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SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN RELEASED ON BD WITH ULTRAVIOLET™, DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD  

Universal Pictures (UK) are proud to announce release of the critically acclaimed international blockbuster, SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN

Directed by Rupert Sanders and featuring a spell-binding cast of Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Into The Wild), Charlize Theron (Prometheus, Hancock), and Chris Hemsworth (Avengers Assemble, Thor), SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN takes you on a journey where the fate of a generation rests upon the shoulders of a young princess.  

Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is the princess of Tabor, daughter of King Magnus (Noah Huntley) and Queen Eleanor (Liberty Ross). After his wife's death, King Magnus marries the beautiful Ravenna (Charlize Theron) after rescuing her from the Dark Army. 

The king, blinded by her beauty is unaware that Ravenna is in fact a powerful sorceress and Ravenna kills King Magnus on their wedding night. Ravenna soon learns from her trusty Mirror, that Snow White is destined to destroy her once she comes of age, and enlists the help of the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), to kill her. 

This breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale produced by Joe Roth (Alice in Wonderland), and Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) rounds off its stellar cast with fantastic stand-out performances from the dwarves played by Ian McShane (Deadwood, Sexy Beast), Ray Winstone (The Departed, Hugo), Nick Frost (Paul, Hott Fuzz), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, V for Vendetta), and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). 

UltraViolet™ is an exciting new way for UK and US consumers to collect and enjoy movies and TV shows.  They can access their entertainment collection via the cloud, allowing download and instant stream capabilities to computers, tablets, smart phones and beyond.  UltraViolet™ is compatible with iOS devices, such as iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, and Android devices**, as well as laptops and PCs.  So now, consumers can watch and enjoy their movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere, on the platform of their choice!

Totz2teens Review:
This exciting film is superb for both male and females.  I sat down with my teenage boys and my husband.  Of course Chris Hemsworth offers a glisten in the eye of many.   His character is actually of protector rather than a love interest which was quite unexpected.  There is a good splash of 'names' within Snow White & the Huntsman which didn't disappoint.  I have often found Kristen Stewart a bit wooden and although some of this remains she comes over as a feisty character with a passion and understanding of her heritage.

There is plenty of action throughout and suspense when needed too.  Overall I found Snow White and the Huntsman to be an all round gem.  The darkness and intrigue certainly held my attention for the whole film

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5

 

Disney's Spooky Buddies (U) 

The quintet of irresistible talking puppies, Disney’s lovable “Buddies,” are back for a ghoulish good time in a fantastic all-new Halloween-themed adventure, Spooky Buddies

Overflowing with trick-or-treat action, the ‘Buddies’ films are favourites of families and kids of all ages.  Spooky Buddies continues the overwhelmingly popular franchise featuring the adorable talking puppies, with action, laughs and fast-paced adventure.  In this latest movie caper, the lovable canine clan find themselves in a mysterious mansion, with no less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance as they must stop a dastardly warlock from his plans for world destruction. 

Packed with fun, excitement and a bag full of bonus features, Spooky Buddies is a spooktacular feature-length movie that treats audiences to a celebration of friendship and teamwork for the whole family. 

Totz2teens Review: Firstly I would like to say well done to Disney films for the fast play button which proves great for young fingers who amazingly seem to know how to sort out films and remote controls (plus losing them!!)  The film itself is set around Halloween when a class of children are being taken on a spooky tour.  The also have a tag along of 5 very cute puppies.  The film is very much suited to a young age group that perhaps wants a little 'more'.  Although not actually scary there is certainly a little suspense but I think most children should be able to handle this.  The evil warlock has a comedic appearance so although he is obviously evil he isn't going to terrify children.  We liked the talking animals that the 'Buddies' range of stories use.  Its very cute to see the puppies and other animals talking.  At the beginning the film is set with a terrible incident with the spooky hound and the poor pups that have their souls removed.  All except one!  He then shows as a Ghost to the other puppies and helps guide them.  We loved that the children and the puppies each work in a team to overcome the evil which of course results in a sweet ending.  My 7 year old loved the film but my 13 year old thought it a bit babyish (but was still happy to watch it all I hasten to add so he couldn't have thought it too bad)  Ideal little gift for half term/Halloween.  I understand that the other Buddies films are also available as a pack so worth a look in all good retailers.

Totz2teens Rating 4/5

 

Little Engine That Could, TheThe Little Engine that Could DVD
The timeless story comes to life in this all-new, feature-length film filled with fun and adventure! When Little Engine (Alyson Stoner, Cheaper by the Dozen) must leave Dreamland to deliver toys into the real world, she sets her fears aside and learns that with a little determination and courage, anything is possible. Featuring an all-star cast, including Whoopi Goldberg (The View), Jamie Lee Curtis (Freaky Friday), Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) and Brenda Song (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody), this "fun family film" (Francine Brokaw, Los Angeles Family Magazine) is one you'll enjoy again and again.  Great trailer here

Totz2teens Review:  Super DVD for train lovers.  Majority of under 5's will absolutely adore The Little Engine that could.  It has a great cast of voices and the animation creation is spot on.  It totally kept my little one amused (unfortunately or fortunately it allowed me to have a bit of a nap) but I did watch enough to know that this DVD has great values, fun action and give that 'American' twist to a train story such as Thomas the Tank Engine. Having train lovers means they want to watch anything to do with trains and seeing this made my child want to turn our lounge into a train which was very sweet.  Plus I had the energy to play as I had a little nap - good for Mums xx  So I would recommend this DVD and I know that we will be watching it again very soon.

Totz2teens Rating:  3/5

A Turtle's Tale

A Turtle's Tale:  Sammy's Adventure

As he scrambles to the sea shortly after his birth on a beach in California, Sammy the sea turtle finds and loses the love of his life, a pretty hatchling called Shelly. On the epic journey across the oceans that all turtles accomplish before returning to the beach where they were born, Sammy dodges every danger in the hope of meeting Shelly again. With best buddy Ray, he sees close up how humans are hurting the planet. But then he is rescued by other humans. He battles with piranhas, escapes a fish eagle and searches for a mysterious secret passage. And, one day, after so many adventures and close shaves, Sammy finds Shelly. She has never forgotten him either...

Totz2teens Review:  Sammy is a turtle who is gets separated from the other hatchlings especially a friend called Shelly.  Sammy makes friends and learns who not to trust along the way on his quest to find Shelly.  The animation is superb and the thing thats great about this is that if you have a 3D TV you can actually watch this film in 3D  but you have a 2D choice too.   The music is fun and helps create the atmosphere of the sea and of Sammy's life.  As with many of the animated film the writers have managed to create an amazing amalgamation of love, cuteness, scary bits and tenderness.  A joy to watch for all the family.

