DVDizzy.com: OCTOBER 16-31, 2010 NEWS ARCHIVES
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October 31, 2010 - A follow-up to Holiday Treats, Christmas Treats: T.V. Sets brings together holiday episodes from 8 classic CBS/Paramount sitcoms ("The Beverly Hillbillies", "The Lucy Show", "Petticoat Junction", "Happy Days", "Laverne & Shirley", "Mork & Mindy", "The Odd Couple", and "Cheers") and adds a new-to-DVD segment from the comedy anthology "Love, American Style". The DVD is available Tuesday, but feel free to read all about the more than 3 and a half hours of festive fun in our detailed review right now.
October 29, 2010 - We've just posted our review of Elf: Ultimate Collector's Edition. This blockbuster 2003 comedy about a human raised by North Pole elves visiting New York City solidified Will Ferrell's movie star status and gave us one of the most enjoyable Christmas movies in a while. Released this week, Warner's new set puts the fully-loaded 2-disc DVD in a fancy tin with a soundtrack sampler, gift tags, a Buddy the Elf stocking, and magnetic picture frame. On-disc bonus features include two audio commentaries, infinifilm playback mode, a fact track, deleted scenes with commentary, making-of and holiday featurettes, games, DVD-ROM, and more. Don't miss our full review.
Disney has announced a February 1, 2011 release of the animated Alice in Wonderland's 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo. New bonus features will include the "Through the Keyhole: A Companion's Guide to Wonderland" viewing mode, Disney View side bar art, the interactive "Painting the Roses Red" game, Walt Disney's color TV introduction, and Alice and the Doorknob reference footage and a shrinking Alice pencil test (both introduced by Alice's voice actress Kathryn Beaumont). Other features from this year's Special Un-Anniversary Edition DVD are expected to return, along with Disc 1 of that set. List price is $39.99 and you can now pre-order it from Amazon.com. Click here for cover art.
Kelvin Cedeno reviews the recent Blu-ray release of Predators, the Robert Rodriguez-produced reboot of the sci-fi action series launched in the 1980s. Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, and Topher Grace head a cast of eight humans dropped on a foreign planet where they must outwit and avoid the fierce, adaptive predators. Extras include an audio commentary, deleted scenes, motion comics, a 6-part making-of documentary, a Fox Movie Channel special, and the trailer. Read the full review.
October 28, 2010 - The latest release in Warner's low-priced but still chronological alternative to season sets, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!": Volume 4 - Spooked Bayou supplies Episodes #13-16 from the debut 1969-70 season of the classic popular Hanna-Barbera animated mystery comedy series. Now available, the disc also includes a bonus episode of "Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!." Our review includes a video clip.
October 27, 2010 - The independent dark comedy Exterminators stars Heather Graham, Jennifer Coolidge, and Amber Heard as women mandated to weekly rage therapy who form an unusual yet lucrative alliance. The movie goes straight to DVD and Blu-ray next week from Image Entertainment, who include one of the longest gag reels you'll ever see. Full review.
October 26, 2010 - Today's other new releases include Winter's Bone, the acclaimed Missouri Ozark drama that could likely make it into the Oscars' Best Picture field; Criterion's new release of Stanley Kubrick and Kirk Douglas' 1957 WWI drama Paths of Glory; the Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy collection; Warner's loaded Elf: Ultimate Collector's Edition tin; the 25th Anniversary Edition of Santa Claus: The Movie; and the airplane thriller Altitude. If we haven't already, we will be bringing you reviews of the aforementioned titles. As always, check our schedule for more details on the day's new DVDs and Blu-rays.
Have a Laugh!: Volume 1 launches Disney's new line of classic animated shorts. Released today, the disc presents five cartoons in their original versions (including Goofy's new-to-DVD 2007 theatrical short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater) and their re-edited versions recently aired on Disney. In addition, we get three BLAM! shorts more drastically remixing sports cartoons and a Re-Micks music video blending an early Mickey Mouse short with Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust." Read the review.
October 25, 2010 - The long-anticipated Toy Story 3 hits stores next week, but you can read our review of the 4-Disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo right now. With their ranks thinning and playtime at an all-time low, Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and Andy's other remaining toys wind up at Sunnyside Daycare, where all is not as it seems. This acclaimed blockbuster sequel, Pixar's all-time highest grossing film, is joined by a host of bonus features, most of them sadly exclusive to Blu-ray. We reach to infinity and beyond in our 2-page review of this set that includes commentaries, featurettes, a trivia game, trailers, Lotso's viral video commercials, a hidden music video, and more.
