DVDizzy.com: AUGUST 1-15, 2010 NEWS ARCHIVES
Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.
August 13, 2010 - UPDATED with bonus features! Per a tradition now in its fifth year, Disney has announced a November home video debut for this summer's Pixar movie. Toy Story 3 will be available on November 2nd in a single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP), a 2-disc Blu-ray ($39.99 SRP), and a 4-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo ($45.99 SRP). Plans for a two-disc DVD and a Combo gift set appear to have been dashed.
Adding to the trend to devalue the format still bought by a large majority of customers, the DVD will contain relatively few extras: Pixar's theatrically accompanying short Day & Night, the film's epilogue on its own, Buzz Lightyear mission log "The Science of Adventure", a "Paths to Pixar" piece on the studio's editors, "Studio Stories" on a cereal bar and a clean start, the featurette "Toys!" and "A Toy's Eye View" on Hong Kong Disneyland's Playland. Exclusive to Blu-ray are a Cine-Explore with audio commentary by director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson; an alternative commentary by the movie's lead story, technical, and animation artists; "Toy Story Trivia Dash" with Woody, Buzz, Rex, and Jessie; additional studio story "Where's Gordon?"; roundtable discussion "Bonnie's Playtime"; a Day & Night making-of; and 6 additional featurettes: "The Gang's All Here" (voice cast), "Beginnings: Setting a Story in Motion", "Goodbye Andy" (character design), "Roundin' Up a Western Opening", "The Accidental Toymakers of Pixar", and "Life of a Shot." The 4-Disc Combo Pack will pair up the light DVD and jam-packed Blu-ray discs and add a digital copy of the film.
Check out the cover art or place your Amazon.com preorder. Pixar's second sequel has become its all-time top-grossing film (not adjusted for inflation). The acclaimed day care center adventure will soon cross the $400 million domestic mark only eclipsed ten previous films (one of them animated). It's also poised to become only the seventh film to gross over $1 billion worldwide.
Joining the blockbuster in stores (and snagging a spot once held for Finding Nemo's Blu-ray debut) as the now standard Pixar cross-promote is Mater's Tall Tales, which collects nine of the "Cars Toons" shorts that center on Lightning McQueen's trusty, rusty tow truck pal Mater. Two of these cartoons (Mater Private Eye and Moon Mater) have never before been released. The 38-minute compilation will be available on DVD ($26.99 SRP) and in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo pack ($29.99 SRP). Bonus features will include the featurette "Unmade Tall Tales" and a sneak peek of Disneyland's forthcoming Cars Land. Cover art.
Upcoming Disney Movies has been updated, with new write-ups on today's limited opener Tales from Earthsea and Prom, plus revisions to John Carter of Mars, Frankenweenie, Monsters, Inc. 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Toy Story 3, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
Demi Moore and David Duchovny star in The Joneses, a new dramedy about a perfect suburban family that is really a corporate team trying to sell products to their neighbors. It's now available with deleted scenes. Kelvin Cedeno reviews the Blu-ray.
August 12, 2010 - "Wolverine and the X-Men": Final Crisis Trilogy brings Marvel's single-season animated TV series to a close with a three-part arc involving Jean Grey's abduction, Emma Frost's apparent duplicity, Magneto's war plan and Wolverine's anger at it all. Available next week from Lionsgate, the DVD includes writers' audio commentaries on the full saga, but there is one good reason not to add it to your collection. Find out...
August 10, 2010 - Skellig: The Owl Man is adapted from the award-winning 1998 children's novel by David Almond. In it, a boy (Bill Milner) discovers and befriends a strange man (Tim Roth) living in the garden shed of his family's rundown new rural home. Kelly Macdonald and John Simm co-star in this dramatic PG-rated fantasy with wings. Over a year after its British TV debut, the movie comes to DVD and Blu-ray next week. Full review...
Learn about today's new releases: August 10th DVD and Blu-rays.
August 9, 2010 - Miley Cyrus takes the first step towards a post-"Hannah Montana" acting career in The Last Song, a PG-rated Touchstone Pictures romance written by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook). Tough teen girl Ronnie (Cyrus) finds love with a local boy (Liam Hemsworth) while spending the summer with her divorced father (Greg Kinnear) in Georgia. I wonder if somebody will die... In stores next week, Disney's Blu-ray + DVD combo includes an audio commentary, Cyrus' music video with making-of featurette, and -- exclusive to Blu-ray -- deleted scenes and an alternate opening. Read the full review.
