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Teen Titans fans can relive the latest adventures when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) releases Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1 on DVD April 14, 2015. The two-disc DVD set is priced to own for $19.97 SRP. Order due date is March 10, 2015. Teen Titans GO!, which consistently ranked as the #1 show for kids 6-11 on Cartoon Network has been renewed for a third season of fun and mayhem.
In Season 2 Part 1, the Teen Titans return with a whole new bevy of baddies, beverages and adventures! Partner up with Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy to defend Jump City against slimy monsters, tyrannical villains and of course, crime fighting induced hunger pains. Every vote counts when the Teen Titans hold team leader elections, Beast Boy dials up the “man-factor” with his new robotic limbs, while Raven races to save the cotton candy bushes from the Gumdrop Goblin. It’s a titan red alert with 26 gut-punching, gut-busting adventures in this all-new collection.
“We are thrilled with the audience response to the youngest and funniest members of the DC Comics universe and even more excited to continue the fun with Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “With this release, fans both old and new will be able to continue to enjoy crime-fighting adventures featuring their favorite teenage super heroes.”
The included episodes are (each runs 11 minutes):
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) has brought some of Looney Tunes’ most memorable music momemts together in a new upcoming collection, Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces, available May 26, 2015. This compilation brings together 18 classic shorts with a running time over two hours.
“Music is such an important component of animation. Not only does it set the mood but it also tells the story,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “The Looney Tunes cartoons we chose for this compilation represent some of the very best musically-driven shorts we have in our library. We’ve added some popular favorites and some rarer shorts that are not seen very often. Now Looney Tunes fans can have all their musical favorites together on one disc. If you love music and Looney Tunes, this is a collection you don’t want to miss.”
Featured shorts in this collection include: Corny Concerto, Rabbit of Seville, One Froggy Evening, Rhapsody Rabbit, What’s Opera, Doc?, Hillbilly Hare, Nelly’s Folly, I Love to Singa, Page Miss Glory, Katnip Kollege, High Note, Pigs in a Polka, Three Little Bops, Rhapsody in Rivets, Back Alley Oproar, Holiday Shoestrings and Lights Fantastic.
These shorts were previously released on Looney Tunes Golden Collections. This collection has an SRP of $19.97.
Anchor Bay Entertainment and Amplify present Jeremy Snead’s VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE, the fascinating chronicle of the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Executive produced by Zach Braff (Garden State, “Scrubs”) and narrated by Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), the documentary features in-depth interviews with some of the industry’s biggest gamer and geek icons. A celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox, as well as an eye-opening look at what lies ahead, VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE will be available on DVD on February 3, 2015 for an SRP of $22.98.
VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE features interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, including Nolan Bushnell (Atari, Inc.), Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist Podcast), Donald Faison (Kick-Ass 2, “Scrubs”), Cliff Bleszinski (“Gears of War,” “Unreal”), Warren Spector (“Deus Ex,” “System Shock”), Hiroyuki Kobayashi (“Resident Evil”), Clare Grant (Danger Maiden Productions, Team Unicorn), Doug Tennapel (“Earthworm Jim”), Palmer Luckey (Oculus Rift), Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), and Alison Haislip (“Attack of the Show”). The documentary made its way to the big screen via a successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than $100,000 in just 35 days.
VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE DVD special features include a Sean Astin mashup and Why We Love Games featurette.
The second half of the first season of The Tom and Jerry Show will be available on DVD January 13, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). The show, which won it’s timeslot on basic cable when it premiered in April, continues the legendary rivalry between ct and mouse. Originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry emerged during Hollywood’s golden age of animation and became one of the most popular cartoon series in existence.
“With cutting-edge animation and innovative story-telling, The Tom and Jerry Show, has brought a classic cartoon to a brand-new generation of viewers,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up will delight viewers of all ages. We’re delighted to bring another entertaining Tom and Jerry release to consumers.”
