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by Charles Mohapel
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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (DVD + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] by Directors: Carlos Saldanha and Mike Thurmeier (Co-Director) (20th Century Fox 30 November 2009 / $39.99) -

Product Description:
Disc One: Blu-ray Disc contains:
Trailer for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – Christmas Day (0:51)
Trailer for Percy Jackson & Olympians: The Lightning Thief – February 12th 2010 (1:31)
Trailer for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian on Blu-ray and DVD (2:12)
Trailer for Aliens In The Attic on Blu-ray and DVD (2:00)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (94:03)

Special Features:
"Filmmaker Commentary" by Carlos Saldanha (Director), John Donkin (Producer - Blue Sky Studios), Mike Thurmeier (Co-Director - Blue Sky Studios), Mike Knapp (Art Director - Blue Sky Studios), Peter De Sève (Character Designer - Blue Sky Studios), Lori Forte (Producer - Blue Sky Studios), and Galen Chu (Supervising Animator - Blue Sky Studios) (94:03)

Ice Age Storybook Maker (for ages 1-5, 6-11, and 12 & up)

"Evolution Expedition" with Trevor Valle (Assistant Lab Supervisor, George C. Page Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, CA), Christopher Shaw (Collections Manager, George C. Page Museum), Samantha Ratti (Keeper, Santa Barbara Zoo), Elizabeth Wilson (Senior Keeper, Santa Barbara Zoo), James Traverse (Curator, Santa Barbara Zoo), Cortney Collia (Keeper, Santa Barbara Zoo), Luis Chiappe (Director, Dinosaur Institute, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County), Wendy Anderson (Keeper, Santa Barbara Zoo), and Rachel Miller (Bird Curator, Santa Barbara Zoo) (18:24)

"Buck: From Easel To Weasel" with Carlos Saldanha (Director), Simon Pegg ("Buck"), Josh Peck ("Eddie"), Seann William Scott ("Crash"), Peter De Sève (Character Designer), John C.Donkin (Producer), Michael Thurmeier (Co-Director), Mike Reiss (Screenwriter), and Hans Dastrup (Lead Animator, "Buck") (7:12).

"Unearthing The Lost World"
Carlos Saldanha (Director), John C.Donkin (Producer), Queen Latifah ("Ellie"), John Leguizamo ("Sid"), Peter De Sève (Character Designer), Ray Romano ("Manny"), John Townley (Set Designer), Nash Dunnigan (Set Designer), Michael Thurmeier (Co-Director), and Chris Wedge (Executive Producer / "Scrat") discuss making the movie. (8:41)

"Unfinished Deleted Scenes"

  • "Mission" (1:31)
  • "Headbutters" (2:59)

"Walk The Dinosaur" Music Video with Queen Latifah (1:32)

"Scrat Shorts"

  • "Gone Nutty – Scrat's Missing Adventure" (4:46)
  • "No Time For Nuts" (7:07)

"Scrat Featurettes"

  • "The Saber-Toothed Squirrel: "Nature's Nutty Buddy" (1:49)
  • "Scrat: From Head To Toe (Learn How To Draw Scrat – Tutorial)" with Christopher Meledahdri (Executive Producer), Peter De Sève (Character Designer), Eric W. Maurer (Furring Supervisor), Carlos Saldanha (Director), and Chris Wedge (Executive Producer, Voice of "Scrat") (8:24)

"Fox Movie Channel Specials"

  • Fox Movie Channel Presents 'Making A Scene (Ice Age 2: The Meltdown)' with Chris Wedge (Executive Producer, Voice of "Scrat"), Thomas Cardone (Art Director), Carlos Saldanha (Director), Carl Ludwig (Research and Development Director), David Esneault (Lighting Supervisor), Raphael Matto (Materials Technical Director), Mike Thurmeier (Animation Supervisor), Shaun Cusick (Co-Head Modeling / Sculptor), Mike DeFeo (Head of Modeling), and Eric Maurer (Fur and Feathers Supervisor) (8:15)
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents 'In Character With John Leguizamo' (2:52)
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents 'In Character With Ray Romano' (1:59)
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents 'In Character With Queen Latifah' (3:07)
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents 'Making A Scene'with Michael Thurmeier (Co-Director), John C.Donkin (Producer), Carlos Saldanha (Director), Simon Pegg (Voice of "Buck"), Arden Chan (Set Design / Layout Consultant), Jane Chatot (Environmental Rigger / Character Technical Director), and Galen Tan Chu (Supervising Animator) (9:10)

The Pink Panther 2 (1:15)

Disc Two: DVD contains:
Trailers (6:36):
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – Christmas Day
Percy Jackson & Olympians: The Lightning Thief – February 12th 2010
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian on Blu-ray and DVD
Aliens In The Attic on Blu-ray and DVD

Promo for Glee on Fox TV (0:32)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (94:03)

Special Features:

  • Filmmaker Commentary (94:03)
  • Marley Meets Purina Puppy Chow (0:31)

Family Favorites (1:20)
Love Comes Softly Collection (0:58)
The Pink Panther 2 (1:59)
Strawberry Shortcake: Sky's The Limit (0:54)
Flicka 2 – Premiering on DVD Spring 2010 (1:05)

Disc Three: Digital Copy

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

Primeval, Volume Two (Series 3) by Various Directors (BBC Warner 14 November 2009 / $39.98) -

