Best Kids & Family Movie – Mystery & Thrillers

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1. The Nativity Story

by: New Line Home Video
Release date: Mar 20, 2007
Run Time: 161 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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2. Scrooge

by: Paramount
Release date: Sep 23, 2003
Run Time: 113 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Scrooge was designed as a follow-up to 1968’s Oliver, the Oscar-winning musicalization of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. The umpteenth musical version of Dickens’ 1843 novelette A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is blessed with several sprightly Leslie Bricusse songs, including the bonafide hit Thank You Very Much. Once more buried under mounds of latex, Albert Finney is perfection itself as Ebeneezer Scrooge, proving as effective as a young (un-made up) man as the old skinflint we’ve grown to love. The Three Ghosts who turn the miserly Scrooge’s life around on Christmas Eve are portrayed by Edith Evans (Past), Kenneth More (Present) and Paddy Stone (Yet to Come). Our favorite among the huge, predominantly British supporting cast is Sir Alec Guinness as a fussy, slightly effeminate Marley’s Ghost. Best of all, Finney performs his many songs “live” and not lip-synched to a pre-recording. Though it is overproduced to the hilt, and its Technicolor photography tends to induce eyestrain, Scrooge is more than satisfactory Yuletide entertainment.
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3. To Have and Have Not

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Nov 04, 2003
Run Time: 100 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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4. That Darn Cat!

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: May 03, 2005
Run Time: 116 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The fur flies when a smart Siamese cat goes undercover and Hayley Mills and Dean Jones team up for mystery, adventure, and wild comedy on Disney DVD. When the irrepressible and always hungry D.C. (Darn Cat) turns up with a wristwatch for a collar, it becomes a tip-off to an unsolved robbery and kidnapping. You don’t know who’s tailing who as nosy neighbors, jealous boyfriends, and a highly allergic FBI agent play a game of cat and mouse to crack the baffling case. Don’t miss the spectacular supporting cast featuring Dorothy Provine, Roddy McDowall, Frank Gorshin, and Ed Wynn, plus 100 purr-cent feline family fun!
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5. The Time Machine

by: Turner Home Ent
Release date: Oct 03, 2000
Run Time: 103 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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6. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

by: New Line
Release date: Mar 18, 2013
Run Time: 101 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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7. The Great Mouse Detective (Mystery in the Mist Edition)

by: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date: Apr 13, 2010
Run Time: 74 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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From the creators of The Princess and the Frog and The Little Mermaid comes the story of a clever little hero on a great big adventure. Join the Sherlock Holmes of Mousedom on a heroic journey unraveling clues through London. If you like Sherlock Holmes, you’ll love The Great Mouse Detective. When the diabolical Professor Ratigan kidnaps the city’s master toymaker, the brilliant Basil of Baker Street and his trusted sidekick Dawson set off to track down Basil’s lifelong nemesis. Little do they know that the evil rat’s trail leads all the way to The Queen at Buckingham Palace! Get on the case with Basil, the master of disguise, as he tries to elude the ultimate rattrap and foil the perfect crime. Now digitally remastered, fully restored and complete with exclusive bonus features, The Great Mouse Detective is better than ever in the Mystery In The Mist Edition!

Bonus Features Include: All-New Digital Restoration, New So You Think You Can Sleuth Game, The Making Of The Great Mouse Detective, The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind Sing-Along Song, Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray Is Suite!, Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go

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8. The Land Before Time V – The Mysterious Island

by: Universal Studios
Release date: Apr 01, 2003
Run Time: 74 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Beyond the Great Valley lies an island of beauty and mystery. In this wondrous place, Littlefoot, Cera, Spike, Ducky and Petrie will discover old and new friends, face exciting challenges, and share the adventure of a lifetime! It’s a brand-new, song-filled, animated classic as the ongoing story of The Land Before Time continues. One day, a cloud of “Swarming Leaf Gobblers” descends upon the Great Valley and devours every plant in sight. Now the once-lush landscape is barren and empty, and the Valley herds must search for a new home until the leaves grow back. But when quarreling among the adults threatens to separate them, Littlefoot and his prehistoric pals set off on their own. Their search takes them across the Big Water – where strange creatures live and swim – to the shores of a mysterious island where they become reacquainted with Chomper, the adorable young Sharptooth from The Great Valley Adventure! This time, the tables have turned and Chomper must protect his plant-eating friends from the Sharpteeth of the island – including his own parents! With dazzling animation, memorable songs, and a story of courage and generosity, The Land Before Time: The Mysterious Island celebrates the gift of lasting friendship, a bond greater than time, separation and differences.
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9. Scooby Doo & The Monster of Mexico [VHS]

by: Turner Home Ent
Release date: Sep 30, 2003
Run Time: 75 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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10. The Rescuers

by: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, Geraldine Page, John Candy, Joe Flynn, Burny Mattinson, Byron Simpson, David Michener
Release date: Apr 17, 2016
Rated: G (General Audience)
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11. Creature From the Black Lagoon (Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection)

