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Pinocchio (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition + Standard DVD) [Blu-ray] by Directors: Ben Sharpsteen & Hamilton S. Luske (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 28 March 2009 / $35.99) -

Product Description:
Celebrate the 70th anniversary of Walt Disney's Pinocchio! The legendary masterpiece that inspired millions to believe in their dreams has reawakened with an all-new, state-of-the-art digital restoration that shines brilliantly on 2 Blu-ray Discs. Now, for the first time ever, the richly detailed animation, unforgettable award-winning music When You Wish Upon A Star and heartwarming adventure-filled story comes to life like never before. Plus, all-new dazzling bonus features transport you into Pinocchio's fantastic world! Join Geppetto's beloved puppet with Jiminy Cricket as his guide on a thrilling quest that tests Pinocchio's bravery, loyalty and honesty, virtues he must learn to become a real boy. The one and only Pinocchio will live on forever in the heart of anyone who has wished upon a star.

Bonus Features include the Pinocchio Knows Trivia Challenge, an all-new Making Of Pinocchio, the Sweat Box, Walt Disney's Artistic Review Process, Disney View, Expand Your Viewing Experience Beyond The Original Aspect Ratio Of The Film, Cine-Explore, Disney BD-Live: Connect, Explore, And Interact, all-new When You Wish Upon A Star; Music Video Performed By Meaghan Jette Martin, Pinocchio's Puzzles Game, 18 Puzzles In A Multi-Tiered Game, Pinocchio's Matter Of Facts Discover More About Pinocchio's World With Pop-Up Trivia, Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes, Alternate Ending

Run Time: 88 minutes

Cast (in alphabetical order) verified as complete (Source:
Mel Blanc ... Cleo/Figaro/Gideon/Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Carnival Barker (voice) (uncredited)
Walter Catlett ... Honest John (voice) (uncredited)
Marion Darlington ... Cuckoo Clock Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Frankie Darro ... Lampwick (voice) (uncredited)
Cliff Edwards ... Jiminy Cricket (voice) (uncredited)
Dickie Jones ... Pinocchio/Alexander (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Judels ... Stromboli/The Coachman (voice) (uncredited)
Patricia Page ... Marionettes (voice) (uncredited)
Christian Rub ... Geppetto (voice) (uncredited)
Evelyn Venable ... The Blue Fairy (voice) (uncredited)

(see review)

Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) by Directed by Marc Forster (MGM 30 March 2009 / $34.98) -
Daniel Craig hasn't lost a step since Casino Royale -- this James Bond remains dangerous, a man who could earn that license to kill in brutal hand-to-hand combat… but still look sharp in a tailored suit. And Quantum of Solace itself carries on from the previous film like no other 007 movie, with Bond nursing his anger from the Casino Royale storyline and vowing blood revenge on those responsible. For the new plot, we have villain Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), intent on controlling the water rights in impoverished Third World nations and happy to overthrow a dictator or two to get his way. Olga Kurylenko is very much in the "Bond girl" tradition, but in the Ursula Andress way, not the Denise Richards way. And Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, and Giancarlo Giannini are welcome holdovers. If director Marc Forster and the longtime Bond production team seem a little too eager to embrace the continuity-shredding style of the Bourne pictures (especially in a nearly incomprehensible opening car chase), they nevertheless quiet down and get into a dark, concentrated groove soon enough. And the theme song, "Another Way to Die," penned by Jack White and performed by him and Alicia Keys, is actually good (at times Keys seems to be channeling Shirley Bassey -- nice). Of course it all comes down to Craig. And he kills. -- Robert Horton

Product Description:
Studio: MGM
Release Date: 03/24/2009
Run time: 106 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Cast (Cast overview, first billed only):
Daniel Craig ... James Bond
Olga Kurylenko ... Camille
Mathieu Amalric ... Dominic Greene
Judi Dench ... M
Giancarlo Giannini ... René Mathis
Gemma Arterton ... Strawberry Fields
Jeffrey Wright ... Felix Leiter
David Harbour ... Gregg Beam
Jesper Christensen ... Mr. White
Anatole Taubman ... Elvis
Rory Kinnear ... Bill Tanner
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Foreign Secretary
Joaquín Cosio ... General Medrano
Fernando Guillén Cuervo ... Colonel of Police
Jesús Ochoa ... Lieutenant Orso

(see review)

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter by Warner Premiere (Warner 29 March 2009 / ) - Tales of the Black Freighter completes the Watchmen movie experience by adding in content that was left out of the theatrical release. The harrowing tale of a man pushed to the brink of insanity, it's a fast-paced and nightmarish race to save a small town from the horrors of... the Black Freighter.

(see review)

Wonder Woman (Two-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy) by Directed by Lauren Montgomery (Warner Home Video 27 March 2009 / $29.98) -

On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a daughter of untold beauty, grace, and strength Princess Diana. When an Army fighter pilot, Steve Trevor, crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the god of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge - intending to start a world war that will not only last for centuries but will wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons! It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman!

Run Time: 74 minutes

Directed by Lauren Montgomery

Writing credits (in alphabetical order)
Michael Jelenic (screenplay)
Michael Jelenic (story)
William M. Marston (characters)
Gail Simone (story)

Cast (in credits order)
Keri Russell ... Wonder Woman (voice)
Nathan Fillion ... Steve Trevor (voice)
Alfred Molina ... Ares (voice)
Rosario Dawson ... Artemis (voice)
Marg Helgenberger ... Hera (voice)
Oliver Platt ... Hades (voice)
Virginia Madsen ... Hippolyta (voice)
Skye Arens ... Little Girl (voice)
John Di Maggio ... Deimos (voice)
Julianne Grossman ... Etta Candy (voice)
Vicki Lewis ... Persephone (voice)
David McCallum ... Zeus (voice)
Jason Miller ... Thrax (voice)
Rick Overton ... Slick (voice)
Andrea Romano ... President's Advisor (voice)
Tara Strong ... Alexa (voice)
Bruce W. Timm ... Attacker (voice) (as Bruce Timm)

Disc 1:
Warner Brothers on Blu-ray Disc
Star Wars: The Clone Wars on DVD
Wonder Woman (the Animated Feature Film - 2009) (74 min.)
Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary (74 min.)
  • A First Look At The Animated Feature Film Green Lantern Summer 2009 (10:11)
  • From Graphic Novel To Original Animated Movie - Justice League: The New Frontier (10:44)
  • Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess (10:25)
  • Batman Gotham Knight: An Anime Revolution (10:09)
  • Trailers:
    • Lego Batman (1:15)
    • Inkheart - Look For It On Blu-ray And DVD (0:32)
    • Scooby-Doo And The Samurai Sword (Animated) (0:56)
    • The Real Adventures Of Jonny Quest (0:59)

Disc 2:
Wonder Woman "A Subversive Dream" (25:33)
Wonder Woman: Daughter Of Myth (25:36)
Bruce Timm's Top Picks:

    1) To Another Shore (22:43)
    2) Hawk And Dove (22:44)
Digital Copy

(see review)

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