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September 16, 2008 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The ALVINNN!!! Edition 2-Disc Collector's Set DVD Review

September 14, 2008 - Join us for an early look at Schoolhouse Rock!: Election Collection, a new Disney DVD timed to the upcoming presidential election. The disc includes fourteen numbers from ABC's enduring animated musical educational line on American history and government
plus two versions of "The Presidential Minute." Available for a limited time only, the release also includes a fold-out map with stickers for election tracking. Full review...

September 12, 2008 - Disney has announced a number of DVDs scheduled for release this December. The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Special Edition will street on December 16th with two games, a Jodi Benson-narrated virtual storybook, a new deleted song, and the new Underwater Mer-Venture Challenge game. On the same day, it will be available in The Little Mermaid Trilogy ($50.00 SRP) box set with its 1989 predecessor's Platinum Edition and the recently-debuted Ariel's Beginning plus 3 exclusive lithographs. All three movies will dramatically return to the Vault on January 30, 2009. Cover art has been posted here. Also arriving on December 16th in the same vein is another 3-Movie Collection holding the 1953 classic Peter Pan's Platinum Edition, the Pixie-Powered Edition of 2002 sequel Return to Never Land, and upcoming DTV Tinker Bell. Likewise, Peter and Return will go out of print in January.

But wait, there's more. The Ravenless DCOM sequel The Cheetah Girls: One World will come to fullscreen DVD ($29.99 SRP) and widescreen Blu-ray ($34.99 SRP) in an Extended Music Edition on December 16th.
The movie includes a never-before-seen music sequence gimmick and will be accompanied by a "Rock-Along" mode, a download of an exclusive "Feels Like Love" remix, a "Cheetah Spots" fun facts viewing mode, unspecified music videos, and Cheetah Girls glitter tattoos.

Our newest DVD review puts the live-action 101 Dalmatians in the hot seat. Glenn Close stars as the wretched Cruella DeVil, while Jeff Daniels and Hugh Laurie co-star. Available next Tuesday, Disney's new disc grants an anamorphic transfer and slipcover to its long out of print 1996 blockbuster. Read the full review.

September 11, 2008 - Take a look with us at "Alvin and the Chipmunks": The ALVINNN!!! Edition. Available from Paramount next week, this 2-disc set serves up 14 episodes from NBC's 1980s Chipmunks Saturday morning cartoon, the most substantial package yet given to the popular animated program that's marked by mischief and pop song covers. Read on...

September 9, 2008 - Our newest DVD review covers "The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries": The Complete First Season, released today by Warner. This 1990s Saturday morning cartoon places the cat and canary alongside Granny and Hector to the bulldog as a four-member team of globe-trotting detectives. The low-priced 2-disc set holds the first 13 episodes of the half-hour show. More...

It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for you to consult our DVDizzy.com DVD & Blu-ray Schedule for a complete look at this week's new releases, if you haven't already. As the holiday season starts approaching, it's full steam ahead for studios as they serve up last spring's theatrical hits, the previous year of renewed TV series, and a range of classics debuting in high-def and upgrading on DVD. Check it.

September 8, 2008 - Our coverage of the September TV-DVD blitz continues with Kelvin Cedeno's review of "Pushing Daisies": The Complete First Season. This unique ABC drama shakes up genre conventions with its visual imagination, offbeat humor, and genuine heart keeping one another in balance.
The often surreal storylines center on a pie maker possessing the limited gift of being able to back the dead. Warner's forthcoming 3-disc set serves up all nine of last season's episodes plus featurettes on each at just a standard new movie price. Full review...

In expectation of its Platinum Edition DVD and Blu-ray release next month, Sleeping Beauty is now playing at Disney's upscale Hollywood movie house, The El Capitan Theatre, through next week. Per tradition, the company scheduled a special opening night with a panel discussion. JP Chism makes his UD debut with his report on the evening, which was emceed by producer Don Hahn and included guests Sleeping Beauty voice Mary Costa, Imagineering VP Tony Baxter, and character animator Blaine Gibson among others. Read the full article: Sleeping Beauty at the El Capitan.

Aaron Wallace reviews Camp Rock, by far the best-selling TV movie of the year. This Disney Channel Original Movie relies on popular elements to breed a new franchise and further develop multi-platform talent. Newcomer Demi Lovato stars as an attendee of a camp for budding young musicians. There, she find elaborate song and dance sequences, a standard clique-challenged be-yourself plot, and the Jonas Brothers. The recently-issued Extended Rock Star Edition disc delivers a slightly lengthened cut plus a slew of bonus features including music videos, featurettes, sing-along options, and an Easter egg. Click for the full review.

September 7, 2008 - Our newest DVD review covers Child's Play: Chucky's 20th Birthday Edition, which this Tuesday provides the 1988 horror franchise starter with its long-awaited upgrade. The film tells of a cheerful boy doll that inherits a killer's soul and comes to life accordingly for the family that buys him. Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, and Brad Dourif star. MGM's disc delivers the movie's first widescreen transfer and 5.1 soundtrack in Region 1. It also piles on new bonus features, including multiple audio commentaries, a host of featurettes, and even some Easter Eggs. Read on.

Kelvin Cedeno takes a look at "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse": Mickey's Storybook Surprises, the fourth and latest DVD release given to the Playhouse Disney series. This disc delivers a record four episodes of the CG-animated preschool series which stars some of Disney's oldest cartoon characters. One of the four hasn't aired and the disc also includes a Mad Libs-type game. More...

