DVDizzy.com: OCTOBER 1-15, 2010 NEWS ARCHIVES
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October 15, 2010 - Winter's Bone won this year's Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and, as one of 2010's most acclaimed films, it's expected to compete for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. This independent drama tells of Ree Dolly, a 17-year-old girl (played by Jennifer Lawrence) raising her younger siblings in the Missouri Ozarks. When their deadbeat father goes missing with their house put down on his bail bond, Ree bravely inquires about him from her tight-lipped, drug-addled relatives. On DVD and Blu-ray October 26th from Lionsgate, the film is joined by an audio commentary, a long making-of documentary, deleted scenes, an alternate opening, a music video, and the trailer. Read our review.
October 14, 2010 - Departing from the wide survey approach, The Crimson Wing stays focused on the African flamingo throughout its feature runtime. This linear English documentary is better than its status as the first Disneynature film to go direct-to-video in the States may indicate. Releasing alongside Oceans next Tuesday, the Blu-ray + DVD Combo includes 5 making-of shorts and, only on Blu-ray, filmmaker annotations, living planet menus, and a "screensaver." Read our full review, which includes a video clip from the movie.
October 13, 2010 - Please Give stars Catherine Keener as a guilt-racked New Yorker who resells the furniture of the deceased. Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, and Ann Guilbert co-star in this independent dramedy written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money). In stores next week, Sony's DVD includes a making-of featurette, outtakes, a Q & A with the director, and the trailer. Full review.
October 12, 2010 - Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? is the ninth signature film of the writer-director-producer-actor. Perry wears all four hats in this sequel to the 2007 dramedy that catches up with four and a half couples on a retreat to the Bahamas and then follows them back home for new marital problems. Available now, Lionsgate's DVD includes a trivia track, two featurettes, and a music video by Janet Jackson, one of the movie's stars. Read our review.
A much quieter week than last, today's new DVD and Blu-ray debuts include the latest Wes Anderson film to receive the Criterion Collection treatment, The Darjeeling Limited. We also hope to soon bring you a review of The Hangover: Extreme Edition and eventually get to "Wolverine and the X-Men": The Complete Series. For a look at today's other noteworthy releases, check our October 12th schedule.
Celebrate the one-week anniversary of the Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray with a visit to our review, newly updated with Blu-ray bonus feature screencaps.
October 11, 2010 - We've just posted the press release for The Other Guys. Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights) directs Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as inept desk officers called to duty in this buddy cop action comedy. Sony will release the hit film as a Theatrical & Unrated DVD, a Theatrical & Unrated Blu-ray, a Theatrical-Only DVD, and a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Combo on December 14th. Read the full announcement.
Disneynature's second U.S. release, Oceans, turns our attentions to aquatic life in an all-new film from Winged Migration directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. Seals, crabs, sharks, whales, dolphins, and an assortment of fish are just some of the creatures featured in this undersea documentary. Available next week, the DVD includes a Joe Jonas & Demi Lovato music video, five "Deeper in the Video" shorts, and the featurette "Disney and Nature: Preserving the World We Share", while the Blu-ray Disc adds picture-in-picture filmmaker annotations and living menus. Full review.
October 9, 2010 - Our newest review covers the upcoming Criterion Collection release of The Darjeeling Limited. The fifth film directed by Wes Anderson, this offbeat comedy reunites three estranged brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman) on a train ride through India with regularly-scheduled spiritually enlightening stops. The new 2-disc DVD supplies an audio commentary by Anderson, Schwartzman and their co-writer Roman Coppola, the prologue short Hotel Chevalier with Natalie Portman, a 40-minute making-of documentary, a conversation with James Ivory, a deleted scene, alternate takes, video diaries, Anderson's American Express commercial, stills galleries, essays, and more. Read our review.
October 8, 2010 - Another of next month's releases, this one perhaps the biggest of all, is detailed in the full official announcement for Toy Story 3 and the Toy Story Trilogy. Disney's press release makes sense of the four different ways with which you can add the company's second highest grossing film of all time to your home video collection. Read and learn.
