October 15, 2009 - Warner serves up a second chronological serving of Peanuts with Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol 1. Six animated CBS specials that first aired from 1971 to 1974 come together in a two-disc set that also includes two song downloads and a featurette on Woodstock. Among the featured specials are It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown< Emmy winner A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and two programs never before released to DVD. Read the full review and watch a clip.
October 14, 2009 - Our latest review covers Chιri, the Miramax period romance drama that reunites Michelle Pfeiffer with her Dangerous Liaisons director Stephen Frears and writer Christopher Hampton. Pfeiffer plays a middle-aged courtesan who falls for a young man half her age (Rupert Friend). Out next week, the disc includes a featurette and deleted scenes. More...
October 13, 2009 - Our 26th and probably final review of a September release looks at Varsity Blues: Deluxe Edition. Paramount revisits this 1999 high school football drama, which stars James Van Der Beek as a promoted second stringer and Jon Voight as his ruthless coach. The R-rated MTV Film also features early appearances by the likes of Paul Walker, Amy Smart, Ali Larter, and Scott Caan. The DVD adds an audio commentary and four new featurettes. Read the full review.
October 11, 2009 - We've updated our schedules to reflect everything announced and anticipated for October, November, December and beyond.
October 10, 2009 - In what should be our final review of this fall's TV-DVD blitz, we look at "Life on Mars": The Complete Series. ABC's remake relocates a BBC series' premise to New York, where a 2008 detective wakes up in 1973 after an accident. Period police drama with a sci-fi fringe, the series had 17 episodes produced before low ratings got it cancelled. Jason O'Mara, Michael Imperioli, Gretchen Mol, Harvey Keitel head the cast, regularly joined by high-profile guest stars. Released last week, the moderately-priced 4-disc set includes four commentaries, ten deleted scenes, three featurettes, and a bloopers reel. Our review includes clips from over 50 songs aptly sampled on the show. Read on...
October 9, 2009 - Disney has announced that Touchstone's 10 Things I Hate About You: 10th Anniversary Edition will be released to DVD ($19.99 SRP) and Blu-ray ($39.99 SRP) on January 5, 2010. (Because getting it out this December would have been rendered the milestone accurate.) Both versions will include an all-new making-of documentary with deleted scenes, bloopers, interviews, and Heath Ledger's screen test. An audio commentary and digital copy will also be included on both formats. The release marks the first time on Blu-ray and 16:9-enhanced DVD for the Shakespeare-inspired 1999 high school comedy that recently spawned an ABC Family show. Click here for cover art.
Over two years after its theatrical release, Like Stars on Earth, "Disney's first Hindi language feature film", will come to Region 1 DVD on January 12, 2010. Produced by, directed by, and starring Aamir Khan, the acclaimed, nearly 3-hour, PG-rated drama centers on an 8-year-old boy and his new boarding school's art teacher. Having spent most of this year pre-orderable on Amazon.com (which listed next Tuesday as its release date) and been trailered on a few DVDs, Like Stars (Hindi title: Taare Zameen Par) will arrive in a 2-DVD set that also includes a music CD, a slipcover, and 2 postcards. Bonus features include a commentary by Khan, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and a panel discussion on children. Both Hindi and English audio and subtitles are offered.
October 7, 2009 - Our newest review looks at The Proposal, the hit romantic comedy released by Disney's Touchstone Pictures division. Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds star as a publisher and an assistant, who pose as an engaged couple to save their careers. The film co-stars Betty White, Craig T. Nelson, Mary Steenburgen, and Malin Akerman. With video clips and screencaps, our review covers the Deluxe DVD Edition, which contains deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and outtakes missing from the standard disc. Read on...
