November 30, 2007 - Our newest DVD review covers Superbad: 2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition. After Knocked Up, "Freaks and Geeks" alum Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow teamed up on this foul-mouthed comedy, with Rogen serving as co-writer, producer, and supporting actor and Apatow producing. The film centers on socially outcast high school seniors looking to score alcohol and sex at the only graduation party they've been invited to. The DVD serves up an entertaining commentary, a fun series of in-character "Cop Car Confessions" shorts, deleted footage, and a variety of featurettes. Read on...
November 29, 2007 - For his newest DVD review, Kelvin Cedeno takes a look at next week's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - 2-Disc Limited Edition. Disney's series of blockbuster adventures comes to an end, at least for now, with an entertaining juggle of tangled plots and characters. Though delivering flawless picture and sound, the more expensive DVD falls short of its predecessors' sets in terms of supplements, lacking announced commentaries and delivering a relatively light second disc. Read the full review.
November 28, 2007 - In anticipation of the DVD/Blu-ray debut of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Gore Verbinski, the director of all three films in the blockbuster adventure series, chatted with UltimateDisney.com and other online press outlets. Today, we bring you a transcript of two sessions: Gore Verbinski Interview. Verbinski reflected on the many challenges experienced in making the effects-heavy Disney franchise, while also providing his stance on the series' future. Read the full interview.
In our latest article, Aaron Wallace serves up a DVD review of Return to Never Land: Pixie-Powered Edition, covering Disney's new lightweight reissue of the studio's theatrically-released but mediocre 2002 Peter Pan sequel. Read on...
November 27, 2007 - Available on DVD today from Paramount and subject of our newest review is "Happy Days": The Third Season. In 1975-76, ABC's long-running nostalgia-fueled sitcom put Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, the character who epitomized "cool", in the foreground for most of the 24 episodes. This is also the year that introduces Arnold (Pat Morita) and Laverne & Shirley, who show up in three episodes in anticipation of the launch of their own popular spin-off sitcom. The 4-disc set serves up plenty of disappointment, but at its heart is an eminently entertaining program which continues to delight today. Read the full review.
November 24, 2007 - Our latest DVD review covers Wish Gone Amiss, Disney Channel's lazy trio of episodes that share a central concept of wishes coming true and yielding undesired results. "Cory in the House" finds its eponymous boy as the nation's President, "Hannah Montana" considers life for its heroine without her secret double life, and "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" imagines the inhabitants of the Tipton Hotel as superheroes and villains. The DVD's only extra is a 5-minute guide to wishes hosted by "Hannah"'s Jason Earles and prominently featuring clips from animated Disney works. Read the full review.
November 22, 2007 - We have just posted our Directors Series: Stanley Kubrick DVD Review. Warner's recently-released 10-disc box set supplies five of the eccentric filmmaker's best-known movies, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and Eyes Wide Shut, plus Jan Harlan's 2001 retrospective documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures. Commentaries, documentaries, featurettes, new 16x9-enhanced presentations, and the thought-provoking films themselves all make this one collection to consider. Read the full review.
Happy Thanksgiving to those in the United States!
November 20, 2007 - This week, as holiday shopping kicks into high gear, the DVD studios are offering a voluminous slate of new releases. As always, check out the DVDizzy.com Schedule, for a detailed look at all of today's new titles on DVD, Blu-ray, and HD DVD with review and purchase links.
November 17, 2007 - Our new DVD review looks at Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. This award-winning 1991 documentary on the tumultous production of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam war epic Apocalypse Now in the Philippines makes its long-awaited DVD debut on Tuesday, where it's joined by a new 65-minute documentary by Eleanor Coppola on her husband's return to directing on the Romania-shot Youth Without Youth. Read on...
November 16, 2007 - In our latest DVD review, Kelvin Cedeno covers "DuckTales": Volume 3, the new 3-disc, 24-episode set holding one of Disney's first and most esteemed animated TV series. With erratic picture and nary a bonus feature, the presentation is no surprise, but the series continues to hold up well. Among the hours of entertainment found here are the 5-part TV movies Time is Money and Super DuckTales, which introduce Bubba the caveduck and Fenton Crackshell a.k.a. GizmoDuck. Read the full 2-page article.
