DVDizzy.com: JULY 16-31, 2012 NEWS ARCHIVES
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July 31, 2012 - Warner has just announced an October 2nd Blu-ray and DVD release date for Dark Shadows, the latest collaboration between Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton. An adaptation of the 1970s ABC gothic soap opera, this PG-13 horror comedy will be joined by a host of special features on the combo pack Blu-ray. For artwork, details, preorders, and a trailer, check out the full press release.
July 30, 2012 - Today's new DVD review takes a look at The Smurfs and the Magic Flute, a 1976 Belgian animated film that came to American theaters in 1983 on the success of Hanna-Barbera's hit NBC TV series. Centering less on the Smurfs and more on Peyo's earlier heroes Johan and Peewit (called John and William in this English dub), this adventure takes them to the land of Smurfs to make a new enchanted six-hole flute after their found one is stolen. Shout! Factory's long overdue DVD includes a Smurfs glossary, an image gallery, and write-ups on the film, its characters, and Smurf life. It hits stores August 14th, but you can read all about it right now.
July 29, 2012 - The Three Stooges finds Dumb and Dumber writer/directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly trying to introduce modern moviegoers to the classic slapstick comedy trio. Dummies Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes), and Curly (Will Sasso) put their heads together to try and save the Catholic orphanage they call home. Instead, they get mixed up in a murder plot involving an old childhood friend. Now available, Fox's two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes deleted scenes, a brief Stooges history, making-of featurettes, a mash-up montage, an original screen test, and the trailer. Full review.
The 1997 comedy Grosse Pointe Blank stars John Cusack as a professional contract killer who reluctantly returns to his hometown to attend his 10-year high school reunion. Co-starring Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Alan Arkin, Joan Cusack, and Jeremy Piven, this popular Hollywood Pictures film (which also counts John Cusack among its writers and producers) comes to Blu-ray next week as a 15th Anniversary Edition. Read all about it.
July 28, 2012 - One of ABC and producer Aaron Spelling's contributions to the 1970s cop drama boom, "The Rookies" returns to DVD soon. Shout! Factory picks up where Sony left off five years ago. Consisting of 23 episodes, The Complete Second Season follows three novice California police officers (and the nurse wife, played by Kate Jackson, of one of them) around on a variety of close and exciting cases. Season 2 guest stars include John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Don Johnson, and Jim Nabors. Hitting stores on August 7th, you can read all about this 6-disc set right now in our review.
July 27, 2012 - We've updated our DVD & Blu-ray Release Schedule for a thorough look at what has been announced for the busy next three months of the year. Get dates and details for last season's television, this summer's movies, and a large and growing list of classic titles revisited in time for the holiday season rush. Check them out: August, September, October & Beyond.
July 26, 2012 - We take a look at "Dan Vs.": The Complete First Season. This animated comedy series, a production of Film Roman, The Hatchery and Starz, centers on an irritable man (voiced by Revenge of the Nerds' Curtis Armstrong) who goes to great lengths to get back at those who have wronged him. Helping him out on his missions are his best friend Chris (Dave Foley) and Chris' wife (Paget Brewster). Now available, Anchor Bay's 3-disc DVD supplies 22 half-hour episodes plus one of those in animatic form as well. Full review.
July 24, 2012 - The 1998 sci-fi horror flick The Faculty teamed up Scream writer Kevin Williamson with Sin City director Robert Rodriguez. In it, six students at an Ohio high school (including Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, and Jordana Brewster) believe something strange and out-of-this-world is possessing their educators. Echo Bridge gives this Dimension Films release its US Blu-ray debut this month. Don't miss our review.
July 23, 2012 - Our newest review covers Fox's recent Blu-ray + DVD debut of Margaret. The long-awaited follow-up to Kenneth Lonergan's Oscar-nominated 2000 directorial debut You Can Count On Me, this New York drama was shot back in the fall of 2005 and then languished in post-production amidst lawsuit and difficulties to arrive at a reasonable length (a process that came to involve Martin Scorsese). Anna Paquin stars as a teenager who witnesses and in a way causes a fatal city bus accident. In the wake of that tragedy, she pursues legal recourse with the deceased's best friend and executor (Jeannie Berlin). The film also features J. Smith-Cameron, Jean Reno, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, and Matthew Broderick. After a limited theatrical release and a bemoaned minimal awards campaign, Margaret is now available to own in a 2-disc combo pack that presents the film in both its contractually-obligated 150-minute theatrical cut on Blu-ray and a 186-minute extended edit on DVD. Our review.
