sword in the Stone: 45th Anniversary Edition, the recent reissue given Disney's 1963 animated film. He finds plenty to admire about this little film often overshadowed by its brethren. Less a clear-cut winner, the single-disc DVD is examined and compared to the movie's original Gold Collection disc. Read the full review.
July 3, 2008 - Our newest DVD review looks at Stop-Loss, the R-rated Paramount/MTV drama about an army staff sergeant (Ryan Phillippe) who returns home only to be called back to Iraq per a controversial policy. Channing Tatum, Abbie Cornish, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt co-star in a film from Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry). The DVD includes an audio commentary, two featurettes, and a considerable collection of deleted scenes. Full review.
July 2, 2008 - Disney has recently revised its vague press release for Walt Disney Treasures: Wave 8. The only difference? Destino, the 2003 realization of a long-unfinished Walt Disney/Salvador Dali animated short, has been dropped. The Chronological Donald, Volume 4 and Dr. Syn, Alias The Scarecrow are still scheduled for release on November 11th. Comments from Disney and Treasures emcee Leonard Maltin suggest that Destino, long anticipated on DVD and earlier planned for release in Walt Disney's Legacy Collection, is still likely to show up in the future, just not as a Treasure and not necessarily in 2008.
In our latest DVD review, Aaron Wallace covers Vantage Point, the suspenseful thriller that imagines a presidential assassination attempt and reviews it from six divergent perspectives. Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker, and Sigourney Weaver headline the star ensemble cast. Sony's single-disc DVD supplies an audio commentary from director Pete Travis and nearly an hour of video bonuses. Read on...
The Disney Movie Club has just added three of its most high-profile Exclusive DVDs in 1949's partially animated So Dear to My Heart, the 1965 Tommy Kirk/Annette sequel The Monkey's Uncle, and the F.B.I.-investigated 1962 space comedy Moon Pilot. Prospective members can enroll with this brand new wave, which brings the total number of Disney Movie Club Exclusives close to 50. Click here to join the Disney Movie Club today!
July 1, 2008 - Christopher Disher takes a look at recently-released Disney Channel compilation "The Suite of Zack & Cody": Lip Synchin' in the Rain. The third DVD devoted to the show, this disc provides four episodes from Season 3 that point out the changes marking the children's sitcom. A Season 2 gag reel and the Dylan & Cole Sprouse interview featurette "Twin-Tastic" complement the 89 minutes of programming. Full review.
Our page on Upcoming Disney Movies has been updated with new and revised previews of upcoming animated and live-action movies, links to bestselling WALLE tie-ins, and new information of the four 2008 films the studio has thus far released. Check it all out here.
In our latest review, we take a timely look at the Drillbit Taylor: Extended Survival Edition DVD, available today from Paramount. Based on a story by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club) and a screenplay co-authored by Superbad's Seth Rogen, this Judd Apatow-produced comedy stars Owen Wilson as a homeless bum hired as a bodyguard to three bullied high school freshmen. Its unrated DVD adds 9 minutes of footage to the theatrical cut (but nothing that would sacrifice its PG-13 rating) and includes a commentary, a writers' conversation, 17 minutes of deleted/extended scenes, a gag reel, line-o-rama, and a handful of additional short featurettes. Read on...
Disney has scheduled a September 23rd DVD release for High School Musical 2: 2-Disc Deluxe Dance Edition. Timed to reach stores a month before High School Musical 3 hits theaters, the rerelease will contain an interactive dance-along, a virtual scrapbook, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes special, and the inevitable look at HSM3. Carrying a list price of $34.99, the set will apparently not alter the fullscreen presentation found on last December's DVD debut of the record-setting Disney Channel movie. Cover art and preorder links have been posted for this, other September Disney DVDs, and a just-announced Pirates of the Caribbean 3-movie Blu-ray collection right here.
Recent Disney DVD Reviews:
"Army Wives": The Complete First Season - Hour-long ABC/Lifetime drama looks at life for four women and one man whose spouses are serving in the U.S. Army. The 3-disc set holds 13 episodes, 5 audio commentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers, a cast Q & A session, and a featurette on an Army wives charity.
The Jungle Book 2: Special Edition - Picking up just after Mowgli's return to man village, this theatrically released 2003 sequels the follow-up brings back most of the original's colorful characters with new songs, a noteworthy voice cast, and passable animation. Disney's new disc is virtually identical to the one released five years ago, adding a mere set-top game, slipcover, and some Disney Movie Rewards points.
Recent Non-Disney DVD Reviews:
City of Men - Brazalian drama follows a TV series in story and the award-winning City of God in spirit, as two 18-year-olds ponder paternity amdist street gang warfare.
The Spiderwick Chronicles: 2-Disc Field Guide Edition - Adapted from the recent children's book series, this PG-rated fantasy stars Freddie Highmore as two of three siblings whose new home summons feisty goblins, an evil ogre, and other magical beings. The taut, understated family flick is joined by deleted scenes, an interactive Field Guide to the fantastic, 5 distinct featurettes, trailers, and TV spots.
"Early Edition": The First Season - Hour-long 1990s drama centers on a man (Kyle Chandler) who receives his newspaper a day early and uses the foreknowledge to help fellow Chicagoans avoid death and disaster. The creative premise is well realized, making this fun series still popular despite a modestly-viewed run on CBS.
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