Thursday, January 29, 2015

DISH Invites Customers to Deflate the Game Not the Ads with their AuotHop Feature





I can't wait until Sunday, can you?  Not only will I will be rooting on the Patriots, but I can't wait to watch the Superbowl Half Time Show with Katy Perry, as well as the commercials.  Even if you are not a football fan, you can't help but tune in to the big game to watch the commercials, as you know that everyone will be talking about them in the days following the Super Bowl.  And, if you are a DISH subscriber, you will be even happier when you hear about the "Reverse AutoHop" feature, announced by DISH Network today.  

What is Reverse Auto-Hop you ask?  Instead of automatically skipping commercials, AutoHop will allow you to skip the game and watch only the commercials.  Yes, I know the game is important and you will want to watch highlights afterwards.  But, with the cool AutoHop feature, you will have the ability to watch just the commercials over and over again, without having to fast forward through the already aired game.  This feature will come in handy if by chance you miss a commercial, or if you find yourself debating a particular commercial.  I, for one, can't wait to use the AutoHop feature after the game.  This is just one more great thing about DISH Network.  Do I have to remind you about the recent Neflix App on the Hopper! :-)

Here is more about AutoHop feature from a press release that went out earlier today from DISH Network...
"DISH Network L.L.C. announced today that customers can enable “Reverse AutoHop” to watch just the commercials the day after Sunday’s big game. DISH customers will have the option to enable DISH’s AutoHop™ feature on the Hopper® Whole-Home HD DVR to skip straight to the popular commercials, rather than skip over them.
“This day is about two things: football and commercials, and for good reason -- both are entertaining and our customers love them,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH senior vice president of product management. “We’ve decided to flip our user-enabled ad-skipping feature on its head so customers can watch the ads uninterrupted the next day when everyone is talking about them.”
“We have several clients running Super Bowl ads this year, and DISH’s creative technology means more people will see those ads,” said Bill Koenigsberg, president, CEO and founder of Horizon Media. “Making these entertaining ads ‘appointment watching’ after the game puts the brands front and center for an even wider audience. Regardless of who wins the game, that’s a win for advertisers and consumers.”
Customers can enable the “Reverse AutoHop” feature the day after the game to skip the game and watch the commercials back-to-back. Hopper customers must have the PrimeTime Anytime™ feature enabled for NBC prior to the game. If customers want to re-watch the game, they have that option as well."
About DISH
DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.041 million satellite TV customers, as of Sept. 30, 2014, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. Subscribers enjoy a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corp. is a Fortune 250 company. Visit www.dish.com.
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Relive Some of Your Favorite MythBusters Experiments with the New 10th Anniversary Collection Featuring 50 Popular Show Episodes (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.


Celebrate A Decade Of Truth-Finding Fun With 50 Episodes Hand-Picked By
MythBusters” Cast, Arrived On DVD January 13th





"Honoring the landmark anniversary of Discovery Channel’s mega-hit series, the MythBusters” 10th Anniversary Collection arrived on DVD, January 13 from Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM).  Relive some of the most unforgettable moments of the fan-favorite reality series with this 10-disc collection that includes 50 episodes selected by the popular “MythBusters” cast. Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Grant Imahara, Kari Byron, and Tory Belleci will tackle more than 35 hours of debunking in this must-have anniversary collection.

Hosted by Adam and Jamie, along with Tory, Grant and Kari, “MythBusters” uses elements of the scientific method to test the validity of myths, tall tales and urban legends. The team’s combined backgrounds in animatronics, robotics, model building and prototyping arm them with the ability to create anything they need to test a myth, resulting in pulse-pounding explosions, thrilling crashes, hilarious mishaps and more.

Created by Peter Rees and produced by Beyond Television Productions, the MythBusters” 10th Anniversary Collection DVD collection will be available for the suggested retail price of $99.99.

SynopsisThe mad scientists in the MythBusters lab have cooked up their biggest concoction yet: 50 full episodes packed with the craziest, coolest and most combustible conundrums that the scientific world has to offer. Adam, Jamie, Kari, Tory, and Grant will risk their limbs and eyebrows to stamp each myth with the official MythBusters seal. Serving up one huge heaping of your favorite explosive entertainment, this is one unforgettable anniversary celebration."

