.

 

October - Halloween and...

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/seth-macfarlane-chats-up-the-orville/article_b731e02f-55d0-523d-8ee4-7d859da66185.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/will-and-grace-returns-to-nbc/article_8c1e15c3-15f9-51f5-a09f-3b4c66152326.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/young-sheldon-gets-a-full-season-order/article_7b56c972-fdb4-5455-9ae0-03323d3a0baa.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/will-ferrell-and-amy-poehler-bring-down-the-house/article_dc6a66c8-9796-555a-b516-614b9f4030c9.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/movies/pirates-of-the-caribbean-dead-men-tell-no-tales-ready/article_331b7d07-fbce-5085-8372-5faa5530a8bf.html

 

https://www.39forlife.com/movie-review-brigadoon-stunning-blu-ray/#prettyPhoto

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/seduced-by-mrs-robinson-how-the-graduate-became-the-touchstone-of-a-generation-book-review/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/bookroo-book-club-for-kids/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/three-releases-from-gkids/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/bring-home-vampirina/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/new-studio-ghibli-releases-from-gkids/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/peanuts-holiday-collection-deluxe-edition-on-4k/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/brigadoon-on-blu-ray-from-warner-archive-collection/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/mickey-mouse-merry-scary-holiday-collection-on-dvd/

 

 

 

A September to Remember

September was not a month for slowing down:

 

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http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/close-encounters-celebrates-years-with-k-blu-ray-release/article_8a8db9fa-b859-51a1-b200-7deedd94b494.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/the-big-bang-theory-season-now-on-blu-ray-and/article_20833a3b-a7b7-58b0-bd38-b6345481e3e9.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/elena-of-avalor-celebrations-to-remember-on-dvd/article_b547c727-2716-5669-8d3d-f34b17dba4ac.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/cities-of-the-usa/article_fabfe1e5-4b93-5b9d-a0f4-6fb3dc2dc466.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/inconceivable-delivers-tension-on-blu-ray-and-dvd/article_a108d36e-2289-5adc-8f4a-0fa925f7111a.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/th-anniversary-edition-of-maurice-now-on-blu-ray/article_8ce680a6-a951-5fc8-83b5-374fe289e9c3.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/the-lion-king-roars-in-walt-disney-signature-collection/article_affa05e8-496b-5fae-8ac4-381469e6e20b.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/television/richard-linklater-doc-debuts-on-pbs/article_00090819-7707-5ffb-a706-d6a4c78c8233.html

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/norberts-little-lessons-for-a-big-life-book-review/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/50th-anniversary-edition-the-best-of-the-carol-burnett-show/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/brian-cox-is-churchill-on-dvd-and-blu-ray/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/kid-galahad-on-blu-ray-from-twilight-time/

 

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http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/state-fair-on-blu-ray-is-filled-with-music-and-mayhem/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/gift-guide/tip-n-split/

 

https://www.39forlife.com/elvis-presley-kid-galahad/

 

https://www.39forlife.com/product-review-tip-n-split/

 

https://www.39forlife.com/movie-review-born-china-beautifully-illustrates-life-wild/

 

 

 

August 2017 - hot hot hot

A hot month …

 

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http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/the-farthest-voyager-in-space-now-airing-on-pbs/article_92cd01ef-59c1-59cf-a8e9-b74fafd0ca66.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/how-to-be-a-latin-lover-is-fun-and-entertaining/article_417cb880-f790-5ca3-9c2f-5dc946b056cf.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/episodes-returns-for-final-season-on-showtime/article_3fc8c2a8-9959-56ce-9e1a-c6317f773ceb.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/hickok-is-filled-with-gun-slinging-drama/article_b97de1d3-8412-5e48-9973-7d24815a7750.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/bruce-willis-is-once-upon-a-time-in-venice/article_299bbbf5-919a-57a3-b9ca-cdbbcdfd4c7f.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/the-boss-baby-is-a-cute-family-film/article_86ddcc47-2fe6-5adb-9fa5-90d70b535a31.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/diana-in-her-own-words-premieres-on-national-geographic-channel/article_a030db51-cf4e-5b54-bfa2-9a5f7e4c4925.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/the-dinner-is-served-on-blu-ray-and-dvd/article_4574b208-b401-5f08-87c0-cf9a0ba41bc7.html

  

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http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/going-in-style-now-on-blu-ray-combo-pack/article_1b3b2841-c4cf-5f96-bb90-6aaed7566b27.html

 

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http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/bring-home-the-boss-baby-2/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/gift-guide/tip-n-split/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/gift-guide/new-product-review/flynn-animator-doll/

 

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http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/fun-mom-dinner-movie-review/

 

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https://www.39forlife.com/lovers-blu-ray-dvd/

 

July 2017

 

July was ...somewhat busy.

