DVDizzy.com: JULY 1-15, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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July 15, 2011 - Amazon.com has made Cars 2 available for preorder in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD ($39.99 SRP, also available in DVD packaging), a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($49.99 SRP), and an 11-disc Cars: Director's Edition box set ($119.00) with Blu-rays, DVDs, and digital copies of Cars, Cars 2, and Mater's Tall Tales, plus a bonus Blu-ray disc and Blu-ray 3D of Cars 2 and a car. Furthermore, for a limited time, you can save $7 with a coupon on the 5-disc and 11-disc sets (scroll down to "Movies & TV"). Cars 2, Pixar's 12th and least acclaimed film, is expected to hit disc in early November.
Our latest review covers Rango. Johnny Depp reteams with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, voicing a chameleon who is stranded in the desert and becomes sheriff of a drought-plagued small town called Dirt. This Nickelodeon Movies western comedy is the first animated feature made by Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic and has become the early frontrunner for next winter's Best Animated Feature Oscar. Paramount's two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes theatrical and extended cuts of the film, the reinserted deletions on their own, an audio commentary, a storyboard picture-in-picture mode, a featurette on the real creatures depicted in the film, and a 48-minute making-of documentary. Don't miss our full review.
July 14, 2011 - Disney has announced an October 18th home video debut for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. In this fourth movie in the blockbuster adventure franchise, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past looking for the Fountain of Youth (Penιlope Cruz) and the feared pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). Making the fastest trip from theaters to stores, the series' lowest grossing entry domestically and highest grossing entry overseas will not be released in a standalone DVD. Instead, you can choose from 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo ($39.99 SRP, in Blu-ray or DVD packaging), a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D + 2 Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy set ($49.99 SRP), and an epic 15-disc Four Movie Collection ($169.99 SRP). Read all about them and watch a clip from a bonus feature on the making of the popular mermaids sequence as part of the full press release. UPDATE: Disney has clarified to Home Media Magazine that single-disc DVD-only release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be released in November 15th, a month after its Blu-ray combo packs debut.
July 13, 2011 - In expectation of the new CGI/live-action Smurfs movie opening in theaters soon, Warner is releasing "The Smurfs": A Magical Smurf Adventure to DVD next week. This 2-disc, 10-episode collection gathers a mix of quarter-hour and half-hour Season 2 episodes, three of which team the Smurfs up with young medieval adventurers Johan and Peewit (Peewee), whose Peyo comic introduced the gang in 1958. See what kind of shenanigans Brainy, Lazy, Greedy, Tracker, Smurfette, and Papa Smurf get into here. Extras include a lesson on speaking Smurf and a countdown of the set's ten best moments. Our full review includes a video clip.
Fuzz Bucket, the hour-long 1986 Wonderful World of Disney special (a pilot for an unsold series), is the latest release in the manufactured on demand Disney Generations Collection. In this tale from Hocus Pocus writer Mick Garris, Phil Fondacaro (Troll, "Sabrina the Teenage Witch") stars as the eponymous tiny creature who befriends the only 12-year-old boy (The Last Starfighter's Chris Hebert) who can see him. Amazon.com is one of just two places currently selling the DVD-R.
Miral, director Julian Schnabel's narrative follow-up to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, runs through fifty years of Israeli-Palestinian tensions from the perspective of Palestinian author/screenwriter Rula Jebreal. Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto plays the title character, a teenager studying and teaching through a girls' school founded in the 1940s by the charitable Hind Husseini (The Visitor's Hiam Abbass). Now available, Anchor Bay's DVD of this controversial Weinstein Company drama is joined by an audio commentary, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, a half-hour Chicago Palestine Film Festival Q & A session, and Schnabel's tour of his art studio. Our full review.
