From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, Season Two now available


Dusk to Dawn Season 2

Fans of the series, From Dusk Till Dawn, will be happy to know that Season Two is now available where ever Blu-rays/DVDs are sold.

I received the collection recently to do a review. For the sake of time I am going to post a general overview since it became available yesterday (February 2, 2106) and I won’t be able to watch the entire season as quickly a I had hoped to. I will update this post down the road once I had a chance to watch all of the episodes.

Here is some background information for those who are fans of the show, and those who have never watched it before.

The series did start out similar to the movie by the same name (the one that stared George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis). But it carried on where the movie ended. 

Spun off from Robert Rodriguez’s cult classic film franchise, Season One of Miramax/El Rey Network’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz).  On the lam to Mexico, they encountered former pastor Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family, whom they took hostage in the family RV.  Following an ill-advised detour to the culebra-infested Titty Twister, they were forced to fight until dawn to get out alive.

Across 10 explosive, SFX-filled episodes in From Dusk Till Dawan: The Series, Season Two, core relationships deepen and become more complicated as everyone tries to put their lives back on track after one very insane day.  Santánico and Richie are now partners in crime, resembling a more modern version of Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate are scraping by as small time criminals south of the border; and Freddie Gonzalez has an almost obsessive focus on protecting his wife and young daughter in the suburbs.  Carlos Madrigal and Scott Fuller emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men.  They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.

Season Two co-stars include Danny Trejo, who appeared in the original movie as Razor Charlie and Esai Morales currently a series regular on “The Brink.” Trejo plays The Regulator, a horrifying agent of evil summoned to perform a deadly errand, and Morales appears in the role of Lord Amancio Malvado, a figure of terrifying cruelty and power who has a complicated and obsessive relationship with Santánico.  Jake Busey and Demi Lovato also make guest starring appearances.

From Dusk Till Dawn Season Two Screen Shot

Season Two comes on three discs and includes bonus features.


  • Audio commentary with Director Robert Rodriguez and Cast & Crew
  • Inside the Episode (1-10)
  • 2015 New York Comic Con Panel Discussion
  • Featurettes: “Overview,” “Pulp Origins,” “Mythology,” “The Talent,” “Costumes & Makeup,” “Robert,” “Effects & Stunts,” “Blowing up the Titty Twister,” “Danny Trejo: The Regulator,” “Jacknife Jeds,” “Eat About it,” “Culebras 101,” “Demi Lovato,” and “Jake Busey”

I saw the original movie, and watch the first season of the series. You can read my review of season one here – From Dusk Till Dawn: Season One now available on Blu-ray.

I like the series. It’s not for everyone. It’s a bit violent, gross and sexy. But that is just something about it that “works” and I find it very entertaining. I love the whole vampire story line (the vampires are pretty cool looking too).

Look for Season Two where ever Blu-rays/DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of the series? Do you have a favorite character or story line? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Below is a trailer for season two for your enjoyment.



*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own, unless otherwise noted, and not influenced in any way. 

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‘Shimmer and Shine’ make their DVD debut TODAY – February 2, 2016!


Shimmer and Shine

Attention Shimmer and Shine fans! You’ll be happy to know that the twin sisters are making their DVD debut, thanks to Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The new DVD is available TODAY where ever DVDs are sold.

Nickelodeon’s (mis)adventurous and magical twin sisters come to DVD on Shimmer and Shine. In its standalone DVD debut, fans can join Shimmer, Shine, Leah and her friend Zac in the magical worlds of genies, dinosaurs and more. Despite any obstacles, the power of teamwork and friendship help to make their adventures turn out great! In addition to over 2 ½ hours of magical content, this DVD comes with a set of four hair ties as a fun gift with purchase!

About Shimmer and Shine:

Twin sisters Shimmer and Shine are Leah’s secret genies-in-training! Leah always has some dilemma that she needs her magical friends’ help with, and the genies are happy to grant her three wishes a day.  As genies-in-training, they sometimes misinterpret what Leah wishes for, and often times they’ll accidentally grant her wishes she didn’t even mean to make. Each wrong wish quickly compounds into a crazy adventure. Ultimately, through teamwork, the genies and Leah find a way to fix the problem without the use of wishes.

