In what seems like a shockingly preemptive move, Walt Disney Studios has announced Gnomeo & Juliet for 3D Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray, and DVD, and download release on May 24. The film is currently still hobbling its way through the $3 dollar movie market, but it left the large theater market only in the last few weeks. I’d suggest seeing it fast if you are still interested, because if they haven’t pulled the film already they should soon, for a quick in-home viewing turnaround.

Gnomeo & Juliet is right up the alley of anyone who likes the campy, the strange, and the over-the-top. It’s also for all kids, who lack judgment skills. In Gnomeo & Juliet, gnomes somewhat act out the plot of the old Shakespeare stand-by. Elton John’s music makes up the soundtrack and Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, and Michael Caine, among others, are responsible for the voicework.

If voicework isn’t enough to get you on board, perhaps special features will. All formats of release will include a “Crocodile Rock” video featuring Elton John and Nelly Furtado, an “Elton Builds a Garden” featurette, and a segment focused on Ashley Jensen, who voiced Nanette. If you spring for a Blu-Ray copy, you’ll get all of the deleted and alternate scenes which will come with filmmaker commentary. Additionally, there will also be “The Fawn Of Darkness” with Ozzy Osbourne.

Gnomeo & Juliet was created and produced by Touchstone Pictures and Rocket Pictures, leaving Disney to take care of the distribution end. So, if the release doesn’t seem as finessed or jam-packed with extras as most Disney endeavors, I’d assume that’s why. On the other hand, the fact Disney is distributing assumedly means we’ll get a nicer release than we would have otherwise. I may not pay the $39.99 asking price for this Blu-Ray, but I would probably catch the sale. It ain't no yard Gnomeo if it ain't half price!

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