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The Matrix (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Matrix 4K ReviewThe Matrix is almost synonymous with the term science fiction in the late 90’s.  If you look the term up in the dictionary, you’ll find a reference to the film The Matrix.  I’m just kidding, but universal law should work that way.  When The Matrix came out it was pretty much instantly adopted and heralded as a sci-fi classic.  It was even pioneering in the way special effects were done in movie making.  Do you remember how pretty much every film that came out within a few years of The Matrix’s release adopted the slow motion action sequences seen within?  I do and they still use this gimmick.  Look at last year’s Justice League.  Some of the film’s action sequences took pages out of The Matrix’s playbook.  Not that it was ever dead, but it certainly lit a fire under the career of Keanu Reeves not to mention pave the careers of The Wachowski Brothers.  So let’s talk all about this down below.  What say you?  The red pill or blue?
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Annihilation (Blu-ray Review)

It can’t be simple to follow-up a directorial debut as successful as the Oscar-winning Ex Machina. For Alex Garland, however, things seem to be falling into place. Annihilation is his sophomore effort as a director, but Garland’s previous screenplays for films such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd have established him as one willing to explore science fiction in a variety of ways.  Given all his experience, it’s only right to see him take on a project such as this, which provides a balance between hard sci-fi concepts and the horror found in a beautiful, yet dangerous wonderland. Unfortunately, Paramount didn’t quite know what to do with the well-reviewed film, so following a controversial theatrical release, this solid Blu-ray release now exists to give audiences enough special features and a fantastic technical presentation to supplement a terrific film.

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Own SHERLOCK GNOMES On Blu-ray June 12th!

A hilarious and heartfelt adventure the whole family can enjoy, SHERLOCK GNOMES brings the fun home on Digital June 5, 2018 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD June 12 from Paramount Home Media Distribution and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM). Boasting an all-star cast of voices including Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy and Mary J. Blige, SHERLOCK GNOMES is a rollicking adventure from the director of Kung Fu Panda! The Blu-ray Combo Pack is loaded with nearly 45 minutes of bonus content. Meet the all-star cast including Johnny Depp, James McAvoy and Emily Blunt and discover how this hilarious family adventure was brought to life.  Plus, enjoy the new music video “Stronger Than I Ever Was,” learn how to draw some of your favorite Gnomes, and much, much more! Continue reading ‘Own SHERLOCK GNOMES On Blu-ray June 12th!’

Black Panther (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Its slightly odd to be here writing a Blu-ray review for a movie that is not only still playing in theaters on its first run, but was STILL in the top 10 last weekend at the box office. A film that is going to cross 700 million dollars in the United States and has made over 1.3 billion dollars worldwide. But, here we are, in the middle of a phenomenon and at the home video demands and scheduling of modern times. Black Panther was a massive phenomenon and quite an unstoppable force in theaters pretty much all 2018 so far (Once February hit). Of course, there’s a new Avengers movie out right now, too, so you have to get Black Panther out on all formats so that the 5 people who didn’t see it can catch up for the big Thanos expedition. This 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray comes courtesy of Disney and comes piled with some really nice bonus features. Its available now, so grab yourself a copy and hopefully the Amazon link works, so you can grab yourself a copy and say Why So Blu sent ya! Continue reading ‘Black Panther (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

DCAU’s THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN (Again, But The Same Way As Before But Different) Sets Its Doomsday Clock For August 7th On 4K!

The Man of Steel meets his ultimate match when Doomsday comes to Earth – hell bent on destroying everything and everyone in his path, including the Justice League – in the all-new, action-packed The Death of Superman, part of the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting July 24, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD August 7, 2018.

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ARROW: The Complete Sixth Season Targets August 14th For Blu-ray Release!

The CW’s longest-running DC series will be coming to a city near you on August 14, 2018 as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray and DVD. Averaging 2.3 million Viewers weekly for each original episode, Arrow is the #3 series on The CW season-to-date amongst Adults 18-34, behind only The Flash and Black Lightning.* The release contains all 23 exhilarating episodes from the sixth season, plus the show’s 2017 Comic-Con Panel, the crossover featurette and much more. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is priced to own one DVD and Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers. Continue reading ‘ARROW: The Complete Sixth Season Targets August 14th For Blu-ray Release!’

THE FLASH: The Complete Fourth Season Stretches Onto Blu-ray August 28th!

