Archive for July, 2008

TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: The Ultimate Collection

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

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Ultimate Collection, arriving in a seven-DVD set on July 22, 2008 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  This power-packed release features all 52 episodes from the long-running 2005 Cartoon Network series based on the classic program from the ‘80s.  TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: The Ultimate Collection includes hours of adventures full of intrigue and surprise and is the ultimate gift set for fans of the legendary “robots in disguise”.  The seven-disc set will be available for the suggested retail price of $61.99.

Synopsis:
CYBERTRON, the TRANSFORMERS home planet is on the brink of destruction as an ominous Black Hole looms.  In order to save their world, the TRANSFORMERS embark upon an intergalactic scavenger hunt across the universe searching for the lost Cyber Planet Keys.  The evil DECEPTICONS, villains unlike any you have seen before, are in a race against the heroic AUTOBOTS to recover the Cyber Planet Keys – keys that have the power to unlock the CYBERTRON planet itself, creating the greatest TRANSFORMER the universe has ever seen!  The battle will span the galaxy in a race to wield the all powerful keys and save their home world of CYBERTRON from certain doom!

DVD:

            The TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: The Ultimate Collection seven-DVD set is presented in full screen format with Dolby Digital English Stereo.  The collection includes all 52 episodes from the series and has a running time of 19 hours, 4 minutes.

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I personally don’t care for this, but the 4yo is really into Transformers. The other kids don’t really watch this either.

VeggieTales®: Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry’s Big River Rescue

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

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When Tom and Huck meet a stranger in need, they discover that while helping others may not be the easiest thing to do, it’s always the right thing to do. 

 Take a ride on the mighty Mississippi where an all-new family adventure unfolds with the latest homespun tale from Big Idea, Inc., an Entertainment Rights group company!  In this highly anticipated DVD, VeggieTales®: Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry’s Big River Rescue, Bob and Larry star as the adventuresome duo in a creative veggie take on the great American classics of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.  Introducing the brand-new silly song, “The Biscuit of Zazzamarandabo,” and a boatload of family-friendly bonus features, the new DVD is priced at $14.99 SRP and arrives in stores July 12 and 15, 2008 in Christian and general market stores respectively.  The product and related merchandise are available in the CBA market through Word Distribution and in the general market through Genius Products. 

Written by VeggieTales co-creator and natural born storyteller Phil Vischer, this heartwarming story takes Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry on an unforgettable journey where they discover an important lesson in helping others inspired by James 4:17.  “Sometimes not helping someone can be just as bad as actually hurting them,” says Vischer.

 

Synopsis:

Meet Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry – two friends homesteading along the banks of the mighty

Mississippi River.  Tom and Huck look forward to owning their own land, building a home and opening Huck’s Jerkyland and Tom’s Tax Preparation.  But everything changes when they meet a mysterious stranger who is on the run and trying to find his mama.  Will Huck and Tom risk losing all they’ve worked for in order to help someone they hardly know? Find out in this exciting river rescue that reminds kids of the importance of helping others.

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Kids love Veggie Tales. I love Veggie Tales. This movie was no different. Cute as hell. Even the older boys watched.


The Year My Parents Went On Vacation

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

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When 12-year-old Mauro is left to fend for himself when his parents go “on vacation” during the military regime in 1970s Brazil, a classic coming-of-age story unfolds.  Director Cao Hamburger’s beautiful and touching story embraces the excitement of the era as the culturally diverse community of Sao Paulo unites to watch Pele lead his country in winning the World Cup of soccer.  Filled with warmth, love, heroism, nostalgia and humor, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation is sure to become a family favorite.

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I didn’t like it. It was hard to follow. Hard to get into. I watched it with a friend the second time to see if I was just being a bitch, but she didn’t like it either. And she’s a movie freak. She’s a foreign film freak.  Just didn’t like it.

Step Up 2

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

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One of the fiercest freestyle dance competitions ever seen comes to DVD
and Blu-rayTM High – Def Disc on July 15, 2008 when Step Up 2 the Streets arrives in stores courtesy of Touchstone Home Entertainment. The hottest dance movie of the year pulsates with electrifying new songs from today’s top artists, awesome high energy dance moves and exclusive never-before-seen
bonus features that take you deeper behind-the- scenes to meet the dancers and choreographers as they showcase even more unique dance moves not shown in theaters. Drama, suspense and a dazzling soundtrack combine to bring audiences to a new level of excitement and energy in Step Up 2 the
Streets!


