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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REVIEW: Disney’s MOANA is a sweeping epic of oceanic proportions
Nov15

REVIEW: Disney’s MOANA is a sweeping epic of oceanic proportions

MOANA is the next high-flying adventure from Walt Disney Animation and it should prove to be a popular one. There’s a lot going on to really make this a worthy picture to join the ranks of the timeless tales in the Disney library. RELATED POST Working in paradise: MOANA is a carefully crafted work of art and culture Auli’i Cravalho is the perfect Disney princess. She is equal parts lovingly sweet girl and...

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MOM’S REVIEW: ‘Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital’ brings home new challenges but on a grander scale
Oct17

MOM’S REVIEW: ‘Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital’ brings home new challenges but on a grander scale

A lot of family friendly fun is in store for everyone’s favorite kid doctor but on a much larger scale than ever before! The new Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital DVD includes one full-length episode and four Baby McStuffins episodes: Welcome to McStuffinsvillege (A Full-Length Show) Baby McStuffins/Selfless Snowman Runaway Love/Tour De McStuffins Bringing Home Baby Baby Names/Night Night, Lala! The Baby McStuffins episodes follow...

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Collectible: THE HAUNTED MANSION collection (hardcover) combines all five issues, concept art
Oct06

Collectible: THE HAUNTED MANSION collection (hardcover) combines all five issues, concept art

Is it jut a massive weird, creepy house? Certainly not. The Haunted Mansion is an eery and mystical place where untold stories are just waiting to be explored. That’s the direction theat Marvel and Disney Kingdoms went when they opted to bring to life a short-form comic series based on the classic Disney attraction. Now that all five issues of the story have been released, you can get your hands on a really nifty hardcover book...

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Sacre-Blu! BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Signature Collection Edition offers new looks into Disney classic
Sep30

Sacre-Blu! BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Signature Collection Edition offers new looks into Disney classic

After so many re-issues you start to wonder what else Disney could possibly trot out for their films but it turns out a seemingly endless amount of extras are available to behold with the new BEAUTY AND THE BEAST the Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition. This commemorative “25th Anniversary Edition” features a host of new bonus material covering a range of topics and also boasts the impressive assortment of extras from...

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REVIEW: Universal Studios Hollywood reinvigorates Halloween Horror Nights with classic titans of terror
Sep23

REVIEW: Universal Studios Hollywood reinvigorates Halloween Horror Nights with classic titans of terror

Although we’re still a few days shy of fall, Universal Studios Hollywood is already well into the upcoming season with the return of the Halloween Horror Nights event. The separately-priced ticketed event brings with it a myriad or horrors each year and after a few years of treading the same path for a mostly predictable event, the tides have changed and updates all around have helped to reinvigorate the terror. Ironically, the...

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REVIEW: PETE’S DRAGON is an imaginative flight to a simpler time
Aug11

REVIEW: PETE’S DRAGON is an imaginative flight to a simpler time

When was the last time you went wandering through a forest looking for an adventure? With PETE’S DRAGON, you get plenty of both. I admit, as a child who used to spend all day playing in the woods and grew up with the 1977 musical Pete’s Dragon, it was hard not to have expectations for a similarly lovable, yet campy film. But the David Lowery remake steers far away from the movie we grew up with. The re-envisioned PETE’S DRAGON takes...

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REVIEW: Authentic Chinese delights at DONGPO KITCHEN, new at Universal CityWalk
Aug05

REVIEW: Authentic Chinese delights at DONGPO KITCHEN, new at Universal CityWalk

Our friends at Universal Studios Hollywood invited us to preview the newest restaurant at the ever-changing CityWalk, Dongpo Kitchen. The first of its kind, Dongpo Kitchen takes the gourmet and authentic Chinese cuisine from Meizhou Dongpo (famous in the LA area for its upscale outposts in Century City and Arcadia) into a more casual atmosphere befitting a major tourist destination like Universal. We got to sample several menu items...

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