November 15, 2007 - We've just posted our inevitably late but incomparably detailed DVD review of Shrek the Third. The latest installment in DreamWorks' blockbuster franchise of computer-animated comedies puts Shrek and Fiona on the brink of parenthood and the Far Far Away throne while catching up with a vengeful Prince Charming and setting out on a search for a teenaged heir. On DVD, the film is joined by an interactive Worcestershire Academy yearbook, two featurettes, 3 deleted scenes, various short features, plus a collection of DVD-ROM games, printables, and activities. Read our full review.
Recent Disney DVD and Disney-Related Movie Reviews:
• "TaleSpin": Volume 2 - The contents of this second 27-episode collection improve upon Volume 1's and rank highly among TV animation. The 3-disc set includes a Christmas show, the 2-part arc "For Whom the Bell Klangs", and dozens of other clever and original episodes.
• My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie - 44-minute special is spawned from the Playhouse Disney series that shakes things up in the Hundred Acre Wood with three-dimensionla computer animation, a mystery task force motif, and a 6-year-old girl named Darby in the lead role. The DVD also includes an activity and a never-before-seen two-part bonus episode.
• The History of Pixar: One Story, Two Mediums - Our special report covers Chronicle Books' new hardcover and Leslie Iwerks' new documentary film, each documenting the pioneering and persistently praiseworthy CGI film work of Pixar Animation Studios.
• The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause - The latest and apparently last chapter in Disney's Christmas comedy series finds Santa (Tim Allen) dealing with his wife's pregnancy and parents, his ex-wife's family, and a conniving Jack Frost (Marin Short) whos' secretly set on making the holiday his. While playing closer to 2002's kid-oriented sequel than the superior 1994 original, this one offers some improvement, spirited performances, and enough good ideas. The DVD serves up the film in two formats plus three brief but good featurettes, an alternate opening, a director's commentary, bloopers, an Aly & AJ music video, and a 7-song Christmas karaoke feature.
• Ratatouille - Pixar's newest film is its weakest and the DVD release certainly pales next to the studio's outstanding 2-disc sets. Visually stunning, interest-sustaining, and full of ideas, this movie is still well worth checking out in spite of its weaknesses. Though the disc delivers the usual flawless picture/sound of Pixar's digital transfers, it's lighter on extras than most modern films.
Recent Non-Disney DVD Reviews:
• The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition - Filled with colorful characters and quotable lines, this wonderful comedic fairy tale of love-driven adventure holds a major place in movie lovers' hearts. Its' fourth and latest DVD release provides fine picture and sound, three new featurettes, a new game, and some snazzy reversible packaging, but excludes some important bonuses.
• Deck the Halls - Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito star as heads of small-town New England families whose Christmas celebration styles clash. The PG-rated comedy is light on joy and laughs. The double-sided disc supplies both widescreen and fullscreen versions plus bloopers, three deleted scenes, a handful of short featurettes, and a commentary.
• License to Wed - Returning to his manic roots, Robin Williams plays a reverend who puts a young engaged couple (Mandy Moore and "The Office"'s John Krasinski) through an extreme marriage preparation course. Though light, predictable and leaving room for improvement, it's also diverting and quite better than the scathing critical consensus suggests. The disc includes both widescreen and fullscreen formats plus a worthwhile lot of deleted scenes (with optional director's commentary) and "Ask Choir Boy", a made-for-DVD feature with Josh Flitter reprising his role.
• Chinatown: Special Collector's Edition - A nominee in 11 Oscar categories and named the third best movie of the 1970s by AFI, this noir-inspired mystery stars Jack Nicholson as a private investigator intrigued by a water department conspiracy and a suspicious death in 1930s Los Angeles. The film is joined by three new featurettes that catch up with Nicholson, director Roman Polanski, writer Robert Towne, and producer Robert Evans.
• Bram Stoker's Dracula: Collector's Edition - The 1992 Francis Ford Coppola-directed adaptation of the classic horror novel is visually impressive but scripturally unstable. Sony's two-disc set treats the film to a wealth of new supplements.
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