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BREAKTHROUGH Inspires Faith

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray/DVD and Digital from director Roxann Dawson and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is a true story about faith in family that has a BREAKTHROUGH.

The Smith family is going through a difficult time as 14-year-old John (Marcel Ruiz) is struggling. Mom Joyce (Chrissy Metz) and Dad Brian (Josh Lucas) are divided on how to handle it. Mom wants to find answers and Dad wants to give John his space. Strong in their faith, they attend church where Pastor Jason (Topher Grace) is also struggling as his congregation isn’t quite sure how to handle a progressive leader.

All of that seems ridiculous when the real struggle of life happens for John. Having a day with his friends, they slide around on Lake Saint Louis even after being warned from a bystander that it might not be such a great idea. In a sudden movement, the ice gives way and all three boys find themselves in the ice waters.

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Two boys manage to stay above water but John can not hold on and begins to sink. Paramedics and law enforcement arrive as Tommy Shine (Mike Colter) jumps in the water to find John. After a few moments the young boy is retrieved and off to the hospital where Dr. Sutterer (Sam Trammell) tries everything he knows to bring the boy back.

Joyce has minutes to watch her sons heart start beating again as he is transferred to a hospital where specialist Doctor Garrett (Dennis Haysbert) takes over. Joyce makes it very clear that he is to do everything to save her son. Brian can not even bare to see his son and waits with family and friends who begin a firestorm of prayer.

The power of love can make believers of us all.

Metz as Joyce is a strong woman who becomes a fierce mother. She demands positivity from everyone around John and when fear comes into play it can seem harsh. Personally I don’t think she was as I would do anything for my kids. That being said it is during John’s time in the hospital that change occurs in many people and Metz’s character is the main focus of that change. Lucas as Brian is a little disconcerting in many ways but we all handle stress differently. It is what happens in the end that will define this character.

Ruiz as John is struggling as any teenager would be trying to find his place in a world that doesn’t seem to quite fit. Colter as Tommy is a man who outwardly claims to not believe yet wants to understand what really happened out on the lake that tragic day.

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Haysbert as Dr. Garrett answers the family’s questions according to what he sees on the charts. Only when he is challenges by Joyce does he begin to realize that sometimes it’s not what’s in the charts but what the patient is capable of on his own. Grace as Pastor Jason does what a pastor knows is right, being with the Smith family even if there is a wedge in the relationship with Joyce. Grace’s character has his own insecurities and Joyce doesn’t make it easy but his line after she mentions it’s not a good time is “I know, that’s why I’m here” is a smacker.

Other cast include Rebecca Staab as Cindy Reiger, Victor Zinck Jr. as Joe Morrow, Ali Skovbye as Emma, Lisa Durupt as Paula, Stephanie Czajkowski as Melissa, Nancy Sorel as Mrs. Abbott, Isaac Kragten as Josh and Chuck Shamata as the Fire Chief.

The Bluray and DVD include the Special Features A Tapestry of Miracles: Making BREAKTHROUGH, “Carry My Soul” Phil Wickham Deleted Scene, Trapped in Icy Waters, Audio Commentary by DeVon Franklin and Roxann Dawson and Gallery.

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.

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BREAKTHROUGH is based on a true story of the Smith family and their struggle with family, faith and individual self doubts. Falling through the ice, it is over an hour later before the hospital can get a heart beat. John says of his ordeal, “When I fell through the ice I felt cold, the shock. I remembered my life flashing through my eyes and my family. Sixteen days later I walked out of the hospital. I had physical therapy but only for a bit of problems with my wrist. God still does the impossible!”

The film is a story of family, faith, community and those who stood by the Smith family even if they didn’t quite understand how it all happened and learned what a miracle looks like in the face of John.

In the end – it’s all about divine intervention!

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WHEN CALLS THE HEART: The Heart of Homecoming Is a New Year Gift on DVD

 

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from Shout! Factory is another holiday in beloved Hope Valley with WHEN CALLS THE HEART: The Heart of Homecoming.

