With the overwhelming success of the Disney Epic Mickey videogame, Disney Interactive Media Group is developing the sequel Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. Set for a fall release on the Nintendo Wii, the title is also expanding its scope with a release for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles.
The new story enables gamers to play as Mickey Mouse and Disney’s first cartoon star, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Emmy winning composer James Dooley, who worked on Disney Epic Mickey, is collaborating with lyricist Mike Himelstein to provide music for The Power of Two, which will give players, according to the press release, a chance to express “themselves in song, with all original music and lyrics.”
“In the first Disney Epic Mickey title, fans embraced Mickey as a true video game hero and welcomed Oswald back into the Disney family with open arms,” said Disney Interactive Media Group President John Pleasants. “Now, as the vision for the franchise advances, fans and gamers across all platforms will experience completely new ways to embrace the immeasurable vault of Disney characters and attractions.”
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Movies on DVD
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2010) is the latest in the Twilight franchise complete with more drama, vampire and werewolf love angst and more.
Special Features: Deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, more audio commentary from Writer Stephenie Meyer and Producer Wyck Godfrey, photo gallery, a six-part Making of documentary, music videos, Edward Fast-Forward: easy maneuvering to Edward scenes, Jacob Fast-Forward: easy maneuvering to Jacob scenes.
Fantasia / Fantasia 2000 (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) allows fans to compare and contrast the two animated pics. Fantasia was a masterpiece in its time, while Fantasia 2000 was a dream project Roy Disney spearheaded meant follow the plan that his uncle, Walt Disney, imagined for Fantasia: that it would continually change with each new animation team.
Special Features: 2003 Academy-Award nominated short Destino, feature length documentary Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino explores the Disney and Dali relationship along with how this piece finally got done 50 years after its inception, The Schultheis Notebook: A Disney Treasure – the detailed Fantasia production notes illuminate the special effects wizardry, Disney virtual vault live feature, Musicana – Walt’s inspiration for a sequel, check out the new Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California with Disney‘s daughter Diane Disney-Miller, an interactive art gallery, audio commentaries, Disney view.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo) [Blu-ray] (2010) is live-action adaptation of the original Fantasia segment featuring Mickey Mouse. In this new pic, the sorcerer is Nicolas Cage and the apprentice is Jay Baruchel.
Special Features: Filming in New York City featurette, info on the car, the history behind sorcery, deleted scenes, outtakes, special effects segment.
Knight and Day (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo+ Digital Copy) (2010) stars Tom Cruise as secret agent Roy Miller, who gets mixed up with average American girl, June Havens, played by Cameron Diaz. Naturally, it gets a bit crazy as the pair dodge assassins out to kill Miller.
Special Features: Wilder Knights and Crazier Days, Boston Days and Spanish Knights, Knight and Someday: featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Tom Cruise, viral videos of coccer and kick, Knight and Day: Story and Scope.
Vampires Suck (2010) was a surprise hit when it first debuted in theaters. The flick is a parody of all the various vampire-themed movies that have been popular in the last few years (i.e. Twiight)
Special Features: Two versions of the film – theatrical and unrated, deleted scenes, plus a gag reel.
Going the Distance (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (2010) stars Drew Barrymore and her real-life boyfriend Justin Long as a couple who are trying to sustain a long-distance relationship.
Special Features: How to have the perfect date, guide to long-distance dating, off the cuff with the cast of the movie, commentary from Director Nanette, Burstein, If You Run music video, behind the scenes of the soundtrack, plus additional scenes.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) is a live-action adaptation of the illustrated novel by Jeff Kenney about a wise-cracking sixth grader.
TV on DVD
Parks & Recreation: Season Two (2009) is an Amy Poehler comedy series surrounding a group of public officials in Indiana who are all working on their own projects in an attempt to make the city a better place.
The Lucy Show: Official Third Season was another incarnation of the slapstick-type of comedy Lucille Ball was so expert at. It was after I Love Lucy ended and audiences were eager to have the wacky redhead back in their living rooms each week. In this series, Ball played Lucy Carmichael, a widow who lives together with her recently divorced friend, Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance). Instead of driving Ricky Ricardo bonkers, Lucy drives Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon) nuts, the local banker she works for as a secretary.
