The Help on DVD – Gift Guide Pick

This summer’s hit drama, “The Help,” comes home for the holidays on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand, today!

The movie takes place in the early 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi, where a female journalist Eugenia “Skeeter” Pehlan (Emma Stone) decides to tell the story of the ‘the help’ from their own point of view.

The Help Blu-ray Combo Pack provides audiences with the chance to delve deeper into the movie through compelling, never-before-seen bonus features, including “The Making of ‘The Help:’ From Friendship To Film,” an intimate look at how the life-changing experiences of close-knit childhood friends director Tate Taylor and novelist Kathryn Stockett led to the creation of the best-selling novel and its transition to the big screen.

Here’s a short clip which features my favorite character from the movie Minny.

Additional bonus includes “In Their Own Words: A Tribute To the Maids Of Mississippi,” which is an honest observation of lie in the South from real-life maids; Deleted Scenes; and Mary J. Blige’s “The Living Proof,” music video from the film’s end titles.

When you watch this movie you will become so engrossed in it.  The characters will touch you in a way you weren’t expecting.  I think because of the time period and because it is steeped in history, even though it is a work of fiction you feel towards Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny, you shake your head at Elizabeth’s confusion and yes, even want to slap Hilly.  This is the second time I’ve seen the movie, I first watched it on our Disney Cruise back in August, and I can’t wait to watch it again, it’s a great story.

I’d be surprised if you didn’t have someone on your gift list that wouldn’t like this as a gift.  This week only you can get $5.00 off the Blu-ray Combo Pack when purchasing in retail stores.  Click the picture below to be brought to the website so you can choose to print the coupon for use in the U.S. or in Canada.

Coinciding with the DVD/Blu-ray release of THE HELP on December 6, a national donation campaign will run from December 1 to December 11 to generate food and funds to help feed the 1 in 6 people in the United States who do not have enough to eat.

To help put food in the hands of as many people/families in need this holiday season, FEEDING America and THE HELP are asking consumers to please help contribute in one of the following ways.

It’s this simple:

DONATE ONLINE – Every $1.00 donated can help FEEDING AMERICA provide meals eight meals for people in need. People who make online donations at between December 1 and 11 will receive a limited-time $5.00 off coupon toward the purchase of the film THE HELP on Blu-ray or DVD.  Touchstone Pictures, the affiliate of The Walt Disney Company that distributed THE HELP, will provide a matching donation of up to $10,000, with a goal of providing more than 200,000 meals to families at risk of hunger.

GET SOCIAL – Throughout the month of December, Facebook and Twitter fans of THE HELP will be encouraged to take action in their local communities. THE HELP Facebook and Twitter accounts will post details about how people can get involved and ask fans to provide feedback and talk about their local community efforts/contributions.

DROP OFF FOODFEEDING America and THE HELP themed food donation boxes will be positioned at local community events in Manhattan, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas and Atlanta throughout December.  The food collected will be distributed the local Feeding America food bank.  Please consider donating foods that are most frequently requested, such as cereal, pasta, rice, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, 100% juices, peanut butter, canned tuna, chicken or turkey.

Those who would like to stay connected with the FEEDING America and THE HELP program are encouraged to:

•“Like” the Facebook page at
• Follow on Twitter at!/helpmovie

Speaking about food.. if you’re wanting your holidays to have the taste of Southern Flavor download and use the recipes below from Lee An Flemming, renowned Southern chef and the food stylist for The Help.

Have you seen The Help? Read the Book?  Itching to see it if you haven’t yet?  Tell us what you thought of it!