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Disney Animation Collection Volume 1: Mickey and the Beanstalk by Various Directors (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 18 May 2009 / $19.99) -

Product Description:

Story:
Embark on magical adventures in this Disney Animation Collection DVD, part of an exciting series of classic Disney short films! Favorite Disney characters star in Mickey And The Beanstalk, the imaginative telling of a beloved storybook tale. Based on the timeless adventures of "Jack and the Beanstalk," Mickey, Donald, and Goofy climb a fantastic beanstalk up into the sky to a place where everything is huge – the food, the castle, and the fearsome giant named Willy who guards a beautiful golden harp. Will Mickey and his friends outwit the giant and make it safely back home?

Bonus Shorts:

  • Brave Little Tailor (9:00)
  • Thru The Mirror (9:00)
  • Gulliver Mickey (7:54)
  • Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip (7:53)

Sneak Peeks:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Blu-ray) Coming Soon
The Princess and the Frog (2009) DVD
Up (May 29, 2009 in Theaters)
Bedtime Stories (DVD and Blu-ray)
DisneyMovieRewards.com
Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too (DVD)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Big Splash (DVD)
Monsters Inc. (Blu-ray) Spring 2009
The Black Cauldron (Special Edition DVD) Coming Soon
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (DVD and Blu-ray) Coming Soon
DisneyParks.com

Running Time: 69 minutes

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Disney Animation Collection Volume 2: Three Little Pigs by Various Directors (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 18 May 2009 / $19.99) -

Product Description:

Story:
Experience a unique telling of one of your favorite storybook tales in this Disney Animation Collection DVD, part of an adventure-filled series of classic Disney short films! Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? "Not I!" answer the first two brothers as they build their new homes – one made of straw and the other of sticks. But when the wolf huffs and puffs and blows down their houses, the brothers seek protection in the third pig's house, very wisely made of bricks. Will the three little pigs finally be safe once and for all?

Bonus Shorts

  • The Big Bad Wolf (9:29)
  • Three Little Wolves (9:29)
  • Lambert The Sheepish Lion (8:25)
  • Chicken Little (8:55)
  • Three Blind Mouseketeers (8:51)
  • Elmer Elephant (8:42)

Sneak Peeks:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Blu-ray) Coming Soon
The Princess and the Frog (2009) DVD
Up (May 29, 2009 in Theaters)
Bedtime Stories (DVD and Blu-ray)
DisneyMovieRewards.com
Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too (DVD)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Big Splash (DVD)
Monsters Inc. (Blu-ray) Spring 2009
The Black Cauldron (Special Edition DVD) Coming Soon
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (DVD and Blu-ray) Coming Soon
DisneyParks.com

Running Time: 62 minutes

(see review)

Disney Animation Collection Volume 3: The Prince and the Pauper by Various Directors (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 18 May 2009 / $19.99) -

Product Description:

Story:
The legendary tale of The Prince And The Pauper gets a magical Disney makeover in this adventure-filled Disney Animation Collection DVD, part of a series of beloved classic short films! In a faraway kingdom, two boys who look exactly alike meet by chance and decide to switch places: a pauper named Mickey, who dreams about a life of luxury, and the Crown Prince, who wishes he could be as free as his subjects. Each boy faces extraordinary challenges in his new role, and together they must figure out how to save the kingdom from an evil Captain who wants the throne for himself!

Bonus Shorts

  • The Pied Piper (7:36)
  • Old King Cole (7:32)
  • Ye Olden Days (8:24)
  • A Knight For A Day (7:05)

Sneak Peeks:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Blu-ray) Coming Soon
The Princess and the Frog (2009) DVD
Up (May 29, 2009 in Theaters)
Bedtime Stories (DVD and Blu-ray)
DisneyMovieRewards.com
Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too (DVD)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey's Big Splash (DVD)
Monsters Inc. (Blu-ray) Spring 2009
The Black Cauldron (Special Edition DVD) Coming Soon
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (DVD and Blu-ray) Coming Soon
DisneyParks.com

