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DVD New Releases: March 27, 2012
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate and the voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate, Alan Tudyk. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo "Island Adventure," two-disc DVD "Island Adventure." Extras: "Munk Music & Dance Machine," showcasing a variety of popular songs from Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" to 's "Party Rock Anthem"; "Munking Movies in Paradise" featurette. Blu-ray and two-disc DVD "Island Adventure" editions add "Going Overboard with The Chipmunks," "Everybody Munk Now!" "Alan Tudyk, Chipmunk Appearance," music videos/sing-a-longs, extended scenes, "Promotional Fun" featurettes, "Chipwrecked: Coloring with Chipmunks" App (Blu-ray exclusive). (Fox).
Betty White: Champion for Animals (2012) Documentary about people working to understand and protect the world's precious animal populations. The award-winning actress and comedienne shares anecdotes about her own pets, as well as unforgettable experiences with the organizations that make the world of animals available to all. Featured are heroic stories of the military canine corps and the Humane Society, and journeys off the beaten path to America's national parks, world-class zoos and aquariums. Formats: DVD. $19.98. (Image Entertainment).
Breaking Wind: Unrated Director's Cut (2011) Heather Ann Davis, Eric Callero, Frank Pacheco. Spoof of the "Twilight" films. Formats: DVD, VOD, Digital. (Lionsgate).
Casablanca 70th Anniversary Edition (1942) Dir.: Michael Curtiz; Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall, Madeleine Lebeau, Dooley Wilson, Joy Page. Three-disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack: New limited numbered Blu-ray + DVDs boast all new 4k feature scan in a gift set with 14 Hours of bonus content, including two new documentaries and collectible memorabilia that includes reproduction of the original 1942 French film poster, a 60-page production art book and collectible drink coaster set. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Three comprehensive feature length documentaries: "The Brothers Warner," "You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story" and "Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul"; Commentary by Roger Ebert, commentary by Rudy Behlmer, introduction by Lauren Bacall, two new documentaries: "Michael Curtiz: The Greatest Director You Never Heard Of" and "Casablanca: An Unlikely Classic," "Now Voyager" theatrical trailer: "Warner Night at the Movies"; Newsreel: "Warner Night at the Movies"; "Vaudeville Days": "Warner Night at the Movies";" The Bird Came C.O.D.": "Warner Night at the Movies"; "The Squawkin' Hawk": "Warner Night at the Movies"; "The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall"; "Great Performances: Bacall on Bogart"; "You Must Remember This: A Tribute to Casablanca"; "As Time" Goes By: The Children Remember"; deleted scenes; outtakes; "Who Holds Tomorrow?" "Carrotblanca vintage cartoon; scoring stage sessions; 4/26/43 "Lady Esther Screen Guild Theater" radio broadcast; 11/19/47 "Vox Pop" radio broadcast. $64.99. (Warner).
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) Tantalizing and star-studded tribute to Roger Corman, Hollywood's most prolific writer-director-producer, and seminal influencing force in modern independent moviemaking during the past 60 years. Directed by Alex Stapleton, "Corman's World's" interview roster boasts such modern Hollywood icons and cinematic luminaries as Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, Eli Roth, David Carradine, Peter Fonda, William Shatner, Pam Grier, John Sayles, Brett Ratner, Bruce Dern, Paul W.S. Anderson, Peter Bogdanovich (many who got their start in the Corman factory) and many more actors and filmmakers. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Extended interviews, special video messages to Roger from select interviewees. (Anchor Bay Films ).
A Dangerous Method (2011) Dir.: David Cronenberg; Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon. Formats: DVD, Blu-ray Disc. Extras: Commentary with director David Cronenberg, "The Making of A Dangerous Method," AFI's Harold Lloyd Master Seminar with David Cronenberg. (Sony).
