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DVD is Rog's home video format of choice, rated from 1 to 5 - with five being the best. This page lists some of Rog's  recommendations, but as he always says, "even some bad movies take on a new life in DVD form". For the highest quality Digital Video Disc, go the Blu-ray way.

CHOICE RELEASES

PETE'S DRAGON - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 103 min. ****
The adventures of young orphan Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his protective dragon after they are discovered in the Pacific Northwest woods. There's much to like about this stunning new Blu-ray that closely matches the theatrical experience. Besides the entertaining main feature, several extras are included. Director David Lowery narrates his personal diary of the film's making and shares a montage of "lost" scenes. There's also a feature on designing the dragon, music videos (one by The Lumineers), bloopers and more. This home video edition is beastly fun for everyone. See movie review here.

THE BFG- Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 118 min. ****
Orphan girl Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is whisked away to a land of giants where one is friendly and others not so much. Roald Dahl's novel comes to life with a little help from director Steven Spielberg in this magnificent Blu-ray release of the magical theatrical feature. As usual, the video and audio meet Disney's highest standards. There are bonuses to delight in. "The Big Friendly Giant and Me" is a short film about the BFG and his friendship with the little "bean" in Giant Country before Sophie. Star Ruby Barnhill hosts a look at the making of the movie. Pieces on the strange vocabulary of the BFG, the other giant inhabitants and the late screenwriter Melissa Mathison are also included. All in all, a huge treat. See movie review here.

FINDING DORY - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 97 min. ****
The forgetful blue tang fish Dory (the voice of Ellen DeGeneres) searches for her parents in this animated sequel to "Finding Nemo". Dory finds her way onto Blu-ray in a visually sumptuous presentation with audio to match. A plentiful supply of extras compliments the main feature. The delightful theatrical animated short "Piper" about a baby bird battling ocean waves to get food and a new mini short called "Marine Life Interviews" with Institute inhabitants remembering Dory are included in the bonuses. Also, there are many background and behind-the-scenes featurettes covering all aspects of the movie, deleted scenes, trailers and much more. Providing hours of entertainment for the entire family, this home video is the catch of the day. See movie review here

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 113 min. ****
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to the mysterious land to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). This colorful adventure is a treat for the eyes and ears in Blu-ray high definition. There are a wealth of extras to supplement the movie. Background features on the film's creation, characters and costumes provide informative entertainment. A delightful interview with Time (Sacha Baron Cohen), Pink's "Just Like Fire" music video and a look at the making of this music video add to the fun. Audio commentary by director James Bobin, deleted scenes and more help make this a pretty full and wondrous disc. See movie review here. 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR - Blu-ray edition, Widescreen, Rated PG-13, Running Time: Approx. 146 min. ****
A rift between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) breaks the Avengers into two warring factions. Released in a few editions (including Blu-ray, DVD, Blu-ray 3D and Digital HD), this lush 1080p transfer delivers magnificent video and audio in true Disney fashion. There are a fair amount of extras to hold your interest. Among them are a 2-part in-depth look at the making of this film, profiles on Captain America and Iron Man, a gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, audio commentary from the directors and screenwriters and even a sneak peek at Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE. There's nothing to complain about since the movie is the main attraction, but I wish Disney would have included the 3D Blu-ray to give me a more super viewing experience. See movie review here

THE JUNGLE BOOK - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 105 min. ****
Raised by wolves, man-cub Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave home when his life is endangered. Disney's live-action version of their animated classic comes home in this visually breathtaking edition with equally dynamic audio. The movie alone makes this a worthwhile purchase, but the bonus features are the icing on the cake. "The Jungle Book Reimagined" takes a detailed look at the making of this film. "King Louie's Temple: Layer By Layer" reveals the creation of the sequence for the song "I Wan'na Be Like You" while "I Am Mowgli" profiles the young star Neel Sethi. An added attraction is the entertaining and informative audio commentary of director Jon Favreau. Like the python Kaa's hypnotic glance, "The Jungle Book" on Blu-ray is spellbinding. See movie review here.

