Sunday, February 25, 2018

Disney Pixar's Coco Arrives on Blu-Ray and DVD This Tuesday -- Enter to #Win a Digital Copy of the Movie Now! #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

COCO [Blu-ray]

Last night we watched Disney Pixar's COCO for the first time, and "Wow!" it was amazing.  As soon as the movie starting playing we could tell that this was going to be another Disney Pixar winner, and that it was.  Did you see Coco when it was in theaters.  Like so many other must see movies we had on our 2017 in theater watch list, this is one movie we hoped to see, but missed due to illness.  So, I made a point to mark the DVD/Blu-Ray release on the calendar in 2018 so that we could pick up the movie when it hit stores shelves to enjoy as a family.  But, thanks to the folks at Walt Disney Studios, they made my girls' day the other day when Coco arrived on our doorstep to watch.  They also offered to give one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader the chance to win a digital copy of this movie, so be sure you read on to learn how to enter my giveaway for your chance to win this wonderful family-friendly movie to enjoy with your family soon.

I wish you could have saw the reaction on my girls' faces when I took the movie out of the package.  They were all smiles.  Even though we haven't seen the movie, the girls know all the songs thanks to the original motion picture soundtrack, and the story thanks to all the wonderful Coco storybooks and activity/sticker books my girls received when the movie released in theaters.  Even though they knew what the movie was about, it was ten times better (my daughter Bella said) watching the movie and seeing what they read in the Coco books come to live on the screen.  And, because the girls knew the songs, they broke out into song and dance when their favorite Coco songs started to play. My youngest really got into the whole song and dance and pulled out one of her toy guitars to pretend to strum along like Miguel. :-)

Even though my girls are of Latin descent -- my husband is from El Salvador, they could relate to some of what they saw in the movie, as Miguel's skin color was brown like theirs, and he and his family spoke Spanish words they could understand.  We have also studied Dia de los Muertos in homeschool as my husband's family used to celebrate this every Nov. 2nd when he lived in his country.  I really liked seeing how the families in the film honored their ancestors by preparing  shrines with their ancestors photos and candles, and how they threw a party to honor them, as well as visit the cemetery to bring offerings.  This is all we talked about in school and how my husband has described Dia de los Muertos to my girls, so it was nice to see it played out like this in the movie.

If you cry easily at movies, especially Disney Pixar ones, then you will want to have a box of tissues handy.  My youngest daughter and I always try -- even at happy moments -- and we found ourselves reaching for tissues to wipe our noses and dab our eyes.  I will not spoil the ending, but will say that if you haven't cried throughout the movie, the final scenes will have you crying like a baby.  But, then the movie ends and you can't help but smile as you realize you sat and watched a beautifully made movie that does a great job at honoring Mexican history and heritage, and love how Miguel's journey ends.

Just like the Lady and the Tramp release I recently blogged about, this upcoming Coco DVD/Blu-ray/digital release is chock full of bonus features you and your family will enjoy watching after you watch this amazing heartwarming film.  My girls really enjoyed "The Music of Coco" and "How to Draw a Skeleton" features.  Who knew that making a skeleton could be so easy and fun. My girls spent the afternoon yesterday after watching the easy step-by-step  art lesson by Pixar artist Daniel Arriaga, drawing and honing their skeleton drawing skills.  And, as they drew and added embellishments to their skeletons, they listed to and sung along to the Coco soundtrack.  I have "Remember Me" stuck in my head, thanks to them having this particular song on repeat. :-)

I could go on and on about how great the Coco movie, or how entertaining the bonus content is, but I am guessing you have already seen this movie, or have heard family and friends rave about and are waiting for Tuesday to get here so that you can pick up at the store, and plan a fun family movie night.  To make it more fun, why not consider printing off some fun Coco coloring and activity sheets -- just do a Google search and you will find a lot of great free printables to download and share with your child, as you prep a fun Mexican-themed dinner to enjoy before you sit for this fun-filled movie.