Just in time for the fifth season premiere of the highest-rated series on The CW, you will be zooming into stores to pick up The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the Blu-ray and DVD on August 28, 2018. With nearly 4.2 million weekly viewers, The Flash is currently The CW’s highest-rated series.* Fans will be able to catch up on the fourth season as they speed-watch all 23 electrifying episodes, including the epic DC Crossover, new featurettes, the series’ 2017 Comic-Con Panel and more. The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season is priced to own on DVD and Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy. The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers. Continue reading ‘THE FLASH: The Complete Fourth Season Stretches Onto Blu-ray August 28th!’

Die Hard – 30th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Die Hard 4K ReviewFor thirty years now there are people who still endlessly debate and call the action movie Die Hard a Christmas film.  To me I never really thought of it that way until recently.  Maybe I had blinders on all this time, but I always just regarded Die Hard as simply one of the greatest action films of my generation growing up.  It had it all: a flawed hero, a donut eating cop as a buddy, a memorable villain, a high tower and most importantly, Rated R action, execution and language.  If you know me personally and all my seemingly endless hang ups in life, then you’ll know that last point I make about it be Rated R is very important to me.  It allows the film and its action to breathe unrestrictedly.  You keep telling yourself that people getting sprayed down mercilessly by automatic weapons in Christopher Nolan PG-13 films with no visible blood is perfectly fine.  I’ll just nod at you in a non-verbal agree to disagree mentality, but I digress.  Let’s talk some 30th anniversary Die Hard down below.
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Black Panther (Blu-ray Review)

Its slightly odd to be here writing a Blu-ray review for a movie that is not only still playing in theaters on its first run, but was STILL in the top 10 last weekend at the box office. A film that is going to cross 700 million dollars in the United States and has made over 1.3 billion dollars worldwide. But, here we are, in the middle of a phenomenon and at the home video demands and scheduling of modern times. Black Panther was a massive phenomenon and quite an unstoppable force in theaters pretty much all 2018 so far (Once February hit). Of course, there’s a new Avengers movie out right now, too, so you have to get Black Panther out on all formats so that the 5 people who didn’t see it can catch up for the big Thanos expedition. This Blu-ray comes courtesy of Disney and comes piled with some really nice bonus features. Its available now, so grab yourself a copy and hopefully the Amazon link works, so you can grab yourself a copy and say Why So Blu sent ya! Continue reading ‘Black Panther (Blu-ray Review)’

Supernatural Thriller, THE ENDLESS Debuts on Blu-ray June 26

With a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, THE ENDLESS is one of the best-reviewed films of the year. Acclaimed filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson return with this mind-bending supernatural thriller about two brothers who revisit the UFO death cult they escaped as teens, only to find there may have been truth to the cult’s otherworldly beliefs all along. Benson and Moorhead also star in the film as the brothers, along with Callie Hernandez (Alien: CovenantLa La Land), Emily Montague (Fright Night), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects), Tate Ellington (Straight Outta Compton) and James Jordan (Wind River). THE ENDLESS debuts on digital, Blu-rayand DVD June 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

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The Tree of Life, Heaven Can Wait & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in August 2018

This August, The Tree of Life, visionary filmmaker Terrence Malick’s magnum opus starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, will join the Criterion Collection in an edition featuring a new cut that includes nearly fifty minutes of additional footage. And fifty years after its initial release put Cuban cinema on the map, Memories of Underdevelopment, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s long-unavailable masterpiece set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Cuban Revolution, will appear in a new 4K restoration. Director Robert M. Young brings his keen eye for socially engaged drama to The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, a passion project for producer-star Edward James Olmos and a landmark of Chicano cinema, appearing on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time. Susan Seidelman will join the collection with her trailblazing independent debut, Smithereens, a punk-rock portrait of down-and-out scenesters in 1980s New York, in a new, director-approved 2K restoration. And that’s not all: Ernst Lubitsch’s sly Technicolor comedy Heaven Can Wait will makes its first appearance on Blu-ray in a new 4K restoration.

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THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE Lands Feet First On Scream Factory Blu-ray June 26th!

Scream Factory has announced the June 26 release of The Curse of the Cat People, which will bow on Blu-ray for the very first time. Filled with “wonderful atmosphere [and] fine, moody fantasy” (Leonard Maltin), this continuation of 1942’s Cat People follows Oliver Reed (Kent Smith), now remarried, living in idyllic Tarrytown, New York, and the father of six-year-old Amy. When Amy becomes withdrawn and speaks of consorting with a new “friend,” Oliver worries that she may be under the influence of the spirit of first wife. Is it just Amy’s imagination that has manifested the enigmatic Irena (Simone Simon), who long believed herself to be descended from a race of Cat People?
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BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR Comes To Life From Vestron Video Blu-ray July 24th!

