THIS IS THE "DUMBO" EDITION WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR
Posted on Sep 30 2011 by Greg
Like Jack Benny
and Annette Funicello
, it's nearly impossible to find anyone who has anything truly negative to say about Walt Disney's Dumbo
, the 1941 animated classic that signaled the pinnacle of Disney storytelling and raw artistry and the end of a golden era that was halted by WWII and a studio strike (which is expertly chronicled within the bonus treasure on this Blu-ray/DVD.Dumbo
really looks magnificent in this 70th Anniversary restored version
, especially with Blu-ray, but what really delights me is the presence of an excellent new audio commentary. The commentators is historian Paula Sigman
, master animator Andreas Deja
and Pixar director Pete Docter
. There's even a little video about Dumbo in the Disney Parks.
The DVD is not missing the key bonus features, which is a nice thing for those who do not have Blu-ray, but there are a few extra games, galleries and cartoons exclusively on the Blu-ray. The biggest addition is the entertaining Disney View system which adds visuals on your computer while the film runs in real time).
"CITIZEN KANE" OR "SPOOKY BUDDIES" -- DECISIONS, DECISIONS...
Posted on Sep 19 2011 by Greg
Okay, dress up cute puppies in costumes and give them adorable voices and put them in a fluffy vehicle that shows them off to their adorable-est? Another "Buddies" movie on DVD and Blu-ray, this time Halloween-themed.
Yes, a new special edition DVD and Blu-ray of Citizen Kane
was also just released--but look at those little puppy faces in these clips from Spooky Buddies
...awww...what to choose, what to choose...
And did Charles Foster Kane have special offer coupons in his newspaper? We'll never know, but here's one for Spooky Buddies
BBC RADIO PRESENTS A WEEK SALUTING ROALD DAHL, WILLY WONKA AND MORE
Posted on Sep 09 2011 by Greg
On the daily BBC Radio 4 Extra series The 4 O'Clock Show
, all five shows this week covered subjects relating to the world of Roald Dahl
, particularly Willy Wonka/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, including interviews with Gene Wilder, Johnny Depp
and Tim Burton
and a real life chocolate factory tour.
The entire week's shows are here for free
, for a limited time.
"THE TWILIGHT ZONE" RADIO DRAMA CD SETS ON SALE
Posted on Sep 08 2011 by Greg
Over the past several years, classic Twilight Zone
episodes have been lovingly recreated in stereo sound with full casts, the original music and celebrity headliners including Lou Diamond Phillips, Blair Underwood, Stan Freberg, Jim Caviezel
(below), Shelley Berman, John Ratzenberger, Daniel J. Travanti, Adam West, Cathy Garver
and many more.
You can download each show on iTunes, and hear them on certain radio stations, but I like the 10-disc sets, which are being closed out for $10 each right here
. Volume One is already sold out.
"...FERBULOUS!" - The Danville Tri-Stater
Posted on Sep 02 2011 by Greg
The above critical rave is fictional, but don't you just love the way some reviews make the huzzahs really big and the sources small? ("*****A TRIUMPH!"
- The Margate Pennysaver
In the case of Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension
, its acclaim was well-earned and the ratings were high. The series is one of the best series on television today, including live action and prime time. And if you follow the series, you can spot references between episodes and learn its "language," so to speak. And it's very easy to do that because Disney Channel and Disney X-D runs the already large library of episodes quite a lot.
This helps in appreciating the first TV Phineas and Ferb
movie, Across the 2nd Dimension
, especially the spectacular climactic scene that parades elements from numerous episodes within minutes. However, it's not necessary to be a Phineasoid to enjoy the film.
Like the series, it's chock full of eclectic songs that weave through a snappy script. It's not just a padded episode, but a well-constructed story that sets up a logical way for the basic series premise to unravel. For fans of the show, it's the equivalent of Dr. Bellows finding out the truth about Jeannie. How it resets itself to sustain the series' continuity is clever.
The DVD package comes with a bonus digital disc so you can download the movie on an I-device plus eight songs (though I recommend the soundtrack album
too). There's one episode from the series with a commentary track, though I wish the feature had a commentary too.
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