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article imageChatting with the cast of 'Glee' as Season 2, Volume 1 hits DVD Special

By Earl Dittman     Jan 26, 2011 in Entertainment
Gleeks are getting an early DVD treat with the release of the first 10 epsiodes of 'Glee': Season 2. Plus, share a few laughs with 'Glee' castmates Jenna, Kevin, Lea, Matthew, Mark, Jane and Amber. Also: MI-5, The Color Purple, Matlock and The Traveler.
Even before catching a single episode or scene of the series, most television viewers have usually already formed an opinion about co-creator/co-producer Ryan Murphy's mega-successful prime-time hit Glee. And, generally, they are way off base. I know I was completely wrong about how clever and inventive a series like Glee really is. First off, when people (mostly the 18-to-25-year-old males that represent big dollar signs to TV advertisers) hear that Glee is filled with singing and dancing, they automatically dismiss it as a boring musical for their girlfriends, grandparents or for those kids who were in the high scholl drama club. Wake up buddies, Glee isn't a cookie-cutter version of West Side Story or Oklahoma (although they are both great musicals in their own right) that your parents used to drag you to when you were young. Early on in its run, I resisted the Glee-mania that was taking over pop culture -- I figured it was just a phase and won't last a single season. Boy, how glad I am that I was wrong.
The cast of Glee
The cast of Glee
Fox
One evening, by accident, I channel surfed across an early episode of Glee and within minutes, I was a total Gleek. Smart, stylish, hypnotic and very, very cool, you can't get through an episode of Glee without at least tapping your toes, singing along to one or all of the songs or watching the end credits with a smile plastered across your face. I kid you not, you'll fall for Glee like you would an underdog sports movie – the kind that has you on the edge of your seat waiting for the team to score that winning touchdown or impossible home run – instead, you will watch Glee with you're fingers crossed and stomping your feet in hopes that the members of the glee club have sung and strutted their stuff well enough to make it to the Regionals and, ultimately, the Nationals, with a song by Journey or Queen. Before you know it, you are Gleek'd.
Gwyneth Palthrow guest stars on an episode of Glee
Gwyneth Palthrow guest stars on an episode of Glee
Fox
Sure, Glee is filled with a whole of singing and dancing, but the super-talented actor/performers of Murphy's show are belting out tunes by Britney Spears or Madonna. While West Side Story might have painted a believable portrait of post-War America, Glee could best be described as a musical comedy for the suburban, Facebook, American Idol generation. When New Directions (the glee club's name) aren't rapping or jamming to “Bust A Move” or singing classic songs written by Burt Bacharach, each of them are living high school lives filled with drama, crushes, dealing with homophobic bullies, coming to terms with their sexual preferences and the girls are going after the same guys. Glee is a well-written series – with it's finger deep on the pulse of pop culture. When the writers hand over any of their award-winning scripts to Glee's cast of phenomenal actors (from Jane Lynch as the villainous cheer leading coach to Matthew Morrison as the friendly, yet determined glee club teacher) or its ultra-talented group of singers/dancers, you have a series you can't get enough of. Come on, give it try. If nothing else, trying catching one of the new episodes.
Carol Burnett sings a duet with Glee star Jane Lynch
Carol Burnett sings a duet with Glee star Jane Lynch
Fox
Okay, enough about this convert drinking the Glee Kool-Aid, why are we here? Well, we are only in the middle of Glee: Season 2 at McKinley High School, where we've already experienced the club's exhilarating, outrageous homage to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. However, instead of waiting an entire year to relive the first half of Season 2, the series' studio (Fox) has decided to reward longtime Gleeks and new Glee-maniacs with the first ten episodes of Season 2 on a special Volume 1 DVD, complete with collectible bonus features and a whole bunch of singing, dancing, drama and laughs.
Early last year, after shooting an exhaustive episode, a select group of the entertainment press corp were invited to visit the Glee set in Los Angeles to tour the sound stages where the Glee magic happens and to spend some light time chatting with Co-Creator/Co-EP Ryan Murphy and Glee cast members Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Mark Salling, Jane Lynch and Amber Riley about the trials, tribulations and good times at McKinley High School.
The cast members perform on stage in Glee
The cast members perform on stage in Glee
Fox
When the blockbuster ratings for the premiere episode of Season 2 hit the trade papers at the beginning of this season, it was clear by the fantastic numbers that anyone can be a Glee fan – tweeners to parents to senior citizens. There's not one single age group that defines how enthusiastic, excited and loyal that viewers of Glee really are. Does that surprise any of you?
