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by Charles Mohapel
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Big Trouble in Little China [Blu-ray] by Director: John Carpenter (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 24 August 2009 / $29.99) -

Cast (Cast overview, first billed only):
Kurt Russell ... Jack Burton
Kim Cattrall ... Gracie Law
Dennis Dun ... Wang Chi
James Hong ... David Lo Pan
Victor Wong ... Egg Shen
Kate Burton ... Margo
Donald Li ... Eddie Lee
Carter Wong ... Thunder
Peter Kwong ... Rain
James Pax ... Lightning
Suzee Pai ... Miao Yin
Chao Li Chi ... Uncle Chu
Jeff Imada ... Needles
Rummel Mor ... Joe Lucky
Craig Ng ... One Ear

(Cast Info from IMDB.com)

Running Time: 99 minutes (IMDB.com) / 100 minutes (per Blu-ray disc case)

Disc Contains:
Big Trouble in Little China (99:47)

Special Features:
Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Actor Kurt Russell ON/OFF

All New Isolated Score Track in 5.1 DTS (Dolby Theater Sound)

Deleted Scenes

    Airport/Chinatown (Play Workprint or Video Version) (6:56)
    The Dragon of the Black Pool (Play Workprint or Video Version) (3:18)
    The White Tiger (Play Workprint or Video Version) (6:30)
    Grace's Choice (Workprint Only) (2:43)
    Thunder's Tour (Workprint Only) (0:20)
    Under Chinatown (Workprint Only) (1:22)
    Lava Sequence (Play Storyboard or Final Scene or Both) (0:42)
    Odds and Ends (11:03)

Extended Ending (3:05)

Vintage Featurette (7:28)

Music Video (2:48)

Richard Edlund Interview (12:58)

Trailer A (2:00)

Trailer B (0:55)

Spanish Trailer (2:04)

TV Spots (4:14)

Behind-The-Scenes Gallery

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead [Blu-ray] by Director: James Strong (BBC Warner 24 August 2009 / $19.89) -

Cast (Episode Credited cast - IMDB.com):
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Michelle Ryan ... Lady Christina de Souza
Lee Evans ... Dr. Malcolm Taylor
Noma Dumezweni ... Capt. Erisa Magambo
Adam James ... D.I. McMillan
Glenn Doherty ... Sgt. Dennison
Victoria Alcock ... Angela
David Ames ... Nathan
Ellen Thomas ... Carmen
Reginald Tsiboe ... Lou
Daniel Kaluuya ... Barclay
Keith Parry ... Bus Driver
James Layton ... Sgt. Ian Jenner
Paul Kasey ... Sorvin
Ruari Mears ... Praygat

Product Description:
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: 07/28/2009
Run time: 60 minutes

Disc Contains:
Trailer for Torchwood: Children Of Earth on DVD and Blu-ray (1:11)

BBC America Promo (1:24)

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (58:58)

Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead Confidential (57:07)

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

Dollhouse: Season One [Blu-ray] by Various Directors (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment 24 August 2009 / $69.99) -

Description:
From Joss Whedon comes Dollhouse, a new groundbreaking show starring Eliza Dushku as Echo, an operative in an underground organization that provides hired personas for various missions.

Cast (Series Cast Summary from IMDB.com):
Harry Lennix ... Boyd Langton
Fran Kranz ... Topher Brink
Tahmoh Penikett ... Paul Ballard
Enver Gjokaj ... Victor / ...
Dichen Lachman ... Sierra
Olivia Williams ... Adelle DeWitt
Eliza Dushku ... Echo / Caroline
Amy Acker ... Dr. Claire Saunders / Whisky
Reed Diamond ... Laurence Dominic
Miracle Laurie ... Mellie / November

Disc 1:
Trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine on Blu-ray and DVD (2:17)
Joss Whedon Properties Trailer (Buffy and Angel on DVD) (0:17)
Trailer for I Love You Beth Cooper on Blu-ray and DVD (2:25)
Trailer for Nobel Son on DVD (2:27)
Trailer for Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead on Blu-ray and DVD (0:42)

Ghost (With Episode Commentary with Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku ON/OFF) (49:51)
The Target (49:03)
Stage Fright (49:20)
Gray Hour (48:30)
True Believer (49:46)Haunted (49:50)

Disc 2:
Man on the Street (Episode Commentary by Joss Whedon ON/OFF) (49:38)
Echoes (49:14)
Needs (49:00)
A Spy in the House (49:08)
Haunted (49:50)

