Restored Roman Holiday #RomanHoliday #giftedproduct

Roman Holiday {Gregory Peck & Audrey Hepburn} is the movie that propelled Audrey deep into her career. This was her first starring role; after all. Gregory, of course, was the perfect co-star as he would help Audrey to shine. Audrey plays a royal who secretly escapes her royal life; temporarily, in post-war Rome. She experiences joy, friendship, love, happiness and everything else that a regular life has to offer! This wonderful 1953 film was shot on-site: throughout the city of Rome and it includes all the iconic tourist-visited historical sites!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this film for review. The opinions of this blog are my own. I’m not a professional in any way but I am a movie fan. 

This classic ROMAN HOLIDAY debuted on Blu-ray for the first time ever on
September 15, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment. I will admit that I was very excited to watch Roman Holiday because I have so many wonderful memories of watching it every year during my Christmas Break as a child. Over the years, the film would appear to suffer some damage. Wear and tear would damage the actual film over time … this would be why a restoration would become so necessary!

The film had to be pieced back together, but since it was so badly damaged an extensive amount of tape had to be used to allow the negative to make it through a printing machine. However, due to the fragile state of the negative, a Dupe Negative was made and then blown up a few thousandths of an inch to cover all the splice tape that held the original negative together. Newly remastered from a 4K film transfer, the ROMAN HOLIDAY Blu-ray also includes a new Filmmaker Focus with film historian Leonard Maltin, access to a Digital copy of the film, as well as previously released featurettes on Academy Award®-winner Audrey Hepburn, Edith Head’s Oscar®- winning* costumes, the blacklisting of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, and much more.

Bonus Features:
Filmmaker Focus: Leonard Maltin on Roman Holiday
Behind the Gates: Costumes
Rome with a Princess
Audrey Hepburn: The Paramount Years
Dalton Trumbo: From A-List to Blacklist
Paramount in the ’50s: Remembering Audrey
Theatrical Trailers
Four Photo Galleries: Production, The Movie, Publicity, The Premiere

Ranked as the #4 greatest love story of all time by the American Film Institute, ROMAN HOLIDAY earned 10 Academy Award® nominations, including Best Picture, and won Best Actress for Hepburn, Best Costume Design for legendary designer Edith Head, and Best Writing for Dalton Trumbo.

In my opinion, this digitally remastered film was brilliantly done. As an Audrey Hepburn fan, I am thrilled to now own this feature film. How can anyone not have seen Roman Holiday yet I don’t really know; however if you haven’t, it truly is a film not to be missed!

For more information about this movie (and others) head over to Paramount Pictures!

Stephen King 5-Movie Collection #StephenKing #giftedproduct

Do you have a favourite author? My favourite author is Stephen King and has been for a very long time. I’ve read most of his books and have seen many of the movies that were made based on his books. I think having a 5-movie collection is a brilliant idea. Movie night at my home has certainly become quite interesting.

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this film for review. The opinions of this blog are my own. I’m not a professional in any way but I am a movie fan. 

For the first time, STEPHEN KING 5-MOVIE COLLECTION: became available on Blu-ray September 15, 2020. Be prepared to be thrilled and terrified while watching Stephen King’s suspenseful stories come to life! Actually, these five films are perfect to watch for Halloween so come October 31st I know what my family will be doing!

So what exactly will you be getting yourself into if you watch these bone-chilling film features? Let’s recap each of the five films:

