Now here’s a flick thai I am personally salivating to see having missed it in the theaters. It’s a tale from Scott Cooper, the critically acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, complete with a gripping and powerful drama about family, fate, circumstance and justice. Who doesn’t love a tale like that? It goes a little something like this. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) leads a dead-end life – he works a meaningless steel mill job all day, and cares for his terminally ill father at night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from Iraq, he is lured into one of the Northeast’s most ruthless crime rings and mysteriously disappears. When the police fail to solve the case, Russell puts his life at risk in order to seek justice for his brother. The film features an all-star cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard. Read on below for more information about this March 11th Blu-ray release and how you can win a Blu-ray of your own courtesy of Fox. Continue reading ‘‘Out of the Furnace’ Blu-ray Giveaway!!!’
It is always very difficult to put together a biopic based on the story of individuals who were able to accomplish so much and live such large lives. Steven Spielberg figured out a way to do it with his take on Abraham Lincoln, in Lincoln, as he focused on a very specific time frame. Clint Eastwood attempted to handle the story of Nelson Mandela by also focusing on a specific time in his life, basing Invictus around the 1995 world cup, which followed the dismantling of Apartheid. Unfortunately that film felt like it was holding back, regardless of how spot on Morgan Freeman may have been. There have been other portrayals of Mandela as well, but now we have one that focuses on pretty much his entire life, up to becoming President of South Africa. Read on to hear my thoughts on the results as well as what to take away from this Blu-ray package.
Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) portrays one of the most iconic horror legends of all time in the gripping adventure I, Frankenstein, available on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), along with DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View, May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This film will be available on Digital HD May 2. From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein’s monster (Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s “Chuck,” TV’s “Dexter”), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, TV’s “Rake”), Jai Courtney (upcoming Divergent, A Good Day to Die Hard) and Kevin Grevioux (Underworld, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), I, Frankenstein was written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie (30 Days Of Night, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra) with a screen story by Kevin Grevioux and Stuart Beattie. Continue reading ‘‘I, Frankenstein’ on Blu-ray May 13th!’
A manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld. As the police force prepares a full-scale crackdown, anti-gang detective Kataoka wants to start a war between crime families for their mutual destruction. His war incendiary device is the rumored dead boss Otomo (Kitano) who seeks to retire from a life of crime, but can’t help but get drawn back into the battle. Continue reading ‘Beyond Outrage (Blu-ray Review)’
After his father s botched espionage mission, North Korean Myung-hoon (CHOI Seung-hyun, aka T.O.P) and his young sister Hye-in (HAN Ye-ri) are sent to a labor prison camp. In order to save his sisters life, Myung-hoon volunteers to become a spy and infiltrates the South as a teenage defector. While attending high school in the South, he meets another girl named Hye-in (KIM Yoo-jeong) and rescues her when she is attacked. South Korean Intelligence soon discovers the plot and begins closing in on Myung-hoon, while his own government sends a vicious assassin to eliminate him. Continue reading ‘Commitment (Blu-ray Review)’
You may have heard about In Fear just a tad if you’ve been a loyal Why So Blu? reader. It’s a unique take on the home invasion subgenre of horror, that was a pretty big hit over at Sundance. Anchor Bay has been pretty excited to be the home distributor for the film and has been pumping the hype machine for quite some time. Now, its finally here and we can see what all this hub bub is about. I liked what I was reading from the early pressers, so I wanted to go in blind as possible. I know I had been posting clip after clip, but I had no idea what I was posting as I didn’t want a single bit of it spoiled for me upon my viewing. So now we get to the nitty gritty and I finally get to share with you my experience with In Fear. Did it hold up or live up to its hype? Read on to see if how I went with this motorized tale of terror. Continue reading ‘In Fear (Blu-ray Review)’
