DVDizzy.com: January 16-31, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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January 31, 2011 - Disney's lowly regarded but highly profitable 2008 canine comedy gets a Buddies-esque follow-up in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. Chloe (now voiced by Odette Yustman) marries Papi (still George Lopez) and soon gives birth to five mischievous pups. In an effort to help the family of part-time owner Sam (Marcus Coloma), the brood enters a dog show and later gets mixed up in a bank robbery. Available tomorrow on DVD and Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, this direct-to-video sequel is joined by a Bridgit Mendler music video and a bloopers reel. Read our review.
January 30, 2011 - "Glee": Season 2, Volume 1 serves up the first ten episodes of the award-winning Fox high school musical dramedy's current season. Included in that lot are tributes to Britney Spears and The Rocky Horror Picture Show; guest appearances by Gwyneth Paltrow, John Stamos, and Carol Burnett; a "Glee" wedding and Grinch-inspired Christmas episode. The 3-disc DVD includes the Glee Music Jukebox, a Comic-Con cast & crew panel discussion, a collection of Brittany one-liners, and more. Full review.
January 29, 2011 - Kelvin Cedeno takes a fourth and -- for now -- final look at Disney's animated filming of Alice in Wonderland for next week's 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo. Full of music, color, and characters, this 1951 feature continues to grow in reputation. The studio shows it much respect in a loaded 2-disc set that adds an enhanced viewing mode, reference footage, a game, a pencil test, and a color Walt Disney introduction to the wealth of extras afforded the film on its deluxe laserdisc and subsequent 2-disc DVDs. Only here will you find a detailed overview of what's gained, what's lost, and how the hi-def presentation compares to DVD incarnations. We've even included a video clip of the "Through the Keyhole" playback mode. Check it out.
January 28, 2011 - The independent drama Welcome to the Rileys stars Twilight's Kristen Stewart as a runaway teenaged stripper/prostitute who finds help and support from a Midwestern man (James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos") and his phobic wife (Melissa Leo, The Fighter) down in New Orleans. Directed by Jake Scott (son of Riley) and written by Ken Hixon, this limited-release film comes to DVD and Blu-ray from Sony next Tuesday with a making-of featurette. Our review.
January 26, 2011 - The prison drama Stone reunites actors Robert De Niro and Edward Norton. De Niro plays the retirement-bound parole officer reviewing the case file of Norton's hardened criminal. Milla Jovovich plays the convict's seductive wife, who becomes a part of the process. From the writer of Junebug and the director of The Painted Veil, this psychological thriller is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay with a making-of featurette and trailer. Full review.
January 25, 2011 - James L. Brooks' 1987 dramedy Broadcast News gets an upgrade today courtesy of The Criterion Collection. This film about life at a Washington TV news station as seen by three ambitious employees earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and stars William Hurt, Albert Brooks, and Holly Hunter. Criterion's two-disc set includes an audio commentary by Brooks, a documentary on his career, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a featurette on the CBS News producer who inspired Hunter's character, and vintage making-of materials. Read our full review.
As expected, the following ten films were announced as nominees in the Academy Awards' Best Picture category: The Social Network, The King's Speech, The Fighter, Black Swan, Toy Story 3, Inception, True Grit, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, and Winter's Bone. The full list of nominees can be seen here. All ten Best Picture contenders and many other 2011 nominees are now available for preorder or purchase at Amazon.com.
Today's new DVD and Blu-rays include "Glee": Season 2, Volume 1, Disney's sports drama Secretariat, the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy, and The Criterion Collection release of James L. Brooks' Broadcast News. More on all of these on our schedule page.
As promised, you could watch the Academy Awards' official nomination ceremony live right here. The fun began at 8:30 AM EST/5:30 AM PST, but you can rewatch the announcements here
January 23, 2011 - We take a look at Secretariat, the latest true sports drama from the producers of The Rookie, Miracle, and Invincible. Diane Lane stars as Penny Chenery, the housewife owner of the first U.S. Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred horse in 25 years. John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Baker, James Cromwell, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis and AJ Michalka co-star in this Disney film. Available Tuesday, the Blu-ray + DVD combo includes an audio commentary by director Randall Wallace, deleted scenes with commentary, a multi-angle Secretariat race reconstruction, an interview with the real Chenery, and a music video by Michalka. Read on...
Nowhere Boy dramatizes the teenage years of John Lennon. Kick-Ass' Aaron Johnson portrays the rebellious Liverpudlian as he begins playing guitar, forms a band, and spends time with two contrary mother figures (Anne-Marie Duff, Kristin Scott Thomas). After a limited theatrical engagement, this Weinstein Company drama comes to DVD and Blu-ray this week from Sony, with two deleted scenes and two making-of featurettes. Read our full review.
January 21, 2011 - The Academy Award nominees will be announced next Tuesday morning at 8:30 Eastern/5:30 Pacific and you'll be able to watch them live right here! We'll be embedding a stream of the event, starting with the short "Road to the Oscars", continuing with the announcement of ten leading categories by Academy President Tom Sherak and last year's Supporting Actress winner Mo'Nique, and wrapping up with commentary on the nominees. Prevailing wisdom expects that The Social Network, The King's Speech, The Fighter, Black Swan, Inception, Toy Story 3, True Grit, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, and Winter's Bone will compete in the recently-expanded Best Picture category.
