Friday, October 30, 2015

Family Movie Night: Max


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<for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


This Blu-ray Combo Pack came out his week, and it is perfect for some Family Night viewing!



Synopsis

A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the front lines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on maneuvers, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatized by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service. Sent stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is saved when he is adopted by Kyle’s family. But Justin has issues of his own, including living up to his father’s expectations, and he isn’t interested in taking responsibility for his brother’s troubled dog. However, Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, and with the help of Carmen, a tough-talking young teen who has a way with dogs, Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion. Justin’s growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement—and danger—than they bargained for. But they each might also find an unlikely new best friend…in each other.

Package Elements

Max” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
  • -Working with Max: Meet the dogs that play “Max” and see inside tricks of the trade!
·         -Hero Dogs: A Journey – Get a behind-the-scenes look at amazing military trained K9s.

Max” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
  • Working with Max: Meet the dogs that play “Max” and see inside tricks of the trade!


Trailer:



Review:

When this movie came out at the theatre I opted not to take Miss Grace, as I was worried the war scenes on the big screen, as well as certain canine teeth scenes, being too large would give her nightmares. So I was very happy to watch it with her on DVD, at home in a quieter setting, where I could stop it and explain things, as necessary (which I did have to do twice).

The movie is actually really great for family night, as it really delves into the spirit of 'ohana' which most kids know from the Disney cartoon movie, and how it relates to the relationship between Max and Kyle, and then to Kyle's family and Max. Note- adults may need some tissues handy during the funeral scene. However that scene, really brought home to Miss Grace, WHY Kyle's family need to not leave Max behind and bring him home, where Kyle would have wanted him to be.

The movie also delves into how parents and children see each other, and how misconceptions can cause issues and separation, where it shouldn't be. Ultimately this movie is really about the love of a family, and always standing by each other, and having faith that they will be there for you. It was a great movie for discussion, and parents will teens may get more out of it, as far as talking their own family values and issues out. But it is also an enjoyable movie, with a cast that might surprise you, and we highly recommend it!



About Digital HD with Ultraviolet

*Digital HD with UltraViolet allows fans to watch a digital version of their movie or TV show anywhere, on their favorite devices. Digital HD with UltraViolet is included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs. Digital HD with UltraViolet allows consumers to instantly stream and download movies and TV shows to TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones through UltraViolet retail services like CinemaNow, Flixster, VUDU and more. For more information on compatible devices go to wb.com/ultravioletdevices. Consult an UltraViolet Retailer for details and requirements and for a list of HD-compatible devices.


About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content. The company owns one of the worlds deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels and is the majority owner of and distributor for United Artists Media Group (UAMG). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

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