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I’d like to say that we, personally, came up with this crazy-awesome gift guide for the Harry Potter lover on your Christmas list, but sadly.. we did not. Luckily, someone out there loves you because WB did. And it sure is amazing.
Bringing together a collection of products from a host of renowned licensees, including The Noble Collection, MinaLima, Insight Editions, Rubie’s Costume Co., Bioworld, Elope, Hallmark, and more, the Harry Potter Gift Guide offers shoppers the chance to find the perfect gift for their favourite witches and wizards in one place. Harry Potter-inspired products ranging from wizard wear and accessories, to collectibles and home décor, are all available at the click of a mouse, with each product image functioning as an intuitive hyperlink that directs users to the purchase point.
“The Harry Potter Gift Guide brings fans the perfect tool to click their way through the items on their wizarding wish list,” said Karen McTier, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “From discerning collectors to new fans waiting for their Hogwarts acceptance letter, the gift guide makes buying presents easy.”
This year’s catalogue offers a host of new items, including the Harry Potter Remote Control Wand from The Noble Collection, which allows the user to magically control any IR device with the flick of the wrist. Also newly available is the United States Postal Service Harry Potter Limited-Edition Forever stamp collection – perfect for stocking stuffers and for all those looking to send their holiday cards the Muggle way. Leggings from boutique fashion label Black Milk, fresh Hot Topic-exclusive apparel from Bioworld, a limited-edition Hogwarts castle ornament from Hallmark and more can also be found within the guide.
The Harry Potter Gift Guide was designed by MinaLima, the creative team behind the graphic design aesthetics of the Harry Potter films, including the Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet, and The Quibbler. MinaLima, now also a licensee of Warner Bros. Consumer Products as The Printorium, is also featured in the catalogue with their fine art print of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
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THIS CONTEST HAS CLOSED – Please check your email to see if you’ve won!
To celebrate this release, Warner Bros. is giving us a reeeaallly cool gift basket (valued >$60) to give to one of you!! This is seriously one of those times where all of us here at NiB are incredibly jealous that we can’t enter our own contests. If you or someone on your gift list is a Harry Potter fan, you WANT to enter this.
This is what they just might be sending you:
Harry Potter Collectible Wand
2014 Harry Potter Wall Calendar
Horcrux Bookmark Collection
Here’s how you enter:
Post a comment below telling us who your favorite HP character is and why. That’s it.
Get a bonus entry:
Link this post on twitter and include the hashtag #hpgiftguide13 as well as mention @NerdsinBabeland, and you’ll get a second entry into the drawing. (note: you have to be following us on twitter for this, otherwise we won’t be able to DM you).
How long you have to enter:
About four days. This contest is now open, and will close Thursday, Dec. 12th at 6pm, EST.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email at jackie(at)nerdsinbabeland.com, or on twitter at @jackietherobot.
“‘Man of Steel’ soars high.”
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
A HERO WILL RISE WHEN
Man of Steel
ARRIVES ONTO BLU-RAY 3D COMBO PACK,
BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DVD 2-DISC SPECIAL EDITION, 3D LIMITED COLLECTOR’S EDITION and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON NOVEMBER 12 FROM
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Blu-ray Combo Packs include nearly 4 hours of special features
All disc versions feature UltraViolet
Burbank, CA, August 19, 2013 – The fate of mankind is in the hands of one man when “Man of Steel” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, 3D Limited Collector’s Edition and Digital Download on November 12 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In “Man of Steel,” Clark Kent is forced to confront his extraterrestrial past and embrace his hidden powers when Earth is threatened with destruction.
The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master,” 2012), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” 2008), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” 1990), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful,” 2002), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It,” 1993), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator,” 1992).
“Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters served as executive producers.
“Man of Steel” will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on DVD 2-disc Special Edition for $28.98, and as a 3D Limited Collector’s Edition for $59.99. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition and standard definition; the DVD 2-disc Special Edition features the theatrical version in standard definition; and the 3D Limited Collector’s Edition features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition, and also includes a limited release metal “S” glyph with lucite glass stand. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition include UltraViolet* which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
· Journey of Discovery: Creating “Man of Steel” – This immersive feature-length experience allows you to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman.
· Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story.
· All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses. Includes interviews with cast and crew.
· Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) gives the lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships featured in “Man of Steel.”
· Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.
“Man of Steel” DVD 2-disc Special Edition contains the following special features:
· Strong Characters, Legendary Roles
· All-Out Action
· Krypton Decoded
A lot has been happening since we last heard about this little band of crime fighters. In the recent DVD release (), Dangerous Secrets, we’re given a full two-disc set of superhero fun. There’s so much going on in this volume that it’s a little difficult to pare it down without giving anything away. So hold on tight – there may be small spoilers, but we’ll certainly keep the best of those dangerous secrets hidden.
First of all, we join the team after they’ve been attacked by Red Tornado and his siblings, and have also been told by Sportsmaster that there is a traitor in their group (all from the last volume). Instantly, we see team member against team member, questioning motives and keeping a close watch. The dissension that is sown amongst these junior heroes is palpable, just by planting the simple idea that there may be a traitor. Expect to explore most every team member’s personal views on their mates while they decide on this issue.
That’s not the only tactic used in this volume to get you closer to the characters. Just about every main character on the team, including their former watcher, Red Tornado, gives at least one huge reveal. It seems everyone has a secret, and is hell bent on keeping it from their teammates. For a while at least. We already know a couple of them; for instance, we know Artemis is not actually Green Arrow’s niece, and more to the point, that she has a sordid family history. But can she trust her teammates with this information? Will they trust her after they find out? Unfortunately for these heroes, having ties to the wrong side of the law can often lead to suspicion, no matter how great your own motives are. If you’re brave enough, let’s take a look at this clip from the episode “Usual Suspects,” which highlights three of our heroes’ weakest moments:
We also get to see a few new additions to the team. Namely, Zatara and Zatanna – the father-daughter magician team made famous from the old Batman comics, going into the 90s cartoon show, Batman: The Animated Series. Zatara is starting to show promise as a young, budding magician, but we’re left to wonder through much of the series if her father will let her join the team. We also see the return of Doctor Fate and Red Arrow.
However, there is one thing about this volume that has been really disappointing in many ways. That is the Batman villains. Early on, we see the infamous Injustice League – a culmination of criminal masterminds bent on taking down the Justice League. A lot of these criminals include classic Batman villains such as the Joker, Poison Ivy, Ra’s al Ghul, Klarion the Witchboy, and Bane. I really have to say.. as an avid Batman fan, this was greatly dissatisfying. This incarnation of the Joker has been, by far, the worst I’ve ever seen – and that includes John DiMaggio’s lifeless voice inflection in Under the Red Hood. Not only was the character design sub-par, but there was nothing intrinsically Joker-like about this classic villain. The voice acting was boring, the writing was uninspired, and that iconic laugh you expect to hear from the Joker just falls completely flat. The other villains in this category barely got enough screen time or dialog to even make an impression. The one exception possibly being Klarion the Witchboy – who actually did carry over the irritatingly chaotic and childish nature of the character.
Over all, the writing for this volume was pretty outstanding. The character development within the Young Justice League, and even, to an extent, in the actual Justice League, was phenomenal. We learned an awful lot about the young heroes we’ve grown to love. I also found it quite encapsulating to see that the second disc basically followed one, solid story arc. I do wish the Batman villains were much more better executed, and will hopefully be better developed in future seasons. However, that aside, this set was a thrilling ride that really has a way of reeling you in.
In case you’re looking for some additional fun, classic cartoons to share with your geek kids this holiday season, Warner Bros Entertainment has a handful of great holiday short features available. I vaguely remember seeing most of these when I was little but, as I grew up, I forgot how enjoyable these holiday classics could be around this time of year.
