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Movie Review: Disneynature Bears in theaters today (April 18, 2014)

 

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Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend with your family? Would you want to do something that would help support our national parks? If you answer “yes” to either of these questions you should consider taking the family to see the newest Disneynature film, Bears, which is in theaters today (April 18, 2014).

Disneynature has released other beautiful films including Wings of Life, Chimpanzee, African Cats, Earth, Oceans, The Crimson Wings and of course Bears. Their next film, Monkey Kingdom, swings into theaters next year.

Bears is the story of a mother bear named Sky. She survived the harsh winter in an underground cave along with her two cubs – Amber and Scout. When the snow starts to melt and things begin to thaw out, Sky knows it’s time to take her cubs on an incredibly journey to find food.

It’s true what they say about “survival of the fittest”. Sky soon learns that getting food for her hungry cubs is not as easy as it would seem. She needs to deal with other bears for prime fishing spots, as well as protect her young from hungry bears who would love to gobble them up instead of fish, most especially a HUGE bear named Magus (he’s the “big bully on the block”) and an outcast named Chinook.

Another predator that Sky has to watch out for is a very hungry wolf name Tikanni who is always lurking around the cubs.

Amber and Scout are typical “children” – always getting into mischief, most especially Scout. Amber tends to stick close by her mother’s side.

The family has to struggle and go hungry a lot the time because the world can be a cruel, harsh place – especially for the young. Sadly only half of the bear cubs born survive their first year. Starvation and predators are their worse enemies.

The film is not all about struggling. There are plenty of times where the family finds food – and plenty of it. I don’t want to give away anything but let’s just say it does have a happy ending.

I learned a lot about bears from watching this film. The film shows you the daily life of bears during the course of a few months when the winter snows have melted and the bears needs to eat as much as they can to build up enough fat reserves to survive another long, cold, harsh winter.

Disneynature Bears

It was amazing to see just how much Sky cared for her children. Have you ever heard someone say “don’t mess with mama bear” when referring to a human mom and her children? I have. And it’s true. Don’t mess with a mother bear when it comes to her young. She will fight for them to the death.

It was amazing to see just how much Sky sacrificed for her children. You can tell that there is a lot of love there. People might not think that animals can feel love and other emotions. I believe they can. Sky exhibited a lot of love and devotion towards her children. It was truly amazing to see.

This is a wonderful movie for the whole family. You don’t have to like bears to appreciate this magnificent film. Of course once you see this film you are going to be fans of these big, furry creatures. :-)

There are a few scenes where bears are fighting. That might be a little intense for very young children. Aside from that the movie is very family friendly. Its rated G. It runs for a little over an hour and a half and is narrated by actor John C. Reilly.

Bears opens in theaters today (April 18, 2014).

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

If you see the film during opening week (April 18 – 24, 2014), Disneynature will make a donation, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, to the National Park  Foundation. The foundation helps protect our national parks and the wildlife who calls them home, including bears like Sky, Amber and Scout. I hope you will consider going to see the film during opening week to help support a wonderful organization.

For more information about the National Park Foundation visit www.NationalParks.org.

There are other ways you can help too.

Disneynature Bears plush

The Disney Store is also contributing to the National Park Foundation. For  every plush from the DisneyNature Bear film that is purchased, $1.00 will be  donated to the National Park Foundation (campaign ends May 11, 2014). You can  find the plush bears here – Amber and Scout. You can see my plush Amber at the L.A. Zoo here – Visiting a real life bear at the L.A. Zoo in honor of Disneynature Bears. Scroll down towards the bottom and you’ll see my plush at the zoo. They are adorable and would make a wonderful new “friend” for your child or grandchild.

A company that makes cases for iPads and iPhones created special cases in honor of this film. They are donating 20% of the sale of these cases to the National Parks  Foundation. This is just one more way you can help save bears like Sky, Amber  and Scout and many other wildlife creatures.

To learn more visit www.DODOcase.com.

Bear case from DODO

There is a fabulous educational guide all about bears found on the Disneynature website. This 93 page guide is FREE and can be downloaded on the Disneynature website (scroll down to where it says Educational Guides). The guide is not only great for educators it’s also wonderful for parents to share with their children, as well as the whole family. As an adult I learned A LOT about bears from the guide too.

