The restored SLEEPING BEAUTY makes her debut on Blu-ray and DVD, with the day-in-date releases of YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN and THE HAPPENING, along with Ray Harryhausen gift sets, a SOUTH PARK special edition featuring Cartman and more.
SLEEPING BEAUTY 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition On DVD And Blu-ray
Releasing from the Disney vault at last and marking the first-ever Disney Classic Animated feature in high definition, Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. awakens Walt Disney's original SLEEPING BEAUTY with a 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition -- on October 7, 2008, for a limited time.
Debuting on 2-Disc Blu-ray Hi-Def and an a 2-Disc Platinum Edition DVD, the highly-anticipated release heralds the beginning of an exciting new era for Disney's "Platinum Edition" series allowing viewers to see more than ever before in an all-new edition that will never be seen again, and launches the all-new Disney BD-Live Network. It provides the chance for viewers to combine some of today's most popular interactive communications platforms - chat, video messages, online interactivity, communal gaming and more, along with their most treasured home entertainment experiences.
The royal debut of SLEEPING BEAUTY on Blu-ray also marks an industry first, as the 2-disc Blu-ray release includes a bonus standard definition DVD of the classic animated film, in the same package. This allows fans of all ages who have anxiously awaited the Platinum Edition DVD release to own the beloved family favorite on standard def DVD while they are preparing to upgrade to spectacular 1080p Hi-def Blu-ray and experience the exciting Disney BD-Live Network.
The must-own home entertainment event of the year The Blu-ray hi-def debut of SLEEPING BEAUTY is accompanied by the awakening of the timeless classic on a 2-disc DVD, also in a 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition. Both exciting releases are loaded with magnificent all-new bonus features for the whole family that capture the magic, fun and history of one of Walt's greatest achievements.
Restored to dazzle new fans with its pristine picture and sound quality, the final fairy tale to be produced by Walt Disney himself, the SLEEPING BEAUTY Platinum Edition is a spectacular widescreen event that transports viewers to a magical kingdom. Filled with romance, adventure and humor, the beloved animated classic's 50th Anniversary release celebrates the exhaustive work of The Walt Disney Studios Restoration and Preservation team who have successfully mastered the meticulous processes of creating stunning technologically-advanced Hi-Def productions from classic footage created by Walt Disney and his team in the first golden age of animation.
One of the studio's most ambitious undertakings, Walt Disney's original animated SLEEPING BEAUTY features an Academy Award nominated score adapted from the incandescent music of Peter Tchaikovsky. Its breathtaking action sequences and extravagant musical production numbers charm adults and children as they delight at the antics of Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, the bubbly and bumbling fairy godmothers, and cheer the gallant Prince Phillip in his quest to save Princess Aurora.
Featuring the voice talents of renowned opera singer Mary Costa (as Sleeping Beauty/Aurora) and Disney stalwart Eleanor Audley (as the evil fairy, Maleficent), the film's vibrant visuals were created by a team that included Milt Kahl and Ollie Johnston, two of Disney's legendary Nine Old Men.
DVD Special Features:
Original Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Walk-Through Attraction With Walt Disney Imagineering -- A fascinating fully-immersive 3-D experience recreating the original Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-Through that Walt supervised over 50 years ago. Viewers can choose to tour the attraction in "Auto Mode," where you get to experience it the way it was originally intended, or choose to view the experience with "Commentary" by Disney's famed "Imagineers" and take a look behind the magic of these detailed dioramas.
--Alternate Opening -- Recently discovered storyboards from 1952 reveal that the original opening of SLEEPING BEAUTY was planned as a big musical production number. Using all of the existing color storyboard art, this alternate opening is recreated with a new demo recording of the song -- "Holiday."
--New Documentary "Picture Perfect: The Making of SLEEPING BEAUTY" -- an exciting and inspiring behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the final fairy tale to be produced by Walt Disney.
--New DVD Game, "Briar Rose's Enchanted Dance Game" -- Relive this magical moment and help Briar Rose's animal friends to dance, and take lessons to learn to waltz.
--Four Deleted Songs -- Four new musical numbers that were not used in the final film are presented using original storyboard art and demo recordings.
--GRAND CANYON (Featured in HD on Blu-ray) -- This Academy Award winning short accompanied SLEEPING BEAUTY in its release in theatres.
