Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Must See DVDs–Kung Fu Panda 2 Double DVD Pack (Review)



KUNG FU PANDA 2, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.’s spectacular follow up to the Academy Award®-nominated original debuts on Blu-ray and DVD on Panda 2sday, December 13, 2011.  Combining non-stop action, beautiful storytelling and stunning animation, the “winning sequel” (USA Today) delighted viewers of all ages with its engaging story that is both “hilarious and full of heart” (WABC-TV).  The film earned more than $650 million at the global box office, making it one of the top five films of the year worldwide.  In addition to the smash hit film, the KUNG FU PANDA 2 Awesome Packs feature the exclusive debut of the all-new Po adventure Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters plus two free memberships to the popular online game universe Kung Fu Panda World.  Packed with even more panda-rific bonus features, the KUNG FU PANDA 2 Awesome Packs will be available with expected pricing as low as $25 on DVD and $30 on Blu-ray. 

DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA 2 Awesome Double DVD Pack
The Kung Fu Panda 2 Awesome Double DVD Pack delivers a punch with smashing features including:

Disc 1:
•    “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness”—See the debut of an episode of Nickelodeon’s brand new television series.
•    Kickin’ It with the Cast—Meet the new faces who have joined Po’s journey including
Gary Oldman, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Victor Garber and Michelle Yeoh and catch up with the returning cast.
•    Deleted Scenes—Check out three scenes with director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
•    Filmmakers’ Commentary—Director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, producer Melissa Cobb, production designer Raymond Zibach and supervising animator, kung fu choreographer and story artist Rodolphe Guenoden discuss the making of the film.
•    World of DreamWorks Animation—Enjoy promos and more.
•    Previews
•    Sneak Peek—A first look at DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular.

Disc 2:
Kung Fu Panda:  Secrets of the Masters— Po’s all-new adventure.
Additional bonus features:
•    Panda Stories—A look at the animals that inspired Kung Fu Panda and footage of Jack Black’s visit to the Atlanta Zoo to meet Po’s real-life namesake.
•    Kung Fu Shuffle—Master Shifu teaches the best way to find a hidden radish in an update of the classic shell game.
•    Ni Hao—Learn Chinese!  Choose from more than 50 Kung Fu Panda-inspired words and learn how to say and draw the symbol in Chinese.
•    DVD-ROM:
o    Legend of the Wu Sisters Game—This exciting game features the three feline villains from Secrets of the Masters.
o    Printables—Coloring pages, connect the dots, 3D fortune tellers, stand-up 3D characters, pencil toppers and mazes!

Kung Fu Panda World:
•    Get two free memberships—each good for game play through April 2012 and valued at $5.95 each per month—to the online virtual game world where kids create avatars, play games with their favorite characters, win points towards earning a kung fu black belt, chat with friends and more!  Membership codes must be redeemed by and free membership will expire on 4/30/12.  Additional restrictions apply.




DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA 2 Synopsis:

Jack Black is back as Po in DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA 2, the fiercely funny, “winning sequel” (Scott Bowles, USA TODAY ) to the Academy Award® nominated original film.  In his biggest challenge since becoming the Dragon Warrior, Po must lead his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five, on a mission of epic proportions to defeat his most threatening rival yet. KUNG FU PANDA 2 packs a powerful punch that combines non-stop action, beautiful storytelling and stunning animation in an all-new, awesome adventure!

DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA: SECRETS OF THE MASTERS Synopsis:

In this all-new Kung Fu Panda adventure debuting exclusively on DVD and Blu-ray, Po and the Furious Five uncover the legend of three of kung fu’s greatest heroes: Master Thundering Rhino, Master Storming Ox and Master Croc.

DreamWorks Animation’s KUNG FU PANDA WORLD Synopsis:

The online virtual game world where kids create avatars, play games with their favorite characters, win points towards earning a Kung Fu black belt, chat with friends and more!

My Thoughts:

My family was huge fans of the first Kung-Fu Panda, and were eagerly awaiting the sequel to this fun, animated film.  Like many other Dreamworks movies, this movie can and is enjoyed by every member of the family, young and old.  And, having the main star be funny Jack Black, you know you have a hit on your hands. 

We watched this DVD over this weekend, and couldn’t stop laughing and smiling.  By the end of the movie, our faces hurt – seriously!  The movie was so good.  And, the animations were out of this world.  Hats off Dreamworks – you have another award winning movie on your hands. 

If you enjoyed the first action-packed Kung-Fu Panda movie, you will surely love this sequel, as it doesn’t disappoint.  And, if you buy the 2 DVD special edition set, with Secrets of the Masters and Kung Fu Panda World (online virtual gaming), your family will enjoy hours of endless Kung Fu Panda fun.

This DVD (alone or as the DVD set) would make for a great holiday gift for Kung Fu Panda fans.  So, what are you waiting for?  Head on out to your local retailer and pick up this DVD today.


Visit http://www.kungfucoupon.com/ to receive a $5 Online Coupon for Kung Fu Panda 2 from 12/13 – 12/25, which can be used at your local retailer.


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD Set from M80 in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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