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August 11, 2014

SHURIKEN SCHOOL: THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD Set Review

*I received  a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.


“SHURIKEN SCHOOL: THE COMPLETE SERIESCOMES TO HOME ENTERTAINMENT PLATFORMS AUGUST 12th

The favorite Nickelodeon ninja series, now for the time as a complete set!

Voiced by Kids’ Choice Award Nominee Nathan Kress (iCarly), Daytime Emmy® Award Nominee Jessica DiCicco (The Emperor’s New School, Adventure Time) and Kimberly Brooks (Doc McStuffins), SHURIKEN SCHOOL: THE COMPLETE SERIES is being released on DVD and digitally in the United States for the first time ever!

Synopsis: SHURIKEN SCHOOL follows the extraordinary adventures of a 10-year-old boy named Eizan Kaburagi and his friends during their first year at a ninja school. They invent the craziest weapons, using highly original components. They learn to pass through walls, disappear in clouds of smoke and fly over rooftops. The methods at this school are not particularly orthodox, and anything can happen, as absurd as it might seem. Get caught up in the action as Eizan and his eccentric classmates perfect their ninja skills in all 26 adventurous episodes!
TRAILER: Shuriken School

DVD Product Information
# of Discs: 4                                                       
Runtime: 10 hrs 5 mins
Language: English (dubbed)                                    
Color: Color
Widescreen: Yes                                                
Prod. Year: 2004
Rating: NR                                                            
Genre: Animation
Subtitles: No                                                            
CC: Yes
ITEM #: 88131604000                                    
UPC: 025192231667

Our Review:
My 8 year old loves ninjas, but there are not many kids friend movies or TV series about ninjas. As such, Shuriken School was an instant hit with her. The DVD set we received to review contained 26 great episodes about a 10 year old boy named Eizan kaburagi and the adventures he has with his friends at the first year of ninja school. What DD loves about the series is all of the cool things she gets to learn about ninjas. She was not familiar with all of the special skills that a ninja possesses, so she enjoys watching how the kids learn these skill at the school. Shuriken School is a great series for kids who are fascinated by ninjas and want something more than the typical kids' animation they see on TV. 

To buy the series, please go to Amazon.com.  
 


August 10, 2014

Mythbusters Collection 11 DVD Set Review

*I received  a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.


Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters Collection 11
Continuing their legacy as myth-busting masterminds, head Mythbusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage tackle the world’s mysteries in Mythbusters Collection 11.  Exploring all forms of unusual – from bazookas and toilet bombs to duct-tape airplanes and rock sleds – this dynamic duo leaves no mystery unsolved. Additionally, this collection features Jamie and Adam’s creative attempt to create a Newton’s cradle using wrecking balls. With a total run time of 430 minutes, this DVD has an SRP of $29.93. Street date: August 5, 2014.

Our Review:
It's hard to believe that Mythbusters have been running for so long. I love this show not only because it is educational, I also think it is very entertaining. I love that in each episode Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savege takes a myth and try to address it scientifically.  I also think it is great that they don't just conduct 1 scientific experiments, multiple experiences take place so that there is no doubt in everyone's mind that a particular concept is a myth. 

If you are a fan of  the show, you will want check it out. 

To buy the DVD set, please go to Amazon.com.  
 

July 31, 2014

sphero 2.0 Review

*I received  a free product for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.

My kids are enjoying their summers off. Since they are out of school, they have been busy with lots of fun activities like going to the local lake, swimming in the pool, or having playdates with friends so far. You would think that since they have so many things scheduled on their social calendar, they would be content. Sadly, if this mommy needs a break, her kids would start complaining about how bored they are. Well, sphero 2.0 arrived to our house at a great time. We had some pressing issues happening in our household. My husband and myself had our plates full and we simply could not entertained our kids entertained while we were busy making phone calls to insurance companies or addressing some issues that we needed to deal with right away. Frankly, the kids are starting to get tired of playing on their tablets. So, the sphero 2.0 was a fun new toy for them to check out.
We downloaded the appropriate apps for sphero 2.0 on all of our tablets. Our family of 4 actually own 6 tablets (I know, it's nuts). Once we downloaded the apps, we handed the sphero 2.0 to our 8 year  old daughter first. She played through a few games, She loved Draw & Drive app the most. When her little brother saw how much she was enjoying playing with this new toy, he wanted in on the action. He liked Sharky, but he was definitely not very good at playing it.

