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“The Lion King” ROARS To Its Rightful Place In The Walt Disney Signature Collection


I remember taking my oldest 2 children to see The Lion King in the theater when it made its debut many years ago. It became a favorite of theirs and of my third child, who at the time was just a baby. Since then, we have added 2 more children to our family, and believe it or not, I don’t think they have ever seen The Lion King.

Well, that will change this weekend as I have just received, The Walt Disney Signature Collection version of The Lion King on Blu-ray. We are going to have a family movie night this weekend with this coming of age masterpiece, filled with humor and heart, breathtaking animation and soul-stirring Academy Award winning music. You can get it to0, The Lion King roars to its rightful place in the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital Aug. 15th and on Blu-ray™ Aug. 29th.

Audiences will fall in love all over again with the treasured classic, and a new generation of fans will laugh with Timon and Pumbaa, cry with Simba and Mufasa, burst into song, and find their place in the “Circle of Life.” The Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes over three hours of classic bonus material and exclusive, brand new features inviting viewers to sing along with the film’s award-winning music, observe recording sessions, step inside the story room, witness the evolution of a villain, and join Nathan Lane (voice of Timon) and Matthew Broderick (voice of Adult Simba) for an extended conversation regarding the legacy of “The Lion King.”

Bonus Features:

BLU-RAY, DIGITAL*:

  1. Brand New Sing-Along Version
  2. Audio Commentary – View the film with commentary by producer Don Hahn and co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
  3. Visualizing a Villain – Against a backdrop of live dancers and the animated “Be Prepared” sequence, artist David Garibaldi paints a masterpiece of evil.
  4. The Recording Sessions – Watch rare footage of the actors recording their roles, matched with the final animation. Intro by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff.
  5. Nathan and Matthew: The Extended Lion King Conversation – Nathan Lane (Timon) and Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba) offer candid and hilarious insights into their Lion King experiences.
  6. Inside the Story Room – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff present archival footage of five original story pitches.
    1. Circle of Life – See how color creates emotion and meaning in the film’s iconic opening.
    2. Simba & Nala – See how elements proposed in story meetings evolve into what appears onscreen.
    3. Simba Takes Nala Out to Play – …And, sometimes what seems funny in story meetings never makes it into the film!
    4. Hakuna Matata – Co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff sing, act and dance their hearts out as they pitch the “Hakuna Matata” sequence.
    5. Rafiki and Reflecting Pool – Co-directors Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff pitch a sequence that became the emotional heart of The Lion King to Producer Don Hahn.
  1. Music & More – Sing along to your favorite songs from the movie!
    1. “Circle of Life”
    2. “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”
    3. “Be Prepared”
    4. “Hakuna Matata”
    5. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
  1. Galleries
    1. Visual Development – Explore a gallery of striking artwork that inspired the movie’s look and feel.
    2. Character Design – Trace the development of the film’s unforgettable characters through early concept art drawings.
    3. Storyboards – Examine storyboards created in the development of “The Lion King.”
    4. Layouts – Feast your eyes on layouts created in the development of “The Lion King.”
    5. Backgrounds & Layouts – Journey through a gallery of landscape paintings that shaped the world of “The Lion King.”
  1. Classic Bonus Features (Digital Only) – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as bloopers, audio commentary, deleted and alternate scenes, and in-depth journeys into the music, film, story, animals and stage show.

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Product SKUs: Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy), Digital HD/SD, DVD
  • Feature Run Time: Approximately 89 minutes
  • Rating: G in U.S. and Canada
  • Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 1.78:1

 

 

What are your memories of The Lion King? Are you excited about this new release?

 



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Bring Home The Tale As Old As Time Today! #BeautyandtheBeast

Unless you have been under a rock for the last few months, you have undoubtedly heard about Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic. You may have even seen it in the theater and if you didn’t get a chance, you can pick it up on Blu-ray combo pack at major retailers now.

Check out the trailer below:

 

Wow, it still makes me excited. It was such a wonderful movie! I thought everyone was cast perfectly and Gaston stole the show. Emma Watson was perfect for the role of Belle and we finally learn what happened to her mom. Anyone that grew up watching this movie will absolutely adore the live-action movie. The songs were fabulous especially the new song Evermove.

The Blu-ray release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film was brought to life utilizing lavish sets, elaborately designed costumes and props, and state-of the-art technology. A feature on the amazing women behind the enchanted tale hosted by Emma Watson; and over 10 minutes of deleted scenes along with musical extras, including the “Beauty and the Beast” music video starring Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion’s heartfelt take on the new song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” and jump directly to all you favorite unforgettable songs.
Bring home the timeless tale beloved by generations on Digital HD, Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, and On-Demand Today!

Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:

  • Enchanted Table Read – Join the cast for the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more.
  • A Beauty of a Tale – Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic.
  • The Women Behind “Beauty and the Beast” – Emma Watson introduces several of the talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life.
  • Making a Moment with Celine Dion – Celine Dion shares what it’s like to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever” – and be a part of the legacy of “Beauty and the Beast.”
  • From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences – See what goes into making some of the best-known moments from “Beauty and the Beast.”
    • “Belle” — Filmmakers and cast reveal how it felt to shoot this memorable scene.
    • “Be Our Guest” — Discover all that went into creating this epic, primarily virtual performance.
    • “Gaston” — Join the cast for rehearsals and filming of this rousing, high-energy number.
    • “Beauty and the Beast” — You’re invited on set for the filming of this beloved, classic scene.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Introduction by Director Bill Condon — Director Bill Condon presents a collection of scenes that, for one reason or another, ended up on the cutting-room floor.
    • Gaston Courts Belle — Pleased with himself after settling a disturbance with the townspeople, a triumphant Gaston attempts to woo Belle.
    • Bread and Jam for Agathe — On her morning market rounds, Belle stops by to see Agathe, the village beggar woman.
    • Storming the Ice Gates — The angry mob of villagers, led by Gaston, overwhelms the castle’s defenses.
    • Lumière Torches LeFou — As the fight rages around them, LeFou scuffles with Plumette … until he experiences a sudden, extremely heated interruption.
    • Monsieur Toilette — LeFou escapes from the brawl into a small room, where he’s startled by a castle resident.
    • Cogsworth Rescues Lumière — When Clothilde the fishmonger threatens Lumière, Cogsworth leaps into the fray.
    • Treacle the Lasses — Three village lasses chase Chip and Froufrou – Madame Garderobe’s dog-turned-footstool – into the kitchen, where a surprise awaits.
    • LeFou and Monsieur Toilette Reunite — After the spell is broken and the castle residents are returned to human form, LeFou and his new acquaintance meet again.
  • Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” – Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, introduced by director Bill Condon.
  • “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video – Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song.
  • Making the Music Video – Go on set to capture the magic as it happens in Ariana Grande and John Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” music video.
  • Disney Song Selection – Jump directly to all your favorite songs and sing along with the movie.
    • “Belle”
    • “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Music Box)
    • “Belle” (Reprise)
    • “Gaston”
    • “Be Our Guest”
    • “Days in the Sun”
    • “Something There”
    • “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Montmartre)
    • “Beauty and the Beast”
    • “Evermore”
    • “The Mob Sing”
    • “Beauty and the Beast” (Finale)

DVD:

  • “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video

We are going to load up our projector and show this movie outdoors and have an under the stars movie party at our house next month! So what did you think? Did you see it? I would love to know what you thought, leave them in the comments.

 

 


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10 Great Gifts For Classic Disney Lovers

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There are so many occasions and holidays coming up.  Mother’s Day, Graduations, Father’s Day, Bridal Showers and more will soon be upon us.  If you are looking for a gift for a Classic Disney Lover or maybe it’s you that is a huge Disney Classics fan, check out the awesome ideas below.

1. Alice in Wonderland 35 oz. Teapotalice in Wonderland Tea Pot

 

Featuring Alice, Mad Hatter, and March Hare, it’s the Alice in Wonderland 35 oz. Teapot! Perfect for dining and entertaining, this resin teapot inspired by the Disney animated movie Alice in Wonderland stands 8-inches tall and boasts art that includes Alice sitting in her chair while Mad Hatter serves the table tea. Serve tea in style with the Alice in Wonderland 35 oz. Teapot!

2. Winnie The Pooh Lend A Hand Cookie Jar

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It’s no honey pot, but it will do! From the Winnie the Pooh Collection, it’s the Winnie the Pooh Friends Lend A Hand Cookie Jar! This ceramic cookie jar measures 8 1/4-inches tall, and features Christopher Robin, Eeeyore the donkey, Kanga the kangaroo, and Kanga’s son Roo. The handle of the cookie jar reads, “Rabbit’s Howse.”

3. Cinderella Wish Upon a Dream by Thomas Kinkade StarFire Prints Hanging Glass Print

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Relive the classic Walt Disney movie Cinderella and bring home this unique Thomas Kinkade collectible! Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light, emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. The Cinderella Wish Upon a Dream Hanging Glass Print shows a beautiful image of Cinderella and Prince Charming.

