It is encouraging and reassuring to watch the ongoing trend of family and redemptive dvds as top-sellers. On October 6, DVD Release.com reports that the family movie “Ant-Man,” even though it is in pre-order, is the top-selling DVD in all genres, as well as top in the Action and Sci-Fi categories. “War Room” remains the top-selling DVD in African American and Drama categories, even though it is in pre-order. “Inside Out” that releases today on DVD is the top-selling animated movie. “Max” that releases today on DVD and “Cinderella” that released on DVD in September are the top-selling DVDs in the Family category, “Cinderella” is also the top-selling DVD in the Fantasy genre. “When Marnie Was There” is the top-selling foreign film.
On October 6, Christian Cinema.com reports that their top-selling DVDS are the following: “Alone Yet Not Alone,” “Love Comes Softly,” “Before All Others,” “Beyond The Mask,” “Do You Believe,” “Return to the Hiding Place,” “Faith Of Our Fathers,” “Different Drummers,” and “Catching Faith.”
It is heart-warming to track the most popular DVDs and to see that personal and corporate libraries have good family and redemptive entertainment options. Despite the availability of better and better programming for television, streaming, and in theaters, DVDs remain popular for personal and corporate ongoing use.
This news is significant because what viewers see and hear makes an imprint for good or bad. Austin Movie Examiner and many others have conducted scholarly research that has verified that there is a significant relationship between role models (in non-fiction and fiction) and observers for good or bad, when viewers identify themselves with the role models.
Much is at stake for young people, families, and communities in safe-guarding minds, hearts, and experiences. With fewer and fewer age-appropriate boundaries in homes, schools, media and more, ongoing research has made the strong case that children and youth are more and more at risk for confusion, depression, and aggression. Parents, guardians, and those in loco parentis are responsible to safeguard and to provide age-appropriate, healthy, and safe boundaries for children and youth. Adults need to help children and youth navigate safely through stages in the development of their brains and social behaviors. As life presents challenges, parents and supervisors can role model healthy choices, values, and behaviors themselves and provide other role models viscerally and virtually.
In recent years many family movies have told authentic and redemptive stories, many of them based on real life experiences. These movies of redemption have provided constructive role models, sources of personal and social hope, and positive entertainment. As viewers seek respite and refreshment, especially after work or school hours, socially responsible media can enlighten, educate, and entertain at the same time. Most importantly, viewers want hope and inspiration, even though what they see is honest and realistic.
Today in the ever-growing vast array of film, video, and streaming technologies and options, there are more and more ways and choices for viewers around the globe to see and experience hope, inspiration, and even overcoming joy. America produces some of its best exports when it provides stories for viewers around the world with uplifting, universal, and eternal themes and content.