Sunday, April 24, 2016

Music Monday: Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors DVD

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this DVD, free of charge,from Warner Brothers, 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

One of my fav songs growing up was Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors- I was a sucker for a good story telling song growing up and looking back, it seems like my generation had some pretty amazing ones.

So I was thrilled to see this song brought to life in a movie, based on Dolly's actual life, for our family to enjoy, back in December, and even happier that is is now out on DVD!

 Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors cover


This once-in-a-lifetime special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome a devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat — vividly described in the well-known song of the film's title — that helped make Parton who she is today. Set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955, this poignant and uplifting family-friendly story follows the incidents in Dolly and her family's life around the time she was nine years old.

Written by Pamela K. Long, and directed by Stephen Herek

Special Features

• Coat of Many Colors: Bringing The Song To The Screen 
• Georgia 
 • Deleted Scenes

The DVD releases on May 3rd, just in time for Mother's Day! 
What a way for Dolly to honor HER mother!

You can pre-order it on, Amazon and at your favorite online Christian stores!



Miss Grace and I watched this movie together and we were both equally enchanted with Alyvia Lind, who played young Dolly! She has such spunk and fire, that you can see why she was picked for the lead role, and you really CAN imagine Dolly as a young child, by watching her. Can you believe Dolly is 70 already? It was interesting too to see Ricky Shroder and Gerald McRaney as Dolly's father and grandfather, as well. You really get the feeling that all the actors and actresses understood and felt for the story line, and the result is a well acted movie, that just might require the box of Kleenex! In fact, Dolly's younger sister Stella plays the town gossip in the movie- how cool is that? (you can read about how that really helped the cast over over on Dolly's website)!

This is a lovely story, showing what love and true faith truly mean in real life. No matter the hardships her family faced, they always knew they had each other, and that is something that can not be bought. It really is a great family movie for family movie night, as it encourages talking about family, acceptance (especially on those that are different from us), and how our faith is our guidepost, and once we let it go, we WILL be adrift at see. But if we hold onto it like the anchor it is, we will always find our way in life, a very important lessons to learn! We can't recommend this movie enough!

And since I love ya'll- here's Dolly singing the original song in concert!

About Dolly

Parton has sold over 100 million albums, she has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts (holding the record for female singers) and is the most honored female country singer of all time. She has received numerous awards and nominations, including 8 Grammy awards, 46 Grammy nominations, 2 Oscar nominations, a Tony nomination and even an Emmy nomination (making her one of only a handful of people to score nominations from all 4!). In 1999 she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and in 2005, she was given the US National Medal of Arts. She founded her own record label and songwriting company, allowing her to keep the copyright of all her songs (smart cookie indeed!). She also founded her own production company, for movies and TVv shows (like this one!). And amid all of this, she has stayed married to her husband of 50 years, Carl Dean! 

She opened her Dollywood theme park in 1986, and it continues to draw over 2.5 million visitors a year from all over the country and the world each year, along with her Dixie Stampede (opened in 1988) and Splash Country in 2001, making her venues the top attractions for the state of Tennessee! In 1988 she also started her Dollywood Foundation to inspire children in her home community to dream more, learn more, do more and care more. In 1995 they started Imagination Library, a charity that provides free monthly books giving every preschool child (946,000 and counting) a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten, in the US and Canada. Just click the link above to register your child, or one you know that would love to receive these award wining books (not all areas are covered, but you can sign yours up for the wait list, if it isn't)!

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