DVDizzy.com: OCTOBER 1-15, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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October 14, 2011 - Celebrate the opening of the Footloose remake with our review of the original's recent Blu-ray debut. This hit 1984 film tells the story of a teenaged rebel (Kevin Bacon) from Chicago who challenges a small town's ban on dancing. Boasting a chart-topping soundtrack of original songs by Kenny Loggins, Deniece Williams, and Bonnie Tyler, the movie is joined by bonus features new and old on Blu-ray. The former include HD interviews with Bacon and Sarah Jessica Parker, a tribute to the late Chris Penn, and Bacon's screen and wardrobe tests. Carried over from the movie's Special Collector's Edition DVD are two audio commentaries, a two-part making-of documentary, a featurette on the music, and the original trailer. Cut loose!
October 12, 2011 - My Life as a Dog transitioned Lasse Hallström from ABBA music video helmer to acclaimed, serious director best known for films like Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, and What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Nominated for screenplay and directing Oscars, this 1985 coming-of-age drama recently made its Blu-ray debut from The Criterion Collection, who again accompany it with Hallström's directorial debut, the hour-long Swedish TV movie Shall We Go to My or Your Place or Each Go Home Alone?, an interview with the director, the original trailer, and a two-essay booklet.
October 11, 2011 - Zookeeper stars Kevin James as a Boston zookeeper who is surprised to find that the animals can talk to him. They try to coach him through winning back the girlfriend that dumped him five years earlier (Leslie Bibb). Adam Sandler produced this family comedy and contributes to a voice cast that also includes Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone, and Cher. Released today, Sony's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack includes deleted scenes, bloopers, numerous making-of featurettes, and a demo of the PlayStation 3 game Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. Check out our wild full review.
We've just launched a new giveaway, this one of The Tree of Life: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy. Released today by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment exclusively in a combo pack, this latest drama from writer-director Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line) ranks among the year's best-reviewed films. Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain star in this PG-13-rated kaleidoscopic hymn to life from innocence to adulthood. Take up to five easy entries in this ten-day giveaway.
Today's other new DVD and Blu-ray releases include the hit black comedy Horrible Bosses, the family films Zookeeper and Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, the indie high school drama Terri, the first season of Comedy Central's "Workaholics", and the Hallmark movie Call Me Mrs. Miracle starring Doris Roberts in the title role.
October 10, 2011 - Our latest review looks at "Workaholics": Season One. This rare Comedy Central sitcom focuses on three young adult best friends who share a house and an office cubicle. Available tomorrow, the 2-disc DVD presents the first ten episodes with censored and uncensored soundtracks, cast/creator audio commentaries on every episode, deleted scenes, alternate takes, interviews, web shorts, a live Bonnaroo sketch, a code for three downloadable wizard songs, and more. Full review.
October 8, 2011 - The independent film Terri centers on a bullied obese teenager who attends high school in his pajamas and takes care of his Alzheimer's-afflicted uncle (Creed Bratton, "The Office"). Terri forms friendships with two classmates and the assistant principal, Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly) who meets with him weekly. After a limited theatrical run in July, the movie hits stores on Tuesday with a making-of featurette and three deleted scenes. Read our Blu-ray review.
Aaron Wallace reviews "Weird Al" Yankovic Live! The Alpocalypse Tour on Blu-ray. The recent Comedy Central special preserves a Toronto concert from this summer, in which "Weird Al" perfoms some of his latest and some of his greatest parodies and original songs. Now available, the Blu-ray includes unused song performances, two music videos, Weird Al's YouTube clips, and other online shorts. Full review.
October 7, 2011 - Today, we take an early look at Warner's upcoming 40th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD Ultimate Collector's Edition of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Adapted from Roald Dahl's children's book, this 1971 musical fantasy remains as beloved as any family film. Gene Wilder stars as the eccentric, secretive candy mogul who opens his workshop up to the five lucky individuals who find golden tickets inside their Wonka chocolate bars. This 3-disc set includes the film's Blu-ray (released in 2009), its widescreen DVD (released in 2001), and a new bonus DVD holding a brand new retrospective with director Mel Stuart and a previously unreleased production featurette from the 1970s. The deluxe set also includes Stuart's 140-page making-of book Pure Imagination, an envelope of document reproductions, and a Wonky Bar tin holding scratch-n-sniff pencils and a chocolate-scented eraser. Check out our full review, complete with a clip from the film and a short unboxing video looking at the contents.
