DVDizzy.com: SEPTEMBER 1-15, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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August 31, 2011 - Celebrate Top Gun's 25th anniversary with our review of its newly-packaged Blu-ray + Digital Copy. The top-grossing film of 1986, this Tony Scott-directed, Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film looks at life at the Navy's institute for elite pilots. In his star-cementing turn, Tom Cruise plays cocky "Maverick", whose eyes are set on the prize. Paramount's loaded Blu-ray includes an epic 6-part, 2½-hour retrospective documentary, an audio commentary, four cheesy music videos, TV ads, production featurettes, and a piece on the real Top Gun. Right now, you can get all that for just $9.99 on Amazon.com, where it currently stands in the top ten sellers. Sample that bestselling soundtrack as part of our full review.
August 30, 2011 - Today, we look at In a Better World, this year's Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Director Susanne Bier (After the Wedding, Things We Lost in the Fire) returns to Denmark for this tale of two boys who become friends by standing up to a bully. One of their fathers, a doctor in an African refugee camp, tries to impart pacifism in them, a value they are less moved by than vengeance. This R-rated Sony Pictures Classics drama is available today in a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, the Blu-ray of which includes a Bier commentary, a Bier interview, and deleted scenes. Watch the trailer as part of our review.
August 29, 2011 - Our latest review subject is The Beaver, a movie that was expected to be Mel Gibson's comeback vehicle. He plays a depressed man who tries to turn his life around by talking through a beaver hand puppet. Jodie Foster directed this PG-13 dark family drama and also plays Gibson's wife. Star Trek's Anton Yelchin plays their teenaged son, who is hired by his graduating class' valedictorian (Winter's Bone's Jennifer Lawrence) to write her speech for her. We review Summit Entertainment's Blu-ray, now available with Foster audio commentary, two deleted scenes, and a making-of featurette. Read on...
August 28, 2011 - We bring you an early look at "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena", Starz's 6-episode prequel to last year's "Spartacus: Blood and Sand." A few years before Spartacus' arrival, Batiatus (John Hannah) rises to power as he negotiates to have his gladiators participate in the forthcoming games. Much sex and violence ensue. Anchor Bay's two-disc DVD offers an hour of bonus features including a day on set with Lucy Lawless, a look at post-production, pieces on weaponry and set design, bloopers, excerpts from the 2010 Comic-Con panel, and insight into the series' fiery climactic fight. Full review.
August 26, 2011 - While the blockbuster new Captain America movie is months away from hitting stores, we bring you a review of the next-best thing: Captain America (1990). This low-budget film played theatrically in various markets but went straight to video in the US nineteen years ago. Now it's back, not in stores, but as a made-to-order DVD-R in MGM's Limited Edition Collection. In 1943, Steve Rogers (Matt Salinger) is transformed into super soldier Captain America, but disappears soon after. He resurfaces in the then-present day, ready to resume his fight with Italian Fascist The Red Skull (Scott Paulin). The DVD includes a trailer. Read our full review.
The newest additions to our October & Beyond Release Schedule include Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, which will debut exclusively as a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack on October 11th; Green Lantern, premiering on Friday, October 14th with an extended cut; and Bad Teacher, getting theatrical and unrated release October 18. Check the schedule for details on these and dozens of other forthcoming releases.
August 25, 2011 - Our latest DVD review takes an early look at "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters": Season One, releasing next month from Vivendi Entertainment. The fourth fantastical Saturday morning sitcom produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, this one tells the story of two brothers (Johnny Whitaker and Scott Kolden) who befriend a young, English-speaking sea monster (played by a costumed Billy Barty) and have to hide him both from their housekeeper Zelda (Mary Wickes) and Sigmund's abusive, cave-dwelling family. Margaret Hamilton, The Wizard of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West, guest stars in three episodes as nosy neighbor Ms. Eddels, while Oliver!'s Jack Wild appears as himself. The first season is comprised of 17 episodes that first aired in 1973. They are presented on three discs and accompanied by three audio commentaries (one by Sid Krofft, the other two by Whitaker and Kolden), a 2005 interview with Whitaker and Kolden, MP3s of eleven of the Whitaker songs that close each episode, and a short piece on a 2010 H.R. Pufnstuf event in Los Angeles. You gotta have friends and you gotta read this review.
