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DVD Releases For June 17, 2008

Men in blue (Blu-Ray, that is), Popeye and his spinach, swords in stones, a "blood"-y anime release and more, on DVD and Blu-Ray today.

MEN IN BLACK On Blu-Ray

From Sony Pictures Home Ent., MEN IN BLACK follows the exploits of agents Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith) members of a top-secret organization established to monitor alien activity on Earth. The two MiB find themselves in the middle of the deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist (Vincent D'Onofrio) who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies.

Special Features:

-- Intergalactic Pursuit: The MiB Multi-Player Trivia Game--"Ask Frank the Pug" (Blu-Ray Exclusive)--Alien Subtitles (Blu-Ray Exclusive)--Teaser and Theatrical trailers in 1080p HD (Blu-Ray Exclusive)--Two commentaries, one with Director Barry Sonnenfeld and Tommy Lee Jones, second with Sonnenfeld, creature creator Rick Baker and vfx team from ILM.--Five deleted and extended scenes--Making-of documentary "Metamorphosis of MiB"--Visual Effects Scene Deconstruction with storyboards, computer animation, blue screen footage and the finished scene.--Character Animation Studios -- Examine the multiple layers of effects required to create Mikey, Jeebs and Worm Guys.--Creatures: Concept to Completion -- Explore the creation of creatures Edgar Bug, Jeebs, Mikey, Mr. Gentle and Farmer Edgar.--Storyboard Comparisions -- Compare Edgar becomes a bug, Saucer crashes in Queens and birthing the baby alien.--Scene Editing Workshop -- Select from three different angles for three scenes and piece them together.--Still gallery--Music Video for MiB

BLOOD +: Volume Two

Fans of the BLOOD + series will be able to add to their collections with BLOOD +: Volume Two, debuting June 17 from Sony Pictures Home Ent. This is the second volume of the BLOOD + series to be released on DVD in a five-episode single disc format. BLOOD +, the dark and visually impressive Adult Swim Series from the Cartoon Network, is based on the anime movie BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE.

Saya Otonashi, a seemingly normal high school student, suffers from amnesia and can't remember the past year of her life. One day, after a man appears and gives her a katana sword, her destiny changes forever. Soon Saya finds herself fighting the latest threat to humanity -- Chiropterans, ravenous immortal creatures that can change form and disguise themselves as humans. An organization known as the Red Shield has been waging a private war to wipe them out and now, with Saya's help, the struggle has grown.

Special Features:

--Full Screen Presentations--Audio: English, original Japanese--Subtitles: English, French--Closed Captioned

Episodes:

--"My Father's Hands"--"I Must Do It"--"Phantom of the School"--"Rainbow for Each"--"I Want to See You"

THE JUNGLE BOOK 2: Special Edition

It's 2 times the laughs, 2 times the thrills and 2 times the swingin' fun when THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 Special Edition comes to DVD on June 17, 2008 from Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. Available for a limited time only, THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 Special Edition includes an all-new adventure game, plus enough deleted scenes, music videos, behind the scenes featurettes and games to entertain the entire family.

THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 Special Edition takes fans on another thrilling, swingin' adventure with the indomitable man-cub, Mowgli. The popular sequel to one of Disney's most beloved films, this fun-filled musical safari has the jungle jumping again with a host of original toe-tappin' tunes and new renditions of old favorites including THE BARE NECESSITIES. Boasting a stellar voice cast, including Haley Joel Osment as Mowgli and John Goodman as Baloo the bear, THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 Special Edition provides a playful mix of music, laughs and thrills that will capture the imagination of both kids and adults for years to come.

Walt Disney's jumpin' jungle adventure continues in this special edition of THE JUNGLE BOOK 2 -- with all your favorite characters from the original, toe-tappin' classic and more swingin' songs! Mowgli has been living in the man-village with his little stepbrother Ranjan and his best friend Shanti. But the man-cub still has that jungle rhythm in his heart, and he misses his old buddies Baloo and Bagheera. When Mowgli wanders back to the wild for some swingin' fun, he soon finds Baloo isn't the only one waiting for him -- the man-eating tiger Shere Khan is lurking in the shadows and planning his revenge. If he is to defeat his nemesis, Mowgli will need the help of both his old friends and his new family.

