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December 31, 2012 - Hitting stores today is the acclaimed sci fi film Looper. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a hitman of the future assigned to kill time travelers for an organized crime unit.
He hesitates when he comes face to face with the future version of himself (Bruce Willis), sending both versions of the man to the Kansas farm of a single mother (Emily Blunt) and her young son believed to have future significance. Written and directed by Brick's Rian Johnson, the film hits Blu-ray with audio commentary, 22 deleted scenes with commentary, three making-of featurettes, UltraViolet, and, as an Easter egg, Johnson's student short film Evil Demon Golf Ball from Hell!!!. Don't miss our review.

We close out 2012 with two new Blu-ray reviews. First, we take a close look at "Tosh.0": Deep V's, the second home video release of Comedy Central's popular web video commentary series. The two-disc Blu-ray includes sixteen episodes of the Daniel Tosh-hosted series along with extended Web Redemptions and The Human Centipede spoiler. Featuring such Internet icons as the "I Like Turtles" Kid and the Awful Weatherman, this chronological Season 2 compilation is now available. Our review.

Today's new releases includes the acclaimed sci-fi time travel tale Looper, FX's "Justified": The Complete Third Season, and the vampire drama The Thompsons. For more, check out Upcoming Cover Art.

December 25, 2012 - Merry Christmas! We've got a review of one of today's biggest new theatrical releases: Django Unchained.
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, this film pays homage to the spaghetti western while telling the tale of a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) and former slave (Jamie Foxx) who team up to retrieve the slave's wife (Kerry Washington) from a wealthy plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). You can read all about one of the year's most violent and best reviewed releases right here.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

December 23, 2012 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days extends and possibly concludes the series of live-action comedies adapted from Jeff Kinney's bestselling books. Focusing on the summer before eighth grade, this threequel follows Greg (Zachary Gordon) to a country club, where he pretends to work and be a member. There's also father-son bonding, time with best friend Rowley's family, and a dog. Now available, Fox's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes deleted scenes, director's audio commentary, a gag reel, an FX Movie Channel featurette on the author, the animated short Class Clown, and UltraViolet. Check out our review.

December 22, 2012 - Before the Dark Knight Trilogy, before Inception, and before Memento, Christopher Nolan wrote and directed a small British film called Following. Made for just $5,000, this black and white neo-noir tells the story of an aspiring writer (Jeremy Theobald) whose interest in shadowing strangers brings him into contact with a gentlemanly thief (Alex Haw). This acclaimed, twisty thriller has recently come to Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection, who fit it with Nolan's 2001 audio commentary, a substantial new Nolan interview, the director's 1997 short film Doodlebug, a script-to-film comparison, a linear edit of the film, two trailers, and an essay booklet. Read more.

December 21, 2012 - Today's review covers the recent Blu-ray debut of Finding Nemo. This Oscar-winning 2003 film remains the all-time #1 seller on DVD and the theatrically best-attended Pixar film. Its 3-disc Blu-ray + DVD combo pack upgrades the film's audio commentary to Cine-Explore, adds a Filmmakers' Roundtable discussion, a featurette on Disneyland's Submarine Voyage, and deleted scenes, but loses a few features from its now-discontinued two-disc DVD. Swim over to our review for full details.

Trouble with the Curve: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review Premium Rush Blu-ray Review

December 20, 2012 - Clint Eastwood came out of acting retirement to star in Trouble with the Curve. He plays an aging Atlanta Braves scout with secretly failing vision who is joined by his workaholic daughter (Amy Adams) on a North Carolina recruiting trip in advance of the MLB Draft. Co-starring Justin Timberlake and John Goodman, this drama marks the directing debut of Eastwood's longtime AD Robert Lorenz. It is now available to own in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack that includes two making-of shorts. Don't miss our complete review.

December 19, 2012 - Premium Rush stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Wilee, a bike messenger who is able to weave through New York City's traffic. The chase is on when a corrupt cop with gambling debts (Michael Shannon) tries to get a valuable parcel out of Wilee's hands. After a quiet late summer theatrical run, this acclaimed PG-13 action film hits Blu-ray and DVD on Friday with two making-of featurettes and UltraViolet. Watch clips from the film as part of our full review.

