Disney’s Million Dollar Arm Now Available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD!

million dollar arm blu rayIt was only a few months ago that I did extensive blogging about Disney’s Million Dollar Arm following a whirlwind Disney press trip to cover that movie and plenty of other entertainment topics.

Since the movie just became available yesterday on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD, it’s a good time to relive the excitement of the blogger trip and share all my exclusive Million Dollar Arm articles!

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Here’s an excerpt from my original review of Million Dollar Arm:

Now’s my chance to rave about Million Dollar Arm. I’m not a professional movie critic, so this article is just me, talking about the good things and hoping I can convince you to see this movie. Because it’s that good.

Are you a sports fan? Let me be clear: I’m not. I like going to live sports events, but I couldn’t tell you anything knowledgeable about any professional sport. Further, you pretty much have to pay me to sit down and watch televised game of anything if I can’t bring a book or my laptop along!

Yet I love the sports films Disney has released in the past: The Mighty Ducks, Angels in the Outfield, The Rookie, Miracle. I’ve found them all to be heartwarming, goosebump-inducing works that I could watch over and over again. Million Dollar Arm fits in perfectly among those fantastic family films.

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Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career.

In a last-ditch effort to save his livelihood, he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but baseball scout Ray Poitevint, he discovers Dinesh and Rinku, two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball.

Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys to America to train. While the Americans are out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States.

As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda, learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

The Blu-Ray, Digital HD & SD and Disney Movies Anywhere versions of Million Dollar Arm come with the following bonus features:

  • Making-of Featurettes:
    • Training Camp – Actors Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal faced the same daunting challenge that their characters Rinku and Dinesh did—learning how to pitch a baseball.
    • Their Story – The real JB Bernstein, Rinku and Dinesh explore the legacy of the Million Dollar Arm contest and its impact on the lives and aspirations of children in India…and their own lives as well.
    • Million Dollar Music by A.R. Rahman – The Oscar-winning composer (Best Original Score, “Slumdog Millionaire,” 2008) talks about creating music that encompasses two worlds—India and the U.S.
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
    • JB’s Problem
    • Sold
    • I’d Take Ten Dollars
  • Outtakes
  • More!

Disney’s Million Dollar Arm is available for rental or purchase on Amazon’s Instant Video. You can also purchase it on DVD or Blu-Ray at Walmart.com, Target.com or in stores!

Disclosure: I received my own copy of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm to faciliate this review.

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD Review

Sleeping Beauty diamond edition reviewDisney films bring out some strong nostalgic feelings in me. Watching the classic animated movies bring me right back to my childhood. But it’s not just that I watched them when I was younger. It’s that those movies are just as wonderful as the first time I watched them so many years ago.

Now that I’m an adult with children of my own, I love introducing my little ones to these same movies. I have the hope that the characters and the stories will stick with Haiden and Piper and eventually give them the same feelings of nostalgia.

fairies fom sleeping beautyDisney’s Sleeping Beauty is the latest movie my kids and I are experiencing together. That experience is enhanced by the fact that we just received Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital HD. This edition includes all-new magical bonus features and three never-before-seen deleted scenes. It’s being released everywhere on October 7th, 2014!

“Sleeping Beauty” tells the wondrous tale of a princess cursed by an evil fairy, protected by three loving fairies and, ultimately, saved by “true love’s kiss.”

Featuring the voice talents of renowned opera singer Mary Costa as Sleeping Beauty and Disney stalwart Eleanor Audley as Maleficent, the film’s vibrant visuals were created by a team that included Milt Kahl and Ollie Johnston, two of Disney’s legendary Nine Old Men and an Academy Award®-nominated score adapted from the incandescent music of Peter Tchaikovsky.

“Sleeping Beauty” is the sixteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon and was the last animated feature produced by Walt Disney to be based upon a fairy tale. It’s the tenth film released as part of Disney’s prestigious Blu-ray Diamond Collection.

Creating the ultimate at-home viewing experience, Disney’s 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of magical new bonus features.

Bonus features include “Once Upon A Parade,” in which “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new Festival Of Fantasy Parade, “Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,” a legacy piece spotlighting Disney’s favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis, and “@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion,” in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent completely out of paper.

Additional all-new bonus features include never-before-seen deleted scenes “The Fair” (with deleted character The Vulture,) “The Curse is Fulfilled” and “Arrival Of Maleficent,” plus the Beauty-Oke sing-along to “Once Upon A Dream.” The Blu-ray Superset also includes classic DVD bonus features and more!

The Sleeping Beauty; Diamond Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray superset with digital copy has an MSRP of $36.99, and will be released on 10/7/2014.