"Phineas and Ferb": A Very Perry Christmas gathers last year 34-minute holiday special and five standard episodes (one that doesn't air until tonight) of the animated Disney Channel comedy series. Now available, the 16:9-enhanced disc includes song selection, Perry-oki sing-along, a making-of featurette, a virtual fireplace, an iron-on T-shirt transfer, the interactive feature "Letters to Santa", and a number of Easter eggs. Read our full review.
October 7, 2010 - The press release for Avatar: Extended Collector's Edition discusses all the stops being pulled out for the November 16th home video return of James Cameron's epic fantasy. In addition to the content listings for the three-cut, three-disc Blu-ray and DVD editions, we've posted a trailer previewing the previously unseen material. Check it out.
We've just posted the press release for one of this year's most anticipated releases: The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD. The announcement contains full details on Fox's big Limited Edition Collector's Set (which includes a scrapbook, a soundtrack, and more) as well as the more standard moderately priced combos. Past that, you'll find out about the special full cast reunion to occur on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" just days before the release. Read on...
October 6, 2010 - "The Penguins of Madagascar", the Nickelodeon series adapted from DreamWorks Animation's hit film franchise, had a fourth DVD compilation released this week. I Was a Penguin Zombie provides eight quarter-hour episodes of the Central Park foursome and friends, including the title episode and the not-yet-aired "Driven to the Brink." Check the review for our take on the series and this newest disc.
October 5, 2010 - Tonight's new review looks at One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Ultimate Collector's Edition. This 1975 drama is one of just three Best Picture winners to also win Oscars for screenplay, actor, actress, and director. Adapted from Ken Kesey's popular novel, the film stars Jack Nicholson as R.P. McMurphy, a convict sent to a mental hospital for evaluation. There, he inspires his fellow inmates but earns the disapproval of cold Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). The movie includes early appearances by Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, and an Oscar-nominated Brad Dourif. Now available, Warner's big box set includes an audio commentary, a retrospective documentary (restored to its original feature length), a new documentary, deleted scenes, a hardcover book, a deck of playing cards, poster and press book reproductions, and more. Doctor's orders require you to read this review.
It's a new Tuesday and a new month, which means we've archived September and shuffled our updated schedules so: October, November, and December. Today's new releases include eight titles we've taken a close look at: Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD, The Karate Kid (2010), Fred: The Movie, "Phineas and Ferb": A Very Perry Christmas, "The Penguins of Madagascar": I Was a Penguin Zombie, Hand in Hand, "Ugly Americans": Volume One, and "The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss": There is Nothing to Fear in Here.
October 4, 2010 - Evidently the first feature adapted from a YouTube series, Fred: The Movie expands Lucas Cruikshank's popular character. Excitable, energetic 15-year-old Fred braves bullies, car washes, and the public bus system in an effort to reach Judy (Pixie Lott), the object of his obsessions, at her new house. After a highly-rated debut on Nickelodeon, this independent comedy comes to DVD tomorrow from Lionsgate, with an audio commentary, two Fred shorts, and three making-of featurettes. Read the full review.
October 3, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno reviews "Goosebumps": Go Eat Worms, last month's other new compilation afforded the 1990s R.L. Stine-inspired children's horror TV series. Fox's DVD holds three episodes surrounding pre-teen boys with supernatural suspense. Read on.
"The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss": There is Nothing to Fear in Here serves up three episodes of the 1990s Jim Henson Nickelodeon television series that featured a host of Seuss' storybook characters. Available Tuesday, we've got a review for you today.
October 1, 2010 - Aaron Wallace reviews Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD. The only traditionally animated film nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award, this 1991 musical fairy tale is one of Disney's all-time most beloved works. Next week, it becomes the second entry in the studio's top line of animated classic Blu-ray combos. As on its 2002 Platinum Edition DVD, it is presented in three versions. It is also joined by a wealth of new bonus features, most of them part of the massive interactive high-def Disc 2 bonus "Beyond Beauty." It houses deleted scenes, vintage Laugh-o-Grams and Silly Symphonies shorts, song demos, and new interviews with a host of people involved in the film's creation. The set also includes new games and features on the long-running Broadway musical. Only our review offers a thorough comparison of this release to the Platinum Edition DVD, contrasting the feature presentations and noting what is gained and what is lost. You'll also find video clips of the bonus features, the truth behind the three inconsistent cuts of the movie, and a detailed overview of everything on the set. You won't want to miss Aaron's full review.
