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Bedtime Stories (Plus Standard DVD + Digital Copy + BD Live) [Blu-ray] by Directed by Adam Shankman (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 22 April 2009 / $39.99) -

Product Description:
Funnyman Adam Sandler stars in Walt Disney Pictures' Bedtime Stories, the magical family comedy that's packed with adventure and lots of heart. When Skeeter Bronson (Sandler) babysits his sister's (Courteney Cox) children, his imagination runs wild as he dreams up elaborate bedtime stories always casting himself as the hero. Entranced, the children add their own ideas to these once-upon-a-time tales of heroics and chivalry. Then... magic happens. These nighttime fantasies become Skeeter's daytime realities, leading him on a real-life adventure in search of his own happy ending. Filled with colorful characters, humor, and whimsy, this heartwarming comedy will enchant your entire family again and again.

Bonus Features include:
Disney BD-Live, Cutting Room Floor: Deleted Scenes, Laughter Is Contagious Outtakes, Until Gravity Do Us Part, It's Bugsy, To All The Little People, DVD Copy Of The Film, DisneyFile Digital Copy

Running Time: 99 minutes

(see review)

Marvel X-Men Volume 2 (2-Disc) by Various Directors (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 29 April 2009 / $23.99) - Product Description:
In a world that hates and fears them, several mutants (humans who are born with unique powers and abilities) have banded together to fight the hatred, and eventually fight for their very lives. Under the tutelage of Professor Xavier, the most powerful telepath on the planet, they learn to master their powers. Cyclops, the team leader, can shoot laser beams from his eyes. The rebellious and feral Wolverine can heal himself and has metal claws. Jean Grey is a telekinetic and telepath. Rogue has super-strength and the ability to fly, but can never touch another human being. The eloquent Storm can control the weather. The Cajun thief Gambit can charge any object with kinetic energy... making the smallest objects powerful bombs. The Beast has superhuman intelligence, agility, and has a body covered with blue fur. Jubilee is the new girl, a confused teenager with the ability to shoot plasma from her fingertips. Together they form the X-Men, fighting mutants like Magneto and Mystique, as well as stopping hate-mongers like Graydon Creed, Henry Guyrich, and Senator Kelley. (see review)

Max Fleischer's Superman: 1941-1942 by Various Directors (Warner Brothers Home Video 29 April 2009 / $26.98) -

Product Description:
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: April 7, 2009
Run time: 170 minutes

Disc 1:
Promo for Saturday Morning Cartoons 1960s, Volume 1 and Saturday Morning Cartoons 1970s, Volume 1 on DVD
Promo for The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Season 1, Volume 1 on DVD
1. Superman (Mad Scientist) - Sept 26 1941
2. The Mechanical Monsters - Nov 28 1941
3. Billion Dollar Limited - January 9, 1942
4. Arctic Giant - February 27, 1942
5. The Bulleteers - March 27, 1942
6. The Magnetic Telescope - April 24, 1942
7. Electric Earthquake - May 15, 1942
8. Volcano - July 10, 1942
9. Terror on the Midway - August 28, 1942
A First Look At Green Lantern Animated Feature (10:11)

Disc 2:
Preview of the Wonder Woman Animated Feature
Promo for The Zeta Project, Season 1 (12 episodes plus 2 bonus episodes on 2-DVD discs
10. The Japoteurs - Sept 18, 1942
11. Showdown - Oct 16, 1942
12. The Eleventh Hour - Nov 20, 1942
13. Destruction , Inc. - Dec 25, 1943
14. The Mummy Strikes - Feb 19, 1943
15. Jungle Drums - March 25, 1943
16. Underground World - June 18, 1943
17. Secret Agent - July 30, 1943
Bonus Features:
The Man, The Myth, Superman Featurette (13:36)
First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series Featurette (12:54)

(see review)

Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1 [Blu-ray] by Various Directors (Paramount Home Entertainment 28 April 2009 / $129.99) -

The first season Blu-ray release of STAR TREKŪ: THE ORIGINAL SERIES features brand-new technology that finally provides fans/viewers with the best of both worlds by giving them the ability to see each episode's newly enhanced or original special effects and hear a new enhanced soundtrack or the original one. Viewers will be able to select either version to view or toggle back and forth between the newly enhanced visual effects found on the remastered episodes and the original broadcast episode effects. Also for the first time, fans will be able to enjoy the series in 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, the best sound format possible, and have the option of selecting the original mono sound heard on the series' original television airings decades ago.

As part of the special features, select episodes include the "Starfleet Access" bonus content. By choosing the "Starfleet Access" option, viewers will be able to watch the selected episodes with special pop-up trivia and picture-in-picture video commentaries. The set also includes an interactive tour of the starship Enterprise, rare on-set home movie footage, an inside perspective on what it took to transport Trek into the 21st century and much more. A definitive STAR TREKŪ collection with more than 24 hours of entertainment, the set will be available for the suggested retail price of $118.00 US and $136.00 CAN. An exclusive collectible Sulu figure from Diamond Select Toys is also being made available with purchase of the Blu-ray set; fans pay only shipping and handling charges.

Starring one of the most endearing casts in television history led by William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, and Nichelle Nichols, STAR TREKŪ is a worldwide phenomenon and served as a launching pad for numerous television series and feature films. These classic first season episodes started it all, introducing the world to Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the Enterprise's iconic crew.