Disc 3:
Briar Rose (48:28)
Omega (49:33)
Epitaph One (Episode Commentary by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen ON/OFF) (49:51)

Special Features:
Original Unaired Pilot - Echo (45:47)
Deleted Scenes (29:46)
Making Dollhouse (20:48)
Coming Back Home (7:11)
Finding Echo (5:07)
Designing the Perfect Dollhouse (5:59)
A Private Engagement (5:44)

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

Green Lantern: First Flight (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] by Directed by Lauren Montgomery (Warner 24 August 2009 / $29.99) -

Product Description:
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: 07/28/2009
Run time: 77 minutes
Rating: PG 13

Cast (in credits order from IMDB.com):
Christopher Meloni ... Hal Jordan / Green Lantern (voice)
Victor Garber ... Sinestro (voice)
Tricia Helfer ... Boodikka (voice)
Michael Madsen ... Kilowog (voice)
John Larroquette ... Tomar Re (voice)
Kurtwood Smith ... Kanjar Ro (voice)
Larry Drake ... Ganthet (voice)
William Schallert ... Appa Ali Apsa (voice)
Malachi Throne ... Ranakar (voice)
Olivia d'Abo ... Carol Ferris (voice)
Richard Green ... Cuch (voice)
Juliet Landau ... Labella (voice)
David L. Lander ... Ch'p (voice)
Richard McGonagle ... Abin Sur (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Weaponers (voice)
Kath Soucie ... Arisia (voice)
Bruce W. Timm ... Bug Boy (voice) (as Bruce Timm)
Jim Wise ... Lieutenant (voice)

Disc Contains:
Green Lantern: First Flight (77:35)

Behind The Story
Green Lantern: Behind the Story with Geoff Johns The New York Times Best-Selling Writer Discusses the Mythology of the Green Lantern (8:42)

BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE: I Am The Ring (22:31)

Sinestro (4:04)

The Guardians of the Universe (3:40)

Extras
A First Look At: Superman/Batman Public Enemies (7:49)
From Graphic Novel To Original Animated Movie - Justice League: The New Frontier (10:53)
Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess (10:26)
Batman Gotham Knight: An Anime Revolution (10:13)
Blackest Night: The DC Comics Event (Coming in July 2009)(8:53)
Duck Dodgers: "The Green Loontern" (22:25)

Bonus Episodes:
Bruce Timm's Top Picks: Green Lantern (taken from Justice League Unlimited)
Once And Future Thing, Part 1 (23:03)
Once And Future Thing, Part 2 (23:13)
Hearts And Minds, Part 1 (22:53)
Hearts And Minds, Part 2 (23:20)
The Return (23:12)

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

Race to Witch Mountain (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] by Director: Andy Fickman (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment 24 August 2009 / $44.99) -

Product Description:
Disney Race to Witch Mountain (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

Fasten your seatbelts for the thrill ride of your life in Disney's fun family action-adventure -- RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, starring Dwayne Johnson.

Jack Bruno (Johnson), a Las Vegas cabdriver struggling to stay on the right path, gets an out-of-this-world incentive when two aliens, disguised as teenagers, suddenly appear in his taxi. In a race against government agents, an alien hunter and time itself, Jack must help the children recover their lost spaceship so they can return home and save their planet and ours. Breathtaking chases, close calls and special effects make this an action-adventure the whole family will enjoy.
(Source: http://disneydvd.disney.go.com/race-to-witch-mountain.html)

Cast (Cast overview, first billed only, from IMDB.com):
Dwayne Johnson ... Jack Bruno
AnnaSophia Robb ... Sara
Alexander Ludwig ... Seth
Carla Gugino ... Dr. Alex Friedman
Ciarán Hinds ... Henry Burke
Tom Everett Scott ... Matheson
Chris Marquette ... Pope
Billy Brown ... Carson
Garry Marshall ... Dr. Donald Harlan
Kim Richards ... Tina
Ike Eisenmann ... Sheriff Antony
Tom Woodruff Jr. ... Siphon
Paul Darnell ... Siphon (Stunt Double)
John Duff ... Frank
Bob Koherr ... Marty

Running Time: Approximately 99 minutes

Disc 1:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Disney Blu-ray and Disney DVD - Coming Soon
The Princess and the Frog - Coming to Disney Blu-ray
Hannah Montana The Movie on Disney Blu-ray and Disney DVD
Disney Blu-ray Promo
Promo for DisneyMovieRewards.com

Race to Witch Mountain

Bonus Features:

    Deleted Scenes (23:21)

    Bloopers (3:37)
    CM: Watching this great featurette made me wonder what other funny bloopers didn't make it onto the disc.

