Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stuff Stocking with DVDs the Whole Family Will Enjoy Watching Together

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

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DVD's Make for Great Last Minute Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers.  Check out these recent releases from Lionsgate Home Entertainment that would make both kids and adults happy to find under the tree this Christmas. Many of the movies are great family friendly titles, which will make finding a movie to watch for your family movie nights easier. And, if you do a search you will find that I have reviewed many of these titles over the past few months, and thoroughly enjoyed them. Hope this helps in finding those last minute gift ideas for those hard to shop for people on your shopping list.  While gift cards are nice, movies are even nicer!

Description: Hallmark Channel original. Shop owner Alice Chapman (Alicia Witt) is nervous to meet her future in-laws at Christmas, especially because she is arriving ahead of her new fiancĂ©, Will Mitchum (Scott Gibson). Alice's trip becomes more stressful when her luggage is lost and her phone is damaged, leaving her no way to find Will's family! As fate would have it, she meets her future brother-in-law, Matt Mitchum (Mark Wiebe), at baggage claim and is happy to get a ride home with him. As Alice meets Matt's doting family, mom Penny (Susan Hogan), dad Joe (Richard Fitzpatrick) and Grandpa Charles (Lawrence Dane), she falls in love with their festive holiday traditions and warm welcome to their home. And when unexpected romance comes calling as Christmas approaches, Alice must decide if her “Merry Mix-Up” will actually turn out to be her destiny.
Starring: Alice Witt and Mark Wiebe
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Price: $14.93

Description: Hallmark Channel; Newly widowed Kathy (Kellie Martin) plans to skip out on decking the halls and trimming the tree this Christmas, trying to avoid anything that will bring back memories of her late husband. The only Christmas tradition she will observe is baking cookies for her friends, a passion since she was a child. When Kathy meets handsome Christmas tree shop owner Tim (Cameron Mathison), their undeniable chemistry - along with an ornament Tim gives her that symbolizes hope - helps Kathy open up to the joys of the season again. With the support of her best friend Jenna (Jewel Staite), and the budding relationship with Tim, Kathy begins to embrace the hopeful message of the ornament. Although Kathy wants to take a chance on Tim, she struggles to find the balance between preserving the memory of her husband and moving on with her own future. Is the Christmas ornament a sign that she can have a hopeful future?
Starring: Kellie Martin, Cameron Mathison, Jewel Staite
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Price: $14.93

Title: Adventures of Raggedy Ann & Andy Complete Series
Description: A little girl's Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls come to life when no humans are in her bedroom, and they are all whisked off to a parallel world to save its inhabitants from a villain sorcerer known as Cracklin. Also aiding Ann and Andy in their adventures are two of the little girl's other stuffed animals, a panda known as Grouchy Bear, and a stuffed rabbit known as Sunny Bunny.
Release Date: 05/13/2014
Price: $19.95

Description: Nominated for an Emmy in 1955, the acclaimed series stars Gail Davis, hailed by renowned actor Gene Autry as “the perfect western actress,” Jimmy Hawkins (“Pettycoat Junction”) and Brad Johnson (Counterspy, Bedtime for Bonzo). Considered to be one of the first television shows to successfully portray a woman as independent, with courage, dignity and honor, “Annie Oakley” is based on the legendary sharpshooter of the same name and originally aired from 1954 to 1957. An 11 disc set featuring every episode from the show’s three seasons and a collectible booklet, the “Annie Oakley” Complete TV Collection is packed with bonus features, including a never-before-seen documentary about Gail Davis, photo galleries featuring 100s of photos from Gail Davis’ personal collection, the original TV pilot starring Billy Gray as Tagg and more.
Starring: Gail Davis, Jimmy Hawkins, Brad Johnson
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Price: $99.99    

Description: Hallmark Channel - When a budding journalist is sent to Christmas Town to cover their annual Christmas Cookie bake-off she finds herself competing with the four time year winner for the blue ribbon and for the affections of a town councilman.
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Price: $14.93

Description: Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding tunnels, lives a tiny mouse named Celestine. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer, and has a hard time fitting in. When she nearly ends up as breakfast for a grumpy bear named Ernest, the two become fast friends and embark on an adventure that will put a smile on your face and make your heart glow.
Starring: Oscar®-winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Mackenzie Foy (The Conjuring, The Twilight Saga), Oscar® nominee and Honorary Award Winner Lauren Bacall (The Mirror Has Two Faces), Oscar® nominee and two-time Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, Sideways), Oscar and Golden Globe® nominee William H. Macy (Fargo, “Shameless”), Golden Globe® nominee Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”), Nick Offerman (“Parks And Recreation”) and Golden Globe® winner Jeffrey Wright (Angels In America).
Release Date: 6/17/2014
Price: DVD = $29.95; BD/DVD Combo Pack = $34.95 

Description: From Jim Henson Productions comes the sci-fi cult classic FARSCAPE. Follow John Crichton and the crew of Moya on a journey to places they never dreamed possible. Sizzling with brilliant characters, breathtaking effects, high-stakes action, and irreverent humor, FARSCAPE is like no science fiction before. It is a story of good versus evil, obsession, friendship, and even love. The unpredictable twists and turns of this international TV hit will keep you riveted and cheering for more.
Release Date:  November 5, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $149.95 / DVD $129.95 (Season One), Blu-ray $49.95 / DVD $39.95 (Season Two-Four).