It is Christmas time again but this year carries a little sadness for Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) as Mountie Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) is still in the Northern Territories. Trying to keep busy, she works with town Mayor Abigail Stanton (Lori Loughlin), Rosemary Coulter (Pascale Hutton) and other townswomen on ideas to help celebrate the holidays.

They decide that this year that the tree in the middle of town will be decorated with wishes. Each person of Hope Valley writes down something they wish for and anyone is free to take a wish to help grant it. Immediately Elizabeth finds the wish from Robert, one of her students who wants a crib for a baby coming. It also keeps her from putting up her own wish ornament.

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The town also begins to design a parade and when Abigail’s boy Cody (Carter Evancic) discovers a Christmas list from her son Peter, he is excited about his idea for a float. Rosemary is flustered as husband Lee (Kavan Smith) decides to close his business to allow families to prepare for the holidays. This means he is around the house more and getting underfoot! Inviting Elizabeth out to dinner, Rosemary convinces Elizabeth that she must put up her Christmas wish.

Jesse (Aren Buchholz) wants to get Clara (Eva Bourne) something beautiful for Christmas and when he learns that their is something special she wants, the money becomes the problem. In the spirit of the season, Jesse is able to find a bit of work that will allow him to buy the gift. While working, he discovers something that is tempting and knowing he already has been accepted by the town means he has to make a choice about what is right.

Elizabeth is stunned to learn that Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) called in a favor and managed to have Jack back in Hope Valley, even if only for a few days. Abigail learns from Bill that there is prisoner overcrowding and that some of them are sleeping in extremely cold tents making her think of Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins). She asks Bill to have Henry brought to Hope Valley where he can spend the night in the jail cell and do community service during the day.

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Now that Jack is back for the holidays, Rosemary practically begs Elizabeth to help give Lee something to do. Even Lee is thrilled when Jack asks him to help with the holiday floats! As the celebration gets closer, Abigail and Cody are disappointed to learn that the snow is so bad that daughter Becky won’t be able to come home.

But it is the holidays in Hope Valley, a place of people who are not always what they seem and a town of people who want what is best for one another which is love and extended family celebrating the most precious time of year.

Krakow as Elizabeth continues to be so endearing as Hope Valley’s beloved schoolteacher. This character has such a good heart to the point of feeling selfish about putting a wish on the town tree and it is Krakow that brings those emotions to the screen. Her infectious smile and sense of lightness makes me root for her and Jack so much more.

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Speaking of Jack, Lissing as Mountie Jack is equally as endearing as his co-star. Being away in the Northern Territory, it is when he returns to Hope Valley that he is torn. Instead of becoming down, Lissing’s character embraces the time with Elizabeth and gives of himself to the town he cherishes. Who can’t love a guy like that?

Loughlin as Abigail is now Hope Valley’s Mayor while still running the Cafe. Discovering what it takes to run a town, she doesn’t shy away from the problems left by Henry Gowen. Happy to have her kids Cody and Becky home for the holidays, she is excited about all the fun planned for the town. She also still believes that there is something good in Henry.

Wagner as Avery is the law in Hope Valley and although not happy with Abigail’s request to have Henry in town, he wants to believe as she does but is also leery. Cummins as Gowen doesn’t understand why Abigail would do such a giving thing for him and keeps to himself while doing community service.

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Hutton as Rosemary is always so delightful, lovely and has surprising moments where she completely says all the right things! This season she learns that it isn’t always necessary to be the brightest star in the sky. I love Rosemary’s relationship with her husband always wanting to do special things for him and even when it’s a little quirky; it isn’t any less special to him. Smith as Lee is taking it easy for the holidays; at least it starts out that way! When he has the chance to be part of the holiday makings for Hope Valley, Lee is all in!