August 23, 2011 - Today's new releases include Morgan Spurlock's subversive product placement documentary POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and Echo Bridge's new DVD edition of the 1996 animated Italian film How the Toys Saved Christmas. Other debuts we'll be reviewing soon include Bambi II's Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, the Jodie Foster-directed Mel Gibson family dramedy The Beaver, the acclaimed indie dramedy Win Win, and, on DVD-R through the MGM Limited Edition Collection, the reviled 1990 Captain America movie. For more on these and the new discs we won't have time to review, check out our schedule.
August 22, 2011 - The Conspirator tells the intriguing and unfamiliar story of Mary Surratt, a boarding house owner accused of participating in the plot to assassinate President Lincoln. James McAvoy stars as Frederick Aiken, the young lawyer assigned to defend Surratt (Robin Wright) against tall opposition in a stacked military trial. Directed by Robert Redford, this legal drama is now available to own and we review its loaded Deluxe Edition Blu-ray. It includes audio/picture-in-picture video commentary from Redford, a making-of featurette, a 67-minute documentary on the real events, over 40 minutes of shorts on the film and history, a photo gallery, a trailer, and TV spots. Full review.
DreamWorks Animation has announced a September 27th DVD debut for their 2009 and 2010 Halloween TV specials, Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space and Scared Shrekless. Available separately and, as a much better value, together, the two half-hour original cartoons feature the films' original voice cast members. They will be accompanied by a "Shrek-ed Out Parody" of Michael Jackson's "Thriller", MvA karaoke music party shorts, the featurette "Modern Monster Movie-Making" and the usual World of DreamWorks promotional music videos. See the full press release, then scroll down to the bottom for our reviews of sixteen previous DVDs that are ripe for Halloween viewing.
August 21, 2011 - The little-known Italian animated film How the Toys Saved Christmas is our latest DVD review subject. Miramax imported this in 1997, with Mary Tyler Moore and Tony Randall leading the English dub voice cast. With Christmas witch Granny Rose sidelined, the evil Mr. Grimm looks to exploit the holiday profit, but a group of toys sets out determined to find the children they are intended for. The full-length movie is dramatically reworked for American audiences, with Santa Claus narrating and La Befana's duties moved from Epiphany Eve to Christmas Eve. New Miramax distributor Echo Bridge puts the film back in print and again three weeks later, at the same low price but with a Christmas music CD. Our full review.
August 20, 2011 - Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock delivers another entertaining documentary in POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. This one tackles advertising and product placement, two things it's entirely and transparently funded by. In addition to capturing Spurlock's cold calls and promotional opportunity pitches, the film follows him as he consults with ad agencies, interviews film directors, and visits Sγo Paulo, Brazil, where outdoor advertising has been banned. Having fallen short of its intended "docbuster" status in theaters, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold comes to DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday. Our review covers the latter, which includes an audio commentary, 49 minutes of deleted scenes, commercials created for the film and behind-the-scenes looks at their making, and a featurette on its debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Don't miss our full review.
August 19, 2011 - On the same day that Cars 2 comes to home video, Disney will reissue Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3 in Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo packs. The 4-disc sets (5 for Toy Story 3) will each carry a $49.99 SRP list price. The films will also released in The Complete 3D Toy Story Collection ($100.00 SRP), a 3-disc all-Blu-ray 3D box set.
