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August 16, 2008 - Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert 2-Disc Extended Edition DVD Review

Our newest DVD review looks at Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, the record-setting, news-making feature filming of the Disney Channel tween icon's sell-out tour. The 2-Disc Extended Edition serves up fullscreen and widescreen versions in both two dimensions and, via enclosed red & blue anaglyphic glasses, 3-D.
The movie runs 8 minutes longer than it did in theaters, where it was treated to Disney Digital 3-D. With much space going to the four presentations, only a few extras are found: unused performances by the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, sing-along lyrics for 8 Hannah songs, and behind-the-scenes featurette. Read the full review.

Preorder links are now available for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Kung Fu Panda, which Paramount/DreamWorks has pegged to arrive just before WALL•E, on November 11th. Check out our ever-expanding fall schedule on DVDizzy.com.

August 15, 2008 - Disney has announced a December 2nd DVD and Blu-ray debut for its underperforming sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The PG-rated adventure will reach stores in a single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP) with an audio commentary from director Andrew Adamson and unspecified actors; a 3-Disc Collector's Edition DVD ($39.99) which adds a loaded-sounding Disc 2 (including bloopers, deleted scenes, and 9 featurettes) plus a DisneyFile digital copy on Disc 3; a 2-Disc Blu-ray ($35.99 SRP) with all DVD extras (except for the digital copy) plus exclusive BD-Live and "Circle Vision Interactive: Creating the Castle Raid"; and a 3-Disc Blu-ray ($40.99 SRP) with the digital copy and everything else.
All four editions will present the feature in 2.40:1 widescreen, with Blu-ray supplying a pair of Dolby 7.1 tracks in English. Cover artwork for the Collector's Edition has been posted here.

The studio's more lucrative summer release, Pixar's acclaimed WALL•E will, of course, also be reaching DVD and Blu-ray in time for the holidays and while the studio has issued a date and some information to retailers, you'll have to wait until next Friday for details on its multiple incarnations.

August 12, 2008 - Another Paramount summer blockbuster, the long-awaited sequel Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, will come to DVD and Blu-ray on October 14th in four versions. On DVD, a single disc ($34.99 SRP) will hold two bonus features, while a 2-Disc Special Edition ($39.99 SRP) will add the comprehensive 6-part Production Diary, 6 additional featurettes, 3 pre-visualization sequences, and 8 image galleries. The Complete Adventure Collection ($89.99 SRP) will pair up the 2-disc version with the currently available 3-disc Adventure Collection. Finally, a Blu-ray edition ($39.99 SRP) will supply all of the 2-disc DVD's extras in high definition and add three exclusive Crystal Skull timelines.
Amazon.com now has all but the box set available for preorder, as seen on our October DVD & Blu-ray Schedule.

Scroll down on the same page for information on The Incredible Hulk, Fox's newly-announced Alvin and the Chipmunks: 2-Disc Special Edition, and last year's Christmas comedy Fred Claus.

Tuesday's here and with it, a slate of new releases detailed on our DVDizzy.com Schedule.

In a move displaying the studio's desperation for indifferent audiences to warm to Blu-ray, Disney has changed plans for the concurrent high-def debut of October 8th Platinum Edition Sleeping Beauty. The Blu-ray edition will now carry 3 discs, two the previously announced Blu-ray presentation and a third disc a bonus standard DVD (presumably Disc 1 of the 2-disc set). Despite the addition, the Blu-ray's list price of $34.95 hasn't changed, prompting a modest sales rank rise at Amazon.com.

August 8, 2008 - Full details have been added to our DVDizzy.com Release Schedule for summer blockbuster Iron Man, which the studio has confirmed to be reaching stores on September 30th as expected. The Robert Downey Jr. superhero flick will arrive in a single-disc DVD, a 2-disc Ultimate Edition, and a 2-disc Blu-ray with exclusives. Click here for cover art. Check out October 7's listing for news on M. Night Shyamlan's much-panned thriller The Happening. More...

August 7, 2008 - Disney has released some additional information regarding Walt Disney Treasures: Wave 8. Annette will deliver the full half-hour episodes of "Mickey Mouse Club" that introduced and concluded the 19-part serial. As previously stated, Dr. Syn will be presented both in its original 3-episode television and theatrical feature formats. It's now known that the set will also give viewers a choice between a 5.1 audio mix and the restored original mono. And while it practically goes without saying, Donald Duck's CinemaScope cartoons will be presented in their wide original aspect ratios on Chronological Donald, Volume 4. We've also gotten unconfirmed word that some of the duck's shorts from turn-of-the-century Saturday morning cartoon "Mickey Mouse Works" will also be included on that set. More...