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5

Lavender Hill Mob

Henry Holland (Alec Guiness) has worked faithfully for 20 years as a bank transfer agent for the delivery of gold bullion. A shy retiring man, completely inconsequential to his employers, he has long dreamt of a way to execute his plan of the perfect gold robbery - the only catch being how to move the gold on once stolen. One day he befriends Pendlebury (Stanley Holloway), a maker of souvenirs. Holland remarks that, with Pendlebury's smelting equipment, one could forge the gold into harmless-looking toy Eiffel Towers and smuggle the gold from England into France. Soon after, the two plant a story to gain the services of professional criminals Lackery (Sid James) and Shorty (Alfie Bass). Together, the four plot their crime, leading to unexpected twists and turns.

Totz2teens Review:  Newly digitially remastered I was excited to see The Lavender Hill Mob again.  I was not disappointed.  The foray of stars that are smuggled into this gem of a film from Alec Guiness to Sid James is such a delight.  A classic film that is still enjoyable all these years later.  If you havent seen The Lavender Hill Mob then this is the time to catch up on this great little masterpiece.

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5

Beastly DVD
Based on a the beloved tale “Beauty & the Beast,” BEASTLY is a wicked romance released on DVD and DVD & Blu-ray Double Play Pack on 29th August 2011, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Fans will swoon over captivating performances from Alex Pettyfer (Tormented, I Am Number Four), Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical 1-3, Bandslam) and Mary-Kate Olsen (Full House, New York Minute), BEASTLY proves that true love is never ugly, and inner beauty will always shine through.

Seventeen year old Kyle (Pettyfer) is the spoiled, shallow and incredibly popular prince of his high school kingdom. Entirely captivated and empowered by his own physical appearance, Kyle foolishly chooses Kendra (Olsen), a goth classmate rumoured to be a witch, as his latest target for humiliation. Unfazed by his cruel behaviour, Kendra decides to teach him a lesson – she transforms him into someone as unattractive on the outside as he is on the inside. Now he has one year to find someone who can see past the surface and love him, or he will remain “beastly” forever. An unassuming classmate he never noticed named Lindy (Hudgens), may be his best chance to prove that love is never ugly...   Loaded with extras, including A Classic Tale Retold: The Story of Beastly and an Alternate ending,   drama and romance fans everywhere will fall in love with BEASTLY!

Totz2teens Review:  We really enjoyed watching Beastly.  The Story of a young man who is very popular and thinks he is the bees knees.  He picked on the wrong girl who turns out to be a witch and disfigures him until he can find true inner love.  He meets a young lady - the film follows their friendship and how that develops.  Beastly is full of the typical humour and romance that you would expect which made this a totally great experience to watch.   Beastly is one of those films you can watch time and again.

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5
 

Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows part 1

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, is a much-anticipated motion picture event to be told in two full-length parts.

Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort's immortality and destruction-the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort's Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort...alive.

Harry's only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale-the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks.

Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became "the Boy Who Lived." No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

Totz2teens Review:  Being a hopeless Harry Potter fan family we eagerly awaited the release of the DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film.  A family film night of the best proportions.  Gathering the sweeties and popcorn we sat in down ready.  The film was actually as good on the home screen as it was the cinema.  Harry Potter doesn't fail in the storyline, not personally having read the last couple of books I was pleased with this film as I didn't feel I was having to ask questions as to what was happening.  The flow was considerably better than the previous film.  I have to admire the whole series of films in that on the whole they have been able to keep the actors the same and therefore the continuity is excellent.  The darker aspect of the films works well as Harry is growing up and so are the key readers/watchers of the film.  I found this to be a brilliant penultimate film and I am eagerly awaiting the final part.

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5
 

Babies £15.99 U
 
Ever wondered how other women around the world are rearing their children? Babies gives a never-seen-before insight inside the life of four new babies and their families at four different corners of the world.

Four countries... Four babies... From birth to their first steps.

Their names are Ponijao, Bayarjargal, Mari and Hattie, and they live in Namibia, Mongolia, Japan and the United States. Babies plunges us simultaneously in the heart of four different cultures and seizes the most touching, funniest and carefree, unique and universal moments of the very first months of one’s life.

Babies is available on DVD and Blu-Ray from March 28th

Click here to order your copy

Totz2teens Review:  Memorizing!  Watching this charming inside view of 4 babies first year is an utter delight.  No words just some touching music and the ability to see that first year of 4 beautiful children from very very different environments.  It was incredible to see the different ways we parent our children over the world and how there are always similiarities whatever environment you live in.  I found this a total pleasure to watch.  Ideal Mothers Day gift or just because you fancy watching babies.  I personally loved the things that the mongolian baby was doing such as sitting in a field with cows.  You just wouldnt allow that here would you yet the baby was fine and accepting because it was their environment.  This film really opened my eyes and made me think.  Loved the bonds with their mothers and siblings.

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5

 

Marmaduke (U)  DVD £15.99 Blu-Ray Triple Play £24.99

 

Marmaduke, the world’s most lovable Great Dane, leaps onto DVD and Blu-ray Triple play, the film follows the hilarious trials and tribulations of the “Duke” as he embarks on a new life living large in California.  

When Marmaduke’s (voiced by Owen Wilson; Wedding Crashers) owner Phil (Lee Pace; Pushing Daises) announces that the family are relocating along with beloved Balinese cat Carlos (voiced by George Lopez; Lopez Tonight) to Orange County, Marmaduke knows that it won’t be easy fitting in with his new four-legged friends. The Kansas native soon finds a romantic interest in Jezebel (voiced by Fergie; The Black Eyed Peas) to occupy his time and sets out to impress her together with new friend Mazie (voiced by Emma Stone; Superbad) Little does he know that Mazie has already fallen for his charm.  

As Marmaduke sets out on a on a madcap journey to ‘get the girl’ including dog surfing escapades, staged fights and a disastrous pedigree-only party hosted by his main rival, the violent Bosco (Kiefer Sutherland; 24) he quickly learns making new friends and enemies unfortunately come hand-in-hand.

Join the Great Dane and his chums on this live action film adaptation of Brad Anderson's comic strip Marmaduke and enjoy the family event with howling fun and mayhem - the perfect gift to keep your family entertained over half term.

Totz2teens Review:  Marmaduke is an ideal family film.  Marmaduke the Great Dane is relocated with his family to Orange Country due to his owners new job and the twists and turns that the move can have on a family.  Marmaduke makes friends and enemies in some local dogs at the dog park.  Much fun is to  be had and actually some very moving moments when you are left dangling as to which way the film is going to turn.  My family of mixed age children all enjoyed the family film and it was such a pleasure having a film that everyone could watch together easily.  Marmaduke is an easily likeable character as are all the animals and people alike.  I am sure you will like Marmaduke as much as we have.

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5

 


Alpha  and Omega (U) 
£15.99 (DVD)/£21.99 (Blu-ray)

Get ready to join wolves Kate, Humphrey and a host of new friends on the adventure of a lifetime as Alpha and Omega bursts onto Blu-ray and DVD from 21st February, 2011, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

 

Produced by Crest Animation Productions and Richard Rich, the director of Disney’s legendary The Fox and the Hound, Alpha and Omega is a brand new and beautifully animated family adventure from Anthony Bell (Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys) and Ben Gluck (Bambi II, Home on the Range). It features a wealth of A-list voice talent, including Hayden Panettiere (TV’s Heroes, I Love You Beth Cooper), Justin Long (Going the Distance, He’s Just Not That Into You), Christina Ricci (Speed Racer, Penelope), Danny Glover (Death at a Funeral, 2012), and Dennis Hopper (Speed, Waterworld).