Evancic as Cody is a young man who clearly loves Abigail and wants her to know how much. Finding a way to bring son Peter back into her heart and not let him be forgotten for the holidays means everything and Hope Valley helps him accomplish his goals. Bourne as Clara is a young woman who is falling hard for the rogue Jesse. She knows he has a past but the longer he stays in the town, the more he is accepted. Buchholz as Jesse is put in a position where he must decide whether his old life means more or what he feels now for his adopted home and the young lady he has eyes for.

SHOUT! Factory has grown into a tremendous multi-platform media company. Releasing new animated features such as the exquisite Long Way North, and the epic fantasy Beauty and the Beast. Also their own original horror film, Fender Bender gives fans a good scare. For more of what SHOUT Factor has to offer please visit www.shoutfactory.com.

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Inspired by the books written by Janette Oke, the series began airing in the United States in 2014 and quickly found a loyal following of fans who love the storyline. WHEN CALLS THE HEART is executive produced by Michael Landon Jr. and can be seen on The Hallmark Channel.

WHEN CALLS THE HEART: The Heart of Homecoming is a very sweet treat for the New Year. Who doesn’t want to return once again to the people and place that is Hope Valley and be a part of their holiday celebration. There is something extremely special about this series because, in truth, we all want to be a part of such a caring and strong community.

Perhaps that’s what draws everyone back season after season, the sense of nostalgia of when people were not buried by the fast-paced daily living. Instead, we can stop for a moment and breathe becoming enveloped in Hope Valley and the people doing the best they can. In the midst of it all they remind each other to embrace life and remember to care for everyone – and I mean everyone.

Also, with every episode reminds me of what I came to believe about the series from its beginning. WHEN CALLS THE HEART continues to hold precious the simple values we hold dear. There is nothing like a community that builds on love, family, friendship, and faith – and nothing has changed my opinion about that.

I personally would give just about anything to be there when they finally film the wedding between Jack and Elizabeth. That is actually a shared feeling between myself and other watchers of WHEN CALLS THE HEART – we’ve spent time getting to know these characters and nothing beats a good country wedding filled with love!

In the end – join in their celebration!

 

 

WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Year Four 6-Movie Collection is on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD is one of my favorite guilty pleasures as SHOUT Factory brings the continuing story of Hope Valley by author Janette Oke with the amazing six-movie DVD of WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Year Four.

Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins) isn’t sitting in Hope Valley’s mayor seat which means Abigail (Lori Loughlin) now needs to take care of the town. That isn’t going to be easy with National Pacific Railroad coming in and expanding what can be handled. Heading up the Railroad’s business is Ray Wyatt (Jeremy Guilbaut) who has asked Bill (Jack Wagner) to lead the security team and he accepts with a very good reason in mind. Mountie Jack (Daniel Lissing) is keeping his eye on the new people coming into town.

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The railroad means an influx of families and Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) receives new students each day while working on a book of stories. The children come with a series of problems and she works to make their adjustment easier. It also means more work for Lee Coulter (Kavan Smith) as the mill hires on more workers. Of course that means less time with Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) and don’t think for a second she doesn’t notice.

Abigail has her first conflict when the railroad wants to change the route plans that could put a farmer off his hard worked land. All these people also bring in the unsavory element as Jack needs bills help to stop a notorious gang from robbing the incoming stage coach.

With all these changes Elizabeth realizes she doesn’t have enough school supplies for the children and it’s suggested they have a fundraiser. Wyatt promises to help with the funds but instead he finds a way to get rid of his teacher problems. Rosemary decides she can’t just sit around waiting for Lee to come home and gets a job in Abigail’s café.

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Bill believes there is something going on between the former Mayor and Wyatt. He begins to investigate and discovers there is someone who can help prove the case against Gowen and connect him to Wyatt. Jack meets up with a Mountie friend he considers a brother who is off to a dangerous post making Jack feel like he perhaps should be doing more himself.

Making the decision to take a post away from Hope Valley to help, Elizabeth is devastated not knowing when Jack will return. To make things bearable for her, Jack knows one way for them to stay in each other’s hearts. The town joins to see their favorite Mountie off promising to keep Hope Valley and the towns’ schoolteacher safe.

