Phantom Boy DVD Review and Giveaway

Phantom Boy is a highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York.

A touching story of an 11 year old boy, Leo who discovers he has a special power that he uses to help lieutenant Tanner fight a very dangerous villain,The Face.

Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed into a phantom boy, able to leave his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While Leo is in hospital, he befriends Alex Tanner, a New York cop who got injured whilst attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. The pair unite and form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective work to foil the plot and save New York from destruction.

Alex and Leo are both in hospital both different reasons. Leo is in for treatment for hos illness and Alex is in a wheelchair with a broken leg, hurt from attempting to capture The Face. Leo is able to become invisible and fly through walls, his body stays still whilst he has an outer body experience. Leo is a big fan of the Police and couldn’t wait to introduce himself to Alex and help him save Mary, a journalist, who falls prey to The Face when she goes in search of him. With Leo in the air and Alex on the ground they become quite the fighting pair. They have 24 hours to save the City from a deadly computer virus.

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The film is very touching, portraying Leo as a brave young man. It is an action packed, simply animated and a heart warming film.

It has its humourous moments from the villains trusty side kicks and vicious tiny dog, Rufus. The film shows us about the power of teamwork, friendship, family, and courageous acts of kindness. Leo’s illness pulls at the heart-strings yet The Face and his gang bring humour to the film.

My children aged 14, 9 and 5 all enjoyed watching this simple animated fantasy film and found it to be entertaining. They were engaged the whole way through. Leo spends a lot of time in his hospital bed due to his illness and gets the freedom that he yearns by becoming phantom boy. He feels free from the disease by soaring up high in the sky over buildings and flying through walls.

Phantom boy is a beautiful story but also a brilliant superhero film and will leave you feeling warm inside.

Released on DVD 13th February 2017

The film features the voices of Fred Armisen, Vincent D’onofrio and Jared Padelecki.

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A Christmas Star DVD Giveaway #win

A Christmas Star

The feel-good family film of the year, spreading a truly special Christmas message…

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This Christmas, prepare to believe in miracles as Belfast-based children’s charity Cinemagic and Signature Entertainment present A Christmas Star, released in UK cinemas nationwide from 13th November, 2015 and on DVD, Blu-Ray, EST and VOD from 23rd November, 2015.

Staring film and TV’s elite, A Christmas Star tells the heartwarming story of Noel, a spirited young who embarks on a magical journey to save her friends and family. Newcomer Erin Galway-Kendrick and a host of actors including Pierce Brosnan (James Bond), Suranne Jones (TV’s Scott & Bailey, Doctor Foster), Robert James-Collier (TV’s Downton Abbey, Coronation Street), Bronagh Waugh (Hollyoaks, The Fall), and Richard Clements (A Belfast Story). The film is narrated by Liam Neeson (Taken, A Walk Among The Tombstones) and features a cameo from Kylie Minogue and guest appearance from Dermot O’Leary.

Born in dramatic circumstances under the Christmas Star, Noel believes she has the gift to perform strange miracles. When conniving developer McKerrod threatens her peaceful life she teams up with a misfit gang of local kids to save the village from demolition.  However, one by one her friends lose faith in Noelle’s abilities and she is left to fight McKerrod on her own. The town’s future hinges on a final showdown in Belfast’s historic Stormont building as Noelle implores politicians, her friends and the watching world to believe in the true meaning of Christmas…love.

‘The innovative film production gave budding young actors the chance to star alongside movie legends. Over 40 trainee crew aged 18 – 25 were mentored by industry professionals who trained them in all aspects of filmmaking including director Richard Elson (M.I. High, Steffi), award-winning film composer Patrick Doyle (Brave, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), music supervisor Maggie Rodford, (The King’s Speech, Anna Karenina), casting director Ros Hubbard, (The Commitments, Dracula Untold), camera operator, Ian Fox, (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man), producer Iain Smith, (Children of Men, Mad Max: Fury Road) and production manager, Terry Bamber (The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Skyfall), who all took a break from their own shooting schedules to mentor the trainees.’

Cinemagic patron and Oscar-winning writer, Julian Fellowes, said: “I am proud to be associated with the fantastic work that Cinemagic has been delivering for twenty five years. We are told on every side that it’s time to lower barriers and cross frontiers and this is exactly what Cinemagic is doing.” He added: “Young people, from every type of background and culture, are being encouraged to explore the world of film for themselves, first hand. We want them to break through the glass ceilings and walls that surround them, and see for themselves what it’s really like. Whether or not they continue to live or work in the Arts, there can surely be no better preparation for seeking and finding the right life.”

