Pinocchio, Transporter 3 on DVD/Blu-ray, Howard the Duck on DVD & South Park
As the story of Witch Mountain returns to movie theaters this year with the release of RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, the original films that launched the Witch Mountain saga, ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN and RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN, are returning to DVD in special new editions from Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Laying the groundwork for the new film starring Dwayne Johnson, the two family favorites first put the magical world of Witch Mountain onscreen, and featured such classic stars as two-time Academy Award winner Bette Davis (ALL ABOUT EVE, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?), Academy Award winner Ray Milland (THE LOST WEEKEND, DIAL M FOR MURDER), Christopher Lee (THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy), Academy Award nominee Eddie Albert (ROMAN HOLIDAY, TV's GREEN ACRES) and Donald Pleasance (YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK).
Long before HARRY POTTER and the NARNIA movies, the Witch Mountain films created a world in which children learned to use their magical powers. In ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, first released in 1975, orphaned siblings Tony and Tia Malone (Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards) discover their paranormal powers and learn the truth about their origin; reviewing the film, Roger Ebert wrote, "something is happening all of the time, and most of the time it's scary but funny, too." In the 1978 sequel, RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN, the Malone children recruit a band of juvenile delinquents to help them battle a pair of criminal masterminds played by Bette Davis and Christopher Lee, who DAILY VARIETY called "one of the best Disney villains in years." Both Eisenmann and Richards make cameos in the new RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, a modern re-imagining of the original Witch Mountain story featuring Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Carla Gugino, and Alexander Ludwig.
The new Walt Disney Family Classics DVD editions both contain extensive bonus features, including all new Pop-Up Fun Facts, filmmaker commentaries, and more. They will be available in stores on March 10, three days before the theatrical release of RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN.
HOWARD THE DUCK -- Special Edition on DVD
HOWARD THE DUCK, the outrageous film about a highly-evolved offbeat duck from outer space, finally lands on DVD in an all-new Special Edition from Universal Studios Home Ent. Based on the popular Marvel Comics character and exec produced by George Lucas about a fast-talking, cigar-chomping, beer-loving duck from a parallel universe who somehow winds up in Cleveland. The incredible fantasy has Howard the object of everybody's desire, in love with rock singer Lea Thompson, and doing battle with the evil Dark Overlord as he attempts to return to his own planet. HOWARD THE DUCK -- Special Edition features new bonus features, a digitally remastered picture and new 5.1 surround sound.
HOWARD THE DUCK, a 1986 release, featured vfx from ILM and Tippett Studio.
-- A Look Back At HOWARD THE DUCK: The cast and crew reflect on the film and the public's response over the years
-- Archival Featurettes: Get an up close look at the amazing stunts, special effects, and the music used in the film.
MAX FLEISHER'S GULLIVER'S TRAVELS on DVD and Blu-ray
In 1939, animation pioneers Max and Dave Fleischer (BETTY BOOP, POPEYE, SUPERMAN) made motion picture history when Paramount Pictures released their masterpiece, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, the second feature-length animated film produced by a U.S. studio. This enchanting adaptation of Jonathan Swift's classic 18th century novel went on to earn two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song ("Faithful Forever") and Best Score, and is considered one of the greatest achievements in animation history.
Seventy years later, E1 Ent. presents a digitally restored, re-mastered and enhanced MAX FLEISCHER'S GULLIVER'S TRAVELS on DVD and -- for the first time ever in any HD format -- Blu-ray. This painstakingly crafted edition includes the complete 77 minute feature plus two fully restored "Gabby" cartoons and the Fleischer Studios documentary short THE MAKING OF A CARTOON -- all contributing to make this the most definitive version of the film ever released on any home entertainment format.