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Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist For 2018!

Once again, the time of year has come upon us; the end of the Blu-ray release year. I’m a little later than prior years on this and its because the announcement to release window is becoming incredible short. Just last week I posted about four Transformers movies coming to 4K Ultra-HD within the next couple weeks. And I’m still afraid we may get some December announcements still, but I’m confident those would merely be 4K. Which, you’re probably wondering why, after two years of coverage on Why So Blu, that there isn’t a 4K wishlish. Well, that’s because the format is still in complete infancy and isn’t under the full embrace or changeover of the studios (Or at least as we’d hope it would be). The amount of stuff still not on the format is just massive and that’s just too easy and fun. I could do a wishlist of hundreds for that format. I stick to Blu-ray as the movies still not on the format, it could be their last stop in terms of physical home media. It could be the best presentation they ever see.  And there are still PLENTY of things that would benefit in jumping over. We are seeing some fantastic double dips as well, and I hope those continue (When they are worthwhile, like the recent Scream Factroy Silent Night, Deadly Night, Arrow’s The Thing or Criterion’s upcoming Silence of the Lambs upgrade). Whatever the case, every month, studio press releases, especially those from the sublicensees, always excite me. Continue reading ‘Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist For 2018!’

Vestron Video’s GOTHIC Arrives On Blu-ray Collector’s Series January 30th!

From the Vestron Video Collector’s Series, the horror classic Gothic will arrive for the first time on limited edition Blu-ray™ on January 30 from Lionsgate. Starring Golden Globe® winner Gabriel Byrne (2009, Best Actor, “In Treatment”), Julian Sands, and Natasha Richardson, and from legendary director Ken Russell (Lair of the White Worm), Gothic is the fictional retelling of the night Mary Shelley developed the story of Frankenstein. While under the influence of experimental substances, she and a group of friends experience terrifying visions that bend reality into her horrific tale. The Gothic limited edition Blu-ray is packed with all-new special features, including audio commentaries, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, and more, and will be available January 30th. Continue reading ‘Vestron Video’s GOTHIC Arrives On Blu-ray Collector’s Series January 30th!’

The Villainess (Blu-ray Review)

Bloody revenge is at the heart of the stylish kinetic South Korean action-thriller The Villainess hitting Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD November 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment.  Certified “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, this welcome shot of adrenaline to the classic femme fatale story follows a ruthless female assassin who leaves a trail of bodies behind her as she seeks her blood-spattered revenge.  Honed from childhood into a merciless killing machine by a criminal organization, assassin Sook-hee is recruited as a sleeper agent with the promise of freedom after ten years of service – and she jumps at the chance for a normal life.  But soon enough, secrets from her past destroy everything she’s worked for, and now nobody can stand in her way as she embarks on a roaring rampage of revenge.  Directed by Jung Byung-gil (Confession of Murder), The Villainess stars Kim Ok-bin (ThirstThe Front Line), Shin Ha-kyun (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) and Bang Sung-jun (Horror Stories 2Pluto).  The Villainess Blu-ray also contains bonus materials that include a Making-of featurette that highlights the action choreography and the characters as well as Teaser and Theatrical Trailers. Continue reading ‘The Villainess (Blu-ray Review)’

Preacher: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray Review)

Sony Pictures Television and AMC are proud to present the second season of Preacher on Blu-ray. Adapted from the bizarre and wildly entertaining Preacher comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the second season provides a lot more of what comic fans were looking for with a show based on this insane series. Showrunners Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Sam Catlin delivered a 13-episode second season full of familiar plotlines, characters, as well as several new elements to keep all the audiences guessing. Now the season has reached Blu-ray in this 4-disc set, with a few extras and an excellent technical presentation.

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A Fish Called Wanda (Blu-ray Review)

Get ready to put the other hand up as the zany classic comedy A Fish Called Wanda hits Blu-ray from Arrow Films.  In 1988, John Cleese, former Python and the mastermind behind Fawlty Towers, teamed up with the veteran Ealing Comedy director Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob) to produce another classic of British comedy – A Fish Called Wanda.  Cleese plays Archie Leach, a weak-willed barrister who finds himself embroiled with a quartet of ill-matched jewel thieves – two American con artists played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, Michael Palin’s animal-loving hitman and London gangster Tom Georgeson – when Georgeson is arrested. Only he and Palin know the whereabouts of the diamonds, prompting plenty of farce and in-fighting as well as some embarrassing nudity and the unfortunate demise of some innocent pooches.  Nominated for three Academy Awards and winning one for Kline’s outstanding supporting turn as the psychopathic Otto, A Fish Called Wanda has stood the test of time, earning its rightful place among its creators’ remarkable comedy pedigree.  Features on this Arrow release include a full-length Commentary by Cleese, a slew of Making of docs and more! Continue reading ‘A Fish Called Wanda (Blu-ray Review)’

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Brings Spirited Joy (Movie Review)

Remaining on top is difficult. Pixar enjoyed a steady hold as one of the most prestigious studios for a good while, but various sequels outside of the Toy Story series and troubled productions have pushed them to be seemingly just one of the many animation studios out there. Coco is a fantastic return to form. While I haven’t outright disliked any film Pixar has had to offer, this latest effort reaches the sort of greatness you want from any movie. Inspired by Mexican culture and based on the holiday of Dia de los Muertos, Coco is a lively, colorful adventure that hits in all the right ways.

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Star Wars Battlefront II (PS4 Game Review)

It is finally here! It feels only like yesterday when I was at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando back in April of this year. Sitting in on the Battlefront II discussion panel with thousands of others, I was in awe of the stills and trailer we were given. The original Battlefront (original Xbox, PC, PS2) from 2004 is in my top three video games of all time. Its major flaw was controlling airborne vehicles, which was such a poor experience, but one that could be easily overlooked since the ground-based combat was such a thrill. Then there was Battlefront II. No, not the one just released last week, but the one from some years back which first introduced the opportunity to play as heroes and villains. Like the second Avengers film, it very much lacked the personality and feel of its predecessor. After a changing of the guard at Lucasarts via the Disney purchase, the long-awaited Battlefront follow-up arrived in 2015 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC. It was arguably the best one in the series (speaking of all titles in the series, let’s not forget the Playstation Portable version called Battlefront Renegade which never got much coverage). While individual classes were gone in Battlefront (sniper, heavy gunner, etc.), the fully customizable concept of building your character was a big hit and allowed for a wide array of soldiers on the battlefield. All of that recap brings us to the much anticipated Battlefront II of 2017. How is it, you ask? Let’s take a look

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Coming in as a surprise hit at the end of a pretty disappointing August this past summer was Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson buddy comedy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard. It was kind of a surprise, with many thinking Logan Lucky (Review for that 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray release coming soon) would probably do better. But, this fun little throwback wound up taking in over 75 million box office dollars on a mere 30 million dollar budget. And in this day and age, it had the rarity of holding on to the top spot at the box office for 3 straight weeks until the IT phenomenon launch and made more in one weekend than this movie did in its entire run. Anywho, you’ll be able to check this one out on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray when it hits stores/online/the grocery November 21st. Just in time for some turkey. Continue reading ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Some Kind Of ‘Wonder’ (Movie Review)

Growing up is a challenge for a variety of reasons. Not being comfortable in your own skin is easily one of them. R.J. Palacio’s bestselling children’s novel Wonder examines this thought in a fairly literal fashion, as it deals with the plight of a young boy with a facial deformity. The book was a huge hit, and now it’s become a likable studio film with A-list actors filling in for the roles. It’s good enough to warrant the natural teary-eyed reactions that come with this sort of coming-of-age drama. That said, it also weaves around areas that could be played too sentimental in lesser films. All of that makes Wonder pretty wonderful.

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Forgotten Friday Flick – “Cherry 2000”

To celebrate the power of strong women in cinema, I thought I’d add my two cents by celebrating a reposting of an MIA past picture dissection featuring a tough lady movie character who definitely leads the way – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Today’s selection has a gutsy gal who is asked to help a man with her bounty hunting skills find the perfect woman – but she requires batteries! It’s a love story about a man, his lovely fembot and a real woman who gives him pause.  Cue the soothing music, crack open the champagne and insert your memory microchip because love is in the air courtesy of five-star 1987 sci-fi camp classic…Cherry 2000!

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Films

The year may be coming to an end soon, but the barrage of smaller screen fare is still alive and kicking.  (And that’s not including indie Oscar fare that studios only put out in the final two months!)  An urban drama where two different but similar universes exist, a terror tale about a creepy dude who collects clipped fingernails, a campy outing about some dangerous danishes, a doc on the iconic racial happenings during 1992, a story of love and friendship tested, a gothic flick about odd sexual behaviors and one woman’s tale of freedom mixed with cat death make up the seven lesser known films covered in this weeks edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the small cinematic opinions on Destined, Nails, Attack of the Killer Doughnuts, LA 92, Almost Friends, Angelica and Mr. Roosevelt below!

