DVDizzy.com: MAY 16-31, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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May 31, 2011 - The hard-R action film Drive Angry stars Nicolas Cage as a mysterious man looking to retrieve the infant daughter of his murdered daughter from Satanists. He teams up with tough waitress Piper (Amber Heard) and her 1969 Dodge Charger in pursuit of the leader (Twilight's Billy Burke) who intends to sacrifice the baby. Meanwhile, supposed FBI agent "The Accountant" (William Fichtner) is on the same trail. From the director and a writer of 2009's My Bloody Valentine, this underperforming Summit movie hits home video today in a DVD, a Blu-ray, and a Blu-ray 3D preserving the format this was shot for and exhibited in. Our review covers the Blu-ray, which includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, and a picture-in-picture viewing mode adding up to three layers of insight over feature playback. Read on...
May 29, 2011 - The Firm, the blockbuster 1993 adaptation of John Grisham's first bestseller, is now available on Blu-ray exclusively at Best Buy. Read our review.
May 28, 2011 - Norm Macdonald, 1990s "Saturday Night Live" Weekend Update anchor and current host of "Sports Show with Norm Macdonald", gives us his first one-hour comedy TV special in Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup. Filmed in San Francisco in January and aired on Comedy Central in March, the show finds Norm joking about death, sex, Tiger Woods, alcoholism, and TV news. Releasing on June 14th, the extended and uncensored DVD includes "Back to Norm" (the 2005 pilot the network didn't turn into a series), Macdonald's set on the Roast of Bob Saget, and an animated short "The Twelve Days of Christmas" adapted from Macdonald's comedy album. Read our full review.
May 27, 2011 - The independent film Passion Play stars Mickey Rourke as a washed-up jazz trumpeter who escapes death and stumbles upon Lily Luster (Megan Fox), a winged sideshow act. He runs off with this angel and falls in love while using her as collateral to spare his life from angered gangster Happy Shannon (Bill Murray). This R-rated drama is written by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged, The Recruit), who makes his directorial debut. After a brief, limited theatrical run, Passion Play hits stores next week. Read our Blu-ray review and, for a chance to win the movie on DVD, "Like" and comment upon our Facebook post.
Our newest review subject, The Big Bang, combines gritty film noir with quantum physics. Antonio Banderas stars as a Los Angeles private eye hired by an ex-con boxer (Robert Maillet) to track down his stripper pen pal (Sienna Guillory) for him. The case takes Banderas and us on a journey to New Mexico desert, where a rich eccentric (Sam Elliott) is trying to answer life's mysteries in an underground lab. Most of the film is framed within the detective's interrogation by police (Delroy Lindo, William Fichtner, Thomas Kretschmann). With cameos by Snoop Dogg and James Van Der Beek and featuring more of Autumn Reeser than ever before, this unrated DVD includes a making-of featurette, an audio commentary, and two extended scenes. Full review.
May 26, 2011 - Disney has confirmed October 4th Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D debuts of The Lion King in a press release which schedules the new 1-disc DVD Edition for November 15th and announces a two-week 3D theatrical engagement beginning September 16th. Watch a trailer for the big screen return as part of the full announcement.
May 25, 2011 - Our first BBC review covers this week's DVD release of The Royal Wedding: William & Catherine. The feature presentation provides 127 minutes of the BBC's coverage of last month's widely-acknowledged ceremony including the arrival, departure, and Buckingham Palace balcony send-off. Alongside that is the 48-minute BBC documentary "William & Kate: A Royal Engagement" profiling the upbringings and ten shared years of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Our review includes a video clip of the sacred vows. Check it out.
