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Dollhouse, a sexy, suspenseful thriller starring the stunningly talented Eliza Dushku. As an “Active,” the mysterious Echo (Dushku) serves as an unwitting agent of Dollhouse, an illegal underground organization that provides its elite clientele with programmable human beings. Actives receive personality imprints, allowing them to temporarily become anyone or anything—the perfect burglar, lover, spy, or assassin. Now, with the FBI and her own shadowy past closing in, Echo must face a rogue Active who will stop at nothing to bring Dollhouse down—forever.
“Dollhouse” Season One includes intense and stunning supporting performances from Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore), Harry Lennix (State of Play, Across The Universe), Amy Acker (“Angel”), and Tahmoh Penikett (“Battlestar Galactica”). The Blu-ray and DVD includes all 12 original episodes and tons of bonus features including the never-before-seen standalone episode “Epitaph One,” the original unaired pilot “Echo,” deleted scenes and seven making-of featurettes. The Blu-ray will be available for a suggested retail price of $69.99 U.S. / $89.99 Canada and the DVD will be available for $49.98 U.S. / $69.98 Canada. Prebook is July 1.
Blu-ray Disc Specs:
The “Dollhouse” Season One Blu-ray is presented in widescreen (16×9 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. Episodes and special features included in the collection are as follows:
Continue reading BLU-RAY NEWS: Dollhouse Season One comes to Blu-ray and DVD.
It’s not often that an original creation for the internet crushes servers and becomes a worldwide sensation. Of course, when such a project involves Joss Whedon, all bets are off – and when that project turns out to be the brilliant Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, well, you just have to sit up and take notice.
The story – Billy, a.k.a. Dr. Horrible [Neil Patrick Harris], wants to win the heart of Penny [Felicia Day] and join the Evil League of Evil, but the conceited superhero, Captain Hammer [Nathan Fillion] keeps getting in way… on both fronts – is simple, twisted and thoroughly entertaining. It may take a dark turn, but Whedon has been subverting people’s expectations ever since Brain-Dead Poets Society, the episode of Roseanne in which ultra-jock Darlene had to read a poem she’d written – in public! So, the thing is, nobody should have been surprised.
Continue reading DVD REVIEW: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog; 42 Minutes Seen Round the World!
Reports from ew.com, The Hollywood Reporter and The Los Angeles Times are stating that Fran Kuzui [director of the cult fave film] and husband Kaz Kazui are looking to produce a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. Word is that they want to do a darker version in keeping with the times. At this time, there is no indication that project would Buffy creator, Joss Whedon in any way [ew.com’s Michael Ausiello quotes Whedon as saying, “I hope it’s cool,” when asked his feelings on the matter].
The Kazuis have held the rights to the character ever since the movie – and received executive producer credits for the TV series, which they produced with Gail Berman and Sandollar Television, bringing Whedon back to the character. They also received executive producer credits on the Buffy spin-off series, Angel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment are working with original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, on what is being labeled a remake or relaunch, but not a sequel or prequel.
The news of the potential Buffy relaunch has already touched a flood of criticism. A poll on the ew.com site sits as follows [as of a few minutes ago]:
How do you feel about a big-screen ‘Buffy’ that doesn’t involve Joss Whedon?
65% – When and where is the riot occurring?
33% – They can make it, but it will never exist to me.
2% – Great! Can’t wait to see it!
Airlock Alpha [the former SyFy Portal] is reporting that news of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse’s pick-up for a thirteen episode second season is being reported by trade publication TV Week’s columnist, Josef Adalian [try saying that three times fast!].
According to Adalian, “Many media types had written off the show for dead, since its ratings on Friday have been … suboptimal. And yet, insiders at the network have been cautioning for weeks that the show shouldn’t be cut out.” This coming well after an April 5th Airlock Alpha story headlined “Fox Leaning Toward Dollhouse Renewal”
The Airlock Alpha story said, among other things, “The move seems to be an easy one for Fox. While the audience hasn’t been as large as expected, it has instead remained stable. Other factors in favor of the show continuing is that it’s not as expensive as other Fox shows. Much of its upfront costs, including the construction of the elaborate set that is the dollhouse itself, were covered by funds that normally would’ve paid for a pilot (no pilot was made for ‘Dollhouse’). Also, while [Joss] Whedon’s Mutant Enemy Productions and star Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions are tied to the series, 20th Century Fox Television is still the primary production company involved, which means its licensing fee is not as steep as it would be if the show was produced by another studio.”
Apparently, Fox is willing to give the series an order for the back nine if ratings improve significantly. The move, which Adalian’s blog entry apparently described as the “nearly official word from Fox,” is at least partially the result of the way the show’s critical response improved – even as it’s audience dropped off. It remains to be seen if Fox will move Dollhouse from its current Friday night timeslot [Airlock Alpha’s sources seem to be pretty certain that such would be the case] but at least it’s coming back.
Fans of Joss Whedon’s latest mind-blowing television series, Dollhouse, are in for a treat when they purchase the first season DVD/Blu-ray set. While all Whedonites are aware that there is a thirteenth episode, Epitaph One, made for broadcast in Europe and inclusion on the DVD set, 20th century Fox is also including the original, unaired pilot, Echo, in the site.
The set will also include three commentaries [though not on the unaired pilot] plus five featurettes. Series synopsis and complete list follow:
Continue reading DVD NEWS: Dollhouse Set Includes Two Unaired Episodes!
I love Joss Whedon and I loved the Serenity movie. But for some reason, I could never get into the Firefly TV Series. The pilot episode puts me to sleep every time I’ve tried to watch it. Maybe if I watch it Hi-Def, that’ll make the difference. Fox Home Video is bringing the complete series to Blu-ray this fall. Set 500 years into the future, in the wake of a universal civil war, “Firefly” centers on the crew of Serenity, a small transport spaceship that does not have a planet to call home. Captain Malcom “Mal” Reynolds, a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian governed Alliance, will undertake any job – legal or not – to stay afloat and keep his crew fed.
Continue reading BLU-RAY NEWS: Firefly comes to Blu-ray this fall.
Joss Whedon’s final issue on Runaways is here! Runaways #30, the final issue in Whedon’s and superstar artist Michael Ryan’s time traveling epic ties everything up and wraps it in an antique bow. With our heroes trapped in 1907, they continue to try and find a way back to the future they belong in. But once a super-powered war breaks out on the streets of New York, it makes finding a solution that much harder. This is the arc has everyone talking and raving about Runaways! Matthew J. Brady of Comicsbulletin.com says “It’s all rather eventful, and Whedon makes it enjoyable, delivering the trademark Runaways dialogue that Brian K. Vaughan established” and Daniel Crown of IGN.com states “Rough, yet strangely endearing. And most importantly, at least to me, it feels definitively different from the current Marvel Universe, serving its purpose as a nice break from the status quo.” This series has been a smash hit from the beginning of Whedon’s run right up to the very end. Will our heroes find their way back and will someone else be joining them? Find out in Whedon’s monumental conclusion Runaways #30. You can see a preview of the issue after the jump.
Continue reading MARVEL COMICS NEWS: Whedon’s final issue of Runaways is here.
A few months ago Josh Whedon launched a new Buffy The Vampire Slayer comic book that has become the official season eight for the television show. I’ve been reading it every time I go to Borders and so far it’s, eh. Not great, not bad, it’s just there. But it has been successful for Dark Horse, now the folks at IDW who owns the rights to Angel has announced a new official season of Angel in Comic Book form. Read the entire news release below. Continue reading Angel Season 6 is coming?