There Has Been An Awakening On Blu-ray

The day is almost here! On April 1st you can digitally download “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and a few days after that on April 5th you can purchase the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. I was able to get my hands on the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack last Friday. I couldn’t wait to open up that combo pack up and look at all the behind the scenes footage and deleted scenes. Before I did that though I watched the film again!

I was really impressed with the quality of the Blu-ray disc. Disney did a great job of bringing such a powerful movie that rocked us all in the theater and translated it brilliantly to our home theaters. The picture was crisp and the audio was perfect. I feel that some films lose their luster when you purchase them Blu-ray. Thankfully this wasn’t the case for “The Force Awakens.”

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” saw the eagerly anticipated reteaming of original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, along with Anthony Daniels, the only actor to have been in all seven Star Wars films, and Peter Mayhew. The returning cast was joined by Daisy Ridley, who beat out fierce competition to take the principal role of Rey, John Boyega as reluctant stormtrooper Finn; Emmy nominee Adam Driver as the villainous Kylo Ren, and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron.

I am guessing most of you have seen the film since it broke all sorts of box office records this past December. So let us get to the bonus features.

In the Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, we get to discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary. This is a fascinating documentary style of storytelling that gives us an inside look at what J.J. Abrams and the cast and crew did to make this film a success. We get to see an intense audition from Daisy Ridley. You see from her performance why she was selected to play the lead role.

I loved every minute of this four chapter series. We got to see Star Wars veterans like Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill share their memories from the past films and what it meant to be back on the set. Then you get the newcomers like Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Drive, and Oscar Isaac get all giddy to be on the same set at Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. I could feel their passion and love of landing these roles.

Another fantastic moment that will give you goosebumps is the feature called The Story Awakens: The Table Read. This is where we see all the cast members share their thoughts from that memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script. I love who they chose to be the narrator of that table read.

We all know and love R2-D2 and C-3PO, but what about the origins of BB-8? In the Building BB-8 feature we get to see how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars universe.

I remember the VHS tape my parents got me called “From Star Wars To Jedi” (which I still have) that had gave us an inside view on how the aliens and creatures were made for the original trilogy. In a feature called “Crafting Creatures” you get to see how the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.

In another segment you get to see how the lightsaber fight between Kylo Ren and Rey was set up and choreographed. That feature is called “Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight.”

Did you know that back in the day George Lucas wanted to go a different route for music instead of the disco music. Thankfully he did that and went with John Williams to create the music we all know and love. There is segment that highlights John Williams and his music in The Seventh Symphony. Here Williams shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens.

There is also the ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force, which is an insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects. Plus there is a feature on the Force For Change campaign, which shows us that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others.

And last but certainly not least there are a few deleted scenes that give you an inside view of what didn’t make the final cut of the film.

This Blu-ray/DVD set is a must have for anyone who is a Star Wars fan or looking to further their Jedi training!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available for pre-order on Amazon. Click here.

What Do Athletes Do When They Are Not Playing

Do they nap? Do they play video games? Do they relax? Well….yes they do all of these things and more. Recently Gatorade showcased what the top athletes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB do when they are done with a hard day’s work. Check out the videos below of Cam Newton, Paul George and Bryce Harper in action….well maybe not too much action!

Reebok Classic Presents The Lemar & Dauley Capsule Collection

Reebok Classic has been spot on with their recent releases. From shoes to clothing Reebok Classic is bringing back ideas from back in the day and mixing it with technology from the present. If there is one thing that Reebok owns in the game of basketball, its heritage. From the brand’s start in the sport in the early 80’s, Reebok has helped define the basketball landscape with groundbreaking footwear, sponsoring some of the game’s most awe-inspiring athletes.

For Spring/Summer 2016 Reebok Classic has teamed up with high impact streetwear brand, Lemar & Dauley, to deliver a unique footwear and apparel capsule. Focusing on the brand’s rich 90’s basketball heritage, the designs feature iconic Reebok athletes Allen Iverson, Shawn Kemp, and Dominique Wilkins.  However, rather than placing images of these legends against a typical basketball backdrop, Lemar & Dauley reinterprets them as “Basketball Gods” and tells a unique story throughout the collection. Utilizing engineered prints and cut lines on elevated fabrics and reflective detailing, the collection delivers a fresh of breath air into the retro basketball landscape.

