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THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD is Epic Summer Fun!

 

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Jeri Jacquin

In theatres today from director Patrick Hughes and Lionsgate is a pairing whose time has come with THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD.

Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) was the world’s top bodyguard, Triple-A rated in fact. Notice I said was! In the blink of an eye Bryce’s life went from the best of everything, including girlfriend Amelia (Elodie Yung) and a nice car to, well, not so much the best.

When a client is taken out on his watch, he is now driving a small set of wheels and shaving has literally taken a back seat. Bryce’s boring life is about to change thanks to Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman), former country leader who is being prosecuted by The Hague for war crimes.

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In order to hold Dukhovich responsible, prosecutors have a key witness in Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) who was captured and has agreed to talk. Bryce’s ex-Amelia heads a tactical group in charge of getting Kincaid to court before time runs out. Unfortunately there are those who are going to make that difficult.

Part of the deal in talking is that Kincaid’s wife Sonia (Salma Hayek) would be released from prison which is just fine with Renata Casoria (Tine Joustra) and Jean Foucher (Joaquim de Almeida).

On the way the caravan is attack with Amelia and Kincaid surviving running to the nearest safe house. Knowing that getting to The Hague is imperative, Amelia calls Bryce for help. The moment Bryce and Kincaid meet it is clear these two hold grudges but not punches.

Yet a bromance begins that takes them through firefights, chases, moles, one-liners, realizations, if you can believe it – talks of love!

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Reynolds as Bryce does this duo-comedy proud, but then again this isn’t rocket science. Reynolds has timing and a way of delivering a line that is sheer hilarity and, on occasion, becomes memorable. He has a razor sharp wit (have you seen his tweets?) and a sarcasm many wish they had. THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD is a laughing-notch in his comedic belt in the role of Bryce as the uptight and resentful bodyguard who isn’t exactly thrilled with helping an ex or a criminal.

Jackson as Kincaid is doing what Jackson seems to do best, be wild and crazy. Kincaid is a criminal who took the bait getting caught and has no problem making a deal, not for himself but his love Sonia. Once out in the world however, he knows exactly how to take care of himself and have a good time doing it. Kincaid is the huge thorn in Bryce’s side and enjoys that too! There is absolutely no way Jackson didn’t have a blast doing this film because his character was certainly enjoying himself. He gets to swear, use a gun, talk smack and claim love – a well rounded acting gig if you ask me.

Hayek as Sonia is hysterical and gives her the chance to show her verbal badassness while looking pretty good in a jail cell. Again, she seemed to be having a great time. Rousell as Yung has a history with Bryce but that doesn’t stop her character from throwing him into the fray.

Oldman as Dukhovich gives his best crazy despot who doesn’t mind killing his own people and trying to get away with it character. It feels a bit like an older version of his crazy terrorist who doesn’t mind killing anyone as Ivan Korshunov in the 1997 film AIR FORCE ONE. Always love me some Oldman so no complaints from me.

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Other cast include Tsuwayuki Saotome as Kurosawa (remember that name), Rod Hallet as Professor Asimov, Yuri Kolokolnikov as Ivan, Barry Atsma as Moreno, and Richard E. Grant as Seifert.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD five tubs of popcorn out of five. I do this pretty much for one obvious reason, I laughed – and laughed hard! That is a big thing for me since most of this movie year I’ve been crying and bitching. This film took all that laughter I have been saving and shook it all right out of me.

Okay, I will also admit here, and see it as a warning in advance, don’t drink and laugh. There is a particular moment between Reynolds and Jackson that caused me to shoot Dr. Pepper right outta my nose – yes folks, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD produced an asner of epic proportion.

Yes, this is a buddy movie, yes there are a lot of those but are they as good as this? A few are and THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD is setting a new high for finding the right duo to pull it off. Reynolds and Jackson are epic together and verbally go mouth-to-mouth with wit, sarcasm and song.

So group up and head to the theatre for a serious good time with laughs provided by two of everyone’s favorite crazy people with THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD.

In the end – everyone is out to get them if they don’t kill each other first!

DisneyNature Brings BORN IN CHINA to Stunning Bluray

 

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray/DVD and Digital from DisneyNature with director Chuan Lu and narrated by John Krasinski is the amazing four season journey when you are BORN IN CHINA.

