With THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Disney DVD, $29.99, Aug. 17, 2004) Mickey, Donald and Goofy become Musketeers in their feature debut in this DVD premiere from director Donovan Cook. The pals do Dumas to the familiar musical strains of Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Beethoven, as they try to rescue Minnie from Pegleg Pete. And with this release Buena Vista Home Ent. launches Disney's FastPlay, a new patent pending technology that allows viewers to experience all of the DVD without the services of a remote.
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Warner Home Video has announced that it will release a 10-disk MATRIX collection in December. THE ULTIMATE MATRIX COLLECTION will include the trilogy, THE ANIMATRIX and 35-hours of bonus material as well as a Neo bust and 80-page book.
The disks include:* THE MATRIX - containing a new digital transfer of the film with two new commentaries* THE MATRIX REVISITED
When MARY POPPINS comes to DVD for the third time on Dec. 14 in a special 40th anniversary edition from Buena Vista Home Ent., it will boast a brand new 2D-animated short, THE CAT THAT LOOKED AT A KING, produced by DisneyToon Studios. It's based on an original story by Poppins author P.L. Travers about the magical nanny.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) and Genesis Orlando Inc. have entered into a multiyear distribution agreement for the U.S. and Canadian video and DVD distribution rights for the animated film property, TUGGER, THE JEEP 4X4 WHO WANTED TO FLY. Fox joins the Chrysler Group/Jeep brand and the Joester/Loria Licensing Group in New York City, in support of the animated film.
4Kids Entertainment Home Video, in association with FUNimation, will release YU-GI-OH!: The Complete First Season on DVD and VHS, Aug. 10, 2004. In addition, 4Kids Ent. Home Video will release: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: Volume 11: The Ultimate Ninja on Aug. 17, 2004 and CABBAGE PATCH KIDS: The New Kid on Aug. 31, 2004.
YU-GI-OH!: The Complete First Season is a six DVD boxed set featuring 49 episodes of the hit animated series. It will be available will be limited edition collector's tins for $99.98.
DreamWorks Home Ent. will release the DVD of SHREK 2 on Nov. 5, 2004 - the same Friday that Disney/Pixar will release THE INCREDIBLES in theaters. Should be a great weekend for animation lovers.
Retailing for $29.99, bonus features on the DVD include:* Commentary by the filmmakers* Technical Goofs* Meet Puss in Boots* Meet the cast of SHREK 2* The Tech of SHREK 2* More than 20 games and activities* Shrek's Music Room & more
Aside from being a charming Irish fairy tale about leprechauns and banshees and co-starring Sean Connery, the soon-to-be James Bond, DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE (1959) was also one of Walt Disney's personal favorites. Released on DVD on Aug. 3, 2004 DARBY O'GILL (Walt Disney Home Ent., $19.99) is particularly noteworthy for its wonderful work by the legendary Peter Ellenshaw (special photographic effects, special art styling), who collaborated with Eustace Lycett (special photographic effects) and Joshua Meador (animation effects).
StudioWorks has announced the 2003 Oscar winner for best animated short film, HARVIE KRUMPET, will be coming to DVD Nov. 9, 2004. The film will be released by Ventura Distribution and sell for $19.99. Further details have not been released, but the Ventura Website has the running time listed as 72 minutes, probably meaning that other shorts will be package along with HARVIE.
Coinciding with the release of the live-action THUNDERBIRDS feature, MGM Home Ent. recently released this slick two-disc box set of THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO and THUNDERBIRD 6 ($29.98). Both of these widescreen features were spawned from the popular U.K. TV series produced by the husband-wife team of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson in the 60s. Rich in color, they beautifully transfer the famed Supermarionation to the big screen.
Warner Home Video Inc. (WHV) has signed a multi-year agreement to distribute the TROLLZ property on from DIC Entertainment (DIC).
WHV will exclusively distribute nine TROLLZ home video and DVD made-for-videos beginning in fourth quarter, 2005.
Mike Mignola's comic book, HELLBOY, about the world's greatest and wittiest paranormal investigator, didn't make as big a splash on the big screen as expected, but Guillermo del Toro's movie has already been wowing viewers on this special edition DVD (Columbia TriStar Home Ent., $28.96), which streets July 27, 2004.
DPS Film Roman and Rob Zombie, the legendary multi-platinum musician/artist/writer/and director of the cult-classic film HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, have signed an agreement to produce an animated DVD feature based on his Spookshow International comic book EL SUPERBEASTO. Anchor Bay Entertainment will handle domestic video distribution while IDT Entertainment Sales will be responsible for international distribution.
ADV Films released a six new titles on July 13, 2004. The DVDs include BIRTH; FARSCAPE: SEASON FOUR, COLLECTION 5; HELLO KITTY & FRIENDS: TIMELESS TALES; KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC: PIRATES FROM THE ISLAND OF SPIRITS; ROBOTECH REMASTERED: MASTERS COLLECTION 1; and WEDDING PEACH: SUMMER FLOWER.
