DVDizzy.com: SEPTEMBER 1-15, 2011 NEWS ARCHIVES
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September 15, 2011 - Mill Creek Entertainment put "Roseanne": The Complete First Season back in print this week. The 3-disc set arrives at the low list price of $14.98 and with all 23 episodes now presented in their original broadcast cuts. Roseanne Barr, from whose stand-up the series was adapted, and John Goodman play working class parents to three kids in this highly-rated sitcom from the makers of "The Cosby Show." Season 1 features George Clooney in a recurring role as the boss of Roseanne and the love interest of her sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf). This new edition retains almost all the extras from the season's original 2005 DVD, including then-new interviews with Barr and Goodman, bloopers, and highlights from the season. Read our full review.
Paramount has announced a Thanksgiving week video debut for the acclaimed J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg' adventure Super 8. Out-of-this-world mystery grips a small Ohio town in the late-1970s. The movie will be available November 22nd on DVD with a filmmakers' audio commentary and two behind-the-scenes featurettes and a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack with deleted scenes, six additional featurettes, and "Deconstructing the Train Crash." Full press release.
Disney's Buddies saga continues with next week's release of Spooky Buddies. We've posted a trailer, a film clip, and photo slideshow from this Halloween-flavored entry to the talking puppies series. You can also download the recipe for Budderball's Bat-Shaped Doggy Biscuits, spooky family night ideas, and activity sheets. No tricks, just treats! Check it out.
September 14, 2011 - The Starz series "Camelot" seeks to take a fresh look at the legend of King Arthur. This hour-long drama casts Sweeney Todd's Jamie Campbell Bower as the young adult illegimate child of King Uther, whose murder makes him the heir to the throne, in stark contrast to his peasant upbringing. Arthur's malicious half-sister Morgan (Casino Royale's Eva Green) also lays claim to the throne. Up-and-coming late-'90s actors Joseph Fiennes and Claire Forlani play Merlin and Queen Igraine, respectively. Billed as The Complete First Season, yesterday's DVD and Blu-ray release holds the only ten episodes this will ever have. They're joined by episode recaps, a making-of featurette, character profile shorts, behind-the-scenes, and bloopers. Read our full review.
September 13, 2011 - More than twenty-five major new titles are released today to DVD and/or Blu-ray and we're reviewing a lot of them. For now, check out our coverage of Thor (Blu-ray 3D Combo), "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" (The Complete Collection), and Conan O'Brien Can't Stop. There's still some time to win Thor and "Goosebumps" in our giveaways. Consult our schedule for everything else of importance hitting stores this week, including a little saga called Star Wars, releasing Friday.
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September 12, 2011 - Conan O'Brien Can't Stop documents the two-month, nationwide Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour the late night host went on after being dismissed from NBC's "The Tonight Show." Idle Hands director Rodman Flender takes us behind the scenes of the music and comedy show, as Conan meets with fans and random celebrities, with stops at Bonnarroo and his 25-year Harvard reunion. After a limited theatrical run this summer, the 89-minute documentary hits stores tomorrow from Magnolia Home Entertainment. We review the Blu-ray, which includes an audio commentary with Conan, Flender, Andy Richter, and others, over 40 minutes of deleted scenes, and a Conan interview with outtakes. Read on...
September 10, 2011 - Today, we look at Thor, one of the latest filmings given a Marvel Comics superhero. Before he can be made king of Asgard, the powerful Norse god (Chris Hemsworth) is banished to Earth, where he encounters intrigued astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her colleagues. With father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) taking ill and brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) assuming the throne, their magic realm and ours intersect under the direction of Shakespeare veteran Kenneth Branagh. Our review covers Paramount's Limited 3D Edition, releasing Tuesday and presenting the film on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy. Extras include a Branagh audio commentary, nearly a half-hour of deleted scenes, the original short Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant, a look ahead to next summer's The Avengers, 45 minutes of making-of featurettes, and trailers. Don't miss our full review and your chance to win the combo pack in our Thor giveaway.