by: Universal Studios
Release date: Jul 24, 2007
Run Time: 80 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Scientists drug and capture the creature, who becomes enamored with the head scientist’s female assistant (Julie Adams). The lonely creature, “a living amphibious missing link,” escapes and kidnaps the object of his affection. Chief scientist (Richard Carlson) then launches a crusade to rescue his assistant ans cast the ominous creature back to the depths from where he came. Well-acted and directed, and with Bud Westmore’s brilliantly designed monster, Creature From The Black Lagoon remains an enduring tribute to the imaginative genius of its Hollywood creators.
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12. The Pagemaster

by: 20th Century Fox
Release date: May 28, 2002
Run Time: 80 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Seeking refuge from a storm, timid Richard Tyler enters an empty library only to be swept away into the magical animated world of the Pagemaster. It’s a timeless place of wonder and discovery where legendary characters from literary classics come alive. Richard meets the infamous “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide” and comes face to face with the mighty “Moby Dick,” the treacherous pirates on “Treasure Island” an a giant fire – breathing dragon, Guided by a trio of talking books – Adventure, Fantasy and horror – Richard must conquer his greatest fears before he can find his way home.
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13. The Great Muppet Caper – Kermit’s 50th Anniversary Edition

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: Nov 29, 2005
Run Time: 98 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Stop the presses! The crime of the century has occurred, and investigative reporters Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo are out to crack the case in this song-filled, star-studded extravaganza directed by the legendary Jim Henson. Our heroes arrive in London to interview Lady Holiday (Diana Rigg), a high-fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace has just been stolen. But when Kermit mistakes lovely receptionist/would-be model Miss Piggy for her aristocratic employer, it’s love at first sight. Unfortunately, Lady Holiday’s scheming brother (Charles Grodin) is also wooing the sultry swine — so he can frame her for another brazen jewel heist! Now it’s up to Kermit and his Muppet pals to clear Piggy’s name and catch the real culprits. Packed with music, remarkable production numbers, and hilarious cameo performances (including John Cleese, Peter Falk, Jack Warden, Robert Morley, and Peter Ustinov), this restored and remastered 50th Anniversary Edition of THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER is the wackiest story ever told! ~~(c) The Muppets Holding Company, LLC and BVHE. MUPPETS characters and elements are trademarks of The Muppets Holding Company. All Rights Reserved.~ ~~
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14. The Land Before Time II-V 4-Movie Family Fun Pack

by: Universal Studios
Release date: Feb 18, 2014
Run Time: 292 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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4 fun-filled movies for the entire family including The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure, The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving and The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists.
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15. Anastasia [Blu-ray]

by: 20th Century Fox
Release date: Mar 22, 2011
Run Time: 94 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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A spellbinding mix of adventure, comedy, romance and music, this acclaimed animated spectacular tells the thrilling story of the lost Russian princess Anastasia and her quest to find her true identity. When the shadow of revolution falls across Russia, the royal family’s youngest daughter barely escape with her life. Years later, Anastasia and a band of heroic companions must battle the evil Rasputin, his sidekick Bartok the bat and a host of ghostly minions in a headlong race to reach Paris, reclaim her rightful destiny and solve the greatest mystery of the 20th century.
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16. Scooby-Doo in Where’s My Mummy? [VHS]

by: Ingram Entertainment
Release date: Feb 07, 2006
Run Time: 75 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Scooby-Doo and the Gang run for their mummies as ancient mysteries unravel. Archaelogist and super sleuth Velma is in Egypt for the unveiling ceremony of the restored Sphinx – a mysterious mythical creature with the head of a man and the body of a lion – only to discover a hidden tomb belonging to Cleopatra herself! But beward the ancient pharaoh’s curse: “The Nile will fall, the desert shall rise and all who dare enter will be turned to stone!” Of course that won’t stop Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. team from going inside and finding something even more mummifying…a cursed army of the undead! So sit down in the comfort of your own tomb and witness the most spectacular Scooby-Doo full-length movie adventure yet!
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17. Ice Station Zebra

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Sep 27, 2005
Run Time: 148 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, Patrick McGoohan. An American sub commander stationed in the North Pole unexpectedly finds himself in the middle of a brutal U.S.-Soviet conflict. John Sturges directed this suspenseful Cold War thriller. 1968/color/150 min/NR/widescreen.
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18. The Muppet Movie [VHS]

by: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Frank Oz, Jack Burns, Jack Rose, Jay Tarses, Jerry Juhl
Release date: Apr 17, 2016
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Always enjoyable to watch. Bought this as a gift for someone who loves the muppets and loved the movie.
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19. The Moon Spinners (The Hayley Mills Collection, Vol. 4)

by: Walt Disney Home Video
Release date: Mar 03, 1998
Run Time: 119 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Start with a fortune in stolen jewels. Add a dash of danger. A pinch of romance. Season with Hitchcock-like intrigue and comic flair. What do you have? A mystery thriller for the whole family … with the Disney touch. Set against the sun-bleached beauty of the Isle of Crete, the story pits a young English tourist (Hayley Mills) against a wily Greek jewel thief (Eli Wallach). Mistaken identities and perilous escapes — including a nail-biting battle with a windmill — lead the junior-miss detective to a final confrontation aboard the yacht of an eccentric millionairess (Pola Negri) with a passion for priceless gems and pet cheetahs!
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20. The Princess Diaries 2 – Royal Engagement (Full Screen Edition)

