New Release: Planet 51 DVD and Blu-ray

Planet 51 movie sceneAnimated family movie Planet 51 went into orbit on DVD and Blu-ray on March 9, 2010, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The science-fiction comedy was priced at $28.96 on DVD and at $39.95 for the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.

The family adventure, which grossed $41.3 million in theaters, has a voice cast filled with recognizable names: Dwayne Johnson (Faster), Jessica Biel (The A-Team), Justin Long (Alpha and Omega), Gary Oldman (Red Riding Hood), Seann William Scott (Role Models) and John Cleese (Monty Python and the Holy Grail).

Planet 51 tells the story of a NASA astronaut (Johnson) who gets stranded on a distant planet where the residents think he’s the alien and he’s the first of an invasion.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combPlanet 51 Blu-ray boxo contain these extras:

  • “Run Rover Run!” time-based obstacle game
  • extended scenes
  • short film “The World of Planet 51
  • behind-the-scenes featurette: “Life on Planet 51
  • behind-the-scenes featurette: “Planetarium – The Voice Stars of Planet 51,” including interviews with Johnson, Biel and Long
  • music video montage
  • animation progression reels

The Blu-ray/DVD combo also has the exclusive “Target 51 Game,” a multi-level shooter in which users help astronaut Chuck get to Planet 51. It can be run with a remote control or an iPhone or iPod Touch with a downloadable app from iTunes.

Check out the movie’s trailer:


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.