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Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS Lands Down on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray/DVD and Digital from Walt Disney Home Entertainment and director Rob Marshall comes our favorite Nanny as MARY POPPINS RETURNS.

Back in 1930s London, Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) is living with his three children Annabell (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) after the passing of his wife. Sister Jane (Emily Mortimer) visits the childhood home regularly and living a busy life.

The Fidelity Fiduciary Bank is back with a new chairman in Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) who is in their lives as Michael has borrowed money and the Banks family is being threatened with repossession of the family home. Remembering that their father left them shares, the two go through the attic to desperately find them – instead they find a kite but Michael throws it away.

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Annabel, John and Georgie find the kite and decide to take it to the park. That is where they meet a very straight forward and no-nonsense nanny named Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) who takes the children home. Much to the surprise of Michael and Jane, Mary Poppins announces she is taking charge of the children.

That gives Michael time to go and look for the shares but Wilkins is no help. That’s when Annabel and John get the idea to sell something of their mother’s hoping it will help pay off the debt. Georgie has an accident and Mary enlists the help of her friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) as they set off on an adventure to fix the bowl.

When that doesn’t work, Mary takes the children to visit Topsy (Meryl Streep) who tells them the bowl won’t help their problem. The children decide to go straight to Wilkins to ask for help only to discover what is really going on.

The family learns that it only takes a moment to turn back time but will it be enough to save their iconic home?

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Blunt as Mary Poppins is charming and looks like she is having an amazing time. To me that’s important when you are taking on such an iconic character. It is good to see those shoes back in the house on Cherry Tree Lane and Blunt makes sure that we remember every minute of the return.

Whishaw as Michael is now raising his own children in the house of his childhood. It makes the transition for those of us who remember everything from 1964. Dealing with the bank is such an adult issue but then again it is nothing new to Michael. Mortimer as Jane has much of her mother’s women empowerment issues but doesn’t forget where they came from as children.

Davies, Saleh and Dawson as the new Banks children have some big shoes to fill and they do it quite nicely thank you very much. They are charming, sweet, funny and have hearts as big as their father and aunt. There isn’t anything they won’t do for their family and with Mary Poppins’ help, they are about to prove it.

Firth as Wilkins has the wonderful ability to be absolutely sympathetic on one hand (and be believable about it) and in the next breath he is as horrible as he wants to be – all while grinning with no shame. Streep as Topsy is very funny and of course she has the pipes to pull off any song you put in front of her.

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Miranda as Jack gets a chance to be the next generation chimney sweet as well as “Jack” of all trades. He fits in with his soot laden face and dancing on the London night cobblestone streets with all of his friends – including Mary Poppins.

Shout out to Julie Walters as Ellen because I have adored her since first seeing her in the 1983 film EDUCATING RITA. She is a chameleon and there isn’t a role she has done that I am not enthralled with. As Ellen she is hilarious!

It must be said, this film could NOT have been any more endearing without Dick Van Dyke who just made me absolutely giddy. Returning as Dawes was the smartest thing Disney could have done allowing us slightly older movie lovers to embrace someone who still dances in paintings that are drawn on our hearts.

Other cast include Julie Walters as Ellen, David Warner as Admiral Boom, Jim Norton as Mr. Binnacle, Jeremy Swift as Hamilton Gooding, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Templeton Frye, Angela Lansbury as the Balloon Lady, Noma Dumezweni as Miss Penny Farthing, Sudha Bhuchar as Miss Lark, Tarik Frimpong as Angus and Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Jr.

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!

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The Bluray Bonus Extras contain over an hour of Bonus Including a Sing-Along Edition Deleted Song: The Anthropomorphic Zoo, Bloopers, The Practically Perfect Making of MARY POPPINS RETURNS, Deleted Scenes and so much more!

MARY POPPINS RETURNS is absolutely a must have on Bluray to sit right next to the 1964 original MARY POPPINS. You can have both, love both and binge watch both with what I think could be three or four generations of family members loving every moment.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS is colorful, musical, fun, animated and everything we would expect not only from Disney but from Mary Poppins’ herself.

In the end – in a place we hold dear where wonder once lived…soon from above, a new story begins – again!

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Testing Your Ability to Live in A QUIET PLACE

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Jeri Jacquin

Silently making its way into theatres this Friday from director John Krasinski via storytellers Bryan Woods and Scott Beck is Paramount Pictures directions to A QUIET PLACE.

