The Facts Of Life The Complete Series
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
Mrs. Garrett and her girls are ready to make you laugh (and make you think) all over again with The Facts of Life: The Complete Series! Join Blair (Lisa Whelchel), Tootie (Kim Fields), Natalie (Mindy Cohn), and Jo (Nancy McKeon) as they experience the highs and lows that we all experience on the road to adulthood. With the ever-developing friendship of our four young heroines and the gentle wisdom of Mrs. Garrett, The Facts of Life engaged audiences for nine seasons, and remains a favorite for countless fans to this day.
From Eastland School for Girls to Edna’s Edibles…from hilarious Cousin Geri (Geri Jewell) to hunky George Burnett (George Clooney)… all 201 episodes of this quintessential 1980s sitcom are available for the first time in one convenient package on DVD. Who says "the world never seems to be living up to your dreams? ", Nobody who adds The Facts of Life: The Complete Series to their collection!
2.) Special Features
1.) I've been meaning to pick up the first five seasons which have been previously released for a long time. Now I'm glad I never got around to it. As soon as I saw this I ordered it, and I'm not sorry I did. It is packaged in a sturdy outer box with with five traditional-looking DVD cases, each of which holds multiple discs. The first four cases hold two seasons each, while the final one holds season nine and the bonus features disc. I'm really happy that they didn't devise some sort of wildly over-sized, lopsided case with cardboard sleeves that only serve to damage the discs. No, you'll have no problem fitting this on a shelf with the rest of your collection, and rest assured the discs will stay well protected.
Video quality is about as good as can be expected for a DVD set. Of course, I would have preferred it on Blu, but I doubt it would have looked much better. As far as the extras go, they have included a couple of mildly informative featurettes, the Diff'rent Strokes episode, 'The Girls' School,' from which The Facts of Life was spun, and the two TV movies: The Facts of Life Goes to Paris, and The Facts of Life Down Under. Also included is a 2014 reunion, which is essentially a panel interview with a few of the original cast members, and a trivia game. Finally, there is a booklet that includes the names and descriptions of all of the episodes.
My only small complaint is that they didn't include the 2001 reunion movie. That, in my opinion, really would have rounded out the set. However, we can't have everything, can we? The bottom line is that the good far outweighs the bad, and if you are a fan of the series, then you really can't go wrong with this set. Highly recommended.
2.) I relied on the reviews of others to make a decision about whether or not to purchase this set, so I figured I would add mine to the list now that I have it in hand. In short, I am very happy with my purchase! I was a bit worried about video quality, because I did purchase The Wonder Years DVD set a few months ago. As some may know, that series was filmed from 1988 - 1993 - well AFTER The Facts of Life. I was alarmed to see that some of the video quality on The Wonder Years episodes was extremely grainy - surprisingly so. In fact, Netflix has the entire WY series online, and the episodes from Netflix are much CLEARER than the ones in the CD set (which, btw, I paid $200 for). So you can imagine why I was very hesitant about purchasing Facts of Life. I am delighted to say that the video quality on this FOL set is very satisfactory. Of course it is not HD, but it is very respectable - especially for a series that was filmed in the early 80s. I have not watched every single episode yet, but I have found no vid quality issues thus far. Someone in one of the reviews mentioned that some of the audio in the episode "62 Pickup" was missing. I did NOT find this to be the case with my set. Maybe they fixed the issue? If so, I'm glad!
3.) For those of you who are mega fans of this show I have to tell you to BUY THIS COMPLETE SERIES SET! Since this series has been showing on various television stations I bet you have tried to watch it whenever and where ever it was being shown. The thing about all those showings that I noticed was that the episodes are chopped for time and were missing a minute here and there. Well let me tell you all how WONDERFUL and REFRESHING it is to see those episodes just as they were when originally aired. I am sitting here today, smiling ear to ear, laughing too because I had completely forgotten how truly enjoyable this show was in its original length. You get used to the reruns and the way the dialogue is performed so seeing the show now is a shock to the system(in a good way). I am tipping my hat to SHOUT! and sending thanks for this complete series DVD box set. I had read some critical reviews about playback and various complaints about quality that almost had me NOT buy this set. I have been watching on my computer and my discs are quite perfect in all ways. I know for sure that I would not see this the same way if I chose to watch on today's HD t.v.'s or a larger flat screen t.v.The reality is that you really can not transfer old video to look like digital. if you have glitches or scratches on the discs that is an issue but please try not to expect the overall technical quality to be up to today's standards. Just pretend it is the '80's and you are watching it in your room on your little 13 inch television. revel in the memories it will evoke and try not to want it to be more than it is. I know that true fans will be thrilled with this set. I will revise my review if I find any of those issues that others have spoken about but so far I am sincerely satisfied with my purchase. It was the perfect set to buy to get me through the soon to be here Winter season. A gift to myself because as Blair would say, I am worth it! you are too, so buy it!
