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WONDER is Available on Digital 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand NOW!!!!!

WONDER is available on Digital January 30th, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand February 13th

Bullying has become so pervasive in school environments that the thought of sending my kid to middle school scares the daylights out of me. But movies like Wonder have gracefully allowed for conversations about how to deal with adolescent drama to start in both the home and school environments. Because of the profound effect it had on children, the book was immediately put into the classroom curriculum at my child’s school which was fantastic. This gave my child’s class a chance to speak their minds about their own personal bullying experiences. A big thank you to Stephen Chbosky, the director, for adapting this book into mainstream feature films!

Of course, there are many more storylines the movie includes such as family dynamics, friendship drama and the importance of choosing “kindness”. Plus if you are looking for a good cry, with a happy ending of course, this would be a perfect movie choice. With that said, this movie just became available on 4k Ultra HD, Combo Pack, Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD, YAY! To celebrate this announcement, BelAirMommie was invited to attend the Wonder event at the California Science Center.

If you’ve seen the movie, you know that Auggie wears a space helmet, sleeps in an astronaut bed, and sleeps under a starry night, so the California Science Center was a great place to launch the big announcement. Not only was this a fun, glow in the dark slime making experience, it was informative which helped further explain the premise of the movie. The event opened with the brilliant Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph D. who spoke in depth about her research on the science of kindness. Basically, we are all born with the drive to be “kind”. She showed videos of clumsy adults dropping important objects, and innately children would jump at the chance to help out. As most of us know and she further explained, when children get older they tend to be scientists in training who “test” the boundaries – of which this is all normal children behavior. In the end it is human nature to revert back to our homeostasis of peace and make efforts to reconciling happiness among our relationships. Plus! If you think for one moment we are all stuck in our ways, she made a very interesting point that our behaviors are flexible. All we have to do is exercise the habit of change and we too can become nicer and more mindful. Even so much as a smile directed towards someone can give another human a rush of dopamine – try it!

In addition to Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas’s speech, we were able to sit down and speak with her intimately about her research; we also spoke with Izabela Vidovic, who played Auggies sister, Via, Stephen Chbosky, the director, and Arjen Tuiten, the Academy Award-winning creator and designer of Auggie’s face. Every person spoke about how this movie personally touched their lives and how filming such an emotional movie was emotionally challenging. In fact, Izabela was so moved by the movie she started an organization called “Passion for Compassion” in which she raises money specifically for those with facial disorders so she can help them get any assistance they may need. During the filming, Stephen mentioned that at one point during a scene, the boys who were picking on Auggie were having issues because they couldn’t be mean enough! Again, as Emiliana states, it is not in our nature to be mean.

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