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Top 50 Disney Heroes & Heroines Countdown FEBRUARY 16-29, 2012 NEWS ARCHIVES

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February 29, 2012 - Paramount has announced The Complete Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection for fall 2012 release. Though a date and specifics are yet to come,
the studio confirms that the set "will include all four of Indy's thrilling adventures, using the highest possible high definition picture and audio presentation – along with a 'best of' collection of documentaries, interviews, featurettes and a few new surprises."

February 27, 2012 - Our newest review covers Take Shelter. One of last year's best-reviewed but least-seen movies, this drama centers on an Ohio family man (Michael Shannon) who is troubled by visions he interprets as either apocalyptic warnings or the first signs of mental illness. Jessica Chastain plays his wife in this second film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. Now available, Sony's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by Shannon and Nichols, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a SAG Q & A, BD-Live, and the trailer. Our full review.

A 1940s western, a 1950s sci-fi B-movie, a 1960s Fu Manchu mystery, and a 1970s spy TV series pilot come together and all get skewed in "Mystery Science Theater 3000": Volume 23, Shout! Factory's next DVD release of the cult 1990s cable TV series. Available at the end of March, the 4-disc set is chockfull of bonus features, including a reel of MST3K promos, an introduction and interview by the series' cast members, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a video game featuring the cast, trailers, and featurettes on two of the producers behind this set's subjects. Don't miss our early review.

Take Shelter Blu-ray Review Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIII DVD Review

February 23, 2012 - Our newest review looks at Puss in Boots, DreamWorks' spin-off from the Shrek franchise.
Antonio Banderas once again voices the proud, dashing sword-swinging feline, who reteams with his old friend Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) and nimble thief Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) to swipe magical beans from the heinous Jack and Jill to become rich. Releasing tomorrow, the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes a trivia track, a picture-in-picture viewing mode, deleted scenes, games, activities, and the all-new short Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos. Gear up for the Best Animated Feature Oscar with our complete review.

February 22, 2012 - Steven Spielberg's Academy Award-nominated WWI drama War Horse will hit home video on April 3rd. Adapted from the Tony-winning play and up for Best Picture and four technical awards, the Disney/DreamWorks film will be available in a single-disc DVD, a two-disc DVD + Blu-ray combo, and a deluxe four-disc combo pack (holding two Blu-rays, a DVD, and a digital copy). See the press release for more info on each edition.

The final theatrical releases of 2011 are now being announced for home video. Paramount has just set an April 17th DVD and Blu-ray debut for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, the warmly received fourth entry in the Tom Cruise action series. The live-action directorial debut of The Incredibles' Brad Bird, this one finds Ethan Hunt and his fellow IMF operatives having to clear their name after the agency is blamed for a terrorist bombing. The blockbuster will be available in a single-disc DVD and both 2 and 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo packs. See the press release for full details.

February 21, 2012 - Today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases include Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar biopic on the FBI's powerful first director, the inspirational true basketball drama The Mighty Macs, and Shout! Factory's Complete Second Season release of the 1960s sitcom "Hazel". DreamWorks' Puss in Boots, meanwhile, will be released on Friday. See our February schedule for more details.

The Mighty Macs DVD Review

February 20, 2012 - Our newest review covers J. Edgar, the biopic of the FBI's influential first director. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in a film directed by Clint Eastwood and scripted by Milk's Dustin Lance Black. Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, and Judi Dench play the few other individuals impacting Hoover's life outside the bureau. Given less acclaim that anticipated and a dud at the fall box office, this drama hits stores this week with the featurette "J. Edgar: The Most Powerful Man in the World." Watch a clip from the film as part of our full Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack review.

February 18, 2012 - The Mighty Macs tells the inspirational true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College basketball team. In it, determined new coach Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino) makes champions out of the financially-challenged Philadelphia all-girls Catholic school. Co-starring Ellen Burstyn, Marley Shelton, and David Boreanaz, this G-rated drama comes to DVD on Tuesday after a modest fall theatrical run. The Sony disc includes deleted scenes, a long making-of featurette, and an ESPN segment on the underdog team. Read our full review.

