The Lorax on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack

A few months ago I read the book Dr Seuss' The Lorax for the first time to my daughter.  She had all sorts of questions about why this happened or that happened in Thneedville and was really taken with the story, so when her grandma invited her to the movie one afternoon she was elated.  … Read more

An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars Airs this Saturday, July 14th!

My daughter is officially American Girl obsessed.  Specifically, she’s obsessed with McKenna, the 2012 American Girl Doll of The Year.    What started off as a “look, she’s from Seattle!” infatuation has quickly turned into full-blown adoration with McKenna and her story.  Now, much of the day is spent discussing whether McKenna would wear her hair … Read more

The Avengers: Six Super Heroes for the Price of One!

 This Friday, the summer blockbuster season officially kicks off when The Avengers hits theaters on May 4th.  Since we can't resist a bargain, with six super heroes in one movie we knew this was one flick we knew we couldn’t miss {BOG5 is a deal no one should pass up}. Especially since the last few … Read more

The Secret World of Arrietty arrives in theaters today!

This past weekend we headed to Seattle for a much-needed family day.  The first stop was to go see a pre-screening of The Secret World of Arrietty, the new movie based off of one of my favorite childhood stories, The Borrowers.  If you aren’t familiar with the story, it’s about a family Arrietty1of “little people” who secretly live under the floor boards of an old garden home and only come out to “borrow” what they need to survive.

If you read here frequently, you know how much I love things that are the wrong size, so tiny people living in the floorboards and repurposing everyday items into usable miniatures is just about as cool as it gets.  I will admit I wasn’t super excited when I found out that the movie was drawn in Japanese style animation, but I loved The Borrowers story so much that I couldn’t resist seeing the movie. And, surprisingly, I found I really loved the movie and enjoyed the animation throughout the film. 

Here’s a blurb about the film: Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger.

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Lady and the Tramp Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD

I have always loved Lady and the Tramp and I vividly remember watching the VHS over and over with my sister when we were young.  I think we must have sung the “The Siamese Cat Song” {AKA “We Are Siamese”} every day from kindergarten to 5th grade and even to this day I 513gktYggtL._SL500_AA300_can’t help but smile as I remember how much we adored the film. 

The one thing that wasn’t vivid was the quality of the tape from our youth that had seen its better days and hadn’t been treated as it should.  Seeing the Lady and the Tramp this past week in all its restored glory on Blu-ray was definitely the way it was meant to be seen.  Bright and vibrant in HD, the film’s hand-drawn artwork doesn’t show its age at all and even my husband thought it was decades newer than it actually is.

My daughter, who knows nothing of VHS tapes, will only ever know of Lady and the Tramp in its beautifully restored Blu-ray release and she was completely blown away.  In fact, it’s her new favorite movie, even surpassing her “princess movies” and she’s asked to watch it every single night since it arrived.  And, watching it again with her, I had forgotten how great of a movie it really is. 

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Dead Poets Society Comes to Blu-ray

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,” a very simple sentiment, but something that you just can’t hear often enough.  While the phrase “carpe diem” might be what Dead Poets Society is known for, and quite frankly, the only thing I remembered about the movie from when we watched it in High School, the latter phrase … Read more

Original Christmas Classics come to DVD

Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide – Day 28 Nothing gets you in the spirit of Christmas quite like watching some holiday movies, whether it’s classics from your youth or new adaptations of well-loved stories.  When I think of holiday classics, the first thing that comes to mind is the animated and stop-motion movies I grew up … Read more

The Help Arrives on DVD and Blu-ray {$5 off Coupon}

Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide – Day 17 A few months ago I got the chance to attend a prescreening of the movie The Help that is based off the New York Times best-selling book with the same name by Kathryn Stockett.  Even though it’s been months since I saw the movie, I’ve thought about it … Read more

Winnie The Pooh on Blu-ray & DVD 10/25

Have you seen Disney’s new Winnie The Pooh movie?  We were sad we missed it in theatres,  so I was really excited to review the new Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack a few days ago and have a movie night with the family.  Having seen numerous trailers for the release, I had thought the film would be cute, but it turns out that it’s adorable.  If you haven’t already seen the film, prepared to be enchanted.


If you are a fan of Pooh, you will love the classic rendition of the gang and the common themes throughout all books, movies, and stories in the Hundred Acre Wood.  But, what’s really cool is that even if you aren’t a big Pooh fan, it’s still a fun and lighthearted movie the whole family can enjoy. 

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Dumbo 70th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack

First Time in High Definition — As A 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Movie Download

I truly think that the movie Dumbo gets better with age.  When I was young, it was a funny story about an elephant with big ears, a mouse, and a funny supporting cast of characters.  But, the older I get, the more important the message is.  What better than a flying elephant to teach us the power of believing in yourself and that sometimes your biggest handicap ends up being your biggest asset in the end? 

Dumbo Also better, but in this case despite its age, is the film’s newly restored state which returns Dumbo to its original pristine condition.  In honor of the 70th anniversary, Disney is releasing the restored classic as well as bringing the flying elephant into HD for the first time ever.  I will admit I hadn’t seen the film for over a decade before the newest release, but even so, I was really impressed with the restoration and how it revitalized the 70-year-old film.

Also impressive is how a 70 year old film not only remains relevant, hilarious, and heartwarming, but also how it captivates both the young and old alike.  Released in 1941, Dumbo may be Walt Disney’s 4th animated film ever, but the classic film is timeless and elegant even a full 7 decades later.  If you haven’t seen Dumbo recently, now is your chance to own the film as it was meant to be seen.  

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