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DVDizzy.com: August 1-15, 2011 News Archives

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August 15, 2011 - Red Riding Hood, The Big Bad Wolf, and Granny are back in Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. This untimely sequel to The Weinstein Company's 2006 hit animated comedy
gets Granny (voiced by Glenn Close) mixed up with a witch's kidnapping of Hansel and Gretel (Bill Hader and Amy Poehler). Red (now voiced by Hayden Panettiere) and Wolf (still Patrick Warburton) reteam to solve a mystery that isn't what it seems. Coldly reviewed and one of the worst-performing movies of all time, Hoodwinked Too hits stores tomorrow and we look at Anchor Bay's Blu-ray + DVD combo which includes three music videos (two of which you can watch here), 5 voice actor featurettes, two storyboard sequences, and an art gallery. Full review.

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil Blu-ray + DVD Review The Big Lebowski: Limited Edition Blu-ray Book Review

August 14, 2011 - The Big Lebowski, the Coen Brothers' cult classic, makes its Blu-ray debut this week and we've got a review. This 1998 dark comedy stars Jeff Bridges as an L.A. slacker who is mistaken for a millionaire with the same name and becomes involved in a high-stakes kidnapping plot. John Goodman and Steve Buscemi play his bowling league buddies. Universal's Limited Edition Blu-ray Book carries over the bonus features from the film's 2-disc 10th Anniversary DVD, adding various playback enhancements and a digital copy. Read our full review.

The editors of Amazon.com have picked their Top 50 Blu-rays
and Top 50 DVDs of the year so far. Some solid choices on both lists, including a number of our top-rated review subjects of 2011.

August 13, 2011 - Now available on home video, the sci-fi adventure Mars Needs Moms has a lousy reputation to live down after putting up on one of the worst box office performances on record. Adapted from the book by Bloom County cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, the latest costly motion capture film from Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers Digital (and its last distributed by Walt Disney Pictures) tells the story of a young boy who follows his abducted mother to the red planet, where aliens are harvesting human mothers' essence for their unusual child-rearing arrangement. Our review covers the 4-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo, which delivers a half-hour of deleted/alternate scenes with introductions by director Simon Wells, two making-of shorts, an Easter egg, and a picture-in-picture look at the full mo-cap experience with commentary by Wells and stars Seth Green and Dan Fogler. Beam up with our review, which includes a clip from the movie.

August 11, 2011 - To celebrate the release of Rio on DVD and Blu-ray, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment held a Brazil-themed event in Glendale, California's The Americana at Brand shopping community. We've posted a little article on it, with eight photographs from the day that included samba dancers, parrots, and a concert by Sιrgio Mendes, the film's executive music producer. Check it out.

MTV and Paramount Home Entertainment have announced an October 4th DVD release of "Beavis and Butt-head": Mike Judge's Most Wanted. Timed to MTV's upcoming revival of the dim-witted teens, this low-priced disc will collect twenty of creator Judge's favorite segments from his iconic 1990s animated series, as well as clips from the new show, the featurette "Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head", and the original, uncut "Frog Baseball", the 1992 short that introduced Beavis and Butt-Head. Read the full press release.

Jumping the Broom Blu-ray Review

Our newest review looks at Jumping the Broom on Blu-ray. A spring box office hit, this comedy-drama shows us what happens when two black families -- one wealthy, one working class -- come together to celebrate the wedding of Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso). Revelations and romances flow while tensions escalate largely between the bride and grooms' mothers (Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine). Now available, Sony's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by the stars and director Salim Akil, two making-of featurettes, and, if you can get it to work, BD-Live content. Full review.

August 10, 2011 - We've updated our DVD & Blu-ray Release Schedules for August, September, and October & Beyond with dozens of newly-announced titles. Check them out to find dates and details for this summer's movies, new Ultimate Collector's Editions of classic Warner films, animated titles timed to the Christmas season, the usual bombardment of last season's television, catalog horror debuting on Blu-ray for Halloween, and family favorites prepped to gain notice from holiday retail traffic. If you like what you see, don't hesitate to make use of the Like, Tweet, and Share buttons at the top and bottom of each page. Start at the beginning or start at the end.

