Category Archives: Touchstone Pictures
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(Thanks Couponing to Disney)
- $8 Off Lady and the Tramp on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack (chipandco.com)
- Oscar Nominated WAR HORSE Gets a Blu-Ray Release Date (chipandco.com)
GOOD MORNING VIETNAM (1987)
Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker
Director: Barry Levinson
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Length: 121 Min.
Movie Grade: A-
Bonus Features Grade: C+
Good Morning Vietnam was one of the first films to take a usually taboo subject matter and try to make it funny. I can assure you that during the 1960s and most of the 70s that very few people were laughing about the Vietnam War, as it still remains a touchy subject from our Nation’s history. However, regardless of the scenarios, one thing has always been certain (no matter how cliché) – Laughter is the best medicine. Williams’ eccentric DJ character, Adrian Cronauer, is based on a real person who actually did DJ on Armed Forces Radio during the Vietnam War. When Cronauer decides to “shake things up” while on the air, he quickly becomes an iconic hero to the soldiers that listen to him. He also infuriates the powers-that-be in a way that is reminiscent to Howard Stern today. Sure, he is controversial but people tune in. Good Morning also delivers a terrific and surprising love story when Cronauer agrees to teach the villagers English and ends up falling for one of his Vietnamese students.
While the film is a superb break from reality in a way that refreshes the often horrific thoughts of Vietnam, the special features on the new blu-ray were a little lackluster. Here is a quick list of the bonus material that will be included on the blu-ray:
-Production Diary (5 mini-features on the film’s inception and making)
-Raw Monologues (Robin Williams’ improvisational DJ-ing)
-Original Trailer and Teaser Trailer
As you can see, the bonus features are not abundant, first of all. And, secondly, they are a little boring, even for fans of the movie (which I am). The interviews with the cast and crew, as usual, were a delight. It’s always great to see them speak so candidly of their experiences. However, Robin Williams was not interviewed. To me, that placed a huge void since his retrospect I find most alluring. It was interesting and enlightening to see the interviews with the real-life Adrian Cronauer, and to hear his comparison between the “real thing” and Hollywood’s version. Along with the wonderful music from the 1960s, that was probably my favorite part of the bonus materials.
Just to be fair, I should tell you that Dead Poets Society just happens to be one of my favorite movies of all-time. In fact, along with perhaps films such as Stand By Me and The Goonies, it may very well be the best coming-of-age film ever. In this one, Robin Williams is once again back in the classroom (man, he plays teachers really well). This time as Professor Keating, an influential Poetry Professor at an all boys academy in the 1950s. The film features many glorious and wonderful personalities, most of which are Keating’s students who eventually become the “Dead Poets Society.” In a nutshell, the film is about friendship and the long journey to find one’s self. Some of us are able to reach a satisfactory outcome in this endeavor, and perhaps even more of us are not able to. Either way, we all have mentors and “teachers” in our lives that we look up to and who ultimately help pave the way for our future successes.
Watching the bonus materials on the recent blu-ray release came with quite a bit of nostalgia. Here is a quick rundown of what the features include:
-Dead Poets, A Look Back (interviews with cast and crew)
-Raw Takes (Outtakes and screen tests)
-Master of Sound: Alan Splet (review of the score/music)
-Cinematography: Master Class (review of the cinematography)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
Basically, all of the bonus materials are interviews with the cast and crew. And, while I thoroughly enjoyed them, Robin Williams was missing. It definitely creates a sense of disappointment for the avid fan playing the “those were the days” angle in his or her head, but unlike Good Morning Vietnam (also being released 1.17.12), Dead Poets comes with an arsenal of unforgettable characters to compliment Williams, as opposed to possibly being shadowed by him. Most of the young actors featured in this film got their “big break” or career starts here, so it was fascinating to hear them retell it in their own words. While the bonus materials on both films is standard quality, the HD 1080 blu-ray re-mastered look of the films was amazing, and it was a welcomed trip down memory lane. On January 17, I definitely recommend that you make room on your movie shelf for this Robin Williams helmed classic.
1/17 DEAD POETS SOCIETY (Blu-ray & Digital Download)
(Rated: PG) Academy Award winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting, 1997) delivers one of his most memorable performances in Dead Poets Society – digitally restored and presented for the first time ever in breathtaking Blu-rayTM High Definition.
