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47 Ronin {Review}

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47 RONIN OUT ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK INCLUDING BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL HD WITH ULTRAVIOLET™ ON APRIL 1, 2014

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 Keanu Reeves  stars in a reimagining of one of Japan’s timeless tales, 47 Ronin, available on Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ Combo Packs, DVD, DIGITAL HD including UltraViolet™ and On Demand on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.­­­

Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its origins in the early 18th century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. Transformed into a thrilling, visually stunning 3D film by director Carl Rinsch, 47 Ronin tells the story of a small group of warriors, or ronin, on a quest to avenge the death of their master. Battling across a savage world of mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches and wondrous terrors, the ronin must seek help from kai (Reeves), an enslaved half-breed they once rejected – in their ultimate fight for redemption.

Keanu Reeves leads an international cast that includes Hiroyuki Sanada (Sunshine, The Last Samurai) as Oishi, the leader of the ronin; Tadanobu Asano (The Wolverine, Thor: The Dark World) as Lord Kira, the treacherous villain who will stop at nothing to destroy his enemies; Academy Award®-nominated actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) as the Witch, a siren who executes Kira’s deadly plans; and Ko Shibasaki (The Lady Shogun and Her Men, One Missed Call) as Mika, the forbidden love of Kai’s life.

My Thoughts: 47 Ronin is a mythical tale about a group of outcast samurai soldiers. Keanu Reeves and my personal favorite, Hiroyuki Sanada plays the role of a fallen samurai soldier who is finally released from capture to avenge his leaders death. 47 Ronin takes the Japanese story and puts a western spin on it utilizing Reeves character as a half breed who had been raised in the forest by demons, but alter rescued and adopted. The neighboring providence's leader is plotting to take over with his sorceress sidekick. Some of the best scenes are of this very witch and the amazing CGI effects.  These 47 samurai soldiers and Reeves character fight their way across the forest and fight eery sort of terror you could imagine.  Japanese culture and fantasy play well into 47 Ronin and you will not be disappointed if you are  a huge fan of this culture. My son and I are huge fans of Hiroyuki Sanada, so we actually really loved 47 Ronin! He does not disappoint in this movie!

 

47 Ronin iTunes Digital HD code {Giveaway}

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47 RONIN

BUSHIDO: THE RULES OF THE SAMURAI

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Keanu Reeves stars in a reimagining of one of Japan’s timeless tales. Showcasing a phenomenal international cast including Keanu Reeves as Kai, Hiroyuki Sanada as Ôishi, Ko Shibasaki as Mika, and Rinko Kikuchi as Witch, 47 Ronin is based on an epic story with origins in the early 18th and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor.

Ever wondered what life codes you need to live by in order to become a samurai? In honor of 47 Ronin’s release, we’ll explain the seven virtues of Bushido. We hope that after learning them, you’re inspired to take a martial arts class!

1. Rectitude (義 gi) also known as righteousness is an attribute that implies that a person's actions are justified. It also means that a person has been "judged" or "reckoned" as living life in a manner that is pleasing to the god/s portrayed in the following religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism (Dharma), and Zoroastrianism century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master

2. Courage (勇 yū) is the ability, and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. There are two types of courage: physical courage is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.

3. Benevolence (仁 jin) is the practice of charity - the voluntary giving of help to those in need.

4. Respect (禮 rei) is a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity such as a nation, or a religion, and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem.

5. Honesty (誠 makoto) refers to virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, and straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc. Furthermore, honesty means being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere.

6. Honor (名誉 meiyo) is a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual or corporate body such as a family, school, regiment or nation. Honour as a code of behavior defines the duties of an individual within a social group.

7. Loyalty (忠義 chūgi) is faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause.

47 Ronin, available on Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ Combo Packs, DVD, DIGITAL HD including UltraViolet™ and On Demand on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

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April And Throw Back Thursday #StreamTeam News #TBT

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These days, it seems that every Thursday the Instagram feeds are filled with baby pictures, old {old} family photos and bad hair day images. And who doesn't get a good laugh from these. Believe me, I am saving a few to post when my children grow up a bit!

So anyway, this month, Netflix is taking a page from the #TBT trend with a trip down memory lane, compiling a list of their favorite blasts from the past. You too, can have fun introducing your children to your childhood faves, like Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell and Alex Keaton from Family Ties.

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Nutty Recipes Inspired by The Nut Job

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Special nutty recipes inspired by the film!
In celebration of the Home Entertainment release of Universal's hit-animated film The Nut Job, there is a special nutty recipe for you and your family to enjoy.

I want to share the recipe with you. What nut-inspired recipes do you love to make for your families?

Don't forget to pickup your copy of The Nut Job 

Available on Digital HD April 8th and Blu-ray & DVD April 15th