As a family, we tried ColorGrab and SpaceParty! and we thought that the SpaceParty was a lot of fun. Although we could have played the game without the sphero, but we thought that using it made it more entertaining. The only problem with us using it as for family game night is that our 3 year isn't ready to play most of the games, so there was a lot of frustration on his part. On the other hand, when our daughter had her friends over for a sleepover, she played some games using the sphero with her friends, and the girls just loved it.

After playing and testing out sphero for a few days, the kids are in love with their new toy. I will have to admit that there was some fighting between my kids on who should be able to play first and if every person got to play with it as long as the other person does. To make things easier on us, we have allowed our little guy to practice/play on his own (right before he goes to bed) so that he will be ready for our next family game night.
Retailing at $129.99, it might sound pricey at first. However, the apps are free and my kids have enjoyed playing with every app we downloaded for the sphero so far. Considering how much fun they have had with it and how it is a great addition to our family fun night, I think it is worth the retail price if your family will use it as much as we do.

To learn more about this great product, please visit its facebook wall at https://www.facebook.com/GoSphero or follow it on twitter at https://twitter.com/intent/follow?screen_name=gosphero


July 26, 2014

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS Coming to Honda Center July 25 - August 3

*I received  free tickets for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the show might be different from mine.

We got to attend opening night at the Honda Center to watch Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Show. The kids were beyond excited. Although this is my 3rd year taking the kids to see the circus performance there, I am still just as impressed by it all as much as I did before. The show was different enough from the precious years that we were still surprised by some of the it.

All in all, we thought the show was fantastic. If you live in Southern California, we highly recommend taking your kids to check it out. For more details, please go to the bottom of this post.







Tickets go on sale Sunday, June 8 at 10:00 AM via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail outlets and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets will go on sale at the Honda Center Box office beginning Monday, June 9.


Iconic Ringling Bros. stars meet fabled mythological creatures at the place where legends live…The Greatest Show on Earth®!  Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing circus athletes perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder in a celebration of the LEGENDS that have captured imaginations for centuries.  Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on his quest to discover real, living circus legends from around the world…along the way encountering the fantastical Pegasus, a Unicorn and the remarkable Woolly the Mammoth! 


Featuring over 100 performers spanning 25 countries, plus more than 85 animals from nearly every continent around the world, the Ringling Bros. 144th Edition features several unique acts including:
  • China National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing perform several impressive acts including balancing 20 people on two bicycles, fast-paced hoop diving and graceful Diabolo juggling skills
  • Introducing the Double Trapeze, especially designed for Ringling Bros., with the attempt of four consecutive triple somersaults in a row

Plus additional circus legends highlighted in the show such as Big Cat trainer Alexander Lacey; edge-of-your-seat Cossack Riders equestrian stunts; Globe of Steel motorcycle daredevils; of course no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms!



Debuting this year for the ultimate circus fan, check out the exclusive Ringmaster Zone experience. Access to this VIP area is only available to select ticket holders and offers guests an unprecedented look “behind the curtain” of The Greatest Show On Earth. Fans have the opportunity to walk the Ringling Red Carpet, meet Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and the stars of the show, step inside the Globe of Steel, take photos on the Ringmaster’s float and have an up-close elephant encounter.



Be sure to arrive early to experience several exciting interactive elements before the show starts included with the ticket price – visit the Animal Open House to get up-close with our amazing animal stars and the All Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!
  
For more information, visit www.Ringling.com or visit us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

A N A H E I M Friday, July 25 - Sunday, August 3 Ticket Prices: $139.00, $129.00, $79.00, $46.00, $32.00, $22.00 Opening Night tickets are only $15 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)

Friday, July 25  7:30 PM
Saturday, July 26  11:30 AM, 3:30 PM &7:30 PM
Sunday, July 27 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM
Wednesday, July 30 1:00 PM &  7:30 PM
Thursday, July 31 10:30 AM  7:30 PM
Friday, August 1 1:00 PM  7:30 PM
Saturday, August 2  11:30 AM, 3:30 PM &  7:30 PM
Sunday, August 3 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM &  7:30 PM

 



    
               
   
            
               
 
**All shows include Animal Open House and All Access Pre-Show

July 22, 2014

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is looking for a few good clowns!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is looking for a few good clowns! Please click on the flyer below for more details.



