DVDizzy.com: December 16-31, 2010 NEWS ARCHIVES
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December 31, 2010 - As promised, we're excited to bring you the chance to win a free Sony Blu-ray player and a year of free one-night rental codes from Redbox in our newest giveaway. Don't hesitate: this giveaway starts and ends today!
December 30, 2010 - Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff gives the cable network's usual treatment to the actor, singer, and American talent judge. The Hoff gets flamed by a variety of celebrities and comedians including "Baywatch" co-star Pamela Anderson, "Knight Rider" car KITT, and roastmaster Seth MacFarlane. The upcoming DVD presents an extended, uncensored version of the special plus 18 minutes of bonus footage. Review...
December 28, 2010 - Our latest review looks at Despicable Me, the blockbuster computer-animated comedy with which new studio Illumination Entertainment was launched. Steve Carell voices Gru, a supervillain who plots to steal the moon to one-up his formidable new nemesis Vector (voiced by Jason Segel) with the help of three newly-adopted orphan girls. Universal's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack includes three new "mini-movies" featuring Gru's minions, an audio commentary, featurettes, games, and activities. Read our full review.
Disney's Tangled may be still adding to its formidable box office run, but its DVD and Blu-ray plans are already taking shape. While we can't share much before the official consumer announce date of January 19th, we can tell you that this computer-animated musical fairy tale will be available long before Easter in a featherweight single-disc DVD at a newly-increased list price, a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo, and a 4-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. Only the lattermost of those is now available for preorder at Amazon.com for 40% off its $50 list price.
Today's new releases include the horror remake And Soon the Darkness starring Amber Heard and Odette Yustman as two friends on vacation in South America. Read our review.
December 24, 2010 - One week from today, we'll be giving away a Blu-ray player and a year of free Blu-ray rentals from Redbox. Don't miss out! In the meantime, merry Christmas!
December 23, 2010 - Our newest review covers Stonehenge Apocalypse, a SyFy movie that is now on DVD. Deadly electromagnetic disturbances starting at Stonehenge and reaching across the globe get the attention of British scientists, an American conspiracy theorist (Misha Collins, "Supernatural"), the military, and others. Anchor Bay's disc accompanies the film-like feature presentation with a half-hour making-of documentary and trailer. Read on...
Kelvin Cedeno reviews The A-Team, Fox's big budget filming of the 1980s action TV series. An unjustly imprisoned group of four special forces agents (Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson) break out to clear their names. Now available, the Blu-ray Disc presents the film in theatrical and unrated cuts plus an enhanced commentary by director/co-writer Joe Carnahan, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes and making-of featurettes, a gag reel, a mash-up montage, the trailer, and a digital copy. Full review.
December 22, 2010 - Details have been added to our January schedule and artwork to Upcoming Cover Art for David Fincher's highly acclaimed Facebook drama The Social Network, which Sony will release to 2-Disc DVD and 2-Disc Blu-ray in just three weeks.
Kelvin Cedeno brings us a thorough review of Disney's Fantasia & Fantasia 2000: 2 Movie Collection 4-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo. Returning to stores briefly for the first time in years and the first time in high-definition, Walt Disney's ambitious fusion of classical music and animation and its turn-of-the-millennium follow-up are treated to dazzling presentations and an assortment of new and retained bonus features. Everything from the movie's self-censorship to the oddities of the BD-Live Virtual Vault are covered in detail here. Read on...
There's still some time for holiday season reviews. As such, we take a look at Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper, a 1982 TV special that recently made its DVD debut. The program is joined by another half-hour special, 1962's "Yogi's Birthday Party" and in both, Yogi and Boo Boo are joined by a large number of fellow Hanna-Barbera cartoon personalities. Our review includes a video clip from the bonus episode.
December 21, 2010 - Many summer and early fall movies come to DVD and Blu-ray today, the last Tuesday before Christmas. Among the new releases are Angelina Jolie's spy? thriller Salt, the acclaimed Emma Stone high school comedy Easy A, Oliver Stone's sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and Step Up 3(D). In addition, today brings Sony's long-delayed The Films of Rita Hayworth 5-film collection and the SyFy movie Stonehenge Apocalypse. The links take you to our reviews, looks at the others are coming soon, and for more details, check out our schedule.
