A Dynamic Live Event Cooking Series Based On U.K. Hit
FOX has ordered THE F WORD, a bold new food variety show from award-winning chef and series host Gordon Ramsay. Based on his hit U.K. series of the same name, each distinctive and fast-paced hour will combine good food and good cooking with Ramsay’s passion, energy and humor into a one-of-a-kind LIVE series. THE F WORD is scheduled to premiere in 2017 on FOX.
On THE F WORD, foodie families from across the U.S. will battle it out in an intense, high-stakes cook-off. In addition to impressing Ramsay, each team must win over the hearts and taste buds of the diners, celebrities and VIP guests whom they’re serving.
Throughout each hour-long episode, cooking competition meets variety show as Ramsay chats with surprise guests and VIPs in the dining room, hosts live remotes with people from across the country, and appears weekly in unique field segments with fans, foodies and culinary experts.
“Gordon Ramsay is not only one of the biggest names in the culinary world, but his expertise, combined with his larger-than-life personality, also make for genuine event television,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Gordon Ramsay stands tall in the line of great FOX stars, those unpredictable originals whom you simply can’t afford to miss, and THE F WORD could come from no one but Gordon. Let’s face it, with Gordon live on television, the phrase ‘anything can happen’ takes on a whole new meaning.”
“We’re really ramping it up a notch with this new live cooking show each week, and I can’t wait for viewers to see the other surprises we have in store for each episode,” said series host Gordon Ramsay.
THE F WORD is produced by Studio Ramsay and All3 America. The series is executive-produced by Gordon Ramsay, Greg Lipstone, Layla Smith and Chris Brogden. “Like” THE F WORD on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheFWordFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @TheFWordFox and join the discussion using #TheFWord. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @thefwordfox.
ABOUT STUDIO RAMSAY
Renowned for highly successful and award-winning original programming, multi-Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay produces TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, seen by audiences worldwide, including his FOX shows, HOTEL HELL, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, as well as Bravo’s “Best New Restaurant” and Food Network’s competition series, “Food Court Wars.” In the U.K., he’s produced “Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars” and “Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape” for Channel 4; food biography and nostalgia series “My Kitchen” for UKTV’s Good Food Channel; two instructional cookery series, “Ultimate Home Cooking” and “Ultimate Cookery Course” for Channel 4; and the first two seasons of “Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch,” starring Tilly Ramsay for U.K. children’s channel CBBC, all under his One Potato Two Potato banner.
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His next-generation multi-media production company, STUDIO RAMSAY, has a joint venture with All3Media to develop and produce both unscripted and scripted television shows, creating new formats and innovative programming that includes a scripted arm focused on food-related themes, and development of new talent on a global front. The catalogue of programs that Ramsay has worked on historically with All3Media via One Potato Two Potato, together with new original content he’s currently developing, make for a unique and dynamic production and distribution partnership. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: Facebook: facebook.com/StudioRamsay Twitter: Twitter.com/Studio_Ramsay Instagram: Instagram.com/Studio_Ramsay
ABOUT ALL3MEDIA AMERICA
All3Media is a leading independent television, film and digital production and distribution company. The All3Media group is comprised of 21 production and distribution companies from across the U.K., Europe, New Zealand and U.S.A., including Apollo20, Bentley Productions, Caravan, Company Pictures, IDTV, Lime Pictures, Lion Television, Little Dot Studios, Maverick Television, MME Moviement, Neal Street Productions, New Pictures, North One Television, Objective Media Group, Optomen, One Potato Two Potato, Seven Stories, South Pacific Pictures, Studio Lambert, All3Media America and All3Media International. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.
Since 1993, J!-ENT has been reviewing anime (Japanese animation) from VHS to LD and now Blu-ray to DVD.
The following is a list of all the anime Blu-ray and DVD’s we have reviewed on J!-ENT thus far.
ANIME BLU-RAY AND DVD REVIEWS (Listing are alphabetical order):
Note: Reviews are from 1999-Present (NOTE: Due to the amount of reviews we have done over the years, not all are included in this listing yet. We are periodically updating this section with our past reviews. Also, please note that some of these reviews are very old and are in a different format to our current review style.)