Also on the Disneynature site you’ll find videos, photo gallery, information  about Bears and other Disneynature films and more.

If you would like to learn more about Disneynature and the film  Bears you can check out their Facebook and Twitter pages. They can even be found on Pinterest.  The official hashtags are #DisneynatureBears and #MeetTheCubs.

I also have a wonderful 23 page activity “booklet” that you can download for FREE and enjoy with your family. Simply click on the text link below.

Disneynature Bears activities

Disneynature Bears Activity Pages

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I attended a free screening in order to do this review. My travel expenses were covered. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return in theaters May 9, 2014

 

 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

Landing in theaters on May 9, 2014 is a new animated film in the Oz franchise called Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. The film stars the voice talents of Lea Michele, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Oliver Platt, Bernadette Peters and Patrick Stewart. The music was written by Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, producer and actor Bryan Adams.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Legends of Oz marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

Lea Michelle, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and Jim Belushi voice the main characters in the film.

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The film is even going on tour! It’s called the Legends of Oz Express Tour.

Join Dorothy and friends for a day of FREE family fun with activities, games, character meets & greets, and story time when the Legends of Oz Express comes to your town!

You can learn more or find out if it will be in a town near you by clicking here.

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If you would like to learn more about the film visit the official website. You can also check out the film on the various social networking sites – Facebook@LegendsofOz on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr and Pinterest. You can even subscribe to the film on YouTube. The official hashtag is #LegendsofOz.

What do you think of the film? Does it look good? Do you plan on seeing it in theaters?

Be on the look out for a special movie themed giveaway coming soon including a BEAUTIFUL Dorothy doll.

Legends of Oz Return of Dorothy Movie Poster

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Antboy? (In theaters TODAY!)

 

Antboy Movie Poster

When you think of super heroes, who comes to mind? I think of Captain America, Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, Batman, Superman and Mr. Incredible. Have you ever heard of Antboy?

In select theaters today (April 16, 2014) comes the family friendly action adventure film Antboy.

Antboy is a Danish film that has been seamlessly dubbed into English. It wasn’t until I noticed background text in the film done in Dutch that I realized the film was dubbed in English. The actor’s mouths and the words are matched perfectly.

Antboy is the story of a 12 year old boy name Pelle. Pelle literally blends into the background. No one ever notices him. He’s almost invisible in the sense that no one really notices him. At least nerds get picked on and bullied. No one even knows that Pelle is around.

One day Pelle stops a pair of bullies from beating up a fellow classmate, Wilhelm. The bullies chase Pelle who was able to hide in the bushes in someone’s front yard. While he was waiting for the bullies to leave Pelle is bitten by an ant. Unbeknown to Pelle at that time it was no ordinary ant that bit him. It was a genetically altered ant who passes along ant-like super powers to Pelle.

The only other person who knows about Pelle’s powers is Wilhelm. Wilhelm is really into super heroes so he turns Pelle into the super hero Antboy, complete with a costume to hide his true identity.

Antboy is soon called to action when his classroom crush, Amanda, is kidnapped by a villain name The Flea. Antboy is able to rescue Amanda but that only angers The Flea who has a gripe against Antboy and is plotting something against him. Meanwhile Antboy becomes a hero in the eyes of the town and Pelle’s classmates – none of which know it’s really Pelle.

Antboy

Will the true identity of Antboy be found out? What does The Flea have planned for the little hero? Will Pelle’s powers last or will something happen to them? To find out you need to see Antboy, now playing in select theaters across the country.

I honestly didn’t go into watching this film expecting anything much more then something you would see on the Disney Channel or Cartoon Network. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this film was really good.

When I first heard of “Antboy”, I thought the film would be silly. It was not. It was entertaining – even for an adult. The characters are all very likeable. The special effects are wonderful and the plot was interesting enough to hold my attention the entire time. There were even a few comic-book style visuals throughout the film which would appeal to comic book fans. I am also very impressed that you cannot tell that the move was dubbed in English.

The film is rated PG. I think that is only because there are a few fight scenes. The film also runs for around 75 minutes.

I believe the film is based on an actual comic series too.

