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Now you can bring Zootopia home

unnamedWalt Disney Animation Studios’ comedy-adventure “Zootopia” has broken records worldwide, earning nearly $1 billion at the global box office and becoming one of the highest grossing originalmovies of all time. Critics and audiences of all ages have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative mammal metropolis of “Zootopia” and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). In fact, critics have hailed “Zootopia” as one of the best films of 2016 and Richard Roeper from Chicago Sun-Times calls it “One of the best animated films ever.”unnamed

When the runaway hit arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand platforms on  June 7, 2016, viewers will not only be able to enjoy the vibrant world of Zootopia and reunite with their favorite characters, but also discover more about the evolution of this extraordinary tale through in-depth bonus offerings.

Bonus features include candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind Zootopia, an alternate opening, never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes, and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that make reference to Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters.

Directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and produced by Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It-Ralph,” “Lilo & Stitch”), the progressive mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a melting pot where animals from every habitat live side by side and “anyone can be anything.” But when new rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voice ofGinnifer Goodwin) arrives in town she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of tough, hulking animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack an unsolved, challenging case even if it means working with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. But the case leads these two unlikely partners to an uneasy conclusion that Zootopia’s “evolved” society is being pulled apart by unseen forces determined to use fear to take control of the city by turning predators and prey against each other.
Others who helped bring the world of Zootopia to life, include a remarkable roster of voice talent including Idris Elba (BBC’s “Luther,” Golden Globe®-nominated for Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation”) as Judy’s no-nonsense cape buffalo boss Chief Bogo, Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child,” “Marcel the Shell”) as Assistant Mayor Bellwether, Nate Torrence (HBO’s “Hello Ladies,” Fox’s “Weird Loners”) as charming cheetah Clawhauser, Bonnie Hunt (“Return to Me,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Don Lake (“Dumb and Dumber To,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show”) as Judy’s anxious, but supportive parents, Tommy Chong (“Up in Smoke,” “That ’70s Show”) as Yax the Yak, J.K. Simmons (“Juno,” Oscar® winner for “Whiplash”) as Mayor Lionheart, Octavia Spencer(“Insurgent,” Oscar® winner for “The Help”) as the distraught Mrs. Otterton, Alan Tudyk(“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Trumbo”) as Duke Weaselton, Shakira as the socially minded international pop star Gazelle, Raymond Persi (“Wreck-It Ralph,” WDAS story artist) as Flash the sloth, Maurice LaMarche (“Pinky and the Brain,” two-time Emmy® winner “Futurama”) as Mr. Big, Tiny Lister (“Friday,” “The Fifth Element”) as Finnick, John DiMaggio (Fox’s “Futurama,” Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time”) as Jerry Jumbeaux Jr., Katie Lowes (ABC’s “Scandal,” “Big Hero 6”) as Dr. Badger, and Jesse Corti (“Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast”) as Mr. Manchas.

 

Night at the Museum 3 is out now on Blu-ray/DVD & Digital Download

NATM-e1425154547409-817x1024I must have visited the American Museum of Natural History a ton of times and even recently spend the night sleeping there…

Which is why I loved the first Night at the Museum movie. It’s just ridiculously fun. I enjoyed the sequels and this 3rd edition Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb is a great capping off of the series.  Its now out on Blu-ray/DVD and on digital downloads (theres a great priced 3 pack of the movies on iTunes).

If you want to hear more about the movie be sure to read our review and our interview with the cast of Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb.

If you’d like to have some fun with the little ones… click on the activity sheets to print them out.

 

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And be sure to check out twitter and instagram using #TrackDexter to see where that cute little monkey ends up…

Big Hero 6 saves the day by flying on to DVD & BluRay

Now you can bring it home on Bluray Combo Pack & DVD

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios,Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. 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 Baymax and his diverse group of friends — adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred — who transform into a band of unlikely heroes. Bring home Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” featuring comic-book-style action and hilarious, unforgettable characters — it’s fun for the whole family!