October 6, 2011 - Our coverage of The Lion King's return comes to a close with our interview with Don Hahn. Hahn produced The Lion King as well as Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Emperor's New Groove, and every Disneynature theatrical release. He discusses updating Lion King for 3D, the film's original production, its enduring popularity, his documentary work, and his next movie, Tim Burton's stop motion Frankenweenie film. Full article.
October 5, 2011 - Announcements for holiday season Blu-ray and DVD debuts of summer movies keep rolling in! Dates and details have just been added to our November, December & Beyond schedule for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Larry Crowne, Beginners, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, 30 Minutes or Less, Another Earth, The Art of Getting By, The Smurfs, Friends with Benefits, The Hangover Part II, The Help, Cowboys & Aliens, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and Kung Fu Panda 2. Check it out and remember that a small portion of all Amazon.com preorders through our links helps keep this site online!
Disney and DreamWorks have announced a December 6th home video debut for their acclaimed summer hit The Help. Adapted from Kathryn Stockett's #1 best-selling novel, this drama spent three weeks in August atop the box office with its much-recommended tale set in the 1960s South. Arriving in time for year-end lists and holiday gift-giving, the movie will be available to own in a 1-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP), 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP), and 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($44.99 SRP). Extras include deleted scenes with intros from screenwriter/director Tate Taylor and Mary J. Blige's "The Living Proof" music video along with several Blu-ray exclusives. Full details on the press release.
Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond") reprises her role as angelic matchmmaker in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie Call Me Mrs. Miracle, adapted from bestselling romance novelist Debbie Macomber. This outing finds Mrs. Merkle/Miracle working in a struggling toy section of a New York City department store. With a bit of magic and holiday cheer, she brings together store manager Jake (Eric Johnson, "Rookie Blue") and aspiring fashion designer Holly (Jewel Staite, "Stargate: Atlantis"). Christmas comes early, when this hits DVD next Tuesday. Read our review.
October 4, 2011 - DreamWorks has set a December 13th DVD and Blu-ray release date for their summer release Kung Fu Panda 2. The acclaimed sequel will be released in a single-disc DVD, an "Awesome Double DVD Pack" with the all-new short film Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters, and in a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. In addition, you can pick up both it and its Academy Award-nominated 2008 predecessor in the Kung Fu Panda Collection with Masters in a 2-disc Blu-ray or 3-disc DVD. Full details, cover art, and site-supporting preorder links here.
Join us for a detailed look at The Lion King: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD, the fourth entry in Disney's line of best-selling animated classics. While still drawing big crowds in its ongoing theatrical rerelease, this blockbuster 1994 musical drama makes its Blu-ray debut today, boasting a spectacular presentation. It is joined by an audio commentary, deleted scenes, two new retrospective documentaries, "The Morning Report" (no longer optionally incorporated into the film), a Disney Second Screen experience, a sing-along mode, and an unpredictable Virtual Vault to stream some of the many former DVD extras left off. Read all about the gains, losses, and technical difficulties in our thorough 2-page review.
October 2, 2011 - Our newest review covers 3 Women. Written, directed and produced by Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, The Player), this 1977 drama stars Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek as young Texan co-workers at a spa in the California desert who become roommates. Their arrangement of infatuation changes when an incident puts one of them in a coma. The Criterion Collection Blu-ray retains the extras from the DVD: an audio commentary by Altman, an expansive stills gallery, trailers, TV spots, and a booklet. Read on...
Aaron Wallace looks at this year's other new "Goosebumps" DVD with his review of Attack of the Mutant. The titular two-parter takes a young boy into the world of his beloved comic books, where he encounters, among others, The Galloping Gazelle (Adam West, TV's Batman). The disc also includes the 1995 episode "Phantom of the Auditorium." Full review.
