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Archive for April, 2011

6th and Final Season of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on DVD April 19

Monday, April 18th, 2011

FreshPrince.jpgWarner Home Video (WHV) is set to release the sixth and final season of the hilarious family sitcom that launched the acting career of superstar Will Smith.  The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Complete Sixth Season, will be available on DVD April 19, 2011.  This release will feature 24 episodes on three discs.

Will Smith and the rest of the cast take their final bows on the sixth and final season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. A lot has happened since Will originally showed up on the Banks’ Bel-Air doorstep and the final season keeps the fun rolling to the very end with hip comedy style, phat one-liners, and a not-to-be-missed blooper episode.

During the last season of the show, Will dates the ugly sister of an upcoming comedian played by Chris Rock. Carlton decides to run away prior to his interview with a representative from Princeton. Will and Carlton go to Las Vegas to celebrate Carlton’s 21st birthday. Hillary decides she wants to have a baby. Phil and Vivian break up after Phil becomes wrapped up in politics but everyone else tries to get them back together. Geoffrey’s long lost son visits. Hillary’s show moves to New York and Phil puts the house up for sale.

Season six guest stars include William Shatner, B.B. King, Dick Clark, Richard Roundtree, Wayne Newton and Chris Rock.

“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had a remarkable run on television and it also gave us a tremendously gifted actor with Will Smith,” said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. She added, “This show had an enormous impact on viewers. It drew a big audience and built a loyal, dedicated fan base that remains devoted to this day. We are delighted to have released all six seasons of this extraordinary family comedy.”

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air originally aired for six seasons, from 1990 to 1996, and became a big hit for NBC. The show focuses on Will Smith, whom, as a teenager from inner city Philadelphia is sent to California to live with his wealthy relatives. The sixth season of the show aired from September 1995 to May 1996.  Since its original broadcast, the series has enjoyed numerous runs in syndication both on cable and broadcast channels. The first five seasons of the program are currently available on DVD.

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Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure Releases April 19, 2011

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Sharpays.jpgSharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, an all-new movie on Blu-ray and DVD, stars Ashley Tisdale reprising her role as Disney Channel’s global sensation “High School Musical” drama queen character Sharpay Evans. A full three minute sneak peek of the movie is available for fans to get a glimpse of this hilarious fish out water tale about a small town Diva and her dog’s adventures in New York City at http://www.youtube.com/disneymovies.

After a talent scout spots her performing with her dog Boi at a charity gala, Sharpay Evans (Tisdale) sets off for the bright lights of NYC, convinced instant fame and fortune are in the bag (designer bag, that is). But theatre’s a dog-eat-dog world, as she and Boi discover when they encounter the devious owner of a pampered pooch named “Countess” and a scheming Broadway starlet who will do anything to crush the competition. Fortunately, Sharpay also meets Peyton (Austin Butler), a handsome student filmmaker who finds Sharpay nearly as fascinating as she finds herself.

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Just in Time for Easter – A Year of a Million Moments

Friday, April 15th, 2011

FoxMillion_1.jpgFox’s “Million Moments” campaign, a yearlong event featuring seasonal Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases grouped by month, celebrates the studio’s catalog of films. The Easter collection contains hours of family moments with favorites like Ice Age, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Horton Hears a Who, Pink Panther 2, and Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian.  Here are highlights from the April releases:  

Ice Age
Ice Age: The Meltdown
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Night at the Museum
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Horton Hears a Who
Pink Panther 2
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (BD only)
All Dogs Go To Heaven (BD only)
Igor (BD only)
Secret of Nimh (BD only)
Fat Cat Double Pack: Garfield 1 & 2 (BD only)
Garfield The Movie (DVD only)
Garfield A Tale of Two Kitties (DVD only)
Robots (DVD only)

Debuting on Blu-ray Disc:
All Dogs Go To Heaven
All Dogs Go To Heaven 2
Anastasia
Because of Winn Dixie
Dr. Doolittle
Flicka
The Bible
The Greatest Story Ever Told

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Fox Film Classics Available through Online Retailers

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

mgmLOGO.JPGTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing even more classics to DVD in April through “manufacturing on demand”. The newest group of films will be part of the MGM Limited Edition Collection and available through online retailers. The catalog ranges from 1950’s DAVDY CROCKETT to 1965’s four-time Academy Award® nominated A THOUSAND CLOWNS.

