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Bedtime Stories (Plus Standard DVD + Digital Copy + BD Live) [Blu-ray] by Directed by Adam Shankman
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B001FB55N0
Date: 22 April 2009 List Price $39.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com - Bedtime Stories / Show Official Info /

When I heard that Adam Sandler was starring in Walt Disney Pictures' Bedtime Stories, a family-oriented movie that opened on Christmas Day 2008, I was wondering how he could function without his repertoire of dirty words and sexual humor. The answer was that he most certainly can dazzle the audience with a cleaned up naughty vocabulary, sometimes reminding me of the "Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink, Say No More, Say No More" humor found on Britain's Monty Python's Flying Circus.

I was really anticipating the Blu-ray and DVD versions since you actually get to hear the dialogue instead of the howls of laughter from the audience in the theater. Best of all, you can keep replaying the scenes at home so that you can hear them over the howls of laughter from your own family.

Cast (Cast Overview, First Billed Only):
Adam Sandler ... Skeeter Bronson
Keri Russell ... Jill
Guy Pearce ... Kendall
Russell Brand ... Mickey
Richard Griffiths ... Barry Nottingham
Teresa Palmer ... Violet Nottingham
Lucy Lawless ... Aspen
Courteney Cox ... Wendy
Jonathan Morgan Heit ... Patrick
Laura Ann Kesling ... Bobbi
Jonathan Pryce ... Marty Bronson
Nick Swardson ... Engineer
Kathryn Joosten ... Mrs. Dixon
Allen Covert ... Ferrari Guy
Carmen Electra ... Hot Girl

The Combo Pack of Walt Disney Pictures' Bedtime Stories comes with three discs: Disc 1 is the Blu-Ray version of the film in 1080p, Disc 2 is the DisneyFile Digital Copy (for PC and Mac), and Disc 3 is the DVD version of the film in 480p.

Disc 1:
General Promo for Disney on DVD and Blu-ray
Promo for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray (Scheduled for release on Oct. 6, 2009)
Coming to Theaters: G-Force in Disney 3-D (Scheduled for release on July 24, 2009)
Promo for Monsters, Inc. on Blu-ray (Scheduled for Spring 2009)
General Promo for Disney on Blu-ray
Promo for DisneyMovieRewards.com
Feature Presentation: Bedtime Stories
Bonus Features

  • Until Gravity Do Us Part (3:57) - Very Cool!
  • To All The Little People (5:24) - about Jonathan Morgan Heit and Laura Ann Kesling - very funny
  • It's Bugsy (3:42) - They used 3 different bug-eyed guinea pigs to play Bugsy
  • Laughter Is Contagious: Outtakes (6:48) - Absolutely Hilarious!
  • Cutting Room Floor
    • It's Your Party (0:45) - No Loss!
    • Magic Of Course (1:09) the first part of the deleted was funny, but didn't get used
    • Tell Your Mama I Want A Raise (0:45) - No Loss!
    • French Chef (0:35) - Good Riddance!
    • Leprechaun And Dragon Drumsticks (0:36) - No Loss!
    • Body Builder (0:44) - Good Riddance!
    • Fish, Germs and Violetta (1:00) - I'm undecided on this one
    • Bottom Of The Pool (0:45) - No Loss!
    • Cheesecake Tongue - Extended (1:54) - A BAD Example for the Kids
    • Broadway Musical - Extended (1:25) - Too bad it was cut; Adam Sandler's reaction was hilarious
    • Mrs. Dixon After "Space" (0:50)
    • Gun Battle - Extended (0:43) - too bad it was cut; it reminded me of vintage Three Stooges
Sneak Peeks
Hannah Montana: The Movie Released (April 10th)
Morning Light on DVD and Blu-ray from Roy E. Disney (Coming Soon)
Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure (Coming Soon)
Disney XD
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray (Scheduled for release on Oct. 6, 2009)
G-Force in Disney 3-D (Scheduled for release on July 24, 2009)
Monsters, Inc. on Blu-ray (Scheduled for Spring 2009)
On Blu-ray disc
DisneyMovieRewards.com

Disc 2:
DisneyFile Digital Copy (for PC and Mac)

Disc 3:
The DVD version of the film comes with Disney Fast Play, meaning just sit back and let the disc run through by itself. Or you can use the Main Menu and proceed at your leisure.

This Standard Definition DVD contains all the content of the Blu-ray disc at a resolution you can play on your DVD player, PC, Mac, laptop, portable DVD player, or in-vehicle DVD player.

There is one additional Bonus Features:
Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray Is Suite!

In addition there are two additional Sneak Peeks:

    Princess Protection Program
    Hatching Pete/Dadnapped (Double Feature)

My Opinion:
I really enjoyed the Combo Pack of Bedtime Stories for the movie and the Easter basket full of goodies. I particularly loved the little tributes to The Lion King, Toy Story, Flash Gordon, Star Wars, and Spaceballs.

It was quite strange seeing Richard Griffiths as the germophobic Barry Nottingham, especially when he really reminded me visually of Sir Richard Attenborough as John Hammond in Jurassic Park. How unlike his character of mean Uncle Vernon Dursley, Harry Potter's uncle by marriage in the Harry Potter movies. An interesting coincidence given that his next acting roles was reprising this role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Fans of Lucy Lawless may have difficulty recognizing her in the movie, the sign of a good actor.

Furthermore, the Combo Pack offers the best deal for a family since it has a Blu-ray disc for home viewing, a DVD for keeping the kids occupied on long road trips, and a digital copy for viewing on your iPod Touch or MP3/video player. How can you pass on such a great deal?

If you haven't already picked up Bedtime Stories in any format, what are you waiting for?

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