ZOOTOPIA - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 108 min. ****
Rookie bunny cop Judy Hopps (the voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) and fugitive fox Nick Wilde (the voice of Jason Bateman) work to uncover a conspiracy in this Disney animated adventure. This outstanding Blu-ray does justice to one of the best, if not the best, animated films of the year. A flawless transfer, with vibrant colors and audio to match, is reason enough to purchase this release. For those who crave more, there are some fascinating bonus features. "Zoology: the Roundtables" takes an in-depth look at the movie with host Ginnifer Goodwin. "The Origin of an Animal Tale" is a documentary that follows the development of the story from the beginning. Other extras include segments on the filmmakers' globe-trotting research, hidden Easter Eggs in the movie, deleted characters and deleted scenes. It all adds up to more fun than a day at the zoo. See movie review here.

THE FINEST HOURS - Blu-ray + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG-13, Running Time: Approx. 117 min. ***
Chris Pine and Eric Bana star in this fact-based story of a Coast Guard attempt to rescue a group of sailors stranded off the coast of Cape Cod during a storm. Outstanding video and audio highlight this Blu-ray presentation of the heroic real-life rescue mission, but it's strictly for fans of this type of adventure. The background bonus features are rather short, except for a 14 minute piece about rescue leader Bernie Webber. The other segments briefly include discussions about bonding on the set, the men involved in the actual event and the Coast Guard. There are also a couple of deleted scenes. Like the home video edition of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", the biggest thing missing is the 3D version - which made this movie more compelling. But even in 2D, "The Finest Hours" has its moments. See movie review here

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG-13, Running Time: Approx. 136 min. *****
A new evil disturbance in the Force meets resistance from Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Episode VII in the stellar series blasts its way onto home video with spectacular video and audio that mirrors the theatrical experience. For added enjoyment, there's a wealth of bonus features included. First and foremost is a fascinating full-length documentary on the making of this film. There are also several featurettes that focus on the visual effects, composer John Williams, the creation of BB-8 and new creatures, the lightsaber battle and even the Table Read. Another extra worth viewing is the deleted scenes - always nice seeing what doesn't make the cut. About the only thing missing is the 3D version, but that's supposedly coming later this year - adding depth to the Force and another disc for your video shelf. See movie review here. 

THE GOOD DINOSAUR - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 94 min. **** (movie ***)
A dinosaur confronts his fears and gains a human friend in this animated adventure from Pixar. This home video release with stunning picture and sound gets a higher rating than the movie itself. While the main feature is fun, it's the inclusion of the charming Oscar-nominated animated short "Sanjay's Super Team" that raises the bar on this Blu-ray. Among the extra goodies are several featurettes that delve into the making of this movie, some dinosaur info and even a piece on the crew's visit to a cattle ranch for inspiration. There are also deleted scenes, audio commentary, promotional clips and trailers. This edition digs up a wealth of material for family viewing - not just old bones. See movie review here. 

BRIDGE OF SPIES - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG-13, Running Time: Approx. 141 min. *****
Lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is recruited by the CIA to negotiate a hostage exchange with Russia during the Cold War in this fact-based Steven Spielberg film. Another Disney transfer with flawless audio and video. The extras include 4 background featurettes, but the spotlight is on the movie itself - truly one of the best films of 2015. See movie review here.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS - The Signature Collection, Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Rated G, Running Time: Approx. 83 min. ****
The story of a princess, prince, evil queen and seven dwarfs is still the fairest of them all. This is the first time the movie has become available on Digital HD but was released previously on a Blu-ray edition. While this beautiful film transfer looks the same as the previous Blu-ray release, there are a few new extras like an alternate storyboard sequence and some new background featurettes. Included are also some, but not all, of the extras from the last Blu-ray release. Snow White's debut on Blu-ray has much more for Disney collectors. But if you missed out on the first release or if you crave Digital HD, then this gem is for you.

INSIDE OUT - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 95 min.****
Emotions in the control center of a young girl's brain help her through a life-changing experience in this Pixar animated feature. See full review here.

TOMORROWLAND - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx.130 min. ***
Destiny leads a bright teen (Britt Robertson) and a disillusioned inventor (George Clooney) on a dangerous journey to a land locked in space and time. See full review here.

