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Dinos, Ghostbusters, Gamers on Disc

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Dinos, Ghostbusters, Gamers on Disc

One of the most successful home video franchises in history continues with today’s release of The Land Before Time: The Great Day of the Flyers. The feature hits retail along with Ghostbusters’The Animated Series Vol. 1, Captain N The Game Master’The Complete Series and Little Einsteins: The Legend of the Golden Pyramid.

The Land Before Time: The Great Day of the Flyers, the twelfth installment in the evergreen animated property, finds Petrie gearing up to fly with his family in the Day of the Flyers event. In the process, he realizes how different he is from his brothers and sisters when his features cause problems in the family’s flight formations. It will take a run-in with a new creature named Guido to make Petrie embrace his uniqueness. Meanwhile, Cera copes with the arrival of a new baby sister and the amount of attention the newborn diverts from herself.

Extras include Petrie and Guido’s Flying Game, Guido’s Sleepwalking Adventure, three sing-along songs, a “Dino-Mite Read-Along” with stills from the movie, interactive coloring pages, wallpapers and printable activities. The Universal Home Entertainment release carries a suggested retail price of $19.98.

Brentwood Home Video today released the first volume of Ghostbusters’The Animated Series, the 1986 Filmation cartoon show based on the 1975 live-action comedy series, The Ghost Busters, rather than the hit 1984 feature. In the show, Jake Kong Jr., Eddie Spencer Jr. and Tracy the ape are supernatural investigators who use a device called a dematerializer to zap ghosts and send them to another dimension.

The set contains the first 32 of 65 episodes on 6 discs. Bonus materials include creator interviews with producer Lou Scheimer, writer Robby London and directors Tom Tataranowicz and Tom Sito. There’s also a Ghostbusters anti-drug spot, a 10-minute presentation of the original promo pilot, a slideshow storyboard for the episode “Laser and Future Rock,” an image gallery including the original hero model sheets and sketches, series trivia, Easter eggs and the complete five-episode script for the Ghostbusters origin story on DVD-ROM. Also included is the fist episode of the live-action series, The Ghost Busters, starring Forrest Tucker, Larry Storch and Bob Burns as Tracy the ape. The set lists for $39.98.

The Nintendo video game universe gets the cartoon treatment in Captain N The Game Master’The Complete Series. This compilation of episodes from the 1989 Saturday morning show follows the adventures of Kevin Keene, a teenager from Northridge, Calif., who is transported to another universe known as Videoland to defeat an evil villainess known as Mother Brain (the villain from Metroid). Given the title “Captain N: The Game Master,” Kevin joins the N Team, which consists of Princess Lana (the ruler of Videoland), Simon Belmont (the hero from Castlevania), Mega Man, Kid Icarus and a giant supercomputer dubbed Gameboy. Other characters include King Hippo from Punch-Out, the Eggplant Wizard from Kid Icarus and Dr. Wily from Mega Man.

Extra features on the Captain N four-disc set include an interactive look at the Videoland concept art titled Exploring Videoland, Nintendo Power’s “Captain Nintendo” story and animated character bios. The Shout Factory release can be had for the list price of $34.98

For the tykes, Buena Vista Home Video offers Little Einsteins: The Legend of the Golden Pyramid, featuring three episodes of the educational animated TV series for preschoolers. The title includes an interactive storybook and carries the suggested retail price of $19.99.

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