DVDizzy.com: OCTOBER 16-31, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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October 31, 2011 - Our latest review looks at the hit dark comedy Horrible Bosses, in which three friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis) plan to kill their three uniquely infuriating superiors (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Farrell). Now available, Warner's 3-disc Totally Inappropriate Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack serves up an extended unrated cut of the film on Blu-ray, the R-rated theatrical cut on Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet digital copy, plus deleted scenes and several featurettes on BD. Check out our full review, which includes a clip from the movie.
What better time than now to revisit Aaron Willcott's terrific 2009 article, A Salute to Disney's Halloween Television Specials? Read all about past broadcasts and watch them too! Happy Halloween!
October 30, 2011 - Crazy, Stupid, Love. stars Steve Carell as a man who finds himself single again decades of marriage. He receives some much-needed help and a makeover from a smooth-talking ladies man (Ryan Gosling), who becomes his confidante. Their romances (with Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, respectively) share the stage along with a third teen tier. After a formidable box office run, this PG-13 romantic comedy from screenwriter Dan Fogelman (Tangled and Cars) hits disc this week. We look at Warner's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack which includes deleted scenes, a code for downloading an UltraViolet digital copy, and two short featurettes. Watch a clip from the movie as part of our full review.
October 28, 2011 - Win the circus drama Water for Elephants on Blu-ray or DVD in our newest giveaway. Adapted from Sara Gruen's #1 bestselling novel, this film tells a tale of forbidden love between a performer (Reese Witherspoon) and an orphaned young veteranarian (Robert Pattinson) in 1930s America. In celebration of this film's home video release next Tuesday, we look at the recent American film career boom of co-star Christoph Waltz, report on a limited time restyling of Madame Tussauds' Robert Pattinson wax figure, and give two US readers a chance to add this to their collections. Check all of this out right here.
Aaron Wallace reviews Paramount's recent Best Buy-exclusive Blu-ray debut of Airplane!. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker's 1980 spoof sent up the spate of popular airplane dramas of the time and has since eclipsed them all in acclaim and familiarity. Peter Graves and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pilot a plane whose food-poisoned meal creates problems. Also starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, and, in a career-remaking performance, Leslie Nielsen, this comedy is one of the most-quoted and recognized in cinema history. Extras include an audio commentary, a Long Haul Version with interviews and deleted scenes, a trivia track, and the original trailer. Full review.
Fox has announced a December 6th DVD and Blu-ray release for "The Simpsons": The Fourteenth Season. The 22 episodes of the 2002-03 season will be presented with commentary, deleted scenes, sketch galleries, and more, with the DVD offered in limited edition Kang/Kodos head packaging.
Help us decide what December Blu-ray and DVD releases to review in our new Facebook poll. For guidance, and unlisted options you can add, check out our recently updated December & Beyond Schedule.
Cars 2 brought an end to Pixar's long winning streak, earning the worst reviews of the studio's sixteen years in feature filmmaking. This incongruous sequel sends Lightning McQueen to Europe and Asia for a World Grand Prix run on an alternative fuel source, but more attention is paid to Mater, who is mistaken for a spy by British agents Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell. Adding to the film's disappointments is the welterweight Blu-ray + DVD, which only offers a directors' audio commentary (by John Lasseter and co-director Brad Lewis) plus two short films (the theatrical Toy Story toon Hawaiian Vacation and all-new Cars Toon Air Mater) for bonus features. Our detailed review analyzes where the movie went wrong.
October 26, 2011 - Our newest review covers "The Adventures of Tintin": Season One. This early '90s animated series, adapted from the popular Belgian comic books by Hergé, follows young reporter Tintin, his dog Snowy, Captain Haddock, and bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson on globe-trotting adventure. Timed to the theatrical opening of the new motion capture film of the same name directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, Shout! Factory's 2-disc, 13-episode DVD set releases on Thanksgiving week, but you can read all about it now and watch a trailer too. Review.
The latest in the superhero movie boom and one of several paving the way for next year's team-up, Captain America: The First Avenger is also our newest review subject. Fantastic Four's Chris Evans stars in the title role as a patriotic weakling who is transformed into a super soldier as part of the Allied Forces' World War II efforts. Co-starring Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Sebastian Stan, and featuring The Matrix's Hugo Weaving as the Nazi villain Red Skull, the film hails from two Chronicles of Narnia screenwriters and director Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer). We review Paramount's Limited Edition three-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, which includes audio commentary, deleted scenes, seven making-of featurettes, trailers, and the Marvel One-Shot short A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer. Don't miss our full review.
October 25, 2011 - Our latest review looks at The Tree of Life. This ambitious drama written and directed by Terrence Malick ranks among the year's most critically exalted films and one whose acclaim will most easily elude many viewers. Spending most of its time in small-town 1950s Texas, but also depicting modern times, the cosmos, and prehistory, the experiental film seeks to make sense of existence at large. Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain star. Fox's recent Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes a half-hour making-of documentary and the original theatrical trailer exclusively on Blu-ray. Read our review.
October 24, 2011 - Win Disney's newest animated classic on Blu-ray and DVD in our Winnie the Pooh Giveaway! Watch a clip from the movie, identify characters from close-ups, and tweet or Facebook comment us for up to seven chances to win this acclaimed feature film. Full details.
October 22, 2011 - Winnie the Pooh, the 51st entry in Disney's animated classics canon, returns the Hundred Acre Wood gang to the stylings of the studio's Academy Award-winning earliest adaptations. Faithfully drawn from A.A. Milne's beloved original stories of the 1920s, this all-new musical adventure finds Pooh craving honey, Eeyore missing his tail, and the entire group trying to set a trap for the feared Backson. Earning some of the year's best reviews, this film comes to disc next week. Our review covers the DVD + Blu-ray combo which holds 5 deleted scenes with directors' introductions, the new Disney animated short The Ballad of Nessie, a "Mini Adventure" adapted from Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, the making-of featurette "Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too", a sing-along mode, a nursery-decorating short, and everything you need to play "Pin the Tail on Eeyore." See a clip from the movie as part of our full review and check back soon for your chance to win a copy!
