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December 16, 2008 - As always, check out the DVDizzy.com Release Schedule for a look at all of today's new releases.
In addition, the studios are shaking up Tuesday tradition with the rest of the year by debuting a number of titles on weekend days. You'll find these releases classified under the Tuesday they're closest to, with the non-standard release date mentioned.

In our latest Blu-ray review, Kelvin Cedeno covers The X-Files: I Want to Believe, the underperforming continuation of the popular sci-fi TV series. The movie reunites Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson), whose expertise is sought in a case of a psychic, pedophilic priest (Billy Connolly) trying to locate a missing FBI agent. Recently released by Fox, this Ultimate X-Phile Edition pulls out all the special features stops, with a comprehensive In-Movie Experience, a 90-minute documentary, deleted scenes, featurettes, an interactive timeline, trailers, a digital copy, and more. Read the full review.

Happy Days: The Fourth Season DVD Review

December 15, 2008 - Kelvin Cedeno's newest review
looks ahead at The Women. This new take on the 1939 movie and the play that inspired it features a talented all-female cast which includes Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, and Jada Pinkett Smith. Warner's double-sided disc supplies widescreen and fullscreen formats plus 2 deleted scenes, and 2 featurettes. Read on...

December 12, 2008 - Our newest DVD review looks at "Happy Days": The Fourth Season. Now available from Paramount, this 3-disc set presents the popular, long-running family sitcom arguably at its best. Included among the two dozen episodes here are the 90-minute demolition derby that introduced us to Fonzie's spunky flame Pinky Tuscadero, the gang's 2-part high school graduation, and a 3rd Anniversary special which celebrates the Cunningham parents' 20th wedding anniversary. Read the full review.

Annette is now the only Wave 8 Walt Disney Treasure still available from the world's biggest e-tailer, Amazon.com. Meanwhile, the UD Forum is abuzz with news that seems to establish one of Wave 9's set-in-stone titles.

December 9, 2008 - As always, for an overview of all of this week's releases including major ones inconceivably unattainable for review, please consult our detailed, up-to-date DVDizzy.com Weekly Schedule.

December 8, 2008 - Kelvin Cedeno looks at one of this week's biggest new releases with his review of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!. The first animated theatrical Seuss feature, Blue Sky's CG adaptation of the picture book stands well above the two prior live-action outings. A sensible, earnest extension to the slight book, the G-rated 'toon tells of an elephant who discovers an entire miniature city in a single speck. The Two-Disc Special Edition DVD supplies new Ice Age Sid short, an audio commentary, deleted scenes, animation tests, a host of featurettes, and a digital copy. Read the full review.

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December 5, 2008 - Aaron Wallace covers Disney's recently-released High School Musical DVD Game, which serves up 9 video-based activities for individuals, groups, and parties with an HSM motif.
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Trivia, karaoke, dancing, personality quizzes, and party games are included. Read the full review.

December 3, 2008 - Our newest DVD review looks at The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The inevitable follow-up to Disney and Walden's first blockbuster C.S. Lewis adaptation, this one catches up with the Pevensies one year later, over a thousand years later in Narnia time. They join up with the eponymous royal on the run, grumpy dwarves, and talking animals in an effort to restore order to the enchanted land. The 3-Disc Collector's Edition DVD serves up an audio commentary by Andrew Adamson and the film's five young stars, a number of featurettes, deleted scenes, bloopers, and six Easter eggs on Disc 2, and a digital copy of the film. Check out our full review.

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December 2, 2008 - It's Tuesday again and we have a detailed look not only do at this week's new releases, but also the next twelve weeks' of releases. Visit DVDizzy.com for artwork and info.

November 30, 2008 - Our final DVD review of November takes a look at Step Brothers: 2-Disc Unrated Widescreen Edition. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star as 40-year-old slackers who become stepsiblings when their parents (Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins) marry. That concept is mined for most of its ridiculous potential in this crude comedy. Sony's premium DVD holds both the theatrical and extended cuts; loads of deleted, extended, and alternate scenes; the world's first musical audio commentary; two making-of featurettes; a digital copy; and more. Read our detailed review.

Recent Disney DVD Reviews:
• Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Volume 4 - The studio's most employed animated star sees his career in short films come to a close with 31 cartoons spanning from 1951 to 1961. In them, the grumbling duck dabbles in CinemaScope and finds opposition in Chip 'n Dale, Humphrey the bear, Spike the bee, and his triplet nephews. The limited issue tin also holds two audio commentaries, 10 Donald segments from the turn-of-the-millennium "Mickey Mouse Works", and a pair of featurettes.
• Hannah Montana DVD Game - Disney's latest attempt to find an audience for DVD gaming turns to tweens with Disney Channel's hot property. The disc serves up a number of activities for individuals, groups, and parties, the biggest of which is a 20-question Trivia Challenge. Emily Osment (Lilly on the show) hosts vocally.
• WALL•E: 3-Disc Special Edition - Pixar's ninth feature film takes them to new heights with a futuristic story of robot love and space travel that's largely void of ordinary dialogue. The DVD serves up an audio commentary, three shorts including the all new BURN•E, 7 making-of featurettes, Leslie Iwerks' documentary film The Pixar Story, deleted scenes, a read/play-along activity, robot profiles, 3 Easter Eggs, and a digital copy in unique environment-friendly packaging. (Related Review: WALL-E: Blu-ray)

Recent Non-Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• The Best of "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" - This disc compiles 18 of the most entertaining guest star "patients" of Comedy Central's 1990s animated series, including Ray Romano, Dave Chappelle, David Duchovny, Denis Leary, Kathy Griffin, and Conan O'Brien. Six clips (some of which are hidden) highlight the show's three core characters in a bonus feature.
• Bottle Rocket: The Criterion Collection - Writer/director Wes Anderson's cult classic debut gets an upgrade in this two-disc set that includes the Sundance-exhibited short that inspired it, nearly 20 minutes of deleted scenes, a new making-of retrospective, the half-hour PBS short Murita Cycles, storyboard and photo galleries, and an audio commentary by Anderson and co-writer/breakout star Owen Wilson.
• The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (Blu-ray) - Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, and Blake Lively all return for this satisfying sequel adapted from Ann Brashares' books.
• Fred Claus - This PG-rated comedy stars Vince Vaughn as the ne'er-do-well older brother of Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti). To help fund his latest business idea, Fred must pitch in with Christmas preparations at the North Pole, while an efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey) threateningly observes. The double-sided disc treats the film to widescreen and fullscreen versions, a digital copy, 25 minutes of deleted scenes, and an audio commentary by director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers).
• Hancock: Unrated Edition - Will Smith stars as a lonesome, unpopular LA superhero guided through a PR makeover by a man he saved (Jason Bateman). That's the first of two stories this blockbuster action comedy tells.
• Alvin and the Chipmunks: Special Edition - Seven months after its originally announced date, Fox's overperforming live-action/CGI film gets two-disc treatment with deleted scenes, music videos, featurettes, a sound mixing activity, and a digital copy. Jason Lee plays Dave Seville, a struggling songwriter who gets a career boost when three singing Chipmunks enter his life.
• Tropic Thunder: 2-Disc Director's Cut - Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., and Jack Black star as three of five movie actors who encounter real danger while making a costly Vietnam War drama. DreamWorks' set tactfully extends the Stiller-directed farce by 15 minutes and includes two audio commentaries (one featuring an in-character Downey), 4 making-of featurettes, 7 cast shorts, an hilarious half-hour mockumentary which carries over to another half-hour of shorts, extended takes, an alternate ending & additional deleted scenes, a make-up test, the MTV Movie Awards' viral video sketch, and more.

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