When a witness against Gowen manages to disappear, the former Mayor becomes Mayor again and he starts turning on everyone by beginning with Elizabeth’s job. She isn’t about to ignore her students and teaches them after school. Abigail knows Rosemary isn’t going to work at the café and hires the mysterious Carson Shepard which doesn’t make the town Pastor Frank (Mark Humphrey) very happy.

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Bill finds the mysterious A.J. Foster (Josie Bissett) who has proof against Mayor Gowen but it takes some serious work to get her back to Hope Valley. All of this puts Abigail back in the Mayor’s seat and rethinking all the businesses with the railroad. Making things more difficult, Cody (Carter Evancic) becomes seriously ill and the mystery of Shepard becomes more clear as Abigail must make the hardest decision of her life.

Krakow as Elizabeth returns as Hope Valley’s favorite teacher and this season is challenged like never before. Not only are there more children with problems adjusting to their new town but facing adults who will do what they can to stop her from standing up for them. Krakow is endearing and so lovely with a bit of innocence that hangs on each season. When situations try to jade her beliefs, she stands firm and strong!

Lissing as Jack brings the pitter patter to hearts of Mountie lovers everywhere. This season brings a difficult decision for Jack as to where he should be and how he could be serving. It is such a difficult pull and to be away from Elizabeth is probably one of the first times I’ve seen this character crack a tear – oh wait, that was me! Lissing just gives Jack such honor and a gentleness of heart toward everyone in Hope Valley that he cares for. That makes for one fantastic character to play.

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Loughlin as Abigail steps front and center this season as a different kind of leader for Hope Valley. It is clear that there are those who want to take advantage believing she doesn’t have what it takes but boy are they in for a surprise. Loughlin’s character learns fast and understands that she doesn’t have the luxury of taking her time on the job. She also continues to run her own business and raise Cody which means even on the frontier, a woman’s work is never done!

Wagner as Bill keeps the town of Hope Valley close to his heart and finds ways to make it a safe place to live. Working with Jack definitely does that but the investigator in him isn’t going to let anything get past him. Cummins as Gowen becomes the focus of Bill’s attention and as much as he tries to evade the law, this actor also gets the unique moments of showing the former Mayor as having a bit of heart.

Smith as Lee is the epitome of the most patient man I think I’ve ever seen. Keeping up with his booming business is the easiest thing he does all day because it is wife Rosemary that absolutely wears him out yet he is so understanding and even funny about it all. This season we see so many touching encounters between the newlyweds. Speaking of Rosemary, Hutton is the liveliest of the townsfolk. She is always on the go wanting to do what is best and even though it may not start out right, she manages to make it happen. Rosemary also cracks me up, especially when she doesn’t understand something.

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SHOUT! Factory has grown into a tremendous multi-platform media company. Releasing new animated features such as the exquisite Long Way North, and the epic fantasy Beauty And The Beast. Also their own original horror film, Fender Bender gives fans a good scare. For more of what SHOUT Factor has to offer please visit www.shoutfactory.com.

Janette Oke’s book When Calls the Heart became a series developed by Michael Landon Jr. airing on The Hallmark Channel. It has become the mainstay of families who want programming that share values that are still held dear. Each character that resides in Hope Valley has an important part of the storyline and personally I could not imagine the show without each and every one of them.

The town of Hope Valley brings a sense of community and the set where it is filmed is one I would love to visit with it’s frontier look. With the look and feel of the era, it brings such a richness to bring the viewer even further into the stories being told. Let’s not forget the amazing costuming from Jack’s very sharp Mounties uniform to Elizabeth’s beautiful dresses and even the outfits worn by the children.

Of course I am deliberately leaving out much of the storyline because I want the shows fans that may not have seen season four yet to experience it all for themselves. Trust me when I say this is the season of giving, living and a town that becomes even closer – if that’s possible! The DVD includes the Special Features of A Look at Cast & Crew Panels from The Hearties Family Reunion!