Even better, Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition is available for preorder now for just $19.99 and it’s eligible for free shipping. That’s 46% off the MSRP of $37!

Disclosure: Disney and/or the associated public relations professionals provided the product at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are honest and genuine.

Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine DVD Review

doc mcstuffins school of medicine reviewMy daughter is a huge Doc McStuffins fan. Huge. But the truth is, I’m not far behind her on the fangirl scale. Generally speaking, Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins is nothing but sweet, and the episodes involve a subtle lesson wrapped in a cute story.

I especially appreciate that Doc McStuffins has a lighthearted way of exploring medical and dental office visits and makes the prospect of doctor’s appointments a lot less scary and a lot more fun for little kids!

What I like most about Doc McStuffins, though, is that everything above is pulled together in a show that always highlights friendship and encouragement above everything else. Plus, the feminist in me can’t help but be pleased that the show features a smart girl in the lead role of  doctor, and all the characters are respectful of one another.

In Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine, a compilation of engaging Doc McStuffins stories, the many specialties in which doctors practice medicine and health care are highlighted for young kids to comprehend.

In her playhouse clinic, Doc is an optometrist, helping her stuffed owl toy, Professor Hoostburgh, to see clearly again. As a dentist, she fixes a tooth on Donny’s toy shark Mr. Chomp and, as a radiologist, Doc takes an inside look at Daisy’s arm after a Roller Disco fall.

Then, when Doc accidentally sprains her own ankle it’s up to her toys to provide the care and compassion to Doc herself. With rest, patience and plenty of cuddles, she will be as good as new, singing The Doc is in.

Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine includes five different episodes. Each one explores new friends and a different area of medicine:

1  ::  Chilly Gets Chilly / Through The Reading Glass (Optometry)

2 ::  Hallie’s Happy Birthday / Shark-Style Toothache (Dentistry)

3 ::  Think Pink / You Foose, You Lose (Sports Medicine)

4 ::  Disco Dress Up Daisy / The Glider Brothers (Imaging/Radiology)

5 ::  Celestial Celeste / Run Doc, Run! (Imaging/Radiology)

Take a look at So Much Better Now:

The Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine DVD was just released on September 9th, and it also comes with a FREE exclusive Doc McStuffins Dress Up Playset!

The MSRP for Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine is $19.99, but it’s on sale at Amazon right now for $12.96 and it’s eligible for free shipping. That’s 35% off the list price!

Disclosure: Disney and/or the associated public relations professionals provided the product at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are honest and genuine.

Newest Trailer From Disney’s Big Hero 6! #BigHero6

big hero 6 stillIf you haven’t seen the first Big Hero 6 teaser trailer, be sure to check it out before you take a look at the brand new trailer for Disney’s Big Hero 6!

Personally, I fall in love with Baymax a little more everytime a see a new preview or clip with him!

If you can’t see the video of the new Big Hero 6 trailer below, you can view it on Youtube.

After you take a look at the video, you can see the first official Big Hero 6 trailer, a clip from the movie and my announcement about the Big Hero 6 voice cast!

Big Hero 6 opens in theaters on November 7, 2014! Stay updated with all the Big Hero 6 news: 

LIKE Big Hero 6 on Facebook
Follow @DisneyAnimation on Twitter
Visit the Big Hero 6 website

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. 

When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. 

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt), and produced by Roy Conli (Tangled).

The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014

Heroes Wanted: Kids can Win a Trip to the Big Hero 6 Premiere! #BigHero6

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XPRIZE just launched a contest exclusively for 8-17 year-olds to create a real-life Big Hero 6!

Six winners will win a trip to Los Angeles, California to walk the Red Carpet at the Hollywood premiere of Disney’s Big Hero 6. They’ll also have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios!

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A New Clip From Disney’s Big Hero 6! #BigHero6

Big hero 6 posterIf you haven’t seen the Big Hero 6 teaser trailer, be sure to check it out before you take a look at the brand new clip for Disney’s Big Hero 6!

I’m becoming more and more intrigued by the whole Big Hero 6 storyline. This clip doesn’t give us much of an idea of the overall plot, but it’s fun to see more of the main characters!

Check out clip from Disney’s Big Hero 6 below. If you can’t see it here, you can view the video on Youtube.

After you take a look at the video, you can see the official Big Hero 6 trailer and my announcement about the Big Hero 6 voice cast!

Big Hero 6 opens in theaters on November 7, 2014! Stay updated with all the Big Hero 6 news: 

LIKE Big Hero 6 on Facebook
Follow @DisneyAnimation on Twitter
Visit the Big Hero 6 website

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. 

When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. 

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt), and produced by Roy Conli (Tangled).

The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014