October 23, 2010 - Cast members of the 1990s "Saturday Night Live" reunite in Grown Ups. Adam Sandler is joined by Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider as five friends brought together by the death of their childhood basketball coach for a fun family Fourth of July weekend. Written by Sandler and Fred Wolf, directed by Happy Gilmore's Dennis Dugan, and featuring Salma Hayek Pinault, this blockbuster comedy extended its star's streak of $100 million-grossing signature comedies. It will come to DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack on November 9th, but you can read our review right now.
October 22, 2010 - We've just posted an interview with Michael Arndt, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine. Arndt is expected to earn an adapted screenplay Oscar nomination for his second script, Toy Story 3. He spoke with us and other news outlets yesterday about working with Pixar on their long-anticipated acclaimed blockbuster sequel. Read the interview now and come back soon for the Blu-ray + DVD combo review we're hard at work on!
Our newest review looks at Paths of Glory, Stanley Kubrick's fourth feature film and his first to enter The Criterion Collection. Inspired by Humphrey Cobb's novel and a real event, this World War I drama stars Kirk Douglas as a French colonel assigned to command a suicide mission. It results in three soldiers being tried for cowardice in an unjust court-martial procedure. Available next Tuesday, Criterion's disc provides this 1957 film with its first widescreen DVD transfer plus an audio commentary, an essay booklet, a 1979 Kirk Douglas interview from British television, the trailer, an archival audio interview with Kubrick, a French news report on the real incident, and new video interviews with producer James B. Harris, actress/widow Christiane Kubrick, and Kubrick collaborator/brother-in-law Jan Harlan. Don't miss our review, one of many exciting articles you'll see here in the coming days.
October 19, 2010 - Among today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases are Disneynature titles Oceans and The Crimson Wing, Sony Pictures Classics' Please Give, the Robert Rodriguez-produced reboot Predators, and Warner's third and fourth Harry Potter Ultimate Editions. We'll be reviewing the aforementioned that we haven't already. Check out the schedule details on these and other new/upcoming releases.
October 18, 2010 - The Hangover, one of the most acclaimed and all-time highest-grossing comedies, was reissued last week in an Extreme Edition. The 2-disc set presents the tale of four men's oddly forgotten Las Vegas bachelor party in theatrical and unrated cuts, along with audio commentary, an interactive Map of Destruction, a gag reel, a photo gallery, and other unused bits. New to this edition are a hardcover picture book and a ticket to see Todd Phillips and Zach Galifianakis' new movie Due Date. Remember to read our review.
October 16, 2010 - Christmas comes early for readers in our review of Mrs. Miracle. Based on Debbie Macomber's book, this 2009 Hallmark TV movie tells the story of a magical housekeeper (Doris Roberts, "Everybody Loves Raymond") who enters the life of a sad dad (James Van Der Beek, "Dawson's Creek") and his two rowdy twin boys. Erin Karpluk co-stars in this holiday romance drama, which comes to DVD from Sony next month before its sequel airs. Review.
October 15, 2010 - Winter's Bone won this year's Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and, as one of 2010's most acclaimed films, it's expected to compete for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. This independent drama tells of Ree Dolly, a 17-year-old girl (played by Jennifer Lawrence) raising her younger siblings in the Missouri Ozarks. When their deadbeat father goes missing with their house put down on his bail bond, Ree bravely inquires about him from her tight-lipped, drug-addled relatives. On DVD and Blu-ray October 26th from Lionsgate, the film is joined by an audio commentary, a long making-of documentary, deleted scenes, an alternate opening, a music video, and the trailer. Read our review.
October 14, 2010 - Departing from the wide survey approach, The Crimson Wing stays focused on the African flamingo throughout its feature runtime. This linear English documentary is better than its status as the first Disneynature film to go direct-to-video in the States may indicate. Releasing alongside Oceans next Tuesday, the Blu-ray + DVD Combo includes 5 making-of shorts and, only on Blu-ray, filmmaker annotations, living planet menus, and a "screensaver." Read our full review, which includes a video clip from the movie.