 

Kate (Panettiere) is an alpha wolf within her pack, dedicating herself to her responsibilities to the pack at large and spending her time focusing on duty and discipline. Humphrey (Long), on the other hand, is an omega wolf who lives for fun and friendship, without a care in the world. As Kate’s father has promised her paw in marriage, to the son of another alpha wolf in an opposing pack with a view to preventing all-out war, she is never more keenly aware of her duties as when she and Humphrey are taken by rangers from their Canadian homeland and relocated in Sawtooth Park, Idaho.

 

With time running out before the planned marriage gives way to violence between the rival packs, Kate and Humphrey must deal with all manner of challenges in order to make it home in time and save the day. But one challenge that they didn’t account for was the way their feelings have changed, and as returning home draws ever closer the pair must face up to their biggest challenge yet - that they have fallen in love with one another...

Totz2teens Review:  A touching film - Kate & Humphrey are wolves, Kate is an Alpha wolf and is due to marry to another alpha wolf in another pack to bring the families together.  Humphrey is an Omega wolf and is wanting fun and freedom.  That is until they get taken and have to hatch a plan to get back home.  Along their journey they discover a fondness for each other.  Will Kate go through with her marriage?  There are some seriously touching moments in this film but also it is filled with fun and laughter too.  We all found this film pleasurable to watch.  Its a great family film.


Totz2teens Rating:  4/5

 

 

THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE AT THE O2
LES MISÉRABLES IN CONCERT

AVAILABLE ON DVD & BLU-RAY - 29 NOVEMBER 2010
Price: DVD: £19.99 / Blu-ray: £24.99

On 3 October 2010 the O2 played host to two spectacular, star studded concerts of the world's longest running musical, Les Misérables to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Loved by millions, the show is undisputedly one of the most popular musicals ever written, with productions in 42 countries and 45,000 performances across the globe. To date, the show has been seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide and 100,000 in London alone!

With a star-studded cast that includes
international pop sensation Nick Jonas (The Jonas Brothers), BAFTA and Emmy® Award winning TV funnyman, Matt Lucas (Little Britain), Classical Brit® Award nominee Alfie Boe (La Boheme, Kismet) and musical and film star Norm Lewis (Sex and the City 2, Chicago) Universal Pictures (UK) is delighted to present Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 released on DVD and Blu-ray 29th November 2010.

Also featuring the incredible talents of Tony® Award winning Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) Lawrence Olivier® Award winning Jenny Galloway (Mamma Mia, Electra, A Midsummer's Nights Dream), Ramin Karimloo (Love Never Dies, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon) and Samantha Barks (BBC1's I'd Do Anything, Oliver!), the shows will be recorded and made available on DVD and Blu-ray, perfect for Christmas.

With the evening performance selling out immediately, and the matinee performance being added due to extraordinary demand, the 02 production is astonishing in its size and ambition. The huge arena has played host to some of the biggest rock and pop concerts in the world including Lady Gaga, U2 and The Rolling Stones so it is only fitting that this is the setting for the celebratory musical production which has spawned international hits such as 'I Dreamed a Dream' and 'On My Own'.
ompany, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

Totz2teens Review:  Wax Lyrical about this fantastic performance I shall.  I have not seen Les Miserables performed on stage and I have to be honest I didnt think the story line would interest me.  How wrong could I have been.  I definately want to see this performed on stage now.  It is incredible.  The concert has staging and the characters are very clear yet it is ultimately the songs sung at their ultimate best.  I was so moved and I sat mesmerised by the talent before me.  It was lovely to see some faces I recognised including Matt Lucas as the Landlord - he was very well cast for this part and bought the comedic aspect to the show along with his wife.  Anyone that loves musicals will adore this concert performance.  For me I loved the final part of the show when the original cast perform with current cast and the special guests.  Completely spine tingling.  Being performed at the O2 is obviously an amazing experience and the DVD manages to bring that out spectacularly.

Totz2teens Rating:  5/5

 

Cats & Dogs:  The Revenge of Kitty Galore 

To celebrate the release of CATS & DOGS and CATS & DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE on Blu-ray and DVD double pack on 29th November,  

It’s raining Cats & Dogs with this family-pleasing pair of feature films about the pet power struggle going on right under our noses. In the original Cats & Dogs, an eccentric professor (Jeff Goldblum) makes a discovery that could tip that power balance, and it’s up to a frisky beagle pup (voiced by Toby Maguire) to prevent disaster, in an adventure that also features the voices of Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Jon Lovitz, Charlton Heston and Sean Hayes.  

Then, in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, ex-agent Kitty Galore (voiced by Bette Midler) plans to unleash a diabolical device to bring canine enemies to heel and declaw former cat comrades. For the first time in history, cats and dogs must join forces in an unlikely alliance to save not only themselves, but their humans too. 

©2010 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.  All rights reserved.

Totz2teens Review:  Full of Family fun - we enjoyed watching Cats & Dogs: The revenge of kitty galore.  Some pretty scary looking cat emerges from a dog but this is such a funny film.  The dogs and cats have to learn to deal with each other to save everyone including the humans.  The pigeon is hilarious and made me chuckle.  The voices of the creatures are jam packed full of recognizable voices such as bette midler as Kitty Galore and Roger Moore as Tab,  The humour is set at many levels so the adults are able to have a snigger but the children wont necessarily understand but still not feel its going over them.  very cleverly made.  This is a proper family film with a bit of action to keep the interest going.  Its a little silly but that really isnt a problem.  Its a kids film after all. 

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5
 

The Karate Kid arrives on Blu-ray and DVD  from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 

The action-packed, feel-good family film about how perseverance leads to triumph features rising star Jaden Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Day the Earth Stood Still), martial arts legend Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon) and Academy Award® nominee Taraji P. Henson (2008, Best Supporting Actress, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

 

12-year-old Dre Parker (Smith) could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's (Henson) latest career move has landed them in Beijing, China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible.
 

Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. Without any friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn until he meets maintenance man Mr. Han (Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

 

The Karate Kid Blu-ray is filled with special features. The Blu-ray contains exclusive bonus features which include an alternative ending where fans can watch Jackie Chan fight, Production Diaries hosted by Jackie Chan and an interactive map of China which shows all of the amazing locations the movie was shot in.


Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the web at www.sonypictures.com

the Katate Kid Blu-ray Combi Pack: £26.99    DVD: £19.99

© 2010 Layout and Design Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Totz2teens Review:  A completely beautiful film.  I cant fault it.  It has been a very long time since the first Karate Kid film and I did wonder how this would be but my concerns were not needed.  Jaden Smith shines in this amazingly acted performance of Dre Parker.  The film touches the right notes to give you the ability to be swept into the story within.  We (the adults) particularly liked the hidden references to the first film but alot has been updated too so its kept up to date for today's world.  Jackie Chan plays Dre's teacher and his own story is mesmerising too.  All of us enjoyed this film and have no problem recommending it for anyone else young or old.