Sony has announced an October 5th home video release date for its well-received Jaden Smith/Jackie Chan kung fu remake of The Karate Kid. The $173 million-grossing family drama will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo, both including Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" music video. See the press release for full details. Cover art...
August 7, 2010 - Death at a Funeral questionably remakes the 2007 British film of the same name. This dark comedy about a patriarch's disastrous memorial service boasts a large, familiar ensemble cast headed by Chris Rock, who also produced and co-updated the original script. Joining him as relatives and family friends are Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Luke Wilson, James Marsden, Danny Glover, and lone holdover Peter Dinklage. Available Tuesday, Sony's DVD includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, three featurettes, and an audio commentary by Rock and director Neil LaBute. Read our full review.
August 6, 2010 - Disney appears to be warming to complete TV series DVD releases. Following the upcoming sets for "Scrubs" and "Lost", the studio is gathering the seven seasons of "The Golden Girls" in The 25th Anniversary Complete Collection ($149.99 SRP). Available November 9th, the 21-disc set will be packaged in a replica of Sophia's purse with collectible playing cards featuring the girls. Click here for packaging art and here to preorder from Amazon.com.
August 4, 2010 - Our newest review looks at The Criterion Collection's upcoming release of Crumb, Terry Zwigoff's acclaimed 1995 documentary about underground comix godfather Robert Crumb and his dysfunctional family. Available next week, the DVD includes a new Zwigoff audio commentary, a previous one by Zwigoff and Roger Ebert, nearly an hour of unused footage, a stills gallery, and some valuable in-case inserts. Full review...
Disney's press release for the September 14th DVD and Blu-ray release of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time reveals the studio's efforts to make Blu-ray + DVD combos customers' first choice when buying. Though this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced sword and sandal epic, adapted from the popular video game series, performed well overseas (grossing over $200 million from foreign audiences), it was a complete dud stateside, earning less than half of its massive $200 million budget in North America. It's safe to say that the colon and subtitle were in vain. Read the announcement (with embedded video trailer).
A winner has been chosen in our Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets DVD giveaway.
August 3, 2010 - This just in: Marmaduke DVD & Blu-ray press release. Fox's canine family comedy follows theatrical underperformance with one of the fastest trips to home video in recent history. Owen Wilson voices the titular comic strip character created in 1954. Joining him in the CGI-aided voice cast are George Lopez and Fergie. It will arrive at the end of this month on DVD and in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo, both with deleted scenes and featurettes. Full announcement.
August 2, 2010 - In After.Life, Christina Ricci plays a young schoolteacher who is killed in a car crash. At least that's what she is told by a funeral director (Liam Neeson) who claims he can communicate with the recently deceased. Justin Long co-stars as Ricci's grieving co-star in this thriller directed by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo. Available tomorrow from Anchor Bay, this limited-release film is joined by an audio commentary, a making-of featurette, and the trailer. Full review...
August 1, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno serves up a review of this week's James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray debut. The second and less famous 1990s stop-motion fantasies directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton, this adapts one of Roald Dahl's most beloved novels. A young boy escapes the home of his abusive aunts Spiker and Sponge in a giant peach he shares with human-sized talking insects. Disney's Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo adds just one bonus feature to the handful provided on the film's original DVD, while strangely making one additional extra exclusive to each disc. Read our full review.
There are just two days left to enter our Jim Henson DVD Giveaway.
New month, new schedules. Check 'em out: August, September, October & Beyond.
July 31, 2010 - Kick-Ass introduces a new kind of superhero in Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), an average comic book-loving teen who appoints himself a defender of New York. He is joined by foul-mouthed pre-teen Hit Girl (Chloλ Grace Moretz) and her dramatic Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), who have bones to pick with a local kingpin (Mark Strong). Superbad's Christopher Mintz-Plasse also enters the mix as a rich kid who becomes Red Mist. Our review covers the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo that Lionsgate releases on Tuesday.
July 30, 2010 - Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the first of Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer's two costly summer flops, will come to DVD ($29.99 SRP), Blu-ray ($34.99 SRP), and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy ($44.99 SRP) on September 14th. Bonus features will include "An Unseen World: Making Prince of Persia" (all editions), the deleted scene "The Banquet: Garsiv Presents Heads" (Blu-ray only), and a Cine-Explore presentation (Combo only). Cover art...
