GET SMART debuts on DVD and Blu-ray, plus the DVD release of several Jim Henson Company specials, including the complete series of FRAGGLE ROCK, THE CHRISTMAS TOY and EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS and more, all on DVD and Blu-ray today.
GET SMART On DVD And Blu-ray
In the world of covert intelligence, only one man is Smart. Steve Carell is in CONTROL as Maxwell Smart, the novice agent often out of his depths but never out of options in this action comedy pitting him against the nuclear scheme of the evil spy group KAOS. Anne Hathaway partners with Max as ever-capable Agent 99. And director Peter Segal (THE LONGEST YARD) guides his stars (including Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin) through the dangerous realm of molar radios, multifunction pocketknives, exploding dental floss and more in GET SMART, now on DVD and Blu-ray from Warner Home Video, vfx by Rising Sun Pictures, Digital Dimension, EdenFX, Zoic Studios , LOOK Effects, among others.
While the low brow gadgets of the '60s had a lot of charm, i.e., shoe phones and plastic Cones of Silence, today savvy, modern audiences expect a lot more bang for their bucks so it fell to GET SMART Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer to upgrade Max's onscreen spy world.
"I received a call from Chris deFaria at the studio [Warner Bros.] and he said there was a movie he wanted me to do," Bauer says about how he was approached to work on the film. "I did Jon Favreau's second and third films, ELF and ZATHURA, and maybe based on that they brought me in. I met [Producer] Michael Ewing with Pete [Segal] and we just talked. There was a very limited budget but they wanted it to feel like a big JAMES BOND film. Fortunately, I came into visual effects with one leg in practical and one leg in the digital so we talked in rough terms about how to use both to best effect for the movie. We were all on the same page so they brought me on."
With a production budget of approximately $80 million, Bauer says from the beginning they had to prepare for a very lean post budget. "The original marching orders were to do everything as inexpensively as possible," he explains. "There was a pot of money and they had a cast they wanted to get. It's a pretty A-list cast so by the time you spend the money above the line there isn't much below. And when we first broke the script down it looked like there would be 300-340 shots. By the time we were finished we did over 810 for almost the same money."
DVD Special Features Include:
--Play Movie Normally or with Smart Takes Alternate Scenes: Selectable Feature Allowing You to Spy on the Movie with Alternate/Outtake Scenes in Context (In High Definition)--The Old "I Hid It in the Movie" Trick: Find Where Director Peter Segal Concealed References to the Classic TV Series--The Right Agent for the Right Job: Behind-the-Scenes Training--Max in Moscow!: On Location or on a Soundstage? Watch and Decide--Language Lessons: Spotlight on Linguistics Master Steve Carell--The Vomit Reel: More On-Screen Ways to Depict It Than You'd Ever Think--Spy Confidential: Gag Reel--Spying on Get Smarts Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control
Blu-ray Special Features Include--All of the above special features--Blu-ray exclusive bonus disc of GET SMART: KAOS CONTROL COME game
WATERWORLD Extended Edition On DVD
In a flooded future Earth, people cling to man-made floating islands for survival. When a tyrannical madman (Dennis Hopper) driving a supertanker over the world in search of "dry land" invades one of these islands a mysterious wanderer named the Mariner (Kevin Costner) rescues a woman (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and her adopted daughter (Tina Majorino) from the slaughter and they embark on a quest that could save mankind.
This 2-disc extended edition from Universal Studios Home Ent. (vfx from Digital Domain, Cinesite, Rhythm & Hues, Boss Film Studios, among others) features the 1997 network television edition, that stretched the theatrical cut of 136 minutes to 177 minutes. Universal presents this network cut of the film, as well as the original version shown in theaters.