In the vastness of China and the four seasons, DisneyNature follows Dawa, a stunningly beautiful snow leopard who blends into her surroundings. This comes in extremely handy when raising two adorable cubs. Teaching them to everything they needs to know about being snow leopards, they also discover the dangers when a group of snow leopards invade Dawa’s territory.

Tao Tao is a golden snub-nosed monkey who is dealing with family issues. When a little sister is born into his family, Tao Tao begins to feel a little ignored and turns to a life of mischief with the Lost Boys. That is until one lesson learned changes the tide of a grateful father!

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Ya Ya is thrilled to be the mother to a very young Mei Mei, a daughter. Raising this feisty little black and white bundle seems such a joy for Mom. Mei Mei decides she wants to learn all about her surroundings and under her watchful eye, the young panda learns what it means to be just that – a panda.

Also in China are the beautiful landscapes and animals that make up the live and livelihood of this country, including the noble Red-Crowned Cranes. It is breathtaking knowing they are all born in China!

What a beautiful film and I don’t think I said ‘awwww’ quite enough times. DisneyNature always captures the stunning surroundings of beautiful animals. They do so without being intrusive and letting us all know that there is both life and death in the animal kingdom without making it graphically so.

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The Bluray gives the film a continued richness of color and depth that I appreciate. These animals, like the snow leopard have stunning colors in their eyes and fur – even if the panda is only black and white. The greenery and color is equally as magical because as much as I would like to be there in person, DisneyNature has given me the next best thing.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment began distributing under its own label in 1980 and continues to bring quality programming to kids and kids at heart. Home of the most beloved animated features including SNOW WHITE, PINOCCHIO and SLEEPING BEAUTY to name a few is what keeps families coming back for more. To see what is currently available to add to your own family library please visit. www.movies.disney.com for their At Home titles!

Also, go to http://nature.disney.com/born-in-china for a download Educator’s Guide and Activity Packet to have teachable moments that are filled with fun as well. There is so much information on the animals and fun crafts that bring the story of these beautiful animals home.

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BORN IN CHINA comes in Bluray/DVD and Digital with the ability to stream and download on a Smartphone, tablet, television or computer. The Bluray Bonus Extras include Panda Suits & Bamboo Shoots – Join the team as they struggle through an almost impenetrable bamboo forest in an effort to capture footage of pandas in the wild, and Walking with Monkeys – The shivering crew bundles up to film the adorable golden snub-nosed monkeys engaged in a surprisingly human activity.

Also included is Monsters of Camouflage – Go behind the scenes as the filmmakers set out on a quest never before achieved to find and film a snow leopard family in the wild, Wading Through the Wetlands – A crew travels to far northeast China to catch the first moments of a red-crowned crane chick’s life and finally the Everything Everything Music Video performed by American Authors.

DisneyNature through the Disney Conservation Fun has made a contribution to World Wildlife Fun, to benefit wild pandas and snow leopards which is such an amazing thing to do.

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BORN IN CHINA gives us all an inside look at these amazing families filled with love, playfulness, caring, struggle, hardship and danger. The dynamics of their lives is one of family first and clearly nothing gets in the way of that – nothing!

DisneyNature has once again brought beauty from beginning to end with the animals and their surroundings. In watching what is to come I am thrilled to see their next project is DOLPHINS!

Gather up the family once again for some Disney time and share in a part of the world we once knew so little about. Becoming informed and appreciative of these animals is heartwarming and gives us all an opportunity to be part of something bigger.

In the end – from their family to ours!

 

Time Life Brings Back a Favorite with ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD this September is one of the most ground breaking television shows that left an impact on my funny bone with Time Life’s ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN: The Complete First Season.

Comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin hit the American television airwaves in 1967 with a special called Laugh-In. Little could they have predicated that the show was so successful that they would come back to television the next year!

Bringing in a combination of hippiness and slap stick comedy, there were fast-paced one-liners and skits that were filled with sex and politics and all led by Rowan and Martin. The series also became home to regulars such as announcer Gary Owens who had one hand over his ear.

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With a cute and very young Goldie Hawn to a “very interesting but stupid” Arte Johnson (by the way I think I said that almost every day growing up thanks to him), a high strung Jo Anne Worley, a very English Richard Dawson, and the meek Henry Gibson.

