Category: Movies

Why Porgs Were Created for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Though it seems like Porgs were created as a great way to sell toys, similar to Ewoks in Return of the Jedi, Porgs had a very functional role in the latest installment of Star Wars.

According to the films’ creators, they were faced with a challenge when filming on the island where Luke took up residence. That challenge was being able to film the natural environment while respecting the natural wildlife.

The Puffin is a bird native to the island and were vast in numbers. To the point where it was impossible to shoot without them being seen on film. The filmmakers decided the best way to camouflage the Puffins were to create a new animal that would blend in with the natural environment and from this, Porgs were born.

Audiences, regardless of how they felt about the film itself, tend to agree that these fun and adorable creatures were a highlight of the film…and provide a great source of protein for Wookies.

Cars 3 Digital/Blu Ray Review

KA-CHOW! Lightning McQueen is back in the 3rd installment of the Cars franchise simply titled, Cars 3.

Disney and Pixar bring back all of your favorite characters from the past Cars films and introduces us to some new blood…er, oil…in the form of Cruz Ramirez, who is voiced by Cristela Alonzo.

Starting today, Lightning and friends are racing into your home through Ultra High Def digital download!

Bring home this Summer’s hottest family film and gain access to a ton of amazing features and bonus content that was previously unreleased.

So far my personal favorite piece of extra content is the Cars To Die(cast) For piece which explores just how many die cast cars have been produced for the Cars franchise including over 100 variations of Lightning McQueen alone!

Let’s be honest, if you’re a fan of Cars, either you were a lover of die cast cars growing up or are still a lover of toy cars. This segment taps into a certain nostalgia for me that I know the kids, and the kids at heart, will love.

Of course the digital version and Blu Ray version will also include the Pixar short, Lou, which premiered ahead of the theatrical release as well as 5 deleted scenes which never made the final cut of the film.

If that’s not enough for you, check out the World’s Fastest Billboard clip below along with the full list of all features included on the digital and Blu Ray version of Cars 3 which is available now!

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Digital/Blu Ray Review

The Guardians are back and better than ever!

One of my favorite Marvel films to date releases today on Blu Ray and Digital HD with a ton of bonus content that will have you singing your favorite hits of the 70s and 80s!

In Guardians of the Galaxy 2 we join Star Lord and his band of misfits on a new quest to save the world as well as diving deeper into Peter’s past.

Right from the get-go, the film sets the tone of brazen colors and a fight scene that takes a back seat to the most adorable Baby Groot dance sequence that could have ever existed. Going into the film, I was a bit worried that Marvel would lean too heavily into the marketing potential of Baby Groot but James Gunn had done a service of making him one of the strongest characters without completely abusing the popularity.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is a culmination of everything that makes a film great. A healthy balance of comedy and action with a well written story that may even make you shed a tear or two. We all go to the movies looking to feel something and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 makes that happen on so many levels from joy to sadness.

If you think the fun stopped in the theaters, guess again. The Blu Ray and Digital HD release offers so much more fun than the film itself including the amazing retro-esque Inferno music video which features David Hasselhoff.

Check out a full list of the bonus features below and get your copy today!…or last week if you’re only interested in the Digital version. Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast Digital/Blu Ray Review

Beauty and the Beast fans rejoice! The time has come for you to bring this tale as old as time home with you to watch it over and over again.


One of this year’s most anticipated films is now available for purchase as a digital download or DVD and Blu Ray…and it’s full of amazing bonus content.

Whether you’re a fan of the music or the movie-making magic, Beauty and the Beast has some behind the scenes features that will give you a sneak peek into just how Disney created this modern day masterpiece.

My personal favorite feature is the ability to watch the film with the overture. Not only is this the way the cast saw the film at the premiere but it’s almost as if you’re sitting down to watch a live theatrical performance.

And if that’s not enough, the bonus content includes 9 additional deleted scenes that were not in the original release of the film!

Check out a preview of this special featurette and be sure to grab Beauty and the Beast on digital and Blu Ray in stores now!


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Bambi Digital/Blu Ray Review

Though Bambi may have not been my favorite animated feature from an entertainment standpoint, it certainly is one of my favorite Disney flicks from a technical standpoint.

This revolutionary animated film is one of Walt Disney’s earliest achievements due to the sheer effort that went into the production of animating Bambi.

Bambi tells the story of an adorable fawn, of the same name, along with a forest of other lovable critters like Flower and Thumper.

When a series of unfortunate events leaves Bambi alone to fend for himself, some new friends step up to fill a void that Bambi was forced to face,

This month we celebrate 75 years of this classic film with an all new Blu Ray and HD Digital release that’s full of great features that make classic animation nerds like me weak in the knees.

As mentioned earlier, Bambi was an animated masterpiece of its time and the features contained on the Blu Ray show exactly what type of work went into making this film a reality…including behind the scenes segments which reveal exactly what kind of research the animators went through to bring these forest animals to life.

Also, fans are treated to some animated shorts when the purchase the 75th anniversary edition of Bambi but unlike newer features, the Blu Ray and HD Digital versions include an original Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short!

This is a must-have for any classic Disney fan’s collection and is available in stores and online.

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“Rogue One” Digital/Blu Ray Review

The first full length feature Star Wars film to take place outside of the linear timeline is now available on Blu Ray and Digital!

I’m super excited to be reviewing this film because it was one of my favorite movies of 2016.

For those you haven’t seen it yet, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes place in tandem with A New Hope, the original film from 1977.

In Rogue One, we follow a group of rebels who work to acquire the Death Star plans for the Rebellion. Without those plans, Luke Skywalker and crew wouldn’t have had the means to attack the space station and inflict the damage in the infamous trench run scenes.

Rogue One introduces us to a slew of awesome new characters like Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) who fans are sure to fall in love with. other cast members include Donny Yen and Forest Whitaker.

As with all Star Wars and Disney movies, a lot of bonus content is packed in which make purchasing this movie worthwhile over waiting for it to hit one of the streaming services. Though I would have liked to see more commentary features, there is some amazing content packed in to justify the price in my opinion (see below for full list).

I have to admit, when I found out that Disney would be leaving the linear storyline for side stories and character films, I was a bit skeptical. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has proven that you can make a robust film within the Star Wars Universe without having to stick to the main timeline and character lineup.

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“Moana” Digital/Blu Ray Review

Though Moana may not have been my favorite Disney Animation film of the past few years (don’t get me wrong, I still loved it), the recent digital and Blu Ray release definitely has some of the most robust bonus features available for a Disney film.

Whether you’re looking for behind the scenes footage of the filmmaking process, new short content or commentary, there is something for everyone in the Moana bonus features.

As someone who loves to see how much work really goes into these films, I appreciated the features which focus on things like how the character’s hair is animated or how they brought the ocean to life and made it its own character.

Disney has always been an industry leader in animation techniques and are not just an entertainment company but a technology company as well. This goes back to Walt’s creation of the Multiplane Camera which added layers of art to the original Snow White animated feature.

The features on Moana show just how sophisticated the animation process has become and how proprietary software has allowed for breakthroughs in visuals.

Some of the other features include a new short film featuring Maui and Moana entitled Gone Fishing and the short that debuted before the film, Inner Workings.

Whether you’re a fan of feature or a fan of animation and filmmaking in general, Moana is a must-have for your collection.

Moana is available in both digital and Blu Ray now!

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