DAVEY CROCKETT, SCOUT (1950): A U.S. military scout is assigned to stop Indian attacks on a defenseless group of wagon trains making their way West. Stars George Montgomery, Ellen Drew, Noah Beery Jr. Directed by Lew Landers.
CLOUDBURST (1951): A World War II veteran, working in the British Foreign Office, avenges his wife’s murder. Stars Robert Preston, Elizabeth Sellars, Noel Howlett, Harold Lang. Directed by Francis Searle.
CHICAGO CONFIDENTIAL (1957): Brian Keith stars as Jim Fremont, an Illinois States Attorney fighting corrupt unions in Chicago. The union crooks in collaboration with a gambling syndicate try to pin a murder rap on an uncooperative union leader Blane (Dick Foran). Fremont and his co-worker fiancee Laura (Beverly Garland), work to prove Blane’s innocence and to punish the true villains. Also stars Brian Keith. Directed by Sidney Salkow.
FORT BOWIE (1958): Attempting to affect peace between his men and the Apaches, the commander of a fort unwittingly inspires an Indian massacre. Stars Ben Johnson, Kent Taylor, Jan Harrison, Jana Davi. Directed by Howard W. Koch.
THE HAPPY THIEVES (1961): A dapper art thief enraptures a wealthy duchess, then steals a priceless painting from her estate. Stars Rita Hayworth, Rex Harrison, Joseph Wiseman. Directed by George Marshall.
GERONIMO (1962): Chuck Connors stars as the legendary Apache leader in this sweeping 1883 story that has the brave Geronimo steadfastly holding his ground against both U.S. and Mexican military forces. Stars Chuck Connors, Kamala Devi. Directed by Arnold Laven.
A THOUSAND CLOWNS (1965): In this four-time Oscar® nominated film (including Best Picture), Jason Robards stars as a nonconformist who is forced to find a conventional job. Barbara Harris and Martin Balsam co-star. Directed by Fred Coe.
CALL OF THE WILD (1972): Based on the 1903 Jack London (WHITE FANG) adventure classic, CALL OF THE WILD is an exciting tale of gold fever and adventure in the Yukon. Also Stars Charlton Heston. Directed by Ken Annakin.
OLD DRACULA (1975): In this spoof of the Transylvanian legend, David Niven stars as Count Dracula, who sinks his fangs into a bevy of Playboy Bunnies in order to find the right blood type to resurrect his dear-departed wife. Also stars Teresa Graves, Peter Bayliss, Jennie Linden, Nicky Henson. Directed by Clive Donner.
DEFIANCE (1980): An out-of work merchant seaman single-handedly tames a powerful street gang (“The Souls”) that has been terrorizing his neighborhood on New York City’s Lower East Side. Stars Jan Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Art Carney. Directed by John Flynn.
PATTY HEARST (1988): A dramatization of the newspaper heiress’ abduction and subsequent brainwashing by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Stars Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames, Dana Delany, Frances Fisher, Jodi Long. Directed by Paul Schrader. 

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 Arrives April 15 on Blu-Ray and Digital Download

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

HarryPotterDeathly1.jpgThe epic finale begins with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”, which arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on April 15th. Setting the stage for the much anticipated theatrical release of  “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” this summer, the entire ensemble cast is back for this must-see seventh installment of the top-grossing motion picture franchise in history, based on the best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling. 

From celebrated director David Yates (Harry Potter series Years 5-7), “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” brings back the highly-acclaimed cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson as well as Academy Award® Nominee Ralph Fiennes (Clash of the Titans, The English Patient), Academy Award® Nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The Kings’s Speech, Sweeney Todd), Academy Award® Nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Alan Rickman (Sweeney Todd, Love Actually), and Michael Gambon (The Good Shepherd, Gosford Park).  “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” also introduces Golden Globe® Winner Bill Nighy (The Constant Gardener, Love Actually) as Rufus Scrimgeour.

On April 15th, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” will be available for rent ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, and select game consoles.  It is also available to buy through DIGITAL DOWNLOAD from digital movie retailers and select game consoles.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS 

3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack includes: 

·        Exclusive Sneak Peek of a scene from the highly anticipated upcoming film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

·        Maximum Movie Mode – Join host Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), and other members of the cast and crew, on an interactive journey through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.  Plus, revisit important moments from the previous films to prepare for the final battle that takes place in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

·        Dan, Rupert and Emma’s Running Competition – While filming the escape scene from the Snatchers in Swinley Forest, Dan, Rupert and Emma engage in a little competition of their own.  With colorful commentary by Director David Yates, see the competitive spirit on set and this hilarious rivalry between the three leads.

·        The Seven Harrys – See how Daniel Radcliffe recreated the personalities of the different characters that transform into Harrys in the hilarious Privet Drive scene.

·        On the Green with Rupert, Tom, Oliver and James – Accompany Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) and  James Phelps (Fred Weasley) for a round of golf and get a glimpse into their 10-year friendship that developed while making the Harry Potter films.

·        The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Promotional Trailer – Join Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and other cast members from the Harry Potter films on their first visit to the Grand Opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

·        Additional Scenes

·        Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Behind the Soundtrack

·        Standard Definition DVD of the feature film

·        Digital Copy of the feature film

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Scholastic Celebrates 20th Anniversary of I SPY With Students In Times Square

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

ISpy.jpgNew York City students helped Scholastic celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its I SPY brand Wednesday in Times Square during the event, “I SPY A Celebration: 20 Years; 20 Kids; 20 Riddles.”  For finding 20 hidden objects around a 12-foot-high birthday cake, the students’ school will receive 500 books.  In addition to its new book I SPY SPECTACULAR, the anniversary year will see new I SPY releases from Briarpatch and Scholastic Interactive.  Photo: A. Walker

Currently, Scholastic is hosting two I SPY anniversary sweepstakes: one at www.snackpicks.com/ISpy in conjunction with the recent launch of I SPY branded fruit snacks and another through Scholastic Book Clubs.

Scholastic Media is celebrating its 20th anniversary celebration of the beloved I SPY franchise beginning next month with the publication of I SPY SPECTACULAR: A BOOK OF PICTURE RIDDLES with riddles by Jean Marzollo and photographs by Walter Wick.  The year-long campaign will include a slate of new I SPY releases across multiple categories and platforms, a new signature MY I SPY online game, a live promotional event and coordinated brand promotion across all of Scholastic Inc. 

Even though I SPY was conceived with children age 4-8 in mind, it became apparent soon after the original publication that the books appeal to all ages—toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school children, teenagers, parents and grandparents. Readers of all ages respond to the verbal and visual challenge of the books, delighting both in friendly competition and cooperative teamwork as they work to solve the riddles.  The brand features beautiful graphics, a rhythmic rhyming text, and thought-provoking seek-and-find games that enable children of all ages to feel like heroes.

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