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“Peter Pan” Disney’s Blu-ray Signature Collection

June 3rd, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

One of my favorites as a kid and one that remains exciting and fun for youngsters, Peter Pan has been admitted to the Walt Disney Signature Collection. The 65-year-old animated movie joins only 6 others who have the distinction that have survived the test of time “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” “The Lion King” and “Lady and the Tramp.” Available on Blu-ray the movie becomes available on June 5, 2018 and has several new bonus features mixed in with some classics. Read more…

“Lady and the Tramp” Now part of Disney’s Signature Collection

February 28th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

One of the most memorable animated movies ever, Lady and the Tramp is now available as part of Disney’s Signature Collection. Joining the ranks with only five others that have been honored by Disney studios, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi” and “The Lion King” the film adds an adventure with dogs for the whole family. Read more…

“BORN IN CHINA” (Blu-ray Written Review & Trailer)

August 28th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

How can you resist watching animals born in the wild and comforted by their parent?  The cameras roll depicting the drama, love and adventure in the Disneynature Blu-ray/DVD release of Born in China. Following animal life in remote lands, the cinematographers wait patiently just to get a few minutes of storytelling for all to see. Read more…

“Bears” a Stunning Adventure (Blu-ray Review)

August 12th, 2014 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Breathtaking cinematography captures another Disney Nature feature that compels, mesmerizes and entertains.  Now on Blu-ray and DVD the new adventure Bears takes you on a journey that spans a year in the life of these huge animals in Alaska.  Nicely directed, amazingly captured on film, courageous and adorable it’s an entertaining film for the whole family.   Read more…

The Perry Files Now Available on DVD (Video Review)

February 26th, 2013 No comments

 

Review by John Delia

PHINEAS boxartOne of the funnier children’s animated programs on the Disney Channel is the comedy of Phineas and Ferb with their sleuth Perry the Platypus.  Now on DVD, The Perry Files: Animal Agents has all the laughs on one disc from all their adventures this past season.

Join Perry the Platypus – a.k.a. Agent P – and his fellow operatives as they team up to thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his dastardly “Inators.” The funny adversaries may look very different, but they are evil in their own way.  But with Agent P on the job, crushing evil just got better for everyone.

The DVD has over two hours of adventures including: Journey to the Center of Candace, Traffic Cam Caper, Bowl-R-Drama, Vanessassary Roughness, Issabella and the Temple of Sap, Cheer Up Candace, Robot Rodeo, Lotsa Latkes, Agent Doof, Where’s Perry? And What’d I Miss?  Not a minute is lost from the Disney Channel airing, except the commercial breaks.

The following are a couple of adventures that stand out.

"Cheer Up Candace/Fireside Girl Jamboree" - (DISNEY XD)

“Cheer Up Candace/Fireside Girl Jamboree” – (DISNEY XD)

“Where’s Perry?” – Agent P’s fate is finally revealed in the action-packed finale of the two-part television special that left Phineas, Ferb and the gang hanging… literally off an unchartered gorge and Candace frantic over a phone call with Jeremy that left their relationship status in limbo. Now, with Agent P nowhere in sight, Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram square off against evil Carl who controls a set of Flynn-Fletcher robots to take over the OWCA, in one of the biggest battles yet.

“Journey to the Center of Candace” -When Isabella’s dog accidentally eats her Fireside sash filled with all her badges, Phineas and Ferb come up with a plan to build a shrinking submarine so they can go inside Pinky’s stomach and get her sash out. Unfortunately they somehow end up inside Candace instead and right during her big date with Jeremy!

The excellent voice cast includes; Vincent Martella  (TV’s “Everybody Hates Chris”) as voice of Phineas, Thomas Brodie-Sangster ( “Nanny McPhee”) as voice of Ferb, Ashley Tisdale (“Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure”) as voice of Candace, Dan Povenmire as voice of Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, Alyson Stoner (“Step Up 3D,” “Camp Rock 1 & 2”) as voice of Isabella, and Caroline Rhea (TV’s “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody”) as voice of Mom.