February 16, 2012 - Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson remarkably lost over 50 pounds for our latest review subject, All Things Fall Apart. This drama stars the rapper/actor as a college football star whose world is turned upside down after a cancerous tumor is found in his chest. The film, which Jackson co-wrote, co-stars Ray Liotta, Lynn Whitfield, and Mario Van Peebles (who also directed it). It's available now and so is our DVD review.

The Adventures of Tintin will come to Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD on March 13th. Directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and written by Edgar Wright, this Golden Globe-winning motion capture animated feature brings to life Hergι's popular Belgian comic series. The combo packs will be loaded to the hilt with making-of bonus features documenting this ambitious production. Read the full press release.

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Fox has announced an April 3rd DVD and Blu-ray combo pack release date for Cameron Crowe's family dramedy We Bought a Zoo. Matt Damon stars as a widower who buys and renovates -- you guessed it -- a zoo. Extras will include a Dove-approved family-friendly audio track (for those who can't stand PG-rated language); an audio commentary by Crowe, actor J.B. Smoove, and editor Mark Livolsi; 20 deleted and extended scenes; a gag reel, and more. For complete details, check out the press release.

The Big Year: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Beavis and Butt-Head: Volume 4 Blu-ray Review

Adapted from a nonfiction bestseller, The Big Year follows three birders from different walks of life (Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson) as they secretly compete to spot the most species in North America. Directed by Marley & Me's David Frankel, this PG-rated comedy bombe in theaters last fall. It is now available in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack which presents it in theatrical and extended cuts (the latter narrated by John Cleese) plus deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a gag reel, and trailer. Full review.

February 14, 2012 - After fourteen years away, "Beavis and Butt-Head" returned to MTV last fall and today, their newest season releases on Blu-ray and DVD. The immature titular teens are just as you remember them, but their music video couch commentary has been expanded to also include MTV reality series. The twelve unedited half-hour episodes find the teens inspired by Twilight, Morgan Spurlock, Dog the Bounty Hunter, conservative protesters, and much more. Bonus features include a 20-minute Comic-Con Q & A panel with creator Mike Judge and a handful of shorts. Read our full Blu-ray review.

February 13, 2012 - Another Hunter S. Thompson novel is adapted with Johnny Depp in the lead in The Rum Diary. Depp plays a somewhat fictionalized version of the author, who arrives in 1960 Puerto Rico to write horoscopes for The San Juan Star. Alcohol-fueled misadventures get him in trouble with the law and make him indebited to a wealthy American businessman (Aaron Eckhart) who wants his help in developing an uninhabited island. This box office flop hits stores tomorrow and we've got a review of the Blu-ray, which includes a 45-minute documentary chiefly comprised of Depp and Thompson's preproduction meetings and a making-of featurette. Read on.

The Apartment Blu-ray Review Geek Charming + Shake It Up DVD Review

Our newest review covers the recent Blu-ray debut of The Apartment, the 1960 winner of the Best Picture Oscar. Jack Lemmon stars as a New York insurance company employee who allows executives (including a personnel director played by Fred MacMurray) to use his apartment for their indiscretions. Shirley MacLaine plays elevator operator Frank Kubelik, who is caught in between the two. Produced, directed, and co-written by Billy Wilder, this comedy-drama hits HD with an historian's audio commentary, a half-hour making-of retrospective, a tribute to Jack Lemmon, and its original theatrical trailer. Our full review.

February 9, 2012 - Disney takes a new approach to TV DVDs with this week's release of Geek Charming. That 2011 Disney Channel Original Movie, about a film geek (Matt Prokop) making a documentary about one of the most popular girls in his school ("Modern Family"'s Sarah Hyland), has hit stores in a 2-disc set wielding almost four hours of bonus features. Those features are ten random episodes of the Disney Channel sitcom "Shake It Up" about two teenaged cast members (Bella Thorne and Zendaya) of a TV dance show and their friends. Read all about this unusual pairing.