July 21, 2014

Smithsonian Channel: Shark Collection DVD Review

*I received  free products for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.



Dive in for a look under the skin and into the mind of the ocean’s perfect predator in Shark Collection, available on  DVD July 22 from Inception Media Group.

Sharks are universally feared, but also widely misunderstood and suddenly endangered. Marine biologists, shark experts and conservationists are doing everything they can to reverse the tide of public opinion before it’s too late … Even if it means diving into infested waters where sharks hold every advantage.

The Smithsonian Channel’s Shark Collection includes three exciting programs that take you from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the remote shores of Africa’s east coast to the operating room of a shark autopsy to explore what makes these fish so unique.

In Great White Code Red, two scientists dissect a shark to reveal what drives this fearsome animal to attack. Shark Girl follows activist Madison Stewart’s mission to save the creatures she loves by changing people’s minds about them. Death Beach investigates an abnormal string of shark attacks off a South African coast.

Shark Collection is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (1.78:1) and 5.1 digital surround sound.

Our Review:
When I take my kids to the aquarium, one of their favorite things to do is to visit the shark tank. To be honest, most of the time, the sharks aren't not even moving at all. But when they do swim back and forth, my kids get really excited. The Shark Collection DVD is a great movie because it shows my kids how amazing sharks are, but it also shows that sharks are creatures we need to respect and fear as well. The film contains wonderful footage of sharks in their natural environment. Parts of it was scary for my kids because there were discussions of shark attacks. However, I thought the DVD was educational and worth watching.

To buy it, please visit Amazon.com

July 20, 2014

$ELLEBRITY: Fame has its Price DVD Review

*I received  free products for review purpose. I did not receive any compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.

“$ELLEBRITY” COMES TO HOME ENTERTAINMENT JUNE 24TH 

Kevin Mazur’s feature documentary on the subject of paparazzi and celebrity culture. “…nimbly conceived and constructed…” – Los Angeles Times “…a docu that’s unafraid to get dirty digging into the subject of celebrity journalism…”-- Variety 

Random Media and Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) are releasing $ELLEBRITY on DVD on June 24th. $ELLEBRITY was made available nationwide on VOD and other digital platforms in January 2013. 

With candid interviews from celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kid Rock, $ELLEBRITY offers unique insight into America’s intense fascination with celebrity culture and the ever-changing face of fame. Directed and produced by veteran rock-n-roll photographer Kevin Mazur, the film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival to rave reviews. Featuring interviews and clips of more than 20 well-known faces, $ELLEBRITY is a must watch for those interested in the symbiotic relationship between the press, the public’s obsession with fame, and the business of it all. 

 Synopsis: Renowned Rock n’ Roll photographer Kevin Mazur has pulled together an impressive team for his first feature-length documentary about the changing face of celebrity and the many ways that the media has conveyed, defined and even demeaned what it means to be famous today. Taking a historical ride through the early days of Hollywood and the rise of the paparazzi, $ELLEBRITY explores how fame has changed from the highly-structured studio system to the current free-for-all press and paparazzi frenzy. 
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA2f35fGyzk 

DVD Product Information 
Studio: Random 
Media Item #: RM3235 
UPC: 883476132358
 Order Date: 4/29/2014 
Street Date: 6/24/2014 
 SRP: $24.99 
Rating: NR Screen Format: WS 1.78:1 
Language: English 
Subtitles: None 
CC?: Yes 
 # of Discs/Runtime: 1 / 89 Minutes 
Genre: Documentary 

Our Review:
I am a huge fan of documentary films, so I was excited to check out $ELLEBRITY. I like that the documentary offers different perspectives of celebrity photography. You get to hear first hand accounts from not just the celebrity themselves, but also from the photographers and even consumers who are fascinated by celebrities. I thought the film did a great job mapping out the complex relationship between the tabloids and the celebrities they create (and sometimes help destroy too).

To buy it, please visit Amazon.com