September 30, 2011 - In our second interview in anticipation of Tuesday's The Lion King Blu-ray + DVD release, we talk with the film's directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. The two made their feature directorial debut together on the 1994 classic, which they recall many Disney animators shunned to work instead on Pocahontas. Allers and Minkoff discuss their voice cast and musical talent, the present and future of animation, Shakespeare, family films, their own careers, and the 3D makeover of its blockbuster ongoing release. Check out pictures from the Blu-ray's bonus features, clips from two of the film's most popular musical numbers, and a slideshow of behind-the-scene images as part of our two-page interview.
You can win the much-anticipated Blu-ray debut and DVD return of the #1 movie in America, The Lion King, in our newest giveaway. Entering once is as simple as filling out a form. For a little more fun (and additional chances to win), try finishing quotes and spotting the differences between two pictures from the film. Enter here.
September 29, 2011 - Concluding one of the biggest trilogies in film history, Transformers: Dark of the Moon delivers more robot-on-robot action. The Autobot-Decepticon war is reawakened as part of a 50-year-old moon mystery. College grad Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) has a new girlfriend (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) and looks for a new job while defense officials are reluctant to let him get involved in his vehicular friends' newest developments. Available tomorrow, Paramount's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack offers simply the movie and a coupon for $10 off the loaded forthcoming limited edition Blu-ray 3D. Our review.
September 28, 2011 - "3rd Rock from the Sun": The Complete Season One is the latest Carsey-Werner sitcom DVD we cover. Created by Bonnie and Terry Turner, the writers of "Saturday Night Live", Wayne's World, and Coneheads, this NBC comedy centers on four aliens (John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who assume human bodies and lives in suburban Ohio. Well-received in its debut halfway into the 1995-96 sitcom, the series went onto run six seasons, winning eight Emmys in the first four. Mill Creek Entertainment's new DVD packs twenty episodes on two discs with a single-digit list price. Despite all that, it still includes nearly an hour of cast interviews, bloopers, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and highlights from the season. In addition, the release restores the original broadcast cuts of episode, as opposed to the syndicated versions previously released to DVD. Full review.
In celebration of The Lion King's 3D theatrical rerelease and next week's Diamond Edition Blu-ray debut, we bring you an interview with Tony Bancroft. Bancroft was the supervising animator for Pumbaa in Disney's beloved 1994 blockbuster. His other credits include directing Mulan and animating Beauty and the Beast's Cogsworth, Aladdin's Iago, and Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove. The article includes a 5-minute webcast in which Bancroft draws the warthog he ranks as his favorite creation. Check out the full article, the first of three Lion King interviews we will bringing you in the coming days.
September 27, 2011 - After much delay, Dumbo has finally made its US Blu-ray debut and we've got a thorough review. Walt Disney's fourth animated feature centers on a little circus elephant with big ears and an even bigger heart. Separated from his mother and reduced to child clownhood, the mute pachyderm makes the best of his situation with help from Timothy Q. Mouse. Now available, Disney's 70th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD boasts a dramatic restoration and a number of new bonus features, including a Cine-Explore presentation, a new half-hour documentary, newly-unearthed deleted sequences, two games, and a short on the theme park ride. In addition, most of the extras from the movie's two DVD releases are retained or restored. Don't miss our full review.
September 25, 2011 - Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos premieres on Comedy Central tonight, but you don't have to wait until then for our review of the Blu-ray. Wildly popular ventriloquist Dunham's highly-anticipated follow-up to the network's highest-rated telecast, this special features Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Peanut, José Jalapeño on a Stick, and two newly-introduced characters. Releasing Tuesday, the disc presents an extended 97-minute presentation bleeped and unbleeped. Bonus features include outtakes, pre-show videos, a Bubba J winery tour, international tour footage, and a featurette on the making of The Achmedmobile. Check out our full review with a preview clip and if you like what you see (and are in the US), why not enter our giveaway to win one of two copies of the DVD.
September 24, 2011 - "Jake and the Never Land Pirates": Yo Ho, Mateys Away! collects seven first season episode pairs from the animated Disney Junior series. Three young adventurers from Pirate Island wrangle with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee. The 3-hour DVD includes "Pirate-oke" music videos, a pirate tutorial, a 7-song CD sampler, and an "official pirate eye patch." Read our review.