Journey with us to Rio for a look at the sixth computer animated comedy from Ice Age creators Blue Sky Studios. This G-rated musical adventure tells the story of Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), a sheltered, flightless blue macaw who leaves the comforts of Minnesota domesticity behind to save his species with Brazilian female Jewel (Anne Hathaway). The two birds are captured by smugglers, chained to one another, and set loose in the big city on the eve of Carnival. Now available, Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack delivers two music videos, jukebox feature "Rio de JAM-eiro", a deleted scene, a postcard-making activity, four making-of featurettes, the tutorial Dance-o-Rama, a guide to Rio, and more. Read all about it.

Our Disney Animated Classics page has been updated to reflect Winnie the Pooh's release plans as well as the scheduled Blu-ray 3D combo packs scheduled for three modern CG films.

Dead Man Blu-ray Review The Fox and the Hound & The Fox and the Hound 2: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review

August 8, 2011 - The black & white western Dead Man stars Johnny Depp as an accountant from Cleveland who gets into trouble in the dusty town of Machine after killing a man in self-defense. With the best bounty hunters money can buy on his trail, Bill Blake is guided by a large Native American named Nobody (Gary Farmer). From offbeat writer/director Jim Jarmusch, this 1995 Cannes entry and 1996 theatrical release also features appearances by Robert Mitchum, Crispin Glover, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, and Gabriel Byrne. Premiering on Blu-ray tomorrow through Echo Bridge's Miramax acquisition, the film is joined by a Neil Young music video and 16 minutes of deleted scenes/outtakes. Right now, Amazon.com is selling it for just $7.99, 60% off list price. Read our review to find out if this merits hanging a "Wanted" poster...

August 7, 2011 - Six months into our still-puzzling Google penalty, we've posted an update to our Sitepocalypse Now? article that mentions some simple things you can do to help keep DVDizzy.com online and includes a fun exercise to demonstrate how the search engine is failing all of us. Please read and share.

Our new review looks at this week's The Fox and the Hound & The Fox and the Hound 2: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD combo. Disney's transitional 1981 animated classic tells the story of Tod and Copper, who quickly become unlikely best friends as children, but find their relationship strained when they enter adulthood. The sequel, which went straight to DVD in 2006, returns the titular two to childhood and tests their friendship as Copper joins a band of singing stray dogs at a fair. The films make their hi-def debut sharing a Blu-ray and each also receives a new DVD, gaining and losing bonus features without repeating any across the two formats. In addition, the original movie gets its first widescreen home video presentation. Don't miss our comprehensive review.

Winnie the Pooh Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy cover art -- click for larger view

Amazon.com has made Winnie the Pooh, Disney's 51st animated classic available for preorder as a single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP), a DVD + Blu-ray combo in DVD packaging ($39.99 SRP), and a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo in BD packaging ($44.99 SRP). The lattermost of those is eligible for a $7 discount at the etailer, which has also shared cover art for all three editions. The critically acclaimed new Pooh is expected to reach stores before Halloween with deleted scenes, bonus shorts, and Blu-ray exclusives. It is one of several summer movies newly added to our September & Beyond Blu-ray & DVD Release Schedule.

August 4, 2011 - "Punky Brewster": The Best of Season Three gathers ten of the 22 episodes from the mid-1980s sitcom's first season in first-run syndication. Serious issues abound, as Punky (Soleil Moon Frye) and her adoptive father Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes) tackle drunk driving, divorce, R-rated movies, puberty, obesity, and sleeping pill dependency. Now available, Mill Creek's low-priced disc serves up over three hours of fun on a single disc. Read on.