Platoon, the 1986 Best Picture Oscar winner, celebrates its 25th anniversary with its Blu-ray debut in this week's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack from MGM and Fox. Written and directed by Oliver Stone from his own experiences as an infantry soldier, this Vietnam War drama follows Private Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) into unpredictable jungle action. Taylor and his fellow "grunts" brave hardship and each other while bearing witness to tension growing between two of their contrasting sergeants (Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger). Also featuring some of the earliest film appearances by Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, John C. McGinley, and Kevin Dillon, Platoon is joined by two audio commentaries, over 10 minutes of deleted scenes, documentaries, featurettes, and its trailer and TV spots. Find out what is gained and what is lost, plus watch a clip from the movie in our thorough review.
May 24, 2011 - For a limited time, Amazon.com is offering $8 coupons off preorders of April's Bambi II and Prom Blu-ray + DVD combo packs. Don't miss out.
May 23, 2011 - The teen-oriented sci-fi flick I Am Number Four appeals to the Twilight audience with its tale of a hunky alien (Alex Pettyfer) attending a small town high school and finding romance (with "Glee"'s Dianna Agron), friendship (with Flipped's Callan McAuliffe), and antagony (from Percy Jackson's Jake Abel). Meanwhile, Number 4's race is being hunted by another menacing alien clan. Timothy Olyphant and Teresa Palmer co-star in this PG-13 adventure, this first DreamWorks movie distributed by Disney's Touchstone Pictures. It hits stores tomorrow and we've got a review of the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, which includes deleted scenes (including one featuring an otherwise cut Karen Allen), bloopers, and a featurette on Palmer's character Number 6. Our review includes a video clip of the movie and one of the Blu-ray-exclusive deleted scenes. Full article.
May 21, 2011 - Our final review of this week's new releases covers The Mechanic. Jason Statham and Ben Foster play master hitman and apprentice in this loose remake of a 1972 film starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent. Con Air's Simon West directs this violent action flick, which co-stars Donald Sutherland and Tony Goldwyn. CBS/Sony's DVD includes extended scenes and a making-of featurette. Read on.
May 20, 2011 - Our newest review looks at A Thousand Clowns, the penultimate 1960s Best Picture Oscar nominee to arrive on DVD. Jason Robards stars as Murray Burns, an out-of-work eccentric TV writer whose guardianship of his 12-year-old nephew (Barry Gordon) is called into question by child welfare workers. Barbara Harris (Freaky Friday), William Daniels ("Boy Meets World"), and an Oscar-winning Martin Balsam (Psycho) co-star in this 1965 comedy, adapted by Herb Gardner from his Tony-winning Broadway play, which he based on A Christmas Story writer/narrator Jean Shepherd. The film is now available through MGM's Limited Edition Collection, which we thoroughly review here.
Disney has announced an August 23rd Blu-ray debut for Bambi II. The 2006 sequel will be available as a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack ($39.99 SRP, in Blu-ray and DVD packaging) with Friend Owl's "Fun Forest Games", the deleted song "Sing the Day", and the bonus features from its 2006 DVD. A new single-disc "DVD Edition" ($29.99 SRP) will be released the same day. From Disney Feature Animation, the 2009 half-hour CGI Christmas TV special Prep & Landing is coming exclusively to DVD ($19.99 SRP) on November 22nd. Extras will include stocking stuffer shorts Tiny's Big Adventure and Operation Secret Santa (featuring the voice of Betty White) and four Kringle Academy training videos. November 22nd is also expected to see the Blu-ray + DVD release of Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas and the DVD return of Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World.
The Roommate stars Leighton Meester ("Gossip Girl") and Minka Kelly ("Friday Night Lights") as Los Angeles college freshmen assigned to the same room. They quickly become best friends, one less healthily than the other. Cam Gigandet, Aly Michalka, and Billy Zane co-star in this PG-13 Screen Gems thriller resembling Single White Female. Now available, The Roommate's Blu-ray includes a director's commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, and three exclusive making-of featurettes. Read our review.
