Friday, April 4, 2014

"The Nut Job" Arrives on Digital HD on 4/8 and Blu-ray and DVD on 4/15 -- Pre-Order Your Copy Now (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.



"Be prepared for one squirrelly adventure in the action-packed comedy, The Nut Job, starring Will Arnett (Despicable Me, Ratatouille) as Surly, a mischievous squirrel on a mission to prove himself. The Nut Job comes to Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet as well as On Demand on April 15, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on DIGITAL HD one week early on April 8, 2014.

Surly (Arnett) is a mischievous squirrel with a mission: to find the tastiest nuts for winter. When he discovers a whole store filled with his favorite food, he plans a heist of nutrageous proportions. But the place turns out to be owned by ruthless bank robbers so it’s up to Surly and his furry friends to stop the nearby bank heist and save the town. 

Showcasing an all-star cast including Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Whole Lotta Love), Liam Neeson (Non-StopThe Grey), Katherine Heigl (Knocked UpThe Ugly Truth), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Turbo), Jeff Dunham (Arguing With MyselfSpark of Insanity) and Gabriel Iglesias (Magic Mike, Hot & Fluffy), The NutJob will prove “Enormously Entertaining” for the whole family (Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru)!"

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet. 
·      Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
·      DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
·      DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download movies to watch on iPad®, iPhone®, Android™, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players, game consoles, and more.

EXCLUSIVE Bonus Features on BLU-RAY 3D & BLU-RAY:
·      DELETED SCENES - Check out Surly, Grayson and the gang in scenes removed from the final version of the movie.
·      STORYBOARDS - Watch key scenes from the film brought to life from the original sketches.
·      THE GREAT NUT HEIST - Will Arnett, the voice of Surly the squirrel, discusses the great caper story at the heart of the film.
·      DANCE-OFF END CREDITS - Surly joins his furry friends and a very special guest for this show-stopping number.
Bonus Features on 3D BLU-RAY, BLU-RAY & DVD:
o   SURELY SQUIRREL - Meet Surly for the very first time in the award-winning animated short that started it all.
o   NUTS & ROBBERS - Surly and Grayson stumble upon a bank heist gone wrong in NUTS & ROBBERS – created by ToonBox Entertainment as a teaser for THE NUT JOB.

My Thoughts:

Usually we wait until the weekend to watch new movies sent to me to review with the girls. But, as soon as the girls saw "The Nut Job" arrive in the mail the other day, they have been asking me off and on each day if we could watch it.  Having not seen it when this movie was in theaters, but hearing from friends and family who did, and how they thought this was a great family movie, I have to say that I was a little anxious to also watch it.  I finally gave in yesterday afternoon, and watched "The Nut Job" with the girls after they napped.  I love how you can bribe your kids to take a nap or eat their lunches with a movie or special treat, don't you? :-)

Like I have shared in past posts about animated movies, I love when popular actors and actresses lend their voices, as it makes it more fun for adults watching these kid-friendly movies.  Stars lending their voices in this cute film included Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Katherine Hiegl, Brendan Fraser, Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham.  A great mix of talented voice, right? I sure think so. 

With many of the voice talent having a comedic background, you knew you were in for a treat when watching this movie.  From start to finish the girls and I were laughing and smiling along, as we watched Will Arnett's character, Surly the squirrel, try to find and stock up on nuts for the winter.  When he stumbles upon a nut shop with a basement full of nuts, he thinks he has hit jackpot. Surly only likes to think about himself.  So, when he realizes that the nut shop is actually owned by bank robbers who are planning a heist of their own, he has to reach out to those he would otherwise ignore for help in preventing the planned bank heist and save the day.

When you have squirrels, rats, raccoons and other furry  and four legged friends coming out of the woodwork to help, you know you are in for an adventure to say the least.  Kids will laugh at squirrels farting and the jokes being told amongst the characters, and parents will, too. My girls couldn't stop getting up and dancing around during the dance scene and other cute parts throughout the film.

The film is only 85 minutes in length, making it a great length for children of all ages, including young ones to sit through and enjoy, without growing restless.  There is some animated violence where the characters are hitting each other or crashing into things, but nothing that would terrify your kids.

My girls fell in love with Surly and the others, and loves the bright colorful scenes and animation.  And, when they were giggling at the funny comments or mishaps of the characters, I loved how this movie had themed like the importance of friendship, teamwork, treating others with respect and kindness and coming together as a community to tackle a problem, where in this case it was trying to stop the bad guys from robbing the local bank, while also pulling off a massive nut heist of their own.

I can see the girls asking to watch this movie again today, and have it be one that it brought in the car or asked for on movie nights.  And, I will not say "No" as I enjoyed it just as much as they did.  "The Nut Job" is a great family movie that will have you laughing and cheering on Surly and his friends as they try to save the day.  So, if you are looking for a cute movie to share with your family for your next movie night, why not consider picking up a copy of "The Nut Job" when it arrives on Digital HD on April 8th, and in stores on Tuesday, April 15th. I can't wait to hear what you think of it.

In celebration of the upcoming Home Entertainment release of Universal's hit-animated film The Nut Job, here is a special nutty recipe for you and your family to enjoy.

What nut-inspired recipes do you love to make for their families?

Don't forget to pickup your copy of The Nut Job 
Available on Digital HD April 8th and Blu-ray & DVD April 15th


About Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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