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November 30, 2012 - Disney has set a January 8th DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D release date for Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. The acclaimed but poorly-attended stop-motion comedy will be available in a 1-disc DVD, a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD, and a 4-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack.
All three will include a featurette on the world-touring Frankenweenie sets and props exhibit and the Plain White T's' "Pet Sematary" music video, while the Blu-rays will add Burton's original 1984 live-action short and the all-new short Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers. Full details.

Now in theaters and expanding today, Hitchcock stars Anthony Hopkins as legendary director Alfred Hitchcock as he makes the film Psycho amidst studio resistance and censor concerns. Helen Mirren plays Hitch's long-suffering and influential wife Alma Reville, whose collaboration with a screenwriter (Danny Huston) draws suspicions, while Scarlett Johansson depicts leading lady Janet Leigh. Read all about this last-minute entry to 2012's award season in our review.

November 29, 2012 - We take a detailed look at one of the Warner Archive Collection's first two Blu-rays in our review of last week's manufactured on demand release of Deathtrap. Adapted from a long-running, Tony-nominated Broadway play, this 1982 twisty comic thriller finds a struggling playwright (Michael Caine) plotting to claim the promising script of a former student (Christopher Reeve) as his own work. Directed by Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Network) and adapted by Jay Presson Allen (Cabaret), the film is joined by an original trailer. Complete review.

November 28, 2012 - Today's new review takes a look at this Friday's three-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD release of Men in Black 3.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as J and K, two senior agents of the secret organization protecting our planet from extraterrestrials. J journeys back in time to 1969 to prevent the death of a young K (Josh Brolin) at the hands of an alien foe (Jemaine Clement). The Blu-ray includes an alien-shooting game, a half-hour making-of documentary, two featurettes, progression reels, scene investigations, a gag reel, the music video for Pitbull's end credits theme, and UltraViolet, while the 3D disc adds a couple of exclusives. Read more.

Godzilla vs. Biollante Blu-ray Review The Sarah Silverman Program: Season 3 DVD Review

November 27, 2012 - Among the Warner Archive Collection's latest releases is "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show": The Complete Animated Series. In 1983, this half-hour series took to CBS' Saturday morning schedule, where it stayed for three years. The two-season, 18-episode run is now on DVD in its entirety courtesy of this barebones 2-disc set. Watch a clip and learn much more with our full review.

A January 29th Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD release has been announced for Sony Pictures Animation's hit Hotel Transylvania. The feature directorial debut of "Dexter's Laboratory" creator Genndy Tartakovsky, this family comedy assembles famous monsters at a hotel run by Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and his teenaged daughter (Selena Gomez). All three releases will include filmmakers' audio commentary, deleted scenes, a music video, UltraViolet, and Tartakovsky's new mini-movie Goodnight Mr. Foot. For full details, see the press release.

Next week, Godzilla vs. Biollante becomes the last in the series to come to DVD and one of the first to come to Blu-ray. The seventeenth entry overall in the flagship monster sci-fi movie series of Japanese studio Toho, this 1989 film pits Godzilla into a super flower infused with his DNA and the spirit of a human girl. Echo Bridge and Miramax's Blu-ray presents the film in both Japanese and English audio with English subtitles plus a nearly hour-long making-of documentary and a design featurette. Our review.

November 26, 2012 - Shout! Factory's upcoming DVD release of "The Sarah Silverman Program": Season 3 makes the final ten episodes of Comedy Central's series available on their own. The two-disc set adds four audio commentaries, a 2012 retrospective, the series' original pilot (with commentary), behind-the-scenes shorts, cast auditions, and more to the offbeat musical comedy show. Read our review.

Treasure Planet: 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD Review Rise of the Guardians Movie Review Lawless Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

November 25, 2012 - Released to theaters ten years ago this week, Treasure Planet has become our latest review subject. Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island in space, this pricey adventure was a major flop at the box office and a major reason why Disney abandoned traditional animation. The 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo retains the many extras of its original DVD, most of them also making the Blu-ray, while adding previously unused Laurie Metcalf introductions to each section. Surf the skies over to our review.

