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Vikings Season 2 on Blu-ray and DVD October 7

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Fox Home Entertainment  Will Invade Once Again With Second Season of  The Hit Dramatic Series “Vikings”

Vikings DVD

“Vikings” Season Two Returns On Blu-ray™ and DVD October 7  with 10 Unrated Episodes, Extended and Alternate Scenes

SO EXCITED FOR THIS RELEASE! This is on e of my favorite series!!

Vikings

 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are back with another season of the hit dramatic series “Vikings” Season 2. The hit HISTORY drama, created and written by Michael Hirst (“The Tudors,” “Elizabeth”), arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 7.

“Vikings” centers on Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own. Now he is an Earl, allied with King Horrik (Donal Logue). With more power than ever before, his desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms remains unquenchable.

Yet there’s a heavy price to pay for Ragnar’s ascent to greatness. Season two brings crises of faith, of power, of relationships. Brothers rise up against one another. Loyalties shift from friend to foe, and unlikely alliances are formed in the name of supremacy. Ragnar’s indiscretions threaten his marriage to Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), tearing him and his beloved son apart. Plots are hatched, scores are settled, blood is spilled…all under the watchful eyes of the gods.

New to the cast of VIKINGS this season are Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) as Bjorn, the intelligent and bold warrior son of Ragnar Lothbrok, and Linus Roache (Law & Order) as Ecbert, King of Wessex, a man of strength, knowledge and undisguised ambition. They join Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok; Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, a fierce shield maiden and Ragnar’s wife; Clive Standen as Rollo, Ragnar’s impulsive, wild, care-free brother; George Blagden as Athelstan, a young and not-so-innocent Monk; Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, beautiful wife of the late Earl Haraldson; Donal Logue as King Horrik, who desires to make the increasingly famous Earl Ragnar an ally and supporter; Gustaf Skarsgard, a ship builder who designs the new generation of Vikings ships; and Alyssa Sutherland as Princess Aslaug, Ragnar’s new love interest.

Creator and writer Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series “The Tudors”) – serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo, “The Tudors”), Sheila Hockin (“The Tudors,” “The Borgias”), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (“The Tudors,” “The Borgias”), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn (“The Tudors,” “The Borgias”). Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are the Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.

“Vikings” is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY broadcasts domestically in the U.S. MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings “Vikings” to the global audience, serving as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada. “Vikings” is produced in association with Shaw Media, and the series also airs on HISTORY in Canada.

In addition to all 10 fan-favorite episodes, the “Vikings” Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD include bonus features – such as “Imagining and Executing Climactic Battles,” a behind the scenes exploration into every aspect of planning and execution of the key battle sequences. The Blu-ray contains more than 16 hours of exclusive content, 10 unrated episodes with extended and alternate scenes and two episode audio commentaries, in which Michael Hirst and Gustaf Skarsgard dive deeper into the making of the sophomore season.

“Vikings” Season 2 Blu-ray Special Features:

BD Exclusive - 10 Unrated episodes that include extended and alternate scenes

BD Exclusive - The Viking Sagas – An Interactive Archival Exploration of the Viking Sagas. Use the BD remote to select an icon within the Sagas to hear a detailed deconstruction told by Viking historians.

A Warrior Society: Rites of Passage - Viking Historians unravel more fascinating mysteries of the Viking culture delving deeper into their rich history revealing the real world practices of the Viking people. Topics for exploration include: Viking Birthing Rituals, the significance of a young man receiving an armring, and the preparation undertaken before a young man or shieldmaiden’s first battle.

My Family, My Enemy - Creator Michael Hirst details the story arcs of season two and how compelling stories from history influenced the script, with further insights from the cast members and their roles in this season.

Imagining and Executing Climactic Battles – A behind the scenes exploration into every aspect of planning and execution of the key battle sequences, before intricately deconstructing every stage of preparation for the climactic VIKING battles in season 2.

