Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is re-releasing A League of Their Own on Blu-ray on April 18th. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched this movie. I liked it 25 years ago, and I still think it’s excellent after watching it again recently. The story is about two sisters joining the first women baseball team. It’s a humorous drama, but I think most parents will appreciate the underlying message that women can live their dream.
Shout! Factory released Country Crush today. It’s a musical featuring country music. The movie is about about an aspiring singer (Nancy) who meets a country mechanic (Charlie). Even though Nancy has a boyfriend, Nancy and Charlie are drawn together. But then Nancy’s career gets in the way and the two struggle to stay together. The city-girl meets country-boy storyline is predictable, but you can’t help but root for them. And the music is awesome and I’m not even a country fan. Country Crush is available exclusively at Walmart. Thanks to Shout! Factory, I’m giving away the Country Crush DVD on my dad blog.
The kids and I watched Moana over the weekend. It was my youngest son’s birthday so we made a party out of it. He didn’t want a Polynesian theme party. Instead, he insisted on dinosaurs. He’s into that right now, so we had a dino-theme Moana birthday party. I know that’s a weird combo, but it’s really hard to argue with the birthday boy. Plus we had a really fun time. The little guy laughed a lot during the animated film — especially the scenes with Heihei the chicken. If you have not seen Moana yet, you should. We highly recommend the movie. It’s a fun flick for the entire family. Moana is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Note: I received a movie kit from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (WDSMP) for reviewing Moana on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
HBO recently released season one of Vice Principals on Blu-ray and DVD. The cable TV show is about two school vice principals scheming to get rid of the new principal. Both VP’s think they should be the principal. The story isn’t very realistic (especially the profanity at school), but the series is funny. If you’re looking for a new series to binge watch, you should definitely check out Vice Principals: The Complete First Season.
Disney is releasing Pinocchio this week. You know how Disney works. They like to pull many of their movies from retailers and store them in their magical vault. Then they release the titles again many years later. This time around, Disney is releasing Pinocchio in stores. And for the first time ever, Pinocchio is available in Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. That means you can cut the cord and watch the film anywhere without strings. Cool, right? I also like the digital HD option because I don’t have to find a place to store the film. After a couple of decades of collecting DVDs and Blu-rays, I have run out of space on my bookcase. BTW, I received a movie kit for writing this review. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
HBO is releasing season two of Ballers on Blu-ray and DVD next week. Ballers is about a former football player who now works as a money manager for football players. I love this series. It has a football feel, yet it rarely show athletes playing football. Ballers is more about the characters instead of the game of football. The characters grow on you and you become vested in their lives. Ballers: S2 is available now on digital HD, and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st. Note: the series is rated TV-MA for nudity and sex scenes.
My kids and I recently watched The Secret Life of Pets. We loved the animated film so much that we’ve watched it twice already. The movie is funny and the characters are cute. The story idea is similar to Toy Story. When the owners are away, the pets talk and hang out with each. But when the owners return, they transform back into cute pets. The Secret Life of Pets is available on Digital HD now and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand December 6th. Note: Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment sent me the movie for review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
Season six of Game of Thrones will be out on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD this week. I love this show. The characters are interesting, the story is fantastic, and the plot is very unpredictable. And if you’ve seen the HBO series, then you know the writers are not afraid of killing off main characters — including popular characters I like. In fact, season five ended with the apparent death of Jon Snow. Anyways, I love season six of Game of Thrones. It’s just as good as the previous seasons. I can’t wait to see season seven. BTW, Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season will make an excellent gift for a fan of the series.
No Starch Press has a new book out. It’s called The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! I received the book for review on my dad blog and I can tell you it’s as cool as it sounds like. The 216-page book is full of great information on how to make animated LEGO movies. My oldest son has been playing around with making animated movies and he thinks this book is awesome. It features useful advice and wonderful graphics for the budding stop-motion animator. The book was written by expert brickfilmers David Pagano and David Pickett. In the book, they share their insight from over twenty years behind the camera and introduce readers to the basics of animation before walking them through the creative process step-by-step. The LEGO Animation Book: Make Your Own LEGO Movies! is available now. It has a list price of $19.95, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $14.76.
I went to California Pizza Kitchen for the first time recently. My wife and kids have actually been there before when they were shopping at Bridgeport Village. But shopping isn’t my thing and Bridgeport Village is about 25 miles away. Anyways, I was very impressed with California Pizza. The food was delicious, the service was awesome, and the prices were reasonable. I also learned CPK will work with you on food allergies. And BTW, California Pizza offers more than just pizzas (like pasta, chicken, salads, sandwiches, fish, soup, etc). Oh, one more thing. CPK gift cards are great stocking stuffers. And when you purchase $100 in gift cards, you’ll receive a $20 promotional card for yourself (sweet, right?). This promotion runs through January 2, 2017.