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FRAGGLE ROCK Complete Series Collection On DVD
From a fun-loving group of furry subterranean creatures came millions of fans, 100 original songs, 96 total episodes, four seasons... and one FRAGGLE ROCK Complete Series Collection from Lionsgate and HIT Ent. Dance your cares away with the new, fully loaded collectible set of the entire award-winning series, including Season 4 available for the first-time ever on DVD. The Complete Series Collection is sure to be a fan favorite with more than 47 hours of content on 20 discs, including two hours of never-before-seen bonus features and an original FRAGGLE ROCK illustration poster -- all presented together in custom premium, collectible rock packaging.
The Jim Henson Company's children's television series, FRAGGLE ROCK, ran four seasons (96 episodes) from 1983 to 1987 on HBO. Starring a diverse and quirky group of cave-dwelling creatures, the world of FRAGGLE ROCK is a unique place where three different, yet surprisingly similar communities learn to live and work in harmony.
The Fraggles love to sing and dance, work just thirty minutes a week and spend most of their days dancing their cares away. They are joined by their industrious neighbors, the Doozers, tiny green workers that build elaborate structures the Fraggles find irresistibly tasty; and the Gorgs, giant creatures who live in the garden above FRAGGLE ROCK guarding their cherished radish patch.
Through the fun of the Fraggle five -- level-headed, practical Gobo; spiritual, artistic Mokey; exuberant, athletic Red; nervous, indecisive Wembley; worrisome Boober -- and the unique mix of music, from folk, blues and gospel to country and rock, the series entertains and encourages an understanding and embracing of diversity.
Never-before released episodes from season four included in the FRAGGLE ROCK Complete Series Collection are "Sprocket's Big Adventure," "Wembley's Wonderful Whoopie Water," "Sidebottom Blues," "Uncle Matt's Discovery," "Junior Faces the Music," "A Tune For Two," The Perfect Blue Rollie," "A Brush With Jealousy," "Wembley's Flight," "Red's Blue Dragon," "Wonder Mountain," "Space Frog Follies" and "Boober Gorg."
Special Features Include:
--"Let the Music Play" featurette--"Directing the Fraggles" featurette--"The Inner Gorg": Interviews with performers inside the costumes--"Designing the Puppets": Interviews with puppetmakers--You Cannot Leave the Magic: Last day of Shooting--Celebrating FRAGGLE ROCK: Excerpts from wrap party, featuring Jim Henson--Dance Your Cares Away: Evolution of FRAGGLE ROCK Theme Song--Original FRAGGLE ROCK illustration poster
THE CHRISTMAS TOY On DVD
This holiday season Jim Henson's award winning THE CHRISTMAS TOY movie will be available for the first time ever on DVD from Lionsgate and Hit Ent. This charming tale about toys that come to life on Christmas Eve received the 1987 Golden Hugo Award for Children's Programming at the Chicago International Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program. Part of the Jim Henson's Christmas Classics line, THE CHRISTMAS TOY is a live action story featuring a cast of loveable puppets from Jim Henson and original songs by Jeff Moss.
It's Christmas Eve in the Jones' household and all the toys in the playroom magically come alive, anticipating the arrival of new toys. But they must be very careful. If anyone finds them "alive" they will be frozen forever. Balthazar, the wise old bear, gives his annual Yuletide speech imparting the importance of opening their hearts to the newcomers, but Rugby the tiger will have none of it.
Having been a Christmas gift the year before, it has been all about him and he has no interest in losing his position as favorite toy. Despite the danger, Rugby sets out to join the presents under the tree downstairs to become Toy #1 all over again. During the harrowing adventure Rugby accidentally lets Meteora, Queen of the Asteroids, loose. Apple the doll, Mew the cat toy and the other toys rally together to return Meteora to her rightful package and help Rugby safely get back to the playroom before all are found and frozen.
HOME MOVIES 10th Anniversary Box Set
The HOME MOVIES 10th Anniversary Box Set features all four seasons of [adult swim]'s hit animated show -- every single episode, commentary track, and other bonus feature, including the 52-song CD included in the Season 4 box set, all housed in a special collector's box. The set also includes a HOME MOVIES canvas bag and director's clapboard.