Two of my all-time favorite characters on Laugh-In were and are Ernestine the Telephone Operator and the young girl Edith Ann ‘who is only five years old’ sitting in her large rocker telling tales of family life finishing with ‘and that’s the truth’ followed by a raspberry.

That’s what made ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN absolutely amazing to watch. The witty repartee between Rowan and Martin had the audience convinced that the latter may not be the bright bulb of the duo. All of that followed by a door backdrop called the ‘joke wall’ where 60’s music way play and stopped by the opening of a door and the cast laughed at one another’s jokes.

It all ended when Rowan would turn to Martin with ‘say goodnight Dick’ and the reply ‘goodnight Dick’ ended the show.

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Time Life is taking us there again with the first season which means I get to reminisce all over again. The four-disc set has fourteen completely re-mastered episodes which much of it never-before-seen. There are hours of bonus material including the original pilot which I was thrilled to see again and can’t believe I remembered it!

There is also interviews with creator George Schaltter and guests including Harry Belefonte, Milton Berle, Johnny Carson, Cher, Tim Conway, Sammy Davis Jr., Sally Field and the beloved and iconic Jerry Lewis.

Time Life continues to bring never before released anywhere classic collections of television shows for fans to revisit and remember what has made television so special. Time Life has released Mama’s Family, CPO Sharkey and The Tonight Show and they now reminds of us of a time when sex and politics were up for grabs with ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN. For more of what Time Life has to offer fans of classic television visit www.timelife.com.

ROWAN & MARTIN’s LAUGH-IN also brought to the forefront those who would go on to do more amazing comedy such as the absolutely inspired Flip Wilson who gets to be Adam living outside the Garden of Eden. How about seeing Tim Conway and Cher as John Smith and Pocahontas? Yes, that is unexpected and fantastic comedy of this series.

Anyone want to tip-toe through the tulips once again with Tiny Tim and his ukulele or how about Ruth Buzzi’s spinster lady who just couldn’t seem to cut a break on the bench or in love! Judy Carne is introduced as the ‘sock it to me’ gal and Goldie Hawn shares with the world her memorable giggle.

The set features Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Pamela Austin, Ken Berry, Eileen Brennan, Ruth Buzzi, Judy Carne, Barbara Feldon, Henry Gibson, Goldie Hawn, Larry Hovis, Arte Johnson, Gary Owens, and Jo Anne Worley. Also included are the Classic Long-Running Features Sock It To Me, Cocktail Party and the Joke Wall, First Appearance of Tyrone F. Horneigh, and Sammy Davis Jr. Introduces ‘Here Comes the Judge’.

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A stellar list of guest stars include Don Adams, Kaye Ballard, Harry Belafonte, Milton Berle, Joey Bishop, Sonny Bono, John Byner, Johnny Carson, Cher, Tim Conway, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sally Field, Peter Lawford, Jerry Lewis, Ed McMahon, Jill St. John, Dinah Shore, Tom Smothers Connie Stevens, Larry Storch, John Wayne and so many more.

The best part is the Bonus Features with the Laugh-In Pilot, 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion Highlights, New Interviews with Creator and Executive Producer George Schaltter and my personal all time favorite of the DVD’s the Laugh-In Bloopers.

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In was a television event that happened week after week. I’m not sure my parents were too thrilled in the beginning with my wanting to join in the comedy. Eventually it became their weekly guilty-pleasure until the show ended in 1973.

What this variety show did was open the door for so much talent to come through keeping comedy coming to our television screens. Time Life brings it all to a new generation who now can share in what made us laugh in the 60’s and 70’s because, quite honestly, it hasn’t changed much.

Pushing the boundaries of sex and politics mashed up with comedy is what we need again today and ROWAN & MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN does just that. This DVD couldn’t be released at a better time than now and I can’t wait for more seasons to follow!

In the end – just say goodnight Dick!

MASTER OF THE DRUNKEN FIST: Beggar So and MASTER OF THE SHADOWLESS KICK: Wong Kei-ying are Both Packed on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray from director Guo Jian-Yong and HBO HOME ENTERTAINMENT comes two films that are powerful in martial arts and story telling with MASTER OF THE DRUNKEN FIST: Beggar So and MASTER OF THE SHADOWLESS KICK: Wong Kei-ying.