JENNA USHKOWITZ: “Not at all. Our fans have been so dedicated and so attached from the beginning, and it’s such a diverse following. I feel like they've almost become obsessed in a positive and a good way, but they really are just hardcore fans and we appreciate it to no end.”
KEVIN MCHALE: “I even think the cooler thing is that it’s not just little teen kids and girls, but it’s everybody. You don't realize it until they are all together, thanking you for the show."”
LEA MICHELE: “When we went on our fan tour last year, we went all out into the U.S. And we had, in some of the smaller cities, hundreds and hundreds of people who where lined up to meet us. Then, we had 2000 in Australia in one location or something like that. And they ranged from – we had someone bring a baby, which I’m sure you've heard – to adults, to grandparents, to parents’ teenagers and college students. So, that really showed us our range of fans.”
KEVIN: “A lot of older people have come up to me and said, 'I’m sure I’m your oldest fan,' I'm like, 'No, not at all, you're a youngster.” (laughs).
Do any of you in the cast feel like you're the ambassadors to songs like “Don't Rain On My Parade” to people your own age or even younger fans? I'm talking about the fact that young people who may not be familiar with the standards and classics, are now, suddenly, playing them on iTunes. What’s that like?
LEA: “Well, I mean 'Don’t Rain On My Parade' was on the Top Ten on iTunes. When did Barbra (Sreisand) do that song? In the movie?”
RYAN MURPHY: “The movie was ’68 / ’69.”
LEA: “You know, and that’s awesome. I think it’s really great to do a different range of songs and bring a new sense to them, or honor the originals. I think it’s great. We love doing all different kinds of stuff.”
MATTHEW MORRISON: “Also, for people in the older generation that watch the show, introducing them to songs that they have never heard before, like rap songs and stuff like that, has been kind of cool, too. It works the other way around as well.”
RYAN: “Yeah. My brother had never heard 'Gold Digger' until Matt Morrison.” (laughs)
CORY MONTEITH: “I was talking to somebody the other day, and they said that their mom’s favorite song was 'Bust a Move' because she heard it on our show. The fact that we are breaking down all these barriers with songs and our performances is so cool.”
Britney Spears and Heather Morris in Glee
Britney Spears and Heather Morris in Glee
Fox
Ryan, as the mastermind of Glee, how often are you being approached by actors and singers wanting to be on the show, like Gwyneth Paltrow and Britney Spears, for example? What are the benefits and the risks of stunt casting a show like Glee?
RYAN: “Well, I think with stunt casting you have to be very careful. I think it has to be very organic. I think you have to watch out that it doesn’t become The Love Boat, which you know, I’ve always been very conscious about. I think if we do it, we’ll do it once, two, three times a season, but we won’t do it every episode. And I do get a lot of calls from a lot of different people, and we talk about it. With someone like, let''s say a Jennifer Lopez, I would love to do it, and at one time, she would lhave loved to do it, but it would have to be the right part. I mean, you just can’t have Jenifer Lopez walk into Lima, Ohio High School, it makes no sense. So, what we did with Olivia Newton-John is a good example of that, to move Jane’s (Lynch) character along that I think is very sort of fun, and Jane and I have a very personal connection to Olivia in that we were both obsessed with her as children. (laughs) And I told her that she taught me how to sing. My mother, when I was six years old, bought one of her albums, and I would play it over and over, so that was a very personal stunt casting to me. Also, I think something like 'The Power of Madonna' episode was more of a tribute. The show is very much about pop culture, but I think it has to be right, I think it has to fit the storytelling. I mean, you won’t see a lot of it, and when you do see it, I hope that it’s a it feels organic because that’s our plan, but you know, I get great calls from, I mean, when we were at The Golden Globes last year (January 2010), it was just an array of huge people that we were jaw-dropping, who came over and told us that they loved it or their kids loved it. I was kind of freaked out that Julianne Moore was a fan. I mean, I wouldn’t expect that.”
Jane, you play the woman everybody loves to hate. I’m wondering what the reaction is when people see you in public?
JANE LYNCH: “It’s always very nice, no one has ever been mean to me. That would be mean. I think it’s liberating for people to see someone so mean. Because she is so extremely mean that she’s almost – it’s as if she had a mustache she’d be twirling it. People love that. It’s like what we wish we could do in moments in our life but social propriety says we shouldn’t and Sue does not have that filter and people get a big kick out of that.”