In case you are wondering, there absolutely is a fifth season but we all have to wait until early next year.

Hope Valley may be seeing change but the belief of the townspeople is filled with love, family, friendship and community makes it home.

WHEN CALLS THE HEART: The Heart of Faith Brings a Special Christmas to DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from SHOUT! Factory is a series that I have absolutely come to love and look forward to every episode with WHEN CALLS THE HEART: The Heart of Faith.

Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) is excited for the holiday season getting ready to come to Hope Valley. Now that Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) and Leland (Kavan Smith) are on their honeymoon, Elizabeth takes over putting the town festivities together.

Jack (Daniel Lissing) is also busy as the town comes together to finish completing homes for families that have come to Hope Valley. Also returning home is mayor Gowen (Martin Cummins) who isn’t about to make it a happy holiday for anyone.

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Abigail (Lori Loughlin) has sort of taken over the role of mayor dealing with issues as Gowen is under investigation and can’t even sit in the office chair. Trying to get his help, Abigail is met with anger and resistance and she isn’t sure how to turn it all around.

Bill (Jack Wagner) is now taking over the café and the customers aren’t complaining – openly that is. Pastor Frank (Mark Humphrey) is upset when it seems he can’t help a mother and son realize that Hope Valley is truly their home.

In the middle of it all, Jack has an important question he wants to ask Elizabeth but the town needs them both when the train with all the gifts and supplies is delayed until after Christmas. Watching it all is a peddler who seems to understand the town watching everyone come together.

But this is Hope Valley – and anything is possible.

Krakow as Elizabeth is so dang charming its ridiculous. She has taken the role of Elizabeth Thatcher and given it everything we love about the storyline of Hope Valley and the residence. It is clear that this is her home and doing what ever she can to help those in need is warming. Krakow absolutely deserves such kudos for continuing to give us all so much warmth, fun and waiting for one special event to happen.

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Lissing as Jack is dashing, charming and secretly the guy the ladies look for. Putting the needs of the town before anything else also means having special time with Elizabeth. He is quick to catch onto the bad guys and careful to jump into anything he is unsure of. Those are also charming qualities that make Lissing’s portrayal of Jack one that we bring us all back again and again.

Loughlin as Abigail is in a little bit of a pickle when Gowen can no longer serve as mayor. She wants to do right by Hope Valley and this isn’t the time to guess at how it all goes. Wagner as Bill gets to bring in his comical side with this episode taking over the café while Abigail takes on the town.

Hutton as Rosemary is up to her usual perfectly normal nonsense. I swear Hutton just gives such life and silliness to this character and I can’t imagine her never being part of Hope Valley – oh and congrats Mrs. Coulter. Smith as Leland not only finds amusement with his new wife but jumps right in helping to build up the town.

Humphrey as Pastor Frank finds himself in a bit of sadness when a family leaves Hope Valley because of bitter memories. Wanting to help them see that there is always hope, it is perhaps Pastor Frank that needs to remember what he preaches.

SHOUT! Factory has grown into a tremendous multi-platform media company. Releasing new animated features such as the exquisite Long Way North, and the epic fantasy Beauty And The Beast. Also their own original horror film, Fender Bender gives fans a good scare. For more of what SHOUT Factor has to offer please visit www.shoutfactory.com.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give WHEN CALLS THE HEART: The Heart of Faith four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. I’m saving that last half of a tub for something all fans are waiting for. Not to spoil it I’ll keep that to myself although it probably isn’t hard to figure out.

What adds to the reason for the series success is not only the story but the costumes, the town set from the café to the schoolhouse and even the town jail. The dresses are stunning and beautiful and the uniform Jack wears causes a bit of swooning I’m thinking.

The story that has come from Janette Oke’s book which also comes from the Canadian West Series has such heart, soul and inspiration that its impossible not to fall for everything WHEN CALLS THE HEART has to offer. The series has come to us from Michael Landon Jr., which isn’t a surprise, and the Hallmark Channel.