Running Time: 54 minutes

(see review)

Disney Animation Collection Volume 4: The Tortoise and the Hare by Various Directors (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 18 May 2009 / $19.99) -

Product Description:

Story:
Walt Disney's Academy Award®-winning adaptation of The Tortoise And The Hare (1934; Short Subject – Cartoons) is now part of the Disney Animation Collection series on DVD! Join the excitement as unlikely competitors Max Hare and Toby Tortoise challenge each other to a foot race. Max is so confident he will win, he takes time out to flirt with some cute bunnies, show off his skills in other sports, and break for a nap. But when he hears the crowd roar for Toby, who has slowly and steadily kept to the course, Max must make a last-minute dash for victory. Will the ever-persistent Toby beat him across the finish line?

Bonus Shorts

  • Babes In The Woods (7:43)
  • The Goddess Of Spring (9:36)
  • Toby Tortoise Returns (7:31)
  • Paul Bunyan (17:06)
  • The Saga Of Windwagon Smith (13:31)

Sneak Peeks:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Blu-ray) Coming Soon
The Princess and the Frog (2009) DVD
Monsters Inc. (Blu-ray) Spring 2009
The Tigger Movie (10th Anniversary Special Edition with Digital Copy)
DisneyMovieRewards.com
Race To Witch Mountain (Blu-ray and DVD)
The Black Cauldron (Special Edition DVD) Coming Soon
Princess Protection Program – Coming Soon to Disney Channel, DVD, and Blu-ray)
The Black Cauldron (Special Edition DVD) Coming Soon
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (DVD and Blu-ray) Coming Soon
DisneyParks.com

Running Time: 65 minutes

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Disney Animation Collection Volume 5: Wind in the Willows by Various Directors (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 18 May 2009 / $19.99) -

Product Description:

Story:
Experience the magic of Wind In The Willows in this extraordinary adaptation – now part of the Disney Animation Collection series of beloved classic short films. Join the adventures along the riverbanks as one of the most enchanting storybooks of all time comes to life with classic Disney animation. Mr. J. Thaddeus Toad has got himself into a bit of trouble – from buying fancy new cars and dealing with some weaselly weasels! Now his beloved home, Toad Manor, is at risk of being lost. It will take the help of his dear friends Ratty, Moley, and Angus McBadger, and a promise to change his ways, for Mr. Toad to set things right.

Bonus Shorts

  • The Ugly Duckling (9:01)
  • The Grasshopper And The Ants (8:26)
  • The Golden Touch (10:05)
  • The Robber Kitten (7:49)
  • The Wise Little Hen (7:43)

Sneak Peeks:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Blu-ray) Coming Soon
The Princess and the Frog (2009) DVD
Monsters Inc. (Blu-ray) Spring 2009
The Tigger Movie (10th Anniversary Special Edition with Digital Copy)
DisneyMovieRewards.com
Race To Witch Mountain (Blu-ray and DVD)
The Black Cauldron (Special Edition DVD) Coming Soon
Princess Protection Program – Coming Soon to Disney Channel, DVD, and Blu-ray)
The Black Cauldron (Special Edition DVD) Coming Soon
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (DVD and Blu-ray) Coming Soon
DisneyParks.com

Running Time: 78 minutes

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Disney Animation Collection Volume 6: The Reluctant Dragon by Various Directors (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 18 May 2009 / $19.99) -

Product Description:

Story:
The Reluctant Dragon, a clever and entertaining short film, is now part of the Disney Animation Collection! This lighthearted story follows the adventures of a brave young boy who, emboldened by tales of brave knights, decides to pursue the horrible dragon that is terrifying the villagers. But what he discovers is a surprisingly friendly dragon that is more interested in reciting poetry and making music than devouring fair damsels. Will the boy be able to stop the local hero before he challenges the dragon to a fiery battle?

