Winnie The Pooh BluRay & DVD Review

I was always a big fan of Winnie the Pooh.  My wife and daughter also love the entire Pooh family.  When they announced a new movie was coming I was a little skeptical, but also quite happy.

Seeing the story unfold on the screen in fashionable Winnie the Pooh manner was a pleasing sight.  A lot of the animations looked just as good, if not better than the original animations from the earlier films.  This was a brilliantly funny movie.  I was a bit surprised to see that the movie was only 60 minutes in length.

I think that this movie goes to prove the ever growing problem of “Jumping to conclusions.”  The storyline was straightforward without any deviations.  The movie kept our attention, and also the children that watched with us.  No boring parts.

The Ballad of Nessie was a very cute mini movie.

I recommend getting this video for your whole family to enjoy.  Winnie the Pooh movies will always be loved by all.

Here is the official release…

ALL THE BELOVED CHARACTERS

FROM THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD ARE BACK!

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DELIGHTFUL ALL-NEW MOVIE COMES HOME TO BLU-RAY,

DVD AND MOVIE DOWNLOAD OCTOBER 25th

Includes an Exclusive Short, Sing-Along Option and Hours More

of Exciting Bonus Features!

Walt Disney Studios proudly invites families and audiences of all ages to return to the HundredAcre Wood with some of the world’s most beloved characters, as “Winnie the Pooh,” the delightful all-new animated feature film comes home to Blu-ray Combo Pack for the very first time, as well as DVD and Movie Download on October 25, 2011.  Reuniting audiences with Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore (who has lost his tail), “Winnie the Pooh” is a honey of an in-home release containing hours of immersive bonus features, including exclusive animated shorts “The Ballad of Nessie” and “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon;” a sing-along viewing option; an informative behind-the-scenes featurette for the whole family and deleted scenes with director commentary – all available on Blu-ray Combo Pack.

Inspired by the beloved stories from A.A. Milne’s books and crafted in Disney’s classic style, “Winnie the Pooh,” is the most critically-acclaimed animated film of 2011*.  It is narrated by the voice of John Cleese and features the vocal talents of legendary voice actor Jim Cummings(over 350 voices including Gnomeo & Juliet) and a host of other distinctive actors including Craig Ferguson(TV’s ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’), Tom Kenny (TV’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’), Bud Luckey (Toy Story 3) and musical performances by Zooey Deschanel (indie folk band “She & Him”).

* RottenTomatoes.com, as of 9/9/2011

The all-new “Winnie the Pooh” brings back to life the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes and characters.  Sure to become a family favorite for every household, it is directed by Stephen Anderson (Meet The Robinsons) and Don Hall (The Princess and The Frog) and Executive Produced by John Lasseter.

Blu-ray ™Bonus Features:

· Exclusive bonus short “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon” – In this charming short, Pooh comes up with a daring plan to get a hold of some honey by fooling a group of bees.

· “The Ballad of Nessie” – The animated short film included in the theatrical release is the heartwarming tale of how Nessie found her new home in the Loch Ness.

· “Winnie the Pooh and His Story Too” – A fun and informative behind-the-scenes look at the film, designed for the whole family. Hosted by John Cleese (narrator of the film), and with occasional help fromPooh himself, this featurette explores Winnie the Pooh’s history from his beginnings as a character in a book, to his continued life in the movies. The filmmakers reveal how they worked to keep the look of the characters and settings in this movie consistent with their first appearances on-screen in1966. Pooh, being a bear of very little mind, finds much of this confusing, but the Narrator and the filmmakers make it all clear to Pooh – and you!

· Deleted Scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 5 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “”Rabbit’s Friends and Relations,” “Original Eeyore Intro,” “Original Tigger Intro” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”

· Sing-Along with the Movie – Follow the red balloon and changing word colors to seven song lyrics featured in the film.