A visit to the Emperor palace has put the Chan family in danger in MASTER OF THE DRUNKEN FIST: Beggar So. Chan, a military scholar visited the royal kitchen with unexpected consequences meeting Lau Pak-Gwai of the Beggar Sect. Now, the Empress Dowager sentences So Chan to a flogging and loss of family property. His family is now exiled to the Heilongjiang Tower as slaves.

All of that because of a jealous man who wanted Chan’s family out of his way especially Lord Su Bao. Ordering them to death secretly, the conspiracy begins. Chan meets a beggar gang who helps him learn the skill of the Drunken Fist to become known as Beggar So. He also meets the Lau’s daughter who he comes to have feelings for.

Now he wants the family and a new found love to know he fights for them!

In MASTER OF THE SHADOWLESS KICK: Wong Kei-ying, Wong is a physician who helps all that come to him. Dealing with the death of his wife, he throws himself into helping as many people as possible.

He sees the suffering of the people with little food and a booming opium business. Trying to avoid the politics around him, he is taken in by the new governor of Canton Wei. That’s when Wong discovers illustrations that teach him the skill of the Shadowless Kick.

Mastering the skill may be the only chance they all have to survive the evil of Governor Wei!

HBO Home Entertainment has an extensive array of critically-acclaimed and groundbreaking programs found on Bluray, DVD and Digital HD. They have provided viewers with some of the most amazing programs with huge fan bases that include the shows True Blood, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, True Detectives, The Wire, Entourage and Game of Thrones. Launched in 1984, HBO is world wide in viewed entertainment in more than 70 territories around the world! For more of what they have to offer please visit www.hbo.com.

Filmed in Hengdian, China, this film is HBO Asia’s very first Chinese-language production and their first approach to the martial arts genre. The films executive producer is acclaimed Hong Kong director Corey Yuen who is responsible for THE TRANSPORTER and director Guo Jian-Yong choreographed the action of CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE and the first three TRANSPORTER franchise films.

I have become a big fan of the films coming from Asia with its rich story telling and epic feel. The cinematographer is always amazing using the land around the story as another character. The costuming is so stunning and intricate with such contrasting colors that it adds a stunning note to the story telling.

Even the paintings, the cups, vases and furniture add an amazing depth to taking the audience into another time and space. These things are all important for me and those who have come to enjoy the films coming from Asia.

In the end – they both become masters to save those they love!

THE LION KING Roars onto Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

This week on Bluray/DVD and Digital and directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff is the Signature Walt Disney Collection and the Circle of Life Edition of THE LION KING.

On Pride Rock a new prince is born to Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and Sarabi (Madge Sinclair). Simba (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) begins to learn the ways of the pride under the watchful eye of Zazu (Rowan Atkinson). Joined by Nala (Niketa Calame), the two young cubs explore their world.

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Also watching the young prince is Scar (Jeremy Irons), Simba’s angry and plotting uncle who wants what Mufasa has. In one afternoon Scar, along with the help from hyenas Banzai (Cheech Marin) and Shenzi (Whoopie Goldberg), rid the pride lands of their king and prince.

Simba makes his way across the plains meeting Timon (Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (Ernie Sabella) but always remembering home. Simba (Matthew Broderick) has now grown to a full size lion enjoying his days until one day he meets Nala (Moira Kelly) again. She is very upset thinking that he was dead but now needs him to return to help the pride from his nasty uncle.

After a talk with Rafiki (Robert Guillaume), Simba knows he must return and set things right for the memory of his father and the survival of the pride!

Thomas as the young Simba has the voice filled with mischief and fun. That’s what catches the kid in us all. His musical relationship with Timon and Pumbaa gave us all a new phrase into the lexicon with ‘Hakuna Matata!’ Broderick as the older Simba brings the intensity to the young lion and a past that he must face head on.

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Irons as Scar is creepy, scary and awesome all rolled into one. I just love his vocal portrayal that drips with distain and sugar sprinkled on it. Jones as Mufasa could be the only one to speak for Mufasa.

Lane as Timon is hilarious along with Sabella as the endearing Pumbaa. Together they are perfection in the film. Goldberg and Marin as the very sarcastic and self-entertaining hyenas. They made me laugh because of their laugh!