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BONUS:

  • FEAST Theatrical Short
  • The Origin Story of “Big Hero 6”: Hiro’s Journey (hosted by Jamie Chung, voice of Go Go Tomago) – Join the team behind the team that brought Big Hero 6 to the big screen as they travel on research trips to Tokyo and San Francisco and go behind the scenes of this epic film. Explore everything comic-book about Big Hero 6, from director Don Hall’s passion for comics to the story’s roots in a lesser known Marvel property. We’ll talk to Marvel’s Joe Quesada and Jeph Loeb, who were consultants on the film, to learn what makes a good comic-book story, and how these devices were used to help create Disney’s “Big Hero 6.”
  • Big Animator 6: The Characters Behind the Characters – Join the six lead animators of Big Hero 6 as they talk about each of the characters and how they came to be the heroes they are now.
  • Deleted Scenes (intro by Directors Don Hall & Chris Williams) – Includes two alternate openings and more.

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Sleeping Beauty awakens on a screen near you

sleeping beauty bluraySLEEPING BEAUTY DIAMOND EDITION awakens on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on Oct. 7.

Beauty, wonder and adventure spin together in a grand legend that transcends time as Maleficent, one of animation’s most spectacular villains, sends the kingdom’s beloved Princess Aurora into an enchanted sleep. In a majestic story that awakens all your senses, Good Fairies arm brave Prince Phillip to defeat a fearsome fire-breathing dragon and rescue Aurora. But success in battle may not be enough, for the only way to awaken the Princess is with True Love’s kiss!

Finally releasing from the Disney Vault, Disney’s ultimate princess fairytale classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be available for the first time on Diamond Edition Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on October 7, 2014. Experience all of the pageantry and power of this wondrous tale on Blu-ray – and for the first time on Digital HD – with incredible high definition picture, thrilling, soaring sound, and all-new Diamond Edition special features that make this a must-own for every family’s classic 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, including “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!

Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes:

  • The Fair (With Deleted Character – The Vulture) – In this version of the story, the fairies do not take the Princess to live with them in the forest. Convinced that King Stefan’s order to burn all the spinning wheels in the kingdom will not prevent Maleficent’s curse, the good fairies put a magic circle around the castle and cast a spell: “No evil thing that walks or flies or creeps or crawls can ever pass these castle walls.”
  • The Curse is Fulfilled – The three good fairies have just returned Aurora to the castle and give her a crown. They leave the room to give Aurora some time alone…but Maleficent pays her a visit.
  • Arrival Of Maleficent (Alternate Scene) – Maleficent arrives uninvited to the christening of the Princess Aurora.

 

Sleeping Beauty awakens on Diamond Edition Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere onOctober 7th! To celebrate, A few blogger friends of mine got together an are giving away an incredible ‘Sleeping’ prize package that’s perfect for your princess’ bedroom. This special promotion was created by Killerbdesigns.com, Mythoughtsideasandramblings.com, Dadarocks.com, Formulamom.com and Redlotusmama.com and is valued at over $220!

The Grand Prize (1) giveaway includes:

  • A copy of Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition

o   Disney’s 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

  • Baroque Pink Glass Night Light

o   A handmade item that emits a beautiful and soothing light

  • Princess Bedtime Stories (Storybook Collection)

o   A storybook collection filled with stories featuring the Disney princesses

  • Absolute Ruffle Princess Pink Canopy

o   Sleep like a princess under this princess canopy

  • Colorful Butterfly Night Lights

o   Changes to seven different colors!

  • Girls Sleep Mask

o   Sparkling sequin-trim mask

  • Disney 4 Piece Toddler Bedding Set, Princess Dress to Shine

o   Bedazzled princesses in blue, lavender, pink, yellow and white

  • Pink Princess Throne

o   Now your princess can sit on this polyfoam pink throne!

  • Disney Princess Beauty Kit with Make-Up

o   A fun makeup and beauty kit for your princess

Runner-Up Prize (5):

  • A copy of Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition

o   Disney’s 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)

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Download Slumber Party Kit

Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus, one  of the  nation’s  top  sleep  experts, has  some advice to  offer  parents!

