First Part of Animated ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’ Arrives June 22

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment June 22 will release Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One on Blu-ray Disc and via digital purchase.

The newest entry in the DC Universe animated movie franchise is based on the 1996-97 comic book storyline that takes place early in Batman’s vigilante career, as the young crimefighter forms a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen, police Capt. James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, to take down organized crime in Gotham City, only to be tested by a serial killer who murders his victims on holidays throughout the year.

The voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as Jim Gordon, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Jack Quaid as Alberto, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri as Sal Maroni, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, and the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman in one of her final performances, recorded before her death in 2020.

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The adaptation will be broken into two parts, with the second half released at a later date. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation of Batman: The Long Halloween will arrive in 2022 with both parts combined into a longer film.

The Part One Blu-ray and digital edition (through participating retailers) will also include the DC Showcase animated short film The Losers, about a rag-tag team of World War II outcasts who find themselves marooned on an uncharted island in the South Pacific that is completely overrun with dinosaurs.

Other extras include a preview of Part Two, and two episodes of “Batman: The Animated Series” — “Christmas With the Joker” and “It’s Never Too Late.”

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The film is rated ‘PG-13’ for violence, bloody images, language and some smoking.

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One will available through Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles, starting July 6.

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Available Digitally Feb. 9, on Disc Feb. 23

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Croods: A New Age through digital retailers Feb. 9, followed by a Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc release Feb. 23.

The DreamWorks Animation film, a sequel to 2013’s The Croods, finds the first prehistoric family facing a new challenge when they encounter a walled-in paradise created by the sophisticated Betterman family. As they try to coexist, the differences between the two families escalate into a full-blown feud, until a new threat forces them to work together.

The voice cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Peter Dinklage, Kelly Marie Tran and Leslie Mann.

The film earned $43.9 million at the domestic box office.

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The disc and digital versions (depending on retailer) will include the exclusive short films Dear Diary: World’s First Pranks and Family Movie Night: Little Red Bronana Bread.

Other bonus materials include filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes:

  • “The Croods’ Family Album” — A look at the actors who voice the Croods and Bettermans;
  • “The Evolution Of …” — A discussion about growing the franchise with the cast and filmmakers;
  • “How to Draw: Caveman Style” — a DreamWorks illustrator demonstrates how to draw one of the characters;
  • “Famileaf Album” — Fans can learn to create their own unique family album using real leaves or green construction paper for pages, and string (or dental floss) to hold it all together;
  • “Stone Age Attack” — A three-part featurette highlighting recipes that kids and parents can make together.

 

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Shout! Kids Releasing Animated ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Great Escape’ March 23, 2021

Shout! Factory will release the animated movie Sherlock Holmes and the Great Escape on DVD and digital platforms March 23, 2021, through its Shout! Kids imprint.

The movie presents all the characters as animals, with Holmes as a dog and Watson as a cat.

In the late 19th century, Mack, a heroic outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor, was loved and respected by the people. When the world’s greatest dog-tective, Sherlock Holmes, assisted in catching Mack, the people were angry with him for arresting their hero. But four years later, Mack has escaped from prison. While Sherlock is on the case to recapture Mack, he discovers the heartbreaking reason behind the outlaw’s escape, and decides to let him fulfill his final wish before Mack’s voluntary surrender to the police. However, everyone’s plans change when Mack’s daughter is kidnapped. Sherlock must employ all his wits if he is to rescue Mack’s daughter and save the day.

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‘Scooby-Doo’ Goes Medieval in New Movie

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the new animated movie Scooby-Doo! — The Sword and the Scoob on DVD and through digital retailers Feb. 23, 2021.

The latest direct-to-video “Scooby-Doo!” adventure finds the Mystery Inc. gang transported to Camelot during the Middle Ages, where they meet King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. When an evil sorceress tries to seize power, King Arthur turns to the super-sleuth team for help to save his throne.

Voices include Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers and Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley. The film also features Jason Isaacs as King Arthur Pendragon and Nick Frost as Merlin.

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Animated Movie ‘Batman: Soul of the Dragon’ Arriving on Blu-ray and Digital in January

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Batman: Soul of the Dragon through digital sellthrough Jan. 12, and on Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Jan. 26.

The Elseworlds tale is set in the 1970s and finds Bruce Wayne in martial arts training alongside other students under a master sensei must confront a deadly menace. Batman, joins forces with Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva, and their mentor O-Sensei, to battle the monsters of this world and beyond.

