Sunday, March 17, 2013

Easter Gift Ideas -- Now Availabe on DVD and Blu-Ray, Rise of Guardians (Review)



"Praised by critics and moviegoers of all ages, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: DWA) spectacular and heartfelt adventure RISE OF THE GUARDIANS soared onto  Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D™ and DVD on March 12, 2013.  Hailed as “brilliant” and “the best family film of the year” (Joel Amos, with “spellbinding power” (James Verniere, Boston Herald) and “dazzling animation” (Tom Long, Detroit News), RISE OF THE GUARDIANS received outstanding audience reactions and a coveted ‘A’ Cinemascore.  DreamWorks Animation’s newest animated adventure has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide with a fun-filled and magical story about the legendary guardians—Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Sandman—together for the first time!  When the evil Pitch threatens to take over the world, it’s up to our beloved heroes to protect the hopes and dreams of children everywhere.  Filled with non-stop action and laughs, it’s a dazzling family film that’s being hailed as “an instant classic” (Nancy Jay, Daybreak USA).

Just in time for Easter, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS will be available in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Pack with UltraViolet™ or single-disc DVD, each of which includes two delightful hopping toy eggs inspired by the ones seen in the film (while supplies last—quantities are limited).  The combo pack and single-disc DVD also include special features that take viewers behind-the-scenes to learn more about the magic used to bring the story to life.

Featuring an all-star cast of voice talent including Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS delivers humor, adventure and exceptional entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.  The film is also available in a three-disc Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Pack with UltraViolet and for digital download."

DVD and Blu-Ray Features:

DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians Blu-ray Combo Pack
The Rise of the Guardians Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Pack includes two hopping toy eggs, plus almost an hour of bonus features:

Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
Feature film in high definition

 Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features:
  • Jack Frost Snowball Showdown!—Use your remote to duck and dodge snowballs!
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors with Sandy—See if you can beat the Sandman in this classic game.
Additional Bonus Features:
  • Behind the Magic—Explore the filmmakers’ journey to create Rise of the Guardians’ enthralling look, characters, effects and music:
    • Dreaming Up the Look
    • Naughty & Nice: Designing Memorable Characters
    • Enchanting Effects
    • Creating an Epic Score
  • The Man Behind the Guardians—Learn how DreamWorks Animation worked with author William Joyce to bring his novels to life.
  • Dreamers and Believers—A look at the cast and characters of Rise of the Guardians.
  • Sandy’s Dream Guide—The Sandman helps interpret your dreams in this interactive guide.
  • Filmmakers’ Commentary—With director Peter Ramsey and producers Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein.
Disc 2 (DVD):
Feature film in standard definition

Bonus features:
  • Dreamers and Believers
  • Sandy’s Dream Guide
  • More Magic (DVD-ROM)—Printable egg holders, coloring sheets and more—perfect for Easter fun!
  • Filmmakers’ Commentary
  • Previews

DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians  Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack
The Rise of the Guardians Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Pack includes the following:

Disc 1 (Blu-ray 3D):
Feature film in high definition and 3D

Disc 2 (Blu-ray):
Same as Blu-ray contents listed above

Disc 3 (DVD):
Same as DVD contents listed above

DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians  DVD
The single-disc DVD includes two hopping toy eggs, plus the following:

Feature film in standard definition
Bonus features:

  • Dreamers and Believers
  • Sandy’s Dream Guide
  • More Magic (DVD-ROM)
  • Filmmakers’ Commentary
  • Previews

My Thoughts:

This was one movie I really wanted to see on the big screen, big missed. So, I knew that when it released recently, I would not be missing out on watching it at home.  Even though my daughters are to young to understand and really enjoy the film, we were able to have a fun family and friends movie day a few days ago, when school was cancelled due to snow.  Like I have said in the past, when there is a snow day, I usually end up watching my nieces and nephews, who range in age from 6-12 yrs. old.  But, on this given day, I thought it would be fun to invite a few neighbors and their children over to watch Rise of the Guardians.  Some saw the movies in theaters and loved it, while others were like me and were eagerly awaiting its arrival on DVD and Blu-Ray.  

As everyone gathered in the living room, and found a good spot on the couch or floor, which was covered with pillows and sleeping bags, the popcorn was popping in the background, and juice and water were being poured.  Once everyone had their bags of popcorn and a drink, we were ready to play the movie. From start to finish, both the parents and childrens' eyes were glued to the television.  Not only was the animation of this DreamWorks Animation amazing, but the storyline itself was cute and kept everyone entertained.  Thankfully those who saw this movie in theaters didn't spoil the ending, which I was afraid of, as the kids who saw it previously couldn't stop talking about their favorite characters.

Once the movie was over, everyone clapped, and all agreed that Rise of the Guardians was a magical journey worth taking, and one that will have you talking about it for days later.  Like I said, even though my girls were too young to really enjoy this film, they did, however, get to play with movie swag that was sent to us.  Here are a handful of photos I took of the girls playing with the wind up eggs that come inside the DVD/Blu-Ray box, along with other goodies.

I ended up watching the bonus features with my husband that night, and especially loved the behind the scenes footage, as well as the Sandy’s Dream Guide, which is an interactive guide that helps explain your dreams.  The girls, on the other hand, loved playing the two games that make up the over 1 hour of bonus material, as well as the printable activities and coloring pages.  So, if you are looking for a great family-friendly movie to enjoy, or a fun Easter basket gift idea, why not consider picking up Rise on Guardians on DVD and/or Blu-ray today?  I know you will love this movie just as much as my family and friends did. :-)

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this movie, along with a swag bag for my family to enjoy, from the vendor.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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