The first is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray]. The official synopsis:
A holiday sourpuss brings Santa to the rescue of a small town’s Christmas. For some unexplained reason, letters to Santa Claus are being returned to the children of Junctionville. It seems some resident has angered St. Nick, calling Christmas ‘a fraudulent myth!’ Skeptical Albert Mouse has to be brought to his senses and let up a little on the wonder why. How Albert is persuaded to change his tune paves the way for Santa’s jolly return to town and the joyous finale of the animated fable inspired by Clement Moore’s poem and produced by the merrymaking conjurers of Rankin/Bass Studios. The voice talents of Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver and George Gobel make this festive fable even more fun.
The voice work on this movie is top notch and the story as a whole is very cute. I think it is hilarious that the skeptic also happens to be the nerd of the family/village. I suppose it’s accurate that the book-ish one would also be the one least likely to believe in Santa Claus, but I also happen to know quite a few nerds (this one included) who love fantasy and wouldn’t mind believing that someone like Santa Claus is real. Regardless, this tiny nitpick doesn’t effect the enjoyability of the story nor does it change the fact that this is a fun movie for any little kid to watch. The songs are a little cheesy but fun nevertheless and the mice are just ridiculously adorable. Plus, Joel Grey is awesome.
Second up is The Smurfs Holiday Celebration. Honestly, this was easily my favorite of the three, but I’m also a sucker for these little blue guys (in their original animated form, not necessarily the recent movie). Official synopsis:
Deck the halls with Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Jokey and all the other true blue friends in these absosmurfly charming animated specials from The Smurfs TV series. In ‘Tis the Season to be Smurfy,’ young Sassette Smurf discovers the true meaning of the season when the Smurfs befriend an elderly human couple who have no money to celebrate Christmas. Then, in The Smurfs Christmas Special, the wicked Gargamel plots to ruin Christmas for the Smurfs and with the help of an evil stranger, he destroys the Smurf’s village. But even with no Christmas decorations or holiday feast, the Smurfs still have a smurfy song in their hearts. Will Gargamel feel the Christmas spirit this year? Dash through the snow to give your family the smurfiest gift of the season!
Of the two Smurf features on this DVD, my favorite was by far The Smurfs Christmas Special. It is the older of the two and, as a result, has far fewer Smurf characters (just the originals, ie only one female) and a much less sophisticated animation style. It has a fairly unique team-up between Gargamel and another villain, which I don’t remember seeing very often in the original Smurf cartoons. Additionally, it has possibly one of the catchiest, most well-intentioned Smurf songs I’ve ever heard. I can’t say that I loved it personally, but I think it’s the perfect song for any young kid to hear around this time of year. These two specials serve as nice reminders for children that Christmas is not all about Santa and snow and presents, but also about giving and sharing with others less fortunate than us. Yes, I know that sounds a little preachy/canned, but isn’t the cheese-factor one of the best parts of all holiday films?
Last but certainly not least we have Frosty’s Winter Wonderland. Official Synopsis:
From beloved song to animated holiday classic: Frosty meets his match in a glistening Remastered Deluxe Edition! Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters and Jackie Vernon lend their voices to this captivating cartoon about the Snowman’s winter return to the children of a small town for a winter season of fun and games. But he’s lonely at night when left by himself. So the grateful kids build him a beautiful snowlady companion. Jealous of the attention given Frosty, Jack Frost blows up a blizzard and swipes Frosty’s magical, life-giving hat. Only true love can bring Frosty back to his old fun-loving self. Two songs that have proven to be enduring seasonal favorites highlight the soundtrack: Frosty the Snowman and Winter Wonderland.
This film was the one I remembered the least out of the three. Of course I remembered the first Frosty movie, but I only vaguely remembered Frosty’s wedding and “Crystal”. This movie has all of the classic songs and voices, but is the least like a ‘morality’ tale of the three cartoons mentioned here. I love the animated Andy Griffith, and even I have to admit that the wedding between Frosty & Crystal was kind of cute (although I don’t particularly love that she is wearing an apron). Now if only I could build snowmen/women as quickly and effectively as the children in this village…
Of course, all of these films are intended for children, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy them. They have old-fashioned Christmas morals/lessons, memorable characters, and catchy songs. They’ve also made me want to go track down my other favorite Christmas cartoons from when I was little. Do you have any suggestions? What were some of your favorites?
