Posts Tagged ‘DVD’

The LEGO Movie –The Spolier Free Review

February 9, 2014

So this past weekend I watched the LEGO Movie 3 times in 3 days. I wasn’t really planning on seeing it that many times, it just sort of happened. The fact that both Regal and AMC theaters were offering a limited number of free minifigs — a different one at each theater mind you — was definitely one of the reasons.

I’m not one that has to have all the special poly bags, but I kind of liked both the figs — Emmet wearing pajamas at Regal and the DJ Robot at AMC. I wasn’t going to go for the DJ robot, but then I saw the torso, which looks an awful lot like the LUGOLA (LA LEGO Fan Group) logo and since I’m a LUGOLA member, I made the half hour trip down to San Diego to get the fig.

So, back to the Movie. When I first heard about the plans to make a full length LEGO movie about 2 years ago I was a little worried. Images of the Smurfs movie– which I still have yet to see and no desire to do so — were what I feared the LEGO movie would turn into. Sure, there have been the Star Wars mini movies, the Ninjago series and the lesser Chima series (sorry, but I just don’t like Chima). But they were different and on a smaller scale. I wasn’t sure what the LEGO Movie would turn into, and until the trailers started showing up, I wasn’t all that excited.

But then they did start showing up. And the more I saw, the more I liked it and wanted to see it. Even if I wasn’t into LEGO, I would have wanted to see it for the animation. I’m something of a movie nut — which has made me contemplate writing a blog on movie reviews, but even though I go to a LOT of movies, there are a lot I don’t go to and wouldn’t watch so a blog on movie reviews would only be the movies I like and want to see.

Now that I’ve finally seen The LEGO Movie, and seen it and seen it, I still want to watch it again — on DVD — frame by frame to catch all the cool stuff that happens so fast you miss it. There’s a lot, and I mean a LOT, going on in the background, in the foreground, or for only a fraction of a second. The LEGO Movie was everything I wanted it to be in terms of LEGO times ten! The “Everything is Awesome” song is fun, although it does stick in your head, and by the third time seeing the movie I wanted to sing along with the movie.

Is the movie one big commercial for all the LEGO Movie kits, and LEGO in general? Yes. There’s no question about that. Unlike other movies, you can literally make what you see in the movie, even if they don’t make kits for some of it, you can make it. Maybe not in all the colors — Cloud Cuckoo Land is guilty of this — but you could still build it. That’s the point. So I’m okay with it being one big commercial, encouraging more children to create their own worlds with LEGO is something I fully advocate.

To me the LEGO Movie is what I dreamed of building when I was a kid. Unlike now, I didn’t have a huge collection then. But what I couldn’t build, I dreamed about. That’s what made me want to become a Master Model Builder. I could see making a whole castle valley, with towns, forests, mermaid lagoons, pirates, the works. And this movie shows what dreaming about building can do. If you had unlimited bricks that is.

The biggest plot point is that you can build whatever you want, with whatever parts you want. It can be crazy, multicolored, and make no sense at all. That’s okay. I can’t tell you how many parents ask me what glue to use so that the sets stay together and don’t fall apart. My response is always the same — you aren’t supposed to glue it together. Its supposed to fall apart and make something else, that’s the point. If this movie can drive that fact home to all those misguided parents, then that’s great.

The characters are fun. I really like Emmet, the unexpected hero. And I love Wild Style, although she could have been a little bit more of her own girl rather than having to cling to her boyfriend — Batman. Batman was just perfect. The only portrayal of Batman that I like better was the 90’s cartoon version. Bad Cop / Good Cop was awesome! UniKitty manically cute. Vitruvius is Morgan Freeman — nuf said! And Lord Business was everything an evil overlord should be. Oh and Benny, I love Benny. Spaceship!!!

Now when I saw the trailers, I thought that the LEGO Movie looked like a child’s version of the Matrix, and without getting into spoiler territory — it pretty much is. And no, I don’t want to do spoilers, there’s enough reviews out there already doing that.