The scorching follow-up to the original 2006 phenomenon raises the dance bar to dizzying heights with unforgettable performances, pulse-pounding music and heated drama. The film features a sizzling young cast of emerging talents, including Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Adam G. Sevani, Cassie Ventura, Telisha Shaw and Will Kemp, plus, in a special encore appearance, Step Up star Channing Tatum.


Along with a jammin’ soundtrack featuring music from artists including Flo Rida, Missy Elliot, T-Pain, Cassie, Kevin Michael (featuring Wyclef Jean) and more, Step Up 2 the Streets ignites the screen with explosive dance moves from three of hip-hop’s cutting-edge choreographers: Jamal Sims (Step Up,
Hairspray), hip-hop’s high diva of dance, Hi-Hat (Missy Elliot’s “One Minute Man”) and Dave Scott (Stomp the Yard).


DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def Bonus Features
• Thru Fresh Eyes - Take a look behind the scenes at the making of Step Up 2 the Streets. You’ll
also meet the choreographers and dancers who bring it all to life.
• Outlaws of Hip Hop - Meet the 410’s – An exclusive profile of the film’s real life underground hip
hop dance crew.
• Robert Hoffman Video Prank
• Deleted Scenes and Bloopers
• 5 Music Videos
1. Flo Rida (featuring T.Pain) “Low”
2. Missy Elliott “Ching-A-Ling”
3. Cherish (featuring Yung Joc) “Killa”
4. Plies (featuring Akon) “Hypnotized”
5. Brit and Alex “Let It Go”


When a street savvy girl with untrained talent teams up with a virtuoso modern dancer to compete in an underground dance-off, sparks fly both on and off the dance floor! Street kid Andie (Briana Evigan) wins a slot at the elite Maryland School of the Arts, but finds herself fighting to fit in with her privileged classmates while also trying to hold onto her old life. But when she joins forces with the school’s hottest dancer, Chase (Robert Hoffman), to form a crew of fellow academy outcasts to compete in Baltimore’s
underground dance battle, The Streets, she ultimately finds a way to live her dream while building a bridge between her two separate worlds.

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Again, MD liked this one, and I just thought it was ok. I didn’t have a lot of high expectations, but again, I don’t really enjoy this kind of movie. He does. Some do. Some don’t. And again, the older kids watched it, and the little ones watched cartoons in my bedroom.

College Road Trip

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

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Choosing a college can be one of the most exciting times in a high school student’s life—unless her overzealous dad decides to take the wheel for her college road trip. A hilarious and heartwarming family comedy starring Disney Channel’s Raven-Symoné and Martin Lawrence, College Road Trip comes to Disney DVD and Blu-ray™ Hi-Def with a trunk full of fantastic bonus features on July 15, 2008 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

 

A rollicking family road movie brimming with inspired silliness, College Road Trip tells the story of a noholds-barred battle for independence between a loving but protective father and his teenage daughter. Disney Channel favorite Raven-Symoné (TV’s “That’s So Raven,” “Cheetah Girls”) stars as Melanie Porter, an overachieving high school student with her heart set on attending Washington D.C.’s Georgetown University. Martin Lawrence (Wild Hogs) turns in an uproarious comic performance as the overbearing dad who wants her to stay closer to their Chicago home—and will do whatever it takes to keep her there!

 

The film’s charismatic cast also includes Disney Channel star Brenda Song (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”) and Lucas Grabeel (High School Musical). Plus Donny Osmond, Kym E. Whitley and Albert, the most talented pet pig in Hollywood.

 

A laugh-filled delight for parents and kids alike, College Road Trip is the “Best family comedy of the year!” according to Roseann Rogers of KPRC-TV (NBC) in Houston. Sandie Newton of KTVT-TV (CBS) in Dallas calls it “…an irresistible family film that will have all generations laughing ‘til they cry!” and goes on to call Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symoné “a dream comedy team!”

 

DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def Bonus Features -ray Hi-Def Bonus Features

 

The College Road Trip DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def Disc are both loaded with bonus features, including:

 

• Gag Reel

• Deleted Scenes -With optional audio commentary by director Roger Kumble

• Alternate Opening and Alternate Endings

• Raven’s Video Diary – Tag along with the hot young star as she hits the set of her funniest feature film ever

• “Double Dutch Bus” Music Video – Performed by Raven-Symoné.