December 18, 2012 - Last week, Disney has reached way back into its library to make Babes in Toyland the studio's oldest live action film on Blu-ray. The 1961 fantasy musical stars Annette Funicello, Tommy Sands, Ray Bolger, Ed Wynn, Tommy Kirk, and a number of additional familiar faces from vintage Disney television and movies. Nominated for the Best Musical Golden Globe and two Academy Awards, this film hits high definition in time for Christmas, but only one of its rear cover's two disappointing reveals proves to be true. For full details, read our review.

The Touchstone Pictures blockbuster Who Framed Roger Rabbit will make its Blu-ray debut on March 12th, alongside the recently-announced 2-Movie Collections given to Disney animated classics Brother Bear, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan and their sequels. Roger Rabbit's 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo pack ($26.50 SRP) will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD packaging. See Upcoming Cover Art for a look at its artwork and to preorder all of these titles.

Paramount has set a January 29th Blu-ray and DVD release date for Paranormal Activity 4, the latest and weakest-performing entry in their lucrative low-budget horror franchise. This sequel will be presented in both its original 87-minute theatrical cut and a new 96-minute unrated cut. Its Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack will include UltraViolet and nearly 30 minutes of additional found footage. For cover art, preorders, and full details, see the press release.

New to Blu-ray, 1998's Les Misιrables offers a dramatic, not musical, adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel. Liam Neeson stars as Jean Valjean, a reformed convict who becomes a factory owner, mayor, and caretaker to the young illegitimate daughter (Claire Danes) of his impoverished former employee (Uma Thurman), all the while being hunted by the determined Inspector Javert (Geoffrey Rush). Now available, Sony's Blu-ray includes a making-of short and UltraViolet. Full review.

Today's new Blu-ray releases include the sci-fi action remake Total Recall, Clint Eastwood's baseball drama Trouble with the Curve, the family comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, and the high school reunion indie 10 Years. New DVDs include Shout! Factory's loaded standalone release of "The Sarah Silverman Program": Season 3 and the icy psychological thriller The Frozen. For more on all these titles, check out our Upcoming Schedule and keep an eye open for our reviews!

Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Favorites Collection DVD Review Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection Blu-ray Review Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection DVD Review

The Warner Archive made-to-order DVD Rankin/Bass TV Holiday Favorites Collection assembles four of the company's lesser-known holiday specials: the previously unavailable sequel The Little Drummer Boy Book II, the traditionally-animated, hour-long musical A Christmas Carol adaptation The Stingiest Man in Town, and the early 1980s stop motion programs Pinocchio's Christmas and The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold. That adds up to 2½ hours of nostalgic seasonal entertainment. Check out our review.

December 16, 2012 - Today's new review covers Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection Blu-ray. Lionsgate's 4-disc set includes the following films written and directed by the maker of The Godfather trilogy: the epic 1979 Vietnam War drama Apocalypse Now and its 2001 extended cut Apocalypse Now Redux, the acclaimed 1974 thriller The Conversation about a guilt-stricken San Francisco wiretapper (Gene Hackman), the mostly black & white Buenos Aires drama Tetro, and, new to BD, the bankruptcy-prompting 1982 Las Vegas musical romance One from the Heart. The films are joined by a wealth of extras including audio commentaries, deleted scenes, making-of documentaries, and more. Don't miss our two-page review.

December 15, 2012 - Released in the summer and finally made available for review, Warner Archive's Hanna-Barbera Christmas Classics Collection gathers three half-hour animated holiday specials. A Christmas Story follows a mouse and dog as they attempt to deliver a boy's letter to Santa Claus. The Town Santa Forgot tells the story of a greedy, spoiled boy whose half-mile-long list to Santa is misinterpreted. Casper's First Christmas brings Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo, Quick Draw McGraw, and other characters to the mansion of the friendly ghost. Read more about all three programs right here.