The animated Comedy Central series "Ugly Americans" is set in a New York City that's populated with demons, wizards, zombies, werewolves, and other monstrosities. It centers on Mark Lilly, a Department of Integration social worker who helps all sorts of individuals adjust to their neighborhood. A day before its return to the cable network, the Volume 1 DVD is released, with audio commentaries, galleries, a sneak peek, and five of the "5-On" shorts that inspired the series. Read our review...
September 30, 2010 - First aired in 1968, He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown was the fifth animated Peanuts TV special made. Now, it is the latest cartoon in Charles Schulz's beloved series to receive its own self-titled Remastered Deluxe Edition DVD. Warner pairs it with another Snoopy-centric program, 1980's Life is a Circus, Charlie Brown, which makes its DVD debut. They're joined by the brand new 22-minute featurette "Snoopy's Home Ice: The Story of the Redwood Empire Ice Arena." We've included a clip of that bonus as part of our thorough review.
September 29, 2010 - Kelvin Cedeno takes a look at "Glee": The Complete First Season, the acclaimed and instantly popular hour-long dramedy about a high school glee club. Now available, Fox's 7-disc DVD adds three discs (9 episodes) to the four discs (13 episodes) released last December. Extras include real karaoke, various making-of featurettes, a number-accessing jukebox, and cast revelations. While you may opt to wait for the forthcoming Gleek gift set with journal, hasten not to read our review, which includes preview song clips on Page 2. More...
The Karate Kid provides an update on the hit 1984 film. Celebrity son Jaden Smith stars as a 12-year-old Detroit boy who relocates to China with his mother (Taraji P. Henson). There, torn between bullies and a girl he likes, he is trained by an enigmatic handyman (Jackie Chan) to compete in a kung fu tournament. In stores next week, Sony's DVD includes Chinese language lessons, a 20-minute making-of featurette, and the music video to Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith's end credits theme "Never Say Never." Review.
September 28, 2010 - Getting released in the same year as Saving Private Ryan caused fellow Best Picture nominee The Thin Red Line to be viewed in comparison to Steven Spielberg's blockbuster. Entering The Criterion Collection today, Terrence Malick's World War II epic can be considered on its own terms. Boasting a huge cast that includes Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, and Jim Caviezel, the film dramatizes the Battle of Guadalcanal, in which American forces tried to take the Pacific island from Japanese control. Criterion's 2-disc DVD supplies an audio commentary, a trailer, a taste of the hours of deleted scenes that exist, and several new featurettes interviewing cast members, author's daughter Kaylie Jones, composer Hans Zimmer, the editors and casting director Diane Crittenden (who is joined by audition tape footage). Read the full review.
Today's new releases include The Thin Red Line: The Criterion Collection, "Scrubs": The Complete Ninth and Final Season and Frozen. We'll soon be bringing you a review of Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema. For a detailed list of these and other new DVD and Blu-rays, check out our schedule.
September 27, 2010 - Easily missed in theaters last winter, Frozen comes to DVD and Blu-ray this week from Anchor Bay. This independent horror film from Hatchet writer/director Adam Green tells the story of three college students (Kevin Zegers, Shawn Ashmore, and Emma Bell) who find themselves stranded on a ski lift one Sunday night, with their odds of survival against them. The DVD includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, over 85 minutes of making-of documentaries, and the trailer. And, for a limited time, it's just $10.99 at Amazon.com. Read our review.
September 25, 2010 - The FX comedy series "The League" centers on a group of thirtysomething friends in a fantasy football league. Created by a "Seinfeld", "Curb Your Enthusiasm" producer and his wife, the show welcomes improvisation from a cast that includes Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll, and YouTube sensation Jon LaJoie. Now available on DVD and Blu-ray, Fox's The Complete Season One presents the first six episodes in broadcast and extended versions as well as bloopers, alternate lines, deleted scenes, music videos, and various shorts. Full review...