Four Weddings and a Funeral Blu-ray Review Ferris Bueller's Day Off: 25th Anniversary Bueller... Bueller... Edition Blu-ray Review

August 3, 2011 - The 1994 British romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral launched the feature film careers of writer Richard Curtis and star Hugh Grant. Grant plays one in a group of bachelors who falls for an American woman (Andie MacDowell) he keeps seeing at his friends' weddings. A worldwide word of mouth hit and an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, this celebrated film from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell is now on Blu-ray with an audio commentary, making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, and trailers. Read our review of the former Target exclusive.

August 2, 2011 - Our newest review covers Ferris Bueller's Day Off. John Hughes' beloved high school comedy stars Matthew Broderick as a scheming senior who feigns illness to enjoy a fun-filled day in downtown Chicago with his girlfriend (Mia Sara) and best friend (Alan Ruck). Turning 25 this summer, this iconic film is today treated to a newly-packaged version of Paramount's Bueller... Bueller... Edition that maps out the group's stops. We provide a thorough review of the Blu-ray, which catches up with fourteen cast & crew members, digs up old production footage, and gets some perspective from Ben Stein. Full review.

Hey Dude: Season 1 DVD Review Last Night DVD Review

August 1, 2011 - Join us for a look at "Hey Dude": Season 1. Produced from 1989 to 1991, Nickelodeon's first original sitcom depicts life at Arizona's Bar None Ranch for four teenaged workers and their new boss. Now available, Shout! Factory's 2-disc DVD delivers the first of the show's 5 13-episode seasons. It also includes an all-new interview with Christine Taylor (Marcia in the '90s Brady Bunch movies), who began her acting career as one of the young staff members. Check out a clip from the show as part of our full review and don't forget to enter our giveaway by August 9th for your chance to win this DVD.

July 30, 2011 - Our newest review looks at Last Night. This R-rated romance drama stars Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington as a young English married couple living in New York City. Separated by an overnight business trip, the spouses are tempted to stray (by Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet). Left in limbo by Disney's Miramax sale, this follows its limited Tribeca Film May theatrical run with Tuesday's digital copy-wielding DVD from Echo Bridge Home Entertainment. Read the review and don't forget to enter our giveaway to win the DVD and/or an autographed movie poster.

July 29, 2011 - The medieval adventure film Season of the Witch stars Nicolas Cage and Hellboy's Ron Perlman as a couple of knights who desert the Crusades and are assigned to relieve a town of its grave plague by transporting the young witch believed responsible to a distant monastery. Written by the creator of CBS' "Threshold" and directed by Gone in 60 Seconds' Dominic Sena, this long-delayed PG-13 Relativity Media yarn is now available to rent or own with deleted scenes, an alternate ending, two making-of featurettes, a trailer, and digital copy. Read our review of Fox's Blu-ray.

July 28, 2011 - Soul Surfer tells the inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton, a Hawaii teenager who lost her arm to a shark but didn't lose her drive to succeed in competitive surfing. Bridge to Terabithia's AnnaSophia Robb plays the lead role, while Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt play her parents. In stores next Tuesday, Sony's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack holds making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, Hamilton surf footage, and the half-hour documentary "Heart of a Soul Surfer." Full review.

July 27, 2011 - Our summer giveaway blitz continues with Last Night. After a limited theatrical release, this romance drama starring Keira Knightley and Avatar's Sam Worthington comes to DVD (with digital copy) next week and we're giving you the chance to win it along with one or two posters signed by Knightley, co-star Eva Mendes, and writer/director Massy Tadjedin. Enter in one of three easy ways.

Adapted from a popular Italian comic book series, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night centers on a New Orleans private investigator (Brandon Routh) who deals with vampires, werewolves, and zombies (the latter of which include Dylan's assistant, played by Routh's Superman Returns co-star Sam Huntington). The two friends help a young woman (Journey to the Center of the Earth's Anita Briem) whose father was mysteriously murdered. After a short, disastrous theatrical release, this PG-13 horror comedy came to disc yesterday. We review Fox's Blu-ray.

