Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Family-Friendly Adventure THE GREAT BEAR -- Now Available on DVD (Review)

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


"A boy must venture into the depths of a perilous, enchanted forest to rescue his little sister in The Great Bear, coming to DVD June 10 from Vertical Entertainment.

In this spell-binding adventure for the entire family, Jonathan looks forward to summer vacations with his grandfather who lives on the edge of a vast, enchanted forest that he is forbidden to enter.

Annoyed that his kid sister, Sophie, is tagging along this year, Jonathan does his best to lose her … and succeeds all too well when she’s kidnapped by a 1,000-year-old bear the size of a mountain!

Venturing into the depths of the perilous forest to rescue her, he encounters a crazed hunter – as well as a host of strange, mythical creatures – and, along the way, learns some valuable lessons.

The Great Bear is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (1.85:1) and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound."


My Thoughts:

If you have siblings, no matter what your age, there will be times that you fight and don't get along. I remember back when I was a child that when my two older brothers got to do something or go somewhere, I always felt left out.  But, then when I did go, they made my being there feel like an inconveience or that I was ruining their time.  So, as I started to watch this movie and saw the relationship between the two lead characters who were siblings, Jonathan and Sophie, I could relate.  And, my two girls could relate to, as they are at the stage that they fight and like to do things independetntly from one another.  

But, with any family, even though siblings may fight and not get along at times, when one is in trouble or needs help, the other sibling(s) is there to help.  This was the case when Sophie ran into the Great Forest, a forbidden area her grandfather told her and Jonathan to stay out of.  Jonathan went in after her.  The movie starts off with Jonathan trying to rescue his sister, but ends up being a fun-filled adventure in this forest, filled with new things and animals, including an oversized bear.  Sophie ends up developing a friendship with the bear and asks Jonathan to help her protect the bear and his home from a hunter out to get the bear.

This animated family-friendly movie will surely delight children of all ages, and provide for a great family movie night.  It is rated PG, so note this when you view it with a younger crowd. The graphics alone with pull the viewer in, especially those of the landscape of the Great forest and the oversized bear.  Both of my girls liked the movie, as did my niece and nephew.  I, too, found it to be an enjoyable animated film, that did a great job at teaching children about family, working together and getting along, as well as following directions and asking for forgiveness.  If you like discussing lessons learned in movies with older children, this one will open up lines of communication and offer great talking points, especially if your family includes multiple siblings. 

About Vertical Entertainment
Based in Santa Monica, Calif., Vertical Entertainment was founded in 2013 by entertainment industry veterans Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin and has quickly become a notable force in indie film distribution for theatrical, television, DVD, VOD and digital platforms. With a focus on family fare and theatrical genre films with A-list casts in the $5-10 million budget range, the company plans to release up to 24 films a year.  High-profile titles acquired to date  include The Hot Flashes, starring Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen, Daryl Hannah, and Camryn Manheim; Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler; Rushlights with Josh Henderson, Beau Bridges and Aidan Quinn; the animated Freedom Force, voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christopher Lloyd; and the 3-D animated film The Snow Queen, based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and produced by Timur Bekmambetov.

The Great Bear
Vertical Entertainment
Genre:  Family/Adventure
Rated: PG
Format:  DVD
Running Time:  Approx. 77 Minutes
Suggested Retail Price:  $20.99
DVD Street Date:  June 10, 2014
VOD Release: May 27, 2014
Catalog #:  03289
UPC Code:  #37117032891

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

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