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April 29, 2011 - UPDATE: We've just posted the full Dumbo Blu-ray & DVD press release, which elaborates on the restoration process and the DVD and Blu-ray bonus features mentioned earlier (revealing more BD-exclusives). The long-delayed U.S. Blu-ray debut of Dumbo has just been scheduled for September 20, 2011. The 70th Anniversary Edition will be available as a Blu-ray + DVD combo ($39.99 SRP) in Blu-ray and DVD packaging and the DVD will also be available on its own the same day for $29.99 SRP
(also in Spanish packaging). Extras exclusive to Blu-ray include BD Live-enhanced "Family Play Games", DisneyView sidebar art, and a Cine-Explore experience. Both Blu-ray and DVD will contain a deleted scene, a deleted song, and the featurettes "Taking Flight: The Making of Dumbo" and "The Magic of Dumbo: A Ride of Passage" on Disneyland's popular ride. For more, watch the trailer as part of the announcement and check out cover art...

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Roy Scheider (Jaws) and Adam Baldwin ("Chuck") play killers charged with making a 355-mile night drive to Houston with an abducted 9-year-old boy (Harley Cross) in Cohen & Tate, written and directed by The Hitcher's Eric Red. This 1989 action thriller is now available on DVD through MGM's Limited Edition Collection and we've got a full review for you right here.

April 28, 2011 - The 1974 Western Billy Two Hats stars an older Gregory Peck and a young adult Desi Arnaz Jr. as partners in crime on the lam. Peck is Scottish outlaw Archie Deans and Arnaz is the titular "half-breed." Produced by Norman Jewison, directed by First Blood's Ted Kotcheff, and co-starring Jack Warden and David Huddleston, this PG-rated film recently made its DVD debut in MGM's made-to-order Limited Edition Collection. Read our review.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

April 27, 2011 - Our newest review covers Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray. Johnny Depp plays Raoul Duke and Benicio Del Toro is his lawyer Dr. Gonzo on this drug-fueled road trip adapted from Hunter S. Thompson's iconic semi-autobiographical novel. Criterion's loaded disc includes three audio commentaries, deleted scenes, a 1978 BBC documentary on Thompson, a book reading from Oscar Zeta Acosta (the real Dr. Gonzo),
art galleries, trailer and TV spots, storyboards, audio clips, and more. More...

April 25, 2011 - On the day that filming began for next year's big Marvel/Disney superhero dream team movie, we review "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" Volume 1 - Heroes Assemble!. Available tomorrow, this DVD supplies the first seven episodes (5 character-driven episodes and one two-part concept launch) of the Disney XD series that unites Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, the Hulk, and Captain America against the galaxy's most imposing supervillains. The disc includes a featurette previewing Season 2, while our full review includes a clip of the show.

The Lion King: Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack cover art The Lion King Trilogy: Diamond Edition 3 Blu-ray + 3 DVD + Blu-ray 3D + Digital Copy combo pack cover art The Lion King DVD Edition cover art

April 24, 2011 - Disney fans have long been anticipating the return of The Lion King to DVD and Blu-ray, as the next entry in the studio's Diamond Edition line. Now, Amazon.com has made several editions available for pre-order, which at least show tentative cover art and pricing (if not contents or dates). You can choose from a 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP) (the same combo also available in DVD packaging), a 4-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy ($49.99 SRP), and a basic DVD Edition ($29.99 SRP). Those wanting the best-selling direct-to-video sequels (1998's The Lion King II: Simba's Pride and 2004's The Lion King 1½) may opt for the stylishly packaged 8-disc The Lion King Trilogy ($100.00 SRP), which appears to offer the 4 discs from the original movie's 3D combo pack plus the two sequels on both DVD and Blu-ray. Meanwhile, for Spanish speakers, El Rey Leσn will be available with bilingual packaging in most of the same choices: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP) (also in DVD packaging), and DVD Edition ($29.99 SRP). Though no additional details have been announced, past fall Diamond Edition combo packs have debuted in early October, with the less promoted DVD Editions coming on Thanksgiving week in late November. As always, Amazon offers a pre-order price guarantee and ordering through our links supplies much-needed financial support to this site at no additional cost to you. Check out cover art.

