Monday, May 20, 2019

Looking for a Great Family-Friendly Movie That Will Have You Laughing Out Loud?...Check Out The Upside, Arriving on Blu-Ray and DVD Tomorrow -- It's Already Out on Digital! (Review) #TheUpside

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.



KEVIN HART AND BRYAN CRANSTON TEAM UP FOR A 
POWERFUL PERFORMANCE IN THE HILARIOUS AND HEARTFELT COMEDY 
INSPIRED BY AN EXTRAORDINARY TRUE STORY


(Arrived on Digital back on May 14th)

This is one movie I really wanted to see in theaters, as I heard from so many friends and family that it was really good.  Many even said that the whole movie theater audience was laughing out loud -- it was that funny!  But, my girls ended up getting sick, and by the time they were both better, the movie was no longer in theaters.  So, I made a point a point to add this title to my calendar and be on the lookout for the Blu-ray/DVD release, so that I could finally watch.  I found out a couple months ago the movie would be releasing on digital on May 14, and Blu-Ray/DVD on May 21st.  Like my girls do when they are excited about something, I added the movie's DVD release to my calendar and started to count down the days. :-)  But, I didn't have to wait until May 21st, as the kind folks at Universal Home Entertainment sent me an advance copy of the movie to watch with my family, and we watched it this past Friday, as our family movie night flick.  What a great way to end the week -- with such a wonderful movie, which was based on a true story.  And, this movie is a comedy, so expect laughs, and lots of them.

What I loved about this movie, next to it having two of my favorite actors, Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, is that this movie was an inspirational movie, that will pull at your heartstrings one minute, and then have you laughing to the point you are tearing up the next.  This movie is about a discouraged  and down on his luck out-of-work ex-con and a wealthy quadriplegic. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, while also pulling each other of their funks, and having them happy about life again. 

In addition to such a great movie, which will have you glued to the television screen from start to finish, and have you walking away feeling inspired and appreciating life and the genuine friendships you have, the bonus content is also great, and a must check out once you are done watching the movie with your family.  Some of the bonus content includes a gag reel, which was favorite and had me snorting, as I was laughing so hard, along with deleted scenes, on-screen commentary with Keven and Bryan, as well as other discussions by the actors and director.  

If you are looking for a great family-friendly movie to watch this upcoming holiday weekend, why not consider picking up The Upside, when it arrives in stores tomorrow on Blu-Ray and DVD. Or, buy it now on Digital.  Then, get ready for laughs and a great time with family, as you watch this inspirational comedy, based on a true story.  It will move you, and have you laughing uncontrollably, and wanting to see it time and again.  We can't wait to watch this movie again, and haven't stopped talking about it since we watched it on Friday. 

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More about this movie:

"Kevin Hart (Night School, Ride Along) and Bryan Cranston (Trumbo, “Breaking Bad”) pair up to tell the inspirational true story of a genuine and unique friendship in the fun and moving comedy The Upside, debuting on Digital on May 14, 2019 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on May 21, 2019 from STXfilms, Lantern Entertainment and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From acclaimed director Neil Burger (Divergent, Limitless), the film follows a discouraged out-of-work ex-con and a wealthy quadriplegic who unexpectedly come together and help each other bring back their zest for life.



A “funny and warmhearted buddy comedy” (Pete Hammond, Deadline) grounded in real emotion, The Upside earned an “A” CinemaScore from moviegoers and features a stellar supporting cast including Nicole Kidman (Aquaman, “Big Little Lies”), Golshifteh Farahani (Paterson, Boutique), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife,” “ER”), Aja Naomi King (The Birth of a Nation, “How to Get Away with Murder”), and Tate Donovan (Argo, “Damages”).

Recently paroled ex-convict, Dell Scott (Hart) strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a quadriplegic billionaire, Phillip Lacasse (Cranston) in this hilarious and heartfelt comedy. From worlds apart, Dell and Phillip form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life’s possibilities.

The Upside on Blu-rayTM, DVD, and Digital comes loaded with special bonus content including a gag reel, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a breakdown of the onscreen chemistry between Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston."

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BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL:

  • Deleted Scenes 
  • Gag Reel 
  • Onscreen Chemistry: Kevin and Bryan – Film stars Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston talk about their unique characters and working together on The Upside.
  • Creating a Story of Possibility – Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston share insight on how their characters, Dell Scott and Phillip Lacasse, unexpectedly come together to help each other unlock a new world of possibilities.
  • Bridging Divisions – Director Neil Burger and Kevin Hart talk about how two very different people find common ground through compassion for each other.
  • Embracing Positivity – Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston open up about positive messages in the film and the power of hope, love, and friendship.
  • Presenting a Different Side of Kevin Hart – Neil Burger, Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston discuss Kevin’s career-changing role and his fantastic performance.
  • Theatrical Trailer


The Upside will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital:

  • Blu-ray unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.

#TheUpside

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FILMMAKERS:

Cast: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Golshifteh Farahani, Aja Naomi King and Nicole Kidman
Casting By: Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee
Music Supervisor: Randall Poster
Music By: Rob Simonsen
Costume Designer: Kasia Walicka Maimone
Editor: Naomi Geraghty
Production Designer: Mark Friedberg
Director of Photography: Stuart Dryburgh, ASC
Executive Producers: G. Mac Brown, David Bloomfield, Andy Mitchell, Milos Brajovic, Chris Papavasiliou, Robert Simonds, Adam Fogelson,
Produced By: Todd Black, P.G.A. Jason Blumenthal, P.G.A. Steve Tisch, P.G.A.
Based on the Motion Picture: “Intouchables” by √Čric Toledano and Oliver Nakache
Screenplay By: Jon Hartmere
Directed By: Neil Burger

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY COMBO PACK:


Street Date: May 21, 2019
Selection Number: 64202283
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for suggestive content and drug use. 
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Latin American Spanish
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0
Run Time: 2 hours and 6 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: May 21, 2019
Selection Number: 64202282
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: PG-13 for suggestive content and drug use. 
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Latin American Spanish
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0
Run Time: 2 hours and 6 minutes

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About STX Entertainment:

STX Entertainment is a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content.  It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises.

The company is led by accomplished businessman and entrepreneur Robert Simonds. Investors include the global private investment firm TPG Growth; Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia's largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China's leading provider of online products and services; Liberty Global, the world’s largest distribution platform; Dominic Ng, Chairman of East West Bank; New Enterprise Associates (NEA); DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others.  With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market.

For more information, please visit http://www.stxentertainment.com. 

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment:

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – www.uphe.com) is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango and DreamWorks Animation Film and Television.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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