DVDizzy.com: January 1-15, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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January 15, 2011 - Case 39 stars Renιe Zellweger as a social worker whose custody assumption of a troubled young girl (Jodelle Ferland) has quick and deadly consequences. Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper co-star in this horror film, shot back in 2006 but only released to theaters last fall. Paramount's DVD includes a half-hour of deleted scenes (including an alternate ending and an alternate death) plus four making-of featurettes. Read our review.
Our latest review looks at Yogi's Great Escape, the first of ten Hanna-Barbera Superstars TV movies from the late-1980s. Awakening to spring, Yogi and Boo Boo take care of three hungry orphan cubs while on the run from Ranger Smith and a zoo transfer. Recently making its DVD debut, this 93-minute film receives a truly barebones presentation as part of the Warner Archive Collection. Read on.
January 14, 2011 - Buried spends 90 minutes in a coffin with Ryan Reynolds, playing an American civilian contractor who's kidnapped and buried alive in Iraq. Fortunately, he's got a working cell phone, a pencil, some glow sticks, and our full attention.
In the midst of a minor screenplay Oscar scandal, Lionsgate releases this acclaimed Spanish/American thriller next week exclusively in a low-priced Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack. Read our full review.
January 13, 2011 - Our newest review looks at "Rules of Engagement": The Complete Fourth Season. While this traditional multi-camera CBS sitcom is in the midst of a full standard fifth season, last winter's 13-episode run received an offseason DVD release this week from Sony. Starring Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, David Spade and others, this show about New York couples and friends arrives in a 2-disc set sporting only the essentials. Full review.
January 12, 2011 - Loosely remaking the Joe Dante-directed, Roger Corman-produced 1978 film of the same name, the horror comedy Piranha channels Jaws in its story of killer piranhas wreaking havoc on a small Arizona lake town in the midst of its busy spring break activity. Alexandre Aja (Mirrors, The Hills Have Eyes) directs a cast that includes Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Steven R. McQueen, Christopher Lloyd, and (in a grand Jaws nod) Richard Dreyfuss. Now available, Sony's DVD presents only a 2D version of the movie along with an audio commentary and 91 minutes of making-of featurettes. Check out our full review.
January 11, 2011 - Today's new releases include David Fincher's Best Picture frontrunner The Social Network, the computer-animated comedy Alpha and Omega, the horror comedy remake Piranha, TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland": Season One, "Rules of Engagement": The Complete Fourth Season, stand-up comedy concert film Louis C.K.: Hilarious, and Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff. Check our schedule for more on these and today's other debuts and keep your eyes open for reviews of any of these aforementioned titles we haven't yet covered.
January 10, 2011 - One of Sandra Bullock's earliest and most infamous films returns to DVD and debuts on Blu-ray in Anchor Bay's upcoming unrated edition of Fire on the Amazon. Shot in the early 1990s and shelved for years, this low-budget Roger Corman-produced drama stars Bullock and A River Runs Through It's Craig Sheffer as Americans investigating the covered-up death of a rainforest preservation figure. Fitted with its first widescreen transfer and 5.1 surround soundtrack, the film is also joined by a trailer. More...
January 9, 2011 - Our latest review looks at "Hot in Cleveland": Season One. TV Land's first original series is a throwback to yesteryear sitcoms, most notably "The Golden Girls." Valerie Bertinelli ("One Day at a Time"), Jane Leeves ("Frasier"), and Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me!") play Los Angeles friends who relocate to Ohio, sharing a rented house with a sassy caretaker (Betty White). Reaching stores this week, the 2-disc DVD includes ten episodes plus an extended version of the pilot, the pilot of the TV Land's forthcoming sitcom "Retired at 35", bloopers, a set tour, and other behind-the-scenes videos. Full review.
January 7, 2011 - The CGI comedy Alpha and Omega tells the story of opposite wolves who are pulled away from their home to repopulate. Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Danny Glover, Dennis Hopper, and Christina Ricci lend their voices to this, the first feature from India's Crest Animation. Available Tuesday, Lionsgate's DVD includes making-of featurettes, a game, a deleted scene, an Animal Fun Facts playback mode, and a personality quiz. Read on...
An April 12th release date has been set for the Blu-ray debut for Disney/Pixar's superhero flick The Incredibles. The 4-disc set($45.99 SRP) will include two Blu-ray discs, Disc 1 of the film's 2-disc DVD, and a digital copy. To the recycled bonus features, the Blu-ray will add the filmmakers' round table "The Incredibles Revisited", "Paths to Pixar: Story Artists", "Studio Stories: Gary's Birthday", "Ending with a Bang!: Making the End Credits", the interactive "New Nomanisan Island" top secret redevelopment plan, and a code for an $8.50 movie admission to Cars 2. You can now preorder this incredible combo pack from Amazon.com. The same day, a Blu-ray + DVD combo of the original Cars ($39.99 SRP) will arrive with another Cars 2 ticket code. Preorder. Cover art here.
Our newest review covers Louis C.K.: Hilarious, the first comedy concert to ever play at the Sundance Film Festival. A censored, highly abbreviated version of this feature film will air on Comedy Central this Sunday, but the DVD coming two days later preserves the 84-minute limited theatrical release. Full review.
January 6, 2011 - Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Fox announced a September 2011 Blu-ray debut for the two Star Wars trilogies. You can now pre-order the 3-disc Original Trilogy ($69.99 SRP), the 3-disc Prequel Trilogy ($69.99 SRP), and the 9-disc Complete Saga ($139.99 SRP) from Amazon.com.