September 9, 2011 - In honor of today's DVD and Blu-ray release of X-Men: First Class, we bring you a look at five other memorable movie transformations. The article concludes with a video of the 3D Mapping projected on the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel last night in anticipation of the release. Read on... Plus, look for our review soon and don't forget to enter our Blu-ray & DVD giveaway
Disney has officially announced Winnie the Pooh for Blu-ray and DVD release on October 25th. The studio's critically acclaimed and modestly attended 51st animated classic will be available as a single-disc DVD with 2 shorts ("Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon" and theatrical accompaniment The Ballad of Nessie) and 3 deleted scenes and Blu-ray + DVD combo packs with and without a digital copy. Blu-ray will add sing-along mode (with bouncing balloon), song selection, two deleted scenes, and the John Cleese-hosted featurette "Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too." Watch the trailer and learn more on the movie and all of these features on the full press release, the bottom of which includes links to our 21 reviews of various Winnie the Pooh DVDs.
Taking a page from James Cameron's Avatar playbook, Paramount will release Transformers: Dark of the Moon in a movie-only DVD ($29.99 SRP) and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($44.99 SRP) on Friday, September 30th. Deluxe Blu-ray, DVD, and Blu-ray 3D will follow "in the coming months." Cover art here.
You can win Paramount's Thor Limited 3D Edition combo pack (holding Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy), Thor's hammer, and two action figures in our Mighty Thor Giveaway. We've got a bonus feature clip from the Marvel Studios blockbuster's Blu-ray, releasing on Tuesday, and you've got up to four easy ways to enter for a chance to win two fun prize packs (an over $85 retail value). Enter today!
September 8, 2011 - Our latest review covers Universal's Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray debut of Scarface. Written by Oliver Stone and directed by Brian De Palma, this 1983 remake of a pre-Code crime film depicts the rise of Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) from dishwasher to drug lord. After a chilly initial reception, this gritty drama has had a rise of its own, getting embraced by the hip hop community and ever regarded as a classic. The Blu-ray includes documentaries new and old, deleted scenes, a profanity and violence scoreboard, a picture-in-picture track, a featurette on the making of the 2006 video game, a downloadable digital copy, and cards of ten fan art contest entries. It also includes the full original 1932 Scarface on DVD with alternate ending and Robert Osborne introduction. Our review includes a clip of the picture-in-picture showing alternate takes of Pacino saying the film's signature line.
September 7, 2011 - DreamWorks Animation's popular 2010 film How to Train Your Dragon will expand with the November 15th release of Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury and Book of Dragons. Available on two DVDs and in a Blu-ray + DVD combo, these two 20-minute original short films will be joined by numerous bonus features and a game card granting exclusive access to a brand-new Dragons online video game. See the press release for full details.
September 6, 2011 - We've just launched a "Goosebumps" DVD Giveaway. You can win this month's new DVD releases of the 1990s children's horror TV show adapted from R.L. Stine's bestselling book series. Find out about Attack of the Mutant and Ghost Beach. Two readers will win both discs. Three ways and only one week to enter!
Disney's kid-friendly high school romance comedy Prom looks at single students and couples' paths to the formal dance. Standing out among this ensemble are class president (Aimee Teegarden, "Friday Night Lights") and a bad boy (Thomas McDonell), who are paired up to prepare prom decorations after a fire wipes out the whole existing lot. Also, a love quadrangle tears at two couples and an underclassmen friendship, shy senior Lloyd (Nicholas Braun) looks for a date, and messy student's Canadian date raises suspicions. Trashed by critics and shunned by the public, this predictable PG picture is now available to own and rent. Our review covers the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack, which includes the 10-minute short Last Chance Lloyd, bloopers, deleted scenes, a making-of featurette, and seven music videos, almost all of which is kept exclusive to Blu-ray. Read on...
September 4, 2011 - Blood Simple., the Coen Brothers' first film, is our latest Blu-ray review subject. This 1985 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner tells the story of a Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) who hires a private eye (M. Emmet Walsh) to kill his unfaithful wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover (John Getz). Nothing goes to plan in this striking noir. MGM's Blu-ray presents the film in its shortened director's cut, theatrically released in 2000, accompanied by a mock introduction and commentary from "preservation company" Forever Young Films and a genuine theatrical trailer. Watch a clip from the movie as part of our full review.