Description: The Good Witch's Garden - Cassie has settled into Middleton and is busy making a home of Grey House. Her boyfriend, Sheriff Jake Russell, and his kids are happy to have Cassie in the neighborhood, but she has yet to gain the trust of some people in town. The Good Witch's Gift - Cassandra Nightingale always has a few tricks up her sleeve, but is surprised when her handsome sweetheart, Police Chief Jake Russell, proposes. The Good Witch's Family - Life is going well for Cassie as a wife and stepmom, but evil soon blows into town in the form of Cassie's long-lost cousin Abigail who whips up wickedness like a tornado. The Good Witch's Charm  - Good Witch Cassie Nightingale is back to her bewitching ways, but this time she’s also juggling a newborn daughter and her job as town Mayor.
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Price: $34.99

Description: Filled with adventure, warmth and camaraderie, “Denver The Last Dinosaur” originally aired from 1988 to 1990 and received a recommendation from the National Educational Association for its engaging, non-violent storylines.  When a pleasant and unusually intelligent dinosaur unexpectedly hatches from a fossilized egg in present day California, a group of teenagers adopt him as their new best friend.  Join in on the excitement as they protect him from the prying eyes of other humans and teach him their favorite pastimes, including skateboarding! Fun for the whole family, the “Denver the Last Dinosaur” Complete Series DVD is packed with bonus features, including interviews with Creative Director Jeremy Corray, image galleries and seven additional episodes of various classic cartoons, including “Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs,” making it the perfect set for fans, collectors and 80s cartoon enthusiasts.
Release Date: September 19, 2014
Price: $59.99

Description: Filled with hours of non-stop action, Stanley Cup® Champions 2014: Los Angeles Kings® offers Kings fans unique insight into the highs and lows of the 2013-14 NHL season. Loaded with behind-the-scenes interviews from players and coaches, including from captain Dustin Brown, dynamic forward Anze Kopitar, goaltender Jonathan Quick and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams, fans can re-live all of the memorable moments.
Release Date: 7/29/2014
Price: DVD = $24.99; BD = $29.93; Digital SD = $9.99; Digital HD = $12.99

Description: In this must-have multi-disk set, fans can once again experience the Seahawks’ epic championship run with the original network broadcasts of all three thrilling playoff victories. Follow Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, Super Bowl MVP Malcom Smith, Head Coach Pete Carroll and the rest of the Seahawks as they handled eight-time Pro Bowler Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Playoff (23-15).
Release Date: 7/10/2014
Price: DVD = $39.93; BD = $49.99 

Description: Based on the hit manga series and wildly successful playing card franchise, Yu-Gi-Oh! follows the adventures of a boy named Yugi and his friends who love the newest card game that is sweeping the nation! In this game, players pit monster against monster in high intensity duels. Yugi and his friends are obsessed with the game, which is packed with awesome monsters and powerful spell cards. But there’s more to this game than meets the eye. Yugi solves an old Egyptian puzzle that infuses him with the energy of an ancient spirit. Their forces unite to form a stronger, more confident duelist, for Yugi needs all the help he can get – the fate of the world is in the balance!
Release Date: October 14, 2014  

The Magic School Bus: Season's Greetings Double Feature (Full Frame)

Description: Wahoo! Welcome aboard The Magic School Bus! Are you ready for a wild ride? Grab a seat and hang on for three episodes of the Emmy Award-winning animated science-adventure series based on the best-selling books. Watch as Ms. Frizzle transforms her magic bus and encourages exploration and discovery from the smallest cell to the largest galaxy. Episodes include  Holiday Special, In the Artic, In the Rainforest, Getting Energized, Gets Charged, A Bright Idea, Gets Ready Set Dough, and In The Haunted House.
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Price: $14.93