October 13, 2010 - Please Give stars Catherine Keener as a guilt-racked New Yorker who resells the furniture of the deceased. Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, and Ann Guilbert co-star in this independent dramedy written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money). In stores next week, Sony's DVD includes a making-of featurette, outtakes, a Q & A with the director, and the trailer. Full review.
October 12, 2010 - Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? is the ninth signature film of the writer-director-producer-actor. Perry wears all four hats in this sequel to the 2007 dramedy that catches up with four and a half couples on a retreat to the Bahamas and then follows them back home for new marital problems. Available now, Lionsgate's DVD includes a trivia track, two featurettes, and a music video by Janet Jackson, one of the movie's stars. Read our review.
A much quieter week than last, today's new DVD and Blu-ray debuts include the latest Wes Anderson film to receive the Criterion Collection treatment, The Darjeeling Limited. We also hope to soon bring you a review of The Hangover: Extreme Edition and eventually get to "Wolverine and the X-Men": The Complete Series. For a look at today's other noteworthy releases, check our October 12th schedule.
Celebrate the one-week anniversary of the Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray with a visit to our review, newly updated with Blu-ray bonus feature screencaps.
October 11, 2010 - We've just posted the press release for The Other Guys. Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights) directs Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as inept desk officers called to duty in this buddy cop action comedy. Sony will release the hit film as a Theatrical & Unrated DVD, a Theatrical & Unrated Blu-ray, a Theatrical-Only DVD, and a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo on December 14th. Read the full announcement.
Disneynature's second U.S. release, Oceans, turns our attentions to aquatic life in an all-new film from Winged Migration directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. Seals, crabs, sharks, whales, dolphins, and an assortment of fish are just some of the creatures featured in this undersea documentary. Available next week, the DVD includes a Joe Jonas & Demi Lovato music video, five "Deeper in the Video" shorts, and the featurette "Disney and Nature: Preserving the World We Share", while the Blu-ray Disc adds picture-in-picture filmmaker annotations and living menus. Full review.
October 9, 2010 - Our newest review covers the upcoming Criterion Collection release of The Darjeeling Limited. The fifth film directed by Wes Anderson, this offbeat comedy reunites three estranged brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman) on a train ride through India with regularly-scheduled spiritually enlightening stops. The new 2-disc DVD supplies an audio commentary by Anderson, Schwartzman and their co-writer Roman Coppola, the prologue short Hotel Chevalier with Natalie Portman, a 40-minute making-of documentary, a conversation with James Ivory, a deleted scene, alternate takes, video diaries, Anderson's American Express commercial, stills galleries, essays, and more. Read our review.
October 8, 2010 - Another of next month's releases, this one perhaps the biggest of all, is detailed in the full official announcement for Toy Story 3 and the Toy Story Trilogy. Disney's press release makes sense of the four different ways with which you can add the company's second highest grossing film of all time to your home video collection. Read and learn.
"Phineas and Ferb": A Very Perry Christmas gathers last year 34-minute holiday special and five standard episodes (one that doesn't air until tonight) of the animated Disney Channel comedy series. Now available, the 16:9-enhanced disc includes song selection, Perry-oki sing-along, a making-of featurette, a virtual fireplace, an iron-on T-shirt transfer, the interactive feature "Letters to Santa", and a number of Easter eggs. Read our full review.
October 7, 2010 - The press release for Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition discusses all the stops being pulled out for the November 16th home video return of James Cameron's epic fantasy. In addition to the content listings for the three-cut, three-disc Blu-ray and DVD editions, we've posted a trailer previewing the previously unseen material. Check it out.
We've just posted the press release for one of this year's most anticipated releases: The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD. The announcement contains full details on Fox's big Limited Edition Collector's Set (which includes a scrapbook, a soundtrack, and more) as well as the more standard moderately priced combos. Past that, you'll find out about the special full cast reunion to occur on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" just days before the release. Read on...
October 6, 2010 - "The Penguins of Madagascar", the Nickelodeon series adapted from DreamWorks Animation's hit film franchise, had a fourth DVD compilation released this week. I Was a Penguin Zombie provides eight quarter-hour episodes of the Central Park foursome and friends, including the title episode and the not-yet-aired "Driven to the Brink." Check the review for our take on the series and this newest disc.