--"The Peter Tchaikovsky Story" (Featured in HD on Blu-ray) -- An episode of Walt Disney's TV series in which Walt previews the Studio's upcoming release of SLEEPING BEAUTY which uses the Tchaikovsky score as the source of its music. Also included is a dramatic re-enactment of how Tchaikovsky came to write his score for the ballet.
--"Four Artists Paint One Tree" (Featured in HD on Blu-ray) -- This featurette looks at one tree interpreted by four distinguished Disney artists, including Eyvind Earle, the well respected American painter who served as stylist for SLEEPING BEAUTY.
--Fun with English Game -- Help the three fairies prepare for Briar Rose's 16th birthday and learn English by playing a series of innovative DVD games.
Blu-ray Special Features:
Everything on the DVD, Plus...--Maleficent's Challenge -- Go head to head with one of Disney's most infamous villains. Think of anything in the world and Maleficent will read your mind. Keep your wits about you, for that is the only way to defeat her.
--Dragon Encounter -- The ultimate audio experience utilizing Blu-ray high-definition 7.1 or 5.1 audio quality. Explore Maleficent's dungeon in a fully-immersive audio sensory adventure like you've never experienced before. Deep in the bowels of Maleficent's dungeon a dragon encounter awaits.
--Cine-Explore -- A new Cine-Explore experience with full motion Picture-in-Picture featuring commentary by John Lasseter, Andreas Deja and Leonard Maltin.
--"Restoring The Sound Track" -- This featurette will cover the creation of the all new 7.1 mix of the score of SLEEPING BEAUTY that was done exclusively for this Blu-ray release using the source tapes from the original recording sessions resulting in an audio experience of superior quality with greater detail and fidelity than you have ever heard before.
--Customized Living Menu -- This menu is exclusive to SLEEPING BEAUTY Blu-ray Disc owners only. It is a "real time" virtual castle that magically changes based on the viewer's location, time of day and current weather forecast (requires Live enabled players). If preferred, viewers will also have the ability to manually change the castle's weather to match any of the Magic Kingdom Castles around the world.
--Disney BD-Live Network -- The Disney BD-Live Network is just one of the many ways movie lovers, families, and loved ones can continue to stay connected and engage in their favorite movies.
*Movie Chat -- Communicate with your remote friends on-screen while in a synchronized viewing party using your remote control or any text enabled device such as a laptop, desk top or any PDA device such as a Blackberry, iPhone or most other regular cell phones. Your chat session will appear over the movie and occur in real-time while watching the movie together.
*Movie Mail -- Blu-ray owners will be able to record a personalized video message of themselves, superimpose that capture onto one of many pre-selected clips of the movie, and send it off to a friend, colleague, or relative. This specific feature enables the SLEEPING BEAUTY Blu-ray Disc owner to personalize a special greeting.
*Movie Challenge -- Users will be able to test their skills against other players in a synchronized, real-time, online trivia game while watching SLEEPING BEAUTY with anyone online. Movie Challenge is always active no matter what time of the day it is, and there will always be a game in progress.
--Disney Movie Rewards Live -- SLEEPING BEAUTY Blu-ray owners will be able to accumulate Disney Movie Reward Points by participating in many Disney BD-Live Network activities. In return, viewers can redeem points for exclusive content such as Avatars, downloadable extras and many more exciting possibilities.
--A DVD of SLEEPING BEAUTY --Blu-ray owners will also receive a bonus DVD of the movie.
THE HAPPENING On DVD And Blu-ray
From M. Night Shyamalan, the writer-director of THE SIXTH SENSE and SIGNS, comes a gripping thriller about a family on the run from a mysterious and deadly phenomenon. Academy Award nominee Mark Wahlberg (2006 Best Supporting Actor -- THE DEPARTED) stars as Elliot Moore, an ordinary man trying to save his family from a terrifying, invisible killer. As Elliot begins to discover the true nature of what is lurking out there, it soon becomes clear that no one -- and nowhere -- is safe. THE HAPPENING is on DVD and Blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Video.
Famously skeptical of digital effects, Shyamalan did as much as possible in frame, using wind machines, mechanical special effects and on set pyrotechnics whenever possible during the film's 44-day shoot last year in Pennsylvania.
