DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: November 2, 2010

DVD Blu-ray Releases Home Video November 2

One of the most beloved movies of the year hits home video this week along with a few other popular titles. You may feel some nostalgia with the re-release of The Goonies on Blu-ray.

Toy Story 3 may be the only huge hit on DVD and Blu-ray this week, but many home video fans are still recovering from the last two weeks of highly anticipated releases. In fact, the next few weeks host at least one major theatrical hit on the home market. Be prepared.

The following can be found on DVD and Blu-ray this week.



Toy Story 3 DVD Blu-ray box art

Toy Story 3 - Many moviegoers feel Pixar's latest creation is not only the best of this year, but the best of the trilogy. It sure hit big at the box office, raking in over $1 billion worldwide.

We absolutely loved the movie, giving it a 4.5 out of 5 star review. It put the cap on one of cinema's best franchises of all time. When the Oscars roll around in early 2011, don't be surprised to see Toy Story 3 walk home with a few awards.

While the story wasn't completely closed off at the end, this should be the end of the Toy Story franchise. You can finally get a hold of the entire trilogy in one box set this week. Hopefully you didn't dish out too much money for the Toy Story and Toy Story 2 box set that released when the third film hit theaters.

The Toy Story 3 DVD/Blu-ray release is getting perfect scores from the majority of early reviews. Pixar has always revealed much of the production process on home video special features. Toy Story 3 is no different.

  • Day & Night: The innovative and entertaining short from the imagination of Pixar artist and director Teddy Newton.
  • Making of Day & Night: The story behind the unique 2D/3D blended short (BD-exclusive)
  • Cine-Explore: commentary by director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson (BD-exclusive)
  • Beyond the Toybox: an alternative commentary track featuring leads from story, tech, art and animation – commentary by story supervisor Jason Katz, supervising technical director Guido Quaroni, production designer Bob Pauley and supervising animators Bobby Podesta and Michael Venturini (BD-exclusive)
  • Beginnings: Setting a Story in Motion – Screenwriter Michael Arndt analyzes successful opening scenes from Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles (BD-exclusive)
  • Bonnie's Playtime: A Story Roundtable: A roundtable discussion with Director Lee Unkrich and the story artists who brought the "Bonnie's Playtime" scene to life (BD-exclusive)
  • Roundin' Up a Western Opening: The development of the movie's exciting opening scene (BD-exclusive)
  • Life of a Shot: Toy Story 3 artists and technicians describe their contributions to a few of the shots in the film's "Western Opening." (BD-exclusive)
  • Goodbye Andy: an exploration of character design, acting and animation in the scene "Andy's Goodbye." (BD-exclusive)
  • Accidental Toymakers: by creating the Toy Story characters, the Pixar filmmakers found themselves in the unlikely role of toy designers. Meet the toy company that took a chance on manufacturing the now iconic toys and learn of their incredible success that began with a modest number of Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys 15 years ago. (BD-exclusive)
  • Toys!: A closer look at all of Toy Story 3's beloved toys from updating the classic characters to the creation of the Sunnyside Daycare and Bonnie's Room toys.
  • Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs - The Science of Adventure: Produced in conjunction with NASA, this hybrid animation documentary of Buzz's visit to the International Space Station focuses on research in zero gravity and Buzz's triumphant return to Earth.
  • Paths to Pixar - Editorial: Pixar editors, past and future share anecdotes about their careers.
  • The Gang's All Here: A touching look at the returning voice talent for Toy Story 3 and an introduction to the voices of the new characters.
  • A Toy's Eye View - Creating a Whole New Land: A sneak peek at the new Toy Story-themed playland at Hong Kong Disneyland.
  • Studio Stories – A series of amusing animated anecdotes about life at Pixar.
  • Toy Story Trivia Dash – This game challenges you to sprint to the finish with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and Rex as you quickly answer questions about all three Toy Story movies (BD-exclusive)
Centurion DVD Blu-ray box art

Centurion - A truly underrated movie, Centurion was an enjoyable low-budget action film. It's a shame the movie only made $6 million worldwide on a $12 million budget, but it's been a strange road for Neil Marshall's latest film, which was also released On Demand and saw nearly all of its box office over international waters.

As usual, the DVD/Blu-ray release gives the world a second chance to see a worthy movie. We gave it a solid 3 out of 5 stars, but it plays stronger than that. If you like violence, gore and intensity, Centurion will deliver it all. Michael Fassbender continues to show his strength as an actor, but Olga Kurylenko shines as the mute femme fatale hunting down the movie's squad of "heroes."

Magnolia isn't releasing the most in-depth home video of all time, but there is plenty to go around. Marshall fans will get a nice glimpse into the production of his gory action.

  • Making of Centurion
  • Deleted scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Interviews
  • Behind the scenes
  • Photo gallery
  • HDNet: A Look at Centurion
The Pacific DVD Blu-ray box art

The Pacific - Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and HBO followed up the awesome miniseries Band of Brothers with the equally enjoyable The Pacific. While the argument still rages over which is better, you can now see for yourself (if you have the time) with the latter's home video release.

Hopefully, HBO can create another mini-series, but the productions are massive. There are plenty of compelling stories from World War II, but these two series will be tough to top.

The 10-part, 6-disc box set features a plethora of special features in a few neatly packaged sections. The Blu-ray release also has some exclusive supplements.