 

https://www.39forlife.com/spa-dress-comfy-stylish/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/minnies-happy-helpers-on-dvd/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/smurfs-the-lost-village-on-dvd-blu-ray-and-4k/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/two-tense-dramas-from-twilight-time-now-on-blu-ray/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/gift-guide/new-product-review/flynn-animator-doll/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/get-ready-now-for-halloween-2017-in-disneyland-resort/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/summer-gift-guide/the-spa-dress/

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/where-the-boys-are-is-now-on-blu-ray/article_c7ba505a-2c00-5bec-bd8d-2905f813a2f6.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/the-circle-is-a-wake-up-call/article_95ac8d68-9876-55f6-9471-b89308122375.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/newest-disney-legends-awarded-at-d-expo/article_3b2f40c0-4121-5a7b-8425-3c984a5f566b.html

 

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/princess-power-shines-at-disney-expo/article_51c3f93a-d8fc-503e-bffc-0ac6df124dfe.html

 

 

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http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/the-lost-city-of-z-is-a-haunting-story/article_ef216829-0e21-572f-83ce-26213158a3a1.html#tncms-source=article-nav-next

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/smurfs-the-lost-village-is-a-family-adventure/article_70794466-668b-5127-80dc-dced3cd40010.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/check-out-what-s-new-at-walt-disney-world/article_e07ae565-4134-5a88-8a43-28613e799c8f.html#tncms-source=article-nav-next

 

 

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http://www.heraldextra.com/first-ladies-come-forth-in-new-smithsonian-channel-series/article_7f17bce1-b7be-5987-bee7-eb097567c2ca.html

June was busting' out all over (Watch "Carousel" if you don't understand the title)

June was filled with products, books, movies, DVDs, and Disney!

 

 

https://www.39forlife.com/cooking-with-hot-logic/

 

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http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/beauty-and-the-beast-live-action-on-blu-ray/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/summer-gift-guide/cars-3-junior-kits-from-revell-are-easy-and-fun/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/summer-gift-guide/convenience-and-compactness-from-rume/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/summer-gift-guide/kitchen-items-for-the-star-wars-fan/

 

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http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/once-upon-a-time-in-venice-movie-review/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/score-brings-movie-music-making-to-audiences/

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/some-father-s-day-gift-ideas-that-are-not-ties/article_09fc9cac-f33e-5951-b9a5-4ec46504b057.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/the-last-word-on-blu-ray-and-dvd/article_bb93aa8a-2c5c-54b2-a79e-d773a647333b.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/bring-home-beauty-and-the-beast-live-action/article_7bfd87f7-4e07-5f33-a5d5-8c2826586df4.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/american-ninja-warrior-set-to-vault-into-season-return/article_110c47f5-69c9-5411-b392-7339db377a6f.html

 

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http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/television/lifetime-movie-network-premieres-two-new-films-friday/article_459e071d-cd4b-5992-b366-0468d979811f.html

 

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May - Busy as Usual

 

May - the month for spring flowers and...

 

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http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/the-space-between-us-now-available-on-blu-ray/article_8017b612-23c8-5921-a5f5-69db67826bc8.html

 

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http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/gold-sparkles-on-blu-ray/article_f652f534-f567-5276-bb71-df2968f9b4af.html

 

 

https://www.39forlife.com/savannah-sunrise-shines-dvd/

 

 

https://www.39forlife.com/spencers-mountain-stunning-hd-blu-ray/

 

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/bambi-signature-collection/ 

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/the-sense-of-an-ending-on-dvd/

 

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/a-street-cat-named-bob-on-blu-ray-and-dvd/

 

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/savannah-sunrise-on-dvd/


 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/a-mermaids-tale-on-dvd/

 

 

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http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/the-wheeler-dealers-on-dvd/

 

 

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http://www.familychoiceawards.com/summer-gift-guide/reliefband-for-motion-sickness/

 

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/legion-of-brothers-movie-review/

 

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/paris-can-wait-movie-review/

 

 

 

A Busy March

Yes, March was a busy month!