For effects that couldn't be created on set, Shyamalan turned to VFX houses such as ILM and CafeFX, which created a number of memorable and gory sequences for the film.
David Ebner, vfx supervisor for CafeFX on the film, says Shyamalan's overriding goal for visual effects is that they be as convincing as possible.
"He's very critical of visual effects movies in general," Ebner observes. "He has a discerning eye and he wants everything to look real."
Accomplishing that took a lot of work on what Ebner says was CafeFX's most difficult sequence: a scene in which a group of zoo lions turn on their tamer and rip his arms off. The scene was short but complex, requiring previs and planning with the special effects and prosthetic effects crews to figure out how best to shoot it when safety requirements won't allow an actor to be alone on set with more than one lion at a time.
"And then we found out we couldn't actually use fake blood material either, because that would just get the lions going crazy, even if it wasn't real, Ebner added. "So we started planning that all that would be done in computer graphics as well."
In the shot, the lion tamer offers his hand out in friendship to the lions, only to have them attack. On set, the actor was offering the lion a prosthetic arm on a rod that he was controlling with his other arm.
"The part that gets ripped off is fake, but what we had to do then is patch the fact that you could see his other arm not doing the right thing," Ebner continued. "That involved removing his arms, the rod and replace the actor's shoulders and back. That was probably one of the harder parts of the job, was to cover him up."
Single-Disc Widescreen DVD Edition Special Features:--The Hard Cut (9 min.) -- Behind the scenes preparations and execution of graphic scenes with Robert Bailey, special effects crew, images of the squibs, make-up, and prosthetics giving this piece an "anatomy of a scene" feel.--I Hear You Whispering" (9 min.)--A Day for Night (7min) -- A day in the life of Night during production. Footage shot by a mini-DV cam contributes to the raw "in the moment" style of coverage for our one day with Night.--Elements of a Scene (10 min.) -- In cinema-verite style, dissect the staging of an elaborate scene, from planning, to adjustments, to nailing the last shot of the sequence. Stand-up interviews from cast and crew personalize the piece with a glimpse at all the contributions needed to capture the scene and move on. --Visions of The Happening: A Making of (12 min.) -- Making of documentary--Deleted scenes with introductions from M. Night Shyamalan--Gag reel
Blu-ray Special Features:--2-Disc includes Digital Copy--All VAM from the DVD--Scene specific PIP--The Hard 'R'--Train Shooting: (4 min.) The specifics of shooting on a moving train--Forces Unseen (4 min.) Wind special effects piece -- the piece focuses on how the wind was created for the film and how they gave it that eerie look.
Ray Harryhausen Collectible DVD Gift Set And THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50th Anniversary Edition DVD And Blu-ray
Sony Pictures Home Ent. will release some of the most popular film classics from stop-motion animation genius Ray Harryhausen in a Ray Harryhausen Collectible DVD Gift Set and a THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50th Anniversary Edition DVD on October 7. The six-disc DVD boxed gift set features two-disc special editions of IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, and 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH: 50th Anniversary Edition.
Each film is available in a brilliant colorized version, in addition to the pristine, digitally-restored black and white original version, and viewers are able to toggle between the two as they please. Also included in the gift set is a collectible Ymir figurine based on Ray Harryhausen's original 1957 hand-crafted design and signed by Harryhausen. The Ray Harryhausen Collectible DVD Gift Set will sell for $80.95 SRP.
The collection is also being released day and date, in a Blu-ray High-Definition Disc four-pack including IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH: 50th Anniversary Edition, and THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50th Anniversary Edition in bold bright color for $107.95 SRP.
With the cutting-edge high-definition colorization technology developed and patented by industry leader Legend Films, Harryhausen has been able to visually recreate his black and white films. Harryhausen said, "I am thrilled these films are finally being seen in color. I had wanted to do them in color in the 1950s, but the budgets were not large enough to accommodate that luxury. Now, thanks to the marvelous advances made in the colorization process by San Diego's Legend Films and others, audiences will be able to see the movies as I originally intended."
THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50th Anniversary Edition, also available on October 7, arrives on a single-disc DVD and Blu-ray High-Def disc, both loaded with special features including audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects experts Phil Tippett and Randall William Cook, author Steven Smith and producer Arnold Kunert; a documentary; six featurettes and more. THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD: 50th Anniversary Edition will sell for $19.94 SRP, while the Blu-ray High-Def release will sell for $28.95 SRP.