July 12, 2011 - Paramount Home Entertainment has announced a September 13th DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D debut for Thor, the year's top-grossing non-sequel and the latest film built around a Marvel Comics superhero. Chris Hemsworth plays the Norse god who finds himself on our planet in the present-day. The cast also includes Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgεrd, Idris Elba, and Kat Dennings. With the hammer-swinging Thor already set to return in next year's dream team pic The Avengers and the recently-announced sequel in 2013 (both distributed by Marvel owner Disney), this origin film will be joined by over 80 minutes of extras including an Avengers sneak peek. See the full press release for more details and decide which edition to preorder. Cover art here.
July 11, 2011 - Our latest review looks at the horror film Insidious. It tells the story of a family (headed by Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) who believes their haunted house may be responsible for their son's coma-like state. Made for just $1.5 million, this debut release by Film District became 2011's most profitable film by cost-to-gross ratio. The film was written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan (both of the original Saw) and was produced by the team behind Paranormal Activity. We cover the Blu-ray, which Sony releases tomorrow with three making-of featurettes. Read the full review and if you've already seen the movie, check out tonight's live streaming Q & A with Wan and Whannell.
Five more classic Disney shorts get remastered and made over in Have a Laugh! Volume 4. Goofy goes swimming and surfing, Pluto does battle with a boomerang and a turtle, Chip 'n Dale invade Donald's mobile home, and Mickey Mouse ticks off an Australian emu. One of those and two others get the obnoxious BLAM! treatment, plus the Jonas Brothers' "Play My Music" from Camp Rock is set to Mickey's Barnyard Broadcast. Check out our full review.
Insidious, from the producers of Paranormal Activity, comes to DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. To mark the occasion, horror magazine Fangoria is hosting a special free 7:30 screening of the film tonight at Los Angeles' Silent Movie Theater. After that, around 9 PM Pacific, fans nationwide can watch the live stream of a Q & A session with director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell, both from the original Saw. Submit your questions via Facebook and Twitter and find out more on the official Insidious Facebook fan page.
July 10, 2011 - Legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman and actor David Carradine come together one last time in Dinocroc vs. Supergator, a Syfy original movie about two giant, killer reptiles on the loose in Kauai, Hawaii. Carradine plays the rich man whose lab genetically engineered the monsters and wants to minimize damage. A conservation officer, a government agent, and master reptile killer "The Cajun" team up to combat the creatures. Hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week, the movie is equipped with an audio commentary by Corman and writer/director Jim Wynorski plus the trailer you can watch as part of our review.
July 8, 2011 - Hopefully worth the wait, we've just posted our review of The Incredibles' recent Blu-ray debut and it is as thorough as any. We take an entirely new look at Pixar's Oscar-winning 2004 hit. Written and directed by Brad Bird, it tells the story of a family of superheroes forced to hide their powers in anonymity. The loaded 4-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack is analyzed in detail, comparing the old DVD to the new one and both to the Blu-ray. We tell you what is gained and what one small item is lost. We even have video clips from the movie and bonus features. Don't miss our 2-page review and don't miss Amazon.com's current deal, by which you can get the set for under $20. The set includes 125 Disney Movie Rewards points and a movie ticket up to $8.50 to see Cars 2 in theaters by early August.
July 6, 2011 - Aaron Wallace gives a less than glowing review to Jackass 3.5, the recent, unrated, direct-to-video movie comprised of hijinks unused in Jackass 3D. Doling out more pain and humiliation to the willing team of fearless men, the feature is accompanied by an hour-long 10th anniversary tribute to the MTV series, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a "European Tour" short. Prepare to cringe as you read our review.
July 5, 2011 - Anchor Bay has announced an October 4th home video debut for Dimension Films' Scream 4. The underperforming latest and probably final installment of the Wes Craven-directed slasher franchise welcomes back original writer Kevin Williamson and cast members Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courteney Cox, while adding Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere to the fray. The movie will be released on DVD ($29.98 SRP) and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy ($39.98 SRP) with a making-of featurette, an alternate opening, an extended ending, deleted and extended scenes, and a gag reel. Preorder from Amazon.com. Click below for a closer look at the cover art...
