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June 15, 2012 - This week sees Spider-Man getting a proper Blu-ray release on its own. Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire in the title role, this 2002 adventure turned a nerdy teenager into a powerful superhero to unprecedented box office numbers. Sony's new Blu-ray allows the film's many hours of DVD bonus features -- including three audio commentaries, making-of documentaries, screen tests, Easter eggs -- to resurface alongside a pair of exclusives (a trivia challenge viewing mode and an editing activity). The loaded disc arrives at a low price and with $10 movie cash towards seeing The Amazing Spider-Man (or $5 towards a concession stand purchase). Don't miss our exhaustive review for complete details on what is gained, what is lost, and how this blockbuster holds up ten years later.
June 14, 2012 - The independent dramedy Jeff, Who Lives at Home stars Jason Segel and Ed Helms as brothers sharing an eventful day of coincidences in Baton Rouge. Susan Sarandon plays their mother, while Judy Greer plays Helms' wife, who is suspected of infidelity. After a strongly-reviewed limited run in theaters, this Duplass Brothers film comes to stores next week. We cover the UltraViolet-wielding Blu-ray.
June 13, 2012 - Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows presents new adventure and mystery for the Victorian England detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and his loyal sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law). This sequel to the 2009 blockbuster sends the partners to France and Germany as they try to reunite a Gypsy fortune teller (Prometheus' Noomi Rapace) with her missing brother and run into peril from Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Now available, Warner's two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack serves up a Downey-hosted Maximum Movie Mode, Focus Points, and a downloadble iPad app. Don't miss our review.
June 11, 2012 - Our John Carter coverage draws to a close with our interview of Jim Sullos and Cathy Wilbanks, the president and archivist, respectively, of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the copyright owners of the Tarzan and Barsoom author. They discuss the long process to get John Carter made as well as Burroughs himself. The article includes clips from the film and the Blu-ray's bonus features. Read on...
Shallow Grave, the first theatrical credit of director Danny Boyle, writer Danny Hodge, and producer Andrew Macdonald (the team that would subsequently give us Trainspotting) joins the Criterion Collection this week and we've got a Blu-ray review. In Scotland, three young friends (Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, and Kerry Fox) search for a fourth flatmate and wind up with a dead body and a suitcase full of money. This thriller is joined by two audio commentaries, new 2012 interviews with the three stars, a making-of documentary, a video diary of the 1992 Edinburgh Film Festival, an essay booklet, and two trailers. Read the full review.
June 10, 2012 - Our newest review covers the Blu-ray release "Tosh.0": Hoodies. Available this week, the single BD (also available as a 2-disc DVD) contains the first ten episodes of Daniel Tosh's popular Comedy Central series of Internet video commentary with uncensored soundtracks and a number of bonus shorts. Catch up with the stars of old viral videos and have a laugh at newer ones. Read more...
June 8, 2012 - Well in time for Halloween, Disney's 1993 family film Hocus Pocus will come to Blu-ray on September 4th in a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack ($26.50). No word yet on what, if any, bonus features will be included.
After their August blitz, Disney will bring just a single animated film to Blu-ray in September. 1986's The Great Mouse Detective will be released on September 18th as a 2-disc Mystery in the Mist Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack cross-promoted with the same Tuesday's debut of Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!. You can now preorder Great Mouse Detective at Amazon.com and check out cover art here.
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June 7, 2012 - Nicolas Cage reprises his titular role as Marvel Comics' otherworldly antihero in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor create both a sequel and a reboot in this Eastern European thriller that finds Johnny Blaze and his fiery alter ego protecting a child sought by the Devil (Ciarán Hinds). In stores next Tuesday, Sony's Blu-ray 3D includes a 6-part, feature-length making-of documentary, a directors' video commentary, deleted scenes, and a 3D-exclusive featurette. Don't miss our full review.
June 6, 2012 - We've just posted our review of this week's Blu-ray + DVD release of John Carter. Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton (WALL•E, Finding Nemo) makes his live-action directing debut with this adaptation of the first story in Edgar Rice Burroughs' influential series of pulp science fiction adventures. Taylor Kitsch ("Friday Night Lights") stars as a Civil War veteran whisked away to the red planet, who gets involved in a long-running war between two cities there. This two-disc combo pack includes audio commentary, Second Screen, deleted scenes, bloopers, a making-of documentary, and a featurette. See video clips as part of our full review.
