Monday, January 12, 2015

Flyby Review: The Identical DVD

We recently had the opportunity to review the delightful family movie The Identical, starring Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, and newcomer Blake Rayne.  I may have been interested in this movie for different reasons from many people.  It is about identical twins separated at birth.  One was adopted.  Since I was adopted, this story of the adopted twin unraveling his history was fascinating to me.

The music and the storyline are probably of more interest to most people.  Everyone is looking for a place and a purpose in life.  The Identical tells the story of one man searching for his own identity and purpose, needing redemption and meaning even though he was raised in a good family.  It is a great family movie with an original story.

The only thing that confused me was the similarity to the Elvis Presley story.  The singer looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis, and discovered his music similarly to Elvis, but the story is not about Elvis at all.  In fact, Elvis Presley and the Beatles are mentioned in the film as being other popular musicians of the time period.  Upon further research, we found that Blake Rayne was an Elvis impersonator before doing this, his first movie.  We also discovered that Elvis did indeed have an identical twin brother - Jesse Garon Presley - who was stillborn 35 minutes before Elvis's birth.  Perhaps that inspired this story.

If you are looking for a family-friendly movie for Friday night, pop some popcorn and pop in The Identical DVD.  January, being the birth month of Elvis and many other great people (me!), is a great time for this activity!  (Elvis and Jesse Presley would have been 80 on January 8.)

Another tidbit from my research that I found interesting, though entirely unimportant, is that Blake Rayne is 40 years old.  He looks very young in the movie and pulls off being a teenager and young adult with the 46-year-old Ashley Judd as his mother very well!!

In honor of Elvis's 80th birthday, what is your favorite Elvis song?  Leave a comment here or on Facebook by January 19, and one lucky person will win a copy of The Identical DVD!

About the film:Rated PG / Approx. 107 minutes
The Identical, starring Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, and Blake Rayne is a redemptive movie about a young man, the son of a preacher, who rejects his father’s desire for him to join the ministry and instead embarks on a career as a rock singer. As he struggles to pursue his dream and rise to stardom, he finds love, pain, success, failure and ultimately uncovers a hidden family secret that reveals who he really us. The Identical is a captivating story about a family restored and a life discovered that lifts your soul and warms your heart.
The DVD that we’d like to send you contains over 85 minutes of bonus content including “Making The Identical,” Behind the Scenes, and Deleted Scenes!
Click here for the official website! 
Click here to view and share the trailer! 
Check out this special offer from Family Christian —> Purchasing the DVD from this link comes with The Identity Series DVD (more info on THE IDENTICAL website)

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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