Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BBC Earth Blu-Ray Giveaway!


Thanks to the great people over at BBC Earth, I was given the chance to review and giveaway 3 copies of BBC Earth's latest Blu-Ray videos just in time for Earth Day 2015! Please check out my review of each movie below, and then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win all three of these movies on Blu-Ray 3D. You don't need to have a 3D TV to watch the shows, they will all play on a Blu-Ray player in 2D just fine. To enter, you need to visit my Facebook page and give me a like. For additional entries, you can tweet out a message once a day, visit/like my other blog, thedadcade.com, and visit my wife's crochet shop on facebook. The only mandatory step to enter is to visit my facebook page and life, everything else is optional, but will increase your odds of winning. This contest will go throughout the the rest of April and the winner will be contacted shortly after the contest concludes and entries have been verified. Thanks and good luck!

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Tiny Giants 3D
Suggested Retail Price: Blu-ray $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 53 mins / single disc
Tiny Giants 3D tells the story of two tiny animals as they face hardships in the cruel world that is nature. The two animals you will become familiar with are a forest chipmunk (who needs to find enough food before winter begins) and an Arizona grasshopper mouse (who is about to venture out into the world for the first time away from his mother and siblings). The story does a great job of bouncing back and forth between the two unlikely heroes of the story, and Stephen Fry does an awesome job narrating these little guys' adventures. I watched this video (which was about 45 minutes long or so) during dinner one night with my family and it was an immediate hit. My son went nuts for the little creatures and the special effects displayed on screen. Some moments got a little iffy, like the battle between rival chipmunks (Jack: "Uh-ohhhhhh"), but all in all this was a very family friendly video that I would easily recommend to those with little ones. There is also a heartwarming tale to be found in the mouse's story as the little creature ventures out into the great unknown for the first time. I don't have a 3D television set, so I can't speak to the 3D effects, but I can say that you notice which scenes are supposed to be enjoyed in 3D and it certainly made me wish I had one! The video also includes a really neat "making off" featurette to show you how they brought these two little creature's stories to life in all of it's HD glory. This is a great movie to watch with kids of any age, although some parts may be a little startling for the younger fans. My son is 17 months old and he loved every minute of it though (besides the small fight scene).


Planet Dinosaur 3D
Suggested Retail Price: Blu-ray $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 53 mins / single disc
Planet Dinosaur 3D was the second film we watched together from the trio. While these films are being released together, this documentary takes on a much more serious tone and it's audience is geared at older kids to adults. The reason I bring this up is because there is a lot of dinosaur on dinosaur violence, and by violence I mean... eating. Not the type of stuff you want your 17 month old to have nightmares over. But, with that out of the way, this is a solid dinosaur flick that looks great in HD. You'll be treated to a number of different dinosaurs that lived millions of years ago and experience what life might have been like during these times. From the famous T-Rex to lesser known dinos, Planet Dinosaur 3D does an awesome job of telling these tales of survival, all in amazing CGI. Throughout the documentary are facts about the dinosaurs and the discoveries scientists have made over the years to bring these dinosaurs to the forefront of our imaginations. If you have little ones that have shown an interest in dinosaurs, this movie will be a sure hit and comes highly recommended.


Wings 3D
Suggested Retail Price: Blu-ray $29.98 ($37.48 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 53 mins / single disc
Wings 3D really stood out to me when I first received these movies because of who was narrating it. Fans of Dr. Who will recognize the voice as none other than David Tennant, the 10th Doctor. The movie is a stunning documentary shot with some absolutely breathtaking views of birds in their natural habitat. Being able to see snow geese on their migration over the deserts of Arizona, or an American bald eagle soar through the air as it tries to find dinner makes for some amazing cinematography. On multiple occasions my wife and I were blown away by what we were seeing and the sheer craziness of what had to take place in order for them to film some of these scenes in the movie. My son is only 17 months old, so while he didn't like this as much as Tiny Giants (he really liked those chipmunks), he still enjoyed seeing the birds in flight. Very young kids might not be as interested in the free form of this video but older kids/adults will appreciate the majestic views and the overall amazing production value in this video.

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