1/17 GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM (Blu-ray & Digital Download)
(Rated: R) For the first time in stunning Blu-rayTM High Definition, Academy Award winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting, 1997) delivers a tour-de-force performance in the 25th Anniversary Edition of the hit comedy Good Morning, Vietnam!
1/24 REAL STEEL (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital & On-Demand)
(Rated: PG) DreamWorks Studios’ REAL STEEL, starring Hugh Jackman, muscles its way into the Home Entertainment arena on Blu-rayTM, DVD, Digital and On-Demand on January 24, 2012. This visually stunning action-adventure filled with heart and soul is a “must-add” to every home movie collection, delivering a premium in-home experience complete with knockout bonus materials that dive deeper into the action.
1/31 TREASURE BUDDIES (Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & Digital)
(Rated: G) On January 31, 2012, The Walt Disney Studios proudly unleashes Treasure Buddies, an all-new live action feature for the whole family on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital. The 6th film in the Buddies franchise stars everyone’s favorite talking canine superstars Rosebud, B-Dawg, Budderball, Buddha and Mudbud, as the pup pack journeys to mysterious Egypt in search of the greatest treasure known to animalkind, the legendary Cat’s Eye jewel, from the lost treasure of Cleocatra! Danger lurks around every secret sphinx, cryptic crypt and puzzling pyramid as Ubasti, a devious cat, schemes to possess the mystical jewel and use its powerful energy to rid the planet of all dogs! With help from new lovable friends Cammy, a baby camel – and a mischievous monkey named Babi – the gang and their new friends avoid booby traps, solve puzzles and explore a mysterious tomb in their most exciting and challenging adventure yet.
2/7 LADY AND THE TRAMP (Blu-ray & High Definition Digital)
(Rated: G) A classic love story unfolds in the best Disney tradition as a lovely young pedigreed cocker spaniel named Lady, who lives a pampered life, finds herself falling romantically for Tramp, an amorous street-smart pooch without prospects. Although they have fun together on several dates, including a sentimental spaghetti dinner by moonlight at Tony’s restaurant, their relationship is strained not only by Lady’s loyalty to her human family and their newborn baby, but by Tramp’s devil-may-care attitude that eventually gets Lady in trouble and tossed into the dog pound. However, good-hearted Tramp redeems himself by saving the baby from potential harm and thus wins Lady’s love and the affection of her human family.
2/7 GEEK CHARMING (DVD)
(Rated: TV-G) When Dylan Schoenfield (Sarah Hyland), Woodlands Academy’s top girl, accidentally drops her expensive “it” handbag into the mall fountain, she is surprised that film geek, Josh Rosen (Matt Prokop), retrieves it for her. In exchange for rescuing her bag, Dylan must agree to be the subject of Josh’s documentary film. Dylan hopes the film will help her campaign for Blossom Queen – she claims that winning is her only life goal. Josh plans to make a hard-hitting expose about popularity, but, as he gets to know Dylan, he learns that the real Dylan is much more interesting than the persona she’s created. At the last minute, Josh decides that his film should introduce this awesome girl to the world, but how will Dylan react when she sees it?
2/7 BABY EINSTEIN: BABY LULLABY (DVD)
Baby Lullaby – Take your baby on a soothing journey with classical lullabies by Bach, Brahms and Mozart. Enjoy relaxing ocean waves, sweet puppet shows, and tranquil images. From fun time to rest time, Baby Lullaby is the perfect way to spend special time with your baby.
2/7 BABY EINSTEIN: BABY BEETHOVEN (DVD)
Baby Beethoven – Parent and baby can listen to the joyous sounds and cherished works of Beethoven. See how music celebrates the sounds of different instruments. Together, they will experience a world of enchanting sights and sounds and make new discoveries with Baby Beethoven.
2/7 BABY EINSTEIN: BABY MOZART (DVD)
Baby Mozart – Parent and baby will discover the joy of classical music together and listen to Mozart’s popular works – including “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” – delightfully re-orchestrated for little ears. They’ll look at real-life images and enchanting puppet shows bringing a symphony of sights and sounds together as they share new discoveries with Baby Mozart.
2/7 BABY EINSTEIN: NEPTUNE’S OCEANS (DVD)
Neptune’s Oceans – Dive in with your little explorer for a voyage of undersea discovery! Journey across Neptune’s Oceans to encounter amazing marine life in their natural habitats. Penguins, whales, dolphins, sea lions and crabs come to life in engaging musical portraits. Together, you and your baby will ride a tide of fun as you explore this wondrous new world!
