TWILIGHT: Ultimate Collector's Set (Blu-ray)Summit Entertainment/2008/122 min /Rated PG-13/ SRP: $79.99Director: Catherine HardwickeDisc: 50GB Blu-ray Disc
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVCVideo resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 2.40:1Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, English SDH, Spanish (less)
Summary:After Bella Swan is sent to live with her father, she falls for the intriguing Edward Cullen, who she discovers is a vampire.
Special Features:*Packaging: The box contains a certificate of authenticity, a TWILIGHT bookmark, a collection of five photo cards housed in an envelope that matches the set, the film's CD soundtrack, a teal-colored TWILIGHT watch, and a TWILIGHT-themed charm bracelet.
*Feature-length Commentary Track: Director Catherine Hardwicke and Actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart offer tidbits of random information scattered here and there. It's an odd mixture of worthwhile information and anecdotes from the set.
*The Adventure Begins: The Journey from Page to Screen is a Blu-ray profile 1.1 picture-in-picture feature that is also available separately from the film in full-screen 1080p video with a combined runtime of 54min. The piece begins with Author Stephenie Meyer discussing the origins of the story and a look at the lengthy process of converting the printed word to the big screen. The piece examines the casting and the previsualization computer work, discusses the world of the Cullen family and looks at the creation of the baseball sequence.
*The Comic-Con Phenomenon: Takes viewers into the wild world of TWILIGHT fandom. Also included are three music videos – SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE by Muse, DECODE by Paramore and LEAVE OUT ALL THE REST by Linkin Park.
*Bonus Scenes: Five extended scenes and five deleted scenes are included.
*BD-Live (Blu-ray profile 2.0) functionality and five pieces of the theatrical campaign including teasers/trailers.
BATMAN: The Brave & the Bold Vol. 1Warner Home Video /UR /83min/DVD/SRP: $10.99Actors: Diedrich BaderFormat: Animated, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSCLanguage: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) Subtitles: EnglishRegion: Region 1 Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1Extras: None
This Volume 1 set includes the first four episodes.Episodes included:*Rise of the Blue Beetle! - A young mutant kid longs to be Batman's partner. He gets his chance when Batman asks for his help in stopping a meteor headed for Earth. Meanwhile, the two meet an alien race that is under oppression from another alien race and together they are able to save the day.
*Terror on Dinosaur Island! - Gorilla Grodd, an ape king, intends to transform humans, who he deems inferior, into apes so that he might conquer the world. It's up to Plastic Man and Batman to stop him.
*Evil Under the Sea! - Aquaman teams up with Batman to stop Ocean Master (Aquaman's jealous brother) who has teamed up with Aquaman's arch rival, Black Mantra. The evil duo is determined to rule the sea, but Batman and Aquaman will have something to say about that.
*Invasion of the Secret Santas! - Fun Haus plans to bring down the Christmas cheer with a heinous crime spree, but Red Tornado and Batman are up to the task of stopping him.
DUPLICITY (DVD/Blu-ray)Universal Studios/2009/Vfx by Prime Focus VFX, Asylum, Brainstorm Digital/125 min/Rated PG-Director: Tony GilroyCast: Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti13/SRP: $24.99Video codec: VC-1Video resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 2.40:1Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1French: DTS 5.1Spanish: DTS 5.1Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, English SDH, Spanish, French (less)Discs: 25GB Blu-ray Disc BD-Live
Summary:Meet Ray Koval (Clive Owen), a talented, ex-MI6 counterintelligence whiz hired by a smarmy CEO (Paul Giamatti) to steal secrets from a rival businessman (Tom Wilkinson). Now meet former CIA agent Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts), an icy adversary employed by said rival to keep those very secrets safe from crafty spies like Koval. Are Ray and Claire bitter enemies? Naive soul mates? Cautious lovers? Is their pairing a coincidence? Or is someone responsible for their star-crossed reunion?
Bonus Features:*Audio Commentary: commentary with writer/director Tony Gilroy and editor/co-producer John Gilroy offer a thorough overview of the production and a more amusing account of the time they spent with their cast and crew.
