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Announcement:
Sorry I have been MIA, I am still here!
It's been a busy summer with my kids and the family, so I have not been able to update as often as I like.
But with my kids heading back to school,
I am back and hopefully I will have everything up and running like usual soon.
Thank you for your patience!


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September 16, 2014

WHITE CHRISTMAS Diamond Anniversary Edition comes to Blu-ray and DVD

PARAMOUNT CELEBRATES THE DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE BELOVED HOLIDAY CLASSIC STARRING DANNY KAYE AND BING CROSBY AND HONORS THE HUMANITARIAN WORK OF UNICEF
 
WHITE CHRISTMAS
Diamond Anniversary Edition
 
Paramount Pictures and The Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation Donating $100,000
to Support UNICEF’s Work for Children

Blu-ray Combo Pack Debuts October 14, 2014 with a Bonus Holiday Music CD and New Special Features Including a UNICEF Documentary Hosted by Danny Kaye, Sing-Along Lyrics, a Virtual Duet Between Bing Crosby and Michael Bublé and More
 
                   HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  –  Celebrate 60 years of the treasured musical classic Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS with the spectacular new Diamond Anniversary Edition arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack October 14, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Starring legendary performers Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen and featuring unforgettable music by Irving Berlin, the beloved holiday film offers timeless entertainment for all ages. 
               In honor of the 60th anniversaries of WHITE CHRISTMAS and Danny Kaye’s appointment as UNICEF’s first Goodwill Ambassador, The Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation and Paramount Pictures are proud to make a combined $100,000 donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF* to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world.  As UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador, Danny Kaye traveled to numerous countries in 1954 to see the work of the organization firsthand and appeared in and narrated a documentary entitled Assignment Children about his experience, which is included in the new Blu-ray Combo Pack along with a new introduction by Michael Bublé.  Danny Kaye received an Honorary Academy Award® in 1955 for his work on this extraordinary documentary, as well as for his unique talents, his service to the Academy, the motion picture industry, and the American people.
 
            Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS Diamond Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes new special features such as five classic Christmas television show appearances by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, including a virtual duet between Crosby and Michael Bublé, an optional sing-along subtitle track that accompanies the film’s most popular songs, new photo galleries, and a Christmas CD with 12 songs featuring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Judy Garland, including EIGHT never-before-released tracks.  Additional previously released special features include commentary by Rosemary Clooney, backstage stories, featurettes on Crosby, Kaye and Clooney, and more.
 
Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS Blu-ray Combo Pack
Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS Blu-ray will be presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Restored Mono DTS-HD Master Audio, French Mono Dolby Digital, Spanish Mono Dolby Digital and Portuguese Mono Dolby Digital, as well as English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, English Restored Mono, French Mono and Spanish Mono, as well as English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the following:
Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
·        Feature film in high definition
·        Feature film with optional Sing-Along Subtitle Track—NEW!
·        Commentary by Rosemary Clooney
·        Classic Holiday Moments—NEW!
o   “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby on December 1, 1976
o   “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby featuring Michael Bublé on December 10, 2012
o   “Silent Night” by Bing Crosby on December 12, 1948
o   “Jingle Bells” by Danny Kaye and Nat King Cole on December 25, 1963
o   Danny Kaye reads from A Christmas Carol on December 22, 1965
·        Assignment Children—NEW!
o   With introduction by Michael Bublé
·        Backstage Stories from White Christmas—The production boasted the #1 and #3 box office stars of its time and the director of Casablanca. It featured the most popular song in American history and became the highest-ranking film at the box office in 1954.  From little-known production details to behind-the-scenes trivia, this segment offers insights about the timeless holiday classic.

Disc 1 (Blu-ray)—cont’d:
·        Bing Crosby: Christmas Crooner—Crosby’s family members offer personal memories of the film and discuss the crooner’s Yuletide connection.  The piece also includes film historians sharing rare stories about Crosby and White Christmas and a visit to Crosby’s hometown of Spokane, Washington.
·        Danny Kaye: Joy to the World—Some people only know him as the silver screen’s ‘court jester,’ but Danny Kaye was a true humanitarian who helped children around the world as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.  This moving tribute sheds light on the multi-talented actor, who won two honorary Academy Awards®, including the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and spread joy beyond the Hollywood spotlight.
·        Irving Berlin’s White ChristmasMany people don’t know all of the lyrics to the most popular Christmas song of all time or that Irving Berlin wrote it while sitting poolside at an Arizona Resort.  This fascinating feature sheds light on the genesis and enduring popularity of the best-selling single in American history.
·        Rosemary’s Old Kentucky Home—Take a tour of Rosemary Clooney’s home in Augusta, Kentucky, which has become a historical landmark.   
·        White Christmas: From Page to Stage The legacy of White Christmas continues with a hit Broadway musical, nominated for two Tony awards. 
·        White Christmas: A Look Back with Rosemary Clooney
·        White Christmas Photo Galleries—NEW!
o   Rehearsals
o   Behind-the-Scenes
o   Filming
o   Publicity Shots
·        Two Theatrical Trailers
Disc 2 (DVD):
·        Feature Film in Standard Definition
·        Commentary by Rosemary Clooney
Disc 3 (DVD):
·        Same special features listed above in standard definition with the exception of the optional sing-along subtitle track
 