DVD BASICS                                                                       
Price: $99.99 (DVD)
Street Date: January 13, 2015                       
Pre-Book: December 2, 2014
UPC Number:  883476144986
Item Number: DS4498
Language:  English
Runtime: 2150 Minutes
Rating: TV-14           

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My Thoughts:

One of my all-time reality shows that I can thank my husband for turning me onto is MythBusters.  Are you a fan of this science-based show that features two brothers, Adam and Jamie, along with their assistants, testing out myths, to prove them right or wrong?  From blowing up or crashing things, you couldn't help but find your heart pumping as you watched the MythBusters come up with cool and crazy ways to test out theories, while capturing them on film.  

Every time I would sit and watch this show with my husband, I wished I had a job like Adam and Jamie, or at least could join their lab and help them with these amazingly fun experiments.  But, at least I could tune in each week to watch them testing myths, sometimes having to repeat experiments due to mishap, to test the validity of myths, tall tales and urban legends.  My favorite tests were to disprove tall tales and urban legends, as they always seemed to carry crazy, edge of your seat experiments, that I still love talking about with my husband today.

When I told my husband that they were coming out with a 10th anniversary DVD of MythBusters, the first thing my husband said was, "Boy, am I old."  He remembers watching the pilot episode and being hooked after the first show.  Ten years really does go by fast, and with a hit show like this, there is no wonder why it has lasted this long.  This is one of those shows that you can be a fan of and watch the same episode over and over again, without getting bored, or be a new viewer and tune in for the first time and be hooked and want to watch more.  Well, now new and old fans of MythBusters can get their fix of crazy cool experiments and myth debunking with this all new DVD collection, which features 50 episodes, handpicked by the MythBusters cast themselves -- so, you know that they are great!

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, this would make the perfect gift to surprise that special MythBusters fan in your life.  Or, if you are the fan, why not ask for this instead of a box of chocolate or dinner out?  You'll have a blast reliving 50 of the best episodes of MythBusters, that still have fans of the shows talking about.


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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Now Available on DVD from Shout! Factory -- The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Rev Your Engines (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.



Bring Home the Adventures January 13, 2015
from Shout! Factory Kids

"Rev your engines! Chuck and his friends  Digger, Handy, Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer and Flip — are back for more adventures, so get ready to throw fun into high gear! On January 13, 2015, Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios will released The Adventuresof Chuck & Friends: Rev Your Engines. The DVD features 10 exciting episodes as well as a bonus all-new sing-along, and has a suggested retail price of $12.99.

With this DVD, you’ll receive 10 new and exciting tales that are guaranteed to have you learning, laughing, singing along and, of course, revving your engines with enjoyment!

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends series is currently airing on The Hub TV Network in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada.  

Episodes Include:
1.      Boomer The Snowplow
2.      Bridging The Gap
3.      Brother Borrowing
4.      Chuck In Charge
5.      Did You Hear?
6.      Little Big Chuck
7.      Sitter Shenanigans
8.      Special Delivery
9.      Speed Indeed
10.  The Bully

Bonus Feature: A Brand New Sing-Along!

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My Thoughts:

This DVD couldn't have come at a better time, as the snow just seems to keep falling her.  After the recent blizzard, where we got close to 3 ft. of snow, my girls, who are not big snow bunnies, preferred to stay in the warm house, snuggled up on the couch, watching movies and shows with me.  During our cuddle time, we watched a few of the episodes on this recent DVD release -- of which we had already seen prior on television, as well as a week earlier when I received this DVD to review.  But, the girls can't get enough of Chuck and Friends and could watch the same episode over and over, if I let them.

Do you have a The Adventures of Chuck & Friends in your house?  If so, this is one DVD not to miss picking up.  We own a handful of other The Adventures of Chuck & Friends DVDs that Shout! Factory has put out, but I have to say that this has the best episodes.  I have made a point after watching each one, to talk to the girls about the lessons conveyed in it, and how the girls can apply it to their lives.  This is one reason I love to watch The Adventures of Chuck & Friends with the girls, as the episodes always include positive messages and lessons that kids can learn from.