December 14, 2012 - Disney has set March 12, 2013 as the day when three animated classics and their direct-to-video sequels will make their Blu-ray debuts. Arriving in 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Combo Packs are Mulan & Mulan 2, Brother Bear & Brother Bear 2, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame & The Hunchback of Notre Dame II. All three are now available for preorder on Each 3-Disc Special Edition will consist of one Blu-ray and 2 DVDs and carry a $39.99 SRP list price. More details to come. Click the thumbnails for larger cover art:

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Our newest theatrical review covers The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson's much-anticipated return to the fantasy worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien's novels. Martin Freeman stars as the young Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming Hobbit invited on adventure by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen determined dwarves.
Now playing, this first installment in another epic trilogy introduces the world, at certain locations, to high frame rate 3D filmmaking, utilizing 48 frames per second, twice as many as standard film. We assess that format as part of our complete movie review.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Review

December 12, 2012 - Today's review looks at Beasts of the Southern Wild, a little independent movie in the running for Hollywood's biggest prize. This drama is set in The Bathtub, a storm-ravaged New Orleans community where young girl Hushpuppy (Quvenzhanι Wallis) lives with her sickly father Wink (Dwight Henry). Expected to snag Oscar nominations in Best Picture and Best Actress, this Fox Searchlight film is now available to own in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack that includes deleted scenes, audition tapes, a making-of documentary, writer/director Benh Zeitlin's kindred 2008 short Glory at Sea, shorts, and the trailer. Full review.

Beasts of the Southern Wild Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review Heavyweights Blu-ray Review

December 11, 2012 - Today, the 1995 family film Heavyweights becomes one of Disney's most loaded and least likely Blu-ray Discs. Middle schoolers get more than expected when their summer fat camp is taken over by maniacal motivator (Ben Stiller) who hopes the pounds they shed will make for a rewarding infomercial. Co-written and executive produced by Judd Apatow, this comedy is joined by a lively new audio commentary, over 90 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, a half-hour making-of featurette, new reflections by the film's young actors, a video chat between Apatow and Kenan Thompson, Super 8 footage from production, and the original trailer. Our review.

December 10, 2012 - We look at the other of Warner Archive Collection's first Blu-ray releases with our review of Gypsy. Adapted from the Tony-nominated Broadway musical and the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, this 1962 film tells the story of a stage mother (Rosalind Russell) determined to have her daughters make it in show business with a Vaudeville act. Formerly reduced to the background, the elder daughter (Natalie Wood) becomes a star... in burlesque. The Blu-ray retains the original theatrical trailer and two deleted musical numbers featuring the singing voice of Karl Malden. Full review.

December 8, 2012 - 10 Years tells the story of a high school's tenth reunion. Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Oscar Isaac, Kate Mara, and Anthony Mackie form part of the large ensemble of young adult actors in the foreground of this independent comedy written and directed by We Are Marshall, Dear John screenwriter Jamie Linden. After a modest fall theatrical engagement, this PG-13 film hits stores on December 18th with deleted scenes. Read our Blu-ray review.

Dick Tracy Blu-ray + Digital Copy Review Thunderstruck: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review eXistenZ Blu-ray Review

December 7, 2012 - Dick Tracy makes its Blu-ray debut on Tuesday and we've got an early review. Warren Beatty directs, produces, and stars in the title role of this adaptation of the long-running comic strip, playing a police detective who stands up to his city's many colorful criminals. Co-starring Al Pacino, Madonna, Dick Van Dyke, Dustin Hoffman, and Mandy Patinkin (to name just a few), this 1990 Touchstone Pictures film grossed over $100 million and won three Academy Awards. Nonetheless, it hits high definition with no extras aside from a digital copy. Full review.

December 6, 2012 - NBA superstar Kevin Durant makes his acting debut in Thunderstruck. This family comedy tells the story of an athletically lacking Oklahoma high school sophomore (Taylor Grey) who inadvertently inherits Durant's basketball skills at halftime of a Thunder game, prompting the league's scoring leader into a slump but turning the kid into a star. Co-starring Jim Belushi and Brandon T. Jackson, this limited summer theatrical release is now available to own. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes deleted scenes and four short making-of featurettes. Full review.