1The Angry Birds Movie
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
In this hilarious animated adventure comedy, you'll finally find out why the birds are so angry. In an island paradise populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely, Red, a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.
2.) Special Features
The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds - or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We're the Millers, Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.Rated PG for rude humor and action.Box office gross: $107.5 million.
Released by Sony Pictures
Disc 1 - The Fast and the Furious:
Customer Review :
1.) My family saw this movie when it rolled out to the theaters, but recently the kids wanted to rent it for a family movie night. It is certainly worth watching more than once. It had a few moments that I was stunned because of the adult humor, but it wasn't anything harmful. The children didn't pick up on any of the innuendos, but there were a ton of them. It was very very funny.
The production team couldn't have chosen a better cast for the voice of each character. It just fit so well.
2.) Considering the movie is based on a game, it's surprisingly great! I took my five year old son -- who is obsessed with Angry Birds -- to see it and planned to daydream the whole time. I was too busy laughing! The story is interesting, the characters are cute, and the puns. Oh my, the puns! Everything from one bird asking, "Are you sick? Bird flu? Chicken pox?" to the yoga pose, "Downward duck" instead of "Downward dog." I have a couple of minor issues that are personal preference.
One character says "Oh my God" a lot, in a funny way, and at funny times. As I try to dissuade my children from saying this, it was a battle afterward to get them to stop. Additionally, one of the puns is "flock my life." My kids didn't pick that up, thankfully.
Overall, it's a great movie, and I purchased it as soon as it came out. My son squealed loud enough to make the theater laugh when the birds first used the skills they're known for. They got some amazing actors (including the guy who did the voice for Olaf and Peter Dinklage) and nothing seemed forced. We watch it at least once a month.
3.) They took the bare bones of one of my favorite games and turned it into a rich story with some meat on it! Jason Sudeikis nailed Red's part, Bill Hader is the piggy villian we love to hate and anniliate, and who knew Sean Penn could say so much while not saying anything? I will watch this over and over again just for the edgy one-liners like, "Pluck my life.", "Drop your nuts and move your butts," and ,"I need some angry, flocking birds!"
The Secret Life of Pets
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
Set in a Manhattan apartment building, pets gather to start their day as the two-legged residents head for work and school. You'll love this hilarious look into the lives of pets and you'll finally have an answer to that age-old question: What do your pets do when you're not home!Rated PG for action and some rude humor.Box office gross: $368.3 million. View box office history.
Released by Universal.
2.) Special Features
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debut that finally answers the question: what do your pets do when you're not home? When their owners leave for the day, pets from the building gossip with their friends, satisfy their sweet tooths, and throw outrageous parties. But when a pampered terrier (C.K.) and his unruly new 'roommate' from the pound (Stonestreet) get lost in the urban jungle of New York City, they must put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.