Though special effects techniques today have been dramatically transformed by CGI, Ray Harryhausen's highly imaginative and incredibly detailed work continues to hold audiences spellbound. A disciple of stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien (KING KONG), Harryhausen adapted O'Brien's techniques. Harryhausen developed and created his own genre of film from the 1950s to the 1980s utilizing this stop-motion process (eventually identified as "Dynamation").
His memorable films include THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953), IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955), THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958), JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963), ONE MILLION YEARS, B.C. (1966), THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969), THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1974), and CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981). Harryhausen's amazing body of work continues to inspire many of today's special effects wizards.
The 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH: 50th Anniversary Edition contains extensive new bonus features including an audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett, and producer Arnold Kunert; featurettes such as "Remembering 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH," with Harryhausen and others discussing the film's production and influence; "The Colorization Process," a look at Legend Films' work; an interview with Joan Taylor; "Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen;" "David Schecter on Film Music's Unsung Hero;" plus a video montage of the film's marketing and advertising materials by Arnold Kunert; and video photo galleries.
Upon its return from a mission to Venus, an American spaceship crash lands in the sea near Sicily. The rescue party discovers that the astronauts have brought back a curious gelatinous mass that soon hatches and evolves into a strange bi-ped creature which rapidly increases in size. While being subjected to laboratory experimentation, the creature, now 20 feet tall, escapes its confines, goes on a destructive rampage through Rome, battles a zoo elephant and swims in the Tiber. It eventually takes refuge in the Colosseum, where the film's pyrotechnic finale occurs during a climactic showdown with the military.
DVD Special Features Include:--Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett, and producer Arnold Kunert--Featurette: "Remembering 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH"--Featurette: "The Colorization Process"--Featurette: "Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen"--Original Ad Artwork: A video montage and discussion of the original marketing and advertising campaigns by Arnold Kunert--Interview with Joan Taylor--Featurette: "David Schecter on Film Music's Unsung Hero"--Video Photo Galleries--Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book 20 MILLION MILES MORE
Directed by Robert Gordon (TARZAN AND THE JUNGLE BOY), the film, depicting a giant octopus attacking San Francisco, stars Kenneth Tobey (THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD), Faith Domergue (THIS ISLAND EARTH), Donald Curtis (EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS) and Ian Keith (THE TEN COMMANDMENTS). IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA was the first of several collaborations between producer Charles H. Schneer and special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen. The DVD contains an audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Randall William Cook and John Bruno, and Arnold Kunert; video photo galleries; original artwork video montage by Arnold Kunert; a digital sneak peek at IT CAME FROM THE SEA...AGAIN! comic book, plus the film music and Tim Burton featurettes also included on the two other titles in the collection.
DVD Special Features Include:--Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Randall William Cook and John Bruno, and producer Arnold Kunert--Featurette: "Remembering IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA"--Video Photo Galleries --Featurette: "Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen"--Original Ad Artwork: A video montage and discussion of the original marketing and advertising campaigns by Arnold Kunert--Featurette: "David Schecter on Film Music's Unsung Hero"--Featurette: "A Present-Day Look at Stop-Motion"--Sneak Peek of Digital Comic Book IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA...AGAIN!!
With its groundbreaking visual effects techniques, EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS was masterfully directed by Fred F. Sears (CRASH LANDING), and stars Joan Taylor (20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH), Hugh Marlowe (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL), Donald Curtis (THE TEN COMMANDMENTS) and Morris Ankrum (INVADERS FROM MARS).
The film about the invasion of Earth and destruction of Washington D.C. comes as a two-disc DVD and features an audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Jeffrey Okun and Ken Ralston and producer Arnold Kunert; the featurette "The Hollywood Blacklist and Bernard Gordon;" the featurette "A Present-Day Look at Stop-Motion," video photo galleries, original artwork video montage, a digital sneak peak at FLYING SAUCERS VS. THE EARTH comic book; plus the interview with Joan Taylor, music and Tim Burton featurettes included on the other films in the collection.