Bonus Music CD
1.         Winter Wonderland – Rosemary Clooney
2.         Deck the Halls/Away in a Manger/O, Little Town of Bethlehem/The First             Noel – Bing Crosby
3.         Waltz Around the Christmas Tree – Danny Kaye
4.         Marshmallow World – Bing Crosby & Ella Fitzgerald
5.         The Christmas Song – Rosemary Clooney
6.         Just What I Wanted For Christmas – Bing Crosby
7.         Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Rosemary Clooney
8.         Jingle Bells – Danny Kaye & Peggy Lee
9.         Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Bing Crosby & Judy Garland
10.       Home For The Holidays – Rosemary Clooney
11.       Some Children See Him – Danny Kaye
12.       The Night Before Christmas – Bing Crosby
            The film will also be available as a Diamond Anniversary Edition two-disc DVD set with Discs 2 & 3 above.
 
About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for certain DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.


September 4, 2014

AROUND THE BLOCK DVD Review

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 



Random Media and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) are releasing AROUND THE BLOCK on Theatrical, DVD, VOD and digital platforms in August. AROUND THE BLOCK debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013 and hit Australian theatres in June 2014. Theatrical opening will be August 1st, followed by VOD, DVD and Digital platforms on August 5th.

From Australian writer/director Sarah Spillane, AROUND THE BLOCK was an Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013 and was also featured at the Beijing International Film Festival and the Newport Beach International Film Festival in April 2014, where Sarah Spillane received honors for Outstanding Achievement in Directing. Spillane also won an Australian Directors Guild Award for her screenplay of Around the Block before filming even began. Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Christina Ricci, AROUND THE BLOCK is an inspirational drama that explores themes about breaking cycles and building dreams.

Synopsis: American drama teacher Dino Chalmers (Christina Ricci) moves to Sydney's Redfern district to be with her fiancé and is hired by the local school in what may be the school's final term. Dino's passion for Shakespeare drives her vision of producing a school play as part of the Indigenous cultural program, and finds that 16-year-old Aborigine Liam (Hunter Page-Lochard) has a natural gift for performance. But there is a shadow over Liam's life, with his father in jail and his older brother determined to avenge the death of his uncle. With Dino’s encouragement as she faces tough choices in her own life, Liam confronts his past and eventually takes control of his future.


DVD Product Information
Studio: Random Media
Item #: RM4400
UPC: 883476144009
Order Date: 6/24/14
Street Date: 8/5/14
SRP: $19.97
Rating: NR
Screen Format: TBD
Language: English
Subtitles: None
CC: Yes
No. of Discs: 1
Runtime: 104 Minutes
Genre: Drama

Our Review:
This is a story about a teacher trying to help a "at risk" student through encouraging him to perform in the school play. Liam, the student, is living with his mother while his father is serving time in prison. While I  enjoy watching films where young men and women escape the cycle of poverty and hardship, I thought the storyline could be more developed in this film. It was an interesting film about choices, freedom and destiny. 

To buy it, please go to Amazon.com

THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: HUMAN BODY” DVD +BOOK Review

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 


Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Scholastic are releasing THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS®: HUMAN BODY DVD +BOOK on September 9th. For the first time, fans can own a special DVD and book bundle that teaches all about the amazing human body with Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus gang.
           
Featuring four full episodes of the Emmy® Award-winning television series along with The Search for the Missing Bones, a 70-page book on human anatomy, this is the newest addition to the popular line of THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS DVDs. Based on the beloved children’s classic book line by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, this broadcast series explores everything from the tiniest cell to the largest galaxy using fun, kid-friendly adventures.