 

 

https://www.39forlife.com/patriots-day-mark-wahlberg-movie-review/

 

https://39forlife.com/american-dreaming-life-water-land/

 

https://39forlife.com/nutrisystem-food-really-delicious/

 

https://39forlife.com/finians-rainbow-blu-ray/

 

https://39forlife.com/anthony-hopkins-stars-solace/

 

https://39forlife.com/jackie-blu-ray-combo-pack/

 

https://39forlife.com/disneys-moana-comes-home/

 

https://39forlife.com/dyson-supersonic-hair-dryer-amazing/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/waking-in-time-by-angie-stanton-book-review/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/american-dreaming-a-life-on-water-and-land-by-robert-hickland-book-review/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/baby-boom-on-blu-ray-from-twilight-time/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/the-smurfs-now-on-4k/

 

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http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/finians-rainbow-shines-on-blu-ray/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/mickey-and-the-roadster-racers-on-dvd/

 

http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/moana-on-blu-ray-combo-pack/

 

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http://www.familychoiceawards.com/entertainment/despite-the-falling-snow-movie-review/

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/patriots-day-available-on-k-combo-pack/article_f29bc8d7-f421-5bc3-8417-f252a7bb50d7.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/jenna-elfman-conjures-up-unseen-childhood-friend-in-new-abc/article_63f58e63-db53-50b1-aca8-7a4db220e2d4.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-now-on-blu/article_7330c6e9-80e8-53c7-9271-0014d5d28fdb.html

 

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http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/moana-now-available-on-blu-ray-combo-pack/article_15bb0262-2dc5-51ce-a9d2-f692f5a19472.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/bring-home-jackie-on-blu-ray-combo-pack/article_080b2c0b-834c-5ace-b4d1-938ef3373cc9.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/rules-don-t-apply-now-available-on-blu-ray/article_03f5dc85-3d92-5a89-b81f-6d27387f9f7b.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/bette-davis-eyes-joan-crawford-in-new-fx-drama-feud/article_76ee0605-6cef-5082-b6de-17810a2e9127.html

 

http://www.heraldextra.com/entertainment/columnists/francine-brokaw/time-after-time-jumps-to-the-small-screen/article_ac97cc4e-18ba-5309-8bed-e7115306b13e.html

 

Disney's MOANA pre-launch event

I attended an event yesterday at the Disney Animation Studio in honor of the upcoming  Home Entertainment release of Moana. It was an amazing event where the guests were shown some bonus features that will be included in the Blu-ray disc that hits the shelves March 7, 2017. 

 

Besides the videos, we were treated to a real Polynesian show of music and dance. Plus, as always with Disney, there was a selection of food and drinks - mostly Polynesian inspired.

 

It was interesting to learn about all the research that went into making this movie reflect the true Polynesian culture and heritage. The islands are represented in the film and as the filmmakers said, they wanted the people of Polynesia to see themselves in the film. It is a spectacular movie, if you haven’t already seen it. 

 

I also met one of the animators at the studio. Hyrum Osmond is a talented animator and we had a chance to talk for a little while. I am in awe of his talent and experience. Those who know me know I am a true Disney Girl, so learning little tidbits about the films that others don’t know was a true treat. I look forward to talking more with him in the future. 

 

He said he loves his job and I can see why. As a matter of fact, I told him if I were starting over, I would want to be doing exactly what he is doing. Sigh. Well, at least I get to be on the outer fringe of his business.

 

Moana is up for several Academy Awards on February 26. Good luck to all those involved in the film. It is inspirational and beautiful. 

 

 

 

The Evolution of Home Entertainment

 

 

Do you remember Beta and VHS? It all started with those two formats vying for the consumer market. With those tapes we could record a TV show and watch it over and over again. How cool was that? 

 

Then came DVD. DVD offered longer-lasting life of what we recorded. Digital was the wave of the future.