Description: Fireman Zachary Stone (Routh) is a confirmed bachelor who doesn’t believe in love or commitment. When a stray, tabby catnamed Ambrose shows up at his door, Zachary takes him in and slowly starts to see that a little companionship might not be so bad after all. Zachary’s commitment to solitude is further challenged when he meets Marilee (Sustad), an animal lover and veterinary student who teaches Zachary how to care for his new feline roommate. Chemistry immediately develops between the two, but Marilee has vowed not to date until she graduates and Zachary is not ready to jeopardize his independence, though he senses Marilee is special. With Christmas rapidly approaching, Marilee's sister Jaclyn (Bennett) convinces her to add romance to her nose-to-the-grindstone life of work and school, while fire chief Sam (Harrison) encourages Zachary to understand the importance of love, marriage and having someone special with whom to share the holidays. When Zachary’s model girlfriend Blair (Hobbs) pressures him to get rid of Ambrose and has Marilee fired from her job at a pet supply store that her father owns, Zachary sees the light, realizing he is in love with Marilee and that life is better if shared with someone special.
Starring: Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and Kimberley Sustad (A Bride For Christmas) star with Stephanie Bennett (Signed, Sealed, Delivered), Chelsea Hobbs (Make It or Break It) and Gregory Harrison (“One Tree Hill”)
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Price: $14.93

Description: As the only daughter of an expert tailor in Philadelphia, Emily Corrigan (Chabert) is a kindhearted young woman proud of her blue-collar background. She is a devoted seamstress at the family business and madly in love with her doting European boyfriend, Leo (Stephen Hagan). But as their first Christmas together approaches, Leo drops a bombshell on his unsuspecting girlfriend: he is actually Prince Leopold, heir to the throne of Cordinia, a small sovereign country. Emily is in shock, but her love for Leo trumps her hesitation about his double life and they quickly fly to Cordinia to announce their engagement and spend the holidays with Leo’s disapproving mother, Queen Isadora (Seymour). Less than enthusiastic about her son’s relationship with a commoner, Isadora makes Emily feel anything but welcome at their grand castle, leaving Emily to feel more at home among Isadora’s staff of butlers and housemaids. As Emily struggles to adapt to her new royal surroundings, the situation is made more difficult when a scheming Isadora invites Duchess Natasha (Flynn), Leo’s ex-girlfriend, to join them for Christmas. Emily sees that Natasha is a perfect match for Leo and worries she’ll never measure up to Isadora’s standards. Attempting to stay true to herself in a world where she clearly doesn’t belong, Emily wonders if love is enough to keep her newly royal relationship from falling apart before Christmas morning.
Starring: Lacey Chabert, Jane Seymour, Stephen Hagan, Katherine Flynn
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Price: $14.93

Description: Signed Sealed Delivered Christmas, based on the highly successful Hallmark series Signed, Sealed, Delivered created by Touched By An Angel’s Martha Williamson, follows the four postal workers turned detectives in their next mystery as they track down the original recipient of a Christmas card from the past.
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Price: $14.93

Description: In The Expendables 3, Barney faces off with an old enemy and must fight old blood with new blood, bringing in a new era of Expendables who are younger and faster. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. 
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Ronda Rousev
Release Date: 11/25
Price: $29.95 DVD/$39.99 BD 

Ancient Aliens: Seasons 1 - 6 DVD

Description: From unexplainable super structures, to knowledge of the solar system, mathematics, and even the ability to make electricity, this collection of all six seasons of the hit HISTORY franchise explores evidence of super-human influences on ancient man and embarks on an around-the-world search for answers.
Release Date: 11/11
Price: $99.98 DVD

Houdini (DVD + Digital HD)

Description: Catch the History Channel’s epic 2-night/4-hour mini-series all at once on Blu Ray and DVD. Adrien Brody stars as Harry Houdini and Kristen Connolly as his beloved wife and assistant, Bess, in this epic miniseries which follows the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of his era, all while defying death with his incredible stunts and illusions.
Starring: Adrian Brody, Kristen Connolly
Release Date: 10/7
Price: $26.98 DVD/ $29.99 BD

Mad Men: the Final Season-Part 1 [Blu-ray]
Description: MAD MEN, The Final Season, the beginning of the end to television's most celebrated show. Set in the captivating world of 1960s New York, MAD MEN continues to follow iconic ad man Don Draper, his colleagues and his family.
Starring: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Robert Muse
Release Date: 10/21
Price: $39.98 DVD/ $39.97 BD

Duck Dynasty: Season 4-6
Description: Enjoy all three seasons of the highest rated non-fiction show on television! America’s favorite backwoods family is back in this special all-in-one Duck Dynasty® DVD set. Includes new special features never before seen and a free special edition Si beard
Release Date: 10/21
Price: $49.98 DVD


Description: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught up in the international war against terror.
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, William DaFoe
Release Date: 11/4
Price: $26.98 DVD/$29.99 BD