  • The Pacific Enhanced Viewing: with Enhanced Viewing, a 10-part, 10-hour, picture-in-picture experience makes it possible to learn more about the Marines and gain a deeper historical understanding of the battles while watching the miniseries. Exclusive content includes interviews with historians and veterans, archival footage, maps and more.
  • The Pacific Field Guide: allows viewers to navigate through the major events featured in The Pacific in this standalone, interactive Field Guide. Search within to view exclusive content including animated maps, extensive interviews with historians and veterans, historical footage, photographs and more.
  • Historical Backgrounds: the five-minute prologues that set the stage for each episode and additional historical footage narrated by Tom Hanks.
  • Making The Pacific: go behind the scenes and take an inside look at the making of this miniseries.
  • Profiles of The Pacific: delve into the lives of the real Marines featured in The Pacific. Get a personal perspective on their families, their war experience and their lives after the war in these intimate portraits.
  • Anatomy of the Pacific War: explore the historical influences and cultural perceptions that led to the merciless brutality in the Pacific theater of World War II.
V Season 1 DVD Blu-ray box art

V: The Complete First Season - As the world watched Lost gracefully step away, a new show was just getting started. Ironically, Elizabeth Mitchell was on both shows. Like it or not, V has another season on the way.

This '80s sci-fi remake forced the cancellation of FlashForward, but found a healthy niche in the television market. Still, it will have its work cut out to make a few more seasons out of the material.

The home video release should be proof of ABC's confidence in the series. Most television shows get a chunk of special features, but this only has a small list - although, if you enjoyed the series, this should keep you happy.

  • Commentaries
  • The Visual FX of V
  • The Actor's Journey
  • An Alien in Human Skin: The Makeup FX of V
  • Unaired scenes


The Goonies blu-ray box art

The Goonies - "Hey you guuuuuys!" Goonies never say die and they are more alive than ever on Blu-ray. This release celebrates the 25th anniversary of the '80s classic from executive producer Steven Spielberg, writer Chris Columbus and director Richard Donner. The Goonies is a treasured family fantasy that introduced us to the likes of Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, and Corey Feldman.

Over the years, the beloved film has become a part of the movie culture and has been referenced or spoofed in countless shows and movies. For years there have been whispers of a sequel starring the original cast, now as parents to a new generation of Goonies.

Unfortunately, that sequel seems unlikely, but the Blu-ray will keep the gang fresh in our memory for now. This Ultimate Collector's Edition comes with a host of goodies.

  • Board game
  • Collectible storyboard prints
  • 1985 souvenir magazine with behind-the-scenes stories about the actual filming in Astoria, Oregon
  • Reprint of a 2009 article with updates of the entire cast, as well as producer Steven Spielberg and director Richard Donner.
  • Cast-and-crew commentary track
  • Making-of documentary
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailers
  • Music video, Cyndi Lauper, "The Goonies 'R Good Enough."
The Sound of Music Blu-ray box art

Sound of Music - The 1965 musical that won five Oscars finally heads to Blu-ray. Brush off your vocal chords and get ready to sing along to Robert Wise's classic.

20th Century Fox worked hard on this re-release for the 45th anniversary. The three-disc set features 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio for you surround sound buffs. The special features are extensive, with plenty of chances to interact with the movie.

  • Audio commentaries with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and director Robert Wise
  • Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration — all-new immersive viewing experience with behind-the-scenes images, on-screen lyrics, trivia track and location quiz
  • Music Machine Sing-Along
  • Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music — all-new interactive "backlot tour" with in-depth featurettes on the songs, the stage show & movie, the film and sound restoration and the real-life von Trapp family
  • A City of Song — virtual map of filming locations in Salzburg, Austria
  • Vintage Rodgers & Hammerstein and The Sound of Music programs, including a parody with Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews, and an interview with the real Maria von Trapp on The Julie Andrews Hour
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music, hosted by Mary Martin
  • Screen tests, rare treasures, interviews, photo galleries and more

The Limited Collector's set adds the following:

  • 45th Anniversary soundtrack
  • 100-Page "My Favorite Things" scrapbook
  • Snapshots from Salzburg
  • Reproduction of the original 1965 Souvenir program
  • Exclusive "My Favorite Things" Music Box with letter of authenticity
The Bridge on the River Kwai blu-ray box art

The Bridge on the River Kwai - This week's other World War II classic has been restored from the original negative - a rare transfer specialty.Interestingly, the original film was cropped to a 2:35:1 aspect ratio, but it was shot in 2:55:1. The Blu-ray re-release features the movie in its original form.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Alec Guinness stars alongside William Holden and Jack Hawkins in the 1957 Best Picture winner. River Kwai was a massive hit and holds up extremely well after over 50 years. The Collector's Edition Blu-ray release has plenty of special features to enjoy, including a behind-the-scenes look at production.

  • 32-page book with photos and stories from the 1957 souvenir book
  • Replicas of original lobby cards.
  • Never-before-released archival footage of The Steve Allen Show with William Holden
  • William Holden-narrated Premiere audio with photos
  • Graphics-in-Picture track: Crossing the Bridge


Next week has a few intriguing releases, headlined by Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. You'll also find a Blu-ray release of Tremors and a Criterion Collection release of the controversial, but beautifully-shot Antichrist.

Check back every Tuesday for the latest in DVD and Blu-ray releases with the Breakdown.

Source: Blu-ray

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