David Lean Directs Noel Coward In the 1940s, the wit of playwright Noel Coward and the craft of filmmaker David Lean melded harmoniously in one of cinema's greatest writer-director collaborations. With the wartime military drama sensation "In Which We Serve" (1932), Coward and Lean (along with producing partners Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan) embarked on a series of literate, socially engaged, and enormously entertaining pictures that ranged from domestic epic ("This Happy Breed," 1944) to whimsical comedy ("Blithe Spirit," 1945) to poignant romance ("Brief Encounter," 1945). These films created a lasting testament to Coward's artistic legacy and introduced Lean's visionary talents to the world. New high-definition digital transfers of the BFI National Archive’s 2008 restorations, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray editions. Extras: Audio commentary on "Brief Encounter" by film historian Bruce Eder, new interviews with Noel Coward scholar Barry Day on all of the films; interview with cinematographer-screenwriter-producer Ronald Neame from 2010; short documentaries from 2000 on the making of "In Which We Serve" and "Brief Encounter"; "David Lean: A Self Portrait," a 1971 television documentary on Lean's career; episode of the British television series "The Southbank Show" from 1992 on the life and career of Coward; audio recording of a 1969 conversation between Richard Attenborough and Coward at London's National Film Theatre; booklet featuring essays by Ian Christie, Terrence Rafferty, Farran Nehne, Geoffrey O'Brien, and Kevin Brownlow. Four-disc set: $79.95; also available on Blu-ray Disc ($99.95). (The Criterion Collection.)
Eureka: Season 4.5 (2010-11) Three-disc set. Extras: Includes a special extended version of the episode "Of Mites and Men," the holiday episode "O Little Town," as well as the Warehouse 13 crossover episode "Don't Hate the Player." (Universal).
I, Claudius: 35th Anniversary Edition (1976) This epic BBC series spans the history of the Roman Empire from Augustus through Claudius, a stuttering scholar who learns early to play the fool and stay alive. Based on the novels by Robert Graves, it stars Derek Jacobi in a career-defining role. Formats: DVD. Extras: Extended original versions of episodes 1 and 2; "I, Claudius: A Television Epic" behind-the-scenes look at the series, new Derek Jacobi interview, more. (Acorn Media).
In the Land of Milk and Honey (2011) Dir.: Angelina Jolie; Zana Marjanovic, Goran Kostic. Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, the film tells the story of Danijel and Ajla, two people from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla, a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees, knew each other before the war, and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, their allegiances uncertain. Includes the authentic language film with English subtitles on the Blu-ray and the English language version featured on the DVD disc. Formats: Blu-ray/DVD Combo, VOD, Digital Download. Extras: "The Making of In the Land of Blood and Honey," deleted scenes, Q&A with writer-director Angelina Jolie and actress Vanesa Glodjo. (Sony).
A Night to Remember (1958 )On April 14, 1912, just before midnight, the unsinkable Titanic struck an iceberg. In less than three hours, it had plunged to the bottom of the sea, taking with it more than 1,500 of its 2,200 passengers. In his unforgettable rendering of Walter Lord's book of the same name," A Night to Remember," the acclaimed British director Roy Ward Baker depicts with sensitivity, awe, and a fine sense of tragedy the ship's final hours. Featuring remarkably restrained performances, "A Night to Remember" is cinema's subtlest, finest dramatization of this monumental 20th-century catastrophe. New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition. Extras: Commentary by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, author and illustrator of "Titanic: An Illustrated History"; "The Making of A Night to Remember" (1993), a 60-minute documentary featuring William MacQuitty's rare behind-the-scenes footage; archival interview with Titanic survivor Eva Hart; "En natt att minas," a 45-minute Swedish documentary from 1962 featuring interviews with Titanic survivors; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Michael Sragow. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (The Criterion Collection).
Trinity Goodheart (2011) Erica Gluck, Eric Benet, Mark LaMura, Jennifer Van Horn, Karen Abercrombie, Willie Stratford. When a kind-hearted angel leaves a pendant for 12-year-old Trinity Goodheart, the precocious, street-wise youngster concludes that her long lost mother must be in danger and needs her help. Trinity's subsequent sojourn results in an effort to reunite her disjointed family; and in the process, Trinity teaches them the values of love, faith and forgiveness. Formats: DVD, Digital. Extras: (One Village Entertainment/Image Entertainment).