K-ON!: Volume 4 (BD)
Nisekoi: False Love Part 1 (Blu-ray)
Nisekoi: False Love Part 2 (Blu-ray)
Nisekoi: False Love Part 3 (Blu-ray)
Nisekoi: False Love Part 4 (Blu-ray)
Rage of Bahamut: Genesis (Blu-ray)
The Rolling Girls: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (2007 Blu-ray release)
Shiki: Part One (BD)
Star Driver Vol. 2 (BD)
Tokyo Ghoul: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
Un-Go: Complete Collection (Blu-ray)
Kino International was founded in 1977 as a theatrical distribution company specializing in classics and foreign language art films. The company began operation with a license to handle theatrical distribution of the Janus Collection, a library containing over 100 important European and Asian art films of the 40s, 50s and 60s.
Kino now boasts a catalog of over five hundred films — one of the most important libraries of classic and contemporary world cinema titles available to the home video collector — and has been honored by numerous critical accolades, including the prestigious Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics for its work in film preservation in 2002 and 2003.
The following is a list of all the KINO VIDEO/KINO INTERNATIONAL/KINO LORBER Blu-ray and DVD’s we have reviewed on J!-ENT thus far.
Note: Reviews are from 1999-Present
– Casanova ’70 (as part of the “Great Italian Directors Collection”)
– La Ronde
– Story of a Love Affair (as part of the “Great Italian Directors Collection”)
The Japanese all-female rock band Silent Siren made their US debut in San Francisco back in July 2016. But with a world tour in Jakarta, Shanghai, Taiwan and Hong Kong, the band performed in Los Angeles in September and on October 2nd, at Slims in San Francisco.
J!-ENT’s Dennis A. Amith recently had the opportunity to interview Silent Siren.
More Silent Siren will be featured in our upcoming J!-ENT Annual issue coming in December 2016.
“Joshy” may seem like a banal film at first. One that makes you feel that you have seen this type of film many times before. But in truth, filmmaker/writer Jeff Baena creates an honest film about a group of friends being there for their buddy after a tragedy and try to have a night to enjoy with one another. A film about bros, a film about friendship and “Joshy” is a film that I recommend!
FILM RELEASE: 2016
DURATION: 93 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, (2:40:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
COMPANY: Lionsgate Premiere
RATED: R (Drug Use and Language Throughout, Sexual Content/Nudity and a Disturbing Image)
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2016
Directed by Jeff Baena
Written by Jeff Baena
Produced by Elizabeth Destro, Adam Pally, Michael Zakin
Executive Producer: Kim Leadford, Matthew Perniciaro, Chris Swanson
Associate Producer: Michael Ferraro, Sean Maurer, Sean Monahan, Peter Pietrangeli, Lauren Russell, Kindred Sparks
Co-Producer: Joshua Bachove, Tracey Landon, Daniel McGilvray
Music by Devendra Banhart
Cinematography by Patrice Lucien Cochet
Edited by Ryan Brown
Production Design by Almitra Corey
Costume Design by Mollie Middleditch
Thomas Middleditch as Josh
Adam Pally as Ari
Alex Ross Perry as Adam
Nick Kroll as Eric
Brett Gelman as Greg
Jenny Slate as Jodi
Lauren Graham as Katee
Aubrey Plaza as Jen
Joe Swanberg as Aaron
Kris Swanberg as Anita
Alison Brie as Rachel
Brian Patrick Farrell as Tonie
Jake Johnson as Reggie
Frankie Shaw as Crystal
Jess Varley as Kylie
Lauren Weedman as Isadora
Paul Reiser as Steve
Lisa Edelstein as Claudia
After his engagement suddenly ends, Joshy and a few of his friends decide to take advantage of what was supposed to be his bachelor party in Ojai, California. In their attempt to help Joshy deal with the recent turn of events, the guys turn the getaway info a raucous weekend filled with drugs, booze debauchery, and hot tubs.
