This DVD, issued, like the film, by DreamWorks and Universal,
includes two discs. The first one presents the feature full-frame,
with lots of extras supported by animated menus. The second disc
includes the feature letterboxed and more extras; the second disc
has an Easter egg that leads you to a "karoke party"
that's merely one of the menu selections on the first disc. There's
an HBO documentary on the making of "Shrek" on disc
one, which is quite interesting, but much of the interview footage
from this documentary turns up in one of the several documentaries
on disc two. more info
cheaper by the dozen
On the widescreen side, there's a five minute featurettes with
the director telling how he got the movie and cast the kids. It's
a nice, but mostly useless thing. We also get two commentaries.
The first is with director Shawn Levy who does a good job in keeping
it fresh and interesting - your usual good director's commentary.
Less exciting is the commentary by "the Baker Kids"
which finds several of the young actors doing commentary. more
pirates of the
Disney offers up one of the biggest films of the year with a hugely-packed
two disc special edition. The disc offers viewers a THX-certified,
2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen picture that really showcases the
beautiful locales of the open sea and the colonial port towns.
The picture quality is exquisite with not a hint of murky fades
or blacks. Disney pleases me more than ever with the choice of
either the standard Dolby Digital soundtrack or the more pleasing
in my opinion DTS 5.1 track. I've long been a fan of the DTS format
and could not be happier that a grand adventure such as this offers
up that choice. Having taken a listen to both, I can say this
movie benefits either way, with the DTS offering a slightly deeper
bass and surround experience. more
x2: x-men united
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is releasing two different
versions of "X2: X-Men United" on DVD, one containing
the movie in anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) and the other containing
the movie in pan & scan (1.33:1). Both are two-disc sets and
both provide the same bonus materials: a feature-length audio
commentary track by director Bryan Singer and cinematographer
Tom Sigel; a second feature-length audio commentary track by producers
Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter and screenwriters Michael
Dougherty, Dan Harris, and David Hayter; a making-of documentary;
10 featurettes; 11 deleted scenes; and other bonus materials as
well. more info
Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clownfish, has his life turned upside
down one unfortunate night. His lone remaining family is his son
with one deformed flipper, Nemo. This leaves Marlin a very overprotective
father. Finally convincing his father to allow him to go to school,
disaster happens on the first day. Nemo is unexpectedly caught
by scuba divers and later ends up in an aquarium at a dentist's
office. Marlin is now hot on the trail of finding his lost son.
There are three versions of Spiderman available on DVD. A two-disc
set is presented in your choice of full screen or anamorphic widescreen.
There is also a special collector's 'gift' set
that includes additional extras like a mock up of the comic Amazing
Fantasy #15, a cell from the film and "collectable"
drawings. All sets include a commentary with Raimi, Dunst and
other production people. There is a subtitled facts track that
runs along with the film, comic/film comparison, special effects
featurette and the hit music video. There are even DVDROM features
to let you surf the web in search of even more details of Spiderman.
The highlight of Disc 1 is Rutt & Tuke's Commentary, which
is just like any audio commentary, except that the speakers are
Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas in character as the film's comic
relief moose. It feels totally improvised, and Moranis and Thomas
are in prime form. It's mostly quite funny, and I do wish it wasn't
only on the reformatted disc. You can choose to listen to the
commentary with visuals or without; with the former selected,
you occassionally get to see well-done silhouettes of the moose.
Of course, the entertainment value of the commentary, like Strange
Brew, is totally subject to taste.
the haunted mansion
The Haunted Mansion is all about the spectacle. The special effects
and make-up are extremely good throughout. In fact the film is
quite scary in parts for younger children, especially during the
crypt sequence, which could give any child under the age of seven
nightmares for a very long time. This does not make a great movie
however as it all falls apart because of the very flimsy plot
that is very reminiscent of many films in the genre, especially
"The Haunting". more
angels: full throttle
Once again, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu star as
Natalie, Dylan and Alex, three girls recruited by "Charlie"
to fight crime and save the day and all that good stuff. The plot
this time around, which is almost not worth discussing as it gets
thrown out and forgotten about halfway, deals with decoder rings
that reveal the identity of those in the witness protection program.
There's also the business of a "fallen angel", one Madison
Lee (Demi Moore), who has plans for both the angels and the list.
Though not exactly know as a studio that produces a lot of animated
features, occasionally 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment does
have such a film in their repertoire. "Ice Age" is that
film currently, and after a very successful theatrical run it
is now coming to DVD as a 2-disc Special Edition. Not only does
it contain the film itself but also a flurry of extras and even
a completely new animated short, so let's see how the DVD
shaped up. more info
There's a lot of bonus features here in this 2-disc set. Most
of it is on the dedicated bonus disc. The first disc contains
the feature film, including audio commentary by the filmmakers
and a dedicated Dolby Digital EX 5.1 sound effects-only soundtrack,
a THX Optimizer feature, and the usual Disney sneak peaks/trailers
of upcoming theatrical and DVD/home video releases. more
harry potter and the chamber of secrets
The Chamber of Secrets is a good film, even for a sequel. But
ultimately, I found it a far cry from The Sorcerer's Stone. As
far as the DVD goes, the 2-disc Chamber of Secrets is very collectible,
thanks to the rich set of bonus features. Warner Home Entertainment
seems to have cooked up the perfect potion (again!) for another
successful DVD release! more