  
Synopsis:
DVD – Only Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus can take the kids where no class has gone before: inside the human body! Explore everything from head to toe and in between with Ms. Frizzle, Liz and the rest of the gang in mind-blowing adventures that include For Lunch, Inside Ralphie, Flexes Its Muscles and Gets Planted.
BOOK – When Ms. Frizzle and the class visits the Hugh Mann Costume Company, they get an informative lesson all about skeletons: why we need them, the importance of all the different bones, what doctors do to fix them when they break and lots more.
DVD + Book Product Information
Ø  Four episodes of the hit series
Ø  Over an hour of one of the longest-running children’s science shows of all time
Ø  The Search for the Missing Bones chapter book: a 70-page book perfect for first graders and up

Territory: US & CA                        
Format: DVD Single + Book
Language: English                         
Color: Color
Audio Format: Stereo            
Widescreen: No
Length: 78 min + extras            
Units Per Carton: 36
Year: Various                                    
Genre: Children’s Non-Theatrical
Packaging: Amaray + Book in slip case
Rating: TV-G
MAT NO: 88152917000            
UPC: 025192247118

Our Review:
My kids love watching The Magic School Bus because it is entertaining. I love it because it is educational. In the Magic School Bus: Human Body, my kids got to learn all about their own bodies. This was one DVD that I watched my kids, and I must admit that I ended up relearning all sorts of interesting facts I forgot myself. This is a great DVD and I would recommend it for young elementary kids. 

To buy it, please go to Amazon.com

THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: SPACE ADVENTURES DVD+BOOK Review

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 


Cinedigm and Scholastic are releasing THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS®: SPACE ADVENTURES DVD+BOOK on August 12th. For the first time, fans can own a special DVD and book bundle focusing exclusively on deep space exploration with Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus gang.

Featuring four full episodes of the Emmy® Award-winning television series along with a 70-page book on space exploration, this is the newest addition to the popular line of THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS DVDs. Based on the beloved children’s classic book line by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, this broadcast series explores everything from the tiniest cell to the largest galaxy using fun, kid-friendly adventures.

Synopsis:
DVD – Blast off into outer space with four far-out episodes including Gets Lost in Space, Out of This World, Gains Weight and Plays Ball. Explore everything from asteroids and gravity to the Solar System with Ms. Frizzle, Liz and the rest of the gang in adventures that are out of this world!
BOOK – Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a wild trip through outer space, where the students discover how the other planets are different from Earth. Not only do they all have different temperatures, but each planet has a different atmosphere as well. Ms. Frizzle's class finds out how far away the planets are, and how long it would really take to get there if they didn't have a Magic School Bus.
DVD + Book Product Information
Ø  Four episodes of the hit series
Ø  Over an hour of one of the longest-running children’s science shows of all time
Ø  Space Explorers chapter book: a 70-page book perfect for first graders and up

Territory: US & CA                       
Format: DVD Single + book
Language: English                         
Color: Color
Audio Format: Stereo            
Widescreen: No
Length: 78 min + extras            
Units Per Carton: 36
Year: Various                                    
Genre: Animation
Packaging: Amaray + Book in slip case
Rating: TV-G
MAT NO: 88142627000            
UPC: 025192242397

Our Review:
My kids love the Magic School Bus because this award winning series is entertaining and very educational. In this DVD, my kids got to learn about the solar system, space ricks, gravity and forces. When my daughter wants to relax, I love that learning doesn't stop simply because she is sitting in front of a TV. I think that DVD and Book set is great because not only that my 3rd grader gets to learn about outer space through the DVD, she also gets to read about it too. 
 

September 2, 2014

Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power DVD Review

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 

In Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power,  everyone’s favorite turtles — Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, along with the newest addition to the family, Venus Di Milo — are back! They’re on a mission to rescue Master Splinter from the evil Dragon Lord and his horde while staying clear of other new foes like the vampiress Vam-Mi, the yeti Silver and the big-game hunter Simon Bonesteel who are all out for their shells!  Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power contains six episodes from the live-action series, as well as the special Power Rangers In Space crossover episodes “Save Our Ship” and “Shell Shocked” as a bonus feature!

Our Review:
If you have been following my blog, you already know that my little guy is totally obsessed with Power Rangers. He just can not get enough of it. When we got the Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation – Turtle Power DVD, I knew he would love it because it insides crossover episodes with Power Rangers. Although the G man is not used to watching live versions of Ninja turtles, he still really enjoyed this DVD. He was totally fascinated by seeing so many cool fights on this DVD. 

To buy it, please go to Amazon.com

August 31, 2014

Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1 DVD Set Review

*I received a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine. 