Are there some holes in the film? Yes, but that won’t stop me from watching it again. Like I said, the lack of a really strong female that can stand on her own was a tad buggy. The story could have been better, and there’s a section at the end that could have been left out without really hurting the movie at all — it almost might have been better without it in my opinion.

There were a ton of things I loved — nods to the AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) community and things that only we would get how funny or cool that they were added. One of my favorite parts, without spoiling it, is how the “Master Builders” see the LEGO world.

And no, I’m not going to breakdown the whole movie, the characters, etc. There’s already a ton of reviews out there doing that, and putting way too many spoilers in the reviews. Besides, if I do write a post with spoilers, it will be a separate post, this one is already too long. 😉

So my overall score — 9 out of 10 bricks! See it — in theaters and watch it at least twice so you can catch more of the background. You don’t need to see it in 3D, although I did all 3 times (again mostly for the figs). It doesn’t really add that much to it other than a little sense of depth. I’m not really a fan of 3D though. And if you really love LEGO like I do, get it when it comes out on DVD.

They are already talking about a second LEGO Movie, and I’ll be there at the first showing I can get to. 😀

The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey Target Exclusive

March 21, 2013

Hi all, as you can see I’m still not fully recovered and not posting at all regularly yet. I did get back home finally after an almost 3 week trip up and down the West Coast. And once I’ve managed to upload all my images to Flickr I’ll be posting about the trip in more detail.

But I wanted to post about the recently released Hobbit movie on Blu-Ray and the Target exclusive version with the Bilbo Baggins minifigure.

I won’t go into a full review of the movie, as others such as FBTB have done a very good review already.

No what I want to talk about is the small featurette on the making and designing of the LEGO Hobbit Models that is on the Target Blue Ray and the Bilbo figure — cause let’s face it, that’s really the main reason I got it at Target. 😉

Its not that I “must have all minifigures!” But since I was going to get the movie anyways, I might as well get it with a Bilbo minifig. 🙂

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Its a pretty cool fig, with a nice blue waistcoat and printing on the back. There’s even an alternate scared expression on the other side of his head.

What I found that interested me more than I thought was the featurette about how they designed the LEGO Hobbit models.

Now as I’m not as tech savvy as some, I took pictures from my TV while I watched the feature so that you could get an idea of what it shows.

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The thing I thought that was coolest to me was the original prototype of Bag End, Bilbo’s house.

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You can see how it differs from the actual set and what stayed the same.

They also talked about how they designed the Goblin king and his minions.
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Its only about 15 minutes long, and there’s scenes from the LEGO Lord of the Rings Video Game at the start and end of it. What I’m hoping and predicting will happen is a LEGO Hobbit game about the time the 3rd Hobbit movie finally gets released.

The Blu-Ray / DVD combo pack is on sale at Target.com for $24.99 in the US. I found it at my local Target for $22.99 so if you want it, I’d recommend getting it there before the week is over and they jump the price up to $29.99.

Is it worth it? Well the feature was interesting, I don’t see myself watching it over and over again. I’m of the reluctant Blu-Ray crowd. I don’t care all that much that my image is that much crisper than the DVD version. However, it seems that is the way the world is going and that’s why I picked up a PS3, so at least I could play games and watch movies.

I do like the exclusive figure, and I imagine that it will cost as much as the movie once it starts making its way to Bricklink. But if you are going to buy the movie any ways, you might as well get this one.

Boys and Girls Club builds a Disney Toy Story Mosaic

March 27, 2010

Just this last week a massive LEGO mosaic was assembled up in Los Angelos.

LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi joined kids from the Hollywood Boys & Girls Club to assemble a one-of-a-kind mural in support of the Toy Story & Toy Story 2 release on Blu-ray™ (March 23). Kids from six different Boys & Girls Clubs across the US in regional markets each built a portion of the elaborate Toy Story mural out of LEGO® bricks, which were joined together for the first time in Los Angeles. Participating Cities included: Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles.

via BrickJournal

A couple days before this event Erik dropped by to our local LUG (LEGO User’s Group) SandLUG. It was nice to see my friend since I haven’t seen him in person in years. He was a little jet lagged though, he’d just arrived from Australia.

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One of the highlights of the meeting was Super Minotaurus — a super-sized version of the LEGO Game Minotaurus. It featured 3 minotaurs, 8 players, two dice and twice the board game space. It was a much more interesting variation than the original game. Predictably the game took hours. 😀

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The Adventures of Clutch Powers Premiere at LEGOLAND California

February 20, 2010

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LEGOLAND California was seeing stars today. Specifically Ryan McPartlin and Yvonne Strahovski of the NBC TV show Chuck. They are two of the voice actors for the new straight to DVD movie The Adventures of Clutch Powers.

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Today was the World Premiere at LEGOLAND California including a walk down the red carpet, a lunch box, and even a LEGO set for every person. Besides all of the people that worked on the movie and media like me many LEGOLAND pass holders who had entered online were chosen randomly to get a chance to see the movie.

In fact I got to sit right behind Ryan McPartlin (aka Captain Awesome on Chuck) and his family during the movie. Ryan is really nice and I enjoyed meeting him and Yvonne Strahovski. Actually I got to meet several people involved in the movie including the director Howard Baker and the music composers David and Eric Wurst.

Howard Baker was sitting a little bit behind me and he noticed how much I was laughing at certain parts of the movie (I have to admit, I have a loud laugh 😀 ). Without giving anything away, there is a nice nod to the LEGO enthusiasts out there which he noticed I really liked. Howard told me that for the scenes where you see LEGO city from the air he was inspired by many of the town layouts that LEGO fans create. I counted around 40 or so real LEGO buildings, cars, and other sets that were used throughout the movie including the Cafe Corner, the Grand Carousel, and the Fire Brigade. Howard said that he used whatever LEGO sets the LEGO company gave him Maya images of.

After the DVD movie we were all given the special treat of watching the new Clutch Powers 4D movie. Although they still have some kinks to work out on the effects, (we kind of got soaked by the water effect) it was an enjoyable experience. 😉

“We at LEGOLAND California are honored to have the opportunity to host the premiere of this fantastic film,” said Peter Ronchetti, General Manager of LEGOLAND California Resort. “It was especially exciting to watch the movies surrounded by the creative team that made it all happen.”

Clutch Powers is a brand new character from LEGO and is the best builder and explorer in the LEGO universe. In “LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers,” viewers join Clutch on his most dangerous mission yet as he and his team travel from LEGO City to the Space Police prison planet to the medieval world of Ashlar where they must help the rightful heir to the King’s throne find the courage to regain the kingdom from the evil wizard Mallock the Malign.

In “A Clutch Powers 4-D Adventure,” Clutch and his team head out on another mission where they are forced to battle with an evil Rock Monster. The movie features amazing 3-D effects combined with wind, water and snow for an action packed and fun 4-D adventure.

LEGOLAND California also honored the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption today with a $10,000 donation to Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a program responsible for dramatically increasing adoptions for the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems. Louis Elguera, the Vice President of Operations for Wendy’s accepted the donation.

In the U.S. “A Clutch Powers 4-D Adventure” will be playing only at LEGOLAND California and at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago. The movie is included in the cost of admission.

via LEGOLAND California’s press release

The voice actors also sat for signings and photos at the end of the event. I didn’t get in line since I had already gotten to meet them and I wanted all the kids that were in line have a chance.
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I won’t give any of the movie details away or mention any spoilers, but I really did like the movie. I loved seeing the LEGO Minifigs come to life and finally talk. For any true LEGO fan it is definitely worth watching at least once. 🙂