Songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II created some of the most iconic musicals in history, and on May 6, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release The Rodgers & Hammerstein Blu-ray Collection as an Amazon Exclusive. The set includes THE SOUND OF MUSIC, OKLAHOMA!, THE KING AND I, SOUTH PACIFIC, STATE FAIR and CAROUSEL. Being a musical household, I'm looking forward to experiencing these again with my girls. Actually, these seems like a good time to share the video of my daughter Addie (then, just 2 1/2) singing "Do A Deer (Do Re Mi)" from THE SOUND OF MUSIC while in the hospital awaiting the arrival of her baby sister back in 2012...
2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of both REVENGE OF THE NERDS and BACHELOR PARTY, along with the 25th Anniversary of WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S. Now, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced Blu-ray releases of all three, each of which will land at retail on May 6.
While pre-orders don't appear to be live just yet, check out the details and specs for each below...
It's been a decade since WINNIE THE POOH: SPRINGTIME WITH ROO was first released, and having missed it the first time around (five years Pre-Rock Father), I was anxious to check it out on "Hippity Hoppity Roo Edition" Blu-ray with my girls, both of whom have developed an affection for the characters of the Hundred Acre Wood. Just-released from the infamous Disney Vault (and for the first time in HD), SPRINGTIME WITH ROO is a surprising tale - but one that was unexpectedly... familiar.
I'm surprised that we don't have a copy of PETER PAN here in the archives of Rock Father HQ. While it was released as a Diamond Edition Blu-ray last summer, I haven't picked up a copy yet, and I should probably correct that before the film retreats into the Disney Vault once more. I still remember the first time that I saw the 1953 film - during a theatrical re-release in 1982. We'd gone to see it at the Park Forest Theater (then, a large, single-screen movie house that was a relic from 1950), and to me, the film seemed brand-new... and I probably thought that it was. It's been years since I've seen it, though the little ones and I caught RETURN TO NEVER LAND not long ago. My girls haven't seen where it all began, yet Never Land is a place that's oft-visited, through the tales spun in JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES, and the Disney Fairies realm. With the release of THE PIRATE FAIRY, everything comes together, as the film is both a sequel to the Tinker Bell films, and a prequel to PETER PAN.
Today could be a record-breaker. After all, it's been less than four months since Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN hit theater screens here in the U.S. (November 27, 2013), snowballing into a cinematic and cultural phenomenon that's racked up numerous awards along the way, the pinnacle of which was a win for "Best Animated Feature" at the 86th Academy Awards, not to mention snagging the "Best Original Song" Oscar for Idina Menzel's performance of "Let It Go" on the same night, just two weeks ago. With records claimed, I see no reason why that streak won't continue, and with FROZEN arriving at retail on Blu-ray and DVD today, something tells me that the records set in December by DESPICABLE ME 2 will be shattered.
On March 18, my friends at The Walt Disney Company will release SAVING MR. BANKS on Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Josh Baskin Tom Hanks and Nanny McPhee Emma Thompson as Walt Disney and P.L. Travers, the film tells the little-known story of how MARY POPPINS was adapted for the screen, and came to be known as one of Walt's true masterpieces. Very soon, I'll be rolling out some special features here on THE ROCK FATHER involving the film, but in the meantime, here's your shot at winning a copy on Blu-ray + Digital HD Combo Pack!