July 29, 2010 - Now available exclusively online direct from Warner is "The New Adventures of Old Christine": The Complete Third Season, our latest review subject. "Seinfeld"'s Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as a divorced Angeleno mom in this Emmy-winning CBS sitcom. The strike-shortened Season 3 includes guest appearances by Blair Underwood, Andy Richter, Dave Foley, and Jason Alexander. Read our full review of the 2-disc manufactured-on-demand set.
July 28, 2010 - Adapted from the first of the popular Jeff Kinney book series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid chronicles the efforts of sixth-grader Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) to gain popularity by extracurricular activities. Available next week, Fox's DVD includes a writer & director's audio commentary, deleted scenes, character shorts, "Zoo-Wee Mama!" comic strips, and the trailer. While we will be covering the Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo once it's available, for now enjoy our DVD review.
A rare Friday video debut has been set for How to Train Your Dragon. DreamWorks Animation's hit fantasy will come to disc on October 15th. A single-disc DVD ($29.99 SRP) will offer a filmmakers' audio commentary, trailers, and the featurettes "Tech of Dragon" and "Viking-Sized Cast". A 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo ($39.99 SRP) will add the new animated short Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, deleted scenes, a trivia track, "Animators' Corner", "The Way We See It", "Going for the Gold", "Meet Cressida Cowell", "How to Draw a Dragon", a "Dragon Training" final exam, and the DWA Jukebox. A Double DVD Pack ($39.99 SRP) containing most of the aforementioned extras will also be available. None of the SKUs will offer a 3-D presentation at this time.
Our newest review looks at Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets, the latest piece of the Henson Company library to come to DVD from Lionsgate. Produced for British television, this 1984 documentary interviews the legendary Jim Henson and seven of his colleagues at the height of their success. We get a better understanding of the hands-in genius and his beloved works, including "Sesame Street", "Fraggle Rock", and "The Muppet Show" and movies. Released next Tuesday, the DVD includes a thorough look at 1985-86's The Amphibian, Henson Associates' first company yearbook, with commentary from its producer. Full review.
July 26, 2010 - The acclaimed medical comedy "Scrubs" ran longer than most modern TV series, but it finally came to an unceremonious end this year (with meaningful closure already achieved). The shook-up Complete Ninth Season will be coming to DVD on September 28th alongside The Complete Collection, a set holding the 25 discs available elsewhere plus an exclusive bonus disc and fancy packaging. Take a look at both releases and their contents with Disney's press release.
July 25, 2010 - Geena Davis returns in the limited-release coming of age dramedy Accidents Happen. She plays the menopausal matriarch of a 1980s American family repeatedly visited by tragedy. On DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday from Image Entertainment, this Australian film is joined by featurettes, interviews, deleted scenes, and two trailers. Read our review.
July 24, 2010 - Our newest DVD review looks at The Runaways. This music biopic centers on Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) as they come together to form an all-girl rock band in 1975 Los Angeles. Oscar nominee Michael Shannon co-stars as their producer. Following a slight limited theatrical performance, the film is now available on DVD with an audio commentary by Jett, Stewart, and Fanning plus two making-of featurettes that gather comments from Currie (on whose book the film is based). Read this.
July 22, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno sends us back to the 1980s in a Hot Tub Time Machine. Three friends (John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson) and a nephew (Clark Duke) take a trip to their rundown old ski spot, only to find themselves in 1986. Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover co-star. Fox's recent Blu-ray release supplies theatrical and unrated cuts of this raunchy comedy plus deleted scenes, four promotional spots, the theatrical trailer, and a digital copy. Click to read the review.
We've just posted press releases for upcoming titles: "Community": The Complete First Season, Waking Sleeping Beauty, The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story, Walt & El Grupo, The Search for Santa Paws.
July 20, 2010 - Timothy Hutton, Mira Sorvino, Dana Delany, Stockard Channing, and Mario Van Peebles star in the independent drama Multiple Sarcasms. Hutton plays a depressed family man who starts writing a play about his life. Available August 10th, Image Entertainment's DVD includes a making-of featurette, extended cast & crew interviews, and the trailer. Read our review.
July 19, 2010 - There's a good chance you haven't heard of our newest review subject and a better chance that you should. Adapted from the Aardman-distributed TV series, A Town Called Panic is a French-language stop-motion animated film from Belgium. This manic comedy is set in an eclectic universe populated by cheap children's toys. When an online brick order results in the destruction of their home, housemates Cowboy, Indian, and Horse embark on an adventure that takes them to the earth's fiery core, the North Pole, and the underwater world of pointy-headed thieves. Available tomorrow, Zeitgeist Films' DVD includes a 55-minute making-of documentary, deleted scenes, animation tests, interview clips with creators Stιphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, a contest-winning stop-motion short, and the film's U.S. trailer. Read our full review.