Primeval, Volume Two (Series 3)
Mind you aren't standing next to an anomaly when one opens up; there might just be a Gigantosaurus sprinting out of it. The dedicated team of scientists in Primeval have long since learned this, of course, and it's their business to find the anomalies (glittery portals through time) and contain and study the dinosaurs. Volume Two of Primeval is actually Season Three of the British TV series, ten episodes jam-packed with ancient predators, time travel, and violent change within the team that goes well beyond new hairstyles (anybody in the cast is expendable, as we learn early in the season). Team leader Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) is dealing with new crew members as well as the genocidal vision of his estranged wife Helen (splendid Juliet Aubrey), who has literally seen the future and decided the planet would be better off without humans on it. Flirtation grows between Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts) and Abby (Hannah Spearritt), the youngest and cutest members of the squad, and a cranky cop (Jason Flemyng) joins the team in a most dramatic way. The special effects are top-notch, and often imaginatively deployed (there's something about seeing a dinosaur clomping down an airport runway that hits you where you live), and the actors are a cut above what you might expect in a genre series. While not a kiddie show per se, Primeval is pitched in a child-friendly register, even if it has its share of scary, roaring beasts. The major cast changes result in the dropping of fruitful plotlines from the uber-story, and there's not enough Helen on view in Season Three, although the episodic stories are still fun. For the DVD, the ten episodes are supplemented by a helpful 20-minute interview with Douglas Henshall (with clips to help catch the uninitiated up with the first two seasons), and a featurette on the "Genesis of a Creature." Alas, the series was officially canceled by ITV in 2009, leaving its characters stuck in a rather hefty cliffhanger at the end of Season Three. Stay tuned for future evolution. - Robert Horton

Disc 1:
Promo for Torchwood: Children Of Earth - Out Now (1:11)
Promo for BBC America (1:22)
"Episode 1" (43:36)
"Episode 2" (45:56)
"Episode 3" (46:18)
"Episode 3" With Commentary by Tim Haines (Co-Creator / Executive Producer / Writer), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), and Adrian Hodges (Co-Creator / Executive Producer / Writer) (46:18)
Episode 4 (45:32)

Disc 2:
Promo for Doctor Who: Series 4 - Now on DVD (1:31)
"Episode 5" (46:05)
"Episode 5" With Commentary by Tim Bradley (Series Producer), Lucy Brown (Jenny Lewis / Claudia Brown), and Ben Miller (Sir James Lester) (46:05)
"Episode 6" (45:30)
"Episode 7" (43:54)
"Episode 8" (42:43)

Disc 3:
Promo for Primeval, Volume One (Series 1 and 2) – Now on DVD (1:16)
"Episode 9" (42:24)
"Episode 10" (43:44)
"Episode 10" With Commentary by Tim Bradley (Series Producer), Adrian Hodges (Co-Creator / Executive Producer / Writer), and Jason Flemyng (Danny Quinn).
Extra Features:
'Cutter's Odyssey' with Douglas Henshall and Lucy Brown (18:43)
'Megaoptra: Genesis Of A Creature' (19:01)
Carim Nahaboo meets and speaks with Ben Mansfield (Captain Becker), Gavin Toomey (VFX Shoot Supervisor, Framestore), Jason Flemyng (Danny Quinn), Hannah Spearritt (Abby Maitland), Andrew-Lee Potts (Connor Temple), Martin Parker (Marketing Executive, Framestore), Darren Horley (Head of Texture, Framestore), Tim Haines (Executive Producer / Co-Creator), Tim Bradley (Producer), Adrian Hodges (Lead Writer / Co-Creator), Will Brand (Lead Modeller, Framestore), Richard Curzon Smith (Director), Adam Trottman (Editor), Mark Brocking (Animator Supervisor, Framestore), Jason Mayo (Lead Technical Director, Framestore), Michael Ralph (Production Designer), and Christian Manz (VFX Supervisor, Framestore).

(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies [Blu-ray] by Director: Sam Liu (Warner Home Video 23 November 2009 / $29.99) -

A desperate solution for a troubled country: Lex Luthor for President with the Justice League in the service of the government. Only Batman and Superman stand against the new regime – and their disloyalty proves to be exactly what Luthor intended. Using their outcast status to instigate a scandal against Superman, Luthor finally tastes a victory in his vendetta against The Man of Steel. From Executive Producer Bruce Timm and voiced by the cast from both hit Batman and Superman animated TV series including Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, and Clancy Brown, this DC Universe Original Animated Movie of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness's popular graphic novel seethes with political intrigue and action-packed battles between heroes all believing they're on the right side of the law.

Blu-ray Disc with Downloadable Digital Copy

Disc Contains:
Trailer for Superman Doomsday on DVD and Blu-ray (0:57)
Trailer for Batman Gotham Knight on DVD, Blu-ray, and On Demand (1:36)
Trailer for Halo Legends on DVD, Blu-ray, On Demand, and Digital (2:10)
Trailer for Green Lantern - First Flight on Blu-ray and DVD (1:08)
Promo for Blu-ray (1:43)

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (67:01)

Bonus Features:
Behind The Story:
A Test of Minds: The Psychology of Superman and Batman (19:01)

Dinner With DCU And Special Guest Kevin Conroy – Extended Version (56:01)

A First Look At Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths – Coming to DVD and Blu-ray Spring 2010 (11:12)

Blackest Night: Inside The DC Comics Event (8:53)

Wonder Woman: The Amazon Princess (10:29)

Batman Gotham Knight: An Anime Revolution (10:17)

From Graphic Novel To Original Animated Movie - Justice League: The New Frontier (10:48)

Green Lantern: First Flight – The Animated Movie Sneak Peek (10:19)

Bonus Episodes:
Bruce Timm's Top Picks
1. Question Authority (22:54)
2. Flashpoint (23:08)
3. Panic In The Sky (23:09)
4. Divided We Fall (23:10)
5. The Demon Reborn (20:56)
6. Knight Time (21:17)


(see review)  Netflix / IMDB

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