Living in a world built on survival by being silent, Lee (John Krasinski) and wife Evelyn (Emily Blunt) along with sons Beau (Cade Woodward), Marcus (Noah Jupe) and daughter Regan (Millicent Simmons) are in a drugstore looking for medications. Young son Beau sees a toy he wants but Dad Lee explains that it makes noise. He does this by use of sign language as Regan is deaf.

The whole family communicates now using sign language because the creatures that hunt them have uber hearing and any sound will bring them within seconds. On the way home to their farm there is an incident that changes the family and makes survival even harder. Evelyn is pregnant and the family finds clever ways to prepare for the new arrival.

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Lee takes Marcus out with him to find food and Regan isn’t happy that she isn’t asked to go. Feeling that her father doesn’t care about her, she takes off down the road. Evelyn is alone taking care of the house when the first sign that the baby is coming and a cry out brings the creatures. She has only moments to send a signal to the others that there is danger and it all sends each in another direction trying to redirect the creatures.

From the house to the field, they each use what they have learned to try and save one another from the creatures that can’t see but most certainly can hear … every … sound.

Krasinski as Lee is a man who is continually trying to find ways to keep his family safe. When there is a moment to breathe, he is working on a way to help his daughter or showing Marcus how to survive in the creature infested world. Blunt as Evelyn is in total Mom-mode and certainly takes a quiet childbirth to a whole new level. This is not the world she ever intended for her children to live in but knows it’s the one they now must survive in.

Simmonds as Regan deals with this world a little differently than the rest of the family. She doesn’t hear the screeching and the loud presence of the creatures but knows what they are capable of. Jupe as Marcus is rightfully petrified of the creatures but his father teaches him what he needs to survive and a secret that might just have given him more courage than he imagined he had for such a young kid.

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So, A QUIET PLACE is truly scary in the sense that there are only fractions of moments where you hear the actors actually speak, the rest is sign language and pure adrenaline with every bit of acting on the faces of the characters. I absolutely loved every second of watching this cast because of that very reason.

I loved jumping, actually yelled and didn’t realize it was me that yelled, held my breath and didn’t realize I was doing it, and felt amazingly sad for this family. The storyline doesn’t start out with any explanation as to what happened leaving that to the newspaper headlines that are about in Lee’s workshop which means my mind was free to fill in the blanks.

This is actually a yarn spun in such a way that I was intrigued when the film first sent out the trailers. A film done mostly in silence? Wow, I knew then it was a film I had to see for myself. The audience for the screening was totally into every moment of the film and I had an extra jump as the lady next to me grabbed my arm! The scariest part of the film is actually seeing the fears that are totally believable by everyone in the audience unfold on the screen.

Let me make it clear – I would not survive in a silent world purely because, as I learned during the teen years, trying to be quiet meant the pressure to make that happen would definitely produce noise (just ask my sister Ellen!). That being said I also cringed at ever little creak, every little muffled sound and held my breath with every footstep the family took. That’s what makes an amazing movie going experience – when you unknowingly become physically invested.

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The story didn’t give me a moment’s peace and I couldn’t work on my bag of popcorn because I didn’t want to be jumped by any creatures! In the midst of all the silence and insane creepy creatures – the writers and director Krasinski manages a moment of beauty between Lee and Evelyn and it made my heart melt. Of course I had to snap out of that quickly and walking out of the theatre my first thought was that I wanted to see A QUIET PLACE again.

John Krasinski took the story by Woods and Beck and directed right where it needs to be, straight into our fears. Well played sir, well played.

In the end – if they can hear you they can hunt you!

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Rides in on Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray and Digital HD from director Tate Taylor and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is the novel by Paul Hawkins brought to Bluray about THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.

Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) rides the train into New York every morning. Sitting in the same place she is able to observe a young woman and her husband in their beautiful home. Creating a happy life story in her mind, Rachel remembers a time when her life was equally happy.

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Her dream world is interrupted when another family quickly comes into view is of her ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux) and his new wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) who live two houses down. All of this has sunk Rachel into a bottle of alcohol and dangerous behavior.

On a trip on the train Rachel sees the young women being affectionate with another man and it sends her spiraling. Getting off the train very drunk she wanders to the street where the woman lives to confront the betrayal. In a flash she blacks out and wakes up in her bed covered in blood.

The news that morning is of the young woman Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett) who has been reported missing by husband Scott (Luke Evans). When Detective Riley (Allison Janney) shows up at the apartment, Rachel has no answers for any of the questions. Detective Riley confronts Rachel letting her know that the alcohol problem is known and to stay away from ex-husband Tom.