    Backstage Disney: Which Mountain? (8:20)
    DisneyFile Digital Copy - Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go (1:04)

Sneak Peeks:
Ponyo (1:17) - Anime from the Academy Award Winning Director of Spirited Away and inspired by the Classic Hans Christian Andersen story The Little Mermaid
Earth (2:04) BBC's Planet Earth Disney DVD and Disney Blu-ray is introduced by James Earl Jones
Up (2:24) - Coming Soon to Disney DVD and Disney Blu-ray
Santa Buddies (0:51) - Coming Soon to Disney DVD and Disney Blu-ray
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (1:29) - Coming Soon to Disney DVD and Disney Blu-ray
Disney Parks

Disc 2: Comes With Disney FastPlay
Race to Witch Mountain

Bonus Features:

    Deleted Scenes (23:21) Same as on Blu-ray
    Bloopers (3:37)Same as on Blu-ray
    Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray is Suite! (5:56)
    DisneyFile Digital Copy - Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go (1:04)

Sneak Peeks:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Disney Blu-ray and Disney DVD - Coming Soon
The Princess and the Frog - Coming to Disney Blu-ray
Hannah Montana The Movie on Disney Blu-ray and Disney DVD
Disney Blu-ray Promo
Promo for DisneyMovieRewards.com
Ponyo
Up
Santa Buddies
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
Disney XD

Disc 3: DisneyFile Digital Copy (for PC and Mac).

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

Stargate Atlantis: Fans' Choice [Blu-ray] by Various Directors (MGM (Video & DVD) 24 August 2009 / $29.98) -

Description: You voted - we listened. For the first time ever on Blu-ray, here are extended versions of your two favorite episodes from the celebrated Stargate Atlantis series - without commercial interruption, and in packaging you designed!

The exhilarating, feature-length pilot episode, Rising, sends a brilliant team of scientists through a Stargate to the legendary city of Atlantis. But not only is the city about to be engulfed by ocean water, an enemy appears who threatens everyone in the Pegasus Galaxy! And in the white-knuckle, lengthened Enemy at the Gate from Season 5, as the team tries to disempower Wraith hive ships, the Wraith discover coordinates that will allow them to destroy Earth!

Rising
Cast (Episode Cast overview, first billed only):
Joe Flanigan ... Major John Sheppard
Torri Higginson ... Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan
Rainbow Francks ... Lt. Aiden Ford (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Richard Dean Anderson ... Brigadier General Jack O'Neill
Michael Shanks ... Dr. Daniel Jackson
Garwin Sanford ... Simon Wallis
Paul McGillion ... Dr. Carson Beckett
Andee Frizzell ... Wraith Queen
Craig Veroni ... Dr. Peter Grodin
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Halling
Robert Patrick ... Colonel Marshall Sumner
Dean Marshall ... Sgt. Bates
Boyan Vukelic ... Sgt. Stackhouse

Enemy at the Gate
Cast (Episode Cast overview, first billed only):
Joe Flanigan ... Lt. Colonel John Sheppard
Rachel Luttrell ... Teyla Emmagan
Jason Momoa ... Ronon Dex
Jewel Staite ... Dr. Jennifer Keller
Robert Picardo ... Richard Woolsey
David Hewlett ... Dr. Rodney McKay
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Todd the Wraith
Mitch Pileggi ... Colonel Steven Caldwell
David Nykl ... Dr. Radek Zelenka
Kavan Smith ... Major Evan Lorne
Michael Beach ... Colonel Abe Ellis
Martin Christopher ... Major Marks
Gary Jones ... Chief Mst Sgt. Walter Harriman
Amanda Tapping ... Colonel Samantha Carter
Paul McGillion ... Dr. Carson Beckett

(Source: IMDB.com)

Disc Contains:
Trailer for Stargate: The Ark of Truth on Blu-ray and DVD (1:02)
Trailer for Stargate Continuum on Blu-ray and DVD (0:33)
Trailer for Stargate Universe - Coming Fall 2009 Only on SciFi (0:35)

Rising (88:02)

Enemy at the Gate (45:47)

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film Collection (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / The Secret of the Ooze / Turtles In Time / TMNT) [Blu-ray] by Various Directors (Warner Home Video 31 August 2009 / $84.99) -

Blu-ray Collection Includes All 4 Films with Radical Extras and Collectibles! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time, and TMNT. Plus Awesome Collector's Items: Comic Book, Sketch with Co-Creator Peter Laird's Autograph, Radical Beanie Hat, 8 TMNT Character Cards, All 4 Movies!

