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Hide the wire hangers, Mommie Dearest is turning 40 with a special Blu-ray release
March 29th, 2021 under DVD. [ Comments: none ]


I have been saying for a long time that if I had my own network, I would play Mommie Dearest for 24 hours straight on Mother’s Day. Since I don’t, I can watch the 40th-anniversary edition of the movie that is being released on Blu-Ray for the first time on June 1st.

Newly restored from a 4K film transfer, MOMMIE DEAREST is presented in a limited-edition Blu-ray Disc™ with collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments. The Blu-ray includes a new Filmmaker Focus with biographer Justin Bozung on the film and its director Frank Perry, a new audio commentary with American drag queen Hedda Lettuce, access to a Digital copy of the film, as well as previously released bonus content. Special features are detailed below:

· Commentary by American drag queen Hedda Lettuce –NEW!
· Filmmaker Focus: Biographer Justin Bozung on director Frank Perry –NEW!
· Commentary by filmmaker John Waters
· The Revival of Joan
· Life with Joan
· Joan Lives On
· Photo Gallery
· Original Theatrical Trailer

This is a must-own for fans of the movie that made us all appreciate our moms a lot more. That and throw out all of their wire hangers. Seriously, I am not the only one who does that every time they watch the film. Damn you cleaners, what did I ever do to you?

UPDATE: On June 8th, in honor of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off turning 35, Paramount is releasing a limited edition Blu-ray Steelbook in honor of the milestone.

Wait, there is even more good news because they are also releasing Blu-ray Steelbooks for two of John Hughes’ other films on that day. They are Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful.


Want to stay at the last Blockbuster overnight?
August 13th, 2020 under Airbnb, DVD. [ Comments: 1 ]


Remember when you used to go to Blockbuster (when they were on every corner like Starbucks is now), and you wished you could stay there all night long? Well, now you can.

The last Blockbuster in the world is on Airbnb for three nights in September. That’s right, you can stay there from the store’s closing at 9:30p until its opening at 9a. You can browse their huge library of movies, watch several of them too from the bed they added to their store, and eat lots of sugary snacks and popcorn. However, I would avoid Chopping Mall as one of your movie selections.

Sounds too good to be true? It is. Because of COVID-19, there are a lot of restrictions. For example, you have to live in Deschutes County in Oregon, where the store is located. It is just a little thank you from them to their community. Airbnb is also giving back to their community by making a donation to the Humane Society of Central Oregon.

You know, if it does well, then maybe they can open stores/Airbnbs all over the world again. I would love to spend a night in Blockbuster. I miss reading the backs of DVD cases.

Who knew in 2020, Be Kind, Rewind, would mean Blockbuster being kind to open their store overnight and rewind us to a time when the only killer virus was in a few Zombie based movies like Night of the Living Dead? The good old days.


The Bronze wins a gold medal!
August 2nd, 2016 under DVD, Sebastian Stan. [ Comments: none ]

We are all watching the Olympics and obsessing about the Olympians, but what happens to them years later when they are no longer competing. The Bronze, that is out now on Home Video, tells the story of one such athlete who brought home the third place medal.
Hope Annabelle Greggory (Melissa Rauch) won The Bronze Medal in Gymnastics at the 2004 Olympic. While almost everyone has forgotten about her, she is still a star in her hometown Amherst, Ohio. Being a star doesn’t mean she is making any money, so she has to live with her dad (Gary Cole) who is also having financial difficulties.
Then one day, when her old coach commits suicide, she gets the opportunity that will solve her financial woes. If she coaches another hometown athlete, Maggie Townsend (Haley Lu Richardson), to the Olympics, then she will get $250,000. She accepts the challenge, but the foul-mouthed, bitter former Olympian comes up with a plan to get that money even quicker. She coaches sweet Maggie with all the wrong techniques like sleeping late, eating whatever you want and dating boys. Thinking if she knocks her out early, then she will get the money sooner. Nope, she has to go all the way to get the money and now it is time to get serious. No more late mornings, fast food and boys, it is all training, all the time for Maggie.
When it comes to Hope, Lance Tucker (Sebastian Stan), the man who took her virginity, is back in her life and they hate each other. He won the Gold and Silver at that Olympics but all anyone cared about was Hope. He is doing everything he can to sabotage Hope and Maggie.
As they get closer to Olympic Gold, Hope realizes that Maggie will steal whatever limelight she has left in Amherst. Will she destroy Maggie to keep whatever fame she has left or will she share her glory?
I didn’t know what to expect from The Bronze and for some reason, I was expecting to hate it. I was shocked to find out how much I actually adored it. I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more. It comes off as hard and gruff, but it truly has a lot of heart. So much so, that makes this movie endearing in its own special way. We think of movies about the Olympics to be sweet and innocent. This is anything but, and the different take is very refreshing. Especially, when you get to see what happens when two former Olympic gymnasts have sex. It is most original and amazing sex scene I have seen in a film since I don’t when. I gave it 10s across the board!
Let The Bronze do a dismount into your video collection because you are going to watch it over and over again. Just like a gymnast spinning over and over again on the pole vault.


