DVDizzy.com: NOVEMBER 1-15, 2010 NEWS ARCHIVES
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November 15, 2010 - We take a look at this week's other new Playhouse Disney DVD in "Handy Manny": Big Construction Job. The seventh DVD release devoted to the bilingualism-promoting animated series, this one holds a recently-aired hour-long special plus two never-before-aired regular episodes. The disc includes Discovery Mode playback of the title special, which is compatible with the new Mickey Mote and available bundled with it. Full review.
Set in 1912 Cape Cod, The Lightkeepers stars Richard Dreyfuss as a super salty lighthouse captain who takes on a new assistant (Tom Wisdom). The two women haters are thrown for a loop when two women of similar ages (Blythe Danner, Mamie Gummer) show up. This romantic dramedy come ashore tomorrow with a bonus feature more remarkable than the film itself. More...
November 14, 2010 - Our newest review looks at "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse": Numbers Roundup, the tenth DVD from Playhouse Disney's popular animated series and the first to be offered in a Play Set with a new programmable Mickey Mote designed for young hands. Available Tuesday, the disc includes five episodes counting an unaired bonus one and various interactive Discovery Modes. Full review.
November 13, 2010 - We've just posted a review of Steve Miller's new book 150 Movies You Should (Die Before You) See, which analyzes some of the worst movies of all-time on several levels. It's released next week.
Gear up for the new Harry Potter movie with our review of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Ultimate Edition. The highly-regarded Alfonso Cuarσn-directed third installment of the epic wizard series introduces professors Lupin (David Thewlis) and Trelawney (Emma Thompson) as well as feared fugitive Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), lets Harry ride on a hippogriff, and delivers a mind-blowing, time-turning finale. Warner's recent 3-disc set hardly alters the film's original two DVDs, while adding a picture book, character cards, a digital copy code, and a new disc with over two hours of bonus features new and old. Read the review.
November 11, 2010 - In our newest interview, we talk with Jon Turteltaub, director of numerous Disney films of the past 18 years, including the National Treasure adventures, Cool Runnings, The Kid, and, his latest, The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Turteltaub talks about being inspired by Fantasia's Mickey Mouse segment and the ins and outs of spectacle filmmaking. Full interview.
Disney's A Christmas Carol offers the latest filming of Charles Dickens' oft-retold redemption tale. With his ImageMovers Digital studio, Robert Zemeckis adapted, produced, and directed this feature in the motion capture animation medium he's adopted since The Polar Express. Jim Carrey stars as Ebenezer Scrooge and the three Christmas ghosts who visit him. Joining him in the cast multiple times are Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Cary Elwes, and Robin Wright Penn. Our review covers the 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo, which is released next week. Bonus features include deleted scenes, featurettes, a new animated short of The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa promoting Disney Blu-ray 3D, and, only on Blu-ray, Zemeckis audio commentary, a mocap viewing mode, and an interactive Advent calendar. Read the full review.
November 9, 2010 - We've got a new interview today with Joey King, the young star of Ramona and Beezus. A veteran of TV and movies at age 11, the actress spoke with us about playing the protagonist of Beverly Cleary's beloved book series, becoming a sister to teen icon Selena Gomez, and all of her favorite things. Read the interview.
Ramona and Beezus is one of today's new releases we're covering. Others include Adam Sandler and friends' blockbuster summer comedy Grown Ups, Edgar Wright's graphic novel-adapted Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and the Australian horror film Damned by Dawn. See our schedule for more on these and other debuts.
November 8, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno covers the recently-unveiled Blu-ray + DVD combo of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. With an English setting, a literary source, songs by the Sherman Brothers, and leading man Dick Van Dyke joined by two kids and a woman, this 1968 fantasy musical may remind you of an earlier film. This one stars Van Dyke as crackpot inventor Caractacus Potts, whose refurbished old car transports the gang by sky and sea to the child-free land of Vulgaria. Now available, the MGM/Fox set adds two interactive features to a wealth of supplements included on the movie's two-disc Special Edition DVD. Grab some toot sweets and whistle your way to our full review.
