Stitch! The Movie Lands On Shelves

Last summer, an outrageous, Elvis-loving, little blue alien invaded theaters and the hearts of moviegoers everywhere. Today he’s back, and rather than world domination, he’s got his sights set on ruling the video charts as Stitch! The Movie debuts on DVD and VHS.

Fans of the hit movie Lilo & Stitch can follow the further adventures of Experiment 626 and his young Hawaiian pal as they set out to find the other 625 alien experiments and rescue them from the clutches of the evil captain Gantu.

Most of the original voice cast is back for this direct-to-video follow-up. Daveigh Chase (Spirited Away, The Ring) reprises the role of Lilo and Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World, TV’s Relic Hunter) is back as older sister Nani. Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, Mission: Impossible) goes another round as tough but tender social worker Cobra Bubbles, David Ogden Stiers (Beauty and the Beast) returns as wacky alien scientist Jumba, and Kevin McDonald (That ’70s Show) again lends his voice to hapless alien Pleakley. Lilo & Stitch co-writer/director Chris Sanders is also back as the voice of the irrepressible Stitch.

Special features include Stitch’s Menu Fun, in which he guides you through his islands as only he can; Dr. Hamsterviel’s Trivia Challenge for Trivial Earthlings; Dr. Jumba’s Experiment Finder Game, an Experiment Gallery; and a music video for the song “Aloha, E Komo Mai,” performed by pop sensation Jump 5.

Unlike its PG-rated big-screen predecessor, Stitch! The Movie carries a G rating and runs approximately 64 minutes. The Buena Vista Home Entertainment release retails for $29.99 DVD and $22.99 VHS.

Also hitting DVD today is a special edition treatment of the 1981 horror classic The Howling. Missing from the special features list is the interview with late great stop-motion animator David Allen, which appeared on the laserdisc version of the film. However, a few of Allen’s deleted werewolf animation shots do appear in the new making-of featurette ‘Unleashing the Beast,’ which also includes an old interview with special effects wizard Rob Bottin (The Thing).

The new disc comes loaded with other extras, including a featurette titled ‘Making a Monster Movie: Inside The Howling‘ and commentary by Director Joe Dante and stars Dee Wallace Stone, Robert Picardo and the late Christopher Stone. The MGM/UA Video release carries a suggested retail price of $19.98.