Collectors of Manga graphic novels and lovers of Japanese anime, the Mondo Steelbook blu-ray of Ghost in the Shell has been released for home video in a special steel case with a sheath. Awesome looking and perfect sized to fit easily on your shelf, the film itself features 1080p widescreen with a 1:78:1 aspect ratio. Those of you who know how special the title is will probably have already seen the film. But those who are just getting into it, Ghost in the Shell started a wave of futuristic films with high intense action and memorable characters back in 1995. Read more
In case you missed it when it aired on TV or last year’s Digital HD download, Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade is now available on DVD. The very funny little film is perfect for kids and the kid in all of us. Scart that little half squirrel half rat is back for more fun and he starts the film off with a bang. He even has the majority of the special bonus features as you really can’t get enough of the little critter. The whole Ice Age gang is back in this little feature and have brought along a couple of bunnies just in time for Easter. Read more
Adding another princess to their family, the movie Disney’s Moana comes to home video and it’s perfect for kids and family. The animated full feature takes place in the Pacific Islands with Fiji in mind. The heroine is a young girl who wants to save her people from becoming extinct due to lack of food. The comical musical adventure shows how courage, friendship and uniting with others can help you achieve your goal. Read more
One of my favorite Disney films Pinocchio has finally been released on Digital HD in a combo pack with the Blu-ray and DVD. It also has some new bonus features that includes a new version of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa”. The last release of the film to DVD and Blu-ray was in 2009 for its 75th Anniversary edition, so if your little ones have not had the opportunity to see the masterpiece at home, on their tablet, smartphone, or even their laptop, then the Digital HD code inside the box will make it all happen. Read more
Last year’s Disney film Cinderella came out around the same time as this Friday’s release of Disney’s Zootopia. While Cinderella’s March release went on to make a massive amount of money for the mouse house, time will tell if an animated film directed to families will do the same. Certainly Zootopia has a good storyline with a message that it doesn’t matter who you are, you can make your dreams come true, “as long as you work hard to accomplish them”. With that in mind and an excellent voice cast too boot, the family film should start good out of the gate. Read more
Youngsters have a chance to see what the movie series Star Wars were all about at their own level. The just released Lego edition of Star Wars: Droid Tales follows the saga from start to finish cutting out most of the violence and character buildup that gets boring to the young folks. It’s a fun 115 minutes of adventure and comedy that should keep your 7 to 12 year olds excited and happy.
Cute, cuddly and totally tot entertainment Disney Junior’s Pop Star Minnie has arrived on DVD. The young child friendly episodes are perfect entertainment for the little ones and even older children can chime in on the songs. Just in time for Valentine’s Day the DVD includes an inflatable guitar. Read more
Now in release on two separate DVD’s or Blu-ray’s the king of Karate, the one and only Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 just in time for the third sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 in theaters January 29. Loads of laughter and adventure, the first two animated family films were a huge success and are still entertaining children around the globe. Read more
One of their best made animated movies Disney/PIXAR ups their portfolio with The Good Dinosaur, an adventure filled with surprises and comedy. It’s a fun family film that features good values about growing up, facing your fears and friendship. The story may be a little familiar for the teens if they have seen most of the animated films in the past 6 years or so, but the youngsters should love the dinosaurs and young Spot. Don’t believe a word of the not so flattering reviews as they’re written by older jaded critics that have seen everything. Read more
Just when you thought you knew what was going on in your child’s brain, up pops Inside Out a funny little film from Disney/PIXAR. The animation is PIXAR flawless, the direction pin point and the voice acting, well “pitch perfect”. Now on Blu-ray and DVD in a combo pack, it’s fun for the whole family. It may be a little harsh for the young tikes so be there when they want to give you a comfort hug. Read more
This cute little film entertains youngsters and adults alike with its funny tale and slap-stick comedy. A spin-off from Despicable Me, the animated film Minions opens in theaters for a continuation of summer family fun. Much like The Penguins of Madagascar that had a nice run in 2008, the pill shaped Minions will make multi-millions. Read more
Just when you thought you knew what was going on in your child’s brain, up pops Inside Out a funny little film from Disney/PIXAR. The animation is PIXAR flawless, the direction pin point and the voice acting, well “pitch perfect”. The family film however is not without a downside as I feel it’s a bit too depressing. This little adventure is amusing, but let’s hope the sequel is a little more cheerful, adventurous, filled with fasciation and kindhearted next time. “Just saying.” Read more
Although the film Strange Magic, now on DVD, did not receive a huge theatrical box-office like most animated films, for me it’s a fun filled, artistically beautiful film that just missed its audience. The film actually works for most children 3 to 13, but should get more attention from females. I like the superb animation, very good voice acting and enjoyable soundtrack.
Disturbing, mostly violent, dark, spooky, use of rude language and very few redeeming qualities, the animated film Wolfy, The Incredible Secret is NOT for kids. The foreign made movie from France does a fair job aesthetically, provides some adventure yet loses the moral values that most animated family films in the United States are a mainstay. This is not Disney folks! And due to the elementary story should not even appeal to those that fit into the coming of age audience of over 13. Read more
Cute, cuddly and comical Penguins of Madagascar puts on a good show for the kiddies and even us older folks. The story is quite silly, but that’s what makes this quartet of best buddies fun to watch. The soft CGI animation delivers a good look, especially the characters who are nice and squishy. Did I say that? Well anyway the film really targets the right audience and the tykes to teens will love all the humor that even should give dad and mom a few chuckles. Read more