The primary voice cast includes David Giuntoli as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Mark Dacascos as Richard Dragon, Kelly Hu as Lady Shiva, James Hong as O-Sensei, and Michael Jai White as Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger, reprising his live-action role from “Arrow.” The cast also includes Josh Keaton, Grey Griffin, Chris Cox, Erica Luttrell, Robin Atkin Downes, Patrick Seitz, Jamie Chung and Eric Bauza.

The 41st entry in the DC Universe series of animated superhero movies, Batman: Soul of the Dragon is rated ‘R’ for some violence. The film is produced by animation veteran Bruce Timm and is dedicated to longtime DC writer Dennis O’Neil, who co-created the characters Richard Dragon, O-Sensei, Bronze Tiger and Lady Shiva. O’Neil passed away June 11, 2020.

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The Blu-ray combo pack will include the film on a high-definition disc and a digital copy. The 4K combo pack includes the film on 4K with HDR and regular Blu-ray discs, and a digital copy.

Extras include:

  • “Batman: Raw Groove” — a featurette that looks at how martial arts cinema of the 1970s influenced Batman: Soul of the Dragon.
  • “Producer Jim Krieg’s Far Out Highlights” — a supercut of one of Krieg’s funniest in-character appearances.
  • A sneak peek at the next DC Universe movie, Justice Society: World War II, plus featurettes about earlier Elseworlds movies Superman: Red Son and Batman: Gotham By Gaslight.
  • From the DC Vault: “Batman: The Animated Series” episodes “Day of the Samurai” and “Night of the Ninja.”

 

‘Bobbleheads: The Movie’ Bouncing to DVD and Digital Dec. 8

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release the animated Bobbleheads: The Movie on DVD and through digital retailers Dec. 8.

The new film from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the studio’s production arm, in conjunction with Threshold Entertainment, Microsoft and NVIDIA, is based on the popular collectible figurine that features a bobbing head.

The voice cast includes Jennifer Coolidge, Luke Wilson, Khary Peyton, Brenda Song, Karen Fukuhara, Julian Sands and Cher. In the film, misfit bobbleheads take on trashy humans and a slobbery dog who crash their home with plans to swap a new baseball player bobblehead for a valuable one of them. With some guidance from Bobblehead Cher, they find the courage to bobble-up for an outrageous battle of wits and wobble.

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The CG animation was created with NVIDIA GPUs on Azure Cloud, a state-of-the-art platform that allows for improved 3D-rendering and worldwide collaboration.

A soundtrack featuring songs by Greg O’Connor and music supervised by Michael Lloyd will be available digitally Dec. 4 from Back Lot Music.

Bobbleheads: The Movie will also be released on Netflix at a later date.

Warner Slates Animated ‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’ Movie

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Superman: Man of Tomorrow through digital retailers Aug. 23, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Sept. 8.

The latest entry in the DC Universe movie line from Warner Bros. Animation deals with young Daily Planet intern Clark Kent (Darren Criss) in his early days as Superman, as Metropolis is introduced to a new age of heroes. As the budding hero fights for good, he confronts the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo (Ryan Hurst) and the power-hungry alien Parasite (Brett Dalton).

The cast also includes Zachary Quinto as Lex Luthor, Alexandra Daddario as Lois Lane, Ike Amadi as Martian Manhunter, Piotr Michael as Perry White, Neil Flynn as Jonathan Kent and Bellamy Young as Martha Kent, plus Cristina Milizia, Eugene Byrd, April Stewart, Cissy Jones and David Chen.

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Blu-ray and digital extras include the featurettes “Lobo: Natural Force of Chaos” and “Martian Manhunter: Lost and Found,” the “Superman: The Animated Series” episodes “The Main Man” parts one and two, and previews of other DC Universe animated movies.

Animated Movie Based on DC Comics’ ‘Deathstroke’ Coming in August

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons through digital retailers Aug. 4, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 18.

The film offers a new take on the DC Comics character Deathstroke, a mercenary and master assassin named Slade Wilson. The film finds him living two lives, one as a relentless killer, the other as a dedicated family man. When his worlds are forced together by the terror group known as H.I.V.E., the killer in Slade must fight to save his loved ones.

The voice cast includes Michael Chiklis as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, Sasha Alexander as Wilson’s wife, Chris Jai Alex as The Jackal, Faye Mata as Jade/H.I.V.E Queen, Griffin Puatu as Joseph/Jericho, Imari Williams as President Nichols, Asher Bishop as Young Joseph, Colin Salmon as William Wintergreen, Delbert Hunt as Bronze Tiger, Panta Mosleh as Lady Shiva, Noshir Dalal as Kapoor, Castulo Guerra as General Suarez, and Minae Noji as the Secretary of State.

