February 21, 2015

The Beatles Remastered

The Beatles Remastered

September 9, 2009 saw the remaster and re-release of The Beatles music collection in stereo and mono sound and some called it Christmas in September.  

The set was officially endorsed by both surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and it was definitely one of the musical events of the year.

When the remastered stereo and mono boxed sets were released in 2009, it was four decades after the height of popularity of The Beatles but that did not matter because the world still loved (and still loves) The Beatles. 

If you were not previously aware of this set and you love The Beatles, you will get a feeling for its power when you watch The Beatles remasters video trailer:


The initial run of the boxed sets was so successful that it sold out right away but it is readily available now on Amazon by clicking right here.  I do not remember the original retail price but expect you will have to pay a premium if you want to own a  new set and that you may be able to save a bit of money if you choose a used set from one of the resellers on Amazon.

When this set was released, the Beatles were the second best-selling artist of the decade, the 2000's. The release of these remastered albums surely helped keep them in that spot, if it did not propel them to the top. 

Are you a Beatles fan? Does it matter to you that The Beatles library has been remastered?

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February 8, 2015

William and Kate: Who Says Fairy Tales Don't Come True

I watched Lifetime Original's movie, William and Kate: Who Says Fairy Tales Don't Come True, which originally aired on television during the week of their wedding.

I was totally impressed with William at first...

Here's the movie trailer:


If you are looking for a film that gives you a peek into the pre-wedding relationship of this modern day royal couple, you will enjoy this made-for-television movie, which is available on DVD from Amazon by clicking right here.

See you at
the movies!

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Buy William & Kate: Who Says Fairy Tales Don't Come True from Amazon.
Read about The Royal Collection Movies Boxed Set.

February 4, 2015

Disney's Frozen Fever Short Release Date

Frozen returns to the big screen on March 13, 2015. It's a new animated short that features our favorite characters from Disney's hit movie Frozen. You will find it at the movie theatre when you go to see the new live action version of the movie Cinderella.

Take a peek here for yourself in this short Youtube video as two directors, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee discuss the upcoming release:

Anyone else anxious for more Frozen? I know you are!

See you
at the movies!

More Reading:

Watch The Story of Frozen: The Making of a Disney Animated Classic. It's an instant video download for $1.99 on Amazon.
The Best Frozen Gift Ideas.
Disney's Limited Edition Frozen Dresses.

January 27, 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Idea For Seniors: I Love Lucy Calendar

Normally, I would not choose to write a post about a 2015 calendar after the year had arrived but I cannot help but think that this is a great Valentine's Day gift idea for someone who remembers I Love Lucy fondly.

It's a practical, useful gift.

It's affordable and doesn't deliver unwanted calories.

It's even decorated for Valentine's Day with a red heart and the word love!

What more could you ask?

Well, for the right person, I think this I Love Lucy calendar might also happen to be a nostalgic gift. One that will be a trip down memory lane, which makes it a perfect gift idea for a senior citizen like the grandparents in your life.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Order this calendar from Amazon.

January 20, 2015

Grantchester: A New Period Drama Mini-Series

I've only just started watching the new mini-series Grantchester but I will admit I have enjoyed the limited amount that I have seen so far and that I am hooked.

Grantchester is a period drama film, a whodunit with the tag line: Faith. Love. Murder.

It is a Masterpiece Mystery in which an Anglican vicar helps a local police detective solve mysteries. It is set near Cambridge in the 1950s and is based on the Grantchester Mysteries books written by James Runcie.

I am looking forward to following the adventures of Reverend Sidney Chambers (played by James Norton) and Detective Inspector Geordie Keating (played by Robson Green) and I hope the rest of the season is as good as the first episode.  I hope that it is not too presumptuous to say that I am glad to see that there will be a second season.

You can check Grantchester out for yourself via this short YouTube trailer:

Right now you can tune in to Grantchester on Sunday nights on whatever channel you watch Masterpiece productions on.  I see that the DVD and blu-ray versions of the mini-series are available for pre-order from Amazon by clicking right here, if you know already that you want to own a copy of the series for yourself or if you know someone for whom this would make a great gift idea. The official release date is April 7, 2015.

What do you think? Will you be tuning in to Grantchester?
Are you already hooked like I am?
Did the first episode make you want to read the books?

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at the movies!

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Order your copy of Grantchester from Amazon.

Grantchester Star James Norton Reveals What's Behind His Crime-Solving, Jazz-Playing Vicar.

January 15, 2015

Magic in the Moonlight Movie Review

Last night we watched MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT with Colin Firth and Emma Stone.

The story is that of a well known magician who dazzles audiences worldwide and his experiences when he discovers a real psychic or soothsayer.

The Guardian says, "Colin Firth and Emma Stone deliver fun and romantic whimsy in Woody Allen’s latest, but nothing memorable" and I agree. Magic in the Moonlight was okay, not great, though I loved the magic, the fabulous costumes and the setting of the French Riviera in the 1920s.

I would love to visit that time and that place. Imagine driving through the countryside of France in a convertible in the summertime.  What could be better?

Here's a peek at the movie via the movie trailer:


I think I would recommend this movie if you love romantic comedies and you love period pieces.  It might actually be worth watching just for the Roaring Twenties and the Jazz Age aspect, if that time period intrigues you. It's not the best-ever movie from those genres but it is a beautiful movie.

Magic in the Moonlight is rated PG-13 and overall I think that it is pretty inoffensive for an adult. There's little swearing, no sex though some kissing. There's smoking and drinking as there would have been in the 1920s and there is also the subject of whether or not there is a God and an afterlife.

Have you seen it? Will you be adding Magic in the Moonlight to your movie list?

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at the movies!

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Buy Magic in the Moonlight from Amazon.
Find more information about the rating from Common Sense Media.

January 11, 2015

Disney's Frozen Chapter Books

We no longer have young children around our house but I remember well how much they embraced early chapter books when they were learning to read. My guys were keen on the Magic Tree House, The Bailey School Kids and Puppy Tales by Jenny Dale to name a few so when I saw these Frozen-themed books I was excited for little girls that love Disney's Frozen.

Take a popular movie like this one and turn it into an early chapter book for children aged 6 to 9 or in grades 1 through 4 and you are bound to capture even the most reluctant reader's attention.

The Stepping Stone series is called Anna and Elsa: Sisterhood is the Strongest Magic and so far, I see three titles: All Hail the Queen, Memory and Magic and A Warm Welcome. Hopefully, the books will be very successful and Disney will release more titles.

I also like the idea that they are hardcover books, which means that if they become treasured volumes they will last longer and possibly even be held forever as part of a little girl's childhood book collection and even though they are hardcover books, they are not expensive retailing at less than $10 on Amazon.  You can learn more about them on Amazon yourself by clicking here.

What do you think? Is it a good idea to tie in popular movies with children's books or would you rather they be two totally different worlds?

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at the movies!

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Buy these Frozen Chapter books on Amazon.

More Frozen themed gift ideas.

Children's chapter books in my eBay store.

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