December 20, 2010 - We've just posted the DVD and Blu-ray press release for Let Me In, the American adaptation of the Swedish novel Let the Right One In. Hailed by Stephen King as the nation's best horror film of the last 20 years, this thriller directed by Cloverfield's Matt Reeves tells of a bullied boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who befriends an immortal vampire trapped in the body of a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). Elias Koteas, Richard Jenkins, and Cara Buono co-star. Following its fall theatrical run, Anchor Bay will release the film to DVD and Blu-ray on February 1st with audio commentary, deleted scenes, and more. Read the full announcement.
Inspired by both The Scarlet Letter and John Hughes' teen movies, the high school comedy Easy A tells the story of a good girl who embraces the bad reputation she falsely earns. Star Emma Stone recently received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy. She is joined in the cast by Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka, Penn Badgely, Dan Byrd, Malcolm McDowell, Lisa Kudrow, Thomas Haden Church, Stanley Tucci, and Patricia Clarkson. Available tomorrow, Sony's DVD includes an audio commentary by Stone and director Will Gluck, a gag reel, and audition footage, while excluding a number of Blu-ray bonuses. Full review.
December 19, 2010 - Albert Gutierrez brings us a thorough review of the repeatedly-delayed The Films of Rita Hayworth Collector's Choice DVD box set. Finally releasing this week, Sony's 5-disc set offers new editions of the iconic actress' Cover Girl and Gilda as well as the Region 1 debuts of Tonight and Every Night, Salome, and Miss Sadie Thompson. Extras include theatrical trailers, an audio commentary, and new introductions and recollections from Martin Scorsese, Baz Luhrmann, and Patricia Clarkson. Don't miss this 2-page review.
From the hundreds of eligible entries, two winners have been chosen at random for our Disney Documentaries Giveaway. Facebook fans Joe Gonzales (Quasimodo) and Sean Hunyh (Stitch), see this post to claim your prize!
December 18, 2010 - Cyrus stars John C. Reilly as a divorced man who falls for a divorced woman (Marisa Tomei), then meets her coddled overgrown son (Jonah Hill). Co-starring Catherine Keener, this acclaimed dramedy, the third and biggest film from mumblecore founders Jay and Mark Duplass, is now on DVD from Fox with director-introduced deleted scenes and the trailer. More...
December 17, 2010 - Our newest review looks at Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales, which holds the 2002 Peanuts short holiday special as well as the never-before-released 1983 special Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?. A CVS Pharmacy exclusive last year, this Warner DVD was released in general retail this fall. Full review.
December 16, 2010 - The Other Guys teams up Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as clashing partner desk jockey NYPD detectives called to action on a case involving a Ponzi schemer (Steve Coogan) in danger. This action comedy is directed and co-written by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) and features Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, and Dwayne Johnson. Now available, Sony's The Unrated Other Edition includes the theatrical cut and an extended cut running 9 minutes longer plus deleted/extended scenes, unused Michael Keaton bits, and a making-of featurette. Read on...
Today is the final day to enter our Disney Documentaries DVD Giveaway.
December 14, 2010 - Our newest review looks at Salt. This big-budget action movie stars Angelina Jolie as an American CIA agent who might be a highly-trained Russian spy. She avoids fellow agents (Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor) as they try and figure out her motives. Hitting stores next week, Sony's Deluxe Unrated Edition delivers three distinct cuts of the film, with similar runtimes but significantly varying middles and ends. The DVD also includes an audio commentary and radio interview with director Phillip Noyce (Clear and Present Danger) and featurettes on the leading lady and her changing looks in the film. Full review.
Today's new releases include Micmacs, a French comedy from Amιlie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Other titles now available which we will soon be reviewing are Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg's buddy cop comedy The Other Guys, Universal's blockbuster animated comedy Despicable Me, the '80s TV-turned-film The A-Team, and the John C. Reilly-Jonah Hill indie comedy Cyrus. For more on these and other debuts, check our schedule for December 14th.
December 12, 2010 - And Soon the Darkness remakes the 1970 British horror film of the same name. On vacation in Argentina, two young American women (Amber Heard and Odette Yustman) get separated and one is feared missing. Star Trek's Karl Urban co-stars. After a one-theater run in Hollywood beginning this Friday, this film comes to DVD and Blu-ray at the end of the month from Anchor Bay, who has included deleted scenes, an audio commentary, a video diary, and the trailer. Read the review.