Audio Commentary on “Blood Eagle” featuring Michael Hirst and Gustaf Skarsgard (EXTENDED)

Audio Commentary on “The Lord’s Prayer” featuring Michael Hirst and Gustaf Skarsgard (EXTENDED)

“Vikings” Season 2 DVD Special Features:

My Family, My Enemy

A Warrior Society: Rites of Passage

Imagining and Executing Climactic Battles

 

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Home Food Prep made Easy with Raddish

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With back to school in full swing, there has been a shift in our daily schedules. Since I home educate my daughters and my son attends private school all day long, that part of our lives hasn't changed much. However, with the lazy days of summer gone, one aspect I want to continue is our family dinners. However, the reality of cooking with three children's very busy schedules is quite daunting. I've decided to utilize a themed subscription box from Raddish Kids, a monthly themed box delivered to my door step that brings recipes right into my kitchen.

Raddish Subscrition Box logo

How it works is you can select  your subscription plan that comes complete with every single detail you need to create a nutritionally balanced meal for your family.  This includes three colorful, illustrated and step-by-step Recipe Guides to guide you through the meals. Also included are a Skill Card, two Creative Activities and one Table Talk Card Deck. The Raddish Kids box also includes the shopping list, a skill card for measuring and table talk cards, so you can be rest assured you are always feeding your family with the very best recipes.

Raddish Brain Food Subscription box

I recently tried this out with the Brain Food box where we received three recipes including Smart Start Blueberry Pancakes, Quinoa Pizza Poppers and our favorite the Mighty Omega Teriyaki Bowl. As someone that loves healthy home cooking, I was impressed with their selection of different recipe ideas that were a welcome change from my typical meal planning.

Raddish Subscription Box includes

Since everything was well laid out for me, it was really easy to create these delicious and nutritious meals with my children as they helped me prep and cook. Raddish recipes were a hit with the children AND we were able to try something new while stepping outside of our typical dinner comfort zone. In addition, I was able to incorporate math, science, nutrition, geography, culture and history into three little meals. 

Get Started Today to Create Kitchen Connections at Your House

Getting started is easy. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection, and you can select a subscription plan and subscribe. Gain access to countless tips, tools, and lessons that help children become the best little chefs they can be as they also discover how enjoyable cooking can be!

If you haven’t tried Raddish Kids boxes yet, now is the time!  Every product in each monthly subscription box has been recommended, reviewed and developed by the creator, Samantha Barnes. Busy parents now have a resource to spend quality time with their children engaging in creative culinary activities that will build important foundational skills in nutrition, math, and science.

I love Raddish Kids and know you’ll love them too!

Offering unique and fun recipes, I loved the convenience of having the Raddish box coming right to my door as well as some new and creative options to make dinner fun and healthy for everyone. 

Tiaras & Tantrums was not paid for this post. We were given some samples for review.

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Earth to Echo on Blu-ray and DVD October 21

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Available on Digital HD™ October 7 and Blu-ray and DVD October 21

Earth To Echo


Earth to Echo
This wonderful journey, “full of adventure, bravery, excitement, and friendship…has something for audiences of all ages” (Claudia Puig, USA Today). The “lively and likable” (Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times) tale is told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever.

Blu-ray Special Features

Creating the Truck Scene

Casting the Characters

“We Made That!” The Making of Earth to Echo

Friends No Matter How Far

Six Deleted Scenes

Theatrical Trailer

DVD Special Features

Friends No Matter How Far

Theatrical Trailer

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Kingdom of Heaven on Blu-ray October 7

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RIDLEY SCOTT’S EPIC HISTORICAL ACTION DRAMA GETS THE ULTIMATE EDITION TREATMENT

Kingdom of Heaven

Own ALL Three Versions of the Film in One Collection for the First Time – Arriving On Blu-ray October 7

Kingdom of Heaven: Ultimate Edition
From visionary director Sir Ridley Scott comes a cinematic masterpiece with this 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Edition that includes all three versions of the film — the Director’s Cut, Director’s Cut Roadshow Version and Original Theatrical Version — all presented in high definition, plus over nine hours of in-depth special features, including a full-length documentary that takes you on the path from pre-production to release. On the brink of celebrating its 10th anniversary, a truly legendary cast leads this visually spectacular epic, including Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson and Academy Award®-winner Jeremy Irons*.

Bloom stars as Balian, a young blacksmith who has lost his family and his faith. But when his father (Neeson) reveals his destiny, Balian joins the heroic fight to protect his people from overwhelming forces, and rises to knighthood.