May 19, 2011 - Our newest review looks at the fourth and latest way you can own The Terminator on Blu-ray. James Cameron's 1984 sci-fi classic follows the titular cyborg assassin (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and a human solider (Michael Biehn) from a post-apocalyptic 21st century to 1984 Los Angeles, where waitress and future mother Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) finds her life in danger. As on its other DVDs, the movie is joined by an early '90s Cameron and Schwarzenegger retrospective, a making-of featurette, and seven deleted scenes. Exclusive to this new Limited Edition is Blu-ray Book packaging, which includes essays and photos. Read our full, detailed review.
May 18, 2011 - Ten years in the making, Gnomeo & Juliet was conceived at Walt Disney Animation Studios with the makers of Beauty and the Beast. Instead, it was produced at Miramax Films and, after that was sold, distributed by Disney's Touchstone Pictures. This hit G-rated, computer-animated comedy puts a twist on William Shakespeare's tragedy, setting its tale of young love among rival clans in a world of English lawn gnomes. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt lead a large accomplished voice cast, whose dialogue is complimented by new and classic songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Our detailed review covers the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack. Available next Tuesday, it provides 45 minutes of deleted scenes, 2 alternate endings, 2 voice actor shorts, a making-of featurette, and a music video for Nelly Furtado and John's new take on "Crocodile Rock." Full review...
May 15, 2011 - The Firm, the 1993 adaptation of John Grisham's first bestseller, comes to Blu-ray this month exclusively at Best Buy and we've got an early review. Tom Cruise stars as Mitch McDeere, a Harvard Law School graduate who joins the small memphis firm where all is not as idyllic as it seems. Directed by Sydney Pollack, this blockbuster thriller also features Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Wilford Brimley, David Strathairn, Gary Busey, and an Oscar-nominated Holly Hunter. Paramount's disc offers a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack, two original trailers, and a slipcover. Read on...
May 14, 2011 - The thriller The Rite tells the story of an American seminarian (Colin O'Donoghue) who travels to Rome to study exorcism in a class and first-hand with a legendary Welsh priest (Anthony Hopkins). From the writer of the latest Chronicles of Narnia movie and the director of 1408, The Rite opened #1 at the box office earlier this year. We review Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, which is released on Tuesday, with a video clip from the movie. Full review.
May 12, 2011 - The Disney Channel musical Lemonade Mouth tells the story of five high school students who meet in detention and form a band. Music becomes their form of expression, as they deal with domestic issues and their classmates. Based on Mark Peter Hughes' young adult novel, directed by Under the Same Moon's Patricia Riggen and starring Bridgit Mendler ("Good Luck Charlie"), Adam Hicks ("Zeke and Luther"), and Christopher McDonald, this movie comes to DVD on May 24th in an Extended Edition featuring an exclusive ending with a performance of a tenth original song, Rock-Along lyric subtitles, and a digital copy. Our review includes video clips of a song and a scene from the movie.
May 11, 2011 - Part biography, part concert film, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never comes to DVD and Blu-ray this Friday, and we've got a detailed review. The record-setting, G-rated documentary charts the Ontario teen's rise to international pop stardom with home movies, performances from last summer's sold-out Madison Square Garden My World Tour stop, and backstage and behind-the-scenes footage. Take your Bieber Fever to our review, where you can watch a clip of childhood home movies and read all about what you do and do not get in this first edition. Full review.
Blue Valentine stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a married couple, whose blissful past is contrasted with their unhappy present. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, this romantic drama earned some of last year's best reviews, Williams an Oscar nomination, and a subsequently-overturned NC-17 rating. Now available, Anchor Bay's DVD includes an audio commentary, making-of featurette, 20 minutes of deleted scenes, and an in-character home movie. Don't miss our review.
May 9, 2011 - Paramount has scheduled a Friday, July 15th home video debut for the animated comedy western Rango. Johnny Depp voices Rango, an ordinary pet chameleon who becomes the sheriff of a lawless desert town. Pirates of the Caribbean's Gore Verbinski directed this Nickelodeon Movie, the first animated release by Industrial Light & Magic. After a hit theatrical run, the movie will come to DVD and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo in theatrical and extended cuts along with an audio commentary, deleted scenes, and a number of BD exclusives. Read the full press release.
