Tchaikovsky, WMDs, and 3-D highlight this week's choice selections of DVD announcements. Normally we proceed in order of release date, but we are going to jump ahead immediately to the unveiling of Disney's Fantasia on Blu-ray. Just a few days ago on their Movie Rewards Facebook page, a posting described a "Blu-ray combo pack" of the classic 1940 merging of animation and classical music as coming to the market on Dec. 7. That listing appears to have now been taken down. No specifics were listed but according to Disney's Movie Rewards Member Advocate, Penny Costley, "both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 will be released this fall/winter on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack." Mark Pearl Harbor Day as a tentative date until a more official announcement but any time before Christmas is a true gift for us all...with Blu-ray players.
Coming back to June 22, Sony will be releasing Michael Hoffman's The Last Station on DVD and Blu-ray, starring Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren as Mr. and Mrs. Tolstoy, both of whom were nominated for Oscars last year. On July 6 they will have Film Noir Classics II: The Collector's Choice featuring the films, Human Desire, Pushover, Nightfall, The Brothers Rico and 1958's City of Fear on DVD and adding to their Blu-ray plate on the same date will be Jason and the Argonauts.
On June 29, Universal releases Green Zone on DVD and Blu-ray. Both formats will feature commentary by Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, deleted scenes and more. The mixed review, box-office disappointment will hopefully find a second life at home. Released just a few weeks earlier in theaters but hitting the market on the same date will be Overture's The Crazies (courtesy of Anchor Bay). It will also feature commentary by its director, Breck Eisner, and help remind people why Timothy Olyphant should be a leading man on more than just television's Deadwood and Justified. Anchor Bay will also be releasing the next two installments of their Ultimate Fighting DVDs, #112: Invincible (June 15) and #113: Machida vs. Shogun 2 (July 13). The Second Season of Starz's Crash arrives on DVD July 27 as does the action/comedy Operation: Endgame (also on Blu-ray) with a cast that features Zach Galifianakis, Adam Scott, Emilie de Ravin, Odette Yustman, Maggie Q, Ellen Barkin, Rob Corddry and Ving Rhames as Judgement!
The latest in the DC Universe's line of original "PG-13" animated films from Warner Bros. is Batman: Under the Red Hood on DVD and Blu-ray featuring voice work from Bruce Greenwood (as Batman), Jensen Ackles (as Red Hood), Neil Patrick Harris (as Nightwing), Futurama's John DiMaggio (as The Joker) and Jason Issacs (as Ra's Al Ghul). It will be unveiled on July 27.
E1 Entertainment has set their July lineup and it leads off on the 13th with 2009 Sundance entry, The Greatest, starring Carey Mulligan, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Kick-Ass' Aaron Johnson. It will be available in both formats as will How To Make Love To A Woman starring Krysten Ritter as well as the horror film Parasomnia. Also on July 13 in DVD only will be the documentary, Saving Marriage, and Vivere. Two weeks later on July 27 they also have Deadly Shift, Don't Look Up (also on Blu), Everything You Wanted To Know About Gay Porn Stars: The Complete Series and Ray Bradbury's Chrysalis. Ahead to August 24, you can get Ellery Queen: The Complete Series.
Sticking with TV, look no further than Lionsgate who will be releasing Shaun The Sheep: One Giant Leap for Lambkind on June 1 and a pair of LeapFrog learning DVDs (Let's Go to School & Talking Words Factory and Math Adventure to the Moon & Letter Factory) on July 6. A week later you can get Saturday Night Live's The Best of Tracy Morgan and seemingly the 18th edition of The Best of Will Ferrell. On July 20 the studio goes back to movies with Ninja Creek and the 1981 Jean-Paul Belmondo version of The Professional.
Acorn Media is releasing The Complete Collections of Touching Evil and the UK version of Life On Mars on July 6 and Poldark: Series 2 on Sept. 28 while BBC reveals The Incredible Human Journey on Aug. 10.
Shout Factory has some exciting news with the long-awaited release of Max Headroom: The Complete Series on Aug. 10. On the same date you can pick up Season FIve of Adam-12 and then The Complete Third Season of The Patty Duke Show on the 24th that month.
WWE Fans have a lot to look forward to including Undertaker's Most Dangerous Matches (June 8), Ricky Steamboat: The Life of the Dragon (June 29), Elimination Chamber Anthology (July 13), Blu-rays of The Best Pay-Per-View Matches of the Year 2009-2010 and Royal Rumble 2010 (July 20) and Wrestlemania 26 (Collector's Edition) (August 3)
Zeitgeist is releasing A Town Called Panic, one of the finalists on the short list for last year's Animated Feature Oscar and on the other end of the spectrum, The Weinstein Co. has the Blu-ray edition of Fanboys forthcoming on July 27. Cinema Epoch releases Body/Antibody, Killer Car, Scream Girls, Supranova and the Ron Livingston sex trafficking drama, Holly all on July 13.
If documentaries are more your speed, First Run's Icarus line of films includes Middletown (Sept. 21), Elsewhere (Oct. 12) and Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (Oct. 26). The Disinformation Company is releasing World Cup Soccer In Africa: Who Really Wins? on June 15. And for lighter fare, check out Questar's Disney Parks: The Secrets, Stories and Magic Behind the Scenes on June 1.
And if pretty ladies are your thing, particular ones with fangs, Vivendi will please you with Erica Cox in Bitten (also on Blu) and Breaking Glass Pictures brings you not just Temptation with the vampiric beauties on June 29 but also the wonderfully titled Easter Bunny Kill! Kill! on June 1. Last but certainly not least, my favorite press release of the week, Sorority Girls 3D, in which Infinity Entertainment promises to deliver Beverly Lynne, Jassie James, Penny Flame and Angela Stone in "alluring, full-color 3D" while they play Truth or Dare. I know I'm sold.