July 26, 2011 - We're giving away two copies of "Hey Dude": Season 1 in our newest giveaway. Nickelodeon's first original live action series is now available in a 2-disc, 13-episode DVD from Shout! Factory. Watch some video clips, learn about the show, and enter in one to three simple ways: "Hey Dude": Season 1 DVD Giveaway.

The Best of "California Dreams" gathers ten standout episodes from the first three seasons of the mid-'90s TNBC sitcom from the makers of "Saved by the Bell." Now available from Mill Creek Entertainment, this low-priced disc includes the series' first episode (which introduced it as a family sitcom) and nine others looking at high school life for best friends and band mates. Though there are no extras on this collection, check out our review for a look at last year's cast reunion on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

July 25, 2011 - You can win the movie Barney's Version and the Mordecai Richler novel it's based on in our latest redbox giveaway. Co-starring Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike, and Twilight's Rachelle Lefevre, this Canadian film won Paul Giamatti the 2011 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical. Enter in up to three simple ways to win Sony's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and the 1997 bestseller from which it was adapted. Watch a clip from the film, learn more, and enter right here.

We've added a trailer to the X-Men: First Class Blu-ray & DVD press release.

Aaron Wallace looks at "Leverage": The 3rd Season. Timothy Hutton and friends return for another year of TNT's action comedy series about a team of criminal do-gooders. Paramount's 4-disc DVD includes deleted scenes, outtakes, some short making-of featurettes, and an audio commentary on all 16 episodes. Full review.

July 23, 2011 - The documentary film Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good looks at the goodwill work actor Gary Sinise has done for America's troops, including playing bass in the group named after his Forrest Gump character. Sinise began making USO tours in the wake of September 11th and hasn't stopped, boosting morale and sharing music all over the world. Directed by Jonathan Flora and featuring various celebrities, this film pays tribute both to Sinise and to the heroes he honors. It will be released next Friday exclusively at Amazon.com as a made-to-order DVD-R. Read our review.

July 22, 2011 - As an alternative to the Shout! Factory complete season sets, Mill Creek Entertainment has released "Punky Brewster": Turn Your World Around, a single-disc release holding over four hours of episodes from the 1980s NBC sitcom's first season. In her signature role, Soleil Moon Frye plays the colorfully-fashioned abandoned young girl who becomes foster daughter to an old widower (George Gaynes). Included here are three two-parters: Christmas' "Yes, Punky, There is a Santa Claus", spin-off-intending "Fenster Hall" (guest starring T.K. Carter and a young James LeGros), and the romance rekindling "Henry Falls in Love". This barebones, low-priced compilation elicits some concerns over quality and aspect ratio. Read our full review.

July 20, 2011 - The Australian thriller The Reef tells the story of a party of five whose capsized boat leaves them with two choices: stay on the slowly-sinking vessel hoping for help or swimming for hours through deadly shark-infested waters in hopes of reaching land. Four out of five choose the latter option, which makes for an exciting and harrowing adventure "based on a true story." It's now available on DVD and Blu-ray, with a making-of featurette. Full review.

Universal has announced a September 20th DVD and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack release for Bridesmaids, one of the year's biggest and best-reviewed comedies. "Saturday Night Live"'s Kristen Wiig co-wrote and stars in this tale of a down-on-her-luck woman asked to be maid of honor at the wedding of her best friend (Maya Rudolph). Hijinks ensue from a threatening new friend (Rose Byrne) to some bad Brazilian food. Produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and directed by "Freaks and Geeks" creator Paul Feig, this raunchy yet sweet film will be presented in theatrical and unrated cuts and loaded with extras, most of them exclusive to Blu-ray. See the press release for full details.

