Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Paramount Home Media Loads Up In May With Spirit, Godfather Part III On Blu-ray (And More) And The DVD Debut Of Director Daniel Mann's The Revengers

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Paramount Home Media Distribution has added eight new-to-market DVD and Blu-ray product offerings to its May release calendar.

Leading the way on May 13 is a Blu-ray /DVD Combo Pack — priced to sell at just $14.99 — of animated filmmakers Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook’s 2002 Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

This DreamWorks Animation production arrives with bonus features that include commentary from Asbury and Cook, a drawing tutorial and a collection of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Another Best Picture nominee getting a Blu-ray push on May 13 is director Francis Ford Coppola’s 1990 film release of The Godfather, Part III.   In addition to the Oscar nomination for Best Picture (in a year with Dances With Wolves and Goodfellas it was a bridge too far for Coppola to pull of the Best Picture trifecta for this wind down to the series), Andy Garcia received a Best Supporting Actor nomination and Coppola locked in this fourth Best Director nomination.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyJohn Wayne’s Western comedy from 1963, Mclintock! is also making its way to the Blu-ray format on May 13, as is the comedy double feature of Crocodile Dundee and Crocodile Dundee II.

On the DVD release front, look for the debut of the Nick Jr. animated hit series, PAW Patrol, Volume One, on May 13.   The six doggie professionals, Rubble (a construction worker), Rocky (he is into recycling), Zuma (if there’s water, he’s there!!), Marshall (a firehouse Dalmatian), Chase (a German Shepard with a flair for police work) and the high-flying Skye, will be ready for 13 adventures in this series rollout.

Shifting to May 20, Happy Days: The Fifth Season will feature 27 sitcom episodes spread over four discs.   

The 1976 Emmy-nominated mini-series, Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers, will be getting its DVD debut on May 20 … an all-star cast is featured that includes Kirk Douglas, Christopher Plummer (Emmy-winner for his performance here), Joan Collins, Susan Flannery, Ralph Bellamy and Anne Baxter.

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
On the same date, May 20, Paramount Home Media will be releasing for the first time on DVD director Daniel Mann’s overlook 1972 Western, The Revengers, reteaming 1969 The Wild Bunch stars William Holden and Ernest Borgnine.   Elements of The Searchers, The Wild Bunch and even The Dirty Dozen are blended together here in this National General film production with mixed results.

What makes this film release on DVD of particular interest is first, it’s a look-awaited debut (which is always good), and second it is from the same period as director Daniel Mann’s Willard (also with Borgnine) … if The Revengers has been cut-loose, can Willard be far behind (from anyone, please)?

To download this week's complete edition of the DVD and Blu-ray Release Report:  DVD & Blu-ray Release Report

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