June 4, 2012 - Two US DVDizzy.com readers will win tomorrow's John Carter Blu-ray + DVD combo pack in our latest giveaway. In Disney's big-budget adventure, director Andrew Stanton takes us to the Barsoom for the excitement of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 100-year-old writings. Five easy ways and just four days to enter and win.
Today's new review covers The Princess Diaries & The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Disney's G-rated live-action comedies recently made their Blu-ray debuts at Target and have since been released to general retail. The 2 Movie Collection combo pack serves up both films on a Blu-ray with blooper reels and each on DVDs retaining their audio commentaries, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes, and music videos. Launching Anne Hathaway's career and reviving Julie Andrews, these two films were among Disney's biggest live-action hits at the turn of this century. Full review.
June 1, 2012 - Paramount has issued a detailed press release for their September 14th Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D debut of James Cameron's epic Titanic. The Oscar-winning box office behemoth will be available in a new 2-disc DVD, as well as two loaded four-disc combo packs with digital copies and either a Blu-ray 3D or standard DVD presentation. The bountiful extras will include two new documentaries, three audio commentaries, and the many supplements of its prior DVD including deleted scenes, photo galleries, Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" music video, and even three short parodies. For much more information, check out the full press release.
Marvel's The Avengers, the highest-grossing film in the history of Disney, is now available for preorder at Amazon in four different editions: a single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP), a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP, also available in DVD packaging), and a four-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($49.99 SRP). Imminently to become the third highest-grossing film in history behind James Cameron's Avatar and Titanic, the superhero team-up flick is expected in stores in the fall. Check out cover art here. In addition, the film will be available in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase One: Avengers Assembled, a 10-disc, 6-movie collection that includes the Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D discs of The Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor; the Blu-rays of Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and The Incredible Hulk; and the bonus feature BD The Phase One Archives.
A lot more Disney animation is coming to Blu-ray this summer. On August 21st, Disney will release three-disc 2 Movie Collections ($39.99 SRP each) of The Rescuers (35th Anniversary Edition) & The Rescuers Down Under and Pocahontas & Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. The Pocahontas films will be joined by the new featurette "Drawing Inspiration: The Lost Story of Hiawatha", the deleted song "If I Never Knew You", the classic Disney short Little Hiawatha, audio commentary, deleted scenes, a Virtual Vault, and DVD extras.
But wait, there's more. On the same day, the studio will also issue a Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack for The Aristocats ($39.99 SRP), with a alternate beginning, a "Oui Oui Marie" music video, a free download of an Aristocats Disney storybook app, and DVD extras. Also arriving August 21st is a Bounce-a-rrrific Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack of 2000's The Tigger Movie. Extras will include Disney Intermission, the retrospective A Tigger Tale, ten short Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Kenny Loggins' "Your Heart Will Lead You Home" music video, a "Round My Family Tree" sing-along, and an in-pack family tree activity poster with character stickers. Finally, Lady and the Tramp II: Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD will serve up audio commentary, sing-along songs, a making-of featurette, and new "Puppy Trivia Tracks."
Shortly after returning to theaters for the first time in 3D, Finding Nemo will at last find its way to Blu-ray, arriving on the format on December 4th. Making it possible to own the complete Pixar canon on BD, a 5-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition combo pack ($49.99 SRP) will present the film on Blu-ray, DVD, Blu-ray 3D, and Digital Copy, with bonus features claiming a second standard Blu-ray disc. The film will also be available as a 3-Disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack ($39.99 SRP) in Blu-ray and DVD packaging. Bonus features will include a Cine-Explore playback mode, HD Aquariums (with 3D equivalent on the Blu-ray 3D), a new filmmakers' roundtable discussion, the featurette "Reinventing the Submarine Voyage", an art review, "Flashbacks", and classic DVD extras. On the same day, Disney/Pixar's Up will be rereleased in a five-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy ($49.99 SRP).