Mean Girls 2 takes us back to North Shore High, where a new new student (Camp Rock's Meaghan Martin) finds herself at war with nasty new Plastics (led by Maiara Walsh) along with a new friend (Jennifer Stone, "Wizards of Waverly Place") she's being paid to look after. Tim Meadows returns as Principal Duvall. Premiering this Sunday night on ABC Family, the sequel then comes to DVD on February 1st, equipped with several making-of featurettes, a gag reel, and an anti-bullying PSA. Read our full review.
January 20, 2011 - Looney Tunes Super Stars: Foghorn Leghorn & Friends - Barnyard Bigmouth collects 15 vintage Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts, 14 of which haven't properly been released to DVD before. Nine of the fifteen star the tall Southern rooster, as he butts heads with Barnyard Dawg, Egghead Jr., and Henery Hawk. Also found here are cartoons starring the mice equivalents of "The Honeymooners" neighbors, Mexican crows, and Elmer Fudd. Like the series' first two DVDs, this disc mattes the shorts to 16:9 widescreen, but this one also offers original full screen presentations of the shorts. See a clip from one of the 'toons in our review.
January 19, 2011 - Disney's Tangled will be coming to home video on March 29th. It will be available in a single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP) with original storybook openings, a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo ($39.99 SRP) with the Blu-ray disc adding deleted scenes, extended songs, and the featurette "Untangled: The Making of a Fairy Tale", and a 4-Disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy "super set" ($49.99 SRP).
Our newest review looks at the Comedy Central special Denis Leary and Friends Present: Douchebags and Donuts, which gives half of its 99 minutes to the "Rescue Me" ranter and the rest to Whitney Cummings, Lenny Clarke, and Adam Ferrara. Released this week, the special is joined by two unused musical numbers and behind-the-scenes footage, with portions of the proceeds going to The Leary Firefighters Foundation. Read on...
This week's other new releases include the Australian crime family drama Animal Kingdom, the Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried (Blu-ray + DVD), and Sandra Bullock's notorious Roger Corman-produced South American flick Fire on the Amazon (Unrated). See our schedule for other new DVD and Blu-ray debuts.
January 18, 2011 - The third pairing of actors Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, Dinner for Schmucks remakes the 1998 French comedy The Dinner Game. Carell plays Barry, an idiot who enters straight man Rudd's life and chaotically destroys its order before attending a feast designed to secretly ridicule its guests. The talented large cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement, Stephanie Szostak, Jeff Dunham, Lucy Punch, Kristen Schaal, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams, and Ron Livingston. Now available, Paramount's DVD includes deleted scenes, a gag reel of bloopers and unused improvisations, and a making-of featurette. Review.
January 17, 2011 - The Australian drama Animal Kingdom tells the story of a teenaged boy who finds himself caught up in his criminal family's legal problems. This acclaimed feature debut of David Michτd stars James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, and Golden Globe nominee Jacki Weaver. From Sony, it comes to DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow with a Michτd audio commentary, making-of featurette, and Los Angeles Film Festival Q & A session. Full review.
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 the computer-animated comedy Alpha and Omega, the horror comedy remake Piranha, David Fincher's Best Picture frontrunner The Social Network, 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...
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff - The actor, singer, and American talent judge gets flamed by a variety of celebrities and comedians including "Baywatch" co-star Pamela Anderson, "Knight Rider" car KITT, and roastmaster Seth MacFarlane. The DVD presents an extended, uncensored version of the special plus 18 minutes of bonus footage.
Despicable Me - 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.
Stonehenge Apocalypse - Deadly electromagnetic disturbances starting at Stonehenge and reaching across the globe get the attention of British scientists and an American conspiracy theorist (Misha Collins, "Supernatural"), the military in this SyFy movie. Anchor Bay's disc includes a half-hour making-of documentary and trailer.
The A-Team - Fox's big budget filming of the 1980s action TV series breaks out with an unjustly imprisoned group of four special forces agents (Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson) looking to clear their names. 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.
Fantasia & Fantasia 2000: 2 Movie Collection (Blu-ray + DVD) - 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 in this 4-disc combo. We cover everything from the movie's self-censorship to the oddities of the BD-Live Virtual Vault.
Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper - This 1982 TV special makes its DVD debut joined by another half-hour special, 1962's "Yogi's Birthday Party". In both, Yogi and Boo Boo are joined by a large number of fellow Hanna-Barbera cartoon personalities.
Easy A - Inspired by both The Scarlet Letter and John Hughes' teen movies, this high school comedy tells the story of a good girl (Emma Stone) who embraces the bad reputation she falsely earns. 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.
The Films of Rita Hayworth: Collector's Choice Sony's repeatedly-delayed 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.
Cyrus - John C. Reilly plays 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 joined by director-introduced deleted scenes and the trailer.
Charlie Brown's Christmas Tales - A CVS Pharmacy exclusive in 2009, to the 2002 short holiday special, this disc adds the never-before-released 1983 special Is This Goodbye, Charlie Brown?.
The Other Guys - Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play clashing 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. Sony's The Unrated Other Edition includes the theatrical cut and an extended cut running 9 minutes longer plus deleted/extended scenes, unused Keaton bits, and a making-of featurette.
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