For more information, or to find a theater near you that is showing the film, visit www.Antboythemovie.com.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Visiting a real life bear at the L.A. Zoo in honor of Disneynature Bears – in theaters April 18, 2014

 

DisneyNature Bears Poster

This Friday the newest film from Disneynature called Bears opens in theaters across the country. I was excited to have the opportunity to screen the film a few weeks ago. The film opens in theaters April 18, 2014.

I love bears. I think they are beautiful creatures. They look very cuddly. I just want to snuggle up with one. Of course I can’t really do that. I don’t think the bear would be too happy about it. LOL.

I love animals. I have been an animal lover all my life. Bears are one of my favorite animals (in the top 10).

We have a small zoo near where we live. They have a couple of bears that live there that are indigenous to our area. The zoo is located in Bear Mountain State Park (NY). This year to celebrate Earth Day (April 26th) they are inviting people to visit the park and make treats to give to the resident bears.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

One would think the park was named because of the area bears that call it home. The are was actually named Bear Mountain because the profile of the mountain resembles a bear lying down (so I’ve read). There are bears that live there and in our area. In fact my daughter and I saw a small bear strolling along side the road when we were leaving the bank – a 1/2 mile from our home. The bears like to feed in the dumpster at the nearby dumpster. Bear sightings are not uncommon around here since we live on the edge of the park land. My husband even saw a bear one day on his way to work.

I’ve also been an ambassador for the Bronx Zoo (NY) for the past few years. They have Polar Bears there too.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

When I was out in Los Angeles a few weeks ago we had the opportunity to screen the Disneynature film Bears. It’s the story of a mother bear named Sky and her two cubs, Scout and Amber.

In an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s new True Life  Adventure Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two  impressionable young cubs, Amber and Scout, are taught life’s most important  lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their  journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bear family emerges from  hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as  the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of  avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must  work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while  staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present  wolf. Bears captures the fast-moving action and suspense of  life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!  Directed  by Alastair Fothergill (Earth, African Cats and  Chimpanzee) and Keith Scholey (African Cats), and narrated by  John C. Reilly.

After we screened the film we had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Los Angeles Zoo to check out a real bear. I love bears. I love animals. I love zoos. Needless to say I was thrilled.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA. It’s open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (they start to put the animals away for the night around 4:00 PM).

I’ve been to the Bronx Zoo here in NY many times. The animal enclosures are huge and sometimes it’s hard to see the animals. At the L.A. Zoo the animal enclosures are smaller which allows you to really get close to the animals (a safe distance of course). I liked being able to get close to the animals. Los Angeles Zoo

Here are some fun facts about the L.A. Zoo.

The  Los Angeles Zoo was the fourth zoo to serve the city.

The Los Angeles Zoo opened in November 28, 1966. Among the animals at the Zoo on opening  day was American alligator Methuselah, who passed away in 2010.

The world’s first gorilla baby delivered by Caesarian section was born at the Los Angeles Zoo in 1977. He weighed in at 5 pounds, 2 ounces and was named Caesar.

In 1981 the L.A. Zoo become a partner in the California Condor Recovery Program, helping to  bring this majestic bird back from the brink of extinction.

A donation from Alice C. Tyler funds a new Meerkat exhibit which would later provide inspiration for the animators of Disney’s The Lion King.

Our first stop on our zoo visit was the California Condor Rescue center. This special center not only provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about these magnificent endangered birds but it is also a fun interactive play area for children.

Much work is being done by the zoo to help repopulate the California Condor. Many of these birds have died over the years due to garbage that people carelessly toss on the side of the road and in the woods. The birds will eat just about anything and have consumed things such as buttons, bottle caps and screws. Many of these items are poisonous or end up getting stuck on their insides, killing the birds.

California Condor

X-ray of a California Condor

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Look at all the garbage tossed aside by humans that get ingested by the Condors. I see bottle caps, screws and what looks like glass.

The California Condor is the largest bird in North America. It’s wing span can reach up to 9 feet!

At one point there are around 20 California Condors left. Thanks go conservation efforts there are now over 400 California Condors, 200+ are freely flying around California, Arizona and Baja California, Mexico.

The zoo was kind enough to bring out one of their California Condors, Dolly, for us to meet in person. Isn’t she beautiful.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Dolly the California Condor

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the L.A. Zoo make sure to stop by the California Condor exhibit. The play area features places where kids can climb and crawl under things. It’s set up to mimic the Condor’s natural environment. There is also a medical area where children can examine and care for Condor’s (plush, stuffed animals), complete with medical scrubs, stethoscopes and X-rays.