May 31, 2012 - Our last review of May covers Mill Creek Entertainment's recent Blu-ray debut of New York Stories. This 1989 Touchstone Pictures film gets about 40 minutes each from three of America's most esteemed directors: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Woody Allen. From a tortured artist (Nick Nolte) in unrequited love to a hotel-dwelling girl (Heather McComb) to a lawyer (Woody Allen) whose overbearing mother takes to the sky, this anthology offers a little something for everyone. On Blu-ray, it is now presented in widescreen, with its original trailer, and for under $10. Review.
May 30, 2012 - The sequel to 2008's hit Journey to the Center of the Earth, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island takes adventuresome teenaged Vernian Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) and his stepfather (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) to the fantastical remote tropical island where he believes his grandfather (Michael Caine) is stranded. Also along for the ride are a Polynesian pilot (Luis Guzmán) and his daughter (Vanessa Hudgens). In stores next week, New Line/Warner's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack supplies deleted scenes and a gag reel on both formats, plus an interactive map of behind-the-scenes featurettes on Blu-ray, and an UltraViolet stream. Our review.
May 29, 2012 - Just in time for tonight's season premiere, we take a look at next week's "Workaholics" Seasons 1 & 2 Combo Doggy Blu-ray. The 2-disc set holds the first twenty episodes of Comedy Central's sitcom, all of which include audio commentaries by the cast/creators. Other extras include deleted scenes, alternate takes, bloopers, a sketch from Bonnaroo, and new behind-the-scenes featurettes. Full review...
May 24, 2012 - Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut on Coriolanus, a modern-day adaptation of one of William Shakespeare's lesser-known play. Fiennes also stars in the title role as a decorated war general whose political ambitions are thwarted when is banished from Rome. Written by John Logan (Hugo, Gladiator) and featuring Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jessica Chastain, this drama reaches stores on Tuesday in a Blu-ray + DVD combo with Fiennes commentary and a making-of short. Our review.
May 23, 2012 - Two CIA operatives vie for the same civilian's affections in the romantic spy comedy This Means War. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy play partners and longtime best friends who both begin dating an LA product researcher (Reese Witherspoon) and use their government technology to gain the upper hand. Now available, Fox's two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack supplies the film in theatrical and unrated cuts along with three alternate endings, deleted scenes, an opening sequence animatic, the original trailer, and an audio commentary by director McG. Read on...
Lionsgate has announced an August 18th Blu-ray and DVD debut for their mega blockbuster The Hunger Games. Adapted from Suzanne Collins' bestselling novel, this fantasy is set in a post-apocalyptic world where randomly-picked young people from each district compete against each other in a televised battle to the death. Given two discs and a digital copy on both formats, the hit film will be joined by an 8-part making-of documentary, featurettes, the propaganda short film in its entirety, marketing materials, and more. For more, see the full press release. Cover art here.
May 22, 2012 - Our coverage of today's new Studio Ghibli Blu-rays comes to a close with our Castle in the Sky review. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, the studio's first film follows two kids on an adventure on land and in the clouds, as pirates and military pursue the powerful, mysterious necklace they possess. Disney's recycles most extras from 2010's two-disc DVD, this time in high definition. They include trailers, storyboards, making-of retrospectives, an English voice cast featurette, and an introduction by John Lasseter. See a clip from the film as part of our full review.
May 20, 2012 - We bring you an early look at the upcoming Blu-ray debut of John Wayne's Hondo. Adapted from a Louis L'Amour short story, this 1953 Western tells the tale of a prize-winning gunman who visits a mother (Geraldine Page) and her young son (Lee Aaker) on their ranch. Death, romance, and Apache vengeance ensue. Though not presenting the film in its original 3D format, Paramount's BD treats Hondo to an overdue widescreen presentation while hanging onto many DVD bonus features including three retrospectives, an audio commentary featuring Leonard Maltin and Aaker, an "Entertainment Tonight" segment, a photo gallery, and trailer. Read all about it now before it reaches stores on June 5th.
May 18, 2012 - The Secret World of Arrietty, Studio Ghibli's latest film, comes to home video on Tuesday. Adapted from the 1952 novel The Borrowers by Mary Norton, this fantasy tells of a small family living in secret and the humans from whom they borrow what they need. The Blu-ray + DVD combo pack includes both Japanese and English versions of the film along with a storyboard feature presentation, Japanese trailers & TV spots, music videos by Cécile Corbel and Bridgit Mendler, and a making-of featurette on the latter. Read more...
