REVIEW – Delivery Man Blu-ray

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Delivery Man Blu-ray

Delivery Man

  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00HSM7HB8

SYNOPSIS – In this heartwarming comedy, underachiever David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) learns he’s actually an overachiever — he’s fathered 533 children via donations made twenty years earlier! David soon discovers that the shock of his life might just be the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Along the way he discovers not only his true self, but also the father he could become. Also starring Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders — and complete with bonus materials, it’s a feel-good movie that really delivers.

BONUS FEATURES

  • Building Family — Explore The Challenges And Fun Of Creating This Modern Family, And Learn How The 142 Young Actors Cast As Biological Siblings Bonded Both During And After Production
  • Vince Vaughn: Off The Cuff
  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scene

So last night I asked the husband if he wanted to watch a movie with me. He gave his standard answer. “What movie?”. I replied “The new Vince Vaughn movie.” he mumbled something about him knowing Vince Vaughn was funny so sure he’d watch. I specifically didn’t mention to him that this movie had a lot of heart, which I knew because I visited the set while it was being filmed and interviewed some of the cast. Jad I told him that he probably wouldn’t have watched. And so we watched.

Delivery Man is the story of David Woziak, a thirty something guy who works as a delivery man for his family’s meat business. He’s in debt to some bad people and he’s a screw up. His girlfriend, a police officer, has just discovered she is pregnant, and she is very apprehensive that David will be a responsible father. He discovers that he is the biological father of 533 children. This happened because when he was in his early 20s he was a sperm donor, and the fertility clinic considered his samples highly desirable so they gave their clients nothing but his sperm for a year. A large number of the children want to know who their biological father is. David does not want his identity known, when he made the donations he had used the nickname Starbuck. Nevertheless, David is interested in knowing more about his children.

Picking out a few from background files the fertility clinic’s lawyer gave him, he follows them and learns a little about them. There’s a drug addict, a musician, a lifeguard, a basketball player and many, many more. His children are of all nationalities and races, and have many different physical qualities and levels of intelligence. There is even one young man who is in a wheelchair and unable to communicate. As David gets to know his children, David’s girlfriend gets to know David’s family. We learn what he did with all of the money he got from making his donations, and that tells us a lot about who David really is, even though he doesn’t show it.

David mentions to one of the children that even if they don’t find out who their father is they will have found each other. That strikes a chord with the children, who organize a big meetup day. David attends (noone knows who he is yet except one of the children) and really enjoys spending the day with all of them. The case is decided in his favor and Starbucks anonymity is to be preserved. But will the children find out David is their father? I can’t tell you that! There are no spoilers here! You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

I recommend this movie highly. It’s got a lot of funny moments, and a lot of just “warm and fuzzy nice” moments that will touch your heart. While this PG-13 movie is all about family – having it, wanting it, understand the importance of it – young children will likely not understand the subject material.

Here are some clips.

“Yo No Soy David Wozniak”

“Do You Have a Stroller for 533 Children?”

“Reactivate My License”

“I Don’t Have Mental Problems”

“Father On Probation”

Bonus Clip: Deleted Scene

What advice would you give to first time parents? I’d love to know, please leave me a comment!

Blu-Ray Review And Inside Look At Disney The Pirate Fairy #PirateFairy

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Disney The Pirate Fairy Blu-ray

The Pirate Fairy

  • Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: April 1, 2014
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00H5RYN5Y

SYNOPSIS – From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, “The Pirate Fairy” sets sail April 1, 2014.

Disney The Pirate Fairy Nyc Luncheon

A little over a week ago I had the good fortune to be able to go into New York City to have lunch and participate in a roundtable discussion with Disney The Pirate Fairy producer Jennifer Magee-Cook. Since most, if not all, of us had seen the movie, it was a treat to be able to get some quality one on one time with one of the women behind the movie.

The most commonly asked questions all had to do with the actual making of the movie. They worked long and hard in group meetings to decide what the storyline would be. They made extensive use of the Disney Animation Library to envision both the forward and backward stories, as well as locations and character appearance. The feeling behind this, and other Disney projects, is that the “world” of the movie is very important. Folks involved with the movie had to learn about the topics it involved in order to have sufficient knowledge to put together a solid story.