• On The Set: Double Dutch Bus – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie’s signature music video

• Audio Commentaries – Comments by director Roger Kumble, actress Raven-Symoné, and writers Emi Mochizuki and Carrie Evans

 

When senior Melanie Porter (Raven-Symoné) plans a trip with her high school girlfriends to look at colleges, her police chief father (Martin Lawrence) is determined to keep her from straying too far from home. Hoping to convince her to attend a nearby school, he insists on accompanying her on the trip, but his hilariously over-the-top efforts to protect his little girl backfire in a multitude of sidesplitting ways. Add one small stowaway, an over-caffeinated pig and a busload of unexpected encounters and it all adds up to an unforgettably funny journey packed with enough high energy hijinks and humor to keep the entire family laughing.

 

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MD loved it. The older kids loved it. They all thought it was funny as hell. Can’t remember if I laughed or not. Don’t think so. But my sense of humor isn’t like everyone else’s, so maybe it was funny. Little ones weren’t too interested in it either.

Spiderwick Chronicles

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

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A Fantastic New World is Revealed on June 24, 2008 in Two-Disc Sets that Include Multiple Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, a Look at the Cast and Characters, an Exploration of the Spiderwick World and Much More

 

 

 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. – From the beloved, best-selling series of books comes the extraordinary fantasy adventure, THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, debuting as a two-disc Special Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray on June 24, 2008.  Bringing to life the fantastical, unseen world that exists all around us, THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES is “an action-packed theme park ride” (Los Angeles Times) that is both “scary and wondrous” (Time).  From the moment the Grace family moves into a secluded old house, peculiar things start to happen.  Unable to explain the accidents and strange disappearances, the Grace children—Jared, Simon and Mallory—start to investigate and find the unbelievable truth of the Spiderwick Estate and the amazing creatures that inhabit it.  Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls), the film features an all-star cast including Freddie Highmore (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory), Mary Louise Parker (“Weeds”), Sarah Bolger (In America) David Strathairn (Good Night, And Good Luck), Nick Nolte (Tropic Thunder) and the voices of Seth Rogen (Superbad) and Martin Short (Jiminy Glick In Lalawood).

            THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES two-disc Special Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray presentations boast multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes including a Making Of, a look at the cast and characters, “The Magic of Spiderwick”, “Spiderwick: It’s All True”, an exploration of the Spiderwick world and more, plus deleted scenes and a peek inside Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide.  THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES also will be available as a single disc DVD in full screen or widescreen.


THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES DVD & BLU-RAY

THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES Special Collector’s Edition DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles.  The Blu-ray presentation will be 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The two-disc sets include the following special features:

§          Spiderwick: It’s All True! (HD)

§          It’s A Spiderwick World! (HD)

§          Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide (HD & interactive on the Blu-ray)

§          Spiderwick: Meet the Clan (HD)

§          Making Spiderwick (HD)

§          The Magic of Spiderwick (HD)

§          A Final Word of Advice…(HD)

§          Deleted Scenes (HD)

§          Nickelodeon TV Spots

§          Theatrical Trailers (HD)

            THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES also will be available as a single-disc DVD in either widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs or full screen with Dolby Digital English, French and Spanish 5.1 Surround.  The single-disc DVD includes the following:

§          Spiderwick: It’s All True!

§          It’s A Spiderwick World!

§          Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide

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Kids weren’t too thrilled about watching this at first, but when MD and I sat down to watch it, they joined in and stayed throughout. Not a bad movie. Think I expected something different, but I got what I got. Very simple-ish movie.