· Disney Song Selection – “Winnie the Pooh Theme Song,” “The Tummy Song, “A Very Important Thing To Do,” “The Backson Song,” “It’s Gonna Be Great,” “Everything is Honey” and “The Winner Song Finale”

DVD Bonus Features:

· “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon”

· “The Ballad of Nessie”

· Deleted scenes introduced by directors, Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 3 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “”Rabbit’s Friends and Relations” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”

Movie Download Bonus Features:

· “Mini-Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The Balloon”

· “The Ballad of Nessie”

· Deleted Scenes introduced directors. Stephen Anderson and Don Hall – 3 deleted scenes including “The Tummy Song,” “Rabbit’s Friends and Relations” and “Pooh Searches for a Tail”

Disc Specifications:

STREET DATE:                         October 25, 2011

Direct prebook:                           August 30, 2011

Distributor prebook:                     September 13, 2011

Suggested retail prices:               3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
$44.99 U.S. and $51.99 Canada

2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)
$39.99 U.S. and $46.99 Canada

1-Disc DVD
$29.99 U.S. and $35.99 Canada

High-Definition Movie Download
$39.99 U.S. and $44.99 Canada
Standard-Definition Movie Download
$29.99 U.S. and $35.99 Canada

Feature Run Time:                      Approx. run time 60 minutes

Rated:                                       G

Aspect Ratio:                             1.78, 16×9

Sound:                                      5.1

Languages:                                English, French and Spanish

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Film Synopsis

Disney returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo – and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey. Disney’s all-new “Winnie the Pooh” movie is inspired by three stories from A.A. Milne’s books in Disney’s classic, hand-drawn art.

About The Filmmakers:

Directed by Stephen Anderson (Meet The Robinsons, The Emperor’s New Groove) and Don Hall
(The Princess and the Frog, Meet The Robinsons), the film was supported by a variety of industry and highly-creative Disney veterans including Producers Peter Del Vecho (The Princess and the Frog, Chicken Little) and Clark Spencer (Bolt, Meet The Robinsons), Executive Producer and two-time Academy Award®-winning director John Lasseter (Toy Story franchise, WALL●E, Bolt) and senior story artist Burny Mattinson (Academy Award®-nominee for Best Animated Short Film, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, 1983 and key animator on the 1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!).

About The English Language Voice Talent:

The “Winnie The Pooh” movie is narrated by funnyman John Cleese (Shrek Forever After, A Fish Called Wanda) and voiced by the talents of Jim Cummings (Gnomeo & Juliet, The Princess and the Frog, Shrek) as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Craig Ferguson (TV’s ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) as Owl, Tom Kenny (TV’s SpongeBob SquarePants) as Rabbit, Travis Oates (TV’s My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too) as Piglet, Bud Luckey (Toy Story 3) as Eeyore,
Kristen Anderson-Lopez (TV’s The Wonder Pets,Off-Broadway’s ‘In Transit’) as Kanga, Wyatt Hall (seven-year-old son of director Don Hall) as Roo and Huell Howser (this was his first role as an actor) as Backson and Jack Boulter (this was his first role as an actor) as Christopher Robin.

About The Music:

The amazing musical scores featured throughout the film were created by Tony® Award-winning songwriter Bobby Lopez, and his wife Kristen, who wrote all of the six spirited new songs for Pooh and his pals, including “The Tummy Song,” “A Very Important Thing To Do,” “Everything Is Honey,” “The Winner Song,” “The Backson Song,” and “It’s Gonna Be Great.” Lopez is behind the Broadway hits “Book of Mormon” and  “Avenue Q” and together they’ve written for Nickelodeon and Disney, including the stage version of “Finding Nemo” and composed songs for several episodes of “The Wonder of Pets,” which earned him two Daytime Emmy® Awards in 2006 for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition.

The original score, a special rendition of the beloved “Winnie the Pooh” theme song for the film was composed by Henry Jackman (“The Da Vinci Code,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “Monsters vs. Aliens”) and sung by actress, musician, singer and songwriter, Zooey Deschanel (Indie folk band, “She & Him”). Deschanel also provided vocals for
“A Very Important Thing To Do” and “So Long.”

