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Fri
30
Jun

Simon Pegg Can Do "Absolutely Anything" with Kate Beckinsale

Absolutely Anything on DVD

ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING finds its tagline in riffing on the moral of Spider-Man, setting it on its ear: Great Power. Total Irresponsibility.

That's not entirely true, however, in this comedy farce starring SIMON PEGG as Neil, a man selected totally at random by a group of all-powerful aliens to receive genie-like powers over reality as a test of humankind's worth to survive. Of course, he doesn't know why he has these powers, or where they came from, but suddenly with a simple statement and a wave of his hand, Neil finds himself with absolute power over absolutely anything.

Tue
27
Jun

Tom and Jerry join Willy Wonka in Latest Warner Bros Home Video Original Release

Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory DVD

Warner Bros. turned in a musical delight when they released TOM AND JERRY: BACK TO OZ, a tale that inserted the cat and mouse duo into a Warner classic story.

So I was particularly keen to see how well an animated version of WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY would pan out with Tom and Jerry thrown into the mix.

The result: Good in some places, but otherwise closer to what you might expect when mixing a cat and a mouse with your chocolate.

Fri
23
Jun

Animated Bunnicula Strays from Source Material in a Wonderful Way

Bunnicula Season 1, Part 1

If you've ever read Deborah and James Howe's children's classic series of books featuring BUNNICULA, then you'll almost instantly notice that this cartoon series is several steps away from the story you know. The characters -- the animal characters -- are the same: Chester (SEAN ASTIN) the cat, Harold (BRIAN KIMMET) the dog, and of course Bunnicula the vampire rabbit (CHRIS KATTAN) are here. Their young master, Toby has been replaced with a manic young girl, Mina (KARI WAHLGREN) -- no doubt as an homage to Mina Harker from Bram Stoker's DRACULA. But even the familiar characters are a little different. Chester is excessively paranoid rather than curious and leaping to conclusions, while Harold has gone from easy-going and sensible to an ADHD afflicted canine like UP's Doug. Oh, and there's no doubt at all that Bunnicula is indeed a vampire bunny who sucks the juice out of vegetables.

Thu
22
Jun

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Hanna-Barbera Animation Studio with Release of The Diamond Collection on DVD and Digital This Summer

Hanna Barbera Diamond Logo

BURBANK, CA (June 22, 2017) – Jinkies! Yabba dabba doo! Heavens to Murgatroyd! To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera’s animation studio on July 7, 1957, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is releasing a comprehensive catalog of classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons to date. The 60th anniversary catalog collection is a celebration of the lovable gang of animated characters that children and adults alike remember and continue to influence pop culture around the world.  The Diamond Collection will include over 70 seasons of the most popular animated titles of the 50s, 60s and 70s, many of which have not been released on DVD or Digital until now. The Diamond Collection will feature brand-new packaging, new digital content, discount pricing and select free episodes throughout the summer surrounding the milestone anniversary.

Thu
15
Jun

Sock It To Me! Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Gets 50th Anniversary Series Release on DVD

Laugh In Complete Series

FAIRFAX, VA (May 9, 2017) -- Named by TV Guide as one of the “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time,” “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,” was also one of the most groundbreaking.  A fast moving barrage of rapid-fire one-liners, on-going sketches, musical numbers and hilarious social and political satire, it was an instant hit following its NBC prime-time debut in 1968.  Hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, the unique variety series – a psychedelic take-off of a ‘60s-style happening – perfectly captured the spirit of an era, launched the careers of many a comic actor and writer and fed a new generation’s conversations with hip catchphrases like “Sock it to me!,” “You bet your sweet bippy!,” and “Here come da judge!”  “Laugh In” would go on to become one of the most popular shows in the history of television.

Tue
13
Jun

LEGO Batman Movie Hilarious Sendup of Dark Knight

LEGO Batman Movie Blu-ray and DVD

When watching THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, one must keep in mind that there are two Batmans. Batmen. Two characters of the same name that are both LEGO. There.