November 24, 2012 - Twilight's Ashley Greene, Harry Potter's Tom Felton, and Captain America's Sebastian Stan star in The Apparition, a PG-13 supernatural horror film that comes to stores on Tuesday after a quiet late summer theatrical run. Greene and Stan play a young couple whose new home is site to a number of inexplicable disturbances connected to a college student experiment. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes four short featurettes on the film, its ghost consultant, and the paranormal. Our review.

November 21, 2012 - We review today's two widest theatrical openings. Long in development, Ang Lee's Life of Pi adapts Yann Martel's novel about a religiously open-minded Indian teenager who survives a shipwreck with a Bengal tiger and other wild zoo animals. Based on William Joyce's series of picture books, DreamWorks Animation's Rise of the Guardians finds Jack Frost joining the ranks of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman to protect the world's children from the Boogeyman called Pitch Black. Read all about them: Life of Pi, Rise of the Guardians.

November 20, 2012 - Lawless tells the story of three brothers (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke) who run a bootlegging business in Prohibition Era Virginia. Directed by The Road's John Hillcoat and based on Matt Bondurant's historical novel about his grandfather, this drama co-stars Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Gary Oldman. Available next week, The Weinstein Company's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, two featurettes, Willie Nelson's "Midnight Run" music video, and a hidden feature. Full review.

A Special Sesame Street Christmas DVD Review My Big Fat Greek Wedding: 10th Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

A Special Sesame Street Christmas was one of two holiday Sesame Street specials that premiered in early December 1978. This one, aired on CBS, features only some of the cast, including Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird, in addition to a variety of guest stars from Tony winner Leslie Uggams to Anne Murray and Ethel Merman to walk-on appearances by Michael Jackson and Henry Fonda. Nominated for an Emmy but losing to PBS' Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, this hour-long musical special recently made its home video debut with bonus features and some misleading packaging. Don't miss our review.

November 19, 2012 - The inspirational drama Heaven's Door tells the story of a girl (Kirstin Dorn) who acquires healing powers after an unusual fall from a tall tree. Her skeptical mother (Charisma Carpenter), mechanic father (Dean Cain), outspoken grandmother (Joanna Cassidy), and neighbors in need have different reactions to her supposed gifts. The film hits DVD next week as a Walmart exclusive and general retail in late January. We've got an early review.

November 18, 2012 - Our latest review covers My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Ten years ago, this independent romantic comedy starring and written by Nia Vardalos became an unlikely box office behemoth, sticking around all year on good buzz and word of mouth. Now, this story of a Greek-American whose large, loud, traditional family complicates her courtship to a plain old American (John Corbett) has hit high definition. Released last week, HBO Home Entertainment's 10th Anniversary Special Edition offers the film on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy, with the BD offering a never-before-seen deleted scenes and a brand new half-hour retrospective reuniting Vardalos and Corbett alongside the stars' 2002 audio commentary. Read on...

November 17, 2012 - Today's new review looks at next week's U.S. Blu-ray debut of Grave of the Fireflies. Isao Takahata adapted and directed this 1988 animated drama, the only theatrical Studio Ghibli production to fall outside of Disney's distribution deal. Based on Akiyuki Nosaka's semi-autobiographical novel, this film tells the story of a brother and sister in 1945 Japan who are separated from their mother by an air raid and try fending for themselves in an abandoned bomb shelter. Sentai Filmworks' disc presents the film with original Japanese audio and English dubs new and old alongside a storyboard version of the film, two deleted scenes in storyboard form, and an original theatrical trailer. Full review.

November 16, 2012 - Disney has officially announced Peter Pan as its next Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack. The 1953 animated classic will fly to stores on February 5th in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack and a 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy with storybook app. New extras will include the short "Growing Up with Nine Old Men", DisneyView, Disney Intermission, and an introduction by Diane Disney Miller. They will be joined by a number of the film's Platinum Edition DVD extras. For cover art and more details, see the full press release.

Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice: Totally Tinsel Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review Lawrence of Arabia Blu-ray Review Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Blu-ray Review

A year after making its DVD debut, Prep & Landing is back in stores, this time in a Totally Tinsel Collection Blu-ray + DVD combo pack. Walt Disney Animation Studios' Emmy-winning 2009 ABC holiday special about Santa's covert elf assistants is joined by last year's Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice and nearly an hour of bonus features including two additional short shorts, six making-of shorts, North Pole news reels, commercials, and training videos. The discs' Sneak Peeks reels even announce a Disney animated classic that will receive an Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release next spring. For everything you need to know, check out our review.

