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November 30, 2009 - Julie & Julia DVD Review
We end the month with a review of Julie & Julia. Based on two true stories, this Nora Ephron dramedy stars Meryl Streep as TV chef Julia Child getting her start in 1950s France
and Amy Adams as a 21st century New Yorker who sets out to cook and blog about every recipe in Child's most famous book. In time for holiday season feasting and year-end awards buzz, Sony brings this box office hit to DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday. Read our review.

November 29, 2009 - Our newest DVD review subject is the seventh DVD release given to Playhouse Disney's top-rated series: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo-Choo Express. The title attraction, a 47-minute special that debuted on Disney Channel last month, finds Mickey and friends assembling a train to see and transport Ludwig Von Drake's latest invention (melt-resistant snow). It's joined by the Season 2 episode "Mickey's Big Job", which is presented with four interactive Adventure Modes. Read the full review.

November 27, 2009 - Skip the chaotic crowds and sales tax by doing Black Friday the Amazon way.

November 25, 2009 - With Thanksgiving Day only hours away, the Christmas season truly is upon us. What better time than to read our new review of White Christmas: Anniversary Edition. Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen star ins this popular 1954 musical comedy. Paramount's recent two-disc reissue retains the bonus features from the movie's 2000 debut and piles on another hour of featurettes on the stars, title song,
the active stage musical, and the film itself. Full review.

November 24, 2009 - Get all the information you need on one of the year's highest-profile and most-discounted release dates right here.

November 23, 2009 - We've just posted a new contest for Facebook fans of the site. Help that group grow and you could win the DVD of your choosing (up to $30). Past referrals count too. This contest will end on December 15th. Click here for full details and to enter.

Kelvin Cedeno gives us a look at Angels & Demons, the prequel/sequel to The Da Vinci Code which adapts another conspiratorial Dan Brown mystery with Tom Hanks starring and Ron Howard directing. This one centers on the kidnapping of four leading candidates for the papacy. Out tomorrow, Sony's DVD includes several making-of featurettes. Read on...

November 22, 2009 - Our newest review covers It's a Wonderful Life. Frank Capra's 1946 Christmas classic gets its third DVD release from Paramount in four years. This one places the 2-Disc Collector's Set -- with black & white and colorized versions of the film, two made-for-TV retrospectives, and the original trailer -- in a fancy package that includes an exclusive bell ornament, 8 free song downloads, and a booklet. Read the full review so that Clarence might get his wings.

November 19, 2009 - The Heat Miser and Snow Miser from Rankin/Bass' The Year Without a Santa Claus return in A Miser Brothers' Christmas. This hour-long stop motion special asks the battling brothers to fill in for Santa Claus (voiced by Mickey Rooney) when he gets laid up. Now available, Warner's DVD includes a 23-minute making-of featurette. More...

Read all about this week's new releases.

November 18, 2009 - Stay in the holiday spirit with our review of I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown. Warner's ninth Remastered Deluxe Edition, this one pairs the hour-long 2003 holiday special with new-to-DVD Happy New Year, Charlie Brown (1986). The disc also includes a brand new featurette on Linus' younger brother Rerun, who stars in the titular cartoon. Read on...

Our newest review covers Paramount's recent Forrest Gump: 15th Anniversary Chocolate Box Giftset.
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As if you don't already know, this blockbuster 1994 Best Picture winner stars Tom Hanks as an Alabama simpleton who achieves all sorts of extraordinary things in the middle of the 20th Century. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, this dramedy co-stars Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field. Read our review to learn what's new (and what isn't) in this release.

November 17, 2009 - Last year's hit comedy Four Christmases becomes this week's latest DVDizzy.com review subject. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon play a couple whom foggy skies force to celebrate part of Christmas Day with each of their four divorced parents (Oscar winners Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Sissy Spacek, and Jon Voight). The DVD is in stores next Tuesday. Read on...

November 16, 2009 - The Buddies are back in Santa Buddies, our latest review subject. The fourth film to center on the Disney/Keystone talking puppies, this one finds the gang helping Puppy Paws to save Christmas. A sick kid, a mean dogcatcher, a magical icicle...it's holiday fun for the whole family.George Wendt stars as Santa Claus, Tom Bosley voices his top dog Santa Paws, and Christopher Lloyd plays that icy dogcatcher. Get into the spirit with our early review.

