Top DVD picks for Christmas 2016
We always buy the Beans one DVD each for Christmas. We still try to do our #familyfilmnight as often as we can although this isn’t every weekend like it used to be, we always seem to have such a busy schedule.
For the Family
This is a film I remember from my own childhood and have watched with the children many times over. Now the film has been re-told into a tale which warms the heart. For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales… until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
Swallows and Amazons
Kelly Macdonald and Rafe Spall star in this family adventure adapted from Arthur Ransome’s classic novel set in the 1920s. While on holiday in the Lake District with their mother Mrs. Walker (Macdonald) four siblings – John (Dane Hughes), Susan (Orla Hill), Tatty (Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen) and Roger (Bobby McCulloch) – set sail on a boat named Swallow and discover an island. As they begin to explore they realise the island has already been claimed by sisters Nancy (Seren Hawkes) and Peggy Blackett (Hannah Jayne Thorp), who have their own vessel called the Amazon. Meanwhile, the sisters’ mysterious uncle Jim Turner (Spall), who lives in a houseboat and is thought of as a pirate by the Walker children, has become the target of secret agent Lazlow (Andrew Scott). When Jim is taken captive the Walkers and the Blacketts put aside their rivalry and band together on a mission to discover what happened to him. The cast also features Jessica Hynes, Richard Bremmer and Harry Enfield.
From the Academy Award–winning creators of Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo (Best Animated Feature, 2003) comes an epic undersea adventure filled with imagination, humour and heart. When Dory, the forgetful blue tang, suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin and Nemo take off on a life-changing quest to find them with help from Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Bailey, a beluga whale who’s convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Bring home the movie overflowing with unforgettable character and dazzling animation.
The Secret Life of Pets
From the creators of the blockbuster Despicable Me franchise comes the animated feature-film that finally answers the question: what do your pets do when you’re not home? When their owners leave for the day, pets from the building gossip with their friends, satisfy their sweet tooth, and throw outrageous parties. But when a pampered terrier and his unruly new “roommate” from the pound get lost in the urban jungle of New York City, they must put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.
Shopkins Chef Club
Includes exclusive Kooky Cookie Toy – – – Life’s never ordinary in Shopville but today things are about to get a little extra-ordinary with the arrival of the Chef Club hosted by new Shoppie-on-the-block Peppa Mint and her Shopkin friends. To be accepted in the Shoppies will have to sing, dance, boil and blanch their way to victory. But it’s not just the pots that simmer! When Bubbleisha feels she’s not getting the attention she’s owed, things turn from sweet to sour faster that a milkshake in the sun! Can the Shoppies band together to avert this recipe for disaster?
The Jungle Book
The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart.
The Angry Birds Movie
Clay Kaytis directs this animated children’s feature based on the popular mobile app game. Angry birds Red (voice of Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride) live on a remote island populated by other flightless birds. Used to being shunned by their fellow birds, outsiders Red, Chuck and Bomb have learned to take care of themselves. When King Pig Leonard (Bill Hader) and his crew arrive onto the island shrouded in mystery and secrets, it is clear something is being planned and the three outcasts decide to try to figure out what’s going on.
Zootropolis is a city like no other. But when optimistic Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being a bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking fox, Nick Wilde. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootropolis,” is a comedy-adventure directed by Tangled’s Byron Howard and Wreck-It Ralph’s Rich Moore.
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who, after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows. Jason Bourne, now remembering who he truly is, tries to uncover hidden truths about his past.
I Am Bolt
Usain Bolt is a globally adored icon. He is a man who defines athletics, transcends sport and embodies his homeland, a man whose signature lightning pose has become a symbol of inspiration for generations now and to come. He is a man we know from the track – his focus, his smile, his winning and now I Am Bolt lets us see the real man behind the Triple Treble Olympic Gold Medals for the very first time.
Usain shares unprecedented access to himself, welcoming us into his life as an Olympic & sporting legend, best friend, teammate and son. Experience first-hand & close up what being Usain Bolt is really like – from his gruelling training days with his incredible coach and sprint team, to competing on the global stage, much of which was shot by Usain himself. See how he overcomes major setbacks and challenges along the way and discover how he spends his downtime and relaxes with his true inner circle, friends and family, allowing the directors unprecedented access into all facets of his life, both on and off the track. Hear from those closest to him – his parents, his agent, his coach, his fellow athletes and of course from the legend himself. This is the real Usain – as you have never seen before. Raw, revealing, joyful and inspiring.
Prepare to smile and be surprised.
Me Before You
Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge. Taking a job at the local “castle”, she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up. That is until Lou determines to show him that life is worth living. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for, and find their lives – and hearts – changing in ways neither one could have imagined.
Cold Feet – Series 6
Thirteen years after this BAFTA award-winning series earned a place in television history, we return for more heartfelt, truthful, comedy drama amidst the lives of our favourite couples.
Older, but not necessarily wiser, the gang are reunited when Adam (James Nesbitt) returns to Manchester from working abroad to make an announcement but not everyone is as thrilled as he is.
Pete (John Thomson) and Jenny (Fay Ripley) are struggling with their mortgage, victims of the economic downturn, David’s (Robert Bathurst) marriage to his divorce lawyer, Robyn, has run its course and Karen (Hermione Norris) who initially appears to be the only one sorted, isn’t far from her kids flying from the nest and hitting a glass ceiling at work. So what’s next?
Follow the highs and lows of these much loved characters as they, like us, continue to find their way in life.