September 23, 2011 - Controlled Chaos, Jeff Dunham's fourth and latest Comedy Central special airs Sunday night and hits DVD the following Tuesday. You can win it in our newest giveaway! There are three ways and one week to enter. Full details along with a trailer and a clip from the 90-minute special here.
Sony has announced a Friday, December 2nd video debut for The Smurfs, their well-attended live-action/CGI filming of the comics and cartoon franchise. The film will be available in a single-disc DVD ($30.99 SRP) with "The Smurfs: Comic Book to the Big Screen", "Going Gargamel", and the "Find the Smurfs" game, a two-disc Blu-ray 3D + DVD ($45.99 SRP) that adds deleted & extended scenes, progression reels, two audio commentaries, a PS3 theme, "Smurf Speak: Meet the Cast", and in a 3-Disc Holiday Blu-ray + DVD Gift Set ($40.99 SRP) that includes the all-new mini-movie The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol and a Smurf-O-Vision Second Screen experience. Check out cover art and preorders here.
Our newest review covers "It's Always Sunny": The Complete Season 6. The daring FX comedy series about a group of friends who run a South Philly pub continues to entertain in these twelve latest episodes which tackle marriage, divorce, Halloween, public pools, pregnancy, and podcasting. Now available, Fox's 2-disc Blu-ray includes four episode commentaries, an extended cut of the short Lethal Weapon 5 with comments by its creators, deleted & extended scenes, a blooper reel, the pilot episode of "Wilfred", and the multi-level Sunny Flip Cup Trivia Challenge. Full review.
Aaron Wallace reviews "Goosebumps": Ghost Beach, one of the two latest 3-episode compilations of the mid-1990s Fox Kids television series adapted from R.L. Stine's best-selling line of youth horror fiction. Joining the titular episode here are "The Barking Ghost" and "Be Careful What You Wish For." Read on...
September 22, 2011 - "Beavis and Butt-head": Mike Judge's Most Wanted collects twenty short episodes (sans music videos) from over the years of that iconic 1990s MTV animated series. This single-disc DVD also includes the 64-minute documentary "Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-head", the characters' introductory short Frog Baseball, and some scenes from the upcoming new season, whose premiere this release anticipates. Read our full review.
September 21, 2011 - We review Fox's recent Blu-ray release of X-Men: First Class. Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Kick-Ass) directs this acclaimed prequel/reboot, which finds the mutant uniting in 1962. Telepathic Oxford professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), telekinetic concentration camp survivor Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender), and others form a special division reporting to CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne). The Blu-ray includes a 70-minute making-of documentary, deleted scenes, Cerebro mutant profiles, a film-extending "X Marks the Spot" viewing mode, access to ten digital comics, a digital copy, and BD-Live features. Full review.
Paramount has scheduled an October 25th DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D release for Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans (Fantastic Four's Human Torch) stars in the title role as a wimpy young man transformed into a super soldier to rid the world of the evil HYDRA and its evil leader Red Skull. The acclaimed film will be available in a single-disc DVD with a filmmaker audio commentary and the featurettes "Outfitting a Hero" and "The Assembly Begins." The Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D combo packs will add the Marvel One-Shot short A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer, deleted scenes with commentary, 5 additional making-of featurettes, and a digital copy. Full announcement.
Warner has announced a November 11th video debut for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The epic series finale will be released in a single-disc DVD ($28.98 SRP), a movie-only Blu-ray ($29.98 SRP), and a 2 Blu-ray + DVD/Digital Copy combo pack ($35.99 SRP) with over three hours of bonus features. In addition, the studio will issue an eight-disc Complete 8-Film Collection on DVD ($98.92 SRP) and Blu-ray ($139.99 SRP). Following this holiday season, the entire franchise will be going on moratorium, disappearing from stores indefinitely.