Beauty and the Beast: Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review Arthur (2011) Blu-ray & DVD Review Take Me Home Tonight Blu-ray Review

Our newest review covers this week's new Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition of Beauty and the Beast. The first feature filming of the familiar fairy tale, Jean Cocteau's artistic 1946 movie is still hailed as a masterpiece today. The story of a young woman (Josette Day) who becomes the guest of a feared beast (Jean Marais) was a strong influence on Disney's Oscar-winning 1991 animated musical. The single-disc Blu-ray retains almost all of the bonus features from the film's in-print DVD including Philip Glass' synchronized opera (in 5.1 DTS-HD master audio), two historian audio commentaries, two trailers, a retrospective documentary, an interview with the cinematographer, a vintage TV show on the makeup artist, a short piece on the film's 1995 restoration, a photo gallery, and a rich booklet. Be our guest at our full review.

July 19, 2011 - Fox has announced that X-Men: First Class will come to DVD and Blu-ray on Friday, September 9th. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) and starring a wealth of accomplished young actors including James McAvoy (Wanted), Michael Fassbender (Inglourius Basterds), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), January Jones ("Mad Men") and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), this critically-acclaimed prequel to the studio's most popular superhero franchise looks at life in the 1960s for the future Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, Emma Frost, and other mutant superheroes. The Blu-ray will include 10 X-Men digital comics, an interactive Cerebro Mutant Tracker, an 8-part behind-the-scenes documentary, deleted/extended scenes, and an isolated score. See the full press release for much more information and a look at two available covers.

July 17, 2011 - Thirty years ago today, the original Arthur opened in theaters, beginning its long blockbuster run. Today, we review the remake. Russell Brand assumes Dudley Moore's Oscar-nominated role as the titular rich, alcoholic playboy who treats New York City like his own personal playground. Helen Mirren is his nanny Hobson (the part that won John Gielgud a supporting actor Oscar). Arthur's mother threatens to cut him off from the family fortune unless he marries a high-powered executive (Jennifer Garner). Then, Arthur meets and falls for a girl from Queens (Greta Gerwig). Released on Friday, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes a gag reel, unused improvisations, and deleted/extended scenes. When you get caught between the moon and New York City, the best that you can do is read this review.

July 16, 2011 - Set in the 1980s and full of period culture, Take Me Home Tonight stars Topher Grace as a recent MIT graduate and current Suncoast video store employee whose path crosses with his high school crush (Teresa Palmer) one eventful day. Anna Faris plays Grace's sister and Dan Fogler is his friend in this R-rated comedy, written by "That '70s Show" scribes Jeff and Jackie Filgo. The movie, which also gives Grace a story and executive producer credit, was shot back in early 2007, then shelved over Universal's concerns of its drug depictions. It found a home at Relativity Media, where it flopped big this spring amidst chilly reviews. We look at the Blu-ray Disc, available Tuesday from Fox, which includes Atomic Tom's "Don't You Want Me" music video (distinguished by the cast's fun iconic '80s movie scene recreations), a Music Boombox guide to the film's '80 tunes, deleted scenes, a cast reunion, a trailer, two TV spots, and a digital copy. Full Blu-ray review.

Cars: Director's Edition 11-disc collection -- click to view larger cover art Rango: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

July 15, 2011 - Amazon.com has made Cars 2 available for preorder in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP, also available in DVD packaging), a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($49.99 SRP), and an 11-disc Cars: Director's Edition box set ($119.00) with Blu-rays, DVDs, and digital copies of Cars, Cars 2, and Mater's Tall Tales, plus a bonus Blu-ray disc and Blu-ray 3D of Cars 2 and a car. Furthermore, for a limited time, you can save $7 with a coupon on the 5-disc and 11-disc sets (scroll down to "Movies & TV"). Cars 2, Pixar's 12th and least acclaimed film, is expected to hit disc in early November.