Gulliver's Travels Blu-ray + DVD Review Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure Blu-ray + DVD Review

Jack Black puts his spin on Jonathan Swift's classic satire in the family comedy fantasy Gulliver's Travels. Black plays a New York City mailroom employee who the Bermuda Triangle takes to Lilliput, a kingdom where he stands twenty times taller than everyone else. There, he regales the residents with stories of grandeur, while advising a peasant (Jason Segel) on courting a princess (Emily Blunt). Co-starring Billy Connolly, Chris O'Dowd, and Amanda Peet, this effects extravaganza is now available to own. Our review covers the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, which serves up over 90 minutes of bonus features including deleted scenes, Fox Movie Channel programs, the short film Scrat's Continental Crack-Up featuring Ice Age's squirrel, and more. Also on our review, you can watch the very first adaptation of Swift's novel, a 109-year-old French short.

April 22, 2011 - Here is something to sweeten your holiday weekend: a review of Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure. Ashley Tisdale's self-centered High School Musical character gets her own movie as Sharpay leaves Albuquerque to make it big in the Big Apple. She settles for her dog Boi being one of two finalists for a leading role in a Broadway show, also becoming the assistant to the play's snobby leading lady. A month before it will premiere on Disney Channel, this movie is now available to own. We look at the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, which offers bloopers, the Tisdale interview featurette "The Evolution of Sharpay", and the behind-the-scenes "Austin Cam." Our review includes a video clip of one of the film's New York montages.

Fox has announced a June 21st DVD and Blu-ray release for Cedar Rapids, the acclaimed independent comedy starring The Hangover's Ed Helms as a mild-mannered businessman attending a regional insurance convention in Iowa. John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, and Sigourney Weaver co-star. The Super Awesome Edition DVD will include a gag reel, 6 deleted scenes, and more, while the Blu-ray adds Convention Connection character shorts, BD-Live, two Fox Movie Channel programs, and a digital copy. Read the full announcement.

Disney has announced a number of releases and promotions for the coming summer. To coincide with the theatrical debut of Cars 2, the original film, Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales, The Incredibles, and all three Toy Story movies will be receiving temporary price reduction effective June 10th. On June 26th, in anticipation of the new Winnie the Pooh movie (now playing in parts of Europe), over a dozen catalog titles (Dinosaur, G-Force, Bedtime Stories, the animated Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, Lilo & Stitch, Leroy & Stitch, Meet the Robinsons, Ponyo, Brother Bear 2, and the three Tinker Bell movies) will be fitted with a free movie ticket offer.

Two new volumes in Disney's Have a Laugh! classic cartoons line have been announced for release on June 14th ($19.99 SRP each). On Volume 3, you'll find original and edited versions of Mickey's Delayed Date, Chef Donald, The Whalers, Pluto and the Gopher, and Goofy's How to Play Baseball alongside a ReMICKS uniting Dance Party and The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling", and the BLAM! shorts "Golf", "Cooking", and "Glider." Volume 4 will include original and updated versions of Mickey Down Under, Hawaiian Holiday, How to Swim, Trailer Horn, Pluto's Surprise Package, plus the BLAM! shorts "Hockey", "Beach", and "Fox Hunt" and the ReMICKS of Camp Rock's "Play My Music." Read our reviews of Volumes 1 and 2.

On July 5th, a fifth wave of Pixar combo packs will make available for the first time multi-disc Blu-ray + DVD sets ($39.99 SRP each) for Ratatouille (1 BD + 1 DVD), WALL•E (2 BD + 1 DVD), and Up (2 BD + 1 DVD). After this, only Pixar Short Films Collection, Vol. 1 and the not-yet-released Finding Nemo and Cars 2 will be the only Pixar titles unavailable in combo packs.

Glee: Encore DVD Review The Way Back Blu-ray Review

April 21, 2011 - "Glee": Encore compiles 34 musical performances from the first season of Fox's popular high school dramedy. Including covers of Madonna, Lady Gaga, Journey, Queen, and The Rolling Stones, this 77-minute presentation offers shuffle play and lyrics. Check out our review of the now-available DVD to see what does and doesn't make the cut.