November 15, 2012 - Today's new review explores this week's 50th anniversary Blu-ray debut of Lawrence of Arabia. Winner of Best Picture and seven other Oscars, David Lean's 1962 epic remains one of the most highly regarded films ever made. Peter O'Toole stars in the title role as a British officer who becomes a key figure in the Arab Revolt against the Turks during World War I.
Sony's two-disc Blu-ray includes a new picture-in-graphics track, a new interview with O'Toole, an hour-long making-of documentary, vintage production featurettes, ad campaign imagery, a newsreel from the New York premiere, and UltraViolet. The film is also available in a 4-disc gift set, whose coffee table book we take a look at. Read on...

November 14, 2012 - Our latest review covers yesterday's Blu-ray debut of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. This hit 1989 comedy stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as a couple of teenaged slackers who travel through time in a telephone booth to round up historical figures for the oral report they need to pass History. The film is joined by a conversation among its screenwriters, an air guitar tutorial, the first episode of the Saturday morning cartoon it inspired, radio spots, and the original trailer. Don't miss our full review.

November 13, 2012 - In advance of its fourth season premiere, "Hot in Cleveland" returns to DVD later this month in a three-disc Season Three set. TV Land's popular sitcom stars veterans Valerie Bertinelli ("One Day at a Time"), Jane Leeves ("Frasier"), and Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me") as three Los Angeles women now sharing a house in Cleveland. Betty White plays their house's caretaker. The DVD includes the season's behind-the-scenes special. Our review.

Today's new releases include Pixar's Brave, the Amy Heckerling comedy Vamps, Nitro Circus: The Movie, Shout! Factory's 5-DVD, 1-CD gift set The Incredible Mel Brooks, Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2, and the Blu-ray debuts of Lawrence of Arabia, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. For more information, see our schedule.

Today is the final day to enter our Arthur Christmas Giveaway! Take twelve entries to win the Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack before it's too late!

November 12, 2012 - Our latest review looks at Brave, the thirteenth and latest film from Pixar Animation Studios. Set in the Scottish Highlands during the Middle Ages, this fantasy adventure centers on Merida, a fiercely independent princess who resists the traditions her mother enforces upon her. A witch's spell changes her life immediately and she has mere hours to fix it. Our review covers the film's 5-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition, which includes the film on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and digital copy, plus an additional Blu-ray disc of bonus features. Read all about it.

The Amazing Spider-Man: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review

November 9, 2012 - One of the young century's biggest film franchises gets a quick reboot in The Amazing Spider-Man. The Social Network's Andrew Garfield takes over the title role, playing Peter Parker, the nerdy teenager whom a spider bite transforms into Spider-Man. Emma Stone is love interest Gwen Stacy, Denis Leary plays her police captain father, and Rhys Ifans is Dr. Curt Connors, a scientist looking to regrow his amputated arm. (500) Days of Summer's Marc Webb directs from a script by Zodiac's James Vanderbilt, the Spider-Man Trilogy's Alvin Sargent, and Harry Potter's Steve Kloves. Swinging to stores today, Sony's 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes an audio commentary, a Second Screen App, a feature-length making of documentary, deleted scenes, previsualizations, stunt rehearsals, image galleries, UltraViolet and more. Our review.

Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2 Blu-ray + DVD Review DreamWorks Holiday Classics Blu-ray + DVD Review

November 8, 2012 - The follow-up to a 2007 DVD, Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2 serves up twelve animated shorts, three never before released to disc. They offer a mix of Toy Story Toons, Cars Toons, home video feature spin-offs, and original theatrical shorts. All twelve are fitted with audio commentary and joined by seven student short films made at CalArts by directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter. Read our review of next week's Blu-ray + DVD combo.

November 7, 2012 - Now available, DreamWorks Holiday Classics supplies five Christmas-themed extensions of animated movie franchises. The network television specials Shrek the Halls and Merry Madagascar are joined by the direct-to-video Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury and the shorts The Madagascar Penguins in A Christmas Caper and Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular, which is also presented in a sing-along mode. For a thorough assessment of this Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, look no further than our review.