I can't wait to see what you think of this movie, if you haven't seen it already.  Even though I wished we could have seen it on the big screen, we are happy that we have finally had the chance to watch this much talked about animated movie, and will be watching it again soon, and time and again.  This is one of those animated movies you will never grow tired of, especially when you hear the catchy music, and find yourself wanting to sing along and tap your feet to. :-)


More about this upcoming Disney Pixar animated release:

"Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” —the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician’s extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors—won a 2018 Golden Globe AwardÒ for Best Animated Motion Picture, topped the domestic box office Thanksgiving holiday weekend, became the highest grossing film of all time in Mexico, broke records in China and earned widespread praise, receiving 96 percent from critics and 97 percent from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Now this vibrant tale filled with love and laughter arrives home Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere on Feb. 13, and on 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand on Feb. 27.

Through fresh and fascinating bonus material, adventurers of all ages will tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico; explore the essential role of music in “Coco;” and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film’s message. They’ll step behind the scenes to discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming; Miguel’s beautifully complicated family; Dante the loyal Xolo dog; and the stunning worlds of both the dead and the living. Features also include deleted scenes, insightful filmmaker commentary, the music of Coco and more

"Coco" is packaged several ways to ensure viewers get the most out of their in-home viewing experience. The Multi-screen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack) includes Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for Digital 4K Ultra HD or the 4K UHD Combo Pack, which includes 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy. 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HD, bringing the rich color, textures and sounds to life and immersing viewers in two fantastically animated worlds. Dolby Atmos audio heightens the memorable score created by Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino and his 83-piece orchestra, as well as original songs like “Remember Me” by the Oscar®-winning team behind “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.


                Blu-ray & Digital:
·         Deleted Scenes with Introductions - Director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina talk about the deleted scenes and the part they played in the development of “Coco.”
o    Da de los Muertos - In this musical extravaganza, the colors and excitement of Día de los Muertos come to life as we meet superstar Ernesto de la Cruz.
o    The Way of the Riveras - A musical number in which Abuelita and Miguel prepare their Día de los Muertos celebration while she teaches him Rivera family history and traditions.
o    Celebrity Tour - Héctor, a Land of the Dead tour bus guide, agrees to help Miguel, revealed to be a living boy, on his quest to find de la Cruz.
o    The Bus Escape - The Rivera family catches up to Miguel and Héctor and attempts to halt their mission to find de la Cruz.
o    Alebrije Attack - Miguel and Héctor are interrupted on their journey to find de la Cruz by a fierce alebrije.
o    The Family Fix - After de la Cruz reveals his true colors, the Rivera family puts their dismay aside and comes together to repair the smashed guitar needed to send Miguel home.
o    To the Bridge - As the Land of the Dead counts down to the end of Día de los Muertos, Miguel and de la Cruz come head-to-head on the marigold bridge.
·         Filmmaker Commentary – Presented by Lee Unkrich (director), Adrian Molina (co-director) and Darla K. Anderson (producer).
·         The Music of “Coco” - Collaborating with musicians of Mexico and some unique instrumentation, this documentary explores the beautiful fusion of music essential to the story of “Coco.”
·         Paths to Pixar: “Coco” - Explore how the film crew’s personal stories resonate with the themes of the movie itself.
·         Welcome to the Fiesta - A musical exploration of the skeletons that make the Land of the Dead in “Coco” so wondrous and intriguing.
·         How to Draw a Skeleton - Pixar artist Daniel Arriaga gives a lesson on the quick and easy way to draw skeletons using simple shapes.
·         A Thousand Pictures a Day - Join the “Coco” crew on an immersive travelogue through Mexico, visiting families, artisans, cemeteries, and small villages during the Día de los Muertos holiday.
·         Mi Familia - Developing the Riveras was a labor of love that took the cast and crew on a deep dive into the meaning of family.
·         Land of Our Ancestors – Watch Pixar artists lovingly construct layer upon layer of architecture from many eras of Mexican history, bringing the Land of the Dead to life.
·         Fashion Through the Ages – The cast of characters in “Coco” are from many different eras, making for some magnificent costuming opportunities.
·         The Real Guitar – The majestic guitar that spurs Miguel on his journey through the Land of the Dead is a unique creation. Watch as it is initially designed by a Pixar artist and ultimately realized as a real instrument by a master luthier in this poetic ode to craftsmanship.
·         Dante - How the crew fell in love with the uniquely Mexican breed of Xoloitzcuintli (or “Xolo”) dogs that inspired Dante.
·         How to Make Papel Picado - Join Pixar artist Ana Ramírez González as we learn how papel picado is made traditionally, and then try your own approach to this beautiful art form.
·         Un Poco “Coco” - A montage of original animated pieces used to promote “Coco.”
·         “Coco Trailers” - Trailers include “Feeling,” “Dante’s Lunch,” “Destiny,” “Journey” and “Belong.”