2/7 BABY EINSTEIN: WILD ANIMAL SAFARI (DVD)
Wild Animal Safari – Parents can take their little explorer on an exotic musical expedition to meet wild animals from across the globe. Together, they’ll journey to the jungle, savanna, desert and forest on a wild, wonderful voyage of discovery with Wild Animal Safari.
2/7 BABY EINSTEIN: ANIMALS AROUND ME (DVD)
Animals Around Me – Parent and child set off on a fun-filled “field trip” to discover animals found at the park, on the farm, and in their own backyard – whether furry or feathered, winged or wiggly, bumpy or cuddly, they’ll explore the Animals Around Me.
2/7 BABY EINSTEIN: WORLD OF RHYTHM (DVD)
World of Rhythm – Your little one will want to keep a beat, snap his fingers and march his feet! Join characters Pillie, the musical woodpecker, and Coco, the dancing cockatoo, and share the excitement of rhythm with your baby. World of Rhythm explores rhythm in music, rhythm in nature and rhythm as a form of expression. It’s a fun way to encourage children to express themselves through singing, dancing, clapping and playing!
2/7 BABY EINSTEIN: WORLD OF COLORS (DVD)
World of Colors – Parent and child share a rainbow of sights and sounds and discover the wonders of color together! They’ll join puppet host “Vincent Van Goat” as he creates six Van Gogh masterpieces exploring red, green, blue, yellow, orange and purple with World of Colors.
2/7 BABY EINSTEIN: WORLD OF WORDS (DVD)
World of Words – Parent and child join playful puppet host Bard the Dragon on an exciting adventure using everyday words, such as flower, cat, and moon, plus beautiful scenery from nature with World of Words.
3/6 THE LION KING 11⁄2: Special Edition (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital)
(Rated: G) Hilarity reigns in the motion picture comedy-adventure that takes you waaay back to the beginning before Simba’s tale began…now more fabulous than ever for the first time in a 2-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack!
3/6 THE LION KING II: SIMBA’S PRIDE: Special Edition (Blu-ray, DVD & Digital)
(Rated: G) The king of animated films reigns in this final chapter of The Lion King trilogy, now breathtakingly beautiful for the first time in a 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack! Experience the power of “Upendi”—which means “love”— as Kiara, Simba’s strong-willed daughter, seeks adventure away from her father’s watchful gaze. Timon and Pumbaa can do only so much to protect her, especially when she encounters an intriguing rival, Kovu, a cub who is being groomed to lead Scar’s pride.
Also watch out for these Bluray & DVD Titles
TBD CINDERELLA (Blu-ray)
(Rated: G) Disney’s Cinderella has enchanted generations with its unforgettable story, Academy Award®-nominated music (1950 for Scoring of a Musical Picture, Song “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” and Sound Recording) and endearing characters. With a wave of her wand and some “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother transforms an ordinary pumpkin into a magnificent coach and Cinderella’s rags into a gorgeous gown, and then sends her off to the royal ball. But Cinderella’s enchanted evening must end when the spell is broken at midnight. It will take the help of her daring animal friends Jaq and Gus and a perfect fit into a glass slipper to create the ultimate fairy tale ending.
TBD PLANES (Blu-ray & DVD)
(Not Yet Rated) The sky’s the limit as DisneyToon Studios proudly announces PLANES – a spectacular, full-length CG animated comedy action adventure movie for everyone set high above the world of CARS. PLANES will introduce an entirely original and hilarious crew of daredevils from every corner of the globe and draws inspiration from the immensely popular Disney•Pixar’s CARS world. PLANES will arrive on Blu-rayTM and DVD in Spring 2013.
- Disney’s Treasure Buddies Premiering On Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital on January 31, 2012 (chipandco.com)
- Lady and the Tramp: Diamond Edition on Blu-ray & DVD February 7, 2012 (chipandco.com)
“The Help” will be out on Blu-Ray and DVD on December 6th. There is a new coupon available for $5.00 off coupon on “The Help” Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The coupon expires 12/11/11.
Thanks to Couponing to Disney for the heads up!
- Save $5 On Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Special Edition Blu-ray or DVD Combo Pack (chipandco.com)
- THE HELP on Blu-ray and DVD December 6th, 2011 (chipandco.com)