September 19, 2011 - We take a look at another of Mill Creek Entertainment's Carsey-Werner sitcom DVD reissues in our review of "That '70s Show": Season One. Beginning its long run in the summer of 1998, this Fox sitcom that launched the careers of Topher Grace, Ashton Kutcher, and Mila Kunis centers on a group of teenaged friends living in a suburb of Milwaukee in 1976. The 3-disc set serves up 25 episodes and the same three bonus features from Fox's edition (a making-of featurette, a short trivia show, and a promo reel), but could bring you dismay if you have a 16:9 television. Read on...
September 15, 2011 - Mill Creek Entertainment put "Roseanne": The Complete First Season back in print this week. The 3-disc set arrives at the low list price of $14.98 and with all 23 episodes now presented in their original broadcast cuts. Roseanne Barr, from whose stand-up the series was adapted, and John Goodman play working class parents to three kids in this highly-rated sitcom from the makers of "The Cosby Show." Season 1 features George Clooney in a recurring role as the boss of Roseanne and the love interest of her sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf). This new edition retains almost all the extras from the season's original 2005 DVD, including then-new interviews with Barr and Goodman, bloopers, and highlights from the season. Read our full review.
Paramount has announced a Thanksgiving week video debut for the acclaimed J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg' adventure Super 8. Out-of-this-world mystery grips a small Ohio town in the late-1970s. The movie will be available November 22nd on DVD with a filmmakers' audio commentary and two behind-the-scenes featurettes and a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack with deleted scenes, six additional featurettes, and "Deconstructing the Train Crash." Full press release.
Disney's Buddies saga continues with next week's release of Spooky Buddies. We've posted a trailer, a film clip, and photo slideshow from this Halloween-flavored entry to the talking puppies series. You can also download the recipe for Budderball's Bat-Shaped Doggy Biscuits, spooky family night ideas, and activity sheets. No tricks, just treats! Check it out.
September 14, 2011 - The Starz series "Camelot" seeks to take a fresh look at the legend of King Arthur. This hour-long drama casts Sweeney Todd's Jamie Campbell Bower as the young adult illegimate child of King Uther, whose murder makes him the heir to the throne, in stark contrast to his peasant upbringing. Arthur's malicious half-sister Morgan (Casino Royale's Eva Green) also lays claim to the throne. Up-and-coming late-'90s actors Joseph Fiennes and Claire Forlani play Merlin and Queen Igraine, respectively. Billed as The Complete First Season, yesterday's DVD and Blu-ray release holds the only ten episodes this will ever have. They're joined by episode recaps, a making-of featurette, character profile shorts, behind-the-scenes, and bloopers. Read our full review.
September 13, 2011 - More than twenty-five major new titles are released today to DVD and/or Blu-ray and we're reviewing a lot of them. For now, check out our coverage of Thor (Blu-ray 3D Combo), "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" (The Complete Collection), and Conan O'Brien Can't Stop. There's still some time to win Thor and "Goosebumps" in our giveaways. Consult our schedule for everything else of importance hitting stores this week, including a little saga called Star Wars, releasing Friday.
September 12, 2011 - Conan O'Brien Can't Stop documents the two-month, nationwide Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour the late night host went on after being dismissed from NBC's "The Tonight Show." Idle Hands director Rodman Flender takes us behind the scenes of the music and comedy show, as Conan meets with fans and random celebrities, with stops at Bonnarroo and his 25-year Harvard reunion. After a limited theatrical run this summer, the 89-minute documentary hits stores tomorrow from Magnolia Home Entertainment. We review the Blu-ray, which includes an audio commentary with Conan, Flender, Andy Richter, and others, over 40 minutes of deleted scenes, and a Conan interview with outtakes. Read on...
September 10, 2011 - Today, we look at Thor, one of the latest filmings given a Marvel Comics superhero. Before he can be made king of Asgard, the powerful Norse god (Chris Hemsworth) is banished to Earth, where he encounters intrigued astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her colleagues. With father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) taking ill and brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) assuming the throne, their magic realm and ours intersect under the direction of Shakespeare veteran Kenneth Branagh. Our review covers Paramount's Limited 3D Edition, releasing Tuesday and presenting the film on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy. Extras include a Branagh audio commentary, nearly a half-hour of deleted scenes, the original short Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant, a look ahead to next summer's The Avengers, 45 minutes of making-of featurettes, and trailers. Don't miss our full review and your chance to win the combo pack in our Thor giveaway.