July 21, 2012 - The indie comedy Friends with Kids reunites Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O'Dowd, and Jon Hamm in supporting roles. Its focus remains on two platonic lifelong best friends (Adam Scott and writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt) who decide to have a kid together. Now available, Lionsgate's Blu-ray includes audio commentary, deleted scenes, ad-libs and outtakes, a making-of featurette, and more. Full review.
July 20, 2012 - Disney's holiday season slate will kick off with the October 16th release of The Santa Clause: The Complete 3-Movie Collection, a 3-disc Blu-ray-only box set with a $49.99 SRP. (The three movies will also be available individually with list prices of $20 each.)
Disney has scheduled a 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack for The Muppet Christmas Carol, releasing on November 6th. Extras on the 2-disc set ($26.50 SRP) will include all new Christmas-themed Disney Intermission Muppet gags, an all-new Muppet audio commentary, and existing DVD supplements including Pepe's Gonzo profile, a commentary by director Brian Henson, a blooper reel, a holiday sing-along, a making-of featurette, and a piece on Christmas celebrations around the world. The runtime suggests we'll be getting the theatrical cut and not the extended one restoring the cut "When Love is Gone" musical number, but that remains to be seen.
Shortly after the Blu-ray debut of Cinderella, Disney will release its two out-of-print modern sequels, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, in a 3-disc (1 Blu-ray, 2 DVD) Special Edition 2 Movie Collection. On the same day, the studio will unleash Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, another addition to the holiday DTV series spun off from and inspired by the bestselling Buddies franchise, as a Blu-ray + DVD. Both will also be available on DVD alone. Meanwhile, they'll also be in the Christmas spirit a week earlier, with the DVD and Blu-ray release of Prep & Landing & Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice. "The Totally Tinsel Collection" gathers the two ABC holiday specials along with stocking stuffer shorts, North Pole news, North Pole commercials, and Kringle Academy shorts. Cover art and preorders for all, along with 3-disc and 5-disc TBA combo packs for Brave, can be found here.
July 19, 2012 - On the eve of the opening of Christian Bale's new movie, we take a look at Newsies, the 1992 Disney musical in which he starred. In response to a publisher price hike, teen fugitive Jack Kelly (Bale) leads his fellow newsboys in a strike in 1899 New York City. A drubbed flop in its original release, the reputation of this family film continues to rise, with its current Broadway translation recently winning two Tonys. Now available, this 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray hangs on to all but one of the movie's numerous DVD bonus features. Check out our review for all the details.
July 18, 2012 - The Criterion Collection upgrades another DVD title to high definition with this week's Blu-ray debut of Down by Law. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, this black and white 1986 drama stars Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni as three men who wind up sharing a cell in a New Orleans prison, from which they together escape. The BD is loaded with extras including deleted scenes, the film's full press conference at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, the Jarmusch-directed music video of Waits' Cole Porter cover, French television's interview with Lurie, an isolated music track, and a host of Jarmusch audio extras including Q & A, a retrospective, and phone calls to his leads. Full review.
July 15, 2012 - Today's review covers Tuesday's Blu-ray debut of Dirty Pretty Things, a 2002 British thriller nominated for an original screenplay Academy Award. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Amιlie's Audrey Tautou star as illegal immigrants working at a London hotel where they discover a dark secret operation going on. Directed by The Queen's Stephen Frears and penned by Eastern Promises' Steven Knight, this acclaimed independent film hits high definition from Echo Bridge Home Entertainment via Miramax with a making-of featurette and Frears audio commentary. More...
July 14, 2012 - Will Ferrell tries something different in Casa De Mi Padre, a Spanish language comedy inspired by telenovela. Ferrell plays Mexican rancher Armando Alvarez, who seeks to protect his family's honor from a feared drug dealer (Gael Garcνa Bernal) and his wayward brother (Diego Luna). After a modest theatrical run, this film comes to Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday joined by 20 minutes of deleted scenes, a music video, an audio commentary, fake commercials, a making-of featurette, and an interview with Pedro Armendαriz Jr., who makes one of the final appearances of his long career. Read on.
July 13, 2012 - Tonight's new review covers the recent Blu-ray debut of the 1996 thriller Ransom. Mel Gibson stars as a wealthy Manhattan airline magnate who thinks on his feet when his 9-year-old son is kidnapped. Directed by Ron Howard and co-starring Gary Sinise, Rene Russo, and Delroy Lindo, this Touchstone Pictures hit is joined by audio commentary, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes clips, a making-of featurette, and a trailer. Full review.
