‘The Illusionist’ Casts Its Spell on DVD

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Sylvain Chomet’s highly acclaimed and Oscar-nominated 2D feature The Illusionist arrives on DVD and Blu-ray today. The beautifully drawn movie, which is based on a screenplay by French comic legend Jacques Tati, centers on the friendship between a traveling magician and a young maid he meets at a small motel during the 1960s. The Sony Pictures Classics pick-up was released in U.S. theaters last December. The 2-disc release also includes commentary by Chomet, who also wrote and directed the popular Triplets of Belleville, and a doc about how he and his team made the feature at Django Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Sony, $38.96)

Here’s the film’s trailer:

A very famous pooch and his crime-solving buddies are back in Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated: Season 1, Vol. 2, which also arrives on DVD today. The new take on the classic Hanna-Barbera toon has been quite well-received since it debut on Cartoon Network last year. Featuring the voices of Matthew Lillard, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle and Frank Welker as Shaggy, Velma, Daphne and Frank, and Gary Cole, Patrick Warburton, Lewis Black and Vivica Fox in supporting roles, this fun reboot is certainly worth checking out. Vol 2 contains episodes 5, 6, 7 and 8. (Warner Bros, $14.98)

Here’s a sample:

Among the other new titles up for grabs this week are:

The Archies

Bravestarr: The Complete Series

Chloe’s Closet: Meet Chloe

Sabrina The Teenage Witch: 10 Animated Episode

Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Galactic Battles Vol. 3 and 4.

  • http://www.outhousecartoons.com Big D

    Does anybody know if this will be released just as DVD. I’m only finding info on DVD/Bluray combo pack. I’d love to buy this but I don’t have a bluray player so the combo seems like a waste of money. And quite frankly if I did have a bluray player I wouldn’t really want the DVD either so it’s a pretty restrictive release if that’s all their making available.

    • http://www.animationmagazine.net Ramin Zahed

      Hi Dylan!
      Unfortunately, at this time, the DVD/Blu-ray package is the only option available to fans. We’ll let you know if we hear about a separate DVD release in the near future.