There are two bonus features; on the disc there’s an extra called “Take Two With Phineas and Ferb”.  Inside the box that the DVD comes in there’s a Spy Kit with Binoculars!

The video quality and size has been enhanced for 16×9 widescreen Televisions with a typical Aspect Ratio of 1.78:1 that should duplicate what you expect from the Disney Channel showings.  Colorful, sharp and with no distortion the adventures should be attractive to even the youngest of children.

The sound quality played through my HD Television features Dolby Digital 2.0 surround sound.  You get to set the volume through your television to the best level for your children.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A fun collection for your adventurous youngsters. (B)

Specifications and additional film information:

  • Voice Cast: Vincent Martella, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dan Povenmire, Ashley Tisdale, Alyson Stoner
  • MPAA Rating: TV-G
  • Genre: Comedy, Kids, Animated
  • Running Time: 168 min
  • Street Date: February 26, 2013
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Format: DVD
  • Audio: Dolby 2.0 Digital
  • Video: Widescreen 1.78:1 Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Number of Discs: 1 Disc
  • Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • EXTRAS: Spy Kit with Binoculars is inside the box

Disney’s Secret of the Wings, Video Review by John Delia

October 23rd, 2012 No comments

A FAMILY

FUN FEATURE

WITH A LOT

OF CHARM

DISNEY’S SECRET OF THE WINGS

Review by John Delia

Children will enjoy this wonderland romp in a frozen forest with their favorite fairy Tinker Bell.  Disney’s Secret of the Wings, the newest in the Fairies collection, has been released in a Blu-ray combo pack and for the first time includes a Fairies feature on a disc in 3D.

This adventure starts in Pixie Hallow showing Tink working with her friends that are making baskets for neighboring winter fairies living in the forbidden winter woods.  Curious about the winter woods, Tink volunteers to help the Animal Fairy take the rabbits to the edge of the frozen forest.  There she sees the rabbits cross a mysterious gateway that changes their fir from brown to white so they can survive the cold. Read more…

Chimpanzee, Blu-ray Review by John Delia

August 22nd, 2012 No comments

A DISNEYNATURE

WONDER

NOW AVAILABLE IN

BLU-RAY COMBO PACK

CHIMPANZEE

By John Delia

Like all Disney nature films Chimpanzee inspires, reveals, teaches and entertains.  This touching documentary takes you on a journey of unexpected drama and life-changing situations.  I like the way director Alastair Fothergill never stops shooting till he gets the best that the viewer can enjoy.

The documentary that took nearly 30 years to plan and 3 years to shoot follows Oscar a newborn chimpanzee that sees the jungle for the first time.  Growing among his clan his mother teaches him to deal with getting food, the jungle and to get along with others in a habitat filled with danger.  It’s an interesting world to Oscar, but in order for him to survive, his ever-moving family must keep the territory free of predators and still find enough food to feed everyone.

With food getting scarce Freddy, the leader of Oscar’s group, decides to cross over into another Chimp clan’s territory.  During a skirmish with Scar, leader of the opposing tribe, Oscar suffers a loss.  When Chimps are left with out care, they often die.  In a special miracle, however, Oscar gets a second chance.

The documentary plays out in dramatic fashion showing how the baby chimp has to survive in a wild that’s unforgiving.  Fothergill takes his camera deep into the country of the Republic of Uganda focusing on the dense forest and how it shapes the lives of this special group of animals.  Often inspiring, the film shows how they cope with the tough conditions and protect each other from harm at the risk of their own lives.

