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Monday, August 09, 2010

Diary of A Wimpy Kid Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review

Diary of A Wimpy Kid Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review

Synopsis: The Whimsical Adventure Including Never-Before-Seen Deleted Dairy Pages Arrives On "The Cheesiest Edition" Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack and Single Disc DVD August 3
 
Based on the best-selling illustrated novel by Jeff Kinney, the family comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid arrives on Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack and DVD August 3 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The film chronicles the adventures of wisecracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life... middle school. Convinced it's the "dumbest idea ever invented," Heffley considers junior high school a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment of the cafeteria floor and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties that he must overcome to become popular. His diary - or "journal" - chronicles his thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would be) schoolyard triumphs.

From its origins as a series of online cartoons, Diary of a Wimpy Kid exploded onto the pop culture scene when Jeff Kinney's first novel was published in 2007. Selling over 30 million copies in print, Diary of a Wimpy Kid spent almost three years on The New York Times' children's best-seller list and has been translated into 33 languages.

From director Thor Freudenthal (Hotel for Dogs) and producer Nina Jacobson (The Game Plan), Diary of a Wimpy Kid features rising stars Zachary Gordon (National Treasure: Book of Secrets), Robert Capron (Bride Wars) and Rachael Harris (The Hangover), as well as Steve Zahn ("Treme"). The Diary of a Wimpy Kid "The Cheesiest Edition" Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack includes the film on Blu-ray, DVD and as a digital copy all custom packaged with additional cartoon pages. Both the Blu-ray and DVD include "Greg's Deleted Diary Pages", which bring the diary to life with all-new, never-before-seen hysterical moments not included in the feature film such as a rundown of the benefits of the Cheese Touch, more gross, silly Fregley fun, and Rowley's lost Zoo-Wee Mama cartoons.

Review: I have to start this by professing how much my son LOVES these books.  All that I heard about all last year in my house was Diary of A Wimpy Kid.  I know more about those books than I ever wanted to!  He's only seven, but he's obsessed.  He won't read anything but these four darn books!  Naturally, when this film comes out we have to spotlight it here on the Legion!

This film follows the book adventures of Jr. High student Greg Heffley.  Greg is ackward in every way possible and he has to deal with the morons that surround him.  The books and the film are snarky and full of great humor.   The live-action adaptation did a really nice job of doing justice to the book series.  My son was most certainly pleased. 

The blu-ray and DVD combo pack is a nice way to preserve this film, which is no doubt going to hold-up and be something funny to watch for many years.  The DVD can be taken to a kids' room, where they aren't as likely to have a blu-ray player, and the blu-ray can be watched in the living room with the rest of the family!  

We highly recommend this one!  Its great fun.  The special features include:

Greg's Deleted Diary Pages
Fregley's Scavenger Hunt
Chirag's Trail of Tears
Fregley's Shuffle
Mom Drops Greg Off at School
Greg and Rowley Jump Over The Wall
Mr. Winsky's Safety Patrol Assignment
Mom Suggests a Friendship Card
Greg Meets Fregley's Mom
Greg Has The Cheese Touch
Rowley's Lost Zoo-Wee Mama Cartoons
Feature Commentary with director Thor Freudenthal and writer Gabe Sachs

Interest Range: Diary of A Wimpy Kid Books, Tween Drama