By John Hanlon
For the first time in 19 years, two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks earned an Academy Award nomination this year. The actor received a nod for his work as beloved children's television host Fred Rogers in the poignant feature A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
The film, which tells the story of a reporter whose life is changed by the kindness and love that television host Mr. Rogers extended to him, is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. In the film, Matthew Rhys stars as an investigative journalist tasked with writing a brief piece about the children's show host. Instead of simply connecting over the interview though, Mr. Rogers finds a way to show the reporter the power of empathy and kindness.
The feature remarkably shows how a little goodness can go a long way in a person's life.
Blu-Ray Special Features: The Blu-Ray contains a few wonderful featurettes exploring the world of Mr. Rogers. There are a few notable deleted scenes but the highlight of the special features is The People who make a Neighborhood: The Making Of. These short video focuses on many of the people who worked on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. One of the scenes in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood-- a restaurant-set sequence-- actually features many of Mr. Rogers' own friends (and even his widow) in the background.