About Hasbro Studios
Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally.  Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations.  On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony).  The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com


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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NICKELODEON AND PARAMOUNT PICTURES RELEASE BRAND-NEW MOBILE GAME, SPONGEBOB: SPONGE ON THE RUN



DIVE INTO A SUPER-HEROIC ADVENTURE WITH NICKELODEON AND PARAMOUNT PICTURES’ BRAND-NEW MOBILE GAME,
SPONGEBOB: SPONGE ON THE RUN


 
Endless runner app inspired by the upcoming The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, in theaters February 6th
 
"Bikini Bottom fans can venture off the beaten path with the all-new SpongeBob SquarePants game, SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run, based on the upcoming The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, in theaters February 6.  Launching today globally, the app is an endless runner mobile game available now for iOS and Android and coming soon to Amazon app stores.

iPhone Screenshot 1

In the app, SpongeBob and Plankton are racing to find the lost Krabby Patty formula through 3 seaworthy locations including Bikini Bottom, Apocalyptic Bikini Bottom and a real-world beach.  When he is not running, SpongeBob is flying past obstacles with Plankton’s jetpack, floating in a bubble through a coral forest, racing through Bikini Bottom in the Patty Wagon, or has Plankton jumping through his surreal imagination.  

iPhone Screenshot 2

When the running gets tough, SpongeBob gets heroic as he transforms into Super SpongeBob.  The new upgrade allows SpongeBob to knock through any obstacle in his way without risk.
 
Features:
  • Customize SpongeBob with unique costumes like Caveman and Pirate
  • Run through iconic locations including Bikini Bottom, Apocalyptic Bikini Bottom, Jelly Fish Fields and on a real-world beach
  • Travel between locations with Plankton’s time machine

iPhone Screenshot 4

  • Become Super SpongeBob and knock everything out of SpongeBob’s path
  • Power up with Plankton using shields and magnets
  • Hilarious dialog between SpongeBob and his arch-rival Plankton
  • Compare distance and scores after your run with other players (for iOS and Amazon only)
  • Custom animation and voice-overs with SpongeBob and Plankton created just for the game
 
SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run was developed by Playside Studios, creators of the App Store’s Worldwide Editor’s Choice game Catch the Ark."
 
SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run App Preview Video: http://youtu.be/dnzHx_LC_mg
 
Get the SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run app here: www.SpongeBobMovie.com/app

In “THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER,” from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, SpongeBobSquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet. Starring Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence and Mr. Lawrence. Produced by Paul Tibbitt and Mary Parent. Based on the series “SpongeBob SquarePants” created by Stephen Hillenburg.  Story by Stephen Hillenburg & Paul Tibbitt, screenplay by Glenn Berger & Jonathan Aibel and Paul Tibbitt and directed by Paul Tibbitt. 
 
About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B). 
 
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
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SCOTT WOLF AND COURTNEY FORD STAR IN THE LIGHT-HEARTED ROMANTIC DRAMA, "Meet My Valentine" -- Available Across Multiple Platforms on Feb. 7th



Available for pre-order beginning January 24, Meet My Valentine is available on Amazon, GooglePlay, iTunes, VHX.TV, Vimeo and VUDU.


Looking for a  movie to watch with your sweetheart this Valentine's Day?  Or, are you planning a fun Girls Night In and need a movie to watch, while you sip wine and catch up?  Have I got the movie for you..."Meet My Valentine," which stars Scott Wolf (AKA - Bailey from Party of Five). 


I recently found out about this movie through a PR friend, who was kind enough to send me digital access to the movie. I was hoping to watch the movie during the recent blizzard, but didn't get a chance.  But, this Friday, during our at-home date night, it is my turn to choose the movie and we will be watching this.  I will definitely have a box of tissues by my side, as this looks like a tear jerker.  And, stay tuned as I will be sharing my thoughts about this movie after I watch it.  Who knows?  Maybe my husband will love it, too! :-)

But, in the meantime, here is a trailer and more information about this romantic movie, perfect for Valentine's Day or any day you are in need of a good cry or a movie to watch with your honey or girlfriends...


"Love rings eternal, even as it’s rekindled and rediscovered in Meet My Valentine, available for digital download February 7th from MarVista Digital Entertainment.



Scott Wolf (“Party of Five,” “V”) and Courtney Ford (“True Blood,” “Murder in the First”) star as an indifferent husband-and-wife whose marriage has fallen into a pattern of routine where intimate connection is lacking. But when Tom is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he secretly embarks on a mission to find a replacement husband for Valentine and a father for their eight year-old daughter Phoebe. Wanting to ensure the perfect match, he sets up an online-dating profile for Valentine, which leads him to rediscovering who she is and why he fell in love with her.