December 5, 2012 - The independent comedy Butter stars Jennifer Garner as an Iowan wife determined to follow the footsteps of her husband (Ty Burrell) into the world of competitive butter carving. Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Alicia Silverstone, newcomer Yara Shahidi, and Hugh Jackman co-star in this limited fall theatrical release. It's now available to own and our review covers the Weinstein/Anchor Bay Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, which includes a gag reel and deleted scenes.

December 4, 2012 - One of the busiest release dates of the year, today sees the home video debuts of The Dark Knight Rises, Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Thunderstruck, Butter, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, and "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic": Adventures in the Crystal Empire. In addition, coming to Blu-ray for the first time are Finding Nemo, Catch Me If You Can, Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection, eXistenz, and Godzilla vs. Biollante. For cover art, reviews, and site-supporting links to buy at Amazon, check out Upcoming Cover Art.

eXistenZ, a trippy 1999 science fiction film written and directed by David Cronenberg (The Fly, Videodrome), comes to Blu-ray on its own today. Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh star as an endangered couple who venture into the virtual reality world of a much-anticipated new gaming system. Echo Bridge Home Entertainment's BD includes 45 minutes of interviews with Law, co-star Willem Dafoe, and special effects supervisor Jim Isaac. More...

The Dark Knight Rises: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Review

The Dark Knight Rises, the final chapter in Christopher Nolan's epic Batman trilogy, hits home video today and we've got a review. An ailing Batman (Christian Bale) comes out of reclusion and retirement when the warlord Bane (Tom Hardy) and his army overthrow Gotham City. Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt join the returning regulars in the series' longest entry. Warner's Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet combo pack includes a Second Screen playback mode, a new hour-long documentary on the many versions of the Batmobile, two hours of making-of featurettes, trailers, and print art. Don't miss our full review.

Catch Me If You Can Blu-ray Review Sparkle Blu-ray Review

December 2, 2012 - Another Steven Spielberg film makes its way to high definition with this week's Blu-ray debut of Catch Me If You Can. This 2002 blockbuster tells the unbelievable true story of Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio), a teenager who forges his way to wealth and fakes his way to being a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer. Tom Hanks plays the FBI agent determined to catch him. The acclaimed caper also features an Oscar-nominated Christopher Walken and some of the earliest appearances of Amy Adams, Elizabeth Banks, and Jennifer Garner. DreamWorks/Paramount's Blu-ray retains everything from the two-disc DVD, including a photo gallery upgraded to HD. Review.

December 1, 2012 - Sparkle contains the final film performance of the late Whitney Houston. She plays the mother of three young women (Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter) who form a girl group in 1968 Detroit. A remake of a 1976 movie, this musical drama hit stores yesterday after a modest summer theatrical run. Sony's Blu-ray includes a director's audio commentary, a music video, an extended song performance, a tribute to Whitney, three additional making-of featurettes, and UltraViolet. Our review.

November 30, 2012 - Disney has set a January 8th DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D release date for Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.
Frankenweenie Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD Press Release
The acclaimed but poorly-attended stop-motion comedy will be available in a 1-disc DVD, a 2-disc Blu-ray + DVD, and a 4-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack. All three will include a featurette on the world-touring Frankenweenie sets and props exhibit and the Plain White T's' "Pet Sematary" music video, while the Blu-rays will add Burton's original 1984 live-action short and the all-new short Captain Sparky vs. the Flying Saucers. Full details.

Men in Black 3 Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD Review Godzilla vs. Biollante Blu-ray Review The Sarah Silverman Program: Season 3 DVD Review

Rise of the Guardians Movie Review Lawless Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Review

A Special Sesame Street Christmas DVD Review Prep & Landing and Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice: Totally Tinsel Collection Blu-ray + DVD Review Lawrence of Arabia Blu-ray Review

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Blu-ray Review Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2 Blu-ray + DVD Review

Recent Film Reviews:
• Hitchcock - Anthony Hopkins is legendary director Alfred Hitchcock as he makes the film Psycho amidst studio resistance and censor concerns. Helen Mirren plays Hitch's long-suffering and influential wife Alma Reville, whose collaboration with a screenwriter (Danny Huston) draws suspicions, while Scarlett Johansson depicts leading lady Janet Leigh.
• Life of Pi - Ang Lee's long in development drama adapts Yann Martel's novel about a religiously open-minded Indian teenager who survives a shipwreck with a Bengal tiger and other wild zoo animals.
• Rise of the Guardians - Based on William Joyce's series of picture books, DreamWorks Animation's newest film finds Jack Frost joining the ranks of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman to protect the world's children from the Boogeyman called Pitch Black.

