Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rio DVD Review

My family is slightly addicted to movies. Before my two boys were born, my husband and I loved to go to the theater to catch the latest release. However, as our family has grown, we are more selective on the movies we bring our family to see since it can be an expensive outing. One of the movies my boys chose to see this year in the theater was RIO, so I was very excited when we had the chance to review the DVD recently. Here is a synopsis:

As summer heats up, spread your wings and celebrate with the funniest birds in town! The all-new-comedy-adventure RIO comes to Blu-ray and DVD from A Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. RIO brings together vivid characters and colorful backdrops amidst energizing Latin and contemporary tunes, creating the ultimate family-friendly music and dance experience for audiences of all ages. In addition to more than one one hour of special bonus features and materials, consumers will have access to all-new exclusive levels of the smash vido game hit Angry Birds Rio® that showcase your favorite characters from the film!

Captured as a young bird from the wild, Blu (Jesse Eisenburg, The Social Network) is a domesticated Spix Macaw living thousands of miles away from his homeland, Brazil. When his human owner Linda (Leslie Mann, 17 Again) discovers that he is the last male of his kind, they head south to Rio de Janeiro to meet the only other female. But it's far from love at first sight between the socially-awkward, flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel (Anne Hathaway, The Princess Diaries). Shortly after Blu's arrival, the two rare birds are captured by greedy animal smugglers and find themselves lost in the Brazilian rainforest. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on a hilarious and clumsy adventure where they learn about friendship, love, courage and spreading one's wings to fly.

My thoughts: I love watching movies together as a family-especially when I enjoy the movie just as much as my kids. RIO is fun and entertaining. The colors of the characters and scenes are so vivid and eye-catching, and the music made me want to dance (or at least tap my foot to the beat). As you watch RIO you will explore glimpses of the rainforest, as well as Carnival with its magnificent floats and samba music. You will also recognize many of the voices of the characters such as Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, and Jamie Foxx. My boys loved watching the monkeys, who try to help capture Blu and Jewel for the villainous cockatoo named Nigel. RIO is a great family film to watch with your kids, so be on the lookout for it as it comes to Blu-ray and DVD on August 2nd.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the DVD in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own and are my honest opinion.


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  2. This movie is pure fun. One important factor in grading a family movie is definitely laughter. My kids and I laughed through the whole movie. This movie was like a love letter to Brazil with the beautiful animation, catchy music, and depiction of life in Brazil as well. My daughters were literally dancing in the aisles during this movie! There isn't a big moral lesson that can be found, but it is one of my favorite family movies of the last few years!


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