Special Features: Season 3’s episodes along with each airdate:
1. Lucy and The Good Skate, 09/21/1964
2. Lucy and the Plumber, 09/28/1964
3. Lucy Tries Winter Sports, 10/05/1964
4. Lucy Gets Amnesia, 10/12/1964
5. Lucy and the Great Bank Robbery, 10/19/1964
6. Lucy, The Camp Cook, 10/25/1964
7. Lucy, The Meter Maid, 11/02/1964
8. Lucy Makes A Pinch, 11/09/1964
9. Lucy Becomes A Father, 11/16/1964
10. Lucy’s Contact Lenses, 11/23/1964
11. Lucy Gets Her Maid, 11/30/1964
12. Lucy Gets The Bird, 12/07/1964
13. Lucy, the Coin Collector, 12/14/1964
14. Lucy and The Missing Stamp, 12/ 21/1964
15. Lucy Meets Danny Kaye, 12/ 28/1964
16. Lucy and the Ceramic Cat, 01/11/1965
17. Lucy Goes To Vegas, 01/18/1965
18. Lucy and the Monsters, 01/25/1965
19. Lucy and the Countess, 02/01/1965
20. My Fair Lucy, 02/8/1965
21. Lucy and The Countess Lose Weight, 02/15/1965
22. Lucy and The Old Mansion, 03/01/1965
23. Lucy and Arthur Godfrey, 03/08/1965
24. Lucy and the Beauty Doctor, 03/22/1965
25. Lucy the Stockholder, 03/29/1965
26. Lucy the Disc Jockey, 04/12/1965
Space: 1999: The Complete Season One [Blu-ray] (1975) was a sci-fi series that takes place on Moonbase Alpha, where the crew must try to survive after an explosion tosses the moon from its orbit and sends it deep into space.
Special Features: 5.1 surround sound audio, along with the original mono for each episode, audio commentaries, music-only tracks, behind-the-scenes featurettes, episodic image galleries, trailers, textless titles, Barry Gray’s theme music demo, alternate opening and closing titles, Martin Landau and Barbara Bain U.S. premiere intro and close, SFX plates and deleted SFX scenes with music track.
On this day in 1966, animation pioneer Walt Disney died. Born on a Missouri farm, Walt Disney sold his first sketches to neighbors when he was just 7, and he attended the Kansas City Art Institute at night while he was in high school. At age 16, during World War I, Disney went overseas with the Red Cross and drove an ambulance that he decorated with cartoon characters. Back in Kansas City, Disney started working as an advertising cartoonist. He founded a company called Laugh-O-Gram with his older brother, Roy, but the company went bankrupt and the brothers left Kansas City for Hollywood with $40 and some art supplies. The brothers built a camera stand in their uncle’s garage and started their company in the back of a Hollywood real estate office.
Walt Disney began making a series of animated short films called Alice in Cartoonland and began developing various animated characters. In 1928, he introduced Mickey Mouse in two silent movies. Mickey debuted on the big screen in Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon ever made. Walt Disney provided Mickey’s squeaky voice himself. The company went on to produce a series of sound cartoons, such as the “Silly Symphony” series, which included The Three Little Pigs (1933) and introduced characters like Donald Duck and Goofy. Meanwhile, the company developed increasingly sophisticated animation technology.
When Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1937, it was the first fully animated movie to date and grossed $8 million, an incredible success during the Depression. During World War II, Disney devoted most of his company’s resources to the production of training and propaganda films for the military.
On July 17th, 1955, Disney, a true visionary, opened Disneyland, a park most prognosticators believed was doom from the start. However, it not only survived, but thrived and now 54 years later the park averages over 12-million guests per year.
In 1965, he designed the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT), which he envisioned as an aid toward improving the quality of life in American cities. He also helped establish the California Institute of the Arts in 1961. His 43-year career earned him nearly 1,000 honors and citations from throughout the world, including 48 Academy Awards and seven Emmys. Harvard, Yale, the University of Southern California, and UCLA all bestowed him with honorary degrees. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, France’s Legion of Honor and Officer d’Academie decorations, Thailand’s Order of the Crown, Brazil’s Order of the Southern Cross, Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle, and the Showman of the World Award from the National Association of Theatre Owners. In addition to his films, his legend lives on through Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and EPCOT Center, and generations of children have experienced the joy and magic of The Happiest Place on Earth. Walt Disney was 65 years old when he died.