Recent DVD and Blu-ray Reviews:
• Deathtrap (Blu-ray) - Adapted from a long-running, Tony-nominated Broadway play, this 1982 twisty comic thriller finds a struggling playwright (Michael Caine) plotting to claim the promising script of a former student (Christopher Reeve) as his own work. Directed by Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Network) and adapted by Jay Presson Allen (Cabaret), the film is joined by an original trailer.
• Men in Black 3 (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD) - Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return as J and K, two senior agents of the secret organization protecting our planet from extraterrestrials. J journeys back in time to 1969 to prevent the death of a young K (Josh Brolin) at the hands of an alien foe (Jemaine Clement). The Blu-ray includes an alien-shooting game, a half-hour making-of documentary, two featurettes, progression reels, scene investigations, a gag reel, the music video for Pitbull's end credits theme, and UltraViolet, while the 3D disc adds a couple of exclusives.
• "The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show": The Complete Animated Series - In 1983, this half-hour series took to CBS' Saturday morning schedule, where it stayed for three years. The two-season, 18-episode run is now on DVD in its entirety courtesy of this barebones 2-disc set.
• Godzilla vs. Biollante (Blu-ray) - The seventeenth entry overall in the flagship monster sci-fi movie series of Japanese studio Toho, this 1989 film pits Godzilla into a super flower infused with his DNA and the spirit of a human girl. Echo Bridge and Miramax's Blu-ray presents the film in both Japanese and English audio with English subtitles plus a nearly hour-long making-of documentary and a design featurette.
• "The Sarah Silverman Program": Season 3 - The two-disc set adds four audio commentaries, a 2012 retrospective, the series' original pilot (with commentary), behind-the-scenes shorts, cast auditions, and more to the final ten episodes of Comedy Central's offbeat musical comedy show.
• Treasure Planet (10th Anniversary Blu-ray + DVD) - Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island in space, this pricey adventure was a major flop at the box office and a major reason why Disney abandoned traditional animation. The combo retains the many extras of its original DVD, most of them also making the Blu-ray, while adding previously unused Laurie Metcalf introductions to each section.
• The Apparition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Twilight's Ashley Greene, Harry Potter's Tom Felton, and Captain America's Sebastian Stan star in this PG-13 supernatural horror film in which a young couple's new home is site to a number of inexplicable disturbances connected to a college student experiment.
• Lawless (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - Three brothers (Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke) who run a bootlegging business in Prohibition Era Virginia. Directed by The Road's John Hillcoat and based on Matt Bondurant's historical novel about his grandfather, this drama co-stars Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Gary Oldman. Available next week, The Weinstein Company's Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack includes an audio commentary, deleted scenes, two featurettes, Willie Nelson's "Midnight Run" music video, and a hidden feature.
• A Special Sesame Street Christmas One of two holiday Sesame Street specials that premiered in early December 1978, this one that aired on CBS features only some of the cast, including Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird, in addition to a variety of guest stars from Tony winner Leslie Uggams to Anne Murray and Ethel Merman to walk-on appearances by Michael Jackson and Henry Fonda. Nominated for an Emmy but losing to PBS' Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, this hour-long musical special recently made its home video debut with bonus features and some misleading packaging.
• Heaven's Door - Inspirational drama tells the story of a girl (Kirstin Dorn) who acquires healing powers after an unusual fall from a tall tree. Her skeptical mother (Charisma Carpenter), mechanic father (Dean Cain), outspoken grandmother (Joanna Cassidy), and neighbors in need have different reactions to her supposed gifts.
• My Big Fat Greek Wedding (10th Anniversary Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - This independent romantic comedy starring and written by Nia Vardalos became an unlikely box office behemoth, sticking around all year on good buzz and word of mouth. Now, this story of a Greek-American whose large, loud, traditional family complicates her courtship to a plain old American (John Corbett) has hit high definition. HBO's new set offers the film on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copy, with the BD offering a never-before-seen deleted scenes and a brand new half-hour retrospective reuniting Vardalos and Corbett alongside the stars' 2002 audio commentary.
