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Monday, May 9, 2011

Blu-ray Round Up: Family Time!

It seems like nowadays the time spent with family has fallen by the way side. It's iPods, video games, work, etc that gets int he way of quality time. So, I thought it'd be nice to highlight four titles that families can gather and watch together.

There's something for all ages here so have a look and plan your evening!

It might be hard to get the younger kids to sit through this one but Fiddler on the Roof is a wonderful film to share with the family.  It's pretty long so be prepared for a 3-hour film but this 40th anniversary release is a wonderful watch.  The transfer is beautiful and the sound, so important for a musical, is spectacular. 

Those of you out there who are fans of the film will be pleased with the special features.  There are numerous featurettes that focus on the music, the cast, the director and more.  You also get trailers, a deleted scene, and more.

The running time might scare off the kids but maybe you'll get lucky and they'll make it through.  they'll be glad they did in the end,



 
When I was growing up no one, not Disney or anyone, made cartoons as good as Don Bluth.  These next two titles are prime examples of that.  All Dogs Go To Heaven and The Secret of Nimh are absolute must haves, especially if you have young kids in the family.  They will love these movies and you will not find a better animated film (outside of Pixar).  You'll laugh, you'll cry, you and your kids will never forget these movies.

They both look great on blu-ray but unfortunately, not exactly loaded with special features.  Nimh has a commentary, a behind the scenes featurette and a trailer.  All Dogs is bare bones.

I really hope they release more Don Bluth films.  Sure they don't scream for High-Def releases but I'd love for his movies to belong to as many generations as possible.
 

Last but not least is probably the funnest movie of the bunch and one that all the kids (grown and young) will love.

Teen Wolf!  arguably one of Michael J. Fox's best movies if we aren't counting Back To The Future or The Frighteners.

Definitely one that the whole family will enjoy.  It's really funny and no matter the ages the kids will be hooked.  It is totally 80s but that's half the fun to be honest.

Sadly, this release is also devoid of features. Which is sad for fans of the movies but it still looks pretty great on the format so I guess that's something.

Anyway, I hope these suggestions lead to a great night celebrating the awesomeness of film with the family!

Fiddler On The Roof, The Secret of Nimh, All Dogs Go To Heaven (as well as its sequel) and Teen Wolf are all available now!

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