It was a lackluster weekend at the box office for a couple of big movies. Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, with a price tag of $155 million, came in at first place with an unimpressive $24.5 mil between Friday and Sunday.
Despite the big names, the sexy Johnny Depp/Angelina Jolie thriller, The Tourist landed at number two, grabbing a mere $17 million over the weekend. Reviews had been, on the average, lukewarm and apparently audiences were paying attention.
Tangled, which entered its third week in theaters, dropped 32.6 percent for the third place position and raised an additional estimated $14.5 million from Friday until Sunday. That brings the total box office to $115.6 mil, inching that animated feature closer to its $260 million budget.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows landed in fourth place over the weekend bringing in an additional $8.5 million. To date, in just four weeks, Potter has grossed $257 million in revenue.
The Denzel Washington racing train thriller, Unstoppable, came in fifth place, raising an additional estimated $3.7 million. That brings the total gross to $74.2 million in five weeks. That extra revenue still hasn’t pushed the pic over the top of its budget of $100 mil.
Inception follows a group of people who can infiltrate dreams. It also means possible redemption for a thief who has been given his toughest job to date. The dream sequences are often dazzling, but they’re also confusing as the characters go deeper and deeper into dreams within dreams.
Special Features: Extraction Mode: enter the movie’s landscape to see how Director Christopher Nolan, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and the cast and crew designed and achieved the film’s interesting moments, Dreams: cinema of the subconscious…can the dream world be a fully functional parallel reality? Joseph Gordon-Levitt and leading scientists reveal the cutting edge of dream research, Inception: the Cobol job…comic prologue in full animation and motion…watch the events that led to the beginning of the movie, 5.1 soundtrack selections from ComposerHans Zimmer‘s evocative score, conceptual art, promotional art, plus trailer TV spot galleries, via BD-Live: Project Somnacin – Confidential Files: check out secure files that reveal the inception of the dream-share technology.
Shrek Forever After is the fourth installment in the animated franchise, but now Rumpelstiltskin gets in on the act by convincing Shrek he should be erased. At the same time an alternate darker world is cast where Rumpelstiltskin rules.
Special Features: Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular, Donkey’s Caroling Christmastacular, Shrek’s Yule Log, a 12 Days of Christmas Pop-up Book, Donkey’s Decoration Scramble, Cookin’ With Cookie, Gingy’s Games & Activities, Secrets of Shrek Forever After.
Restrepo is a documentary following a year in the lives of one Platoon stationed in one of the most lethal areas in Afghanistan. All the fighting, loss of lives and angst straight from the soldier’s mouths, who are station in that deadly valley.
Alice In Wonderland (four-disc combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) is the story of Alice, now a teen, who returns to Wonderland and reencounters the same odd characters she met in her first trip down the rabbit hole. The Mad Hatter, March Hare, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb as well as the Red Queen are all still causing all sorts of calamity…only this time the White Queen is counting on Alice to restore her to her rightful place on the throne. The pic stars Johnny Depp.
Special Features: Disc one DVD – Finding Alice, The Mad Hatter, Effecting Wonderland, Disc two Blu-ray – Finding Alice, The Mad Hatter, The Futterwacken Dance, The Red Queen, Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen, The White Queen, Scoring Wonderland, Effecting Wonderland, Stunts Of Wonderland, Making the Proper Size Cakes of Wonderland, Tea Party Props, Disc one Blu-ray 3D – movie, Disc one digital copy – movie.
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Law & Order: Season Eight is the long-running series that features both the police who track and arrest the criminals and the court system that prosecute the defendants. This was the first and, arguably, the best of the Law & Order incarnations.
Boy Meets World: The Complete Fourth Season stars Ben Savage as Cory Matthews, a tweenie navigating his way through family, life and school. The series co-starred William Daniels and Danielle Fishel.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Season six, volume two is the animated misadventures of a fast-food restaurant working sponge who lives under the sea with his pals.
Dragnet 1969: Season Three follows the cases of two LAPD detectives who investigate crimes in the City of Angels. Dry delivery was the signature of this series starring Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday and Harry Morgan as Office Bill Gannon.
Vegas: Season Two, Volume One features the adventures of Dan Tanna (Robert Urich), a private investigator who solves crimes in Sin City with the help of his sexy secretary, Beatrice Travis (Phyllis Davis) and novice sidekick Bobby Binzer Borzo (Bart Braverman).
Toy Story 3 picks up the tale just as toy’s owner, Andy is heading off to college. Woody, Buzz and the gang have been packed up and are on their way to the attic, when they’re mistakenly sent to a daycare center. Some of the toys believed they’ve been deliberately ditched, but Woody has the task of convincing them it was a mistake and they need to head home. Toy Story 3 was the hit of the summer and, as of 10/31/10, had grabbed $413.9 million domestically and $646.1 million in foreign receipts. Not a bad payday for a animated feature that cost $200 million to make.