Rachel remembers what she saw from the train and goes to Scott discovering that the man was Dr. Kamal Abdic (Edgar Ramirez), Megan’s psychiatrist. Tom and Anna see Rachel leaving Scott’s house and are afraid of what she is doing. All of this sets her on a path that twists and turns when it is her memory that needs to tell her what happened the night she got off the train.

Not everything you see is what it seems!

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Blunt as Rachel is absolutely amazing in this role. First of all she looks stunning without make up and any woman seeing this film will not have a problem confessing too. Okay, we got that out of the way – I loved Blunt’s portrayal of this woman who is just a hot mess from the start. Taking everything in its turn, the story unfolds and understanding Rachel’s motivates all comes into focus and then tailspins back again. I have to admit I loved this.

Bennet as Megan is a woman who has issues that are as equally intense. Her story is not one that Rachel would never have expected but would definitely understand. I enjoyed Bennet’s performance very much. Evans as husband Scott believes Rachel can help but their marriage is not exactly as it looked from the train window! Evans gives his character a scary look that would keep me ON the train and away from his house.

Ferguson as Anna is afraid of Rachel and also knows Megan. This womanly triangle becomes intense and Ferguson plays right into it. Ramirez as Dr. Kamal skates along the edge of professionalism that’s for sure!

Theroux as Tom is nothing short of a brilliant performance. Of course I may be a little bias since I am a huge THE LEFTOVERS watcher, just saying. Theroux runs hot and cold between Rachel and Anna but such is the price you pay dealing with an ex who can’t get it together and a new wife that’s feeling overwhelmed.

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Other cast include: Darren Goldstein as the man in the suit, Mac Tavares as Det. Gaskill, John Norris as Jason, Gregory Morley as Officer Pete, Lisa Kudrow as Martha and Laura Prepon as Cathy.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just added an amazing film to their library and making it available for us all to experience and re-experience in our own home theatres. There are films of every genre available from scary to drama to family films. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.uphe.com.

The Bluray includes the Bonus Features of Deleted and Extended Scenes, The Woman Behind ‘The Girl’, On Board The Train and Feature Commentary with Director Tate Taylor.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is a film that deserves to be seen again because of such depth. I absolutely love a film that has plots and subplots twisted around other plots that throw things off kilter. Let me tell you I had a fantastic time revisiting the film as well.

I enjoyed the casting of the film because it worked so well in the story that is being told. Once again it’s hard to talk about the film in a way that doesn’t give out clues for those who haven’t read the book. In fact, now I want to read the book to see what I could be missing.

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Although surrounded by characters, it is Blunt’s performance as Rachel that stays with me. There are parts that I figured out relatively quickly but I didn’t mind because I wanted to take it at Rachel’s pace. Torn apart and broken, this character claws her way up and I’m willing to wait for her at the top! The cinematography is also another winner here with its dark and gritty feeling which absolutely works with this film.

There is no hesitation for me in saying that I believe the film will capture the attention of film goers who know the story and want to see amazing performances. Theroux and Blunt need to polish up their shoes and sparkle up outfits to walk red carpets at award time. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is on my list of must-see for this year and now on Bluray everyone can see it for the first time or see it again and again!

In the end – what you see can hurt you!

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN Arrives in Theatres

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Jeri Jacquin

This week from director Tate Taylor and Universal Pictures is the novel by Paul Hawkins brought to the screen about THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.

Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) rides the train into New York every morning. Sitting in the same place she is able to observe a young woman and her husband in their beautiful home. Creating a happy life story in her mind, Rachel remembers a time when her life was equally happy.

Her dream world is interrupted when another family quickly comes into view is of her ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux) and his new wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) who live two houses down. All of this has sunk Rachel into a bottle of alcohol and dangerous behavior.

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On a trip on the train Rachel sees the young women being affectionate with another man and it sends her spiraling. Getting off the train very drunk she wanders to the street where the woman lives to confront the betrayal. In a flash she blacks out and wakes up in her bed covered in blood.

The news that morning is of the young woman Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett) who has been reported missing by husband Scott (Luke Evans). When Detective Riley (Allison Janney) shows up at the apartment, Rachel has no answers for any of the questions. Detective Riley confronts Rachel letting her know that the alcohol problem is known and to stay away from ex-husband Tom.