April 20, 2011 - We provide a thorough review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the penultimate movie in Warner Bros. Pictures' record-setting fantasy series. In the first of two adaptations of J.K. Rowling's final book, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) try to avoid Voldemort's Death Eaters and Snatchers while using newly-inherited objects to help them find and destroy the all-important Horcruxes. Warner's 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo includes a nearly 3-hour Maximum Movie Mode hosted by actor Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), plus making-of focus points, deleted scenes, additional featurettes, a sneak peek at the fast-approaching Part 2, and shorts on Universal Orlando's Wizarding World and Alexandre Desplat's score. Nowhere is safe, but you might as well try hiding in our review.

April 19, 2011 - You can win The Way Back on DVD in our latest redbox giveaway. Click here for details and to enter in one of two ways. Entries must be received by April 26. More...

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Complete Sixth Season DVD Review H.R. Pufnstuf: The Complete Series (Collector's Edition) DVD Review

April 18, 2011 - Our latest review looks at The Way Back. Directed by Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Master and Commander) this drama tells the story of a group of prisoners who escape from a Siberian labor camp in 1940 and brave cold, hunger, dehydration, and other hardship on a 4,000-mile walk to freedom. Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, and Colin Farrell play the three most focal POWs, while Hanna's Saoirse Ronan plays an orphaned Polish teen who joins the trek. We cover Image Entertainment's Blu-ray, which includes a half-hour making-of documentary, with a video clip from the film. Full review.

April 17, 2011 - Our coverage of this week's releases continues with a detailed review of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air": The Complete Sixth Season. In this 1995-96 final season of Will Smith's star-making NBC sitcom, Will gets a job at his cousin Hilary's (Karyn Parsons) talk show, Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) gets accepted into Princeton, Ashley (Tatyana M. Ali) shoots a commercial, butler Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell) discovers he has a son, and Uncle Phil (James Avery) and Aunt Viv (Daphne Maxwell Reid) spend some time apart. There are holiday episodes (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter), three two-parters, a behind-the-scenes outtakes special, and a host of noteworthy guest stars, including William Shatner, Chris Rock, Wayne Newton, Jaleel White, Regis Philbin, Dick Clark, and, in character, casts of two classic sitcoms appearing in the series finale. With 24 episodes evenly spread across three discs, Warner's DVD retains the dozens of songs licensed for broadcast. Our review includes a video clip of the show.

April 15, 2011 - Our newest review looks at "H.R. Pufnstuf": The Complete Series. This 1969-70 children's series was the first produced by Saturday morning live-action legends Sid and Marty Krofft. It follows a boy (Jack Wild, the Oscar-nominated Artful Dodger of Oliver!) into the magic world of Living Island, where he is pursued by the wicked Witchiepoo (Billie Hayes) and befriended by the friendly titular dragon mayor. Now available, Vivendi's 3-disc DVD holds all 17 half-hour episodes plus a rare "Horror Hotel" installment from a later Krofft variety series, a digital coloring/photo/music book, and -- exclusive to the Collector's Edition reviewed here -- a Pufnstuf bobblehead. Read our full review.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, the penultimate chapter in the unprecedented Warner fantasy film series adapted from J.K. Rowling's bestselling books, is released to DVD and Blu-ray today. We're working to bring you a review of the combo pack as soon as we can. Check out your Deathly Hallows ownership options at Amazon.com.

April 14, 2011 - This year's Oscar winner for Best Picture, The King's Speech tells the story of England's King George VI (Best Actor winner Colin Firth), who undergoes speech therapy with an eccentric Australian (Geoffrey Rush) in an effort to manage his debilitating stammer. Also winning first Oscars for director Tom Hooper and writer David Seidler, this historical drama co-stars Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and Michael Gambon. It comes to disc next week as the first movie from The Weinstein Company distributed by new partner Anchor Bay Entertainment. The DVD includes a Hooper commentary, a Hooper and cast Q & A session, a making-of featurette, two speeches from the real King George, and an interview with speech therapist Lionel Logue's grandson. And the winner is you if you read this review.

