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REVIEW: The Little Mermaid

REVIEW: The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid rekindled Walt Disney’s animation excellence, launching the current wave of films and fascination with the princesses. It remains a stunning piece of work, with excellent songs and vocal performances, that continues to hold up well with repeated viewings. Jodi Benson’s innocent, yearning Ariel is well matched by the scheming Pat Carroll as Ursula, one of the more frightening antagonists in the animated oeuvre.

For me, though, the film’s magical place in history is enhanced because it was the first film we took Kate to see. Snuggled between us, on a booster seat to see the screen, she was enchanted, eyes wide and riveted. I enjoyed it from a craft and entertainment standpoint, but she fell in love because of the Disney magic.

The 1989 release is out as part of their 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Signature Collection line (number eight in the set, collect ‘em all).

The well-known story is nicely adapted from the original Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. We have the sixteen-year-old mermaid wishing to experience a life of adventure, unaware of having to be careful for what one desires. After defying her father King Triton (Kenneth Mars), she discovers the shipwrecked Prince Eric (Christopher Daniel Barnes), and instantly falls in love. She makes a horrible deal with Ursula, who will grant her human form in exchange for her voice and we go from there.

Being a Disney film, there are several creature comrades, often the making or breaking of a film. Here, Sebastian the crab (Samuel E. Wright), Flounder (Jason Marin), and Scuttle (Buddy Hackett), more than fit the bill.

The Alan Menken and Howard Ashman score adds a dimension lacking in Disney animated fare going back to the last great musical, The Jungle Book. The music and songs are just a delight, with Caribbean themes and more traditional Broadway fare mixed in. The story actually follows the musical formula, complete with Bensons lovely ‘I want song’ “Part of your World’.

The Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD combo pack was reviewed and I can attest that the new high def transfer is superior to the Diamond Edition. The 4K is said to be even sharper, but the colors here just pop. The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack, though, is the Diamond Edition version, very good, but could be better.

There are some new bonus features with older ones reserved for the digital edition. One such addition is the Sing-Along mode, perfect for sleepovers.

New Blu-ray features:

Alan Menken and the Leading Ladies (15:45) as Benson, Paige O’Hara (Belle), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas’ singing voice), Lillias White (Muse), and Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel) share what working with Menken has been like.

“What I Want from You Is… Your Voice” (5:47): Watch Wright, Hackett, Carroll, and Benson rehearse their parts and later discuss their roles.

Stories from Walt’s Office: Gadgets and Gizmos (6:01): Apparently, Walt collected tchotchkes and we tour his preserved collection.

Repeated content:

#Treasuresuntold (5:40), “Part of Your World” Music Video (3:01), Deleted Character: Harold the Merman (2:05), Under the Scene: The Art of Live Action Reference (13:13), Howard’s Lecture (16:27), and Audio Commentary: Writers/Directors Ron Clements and John Musker and composer Alan Menken. Also available digitally.

Exclusive Digital Extra:

“Part of Your World” – A Look Back (5:50): Menken and Benson revisit “Part of Your World”, examining its impact beyond the film.

Digital-Only Content That Appeared on the Diamond Blu-ray Disc:

Fathoms Below – Alternate Version, Backstage with Sebastian, Advice from Sebastian, Fight with Ursula – Alternate Ending, The Little Mermaid – The Story Behind the Story, @Disney Animation, Part of Her World: Jodi Benson’s Voyage to New Fantasyland, Storm Warning: The Little Mermaid Special Effects Unit, “Part of Your World”, Ride the Attraction, Under the Sea Early Presentation Reel, Disneypedia: Life Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl Music Video Performed by Ashley Tisdale, Original Theatrical Trailer “Les Poissons”, Sebastian Lost in the Castle, Behind “The Ride that Almost Was”, Prologue: Flower Street, “Silence is Golden” Song Demo, “Poor Unfortunate Souls” Extended, “Under the Sea”, “Poor Unfortunate Souls”, “Kiss the Girl”, Act I: Renaissance Men, Act II: A Symphony of Talent, Act III: Broadway Comes to Burbank:, Act IV: Setting Sail, and Act V: A Mermaid Sings.

Missing from the Diamond Edition: The Little Match Girl, John & Ron Make Caricatures of Each Other, Animators Comment on their Characters, The Little Mermaid Handshake.

Help Gahan Wilson find his way

Gahan Wilson needs your help immediately

For years, people have looked at Gahan Wilson’s cartoons in Playboy and The New Yorker and said he was demented. Sadly, it’s now all too true—Gahan is suffering from severe dementia. His wife of 53 years passed away this weekend, and as a result, the memory care facility he had been living in wants to move him out immediately. His stepson Paul writes:

Gahan and my mother had been residing in an assisted living facility in Arizona. With my mother’s passing, the facility is about to discharge him. We must find him a memory care facility immediately… She was his rock. His guide through the world. While we all helped with his care, it was my mother who grounded him. He is currently distraught and out of sorts with the world.

Paul Winters

Paul’s set up a GoFundMe to cover the costs. Help if you can.

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Game of Thrones Merchandise ramps up

Winter has arrived and now the merchandising bonanza is not far behind.

HBO is definitely working on milking every last coin from your pocket, hoping to fill the Iron Bank of Bravos with coiange as their mega-hit series prepares to bid farewell in mid-April.

Not only will there be a series of GOT-themed Oreo cookies coming, but blended bobbleheads, too.

FOCO is introducing its newest bobblehead series featuring a collaboration between the worlds of Major League Baseball and HBO’s original series Game of Thrones®.

This brand-new cross licensed series features fan favorite MLB players and mascots as well as Game of Thrones characters and settings from the award-winning HBO series. All 30 MLB teams are represented in the first series which launches online today at for pre-order.