July 3, 2011 - Summer movies, last season's television, and newly-announced Blu-ray + DVD combo packs and double features have been added to our newly-updated DVD & Blu-ray Schedule, with most titles populating our busy September & Beyond page. See what you can preorder now and how long you'll have to wait.
July 2, 2011 - We've just posted our review of Of Gods and Men, one of next week's few noteworthy new releases. This drama, winner of the Grand Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and France's entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, tells the true story of French monks (led by Sahara's Lambert Wilson and Moonraker's Michael Lonsdale) endangered by turmoil in 1990s Algeria. Sony's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack delivers an excellent French report on the film and its real-life counterpart and an extended interview with an American author whose book tackled the same subject... but only on Blu-ray. Our review includes two clips from the movie and the US theatrical trailer. Full review.
July 1, 2011 - Gleeks will be glad to know that Fox has just announced that "Glee": The Complete Second Season will hit 6-disc DVD and 4-disc Blu-ray on September 13th. Reaching from "Empire State of Mind" to a season finale set in the Big Apple, the 22-episode season will add the featurettes "Shooting 'Glee' in New York City", "Stevie Nicks Goes Glee", "Sue's Quips", "Santana's Slams", "A Day in the Life of Brittany" and more to the extras contained on last winter's Season 2, Volume 1 DVD. A Season 2, Volume 2 DVD will also be available on the same day, one month after Glee Live: The 3D Concert Movie begins its two-week nationwide run in theaters. Read the full press release, then check out cover art.
June 30, 2011 - Have a Laugh! Volume 3 presents updated versions of five classic Disney animated shorts alongside the remastered originals. Spanning from 1938 to 1950, the featured cartoons are Mickey's Delayed Date, The Whalers, Chef Donald, Goofy's How to Play Baseball, and Pluto and the Gopher. Now available, the disc also includes three "BLAM!" shorts and a "Re-MICKS" setting vintage Mickey and Minnie partying to The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling." Read our full review.
Disney has very quietly this week launched the Generations Collection, a new line of made-to-order DVD-Rs for long-unavailable titles. The first wave of releases, each priced $19.99 on Amazon.com, includes Amy, the 1981 drama about a teacher at a deaf school (An American Werewolf in London's Jenny Agutter); Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure, a 1998 Wonderful World of Disney movie starring The Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell and "Charmed"'s Alyssa Milano; and the 1987 TV movie Student Exchange, which features early work by Maura Tierney and Heather Graham, along with appearances by Lindsay Wagner, Lisa Hartman, Gavin MacLeod, and O.J. Simpson. It's anyone's guess how the quality of these discs will compare to the basic Disney Movie Club exclusives the studio has been releasing in recent years.
Three years after production and two years after airing on Canadian television, the teen sex comedy Wild Cherry has come to DVD and Blu-ray. Tania Raymonde ("Lost"), Rumer Willis (The House Bunny), and Kristin Cavallari ("The Hills") play high school seniors who vow not to lose their virginity after learning the football team has made deflowering a tradition. Co-starring Ryan Merriman, Jesse Moss, John White, Tia Carrere, and, as a sad single dad, Rob Schneider, this R-rated romp is joined only by its trailer in Image Entertainment's release. Read on...
June 29, 2011 - A year after his big screen debut, Greg Heffley returns in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. Now in seventh grade, Greg (Zachary Gordon) takes a liking to the new girl (Peyton List), tries to make his best friend Rowley (Robert Capron) an Internet sensation, and bonds with his big brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick). That last part claims the lion's share of screentime in this adaptation of the second entry in Jeff Kinney's best-selling children's book series. We review Fox's now-available Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack, which holds seven "My Summer Vacation" shorts, an alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, an audio commentary by Kinney and director David Bowers, and a trailer. Full review.
