DVDizzy.com: JULY 16-31, 2010 NEWS ARCHIVES
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July 31, 2010 - Kick-Ass introduces a new kind of superhero in Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), an average comic book-loving teen who appoints himself a defender of New York. He is joined by foul-mouthed pre-teen Hit Girl (Chloλ Grace Moretz) and her dramatic Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), who have bones to pick with a local kingpin (Mark Strong). Superbad's Christopher Mintz-Plasse also enters the mix as a rich kid who becomes Red Mist. Our review covers the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo that Lionsgate releases on Tuesday.
July 30, 2010 - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the first of Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer's two costly summer flops, will come to DVD ($29.99 SRP), Blu-ray ($34.99 SRP), and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy ($44.99 SRP) on September 14th. Bonus features will include "An Unseen World: Making Prince of Persia" (all editions), the deleted scene "The Banquet: Garsiv Presents Heads" (Blu-ray only), and a Cine-Explore presentation (Combo only). Cover art...
July 29, 2010 - Now available exclusively online direct from Warner is "The New Adventures of Old Christine": The Complete Third Season, our latest review subject. "Seinfeld"'s Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as a divorced Angeleno mom in this Emmy-winning CBS sitcom. The strike-shortened Season 3 includes guest appearances by Blair Underwood, Andy Richter, Dave Foley, and Jason Alexander. Read our full review of the 2-disc manufactured-on-demand set.
Our new giveaway gives you the chance to win Lionsgate's upcoming Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets DVD. Just tell us your favorite Henson movie, TV show, or special. But do it quickly; this ends on Tuesday. Read more and enter.
July 28, 2010 - Adapted from the first of the popular Jeff Kinney book series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid chronicles the efforts of sixth-grader Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) to gain popularity by extracurricular activities. Available next week, Fox's DVD includes a writer & director's audio commentary, deleted scenes, character shorts, "Zoo-Wee Mama!" comic strips, and the trailer. While we will be covering the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo once it's available, for now enjoy our DVD review.
A rare Friday video debut has been set for How to Train Your Dragon. DreamWorks Animation's hit fantasy will come to disc on October 15th. A single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP) will offer a filmmakers' audio commentary, trailers, and the featurettes "Tech of Dragon" and "Viking-Sized Cast". A 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo ($39.99 SRP) will add the new animated short Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, deleted scenes, a trivia track, "Animators' Corner", "The Way We See It", "Going for the Gold", "Meet Cressida Cowell", "How to Draw a Dragon", a "Dragon Training" final exam, and the DWA Jukebox. A Double DVD Pack ($39.99 SRP) containing most of the aforementioned extras will also be available. None of the SKUs will offer a 3-D presentation at this time.
Our newest review looks at Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets, the latest piece of the Henson Company library to come to DVD from Lionsgate. Produced for British television, this 1984 documentary interviews the legendary Jim Henson and seven of his colleagues at the height of their success. We get a better understanding of the hands-in genius and his beloved works, including "Sesame Street", "Fraggle Rock", and "The Muppet Show" and movies. Released next Tuesday, the DVD includes a thorough look at 1985-86's The Amphibian, Henson Associates' first company yearbook, with commentary from its producer. Full review.
July 26, 2010 - The acclaimed medical comedy "Scrubs" ran longer than most modern TV series, but it finally came to an unceremonious end this year (with meaningful closure already achieved). The shook-up Complete Ninth Season will be coming to DVD on September 28th alongside The Complete Collection, a set holding the 25 discs available elsewhere plus an exclusive bonus disc and fancy packaging. Take a look at both releases and their contents with Disney's press release.
July 25, 2010 - Geena Davis returns in the limited-release coming of age dramedy Accidents Happen. She plays the menopausal matriarch of a 1980s American family repeatedly visited by tragedy. On DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday from Image Entertainment, this Australian film is joined by featurettes, interviews, deleted scenes, and two trailers. Read our review.
July 24, 2010 - Our newest DVD review looks at The Runaways. This music biopic centers on Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) as they come together to form an all-girl rock band in 1975 Los Angeles. Oscar nominee Michael Shannon co-stars as their producer. Following a slight limited theatrical performance, the film is now available on DVD with an audio commentary by Jett, Stewart, and Fanning plus two making-of featurettes that gather comments from Currie (on whose book the film is based). Read this.
July 22, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno sends us back to the 1980s in a Hot Tub Time Machine. Three friends (John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson) and a nephew (Clark Duke) take a trip to their rundown old ski spot, only to find themselves in 1986. Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover co-star. Fox's recent Blu-ray release supplies theatrical and unrated cuts of this raunchy comedy plus deleted scenes, four promotional spots, the theatrical trailer, and a digital copy. Click to read the review.