The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up features 13 exciting escapades featuring Tom and Jerry and their favorite pals, including Spike and Tuffy. The pursuit takes off as Tom, Jerry and the gang fly through unfriendly skies in Just Plane Nuts. Detectives Tom and Jerry are on the case to find Spike’s missing dog bones in Bone Dry. Love is in the air when a mad scientist transports Tom and Jerry to Paris to meet a girl cat and a girl mouse in Molecular Break Up. Jerry and Tuffy cause havoc on a luxury cruise liner inCruisin’ for a Bruisin’. These and several other hilarious episodes are featured in this entertaining set.
- Turn About/The Plight Before Christmas
- Tuffy Love/Poof!
- Top Cat/Mummy Dearest
- Domestic Kingdom/Molecular Break Up
- Just Plane Nuts/Pets Not Welcome
- Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’/Road Trippin’
- Magic Mirror/Bone Dry
- My Bot-y Guard/Little Quacker and Mister Fuzzy Hide
- Pipeline/No Brain, No Gain
- Cat Napped/Black Cat
- Hunger Strikes/Gravi-Tom
- Ghost Party/Cat-Astrophe
- Curse Case Scenario/Say Cheese
It’s classic animation at its best with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (WBHE) Blu-ray™ release of Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3. Available now, the latest installment of WBHE’s Looney Tunes Platinum Collection showcases 50 all-time favorite cartoon shorts, which have been digitally remastered and restored for superior picture, and sound quality. Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3 retails for $44.98 SRP.
Let the good times roll! Some of the greatest Looney Tunes cartoons are released together for the first time on Blu-ray™. This collection showcases some of the best and most enduring theatrical shorts from the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, including works by some of the most renowned directors in animation history such as Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, Robert McKimson and others. The featured lineup includes a delightful mix of everyone’s favorite characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety & Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, Foghorn Leghorn and many more. This collection includes the all-new documentary, “That’s All Folks! Tales from Termite Terrace,” plus a 12-page booklet with rare images compiled by animation historian Jerry Beck.
Disc one of Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3 offers a collection of 25 classic shorts devoted to everyone’s favorite carrot-crunching, “wascally wabbit,” Bugs Bunny, as he faces off against the likes of Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam and Wile E. Coyote. This disc features an Academy Award®-winning short titled Knighty Knight Bugs, in which a medieval Bugs Bunny trades blows with Yosemite Sam and his fire-breathing dragon. Also featured on this disc are two Academy Award®-nominated shorts, Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt and Pigs in a Polka. Disc one includes featurettes, select commentaries and alternative audio tracks.
Disc two showcases an all-star collection of shorts from favorite Looney Tunes characters including Sylvester & Tweety, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Speedy Gonzalez, Foghorn Leghorn among several other fan favorite characters. This disc features eight Academy Award®-nominated shorts, Swooner Crooner, Life with Feathers, Sandy Claws, Mouse and Garden, Walky Talky Hawky, Rhapsody in Rivets, High Note and Nelly’s Folly. In the Academy Award®-winning short, Birds Anonymous, Sylvester joins a “Birds Anonymous” group in an effort to stop chasing Tweety. Disc two also includes featurettes, select commentaries and alternative audio tracks.
“It’s a treat to see these beloved Looney Tunes shorts after they’ve been restored, re-mastered and released on Blu-ray. It’s the way optimal cartoons were meant to be seen,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. She added, “Our goal is to showcase a wide-ranging selection of shorts comprised of popular favorites along with some more rare animated content. This collection offers something for everyone!”
The collection is available now (Amazon) at your favorite stores and the complete run down of shorts and special features are after the jump.
Lots of little girls love the cute, cuddly and colorful equine creatures featured in the cartoon series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Apparently, so do a shocking number of adult males. Director Brent Hodge and Executive Producer Morgan Spurlock explore this bizarre yet compelling phenomenon in the acclaimed A BRONY TALE, which, comes to DVD on August 19, 2014
Bronies, or “Bro Ponies,”are a subculture of adult men who are unlikely fans of My Little Pony. It is a craze that has taken the United States by storm -there are believed to be more than 3 million Bronies nationwide -but how does this fit with a culture that has told boys how to act since childhood: Legos, not Barbies! Toy soldiers, not fairies! Why are so many grown men embracing this series made for girls? Are these men just abnormal, or is there something more going on?