About Disney Blu-ray Combo Packs:

To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in 2008 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc plus a DVD and in some cases plus a Digital Copy of the movie in a single package. To date, the company has released almost all their films as Combo Packs. Recent Disney titles released as Combo Packs include Tangled, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Bambi, Santa Paws, Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia.

About The Walt Disney Studios:

For morethan 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which TheWalt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings qualitymovies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced underWalt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!  For more information, please visit www.disney.com.

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Disney Movie Deals

Being a big Disney person we are continually on the lookout for good deals on Disney Movies.  We have done a lot of searching, and to date we have only found one source for a complete Disney Movie person, and that site is the Disney Movie Club.

Introductory Offer:  The Disney Movie Club can get you 4 Disney DVD’s for $1.99 each and also has FREE shipping.

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Mars Needs Moms Review

Mars Needs Moms Bluray Cover

Recently we were given the opportunity to check out the Bluray/DVD combo package of Mars Needs Moms.  We watched the movie as a family, and we absolutely loved it.  This movie can help teach a valuable lesson about love.  There is adventure, and also humor incorporated in the movie.

You can read some more specifics about the movie by checking out our original posting about the movie… http://www.disneycontestblog.com/index.php/mars-needs-moms-giveaway/

Short Synopsis…  (I don’t want to ruin the story so this is very brief…)

A boy named Milo is continually doing things to test his mom.  One night she is captured by aliens, and brought back to Mars.  Milo found a way to hitch onto the ship that captured his mom.  Once on Mars he did everything possible to save her from what was going to happen.

The way that animated movies have evolved is truly amazing.

I give this movie a 10 out of 10 stars.

The DVD package featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the purpose of review. My review is not being monetarily compensated and is based solely on the views and opinions of me, and my family. Note… The opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any manner.

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I Am Number 4 Review

Recently we were given the opportunity to check out a new video that is coming to Blu-ray/DVD/Digital.  The movie is called I Am Number Four.  From a Disney Fan standpoint I am honestly surprised that this movie was done by Disney.  Disney always seems to play it safe when it comes to movies.  This movie has some violence, and death.  This movie is definitely not something I recommend for younger children that scare easily.

The movie was well done, and the special effects were amazing.  By the way… Does anyone know where I can get some of those powers?  I could put them to good use.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR OF DISTURBIA AND

PRODUCER MICHAEL BAY

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On Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Movie Download

And On-Demand May 24th

Disc Extras Include Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features, Six Jaw-Dropping Deleted Scenes, Special Featurette on “Becoming Number 6”, Bloopers And More!

Just in time for summer break comes the ultimate action-packed, thriller I AM NUMBER FOUR, on Blu-ray, DVD, Movie Download and On-Demand May 24th. Starring sensation Dianna Agron (TV’s “Glee”) and heartthrobs Alex Pettyfer (Beastly) and Timothy Olyphant (TV’s “Justified”), I AM NUMBER FOUR will be available to own as either a 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), a 1-Disc Blu-ray, and/or 1-Disc DVD that comes packaged complete with never-before-seen bonus features, including deleted scenes, a special featurette, bloopers and more.

From mega-producer Michael Bay (Transformers franchise) and the director of Disturbia, D.J. Caruso, I AM NUMBER FOUR takes viewers on a suspense-filled ride that keeps them on the edge of their seat as they follow the extraordinary story of a young man who is hiding his true identity to evade a deadly enemy that seeks to destroy him.

