Friday, February 7, 2014

Now Available on DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and Digital Download -- Instructions Not Included, A Bi-lingual Comedy (Review)

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


 Mexican Mega Star Eugenio Derbez Stars in the Hilarious and Heart-warming Comedy Which Arrived on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Video on Demand January 21 From Lionsgate Home Entertainment


"Eugenio Derbez (TV’s “La Familia P. Luche”) shows “why he’s beloved, both south and north of the border” (The Washington Post) in the delightful comedy hit Instructions Not Included arrived on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View January 21 from Pantelion and Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Directed by and starring Mexico’s wildly popular Derbez, the movie made history by becoming the most successful Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S. with a domestic box office of over $44 million.  A “sweet, funny and poignant comedy” (Los Angeles Times), Instructions Not Included tells the story of a confirmed bachelor (Derbez) who must suddenly take on responsibility for the daughter he never knew he had.  The film also stars Jessica Lindsey (Now You See Me), Alessandra Rosaldo (TV’s “Ni Contigo Ni Sin Ti”) and introduces Loreto Peralta as Derbez’s “adorable pint-sized co-star” (Los Angeles Times).

Resident bachelor Valentin Bravo has his life turned upside down when a former fling leaves a baby girl on his doorstep.  He moves to LA in search of the mother, but unable to find her, he decides to raise the baby and gets a job as one of Hollywood’s top stuntmen.

The Instructions Not Included Blu-ray and DVD features an audio commentary with Eugenio Derbez is available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively."

  • Audio Commentary by Eugenio Derbez
*Subject to Change

My Thoughts:

You would think that after taking Spanish for 9 years in school and having a husband from El Salvador that I would be bilingual in Spanish by name.  Unfortunately, my husband doesn't like to practice Spanish with me.  Because I don't practice speaking it, all my years of schooling only allows me to pick up spoken words here and there.  But, the good thing is that I can read it. :-)  

Last weekend I surprised my husband with this recent bi-lingual release to watch after the girls went to bed.  I had told him about it the week before, and he said he wanted to see it when it was out in select theaters. But, because I didn't speak Spanish, he didn't want me to go with him and struggle to understand it, or have trouble reading the subtitles.  He had been waiting for it to arrive on DVD so that he could see why so many of his Spanish-speaking friends kept raving about it. 

Well, now he knows why, as do I, as this really was a great movie.  And, thanks to the subtitles, I was able to follow along and understand the movie without any issues.  I loved watching my husband laugh at certain scenes in the movies, as he related to the father and things he did with his daughter, as he has found himself on occasion doing or saying the same thing with our girls.

After first hearing about this movie, I thought it was going to be a comedy all the way.  But, as I got into the movie and I saw the relationship forming and growing between Valentin and Maggie, I could help but also categorize this movie as a drama, for its father/daughter relationship and the events that follow once Maggie's mom comes back into the picture and wants to take Maggie away from her father.  I found myself yelling at the television at the mom and telling her leave the child who she walked out on 6 years earlier alone.  You should have saw my husband's reaction to this.  He then told me to relax and that it was just a movie. :-)

This movie will have you laughing, getting teary eyed as you watch the great acting between the two lead characters, and cheery at the outcome of the movie.  Don't worry, I will not spoil the ending for you.  You will have to pick up a copy of this recent release to watch for yourself.  When the movie ended my husband kept talking about how great , who played the lead character, Valentin was, and how he also directed this film.After finally seeing this movie, I now wish I would have gone with my husband to see it on the big screen.  But, hey, now I have the DVD, so we can watch it whenever we want -- which I expect with be sometime soon, as it was that good!

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


  1. I have been seeing ads for this dvd all over now I am curious to see it myself I need to refresh my spanish.
    heather [email protected]

  2. I'd like to see it too. Thanks for sharing your review. [email protected]