Special Features:

--MOWGLI'S STORY TIME ADVENTURE -- In this exciting, all new, multi-level game, players help Mowgli avoid the coiled clutches of Kaa the serpent and escape Shere Khan's revenge while running, ducking, dodging and jumping his way through the Man Village, the Jungle and King Louie's Palace.--Mowgli's Jungle Ruins Maze -- Mowgli must find his way through ancient jungle ruins that are filled with unseen danger before he can return to his village. Players help him avoid treacherous pitfalls along the path to his final destination, discovering some real jungle secrets along the way.--The Legacy Of THE JUNGLE BOOK -- THE JUNGLE BOOK introduced a generation to some of Disney's funniest furry characters, a snazzy, jazzy musical score and a wild and wooly jungle setting. Now, find out how JUNGLE BOOK 2 used all that as inspiration for an original animated adventure.--Disney's Song Selection - Sing along in sync with all the songs during the movie or just pick a favorite song and sing along with on-screen lyrics with this fun interactive feature.--Swingin' Music Videos -- Including I WANNA BE LIKE YOU performed by Smash Mouth, JUNGLE RHYTHM and W-I-L-D.--The Story of Jungle Book -- A recap of the original animated classic, complete with highlights and unforgettable moments.--Deleted Scenes -- Including the original songs I GOT YOU BEAT and BRAVER.

THE SWORD IN THE STONE 45th Anniversary Special Edition

Modern animation wizardry meets medieval magic in the legendary classic THE SWORD IN THE STONE 45th Anniversary Special Edition, coming to DVD on June 17, 2008 from Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. Filled with adventures, music, magic and a wondrous mixture of bonus features including an all-new game.

Based on T.S. White's immortal novel THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING, THE SWORD IN THE STONE 45th Anniversary Special Edition brings the legend of King Arthur to spectacular animated life in a dazzling adventure sure to entertain both adults and children. Arthur, a young squire known as Wart, encounters his destiny when he meets the magical wizard Merlin. This 1963 musical gem from the Disney vaults features original songs by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman (MARY POPPINS) making THE SWORD IN THE STONE 45th Anniversary Special Edition a must-own classic.

Special Features:

--All-New MERLIN'S MAGICAL ACADEMY GAME -- In this all new game Merlin tests viewers' knowledge of the world as they are transformed into a fish, a squirrel and an owl -- just like Wart in the movie.--KNIGHT FOR A DAY -- Goofy stands in for his master at a joust in this medieval themed short film.--BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR -- When Mickey tells a white lie about his fighting prowess, he ends up facing down a rampaging giant.--Music Magic: The Sherman Brothers -- A profile of the musical geniuses behind THE SWORD IN THE STONE and so many other Disney hits. Includes the deleted song, THE MAGIC KEY.--THE SWORD IN THE STONE Scrapbook -- An exclusive behind-the-scenes interactive program featuring still-frame galleries and film facts.--Disney Song Selection.

POPEYE THE SAILOR 1938-1940 Volume 2 and POPEYE AND FRIENDS Vol. 1

Everyone's favorite sailorman hasn't aged a day since his Silver Screen debut more than 75 years ago, showing the true power of eating your spinach. Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto are back to entertain fans in 2008 when Warner Home Video, Hearst Ent. and King Features Syndicate get set to release POPEYE THE SAILOR 1938-1940 Volume 2 and POPEYE AND FRIENDS Vol. 1 on June 17, 2008.

Available for $34.98, the two-disc Authorized Edition 1938-1940 DVD collection includes 31 original re-mastered and unedited theatrical shorts created by the legendary Max Fleischer. POPEYE AND FRIENDS VOLUME 1 is a one-disc set including eight full-color shorts available for $14.97.

Popeye, infamous for his "muskles," spinach and pipe, was introduced to American audiences and became one of the most beloved characters in animation history. Because of his distinctive jargon and memorable catch phrases such as, "Thas' all I can stands, 'cause I can't stands no more," Popeye became a household name. A humble hero, Popeye was always true to his uncompromising moral standards and although he looked like a tough guy, he only resorted to force when faced with a conflict that affected his loved ones. Even when close to defeat by the evil Bluto, Popeye's obsession with spinach guaranteed him victory over his competition. Unassumingly, Popeye was also a hopeless romantic, faking illness to get Olive Oyl's attention, as seen in the short, I YAM LOVE SICK.