This cast is so absolutely fun to watch that the day it ends I’m going to be broken hearted. I didn’t know what to expect from the very first season but find myself anticipating the next installment as this is an ensemble that has brought every viewer in and embraced each one.

So if you are looking for spirit, whether it is a holiday or not, then visit Hope Valley for a little inspiration and faith in humanity.

In the end – they bring us the heart of faith!

WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Heart of a Hero Gallops onto DVD!

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD this Tuesday from SHOUT! Factory is the next wonderful installment of characters we have come to love as WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Heart of a Hero comes home.

Hope Valley is filled with happenings as the news of Pastor Frank’s (Mark Humphrey) story spread. Now Jack (Daniel Lissing) works with Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) to find the Garrison gang who are threatening the townsfolk. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) is busy working with her students on a spelling contest but is concerned when Cody (Carter Evancic) begins to act out.

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The young man is upset because Abigail (Lori Loughlin) has decided to spend time with Pastor Frank and get to know him better. Leland Coulter (Kavan Smith) has an accident at the mill and Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) won’t leave his side until he can walk. That also won’t stop her from planning a dance for the school children that gives Leland a moment to work on his business. The doctor can’t get in and sends a familiar face, Faith Carter (Andrea Brooks), the nurse Jack met in Hamilton.

Mayor Gowen (Martin Cummins) isn’t about to miss out on the action when Jack discovers he has been raising the rent on those who can afford it the least. Jack is keeping his eye on Abigail’s relationship with Frank and also takes more interest in the cafe.

Once again Krakow as Elizabeth gives us everything we have come to expect of the character Elizabeth. She is charming, endearing and continuing to find out where she fits in Hope Valley. Lissing as Jack is a perfect match for Krakow’s Elizabeth. Every time these two have a minute of falling out you can hear hearts breaking everywhere.

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Yes, there is a betting pool as to how soon these two will FINALLY tie the knot. When it happens it is going to be a huge affair and have everyone in Hope Valley dressed in their finest.

Loughlin as Abigail is the center of this town not only with the cafe but her ability to bring people together, and that includes the little boy Cody who has come to see Abigail as his family. Wagner as Bill has a score to settle with the Garrison gang but me thinks it also has something to do with Abigail. Humphrey as Pastor Frank is charming his way into Abigail’s heart but she is a little hesitant after her problems with Bill.

Smith as Leland has more problems than just a bad foot when Bill brings to his attention that the accident might not have really been an accident. Hutton as Rosemary is more than a little goofy and is the comic relief of the town. Always ready for a challenge, taking care of Leland and setting up a dance is right up her alley. I love Hutton’s portrayal of this character.

Cummins as Gowen is still the scraggly old scrooge he always has been. Every time I think he’s maybe got a little bit of a heart – he reminds me plainly that he doesn’t. Cummins plays this character to a hilt and not liking him means this actor is doing his job extremely well.

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Other cast include: Gracyn Shinyei as Emily Montgomery, Loretta Walsh as Florence Blakeley, Erica Carroll as Dottie Ramsey and Johannah Newmarch as Molly Sullivan.

SHOUT! Factory is a fantastic company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the best in pop culture. Sharing music, television, and film favorites with those who want to expand their media library the world over. SHOUT! Factory brings feature films, classic and contemporary television series, animation, live music and box sets in several media platforms.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Heart of a Hero four tubs of popcorn out of five. Once again there isn’t anything not to like about this series. The series embraces many of the values we all hold precious such as love, family, friendship, community, faith and caring about one another.

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What I really have come to love about this series is not only the characters that distinguish themselves equally but the costuming, sets and feel of everything that Hope Valley represents on film. There are quirky fun moments along with the stories of life lessons that are relevant still today. Most of all, WHEN CALLS THE HEART is just plain fun to watch!

This series was inspired by Janette Oke’s and her books WHEN CALLS THE HEART and brought to television by Michael Landon, Jr. The series first aired in 2014 and continues to gain momentum with fans talking about the show and getting their friends and family to watch! WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Troubled Hearts has a running time of 84 minutes and has earned the Family Approval seal.