4. Lion King Hakuna Matata Salt and Pepper Shakers

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Based off the hit Disney movie The Lion King comes the Lion King Hakuna Matata Salt and Pepper Shakers! These Lion King Hakuna Matata Salt and Pepper Shakers stand 3 1/2-inches tall, and will make the perfect gift for the Disney lover in your family! The salt and pepper shakers set features the words “Hakuna Matata,” and has the stars Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba.

 

5. Little Mermaid Series 1 Montage Film Cell

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This limited edition of 2,500 pieces measures 20-inches tall x 19-inches wide. The charming film cell features an adorable print surrounded by 6 actual strips of film from the classic Disney movie The Little Mermaid, and a numbered limited edition nameplate. Perfect for display in your home or office, these elements are framed in black wood and include a certificate of authenticity. Limited edition of 2,500 pieces. Made in the USA.

6.Sleeping Beauty by Thomas Kinkade StarFire Prints Hanging Glass Print

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Relive the classic Walt Disney movie Sleeping Beauty and bring home this unique Thomas Kinkade collectible! Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light, emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. The Sleeping Beauty StarFire Prints Hanging Glass Print shows a beautiful image of Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip dancing in the forest. Complete with a hanging string.

7. Peter Pan Tinker Bell Flowers Cookie Jar

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Modeled after the very same character that appears in Disney’s 1953 animated film Peter Pan, this sizeable 10 1/4-inch tall ceramic Peter Pan Tinker Bell Flowers Cookie Jar will make for a great conversation starter in your kitchen! As colorful as the film, this Tinker Bell cookie jar features the beloved Disney character sitting atop the jar handle in a charming pose. The flowers on this jar are detailed down even to the folds in the petals!

8. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White’s Apple Teapot

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Tea and apple pie with Snow White and her little pals. It doesn’t get much better than that! From the Disney Princess Collection, this ceramic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Snow White’s Apple Teapot holds 35 ounces of liquid and measures 6-inches tall. It’s shaped like an apple and features Snow White in her familiar dress from the animated Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, plus a gaggle of her forest friends.

9. Disney Aladdin Thomas Kinkade Studios Morphing Mug

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Relive the classic Disney movie Aladdin and bring home this unique Thomas Kinkade collectible! Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light, emphasized simple pleasures and inspirational messages through his art. The Disney Aladdin Thomas Kinkade Studios Morphing Mug transforms from black as hot liquid is added! Watch as the heat-activated process reveals the hidden image in full vivid colors! Holds 11 ounces.

10. Mickey Mouse Pencil and Notepad Holder

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This delightful Mickey Mouse Pencil and Notepad Holder stands 4-inches tall and is made of polyresin. It includes a pen/pencil cup and features a nicely detailed sculpt of Mickey holding a pencil. Decorate your desk in Disney style! Ages 6 and up.

 


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“The Wonder Years” Season One on DVD Review & Giveaway!!! #TheWonderYears

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THIS FALL, FALL IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN WITH ONE OF THE MOST EAGERLY-ANTICIPATED TV DVD RELEASES OF THE YEAR AND ITS VERY FIRST RETAIL RELEASE FROM STARVISTA ENTERTAINMENT/TIME LIFE!

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THE WONDER YEARS: SEASON ONE

 

The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late ‘60s as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage).

In Season 1, Kevin experiences the ups and downs of young love, his school’s well-intentioned, though comedic, attempts at classroom sex education, and the incredible social pressures behind an innocent junior high dance. The peace-love movement hits close to home when Kevin’s sister Karen (Olivia d’Abo) falls for a college-aged, VW bus-driving hippie (future star John Corbett), as does the dark reality of the Vietnam War when his cool neighbor Brian Cooper is killed in action. Kevin gets by with a little help from his friends Winnie (Danica McKellar) and the hyper-allergic Paul (Josh Saviano). Two hours of bonus material, including highlights from the 2014 cast reunion, make Season 1 even more wonderful.

