September 15, 2009 -
Take a look at today's new DVD and Blu-ray releases.
September 14, 2009 - The TV DVD reviews just keep coming with Kelvin Cedeno's critique of "Brothers & Sisters": The Complete Third Season. This ensemble ABC drama stays on course with its inside look at the secrets and scandals of California's large, wealthy Walker family. The 6-disc, 24-episode set includes audio commentaries, deleted scenes, bloopers, and featurettes, one of which you can watch in our review.
September 12, 2009 - Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana, Disney Channel's third and latest three-series summer event, is the subject of our latest DVD review. Characters from "Wizards on Waverly Place", "The Suite Life on Deck", and "Hannah Montana" interact aboard the S.S. Tipton in these three episodes. In stores September 22, the DVD includes Justin Russo's essay-writing advice short and a behind-the-scenes featurette with bloopers and interviews. Don't miss the full review.
September 11, 2009 - Aaron Wallace brings us up to date on the happenings of Wisteria Lane with his review of "Desperate Housewives": The Complete Fifth Season. The neighborhood welcomed a new resident last season, and with him, enough burning questions for Disney to call this set The Red Hot Edition. Before that, though, a five-year jump changes the status and standing of the core families. Now available, the 7-disc set includes audio commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, bloopers, and season highlights as chosen by series creator Marc Cherry. Read the full review, which includes a video clip of the collection's piece on the show's extra special 100th episode.
September 10, 2009 - From the D23 Fan Expo in Anaheim, Disney has issued a press release on the Diamond Collection, a line confirmed to refer only to Blu-ray releases of the studio's most beloved animated classics. The announcement reiterates Fantasia (and Fantasia 2000?) and Beauty and the Beast as the titles scheduled for this treatment in 2010. It also establishes the 14 movies that the series will feature over the years. Not carried over from the Platinum line is Aladdin, whose expulsion had been rumored following the soft sales numbers of its 2004 DVD release. Nothing has been added in its place, not Alice in Wonderland and not Dumbo, whose Blu-ray and DVD re-release remains scheduled for early next February, with moniker to be determined. As Disney continues to promote the Blu-ray format, it appears that Platinum Collection labeling of 2-Disc DVDs is being retired, beginning with November's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, generically dubbed a "2-Disc DVD." Read the full press release.
Kelvin Cedeno brings us a detailed look at Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Adventures in Wonderland. The sixth DVD born out of Playhouse Disney's hit computer-animated series, this week's release puts Lewis Carroll-inspired curiosities on the path of Mickey and Donald while they try to track down a missing cuckoo clock bird. The disc includes the bonus episode "Goofy Going Goofy" and two levels of interactivity to the title special. Read on.
September 9, 2009 - We look at another recent ABC DVD release with our "Eli Stone": The Complete Second Season review. This drama centers on a San Francisco lawyer (Jonny Lee Miller) whose divine aneurysm-spawned hallucinations guide him to help those in need. The series ends here with 13 episodes on 3 discs. The ensemble cast, which included Victor Garber and Natasha Henstridge, is joined in Season 2 by guests Taraji P. Henson, Sigourney Weaver, Katie Holmes, Kerr Smith, and Seal. Bonus features include bloopers, deleted scenes, and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. Read the full review.
September 8, 2009 - Our DVDizzy.com DVD & Blu-ray Schedules have been shuffled so that you can now look week-by-week at the scheduled releases for September, October, and November/Beyond. Click here for an overview of today's new debuts.
September 6, 2009 - We have learned of another Disney animated classic that is now scheduled to get a new Special Edition DVD next year. The Great Mouse Detective is currently slated to be revisited next spring, in between previously-previewed releases of Dumbo and The Black Cauldron.
September 4, 2009 - Another of Disney's live-action/animated musical fantasies gets revisited with Tuesday's release of Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Enchanted Musical Edition. This 1971 production enlisted many of the people behind Mary Poppins, including songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman, director Robert Stevenson, writers Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi and actor David Tomlinson. Angela Lansbury stars as an apprentice witch looking after three orphans during the early days of World War II. The new disc does some addition and subtraction, compared to the Oscar-winning movie's 30th Anniversary Edition DVD. Check out our review for full information.
September 3, 2009 - Look ahead with us at Thomas & Friends: Hero of the Rails - The Movie, released next week from Lionsgate and HiT Entertainment. This hour-long computer-animated feature lets its tank engines talk for themselves for the first time. The good-natured Thomas befriends broken-down former legend Hiro and vows to secretly get him back in working order, so long as the proud Spencer doesn't find out. The DVD includes two games, a sing-along song, and an hilarious room makeover feature. Full review.
September 2, 2009 - Our newest review covers next week's "Special Edition" re-release of Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams. The 2007 direct-to-video started and apparently ended a line of original animated stories starring Disney's beloved royal ladies. Sleeping Beauty's Aurora and Aladdin's Jasmine take the spotlight here, as one has to oversee the castle and the other yearns for responsibility. The set's new addition is a bonus disc that provides an exclusive sneak peek of upcoming flick The Princess and the Frog plus Cinderella and Mulan music videos. Read the full review.
Details have been added to our listing for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which Fox will offer in two DVD versions and a Blu-ray/DVD combo beginning October 27th.
We've just posted artwork for November's Ultimate Cars Gift Pack, which bundles the 2006 Pixar flick's Blu-ray and DVD with two exclusive cars.