Special Features: Cars 2 trailer, Day And Night theatrical short, The Gang’s All Here, Toys Epilogue, Buzz Lightyear mission logs: The Science Of Adventure (with NASA), Paths to Pixar: editorial featurette, studio stories: Where’s Gordon, Cereal Bar, Clean Start, a Toy’s eye view: Creating A Whole New Land, Alex Syntek (Mexican music video for You’ve Got a Friend in Me).
The Goonies was good enough in 1985 and The Goonies: 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition is better than good enough on DVD/Blu-ray. The pic, starring now adult actors, Sean Astin and Josh Brolin, still holds up as a group of kids find a treasure map and go on a hunt for pirate’s booty. This film was an eye-popping adventure when it debuted and holds up nicely for contemporary audiences.
Special Features: Commentary from DirectorRichard Donner and all seven actors, The Making of the Goonies documentary, Cyndi Lauper music video The Goonies ‘R Good Enough, outtakes, a new board game, original movie storyboard reproductions, 1985 souvenir magazine reprint, and 2009 Empire magazine article reprint with cast photos and updates.
The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Edition two disc DVD/Blu-ray combo celebrates the Oscar-winning musical with wonderful extras. This is a grand movie that deserves to be seen on Blu-ray (if it can’t be seen on the big screen). In case you haven’t seen this glorious musical, the story follows Maria (Julie Andrews), a nun with way too much personality for the convent, who leaves the order to become governess to the von Trapp children and falls hard for her charge’s father, Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). They eventually try to escape Austria during the Nazi reign. There were liberties taken from the actual story, but The Sound of Music remains one of the most beloved musicals of all time.
Special FeaturesDisc 1: Blu-ray: feature film re-mastered in 1080p Hi-Def with 7.1 DTS-HD sound, Your Favorite Things: an interactive celebration, immersive viewing experience with behind-the-scenes images, on-screen lyrics, a trivia track and location quiz, Music Machine Sing-Along, audio commentaries with lead actors Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer along with DirectorRobert Wise, BD-LIVE: Live Lookup™ powered by IMDb® Disc 2 Blu-ray: Musical stages: creating The Sound of Music, interactive backlot tour with detailed featurettes on the songs, the stage show and movie, the film and sound restoration and the real-life von Trapp family, A City of Song: virtual map of filming locations in Salzburg, Austria.
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Nip/Tuck: The Complete Series features doctors Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), two plastic surgeons running a partnership business in Miami, Florida. Both men have their own issues – Sean is whipped at home by his wife and kids – Christian is an arrogant and unethical ladies man who values a dollar first and foremost. Eventually, the series takes them to Los Angeles, where their clientele is abundant, but just as insecure and needy. The series is the product of Ryan Murphy, who created the hit FOX show, Glee.
Special Features: Eleven-plus featurettes from all six seasons including: Tell Me What You Don’t Like About Yourself – the psychology: examines new trends in plastic surgery and why people become addicts to the surgery, Hollywood hedonism – highlights, Christian and Sean‘s transition to Hollywood and all of the glitz and glam associated with it, Sizzle: the sexuality of the Nip/Tuck, smart casting choices: season four’s fab guest stars including Alanis Morisette, Mo’Nique, gag reels and deleted scenes.
V: The Complete First Season is the refashioned story from the 1983 mini-series of the same name, where aliens invade, infiltrate and befriend earthlings, only to have a sinister plan in the works. The updated series is equally entertaining with much improved special effects.
Special Features: Commentary, The Actor’s Journey from Human to V featurette: where the principal cast members discuss the techniques, challenges and rewards of bringing the story to a new generation, An Alien in Human Skin: The Makeup FX of V featurette: contemporary techniques of special effects makeup are revealed, The World of V featurette: a detailed look into creating a updated identity to the show’s mythology, The Visual FX of V featurette: the visual effects used to help enhance V, complete with a guided tour through ZOIC studios, the FX company responsible for the eye-popping CGI, commentary on episode 11 by executive producers Scott Rosenbaum and Steve Pearlman, plus unaired scenes.
The Pacific is a 10-part mini-series from the producers of Band of Brothers (Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, etc). In this HBO series, the story follows the lives of three marines during America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.
Special Features: Profiles of The Pacific: the lives of the real Marines featured in The Pacific, Making The Pacific: a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the mini-series, Anatomy of the Pacific War: the historical influences and cultural perceptions that led to the merciless brutality in the Pacific during World War II.
The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition is the 1985 Disney classic about a boy and his oddball friends who are on a mission to find a dark magical item before a tyrant gets his mits on it. The studio boasts that this animated feature took seven years to complete.
Special Features: Deleted scene: The Fairfolk: follow Taran, Fflewddur Fflam, Gurgi, and Princess Eilonwy as they travel into the depths of the earth, and meet the Fairfolk, The Witches’ Challenge Game: In order to defeat the dark powers of the Horned King, you must get the magical sword. The sword is held by the Witches of Morva. Solve their riddles and the sword is yours, plus classic DVD features: Still frame gallery – gallery of behind-the-scenes artwork and photos, theatrical trailer: original theatrical trailer,Quest For The Black Cauldron: race to reach the Black Cauldron before the evil Horned King does in this trivia game, Trick Or Treat: Donald Duck cartoon from 1952.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is Jake Gyllenhaal’s foray into the realm of action hero as a young fugitive prince who must stop a villain with a dagger that could destroy the world by reversing time.
