When it comes to Thanksgiving, it's one of the Holidays that I put on my B-list - a sort of inconveniently-placed day that falls in-between the two greatest Holidays of the year - Halloween and Christmas. It's become easier for us in recent years, but Thanksgiving has traditionally been the gateway into the massive headaches of the "when do we have to be where?" season, where getting together with family turns into arguments about why you can't physically be in several locations at once, and why work schedules largely dictate the can and cannots. But, there is still plenty of good to be had, ushering in the day with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and settling in for some prime viewing on Netflix. While I'm generally more inclined to skip right into the Christmas specials (our tree has been up for over a week already), here's some fun (and off-the-wall) turkey-tinged treats to check out this week!
It's a rare occasion that I get to see a film during it's theatrical run, and then circle back around to it some months later to revisit it when it comes home. But that's what happened this week with the release of FREE BIRDS on Blu-ray via 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. In a relatively quick turnaround, the film, originally released this past November, came home in just three months time, giving families a Thanksgiving treat... just in-time for Valentine's Day.
Whether you're into belly badges, mice on trains, cats in hats, talking rag dolls, anthropomorphic turkeys, or wacky space knights based on toys, this week offers up an interesting assortment of new DVD and Blu-ray releases for kids and family. The music side of things is a little light, but new records from Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo Crew, along with Jazzy Ash also hit the streets. Take a look at the highlights from this week's Family Media Releases below, right here on The Rock Father!
On February 4, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the recent film FREE BIRDS on Blu-ray and DVD. We've seen it, and it was cute. Now, families will have the chance to enjoy it whenever they'd like, and today THE ROCK FATHER is teaming-up with Fox to get one lucky reader hooked-up with a copy of the all-new Blu-ray! Want a chance to win? Scroll down, but first... some interesting facts about Turkeys.
This past November, I took my oldest to check out a screening of FREE BIRDS as part of a promotion that I was doing with Chuck E. Cheese's. Addie and her little friend dug it, and now we'll be able to re-live what just might be a new staple of the Thanksgiving season... in-time for Valentine's Day. The folks at 20th Century Fox have officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of FREE BIRDS for February 4, 2014. Check out the specs below, and for more upcoming releases, visit my ongoing list of what's hot for families.
In the interest of full-disclosure, it's my duty to inform you that I received my passes to check out FREE BIRDS from my friends over at CHUCK E. CHEESE'S. While they have a marketing partnership with Relativity Media (the studio behind the film), you really can't blame Chuck and the gang for how their product placement actually appeared in the final film. In fact, while I've seen many jump to discussing some vast pizza conspiracy - after all, this is a movie about time-travelling turkeys seeking to have turkey replaced with pizza on the Thanksgiving menu - I have a feeling that Relativity was actively seeking a pizza partner, and when they locked one in, it was those logos that got slapped upon a few empty boxes - creating what's actually an interesting inaccuracy, but one that's pretty much irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. It's a movie about turkeys... for kids, and the kids that we took sure seemed to enjoy it.