October 5, 2009 - Kelvin Cedeno brings you our review of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Diamond Edition Blu-ray. Walt Disney's first full-length feature film launches Disney's new line of animated classic Blu-ray Discs. While dropping hours of content from 2001's pioneering Platinum Edition, the release adds a wealth of new bonus material, most of it arranged in an interactive Hyperion Studios tour. This combo is released tomorrow in three premium gift sets and, more widely, two standard packages. Despite the language and packaging, all five of these sets offer two Blu-ray discs and one DVD holding the movie and a trio of light bonus features. (The 2-Disc DVD won't come until Thanksgiving week.) Our review contains video clips, screencaps, DVD transfer comparison, and thorough analysis of both the influential, highly-regarded musical fairy tale and its latest presentation. Read on...
If you're buying into Blu-ray or planning to in the future, you might wish to know that Amazon.com is currently selling the Snow White: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD in Blu-ray packaging for just $19.99. With the promo code SNOWHITE (note the one W), you'll save an additional $10, bringing the price down to $9.99. The coupon can also be used to save on the more expensive editions, most of which will net you free shipping with no additional purchases: Collector's Set with Book, Gift Set with 7 Dwarfs Plushes, Limited Edition Collector's Set, DVD Packaging. Note that this promotion might not last after tomorrow, will not work on an existing order that's already shipped, and tacitly accepts Disney's shrewd release strategy.
Four years after being there for its launch, Aaron Wallace returns to the Little Einsteins franchise for a review of recently-released compilation Fire Truck Rocket's Blastoff. The disc serves up four half-hour adventures, including the unaired title episode, in the Playhouse Disney series' signature style plus two playback-enhancing Magic Mission viewing modes. Read on...
October 2, 2009 - Disney has formally announced its first 2010 DVD release. Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine For You Special Edition will reach stores on January 5th. The disc's title short, late-'90s TV special A Valentine For You is joined by 1995's Un-Valentine's Day and -- for on DVD the first time -- 1989 "New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" episode "My Hero." Carrying a $29.99 list price, the set will include the existing game "Catch the Love Bug" and Pooh-themed Valentine cards.
October 1, 2009 - Updates on Toy Story 3 and Waking Sleeping Beauty have been made on our Upcoming Disney Movies page.
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.
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...
Recent Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
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), 1932 Silly Symphony Santa's Workshop, and a Cratchit family litho card.
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa - In this hour-long NBC special, Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Pepe, and Rizzo journey to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to make sure Santa gets his mail. Appearances are made by Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman, Jane Krakowski, Richard Griffiths, and Whoopi Goldberg. The DVD includes a "Stocking Stuffer Smorgasbord".
"Jonas": Volume 1 - Rockin' the House - The first DVD given to the Jonas Brothers' single-camera Disney Channel sitcom holds five episodes in fullscreen, two thus-unaired ones in widescreen, and a featurette in which co-star Chelsea Staub gets "JoBro'd."
Recent Non-Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - Charles Dickens and Matthew McConaughey collide in a romantic comedy about a ladies man visited by his late role model and three temporal spirits. Jennifer Garner, Breckin Meyer, Lacey Chabert, and Emma Stone co-star.
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.
"Ugly Betty": The Complete Third Season - The hour-long ABC series rebounds from sophomore season shortcomings to tactfully juggle a multitude of comedic and dramatic storylines. 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.
"30 Rock": Season 3 - The 3-time Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy winner offers more zesty behind-the-scenes looks at a fictional NBC variety series. Guest stars include Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Steve Martin, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, and Sheryl Crow. Among the many extras are 7 audio commentaries, deleted scenes, Alec Baldwin's latest "SNL" monologue, Emmy acceptance speeches, a full table read, and an Easter egg.
"Grey's Anatomy": The Complete Fifth Season - A lingering ghost, pig patients, an execution, and so much more go down in these 24 episodes, joined by deleted scenes, outtakes, an ABC Starter Kit briefing, and a number of featurettes in a 7-disc set.
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 child they're expecting. This R-rated dramedy is directed by Sam Mendes (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."
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Very First Alvin Show - This 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.
Star Wreck - 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."
"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 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.
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