Shimmer and Shine airs on Nickelodeon, weekdays at 11:30am ET/PT.

Shimmer and Shine includes the following episodes:

Genie Treehouse – Leah and Zac try building a treehouse but find themselves in over their heads. Leah asks her genies for a treehouse and is thrown for a loop when Shimmer and Shine turn her house into a house of trees.

Ahoy, Genies! – When Leah’s bucket full of beach treasures floats into the vast ocean, Leah summons Shimmer and Shine to help her retrieve the loot. With the genies’ assistance, a typical day at the beach quickly escalates into a magical beach treasure hunt, complete with a treasure map, pirate ship, and a talking parrot.

The Sweetest Thing – When Leah wishes for help making cupcakes for her school bake sale, she and the genies find themselves stuck with a giant birthday cake, some farm animals and a river of cupcake batter. How in the world will Leah finish her cupcakes without any wishes left, or worse, explain all this craziness to her curious (and hungry) neighbor Zac?

Lights! Camera! Genies! – When it looks like Movie Night will be a no-go, Leah asks Shimmer and Shine for some movie magic help. But when they accidentally wish the movie to life, they turn Leah into a medieval princess with a flying dragon to tame in her own backyard.

What a Pig Mess – When Leah’s party food accidentally gets run over by Zac in his battery-operated car, Leah needs to figure out what else to bring fast. Leah asks her genies for more Pigs in a Blanket, but the genies give her real pigs wrapped in a blanket. It’s up to Leah and the girls to catch the fast little pigs and find a way to fix this hog-sized mistake.

Abraca-Genie – Leah notices Zac the Magician’s magic tricks aren’t going quite so well, so she calls on her genies for some real magic assistance. But Shimmer and Shine aren’t getting the tricks right either and suddenly more than a rabbit pops out of Zac’s hat – a whole zoo of animals. The girls have to find a way to fix the magical mess before Zac’s big performance.

Dino Mite! – After searching endlessly for Zac’s missing dinosaur toy, Leah asks her genies to wish up a replacement and gets stuck with a real live Apatosaurus. Now Leah, Shimmer and Shine have to figure out a way to fix this behemoth mistake before Zac finds out – and it all starts with a little bit of dino training.

The DVD run time is 156 minutes.

Do you have a young family member that is a fan of the series?

This would make a great gift for a Shimmer and Shine fan.



*I received a free copy in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Mr. Robot: Season One now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD


Mr. Robot Season One

Available today is the USA Network series Mr. Robot: Season One.

Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek (Night at the Museum, Breaking Dawn Part II) as Elliot Alderson. Elliot works for a cyber-security company in New York City called Allsafe.

Elliot suffers from social anxiety, depression, paranoia and delusion. He doesn’t really trust anyone. He likes to learn about the people he meets by hacking into their cyber-lives. Hacking is something he can do very well. In fact, he acts as a bit of a “cyber vigilante,” finding things about other people. For example, he hacked into a coffee shop owner’s accounts and found out that he has a website that hosts child pornography. Elliot uses the found information to confront the shop’s owner to put an end to it.

One day his businesses biggest clients, E Corp, is attacked with a malware. Elliot finds the virus (a file) with a strange text file asking that the file remain on the server.

Shortly there after Elliot is approached by a mysterious man known only as “Mr. Robot” (Christian Slater). Mr. Robot is the leader of an underground hacking group known as FSociety. Mr. Robot asks Elliot to join them to help with a “digital revolution.” They want Elliot to help them hack into companies that they feel are unscrupulous and ruining people’s lives and free people from global debt. Elliot agrees to join them.

From this point on Elliot is exposed to a secret, underground hacker community. As if having social anxiety wasn’t enough – Elliot is thrusted into a world of sabotage, drugs, cyber attacks and murder.

The series creators did an outstanding job casting Rami Malek as the lead role. He does an excellent and very convincing job of being a paranoid individual. He also has a lot of expression and emotion in his eyes. I also find his calm nature to be a stark contrast to the criminal activity he’s involved in. When you look at Rami (in character) you find yourself trying to figure out what he’s thinking (usually his thoughts are expressed by commentary from his character).

I was surprised to see Christian Slater. I thought he dropped off the face of the Earth (ha ha). I like him as his role of Mr. Robot. It’s NOT a typical weird Christian Slater role. His character (Mr. Robot) couldn’t be any further from other Christian Slater roles.