June 28, 2011 - This week only, Amazon.com is selling the Limited Edition Blu-ray + DVD + CD Collector's Set of The Sound of Music at 57% off. A purchase through our link supports this site at no additional cost to you. You can read our review of the Blu-ray + DVD combo here.
June 27, 2011 - No relation to the TBS series of the same name, Glory Daze gave Ben Affleck his first starring role back in 1995/96. Affleck plays Jack, an angry, lovelorn guy on the verge of graduating from art college. He decides he'd like to spend another year at "El Rancho Grande" with his four housemates (including Sam Rockwell and French Stewart). Full of the era's punk music and grunge fashion, this film written and directed by Airheads and xXx scribe Rich Wilkes features early appearances by a number of future stars, including Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Brendan Fraser, and Leah Remini. The cast also includes Alyssa Milano, John Rhys-Davies, and Spalding Gray. Check out our full review of Echo Bridge's new DVD release of this now Miramax-branded independent film.
June 26, 2011 - The 1995 anthology film Four Rooms is made up of segments written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Alexandre Rockwell, and Allison Anders. Tim Roth stars as the lone bellhop of a faded old Hollywood hotel. New Year's Eve, his first day on the job, finds him dealing with a coven of witches (including Madonna and Ione Skye), an enraged husband (David Proval), the mischievous kids of Antonio Banderas, and a penthouse party of a hot Hollywood director (Tarantino) and his entourage (Bruce Willis, Jennifer Beals). One of 251 Miramax titles now being distributed by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, Four Rooms hits DVD this week at the low list price of $6.99. Watch the trailer as part of our full review.
June 25, 2011 - The independent comedy Cedar Rapids stars Ed Helms ("The Office") as a mild-mannered Wisconsin insurance agent who attends an important convention in the eponymous Iowa city. He finds a wild good time with co-stars John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. Now available, Fox's Super Awesome Edition Blu-ray offers deleted scenes, a gag reel, Fox Movie Channel shorts, cast interviews, making-of featurettes, BD-Live, a digital copy, and more. Read the full review.
June 24, 2011 - We've just updated our Disney Animated Classics page to reflect this year's Blu-ray and DVD releases and plans for the studio's official feature animation canon, from Snow White to Tangled, with Winnie the Pooh soon to number 51. See where your collection stands and even print out a checklist right here.
Red Riding Hood stars Amanda Seyfried in the title role as Valerie, a teenaged girl pursued by two men (Shiloh Fernandez and Max Irons) while their small, snowy town is threatened by a deadly wolf. A werewolf, in fact, who seems to know Valerie. Who could it be? Director Catherine Hardwicke's follow-up to Twilight, this PG-13 fantasy aims for similar tastes. The cast includes Julie Christie, Lukas Haas, Virginia Madsen, and Charlie Swan himself, Billy Burke. Now available, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack is chockfull of extras including a sexy alternate cut, a picture-in-picture commentary by Hardwicke and her young leads, music videos, making-of featurettes, and deleted scenes. Don't be afraid of our big bad review.
June 22, 2011 - Our newest review looks at happythankyoumoreplease, the filmmaking debut of "How I Met Your Mother" actor Josh Radnor. Radnor wrote, directed, and stars in this independent dramedy about a twentysomething short story writer who welcomes a quiet orphan boy (Michael Algieri) into his bachelor pad. That story is complemented by romances involving a waitress/cabaret singer (Kate Mara), the writer's alopecic best friend (Malin Akerman) and her colleague (Tony Hale), and a longterm couple (Zoe Kazan and Pablo Schreider) going through life changes. Three months after a limited theatrical release and well over a year since winning the Audience Award at Sundance, this film came to DVD and Blu-ray yesterday, joined by a Radnor audio commentary, deleted scenes, and a featurette on the score by indie singer-songwriter Jaymay. Readmorepleasethankyou...