April 12, 2011 - Today's new DVD releases include "The LXD": Seasons 1 & 2, the web dance series from Step Up sequels director Jon Chu. Paramount's 3-hour DVD includes "The Uprising Begins" and "Secrets of the RA" from this League of Extraordinary Dancers plus the featurette "The LXD: Building the Legion" and is currently selling for under $15 on Amazon.com.

Dropped by Disney, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader continues Walden Media's big-budget adaptations of C.S. Lewis' fantasy novels with 20th Century Fox distributing. Three years after the events of Prince Caspian, Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes) return to Narnia along with their bratty cousin Eustace Scrubb (Will Poulter), where they board the titular ship of Caspian (Ben Barnes). Braving tempest in search of missing lords and their swords, the group encounters invisible giants, a dragon, and a sea serpent. Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack modifies the film from its theatrical aspect ratio and includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary by director Michael Apted and Mark Johnson, a memory game, four Fox Movie Channel shorts, making-of featurettes, a VFX progression reel, and a book of photo postcards. Our review includes a look at the flagship Manhattan Macy's Narnia-themed flower show displayed over the weekend. More...

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Sony has announced a June 7th video debut for Just Go With It, Adam Sandler's twelfth comedy in the past thirteen years to gross over $100 million domestically. Co-starring Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, and Nicole Kidman, this romcom about a man pretending to be married will be released in a single-disc DVD ($28.95 SRP), a single-disc Blu-ray ($34.95 SRP), and a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack ($38.95 SRP). Extras will include two audio commentaries, deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and several featurettes. Cover art has been posted here.

April 10, 2011 - Dinoshark, one of last year's Roger Corman-produced aquatic killer movies, unleashes a prehistoric creature on Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A tourism boat captain (Eric Balfour) and science teacher/water polo coach (Iva Hasperger) lead the charge to find and stop Dinoshark before it kills more of their friends and neighbors. Available April 26th on DVD and Blu-ray, this Syfy movie is joined by trailers and an audio commentary by Corman, co-producer wife Julie, and director/visual effects supervisor Kevin O'Neill. Take a bite of this review.

Tron & Tron: Legacy 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review Teen Wolf Blu-ray Review

April 9, 2011 - Our newest review offers a comprehensive look at this week's Tron & Tron: Legacy 2-Movie Collection. Disney's innovative 1982 sci-fi film journeys with programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) inside the world of a computer, where programs are enslaved by the powers that be. The high-budgeted 2010 sequel centers on Flynn's adult son (Garrett Hedlund) who in his search for his long-missing father finds himself transported to a dark alternate reality with comparable games and races. The former makes its Blu-ray debut in a loaded set adding two new featurettes to its robust slate of retained 2002 DVD extras (including a 90-minute making-of documentary). The sequel is presented in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray 2D, DVD, and digital copy, with the 2D Blu-ray offering the mockumentary "Flynn Lives Revealed" with fun spin-off videos, making-of featurettes, a Daft Punk music video, and Disney Second Screen. Don't miss our 2-page review of this available 5-disc set.

April 8, 2011 - Today brings the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third installment of Walden Media's C.S. Lewis fantasy film series. We'll be reviewing Fox's 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo shortly. Until then, check out the press release.

April 5, 2011 - We wrap up our coverage of Disney's Tangled in an interview with Glen Keane. A traditional Disney animator for over thirty years responsible for characters including Aladdin, Tarzan, the Beast, and The Little Mermaid's Ariel, Keane began Tangled as director and remained executive producer and animation supervisor on this hit computer-animated musical fairy tale. In a recent virtual roundtable following a live webcam presentation, Keane shared with us and others his thoughts on animation mediums, finding characters, his future, and the challenges and triumphs of his latest film. Full article.

I Love You Phillip Morris DVD Review Taxi Driver Blu-ray Review

In our latest review, we take an in-depth look at Teen Wolf, the 1985 Michael J. Fox comedy shot immediately before and released immediately after Back to the Future. Fox plays Scott Howard, a basketball-playing high school student going through some changes. Discovering that he's a werewolf has instant consequences for him and his team. We cover MGM's recent Blu-ray Disc, which includes the film's original trailer and a sneak peek at MTV's upcoming "Teen Wolf" TV series. Read the full review.