• Grave of the Fireflies (Blu-ray) - Isao Takahata adapted and directed this 1988 animated drama, the first theatrical Studio Ghibli production to fall outside of Disney's distribution deal. Based on Akiyuki Nosaka's semi-autobiographical novel, this film tells the story of a brother and sister in 1945 Japan who are separated from their mother by an air raid and try fending for themselves in an abandoned bomb shelter. Sentai Filmworks' disc presents the film with original Japanese audio and English dubs new and old alongside a storyboard version of the film, two deleted scenes in storyboard form, and an original theatrical trailer.
• Prep & Landing & Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice: Totally Tinsel Collection (Blu-ray + DVD) - Walt Disney Animation Studios' Emmy-winning 2009 ABC holiday special about Santa's covert elf assistants is joined by last year's Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice and nearly an hour of bonus features including two additional short shorts, six making-of shorts, North Pole news reels, commercials, and training videos.
• Lawrence of Arabia (Blu-ray) - Winner of Best Picture and seven other Oscars, David Lean's 1962 epic remains one of the most highly regarded films ever made. Peter O'Toole stars in the title role as a British officer who becomes a key figure in the Arab Revolt against the Turks during World War I. Sony's two-disc Blu-ray includes a new picture-in-graphics track, a new interview with O'Toole, an hour-long making-of documentary, vintage production featurettes, ad campaign imagery, a newsreel from the New York premiere, and UltraViolet.
• Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (Blu-ray) - This hit 1989 comedy stars Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as a couple of teenaged slackers who travel through time in a telephone booth to round up historical figures for the oral report they need to pass History. The film is joined by a conversation among its screenwriters, an air guitar tutorial, the first episode of the Saturday morning cartoon it inspired, radio spots, and the original trailer.
• "Hot in Cleveland": Season 3 - TV Land's popular sitcom stars veterans Valerie Bertinelli ("One Day at a Time"), Jane Leeves ("Frasier"), and Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me") as three Los Angeles women now sharing a house in Cleveland. Betty White plays their house's caretaker. The DVD includes the season's behind-the-scenes special.
• Brave - Set in the Scottish Highlands during the Middle Ages, Pixar's thirteenth and latest film centers on Merida, a fiercely independent princess who resists the traditions her mother enforces upon her. A witch's spell changes her life immediately and she has mere hours to fix it. Our review covers the film's 5-disc Ultimate Collector's Edition, which includes the film on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, and digital copy, plus an additional Blu-ray disc of bonus features.
• The Amazing Spider-Man (Blu-ray + DVD) - The Social Network's Andrew Garfield takes over the title role, playing Peter Parker, the nerdy teenager whom a spider bite transforms into Spider-Man. Emma Stone is love interest Gwen Stacy, Denis Leary plays her police captain father, and Rhys Ifans is Dr. Curt Connors, a scientist looking to regrow his amputated arm. (500) Days of Summer's Marc Webb directs from a script by Zodiac's James Vanderbilt, the Spider-Man Trilogy's Alvin Sargent, and Harry Potter's Steve Kloves. Swinging to stores today, Sony's 3-disc combo pack includes an audio commentary, a Second Screen App, a feature-length making of documentary, deleted scenes, previsualizations, stunt rehearsals, image galleries, UltraViolet and more.
• Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2 (Blu-ray + DVD) - Compiles twelve animated shorts, three never before released to disc. They offer a mix of Toy Story Toons, Cars Toons, home video feature spin-offs, and original theatrical shorts. All twelve are fitted with audio commentary and joined by seven student short films made at CalArts by directors John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Pete Docter.
• DreamWorks Holiday Classics (Blu-ray + DVD) - The network television specials Shrek the Halls and Merry Madagascar are joined by the direct-to-video Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury and the shorts The Madagascar Penguins in A Christmas Caper and Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular, which is also presented in a sing-along mode.
• Outpost: Black Sun (Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack) - This low budget horror action sequel pits modern day Nazi hunters against zombie war criminals kept alive by machine.
• The Muppet Christmas Carol (Blu-ray) - This highly-regarded adaptation of Charles Dickens' redemption tale stars Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge and casts Gonzo and Rizzo as storytellers. From The Muppet Movie's screenwriter Jerry Juhl and songwriter Paul Williams, this family musical comedy hits high definition with a new Muppet audio commentary and a character Christmas carol Disney Intermission feature. They join a more serious commentary by director Brian Henson, a 22-minute making-of retrospective, a gag reel, Pepe's Gonzo profile, a short on Christmas traditions around the world, and a digital copy. But one significant item found on both of the movie's DVDs has been dropped.