August 5, 2008 - Kelvin Cedeno takes a look at today's other new Playhouse Disney compilation, Handy Manny: Manny's Pet Roundup. The third disc devoted to the bilingual animated children's series serves up seven 11-minute episodes and 5 similar set-top games. Read the full review.

August 4, 2008 - The eighth wave of Walt Disney Treasures has been made available for preorder at Amazon.com with the e-tailer's usual price guarantee. The two previously announced titles, Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow and The Chronological Donald, Volume 4, have been joined by a third title, Mickey Mouse Club Presents: Annette, which will presumably deliver the complete 19-episode serial that first aired in the winter of 1958. Due November 11th, each set is priced at $22.99, 30% off the list price. Cover art for the three upcoming volumes have been added here.

A news story on The Hollywood Reporter announces that Lionsgate has acquired DVD rights to a number of Disney/ABC series. Affected shows include the partially-released "Boy Meets World", "October Road", and "8 Simple Rules" and the never-available "According to Jim", "Hope & Faith", "My Wife & Kids", "Six Degrees", "Reaper", and "Kevin Hill." The studio intends to give season set treatment to all of the aforementioned, beginning with Season 1 of "Jim" on October 21 and "Reaper" on November 4. Disney's original DVD releases will be discontinued, something already experienced by the now elusive Season 1-3 sets of "Boy Meets World".

We've just posted our 800th DVD review with our critique of Miramax's R-rated dramedy Smart People. The 2008 release stars Dennis Quaid as a weary college professor juggling a romance (with Sarah Jessica Parker), an underachieving brother (Thomas Haden Church), and a precocious teenaged daughter (Ellen Page). In stores next week, the disc includes an audio commentary from the first-timers who wrote and directed the film, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a making-of featurette. Read our full review.

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The latest titles and dates added to the chart include You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Love Guru, and Sex and the City.

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!

Recent Disney DVD Reviews:
• "Wizards of Waverly Place": Wizard School - Furthers the trend of fantastical tween-oriented sitcoms, but solid acting keeps the proceedings more enjoyable than its low-budget Disney Channel kin. The DVD serves up 4 previously aired episodes and a cast-hosted tour of the set.
• "Phineas and Ferb": The Fast and the Phineas - More a callback to Disney Afternoon highs than a product of today's smug, ironic programming, this animated series centers on two stepbrothers having summer vacation fun while their pet platypus is a double agent and their big sister is a tattletale. The disc provides two hours of episodes of the Disney Channel comedy plus a series pitch (a full storyboard version of the pilot,introduced by the creators) and 4 set-top games.
• "Little Einsteins": Flight of the Instrument Fairies - The seventh DVD given the Playhouse Disney franchise, this disc holds four episodes including the title's unaired one plus a game.

Recent Non-Disney DVD Reviews:
• Shine a Light - Director Martin Scorsese documents The Rolling Stones in concert at New York City's Beacon Theater with footage from a team of decorated cinematographers. Paramount's disc serves up stunning video/audio, a 15-minute featurette and 4 unused song performances.
• "Freakazoid": Season 1 - Short-lived but well-liked mid-'90s WB cartoon comedy features the wacky adventures of a teenaged nerd turned frantic superhero. Warner's 2-disc set serves up 14 half-hour episodes (one of which doesn't really count), a solid featurette, 3 audio commentaries, and series promos.
• 21 - A group of MIT seniors spend their weekends in Las Vegas winning large sums by counting cards in casino blackjack games. The highly-attended film comes to DVD from Sony with audio commentary and three featurettes, including one in which the young stars teach the central skill.
• Shutter - Joshua Jackson and Rachael Taylor star as a photographically haunted married couple in this remake of a 2004 Thai horror film. 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.
• Step Up 2 The Streets - Touchstone's profitable sequel to its hit 2006 dance movie applies the same storyline (Baltimore youth finds art school as a way out of trouble) to a girl (Brian Evigan), retreading with only a briefly-seen Channing Tatum returning. The "Dance-Off Edition" holds 8 deleted scenes, 6 music videos, two featurettes, Easter Eggs, and more.

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