Along this course, he learns the full value of marriage, family and friendship. Meet My Valentine also stars Brady Smith (“Happy Land,” “Parks and Recreation”), who provided the initial story, Kristen Miller (“She Spies”) and rising comic Jay Black, who serves as co-writer along with director Brian Herzlinger (My Date With Drew)."

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Can't wait to hear what you think of this movie, once you watch it.  So, be sure to head back here and leave your thoughts in the comments section below. :-)

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#Win a Copy of Doc McStuffins: Cuddle Me Lambie -- Arriving on DVD on 2/3 #Giveaway


Help Lambie Get Over Her Broken Heart and Realize
That There is Enough Love to Go Around to Everyone!


-Overflowing with 5 Episodes Plus FREE, Exclusive Lambie Hair Clips inside!-


Synopsis:              "No one gives better cuddles than Doc’s warm and fuzzy best friend!  She’s a princess and a ballerina, and she’s always there for toys that need an extra helping of tender loving care.  Just say three little words: “Cuddle Me Lambie.”

Join Doc and the whole gang as they laugh, play and have a ball fixing boo-boos and discovering great ways to stay happy and healthy.  Celebrate the power of true friendship as new, sparkly heart toy Val shows Lambie there’s plenty of love to go around.  Meet Donny and Alma’s monster creation Charlie – who turns out to be very sweet and not scary after all.  Then, see how Lambie gets out of a super-sticky jam!  Bursting with five song-filled episodes and cuddles galore, this “hug-stravaganza” is magical fun your little one will adore!"
Cast:                         Kiara Muhammad (as Doc McStuffins,); Loretta Devine (as Hallie); Lara Jill Miller (as Lambie); Robbie Rist (as Stuffy); Jess Harnell (as Chilly); Jaden Betts (as Donny McStuffins); Kimberly Brooks (as Mom McStuffins );  and Gary Anthony Williams (as Dad McStuffins).
Creator:                      Chris Nee

--GIVEAWAY--

Want to win a copy of this upcoming Disney DVD?  Then, enter my giveaway through the Rafflecopter form for your chance.  Good luck!

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Release Date:                    February 3, 2015
Ratings:                                TV-Y
Feature Run Time:          120 minutes
Aspect Ratio:                     1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions)
Audio:                                  2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages:                         English, French & Spanish
Subtitles:                            English SDH, French & Spanish

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Help Make the PawdPet, A Smartphone and Tablet Holder/Case for Kids a Reality -- Support on Kickstarter Today!

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing about this Kickstarter campaign, I will be send a complimentary product for my time.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.


PawdPet

In addition to checking out Pinterest every day for unique crafts to do with the girls, or recipes to try, I have found another guilty pleasure -- Kickstarter.  Having started my blog back in 2009 as a mommy inventor/entrepreneur, and then sharing other mom and dad entrepreneur stories on my blog through my Spotlight Mom and Dad features, I am always looking for cool, new inventions or ideas that people are trying to get funded and bring to market.  This is why I love Kickstarter so much, and find myself losing track of time browsing through the different projects in need of funding.

Tonight, while getting in the mind set to write a few blog posts, I found myself checking out Kickstarter.  This is when I stumbled across the PawdPet, a smartphone and tablet holder for kids.  While I have seen similar holders on the market to house your iPad, phone or tablet, I have to say that these ones really won me over with their cuteness.  



I know two girls in my house who would love to use these when using our phones and tablets to play with their apps.  But, do you know why I love this product so much?  It was invented by a mom! Yeah, mom inventors/entrepreneurs.  :-)

How did the PawdPet plush tech holder idea come about?  Out of necessity -- like so many other inventions I have shared with you through my Spotlight Mom and Dad posts. :-)

This is the first-ever protective plush tech holder that can do it all! Meet PawdPet: I can HOLD, CARRY and PROTECT!

"PawdPet is the creation of a mom turned inventor/entrepreneur. After traveling with her small children, she noticed she was having to hold phones and tablets to keep her children occupied with videos and games. She hand-made her solution; a cuddly plush bunny that could hold, position and safely carry the children's iPod Touch. It instantly became her children's favorite toy, going everywhere with them. Other children and parents would ask where they could get one, and PawdPet was born!"