Anchor Bay will bring home the Academy Award-nominated drama (and Golden Globe-winning comedy/musical) My Week with Marilyn on March 13th. In 1957 England, a young aspiring filmmaker (Eddie Redmayne) gets an up-close look at the difficult making of The Prince and the Showgirl starring Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). Available on DVD and in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, the film will be joined by an audio commentary by director Simon Curtis and the featurette "The Untold Story of an American Icon." For more information, see the press release.

February 8, 2012 - In Time returns Gattaca writer/director Andrew Niccol to science fiction. The film depicts a future where time is the currency and the poor find it difficult to keep their clocks running. After receiving a transfer of over 100 years, one poor factory worker (Justin Timberlake) instantly climbs social strata, but is targeted by both the law-enforcing timekeepers (led by Cillian Murphy) and time-thieving minutemen (led by Alex Pettyfer). He kidnaps Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried), the daughter of a loaded centenarian, as the two fugitives try to repair their world's inequality. Fox's now available two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes the backstory featurette "The Minutes", ten deleted/extended scenes, trailers, and IMDb Live Lookup. Make our review part of your immediate future.

In Time: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review Love Story Blu-ray Review Lady and the Tramp: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD Review

February 7, 2012 - Today's new releases include Disney's Lady and the Tramp: Diamond Edition (Blu-ray + DVD), the blockbuster romance Love Story (Blu-ray), the romantic comedy Coming & Going (DVD), Disney Channel's Geek Charming (2-disc DVD with ten "Shake It Up" episodes), and Shout! Factory's Season 2 release of the '70s cop drama "Police Woman" (DVD). For more on these and other debuts, check our February schedule.

Paramount has announced that the epochal 1990s teen comedy Clueless will come to Blu-ray on May 1st. It will add the brand new "Clue or False" trivia game to the "Whatever!" Edition DVD extras "The Class of '95", "Creative Writing", "Fashion 101", "Language Arts", "Suck 'n Blow: A Tutorial", "Driver's Ed", "We're History", and two original theatrical trailers. Click for cover art and to preorder.

Love Story makes its Blu-ray debut. This 1970 romance, a colossal blockbuster nominated for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture), tells the story of two Massachusetts college students (Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw) from different socio-economic classes who fall for each other. Paramount's Blu-ray retains the three extras of the film's DVD: an audio commentary by director Arthur Hiller, the retrospective featurette "Love Story: A Classic Remembered", and the original theatrical trailer (now in HD). Don't miss our full review.

Today brings the Blu-ray debut of Lady and the Tramp, the fifth release in Disney's Diamond Edition line. This 1955 CinemaScope canine caper returns to stores with a handful of new bonus features, including an Inside Walt's Story Meetings audio commentary, a Second Screen experience, and newly-unearthed deleted scenes and song. It also retains most of its many DVD extras including excerpts of Walt's "Disneyland" anthology series, a 7-part making-of retrospective, more deleted scenes, the Fred Willard-hosted "PuppyPedia", Steve Tyrell music video, and original trailers. Our review details what's lost, what's gained, and how this combo pack stacks up to the movie's Platinum Edition release. More...

February 4, 2012 - The romantic comedy Coming & Going stars Rhys Darby ("Flight of the Conchords") as a shy New Zealand-born California obstretician who pretends he needs a wheelchair to preserve his relationship with a lawyer (Sasha Alexander, "Rizzoli & Isles"). Six months after premiering on TNT, the film comes to DVD on Tuesday from Echo Bridge and we've got an early review.