September 5, 2008 - Our newest DVD review looks at Alvin and the Chipmunks Go to the Movies: Daytona Jones and the Pearl of Wisdom. In stores next week, this is the third compilation bestowed upon the 1990 spin-off season to NBC's hit Saturday morning cartoon. In addition to the title episode's Indiana Jones trilogy tribute, we get Chipmunk versions of Batman ("Batmunk") and RoboCop ("Robomunk"). Read the full review.

September 4, 2008 - We begin covering this month's box set blitz of last season's network television with a review of "Eli Stone": The Complete First Season. This hour-long ABC drama stars Jonny Lee Miller as the title character, a San Francisco lawyer whose newly-discovered brain aneurysm causes him to see fanciful visions he then uses to represent underdogs in need.
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Becoming an ensemble piece over time, the show co-stars Victor Garber, Natasha Henstridge, Julie Gonzalo, and James Saito. Available now, Disney's 4-disc set serves up thirteen episodes, 3 audio commentaries, an extended cut of the pilot, 4 featurettes, 7 deleted scenes, and a bloopers reel. More...

September 2, 2008 - Aaron Wallace takes a look at The Counterfeiters, this year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. This Austrian production dramatizes the true story of a Jewish man, captured by Nazis, whose expert forgery skills get him enlisted for a special project. Released last month, Sony's DVD came bearing a commentary, a making-of featurette, interviews, deleted scenes, a Q&A session, and a showcase of artifacts by source author and Holocaust survivor Adolf Burger. Read the full review.

Oscar and Emmy winner Helen Hunt makes her acting return and behind-the-camera feature debut on Then She Found Me, our newest review subject. This R-rated independent romantic dramedy stars Hunt as a Brooklyn schoolteacher hoping to get pregnant in spite of a variety of personal challenges. Bette Midler, Colin Firth, and Matthew Broderick co-star.
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Available today from THINKfilm and Image, the DVD includes an audio commentary from Hunt, cast interviews, a featurette, and the trailer. More...

Check out DVDizzy.com for a look at today's major new DVDs and Blu-ray releases. Scroll down for an overview of the entire television-heavy month.

We've got a neat video report for you from Disney's recent The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning DVD premiere on Santa Catalina Island. Our 8-minute video features interviews with celebrity guests and voice actors including Jodi Benson (Ariel) and Samuel E. Wright (Sebastian). Check it out.

August 30, 2008 - Our latest DVD review looks at It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Remastered Deluxe Edition. Warner's forthcoming disc pairs the beloved the 1966 Halloween gem with little-known 1981 Peanuts special It's Magic, Charlie Brown. The slipcovered new release also delivers a 14-minute featurette, free iTunes downloads of two songs, and improved picture quality. Read the full review.

Disney has issued a press release which confirms the suspected Platinum Edition schedule through the fall of 2010. Some of Walt's earliest and most popular animated features are now being planned for Platinum treatment on DVD and Blu-ray.
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The announcement also reveals that the repeatedly-shelved Walt Disney/Salvador Dali collaboration Destino is in the works of for an appropriately-timed debut.

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:
• "My Friends Tigger & Pooh": Hundred Acre Wood Haunt - Deceptively marketed and timed to Halloween, this compilation merely contains 3 standard episodes of the computer-animated Playhouse Disney show. Bonus features include an episode of "Handy Manny" (half centering on Halloween) and a trio of Fall Harvest games.
• The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning - Disney's animated prequel focuses on life in Atlantica while Ariel is still a finned teen and her widowed father, King Triton, has outlawed music. The DVD includes featurettes on production and Broadway's Little Mermaid stage show, a game, and two deleted scenes.
• Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: 2-Disc Collector's Edition - The 1993 stop-motion cult classic makes a third appearance on DVD, bearing 16x9 enhancement and several new extras. The additions include an audio commentary, a state-of-the-art ride-through and 37-minute featurette for seasonal Disneyland attraction Haunted Mansion Holiday, and a reading of Burton's original poem. They join an already impressive slate and Disney's first digital copy in a niftily-packaged set. (Related Interview: Director Henry Selick)
• Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert - The news-making feature filming of the Disney Channel tween icon's sell-out tour arrives in a 2-Disc Extended Edition that serves up fullscreen and widescreen versions in two dimensions and, with red & blue anaglyphic glasses, 3-D. The movie runs 8 minutes longer than in theaters and is joined by unused Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus performances, sing-along lyrics for 8 Hannah songs, and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Recent Non-Disney DVD Reviews:
• Son of Rambow - Independent British dramedy tells of an odd couple of boys who band together in the early 1980s to make their own movie inspired by First Blood. Paramount's Best Buy-exclusive DVD offers an inspired 4-party audio commentary, a comprehensive featurette, and two genuine homemade action films.
• Nixon: Election Year Edition - Oliver Stone's R-rated biopic stars Anthony Hopkins as the U.S. president and surrounds him with a talented ensemble cast including Joan Allen, James Woods, Paul Sorvino, and David Hyde Pierce. More human and historical than you'd expect of the controversial filmmaker, this 1995 drama returns to DVD a 212-minute director's cut with new anamorphic enhancement, two commentaries, an hour-long Charlie Rose interview, an hour-long deleted scenes section, and a new 35-minute featurette.
• Prom Night: Unrated Version - Brittany Snow stars as the targeted teen and Johnathon Schaech is her stalker in this bloodless remake of the 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis slasher. Sony's loaded DVD supplies a director & stars' audio commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a host of additional video features.

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