Disney The Pirate Fairy Nyc Luncheon

Pirate scenes in this movie were obviously key. A pirate expert was hired. The crew visited a pirate ship in order to make sure pirate scenes were as authentic as possible. The biggest challenge with the scenes with pirates and on the pirate ship was scale. Keeping 6 inch fairies in proper scale to life size real men was a challenge. To meet the challenge, they relied on 3D camera images shot with a 3D camera while visiting the pirate ship.

We touched on the subject of the cast. For example, we learned that actor Tom Hiddleston was very passionate about this project. In order to bring some of Hiddleston’s character to the character of James (later known as Captain Hook), the crew relied on voice recordings and live reference recordings. Hiddleston was very animated when recording. The crew was able to transer some of that to the character of James by watching the live reference recordings so they could observe and use some of Hiddleston’s movements for the James character.

Here’s a clip of Tom Hiddleston recording one of the songs where you can see what I’m referring to.

We learned that a lot of thought went into the fashion of the movie. In Pixie Hollow everything is organic. By leaving Pixie Hollow, Zarina became the first fairy whose costume included man-made materials. Disney worked with designer Christian Siriano to get just the right look.

Disney The Pirate Fairy Nyc Luncheon

The other big topic we discussed was animation. For example, Crocky is a young Tic Toc Croc. They knew that they wanted to connect Crocky with the original Tic Toc Croc we all know from Peter Pan, but they wanted him to be cute. Crocky was intentionally designed to move like a baby waddling in a diaper. In the end they kept the teeth of the original Croc and altered everything else.

Disney The Pirate Fairy Nyc Luncheon

By the way. Ever wonder how Tic Toc Croc got that clock inside hi? Here’s how.

I really enjoyed hearing about all of the time, work and energy that went into Disney The Pirate Fairy. I also really enjoyed watching the movie. This is the fifth installment in the Disney Fairies movies collection. It’s a lot of fun. It’s very different from the others in that it introduces the fairies to the pirates, something we know happened because let’s face it, we’ve all seen Peter Pan. Also by involving the pirates not only do we get our conflict of good vs bad, but we also get characters that both girls and boys will enjoy. The color, cast and animation are all spectacular. The positive messages of accepting your mistakes, being a good friend and forgiving are all subtle and well-delivered. This movie is a must have for all Disney fans both young and old.

If you click the picture below you’ll be taken to a neat Pirate Fairy and Peter Pan Infographic.

Pirate Fairy and Peter Pan Infographic

Have you seen The Pirate Fairy? Who was your favorite fairy or character? if you haven’t seen it yet, are you planning on seeing it? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

REVIEW – Disney Saving Mr Banks Blu-ray

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Disney Saving Mr Banks Blu-ray

Saving Mr. Banks

  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00HT944D4

SYNOPSIS – Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, the set Mary Poppins free.

Featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Paul Giamatti (Sideways), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), Bradley Whitford (TV’s The West Wing), Annie Rose Buckley (TV’s Home and Away), Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger), B.J. Novak (TV’s The Office), Rachel Griffiths (TV’s Brothers & Sisters) and Kathy Baker (Edward Scissorhands), Saving Mr. Banks was directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie), produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Troy Lum and Christine Langan.

BONUS FEATURES
Digital HD bonus offerings vary by digital retailer
• The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Join Director John Lee Hancock on a tour of the Disney Studios lot, reflect on studio life during the making of Mary Poppins, and discover how Walt’s creative spirit still flourishes today.
• Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – Cast and crew sing break out in a rousing, heartfelt tribute to Composer Richard Sherman on the last day of filming.
• Deleted Scenes
➢ Stargaze (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – A picture on Walt’s desk leads to a flashback of Pamela’s childhood.
➢ Nanny Song (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD) – The Sherman Brothers perform a song for Pamela that she is less than thrilled with.
➢ Pam Leaves (Blu-ray & Digital HD) – After yet another disagreement with Walt, Pamela leaves his office and heads for the airport.