Condor Rescue Zone

There are a lot of wonderful animals to be seen at the L.A. Zoo including Koalas, Giraffes, Chimpanzees, Okapi, Lemurs, a Rhino and more.

Here are just a few of the animals we had the opportunity to check out while at the zoo.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Masai Giraffe

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Happy Chimpanzee

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Baby Masai Giraffe

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Hippopotamus

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Giant Otter – They can grow to be five feet!

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimerly V. (She Scribes)

Flamingos. The gray ones are babies. Do you know how Flamingos get their pink color?

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Meerkat

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Alligator – I don’t want to get too close to him!

We also had the chance to meet Randa the Indian Rhinoceros. The zoo spell’s it Randa but it sounds like Rhonda.

Randa is the second oldest Rhino in captivity (she’s in her mid-40′s). The unique thing about Randa is that she had cancer. The cancer was located under her horn. The zoo had to remove her horn to get to the cancer that was underneath it. They successfully removed the cancer and after many weeks of chemotherapy Randa was cancer free (yeah!).

The zoo had to adapt a machine used on humans to work with Randa so she could get the treatment that she needed.

Her keeper told us that Rhinos like to rub their horns no things. Since Rando no longer had a horn, all she had left was a bit hole in her nose. They had to constantly put new bandages on it because she kept opening it up and it was getting infected. To combat the infection the zoo put MAGGOTS in her wound! Ewww!!! Maggots actually help to heal wounds a lot faster. Doctors around the world use maggot therapy to treat patients. Thank goodness my doctor doesn’t do that. Gross!

I’m glad that Randa is doing OK these days.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Randa the Rhino at the Los Angeles Zoo

The zoo also has a beautiful carousel that features many of the animals found at the zoo.

One odd carousel character that stands out is the Dung Beetle. The carousel has one along with a pile of dung (aka – poop!) that you can sit in and ride around in the carousel. LOL!

Dung Beetle Carousel Seat.

Dung Beetle Carousel Seat.

LA Zoo Carousel

BEAUTIFUL carousel creatures.

The zoo visit would not be complete without stopping by the Bear exhibit. The L.A. Zoo has a Black Bear on exhibit. His name is Ranger.

Here are some interesting facts about Black Bears.

American black bears are the smallest and most prevalent of the bears native to North America.

American black bears live in various   forests throughout North America and are found in 41 of the 50 United States.

Black Bears mostly occupy temperate forests but can also be found in swampy or mountainous forested areas.

Black Bears eat grasses, fruits, berries, nuts, insects, human foods, and occasionally small vertebrates.

They can weight from 150-600 pounds.

Male bears are 25% larger than female bears.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Black Bear at the L.A. Zoo – Doesn’t he look soft and cuddly?

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

So beautiful!

For more interesting information about bears you can download a FREE educational guide from the Disneynature website. The guide is 93 pages long! It’s not only great for educators but also parents and people who are interested in learning more about Bears.

You can find the guide at Nature.Disney.com. Scroll down about half way and you’ll see the guide along with several other guides you might be interested in.

Also on the Disneynature site you’ll find videos, photo gallery, information about Bears and other Disneynature films and more.

The bears featured in the Disneynature film Bears are brown bears, but the information found in the guide covers pretty much anything and everything you’d want to know about these beautiful creatures.

Disneynature Bears opens on Friday, April 18, 2014. If you see the film during opening week (April 18 – 24, 2014),  Disneynature, through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fun, will make a  donation to the National Park  Foundation to help protect our national parks and the wildlife that calls them home. That means bears, like the beautiful black bear at the L.A. Zoo and bears like Sky, Amber and Scout (featured in the film) will be protected, as well as other wildlife.

If you would like to learn more about Disneynature and the film Bears you can check out their Facebook and Twitter pages. They can even be found on Pinterest. The official hashtags are #DisneynatureBears and #MeetTheCubs.

The Disney Store is also contributing to the National Park Foundation. For every plush from the DisneyNature Bear film that is purchased, $1.00 will be donated to the National Park Foundation (campaign ends May 11, 2014). You can find the plush bears here – Amber and Scout.