We've just launched a new Disney Documentaries DVD Giveaway. For your chance to win Waking Sleeping Beauty, Walt & El Grupo, and The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story, look no further than right here. Just do it quickly; entries must be received by Thursday night.
Micmacs, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's first comedy since Amιlie, teams a man with a bullet in his head (Dany Boon) with a group of eccentric scrap refashioners against the two corrupt arms manufacturing executives behind his harm. Available Tuesday, Sony's DVD includes a Jeunet audio commentary, a thorough making-of documentary, animation deconstructions, and a Q & A session. Read on...
December 10, 2010 - Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz reunite in Knight and Day, the big budget action comedy romance covered in our latest review. Cruise plays a federal agent whose extreme measures to protect a valuable energy source intrude ordinary woman Diaz's life. The film is directed by 3:10 to Yuma's James Mangold. Now available, Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo includes a making-of featurette, a piece on The Black Eyed Peas' theme tune, viral videos, the trailer, and a handful of Blu-ray exclusives. Read our full review.
Disney has announced that the High School Musical spin-off Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure will go straight to DVD and Blu-ray on April 19th. The movie, which sends Ashley Tisdale's character to New York, will be joined by bloopers, actor Austin Butler's "Austin Cam", and the featurette "Evolution of Sharpay." It will be available as a single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP), a Blu-ray + DVD combo ($39.99 SRP), and a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo with a limited edition pink clutch ($49.99 SRP). Cover art and combo contents here.
December 9, 2010 - The romantic comedy Going the Distance stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long as a couple trying to make a relationship work with her in California and him in New York. Christina Applegate, Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") and Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday Night Live") co-star in this first narrative film from documentarian Nanette Burstein (American Teen). Now available, New Line's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, a music video by The Boxer Rebellion, alternate takes, a number of cast featurettes, and a digital copy on the DVD. Go the distance in our review.
We've just posted Disney's official press release for Bambi, third in their line of animated Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combos. Though just a single disc, the Blu-ray will wield a number of new and vintage bonus features while also introducing Disney's "Second Screen App" for those who like to watch their movies with a computer in hand. The new 2-disc DVD will follow the March 1 Blu-ray debut on April 19th, just over six years since the film's DVD debut. Full announcement.
The seventh and perhaps last single-disc release of Disney Channel's top-rated series gets reviewed in "Hannah Montana Forever": Who is Hannah Montana?. This over 3-hour compilation serves up the series' first two episodes, an hour and a half of shows from the retitled, nicer-looking final season, a Jake Ryan two-parter, and a Season 3 episode. The DVD includes an Ashley Tisdale-hosted preview of the High School Musical spin-off movie Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. Read the full review.
December 8, 2010 - Our coverage of last week's DVD debuts of recent Disney documentaries concludes with a look at Walt & El Grupo. Written and directed by Theodore Thomas (maker of Frank and Ollie and son of Disney animator Frank Thomas), this feature film recalls the goodwill trip that Walt Disney and sixteen staff members made to South America in the fall of 1941. Revisiting locales, reading employee letters, and gathering new thoughts from both side of the Equator on the US government-backed visit, this film is joined by the complete original uncut Saludos Amigos (one of two animated Disney films born out of the 3-month excursion) along with the Latin American movies' trailers, deleted scenes, an audio commentary, a featurette, and an in-case timeline. Read on...
Those of you who have enjoyed our coverage of the documentaries may wish to keep your eyes open for a forthcoming giveaway opportunity!
The fifteenth film directed by Rob Reiner, Flipped tells the story of two 7th graders (Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe) who straddle a line between friendship and romance in 1963. This family dramedy also features John Mahoney, Anthony Edwards, Rebecca De Mornay, Penelope Ann Miller, and Aidan Quinn. Our review covers Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo, which includes four short featurettes only on the Blu-ray disc. Full review.
December 6, 2010 - Loosely inspired by Mickey Mouse's Fantasia segment, Goethe's ballad, and Dukas' symphony, Disney's 2010 fantasy adventure The Sorcerer's Apprentice tells the story of a contemporary college student (Jay Baruchel) who may be the one ancient wizard Balthazar (Nicolas Cage) has been looking for to defeat the evil Merlin-slayer Morgana. Alfred Molina and Teresa Palmer co-star in this big budget Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, Jon Turteltaub-directed film. Now available, Disney's Blu-ray + DVD Combo keeps almost all the bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray disc. Read our full review and, if you haven't already, check out our interview with the director.