November 7, 2010 - Another film likely to vie for this year's Best Picture Oscar is the indepedent comedy The Kids Are All Right. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play mothers to two teenagers (Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska, Journey to the Center of the Earth's Josh Hutcherson) who track down their anonymous sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo) and welcome him into their lives. This acclaimed Focus Features hit comes to DVD next week from Universal with audio commentary by director/co-writer Lisa Cholodenko and three making-of featurettes. Full review.
November 6, 2010 - We look at one of the 1980s' most beloved films in our review of The Goonies: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition. Written by Gremlins' Chris Columbus from a story by Steven Spielberg and directed by Lethal Weapon's Richard Donner, this movie follows four young best friends and three slightly older kids on an epic hunt for 300-year-old pirate treasure. On their underground adventure, they encounter booty traps, criminals, waterfalls, and the deformed "it" Sloth. Holding deleted scenes, a two-part Cyndi Lauper music video, a vintage production featurette, and a full cast reunion video commentary, the popular 2001 DVD is now joined by a board game, two magazine reproductions, storyboard photo cards, and one of the coolest looking boxes around in Warner's big new set. Our review includes a video from a new cast reunion held to celebrate the release. Read and view...
November 5, 2010 - Amazon.com has made Bambi, the third and next release in Disney's Diamond Edition line, available for preorder with a release date of March 1, 2011. Like its two Diamond predecessors, the 1942 classic will be available as a $39.99 SRP 3-disc set (2 Blu-rays, 1 DVD), available in Blu-ray and DVD packaging. Carrying a $29.99 list price, a 2-Disc DVD will be released seven weeks later, just in time for Easter, on April 19. Cover art here...
November 4, 2010 - Our newest review looks at the 25th Anniversary Edition of Santa Claus: The Movie, a less than renowned Christmas fantasy that features character actor David Huddleston in the title role. Elderly toymaker Claus takes his place at the North Pole. Set in the then-present day, the film's second half follows disgraced assistant elf Patch (Dudley Moore) to America where he aligns with a villainous toy executive (John Lithgow) to put their own spin on the holiday. Staying close to Anchor Bay's numerous releases, Lionsgate's recent disc retains the 50-minute 1985 making-of television special, an audio commentary by director Jeannot Szwarc, trailers, and bios, but misses a few things from the concurrent Blu-ray debut. Read our review.
November 3, 2010 - The IMAX film Van Gogh: Brush With Genius looks at the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter in a new way, with the artist's present-day words providing narration. This French film explores Van Gogh's productivity and poverty in life and rich legacy in death, immersing viewers in his art and visiting the locations that inspired them. It is now available with a making-of featurette, a Van Gogh art slideshow, and IMAX trailers. Full review.
November 2, 2010 - Have a Laugh! Volume 2 shortens and re-records five additional classic Disney shorts from the 1930s and '40s, while also including their original versions (including a newly-uncensored Clock Cleaners). This new disc also serves up three BLAM!s and a Re-Micks video blending black & white Mickey and Minnie Mouse animation with Hannah Montana's "He Could Be the One." Read our review.
Sid & Marty Krofft's Saturday Morning Hits compiles episodes of seven fondly-recalled 1970s children's television fantasies: "H.R. Pufnstuf", "The Bugaloos", "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters", "Lidsville", and new to DVD episodes of "ElectraWoman and DynaGirl", "Bigfoot and Wildboy", and "Wonderbug". Available at the end of the month, Vivendi's low-priced disc includes a gallery of Krofft Brothers concept art. Don't recognize a thing in this paragraph? Read our review and find out about it all.
Among today's new releases are our review subjects Toy Story 3 (our interview with screenwriter Michael Arndt), Christmas Treats: T.V. Sets, Van Gogh: Brush with Genius, and Exterminators. Also now available and soon to be reviewed are Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Blu-ray + DVD Combo), The Goonies: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition, and The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray + DVD). As always, check out our schedule for the full rundown.