Brent Hodge (Winning America, What Happens Next?) asked all these questions while making A BRONY TALE over a two-year period, and he came up with some startling answers. Traveling across North America, Hodge locates and interviews Bronies in the unlikeliest of circumstances -bodybuilders, fundraisers, military men. He also follows Canadian actress Ashleigh Ball, the voice of several My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon characters, to the 2012 BronyCon event in New York City, where she meets and embraces these unique, adoring fans. The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (it sold out in seven minutes), delves deeply into this strange world and challenges some deeply felt preconceptions.
Raved Martin Campbell at Movies.com, “A BRONY TALE might be the best, or at least the most receptive doc on fandom since Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan‘s Hope.”
A BRONY TALE is the first title in the new “Morgan Spurlock Presents“line of documentaries to be released by Virgil Films in conjunction with Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and theatrical distributor Abramorama. Spurlock has been at the forefront of the genre since his 2004 Oscar-nominated debut,Super Size Me; his subsequent successes include Freakonomics and Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? Abramorama is an industry leader in the personalized, focused form of film marketing/distribution whose releases include Banksy’s Spirit Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee Exit Through the Gift Shop; and, Sacha Gervasi’s Spirit Award-winning music documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil.
A BRONY TALE also marks Virgil Films‘next big foray into documentaries, following such nonfiction successes as Don‘t Ask Me Questions: The Unsung Life of Graham Parker and the Rumour, American Made Movie and Bridegroom.
Whether you’re into gladiators locked in mortal combat, pirates plundering and pillaging, zombies maintaining zero population growth, revisiting a dangerous metropolis, or a certain iconic serial killer sporting a mask and overalls – these are but a few of the highlights fans will enjoy when they check out Anchor Bay Entertainment at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, materializing at the San Diego Convention Center July 24th through the 27th!
Once again, Anchor Bay Entertainment pulls out all the stops to showcase the latest and greatest ABE releases at the SDCC – globally acknowledged as the world’s greatest and largest pop culture gathering! However this time, they are partnering with another great home entertainment label regarding one of THE most anticipated Blu-ray releases of all time!
Fans stopping by the Starz/Anchor Bay booth #4037 at Comic Con will experience:
- Sin City: A Dame To Kill For: The highly anticipated upcoming theatrical sequel to the Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez film will be previewed at the booth; fans who pre-order the DVD/BD at the booth will get free MovieCash and limited “Ashcan” comic book;
- The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season: Pre-order the Walking Dead S4 DVD/BD with “Songs of Survival” CD soundtrack and limited edition “West Georgia Correctional Facility Key” with Comic Con Exclusive™ “Rick’s Sheriff’s Badge” – available only when you pre-order at the show!:
- Trailers for upcoming Anchor Bay Entertainment releases include: The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season DVD/BD; Sin City: A Dame To Kill For theatrical release; the upcoming thriller Kite starring Samuel L. Jackson; and Black Sails: The Complete First Season!
Other Anchor Bay Entertainment releases highlighted at the show include the 15-disc HALLOWEEN Complete Collection Blu-ray™ set – the first joint release between Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory; the 13-disc Spartacus: The Complete Collection BD/DVD with collectible “gladiator diorama,” the Ford Brothers’ epic sequel The Dead 2; Free Fall, the directorial debut from the producer of the Halloween franchise; and Da Vinci’s Demons Season 2.
In addition, fans who come by the ABE booth will be eligible to win prizes, including Blu-rays™, DVDs and signed posters!
Get set for fur-flying fun and delightfully zany cat and mouse high jinks with Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon, the brand-new, full-length animated film, which is set for release September 2, 2014, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). Join Tom and Jerry on a captivating adventure as the tussling twosome come upon an adorable baby dragon who is separated from his mother. Mama dragon is about to breathe fire unless she’s reunited with her precious baby! Will Tom and Jerry set aside their constant bickering to help reunite the family? Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon will be sold in standard DVD which retails for $19.98 SRP. Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon will also be available on Digital HD day and date with the DVD on September 2, 2014.