Disc 1:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (93 minutes)

Director
Steve Barron
Writing credits (WGA)
Kevin Eastman (characters) and
Peter Laird (characters)
Bobby Herbeck (story)
Todd W. Langen (screenplay) and
Bobby Herbeck (screenplay)

Cast (in credits order):
Josh Pais ... Raphael / Man In Cab (voice)
Michelan Sisti ... Michaelangelo / Pizza Man
Leif Tilden ... Donatello / Foot Messenger
David Forman ... Leonardo / Gang Leader
Robbie Rist ... Michaelangelo (voice)
Corey Feldman ... Donatello (voice)
Brian Tochi ... Leonardo (voice)
Judith Hoag ... April O'Neil
Elias Koteas ... Casey Jones

Disc 2:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (88 minutes)

Director:
Michael Pressman Writers (WGA):
Kevin Eastman (characters) and
Peter Laird (characters)
Todd W. Langen (written by)

Cast (in credits order):
Paige Turco ... April O'Neil
David Warner ... Professor Jordan Perry
Mark Caso ... Leonardo / News Room Staff
Michelan Sisti ... Michaelangelo / Soho Man
Leif Tilden ... Donatello / Foot #3
Kenn Scott ... Raphael (as Kenn Troum)
Kevin Clash ... Splinter (voice)

Disc 3:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles In Time (96 minutes)

Director:
Stuart Gillard
Writing credits (WGA)
Kevin Eastman (characters) &
Peter Laird (characters)
Stuart Gillard (written by)

Cast (in credits order):
Elias Koteas ... Casey Jones / Whit
Paige Turco ... April O'Neil
Stuart Wilson ... Walker
Sab Shimono ... Lord Norinaga
Vivian Wu ... Mitsu
Mark Caso ... Leonardo
Matt Hill ... Raphael
Jim Raposa ... Donatello
David Fraser ... Michaelangelo

Disc 4:
TMNT (87 minutes)

Director:
Kevin Munroe
Writers:
Kevin Munroe (written by)
Peter Laird (characters) &
Kevin Eastman (characters)

Cast (in credits order):
Nolan North ... Raphael / Nightwatcher (voice)
James Arnold Taylor ... Leonardo (voice)
Mitchell Whitfield ... Donatello (voice)
Mikey Kelley ... Michelangelo (voice)
Mako ... Splinter (voice)
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... April O'Neil (voice)
Chris Evans ... Casey (voice)
Patrick Stewart ... Winters (voice)
Ziyi Zhang ... Karai (voice)
Laurence Fishburne ... Narrator (voice)
Kevin Smith ... Diner Cook (voice)

Special Features:
Behind The Story
Commentary by Writer/Director Kevin Munroe (87 minutes)
TMNT, Voice Talent First Look (5:04)
Mikey's Birthday Party Full Sequence (Fully Rendered) (3:16)
Raphael's Rough House Fight Test (1:41)
Monsters Come Alive (2:50)
Donny's Digital Data Files (1:55)
Roof Top Workout (5:35)
Still Wanna Fight? Temp/Scratch Test (3:11)

Additional Footage
Alternate Opening To The Movie (3:03)
Alternate Ending Temp/Scratch Test (1:17)
Additional Scene: Splinter Gets Cake (2:10)
Trailer (3:52)

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

Torchwood: Children of Earth [Blu-ray] by Director: Euros Lyn (BBC Warner 24 August 2009 / $34.99) -

Product Description:
Studio: Warner Home Video
Release Date: 07/28/2009
Run time: 290 minutes
Rating: NR

Cast:
John Barrowman - Captain Jack Harkness
Eve Myles - Gwen Cooper
Gareth David-Lloyd - Ianto Jones
Kai Owen - Rhys Williams