Totz2teens Rating;  5/5
 

Scooby Doo Camp Scare DVD RRP £15.99

The creepiest campfire ghost stories come to life on the all new, must have, animated Scooby-Doo original movie Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare. Viewers will want to join in the high-jinks with the lovable Great Dane and the rest of the Mystery Inc. gang as they explore mysterious goings on at a haunted summer camp.

Roast your marshmallows and hide under your sleeping bag covers, because this campfire experience is going to get spooky! In this brand new adventure, Scooby-Doo and the gang head out in the Mystery Machine to visit Fred’s favorite childhood camp.  They soon learn that creepy creatures from their favourite campfire stories have come to life and now haunt the nearby woods and lake, threatening to shut down the camp once and for all.  Will our heroes; Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma manage to end all the spooky occurrences and stop the creatures before the camp is forced to close its doors forever?

Totz2teens Review:
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare is an all new movie starring Scooby-Doo, Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy that takes place at Camp Little Moose. As counsellors, the gang hopes to inspire confidence in the campers. But when a camp story comes to life and starts terrorizing the camp, they know they have a mystery to solve. Atypical Scooby doo film getting to the bottom of the ever confusing mystery. But what else would we want from a Scooby Doo Film.  I have to say this was a good film much to be enjoyed by the younger years oh and older ones too of course!!!

Totz2teens Rating:  4 out of 5
 

Dragon Hunters DVDDRAGON HUNTERS - Cert: PG       RRP:    £12.99   

Impeccably animated and cut through with an imaginative sense of mischief and humour, DRAGON HUNTERS is available on DVD from 11 October 2010 courtesy of Icon Home Entertainment This enchanting and exciting adventure tells the story of a land which is cowering in the expectation of a mighty dragon's unwanted visit to plunder and destroy. With the resident knights being all but annihilated, it is Zoe, the king’s granddaughter who volunteers to save the day, having always dreamt of being a knight herself. However, because she is a girl the king has other plans for her and the fate of the kingdom is left hanging in the balance.

When Zoe sneaks out she meets Lian-Chu (Forest Whitaker – The Last King Of Scotland, Ghost Dog), a gentle giant, and his opportunistic friend, Gwizdo (Patrick Timsit) who call themselves Dragon Hunters but are in fact useless at their job. Zoe, convinced they’re up to the challenge, decides that with her help, they will be the ones to slay the dragon. Persuaded that she has found the heroes of her dreams, she is going to drag them into the strangest and most dangerous of adventures...

A rapid succession of exhilarating chases, imaginative creatures, and problem solving group dynamics will keep an audience of both children and adults consistently entertained. The animators have invested thought into almost everything that appears on the screen, and this attention to detail is staggering. But what truly makes DRAGON HUNTERS such an engaging spectacle is its stunning CG graphics, which are solidly rich, detailed, and an eye-popping marvel to behold.   

Totz2teens Review: 
Zoe is a little girl who believes in fairy tales. she likes to imagine dragons knights and many other things, when her uncle is in dire need of some knights she goes out to find some then she come into the path of Gwizdo and Lian-Chu--a couple of two-bit, fly-by-night dragon hunters, she is immediately drawn in by them and takes a liking to them both! They set out on their quest in search of the fierce dragon.  Dragon Hunters is a good children's film, the animation is crafted well and the characters  suit their personalities very well.  I enjoyed watching this film and I am positive other people will too.

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5
 

The concert:
The Secret of Kells

In the 9th Century, in a remote part of Ireland, lies the fortified Kells Abbey, where 12 years old Brendan lives quietly. He is hard at work with the other monks to fortify the abbey walls as protection against Viking raids. But he is called to a new life of adventure with the arrival of Brother Aidan, a celebrated master illuminator and keeper of an extraordinary, but unfinished Book. Aidan initiates Brendan into the art of llumination, awakening a prodigious talent. Brendan must finish the magnificent book. He has to overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him for the first time beyond the Abbey's walls into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. It is here where he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young white wolf/girl, who will help him along the way.

But with the terrifying Viking hordes closing in, will Brendan’s artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against barbarians?

Totz2teens Review:
 
Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in.  This was a good film, it was try to follow in the beginning and I didn't really understand it but after a short while I really got into the story and really quite enjoyed watching the film. It is drawn like the older animation films which gives a certain appeal.
 
Totz2teens Member Rating: 3 out of 5

Postman Pat SPD:  A Speedy Delivery   £9.99

Here couldn’t be a better gift for pre-schoolers going on their summer holidays than the all new DVD - Postman Pat® Special Delivery Service – ‘A Speedy Delivery’.

This double disc DVD includes 4 action packed Postman Pat Special Delivery Service episodes – PLUS a bonus disc with 4 Postman Pat episodes.

With his new job as Head of the Special Delivery Service (SDS), Postman Pat and his faithful companion Jess the Cat® now deliver anything, anytime, anywhere!  With Pat’s very own fleet of vehicles and his pilot’s licence, not even a slippery ice cube or a super magnet can stand in his way!  No job proves too big for Postman Pat – mission accomplished!

The bonus disc features Postman Pat episodes; ‘Holiday Hobbies’, ‘The Fun Run’, ‘Spy Mission’ and ‘The Noisy Day’

Totz2teens Review:  Pat is busy with his special deliveries in this lovely new selection of episodes.  Jess is as funny as ever.  I watched them with my sons and found that they kept them interested.  When it had finished they wanted to watch it again so that meant I was able to get on and do some bits which was fantastic for me. 

Pat is brilliant and the kids love him too.

Totz2teens Rating:  5/5

Scooby-Doo Abracadabra-Doo - PG £12.99

Everyone’s favourite mystery solving hound will be hitting the shelves on March 29, 2010 with his new magical animated movie Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra Doo.

Fans, both big and small, will be spellbound by this brand-new haunting adventure starring the whole Mystery Inc. gang.

Join the gang as they set out on a trip to visit Daphne’s sister Madelyn, who has been studying magic at the Whirlen Merlin Magic Academy. However, when they arrive, they find out that the school has been troubled with strange disturbances and a lot of the pupils have run away after being scared by a mysterious giant Gryphon. Mystery Inc. smell trouble and go to investigate!

DVD bonus material includes the cool featurette Scooby-Doo and Puppets Too” where you can learn how to make your own scary Gryphon puppet. It’s a great introduction to puppet-making for all ages!

“Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra Doo” is available nationwide from all good retailers from March 29 2010 for kids aged 4 - 9. RRP £12.99.

Totz2teens Review: 
The latest DVD in the series of Scooby Do. If your kids liked Monster of Mexico and Ghoul School to mention just a few then they will love this! My ds had a friend for a sleepover last night so they offered to review this for me! They said it was very funny with a good storyline, it's set in a castle which is a magic school and they have to battle against the mystical creature a Griffin . There were a couple of spooky bits and said they jumped when a Banshee came wailing along!

There is also a special feature on it which tells you how to make and use puppets which they found interesting.

Totz2teens Rating:  The Boys gave it a 4/5

 

MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT- PG       £ 22.99
London, UK (01/12/2009) – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment offers music lovers a backstage pass to witness the King of Pop plan and create what would have been his electrifying and triumphant return to the stage when MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT debuts on Blu-ray, Single Disc and Two-Disc Special Edition DVD on 22nd February 2010. After breaking box office records around the world, MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT will dazzle on Blu-ray and DVD.  Directed by  Kenny Ortega, the Blu-ray and DVD releases will allow fans to go beyond the theatrical experience of the film with the two documentaries "Staging The Return: Beyond The Show" and "Staging The Return: The Adventure Begins," in which Michael Jackson is shown developing, creating and rehearsing for his sold-out “This Is It” tour. Also available are a series of illuminating featurettes, including “The Gloved One,” a costume themed featurette; “Memories of Michael,” in which cast and crew pay moving tribute to the legacy of Michael Jackson; “Auditions: Searching for the World's Best Dancers,” spotlighting the search for the show’s incredibly talented backup dancers; and the film’s Theatrical Trailer.

Also included exclusively on the European release is the never-before seen additional featurette ‘The Unfinished Rehearsals’ in which Kenny Ortega and Production Designer Michael Cotten reveal two show-stopping concepts for This Is It which never made it to the big screen.

Additional features exclusive to the Blu-ray include the complete and uncut versions of “Smooth Criminal” and “Thriller,” two all-new vignettes seen briefly in the film, along with a special “Making-of Smooth Criminal” featurette. In “Smooth Criminal,” sit back and marvel as Michael Jackson seamlessly shares the screen with some of the greatest movie stars of all-time in a new black and white vignette that celebrates Michael’s love of ‘Old Hollywood.’ Then, in the all-new “Thriller” vignette, watch in awe as Michael brings one of his most popular songs to a monstrous second life in a thrilling new video featuring a whole new cast of zombies, ghosts and ghouls igniting awareness with all-new and signature Jackson dance moves.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray edition of MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT are even more must-have bonus features Jackson fans will love, including the BD-Live™ enabled movieIQ, which lets viewers add their favourite songs from the film to an emailable “This is It” playlist. With movieIQ, viewers can also access live trivia information about the movie’s cast, crew, music and production – all while watching the movie!  Also included is a Photo Gallery with 75 insider photos from the rehearsals as well as an additional featurette “Dancing Machine” in which Choreographer Travis Payne discusses collaborating with dancing legend Michael Jackson on the choreography for his This Is It tour.

The Blu-ray release also includes an exclusive 24 page photo booklet which is a unique archive of photographs taken during the final rehearsals.

MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT, available on Blu-ray and DVD on 22nd February 2010, at an RRP of £24.99 (BD) and £19.99 (Single Disc DVD) and £22.99 (Two-Disc Special Edition DVD).

MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT offers Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London’s O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from April through June, 2009, the film is drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, and genius as he creates and perfects his final show. 

Totz2teens Review:  Michael Jackson sadly passed away before he got to perform his grueling London dates.  Fortunately for the fans footage was filmed of rehersals.  This clever film links everything together perfectly into a very special dvd.  I did see this at the cinema which was amazing but to watch it again on DVD was spectacular.  All the little extras that have been given with the bonus disc gives you that extra insight into what was going on for this tour.

The work that goes into building up a tour of this stature was amazing and such a shame for everyone involved that it didnt happen in the end.  Having this film as part of the memorabilia is of course something every Michael Jackson fan will desperately wish to own.  Even if you arent a fan it is still amazing viewing. 

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5
 

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs - U  £19.99 DVD
Sony Pictures Animation’s smash hit Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs serves up a hilarious, mouth-watering food storm of epic portions on Blu-ray and DVD on January 25, 2010, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Based on the beloved bestselling children’s book, the CG animated film features the all-star voice talents of Bill Hader (Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian), Anna Faris (House Bunny, Scary Movie franchise), James Caan (Get Smart, TV’s “Las Vegas”), Andy Samberg (TV’s “SNL”), Mr. T (Rocky 3, TV’s “The A-Team”), and Neil Patrick Harris (TV’s “How I Met Your Mother”) in the story of Flint, an outcast inventor who creates a machine that rains down food on his hungry town.

When Flint Lockwood's (Bill Hader) latest contraption accidentally destroys the town square and rockets up into the clouds, he thinks his inventing career is over. Then, something amazing happens as delicious cheeseburgers start raining from the sky. His machine actually works! But when people greedily ask for more and more food, the machine starts to run amok, unleashing spaghetti tornadoes and giant meatballs that threaten the world! Now it's up to Flint with the help of weather girl Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) and Steve, his talking monkey assistant, to find some way to shut down the machine before the world is covered in super-sized meatballs!

Totz2teens Review:  Fun, Family film.  Brilliant.  A pleasure to watch with humour for adults and children.  Flint is an inventor who doesnt seem to hit the jackpot until he invents a machine to produce food for the town.  This starts of fun but as greed sets in, disaster strikes.  Can Flint rectify his damage???  This film has touching moments such as the relationship between Flint and his father.  The actual animation is superb.  The whole family enjoyed watching this film and will definately be watching it again and again.

Totz2teens Rating:  5/5

A Challenge for Robin HoodA Challenge for Robin Hood - PG - £15.99
A classic adventure from Hammer Studios, A Challenge for Robin Hood finds all the characters from the legend present in this tale of fratricide and ruthless family double dealing. Jealous that his inheritance has passed instead to his virtuous Cousin Robin De Courtenay (Barrie Ingham), the vicious Roger (Peter Blythe) kills his brother and frames Robin for the murder. Finding himself outlawed by Roger’s accomplice and arch-manipulator, the crafty Sheriff of Nottingham (John Arnatt), Robin bands together the homeless and repressed into a noble band who prey upon the rich, give to the poor and fight against the tyranny of the Norman overlords.

Totz2teens Review:  One of those films that you can all sit down and watch.  My husband got very engrossed in watching this and it very much appealed to him.  It is obviously dated as it was originally released over 40 years ago but it was super to watch a properly charming version of a Robin Hood story.  There is lots of action and peril which keep you on the edge of your seat and it was a good film to remind you of times gone by when harmless action films with no swearing happened. 