Special Features: Deleted scene: The Banquet: Garsiv Presents Heads, added featurette: An Unseen World: Making Prince Of Persia
Blu-ray Special Features: CineExplore: The Sands Of Time where viewers can control the dagger to unlock secrets of favorite scenes, turn back time to uncover 40-plus segments including Walking Up Walls, Filming In Morocco, and Ostrich Jockey Tryouts all with interactive features.
Letters to Juliet stars Amanda Seyfried as an American girl on vacation in Italy who finds an unanswered letter to Juliet, one of thousands left in a Verona courtyard.
Special Features: Deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary with DirectorGary Winick and the movie’s star, Amanda Seyfried, Making OfLetters To Juliet:In Italia,
a courtyard in Verona.
Just Wright revolves around the romance between physical therapist Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) and Scott McKnightCommon), the basketball player she’s helping to recover from a career-threatening injury. (
Special Features: The one you can’t live without, Common on the fast break, a gag reel, plus the theatrical trailer.
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Private Practice: The Complete Third Season is the spinoff series of Grey’s Anatomy featuring Kate Walsh as neonatal surgeon, Addison Montgomery.
Special Features: Bloopers, deleted scenes, Kate’s Top Eight: Kate Walsh’s favorite moments from season three.
Grey’s Anatomy The Complete Sixth Season is a drama centered on the professional and of course the private lives of a group of medical professionals.
Special Features: Dissecting Grey’s Anatomy, unaired scenes, season six outtakes, extended finale, Chandra Wilson: anatomy of a talent, plus Seattle Grace: on call with six webisodes.
Glee: The Complete First Season about a group of geeky students participating in the glee club. It’s a great time to check out series standout, Jane Lynch who plays wicked gym teacher Sue Sylvester on the show.
Special Features: Disc One: Director’s cut of the pilot, Showmance, Acafellas, Preggers. Disc Two: The Rhodes not taken,vitamin D, Throwdown, Mash-up. Disc Three: Wheels, Ballad, plus Hairography. Disc Four: Mattress, Sectionals,Welcome to McKinley, a GleeFox Movie Channel’s casting session, deconstructing Glee with show creator, Ryan Murphy, dance boot camp, Jane LynchA to Glee, meet Jane Lynch, five things you don’t know about Jayma, seven things you don’t know about Cory, six things you don’t know about Amber, seven things you don’t know about Chris, plus video diaries. Disc Five: Hell-O, the power of Madonna, home, bad reputation, plus Glee music jukebox. Disc Six: laryngitis, dream on, theatricality, plus Glee music jukebox. Disc Seven: Funk, Journey, Glee music jukebox, Glee sing-along karaoke, staying in step with Glee, Sue‘s corner, style: dress like your fav Gleek, behind the scenes of Madonna episode, making of a showstopper, music video, full length audition pieces.
Glee: Season One, Volume 2: Road to Regionals is the second half of season one after the series took a short break.
Special Features: Two discs have Glee music jukeboxes. Disc Three: Glee music jukebox, Glee sing-along karaoke, staying in step with Glee, Sue‘s corner, style: dress like your favorite Gleek, behind the scenes of Madonna episode, the making of a showstopper.
Fringe: The Complete Second Seasontakes fans a step closer to solving the mysteries of the fringe sciences being investigated by a team of experts: scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble), his brilliant son Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) and the FBI agent assigned to them, Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv).
Special Features: Mythology of Fringe, Fringe: exploring scene sidebars on six episodes, lab work with series star, John Noble and prop master Rob Smith, commentary on four episodes from the series stars and creative team, a gag reel, plus unaired scenes.
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Third Season stars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and new Emmy winner, Jim Parsons as a trio of friends, two braniacs and one beauty who learn from each other in the funniest of ways. Parsons, alone, is worth the investment.
Special Features: Big Bang Theory set tour with cast members Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, Take-Out with the cast of The Big Bang Theory: Chinese food and discussion of season three’s favorite sequences, plus a gag reel.
The Good Wife: The First Season is the series of about Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) the wife of a politician, who forges her own way as an attorney after he’s caught in a cheating scandal.
Special Features: Deleted scenes, commentary tracks from series creator, Robert King and DirectorCharles McDougall as well as additional commentary tracks from Robert King, series co-creator and writer Michelle King, Executive ProducersDavidZucker and Brooke Kennedy, plus more commentary from series stars, Christine Baranski and Josh CharlesRobert King and Michelle King, making season one featurette, real-life events, plus on-air promos from Robert King, Michelle King, David Zucker and Brooke Kennedy, along with more from Robert King and Michelle King, making season one featurette, real-life events, plus on-air promos from Robert King, Michelle King, David Zucker and Brooke Kennedy.