The Reebok x Lemar & Dauley  capsule will launch on Friday, March 25, 2016, just in time for Easter Weekend, and it will be carried exclusively at and VILLA.

These Drinks Will Always Make The Highlight Reel

Is your bracket busted? If so don’t worry about it. I am guessing everyone is feeling your pain. I am right there with you. With all the crazy upsets that happened your interest in the tournament might not fully be there. We are still going to sit down this weekend and watch all the games.

While you are watching the games might I suggest these three cocktails below that will make the games a bit more enjoyable?  These whisky-based cocktails are perfect to sip on as you sit back and watch all your picks fight for a spot in the championship game. As always please enjoy these cocktails responsibly.

The Buzzer Beater

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Cannon Blast

0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.

The Three Pointer

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Deluxe

.5 oz. Lemon juice

.75 oz. Simple syrup

Garnish with lemon wedge.

The Alley-oop

1.3 oz. George Dickel Rye Whisky

0.5 oz. lemon juice

0.25 oz. ginger syrup

1 tsp. simple syrup

0.75 oz. sparkling water


Mint leaves

Muddle, shake, and double-strain into a punch glassor coupe.

Spring Is In The Air With These Cocktails

Ah….do you feel that warm breeze? The temperature outside is perfect. Now all you need to do is take out the patio furniture from the garage and enjoy a nice beverage. Jack Daniel’s – the world’s best-selling family of whiskeys – has some really creative and unique cocktail recipes that celebrate the weather beginning to warm up.

Here are some cocktails that you can enjoy responsibly during the Spring months.

Grilled Tennessee Sour

Grilled lemons give this classic sour some edge

1.5 oz. Jack Daniels Single Barrel select

1 oz.  Grilled Lemon Juice

1 oz.  Raw sugar syrup

2 dashes Orange Bitters

1 oz. Soda water

1 mint sprig

Directions: Add first 4 ingredients to shaker filled with ice.  Shake and double strain over ice filled Collins glass. Top with soda and garnish with grilled lemon wheel, mint, and a straw. Grill lemons at home:  Cut lemons in half and dip in lightly in white sugar place face down on a 400 degree grill. Remove when grill marks begin to appear.

The Spring Fling

2 oz. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select

3 lemon wedges

3 sprigs fresh thyme

3 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 oz. honey syrup

1 oz. ginger beer

Directions: Add two lemon wedges, 2 sprigs of rosemary and thyme to a shaker. Muddle to release oils from herbs and juice from lemons. Add honey syrup, Single Barrel Select, and fill with ice. Shake vigorously to combine, strain over an ice filled copper mug, and top with ginger beer. Garnish with lemon, rosemary, and thyme.

The Upper East Side of Lynchburg

2 oz. Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

1 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth

.5 oz. Chamomile tea syrup

2 dash lemon bitters

1 lemon wheel

Directions: Shake Tennessee Fire with citrus mix. Stain over ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a cherry. Make chamomile tea syrup at home: dissolve 1 cup of sugar in 2 cups of boiling water Steep 3 Chamomile tea bags for 4 minutes, cool and will store for 2 weeks.

Gentleman’s Tea Thyme

1 750 Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

1 qt chamomile tea chilled

1 cup honey syrup

1 pint fresh lemonade

2 lemons sliced into think rounds

1 bunch fresh thyme

Directions: Add all ingredients to the punch bowl stir well with a block of ice. Add thyme and lemons and serve.

Forbidden Fruit

1.5 oz. Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey

1 oz. apple brandy

.5 oz. maple syrup

.5 oz. orange juice

.5 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. Korbel Brut California champagne

2 dashes citrus bitters

1-3 thin red apple slices soaked in lemon juice

Directions: Add first 5 ingredients to shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain over ice filled Collins glass, top with Korbel Brut. Garnish with apple slices, dash of citrus bitters, and a straw.