We've just posted a Knight and Day giveaway. The Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz action comedy romance can be yours on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. There are three easy ways and just four days left to enter. Full details.
After weeks of heavy lifting, we've got a light week on our hands. We might be reviewing just one of this week's new releases. At least it is one of the most important: Harpoon: Whale Watching Massacre (Unrated). This Icelandic thriller follows a group of world sightseers as they are rescued by a psychotic pro-whaling family and forced to fight for their survival. Image Entertainment's DVD includes a trailer and a making-of featurette that primarily interviews Gunnar Hansen, the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre's Leatherface, who appears briefly as the whale watching boat captain. Read on...
And we're not going easy... look for two exciting giveaways and up to eight additional new reviews of recent and upcoming releases coming your way this week! Check back often.
December 4, 2010 - The documentary The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story looks at the lives and careers of Richard and Robert Sherman, the siblings who wrote the music and lyrics for Disney films like Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Parent Trap, and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Boasting interviews with 40 relevant subjects (among them, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Reynolds, and Ben Stiller), this feature film directed and produced by one of each musician's sons celebrates their contributions to family entertainment and explores the tension that has kept them largely estranged for decades. Now available, Disney's DVD includes several bonus featurettes (including one on the pair's theme park songs) plus a Sherman Brothers Jukebox. Full review...
Kelvin Cedeno brings us a review of Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition. James Cameron's record-smashing epic fantasy returns in a 3-disc set containing three different cuts of the movie, over an hour of additional deleted scenes, and a feature-length making-of documentary. Get the scoop on what's new in Fox's recent release right here.
December 2, 2010 - There are just over 24 hours until Americans can own The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, but you can read our review of the Two-Disc Special Edition DVD right now. The third film in the blockbuster series adapted from Stephenie Meyer's novels, Eclipse develops the love triangle involving angsty Washington teen Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), broody immortal vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), and oft-shirtless Native American werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). In addition, vampires and werewolves form an alliance to deal with the threat of an army of powerful "newborn" vampires. Extras on Summit's set include 6 making-of featurettes (or 1 giant documentary, if you prefer), audio commentaries by the stars and creators, deleted and extended scenes, all-Jacob and all-Edward versions of the movie, a photo gallery, and music videos by Muse and Metric. Full review...
December 1, 2010 - Numerical TV Movies Week continues with our review of 12 Men of Christmas. This not quite holiday Lifetime production stars Emmy and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth as a New York publicist who relocates to small-town Montana, where she decides a calendar featuring male Search and Rescue volunteers (including "Cougar Town"'s Josh Hopkins) is the answer to the department's financial needs. Now available, Fox's DVD includes a DVD-ROM application enabling to create and customize your own shirtless man calendar forimages/m-p/nov10-rev-10f.jpg any month from now through 2020. More...
Disney has announced its "Disappearing Classics" for early 2011. The studio will be discontinuing its 2009 releases of Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as well as this week's Fantasia & Fantasia 2000 2 Movie Collection. Rather than the usual end-of-January, the DVDs and Blu-rays of these three vintage Walt will be officially halted March 15, though you should still be able to find them in stores for a while after that.
November 30, 2010 - 16 Wishes stars "Suite Life on Deck"'s Debby Ryan as Abby, a teenager who's long been anticipating her 16th birthday. It arrives in magical fashion, with a box of enchanted candles realizing one of her childhood wishes every hour. Jean-Luc Bilodeau ("Kyle XY") co-stars in this Disney Channel movie not quite made by Disney. Now available, Image Entertainment's DVD includes Ryan's "A Wish Comes True Everyday" music video, interviews with the stars, and a bag of 16 Bandz inspired by the movie. See if your wish comes true when you check out our review.
Our newest DVD review looks at Waking Sleeping Beauty, a documentary on the exciting boom Disney animation experienced in the 1980s and 1990s. It's directed by Don Hahn, who was a key part of that creative period as the producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. The 86-minute feature sets new recollections from the likes of Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and the late Roy Disney to archival footage from the celebrated era. It's available today with an audio commentary by Hahn and co-producer Peter Schneider, deleted scenes prominently featuring lyricist Howard Ashman, longer looks at Randy Cartwright and John Lasseter's studio home movies, three featurettes, and a collectible lithograph. Full review.