Special Feature Include:
--Contains all the extras included in the four HOME MOVIES box sets including the bonus CD.--Branded director's clapboard and canvas tote bag, both available nowhere else.--Housed in a deluxe flip-top box.
EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS On DVD
EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS, a ground-breaking television special from The Jim Henson Company that debuted on HBO in 1977, received many awards for its endearing holiday story. Available on a fully-loaded DVD November 4, from Lionsgate and HIT Ent., this heartwarming musical is part of the Jim Henson's Christmas Classics collection. The special features a toe-tapping score and original songs by Academy Award winning composer Paul Williams in a newly designed DVD package. EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS follows the story of Emmet and his Ma, two otters down on their luck, who each secretly enter a Christmas Eve talent show hoping to use the prize money to buy a special holiday gift for the other.
Take a trip down river to Frogtown Hollow in EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS. In this classic Jim Henson musical, meet Emmet and Ma -- a poor but tight-knit family of otters struggling to make ends meet during the holidays. When a local talent contest comes to town, Emmet and Ma Otter each enter with the hopes of winning the cash prize just in time for Christmas. See all of the critters in Frogtown Hollow sing and dance to the soulful sounds of their homespun river music in this four-time Emmy-nominated classic, including Outstanding Children's Program. In the true spirit of the holidays, watch them learn that family is the greatest Christmas gift of all.
Special Features Include:
--Sing-A-Long--Emmet Otter's Favorite Tunes--Emmet Otter Behind the Scenes Documentary--Bloopers--The Lost Song--Deleted Scenes--Photo Gallery
BARBIE IN A CHRISTMAS CAROL On DVD
Celebrate this holiday season with music, laughter and fun as Barbie stars in, the all-new BARBIE IN A CHRISTMAS CAROL, coming straight to DVD on November 4, 2008, from Universal Studios Home Ent. This new adaptation of the classic tale by Charles Dickens sets a new way to experience holiday entertainment with exquisite animation and enchanting new renditions of cherished Christmas carols.
The tale stars Barbie as Eden Starling, the glamorous singing diva of a theatre in Victorian London. Along with her snooty cat Chuzzlewit, Eden selfishly plans to make all the theatre performers stay and rehearse on Christmas Day. Not even Eden's costume designer and childhood friend Catherine can talk Eden out of her self-centered tantrum. It's up to three very unusual Christmas Spirits to take Eden on a fantastical holiday journey that will open her heart to the spirit of the season and the joy of giving.
Special Features Include:
--BARBIE & THE DIAMOND CASTLE secret scene. An exclusive scene from the latest Barbie Princess movie.--Christmas Carol-oke Party -- Sing-along to your favorite songs from the movie.--"Jingle Bells" Music Video starring Chuzzlewit the Cat.--Collecting Dreams: The Making of the 2008 Barbie Collector Holiday Doll.
SHREK THE HALLS On DVD
You'll laugh ogre and ogre again as all of your favorite characters from the largest theatrical animated franchise ever celebrate the holidays as only they know how in DreamWorks Animation's SHREK THE HALLS, debuting on DVD November 4.
The delightfully original story and instant holiday classic garnered sensational ratings when it premiered on ABC in November of 2007, drawing by far the night's highest ratings among adults ages 18-49 and averaging 22.7 million viewers. Featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas, SHREK THE HALLS lets fans join in on the fun as Shrek celebrates his first Christmas with his new family and learns some important lessons about the spirit of the season.
Just when Shrek thought he could finally sit back, relax and enjoy his happily ever after with his new family, the most joyous of all holidays arrives. It's Christmas Eve, and everyone is filled with holiday cheer, except for Shrek. He isn't exactly the picture of yuletide joy, but for the sake of Fiona and the kids, he tries to get into the spirit of things as only an ogre can. Unfortunately, everyone seems to have their own ideas about what Christmas is all about, so when Donkey, Puss In Boots, Gingy and the whole gang try to join in on the fun, Shrek's plans for a cozy family celebration end up spiraling into one truly unforgettable Christmas.