May 17, 2012 - Another day, another found footage movie Blu-ray. Chronicle documents what happens when three Seattle high school students encounter an unknown entity that gives them powers of telekinesis and more. This acclaimed box office hit is now available to own in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, which presents the film in theatrical and director's cuts with a deleted scene, pre-visualization animatics, a camera test, and trailer. Our review.
May 16, 2012 - The Devil Inside turned heads earlier this year when it grossed over thirty times its production budget in a dynamic opening weekend. Launching Paramount's micro-budgeted Insurge Pictures brand, this horror film follows a young woman (Fernanda Andrade) to Italy, where her mother remains hospitalized over three brutal murders she committed twenty years earlier. The daughter teams up with young priests conducting their own unsanctioned exorcisms. Wildly profitable but extremely front loaded, this film is now on Blu-ray exclusively at Best Buy. Read our review.
May 15, 2012 - Our first look at next week's new Disney/Studio Ghibli Blu-ray + DVD combos comes with our Whisper of the Heart review. This 1995 coming-of-age drama follows a high school-bound, book-loving girl into adventure, music, romance, and a touch of feline fantasy. The Blu-ray adds progressions of four paintings by art director Naohisa Inoue to the storyboards, trailers, and English voice cast featurette from the film's 2-disc DVD. See a clip from the film as part of our complete review.
May 14, 2012 - Being John Malkovich, the esteemed 1999 film debut of both writer Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze enters The Criterion Collection tomorrow and we've got a Blu-ray review. John Cusack plays an unemployed puppeteer who takes a job as a filer and discovers a portal into the mind of John Malkovich. Cameron Diaz, an Oscar-nominated Catherine Keener, and Malkovich himself co-star in this imaginative dark comedy. Extras include a selected scene audio commentary largely consisting of a phone conversation between Jonze and Michel Gondry, a half-hour making-of documentary, a new interview of Malkovich by John Hodgman, two short films seen within the film, a photo retrospective with Jonze, and the original trailer and TV spots. Malkovich.
We provide a new look at Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, courtesy of this week's 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Combo. These PG-rated 1990s Touchstone comedies remake a pair of films from the 1950s with Steve Martin assuming Spencer Tracy's lead role. In the first, George Banks hates to see his daughter (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) getting married. In the second, the daughter gets pregnant and so, unexpectedly, does George's wife (Diane Keaton). The single Blu-ray, 2-DVD combo pack hangs onto promotional shorts including making-of featurettes and Steve Martin's playful interview with Martin Short as well as director Charles Shyer's audio commentary on the original. Read all about it.
May 11, 2012 - In Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close reprises the Obie-winning role of her 1982 Off-Broadway play and earned her sixth Academy Award nomination for it. Close plays a woman living as a man and working as a hotel waiter in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Co-starring Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska, Kick-Ass's Aaron Johnson, Harry Potter's Brendan Gleeson, and Oscar-nominated Janet McTeer, this period drama hits home video next week and we've got an early review of the Blu-ray, which includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, and the trailer. Read more...
Disney has announced an October 2, 2012 release date for the studio's next Diamond Edition title, Cinderella. The animated 1950 hit will be available as a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack ($39.99 SRP) in Blu-ray and DVD packaging as well as a 3-disc set with digital copy ($44.99 SRP) and a six-disc Limited Edition Trilogy set in collectible jewelry box packaging ($89.99 SRP).
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie (Blu-ray) - Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the duo behind Adult Swim's "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" and "Tom Goes to the Mayor", share writing, directing, and lead acting duties on this crude comedy. After blowing a billion dollars on an unreleasable Johnny Depp short, Tim and Eric try to earn it back by revitalizing a rundown mall. John C. Reilly, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jeff Goldblum, and Robert Loggia co-star. Magnolia's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary, deleted and extended scenes, a making-of featurette, interviews, promos, trailers, and a Shrim Dance screensaver.
• Submarine - "Presented by" Ben Stiller, this British coming-of-age dramedy tells the story of a teenager's (Craig Roberts) first love and his parents' (Sally Hawkins and Noah Taylor) dwindling passions in 1980s Wales. Adapted and directed by "The IT Crowd" star Richard Ayoade, this critically acclaimed Weinstein-distributed indie is joined by deleted/extended scenes (prominently featuring Paddy Considine as the motivational psychic next door) and a making-of featurette.
