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August 31, 2012 - Scheduled to debut on Blu-ray next Tuesday, Arachnophobia has now been delayed until September 25th over quality concerns. This 1990 thrillomedy stars Jeff Daniels as a spider-fearing general practicioner who moves with his family to small-town California just in time for a deadly spider outbreak.
This directorial debut of longtime producer Frank Marshall was executive produced by Steven Spielberg and co-stars John Goodman, Julian Sands, and Harley Jane Kozak. The Blu-ray adds two new making-of shorts to the DVD's existing one and trailer. Read our review now, but prepare for the Blu-ray parts to get updated soon.
Our coverage of last week's Disney animation Blu-ray bonanza concludes with a review of The Aristocats. Set in 1910 Paris, this 1970 film follows three kittens and their mother on an adventure after their owner's butler tries to drug them and leave them for dead. From the voice cast to songs to story, this bears resemblance to a number of the studio's other animated animal films. The Blu-ray uncovers a new deleted musical number brought to life by Richard Sherman and introduces an Auto-Tuned new Marie song. It adds those to the Special Edition DVD's extras including a Figaro cartoon, a "Disneyland" excerpt, another deleted song, and more. Check out clips from the movie and from the new extra as part of our review.
August 29, 2012 - The holiday television movie Ebbie put a 1990s spin on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, reimagining Scrooge as Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge (Susan Lucci), a cold-hearted, all-business department store CEO. On the night before Christmas, she is visited by her old mentor Jake Marley (Jeffrey DeMunn) and three other ghosts, aiming to show her the error of her ways. "Home Improvement"'s Taran Noah Smith and The Santa Clause's Wendy Crewson are Tiny Tim and Roberta Cratchit, respectively. This Lifetime production makes its U.S. home video debut late next month with the title Miracle at Christmas: Ebbie's Story alongside a holiday music CD. Our review.
August 28, 2012 - Battleship is now available to own and we've got a review of Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet combo pack. Loosely adapted from the popular board game, this big budget action adventure film puts a young navy lieutenant (John Carter's Taylor Kitsch) in the middle of an alien invasion off the coast of Hawaii.
From the writers of Red and the director of Hancock, featuring Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, and Liam Neeson, one of the summer's first and biggest flops is now joined by an "All Access" viewing mode, an alternate ending previsualization, a tour of the battleship U.S.S. Missouri, and assorted making-of featurettes. B-4 you write off the film, check out our review.
After premiering on EPIX earlier this year, Lewis Black: In God We Rust comes to Comedy Central on September 7th and then to DVD and Blu-ray the following Tuesday. Running 79 minutes in an extended director's cut, this stand-up special sets the irritable comic off on cell phones, apps, Facebook, Farmville, Valentine's Day, aging, and Wendover, Nevada. The Blu-ray includes behind-the-scenes photos, uninvited audience interaction, a walk-out, and promo shoot outtakes. Our full review.
August 26, 2012 - Shout! Factory's upcoming box set Steve Martin: The Television Stuff compiles hour-long specials and various appearances featuring the white-haired comic. The 3-disc collection includes Martin's Oscar-nominated 1977 short The Absent-Minded Waiter, his 1976 HBO "On Location" special, the Lorne Michaels-produced "Best Show Ever" featuring many "Saturday Night Live" veterans, specials comprised of commercial parodies and video shorts, and brief appearances ranging from award shows and late night talk shows to music videos and three "Saturday Night Live" sketches. It's all complemented by a sturdy booklet with essay and a brand new interview with the funnyman reflecting on all these times. Don't miss our full review.
August 24, 2012 - Think Like a Man adapts Steve Harvey's bestselling self-help book into a hit romantic comedy. From the screenwriters of Friends with Benefits and the director of Barbershop, this film explores the lives of four couples whose relationships are shaped by Harvey's book. The ensemble cast includes Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union, Michael Ealy, and Meagan Good. After an over $90 million-grossing spring theatrical run, the film hits stores Tuesday. Sony's Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, UltraViolet, and four exclusive streams. Check out our review.