What to do for a friend in need?
This is a question posed for the film “Joshy” from filmmaker/writer Jeff Baena (“I Heart Huckabees”, “Life After Beth”, “The Little Hours”).
The comedy film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, with the film production only lasting 15 days and only shooting off a 20-page outline and the rest of the dialogue improvised by the cast.
Starring in the film are Thomas Middleditch (“The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Silicon Valley”, “The Final Girls”), Adam Pally (“Happy Endings”, “Iron Man 3”, “Dirty Grandpa”), Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip”, “Queen of Earth”, “The Color Wheel”), Nick Kroll (“The League”, “I Love You, Man”, Date Night”), Brett Gelman (“30 Minutes or Less”, “The Other Guys”, “Jobs”), Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”, “Zootopia”, “The Lorax”), Lauren Graham (“The Gilmore Girls”, “Parenthood”, “Bad Santa”), Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”, “Safety Not Guaranteed”, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”), Alison Brie (“Community”, “Get Hard”, “Sleeping with Other People”), Joe Swanberg (“Easy”, “Drinking Buddies”, “Happy Christmas”), Brian Patrick Farrell (“Ted 2”, “New Girl”), Jake Johnson (“New girl”, “Jurassic World”, “Let’s Be Cops”), Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”, “My Two Dads”, “Aliens”), Lisa Edelstein (“House”, “What Women Want”, “As Good As It Gets”) and many more.
And now, “Joshy” will be released on Blu-ray courtesy of Lions Gate Premiere.
The film begins with Joshy (portrayed by Thomas Middleditch) going home and seeing his fiance, Rachel (portrayed by Alison Brie) cooking dinner to celebrate his birthday.
As Joshy makes his stop to workout at the gym, when he returns, he discovers his fiance dead, as she has hung herself.
Fastforward four months later and his married buddy Ari (portrayed by Adam Pally) discovers that the down payment he made for a house in Ojai for Joshy’s bachelor party is non-refundable, so he tries to hold a party for his Joshy and bring other friends along in hopes to keep his hopes up.
While no one wants to bring up or ask Joshy about the death of his fiance, they just want to make him happy, whichever way they can.
So, Joshy and friends decide to meet up in Ojai.
Ari brings the pot, Adam (portrayed by Alex Ross Perry) brings a “Dungeons & Dragons” style role-playing game that he and Joshy had put down money via crowdfunding, Eric (portrayed by Nick Kroll) is more of the party guy who hopes to make the party lively and he invites his friend Gregg (portrayed by Brett Gelman), who is a person that tries to live life happy and to the fullest and brings life to this party.
While Eric gets everyone to go out to the local bar and have fun, the married Ari tries to be a wingman and hopes to find a woman for Joshy. But as Joshy is still having difficulty being happy, Ari meets a drunk woman named Jodi (portrayed by Jenny Slate) and both discover they a lot in common and eventually find themselves attracted towards each other.
But through the night, each of the men discover something about each other and their friendship. But most importantly, how will the mourning Joshy be throughout the evening and will he ever discuss his true feelings about the tragedy of his fiance and let go of his emotions that has been bottled up within?
“Joshy” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). The film looks very good in HD as closeups show very good detail, lighting for the film, especially indoor, is very good. I didn’t notice any banding, artifacts or any negative issues during my viewing of the film.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Joshy” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. While the film is primarily dialogue and music driven, there is use of surround channels during crowd-based scenes but for the most part, dialogue and music are both crystal clear.
Subtitles are in English, English SDH and Spanish.
“Joshy” comes with the following special feature:
- Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary with writer/director Jeff Baena, actor/producer Adam Pally and actor Thomas Middleditch.
“Joshy” comes with a slipcover and a UltraViolet digital HD code.
I have to admit that when I was watching “Joshy”, I thought this was going to be another banal stoner film.
Like any other stoner film in which the bummed out protagonist finds himself a beautiful woman and in the end, they all live happy ever after.
Fortunately, “Joshy” is not one of those films.
While a comedy, the film starts out with a tragedy as the protagonist, Joshy’s fiance commits suicide and dies by hanging on the day of his birthday.
