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Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Edition Flying In Today

19 Sep

Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Edition is out today for the first time in Blu-Ray high definition featuring 7.1 Digital Theater System High-Def Surround Sound today and I couldn’t be more excited!!!

While I have always loved the story of Dumbo, it means a lot more to me now that I am a Mom. We have all those ‘Mom’ moments where we have wanted to protect and hold our kids like Jumbo held Dumbo in her ears. I know I am a sap, but I was a complete mess during this scene!!!

Also, I think that this might be the beginning of my fear of clowns!!! These guys were so mean and creepy!!!

What I love the most is that just when you think that Dumbo has reached the lowest point of the movie when the crows are picking on him so harshly, the story turns and he finds out that he CAN fly and makes the most of his talents. I have to admit that I laughed my buns off when Dumbo swoops above the clowns and the other elephants and gives them a taste of their own medicine!

Another super interesting fact about Dumbo:70th Anniversary Edition is that the Walt Disney Studios Restoration Team turned to the US Library of Congress who store the original 70 year old nitrate camera negative in their film vaults, and for reference, to an original 1941 ‘release’ print, held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Using this rare nitrate “dye-transfer” Technicolor print for color reference, the team was able to restore Dumbo to the color settings most likely approved by Walt Disney himself, which will be seen in their full splendor for the first time in 70 years, on the Blu-Ray debut.

In addition, the rare film print (housed as part of the UCLA Film and Television Archives collection) proved to be the earliest surviving generation of the original audio for Dumbo which provided a unique source from which to build the new Disney Enhanced Home Theatre (DEHT) mix for the Blu-Ray release.

Plus there are TONS of extra added bonus features on this Blu-Ray/DVD Set! Interactive games, deleted scenes, bonus shorts, and a ‘Taking Flight: The Making of Dumbo’ talks about the importance of Dumbo in animation history.

After having the opportunity to revisit this movie as an adult, I can honestly say that the story means so much more to me and that the re-mastered quality makes me appreciate Dumbo so much more than I thought I ever could!

 

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Daddy’s Movie Day with the Fox and The Hound 1 & 2

10 Aug

The Fox and the Hound has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember.  When the 2-Movie Collection came, I couldn’t wait to share it with my favorite movie buddy because I was her age when I first saw it myself.

Once my Zoe and I began watching the original in the late afternoon, we didn’t move until hours later when both movies and a great deal of the bonus material had been played.  Both feature a wonderful story of friendship, amazing animation and voice talent.

As with all of my classic Disney favorites, the best part is sharing a piece of my childhood with my little princess.

More About the Movies 

In celebration of The Fox And The Hound’s 30th anniversary, Disney proudly presents a special 2-Movie Colleciont of The Fox And The Hound and The Fox And The Hound II – in dazzling Blu-ray High Definition for the first time ever!

Experience these timeless tales of true friendship, set against a backdrop of comedy and music in perfect harmony.  And now, both inspiring classics sparkle on Blu-ray with spectacular sound and unsurpassed picture quality.  Plus, this 3-Disc Combo Pack includes a DVD of each film!

Featureing loveable characters, brilliant animation, stellar voice talent and unforgettable songs, The Fox And The Hound 2-Movie Collection included two fun, heartwarming stories of loyalty and trust that your family will treasure for all time.

DISC 1 – Blu-ray Feature Film + Bonus

Features Disney Enhanced High Definition Picture and Sound

  • The Fox And The Hound 30th Anniversary Eddition – New Digital Restoration!
  • The Fox And The Hound II
  • “Unlikely Friend” – A fun, fascinating collection of stories about surprising friendships within the wild animal kingdom.

DISC 2 – DVD Feature Film + Bonus

The Fox And The Hound 30th Anniversary Eddition

  • Passing The Baton:  The Making of The Fox And The Hound Featurette
  • “The Best Of Friends” Sing-Along Song

DISC 3 – DVD Feature Film + Bonus

The Fox And The Hound II

  • The Making Of The Music – Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
  • “You Know I Will” Music Video Performed By Lucas Grabeel

A look into the Indian Culture with Three Fun Movies!