Carol Burnett and Jane Lynch in a number from Glee
Carol Burnett and Jane Lynch in a number from Glee
Fox
The scene with her mentally challenged sister made a lot of people teary and made viewers realize Sue does have a heart.
JANE: “Me too. (laughs) When I was first reading the episode and I saw that I was being really hard on this Downs Syndrome girl, Becky. I thought, 'Oh my God,' I kind of had feelings like Will had, like 'What is she going to do to this kid?' Then got to the scene at the end it was a great pay off. And also, Sue was not mean to her, she was treating her as if she was one of the other kids because she knows that’s they way Becky wanted to be treated. I just thought it was brilliant. I thought it was a great revealing moment. And I think we had to do it in order to redeem Sue so much. And Ryan said you just bought yourself seven or eight more episodes of heinous behavior.”
For the trained actors in the series, do you prefer doing songs that have musical stage roots and that are associated with a bunch of different people singing them? I ask because it’s expected that the performer will put their own stamp on those songs. Or do you prefer to tackle something that’s associated with Madonna, for example?
KEVIN: “It’s kind of everything combined. We’re like little kids in a candy store getting to do all of these songs. And I never thought I’d so any musical theatre songs or Matt’s rapping so that’s kind of the cool thing that we get to do everything. When you open the script and see the list of songs its not only it’s the amount of songs and different types of songs, its how they are used in the scenes that make them so special each time.”
AMBER RILEY: “We’ve just learned not to expect anything when we open that script. We don’t expect anything we just open it and dive into it like we’re reading a new book for the first time. It’s more exciting that way.”
Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch in a scene from Glee
Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch in a scene from Glee
Fox
Matthew, your character of Will has tremendous chemistry with the kids of Glee – especially as their glee club mentor. When the cameras stop rolling are you still a mentor to the group or does someone else take over that role?
MATTHEW: ” I don’t know ask them, am I?”
MARK SALLING: “He is only three years older than me.” (laughs)
JENNA: “He’s a great friend and so talented and we’re just happy to be able to work all together. I think we’re just a team, he’s our fearless leader but we do work all together
LEA: “We call Matt, 'the triple threat.'” (laughs)
CORY: “'Triple threat,' and you know Lea and Matt have been brilliant examples to me in a way of being triple threat performers and myself not having that kind of experience on a show and learning how to sing and dance.”
As the seasons go on, will the main cast graduate and leave Glee? Will there be underclassmen that come up?
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RYAN: “The thing about the show that’s important is we do try to be real, but it is also a fantasy of high school. I don’t know…we’re still trying to get through year two. I think it’s important though that every year you have new voices and new kids come in. That’s definitely something that we’re doing.”
Glee: Season 2, Volume 1 Bonus Features: “Bonus song from The Rocky Horror Glee Show recorded exclusively for the DVD”; “Glee” Music Jukebox; “Getting Waxed with Jane Lynch” – Sue Sylvester Madame Tussuad's wax figure from modeling to ceremony; “The Wit of Brittany” – Brittany's most “profound” moments from Season 1 and the first half of Season 2 and “Glee at Comic-Con 2010” featurette. (Only On DVD)
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Paramount
The Traveler
One of the most versatile and fearless actors of our generation, Val Kilmer is able to take on any motion picture role, make it one hundred percent believable and completely transform it into his own. While Kilmer has tackled many shocking, gritty and downright gruesome roles in his career, you've never seen him in a relentless and horrifying thriller like The Traveler before. Without revealing too much of the plot of this bloody thriller, Kilmer portrays a mysterious and elusive stranger who comes to town with a past. It's a past that begins to threaten and haunt the lives of the town's six deputies sheriffs. From the very moment the Traveler walks into the small town's police station, he begins to confess to countless multiple murders – many of them that will change the law men's lives forever. The Traveler is a dark, atmospheric and Gothic story that reveals a shocking and unexpected tale of secrets, revenge and cold-blooded murder. You know that you're in for a film filled constant terror just from watching the opening sequence, where the nail-biting and white-knuckle fear consumes you from that first scene, and it lasts to the eye-opening conclusion. Viewers of The Traveler can definitely expect a frightening and gut-wrenching experience, because this celluloid thriller serves up some of the tastiest torture and most salacious suspense seen on film in a very long time. No joke, Val Kilmer will scare the hell out of you – you are guaranteed to expect a scary and blood-soaked experience with The Traveler, and horror fans are sure to get their fair share of tortuous revenge and unexpected bloodshed. (Only On DVD)
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Disney
Secretariat Blu-Ray Combo Pack