July 3, 2012 - Our latest review covers The Criterion Collection's recent Blu-ray release of The 39 Steps. This 1935 wrong man thriller is one of Alfred Hitchcock's best known efforts predating his move to Hollywood. It follows a Canadian abroad (Robert Donat) who gets mixed up in deadly international espionage. On the run in Scotland, he is pursued by assassins and police who believe he's a murderer. Criterion's loaded BD includes an extended Hitchcock interview, a documentary on his British films, an audio commentary, a new video essay, an hour-long Lux Radio Theatre adaptation, a gallery of production design art, and an essay booklet. Read all about it.
We take a look at one of today's two new animated Disney Blu-ray debuts with a review of Home on the Range. This 2004 western was seen as the studio's last traditionally-animated film, until the medium's recent revival. It follows three cows on a mission to capture a cattle thief and save their farm. The Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes most of the original DVD's bonus features, including deleted scenes, audio commentary, a making-of featurette, a music video, a short film, and a piece on yodeling. Find out what's lost in our complete review.
June 30, 2012 - Sixteen years ago, Phenomenon was a summer hit in theaters. On Tuesday, it comes to Blu-ray and we've got a review. John Travolta stars as a California mechanic who sees bright lights in the sky and comes away with greatly increased brain function and telekinesis. Directed by National Treasure's Jon Turteltaub and co-starring Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, and Robert Duvall, this PG-rated Touchstone Pictures drama hits high definition with its original trailer in standard. Read on...
June 29, 2012 - Disney's year-long increase in live-action catalog Blu-rays gives us reason to look at The Color of Money. Martin Scorsese directs this 1986 sequel to The Hustler, with Paul Newman reprising the role of pool shark "Fast" Eddie Felson, who here opts to be stakehorse for a cocky young talent (Tom Cruise). Acclaimed and a box office hit, this drama earned four Academy Award nominations and won Newman his long overdue first (and only) Best Actor Oscar. Now available, the film's 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray is sure to disappoint some. Full review.
The first of this year's two live-action Snow White movies, Mirror Mirror offers a light and colorful take on the fairy tale, casting Julia Roberts as The Queen, Lily Collins as her princess step-daughter, and Armie Hammer as a princely potential love interest to both. Directed by Immortals' Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, this PG-rated family fantasy is now available as a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack with deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, an animated storybook, and a tutorial on the film's closing dance number. Read our full review.
Today, Disney confirmed the long-rumored September 25th Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD release date for The Avengers, the third highest-grossing film in history. The Joss Whedon-directed superhero dream team blockbuster will be made available in a variety of editions, most of them loaded with bonus features. The press release spells out your buying options and a trailer previews what is sure to be the year's best-selling movie.
June 26, 2012 - 21 Jump Street works Fox's 1980s dramatic TV series into a hit buddy action comedy. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play classmates turned partner cops chosen to pose as high school students as part of an undercover narcotics operation. After an acclaimed and highly profitable theatrical run, this R-rated flick hit stores today. The DVD includes an audio commentary by the stars and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), deleted scenes, the featurette "Back to School", and UltraViolet. Read our review here.
Paramount has set a September 18th release date for Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures, a 4-movie Blu-ray collection of the George Lucas-scripted, Steven Spielberg-directed series starring Harrison Ford. The original film, 1981 Best Picture Oscar nominee Raiders of the Lost Ark, has been meticulously restored for this release. All four films will be accompanied by documentaries, featurettes, interviews, and new bonus features. Cover art has been posted here.
June 23, 2012 - Our newest review covers Mill Creek Entertainment's recent Spaghetti Western Double Feature Blu-ray. In The Grand Duel (1972), The Good, The Bad and The Ugly's Lee Van Cleef plays a sheriff determined to a wanted man's innocence. Keoma (1976) stars Django's Franco Nero as a soul-searching, half-breed Civil War veteran willing to stand up to outlaws and his nasty half-brothers alike. The $9.98 SRP disc includes an original theatrical trailer for each movie. Full review.
June 22, 2012 - Disney has scheduled the Blu-ray debut of Pete's Dragon for October 2nd. The partly animated 1977 family musical will receive a 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack ($29.99 SRP) alongside the Diamond Edition of Cinderella. Extras for the 2-disc set, available in Blu-ray or DVD packaging, will include a deleted storyboard sequence, an original song concept, and the featurette "Brazzle Dazzle Effects." Click the thumbnail for a larger look at cover art:
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Spider-Man 3 (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) - Longer and less loved than its predecessors, this final installment in Sam Raimi's trilogy introduces the villains Sandman and Venom, in addition to establishing a new Goblin and making over Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) with a troubling alien symbiote. Sony's new edition isn't really that new; it serves up the first of the movie's two original Blu-ray Discs, containing bloopers, two audio commentaries, a music video, and galleries. To them, it adds UltraViolet access and $10 movie cash towards The Amazing Spider-Man.
