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Preview ‘Captain Saru’ Comic – IDW’s 2019 ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Annual

‘Captain Saru’ Comic – IDW’s 2019 ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Annual

Preview ‘Captain Saru’ Comic – IDW’s 2019 ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ AnnualTomorrow IDW releases their second Star Trek: Discovery annual. This year’s Discovery annual focuses on the character of Saru and takes place after the events of the first season but before the arrival of the USS Enterprise. Like all Discovery comics, it was written by comics veteran Mike Johnson and Star Trek: Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer, with art by Angel Hernandez.

You can see a 5 page preview at trekmovie.com.

Win a Mary Poppins Returns Gift Pack

The wind changed and as promised, she returned. Mary Poppins Returns wowed audiences with fond memories, vivid colors, and more dancing than ever before. The film is headed for home video release on Digital 4K Ultra HD™ March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ March 19.

Our friends at Walt Disney Home Entertainment have provided us with a gift pack consisting of:

1 Blu-ray Combo Pack of Mary Poppins Returns
1 Mary Poppins Compact Mirror with digital messaging

To win this set, just tell us about what your ideal outing with Mary Poppins would be like.

Tell us by 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 15. Please note the contest is only open to North American readers and the judgment of the ComicMix judges will be final.

Bonus features include*:

BLU-RAY & 4K ULTRA HD™:

Deleted Song—“TheAnthropomorphic Zoo”-In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children visit a very special zoo where the humans and animals trade places.
The Practically Perfect Making of “Mary Poppins Returns”-Join filmmakers and cast on an amazing journey to embrace the legacy of the original film while making a fresh modern sequel.
oIntroduction-Filmmakers and cast remember the first Mary Poppins movie and share the thrill of working on “Mary Poppins Returns.”
o“(Underneath the)Lovely London Sky”-Discover how the team mined PL Travers’books for a fresh perspective on a much-loved character. Plus, meet the Banks children!
o“Can You Imagine That?”-Be on location for Mary’s iconic entrance from the sky, and explore the movie’s original songs, inspired by the Sherman Brothers.
o“Nowhere to Go but Up”-Experience being on set with the legendary DickVan Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and celebrate the joy of choosing the right balloon!Seeing Things From a Different Point of View”: The Musical Numbers of “Mary Poppins Returns”-Go behind the scenes and experience the film’s production numbers from a new angle.
o“Trip a Little Light Fantastic”-Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film’s biggest production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more!o“The Royal Doulton Music Hall” /“A Cover Is Not the Book”-Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins!
o“Turning Turtle”-Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
o“Can You Imagine That?”-Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this exuberant number was created.

Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns–Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film, returns after 54 years toCherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr.Practically Perfect Bloopers–There’s nowhere to go but up with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs and prop fails!
Deleted ScenesoLeaving Topsy’s–After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
o“Trip aLittle Light Fantastic”–The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the movie’s biggest musical production.
Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode–Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie

Seeing Things From a Different Point of View”: The Musical Numbers of “Mary Poppins Returns”-Go behind the scenes and experience the film’s production numbers from a new angle.
o“Trip a Little Light Fantastic”-Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast performs the film’s biggest production number, with dancing lamplighters, bicyclists and more!
o“The Royal Doulton Music Hall” /“A Cover Is Not the Book”-Find out what it takes to create two musical extravaganzas inside an animated world, highlighted by dancing animated penguins!
o“Turning Turtle”-Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy Turvy, played by Meryl Streep, has an unusual house that turns this musical number upside-down.
o“Can You Imagine That?”-Dive under the bubbles with the cast and crew to see how this exuberant number was created.

Back to Cherry Tree Lane: Dick Van Dyke Returns–Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in the first film, returns after 54 years to Cherry Tree Lane as Mr. Dawes Jr.
Practically Perfect Bloopers–There’s nowhere to go but up with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of flubs, goofs and prop fails!
Deleted ScenesoLeaving Topsy’s–After their visit to Cousin Topsy, Mary, Jack and the children pause to take a look back.
o“Trip a Little Light Fantastic”–The leeries light up the screen in this extended clip from the movie’s biggest musical production.
Play Movie in Sing-Along Mode–Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie


The Kid who would be King Invades Home April 16

Los Angeles, CA (March 5th) – Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic family-friendly adventure, The Kid Who Would Be King. Alex thinks he’s just another nobody, getting bullied at school and told what to do by his teachers, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, with the help of the legendary wizard Merlin, he must unite his friends and school yard enemies into an allied band of knights to defeat the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be and save the world.
 
Touted as, “One of the best kids’ adventure movies in recent memory” (Matt Goldberg, Collider), and Certified Fresh™ on Rotten Tomatoes®, The Kid Who Would Be King arrives on 4K Ultra-HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD April 16.
 
THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Origins of a King
  • Young Knights
  • Hair, Makeup & Costume Tests
  • Merlin’s Magic (x4)
  • *Knight School
  • *The Two Merlins
  • *Meet Morgana
  • *Movie Magic
  • *“Be the King”, Lay Lay Music Video

*Available on Blu-ray and select digital accounts only  

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING Technical Specifications

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING 4K Ultra HD™ Specifications
Street Date:  April 16, 2019
Screen Format: Widescreen 2.39:1              
Audio:  English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1                                    
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Total Run Time: 117 Minutes
U.S. Rating: PG for fantasy action violence, scary images, thematic elements including some bullying, and language.

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING Blu-ray™ Specifications
Street Date:  April 16, 2019 
Screen Format: 1080p HD
Audio: English Dolby Digital 7.1, English Descriptive Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French
Total Run Time: 117 Minutes
U.S. Rating: PG for fantasy action violence, scary images, thematic elements including some bullying, and language.                       

THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING DVD Specifications
Street Date: April 16, 2019 
Screen Format: Widescreen 2.39:1
Audio:  English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Descriptive Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby  Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Total Run Time: 117 Minutes                          
U.S. Rating: PG for fantasy action violence, scary images, thematic elements including  some bullying, and language.                        

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.

Originally at www.gofundme.com

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 FOCO.com 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.

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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.

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“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.

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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!

Originally at sciencefiction.com