October 5, 2010 - Tonight's new review looks at One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Ultimate Collector's Edition. This 1975 drama is one of just three Best Picture winners to also win Oscars for screenplay, actor, actress, and director. Adapted from Ken Kesey's popular novel, the film stars Jack Nicholson as R.P. McMurphy, a convict sent to a mental hospital for evaluation. There, he inspires his fellow inmates but earns the disapproval of cold Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). The movie includes early appearances by Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, and an Oscar-nominated Brad Dourif. Now available, Warner's big box set includes an audio commentary, a retrospective documentary (restored to its original feature length), a new documentary, deleted scenes, a hardcover book, a deck of playing cards, poster and press book reproductions, and more. Doctor's orders require you to read this review.
It's a new Tuesday and a new month, which means we've archived September and shuffled our updated schedules so: October, November, and December. Today's new releases include eight titles we've taken a close look at: Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD, The Karate Kid (2010), Fred: The Movie, "Phineas and Ferb": A Very Perry Christmas, "The Penguins of Madagascar": I Was a Penguin Zombie, Hand in Hand, "Ugly Americans": Volume One, and "The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss": There is Nothing to Fear in Here.
October 4, 2010 - Evidently the first feature adapted from a YouTube series, Fred: The Movie expands Lucas Cruikshank's popular character. Excitable, energetic 15-year-old Fred braves bullies, car washes, and the public bus system in an effort to reach Judy (Pixie Lott), the object of his obsessions, at her new house. After a highly-rated debut on Nickelodeon, this independent comedy comes to DVD tomorrow from Lionsgate, with an audio commentary, two Fred shorts, and three making-of featurettes. Read the full review.
October 3, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno reviews "Goosebumps": Go Eat Worms, last month's other new compilation afforded the 1990s R.L. Stine-inspired children's horror TV series. Fox's DVD holds three episodes surrounding pre-teen boys with supernatural suspense. Read on.
"The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss": There is Nothing to Fear in Here serves up three episodes of the 1990s Jim Henson Nickelodeon television series that featured a host of Seuss' storybook characters. Available Tuesday, we've got a review for you today.
October 1, 2010 - Aaron Wallace reviews Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD. The only traditionally animated film nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award, this 1991 musical fairy tale is one of Disney's all-time most beloved works. Next week, it becomes the second entry in the studio's top line of animated classic Blu-ray combos. As on its 2002 Platinum Edition DVD, it is presented in three versions. It is also joined by a wealth of new bonus features, most of them part of the massive interactive high-def Disc 2 bonus "Beyond Beauty." It houses deleted scenes, vintage Laugh-o-Grams and Silly Symphonies shorts, song demos, and new interviews with a host of people involved in the film's creation. The set also includes new games and features on the long-running Broadway musical. Only our review offers a thorough comparison of this release to the Platinum Edition DVD, contrasting the feature presentations and noting what is gained and what is lost. You'll also find video clips of the bonus features, the truth behind the three inconsistent cuts of the movie, and a detailed overview of everything on the set. You won't want to miss Aaron's full review.
The animated Comedy Central series "Ugly Americans" is set in a New York City that's populated with demons, wizards, zombies, werewolves, and other monstrosities. It centers on Mark Lilly, a Department of Integration social worker who helps all sorts of individuals adjust to their neighborhood. A day before its return to the cable network, the Volume 1 DVD is released, with audio commentaries, galleries, a sneak peek, and five of the "5-On" shorts that inspired the series. Read our review...
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown - The fifth animated Peanuts TV special made is now the latest in Charles Schulz's beloved series to receive its own self-titled Remastered Deluxe Edition DVD. Warner pairs it with another Snoopy-centric program, 1980's Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown, which makes its DVD debut. They're joined by the brand new 22-minute featurette "Snoopy's Home Ice: The Story of the Redwood Empire Ice Arena." We've included a clip of that bonus.
"Glee": The Complete First Season - Fox's 7-disc DVD of the acclaimed and instantly popular hour-long high school glee club dramedy adds three discs to the four released last December. Extras include real karaoke, various making-of featurettes, a number-accessing jukebox, and cast revelations. Our review includes preview song clips on Page 2.
The Karate Kid (2010) - In this update of the 1984 hit, celebrity son Jaden Smith stars as a 12-year-old Detroit boy who relocates to China with his mother (Taraji P. Henson). There, torn between bullies and a girl he likes, he is trained by an enigmatic handyman (Jackie Chan) to compete in a kung fu tournament. Sony's DVD includes Chinese language lessons, a 20-minute making-of featurette, and the music video to Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith's end credits theme "Never Say Never."