September 3, 2011 - Our newest review covers Win Win, the acclaimed independent film from The Station Agent and The Visitor writer/director and Up original screenplay Oscar nominee Tom McCarthy. Paul Giamatti plays a financially-strained New Jersey lawyer/high school wrestling coach who assumes guardianship of a client (Rocky's Burt Young) and finds himself having to take care of his grandson Kyle (Alex Shaffer). The title situation emerges when Kyle's wrestling skill. Now available, Fox's Blu-ray includes two deleted scenes, a music video, two Sundance Film Festival pieces, and other making-of shorts. Our full review.
September 2, 2011 - Two DVDizzy.com readers will win one of the best-reviewed movies of the summer in our X-Men: First Class Blu-ray and DVD Giveaway. There are three easy ways to enter for those who act quickest, with one DVD and one Blu-ray + Digital Copy up for grabs. Full details...
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song adds to Warner's modern teenaged takes on the fairy tale. Lucy Hale ("Pretty Little Liars") plays an aspiring songstress saddled with a wicked stepfamily. Her monstrous stepmother (Missi Pyle) makes her use her voice to help her untalented stepsister (Megan Park, "The Secret Life of the American Teenager") impress a British record producer's son (Freddie Stroma). This musical comedy premieres on DVD next Tuesday with four making-of featurettes and Hale's "Bless Myself" music video. Read our review.
September 1, 2011 - Disney will dig into its vaults to release The Rocketeer on Blu-ray on December 13th. Details remain to be announced, but this 20th Anniversary Edition will carry a $26.50 list price and is now up for preorder at Amazon.com. It will become the second oldest live-action movie the studio has released to Blu-ray, trailing only the original Tron. No new DVD appears to be planned either separately or as part of a combo pack.
Aaron Wallace launches the new month with a review of Phineas and Ferb: The Movie - Across the 2nd Dimension, last month's highly-rated TV movie, adapted from the animated Disney Channel series. Phineas and Ferb open a dimension to an alternate universe, where they encounter doubles of themselves and everyone they know, including Perry the Platypus, whose secret calling at last becomes known. Now available, the DVD includes a bonus episode with audio commentary, two ways of enjoying the movie's original songs, hidden menus and extras, and a combination digital copy/soundtrack DVD-ROM. Enter our review.
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, 2ฝ-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 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 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 Sใo 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 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:
Godfrey: Black by Accident - In his first hour-long stand-up special, Godfrey jokes about Chicago's cold, airplane travel, homeless panhandlers, President Obama, mittens, and much more. The DVD's extended, uncensored presentation is joined by an interview with Godfrey and two looks at him getting his make-up touched up for filming.
The Killing (Criterion Collection Blu-ray) - Stanley Kubrick's 1956 caper stars Sterling Hayden (Dr. Strangelove, The Godfather) as the ex-con mastermind of a race track robbery. Disc includes Killer's Kiss, the film Kubrick wrote and directed the previous year. The two films are 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.
Priest (Blu-ray) - Loosely adapted from a line of Korean comics, this movie 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. Sony's Blu-ray includes an audio commentary, a picture-in-picture viewing mode, deleted & extended scenes, two making-of featurettes, and BD-Live.
How the Toys Saved Christmas - Miramax imported and dramatically reworked this little-known Italian animated film for American audiences 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 for profit, but a group of toys sets out determined to find the children they are intended for. New Miramax distributor Echo Bridge puts the film back in print.
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (Blu-ray + DVD) - 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. Anchor Bay's combo pack includes three music videos (two of which you can watch here), 5 voice actor featurettes, two storyboard sequences, and an art gallery.
The Big Lebowski (Limited Edition Blu-ray Book) - The Coen Brothers' cult 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. This set carries over the bonus features from the film's 2-disc 10th Anniversary DVD, adding various playback enhancements and a digital copy.
Mars Needs Moms (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Adapted from the book by Bloom County cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, this motion-capture sci-fi adventure flop from Robert Zemeckis' ImageMovers Digital tells the story of a young boy who follows his abducted mother to the red planet, where aliens are harvesting human mothers' essence for an unusual child-rearing arrangement. Disney's 4-disc combo pack 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.
Jumping the Broom - 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). 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.
Rio (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - This G-rated musical adventure, the sixth computer animated comedy from Ice Age creators Blue Sky Studios, 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. Fox's 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. (Related Report: Rio Release Party in Glendale, California)
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."
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