The DVD will be available as a single disc in either full screen or widescreen, as well as in a special two-pack with SHREK THE THIRD and in limited edition holiday packages featuring Holiday Shrek, Holiday Puss, Holiday Donkey or Gingy plush characters.
Special Features Include:
--"The Twelve Days of Christmas" Sing-Along -- Join along and watch the entire MADAGASCAR gang as they celebrate the holidays in style with their own take on the "Twelve Days of Christmas." Sing along to the MADAGASCAR-inspired lyrics, including "lemurs leaping, foosas fussing and a penguin who made a loud squeak!" In classic sing-along style, the words appear on screen as the characters perform.--"Deck The Halls" Sing Along -- "Deck the halls, it's time to party." This is your chance to sing along with everyone's favorite Penguins from MADAGASCAR. Join Skipper, Private and Kowalski for their version of the classic holiday song as they get into the spirit of the season.--Gingy's Dunking Game -- Test your skills at being a master baker and make sure you have plenty of flour as you try to match the Gingerbread cookies that come out of the oven with the Gingy that appears on screen.--SHREK CARNIVAL CRAZE videogame demo and cheat code--DreamWorks Animation Video Jukebox
HIT Favorites: Snow Days On DVD
HIT Favorites: Snow Days features a collection of winter-themed offerings for the preschool set from Lionsgate and Hit Ent. Join BARNEY, THOMAS & FRIENDS, BOB THE BUILDER, ANGELINA BALLERINA, FIREMAN SAM and PINGU as they romp in the snow, celebrate the season and revel with good friends in six delightfully festive episodes.Episode Synopses:
--BARNEY: -- In "A Visit to Santa," it's winter time in the park and the kids are writing their letters to Santa. When Melanie doesn't finish hers in time, she and Barney travel through the magic wardrobe to Santa's workshop to deliver it in person.
--THOMAS & FRIENDS -- In "Thomas' Tricky Tree," the winter season has all the engines keeping very busy. Thomas is asked to collect the Christmas tree for the town party, but when some harmless teasing riles him up, he nearly botches the job. Fortunately, he comes through and all's well in the end.
--BOB THE BUILDER: -- In "Mr. Bentley's Winter Fair," there's lots of work to be done in preparation for the upcoming winter fair. With booths and stalls to build and projects a plenty, will Bob and his team be able to complete it all in time?
--ANGELINA BALLERINA -- In "No Match for Angelina," our budding prima ballerina is an incredible ice hockey player. But when tryouts for an ice pup team come about, she is rebuffed by a no-girls-allowed policy.
--FIREMAN SAM -- In "The Big Freeze," Norman needs a warm bed for his pet sheep Wooly. A mishap with an electric blanket causes near disaster, but the day is saved by Sam and his trusty crew.
--PINGU -- In "Pingu at Sledge Academy," some wild sledding by Pingu and his friends causes havoc throughout the igloo community, so the gang is sent to Sledder's Ed to learn safe sledding rules and operation.
Special Features Include:
--Bonus episode of FIFI AND THE FLOWERTOTS "Soup of the Day" -- It is a cold day in Flowertot garden. Fifi is about to make soup, when Primrose takes over. And she can be very particular about the ingredients to Primrose's perfect pea soup.
POPEYE THE SAILOR 1941-1943 Volume 3 On DVD
He may be rough and rugged, but unlikely hero POPEYE THE SAILOR still garners countless fans nearly 80 years after his television debut. This unpretentious underdog makes his way back into the hearts of the Popeye enthusiasts when Warner Home Video, Hearst Ent. and King Features Syndicate get set to release POPEYE THE SAILOR 1941-1943 Volume 3 on November 4.
Popeye the Sailor was one of the most endearing and successful characters in animation history with a unique way of speaking, muscular forearms and ever-present corncob pipe. His strange, humorous and often supernatural adventures take him all over the world and place him in conflict with enemies such as Sea Hag and Bluto.
