This past November, I took my oldest to check out a screening of FREE BIRDS as part of a promotion that I was doing with Chuck E. Cheese's. Addie and her little friend dug it, and now we'll be able to re-live what just might be a new staple of the Thanksgiving season... in-time for Valentine's Day. The folks at 20th Century Fox have officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of FREE BIRDS for February 4, 2014. Check out the specs below, and for more upcoming releases, visit my ongoing list of what's hot for families.
It's the first Tuesday of 2014, and for the first time ever, I'm presenting a rundown of the week's top new releases on Blu-Ray and DVD "For Grownups" here on The Rock Father. These titles are probably not family-friendly (though I have a list of those here), and would probably be best-viewed when you're enjoying some "YOU" time... here's what's hot for January 7, 2014...
During the mad holiday rush here at Rock Father HQ, a number of titles arrived that although featured in my gift guide and on my social networks, never got the proper feature that they deserved. Among those, DESPICABLE ME 2 stands out as a biggie - one that a lot of you might've found in your (or placed in someone else's) stocking, judging from the record-breaking haul that found the movie becoming the best-performing animated title of all-time on Blu-ray in it's opening week. While Steve Carell might be the high-dollar talent returning to voice the reformed villian, Gru, it's the little, incomprehensible Minions that are the real stars here (and the studio knows it) - in a movie that's interestingly enough, a celebration of fatherhood that was set-up in the first.
I'm finally catching up on the MARVEL Cinematic Universe here at Rock Father HQ. Having missed their theatrical runs, I just watched CAPTAIN AMERICA and THE AVENGERS last week, and I still have to catch IRON MAN 3 and the first THOR film. Now comes an email into HQ this evening with news that THOR: THE DARK WORLD is already headed home, with a Digital HD release on February 4 followed by a February 25th bow on Blu-ray and DVD. Check out the new trailer and specs below, and get those pre-orders in!
There's a slight possibility that this post may inspire a bit of deja vu for you, on the odd chance that you happened to have been reading The Rock Father back on March 12, 2012. It was then, while nursing a brief back injury (cue PANTERA's I'm Broken), that I sat down on a Friday night to discuss a then-24 year old movie, 1988's Penny Marshall-directed classic, BIG. The timing just worked out right at the time, and somehow BIG became the first live-action movie to really hold Addie's attention after I found it "On-Demand," despite already owning the DVD. BIG is one of those movies that I've owned over and over again, having first bought it on VHS, then on DVD, and now on 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray thanks to the folks at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Just as METALLICA "Re-Revisited" their "Garage Days," I'm "Re-Revisiting" my look back on BIG. Through the eyes of a parent... who was once a kid... and still acts like one on regular occasions.
It is very rare at this point - almost unheard of - that I immediately bump something to the front of my review queue here at Rock Father HQ. With a never-ending assortment of items vying for my attention, it just never happens... except on occasions like this. Earlier today, the folks at Universal Republic sent me a digital stream of BLACK SABBATH: LIVE... GATHERED IN THEIR MASSES, the new concert film that was released last week on DVD and Blu-ray/CD Combo. With BLACK SABBATH's "13" already a highlight of 2013, I had to give this a watch right away.