Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Disney's Born in China




Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s newest true-life adventure film “Born in China,” journeys into homes on Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital) and On-Demand on August 29.  And in continued efforts to help protect the wild animals featured in the film, Disneynature through the Conservation Fund has made a contribution to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to focus efforts that benefit wild pandas and snow leopards.

“Born In China” transports audiences to some of the world’s most extreme environments of China where few people have ever ventured to witness wildly intimate and adorable moments in the lives of three animal families - a doting panda bear mother, a 2-year-old golden snub-nosed monkey, and a mother snow leopard. It is the seventh theatrical release from Disneynature, which brings the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share wildlife stories that engage, inspire and educate. The breathtaking footage and high-definition quality picture is captivating for audiences of all ages and is a must-add to the in-home collection. 

Furthermore, the in-home release comes packaged with all-new bonus features that take viewers deeper into the making of a true-life adventure film, showcasing the extreme measures it took to travel, film, observe and encounter these amazing animals in their natural habitats in the far northeast China; Showcases how Disneynature and the Disney Conservation efforts behind these films have helped make a difference around the globe; and features the full music video by “American Authors” end-credit song “Everything Everything.” 

The film is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman. The film features an orchestral score composed by Emmy®-winner Barnaby Taylor that incorporates authentic Chinese flavors. 

My Thoughts

This is such a great film.  The Disneynature series always gives you an upfront and personal look into the world of animals. I've enjoyed the whole series, and this one is no different. This time, we follow three different animal families including pandas, golden monkeys, and snow leopards.   Each story follows a family, complete with another cups, as they survive the wild terrains of China.
There's so much action in this film, it's not much different than watching an animated movie from Disney. Expect, this is real life, which makes it so much more fascinating. 

I really enjoy watching these films. I love watching the animals interact and seeing the beautiful landscapes of far-off lands I know I'll never be able to visit. The narration gives you just enough plot without interfering with the nature effect. The Bluray/DVD set also includes a behind the scenes look at the filming of the movie, and a music video. My whole family enjoyed watching this film together, and my children range in age from 6-17.  With Disneynature Born in China, you can make family movie night both fun and educational.




Disney's The Lion King Signature Collection


“The Lion King”—joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. The coming-of-age masterpiece, filled with humor and heart, breathtaking animation and soul-stirring Academy Award®–winning music (1994: Best Original Score and Best Original Song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), arrives on Digital on Aug. 15 and on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 29.

Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.” The Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes over three hours of classic bonus material and exclusive,  brand new features inviting viewers to sing along with the film’s award-winning music, observe recording sessions, step inside the story room, witness the evolution of a villain, and join Nathan Lane (voice of Timon) and Matthew Broderick (voice of Adult Simba) for an extended conversation regarding the legacy of “The Lion King.”

“The Lion King” follows the adventures of Simba, a feisty lion cub who cannot wait to be king, as he searches for his destiny in the great “Circle of Life.” The film earned a Golden Globe® for Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical and inspired a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical that is currently the third longest-running musical in Broadway history. In 2019, a reimagined live-action film, helmed by Jon Favreau, will delight audiences with the thrilling retelling of the original tale utilizing groundbreaking technological advances—as only Disney can do.

“The Lion King” is the fifth title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. It takes its place alongside “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio” and “Bambi.”

My Thoughts

The Lion King was first released when I was a young girl. I fell in love with the songs and the deep meaning of the circle of life. In this film, little Simba's world is turned upside down when his father is killed. He believes it's his fault and he runs away. He's taken in by a crazy pair of friends who teach him how to make the most of life. In the meantime, his evil uncle Scar has taken over the Pridelands. His first love goes in search of Simba to bring him home and regain control of his pride and take his rightful place as king.

It's so wonderful to see this classic added to the Signature Collection. The colors seem more vibrant then ever before. There is also lots of bonus footage that you won't find on other versions including four sing-a-long videos and recording sessions. I have owned this film on VHS and DVD, but this is the best edition so far.  I'm thrilled to be able to share one of my all-time favorites with my children.  It's only available for a limited time, so be sure to grab your copy today.



Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three

Having established a secret base on Atollon, the Ghost crew, now led by a more powerful Ezra, strengthens the Rebel fleet by acquiring new resources and recruits eager to stand against the Empire.  However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the Rebellion are now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faced before. Ezra and Sabine must take on new roles and challenges as the Rebels prepare for their biggest mission yet – a direct assault on the Empire.
Star Wars Rebels was created by Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg.
Featuring the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr. (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall (TV’s “Young Justice”) as Hera, Steve Blum (“The Boxtrolls,” “Cowboy Bebop”) as Zeb, Tiya Sircar (“The Good Place,” “Master of None”) as Sabine, Taylor Gray (TV’s “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures”) as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker (“American Dad,” “Phineas and Ferb”) as Captain Rex and David Oyelowo (“Selma” and “The Butler”) as Agent Kallus.
My Thoughts


My 13-year-old son is a huge Star Wars fan, and he was thrilled when Disney came out with Star Wars Rebels. The series centers around a group of rebels who fight the Empire when they try to occupy their home. It brings is a cast of characters that includes Ezra, Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper. Some classic favorites still make an appearance, like R2-D2 and C-3PO. A small group of rebels take Darth Vadar head on to try to bring peace to the galaxy  There are 21 episodes in the first season including:

Steps Into ShadowThe Holocrons of Fate
The Antilles Extraction
Hera's Heros

The Last Battle
Imperial Supercommandos
Iron Squandron
The Wynkahthu Job
An Inside Man
Visions and Voices
Ghosts of Geonosis (1)
Ghosts of Geonosis (2)
Warhead
Trails of Darksaber
Legacy of Mandalore
Through Imperial Eyes
Secret Cargo
Double Agent Droid
Twin Suns
Zero Hour (1)
Zero Hour (2)

In addition to all the episodes of season 2, this Blu-ray set also gives you some great extras like behind the scenes footage and extended versions. My teenage son loved the third series just as much as the first two, and he is hoping they keep this one going a lot longer than Clone Wars.  The animation is great and the story-line keeps you on the edge of your seat. He can't wait to see where season four takes things.

Be sure to grab a copy for yourself today. It's available now in store national or online at Amazon.

 

Deadly Trespass: A Mystery In Maine Sandra Neily



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Winner: Mystery Writers of America McCloy Award. National finalist: Women’s Fiction Writers Association “Rising Star” contest. Cassandra Patton Conover is about to become an outlaw. Searching for her wayward dog in Maine’s dense woods, she finds her best friend Shannon crushed under a tree. Then she finds tracks larger than any animal she knows and a mystery only wild animals can help her solve. Before she can absorb the loss of her friend, Patton is hired to guide a surly reporter who suspects extinct wolves have returned to Maine, but the forest has too many agendas. A billionaire hopes wolves will become a save-the-forest strategy. A timber company plans to exterminate the pack. A game warden loyal to his Penobscot tribe, his attraction to Patton, and his law enforcement life, has too many tough choices, and a black ops mercenary rips open Patton’s wounded life so he can aim her at the wolves. When gold wolf eyes issue a challenge at her tent door, Patton is drawn deeper into Shannon’s mysterious murder and the wolves’ fate. To find her friend’s killer, she must find and trust the pack. To save her dog, the wolves, and her own life, she must step outside the law, sacrifice her career, and embrace a wild world.

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About the Author

I've been chased by moose, river otters, and mad mother partridges. And that's recent. My seriously unsupervised childhood exploring clam flats, deep forests, and secret streams grew into my mystery/thriller,"Deadly Trespass." "Deadly Trespass" has received the national Mystery Writers of America McCloy award, was named a national finalist in the Women's Fiction Writers Association "Rising Star" contest, a finalist in the international Mslexia novel competition, and in Maine, received Honorable Mention in the Joy of the Pen competition. The novel is infused with the drama and laughter of various outdoor careers, the sadness of loss, and close encounters with dogs and wildlife. I've been a whitewater river outfitter, licensed Maine Guide, co-founder of a coalition to protect the Penobscot River from a dam, and I am the author/editor of "Valuing the Nature of Maine," and 'Watching Out for Maine's Wildlife" (reports that document nature's economic value). My ValueNature blog shares research and documentation useful to those who want to prove that the natural world has impressive economic might. I live on Moosehead Lake with my husband and Labradors and would rather be fly fishing, skiing, paddling, or just generally "out there"--unless I'm writing new stories that guide people to a disappearing world.
 
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Get a Good Night's Sleep with Snuggle-Pedic



The older I get, the harder it is to get a good night's sleep. Sometimes I wake up sweating (probably the beginnings of Peri-menopause), and I often wake up with a stiff neck or sore back, making it impossible to sleep-in no matter how much I might like to. Thankfully, the Snuggle-Pedic changed all that. This amazing pillow combines memory foam and Kool-Flow to ensure the best night's sleep ever.