I think the Wonder Years was one of the best shows on TV!  The accurate portrayal of life in the late 60’s and 70’s is so real and tugged at our heartstrings.  After 6 seasons, we felt that we had grown right up along side Kevin, Winnie, Paul and even pain in the butt brother Wayne.  We laughed with them, we cried with them and we felt good watching them as we could relate to the coming of age experiences they faced every episode.  From the great music to the unforgettable fashion The Wonder Years is a timeless classic.  Season 1 is on DVD along with the other seasons of this fantastic show.
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Named by TV Guide as one of the “Top 20 Shows of the ‘80s,” the 2-Disc Set ($19.95SRP),delivers the Emmy® Award-Winning Television Landmark to DVD for the Very First Time, featuring Six Complete Episodes from the Breakthrough First Season and Over Two Hours of Exclusive Bonus Features Including 2014 Reunion Highlights, Interviews
with Fred Savage (Kevin Arnold) and Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper) and Much More!
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The Season 1 Set Contains:
  • Pilot

    Kevin Arnold and best friend Paul Pfeiffer are saying goodbye to their last summer as boys and preparing to enter Robert F. Kennedy Junior High School. Kevin and Winnie share their first kiss as Winnie mourns the loss of her brother, Brian, a soldier just killed in the Vietnam War.

  • Swingers

    At Brian’s funeral, all Kevin can think about is Winnie and their first kiss; meanwhile, sex education begins at school, but Kevin and Paul get the feeling that their teacher isn’t telling them everything they need to know.

  • My Father’s Office

    After Kevin asks his dad about what he does at work, Jack brings his son to his office at NORCOM and shows him around. Kevin gets a glimpse into his father’s life after spending the day with him, and in the end, he realizes that his father is a great man.

  • Angel

    Kevin’s older sister, Karen, doesn’t communicate with her parents anymore, and it’s all because of her new boyfriend, Louis. Kevin takes an immediate dislike to Louis, and finds out that he is cheating on Karen. Things are only made worse when Louis comes to dinner.

  • The Phone Call

    Kevin tries to get up the courage to call Lisa Berlini, while Paul consults the junior high grapevine to find out if Lisa likes Kevin.

  • Dance With Me

    Kevin is madly infatuated with Lisa Berlini and asks her to the school dance, but things change quickly after Lisa accepts a date with another guy.

  • Bonus Features

    • A Wonderful Day: Highlights from the Cast Reunion, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles, California
    • Featurette: With a Little Help from My Friends: The Early Days of The Wonder Years
    • Interviews:
      • Neal Marlens and Carol Black, Creators
      • Fred Savage (Kevin Arnold)
      • Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper)
      • Josh Saviano (Paul Pfeiffer)
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THE WONDER YEARS is the newest DVD release from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life, following in the critically acclaimed footsteps of other top-selling, award-winning boxed sets of CHINA BEACH, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW and THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS, among many others. And much like Kevin Arnold says in the final episode, perhaps, after all these years, you’ll “still look back with wonder” at one of the landmark television
programs of our time.

Win The Wonder Years Complete First Season on DVD:

 

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Simple American Style, Classic Personalized Step Stool Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

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I found the cutest step stool at SimpleAmericanStyle.com.  It was just like one I had as a child.  I ordered one for my son Luke.  I was happy to see the great quality and craftsmanship was the same as the stool of my youth and my son loved it.  He can sit on it like a chair or flip the back over to make a 2 step, step stool to help him reach the sink.  It looks in the kitchen, family room or his bedroom.  It is a classic piece that he can pass down to his kids someday.

Mommy Ramblings loves this classic step stool so much we are adding it to our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!!!  The step stool and loads of other great gifts for everyone on your holiday gift list can be purchased at SimpleAmericanStyle.com.

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A Classic design from the 1950’s destined to be passed down for generations to come!

Acts as a step stool, then can be changed into a toddler’s chair.

  • Lightweight to carry-but sturdy to step/sit on.
  • Holds up to 150lbs.
  • This stool is made from the finest Pennsylvania cherry wood.
  • Measures: 12″ from front to back and 15″ side to side. Steps measure: 3.5″ and 7″ high.
  • Ages 18 months and up.

Child’s name can be added to make a great personalized kids gift!

Best of all, this heirloom kids furniture is 100% made in the USA!

 

Simple American Style is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win a classic personalized step stool from Simple American Style.  Thanks to Simple American Style for the review stool and for sponsoring this awesome giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

Simple American Style, Classic Personalized Step Stool Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules:

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New York City,Classic Harbor Line, Statue of Liberty Cruise and Discount Code!!!

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Dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City, Classic Harbor Line hopes for the privilege of escorting you on a relaxing, inspiring and breathtaking sightseeing cruise through the waters we proudly call home. Our classic yachts – the Schooner Adirondack & Adirondack III and the Schooner America 2.0 (our sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan (our motorized yacht) are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised New York Harbor a hundred years ago. Mommy Rambling’s Readers receive $10 off each ticket purchased at www.sail-nyc.com using ONLINE promo code FAMILY10.  I hope you get to take advantage of this great offer.

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