In 2010, Easy Money or Snabba Cash released and became a pretty solid success. It got the attention of people for actor Joel Kinnaman, who had a terrific attention-getting performance of ‘JW’ in the first film. JW was a college kid who was taxi driving/drug dealing his way through school while schmoozing rich kids to try and be accepting by doing their papers and homework. The film was filled with suspense, some crazy intensity and plenty of doublecross. It had some wonderfully realized characters and focused on 3 very different characters that you both loved and couldn’t trust the whole time. It took some surprising turns and always kept you at attention. So, it was with great pleasure to see what they did to continue this series as its now become a trilogy. Today we check out the second installment, Easy Money: Hard To Kill or the much more fun to say title – Snabba Cash II. Continue reading ‘Easy Money: Hard To Kill AKA Snabba Cash II (Blu-ray Review)’
Academy Award® Winner Jean Dujardin (Best Actor, The Artist, 2011) and Academy Award® nominee Tim Roth (Best Supporting Actor, Rob Roy, 1995) star in new spy thriller Möbius arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View April 15 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Möbius will also be available on Digital HD April 1, two weeks prior to the Blu-ray and DVD release. Written and directed by Eric Rochant (Love Without Pity), the Möbius Blu-ray and DVD includes a multi-part “making of” featurette along with extended interviews with the cast and crew. Continue reading ‘‘Möbius’ on Blu-ray & DVD April 15th!’
12 Years A Slave is a truly gripping story that most certainly serves as an unflinching look at a horrible period of a man’s life, within a time period where injustice against man may have been at its peak in America, but does so with a mood that seems to distinguish itself from other period dramas. It may have to do with the filmmakers behind this feature, the emotional rawness of the performances, or other factors, but the film sets a high-water mark for torturous odysseys portrayed on film, such as this, set during an awful time like slavery. Now the Academy Award winner for Best Picture is available on Blu-ray for all to experience.
Knights of Badassdom has all the makings of a fun cult comedy. I have heard of issues with this film in regards to behind-the-scenes tinkering, but my curiosity remains. I missed out on the limited release of this film, so the upcoming Blu-ray release will finally be my way into checking out this film revolving around a game of medieval role-playing, with a dark and fantastical twist. The fact that this cast includes True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten, Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage, Firefly‘s Summer Glau, Steve Zahn, and others suggests that it should at least be mildly entertaining. Regardless, myself and others will be able to find out on April 1st. Read on to learn more about this upcoming release.
Marvel Knights returns with a new Wolverine release. This one features Wolverine fighting against Deathlok the Demolisher! This is a hugely anticipated titled, but you’ll be able to see what all the hub bub is about come May 13! Below are some details, a synopsis, a look at the bonus and most importantly of all – the pre-order link that will secure you a copy when this gets released. Comic book and X-Men fans alike should be pretty excited to see this one when it hits shelves. Just in time for you to feed a little bit of that Days Of Future Past fix you’re going to be having!
In an early announcement to retailers today, Showtime Networks, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution have made known the June 10th Blu-ray and DVD release date for the first season of the powerful family drama Ray Donovan. For those of you that do not know, Ray Donovan (Live Schreiber) is the go-to guy who makes the problems of Los Angeles celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls disappear. However, this drama truly unfolds and opens up when Ray’s father (Jon Voight) is unexpectedly released from prison, setting off a chain of events that shakes the Donovan family to its core. I have only seen the first half of the season before Showtime was yanked last summer for TWC customers, but from what I saw it had me wanting more and I can’t wait to finish this one up in June..on Blu-ray! Continue reading ‘‘Ray Donovan’ Is Coming Home To Blu-ray In June’
Disney animation made a sweeping return to form and comeback in 2013 with Frozen. The film is now the winner of 2 Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature (the other for Best Original Song for “Let It Go”). Not only did the film receive high praise and reviews from critics, but it was a sensation globally. Just last weekend the film crossed the 1 billion dollar mark at the global box office (and the film still hasn’t opened in Japan yet). That leaves only Toy Story 3 ahead of it in terms of animated films all time box office (without adjusting for inflation), making it then the highest grossing animated non sequel of all time. So yeah, this movie was pretty huge. And I’m pretty honored to be covering it for Why So Blu? today! Continue reading ‘Frozen – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest film from writer/director Wes Anderson. The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel; and Zero Mustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves a caper, a prison break, battles over family fortunes, cross-country chases, and a love affair. It is a wild, yet delightful film (review HERE) and I had the pleasure of interviewing some of the cast and crew from the film. The following post contains a roundtable recap of our discussion with star Tony Revolori.
