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October 15, 2012 - Shout! Factory unearths more vintage television comedy with next week's release of The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Volume 2. The 3-disc set serves up eight mostly complete episodes and eighteen bonus sketches from Kovacs' eponymous 1956 NBC morning show.
It also holds three episodes of his 1960s ABC game show "Take a Good Look", the rare pilot for an unrealized sitcom "Medicine Man" co-starring Buster Keaton, a 2011 discussion panel, Kovacs' "only existing filmed solo interview", home movies, and trailers for two of his movies. Those who buy the set from Shout!'s store also get an exclusive fourth DVD with seven additional "Take a Good Look" episodes. Read all about it.
Now through next Monday, US and Canadian readers can enter to win tomorrow's new Pete's Dragon: 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack in our giveaway. Take up to ten easy entries right now and then come back to Tweet about the giveaway for an additional daily entry. Enter...
Warner has released a trailer promoting the December 4th combo pack (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) debut of Christopher Nolan's epic series-concluding The Dark Knight Rises, which will include three hours of extras and a synchable app. Watch it.
October 14, 2012 - In stores next week, the independent comedy Gabe the Cupid Dog tells the story of a dog who tries to set his lifelong bachelor owner (Brian Krause) with a neighbor (Boti Bliss), so that he won't have to spend six months in a London quarantine. Read our review.
October 13, 2012 - Disney's 1977 partially animated live-action musical Pete's Dragon makes its Blu-ray debut on Tuesday and we've got a review of the 35th Anniversary Edition combo pack. At the turn of the century, a young orphan (Sean Marshall) and his usually invisible best friend, a 12-foot dragon, come to the harbor town of Passamaquoddy where they are embraced by lightkeepers (Helen Reddy and Mickey Rooney) but pursued by a family of hillbillies (headed by Shelley Winters) and a charlatan doctor (Jim Dale).
Both discs include a deleted scene, an early version of a song, two trailers, and a 25-minute retrospective on visual effects narrated by Sean Marshall. Full review.
October 12, 2012 - Today's new review covers Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. DreamWorks' blockbuster sequel takes the Central Park Zoo animals and friends to Monte Carlo, Rome, England, and beyond as part of a traveling circus. In stores Tuesday, the two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes an Afro Circus Rainbow Wig, directors' audio commentary, a trivia track, enhanced playback mode The Animators' Corner, deleted scenes, a voice cast featurette, a look at a day in production, and more. Don't miss this review.
October 11, 2012 - The hit dramedy A League of Their Own turns 20 this year and celebrates by making its Blu-ray debut on Tuesday. Directed by Big's Penny Marshall, this film tells the story of the women's professional baseball league formed after America entered World War II. Geena Davis and Lori Petty play Oregon farmer sisters who join the Rockford Peaches (alongside Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell), a team managed by an alcoholic former MLB star (Tom Hanks). Sony's anniversary disc includes over a half-hour of deleted scenes, an audio commentary by Marshall and three actresses, Madonna's "This Used to Be My Playground" music video, and an hour-long retrospective documentary. Read on...
October 10, 2012 - Tim Allen's 1994 blockbuster The Santa Clause makes its Blu-ray debut next week on its own and joined by its 21st century sequels in The Complete 3-Movie Collection. Divorced toymaker Scott Calvin (Allen) is transformed into the world's most famous gift-giver, complete with white beard, weight gain, and a custody battle. The sequels find him juggling his responsibilities at the North Pole with his family, from finding a wife to keeping his son Charlie (Eric Lloyd) off the Naughty list to preventing Jack Frost (Martin Short) from taking over the holiday. The 3-disc set hangs onto many of the film's DVD extras, but loses some and adds none. Don't miss our thorough review.
October 8, 2012 - Rock of Ages adapts the popular Tony-nominated Broadway musical of the same name. A small-town girl (Julianne Hough) arrives in 1987 Los Angeles hoping to make it big as a singer. She finds love with a barback/aspiring rocker (Diego Boneta) and employment at hotspot The Bourbon Room, where revered rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) is about to play his final show with his band Arsenal. Directed by Hairspray's Adam Shankman and co-starring Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, this film hits home video tomorrow. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack presents the film in both its theatrical cut and a new drastically longer R-rated extended edition. Extras take us behind the scenes and catch up with members of the bands whose songs are given new life, including Poison, Twisted Sister, REO Speedwagon, and Foreigner. Watch clips from the film as part of our complete review.