Congratulations to Twitter follower Christopher Straub, who has won a free Blu-ray player and year of free Blu-ray rental codes in our New Year's Eve Redbox Giveaway. Thanks to all who made this one of our most popular giveaways to date!
January 5, 2011 - We've just posted the press release for "The Walking Dead": The Complete First Season. Anchor Bay will bring the first six hour-long episodes of AMC's post-apocalyptic zombie drama series to DVD and Blu-ray on March 8th with featurettes and behind-the-scenes footage. Full announcement.
Today, we bring you an interview with Patrick Fabian, an actor you're sure to recognize from nearly twenty years of television work, including recurring roles on "Veronica Mars", "Big Love", and "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" and guest appearances on "Friends", "24", and "Xena: Warrior Princess." Fabian's latest and largest gig is playing the lead role of Reverend Cotton Marcus in the acclaimed horrror film The Last Exorcism. We talk with Fabian about his career and this movie, which, following a highly profitable theatrical run, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Full interview.
After you're done reading that, be sure to check out our just-published The Last Exorcism review. Presented as a documentary, a small film crew follows a Southern preacher (Patrick Fabian) to rural Louisiana, where he intends to expose exorcism as dangerous fraud. Instead, he is hired to deal with a teenaged girl (Ashley Bell) whose torment puzzles him. Lionsgate's DVD includes two audio commentaries, a making-of featurette, a piece on real hauntings and exorcisms, and a teaser trailer from the Cannes Film Festival. Read all about it all.
January 4, 2011 - Our January Schedule has been fleshed out with details on over 50 of the month's biggest new releases. First among them are today's new titles, which include The Last Exorcism (interview with star Patrick Fabian), Machete, Dinner for Schmucks, Case 39, and 50 Cent's Gun. If we haven't already reviewed these movies, we will be in the coming days.
January 3, 2011 - DreamWorks has announced a quick home video debut for its latest computer-animated film, Megamind. Boasting the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, and Tina Fey, the heroes and villains action comedy will come to disc on Friday, February 25th in a single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP) and, for a limited time, a Mega Double DVD Pack ($36.98 SRP) and Mega Double Pack Blu-ray + DVD Combo ($49.98 SRP). The latter two will include The Button of Doom, an all-new short film retaining the original voice cast. Read the full press release. Cover art here.
Kelvin Cedeno reviews Step Up 3, the latest and probably last entry to Touchstone Pictures' youth dance film series. Upholding tradition, this one offers romance and competition. Its biggest addition, 3-D, is lost in this Blu-ray + DVD Combo, which supplies a half-hour of deleted scenes, a half-hour of music videos, fly-on-the-wall making-of featurettes, and a character's documentary. Read the full review.
January 2, 2011 - Our first review of 2011 looks at one of the year's first new movies. The R-rated crime drama Gun stars Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Val Kilmer as old friends who reunite as part of a violent gun running operation. James Remar and AnnaLynne McCord ("90210") co-star in this film, which Image Entertainment brings to DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday with a trailer. Read on...
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. The lattermost of those is now available for preorder at Amazon.com for 40% off its $50 list price. UPDATE: In addition, the Blu-ray + DVD combo is now on sale for just $2 less than the 4-disc 3D version.
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.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
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. 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 and featurettes on the leading lady and her changing looks.
And Soon the Darkness (2010) - 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. Anchor Bay's DVD includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, a video diary, and the trailer.
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. Sony's DVD includes a Jeunet audio commentary, a thorough making-of documentary, animation deconstructions, and a Q & A session.
Knight and Day (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz reunite in this big budget action comedy romance as a federal agent's extreme measures to protect a valuable energy source intrude an ordinary woman's life. Fox's 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.
Going the Distance - This romantic comedy stars Drew Barrymore and Justin Long as a couple trying to make a relationship work across the country. 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). 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.
"Hannah Montana Forever": Who is Hannah Montana? - The seventh and perhaps last single-disc release of Disney Channel's top-rated series serves up over 3 hours of episodes from the series' first two shows to an hour and a half of the retitled, nicer-looking final season. The DVD includes an Ashley Tisdale-hosted preview of the High School Musical spin-off movie Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.
Walt & El Grupo - Written and directed by Theodore Thomas (maker of Frank and Ollie and son of Disney animator Frank Thomas), this feature documentary 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, 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.
Flipped - This fifteenth film directed by Rob Reiner 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. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo includes four short featurettes only on the Blu-ray disc.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Loosely inspired by Mickey Mouse's Fantasia segment, Goethe's ballad, and Dukas' symphony, Disney's 2010 fantasy adventure 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. Disney's Blu-ray + DVD Combo keeps almost all the bonus features exclusive to the Blu-ray disc. (Related Interview: Director Jon Turteltaub.)
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. The DVD includes 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.
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story - This documentary 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 and The Jungle Book. 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. Disney's DVD includes several bonus featurettes (including one on the pair's theme park songs) plus a Sherman Brothers Jukebox.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: Two-Disc Special Edition - This third film in the blockbuster series adapted from Stephenie Meyer's novels 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 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.
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.
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. Fox's DVD includes a DVD-ROM application enabling to create and customize your own shirtless man calendar for any month from now through 2020.
16 Wishes - "Suite Life on Deck"'s Debby Ryan stars as a teenager whose long-awaited 16th birthday arrives 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. 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.
Waking Sleeping Beauty - Directed by The Lion King producer Don Hahn, this film documents the Disney animation boom he and others experienced in the 1980s and 1990s with new recollections from the likes of likes of Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and the late Roy Disney set to archival footage from the celebrated era. Extras include 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.
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