Bonus Features:

DVD:

? · “Becoming Number 6” Featurette

? · Bloopers

Blu-ray:

Everything on the DVD plus…

? · 6 Deleted Scenes with Introductions by Director D.J. Caruso

o o “Strangers in Paradise” (Extended)

o o “Sam’s Mom”

o o “Worth Mentioning”

o o “Power Prank”

o o “Trying to Connect”

o o “Extended Warsaw Basement”

Movie Download:

Everything on the DVD plus…

? · 1 Deleted Scene: “Power Prank”

Disc Specifications:

 

About The Film:

Three are dead. Who is Number Four? From director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia), producer Michael Bay (Transformers) and the writers of TV’s Smallville, comes this gripping, action-packed thriller.  John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is an extraordinary teen masking his true identity to elude a deadly enemy sent to destroy him.  Living with his guardian (Timothy Olyphant) in the small town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events — his first love (Dianna Agron, TV’s Glee), powerful new abilities and a secret connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. Complete with deleted scenes and more, I Am Number Four is an explosive, suspense-filled ride that will take you to the edge of your seat and beyond.

About DreamWorks Studios:
DreamWorks Studios is a motion picture company formed in 2009 and led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider in partnership with The Reliance Anil DhirubhaiAmbani Group. Upcoming releases include Cowboys & Aliens, The Help, Fright Night, Real Steeland War Horse.
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Spooky Buddies Comes To DVD and BluRay

Disney‘s Irresistible Talking Puppies Are Back!

 The Highly Anticipated All-New Movie

Joins Disney‘s Most Popular Live-Action Direct-to-Video Franchise

Fantastic Halloween-Themed Family Adventure 

Premieres September 20 Only on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack,  

DVD and Movie Download 

Burbank, Calif., May 5, 2011 – The quintet of irresistible talking puppies, Disney‘s lovable ―Buddies,‖ are back for a ghoulish good time in a fantastic all-new Halloween-themed adventure, Spooky Buddies.  The studio‘s most popular live-action, direct-to-video franchise makes its highly anticipated return, premiering on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Movie Download — September 20 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.  To learn more about this title, consumers are invited to visit www.disney.com/spookybuddies

Overflowing with trick-or-treat action, the ‗Buddies‘ films are favorites of families and kids of all ages.  Spooky Buddies continues the overwhelmingly popular franchise that features the adorable talking puppies, with action, laughs and fast-paced adventure.  In this latest movie caper, the lovable canine clan find themselves in a mysterious mansion, with no less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance as they must stop a dastardly warlock from his plans for world destruction.  

Packed with fun, excitement and a bag full of bonus features, Spooky Buddies is a spooktacular feature-length movie that treats audiences to a celebration of friendship and teamwork for the whole family. 

Spooky Buddies stars the voices of Diedrich Bader (TV‘s ―The Drew Carey Show‖), Ryan Stiles (TV‘s ―The Drew Carey Show‖), Debra Jo Rupp (TV‘s ―That 70‘s Show‖), Tim Conway (TV‘s ―SpongeBob SquarePants,‖ ―The Carol Burnett Show‖), Frankie Jonas (TV‘s ―Jonas‖), G. Hannelius (TV‘s ―Good Luck Charlie‖), Ty Panitz (Santa Buddies, How to Eat Fried Worms), Charles Henry Wyson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Nico Ghisi (Santa Buddies).  It also features the acting talents of Harland Williams (The Whole Nine Yards, Dumb and Dumber), Rance Howard (Night Club, The Dilemma), Jennifer Elise Cox (TV‘s ―Pretty the Series,‖ The Brady Bunch Movie), Pat Finn (I Love You, Beth Cooper), Michael Teigen (Santa Buddies), Elisa Donovan (Clueless), Sierra McCormick (Ramona and Beezus), Skyler Gisondo (Santa Buddies, Space Buddies), Sage Ryan (Piranha), Jake Johnson (TV‘s ―Little Monk‖), and Tucker Albrizzi (Bridesmaids).  Director Robert Vince and Producer Anna McRoberts partner for their sixth ―Buddies‖ film. 