Disney and Pixar will usher in the holiday season the minute Halloween ends with a November 1st Blu-ray, DVD, and Blu-ray 3D debut of Cars 2. The year's top-grossing animated film domestically and Pixar's second lowest of all-time, this critically derided sequel takes best friends Lightning McQueen and Mater to Europe and beyond, as the tow truck is mistaken for a spy and elevated to lead in a film bearing little resemblance to its predecessor. It will be joined by the all-new Cars toon Air Mater, the Toy Story short Hawaiian Vacation, and an audio commentary by director John Lasseter on DVD and Blu-ray. The 5-Disc combo pack adds a Blu-ray 3D, a digital copy, and a bonus Blu-ray with "World Tour" interactive, and a sneak peek of Disney California Adventure's upcoming Cars Land. For the Cars fans whose collection is lacking and wallet is full, there is an 11-disc set pairing Cars 2's 5-disc set with Blu-rays, DVDs, and digital copies of the original movie and the "Cars Toon" compilation Mater's Tall Tales. Read more on all these options and watch a clip from Air Mater on the full press release.
August 18, 2011 - We take an early look at Godfrey: Black by Accident, the extended and uncensored DVD release of Comedy Central's upcoming program. In his first hour-long stand-up special, Godfrey cracks jokes about Chicago's cold, airplane travel, homeless panhandlers, President Obama, mittens, and much more. Running one and a half times as long here as it will in its broadcast debut next week, the DVD is joined by an interview with Godfrey and two looks at him getting his make-up touched up for filming. Full review.
August 17, 2011 - Our newest review covers The Killing, Stanley Kubrick's 1956 caper about a group of men who look to collect $2 million in a race track robbery. Sterling Hayden (Dr. Strangelove, The Godfather) stars as Johnny Clay, the ex-con mastermind of the plot. The Criterion Collection bundles it with Killer's Kiss, the film Kubrick wrote and directed the previous year. It tells the story of two New York neighbors who get mixed up with some criminals. The two films share a Blu-ray disc, each boasting dramatic restorations and joined by theatrical trailers, new featurettes with producer James B. Harris, critic Geoffrey O'Brien, and author Robert Polito, and a pair of colorful 1984 interviews with Hayden. Don't miss our full review.
Loosely adapted from a line of Korean comics, Priest tells a story set in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality, where the Catholic Church has trained clergy in vampire combat. One priest (Paul Bettany) defies his totalitarian superiors and goes out searching for vampires and his niece, a mission on which he is joined by a young sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and a priestess (Maggie Q). Star Trek's Karl Urban plays the shady stranger Black Hat. We look at Sony's Blu-ray, released yesterday with an audio commentary, a picture-in-picture viewing mode, deleted & extended scenes, two making-of featurettes, and BD-Live. Read the review.
August 16, 2011 - Three beloved 1980s Paramount Pictures comedies will make their Blu-ray debuts exclusively at Best Buy on September 25th: Airplane!, Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Audio commentary and a hi-def theatrical trailer will accompany the two Zucker/Abrahams/Leslie Nielsen spoofs, with Airplane! also including deleted scenes, interviews, and a trivia track. Planes, Trains, meanwhile, will contain the brand new nearly hour-long two-part HD retrospective "John Hughes: Life Moves Pretty Fast", along with its "Those Aren't Pillows!" Edition extras (a John Candy tribute, a deleted scene, "John Hughes for Adults", and "Getting There is Half the Fun"). Check out cover art.
Five weeks later, on November 1st, Bill Murray's classic Christmas comedy Scrooged will make its Blu-ray debut. Sadly, the various extras announced for a "Yule Love It! Edition" DVD in 2006 that never materialized won't be included. Presented in 1080p and 5.1 DTS-HD master audio, the movie will be joined exclusively by its theatrical trailer and carry a $19.99 list price. Click the thumbnail above for a larger look at the cover artwork.
August 15, 2011 - Red Riding Hood, The Big Bad Wolf, and Granny are back in Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. This untimely sequel to The Weinstein Company's 2006 hit animated comedy gets Granny (voiced by Glenn Close) mixed up with a witch's kidnapping of Hansel and Gretel (Bill Hader and Amy Poehler). Red (now voiced by Hayden Panettiere) and Wolf (still Patrick Warburton) reteam to solve a mystery that isn't what it seems. Coldly reviewed and one of the worst-performing movies of all time, Hoodwinked Too hits stores tomorrow and we look at Anchor Bay's Blu-ray + DVD combo which includes three music videos (two of which you can watch here), 5 voice actor featurettes, two storyboard sequences, and an art gallery. Full review.