I didn’t really know what I’d think of this movie. I adore Disney’s animated movies. But this clearly isn’t one of those. This is a drama. This is the story behind a story. This is how the movie Mary Poppins got made. Saving Mr Banks is the tru story of how Walt Disney convinced the creator of Mary Poppins, author PL Travers, to let him make a movie featuring Mary Poppins.Travers is very attached to the Mary Poppins characer, who was created twenty some years before in one of her books. She is in such bad financial shape that after twenty years of being asked, she finally has to seriously consider Walt Disney’s proposal to turn Mary Poppins into a movie. The movie moves back and forth between Travers childhood (early 1900s) and the weeks she spent in Los Angeles (early 1960s) for scripting and pre-production decisions. She is just bitter and unhappy, and seems content to remain that way. But as the movie progresses her memories of childhood show us why she is that way. The whole story is very powerful. Quite frankly, if you’re looking for sunshine and rainbows and happy stuff like that you won’t find it here. Saving Mr Banks is a sad story, but in a good way, in the way we learn about the people and the movie they finally were able to make together. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are absolutely amazing in their roles as Walt Disney and PL Travers. Serious adult topics are shown, as such young children will likely not understand or enjoy the movie. Don’t get me wrong, I totally recommend the movie. But I did have tears in my eyes on more then one occasion.

PS. There are some songs that always stick in your head. You can think you won’t like them but you can’t help but to like them. Let’s Go Fly A Kite is one of those songs. If it doesn’t get you during the movie, be sure not to miss the bonus footage where the cast and crew sing it on the last day of filming.

Here are some clips.

This is a film clip called Call Me Walt.

And this is a film clip called Never Ever Just Mary.

A bonus clip called Nanny Song (a deleted scene)

And one more bonus clip called Pamela Leaves (another deleted scene)
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Are there any other Disney movies that you wonder about how they came to be, or what was the story behind the characters? I’d really like to know, so please leave a comment!

REVIEW – Disney Winnie The Pooh: Springtime With Roo Blu-ray

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Disney Winnie The Pooh: Springtime With Roo

Winnie the Pooh Springtime With Roo

  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00H0KD438

SYNOPSIS – Each year, Rabbit plays Easter Bunny, but this year, he’s decided it’s “Spring Cleaning Day,” and he orders everyone to hop to it: scrubbing, dusting, and mopping. All his pals are disappointed – especially little Roo – until Rabbit learns that putting others first and showing friends how much you care turns every day into a precious gift. Sparkling with unforgettable songs and never-before-seen bonus treat, this delightful “egg-stravaganza” shows why love, hope and friendship are always in full bloom in the Hundred Acre Wood!

BONUS FEATURE – Get Up And Dance

CAST – Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh, Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh) as Winnie the Pooh/Tigger, Peter Cullen (My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year) as Eeyore and John Fiedler (Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year) as Piglet.

My youngest son and I love Pooh. All things Winnie the Pooh. I have loved Pooh for as long as I remember. I love Pooh and friends so much that when my youngest was born he was almost accidentally named after one of the characters. Fortunately, the husband did a quick save when he saw the paperwork my Mom had helpfully tried to fill out. Anyway. We love Pooh. It’s always sure to make us smile. This past Sunday is a good example. My youngest hadn’t been feeling quite like himself. He basically laid on the couch the entire day, not ill as far as I could tell but not his smiling typical self. So, I popped in the new Blu-ray that had just arrived a couple of days before – Winnie The Pooh: Springtime With Roo. It took under two minutes for him to sit up and take interest. When the narrator started talking my son was all ears. We snuggled under a blanket and enjoyed the newest Pooh movie to join our collection. In Springtime With Roo, Roo is still very young. The Hundred Acre Wood gang are all looking forward to participating in an egg hunt. They’d all enjoyed the egg hunt led by Rabbit the year before and couldn’t wait to do it again. Rabbit, on the other hand, has no plans to lead an egg hunt this year because noone listened to him last year. This new movie is a look at what would happen if he doesn’t host an egg hunt. Imagine if everyone were so disappointed there were no egg hunt that they left the Hundred Acre Wood and left Rabbit all alone!  That’s what Rabbit imagines, and it’s what leads him to evaluate how true friends behave.
This movie is a must have for all Pooh fans.

Here’s a clip film clip called That’s the Way It Must Be Done

Who is your favorite character from Winnie the Pooh? Leave a comment and let me know!