For those not even born yet, the Triple crown win of race horse Secretariat in 1973 was legendary, even for non-equine enthusiasts. Based on the actual story, the Randall Wallace-directed Secretariat is now an inspirational family film about one of the most remarkable feats in sports history. As everyone knows by now, behind every legend lies an impossible dream – and Secretariat's three-time win proved that even the most unlikely of dreams could come true. Featuring stunning performances by an all-star cast that includes Diane Lane (Unfaithful), John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich), Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck), James Cromwell (The Queen), Kevin Connolly (John Q), Nelsan Ellis (Warm Springs), Margo Martindale (Dead Man Walking), Fred Thompson (Die Hard 2) and AJ Michalka (The Lovely Bones). Secretariat traces the incredible horse's moving story of his unlikely owner – housewife Penny Chenery, played by Diane Lane, who risked all she had to make him a champion. Brimming with hope, heart and courage, Diane Lane and John Malkovich help to transform this poignant motion picture -- from the producers of Miracle, Invincible and The Rookie – into a pulse-pounding feel-good film for movie-lovers of all ages. Combo Pack Bonus Features: “Choreographing the Races” - Discover How the Filmmakers Used Innovative Technology To Re-Create Breathtaking Races From Days Gone By; “A Director's Inspiration: A Conversation With The Real Penny Chenery” - Randall Wallace Sits Down With Secretariat's Owner As She Shares Astonishing True Stories; Audio Commentary By Director Randall Wallace; “Secretariat Multi-Angle Simulation” - Relieve Secretariat's Triumphant 1973 Preakness Run From Numerous Perspectives; “Heart of A Champion” - An Inside Look At Secretariat, One of the Most Famous Thoroughbred Horses Ever Known; The Music Video for “It's Who You Are” by AJ Michalka and 4 Additional Deleted Scenes.
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Acorn
Man In A Suitcase Set 1
If you dug, stylish, great and gritty spy thrillers, than the 1960s are filled with some of the best television had to offer. Finally making its long overdue North American DVD debut, the Cold War drama, Man In A Suitcase, Set 1 – reminiscent of the legendary series Secret Agent and Danger Man – is a tale packed with international tension, Cold War intrigue and stars Richard Bradford (The Untouchables) as “Mac” McGill, a burned out, yet honest spy who has been disowned by his American bosses and is on the run from every international secret agency imaginable. With a questionable past, McGill has been wrongfully “burned” by his American spooks based in London. Deciding to go rogue as a Private Detective in London, McGill is getting the work, but always finds himself running into his old bosses, ex-British moles, and new ones as well – the Soviets -- and even his old American pals. Much like most wrongly accused secret agents, McGill just wants to clear his name and reputation. Until he can do so, though, he has to take on the most dangerous spies across Europe. Man In A Suitcase features superb guest star performances from Donald Sutherland, James Grout, Anton Rodgers, Nicola Pagett, Peter Vaughan and Judy Geeson. While McGill's past looks murky, his future looks downright dark and uncertain. A must-have 4-disc set for lovers of great secret agent thrillers. (Only on DVD) Bonus Feature: Photo Gallery.
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BBC
MI-5: Volume 8
While the United States has always relied on the CIA and the FBI for its foreign and domestic intelligence gathering and to protect its shores from enemies abroad and from within, the British have had the MI-5 organization to rely on to keep both the terrorist and enemies of the state at bay. Using actual case histories for some of its story-lines, the BAFTA Award-winning series has been a prime-time hit with the English viewing public for eight seasons now and has amassed a major cult following on PBS and other stations like BBC America and BBC Canada. Although MI-5 has gone through several cast changes throughout the past eight seasons, the series now sports its strongest cast line-up to date. Season 8 starts as the fallout from Russia's thwarted attack on London (in Season 7) begins in earnest. However, when Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) is kidnapped by rogue Russian agents, the MI-5 team find themselves in a race against time to rescue him. As they dig deeper into his kidnapping, though, they begin to find a mysterious trail that leads to dealings with Iraq and a earth-shattering conspiracy that involves both the CIA and MI-5 – the disappearance of weapons-grade uranium. Everyone on the team begins to wonder if Harry knows where the uranium really is. To add another layer to the mystery, how is former team member Ruth Evershed (Nicola Walker) – who has returned to the security of MI-5 after fleeing her supposed new life in Cyprus – connected to Harry's disappearance or the conspiracy they continue to learn more about on an hourly basis? MI-5 is pure action and nonstop thrills, and it makes no apologies for its very real depiction of what happens in the world of espionage and the men and women (who must erase their real past for a new identity) who put their lives on the line to protect the citizens of the British Isles. It's raw, gritty and often bloody, but it's damn good television. You won't find another show like it on American or Canadian television. Close, but no cigar. (Only On DVD) Bonus Features: Audio Commentary and the Behind-The-Scenes featurettes: "Acting and Falling" and "The Flat Explosion."