November 6, 2012 - In our newest giveaway, you can win Sony's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack of Aardman Animations' critically acclaimed holiday family adventure Arthur Christmas. Take up to twelve entries right now and another one each day from now until the contest's end next Wednesday. Enter today!

The low budget horror action flick Outpost: Black Sun pits modern day Nazi hunters against zombie war criminals kept alive by machine. This British sequel hit stores today in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and we've got a review.

The Muppet Christmas Carol Blu-ray Review Sunset Boulevard Blu-ray Review Arthur Christmas: Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review

November 5, 2012 - The Muppet Christmas Carol celebrates its 20th anniversary with this week's Blu-ray premiere. This highly-regarded adaptation of Charles Dickens' redemption tale stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and casts Gonzo and Rizzo as storytellers. From The Muppet Movie's screenwriter Jerry Juhl and songwriter Paul Williams, this family musical comedy hits high definition with a new Muppet audio commentary and a character Christmas carol Disney Intermission feature. They join a more serious commentary by director Brian Henson, a 22-minute making-of retrospective, a gag reel, Pepe's Gonzo profile, a short on Christmas traditions around the world, and a digital copy. But one significant item found on both of the movie's DVDs has been dropped. See our review for complete details.

November 3, 2012 - The Looney Tunes gang's first feature film now has its own DVD in this week's Warner Archive Collection release of Bugs Bunny Superstar. This 1975 film features nine complete shorts from the 1940s (eight of them Merrie Melodies) featuring the likes of Bugs, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Foghorn Leghorn. It also stands as a documentary of Termite Terrace, containing interviews with directors Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, and Friz Freleng, animators' home movies, and narration by Orson Welles. The rare Archive Collection title given bonus features, the disc includes an audio commentary by director/producer Larry Jackson and an image gallery. Full review.

November 2, 2012 - Billy Wilder's classic 1950 drama Sunset Boulevard comes to Blu-ray on Tuesday and we've got a review. William Holden plays a young, broke screenwriter who moves into the mansion of Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), an aging silent movie star ravenous for a return to the spotlight. Winner of three Academy Awards and nominated for eight others, this masterful film is joined by over four hours of bonus features, including an audio commentary, making-of retrospectives, script excerpts for a deleted opening, and a brand new never-before-released deleted scene. Get ready for your close-up.

The Campaign: Extended Cut Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review Ruby Sparks Blu-ray Review Vamps Blu-ray Review

Last year's Aardman Animations family comedy adventure Arthur Christmas finally arrives in stores next week and we've got an early review of Sony's Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD combo pack. The film centers on Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy), the clumsy son of Santa Claus who sets out to save Christmas by delivering an overlooked bicycle to the girl who asked for it. He's joined on this mission by his 136-year-old Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) and a spirited elf (Ashley Jensen). The three-disc set includes a making-of featurette, progression reels, an elf recruitment promo, UltraViolet, and a few hidden extras you're likely to find inaccessible including the music video for Justin Bieber's end credits "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" cover. Full review.

November 1, 2012 - Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris follow up their acclaimed feature debut Little Miss Sunshine with Ruby Sparks. This independent film centers on a young novelist (Paul Dano) struggling to follow a successful bestseller. He writes about a young woman (Zoe Kazan, who also wrote this) who comes to him in his dreams and then comes to him in real life, adjusting to fit the words he writes about her. This romantic dramedy is now available to own. The Blu-ray includes 5 making-of shorts and the trailer. Full review.

October 31, 2012 - Happy Halloween! In the spirit of the day, we've got no tricks...just the treat of our newly and fully updated release schedules telling you what DVD and Blu-ray releases are in store for November, December, and January & Beyond. Don't forget that Amazon preorders through our links support this site at no additional cost to you.