*Best Actor in a Leading Role; Reversal of Fortune (1991)

Kingdom of Heaven: Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Special Features

All Three Versions of the Film

    Theatrical Version

    Extended Director’s Cut Version

    Director’s Cut “Road Show” Version

Introduction by Director Sir Ridley Scott

Pilgrim’s Guide Trivia Track

The Engineer’s Guide Trivia Track

Roadshow Commentary with Orlando Bloom, Ridley Scott and Writer William Monahan

The Path to Redemption

Sound Design Suite

Visual Effects Breakdowns

Press Junket Walkthrough

World Premieres

Special Shoot Gallery

Poster Explorations

A&E Movie Real

History vs. Hollywood

Orlando Bloom “The Adventure of a Lifetime”

Featurettes and More

Own ALL Three Versions of the Film in One Collection for the First Time – Arriving On Blu-ray October 7

 

Kingdom of Heaven: Ultimate Edition
From visionary director Sir Ridley Scott comes a cinematic masterpiece with this 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Edition that includes all three versions of the film — the Director’s Cut, Director’s Cut Roadshow Version and Original Theatrical Version — all presented in high definition, plus over nine hours of in-depth special features, including a full-length documentary that takes you on the path from pre-production to release. On the brink of celebrating its 10th anniversary, a truly legendary cast leads this visually spectacular epic, including Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson and Academy Award®-winner Jeremy Irons*.

 

Bloom stars as Balian, a young blacksmith who has lost his family and his faith. But when his father (Neeson) reveals his destiny, Balian joins the heroic fight to protect his people from overwhelming forces, and rises to knighthood.

 

*Best Actor in a Leading Role; Reversal of Fortune (1991)

 

Kingdom of Heaven: Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Special Features

All Three Versions of the Film

    Theatrical Version

    Extended Director’s Cut Version

    Director’s Cut “Road Show” Version

Introduction by Director Sir Ridley Scott

Pilgrim’s Guide Trivia Track

The Engineer’s Guide Trivia Track

Roadshow Commentary with Orlando Bloom, Ridley Scott and Writer William Monahan

The Path to Redemption

Sound Design Suite

Visual Effects Breakdowns

Press Junket Walkthrough

World Premieres

Special Shoot Gallery

Poster Explorations

A&E Movie Real

History vs. Hollywood

Orlando Bloom “The Adventure of a Lifetime”

Featurettes and More

Own ALL Three Versions of the Film in One Collection for the First Time – Arriving On Blu-ray October 7

 

 

Kingdom of Heaven: Ultimate Edition
From visionary director Sir Ridley Scott comes a cinematic masterpiece with this 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Edition that includes all three versions of the film — the Director’s Cut, Director’s Cut Roadshow Version and Original Theatrical Version — all presented in high definition, plus over nine hours of in-depth special features, including a full-length documentary that takes you on the path from pre-production to release. On the brink of celebrating its 10th anniversary, a truly legendary cast leads this visually spectacular epic, including Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson and Academy Award®-winner Jeremy Irons*.

 

Bloom stars as Balian, a young blacksmith who has lost his family and his faith. But when his father (Neeson) reveals his destiny, Balian joins the heroic fight to protect his people from overwhelming forces, and rises to knighthood.

 

*Best Actor in a Leading Role; Reversal of Fortune (1991)

 

Kingdom of Heaven: Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Special Features

All Three Versions of the Film

    Theatrical Version

    Extended Director’s Cut Version

    Director’s Cut “Road Show” Version

Introduction by Director Sir Ridley Scott

Pilgrim’s Guide Trivia Track

The Engineer’s Guide Trivia Track

Roadshow Commentary with Orlando Bloom, Ridley Scott and Writer William Monahan

The Path to Redemption

Sound Design Suite

Visual Effects Breakdowns

Press Junket Walkthrough

World Premieres

Special Shoot Gallery

Poster Explorations

A&E Movie Real

History vs. Hollywood

Orlando Bloom “The Adventure of a Lifetime”

Featurettes and More

 

Own ALL Three Versions of the Film in One Collection for the First Time – Arriving On Blu-ray October 7

 

Kingdom of Heaven: Ultimate Edition
From visionary director Sir Ridley Scott comes a cinematic masterpiece with this 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Edition that includes all three versions of the film — the Director’s Cut, Director’s Cut Roadshow Version and Original Theatrical Version — all presented in high definition, plus over nine hours of in-depth special features, including a full-length documentary that takes you on the path from pre-production to release. On the brink of celebrating its 10th anniversary, a truly legendary cast leads this visually spectacular epic, including Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson and Academy Award®-winner Jeremy Irons*.

