17 Again, TMNT and More Modern Classics on DVD/Blu-ray

17 AGAIN on DVD and Blu-rayNew Line/2009/115min/PG-13/SRP: $35.99Director: Burr SteersCast: Zac Efron, Matthew Perry, Leslie MannVfx: R!OT

Video codec: VC-1Video resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 2.39:1

English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1English: Dolby Digital 5.1English SDH, Spanish BD/DVD ComboThree-disc setDigital copyBD-Live

Bonus Features:*ZAC GOES BACK (HD): A making-of featurette, it concerns itself mainly with showering Efron with praise. A few interesting notes creep up from the cast and crew as does some behind-the-scenes footage, but it's mostly an EPK piece.

*GOING BACK TO 17 (HD): in which various cast and crew members reminisce about their high school years. Among the topics discussed are out-of-style dance moves and the most horrifying school experiences. It's puffy, but cute.

*WAY COOL TELL-ALL TRIVIA TRACK: Here, little factoids turn up sporadically throughout the film. Some of them offer genuinely interesting pieces of production information while others deal with subjects only loosely connected to what's onscreen.

*EXTRAS: The first is "Breakin' Character Outtakes" (HD). Unlike other outtake reels, this one focuses more on the improvisations of the supporting actors than it does on flubs and goofs. That makes this more entertaining than usual, especially since some of those featured are able to make more of an impression here than in the finished film.

ZAC’S DANCE FLASHBACK (HD): It focuses on the rehearsal and shooting of a scene that didn't wind up in the final cut. Thanks to the brevity and shallowness of the featurette, pretty much nothing is revealed about how the scene came together. It acts more as a montage of behind-the-scenes footage with a few sound bites thrown in for variety.

*Much more useful is a collection of 13 DELETED SCENES that are given their own heading. Some of these simply reiterate what's already made clear in the final film, but quite a few offer nice character moments that could've been included.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES COLLECTION on DVD and Blu-rayWarner/1990/364min/PG/SRP: $84.99Includes TMNT, The Secret Ooze and Turtles in Time

Video codec: VC-1Video resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 1.85:1; 2.39:1

English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1English: Dolby Digital 5.1French: Dolby Digital 5.1SubtitlesEnglish, French, Spanish

Discs25GB Blu-ray DiscFour-disc set

Summary:After the defeat of their old arch nemesis, The Shredder, the Turtles have grown apart as a family. Struggling to keep them together, their rat sensei, Master Splinter, becomes worried when strange things begin to brew in New York City. Tech-industrialist is amassing an army of ancient monsters to take over the world. Only one super-ninja fighting team can stop them.

Bonus Features:*The first three movies only include standard definition theatrical trailers, and TMNT limps into the set with the same SD special features that appeared on its original 2007 release (director's commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, and behind-the-scenes featurettes).

*The box itself is designed to resemble a cheap, cardboard pizza box and houses all four discs (printed to look like pizzas), an envelope with eight collectible character cards, a signed Kevin Eastman sketch, a black-and-white graphic novel adaptation of the first film, and a high-quality black beanie boasting the Ninja Turtle logo.

*Be warned: The live-action entries are saddled with problematic video transfers and its supplemental package is sparse. Still, any TMNT fanatic will find their expectations have been surpassed.

STARMAN on Blu-raySony/1985/115min/PG/SRP: $28.95Director: John CarpenterCast: Jeff Bridges, Karen AllenVfx: Stan Winston Studio, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVCVideo resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 2.40:1

English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1French: Dolby TrueHD 5.1Subtitles

English, English SDH, French English, English SDH, French (less)

50GB Blu-ray DiscBD-Live

Summary:An alien's ship crashes on Earth, and, to avoid detection, he transforms himself into a physical replica of the deceased husband of a young woman, whose house is the first he comes upon in the woods. He then must assuage her fears, learn how to adjust to his human form, and use her help to get to the Arizona crater where the mother ship awaits him. Things get complicated when the two fall in love and the alien is pursued by U.S. government agents attempting to capture him.

CUTTHROAT ISLAND on Blu-RayLionsgate/1995/119min/PG-13/SRP: $19.99Director: Renny HarlinCast: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank LangellaVfx: D. Rez Hollywood, Digiscope, Todd-AO, Flash Film Works, Digital Filmworks, CIS Hollywood, Walkabout Pictures

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVCVideo resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 2.39:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (less)

Subtitles TBADisc TBA

Summary:This rousing tale of buried treasure, bleached bones, battles, duels and, above all, romance is set on the high seas of the 1600s--when men were daring... and so were the women. Morgan Adams, the beautiful daughter of a pirate, inherits a portion of a coveted treasure map. Also inheriting command of her late father's ship, The Morning Star, Morgan and her men set off on a mission to lay claim to her fortune.

DONKEY X on Blu-rayPhase 4 Films/2007/90min/PG/SRP: $29.99Director: Jose PozoAnimation

Video codec: TBAVideo resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 2.39:1Audio TBA Subtitles TBA Disc TBASummary:Follows Don Quijote, his "squire", Sancho Panza (Don Quijote's best friend and the wealthiest man in town), Sancho's donkey, Rucio (who wants to be a horse) and a real horse, Don Quijote's faithful steed, Rocinante (who hates leaving his stable) on their adventure to duel the "Knight of the Moon" where, if Don Quijote wins the duel the true identity of Dulcinea will be revealed.

CHAOS on Blu-rayLionsgate/2005/106min/NR/SRP: $19.99Director: Tony GiglioCast: Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe, Wesley SnipesVfx: Big Red Pixel and MotionFX

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVCVideo resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 2.39:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1Subtitles TBA Disc TBASummary:Two cops are partnered up and must try to uncover how five bank robbers escaped from a bank during a heist.

THE NINTH GATE on Blu-RayLionsgate/1999/133min/R/SRP: $19.99Director: Roman PolanskiCast: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena OlinVfx: Duboi, Mikros Image, SPI, Éclair Numerique

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVCVideo resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 2.39:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1Subtitles TBA Disc TBASummary:Dean Corso is highly skilled at his work, a position which requires dexterity, cultural expertise, nerves of steel... and few scruples. Known for locating rare books for wealthy collectors, Corso is hired by eminent book-lover and scholar of demonology, Boris Balkan. Corson's mission: to find the last two volumes of legendary manual of satanic invocation "The Ninth Gates of the Shadow Kingdom."

BLUE THUNDER on Blu-raySony/1983/109min/R/$28.95Director: John BadhamCast: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy ClarkVfx: DeLuxe Labs, Rastar

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVCVideo resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 2.40:1

English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1French: Dolby TrueHD 5.1SubtitlesEnglish, English SDH, French Disc50GB Blu-ray DiscBD-Live

Summary:The air above Los Angeles has become a battle ground in this explosive action thriller. An honorable Los Angeles police officer is chosen to test run Blue Thunder, a high-tech experimental attack helicopter that comes complete with listening devices, camera lenses, and computer files. While flying Blue Thunder he and his partner discover that the government intends to use the helicopter for corrupt crowd control and surveillance.

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