Our latest review covers Rango. Johnny Depp reteams with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, voicing a chameleon who is stranded in the desert and becomes sheriff of a drought-plagued small town called Dirt. This Nickelodeon Movies western comedy is the first animated feature made by Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic and has become the early frontrunner for next winter's Best Animated Feature Oscar. Paramount's two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes theatrical and extended cuts of the film, the reinserted deletions on their own, an audio commentary, a storyboard picture-in-picture mode, a featurette on the real creatures depicted in the film, and a 48-minute making-of documentary. Don't miss our full review.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Four Movie Collection -- click to read press release

July 14, 2011 - Disney has announced an October 18th home video debut for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. In this fourth movie in the blockbuster adventure franchise, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past looking for the Fountain of Youth (Penιlope Cruz) and the feared pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Making the fastest trip from theaters to stores, the series' lowest grossing entry domestically and highest grossing entry overseas will not be released in a standalone DVD. Instead, you can choose from 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo ($39.99 SRP, in Blu-ray or DVD packaging), a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D + 2 Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy set ($49.99 SRP), and an epic 15-disc Four Movie Collection ($169.99 SRP). Read all about them and watch a clip from a bonus feature on the making of the popular mermaids sequence as part of the full press release. UPDATE: Disney has clarified to Home Media Magazine that single-disc DVD-only release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be released in November 15th, a month after its Blu-ray combo packs debut.

July 13, 2011 - In expectation of the new CGI/live-action Smurfs movie opening in theaters soon, Warner is releasing "The Smurfs": A Magical Smurf Adventure to DVD next week. This 2-disc, 10-episode collection gathers a mix of quarter-hour and half-hour Season 2 episodes, three of which team the Smurfs up with young medieval adventurers Johan and Peewit (Peewee), whose Peyo comic introduced the gang in 1958. See what kind of shenanigans Brainy, Lazy, Greedy, Tracker, Smurfette, and Papa Smurf get into here. Extras include a lesson on speaking Smurf and a countdown of the set's ten best moments. Our full review includes a video clip.

Fuzzbucket: Disney Generations Collection - click to buy from Amazon.com

Fuzz Bucket, the hour-long 1986 Wonderful World of Disney special (a pilot for an unsold series), is the latest release in the manufactured on demand Disney Generations Collection. In this tale from Hocus Pocus writer Mick Garris, Phil Fondacaro (Troll, "Sabrina the Teenage Witch") stars as the eponymous tiny creature who befriends the only 12-year-old boy (The Last Starfighter's Chris Hebert) who can see him. Amazon.com is one of just two places currently selling the DVD-R.

July 12, 2011 - Paramount Home Entertainment has announced a September 13th DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D debut for Thor, the year's top-grossing non-sequel and the latest film built around a Marvel Comics superhero. Chris Hemsworth plays the Norse god who finds himself on our planet in the present-day. The cast also includes Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgεrd, Idris Elba, and Kat Dennings. With the hammer-swinging Thor already set to return in next year's dream team pic The Avengers and the recently-announced sequel in 2013 (both distributed by Marvel owner Disney), this origin film will be joined by over 80 minutes of extras including an Avengers sneak peek. See the full press release for more details and decide which edition to preorder. Cover art here.

The Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure DVD Review Insidious Blu-ray Review The Incredibles Blu-ray & DVD Review