It's Tuesday! This week's new releases include Jim Carrey's gay con man comedy I Love You Phillip Morris, the Blu-ray debut of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, and, to be covered soon, the various combinations of Disney's visual-driven sci-fi action flicks Tron and Tron: Legacy. Click here for more on these and today's other new discs.

April 4, 2011 - Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor star as prison inmates who fall for each other in the bizarrely true-life comedy I Love You Phillip Morris. After many delays, this R-rated indie directed by the writers of Bad Santa received limited theatrical release last December. It comes to DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow from Lionsgate, with an audio commentary, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and 3 trailers. Read on...

April 3, 2011 - Our newest review looks at this week's Blu-ray debut of Taxi Driver. Martin Scorsese's esteemed 1976 film stars Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, a lonesome and unstable Vietnam vet turned New York City cabbie. Co-starring Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks, Peter Boyle, Harvey Keitel, and an Oscar-nominated pre-teen Jodie Foster, this gritty drama is rarely forgotten in any cinematic retrospective. Sony's single-disc Blu-ray retains all the bonus features from the movie's in-print 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD and adds Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader's Criterion Collection laserdisc commentary. Other extras include a 70-minute making-of documentary, stories from 1970s New York cab drivers, storyboards, photo galleries, and an assortment of featurettes. Don't miss our full review.

April 2, 2011 - Warner Home Video has announced The Superman Motion Picture Anthology, one whopper of a collection in which Christopher Reeve's four Superman movies will make their Blu-ray debut on June 7th. The 8-disc set will include the theatrical and expanded cuts of 1978's Superman, the theatrical and Richard Donner cuts of Superman II, Superman III, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and Bryan Singer's 2006 reboot Superman Returns. Bonus features will include six audio commentaries, an assortment of animated Fleischer Studios and Famous Studios Superman shorts, trailers, screen tests, documentaries, TV specials, deleted scenes, featurettes, introductions, and movie cash redeemable to see Green Lantern in theaters. Watch the trailer and see the full list of contents as part of the official press release.

April 1, 2011 - Paramount Home Entertainment will make an upcoming spring weekend a little more special for tween girls with the Friday, May 13th DVD and Blu-ray combo pack debut of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, the record-setting documentary on the teenaged singer's rise to fame. On both DVD and Blu-ray, the original theatrical cut will be joined by a concert dance-off, a live Madison Square Garden performance of "Favorite Girl" (seen in the excluded director's fan cut), "Giving Back", and the tender haircut featurette "R.I.P. Hair Flip." Read the full announcement.

This is no April Fool: Gnomeo & Juliet, the Touchstone-branded, G-rated, computer-animated comedy will come to video on May 24th. Fusing Shakespeare's play with new and classic Elton John music, this unexpected hit will be made available in a 1-Disc DVD ($29.99 SRP), 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP), and a 3-Disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D + DVD + Digital Copy ($49.99 SRP). Read the press release for full details and a trailer.

Black Swan DVD Review The Ten Commandments DVD Review

March 31, 2011 - Sony's press release for The Green Hornet lays out the contents of the three editions in which this recent superhero film will come to home video on May 3rd. Seth Rogen stars as a self-made crime fighter and Jay Chou is his intelligent sidekick in an action-comedy co-starring Cameron Diaz and Inglourious Basterds' Chistoph Waltz. Written by Rogen and his Pineapple Express, Superbad collaborator Evan Goldberg, this long-developed is directed by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's Michel Gondry. Read all about its forthcoming DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD combo pack debuts right here.

With an Oscar win, her first child, and five new movies, 2011 looks like the year of Natalie Portman. In a project much different from our latest review subject, Portman plays Ashton Kutcher's casual partner in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached. Directed by Ghostbusters' Ivan Reitman and co-starring Lake Bell, Greta Gerwig, Mindy Kaling, Ludacris, Kevin Kline, and Cary Elwes, this $70 million-grossing film will come to DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on May 10th. Read the complete announcement.