Cinemagic Chief Executive, Joan Burney Keatings, MBE said: “Our Christmas feature film has brought young people from different cultural backgrounds together, and representatives from the worlds of film, television and music collaborated to celebrate creativity and highlights the importance of developing young people’s skills and offering them unique film and television related opportunities. We are enormously proud and excited to bring this to cinemas nationwide for all the family to enjoy this Christmas.”

I’m giving away a copy of the DVD to one lucky winner. Enter below. Ends 12/12/15 midnight. Uk entries only please.

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LEGO DC with Justice league: Attack of the Legion of Doom Review

The Justice League are back, including superheroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and many more of your favourites, and are preparing to take on an evil group spearheaded by villainous genius Lex Luthor, who is obsessed with world domination, in JUSTICE LEAGUE: ATTACK OF THE LEGION OF DOOM

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Lex Luthor is not happy – crime is on the run as the newly formed Justice League are working hard to keep the citizens of Metropolis safe. He creates his own team with a gang of skilled scoundrels, including the wrathful Black Manta and Sinestro, and so the Legion of Doom is born. The evil galactic tyrant enlists Lex Luthor, and his formidable Legion of Doom, to launch a daring plan to attack top-secret government site, Area 52, and take over the world!  If the plan succeeds, the Legion of Doom will have access to some of the word’s deadliest weaponry and advanced alien technology. Is success for the daring villain finally within reach, or is crime destined to suffer yet another humiliating defeat by the Justice League?

Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and the rest of the team are the fearless super-heroes that Metropolis needs. It’s up to the Justice League to defeat the world’s greatest super villains and save the planet – but have they finally met their match in the Legion of Doom?

My son absolutely loves LEGO, what child doesn’t? It encourages their creativity, imagination helps their fine motor skills through construction, designing and making what ever they fancy. It’s their world and their ideas. Not only does my so own an immense amount of small pieces of bricks in different colours and sizes,  he also has likes to watch the movies and play the games.

We was recently sent a copy of LEGO Justice League: Attack of the legend of doom to review. My son was on cloud nine when it arrived in the post, straight away it was placed into the machine to watch. It must have been replayed about 3 times on that first day! Here’s what he thought of it:

What is the movie about? It’s all about the Dc bad guys who have formed together to form the Legion of Doom. Their conquest is to rule the Earth by using Martian man hunter. The Justice League stop them because Martian man hunter finds out that the Legion of Doom are bad

Who is your favourite character? The Flash

Why? He is funny and makes me laugh. He is super fast and I would like to be just like him

Who is your least favourite character and why? Darkside because he is the ruler of all bad

Where is it set? e and in Space

What is your best scene? It would probably be when my favourite character Flash takes Green Lanterns coffee and changes it into a banana without him noticing, because he is really fast. It was funny when Green Lantern tried to drink the Banana.

If you could become one of the character, which one would it be and why? Definitely Flash as he is really fast and I like to run, so if I was fast like him then I would win all of the running races that I enter.

What is the message in this movie? Trusting your instincts and working together as a team

Would you recommend this movie to a friend? Yes I would. I think that my friends would really enjoy watching this movie because it is action packed and funny.

Overall the film is cute and the characters are humorous.

RRP: £5.99

Running Time: 74 mins

We was a sent a copy of the DVD to review, words and opinions are of my 8 year old son 🙂

 

 

 

Scooby Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery DVD Review

 Are you ready to rock?

Scooby Doo and co team up with the one and only iconic rock band Kiss.

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Scooby and the gang travel down to the newly opened ‘KISS World’ theme park in order to watch the famous glam rock band play at their highly anticipated Halloween concert. But when they arrive, it’s discovered that the park has been closed to the public! The evil Crimson Witch has plotted to summon the Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria. Mystery Inc. teams up with KISS in order to unite their forces in an epic rock ‘n’ roll battle, and save the park from its impending doom.

Will the gang be able to thwart the Crimson Witch’s dastardly plan, with the help of their favourite rock stars, and save the world?

We was sent a copy of the DVD to review. The boys adore Scooby Doo – Who Doesn’t? So when they saw the DVD they couldn’t wait to watch it, I on the other hand was looking forward to listening to some of the Kiss classic tracks.

Since watching it for the first last week, they have seen it about 10 times, they love to sing along to songs and are even asking me now to paint their faces just like Kiss.

Here’s what my 8-year-old thought of it –

What happens at the beginning of the movie? Scooby Doo and gang attend a Kiss Halloween concert but end up finding out that there is a mystery to solve.

Who is your favourite character in the movie? I would have to say the commercial officer because he makes me laugh.