Everyone’s favorite cat and mouse duo is back with song, sorcery and slapstick in this enchanted tale. The adventure begins when Tom and Jerry happen upon a mysterious glowing egg. Little do they know, this egg was stolen from a very large, fire-breathing dragon! In short time, baby Puffy hatches from his egg and takes Tom as his mommy. The angry dragon mom wants her baby back, but she’s not the only one…a powerful witch named Drizelda captures the baby dragon for her own wicked plans! With the help of powerful allies and animal friends, Tom and Jerry must fight tooth and claw to stop the witch and get the baby dragon back to its mother. The action takes flight in a climactic ending filled with might, magic and cartoon mayhem of course! Can Tom and Jerry help this tale end happily ever after? Find out with this rip-roaring escapade for the whole family!
Bonus Episodes: Medieval Mouse, Fire Breathing Tom Cat, Medieval Menace, The Itch
Originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry emerged during Hollywood’s golden age of animation and became one of the most popular cartoon series in existence. The shorts focus on the never-ending rivalry between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. The plots of each short usually center on Tom’s attempts to capture Jerry. Jerry however, is clever and quick on his feet so Tom hardly ever manages to catch him.
“This film will delight viewers with legendary Tom and Jerry antics presented in an entertaining new story that’s perfect for the entire family to enjoy together,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon is a whimsical story about magic and classic dragon lore that is filled with music, humor, endearing characters and, gorgeous animation. If you love Tom and Jerry or just want to enjoy a great family film, this title is a must have for your home entertainment library.”
Cartoon Network’s Emmy Award-winning animated comedy series Regular Show is set to return to DVD this June with the release of Regular Show: The Complete Third Season. Due out June 17th, this three-disc set collects all 40 episodes of season three as well as an assortment of special features including “Characters Come to Life: Live Episode Read”, “Four Things You Didn’t Know about JG” and “JG Answers Why” featurettes, as well as 10 episode commentaries by series creator JG Quintel, writers and crew from the show. Regular Show: The Complete Third Season will be available for a suggested retail price of $26.95, and is available for pre-order now.
“Regular Show is a fantastic show that continues to build its audience and grow its fanbase with both kids and adults year after year,” said Erik Resnick, vice president of home entertainment, Cartoon Network Enterprises. “With this third season release, we hope people enjoy the great bonus materials created by JG.”
On May 13th, Shout! Factory is releasing Marvel Knights Animation’s Wolvering Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today on DVD. When Deathlok the Demolisher starts hunting down super heroes, it’s up to Wolverine and a mysterious waitress to save the future. This Marvel Knights Animation feature includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus feature that provides a look into the development and production process. This deluxe DVD is collected in a unique comic book style packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept.
Coming to home video June 17th, 2014 is the eight part series “The is America, Charlie Brown”. Originally aired on CBS in 1988, each special has Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang take and educational and fun look at a different facet of American history or culture. The eight specials are:
- The Mayflower Voyagers – The Peanuts become pilgrims sailing to the New World aboard the Mayflower and endure the first hard winter on Plymouth Plantation.
- The Birth of the Constitution – Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang is present when the country’s founding fathers discuss putting together the constitution.
- The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk – Linus and Charlie Brown witness the Wright brothers’ first flight.
- The NASA Space Station – Linus dreams that he and the rest of the Peanuts gang travel into space.
- The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad – Charlie Brown discusses how the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads link to create the transcontinental railroad.
- The Great Inventors – Each member of the Peanuts gang reports on various American inventions. Linus discusses Alexander Graham Bell while Peppermint Patty and Marcie talk about Thomas Edison, and Charlie Brown writes a report on the invention of the automobile.