CINDERELLA - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD edition, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx.105 min. ****
Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett) tries to keep her step-daughter Cinderella (Lily James) away from Prince Charming (Richard Madden) in this live-action version of the beloved fairy tale. See full review here.

Walt Disney Animation Studios SHORT FILMS COLLECTION - Approx. 79 min.**** A compilation of 12 delightful Disney animated shorts. See full review here.

101 DALMATIANS - Diamond Edition, Rated G, Running Time: Approx. 79 min.****
Dalmatians Pongo and Perdita race to save their puppies from the clutches of Cruella De Vil. See full review here.

BIG HERO 6 - Collector's Edition, (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD), Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 102 min. ****
Hiro (the voice of Ryan Potter), his close friends and a robot named Baymax become high-tech heroes to save their city in this animated adventure. See full review here.

THE BUBBLE - Widescreen 3-D (Requires 3-D player, television and glasses - will output in 2-D on regular setups), Rated NR, Running Time: Approx. 91 min., Restoration*****
A young couple (Michael Cole and Deborah Walley) and their newborn baby are trapped in a town encased in a giant bubble.  See full review here.

INTO THE WOODS - Blu-ray + Digital HD, Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 125 min. ****
To reverse a curse on their family, a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) must find magical fairy tale items for a witch (Meryl Streep) in director Rob Marshall's movie musical. See full review here.

MALEFICENT - Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 97 min.***
The story behind Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and the curse she put upon Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). See full review here.

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE - Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time: Approx. 84 min.***
When a damaged gearbox ends his racing career, world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper (the voice of Dane Cook) decides to try aerial firefighting. See full review here.


OLDER SELECTIONS

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA - Widescreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 127 min.*****
Jules Verne's classic tale of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus.  There are many screen versions, this is absolutely the best!  Disney has come up with a fantastic 2-disc, special edition DVD.  Stars: Kirk Douglas and James Mason.  EXTRA FEATURES:  featurettes, audio commentaries, rare archival footage, animated short "Grand Canyonscope" - the short that accompanied the film's original theatrical release and much, much more.

BAMBI - Fullscreen (Original Aspect Ratio) Special Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 70 min.*****
The story of the life of a young deer.  Brilliant restoration of a timeless classic.  The Prince Of The Forest becomes the new King Of Home Video.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Documentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, games, the award-winning cartoon short "The Old Mill" and much more.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST:  SPECIAL EDITION - Widescreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 90 min., *****
Animated classic fairytale of Belle's romance with an enchanted beast.  Belongs in every video collection.  A worthy follow-up to Disney's "Snow White" DVD.  Stars voices of:  Robbie Benson, Paige O'Hara and Angela Lansbury.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 disc set, 3 versions of the movie, music video, behind-the-scenes footage, games, virtual art galleries and much, much more.

THE BODYGUARD - Widescreen Special Edition, Rated R, Running Time:  Approx. 129 min.*****
A bodyguard falls in love with his superstar client, who is the target of a killer.  I will always love this movie.  Stars:  Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Making of documentary, music video and theatrical trailer.

CELLULAR - Widescreen, Rated PG-13, Running Time:  Approx. 95 min.****
A frantic call from a kidnap victim puts a teenager in a race against time.  A fast-paced, overlooked, popcorn thriller. William H. Macy's character deserves a TV series. My guilty pleasure movie of 2004 - an easy call to make. Stars:  Kim Basinger, Chris Evans and William H. Macy.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Deleted/alternate scenes, three featurettes, commentaries and more.

CHICAGO - Separate Full-screen and Widescreen editions, Rated PG-13, Running Time:  Approx. 113 min.****
The popular Broadway musical about an infamous Chicago murder trial hits the big screen in a big way.  A DVD that is sure to razzle-dazzle you.  Stars:  Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah.  EXTRA FEATURES:  deleted musical number "Class", behind-the-scenes featurette, and director and screenwriter commentary.

CINDERELLA - Fullscreen (Original Aspect Ratio) Special Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 76 min., *****
A maiden gets her prince in Walt Disney's version of the classic fairy tale.  A stunning restoration and a perfect fit for Disney collectors.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Documentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, games, trailers, and much more.

CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND - Widescreen, Rated R, Running Time:  Approx. 114 min.*****
The life and questionable times of TV producer Chuck Barris.  A brilliant film directed by George Clooney that certainly won't get gonged!  Sam Rockwell won the 2002 Best Actor award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society.  Stars:  Sam Rockwell, George Clooney and Drew Barrymore.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Deleted scenes, commentaries, behind-the-scenes, "Gong Show" acts, a Chuck Barris documentary and more.

DARBY O'GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE -Full Frame (original theatrical aspect ratio), Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 91 min.*****
An Irish storyteller recounts his adventures with the leprechauns.  This is THE Pot O'Gold for Disney collectors and fans!  Stars:  Albert Sharpe, Sean Connery and Janet Munro.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Featurettes and a rare Disney TV episode - "I Captured The King Of The Leprechauns".

ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN - Widescreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 97 min. ****
A brother and sister with magical powers are mysteriously drawn to Witch Mountain.  An out-of-this-world Disney adventure.  Stars:  Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Cartoon:  "Pluto's Dream House", audio commentaries, featurettes and much more.

FINDING NEMO - Includes both Widescreen and Full-Frame versions, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 100 min.*****
A clownfish frantically searches the ocean for his missing son.  A fantastic fish-out-of-water story and truly one of the best animated films of all time.  Stars voices of:  Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 discs, "Making Nemo" documentary, filmmakers commentaries, virtual aquarium, Pixar short "Knick Knack", "Exploring The Reef" with Jean-Michel Cousteau, games and much more.

GANGS OF NEW YORK - Widescreen, Rated R, Running Time:  Approx. 167 min.****
Martin Scorsese's epic tale of immigrants fighting for a better life in New York City.  A must-see for Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as Bill The Butcher.  Stars:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 discs, feature commentary with Scorsese, music video, Discovery Channel show "Uncovering The Real Gangs Of New York", exploring the set with multi-angle, study guide, trailers and much more.

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT - Widescreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 87 min., *****
A day in the life of the Beatles.  A masterpiece. A must-own for fans.  Stars: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 disc set, featurettes, interviews, many hours of rare and new material. 

HOLES - Separate Widescreen and Fullscreen editions, Rated PG, Running Time:  Approx. 117 min.*****
Young Stanley Yelnats is sent to a detention camp where he and the other inmates must dig holes every day to keep the warden happy.  "Holesome" entertainment!  It's one of the best films of 2003.  Stars:  Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Shia LaBeouf.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Commentaries, gag reel, deleted scenes, a featurette, behind-the-scenes tour, music video and more.

THE INCREDIBLES - Two separate editions:  Widescreen and Fullscreen, Rated PG, Running Time:  Approx. 115 min.****
Living a suburban life, a family of superheroes comes out of retirement to battle evil.  Simply incredible!  Featuring the voices of:  Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Deleted scenes, bloopers, featurettes, commentaries, a brand-new cartoon short "Jack-Jack Attack", the award-nominated short "Boundin' " and lots more.

A LAWLESS STREET - Widescreen, Not rated, Running time:  Approx. 77 min., ****
Marshal Calem Ware cleans up a western town and gets his wife back.  A first-rate high noon salute!  Stars:  Randolph Scott and Angela Lansbury.  Nice transfer but no extra features.

LILO & STITCH - Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time:  Approx. 85 min. ****
A lonely little Hawaiian girl gets a new pet, a renegade space alien.  A delightful Disney animated feature with plenty of Elvis tunes.  A treat for young and old alike.  Can't help falling in love with Lilo and Stitch. EXTRA FEATURES:  featurettes, game, deleted scenes and music video.

THE LION KING - Platinum 2-Disc Special Edition, Widescreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 90 min.*****
The circle of life of Simba from lion cub to king.  A royal masterpiece!  A "must" for Disney collectors.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 versions of the movie:  the original release and a special version with the all-new song "Morning Report", deleted scenes, music videos, games, behind-the-scenes features and much, much more.