Who is the commercial officer? He appears throughout the movie at times and it is like watching an advert. He tries to Kiss franchise at every opportunity

What is your favourite part of the movie? It would be when Starchild fights the Crimson Witch because it makes him look like a superhero.

What happens at the end of the movie? Kiss returns the rock of kissteria

What do you like about the movie? I like the songs and I’m looking forward to learning more of Kiss music. My favourite song is ‘Rock and roll all nite’ . My little brother really liked the part when Kiss perform the song ‘I was made for lovin you’

Get ready to rock, and don’t miss SCOOBY DOO! AND KISS: ROCK AND ROLL MYSTERY as it’s released on DVD on 12th Oct 2015.

RRP:  £9.99

Running Time:  79 mins

CERT: PG

We was sent a copy of the Movie for the purpose of this review.

Thomas & Friends: Dinos and Discoveries DVD Review

 Roar into Adventure

If your children are anything like mine and they adore Thomas the Tank Engine, then they may like the new Thomas and Friends DVD.

Thomas and Friends is an adventurous, fun and imaginative world that children love to explore. My son just needs a small little train in his hands and he can make up wonderful stories all about exciting adventures, his little mind is full of imagination and creativity. He loves to watch Thomas and Friends and reenact the scenes that he has just seen on his own train track sets, I love to watch his enthusiasm about play.

In Dinos and Discoveries something exciting is happening. The engines are filled with wonder at the fantastical new sights and sounds on the Island of Sodor. Volcanoes sizzle and dinosaurs roar as the engines help the Earl of Sodor with a special surprise.

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Samson in introduced to the Island and the other engines when he brings in The Earls Deliveries for the surprise, Samson is invited to stay by the Fat Controller.

The DVD introduces 6 new monster size episodes, new friends and full of surprises.

Episodes:

  • Marion and the Dinosaurs
  • Millie and the Volcano
  • Timothy and the Rainbow Truck
  • Samson at your Service
  • Emily Saves the World
  • Samson Sent for Scrap

Bonus Features:

  • Really useful engines
  • Mr Perkins’ postcard
  • The Earl’s quiz
  • Mr Perkins’ story time
  • Who’s that engine?

My boys favourite episode is Samson sent for scrap. Samson has been sent by the Fat Controller to collect track side scrap whilst scruff is being repaired. Nothing is safe on the Island as Samson soon starts to collect everything he can see, including a postman’s bike, a bus stop sign and the fat Controllers car!  Lucky for Samson, Scruff notices what he is doing and he saves the car from being scrapped. Soon everyone is laughing about Samsons antics (Including my boys)

Watching the DVD has inspired my boys and they have recreated the scenes from Dinos and Dinosaurs with their very own toys

The DVD is available to but now from all good retailers

RRP:                                       £9

Running time:                    70 minutes

Certificate:                          U

Stockists:                            Available online at www.amazon.co.uk and in all good retailers nationwide

Find out more about Thomas on the Thomas & Friends website www.thomasandfriends.com. You can keep track of all the latest Thomas & Friends news on Twitter and Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/ThomasandFriendsUK          @ThomasFriendsUK

We was sent a copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review.

Team HotWheels: The Origin of AWESOME! DVD Review

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Discover the ultimate speed, power and performance with HotWheels: The Origin of Awesome! Available on DVD from 8th September 2014.

 

Last week after a few days away as a family we arrived home to some exciting post for the boys, A DVD for them to watch and review.

My boys are typical boys, who like anything loud, fast, powerful and Metal, also with boxes full of hotwheels tracks I kind of had a feeling that they would enjoy watching the DVD.

Buckle up, and get ready for a new Hot Wheels adventure, as four lucky kids embark on a mission against mysterious monsters and villains in an attempt to save the sleepy town of Hilly Woodlands.

Gage, Wyatt, Brandon and Rhett are kids born to ride. Separately they are seriously skilled racers, but together they become the ultra-speedy and unstoppable Team Hot Wheels®, realising that life in the sloooooowest town in the world is much better in the fast lane.

The boys Gage, Wyatt, Brandon and Rhett wished for something awesome to spice up their sleepy town, and when a mysterious black car roars into town with purple exhaust, creating a wild mess of orange track, it’s just the kind of awesome they wanted! However, it also creates some surprise crazy transformations of rampaging monsters, which is not so awesome!

It’s down to the boys as Team Hot Wheels® to work together and stop this masked villain, battle the monster madness, and save Hilly Woodlands from becoming a desert of destruction.

I wasn’t sure that my 11 year old would like it as much as the younger boys would, I got the ‘uh! do I have to watch it’ response from him, but as soon as the DVD started he soon sat down and started to watch it. With the odd giggle and smile, I knew that he was enjoying it.