 

Bloom stars as Balian, a young blacksmith who has lost his family and his faith. But when his father (Neeson) reveals his destiny, Balian joins the heroic fight to protect his people from overwhelming forces, and rises to knighthood.

 

*Best Actor in a Leading Role; Reversal of Fortune (1991)

 

Kingdom of Heaven: Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Special Features

All Three Versions of the Film

    Theatrical Version

    Extended Director’s Cut Version

    Director’s Cut “Road Show” Version

Introduction by Director Sir Ridley Scott

Pilgrim’s Guide Trivia Track

The Engineer’s Guide Trivia Track

Roadshow Commentary with Orlando Bloom, Ridley Scott and Writer William Monahan

The Path to Redemption

Sound Design Suite

Visual Effects Breakdowns

Press Junket Walkthrough

World Premieres

Special Shoot Gallery

Poster Explorations

A&E Movie Real

History vs. Hollywood

Orlando Bloom “The Adventure of a Lifetime”

Featurettes and More

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Alien on Blu-ray October 7

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IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM

35th Alien

Ridley Scott’s Sci-Fi Masterpiece Celebrates its 35th Anniversary With All-New Blu-ray Edition Arriving October 7 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Includes Reprint of Original ALIEN Comic Book and  Collectible Art Cards in Memory of the Late H.R. Giger

ALIEN 35th Anniversary Edition

I can't wait for  this one . . . Alien is THE MOST FAVORITE movie of mine. I LITERALLY have seen this movie no less than 100 times! I LOVE it! my kids even know, if it is ever on to let me know. I will stop whatever I am doing to watch!!


A word of warning…. This Halloween revisit one of the scariest films of all-time as ALIEN: 35TH Anniversary Edition arrives on Blu-ray October 7 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. This Limited-Edition Set includes both the theatrical version and director’s cut on Blu-ray, along with audio commentaries, deleted scenes and more — PLUS — a reprint of the original Alien illustrated comic and all-new, collectible art cards as a tribute to the late H.R. Giger, creator of the iconic movie monster that started it all. 

When the crew of the space-tug Nostromo responds to a distress signal from a barren planet, they discover a mysterious life form that breeds within human hosts. The acid-blooded extraterrestrial proves to be the ultimate adversary as crew members battle to stay alive and prevent the deadly creature from reaching Earth. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver in her breakout performance as Ripley, this legendary first film in the ALIEN saga will leave you breathless!

Throughout 2014, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products is honoring the milestone 35th anniversary with a yearlong celebration marking the beginnings of the Alien legacy by releasing commemorative and fan-favorite products. Best in Class licensees including Dark Horse Comics, SEGA, NECA, Titan Publishing, Sideshow Collectibles, Diamond Select toys, Super7 x Funko and other partners will roll out exclusive branded publishing, toys and collectible merchandise worldwide to celebrate the ALIEN franchise.  The highly-anticipated first person survival horror game Alien: Isolation will be available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC also on October 7. In addition to Alien: Isolation, hardcore fans can finally add Lieutenant Ellen Ripley to their ALIEN collections as we welcome her NECA figures into the family of officially-licensed merchandise. Many other exciting first-time and limited edition products will also release to celebrate this exciting milestone this year.

Fans can also help celebrate the 35th anniversary of ALIEN by joining the fight . Simply login to Facebook to create your profile, choose your team and complete the missions, sharing your triumphs with friends. The more badges you earn the bigger chance you have taking home some great ALIEN prizes including H.R. Giger’s Alien Diaries, a copy of the all-new ALIEN: ISOLATION video game from Sega and more!

ALIEN: 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Special Features

Includes the 1979 Theatrical Version and 2003 Director’s Cut! 

Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Cast and Crew 

Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (Theatrical Version Only) 

Introduction by Ridley Scott (Director’s Cut Only) 

Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith 

Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith 

Deleted and Extended Scenes 

Digital HD 

Alien Illustrated Comic 

Collectible Art Cards

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