June’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2017

I get products sent to me daily to try out. I unfortunately don’t have time to do a post for each item that I get to review. So I want to make sure these items get seen and learned about. The only other solution I could see to do is to do a June’s DVD and Book Product Roundup 2017 on the products I like and want my readers to know about. I hope you enjoy these as much as I and my other reviewers did.

Blu-Ray + DVD A timeless classic that has been loved for generations, BAMBI now joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. In this life-changing adventure, Bambi sets off with his best friends Thumper and Flower to explore the wonders and challenges of the woods — and fulfill his destiny as prince of the forest. Full of humor and heart, and featuring awe-inspiring animation, BAMBI remains a family favorite, ready to delight a whole new generation.|In striving for realism, the artists heard lectures from animal experts, made field trips to the Los Angeles Zoo, watched specially filmed nature footage shot in the forests of Maine, and even studied the movements of two fawns that were donated to the Studio.|”Fellas, this stuff is pure gold,” Walt Disney told the animators. The story of the little deer coming of age has endured, and today, BAMBI is universally regarded as one of Walt Disney’s most charming films.

Actors: Hardy Albright, Peter Behn, Tim Davis, Donnie Dugan, Ann Gillis
Directors: David Hand
Writers: Vernon Stallings, Melvin Shaw, Carl Fallberg, Chuck Couch, Ralph Wright
Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Dubbed: French, Spanish
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2017
Run Time: 70 minutes

DVDFrom the mind of Gwen Stefani comes the world of Kuu Kuu Harajuku!

Say hello to HJ5! A super cool band made of 5 super cool girls! Love, Angel, Music, Baby and their inspirational leader G love to sing, dance and sport the latest “kawaii”, fashions (kawaii is “cute”, in Harajuku speak)!

With help from their lovably incompetent manager Rudie, HJ5 travels all over to put on shows for their fans! Although they are totally talented, every time they start a gig, something wild and crazy happens before they finish the first bar! I mean, it’s not easy performing while you are being attacked by space aliens, adorable (and ravenous) monster pets OR hunger (you don’t want to mess with Baby when she’s hangry).

No matter what challenges (or creatures) come their way, they always work together to save the day! Maybe, JUST MAYBE, they’ll finally get to do a show without any problems! The road to stardom is a Kuu Kuu ride!

As seen on Nick!

Actors: Emma Taylor-Isherwood, Charlotte Nicdao
Directors: Various
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2017
Run Time: 132 minutes

DVDWhen his father’s bird circus is stolen by a cruel rival, a brave young parrot takes flight for Hollywood in order to find his TV hero, AMERICANO and save the day.

Actors: Rico Rodriguez, Kate Del Castillo, Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin, Erik Estrada
Directors: Ricardo Arnaiz, Mike Kunkel, Raul Garcia
Format: AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: G General Audience
Studio: LIONSGATE
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2017
Run Time: 88 minutes

DVD“Inspired by the world of Playmobil® toys, embark on a series of adventures with the Super 4 as they travel throughout the wider Playmobil® universes. Whether it be a sci-fi futuristic world, a magical fairy world, a world of pirates, or a world of medieval knights, the adventures are never ending! Welcome to Enchanted Island, an island covered with a mysterious enchanted forest, which is home to every form of magical creature you could ever imagine fairies, mischievous boy sprites, unicorns, sirens, ancient tree spirits, and magic wishing wells. Visitors to Enchanted Isle must beware for nothing is ever quite what it seems, and dreams and reality quickly become one. At the center of the forest is the palace of the capricious Fairy Queen, who is in a constant temper due to being turned into a frog by a talented young fairy who overdid herself and, in an attempt to grant the ultimate favor to the queen by making her even more pretty , she cast a spell that in fact gave her the head of a frog! Unfortunately, that talented young fairy is our friend, Twinkle. Twinkle has great potential as a fairy but she must learn to master her wand and its magic. Join Twinkle along with her Super 4 friends as they band together to fight villains and save their worlds from chaos.”

Actors: Sarah Natochenny
Directors: Cyril Adam, Arnaud Bouron
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: NCircle Entertainment
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2017
Run Time: 80 minutes

Showing Roots DVDIn 1977, as the miniseries “Roots” hits the airwaves, two women are inspired to try and integrate their small Southern town. In a place where there are still “right” and “wrong” sides of the tracks, these two young women — one white, one black — forge an unlikely friendship that sparks a journey of independence and self-discovery, and ultimately results in the creation of the perfect hairdo. Stars Maggie Grace, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth McGovern, Adam Brody, Cicely Tyson.

Blu-Ray + Digital HD A teenager is magically transported to China where he must transform his video game skills into those of a Kung Fu Warrior to battle the empire’s tyrannical ruler.

