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!

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!

Have You Seen ‘Like a Boss’ Yet? #LikeABoss #giftedproduct

Best friends, Mia and Mel (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) are living their best lives, running their own cosmetics company.  Unfortunately, they’re in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry Claire Luna (Salma Hayek) proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel and Mia’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy.

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. 

The two besties learn that sticking together is the only way to turn the tables and take their company back. The beauty business is about to get ugly.

The film also stars Jennifer Coolidge and Billy Porter, Ari Graynor, Natasha Rothwell, Jessica St. Clair and Karan Soni.

BONUS FEATURES ON BLU-RAY COMBO & DIGITAL  [Availability of bonus content varies by digital retailer]

  • With Coworkers Like These, Who Needs Friends?
  • “Get Some” with Ron and Greg
  • Deleted Scenes

The LIKE A BOSS DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

Street Date:              April 7, 2020 (Digital)

April 21, 2020 (Blu-ray, DVD, Video on Demand)

U.S. Rating:               R – Language, crude sexual material, and drug use

Canadian Rating:      14A – Coarse language, crude content

WHAT I THOUGHT:

I looked forward to receiving this movie because I love the starring ladies; I have been in need of a good laugh as of late and with the current social distancing WHO doesn’t need a distraction?  Along with the movie, I also received some ‘Like a Boss’ themed goodies that included a compact mirror and a little take-along overnight kit! These goodies are very useful so I’m quite pleased.

For me, I found that the story was quite predictable; however, Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne have great chemistry and project a believable friendship that we can all relate to.  Personally, I didn’t find it “hilariously funny” as I had anticipated but there were several enjoyable and funny scenes.  Unfortunately the movie was a little boring; however, you will discover all of the ‘feel-good movie’ feels have been cram-packed into the ending. It’s at this point that the movie’s message is revealed. True friendship will prevail; even at the worst of times.

Have you seen ‘Like A Boss‘ yet?

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