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Comic-Con 2014: Fox Invites Fans to “Live Another Day”

24 Live Another Day Blu-ray TNHow cool is this?  I am all over this like syrup on a hot, steaming stack of pancakes.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is inviting fans to “Live Another Day” with an interactive drone flying experience at San Diego Comic-Con this week!  Jack is back at Comic-Con as 24 invades the Petco Park Interactive Zone where fans will be able to take control of the DJI Phantom Vision 2+ Drones, creating their very own fly-over video inspired by the upcoming 24: Live Another Day Blu-ray and DVD release.  Check out below for more details and all the 411! Continue reading ‘Comic-Con 2014: Fox Invites Fans to “Live Another Day”’

You Betcha This Year’s Most Emmy Nominated Miniseries, Fargo Season 1, Is On Blu-ray This October

fargo tv whysobluFargo is a favorite movie of mine. A TV show based on Fargo could have been a disaster, but FX pulled through to deliver one of the best TV seasons of recent years. I am excited for this release: The first instalment of Fargo features an all-new “true crime” story and follows a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humor, murder and “Minnesota nice” that made the film an enduring classic. Oscar® winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as “Lorne Malvo,” a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman “Lester Nygaard,” played by BAFTA Award® winner and Emmy®-nominated Martin Freeman. Colin Hanks plays Duluth Police Deputy “Gus Grimly,” a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer. Allison Tolman also stars as “Molly Solverson,” an ambitious Bemidji deputy. Fargo is written by Noah Hawley. Hawley, Warren Littlefield, Joel & Ethan Coen and Geyer Kosinski serve as executive producers.

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Summer’s Biggest Blockbuster ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Comes To Blu-ray!

XMen Days of Future Past TNX-Men Unite! The only way to save the future is to go into the past.  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you back in time to stop the end of the world with X-MEN: Days of Future Past on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on October 14 and Digital HD September 23rd.  Featuring a massive collaboration of legendary actors and the return of director Bryan Singer, “the very best [film] of the franchise since the first X-Men” comes to life in amazing fashion that you’ll have to see to believe (Stephen Rebello, Playboy).  Check out the full press release below and pre-order today!

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INTERVIEW: Director Jeremy Saulnier & Star Macon Blair Of BLUE RUIN

Blue-RuinLast week I was privileged enough to have a phone interview with both the star and director of one of my favorite films this year, BLUE RUIN.  Please note that I don’t much fancy schmancy recording equipment to do all this proper, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.  Its audible and clear, that’s all you need haha.  I had a blast in my short time with these two.  Unfortunately the very last minute is gone forever because my recording device overheated.  All you’re missing me asking them about Murder Party coming to Blu-ray.  They said they want it to happen and have talked about it, but there’s nothing at this time.  But they did say to start getting #MurderPartyBlu-ray going and maybe that would help.  Anywho, I’ll quit typing so you can listen to me yap with them.  I hope you enjoy! Continue reading ‘INTERVIEW: Director Jeremy Saulnier & Star Macon Blair Of BLUE RUIN’

SDCC 2014: 20th CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS ‘THE X-MEN CEREBRO EXPERIENCE’

prof x cerebroIt is Comic Con this week and with so much going on, I have to be a bit picky about the press releases I have time to post.  That said, something both Comic Con and Blu-ray related makes plenty of sense, so here we have some news about an upcoming X-Men Blu-ray collection, as well as something very cool to see for those attending Comic Con.  Along with being able to pre-order a very exclusive X-Men movie set packaged inside Professor X’s Cerebro Helmet, an Oculus Rift setup will provide attendees with the chance to be the all-powerful mutant.  Continue on to hear more about this neat event taking place down in San Diego.
 

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Scream Factory Soldiers On With THE SQUAD This October!

SquadScream Factory is importing Jamie Osorio Marquez 2011 military thriller THE SQUAD (aka El paramo) to Blu-ray on October 21 as they have announced today.  It joins up with Nightbreed and The Vincent Price Collection Volume 2 as a part of their exciting October release slate.  I’ve not heard of this one, but the plot synopsis has me more than intrigued.  Below you can check out the details of this exciting release.

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Ti West’s THE SACRAMENT Will Chill You To The Bone August 19th!

SacramentEver since House Of The Devil, Ti West will always have my attention and my dollar.  I’m very interested in anything he does.  His latest effort, The Sacrament, I caught on VOD a few months ago as it didn’t play in any theaters here.  And its a pretty unique little animal he’s constructed.  Yes, groan now, it uses the found footage device as its storytelling method.  However, it overcomes that with some strong performances from its characters (including Amy Seimetz! yay!) who don’t seem treat it like its a found footage movie.  It’s also one of those eerie movies that get right under your skin.  Ti West infuses his patience and restraint once again in this slow-burn thriller.  Even when everything seems ok in this film, you just don’t trust it and you feel very uncomfortable.  You’ll be able to check it out for yourself on Blu-ray in a little under a month.  One little complaint…I wish they had used the original theatrical poster for the cover of the Blu-ray.  It was so damn cool.  This is just, well, mediocre and very “also ran”. Continue reading ‘Ti West’s THE SACRAMENT Will Chill You To The Bone August 19th!’