October 7, 2012 - The drama Everybody's Fine, one of the last Miramax films released by Disney, finally comes to Blu-ray next week, three years after its theatrical engagement, from Lionsgate. This remake of a 1990 Italian film stars Robert De Niro as a widower who travels around the nation to make surprise visits to his grown-up children (Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, and Drew Barrymore). A dud at the box office and largely shut out of awards, this film written and directed by Waking Ned Devine's Kirk Jones is once again joined by deleted/extended scenes and a look at the creation of Paul McCartney's Golden Globe-nominated closing song. Full review.
October 6, 2012 - Written by The Avengers' Joss Whedon and Cloverfield's Drew Goddard, The Cabin in the Woods aims to turn horror conventions on their head. Five college students look forward to a fun weekend at a country cabin. Instead, they awaken some unfriendly creatures as part of an organization's carefully-monitored plan. One of the year's best-reviewed films, this is now on Blu-ray from Lionsgate with an audio commentary, a making-of documentary, an enhanced playback mode, a tour of the cabin, a WonderCon Q & A session, and more. Check it out.
October 5, 2012 - That's My Boy takes Adam Sandler out of his PG-13 comfort zone while returning him to the bold characterization of his earlier films. This raunchy comedy casts the star as the young, immature father of a man (Andy Samberg) who has disowned him and is about to get married. Written by David Caspe (creator of ABC's "Happy Endings") and directed by Sean Anders (Sex Drive), this R-rated romp became one of the least-attended films of Sandler's career. Releasing on October 16th, Sony's Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, and three behind-the-scenes featurettes. Full review.
October 4, 2012 - Three days before its television premiere and five before its DVD and Blu-ray release, Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters gets reviewed here. The enormously successful ventriloquist's latest Comedy Central special embraces the Halloween season with his popular characters Walter, Peanut, Bubba J, Achmed, and Jose Jalapeρo given costumed makeovers. Presenting the Savannah, Georgia performance in an extended 80-minute cut with bleeped and unbleeped soundtrack, the Blu-ray piles on the bonus features including an audio commentary, outtakes, a tour of the haunted house set, and numerous behind-the-scenes looks at the make-up, miniature, and fake movie trailers work. Read on.
October 3, 2012 - Tonight, we take an early look at a big box set releasing at the end of this month. Shout! Factory's "All in the Family": The Complete Series collects the historic nine-season run of the 1970s sitcom that racked up Emmy wins, topped the ratings for five consecutive years, and spawned multiple hit spin-offs. The esteemed series shares with us the domestic adventures of old-fashioned, working class New York bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), his loving "dingbat" wife (Jean Stapleton), their adult daughter (Sally Struthers) and her liberal husband (Rob Reiner). Shout!'s set contains all 200+ episodes of the show on 27 discs, but it is the bonus 28th disc that may most catch fans' eyes. It holds retrospectives, the two earlier "All in the Family" pilots that ABC passed on, pilots to spin-off shows "Gloria", "Archie Bunker's Place", and "704 Hauser", and a new interview with creator Norman Lear. Grab a comfy chair for our review.
The Hole marks the first new film released here from director Joe Dante (Gremlins, The 'Burbs, Small Soldiers) in nearly a decade. This PG-13 horror flick uncovers a deep, mysterious hole in the basement floor of a family's new home. Three kids (Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble) explore the pit and its mysteries. Now available, Big Air Studios' Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack includes making-of featurettes and a photo slideshow. Full review...
October 2, 2012 - Today, Cinderella becomes the sixth animated film treated to a Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD. This 1950 fairy tale returning the studio to feature animation and revived the company with its warm reception. Disney's 2-disc combo pack adds the shorts Tangled Ever After and Christian Louboutin's The Magic of the Glass Slipper, featurettes on the expansion of Fantasyland and the woman on whom the film's Fairy Godmother was modeled, a digital storybook supposedly personalizable with second screen, and a new deleted scene to many (but not all) the extras of the 2005 Platinum Edition DVD. Don't miss our review.
October 1, 2012 - In honor of its 50th Anniversary, Lawrence of Arabia is returning to theaters this Thursday for a 7:00 PM showing courtesy of NCM Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The David Lean-directed 1962 Best Picture Oscar winner has been meticulously restored in 4K from its original 65mm negative and will be shown in over 600 movie theaters around the nationwide using new digital cinema projection systems. Lawrence will then make its Blu-ray debut on November 13th in a 4-disc gift set including UltraViolet and a soundtrack CD containing previously unreleased tracks. For tickets and to find a showing near you, visit FathomEvents.com.