August 14, 2011 - The Big Lebowski, the Coen Brothers' cult classic, makes its Blu-ray debut this week and we've got a review. This 1998 dark comedy stars Jeff Bridges as an L.A. slacker who is mistaken for a millionaire with the same name and becomes involved in a high-stakes kidnapping plot. John Goodman and Steve Buscemi play his bowling league buddies. Universal's Limited Edition Blu-ray Book carries over the bonus features from the film's 2-disc 10th Anniversary DVD, adding various playback enhancements and a digital copy. Read our full review.
The editors of Amazon.com have picked their Top 50 Blu-rays and Top 50 DVDs of the year so far. Some solid choices on both lists, including a number of our top-rated review subjects of 2011.
August 13, 2011 - Now available on home video, the sci-fi adventure Mars Needs Moms has a lousy reputation to live down after putting up on one of the worst box office performances on record. Adapted from the book by Bloom County cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, the latest costly motion capture film from Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers Digital (and its last distributed by Walt Disney Pictures) tells the story of a young boy who follows his abducted mother to the red planet, where aliens are harvesting human mothers' essence for their unusual child-rearing arrangement. Our review covers the 4-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo, which delivers a half-hour of deleted/alternate scenes with introductions by director Simon Wells, two making-of shorts, an Easter egg, and a picture-in-picture look at the full mo-cap experience with commentary by Wells and stars Seth Green and Dan Fogler. Beam up with our review, which includes a clip from the movie.
August 11, 2011 - To celebrate the release of Rio on DVD and Blu-ray, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment held a Brazil-themed event in Glendale, California's The Americana at Brand shopping community. We've posted a little article on it, with eight photographs from the day that included samba dancers, parrots, and a concert by Sιrgio Mendes, the film's executive music producer. Check it out.
MTV and Paramount Home Entertainment have announced an October 4th DVD release of "Beavis and Butt-head": Mike Judge's Most Wanted. Timed to MTV's upcoming revival of the dim-witted teens, this low-priced disc will collect twenty of creator Judge's favorite segments from his iconic 1990s animated series, as well as clips from the new show, the featurette "Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head", and the original, uncut "Frog Baseball", the 1992 short that introduced Beavis and Butt-Head. Read the full press release.
Our newest review looks at Jumping the Broom on Blu-ray. A spring box office hit, this comedy-drama shows us what happens when two black families -- one wealthy, one working class -- come together to celebrate the wedding of Sabrina Watson (Paula Patton) and Jason Taylor (Laz Alonso). Revelations and romances flow while tensions escalate largely between the bride and grooms' mothers (Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine). Now available, Sony's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary by the stars and director Salim Akil, two making-of featurettes, and, if you can get it to work, BD-Live content. Full review.
August 10, 2011 - We've updated our DVD & Blu-ray Release Schedules for August, September, and October & Beyond with dozens of newly-announced titles. Check them out to find dates and details for this summer's movies, new Ultimate Collector's Editions of classic Warner films, animated titles timed to the Christmas season, the usual bombardment of last season's television, catalog horror debuting on Blu-ray for Halloween, and family favorites prepped to gain notice from holiday retail traffic. If you like what you see, don't hesitate to make use of the Like, Tweet, and Share buttons at the top and bottom of each page. Start at the beginning or start at the end.
Journey with us to Rio for a look at the sixth computer animated comedy from Ice Age creators Blue Sky Studios. This G-rated musical adventure tells the story of Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), a sheltered, flightless blue macaw who leaves the comforts of Minnesota domesticity behind to save his species with Brazilian female Jewel (Anne Hathaway). The two birds are captured by smugglers, chained to one another, and set loose in the big city on the eve of Carnival. Now available, Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack delivers two music videos, jukebox feature "Rio de JAM-eiro", a deleted scene, a postcard-making activity, four making-of featurettes, the tutorial Dance-o-Rama, a guide to Rio, and more. Read all about it.
