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Sunday, September 15

Sunday Post: 9/15/19

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @  Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

Good Morning, Everyone!

I've had another bad couple of weeks dealing with allergies, migraines, and depression. My reading has gotten slightly behind but I hoping maybe I can do some catch up this week if my eyes can handle it.

What Am I Currently Reading?

My current read is Beneath the Attic by V.C. Andrews (a.k.a. Andrew Neiderman), which is a new prequel to Flowers in the Attic. I wanted to begin reading it on Friday but due to a migraine I wasn't able to. While I've been a little bit critical of Mr. Niederman's recent releases, part of me is looking forward to this read.

Recent Reviews


Waking Up The Dead
(Audio Reads)

Aladdin (2019)
(Blu-ray Review)

Aladdin (1992)
(Blu-ray Review)

John Wick: Chapter 3
(DVD Review)

Into the Ashes
(Blu-ray Review)

(Blu-ray Review)

New in the Mail

Blu-ray Review: Aladdin (2019)

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Does anyone remember the live-action Aladdin in theatres back in May?

I don't recall seeing one single advertisement for the film but, then again, I hardly pay attention to television spots anymore; though I do recall seeing a very bad trailer for Aladdin on YouTube. Anyway, I guess other people knew about the film being in theatres as it made over $1 billion at the box office, despite the fact it received mixed to negative reviews from critics.

Aladdin (PG; 128 minutes) was released a few days ago on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Multi-Screen Edition, and DVD from Disney Home Entertainment. It's also available on Digital.

Directed by Guy Richie, the film stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, and Billy Magnussen.

Based on the 1992 animated classic of the same name, which was inspired by the folklore Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, the film centers around a street urchin named Aladdin (played by Mena Massoud). After rescuing Princess Jasmine (played by Naomi Scott), who he believes is a handmaiden, Aladdin runs into the Grand vizier of Agrabah, Jafar (played by Marwan Kenzari), who forces him to steal a magic lamp from the Cave of Wonders. The lamp is supposed to contain a jinn who will grant whoever rubs the lamp three wishes. Jafar betrays Aladdin but thanks to a sneaky pet monkey, Abu, Aladdin is able to prevent him from getting his hands on the lamp.

Aladdin rubs the magic lamp and Genie (played by Will Smith) appears, granting him three wishes. He wishes to become a prince so he can impress Jasmine. Genie has a bit of fun attempting to make Aladdin look like a prince and in the process the two become friends.

Unknowingly to Aladdin, Jafar is just around the corner with an evil plan of taking the magic lamp so he can become the new ruler of Agrabah.

Special Features include:
  • ALADDIN’S VIDEO JOURNAL: A NEW FANTASTIC POINT OF VIEW – Watch behind-the-scenes moments captured by Mena Massoud (Aladdin) in this fun, fast-paced look at his personal journey.
  • DELETED SONG: “DESERT MOON” – Experience a moving duet performed by Jasmine and Aladdin, fully shot and edited, with an introduction by Alan Menken. 
  • GUY RITCHIE: A CINEMATIC GENIE – Discover why director Guy Ritchie was the perfect filmmaker to tackle this exhilarating reimagining of a beloved classic.
  • A FRIEND LIKE GENIE – Discover how Will Smith brings talent, experience and his own personal magic to the iconic role of Genie.
    • Falling Petals Into OJ
    • Jafar’s Magic Orrery
    • Anders’ Gift o Wrong Wishes
    • Silly Old Fool
    • Post Yam Jam Debrief
  • BLOOPERS – Laugh along with the cast and crew in this lighthearted collection of outtakes from the set.
    • "Speechless" – Music video performed by Naomi Scott
    • “A Whole New World” – Music video performed by ZAYN and Zhavia Ward
    • “ A Whole New World” (“Un Mundo Ideal”) – Music video performed by ZAYN and Becky G. 

Final Thoughts

Friday, September 13

Book Blogger Hop: September 13th - 19th

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The Friday 56: Beneath the Attic by V.C. Andrews


Grab a book, any book.
Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it).
Post it.
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Emma and Elsie were standing with the Howard twins, all of them starring at me with childish expressions of surprise splattered like milk over their pale faces.

page 56, Beneath the Attic by V.C. Andrews

  My Thoughts

Blu-ray Review: Aladdin: The Signature Collection

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Once upon a time, Disney actually made 2D animations! Their last string of success with traditional animation occurred in 1989 with the Little Mermaid and ended in 1999 with Tarzan. In 1992, Disney released the now animated classic Aladdin, based on the folklore Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, which featured the late comedic genius Robin Williams as the voice of Genie. The film was critical and commercial success, taking in over $500 million at the box office. It spawned two direct-to-video sequels, a television series, and a live-action remake.

