Disney’s “Aladdin” in 4DX Review

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One of my all time favorite Disney movies has always been Aladdin.  I saw it in the theater in college back in like 1992 (man I am old) and even owned the Soundtrack.  When I heard they were doing a remake I was super excited and really hoped they did a good job on it.  AND THEY DID !  Many people were wondering how Will Smith would be as the genie and I have to say he was perfect.  I loved that this version stuck very close to the original story-line.  They did add a couple new songs but all the originals that I love were kept in it.  The costumes were soooo amazing.  In fact as I was walking out I overheard other people talking about how much they loved the costumes too.  The dance sequences during the songs were fantastic.  I literally has a smile on my face the whole movie and will be buying it when it comes out  on Blu-Ray/DVD.

Another reason I loved this movie so much was because I went to the 4DX theater here in Orlando.  This is my second time seeing a movie in 4DX and it really adds a whole new element to watching a movie.  The seats move, you get splashed with water, bubbles fall from the ceiling, you may even smell scents being pumped into the theater.  It is like you are in a theme park ride for the entire movie.

Some big 4DX moments in this film include:

  • A fantastic magic carpet flying sequence for the ‘A Whole New World’ scene
  • A fun Cave of Wonders sequence that feels like a Disney theme park ride
  • Jafar’s snake staff creates some fun vibration effects
  • Rain water and face spray are used to great effect in scenes with unexpected water sequences
  • Bubbles fall from the ceiling to give the feel of snow

The seats moving during the magic carpet rides really made it feel so real and I loved the falling bubbles for a cool “snow” effect.  The whole theater was in awe when that happened.  I just can’t say enough good things about this experience !

4DX Theater Locations:

  • Regal LA Live in Los Angeles, CA
  • CGV Buena Park in Buena Park, CA
  • Cinepolis Pico Rivera in Pico Rivera, CA
  • Cinepolis Vista Pointe in Vista, CA
  • Edwards Mira Mesa in San Diego, CA
  • Regal, Union Square in New York, NY
  • Regal E-Walk in New York, NY
  • Regal Pointe Orlando in Orlando, FL
  • Regal Avenues 20- Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL
  • Regal Hollywood Naples in Hollywood, FL
  • Regal Seattle Meridian in Seattle, WA
  • Edwards Houston Marq*e in Houston, TX
  • Regal Warrington Crossing in Warrington, PA
  • Regal UA King Of Prussia in Philadelphia, PA
  • Regal Gallery Place in Washington, DC
  • Marcus Gurnee Mills Cinema in Gurnee, IL
  • Regal Moore Warren in Moore, OK
  • Regal Stonecrest at Piper Glen in Charlotte, NC
  • Regal Cinemas Opry Mills in Nashville, TN
  • Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 in Knoxville, TN
  • Regal Cinemas Red Rock in Las Vegas, NV
  • Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas in Toronto, ON CANADA
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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: It’s a Beautiful Day Collection Now on DVD

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MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD: IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY COLLECTION is a special set of 32 memorable episodes and over 15 hours of content celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the pioneering children’s television series from The Fred Rogers Company. Mister Rogers helps children learn the importance of being kind to others, appreciating what makes everyone unique, recycling and taking care of our planet, and much more in the classic series. The new release also includes a very special bonus episode – the series premiere, in original black-and-white!

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Episodes featured on the DVD include:

  • Helping Children Know What to Expect at School
  • Creating with Friends is Different than Playing Alone
  • Play is the Work of Childhood
  • Respecting All Living Creatures
  • Opera Day
  • Ups and Downs of Friendship
  • Learning about Rules and LimitsAppreciating the People Who Came Before
  • Food and Love Go Hand in Hand
  • Music As a Way to Express Feelings
  • Families Come in Different Shapes and Sizes
  • Celebrating Big and Little Things
  • Lots of Different Things for Play and Pretending
  • Each Person is Unique – Yet We All Have Much in Common
  • Being Kind to Ourselves and Others
  • Nobody Knows What You’re Thinking Unless You Tell Them
  • Games Can Be Fun, But Not If You’re Left Out
  • Recycling and Other Ways to care for Our Planet
  • Learning to Take Care of Yourself
  • Trying on Different Roles
  • We All Have Art Inside of Us
  • Understanding Concepts of Up and Down
  • The Strength of Love – Even Through Angry Times
  • Appreciating our Uniqueness
  • Some Things Change…Some Things Stay the Same
  • Needing Help and Giving Help
  • Feeling Good About Who We Are
  • Encouraging Generosity and Gratitude
  • Strengths and Limitations, Abilities and Disabilities
  • Wondering and Asking Questions
  • Enjoying Books and Recognizing Symbols
  • Valuing All Kinds of Art