Sister Act & Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review Rosemary's Baby: Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review Safety Not Guaranteed Blu-ray Review

DreamWorks Spooky Stories Blu-ray + DVD Review Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule: Seasons 1 & 2 DVD Review The Santa Clause: The Complete 3-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Vamps (Blu-ray) - Clueless writer/director Amy Heckerling and star Alicia Silverstone reunite in this comedy about two vampires (Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) who are roommates in New York City. Co-starring Sigourney Weaver, Richard Lewis, Malcolm McDowell, and Wallace Shawn.
People Like Us (Blu-ray + DVD) - Star Trek's Chris Pine stars a a man who learns from his estranged father's will that he has a half-sister (Elizabeth Banks), whom he proceeds to befriend under false pretenses. Co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde, this PG-13 drama marks the directing debut of tentpole scribe Alex Kurtzman, who is also one of three credited writers. A mere blip at the summer box office, this film is now available to own in a combo pack that includes two feature audio commentaries, a selected scene commentary, deleted and extended scenes, a making-of featurette, and bloopers. The Campaign (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - This political comedy casts Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as opponents in a North Carolina congressional race. Directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents), from writers of The Other Guys and "Eastbound & Down", and co-starring Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, and Brian Cox, this film follows its strong theatrical run with a quick home video release on Tuesday, well in time for Election Day. Warner's combo pack presents the film in theatrical and extended cuts (both rated R) on Blu-ray along with a deleted scenes, gag reel, alternate lines, a DVD with deleted scenes, and UltraViolet.
Maximum Conviction (Blu-ray + DVD) - Steven Seagal and ("Stone Cold") Steve Austin join forces in the direct-to-video action thriller The two play commandos turned private security contractors whose top secret military prison is targeted by a skilled team of mercenaries. Anchor Bay's combo pack includes filmmakers' audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and three interview shorts.
Sweet Home Alabama (Blu-ray) - This hit 2002 romantic comedy stars Reese Witherspoon as a rising New York City fashion designer, who's secretly a Southern girl. She returns to her rural small town to finalize a divorce for her high school sweetheart (Josh Lucas) so she can marry the politician (Patrick Dempsey) who just proposed to her. Touchstone's 10th Anniversary Edition hangs onto the film's DVD extras: an audio commentary by director Andy Tennant, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a SHeDAISY music video.
Sister Act & Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD) - In the wake of her Ghost supporting actress Oscar win, Whoopi Goldberg starred in this hit 1992 comedy as Deloris Van Cartier, an endangered Reno lounge singer who finds safety posing as a nun in a San Francisco parish. The 1993 sequel finds Deloris reprising her Sister Mary Clarence act to turn around a troubled urban high school. The Touchstone Pictures movies share a Blu-ray and hang onto their old non-anamorphic DVDs in this 3-disc set, joined by a featurette, music videos, and original trailers.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (Blu-ray) - Steve Martin and John Candy are at their very best in this hilarious, heartfelt John Hughes' 1987 comedy that puts two strangers together on a Thanksgiving week trip from New York to Chicago challenged by weather and transportation woes. The film is still joined by the hour-long 2011 documentary "John Hughes: Life Moves Pretty Fast" featuring a number of the writer-director's collaborators, a deleted scene, and three PT&A-specific featurettes utilizing press Q & A session footage from the time of theatrical release.
Rosemary's Baby (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - This classic 1968 horror film stars Mia Farrow as a New York housewife whose first pregnancy is a little unusual. The Blu-ray includes brand new interviews with Farrow, director Roman Polanski, and former Paramount head of production Robert Evans, a 1997 radio interview with author Ira Levin, a Polish television documentary on composer Krzysztof Komeda, and an essay booklet.
Father Hood & Life with Mikey (Blu-ray) - Patrick Swayze plays an ex-con who kidnaps his children to prevent their abuse in the foster care system. Michael J. Fox is a former childhood television star struggling to run his talent agency until he makes a big find. The two 1993 Disney films share a case, a disc, a menu, and a $9.98 list price.