Disney has scheduled a Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2 DVD ($29.99 SRP) and Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP) release to arrive alongside Brave on November 13th. The set will hold twelve of Pixar's more recent animated shorts, including the Oscar-nominated La Luna, Presto, Day & Night and the Toy Story Toons. Extras will include filmmaker commentaries and student short films of John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. Cover art and preorder here.
We take an early look at the long-awaited new release of Hocus Pocus. Disney's 1993 comic fantasy has remained popular over the years, regularly cracking top sellers charts each October. The film unleashes three dead 17th century witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) against a group of kids (Omri Katz, Thora Birch, and Vinessa Shaw) and a cursed talking black cat (voiced by Jason Marsden) on Halloween night. Our review covers the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, which hits stores September 4th.
August 22, 2012 - Our newest review covers this week's 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD release of Pocahontas & Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. Released at the height of Disney's animation renaissance, the original film brings John Smith and the Virginia Company to Jamestown, where he secretly falls for the eponymous chief's daughter. The sequel takes Pocahontas to England alongside diplomat John Rolfe where she tries to fit in at a royal ball. The 1 Blu-ray, 2 DVD set boasts outstanding picture and sound, but disappoints in other ways, including its reduction of "If I Never Knew You" to plain old deleted song. Watch a clip from each film as part of our full review.
Pixar will extend its streak of November home video debuts with the just-announced November 13th release of Brave on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D. The studio's latest hit will be joined by two shorts (Oscar-nominated theatrical accompaniment La Luna and the all-new The Legend of Mor'du) plus director's commentary on DVD. A double-disc Blu-ray, available with a DVD or with Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and digital copy, will add much more, including extended scenes, making-of featurettes, an art gallery, and teasers. See the press release for cover art, preorders, and complete details.
August 21, 2012 - Check out our schedule's August 21st entry for more on today's many high-profile releases. Remember, when you buy DVDs, Blu-rays, or anything else at Amazon.com through one of our links, it provides much needed financial support to this site at no additional cost to you! More...
The least exciting of today's Disney Blu-ray debuts is our latest review subject. Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure picks up not long after Walt Disney's 1955 classic ended and focuses on the playful son of Lady and Tramp. Scamp looks to run with junkyard strays and falls for a girl from across the tracks. The Blu-ray adds a new Puppy Trivia Tracks feature to existing extras including audio commentary, making-of featurette, 3 Pluto cartoon shorts (now in HD), and sing-along songs. Watch a clip from the film and read our complete review.
August 20, 2012 - Chimpanzee, this year's entry to Disneynature's annual series of documentaries, arrives on disc tomorrow. Tim Allen narrates this up-close look at chimpanzee living and dynamics in the African rainforest. Available in both Blu-ray and DVD packaging, the Blu-ray + DVD includes making-of featurettes, a music video for the McClain Sisters' end credits theme "Rise", and promotional shorts. See an excerpt from the Blu-ray's extras as part our complete review.
August 19, 2012 - Sacha Baron Cohen's latest movie, The Dictator, arrives in a model established by his star-making hit Borat. In this fully-scripted comedy, the writer/producer/actor plays a Middle Eastern dictator who comes to America and is replaced by a double. Resigned to working in a Brooklyn co-op, he plots to reclaim his powerful position. After a middling run in theaters, Paramount releases this on Tuesday in a "Banned & Unrated" Blu-ray + DVD combo pack with two versions of the film, over a half-hour of deleted scenes, a Larry King interview, a music video, UltraViolet, and a digital copy. Full review.
August 17, 2012 - The 1977 animated adventure The Rescuers and its 1990 sequel The Rescuers Down Under finally get revisited in next week's 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD. Rescue Aid Society mice Bernard and Miss Bianca hop an albatross down to Devil's Bayou to help New York orphan Penny, a girl kidnapped by pawn shop owners to find the world's most expensive diamond. In the sequel, the mice head to Australia, where a boy named Cody has been abducted by a poacher determined to capture a rare golden eagle and its eggs. The 3-disc set unveils a new deleted musical number conceived for the original film while retaining the Silly Symphony Three Blind Mouseketeers, the Oscar-winning True-Life Adventure short Water Birds, a Down Under making-of featurette, and more. Find out what's missing and watch a clip from each film as part of our complete review.
