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September 29, 2009 - Our newest review covers the biblical comedy Year One. Jack Black and Michael Cera star as prehistoric losers who leave their village for a trip of misadventures. This PG-13-rated film is written and directed by Groundhog Day's Harold Ramis and produced by Judd Apatow.
In stores next week, Sony's Theatrical Edition DVD includes a commentary by Ramis, Black and Cera, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, a making-of featurette, alternate lines, and the trailer. Read the full review.

Get informed on today's many new DVD and Blu-ray releases with our DVDizzy.com Schedule for September 29th.

September 28, 2009 - Cross Charles Dickens with Matthew McConaughey and what do you get? Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, a romantic comedy in which a ladies' man gets visited by his late Uncle Wayne (Michael Douglas) and three temporal spirits to show him the errors of his ways. Co-starring Jennifer Garner, Breckin Meyer, Lacey Chabert, and Emma Stone, this PG-13 film is now available to rent and own. Read the review.

September 27, 2009 - Our Christmas in September stretch concludes with a review of this week's third and final holiday-timed Disney DVD: Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving. Although it debuted looking like a direct-to-video movie, all but 5 minutes of this 63-minute outing predate 1999. The bulk is comprised of two Season 1 "New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" episodes and 1998 TV special A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving. The 10th Anniversary Edition Gift Set adds two additional "New Adventures" episodes and a collectible stocking to two carried over activities. More...

Aaron Wallace serves up a review of "Jonas": Volume 1 - Rockin' the House. Released last Tuesday, this DVD is the first given to the Jonas Brothers' single-camera Disney Channel sitcom. Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas play the Lucas Brothers, who attend high school on the side of their pop stardom. The disc holds five episodes in fullscreen, two thus-unaired ones in widescreen, and a featurette in which co-star Chelsea Staub gets "JoBro'd", which isn't quite as it sounds. Read on...

We have updated our Classic Disney TV Movies Page to reflect all of the ones that have been released to DVD as Disney Movie Club Exclusives (some of which have quietly trickled into general retail). Available discs hold 1-hour, 2-hour, and 3-hour broadcasts that made their debut on Walt Disney's anthology program from 1954 to 1979. Check it out.

September 25, 2009 - Our latest review looks at Hero: Special Edition. Set in ancient times, this Oscar-nominated 2002 Chinese drama tells of a nameless soldier (Jet Li) who, against all odds, kills three assassins. Or does he? Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, and Zhang Ziyi co-star in what five years ago became one of the highest-grossing foreign films on American soil. Miramax's recent reissue retains the original extras and adds a new behind-the-scenes featurette on fights. More...

September 24, 2009 - The season sets keep coming with Kelvin Cedeno's look at "Ugly Betty": The Complete Third Season. The hour-long series rebounds from sophomore season shortcomings to tactfully juggle a multitude of comedic and dramatic storylines.
Released this week, the six-disc set serves up deleted scenes, webisodes, commentaries of the audio and video variety, a featurette on the production's relocation to New York City, bloopers, and an ABC starter kit. Click here for the complete review.

We've got another September TV DVD review coming your way today and this one is no ABC drama. It's "30 Rock"! Earlier this week, this NBC show took home the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, its third win in as many seasons. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, and Jane Krakowski head an ensemble cast regularly joined by big name guest stars in this zesty behind-the-scenes look at a "Saturday Night Live"-type variety series. Now available, Season 3 includes appearances by Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Steve Martin, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, and Sheryl Crow. Among the many extras are 7 audio commentaries, deleted scenes, Baldwin's latest "SNL" monologue, Emmy acceptance speeches, a full table read, and an Easter egg. Be sure to check out the full review.

September 23, 2009 - Just in time for tomorrow night's season premiere, Jake Lipson administers a review of "Grey's Anatomy": The Complete Fifth Season, which features a lingering ghost, an icicle impalement, a flood, a crossover with "Private Practice", pig patients, a traumatized Iraq War veteran, a wedding, a dismissal, an execution, a milestone episode, a beard, numerous romances, and a cliffhanger. Disney/ABC's recently-released 7-disc set holds 24 episodes, deleted scenes, outtakes, an ABC Starter Kit briefing, and a number of featurettes. Read the full review, which includes video clips.