I have a little nerd confession for you: I am obsessed with Peanuts. I know it is slightly old-school but I can’t help it. I’ve always loved Snoopy and will forever be a sucker for any new DVD that highlights that adorably awesome dog.
Around this time of year I always love watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. This year, however, I was pleasantly surprised to discover Warner Bros’ Happiness Is…Peanuts: Snow Days. Snow Days is not centered on any specific holiday, but instead features a TV special and an episode from The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show. From the official press release for this DVD:
Everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang is at it again in Happiness is…Peanuts: Snow Days. Follow Snoopy and gang in an episode from The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show and the newly remastered classic She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown TV special all on one DVD!
Only the first of these two ‘features’ includes a story specifically set around Christmas, thus making this DVD a perfect watch for any time during the winter season. In the episode from The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show, there are three short stories: one featuring a Christmas play, one featuring a Valentine’s Day story, and a third that focuses entirely on the fun qualities of Snoopy (via an essay from Peppermint Patty). In the short film, She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty practices for a figure skating competition with the help of her ‘pro coach,’ Snoopy.
Obviously the animation is nothing like the realistic-looking, computer animated films that we have grown accustomed to over the last decade. The characters and backgrounds are animated in a simple, 2D style. Additionally, the plots are far from intricate and rarely involve more than one story-line. Nevertheless, there is something wonderfully timeless about the Peanuts (at least for me). Snoopy’s personality and wide variety of ‘skills’ makes him the perfect dog and best friend to all of the Peanuts characters. When he is yelling at Patty in a nonsensical stream of grunts and screams in She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, you can’t help but want to hug him. Furthermore, you can’t help but smile at the doom-and-gloom of Charlie Brown, or the semi-snarky humor of Marcy. Each Peanut character embodies personality traits that can be found in people at any age, which makes them easy to (loosely) identify with at different points in each story.
Again, I know this DVD is likely to be met with some hesitation by children nowadays given it’s out-dated animation style and simplicity of humor. Regardless, I think every little kid should watch at least one Peanuts cartoon, if for no other reason than to experience the awesomeness that is Snoopy.
In the meantime, here is a little sneak peak of She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown:
Our favorite superheros have been around the block a couple of times, and have this whole crime-fighting thing down to a science. But what about the next generation of heroes? If you haven’t seen it yet, the still-new Cartoon Network series, Young Justice, follows some of your favorite DC characters’ successors as they develop into full-fledged superheroes. And you know what? They actually do a really great job with this.
Now, personally, I’ve never really been a huge fan of next-generation storylines (you know.. except for Star Trek, of course). However, from the very first episode of Young Justice, I was impressed. It’s simply not your typical teenage angst when you have Batman breathing down your neck to get things right. So I was very excited when we got the chance to take a first-hand look at this series. With an animation style reminiscent of Return of the Joker, you’re led through the evolution of Robin (Dick Grayson era), Aqualad, Superboy, Kid Flash, Artemis, M’gann, and Red Arrow, all while watching classic heroes such as Batman, Superman, Green Arrow, and Black Canary teach them how to take down giant robots and mad scientists that have the evil laugh perfected.
We took a look at Season One, Volume Two (courtesy of WB), and learned just how much crime-fighty goodness you can fit into four episodes. Beyond battling Amazo, these kids got to meet Klarion the Witch Boy face to face, try to stop Black Manta’s attack on Atlantis, and stare down the assassin Chesire. We also find out exactly how Aqualad got his start, how Superboy is dealing with being a clone (oh, yes.. that did carry over from the comics), and what ever happened to Speedy. This segment left me wondering dying to know more about Artemis’ backstory, myself.
If you’re getting curious by now, don’t worry.. this volume was released October 25th, and you can now Own it on DVD.
But because we love you.. we’re going to give away two copies of this DVD to you guys, courtesy of WB. Yep, free. Want it? Okay.
Just to be sure you’re into it, though, we’re first going to show you the Origin of Aqualad. Take a look at the video, and to receive your own copy of the DVD, just post Aqualad’s real name below. Two winners will be chosen at random. Check it:
Post your comment below, winners will be chosen on Friday, Nov. 11th.