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DVDizzy.com: MAY 1-14, 2010 NEWS ARCHIVES

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May 14, 2010 - Cover art for the James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD, scheduled for August 3rd, has been posted here.

Disney has announced that The Last Song, Miley Cyrus' first star vehicle outside the "Hannah Montana" universe, will come to DVD ($29.99 SRP) and Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP) on August 17th. The Nicholas Sparks-penned, PG-rated Touchstone Pictures drama will include an audio commentary by director Julie Ann Robinson and producer Jennifer Gibgot, Cyrus' "When I Look at You" music video plus making-of, and a behind-the-scenes set tour with Bobby Coleman. Exclusive to the Blu-ray combo are deleted scenes and an alternate opening. Cover art here.

Disney has scheduled an unusual mid-summer release for next year's traditionally-animated, not-yet-titled Winnie the Pooh movie. The film will open on July 15, 2011, the same day as the series-ending Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II. Meanwhile, though it's been cancelled for some time now, another DVD release has been scheduled for computer-animated Playhouse Disney series "My Friends Tigger & Pooh". Arriving August 17th, 2010, Bedtime with Pooh ($19.99 SRP) will hold three episodes, an interactive Discovery Mode, and the "Hanny Manny" episode "Tool for Sale."

May 12, 2010 - Our newest DVD review looks at "The Jeff Dunham Show".
This short-lived Comedy Central series let the beloved American ventriloquist and five of his raucous puppet characters (Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Peanut, Bubba J, and Sweet Daddy Dee) loose in Los Angeles for a variety of sketches. Released next Tuesday, the disc holds all seven episodes plus three behind-the-scenes shorts, an unaired Sweet Daddy Dee sketch, and a bloopers reel. Can millions of fans be wrong? Read our review and find out.

May 11, 2010 - Get the 411 on 5/11's new DVD and Blu-ray releases: check the schedule!

A winner has been chosen in our Toy Story DVD giveaway. Click here to see if it's you.

May 10, 2010 - Our newest and all-time earliest review covers Peanuts 1970's Collection, Vol. 2. The third volume in Warner's all-inclusive chronological DVD series, this 2-disc set serves up the next six half-hour animated specials. Included in that class are holiday tales (Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown, It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown), athletic events (You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown, It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown, You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown), and the Snoopy-centric What a Nightmare, Charlie Brown, which makes its DVD debut. The DVD also holds a new 18-minute documentary on Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. Contrary to expectations, the picture quality differs from Warner's earlier Deluxe Editions. Good grief, you'll simply have to read this review, Charlie Brown.

May 8, 2010 - Amazon.com has added listings for Disney's announced James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition. According to the e-tailer, the release will be available as a Blu-ray + DVD Combo ($39.99 SRP) or as a standalone DVD ($19.99 SRP) on August 3rd.

May 7, 2010 - Action stars Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford team up for down-to-earth human adventure in Extraordinary Measures, the first release of CBS Films. This PG-rated drama tells the remarkable true story of a father (Fraser) who unites with a scientist (Ford) to find a cure for the rare genetic disease threatening his kids' lives. Keri Russell co-stars as Fraser's wife. Coming to DVD and Blu-ray from Sony, the film is joined by deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and an interview with the real-life dad. Read our extraordinary review.

May 5, 2010 - Mel Gibson returns to acting in the action film Edge of Darkness. Adapted from the 1985 British TV series, Gibson plays a Boston police detective whose efforts to solve and avenge his daughter's murder lead him to conspiracy. Out next week, Warner's DVD includes deleted and alternate scenes. Read our full review.

May 4, 2010 - With the arrival of May, we've given a drastic update to our unparalleled DVD & Blu-ray Release Schedule. Start with today's new DVDs and Blu-rays and proceed to learn about what lies ahead in the coming weeks and months, all the way through the end of the year. From lightning thieves and wimpy kids to bounty hunters and hot tub time machines, plus no shortage of current and vintage TV shows, it's all listed here with the information you want and the links to pre-order. Check it.

We've updated our Upcoming Disney Movies page with a write-up of War Horse, which Disney has just scheduled for August 2011 release. That will make it the next directorial outing of Steven Spielberg, whose DreamWorks bought the rights to the children's novel and London play of the same title. Fellow 2011 Disney-DreamWorks release, the teen alien flick I Am Number Four, is also previewed. Also receiving updates are currently-playing films plus Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Secretariat, the recently-confirmed Monsters, Inc. 2, and the recently-renamed Brave (formerly The Bear and the Bow). Click here to read about all these and other upcoming films.