POPEYE THE SAILOR 1938-1940 Volume 2 comes with more than three hours of cartoons -- 31 (7- to 10-minute) theatrical black-and-white shorts and one two-reeler 20-minute color cartoon -- all in one amazing collectible package. Included on the two-disc DVD are two of the most memorable Popeye shorts, featuring the re-mastered I YAM LOVE SICK! and WITH POOPDECK PAPPY. POPEYE VOLUME 2 also consists of more than three hours of bonus features.

Special Features:

--POPEYE Commentaries -- Including historians, animators and filmmakers--POPEYE Popumentaries -- A closer look at Eugene the Jeep, Poopdeck Pappy and the voices of Olive Oyl--"Out of the Inkwell: The Fleischer Story" -- a featurette chronicling the lives, work and legacy of brothers Max and Dave Fleischer--"Men of Spinach and Steel" -- a featurette debating who was America's first superhero, Popeye or Superman?--Classic Paramount Short--Early Max Fleischer Short & Art Gallery--FEMALES IS FICKLE Pencil Test--STEALIN AIN'T HONEST Storyboard Reel--Vintage Audio Recording from I'M POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN--Interview with Jack Mercer (audio only)

POPEYE AND FRIENDS Vol. 1 is an authorized edition from the legendary Hanna-Barbera. The DVD features full-color shorts from the ALL-NEW POPEYE HOUR TV show which originally premiered on CBS as part of their Saturday morning cartoon lineup. The first volume DVD contains eight shorts from this series in full-color, including SHIP AHOY and POPEYE THE PLUMBER.

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: Transform & Roll Out

The legendary "Robots in Disguise" are back and better than ever in an all-new, super-charged adventure when TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: Transform & Roll Out debuts on DVD June 17, 2008 from Paramount Home Ent.

In the 22nd century, Detroit is the hot spot for all manner of techno-geeks, industrialists and all things robotic. It's where the future is, and where money is being made thanks to the city's thriving robotics industry. Of course that means Detroit is also the hot-spot for all things criminal, evil and demon-like, which brings us to our story.

Fifty light years earlier, a young ragtag group of Autobots led by Optimus Prime are in a remote sector of Cybertron cleaning space bridges when they stumble upon the most important artifact in TRANSFORMERS history: the Allspark. The Decepticons who are only scary myths for many Autobots are in hot pursuit of the Allspark; now this new band of Autobots must fight for their lives and the future of Cybertron. The Autobots are able to escape the Decepticons and crash land on an unknown planet called Earth. They land in Lake Erie and remain in stasis for 50 years.

During an emergency, Optimus Prime and his young team are awakened from stasis just in time to help the new "organic life forms" (humans). But in order to save the humans and fight off the evil villain they have to convert into their robot forms. In doing so, they save the day and become new celebrities and heroes destined to fight all evil on the planet Earth and beyond.

Special Features:

--Two TRANSFORMERS Animated Shorts

INSPECTOR GADGET: BIG LITTLE PROBLEMS

From Fox Home Ent., comes three episodes on DVD never released before in the U.S.

Small things become big problems for Inspector Gadget when two classic episodes from the popular 1980s animated television series debut on DVD in INSPECTOR GADGET: BIG LITTLE PROBLEMS, from Fox Home Ent. Voiced by Don Adams (and inspired by his unforgettable bumbling secret agent character Maxwell Smart in the classic TV spy comedy series GET SMART), Inspector Gadget is always on duty with his secret built-in gadgets designed to uncover and stop the villainous plans of the evil organization known as M.A.D. (Mean And Dirty). The only problem is that Gadget is extremely clumsy, absent-minded and incognizant. Fortunately, his niece Penny and dog Brain are behind him every step of the way and, unbeknownst to Gadget, are the true masters of the investigation and technology for foiling M.A.D's schemes.

Episodes:

--"Gadget in Minimadness" (Episode #72)--"The Incredible Shrinking Gadget" (Episode #73)

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