June 1, 2009 -
May 31, 2009 - Kelvin Cedeno gives us a look at the Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy, Paramount's recent 3-disc DVD set holding 1980s films Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Providing the full Genesis narrative arc, these movies are considered the best of the original cast's big screen adventures. Currently selling for under $20, the collection holds all-new bonus features including audio commentaries, Starfleet Academy briefings, and 9 assorted featurettes. Read on...
May 29, 2009 - In our latest exclusive interview, we talk with Phyllis Diller. One of the first female stand-up comedians, Diller has spent over 50 years in show business, where her many appearances have ranged from game shows and variety specials to Broadway and Bob Hope movies to contemporary sitcoms. She talks about providing voices in animation, something she's been doing more now than ever before, paying special attention to her role as The Queen in A Bug's Life. Read the full interview.
The long-delayed Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland finally has a release date: September 8th. The 50-minute "full-length" movie offers a cinematic widescreen/Dolby 5.1 presentation and two interactive adventure modes designed for viewers 2-3 and 4-6. It will carry a $26.99 list price. Arriving the same day is another episode compilation for Playhouse Disney's #2 series: "Little Einsteins": Fire Truck Rocket's Blastoff. It holds 95 minutes of programming and also offers two interactive "Magic Mission" playback modes for the same age groups.
Our latest review takes a look at "Raising the Bar": The Complete First Season. This TNT legal drama co-created and produced by Steven Bochco ("L.A. Law", "NYPD Blue") stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar as a principled public defender standing up for New York City's underprivileged underdogs. ABC Studios' 3-disc set holds ten hour-long episodes, 2 audio commentaries, 2 featurettes, and a short blooper reel. Read the full review before the DVD reaches stores and Season 2 hits the airwaves.
May 28, 2009 - Aaron Wallace serves up a review of Paramount's Ghost Blu-ray. Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg star in the 1990 romantic mystery drama fantasy about a murdered man reaching out from limbo to protect his lover. The high-definition release carries over all the extras from the blockbuster's 2007 Special Collector's Edition DVD including AFI's "100 Years... 100 Passions" segments on Paramount films, making-of featurettes on the film and its famous pottery scene, a photo gallery, the trailer, and a piece on psychic mediums. Full review.
May 26, 2009 - Take a look at today's new DVDs and Blu-rays on our DVDizzy.com Schedule for May 26th.
May 23, 2009 - Aaron Wallace wraps up our coverage of the Walt Disney Animation Collection's second wave with his just-posted review of Volume 6: The Reluctant Dragon. The cartoon segment of what counts as Disney's first live-action feature is joined by Melody Time's Johnny Appleseed and animal oddball tales Ferdinand the Bull and Goliath II in a disc whose only supplement is a lithograph card. Read the full review for a comparison between these presentations and their Walt Disney Treasures counterparts.
May 22, 2009 - Disney has announced Pete's Dragon: High-Flying Edition for DVD release on August 18th. Announced bonus features include a deleted Terminus & Hoagy storyboard sequence (with rare demo dialogue), the featurette "Brazzle Dazzle Effects: Disney's Movie Magic" narrated by Sean Marshall (Pete), four song demos (including a deleted one performed by a cut character), promotional pop recordings of 4 songs from the film, and the song concept demo "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)." Carrying a $29.99 list price, the FastPlay-equipped disc will come packaged in the all-important foil-embossed cardboard slipcover with chances to save with the purchase of a to-be-announced high-profile release issued alongside it. Tentative cover art has been posted here. Preorder Pete's Dragon: High -Flying Edition from Amazon.com.
Current Disney Channel sitcoms "Sonny With a Chance" and "The Suite Life on Deck" will make their DVD debuts on August 25th. Sonny's Big Break will include the show-within-a-show "Mackenzie Falls" cliffhanger, star Demi Lovato's audition tapes, and premiere episode "Sonny in the Middle." Anchors Away offers the "Zack & Cody" spin-off's 2-part pilot, bonus episodes, cast interviews, and a look at the series' premiere on the Disney Wonder Cruise Ship. Each 90-minute compilation offers a fullscreen and Stereo Surround presentation; in addition to the usual savings off the $19.99 SRPs, you can hold onto an additional $6 when you buy both.
May 19, 2009 - Get the scoop on all of today's new releases in the DVDizzy.com Schedule for May 19th.
May 18, 2009 - We're just hours away from the Blu-ray debut of Pixar's second film A Bug's Life. We're covering this release in two ways. First, we've got an interview with John Ratzenberger. Since playing the know-it-all mailman on the 11-season bar sitcom "Cheers", Ratzenberger has become Pixar's good luck charm, providing a voice in every one of the studio's works including Hamm in the Toy Story films, P.T. Flea in A Bug's Life, and the Abominable Snowman in Monsters, Inc.. We spoke with the actor briefly (too briefly) today, getting his thoughts on the Bug's Life Blu-ray, Toy Story 3, and working with one's hands.
When you're done reading that, be sure to check out Kelvin Cedeno's full review of A Bug's Life Blu-ray. Besides a none too surprising appraisal of the high-definition transfer, he offers a fresh take on Pixar's least-recognized feature and fills us on what's gained and lost in this new Blu-ray-plus-digital copy set. Read on.
Disney has issued a final press release for this fall's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray debut. The announcement supplies some supplement details on the October 6th set. It also reveals that with it, Disney ends the Platinum Collection and begins an all-new Diamond Collection which sounds closely modeled after it (and presumably holds the same best-selling titles), complete with Disney-branded technologies. Any Disney movie fan will want to read the full article.
Slick poster art for The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story has been added to Upcoming Disney Movies. The documentary on the legendary songwriters opens in five theaters this Friday, a few thousand less than the Night at the Museum and Terminator sequels will enjoy.
