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August 4, 2012

DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX Blu-ray & DVD Review


AUGUST 7, 2012

Plus Get Three Never-Before-Seen Mini Movies Available only on Blu-ray Combo Packs for the Ultimate Experience

The colorful and captivating world of Dr. Seuss bursts onto the screen as never before on August 7, 2012 in the hilarious and captivating adventure, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  Available on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack -- both featuring DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet™ so you can watch it anytime, anywhere -- Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is non-stop family fun that includes three delightfully entertaining mini movies not shown in theaters,available only on the Blu-ray Combo Packs.  The film will also be available on DVD and Digital Download.   To view a trailer of the new mini movies, visit http://youtu.be/3DXU1348PHg

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax transports viewers into a fantastical landscape imagined by Dr. Seuss and vividly brought to life by Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me). Directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) from a screenplay adapted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (Despicable MeHOPHorton Hears a Who) from the 1971 children’s classic, the film is an imaginative journey that begins in the town of Thneedville, where a boy searches for the one thing he knows will win the heart of his dream girl. But in order find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the often grumpy but loveable protector  of Truffula Valley, in an exciting adventure filled with comedy and heart that USA Today’s Claudia Puig calls, “The right blend of funny, silly, and sweet.”

Danny DeVito (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” Twins, L.A. Confidential) lends his unmistakable voice to the Lorax, the remarkable creature who “speaks for the trees,” with Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, “The Office”) as his enigmatic nemesis, the Once-ler. The all-star cast also includes Zac Efron (High School MusicalThe Lucky One17 Again) as Ted, an idealistic 12-year-old searching for the Lorax; Grammy® Award winner Taylor Swift (Valentine’s Day) as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams; Rob Riggle (The HangoverBig Miracle) as the villainous O’Hare; Jenny Slate (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, “SNL”) as Ted’s protective mother; and five-time Emmy® Award winner Betty White (The Proposal, “Hot in Cleveland”) as Ted’s wise Grammy Norma.

One of the best-selling children’s book authors of all time, Theodor “Dr. Seuss”
Geisel created more than 40 cherished books that have been published in 95 countries and 17 different languages, selling more than half a billion books worldwide. The Lorax, which Geisel named his favorite work, is included on the “Educator’s All Time Top 20 List of Children’s Books.”

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Combo Packs contain a Blu-ray™, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film compatible with iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod, Android (or select online retailers), as well as UltraViolet.  UltraViolet is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to instantly stream and download to computers, tablets and smart phones. Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.
 
BLU-RAY 3D COMBO PACK AND BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK BONUS FEATURE EXCLUSIVES
 
  • MINI MOVIES
    • Serenade -- Two Bar-ba-loots -- one love shy and the other suave and confident -- battle for the heart of their would-be sweetheart with the help of a colorful cast of characters, including the Humming-Fish and Swomme-Swans.
    • Wagon-HoTwo Bar-ba-loots take The Once-ler’s wagon on a ride they won’t soon forget.
    • Forces of NatureDetermined to scare The Once-ler out of Truffula Valley, The Lorax decides to create the illusion of ominous forces of nature.
  • MAKING OF THE MINI MOVIES—Go behind the scenes at Illumination Mac Guff to see the joys and challenges of continuing the characters’ stories in the dynamic format of the mini movie.
  • DELETED SCENE
  • SEUSS TO SCREEN—A fascinating look into the translation of Seuss’ iconic style from book into the big feature film canvas.
  • SEUSS IT UP! A great tutorial on how to draw the Lorax, a Humming-Fish and a Bar-ba-loot in the unique Seuss style.
  • TRUFFULA RUNThe player moves left and right to avoid obstacles while attempting to pick up berries with modes for easy, medium and hard.  As difficulty increases, the player will have more obstacles to avoid. 
  • “LET IT GROW” SING ALONG— Karaoke-style sing along to the end credit version of Let It Grow.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH CO-DIRECTORS CHRIS RENAUD & KYLE BALDA
  • ONCE-LER’S WAGON While the Once-ler is away peddling his wares, the curious forest creatures have fun with his belongings.  Users can select an item for the creatures to mimic or play with and then watch the adorable antics of all the forest friends.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVELY ON THE BLU-RAYTM:
  • GET OUT OF TOWN—In this game, the player must help Ted navigate through town on his scooter in order to make it to the Lerkim and meet the Once-ler.  At the end of each level, Ted must solve an obstacle puzzle to advance to the next section. There are three levels and three puzzles to complete to win the game. 
  • O’HARE TV— Watch the Lorax with hilarious commercial interruptions courtesy of O’Hare TV.
  • EXPEDITION TO TRUFFULA VALLEY—Explore and navigate within the Truffula Valley to learn more about how the characters and creatures come to life.

ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIVE COMBO PACK FEATURES
·      ULTRAVIOLETThe revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and download and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smartphones. Currently available in the United States only.
·      DIGITAL COPY—Viewerscan redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronic and portable devices.
  • uHEAR™:  Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray™ disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.
·      pocket BLU APP—The popular free pocket BLU app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.
    • Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
    • Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
    • Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
    • Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
SYNOPSIS
The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate and Betty White, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone!

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is the third feature created by Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment (Despicable MeHop). 
For more information, please visit www.theloraxmovie.com.
CAST AND FILMMAKERS  
Cast: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate and Betty White
Based on the Book by: Dr. Seuss
Screenplay By: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio
Executive Producers: Audrey Geisel, Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul
Produced By: Christopher Meledandri, Janet Healy
Directed By: Chris Renaud
Co-directed By: Kyle Balda
Music By: John Powell
Edited By: Ken Schretzmann ACE, Claire Dodgson, Steven Liu
Art Director: Eric Guillon
Production Designer: Yarrow Cheney

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
BLU-RAY™ 3D COMBO PACK
Street Date: August 7, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61123232 (US), 61123231 (Canada)
Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG for brief mild language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French 
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DD DVS 2.02, Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1, French DTS Digital Surround 5.1(Canadian), Bonus Audio (English) DTS Surround 5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0

BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK
Street Date: August 7, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61120933 (US), 61122759 (Canada)
Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG for brief mild language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French 
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DD DVS 2.02, Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1, French DTS Digital Surround 5.1(Canadian), Bonus Audio (English) DTS Surround 5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0

DVD
Street Date: August 7, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Selection Numbers: 61118810 (US), 61122758 (Canada)
Running Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Layers: DVD-9
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG for brief mild language
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French 
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1 (Canadian), Bonus Audio (English) Dolby Digital 2.0


Our Review:
We did not get a chance to see Dr. Seuss' The Lorax when it was out in theaters, so DD was super excited to have gotten the Blu-ray and DVD to review. We watch a lot of kids movies and although she enjoys watching them, there aren't many of them that she want to watch over and over again. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is definitely one of those movies that my kids want to watch repeatedly. As a matter of fact, in the one short week since it arrived at our home, DD already watched it 5 times. The basic story is about a young boy named Ted searching for a real tree for the girl he likes. Ted meets Lorax, who is the  protector of trees. Through Ted's journey, residents of the city learns of the destruction outside of it. Seeds are then planted for tress to regrown, animals are returning and the land starts to recover. While this movie is whimsical and entertaining for the kids, what I love the most is the message behind the film. Some of you already know that we try to live as eco-friendly as possible, and watching a movie like this really reinforces the importance of protecting mother nature. If your kids haven't seen the movie, I recommend pick it up for them. If they already saw it, I still recommend picking up a copy. The blu-ray copy includes 3 mini movies : "Forces of Nature,"  "Wagon-Ho" and "Serenade" that were not seen in theaters."

To buy The Lorax, please go to Amazon.com

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of 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 product or products might be different from mine. 

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