Totz2teens Rating:  3.5/5

 

Mad Monster PartyMad Monster Party -U   £17.99
A stop motion animated parody of the cult horror movies of the 50’s and 60’s! From animators Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, creators of family favourites The Hobbit and Little Drummer Boy, and featuring the voice of horror maestro Boris Karloff, the story unfolds as baron Frankenstein alls together all his creations and cohorts including The Werewolf, the Mummy, Dracula, The invisible Man and many more, to one final bash where he’ll name his successor, but it may not be who they think. Tim Burton has cited it as a major inspiration for his own Corpse Bride, Vincent and The Nightmare Before Christmas

Totz2teens Review:  I watched this with my children and I wasnt sure they would understand it or enjoy it but they did.  Its amazing to think that it was originally released such a long time ago - the animation is brilliant and you can see that so many of the newer children and adult animated entertainment has developed from this type of film.  The puppets are beautifully designed and made.  The voices are amazing - Some of the names of the voice artists are Boris Karloff, Allen Swift, Phyllis Diller and Gale Garnett.  Its really a pleasure to watch.

Totz2teens Rating: 4/5
 
Shorts - PG
Shorts is set in the suburb of Black Falls, where all the houses look the same and everyone works for BLACK BOX Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated, whose Mr. Black’s BLACK BOX is the ultimate communication and do-it-all gadget that’s sweeping the nation.  Other than keeping his parents employed, however, Mr. Black’s BLACK BOX has done nothing for 11-year-old Toe Thompson, who just wants to make a few friends…until a mysterious rainbow-coloured rock falls from the sky, hits him in the head and changes everything.  The Rainbow Rock does Mr. Black’s BLACK BOX one better:  it grants wishes to anyone who holds it. Before long, wishes-gone-wrong have left the neighbourhood swarming with tiny spaceships, crocodile armies, giant boogers…and outrageous magical mayhem around every corner.  But it’s not until the grown-ups get their hands on the Rock that the trouble really starts.  Now Toe and his newfound friends must join forces to save their town from itself, discovering along the way that what you wish for is not always what you want.

Totz2teens Review:  Shorts is a film about a boy called Toe who finds a Rainbow wishing rock.  It contains mixed chapters of the journey all in different orders. He calls them Short Chapters.  Every one live in Black Falls and all the parents work at Black Box Industries.  They make a box that can do everything.  All the adults end up becoming power hungry which drains the wishing rock of its powers with disastrous consequences.  The main character is a young boy who doesn't have many friends and wants to have some.  The chapters were fun and it was different to watch a film this way rather than one long story.  The film is directed by the same director that did Spy Kids and carrys the same humour and fun family viewing.  Ideal for young families.

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5

Bandslam - PG
When gifted singer-songwriter Charlotte Banks asks new kid in town Will Burton to manage her fledgling rock band, she appears to have just one goal in mind: go head-to-head against her egotistical ex-boyfriend Ben at the biggest even of the year, a battle of the bands.

Against all odds, their band develops a sound all its own with a real shot at success in the contest. Meanwhile, romance brews between Will and Sa5m, who plays a mean guitar and has a voice to die for. When disaster strikes, it's time for the band to make a choice: do they admit defeat, or face the music and stand up for what they believe in?

Totz2teens Review:  A quirky film which is perfect for the whole family.  The film is about a young lad called Will who finds a 'popular' girl and they develop a band.  The music is great - nice and rocky and the band grow into themselves and end up going to the 'Bandslam'.  Lots of disasters along the way which help make the film an enjoyable one to watch over and over again.

Totz2teens Rating: 4/5

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince   -  12

Wizards and muggles beware!  No one is safe as Harry Potter returns for his sixth year at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™. 

Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort's defenses--critical information known only to Hogwarts' former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. With that in mind, Dumbledore manipulates his old colleague into returning to his previous post with promises of more money, a bigger office...and the chance to teach the famous Harry Potter.

Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry's long friendship with Ginny Weasley is growing into something deeper, but standing in the way is Ginny's boyfriend, Dean Thomas, not to mention her big brother Ron. But Ron's got romantic entanglements of his own to worry about, with Lavender Brown lavishing her affections on him, leaving Hermione simmering with jealousy yet determined not to show her feelings. And then a box of love potion-laced chocolates ends up in the wrong hands and changes everything.

As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof with far more important matters on his mind. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

Out on Blu-ray and DVD on 7 December 2009 from Warner Home Video, the entire ensemble cast is back for the sixth installment of the record-breaking franchise based on the best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling.   Yours to own and relish, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ will be released as a 2-disc special edition DVD.  There will also be a 3-disc Blu-ray pack that will feature the Maximum Movie Mode interactive viewing experience and a bonus copy of the film on DVD.  As if that wasn’t enough, fans can also look forward to the simultaneous release of Harry Potter™ 1-6 boxsets on both the Blu-ray and DVD formats.  

From celebrated director David Yates (BBC’s State of Play, Harry Potter series Years 5-7), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince brings back the highly-acclaimed cast including Daniel Radcliffe (BBC’s My Boy Jack, December Boys), Rupert Grint (Driving Lessons) and Emma Watson (The Tale of Despereaux) as well as two-time Academy Award® Winner Maggie Smith (Gosford Park, A Room With A View), Academy Award® Nominee Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride), Alan Rickman (Love Actually, Die Hard) and Michael Gambon (The Good Shepherd, Gosford Park).  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince also introduces Academy Award® winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Moulin Rouge!) as Professor Horace Slughorn.  

The Blu-ray disc of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will feature Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode, an interactive viewing experience that examines the entire film with such features as Focus Points, Picture-in-Picture, photo galleries and more.  Maximum Movie Mode includes commentary from director David Yates, producers David Heyman and David Barron, and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Tom Felton.  

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be available as a 2-disc DVD for £24.99 and 3-disc Blu-ray pack (x2 Blu-ray discs and 1 x bonus copy of the movie on DVD) for £28.99.  Harry Potter box sets on both Blu-ray and DVD and featuring all six films released in the franchise to date will also be released on 7 December 2009.

Totz2teens Review:  The infamous Harry Potter returns for another exciting adventure in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  I had seen this film at the cinema and was quite interested to see how it would be in the home environment.  I find that the films are quite darkly filmed so to give an air of mystery and drama this worked absolutely fine in the lounge too which was pleasing.  The actors have all grown into their parts well and I feel that each film ensues a better step in the acting.  Having not read the book previously I was not aware of where the story would lead and a did feel that I needed a few bits explaining to me from someone who had read the book although I still thoroughly enjoyed watching the film.  My family all sat excitedly watching Harry and his pals work towards a better world.  I love seeing the well known faces playing such rich and interesting  characters.    The extra DVD was really interesting to watch and now I have 2 children that really fancy going to Orlando!!!!!  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince doesnt fail to provide an entertaining couple of hours.

Totz2teens Member Rating:  5/5

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Moon - 15
Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the end of his contract with the mining company, Lunar, for whom he has been a faithful employee for three long years. His home has been Sarang, a moon base where he has spent his days alone mining Helium 3, the precious gas that holds the key to solving Earth's energy crisis. Isolated and determined, Sam has followed the rules obediently and his time on the moon has been enlightening but uneventful. He does his job mechanically and spends most of his time dreaming of his imminent return to earth, his wife and young daughter. Finally he will have someone to talk to beyond “Gerty”, the base’s well-intentioned, but rather uncomplicated computer. 

Two weeks shy of his departure from Sarang, Sam starts seeing and hearing things and when a routine extraction goes horribly wrong, he discovers that Lunar has its own plans for replacing him and that the new recruit is eerily familiar. Now Sam has to confront the discovery that the life he has created may not be his own.

Totz2teens Review:  An interesting film which we all watched together.  Sam lives and works on a moon base alone except for a computer robot.   He lives for the day he will return to his wife and daughter once his contract finishes.  However after an accident out in the mining area it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems.  This was an intriguing watch with humour and raw emotion that held it all together well.   This isnt normally 'my kind' of film - I usually let them watch this sort of film on their own but this was such a curious film that you continue to watch waiting for the next little surprise.

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5
 

Year OneYear One -  15
History was made...by these guys? Zed (Jack Black) and Oh (Michael Cera) are cavemen who stumble out of the mountains into an epic journey of biblical proportions. One’s a bumbling hunter, the other’s a gentle gatherer; together, they become unlikely participants in history’s most pivotal moments. Directed and co-written by comedy legend Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Analyze This), YEAR ONE is rude, crude, wildly absurd, deliciously tasteless and laugh-out-loud funny!

Totz2teens Review:  Although this is a 15 rated film I allowed my slightly younger son watch this as well as my older one.  They both thoroughly enjoyed Year One.  They are both complete Jack Black fans anyway and this film did not fail them.  It is a typical Jack Black style humour so you know you are going to be offered a kind of silly but tasteless array of fun.  Fantastic!  We all thought the story line was brilliant. We found the way that they addressed the guy that was a bit down on his luck ie he burned down his village! was so funny.  Great fIlm.   Totz2teens Rating:  5/5
 

Time Bandits 
Time Bandits
is the timeless, hilarious and always engaging fantasy from visionary director Terry Gilliam (The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus). The story of a group of guerrilla dwarves who leave their jobs with The Supreme Being for a life of crime with a map they’ve stolen from their workplace, Time Bandits boasts music by George Harrison, who co-produced the film alongside writer/director Gilliam, and stars Academy Award-winners Sean Connery, John Cleese and Jim Broadbent plus co-writer Michael Palin.

Totz2teens Review: 
When 6 of gods helpers find a map to time portals they set about causing trouble by planning to still treasures from history.  Things start going wrong when they are running from god and stumble into a young boys bedroom and he winds up leaving his  home behind and travelling with the bandits.

We follow the schemes of the bandits back and forth through time until they go to the Land of Legends where the ultimate evil is after the map to escape.  An easy watch.

Totz2teens Rating:  3/5

 

Starman (1984)Starman   (1984)
Director John Carpenter presents a romantic science fiction odyssey starring Jeff Bridges as an innocent alien from a distant planet who learns what it means to be a man in love. When his spacecraft is shot down over Wisconsin, Starman (Bridges) arrives at the remote cabin of a distraught young widow, Jenny Hayden (Karen Allen), and clones the form of her dead husband. The alien convinces Jenny to drive him to Arizona, explaining that if he isn't picked up by his mothership in three days, he'll die. Hot on their trail are government agents, intent on capturing the alien, dead or alive. En route, Starman demonstrates the power of universal love, while Jenny rediscovers her human feelings for passion.

Totz2teens Review:  Jeff Bridges stars in this superb film.  It hits the note for women and men by using the alien action but also the heartfelt story of this aliens torment.  It was a real pleasure to watch this film again and we very much enjoyed it.  The boys watched this with us and found the film to be entertaining and amusing too.  Great film.
Totz2teens Rating:  5/5

Paul Blart:  Mall Cop   - PG
Don’t Mess With His Mall!

The Biggest Comedy of The Year Starring Emmy® Nominee Kevin James

Available on Blu-ray™ High-Def and DVD 10th August, 2009

Prepare for side-splitting laughter and heart-pumping action when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Paul Blart: Mall Cop on high definition Blu-ray Disc and DVD on 10 August, 2009. The £5.4 million box office hit from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions is packed with deleted scenes, hilarious outtakes, featurettes on the making of the movie and a commentary.

With a heart that won’t quit, a stomach that won’t stop gurgling and a self-sworn oath to protect his turf, he’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Mild-mannered Paul Blart (Kevin James, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,
Hitch,TV’s “The King of Queens”) has always had huge dreams of becoming a State Trooper. Until then, he patrols the local mall as a security guard. With his closely cropped moustache, personal transporter and gung-ho attitude, only Blart seems to take his job seriously. All of that changes when a team of thugs raid the mall and take hostages. Untrained, unarmed and a super-size target, it’s up to Blart to save the day.

Trailer - watch here

Totz2teens Review:  Paul Blart is a wannabee Cop but his hyperglycemia means he cant do it but can be a Mall Cop.  He is a really sweet guy but isnt well liked.  Falls in love with a woman on a stall in the mall and helps rescue everyone when the mall is subject to a heist. 

We all enjoyed watching this film, I found it touching and funny at the same time.  The way that Paul finds the strength to deal with the baddies is very funny - in a slapstick way which of course always manages a laugh.  

The film has a slight Christmassy feel to it as a bit of thanksgiving and decorations are themed in the film.  However I didnt feel it was wrong watching it at any time of the year but will definately put it on the list for autumn !!

Totz2teens Rating:  5/5

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

A coming of age movie that will strike a chord with young women everywhere, THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2 is latest must have accessory!  Starring some of the hottest young talent in Hollywood including Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) and America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), this is the  ultimate girl power movie. 

Set for DVD release on 25th May 2009 courtesy of Warner Home Video, this sequel to the immensely successful The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants will be released day and date with a double pack featuring both the original and sequel.

Based on Ann Brashares’ best-selling series of novels, THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2 refreshingly avoids teen-movie stereotypes and clichés by concentrating on the power of friendship and individuality, with a pair of jeans ingeniously acting as a metaphor for the bond the four central characters share. 

Filled with career adventures and romantic disasters and triumphs, THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2 also stars Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls, Sin City), Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia), Emmy award winning Blythe Danner (Sylvia, Meet the Parents), the up-coming Rachel Nichols (Alias, G.I. Joe) and Golden Globe winning Kyle McLaughlan (Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives).  So if you like your entertainment to be fun, enlightening and life-affirming then look no further - the sisterhood has arrived, complete with baggage!

www.Sisterhoodofthetravelingpants2.co.uk            www.Sisterhoodofthetravelingpants2movie.co.uk

Three years ago, four lifelong friends founded the Sisterhood, staying in touch during their first solo adventures by passing around a pair of perfect-fitting second-hand jeans.  As they catch up with them again in their first year of college and the summer beyond, they are embarking on new adventures, remaining as close as ever by sharing their experiences with honesty and humour…and the travelling pants.  Discovering their individual strengths, fears, talents and capacity for love, they come to value more than ever the bond they share and the immeasurable power of their friendship.