Freelancers casts Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as a rookie NYPD officer who gets questionable training from his superiors (played by Academy Award winners Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker). After a one-week run in two coastal theaters, this gritty cop drama hits home video on Tuesday and we've got a Blu-ray review. Extras include an audio commentary by 50 Cent and his director, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, extended interviews, and a trailer. Read on.
August 16, 2012 - Our coverage of next week's Disney animation Blu-ray combo pack bonanza begins with a look at The Tigger Movie. The Hundred Acre Wood's first all-new feature film released to theaters, this 2000 film has Tigger searching for his family. It hits high definition with an unexpected short retrospective, ten "Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" shorts adapted from this film and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, a new Disney Intermission feature, a sing-along, and Kenny Loggins' "Your Heart Will Lead You Home" music video. Find out which of those the DVD drops and what extras from previous editions are lost as part of our detailed review.
August 15, 2012 - Paramount has announced Sunset Boulevard as its November Blu-ray catalog debut. Billy Wilder's sacred 1950 drama that brings together a struggling young screenwriter (William Holden) with a fading silent movie star (Gloria Swanson) will hit high definition on November 6th with a never-before-released deleted scene and the many bonus features of the movie's two-disc Centennial Collection DVD including an audio commentary by Wilder expert Ed Sikov, featurettes on the leads, and much more. See the press release for cover art and full details.
We take a good look at this week's much-anticipated Blu-ray debut of Jaws. Steven Spielberg's second theatrical credit, this 1975 thriller essentially introduced the summer blockbuster with its record-setting box office numbers. A series of shark attacks puts Amity Island on edge at the height of the vacation season. The town's police chief (Roy Scheider), a mainland oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss), and a salty shark hunter (Robert Shaw) join forces to find and kill the Great White predator. Now available, Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes the full two-hour cut of the laserdisc "The Making of Jaws", all-new feature retrospective "The Shark Is Still Working", deleted scenes, outtakes, a featurette on the stunning new restoration, art slideshows, an original trailer, BD-Live, and UltraViolet. Read our full review.
August 14, 2012 - The Criterion Collection brings us one step closer to having Wes Anderson's complete filmography available on Blu-ray with today's release of The Royal Tenenbaums. Released in 2001, Anderson's third film centers on a well-to-do New York family whose childhood prodigies have grown into melancholy adults (Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson). Their long-estranged father (Gene Hackman) shows up with just weeks to live looking to make amends with their mother (Anjelica Huston) and them. This Blu-ray extends Charlie Rose parody "The Peter Bradley Show" and retains the extras from the two-disc DVD including a making-of documentary, an Anderson audio commentary, cast interviews, a photo and art gallery, deleted scenes, trailers, and Easter eggs. Complete review.
August 12, 2012 - Our newest review covers Lone Wolf McQuade, one of the best regarded of Chuck Norris' 1980s action movies. Echoing his later signature TV role, Norris plays a Texas Ranger who does things his own way. His life becomes entwined with international gun smugglers (led by David Carradine), who injure his daughter and kidnap his love interest (Barbara Carrera). Now available, MGM's Blu-ray includes the film's original theatrical trailer. Read on.
The Lorax, Illumination Entertainment's computer-animated adaptation of a classic Dr. Seuss book, is now available to own and we've got a review of Universal's Blu-ray 3D combo pack. The mustachioed orange creature who speaks for the trees (voiced by Danny DeVito) meets a savvy young inventor (Ed Helms) in a story being retold to a young modern-day Thneedville teenager (Zac Efron) who's never seen a real tree. This blockbuster musical adventure from the creative team behind Despicable Me. The 3-disc set presents the film on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD, with extras that include three new mini-movies plus making-of short, a deleted scene, a sing-along, a making-of featurette, three games, an expedition section, and digital copy and UltraViolet downloads. Don't miss the full review.