August 7, 2011 - Six months into our still-puzzling Google penalty, we've posted an update to our Sitepocalypse Now? article that mentions some simple things you can do to help keep DVDizzy.com online and includes a fun exercise to demonstrate how the search engine is failing all of us. Please read and share.
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Dead Man (Blu-ray) - From offbeat writer/director Jim Jarmusch, this black & white 1996 western stars Johnny Depp as an accountant from Cleveland who gets into trouble in the dusty town of Machine after killing a man in self-defense. With the best bounty hunters money can buy on his trail, Bill Blake is guided by a large Native American named Nobody (Gary Farmer). The film also features appearances by Robert Mitchum, Crispin Glover, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, and Gabriel Byrne. In its Blu-ray debut from Miramax library acquirer Echo Bridge, the film is joined by a Neil Young music video and 16 minutes of deleted scenes/outtakes.
The Fox and the Hound & The Fox and the Hound 2: 2 Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD - Disney's transitional 1981 animated classic tells the story of Tod and Copper, who quickly become unlikely best friends as children, but find their relationship strained in adulthood. The sequel, which went straight to DVD in 2006, returns the titular two to childhood and tests their friendship as Copper joins a band of singing stray dogs at a fair. The films make their hi-def debut sharing a Blu-ray and each also receives a new DVD, gaining and losing bonus features without repeating any across the two formats.
"Punky Brewster": The Best of Season Three - Gathers ten of the 22 episodes from the mid-1980s sitcom's first season in first-run syndication. Serious issues abound, as Punky (Soleil Moon Frye) and her adoptive father Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes) tackle drunk driving, divorce, R-rated movies, puberty, obesity, and sleeping pill dependency. Now available, Mill Creek's low-priced disc serves up over three hours of fun on a single disc.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (Blu-ray) - This 1994 British romantic comedy launched the feature film careers of writer Richard Curtis and star Hugh Grant. Grant plays one in a group of bachelors who falls for an American woman (Andie MacDowell) he keeps seeing at his friends' weddings. A worldwide word of mouth hit and an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, this celebrated film from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell hits general retail with an audio commentary, making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, and trailers.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (25th Anniversary Bueller...Bueller... Edition Blu-ray) - John Hughes' beloved high school comedy stars Matthew Broderick as a scheming senior who feigns illness to enjoy a fun-filled day in Chicago with his girlfriend (Mia Sara) and best friend (Alan Ruck). This newly-packaged version maps out the group's stops, adding to on-disc extras that catch up with fourteen cast & crew members, dig up old production footage, and get some perspective from Ben Stein.
"Hey Dude": Season 1 - Nickelodeon's first original sitcom depicts life at Arizona's Bar None Ranch for four teenaged workers and their new boss. Shout! Factory's 2-disc DVD delivers the first of the show's five 13-episode seasons. It also includes an all-new interview with Christine Taylor (Marcia in the '90s Brady Bunch movies), who began her acting career as one of the young staff members.
Last Night - This R-rated romance drama stars Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington as a young English married couple living in New York City. Separated by an overnight business trip, the spouses are tempted to stray (by Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet). Left in limbo by Disney's Miramax sale, this follows its limited Tribeca Film May theatrical run with an Echo Bridge DVD barren save for digital copy.
Season of the Witch (Blu-ray) - This long-delayed medieval adventure stars Nicolas Cage and Hellboy's Ron Perlman as a couple of knights who desert the Crusades and are assigned to relieve a town of its grave plague by transporting the young witch believed responsible to a distant monastery. Written by the creator of CBS' "Threshold" and directed by Gone in 60 Seconds' Dominic Sena, this Relativity Media yarn is joined by deleted scenes, an alternate ending, two making-of featurettes, a trailer, and digital copy.