KINGPIN Rolls Onto Blu-ray October 14!

KingpinI called this back on April 3, “but anyway”.  Yes, we have another Wishlist title making its way to glorious Blu-ray.  The Farrelly Brothers’ severely underrated Woody Harrelson/Randy Quaid/Vanessa Angel/Billy Murray bowling comedy is set to drop in just a few months.  And its porting its extras over as well as having some new interviews.  Its being sold as a “cult comedy” so it looks like Aaron Neuwirth and myself are not its only fans.  This may wind up being just some cheap $9.99 bargain bin Blu-ray in the end, but that $9.99 bargain bin Blu-ray is my X marks the spot gold inside a treasure chest on Skull Island.  I’m excited and you should be too, to give this overlooked film another try.  To read my plead for it to come to Blu-ray CLICK HERE, and to find all the information on this release scroll down!  Just think about 90s Vanessa Angel in high definition for moment, shall we? Continue reading ‘KINGPIN Rolls Onto Blu-ray October 14!’

American Horror Story Coven Conjures Up Some Blu-ray Voodoo

American Horror Story Coven Blu-ray TNAn all-star cast reigns supreme in American Horror Story: Coven, including Emmy winner and two-time OSCAR Winner Jessica Lange, OSCAR Winner Kathy Bates and Academy Award Nominee Angela Bassett.  In the third season of the anthology show the exceptional young witches at Miss Robichaux’s Academy are under assault by forces of ignorance and hate.  Caught in the turmoil is a new arrival, Zoe, who harbors a terrifying secret of her own.  Fiona (Lange), a Supreme Witch with unimaginable powers, is determined to protect the Coven, but her obsessive quest for immortality will lead her to cross paths with a formidable voodoo queen (Bassett) and a murderous slave owner (Bates) cursed with eternal life.  And there you have it…that’s Season 3 in a nutshell, but I know you want to know more and Fox has you covered below with this October 7th surprise!

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The Final Specs On The Upcoming HALLOWEEN Blu-ray Box Shape Up Amazingly!

Halloween Complete THUMBI am sooooo damn excited for this box set I just can’t stand it.  I’ve owned everything and anything from this series and getting it again has me more excited than ever.  TONS of new material coming your way folks.  They have Scream Factory’d Halloween 6: Producer’s Cut, Halloween: H20, Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 for your liking.  Halloween 4 and 5 have the same discs Anchor Bay released, but their mini retrospective docs appear on Disc 15 (yes, disc 15!!!).  And look at all these awesome people who came onboard for this.  It is OUTSTANDING!  Michael Myers pretty much has said “take that Jason!  Take that Freddy!  What’s your name…Chucky?”  If you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, c’mon…what are you waiting for?  Today’s announcement is proof you are getting a STEAL with that price.  Is it freaking September yet?  I cannot wait! Continue reading ‘The Final Specs On The Upcoming HALLOWEEN Blu-ray Box Shape Up Amazingly!’

I’m Down With A Case Of The BABY BLUES On Blu-ray Sept 2!

Baby-BluesWhen a young couple moves into a new home, they find a mysterious doll that changes their lives forever in the horror thriller BABY BLUES, debuting on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Sept. 2 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Po-Chih Leong (Hong Kong 1941) directed this terrifying story of a woman (newcomer Janelle Sing), pregnant with twins, who has a miscarriage and gives birth to only one child. Suffering from postpartum depression, her husband (Raymond Lam, Saving General Yang) seeks help and discovers a mysterious doll that may be the source of their problems. BABY BLUES also stars Kate Tsui (Eye in the Sky), Karena Ng (Magic to Win) and Hoi- Pang Lo (The Grandmaster).

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‘GODZILLA’ Stomps Onto Blu-ray This September!

godzilla-2014-movie-wideGodzilla was one of my most anticipated summer blockbusters of 2014 and I was really glad that it delivered (Review HERE).  We now have word today that Godzilla will be making its way onto Blu-ray on September 16th.  The Blu-ray appears to be packed with extras, as well as some bonus packaging goodies described in this press release.  This is of course the film that re-introduces the king of the monsters into the modern world, under the hand of director Gareth Edwards, with co-stars that include Aaron Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, and more.  I’ll be excited to see what else is revealed on this Blu-ray, but for now, check out the official word on what will be included by continuing on in this post.