I have one of the plush toys (Amber). I took her to the L.A. Zoo with me. She “photo bombed” a few of my photos, as well as happily posed for others. Here are some fun photos from the day.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Amber rescued me from a Rattlesnake at the California Condor Rescue area. No worries… it’s not a REAL snake. I wouldn’t put Amber I danger.

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Amber reading up on Vultures and Condors at the California Condor Rescue Center.

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Amber “monkeying around” while I tried to take a picture of a Chimpanzee.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Whose the real bear in this picture?

DODOcase was kind enough give the bloggers on our trip lovely iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPhone 5/5S cases. These are limited edition cases that you an purchase from their site. They each feature a custom Bears design in honor of the film.

DODOcase is donating 20% of the sale of these cases to the National Parks Foundation. This is just one more way you can help save bears like Sky, Amber and Scout and many other wildlife creatures.

To learn more visit www.DODOcase.com.

DODOcase

To learn other ways you can help the Nation Park Foundation visit www.NationalParks.org.

For more information about the L.A. Zoo or to connect with them via social media, here are some helpful links for you.

Official website: www.LAZoo.org.

FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterest. The official hashtag is #LAZoo.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kimberly V. (She Scribes)

Amber at the L.A. Zoo

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. My travel expenses were covered.

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The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups

 

Carol's Crack Ups

Attention all Carol Burnett Show fans! A brand new DVD collection is available today (April 15, 2014) featuring 17 uncut episodes on a 6-disc DVD collection. The new collection is called The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups.

This spectacular selection of specially-produced extras – many never before available in a wide retail release - is available for classic TV aficionados and comedy lovers, not to mention Carol Burnett Show fans.

Carol, the 2013 winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, personally selected the 17 hilarious episodes in The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups, from her extensive archive.  They all feature one of the show’s fan-favorite hallmarks: sketches so funny that they tested the strength of even the most seasoned cast members — Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, Tim Conway and later Dick Van Dyke. Among other unforgettable moments, enjoy Harvey Korman cracking up with Tim Conway in numerous sketches, and, see Carol try to hold back the laughs as Vicki Lawrence took the stage as her timeless character, Mama.

Across 6 spectacularly-loaded DVDs, consumers will crack-up along with Carol and crew in UNCUT episodes as they originally aired on television.  Showcasing some of the most acclaimed and beloved moments from the legendary series from television’s Golden Age, the set includes classic sketches such as  ”The Family,” “Carol and Sis,” “Alice Portnoy,” “The Charwoman” and “The Old Folks,” along with sidesplitting parodies and favorite segments including “TV Commercials,” “Terminal Hospital,” Rebecky and Raised to Be Rotten.  And, adding to the crack ups are guest stars galore, including such luminaries as Carl Reiner, Charo, Roddy McDowall, Ruth Buzzi, Andy Griffith and many others.

Fans of classic TV comedy will also enjoy hours of  StarVista’s acclaimed and extensive special programming featuring interviews, cast commentary and bonus sketches such as Valerie Harper and Tim Conway’s installment of “As the Stomach Turns”; George Carlin’s dentist sketch; the therapy session with James Garner and Ken Berry; plus the interrogator routine with Tim, Harvey and Lyle; as well as two brand new featurettes never-before-available: “Tim Conway: Chief Cracker Upper” and “Tim on the Street.”

I received this set to review. This collection has it all. From hysterical sketches to musical numbers and even Carol’s one-on-one time with audience members while she’s on stage. There is a little bit of everyone’s favorite things about the Carol Burnett Show.

I am a fan of the Carol Burnett Show and I used to watch it all time when I was younger. Some of the episodes I saw on the DVD collection I have seen before, but many of them I have not.

It was fun to see the special guest stars that appeared on the series over the years. People like Ruth Buzzi, Roddy McDowall, Dick Van Dyke, Carol Reiner, Helen Reddy and Richard Crenna.

My FAVORITE episodes are the ones where someone starts laughing and can’t stop. Harvey Korman got the giggles a lot on the show, as did Carol Burnett. Tim Conway was usually the culprit. He usually had the others cracking up.

One episode that comes to mind that is included in this DVD collection has Harvey Korman as a doctor turned male nurse and Carol is his assistant. Both Carol and Harvey couldn’t keep a straight face through most of the skit. I believe it was Terminal Hospital.

