June 15, 2007 - Disney has informed retailers that Meet the Robinsons will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on October 23, a month after the previously-anticipated release date and nearly seven full months since the movie opened in theaters. The DVD will present the film in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1. The slipcovered single-disc release will include an audio commentary by director Stephen Anderson, deleted scenes, music videos by Rob Thomas ("Little Wonders") and the Jonas Brothers ("Kids of the Future"), the featurettes "Inventing the Robinsons" and "Keep Moving Forward: Inventions That Shaped the World", and the family tree game "Family Function 5000." The Blu-ray Disc will contain all of the DVD's features plus more deleted scenes and the game "Bowler Hat Barrage!" Click here for Blu-ray cover art.
June 14, 2007 - Our latest DVD review examines "Silver Spoons": The Complete First Season, Sony's 3-disc set of the early-to-mid-1980s family sitcom. In the role that made him famous, Ricky Schroder stars as the smart, savvy boy who at age 12 moves in with the rich, childish father he's only just met. Though marked by technical shortcomings and design limitations, "Silver Spoons" nonetheless delights readily for those fond of '80s TV shows and the '80s in general. The 22-episode set includes a lengthy pilot, recurring appearances by Jason Bateman and John Houseman, and guest spots by Mr. T, Gary Coleman, Joey Lawrence, and Sharon Stone. As always, our review includes episode synopses and lots of pictures from the DVD.
June 13, 2007 - A press release has been posted for Pooh's Super Sleuth Christmas Movie, the new computer-animated feature that will debut on DVD on November 20th. Click here to read more about the film and the DVD.
June 12, 2007 - We've reviewed four of today's new DVD releases, but check out our full June 12th DVD Schedule for more information and links on more than 20 of this week's biggest titles, from Texas rangers and Massachusetts detectives to Brooklyn sweathogs and Boston attorneys, plus a roundup of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc debuts. Click here to view.
Our latest DVD review looks at The Verdict: Collector's Edition, another Fox two-disc set released today. Paul Newman earned his sixth Oscar nomination for his performance as Frank Galvin, a washed-up attorney who takes an uphill medical malpractice lawsuit to trial. Director Sidney Lumet, writer David Mamet (in his second feature film), supporting actor James Mason, and the film itself all deservedly received Academy Award consideration in leading categories as well. This R-rated 1982 legal drama also stars Jack Warden and Charlotte Rampling. The DVD carries over a Lumet commentary, promotional featurette, and trailer from the 2002 release and adds an AMC "Backstory" episode, new interviews with Newman and Lumet, a 23-minute retrospective, and bonus Newman trailers. More...
June 11, 2007 - Buena Vista has issued a press release for "What About Brian": The Complete Series, a 5-disc set to arrive on September 25th carrying all 24 episodes from the two seasons of this short-lived ensemble drama starring Barry Watson of "7th Heaven" fame. More.
June 8, 2007 - Box Office Mojo has expanded its list of upcoming Buena Vista releases to include dates a number of the company's planned tentpole films. Accordingly, we've updated our Upcoming Disney Movies page to feature new previews of Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories, Pixar's Up, and Disney/Walden "threequel" The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader. We've also added new details to Bolt (previously known as American Dog) and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the video game-spawned Jerry Bruckheimer-Michael Bay epic which has been pushed back to a July 2009 release.
Artwork has been posted for "The Tick" vs. Season 2. Like its predecessor, the incomplete season boasts all-new box art by Tick creator Ben Edlund. Click here to view.
June 7, 2007 - Our latest DVD review looks at The Hustler: Collector's Edition, one of two Paul Newman films being reissued by Fox next week. Released in 1961, The Hustler earned Newman his second Best Actor nomination and, twenty-five years later, the same role of "Fast" Eddie Felson nabbed him the only competitive Oscar of his career, for his reprisal in Touchstone's sequel. As the confident billiards player out to prove himself as a person, Newman excels, leading an all-star cast that includes Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, Jackie Gleason. All were recognized among the nine Oscar nods this Robert Rossen drama received. The two-disc DVD includes everything from 2002's Special Edition, while providing three new featurettes, A&E's Paul Newman "Biography" episode, bonus Newman movie trailers, and slight gains in picture. Read the full review.