June 21, 2011 - Like the source of our Google problem, our 1,400th home video review subject is Unknown. In a vehicle reminiscent of Taken, Liam Neeson plays an American in Berlin who wakes from a brief coma to be completely unrecognized by his wife (January Jones) and have someone else (Aidan Quinn) answering to his name. Helping him make sense of that puzzle are an illegal Bosnian immigrant (Diane Kruger) and a local private eye (Bruno Ganz). Available today, Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes two short making-of featurettes. Get in the know with our detailed review.
In addition to Unknown, today's new releases include the FX comedy "Louie": The Complete First Season, The Criterion Collection release of noir classic Kiss Me Deadly, Debbie Gibson and Tiffany's Syfy monster movie Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, the family comedy sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules; happythankyoumoreplease, the directorial debut of "How I Met Your Mother" star Josh Radnor, and, perfectly timed for "National Thank Your Insurance Agent Week", the Fox Searchlight comedy Cedar Rapids. You can send an e-card for the latter on their Facebook page:
June 20, 2011 - The second and most famous filming of a Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer novel, 1955's Kiss Me Deadly has the hard-boiled private eye (played here by Ralph Meeker) investigating the death of a hitchhiker (Cloris Leachman in her film debut). Involving threatening men and femme fatales, the mystery leads to an ominous (and influential) glowing briefcase. Available tomorrow, The Criterion Collection's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by noir experts Alain Silver and James Ursini, pieces on L.A.'s Bunker Hills neighborhood where this was shot, featurettes on Spillane and screenwriter A.I. Bezzerides, the controversial alternate ending, the trailer, a video tribute by director Alex Cox, an essay booklet, and a hidden gallery. Read our full review.
June 19, 2011 - Hitting stores this week in a Blu-ray/DVD combo is Fox's "Louie": The Complete First Season. Comedian Louis C.K. plays a version of himself, a recently-divorced 42-year-old father of two young girls living in Manhattan. Featuring original stand-up material in each episode, this FX sitcom also follows Louie on dates, on the road, and at home, with appearances by comedian friends and guest spots by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Broderick. The double-sided, dual-format 2-disc set includes C.K. commentaries on eleven of the thirteen episodes, a half-hour deleted/extended scenes section, and a Fox Movie Channel short interview with C.K., who alone created, writes, and directs the series. Read on.
June 17, 2011 - Our newest review covers the recent Blu-ray debut of Once Upon a Time in the West. After making The Man with No Name Trilogy with Clint Eastwood, writer/director Sergio Leone returned to the Old West with this 1969 epic. Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, and Charles Bronson star in the story of a family's railroad-motivated massacre and the efforts to make sense and carry out justice for it. Boasting Techniscope visuals, an Ennio Morricone score, and no shortage of iconic sequences, this is now considered one of the very best Spaghetti Westerns and simply one of the very best films ever made. Paramount's single-disc BD presents two similar cuts of the movie, whose differences we detail, along with over an hour of retrospective documentaries, photo slideshows, a trailer, and a hidden extra. Don't miss our thorough review.
June 15, 2011 - Fox has announced Rio, presently the year's top-grossing animated film, will come to Blu-ray and DVD on August 2nd. From Blue Sky Studios, the makers of Ice Age, Robots, and Horton Hears a Who!, comes this story of a domesticated Spix Macaw returned to his home in the Brazilian wild to meet the last remaining female of his species. Adventure ensues, with the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch, George Lopez, will.i.am, and Jemaine Clement. Having grossed over $460 million worldwide, this colorful computer-animated comedy will be available in a single-disc DVD ($29.98 SRP), a 2-Disc Ultimate Party Edition DVD ($34.98 SRP), and a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($39.99 SRP). Extras will include exclusive levels of the popular Angry Birds Rio video game, a deleted scene, an exploration of Rio's worlds, a music video, and more. Read the full press release.