It's a big week for Star Trek fans and we've got reviews of two new Paramount DVDs out on Tuesday. First, Kelvin Cedeno looks at The Best of "Star Trek", Volume 2. Then, join Aaron Wallace for The Best of "Star Trek: The Next Generation", Volume 2. Each of these single-disc releases holds four major episodes from the iconic hour-long sci-fi series.

November 15, 2009 - Our review of Walt Disney Treasures: "Zorro" - The Complete First Season has been updated and finalized. Synopses, screencaps, and credits now represent the entire 41-episode limited edition set, which has been hard to find in stores. More...

Upcoming DVDs of five summer box office hits are now just $9.99 each at Amazon.com. Enjoying the competitive stocking stuffer prices are Disney's G-Force, Julie & Julia, Terminator Salvation, and the single-disc versions of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Recent Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Monsters, Inc. (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - The studio's beloved but somewhat overlooked fourth film makes its high-def debut with two Blu-ray discs, Disc 1 of 2002's fully loaded two-disc DVD, and a digital copy of the movie. Bonus features are gained and lost and this is the only place you'll find out about both. Read on...
• Cars: Ultimate Cars Gift Pack - The 2006 DVD and an updated Blu-ray of Pixar's seventh feature film come together alongside model cars of Lightning McQueen and Mater (see the review for an exclusive high-res photo).
• Walt Disney Treasures: "Zorro" - The Complete Second Season - Picking up where its concurrent Treasures tin leaves off, this 6-disc set supplies 39 half-hour episodes and 2 hour-long shows starring the people's masked outlaw and his civil alter ego. Additional bonus features on this very limited release include an introduction by Leonard Maltin and two all-new retrospective featurettes.
• Up (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - In Pixar's tenth and latest hit feature film, a 78-year-old widower uses thousands of helium balloons to lift his house to the exotic South American mountains he's always planned on seeing. Joining him are this adventure are a young Wilderness Explorer needing a badge, a giant tropical bird, and a friendly dog who communicates via a mechanical collar. [Related Articles: Up Fun Facts, Interview with Up's Directors]
• Walt Disney Treasures: "Zorro" - The Complete First Season - A masked hero fights injustice in 1850s Los Angeles in one of Disney's first and most beloved TV shows. This 6-disc set serves up 39 half-hour episodes that aired on ABC during the 1957-58 season plus two of the hour-long 1960 anthology installments, a Leonard Maltin introduction, a Zorro featurette, a "Fourth Anniversary Show" excerpt, a pin, a lithograph, and a certificate of authenticity.
• Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed In at the House of Mouse - More than 60 characters from over 70 years of Disney animation come together for this hour-long feature comprised largely of two classic holiday Disney shorts and two 1999 "Mickey Mouse Works" segments. Bonus features include the premiere "House of Mouse" episode, a short sound effects featurette with Mickey voice Wayne Allwine, and two sing-along songs.

Recent Non-Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Brüno - The third and latest film born out of Sacha Baron Cohen's "Da Ali G Show" personalities, this one closely follows Cohen's hit Oscar-nominated 2006 mockumentary Borat, as it brings the eponymous Austrian fashion reporter to America, where he hopes to find fame at any cost. Extras on Universal's DVD include nearly an hour of deleted/extended/alternate scenes and an enhanced out-of-character commentary by Cohen and director Larry Charles.
• Say Anything...: 20th Anniversary Edition - Cameron Crowe's directorial debut stars John Cusack as an average guy dating the beautiful valedictorian (Ione Skye) upon their high school class' graduation. Fox's recent re-release of this esteemed late-'80s romance includes two new featurettes and all of the fixings of the movie's 2002 Special Edition disc, including an audio commentary that runs longer than the film and nearly an hour of deleted, extended, and alternate scenes.
• Funny People - Despite the title, Judd Apatow's nearly 3-hour third film leans more heavily to drama than comedy.
• Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) - In this third entry to Blue Sky's hit prehistoric computer-animated franchise, mammoths Manny and Ellie are expecting, while Sid gets mixed up with a family of Tyrannosauruses. The 3-disc set serves up an audio commentary, deleted scenes, a Storybook Maker game, Scrat's two shorts, and 13 making-of featurettes.
• North by Northwest: 50th Anniversary Edition - From the middle of the period for which the director is best remembered, this 1959 comic thriller stars Cary Grant as a New York ad executive mistaken for a spy and wanted dead. Warner's new 2-disc set includes TCM's feature-length Grant biography, new documentaries on the film and Hitchcock's signature style, an audio commentary, a track isolating Bernard Herrmann's score, the 2000 DVD's making-of featurette hosted by Eva Marie Saint, three trailers, and stills.

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