September 1, 2009 - Our Tuesday trifecta of reviews comes to a close with Aaron Wallace's critique of ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money": The Complete (and Final) Second Season. After ten months away, this ensemble drama about a wealthy family and its lawyer returned, remembered its original murder mystery, and welcomed Lucy Liu into its cast. Now available, the 3-disc DVD puts a premature end to the show with deleted scenes, bloopers, and 3 featurettes, to boot. More...
Next up, Earth, the well-performing documentary that launched the Disneynature banner for American moviegoers this year. The 90-minute film grabs spectacular footage from around the globe, focusing most on journeying families of polar bears, African elephants, and humpback whales. A reported 60% of the material is recycled from the decorated 2006 BBC/Discovery Channel "Planet Earth" series. Our review looks at both the Blu-ray and DVD releases, which are bundled together in a combo that also includes a 42-minute making-of documentary and filmmaker annotations. Read on...
Our first of today's three new reviews looks at "Important Things with Demetri Martin": Season One. The 7 episodes of this Comedy Central series utilize Martin's talents as writer, stand-up performer, and actor. The variety program delivers sketches, animation, Martin's deadpan verbal and observational wit, musical humor, and fake commercials. The DVD includes deleted sketches, outtakes, audio commentaries, an Easter egg, and a tiny poster. Full review...
August 31, 2009 - The big, surprising news around the entertainment industry today is that the Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Marvel Entertainment for approximately $4 billion. Easily becoming Disney's biggest acquisition since 2006's purchase of Pixar, the deal brings Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, and 5,000 other comic book characters into Disney's stable of stars. Although the transaction will not affect Marvel's current arrangements with movie studios like Paramount and Sony, "the goal is clearly to bring [franchises] in-house over time", according to this New York Times article, which also proclaims that "almost immediately, Marvel characters will pop up at Disney's theme parks." Disney's official press release on the deal can be read here.
August 30, 2009 - Journey back to 1987 with our new review of Adventureland. This dramedy from Superbad director Greg Mottola centers on college age youths who spend their summer working at a Pittsburgh amusement park. Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale), Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Martin Starr ("Freaks and Geeks"), Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal), and "Saturday Night Live" players Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig headline the cast. Extras include an audio commentary, deleted scenes, and a making-of featurette. Our review not only uncovers two Easter eggs, but gives you a complete list of the period songs the film samples, with audio clips. Check it out now.
August 28, 2009 - Kelvin Cedeno gives us a look at this week's other new Disney Channel DVD: "Sonny with a Chance": Sonny's Big Break. This new series stars Camp Rock's Demi Lovato as a teenaged girl who joins the cast of "So Random", her favorite sketch comedy show. The disc serves four of the show's first five episodes plus one that hasn't yet aired, plus Demi Lovato's audition and the cliffhanger season finale of show-within-a-show "Mackenzie Falls." More...
August 18, 2009 - Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo is expected to come to DVD and Blu-ray by the end of the year. We've just learned that it will be accompanied by new Special Editions of Miyazaki's first three films made after the founding of Studio Ghibli: Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, and My Neighbor Totoro, all of which recently had their original Disney DVDs quietly discontinued. It's not yet clear if the 1980s films will be on Blu-ray as well as DVD. Provided they stay on the schedule, we should have more information soon.
Recent Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie: Limited Edition Gift Set The 2005 direct-to-video feature makes full use of the 1996 TV special Boo to You! Winnie the Pooh to parallel the story of Roo and Lumpy facing fears on their first Halloween together.
• "The Suite Life on Deck": Anchors Away! - Teen twins Zack and Cody leave behind the Tipton Hotel to attend high school on a luxury cruise ship. No, it doesn't make sense. This disc serves up six episodes of the Disney Channel sitcom including the series' first two. Extras include an interview with Debby Ryan, a featurette on the series' floating premiere party, and the Sprouses' Blu-ray pitch.
• DuckTales: The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp - This 1990 film brought Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, Scrooge, and Launchpad to theaters and paved the way for other TV-to-big screen projects at Disney. Still a Disney Movie Club exclusive after nearly four years, the DVD offers a widescreen presentation and a game.
• Hannah Montana: The Movie - Miley Cyrus' cable juggernaut takes on yet another new shape in this feature film adapted from Disney Channel's top-rated sitcom. Taking a two-week break from her pop star life, Miley returns to the Tennessee farm town she's from. There, both her and Dad (Billy Ray Cyrus) have no trouble getting new love interests while trying to sort out priorities. The deluxe DVD holds deleted scenes, bloopers, two entertaining featurettes, a director's audio commentary, and Miley's "The Climb" music video. Exclusive to the Blu-ray combo are six additional music videos and a "Hoedown Throwdown" making-of/tutorial.
Recent Non-Disney DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• "Scrubs": The Complete Eighth Season - It's the end of the show as we know it, as the hospital comedy moved to ABC and endured budget cuts, actor absences, and reduced fantasy sequences. It remains strong, though, with guest appearances by Sesame Street Muppets, a two-part wedding in Bahamas, and an hour-long finale that's among television's best. The 3-disc DVD serves up commentary on 16 of the 19 episodes, deleted scenes, alternate lines, a bloopers reel, a making-of featurette on the working vacation, the entire "Scrubs: Interns" web series (including 2 new webisodes), and a promotional ABC Starter Kit bonus disc.
• "Greek": Chapter Three - The third semester of ABC Family's hour-long dramedy serves up more fraternity and soriority rivalry. The 3-disc DVD includes 3 audio commentaries, a "20 Questions with the Cast" featurette, and a blooper reel.
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