What was supposed to be a celebration for Joshy’s bachelor party becomes an unknown party for a friend. But no one knows what to do for Joshy. Should they get him high? Get him drunk? Find him a new girlfriend? Should they get him strippers? No one really knows what they are supposed to do or how to react.
Ari is Joshy’s good friend who is married and he and his wife just had a child and is the person who rented a house in Ojai to celebrate with Joshy. But for the night, he tries to find ways of getting his friend’s spirit up, hoping to be a wingman and introduce him to other women.
Adam is Joshy’s RPG board game friend. He is philosophical, intelligent and very much into playing “Dungeons & Dragon” board games.
Meanwhile, Eric is the party guy who came to have fun, came to make sure Joshy and the guys have fun and he also brings his even more happy, fun and crazy friend Greg to the party.
Because no one is bringing up Josh’s fiance’s death or talking to him about it, not wanting to be a downer for his party, Greg comes in thinking that Joshy got dumped by his fiance.
So, what we have is an awkward party but everyone’s goal is to make sure their buddy, Joshy has fun because it’s his night.
While all the guys party, while the group heads to the bar, Ari tries to get a drunken woman named Jodi together with Joshy. But as Joshy is not yet over the death of his fiance and is still mourning, Ari and Jodi end up talking to each other and realize that they have a lot in common. And the married Ari (which he doesn’t say a thing to Jodi about him being married), finds himself attracted to Jodi and she to him.
Adam worries about his relationship because for the first time, he went to party with Joshy and friends and never told his girlfriend where he was at. While some guys see it as no big deal, for Adam and his girlfriend, this could be a dealbreaker.
Meanwhile, the film features a list of guests that have cameos. From Katee (portrayed by Lauren Graham) as a woman the guys all meet, Aubrey Plaza as Jen, one of Jodi’s friends, who also gets drunk and is left with Joshy’s friend Adam.
Jake Johnson plays the role of Reggie, who listens to Adam’s girl problems, Joe Swanberg as Aaron, one of Joshy’s friends who comes to the party late with his wife and child, very upset that the guys have held a party and haven’t confronted Joshy about the tragedy.
Meanwhile, Paul Reiser and Lisa Edelstein play the role of Joshy’s fiance, Rachel’s parents. Who come to the home and are demanding answers from Joshy about why their child has died.
For the most part, I found “Joshy” to be an entertaining film when it focuses on the primary cast. I’ve been in similar situations, while not as tragic, but a group of friends hanging out and trying to bring happiness to a friend who may be unhappy. And similar to the situations that have happened in the film (substituting the D&D board game with video games), watching “Joshy” was like going back in time and being with my friends. And so I had fun watching the film for that aspect.
What I found wrong about the film is trying to bring other characters that were probably never needed and their scenes felt forced. Personally, I felt that Jeff Baena had a good film for the majority of the film and keeping the film around it’s core characters, introducing self-discovery about their friendship and having fun but then slowly seeing the emotions of Joshy trying to come out, the film is unfortunately knocked off pace by trying to include other actors to make an appearance, when the film didn’t need it.
In some ways, I felt that Jeff Baena was trying to feature as many friends in the film as possible. But the film didn’t really need it.
But still, I can’t help but really enjoy “Joshy” because I think a lot of guys can remember or be nostalgic of being around their buddies during their adulthood, before everyone got married and just having fun, enjoying time together and being there for each other like brothers. This is how I saw the film and so I found it quite entertaining in that aspect.
The Blu-ray release looks very good. Picture quality shows good detail and lossless audio featured crystal clear dialogue and music. As for special features, you get a cool audio commentary with filmmaker/writer Jeff Baena, actor/producer Adam Pally and actor Thomas Middleditch.
Overall, “Joshy” may seem like a banal film at first. One that makes you feel that you have seen this type of film many times before. But in truth, filmmaker/writer Jeff Baena creates an honest film about a group of friends being there for their buddy after a tragedy and try to have a night to enjoy with one another. A film about bros, a film about friendship and “Joshy” is a film that I recommend!