Aladdin was released on 4K Ultra Blu-ray, Blu-ray Multi-Screen Edition, Digital, and On Demand this week featuring never-before-seen bonus features, including an alternate ending!

 Set in the fictional city of Agrabah, Aladdin tells the story of a young street urchin, Aladdin, who's recruited by the evil Grand vizier Jafar to steal magic lamp from the hidden Cave of Wonders. Things don't go as planned when Jafar betrays Aladdin. However, thanks to sneaky monkey, Abu, Aladdin releases Genie from the lamp and receives three wishes.

The one thing Aladdin desperately wants is to win the heart of Princess Jasmine. He wishes to be a prince so he can impress Jasmine. Genie is determined to grant Aladdin's wish and befriends him in the process.

Special Features include:
  • (New) Sing Along With The Movie – Sing along to your favorite tunes as you watch the film. With magical on-screen lyrics.
  • (New) Aladdin on Aladdin – Join the speaking voice of Aladdin, Scott Weinger (“Fuller House”), as he reflects on almost 30 years of being Aladdin.
  • (New)“Let’s Not Be Too Hasty”: The Voices of “Aladdin” – Take your seat in the recording booth and watch as the voice actors of “Aladdin” work their microphone magic.
  • (New) Alternate Endings – Enter the realm of “what if” and see just how differently the movie could have ended. 
  • (Old) Revisit over 40 exciting bonus features from previous releases including:
    • The Genie Outtakes
    • “Aladdin”: Creating Broadway Magic
    • Unboxing “Aladdin” 
  • (Digital Exclusive) Drawing Genie – Join prolific animator Eric Goldberg as he draws and reminices about the Genie.  

Final Thoughts

Wednesday, September 11

DVD Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.
Probably by now everyone has heard of the action film series John Wick starring Keanu Reeves. The third film, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (R; 130 mins) was released to theatres back in May and took in over $321 million at the box office. The movie landed on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD yesterday from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. It's also available on Digital.

John Wick (played by Reeves) is a former assassin who comes out of retirement after some thugs murder his dog and steals his car. After John's vengeance was complete, he was dragged out of retirement again due to a blood marker (promise) which leads him to kill a member of the High Table (the shadowy international assassins' guild) at the New York City Continental. Killing anyone on "hollow ground" is a "no no" for the guild, so John is declared "excommunicado"with a $14 million bounty put on his head. And the bounty rises by the hour.

Chapter 3 picks up exactly where Chapter 2 ended, with an injured John trying to escape New York City but with assassins around every corner, he must fight his way out of the country. He heads to Casablanca to seek help from an ex-assassin Sofia (played by Halle Berry) in the attempt to find the Elder, the only person known to be above the High Table.

Meanwhile, the High Table sends an Adjudicator (played by Asia Kate Dillon) to New York City to clean house. She releases Winston (played by Ian McShane) of his duties as manager of the New York Continental Hotel and dethrones the Bowery King (played by Laurence Fishburne). Then she recruits a Japanese assassin, Zero (played by Mark Dacascos) to hunt down and kill John Wick!

DVD Special Features include:
  • Parabellum: Legacy of the High Table
  • Excommunicado
  • Theatrical Trailer #1
  • Theatrical Trailer #2
  • John Wick Hex Game Trailer
  • Behind the Scenes of John Wick Hex

Final Thoughts

Saturday, September 7

Blu-ray Review: Into The Ashes

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.

Now available on Blu-ray from RLJE Films is the revenge drama Into The Ashes (Not Rated; 97 minutes). It's also available on DVD. Written & directed by Aaron Harvey, the film stars Luke Grimes, Robert Taylor, James Badge Dale, Marguerite Moreau and Frank Grillo.

Set in Alabama, the film centers on a gang leader, Sloan (played by Grillo), being released from prison and seeking revenge on Nick Brenner (played by Grimes), a former member of his gang who lead the authorities to his incarnation. Nick has been living a simple life in a small town with his wife Tara (played by Moreau) but he has always feared one day Sloan would come after him. And, unfortunately, that day is finally here!

Sloan tracks down Nick and takes the only love of his life. With his best friend, Sal (played by James Badge Dale), by his side, Nick goes on a revenge quest of his own, which leads to an investigation by the local sheriff (played by Taylor), who happens to be his father-in-law.

Special Features include:
  • Building The Fire: The Making of Into The Ashes 
  • Shooting The South: On Location

Final Thoughts