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August 30, 2008 - Our latest DVD review looks at It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: Remastered Deluxe Edition. Warner's forthcoming disc pairs the beloved the 1966 Halloween gem with little-known 1981 Peanuts special It's Magic, Charlie Brown. The slipcovered new release also delivers a 14-minute featurette, free iTunes downloads of two songs, and improved picture quality. Read the full review.
Disney has issued a press release which confirms the suspected Platinum Edition schedule through the fall of 2010. Some of Walt's earliest and most popular animated features are now being planned for Platinum treatment on DVD and Blu-ray. The announcement also reveals that the repeatedly-shelved Walt Disney/Salvador Dali collaboration Destino is in the works of for an appropriately-timed debut.
August 29, 2008 - In stores next week, "My Friends Tigger & Pooh": Hundred Acre Wood Haunt is the subject of our latest DVD review. Deceptively marketed and timed to the Halloween season, this compilation merely contains 3 standard, previously-broadcast episodes of the Playhouse Disney computer-animated children's show, none of which deal with the fall holiday. Bonus features include an episode of "Handy Manny" (half of which does center on Halloween) and a trio of Fall Harvest set-top games. More...
August 27, 2008 - Our latest DVD review looks at Son of Rambow. This PG-13 British dramedy from director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) tells of an odd couple of boys (one a member of the restrictive Christian sect the Brethren, the other an unparented troublemaker) who band together in the early 1980s to make a homemade movie in the vein of First Blood. Paramount's DVD, now available only at Best Buy in the U.S., offers an inspired 4-party audio commentary, a comprehensive featurette, and two homemade action films. Read the full review.
A number of news sources, among them the New York Times and Video Business, are reporting that Disney will offer Blu-ray debuts alongside DVD re-releases of the next five animated classics slated for Platinum Edition treatment. The articles suggest that after next March's long-awaited Pinocchio upgrade, October 2009 will deliver Walt's pioneering feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, March 2010 will deliver both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, and October 2010 will serve up Beauty and the Beast.
Don't forget to look at our DVDizzy.com DVD & Blu-ray Schedule for a detailed overview of all this week's major new releases. The September and October & Beyond pages have also been updated with news on several big titles coming this fall, including specs and preorders for The Incredible Hulk.
August 26, 2008 - To mark the DVD return and Blu-ray debut of The Nightmare Before Christmas, the film's director Henry Selick recently chatted with journalists from around the globe. We have just posted this interview. In it, the stop-motion filmmaker discusses his career-making feature debut at length, covering its fanbase, sequel prospects, gradual embracing by Disney, and the unique, challenging production process. He also provides an update on his next project, a filming of the Neil Gaiman novella Coraline. Don't miss our Henry Selick interview.
August 25, 2008 - Our newest review covers The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning, the animated prequel premiering on DVD this week. It focuses on life in Atlantica while Ariel is still a finned teen. Her widowed father, King Triton, has outlawed music. Throw in governess Marina Del Rey as a new villain, some songs from Broadway veteran Jeanine Tesori, and underground home to music the Catfish Club, and you get another underwater adventure. The DVD includes featurettes on production and Broadway's Little Mermaid stage show, a game, and two deleted scenes. Read the full review.
August 23, 2008 - Amazon.com has now made WALLE available for pre-order with discounts of 30% or more and low price guarantees should that change pre-release: 3-Disc Special Edition DVD, 1-Disc DVD, 2-Disc Blu-ray, 3-Disc Blu-ray. Also pre-orderable: Hannah Montana: The Complete First Season, Hannah Montana DVD Game, and High School Musical DVD Game.
August 22, 2008 - Now a Disney Channel is getting treated to a complete season set and it's Disney themselves doing the release. "Hannah Montana": The Complete First Season will reach stores on November 18th. After years of 4-episode compilations, this 4-disc set will supply 26 episodes, all but 9 of which are new to DVD. Bonus features will include the kickoff episode of the 2008 Disney Channel Games that features a Miley Cyrus performance, "Back Home Again with Miley" in which the teen star visits her hometown Nashville, and "Hannah Highlights" which presents select episodes with trivia and cast interviews. List price is $39.99. On the same day, Disney will unveil Hannah Montana and High School Musical DVD Games, each carrying a $29.99 SRP. Cover art for all three has been posted here.