NEW YORK – September 26, 2016 – Bravo Media serves up the fifth season of fan-favorite “Vanderpump Rules,” premiering Monday, November 7 at 9pm ET/PT, with Lisa Vanderpump and her crew of current and former SURvers back for another round of wild, sexy, and utterly unpredictable chaos. For a sneak peek of the new season, please visit http://www.bravotv.com/vanderpump-rules/season-5/videos/your-first-look-at-vanderpump-rules-season-5.
The new season of “Vanderpump Rules” once again partners Lisa with Jax Taylor, Stassi Schroeder, Scheana Shay, Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, James Kennedy, Katie Maloney, Tom Schwartz, Kristen Doute, and Lala Kent. Amidst the constant chaos with her staff, Lisa manages to keep it classy as she balances her multiple restaurants, businesses, and philanthropic efforts.
New to the SUR staff is Jax’s country-tough girlfriend, Brittany Cartwright, who must learn to live with a career playboy, gossip king, and notorious stretcher of the truth. Shortly after Brittany is hired, Jax spreads a scandalous rumor about her that threatens the best relationship he’s ever had. With two months to go before their big day, Tom Schwartz and Katie’s wedding planning is in full swing; they have even asked Lisa to officiate the ceremony. The two decide to throw a wild joint bachelor/bachelorette party in New Orleans—but the celebration challenges their relationship in ways they never expected, making everyone wonder if the two will keep it together long enough to make it down the aisle! Scheana attempts to manage her friendships within the Stassi/Katie/Kristen BFF triangle, and although Stassi’s officially made her way back into the SUR circle, she wonders if she will ever find love again. Back with a vengeance, Lala has never been one to shy away from vocalizing colorful opinions about her co-workers, and James continues to have an explosive temper, making the pair officially SUR’s biggest outcasts. On the flip side, Tom Sandoval and Ariana find themselves caught in the middle of a SUR war as they try to maintain their friendships with James and Lala before being forced to pick sides.
The last season of “Vanderpump Rules” averaged 2.4MM total viewers and delivered its highest-rated season ever among all key demos, growing +11% among P18–49. Tweet along with @bravotv using #PumpRules and get more exclusive content on the official Facebook page here.
Source: Nielsen L7, premieres only.
“Vanderpump Rules” is produced by Evolution Media with Douglas Ross, Alex Baskin, Bill Langworthy, John Carr, Lisa Vanderpump, and Ken Todd serving as Executive Producers. Robert Carroll and Audrey Olsen serve as Co-Executive Producers.
About Bravo Media
Bravo Media is the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives the cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content that focuses on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital, and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s first scripted series, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” scripted comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and unscripted favorites such as Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live.” Available in 92 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.
Guest Starring Daveed Diggs and Chris Hansen
“Who’s Afraid of the Big Black Man?” – After a situation arises at work, Dre’s views are confronted regarding how black people are perceived now versus when he grew up. He wants to be more open-minded about being a part of his community, and his first step is joining his Homeowners’ Association. Meanwhile, Bow wants to spend more time with the kids before the new baby arrives and gets advice from Pops on how to make them want to be around her, on “black-ish,” WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12 (9:31-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.
“black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens.
Guest starring is Daveed Diggs as Johan, Jeff Meacham as Josh, Allen Maldonado as Curtis, Nicole Sullivan as Janine and Chris Hansen as himself.
“Who’s Afraid of the Big Black Man?” was written by Peter Saji and directed by Matt Sohn.
“black-ish” was created by Kenya Barris and is executive produced by Barris, Jonathan Groff, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, E. Brian Dobbins and Corey Nickerson. The series is produced by ABC Studios.
The 2017 Tony Award Nominations Will Be Announced on Tuesday, May 2
THE 71st ANNUAL TONY AWARDS will be broadcast live from New York City Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The TONY Awards, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978.
Next year marks the 71st anniversary of the TONY Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947, at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.
The nominations for the 2017 TONY Awards will be announced on Tuesday, May 2.