Cinderella is the glass slipper to any home video collection!
September 14th, 2015 under DVD, Helena Bonham Carter. [ Comments: none ]
We all grew up with the animated version of Cinderella, and now the legendary fairy tale comes to life. The Disney live action version of the classic story is just as beautiful as if it was drawn and you can own the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack now.
When I heard about this movie, I was upset with Disney for doing it. Then I watched it and I am thrilled that they did it. To see the Princess that many of us girls wanted to be when we were kids, look like you and me, it makes the fairy tale seem achievable. Plus, I don’t know how they did it, but they made it look like it was a living dream. And I am not only talking about Richard Madden who plays the Prince.
The movie starts off with a young happy Cinderella (Lily James) and her parents adoring their pride and joy. Then, her beautiful mother passes away and after her father marries her Wicked Stepmother (Cate Blanchett), he dies. Now, her evil stepmother is left nearly broke raising her two horrible daughters, Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Cinderella. While the sisters live the life they always led, Cinderella lives like a maid to her stepfamily. Her only friends are the animals that live in their house.
One day, she goes into the forest, she meets a man and they have an instant connection. Neither one tells the other one who they really are. Shortly afterwards, an invite goes out to all the women of the land to attend a ball to meet the Prince and maybe marry him. Cinderella’s stepmother tells her she can’t go, but doesn’t stop her. She makes her own dress and is destined to attend. Then when her horrendous stepfamily destroys her gown, she thinks her dream of going is over. After they leave, her Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) comes to help her go to ball by magically giving her the most beautiful dress and transportation. Once she is there, she meets her Prince who is they Prince, but she needs to leave before midnight. When the clock strikes 12, she must return home because everything her Fairy Godmother gave her will disappear.
She leaves before telling her Prince Charming who she is and now he must find his mysterious love. Only problem is that her stepmother is doing everything to keep Cinderella hidden. Will he find the woman whose foot fits the glass slipper or is their love story shattered?
Cinderella is not exactly like the story we grew up with, and it is those little difference that makes this special movie even more special.
Lily James captures Cinderella’s essence. Blanchett is so reprehensible as the Wicked Stepmother, you can’t help but to despise the lovable actress. Together they make a wonderful movie even majestic.
What makes this DVD/Blu-ray combo even more majestic is the special features. The featurettes tell us they made the animated classic into a live action version that works, what it was like working with animals and how they made the ballroom scene seem like a dream come true. While most movies have an alternate ending, this one has an alternate beginning. For you Frozen fans, Frozen Fever is included for you to have yet another song from that movie stuck in your head.
So just like the glass slipper, Cinderella is the perfect fit for anyone’s home video collection.


Teen Beach 2 is the swellest!
June 29th, 2015 under DVD. [ Comments: none ]

If you are like me, then you spent all weekend watching Teen Beach 2 on Disney. But today is Monday and it is no longer airing, so how do we twist our frowns upside down? We can buy the DVD that’s out now and watch it whenever we want over and over again. That’s what I did and you know want to too.
The sequel takes place three months after the first one ended and Brady (Ross Lynch) and Mack (Maia Mitchell) are getting ready to go back to school. Brady is afraid that their summer romance will end when they get back to the normal lives. Mack convinces him that nothing will change between them, but it does. One night when they are talking on the beach she loses the necklace that Lela (Grace Phipps) gave her.
Meanwhile over on the island of Wet Side Story, Lela is feeling different about things, and she runs out to the beach. The gang follows her out there and she finds Mack’s necklace. She decides to take a swim in the ocean and maybe find Mack and Brady; and Tanner (Garrett Clayton) follows her. When the two of them stop swimming, they find themselves in Mack and Brady’s world.
Luckily, for Lela and Tanner, Mack and Brady are on the beach. Now Mack and Brady have to get their singing and dancing friends from a ’60s beach movie to assimilate in our world. That’s easier said than done because you can take the stars out of a movie, but you can’t take the movie away from the stars.
Only problem is that the longer Lela and Tanner stay in our world, their old one starts to disappear. Just as Lela decides she wants to stay, her friends from Wet Side Story try to get them to come back. What will they do? Will they say or will they go?
You will just have to buy this musical that is throwback to those enjoyable ’60s beach party movies to find out. Teen Beach 2 is that type of movie that the whole family can enjoy because it appeals to everyone. Not only because of the story, but also because of the addictive song and dance numbers. There is such an innocence to this movie, and it’s something we lost a long time ago. Teen Beach 2 makes me and it will make you wish there were a lot more movies like this one.
Since there isn’t, you will just have to buy this movie to watch it anytime you want back to the beach and back to that time.
Not only does the DVD include the movie, it also includes the cast talking about the song and dance numbers in it. If that’s not enough, it also comes with Lela’s necklace that will help take to Wet Side Story at any given time.
What are you waiting for? Buy it now! The more of us who do, the better the chances are that we will get a Teen Beach 3. After that surprise ending, I need Teen Beach 3!


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