Dr. Russell Marvin heads up Operation Skyhook, which is tasked with sending rockets into the upper atmosphere to probe for future space flights. Unfortunately, all the rockets are somehow disappearing. While investigating this strange occurrence, Russell and his new wife Carol are abducted in a flying saucer. The aliens claim to be from a distant solar system and demand to meet with certain people in order to negotiate. But it was a trick; the aliens only wanted to kill them. The invasion has begun and if Russell and Carol can't find a way to get past their defenses and stop these creatures, it may be the end of the human race.
DVD Special Features Include:--Audio Commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects artists Jeffrey Okun and Ken Ralston and producer Arnold Kunert--Featurette: "Remembering EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS"--Featurette: "A Present-Day Look at Stop-Motion"--Video Photo Galleries --Featurette: "Tim Burton Sits Down with Ray Harryhausen"--Original Ad Artwork: A video montage and discussion of the original marketing and advertising campaigns by Arnold Kunert--Interview with Joan Taylor--Featurette: "David Schecter on Film Music's Unsung Hero"--Featurette: "The Hollywood Blacklist and Bernard Gordon"--Still and Production Art Gallery --Digital Sneak Peek at FLYING SAUCERS VS. THE EARTH Comic Book--Original Screenplay Credits--Featurette: "The Colorization Process"
Directed by Nathan Juran (20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, FIRST MEN 'IN' THE MOON), the newly remastered film stars Kerwin Mathews (THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER), Kathryn Grant (ANATOMY OF A MURDER), Richard Eyer (THE INVISIBLE BOY), and Torin Thatcher (WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION).
The DVD contains an audio commentary by Ray Harryhausen, visual effects experts Phil Tippett and Randall William Cook, author Steven Smith and producer Arnold Kunert; six featurettes: "Remembering THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD" in which Ray Harryhausen reflects back on the 50th anniversary with a look at the film, drawings, artwork, models, "The Harryhausen Legacy; The Music of Bernard Herrmann" with Herrmann biographer Steven Smith; "A Look Behind the Voyage" with interview footage; "This is Dynamation;" the Ray Harryhausen Interview by Director John Landis, plus the music video "Sinbad May Have Been Bad, But He's Been Good To Me."
This colorful adventure is the screen version of one of the classic tales from "1001 Arabian Nights." It tells the story of Sinbad (Kerwin Mathews) and Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant). When they unexpectedly stop on the island of Colossa on their way to Baghdad, they find themselves battling all types of dangers, such as evil magicians, man-eating Cyclopes, fire-breathing dragons, and sword-wielding skeletons.
DVD and Blu-ray Disc Special Features Include:--Audio Commentary with Ray Harryhausen, visual effects experts Phil Tippett and Randall William Cook, author Steven Smith and producer Arnold Kunert--Featurette: "Remembering THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD"--Featurette: "The Harryhausen Legacy"--Featurette: "The Music of Bernard Herrmann"--Music Video: "Sinbad May Have Been Bad, But He's Been Good To Me"--Photo Gallery--Featurette: "A Look Behind the Voyage" (includes interview footage)--Featurette: "This is Dynamation" (Special Effects)--Ray Harryhausen Interview by Director John Landis
BEETLEJUICE 20th Anniversary Edition On Blu-ray
What's a couple of stay-at-home ghosts to do when their beloved home is taken over by trendy yuppies? They call on Beetlejuice, the afterlife's freelance bio-exorcist to scare off the family -- and everyone gets more than she, he or it bargains for! Tim Burton guides this PG-rated comedy monsterpiece whose stars include Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder. And Michael Keaton is Beetlejuice, the ghost with the most who flings one-liners, spins into grotesque forms, gobbles insects, and who just can't leave the ladies (living or dead) alone. Ghoul love it!
Special Features Include:
--BEETLEJUICE Cartoon Episodes--A-Ha (11:08 mins)--Skeletons In The Closet (10:37 mins)--Spooky Boo-tique (11:08 mins)--Music Only Track
YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN On DVD And Blu-ray
Adam Sandler is back as The Zohan, the finest counter terrorist agent the Israeli army has. That is, until he fakes his death and travels to Manhattan to live his dream...as a hairdresser. Now this skilled fighting machine who used to clip bad guys is out to prove he can make the cut as a top stylist. All goes silky smooth until his cover is blown when he's recognized by a Palestinian cab driver (Rob Schneider). Now, The Zohan must fight to live a peaceful new life in New York in this razor-sharp action-packed comedy from Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Judd Apatow and Dennis Dugan.