Christian Slater on Mr. Robot

It’s scary to think that stuff like this happens every day. Malek’s character, Elliot, can find out anything on anyone – good or bad. It’s just a harsh reminder that our lives are “virtual” and there are things about all of us – even our children – that is floating around in Cyberspace, just waiting for someone to come along and find it.

I find the way the series is filmed to be unique too. There is a bit of a “artsy” kind of look to it. It’s hard to explain. I guess you’ll have to check it out to see for yourself what I mean.

I have not finished watching the entire first season (yet). I am up to episode eight (we just finished episode seven). Mr. Robot is a great “binge watching” series. I just simply haven’t had the time to binge watch it.

The Blu-ray & Digital HD version of the series has bonus features included deleted scenes, a gag reel (it’s entertaining to see people goof up on such a serious show) and a featurette on the making of Mr. Robot which gives viewers a behind the scenes look at how the series was created, the Mr. Robot character and more. Personally I think it’s a good idea to watch a “making of…” type of featurette because it gives you a better appreciation for the series/film when you know what goes on behind the scenes to bring it all to life.

I am not sure of season two’s start date, but I know it will happen later on this year. I cannot wait to see it.

Mr. Robot recently took home Golden Globe awards for Best TV Series/Drama. Rami was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series (the award went to Jon Ham for Mad Men). Christian Slater won the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Mr. Robot.

Look for Mr. Robot: Season One where ever Blu-rays are sold.

Mr. Robot on USA


*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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Netflix – So much more than movies



My family have been members of Netflix for many years – long before streaming was even an option.

We enjoy watching movies together and loved being able to “rent” DVDs from Netflix to watch together. Once it became a streaming service we opted to only stream movies and no longer get the DVDs. We like being able to instantly watch movies with just the touch of a button.

We enjoy watching Netflix when the weather is bad (snow, rain…) and we can’t do anything outside. We also enjoy watching Netflix when our favorite shows are on hiatus so that we are not stuck watching repeat after repeat. Netflix is also our “go-to” choice for Family Movie Night.

Netflix is so much more than just movies. Netflix is a great way to catch up on your favorite television series, or relive your favorite episodes. I’ve recently started to watch the series Zoo on Netflix. I wanted to watch it when it was on TV but it coincided with another show we watched. Now I am able to watch Zoo and catch up on all that I missed.

We know several families that ONLY have Netflix. They don’t have cable or satellite because they find it more cost effective just to have Netflix. We would probably do that too but my husband loves to watch sports and I can’t give up seeing new episodes of my favorite shows – The Walking Dead, The Middle and Chicago Fire. You can catch previous seasons of The Walking Dead on Netflix.

Did you know that Netflix is home to a plethora of original series available no where else except on Netflix. Some you might have heard of include Orange is the New Black, Grace & Frankie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (I reviewed this series last year), House of Cards and Bloodlines. 


Other original Netflix series include Care Bears & Cousins, Popples, Jessica Jones, Master of None and Wet Hot American Summer. 

Two new Netflix original series have been in the news a lot lately.

Fuller House is a “re-boot” of the popular series Full House. The original cast returns to the new series (except Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen). Fuller House debuts in February 2016.

Making of a Murderer has also been in the news a lot lately. It’s a documentary-series. This Netflix original has resulted in thousands of people petitioning (even to the president!) to get a man out of prison. I have not seen this series yet but I fully intend on watching it.

There are several new, original series coming to Netflix in 2016 as well.

  • The Get Down
  • The Crown
  • Marseille
  • Marvel’s Luke Cage
  • Frontier
  • Lady Dynamite
  • The OA
  • Love
  • Gypsy
  • The Ranch

I am looking forward to Love because it’s from Judd Apatow. It doesn’t air until February but it’s already been picked up for a second season. That tells me it must be pretty good.

I’m also looking forward to seeing The Ranch because it reunites Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson – both from the hit series That 70’s Show. In the ranch they play brothers. This should be interesting. The series also stars Sam Elliot, Debra Winger and Elisha Cuthbert.

In addition to exclusive series, Netflix also has original movies including Beast and the upcoming sequel to the popular movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon called Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend. 

