2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideElf‘Elf’ Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray By DAVID WEINER (Entertainment Tonight/New Line Cinema)
Warner Bros. has the perfect stocking stuffer — complete with an actual stocking — with the ‘Elf’ Ultimate Collector’s Edition. In this hilarious holiday treat directed by Jon Favreau (‘Iron Man’), Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, an orphan raised by elves in the North Pole who comes to realize he must journey to New York City to find his true identity — and maybe even true love. Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen, James Caan and Zooey Deschanel also star. The special ‘Elf’ tin is stuffed with a 14″ plush ‘Elf’ holiday stocking; a 5×7″ magnetic ‘Elf’ picture frame; 15 ‘Elf’ gift tags; a 5-track ‘Elf’ holiday classics soundtrack sampler CD; and of course the Blu-ray or DVD with such special features as filmmaker commentary; a “Film School for Kids” featurette; “How they made the North Pole”; “Kids on Christmas”; “Elf Karaoke”; “Buddy’s Adventure Game”; “Elf Decoder Card” and much more!
2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideToy Story 3‘Toy Story 3′ (Entertainment Tonight/DisneyPixar)
Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the gang face growing pains as their owner Andy has grown up and is heading off to college. Accidentally relocated to a kiddie daycare center, their toy “retirement” soon turns into a nightmare, prompting them to plot an escape. With its carefully crafted themes of love, loss and death despite being a laugh-out-loud comedy, there isn’t a dry eye in the house at the end of the movie.Special features on the Blu-ray Combo Pack include the animated short “Day & Night”; filmmaker commentary; “Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science of Adventure,” in which Buzz visits the International Space Station; behind-the-scenes featurettes including “The Gang’s All Here,” “Toys!,” “Beginnings: Setting A Story In Motion,” “Roundin’ Up A Western Opening,” “Accidental Toymakers,” “Goodbye Andy,” “Studio Stories” and “Paths to Pixar: Editorial”; the “Toy Story Trivia Dash” game and much, much more!
2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideChristmas Vacation‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Entertainment Tonight/Warner Bros.)
The Chevy Chase holiday classic celebrates its 20th anniversary (has it been that long already?) on Blu-ray and DVD with a fun-filled “Holiday Survival Kit” in a collectible gift tin! Stuffed inside are cool collectibles including a replica of Clark Griswold’s holiday Santa hat, a box of faux snow (just add water!), a set of holiday themed drink coasters with memorable quotes from the movie, and an “I survived a Griswold Family Christmas” button. A collectible Walley World Moose figurine is also exclusive to the Blu-Ray gift set.Written by John Hughes and also starring Randy Quaid, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis and Diane Ladd, ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ finds the Griswolds deciding to celebrate the holidays at home – and enduring the onslaught of obnoxious relatives, too many Christmas lights, an exploding turkey, a S.W.A.T. team siege and a killer squirrel.
2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideFantasia‘Fantasia’/'Fantasia 2000′ on Blu-ray (Entertainment Tonight/Walt Disney Pictures)
Walt Disney’s hand-crafted, animated 1940 masterpiece is coming out of the Disney vault, paired with ‘Fantasia 2000′ in a special two-movie Blu-ray and DVD collection. Featuring Mickey Mouse in the all-time classic “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” ‘Fantasia’ features animated shorts set to the works of Tchaikovsky, Bach, Stravinsky and more. The long-awaited follow-up, ‘Fantasia 2000,’ features an array of celebrity hosts including Steve Martin, Bette Midler, James Earl Jones, Penn and Teller, Angela Lansbury, Itzhak Perlman and Quincy Jones, with classical music compositions performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.Special features on the 4-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack include the highly requested Academy Award-nominated seven-minute short ‘Destino’ (the result of a unique collaboration between Walt Disney and artist Salvador Dali); the all-new feature length documentary “Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino”; audio commentary with Disney historian Brian Sibley; audio commentaries from the Fantasia Legacy Collection; “Musicana — Walt’s Inspiration for a Sequel”; and more.
2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideShrek‘Shrek: The Whole Story’ Boxed Set (Entertainment Tonight/Dreamworks)
Get the whole fairy tale with everyone’s favorite ogre, including his final adventure. The four-disc boxed set ‘Shrek: The Whole Story’ contains all four ‘Shrek’ movies (‘Shrek,’ ‘Shrek 2,’ ‘Shrek the Third’ and ‘Shrek Forever After’) plus the brand-new holiday program “Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular,” which features the ‘Shrek’ characters singing classic holiday songs with Shrek-ized lyrics and “Shrek’s Yule Log,” a crackling virtual fireplace with 25 character appearances.
