googlea875c0213e6e807d.html] Fandads: 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker home release dates announced!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams’ riveting, inspiring conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, electrified audiences around the globe, earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. Soon fans can complete their collections when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and via Movies Anywhere on March 17, two weeks before it lands physically in 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 31.

Bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary, which goes behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and explores the legacy of the Skywalker saga. Bonus features also dig into the film’s Pasaana desert scenes, including the thrilling landspeeder chase, and the ship in which Rey discovers family secrets as well as a new little droid named D-O. Plus, fans will hear from Warwick Davis, who reprises his role as Wicket the Ewok, as well as the creature effects team that created a record 584 creatures and droids for the film. Digital consumers will receive an exclusive feature highlighting legendary composer John Williams, who has scored every episode in the Skywalker saga.

Bonus features include*:

  • The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen.
  • Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details.
  • D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid.
  • Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.
  • Cast of Creatures – The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life!

Digital Exclusive:

  • The Maestro’s Finale – Composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares insights on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

The ninth and final episode in the Skywalker saga welcomed the return of original characters Luke Skywalker, General Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Emperor Palpatine and Lando Calrissian, along with the latest generation of heroes and villains, including Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Maz, Rose, General Hux and Kylo Ren. Newcomers include Jannah, a new ally of the Resistance; Allegiant General Pryde of the First Order; and smuggler Zorii Bliss.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is packaged several ways to ensure fans get the most out of their at-home viewing experience. The Multiscreen Edition includes Blu-ray and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K UHD Ultimate Collector’s Edition, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy. 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HD paired with fully immersive picture and sound and Dolby Atmos audio, allowing viewers at home to practically feel the Force.

On March 31, coinciding with the physical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, eight Star Wars films are being released on 4K UHD for the first time: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Can you keep up with Sonic the Hedgehog?

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to an advance screening of Sonic the Hedgehog. All thoughts, opinions, and laughter are our own. 

Last year we were all treated to the first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog and the internet went crazy. Now it did not go crazy in a good way, it went crazy due to the way Sonic looked on the screen. We all know that Sonic is a video game character and has only been seen in a digital and animated version, but a live-action version did not translate how many fans wanted to see him.

Go Undercover with Spies in Disguise

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided a digital copy of Spies in Disguise in exchange for coverage of the upcoming release for Spies in Disguise. All thoughts, opinions, and laughs are our own. 

With so many great animated movies being released every year it's hard to watch and keep up with them all. Thankfully when these movies are digitally or physically released we have a Family Movie night and watch the movie in the comfort of our own home. Spies in Disguise was one of those movies we did not get to see, but are excited to know that it will join our movie collection next month.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Go Into the Unknown with Frozen 2 UPDATED

Disclaimer: The Fandads received a review copy and digital copies to giveaway in exchange for coverage of the home release of Frozen 2. All thoughts, opinions, and journey in the unknown are our own. 

When Frozen 2 was announced we were excited and worried. Excited because we were going to see these strong female characters again but worried because how were they going to top the first one. With the 6 year gap between both movies, I was not sure if my children still wanted to return to Arendelle. Luckily, when we finally saw the movie we all had a great time.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Learning to Adult with Richard Sherman

Growing up in the neighborhood I grew up in there were certain people you looked up to. The neighbor who had the cool Trans-Am. The one kid who had the exotic animals and the neighborhood gangbangers who did not take crap from anyone. Not really good role models if you think about it, but I still learned a thing or two from them.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Make Epic Choices with George and Harold in Captain Underpants Epic Choice-O-Rama​

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is a movie I can watch over and over with my children. I think my son actually watches it twice a month in our household. If you have never seen it here is our review and why we highly recommend it. The movie is a great tale of friendship between two boys and how their imagination strengthens their friendship and get them in trouble now and then. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

On the Road with Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to attend Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures in exchange for media coverage. All thoughts, opinions, and feelings of joy are our own. 

My family has been lucky in attending a lot of Disney on Ice shows in the past few years. My wife would buy us seats close to the ice and as the site grew we started getting invited to attend the shows. My daughter loves seeing her favorite characters on the ice and when we took our son to his first show, he was ecstatic the entire time. We are lucky to have been invited to the latest show and we are excited to see the new program that they have created. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Time to get creepy & kooky with The Addams Family

Growing up, I remember watching The Addams Family on television. I remember loving the craziness of each episode and wanting to visit the Addams. During grad school, the live-action movies came out and I loved the transition from the small to the big screen. The zaniness was there and the actors they chose to play were perfect.

When the newest version of the Addams family came out on the big screen I took my children to see it and we enjoyed it. I enjoyed it so much that I'll tip my hat to it (if you see the movie, you might get that joke). Read about the upcoming home release and how you can win a copy for your family.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Exploring the outside world with Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

We always love watching new shows with our children and lately we have a few favorite shows on Netflix that my children and I watch together. Yesterday we started watching Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeast and we went through half the series before bedtime. With the bright colors, frenetic energy, interesting characters, and fantastic music, this show has become one of our newest favorites on Netflix. I think we will watch this series a few times until the next season comes out.