 

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CARS 3 Out Digitally in HD on Oct 24 and on Blu-Ray Nov 7

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Disney and Pixar present CARS 3, a fast-paced new tale of Lightning McQueen, his classic CARS friends and a new spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez! Lighting finds himself pushed out of racing by a new generation of faster and younger cars and goes on a journey to discover where he belongs in this new type of high-octane competition. CARS 3- the third film in the now-iconic CARS film franchise—will cruise home Digitally in HD on Oct. 24 and Blu-ray™ on Nov. 7!

You can check out the trailer at this link: https://youtu.be/scYvJUUOHK4

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand

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“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” arrives on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on October 3. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is a rollicking new tale of the high seas, infused with all the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years. Johnny Depp returns to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow, and is joined by Oscar® winners Javier Bardem (Best Supporting Actor, “No Country for Old Men”) and Geoffrey Rush (Best Actor, “Shine”).

Fans who bring home “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will experience the nonstop action in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, the ultimate home entertainment experience with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio.

Bonus material includes a collection of behind-the-scenes, making-of stories, including a conversation with directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg; a sit-down with the two young newcomers who play Henry and Carina; the secrets behind the menacing new villain, Salazar, and his ferocious ghost sharks; an on-set visit with Jack’s first mate from all five films; a chat with Sir Paul McCartney who appears as Uncle Jack; and a discussion about the franchise’s legacy; along with hilarious bloopers, deleted scenes and memories from producer Jerry Bruckheimer’s photo diary.

The rip-roaring adventure—packed with humor, suspense and jaw-dropping special effects—finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack.

The film stars Johnny Depp (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass”), Academy Award® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), Brenton Thwaites (“The Giver,” “Maleficent”), Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner” films, upcoming “The King’s Daughter”), Kevin R. McNally (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “Macbeth Unhinged”), Golshifteh Farahani (“Paterson,” “Body of Lies”), David Wenham (“Lion,” “300: Rise of an Empire”), Stephen Graham (“Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “Gangs of New York”) and Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise).

My family is a huge fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and this one didn’t disappoint. My sons favorite thing to watch is all the bonus clips and with Johnny Depp the bloopers are sure to crack you up. Also the making of the movie is really interesting so don’t skip it !!!

You can check out a clip from the movie below…

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Disney Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales Out on Digital Today

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Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a rollicking new tale of the high seas, infused with all the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years. Johnny Depp returns to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow, and is joined by Oscar winners Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush. It was announced at D23 Expo that “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”—the fifth film in the now-iconic “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise—will sail home on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on September 19.

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Disney Elena of Avalor Celebration to Remember on DVD

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Elena is back with all-new adventures coming to DVD with the release of Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember!  Join Elena and her friends and family as they celebrate holidays that honor the past, cherish the present and look forward towards a magical future! In these new adventures Avalor celebrates Navidad, Dia de los Muertos and Carnaval! There’s something special to look forward to with each holiday!

This DVD is packed with laughs, new characters to cherish, and heart. Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember is a must-own for the entire family! Includes Four Celebration Themed Episodes, Plus Two Bonus Episodes and a FREE Exclusive Elena Locket!

Voice Cast:

Aimee Carrero (Freeform’s “Young & Hungry”) as Princess Elena; Jenna Ortega (Disney Channel’s “Stuck in the Middle”) as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell (“Sofia the First”) as Migs; Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”) as Luna; Carlos Alazraqui (Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out”) as Skylar; Emiliano Díez ( “George Lopez”) as Francisco; Julia Vera (ABC’s “General Hospital”) as Luisa; Christian Lanz (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Chancellor Esteban; Jillian Rose Reed (“Awkward”) as Naomi; Joseph Haro (“Awkward”) as Mateo; Jorge Diaz (“The 33”) as Gabe; Keith Ferguson (Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out”) as Zuzo; Joe Nunez (“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”) as Armando and Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”) as Shuriki.