 

Next came Blu-ray. Blu-ray provided longer recording time and clearer video. Because computers, car players, and most people had DVD players, studios were thoughtful and brought out combo packs, with a DVD and a Blu-ray disc combined in one pack. This made it great to watch the Blu-ray version at home and take the DVD in the car or other places that were not BD compatible.

Next we were introduced to Digital downloads. As with the combo packs of earlier, the new releases included HD codes to download the movie onto your personal device.

 

Then came 3D which, I admit, isn’t as popular as the industry thought it would be.

 

The newest form of home entertainment is 4K Ultra HD. Each generation of home entertainment is better, brighter, and more amazing. The problem is that the discs are not backward compatible. To play the 4K discs you must have a 4K player and a TV that is up to date.

 

If you’re like me, you have had your favorite movies on Beta (or VHS), then you gradually replaced them with DVDs, then Blu-rays. Now you are considering updating your system and video library with 4K. It seems every 10 years or so the industry comes out with their latest and greatest. This is how they keep us buying the same movie over and over again. But that’s progress!

 

 

While the discs are not backwards compatible, the machines are, so you have time to replace your favorite films while at the same time updating your Home Entertainment system. My advice is to bite the bullet and purchase a 4K system – if you love watching movies like I do.

 

 

 

A Tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

 

When Carrie Fisher passed away, with her mother Debbie Reynolds following the next day, many people wondered if the two were simply destined to be together, if not in this life then in the next. Did Debbie die from a broken heart or just will herself to follow her daughter? I’m afraid we won’t know the answer to that until we follow them to wherever they have gone.

 

In the meantime, many people have asked me what Carrie Fisher was famous for other than being Princess Leia. Yes, that was an iconic role that sent her to the stratosphere of stardom, but there was much more to Carrie than Leia. 

 

I remember the first time I saw her she was in the movie "Shampoo" opposite Warren Beatty. Then the next thing I heard was that she was in some sci-fi movie, which my sister insisted I go see. “Star Wars” was ahead of its time and the character of Leia was a no-nonsense female character that hadn’t been seen on film before. This woman could keep up and even surpass the males. It didn’t matter that she adorned some iconic hairstyles through the 3 films in the original series. (By the way, I wore what is now called “a princess Leia” hairstyle long before she did. And they also wore them in “The Sound of Music,” but we are discussing Carrie Fishe now so let’s put that aside.)

 

Now, Debbie Reynolds was famous for “Singing in the Rain,” however I also remember watching another of my father’s favorite movies, “Three Little Words” in which a very young Reynolds was first introduced to movie audiences with four little words: “poop, poop, a doop.”

 

I adored Reynolds in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and Fisher in “When Harry Met Sally.” So these two (mother and daughter) were on my radar for a long time. Then I met and interviewed Joely Fisher (whom I really got along with the several times we were together), and it took my mother a while to tell me the story of their families. This convoluted Hollywood story was ripe with scandal and craziness as Eddie Fisher left his beautiful wife Debbie and their two children Carrie and Todd, and went to Elizabeth Taylor. Later he turned his attention to Connie Stevens and they had two daughters: Joely and Tricia Leigh.

 

There were a lot of things going on in this family, so I will simply suggest, let Carrie tell you about her family tree with all the overlapping branches. She does this beautifully – and comically – in her HBO special “Wishful Drinking” which can be viewed on HBO VOD.  Carrie is honest about her drug addiction, her bipolar diagnosis, her family, and her life.

 

HBO airs a new documentary about both Carrie and Debbie called “Bright Lights,” which will premier January 5, 2017. Set your DVR for this one. Incidentally, that is the same day both Debbie and Carrie will be laid to rest.

 

What many people don’t realize is that both women were more than what you saw on the screen. Carrie had an excellent wit and sense of timing and was a script doctor for many writers. She also wrote several best-selling novels. 

 

Debbie became an icon for a new generation, this one gay, and appeared as herself in the hysterical comedy “Connie and Carla.” She was also a philanthropic woman who had lost her wealth several times but earned it back and when she did she never hesitated to share the wealth, having started The Thalians, among others.

 

With the HBO documentaries, viewers will get a more in depth view of these two stars. “Postcards from the Edge” and other films starring Reynolds or Fisher or written by Fisher are filling the airwaves. Check your schedules and VOD selections.

 

 

 

 

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