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MODERN FAMILY Brings Laughs and Love in Season 8 on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

Now available on DVD is the Emmy Nominated zany family that has worked its way into America’s hearts as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment delivers a MODERN FAMILY.

The Dunphy family is still living the life in New York and everybody wants to stay a little longer. The same might not be said for the hot sauce business when family is involved. Gloria (Sofia Vergara) is about to go ballistic when her sister takes things into her own hands.

Back home a new family moves into the neighborhood about the same time Jay (Ed O’Neill) is putting in security for the house. Worried that the new family might see his move as a bit racist, he takes his nervousness a bit too far. Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) have to rethink their open parenting a bit when Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) makes a comment towards a transgender boy.

Manny (Rico Rodriguez) is running for class president and Luke (Nolan Gould) is thinking about doing the same thing. Oh kids! Jay and Gloria are trying to help manner and make Claire (Julie Bowen) their manager and Haley (Sarah Hyland) is thinking now she wants her own company too.

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Trying to help Manny get into Julliard, Jay works with him to produce a video application to get the attention of the selection committee. Cam has a house guest that isn’t making either Mitchell or Lily happy but it’s Lily who is going to do something about it.

Halloween is here and the Dunphy family comes together to help Luke with his party bringing unexpected guest Rod Skyhook into the mix. With all the family madness Jay heads off to his favorite place, the country club, to unwind and take a minute. Finding out that Phil (Ty Burrell) wants to be a member isn’t setting too well with Jay. Claire thinks she is helping Alex (Ariel Winter) but it might not turn out that way.

The next family holiday is here as Thanksgiving brings Cameron his chance to do it up right. The first sign of trouble is when Haley announces she would rather spend the day with her boyfriend. All Jay can do is watch the family do what they do best – make him crazy. If running for the same office wasn’t enough, the winter dance brings Manny and Luke working together. Of course the parents are deciding their futures on the side as well.

Hearts and flowers are the order of the day but Claire thinks maybe a little magic is needed for her and Phil’s special day. Cupid is making his rounds as well when it becomes clear that Ben may have a tiny little crush on Claire!

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Phil is looking to invest in some property and Jay is his target partner. That’s the least of his worries when Jay discovers that Gloria has hired a new handyman who seems to be handier than Jay would like.

It’s getting closer to wedding and time for Frank’s bachelor party with Phil waiting to meet the new family member. If he isn’t busy enough he also volunteers to play basketball at a charity game with two NBA players who aren’t going to baby him.

Frank’s wedding may have a 1920’s theme but it seems Phil gets it wrong when asking Claire to era dress up for the occasion with crazy results. Added to that it seems the couple is going through empty nest syndrome.

All of that culminates to graduation day for Manny and Luke which means the entire family gets together to celebrate. Of course if you think everything goes beautifully then you obviously don’t know this particular MODERN FAMILY!

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Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara are hilarious together and it is mainly because as different as they may be, they are also absolutely perfect for one another. That means if these two can pull off a relationship then so can Claire and Phil, along with Mitch and Cameron. All of their relationships have their ups and downs yet these three couples remind us that it’s just one foot of love in front of the other to make it believable.

The kids are hilarious but at the same time fall in line with what kids all around me are up to. Of course some of their antics are exaggerated and I think some of it wouldn’t fly with parents I know but it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable to watch. The relationships with the parents are at that point where the kids want to be older than they are and make grown up decisions. The parents seem to have other plans though.

Special appearances by Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Peyton Manning, Victor Garber, Charles Barkley, DeAndre Jordan

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 MODERN FAMILY Season 8 DVD contains the Special Features of a hilarious and must-see Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes.

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 Also included are the episodes A Tale of Three Cities, A Stereotypical Day, Blindsided, Weathering Heights, Halloween IV: Revenge of Rod Skyhook, Grab It, Thanksgiving Jamboree, The Alliance, Snow Ball, Ringmaster Keith, Sarge & Pea, Do You Believe in Magic, Do It Yourself, Heavy is the Head, Finding Fizbo, Basketball, Pig Moon Rising, Five Minutes, Frank’s Wedding, All Things Being Equal, Time Alone and The Graduates. That’s 472 minutes of family time!