Disney has issued a press release for the August 9th 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray debut of 1981's The Fox and the Hound and its 2006 direct-to-video sequel. The announcement clarifies that only one all-new bonus feature will accompany the double feature Blu-ray disc, with a quartet of recycled extras joining the films on their separate DVDs. Watch the trailer and read much more right here.
Recent Oscar winner Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher play friends who choose to keep their relationship physical in No Strings Attached. Directed by Ghostbusters' Ivan Reitman, this R-rated romantic comedy co-stars Kevin Kline, Lake Bell, Greta Gerwig, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jake Johnson, Mindy Kaling, Olivia Thirlby, and Cary Elwes. In stores tomorrow, Paramount's DVD includes a Reitman audio commentary, deleted scenes and storylines, a thorough making-of featurette, and a behind-the-scenes look at the High School Musical-type TV series which features within. Read our full review.
May 6, 2011 - Mars Needs Moms, the costly bomb with which Disney and ImageMovers Digital's partnership ended, will come to home video on August 9th. The single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP) will include "Martian 101" language lessons and the featurette "Fun with Seth" (Green). A 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo ($39.99 SRP) adds an extended opening, deleted scenes, the picture-in-picture feature-length motion capture experience "Life on Mars", and an Easter egg. Finally, a 4-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy ($49.99 SRP) adds the exclusive alternate scene "Mom Napping." Read the press release.
On the same day, Disney will release The Fox and the Hound and The Fox and the Hound II: 2-Movie Collection. The 3-disc combo pack ($39.99 SRP) will hold both films on one Blu-ray alongside a DVD of each. Notable for being the original 1981 animated classic's first widescreen release on home video (it will be presented in 1.66:1), the set will supply the following bonus features: "Passing the Baton: The Making of The Fox and the Hound", "The Best of Friends" sing-along, "The Making of the Music" on FATH2, "Unlikely Friends" about animal kingdom friendships, and Lucas Grabeel's "You Know I Will" music video. The combo will also be available in DVD packaging and for those who don't give a fig about hi-def, the 2 DVDs will also be available in a DVD Edition ($29.99 SRP).
Fox has announced a speedy trip to home video for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. The sequel to last year's hit, this kid-friendly comedy follows an undersized student (Zachary Gordon) back into the perilous halls of middle school. A 1-disc DVD, 2-disc DVD, and 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy have been scheduled for June 21st release. Full announcement.
Jack Lemmon, Peter Gallagher, Robert Prosky, Richard Jordan, Paul Dooley, and a young Kevin Spacey star in The Murder of Mary Phagan. This 1988 Emmy winner for Outstanding Miniseries tells the true story of a young factory worker in 1913 Atlanta whose boss is charged with her ghastly homicide, only to have his fate contested. Running 3½ hours sans commercials, this NBC program is now available as a 2-disc set in MGM's Limited Edition Collection. Read the full review.
May 5, 2011 - It took five years, but more "Growing Pains" has finally come to DVD. Warner recently released The Complete Second Season and we've reviewed it as only we do. This highly-rated 1980s ABC sitcom centers on an average family of five, consisting of a stay-at-home psychiatrist, a reporter, and their three children. In Season 2, nerdy Carol (Tracey Gold) gets a jock boyfriend, young Ben (Jeremy Miller) makes inappropriate phone calls, and mischievous Mike (Kirk Cameron) gets a job, says no to cocaine, and charms nearly every girl he encounters. Through it all, Jason (Alan Thicke) and Maggie (Joanna Kerns) are there to keep the kids in line. Our review includes an episode video clip. Full article.