- The Smithsonian and the Presidency – Viewers experience meeting U.S. presidents as seen through the eyes of the Peanuts gang. Charlie Brown visits with Abraham Lincoln. The gang also meets Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- The Music and Heroes of America – Snoopy wants to participate in Schroeder’s report on music in America. Everyone in the gang plays a different musical instrument while we hear such classics as “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “Yankee Doodle.” This special plays homage to such celebrated composers as John Phillip Sousa, Irving Berlin, George Cohan, Scott Joplin and others. Also featured is Lucy’s report on the heroes of America, which include Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr. Jonas Salk and others.
This collection is newly re-mastered which will give it fantastic picture and sound quality. “This is America, Charlie Brown” has a suggested retail price of $26.99 and is available for preorder now.
Scooby-Doo is set to solve 13 mysteries in the upcoming home video release “Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Field of Screams” available May 13, 2014. This two disc set collects 13 episodes and includes an all new 22-minute cartoon “Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals!”. The 13 episodes, over four hours of Scooby-Doo cartoons, in the collection all have a sports-theme. The 13 episodes in the collection are:
- “Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals!” –An all-new 22-minute cartoon
- “Night on Haunted Mountain”
- “The Demon of the Dugout”
- “The Ghost That Sacked the Quarterback”
- “The Warlock of Wimbledon”
- “The Beast is Awake in Bottomless Lake”
- “Rocky Mountain Yiiiii!”
- “Maltese Mackerel/Yabba’s Rustle Hustle/Basketball Bumblers”
- “Muscle Trouble/Alien Schmalien/Picnic Poopers”
- “The Creepy Case of Old Iron Face”
- “Scooby and the Minotaur/Scooby Pinch Hits”
- “The Fast and the Wormious”
- “Gentleman, Start Your Monsters”
Available May 13, 2014, this collection has an SRP of $19.98.
Thanks to Shout! Factory, Marvel fans will soon be able to watch the Wolverine face off against Deathlok the Demolisher in the Marvel Knights Animation release WOLVERINE WEAPON X: TOMORROW DIES TODAY. In this adventure Wolverine battles cybernetic robots from the future and teams up with a mysterious woman with knowledge of the future. This Marvel Knights Animation feature boasts unparalleled storytelling combined with rich visual animation and an exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus feature that provides an intimate look at the development and production process of this amazing story. This deluxe DVD is collected in a unique comic book style packaging that bridges the comic book to DVD concept and is due out on May 13, 2014.
This title is available for pre-order now at fine retailers everywhere (including Amazon).
BURBANK, CA (October 28, 2013) – Join animation’s favorite laboratory mice, Pinky and the Brain, as they continue their plot to take over the world onSteven Spielberg Presents: Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain The Complete Series, available January 28, 2014 from Warner Bros Home Entertainment (WBHE).Tiny Toon Adventures’ frenetic animal lover, Elymra Duff, is paired with the hilarious rodent duo when she inadvertently becomes the mice’s doting owner, following a trip to the pet shop to purchase a turtle. This must-own, two-disc set will feature all 13 episodes of the Daytime Emmy® Award-winning series (Outstanding Animated Children’s Program in 2000), which is released on DVD for the first time. Steven Spielberg Presents: Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain The Complete Series will retail for $19.98 SRP.
In Steven Spielberg Presents: Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain The Complete Series,Acme labs have closed, resulting in Pinky and the Brain ending up in a pet shop. Enthusiastic pet lover, Elmyra Duff, from the popular seriesTiny Toon Adventures, purchases a turtle from the same shop, but does not realize the turtle is carrying Pinky and the Brain inside its shell. With eccentric Elmyra as their new owner, Pinky and the Brain must endure her torture-tinged affection, all the while continuing their plans for global domination.
Thirteen episodes featured on the DVD include,The Girl With Nothing Extra, in which Pinky and the Brain attempt to make Elmyra popular, so that they may have more time to take over the world. Brain organizes the neighborhood kids into a gang, so that when they grow up, they will view him as a leader in The Icky Mouse Club. Pinky and the Brain test the black hole theory in Elmyra’s room inFun, Time, and Space. In the Christmas-themed Yule Be Sorry, Brain has a dream that shows him what his life would be like without Pinky. These and several other laugh-out-loud episodes are featured in this set.