Guillaume as Rafiki is that crazy shaman who seems slightly off until you realize that it’s just his way to capture your attention and the truth about life. Atkinson as Zazu is equally endearing and quite different than most physical roles he has played.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment began distributing under its own label in 1980 and continues to bring quality programming to kids and kids at heart. Home of the most beloved animated features including SNOW WHITE, PINOCCHIO and SLEEPING BEAUTY to name a few is what keeps families coming back for more. To see what is currently available to add to your own family library please visit. www.movies.disney.com for their At Home titles!

THE LION KING on Bluray has amazing Bonus Extras that include The Recording Session – Enter the recording booth and watch never-before-seen voice recording sessions, Inside The Story Room – Rare archival footage shows the origins of five iconic scenes, Visualizing a Villain – Performance Artist David Garibaldi creates his own unique interpretation of the iconic villain Scar, The Lion King: Song Selection – All new sing-along version of the movie with ‘Circle of Life’, “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’, ‘Be Prepared’, ‘Hakuna Matata’ and ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’.

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 What can be said about THE LION KING that hasn’t been said a hundred times over? This is a fantastic film filled with so many themes of love, family, togetherness, adversity, trials and redemption. This is one of Disney’s most memorable films and it will continue to be for more generations.

It is hard to believe that THE LION KING graced theatres in 1994 and now, in 2017, twenty-three years later the film still holds firm with audiences. The best part is that on Bluray it is absolutely stunning. The picture is unbelievable and the color is so impressive! Watching the film with my granddaughter I think we were both jaw dropped and enraptured at the same time and I’d have it no other way.

The Circle of Life Edition of THE LION KING has something even more exciting inside with a Limited Edition 35-mm film strip frame that has been sourced from the film’s original digital files. Absolutely amazing!

In the end – the King has returned!

ALIEN: COVENANT Terrifies on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

This week on Bluray/DVD and Digital HD from director Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is the iconic space invader of another kind with ALIEN: COVENANT.

Years have passed since the expedition on LV-223 and it was a complete horror. Now another ship called Covenant is in deep space carrying 2,000 colonists headed for Oriage-6. This is to be a planet that will become a new world for those in hibernation.

The Covenant receives a transmission of unknown origin and a decision must be made if they are to go off course. On board is Oram (Billy Crudup), Daniels (Katherine Waterston), Tennessee (Danny McBride), Lope (Demian Bichir), Ricks (Jussie Smollett), Upworth (Callie Hernandez) and Faris (Amy Seimetz).

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Also on board is android Walter (Michael Fassbender) who has his own opinion about their deviation from their original course. Oram makes the decision to go to the planet surface with a small crew. Daniels isn’t happy about that decision and almost immediately it is proven her suspicions are correct.

Following the signal they come across a large complex and David (Michael Fassbender) who explains how he and Dr. Shaw ended up on the planet. Walter is fascinated by David but it becomes clear where the horror of this planet really lies.

Waterston as Daniels makes it clear that landing on the unknown planet was a bad idea. She is the one person who manages to keep it together in a place where losing it would be most people’s reaction. Crudup as Oram isn’t sure his decision is the right one yet he takes on the leader role believing this is the right thing to do.

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This is an interesting role for McBride as Tennessee because he is still a cut-up yet can get so serious. I actually was all on board with this character and cheered him on more than any of the others. I love seeing Bichir as Lope but then again I love seeing anything Birchir does. He has a presence on screen, big and small.

Oh my goodness Mr. Fassbender, without giving anything away to anyone who hasn’t seen the film just trust me on this. There is a scene between David and Walter that is amazing and I truly believe only Fassbender could have made it so riveting to watch.

Other cast include: Nathaniel Dean as Hallet, Alexander England as Ankor, Benjamin Rigby as Ledward, Uli Latukefu as Cole, Tess Haubrich as Rosenthal and Lorelei King as the voice of Mother. There is also an appearance by James Franco as Branson, Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland and Noomi Rapace as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw.

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

The Bluray/DVD Special Features include Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott, Deleted and Extended Scenes (please watch this!!!), Master Class: Ridley Scott on Bluray only, Production Gallery, David’s Illustrations, InWorld Featurettes: Advent and Phobos and more! Also included is the Digital HD that can be watched on all your enabled devices.