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Latest Reviews (rated):
Looper (Blu-ray)
Tosh.0: Deep V's (BD)
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Following (Criterion BD)
Finding Nemo (BD + DVD)
Trouble with the Curve (BD)
Premium Rush (Blu-ray)
Babes in Toyland (Blu-ray)
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Francis Ford Coppola: 5-Film Collection (Blu-ray)
Hanna-Barbera Christmas
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Heavyweights (Blu-ray)
Gypsy (Blu-ray)
10 Years (Blu-ray)
Dick Tracy (Blu-ray + DC)
Thunderstruck (BD + DVD)
Butter (Blu-ray + DVD)
eXistenZ (Blu-ray)
The Dark Knight Rises
Catch Me If You Can (BD)
Sparkle (Blu-ray)
Deathtrap (Blu-ray)
Men in Black 3 (3D Combo)
The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show
Godzilla vs. Biollante (BD)
Sarah Silverman Program S3
Treasure Planet (BD + DVD)
The Apparition (BD + DVD)
Lawless (Blu-ray + DVD)
Finding Nemo Blu-ray + DVD Review
Sesame Street Christmas
Heaven's Door
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Grave of the Fireflies (BD)
Prep & Landing (Combo)
Lawrence of Arabia (BD)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (Blu-ray)
Hot in Cleveland: Season 3
Muppet Christmas Carol (BD)
Brave (Blu-ray 3D Combo)
Amazing Spider-Man Combo
Pixar Shorts, Vol. 2 Combo
DreamWorks Holiday Combo
Outpost: Black Sun (Combo)
Bugs Bunny Superstar
Sunset Blvd. (Blu-ray)
Arthur Christmas (3D Combo)
Ruby Sparks (Blu-ray)
Vamps (Blu-ray)
People Like Us (BD + DVD)
The Campaign (BD + DVD)
Maximum Conviction (Combo)
Sweet Home Alabama (BD)
Sister Act (2 Movie Combo)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Rosemary's Baby (CC BD)
Father Hood & Life w/Mikey
Secret of the Wings (BD 3D)
Billy Bathgate & Blaze (BD)
Safety Not Guaranteed (BD)
DreamWorks Spooky Stories
Check It Out w/Brule: S1&2
Annie (Blu-ray)
The Santa Clause (3MC BD)
All Reviews (Old Index)
Babes in Toyland (1961) Blu-ray Review
Interviews Index
• John Carter: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Staff
• Tangled producer Glen Keane
• Tangled directors Nathan Greno & Byron Howard
• Donnie Dunagan, voice of Disney's Bambi
• Patrick Fabian, star of The Last Exorcism
• Joey King, Ramona and Beezus star
• Michael Arndt, Toy Story 3 screenwriter
• Princess and the Frog directors Ron Clements & John Musker
• Phyllis Diller, comedienne and A Bug's Life voice
• John Ratzenberger, Pixar voice actor
• An Interview with Leonard Maltin, Disney Treasures
• Taylor Lautner, Sharkboy and Twilight's Jacob Black
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