October 7, 2011 - Eight months into our still-puzzling Google penalty, we've posted an update to our Sitepocalypse Now? article that mentions some simple things you can do to help keep DVDizzy.com online and includes a fun exercise to demonstrate how the search engine is failing all of us. Please read and share.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Scarface: Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray - Written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian De Palma, this 1983 remake of a pre-Code crime film depicts the rise of Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) from dishwasher to drug lord. Universal's Blu-ray includes documentaries new and old, deleted scenes, a profanity and violence scoreboard, a picture-in-picture track, a featurette on the making of the 2006 video game, a downloadable digital copy, cards of ten fan art contest entries, and the full original 1932 Scarface on DVD with alternate ending and Robert Osborne introduction.
• Prom (Blu-ray + DVD) - Disney's kid-friendly high school romance comedy looks at single students and couples' paths to the formal dance. Standing out among this ensemble are class president (Aimee Teegarden, "Friday Night Lights") and a bad boy (Thomas McDonell), who are paired up to prepare prom decorations after a fire wipes out the whole existing lot. Also, a love quadrangle tears at two couples and an underclassmen friendship, shy senior Lloyd (Nicholas Braun) looks for a date, and messy student's Canadian date raises suspicions. The combo pack includes the 10-minute short Last Chance Lloyd, bloopers, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and seven music videos, almost all of which is kept exclusive to Blu-ray.
• Blood Simple. (Blu-ray) - This 1985 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, the Coen Brothers' first film, tells the story of a Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) who hires a private eye (M. Emmet Walsh) to kill his unfaithful wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover (John Getz). Nothing goes to plan in this striking noir. MGM's Blu-ray presents the film in its shortened director's cut, theatrically released in 2000, accompanied by a mock introduction and commentary from "preservation company" Forever Young Films and a genuine theatrical trailer.
• Win Win (Blu-ray) - The acclaimed independent film from The Station Agent and The Visitor writer/director and Up original screenplay Oscar nominee Tom McCarthy. Paul Giamatti plays a financially-strained New Jersey lawyer/high school wrestling coach who assumes guardianship of a client (Rocky's Burt Young) and finds himself having to take care of his grandson Kyle (Alex Shaffer). Fox's Blu-ray includes two deleted scenes, a music video, two Sundance Film Festival pieces, and other making-of shorts.
• A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song - Lucy Hale ("Pretty Little Liars") plays an aspiring songstress saddled with a wicked stepfamily in this latest entry to the teen contemporary fairy tale series. Her monstrous stepmother (Missi Pyle) makes her use her voice to help her untalented stepsister (Megan Park, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager") impress a British record producer's son (Freddie Stroma). On DVD, the musical comedy is joined by four making-of featurettes and Hale's "Bless Myself" music video.
• Phineas and Ferb: The Movie - Across the 2nd Dimension - In this highly-rated TV movie adapted from the animated Disney Channel series, Phineas and Ferb open a dimension to an alternate universe, where they encounter doubles of themselves and everyone they know, including Perry the Platypus, whose secret calling at last becomes known. The DVD includes a bonus episode with audio commentary, two ways of enjoying the movie's original songs, hidden menus and extras, and a combination digital copy/soundtrack DVD-ROM.
• Top Gun (25th Anniversary Blu-ray + Digital Copy) - The top-grossing film of 1986, this Tony Scott-directed, Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film looks at life at the Navy's institute for elite pilots. In his star-cementing turn, Tom Cruise plays cocky "Maverick", whose eyes are set on the prize. Paramount's loaded Blu-ray includes an epic 6-part, 2½-hour retrospective documentary, an audio commentary, four cheesy music videos, TV ads, production featurettes, and a piece on the real Top Gun.
• In a Better World (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - This year's Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film returns director Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, Things We Lost in the Fire) to Denmark for this tale of two boys who become friends by standing up to a bully. One of their fathers, a doctor in an African refugee camp, tries to impart pacifism in them, a value they are less moved by than vengeance. Sony's Blu-ray includes a Bier commentary, a Bier interview, and deleted scenes.
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