August 9, 2012 - Spaceballs, Mel Brooks' parody of George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy, got a new Blu-ray this week and we've got a review. Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) and President Skroob (Brooks) plan to steal the air off neighboring planet Druidia. It's up to hero-for-hire Captain Lone Starr (Bill Pullman), Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga), half-man, half-dog Barf (John Candy), and the droid Dot Matrix (voiced by Joan Rivers) to save the universe. The 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray adds a new HD interview with Brooks to the many existing extras, including a half-hour retrospective documentary, an audio commentary, original trailers, galleries, a conversation between Brooks and co-writer Thomas Meehan, goofs, gags, and a John Candy tribute. May the Schwartz be with you.
August 8, 2012 - Romy and Michele's High School Reunion stars Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow as best friends who pose as the inventors of Post-It Notes for their ten-year reunion in their hometown.
This comedy is now on Blu-ray in a 15th Anniversary Edition disc that hangs onto the original trailer and a making-of featurette. Full review.
August 6, 2012 - Jake Lipson takes a look at Evita and Disney's recent Blu-ray debut. An Oscar winner for original song and Golden Globe winner for Best Picture (Comedy or Musical), this 1996 adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's esteemed stage musical stars Madonna as Eva Perσn, first lady of Argentina. Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce co-star. The 15th Anniversary Edition disc adds three bonus features from the Criterion laserdisc that were missing from the film's barebones, non-anamorphic DVD. Read on...
August 4, 2012 - Today's new review covers next week's Blu-ray debut of Adventures in Babysitting. The directorial debut of Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire), this 1987 Touchstone Pictures comedy follows a teenaged babysitter (Elisabeth Shue) and the three kids she's watching into downtown Chicago, where they run afoul of car thieves, street gangs, and others. The 25th Anniversary Edition might give you the babysitting blues. For more on that, see our full review.
August 3, 2012 - Our newest review covers the 2012 Disney Channel Original Movie Let It Shine. A modern-day reworking of Cyrano de Bergerac, this centers on Cyrus DeBarge ("Everybody Hates Chris"' Tyler James Williams), the teenaged son of an Atlanta pastor (Courtney B. Vance) who detests rap music. Cyrus wins a competition, but credit goes to his best friend Kris (Trevor Jackson), who maintains a lip-synching charade alongside their accomplished childhood classmate Roxie (Coco Jones). Let It Shine is presented in an extended edition both on DVD and in digital copies. Watch a clip as part of our complete review.
August 1, 2012 - The 1985 comedy Clue adapts the best-selling board game. Strangers assemble for a dinner party in 1954 America that soon turns into a murder mystery. Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn, and Eileen Brennan head an ensemble cast in this feature debut of writer/director Jonathan Lynn. In stores next week, Paramount's Blu-ray lets you watch the film with one of its three theatrically-released endings selected at random or with the VHS/television version that plays all three in succession. Review.
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 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.
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"The Rookies": The Complte Second Season - Shout! Factory brings this 1970s cop drama back to DVD. This Aaron Spelling production 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.
"Dan Vs.": The Complete First Season - This animated comedy series 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). Anchor Bay's 3-disc DVD supplies 22 half-hour episodes plus one of those in animatic form as well.
The Faculty (Blu-ray) - 1998 sci-fi horror flick 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.
Margaret (Blu-ray + DVD) - 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. 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.
Friends with Kids (Blu-ray) - Indie comedy 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. Lionsgate's Blu-ray includes audio commentary, deleted scenes, ad-libs and outtakes, a making-of featurette, and more.
Newsies (20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray) - In response to a publisher price hike, teen fugitive Jack Kelly (Christian 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. The BD hangs on to all but one of the movie's numerous DVD bonus features.
Down by Law (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - 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 disc 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. Dirty Pretty Things (Blu-ray) - This 2002 British thriller nominated for an original screenplay Academy Award stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Amιlie's Audrey Tautou as illegal immigrants working at a London hotel where they discover a dark secret operation. 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.
Casa De Mi Padre (Blu-ray) - Will Ferrell tries something different in this telenovela-inspired Spanish language comedy. 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 is 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.
Ransom (Blu-ray) - This 1996 thriller stars Mel Gibson 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.
The 39 Steps (The Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - 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.
Home on the Range (Blu-ray + DVD) - Disney's 2004 western was 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.
Phenomenon (Blu-ray) - 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.
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