Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kilimanjaro And A Brony Tale On The August DVD Release Calendar From Virgil Films And Entertainment

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Virgil Films & Entertainment announced two new home entertainment selections this past week that will be ready for delivery during the month of August.

Life is messy and rarely are the plans made and the paths taken lead to their intended destinations.   That’s the message that writer/director Walter Strafford has for Doug (Brian Geraghty — Boardwalk Empire, The Hurt Locker, etc.) in the Aug. 12 DVD debut of the comedy, Kilimanjaro.   Always have Plan B at the ready!

Doug is a New Yorker.  Up and coming, nice career-oriented job, well-educated and with a beautiful love interest that comes in the form of Clare (Alexia Rasmussen — California Solo, Last Weekend, etc.).   Life is good … damn near perfect.

But there’s this nagging little thing gnawing somewhere in the back of his mind, “maybe this isn’t what I really want to do.”   So when Clare wants to takes things to the next level, Doug finds himself taking the “leave me” part of the “love me or leave me” proposition to heart.

He suddenly gets it in his mind that he like to take on the challenge of climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.   His choice of a training partner seems a little suspect (another nice turn by Chris Marquette, who was also rock solid in The Odd Way Home).   But nothing in Doug’s rapidly changing world seems to make much sense … it just seems to be a never ending series of one question being asked of him: “WHY?”

He asks his boss for time off.  The answer is, of course, no.   So does he take this new life-path?    Tell his boss to pound sand?   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyDoes he go to Africa and live his dream?   Will the new girl, Yvonne (Abigail Spencer), whom he has met while “training,” be the answer?   

And what about his parents … how does he break the news to them that he’s tossing everything in his life away so that he can go climb some stupid mountain half-a-world-away?

If you are expecting the obvious, don’t.  Kilimanjaro isn’t some nice-and-neat romantic comedy with an all-too-obvious ending.   Just remember, Plan B!  That’s what life mostly is … Plan B.

The following week, Aug. 19, Virgil Films and Entertainment has documentary filmmaker Brent Hodge’s offbeat look at the world of “The Bronies” in the DVD debut of A Brony Tale.

Ashleigh Bell has made quite the impressive career as a voice talent.   She’s been “Oopsy Bear” with the Care Bears: Adventures in Care-A-Lot animated series, “Plum Pudding” in the Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures and “Allura” in Voltron Force.  She has even been a whole series of creatures on Dinosaur Train, but the one series that yielded the most fans was her voice performance as “Applejack” in the popular My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic animated series.

She has legends of Brony fans.  For the uninitiated, a “Brony” is an adult male (18 to about 35) who have become enamored with the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic series.  
They hold conventions (worldwide), write stories and songs and create art and also raise money for charitable causes … all of these activities are derived from their “appreciation” for the series, which is actually targeted for young girls.

With camera and crew in tow, Brent Hodge followed Ashleigh Ball to BronyCon in New York City to see what all of the hubbub was about.   What she found was very unexpected … so come along and see for yourself on Aug. 19!

To download this week's complete edition of the DVD and Blu-ray Release Report:  DVD & Blu-ray Release Report

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