We've just posted press releases for upcoming titles: "Community": The Complete First Season, Waking Sleeping Beauty, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story, Walt & El Grupo, The Search for Santa Paws.
July 20, 2010 - Timothy Hutton, Mira Sorvino, Dana Delany, Stockard Channing, and Mario Van Peebles star in the independent drama Multiple Sarcasms. Hutton plays a depressed family man who starts writing a play about his life. Available August 10th, Image Entertainment's DVD includes a making-of featurette, extended cast & crew interviews, and the trailer. Read our review.
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July 19, 2010 - There's a good chance you haven't heard of our newest review subject and a better chance that you should. Adapted from the Aardman-distributed TV series, A Town Called Panic is a French-language stop-motion animated film from Belgium. This manic comedy is set in an eclectic universe populated by cheap children's toys. When an online brick order results in the destruction of their home, housemates Cowboy, Indian, and Horse embark on an adventure that takes them to the earth's fiery core, the North Pole, and the underwater world of pointy-headed thieves. Available tomorrow, Zeitgeist Films' DVD includes a 55-minute making-of documentary, deleted scenes, animation tests, interview clips with creators Stιphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, a contest-winning stop-motion short, and the film's U.S. trailer. Read our full review.
July 16, 2010 - Sesame Street: 20 Years...and Still Counting!, a one-hour 1989 NBC TV special hosted by Bill Cosby, now understates the longevity and legacy of the landmark children's series. But it delights with a mix of past highlights and new material. Among the latter are performances by Ray Charles and Placido Domingo (with Placido Flamingo) and reflection with Jim Henson, creator Joan Ganz Cooney, grown-up fans and cast members. Big Bird, Kermit the Frog, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo and their longtime human neighbors... they're all here for a good time that's now available on DVD from Lionsgate. Read the full review.
New additions to our September & Beyond Release Schedule include the following: Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray debuts of Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory, Terence Malick's The Thin Red Line, and Wes Andersons's The Darjeeling Limited; an Ultimate Collector's Edition of the Christmas comedy Elf; 25th Anniversary DVD and Blu-ray sets of the Back to the Future Trilogy; and the Universal mega bomb MacGruber. For more information on all of these titles, check the schedule.
Disney has announced a new line of animated DVDs called Have a Laugh!. The series will debut on October 26th with Volumes 1 and 2 (each with a $19.99 SRP). Though the cover art featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck might lead you to suspect the studio is just repackaging more of its classic animation, these offer a twist with new "BLAM!s" and "Re-MICKS". You're forgiven if you don't know what those are from Disney Channel; the former bring obnoxious new color commentary and editing effects to classic shorts, while the latter set vintage cartoon clips to pop songs from the likes of Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, Queen, and The Black Eyed Peas. The first two DVDs will run 73 and 63 minutes, respectively.
July 15, 2010 - Tom Selleck returns to his new signature role in Jesse Stone: No Remorse, the sixth in the CBS movie series adapted from Robert B. Parker's mystery novels. In this one, a suspended Stone consults on a string of Boston parking ramp murders and indirectly helps Paradise's police department investigate violent convenience store robberies. This whodunit comes to DVD on July 27th and we promise you'll have absolutely no remorse after reading our review.
July 14, 2010 - Paramount has announced that Iron Man 2 will be released on September 28th in a single-disc DVD, a 2-Disc Special Edition DVD, and a 3-Disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo. For full details, consult our schedule entry.
We've got something different for you today: Lost Reviews. We're not talking about the popular ABC drama, but other movies and TV shows whose DVDs we began writing about only to not get for reasons that still puzzle us. This article serves to both give life to these previously unpublished article openings and to provide you with a peek behind the scenes of this website. Discussed here are "Mad About You", Kid 'n Play's Class Act, and Pirate Radio. We hope you find something both valuable and frustrating in these lost reviews.
July 13, 2010 - Few people have seen Operation: Endgame, our newest review subject, which premieres on DVD and Blu-ray two weeks from today. Joe Anderson, Rob Corddry, Odette Yustman, Ellen Barkin, Maggie Q, Zach Galifianakis, Ving Rhames, and Jeffrey Tambor star in this comedic action thriller about locked-down, unarmed top-secret government assassins pitted against one another to solve a murder mystery and prevent an explosion. Full review.
Tuesday is here and, as always, it brings new DVD and Blu-ray releases. Don't miss our reviews of this week's offerings: Greenberg, The Bounty Hunter, Chloe, Middle of Nowhere, and Sesame Street: 20 Years... and Still Counting!.