October 31, 2010 - A follow-up to Holiday Treats, Christmas Treats: T.V. Sets brings together holiday episodes from 8 classic CBS/Paramount sitcoms ("The Beverly Hillbillies", "The Lucy Show", "Petticoat Junction", "Happy Days", "Laverne & Shirley", "Mork & Mindy", "The Odd Couple", and "Cheers") and adds a new-to-DVD segment from the comedy anthology "Love, American Style". The DVD is available Tuesday, but feel free to read all about the more than 3 and a half hours of festive fun in our detailed review right now.
October 29, 2010 - We've just posted our review of Elf: Ultimate Collector's Edition. This blockbuster 2003 comedy about a human raised by North Pole elves visiting New York City solidified Will Ferrell's movie star status and gave us one of the most enjoyable Christmas movies in a while. Released this week, Warner's new set puts the fully-loaded 2-disc DVD in a fancy tin with a soundtrack sampler, gift tags, a Buddy the Elf stocking, and magnetic picture frame. On-disc bonus features include two audio commentaries, infinifilm playback mode, a fact track, deleted scenes with commentary, making-of and holiday featurettes, games, DVD-ROM, and more. Don't miss our full review.
Disney has announced a February 1, 2011 release of the animated Alice in Wonderland's 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo. New bonus features will include the "Through the Keyhole: A Companion's Guide to Wonderland" viewing mode, Disney View side bar art, the interactive "Painting the Roses Red" game, Walt Disney's color TV introduction, and Alice and the Doorknob reference footage and a shrinking Alice pencil test (both introduced by Alice's voice actress Kathryn Beaumont). Other features from this year's Special Un-Anniversary Edition DVD are expected to return, along with Disc 1 of that set. List price is $39.99 and you can now pre-order it from Amazon.com. Click here for cover art.
Kelvin Cedeno reviews the recent Blu-ray release of Predators, the Robert Rodriguez-produced reboot of the sci-fi action series launched in the 1980s. Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, and Topher Grace head a cast of eight humans dropped on a foreign planet where they must outwit and avoid the fierce, adaptive predators. Extras include an audio commentary, deleted scenes, motion comics, a 6-part making-of documentary, a Fox Movie Channel special, and the trailer. Read the full review.
October 28, 2010 - The latest release in Warner's low-priced but still chronological alternative to season sets, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!": Volume 4 - Spooked Bayou supplies Episodes #13-16 from the debut 1969-70 season of the classic popular Hanna-Barbera animated mystery comedy series. Now available, the disc also includes a bonus episode of "Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!." Our review includes a video clip.
October 27, 2010 - The independent dark comedy Exterminators stars Heather Graham, Jennifer Coolidge, and Amber Heard as women mandated to weekly rage therapy who form an unusual yet lucrative alliance. The movie goes straight to DVD and Blu-ray next week from Image Entertainment, who include one of the longest gag reels you'll ever see. Full review.
October 26, 2010 - Today's other new releases include Winter's Bone, the acclaimed Missouri Ozark drama that could likely make it into the Oscars' Best Picture field; Criterion's new release of Stanley Kubrick and Kirk Douglas' 1957 WWI drama Paths of Glory; the Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy collection; Warner's loaded Elf: Ultimate Collector's Edition tin; the 25th Anniversary Edition of Santa Claus: The Movie; and the airplane thriller Altitude. If we haven't already, we will be bringing you reviews of the aforementioned titles. As always, check our schedule for more details on the day's new DVDs and Blu-rays.
Have a Laugh!: Volume 1 launches Disney's new line of classic animated shorts. Released today, the disc presents five cartoons in their original versions (including Goofy's new-to-DVD 2007 theatrical short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater) and their re-edited versions recently aired on Disney. In addition, we get three BLAM! shorts more drastically remixing sports cartoons and a Re-Micks music video blending an early Mickey Mouse short with Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust." Read the review.
October 25, 2010 - The long-anticipated Toy Story 3 hits stores next week, but you can read our review of the 4-Disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo right now. With their ranks thinning and playtime at an all-time low, Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and Andy's other remaining toys wind up at Sunnyside Daycare, where all is not as it seems. This acclaimed blockbuster sequel, Pixar's all-time highest grossing film, is joined by a host of bonus features, most of them sadly exclusive to Blu-ray. We reach to infinity and beyond in our 2-page review of this set that includes commentaries, featurettes, a trivia game, trailers, Lotso's viral video commercials, a hidden music video, and more.
