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DVD Central November 2008


The Perfect Holiday, This Christmas, Hellboy II, and Star Wars: Clone Wars are among this week's releases

by Wilson Morales

November 10, 2008

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (3 Disc Special Edition)
Actors: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Luke Goss, Thomas Kretschmann, Doug Jones, Anna Walton, Brian Steele, Roy Dotrice, John Hurt
• Directors: Guillermo del Toro
• Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
• Language: English
• Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
• Number of discs: 3
• Rating: PG-13
• Studio: Universal Studios
• DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
• Run Time: 120 minutes

Synopsis: With a signature blend of action, humor and character-based spectacle, the saga of the world's toughest, kitten-loving hero from Hell continues to unfold in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." Bigger muscle, badder weapons and more ungodly villains arrive in an epic vision of imagination from Oscar®-nominated director Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy"). After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it's up to the planet's toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it's time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman).
Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development--pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann--the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who's accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.

Sukiyaki Western Django
• Actors: Kaori Momoi, Koichi Sato, Quentin Tarantino, Takaaki Ishibashi, Teruyuki Kagawa
• Directors: Takashi Miike
• Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
• Language: English
• Subtitles: Spanish
• Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
• Number of discs: 1
• Rating: R
• Studio: First Look Pictures
• DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
• Run Time: 98 minutes
Synopsis: Set a few hundred years after the Genpei War, the Minamoto and Taira gangs face off in a town named Yuta, while a deadly gunman comes to the aid of the townsfolk.

Kung Fu Panda Two - Pack (Kung Fu Panda Widescreen Edition + Secrets of the Furious Five)
• Actors: Kung Fu Panda, Secrets of the Furious Five
• Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
• Language: English
• Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
• Number of discs: 2
• Rating: PG
• Studio: Dreamworks Animated
• DVD Release Date: November 8, 2008
• Run Time: 112 minutes
Synopsis: "Kung Fu Panda" features Jack Black as Po the Panda, a lowly waiter in a noodle restaurant, who is a kung fu fanatic but whose shape doesn't exactly lend itself to kung fu fighting. In fact, Po's defining characteristic appears to be that he is the laziest of all the animals in ancient China. That's a problem because powerful enemies are at the gates, and all hopes have been pinned on a prophesy naming Po as the "Chosen One" to save the day. A group of martial arts masters are going to need a black belt in patience if they are going to turn this slacker panda into a kung fu fighter before it's too late.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
• Actors: Matt Lanter, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker, Christopher Lee
• Directors: Dave Filoni
• Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
• Language: English
• Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
• Number of discs: 1
• Rating: PG
• Studio: Warner Home Video
• DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
• Run Time: 98 minutes
Synopsis: On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains – led by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous – are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the "Star Wars" universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations that fill "Star Wars: The Clone Wars." Produced by Lucasfilm Animation, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" takes audiences on incredible new "Star Wars" adventures, combining the legendary storytelling of Lucasfilm with an eye-popping, signature animation style.

The Perfect Holiday

• Cast: Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah, Charlie Murphy, Terrence Howard, Faizon Love, Rachel True, Katt Williams, Jill Marie Jones, Malik Hammond, Khail Bryant, & Jeremy Gumbs
• Director: Lance Rivera
• Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
• Language: English
• Rating:
• DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
• Run Time: 96 minutes

Synopsis: THE PERFECT HOLIDAY is a heart-warming holiday story of Nancy (played by Gabrielle Union - "Daddy's Little Girl" & “Bring it On”), a loving single mother of three who falls for Benjamin (Morris Chestnut – “Best Man", “Like Mike” & “Breakin’ All the Rules”), a talented but struggling songwriter who is working part-time as a mall Santa. Conflicts arise when her oldest son, 10 year old John-John, convinces his younger brother and sister to join him in mischievous plots and schemes against their mother’s new boyfriend in the hopes that she will reunite with his hero - their rap-mogul father J-Jizzy (Charlie Murphy). Being narrated by Queen Latifah in a magical role of “Mother Christmas” opposite Terrence Howard, who plays a hard-to-dislike Scrooge-ish character named “Bah-Humbug”, THE PERFECT HOLIDAYsuccessfully brings together all the elements that will make this a Holiday Classic


This Christmas
• Cast: Delroy Lindo, Loretta Devine, Regina King, Idris Elba, Sharon Lea, Mekhi Phifer, Columbus Short, Chris Brown, Laz Alonzo, Lauren London, Keith Washington, David Banner, Ricky Harris, Jessica Stroup
• Directors: Preston A. Whitmore, II
• Format: Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
• Language: English, French
• Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
• Number of discs: 1
• Rating:
• Studio: Sony Pictures
• DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
• Run Time: 119 minutes

Synopsis: This year Christmas with the Whitfields promises to be one they will never forget. All the siblings have come home for the first time in years and they've brought plenty of baggage with them. As the Christmas tree is trimmed and the lights are hung, secrets are revealed and family bonds are tested. As their lives converge, they join together and help each other discover the true meaning of family.e elements that will make this a Holiday Classic



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