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July 17, 2009 - Coraline: 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD Review

July 16, 2009 - Our latest DVD review looks at Coraline, a stop motion fantasy adapted and directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) from Neil Gaiman's book. The film tells of a girl (voiced by Dakota Fanning) who discovers a pleasant alternate reality through a door in the Victorian home to which her inattentive parents have moved.
Universal's 2-Disc Collector's Edition serves up 2-D and 3-D versions of the film with four pairs of green/magenta glasses. Bonus features include an audio commentary, deleted scenes, making-of and voice cast featurettes, and a digital copy. Read our full review.

Amazon.com is currently selling the Disney Educational Productions DVDs we recently reviewed at 51% off their high list price. Big savings are to be had for these Science of Disney Imagineering, Timon and Pumbaa, and Bill Nye discs. Browse through the sale items.

July 14, 2009 - It's not the most exciting day for DVD and Blu-ray releases, but it is still Tuesday, which means we've got all the information on today's new titles which include a 20-year-old New Kids on the Block concert, a number of television sets, and that movie with the ghost-vomiting boy. Check it out and know that the summer can only get better henceforth.

July 12, 2009 - Our coverage of Disney's out-of-print Roger Corman DVDs concludes with a review of Eat My Dust: Supercharged Edition.
The film that enabled accomplished young actor Ron Howard to become a director, this low-budget 1976 comedy stars Howard and Christopher Norris as two kids on the run from the law (specifically, Howard's sheriff father) in a stolen racecar. The disc includes the trailer, an introduction by producer Corman, and a new retrospective. Read the full review.

July 9, 2009 - A new review of a slightly old DVD. We take advantage of the summer lull to look at Buena Vista's 2007 Special Edition release of The Intruder. This racially-charged 1962 drama holds the first leading film role of Star Trek's William Shatner. He plays an outsider who single-handedly turns a southern town against school integration. The disc catches up with Shatner and notorious director/producer Roger Corman in a retrospective featurette. Click here for the full review.

Monsters vs. Aliens cover art and preorder links have been posted here.

July 8, 2009 - Our Classic Live Action Disney Movies page has been updated to reflect the price drops and new releases (both Disney Movie Club exclusives and general retail) that are in the cards for this year.

Full specs and special features have been posted for Monsters vs. Aliens. Though the feature will not be presented in 3D, two bonus features on the 2-Disc DVD and Blu-ray will be, and thus those premium releases will include 4 sets of 3D glasses. The DreamWorks hit reaches stores on September 29th.

July 7, 2009 - The first Tuesday of the month means not only do we fill you in on this week's new releases, but also all three pages of our DVDizzy.com Schedule have been updated so that all information pertaining to announced and anticipated DVDs and Blu-rays for the remainder of 2009 is also at your hands and mouses.

July 6, 2009 - We've just added a 4-paragraph preview on Ponyo, the latest Hayao Miyazaki-directed Studio Ghibli film that Disney will distribute in North America. Opening in theaters between Disney's summer and holiday season tentpoles, the John Lasseter-produced English dub of this animated mermaid tale features a number of noteworthy names in its voice cast. Read on...

DreamWorks Animation made use of the weekend's 2009 Roswell UFO Festival to announce a September 29th home video release date for its latest film, the nearly-$200-million-grossing Monsters vs. Aliens. Following a pattern set by the studio's previous two box office hits, it will be offered in a single-disc DVD as well as a two-disc set.
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Dubbed a Ginormous Double DVD Pack, the latter will include the all-new short B.O.B.'s Big Break in "Monster 3D." The Blu-ray version is expected to include everything on the two-disc set.

July 4, 2009 - Information on different versions, active pre-order links, and a release date have been added to Fox and Marvel's fourth Hugh Jackman film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

July 3, 2009 - Charlie Brown and Snoopy's first six animated specials come together for the first time in Peanuts 1960's Collection. In stores next week, Warner's two-disc set includes holiday favorites A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Valentine's B-side You're in Love, Charlie Brown, and three additional half-hour CBS shorts that are not elsewhere in print (two of which have never before been on DVD). The set also holds a new 37-minute documentary on the series' jazz composer Vince Guaraldi. Don't miss our full detailed review.

July 2, 2009 - Our preview of Tim Burton's 2010 Alice in Wonderland has been updated with five character posters now available for high-res persual and purchase. Click to view.

