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Choosy Perspective: “The Muppets” Blu-Ray Pick

19

Mar

Posted by Derek

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights…

It’s time for my most anticipated film of 2011 to finally come home to Blu-Ray and DVD. The Muppets! Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie, Rowlf, Chris Cooper, Animal, Dr. Teeth, Walter, Statler, Waldorf (I can keep this up all day…)

One of the best Muppet films ever is finally yours to own and watch over and over again with your loved ones or just the young at heart. The Wocka Wocka Value Pack features the Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital Copy, and a download for The Muppets soundtrack, of which “Man or Muppet” just won an Oscar for Best Original Song!

This Wocka Wocka pack is truly stacked with all kinds of behind the scenes fun, like bloopers, deleted scenes (it’s a start Disney, but we know there are more! WHERE ARE THEY?!) a documentary on the making of the film, audio commentary from the writers and director, an extended look at what made Tex Richman so mad at the Muppets in the first place, and much much more – including previously unreleased spoof trailers!

This is one you will no doubt watch over and over again for years to come as The Muppets are finally back in the spotlight with a host of cameos, great music, and humor for all ages. Jason Segel has finally brought our beloved friends back to where they belong, on the big screen and now into your homes with this amazing special feature packed set.

The Muppets hits shelves tomorrow, pick up your copy from Disney today!

 

 

Choosy Perspective: “Justice League: Doom” Blu-Ray Pick

16

Feb

Posted by Derek

Justice League: Doom gets a lot of things right. A LOT. It’s a lot more enjoyable than any of the recent titles that’s come out of the DC Animated Universe. I loved Batman Year One and All Star Superman, but with both I was just left wanting a little more. That’s the only real problem with these DC titles, we get to the good part, and it’s over. Makes me wonder what we’ll be left with when The Dark Knight Returns happens after Superman vs. The Elite later this year.

‘Doom’, however, is based on the “Tower of Babel” storyline which pits the Legion of Doom against the Justice League of America using protocols to take down the team that were designed as a fail safe by Batman. Great, right? The immediate things you’ll love: Kevin Conroy returning as Batman. Tim Daly returning as Superman, and Michael Rosenbaum ‘returning’ as Barry Allen (this time). Also great is Susan Eisenberg as Wonder Woman, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, and Phil Morris as Vandal Savage (why are you reading this anymore?! Go watch it!)

This film is the last project done by the late (and great!) Dwayne McDuffie who died almost a year ago today, as of this writing. Dwayne’s work really shines through in ‘Doom’ and there is an amazing featurette on the DVD and Blu-Ray that I personally think is one of the most well done and fitting tributes I’ve ever seen DC pull off. He was a great man, a great writer, and a great influence on the comic book realm. He’s missed, to say the least.

Rounding out the set, as DC usually does with these titles, is a look at Superman vs. The Elite (an off the beaten path title, if you ask me) which will loosely be based on “What’s So Funny about Truth, Justice, and the American Way?” from Action Comics about 11 years ago. Time’s going to tell on that one.

Justice League: Doom hits shelves on February 28. Order yours today.

Check out the Justice League: Doom trailer

Choosy Perspective: “Jurassic Park Trilogy” Blu-Ray Pick

24

Oct

Posted by Derek

One of the last great true “Movie Magic” films, Jurassic Park captivated audiences in 1993 with it’s original story, amazing special effects, and memorable music.

With two subsequent sequels, the trilogy has now hit Blu Ray, and Geek Out Loud has an advanced look at these beautiful films in glorious hi definition

Watch the trailer for the Jurassic Park Trilogy Blu-Ray here

There are a host of special features available here. One of the most amazing is the all new six-part documentary featuring interviews with directors Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston, cast, and crew. Plenty of behind the scenes material to keep you busy for hours, as well as previously released archival featurettes, plus deleted scenes and trailers.

With the Blu Ray, you can access a whole new world of Jurassic Park with all new 7.1 Audio, BD Live, My Scenes, and the new Pocket Blu App that works with your iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and now iPad.

These films have never looked more gorgeous than they do on Blu Ray; it really captures the true spirt of seeing them again for the first time (and even makes the third film fun to watch!)

Jurassic Park: The Blu Ray Trilogy hits shelves tomorrow, October 25th. Order yours today.

Choosy Perspective: “Winnie the Pooh” Blu-Ray Pick

21

Oct

Posted by Derek

Return to the hundred acre wood in an all-new animated feature that brings back some of the most beloved animated characters from our childhood. Winnie, Tigger, Eyeore, Piglet and everyone else return. Craig Ferguson joins the cast as Owl, and John Cleese narrates the stories, with original music by Zooey Deschanel.

The film is split up into a few different stories, based on the original A.A. Milne books which provided inspiration for the interlinking plots of the movie. Pooh and friends set out to “rescue” Christopher Robin after assuming he’s been abducted by a creature in the forest, all of this while on the search for honey and Eeyore’s missing tail.

It’s refreshing to see a feature film that is, not only actual animation, but entertaining and genuinely funny.

Owl Explains \”The Backson\”

The Blu-Ray offers up a host of features, including deleted scenes and a sing-a-long function that lets you (you guessed it!) sing along with the great songs from the film! I also love the “Ballad of Nessie” short film about the Loch Ness Monster as well as the Winnie the Pooh short, “The Balloon” in which Winnie tries to fool a group of bees so he can get his honey. The best part of the film, to me, is the coda after the credits. So when you pick up the film, be sure not to miss it! It will keep you laughing.

At 68 minutes, the film is great for kids and families, or just the young at heart. It’s a great story that keeps you laughing, especially as Cleese talks to Winnie through the narration. And with October being National Honey Month, what better way to celebrate than picking up Winnie the Pooh on Blu-Ray when it released October 25?

You can also get some great honey recipes to go along with the film, just by clicking the banner below!

Winnie the Pooh comes to DVD and Blu-Ray October 25th. Pre-order yours today from Disney DVD.

Winnie the Pooh Trailer

Choosy Perspective: “Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides” Blu-Ray Pick

21

Oct

Posted by Derek

The best installment since the original, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” takes us away from the first trilogy and in search of the Fountain of Youth. It’s a return to the fun we first saw nearly ten years ago with Captain Jack Sparrow at the helm. This time around, Jack travels from caves to jungles encountering Mermaids and even the pirate Blackbeard himself (played by Ian McShane) and Penelope Cruz as Angelica.

 

The film is not lost on Blu-Ray, either. The behind the scenes look at the latest installment in the franchise gives glimpses of how everything came together during production. Great featurettes like “In Search of the Fountain” and “Under the Scene” show the work that went into Pirates 4. Careful detail went into this release during filming, and it shows through these mini-documentaries.

 

Disney also offers up the Second Screen on this outing, which gives users with iPads access to even more in-depth coverage on another display while the film is happening. I admit this can be distracting at times but it is a very technological treat that gives you more bang for your buck. If anything, all these features show you how much more went into this fourth film than the two previous sequels that were more shock and awe than story and fun. Packed with deleted and extended scenes, the Blu-Ray is a vast volume that once again shows that Disney goes the extra mile for its fans.

 

Personal favorite on the Blu-Ray is the Bloopers of the Caribbean, the Lego animated featurette of Captain Jack’s Brick Tales. Also, the director’s commentary is a great treat for learning about how the idea of the film came about and became a reality with Johnny Depp reprising his role.

It’s this week’s choosy pick, and you can get your copy of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides from Disney DVD.

On Stranger Tides Trailer