I'm a big fan of Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN, and if you've been reading THE ROCK FATHER lately, then you already know that... and that the folks from Disney recently had me pay them a visit on Mickey's dime. I've spent time with the filmmakers, the CG department, and even my first Daddy/Daughter Dance was Arendelle-themed. While I have a few more personal tales from the world of FROZEN to tell, my friends at Disney are letting me get one of YOU hooked-up with the new Blu-ray Combo Pack, which will hit stores on March 18th. That way your family can keep reliving the Oscar-winning goodness over and over again, just as we have been here at Rock Father HQ this week. Would you like to build a snowman?
Alright, so I'm a little bit late in posting this week's new release listing. But, it's still Tuesday for a couple more hours here at Rock Father HQ, so I figure I'm still within my own self-imposed limits. After all, who do I work for? That's right, myself! Well, but technically, (everything I do) I do it for you - like Bryan Adams' terrible song from that ROBIN HOOD movie with Clark Kent's Dad. Now I'm just being silly, but if you're looking for what's new in home video releases this week, then I have what you need... highlights of all the family titles that have arrived at retail as of today. There's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, LEGO STAR WARS, WINNIE THE POOH, TRANSFORMERS and more. Check out the list below!
This week, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment released THE BOOK THIEF on Fox Digital HD, ahead of it's March 11th bow on Blu-ray and DVD. To celebrate the home release of this new film based on Markus Zusak's best-selling 2005 book of the same name, we're giving you a chance to win a copy of it on Blu-ray, and to delve deeper with a PDF download of a special book-to-film discussion (best-read after you've seen the film). Learn more and enter for a chance to win below!
On April 15, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release THE NUT JOB on Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet as well as On Demand. The recent animated film stars Will Arnett (Batman in THE LEGO MOVIE, the upcoming TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES) as the voice of Surly, "a mischievous squirrel on a mission to prove himself."
Earlier this week, as I had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney Studios, one film that I got to pull back the curtain on was one I couldn't mention right away because it's home video release wasn't officially announced yet. That changes today, with word that SAVING MR. BANKS will arrive on Blu-ray™ + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, and On-Demand on March 18th. The film is a look at the making of MARY POPPINS, along with studio life during that classic era of Disney filmmaking. While the official details follow below, stay tuned for some exclusive SAVING MR. BANKS content, coming to THE ROCK FATHER in mid-March.
I always say this, but it's interesting delving into cinematic worlds as a parent that I haven't entered since being a child myself. Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK is one of those worlds, a film released countless times over, yet somehow escaping my purchase (unlike certain films that I've owned multiple times on whatever the latest format). Oddly enough, THE JUNGLE BOOK is one film that always should've been in my collection, if only for it's musical pedigree. In fact, it's the swingin' soundtrack that really propels the film, with several songs by the Sherman Brothers (MARY POPPINS, WINNIE THE POOH), and the iconic, Louis Prima-sung "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" becoming an oft-covered standard (I love the BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY version). That aside, there's a classic Rudyard Kipling story at it's heart, and experiencing THE JUNGLE BOOK again for the first time in probably 25-30 years - but this time with my girls - was a treat.