This release from Sony Pictures Home Ent. (vfx by The Orphanage and Lola Visual Effects) comes in a Rated and Unrated Single-Disc DVD Edition, Unrated Blu-ray and Unrated Two-Disc DVD Edition.
Unrated and Rated Single-Disc DVD Special Features Include:--Commentary with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Rob Schneider and Nick Swardson--Commentary with director Dennis Dugan--Deleted scenes--10 behind-the-scenes featurettes: Look Who Stopped By, Dugan: The Hand-On Director, The Stunts of Zohan, Dugan Espanol?, Zohan vs. Phantom, Shooting Baja for Tel Aviv, All American Redneck, From Guns to Scissors, The Robot, Laughing Is Contagious
Blu-ray Special Features Include:
--Commentary with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Rob Schneider and Nick Swardson--Commentary with director Dennis Dugan--Deleted scenes--15 behind-the-scenes featurettes: Look Who Stopped By, Dugan, the Hand's On Director, the Stunts of Zohan, Dugon Espanol?, Zohan vs. the Phantom, Zohan's Doubles, Shooting Baja for Tel Aviv, All American Redneck, From Guns to Scissors, Three "News" Reports, the Robot, Getting Sticky, Laughing Is Contagioius--Includes both rated and unrated versions of the film--BD exclusive: Translating the Zohan: Graphics-in-picture track
Two-Disc Unrated Edition Special Features Include:
--Commentary with Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel, Rob Schneider and Nick Swardson--Commentary With Director Dennis Dugan--Deleted scenes--10 behind-the-scenes featurettes: Look Who Stopped By, Dugan: The Hands-On Director, The Stunts of Zohan, Dugan Espanol?, Zohan vs. Phantom, Shooting Baja for Tel Aviv, All American Redneck, From Guns to Scissors, The Robot, Laughing Is Contagious--Digital copy of the film--5 behind-the-scenes featurettes: Zohan's Doubles, News on 3: Missing Goat, News on 3: Who Is the Zohan?, News on 3: It's Very Good, Getting Sticky
SOUTH PARK: THE CULT OF CARTMAN On DVD
America's favorite little hell raiser gets his own DVD with SOUTH PARK: THE CULT OF CARTMAN from Paramount Home Ent. Featuring 12 classic episodes with Cartman at his very worst. The two-disc DVD will feature a new-to-DVD episode from Season 12, as well as new footage.
DVD comes in attractive bad ass, cult-like handbook packaging and also includes an exclusive membership card to the Eric Theodore Cartman Society and a sticker.
Special Features Include:
--Original DVD Introduction by Eric Cartman--Original Introductions to Each Episode by Eric Cartman
A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING Deluxe Edition, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Deluxe Edition On DVD
Warner Home Video will release A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING Deluxe Edition and A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Deluxe Edition re-mastered on DVD on October 7, 2008 for $19.98 SRP each.
A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING originally aired on TV in 1973 and won an Emmy Award for its incredible animation and heartfelt message. The fun begins when Peppermint Patty invites herself and her pals to Charlie Brown's house for a REALLY big turkey party. Good grief! Is Charlie Brown doomed? Will Thanksgiving be the same without turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie? Thankfully, Linus, Snoopy and Woodstock all chip in to save the Thanksgiving day. With such good friends, Charlie Brown -- and all of us -- has so many reasons to be thankful. This remastered Deluxe Edition with improved picture and audio is guaranteed to bring on that grateful glow and contains great bonus features including:
--A new featurette: "Popcorn & Jellybeans: Making a Thanksgiving Classic" -- A look at the final installment of the Peanuts holiday trilogy and what it meant to its creators and to us.--Digital downloads of two songs from the soundtrack--A bonus episode: "Mayflower Voyagers"
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Deluxe Edition features the re-mastered Christmas special in an updated look that still maintains the integrity and feel of vintage Peanuts. The Emmy and Peabody Award winning classic features Charlie Brown who has the Yuletide blues. To get into the holiday spirit, Lucy advises Charlie Brown to direct the Christmas play and put up a great tree. Charlie Brown takes the advice, but the tree he finds is short, spindly and not very green, prompting everyone to make fun of him. However, the real meaning of Christmas works its magic on the Peanuts gang and they all end up in the holiday spirit.