Bonus Shorts

  • Ferdinand The Bull (7:58)
  • Goliath II (15:06)
  • Johnny Appleseed (18:41)

Sneak Peeks:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Blu-ray) Coming Soon
The Princess and the Frog (2009) DVD
Monsters Inc. (Blu-ray) Spring 2009
The Tigger Movie (10th Anniversary Special Edition with Digital Copy)
DisneyMovieRewards.com
Race To Witch Mountain (Blu-ray and DVD)
The Black Cauldron (Special Edition DVD) Coming Soon
Princess Protection Program – Coming Soon to Disney Channel, DVD, and Blu-ray)
The Black Cauldron (Special Edition DVD) Coming Soon
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (DVD and Blu-ray) Coming Soon
DisneyParks.com

Running Time: 62 minutes

(see review)

Fringe: The Complete First Season by (Warner Home Video 28 May 2009 / $59.98) - From Publicity Material: From J.J. Abrams (Lost), Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the team behind Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III and Alias) and executive producers Jeff Pinkner and Bryan Burk (both of Lost and Alias), Fringe revolves around three unlikely colleagues – a beautiful, young and determined FBI agent (Anna Torv), a brilliant but off-the-wall scientist (John Noble), and his sardonic, roguish son (Joshua Jackson) – who team up to investigate a series of peculiar deaths and disasters known as “The Pattern.” The trio suspects that someone is using the world as a laboratory. And many of the clues lead them to Massive Dynamic, a shadowy global corporation that may be more powerful than any nation. Season 1 also starred Lance Reddick, Kirk Acevedo, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole and Mark Valley. Fringe is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Fringe has been showered with critical accolades, named as one of the 10 Best TV Shows of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly, and was nominated for a 2009 Writers Guild Award for Best New Series. In addition, the show has achieved ratings success, averaging more than 10 million viewers a week and ranking as the top new show among Adults 18–49 in its first season.*

“Fringe: The Complete First Season features 20 episodes of the most exciting new show on television, including over six hours of never-before-seen bonus features and collectible lenticular packaging,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. “Warner Home Video is ecstatic to release this much-anticipated science-fiction hit on DVD and Blu-Ray.” (Source: Warner Home Video)

Galaxy Quest (Deluxe Edition) by Dean Parisot (Director) (DreamWorks 17 May 2009 / $14.98) -

Product Description:
Studio: Paramount Home Video
Release Date: 05/12/2009
Running Time: 101 minutes
Rating: PG

Amazon.com essential video
You don't have to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy Galaxy Quest, but it certainly helps. A knowingly affectionate tribute to Trek and any other science fiction TV series of the 1960s and beyond, this crowd-pleasing comedy offers in-jokes at warp speed, hitting the bull's-eye for anyone who knows that (1) the starship captain always removes his shirt to display his manly physique; (2) any crew member not in the regular cast is dead meat; and (3) the heroes always stop the doomsday clock with one second to spare. So it is with Commander Taggart (Tim Allen) and the stalwart crew of the NSEA Protector, whose intergalactic exploits on TV have now been reduced to a dreary cycle of fan conventions and promotional appearances. That's when the Thermians arrive, begging to be saved from Sarris, the reptilian villain who threatens to destroy their home planet.

Can actors rise to the challenge and play their roles for real? The Thermians are counting on it, having studied the "historical documents" of the Galaxy Quest TV show, and their hero worship (not to mention their taste for Monte Cristo sandwiches) is ultimately proven worthy, with the help of some Galaxy geeks on planet Earth. And while Galaxy Quest serves up great special effects and impressive Stan Winston creatures, director Dean Parisot (Home Fries) is never condescending, lending warm acceptance to this gentle send-up of sci-fi TV and the phenomenon of fandom. Best of all is the splendid cast, including Sigourney Weaver as buxom blonde Gwen DeMarco; Alan Rickman as frustrated thespian Alexander Dane; Tony Shalhoub as dimwit Fred Kwan; Daryl Mitchell as former child-star Tommy Webber; and Enrico Colantoni as Thermian leader Mathesar, whose sing-song voice is a comedic coup de grâce. -- Jeff Shannon

Directed by:
Dean Parisot

Writing credits (WGA):
David Howard (story)