June 14, 2011 - Kill the Irishman tells the true story of Danny Greene, who in 1970s Cleveland rose from menial laborer to union president to key figure in an infamous mob war capped by over 35 bombings. Ray Stevenson plays the lead and is joined by the likes of Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, and Linda Cardellini in this independent crime drama from The Punisher writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh. After receiving positive reviews in a limited theatrical run, the Scorsesian film came to DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay, joined by the hour-long documentary "Danny Greene: The Rise and Fall of the Irishman." Read our review.
Simba, Mufasa, Nala, and Scar aren't the only Disney lions coming to Blu-ray on October 4th. African Cats, Disneynature's third U.S. theatrical release, will be issued as a Blu-ray + DVD combo ($39.99 SRP) on the same day in both DVD and Blu-ray packaging. Extras include the featurettes "Disney & Nature" and "Save the Savanna", and, on Blu-ray only, Jordin Sparks' "The World I Knew" music video and interactive filmmaker annotations. Echoing the banner's theatrical campaigns, Disneynature will dedicate a portion of release week sales to saving the Savanna.
June 13, 2011 - Aliens invade Earth and the U.S. Marines fight back in Battle: Los Angeles, a PG-13 movie dealing much more action and war than science fiction. Denied retirement, Staff Sergeant Mike Nantz (The Dark Knight's Aaron Eckhart) commands a determined platoon against the unknown beings who arrive in what looks like meteor showers. Our review covers Sony's Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, available tomorrow with a Command Control playback mode, Battle Points, 7 making-of featurettes (only four of which are available on DVD), and BD-Live extras including movieIQ. More...
June 10, 2011 - Less fun but more important than most of our articles is our report, Sitepocalypse Now?, which explains why after reaching millions of readers in more than ten years online, this site's days appear to be numbered, due to an unfortunate and inexplicable incident occurring four months ago and involving one of the world's biggest corporations. Please read and share.
Confirming expectations, Disney has scheduled Special Edition rereleases for the direct-to-video sequels Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas and Beauty and the Beast: Belle's Magical World. Presented for the first time in widescreen (1.78:1), Christmas will be available as Blu-ray + DVD combo ($39.99 SRP), an otherwise identical "DVD + Blu-ray" in DVD packaging, and a new single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP). All versions will include "Stick to It", an episode of the live-action Disney Channel series "Sing Me a Story with Belle", plus Sing-Along Mode, Song Selection, an enchanted environment, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and the music video for "As Long As There's Christmas." The more lowly-regarded Magical World only gets a full screen DVD ($29.99 SRP), joined by the "Sing Me a Story" episode "What's Inside Counts", Belle's Delightful Dinner game, Song Selection, and an enchanted environment. Seven weeks earlier, on October 4th, the original 1991 film that inspired both gets a new 5-disc combo pack ($49.99 SRP), presenting the Oscar-winning musical in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
3 Idiots - The top-grossing film in Bollywood history, this comedy-drama-musical centers on authority-questioning "Rancho" (Aamir Khan) and his two friends enrolled at an elite engineering college administrated by the humorless director "Virus." In the present day, the "idiots" and their campus rival reunite, along with the director's daughter, in search of the elusive Rancho, who hasn't been seen in years. Fox's DVD cleanly translates the Hindi-English presentation and adds 20 minutes of making-of featurettes.
Hall Pass: Enlarged Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy - The latest comedy from the Farrelly Brothers (There's Something About Mary) offers a mix of crudeness and compassion. Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis play long-married men whose wives (Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate) each grant them a week-long break from commitment. Warner's combo pack serves up extended and theatrical cuts on the Blu-ray plus a deleted scene and a gag reel.
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid - '80s pop stars Debbie Gibson and Tiffany take each other on and team up in the 2011 Syfy original movie. From the Asylum, the studio that brought you such films as Transmorphers, The Da Vinci Treasure, and Titanic II, comes this tale of an Everglades environmentalist (Gibson) and ranger (Tiffany) who have a big problem on their hands when giant snakes and alligators begin killing the locals. Directed by Pet Sematary's Mary Lambert and also featuring A Martinez, "Desperate Housewives"' Kathryn Joosten, and Micky Dolenz, this action-packed flick comes to DVD with a making-of featurette and a trailer.