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

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AN ALL-NEW ANIMATED SPECIAL FROM CARTOON NETWORK’S NEW HIT SERIES ARRIVES FOR THE FIRST TIME ON DVD

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED:


TRANSFORM & ROLL OUT

High-Octane Adventure Featuring Everyone’s Favorite AUTOBOTS Debuts June 17, 2008 and Includes Two Bonus Animated Shorts

 

 

 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. – The legendary “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE” are back and better than ever in an all-new, super-charged adventure when TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: Transform & Roll Out debuts on DVD June 17, 2008 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series, which airs on Cartoon Network and was developed jointly by Cartoon Network and Hasbro, Inc., has garnered out-of-this-world ratings, ranking as one of the highest rated programs in its time period on all of television among boys.  Featuring the iconic AUTOBOTS and their heroic leader, OPTIMUS PRIME, the story takes place in Detroit in the 22nd century as Earth once again becomes the battleground and the evil DECEPTICONS descend on the planet in search of the powerful ALLSPARK.  This new twist on a classic tale has all of the elements that TRANSFORMERS enthusiasts have come to love, making TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: Transform & Roll Out a must-have for every fan’s DVD collection.  Hasbro’s new line of action figures based on the animated series launches globally in June, coinciding with the DVD release, as well as a line of licensed merchandise from more than 85 companies in key categories such as publishing and apparel. In addition to the special, the DVD includes two bonus TRANSFORMERS animated shorts and will be available for the suggested retail price of $16.99 U.S./$19.99 Canada.

Synopsis:
In the 22nd century, Detroit is the hot spot for all manner of techno-geeks, industrialists and all things robotic.  It’s where the future is, and where money is being made thanks to the city’s thriving robotics industry. Of course that means Detroit is also the hot-spot for all things criminal, evil and demon-like, which brings us to our story…

 

Fifty light years earlier, a young ragtag group of AUTOBOTS led by OPTIMUS PRIME are in a remote sector of CYBERTRON cleaning space bridges when they stumble upon the most important artifact in TRANSFORMERS history: the ALLSPARK! The DECEPTICONS who are only scary myths for many AUTOBOTS are in hot pursuit of the ALLSPARK; now this new band of AUTOBOTS must fight for their lives and the future of CYBERTRON. The AUTOBOTS are able to escape the DECEPTICONS and crash land on an unknown planet called Earth. They land in Lake Erie and remain in stasis for 50 years. During an emergency, OPTIMUS PRIME and his young team are awakened from stasis just in time to help the new “organic life forms” (humans).  But in order to save the humans and fight off the evil villain they have to convert into their robot forms! In doing so, they save the day and become new celebrities and heroes destined to fight all evil on the planet Earth and beyond! Transformers! More than meets the eye!

DVD:
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TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: Transform & Roll Out DVD is presented in full screen format with Dolby Digital English Stereo or Spanish Stereo.  The DVD includes two TRANSFORMERS animated shorts.

Naked Brothers Band - Polar Bears

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

 

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Synopsis:

The band’s next concert stop is in New Orleans where Nat reunites with a childhood friend, sending Rosalina into a jealous frenzy! Meanwhile, Alex initiates an extreme environmental movement to help save polar bears at the North Pole, but devious reporters frame him to appear as a conceited rock star who hates Santa!

 

About the DVD

 

  • Special Features include:
    • Green Tips from the Band
    • 4 Music Videos
      • I’ve Got a Question
      • I’ll Do Anything
      • Why
      • Eventually

Official Website – www.nakedbrothersbanddvd.com

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Loved it, but we all love Nate and Alex. The kids really liked it.

Definitely Maybe

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

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OVERVIEW:  From the creators of Love Actually and Notting Hill comes Definitely, Maybe: an irresistibly funny, heart-warming comedy that proves it is never too late for another chance at love.  Featuring an all-star cast, including Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke, Abigail Breslin, Elizabeth Banks and Rachel Weisz, this charming and romantic feel-good hit is a must-own DVD.  

BONUS FEATURES:

·      CREATING A ROMANCE: Join the cast and director for this in-depth look at how the film was made.

·      THE CHANGING TIMES OF “DEFINITELY, MAYBE”: Get an insider’s look at the production design of the film and how it changed to reflect passing fads and fashions.

·      FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTOR ADAM BROOKS AND STAR RYAN REYNOLDS

·      DELETED SCENES and much more!

 

FILM SYNOPSIS:

When Will Hayes, a 30-something Manhattan dad, decides to tell his 10-year-old daughter, Maya, the story of how he met her mother, she starts to question him about his life before marriage. As Will tells the story of his younger years, he weaves in anecdotes about his three most meaningful relationships, leaving Maya to guess which of the women became her mother. Maya gradually begins to understand the complexity of love as Will realizes that a second look at the past might also give him a second chance at the future.

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We thought it was cute. The kids didn’t watch it, but I didn’t expect them to. I really didn’t think I would like it, but I did. Turned out to be a pretty good show.