"Shrek the Third" stomps in for the holidays on HD DVD and DVD. (This brings no joy to the Blu-ray kingdom; Paramount, as you recall, dropped Blu-ray.)
The HD DVD comes with Dolby Digital Plus Audio. The standard def discs come in widescreen (enhanced for 16x9) and in full screen (for those who must). Audio is your basic Dolby Digital 5.1.
DreamWords' video unit always treated "Shrek" like royalty. The first "Shrek" DVD was a state of the art at the time, bursting with exclusive content such as a terrific made-for-DVD musical number.
For the third DVD we have "the Donkey Dance" with comic step-by-step instructions; "Shrek's Guide to Parenthood"; "Big Green Goofs"; and Shrek and Donkey's "How to Be Green" environmental tips.
HD DVD-only interactives include "The Animators’ Corner" (storyboards); "Lost Scenes"; "The World of Shrek" guide to characters and the actors who voice them; "My Menus"; the pop-up "Shrek’s Trivia Track; and "Donkey’s Digital Coloring Book," which lets kids digitally paint scenes.
Reviews were respectful but mixed for this "Shrek" outing. But hey, who cares once the turkey's down to bones and the movie begins ...
Continuing the good olde time theme, MGM announced today The Princess Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition. The Rob Reiner comedy classic comes with "The Official Princess Bride DVD Game," which looks like a graphic novel; and a trio of new featurettes -- "Princess Bride: The Untold Tales," "The Art of Fencing" and "Fairytales and Folklore."
Another fun activity: figure out how many "Princess" DVD editions this makes. Versions for girls ("Buttercup") and boys ("Pirate") came out just last year, so this one looks like a ride-along for "Shrek 3."
The smart, fun and rousing live-action tale stars Robin Wright Penn, Cary Elwes, Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal. I'd watch it over "Shrek 3" every time. Is there a "Geezer" edition yet?