May 3, 2010 - From Chicago director Rob Marshall, Nine, the musical film adapted from the Broadway show based on Fellini's , comes to DVD tomorrow and we've got a review. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as a 1960s Italian film director with lots to sort out before production can begin on his much-anticipated next project. Playing the distinctive women in his life are Marion Cotillard, Penιlope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Fergie, and Sophia Loren. Following a Christmastime theatrical run that produced neither the awards glory nor the crowds many expected, Nine becomes The Weinstein Company's first movie released to DVD and Blu-ray by Sony. Extras include an audio commentary, eight making-of featurettes, and three music videos. Read the full review.

May 2, 2010 - Our newest review covers "Deadliest Warrior": Season One. This hour-long Spike series pits tenacious fighters from a variety of historical eras against one another, testing weapons and using a computer to simulate outcomes, which are then dramatized. To be released on May 11th, Paramount's 3-disc set serves up last year's nine episodes plus fourteen installments of the online post-fight show "The Aftermath." Read on...

May 1, 2010 - Updated Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue cover art has been posted.

April 29, 2010 - Avatar is both the most expensive and highest-grossing film of all-time, at least when we ignore inflation. James Cameron's epic adventure made its home video debut on Earth Day and, several sales records later, Kelvin Cedeno now brings us a review of Fox's Blu-ray + DVD combo. The tale of a paraplegic ex-Marine (Sam Worthington) who virtually embodies a ten-foot blue alien for a research project on the planet Pandora, Avatar reaches for new heights in motion capture and computer-generated visuals. Co-starring Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, and Giovanni Ribisi, Avatar's first of undoubtedly many trips to stores devotes all of its disc space to a feature presentation with which it seeks to wow. Don't miss this review.

Our newest review looks at Doctor Zhivago, David Lean's epic 1965 filming of Boris Pasternak's Nobel Prize-winning novel. In the titular role, Omar Sharif stars as a passionate Russian poet-physician whose life is impacted by communist upheaval and war. Julie Christie plays enchanting mistress Lara (whose instrumental theme, given lyrics, climbed pop charts), Geraldine Chaplin is Zhivago's wife, Alec Guinness is the doctor's half-brother and narrator. Also featuring Rod Steiger and an Oscar-nominated Tom Courtenay. In stores next Tuesday, Warner's new 2-Disc Anniversary Edition carries over nearly everything from the film's potent 2-disc DVD debut and adds a new celebratory documentary. Read our full review.

April 27, 2010 - As you may have noticed, this front page of our site has been moved to DVDizzy.com. Visits to the old front page will henceforth simply redirect here. This insignificant change has been done to help us secure greater and wider coverage for you. Nothing else will be different, but we do ask that you update your bookmarks accordingly. Thanks!

April 26, 2010 - Confirming what we told you months ago, Disney Movie Rewards has announced that Fantasia will make its Blu-ray debut in December, specifically on December 7th. Walt Disney's 1940 musical masterpiece is expected to become the third Diamond Edition release and be joined by its sequel Fantasia 2000. There is no word yet on whether Disney will delay the anticipated standard DVD re-release as they have done to encourage combo pack purchases of other entries in the line.

Kelvin Cedeno takes us straight to the Wild Wild West in his review of this week's Tombstone Blu-ray debut. Disney's 1993 Western was faced with production problems and a comparable competitor, but emerged as one of its decade's best-regarded films. Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, and Bill Paxton head a huge cast in this ambitious retelling of the famed tale of lawman Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and sidekick Doc Holliday squaring off against the Cowboys in Arizona Territory. The hi-def disc includes a three-part making-of featurette, some storyboards, and trailers & TV ads, but not a number of things fans might crave. Read the full review.

April 23, 2010 - We've just posted the press release for Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, the third entry to the Disney Fairies movie series, complete with a picture from this human-fairy convergence adventure, due on September 21st.

April 22, 2010 - Our newest review covers Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1980s, Warner's upcoming addition to its nostalgia-stoking DVD line. Gathered on this 2-disc set are episodes of "Mister T", "The Flintstone Kids", "Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos", "Thundarr the Barbarian", "Dragon's Lair", "The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley", "The Kwicky Koala Show", "Monchhichis", "The Biskitts",
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"Galtar and the Golden Lance", and "Goldie Gold and Action Jack." Beyond those over four hours of '80s animation, the set delivers an all-new featurette on "Thundarr" (from which we share a clip). Put down your Simon and check out this rad review.

