Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Arriving on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo on October 16 -- Moonrise Kingdom (Review)

A star-studded and visually stunning box office hit, and a tale of first love directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore), Focus Features’ Moonrise Kingdom will be available on Blu-rayCombo Pack with UltraViolet, on DVD, On Demand and on Digital Download on October 16, 2012, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom follows two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore – and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way.
Charming screen newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward star alongside Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Academy Award® nominees Edward Norton (American History X) and Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), Academy Award® winners Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton), Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore), and Bob Balaban (Gosford Park). Moonrise Kingdom is a movie that critics are calling “extraordinary from start to finish” (Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies). 
The Moonrise Kingdom Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film compatible with iPhone®, iTunes®, iPad®, iPod®, iPod® touch, Android and online retailer partners, as well as UltraViolet.  UltraViolet is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers, and TVs.  Consumers can now enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. 
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO Blu-rayTM :  Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.
·       UltraViolet™: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and instantly stream and download to TV’s, computers, tablets and smartphones. Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. Currently available in the United States only.
·       Digital Copy: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronics and portable devices including computers, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android™ and more!
  • BD-LIVETM : Access the BD-Live Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more!
  • pocket BLUTM app:   The groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPad®, iPhone®, iPod®  touch,  Android, PC and Mac®  to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player.  Plus iPad® and Androidtablet  owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU made especially to take advantage of the tablets’ larger screen and high resolution display.  Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before.  pocket BLU offers advanced features such as:
    • Advanced Remote Control:  A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
    • Video Timeline:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
    • Mobile-To-Go:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • Browse Titles:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to
      -ray Hi-Def.  They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
    • Keyboard:  Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
  • uHEAR:  Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your
    -ray disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.
  • WELCOME TO THE ISLAND OF NEW PENZANCE: Bob Balaban narrates a series of guided tours from the locations of Moonrise Kingdom featuring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Wes Anderson
  • SET TOUR WITH BILL MURRAY:  Bill Murray personally takes viewers on a tour of the Moonrise Kingdom sets. 

My Thoughts:

Who doesn't like Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman?  Just hearing about who is in this star-studded cast made me want to see Moonrise Kingdom.  As a parent, I don't have the time like I did pre-kids to head out to the movies when a new release I want to see hits theaters.  Instead, I usually have to wait until it arrives on DVD/Blu-Ray to watch it.  And, this was the case with Moonrise Kingdom.  So, you can only imagine how thrilled I was when I was sent an advanced screener copy to watch this past weekend.  As soon as the girls were in bed sleeping Saturday night, my husband and I made a bowl of popcorn, poured ourselves a glass (or two) of wine, and settled in to watch this movie.

Don't know what it is about or if you would like it?  Watch this short trailer to see what you (and I) had been missing:

Looks like a good movie, right?  Well, it really was.  In the beginning, my husband didn't think he would get into it, but within 15 minutes, he was hooked, like I was.  He, too, liked how some of his favorite actors, especially Bill Murray, were in the film.  I think this is what made this film worth watching, including the great storyline.

This coming of age film, which centers around two twelve year olds who run off after making a pact. Usually first love/coming of age films are corny, but this one really pulled you with the way it filled the air with nostalgia of the clothes, scenery and life of yesteryear, while creating characters that had substance, and made you wish you were twelve again, or experiencing your first kiss.  Families with older children (tweens/teens) will enjoy watching this film together.  It really does an amazing job at showing the innocence of youth and first love.  I can see myself watching this again and again, and sharing with family and friends looking for a good, wholesome movie to watch.

Don't forget to watch the bonus features included on the upcoming Blu-Ray and DVD releases.  We especially loved watching Bill Murray give a tour of the sets.  So, if you are looking for a great movie to watch for an upcoming date night in, or just love the actors I listed above who star in this hit movie, then pick up a copy of Moonrise Kingdom when it arrives in stores and online on October 16th.  Then, let me know what you think of it.

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy of this movie by the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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