Rachel remembers what she saw from the train and goes to Scott discovering that the man was Dr. Kamal Abdic (Edgar Ramirez), Megan’s psychiatrist. Tom and Anna see Rachel leaving Scott’s house and are afraid of what she is doing. All of this sets her on a path that twists and turns when it is her memory that needs to tell her what happened the night she got off the train.

Not everything you see is what it seems!

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Blunt as Rachel is absolutely amazing in this role. First of all she looks stunning without make up and any woman seeing this film will not have a problem confessing too. Okay, we got that out of the way – I loved Blunt’s portrayal of this woman who is just a hot mess from the start. Taking everything in its turn, the story unfolds and understanding Rachel’s motivates all comes into focus and then tailspins back again. I have to admit I loved this.

Bennett as Megan is a woman who has issues that are as equally intense. Her story is not one that Rachel would never have expected but would definitely understand. I enjoyed Bennett’s performance very much. Evans as husband Scott believes Rachel can help but their marriage is not exactly as it looked from the train window! Evans gives his character a scary look that would keep me ON the train and away from his house.

Ferguson as Anna is afraid of Rachel and also knows Megan. This womanly triangle becomes intense and Ferguson plays right into it. Ramirez as Dr. Kamal skates along the edge of professionalism that’s for sure!

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Theroux as Tom is nothing short of a brilliant performance. Of course I may be a little bias since I am a huge THE LEFTOVERS watcher, just saying. Theroux runs hot and cold between Rachel and Anna but such is the price you pay dealing with an ex who can’t get it together and a new wife that’s feeling overwhelmed.

Other cast include: Darren Goldstein as the man in the suit, Mac Tavares as Det. Gaskill, John Norris as Jason, Gregory Morley as Officer Pete, Lisa Kudrow as Martha and Laura Prepon as Cathy.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN four tubs of popcorn out of five. I absolutely love a film that has plots and subplots twisted around other plots that throw things off kilter. Let me tell you that the audience was having a fantastic time with the film as well.

I enjoyed the casting of the film because it worked so well in the story that is being told. Once again it’s hard to talk about the film in a way that doesn’t give out clues for those who haven’t read the book. In fact, now I want to read the book to see what I could be missing. Nothing better than having that reverse screen-to-book effect.

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Although surrounded by characters, it is Blunt’s performance as Rachel that stays with me. There are parts that I figured out relatively quickly but I didn’t mind because I wanted to take it at Rachel’s pace. Torn apart and broken, this character claws her way up and I’m willing to wait for her at the top! The cinematography is also another winner here with its dark and gritty feeling which absolutely works with this film.

There is no hesitation for me in saying that I believe the film will capture the attention of film goers but also the attention of awards season. Theroux and Blunt need to polish up their shoes and sparkle up outfits to walk red carpets around that time. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is on my list of must-see for this year.

In the end – what you see can hurt you!

 

THE HUNTSMAN: Winter’s War on Epic Bluray & Extended Edition

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Jeri Jacquin

On Bluray this week from director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is the next chapter in the story that involves THE HUNTSMAN: Winter’s War.

Two sisters, Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and Freya (Emily Blunt) rise as royalty in a kingdom created by Ravenna. When Freya falls in love and becomes pregnant, sister isn’t happy about it. Creating a horror, Freya finds her powers and they are icy cold. Leaving Ravenna behind, Queen Freya is re-born.

Now, to create her own army, Queen Freya begins abducting children including Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) to train them to become Huntsman. In this kingdom there is one unforgiveable rule – never to love!

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When Eric and Sara’s affections become known by the Queen, she makes sure that they will never be together. Eric manages to escape and that is how he came into service of Snow White.

When William (Sam Claflin) comes to Eric in the woods, he asks that the mirror used by the now dead Ravenna be taken to a safe place and far away from Snow White. Agreeing to help, Eric also becomes stuck with the very small Nion (Nick Frost) and Gryff (Rob Brydon).

But nothing is as it seems and Eric is reunited with Sara who has serious unresolved issues with Eric. That has to be put aside if the group is going to find the mirror and keep it from Queen Freya who is now also looking for it.

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With the help of the equally small Mrs. Bromwyn (Sheridan Smith) and Doreena (Alexandra Roach), the group fights to do what’s right. When the clash between sisters begins, they must all hang on for the fallout.

Sibling rivalry will have no bounds!

Blunt as Queen Freya is absolutely stunning and I say that because I am so partial to her. I absolutely love everything that she does and I am definitely loving her frosty look. She is so elegant that even when she gets tough she looks good doing it.