Alastair Fothergill and his camera crew deep in the jungle

Beautifully captured by principal photographer Martyn Colbeck in High Definition he shows every leaf and life in sharp detail.  Lowering his camera to the earth he shows the billions of insects that cover the jungle floor, especially the fire ants that swallow up foliage and small animals on their life long trek to nowhere.  Under extreme conditions, Colbeck gets within feet of the Chimps while crawling through mud and muck just to get a shot.  His dedication to the project is shown throughout the production, but best during the filming of a 20 second opening sequence.  He achieved the shot while being attacked by stinging bees during the two-day film shoot. (See the footage in the Bonus Feature “The Forest of Bees”).

The Blu-ray 2- Disc Combo Pack has many very good special features including:

DVD:

  • “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” – This feature tells about the important project of conservation of the Chimpanzees.  With only one-fifth the original population of a million Chimpanzees in 1960 left in the wild, the program talks about how you can assist to save the Chimps and help to reclaim the forest that has been over harvested. The feature also includes an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace.
  • The aforementioned feature coupled with “Disney’s Friends for Change” highlights how kids and families can make an important impact on the world of people and animals in a positive way.
  • Then take a look at “Disney’s Conservation Legacy” that takes a look at the conservation efforts that Disney sponsors worldwide.

BLU-RAY:
Everything on the DVD, plus …

ON LOCATION: THE MAKING OF “CHIMPANZEE” is a series of exciting short features that delve further into the incredible lengths the filmmakers went to tell the story of Oscar and his chimpanzee family.

  • 30 Years in the Making- is a short story about how the story came about by a team of researchers who went into the Ivory Coast some 30 years ago to follow and observe Chimpanzees.
  • The Heart of the “Chimpanzee”- Shows through film footage the relationship of Oscar and Freddy.
  • Piece of the Puzzle- Documents a day in the life of the cameramen who face mud, muck, and dangerous terrain in order to get only minutes of film footage.
  • Don’t Blame the Tool- shows how the Chimpanzees find and prepare their food using rocks for tools to crack open hard-shelled nuts among other things.
  • Scar’s Army- Here we get a closer look at the Army of 150 Chimps that rule the forest. It’s an interesting sociological study of the Chimp community.
  • Camp Invaders- I love this feature that focuses on the insects of the jungle including hordes of ants and other creatures.
  • Forest of Bees- In this special feature we follow the camera crew who has to fend off swarms of bees to get a special shot for the opening of the film.
  • “Rise” Music Video- This music video features the McClain Sisters who wrote and sung the inspirational song that plays during the closing credits.
  • Behind the Scenes of “Rise” features the shoot that the McClain Sisters were involved in for the music video.

DIGITAL DISC:

  • “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees”
  • Disney’s Friends for Change
  • Disney’s Conservation Legacy
  • “Rise” Music Video
  • ON LOCATION: THE MAKING OF “CHIMPANZEE” includes: 30 Years in the Making and The Heart of the “Chimpanzee”

VIDEO:

The camerawork that took three years to make Chimpanzee is astonishing and very creative.  Clear and bright in High Definition, the movie gives the feel that you are on location with the photographers.  The 1.78:1 aspect ratio makes the film fit nicely on my widescreen HD television with no distracting bars.

SOUND:

The HD sound on both the DVD and the Blu-ray is excellent from the sounds of the insects to the rustle of the trees.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Another great Disneynature film with inspiration. (A)

Disneynature Will Donate a Portion of First-Week Sales to the Jane Goodall Institute Through the “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” Conservation Program

Specifications and additional film information:

  • Narration by: Tim Allen
  • Directed by: Alastair Fothergill
  • Photographed by: Martyn Colbeck
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Running Time: 1 hr 28 min
  • Street Date: August 21, 2012
  • Original Theatrical Release Date: April 20, 2012
  • Languages: English/French/Spanish
  • Format: Blu-ray and DVD
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Audio: Blu-ray- English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, DVD- English/French/Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • Video: Blu-ray- 1080p HD Widescreen, DVD- Widescreen enhanced for 16X9 Televisions
  • Subtitles: English SDH/French/Spanish
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Distributed by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

 

 

Nobel Son Revision en Espanol

December 5th, 2008 No comments

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