Book Review “The Beatles: Yellow Submarine”

Author: The Beatles
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: April 24, 2012

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

Once upon a time (or maybe twice)…I can remember the first time I saw “The Beatles: Yellow Submarine” movie and it changed my life. Not only for film but also for music, animation and The Beatles overall. Now of course, the film is not only aimed at kids but also adults. This beautiful hardcover book is perfectly aimed for kiddies to enjoy.  I am looking forward to sharing this book with my daughter (due on May 23rd, 2012).  I have a feeling that this will be a popular bedtime book.

Candlewick Press did an amazing job with adapting this 1968 classic to introduce to a new generation and enjoy this psychedelic yet sweet storybook. Parents are able to also enjoy themselves while reading and take a trip down the nostalgic road. Pepperland has never looked better in this book with the bright and colorful images. I could swear that I could hear Sergeant Pepper’s Band playing quietly in the background and I went through this book.

It is hard to believe that this legacy all started from being inspired by the song “Yellow Submarine” on The Beatles’ “Revolver” album. Heinz Edelmann’s art looks just as amazing as it did back in 1968 and showcases The Beatles music so well. So more than thirty-five years later, the film continues to bring delight and enjoyment to both adults and children. Overall in closing, this book is a real treat and a wonderful trip into the world of The Beatles.

DVD Review “The Yellow Sea”

Directed by: Hong-Jin Na
Starring: Jung-woo Ha, Yun-seok Kim, Seong-Ha Cho
Distributed by: Fox World Cinema
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 137 min

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1 out of 5 stars

“The Yellow Sea” written and directed by Hong-Jin Na is the story of a desperate Chinese cab driver who is asked to carry out an assassination in South Korea. Shortly after arriving the cab driver realizes he has become entangled in a dangerous conspiracy. If you are looking for a medium paced foreign film that will keep you guessing at every turn then pick up a copy of Fox World Cinema’s “The Yellow Sea”.

Being a big fan of Asian cinema I was quite interested in checking this film out. Director/Writer Hong-Jin Na did not disappoint. From the overall look and feel of the film to its actual content “The Yellow Sea” was a rollercoaster ride of deception.  Jung-woo Ha did a great job in the lead role and was very convincing playing a man who had nothing to lose. Seong-Ha Cho played a great villain who as the film progressive we start to see that his character is a little more than Jung-woo or us as the viewers bargained for. There were a few points in the film where you really had to pay attention as the number of characters involved and their intersecting story lines did cause a bit of confusion. This observation aside the film still had relatively good flow and progression.

The special features portion of the disc I felt left something to be desired. Here you could find the trailer as well as a sneak peak of the film along with a few other Fox World Cinema Trailers. I am not a fan of when film companies do this and list them as “extras” or “special features”. Personally if I have already chosen this movie to watch I am probably not going to spend my time watching the trailer or sneak peak’s of the film when I already have the full version of the film to watch. I understand some people do want to have these types of so called “special features” but maybe they could have at least included an interview or two with cast/crew to help beef up this section.