September 22, 2009 - Our Christmas in mid-September continues with Walt Disney Animation Collection: Volume 7 - Mickey's Christmas Carol. The Oscar-nominated 1983 featurette is joined by Don Bluth's The Small One (1978), Pluto's Christmas Tree (1952), and 1932 Silly Symphony Santa's Workshop. In stores next week, the DVD includes a Cratchit family litho card. Aspect ratio information, censorship issues, analysis, posters, release comparisons, and even a nod to Christ can all be found in our thorough review.

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September 21, 2009 - There's just three months and change until Christmas, which means it's time for our first review of this year's holiday season DVDs! A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa is an hour-long special that aired on NBC last December. In it, Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Pepe, and Rizzo journey to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to make sure that the big guy in the red suit gets mail written to him. In addition to the lovable large cast of Muppets, the special features appearances by Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman, Jane Krakowski, Richard Griffiths, and Whoopi Goldberg. The DVD includes a "Stocking Stuffer Smorgasbord". Read on...

September 18, 2009 - Our newest DVD review gives you an early look at Away We Go. John Krasinski ("The Office") and Maya Rudolph ("Saturday Night Live") stretch their chops as a couple who travels around to find a place suitable to raising the daughter they soon will be having. This R-rated dramedy is directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) and co-stars Jeff Daniels, Catherine O'Hara, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Universal's disc includes an audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and a piece on the production's "Green Filmmaking." Read on...

Disney has set December 15th as the home video release date for two of its big summer movies. The theatrical one, G-Force, arrives in a barebones widescreen single disc ($29.99 SRP); a deluxe DVD + digital copy ($39.99 SRP) with deleted scenes, bloopers, 3 music videos, "Blaster's Boot Camp", and "G-Force Mastermind"; and a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo ($44.99 SRP) that adds Cine-Explore, "Bruckheimer Animated" ("a retrospective on Jerry Bruckheimer's groundbreaking CG work"), and "Access Granted: Inside the Animation Lab." The record-setting TV feature, Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, arrives only in a widescreen Extended Edition DVD ($29.99 SRP) with the featurette "Insider's Exclusive - On Location" and, for a limited time, a color-changing wishing stone with clip. G-Force and Wizards cover art has been posted here.

September 17, 2009 - Release dates have been set for most of this summer's big films. Check out the third page of our DVDizzy.com Schedule for news on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Julie & Julia, The Ugly Truth, Bruno, and Funny People.

Star Trek may be two months from beaming to home video, but Paramount recently released Star Wreck.
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The subject of our latest DVD review, this disc holds two episodes of Alvin and the Chipmunks' film-spoofing 1990 "Go to the Movies" series plus the 1988 Sherlock Holmes story "Elementary, My Dear Simon." More...

September 16, 2009 - If you've been keeping count, then you already know that "Castle" marked the 999th home video review posted on our two sites. Now, we bring you #1000: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Very First Alvin Show. This recent Paramount compilation holds the complete first episode of 1961's "The Alvin Show" and the 1985 special A Chipmunk Reunion (in which the Chipmunks track down their mother). Best of all is 1990's Rockin' Through the Decades, hosted by Will Smith, in which the Chipmunks pay tribute to fifty years of pop music with inspired covers of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and Elton John plus two Michael Jackson videos featuring Alvin. Read the full review.

We've just posted our review of "Castle": The Complete First Season. This ABC drama doles out more police procedure as it joins best-selling mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) and the no-nonsense detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) while they try to solve puzzling homicides. In stores next week, the 3-disc set supplies ten episodes, four audio commentaries, three featurettes, and an outtakes reel. Read on...

September 10, 2009 - From the D23 Fan Expo in Anaheim, Disney has issued a press release on the Diamond Collection, a line confirmed to refer only to Blu-ray releases of the studio's most beloved animated classics. The announcement reiterates Fantasia (and Fantasia 2000?) and Beauty and the Beast as the titles scheduled for this treatment in 2010. It also establishes the 14 movies that the series will feature over the years. Not carried over from the Platinum line is Aladdin, whose expulsion had been rumored following the soft sales numbers of its 2004 DVD release. Nothing has been added in its place, not Alice in Wonderland and not Dumbo, whose Blu-ray and DVD re-release remains scheduled for early next February, with moniker to be determined. As Disney continues to promote the Blu-ray format, it appears that Platinum Collection labeling of 2-Disc DVDs is being retired, beginning with November's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, generically dubbed a "2-Disc DVD." Read the full press release.