Like all the other projects listed on Kickstarter, Carrie Ushiba, the inventor of PawdPet needs your financial help.  She needs to raise $30,000 pledged by Wed, Feb 18 2015 11:28 AM EST in order to fund this project and make her plush tech holders a reality and available to the masses.  I hope you will consider joining me and others in showing your support by backing this project.  You can learn more about this project, as well as see the rewards you could score based on your pledge level, including your very own PawdPet for your phone or tablet by visiting http://bit.ly/pawdpet.



Please share this Kickstarter project with family and friends, who have kids, especially little ones, who use their tech devices.  I have personally experienced our iPad screen and cell phone screens cracking as a result of our girls dropping them by accident.  If only we had our devices protected with these cute plush tech holders.  This is one investment that will save you $$$ in having to replace or repair your broken devices, as well as piece of mind when you hand off your tablet or phone to your child.  


I can't wait to see Carrie receive funding and watch her business, PawdPet take off.  So, be sure you check out her website http://www.pawdpet.com/#protective-plush-pals and follow her social media pages, along with me.

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing about this Kickstarter campaign, I will be send a complimentary product for my time.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.


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You Got Served/Stomp The Yard/Gridiron Gang/Finding Forrester -- All In One DVD Collection and Under $15.00 -- Review and #Giveaway

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.




4-in-1 Urban Collection - You Got Served/Stomp The Yard/Gridiron Gang/Finding Forrester

I don't know about you, but I love when I can pick up a handful of movies on one or two DVDs like this collection. Not only does this help in not taking up too much space on the shelf, but it lets me score get movies at amazing prices.  This recent Urban 4-in-1 DVD collection, contains four movies featuring up and coming actors that have since made it big, as well as some of the greats, like Sean Connery.  If you were to buy each of these movies separately you would be looking at paying around $10.00 each.  But, when you pick up this DVD collection, which contains all four movies, you find yourself getting these great family-friendly movies for only $3.75.  This is liking renting the movies online or through those rental kiosks -- but, when you buy this DVD collection, you get to keep them! :-)

Have you seen the above movies?  I am guessing most of you have seen them or heard about them, so I will not bore you with an in depth review of each.  You can also Google each title to watch the movie trailer in case you are not familiar with a particular movie.  I will, however, say that this is a definitely a great mix of urban movies that the whole family will love sitting down together to watch.  They also offer great discussions afterwards with your older children about themes of the movies, or simply what they saw.  It is hard to get kids, especially older children, to open up.  But, I have heard from friends with older children, that it is a little easier when watching movies and talking about them afterwards.  And, unlike many of the movies out there today, these are really great in terms of age appropriateness.  Yes, some may contain mild violence, but you will not find swearing, sex or other inappropriate content filling up the television, when you sit down to watch any or all of these inspiring movies.

Prior to being sent the above 2-disc DVD collection, I had seen all but Finding Forrester. I had heard about it from friends and family, and had caught snippets here and there when I flipped through channels.  But, I finally made time the other evening with my husband to watch this movie, and couldn't get over how great it was.  I love Sean Connery, and he did an amazing job playing the mentor to Jamal.  This unlikely friendship will have you realizing just how importance friendship and guidance and support really is.  Not only did Jamal learn from William, but William also learns a thing or two about life and friendship.  I can see why so many of my friends and family talk about this movie, and I will definitely be watching it again, soon!

Here is more about the four movies that make up this 4-in-1 Urban collection, now available from Mill Creek Entertainment -- 

Disc 1
You Got Served
Starring: Marques Houston, Omari Grandberry, Jarell Houston
If You Want Respect, You’ve Got To Take It.
At Mr. Rad's Warehouse, the best hip hop crews in L.A. compete for money and respect. But when a suburban crew crashes the party, stealing their dancers-and their moves-two friends have to pull together to represent the street.

Stomp the Yard
Starring: Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-YO
A Kid From The Streets. A Team With Some Heat
DJ, an underground street dancer, does not get along with the wealthier students on campus. After he decides to join an official step group he must learn to stop dancing as an individual, and start stepping as part of a team.