In Spooky Buddies, the lovable ―Buddies‖ — talking pups B-Dawg, Budderball, Buddha, Mudbud, and Rosebud — embark on a spine-tingling journey across town to a shadowy mansion shrouded in legendary secrets.  In a race against the mysterious Howlloween Hound, the Buddies and some new friends — Pip, Zelda, Rodney and Skip — must stop Warwick the Warlock to save the world from his dastardly deeds. Their brave exploits in this trick-or-treat adventure highlight the importance of friendship, courage and teamwork. 

Bonus Features for Blu-ray, DVD & Movie Downloads 

 DIGS: Rosebud Edition — Leo Howard of Disney Channel‘s Leo Little‘s Big Show interviews Rosebud, the only female pup in the Buddies litter, as she invites viewers into her dream home for an exciting tour. Highlights include the creative use of the color pink throughout her décor, her blush-colored car – the perfect vehicle for the ultimate blond driver – and her fabulous closet holding luxurious garments, and some costumes that fans may recognize from past adventures. 

 All-New Music Video “Monster Mash” — A fun new Hip hop cover of this Halloween classic introduces the popular song to a new generation of trick-or-treaters with a high- energy new routine performed by Davis Cleveland, Adam Irigoyen, and Kenton Duty from the cast of Disney‘s Shake It Up. 

Disc Specifications: 

STREET DATE:   9/20/11 

Direct prebook:   7/26/11 

Distributor prebook:   8/9/11 

Suggested retail prices: 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD) = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada; 1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada; High Definition Movie Download = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada; Standard Definition Movie Download = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada 

Feature Run Time:  Approx. run time 88 minutes 

Rated:    G (bonus material not rated) 

Technical specifications may only apply to feature 

Aspect Ratio:   1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16X9 televisions) 

Sound:    DVD: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound  

Blu-ray: 5.1 DTS HD 

Languages:   English, French and Spanish audio;  

    English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles 

For those who would like to stay connected with what’s happening with the upcoming release of Dumbo are encouraged to: 

 “Like” the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Disney-Buddies/184471588267367 

 Follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/disneypictures  

 View exciting trailers, video clips and more at http://www.youtube.com/disneymovies 

About the Franchise 

All of Disney‘s Air Bud and ―Buddies‖ movies celebrate friendship and teamwork.  In 1997, the first feature, Air Bud, started it all.  It introduced ―Bud,‖ the athletic full-grown Golden Retriever, and became a hit with families around the world.  The sports-themed series would go on to delight families with content appropriate for even the youngest viewers, exploring classic values such as good sportsmanship and loyalty, among others, as Bud tried his paw at basketball, football, soccer, baseball and even beach volleyball. 

The introduction of adorable puppy movies with talking characters, followed the ―Bud‖ movies in 2006, with Air Buddies.  It quickly became the biggest live-action Direct-To-DVD movie of the year. 2008 brought Snow Buddies, another triumph as the pups competed in an Alaskan dogsled adventure. The film again achieved top-dog status, becoming the best-selling live-action Direct-to- DVD of all time*! Just a year later, Space Buddies sent the puppies where no dog has gone before, launching yet another fan favorite. Later that year, the pups travelled to the North Pole for their first holiday adventure with Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws which spurred the 2010 prequel, The Search for Santa Paws.  

About Disney Blu-ray Combo Packs:   

To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney classics, in 2008 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc plus a DVD and in some cases plus a Digital Copy of the movie in a single package. To date, the company has released almost all their films as Combo Packs. Recent Disney titles released as Combo Packs include Tangled, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Bambi, Santa Paws, Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia. 

About Walt Disney Studios: 

For more than 85 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (DIS: NYSE) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under four banners: Walt Disney Pictures, which includes Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Touchstone Pictures and Marvel. Through the Home Entertainment division, innovative distribution methods provide access to creative content across multiple platforms. Original music and motion picture soundtracks are produced under Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records, while Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Broadway theatrical productions, Disney on Ice and Disney LIVE!.  For more information, please visit www.disney.com

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