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The latest entry in the DC Animated Movies line was produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Blue Ribbon Content, Warner’s specialty arm for digital platform programming. Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons was originally presented as a series of animated shorts that appeared on CW Seed. The movie version includes 50 minutes of never-before-seen footage, including the climax.

The Blu-ray combo pack will include a digital copy and the featurette “Deathstroke: One-Man Death Machine.” Bonus material is also offered with the digital edition through select retailers.

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‘Scoob!’ Arrives on Disc July 21

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the animated movie Scoob! on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 21. The film is already available through digital retailers.

The film recounts the meeting of Scooby-Doo and his best pal Shaggy, and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form Mystery Inc. Now, after hundreds of adventures, Scooby and the gang encounter the larger world of the Hanna-Barbera universe, teaming with Blue Falcon and Dynomutt to stop Dick Dasterdly from unleashing the legendary ghost dog Cerberus upon the world.

The voice cast includes Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell and Frank Welker.

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Scoob! was set to be the first “Scooby-Doo!” animated feature film released theatrically May 15, but with the coronavirus pandemic shutting down theaters it was instead released through premium VOD and digital sellthrough.

The discs will include a digital copy and bonus materials previously released with the digital version. The DVD and Blu-ray versions will include a “How to Draw Scooby-Doo” featurette. The Blu-ray editions will also include bloopers, deleted scenes, and the featurettes “New Friends, Newer Villains” and “Puppies!!”

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The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Scoob! will feature HDR10+, HDR technology that optimizes brightness levels and contrast for each scene, making bright areas brighter and dark areas darker to deliver a lifelike viewing experience.

Scoob!

DIGITAL REVIEW:

Warner;
Animated;
$19.99 VOD, $24.99 EST;
Rated ‘PG’ for some action, language and rude/suggestive humor.
Voices of Will Forte, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Frank Welker, Iain Armitage, Mckenna Grace, Simon Cowell.

In upscaling “Scooby-Doo!” for what would have been the long-running franchise’s first big-screen outing, the filmmakers behind Scoob! have sent the Mystery Inc. gang far beyond the trappings of their typical adventures.

Instead of a mere ghost story to unravel, the team finds itself entangled in an Indiana Jones-style globetrotting adventure that involves unlocking the gates of hell to uncover vast treasures left behind by Alexander the Great. Along the way they encounter enough characters from other classic cartoons to make this seem less like a “Scooby-Doo!” movie and more like phase one of a Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe.

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It begins simply enough, with a flashback of young Shaggy meeting his talking-dog pal Scooby for the first time — and the pair in turn joining forces with the junior versions of Fred, Daphne and Velma to conquer a haunted house on Halloween. Cut to the present, and the fully fledged mystery-solving team we all know and love is looking for their next case. The client turns out to be none other than Simon Cowell, voicing himself in the grand tradition of the Scooby celebrity crossover, though things hit a snag when he questions the value of Shaggy and Scoob to the team, causing the pair to sulk off.

Once on their own, the pair are attacked by an army of robots and rescued by famed HB superheroes Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, who reveal the villain is none other than Dick Dastardly of HB’s “Wacky Races” fame.

Since Scooby is descended from the trusted dog of Alexander, Dasterdly needs his DNA to unlock the gates, and kidnaps the rest of Mystery Inc. to set a trap. But to unveil the gates, he must retrieve the three skulls of the guardian Cerberus from their hiding spots around the world.

The bizarre story beats, while putting a spin on timeless Scooby tropes, offer an excuse for some wild, colorful animation, as the classic characters are modernized through CGI, while Dasterdly and his army of diminutive robots are no doubt meant to evoke the flavor of Gru and the Minions from Despicable Me. It’s a splashy distraction for the little ones that delivers a warm message about friendship as it brings a touch of nostalgia for older viewers.

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The home video presentation offers 20 minutes of deleted sequences (featuring even more Hanna-Barbera characters) with introductions by director Tony Cervone.

Additional extras include a 10-minute “How to Draw Scooby-Doo” instructional video with Cervone, a four-minute voice-cast blooper reel and a one-minute promotional video in which the cast plays with puppies.

Apple TV offers a six-minute “New Friends, Newer Villains” featurette about all the Hanna-Barbera characters in the film. Vudu has an additional one-minute “Welcome Aboard the Falcon Fury” video, which is just a clip from the film.