STAR TREKŪ: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON ONE is a seven disc set presented in the original 4:3 aspect ratio with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Original 2.0 Mono, Spanish 2.0 Mono, and French 2.0 Mono sound. STAR TREKŪ: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SEASON ONE Blu-ray is not rated in the U.S. and rated G in Canada. The total running time is 24 Hrs., 20 Min. The Blu-ray disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One:

  • The Man Trap
  • Charlie X
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before
  • The Naked Time
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: Spacelift: Transporting Trek Into The 21st Century (20:10)
  • Special Feature: Starfleet Access episode - Where No Man Has Gone Before

Disc Two:

  • The Enemy Within
  • Mudd's Women
  • What Are Little Girls Made Of?
  • Miri
  • Dagger of the Mind
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode

Disc Three:

  • The Corbomite Maneuver
  • The Menagerie, Part 1
  • The Menagerie, Part 2
  • The Conscience of the King
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: Reflections on Spock (12:03)
  • Special Feature: Starfleet Access episode - The Menagerie, Parts 1 & 2

Disc Four:

  • Balance of Terror
  • Shore Leave
  • The Galileo Seven
  • The Squire of Gothos
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: Life Beyond Trek: William Shatner (10:18)
  • Special Feature: Starfleet Access episode - Balance of Terror

Disc Five:

  • Arena
  • Tomorrow is Yesterday
  • Court Martial
  • The Return of the Archons
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: To Boldly Go… Season One (18:50)
  • Special Feature: The Birth of a Timeless Legacy

Disc Six:

  • Space Seed
  • A Taste of Armageddon
  • This Side of Paradise
  • The Devil in the Dark
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: Interactive Enterprise Inspection
  • Special Feature: Sci-Fi Visionaries (16:25)
  • Special Feature: Starfleet Access episode - Space Seed

Disc Seven:

  • Errand of Mercy
  • The Alternative Factor
  • The City on the Edge of Forever
  • Operation: Annihilate!
  • Special Feature: Preview trailers for each episode
  • Special Feature: Billy Blackburn's Treasure Chest: Rare Home Movies and Special Memories (13:23)
  • Special Feature: Kiss 'N' Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century (8:24)
  • Special Feature: Starfleet Access episode - Errand of Mercy

CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD and Blu-ray businesses for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Video.

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Studios, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS, and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

All information from a press release from Paramount Home Entertainment.

(see review)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - A Galaxy Divided (TV Series Season 1, Vol. 1) by Directors: Dave Filoni, Brian O'Connell (Warner Home Entertainment Canada 21 April 2009 / $19.98) -

Product Description (on Amazon.com):
The "Clone Wars" goes back to the original Star Wars film when Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker that he was once a Jedi knight, the same as your father, and that they fought together in the Clone Wars. Since that moment fans have been obsessed with what the Clone Wars were. This new TV series takes place immediately after the events of Star Wars-Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The series follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker and introduces us to some new characters such as Ahsoka Tano, a girl Jedi knight, as well as characters we already know.

Total Running Time: 91 minutes

(see review)

True Blood: The Complete First Season (HBO Series) by (HBO Home Video 16 April 2009 / $59.99) - Description: TRUE BLOOD chronicles the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps... where vampires have emerged from the coffin, and no longer need humans for their fix. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin, Golden Globe(R)-winner for "True Blood", Academy Award®-winner for "The Piano") works as a waitress at the rural bar Merlotte's. Though outwardly a typical young woman, she keeps a dangerous secret: she has the ability to hear the thoughts of others. Her situation is further complicated when the bar gets its first vampire patron - 173-year old Bill Compton (Steven Moyer, "Quills") - and the two outsiders are immediately drawn to each other. Delivering the best of what audiences have come to expect from Creator and Executive Producer Alan Ball (writer of Oscar®-winning Best Picture "American Beauty", creator of the Emmy® Award-winning HBO® series "Six Feet Under"), TRUE BLOOD is a dark and sexy tale that boldly delves into the heart - and the neck - of the Deep South.

DVD Features: Audio Commentary, Documentary, Other... (Source: HBO Home Video)

X-Men, Volume 1 (Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection) by Various Directors (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 29 April 2009 / $23.99) - Product Description:
In a world that hates and fears them, several mutants (humans who are born with unique powers and abilities) have banded together to fight the hatred, and eventually fight for their very lives. Under the tutelage of Professor Xavier, the most powerful telepath on the planet, they learn to master their powers. Cyclops, the team leader, can shoot laser beams from his eyes. The rebellious and feral Wolverine can heal himself and has metal claws. Jean Grey is a telekinetic and telepath. Rogue has super-strength and the ability to fly, but can never touch another human being. The eloquent Storm can control the weather. The Cajun thief Gambit can charge any object with kinetic energy... making the smallest objects powerful bombs. The Beast has superhuman intelligence, agility, and has a body covered with blue fur. Jubilee is the new girl, a confused teenager with the ability to shoot plasma from her fingertips. Together they form the X-Men, fighting mutants like Magneto and Mystique, as well as stopping hate-mongers like Graydon Creed, Henry Guyrich, and Senator Kelley. (see review)

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