POPEYE THE SAILOR 1941-1943 Volume 3 includes 32 (7-10 minute) original re-mastered and unedited theatrical black and white shorts on a 2-disc DVD collectable set. We find loveable Popeye is always "Strong to the finish, 'cause he eats all his spinach!" when protecting his sweetie Olive Oyl, from Bluto, the local goon. This volume includes interviews and never-before-seen special features.
"Problem Pappy" (1941)"Quiet! Pleeze" (1941)"Olive's Sweepstakes Ticket" (1941)"Flies Ain't Human" (1941)"Popeye Meets Rip Van Winkle" (1941)"Olive's Boithday Presink" (1941)"Child Psykolojiky" (1941)"Pest Pilot" (1941)"I'll Never Crow Again" (1941)"The Mighty Navy" (1941)"Nix on Hypnotricks" (1941)"Kickin' the Conga 'Round" (1942)"Blunder Below" (1942)"Fleets Of Stren'th" (1942)"Pip-eye, Pup-eye, Poop-eye and Peep-eye" (1942)"Olive Oyl And Water Don't Mix" (1942)
"Many Tanks" (1942)"Baby Wants a Bottleship" (1942)"You're a Sap, Mr. Jap" (1942)"Alona on the Sarong Seas" (1942)"A Hull of a Mess" (1942)"Scrap The Japs" (1942)"Me Musical Nephews" (1942)"Spinach Fer Britain" (1943)"Seein' Red, White 'N' Blue" (1943)"Too Weak to Work" (1943)"A Jolly Good Furlough" (1943)"Ration Fer The Duration" (1943)"The Hungry Goat (1943)"Happy Birthdaze" (1943)"Wood-Peckin'" (1943)"Cartoons Ain't Human" (1943)
FUTURAMA: BENDER'S GAME On DVD And Blu-ray
Head back to the future when FUTURAMA: BENDER'S GAME premieres on DVD and, for the first time, Blu-ray on November 4 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Park your hover-car and saddle up your unicorn for the most fantastical FUTURAMA yet: FUTURAMA: BENDER'S GAME. With fuel prices skyrocketing, the Planet Express crew sets off on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the world's only dark-matter mine, source of all spaceship fuel. But deep beneath the surface, they discover a far stranger place... a medieval land of dragons and sorcery and intoxicated knights who look suspiciously like Bender.
Joining the cast are guest stars George Takei, the iconic Captain Sulu from the original STAR TREK series, and comic impressionist Rich Little.
The third installment of four all-new feature-length adventures, the FUTURAMA: BENDER'S GAME DVD and Blu-ray are packed with special features. Hosted by David X. Cohen, "Dungeons & Dragons & Futurama" chronicles the influence of the classic role-playing fantasy game on the franchise. Other special features include outtakes, cast commentary, an anti-piracy message from Bender, an interactive Futurama Genetics Laboratory, a sneak peek at the next FUTURAMA epic, and more.
DVD Special Features Include:
--Commentary by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Billy West, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Michael Rowe, Claudia Katz and Dwayne Carey-Hill.--Storyboard Animatic: BENDER'S GAME, Part One--FUTURAMA Genetics Lab -- Cross-breed your favorite characters--DUNGEONS & DRAGONS & FUTURAMA featurette--How To Draw FUTURAMA In 83 Easy Steps Featurette--3D Models Featurette With Animator Discussion--Deleted Scene: "Cup or Nozzle?"--Blooperama 2: Outakes From BENDER'S GAME--Bender's Anti-Piracy Warning--A sneak peek at the next FUTURAMA epic, FUTURAMA: INTO THE WILD GREEN YONDER
Blu-Ray Special Features Include:
The FUTURAMA: BENDER'S GAME Blu-ray release includes the wide screen version of the film and all of the above standard definition special features plus Picture-in-Picture capabilities. The disc will be authored in BD-J with AVC (MPEG 4) compression and presented on 50 GB dual-layer disc with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio.