Betty White Calendar 2011


If you're a Betty White fan or just a fan of what this amazing 88-year old woman has achieved in the last year it is NOT too late to order her calendar and there's a bonus for ordering it now from Amazon because Amazon has it on sale for 50 percent off.

For less than seven dollars you can enjoy a year of smiles with Betty and her amazing collection of hot and hunky young men. This calendar would make a fun gift choice for any woman, young or old, who enjoys Betty White. (Don't you wish it was YOU in that lounge chair?)

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Brenda

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Betty White Entertainer of the Year 2010

It is pretty hard to miss the iconic comedian, Betty White for these days she could be a bit, as she herself puts it, "overexposed." 

She's literally everywhere. 

This past year, she went from a Snickers commercial to guest host of Saturday Night Live. She appeared in a couple of movies and people loved her in the first season of the new sitcom Hot in Cleveland, which some say is oddly reminiscent of The Golden Girls.  She was chosen as one of Barbara Walter's 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010 and, most recently, Betty White was chosen Entertainer of the Year for 2010.

Learn more about Betty White's accomplishments at Entertainer of the Year 2010 and make sure to vote in the polls. Let us all know what YOU think of the funny lady, Betty White.

Share your thoughts on whether or not Betty White is the NEW Brad Pitt, whether or not Betty White is overexposed and whether or not you would like to walk in her shoes...

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Brenda

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Betty White: Recipient of the Entertainer of the Year Award for 2010.
Order your copy of Hot in Cleveland Season 1 from Amazon.

Best Johnny Depp Movies

The best Johnny Depp movies is a subject open for debate. My favorites are different than yours, and yours are different than your sister's...so I turned, as I often do, to the best movie lists provided by Amazon customer reviews and the result is an interesting movie list.

In my reading, I discovered that there are more than a couple of Johnny Dep's movies that I have yet to see that his work really does cross many movie genres. I also discovered that most of his movies are available on blu-ray.

If you are curious, you will find the list and a discussion of those movies at The Five Best Johnny Depp Movies on Blu-ray and DVD. On that page, you will also find a list of all of the movies and television shows that Johnny Depp has ever appeared in.

My favorite Johnny Depp movie still is Chocolat and I know I have written about it time and time again.  Now it is your turn...do you enjoy Johnny Depp movies? If so, what is YOUR favorite Johnny Depp movie and why?

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Brenda

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The Five Best Johnny Depp Movies on Blu-ray and DVD
Johnny Depp movies on Amazon. 

Why Is Tron (1982) So Hard To Find?

Wondering why the original Tron movie from 1982 is so hard to come by? Rumours have it that Walt Disney ceased the production in order to prevent people from viewing the original movie and deciding to pass on the new one.  Whether or not that is true, I do not know but what I do know is that the price for the DVD and the VHS videotapes of the original movie is extremely high right now and that, although I would like to see the original movie, I'm just going to have to wait for the price to come down (or find someone willing to lend it to me.) 

I did see the new Tron: Legacy movie and enjoyed it. Seems to me that it fits the profile of the original though~~ excellent effects and a plot that is not particularly strong but you know, of course, that the reason for seeing the movie is for the light-cycles and the technology, not the story.

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Brenda

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Disney’s Original TRON Movie Review (1982)
Disney's New TRON: LEGACY Movie Review (2010)

The Best Hallmark Movies Ever

The best Hallmark movies ever is a list that is hard to define. 

Have you taken a moment to think about the history behind the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies? Did you know that they have been creating quality television programming since 1951? That's a lot of movies and a lot of favorites so coming up with a list of the 'best' ones is difficult.

The shows Hallmark broadcast at the beginning were different than the ones they air now but they were considered quality television programming at the time.  I don't think many people would pick them as the best Hallmark movies today.

Since then, however, Hallmark movies have gone on to win more awards than any other television production. A best of list would be hard to put together but it would need to include a few movies like Promise, the movie which one the most awards; What The Deaf Man Heard, the movie which drew the largest television audience; and even the very popular Sarah Plain and Tall collection.

If you want to know more about some of the best Hallmark movies ever, please visit my detailed page The Best Hallmark Movies Ever by clicking here.

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Brenda

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The Best Hallmark Movies Ever.
Order your Hallmark Event Films Collection.

Black Swan Natalie Portman's Psychological Thriller Ballet Movie (2010)

Black Swan may not be the movie you think it is. Natalie Portman's new ballet movie has been generating plenty of talk, including lots of Oscar buzz. Innocently, I was expecting the story of a ballet dancer...but this movie is a LOT more than that.

Words that I have seen or heard used to describe this movie include, but certainly are not limited to: thriller, horror, art, porn, big, crazy, weird, dark, twisted, interesting, amazing and intense. The video trailer makes you agree with those words and makes me question whether or not I really want to see this movie.

I haven't decided if it is a horror movie or an art movie so I started a debate, Natalie Portman's Black Swan: A Horror Movie or An Art Movie?

If you have seen the movie I'd love to hear what you have to say about it. If not and you are looking for the video trailer, more information and a few reviews of the movie, you might want to check the page out.

I'll be waiting to hear what you think...

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Brenda

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Natalie Portman's Black Swan: A Horror Movie or An Art Movie?
Click here to buy your copy of Black Swan on blu-ray or DVD.

Cowboys and Aliens, A 2011 Western Movie

Cowboys and Aliens are coming to a theatre near you this July and no, I'm not pulling your leg. With a cast which includes Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, Ron Howard producing and Steven Spielberg as executive producer, this movie should be good. Or should we say could be good...the premise is a bit, ah, odd.

The story?  Well very simply put, a spaceship arrives in the wild west and the cowboys try to protect their world. It is based on a 2006 graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley.

Somehow Cowboys and Aliens reminds me of Gunless, the Canadian story of the cowboy...without a gun. Possibly because they are westerns with a twist and boy does this one have an unusual twist!



Cowboys and Aliens opens in movie theatres July 29, 2011.

I'm not sure what to think of Cowboys and Aliens...how about you?

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Brenda

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Cowboys and Aliens official movie website.
Click here to order your copy of Cowboys and Aliens on blu-ray or DVD.

Christmas With Tucker, The Sequel To A Dog Named Christmas

Christmas with Tucker is a brand-new book by Greg Kincaid. It is the prequel to the story A Dog Named Christmas and promises to be just as good. The story is that of a 12-year old boy being given a dog after his father has died and his mother has abandoned him at his Grandparents.  Not welcome at first, the dog soon becomes a best friend to the boy and helps him navigate the growing up years.

"This simple but strong story celebrates the beauty of everyday things, the power of love and humility, the singular grace that is a good dog, and the mysterious ability of that grace to transform the human heart. A perfect Christmas read." – Dean Koontz

Amazon customer reviews are equally enthusiastic with comments like this one from Rebekah Sue Harris, "For Christmas with Tucker to be truly heartwarming, everything had to fall into place, and it did. Author Greg Kincaid did a wonderful job keeping the flow going without writing a story that was trite or clich├ęd. This is a wonderful book for a day when you're wrapped in a quilt, sipping hot cocoa, and wanting to be warm and cozy. This lovely Christmas story is recommended for teenagers and adults alike."

The combination of this new book by Gregory Kincaid with the old book and/or a copy of the Hallmark movie, A Dog Named Christmas would make a lovely gift idea.  Christmas With Tucker is available as a hardcover book, as a CD audiobook and for your Kindle.

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Brenda

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Order your copy of Christmas With Tucker.
Order your A Dog Named Christmas DVD.
Read my review of A Dog Named Christmas, the movie.

24 T.V. Show The Complete Series DVD Set

My husband loved the television series 24 although I am not sure if he was able to keep up with it until the very end. What a surprise then to see the 24 t.v. show complete series DVD on sale for 60 percent off today on Amazon. That makes the cost of many, many, many hours of television viewing less than $140, a pretty good deal, needless to say.


This DVD set starring Keifer Sutherland includes the entire television series, Series 1 through 8, 24 Redemption and a bonus disc with many special features. In total, this set contains a whopping 56 discs.

Amazon customer Karl said, "Nothing short of great TV. Loved watching it and always looked forward to the next show. Edge of your seat, white knuckle action!"

The complete 24 boxed set would make a great gift idea for anyone who missed the series, anyone who saw part of the series or even for anyone who loved it and would like to re-watch the entire series.

The catch? This is a one-day only special -- December 14, 2010 although I'd wager a guess that it will still be on sale tomorrow just not at quite such a deep discount. Anyway, if you have a man on your list who enjoyed bits and pieces or even all of 24, this would make a top-rated Christmas gift idea.

And, oh yes, 24 The Complete Series, is NOT available on blu-ray. Pity knuckle action!"that, and I'm not the only one who thinks so.

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Brenda

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Order your copy of 24 The Complete Series from Amazon.

New Blu-ray Christmas Movies 2010

Always curious, I set about discovering what Christmas movies would be released on blu-ray in 2010.  The result, was this list. All of these movies are available on blu-ray disc and, of course, on DVD.  I hope you find it helpful.

Disney's A Christmas Carol
George C. Scott's A Christmas Carol
White Christmas
Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage Movie Trailer
The Christmas Hope
Santa Claus: The Movie
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
The Year Without A Santa Claus
The Peanuts Ultimate Holiday Collection

If you are interested in reading more about these blu-ray movies, visit my page about the best new Christmas movies of 2010. Alternatively, to read more about any single one of these blu-ray movies just click on the title shown above to see what Amazon and equally importantly, what Amazon's customer reviewers have to say about each one.  Don't forget to take advantage of Amazon's FREE shipping on orders worth $25 or more and to check out the Amazon Daily Deals while you are there.

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Brenda

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Top 10 Best New Christmas Movies of 2010 on Blu-ray (and DVD)

Which Will Be The Best True Grit Movie?

Which True Grit movie is the best?

As I write this post, I realize it is a just a bit early but I cannot help but wonder if Jeff Bridges' 2010 version of True Grit will be able to measure up to John Wayne's 1969 version.

Will it go on to become "one of the major entertainments of the year" as the New York Times said about the 1969 version and will it still be a popular movie, forty plus years later? Only time will tell...

When you have seen both movies, be sure to visit my new page Which Is The Best, John Wayne's Or Jeff Bridges' 2010 Version Of True Grit and let us know what you think. Heck, you might even be able to use my page to decide whether you WANT to see the new version.

So tell us, what do you think? Can a remake of a western classic hope to compete?

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Brenda

True Grit Blu-ray Movie Release 2010

Literally just in time for Christmas comes the 1969 John Wayne True Grit blu-ray movie. I think it creates the possibility of a magnificent Christmas gift for anyone in your family who loves John Wayne movies and owns a blu-ray player.

Simply buy a copy of John Wayne's True Grit movie on blu-ray and add a movie gift certificate for the new 2010 True Grit movie which opens in movie theatres on December 25th and you have the makings of a very nice Christmas gift for any western movie fan.

You can preorder your copy of True Grit on blu-ray from Amazon, where they have already reduced the price by almost 30 percent. Amazon's preorder guarantee means that if the price goes down between now and December 14th, you will receive the lower of the two prices. This movie qualifies for release-day delivery, which means it will be delivered to your door on the day it is released and Amazon will even gift wrap it for you, if that helps.

Unfortunately, it is too early to know what the experts think of this blu-ray movie release in terms of blu-ray quality.  For that information, we will have to wait a tiny bit longer but we do know that True Grit featured John Wayne in one of his most memorable roles and that it is the movie for which John Wayne won his only Academy Award. Not to mention that many people will want to be comparing the original True Grit with the remake of True Grit.

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Brenda

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Order your copy of John Wayne's True Grit on blu-ray from Amazon.
More John Wayne movies on blu-ray.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas 2010 Hallmark Movie

Another brand-new Hallmark movie coming to a television near you this holiday season is An Old-Fashioned Christmas, the sequel to An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving.

This new movie was shot in beautiful Ireland and features an equally beautiful Jacqueline Bisset. The story is continued from the first movie and finds a grandmother travelling around the world in order to give her granddaughter lessons about character and refined living. 

An Old-Fashioned Christmas airs tonight, December 6, 2010. Unfortunately, it is only airing on the Hallmark Channel meaning that some people (like myself) will have to wait and see it when the DVD is available or when and if it airs on other channels.

Also disappointing is the lack of a video trailer to watch online. I am absolutely curious about this movie...but remind myself that patience is a virtue. If you are able to watch An Old-Fashioned Christmas tonight, be sure to come back and let us all know what you think!  Seems like the Hallmark Channel needs to go mainstream.

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Brenda

Read More:

The New Hallmark Christmas Movies For 2010

Hallmark Holiday Collector's Sets: Buy Eight Hallmark Christmas Movies For Under $25

Disneynature's African Cats 2011 Nature Documentary

The next Disneynature film is going to be African Cats.  African Cats follows three other successful Disney Nature productions...Crimson Wing, Earth and Oceans.  All were magnificent, if Earth was somewhat controversial.

Lovers of African mammals will likely love this new documentary set in the African savanna and following, as it does, the lives of two wild cat families ~ lions and cheetahs. Following Disney's tradition with these new nature documentaries, African Cats arrives in theatres around the world on Earth Day, April 22, 2011 and yes, once again, Disney will make a contribution on behalf of everyone who attends the movie during opening week this time in support of 'African Cats, Save The Savanna.'

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Brenda

Read More:

Disneynature African Cats ~ A Wild Cat Nature Documentary Movie
Africa: The Serengeti Imax Blu-ray Movie Review
Click here to buy your copy of African Cats.

Disneynature Oceans Blu-ray Review

Disneynature Oceans arrived on blu-ray and DVD on October 19, 2010. A beautiful documentary film for which the blu-ray was NOT a disappointment.  The experts raved:

"No matter how you look at it, the Blu-ray edition of Oceans is a must-own," said Blu-ray.com.

"DisneyNature's Oceans comes highly recommended," said High-Def Digest.

Take a peek and see for yourself:




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Brenda

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Read more about Disneynature Oceans.
Order your copy of Disneynature Oceans on blu-ray or DVD.

The Best Christmas Songs Ever...

If you were challenged to come up with the very best Christmas music of all time, what would YOU put on the list? As with all lists that is a pretty tough question but let me share with you three of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. I am sure you will probably NOT be surprised.

First on the list is of course, White Christmas by Bing Crosby (1942).  Then comes The Little Drummer Boy by the Harry Simeone Chorale (1958) and finally, Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms (1957.) If you are curious about the rest of the list, visit Christmas Music All Year Long where you will not only find the rest of this list of the best Christmas songs of all time but you will also find lists of the best pop, rock, doowop, rockabilly, rhythm & blues and  twisted Christmas songs.

What do YOU think are the best Christmas songs ever?

Merry Christmas!
Brenda

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Christmas Music All Year Long 

The Christmas Box Hallmark Movie

Richard Paul Evans wrote a hugely successful Christmas story called The Christmas Box and Hallmark followed with a sweet Christmas movie.

The story is that of a cash-strapped family who are caregivers in an apartment complex. They are given the opportunity to move to a local mansion and be the caregivers of the home as well as assume the responsibilities of looking after the owner, a lady named Mary, who lives alone in the house. Mother and daughter quickly become close to Mary but the husband, who works long hours, struggles to get along with her. Eventually, however, Mary teaches him some important secrets about the true meaning of Christmas.

The Christmas Box is a 1995 Hallmark movie with an all-star cast which includes starred Richard Thomas, Maureen O'Hara and Annette O'Toole.

For the longest time available only on VHS videotape, this movie is now available as a part of a 2-DVD set that includes both The Christmas Box and Timepiece. Timepiece is a prequel to The Christmas Box. You can find either the VHS tape or the DVD on Amazon by clicking right here. Buying the set may save you a few dollars but, more important, is the fact that the set is on DVD rather than VHS videotape.


If you enjoy Hallmark movies, I think you will enjoy The Christmas Box. I have yet to see Timepiece though I have read that it is a darker story. If you have seen it, be sure to let us all know what you thought of it.

Merry Christmas!
Brenda

Quick Links:

The Christmas Box Hallmark Home Entertainment Movie Review
Buy The Christmas Box on Amazon.

Hallmark's Farewell, Mr. Kringle, a New 2010 Christmas Movie

Next up on Hallmark's Christmas movie release schedule for 2010 is the new movie, Farewell, Mr. Kringle.

A skeptical (and widowed) journalist must cover the story of Kris Kringle's 50th birthday even though she really does not want to. Of course, as she covers the story, she opens up to Kris Kringle, the wonders of Christmas and the possibility of falling in love again.


Farewell, Mr. Kringle, stars Christine Taylor, Christopher Wiehl and Vivica A. Fox and  premieres on the Hallmark Channel on December 4th.



You can watch the official movie trailer here to determine whether you will be adding this movie to your Christmas movie list this year.



What did you think? Doesn't Farewell, Mr. Kringle look like a charming Christmas movie?

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Brenda


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What Do You Need To Watch Blu-ray 3D?

Do you have questions about blu-ray 3D like what do you need to watch blu-ray 3D or whether or not your current blu-ray player will play 3D blu-ray movies? If you are looking for a bit of the most basic of information about this technology, you might enjoy a visit to my page What Will You Need To Watch Blu-ray 3D Movies At Home where I have tried to share some of the basic information about watching this new technology.

Meanwhile, the most basic information you need to know about the new 3D technology is that there are four main items that you need in order to view 3D blu-ray movies at home: 
  1. A blu-ray capable HDTV
  2. A 3D blu-ray player
  3. Special 3D glasses
  4. Blu-ray 3D movies.
Without the first two pieces of electronic equipment and the glasses, there is simply no way to view the final item on your television at home.

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Brenda

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What Will You Need To Watch Blu-ray 3D Movies At Home?

Johnny Depp 2011 Calendar ~~ It's Sizzlin'

Yowsa...have you seen the Johnny Depp 2011 calendar? Actually, I should say calendars for dear Johnny is popular enough to have inspired the creation of not one but at least four calendars this year...I'm featuring my favorite here but if you're curious, check out The Calendar Guy's selection of Johnny Depp calendars.

If you were to pick a Johnny Depp calendar, which movies or versions of Johnny would it have to include?  I'm not so keen on the costumed pictures although I loved those movies, too.  I guess I'd rather be able to see the real Johnny. How about you?

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Brenda

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Click here to order this Johnny Depp 2011 calendar from Amazon or just to check out a few more of the photos.
Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in THE TOURIST 2010 Movie


The Magic of Flight Blu-ray

Imax's The Magic of Flight blu-ray placed seventh on my list of the best Imax blu-ray movies in 2008. It is an exciting albeit short journey into the world of flight, which reportedly costs a fortune to film. An early entry into the field of blu-ray documentaries, it is still considered stunning, especially for those interested in the magic of flight.

There are a number of Imax blu-ray documentary films available. You might also consider Fighter Pilot- Operation Red Flag  or Straight Up: Helicopters in Action.



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Brenda

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Imax The Magic of Flight Blu-ray Movie Review
Click here to order your copy of The Magic of Flight on blu-ray from Amazon.

Aircraft Carrier Movies and Documentaries on Blu-ray and DVD

Today I discovered a new page dedicated to aircraft carrier documentaries.  If you're interested in aircraft carriers or maybe even if you have someone working on an aircraft carrier, you should check out Stargazer00's list.

Of course, I went a bit farther and looked to see what aircraft movies or documentaries are available on blu-ray.  I found just two movies and they are definitely movies, not documentaries.

The first movie is The Final Countdown with Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen and James Farentino. Blu-ray.com says, it "combines action, adventure, and sci-fi elements with a deep philosophical and moral discussion that never becomes too burdensome or too pronounced, always punctuated by moments of intense action and spectacular imagery..." They call this one well worth owning and recommended.

The second aircraft carrier movie available on blu-ray is Flight of the Intruder with Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Brad Johnson, Rosanna Arquette and Tom Sizemore.  High-Def.com says that if you are a Flight of the Intruder fan, you must own this blu-ray. Otherwise, they recommend it for renting because it isn't as cool as Top Gun or as emotional as Platoon.

These two blu-ray movies aren't quite what Dianne had in mind when she made her list but they are still, I'm sure, great gift ideas for fans of the military movie genre. For authenticity, of course, you will want to visit Dianne's page and see the great gathering of aircraft carrier DVDs she has put together.

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Brenda

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Check out Stargazer00's page Aircraft Carrier DVDs
Order your copy of The Final Countdown on blu-ray.
Order your copy of The Flight of the Intruder.

November Christmas 2010 Hallmark Movie

Another new Hallmark Hall of Fame Christmas movie airs tomorrow night and I am excited about this one because it is NOT airing on the Hallmark Channel which means, quite simply, that I get to watch it! (How I do wish I did receive the Hallmark channel! Not only do I miss most of the new Hallmark movies but I also miss Martha Stewart's daily television show.)

Anyway, November Christmas is the story of a couple of families and their community. It tells how people can rally together to help people in their times of need, in this case as a young daughter suffers from a serious illness. Eventually, the father and a neighbor decide to celebrate Christmas in November and come up with a plan to make it happen.

November Christmas stars Sam Elliott, John Corbett, Sarah Paulson, Karen Allen, Elizabeth McLaughlin and Emily Alyn Lind and airs TOMORROW NIGHT, November 28th, on CBS.

You can read more about about this movie, including where to buy it, at my November Christmas movie review or read more about the 2010 Hallmark Christmas movie line up by clicking right here.
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at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Link:

The New Hallmark Christmas Movies For 2010
Hallmark's November Christmas Movie Review
Buy your copy of November Christmas from Amazon.

The Twilight Zone Blu-ray

The Twilight Zone, Season One, took the seventh spot on my list, the Top 10 Best Blu-ray Movies 2010 For Sound and Picture Quality.  It's a television series that, more than fifty years later, still has a large following.

The set contains 36 episodes for which the video and audio have been restored and which are reported to be better better than ever.

With regard to the quality of the blu-ray release, the experts are thrilled.

Monsters and Critics says, "Extremely highly recommended and worth every penny." 

High-Def Digest says, "This is one of the best blu-ray releases of the year and quite possibly one of the best catalog releases in the history of blu-ray."

And finally, Blu-ray.com says, "If you love television, science fiction, fantasy, horror, time travel, Cold War craziness, snappy twist endings, the realm of the unknown, or all of the above, this is an absolute must-have release."

I'm not sure that there is anything I can add to that...but I'm thinking I should add it to my Christmas shopping list for my teenage sons.

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at the movies!
Brenda

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Order your copy of The Twilight Zone, Season One, form Amazon.
Read the Top 10 Best Blu-ray Movies 2010 For Sound and Picture Quality

New Nature & Adventure Imax Blu-ray Documentary Movie Releases of 2009

How do you decide which Imax blu-ray movies to pick?

Well, other than picking ones devoted to your obvious interests in the natural world,  I recommend you start with a list like my Nature and Adventure Imax Blu-ray Documentary Movie Releases of 2009. The movies on this list were brand new Imax releases in 2009. It is filled with quality Imax documentary choices and, includes the likes of Ride Around The World, Mummies and Grand Canyon Adventure.

You might also consult these pages:

The 10 Best Nature & Adventure Imax Blu-ray Movie Documentary Films 2008
The 10 Best Nature & Adventure Imax Blu-ray Movie Documentary Films 2010

There are more great Imax blu-ray movies available than there are poor ones so I really do not think you have to worry. Any from my list or from Amazon's current bestsellers list would be great choices.

What Imax blu-ray movies do YOU recommend?

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Brenda

When Will Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Be Released on Blu-ray and DVD?

It's too soon to know for sure when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 will be released on blu-ray and DVD or to know what will be included when the release does come.  After all, the movie has just been released at the theatres. 

However, I know some of you who are not going to see this movie at the theatre for one reason or another or who just want to add this latest installment in the Harry Potter franchise to their collection, are anxious.

What is known, however, is that Warner Brothers doesn't have a lot of time to play with on this release because of the upcoming release of the second part of the Deathly Hallows this summer. 

Best guesses then of when the blu-ray and DVD will be released, include April or May of 2011.  That allows time for the movie to run its course at the theatre and for the discs to sell in advance of the second movie release.  (Some experts are betting on a strong preview of the second movie being included with the release of the disc for the first movie.)

To know for sure, however, you can sign up with Amazon to be notified when the blu-ray or DVD do become available.

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at the movies!
Brenda

Buy your copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on blu-ray or DVD.
Buy your copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on blu-ray or DVD.

Amazon Daily Deals

Over the last six months or so I have been watching the Amazon Daily Deals and I've seen some pretty good specials. One noteworthy deal that I have seen from time to time is the buy an HDTV television and receive a blu-ray disc player deal. Assuming the electronic choices meet your requirements and have good reviews, that seems like a pretty amazing deal to me.

However, what might be of more interest to people on a day-to-day basis are the daily movie deals. Like today's special on the Harry Potter Years 1 to 6 blu-ray set at just $39.99 with FREE shipping. That savings represents a discount of 60 percent off and probably won't be beat anywhere else again anytime soon. (The corresponding DVD set is also on sale for 60 percent off or just $23.99, which works out to about $4 per movie.)

Some of the specials I have seen will make wonderful Christmas gift ideas and, because they are so deeply discounted, they're budget friendly, too.

If you are not reading this post today, November 23rd, odds are you've missed the Harry Potter movie special. However, the point of my post was really to let you know that Amazon has some pretty amazing deals on their blu-ray and DVD movies every single day. Visit today's specials by clicking right here.

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Brenda

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See today's Amazon Daily Deals.

Best Harry Potter Gift Ideas

If you are shopping for Harry Potter gift ideas, I would like to recommend The Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide: The Best Harry Potter Gift Ideas.

The gift guide is my newest Harry Potter themed page and is devoted totally to some of the very best gift ideas for Harry Potter fans.  If you are shopping for someone who loves Harry's world, you are sure to find the perfect gift idea on this page or through the resources included on this page. If you already know what you are looking for, you might find it there, too.

You will find some of the best Harry Potter wands, including the new Harry Potter remote control wand; a selection of books and calendars about Harry's world but not written by by J.K. Rowling; costume ideas; decorating ideas; and, t-shirts. You will find the most amazing Harry Potter blu-ray gift set which comes in a replica of Hogwarts Castle and which really is a totally unique gift item. I have even included some Harry Potter stocking stuffer ideas and Christmas ornaments like the Kurt Adler Polonaise ornament shown here.

The Harry Potter Gift Guide is the culmination of much research on my part. It was really my intention to discover some wonderful gift ideas and I think I accomplished that.  I hope you will find it an excellent resource page and even enjoy seeing much of the amazing and magical Harry Potter merchandise that is available.

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at the movies!
Brenda

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The Harry Potter Holiday Gift Guide

The Thin Red Line Blu-ray War Movie

Those looking for good wartime movies on blu-ray should add The Thin Red Line to their lists. The Thin Red Line appears at number six in the best blu-ray movies of 2010

This movie is a 1998 Terrence Malick production that saw the adaptation of James Jones' 1962 book about the World War II battle for Guadalcanal.  This movie featured an all-star cast, which included Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, Woody Harrelson, Adrian Brody, George Clooney and John Cusack. Some consider it to be one of the best war movies ever made.

In terms of blu-ray quality, Blu-ray.com very highly recommends it, saying the movie looks and sounds amazing.

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at the movies!
Brenda

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Read more about the best blu-ray movies of 2010.
Order your copy of The Thin Red Line from Amazon.

Ratatouille Movie Review on Blu-ray and DVD

Ratatouille is one of if not my favorite animated movie ever. What's not to love about a movie featuring a rat in the kitchen?!?

Once you get past that part (and for some people it IS a sticky point), you will discover a beautiful movie starring one little rat and one young male kitchen employee.

You will combine three of my and possibly your favorite hobbies ~~ movies, food and travel.

You will enjoy the sights and sounds of the city of lights, Paris.

You will be able to smell the very realistic albeit animated soup simmering away on the stove...

For more information about the movie Ratatouille and what the crew had to go through to bring you this delicious animated food movie, visit my Ratatouille movie review by clicking right here.

And the blu-ray version of Ratatouille? Well, simply put, it is a delight.  High-Def Digest says, "This blu-ray release is also fantastic, boasting absolutely perfect video and audio, plus a great package of extras. This is a must-own disc that no Blu-ray collection should be without."


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the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Disney's Ratatouille Movie Food & Blu-ray Movie Review
Click here to order your copy of Ratatouille from Amazon.

Hallmark Christmas Movies 2010

If you have the Hallmark Channel, you are no doubt patiently awaiting the arrival of the Christmas movie season. I personally don't have that channel but I do have advance information about a bunch of the new Hallmark Christmas movies being released this year.

Hallmark movie fans will recognize the picture opposite as that of one of last year's Hallmark Christmas movies, Mrs. Miracle, which was Hallmark's highest rated film from 2009 and which was released this Tuesday on DVD.  Following the success of that movie, a second has been made and is entitled Call Me Mrs. Miracle. It is just one of several new Christmas movies that Hallmark plans to air this year.

Also set to air this holiday season are at least five more Christmas movies including:

The Night Before, The Night Before Christmas
The Town Christmas Forgot
November Christmas
Farewell, Mr. Kringle
An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Find details about these brand-new Hallmark Christmas movies as well as about many others that have been produced over a period of many years on my page dedicated to The New Hallmark Christmas Movies For 2010.

See you
at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Click here to order your copy of Mrs. Miracle from Amazon.
Or here to read more about Hallmark's 2010 Christmas movie lineup.
Or here to read about The Night Before, The Night Before Christmas

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Movie Release 2010

Are you anxious to see the new Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? I am and I'm not sure when I'm going to make it.  The challenge then, as I see it, is going to be managing to avoid hearing anything about the movie or reading any of the reviews that are bound to flood the internet once the movie is released in North America on November 19th, 2010.

Do you have any suggestions as to what I could do to avoid seeing or hearing something about the movie that I don't want to see or hear?

I guess I could log off of my computer, cancel my cable, ignore my newspaper or put on some big FLUFFY (pun intended) earmuffs but maybe the best solution would be simply to go and see the new Harry Potter movie pronto...so that I can rush back here to give you my Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie review.

Here's a video preview, an official peek into the movie, with narration by Harry, Ron and Hermione...



Here's to a fantastic new Harry Potter movie...even if it is only Part 1.  You do realize, of course, that this Part 1 and Part 2 thing is going to give us a dilemna down the road...will you buy Part 1 when it is released on blu-ray or will you wait until Part 2 has been released first at the movie theatres in July, 2011, and then on blu-ray so that you can buy the two movies as a set...and no doubt they will be very attractively bundled as a boxed set.

See you at
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!
Brenda

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What Is The Best Hallmark Christmas Commercial?

Did you know that when people watch a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, they WATCH the commercials, too? How about that they have favorite Hallmark Christmas commercials and that Hallmark receives a flood of mail if their favorite is not aired during a movie? Finally, do you know which Hallmark Christmas commercial is the most popular and most requested?

I think it is a tribute to Hallmark that people love Hallmark commercials and that they are as important to some people as the actual movie is. The most popular commercial is one that originally aired in the 1990s and featured a 10-year old boy waiting with longing for the return of his brother from overseas. I can see why it is so popular and must warn you to have a box of tissues at hand before you hit the play button.



After watching, I am sure you can see why this commercial is so very popular. I have no idea if they'll be airing it this year but, if not, you can be sure that it will be replaced with another heartfelt message.

See you
at the movies!
Brenda

P.S. If you're wondering what are the new Hallmark Christmas movies of 2010, just click right here.

Entertainment Weekly's Johnny Depp & Angelina Jolie The Tourist Cover

Love Johnny Depp? How about Angelina Jolie? If so, then you will love the cover of the November 19th Holiday Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly and if you hadn't already been planning to see the movie, seeing this handsome pair on the cover might just convince you to put their new movie on your watch list.

The Tourist opens in North American movie theatres on December 10th, 2010. I'm a bit disappointed with the timing of the release because I would rather see a Christmas movie at that time in December. However, I'll have to see if I can find time in my holiday schedule to take a holiday of another sort in Italy with Depp and Jolie in The Tourist.

What do you think of this cover? Is it enough to make you want to see The Tourist? Or is the presence of two of the biggest movie stars of our times enough to make this movie a must see?

See you
at the movies!
Brenda
Quick Links:

Order your subscription to Entertainment Weekly through Amazon.
Read more about The Tourist.

Michael Jackson's The Experience Video Game

I know, I know, this blog is not about video games but I think this one video game warrants an exception because it is so tightly tied to Michael Jackson's music.

Michael Jackson's The Experience video game arrives in stores soon and is sure to be a hit with Michael Jackson fans AND those who love to dance.

The trailer is amazing and the moment the music starts you know this game is going to be fun.  (Click here to view the video game trailer.) If you love Michael Jackson's music, you are bound to love this game where you get to learn his choreography. Whether you choose to do so in front of family and friends, well, we'll leave that up to you. My face is just a wee bit red THINKING about it...

The facts?

Michael Jackson's The Experience will be available for the Nintendo Wii, the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP on November 23, 2010.  Unfortunately, if you are the owner of an Xbox 360, you will have to wait until March 1, 2011. You can order your copy of The Experience from Amazon right now by clicking here.

See you
on the dance floor...
Brenda

Quick Links:

Michael Jackson The Experience Video Game New 2010.
Order your copy on sale from Amazon.
Top 5 Best Michael Jackson Christmas Gift Ideas 2010.

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas New Hallmark Movie 2010

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas is a brand-new 2010 Hallmark Channel movie which comes to your television on November 20, 2010.  That is, if you receive the Hallmark Channel.

The story? Santa has an unfortunate accident and loses his memory...which is, of course, a catastrophe except for the fact that it helps the Fox family revive their Christmas spirit. Take a peek here at the official Hallmark movie trailer:



See you
at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Link:

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas A New Hallmark Movie 2010
Buy The Night Before The Night Before on DVD from Amazon.

Celine Dion Through The Eyes of the World Blu-ray Review

If you enjoy Celine Dion's music or are simply interested in her legend, you will most definitely enjoy Celine Dion Through The Eyes of the World on blu-ray. I watched it recently and I was entranced. 

If ever there was a hard-working lady, Celine surely qualifies.  The concert tour that she shares on this blu-ray disc, is the second highest grossing concert tour by a female recording artist EVER and yes, that means she worked and she worked hard.  It is not a concert video for it shares the story on stage and behind the scenes of the grueling schedule required to take a tour to 131 concert stops around the world.  I'm sure that when this tour was over Celine and her staff were ready to go home.

If you find yourself a copy of this blu-ray disc, I'll warn you that it will just be the beginning as you will no doubt want to see them the other Celine Dion recordings. Next on my list, is Celine Dion: A New Day - Live in Las Vegas.

See you
at the movies!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Read my Celine Dion Through The Eyes of the World Review.
Order your copy fom Amazon.
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