Guest stars:
Peter Capaldi - John Frobisher
Paul Copley - Clement McDonald
Nicholas Farrell - Brian Green
Susan Brown - Bridget Spears
Lucy Cohu - Alice Carter
Cush Jumbo - Lois Habiba
Liz May Brice - Johnson
Ian Gelder - Mr Dekker
Colin McFarlane - General Pierce
Deborah Findlay - Denise Riley
Nicholas Briggs - Rick Yates
Patric Naiambana - Defence Secretary
Tom Price - PC Andy
Charles Abomeli - Colonel Oduya
Rik Makarem - Rupesh Patanjali
Katy Wix - Rhiannon Davies
Rhodri Lewis - Johnny Davies
Hilary MacLean - Anna Frobisher
Sophie Hunter - Venessa
Anna Lawson - Nurse
Rachel Ferjani - Parliamentary Secretary
Christopher James - Press Officer
Phylip Harries - Water Taxi Man
Ben Loyd-Holmes - Operative
Luke Perry - David Davies
Aimee Davies - Mica Davies
Bear McCausland - Steven Carter
Julia Joyce - Holly Frobisher
Madeleine Rakic-Platt - Lilly Frobisher
Sandwich Shop Man - Patrice Etienne
Simon Poland - 456 Voice
Gregory Ferguson - Young Clem
Crisian Emanuel - Mother (Day One)
Melanie Barker - Mother 2
Scott Bailey - Father
Ashley Hunt - Recovery Worker
Osi Okerafor - Kodak
Emmanuel Ighadaro - Paramedic
Robert Shelly - Sentry
Quill Roberts - Guard
Fay McDonald - Mother (Day Two)
Lorna Bennett - Female Teacher
Rhiannon Oliver - Mum (Day Five)
Louise Minchin - Newsreader
Anthony Debaeck - French Newsreader
Lachele Carl - Trinity Wells
Libby Liburd - Barmaid

(Cast Information from Wikipedia)

Disc 1:
Trailer for Torchwood, Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD and Blu-ray (1:02)
BBC America Promo (1:24)
Children of Earth: Day One (58:35)
Children of Earth: Day Two (58:19)
Children of Earth: Day Three (1:01:49)

Disc 2:
Planet Earth on DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray (1:01)
Children of Earth: Day Four (59:33)
Children of Earth: Day Five (58:27)
Children of Earth Declassified (31:57)

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

Torchwood: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] by Various Directors (BBC Warner 24 August 2009 / $79.98) -

Description: Torchwood follows the adventures of a team of investigators, led by the enigmatic Captain Jack. Set in the UK in the present day, the team use scavenged alien technology in a very real world to solve crime; both alien and human. Separate from the government. Outside the police. Beyond the United Nations. Everyone who works for Torchwood is young, under 35. Some say that's because it's a new science. Others say it's because they die young...

Blu-ray Disc Release Date: July 28, 2009

Cast (IMDB.com):
John Barrowman ... Captain Jack Harkness
Eve Myles ... Gwen Cooper
Burn Gorman ... Owen Harper
Naoko Mori ... Toshiko Sato
Gareth David-Lloyd ... Ianto Jones
Kai Owen ... Rhys Williams

Disc 1:
Trailer for Torchwood: Children Of Earth on DVD and Blu-ray (1:11)

BBC America Promo (1:24)

1. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (47:26)
2. Sleeper (48:15)
3. To The Last Man (50:32)

Special Features:
Torchwood Declassified:
Episode 1 (13:07)
Episode 2 (10:40)
Episode 3 (8:33)

Disc 2:
Planet Earth on DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray (1:01)

4. Meat (50:26)
5. Adam (50:46)
6. Reset (46:28)
7. Dead Man Walking (48:19)

Special Features:
Torchwood Declassified:
Episode 4 (9:40)
Episode 5 (10:06)
Episode 6 (11:57)
Episode 7 (11:22)

Disc 3:
8. A Day In The Death (47:19)
9. Something Borrowed (46:18)
10. From Out Of The Rain (45:31)

Special Features:
Torchwood Declassified:
Episode 8 (12:46)
Episode 9 (11:15)
Episode 10 (13:14)

Disc 4:
11. Adrift (48:35)
12. Fragments (49:05)
13. Exit Wounds (48:23)

Special Features:
Torchwood Declassified:
Episode 11 (9:55)
Episode 12 (10:32)
Episode 13 (11:07)

The Life And Deaths Of Captain Jack (22:07)

Outtakes (8:51)

Deleted Scenes (17:19)

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

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