Hemsworth as Eric gets his story told and a ginger love interest to boot! Wielding his ax in service of trying to keep the mirror from anyone who would use it for evil, its going to be a big fight. He is big, he is bad and he gets the job done – I mean what would you expect from a Huntsman who is a part time hammer thrower in another life?

Chastain as Sara is the badass arrow shooter in leather who ‘never misses’ according to Eric. Wearing leather and touting a bow and arrow there isn’t really anyone that’s going to question what she’s up to. That being said not everything is at it seems.

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Frost as Nion is cute and makes me laugh, his buddy Brydon as Gryff is equally as funny – even when they are pretending to be hostile. Smith as Mrs. Bromwyn is as bad as she wants to be proving that dynamite does come in small packages. Roach as Doreena is so sweet that it’s obvious she’d have a soft spot for Nion.

Theron as Ravenna is obviously awesome! She can just stand there and say nothing and the evil rolls off of her into the audience. Yep, she makes one heck of an evil Queen in her own right and no one or nothing is going to stop her from taking what she wants – not even an Ice Queen of a sister!

Other cast include Sope Dirisu as Tull, Sam Hazeldine as Leifr, Sophie Cookson as Pippa, Conrad Khan as Young Eric, Niamh Walkter as Young Sara and Nana Agyeman-Bediako as Young Tull.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment leads in entertainment with a premier motion picture company, significant television productions & entertainment, world-renowned theme parks and so much more. For more of what they have to offer fans please visit https://www.uphe.com.

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THE HUNTSMAN: Winter’s War is narrated by Liam Neeson which means  I’m already locked into the story because he is, after all, Liam Neeson. This is a grown up fairy tale and anyone who is a fan of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN is going to be on board with this film.

It’s a story between the two sisters but so very much more as The Huntsman’s story is finally revealed. The special effects are a big part of the film and when dealing with tons of snow and ice there are pretty dang cool.

The Bluray includes the Extended and Theatrical Version with Deleted Scenes with Commentary, Gag Reel, Dressed to Kill, Love Conquerors All – Behind the Scenes with the Cast, and Director’s Commentary with Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. There are also Bluray exclusives of Two Queens and Two Warriors, Meet the Dwarfs, and Magic All Around – A Look at the Visual Effects.

The Bluray, DVD and Digital HD also includes a Free Movie Poster and more.

In the end – it is the story before Snow White!

THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR Fights onto Bluray

CHARLIZE THERON, CHRIS HEMSWORTH, EMILY BLUNT AND JESSICA CHASTAIN STAR IN A STUNNING ALL-NEW EXTENDED ACTION-ADVENTURE FANTASY

 

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AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD AUGUST 2, 2016

4K ULTRA HDTM, BLU-RAY, DVD AND ON DEMAND ON AUGUST 23, 2016

 

If it’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, coming to Digital HD on August 2, 2016 and 4K Ultra HDTM, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on August 23, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Huntsman: Winter’s War on Blu-ray™ and DVD includes an all-new extended edition of the epic action-adventure, plus exclusive bonus features that reveal the movie’s behind-the-scenes secrets.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury RoadMonster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt: SicarioEdge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth: ThorStar Trek Into Darkness). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain: The MartianThe Help) — the only woman who has ever captured his heart — Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.

 

The film will also be available on 4K Ultra HD™ in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD with UltraViolet. The 4K Ultra HDTM will include all bonus features on the Blu-ray disc.

  • 4K Ultra HD™ is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HDTM features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-ray™ features high definition picture, theater quality surround sound and exclusive extras.
  • DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet™ lets you watch movies anywhere, on any device. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray™ players, game consoles and more.

 

BLU-RAYTM DISC EXCLUSIVES

  • Two Queens and Two Warriors – The true heart of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is found in its three powerful women, Ravenna, Freya, and Eric’s lost wife, Sara. Learn how the strength and complexity of the film’s female roles drew potent new star power in Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as convincing Charlize Theron to reprise her role as Ravenna.
  • Meet the Dwarfs – Nick Frost’s Nion and Rob Brydon’s Gryff brought a sense of levity and fun to the adventure — especially once they met their female counterparts. Explore the importance of all four dwarf characters in the film and on set, where the actors who portrayed them earn a reputation for keeping the fun rolling, even when the cameras stopped.
  • Magic All Around – Rooted in history, but inhabited by magic, the world of The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a true visual spectacle. Follow along and see how the magic made it to the screen. From Freya’s icy freeze to the gold-laden goblins of the forest, explore the visual effects at work with an exclusive peek behind the curtain.

