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April 19, 2014

DVD Review - SpongeBob, You're Fired!

SpongeBob, You're Fired!
Studio: Nickelodeon
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Retail: $14.98
Running Time: 186 minutes
Rating: Not Rated


Its hard to believe that SpongeBob SquarePants first premiered back in 1999 and its currently at the end of its ninth season with a ten season in the works. Currently, there are 188 of episodes of the animated series, along with a spinoff feature film with a second film planned for 2015.

Arriving on DVD on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, is the new DVD collection, titled SpongeBob, You're Fired!, featuring 14 exciting adventures in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom.

The episodes featured on the single-disc are:
  • SpongeBob, You're Fired! (Season 9) SpongeBob must look for a new job after he is fired from the Krusty Krab.
  • Neptune's Spatula (Season 1) After pulling a spatula out of a bucket of grease, SpongeBob accidentally summons King Neptune and he must challenge him to a fry cook-off.
  • Welcome to the Chum Bucket (Season 2) - SpongeBob's boss, Mr. Krabs, loses SpongeBob's contract in a poker game; therefore SpongeBob is forced to work at the Chum Bucket.
  • The Original Fry Cook (Season 5) The Krusty Krab's former fry cook, Jim, returns to take SpongeBob's job.
  • Le Big Switch (Season 5) SpongeBob switches jobs with an executive chef, as part of a cultural exchange program.
  • Model Sponge (Season 7) Fearing that he might be fired from the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob tries to become a model.
  • Employee of the Month (Season 1) SpongeBob is always the employee of the month at the Krusty Krab, but this month he has competition, as Squidward wants to be the best employee.
  • Bossy Boots (Season 2) The Krusty Krab as a new employee, Mr. Krab's daughter, Pearl.
  • Krusty Dogs (Season 7) SpongeBob creates Krusty Dogs!
  • License to Milkshake (Season 9) After SpongeBob learns that his milkshake license has expired, he must return to milk-shake academy,
  • Help Wanted (Pilot Episode) - SpongeBob attempts to get a job at the Krusty Krab.
  • Wet Painters (Season 3) Mr. Krab hires SpongeBob and Patrick to paint the living room of his house.
  • Krusty Krab Training Video (Season 3) A Krusty Krab training video for new employees.
  • Pizza Delivery (Season 1) SpongeBob and Squidward must deliver a pizza to a Krusty Krab customer.
SpongeBob, You're Fired! features the very first episode, Help Wanted, as well as two episodes from season 9, License to Milkshake and SpongeBob, You're Fired!; with the latter episode causing a bit of controversy with its portrayal of unemployment, causing a media circus over the episode. However, when the episode aired on Nickelodeon, it received high ratings.

April 1, 2014

Easter Gift Guide: Power Rangers Seasons 13-17

Power Rangers Seasons 13 - 17
Starring: Various
Studio: Shout! Factory 
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Retail: $129.99
Running Time: 3300 minutes
Rating: TV-Y

Purchase Links:


Five Complete Morphenomenal Seasons In One Limited-Edition Collection! 

The world’s favorite children’s action-adventure series returns with five more astonishing seasons, including the fan-favorite Power Rangers S.P.D. and the explosive Power Rangers Mystic Force, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, Power Rangers Jungle Fury and Power Rangers RPM. Join your favorite Rangers as they take on evil unlike anything the universe has ever seen!

This limited-edition collection contains all 166 episodes and comes packed with hours of bonus features, including retrospective featurettes celebrating the Power Rangers with brand-new interviews with members of the cast and crew, archival material, and more!


Its hard to believe the Power Rangers franchise turned twenty-years-old this past August and is currently in its 21st season with Power Rangers Super Megaforce. The premise of a group of teenagers becoming superheroes wearing tights and using giant robots, Zords, to fight giant monsters might have seemed a little silly at first, but the series caught on quickly and has continued to bring in new fans with every new season (well series). The franchise actually uses scenes, costumes, monsters and Zords from the Japanese tokusatsu Super Sentai franchise.

