From beloved classics to online humor to the final frontier, there’s plenty to satisfy the animation and VFX fan in this week’s DVD releases.
Fans of Family Guy and American Dad! will want to pick up Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy (Fox, $22.98 DVD, $24.99 Blu-ray), collecting nearly an hour’s worth of the popular online shorts.
More classic animated shorts come to DVD with the release of three new volumes in the Disney Animation Collection: The Tortoise and the Hare, Wind in the Willows and The Reluctant Dragon (Disney, $19.99 each). Each contains about an hour of classic Disney shorts from the 1930s.
The new Star Trek beamed into theaters last weekend, and now classic Star Trek movies are coming to DVD and, for the first time, to Blu-ray. The Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (Paramount, $104.99 Blu-ray) collects all six original-crew films, while Star Trek: The Motion Picture Trilogy includes Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home into one package (Paramount, $29.99 DVD, $48.99 Blu-ray).
And if that’s not enough Trek, then consider the DVD releases The Best of Star Trek (Paramount, $14.99) and The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Paramount, $14.99), each containing four episodes on two discs.
This week’s animation releases include: Bleach, Vol. 16 (Warner Bros., $24.92), Case Closed, Season 5 (FUNimation, $49.98), Curious George Goes Green! (Universal, $16.98), Speed Racer: The Next Generation ‘ Comet Run (Lionsgate, $14.98) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 7, Parts 1-4 (Lionsgate, $14.98 each).
Also out this week are the sequels S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale (MGM, $22.98 DVD, $29.99 Blu-ray) and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (Sony, $24.94 UMD, $28.96 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray).