Too Chatty Ad Astra Still Worth the Trip (Movie Review)

Quiet, contemplative sci-fi ranks as some of the best in the genre. For many, the entry point began with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and has continued up to releases seen this decade. Gravity, The Martian and Arrival are stellar cinematic spectacles (Interstellar is pretty good too) concerned with the inner as well as the outer feelings of space and beyond. Director James Gray’s bid to the stars, Ad Astra, can’t quite reach their level, but this is still a must-see for anyone in love with the big-screen experience. It’s just too bad voice-over track can’t be toggled off.

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Fear No Evil (Blu-ray Review)

Scream Factory’s release of Fear No Evil is a perfect fit for the label, being the cult sensation it once was. Truly a labor of very independent, underground filmmaking, this film has had a nice legacy in the horror genre. This almost feels like a nice home video passing of the torch considering it was an Anchor Bay title prior. This release will contain a pair of new interviews as well as the old commentary with  the film’s director. You can pre-order it now using the Shout! Factory website or you can do us a solid her at Why So Blu and use the Amazon link provided below the review to land your copy (On release day, too no doubt). Either way, a big thumbs up to you and yours.
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Crawl Slithers Its Way To Blu-ray and DVD October 15th!

Producer Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) and director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) deliver “a suspenseful thrill ride” (Jim Vejvoda, IGN) in CRAWL, coming to Digital September 24, 2019 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand October 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment.   Continue reading ‘Crawl Slithers Its Way To Blu-ray and DVD October 15th!’

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

X-Men- Dark Phoenix 4K ReviewDark Phoenix, the end of Fox’s long running X-Men franchise, can’t come and go quick enough in my opinion.  The longevity of Fox’s X-Men pictures produced some outstanding entries like Logan, The Wolverine, Day’s of Future Past, First Class and the very first two releases.  However, it also produced some serious stinkers like the third one (Last Stand), the Wolverine’s origin story and most recently Apocalypse.  I could honestly care less if New Mutants EVER sees the light of day, but we’re not here to talk about that one.  We’re here to chat about Dark Phoenix, a redundant story that I don’t think is worth re-telling, but we’re here again nonetheless this time with the younger class (their final onscreen adventure together).  I know many of you, like my good friend Robert, will consider what I just said as blasphemy, but that’s the power of opinion.  We’re each capable of forming one.  I paid homage to the ones I loved, but I’m ready for this franchise to die and what better way than a fiery death with a character I could care less about, Jean Grey. Continue reading ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Walter Hill’s RED HEAT Arrives On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray October 29th!

A legendary action superstar teams up with a legendary funny-man when Red Heat arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) for the first time on October 29 from Lionsgate. Just in time for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen in Terminator: Dark FateRed Heat stars the action film superstar himself alongside James Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O’Ross, Academy Award® nominee Laurence Fishburne (1993, Best Actor, What’s Love Got to Do with It), and Gina Gershon. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision® HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Available for the very first time in this absolutely stunning format, the Red Heat 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will include multiple featurettes, which dive into Arnold’s action legacy and the film’s Soviet Union setting, and will be available on October 29th. Continue reading ‘Walter Hill’s RED HEAT Arrives On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray October 29th!’

Wenders, Reichardt & More Coming to The Criterion Collection December 2019

This December, the 287-minute director’s cut of Wim Wenders’ magnum opus Until the End of the World, a globe-trotting sci-fi epic featuring a dizzyingly eclectic soundtrack, will appear on home video for the first time in a new 4K restoration. Kelly Reichardt’s breakout feature Old Joy, a revelatory microbudget indie, will make its Blu-ray debut in a new 2K restoration. Never before available on Blu-ray or DVD, the riveting pre-Code melodrama The Story of Temple Drake stars Miriam Hopkins in an astonishing adaptation of William Faulkner’s most controversial novel. And that’s not all: Ronald Neame’s classic military drama Tunes of Glory, starring Alec Guinness and John Mills at their finest, will appear on Blu-ray in a new 4K restoration.

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THE BLOB – COLLECTOR’S EDITION Arrives From Scream Factory October 29th!

The Blob is back in this horrific tale about a vile, malignant life-form that crashes to Earth in a cozy, rural American town called Arborville. Untroubled by conscience or intellect, the Blob does only one thing – and it does it well. It eats anything and everything that moves: men, women, and children. It wants to swallow the entire town of Arborville. The original version of the Blob thrilled and terrified movie audiences back in the 1950s. Now the oozing, gooey killer is back. On October 29, 2019, SCREAM FACTORY™ is thrilled to present THE BLOB Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by Chuck Russell (The Scorpion King), the film stars Kevin Dillon (Entourage), Shawnee Smith (SAW movies), Donovan Leitch (Glory), Jeffrey DeMunn (Billions) with Candy Clark (American Graffiti) and Joe Seneca  (A Time to Kill) as Dr. Meddows. A must-have for sci-fi horror enthusiasts and movie collectors, this definitive collector’s edition contains special bonus content, including two new audio commentaries, over four hours of new interviews, and more. Preorder is available now at ShoutFactory.com. Continue reading ‘THE BLOB – COLLECTOR’S EDITION Arrives From Scream Factory October 29th!’

THE LION KING’s 2019 Makeover Comes To 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray October 22nd!

Be prepared: Disney’s “The Lion King,” the worldwide phenomenon that brought the Pride Lands’ iconic characters to life in a whole new way, arrives on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere Oct.11 and physically on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Oct. 22. Directed by Jon Favreau, the summer blockbuster, which reigned supreme with audiences worldwide — earning over $1 billion at the global box office and an A CinemaScore — journeys home with all-new bonus features, music videos and an exclusive extra for Digital consumers.

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Daybreakers (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Daybreakers 4K ReviewDaybreakers is a genre film that entices with a fairly interesting concept. What if somehow the world became a place where vampirism somehow became the norm and humans were the mythical beings that we never really saw. The concept is intriguing. The execution might be where the sum of its parts begin to crumble. Celebrating it’s tenth anniversary, Daybreakers made it’s 4K debut on September 10th.

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Hustlers is Engaging, Funny, and Has All The Right Moves (Movie Review)

Tales of con artists have always been a better fit for my taste in the crime genre, over mobsters. My preference for Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money over his beloved Goodfellas will surprise no one who knows me. To my delight, Lorene Scafaria’s new film, Hustlers, about Manhattan strippers taking as much as they can from Wall Street clients, is one of the most entertaining films of the year.

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Legends Of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray Review)

My personal favorite of the DC Arrow-verse programming on the CW Network is the team up show Legends of Tomorrow. After a rough first season, the show quickly found its stride in letting loose, showcasing fun character interplay to go along with some bonkers, shameless storytelling and action. The fourth season continues these escapades as the team explores a fallout from the end of the previous season. Legends’ seasons run shorter and starts later in the year than its other brethren even though its the network’s #3 show. So, no overkill just yet. This fourth season comes out with plenty of time and includes a couple of featurettes. It hits shelves and digital stores on September 24th. They’ll be a part of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, but their own fifth season won’t arrive until January 2020.
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THE DEVIL RIDES OUT To Blu-ray October 29th!

All the demons of hell are summoned to Earth to claim “The Devil’s Bride”!  Based on the celebrated novel by Dennis Wheatley, The Devil Rides Out is one of Hammer’s most accomplished and thrilling mystery horrors. On October 29, 2019, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present Hammer horror cult classic THE DEVIL RIDES OUT on Blu-ray. Directed by Terence Fisher (Frankenstein Created Woman), this 1968 shocker stars Christopher Lee (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, The Lord of the Rings), Charles Gray (Diamonds Are Forever), Nike Arrighi (Day for Night), Leon Green (Flash Gordon), Patrick Mower (Marco Polo), Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies (The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes), Sarah Lawson (The Avengers, 1966) and Paul Eddington (Good Neighbors). A must-have for movie collectors and horror enthusiasts, this definitive Blu-ray edition contains special bonus content and is now available for pre-order at ShoutFactory.com. Continue reading ‘THE DEVIL RIDES OUT To Blu-ray October 29th!’

The Goldfinch Can’t Quite Soar (Movie Review)

I’ve only read fifty-one pages of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch, yet I can tell from such a small sample (the book is nearly 800 pages) that a 140-minute feature adaptation would be a tricky endeavor. Nevertheless, John Crowley, who directed 2015’s Brooklyn, one of the best films of the decade, has given it a go. The results are the mixed bag I expected, though certainly not the dumpster fire the pre-release buzz from recent films festivals seemed to suggest.

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw on 4K UHD & Blu-ray Disc November 5th!

Hobbs & Shaw 4KThanksgiving comes early this year!  Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, available on Digital on October 15, 2019, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on November 5, 2019, amps up the high-stakes action and sharp-edged humor like never before, taking fans down an exhilarating new road. Unforgettable franchise favorites Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson; “Skyscraper,” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle“) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham; “The Meg,” “Spy“) forge an unlikely partnership that provides fresh insight into their backstories. Johnson and Statham’s “sheer movie star charisma” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) take the action, spectacle, thrills and humor to a new level and have already earned the film more than $680 million at the global box office. Continue reading ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw on 4K UHD & Blu-ray Disc November 5th!’

The Dead Don’t Die (Blu-ray Review)

For all the talk of Jim Jarmusch as a pioneer of independent cinema, there’s a lot of fun to be had in speaking about the acclaimed director as a more than capable genre filmmaker. The Dead Don’t Die finds Jarmusch in a humorous mood, while bringing audiences a star-studded zombie movie. This follows other genre forays including a vampire film (Only Lovers Left Alive), a samurai flick (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai), a western (Dead Man), and the story of an assassin (The Limits of Control). Placing a distinct stamp on all of these indeed maintains the proto-hipster persona he’s had a hold on, but these films also show how much of a movie geek he is, and what levels he’ll go to for the sake of casting a bunch of talented folks in his brand of monster movie or what have you.

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Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray Review)

Supergirl has remained one of the strongest rated shows in the CW lineup, continuing to grow and improve with every single year. Melissa Benoist and supporting cast shine year in and year out, introducing terrific guests and villains into the mix while showcasing some impressing comic book supernatural action for the small screen. As per usual, the “girl of steel” will be making the annual trip to Blu-ray with her previous season. Unfortunately it comes with the uniform bonus features found across the other CW Arrow’verse sets and nothing beholden to this show exclusively. Nonetheless, that’s fine for all the Supergirl-only fans out there and its the show you ultimately want to collect when its all said and done. You’ll be able to grab this one online and in-stores when Warner Bros releases it on September 17th.  Continue reading ‘Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray Review)’

Manor Black + Dark Horse = Shadowy Goodness

At the end of July, Dark Horse Comics released issue #1 of a mini-series that made its debut with little fanfare. Manor Black came out on July 31st and holds this aura of a small independent film in the sense that it may not have widespread notoriety, but it serves up one very engaging story. Written by Cullen Bunn (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe) and Brian Hurtt (The Damned), and its eerie visual tone courtesy of Tyler Crook (Harrow County), the four-issue tale is currently halfway through its release, but what is Manor Black all about?

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John Carpenter’s Vampires – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Scream Factory will continue to add to its still growing and insanely impressive library of John Carpenter titles with 1998’s Vampires. This film was previously available only in a limited edition from Twilight Time that sold out very quickly. There was also a popular UK release for those who didn’t nab one of those from the Indicator label over there. However, if you have either one, toss it, because that had no real bonus features and this is coming loaded with brand new material. This includes new interviews with John Carpenter, James Woods and Greg Nicotero as well as some archival stuff. Vampires is never considered among Carpenter’s best or under appreciated films, but a complete release with better understanding could elevate it to that, plus its still a fascinating film due to having an artist like John at the helm. You can pre-order the film on Shout! Factory’s website (It might still come with a poster, I don’t know) or use the Amazon link below to have it on release day, September 24th.
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