DVD Spotlight: ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies: 30th Anniversary Addition”

SYNOPSIS:FAIRFAX, VA — For thirty years, the inimitable Richard Simmons has been helping people lose weight (more than 3,000,000 pounds and counting) and get healthy with his unique enthusiasm, charm and encouragement.  Since opening his first aerobics studio in Beverly Hills in 1974, he has cemented himself in America’s pop-culture psyche with 65 fitness videos (selling over 20 million copies), dozens of infomercials, nine best-selling books, myriad parodies of his over-the-top persona, and seemingly endless TV and film appearances.  And, on October 31, Time Life celebrates the iconic weight loss guru with a landmark DVD release: RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.  The set will be available for $39.95srp, exclusively from Amazon.com.

“So many sparkly tank tops – so many memories.”
— Richard Simmons

The energetic 6-disc set includes the complete collection of Simmons’ best-selling Sweatin’ to the Oldies workout programs.  Pairing lively classics from the ’50s and ’60s with rockin’ low impact routines and Simmons’ humorous banter, encouragement and sparkly tank tops, SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION offers fun for the entire family.  Across five discs, home exercisers will find forty-one exercise routines set to rock n’ roll classics such as “It’s My Party,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” and more.

Loaded with extras, this special anniversary set also includes 100 minutes of bonus programming featuring an exclusive interview with Richard, testimonials and success stories from Simmons’  students, a full-color 20-page album of rare personal photos and memories personally selected by Richard and a bonus disc of “Love Yourself and Win — Six Steps to Self-Esteem & Permanent Weight Loss.”

Says Simmons’ “I can’t believe it has been 30 years since the beginning! For the first time ever, I have compiled the complete “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” collection…It’s the original and still the best way to get your heart racing and your blood pumping!”

Delivering a serious message with his trademark humor, Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose millions of pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating.  And, since the early ’70s, when he established his innovative weight loss facility where the overweight of the world were welcome with open arms, Simmons has become a pop culture fixture with numerous local and national television and radio appearances including a four-year run on “General Hospital,” followed by his own nationally syndicated, Emmy Award-winning series, “The Richard Simmons Show.”

With the overstuffed holidays coming potentially adding on unwanted pounds, there’s never been a better time to become re-acquainted with one of the best-selling home entertainment fitness series in history with RICHARD SIMMONS: SWEATIN’ TO THE OLDIES: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION.

MY THOUGHTS: My mom & I were always big fans of Richard Simmons. From the ‘Deal-A-Meal’ Program to ‘Sweatin’ To The Oldies’, we’ve made weight loss a priority with Richard. Besides his shining smile and award-winning personality, what always stuck with me was how sincere he came across. Every guest, every participant received his 100% attention and he was never afraid to reach out to hug people. His loving guidance is what sets Richard apart from the countless fitness instructors that have come along.

He never put his name on anything that didn’t work. Committing to helping people was his goal and not just his job. He had fun, that’s for sure, but it was always with a purpose. He endured the ribbing from comedians and imitators for a greater good. I wonder how many of them are platinum-selling stars? No matter how many how-to videos you purchase, it’s impossible to have MORE fun than you do when you’re ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies’. These DVDs are simply timeless. You will get a great workout. You will have fun and you will never forget Richard Simmons.

Thankfully, Time Life has offered all 6 DVDs in one awesome collection so that a whole new generation can experience his unique, effective workouts. Thank you, Richard Simmons, for all you’ve done for all your fans!

About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world’s pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.
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**We received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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Movie Spotlight: ‘In Search of Liberty’


As Americans, we move day-to-day without giving much thought to what really holds our country together. For many people, the Constitution is the latest buzzword when college campuses are in an uproar or some pundit believes his or her rights have been violated. How often to we look back to what the Founding Fathers gifted to us all?

This is the exact premise for a new, family movie, ‘In Search of Liberty’. We meet a normal, American family. A chance encounter with a certain historical figure named Ben leads the family to see the Constitution as never before. This modernized Ben delivers witty humor, magical visions of the past, and a love for his country. Most importantly, the family gains an understanding of the amendments, what is and isn’t included in the Constitution, and why it’s still wholly relevant today.

Perhaps a good number of people ‘my age’ may remember those projector films we watched in school. A monotone narrator would tell us why history was important. This is the direct opposite of those movies! In fact, one of the first things we noticed was the cinematography. Seemless transitions and professional acting made it enjoyable as well as believable. The small town setting is perfect and could be any community in our country.

Each of the actors chosen are excellent. They definitely gave you the feeling that they believed in what they were doing and were passionate about their portrayals. This most certainly wasn’t a ‘get-it-done’ and marketed film. It has substance and utilized modern film techniques to make the learning fun.

I watched the movie in its entirety along with my husband and 14-year-old son. We each got a little something out of it, but all agreed that the scenes in the ‘FunHouse’ were our favorites. (You’ll have to watch for yourself! No spoilers!) Both my husband and I were pleased that the film was very pro-Constitution without being preachy or pushy. As a family who is also very pro-Constitution were appreciated that it had no subliminal overtones. Everything is present in a more matter-of-fact delivery.