DVD Released:             25th May 2009   Certificate 12       1 disc DVD £12.99    Double Pack with Sisterhood 1 - £15.99

Totz2teens Review: 
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 was reviewed by myself and my daughter aged 12.  The premise of the story is that there are 4 girls who have grown up but are connected by some denim jeans that appear to have some powers.  They rotate who has them and it is believed their bond and the jeans help them through hard times.  The story is about friendship and the ups and downs of life.  This is a really nice film to watch and does make you think about the friends and relationships that may have some distance between them but still when the chips are down we all pull together.

The characters are all believable and the film allows you to develop a liking for each character within the storyline. 

I dont think you will have to have seen the first film to watch this one although I had already seen the 1st one previously.

My daughter enjoyed watching the film too and liked the ending too.

Totz2teens Rating:  4/5

 

Alice Upside Down

You rocked with the Jonas Brothers; you danced with the Wildcats, now discover ALICE UPSIDE DOWN.  Featuring stars of Camp Rock and High School Musical, ALICE UPSIDE DOWN is a sure fire hit for pre-teen girls everywhere!  Set for DVD release on 18 May 2009 courtesy of Momentum Pictures, you couldn’t find a more family friendly film that is pure entertainment from start to finish. 

ALICE UPSIDE DOWN is also genuinely tender and appealing in its tale of a typical young girl who is getting ready to leave her childhood behind.  In her imagination, Alice is cool, confident and popular, but in reality, she feels like she can’t do anything right.  Starring Alyson Stoner (Camp Rock, Cheaper by the Dozen, Disney’s Suite Life of Zack and Cody), Lucas Grabeel (High School Musical, Legend of the Dancing Ninja) and Luke Perry (Beverley Hills 90210, 8 Seconds, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), ALICE UPSIDE DOWN is both hilarious and poignant as we follow Alice’s journey from tweenship to teenship! 

Growing into your own skin is a journey which takes many twists and turns.  For Alice this journey flips literally ‘Upside Down’!  Moving to a new town, meeting new friends and starting at a new school would perhaps have something to do with it, as well as having to cope with living in an all-male household!  Missing her mother who died when she was very young, Alice looks for new role models in her new teachers Mrs Plotkins and Miss Cole by auditioning for the new school musical The Princess and the Frog.  Whist surviving the embarrassments of being ‘the new girl’ unfortunately music doesn’t come as naturally to Alice as with her musician dad and rockstar brother, but with the help of the new people in her life she learns more about who she really is.  For more information visit the website at www.aliceupsidedown.co.uk.

Totz2teens Member Review:
Alice is a typical young girl who has aspirations in life.  She dreams of being popular, pretty and confident.  What really happens is that she just makes a bit of a mess of everything she attempts.  As the story progresses we see Alice take on a singing audition.  We see what she believes everyone is seeing and then we see the reality.  BIG DIFFERENCE.  This is an amusing story with a real sentiment behind it and the whole film comes over as a likeable tale of a young woman growing up.  I felt that this could have been a film of a tv programme as it seemed to have that air about it.  My Pre teen and teen both enjoyed watching it and said that that Alice upside down was a great film typical of ones that they like to watch.  I read that as it is typical of the genre which of course means it is playsafe for any young girl that you may want to buy this for which is a good recommendation.

It was certainly watchable for an adult too so no one will be bored watching this with their child which is again a good thing. 

Alice upside down is a touching story and I am happy to recommend it for you to watch.

Totz2teens Member Rating:  4/5
 

IGOR
Pull the switch and help Igor become this year’s inventor extraordinaire! Don’t get the hump this half-term and have fun hanging out with the noble science assistant experimenting on some mad-cap lab antics to out manoeuvre the nasty nemesis, in this tale of re-invention. Momentum Pictures unveils IGOR on DVD 2 February 2009.  

This hilarious animated comedy follows lowly scientist’s assistant Igor (JOHN CUSACK), an inventor pushing weird science to the extreme hoping to make a difference to the lives of all the subservient science hunchbacks. Bubbling with humour and sparky electric energy plus the addition of the unlikeliest of hero’s, IGOR has the perfect formula of pop, bang and fizzle for all the family this half term.

Bright and boldly directed by ANTHONY LEONDIS (LILO & STITCH 2), Igor is a fun-filled, action-packed comedy celebrating the underdog. The stellar voice cast includes JOHN CUSACK (HIGH FIDELITY), EDDIE IZZARD (THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN), JOHN CLEESE (FAWLTY TOWERS), SEAN HAYES (WILL & GRACE) and STEVE BUSCEMI (MONSTERS INC.).

 

The Story

In the land of Malaria, you are either a somebody or a nobody. The biggest somebodys are the evil scientists and the nobodies are their loyal hunchback assistants.  But one unlikely inventor is about to change everything….

 

Meet Igor, a talented hunchback who’s determined to prove his worth at the annual Evil Science Fair.  With help from his wise-cracking sidekicks Scamper (BUSCEMI), a grumpy lab rabbit, and the not so brainy Brain (HAYES), he plans to create the greatest invention the world has ever seen and win first prize.  However the fiendish Dr Schadenfreude (IZZARD) is also making plans: to steal Igor's crazy creation and take over all Malaria.  Can Igor and friends stop him and truly save the day?

 

IGOR Released by Momentum Pictures on  2 February 2009 Certificate: PG  RRP:£17.99  Running Time: 118 mins approx

Totz2teens Member Review:  Igor - pronounded eegor (I kept getting wrong with my children telling me the right way!!!)  Igor is an inventor who wants to win a prize at the Evil Science Fair.  He makes a wonderful monster however it turns out to be kind.  The story follows their tale of how they try to turn Eva evil.  As with many of the animated films these days there is a good blast of humour to keep the youngest and oldest family members watching.  A wide range of celebrity voices are used within the film and I did find myself thinking who is that and was pleased when I got it right.  Igor is a super film and well worth getting for the kids to watch. 
Totz2teens Member Rating:  4/5
 

Fly me to the moon    £17.99 out now

FLY ME TO THE MOON is the first ever computer animated film designed, created and produced from first frame, exclusively for the 3D experience.  In 1969, three astronauts dared to go where no man had gone before; the moon.  FLY ME TO THE MOON combines the Apollo 11 mission with a twist involving three tween-aged flies who go along on an incredible space adventure.  The film introduces new generations to space exploration and the historic moment when the world was united for this awe-inspiring achievement. 

Totz2teens Member Review:  I was very excited about our opportunity to review Fly me to the moon as the 3D sounds great fun.  We were a little disappointed.  Out of 4 of us, 2 found it very hard to wear the glasses and my other child got a headache.  So we switched to the non 3D version of the film and it was successful.  During our attempts with the 3D we found this hilariously funny especially the dragonfly that flies out you which made us all feel like ducking and reaching out for it.  The film itself has a great story line and was highly entertaining.  The animation was brilliant and realistic too (if you can have realistic talking creatures!!!!!  Very impressive film and great viewing for all little space travellers.

Totz2teens Member Rating:  4/5
 

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