October 23, 2010 - Cast members of the 1990s "Saturday Night Live" reunite in Grown Ups. Adam Sandler is joined by Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider as five friends brought together by the death of their childhood basketball coach for a fun family Fourth of July weekend. Written by Sandler and Fred Wolf, directed by Happy Gilmore's Dennis Dugan, and featuring Salma Hayek Pinault, this blockbuster comedy extended its star's streak of $100 million-grossing signature comedies. It will come to DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack on November 9th, but you can read our review right now.
October 22, 2010 - We've just posted an interview with Michael Arndt, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshine. Arndt is expected to earn an adapted screenplay Oscar nomination for his second script, Toy Story 3. He spoke with us and other news outlets yesterday about working with Pixar on their long-anticipated acclaimed blockbuster sequel. Read the interview now and come back soon for the Blu-ray + DVD combo review we're hard at work on!
Our newest review looks at Paths of Glory, Stanley Kubrick's fourth feature film and his first to enter The Criterion Collection. Inspired by Humphrey Cobb's novel and a real event, this World War I drama stars Kirk Douglas as a French colonel assigned to command a suicide mission. It results in three soldiers being tried for cowardice in an unjust court-martial procedure. Available next Tuesday, Criterion's disc provides this 1957 film with its first widescreen DVD transfer plus an audio commentary, an essay booklet, a 1979 Kirk Douglas interview from British television, the trailer, an archival audio interview with Kubrick, a French news report on the real incident, and new video interviews with producer James B. Harris, actress/widow Christiane Kubrick, and Kubrick collaborator/brother-in-law Jan Harlan. Don't miss our review, one of many exciting articles you'll see here in the coming days.
October 19, 2010 - Among today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases are Disneynature titles Oceans and The Crimson Wing, Sony Pictures Classics' Please Give, the Robert Rodriguez-produced reboot Predators, and Warner's third and fourth Harry Potter Ultimate Editions. We'll be reviewing the aforementioned that we haven't already. Check out the schedule details on these and other new/upcoming releases.
October 18, 2010 - The Hangover, one of the most acclaimed and all-time highest-grossing comedies, was reissued last week in an Extreme Edition. The 2-disc set presents the tale of four men's oddly forgotten Las Vegas bachelor party in theatrical and unrated cuts, along with audio commentary, an interactive Map of Destruction, a gag reel, a photo gallery, and other unused bits. New to this edition are a hardcover picture book and a ticket to see Todd Phillips and Zach Galifianakis' new movie Due Date. Remember to read our review.
October 16, 2010 - Christmas comes early for readers in our review of Mrs. Miracle. Based on Debbie Macomber's book, this 2009 Hallmark TV movie tells the story of a magical housekeeper (Doris Roberts, "Everybody Loves Raymond") who enters the life of a sad dad (James Van Der Beek, "Dawson's Creek") and his two rowdy twin boys. Erin Karpluk co-stars in this holiday romance drama, which comes to DVD from Sony next month before its sequel airs. Review.
October 15, 2010 - Winter's Bone won this year's Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and, as one of 2010's most acclaimed films, it's expected to compete for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. This independent drama tells of Ree Dolly, a 17-year-old girl (played by Jennifer Lawrence) raising her younger siblings in the Missouri Ozarks. When their deadbeat father goes missing with their house put down on his bail bond, Ree bravely inquires about him from her tight-lipped, drug-addled relatives. On DVD and Blu-ray October 26th from Lionsgate, the film is joined by an audio commentary, a long making-of documentary, deleted scenes, an alternate opening, a music video, and the trailer. Read our review.
October 14, 2010 - Departing from the wide survey approach, The Crimson Wing stays focused on the African flamingo throughout its feature runtime. This linear English documentary is better than its status as the first Disneynature film to go direct-to-video in the States may indicate. Releasing alongside Oceans next Tuesday, the Blu-ray + DVD Combo includes 5 making-of shorts and, only on Blu-ray, filmmaker annotations, living planet menus, and a "screensaver." Read our full review, which includes a video clip from the movie.