Similar to other children programs, only a handful of episodes (four or five) were released on single VHSs or DVDs or the year, but there has never been an entire full season actually released. Even the complete series of Power Ranges Samurai was missing a few episodes. Fans finally got their wish when Shout! Factory began releasing box-sets and individual season-sets in late 2012.

Being released today is the limited-edition box set of Power Rangers Seasons 13-17, featuring 166 exciting episodes on 21 DVDs and includes a 48-page booklet. As an added bonus, exclusively for this box-set, is a bonus disc, featuring:
March 29, 2014

DVD Review - DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders Of Berk - Part 1

DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders Of Berk - Part 1
Voice Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller and David Tennant
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Retail: $19.98
Running Time: 220 minutes
Rating: Not Rated


Arriving on DVD this week is DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Perk: Part 1, featuring ten episodes from the second season. Bonus features include Dragon Tracker Part 3, Evolution Of Screaming Death, "Superfly" Dragon Mash-Up, and World of DreamWorks Animation.

The computer-animated series, which airs on the Cartoon Network, is a sequel to 2010's How To Train Your Dragon, which is based on the children's book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The original voice actors Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller and David Tennant return for the series, which bridges the gap between the first film and this summer's sequel, How To Train Your Dragon 2.

The episodes on the two-disc set are:
March 19, 2014

DVD Review - Double Feature: I Know What You Did Last Summer & When A Stranger Calls

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Director: Jim Gillespie
Starring: Jeniffer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillippe
When A Stranger Calls
Director: Simon West
Starring: Camilla Belle, Brian Geraghty, Katie Cassidy, Clark Gregg
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Retail: $9.98
Running Time: 3 hours 6 minutes
Rating: R/PG-13


Arriving in a single-disc DVD is the horror film double feature of I Know What You Did Last Summer (starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillippe) and When A Stranger Calls (starring Camilla Belle, Brian Geraghty, Katie Cassidy, Clark Gregg) from Mill Creek Entertainment. There are no extras or special features on the disc.

I Know What You Did Last Summer was released in the fall of 1997, loosely based on the book of the same name by Lois Duncan; though besides from the title and characters' names, it hardly resembles the young adult novel. Kevin Williamson (he wrote the Scream movies) penned the script.

The film revolves around four seniors accidentally running over a stranger that was walking in the road. Since they had all been drinking, they decide to take the body to the nearby docks and dump the body in the water. One year goes by and Julie (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt) has never gotten over that horrifying night. She returns home from college for summer break, only to be tormented by random letters saying, "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Julie, Helen (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Barry (played by Ryan Phillippe) and Ray (played by Freddie Prinze Jr.) are all being stalked by a crazed killer. They start to suspect that whoever they dumped in the docks last summer might be still alive and wanting revenge.

Riding the backbone of the original Scream movie, I Know What You Did Last Summer was a box-office success. A sequel with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddy Prinze Jr., titled I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, was released in 1998. A direct-to-video sequel, titled I Always Know What You Did Last Summer, was released in 2006 with a brand-new cast, but was unsuccessful.

March 18, 2014

DVD Review - Dennis the Menace: Volume One

Dennis the Menace: Volume One
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Retail: $12.98
Running Time: 8 Hours 7 minutes
Rating: TV-Y
Buy Link: Amazon


Over the last decade, many Saturday Morning cartoon classics from the 1980s have made their way on DVD for old fans to enjoy and new fans to experience. Sadly, the 1986 cartoon series Dennis the Menace, based on the comic strip of the same name by Hank Ketcham, has never been available to own, except for a select seven-episode DVD collection released in 2008. Today, Mill Creek Entertainments is releasing Dennis the Menace: Volume One, featuring the first 33 episodes on a three-disc set. As an added bonus there are 3 UMiGo music videos.

The series centers on the young, mischievous blond, Dennis Mitchell, as he goes on numerous adventures in his neighbor, typically annoying his next-door neighbor, Mr. Wilson, in the process. Along for the ride is Dennis' best friend, Joey McDonald and other pals - Tommy Anderson, Margaret Wade, Gina Gillotti, PeeBee Kappa, and Jay Weldon. Of course his dog, Ruff, is always around too.