MODERN FAMILY is a television show that has embraced the diversity and differences of families without forgetting that we all have craziness in our ranks. I love that the characters have relatibility about them because, honestly, I know someone like each one of the Dunphy’s in my own family.

Perhaps that is what brings us together to embrace this series. We do know these characters and we get to laugh, share and love their journey because it parallels our own. No one said life was easy but having family can make the difference between not having a family at all or adding MODERN FAMILY to our own. I’m thinking we just add the Dunphy’s to our own – happily!

The show continues to be a television favorite with their 10th season starting Wednesday this fall on ABC.

In the end – they may be modern but they are definitely a family!

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Catch Up on DVD This Week with Televisions Favorite MODERN FAMILY: The Complete Seventh Season

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Jeri Jacquin

It is a perfect opportunity this week to catch up on a family that has made its way into our hearts as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd show us a MODERN FAMILY: The Complete Seventh Season.

Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) are stretching their honeymoon to its limits while the Dunphy’s are hating that summer is almost over. Alex (Ariel Winter) is finally home from his trip and trouble isn’t far behind.

Jay (Ed O’Neill) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara), along with Cam, are having issues with the football team Manny (Rico Rodriguez) is playing for but what’s more intriguing is that Manny decides to date a popular older girl. New neighbors are giving Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) the wrong kind of goose bumps but it doesn’t stop Phil from creating a Halloween of his own.

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Of course the family is going to all react as well with Shrek costumes and crazy holiday activities but Mitchell will be spending his time in closing arguments. When Haley (Sarah Hyland) and Andy start spending more time together, Phil begins to question it.

Gloria is busy trying to sway Manny to learn Spanish and hires the very handsome Diego to teach. But that will have to wait as Thanksgiving approaches and Phil once again takes over with Luke (Nolan Gould) assisting. Claire knows this can not be a good thing and makes sure no one’s Thanksgiving will be birdless! Mitch and Cameron are dealing with Lily’s (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) absolute no-go on dressing up for dinner.

Haley is finally turning 21 and she isn’t about to let that go without hitting a bar and Claire learns a motherly lesson. Lily sets the adult’s right when she asks Alex, Luke and Manny (her trio of sitters) where babies come from.

Claire was right about her neighbors when she discovers they have put a boat in their front yard. Phil isn’t about to let this go and calls his father to the rescue and Dad brings a few very special friends. That’s not all Claire has to deal with after a big fight with Haley, she is stuck at an airport and the family puts their business online.

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Jay’s birthday is high on the list of events and everyone goes into high gear with Phil and a grill but Gloria has to deal with Luke and Manny and the consequences of drinking. Cam’s bowling team needs another playing and Jay agrees to be a substitute, the problem is Cam didn’t exactly tell him about the league.

The finale puts the family on high alert as Phil is stuck in Seattle and Alex’s graduation is here! Andy has a big choice to make but Haley and Beth have their own issues. Cam and Mitchell are seriously dealing with a problem that could easily be settles with the truth!

O’Neill and Vergara are the craziest couple ever and I’m sure it could be said that Vergara is the reason for this. Some of the things that come out of her mouth are gems and O’Neill’s reactions are priceless. Come on – watching them find a preschool for Joe killed me!

Burrell and Bowen are hilarious as a couple who want to do what’s best for their kids. Bowen is finally getting a little time with daughter Haley and Dad does his best to do his part. Stonestreet and Ferguson continue to be the cutest couple ever. Dealing with the finances means one of them is going to have to bring out the big guns to get their life back on track.

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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This 3 DVD disc set contains all 22 episodes including: Summer Lovin, The Day Alex Left for College, The Closet Case, She Crazy, The Verdict, The More You Ignore Me, Phil’s Sexy Sexy House, Clean Out Your Junk Drawer, White Christmas, Playdates, Spread Your Wings, Clean for a Day, Thunk in the Trunk, The Storm, I Don’t Know How She Does It, The Cover-Up, Express Yourself, The Party, Man Shouldn’t Lie, Promposal, Crazy Train and Double Click.