Disc 2
Gridiron Gang
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Szibit, L. Scott Caldwell
Outstanding…A Stand Up And Cheer Classic! The Rock Has Never Been Better.” – Steve Edwards, FOX-TV
"Gridiron Gang" tells the uplifting story of detention camp probation officer Sean Porter who creates a high-school-level football team from a ragtag group of dangerous teenage inmates as a means to teach them self-respect and social responsibility. But Porter must first overcome almost universal resistance from the powers that be -- his skeptical bosses and coaches at rival high schools who don't want their players mixing it up with convicted criminals on the football field.

Finding Forrester
Starring: Sean Connnery, Rob Brown, Anna Paquin, F. Murray Abraham
In an ordinary place, he found the one person to make his life extraordinary.
"Academy Award®-winner Sean Connery (1987, The Untouchables) stars in this powerful and unforgettable drama from acclaimed director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). With a strong cast including Academy Award®-winners F. Murray Abraham (1984, Amadeus) and Anna Paquin (1993 The Piano), the film also features rap music superstar Busta Rhymes (Shaft) and an incredible performance from talented newcomer Rob Brown.
Jamal Wallace (Brown) is a talented 16-year-old basketball player in New York City whose secret passion is writing. William Forrester (Connery) is a reclusive Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who never gave the world a second novel. After an accidental meeting, Forrester becomes Jamal's unlikely mentor, providing guidance to help develop the young man's exceptional skills. Soon, Forrester's harsh view of the world begins to change as both men learn lessons from each other about life - and the importance of friendship."
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--GIVEAWAY--

Want to add this 4-in-1 Urban DVD collection to your family's growing DVD collection?  Then, enter my giveaway for a chance to win this DVD collection and share these 4 meaningful and oh so inspiring movies with your family come family movie night.  Good luck!

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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Now Available from Shout! Factory -- My Little Pony: The Movie (30th Anniversary Edition) -- DVD 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.


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When I think of My Little Pony, this is usually what comes to mind...

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But, way before the Equestria Girls movies and My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series on the HUB Network, there used to be clunkier looking ponies, which I and so many other little girls (and boys) would collect and play with.  Were you one of them?

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I have to say that when I heard that Shout! Factory was releasing "My Little Pony: The Movie" on January 27th, I was excited.  Then, I noticed that this release was to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie.  This is when I felt old. :-)  Thirty years ago?!  I can still remember watching this movie as a kid with my neighborhood friends, as we dumped our pony collections out on the living room floor to play with, while watching this full-length MLP movie. Ah, the good 'ole days.

While I am a fan of the newer MLP movies and television series, I have to say that this original My Little Pony movie, which features the voices of Danny Devito, Rhea Perlman, Cloris Leachman, and Tony Randall, is my favorite of all the MLP movies out there.  This original movie didn't need big special effects or over the top musical numbers to draw fans in.  The storylines themselves were interesting and made MLP fans want to act out the scenes long after watching the movie.

My girls are used to watching the Equestria Girls movies and My Little Pony Friendship is Magic television series, but they were eager to check out this full-length movie, when I told them that this was the first ever MLP movie.  I have tried in the past to share other original MLP episodes with them, thanks to DVDs that the folks at Shout! Factory released.  But, they couldn't get into the show, as it just wasn't the same.  So, I wasn't expecting much when I put this movie on the other day.  But, they surprised me and sat through it all.  They even had me play the bonus sing along songs, which they can now sing along to.

While they prefer Equestria Girls over this movie, they did agree that this MLP was enjoyable to watch, and it was neat to be introduced to the ponies I grew up playing with and that I have passed down my MLP pony collection for them to play with.  And, after watching the movie the other day, we had a fun adventure playing with my childhood MLP collection, as well as their newer ponies.  I felt like a kid again, as I acted out scenes from the movie -- this time with my girls!  Ahh, making memories like these are so much fun, and ones I will cherish for years to come.
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More about My Little Pony: The Movie (30th Anniversary Edition):

"The first day of Spring is on its way and the Little Ponies are preparing for it with a big festival. But all the fun may come to an end if the witch Hydia has her way! Can the Ponies defeat Hydia and her evil daughters, Reeka and Draggle? More importantly, can they save Ponyland from the witches’ concoction, the strange purple goo called Smooze, that’s threatening to bury the whole town?


With an all-star voice cast, including Danny DeVito, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Rhea Perlman, Tony Randall and more, My Little Pony: The Movie is a rollicking adventure you’ll want to see again and again!"

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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