When The Emoji Movie arrived in theaters this past summer, most mainstream critics weren't exactly kind to it. In fact, there was already some negative buzz swirling around it since it was first announced - and even I questioned just how, exactly, Sony Pictures was planning to execute a feature film based on the characters than live within our phones. Thing is, that's exactly what they did - with filmmaker Tony Leondis crafting a tale of a world that literally exists inside of our devices, connecting everyone. Emojis have been everywhere these past few years, and The Emoji Movie gives them purpose, because even those who openly detest the creatures who evolved from emoticons, now harbor them within their purses or pockets every single day. Thing is, this isn't a movie for grownups, but very much a tale for tech-obsessed kids, which is always something of a double-edged sword here in our house.
Lucasfilm's Star Wars Rebels is a unique thing for our family when it comes to the grand scheme of Star Wars storytelling. Despite countless spin-offs in every possible medium, Rebels stands right alongside the cinematic feature films in terms of both importance and enjoyment, and for our children I expect it will remain just as memorable for them as the Original Trilogy has been for all of us. With Season Four set to debut on Disney XD this fall, the just-released Star Wars Rebels - Complete Season Three Blu-ray set is the perfect way to re-live the latest run before the series returns for its final season.
When DIE HARD hit theaters in the summer of 1988, no one would've expected that the film would become a perennial favorite... at Christmastime. Released in July, but with the action taking place on Christmas Eve, DIE HARD became a cultural phenomenon that launched a franchise, turned Bruce Willis into an action hero, and brought some boom to the holiday season. The Christmas vibe was back when DIE HARD 2 arrived in 1990, and while the next three installments avoided seasonality, those first two movies have forever been required holiday viewing for me (and many others). For 2015, and released in the same week that it was revealed that Len Wiseman would be helming a prequel entitled DIE HARD: YEAR ONE, the first five films in the DIE HARD franchise have been re-issued on Blu-ray and Digital HD in an ultimate edition - NAKATOMI PLAZA: DIE HARD COLLECTION. This exciting new set is a featured item in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide!
Disneynature's documentary films have become somewhat of an annual tradition over the past few years, a new one arriving each Spring, just in-time for Earth Day. Following the successes of AFRICAN CATS, CHIMPANZEE and BEARS (review here) comes this year's entry, MONKEY KINGDOM. Beautifully-shot (as expected) under the direction of Disneynature series vets Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, 30 ROCK's Tina Fey provides the narration for this time around.
As a child of the 1980s, one of the most terrifying, yet compelling movies that I ever laid my eyes upon was POLTERGEIST. In fact, I'm not even sure why I was allowed to watch it, but I did - repeatedly, over and over and over again. Recently reimagined to scare a new generation, Director Gil Kenan (MONSTER HOUSE) brought POLTERGEIST back, and it's now available as an Extended Cut from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment - available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The film lands here in my annual 31 Days of Halloween as a #ForGrownups Giveaway, where one lucky reader of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine will bring the POLTERGEIST into their home on Blu-ray Combo Pack!
Get ready, because this summer's biggest movie is coming home! JURASSIC WORLD stomped the opening-weekend box-office, scoring the highest domestic, international and worldwide openings of all time - since taking in more than $1.6 Billion globally to become the third-highest grossing film in history. On October 1st, get ready for a return visit when JURASSIC WORLD hits Digital HD ahead of its 3-D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™(with limited edition steelbook packaging!), DVD and On Demand debut on October 20, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment! 22 years after Steven Spielberg’s JURASSIC PARK hit theaters, audiences can now "witness the story come full circle as the park that was only a promise comes to life." Check out the details below, and stay tuned - #TeamJurassic is back in action, and The Rock Father is reporting for duty!