CHEAT TWEET: Don’t miss Broadway’s biggest night! @TheTonyAwards returns to #CBS 6/11/2017 8-11PM, ET/PT http://bit.ly/2dpX1kf
RATING: To Be Announced
On the web: http://www.cbs.com/shows/tony_awards/
FROM ANIMATION STUDIO LAIKA, CREATORS OF THE
ACADEMY AWARD®-NOMINATED MOVIES CORALINE, PARANORMAN, AND THE BOXTROLLS,
COMES AN ALL-NEW EPIC QUEST ADVENTURE
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD NOVEMBER 8, 2016
AND ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK AND DVD NOVEMBER 22, 2016
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
“THE BEST ANIMATED MOVIE OF THE YEAR.
A WILDLY INVENTIVE, MAGICAL ADVENTURE.
EXTRAORDINARY, EXCITING, AND NOT TO BE MISSED.”
– Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood
“AN ANIMATED MASTERPIECE.”
– David Fear, Rolling Stone
“A NEW CLASSIC! AN AMAZING JOURNEY!”
– Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times
Universal City, California, September 21, 2016 – A young boy with a magical gift sets out on a thrilling quest to discover his family’s legacy in LAIKA’s newest film, Kubo and the Two Strings. The latest masterpiece from the animation studio behind the Academy Award®-nominated films Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls comes to Digital HD on November 8, 2016 and Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on November 22, 2016 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed as “an exquisite, beautiful film,” (Scott Mantz, Access Hollywood) Kubo and the Two Strings has captivated audiences of all ages, earning an extraordinary 97% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one of the best-reviewed films of the year!
From acclaimed animation studio LAIKA comes an all-new epic adventure starring the voice talents of Academy Award® winners Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar). Young Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning fantastical tales. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo journeys on an action-packed quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father, discover his own magical powers, and reunite his family.
Kubo and the Two Strings stars an all-star supporting voice cast including George Takei (Star Trek), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Man in the High Castle), and Academy Award® nominees Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter), Brenda Vaccaro (Johnny Bravo), and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD are packed with exciting behind-the-scenes bonus content, featuring the filmmakers and incredible voice cast, that allows viewers to dive even deeper into the magical story.
Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack & Blu-ray™ Combo Pack
• Introduction by Director/Producer Travis Knight: Director/Producer Travis Knight introduces “Kubo’s Journey.”
• Mythological Monsters: The filmmakers and crew discuss the new techniques they used to create the terrifying antagonists. Learn how each monster differed in scale, design, and execution.
• Braving the Elements: A particularly challenging aspect of filming was animating water and rain effects. Discover how LAIKA was able to animate water in the context of a stop-motion film.
• The Redemptive and Healing Power of Music: Learn how traditional and contemporary musical styles were combined by Academy Award®-winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement) to infuse the film with such a heartfelt sound.
• Epilogue by Director/Producer Travis Knight: Director/Producer Travis Knight discusses what attracted LAIKA to Kubo and the Two Strings.
Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack & Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD
• Japanese Inspiration: The LAIKA creative team and the cast discuss the inspirations for the story.
• Corners of the Earth: Filmmakers and crew discuss the challenges of the varied landscapes and locations in Kubo and the Two Strings.
• The Myth of Kubo: Cast and filmmakers discuss the story at the core of Kubo and the Two Strings.
• Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Travis Knight
STEVEN SPIELBERG’S IMAGINATION AND DISNEY MAGIC COME TOGETHER
TO BRING ROALD DAHL’S BELOVED CLASSIC TO LIFE
“The BFG” comes to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and Disney Movies Anywhere Dec. 6
This magical tale of an extraordinary friendship loaded with exciting extras
will brighten the holidays for the whole family!
BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 23, 2016 — This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The BFG,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
As dreamers around the globe gear up for Sunday’s World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring a dream-collecting Big Friendly Giant. This heartwarming tale for the whole family arrives home for the holidays on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
“The BFG” unites the talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – to bring to life the classic tale of a courageous little girl named Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and a gentle and charming Big Friendly Giant (Oscar®-winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Spielberg employs a new, hybrid style of filmmaking blending live-action and performance-capture techniques, resulting in genuine, heartfelt performances and super-photorealistic animation.