The first series includes three distinct bobblehead styles merging the two worlds and features: The Iron Throne, the Ice Dragonand the Night King.


Shyamalan-Verse’s “Glass” splits for home in April

Universal City, California, February 26, 2019 – Writer-Director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) completes a mind-bending trilogy created nearly twenty years ago with GLASS, a comic book thriller available on Digital via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on April 2, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on April 16, 2019, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

GLASS is a grounded-in-reality, comic-book thriller where the heroes and villains are people first. The thrilling culmination to the trilogy that started with Unbreakable and Split, stars James McAvoy (Split, Atonement), Samuel L. Jackson (Hitman’s Bodyguard, Avengers Franchise), Bruce Willis (Unbreakable, Die Hard), Sarah Paulson (Ocean’s Eight, American Horror Story) and Anya-Taylor Joy (Split, The Witch). Go inside the mind of master of suspense M. Night Shyamalan to uncover the connections and references that bring the three films together in one universe. Experience more than sixty minutes of never-before-seen features elaborating on his process and artistic vision including an in-depth look at the making of the film, deep insights on the characters, a never-before-seen alternate opening, and deleted scenes.


“Replicas” with Keanu Reaves, hits home video in April

SANTA MONICA, CA (February 25, 2019) – Experience a completely modern twist on the Frankenstein myth when Replicas arrives on Digital April 2 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand April 16 from Lionsgate. Keanu Reeves (John Wick franchise, The Matrix franchise) stars in and co-produces this sci-fi thriller from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers). The mind-bending film also stars Alice Eve (Star Trek: Into Darkness, She’s Out of My League), Thomas Middleditch (TV’s “Silicon Valley”, The Wolf of Wall Street), Emily Alyn Lind (TV’s “Revenge”), Emjay Anthony (The Jungle Book, Bad Moms), and John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook, American Gangster, Bumblebee).

In this suspenseful sci-fi thriller, Keanu Reeves stars as William Foster, a neuroscientist on the verge of transferring human consciousness into a computer when his beloved wife (Alice Eve) and children are tragically killed in a car crash. Desperate to resurrect his family, William recruits a fellow scientist (Thomas Middleditch) to help secretly clone their bodies and create replicas. When William learns that he can only replicate three of the four family members, he makes a decision with fateful consequences.

Take home Replicas and dive headfirst into the twists and turns of this intense brain-churner with an audio commentary with director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and executive producer James Dodson, a making of featurette, and never-before-seen deleted scenes. The Replicas Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Swing Back Into A Theater This Weekend To Catch ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ On The Big Screen Including IMAX

One last chance to see ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ on the Big Screen!

Did you miss Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in the theaters? Did you miss it in IMAX? Don’t worry! Co-director Rodney Rothman tweeted:

Well? What are you waiting for? Save me a seat!

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Alien 4K Should be Brilliant

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 26, 2019) –– In space no one can hear you scream. The terrifying sci-fi adventure, ALIEN, celebrates 40 years with an all-new 4K Ultra HD™ master, available April 23. A limited edition 4K UHDsteelbook of ALIEN 40th Anniversary Edition will also be available exclusively at Best Buy.

In the film that birthed the wildly successful ALIEN franchise, the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo awaken from stasis during a voyage home to Earth when their ship’s computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from the desolate nearby moon, LV-426. While investigating, one of the crew, Kane (John Hurt), is attacked by an alien creature that latches to his face and he is rushed back to the Nostromo to receive medical treatment. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the ship’s warrant officer, advises against Kane’s return due to quarantine regulations – but her orders are ignored by Ash (Ian Holm), bringing the Nostromo under threat from a mysterious, extraterrestrial apex predator with violent and lethal survival instincts.

The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery, with the 4K scans were done at EFilm.

Matt Bomer on Playing a Gay Superhero in DC Universe Show ‘Doom Patrol’

Matt Bomer talks about playing a gay superhero in ‘Doom Patrol’

Matt Bomer talks about playing Larry Trainor, a.k.a. Negative Man, in the new DC Universe series Doom Patrol and how it differs from voicing (and nearly playing in real life) Superman.

People always say, ‘What about Superman,’ they bring that up constantly, and I think this character is just as, if not more, interesting… I’d never really seen a gay male superhero and what I love most about the character is that even though it’s a huge struggle internally for him, it’s not the sole thing that defines who he is, he’s such a multifaceted character, if it was just one stereotypical aspect of him I would have had reservations about it.

Matt Bomer

In the show as in the comics, Larry is a former ace pilot before an accident left him terribly scarred and with super powers; in the show, they’ve added a backstory of being a closeted homosexual with a lover on the airbase and a wife and kids back at home.

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TCM Showing the Skippy movie on Wednesday

TCM showing “Skippy” tomorrow night

Turner Classic Movies (United States feed) has scheduled the 1931 movie Skippy for this Wednesday, February 27th, at 10:15 pm. The movie is based on Percy Crosby’s comic strip Skippy, one of the comics that Charles Schulz had in mind when making Peanuts. Joseph Nebus tells you exactly why it’s so important to comics history:

Crosby supposed that kids had feelings and desires and interests that they took seriously, and that good stories would come from taking them seriously. Every comic strip that follows the child’s point of view owes something to it. It’s not only influential, though. It’s good. I mean, a lot of early comic strips are good, but you have to work a bit to understand them. Like, I enjoy George Herriman’s Krazy Kat, but if take any given day’s strip and ask me what the joke is I’ll often be in trouble. Not Skippy, though. Crosby’s sensibility is close enough to the modern one. There are exceptions, but you can look at the comic and understand what’s supposed to be funny. Clean up the dialogue and redraw it for modern comic strip art sizes and you could run it on a modern newspaper page.

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