Blu-ray, DVD Release: Hop

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 23, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

HopReleased in time for Easter, 2011 animated/live-action movie Hop tells the story of a bunny who wants to rock. Problem is, E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand, Get Him To the Greek) is destined to be the Easter Bunny.

E.B. heads to Hollywood to become a rock drummer and meets Fred (James Marsden, Straw Dogs), an out of work slacker with his own goals. Together, they encounter mishaps and misadventures as they help each other recognize the importance of family.

The children’s film also features the voices of Hugh Laurie (TV’s House), Hank Azaria (The Smurfs), Gary Cole (The Joneses), Elizabeth Perkins (TV’s Weeds), comedienne Chelsea Handler (TV’s In the Motherhood) and  David Hasselhoff as himself.

Critics weren’t too fond of Hop, with New York Daily News‘ critic Elizabeth Weitzman saying the film is “as fake and forgettable as a marshmallow Peep.” But families enjoyed the movie, helping it gross $108 million when it was in theaters.

On disc, Hop is available in both Blu-ray and DVD combo packs including the new mini movie “Phil’s Dance Party,” starring the chicks Phil and Carlos. Phil crashes after eating too much candy and Carlos must perform the Merengue solo in the big dance finale.

Hop Blu-ray boxThe combo packs also contain these special features:

  • “The World of Hop” interactive map of Easter Island to explore the making of Hop
  • “All Access With Cody Simpson,” with the teen heartthrob performing the movie’s theme song and attending his first Hollywood movie red carpet event, the Hop world premiere
  • “Russell Brand: Being the Bunny,” a look at Brand’s brain as he prepares to become the Easter Bunny
  • “Russell Brand’s Kid Crack Ups” with Brand interviewing kids
  • “Carlos On Carlos: The Premiere According to Carlos,” with the chick hosting a look at the world premiere
  • “Emotion in Motion: The Dance of Ken Daurio,” with the film’s co-writer discussing his inspiration for the dancing chick
  • “Post Coup Commentary: Carlos & Phil Tell All” with Azaria telling about Carlos and Phil’s relationship
  • three games:
    • “E.B.’s Candy Challenge,” in which players must get across the finish line first and play mini-games along the way
    • “Drum Along,” in which players compete to play drum sequences with E.B.
    • “Pink Beret Skill Tester,” in which players test their skills, such as memory and observation, to see if they have what it takes to become a Pink Beret
  • downloadable digital copy of the movie
  • UltraViolet, so viewers can include Hop in their digital cloud
  • U-Control to see special features without leaving the film
  • BD-Live
  • UHear to make sure viewers don’t miss any dialog
  • Pocket Blu, which allows smart phones to interact with Blu-ray players.

Check out the cute and cuddly trailer:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.