ALIEN: COVENANT is the next chapter in the saga of the iconic alien that now spans three generations in this family. We all know who they are and what they can do yet we run to see how and to get the answers to the mystery. Even if we don’t get that answer, Ridley Scott throws in the visual twists and turns keep everyone guessing.

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So the goal is to get your hands on all of the ALIEN films and make it a marathon with friends topping it off with ALIEN: COVENANT on stunning Bluray this week!

In the end – witness the creation of fear!

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 35th ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET

STEVEN SPIELBERG’S TIMELESS CLASSIC CELEBRATES 35 YEARS AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST BELOVED FILMS 

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 

35th ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET

 

AVAILABLE WITH 4K UHD AND BLU-RAY™ ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 

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In 1982, acclaimed director Steven Spielberg created iconic movie magic with his classic film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the unforgettable and emotional adventure of an adorable alien lost on Earth and the lonely boy who befriends him. Winner of four Academy Awards®, including Best Music, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has become a cinematic touchstone for generations of moviegoers and one of the most beloved films of all time.

Now, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the film’s original theatrical release with a special gift set, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 35th Anniversary Limited Edition on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray™ + Digital available on September 12, 2017.

This special gift set features premium packaging, includes a re-mastered CD soundtrack of the original Grammy Award®-winning album, is packed with over three hours of bonus features and includes a collector’s booklet with behind-the-scenes stories and rare images from the archives. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 35th Anniversary Limited Edition retains all the excitement, drama and warm-hearted humor that made it an instant worldwide classic.

Fans can also relive the adventure and magic of one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time, with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack along with the new Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD editions that showcase new artwork of the beloved cast on September 12, 2017. All releases include  a code to redeem the film on Digital plus over three hours of bonus features such as deleted scenes and revealing interviews that bring back the film’s humor, suspense and wonder, making this a must-own movie for everyone’s library.

Captivating audiences of all ages, this timeless story follows the unforgettable journey of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy he befriends. Join Elliot (Henry Thomas), Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and Michael (Robert MacNaughton) as they come together to help E.T. find his way home. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is “one of the great American films” (Leonard Maltin) that forever belongs in the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial returns to movie theaters nationwide for a two day cinema event on Sunday, September 17, and Wednesday, September 20. These special event screenings will feature an exclusive commentary from TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz. Tickets and participating theaters are available at www.FathomEvents.com.

 

BONUS FEATURES on BLU-RAY™ and DVD:

The E.T. Journals – Retrace the day-to-day experience of creating E.T from behind-the-scenes footage shot by Academy Award®-winning cinematographer John Toll.

Steven Spielberg & E.T. – Watch an interview with Steven Spielberg, as he reflects back on the film and discusses his experience working with the actors, as well as his overall and current perspective on E.T.

The Music of E.T.: A Discussion with John Williams – Interviews and footage focused on the long-standing relationship between John Williams and Steven Spielberg.

Designs, Photographs and Marketing of E.T

E.T. Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux

E.T. Designs by Carlo Rambaldi

Spaceship Designs by Ralph McQuarrie

Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux

Production Photographs

Marketing E.T. A Look Back – A special insider’s look into the making of E.T. featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, the cast, and others intimately involved with the film.

The E.T. Reunion – The cast and filmmaker reunite to discuss their thoughts on the impact of the film.

The 20th Anniversary Premiere – Composer John Williams played the score of E.T. live at the Shrine Auditorium for the re-release premiere of E.T.   This featurette gives us a behind the scenes look at this presentation.

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Here is your chance to win a copy of your very own! It’s very simple – email hellomoviemaven@aol.com with “E.T. Come Home” in the subject line along with your name and address in the email. This is definitely one prize pack that reaches out to the kid in us all!

 

WIND RIVER Brings a Winter Chill to a Dark Story

 

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Jeri Jacquin

In theatres this Friday from writer/director Taylor Sheridan and The Weinstein Company is the mystery and murder on WIND RIVER.

Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) is a Fish and Game Agent who sometimes must hunt down animals that kill ranchers’ herds. While following the tracks of a mountain lion, Lambert comes across human tracks. Following them he finds the body of a young girl.

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On Native American lands, Lambert calls Ben (Graham Greene) the local law enforcement who also calls federal officer Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen). Clearly not ready to take on a case like this, she asks Lambert to assist in finding out who is responsible.