Rebecca Blu-ray Review Real Steel Blu-ray + DVD Review

February 3, 2012 - Alfred Hitchcock made many films that are considered among the greatest ever, but only one was awarded the Oscar for Best Picture: his 1940 American debut, Rebecca. Teaming with Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick, Hitchcock adapted Daphne Du Maurier's best-selling 1938 novel of the same name. This Gothic melodrama tells of an unnamed young woman (Joan Fontaine) who marries the aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter (Laurence Olivier) and moves into his glorious mansion Manderley. There, the dark secrets of Maxim's first wife's death haunt all, including the icy head housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson). Released last week alongside two other Best Picture winners and two other 1940s Hitchcock mysteries, MGM's Blu-ray includes over six hours of bonus features including three Rebecca radio play broadcasts, an historian's audio commentary, two retrospectives, two Hitchcock interviews, Vivien Leigh and Margaret Sullavan's screen tests, and a rerelease trailer. Don't miss our thorough review.

Paramount has announced a March 13th Blu-ray and DVD release for Young Adult, the acclaimed comedy reuniting Juno's screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman. Charlize Theron stars as an immature young adult novelist who returns to her hometown to win back her high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). Acclaimed but not Oscar-nominated, the swift home video release will include deleted scenes, a scene deconstruction, and an audio commentary on DVD, while the Blu-ray adds a Q & A and making-of featurette. For more, see the full press release.

February 1, 2012 - Real Steel shows us a future where robot boxing is a popular sport. Hugh Jackman stars as down and out former human boxer who looks for redemption with temporal custody of his 11-year-old son (Dakota Goyo) and co-management of a spruced-up junkyard castoff. A box office hit overseas and Visual Effects Oscar nominee, this PG-13 Disney/DreamWorks family film is now available to own in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack chockful of extras. They include Second Screen with audio commentary by director Shawn Levy, a deleted storyline, a pre-fight mockumentary, bloopers, robot boxer profiles, and a number of making-of featurettes. Our review includes a clip from the movie and the bonus features.

January 31, 2012 - Today's new releases include Drive and "Hey Dude": Season 2. We'll also be reviewing the new Blu-ray combo packs of To Kill a Mockingbird, In Time, and The Big Year in the days ahead. Check out the schedule for more on all of these and today's other debuts.

Beyond Witch Mountain: Disney Generations Collection DVD-R cover art -- click to preorder from

Six previously unavailable titles have just shown up for preorder as DVD-Rs in the manufactured on demand Disney Generations Collection: Endurance, the 1999 theatrical documentary on Ethiopian long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie; and five made-for-TV productions: 1982's Beyond Witch Mountain starring Eddie Albert; 1972's true colonial schoolteacher drama Justin Morgan Had a Horse; the 1986 orphange comedy The Leftovers starring John Denver; Disney Channel's 1990 movie Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn; and 1986's The Richest Cat in the World. Alongside these came a manufactured on demand DVD-R without Disney branding of the studio's adult-friendly (pre-Touchstone) 1983 mystery comedy Trenchcoat starring Margot Kidder and Robert Hays. As always, each is expected to be presented on a DVD-R with no bonus features and at $19.99 list price. Thanks to Jason from Open Vault Disney for alerting us to these.

These advertisements for the upcoming Disney Blu-ray combo packs of The Rescuers, Pocahontas, The Aristocats, and Aladdin are featured inside Lady and the Tramp: Diamond Edition.

January 30, 2012 - Inserts inside next week's Lady and the Tramp: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD announce plans for a number of upcoming Disney animated Blu-ray releases. Given a "Summer 2012" date are 2 Movie Collection combo packs of The Rescuers & The Rescuers Down Under and Pocahontas & Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World as well as, for a limited time only, a Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure combo pack. August 7th will bring the BD debut of The Aristocats. Secret of the Wings, the next in Tinker Bell's lapsed annual Disney Fairies franchise, will release fall 2012, as will the direct-to-video sequel Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3. A different booklet reiterates Cinderella as the fall 2012 Diamond Edition and places Aladdin (which had been reportedly dropped from the collection) next, due to arrive Spring 2013.

Paramount has announced an Oscar week home video debut for Hugo, the year's leading nominee. Martin Scorsese's first foray into the world of family films will be released in a single-disc DVD, a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, and a 3-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo. The latter two will include nearly an hour of extras including featurettes on Georges Mιliθs and Sacha Baron Cohen. For more, check out the full press release.