REVIEW – Disney Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray

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Disney Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Blu-ray

Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition

  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00E9ZAT4Y

Hard to believe that it is fifty years since a friend insisted I go to the movies to see Mary Poppins. Immediately Mary Poppins, perhaps Walt Disney’s crowning achievement became a favorite movie for me to enjoy time and time again. Mary Poppins is an extraordinary magical fantasy that blends animation, real life action, and music. I think it is an aesthetic joy and one of the greatest films of all times.

How many motion pictures do you know that can stand the test of time? Mary Poppins ‘s score, special effects, sets, scenario, and supporting cast remain as fresh today as they were in its initial 1965 release. Kudos to Dick Van Dyke for his role as chimney sweep Burt and (watch the credits carefully) Nackvid Keyd. Ed Wynn’s eccentric Uncle Albert is an uplifting, infectious laugh gem.

Brief Summary:
It is Victorian England, 1910. Mr. Banks advertises for an authoritative nanny for his children Jane and Michael. The children want a fun, kind-hearted, caring one. Sympathetic yet vain, calmly defiant Mary Poppins appears.

She takes the job until the wind changes, then firmly sets down rules. Best describe their adventures together tweaked with visual bits and gags as supercalifragilistexpialadocious.

Did you know that this feature is on the National Film Registry? It won Julie Andrews an Oscar for her portrayal of T. L. Travers’s nanny plus four more Oscars for Best Original Song, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Score. Its Sherman Brothers soundtracks (two years in composing) include: Sister Suffragette, The Life I Lead, The Perfect Nanny, A Spoonful of Sugar, Jolly Holiday, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Stay Awake, I Love to Laugh, Feed the Birds, Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Step in Time, A Man Has His Dreams, and Let’s Go Fly a Kite.

Mary Poppins is available now for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Its SMRP is $39.99 The two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy released December 10, 2013 has bonus features that include All-new Becoming Mr. Sherman, All-new Mary-oke Sing-Along, Deleted Song “Chimpanzoo”, A Magical Musical reunion with Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and Richard Sherman, Supercalifragilllisticexpialidocious: The Making of Mary Poppins.

REVIEW – Disney The Lone Ranger Blu-Ray

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The Lone Ranger Blu-ray

The Lone Ranger

  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00DJYJWVW

Small screen b&w television and I grew up together. Early TV was creation and innovation. Its shows like The Lone Ranger changed entertainment. Ironic that todays’ movies return to its many classics for inspiration.

Recently I was flying to Orlando. Curious as to how the Disney movie The Lone Ranger on screen varied against the original, I put my earphones on and tuned in. The roles, the setting, and the drama’s plot were the same as the late 40′s-early 50′s television broadcasts BUT their treatment was totally different. John Reid was vulnerable. His motivation was to bring justice to the Old West. Tonto was his partner and equal. The two rode together to bring justice to the Old West not in the spirit of revenge, brutality, or the supernatural.

Disney’s The Lone Ranger seems to be a spoof on role models, rules, and moral codes. It begins in a 1933 San Francisco Sideshow. Loud, comical, wild Tonto narrates the events of 1869, Bryant’s Gap, the railroad, greed, evil, and betrayal. The young boy who hears the tale questions the story’s truth. Could this have changed John Reid (Arnie Hammer) from a man to a legend? Is Tonto (Johnny Depp) in his black and white face paint and dead crow headgear crazy, foolish, silly?

Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski surely put a new slant on American folklore. The treatment of movie is reminiscent of the potboilers and the old turn of the (19th) century silent short. Showing villain Butch Cavendish as a dastardly cannibal windingo is horrific. Lightening dark moments with humor especially poignant shows a PG slice of life not all audiences will appreciate. Watch those end credits carefully for Ke-mo sah-bee’s Tonto in a suit with a suitcase walking through a canyon.

Gorgeous natural vistas, an abundance of stuntmen performing endless chases and escapes, a spectacular train wreck, and makeup make Disney’s The Lone Ranger an interesting feature.

Here is a trailer.

The Disney The Lone Ranger feature has a 149 minute running time and includes extra content including Bloopers; Deleted Scenes; Riding the Rails of The Lone Ranger; Arnie’s western Road Trip; Becoming a Cowboy. It has a $39.99 SMRP, and its release date is December 17, 2013.