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The Shadow Of The Tower
The BBC's 1972 classic miniseries The Shadow of the Tower has finally made its way onto DVD – in fact, this is the first time North American audiences have seen The Shadow Of The Tower in its entirety. With the exception of clips on the internet or unauthorized versions, The Shadow Of The Tower has never before been seen on American or Canadian television. Decades before the phenomenal series The Tudors or the mesmerizing The Other Boleyn Girl motion picture were conceived, the remarkable The Shadow Of The Tower miniseries features James Maxwell (Doctor Who, Tower of London: The Innocent) as he reprises his role of King Henry VII. Long considered the definitive TV/screen portrayal of the first member of the Tudor Dynasty, the series would act as a prequel to the pair of the BBC's award-winning historical miniseries – The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth R (featuring the stunning Glenda Jackson as the Virgin Queen). A must for all English history enthusiasts – particularly the life of The Tudors – The Shadow of the Tower features all 13 episodes of the critically-acclaimed series, as well as the 50-minute special, Tower of London: The Innocent, which also stars Maxwell as the Tudor king. (Only On DVD). Bonus Features: A 24-page production notes booklet and the "Hooray Henry!" featurette – charismatic historian Dai Smith examines the historical record of the 1485 transition from Richard III to Henry VII.
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Acorn
Wish Me Luck Series 2
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Magnolia
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
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Matlock: The Sixth Season
After years of becoming a cultural icon as the star of The Andy Griffith Show during the burgeoning days of television, Griffith would once again dominate the airwaves several decades later after having portrayed the wise, all-knowing sheriff of Mayberry, RFD. This time around, the cop garb was hung up in lieu of the rumpled seersucker suit of defense attorney Ben Matlock. Now set in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Ben Matlock is no aging, forgetful and bumbling lawyer, instead he expertly defends his clients in court, using his down-home smarts to investigate the murder scene, finding clues that others miss and usually clinching a last-minute "Not Guilty" verdict when it appears his client is probably heading for the slammer. Don't let that good-ole-boy demeanor fool you, because Ben Matlock possess a brilliant legal mind. A hit series with mature television viewers, Ben became the target of a serial strangler during its Sixth Season. It's a turn of events that caused Matlock to consider giving up his practice for good. Joined by his beautiful partner Michelle Thomas (Nancy Stafford), investigator Conrad McMasters (Clarence Gilyard, Jr.), and Assistant D.A. Julie March (Julie Sommers), Ben Matlock always seemed to come through and save the day – right in the nick of time – with his good old country know-how. Matlock is perfect for DVD collectors with Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis Murder already in their collections. (Only On DVD)
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Acorn
What's The Matter With Kansas?
Inspired by Thomas Frank’s New York Times bestselling book, there's a lot going wrong with Kansas and the rest of America, too. The feature length documentary What's The Matter With Kansas? is an amazing and often shocking look at the rise of the conservative movement in America. A fave of Roger Ebert and a hot ticket on the film festival circuit, What's The Matter With Kansas? shows how the Mid-Western state evolved from a land of free speech and open opinions to Ground Zero of hard-core conservatism. The documentary is filled with interesting, real-life characters whose eye-opening stories reveal our America's political break – literally right down the middle of the nation. Long before the Tea Party movement was given a moniker, Thomas Frank’s controversial book What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America examined the rise of conservatism in his native state of Kansas and revealed many of the contradictions behind the movement. Based on the book, director Joe Winston’s documentary also exposed the rise of conservatism and how the conservative political strategists won over the hearts and minds of so many Americans. What's The Matter With Kansas? shines a light on the American debate over who the conservatives really are, where are they really from, and, most importantly, how long will the conservatives continue to have such a deep influence with the lawmakers who roam the halls of the U.S. government? (Only On DVD) Bonus Features: Audio Commentaries with filmmakers Joe Winston and Laura Cohen, and author Thomas Frank; 4 Extended and 2 Deleted Scenes and Audience Q&A with Filmmakers – At the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.