April 20, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno brings us an early look at next week's Armageddon Blu-ray debut. As you probably know, Touchstone Pictures' second highest-grossing film of all-time sends ragtag oil drillers into space to stop a Texas-sized asteroid from wiping out life on Earth. Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, and Billy Bob Thornton top a cast full of familiar faces in this Michael Bay-directed, Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 1998 summer blockbuster. Is the disc comparable to Touchstone's lightweight original DVD or the Criterion Collection's unlikely two-disc treatment? Read the review to find out.

Our latest review subject, Defendor, recently came to DVD after a blink-and-miss limited winter theatrical release. Woody Harrelson stars as a self-made superhero, using his limited mental resources to thwart criminals (or get hurt trying). Kat Dennings, Elias Koteas, Michael Kelly, and Sandra Oh co-star in this independent action/comedy written and directed by Peter Stebbings. Its Sony disc is loaded with extras including a cast & crew audio commentary, an hour of making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, and outtakes. Don't fight back your urge to read this review.

Final cover art for the Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD has been posted here.

April 18, 2010 - Our Great Best Picture Oscars Project has been updated with five new articles, covering Frank Capra's It Happened One Night, the Clark Gable & Charles Laughton Mutiny on the Bounty, back-to-back biopics The Great Ziegfeld and The Life of Emile Zola, and most recent winner The Hurt Locker.

April 16, 2010 - As once contested and long expected, Disney has announced Tim Burton's 2010 Alice in Wonderland will indeed be coming to DVD and Blu-ray on June 1. Click here for the press release.

April 15, 2010 - Fox has announced a June 22nd DVD and Blu-ray release for Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Click here for the press release.

April 14, 2010 - We unveil a new section of the site today in The Great Best Picture Oscars Project. We're chronologically viewing the 82 films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Each has been treated to an article akin to our typical review treatment, with posters, screencaps, synopses, background information, and criticism. These are less about the DVDs (which remain unavailable for two of the oldest winners) and more about the films themselves and the context from which they come. Articles on the first five winners are currently posted and we'll be adding more throughout the year as we continue seeing and revisiting these distinguished films. For now, we hope you enjoy this accessible history of film: The Great Best Picture Oscars Project.

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Alice in Wonderland: Special Un-Anniversary Edition - The third DVD release of Disney's 1951 animated fantasy adds two all-new extras to the excellent collection of bonus features gathered for the 1995 laserdisc and previous 2004 Masterpiece Edition DVD.
• The Great Mouse Detective: Mystery in the Mist Edition - Adapted from Eve Titus' series of children's books, Disney's 1986 animated film gives us a rodent version of a Sherlock Holmes story, as Basil of Baker Street tries to help a young girl reunite with her kidnapped father. This low-priced new edition offers a remastered, recolored, and mildly reframed feature presentation and the all-new short "So You Think You Can Sleuth?", but it also drops a few things from the film's previous DVD.
• Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel - Alvin, Simon, and Theodore head to high school along with the newly-introduced Chipettes. Playing Dave's relative, "Chuck" star Zachary Levi mostly seizes the leading human part away from Jason Lee, while David Cross' vengeful record exec resurfaces. Now available, Fox's Blu-ray/DVD combo serves up eight featurettes, a fact track on the music, an exclusive album-making activity, and a 'Munk Music Machine.
• Sherlock Holmes - This 2009 Guy Ritchie-directed blockbuster gives Arthur Conan Doyle's famed detective a proclivity to action. A Golden Globe-winning Robert Downey Jr. portrays the sleuth and Jude Law is his sidekick Dr. Watson, as the Victorian England crime solvers try to make sense of a resurrected deadly convict and a satanic secret society. Rachel McAdams and Mark Strong co-star. Now available, Warner's combo serves up a Blu-ray, a DVD, and digital copies for a limited time. Extras include Ritchie-hosted Maximum Movie Mode, with picture-in-picture insight and a host of topical featurettes.
• The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans - Defying expectations, German New Wave director Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) casts Nicolas Cage as the titular drug-addicted rogue cop who's investigating a grisly homicide in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Eva Mendes, Xzibit, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, and Jennifer Coolidge co-star in a film that Roger Ebert ranked among the best of last decade. The title recalls the largely unrelated 1992 Harvey Keitel drama directed by Abel Ferrara. First Look's DVD includes a making-of documentary, two trailers, and an extensive photo gallery.

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