 

 

BLU-RAYTM AND DVD BONUS FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary
  • Gag Reel
  • Dressed To Kill – Academy Award®-winning costumer Colleen Atwood returns to help reignite the splendor she brought to Snow White and The Huntsman. A visual feast, her costumes often border on the supernatural in their beauty while helping bring the characters to life.
  • Love Conquers All  From the infectious enthusiasm of director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan to the sisterly bond shared by Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron, the set of The Huntsman: Winter’s War was filled with laughter and life. Actors and artists came together to help create a fairy tale about the pure power of love — and had a blast along the way.
  • Feature Commentary by director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

THE HUNTSMAN: Winter’s War

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres this Friday from director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is the next chapter in the story that involves THE HUNTSMAN: Winter’s War.

Two sisters, Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and Freya (Emily Blunt) rise as royalty in a kingdom created by Ravenna. When Freya falls in love and becomes pregnant, sister isn’t happy about it. Creating a horror, Freya finds her powers and they are icy cold. Leaving Ravenna behind, Queen Freya is re-born.

Now, to create her own army, Queen Freya begins abducting children including Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain) to train them to become Huntsman. In this kingdom there is one unforgiveable rule – never to love!

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When Eric and Sara’s affections become known by the Queen, she makes sure that they will never be together. Eric manages to escape and that is how he came into service of Snow White.

When William (Sam Claflin) comes to Eric in the woods, he asks that the mirror used by the now dead Ravenna be taken to a safe place and far away from Snow White. Agreeing to help, Eric also becomes stuck with the very small Nion (Nick Frost) and Gryff (Rob Brydon).

But nothing is as it seems and Eric is reunited with Sara who has serious unresolved issues with Eric. That has to be put aside if the group is going to find the mirror and keep it from Queen Freya who is now also looking for it.

With the help of the equally small Mrs. Bromwyn (Sheridan Smith) and Doreena (Alexandra Roach), the group fights to do what’s right. When the clash between sisters begins, they must all hang on for the fallout.

Sibling rivalry will have no bounds!

Blunt as Queen Freya is absolutely stunning and I say that because I am so partial to her. I absolutely love everything that she does so even if I’m not all in regarding the film I am definitely loving her frosty look.

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Hemsworth as Eric gets his story told and a ginger love interest to boot! Wielding his ax in service of trying to keep the mirror from anyone who would use it for evil, its going to be a big fight. He is big, he is bad and he gets the job done – I mean what would you expect from a Huntsman who is a part time hammer thrower in another life?

Chastain as Sara is the badass arrow shooter in leather who ‘never misses’ according to Eric. Wearing leather and touting a bow and arrow there isn’t really anyone that’s going to question what she’s up to. That being said not everything is at it seems.

Frost as Nion is cute and makes me laugh, his buddy Brydon as Gryff is equally as funny – even when they are pretending to be hostile. Smith as Mrs. Bromwyn is as bad as she wants to be proving that dynamite does come in small packages. Roach as Doreena is so sweet that it’s obvious she’d have a soft spot for Nion.

Theron as Ravenna is obviously awesome! She can just stand there and say nothing and the evil rolls off of her into the audience. Yep, she makes one heck of an evil Queen in her own right and no one or nothing is going to stop her from taking what she wants – not even an Ice Queen of a sister!

Other cast include Sope Dirisu as Tull, Sam Hazeldine as Leifr, Sophie Cookson as Pippa, Conrad Khan as Young Eric, Niamh Walkter as Young Sara and Nana Agyeman-Bediako as Young Tull.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE HUNTSMAN: Winter’s War three tubs of popcorn out of five. Honestly I felt like I was in the middle of a LORD OF THE RINGS and NARNIA mash up – and Liam Neeson narrates so I’m not so far off the mark. Even Queen Freya comes up on a polar something or other not unlike the White Witch in Narnia.

I was also expecting a heck of a lot more of Ms. Theron so I’m not sure how they can call it a war of sisters if one of the sisters isn’t really there all that much. It’s more like a war with Queen Freya herself. Apparently narcissism mixed with hostility runs in that family. There is plenty of action, back story and special effects.

Look, its fine that it’s meant to be a grown up fairy tale I suppose – I guess I just don’t really want a grown up fairy tale. I’m perfectly content with Snow White and her seven friends, I’m okay with Cinderella and her mice friends, I’m certainly thrilled with Sleeping Beauty and singing in the woods with her furry and feathered friends.

In the end – it is the story before Snow White!

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