Disney has issued some information on a sextet of 3-DVD sets that will be available for a limited time this Christmas season. The five new boxes feature holiday imagery, placing key art in and around Christmas wreaths. Princess Pack ($23.99 SRP) bundles Enchanted and the two Princess Diaries movies and offers a free tiara (with shipping & handling) by mail. Concert Pack ($44.99 SRP) joins the Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, and High School Musical concert discs and lets you send away for a trio of collectible backstage passes. Dogs Pack pools Snow Dogs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and Eight Below, with a mail-in dog bowl offer. Playhouse Holiday Pack ($39.99 SRP) gathers the "My Friends Tigger & Pooh", "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse", and "Little Einsteins" Christmas DVDs of the past three years. There's also a High School Musical Trilogy Pack ($44.99 SRP) and, getting a price reduction, the same formerly Target-exclusive Santa Clause Movie Collection ($39.99 SRP) that serves up fullscreen editions of the three Tim Allen films.

Following one of the more griped about Best Picture fields in recent history, the Academy Awards of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that the number of nominees for its top prize will double, from 5 to 10, beginning with next year's ceremony for 2009 films. Ten films competed for the Best Picture Oscar from 1932 to 1943, but in the sixty-five years since, there have been just five nominees annually. The decision is expected to considerably improve the odds of blockbusters, comedies, and animated films, all of which have been severely underrepresented in the category, especially of late. From now on, any Best Picture snub is going to carry more of a sting, while acclaimed, well-attended works, like those from Pixar Animation Studios, are much more likely to be recognized.

Recent Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Princess Protection Program - The newest Disney Channel Original Movie stars Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly Place") and Demi Lovato ("Sonny with a Chance") as mismatched teenagers (one ordinary, one royalty) who bond over high school drama. The movie debuts Friday night, but you'll need to wait for Tuesday for the extended cut, music video, and two featurettes of the Royal B.F.F. Extended Edition DVD.
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience - Disney's latest tween-friendly pop music sensation takes the stage in this underperforming 2009 documentary. The 3-disc combo set serves up an extended cut of the film in both 2-D and 3-D (red/blue glasses included), the extended DVD, 2 bonus songs, a 15-minute behind-the-scenes featurette with Nick, Joe, and Kevin, and a digital copy.

Recent Non-Disney DVD Reviews:
Push - Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, and Camilla Belle play young people gifted with psychic powers like future visions, telekinesis, and memory fabrication. They're on the run from U.S. government agents in Hong Kong in this 2009 sci-fi/action flick. Summit's DVD includes an audio commentary with Evans and Fanning, deleted scenes, and a featurette.
"Reno 911!": The Complete Sixth Season Uncensored - Comedy Central's "COPS" parody drops three cast members and adds two, but proceeds in the largely-improvised format it's known for. The two-disc, 15-episode set includes guest appearances by Jonah Hill, Rainn Wilson, George Lopez, Patton Oswalt, and Jane Lynch. Among the bonus features are 8 cast audio commentaries, an extended sequence, shorts, and a downloadable digital copy of everything on the set.
Knowing - Nicolas Cage is an M.I.T. astrophysics professor who figures out that a sheet of numbers buried for 50 years in a time capsule predicts global disasters down to date, location, and number of casualties. This PG-13 sci-fi/action thriller from director Alex Proyas (Dark City, I, Robot) explores how he'll use the information.
Mr. Troop Mom - George Lopez stars in and executive-produces this comedy about a widowed lawyer who fills in as troop mother at his daughter's all-girl camping weekend. Extras include a gag reel, deleted scenes, and a number of featurettes including one on cameo-making Naked Brothers Band.
Inkheart - This PG-rated fantasy tells of a man (Brendan Fraser) who can conjure literary characters and occurrences simply by reading aloud. He and his 12-year-old daughter (Eliza Haley Bennett) are called to set things right in a rare book that has claimed their wife/mother. Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent, and Andy Serkis co-star in this adaptation of Cornelia Funke's bestselling young adult novel.
Confessions of a Shopaholic - Adapted from two of Sophie Kinsella's popular books, Touchstone's PG comedy stars Isla Fisher as a New York journalist who gains notice for a financial advice column while personally drowning in credit card debt. The movie co-stars Hugh Dancy, John Goodman, Joan Cusack, Kristin Scott Thomas, and an assortment of other familiar actors.

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