10 Aug

One of the great things about living around Walt Disney World is that we are never lacking for visitors and house guests.  Recently we hosted some friends who had recently spent a number of months working in India.  They told us stories about their first hand experiences within the culture including India’s vast film industry.

Ironically enough, Disney’s first set of Indian films for North America came to the house the same week.  It was great to watch the trio of films, and get insight into another culture with people who had firsthand experience and insight.

Although it was a different experience from what we were used to, the films were quite enjoyable and easy to follow despite the subtitles. We really enjoyed sharing this look into foreign films with friends, and it is something we would definitely do again!!!

 

The Walt Disney Studios Unveils A Trio of Indian Films for North America

BURBANK, Calif. — The Walt Disney Studios announced June 29 the North American release of three films from India: “Do Dooni Chaar,” “Once Upon a Warrior” and “Zokkomon,” releasing July 26.

The movies were released simultaneously on DVD, video-on-demand, and digital download and are featured on iTunes.

Designed to expand the entertainment options of diverse cultural groups in North America. The movies feature some of the most recognizable local talent from each country of origin.  The films are produced in local languages and will be subtitled in English.

Do Dooni Chaar

Do Dooni Chaar is a heart-warming comedy about the dreams and challenges of a middle-class family who take a chaotic journey to fulfill their dream of owning a car and discover the true meaning of family along the way.  The film was written and directed by Habib Faisal (co-writer of “Salaam Namaste”) and features Rishi Kapoor, Aditi Vasudev, Archit Krishna, Akhilendra Mishra, Natahsa Rastogi, Supriya Shukla, Mohit Chaddha and Avtar Sahni,

Run Time:           111 minutes

Languages:         Hindi (English Subtitles)

ONCE UPON A WARRIOR

As the first ever Disney Telugu fantasy adventure, ONCE UPON A WARRIOR is about a swashbuckling warrior on an epic quest to save a mystical young girl from a wicked Queen in the ultimate battle between good and evil.  In the tradition of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Prince of Persia,” the film features an all-star cast including Siddharth, Shruti Haasan and Lakshmi Manchu.

Run Time:           133 minutes

Languages:         Telugu (English Subtitles)

ZOKKOMON

Zokkomon is a thrilling Hindi action adventure film about an ordinary boy who overcomes extraordinary challenges to become a magical hero.  The film had its World Premiere at the Indian Film Festival in Los Angelas and a limided theatrical release.  Featuring well-known Indian stars Darsheel Safary and Anupam Kher (‘Bend it Like Beckham”) the film features music by India’s most popular trio, Shankar Ehsaan Loy.

Run Time:           108 Minutes

Languages:         Hindi (English Subtitles)

Daddy’s Movie Day – Gnomeo and Juliet

2 Jun

Coming from a theater background, I have always had a great appreciation for all of Shakespeare’s works.  Seeing the greatest love story ever told meets garden gnomes come in the mail didn’t leave me with great expectations.  Of course in true fashion, my little princess saw it, and immediately had to watch.

From the beginning, I was pleasantly surprised.  This comical, off the wall adaptation of the bards classic tragedy was much better than expected.   The story is set in the gardens  of feuding neighbors kept by families of garden gnomes and lawn ornaments.  The comic antics ensue as everything from pink plastic flamingos, lawnmower races, to covert missions to destroy flower beds unfold.

From the director of Shreck 2 comes your chance to step into the secret world of garden gnomes – Gnomeo & Juliet.  Perfect for the whole family, this fresh and funny makeover of one of the world’s most timeless stories features music from Sir Elton John, and the voice talents of Emily Blunt, James McAvoy and Sir Michael Cane.  Caught up in a fued between neighbors, Gnomeo and Juliet must overcome as many obstacles an their namesakes.  But with flamboyant pink flamingos and epic lawnmower races, can this young couple find lasting happiness?  Complete withhilarious never-before-seen bonus features, Gnomeo & Juliet is an out-of-the-ordinary animated comedy your entire familty will love.  We just gnome it!

Although nothing aside from the main characters names follow the original story, something pointed out as Gnomeo has a conversation with a statue of Shakespeare, it is a cute movie with lots of laughs.

Zoe and I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it for anyone looking for a laugh!