The 33 episodes on the three-disc set are:
March 17, 2014

DVD Review - TV Guide Spotlight: Totally 80s Toons

TV Guide Spotlight: Totally 80s Toons
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Retail: $9.98
Running Time: 7 hours 8 minutes
Rating: Not Rated


The '80s were a great time to be a kid with the overload of Saturday Morning cartoons and weekday afternoon cartoons. Of course most of these were created to sell toys and cereals, which we probably pestered our parents in buying anything and everything with our favorite animation character on it.

Over the years, the cartoon craze has settled down, mostly thanks to network television stations dropping children programs for local news; though, there are several cable channels that still air new cartoons, but they're nothing compared to the ones from my childhood. Mill Creek Entertainment will be releasing several TV Guide Spotlight DVDs on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, including the two-disc Totally 80s Toons DVD set, featuring three full episodes from Heathcliff, The Littles, Care Bears, Dennis the Menace, The Get Along Gang, and Little Clowns Of Happytown. There are also two episodes of Nellie the Elephant and three bonus episodes.

Heathcliff (based on the comic book of the same name) aired from 1984 to 1988 with a total of 86 episodes. Each episode contains two segments, one starring Heathcliff and the other starring The Cadillac Cats.

The Heathcliff episodes featured on this set are:
  • Nightmare in Beverly Hills/ The Cat in the Iron Mask
  • Spike's Coach/ The Trojan Cadillac
  • North Pole Cat/ He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother (Series Finale)
The Care Bears need no introduction, as I'm sure everyone from the '80's
remembers these cuddly, good-hearted bears. Based on the American Greetings' cards, the Care Bears animated series aired from 1985 to 1988 with a total of 60 episodes.
March 8, 2014

DVD Review - Transformers Armada: The Complete Series

Transformers Armada: The Complete Series
Voice Cast: Michael Dobson, Terry Klassen, Ward Perry
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Retail: $44.99
Running Time: 1140 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


Its almost hard to believe the Transformers' franchise is thirty-years-old. Yes, there are probably a few people who think Michael Bay created the franchise with his over-bloated CGI/live-action films, but it was actually created by the American toy company Hasbro and the Japanese Takara Tomy toy company. Takara already had two transforming toylines, which were later re-branded as Transformers. Of course most adults in their 30s' remember the popular Hasbro animated series (aka - Generation 1), followed by an animated movie and countless spinoff animated series.

From 2002 to 2006, Japan aired a "Unicorn Trilogy"Transformers animated series (Armada, Energon and Cyberton), featuring a '90s design to the characters. When the trilogy was brought over to the United States, the series was dubbed with American voices. Despite getting a mixed-reaction from die hard fans upon its debut (especially with the trilogy ignoring the previous series), over time the series has been accept as part of the Transformers' lore.

This Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Shout! Factory will be releasing Transformers Armada: The Complete Series on an eight-disc DVD set, featuring all 52 episodes (three seasons) from the first installment of the "Unicorn Trilogy." Transformers Energon will be released in May, followed by Transformers Cyberton later in the year.

Typically, I would list the episodes on a DVD set, but that's a little time consuming with 52 episodes on this set. There's between six to eight episodes on each disc; so it isn't as crammed as one might expect it to be.

March 6, 2014

DVD Review - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem
Voice Cast: Jason Biggs, Rob Paulsen, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Mae Whitman, Hoon Lee
Studio: Nickelodeon/Paramount
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Retail: $14.99
Running Time: 135 minutes
Rating: Not Rated


Its still a few months off before the Michael Bay produced "Ninja Turtles" live-action (well CGI) incarnation hits the theaters, but fans can enjoy Nickelodeon's latest DVD release, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem, featuring the first six episodes from the second season. Special features include 6 Shorts: "The Mutation of a Scene"and Channel 6 News Special Report: Creatures of the Night.

The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was published in 1984; created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. The comic books popularity lead to a Playmates toy line;  eventually leading to the insanely popular animated series, which lasted for ten seasons. Three live-action feature films were released during the early 90s. Besides from a short-lived and unpopular live-action series in the late 90s, the franchise took a slight pause until the revamped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series in 2003, which lasted seven seasons, one made-for-TV movie and a few title changes. A CGI-animated feature film was released in 2007 and was quickly forgotten about. After Nickelodeon purchased the franchise, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles computer-animated series debuted in the fall of 2012. At first many older fans were skeptical of the new animation style, but most have embraced the series for its storytelling, humor and action.