Lambert agrees but only because the young girl, Natalie (Kelsey Asbille) is the daughter of his dear friend Martin (Gil Birmingham). He understands his pain all to which makes him promise Martin that the murderer will be caught. Banner looks to Lambert who begins to put the pieces together but in an unconventional way.

What becomes clear is that the truth with far more shocking than anyone could imagine.

Renner as Lambert is an introspective person but that’s brought on by tragedy of his own. His character finds solace being a tracker and Renner gives Lambert a stoic disposition that keeps him focused. The scenes between Renner and Birmingham are absolutely stunning, moving and their relationship becomes even clearer to the audience taking my breath away. Renner always brings something memorable to his characters and in WIND RIVER it is heart.

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Olsen as Banner is a young FBI officer who isn’t prepared for the case or the weather. This is a character that is tested in every way and isn’t very welcomes by the indigenous people on the reservation. Their trust in the outside world has been filled with disappointments and lies which puts Banner immediately at odds with them.

Greene as Ben is the law enforcement that has a wicked and biting sense of humor. Feeling as if the case is going to get mishandled, he is with Lambert almost every step of the way to ensure justice is done – even if that justice is tribal. I love that Greene is in this film and with a face that doesn’t give anything away, he adds to the mysteriousness of it all.

Birmingham as Martin has another fantastic role of a father dealing with not only the death of his daughter but feeling helpless about their situation all together. He knows that Lambert understands him and knows between his friend and Ben – something will get done. This isn’t Birmingham’s first go around with a Taylor Sheridan film playing Alberto Parker in HELL OR HIGH WATER, another amazing role.

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Other cast include Julia Jones as Wilma, Teo Briones as Casey, Apesanahkwat as Dan Crowheart, Tantoo Cardinal as Alice Crowheart, Eric Lange as Dr. Whitehurst, Althea Sam as Annie, Tokala Clifford as Sam Littlefeather, Martin Sensmeier as Chip, Tyler Laracca as Frank, Blake Robbins as Tim, Norman Lehnert as Dale, James Jordan as Pete, Matthew Del Negro as Dillon, Hugh Dillon as Curtis, Ian Bohen as Evan, Austin Grant as Carl and Jon Bernthal as Matt.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give WIND RIVER four tubs of popcorn out of five. First of all, the cinematographer is amazing set up in the wilderness and harsh setting of winter. It sets the stage for the harshness of the story that is being told drawing you in completely. There is an innate sadness in it and once the story takes off, it becomes clear that there is another story wrapped in.

Renner and Olsen are in it completely character wise and it is such a pleasure to see Greene, Apesanahkwat and Crowheart brought to the screen. Portraying Native American characters called for one thing absolutely – that they should be portrayed by Native American actors to which I give Sheridan much appreciation.

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That story is Native American women are attacked so much more than anyone has ever been made aware of. That becomes clear by the end of the film along with the injustice and hopelessness those living on the reservations live with. From drugs to the taking of their land by, in this case, an oil company, Sheridan makes it clear that none of this should continue to be ignored.

WIND RIVER has a few bumps here and there but nothing that bothers me in the slightest. The performances stand out and the story is harsh and believable from start to finish. Capturing it all in the rough setting gives the film another character that doesn’t need to say a word – it is quite clear.

In the end – nothing is harder to track than the truth!

 

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 Lands At Home

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Finally arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Bluray, DVD and Digital is our favorite heroes as writer/director James Gunn, Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures bring GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2!

Zipping through the galaxy once again being heroes, Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) are helping Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) keep their power source from being stolen.

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After an epic saving, their reward is the one thing Gamora has been wanting – her sister Nebula (Karen Gillan). On their way out the door, Rocket can’t help but grab a few power capsules thinking no one will miss them.

Not even out of range, Ayesha and her people attack Quill’s ship and they may not get a chance to jump through space. That is until an unusual craft assists them right before they manage to escape only to crash land tearing up the ship. Moments later, the same craft lands as Ego (Kurt Russell) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) introduce themselves.

Shocking Quill a tad is the announcement that Ego is his father. Trying to explain everything, Ego convinces Quill to come with him where all will be revealed. Taking Drax and Gamora, Rocket stays behind to repair the ship and babysit Nebula.

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Also looking for the guardians is Yondu (Michael Rooker) as Ayesha makes it known she wants them all. Even that goes into chaos when Yondu and Rocket come together to put a traitorous band in its place.