June 6, 2007 - In another new DVD review, Aaron Wallace covers Ghost Rider, one of the latest Marvel superhero comics-turned-films. Nicolas Cage plays world-famous stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze, whose adolescent pact with Mephistopheles requires him to do the devil's bidding each night. This PG-13-rated flick doesn't recreate the success of other recent Marvel movies, with a cheesy tone, a contradictory premise, little action, weak performances, and an unbelievably bad story adding up to something that makes "its viewers want to scream." Sony's single-disc DVD serves up two audio commentaries and two half-hour featurettes, while the movie is also granted a two-disc extended cut elsewhere. More...
In news related to two of our non-Disney DVD reviews this week, Walt Disney Studios announced today that they are entering into an exclusive multi-year first look deal with comic book legend Stan Lee (creator of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and others) and his POW! Entertainment production company. Lee and his company will develop and produce all forms of entertainment for Disney, including "many fantastic new ideas for films."
Albert Gutierrez critiques Norbit, DreamWorks' PG-13-rated comedy (now on DVD) that features Eddie Murphy in multiple leading roles. This "painful" broad, love quadrangle film makes him forget about Murphy's accomplished past and ponder the appeal of "big black woman" humor. Paramount's DVD serves up three featurettes, 14 deleted scenes, a photo gallery, the trailer, and a mock infomercial. Read the full review.
We've launched Page 3 of our all-studios DVD Schedule, providing a week-by-week look at the many releases lined up for August. Click here to view.
If it's high-definition booty ye be seekin', you'll want to return here to UltimateDisney.com in the next few days. We'll be giving away copies of Disney's recently-released Pirates of the Caribbean two-disc Blu-ray sets in our fun latest contest. You'll even be able to learn more about the Blu-ray Disc's exclusive features. Keep your eyes open, for it'll be posting soon!
June 5, 2007 - Today sees the release of an unusually high number of new DVDs, with a plethora of TV box sets, war films, and Special Edition re-releases timed to precede Father's Day. Check out our Upcoming DVD Schedule on this week's 25 most significant new titles, plus a roundup of HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc format debuts.
June 4, 2007 - Our latest DVD review looks at Fantastic Four: Extended Edition, Fox's new 2-disc re-release of the 2005 comics-spawned blockbuster. With a more comedic bent than most of today's superhero films, this effects-heavy adventure coasts on the colorful personalities of Marvel's long-running series who are dealt unique superpowers after being exposed to cosmic rays. Putting off plot until its final act, the movie revels in the fun challenges of its protagonists' acquisitions, playing to and with viewer expectations. The DVD offers both the 106-minute theatrical cut and a new 126-minute expanded version, both presented with flawless picture and dynamic sound. Bonus features include three documentaries (each exceeding an hour) on the movie's production, the comic book series that inspired the film, and co-creator Jack Kirby. Trailers, the deleted scenes themselves, galleries, animatics, and two featurettes round out the loaded set, which also provides a ticket to see the soon-to-open sequel and a piece on its foe. Read on...
Better late than never comes our review of Radio Disney Party Jams: The Concert DVD, an hour-long presentation of Radio Disney's 10th Anniversary Concert. Aaron Wallace takes a critical eye to the disc, released by Walt Disney Records last fall, which features performances by Miley Cyrus (as Hannah Montana), Everlife, Aly & AJ, Bowling for Soup, The Cheetah Girls, and Jesse McCartney. Read the full review.
Disney has informed retailers to expect Remember the Titans to make its Blu-ray Disc debut on September 4th. Cover art for what appears to be the PG-rated theatrical cut of 2000's blockbuster football drama has been added to our Disney Blu-ray page.
June 2, 2007 - Our comprehensive Upcoming DVD Schedule has been updated with a second page which informs readers of all high-profile July DVD releases, arranged by week. Check it out!
Our Upcoming Disney Movies page has been updated with links to the newly-launched websites of four of Walt Disney Pictures' 2007 releases: August's Underdog, September's The Game Plan, November's partially-animated Enchanted and December's National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
June 1, 2007 - Disney has issued a press release for the Complete Third Season DVD releases of "Desperate Housewives", "Grey's Anatomy", and "Lost". There's also a joint press release for the "fall" DVD debuts of "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers and Sisters".
Cover art has been updated for "Cory in the House": All-Star Edition.