Also the Special Features of: Growing Up Modern Family, Storming the Seat – The Making of an Episode, Gag Reel, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, Extended Version of Think in the Trunk and Kids in the Spotlight are on this entertaining DVD collection.

MODERN FAMILY: The Complete Seventh Season is as close to my own family as television can get. Specifically we are a little twisted, have no problem telling it like it is, often fall over ourselves with good intentions, have kids who think we are nuts, have jobs that are testy which is why I believe the show is successful.

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The ensemble cast is responsible for bringing laughs and even a few awwwww’s – oh and over three hundred award nominations and over one hundred wins! Best Comedy Series a couple of times over gave them all well deserved Emmy’s.

It’s a fantastic time to catch up with the family as MODERN FAMILY begins its eighth season every Wednesday on ABC. Join the family!

In the end – they are one big straight, gay, multi-cultural and tradition happy family!

ENDGAME Challenges A Kids Life

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Jeri Jacquin

On DVD this week from SHOUT! Factory Kids and writer/director Carmen Marron along with Hector Salinas is life and the ENDGAME.

Jose (Rico Rodriguez) is a young boy who is trying to find his place, which usually is in Principle Thomas’ (Jon Gries) office. His mother Karla (Justina Machado) seems distant with him so he turns to his Grandmother (Ivonne Coll) who teaches Joe chess. When an accident kills his older brother and Mom turns away even more, Jose meets Dani (Alina Herrera) who brings him to a chess group.

Led by Mr. Alvarado (Efren Ramirez), Jose continues to struggle to find his place. When Suzie lets Joe inside his life and Grandma stays close Jose begins to understand that he needs to care more about others than himself.

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As the tournament day approaches, Jose is thrown into turmoil once again as Suzie’s secret comes out and a confrontation with his mother brings more stress on the young boy.

Rodriguez as Jose is a little spitfire who starts out using disrespect towards adult as a way of dealing with his pain. Throughout the film, his journey towards accepting himself as well as the flaws of adults is very powerful.

Ramirez as Mr. Alvarado is a teacher who sees the importance of the chess group. Not only teaching kids to excel but to learn self-discipline through the game. Ramirez might also seem a tad familiar and I can help you with that. Think the iconic Pedro from NAPOLEON DYNAMITE!

Herrera as Dani is the first step in Jose’s life to something positive and she is not only delightful but so heartfelt. When she tells Jose her family’s story, he begins to realize his life isn’t so messed up. Coll as Abuelita is supportive, nurturing and also in the middle between Jose and his mother which isn’t always the best place to be but it doesn’t change her support of Jose.

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Machado as Karla is having her own problems dealing with the death of her son Miguel by not only placing the blame on Jose but alienating herself from the family. Like Jose, she needs a little shaking up to realize that Jose needs her in his life.

Other cast includes: Cassie Brennan as Sandy, Alesia Orta as Suzie, Ivan Cisneros as Peter, John Flores as Jacob, Rodrigo Macouzet as Paul, and Glynn Praesel as Jim Tharpe.

SHOUT! Factory brings the best to fans offering up feature films, classic television series, animation and specials. For more of what they have to offer go to www.shoutfactory.com.

ENDGAME is a story based on true events of a school in Brownsville, Texas whose chess team would go on to become state champions. The film gives such amazing examples of perseverance in life, loyal to family and friends and dedication to excelling at a game that teaches much more than moving pieces.

The characters each have a battle they are facing whether it be family history, borders or knowing one’s own worth and ENDGAME takes these issues head on. It is completely amazing to see a group of young kids do something that I absolutely cannot and do it well. I’ve tried to play chess but this group sees the board in a way that is brilliant.

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I would love to see this DVD in every classroom as an example of how to overcome obstacles and issues that might otherwise keep a person from moving forward in a positive way.

The DVD includes the Bonus Features of an Audio Commentary, Interviews with Cast and Crew, Trailer and Deleted Scenes.

In the end – there is nothing more important than being true to yourself!

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