October 13, 2010 - Please Give stars Catherine Keener as a guilt-racked New Yorker who resells the furniture of the deceased. Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, and Ann Guilbert co-star in this independent dramedy written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money). In stores next week, Sony's DVD includes a making-of featurette, outtakes, a Q & A with the director, and the trailer. Full review.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? - The ninth signature film (and first clear sequel) of the titular writer-director-producer-actor catches up with four and a half couples on a retreat to the Bahamas and then follows them back home for new marital problems. Lionsgate's DVD includes a trivia track, two featurettes, and a music video by Janet Jackson, one of the movie's stars.
Oceans - Disneynature's second U.S. release turns our attentions to aquatic life in an all-new film from Winged Migration directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. Seals, crabs, sharks, whales, dolphins, and an assortment of fish are just some of the creatures featured in this undersea documentary.The DVD includes a Joe Jonas & Demi Lovato music video, five "Deeper in the Video" shorts, and the featurette "Disney and Nature: Preserving the World We Share", while the Blu-ray adds picture-in-picture filmmaker annotations and living menus.
The Darjeeling Limited: The Criterion Collection. The fifth film directed by Wes Anderson, this offbeat comedy reunites three estranged brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman) on a train ride through India with regularly-scheduled spiritually enlightening stops. The new 2-disc DVD supplies an audio commentary by Anderson, Schwartzman and their co-writer Roman Coppola, the prologue short Hotel Chevalier with Natalie Portman, a 40-minute making-of documentary, a conversation with James Ivory, a deleted scene, alternate takes, video diaries, Anderson's American Express commercial, stills galleries, essays, and more. Read our review.
"Phineas and Ferb": A Very Perry Christmas - Gathers last year's 34-minute holiday special and five standard episodes of the animated Disney Channel comedy. The 16:9-enhanced disc includes song selection, Perry-oki sing-along, a making-of featurette, a virtual fireplace, an iron-on T-shirt transfer, the interactive feature "Letters to Santa", and a number of Easter eggs.
"The Penguins of Madagascar": I Was a Penguin Zombie - This newest compilation holds eight quarter-hour episodes of the Nickelodeon series adapted from DreamWorks' hit animated film franchise.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Ultimate Collector's Edition - One of only three Best Picture winners to also win Oscars for screenplay, actor, actress, and director, this 1975 drama stars Jack Nicholson as R.P. McMurphy, a convict sent to a mental hospital, where he inspires his fellow inmates but earns the disapproval of cold Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). Warner's big box set includes an audio commentary, a retrospective documentary (restored to its original feature length), a new documentary, deleted scenes, a hardcover book, a deck of playing cards, poster and press book reproductions, and more.
Fred: The Movie expands Lucas Cruikshank's popular YouTube character. Excitable, energetic 15-year-old Fred braves bullies, car washes, and the public bus system in an effort to reach Judy (Pixie Lott), the object of his obsessions, at her new house. Following a highly-rated debut on Nickelodeon, Lionsgate's DVD includes an audio commentary, two Fred shorts, and three making-of featurettes.
"Goosebumps": Go Eat Worms - New compilation of the 1990s R.L. Stine-inspired children's horror TV seriesholds three episodes surrounding pre-teen boys with supernatural suspense.
"The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss": There is Nothing to Fear in Here - Three episodes of the 1990s Jim Henson Nickelodeon television series that featured a host of Seuss' storybook characters.
Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD - The only traditionally animated film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, is one of Disney's all-time most beloved works. Disney's second entry to its top line of Blu-ray combos presents this 1991 musical fairy tale in three versions and with a wealth of new bonus features.
"Ugly Americans": Volume 1 - This animated Comedy Central series is set in a New York City that's populated with demons, wizards, zombies, werewolves, and other monstrosities. It centers on Mark Lilly, a Department of Integration social worker who helps all sorts of individuals adjust to their neighborhood. The DVD includes audio commentaries, galleries, a sneak peek, and five of the "5-On" shorts that inspired the series.
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