You won't want to miss our latest DVD review, a thorough critique of next week's much-anticipated release, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: 2-Disc Collector's Edition. The 1993 stop-motion cult classic makes a third appearance on the format, bearing 16x9 enhancement and several new extras. The additions include an audio commentary, a state-of-the-art ride-through and 37-minute featurette for seasonal Disneyland attraction Haunted Mansion Holiday, and a reading of Burton's original poem. They join an already impressive slate -- two shorts Burton helmed for Disney in the early '80s, an expansive gallery of art, a half-hour production featurette -- and Disney's first digital copy in a niftily-packaged set. Read our full review, which includes a picture quality comparison.
We've added full specs for WALLE, which will come to DVD and Blu-ray on November 18th, to our DVDizzy Schedule. Pixar's latest blockbuster will arrive in a single-disc DVD, a 3-Disc Special Edition with Digital Copy, a 2-Disc Blu-ray, and a 3-Disc Blu-ray with Digital Copy, all of which promise some fun bonus features. Large cover art for the environmentally-packaged DVDs has been posted here.
August 20, 2008 - Stop the presses -- a Disney Channel series is coming to DVD in a Complete First Season set?! Yes, but that's only because video rights to "Life with Derek" lay with KOCH Vision, who will release the 2-disc, 13-episode set on October 14th with interviews, behind-the-scenes and B-roll footage, and an 8" x 20" locker poster."Derek" can now be pre-ordered from Amazon.com for $21.99. On the same day, Disney will attempt to woo a somewhat similar audience with low-priced The Santa Clause: 3-Movie Collection, which sounds like it may be identical to last year's Target-exclusive set, complete with fullscreen presentations.
Our latest DVD review covers something increasingly rare: a live-action catalog DVD re-release from Disney, Nixon: Election Year Edition. Oliver Stone's R-rated drama stars Anthony Hopkins as the U.S. president and surrounds him with a talented ensemble cast including Joan Allen, James Woods, Bob Hoskins, Paul Sorvino, Sam Waterston, and David Hyde Pierce. Though more human and historical than you'd expect from the controversial Stone, this acclaimed film still earned rare scorn from the studio's namesake family upon its release in 1995. It returns to DVD in the 212-minute director's cut with new anamorphic enhancement and is accompanied by two audio commentaries, an hour-long Charlie Rose interview, an hour-long deleted scenes section, and the new 35-minute featurette "Beyond Nixon." More...
August 19, 2008 - As always, don't forget to consult our DVDizzy.com Schedule for a thorough look at all of today's major new DVD and Blu-ray releases. There's a whole bunch of them!
August 18, 2008 - Kelvin Cedeno looks at another of this week's new releases with his review of Prom Night: Unrated Version. Brittany Snow stars as the targeted teen and Johnathon Schaech is her stalker in this remake of the 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis slasher. Even the unrated cut keeps bloodshed light as the film attempts to operate with both horror and suspense. Sony's DVD is fairly loaded with extras, supplying a director & stars' audio commentary, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a host of video features. Read on...
The Disney Movie Club has just added three of its most high-profile Exclusive DVDs in 1949's partially animated So Dear to My Heart, the 1965 Tommy Kirk/Annette sequel The Monkey's Uncle, and the F.B.I.-investigated 1962 space comedy Moon Pilot. Prospective members can enroll with this brand new wave, which brings the total number of Disney Movie Club Exclusives close to 50. Click here to join the Disney Movie Club today!
Recent Disney DVD Reviews:
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert - The news-making feature filming of the Disney Channel tween icon's sell-out tour arrives in a 2-Disc Extended Edition that serves up fullscreen and widescreen versions in two dimensions and, with red & blue anaglyphic glasses, 3-D. The movie runs 8 minutes longer than in theaters and is joined by unused Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus performances, sing-along lyrics for 8 Hannah songs, and a behind-the-scenes featurette.
Handy Manny: Manny's Pet Roundup - The third disc devoted to the bilingual animated Playhouse Disney show serves up seven 11-minute episodes and 5 similar set-top games.
Recent Non-Disney DVD Reviews:
Smart People - Miramax's R-rated dramedy stars Dennis Quaid as a weary college professor juggling a romance (with Sarah Jessica Parker), an underachieving brother (Thomas Haden Church), and a precocious teenaged daughter (Ellen Page). The disc includes an audio commentary from the first-time filmmakers, deleted scenes, outtakes, and a making-of featurette.
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