True Grit, the Coen Brothers western nominated for Best Picture and nine other Academy Awards, will come to DVD and a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack from Paramount Home Entertainment on June 7th. Starring Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld and featuring Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, this new take on John Wayne's Oscar winner will be joined a variety of topical featurettes. We've posted the full press release and cover art.

We cover another one of this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees with a review of Black Swan. Directed by The Wrestler's Darren Aronofsky, this psychological drama takes us along on the harrowing journey of a disciplined New York City ballet dancer (Natalie Portman) cast to portray both sides of Swan Lake's Queen. Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder co-star in this acclaimed film which won Portman the Best Actress Academy Award and earned an additional four nominations. Now available, Fox's DVD includes the 3-part making-of documentary "Metamorphosis." Our review includes video of the life-sized music box at last weekend's Black Swan Experience in Los Angeles.

March 30, 2011 - Our newest review looks at The Ten Commandments. Cecil B. DeMille's Biblical epic was the highest-grossing film of its decade, earning the modern-day equivalent of over $1 billion domestically. In the role that established him as one of Hollywood's most authoritative leading men, Charlton Heston plays Moses, prince of Egypt and leader of Israel. In his mission to free Hebrew slaves, the prophet unleashes the power of God before unmoved Pharaoh Rameses (Yul Brynner), resulting in plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, and the creation of titular tablets. Paramount's new 2-disc DVD boasts a stunning new restoration, while retaining an audio commentary by Katherine Orrison, three trailers from over the years, and a newsreel short on the film's New York premiere. Our full review includes a video clip from one of the features exclusive to the concurrent limited edition 6-disc Blu-ray + DVD Gift Set.

Tangled Blu-ray + DVD Review

March 28, 2011 - Just in time for the film's DVD and Blu-ray debut, read our interview with Tangled directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard. They talk about taking over the long-in-development project, animating 70 feet of hair, appealing to audiences, and what it would take to make a sequel. Full article.

March 26, 2011 - We take a look at Tangled, the hit CGI musical fairy tale that stands as the 50th animated feature in Disney's official studio canon. Unknowingly a princess, teenaged Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) spends her days inside a tower where her magical hair keeps protective Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) young. Along comes charming outlaw Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) who reluctantly takes Rapunzel to see the nearby kingdom's floating lights that mark her birthday every year. From the makers of Bolt with original songs by The Little Mermaid's Alan Menken, this acclaimed family comedy adventure comes to DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday. We take a look at the Blu-ray + DVD, one of three editions widely released. Among its predominantly Blu-ray extras are deleted scenes and storybook openings, extended songs, a making-of featurette, and a countdown of Disney's 50 animated classics. Our review includes a video clip from a bonus feature.

Yogi Bear Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection DVD Review The Fighter DVD Review