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INTERSTELLAR And The TRANSFORMERS Films To Be Released On 4K UHD In December

And now, here come the 4K UHD releases of INTERSTELLAR, which will be released on December 19th, and the first four Transformers films- TRANSFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON and TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, which will be released on December 5th (TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT is available now on 4K UHD).  All releases come in a 3-disc 4K UHD/Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital copy. Filled with eye-popping action and stunning visuals, these films deliver the kind of entertainment experience that absolutely engulfs you.  Watching them on 4K UHD quite literally transforms home viewing into something more immersive and more visceral than ever before. Continue reading ‘INTERSTELLAR And The TRANSFORMERS Films To Be Released On 4K UHD In December’

Own the Christopher Nolan Collection on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack On December 19!

Own the Christopher Nolan Collection on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack On December 19!Seven acclaimed films from director Christopher Nolan will be available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD on December 19, it was announced today by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Inception,” and “Dunkirk” will be available from Warner Bros., featuring the films on 4K Ultra HD. “The Prestige” and “Interstellar” will be available on 4K Ultra HD from Disney and Paramount respectively. Continue reading ‘Own the Christopher Nolan Collection on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack On December 19!’

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review)

You’ll remember back in March that Warner Brothers began the format jump on its acclaimed and super popular Harry Potter series. That batch of films, you’ll remember, started with the back four films, to coincide with the 4K Ultra-HD release of the first film in the prequel series in in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  They promised the rest of the films in the hugely successful franchise later in the year and here we are with almost two months to spare. The remaining four films, the first four years at Hogwarts, will be out on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on November 7th. This review will focus on a film serving as a big turning point in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Continue reading ‘Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review)’

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

You’ll remember back in March that Warner Brothers began the format jump on its acclaimed and super popular Harry Potter series. That batch of films, you’ll remember, started with the back four films, to coincide with the 4K Ultra-HD release of the first film in the prequel series in in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  They promised the rest of the films in the hugely successful franchise later in the year and here we are with almost two months to spare. The remaining four films, the first four years at Hogwarts, will be out on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on November 7th. This review will focus on probably the one that people were most eager for, Aflonso Cuaron’s adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Continue reading ‘Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Why I Give Justice League 2 F’s! (Movie Review)

Justice League (Movie Review)I didn’t think this glorious day would ever come, but alas it has.  Heaven on Earth is here.  That could only mean ONE thing for sure in life.  The Justice League motion picture has finally arrived on the big screen!  As far as 2017 feature films go I have thought of nothing else except Justice League ever since I left San Diego Comic-Con this past July and attended this unforgettable superhero panel captured in all its splendor and awe right here.  I have also painstakingly covered Wonder WomanMan of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad here on the site with both the utmost of detail and exposé.  So with overwhelming joy and rousing happiness I now am in a position to do much the same with my take on the long awaited November 17th superhero ensemble flick, Justice League.  Buckle up ladies and gentlemen as I’m about to steal/drive Batman’s Batmobile both fast and so very furious.  Vroom, vroom! Continue reading ‘Why I Give Justice League 2 F’s! (Movie Review)’

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review)

You’ll remember back in March that Warner Brothers began the format jump on its acclaimed and super popular Harry Potter series. That batch of films, you’ll remember, started with the back four films, to coincide with the 4K Ultra-HD release of the first film in the prequel series in in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  They promised the rest of the films in the hugely successful franchise later in the year and here we are with almost two months to spare. The remaining four films, the first four years at Hogwarts, will be out on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on November 7th. This review will focus on 2002’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second film in the series. Continue reading ‘Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review)’

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

You’ll remember back in March that Warner Brothers began the format jump on its acclaimed and super popular Harry Potter series. That batch of films, you’ll remember, started with the back four films, to coincide with the 4K Ultra-HD release of the first film in the prequel series in in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  They promised the rest of the films in the hugely successful franchise later in the year and here we are with almost two months to spare. The remaining four films, the first four years at Hogwarts, will be out on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on November 7th. This review will focus on the first film, the one that started it all, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Continue reading ‘Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’