A Thousand Words (Blu-ray) - Taking four years to reach theaters and extending Eddie Murphy's critical and financial cold streak of solo vehicles, this comedy stars Murphy as a fast-talking book agent who discovers his life may be ending as a tree's leaves fall every time he opens his mouth. Written by Bruce Almighty's Steve Koren and directed by Norbit's Brian Robbins, this PG-13 flop hits Blu-ray with deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and UltraViolet.
Seeking Justice (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - Nicolas Cage plays a New Orleans high school English teacher whose wife (January Jones) is brutally attacked. He reluctantly enlists a vigilante operation (led by Guy Pearce) promising free vengeance and months later, they need him to repay the favor.
Radio Rebel - 2012 Disney Channel movie stars Debby Ryan ("Jessie") as a shy Seattle teenager who secretly also happens to be the wise, favorite DJ of everyone at her high school. Maintaining a double life proves to be difficult for Radio Rebel, especially when the school principal vows to cancel senior prom if no one confesses and accepts an expulsion. Available tomorrow, Image Entertainment's DVD includes deleted scenes, bloopers, Ryan's "We Got the Beat" music video, four making-of shorts, a piece on the Los Angeles premiere, and a trailer.
Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) - This esteemed Oscar-winning central installment of Sam Raimi's trilogy gets Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) to consider hanging up his Spidey suit and letting New York fend for itself so he can be with the girl he loves (Kirsten Dunst). Meanwhile, best friend Harry (James Franco) looks to avenge his father's death and brilliant scientist Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) gets a little out of control. Sony's new Blu-ray includes both the film's original theatrical cut and its extended 2007 Spider-Man 2.1 edit along with three audio commentaries, a 2-hour making-of documentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and UltraViolet.
Barbarella (Blu-ray) - Set in the future, this campy 1968 science fiction film stars Jane Fonda in the title role as an agent assigned to track down a weapons inventor on a distant planet to maintain the universal peace. Produced by Dino De Laurentiis and directed Fonda's then-husband Roger Vadim, this international production gets a fancy slipcover and its original trailer on this July 3rd release.
Spider-Man (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) - Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire in the title role, this 2002 adventure turned a nerdy teenager into a powerful superhero to unprecedented box office numbers. Sony's new Blu-ray allows the film's many hours of DVD bonus features -- including three audio commentaries, making-of documentaries, screen tests, Easter eggs -- to resurface alongside a pair of exclusives (a trivia challenge viewing mode and an editing activity). The loaded disc arrives at a low price and with $10 movie cash towards seeing The Amazing Spider-Man (or $5 towards a concession stand purchase).
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (Blu-ray) - The Duplass Brothers' Independent dramedy stars Jason Segel and Ed Helms as brothers sharing an eventful day of coincidences in Baton Rouge. Susan Sarandon plays their mother, while Judy Greer plays Helms' wife, who is suspected of infidelity.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - This sequel to the 2009 blockbuster sends the Victorian England detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and his loyal sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law) to France and Germany as they try to reunite a Gypsy fortune teller (Prometheus' Noomi Rapace) with her missing brother and run into peril from Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Now available, Warner's two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack serves up a Downey-hosted Maximum Movie Mode, Focus Points, and a downloadble iPad app.
Shallow Grave (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Shortly before Trainspotting, this became the first theatrical credit of director Danny Boyle, writer Danny Hodge, and producer Andrew Macdonald. In Scotland, three young friends (Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, and Kerry Fox) search for a fourth flatmate and wind up with a dead body and a suitcase full of money. This thriller is joined by two audio commentaries, new 2012 interviews with the three stars, a making-of documentary, a video diary of the 1992 Edinburgh Film Festival, an essay booklet, and two trailers.
"Tosh.0": Hoodies (Blu-ray) - This disc (also available as a 2-disc DVD) contains the first ten episodes of Daniel Tosh's popular Comedy Central series of Internet video commentary with uncensored soundtracks and a number of bonus shorts. Catch up with the stars of old viral videos and have a laugh at newer ones.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Blu-ray 3D) - Nicolas Cage reprises his titular role as Marvel Comics' otherworldly antihero as Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor create both a sequel and a reboot in this Eastern European thriller that finds Johnny Blaze and his fiery alter ego protecting a child sought by the Devil (Ciarαn Hinds). Sony's 2-disc set includes a 6-part, feature-length making-of documentary, a directors' video commentary, deleted scenes, and a 3D-exclusive featurette.
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