• The Vow (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum play an artsy married Chicago couple who get into a car accident that wipes out the wife's memory of the past five years, marriage and all. Scott Speedman, Sam Neill, and Jessica Lange co-star in this film directed by Michael Sucsy (HBO's Grey Gardens). Both discs serve up deleted scenes, gag reel, and a director's commentary, while the Blu-ray adds 3 making-of featurettes.
• The Iron Lady (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - An Oscar-winning Meryl Streep portrays the United Kingdom's only female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, in the past and present in a jumpy biopic directed by Mamma Mia!'s Phyllida Lloyd. Jim Broadbent plays Thatcher's husband, who continues to converse with her after death. Now available, Anchor Bay's three-disc combo pack serves up a making-of featurette, four topical shorts, and a documentary on the history of The Weinstein Company's 2011 award season movies.
• Road Trip (Blu-ray) - The narrative debut of The Hangover director Todd Phillips, this 2000 DreamWorks comedy follows four New York college students on a trip to Texas to intercept a mistakenly mailed sex tape. Starring Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart, and Tom Green, the Best Buy-exclusive Blu-ray presents the film in its barely different R-rated and unrated cuts along with ten minutes of deleted scenes, a Green-hosted making-of short, three high-definition trailers, and the music video for Eels' "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues."
• Men in Black II (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) - Five years later, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones reunite as Agents J and K, this time the neuralyzed latter needing to be brought up to speed. This time, New York City and, by extension, the planet are threatened by a snake-slinging alien who looks like a lingerie model (Lara Flynn Boyle). Sony's Blu-ray serves up $10 towards a Men in Black III movie ticket, UltraViolet, a director's audio commentary, an alternate ending, Will Smith's music video, and hours of behind-the-scenes making-of featurettes.
• W./E. (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Directed, written, and co-produced by Madonna, this critically thrashed romantic drama, an Academy Award nominee for costume design, tells the story of King Edward VIII's (James Darcy) controversial romance with American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) as well as a young woman in Manhattan (Abbie Cornish) of the late 1990s who forms a strong connection to the late Duchess of Cornwall. It is joined by a making-of featurette.
• Love Is on the Air - Shout! Factory bundles romantic episodes from seven classic sitcoms of the 1950s, '60s, and early '70s: "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet", "Father Knows Best", "Leave It to Beaver", "Dennis the Menace", "Hazel", "The Patty Duke Show", and "That Girl."
• Men in Black (Blu-ray + UltraViolet) - Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Steven Spielberg, and starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, the blockbuster 1997 sci-fi comedy is joined by an abundance of bonus features including two commentaries, an assortment of workshops and demonstrations, galleries, a trivia game, and a code good towards a $10 MIB3 admission.
• Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Mischief moves the Chipmunks and Chipettes off a cruise ship and onto a desert island. While Dave (Jason Lee) looks for his wards, the furry sextet find a castaway and new sides to themselves. Now available, Fox's two-disc combo pack serves up the musical numbers, music videos, extended scenes, Fox Movie Channel specials, sincere and tongue-in-cheek making-of featurettes, and a number of promotional shorts.
• Clueless (Blu-ray) - A loose retelling of Jane Austen's Emma, Amy Heckerling's 1995 comedy centers on a rich California high school student (Alicia Silverstone) who looks to makeover a frumpy new classmate (Brittany Murphy) while also seeking a love life of her own. Paramount's BD is loaded up with all the extras from the movie's 2005 "Whatever!" Edition DVD and to them adds the feature-length "Clue or False" trivia game.
• Vanya on 42nd Street: Criterion Collection Blu-ray - Reuniting director Louis Malle with Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, the creative team behind My Dinner with Andre, this 1994 drama culminates a four-year project in which Gregory directed rehearsals of David Mamet's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya never intended for public exhibition. Shawn leads an ensemble cast that also includes Julianne Moore and George Gaynes ("Punky Brewster"). Criterion's recent Blu-ray debut gathers reflections from all surviving cast members in a new documentary, which it includes alongside a trailer and essay booklet.
