Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ring The Bell: A DVD Review




"Ring The Bell," the first feature film from Beach Street Entertainment, is set to release to DVD April 9th (Provident Films). The movie was produced by Beach Street Records' founder and Casting Crowns’ producer Mark A. Miller. Miller, the lead singer and founder of country music group Sawyer Brown, co-wrote the script with Thomas Weber, and Weber directed the production.

Provident Films ("Courageous," "Fireproof" and "October Baby") is a partner in the marketing and distribution of this family-friendly movie. "Ring The Bell" is the first in a slate of faith-based films to be produced by Beach Street Entertainment, the independent studio affiliated with Miller's Beach Street Music.

"Ring The Bell" shares the story of a slick, big city sports agent Rob Decker who seems to have it all.  But on his latest mission to sign a high school baseball superstar, Rob becomes stranded in a small town where the simplicity of life—and the faith of the people—stands in stark contrast to his own fast-paced, win-at-all-costs mindset. Torn between these two worlds, will Rob have the courage to let faith transform his life? This heartwarming story of redemption is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.
 
"Like everyone I know, I love movies—especially when it’s a movie that my whole family can enjoy together and that’s the kind of movie we hope we’ve made with 'Ring the Bell,' shares Miller. "We wanted to tell a story that was funny and entertaining with faith in action at its center. It’s been an amazing experience to see it all come to life on the screen. The Gospel has always been shared through story, and my prayer is that 'Ring the Bell' offers a story of the Good News played out in everyday life."

"Ring The Bell" features a host of well-known Christian music artists, such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Matthew West, and Mark Hall along with his band Casting Crowns, all who play a role in this inspirational drama. Several former and current Major League Baseball all-stars are also featured in the film: ESPN analysts John Kruk and Rick Sutcliffe (a former Cy Young Award winner), along with Ben Zobrist.

For the first time ever, LifeWay Films is providing a way for churches to host a simulcast world movie premiere of "Ring The Bell." This will begin April 3 and culminate April 7. To find out more, visit LifeWay.com/ringthebell
 
Churches that are interested in showing the movie after the world premiere can obtain a church exhibition license. They are available for pre-purchase by visiting RingTheBellTheMovie.com/movieevents 
 
According to Josh Kaplan, Executive Producer of FOX TV's Good Day LA, he shares "The message in Ring the Bell is honest and powerful: Faith is its own miracle, and those who find that truly are blessed.”
 
Provident Films, a division of Provident Music Group, develops, produces and markets faith-based films. Nashville-based Provident Music Group, a division of Sony Music
Entertainment, has been one of the world’s leading Christian entertainment companies for more than three decades. A few Provident Films have been "October Baby" starring John Schneider and Jasmine Guy (2012), and "Courageous" from Sherwood Pictures, which opened as the No. 1 new movie on Sept. 30, 2011, and topped the US DVD chart in January 2012.

DVD Special Features:
The Heart of "Ring the Bell"
Casting Crowns “The Well” Music Video
On Set with Casting Crowns
Famous Faces
A Very Special Movie
Ringing the Bell
The Artists and Music of "Ring The Bell"

Get more information at the official movie website.



My Review:

I have always been a movie buff, but since becoming a parent in 2006, I have definitely become more discerning in my viewing choices. Especially now that my girls are old enough to sit through non-animated movies, I love finding ones that are family friendly, without sex, swearing and otherwise inappropriate situations for children to see.  We have thoroughly enjoyed Fireproof, Courageous, The Grace Card, Rust, Facing The Giants, and Faith Like Potatoes just to name a few. And Ring The Bell is another movie that I would have no problem viewing with my children in the room. And in fact we did. The girls, at only four and six years old of course did not hold their attention for the whole movie but they loved the singing (Casting Crowns hit, "Glorious Day" is one of my eldest daughter's favorite songs) and the baseball scenes. 

The story line was very interesting and I thought that the acting was very well done, with relative unknown actors. This was actually a benefit as you had no preconceived notions of their abilities or type casts to think about. While the majority of the cast is unknown to most of us, there are a few that are worth mentioning. The writer/producer Mark Miller is the lead vocal in the mega successful country music group, Sawyer Brown, there are appearances by Casting Crowns and Steven Curtis Chapman and one of the stars of the television show, "Nashville",  Casey Bond, plays character, Scooter. 

The main theme of this movie is that what we think we want may not be what we need and that we need to heed God's Will and follow it. Even when we do follow Him, life is not always going to be easy, we are going to experience hard and difficult times but He will carry through for His purpose. We just have to be willing to follow Him and listen to what He wants, not go on our own.

If you are looking for a great movie to add to your family movie night or home date night viewing experiences, I highly recommend Ring The Bell. You will not be disappointed. 

I give this movie a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Ring The Bell online here.

***I received a complimentary copy of the above DVD, courtesy of Merge PR, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great family friendly movie! Thanks for the review! :)

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