by: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: Dec 14, 2004
Run Time: 113 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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Starring the irresistible Anne Hathaway (ELLA ENCHANTED) and Academy Award(R) winner Julie Andrews (1964, Best Actress, MARY POPPINS), this modern-day fairy tale picks up right where THE PRINCESS DIARIES left off! As future queen of Genovia, Princess Mia (Hathaway) has everything a girl could want — except the magical romance she’s always dreamed of. But soon, Mia’s shocked to discover that she needs to get married right now or her family will lose the crown! Comic complications rule the day in this delightful family story about finding out who you really are and discovering what it takes to make your dreams come true!
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21. Pooh’s Heffalump Movie [VHS]

by: Buena Vista Home Ent
Release date: May 24, 2005
Run Time: 68 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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A heffalump is heard trumpeting in the hundred acre woods. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and Piglet are scared and rush to Rabbit’s house for advice. Roo joins them and they all agree that heffalumps are nearby after finding a huge footprint. They decide to set out on an expedition to catch the heffalump. Roo is not allowed to come along because he is too little.
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22. Recess: School’s Out

by: Andrew Lawrence, Rickey D’Shon Collins, Jason Davis, Ashley Johnson, Courtland Mead, Han-young Kang, Joe Ansolabehere, Joe Ansolabehere, Michael Tyau, Paul Germain, Paul Germain, Jonathan Greenberg
Release date: Apr 17, 2016
Run Time: 82 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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23. FernGully – The Last Rainforest

by: 20th Century Fox
Release date: Feb 19, 2002
Run Time: 76 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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24. Pokemon the First Movie – Mewtwo vs. Mew

by: Warner Home Video
Release date: Mar 21, 2000
Run Time: 96 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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The adventure explodes into action with the debut of Mewtwo, a bio-engineered Pokemon created from the DNA of Mew, the rarest of all Pokemon. Determined to prove its superiority, Mewtwo lures Ash, Pikachu and others into a Pokemon match like none before. Mewtwo vs. Mew. Super-clones vs. Pokemon. It’s the ultimate showdown … with the very future of the world at stake! Also, includes the mini-movie Pikachu’s Vacation and never-before-seen bonus footage!

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary by M. Haigney & N. Grossfeld
Featurette:“Pikachu’s Vacation” – 19:00 with chapters
Music Video:“Don’t Say You Love Me” by M2M (3:42)
Other:Preview of “Pokemon: The Second Movie” (1:00) “Mewtwo’s Origin” (2:17)

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25. Walt Disney Treasures – Disney Rarities – Celebrated Shorts, 1920s – 1960s

by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney
Release date: Dec 06, 2005
Run Time: 326 minutes
Rated: G (General Audience)
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This fascinating volume features some of Walt’s most unique animated triumphs. Included are several of Walt’s “The Alice Comedies,” a pioneering series of early short films that combined live-action and animation. These wonderful, lesser-known unique films pre-date much of the work that would make him world-famous. “Alice’s Wonderland” is one of Walt’s very first films. Fans will enjoy the unique animation of “Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom,” which won an Academy Award(r) (Best Short Subject (Cartoon) 1953) and was the first cartoon produced in Cinemascope. This short film established a completely new animation style for the Studio. DISNEY RARITIES, CELEBRATED SHORTS 1920s-1960s showcases a large collection of Walt’s outstanding animated shorts that fans may not be aware of. Bonus features include: “Alice’s Cartoon World” in which Leonard Maltin discusses Disney’s historic “Alice” shorts with Virginia Davis who played the original Alice when she was 4-years old; “From Kansas City to Hollywood” – a timeline of Walt’s silent era; “A Feather In His Collar” a rarely seen short supporting the Community Chest; audio commentary for “A Symposium On Popular Songs” by composer Richard Sherman, and still frame galleries. Introductions by Leonard Maltin.

CONTENTS
* Alice’s Wonderland * Ben and Me
* Alice Gets in Dutch * Football, Now and Then
* Alice’s Wild West Show * Toot, Whistle, Plunk & Boom
* Alice in the Jungle * Pigs Is Pigs
* Alice’s Egg Plant * Social Lion
* Alice’s Mysterious Mystery * A Cowboy Needs a Horse
* Alice the Whaler * Hooked Bear
* Ferdinand the Bull * In the Bag
* Chicken Little * Jack and Old Mac
* The Pelican and the Snipe * The Story of Anyburg, U.S.A.
* The Truth about Mother Goose * The Brave Engineer
* Paul Bunyan * Morris, the Midget Moose
* Noah’s Ark * Lambert, the Sheepish Lion
* Goliath II * The Little House
* The Saga of Windwagon Smith * Adventures in Music: Melody
* A Symposium on Popular Songs

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