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IN AN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FROM SET, J.J. ABRAMS OFFERS FANS THE CHANCE TO WIN A PRIVATE HOMETOWN SCREENING OF STAR WARS: EPISODE VII BEFORE IT HITS THEATERS!

X-wing thumbAll Wings Report In! On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, Director J.J. Abrams was interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of Star Wars: Episode VII. “We are so grateful for the support that the fans from over 119 countries have shown for Force for Change,” said Abrams. “As we close this final week, we’ve added an additional prize that allows the fans the opportunity to see the movie early as a thank you for supporting such a great cause as UNICEF’s innovative, lifesaving work for children.” By contributing at any level by July 25th, participants will be eligible for all prizes including a chance to be in the movie. Continue reading ‘IN AN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FROM SET, J.J. ABRAMS OFFERS FANS THE CHANCE TO WIN A PRIVATE HOMETOWN SCREENING OF STAR WARS: EPISODE VII BEFORE IT HITS THEATERS!’

Ong-Bak Trilogy (Blu-ray)

Ong-Bak-TrilogyHere comes the Ong-Bak trilogy in time for the release of The Protector 2.  This is the home franchise for martial arts and Muay Thai expert Tony Jaa.  For those of you wondering right off the bat, no, there is nothing new to this box set that hasn’t been out already.  The only addition is a really nice sleeve to put all 3 films in.  So, no there is no reason to pick this up if you already have it.  The cases, discs and bonus features are all identical aside from the fact that they all now have a trailer for The Protector 2 on them preceding the menu.  If you don’t own the Ong-Bak trilogy though, we have plenty to discuss today! Continue reading ‘Ong-Bak Trilogy (Blu-ray)’

I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season One (Blu-ray Review)

I Love Lucy Season 1When I think back to my earliest childhood and ponder about television shows that aired way before this sexy beast who’s typing this ever walked the Earth, I fondly recall such shows a Happy Days, Leave it to Beaver and of course who can forget everyone’s favorite, crazy redhead, Lucille Ball, and her equally crazy onscreen husband, Desi Arnaz, in I Love Lucy.  In all honesty, that’s one of those rare black & white series, in my opinion, that truly has transcended the generations as I can still turn it on the boob tube now and laugh equally as hard at Lucy and her onscreen antics as I did when I was a child at the dinner table or as a teenager after school (we did not have the Internet back then and only six television channels).  So imagine my joy when CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount announced they were bringing I Love Lucy to my favorite home media format, Blu-ray.  And not only that, but every episode has been transferred from the original camera negative, producing crisp details, and rich sharp blacks.  Come on!  I’ll show you around this 6-disc Blu-ray television set! Continue reading ‘I Love Lucy: Ultimate Season One (Blu-ray Review)’

Visitors (Blu-ray Review)

VisitorsVISITORS is the fourth collaboration of director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass together with filmmaker Jon Kane, advancing the film form pioneered by The Qatsi Trilogy (Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi): the non-spoken narrative experience where each viewer s response is radically different yet undeniably visceral. As Reggio explains, VISITORS is aimed at the solar plexus, at the appetite within us all, the atmosphere of our soul. I see the film as a meditation, as a transcendental event. Comprised of only seventy-four shots, a series of human, animal and landscape portraits, VISITORS takes movie watchers on an emotional journey to the moon and back. As a wondrous work of artistic achievement…art with a capital A (Austin Chronicle), VISITORS produces massive effects and moves into a class of film all its own.    Continue reading ‘Visitors (Blu-ray Review)’

Cesar Chavez (Blu-ray Review)

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Prolific actor Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Rudo Y Cursi) makes his feature film-directing debut with the biopic Cesar Chavez. Luna assembles an ensemble cast of characters to bring the legendary real life story and struggle of the man who would organize the migrant farmworkers of California and demand better working conditions for these people. He formed the first union for farmworkers and it wasn’t as easy as it sounds. I was curious about Cesar Chavez since I didn’t get to see it in theaters due to it’s limited release schedule but am happy to have the opportunity to review the Blu-ray. I present to you Cesar Chavez.

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Armored Attack / The North Star (Blu-ray Review)

Armored-AttackToday we have an interesting circumstance.  Something that doesn’t really happen frequently anymore.  A film that was cut because of its message and redistributed to try and look like it had a different one.  Olive Films is releasing Lewis Milestone’s The North Star, but under its other title Armored Attack.  Don’t worry, both films come with this release and have been given fresh high definition transfers.  Armored Attack is the 1957 reissue of The North Star that featured a less positive focus on the Russian uprising as they were now American enemies of the time.  Its finale features a narration about Hungarians fighting the Red Army during the Hungarian uprising of 1956 instead of what it really is…Soviets rising up against Nazi soldiers. Continue reading ‘Armored Attack / The North Star (Blu-ray Review)’