2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideTwilight EclipseThe Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ (Entertainment Tonight/Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are back for more vampires vs. werewolves action and romance in the third chapter of Stephenie Meyer’s phenomenal series! Bella (Stewart) continues her quest to evade vampire Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), who is bent on vengeance after Edward (Pattinson) killed her main squeeze James in the first ‘Twilight.’ Bella is also confronted with a choice — does she want to spend eternity with vampire Edward, or will she choose a human life with werewolf Jacob (Lautner)?Special features on the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack include two different audio commentaries – one with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, and the other with author Stephanie Meyer and producer Wyck Godfrey; deleted and extended scenes; a six-part, behind-the-scenes “Making of” documentary; a comprehensive photo gallery; music videos and more.
2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideInception‘Inception’ (Entertainment Tonight/Warner Bros.)
Dream a little dream with Leonardo DiCaprio in writer/director Christopher Nolan’s (‘The Dark Knight’) mind-bending blockbuster. Leo plays Dom Cobb, a skilled thief who specializes in stealing valuable secrets from deep within the mind by entering the subject’s dream state. Tasked to do one more job — to plant an idea, rather than steal it, in a corporate giant (Cillian Murphy) — Cobb rounds up a skilled team (including Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe and Tom Hardy) to pull off the potentially deadly assignment. But will visions of his lost love (Marion Cotillard) derail the entire operation?Special features on the Blu-ray Combo Pack include “Extraction Mode,” an in-movie experience detailing how the cast and crew designed and achieved the movie’s signature moments; “Dreams: Cinema of the Subconscious” featurette on cutting-edge dream research; “Inception: The Cobol Job” animated comic prologue to the film’s first job on Saito; Focus Points including “The Inception of Inception,” “The Japanese Castle: The Dream is Collapsing,” “Constructing Paradoxical Architecture” and “The Freight Train”; “5.1 Inception Soundtrack” with composer Hans Zimmer; conceptual art gallery; promotional art archive; a digital copy of the film and more.
2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideAvatar‘Avatar’ Extended Collector’s Edition (Entertainment Tonight/20th Century Fox)
Return to Pandora with an extended-length cut of the movie that’s 16 minutes longer, with over 45 minutes of deleted scenes! James Cameron’s box office phenomenon stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver in an otherworldly adventure about a wheelchair-bound marine who journeys to the beautiful planet of Pandora on a mission to relocate the natives sitting on a rich deposit of “unobtanium.” Saddled with a new “avatar” body, the reluctant hero quickly learns the ways of the ten-foot-tall, blue-skinned N’avi — and finds himself defending their beautiful way of life.The 3-disc Extended Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray contains three versions of ‘Avatar’: The original theatrical release; the special edition re-release; and a new collector’s extended cut with 16 more minutes, including an exclusive alternate opening Earth scene. The discs also include over eight hours of never-before-seen material including “Capturing Avatar,” an in-depth feature-length documentary covering Cameron’s 16-year journey to make the film; 45 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes; Interactive Scene Deconstruction; 17 behind-the-scenes Production Shorts; archives including the film’s 300-page screenplay; BD-live Portal with additional bonus materials; plus a family audio track with all objectionable language removed in the original theatrical and special edition re-release versions of the film.
2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideLord Of The Rings‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy on Blu-ray (Entertainment Tonight/Warner Brothers/ New Line Cinema)
One ring to rule them all — on beautiful Blu-ray! Director Peter Jackson’s epic, three-part adaptation of the classic J.R.R. Tolkien Middle Earth tale explodes onto Hi-Def in a 9-disc must-have set, complete with digital copies of the films and a dwarves’ treasure trove of special features!Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Sean Astin and Andy Serkis as Gollum, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ follows the adventures of the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his perilous journey to throw back the magical One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom. The Blu-ray set contains all three theatrical versions of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,’ ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.’Special features for ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ include movie trailers, “The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest” video game trailer, “Quest for the Ring: FOX TV Special,” “A Passage to Middle-Earth: SCI-FI Channel Special,” “Hobbiton Comes Alive,” “Ringwraiths: The Fallen Kings,” “Rivendell: The Elven Refuge,” “Weathertop: The Windy Hill,” “Languages of Middle-Earth,” “Two Wizards,” “Music of Middle-Earth,” Enya “May it Be” music video and much more.‘The Two Towers’ special features include movie trailers and video game trailer, the Starz Encore special “On the Set ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,’” Sean Astin’s short film “The Long and Short of It” (and the making of the film), the WB special “Return to Middle-Earth,” “Forces of Darkness,” “Designing the Sounds of Middle-Earth,” “Creatures of Middle-Earth,” “Arms and Armor,” “The Battle of Helm’s Deep,” “Bringing Gollum to Life,” Emiliana Torrini’s “Gollum’s Song” music video and much more.‘The Return of the King’ special features include movie trailers and video game trailer, “The Quest Fulfilled: A Director’s Vision,” the National Geographic special “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “Aragorn’s Destiny,” “Minas Tirith: Capital of Gondor,” “The Battle of Pelennor Fields,” “Samwise the Brave,” “Eowyn: White Lady of Rohan,” “Digital Horse Doubles” and much more.