May 4, 2011 - We've just posted Fox and Lucasfilm's official announcement for Star Wars on Blu-ray. George Lucas' space opera series will make its worldwide format debut in September, with 3-disc sets given to the beloved original trilogy and the turn-of-the-millennium prequel trilogy. For real fans, though, there is The Complete Saga, a 9-disc collection loaded with bonus material old and new. Among the latter are a feature-length documentary on costume enthusiasts, a 30th anniversary reflection on The Empire Strikes Back, and 90 minutes of Star Wars spoofs (from "Family Guy" to Weird Al's music video). See the press release for cover artwork and details and place your preorders at Amazon.com.
May 3, 2011 - Plan out your summer spending with our newly-overhauled Upcoming Schedule pages, which supply a week by week look at what is coming to DVD and Blu-ray in May, June, and July & Beyond.
Today's big new release, The Green Hornet gives feature film treatment to the superhero of 1930s radio, 1940s film serials, and 1960s television. Seth Rogen stars as Britt Reid, a carefree young man who becomes a vigilante following his father's sudden death. Teaming with highly capable mechanic Kato (Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou), Reid becomes the Green Hornet, who looks to rid Los Angeles of a powerful kingpin (Inglourious Basterds Oscar winner Christoph Waltz). Cameron Diaz and Tom Wilkinson co-star in this PG-13 action comedy, directed by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's Michel Gondry and written by Rogen and his Superbad and Pineapple Express collaborator Evan Goldberg. Sony's 3-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack includes a lively filmmakers audio commentary, a half-hour of deleted scenes, a gag reel, over an hour of making-of featurettes, exclusive 3D storyboard comparisons, and a couple of Easter eggs. Don't miss our full review.
May 1, 2011 - Spooky Buddies, the latest entry in Disney's direct-to-video talking puppies series, will come to DVD and Blu-ray + DVD on September 20th, arriving alongside Dumbo well in time for Halloween. Now available for preorder from Amazon.com, check out cover art right here.
We've just posted the press release for Season of the Witch. In this 14th century supernatural action-adventure, Nicolas Cage and Hellboy's Ron Perlman play 14th century Teutonic knights assigned to transport an accused witch to a monastery. Reuniting Cage with Gone in 60 Seconds director Dominic Sena, this first nationwide release of 2011 will be among the first two films from upstart distributor Relativity Media to come to DVD and Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox. See the full announcement for cover art and more details on the June 28th disc and be sure to scroll down to the "Related Reviews" section for our coverage of ten earlier Nic Cage flicks.
Our latest review covers "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Volume 2 - Captain America Reborn!. Holding Episodes #8 through 13 of Marvel's Disney XD series, the disc unfreezes Captain America, who joins Iron Man, Thor, Wasp, and Ant-Man, shortly after The Hulk takes off. Also featuring here: Black Panther's quest to protect vibranium, Tony Stark's defeated business rival becomes Wonder Man, and a 2-parter explores the monstrous effects of gamma radiation. The DVD includes a 6-minute preview of Season 2 with the creators. Read our full review.
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...
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.
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...
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" Volume 1 - Heroes Assemble! - 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.
• Gulliver's Travels - Jack Black puts his spin on Jonathan Swift's classic satire in this family comedy fantasy. A New York City mailroom employee ends up in 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). Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack 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.
• 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. Disney's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack offers bloopers, the Tisdale interview featurette "The Evolution of Sharpay", and the behind-the-scenes "Austin Cam."
• "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.
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - In this penultimate chapter of Warner Bros. Pictures' record-setting fantasy series, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) avoid Voldemort's Death Eaters and Snatchers while using newly-inherited objects to 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.
• 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. Image Entertainment's Blu-ray includes a half-hour making-of documentary.
• "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.
• "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. 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.
• The King's Speech - This year's Oscar winner for Best Picture 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. The DVD, The Weinstein Company's first distributed by new video partner Anchor Bay, 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.
• The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Walden Media's big-budget adaptations of C.S. Lewis' fantasy novels continue at 20th Century Fox. 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.
• Dinoshark - This Roger Corman-produced aquatic killer movie 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. 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.
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