Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: Rise of the Guardians

Digital Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D & DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $54.99
Studio: DreamWorks Animation/Paramount Home Entertainment


Rise of the GuardiansJack Frost, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy aren’t just myths in DreamWorks Animations’ Rise of the Guardians.

In the movie, the children of Earth are being attacked by the evil spirit Pitch (voiced by Jude Law, Hugo). So the immortal guardians — Jack (Chris Pine, People Like Us), Santa (Alec Baldwin, Rock of Ages), the Bunny (Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables) and the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher, Bachelorette) — join forces for the first time to protect the children and defeat Pitch.

Based on the book by William Joyce, Rise of the Guardians was directed by Peter Ramsey (Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space) with a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire (Inkheart).

Rated PG, the movie grossed $101.6 million in theaters in the U.S. and got the approval of critics, mostly. The Atlantic‘s Christopher Orr called the film, “A children’s fable reimagined as a superhero flick — a peculiar but delightful hybrid that just may be the best animated offering of the year.” However, NPR critc Stephanie Zacharek said Rise of the Guardians is “too cluttered and manic to bring real pleasure.”

All the DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D formats carry these special features:

  • “The Man Behind the Guardians”
  • “Behind the Magic”
  • “Dreamers & Believers”
  • “Sandy’s Dream Guide”
  • filmmaker’s commentary.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo and Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo also have these:

  • “Jack’s Snowball Showdown”
  • “Rock, Paper, Scirrors With Sandy.”
  • downloadable digital copy of the movie
  • instant streaming through UltraViolet.

The DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo sets also are available in packs with two wind-up hopping Easter eggs.

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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.