Secret of the Wings (Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack) - In her latest feature-length adventure, Tink ventures into the forbidden Winter Woods, where her wings mysteriously begin glowing. She proceeds to discover why while making a dear friend. The four-disc Flitterrific Fairies Double Pack includes the film on Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, and, in a series first, Blu-ray 3D. Joining it is the 2011 half-hour Disney Channel TV special Pixie Hollow Games, music videos by the McClain Sisters and Zendaya, and a short, vague Halloweeny sneak peek.
Billy Bathgate & Blaze (Blu-ray) - Billy Bathgate (1991) stars Dustin Hoffman as 1930s New York mobster Dutch Schultz, who takes a young man (Loren Dean) under his wing. Directed by Kramer vs. Kramer's Robert Benton and adapted by Shakespeare in Love's Tom Stoppard, the drama co-stars Nicole Kidman and Bruce Willis. Blaze (1989) casts Paul Newman as Louisiana governor Earl Long, who in the late 1950s falls for a simple southern belle turned stripper (Lolita Davidovich). The low-priced disc includes each movie's original theatrical trailer.
Safety Not Guaranteed (Blu-ray) - This independent comedy puts a new twist on the time travel film. A Seattle magazine writer ("New Girl"'s Jake Johnson) and two interns ("Parks and Rec"'s Aubrey Plaza and Karan Soni) look into the man who placed a classified ad seeking a partner in time travel. One of the year's best-reviewed films, Safety hits Blu-ray next week from Sony with a making-of featurette, an interview with the man who wrote the real classified ad that inspired the film, UltraViolet, and an Easter egg.
DreamWorks Spooky Stories (Blu-ray + DVD) - The half-hour Halloween television specials Scared Shrekless and Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space, we revisit them in their recent release as the Blu-ray + DVD combo. Those half-hour holiday cartoons are joined by four shorter shorts: the Mutant Pumpkins sequel Night of the Living Carrots, Shrek's Michael Jackson-inspired Thriller, the Hitchcockian The Pig Who Cried Werewolf, and the theme park movie The Ghost of Lord Farquaad (also known as Shrek 4-D). The two-disc set also includes a version of Living Carrots with pop-up facts and a promotional World of DreamWorks Animation section.
"Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule": Seasons 1 & 2 - Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly proves his versatility in the Adult Swim comedy series Designed like a late night public-access show, this spin-off to "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" tries to find answers to life's questions with its awkward host Brule (Reilly) conducting interviews and field trips. Now available, Warner's Seasons 1 & 2 DVD serves up all twelve quarter-hour episodes plus nearly 50 minutes of deleted and extended scenes.
Annie (30th Anniversary Sing-Along Edition Blu-ray) - During the Great Depression, the little redheaded orphan girl (Aileen Quinn) gets pulled out of an abusive orphanage to spend a week with a billionaire (Albert Finney). Presenting the film in its original widescreen aspect ratio, the low-priced Blu-ray also serves up a reflection with grown-up Quinn, a "Hard Knock Life" cover music video, a sing-along viewing mode, HD trailers and TV spots, and UltraViolet.
The Flintstones: Prime-Time Specials Collection, Volume 1 - Warner Archive Collection pairs a couple of the Hanna-Barbera franchise's hour-long cartoons from the late 1970s. In Flintstones Little Big League, Fred and Barney feud as coaches of rival Little League teams. Then, The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone sends the two focal couples to Rocksylvania, where Count Rockula's castle has been converted into a tourist hotel, until the titular monsters are awakened.
The Raven (Blu-ray) stars In mid-19th century Baltimore, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) learns his writings are inspiring a series of gruesome murders, leading the case's chief detective (Luke Evans) to bring in the impoverished writer as a consultant. Directed by V for Vendetta's James McTeigue and co-starring Brendan Gleeson and Alice Eve, this thriller is now available in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy that includes deleted scenes, audio commentary, and a number of making-of featurettes.
Warren Miller's ...Like There's No Tomorrow (Blu-ray) - Documentary travels to locales around the world, including India, Chile, Norway, Finland, and New Hampshire, for high definition looks at daring skiers and snow boarders.
Ella Enchanted (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - The 2004 Miramax fairy tale comedy stars Anne Hathaway as a girl cursed with obedience who catches the eye of a prince (Hugh Dancy) while being exploited by his evil uncle (Cary Elwes) and her nasty stepsisters. The two-disc set includes all of the movie's extras including two half-hour making-of featurettes, an audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, a music video, and, via the original 2004 DVD, a set-top game.
The Ernie Kovacs Collection, Volume 2 - Shout! Factory's 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.
Gabe the Cupid Dog - Independent comedy 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.
Pete's Dragon (Blu-ray) - Disney's 1977 partially animated live-action musical 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.

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