~I am a Fox Home Entertainment Insider and received a copy of The Book of Life for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
If you are looking for a fun way to spice up Valentine’s and make it a lot of fun for the family, I have a few cute suggestions from The Book of Life! But first let me tell you a little about the film…
The Book of Life is an adventurous love story animation written and directed by Emmy Award Winning Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro (one of my favorite authors!). The voice cast stars Diego Luna (MILK) as Manolo, Channing Tatum (who needs no introduction) as Joaquin and Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Maria; plus many more amazing voices!
Once childhood friends, Manolo, Joaquin and Maria were split apart when Maria was sent away for bad behavior. As both boys were (and are) in love with her, they compete for her affections as children and later as adults; never knowing that they are both being controlled by outside forces that are also in competition with one another. The story spans three different worlds as Manolo sets off on an epic quest to reunite with Maria and defend his village while being torn between his family and his heart.
The Book of Life is a breathtaking visual escape into animation merged with music and magic. It takes place around Día de Muertos/The Day of the Dead, which makes the whole film a big celebration of life, love and rebirth. There’s even a special feature short, “The Adventures of Chuy”, that continues the fun with the scene-stealing pig!
Other Blu-ray Special Features Include:
- The Adventures of Chuy – All-New Short
- Closer Look at The Book of Life
- The Music of Life
- Digital Carpenters: Behind The Book of Life at Reel FX
- Music Machine: Featuring Latin-inspired Versions of Popular Songs
- “No Matter Where You Are” Music Video by Us the Duo
- Audio Commentary by Jorge R. Gutierrez
- Theatrical Trailer
- 5 Galleries
I love this movie! It’s the perfect hit for a sweet Valentine’s whether you are an animation junkie, love watching movies with the family or you just have great taste in animated films. Now here’s a few great healthy recipe suggestions on how to spice up (quite literally) your Valentine’s with The Book of Life!
To pick up a copy of The Book of Life on Blu-ray Combo head to your nearest movie outlet, or grab it on Amazon! It is definitely a keeper for the film shelf!