In the end – Hope Valley brings out the best in a hero!

IP MAN 3 Gives Us More Donnie Yen!

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray from director Wilson Yip and Well Go USA Entertainment comes the highly anticipated continuation of the story of IP MAN 3.

Ip Man (Donnie Yen) has settled down in 1959 Hong Kong with his beautiful wife Cheung Wing-sing (Lynn Hung) and their young son. Proud that their son is receiving proper schooling, Ip Man is upset to learn that a developer Frank (Mike Tyson) wants the property.

Ip Man turns to the police for protection and even police friend Fatso (Kent Cheng) but knows they are being bought off. Keeping his attention on the problems of the school, Ip Man doesn’t realize there is someone else who will be challenging him.

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Cheung Tin-Chi (Jin Zhang) believes he is the true Wing Chun Grandmaster. Not happy with the press Ip Man receives, Tin-Chi catches on to the media game and uses it to call out the beloved Master for a match.

Ip Man chooses to ignore the fuss from Tin-Chi as he concerns are more for the community and his wife who needs him more now than she ever did before.

He knows where a man’s loyalty truly lies!

Yen as Ip Man once again turns in a brilliant performance as a man who takes a stand but only when necessary. This isn’t a kung-fu crazed person who goes around flexing his muscles to prove what a bad ass he is. Instead, this is a calm spiriting man who loves his family, community and wants to help where ever he can. All of that is portrayed by Yen beautifully and I’m so pleased no one else took this role. Everyone is excited knowing Yen will be seen even more with his role in ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story coming this December.

Hung as wife Cheung Wing-sing is supportive and loving towards her husband. When the school begins to take time away from home, she tries to find a way to reach him. Hung’s character doesn’t have to wait long before she must choose to let her husband finished what the thugs have started or speak up about a secret she is caring with her. Hung is hauntingly beautiful and when she does confront Ip Man – my jaw drops.

Zhang as Cheung Tin-Chi is powerful even if misguided. Zhang portrays a dark character who believes that fighting everyone will get him the one fight he wants. When Ip Man doesn’t come running it only angers him more. Zhang gives this role anger that is bubbling just below the surface until the match that decides who truly is Grandmaster.

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Tyson as Frank turns in a quiet performance, that is until his fists start talking then it’s a nice match between Tyson and Yen!

Other cast include: Patrick Tam as Ma King-Sang, Karena Ng as Miss Wong, Kai-Chung Cheung as Chui Lek, Ka-Yan Leung as Master Tin, Sung Man Ban as David, Xiao Long Li as Ah Ching, Tats Lau as the Principal and Kwok-Kwan Chan as Bruce Lee.

Well Go USA Entertainment is an amazing company that brings the best of Action and Independent films from around the world. There format includes theatres, digital, cable and VOD along with Bluray. For more of what they have to offer go to www.wellgousa.com.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give IP MAN 3 four tubs of popcorn out of five. I absolutely love Donnie Yen in this role. He has the mannerisms, the look, the joy and the skill that just brings so much to this character. There is such in depth storytelling here. It is not simply one story, but a story that challenges his family, marriage, community and life of kung fu.

Yen’s martial arts choreography is done by Yuen Wo Ping, the most influential person in Hong Kong cinema. His works include FISTS OF LEGEND, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON and if that isn’t impressive enough – he provided martial arts choreography for THE MATRIX and its sequels as well as KILL BILL.

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The cinematography is so beautifully done which combines the quickness of martial arts with the slow movements that are just stunning to watch.

The Bluray includes the amazing bonus features of Making of Featurette, Interview with Donnie Yen & Mike Tyson and Behind the Scenes. IP MAN 3 is in Cantonese with English subtitles with a running time of 105 minutes. For fans of the original IP MAN film, this is a fantastic way to have all three in your media library.

In the end – this is the story of the real Wing Chung Grandmaster!

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