Recent Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana - In Disney Channel's third and latest three-series summer event, characters from "Wizards on Waverly Place", "The Suite Life on Deck", and "Hannah Montana" interact aboard the S.S. Tipton in these three episodes. The DVD includes Justin Russo's essay-writing advice short and a behind-the-scenes featurette with bloopers and interviews.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland - Playhouse Disney's hit computer-animated series' sixth DVD puts Lewis Carroll-inspired curiosities on the path of Mickey and Donald while they try to track down a missing cuckoo clock bird. The disc includes the bonus episode "Goofy Going Goofy" and two levels of interactivity to the title special.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Enchanted Musical Edition - Disney's Mary Poppins contingency plan was made in 1971 by many of the same people who worked on that Oscar-winning English period fantasy musical including songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman, director Robert Stevenson, writers Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi and actor David Tomlinson. This one stars Angela Lansbury as an apprentice witch looking after three orphans during the early days of World War II. The new disc does some addition and subtraction, compared to the Oscar-winning movie's 30th Anniversary Edition DVD.
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams: Special Edition - This 2007 direct-to-video creation started and apparently ended a line of original animated stories starring Disney's beloved royal ladies. Sleeping Beauty's Aurora and Aladdin's Jasmine take the spotlight here. The set's new addition is a bonus disc that provides a sneak peek of The Princess and the Frog plus Cinderella and Mulan music videos.
Earth - The Disneynature banner launches with this well-attended documentary partially recycled from the decorated 2006 BBC series "Planet Earth." The 90-minute film grabs spectacular footage from around the globe, focusing most on journeying families of polar bears, African elephants, and humpback whales. The Blu-ray and DVD releases are bundled together in a combo that also includes making-of and filmmaker annotations.
"Sonny with a Chance": Sonny's Big Break - Camp Rock's Demi Lovato stars as a teenaged girl who joins the cast of her favorite sketch comedy show. The disc serves four of the show's first five episodes, another one that hasn't yet aired, plus Demi Lovato's audition and the cliffhanger season finale of show-within-a-show "Mackenzie Falls."
Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie: Limited Edition Gift Set The 2005 direct-to-video feature makes full use of the 1996 TV special Boo to You! Winnie the Pooh to parallel the story of Roo and Lumpy facing fears on their first Halloween together.

Recent Non-Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
"Brothers & Sisters": The Complete Third Season - The ensemble ABC drama stays on course with its inside look at the secrets and scandals of California's large, wealthy Walker family. The 6-disc, 24-episode set includes audio commentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers, and featurettes.
"Desperate Housewives": The Complete Fifth Season - Wisteria Lane welcomed a new resident and enough burning questions to be called "The Red Hot Edition." A five-year jump changes the status and standing of core families. The 7-disc set includes audio commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, bloopers, and season highlights as chosen by series creator Marc Cherry.
"Eli Stone": The Complete Second Season - The ABC drama about a San Francisco lawyer (Jonny Lee Miller) with divine aneurysm-spawned hallucinations ends here with 13 episodes on 3 discs. The ensemble cast, which included Victor Garber and Natasha Henstridge, is joined in Season 2 by guests Taraji P. Henson, Sigourney Weaver, Katie Holmes, Kerr Smith, and Seal. Bonus features include bloopers, deleted scenes, and two behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails - The Movie - This hour-long computer-animated feature lets its tank engines talk for themselves for the first time. The good-natured Thomas befriends broken-down former legend Hiro and vows to secretly get him back in working order, so long as the proud Spencer doesn't find out. The DVD includes two games, a sing-along song, and an hilarious room makeover feature.
"Dirty Sexy Money": The Complete (and Final) Second Season - After ten months away, this ensemble drama about a wealthy family and its lawyer returned, remembered its original murder mystery, and welcomed Lucy Liu into its cast. The 3-disc set puts a premature end to the show with deleted scenes, bloopers, and 3 featurettes, to boot.
"Important Things with Demetri Martin": Season One - Comedy Central's variety series utilizes Martin's talents as writer, stand-up performer, and actor with sketches, animation, verbal and sight jokes, musical humor, and fake commercials. The disc includes deleted sketches, outtakes, audio commentaries, an Easter egg, and a tiny poster.
Adventureland -This dramedy from Superbad director Greg Mottola centers on youths spending summer 1987 working at a Pittsburgh amusement park. Jesse Eisenberg, Twilight's Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr ("Freaks and Geeks"), Ryan Reynolds, and "Saturday Night Live" players Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig headline the cast. Extras include an audio commentary, deleted scenes, and a making-of featurette. Our review uncovers two Easter eggs and gives you the complete list of period songs the film samples, with audio clips.

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