The second seasons has the Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo once again battling the alien race, K.R.A.N.G., but they accidentally unleash dozens of mutant canisters across the city, which turns April's father into a mutant; along with several hungry squirrels. To make matters worse, the turtles have to deal with Shredder's daughter (well, she's not really his daughter) Karai and her robotic Foot soldiers.

This season also introduces the teenage version of Casey Jones and Donatello's Mutagen Man creation. Plus, Michelangelo has a really bad case of ache.

March 4, 2014

DVD Review - Slugterra: Heroes Of The Underground

Slugterra: Heroes Of The Underground
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Retail: $12.99
Running Time: 110 minutes
Rating: TV-Y7


Though I consider myself a cartoon buff, there are many new animation series that slip by my radar screen, including Slugterra, which is a Canadian animated series that airs on Disney XD. Shout! Factory has been releasing the series on DVD, which the newest volume titled Slugterra: Heroes Of The Underground arrives in stores tomorrow, featuring five exciting episodes. Bonus features are "Drawing Your Own Slugs!"and Slugisodes.

The series centers on Eli Shane, a young man who is determined to become the best slug-slinging hero anybody has ever seen on Slugteera. Along with his friends (Pronto Geronimole, Beatrice "Trixie" Sting and Kord Zane), Eli  Shane goes after the dreadful Dr. Thaddius Blakk and his goons, slugs and ghouls.

The five episodes on the single-disc DVD are:
March 3, 2014

DVD Review - The Venture Bros.: The Fantastic Fifth Season

The Venture Bros. The Fantastic Fifth Season
Studio: Cartoon Network/Turner Home Enertainment
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Retail: $24.98
Running Time: 198 minutes
Rating: TV-MA
Buy Link: Amazon


Since 2001, Cartoon Network has had an Adult Swim lineup of animation and a few live-action series aimed for young adults and adults. One of the most popular series from Adult Swim is The Venture Bros., a spoof of Johnny Quest, which the sixth season is currently in product for either a Fall 2014 or Early 2015 premiere. Until then, fans can enjoy tomorrow's release of The Venture Bros.: The Fantastic Fifth Season, featuring all eight episodes and two specials. Special features include deleted scenes and commentaries from the series creator Jackson Publick and writer, director, and executive producer Doc Hammer.

The series focus on fraternal twins, Hank and Dean Venture, as they try to have a normal teenage life. They live with their father Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture at the Venture Industries, which was created by their late grandfather, Jonas Venture. Since their grandfather's death, the Venture Industries has slowly declined, though there is still a base on Skull Island and a space station called Gargantua-1.

Season five picks up shortly after the climax ending of season four, sending the Venture Bros. and crew to the steamy jungles of Central America, to the sands of the Greek Islands and to the jagged cliffs of By-Golly Glutch, as they try to out think their enemies.

February 28, 2014

DVD Review - Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Director: Jamie Payne
Starring: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaladi
Studio: BBC
Release Date: March 4, 2013
Retail: $14.98
Running Time: 63 minutes


BBC's Doctor Who franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary last year with a slue of DVD/Blu-ray releases, the second half of Series 7 and the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. It all ended with Matt Smith's final adventure in the Christmas Special Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor, which is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, March 4th. Special features include "The Time of the Doctor - Behind the Lens," "Farewell to Matt Smith," and "Tales of the TARDIS."

Picking up shortly after the events in "The Day of the Doctor" that revealed the possible survival of the Doctor's home planet, Gallifrey, the Doctor's Cyberman head "Handles" picks up an odd signal coming from an unknown planet, which the planet is orbited by thousands of aliens, all wanting to know who or what sent the signal.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor; the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) Photo Credit: © BBC

The Doctor's latest companion, Clara Oswald (AKA - the impossible girl), is trying to have a normal Christmas dinner with her family, when the Doctor magically shows up, once again dragging her into the TARDIS to travel to the unknown world to figure out what the signal is coming from. With the use of Handles, they track down the strange signal which is located in a town called Christmas, where the Doctor encounters a familiar mystery - the crack in the wall, which was thought to have been closed in "The Big Bang."