David Howard (screenplay) and
Robert Gordon (screenplay)

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Allen ... Jason Nesmith
Sigourney Weaver ... Gwen DeMarco
Alan Rickman ... Alexander Dane
Tony Shalhoub ... Fred Kwan
Sam Rockwell ... Guy Fleegman
Daryl Mitchell ... Tommy Webber
Enrico Colantoni ... Mathesar
Robin Sachs ... Sarris
Patrick Breen ... Quellek
Missi Pyle ... Laliari
Jed Rees ... Teb
Justin Long ... Brandon
Jeremy Howard ... Kyle
Kaitlin Cullum ... Katelyn
Jonathan Feyer ... Hollister

Worldwide Box Office Receipts: $90,683,916 US (Domestic Total Gross: $71,583,916)
(Source: Boxofficemojo.com)

(see review)

Labou by Greg Aronowitz (Director) (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment 31 May 2009 / $26.98) -

Product Description:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/MGM
Release Date: 05/19/2009
Run time: 95 minutes
Rating: G

Information from IMDB.com
Director: Greg Aronowitz
Writer: Greg Aronowitz

Cast (in credits order)
Bryan James Kitto ... Toddster
Darnell Hamilton ... Gavin
Marissa Cuevas ... Emily
Earl Scioneaux ... Ronald
Chris Violette ... Reggie
Kelson Henderson ... Clayton
Barnie Duncan ... Lerouge
Ray Nagin ... Mayor Adams
Ellis Marsalis ... Jazzman
Rose Magri ... Patron #1
Eric Pollard ... Patron #2
Bud Richardson ... Patron #3
Copely Davis ... Tipsy Patron
Dylan Kippes ... Cool Kid #1
Monica May ... Librarian
Wayne Douglas Morgan ... Construction Worker
Sean Kinney ... Construction Worker
Tristan Lee ... Construction Worker
H. Charles Parrish ... Construction Worker
Evangeline Combre ... Gavin's Mom
Marisa Quintanilla ... Emily's Mom
Danni Cuevas ... Toddster's Mom
David Kors ... Reporter
Elton LeBlanc ... French Quarter Drunk
Chiquita L. Butler ... Reporter
CiCi Hedgpeth ... Teenage Girl
Johnny Rock ... Town Drunk
Mark Smith ... Jazz Band
Mikiel Williams ... Jazz Band
Zamariah Zane Loupe ... Whistling Boy
Kyle Hollingsworth ... Pirate
Melissa Huynh ... Emily's Double
Jimmy Walker Jr. ... Jazz man / vo
Laura M. Duncan ... Labou (voice)

(see review)

Star Trek (2009) by J.J. Abrams (Director) ( 08 May 2009 / ) - From Yahoo! Movies: The early days of James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and first outer space mission.

Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] by Nicholas Meyer (Director) (Paramount Home Entertainment 31 May 2009 / $65.99) -

Description:
STAR TREK MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY BD

Prepare to embark on an epic three-part adventure starring the legendary crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise as they sacrifice their lives, ship, and freedom to save the universe from imminent destruction. Spanning across three motion pictures, the Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy is the ultimate story of heroism, duty, and friendship that will thrill old and new fans alike. The films have been digitally remastered and The Wrath of Khan has been fully restored in high definition with brilliant picture quality and 7.1 Dolby TrueHD.

Includes:
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Over 90 Minutes of All-New Special Features Plus Over 6 Hours of Previously Released Centent

Plus Interactive Content EXCLUSIVE to Blu-ray
LIBRARY COMPUTER: Interactive playback mode displays information on the character, ships, and planets that appear on-screen.
STAR TREK I.Q. (BD-LIVE): Test your Star Trek I.Q. with custom trivia games.

(see review)

The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation by Various Directors (Paramount Home Entertainment 25 May 2009 / $14.98) -

Description:
Set in the 24th century and decades after the adventures of the original crew of the Starship Enterprise, this new series is the long-awaited successor to the original Star Trek(1966). Under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the all new Enterprise NCC 1701-D travels out to distant planets to seek out new life and to boldly go where no one has gone before.

