Monday, February 19, 2018

Get Your Copy of The Star When It Arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray Tomorrow! (Review)

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

Available Tomorrow on DVD and Blu-Ray...

The Star

As the snow fell outside Saturday night, we were all snuggled up on the couch watching a wonderful family-friendly movie, The Star, which arrives on the DVD and Blu-Ray tomorrow. You can already buy the digital version of this movie, if you prefer (released to digital on Feb. 6th).   We missed this movie when it was in theaters at Christmastime as the girls were sick.  And, by the time they were feeling better, we were disappointed to find it was no longer playing.  So, this movie was added to our must-see list for 2018.  The girls were so excited when they saw this DVD arrive on our doorstep Thursday afternoon, and couldn't wait to watch it.  I told them that they would have to wait until Saturday, as I had a fun evening of The Star crafts and games planned to go along with the movie.  I love doing a fun family movie night complete with games and activities as it gets the girls more excited, and makes for a more memorable experience -- and, it even gets my husband excited about the movie, as he sits with the girls to help with the crafts, or lends a hand for a movie-themed snack or dinner we all make together.

By the time it was ready to watch The Star, the snow began to fall outside.  So, it was a beautiful backdrop to a great family movie night.  If you missed my digital release announcment of this movie a couple weeks ago where I shared the trailer and more about this film, you can check it out here:, in addition to more information shared below:


More about this movie:

"From the studio that brought you  MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN & CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLScomes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself.

AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR arrives for the first time on Digital on February 6 and on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital February 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The heartwarming animated comedy follows a small but brave donkey named Bo (voiced by Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead”), who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth (voiced by Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”), a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key, Friends From College), a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels voiced by Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Bo and his new friends follow the star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told.

Rounding out the all-star voice cast including Gina Rodriguez (“Jane The Virgin”) as Mary, Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as Joseph, Grammy® Award-Winner Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) as Zach the goat, Ving Rhames  (Mission Impossible) as Thaddeus the dog, Gabriel Iglesias (CocoFerdinand) as Rufus the dog, Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”) as Edith the cow, Emmy® and Tony® Award-Winner Kristin Chenoweth as Abby the mouse, and Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) as King Herod.

THE STAR is filled with more than an hour of engaging bonus materials including the “Star-aoke: Sing Along with Bo & Friends,” a dance along to “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World, plus a collection of fun lyric videos that will have you singing along to the inspiring music from

THE STAR.  Families can enjoy crafting and baking with “how-to” videos “Star Mason Jar Votives” and “Sweet and Sparkly Stars,” and they also can go behind-the-scenes to explore the amazing talent who bring these characters to life.  In “Faith All Year Round,”
renowned pastor and motivational speaker, DeVon Franklin delivers a fun and engaging children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and keeping the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day.

THE STAR is directed by Academy Award® nominated writer/director Timothy Reckart, screenplay by Carlos Kotkin, and story by Simon Moore and Carlos Kotkin. The film is executive produced by DeVon Franklin, Brian Henson and Lisa Henson, and produced by Jennifer Magee-Cook. The Star is presented by AFFIRM films and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Walden Media, Franklin Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company. The uplifting theme song, “The Star” by Mariah Carey and veteran songwriter Marc Shaiman was also nominated for a 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. “The Star” song is now available on The Star: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which assembles new music from a bevy of powerhouse superstars."

Bonus Materials Include:

·         Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends: In this all new song, sing along with your favorite characters including Bo, Dave, Ruth and the unforgettable camels
·         "Life Is Good" Dance-Along: Shake your tail feathers and move your hooves in this fun dance along
·         Lyric Sing-Along Videos: Enjoy the eclectic and inspiring music of THE STAR with these colorful lyric videos that allow you to sing along with your favorite recording artists
o    “The Star” by Mariah Carey
o    “Can You See” by Fifth Harmony
o    “Children Go Where I Send You” by Kelsea Ballerini
o    “We Three Kings” by Kirk Franklin
o    “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World
·         Sweet and Sparkly Stars: Create star-themed cookies to be enjoyed year round
·         Star Mason Jar Votives: Let the light of THE STAR shine with this simple yet stunning craft
·         Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin: A children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day
·         An All-Star Cast: Meet the stars of the film and explore the exciting voice cast who bring these amazing characters to life

THE STAR has a run time of approximately 86 minutes and is rated PG: for some thematic elements

This animated faith-based movie shares the story of the Nativity in a new way -- as told by the animals.  Yes, you read that right, the animals talk in this cute film, which will draw both children and adults young and old into the movie, and have you entertained from start to finish.  Even though the Nativity is synonymous with Christmas, this movie can still be enjoyed year round. The movie does a wonderful job in sharing messaged about faith, family and the birth of Jesus, the theme of compassion and friendship really resonates with viewers.  I am so glad we were finally able to watch this movie, and can't wait to watch it again.  And, we will definitely be adding to your Christmas movie this year, and for years to come.  If you missed The Star when it was in theaters or were on the fence about watching, I would highly recommend picking up a copy of this movie when it arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray, or at the least rent and watch with your family.  It really is a fun animated movie, that will make for a great family movie night.

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

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