Thursday, March 10, 2016

GREASE LIVE! Now Available on Digital HD and DVD #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.



The First-Ever Live Television Production of the Iconic Musical GREASE is Available Now on Digital HD and DVD (with Exclusive bonus features!)


          "Grease is the word!  The landmark, live television production of the beloved musical Grease makes its home entertainment debut with GREASE LIVE! now available on Digital HD and coming to DVD March 8, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Hailed by critics as “the best Grease ever” (Darren Franich, EW.com) and “a big old win in every possible column” (Amber Dowling, The Wrap), the live event produced by Paramount Television garnered an average of 12.2 million viewers, delivering Fox’s largest overall audience of the season.  GREASE LIVE! also ranks as the #1 most viral live musical event ever, based on unique posts and audience impressions on social media.  
              Featuring a young ensemble cast, GREASE LIVE! reintroduces and reimagines some of the show’s most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation.   The production draws upon both the original 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and Paramount’s 1978 feature film adaptation to create a never-before-seen version with many modern surprises.
              The sensational cast includes Julianne Hough (Safe Haven, Rock of Ages) as the angelic Sandy; Aaron Tveit (“Graceland,” Les Miserables) as bad boy Danny Zuko; Vanessa Hudgens (Broadway's GigiSpring Breakers) as bad girl Rizzo; Keke Palmer (“Scream Queens,” “Masters of Sex”) as sassy Pink Lady Marty Maraschino; Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush”) as Kenickie; and multi-Platinum Grammy® Award-nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen as Pink Lady and beauty school dropout Frenchy.
              The production also features special cameo appearances by multi-platinum pop superstar Joe Jonas and his pop-disco band DNCE as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers; actor and television host Mario Lopez as Vince Fontaine in the iconic high school dance scene; and Grammy Award®-winning R&B group Boyz II Men as Teen Angel, singing “Beauty School Dropout.” Plus, two stars from the original 1978 film Grease, Didi Conn (Frenchy) and Barry Pearl (Doody), also make appearances. 
              The GREASE LIVE! DVD boasts exclusive bonus features including a behind-the-scenes look at the monumental efforts behind the live production, the actors’ transformations into their characters, the choreography, cast interviews and more."
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My Thoughts:
I was so upset when I found that I forgot to record GREASE LIVE! when it aired on television a short time ago.  I was hoping that they would make a DVD of this live performance for people like me who missed it, and others who were able to watch it and loved it. So, when I heard that GREASE LIVE! would be coming to DVD on March 8th and digital HD, I was over the moon excited.  And, thanks to the kind folks at Paramount Home Media Distribution, I was sent a review copy of the movie.  
I was not the only one who missed this live television production.  After talking to a few girlfriends they, too, said they missed it, and were really looking forward to seeing it.  So, I had a girls night in, while our husbands took the kids out for pizza and bowling.  It was so much fun catching up, enjoying a hot meal and enjoying such a fun production of GREASE LIVE!.
When I heard who was cast for the lead characters I was curious how well they would do.  They all had big shoes to fill.  And, being a huge fan of the original Grease, I wasn't sure I would like a reboot.  But, I have to say that GREASE LIVE! was amazing.  Yes, they did bleep a few of the lyrics in the songs and took out a few mature content so it would be suitable for television, but overall it was really good.  My girlfriends and I found ourselves singing along to all our favorite Grease songs. 
After the movie, my girlfriends and I watched the bonus features.  These bonus features alone make this a must have for Grease fans.  I personally loved the Becoming the “T-Birds” and Pink Ladies, where I was able to see the stars get into character.  The choreography feature was really fascinating and showed just how crazy the dances and scenes were.  The actors and actresses really made these scenes and dance moves look so effortless, especially being live.
If you missed this live television production or were able to watch it and loved, then you will definitely want to pick up this new DVD.  And, like I said the bonus features are a must see.  Read on to learn about a fun charity auction happening now where you can bid on and win set costumes, props and so much more.  And, near the end of the post you will find a giveaway, where one lucky reader will win a copy of GREASE LIVE! DVD.  
GREASE LIVE! DVD
The GREASE LIVE! DVD is presented in 16x9 widescreen with English 2.0 Dolby Digital.  The disc includes the following:
·       Live television production
·       Without a Net: Performing GREASE LIVE!
·       Becoming the “T-Birds” and Pink Ladies
·       Greasin’ up the Joint
·       Be-Bop, Swing and Jitterbug: The Choreography of GREASE LIVE!
·       When Was Your First…?
·       My Favorite Grease Moment


Want to own a piece of GREASE LIVE! memorabilia?  
You can bid on more than 100 lots of costumes, props and even set decoration from the production. The charity auction started on March 8th and closes on March 15. So, don't delay in checking out the online auction catalog and placing your bids today.  I found myself bidding on a few of the costumes last night, so crossing my fingers I am the high bidder. :-)
Again, the auction, which is set up without reserves on items (so all lots will sell) is available here: http://propstore.auctionserver.net/view-auctions/info/id/42/
More about this charity auction:
"GREASE: LIVE!, Paramount Television’s sensational reimagining of the beloved musical Grease, was a hit with critics and audiences alike and now viewers will have a chance to own a piece of the landmark, live television event.  Beginning March 8, 2016, fans can visit Paramount.com/GreaseLive to bid on collectible items featured in the spectacular production such as Sandy’s blue cashmere cardigan, Danny’s gym costume, Kenickie’s “Greased Lightning” overalls, and much more.  Proceeds from the sale of nearly 100 props and costumes will benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring music programs in America’s public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. 
              The auction will run for one week, ending on March 15, 2016, and every person who purchases an item will receive a GREASE: LIVE!DVD and a replica crew badge like those worn by the production staff.  Available beginning March 8, the GREASE: LIVE! DVD boasts exclusive bonus features including a behind-the-scenes look at the monumental efforts behind the live production, the actors’ transformations into their characters, the choreography, cast interviews and more.  GREASE: LIVE! is also available on Digital HD."


--GIVEAWAY--

Thanks to the kind folks at Paramount Home Media Distribution, one lucky reader will win a copy of GREASE LIVE! to enjoy.  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
GREASE LIVE! was produced by Paramount Television.  Acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (Wicked, Into the Woods) served as executive producer; Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail (Hamilton, In the Heights) was the director overseeing the stage direction and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars”) was the live television director. The live television adaptation was written by Broadway writers Robert Cary (Anything but Love, Ira & Abby) and Jonathan Tolins (Buyer & Cellar, The Last Sunday in June).   
About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in 180 countries and territories.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies. 

About Paramount Television
Paramount Television develops and finances a wide range of creative television programming across all media platforms.  Paramount Television is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.

 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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