School Dance
Description: High school freshman Jason just found the girl of his dreams. But to win her heart, he’ll have to prove he’s got what it takes to make the school’s hottest dance crew—in this fresh, sexy, and outrageously funny comedy.
Starring: Bobb’e J. Thompson, Mike Epps, George Lopez, Wilmer Valderrama, Efren Ramirez, Katt Williams, Luenell, Amber Rose, Affion Crockett, Kevin Hart, Patrick Warburton
Release Date: 10/7
Price: $19.98 DVD

Step Up All In
Description: In the next exciting chapter of the international phenomenon Step Up, all-stars from previous installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.
Starring: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Alyson Stoner, Adam Sevani, Stephen Boss
Release Date: 10/21
Price: $29.95 DVD/$39.99 BD

Title: World Wars
Description: Hitler. Mussolini. Patton. De Gaulle. MacArthur. Before they were giants, they were infantrymen and privates in the "war to end all wars." Binge-watch the History Channel Mini-series which originally aired across three nights all at once. This is the story of these devastating three decades of war, through the eyes of the men who were forged in the trenches and came to command a world on the brink of disaster.
Release Date: 9/9
Price: $26.98 DVD/ $29.99 BD

Title: Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Counting on Lemonade
Description: It’s a hot day at the Letter Factory as Tad, Lily, Leap and friends decide to sell lemonade, earning money to buy new books for the library.  The friends use their counting, addition, and subtraction skills every step of the way.
Release Date: 9/9
Price: $14.98 DVD

Alpha & Omega: A Howl - Iday Adventure
Description: In preparation to spend their first winter holiday as a family, Kate & Humphrey’s youngest pup, Runt, disappears. Set out across the wilderness to find Runt before the winter festivities begin, their adventure does not go exactly as planned, and in the end Kate & Humphrey discover that "Home is where the Family Is."
Release Date: 9/9
Price: $19.98 DVD/$19.99 BD

Description: Relive the inspiring story, based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best-selling and much-loved “The Little House on the Prairie” book series which chronicles the dramatic, gripping adventures of a young pioneer family’s struggle to build a new life for themselves on the American frontier of the 1870s. Now that it’s back, LHOP has never looked so good!  Newly restored and remastered image, see it all with Full-length, uncut broadcast episodes seen for the first time since airing on TV -- totaling approximately 1 hour of extended content! Includes the complete third season plus all-new special features, clocking in with over 20 hours of content.
Starring: Melissa Gilbert, Michael Landon, Lindsay Greenbush, Sidney Greenbush, Karen Grassle, Melissa Sue Anderson, Scottie MacGregor
Release Date: Available Now
Price: $21.98 DVD/$24.99 BD

Description: Catch all the action of this top rated series from Nick Jr. in a new movie! After the Lalaloopsy girls discover an old scrapbook, the friends reminisce about when they first met their adorable pets in this sew cute movie!
Release Date: 10/4
Price: $14.98 DVD

Description: Bring on the Belly Badge Rock! It's all music and cheer until Harmony Bear loses her singing voice before the big show, and Kaylee, a visitor to Care-a-lot, stops playing her instrument because of a bully. Perhaps a bit of Care Bears courage will save the day?
Release Date: 10/28
Price: $14.98 DVD

Description: Enter the magical world of Julius Jr., and join this clever monkey and his pals, Worry Bear, Sheree, Clancy, and Ping, as they unlock young imaginations. Based on the Paul Frank family of characters, this new series takes preschoolers on exciting adventures through the Hall of Doors to discover the importance of cooperation and creativity. Whether trying something new or helping a cloud make snow, fun is just a door away!
Release Date: 12/2
Price: $16.98 DVD

Title: The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
Description: The adult siblings of the Fitzgerald family prepare for their estranged father to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges.
Starring: Connie Britton (“Nashville,” “Friday Night Lights”), Edward Burns (Alex Cross, 27 Dresses, One Missed Call, Life or Something Like It, Saving Private Ryan), Kerry Bishe (Argo, Red State), Ed Lauter (Trouble with the Curve, The Artist, The Longest Yard)
Release Date: Available Now
Price: DVD: $26.98/Blu-ray: $29.98

Description: Based on the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots as four strangers who happen to meet on the roof of a London building on New Year’s Eve each with the intent of committing suicide. Their plans for death in solitude are ruined, so they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks and form an unconventional, dysfunctional family.
Starring: Pierce Brosnan (The Matador, The Thomas Crown Affair, James Bond Franchise), Toni Collette (“Hostages,” Enough Said, The Way Way Back, Little Miss Sunshine), Aaron Paul (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Need for Speed, “Breaking Bad”)
Release Date: September 9, 2014
PricePrice: DVD: $26.98/Blu-ray: $29.98

1 comment :

  1. I love so many of their shows like Little House on the Prairie and Duck Dynasty. I love wholesome television shows.
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