Actors: Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper
Directors: Chris Renaud
Writers: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch
Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Format: 4K, Digital_copy
1.) I have a son who can't talk, but communicates well. He bought a toy dog Max before the movie came out. Now he's not a huge movie watcher, but if it has a fish or a dog in it he'll watch it. I took him to the theater, and he saw the picture of Max the dog. He pointed at it and I told him that's the movie we're going to see. He smiled big. My six year old boy along with every other kid in the theater laughed so hard throughout the whole movie. My son rarely laughs at funny parts of movies, bc he doesn't understand it, but this movie he understood and laughed, and he made me laugh. He was hugging me throughout the whole movie that was his was of saying thank you mommy, I love this movie. His favorite scene that he laughed the hardest at was when Max and the other dog find a sausage factory and are in sausage heaven. Every kid loved that scene. After the movie we had to go to Walmart and he found a talking Max plush toy. He's been carrying him around all over. I took my son to see Zootopia, and half way through he got bored, but my teenage daughters loved it, why? The plot was geared towards grown kids and adults, however Secret life of pets the plot is so simple that kids absolutely love it, and for that I loved it! My kid sat through the whole movie and the credits he didn't want to leave. By the way my teen daughters loved that movie, too. Remember, it's suppose to be a kids movie, not an adult movie, and this one is the kids kid movie! Love it!
2.) The story, characters, action and dialogue are drop-dead HILARIOUS! For those of us who have dog fur babies, so much of the plot and animal behavior rings true. I found myself constantly belly-laughing at the antics of every character. Another win from the studio that gave us the Minions
3.) Doesn't matter the age, this was a cute guilty pleasure movie. There were times were I doubted whether the writers/animators were not on "performance-enhancing" products. I generally don't care too much for Louis C.K.'s style, but I thought he delivered for this one compared to say Parks and Rec. Weenies were a great laugh. I still giggle like an idiot watching that particular part and mini-movie.
How To Train Your Dragon 2
1.) Description (Editorial Reviews)
The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy brings us back to the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years after the two have successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.
2.) Special Features
Cars 2 Teaser Trailer Day And Night Theatrical Short Bonus: The Gang’s All Here, Toys! Epilogue Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs: The Science Of Adventure (with NASA) Paths To Pixar: Editorial Studio Stories: Where’s Gordon, Cereal Bar, Clean Start A Toy’s Eye View: Creating A Whole New Land Alex Syntek (Mexican Music Video for You’ve Got a Friend in Me)
|Jay Baruchel||Full Screen|
Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
1.) This is a good one! Anyone that likes animation; kids, big kids and little kids, and even fifty year old kids! I found this Train your Dragon 2 was just as good (if not even better) than the first one. Jay Baruhcel did something that I found very amusing: the antics going on behind the scene, like when Hiccup was explaining something and Toothless was being swamped by the baby dragons was hilarious! There was something going on all over the whole screen! The detail and the activity of each character constantly doing something at the same time all over the screen will definitely make you want to watch it again and again. And the addition of a new super Dragon (thats all I'm going to say about it so I won't spoil it for you) is awesome to say the least. The first How to train your Dragon, was a such a hit, that it inspired spin off cartoons -it was THAT good...and now I think we are just going to see more and more of the young man and his Dragon friend! Parents, people of all ages watch this with your families or by yourself. It's a truly wonderful story.
2.) If, like me, you liked (or more like me, absolutely loved) the first film, then you're not going to be disappointed by How to Train Your Dragon 2. Written and directed by Dean DeBlois (who co-directed and co-wrote the first film and also gave us Lilo & Stitch), this film if anything actually raises the very high bar set by the first film. The same creative team is behind it and they've matched and at times even surpassed themselves. The animation is superb and even more textured this time around, and the 3D - which was dazzling in the first - is even more breath-taking in the flying sequences. I am not in general a big fan of 3D because so many films do such a poor job of it, but both HTTYD films show just how much can be done with 3D when you have people who really understand its potential and know how to use it doing the film.
3.) Five years have passed since we last saw Berk, and all of our characters are five years older (though not in some cases five years wiser). The film opens with what has become the new big sport in Berk - dragon racing (which visually is something of a cross between Hogwarts Quidditch and the chariot race from Ben Hur, except with Vikings). Astrid (America Ferrera) is just as fiercely kick-ass competitive as ever as she and her dragon Stormfly vie with Snotlout (Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and the twins Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) and Tuffnut (T.J. Miller) over live sheep that are used as game balls. Stoic the Vast(Gerard Butler) and Gobber (Craig Ferguson) cheer them on along with the rest of the village, but Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is nowhere to be seen. As always, Hiccup is marching (or dragon-riding anyway, with Toothless) to a different drummer, obsessed with exploring and mapping everything that lies beyond the known frontiers of Berk. New seas, new islands, new lands.
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