Go beyond your wildest fear when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the third entry in the iconic Re-Animator series, Beyond Re-Animator, arriving on limited edition Blu-ray™ on July 24 from Lionsgate. Directed by horror veteran Brian Yuzna (The DentistFaustReturn of the Living Dead III) and starring Jeffrey Combs as Dr. Herbert West, everyone’s favorite mad scientist continues his re-animation research, turning the penitentiary he’s been incarcerated in for the past 14 years into a new branch of hell. Beyond Re-Animator is loaded with all-new special features, including interviews with Brian Yuzna and Jeffrey Combs, isolated score selections, and a production art gallery by illustrator Richard Raaphorst! Region-free, restored, and remastered, the Beyond Re-Animator limited-edition Blu-ray will be available July 24th. Continue reading ‘BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR Comes To Life From Vestron Video Blu-ray July 24th!’

Jason Coleman’s Top Ten Movie Game Changers

While various frivolous top ten lists come and go (and according to my previous stomping grounds Starpulse.com are the sole key to site traffic!) there always seems to be a slight disconnect between the writer and the cinematic subjects they are highlighting.  Taking into account trends, movies with legacies and selections that stand out, most lists in a sole effort to be Goggled lack personal insight and passion from the scribe to take things to the next level.  So in looking over my own work recently as a film critic I wanted to get a little more intimate and thus give anyone interested a detailed walk down movie memory lane Jason Coleman style.  So what follows below are ten films that in my life changed the game in terms of what a film could be and my personal stories behind their inclusion.  (Listed by year and not importance folks!)  These are not merely popular choices nor films that were my only favorites, but flicks that took elements in their various genres and elevated them to a place that some movies only dream of going – in short films that had a profound effect on me.  (And remember I grew up in the 80’s hence the small timeline!)  Spilling my movie geek guts for all to see, here are my…Top Ten Movie Game Changers!

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Braveheart (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Braveheart 4KBraveheart is one of those Top 10 films of mine that I will continue to re-purchase without any thought or hesitation every time its available on a newer/better home media format.  First VHS, then DVD to Blu-ray and now I’m bringing this epic war film home on 4K Ultra HD,  There’s just so much I love about Braveheart not to mention the fact that I once dated a descendent of William Wallace’s, so she says.  To me historic pieces of this kind really don’t get any better than this especially under the love, care and ultimately direction of its main star, Mel Gibson.  Say what you want about the man.  He may be a drunk and a reckless person in real life, but he’s one hell of a passionate director when it comes to his film projects.  In this case though Braveheart is both the icing on the cake and the yummy cake itself.  I know it sounds like I’m biased in my words.  I am, but there’s just so much ammo to back up my thoughts here with.  Let’s revisit the years 1995/96 down below in more detail.  Shall we? Continue reading ‘Braveheart (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

I Kill Giants (Blu-ray Review)

From the acclaimed graphic novel comes an epic adventure about a world beyond imagination. Teen Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe, The Conjuring 2) is the only thing that stands between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town. But as she boldly confronts her fears in increasingly dangerous ways, her new school counselor (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy) leads her to question everything she’s always believed to be true. I Kill Giants is an intense, touching story about trust, courage and love from the producers that brought you Harry Potter.

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles

Five new Indie flicks to check out this week that hopefully keep lesser-known cinema alive and well.  (Or in some cases at least still breathing!)  Tales of romance under dark circumstances, the passion of people climbing tall structures, what to do when disenfranchised with life, a wedding run amok and a little feisty female payback all headline the movies covered via this week’s Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical opinions on the five films Beast, Mountain, The Escape, Another Kind Of Wedding and Revenge all laid out below! Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles’

BLOCKERS Starring John Cena, Leslie Mann And Ike Barinholtz Arrives On Blu-ray July 3!

Hysterical and over-the-top parental trio John Cena (Trainwreck, Sisters), Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, This Is 40) and Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) will do anything to foil their daughters’ prom night sex pact in BLOCKERS, the uproarious hit coming to Digital and the all-new digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on June 19, 2018, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on July 3, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed as the “perfect comedy for the current era” by Vanity Fair, BLOCKERS is a gender-swapped spin on the classic teen sex comedy, filled with outrageous antics from the parents as their daughters take control of their epic prom night. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital feature unrated bonus content with even more wild shenanigans including deleted scenes, gag reel, line-o-rama and more! Continue reading ‘BLOCKERS Starring John Cena, Leslie Mann And Ike Barinholtz Arrives On Blu-ray July 3!’