This must have collection for any Carol Burnett fan or classic TV van includes;

17 UNCUT Episodes on 6 DVDs

More than 2 hours of bonus programming, including:

Five specially-produced featurettes: “Almost Live”, ”Breaking Up Is Hard…Not To Do”, “We Love You, Harvey”, “Tim Conway: Chief Cracker-Upper” and “Tim on the Street”

Bonus Sketches: “As the Stomach Turns,” “Two-Man Sub,” “The Interrogator,” “The Oldest Man:Fireman,” and others

Exclusive interview: Tim Conway

The collection retails for $59.95.

All of the episodes/features are from the early-to-mid 7o’s.

Young and old alike can appreciate this timeless humor. I had my kids (teenagers) watch one of the DVDs with me an even they were laughing. If you have teenagers you know that they are not easily impressed. To see them laughing at skits that I used to laugh at when I was their age (and younger) is a great site.

My husband is my age and he was never really into Carol Burnett when he was younger. He remembers his mom and dad watching the show and laughing hysterically but he didn’t have any interest. He’s watched some of the this collection with me and even he finds them just as funny as his parents did many years ago.

The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups is being released by StarVista. They did an excellent job of improving the image and sound quality of these episodes. Some of the opening sequences (the animated beginning where Carol is a cartoon maid) are a bit “old” looking, but the actual show/episodes look amazing.

Look for The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups where DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of the Carol Burnett Show? Do you have a favorite skit or guest star? Feel free to share your thoughts.

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: LA Times

PHOTO CREDIT/SOURCE: LA Times

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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Movie Review: Philomena

 

Philomena

Available today (April 15, 2014) on Blu-ray and DVD is the film Philomena, which was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The film is loosely based on the true life story of Philomena Lee.

Philomena Lee became pregnant out of wedlock when she was a younger. He father sent her off to an Abbey in Ireland to live with nuns as penance for conceiving a child out of wedlock.

Against her knowledge (and wishes) the nuns adopted out her newborn son. Philomena didn’t even have a chance to say good bye to him.

Fast forward 50 years later. Journalist Martin Sixsmith has just been laid off from his job as a government advisor. One day Martin is approached by a women at a party. She knew he was a writer and she suggested that he write a story about her mother’s life and how she was forced to give up her son. Martin had no interest in such a story but he decided to meet with Philomena anyway. After hearing her story he decides that he wants to help her on her quest to find her long, lost son.

Martin and Philomena return to the abbey where she stayed and where her son was adopted out. The nuns are not too happy to help them out or provide them with much information. They also told them that their adoption records were destroyed in a fire. The pair later learn that the nuns deliberately destroyed all the adoption records. They later learn that Philomena’s son, whom she named Anthony, was sold to a couple in the United States who later renamed him Michael.

Philomena and Martin then take off to the United States to search for Michael, however their journey takes an unexpected turn.

Philomena Screen Shot

Will Philomena finally be reunited to the son she has been searching for all his life? What other secrets does she uncover on her quest to find Anthony/Michael? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Philomena, available today where most movies are sold.

This is not a movie I would typically watch. I’m more into horror, sci-fi and comedy flicks. However there was something about this story that intrigued me. I guess not knowing my biological mother and learning about a real life story where a biological mother goes to the ends of the Earth to track down her child interested me. As a mother myself I know I would do the same thing to find my child.

The movie did not end the way I thought it would. It was a bit depressing at times, but Philmena took everything in stride and was able to make peace with the situation. That is something I don’t think many people could do. The film does tug at your heart strings.

Steve Coogan plays the role of Martin Sixsmith. I have only seen him in one other film, The Other Guys. I thought he was primarily a comedic actor. I was wrong. He can play a very serious role as well.

Dame Judy Dench did an excellent job in her role as Philomena. Filmmakers make a great choice choosing her for this role. It seemed like it was made especially for her (even though it’s based on a true story). She really brought a lot to her role of Philmena. It’s no wonder that she was nominated for Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards for her role.

I wouldn’t say that this is a “family friendly” movie. There is no sex and violence (it’s rated PG-13), there is just some profanity and I think the subject matter might be too intense for younger viewers. Tweens and teens would be able to appreciate the movie more so then children.

Did you see Philomena? If so, what did you think of the film? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

 

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