REVIEW – Despicable Me 2 Blu-ray

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Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2

  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • ASIN: B008JFUQ3O

SYNOPSIS – Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon. Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, must figure out how to keep his cover while also keeping up with his duties as a father.

BONUS FEATURES

  • Three All-New Mini-Movies Starring the Minions—Introduced by Gru
  • The Making of the Mini-Movies—A fun-filled take on the making of the mini-movies through the eyes of the artists who made them.
  • Deleted Scene
  • The Minions
  • Evil Minions
  • A Gru-Some Transformation
  • El Hombre Malo: The Villainy Of El Macho
  • Gru’s Girls
  • Gadgets Galore
  • Feature Commentary With Directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin

I enjoyed Despicable Me. In many ways I enjoyed Despicable Me 2 even more. I preferred having Gru as a former bad guy turned father figure. I enjoyed seeing the gruff character caring for three girls. Seeing him jealous when one of the girls was interested in a boy reminded me of how many dads worry about their daughters when they’re at the age to start dating.

Gru is running his own business, he sells jelly that the Minions make in the basement lab. Sadly, the jelly tastes awful. Dr Nefario knows things are going nowhere and accepts another job offer, giving no specifics. Minions start to disappear. Anti-Villains League agent Lucy Wilde appears and wisks Gru away to headquarters in order to persuade him to get back into the game. The Anti-villains League wants Gru to help them find and capture the supervillain El Macho, who is said to have developed a formula that will change people into mean killing machines. Gru and Lucy don’t see eye to eye on anything. They don’t realize what we in real life realize – they have a crush on each other. Before you know it, the wrong man if arrested. Thinking her work is done, Lucy leaves town. Only after Lucy leaves do we learn that the wrong man had been arrested, and that Eduardo is indeed El Macho. He’s kidnapped the minions and given them the serum, making the yellow critters turn purple and very angry. Will Gru be able to save everyone else before the angry Minions take over? Will Gru and Lucy reunite? You’ll have to watch for yourself to find out.

Here’s a peek at one of the mini-movies on the Blu-ray.

REVIEW – Disney The Great Muppet Caper & Muppet Treasure Island 2-Movie Collection Blu-Ray

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The Great Muppet Caper & Muppet Treasure Island 2-Movie Collection Blu-Ray

The Great Muppet Caper And Muppet Treasure Island: Of Pirates & Pigs 2-Movie Collection

  • DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00EDUCO3O

ABOUT THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER & MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND 2-MOVIE COLLECTION BLU-RAY

A treasure trove of hearty laughs is yours when two of the funniest, most action-packed Muppet movies of all time make their Disney Blu-ray debut in a 2-Movie Collection. From the special star-studded lunacy in Muppet Treasure Island to the jewel-heist hilarity of The Great Muppet Caper, these two classic comedy-adventures are packed with mirth, mayhem and, of course, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Fozzie, Gonzo and all your Muppet favorites.

Jim Henson’s whodunit heist-movie The Great Muppet Caper and the silly and swashbuckling high-seas adventure, Muppet Treasure Island, both restored and remastered, are loaded with unforgettable music and sparkling special effects. Two great movies plus a treasure trove of bonus features make the Collection the perfect holiday gift for Muppet fans and the entire family on December 10, 2013.

Bonus Features

  • Frog-E-Oke Sing-Along
  • The Tale Of The Story Beyond The Tail
  • Let The Good Shine Out Music Video
  • Audio Commentary

MY THOUGHTS

Muppet Treasure Island is the old, classic tale that you’re familiar with redone with a Muppet twist. Jim Hawkins is on a quest to find treasure and hires kermit and Long John Silver to take him out on their ship. Of course they find danger, but also humor. The Muppets are great, I mean, they’re the cute and funny monsters we all love. And Tim Curry is great as Long John Silver. Here’s a clip called Sailing For Adventure.


Sailing for Adventure – Muppet Treasure Island on Disney Video

The Great Muppet Caper features a mystery. An expensive diamond necklace belonging to a celebrity looking a lot like Missy Piggy goes missing and Kermit and friends set out to prove who the thief is and recover the necklace. Here’s a clip called the Bicycle Scene.


Bicycle Scene – The Great Muppet Caper Clip on Disney Video

These two movies are great for Muppet fans, as well as people who just enjoy comedy.