The Power Rangers battle the dreaded villain Divatox at rapid speed in Power Rangers: In Space, Vol. 1, a 3-DVD box set that contains the first 22 episodes of the series. When word reaches the remaining Power Rangers that their founder and mentor Zordon has been captured by a coalition of villains, the remaining Rangers journey into space aboard a NASADA space shuttle in the hopes of rescuing him. Deep in space, they discover the Astro Megaship, the mobile base of operations for Andros, a Power Ranger who grew up on the distant space colony of KO-35. Joining forces, they draw power from their new Astro Morphers to take their fight against evil anywhere necessary and to find Zordon before it’s too late. Fighting a union of all their past villains, led by the monstrous Dark Specter and his trusted captain Astronema, the Rangers are in for the biggest fight the universe has ever seen!

Following its debut in 1993, Saban’s iconic live-action pop culture series, Power Rangers quickly became the most watched children’s television program in North America. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork, responsibility and helping others by following the adventures of a group of ordinary young people who “morphed” into superheroes, this long-running series has been seen in more than 60 countries, translated into numerous languages, and remains a mainstay in children’s programming blocks. For 20 years, the highly entertaining saga and fan favorite characters from Power Rangers have captivated children and adults alike and are beloved by legions of fans worldwide.

Our Review:
For my son, the only thing that's better than a Power Rangers DVD is a complete set of Power Rangers so that he could watch the series forever. Power Rangers is Space DVD set includes 22 episdes on 3 DVDs. This was a huge hit for my little guy not because he loves the characters and the fighting scenes, he also thinks that the monsters are really cool looking. Although I am not a huge fan of the show like my little guy is, I do love that the good guys always win in the end. It definitely shows my kid that it's always important to do that good/ right thing. 
 
To buy it, please go to Amazon.com


August 28, 2014

PLAY-DOH: Hands on Learning Series Books Review & Prize Pack Giveaway -- ENDED

*I received  a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.

Just in time to keep busy hands and minds engaged this summer, Silver Dolphin Books, a publisher of high-quality novelty and activity-based books for children has once again joined forces with Hasbro, Inc’s famed PLAY-DOH brand to debut three NEW series of books, all of which continue to live up to their tag line…“Where Learning and Creativity Take Shape." 









 

PLAY-DOH: Hands on Learning Series:

Explore the pages of these entertaining books with your trusty animal guides as they share their knowledge. This exciting, new series provides youngsters with interesting facts about their favorite things. Each  10-page, full-color book includes five tutorials and four cans of PLAY-DOH compound, so young sculptors can create their own imitations of the PLAY-DOH illustrations as well as add finishing touches to each scene in the book. The first title in the series is PLAY-DOH Hands On Learning: In The Jungle which features the adventures of a little lion who makes five new friends as he explores the jungle – a cheeky monkey, a happy hippo, a friendly frog, a sneaky snake, and a spotted giraffe.  PLAY-DOH Hands On Learning: Under the Sea  takes young readers deep into the ocean with an adorable octopus, a super sea star, a clownish clown fish, a fancy sea horse, and a not-so-scary shark. Each colorful page includes amazing facts about sea and its inhabitants making learning fun.

 

PLAY-DOH: Sound Series:

Stretch those vocal chords – it’s time for sing-along! In this musical series, two childhood mainstays come together – PLAY-DOH sculpts and nursery songs. Press the button on the musical books and follow  along with illustrations of lovable animals. All pre-schoolers will love the classic childhood tunes of PLAY-DOH: Old MacDonald Had a Farm with all of its moo-moos here and oink-oinks there and PLAY-DOH: The Wheels on the Bus that go ‘round and ‘round. The books are sure to perfect to bring along on family summer road trips.



PLAY-DOH: Story Fun Series:

Little ones love to explore the world. With trips through the truck yard, the farm, and the jungle featuring adorable PLAY-DOH animals, these books teach children – ages 3 and up – about their environments and  the places they live. Each 12-page board book comes with a can of PLAY-DOH compound making it fun to transform dirt and rubble into a beautiful city in PLAY-DOH: Trucks; create new animal friends for Mommy and Baby Giraffe in PLAY-DOH: Jungle Friends; and spend a day on the farm with PLAY-DOH: Farm Friends  and learn about the many farm animals that Mommy and Baby Cow meet.

My 8 year old daughter has not played play-doh in years, but seeing how much fun her brother had learning and creating things using the play-doh books definitely got her interested in them once again. My kids spent many summer afternoons sitting in the backyard playing with play-doh and checking out these book. They are great for learning as well as a way to keep the kids entertained.

Silver Dolphin Books is offering a prize pack of all 7 PLAY-DOH books making their debut this summer (US only please). This giveaway ends on Aug 30, 2014.

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