February 27, 2014

DVD Review - Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Big Help

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Big Help
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Retail: $14.98
Running Time: 66 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


Throughout the early '80s the majority of the animated television shows and series were created only to sell a toy line. While the majority target audience was boys, there were a few aimed for girls, such as Strawberry Shortcake.

It was created by the American Greeting for a greeting cards in the late‘70s. What started out as only Strawberry Shortcake and her cat, Custard, eventually lead to 32 different character designs. The cards became extremely popular, eventually launching into the toy industry with a rag doll, followed by other toys and merchandising. Later, Strawberry Shortcake and friends appeared in a series of animated specials and quickly disappeared as the franchise became unpopular.

Strawberry Shortcake made a brief return in 2003 with a brand-new toy line and animated series, later appearing in a big-screen feature film, but it seemed it was the wrong time for a reboot as the new generations of kids didn't exactly catch on to it. Nevertheless, Strawberry Shortcake received another reboot with another line of toys and a new computer-animated series, Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures, which three seasons have already aired and a fourth season is in the works.

February 23, 2014

DVD Review - Gotham City Serials

Gotham City Serials
The Complete 1940s Movie Serial Collection
Starring: Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carol Naish, Robert Lowery, John Duncan, Lyle Talbot, Jane Adams
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Retail: $9.98
Running Time: 8 hours 44 minutes
Rating: Not Rated


DC Comics fans are patiently awaiting for the yet untitled Man of Steel 2 or otherwise known as Batman VS. Superman to be released in 2015 or 2016. Until then, they can sink their teeth in Mill Creek Entertainments recently released 2-disc set, Gotham City Serials: The Complete 1940s Movie Serial Collection.

Most people think Adam West was the first actor to wear the cape crusader outfit, but it was actually Lewis Wilson who first appeared as Batman on screen along with Douglas Croft as Robin in fifteen-part serial Batman in 1943, later retitled An Evening With Batman and Robin. In this tale set during WWII, it contained anti-German and anti-Japanese slurs, which would be called politically incorrect today. The plot involves a Japanese scientist, Dr. Daka, who has created a device that will turn people into pseudo-zombies, and, of course, it is up to Batman and Robin to stop him.

The fifteen-chapter serial (250 minutes total) are:
  1. The Electrical Brain
  2. The Bat's Cave
  3. The Mark of the Zombies
  4. Slaves of the Rising Sun
  5. The Living Corpse
  6. Poison Peril
  7. The Phoney Doctor
  8. Lured by Radium
  9. The Sign of the Sphinx
  10. Flying Spies
  11. A Nipponese Trap
  12. Embers of Evil
  13. Eight Steps Down
  14. The Executioner Strikes
  15. The Doom of the Rising Sun
February 17, 2014

DVD Review - The Three Stooges: 6-Movie Set

The Three Stooges: 6-Movie Set
Starring: Larry, Moe, Curly, Curly Joe
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Retail: $9.98
Running Time: 8 hours 6 minutes
Rating: Not Rated


Last year, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the rights to release Sony Pictures Home Entertainment titles including those released under Columbia Home Entertainment, which happens to own the rights to The Three Stooges franchise. Earlier this month as two-disc set containing six of The Three Stooges films were released on DVD, featuring Have Rocket Will Travel, The Outlaws Is Coming, Rockin' in the Rockies, Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze, The Three Stooges Meet Hercules and Time Out for Rhythm.

Released in 1941, Time Out for Rhythm features Moe, Larry and Curly as co-stars in this musical comedy. Similar to a few of their shorts, they play out-of-work actors begging for a job, which happens to be for an agency owned by Danny Collins and Mike Armstrong. The trio don't get center-stage in this film, but they pop into the film every little bit. The film has been currently unreleased for fans until it was released as a manufactured-on-demand through the Columbia Choice Collection series in 2012.

