Thursday, October 18, 2012

Now Available on DVD -- Thomas and Friends, Barney and Angelina Ballerina DVD Sets (Review)

Available On DVD October 16, 2012 From Lionsgate Home Entertainment 
And HIT Entertainment

Street Date: 10/16/12
DVD SRP:  $19.98 each

Have a jolly holiday season with preschool pals Angelina Ballerina™, Barney™ and Thomas & Friends™ in 3-DVD Gift Set Collections, now available in stores and through online retailers. Celebrate with Angelina Ballerina 3-DVD Set, Celebrate with Barney 3-DVD Set and Celebrate With Thomas & Friends 3-DVD Set arrived in stores on October 16, 2012 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  Featuring hours of fun, learning, singing, dancing, magical performances, storytelling and creativity, preschoolers will be entranced with these favorite seasonal tales that encourage young ones to explore their imaginations and the world around them. 

Enjoy cargo-loads of fun with everybody’s favorite No.1 blue engine! Join Thomas as he meets new engine friends, finds ways to be Really Useful and delivers merry times all year round!

Thomas & Friends: Carnival Capers Synopsis
Join Thomas & Friends® as a carnival comes to the Island of Sodor!  Meet friends, Rocky and Rosie, and follow them as they explore their new surroundings and learn to work as a team with the other engines.

DVD Bonus Features
·    Bob the Builder® Episode: “Roley’s New Friend”

Thomas & Friends: Thomas’ Snowy Surprise Synopsis
On Sir Topham Hatt’s railway, the winter season is a very special time of year. Join Thomas and his Really Useful friends for some snowy adventures as they work to keep this winter season on track.

DVD Bonus Features
·   3 Fun-Filled DVD Games: “Percy’s Order Fun,” “Match The Snowflake” and “Decorate A Christmas Tree”
·   “Winter Wonderland” Sing-Along Song

Thomas & Friends: Thomas’ Sodor Celebration! Synopsis
Let the celebration begin! Hop on board as Thomas learns to navigate a difficult bend on his new route—in spite of a runaway train. The celebration continues with more stories, more lessons and more fun from Thomas!  All aboard!

DVD Bonus Features
·         Character Gallery
·         Read-Along From Random House
·         “Surprises” Song, “Being Blue” Video, and “Percy Pulls Out of the Station” Video
·         “Broken Tracks” Game
·         “Quarry” Game
·         “Brendham Docks” Game
·         “Troublesome Trucks” Game
·         “Station Decorations” Game

Gift Set Running Time:  149 minutes Total
Carnival Capers: 57 minutes
Thomas’ Snowy Surprise: 35 minutes
Thomas’ Sodor Celebration!: 57 minutes

Unwrap the fun with Barney® and explore celebrations around the world, enjoy some dino-mite dance parties and show your love for friends and family at home. Every day is a reason to sing, dance, laugh, learn and celebrate with Barney and friends!

Barney: Celebrating Around the World DVD Synopsis
Join Barney and his friends on a magical adventure on Barney’s Imagination Unlimited and explore the different types of celebrations around the world.

DVD Bonus Features
·         Fifi and the Flowertots™ Episode: “FuzzBuzz Catches Cold”

Barney: Top 20 Countdown DVD Synopsis
It’s time to sing and dance to Barney’s Top 20 Countdown of your favorite songs! Along with Baby Bop™ and BJ™, Barney shows you how to sing and count at the same time and how to move your feet to some great beats.

DVD Bonus Features
“What’s That Sound?” Game
 “If You’re Happy and You Know It” Sing-Along
Bonus Episode Roary The Racing Car™ - “Roary Cleans Up His Act” 

Barney: We Love Our Family DVD Synopsis
All we need is love from our family and friends—and, of course, Barney! Discover the joys and laughter that family can bring in this collection full of unforgettable moments of warmth and togetherness.

DVD Bonus Features
 “Dino Dress-Up” Interactive Game” featurette
 Gift Set Running Time:   145 minutes Total
Celebrating Around the World: 54 minutes
Top 20 Countdown:  51 minutes
We Love Our Family:  40 minutes
DVD Audio Status: English and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website:

Leap into fun with Angelina Ballerina® and her friends! The mouselings showcase creativity and imagination as they captivate audiences with magical performances and sparkling celebrations all year long!
Angelina Ballerina: Nutcracker Sweet DVD Synopsis
Waltz into the land of sugar and spice with Angelina as she prepares to perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the holiday showcase. But when too many candy canes and fruitcakes give her a tummy ache, she learns that sharing with friends is a lot more rewarding.

DVD Bonus Features
 “Prima Ballerina” Puzzles
“Front Row Seats” Karaoke Video
Angelina Ballerina: Ballerina Princess DVD Synopsis
Join Angelina Ballerina and her friends for enchanting adventures filled with princesses, princes, kings and queens. Angelina encounters an evil witch, uncovers a Cinderella-like mystery and brings an epic tale to life with her friends!

DVD Bonus Features                                                                                                                       
 “Angelina’s Stupendous Dress-Up” Game
Angelina Ballerina: Shining Star Trophy – The Movie DVD Synopsis
Ms. Mimi announces that there’s going to be a talent show at Camembert Academy. When the curtain rises, who will take center stage and win the Shining Star Trophy?
DVD Bonus Features·
Talent Show Trivia Game
Gift Set Running Time:  175 minutes
Nutcracker Sweet: 61 minutes
Ballerina Princess: 61 minutes
Shining Star Trophy:  53 minutes
Program Website:
My Thoughts:
I had the opportunity to review Celebrate with Angelina with my daughters, and can't count how many times we have watched the 3-DVD set since receiving.  You would think that the girls had never seen the episodes that make up these discs before, or that we didn't own the single DVD versions of each. :-)  Each and every time I put these DVDs on for them, their eyes light up and they grab each others hands and dance and sway.  At first, I thought Arabella was only watching the show because it was Savannah's favorite, but I can see that she really gets into it, and loves seeing Angelina and her friends dance around.  Arabella reminds me of Polly, Angelina's little sister, as she looks up to Savannah and tries to copy everything she is doing.  Even though she only began walking about a month and a half ago, she is already trying to spin around and hops in place (while holding onto something), as she sees how much fun Savannah has copying Angelina on screen.
Don't ask us to choose a favorite DVD from the 3-DVD set, as they are watched equally and loved by both my daughters.  I love when HIT Entertainment and Lionsgate Home Entertainment offer bundle packages like this set, as it offers amazing shows like this, Thomas and Friends and Barney, at a reasonable price, while you get over 170 minutes of entertaining episodes for your children to enjoy.  I ended up giving my single copy versions of the movies, which make up this set to my mother, to keep and have on hand when the girls visit.  And, when we are not watching these fun episodes at home, Savannah is always asking to bring them along for car rides, so she and her little sister and tap their feet and bob their heads to the songs and dance. :-)
If you have an Angelina Ballerina fan in your house, why not surprise them with this new 3-DVD set for the holidays?  They will be dancing for joy, as they watch their favorite prima ballerina reach for the stars and dance her heart out. :-)
 Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD set for review from the vendor.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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