Gnomeo & Juliet available on Two-Disc Blu-ray™/ DVD Combo on May 24, 2011. The greatest love story ever told, starring…garden gnomes? In “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Shakespeare’s revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury (co-director of “Shrek 2”) and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet.

Daddy’s Movie Day – Lemonade Mouth

24 May

“Daddy! Daddy! I love Lemonade Mouth!  It’s my favorite movie!  What’s Lemonade Mouth?”  The best thing about  Zoe, is that a 30 second trailer on the Disney channel can change her life.  All I have heard for the past two weeks was how much she loved Lemonade Mouth even though she had never seen it.

Another odd thing about Zoe is that she has surprisingly good taste in movies.  When Lemonade Mouth arrived in the mail, I was expecting a half-baked knock off of high school musical meets revenge of the nerds.  Your classic case of the social outcasts of the high school vs. the popular elite.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a movie focused on inspiring kids to embrace their talents, stand up for what they believe in, and fight to have their voices heard.

Be Heard.  Be Strong.  Be Proud

It’s time to turn up the music and have some fun with an all-new Disney Original Movie, starring Bridget Mendler and Adam Hicks and introducing ten awesome new songs.

When five ragtag freshmen first meet in detention, it seems they have nothing in common.  But, through music, they form an unbreakable bond and discover they have the makings of the greatest high school garage band in history!  In the face of incredible odds, Olivia, Stella, Wen, Mohini, and Charlie find they can make a real difference when they learn to lean on each other and let go of everything holding back their dreams.

Although the story is quite fantastical, it is a fun movie full of catchy songs sure to stick with you long after the movie ends.   Lemonade Mouth is family friendly, fun, and carries a good message.  I would recommend this to anyone, not just fans of the High School Musical and Camp Rock style movies.

Lemonade Mouth available on 2-Disc Extended Edition DVD + Digital Copy May 24, 2011. Be heard. Be strong. Be proud. It’s time to turn up the music and have some fun with an all-new Disney Original Movie starring Bridgit Mendler and Adam Hicks. Turn the world into your own stage with Lemonade Mouth: 2-Disc Extended Edition DVD + Digital Copy, available May 24, 2011. It features 10 awesome songs from the #1 Soundtrack Debut and an exclusive extended music scene that you can only get with this release!

Here is Zoe’s favorite song from Lemonade Mouth…’More Than a Band’!!!!

Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure is Definitely Pink, Fabulous, and Fun!!!

18 Apr

Everyone's favorite Diva Sharpay Evans takes on the Big Apple and Broadway in Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure available on Blu-ray™ and DVD April 19, 2011.

In my house there is one reason for watching High School Musical, no not Troy Bolton…Sharpay Evans!!!! Zoe is obsessed with all things Sharpay, pink, & fabulous, so when received a copy of Sharpay’s Fabulous Adbventure for review her eye’s lit up like it was Christmas!!! And I am super excited to say that Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure is great!!! Zoe and I both give it two thumbs up!!!

Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure is an all-new Disney comedy adventure starring the multi-talented Ashley Tisdale, as Sharpay Evans, in a hilarious fish-out-of-water tale about a small town Diva and her dog’s mis-adventures in New York City!

Just how fabulous do you have to be to make it big in the Big Apple? One aspiring diva is about to find out…the hard way! Ashley Tisdale shines in this totally captivating comedy.

After a talent scout spots her performing with her dog Boi at a charity gala, Sharpay Evans (Tisdale) sets off for the bright lights of NYC, convinced instant fame and fortune are in the bag (designer, that is). But the theatre is a dog-eat-dog world, as she and Boi discover when they encounter the devious owner of a pampered Pooch named “Countess” and a scheming Broadway starlet who will do anything to crush the competition. Fortunately, Sharpay also meets Peyton (Austin Butler), a handsome student filmmaker who finds Sharpay nearly as fascinating as she finds herself.

Want to find out up to the minute information? Make sure to follow the brand new Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure facebook page and Twitter handle @DisneySharpay which have launched to provide Sharpay’s fans easy and fun access to the latest news, sneak peeks and messages from some of the cast members.

Make sure to check out this Sneek Peek at Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure and to pick it up on Blu-ray™ and DVD April 19th!!!

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