True Grit (2010) - Offbeat auteurs Joel and Ethan Coen try something a little different with this adaptation of the Charles Portis novel whose first filming won John Wayne his only Academy Award. This exalted, Oscar-nominated PG-13 Western tells the story of a 14-year-old girl (Hailee Steinfeld) looking to bring justice to her father's murderer, with help from one-eyed U.S. Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon). The DVD includes an interview with Steinfeld and featurettes on costumes, production design, and the cast.
Rocky (Limited Edition Blu-ray Book) - Starring and written by Sylvester Stallone, this 1976 drama won the people's hearts and the Academy Award for Best Picture. Stallone plays a Philadelphian nobody who gets picked to fight champion boxer Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in an exciting and patriotic New Year's Day match. The film earned original screenplay and acting Oscar nominations for Stallone, as well as for co-stars Talia Shire (shy love interest Adrian), Burt Young (short-tempered friend Paulie), and Burgess Meredith (Mickey the trainer). MGM's Digibook includes essays, photos, quotes, and bios of the stars and Best Director winner John Avildsen.
The Company Men - This film writing and directing debut of network TV drama veteran John Wells ("ER", "Third Watch", "The West Wing") follows several experienced, high-ranking Boston businessmen (Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper) through unexpected layoffs in the face of the troubled economy. Doomed by piling bills and a fruitless job hunt, the lead focus, Affleck's family man, reluctantly takes on a construction job with his brother-in-law (Kevin Costner). This Weinstein Company release comes to DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay, fitted with a Wells commentary, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and a making-of featurette.
Just Go With It (Blu-ray) - Adam Sandler's streak of $100 million-grossing PG-13 comedies with this loose remake of 1969's Cactus Flower and the French and American plays that inspired it. Sandler plays an L.A. plastic surgeon whose assistant (Jennifer Aniston) pose as his wife to cover a lie for the young new girlfriend (swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker) he is serious about impressing. Co-starring Nick Swardson, Nicole Kidman, and Dave Matthews, this hit romcom reteams Sandler with Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, and Grown Ups director Dennis Dugan. Sony's Blu-ray adds movieIQ and a number of exclusive short making-of featurettes to deleted scenes, bloopers, and two audio commentaries.
The Usual Suspects (Limited Edition Blu-ray Book) - This highly-regarded 1995 mystery won Oscars for Kevin Spacey (Supporting Actor) and Christopher McQuarrie (Original Screenplay) with its tale of a criminal alliance with consequences. Bryan Singer directed this film (his second), which also features Chazz Palminteri, Benicio Del Toro, Gabriel Byrne, and Kevin Pollak. This latest edition delivers fancy packaging but very few bonus features.
Drive Angry - From the director and a writer of 2009's My Bloody Valentine, this hard-R action film stars Nicolas Cage as a mysterious man looking to retrieve his orphaned infant granddaughter 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. Summit's Blu-ray includes deleted scenes, an audio commentary, and a picture-in-picture viewing mode adding up to three layers of insight over feature playback.
Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup - The 1990s "Saturday Night Live" Weekend Update anchor and current sports show host fills his first one-hour comedy TV special with jokes about death, sex, Tiger Woods, alcoholism, and TV news. Comedy Central's extended and uncensored DVD includes "Back to Norm" (the 2005 pilot the network didn't turn into a series), Macdonald's Bob Saget roast set, and the animated short "The Twelve Days of Christmas" adapted from Macdonald's comedy album.
Passion Play (Blu-ray) - Independent drama stars Mickey Rourke as a washed-up jazz trumpeter who escapes death and stumbles upon Lily Luster (Megan Fox), a winged sideshow act he uses as collateral to spare his life from an angered gangster (Bill Murray). Written by Mitch Glazer (Scrooged, The Recruit), who also makes his directorial debut.
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