Not bad for something that starts with a plan under $10/month.

Basic $8 (1 screen), $10 Standard (2 screens) and $12 (4 screens HD & Ultra HD).

The term “screen” refers to the number of screens/devices allowed to stream Netflix at the same time. With the 2 screen option that means you could be streaming Netflix on your television and your child can be streaming it on the iPad or their T.V. (or vice versa).

If you would like to learn more about Netlfix simply visit Netflix.com. You can also check them out on social media.

Do you have Netflix? If you don’t have Netflix, would you be interested in it? Why or why not? Feel free to comment. I always love to hear from readers.



*I have partnered with Netflix to bring you this information. I have received free service and promotional products in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate the New Year with a leap back in time with Dawn of the Croods


Croods 2

**Photo: DreamWorks Animation

The New Year is a time to look forward to a world of possibilities, good times, memories and success. With that said, who would ever want to take a step backwards… by thousands of years… to celebrate the New Year? You will want to if you are a fan of the hit DreamWorks film, The Croods. That is because they have a new series on Netflix, appropriately entitled Dawn of the Croods.

Dawn of the Croods brings back all the familiar characters (voiced by different actors than in the movie), as well as a plethora of interesting new characters. Eep, Grug, Ugga, Thunk and Gran are all back for crazy and hilarious adventures.

There are 13 episodes already available in the first season, and you can view them all now on Netflix. Each episode is about a half hour long.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some Croods goodies that were sent to me including a finger paining kit. I haven’t finger painted in decades. My kids thought I was nuts, until they finally “caved” (no pun intended) and gave it a whirl too. They were adamant about me not sharing their pictures on social media (oh the horror if their friend found out. LOL!).




I did the best I could to paint a Christmas tree and present. I think I did a decent job.

In addition to the fun finger paining kit we also received a canvas stocking (which for the life of me I have no idea where I put it! Ugh!) and a cute Croods bone-shaped ornament for the tree. It comes to no surprise that our dog thought it was for him.

Box of goodies from Dawn of the Croods.

Box of goodies from Dawn of the Croods.

The Croods ornament is just the bone. There is a truck ornament just behind it.

The Croods ornament is just the bone. There is a truck ornament just behind it.

We have watched several episodes of Dawn of the Croods such far (we are up to episode six). Netflix makes it convenient to “binge watch” programs because you can easily move on to the next episode after one finishes.

So far we’ve watched:

  • A Gran Day Out
  • School of Hard Rocks
  • A Wet Hot AHHH! Valley Summer
  • This Means Warts

Up next… The First Picture Show. We’ll most likely watch it this week along with another episode or two. We should be done with the first season by the end of next week.

FYI… The Valley the Crood family lives in is called AHHH! after the man who founded it (he was scared by a creature and fell off the cliff screaming AHHH! as he was going down. They named the valley after him).

With the winter weather upon us that means there will be plenty of days we are stuck inside. If you are looking for family entertainment – something both young and old can appreciate – then check out Dawn of the Croods, available exclusively on Netflix.

To learn more visit Netflix.com.

Below is the official trailer of Dawn of the Croods for your enjoyment.



*I was not compensated for this post. I did receive some branded goodies in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

**DreamWorks Dawn of the Croods 2015 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Give the gift of Christmas Classics

Love our Rudolph nightlight that flickers like a real fire.

Love our Rudolph nightlight that flickers like a real fire.

Like the song goes, “…it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

My family and I love the holiday season. The decorations, the music, the food, spending time with family and friends and most especially holiday movies and televisions specials.

We try and catch all the holiday programs when they come on television, but sometimes we miss them. To rectify this we make sure to purchase all of our holiday favorites so that we can watch them every holiday season, and watch them over and over again.

SOME of our holiday classic toys and decorations (we have a lot of them).

SOME of our holiday classic toys and decorations (we have a lot of them).


Not holiday season would be complete without the classic holiday programs from Rankin Bass. Such classics include Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Year Without Santa Claus, The Little Drummer Boy and Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey – to name a few.

My husband and I can sit and watch all these holiday specials back to back. The holiday season would not be complete without them.

Now, many of these classics are celebrating anniversaries with all new collections and special bonus features.

