Wednesday, December 4, 2013

THE SMURFS 2 Arrived On Blu-ray 3DT Combo Pack, Blu-rayT Combo Pack, DVD & Digital Yesterday -- Did You Pick up a Copy Yet? (Review)

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

A Fun-Filled Adventure for
Every Member of the Household this Holiday Season

On Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD & Digital on Dec. 3

Smurf-tastic Special Features Include a Smurfs Mini-Movie, 5 Featurettes & Deleted Scenes

"Just in time for the holidays, Sony Pictures Animation’s THE SMURFS 2 arrives Dec. 3 on 3D™ combo pack*, Blu-ray™ combo pack*, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet™ from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This heartwarming new adventure reunites the world’s favorite three apple-high creatures, bringing loads of laughs for every member of the family.  

Only included on the 3D and Blu-ray combo packs is Sony Pictures Animations’ animated Smurfs mini-movie, “The Legend of Smurfy Hollow.” In this mini-movie inspired by the classic tale “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the Smurfs learn the traditional values of friendship and family.  The 3D and Blu-ray combo packs also come with three all-new, kid-friendly featurettes, including “The Puurrfect Companion: Azreal’s Tail,” showing how Gargamel’s sidekick was created, from the live-action cat to the digital double, and how actor

Frank Welker brought the character to life.  Both the Blu-ray combo packs and DVD come with deleted scenes and two additional featurettes.  “Animating Azrael” gives an in-depth look at how filmmakers animated Gargamel’s sidekick, and the all-new “Daddy’s Little Girl: The Journey of Smurfette” traces the origins of the one-and-only Smurfette back to Smurf creator, Peyo, and features Katy Perry on how she tapped into her inner Smurf to voice the classic character.

Earning more than $321 million in theaters worldwide to date, the film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Hank Azaria and features the voice talents of Katy Perry as Smurfette, George Lopez (Rio) as Grouchy, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Clumsy, and Alan Cumming (TV’s “The Good Wife”) as Gutsy.  New additions to the franchise include Christina Ricci (Bel Ami) as Vexy, J.B. Smoove (Think Like a Man) as Hackus, John Oliver (TV’s “The Daily Show”) as Vanity and Brendan Gleeson (The Company You Keep) as Victor. The late Jonathan Winters reprises his role as the original Papa Smurf.  Directed by Raja Gosnell (The Smurfs, Scooby Doo), the film also includes celebrity voice guests stars including Mario Lopez, Jimmy Kimmel, Fred Armisen,  Shaun White, Shaquille O’Neal, and many others.


Evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) creates Hackus and Vexy, a pair of mischievous Smurf‑like creatures, hoping they will let him harness the magical Smurf‑essence. However, he soon discovers that he needs the help of Smurfette, who knows the secret to turning the pair into real Smurfs. When Gargamel, Hackus and Vexy kidnap Smurfette from Smurf Village and bring her to Paris, it’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy and Vanity to reunite with their human friends, Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace Winslow (Jayma Mays), to rescue her.

Bonus Features on the 3D Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack Include:
·         Deleted Scenes
·         Two featurettes (also included on the DVD):
o   Daddy’s Little Girl: The Journey of Smurfette – Learn all about Smurfette’s “golden” past as we trace her origins back to Peyo’s stories, and how that in turn inspired the filmmakers as they were putting together this newest Smurf’s tale.  Then, hear from Katy Perry on how she tapped into her inner Smurf to pull off the role in the voiceover booth.
o   Animating Azrael – Discover how the filmmakers animated our favorite feline sidekick.
·         Three Blu-ray exclusive featurettes:
o   The Puurrfect Companion: Azreal’s Tail – See how Azrael was created, from the live-action cat to the digital double, and how actor Frank Welker brought the character to life.
o   Evolution of the Naughties – Learn how the filmmakers designed the newest additions to The Smurfs, Hackus and Vexy.
o   The Naughties! The Tale of Hackus and Vexy – Meet the new characters, Hackus and Vexy, and hear from actors Christina Ricci and J.B. Smoove on what it was like to voice the Naughties.
o   Smurfs Mini-Movie “The Legend of Smurfy Hollow”
·         “The Legend of Smurfy Hollow” Mini-Movie -- When Brainy Smurf is favored to win the annual Smurfberry Hunt for the ninth year in a row, Gutsy Smurf sets out to discover how Brainy wins every year. Gutsy’s investigation takes him into spooky Smurfy Hollow – and right into Gargamel’s trap! Can Brainy and Gutsy, with the help of Smurfette, put aside their rivalry before Gargamel captures them, or worse, will they come face-to-face with the legendary ghost, the Headless Horseman?

DVD Bonus Features Include:
·         Deleted Scenes
·         Two featurettes:
o   Daddy’s Little Girl: The Journey of Smurfette (see description above)
o   Animating Azrael (see description above)

THE SMURFS 2 has a running time of 105 minutes and is rated PG for some rude humor and action. 


My Thoughts:

What better way to wrap up a fun Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends, then to crowd into the family room and watch Smurfs 2.  This was one movie I really wanted to take Savannah to, but had to miss due to the girls being sick for the umpteenth time.  But, I made a point to add this title to our must see list of movies when they release to DVD.  :-)

Growing up, I was always a fan of the Smurfs.  At one time, my bedroom was decked out in all things Smurfs -- from bedding to curtains and dozen of Smurfs plush toys, you can say I was a fan of the Smurfs, especially Papa Smurf and Smurfette.  So, when I found out that they were releasing The Smurfs and then The Smurfs 2, I couldn't wait to see them.  I love when childhood favorites are revamped and brought to the big screen, so that I can share them with my kids.  

When I was finally able to share The Smurfs movie with them last year, my girls were hooked on these loveable blue people.  They can name off each one if you asked them, and hate Gargamel because he is so mean. :-)  When they saw that a new Smurfs movie was out on DVD, Savannah asked when we would be watching it.  I thought it would be a nice family-friendly movie to share with guests staying with us over the Thanksgiving holiday.  And, it ended up being a hit with everyone.  Many of the adults knew that The Smurfs was revamped, but never saw the movies when they were in theaters.  Some of the children knew of the Smurfs, but also had seen the movies.  So, I knew from watching the first The Smurfs movie, that they would be in for a treat.  

If the movie wasn't entertaining enough, the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack contained fun extras including deleted scenes, a feauturette, "Daddy's Little Girl" The Journey of Smurfette" and so much more.  A personal favorite of all the bonus features was the Smurfs mini-movie, "The Legend of Smurfy Hollow," which is rated G, and was a hit with even the youngest of viewers, including my 2-yr. old daughter, Arabella.

I am not going to bore you with a review of the movie, as this movie was such a hit at the box office, that there are plenty of online reviews and movie trailers for to check out.  I will say that this new release would definitely make a great stocking stuffer idea this holiday for fans of The Smurfs...both young and old. :-)

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Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around the world.  The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits—the 2012 monster hit comedy Hotel Transylvania, the hybrid live action/animated blockbusters The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, and the 2009 mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballswith the family comedy Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 in theaters September 2013.  Sony Pictures Animation will also release a brand new mini-movie on DVD and television this Fall, The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow.  The studio, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films:  the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas; and the Academy Award® nominated stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.  In 2007, Surf's Up also received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.  The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise, turned 10 in 2012.  Sony Pictures Animation is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions

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

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