Soul Surfer (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - The inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton, a Hawaii teenager who lost her arm to a shark but didn't lose her drive to succeed in competitive surfing. Bridge to Terabithia's AnnaSophia Robb plays the lead role, while Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt play her parents. Sony's two-disc set holds making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, Hamilton surf footage, and the half-hour documentary "Heart of a Soul Surfer."
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (Blu-ray) - Adapted from a popular Italian comic book series, this PG-13 horror comedy centers on a New Orleans private investigator (Brandon Routh) who deals with vampires, werewolves, and zombies (the latter of which include Dylan's assistant, played by Routh's Superman Returns co-star Sam Huntington). The two friends help a young woman (Journey to the Center of the Earth's Anita Briem) whose father was mysteriously murdered.
The Best of "California Dreams" - Mill Creek gathers ten standout episodes (including the first, establishing this as a family sitcom) from the first three seasons of the '90s TNBC sitcom from the makers of "Saved by the Bell." Our review includes a look at last year's cast reunion on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
"Leverage": The 3rd Season - Timothy Hutton and friends return for another year of criminal do-gooding in TNT's action comedy series. Paramount's 4-disc DVD includes deleted scenes, outtakes, some short making-of featurettes, and an audio commentary on all 16 episodes.
Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good - This documentary film looks at the goodwill work actor Gary Sinise has done for America's troops, including playing bass in the group named after his Forrest Gump character.
"Punky Brewster": Turn Your World Around - Low-priced disc holds over four hours of episodes from the 1980s NBC sitcom's first season. In her signature role, Soleil Moon Frye plays the colorfully-fashioned abandoned young girl who becomes foster daughter to an old widower (George Gaynes). Included here are three two-parters: Christmas' "Yes, Punky, There is a Santa Claus", spin-off-intending "Fenster Hall" (guest starring T.K. Carter and a young James LeGros), and the romance rekindling "Henry Falls in Love".
The Reef - This Australian thriller tells the story of a party of five whose capsized boat leaves them with two choices: stay on the slowly-sinking vessel hoping for help or swimming for hours through deadly shark-infested waters in hopes of reaching land. Four out of five choose the latter option, which makes for an exciting and harrowing adventure "based on a true story."
Beauty and the Beast (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - The first feature filming of the familiar fairy tale, Jean Cocteau's artistic 1946 movie is still hailed as a masterpiece today. The story of a young woman (Josette Day) who becomes the guest of a feared beast (Jean Marais) was a strong influence on Disney's Oscar-winning 1991 animated musical. The single-disc Blu-ray retains almost all of the bonus features from the film's in-print DVD including Philip Glass' synchronized opera (in 5.1 DTS-HD master audio), two historian audio commentaries, two trailers, a retrospective documentary, an interview with the cinematographer, a vintage TV show on the makeup artist, a short piece on the film's 1995 restoration, a photo gallery, and a rich booklet.
Arthur (2011) - Russell Brand assumes Dudley Moore's Oscar-nominated role as the titular rich, alcoholic playboy who treats New York City like his own personal playground. Helen Mirren is his nanny Hobson (the part that won John Gielgud a supporting actor Oscar). Arthur's mother threatens to cut him off from the family fortune unless he marries a high-powered executive (Jennifer Garner). Then, Arthur meets and falls for a girl from Queens (Greta Gerwig). Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes a gag reel, unused improvisations, and deleted/extended scenes.
Take Me Home Tonight - Set in the 1980s and full of period culture, this R-rated comedy from "That '70s Show" writers stars Topher Grace as a recent MIT graduate and current Suncoast video store employee whose path crosses with his high school crush (Teresa Palmer) one eventful day. Fox's Blu-ray includes Atomic Tom's "Don't You Want Me" music video (distinguished by the cast's fun iconic '80s movie scene recreations), a Music Boombox guide to the film's '80 tunes, deleted scenes, a cast reunion, a trailer, two TV spots, and a digital copy.
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 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.
"The Smurfs": A Magical Smurf Adventure - 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.
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