Tips On Helping Children Sleep

  1. Be consistent. Going to bed and waking up at the same time (even on weekends) will help your children keep Maleficent’s evil henchmen out of their dreams.
  2. Use Flora’s gift of beauty.Help your children finish up whatever they’re doing, clean up their toys and make the room neat, comfortable and ready for sleep.
  3. Use Fauna’s gift of song. While everyone’s getting ready for bed, sing a few favorite soothing songs while they bathe, brush their teeth and put on pajamas.
  4. Use Merryweather’s gift of true love’s kiss. Dim the lights, turn on a night-light and read a book. If kids still have trouble quieting their busy brains, try the “relaxation game.” And then give your little ones that loving kiss good night.
  5. Embrace Maleficent’s color of darkness. The color black is best for sleep, though most children like a little light at night. Keep in mind that some night-lights (LEDs, for example) contain “blue light” and that can actually keep a child awake by preventing the brain’s production of melatonin, which starts the engine for sleep. So make sure your child’s night-light is one that filters out blue light.
  6. Follow Sleeping Beauty’s name, Aurora. She is so named because she fills people’s lives with sunshine. When children wake up in the morning, stop by a sun-filled window or take them outside for 15 minutes of brightness. Sun exposure helps reset their internal biological clocks each morning. Parents can also leave the window shades open so the child can wake with the morning light.

 

Dr. Breus notes, “For tips two through four, I recommend ‘The Power Down Half-Hour Technique,’ which I created for children, with 10 minutes spent on each of the activities mentioned. The consistent routine helps calm them down and unconsciously signals the brain to get ready for sleep. Roughhousing and other similar ‘fun games’ often initiated by parents who haven’t seen their children all day usually result in poor sleep.”

 

Finally, here are three rules for napping for infants and toddlers:

  1. Set a specific nap time, or make it three to four hours after they last woke up.
  2. Have a consistent pre-nap routine (it will not be as long as the pre-bedtime routine).
  3. Let children soothe themselves to sleep, even when napping.

 

For more sleeping tips and information from Dr. Breus, visit www.TheSleepDoctor.com

Despicable Me 2 BluRay comes home for the holidays

DM2_BD_3D_coverGru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon.  Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world.   Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, must figure out how to keep his cover while also keeping up with his duties as a father.

The holiday season just got even brighter with the news that Despicable Me 2, the $872 million worldwide box office phenomenon and the year’s #1 comedy, arrives on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Packs, DVD and Digital HD including UltraViolet on December 10, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD November 26, 2013, just in time for families to watch on the go as they gear up for holiday travel.  In addition to more than 45 minutes of hilarious and insightful bonus features, Blu-ray Combo Packs will include, from the makers of Despicable Me, three all-new mini-movies starring the film series’ breakout stars, the mischievous but lovable Minions.  For a sneak peek of these mini-movies, and other great weekly offers from Despicable Me 2, call Gru at **DM2 (**362) from your mobile phone

Despciable Me 2 Minions in ManhattanThis past Thanksgiving since I’m based in Manhattan I was there when a brand new Despicable Me 2 float joins the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade  in celebration of the home entertainment release.   Despicable Me 2 rolled out a deliciously decorated cupcake parlor inspired by the hilarious and heartwarming film and featuring Gru, the reformed master criminal turned devoted dad, and a gaggle of his unpredictable helpers, the Minions.

Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray Combo Pack & Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack.  

  • Three All-New Mini-Movies Starring the Minions—Introduced by Gru
    • Puppy
    • Panic in the Mailroom
    • Training Wheels
    • The Making of the Mini-Movies—A fun-filled take on the making of the mini-movies through the eyes of the artists who made them. 
    • Deleted Scene
    • The Minions—A visit to Illumination Entertainment in Paris and Los Angeles to hear what it’s really like to work with the Minions.
    • Evil Minions—Bigger, badder and more purple than ever, the newest and fiercest addition to the Minion species can chew through metal and swallow a car. Find out more about the process that led to their creation and design.
    • A Gru-Some Transformation—A sit-down with Steve Carell as he discusses the transformation of Gru from the ultimate super-villain to super-dad and international spy.
    • El Hombre Malo: The Villainy Of El Macho—Every great story needs a good villain, and Despicable Me 2 brings on the diabolico in the form of El Macho! Learn about the creation of this character and the actor who brought him to life—Benjamin Bratt.

Monsters University roars into your home

MU_BTN_200x200_spookyI was a big fan of Monsters Inc and my son was a super fan of the movie.  When we heard about Monsters University we both laughed and said to each other yahhh we’ll totally see that – and thats just what we did. We saw the movie a couple of days early and loved it… Now we’re totally excited that we get to watch it over and over again.  For me there is an animal house aspect and for him its those lovable monsters.

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right. “Monsters University” bravely explores themes of self-discovery and the revelations that come with growing up. 