*BD-Live functionality and "My Scenes" bookmarking are included.
DORA THE EXPLORER: Dora’s Halloween/Go Diego Go! Diego’s HalloweenNickelodeon/196 min/ Rating: Unrated/ SRP: $16.99 / DVD/Discs: 2
Format: Animated, Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSCLanguage: English Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Summary:Preschool boys share the excitement with GO, DIEGO, GO! which centers on Dora's cousin, Diego, as he engages in swashbuckling adventures with the same brand of interactive learning. In this Halloween-themed volume, Diego and his pals cross paths with bats, jack-o-lanterns and other spooky night crawlers.
DEVIL MAY CRY (Blu-ray)FUNimation Entertainment/2008/300 min/Rated: MA/ SRP: $33.99
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVCVideo resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 1.78:1
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1Japanese: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English Discs: 50GB Blu-ray Disc/Two-disc set
Summary:Cursed to live as both monster and man, Dante must spend his life fighting the demonic forces of darkness. Brandishing his sword, Rebellion, and his always-loaded guns, Ebony and Ivory, Dante is more than happy to send the demons back to hell - especially when there's money to be made. The wildly popular video game is now a series, and this time, there's no sympathy for the devil.
Bonus Features:*Interview with Toshiyuki Morikawa: The voice actor who played Dante in the series provides some background on his character, the transition of the video game to an anime series, and gives fans a brief preview of what they can expect from the series.
*Devil May Cry/Cut scenes: Consisting of seven cut scenes from the Devil May Cry 4 video game, this collection focuses heavily on a fight sequence between Nero and Dante.
*E3 2007 Preview: This trailer provided a glimpse of what fans could expect from the DEVIL MAY CRY 4 video game.
*Tokyo Game Show 2006 Preview: Unlike the prior preview (which consisted mostly of cut scenes), this sneak-peek includes in-game footage to whet the appetite of festival attendees.
*Trailers/Extras: Two additional trailers for the video game, some finished product footage from the game, clean opening and closing animation from the anime series (the only extra presented in 1080p) and a collection of trailers for other Funimation releases.
SMALLVILLE: The Complete 8th Season (DVD/Blu-Ray)Warner Bros./2008/1012min/ Rated: NR/SRP: $51.49Discs: 50GB Blu-ray Disc/Four-disc set
Video codec: VC-1Video resolution: 1080pAspect ratio: 1.78:1English Dolby Digital 5.1Subtitles: English SDH, French, English SDH, French (less)
Summary:Clark Kent draws closer to his Superman destiny in Season 8 of SMALLVILLE. Another Kryptonian destiny also takes shape. Davis Bloome begins to realize he is Doomsday. His mission on Earth: kill Clark Kent.
Bonus Features:*Audio Commentaries (Disc 2): Director Mairzee Almas, executive producer Brian Peterson and actress Cassidy Freeman deliver a decent overview of "Identity," while producers Darren Swimmer and Tim Scanlan, and writer Geoff Johns offer up a more satisfying overview of "Legion." Johns properly dissects the differences between the traditional Superman mythos and the television series.
*Unaired Scenes (HD, All Discs, 18 min): Deleted scenes are included for "Plastique," "Instinct," "Legion," "Power," "Requiem," "Turbulence," "Hex," "Eternal," "Beast," and "Injustice."
*In the Director's Chair (HD, 19 min): An informative trip behind the scenes with Allison Mack. She discusses her transition from actor to director, her approach to the series, and her take on the characters.
*Smallville's Doomsday: The Making of a Monster (HD, 15 min): This look at season eight's big baddie delves into the vicious alien's design, appearances, and clashes with Clark and his super-powered brethren, as well as the CG and practical effects that brought his transformations to life.
MUSHI-SHI: The Movie (DVD)Funimation Prod./2006/131min/Rated: NR/SRP: $18.99
Director: Katsushiro OtomoActors: Joe OdaginFormat: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, WidescreenLanguage: Japanese, EnglishRegion: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)Discs: 1
Summary:A silver-haired wanderer -- a "mushi-shi" or "bug master" -- named Ginko (Joe Odagin) takes shelter in a small village, where the local matriarch asks him to help with some problems. One is that some of the villagers have gone deaf in one ear; the other is that her granddaughter is hearing bizarre things that aren't there, and grown a pair of strange horns from her forehead.