Santa Claus is Comin' To Town! 45th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town! 45th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Create joyful memories with this delightful tale of the original Santa Claus–Kris Kringle.  Discover the true meaning of Christmas with this classic story that the whole family will enjoy.

ALL-NEW Bonus Features:

  • Be an Artist and Create – Learn to draw Santa and Topper the Penguin from DreamWorks Animation’s Director of Character Animation Joe Vance. Plus, craft activities for the whole family.
  • Kringle Jingle – It’s a holiday tradition to sing carols with friends and loved ones. With this musical feature, some adorable young children lead the singing of the classic holiday song, “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town.” A delightful way to get into the holiday spirit.
  • Santa Special Delivery – In honor of the 45th anniversary, enjoy a peek inside Santa’s mailbag to learn 45 fun and interesting facts about the Rankin/Bass holiday special and the Christmas holiday.

Frosty The Snowman 45th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Frosty The Snowman 45th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Celebrate the season with Frosty the Snowman, and share this beloved, original classic story of how the world’s most famous snowman came to life one day.  This anniversary edition has new special features that will make Frosty the Snowman a hit for the whole family.  Sing, laugh and create wonderful holiday memories for years to come.

ALL-NEW Bonus Features:

  • Be an Artistand Create– DreamWorks Animation’s Director of Character Animation Joe Vance teaches viewers how to draw Frosty and Santa from this holiday classic. Later, his wife, Joanie Vance, a Kindergarten teacher, joins in and provides instructions for some fun and festive art projects to create using the newly made character drawings. This is a great way for the whole family to spend time together around the holidays.
  • Magical Melody – Sing along to the thumpety, thump, thump sounds of the popular tune, Frosty the Snowman
  • Frosty Snowflake Surprises – In honor of the 45th Anniversary of the Rankin/Bass holiday special, enter a magical winter wonderland to learn 45 fun and interesting facts about everyone’s favorite snowman and this wonderful time of year. There are also some surprises along the way from an adorable bunch of helpful kids.
  • Also includes the 23-minute holiday special Frosty Returns!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition 

Celebrate 50 years of “The Most Famous Reindeer of All” with this Original Christmas Classic® told and sung by Burl Ives!  Relive the magic when Rudolph visits the Island of Misfit Toys and Santa asks Rudolph to guide his sleigh on Christmas Eve. 

Classic Bonus Features:

  • Rudolph Unwrapped – Learn 50 Fun facts about the creation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • Sam the Snowman’s Sing-Alongs – Sing along with two of the most beloved songs from the TV Special: Holly Jolly Sing Along and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sing Along.
  • Pop Up Book – Watch the pages come to life as Sam the Snowman tell you the story of Rudolph.
  • Learn to Draw – Sketch classic characters Rudolph, Hermey and Bumble.

he Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collector’s Edition Gift Set

The one we have is The Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collector’s Edition Gift Set.We love this set because it includes all our favorites, and a few unexpected shows too like Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol and the Little Drummer Boy.

Share the wonder and the joy of these seven timeless stories with your children and grandchildren…creating new memories and holiday traditions that you will cherish through the years.

Gift Set Includes:

  • Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town!® 45th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
  • Frosty The Snowman 45th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
  • Plus Frosty Returns, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Little Drummer Boy, and Cricket on the Hearth!

All of these sets would not only make a great addition to your family’s holiday movie collection, but they would also make a fabulous gift.

I think the The Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Collector’s Edition Gift Set is the best set because it includes so many timeless classics in one collection.

When we sit down for a movie marathon, especially holiday classics, we like to make it a family movie night with Pop Secret Popcorn (popcorn is a “must” when watching movies) and yummy treats like one of my personal favorites, Reese’s Pieces. Yummy!!!

Nothing goes better with great holiday classics than Pop Secret Popcorn & Reese's Pieces.

Nothing goes better with great holiday classics than Pop Secret Popcorn & Reese’s Pieces.

To get you excited about these holiday classics, I have some fun holiday activities and recipes you can enjoy. Simple click on the images (below) to download them and enjoy with your family.

Make sure to check out the bonus features. They are worth watching.

You can find all of these collections where ever movies are sold. They are also available at OriginalChristmasClassics.com.

Which is YOUR favorite holiday classic? What one show MUST you watch each holiday season? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.


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

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