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Beyond the Gate: Making ENTER THE WARRIORS GATE

The Journey East: Bridging the Cultural Divide

Actors: Mark Chao, Ni Ni, Dave Bautista, Sienna Guillory, Uriah Shelton
Directors: Matthias Hoene
Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned
Studio: LIONSGATE
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2017
Run Time: 85 minutes

DVDAlisa Knows What to Do! is based on the extremely popular Russian science-fiction novels by famous Russian author Kir Bulychiov about a young girl from the future, Alisa Salazar. This animated series weaves a tale about the adventures of a group of teenagers living at the end of the 21st century. The world has changed yet the burning questions that occupied people at the beginning of the century are still pertinent today. Alisa and her friends not only battle evil and injustice but they are also concerned with global problems like the natural balance, both on the planet and in space.

Actors: Laurie Hynes
Directors: Olga Baulina, Viktor Glukchushin
Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: NCircle Entertainment
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2017
Run Time: 630 minutes

Paperback BookUnfortunately during the holiday season, we often overlook what we are putting on our plates. We compromise our food choices by making excuses and allowing ourselves to grab those naughty foods that are full of refined flours, sugars and toxic, “processed food” ingredients. The truth is, when you eat this type of crap, you FEEL like crap. Not only that, it’s the start of a dreaded winter weight gain that hits home for far too many. But we’re making it really easy to bid farewell to those days. We have transformed those naughty holiday dishes into something oh so very nice and nourishing. From the traditional Thanksgiving menu, to beautiful family brunch ideas, to adult beverages and big family gathering meals – we have included every single recipe you need to LOVE on yourself and your health throughout the holidays! 50+ Nourishing Recipes, with beautiful photography and detailed, step-by-step instructions. Holiday Etiquette for Real Foodies, including tips for how to politely say “no thanks”… Tips to Stay Energized, for when you need a pick me up during those exhilarating and exhausting hours in the kitchen, car, airplane and in-laws’ house. Holiday Detox Strategies, because feeling your best during the holidays is the number one goal! A List of Our Favorite Foodie Brands, a great resource if you find yourself away from your familiar kitchen this season. What’s Inside Our Pantries, a sneak peek at what we keep on hand – always!

Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1505439310
ISBN-13: 978-1505439311
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

Paperback bookThe Indian Cuisine Diabetes Cookbook brings the taste, aroma, and health benefits of basic and exotic Indian spices into the kitchen for those with diabetes or prediabetes, or those simply looking to eat and feel better. Delicious Indian dishes that are packed with flavor and fiber-rich ingredients are simpler than you think, and the quick, easy-to-make meals have all been adapted to meet the guidelines of the American Diabetes Association. Emphasizing a healthy eating philosophy, this cookbook helps the home cook make non-processed meals from scratch in no time at all.

Each recipe has been carefully crafted to deliver authentic and bold Indian flavors while using practical techniques and tips for the modern cook who doesn’t have the time nor the complicated tools used in traditional Indian cooking.

This collection is a culinary trip through the flavors and spices of India.

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: American Diabetes Association (May 31, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1580405991
ISBN-13: 978-1580405997
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Paperback bookThe smells in the kitchen, the unforgettable flavors—these powerful memories of food, family, and tradition are intertwined and have traveled down from generations past to help make us the people we are today. Now, Tavis Smiley’s America I AM exhibit has joined forces with Chef Jeff Henderson and Ramin Ganeshram to create the America I AM Pass It Down Cookbook.

This special keepsake preserves African Americans’ collective food history through touching essays, celebratory menus, and over 130 soul-filled and soul-inspired recipes. There’s something for everyone—from traditional southern cooking like Apryle’s Seafood Gumbo, Craig Robinson’s Mom’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and Russel Honoré’s Barbecued Boston Pork Butt, to healthy new millennium twists, including the Duo Dishes’ Honey Dijon Spiced Pecan Coleslaw, Ron Johnson’s Crunchy Collards, and Scott Alves Barton’s Fragrant Jerk Chicken. Irresistible desserts like Mama Mabel’s Apple Dumplings and Saporous Strawberry Cheesecake, and beverages like Very Exciting Fruit Punch and Tom Bullock’s classic Lemonade Apollinaris are sure to delight.

As you read this book, you’ll discover the voices of real cooks and their triumphs in the kitchen, and the ways in which African Americans have impacted the way the whole nation eats. You’ll learn healthy cooking variations filled with heart and soul, and how to make cooking with kids fun. There’s even a section for you to add your own family recipes and “pass it down” to the next generation.

It’s time to turn the pages and join us at the table. After all, our shared experience is the greatest feast of all.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: SmileyBooks (February 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401931359
ISBN-13: 978-1401931353
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

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