September 30, 2012 - Johnny Depp reteams with director Tim Burton once again for Dark Shadows, a comic adaptation of ABC's late-'60s Gothic soap opera. Depp plays Barnabas Collins, an 18th century man cursed to suffer eternity as a vampire. Awakened and freed in 1972, he moves back into his family's Maine mansion and looks to restore some honor to its fishing business. Co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley, and Chloλ Grace Moretz, this domestic underperformer hits home video this week. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes Maximum Movie Mode with behind-the-scenes focus points, deleted scenes, and a lenticular slipcover. Watch clips from the film as part of our full review.
September 28, 2012 - Next Tuesday sees the release of "Magic City": The Complete First Season. The Starz original drama series is set in a glamorous Miami hotel in the late 1950s and centered on its owner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), his wife, family, and deadly business partner (Danny Huston). The 3-disc DVD includes eight episodes, along with recaps and a number of making-of featurettes. Read on...
Disney has announced a December 11th Blu-ray debut for the fondly remembered 1995 fat camp comedy Heavyweights. The live-action film, co-written and executive produced by Judd Apatow and starring Ben Stiller, will come to Blu-ray ($20 SRP) joined by a ton of bonus features: "The Making of Heavyweights", an audio commentary by Apatow, director Steven Brill, actors Allen Covert, Aaron Schwartz, Shaun Weiss, and Tom Hodges, and special guest Paul Feig, over 30 never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes, a video chat with Apatow and Kenan Thompson, Super 8 cast and crew footage, "Where Are They Now?", Apatow's bizarre set photos, and the original theatrical trailer. On the same day, the studio will also release the 1961 family musical Babes in Toyland and, in a Blu-ray + Digital Copy, Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy. Click here for cover art and preorder.
The box set Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures puts all four of the blockbuster adventures onto Blu-ray Disc. Conceived by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg, these beloved films star Harrison Ford as the globe-trotting, death-defying archaeologist. Stretching from 1981's Best Picture Oscar nominee Raiders of the Lost Ark to 2008's increasingly unloved Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, this 5-disc collection includes many hours of bonus features including two new documentaries comprised of production footage from the original film. Do not miss this review.
September 27, 2012 - We take a look at The Art and Making of Hotel Transylvania, a new hardcover book delving into the visuals of Sony Pictures Animation's latest computer-animated comedy. Genndy Tartakovsky, the "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Samurai Jack" creator who makes his feature directing debut, penned the foreword and signed 1,000 copies of this Titan Books publication, which is now available to own. Iconic characters including Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man are dissected in concept art and filmmaker quotes. Full review.
Next month, An American Christmas Carol will become one of the first 1970s TV movies released to Blu-ray. This 1979 ABC movie relocates Charles Dickens' story to Depression era New England, with a heavily made-up Henry Winkler ("Happy Days") portraying a miserly financier shown the error of his ways by his deceased old partner and three ghosts resembling people in his life. Shout! Factory includes a brand new interview with Winkler. Humbug...
September 26, 2012 - An insert inside Cinderella's upcoming combo pack reveals that Aladdin has been bumped either from its spring 2013 Blu-ray release date or the Diamond Collection altogether. Peter Pan is now scheduled for a Blu-ray debut next spring, with The Little Mermaid confirmed to follow in the fall. Another booklet advertises the upcoming Blu-ray debuts of The Absent-Minded Professor & Son of Flubber: 2-Movie Collection, Pollyanna, Babes in Toyland, and Flubber (15th Anniversary Edition). No dates are given, but at least some of those are anticipated to be in stores by year's end.
September 25, 2012 - The documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me provides a mix of biography of the chart-topping pop star and footage of the performances from her California Dreams Tour. It employs home movies, interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, and unprecedented backstage access to Perry herself. After a middling summer theatrical run, the film is now in stores. Our review covers the Limited 3D Edition, a 3-disc set that offers the film in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, downloadable digital copy, and UltraViolet. Extras include a couple of complete concert performances, more with Katy's grandmother, and assorted behind-the-scenes shorts. Click here for our full review.
September 24, 2012 - The Emmy-nominated IFC sketch comedy series "Portlandia" returns to home video with this week's Season Two release and we've got a review. "Saturday Night Live"'s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein play assorted residents of Portland, Oregon, from cautious adventurers to feminist bookstore owners. This sophomore season includes guest appearances by Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, Tim Robbins, Jeff Goldblum, Penny Marshall, Jack McBrayer, Greg Louganis, Eddie Vedder, and the cast and crew of "Battlestar Galactica." VSC's Blu-ray includes an extended director's cut of the season finale, four audio commentaries, a deleted sketch, a clip from the touring stage show, a behind-the-scenes special, and an excerpt from the series' upcoming Visitor's Guide book. Full review.