·         Filmmaker Commentary
·         Dante

About “Coco
In Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,Pixar Animation Studios’ 19th feature film, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt)—despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

The voice cast of “Coco” includes characters from the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead. From the Land of the Living, Anthony Gonzalez (“Ice Box,” TNT’s “The Last Ship”) lends his voice to Miguel, Renée Victor (“Weeds,” “The Apostle”) provides the authoritative voice of Abuelita, and Jaime Camil (CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” Disney Junior’s “Elena of Avalor,” “The Secret Lives of Pets”) is the voice of Papá. Lombardo Boyar (“Happy Feet,” TNT’s “Murder in the First”) voices a town mariachi, and Ana Ofelia Murguía is the voice of Miguel’s cherished great-grandmother Mamá Coco. Sofía Espinosa (“Gloria”) provides the voice of Miguel’s loving Mamá, and Luis Valdez (“Which Way Is Up,” director La Bamba” and “The Cisco Kid”) lends his voice to Tío Berto, Miguel’s hardworking uncle.

From the Land of the Dead, Gael García Bernal (Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle”) helps bring to life charming trickster Héctor, Benjamin Bratt (Fox’s “Star,” “Doctor Strange”) is the voice of Miguel’s idol Ernesto de la Cruz, and Alanna Ubach (“Meet the Fockers,” Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”) provides the voice of Miguel’s great-great-grandmother Mamá Imelda. Alfonso Arau (“¡Three Amigos!” director/ producer “Like Water for Chocolate,” director “A Walk in the Clouds”) is the voice of Miguel’s late great-grandfather Papá Julio, Herbert Siguenza (“Larry Crowne,” “Ben 10: Alien Swarm”) lends his voice to both Tío Oscar and Tío Felipe, Miguel’s late identical twin uncles, and Gabriel Iglesias (“Planes,” “The Nut Job,” “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”) lends his voice to the Clerk. Natalia Cordova-Buckley (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”) provides the voice of legendary artist Frida Kahlo, Selene Luna (“My Bloody Valentine,” “Celebrity Wife Swap”) voices Miguels aunt Tía Rosita, and Edward James Olmos (“Blade Runner,” “Stand and Deliver”) lends his voice to Chicharrón.

Also lending their voices are Carla Medina, Dyana Ortelli, Blanca Araceli, Salvador Reyes, Cheech Marin, Octavio Solis and John Ratzenberger.

Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) from a script by Molina and Matthew Aldrich (“Spinning Man”). Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) produces, and John Lasseter is executive producer. “Coco” features an original score from Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino (“Up,” “Rogue One”), a song by Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (“Frozen”), and additional songs co-written by Germaine Franco (“Dope,” “Shovel Buddies”) and Molina. Also part of the team is musical consultant Camilo Lara of the music project Mexican Institute of Sound, as well as cultural consultants Lalo Alcaraz, Marcela Davison Avilés and Octavio Solis."



COCO [Blu-ray]

As promised, the kind folks at Walt Disney Studios are offering one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader the chance to win a digital copy of Coco to enjoy with their family.

To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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Disc Specifications
Product SKUs:                          Digital = 4K UHD with HDR (HDR-10 or Dolby Vision), HD, SD
                                                        Physical = 4K UHD Combo Pack (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital HD/SD), Multi-screen Edition (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD/SD) and DVD
Feature Run Time:                                 Approximately 109 minutes
Rating:                                                                                         PG in U.S., G in CE, and G in CF
Aspect Ratio:                            2.39:1
Resolution:                                4K UHD = 3840 x 2160, HD = 1920 x 1080, SD = 720 x 480
Audio:                                          4K UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos, English, Spanish and French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio; 4K UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (platform dependent), English 5.1, English 2.0; Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 5.1 DTS-HDHR, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio; DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Subtitles:                                     Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Closed Captions:                      Digital = English; DVD = English

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Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. The best family friendly movie that I have seen was Jumanji. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com