Special Features:*Deleted/Extended Scenes: The deleted and extended scenes are played with the original scenes and those that were removed are indicated by a time stamp. In Japanese with English subtitles.
*Mushi-Shi Premiere: Interviews with the cast and clips of the cast at the premiere of the film. In Japanese with English subtitles.
* Original Trailer: The theatrical trailer in Japanese with English subtitles.
*Coming Attractions: FUNimation Entertainment trailers.
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: The Animated Series (DVD)Mill Creek Ent. / Discs: 3/ 686min/ Rated: UR/SRP: $24.98Actors: Willie Aames, Adam Rich, Donny Most, Frank Welker, Jennifer DarlingDirectors: VariousFormat: Animated, Box set, Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSCLanguage: EnglishRegion: All Regions
27 Episodes Summaries:1. NIGHT OF NO TOMORROW- The kids meet Merlin, who offers Presto an apprenticeship position.2. EYE OF THE BEHOLDER- The gang enlist the aid of the knight, Sir John, who may not be a hero.3. HALL OF BONES- The kids’ weapons are running out of power and must be recharged.4. VALLEY OF UNICORNS- The gang stops a wizard who wants to harness the power of unicorn horns.5. IN SEARCH OF THE DUNGEON MASTER- The kids must save the Dungeon Master from a bounty hunter.6. BEAUTY AND THE BOGBEAST- The gang must find a cure for Eric, who has been changed into a beast.7. PRISON WITHOUT WALLS- The kids go to the Swamp of Sorrow to free a prisoner held by a spellbinder.8. SERVANT OF EVIL- Bobby befriends the reluctant giant Karox to free his friends from Venger's grasp.9. QUEST OF THE SKELETON WARRIOR- The kids help a former celestial knight who is now Venger's slave.10. GARDEN OF ZINN- Bobby has been poisoned and the gang must find the foot of a yellow dragon to cure him.11. THE BOX- The Dungeon Master tells the kids that using Zandora's box to free Zandora will get them home.12. THE LOST CHILDREN- The gang meet a band of children with a ship that might take them home.13. P-R-E-S-T-O SPELLS DISASTER- Presto must rescue his friends after bungling yet another spell.14. GIRL WHO DREAMED TOMORROW- The gang meet an Earth girl trapped in the realm who dreams the future.15. TREASURE OF TARDOS- The kids travel to the walled city of Tardos to save its queen and free her people.16. CITY AT THE EDGE OF MIDNIGHT- The gang learns of a city where children are being held captive.17. THE TRAITOR- The kids are suspicious of Hank, who they fear may be hiding the truth of Bobby's kidnapping.18. DAY OF THE DUNGEON MASTER- Eric is made Dungeon Master for a day after stating the job is easy.19. THE LAST ILLUSION- The gang must regain their weapons from Venger and rescue an illusionist.20. THE DRAGON'S GRAVEYARD- The kids decide to disobey the Dungeon Master and stop Venger for good.21. CHILD OF THE STARGAZER- The gang helps a man who has been imprisoned by a queen afraid of his power.22. DUNGEON AT THE HEART OF DAWN- Eric accidentally frees Venger's master, an entity of pure evil.23. THE TIME LOST- Venger's spell brings a World War II pilot to the Realm, where he befriends the gang.24. ODYSSEY OF THE 12TH TALISMAN- The kids teams with an orphan in their quest for the Stone of Astra.25. CITADEL OF SHADOW- The gang finds themselves in a bitter family feud between Venger and a relative.26. CAVE OF THE FAIRIE DRAGONS- The kids must free the fairy dragon queen and help her people.27. WINDS OF DARKNESS- The gang enlists the aid of a reluctant woman in rescuing the kidnapped Hank.
**Mill Creek is also releasing DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: The Beginning on DVD.