September 23, 2012 - Red Lights stars Sigourney Weaver and Inception's Cillian Murphy as cynical paranormal researchers who debunk fraudulent psychics. They set their sights on a popular personality (Robert De Niro) coming out of a thirty-year retirement. Written and directed by Buried's Rodrigo Cortιs, this thriller hits DVD and Blu-ray next month after a limited summer theatrical run. Millennium Entertainment's DVD includes cast and director interviews, a making-of featurette, behind-the-scenes clips, the trailer, and a digital copy. Read all about it.
September 22, 2012 - After a three-week delay, Arachnophobia's Blu-ray hits stores on Tuesday and we've updated our review to cover Disney's reauthored new disc, which corrects the picture concerns of our initial review copy. Starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman, this acclaimed Steven Spielberg-produced 1990 small-town spider thriller with a sense of humor is joined by a trailer and three making-of shorts. For comparative screencaps and how to distinguish the two pressings, check out our review.
September 21, 2012 - Today's new review covers the recent Blu-ray release of "Once Upon a Time": The Complete First Season. This popular ABC drama series is set in the small town of Storybrooke, Maine, where fairy tale characters live under a curse, their real identities a mystery to them. Boston's Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) moves there to be close to the 10-year-old son she gave up for adoption and dual chronologies ensue involving the Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), the Wicked Queen (Lana Parrilla), Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and countless other characters. The 5-disc set serves up 22 episodes, five of them with optional commentaries, plus deleted scenes, bloopers, making-of featurettes, and a piece on fairy tale origins. Don't miss our full review.
September 18, 2012 - We take an early look at next month's Paramount catalog Blu-ray release with our review of Pet Sematary. This 1989 horror film became the biggest hit to date of author Stephen King, who adapted his own novel and makes a cameo here. A family of four moves to rural Maine, where a highly-trafficked road leaves many pets dead and buried in a spooky nearby animal cemetery that holds a great and powerful secret. Hitting stores on October 2nd,
the movie is joined by all four of its DVD extras: three retrospective featurettes and an audio commentary by director Mary Lambert. Read more...
Our newest review covers next week's Blu-ray release of "Key and Peele": Season 1. Comedy Central's sketch show stars "MadTV" veterans Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The eight uncensored episodes are joined by audio commentaries, outtakes, unseen sketches with President Obama and his anger translator Luther, an interview, an Easter egg, and more. Check out our full review.
Sony has scheduled a Friday, November 9th home video debut for their blockbuster reboot The Amazing Spider-Man. (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb puts Andrew Garfield into the Spidey suit and Spidey back in high school, with Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy. The film will be available in a single-disc DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray, a three-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo, a four-disc Blu-ray 3D combo pack, and the aformentioned 3D combo in a Limited Edition with figurines, all equipped with UltraViolet, audio commentary, deleted scenes, stunt rehearsals, and a production art gallery. See the press release for full details on all your ownership options.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Ed Wood (Blu-ray) In his second Tim Burton film, Johnny Depp portrays the notorious director of such 1950s B movies as Glen or Glenda and Plan 9 from Outer Space. Wood befriends aging movie star Bela Lugosi (an Oscar-winning Martin Landau) and casts him alongside a wrestler, a psychic, a drag queen, and Vampira. Touchstone's Blu-ray retains nearly all of the film's numerous DVD extras including an audio commentary, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, topical retrospectives, a music video, and the trailer.
The Game (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - The third film directed by David Fincher (Seven, The Social Network), this thriller stars Michael Douglas as a wealthy San Francisco businessman whose unorthodox birthday present from his younger brother (Sean Penn) turns his life upside down. The disc restores the extras from Criterion's laserdisc, including an audio commentary, alternate ending, storyboards, behind-the-scenes footage, trailers, and a psychological test film.
For a Few Dollars More (Blu-ray) - The middle installment of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood's esteemed 1960s spaghetti western trilogy finds The Man with No Name (Eastwood), also known as Manco, in post-Civil War New Mexico who joins a fellow bounty hunter (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly's Lee Van Cleef) to take down ruthless outlaw El Indio (Gian Maria Volontι) and his gang. MGM's standalone Blu-ray includes audio commentary, an Eastwood interview, two making-of featurettes, a crew member retrospective, alternate scenes, location comparisons revisiting the Spanish sites where it was filmed, twelve radio spots, and two trailers.