Who’s your favorite Muppet?

REVIEW – The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning and The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea 2-Movie Blu-ray Collection

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The Little Mermaid II and Ariel's Beginning 2-Movie Collection

The Little Mermaid II and Ariel’s Beginning 2-Movie Collection

  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00EV1YZPA

ABOUT THE LITTLE MERMAID II: RETURN TO THE SEA and THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL’S BEGINNING 2-MOVIE COLLECTION

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
All of your favorite characters from The Little Mermaid continue their adventures in this enchanting sequel to one of the most celebrated animated films of all time. Even though her parents tell her merpeople and Atlantica are just “old fish tales,” Ariel’s daughter, Melody, dreams of being part of that magical world. In an unforgettable story that will take your breath away, all the good creatures on the land and under the sea must join forces to show Melody that both her worlds can live in perfect harmony.

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
One of Disney’s most beloved characters reveals the extraordinary events that led up to her transformation into a princess! Long before Ariel walked on land and into Prince Eric’s heart, she was one of seven beloved daughters of powerful King Triton. But times were troubled in the underwater kingdom – and music was banned! In this magical adventure, Ariel, her fun-loving sisters, and her loyal friends Sebastian and Flounder strive to bring music and friendship back to Atlantica. Featuring breathtaking animation – and some thrilling surprises – The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning is an enchanting tale you’ll share with your family again and again!

BONUS FEATURES

The Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea

  • (Blu-ray & DVD) “The Little Mermaid II” Storybook
  • Deleted Song “Gonna Get My Wish”
  • Classic Animated Short “Merbabies”

The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning

  • Splashdance: A Dancer’s Adventures Under The Sea
  • Deleted Scenes with intros by Director Peggy Holmes
  • Music & More
  • Sing Along With The Movie
  • The Little Mermaid: Under the Sea and Behind the Scenes on Broadway (DVD only)
  • Mermaid Discovery Vanity Game (DVD only)

MY THOUGHTS

The Little Mermaid is one of my favorite Disney movies. I’ve seen it many, many times. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the background of the underwater mermaid kingdom, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning will help explain that. The movie is a prequel to The Little Mermaid, and it explains about Ariel’s childhood, including what happened to her mother and why music was banned.

Here’s a clip where Ariel’s sisters all question her on her whereabouts the night before, when she’d been out past curfew.

The Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea is the third installment in The Little Mermaid series. Here’s the trailer.

It’s the story of Ariel’s daughter, Melody. Ariel and Prince Eric are enjoying life on land and have started a family. When Ursula’s sister Morgana interferes and tries to harm Melody, Ariel makes sure that her daughter will be safe by making it so Melody doesn’t know about her mermaid heritage. As Melody grows older she dreams of being part of the magical world of Atlantica in the same way that Ariel used to want to be a part of the human world that lived on land. She sneaks out for a swim one day and this provides Morgana with the opportunity to take advantage of the situation to try and get to King Triton once more.

And here’s a clip from the film where Morgana turns Melody into a mermaid.

Everyone will have to work together to save Melody. Will she be safe? Will Atlantica be safe? Will Melody find out she is part mermaid? You’ll have to watch and see!

REVIEW – Disney Planes Blu-Ray

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Disney Planes Blu-Ray

Disney Planes

  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00BEIYMTW

We loved the movie Cars. It is one of my youngest son’s most favorite movies. When I learned that the people that made Cars were putting out another movie called Planes I was very excited. The movie did not disappoint. The main character Dusty dreams of being a big star in air racing. But, Dusty is a tiny little crop duster that’s afraid of heights. When he gets the opportunity of a lifetime to compete in the big race, of course he’s the underdog. He has to decide who his real friends are, because he will need all of their help to overcome his fears and be the best racer he can be. Will Dusty win? Will he even finish the race? You’ll have to watch and find out for yourself. I will tell you that the movie is colorful and the animation is fantastic. There are even times while watching that the animation and graphics may give you the feeling that you’re flying! Disney fans of all ages are sure to love Planes as much as we did.

Here’s a clip from the film called Dusty Meets El Chupacabra.

And a bonus clip explaining How to Draw Dusty.

Here’s some Cars fun facts and activities.
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