As we move closer to launching our all-DVD sister site to UD, we've created a general Upcoming DVD Schedule, which currently provides information on all studios' high-profile releases for the month of June. Bonus feature information, production data, select cover art, and preorder links are offered for 10-25 of the biggest DVDs scheduled for each of the next four Tuesdays. Keep an eye out as we expand the schedule to cover the rest of the summer in the days and weeks ahead. Click here to check it out now.
Recent Disney DVD and Movie Reviews:
• Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - Bloated, confusing, and generally disappointing, this third installment in Disney's blockbuster series practically demands repeat trips to theaters. It goes wrong in many ways, from nonsensical turns to an overwrought story that doesn't give sufficient treatment to any character or idea, even with a nearly 3-hour runtime. Our review is supplemented by more than a dozen pictures from the movie and links to relevant tie-ins.
• "Home Improvement": The Complete Sixth Season - The long-running family sitcom gets treated to another 3-disc box set that's light on extras but still heavy on fun. Season 6 delivers some classic episodes along with some forgettable ones, as the Taylor boys grow up and get more plotlines, Jill does more than keep everyone grounded, and Tim even shows some depth and sensibility.
Recent Non-Disney DVD Reviews:
• Primeval - Marketed as a serial killer film, this horror flick is 100% creature feature, as a trio of American TV journalists travel to poverty-stricken Africa to report on and capture "Gustave", a 20-foot, 1-ton crocodile responsible for hundreds of deaths. The huge-animal-on-the-loose premise unfolds in a conventional but attention-sustaining way. The DVD boasts excellent picture and sound, but a weak set of extras, serving up an okay commentary with a lacking featurette and unintelligible deleted scenes.
• Venus - Most of the praise this Roger Michell-directed film received went directly to septuagenarian Peter O'Toole, who compels in the leading role of an aging English actor that develops an unlikely relationship with an unmannered young woman (Jodie Whittaker). Though there are merits beyond O'Toole's Oscar-nominated turn, the film and its standard-issue DVD both land at "adequate."
• Apocalypto - Mel Gibson's R-rated drama takes viewers back to a foreign, forgotten world with all dialogue spoken in Yucatec Maya and a largely unknown Latin American cast. For its unconventional setting, the film tells a standard but involving action tale about a young man on the run from savage warriors hoping to reunite with his wife and children. Though competently crafted and technically sound, this is one of the most graphic, grisly movies ever made and the shocking violence does hurt the film. The DVD includes a commentary by writer/director/producer Gibson and his co-writer/co-producer, plus a 25-minute documentary, and one short deleted scene.
• That Thing You Do!: Tom Hanks' Extended Cut - Tom Hanks' esteemed directorial debut about a small town rock band's one-hit rise to success in the mid-'60s holds up well, thanks to its decidely quirky tone, infectious title tune, clever writing, and solid (subsequently superstar) cast. The two-disc set provides both the tauter theatrical cut and epic extended version (adding 39 minutes of footage), plus remastered picture, a cast reunion, three featurettes, a music video, trailers, and more.
• "Kyle XY": The Complete First Season - Declassified - ABC Family's popular hour-long drama tells of a suburban Seattle family, focusing on the teenaged-looking boy they take in who has no belly button and no idea who he is. Part teen drama, part mystery/sci-fi, this series succeeds at involving viewers in both domains, while taking its time to unwind the central mystery. The 3-disc DVD serves up ten episodes in 16x9 and 5.1, plus alternate cuts of two, commentaries on two, and an underwhelming recapping/promotional featurette.
• Epic Movie: Unrated - The latest parody film from two of Scary Movie's six writers lampoons The Chronicles of Narnia, Pirates of the Caribbean, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter, Nacho Libre, Superman Returns, Snakes on a Plane, and X-Men, among other recent blockbusters and pop culture entities. Sadly, it opts for base bodily humor over cleverness, rendering its tale of four orphans beckoned to magical worlds higher on gross-outs than on laughs. The unrated DVD serves up a number of extras, but most are worthless.
• "Scrubs": The Complete Fifth Season - NBC's medical comedy raises the silliness levels with randomly funny material expanding beyond the show's trademark fantasy sequences. Season 5 checks in just a step below the show at its best, with a near-constant flow of hilarity making it easy to overlook a few shortcomings. Buena Vista's three-disc DVD serves up an extended version of the terrific, Zach Braff-directed 100th episode plus 35 minutes of alternate lines, 8 minutes of deleted scenes, three episode commentaries, and an encompassing featurette.
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