• The Darkest Hour (Blu-ray) - As invisible, electrical aliens invade Moscow, we follow a small international group of young survivors (Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor, and Joel Kinnaman) as they try to exploit the lethal, mysterious invaders and find a rescue. Summit's Blu-ray includes deleted/extended scenes, an audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and a short film.
• ¡Alambrista: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray - Written and directed by Robert M. Young, this elusive 1977 drama follows a young Mexican father who illegally enters America in search of higher-paying work. Presenting the film in a tighter director's cut, Criterion's Blu-ray includes a commentary by Young and his co-producer, Young's 1973 television documentary Children of the Fields, on-camera interviews with Young and frequent collaborator Edward James Olmos (who earns one of his first film credits here), and an original trailer.
• Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (3-Disc Limited Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Brad Bird (The Incredibles) makes his live-action directing debut on this fourth entry to the spy film series. Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, and newcomers Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner globe-trot to adventure at Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the Kremlin, Mumbai, and beyond as they try to clear their agency's name and relieve international tensions. Following a blockbuster holiday season run in theaters, the film hit stores yesterday. The Best Buy-exclusive combo pack serves up over two hours of making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, and Easter eggs on a bonus Blu-ray.
• Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour - This hour-long stand-up comedy special aired on Showtime last September and comes to Comedy Central this Saturday before hitting stores on Tuesday. In it, the Ratatouille and Young Adult actor sounds off on religion, superheroes, fatherhood, sweatpants, New York, and much more. The DVD includes Oswalt's encore, a behind-the-scenes featurette, and a slideshow of all the things referenced within.
• We Bought a Zoo (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Smoothly moving writer/director Cameron Crowe into family film territory, this PG-rated dramedy follows a recent widower (Matt Damon) and his two kids into the world of zoo ownership as they try to reopen a shuttered California wildlife park. Thomas Haden Church plays Damon's brother and Scarlett Johansson is the head zookeeper, both of whom have their misgivings that he is up to the task. Fox's 3-disc combo pack includes over a half-hour of deleted scenes, an audio commentary, a 75-minute making-of documentary, featurettes on the score by Sigur Rós' Jónsi and the real Benjamin Mee, a gag reel, a family-friendly audio track, and more.
• "The Witches of Oz" (Blu-ray) - A new take on L. Frank Baum's enduringly popular book series, this 4-hour miniseries broadcast last year in the UK and reconfigured as a feature film in US theatrical release this winter makes Dorothy Gale (Paulie Rojas) a young adult in the present day whose children's novels are inspired by her own suppressed memories of Oz. In New York to sign a book deal, Dorothy discovers her Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, while witches pursue her for the key to Oz. Boasting a cast that includes Mia Sara, Christopher Lloyd, Billy Boyd, Sean Astin, Ethan Embry, and Lance Henriksen, the miniseries edit is now available to own with a trailer and short behind-the-scenes featurette.
• Born to Be Wild (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet) - This 3D IMAX documentary looks at facilities in Borneo and Kenya where orphaned orangutans and elephants are raised to be returned to the wild in adulthood. Warner's combo pack serves up six behind-the-scenes webisodes.
• "Mystery Science Theater 3000": The Wild World of Batwoman - This Season 5 episode of the cult '90s Comedy Central series lampoons Jerry Warren's low-budget 1966 attempt to cash in on Batman's new film and television success. Katherine Victor plays the heroine who along with her dancing Bat Girls must stand up to a corporation that developed an atomic hearing aid and is in cahoots with archenemy Rat Fink. After many years out of print, the episode -- which opens with the 1952 educational short Cheating -- is available again as a Shout! Select DVD.
• Ernie Kovacs: The ABC Specials - Shout! Factory compiles the five last half-hour sketch programs the innovative comedy icon worked on before his premature 1962 death. The surreal, effects-laden, Emmy-winning black & white series is accompanied by more of Kovacs' commercials for his primary sponsor Dutch Master cigars.
• "That '70s Show": Season One (Blu-ray) - The 1990s Fox sitcom becomes one of the first catalog TV series released on Blu-ray Disc. Mill Creek Entertainment surprises with a stunning widescreen 4-disc collection which arrives with a 5.1 DTS-HD master audio soundtrack, subtitles, and an hour of fun bonus features.
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