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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Feb. 26

Thor Diakow | posted Wednesday, Feb 27th, 2019

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February 26, 2019: A Star Is Born, Ralph Breaks the Internet, The Little Mermaid: Anniversary Edition.

A Star Is Born

SYNOPSIS: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life.  Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive. In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper (“American Sniper,” “American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent. The film also stars Andrew Dice Clay, with Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott. In addition to playing Ally, Gaga performs original songs in the film with Cooper, which they wrote with a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. The music is original and all vocals for the movie were recorded live during filming.

While I still have a soft spot for the 1954 Judy Garland version of this cinematic story, the fourth iteration of the classic romantic drama gets a modern makeover with stellar results. With keen direction from first-timer Bradley Cooper, crisp cinematography by Matthew Libatique, and crackling chemistry courtesy of Lady Gaga and Cooper himself (pulling double duty), A Star Is Born is a grand and sweeping bittersweet love story, full of epic performances and swoon-worthy romance.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•Jam Sessions and Rarities
-“Baby What You Want Me To Do”
-“Midnight Special”
-“Is That Alright”
•The Road to Stardom: Making A Star Is Born
•Music Videos
-“Shallow”
-“Always Remember Us This Way”
-“Look What I Found”
-“I’ll Never Love Again”

Ralph Breaks the Internet

SYNOPSIS: In the hilarious, highspeed sequel to 2012’s Oscar®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) risk it all by traveling to the expansive, fast-paced world of the internet in an action-packed attempt to save Vanellope’s game Sugar Rush.

Ralph and Vanellope are back and the results are awesome! This follow-up to the first colourfully wacky flick manages to carve out an even more poignant story that challenges the lead characters, examines our culture’s obsession with the Internet, and also provides loads of laughs. The animation is simply stunning, the chase sequences are thrilling, and Ralph Breaks the Internet proves lightning can strike twice when is comes to animated adventures with heart. Plus the Disney princesses steal the show!

BONUS FEATURES:
Blu-ray/Digital
•How We Broke the Internet –Go behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios to get an in-depth look at how the filmmakers brought a world to life that billions of people visit every day but never actually see – the internet. Take a front-row seat as the team reveals the inspirations for the story and what it took to bring it to the screen. Discover all that went into developing the characters of the film including netizens like KnowsMore as well as characters like Double Dan. See the lengths the team took to create the car chase scenes in Slaughter Race and much, much more.
•Surfing for Easter Eggs – Surf the web for the near-countless Easter Eggs, inside jokes and references hidden throughout the movie.
•The Music of Ralph Breaks the Internet – Take a look at the music of Ralph Breaks the Internet with appearances by Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, Alan Menken, Sarah Silverman and more.
•Deleted Scenes – Five deleted scenes with intros from directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston. Scenes include Into the Internet, Opposites, Domestic Hell, Bubble of One & Recruiting “Grandma.”
•BuzzzTube Cats – Many videos were created by the animators to fill the screens of the Internet world…and lots of them are of cats! Check out the BuzzzTube to watch this hilarious cat compilation.
•Music Videos – “Zero” by Imagine Dragons and “In This Place” by Julia Michaels.
Digital Exclusive:
•Baby Drivers – Slaughter Racing School – Take a spin behind the wheel with the artists behind Ralph Breaks the Internet as they go to race car driving school.
DVD
•Music Videos – “Zero” by Imagine Dragons and “In This Place” by Julia Michaels.

The Little Mermaid: Anniversary Edition

SYNOPSIS: In honour of its 30th anniversary, two-time Academy Award®-winner (Best Original Score and Best Original Song “Under the Sea,” 1989) “The Little Mermaid,” dives into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection with all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The magical, musical tale of mermaid princess Ariel is shore to make a splash with all generations when it comes home for the first time Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD.

Another Disney classic (this one celebrating 30 years!) comes home with a spiffy new package, loaded with insightful behind-the-scenes tidbits. Take a nostalgic journey under the sea once again with this epic tale and then take a deep dive into the absolutely phenomenal bonus features to learn about its enduring legacy and how the movie came together. A must-have for any Disney film collector!

BONUS FEATURES:
Blu-ray/Digital
•Sing-Along Mode – Sing along to the movie in this  sing-along version of the film.
•Alan Menken & the Leading Ladies Song – From the voice of a mermaid to the tunes of a muse, the music of Alan Menken has scored the soundtrack for some of Disney’s most iconic leading ladies. Join Alan, Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas Singing Voice), Lillias White (Calliope) and Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel) as we celebrate the music of their films in honour of the one that started it all … “The Little Mermaid.”  In this discussion, the ladies will share their memories of musically creating their characters with Alan, discuss what it means to be part of the Disney Princess/leading lady legacy and create new memories as they sing with Alan around a baby grand piano.
•“What I Want From You…Is YOUR VOICE” – Enter the recording studio and get an inside look at the cast of “The Little Mermaid” in their original recording sessions.
•Stories From Walt’s Office – Gadgets & Gizmos – Like Ariel, Walt Disney was a collector of many different things from miniatures to early mechanical characters that inspired the invention of audio-animatronics. We take a look at some the collections that Walt kept in his office in the third episode of this series.
•#TreasuresUntold – Join Ruby Rose Turner and Olivia Sanabia from the Disney Channel Original Series “Coop and Cami Ask the World” as they take a deep dive to explore some hidden treasures and fun facts about Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”
•DCapella “Part of Your World” Music Video

•Classic Bonus Features – revisit four exciting bonus features from previous releases including:
-Deleted Character: Harold The Merman
-Under The Scene: The Art Of Live Action Reference
-Howard’s Lecture
-Audio Commentary With Ron Clements, John Musker and Alan Menken

Digital Exclusives
•“Part of Your World” – A 30-Year Retrospective – Songwriter Alan Menken and Jodi Benson, the acting and singing voice of Ariel, sing the epitome of Disney “I Want” songs “Part of Your World” and discuss its impact since it was first heard 30 years ago.
•Classic Bonus Features – Over 3 additional hours of previously released classic bonus features including Deleted Scenes, Easter Eggs, Music Videos and more!