Kelvin Cedeno brings us our first review from the small but growing class of television Blu-ray Discs with a critique of Paramount's recently-issued "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" The First Season. The 5-disc set serves up all 23 episodes of the influential forensic drama's 2000-01 season in widescreen (as opposed to the DVD's fullscreen presentation) and adds a number of new bonus features including commentary, deleted scenes, an alternate cut of the pilot, show and episode promos, and a half-hour retrospective. Read the full review.
May 17, 2009 - Right now, if you wanted to own the first episodes of "I Love Lucy", "The Honeymooners", "The Brady Bunch", "The Odd Couple", "Taxi", "Cheers", and "Frasier" on DVD, it'd cost you around $155 to buy the First Season sets. Next week, though, you can get them for about $10 via Paramount's Forever Funny: T.V. Sets disc, which just so happens to be the subject of our newest review.
May 15, 2009 - Tonight, we bring you an exclusive interview with Jason Dolley. The seventeen-year-old actor of Hatching Pete, "Cory in the House", and Minutemen fame talks to UD's Amy Braun about his Disney Channel work, his music, college, and his future. Click here for the complete interview.
Our latest DVD review subject, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, surprised the nation with its blockbuster performance in theaters earlier this year. The PG-rated comedy stars Kevin James ("The King of Queens") as an overweight Segway-riding security guard who becomes the only one able to stand up to robbers that take over the mall on Black Friday. Sony's single-disc DVD serves up an audio commentary by James, deleted scenes, and 50 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Read our full review.
May 14, 2009 - Amazon.com has placed this year's Walt Disney Treasures up for pre-order: "Zorro": The Complete First Season and "Zorro": The Complete Second Season. They're currently selling at 30% off list price, but per the e-tailer's price guarantee, should they come down, you'll get them even cheaper.
May 12, 2009 - Our Disney DVD Schedule has been updated with the next batch of retail-bound former Disney Movie Club exclusives, recently announced titles now up for pre-order, and theatrical films anticipated to reach disc by the end of the year. Take a look.
Disney has announced its next wave of Walt Disney Treasures and it's nothing like the first eight. Arriving on November 3, 2009 are two volumes: "Zorro": The Complete First Season and "Zorro": The Complete Second Season. Each six-disc set will carry a $59.99 SRP and present its 39 episodes in their original black & white format. In addition, the four famous "third season" one-hour "Zorro" specials will be divided among the two sets (two on each). Extras will include Leonard Maltin introductions, certificates of authenticity, Zorro pins and lithographs. We've got your first look at the stylish dark grey & gold tins, pins, and lithographs on our Upcoming Cover Art page.
Recent Disney Movie and DVD Reviews:
• Dadnapped & Hatching Pete: Double Feature - A pair of 2009 Disney Channel comedy movies come together and get widescreen presentations. One stars "Hannah Montana" friend Emily Osment and George Newbern as daughter and best-selling author father abducted by fans. The other enlists Jason Dolley and Mitchel Musso as high schoolers with a mascot secret. Extras include an extended ending, an animated graphic novel, and a making-of featurette. [Related Interview: Jason Dolley]
• Walt Disney Animation Collection: Classic Short Films, Volume 5: Wind in the Willows - The star attraction of the disc stands out both for its length and its presentation. Also included here are five Silly Symphony cartoons from the mid-to-late 1930s and a lithograph print of Mr. Toad and friends.
• Walt Disney Animation Collection: Classic Short Films, Volume 4: The Tortoise and the Hare - contains the studio's Oscar-winning 1935 adaptation of Aesop's fable, its boxing-themed sequel, two other Silly Symphonies, and two longer rare shorts from the turn of the 1960s. The title short also features in the DVD's litho print card.
• "Imagination Movers": Warehouse Mouse Edition - This disc compiles 4 episodes of the wacky Playhouse Disney series that centers on band of handymen/musicians. It also includes two episodes of the upcoming animated series "Special Agent Oso."
• Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Big Splash - The 5th DVD devoted to Playhouse Disney's top-rated series holds four episodes (including two that have yet to air) and three set-top activities.
Recent Non-Disney DVD Reviews:
• Action Packed: T.V. Sets - Low-priced Paramount disc compiles the first episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger", "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigation Service", "MacGyver", and the 1960s "Mission: Impossible."
• The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - The seventh film from director David Fincher is his most ambitious, highest-grossing, and first to garner Academy Awards and a PG-13 rating. Brad Pitt stars as a man born old in 1918 New Orleans and proceeding to age in reverse. Cate Blanchett is normally-aging love interest Daisy in this epic drama loosely adapted from an F. Scott Fitzgerald story. Our review of this Best Picture nominee covers the now available 2-disc edition Paramount released in tandem with The Criterion Collection.
• "October Road": The Complete Second Season. The 3-disc set holds the hour-long drama's final 13 episodes. Bonus features include a blooper reel, set tours, and -- by far, most exciting -- an all-new 10-minute epilogue that ties up the loose ends spawned by ABC's swift cancellation.
• Enchanted April - Four women leave rainy 1920s London behind for the excitement of a month in a furnished Italian castle. The cast includes Miranda Richardson, Josie Lawrence, Joan Plowright, Alfred Molina, and Jim Broadbent. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director Newell provides an audio commentary with producer Ann Scott on Miramax's long-awaited DVD.
• Galaxy Quest: Deluxe Edition - Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell star as members of a cancelled but still loved TV series who find themselves involved in genuine intergalactic battle. DreamWorks' re-release of its well-regarded 1999 sci-fi/comedy adds an hour of new bonus material.
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