Waking Sleeping Beauty is one of three recent Disney documentaries released today that we'll be looking at; the others are The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story on the influential songwriting siblings and Walt & El Grupo on the studio's South American years. Also released today and destined to be reviewed: the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action-rom-com Knight and Day, Fantasia and Fantasia 2000: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long's romantic comedy Going the Distance, and Sid & Marty Krofft's Saturday Morning Hits (with episodes of their most popular trippy '70s TV fantasies). Find out more on these and other debuts on our updated schedule.
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.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - In Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright's adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's comic book series, Michael Cera plays the title role of a 22-year-old Toronto bassist who finds himself in a relationship that requires him to fight and defeat seven evil exes in battles inspired by video games. The acclaimed but unprofitable comedy is joined by a bounty of bonus features in Universal's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo, among them four audio commentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers, galleries, documentaries, featurettes, music videos, blogs, and a free movie stream.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Remastered Deluxe Edition - Rankin-Bass adapts the famous poem that Clement Moore may or may not have written. This traditionally animated 1974 television special centers on an entire town on Santa's naughty list, focusing on the clockmaker and his mouse apprentice. Warner's new disc adds featurette on global holiday traditions.
Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling memoir becomes a comeback vehicle for Julia Roberts, who takes to Italy, India, and Indonesia to perform the titular activities as the freshly-divorced travel author living life fully. James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, and Javier Bardem co-star. Sony's DVD presents the film in both its PG-13 theatrical version and an extended director's cut, along with a featurette interviewing the film's writer/director Ryan Murphy (one of the creators of "Glee"). Read our full review, which includes film and bonus feature video clips and a featured song list with MP3 previews.
The Search for Santa Paws - A Buddyless prequel to Santa Buddies, this musical drama tells the stories of mistreated orphan girls, Santa Claus working in New York, an L.A. couple inheriting a toy shop, and, yes, some talking dogs. Disney's combo pack includes deleted scenes, sing-along subtitles, a virtual pop-up book read by the Buddies, and Debby Ryan's "Deck the Halls" music video (see it here!) on both DVD and Blu-ray.
The Disappearance of Alice Creed - British suspense thriller gets mileage out ofa kidnapping plot with just three actors and one primary location. Prince of Persia's Gemma Arterton, Sherlock Holmes' Eddie Marsan, and Martin Compston star in this acclaimed little film written and directed by J. Blakeson. Anchor Bay's DVD includes an audio commentary, extended scenes, a storyboard comparison, and outtakes.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Ultimate Edition - The fourth film in the blockbuster fantasy series, this 2005 Mike Newell-directed installment gets darker with the new form of Voldemort, gets lighter with the Yule Ball, and gets adventurous with the Triwizard Tournament. To the film's discontinued two Special Edition discs, Warner adds a new disc with a new hour-long "Creating the World of Harry Potter" documentary on sound and music, 5 television specials, a digital copy, a companion book, character cards, and a lenticular cover.
Ramona and Beezus (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - This adaptation of Beverly Cleary's beloved book series tells the story of an imaginative young Portland girl (Joey King), her impatient big sister (Selena Gomez), and their friends and family. Fox/Walden's combo pack includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, filmmaking featurettes with the director, actor auditions, the trailer, and an interview with Ms. Cleary. (Related Interview: Joey King, star)
The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD - Fox's recent 2 Blu-ray, 1 DVD high-def debut of the 1965 Best Picture winner is loaded with new and old substantial documentaries on the movie, the real von Trapps, the Austrian locations, and the work of accomplished songwriters Rodgers and Hammerstein. Julie Andrews stars as cheery nun Maria who becomes governess to the seven challenging children of a stern captain (Christopher Plummer).
"Handy Manny": Big Construction Job - This seventh DVD release devoted to the bilingualism-promoting animated series 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.
The Lightkeepers stars Richard Dreyfuss as a salty lighthouse captain who takes on a new assistant (Tom Wisdom) in 1912 Cape Cod. The two women haters are thrown for a loop when two women of similar ages (Blythe Danner, Mamie Gummer) show up. This romantic dramedy is joined by a bonus feature more remarkable than the film itself.
"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse": Numbers Roundup (DVD + Mickey Mote Play Set) - The tenth DVD from Playhouse Disney's popular animated series and includes five episodes counting an unaired bonus one and various interactive Discovery Modes.
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