Annie Hall Blu-ray Review Hey Dude: Season 2 DVD Review

Another Best Picture winner hits Blu-ray in time for Oscar season and we've got a review. Woody Allen's Annie Hall defeated Star Wars for three of its four Academy Award victories. Allen stars as neurotic New York comedian Alvy Singer, whose relationship with the titular free-spirited aspiring singer (Diane Keaton) fuels this fourth wall-breaking 1977 romantic comedy. It's now available from MGM/Fox with, in the director's typical fashion, a single bonus feature. Our review.

January 29, 2012 - Shout! Factory brings more "Hey Dude" to DVD this week with the release of Season 2. Four teenagers continue to work and play in a summer at Arizona's Bar None Ranch, where their guests include a TV heartthrob, one of their teachers, a robber on the run, and aliens. Take a close look at the 2-disc, 13-episode set in our review.

January 27, 2012 - U.S. college students can vote for their school to be one of ten to host a free advanced screening of the upcoming Fox sci-fi film Chronicle. Opening nationwide next Friday, the low-budget PG-13 film tells the story of three teenaged friends who gain superpowers after making a discovery in an enigmatic crater. The top ten colleges will get to screen the movie midnight Wednesday. Vote now through Monday 5:00 PST at

Dead Poets Society Blu-ray Review Drive Blu-ray Review

Our latest review covers Dead Poets Society, the other of last week's 1980s Robin Williams Touchstone movie Blu-ray debuts. Nominated for four Academy Awards and the Best Original Screenplay winner, this 1989 drama tells the story of an English teacher who opens his pupils' minds at an elite all-boys prep school in 1959 New England. The Blu-ray hangs onto all of the bonus features from the movie's Special Edition DVD, including an audio commentary featuring director Peter Weir, raw takes, a cast retrospective, and a cinematography workshop. Full review.

January 25, 2012 - We take an early look at next week's Blu-ray release of the acclaimed action film Drive. Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles mechanic/movie stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver. When he offers his services for a pawn store robbery, he quickly finds himself over his head, targeted by deadly serious criminals. Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Albert Brooks co-star in this stylish neonoir from Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn. Sony's Blu-ray includes an interview with Refn, four making-of featurettes, BD-Live, and an UltraViolet digital copy. Don't miss our review.

Disney's press release for The Muppets details your DVD and Blu-ray options. The Oscar-nominated musical comedy hits stores on March 20th. Combo pack extras will include deleted scenes, spoof trailers, an audio commentary by writer/star Jason Segel, co-writer Nicholas Stoller, and director James Bobin, "The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made...", Easter eggs, an interactive feature of the Blu-ray when paused, and a soundtrack download card. See the announcement for full details and to watch the trailer.

January 24, 2012 - The complete list of 84th Academy Award nominees has been posted here. UPDATE: Now with analysis on the nominations. Alternatively, you can watch the major categories announced via video by actress Jennifer Lawrence and Academy president Tom Sherak at the Academy's official announcement ceremony. A few surprises await you!

With just a few hours to go before the nominees for the 84th Academy Awards are announced, we've posted our 2011: Year in Review, ranking and critically summarizing every one of last year's films we saw along with some general observations. After you get through that, be sure to check out our 2012 Oscar Predictions. Look over our picks while waiting for the official announcement, which you can stream live right here at 5:30 AM Pacific/8:30 AM Eastern or rewatch afterwards.

Wings Blu-ray Review Paranormal Activity 3: Unrated Director's Cut Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

January 23, 2012 - Wings, the very first Academy Award winner for Best Picture, finally comes to DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow and we've got a review. This 1927 silent film looks back at World War I through the eyes of two young pilots (Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen). "It Girl" Clara Bow stars as an overlooked love interest, while Gary Cooper makes one of his first and briefest credited appearances. The Blu-ray boasts extensive restoration efforts, including new color tinting, color effects, and sound design by Star Wars and WALL•E's Ben Burtt. Extras include a making-of retrospective, a featurette on the restoration, and a piece on old planes. On the eve of Oscar nominations for two films celebrating the Silent Era, what better time than now to take flight with our review.