Landing on Ego’s planet, it is a beautiful place and the story of what happened between Ego and Peter’s mother Meredith is explained. Peter also learns that he is the son of a god with powers he can call upon. Gamora knows there is something not right about it all, especially with Mantis seemly secretive.

As the story begins show its true meaning, Peter is joined by Gamora, Rocket, Yondu and Nebula along with Baby Groot to set things right again but not without great cost.

That’s not about to stop the Guardians!

Pratt as Quill has this role down to perfection. He covers everything from a hero to a kid needing to know who his father is and everything in between. With his Guardian family he knows they accept him for all his idiosyncrasies and the penchant for his mixed tapes (which we all are!). I just love watching Pratt go for it every moment he is on screen and listening to everyone cheer for their favorite Star-Lord.

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Saldana as Gamora is keeping her emotions in check with Quill and even more so with a sister who is driving her crazy. Trusting her instincts about everything she gang is going through, it becomes clear that the history with Nebula is something that has always needed to be talked about. Oh sisters – they can hate each other but one good brawl always sets things right.

Cooper voicing Rocket is arrogant, guarded, hilarious and yet has a soft spot for all his guardian buddies. He may be a Guardian but he still has his old habits that need to be kicked. Diesel as the voice of Baby Groot, I mean really, what else can be said here about the awesomeness that is Groot. “I am Groot” – we’re done!

Bautista as Drax has a chance to really show serious comedy here although what he laughs at isn’t as funny until he laughs about it. He is the powerhouse the group needs and he doesn’t hesitate to stand up for his buddies. I love the scenes between Drax and Mantis. Klementieff as Mantis is endearing, sweet and giggly funny.

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Debicki as Ayesha is clearly a woman who has anger and power issues. Gillan as Nebula tries to work on her anger issues but when you’ve been angry as long as she has, it’s difficult.

Rooker as Yondu brings his blue-ness back to irritate Quill and the gang. It is the scenes with Yondu and Rocket that are pretty amazing. This is a role that looks so easy for Rooker to play because he has a swagger that is distinctive and an attitude that would give anyone pause.

Russell as Ego is always a thrill to see. Nothing seems to be slowing this actor down and being the god/father to Quill finally gets to tell the whole story – and I mean the whole story. Russell gives us the charm and flashy smile to bring us into his world and I don’t mind visiting at all.

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Other cast include Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Tommy Flanagan as Tullk, Laura Haddock as Meredith Quill, Chris Sullivan as Taserface and Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord.

Marvel Studios has released sixteen films since 2008 in what is known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel is built on a library of over eight thousand characters featured in a variety of media content for over seventy years. For more of what they have to offer please visit http://www.marvel.com.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 is a five tubs of popcorn out of five film. I mean seriously, would you expect anything less? I am not always on board to all things in the Marvel Universe but the Guardians franchise is definitely worth every second on screen.

This ensemble has brought a uniqueness that I enjoy with characters that are relatable with their flaws, awesome in their survival/fighting skills, care for one another, humor and how each one protects Baby Groot. Come on, you know that’s cute! The special effects are just amazing and add to the story instead of being used to just dazzle.

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It must be said that the soundtrack for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 is just as frakken awesome as the first film. There is no way, absolutely no way to not tap a foot or even sing along because each song fits the scene perfectly. It adds to the fun as if the film needed any but I’ll take it!

I don’t know what you are doing this weekend but if it’s not seeing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2 on Bluray, DVD and Digital HD then you must be in a coma! This film is funny, action packed, endearing, hilarious, and yes Baby Groot steals every scene he is in – I mean is that shocking? Hardly.

The Bluray, DVD and Digital HD include the Bonus Extras of Guardians Inferno Music Video – join David Hasselhoff and special guests for a galactic ‘70s disco dance party, and Hilarious Deleted Scenes, Outrageous Gag Reel.

Also Bonus Round: The Making of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2A four-part behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film with The Director’s Chari with James Gunn, Reunion Tour: The Music of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2, Living Planets and Talking Trees: The Visual Effects of Vol. 2, Showtime: The Cast of Vol. 2 and finally the Audio Commentary by director James Gunn.

In the end – you only get one chance to save the galaxy twice!

 

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