Friday, June 21, 2013

Escape From Planet Earth Blu-Ray/DVD Review and Giveaway (US only, no p.o. boxes, ends 6/27/13)

Disclosure: I was given a free blu-ray/dvd set in order to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own and my son's!

Escape From Planet Earth, starring Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner, Rob Corddry, Brendan Fraser, George Lopez, Craig Robinson, Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch, Steve Zahn, and Ricky Gervais blasted off on June 4, 2013!  It's a family film from Anchor Bay Entertainment and the Weinstein Company, rated PG.

Here's a few things about the characters:

Gary Supernova (Rob Corddry): he's a Mission Control whiz kid at BASA, who's been overshadowed by his younger brother Scorch  (Barb's note here----I kept thinking for some reason or another that Gary was the younger brother, but I was wrong--- I think that Steven had to remind me!).

Scorch Supernova (Brendan Fraser): He's the astronaut brother and a global hero on planet Baab.

General Shanker (William Shatner): He appears to be a loyal military man, but he's a ruthless megalomaniac bent on destroying all intelligent life in the universe.

Kira Supernova (Sarah Jessica Parker): Gary's wife and mom to Kipper. She was a test pilot for BASA, prior to staying at home.

Kipper "Kip" Supernova ( Jonathan Morgan Heit): Gary and Kira's 9 year old son.

Gabby Babblebrock (Sofia Vergara): anchor for BNN News and girlfriend to Scorch.

Lena (Jessica Alba): Gary's boss.

From the press release: In Escape From Planet Earth, Planet Baab's most celebrated space traveler, Scorch Supernova (voiced by Brendan Fraser), is a global hero whose interplanetary exploits are televised for the enjoyment of his ardent fans. With the help of his brainy brother Gary (Rob Corddry), head BASA Mission Control, Scorch has become a legend, winning the love of beautiful television reporter Gabby Babblebrock (Sofia Vergara) and the devotion of Gary's hero-worshipping son Kip (Jonathan Morgan Heit).

When BASA's no-nonsense chief, Lena (Jessica Alba), intercepts a distress signal from the Dark Planet, a notoriously dangerous world in the far reaches of the universe, Scorch jumps at the chance to attempt the once-in-a-lifetime rescue mission. But Gary tries to discourage his brother from making the trip, knowing that no intergalactic explorer has ever returned from the faraway world (also known as Earth). Scorch realizes too late that he has been lured into a deadly ambush set up by the power-crazed paramilitary leader General Shanker (William Shatner). When the trap snaps shut, imprisoning Scorch and some of the most brilliant minds in the universe, Gary rushes to their aid. What he discovers is a plot of interplanetary proportions that only his brains and Scorch's brawn can stop.
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The film is directed by Cal Brunker from a screenplay by Brunker and Bob Barlen based on a story by Tony Leech and Cory Edwards. the film is produced by Catherine Winder, Luke Carroll, and Brian Inerfeld. Executive producers are Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Radenko Milakovic, Marvin Peart and Tony Leech. The film's upbeat soundtrack includes music from Delta Rae, Owl City and Cody Simpson, as well as original music composed by Aaron Zigman.

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 Steven's and my opinion on the movie: He was glad that we got the chance to review it! Steven liked it when Kipper was sneaky and, and when Kip helped to navigate the spaceship!  I loved it when the guys in the convenience store gave Gary a slushy and he got brain-freeze!  The whole movie was great and it was definitely family-friendly, in a PG sort of way!!  The sound track to the movie's decent, and I really liked it, too!

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