Due to its family friendly nature ( we only spotted two questionable word choices), I’d say it’s a film for late-elementary/early junior high students- say 4th-6th grades. Homeschoolers could add it to Government lessons while still remaining confident that students are learning. Seeing, physically where the Founding Fathers got the idea to write it as well as real-life, scenarios where the Constitution is used, will help students make the connections as to the document’s relevance. This is especially important seeing that many of today’s curriculum’s are ‘glossing’ over its importance.

If viewers are simply history buffs, then they’ll love Ben and his humor. Regardless, I would recommend adding it to your viewing library. It’s an investment that can be used as reference or to have a family movie afternoon as we did.
‘In Search of Liberty’ was released on 8/29/17.

*Pic belongs solely to the film’s makers & authorized persons. We received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER  Arrives March 28

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PRESS RELEASE:
THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER has a run time of approximately 79 minutes and is rated G
Join “The X Factor” star Macy Kate in the studio as she records the theme song for THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER, “Born to Be Me.” Macy Kate also sang the theme song in the previous installment, THE SWAN PRINCESS: PRINCESS TOMORROW, PIRATE TODAY, which was titled “I’ll Be Your Star.”
After mysterious visitors arrive in the Kingdom, Princess Alise, Lucas and their friends go undercover on a secret spy adventure to see if they can be trusted. They will need all of their superior detective skills as well as some super cool gadgets to solve the royal mystery and save the Kingdom.
 
Directed by Richard Rich from a story by Richard Rich and Brian Nissen, and a screenplay by Brian Nissen, THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER was produced by Richard Rich, Seldon O. Young, and Jared F. Brown, with Seldon O. Young, serving as executive producer.  

View the Trailer Here:

 
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Deliver ‘Storks’ Under Your Tree This Year: #Movie Review

storks-3d-2Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet retail giant Cornerstore.com. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when the Baby Factory is accidentally activated on his watch, producing an adorable – and wholly unauthorized – baby girl. Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop, in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

Own Storks on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD on December 20 or Own It Now on Digital HD

I don’t know about you, but movies have always been a traditional Christmas gift in our family. Although our sons are growing up, good, quality, family entertainment is something you never out grow. Honestly, I didn’t know a whole lot about ‘Storks’ other than a few tidbits here & there from commercials. But, I know Warner Bros. Entertainment. I am always confident that they produce quality movies and we’re bound to enjoy them!

‘Storks’ didn’t disappoint. There was a lot of laughing in our living room as we watched. There are some heart-warming moments as well. Adults will most definitely be able to pick out the voices of some of their favorite actors. Kelsey Grammer’s voice is unmistakable! Younger viewers will enjoy the hyper-active, animated cast that zoom around the screen as expected.

I’m a big advocate of family time and take every opportunity to pull everyone together in one place. With our crazy world spinning around us, we all need to cherish these moments. ‘Storks’ is the type of movie that all family members can watch together, with a little something for everyone. Give it as a gift to your family as a whole. We’ve done that in the past & it’s always a hit. Take a few moments to get together over your Christmas break and enjoy. We loved ‘Storks’ & think you will, too!

Currently, Warner Bros. is offering a number of fun activities to help celebrate the release (12/20) of ‘Storks’. Just click the following links to find them:
STORKS_HOLIDAY_CARDS.pdf
STORKS_HOLIDAY_COLORING_SHEETS.pdf

STORKS_HOLIDAY_MAZE.pdf

STORKS_HOLIDAY_WISH_LIST.pdf

STORKS_HOLIDAY_WORD_SEARCHES.pdf

STORKS_HOLIDAY_GIFT_TAGS.pdf

*We received the aforementioned product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. The pic & synopsis were supplied by & owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, only.

 

Mill Creek Entertainment Mid-Summer Movie Spectacular Giveaway

There will be two winners, each receiving a DVD & Blu-Ray Set. Each set has a suggested retail price of $74.90 ea.
This giveaway will be valid in the Continental United States only and entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
Start Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 8/20/16

End Time/Date : 12:00 AM (EST) 9/15/16
Prize:

1st Place: SRP – $74.90

1 – Ghost Encounters DVD

1 – Hans Christian Andersen DVD

1 – Rockford Files Season 1 DVD

1 – Rockford Files Season 2 DVD

1 – 13 Ghosts & 13 Frightened Girls (Blu-Ray)

2nd Place Prize Package: SRP – $74.90

1 – Ghost Encounters DVD

1 – Hans Christian Andersen DVD

1 – Rockford Files Season 1 DVD

1 – Rockford Files Season 2 DVD

1 – Homicidal & Mr. Sardonicus (Blu-Ray)

Combined Prize Package Value – $149.80

IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY FORM, CLICK ON THE WORDS ‘A RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY’. A NEW TAB WILL OPEN.
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