The Batman in THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, voiced by WILL ARNETT, occupies the universe of THE LEGO MOVIE. The other occupies the LEGO DC SUPER HEROES universe. Both are silly, kid-friendly adventures, but the former really takes advantage of the wider universe of all things LEGO, and isn't afraid to be self-referential.

Mon
12
Jun

Tale as Old as Time, Now on DVD

Beauty and the Beast Live DVD

EMMA WATSON and DAN STEVENS eat up the screen in Disney's live-action adaptation of the hit Disney Princess musical, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Watson portrays Belle, an educated girl forced to live in a small village of people who seem to revel proudly in their ignorance. She is shunned by them, with the exception of the brutish Gaston (LUKE EVANS), a military captain without a war, who has set his sights on Belle as his new conquest. When Belle's father, Maurice (KEVIN KLINE), takes a wrong turn, he ends up at the Beast's castle, running afoul of the master of the place when he plucks a rose to take home to his daughter.

Wed
07
Jun

DC Super Hero Girls Score Big in Intergalactic Games

DC Super Hero Girls return in their latest direct-to-video movie for a friendly competition that aims to bring peace throughout the galaxy.

Brought to you by Warner Bros. Animation, INTERGALACTIC GAMES features a ton of characters who come from all across the DC Universe. Coming together for a friendly competition, the three schools (Super Hero High, Korugar Academy and the Apocalypse School) participate in a variety of olympic-style games to win a coveted trophy.

Tue
06
Jun

Canine Soldier Returns to Duty in Family Adventure MAX 2: WHITE HOUSE HERO

Max 2 - White House Hero

When we first met Max, he was washing out of the military with PTSD after having saved several lives in the Middle East. But with the help of the family of his former master, he pulled through and became a hero.

In MAX 2: WHITE HOUSE HERO, Max is called into duty with the Secret Service when the current canine member is on maternity leave. He quickly befriends TJ (ZANE AUSTIN), first son of President Bennett (RIVERDALE's LOCHLYN MUNRO). TJ has been feeling alienated by his status as a protected child, and Max is the only friend he has, much to the chagrin of his Secret Service detail handler, who would rather Max be focused on security.

Wed
31
May

CW's #1 Series THE FLASH 3rd Season Releases on Blu-ray and DVD September 5, 2017

The Flash Season 3 on BD
Tue
30
May

BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN Blu-Ray Set to Release August 29 (VIDEO)

Batman Harley DVD

BURBANK, CA (May 30, 2017) — A looming global catastrophe forces Batman and Nightwing to partner with an unlikely hero in Batman and Harley Quinn, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Original Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new, feature-length animated film arrives August 15 on Digital and August 29 on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Deluxe Giftset, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD.

Thu
25
May

Supergirl Season 2 Blu-Ray Coming in Hot Off the Season Finale!

Hot off the season finale of SUPERGIRL, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announces the release of Season 2 on Blu-Ray!

With an expected release date of August 22nd, you'll be able to rewatch all the great moments that spun out of SUPERGIRL's first exciting season on The CW! With all-new villains, romances, drama and more the second season of SUPERGIRL drew in 4.2 million viewers weekly; making it the 2nd most watched show on The CW behind THE FLASH (for Live+7 ratings)!

Tue
23
May

Vixen Springs from CW Seed to Blu-ray Movie

Vixen Blu-ray

Having established critical successes with both ARROW and THE FLASH, CW broke even more fertile ground by utilizing their webisode engine, CW SEED, to expand the Arrowverse with the premier of VIXEN.

Vixen, aka Mari Jiwe McCabe, is voiced by MEGALYN ECHIKUNWOKE, who later played the real life role on ARROW in the episodes "Lian Yu" and "Taken," is the creation of comic book veterans Gerry Conway, Curt Swan and Bob Oksner. Her powers are those of the animal kingdom, granted her through her "Tantu Totem," which has been renamed in this feature as the Anansi Totem.

Tue
11
Apr

Press Release: The LEGO Batman Movie Release Date Announced

LEGO Batman Movie DVD

Burbank, CA, April 11, 2017 – Bring home the year’s funniest family adventure when “The LEGO® Batman Movie,” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The film features Will Arnett who reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie,” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne.