October 20, 2011 - Scared Shrekless, last year's DreamWorks Halloween special, sends Shrek, Donkey, Puss in Boots, and Gingy to abandoned Castle Duloc, where they swap the spooky short stories "The Bride of Gingy", "Boots Motel", and "The Shreksorcist." This 25-minute program is now on DVD and joined by Thriller, a new Halloween short in which the gang pays tribute to the Michael Jackson song and music video of the same name. Read our full review.
Take a look at Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space. In DreamWorks Animation's 2009 Halloween TV special, Susan, B.O.B., The Missing Link, and Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D hit Modesto, California for some trick-or-treating and to stop glowing, growing, menacing pumpkins from ruining the night. The DVD includes a karaoke party of three character songs, a making-of featurette on the original movie, and a multitude of promotion for the studio's other works. Read on...
October 19, 2011 - Our newest review covers the recent Blu-ray debut of Jackie Brown, adapted and directed by Quentin Tarantino from an Elmore Leonard novel. This 1997 crime drama stars 1970s blaxploitation queen Pam Grier in the title role of an LA stewardess asked by authorities to help them arrest the deadly gun runner (Samuel L. Jackson) for whom she smuggles. Co-starring Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, and an Oscar-nominated Robert Forster, this acclaimed Miramax film is joined by almost all of the bonus features from its loaded two-disc 2002 DVD including an hour-long Tarantino interview, a 39-minute making-of documentary, extensive image galleries, Siskel & Ebert's review, an appearance on Carson Daly's "MTV Live", and over an hour of Grier and Forster movie trailers. The set's newest inclusion is a 44-minute discussion with Elvis Mitchell and other critics. Don't miss our thorough review.
October 18, 2011 - One of the higher-profile of today's releases, Bad Teacher is also our latest review subject. Cameron Diaz plays a misanthropic, foul-mouthed 7th grade teacher more interested in raising money for plastic surgery than educating her students. Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, and Lucy Punch co-star as her fellow faculty members. Sony's Blu-ray presents the film in both an unrated cut and its R-rated original theatrical cut (with an apple graphic distinguishing the two) along with deleted scenes, outtakes, five short making-of featurettes, and an interactive John Adams Middle School yearbook. Full review.
Fox has announced a December 13th DVD and Blu-ray release for this year's warmly-received Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton, John Lithgow, and motion capture master Andy Serkis, this prequel/reboot to the classic sci-fi series will be joined by twelve deleted scenes, two audio commentaries, and numerous making-of features on Blu-ray. Read the full announcement.
October 17, 2011 - Disney's all-time biggest film franchise continues in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This streamlined sequel sets sail with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) on a quest for the Fountain of Youth. He is joined by former love Angelica (Penélope Cruz), the feared pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), and a newly peg-legged Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Available tomorrow, the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes an audio commentary by director Rob Marshall (who takes over from Gore Verbinski) and executive producer John DeLuca, a bloopers reel, 5 animated LEGO shorts, and, if you can get it to work, a Disney Second Screen experience, with those wanting more asked to consider a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D combo pack and a 15-disc Four-Movie Collection. Our full review.
October 16, 2011 - Our newest review covers African Cats. The third worldwide theatrical release carrying the Disneynature banner, this G-rated feature documents the life of lion and cheetah families of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. From the directors of "Planet Earth" and "NOVA" and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film is now available to own exclusively in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack that offers two short featurettes, a picture-in-picture viewing mode with filmmaker annotations, and Jordin Sparks' "The World I Knew" music video. Full review.
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.
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.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - 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.
• "3rd Rock from the Sun": The Complete Season One - 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 live 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.
• Dumbo (70th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD) - 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. Disney's combo pack 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.
• Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos (Blu-ray) - Wildly popular ventriloquist Dunham's highly-anticipated follow-up to Comedy Central's highest-rated telecast features Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Peanut, José Jalapeńo on a Stick, and two newly-introduced characters. 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.
• "Jake and the Never Land Pirates": Yo Ho, Mateys Away! - Three young adventurers from Pirate Island wrangle with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee. The 3-hour DVD collects seven first season episode pairs from the animated Disney Junior series and adds "Pirate-oke" music videos, a pirate tutorial, a 7-song CD sampler, and an "official pirate eye patch."
• "It's Always Sunny": The Complete Season 6 (Blu-ray) - 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. Fox's 2-disc set 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.
• "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."
• "Beavis and Butt-head": Mike Judge's Most Wanted - Single-disc DVD collects twenty short episodes (sans music videos) from over the years of that iconic 1990s MTV animated series and adds 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.
• X-Men: First Class (Blu-ray) - 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.
• "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. Mill Creek's 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.
• "Roseanne": The Complete First Season - Mill Creek Entertainment's new DVD 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 3-disc set 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.
• "Camelot": The Complete Series This hour-long Starz drama casts Sweeney Todd's Jamie Campbell Bower as King Arthur, an unlikely heir with a 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. Anchor Bay's DVD includes episode recaps, a making-of featurette, character profile shorts, behind-the-scenes, and bloopers.
• Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (Blu-ray) - 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 Bonnaroo and his 25-year Harvard reunion. Magnolia's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary with Conan, Flender, Andy Richter, and others, over 40 minutes of deleted scenes, and a Conan interview with outtakes.
• Thor (Limited 3D Edition) - 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. Combo pack 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.
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