Titanic (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray) - Twelve years before Avatar, writer/director James Cameron made movie history with this most expensive and highest grossing film ever. The effects-driven epic romantic drama stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as passengers on the ill-fated maiden voyage of the lavish trans-Atlantic ocean liner who fall in love despite class differences and circumstances. The loaded 4-disc Limited Edition serves up nearly a full day's worth of bonus material including three feature-length audio commentaries, an hour of fully-completed deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes shorts, galleries, trailers, and, new to this edition, an hour-long retrospective and a feature-length National Geographic documentary revisiting the ship's sinking.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - Aardman, the studio behind Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit, returns to stop-motion animation in this British clay comedy adapted from the first book in a popular series. The Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant) aims for the Pirate of the Year award by way of a scientific discovery competition with Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria. Sony's three-disc combo pack includes a brand new 18-minute short film, an audio commentary, two of director Peter Lord's previous short films, two making-of featurettes, and two games.
Ghosts of the Abyss (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD) - In his first theatrical directing credit after Titanic, James Cameron journeyed to the site of that ship's wreckage joined by scientists, historians, Russians, and Bill Paxton. This 2003 Disney/Walden Media IMAX documentary makes its high definition debut in a 3-disc combo pack that presents it in theatrical and extended cuts on Blu-ray and DVD. It is joined by a number of short making-of featurettes, but not one of its second disc DVD extras.
The Loved Ones - First-time feature writer/director Sean Byrne tells the story of a high school student (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse's Xavier Samuel) who is abducted and tortured by the shy classmate (Robin McLeavy) whose dance invitation he turned down. Paramount's unrated DVD includes 23 minutes of cast & crew interviews plus UltraViolet.
Mad Monster Party (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - In this 1967 theatrical stop-motion Rankin/Bass musical comedy, Baron von Frankenstein (voiced by Boris Karloff) invites historic horror figures -- including Dracula, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- and his nerdy nephew to his island for a retirement party. Both discs hold three featurettes, two sing-along songs, and an original trailer.
On the 2nd Day of Christmas - Mark Ruffalo and Mary Stuart Masterson star in this 1997 Lifetime movie in which an aunt/niece pickpocket team (Masterson and Lauren Suzanne Pratt) winds up spending Christmas with a department store security guard (Ruffalo) in preparation for post-holiday charges. From the director of The Muppet Movie and the writer of He Said, She Said, this movie hits makes its home video debut with a holiday CD.
The Halloween Tree - Adapted by Ray Bradbury from his 1972 novel, this Emmy-winning 1993 Hanna-Barbera animated television movie tells the story of four friends who journey around the globe and through time in an effort to catch and help their dear friend. Leading them on this adventure to Ancient Egypt, the Dark Ages, Notre Dame, and Mexico is Moundshroud (voiced by Leonard Nimoy). The Warner Archive Collection recently released this fondly-remembered production.
The Aristocats (Blu-ray + DVD) - Set in 1910 Paris, this 1970 film follows three kittens and their mother on an adventure after their owner's butler tries to drug them and leave them for dead. From the voice cast to songs to story, this bears resemblance to a number of the studio's other animated animal films. The Blu-ray uncovers a new deleted musical number brought to life by Richard Sherman and introduces an Auto-Tuned new Marie song. It adds those to the Special Edition DVD's extras including a Figaro cartoon, a "Disneyland" excerpt, another deleted song, and more.
Ebbie - The Lifetime holiday television movie puts a 1990s spin on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, reimagining Scrooge as Elizabeth "Ebbie" Scrooge (Susan Lucci), a cold-hearted, all-business department store CEO. On the night before Christmas, she is visited by her old mentor Jake Marley (Jeffrey DeMunn) and three other ghosts, aiming to show her the error of her ways. "Home Improvement"'s Taran Noah Smith and The Santa Clause's Wendy Crewson are Tiny Tim and Roberta Cratchit, respectively. It makes its US home video debut alongside a holiday music CD with the title Miracle at Christmas: Ebbie's Story.
Battleship (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - Loosely adapted from the popular board game, this big budget action adventure film puts a young navy lieutenant (John Carter's Taylor Kitsch) in the middle of an alien invasion off the coast of Hawaii. From the writers of Red and the director of Hancock, featuring Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, and Liam Neeson, one of the summer's first and biggest flops is now joined by an "All Access" viewing mode, an alternate ending previsualization, a tour of the battleship U.S.S. Missouri, and assorted making-of featurettes.
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