Rockin' In The Rockies was released in 1945 with Moe, Larry and Curly in starring roles, but unlike their other films and shorts, Moe Howard doesn't play Moe, instead he plays Shorty Williams while Larry and Curly continue to play their regular roles. The film was considered a flop in 1945, but is now adored by fans. It was finally made available on DVD in The Three Stooges: The Ultimate Collection.

After the deaths of Curly and Shemp Howard, Joe Besser filled in as the third stooge to finish out the final sixteen shorts. While the last short was released in 1959, the older shorts made their way onto black & white television screens, exposing a new generation to the Stooges' antics. With the newly found appeal to their slapstick humor, Moe, Larry and Curly Joe (played by Joe DeRita) stepped into the big-screen with several feature films throughout the '60s, as well as a animated television series.

February 12, 2014

Blu-ray + DVD Review - Free Birds

Free Birds
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Voice Cast: Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 4, 2013
Retail: $39.99
Running Time: 91 minutes
Rating: PG


Landing on Blu-ray and DVD last week was the computer-animated Free Birds from Twentieth Century Fox featuring the talented voice cast of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler. Bonus Features include Birds Flipping History, Animating Free Birds: The Main Course, Winging It: Animators in Action, Talking Turkey with Composer Dominic Lewis and "Shake a Tail Feather" Music Video.

In Free Birds, Reggie the Turkey (voiced by Owen Wilson) is aware that the turkeys on the farm are the main course for Thanksgiving dinners every year, but he seems to be the only one on the farm with the intelligence to understand what is going on. He is life is completely changed with the President of the United States arrives on the farm to save one turkey's life. The President's young daughter picks out the skinniest turkey - Reggie.

Reggie is now the White House turkey, spending his days and nights watching cable and ordering pizzas that is until he is kidnapped by Jake (voiced by Woody Harrelson), who claims he is the only member of the President's Turkey's Liberation Front. Jake claims that the "Great Turkey" told him to find Reggie and take him back in time to stop the first Thanksgiving.

February 11, 2014

DVD Review - Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee

Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee
Voice Cast: Frank Welker, Josh Keaton, Jeffery Combs, Kevin Michael Richardson, Will Friedle, Sumalee Montano, Ernie Hudson, Markie Post and Steve Blum.
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Retail: $9.99
Running Time: 88 minutes
Rating: TV-Y7


The idea of giant robots transforming into vehicles may have seen a little silly in the early '80s to some, but Hasbro's Transformers toy line has become unstoppable thanks to several popular animated series and blockbuster Michael Bay films (with a fourth out this summer). The Emmy Award-winning Transformers Prime (later renamed Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters) may have came to a startling end last year, but Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory is releasing a 4-episode single-disc DVD titled Transformers Prime: Ultimate Bumblebee on February 25, 2014 in Walmart stores everywhere.

Transformers Prime may be targeted for children, but the series has won over many adults, especially the ones who were fans of the original cartoon from the '80s. The series is executive produced by Duane Capizzi, Jeff Kline, Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. It aired for three seasons, one mini-series and one movie on The HUB TV Network in U.S. and on Teletoon in Canada.

The episodes featured on this release are:
February 8, 2014

DVD Review - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-Rella

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-Rella
Voice Cast: Bret Iwan, Russi Taylor, Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo and Tress MacNeille
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Retail: $19.99
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Running Time: 102 minutes
Rating: TV-Y
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on DVD this Tuesday, February 11, 2014 is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-Rella, the all-new 30-minute special, which will premiere on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior on February 14th. There are three extra 24-minute episodes and ten Minnie's Bow-Toons. Each DVD comes with a Free Castle Play Set.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is the Disney Channel's first CGI animated series, which began airing under the daily Playhouse Disney block in 2006 and later moved to Disney Junior. It is the first Mickey Mouse program aimed for preschoolers. Sadly, the series stopped production in December 2013.

In Minnie-Rella, Mickey and the gang are planning a surprise for Minnie. They give her several chores to do to distract her while they finish the surprise. Meanwhile after finishing the chores, Minnie is tired and falls asleep. She is awaken by Fairy Godmother Clarabelle, who magically helps her to get ready for Prince Mickey's party, but she might not make it in time if she doesn't hurry.