The Dead Zone: This psychological thriller delivers the story of Johnny Smith [Christopher Walken], a schoolteacher who awakems from a coma due to a car accident, only to find he has lost five years of his life, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a ‘gift’ at first, but ends up causing problems… The film also stars Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen Dewhurst, Nicolas Campell, and Martin Sheen.
Silver Bullet: Something is killing off townsfolk in Tarker’s Mills. Something mysterious. Something ingenious. Something remotely human. But the only person in town with courage to stop this lurking menace is a 13-year-old boy, confined to a wheelchair since birth. Adapted to the screen by suspense master Stephen King from his ‘Cycle of the Werewolf’ novelette, this exhilarating thriller features astounding special effects by three-time Oscar® winner Carlo Rambaldi (‘E.T.,’ ‘Alien,’ ‘King Kong’). Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, the film stars Gary Busey, Everett McGill, and Corey Haim.
Pet Sematary (1989): The terrifying tale by Stephen King is also a beloved adaptation of the best-selling author’s work. Pet Sematary follows the tragic story of the Creed family. After their cat is accidentally killed, a friendly neighbour advises its burial in a mysterious nearby cemetery. When the cat comes back, it’s only the beginning of an unthinkable evil leading to hell and back. Sometimes, so it seems, dead is better. The Pet Semetary (1989) Blu-ray includes commentary by Lambert, a guided tour of the locations led by King, an introduction to the cast and characters, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, an interview with Lambert about her memories making the film 30 years later, interviews with cast and crew of the 2019 movie discussing the original film’s impact, and photo galleries.
Pet Sematary (2019): Based on the terrifying novel by Stephen King, After the Creed family moves to rural Maine, they stumble upon an ancient burial ground with sinister powers. When tragedy strikes, a perilous chain of events unleashes an unfathomable evil. The Blu-ray has over 90 minutes of special features, including hair-raising deleted and extended scenes, a look at the main characters, cast interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, a chilling alternate ending, and more.
The Stand: Originally aired as a television mini-series, this all-star filmization of Stephen King’s gripping epic of good versus evil chronicles the episodic adventures of a disparate group of people who struggle to reestablish civilization after a man-made catastrophe wipes out most of the world’s population. The world abruptly ends when a deadly virus accidentally escapes from a government sponsored biological warfare laboratory. Soon people are dropping like flies from the plague, but a few survive and find themselves strangely compelled to head into the West. Good-hearted people follow the voice of an ancient black woman and head for Boulder, Colorado. Bad people follow the enigmatic Walkin’ Dude to Las Vegas. It is only a matter of time before the two sides are forced into a climactic battle over the final fate of humanity. This film stars Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Laura San Giacomo, and Rob Lowe. The Blu-ray includes commentary by King and members of the cast and crew, along with a making-of featurette.

Suffice it to say, I believe you’ll be frightfully entertained! While I prefer to read; I always become entirely engrossed in novels, I believe when movies are done well and actually bring the written word to life it makes watching the movie well worth it. Such is the case here. Don’t hesitate to grab a copy of this 5-movie collection and enjoy!

For more information about this movie (and others) head over to Paramount Pictures!

Braveheart in Limited Edition 4K Blu-ray Steelbook #Braveheart #giftedproduct

It’s never too late to celebrate the anniversary of BRAVEHEART. The exhilarating, triumphant, and award-winning masterpiece BRAVEHEART will arrived in Limited Edition 4K Blu-ray Steelbook on May 5, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this film for review. The opinions of this blog are my own. I’m not a professional in any way but I am a movie fan. 
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020, BRAVEHEART won five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. The richly detailed saga of power, passion, and the fight for freedom stars Mel Gibson (who also took home the Oscar® for Best Director) as William Wallace, a bold Scotsman who rallies his countrymen to liberation from oppressive English rule. The 4K Steelbook includes access to a digital copy of the film and previously released commentary by Mel Gibson on both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray presentations, along with more than two hours of previously released bonus content, including interactive timelines, a making-of documentary, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.
Braveheart
BRAVEHEART received positive reviews in 1995 and, in my opinion, will continue to do so on its 25th anniversary and beyond. I absolutely love this epic historical film, in spite of its historical inaccuracies. In fact BRAVEHEART triggered an increase in interest for Scotland’s history; as well as, an increase in Scotland’s tourism.  I’d say that a very positive outcome; wouldn’t you? Mel Gibson not only directed the movie, he acted as William Wallace as well.  Gibson was reluctant to play the role of Wallace but I can’t imagine anyone else doing a better job.  I will never forget his cry for FREEDOM.
BRAVEHEART is on my “Favourite Movies” list and I’ve watched it many times. Although the movie is long (approximately 3 hours), I think it’s well worth watching every moment of it.
The 25th Anniversary BRAVEHEART Limited Edition 4K Blu-ray Steelbook is beautifully presented and makes a wonderful gift and/or is perfect to add to your movie collection. If you haven’t seen BRAVEHEART then get on it!
For more information about this movie (and others) head over to Paramount Pictures!