 

The film also features Zach Galifianakis (the “Hangover” films, “Muppets Most Wanted”) starring as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.

 

Tue
11
Apr

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract Adapts Classic Comic into Current DCAU Continuity

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Marv Wolfman and George Perez's NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT is one of the seminal stories in comics history. Not just a four-part tale, the story served as an endcap to a long-running plot, revealing that one of the Teen Titans had actually been operating undercover as a spy for Deathstroke, the Terminator.

While this story couldn't be captured accurately in the DC Animated Universe, writer Ernie Altbacker and director Sam Liu came as darn close as they could to the feel of that story and its touchstones, while also staying true to the established DCAU continuity.

The film opens with a vignette of the original Teen Titans: Robin (the Dick Grayson incarnation), Speedy and Kid Flash, with Beast Boy and Bumblebee taking the places of Aqualad and Wonder Girl. The scene details their first encounter with Starfire as they find her in battle with aliens. It's also the first kiss between Robin and Starfire, since Tamaranians absorb language through kissing.

Tue
04
Apr

Monster Trucks an 80s-Style Creature-Action Film That's Family Friendly

MONSTER TRUCKS isn't a movie that was really meant to do well on the big screen, much as the hopes of Director CHRIS WEDGE (ICE AGE) might have been otherwise. It has good special effects, and a fairly decent budget, but it's the storyline that holds it back from being a box office success. But that doesn't mean the story is a bad one, it means it simply is what it is -- and about 30 years too late. The film would have done exceedingly well in the 1980s, as it has all the tropes of some of the best not-too-scary monster flicks of that bygone era. Think GREMLINS and E.T.

Mon
03
Apr

From Spy to P.I., Archer Season 7 is not P.U.

Archer Season 7

ARCHER Season 7 takes our dysfunctional “family” of spies into a new direction with this 2-disc DVD set from FX and 20th Century Fox.

After failing as government agents-turned-drug-dealers and being blacklisted by the CIA, the team tries their hand at being private investigators. The only one able to get his Private Investigator’s license is Cyril Figgis (voiced by CHRIS PARNELL), so they all reluctantly (except for Cyril) now work for the “Figgis Detective Agency) and set up shop in Los Angeles.

Sun
02
Apr

FENCES: A Heart-Wrenching Story of Family and Confinement

Fences

“Some people build fences to keep people out – and other people build fences to keep people in.”

Based on August Wilson's renowned play, FENCES is a stunning, heart-wrenching portrait of a family and a story about feeling trapped in your life.

There’s an old bit of writing advice that I’ve always liked: your character doesn’t need to be likable to hold the audience’s attention – they need to be compelling. FENCES is a prime example of this.

Tue
14
Mar

WWE Superstars Go Galactic in New Jetsons Original Movie

Jetsons and WWE Robo WrestleMania

Nothing is going to stop Big Show from taking the WWE belt from Sheamus! And if that means he has to pilot a puddle jumper from Denver to Albuquerque in a blizzard, against the advice of Mr. McMahon, then so be it!

Unfortunately for Big Show, his plane goes down in the ice, and he remains frozen for 100 years, until he's found by George Jetson on a special assignment for Mr. Spacely. Once properly thawed, Big Show is astounded at the world he's awakened to, with all its robots, buttons, flying cars and talking dogs. But he's still intent on becoming the WWE Champion -- even if WWE has been changed to World Wrobot (the 'W' is silent) Entertainment, where robotic doppelgangers of past WWE Superstars do all the wrestling.

Mon
13
Mar

Volume 1 of Mickey and the Roadster Racers Zooms Onto DVD

Mickey and the Roadster Racers Volume 1 on DVD

For the longest time, Disney Junior was turned on in our house so that our little boy could get his fill of MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE. Now that he's older, he's a bit past interacting with the television screen to pick a Mouse-ka-tool, but he still loves Mickey Mouse, his Hot Wheels, and his racetrack sets.

Which makes MICKEY AND THE ROADSTER RACERS a natural for him. (And I fully expect there to be a Disney racetrack of the vehicles just in time for Santa to impact my budget this year.)

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