THE LOVE BUG - Widescreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 108 min.****
Herbie, the enchanted car, changes the life of a race car driver.  Magical family film that led to theatrical sequels and a TV series.  Stars:  Dean Jones, Michele Lee and Buddy Hackett.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 discs, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes features, animated cartoon short "Susie - The Little Blue Coupe" and more.

THE MANY ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH - Fullscreen Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 74 min., ****
Captivating feature-length compilation of the first three theatrical Pooh shorts.  This is the 25th Anniversary Edition.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Featurettes, games, sing-along song, Carly Simon music video, animated short "A Day For Eeyore" and much more.

MONSTERS, INC. - Widescreen and Fullscreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 93 min.,*****
A little girl invades the monster world, causing havoc.  A monster hit and deserving of it.  Stars voices of :  John Goodman and Billy Crystal.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 disc collectors' edition, all-new animated "Mike's New Car", the award-winning short "For The Birds", commentaries, featurettes, outtakes, games and much more.

OLD YELLER - Widescreen Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 84 min., *****
A stray dog protects a frontier family.  One of the best family films of all time.  Stars:  Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker and Tommy Kirk.  EXTRA FEATURES:  On 2 discs, featurettes, audio commentaries, production archives, cartoon short "Bone Trouble" and much more.

THE OTHERS - Widescreen Edition, Rated PG-13, Running Time:  Approx. 104 min., ****
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. Positively chilling, made my top ten picks for 2001.  Stars:  Nicole Kidman.  EXTRA FEATURES:  On 2 discs, documentary, featurettes, trailer, still gallery and much more.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL - Widescreen (with full screen opening sequence), Rated PG, Running time: Approx. 130 min. ****
A small-time magician (James Franco) is transported to a fantasy land where three witches test his abilities. See full review here.

THE PARENT TRAP - Widescreen Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 129 min., *****
Separated twins plot to reunite their divorced parents.  A classic with double the fun.  Stars:  Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith.  EXTRA FEATURES:  On 2 discs, featurettes, audio commentaries, production archives, cartoon short "Donald's Double Trouble" and much more.

PETER PAN (PLATINUM EDITION) - Fullscreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 77 min.*****
The adventures of the Darling children in Never Land with Peter Pan.  This beautifully restored, high-flying, spirited classic is among Disney's finest.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2-disc edition that includes deleted songs, an alternate opening, a documentary "In Walt's Words", the 1952 featurette "The Peter Pan Story", games, music video and loads of extras. 

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:  THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL - Widescreen, Rated PG-13, Running Time:  Approx. 143 min.*****
Roguish pirate Captain Jack Sparrow chases cursed pirates around the Caribbean in search of treasure.  The best ride of the year!  Stars:  Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Two-disc set, audio commentaries, 19 deleted and alternate scenes, several featurettes, blooper reel, "Walt Disney's Wonderful World Of Color" episode about the park attraction and much more.

POLLYANNA - Widescreen Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 134 min., ****
An orphan girl brings happiness to a small town.  Prime Disney and the reason why Hayley Mills won a special Oscar.  Stars:  Hayley Mills and Jane Wyman.  EXTRA FEATURES:  On 2 discs, featurettes, audio commentaries, production archives, cartoon short "Nifty Nineties" and lots more.

THE RESCUERS - Widescreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 76 min.****
Two brave mice set out to rescue a kidnapped orphan girl.  A classic from the Disney studios.  Beautifully restored on the DVD, that also features the award-winning True-Life Adventure "Water Birds" and the Silly Symphony classic "Three Blind Mouseketeers".  OTHER EXTRA FEATURES:  games, sing-along music video, never-before-revealed and rare animation art, music and behind-the-scenes secrets.

RIDING SHOTGUN - Fullscreen, Not Rated, Running Time:  Approx. 74 min.****
A man seeks to clear his name after being falsely accused of robbing a stagecoach.  A fast-paced Randolph Scott western with a good cast that includes Wayne Morris and Charles Buchinsky (Bronson).  EXTRA FEATURES:  two more Randolph Scott westerns - THE MAN BEHIND THE GUN and THUNDER OVER THE PLAINS.  A fantastic triple feature.
 

THE SANTA CLAUSE:  SPECIAL EDITION - Widescreen (full frame edition also available), Rated PG, Running Time:  Approx. 97 min., *****
When divorced father Scott Calvin tries on Santa's suit, he becomes the new Santa Claus.  A bright, cheerful, inventive holiday classic.  Stars:  Tim Allen.  EXTRA FEATURES:  featurettes, a game, DVD-ROM features and more.

SANTA CLAUSE 2 - Two separate versions (Widescreen or Full-Frame), Rated G, Running Time: Approx. 104 min.****
In this whimsical sequel, Scott Calvin must marry by Christmas Eve in order to remain Santa Claus.  A very merry Christmas movie.  Stars:  Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, and Wendy Crewson.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Featurettes, gag reel, seven deleted scenes, director commentary, music video and more.

SLEEPING BEAUTY - Fullscreen and widescreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 75 min. *****
Classic fairy tale about a sleeping princess who can only be awakened by the kiss of a prince.  The last fairy tale animated feature personally supervised by Walt Disney is a beauty!  EXTRA FEATURES:  2-disc special edition includes games, music videos, a sing-along song, Disney art project, making-of documentary, award-winning short "Grand Canyon" and lots more.

SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON - Widescreen Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 126 min., ****
Shipwrecked family survives on a tropical island.  The definitive screen version of the literary classic.  Stars:  John Mills, Dorothy McGuire and James MacArthur.  EXTRA FEATURES:  On 2 discs, featurettes, audio commentaries, production archives, cartoon short "Sea Salts" and more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES:  BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIO - Running Time - Approx. 4 hours*****
A magical history of the Disney Studio through several "behind-the-scenes" films and television shows.  Includes the 1941 feature "The Reluctant Dragon".  Priceless for collectors and fans of anything Disney.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 disc set, theatrical shorts about the Studio, several TV episodes, storyboards, galleries, etc.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES:  THE COMPLETE GOOFY - Running Time - Approx. 5 hrs., 26 min. *****
A compilation of Goofy's theatrical shorts from "Goofy and Wilbur" (1939) to "Aquamania" (1961).  Hilarious!  These moments from Walt's goofiest character are indeed a rare treasure.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 disc set, featurettes, publicity stills and drawings, and much more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES:  MICKEY MOUSE IN BLACK AND WHITE - Running Time - Approx. 4 hrs., 16 min. *****
Mickey's first cartoon shorts, from "Steamboat Willie" (1928) to "Mickey's Service Station" (1935), are presented in their original black and white.  A wondrous collection that shows why Mickey is the world's most beloved character.  EXTRA FEATURES:  2 disc set, featurettes, video and poster galleries and more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 3:  THE CHRONOLOGICAL DONALD - Full frame, Unrated, Running Time:  Approx. 275 min.*****
A 2-disc compilation of 36 Donald Duck shorts from "The Wise Little Hen" in 1934 to "Chef Donald" in 1941.  This delightful set is all it's "quacked" up to be.  EXTRA FEATURES:  A tribute to Donald's voice - Clarence "Ducky" Nash, publicity stills, storyboards and art galleries and more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 3:  MICKEY MOUSE IN LIVING COLOR - Full frame, Unrated, Running Time:  Approx. 345 min.*****
A 2-disc celebration of Mickey Mouse's color cartoon shorts from "Society Dog Show" in 1939 to "The Simple Things" in 1953.  Includes his feature film appearances.  This treasure contains a wealth of material for fans of "The Mouse".  EXTRA FEATURES:  Interviews with the voices of Mickey and Minnie, Disneyland TV shows, rare Mickey Mouse Club color titles and lots more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 3:  WALT DISNEY ON THE FRONT LINES - Full frame, Unrated, Running Time:  Approx. 210 min.*****
A 2-disc set of rare and historic WWII-themed Disney productions.  Declassified military training films, animated shorts and the theatrical feature "Victory Through Air Power" are included as part of Walt's efforts on behalf of the War.  A must for all collectors that certainly takes flight.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Behind-the-scenes, poster galleries, art galleries, an uncompleted  "The Gremlins" gallery and hours more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 3:  WALT DISNEY'S TOMORROWLAND - Full frame, Unrated, Running Time:  Approx. 240 min.*****
A 2-disc exploration of the future through Walt Disney's imagination.  Includes episodes from the Disneyland TV series and the theatrical short "Eyes In Outer Space".  An out-of-this-world DVD set.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Interview with Ray Bradbury, a look at Walt's last project "EPCOT", publicity materials, futuristic production art, storyboards and more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 5:  THE CHRONOLOGICAL DONALD, VOL. 2 - Fullscreen, Not rated, Running time:  Approx. 3 hrs. 50 min.,*****
Donald Duck's cartoon shorts from 1942 - 1946.  Some of Donald's best work, including the award-winning "Der Fuehrer's Face", is thrown in. Hard to duck! EXTRA FEATURES:  Interviews, featurettes, the Disneyland TV episode "A Day In The Life Of Donald Duck" and more.

