It has been a light week on the announcement circuit, but we still have one holiday title for the family that you will have to wait until the holidays for and one for the guys this week wondering about this Amanda Seyfried gal.
Walt Disney has announced the release of Robert Zemeckis' animated version of A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey. Due on Nov. 16, there will be three different packages to choose from. According to The Digital Bits, the standard DVD will include deleted scenes and a pair of featurettes. The single disc Blu-ray edition adds a Digital Advent Calendar and another featurette detailing "The Full Motion Capture Experience." To get the true full experience though you will need to grab the 4-disc Combo Pack which features the DVD, Blu-ray, a digital copy and a 4th Blu-ray disc that includes a 3-D version of the film and a 3-D short called Mr. Scrooge's Wild Ride.
And while the kids are enjoying that, the men of the house can take a look at Atom Egoyan's Chloe ... for about the 19th time by the time A Christmas Caro'l comes out. Egoyan's remake of the French film, Nathalie, stars Liam Neeson as a potentially unfaithful husband, Julianne Moore as his suspicious wife and Letters From Juliet's Amanda Seyfried as the call girl she hires to check him out. The film is watchable for the first two acts before its obvious plot twists lead to a third act right out of a Cinemax flick. And the first two acts can live by that label too as some generous flesh is offered by the gorgeous Ms. Seyfried as well as her partner in crime, Ms. Moore. So tell your wife or girlfriend it is high art because of its French pedigree. Even if it's just Canadian.
Universal has also just announced that it's moving up the release of Green Zone by a week to June 22. They must be trying to cash in on Prince of Persia also serving up a soldier and his fruitless hunt for weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. The most intriguing title of the week comes from Lionsgate, though, and it's called Burning Bright. Step Up 2 The Streets' Briana Evigan stars as 20 year-old Kelly. Her mom is dead, her stepfather (Garret Dillahunt) is wiping out her college fund on get-rich schemes, and she has an autistic brother. If that isn't enough, there's a hurricane-a-comin'. Oh yeah, and dad has brought home a tiger that gets loose during the storm. Inside the house. If you are not already at your Netflix queue, did I mention it also co-stars Meat Loaf as Howie?
Finally, in Blu-ray news this week, Sony is putting out 2000's Charlie's Angels on Aug. 3. But it is MGM about to get a nice chunk from your wallets on the very same day. Along with Brad Pitt in Kalifornia, a fine film that is still a distant fourth to the others in store for us, MGM will be releasing Bull Durham, Joel & Ethan Coen's Blood Simple and the what-took-so-long U.S. release of John Carpenter's Escape From New York. That date again was August 3, the same day you can also get Blu-rays of The Breakfast Club, James and the Giant Peach, Joe Dante's Piranha and Road To Perdition.
For further planning, just click on the following links for a full schedule of DVD and Blu-ray releases.