(see review)

The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series by Various Directors (Paramount Home Entertainment 24 May 2009 / $14.98) -

Product Description:
Studio: Paramount Home Video
Release Date: 05/12/2009
Running Time: 201 minutes
Rating: NR

(see review)

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans by Patrick Tatopoulos (Director) (Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 15 May 2009 / $28.96) -

Product Description:
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans delves into the origins of the centuries-old blood feud between the aristocratic vampires, known as Death Dealers, and the barbaric Lycans (werewolves). A young Lycan, Lucian (Michael Sheen), emerges as a powerful leader who rallies the werewolves to rise up against Viktor (Bill Nighy), the cruel vampire king who has persecuted them for hundreds of years. Lucian is joined by his secret lover, the beautiful vampire Sonja (Rhona Mitra), in his battle to free the Lycans from their brutal enslavement.

Running Time: 92 minutes

Amazon.com
This prequel to Len Wiseman's Underworld and Underworld: Evolution is distinctively different, especially minus the nimble vampire warrior star, Selene (Kate Beckinsale). Underworld: Rise of the Lycans takes its cues from the vampire/werewolf battles that occur in the other films, but director Patrick Tatopoulos focuses here on the young werewolf Lucian's (Michael Sheen) rise to leadership. Rise of the Lycans is set mostly within the walls of vampire lord Viktor's (Bill Nighy) castle, so the film's silver, black, and blue palette reflects a world happening under moonlight. From the outset, when Viktor brings Lucian, the first werewolf, into the world, this villainous bloodsucker's daughter, Sonja (Rhona Mitra), is smitten with Lucian's hairy appearance and instinctual intelligence. As years pass, Lucian grows tired of watching his race suffer slavery and imprisonment, and recruits a human named Raze (Kevin Grevioux) to assist rebellion. This archetypal plot is not so riveting, and what carries Underworld: Rise of the Lycans are the battle scenes between vampires and werewolves, which are excitingly fast-paced and brutal. The whole film adopts a medieval battlefield aesthetic that carries an otherwise clichéd story about illicit love and freedom fighting. Some characters, like the traitor vampire Tannis (Steven Mackintosh), also intrigues throughout, as one guesses who he will ally with. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans may not be the finest film in the werewolf and vampire archives independently, but its mixed monstrosity makes it unique and entertaining, especially on a big screen. -- Trinie Dalton

Directed by:
Patrick Tatopoulos

Writing credits (WGA):
Danny McBride (screenplay) and
Dirk Blackman (screenplay) &
Howard McCain (screenplay)

Len Wiseman (story) &
Robert Orr (story) and
Danny McBride (story)

Kevin Grevioux (characters) and
Len Wiseman (characters) &
Danny McBride (characters)

Cast (in credits order):
Michael Sheen ... Lucian
Bill Nighy ... Viktor
Rhona Mitra ... Sonja
Steven Mackintosh ... Tannis
Kevin Grevioux ... Raze
David Ashton ... Coloman
Geraldine Brophy ... Nobleman's Wife
Leighton Cardno ... Fearful Lycan
Alex Carroll ... Young Lucian (as Alexander Carroll)
Elizabeth Hawthorne ... Orsova
Jared Turner ... Xristo
Jason Hood ... Death Dealer
Mark Mitchinson ... Nobleman
Tania Nolan ... Luka
Craig Parker ... Sabas
Timothy Raby ... Janosh
Larry Rew ... Kosta
Peter Tait ... Gyorg
Olivia Taylforth ... Young Sonja
Eleanor Williams ... Teenage Girl
Edwin Wright ... Death Dealer Captain
Brian Steele ... Big Lycan / Creature Performer
Kate Beckinsale ... Selene
Shane Brolly ... Kraven
Kurt Carley ... Creature Performer
Richard Knowles ... Creature Performer
Dale Pavinski ... Lycan soldier (uncredited)
Source: IMDB.com

(see review)

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