Check out the clip below…

This is such a cute DVD and your kids are sure to love it.  My favorite episode was “King of the Carnival”.  Make sure you come back and tell me which was your favorite after you watch it.  I love how this DVD teaches you that holidays aren’t about what you do; they’re about the special people you spend them with !!!

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Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 on Blu-ray and DVD August 29

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Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season 3 delivers all 22 action-packed episodes of the hit CG animated series’ third season, plus exclusive, never-before-seen bonus material on Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 29.

The story threads begin to tighten in this thrilling season of Star Wars Rebels, drawing connections to The Clone Wars, Rogue One and the original Star Wars trilogy into the series’ epic storyline. Available August 29, Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three delivers some of the most critically-acclaimed Star Wars storytelling to date, with engaging characters, harrowing conflicts, and spectacular space battles on par with those seen in the films.

Having established a secret base on Atollon, the Ghost crew, now led by a more powerful Ezra, strengthens the Rebel fleet by acquiring new resources and recruits eager to stand against the Empire.  However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the Rebellion are now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faced before. Ezra and Sabine must take on new roles and challenges as the Rebels prepare for their biggest mission yet – a direct assault on the Empire.

Bonus Features:

Blu-ray:

·         Return To Mandalore –  Explore where Mandalore fits within the Empire’s regime – and whether Sabine can unite her people against the Imperial forces.
·         Thrawn: A Legend Reborn –  Learn Thrawn’s significance in Star Wars lore, and what the future may hold for this memorable villain.
·         Apprentices to Outcasts: Kenobi And Maul –  Track two adversaries who’ve clashed throughout Star Wars history, and find out why the time was right to conclude their story.
·         The Original Rebel: Saw Gerrera Returns – Extended –  Meet the Original Rebel. This exclusive extended version features Forest Whitaker discussing the character he brings to life in both Rebels and Rogue One.
·         Five Audio Commentaries –  Featuring Dave Filoni (Executive Producer), Justin Ridge (Supervising Director), Kilian Plunkett (Art Director), Keith Kellogg (Animation Supervisor) and Joel Aron (CG Supervisor: Lighting & FX)
·         All DVD Bonus (see below)

DVD:

·         A Rebel Alliance – Discover how the formation of the Rebel Alliance in Rebels ties into the Rogue One timeline – and the exciting story possibilities that lie ahead for season 4.
·         Rebels Recon – Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew in 19 entertaining and information-packed episode recaps!

My sons thoughts….. he really liked it. This is the 3rd season and we actually have the first two seasons and well and he said it was “cool”. He especially liked some the bonus features such as the episode recaps.

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Disney’s The Lion King on Digital Aug. 15 and on Blu-ray Aug. 29

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Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.” The Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes over three hours of classic bonus material and exclusive,  brand new features inviting viewers to sing along with the film’s award-winning music, observe recording sessions, step inside the story room, witness the evolution of a villain, and join Nathan Lane (voice of Timon) and Matthew Broderick (voice of Adult Simba) for an extended conversation regarding the legacy of “The Lion King.”

“The Lion King” follows the adventures of Simba, a feisty lion cub who cannot wait to be king, as he searches for his destiny in the great “Circle of Life.” The film earned a Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical and inspired a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical that is currently the third longest-running musical in Broadway history. In 2019, a reimagined live-action film, helmed by Jon Favreau, will delight audiences with the thrilling retelling of the original tale utilizing groundbreaking technological advances—as only Disney can do.

Bonus Features:

BLU-RAY, DIGITAL*:

1.      Brand New Sing-Along Version

2.      Audio Commentary – View the film with commentary by producer Don Hahn and co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.

3.      Visualizing a Villain Against a backdrop of live dancers and the animated “Be Prepared” sequence, artist David Garibaldi paints a masterpiece of evil.

4.      The Recording Sessions Watch rare footage of the actors recording their roles, matched with the final animation. Intro by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.