300 is not a film many would have watched in its original release and thought it could use a sequel. Back in March of 2007, director Zack Snyder impressed audiences with his stylized cinematic vision of Frank Miller’s graphic novel, which was a fictionalized retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae. 300 was fairly straightforward, but its visual aesthetic paved the way for other films and television series like it. Having been a large fan of 300, the idea of a sequel, especially one that took its time in getting to theaters, was not exactly a film piquing my interest. Despite the elements of history that could be creatively portrayed within this same graphic novel universe, I was not sure what a studio was willing to do with a follow up inspired by profits form the first. To my surprise, 300: Rise of an Empire manages to deliver the familiar spectacle, while adding a more complicated story and an excitingly ferocious villain as well.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest film from writer/director Wes Anderson. The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel; and Zero Mustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves a caper, a prison break, battles over family fortunes, cross-country chases, and a love affair. It is a wild, yet delightful film (review HERE) and I had the pleasure of interviewing some of the cast and crew from the film. The following post contains a roundtable recap of our discussion with star Jeff Goldblum.
Thinking about this today, it’s been way too long hasn’t it? I’m talking about of course the amount of time that has passed since 2007 when Warner Bros. brought Roman soldiers with unbelievably chiseled pecs and abs into our living rooms on our early adoption HDTV sets during the Red vs. Blu Wars (HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray). Can you believe it has been that long and for that matter has taken this long to get a sequel out to the wildly insane, testosterone driven 300? I still remember my first theatrical viewing of that feature. It was quite a visual spectacle to behold and take in. It was like the raw pages of Frank Miller’s graphic novel of the same name just magically came to life on the big screen. Were those chiseled bodies real or CG? Hell no! Gerald Butler and the rest of the gang went through some rigorous training to achieve those astonishing physiques. Now it wasn’t all about the awe, shock and gratuitous violence/sex, it was actually a quite entertaining and solid movie that took us on an incredible journey and did not let go of us leaving us thirsty for even more blood and vengeance by the time the credits rolled. After all, our king, as mighty as he was, had fallen. Vengeance was an instant mandate. And now the time is upon us! Ladies and gentlemen…I proudly introduce to you 300: Rise of an Empire. Continue reading ’300: Rise of an Empire – ’300′ SUPER-SIZED! (Movie Review)’
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest film from writer/director Wes Anderson. The film recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel; and Zero Mustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves a caper, a prison break, battles over family fortunes, cross-country chases, and a love affair. It is a wild, yet delightful film (review HERE) and I had the pleasure of interviewing some of the cast and crew from the film. The following post contains a roundtable recap of our discussion with writer/director Wes Anderson and production designer Adam Stockhausen.
These Tinker Bell straight to video films are a pretty hot item and if you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter or what-have-you, I’m sure you’re well aware. There’s a new one in the fold and its coming pretty soon. In anticipation of Disney’s The Pirate Fairy releasing on Blu-ray Combo Pack on April 1, we’re excited to share an Extended Sneak Peek of the new film below. The Pirate Fairy features the voices of Christina Hendricks and Tom Hiddleston and an original song byNatasha Bedingfield. Below you can also find a pre-order option to secure yourself a fine mint condition copy by the street date! Continue reading ‘A Sneak Peak At Disney’s THE PIRATE FAIRY’