Joining Crystal and Goodman as part of “Monsters University’s” monstrously talented voice cast are Steve Buscemi (voice of Randy Boggs), Helen Mirren (voice of Dean Hardscrabble), Alfred Molina (voice of Professor Knight), Charlie Day (voice of Art), Sean P. Hayes (voice of Terri Perry), Dave Foley (voice of Terry Perry), Nathan Fillion (voice of Johnny Worthington) and Aubrey Plaza (voice of Claire Wheeler). Featuring a score from recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning composer Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3“), MU also includes music from Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia.

Weekend Movie Roundup – What to watch this weekend with the kids

61VOYfkG0KLOut on DVD for the younger kids is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Quest for Crystal Mickey 

Join Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and all their pals in the newest Clubhouse crusade. When the legendary Crystal Mickey goes missing, Mickey and friends go on an adventure to save the Clubhouse from losing its magic. Grab your hat, buckle your seatbelt, and get ready to embark on a thrilling adventure in “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: The Quest for the Crystal Mickey!”

There’s no time to lose after greedy Plunderin’ Pete snatches the legendary Crystal Mickey statue from the Clubhouse. Without this sparkly statue’s magic, the Clubhouse will disappear forever! Can the world’s most extraordinary hero “Kansas City Mickey,” get the magical statue back in time? Only with help from young viewers at homeand the right Mouseketools can Mickey journey across the Sandy Desert, brave the Rushing River and make his way through the Hidden Jungle. But watch out for Pete’s trickiest traps!

 

81oEopLfFGL._SL1290_Looking for a movie night for the older kids is Oz the Great and Powerful

When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. Fame and fortune are his for the taking. That is until he meets three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.  Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late.  Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity and even a bit of wizardry, Oscar transforms himself not only into a great wizard but into a better man as well.

And for those that love the movie here are some great downloads that you can entertain the kids with…
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Father’s Day Gifts Ideas – Toshiba Bluray Player

Toshiba BDX5300

Watch your favorite films with Blu-Ray Format with the Toshiba BDX5300 Blu-ray Player and be ready for added performance when playing 3D discs. The Toshiba BDX5300 3D Blu-ray Disc Player offers Blu-Ray entertainment at its finest.

The Toshiba BDX5300 Blu-ray Player [JR.com | Amazon] features DVDUpconversion and BD-Live that provide entertainment upgrade, allowing you to enjoy your movies to a maximum. This Blu-ray player also comes with numerous ports that let you integrate it to various displays. It has HDMI, USB and Ethernet ports to expand its capabilities. Another amazing add-ons are the Streaming services and WiFi capability for online entertainment. Connected to your Home-theatersystem, the Toshiba BDX2300 also plays DVD and CD formats.

If you have a few 3D Blu-ray titles, a 3D HDTV,Optional 3D glasses with your 3D TV and an HDMI cable that supports the 3D standard, you’re well on your way to jumping into the next dimension of home theater. In addition to movies, the BDX5300 has many Network features that can keep you and the whole family entertained for hours on end. And if you have a Toshiba tablet or other capable device, you can even kick back and control everything using your portable device.

Got a home-theater system? The Toshiba BDX5300 supports advanced Audio formats Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, which are found on many Blu-ray discs. By connecting this disc player to your A/V receiver, you can send up to 7.1 Channels of HD Surround Sound to your multi-channel speaker system.

  • 3D Ready
  • DVD Upconversion; Upgrades the format of your DVD disks to near Blu-ray quality via HDMI connection
  • Streaming Services; lets you Download and play online movies and videos
  • HDMI port; connects with High-Definition display
  • USB port; allows you to connect USB devices
  • SD Card Slot
  • Watch the latest movies from VoDu partners like Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu Plus. Stream the latest Music from Pandora® or watch videos from YouTube. Plus, you can also access dozens of additional media APPS from the VUDU Apps portal
  • BD Live opens up a world of online features, with a convenient SD Card Slot for storing saved content
  • MediaShare DLNA – Grab content from your Smart Phone, Tablet, PC or other DLNA Media Server devices
  • Energy Star Certified

For those looking to go in a little more check out this deal of a laptop.  Satellite P775D Laptop: For the executive or the college student who deserves big-screen entertainment and above-average performance, look no further than Toshiba’s Satellite P775D. This stylish, full-featured, 17.3” widescreen laptop has the latest-generation AMD processor, TruBrite display and a sleek Fusion finish, delivering top-notch performance and entertainment. The Satellite P775D starts at $729.99 MSRP.

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