The Deluxe Edition contains bonus features including:
--A new featurette: "A Christmas Miracle: The Making of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS" -- An in-depth look at how the producers brought a newspaper comic strip to animated life in a new medium. Under tense pressure and with many doubters, the show creators were able to create Peanuts in a new medium and make the show a smash success.--Digital downloads of two songs from the soundtrack--A bonus episode: "It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown"
CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FAVORITES And JACK FROST On DVD
Warner Home Video has the seasonal hits everyone will be wishing for this holiday season with the upcoming releases of CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FAVORITES and JACK FROST, both available on DVD October 7, 2008.
Adults and kids will be filled with Christmas spirit after watching the CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FAVORITES Collection, a delightful four-disc set presented in unique, eye-catching, collectible packaging that showcases a total of 10 memorable animated holiday specials as well as bonus material for a total of over six hours of feature content and two hours of enhanced content.
Specials include HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! Deluxe Edition, and nine Rankin/Bass features: THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS Deluxe Edition, RUDOLPH'S SHINY NEW YEAR, NESTOR THE LONG-EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY, FROSTY'S WINTER WONDERLAND, 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, RUDOLPH AND FROSTY'S CHRISTMAS IN JULY, LEPRECHAUN'S CHRISTMAS GOLD, PINNOCHIO'S CHRISTMAS as well as STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN.
Summary of specials featured in CLASSIC CHRISTMAS FAVORITES:
--HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS Deluxe Edition -- Originally directed by animation genius and cartoon legend Chuck Jones, this Dr. Seuss's classic tells the story of the mean and hateful Grinch who devises a plan to steal Christmas away from the Whos of Whoville. This remastered holiday classic will be enjoyed by the entire family.
--THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS Deluxe Edition -- This newly remastered classic recounts the story of the year Santa Claus decides to take a vacation from Christmas.
--RUDOLPH'S SHINY NEW YEAR -- When the baby New Year named Happy goes missing, Father Time (voiced by Red Skelton) asks Rudolph to find him before midnight on New Year's Eve.
--NESTOR THE LONG-EARED CHRISTMAS DONKEY -- Back in the days of the Roman Empire, a small donkey named Nestor who is teased mercilessly about his abnormally long ears, becomes a hero when he is chosen by Mary and Joseph to take them to Bethlehem where Mary gives birth to baby Jesus.
--FROSTY'S WINTER WONDERLAND -- When Frosty feels lonely, the kids think of making him a wife named Crystal.
--'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS -- The citizens of a small town are up in arms when Santa Claus decides to take them off his gift delivery schedule after he receives an anonymous letter claiming he does not exist.
--RUDOLPH AND FROSTY'S CHRISTMAS IN JULY -- Frosty and his family are given magic amulets by the evil Wizard Winterbolt so they won't melt as they attend the circus on the Fourth of July where Rudolph is the star, however, plans to return to the North Pole backfire due to Winterbolt's evil plan. Will Frosty get back to the North Pole before it's too late?
--LEPRECHAUN'S CHRISTMAS GOLD -- The story of an Irish sailor who meets a leprechaun named Blarney (Art Carney) on Christmas Eve and unwittingly unleashes a banshee who wants to steal Blarney's Christmas gold.
--PINOCCHIO'S CHRISTMAS -- Not knowing better during Pinocchio first Christmas, he sells the book Geppetto gives him for present money, but Cat and Fox trick him out of it.
--STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN -- An animated version of the famous Dickens classic A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Jack Frost is sure to warm everyone's hearts with the first ever re-mastered Deluxe Edition DVD release of the classic, stop-motion animation feature JACK FROST. From the animation sorcerers at the Rankin/Bass studios, this enchanting holiday perennial about the crafty cold-weather elf. This special tells the story of Jack Frost, who one fateful winter, visits the village of January Junction, where he falls head-over-snowflakes in love with pretty maiden Elisa. Turning into a human boy, Jack begins his courtship, only to lose Elisa to the evil clutches of Kubla Kraus the Cossack. Teamed up with his elfin friends, Jack must use all his icy powers to free Elisa from Kubla's army of mechanical men. Among the featured voices are Buddy Hackett, as narrator Pardon-Me-Pete the groundhog, Robert Morse as Jack and Larry Storch as Papa.