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Back To You and Me
A film for the hopeless romantic, Back To You and Me heads straight for the heart and doesn't let go until the end credits roll. Starring Rue McClanahan (Golden Girls), Lisa Hartman (Knots Landing) and Dale Midkiff (Love Comes Softly), Back To You and Me is a get-your-tissues-handy drama about the character of Sydney Ludwick (Hartman), a woman who hasn't been back to visit her rural hometown of Bloomfield in several years. Surprisingly, not only has it been ages since Syd headed home (not even for holidays), but it is just as long since Syd has said a word to her estranged mother (McClanahan), a widow who is haunted by a mysterious, troubling and emotionally devastating family secret. Although she was reluctant to come back to Bloomfield for just a weekend, there's something about her high school reunion that has Syd interested in confronting many of the people and events that had an effect on her life. She also has the chance to meet her old flame (Midkiff) – who secretly holds a place in her heart. After spending just a few days in Bloomington, Syd is able to confront and come to terms with many of the mysteries that had held her an emotional prisoner for so many years. After meeting her old beau and wiping the proverbial emotional slate clean, Syd realizes the future can be everything she hoped for. (Only On DVD)
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Fox
Like Dandelion Dust
A fictional, New York Times bestseller by inspirational author Karen Kingsbury, Like Dandelion Dust has been adapted for the screen in a film starring Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan) and Cole Hauser (2 Fast 2 Furious). Focusing on the struggles that go along with parenthood, Like Dandelion Dust is the poignant story about the intertwining lives of two families. In the film, young Joey has lived a dreamy, wonderful life with the rich, upscale Campbell family -- until the moment the Campbells answer a heartbreaking phone call informing them that Joey’s birth parents have decided that they want him back. Their only recourse is going to court to settle the matter. But the Campbell's realize that the judge could decide against them, tearing Joey away from the only family and home he's ever known. As the fight over Joey commences, each person is emotionally tested as the Campbells fight to keep the child they love, and as the other family, the blue-collar Porters, wait to discover if they can begin a new life with Joey. As the two families intersect, intertwine and collide, all for the love of a little boy, the issues of parenthood and class warfare are raised as Joey's future hangs in the balance. As their time in court becomes more grueling – issues such as alcohol and domestic abuse are exposed – so one of the members of the two families decides they must make the most heartbreaking and bravest decision of their entire life – demonstrating that often the greatest love you can give to another is letting go. An inspirational, family motion picture that has already taken home several awards from over thirty national and international film festivals, USA Today has called Like Dandelion Dust “The next Blind Side,” and audiences have fallen for the film's uncompromising message of unconditional love. (Only On DVD) Bonus Features: The interviews: “Like Dandelion Dust Comes To Life” - Interviews with author Karen Kingsbury and producers, “Karen Kingsbury: Adoption Story” - Interview with Karen Kingsbury about the adoption of her three sons, “Kevin Downes: Adoption Story” - Interview with producer Kevin Downes about the adoption of his son and Deleted and Extended Scenes.
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Warner Bros
The Color Purple
Director Steven Spielberg's impressive, landmark big screen adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple is receiving an impressive and lavish treatment in this special and collectible Blu-ray package. A richly-textured, powerful film set in America's rural south, The Color Purple features Whoopi Goldberg in her triumphant screen debut as the radiant, indomitable Celie, the story's central character. Whoopi's incredible performance is complimented by a series of flawless performances by a talented cast of actors that includes Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong and Akosua Busia. The Color Purple won the National Board of Review's Best Picture Award, garnered 11 Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture) and earned Spielberg Best Director honors from the Director's Guild of America. The Color Purple remains an exquisitely crafted, triumphant motion picture that will be treasured and discussed for years to come. Bonus Features: A collectible 40-page Blu-ray book – with rare images, cast biographies, production notes and more; Featurettes: “Conversations with the Ancestors:From Book To Screen,” “A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and Acting The Color Purple,” “The Color Purple: The Musical” and “Cultivating A Classic: The Making Of The Color Purple” and “Behind The Scenes and Cast – Focused Featurette Galleries. To view clips from this sensational film, you can visit its Official Site at www.warnerblu.com
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