REVIEW (Spoiler-Free):  Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is so good it hurts
Apr25

REVIEW (Spoiler-Free): Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is so good it hurts

Remember 2014? Donald Trump was just a reality show buffoon with bad hair, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror loomed over Disney California Adventure, Andy Castro photographed Disneyland weekly, and no one knew who Star Lord was. Simpler times. Marvel took the world by surprise with its August 2014 release, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and its grosses rocketed into the stratosphere while everyone fell in love (either romance or bromance,...

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‘Disneyland Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition’ proves there’s always more info to learn about the mouse
Apr11

‘Disneyland Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition’ proves there’s always more info to learn about the mouse

The word “encyclopedia” reminds me of sifting through dusty old books looking for something to help fill in the holes of a grade school report – yeah, I had to do those things without the benefit of the internet. Sure, I could Hey Siri (or OK Google) to get the date the Haunted Mansion opened but then I would miss all the other fun facts in the 5 pages of information related the Mansion that one will find in newly...

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REVIEW: ROGUE ONE lands with a suitable but decidedly scruffy-looking set of extras
Apr04

REVIEW: ROGUE ONE lands with a suitable but decidedly scruffy-looking set of extras

ROGUE ONE is the breath-taking first-ever standalone Star Wars feature film not just from Disney but from LucasFilm and it did not fail to deliver. The heart-stopping (and heart-crushing) story is a thrilling roller coaster of emotions that ends with the dramatic moments before Darth Vader confronts Princess Leia in Episode IV. And now, the adventure comes home in all the glorious formats including Digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD,...

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You haven’t seen BEAUTY AND THE BEAST yet, it’s ok, here’s what you need to know about the soundtrack
Mar21

You haven’t seen BEAUTY AND THE BEAST yet, it’s ok, here’s what you need to know about the soundtrack

You haven’t seen BEAUTY AND THE BEAST yet but that’s ok, you’re going to do the right thing and eventually get yourself to the theater as soon as you can. But for now, you might be wondering–just what exactly did Disney do to the music of the beloved animated classic? In a word, they did it good! Surely, they couldn’t have gone too far off track as they brought on the original composer Alan Menken and...

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REVIEW: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST delivers suprisingly powerful emotional punch
Mar08

REVIEW: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST delivers suprisingly powerful emotional punch

Disney is bound and determined to turn their vast library of animated classics into big budget live action spectaculars, and while not every one has been a home run, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST cannot afford to be anything but a grand slam. The 1991 animated film is beloved on a level that prompts regular people to become defensive fanzillas. Everyone loves Belle, everyone loves the songs, everyone loves it. Even non-Disney fans can wax...

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REVIEW: MOANA sails home with impressive assortment of extras
Mar07

REVIEW: MOANA sails home with impressive assortment of extras

Although MOANA did not get any Oscar love at the recent Academy Awards, it’s no secret that we absolutely adored this film. We have a soft spot for Disney Princess films and while Disney has certainly found a certain magic with castles and magic, they’ve broken the mold here with this tale of a Polynesian princess whose kingdom is the far reaches of the entire Pacific ocean. Auli’i Cravalho is the perfect Disney princess....

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REVIEW: DOCTOR STRANGE comes home with excitingly robust set of extras
Mar03

REVIEW: DOCTOR STRANGE comes home with excitingly robust set of extras

DOCTOR STRANGE is in! Now available in all formats including Blu-ray, DVD, and digital, you can relive the experience of a whole new brand of magic. While Disney and Harry Potter have introduced us to whimsical forms of prestidigitation, the folks of Marvel have introduced it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in an extremely practical way and its ramifications, as one would expect, have significance beyond just the start and...

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REVIEW: No lie, PINOCCHIO Walt Disney Signature Collection is the ultimate completist edition
Feb14

REVIEW: No lie, PINOCCHIO Walt Disney Signature Collection is the ultimate completist edition

It’s sorta funny when you revisit classic Disney movies. There’s so many things you realize you never really remembered. You realize just how non-PC (for today, at least) that these FAMILY films really are in today’s movie-going age. Such was most certainly the case when we got our review copy of PINOCCHIO Walt Disney Signature Collection. Highlights that stay glued in memory for this cherished film are perhaps the...

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REVIEW: Compelling QUEEN OF KATWE makes inspirational debut in home release
Jan30

REVIEW: Compelling QUEEN OF KATWE makes inspirational debut in home release

The QUEEN OF KATWE is coming home soon to the home market and we had the opportunity to review the Blu-ray release of the inspirational film influenced by true life events. Sure, as a Disney inspiration story or a Disney sports story, it follows a pretty predictable path of underdog-goes-for-glory, succeeds. But the narrative crafted here is still beautiful and inspiring. In that very Disney way, the film introduces us to the...

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REVIEW: Soundtrack for MOANA is a beautifully crafted tapa cloth of classic and contemporary sounds
Nov22

REVIEW: Soundtrack for MOANA is a beautifully crafted tapa cloth of classic and contemporary sounds

In my review of MOANA, I praised the picture as being “a culturally beautiful creation, unlike anything we’ve seen probably since THE LION KING.” In that grand tradition, the music is equally as impressive, rich, and engaging. From meaningful solos to catchy upbeat numbers, the soundtrack runs the gamut of emotions. And of course, the music has become an obsession. Sure, for a Disney picture it’s not very hard for...

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