New Releases: Alpha and Omega DVD and Blu-ray

Alpha and Omega movie sceneLionsgate saved the DVD and Blu-ray release of its animated road trip movie Alpha and Omega for Jan. 11, 2011, keeping it out of the busy holiday season and in time to be available for everyone who got gift cards for Christmas.

Set in Jasper National Park, the PG-rated family film follows the story of two wolves Kate (voiced by Heroes‘ Hayden Panettiere), who’s the Alpha daughter of the leader of the Western Pack, and Humphrey (Justin Long of Going the Distance), who’s the good-humoured Omega. Kate is forced to accept an arranged marriage with Jasper, a wolf of the Eastern Pack to unite the packs in peace, but before it can happen, she’s captured with Humphrey, who has a crush on Kate, by park rangers and sent to an Idaho park for wolf re-population. With the help of two odd geese, Humphrey helps Kate get back to Jasper, but during their adventure, they gain a deeper appreciation for each other.

The voices of Danny Glover (The Color Purple), Dennis Hopper (True Grit) and Christina Ricci (Penelope) also are in the movie. In fact, Alpha and Omega is one of the last movies Hopper worked on before he died in May.

The family film grossed $24 million, much less than other animated fare, such as Despicable Me ($244 million) and Disney’s Toy Story 3 ($414 million), but more than its reported $20 million budget.

Also unlike Despicable Me, even though Alpha and Omega was released in 3D in theaters, it wasn’t released on Blu-ray 3D.

The DVD was priced at $29.98 and Blu-ray at $39.99. The Blu-ray is a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with a downloadable digital copy.

Both versions include these special features:

  • featurettes
  • animal trivia
  • a deleted scene
  • and a Log Sliding game.

From the creator of Open Season, Alpha and Omega received the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval.

The movie also was released on video-on-demand the same day as the DVD and Blu-ray.

 

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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.