January 21, 2012 - The low-budget horror phenomenon continues with Paranormal Activity 3, the hit latest installment to Paramount's annual found footage franchise. This prequel takes us back to September 1988, when Katie and Kristi are young girls. When the oddities begin, Mom's new boyfriend, wedding videographer Dennis (Chris Smith), sets up cameras to capture them. Available on Tuesday, the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack presents the film in both theatrical and unrated director's cuts on Blu-ray and exclusively the extended cut on the other two formats. It also includes "lost tapes" and an UltraViolet digital copy option. Watch two scenes exclusive to the new cut as part of our thorough review.

Good Morning, Vietnam: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review Traffic: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

The Ides of March Blu-ray Review Portlandia: Season One Blu-ray + DVD Review The Station Agent DVD Review

I Don't Know How She Does It DVD Review Dolphin Tale Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy Review Kung Fu Panda 2: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Good Morning, Vietnam (Blu-ray) - This 1987 Touchstone Pictures hit earned Robin Williams his first Academy Award nomination as authority-questioning, morale-boosting military radio DJ Adrian Cronauer. The 25th Anniversary Edition BD includes all the extras from the movie's Special Edition DVD: a production diary catching up with cast, crew, and the real Cronauer; raw takes of Williams' deejaying; and two original trailers.
• Traffic (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Steven Soderbergh's sprawling 2000 ensemble drama on the War on Drugs won Academy Awards for adapted screenplay, supporting actor, editing, and director, but lost the Best Picture Oscar to Ridley Scott's Gladiator. The raw film examines how drugs affects the life of a Tijuana cop (Oscar-winning Benicio Del Toro), a U.S. government official (Michael Douglas), a wealthy housewife (Catherine Zeta-Jones), and DEA agents (Don Cheadle and Luis Guzman). The Blu-ray serves up three audio commentaries (one of them doubling as an isolated score), a half-hour of deleted scenes, an additional 40 minutes of unused footage (much of it captured and presented from multiple camera angles), technical demonstrations (of editing, sound mixing, and film processing), trailers, TV spots, and a trading card gallery.
• The Ides of March (Blu-ray) Directed, co-written, co-produced and co-starring George Clooney, this drama tells of a presidential candidate's (Clooney) tumultuous time prepping for the Ohio primaries from the perspective of his young, experienced deputy campaign manager (Ryan Gosling). Adapted from an off-Broadway play and nominated for a screenplay Oscar and four Golden Globes, this film also features Evan Rachel Wood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, and Charlie Rose. It hits Blu-ray from Sony with an audio commentary by Clooney and co-writer/producer Grant Heslov, four featurettes, and an UltraViolet digital copy.
• Contagion (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) - In Steven Soderbergh's star-studded pandemic thriller, a Minnesota woman's sudden death is merely the start of a devastating fast-moving, far-reaching virus. Oscar winners Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, and Gwyneth Paltrow join nominees Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, John Hawkes, and Elliott Gould in this stylish, acclaimed film which examines the outbreak from the perspectives of scientists, government officials, and citizens alike. Warner's combo pack supplies two making-of featurettes and an amusing animated short on infectious disease.
• "Portlandia": Season One (Blu-ray + DVD) - Starring Fred Armisen ("Saturday Night Live") and Carrie Brownstein, who also write and produce it, this IFC sketch comedy series satirizes life in the Pacific Northwest's second biggest city. Trend-setters, dumpster divers, feminist bookshop owners, musicians, and hipsters feature. Both formats supply audio commentaries by Armisen, Brownstein, and writer/director Jonathan Krisel on all six episodes, deleted and extended scenes, Armisen's 2011 Oregon Episcopalian School commencement speech, and two of Armisen an Brownstein's Thunderant online comedy shorts.
• The Last Men and Sky Riders: Action Double Feature - James Coburn stars in a pair of 1976 B-movies as a pilot who hires hang gliding circus performers to rescue his ex-wife and kid from terrorists in the mountains of Greece and as a chain gang convict who leads an escape and goes looking for revenge on a retired police captain (Charlton Heston).
• Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World - This second and lesser direct-to-video sequel to Disney's Oscar-winning 1991 animated musical strings together four episodes from an evidently unrealized TV series. Disagreements and misunderstandings pull apart Belle, Beast, and the enchanted items. This new Special Edition DVD adds a previously unavailable episode of the live-action '90s show "Sing Me a Story with Belle."
• The Station Agent - The writing/directing debut of Tom McCarthy (Up, Win Win, The Visitor), this acclaimed 2003 dramedy brings together three unlikely friends -- a withdrawn dwarf (Peter Dinklage), a talkative coffee vendor (Bobby Cannavale), and a pained artist (Patricia Clarkson) -- in quiet, small-town New Jersey.
• I Don't Know How She Does It - A woman juggles a full-time job with mothering two young children. Sarah Jessica Parker stars in this PG-13 comedy adapted from the bestselling book by the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada. Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, Busy Philipps, Seth Meyers, and Kelsey Grammer also feature. After flopping in theaters last fall, this Weinstein movie came to DVD and Blu-ray last week with an interview of author Allison Pearson.

