I recently watched Teen Beach 2 on DVD. Walt Disney Studios sent me the DVD for review on my dad blog. The musical is aimed at teenagers and tweens, but I’m sure many parents will like this film too — Teen Beach 2 is a fun movie for everyone. As expected, there’s a lot of singing and dance numbers throughout the movie. The tunes are energetic and the dancing is fun to watch. The kids and I loved it. In fact, we just got the DVD this week and have watched it twice already. I’m sure we’re going to watch it again over the Fourth of July weekend. Teen Beach Movie 2 is available now on DVD. BTW, the DVD currently includes a free magical necklace from the movie. Neat, right?
My kids are excited about the upcoming release of Home. We saw it at the theater and enjoyed Home (review). In fact, my kids like to repeat a phrase from the movie, “My hands are in the air like I just do not care.” They think the main character (Oh) is pretty funny. Now thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation, a reader of my dad blog can win the Home Blu-ray Party Edition. The party edition includes a Boov-tastic party of never-before-seen bonus features that will persuade the entire family to get their groove on, including “Oh’s Boovy Jukebox” of top tracks, “Oh’s Shake Your Boov Thing,” a toe-tapping, music video mash-up, hilarious deleted scenes, character-drawing tutorials and more. Home is available now on digital HD and will be available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on July 28th. Continue reading for activity sheets and info on how to win the Blu-ray.
I have an awesome giveaway Nicholas Sparks fans will love. Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I’m giving The Longest Ride Blu-ray on my dad blog. I have not seen the movie yet, but based on other movies adapted from Nicholas Sparks novels, I’m sure I will love it. I can’t wait to see it with my wife. Sounds like a great film for our next date night. The Longest Ride will be available on Digital HD June 26th, and on Blu-ray and DVD on July 14th. Continue reading to find out how to win The Longest Ride.
Universal 1440 Entertainment sent me the new Curious George DVD for review on my dad blog. The new title is called Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle. In this new adventure, Curious George goes to space to retrieve a special device from a satellite. George successfully retrieves the device, but then he crash lands in Africa and George ends up having one epic adventure after another. My kids and I enjoyed the new DVD. We love the little monkey! He’s so cute and his curiosity reminds me of my children. Like George, my little monkeys get in trouble all the time, but I can’t help but love them anyway. The G-rated, 81-minute Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle is available now on digital HD and DVD (currently $12.99 on Amazon).
Shout! Factory sent me the Young Hercules: The Complete Series DVD set for review on my dad blog. The Fox Kids Network series starred a young Ryan Gosling. Yes, the pretty boy from The Notebook. I knew Ryan was on the Mickey Mouse Club when he was a kid, but I didn’t know he also played the part of young Hercules in a TV series too. Considering how young he was, I thought Ryan was fine as a young Hercules. Young Hercules: The Complete Series is available now on DVD (currently $19.93 on Amazon). The set includes all 50 episodes on six discs. The DVD set also includes a bonus featurette called Writing the Legend of Young Hercules.
My kids are excited about the new Minions movie, which will open in theaters on July 10th. We can’t wait to see their new film. According to the synopsis, Minions is an origin story that takes place before both Despicable Me movies. BTW, there’s an early screening of the movie in the Portland area on Tuesday, July 7th. And thanks to Universal Pictures, a lucky reader of my dad blog can win a Minions prize pack consisting of promotional items for the film and an early entry VIP ticket (good for 4 people) to see the screening in Portland, Oregon (Regal Lloyd Center). To enter my contest, leave a comment about your favorite Despicable Me character. The deadline to enter is June 26th. The winner will be randomly selected. The screening is in Portland, so the giveaway is limited to readers in Oregon and Washington.
My two youngest kids and I saw an early screening of Inside Out. The animated film from Disney Pixar is about a group of emotions that guide the behavior of a girl named Riley. I have mixed feeling about this movie. First, my two children (ages six and nine) said they like Inside Out. That’s a good thing. I, on the other hand, didn’t really like the movie. It’s not a bad film. I just think the storyline might be a little too complicated for very young children. In addition, the movie is humorous, but it’s not as funny as I thought it would be. Is “complicated” and “not that funny” a good recipe for a children’s movie? In my opinion, Inside Out is one of those animated films that most parents will enjoy more than their kids. I guess you’ll have to see for yourself and make up your own mind. Inside Out (Disney•Pixar) opens in theaters on Friday. Continue reading to learn five things about the film.
Good morning, dads and moms! We’re celebrating three birthdays today! My wife and my two oldest kids were all born on June 13th. Isn’t that incredible? Before I hit the party circuit, I have a winner announcement this morning.
I purchased a couple of these Dynex mobile batteries last month. It’s essentially a mobile charger for your devices when you’re on the road. All you have to do is charge the battery pack when you’re at home. Then you can use the battery pack to charge your mobile phone or device on the road when you don’t have an outlet nearby. I’ve tested them and they work fairly well. The mobile battery includes a USB cable to charge the pack. To charge your mobile device, you just reverse the connection. However, I had to use my Samsung cable when I wanted to charge my Samsung phone with the Dynex battery pack. Note: you can also use the battery pack to charge your iPod and iPhone. Best Buy has the Dynex Lithium-Ion Mobile Battery Pack on clearance for $10 and they are available in multiple colors.