MILLENNIUM, Chris Carter's 1996 follow-up series after THE X-FILES, bows on DVD July 20, 2004 (Fox Home Ent., $59.98). THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON arrives with all 22 episodes on six discs. This bleak thriller stars Lance Henriksen as a mind reading profiler who joins a mysterious crime busting organization that takes on the most bizarre cases. Naturally it's full of grand conspiracies and spooky supernatural subtext. VFX by Area 51.
Marvel Enterprises and Lions Gates Family Home Entertainment, a division of Lions Gate Entertainment, will release an animated made-for-DVD version of THE AVENGERS. In this first installment of a multi-picture home video deal, the animated feature will cast some of Marvels most popular superheroes, including Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Giant Man and Wasp.
Buena Vista Home Ent. will launch two exclusive ease-of-use features with the Aug. 17 animated release of Disney DVDs THE THREE MUSKETEERS, starring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
Disney's FastPlay is a new patent pending technology that allows viewers to experience all of the DVD without ever touching their remote. For viewers who prefer to navigate, the new EasyFind menus easily guide them to their favorite set up options and bonus features.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. has announced that THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW will hit DVD shelves on Oct. 5, 2004 ($29.98). The disc will include deleted scenes as well as commentaries by director Roland Emmerich, producer Mark Gordon, screenwriter Jeffrey Nachmanoff, cinematographer Ueli Steiger, production designer Barry Chusid and editor David Brenner. Also included among the goodies will be an interactive audio demo and DVD-ROM Weblinks.
Columbia TriStar Home Ent. has announced that it will release the French CG feature KAENA: THE PROPHECY ($24.96) on DVD, September 7, 2004. Directed and co-wrote by Chris Delaporte, the film features the vocal talents of Kirsten Dunst (SPIDER-MAN 2), Academy Award-winner Anjelica Huston (ROYAL TENEBAUMS) and Richard Harris (HARRY POTTER).
Vancouver-based Bumblz Media, Inc. launches its computer-animated preschool series BUMBLZ with its first direct-to-home video release, BUMBLZ, CLUBHOUSE FRIENDS. The company established an e-commerce site to handle sales of the video at www.bumblz.com.
ADV Films has announced its July 6, 2004 street dates. The releases include EXCEL SAGA: IMPERFECT COLLECTION, FINAL FANTASY: UNLIMITED - PHASE 7, NADIA THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER: COLLECTION 2, ALL PURPOSE CULTURAL CAT GIRL NUKU NUKU TV: NINE LIVES, THE DEVIL LADY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION and THE SUPER MILK-CHAN SHOW: 100% WHOLE.
SOUTH PARK - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON, in which the irreverent series really came into its own, made its bow on DVD (Paramount Home Ent., $49.99) June 29, 2004. The three-disc set contains 17 episodes from 2000, as well as "mini-commentaries" by creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who discuss their continuing censorship problems with Comedy Central and various inspirations.
Warner Home Video (WHV) will release a special edition DVD of THE IRON GIANT on September 7, 2004. The all-new special features include eight "never-before-seen" scenes, including an alternate opening, all with director commentary, 13 mini-documentaries highlighting key sequences and a featurette, "The Voice Of The Giant," hosted Vin Diesel. This version will be available on DVD for $19.97.
Three animated primetime specials starring Jim Davis' famously self-centered cat (drolly voiced by Lorenzo Music) appear on the new GARFIELD AS HIMSELF DVD (Fox Home Ent., $14.98) that streets June 29, 2004: HERE COMES GARFIELD (1982, directed by Phil Roman), in which he mounts a rescue of his canine pal, Odie, from the pound; GARFIELD ON THE TOWN (1983, directed by Roman), in which he is movingly reunited with his mom in an alley after escaping a trip to the vet; and GARFIELD GETS A LIFE (1991, directed by John Sparey), in which he provides romantic tips to hapless owner Jon (voiced by Sandy
SPIDER-MAN 2 opens this week, so here comes the complete DVD set of the first animated Spidey series that ran Saturday mornings on ABC from '67-'70. SPIDER-MAN - THE '67 COLLECTION (Buena Vista Home Ent., $59.99) bows on June 29, 2004, with 52 episodes spread across six discs.
THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA (Columbia TriStar Home Ent., $24.96) is one of the best examples of kitschy B-movie sci-fi in recent memory a reminder of our primitive vfx origins; it streets June 22, 2004, on DVD. Aliens from Mars crash land on Earth and the key to thwarting the invasion lies in reviving a talking skeleton. Larry Blamire's instant cult classic contains the following DVD features:
* Director and cast commentary* Character commentary* Blooper reel* American Cinematheque Q&A featurette