Here is what he thought:

What was your favourite part of the movie? When the engineer, Larry helps the boys defeat Rev, the mysterious black car by turning go-carts into awesome race cars by using a mega impressive cloud engine.

Did you like the DVD?  Yes, of coarse. It’s full of action and funny, like the bit when one of the boys was trying to put his helmet on over the top of his huge quiff. The movie has a moral to it and that is: when you work together anything is possible. The characters are cool, fast and fun.

Who would you recommend it to? Ages 3-9, although i enjoyed watching it I’m not sure all 11 year old would.

Would you watch it again? Yes.

Team Hot Wheels are made up of:

Gage: Speed Demon

Rhett: Car Guru

Brandon: Gadget guy

Wyatt: Stunt Man

DVD Extra features: 

The making of Team Hot Wheels: Origin of Awesome (5mins)

A first hand look under the hood at how Team Hot Wheels was brought to life including exciting interviews with the creators and rare glimpse at early sketches of the characters.

Team Hot Wheels Anthem

Official Music Video

Since watching the DVD, the younger boys have now made my sofas into cars and constantly carry around their hotwheel cars with them.

The DVD lasts for about 74 minutes and to me that’s a long time to get some peace and quiet whilst the boys eyes are glued to the TV.

We was sent a copy of the DVD for review purposes only

Shaun the Sheep: Shear Heat DVD review

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The troublesome farmyard gang is back as Shaun the Sheep™ returns on DVD on 21st July 2014. From Aardman, the acclaimed creators of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep™ Shear Heat follows Shaun and his pals as they get up to yet more mischief!

Comprising of ten short episodes, viewers are welcomed back to Mossy Bottom Farm to follow Shaun, Bitzer and the rest of the gang as they embark on a series of fun-filled adventures. Including hilarious episodes such as Shaun the Fugitive, Bull Vs Wool and The Hang Glider, this animated series promises to keep the kids laughing all summer. As well as a range of exciting behind-the-scenes features, the DVD also includes the teaser trailer for Shaun the Sheep The Movie, which is being released on February 6th 2015, and an in-pack colouring sheet.

Episodes included on this DVD:

·         Shaun the Fugitive

·         Mission Inboxible

·         The Rounders Match

·         Film Night

·         Bull Vs Wool

·         The Piano

·         The Snapshot

·         Prickly Heat

·         The Hang Glider

·         The Shadow Play

Extra Features:

·         Behind the Scenes: Rigging

·         Behind the Scenes: Animating Shaun

·         Behind the Scenes: Sheep Maintenance

·         While the Animator’s Away

·         Shaun the Sheep: Movie Teaser Trailer

About Shaun the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep, Aardman’s family favourite TV series, is recognised the world over for its slapstick humour, distinctive look and strong, quirky characters and enjoyed across multiple media platforms. First appearing in Nick Park’s 1995 Academy Award winning Wallace & Gromit film ‘A Close Shave’, Shaun then went on to star in his own series which launched on BBC One in 2007.   The first Shaun the Sheep Movie is currently in production with feature film partner Studio Canal and scheduled for release in Spring 2015.

Comprising of 10 short episodes of the well loved British Animation it promises to be 70 minutes of pure laughter. My youngest enjoys the theme song and in between each episode he dances around the living room to the music, as soon as the episode starts he sits down and giggles away. Their favourite episode on the DVD is Film Night, where Shaun and Bitzer the dog are sitting down in a shed watching funny clips of themselves getting hurt or embarrassing moments in which the other is not amused at!

There are many appearances from the best loved Shaun the Sheep characters including Timmy, Bitzer, The Flock, The Farmer and the naughty pigs throughout the 10 episodes. The relationship between Bitzer and Shaun the Sheep is friendly and fun to watch. Bitzer is often found in the farmyard with a clipboard taking his job as sheepdog quite seriously when the farmer is around but once in the company of Shaun he will join in, if it suits him, with his wayward antics. Shaun the Sheep does not follow the Flock and is quite mischievous. Shaun often finds himself in tricky situations like the time in ‘Shaun the Fugitive’ when he tries to pinch cake for all the Flock but gets caught out by the Farmer and Bitzen as he is covered in cake. With his fun Nature it proves hard for the Farmer to stay mad with him.

Oliver, my youngest, is 3 and says that Shaun is naughty but funny.

This DVD is ideal for children aged 3 to 10, although with no words and only music the older of the age group would most probably under stand the humour a bit more than younger children. As a parent i would happily enough sit down with the children and watch the DVD with them as each episode is short and funny.

Be sure to join in the fun this summer as Shaun the Sheep – Shear Heat arrives on DVD on 21st July.

We was provided with a promotional copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review.