New on Blu-ray, and Digital Download
What’s new on Blu-ray and Digital Download? This week, I have three animated picks aimed at families that are coming out in the Spring. One is one of Disney’s newest classics, while two others might need to be avoided at all costs, depending on one’s preference.
Let’s start with by far the best movie this week, Frozen. The moment you hear an opening number right at the beginning, featuring men singing a work song while carving and selling ice, you know this one’s gonna be juicy good. The film focuses on two sisters named Anna and Elsa, played by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel respectively. Elsa is the ultimate Ice Queen, and is afraid of hurting those she loves. As a result, she isolates herself in an ice castle. It’s up to Anna – with the help of a gruff mountain man named Kristoff and a dim-witted yet lovable snowman named Olaf – to go out and find her and return her to Arendelle. This is a fantastic film that can be enjoyed for all ages, and will be adored for years to come. I totally recommend this as a top family pick.
Frozen is now available on Digital Download, and will be available on Blu-ray combo pack March 18.
Sorry to say this, but I fear that both Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson have both sunk to a new low with this train wreck, not that the former has been a very good actor anyway. In Free Birds, they’re about as funny watching a sofa. This is a propagandistic film that not only casts both the Pilgrims AND the Native Americans who made the Thanksgiving holiday what it is today as villains (turkeys good, humans bad), but they also take cheap shots at conservative former president George W. Bush, and ridicule the US military as well. Making matters worse for Wilson and Harrelson, they’re surrounded by has-beens such as George Takei (Hikaru Sulu from Star Trek) and Amy Poehler. I hope they got nice paychecks for this piece of propaganda.
Free Birds is now available on Blu-ray and digital download.
The Nut Job
But Wait! There’s yet another bad animated family film coming out this Spring. Also new is The Nut Job
, starring Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser. When I saw the trailer to this movie, which was nothing but a collection of burp and fart jokes, I knew this would be a critical disaster… and of course I was right. That’s because this is a tedious, offensive, obnoxious, unfunny, mean-spirited, unholy mess about a selfish squirrel named Surly who conducts a plan to rob a nut shop. It’s worse than it sounds. It’s not for kids with families, it’s not even appropriate for children at all. This is the one to avoid at all costs
The Nut Job will be available on Blu-ray and Digital Download this April.
Those are your upcoming Spring picks for this week. There will be more to come.