Sunday, January 27, 2013

Coming Soon to DVD from Echo Bridge Entertainment (Review)


Mark Twain Original Family Classics 


"Always in a bind, Huckleberry Finn (Ron Howard) has learned to think on his feet. When his drunken father kidnaps him, Huck fakes his own death and escapes down the wild Mississippi. While on the run, Huck teams up with his old friend, Jim, a slave headed to free territory. Together they encounter every kind of adventure imaginable—from a hoax involving a pair of lying crooks, to hunters looking for the runaway Jim, and even a dangerous escapade with Huckleberry's pal, Tom Sawyer. It's nonstop excitement as the river takes Huck to places he never dreamed of."


"In his small Missouri town, Tom Sawyer is a big troublemaker. When he's not tricking others into doing his work, he's upsetting his Aunt Polly, or wooing his young love, Becky. But sometimes Tom's mischief gets him in over his head, and when he and his pal, Huckleberry Finn, witness a murder, they take a vow of silence and head down the river on a raft. The whole town believes they're dead, so when the boys return, they're in a world of trouble. But trouble's just begun because now the graveyard murder has gone to trial…"

Rated PG; Not Rated / Available in Canada


My Thoughts:

I remember reading these classics back in school, and then again a few years back.  These two movies have had many movie renditions made over the years -- from family style films to cartoon animated ones.  But, I have to say that these two movies, which make up this upcoming DVD release are the best that I have seen.  If you love Ron Howard the actor, then you will love his performance as Huck Finn.

Families will enjoy sitting down together and watching these movies -- either in one sitting. or spaced out over a couple of weekends.  Then, follow up with a discussion of the classic tale that they have read.  You could pose such questions as "How does this film rate compared to the reading the story?  Do you understand the story more by seeing it come to life in a film?  And, if you live near Hartford, CT or are willing to make a drive here, the Mark Twain house is a great attraction to visit.  My husband and I have visited Mark Twain's house over a dozen times over the years, and learn more and more about the amazing author each time we go.  Just seeing these films makes me want to visit his house again, or pick up his books to read.

Homeschooling parents will also love this 2-movie Mark-Twain feature, as it would make a great add on when it comes time to have your children read these Mark Twain classics.


 6-Film Family Pack



An innovative teacher (Matthew Perry) takes risks and dreams big in one of Harlem's toughest classrooms.


Even after a decade of success stories teaching music to inner-city youth, Roberta Guaspari (Meryl Streep) finds her violin program may be cut.


A family is torn when their teenage daughter (Reese Witherspoon) is diagnosed with leukemia and their medically-unstable son is the best bet for a bone marrow transplant.


When a handsome composer enters the life of blind cellist Maryann Lowery, she learns that her true love has been beside her all along.


A talented young polo player (John Ritter) is left paralyzed and must overcome the obstacles of his injury.


Two teens with disabilities unite and overcome their individual limitations together. Starring Sharon Stone.

Not Rated - Violence, Profanity; Rated PG; Not Rated; Not Rated; Not Rated; Rated PG-13 


My Thoughts:

Even though I loved all six movies, I have to say my favorites were "The Ron Clark Story" and "Music of the Heart."  I am not going to waste your time describing the movies, as many of you have probably see most, if not all the movies on this 6 movie DVD release, over the years.  This is one reason I love Echo Bridge Entertainment's DVD's, as they combine great family films onto one DVD, making family movie night fun.  And, with the average cost of a DVD like this going for around $14-$16.00, you can't go wrong with the price, as you get 6 full-length movies.

So, if your family loves family movie night, or you made a resolution for 2013, to spend more time together on weekend or in the evening, why not pick up this or another family-themed DVD from Echo Bridge Entertainment to enjoy together.  

Disclosure: I was sent copies of these DVDs from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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