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Miral - Director Julian Schnabel's narrative follow-up to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly runs through fifty years of Israeli-Palestinian tensions from the perspective of Palestinian author/screenwriter Rula Jebreal. Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto plays the title character, a teenager studying and teaching through a girls' school founded in the 1940s by the charitable Hind Husseini (The Visitor's Hiam Abbass). Anchor Bay's DVD of this controversial Weinstein Company drama is joined by an audio commentary, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a half-hour Chicago Palestine Film Festival Q & A session, and Schnabel's tour of his art studio.
• Insidious - From the writer and director of Saw and the producers of Paranormal Activity, this low-budget horror film tells the story of a family (headed by Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) who believes their haunted house may be responsible for their son's coma-like state. This debut release by Film District became 2011's most profitable film by cost-to-gross ratio. Sony's Blu-ray holds three making-of featurettes.
• Have a Laugh! Volume 4 - Five more classic Disney shorts get remastered and made over. Goofy goes swimming and surfing, Pluto does battle with a boomerang and a turtle, Chip 'n Dale invade Donald's mobile home, and Mickey Mouse ticks off an Australian emu. One of those and two others get the obnoxious BLAM! treatment, plus the Jonas Brothers' "Play My Music" from Camp Rock is set to Mickey's Barnyard Broadcast.
• Dinocroc vs. Supergator - Legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman and actor David Carradine come together one last time in this Syfy original movie about two giant, killer reptiles on the loose in Kauai, Hawaii. Carradine plays the rich man whose lab genetically engineered the monsters and wants to minimize damage. A conservation officer, a government agent, and master reptile killer "The Cajun" team up to combat the creatures. Anchor Bay's DVD is equipped with an audio commentary by Corman and writer/director Jim Wynorski plus a trailer you can watch here.
• The Incredibles (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Brad Bird tells the story of a family of superheroes forced to hide their powers in anonymity. The loaded combo pack is analyzed in detail, comparing the old DVD to the new one and both to the Blu-ray. Find out what's gained and what's lost, and watch movie and bonus feature clips.
• Jackass 3.5 - Unrated direct-to-video movie is comprised of hijinks unused in Jackass 3D. Doling out more pain and humiliation to the willing team of fearless men, the feature is accompanied by an hour-long 10th anniversary tribute to the MTV series, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a "European Tour" short.
• Of Gods and Men (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - This Grand Prize winner at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and French entry for the 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar tells the true story of French monks (led by Sahara's Lambert Wilson and Moonraker's Michael Lonsdale) endangered by turmoil in 1990s Algeria. The set delivers excellent French report on the film and its real-life counterpart and an extended interview with an American author whose book tackled the same subject... but only on Blu-ray.
• Have a Laugh! Volume 3 - Presents updated versions of five classic Disney animated shorts alongside the remastered originals. Spanning from 1938 to 1950, the featured cartoons are Mickey's Delayed Date, The Whalers, Chef Donald, Goofy's How to Play Baseball, and Pluto and the Gopher. The disc also includes three "BLAM!" shorts and a "Re-MICKS" setting vintage Mickey and Minnie partying to The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling."
• Wild Cherry - Tania Raymonde ("Lost"), Rumer Willis (The House Bunny), and Kristin Cavallari ("The Hills") play high school seniors who vow not to lose their virginity after learning the football team has made deflowering a tradition. Co-starring Ryan Merriman, Jesse Moss, John White, Tia Carrere, and, as a sad single dad, Rob Schneider, this R-rated teen sex comedy comes to DVD and Blu-ray three years after production and two years after airing on Canadian television.
• Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy - A year after his big screen debut, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) returns. Now in seventh grade, Greg takes a liking to the new girl (Peyton List), tries to make his best friend Rowley (Robert Capron) an Internet sensation, and bonds with his big brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) in this adaptation of the second entry in Jeff Kinney's best-selling children's book series. Fox's combo pack holds seven "My Summer Vacation" shorts, an alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, an audio commentary by Kinney and director David Bowers, and a trailer.
• Glory Daze - In his first starring role, Ben Affleck plays an angry, lovelorn guy on the verge of graduating from art college. He decides he'd like to spend another year at "El Rancho Grande" with his four housemates (including Sam Rockwell and French Stewart). Full of the era's punk music and grunge fashion, this film written and directed by Airheads and xXx scribe Rich Wilkes features early appearances by a number of future stars, including Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser, and Leah Remini. The cast also includes Alyssa Milano, John Rhys-Davies, and Spalding Gray.

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