Rise of the Guardians combo pack Blu-ray + DVD Review

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Praised by critics and moviegoers of all ages, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: DWA) spectacular and heartfelt adventure RISE OF THE GUARDIANS is now available on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D™ and DVD. Hailed as “brilliant” and “the best family film of the year” (Joel Amos, MovieFanatic.com) with “spellbinding power” (James Verniere, Boston Herald) and “dazzling animation” (Tom Long, Detroit News), RISE OF THE GUARDIANS received outstanding audience reactions and a coveted ‘A’ Cinemascore. DreamWorks Animation’s newest animated adventure has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide with a fun-filled and magical story about the legendary guardians—Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and Sandman—together for the first time! When the evil Pitch threatens to take over the world, it’s up to our beloved heroes to protect the hopes and dreams of children everywhere. Filled with non-stop action and laughs, it’s a dazzling family film that’s being hailed as “an instant classic” (Nancy Jay, Daybreak USA).

Available now for Easter, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Pack with UltraViolet™ or single-disc DVD, each of which includes two delightful hopping toy eggs inspired by the ones seen in the film (while supplies last—quantities are limited). The combo pack and single-disc DVD also include special features that take viewers behind-the-scenes to learn more about the magic used to bring the story to life.

Featuring an all-star cast of voice talent including Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law, RISE OF THE GUARDIANS delivers humor, adventure and exceptional entertainment that the whole family can enjoy.

 I received the above tote packed full of goodies for the family to enjoy. The tote included the following:

  • DVD/Blu-ray combo pack (with hopping eggs)
  • Watering can (pink)
  • Bunny ears
  • Flowering Pot (Forget Me Nots seeds to plant) 
  • Easter candy (peeps, Cadbury eggs, etc) 
  • Easter egg decorating kit 
  • ROTG Night light 
  • Temporary tattoo sheet
Forget Me Nots planted. Will they grow?
The Rise of the Guardians Combo pack Blu-Ray + DVD with the hopping eggs is a great value that provides hours and hours of enjoyment for the entire family. The hopping eggs are so cute and remind me of the eggs in the movie. We printed out some Easter coloring sheets from the DVD for this coming weekend, to keep the kids busy while Easter dinner is cooking. The Blu-Ray also had some games to play along with some extra videos, and commentary. There really is something to keep everyone entertained.

Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features:
  • Jack Frost Snowball Showdown!—Use your remote to duck and dodge snowballs!
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors with Sandy—See if you can beat the Sandman in this classic game.
Additional Bonus Features:
  • Behind the Magic—Explore the filmmakers’ journey to create Rise of the Guardians’ enthralling look, characters, effects and music:
  • Dreaming Up the Look
  • Naughty & Nice: Designing Memorable Characters
  • Enchanting Effects
  • Creating an Epic Score
  • The Man Behind the Guardians—Learn how DreamWorks Animation worked with author William Joyce to bring his novels to life.
  • Dreamers and Believers—A look at the cast and characters of Rise of the Guardians.
  • Sandy’s Dream Guide—The Sandman helps interpret your dreams in this interactive guide.
  • Filmmakers’ Commentary—With director Peter Ramsey and producers Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein.
Disc 2 (DVD): Bonus features:
  • Dreamers and Believers
  • Sandy’s Dream Guide
  • More Magic (DVD-ROM)—Printable egg holders, coloring sheets and more—perfect for Easter fun!
  • Filmmakers’ Commentary
Wow! That is quite the list of bonus material don't you think? Talk about value, you sure got it with this combo set. Not much filler material, just good bonuses that fit well with the movie.

If you saw Rise of the Guardians at the movies or if this will be your first time watching, you will be pleasantly surprised with this purchase. The film itself features well flushed out characters and a story that surpasses the 'Holiday' theme. It is really a great movie that can be enjoyed year around. Hopefully we will see more of this franchise in the future. Jack has a tremendous amount of depth to his character for the adults. Yet the film has a lot of 'eye candy' to keep the kids entertained.

Don't just take my word for it! Head out to your favorite retailer or visit your favorite e-retailer to purchase your copy of Rise of the Guardians so you and your family can not only enjoy it this Easter but year around!

***Note: I was sent a copy of Rise of the Guardians and goodie tote in order to help facilitate this review. Opinions are my own.***


Robin O April 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM  

We did not see this in the theater, so I would love to get a copy on dvd--especially with all those bonus features! Thanks for sharing the details and photos!

Austin Baroudi May 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM  

I watched this my daughter about a week or so ago and we loved it! My daughter loved the Easter bunny! She thought it was hilarious that he was walking and talking :P

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