July 10, 2010 - The independent dramedy Middle of Nowhere stars Eva Amurri (Saved) as Grace, a high school graduate trying to earn the thousands of dollars she needs to attend college. Grace finds a way to supplement her summer job lifeguarding at the water park when she partners with rebellious young schemer Dorian (Anton Yelchin, Star Trek). Directed by Into the Blue's John Stockwell and co-starring Amurri's real-life mother Susan Sarandon, Middle comes to DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday from Image Entertainment. We take a look at the former, which offers a making-of documentary, deleted scenes, cast & crew interviews, and a trailer. Read the review.
July 8, 2010 - Our newest review looks at Chloe, an independent erotic thriller from Academy Award-nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter). Amanda Seyfried stars in the title role as a high-class prostitute who comes between a long-married Toronto couple played by Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson. Available next Tuesday, Sony's DVD includes an audio commentary by Egoyan, Seyfried, and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson (who adapted this from a French film), a thorough making-of documentary, deleted scenes, and the trailer. Read on...
July 7, 2010 - Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler team up in The Bounty Hunter, a profitable entry to the action-comedy-romance subgenre that has thrived this year. As the title character, Butler looks to bring his ex-wife Aniston to the police to collect his $5,000 reward. As if the divorced shenanigans weren't enough, bookies and gangsters are also on their trail. In stores next Tuesday, Sony's DVD includes two making-of featurettes and eight rules for outwitting a bounty hunter. Full review.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Greenberg - Ben Stiller goes arthouse in this new comedy from The Squid and the Whale's writer/director Noah Baumbach. Stiller plays an abrasive man returning to Hollywood to housesit for his brother. Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, and Jennifer Jason Leigh (who co-wrote the story with husband Baumbach) co-star in this acclaimed indie film. The DVD includes three featurettes.
A Single Man - Academy Award nominee Colin Firth plays an English teacher quietly grieving the death of his lover in 1962 Los Angeles. Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, and Nicholas Hoult co-star in this Weinstein Company drama, directed and adapted from Christopher Isherwood's semi-autobiographical novel by fashion designer Tom Ford. Sony's DVD includes an audio commentary from Ford and an black & white interview-based making-of featurette.
Brooklyn's Finest - Training Day director Antoine Fuqua returns to gritty cop drama. Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, and Don Cheadle star as a retirement-bound veteran, a cash-strapped family man, and an undercover narcotics agent, respectively. Each officer re-evaluates his tactics in the face of dangerous complications. Anchor Bay's DVD includes an audio commentary by Fuqua, a half-hour of deleted and extended scenes, four making-of featurettes, and the trailer.
A Star is Born (1954): Deluxe Edition - Intended as Judy Garland's comeback film, this Technicolor CinemaScope musical depicts both the rise of a vaudeville entertainer and the fall of her alcoholic husband (James Mason). The new 2-disc DVD preserves the film's nearly 3-hour cut restored in the 1980s and contains alternate takes, song recording sessions, the telecast of the star-studded Hollywood premiere, Lux Radio Theater's 1942 adaptation of the original film, a Looney Tunes cartoon short, trailers, and more. Our review includes a comparison to the movie's original 2000 DVD.
Disney Parks: The Secrets, Stories, and Magic Behind the Scenes: DVD Six-Pack - 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 specials on Disneyland, WDW and beyond offered on the Blu-ray. There's also one exclusive extra.
Night Train to Munich: The Criterion Collection - 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.
"Family Guy": Volume Eight - The latest DVD release of Fox's irreverent animated sitcom holds fifteen 2009 episodes. Included in the lunacy are Stephen King retellings, a trip to a Disneyfied universe, and guest appearances by late night talk show hosts and the cast of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." 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.
Disney Parks: The Secrets, Stories, and Magic Behind the Scenes (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Not to be confused with the similarly-titled 2007 Walt Disney Treasure, this set compiles hour-long television specials occasionally aired on cable's Travel Channel.
The Crazies - Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell star as the sheriff and doctor of a small Iowa town whose residents strangely begin to exhibit insane behavior. Directed by Sahara's Breck Eisner, this acclaimed remake of George A. Romero's horror film co-stars Joe Anderson and Danielle Panabaker. Anchor Bay's DVD is loaded with bonus features, including audio commentary, several making-of featurettes, an Easter egg, and the screenplay and storyboards on DVD-ROM.
"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. 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.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Blu-ray + DVD) - In Fox's feature filming of the first book in the 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. Among the DVD and Blu-ray bonus features are a handful of deleted scenes, a powers quiz, and an interview with author Rick Riordan.
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