Our 1,200th review covers "Goosebumps": The Blob That Ate Everyone. One of Fox's two latest compilations, this DVD serves up three episodes of the mid-1990s Canadian television series adapted from R.L. Stine's best-selling line of children's horror books. From hairy hands and a hands fetishist to an X-Files video store poster, this disc has it all. Check out our review.
September 24, 2010 - Our newest review looks at Hand in Hand, a 1960 British film about a 7-year-old Catholic boy (Philip Needs) and a 7-year-old Jewish girl (Loretta Parry) who become best friends. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Film Promoting International Understanding, this small family-friendly drama makes its absolute home video debut on October 5th in a DVD from Sony. Read more...
September 23, 2010 - A beloved medical comedy comes to a close with much change in "Scrubs": The Complete and Final Ninth Season (as far as we know, the only ninth season). Sacred Heart Hospital has been torn down and rebuilt on Winston University, where we pay as much attention to newly-introduced med students as the established doctors. Donald Faison and John C. McGinley stay on full-time, while Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, and Ken Jenkins make recurring appearances. Available next Tuesday, ABC's DVD holds 13 episodes on two discs with a frustrating presentation and just a handful of extras. Our review includes video clips of the show and bonus featurette.
September 22, 2010 - Tonight's new review covers "Modern Family": The Complete First Season. The recent winner of the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy, this single-camera series applies the mockumentary format to three related families (one traditional, one gay, one age-divided multicultural remarriage). The ensemble cast includes Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, and Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet. They're joined by guest stars such as Edward Norton, Fred Willard, Elizabeth Banks, Shelley Long, Benjamin Bratt, and Kobe Bryant. Released just before tonight's season premiere, Fox's 4-disc DVD serves up 24 episodes, nearly an hour of deleted/alternate scenes and interviews, a gag reel, and several making-of featurettes. Don't miss our full review.
September 21, 2010 - Our newest review looks at "Spartacus: Blood and Sand": The Complete First Season. This Starz original historical drama series tells the story of a Thracian (Andy Whitfield) enslaved in First Century B.C. Rome. While longing to reunite with his wife, the man becomes a champion gladiator. John Hannah and "Xena: Warrior Princess"'s Lucy Lawless co-star. Available today, Anchor Bay's 4-disc DVD supplies all thirteen graphic episodes, six with cast & crew audio commentaries, plus nine featurettes and a trailer. Read much more...
Today's other new releases include "Modern Family": The Complete First Season, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, and The Experiment. For the full list of today's many new DVD and Blu-ray debuts, look no further than our September schedule.
September 20, 2010 - Aaron Wallace takes us back to summer camp with his review of Disney's Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Demi Lovato returns as protagonist Mitchie Torres and the Jonas Brothers again dig deep to portray fictional young musical stars the Gray Brothers. A rival camp threatens the very existence of Camp Rock, prompting a closely-followed battle of the camps. Released earlier this month, the Blu-ray + DVD combo presents an extended cut of the movie and a rock-along mode, plus Blu-ray exclusive music videos and a cast featurette. Full review.
September 17, 2010 - We've just posted the press release for Ramona and Beezus. This Fox and Walden summer movie, adapted from the popular Beverly Cleary books, will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo on November 9th, with the latter including a number of exclusives. Joey King and Selena Gomez star in this G-rated family film. Full press release. Cover art.
September 16, 2010 - The latest entry in Image Entertainment's Classic Artists Series, Hendrix: The Guitar Hero focuses on the music in the short but enduring career of Jimi Hendrix. This feature-length documentary gathers new reflections from a number of Hendrix's contemporaries including Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton, and Micky Dolenz. Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash narrates. Now available, the DVD includes bonus footage, extended interviews, photo galleries, and a biographical booklet. Read on.
Werner Herzog's latest film, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, tells the story of a San Diegan stage actor (played by Michael Shannon) who gets involved in a murder and hostage situation. Willem Dafoe, Chloλ Sevigny, Udo Kier, Michael Peρa, Grace Zabriskie, and Brad Dourif co-star in this semi-factual film presented and executive-produced by David Lynch. After limited theatrical distribution, it is now on DVD from First Look Studios with audio commentary, the Herzog-narrated short film Plastic Bag, interviews, and the trailer. Read more...
Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue - Set in summer, this third adventure in Disney's computer-animated direct-to-video series puts Tinker Bell in the custody of Lizzy, a young human girl who's a big fan of fairy culture. The Blu-ray + DVD Combo pack includes deleted scenes with introductions, a special sneak peek of Disney's upcoming movie Tangled, a music video by "Good Luck Charlie" star Bridgit Mendler, the "Fairy Field Guide Builder" activity, and a short piece on an Epcot fairy house contest.
The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary - Disney's first PG-rated animated feature, this dark, ambitious fantasy adapted from Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain series tells of an adolescent pig-keeper looking to stop the evil Horned King from acquiring the titular cauldron and reign of the undead army that comes with it. The new disc supplies 16:9 enhancement to one of the studio's widest cartoons in addition to a new game and deleted sequence plus extras held over from the Gold Collection DVD.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - Adapted from a video game series, this epic Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer adventure tells the story of 6th century orphan-turned-warrior prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is framed for murdering Persia's king. Fleeing with him is Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) and a powerful dagger. Alfred Molina and Ben Kingsley co-star in this Mike Newell-directed sword & sandal fantasy, which cost a reported $200 million to make.
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia": The Complete Season 5 - Last year's season of the popular FX comedy finds the Paddy's Pub gang taking a road trip, wrestling for America's troops, staging an intervention, and playing flip cup. Fox's 3-disc, 12-episode set includes six audio commentaries, deleted & extended scenes, an endless Kitten Mittens loop, a blooper reel, the pilot episode of the animated spy comedy "Archer", and more.
Marmaduke (Blu-ray + DVD) - Loosely adapted from the 50-year-old and still running newspaper comic strip, this computer-aided live-action family comedy tells the story of a huge Great Dane (voiced by Owen Wilson) who moves with his owners from Kansas to Orange County, California, where Marmaduke finds himself outcast at the divisive dog park. Fox's 2-disc combo includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, and behind-the-scenes shorts.
"FlashForward": The Complete Series - Prepped as ABC's successor to "Lost", this hour-long drama started strong with a much-watched premiere depicting a catastrophic global blackout that showed the world a 137-second glimpse of the future. But viewership fizzled, leading to a premature cancellation. Centering on the Los Angeles FBI's investigation, the show boasted an ensemble cast that included Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Dominic Monaghan, Courtney B. Vance, Jack Davenport and Gabrielle Union. The 5-disc DVD release adds to February's "Part 1" collection with a two-part audio commentary, deleted scenes, bloopers, featurettes, and a slew of Easter eggs.
Thomas & Friends: Misty Island Rescue (Blu-ray + DVD) - The computer-animated latest movie in the long-running talking train series brings an overconfident Thomas to an island inhabited by the Logging Locos, three hyperactive castaways. It is joined by a game and two sing-alongs on Lionsgate's combo pack.
The Experiment (Blu-ray) - Best Actor Oscar winners Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker star in this straight-to-video remake of the 2001 German psychological thriller in which social study volunteers are divided into prisoners and guards.
That Evening Sun - Hal Holbrook stars in this adaptation of William Gay's Southern Gotchic short story about a battle of wills between an 80-year-old widower and the family living on his Tennessee farm. Making his feature debut, Scott Teems directs a cast that includes Ray McKinnon, Walton Goggins ("The Shield"), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), Barry Corbin, and, in her final performance, Dixie Carter. Image Entertainment's DVD piles on the extras including an anti-commentary, two making-of pieces, extensive cast and crew interviews, and the trailer.
Solitary Man stars Michael Douglas as a downtrodden New York man whose destructive tendencies affect his girlfriend (Mary-Louise Parker), her teenage daughter (28 Weeks Later's Imogen Poots), his daughter (Jenna Fischer of "The Office"), his ex-wife (Susan Sarandon), and an old college buddy (Danny DeVito). Anchor Bay's DVD includes an audio commentary, a featurette, and the trailer.
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