5.      Nathan and Matthew: The Extended Lion King Conversation Nathan Lane (Timon) and Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba) offer candid and hilarious insights into their Lion King experiences.

6.      Inside the Story Room – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff present archival footage of five original story pitches.

  1. Circle of Life – See how color creates emotion and meaning in the film’s iconic opening.
  2. Simba & Nala – See how elements proposed in story meetings evolve into what appears onscreen.
  3. Simba Takes Nala Out to Play – …And, sometimes what seems funny in story meetings never makes it into the film!
  4. Hakuna Matata – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff sing, act and dance their hearts out as they pitch the “Hakuna Matata” sequence.
  5. Rafiki and Reflecting Pool – Co-directors Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff pitch a sequence that became the emotional heart of The Lion King to Producer Don Hahn.

7.      Music & More – Sing along to your favorite songs from the movie!

  1. “Circle of Life”
  2. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”
  3. “Be Prepared”
  4. “Hakuna Matata”
  5. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”

8.      Galleries

  1. Visual Development – Explore a gallery of striking artwork that inspired the movie’s look and feel.
  2. Character Design – Trace the development of the film’s unforgettable characters through early concept art drawings.
  3. Storyboards – Examine storyboards created in the development of “The Lion King.”
  4. Layouts – Feast your eyes on layouts created in the development of “The Lion King.”
  5. Backgrounds & Layouts – Journey through a gallery of landscape paintings that shaped the world of “The Lion King.”

9.      Classic Bonus Features (Digital Only) – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as bloopers, audio commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, and in-depth journeys into the music, film, story, animals and stage show.

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My thoughts…. this wasn’t my first time seeing Lion King, in fact it was probably my 100th. It was so much fun singing along to all the songs with the kids.  I just love that I now have it on Blu-Ray instead of just a VHS.

Hakuna Matata everyone !!!

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Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Out on Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital and 4K Ultra HDHD on Aug 22

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 marks the Studios first in-home title to release in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, providing consumers with the ultimate home entertainment experience with next-generation high dynamic range visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the film’s storyline continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians (Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket) must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.  Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. This blockbuster sequel featuring the world’s favorite band of intergalactic misfits, blasts into homes on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray on Aug. 22.

The sequel stars…

Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Beyond”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax, Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula, Pom Klementieff (“Ingrid Goes West,” “Oldboy”) as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”) as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” “This Is Us”) as Taserface,  Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin, Tommy Flanagan (“Gladiator,” “Sin City”) as Tullk,  Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Luther”) as Meredith Quill, with Sylvester Stallone (“Creed,” “The Expendables”) as Stakar, and Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight,” “Furious 7”) as Ego.

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

Blu-ray:

  • The Making of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – A four-part, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, done in the style of classic-rock album liner notes.
  • Visionary Intro – Director James Gunn provides context on how he continues and expands the storylines of these beloved characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
  • Guardians Inferno Music Video – Join David Hasselhoff and special guests for a galactic retro dance party.
  • Gag Reel – Laugh out loud at all the hilarious off-script shenanigans and bloopers that took place on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” featuring all your favorite Guardians. 
  • Four Deleted Scenes – Check out four specific scenes that had to be cut from the film, including two extended scenes and two deleted scenes.
  • Audio Commentary – Check out a special narration of the film by director James Gunn, who guides fans through an inside look at the making of the movie.

Digital:

All the features listed above plus four extra exclusives:

  • Three Scene Breakdowns (Digital Exclusives) – We’ll reveal the anatomy of a few key scenes from the film. Discover the process in bringing these scenes to life. It starts with a doodle and the rest is film history. Audiences will be given the option to view 5-6 layers of specific scenes in the film. Scenes include “Eclector Escape,” “Gamora and Nebula,” and “Rocket and Ravagers.”
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (Digital Exclusive) – Get an exclusive sneak peek inside the most anticipated ride at Disneyland, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!. We’ll dig into the concepts and inspiration, and talk about what it took to bring the most epic ride at Disneyland to life.
My family absolutely loved all the bonus clips especially the gag reel, music video and deleted scenes.  This is a must have movie for all Marvel fans !!!
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