Wallace & Gromit, Back to the Future Return, Plus More DVD/Blu-ray Releases
MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA on DVD and Blu-ray
Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee presents an explosive look at the lives of four African American soldiers trapped behind enemy lines during World War II in MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA coming to DVD and Blu-ray on February 10, 2009 from Touchstone Home Ent. An epic tale depicting the indomitable human spirit in the face of shocking devastation, this stirring story is even more revealing with exclusive Blu-ray bonus features that take viewers deeper into the world of these unsung heroes with a fascinating documentary featuring WWII vets and Spike Lee that illuminate the untold story of America’s “Buffalo Soldiers,” the U.S. Army’s all-black regiment.
MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA comes from the true story of four African American soldiers stationed in German-occupied Italy during World War II. Separated from their unit and trapped behind Nazi lines, ranking officer Aubrey Stamps (Derek Luke), hot-headed Bishop Cummings (Michael Ealy), radioman Hector Negron (Laz Alonso) and gentle giant Sam Train (Omar Benson Miller) survive a shocking massacre, rescuing a young Italian boy in the process. The five make their way to the nearest village, where they join forces with the local opposition, risking their lives and gathering intelligence for a nation that considers them second-class citizens.
Blu-ray Special Features Include:
-- Deeds Not Words -- Pull up a chair with Director Spike Lee and World War II veterans at the historic Harlem Veterans’ Club as they share their intimate experiences from the Great War and discuss how their service to their country is remembered and immortalized in the annals of history and in the films of Hollywood.
-- The Buffalo Soldier Experience -- Trace the history of the Buffalo Soldier with historians, Director Spike Lee and the cast, and hear rare firsthand accounts of the deep personal bond that was forged between the soldiers and the Italian citizens during World War II.
-- Deleted Scenes
PHINEAS AND FERB; Vol. 2: The Daze of Summer on DVD
Summer fun lasts forever when you hang with Phineas and Ferb, so pull up a beach chair and get ready to laugh with five hilarious episodes from the smash-hit Disney Channel Original Series, now on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Viewers can get in on the fun and can create their own experiments! Super-smart and seriously funny stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb come up with unusually exciting ways to spend the lazy, crazy "daze" of summer -- like searching for pirate's treasure, traveling to Mars, building Greek chariots and hosting a Medieval jousting tournament! While the guys are cramming each long day with cool friends, awesome adventures and totally rocking music, their pet platypus, Perry (aka Agent P), continues to protect the world from the evil Dr. Doofenschmirtz. And, of course, their big sis, Candace, keeps busy texting her friends and trying to bust the bros.
SHAUN THE SHEEP: BACK IN THE BA-A-ATH on DVD
Shaun the Sheep and his flock are ba-a-a--ck in this new collection of hilarious episodes! From the Academy Award-winning creators of WALLACE & GROMIT come more wild and wooly adventures from your favorite barnyard animals. With Shaun, Bitzer the sheepdog and the Naughty Pigs next door, there's no telling what bizarre escapades will happen next. Sometimes it's shear madness, but it's always fleecy fun.
Five-minute shorts of the series also currently air in the U.S. on the Disney Channel and rank in the top five animated shorts on the network. However, the complete episodes are only available on DVD, now out from Lyons/HIT Ent. As the U.S. fan base continues to grow, a SHAUN THE SHEEP Nintendo DS video game is now available this fall at retail.
The SHAUN THE SHEEP: BACK IN THE BA-A-ATH DVD features eight episodes starring Shaun and all his barnyard buddies:
-- "Shape Up With Shaun" -- Shaun puts Shirley the Sheep, on an exercise regime.
-- "Bathtime" -- Shaun and the flock go on a mission to try and get hot water for their sheep dip.
-- "Fetching" -- Bitzer, distracted by a fetching female dog, misses the flock's rampage through the farmhouse, so it's up to Shaun to intervene.
-- "Take Away" -- The sheep go on a mission to the local pizzeria disguised as a human being.