WALT DISNEY TREASURES WAVE 5:  DISNEY RARITIES, CELEBRATED SHORTS 1920s - 1960s - Original  theatrical aspect ratios, Not rated, Running time:  Approx. 5 hrs. 26 min., *****
A compilation of Walt Disney's shorts that didn't star his main characters.  Gems include his "Alice" comedies and two of my personal favorites:  "Ben And Me" and "The Brave Engineer".  Rare Indeed!!  EXTRA FEATURES:  Featurettes, commentaries, still frame galleries and much more.

WALT DISNEY'S TRUE-LIFE ADVENTURES, Vol. 1-4 - Fullscreen, (US) Not Rated, Running Times are varied.*****
The wonders of nature are captured in four 2-disc sets that feature Disney's entire true-life adventure series.  Included are such award winners as "The Living Desert", "The Vanishing Prairie" and "White Wilderness".  Also in the collection is the rare fantasy "Perri", the amazing live-action story of the life-cycle of a squirrel from the author of "Bambi", Felix Salten.  As usual, the restorations of the feature films and the shorts are remarkable.  Each set is a "must-own" for collectors.  EXTRA FEATURES:  extensive documentaries, trailers, intros by Roy E. Disney, filmmakers' journals and behind-the-scenes materials.

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT - Full Screen and Widescreen, Rated PG, Running Time:  Approx. 104 min. *****
A detective reluctantly tries to prove a toon is innocent of murder.  A breakthrough movie that's a true classic.  This two disc DVD is the best in Disney's VISTA Series.  Stars:  Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd.  EXTRA FEATURES:  featurettes, commentaries, all three Roger Rabbit theatrical shorts, and much more.

WRECK-IT RALPH - Widescreen, Rated PG, Running time: Approx. 101 min. **** Video game villain Wreck-It Ralph (the voice of John C. Reilly), on a quest to become a hero, brings havoc to the arcade in this animated adventure. See full review here.

Rog's ALL-TIME FAVORITES

FORBIDDEN PLANET -  Fullscreen and Widescreen, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 98 min., *****
A rescue mission to planet Altair-IV spells danger for the crew.  Stars:  Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen, and Anne Francis.  EXTRA FEATURES:  theatrical trailer and French and Spanish subtitles.

THE LONE RANGER -  Fullscreen and Widescreen, Not Rated, Running Time:  Approx. 87 min., *****
The Lone Ranger and Tonto try to stop an Indian war. The first big screen version of the TV series.  Stars:  Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Interviews with Dawn Moore (Clayton's daughter) and Michael Ansara, theatrical trailers, bios, photo gallery, 2 disc set.

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN - Widescreen Edition, Not Rated, Running Time:  Approx. 128 min., *****
Seven gunmen are hired to protect a Mexican village from bandits.  Stars:  Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Documentary, theatrical trailers, photo gallery, and audio commentary from James Coburn, Eli Wallach, producer Walter Mirisch and more.

THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD - Widescreen Edition, Rated G, Running Time:  Approx. 88 min., *****
Sinbad battles an evil magician and monsters to rescue his beloved princess. Stars:  Kerwin Mathews and Kathryn Grant.  EXTRA FEATURES:  Featurettes, trailers, talent files, production notes, Ray Harryhausen Chronicles, interviews and more.

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