PBS New Releases: Martha Speaks, Super Why, and Caillou

The beloved Caillou is back in four new-to-DVD episodes featuring 14 fun-filled outdoor adventures. Delightfully imaginative and intrepid, Caillou is ready to teach kids about nature, patience, creativity and outdoor activities. The DVD also includes interactive games, music videos, parents’ information and coloring pages – a perfect break from fun in the sun. Runtime: Approximately 100 minutes, SRP:$14.99 U.S.

Watch a clip of the episode Fish.

The endearing beloved family dog, Martha, has a lot to say in her new release Martha Goes to School. Join Martha and her family as they discover hundreds of new words to teach children. Based on the successful children’s book series by Susan Meddaugh, and now airing on PBS KIDS, the DVD features eight new-to-DVD episodes, printable coloring pages, resources for parents and descriptive video service for the visually impaired.
Runtime: Approximately 110 minutes, SRP: $14.99 U.S.

Check out this clip of Bob.

Super Why and his super friends go to new and exciting places in this new release. Join the super friends as they practice spelling, use the power to read and investigate rhyming words in order to change the outcome of the story and save the day. The DVD includes four exciting and educational adventures, music videos, resources for parents, printable activities and coloring pages. The “Super Why!” television series has received the 2008-2009 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and was nominated for an Emmy® for Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series.Runtime: Approximately 100 minutes
SRP: $14.99 U.S.

Check out a clip of Lickety Letters.

Our take: My 3 kids have all grown up on PBS television. Caillou has been around since my older children were little and they still enjoy watching the episodes with my 4 year old. We recently planted a vegetable garden so in the episode with the Scarecrow, our kids were asking if we needed one near our corn!  The waterpark episode was a hit, and the fact that Caillou had friends with special needs really made for great discussion on how to treat all people with kindness and respect!  Martha Speaks is new to all of the kids and is a really creative twist on teaching kids vocabulary and context!  Super Why is also a new series to us, but is fabulous four our preschooler in learning keys to reading!  The kids got a kick out of The Cookbook as they are all interested in helping in the kitchen with meals, measurement, etc…and the rhyming chef just set all 3 kids into rhyming mode the rest of the day following the show!  Now the 4 year old is asking, “does (word 1) and (word 2) rhyme?”  I love it!  Great DVDs, pick them up now and store them away for Christmas!

We were sent the dvds for purpose of review.  The opinions are our tried-and-true experience and were not influenced by any source.

Lifetime Movies on DVD 6/29

I know if I call my mom on a weekend afternoon, she’ll ask me to call back because she’s watching a movie!  I know right away that Lifetime is on and she amid a great drama.  With 3 kids at home, I rarely can watch a movie during waking hours, so I long to sit and enjoy a good “movie for women!”.  Lifetime Networks is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming content that celebrates, entertains and supports women.

If you are a fan of Lifetime, you’ll be happy to hear they are releasing a handful of summer movies on June 29th to DVD.  If you click on the titles for each movie, you can pre-order them at Amazon.com.

The Mermaid Chair
After receiving a disturbing phone call, Jessie(Kim Basinger) returned to her childhood home to deal with her mentally unstable mother. This struggle with temptation, combined with the unearthing of her own history, leads Jessie to undergo a spiritual, artistic and erotic awakening- all which help her to discover her true self.

Plain Truth
A newborn is found dead in a peaceful Amish farming community. Was it a tragic accident, or murder? Ellie Harrison (Mariska Hargitay), a high profile criminal lawyer heads to rural Pennsylvania, where she defends the Amish teenager accused of killing her own baby.

The Dive From Clausen’s Pier
Just as Carrie (Michelle Trachenberg) comes to the realization that she’s no longer in love with Mike, her fiance, a tragic driving accident leaves him paralyzed. Confused, Carrie makes the rash decision to escape her small town life and head to New York City to rendezvous with a mysterious older man she just met.

The Other Woman
A successful news producer with a bright future, Jill Plumley (Josie Bissett) decides to forsake her career in favor of her new role-the devoted wife of her lawyer husband, David. A sexy young student named Nicole boldly tells Jill that she’s going to steal her husband-a courageous yet ironic assertion, considering that four years prior, Jill stole David away from his first wife.

What if God Were the Sun
After learning that her father died in a neighboring hospital room while she, unknowing, tended to another patient Jamie (Lacey Chabert) is inconsolable. Her grief overshadows her work, her relationship with her husband-to-be, and everything she used to love-until a terminally ill patient with incredible vitality and unswerving faith helps her cope with her sorrow, and leads her to change her life, her beliefs, in ways she never could imagine.

 For $14.95, each title is great to have and share with your circle of friends for those summer days when you can relax and enjoy a movie!  Head over to MyLifetime.com and check out all the great activities, sweepstakes, and shopping you can do!

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Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

Disney celebrates a modern-day classic from the directors of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin. Discover what really happened after the princess kissed the frog in a twist on the world’s most famous kiss. Enter Princess Tiana’s world of talking frogs, singing alligators and lovesick fireflies as she embarks on an incredible journey through the bayous of Louisiana. Spurred on by courage and a dream, these new friends come to realize what’s truly important in live, love, family and friendship!

The 3-Disc Combo Pack comes with a Blu-ray copy of the film in enhanced high definition picture and sound. Also included in the Blue-ray are:

-deleted scenes
-The Making of a Princess
-Conjuring a Villain
-return to hand-drawn
-The Disney Legacy
-music video by Ne-Yo and much more!

The DVD features deleted scenes, audio commentary by the filmmakers, the Princess Portraits game, and the music video. Also, a bonus for those who enjoy watching movies, anywhere and anytime: the digital version for your computer or portable device.

Our Take: The movie was precious, we loved the story and the new twist! The music from the south was fun and unique while the location of the movies set in Louisiana made for great conversation about customs and culture. Also, introducing an African American princess to the Disney family was another great topic and my husband and I fielded questions about looking different and how everyone is beautiful regardless of skin color and believing in yourself is a theme everyone should follow. My kids believed the villian rivaled Jafar in Aladdin and were not taken aback by any of the scarier scenes. We have already put the movie on my iPod and have taken it with us on a quick weekend car trip giving us an hour and a half of quiet! Moms, that is worth the price of the movie! ($34.99 at the Disney Store and Amazon.com)

We were sent a copy of the movie to facilitate this review and the giveaway in a previous post. Our opinions are our tried-and-true experience and were not influenced by any source.