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Made in Dagenham - In this dramatization of an historic 1968 strike of English women factory workers, Happy-Go-Lucky's Sally Hawkins stars as an employee who rises to lead her fellow laborers to demand pay equal to men from the Ford Motor Company. Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, and Rosamund Pike co-star in this acclaimed film directed by Calendar Girls' Nigel Cole. Sony's DVD includes a Cole audio commentary, a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, outtakes, and the trailer.
• Yogi Bear - Gives Hanna-Barbera's animated television franchise a new feature film treatment, with computer-animated Yogi and Boo Boo (voiced by Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake) joining live-action Ranger Smith (Tom Cavanagh), Ranger Jones (T.J. Miller), and documentarian Rachel (Anna Faris) in an effort to save 100-year-old Jellystone Park from the reckless Mayor Brown (Andrew Daly). Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes the new Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote Looney Tunes short Rabid Rider, the memory-testing game "Are You Smarter Than the Average Bear?", 14 making-of shorts spread around an interactive Jellystone Park, and a cartoon/movie mash-up featurette.
• Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection - Raro Video's set gathers four 1970s movies from the Italian writer/director who collaborated with Sergio Leone on his trilogy of Clint Eastwood westerns. Cited as inspiration by Quentin Tarantino and John Woo, these violent tales of kingpins, hitmen, pimps, and dancers feature actors from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, including Henry Silva, Jack Palance, and Mario Adorf. The 4-disc DVD set includes a 2004 featurette on each movie plus a Di Leo career retrospective, photo galleries, and more.
• How Do You Know - Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson star in this romantic comedy written, directed, and produced by James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets). Unexpectedly cut from the US national softball team, Witherspoon's athlete finds herself having to choose between a major league pitcher (Wilson) and a businessman being investigated for fraud (Rudd). Underloved and wildly unprofitable in theaters, the film comes to DVD with feature-length and select scenes audio commentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers, and a making-of featurette.
• Skyline - Directed by the brothers who made AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem and written by a pair of visual effects men, this low-budget PG-13 sci-fi dramatizes an alien invasion from the perspective of Los Angeles partiers. Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Brittany Daniel, and Scottie Thompson star. Universal's Blu-ray includes deleted, extended, and alternate scenes, pre-visualizations, and trailers, all with audio commentary plus two commentaries on the film itself.
• The Tourist, Johnny Depp plays an unassuming American schoolteacher traveling abroad and Angelina Jolie is the British femme fatale that authorities (led by Paul Bettany) are watching closely. Together in Venice, they dodge bullets from Russian gangsters. in this action-romance-sorta comedy-thriller. From the writer/director of The Lives of Others and the writers of The Usual Suspects and Gosford Park, this Golden Globe-nominated domestic underperformer comes to DVD with outtakes, unused animated titles, two featurettes, and a director's commentary.
• Hereafter - The latest Clint Eastwood-directed film tells the stories of a San Francisco man (Matt Damon) reluctant to use his gift as a psychic medium, a French journalist (Cιcile De France) changed by a near-death experience, and a young British boy with questions about the identical twin he's been separated from. Written by The Queen's Peter Morgan, this unlikely Visual Effects Oscar nominee is now available in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, which includes the full 88-minute cut of the documentary The Eastwood Factor on the actor/director's decades of work at the studio and nine making-of featurettes.
• The Switch - Jason Bateman plays a New Yorker who interferes with the artificial insemination of his best friend (played by Jennifer Aniston). Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, and Juliette Lewis also appear in this PG-13 comedy from the directors of Blades of Glory. Disney's final Miramax Films release makes its overdue home video debut from new Miramax partner Lionsgate. We look at the Blu-ray version, which includes a making-of featurette, bloopers, and a 25-minute section of deleted & alternate scenes.
• "Who Do You Think You Are?": Season 1 - NBC series follows celebrities as they compile their genealogies, traveling around the world and consulting historians and public records. Acorn Media's widescreen 2-disc, 7-episode DVD fleshes out the family trees of Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow (one of the show's executive producers), Matthew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, and Spike Lee.
• The Fighter - This drama tells the true story of working class boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his large Massachusetts family, including his drug-addled older brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) and his tough mother/manager (Melissa Leo). Bale and Leo won Oscars for their supporting performances, and Amy Adams (playing love interest Charlene) was nominated along with the screenplay and director David O. Russell. Paramount's DVD includes a Russell audio commentary and a half-hour documentary on the acclaimed film's creation.
• The Miracle Maker (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - 2000 movie uses stop motion and 2-D animation to tell the story of Jesus Christ. Ralph Fiennes voices the Nazarene in this Welsh-Russian co-production that played theatrically in Europe but made its US debut airing Easter Sunday on ABC. Lionsgate's 2-disc set includes a filmmakers' audio commentary, a half-hour making-of documentary, a storyboard-to-film comparison, a quiz, and a Gospel verses playback mode.
• Sharktopus - Syfy and legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman provide a new movie about a genetically-engineered shark-octopus hybrid being cultivated into a military weapon. When the creature breaks loose, a scientist (Eric Roberts) sends his brainy daughter (Sara Malakul Lane) and a pricey ex-employee (Kerem Bursin) to retrieve it, but not before it starts feasting on the scantily-clad people of Mexico's Puerto Vallarta. On DVD from Anchor Bay, this TV movie is joined by an audio commentary by Corman and his wife Julie and a trailer.

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