Every Monday Blu-ray Bob gazes into his crystal ball and predicts what discs will be spinning in your DVD player in the upcoming months. This week’s forecast calls for a descent down the rabbit hole followed by a journey to Mt. Olympus.
Put on your Futterwacken slippers because details about Tim Burton’s fantastical interpretation of Alice in Wonderland have finally been announced. Disney will release the box-office smash starring Johnny Depp on June 1 on DVD, Blu-ray and a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack. Both the DVD and BD will contain “Finding Alice” (a featurette about Alice’s evolution as a character), “The Mad Hatter” (a deeper look into Depp’s transformation into Alice’s unlikely ally) and “Effecting Wonderland” (a behind-the-scenes piece on the film’s extraordinary special effects). The BD adds “The Futterwacken Dance,” “The Red Queen,” “Time-Lapse: Sculpting the Red Queen,” “The White Queen,” “Scoring Wonderland,” “The Stunts of Wonderland,” “Making the Proper Size,” “Cakes of Wonderland” and “Tea Party Props.” If you need more extras then you are officially as mad as the Hatter.
The modern-day family fantasy Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief about the adventures of Poseidon’s lost demigod teenage son comes home from Mt. Olympus on June 22 on DVD and Blu-ray. The DVD has five deleted scenes, “The Book Comes to Life” and “Discover Your Powers Quiz.” The Blu-ray has those and adds five more deleted scenes, “Secrets of the Gods,” an on-set featurette, “Meet the Demigods” and “Composing for the Gods: A Conversation with Christophe Beck.”
Kim Novak fans have reason for a retrospective party on August 10 when Sony releases The Kim Novak Film Collection on DVD. The set contains five of the blonde bombshell’s films, including two DVD debuts: Jeanne Eagels and Middle of the Night. The classics Picnic, Pal Joey and Bell Book and Candle complete the set.
The Golden Globe winner and Academy Awards nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, The White Ribbon, debuts on DVD and Blu-ray on June 29. Director Michael Haneke’s drama about strange accidents occurring in a German village on the eve of World War I seems to be a barebones affair on DVD. The Blu-ray has four exclusive making-of featurettes, including an interview with the director and the presentation of the film in Cannes.
The coming-of-age drama Preacher’s Kid featuring one of those other gals (LeToya Luckett) that is not Beyoncé from Destiny’s Child comes home to DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on May 4. Both the DVD and BD of the gospel-singing flick have deleted scenes, “Music of Preacher’s Kid,” “The Prodigal Experience: Reflections on a Story,” “On Location in Atlanta” and the baselessly optimistic “LeToya Luckett: A Rising Star.”