2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideBack To The Future‘Back To The Future’ 25th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray (Entertainment Tonight/Universal)
The ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy is back and better than ever, looking pristine on hi-def Blu-ray in a restored, special three-film edition packed with “heavy” extras! After traveling back to 1955 in his friend Doc Brown’s (Christopher Lloyd) time-traveling DeLorean, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) accidentally prevents his parents (Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover) from meeting. Now, he must make sure that they meet and fall in love at the high school dance – or he may never exist! ‘Back to the Future II’ finds our heroes trying to preserve the time-space continuum 30 years in the future (2015) when they learn the timeline has been altered by the predictions of a sports almanac; while ‘Back to the Future III’ heads 100 years into the past in the wild west of 1885, with Doc Brown finding love (Mary Steenburgen) and Marty trying not to get shot by Biff’s (Thomas F. Wilson) ancestor, Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen.Special features include “Tales from the Future,” an all-new, six-part retrospective documentary featuring never-before-seen interviews with the cast, crew and filmmakers, including Lloyd, Thompson and Fox, from the genesis of the films to casting (including footage of Eric Stoltz as the original Marty McFly), music, visual effects, and the impact of the film as a phenomenon; filmmaker commentary; 16 deleted scenes; “The Physics of Back to the Future”; the “Nuclear Test Site Ending Storyboard Sequence” for the original proposed ending of the film; Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love” and ZZ Top “DoubleBack” music videos; archival making-of featurettes; behind-the-scenes footage including outtakes, makeup tests and a Hoverboard test; digital copies of all three films and much more! The set is also available on DVD.
2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideSound Of Music‘The Sound of Music’ 45th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray (Entertainment Tonight/20th Century Fox)
The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical favorite is alive on Blu-ray, meticulously restored and remastered! Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer star in this spirited tale, based on a true story, of a young woman who becomes a governess to seven unruly children. Her charm and songs soon win the hearts of the children and their father, but when Nazi Germany unites with Austria, the family is forced to attempt a daring escape. Directed by Robert Wise, the film earned five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.Available in 3-Disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo Packs and a Limited Collector’s Set packaged in a keepsake box, special features include cast and filmmaker commentary; “Your Favorite Things: An Interactive Celebration” featuring behind-the-scenes images, trivia, a location quiz and a Sing-A-Long with onscreen lyrics; “A City of Song” with a virtual map of filming locations and interactive tour of the movie’s locale of Salzburg, Austria; vintage programs including a hilarious send-up of ‘The Sound of Music’ from Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews herself; an enchanting interview with the real Maria von Trapp on “The Julie Andrews Hour”; the full-length documentary, “Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music,” hosted by Mary Martin; “Musical Stages: Creating The Sound of Music” interactive “Backlot Tour”; and much more. The Limited Collector’s Set keepsake box also contains a 100-page “My Favorite Things” scrapbook, a 45th Anniversary Soundtrack, a reproduction of the original 1965 souvenir program, snapshots from Saltzburg and an exclusive hand-painted “My Favorite Things” music box with letter of authenticity.
2010 Holiday Blu-Ray & DVD Gift GuideHarry Potter‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ Ultimate Edition (Entertainment Tonight/Warner Bros.)
The perfect gift for the Harry Potter nut! The fourth Ultimate Edition 3-disc set to be released, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ contains a digital copy of the film; a 44-page collectible “sound and music” photo book; character cards of Ronald Weasley and Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody; a Year 4 lenticular card; plus the fourth one-hour documentary highlighting a unique aspect of the filmmaking process, part of an unbelievable 8-hour documentary. “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 4: Sound & Music” explores how musical themes for characters ranging from Harry to Voldemort define each character’s identity. Viewers can tour the recording studios and see how each composer brings his orchestral vision to the films, plus learn how sound effects experts create dimensional sound for the films, from the crunch of footsteps in the snow to the whoosh of a flying Nimbus 2000, intensifying the emotion and steering the story.Other ‘Harry Potter’ Ultimate Editions available on DVD and Blu-ray include ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.’