Families and fans will be swept away by this spectacular adventure and delight in extensive bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The BFG” hosted by Ruby Barnhill and featuring Steven Spielberg; a charming, all-new short; a fun and whimsical tutorial on the Big Friendly Giant’s unique language of Gobblefunk; a touching tribute to screenwriter Melissa Mathison (“E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”); and more.
Spielberg’s directorial debut with The Walt Disney Studios was a labor of love, as he’s been a fan of Dahl’s for years. In fact, he read “The BFG” to his own children when they were younger. According to Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship; it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends; and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” “The BFG” is a Golden Phizzwizard* come true for Spielberg, Dahl fans and audiences around the world.
Bonus features include**:
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:
Bringing “The BFG” to Life – Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) hosts a phizz-whizzing journey through the making of “The BFG.” This behind-the-scenes documentary details the film’s progression through interviews with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, executive producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and numerous members of the talented cast and crew.
The Big Friendly Giant and Me – Sophie wasn’t the first “bean” in Giant Country—many illustrations were created as if drawn by a little boy who was there long before Sophie. This charming, in-world short will bring the drawings to life with animation and narration, recounting the friendship and the dreams shared between the boy and the Big Friendly Giant.
Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG – A whoopsey-splunkers tutorial on the meaning of the gloriumptious gobblefunk in “The BFG.”
Giants 101 – Jemaine Clement (Fleshlumpeater) and Bill Hader (Bloodbottler) introduce us to the loathsome giants in “The BFG,” along with movement choreographer/motion capture performer Terry Notary, who collaborated with the actors and Director Steven Spielberg prior to filming to develop their movements and character traits.
Melissa Mathison: A Tribute – An homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of “The BFG” and “E.T.,” whose talent and heart were as immense as the giants in “The BFG.”
John Williams: Scoring A Dream – A journey through the film’s concept art and memorable moments, interwoven with the sights and sounds of legendary composer John William’s scoring session.
Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG and Melissa Mathison: A Tribute
Disney and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Walden Media, present the fantasy adventure film “The BFG,” the first-ever motion picture adaptation of Roald Dahl’s resonant tale of childhood, the magic of dreams and the extraordinary friendship between a young girl and a big friendly giant. Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, the film reunites the director with his Oscar®-nominated collaborator on “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” Melissa Mathison, who adapted the children’s author’s timeless adventure for the big screen. “The BFG” is produced by Spielberg, p.g.a., Frank Marshall, p.g.a., and Sam Mercer, p.g.a., with Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Michael Siegel serving as executive producers.
The film stars three-time Tony Award®, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant; newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, the orphan who befriends him and is swept into a world of rampaging giants; Penelope Wilton as The Queen; Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater, the most fearsome giant from Giant Country; Rebecca Hall as Mary, The Queen’s handmaid; Rafe Spall as Mr. Tibbs, The Queen’s butler; and Bill Hader as Bloodbottler, another unruly giant from Giant Country.
The creative team is comprised of some of Spielberg’s longtime collaborators, including: two-time Oscar®-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski; two-time Oscar-winning production designer Rick Carter; three time Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn, A.C.E.; and Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston, with legendary five-time Oscar winner John Williams composing his 24th score for a Spielberg-directed film.
Joining them is two-time Oscar® winner Robert Stromberg as production designer and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri from Weta Digital, the visual effects company founded by Peter Jackson, as senior visual effects supervisor.
Product SKUs: Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy),
Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and Video On-Demand SD/HD
Feature Run Time: Approximately 117 minutes
Rating: PG in U.S., PG in CE, and G in CF
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / Widescreen 2.39:1
DVD Feature Film = Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA & 2.0 Descriptive Audio,
Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks,
English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Languages/Subtitles: Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French
DVD = English SDH, Spanish and French
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*A wonderful dream in the BFG’s language of Gobblefunk
**Bonus features may vary by retailer