The three bonus episodes are:

February 7, 2014

The Jungle Book: Diamond Editon Blu-ray Combo Pack Review

The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring: Bruce Reitherman, Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima George Sanders, Sterling Holloway
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Retail: $39.99
Running Time: 78 minutes
Rating: G
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on Blu-ray for the first time this Tuesday, February 11, 2014 is the Disney 1967 classic The Jungle Book, featuring all new bonus features - Introduction by Diane Disney Miller and Richard M. Sherman; Alternate Ending - Mowgli and The Hunter; @DisneyAnimation: Sparking Creativity; Music, Memories & Mowgli: A Conversation with Richard M. Sherman, Diane Disney Miller and Floyd Norman; Disney Intermission - Bear-E-Oke hosted by Baloo; Bear-E-Oke Sing-A-Long; and I Wanna Be Like You  Hangin' Out At Disney's Animal Kingdom. The animation film will also be released on DVD and Digital, with the DVD retaining the bonus features from its previous release.

Based on the novel of the same name by Rudyard Kipling, 1967's The Jungle Book was the last animated film Walt Disney was working on before his death in 1966. The film follows young Mowgil the Man Cub, who was found as a baby by Bagheera the Panther. Bagheera left him to be raised by wolves, but as the boy got older, the wolves decided it was best for him to return to the Man Village. Bagheera takes it upon himself to make sure the boy is delivered safely to the Man Village.

Of course this is the jungle and there are many dangers for a small boy, including Kaa the Snake, therefore, Bagheera must keep a close eye on him, which isn't easy when Mowgli meets the carefree Baloo the Bear and learns about "The Bare Necessities." Escorting him to the Man Village gets even more difficult with King Louie and his apes around. Then there is also Shere Khan the Tiger, who wants to get his claws on Mowgil.

February 4, 2014

DVD Review - Lalaloopsy: Friends Are Sew Special!

Lalaloopsy: Friends Are Sew Special!
Studio: Nickelodeon
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Retail: $16.99
Running Time: 88 minutes
Rating: Not Rated


Arriving on DVD today from Nickelodeon is the animated adventures series Lalaloopsy: Friends are Sew Special!, featuring four 22-minute episodes. As an added bonus, each DVD comes with a Sew Cute Lacing Kit.

The cute rag dolls first originated under in the name Bitty Buttons in 2010, shortly before changing the name to Lalaloopsy. After the toys became successful, a video game was released, quickly followed by several animated specials in the 2012 and early 2013. Then of course the animated series launched in March 2013.

Now you can take a trip to Lalaloopsy Land anytime you want to with this week's release of Lalaloopsy: Friends are Sew Special!

The four episodes on the single disc are:
February 3, 2014

DVD Review - Escape Plan

Escape Plan
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Retail: $29.95
Running Time: 115 minutes
Rating: R


Before Expendables 3 hits theaters this summer, action-fans can sink their teeth in tomorrows Blu-ray and DVD release of last year's prison-action film, Escape Plan, starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Special features on the DVD include Audio Commentary with Director Mikael Hafstorm and Co-Writer Miles Chapman and "Executing the Plan: The Making of Escape Plan" Featurette.

Sylvester Stallone stars as ex-prosecutor, Ray Breslin, who co-owns a major security firm, in which his team helps him get inside prisons, which, as an inmate, he surveys all of the security cameras, the prison guard's routines and maps out a route to escape. Doing this is the only way his company can help the prisons keep the inmates from escaping.

Sylvester Stallone ("Ray Breslin") stars in Summit Entertainment's, a LIONSGATE company, ESCAPE PLAN. Photo: Steve Dietl

Ray, along with his business partner Lester Clark (played by Vincent D'Onofrio) are offered a multimillion dollar contract by a CIA operative to the test the security of a top-secret prison. The assignment sounds too good to be true and Ray soon finds out that he has been tricked by someone close to him.

Arnold Schwarzenegger ("Emil Rottmayer") stars in Summit Entertainment's, a LIONSGATE company, ESCAPE PLAN. Photo: Alan Markfield


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