The Thin Red Line: The Criterion Collection - Terrence Malick's World War II epic deserves to be considered outside the shadow of its fellow Best Picture nominee Saving Private Ryan. Boasting a huge cast that includes Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, and Jim Caviezel, the film dramatizes the Battle of Guadalcanal, in which American forces tried to take the Pacific island from Japanese control. Criterion's 2-disc DVD supplies an audio commentary, a trailer, a taste of the hours of deleted scenes that exist, and several new featurettes interviewing cast members, author's daughter Kaylie Jones, composer Hans Zimmer, the editors and casting director Diane Crittenden (who is joined by audition tape footage).
Frozen - This independent horror film from Hatchet writer/director Adam Green tells the story of three college students (Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, and Emma Bell) who find themselves stranded on a ski lift one Sunday night, with the odds of survival against them. Anchor Bay's DVD includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, over 85 minutes of making-of documentaries, and the trailer.
"The League": The Complet Season One - This FX comedy series centers on a group of thirtysomething friends in a fantasy football league. Created by a "Seinfeld", "Curb Your Enthusiasm" producer and his wife, the show welcomes improvisation from a cast that includes Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, and YouTube sensation Jon LaJoie. Fox presents the first six episodes in broadcast and extended versions as well as bloopers, alternate lines, deleted scenes, music videos, and various shorts.
"Goosebumps": The Blob That Ate Everyone - One of Fox's two latest compilations, this DVD serves up three episodes of the mid-1990s Canadian television series adapted from R.L. Stine's best-selling line of children's horror books. From hairy hands and a hands fetishist to an X-Files video store poster, this disc has it all.
Hand in Hand - This 1960 British film tells of a Catholic boy and a Jewish girl who become best friends. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Film Promoting International Understanding, this small family-friendly drama makes its absolute home video debut from Sony.
"Scrubs": The Complete and Final Ninth Season - Sacred Heart Hospital has been torn down and rebuilt on Winston University, where we pay as much attention to newly-introduced med students as the established doctors. Donald Faison and John C. McGinley stay on full-time, while Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, and Ken Jenkins make recurring appearances. ABC's DVD holds 13 episodes on two discs with a frustrating presentation and just a handful of extras.
"Modern Family": The Complete First Season - The recent winner of the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy, this single-camera show applies the mockumentary format to three related families (one traditional, one gay, one age-divided multicultural remarriage). The ensemble cast includes Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, and Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet. They're joined by guest stars such as Edward Norton, Fred Willard, Elizabeth Banks, Shelley Long, Benjamin Bratt, and Kobe Bryant. Fox's 4-disc DVD serves up 24 episodes, nearly an hour of deleted/alternate scenes and interviews, a gag reel, and several making-of featurettes.
"Spartacus: Blood and Sand": The Complete First Season - This Starz original historical drama series tells the story of a Thracian (Andy Whitfield) enslaved in First Century B.C. Rome. While longing to reunite with his wife, the man becomes a champion gladiator. John Hannah (The Mummy) and "Xena: Warrior Princess"'s Lucy Lawless co-star. Anchor Bay's 4-disc DVD supplies all thirteen graphic episodes, six with cast & crew audio commentaries, plus nine featurettes and a trailer.
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam - Demi Lovato returns and the Jonas Brothers again dig deep to portray fictional young musical stars. A rival summer camp threatens the very existence of Camp Rock, prompting a closely-followed battle of the camps. Disney's DVD presents an extended cut of the movie and a rock-along mode, while the Blu-ray adds exclusive music videos and a cast featurette.
Hendrix: The Guitar Hero - The latest entry in Image Entertainment's Classic Artists Series focuses on the music in the short but enduring career of Jimi Hendrix. This feature-length documentary gathers new reflections from a number of Hendrix's contemporaries including Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton, and Micky Dolenz. Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash narrates. The DVD includes bonus footage, extended interviews, photo galleries, and a biographical booklet.
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done - Werner Herzog's latest tells the semi-true story of a San Diegan stage actor (played by Michael Shannon) who gets involved in a murder and hostage situation. Willem Dafoe, Chloλ Sevigny, Udo Kier, Michael Peρa, Grace Zabriskie, and Brad Dourif co-star in this film presented and executive-produced by David Lynch. First Look's DVD includes audio commentary, the Herzog-narrated short film Plastic Bag, interviews, and the trailer.
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