The Snuggle-Pedic Pillow is stuffed with shredded memory foam to provide superior comfort. You can remove some to contour the pillow to your unique needs. As you sleep, your neck and head are completely supported. It almost feels like the pillow is molding to your body,  allowing your muscles to fully relax. Snuggle-Pedic pillows are never too firm or too soft, and they keep their shape no matter how much you toss and turn. The pillow is also encased in a premium bamboo cover, which is gentle against your skin. These are a high quality, luxurious memory foam pillows, and they are available for an affordable price! 




A Snuggle-Pedic pillow makes you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud, but there's still more that makes it unique. It's also very refreshing to feel the Kool-Flow technology go to work, especially in the warm summer months. For anyone suffering from hot flashes, this pillow would be indispensable. It feels so much cooler then my other pillows.  It's as though it senses when you start to overheat, and cools down accordingly. The pillow also provides excellent head and neck support which will definitely help anyone with back problems. With a pillow from Snuggle-Pedic, you are guaranteed a perfect night's sleep.




Ever since I starting using this pillow, I have been getting a lot more rest, which makes for a more productive day and a more patient mama. I'm very happy with it. If you'd like to learn more about the Snuggle-Pedic Pillow and all the products available from this cutting-edge company, be sure to visit their website or follow them via their social media.



Dominion Creek, Series 2


Marking the first Western to be made in Ireland, the ambitious, character-driven drama Dominion Creek, Series 2 makes its DVD debut on August 22, 2017 from Acorn TV, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Known as An Klondike in Ireland and winner of four Irish Film and TV Awards for Series 1, including Best Drama, Lead Actor and Script, Series 2 was nominated for a record 10 IFTA awards, including Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. The gripping 4-part miniseries stars Owen McDonnell (Single Handed), Seán T.Ó Meallaigh (Vikings, Charlie), and IFTA’s Best Lead Actor winner Dara Devaney(Above Suspicion, Camelot) as the Connolly brothers; three Irish emigrants seeking riches in the American Gold Rush. In Series 2, as the Connolly Brothers continue to grow their influence in Dominion Creek, two new arrivals into town are set to change everything. The storylines and characters draw from historical accounts and are inspired by real life tales of people who experienced the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890’s. This DVD 2-Disc set features 4 episodes ($39.99, Amazon). Series 2 made its U.S. premiere in April 2017 on Acorn TV. Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter), Acorn TV is North America’s most popular and largest streaming service focused on British and international television.   

Having established themselves as a powerful force to be reckoned with in the town of Dominion Creek, the Connolly brothers stand united against the dangerous turmoil of the Yukon’s remote Klondike Valley during the 1890s gold rush. Eldest brother Tom (Owen McDonnell) emerges as the leader of the Connolly clan and is determined to build an empire for the family, no matter the cost. While kind-hearted Pádraig (Séan T. Ó’Meallaigh) proposes marriage to his sweetheart and continues his humanitarian work, hot-headed Séamus (Dara Devaney) begins to realize that if they are to succeed, he must trust Tom’s ambition.

The brothers anxiously await Captain Pat’s (IFTA winner Ned DennehyPeaky Blinders) trial for the murder of Skookum Jim, but a shady judge (Timothy V. MurphyAppaloosa, Criminal Minds) and his partner (Duane HowardThe Revenant) might prevent justice from being served. Against the growing lawlessness in Dominion Creek, typhoid ravages the town’s residents, and Pádraig is forced to make a choice between his family’s success and the greater good of the community.

Street Date: August 22, 2017           SRP: $39.99         Contains coarse language, graphic violence, nudity, and sexual situations.
DVD 2-Disc Set: 4 episodes – Approx. 215 min. – SDH Subtitles – UPC 054961255290

My Thoughts

This is a great series that gives us a look at life on the Yukon during the Gold Rush. The story is told through the eyes of three Irish brothers named Seamus, Padraig, and Tom Connolly. They strike gold on their claim, but money can tear apart even the closest families. They fight among themselves, but quickly learn they will need to stick together to survive.  Series 2 is broken down into four episodes.

1- Tom survives a mine explosion and opens a bathhouse. Captain Pat is standing trial for murder. 

2- Tom is being blackmailed. Sparks fly between Seamus and Estella, and Kate is drinking heavily.

3 - Seamus learns he's the father of Estella's baby and wants to see him. Jacob has thyroid fever.

4 - Paidraig has been murdered and Chief Isaac stands accused. Tom and Seamus go after Captain Pat, but problems erupt between the brothers.

This is a excellent series for anyone who is a fan of Westerns! I was really impressed with the costume and backdrops. It had a very realistic feel to it. The cast all did a wonderful job as well. It you want to check out this great historical drama for yourself, be sure to grab a copy on Acorn Media or on Amazon.