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Latest Reviews (rated):
Hugo (Blu-ray 3D Combo)
Take Shelter (Blu-ray)
Mystery Science Theater: 23
Puss in Boots (BD + DVD)
J. Edgar (Blu-ray + DVD)
The Mighty Macs
All Things Fall Apart
The Big Year (BD + DVD)
Beavis & Butt-Head V4 (BD)
The Rum Diary (Blu-ray)
The Apartment (Blu-ray)
Geek Charming
In Time (Blu-ray + DVD)
Love Story (Blu-ray)
Lady and the Tramp (BD)
Coming & Going
Rebecca (Blu-ray)
Real Steel (Blu-ray + DVD)
Annie Hall (Blu-ray)
Hey Dude: Season 2
Dead Poets Society (Blu-ray)
Drive (Blu-ray)
Wings (Blu-ray)
Paranormal Activity 3 (BD)
Good Morning, Vietnam (BD)
Traffic (Criterion Blu-ray)
The Ides of March (Blu-ray)
J. Edgar Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy Review
Contagion (Blu-ray + DVD)
Portlandia: Seas. 1 (Combo)
Sky Riders & Last Hard Men
Beauty & the Beast: Belle's Magical World
The Station Agent
I Don't Know How She...
Mormon Tabernacle (BD)
Runaway Daughters
Shark Night (Blu-ray)
Wide Awake
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
The Guard (Blu-ray)
Midnight in Paris
Happy Holidays Collection
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (BD)
Dolphin Tale (Blu-ray + DVD)
Fright Night (2011) (Combo)
Rise of Planet of the Apes
Kung Fu Panda 2 (BD + DVD)
Mr. Popper's Penguins (BD)
The Lady Vanishes (CC BD)
The Rocketeer (Blu-ray)
The Hangover Part II (Combo)
The Help (Blu-ray + DVD)
Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas
The Smurfs
All Reviews (Old Index)
The Rum Diary Blu-ray Review
Interviews Index
• Tangled producer Glen Keane
• Tangled directors Nathan Greno & Byron Howard
• Donnie Dunagan, voice of Disney's Bambi
• Patrick Fabian, star of The Last Exorcism
• Joey King, Ramona and Beezus star
• Michael Arndt, Toy Story 3 screenwriter
• Princess and the Frog directors Ron Clements & John Musker
• Phyllis Diller, comedienne and A Bug's Life voice
• John Ratzenberger, Pixar voice actor
• An Interview with Leonard Maltin, Disney Treasures
• Taylor Lautner, Sharkboy and Twilight's Jacob Black
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