July 16, 2010 - Sesame Street: 20 Years...and Still Counting!, a one-hour 1989 NBC TV special hosted by Bill Cosby, now understates the longevity and legacy of the landmark children's series. But it delights with a mix of past highlights and new material. Among the latter are performances by Ray Charles and Placido Domingo (with Placido Flamingo) and reflection with Jim Henson, creator Joan Ganz Cooney, grown-up fans and cast members. Big Bird, Kermit the Frog, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo and their longtime human neighbors... they're all here for a good time that's now available on DVD from Lionsgate. Read the full review.
New additions to our September & Beyond Release Schedule include the following: Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray debuts of Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory, Terence Malick's The Thin Red Line, and Wes Andersons's The Darjeeling Limited; an Ultimate Collector's Edition of the Christmas comedy Elf; 25th Anniversary DVD and Blu-ray sets of the Back to the Future Trilogy; and the Universal mega bomb MacGruber. For more information on all of these titles, check the schedule.
Disney has announced a new line of animated DVDs called Have a Laugh!. The series will debut on October 26th with Volumes 1 and 2 (each with a $19.99 SRP). Though the cover art featuring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck might lead you to suspect the studio is just repackaging more of its classic animation, these offer a twist with new "BLAM!s" and "Re-MICKS". You're forgiven if you don't know what those are from Disney Channel; the former bring obnoxious new color commentary and editing effects to classic shorts, while the latter set vintage cartoon clips to pop songs from the likes of Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, Queen, and The Black Eyed Peas. The first two DVDs will run 73 and 63 minutes, respectively.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Jesse Stone: No Remorse - Tom Selleck returns to his new signature role in the sixth CBS movie adapted from Robert B. Parker's mystery novels. In this one, a suspended Stone consults on a string of Boston parking ramp murders and indirectly helps Paradise's police department investigate violent convenience store robberies.
Lost Reviews - Get a look behind the scenes of this site with our bitter rants and previously unpublished legwork on three requested DVDs ("Mad About You", Kid 'n Play's Class Act, and Pirate Radio) that studios didn't send us.
Operation: Endgame - Joe Anderson, Rob Corddry, Odette Yustman, Ellen Barkin, Maggie Q, Zach Galifianakis, Ving Rhames, and Jeffrey Tambor star in this comedic action thriller about locked-down, unarmed top-secret government assassins pitted against one another to solve a murder mystery and prevent an explosion.
Chloe - Amanda Seyfried stars in the title role as a high-class prostitute who comes between a long-married Toronto couple played by Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson in this independent erotic thriller from Academy Award-nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter). Sony's DVD includes an audio commentary by Egoyan, Seyfried, and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson (who adapted this from a French film), a thorough making-of documentary, deleted scenes, and the trailer.
Middle of Nowhere - Eva Amurri (Saved) stars as a high school graduate who partners with a rebellious schemer (Star Trek's Anton Yelchin) to earn the thousands of dollars she needs to attend college. This independent dramedy was directed by John Stockwell (Into the Blue) and co-stars Amurri's real-life mother Susan Sarandon. Image Entertainment's DVD offers a making-of documentary, deleted scenes, cast & crew interviews, and a trailer.
The Bounty Hunter - Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler team up in this profitable action-comedy-romance. As the title character, Butler looks to bring his ex-wife Aniston to the police to collect his $5,000 reward. As if the divorced shenanigans weren't enough, bookies and gangsters are also on their trail. Sony's DVD includes two making-of featurettes and eight rules for outwitting a bounty hunter.
Greenberg - Ben Stiller goes arthouse in this new comedy from The Squid and the Whale's writer/director Noah Baumbach. Stiller plays an abrasive man returning to Hollywood to housesit for his brother. Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, and Jennifer Jason Leigh (who co-wrote the story with husband Baumbach) co-star in this acclaimed indie film. The DVD includes three featurettes.
To subscribe to our free newsletter and gain access to past issues, send an e-mail to UltimateDisneyemail@example.com or visit here.
E-mail us: tsdvd at yahoo.com
PAST NEWS UPDATES
July 16-31 Archives
July 1-15 Archives
June 16-30 Archives
June 1-15 Archives