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Giveaway: Moonrise Kingdom Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

Debuting on home video today happens to be a film that’s in the running for my personal favorite among American releases of 2012. Moonrise Kingdom is just that kind of special.

If, however, you didn’t get a chance to catch it in theaters, but are a fan of director Wes Anderson’s other work, including his masterful kidlit adaptation The Fantastic Mr. Fox, check out some additional background connections (on the theme of “the outsider”) below. The text, which follows the giveaway rules and precedes the product details,  has been provided by the same folks who have graciously helped me with this giveaway.

But first, what exactly is CTP giving away? We have 2 copies of the Blu-ray and DVD combo pack of Moonrise Kingdom. Moreover, one of those two winners will also get a “grand” prize in the form of a pack of assorted goodies. Don’t quote me on this, but I believe this prize pack includes the following (check out the photo):

– The branded tote bag

– A cheese board, cheese knife and wine opener

– Two Moonrise Kingdom scouting badges

– Branded Moonrise Kingdom canteen

Okay, that’s it for now. Tomorrow we’ll take a look at what makes Moonrise Kingdom such a special pop culture text in terms of its representation of tweens, adults, and the relationship between them.

Giveaway Rules

  1. You must have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address to which the product can be shipped. You also can not have won a previous giveaway on Connect the Pop. (Let’s give some new folks a chance, shall we?)
  2. Leave a comment on any post that relates in some way either to tweens or to movies (or both). That should be pretty easy, but if you’re looking for a topic that really interests you, use the categories and tags to navigate the blog archives (the categories are at the top of any post, and the tags are at the bottom of any post, just above my bio).
  3. “@” me on Twitter with the hashtags #MoonriseKingdom and #ConnectThePop in the tweet to let me know you’ve done this, and the date of the post where you left the comment. (I’m @Peter_Gutierrez.)
  4. Everyone who does these two things between now and 12:01 am EST on October 18 will be entered into the drawing.
  5. If you don’t have a Twitter account, just have a friend or colleague tweet on your behalf, letting me know which date and comment is associated with the tweet—but of course since the Blu-ray/prize will be sent to him/her (see #6 below), you’ll have to work it out from there. (Or just start your own Twitter account in a couple of minutes, and close it when this giveaway is over.)
  6. I’ll notify you on Twitter, not here, if you’ve won, and if you don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll just draw another name. If you’re a winner, you’ll simply DM me your mailing address, which I will then make sure is passed along to Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and we’ll be all set. Thanks!



Moonrise Kingdom director Wes Anderson is a master at poignantly depicting those who are a bit different from most of the other characters in the world around them. Regardless of gender, era, and even species, Anderson manages to perfectly represent characters that we can all relate to in one way or another. Here, we’ve highlighted our top 5 most beloved “outsider” characters created by this Academy Award nominated director.

Rushmore – Max Fischer

1998’s Rushmore focuses on the life of Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a 15 year old with high ambitions and a low grade point average. He is ridiculed and rejected by most of his fellow classmates of Rushmore Academy and his closest confidante is Dirk, a much younger attendee of the school. Desperation for companionship, Max attempts to befriend both a young teacher (Olivia Williams), as well as the father of his classmates (Bill Murray). The two adults soon become involved in a love affair, leaving Max upset and jealous; however, he soon finds himself bonding with someone more his age – the equally ambitious Margaret Yang – and is able to find a place for himself at school.


The Royal Tenenbaums –  Margot Tenenbaum


It’s true that every member in the Tenenbaum family could be marked as an outsider: Overprotective parent Chas (Ben Stiller), Riche (Luke Wilson), the anxiety-ridden tennis prodigy, insensitive patriarch Royal (Gene Hackman). But arguably the character who dons the biggest outsider status is none other than Margot, the notoriously secretive adopted daughter who mysteriously lost half of a finger during a two-week period when she ran away from home as a child. Utterly depressed and unsatisfied with her life, Margot ends up being the object of not one, but two men’s affection – both her brother Richie, and his best friend – self declared “honorary Tenenbaum”, Eli Cash.



Fantastic Mr. Fox – Ash

 Awkward little Ash Fox has a lot to live up to, as his father, the “Fantastic” Mr. Fox, is quick, cunning, and essentially, everything their species should be.  And to make matters worse, his soft-spoken and athletically gifted cousin, Kristofferson, comes to live with him in his family’s tree while his father recovers from double pneumonia.  The two boys are barely on speaking terms, but begin to start their friendship anew once Kristofferson comes to Ash’s rescue when he is being bullied at school. Later on as the cousins aid Mr. Fox’ in his plan to rob three infamously nasty farmers, Ash must brave many obstacles to rescue his cousin from captivity. The young fox quickly matures and realizes that he has strengths of his own – his quirkiness being one of them!


Moonrise Kingdom – Sam Shakusky


Khaki Troop 55’s most eccentric member is without a doubt 12-year-old Sam Shakusky, played by newcomer Jared Gillman. Although Sam is extremely smart and resourceful in his outdoor survival skills, this misunderstood character just doesn’t quite fit in with his fellow scouts was abandoned by both his real parents and his foster family. Luckily, Sam finds a refuge in Suzy, his one true love, and the two are able to help each other feel like less of outsiders, and more like a part of their own little community.


Product Details:

The Moonrise Kingdom Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film compatible with iPhone®, iTunes®, iPad®, iPod®, iPod® touch, Android and online retailer partners, as well as UltraViolet.  UltraViolet is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers, and TVs.  Consumers can now enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO Blu-rayTM :  Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

·       UltraViolet™: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and instantly stream and download to TV’s, computers, tablets and smartphones. Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. Currently available in the United States only.
·       Digital Copy: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronics and portable devices including computers, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android™ and more!
  • BD-LIVETM : Access the BD-Live Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more!
  • pocket BLUTMapp:   The groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPad®,iPhone®, iPod®  touch,  Android, PC and Mac®  to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player.  Plus iPad® and Androidtablet  owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU made especially to take advantage of the tablets’ larger screen and high resolution display.  Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before.  pocket BLU offers advanced features such as:
    • Advanced Remote Control:  A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
    • Video Timeline:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
    • Mobile-To-Go:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • Browse Titles:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to
      Blu-ray Hi-Def.  They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
    • Keyboard:  Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
  • uHEAR:  Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your
    Blu-ray disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.



  • WELCOME TO THE ISLAND OF NEW PENZANCE: Bob Balaban narrates a series of guided tours from the locations of Moonrise Kingdom featuring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, and Wes Anderson
  • SET TOUR WITH BILL MURRAY:  Bill Murray personally takes viewers on a tour of the Moonrise Kingdom sets. 


Street Date:  October 16, 2012

Copyright:  2012 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.

Selection Number:  62123585

Running time:  1 Hour, 34 Minutes

Layers:  BD-50

Picture Format : Widescreen 

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Rating:  Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking

Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French

Sound:  DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/DVS Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Surround 5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0 (Bonus), Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, French (EU) DTS Surround 5.1

Street Date:  October 16, 2012

Copyright:  2012 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.

Selection Number: 62119942

Running time: 1 Hour, 34 Minutes

Layers: Dual Layer

Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Rating:  Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking

Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French

Sound:  Dolby Digital 5.1/ Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1″

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  1. steve weber says:

    saw this in theatres.. laughed the whole time..

    I follow you on twitter @groogruxking40