JACK FROST Deluxe Edition DVD bonus features include:
--Totally Cool Crafty Creations -- Mr. Wizard meets Martha Stewart in this fun-filled featurette that teaches kids how to make their own holiday crafts, including paper snowflakes, a magical snow globe and mounds of fluffy snow.
--Snip's Snowy Sing-a-long -- Join Snip the Snowflake Maker in this fun sing-along with some of the all-time favorite songs from the movie, including "Me and My Shadow," and "Just What I Always Wanted."
CARE BEARS FLURRIES OF FUN On DVD
Bear-y fun favorite adventures: "Care Bears Oopsy Does It," "Care Bears Grizzle-ly Adventures" and "Care Bears Ups and Downs" all in one three-pack DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
In "Care Bears Oopsy Bear Does It," Oopsy Bear is the only Care Bear without a belly badge. When Cheer and Grumpy Bear build an amusement park for their friends, Oopsy Bear accidentally destroys it. Grizzle, an evil bear, uses Oopsy's mistake in a plot to steal the Care Bears' belly badges. But, Oopsy stumbles to the rescue proving you don't need a badge to be a bear who cares.
"Care Bears: Grizzle-ly Adventures" presents two episodes featuring the new bear in the Care Bear's neighborhood -- Grizzle. He's a mean little bear in a big robot suit who hates caring. In "Broken," when Share Bear's favorite necklace is needed to fix her robot friend, Wingnut. Share keeps the necklace and goes to Grizzle instead. Will Grizzle help her friend or make even more trouble? And in "Emma's Dilemma" things are missing all over Care-a-lot. The Care Bears let Emma help them search, but she ends up missing, too, thanks to Grizzle. Can Emma and the bears find a way out of his trap?
"Care Bears Ups and Downs" also features two episodes "Cheer Up and "Down to Earth." In "Cheer Up," Cheer Bear decides to throw a party for Surprise. But she becomes uncheery when Surprise turns out to be unsurpriseable. So she distracts Surprise with "tasks" like picking flowers, hopping through town on one foot, and doing everything in reverse, so that the Bears can plan the party. In "Down To Earth," Wingnut's Care Bear Transporter beams Funshine to Earth so he can teach a lonely young boy how to make friends and have fun. But then the Care Bear Transporter breaks, and unless Wingnut can fix it, Funshine won't be able to return to Care-a-Lot.
STRAIT JACKET On DVD
On October 7, STRAIT JACKET will transport anime fans into a brand new world where anyone can use magic, and most abuse it. Those who cast too many spells risk becoming murderous, uncontrollable monsters, and all that's standing between order and chaos are specialized assassins -- monsters in their own right -- and their protective "Strait Jackets." Clad in a spectacular holographic "O-card," STRAIT JACKET promises a trip into the fantastic like no other, from Manga Ent. (a Starz Company).
Created by Ichiro Sakaki (SCRAPPED PRINCESS), STRAIT JACKET was a sensation from the moment it aired in Japan earlier this year. In a world where sorcery and science co-exist, the power of magic comes with a price: Humans who do not take proper precautions are transformed into horrific demons. Those who destroy these demons -- and run the highest risk of all -- are tactical sorcerers known as "Strait Jackets'. But when terrorists unleash a plague of demonic carnage, the Sorcery Management Bureau must enlist unlicensed assassin Leiot Steinberg to stop the slaughter. Even if this rogue killer and a mysterious young girl can end the outbreak, will they be able to face their own dark secrets?
Sakaki also wrote the screenplay for the feature, based on his original light novels, which to date have sold more than half a million copies in Japan.
STRAIT JACKET is produced by Feel (JINKI: EXTEND TV and KISSXSIS OVA) and directed by first-timer Shinji Ushiro. Character designs are by Yoshinori Yumoto (FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, PLANETES), and boasts an all-star English dub cast, with Crispin Freeman (HELLSING, GHOST IN THE SHELL: STANDALONE COMPLEX) and Kari Wahlgren (SAMURAI CHAMPLOO, STEAMBOY).