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Posted by Samantha Clark on November 30, 2009

Big Idea has turned to classic fairy tales for its next VeggieTales movie. VeggieTales: Pistachio—The Little Boy That Woodn't! tells the story of Pinocchio with a veggie twist.

The movie will debut in the Christian retail market (DVD $14.99) on Feb. 27 (prebook Feb. 12) and to the general market (DVD $14.93) on March 2 (prebook Feb. 2).

Long-time promotional partner Chick-fil-A will feature Pistachio at their more than 1,200 locations, including $2 coupons for the DVD, and 500 restaurants will hold DVD release parties. Chuck E. Cheese, Gymboree and Crazy 8 locations will play the music video for the movie's song "Where Have All the Staplers Gone" in stores. Plus, Big Idea will host more than 1,500 Family Fun Nights at churches nationwide where Pistachio screenings will be held.

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Posted by Samantha Clark on November 25, 2009

Sony has set up dates for two remakes: Rob Zombie's Halloween II on Jan. 12 and Ice Castles on Feb. 9.

Zombie's $33 million-grossing Halloween II, a sequel to the Halloween remake he made in 2007, will be released in an Unrated Director's Cut on Blu-ray and DVD as well as a DVD with the theatrical version. Both the DVD versions will be priced at $28.96 each. The...Read More

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Posted by Samantha Clark on November 24, 2009

Surprise box-office hit Paranormal Activity will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Dec. 29, just in time for consumers to buy it with the gift cards they got for Christmas.

Paramount's horror, which grossed $103.7 million in theaters, is making its home debut just 13 weeks after the movie began a limited theatrical run, and just nine weeks after it began a wide box-office release.

Both the DVD and two-disc Blu-ray will include both the theatrical version of the movie and an unrated version with an alternate ending that Paramount says is "shocking."

The two-DVD Blu-ray also includes a digital copy of the theatrical version.

The DVD will be priced at $29.99 and the Blu-ray at $40.99.

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Posted by Samantha Clark on November 23, 2009

The $38 million-grossing sci fi thriller Surrogates will bow on DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 26 (prebook Dec. 15) from Disney.

Starring Bruce Willis amd based on the graphic novel by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, the movie is set in a world in which people can hideaway in their home while plugged into a robot surrogate that goes to world and does whatever their people controllers tell them. Naturally, there's a group who rebel against the technology.

On DVD, the movie will be priced at $29.99, and on Blu-ray ...Read More

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Posted by Susanne Ault on November 19, 2009
Summit Home Entertainment has acquired Iraq documentary Brothers at War and plans to street it on DVD on Jan. 12, the same time the studio bows the feature The Hurt Locker.
Oscar pundits have long been eyeing The Hurt Locker as a likely Best Picture candidate, especially as the 2010 awards will double the nominee slots to 10. The Hurt Locker bowed in limited release in June, far out from the typical fall/winter rush of Oscar-pedigree films. But its gripping storyline about a U.S. Army bomb unit in Iraq has squarely won over critics.
It looks like Summit will further drill that point home, making Hurt a bigger event release with its Brothers at War companion. The marketing will likely work both ways with Brothers performing better attached to Hurt than if the doc...Read More

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Posted by Samantha Clark on November 19, 2009

So, we saw on Blu-ray.com that Michael Moore's latest movie, Capitalism: A Love Story, is coming to Blu-ray on Dec. 29. We went to the source, distributor Anchor Bay Entertainment, and said, "Give us the scoop!"

But it turns out there is no scoop. Moore's Capitalism won't be released on home video until "some time in 2010," according to the PR lady. We got an update: Spring 2010.

She promises to keep me in the posted on the release date, so I give that same promise to you.

In the meantime, enjoy the trailer:

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Posted by Danny King on November 17, 2009

Santa Monica was once a pretty scary place.

That's one of the lasting impressions of Dogtown and Z-Boys, the 2001 documentary Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing on Blu-ray Jan. 5. It's a fascinating lesson for both the uninitiated who probably think the beachside California town has always been a haven for the well-heeled as well as for an Angeleno like myself who remembers the days when venturing south of the Pier was a really bad idea.

Dogtown, which inspired the 2005 feature film Lords of Dogtown, ostensibly is about a group of Santa Monica-and Venice-reared mi...Read More

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Posted by Samantha Clark on November 13, 2009

Lionsgate is extending the Incredible Hulk franchise Feb. 2 (prebook Jan. 6) with the release of Planet Hulk on DVD and Blu-ray. The BIG Marvel release has a little extra for fans—the box art was designed by legendary comic book artist Alex Ross.

The movie, about the Hulk on a distant planet ruled by a tyrannical Red King, will be priced at $19.98 for the single DVD, $24.98 for the two-DVD special edition and $29.99 for Blu-ray.

Special features include motion comics for Spider-Woman and X-Men, a Wolverine and X-Men episode, music videos and digital copy.

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Posted by Laurence Lerman on November 12, 2009

The Brothers Warner
, a 2008 feature-length documentary on Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack Warner, the four legendary Hollywood siblings/pioneers who founded and ran Warner Bros. Studios for more than a half-century, will be released on DVD on March 9 (prebook Feb. 2) by, you guessed it, Warner. The film festival favorite (it’s played more than 30 fests around the world), which will be broadcast on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on March 8, the day before it’s released on disc, will carry a suggested retail price of $19.95.


The film was directed by written and directed by Cass Warner Sperling, Harry Warner’s granddaughter, and produced by Warner Sisters, Sperling&...Read More

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Posted by Samantha Clark on November 10, 2009

With a bunch of critical attention behind it, Sony's Moon will come rise on DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 12 (prebook Dec. 10).

Starring Sam Rockwell, Moon earned $5 million in a limited theatrical release. The psychological sci-fi movie follows Rockewll as an astronaut who has been living and working on the moon with his only companion a computer voiced by Kevin Spacey. Rockwell is about to return to Earth when an accident happens that adds to Rockwell's growing paranoia.

As expected with a story like this, a lot of work ...Read More

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Posted by Samantha Clark on November 8, 2009

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs might not have huge names in its voicecast or Disney, Pixar or DreamWorks in its producing credits, but Sony's animated movie, based on a popular children's book, grossed $120 million at the box office. And I'll bet a bunch hamburgers, that it'll do very well when it hits DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 5 too.

The movie probably would have made a splash in the fourth quarter, but Sony has avoided competition from Up on Nov. 10, G-Force on Dec. 15 (both from Disney) and Universal's...Read More

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Posted by Cheryl Cheng on November 6, 2009

Written by Diablo Cody of Juno fame, Jennifer’s Body grossed a modest $16.1 million in theaters despite the star power of sexy lead Megan Fox (Transformers), who is prominently featured on the box art.

Fox will release the com...Read More

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