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Guardians of the Galaxy’s Special Extended Look Available To All

Guardians IMAX Sneak Peek thumbIt is only less than a month away.  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the hotly anticipated comic book space adventure, from director James Gunn, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Bradley Cooper & Vin Diesel as the voice of a talking raccoon and tree creature.  Marvel thinks this is crazy enough to work and dammit if I (and movie geeks everywhere) are not at least curious as well.  With that said, here is a special preview of the film just released by Marvel for everyone to take a look at.  Continue on to check it out.

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Take A 12-Year Journey Through ‘Boyhood’ (Movie Review)

boyhood whysoblu 13-001There seems to be a scale of how well movies can depict the passage of time with the characters we are following.  We constantly see films that effectively (or ineffectively) make us of makeup and other effects to convey a certain age of a character, let alone simply using different actors, based on time jumps.  Writer/director Richard Linklater has gone a different route.  Rather than using traditional, physical tools to convey the lengthy period of time that Boyhood covers, he worked with the same actors for a 12 year period to deliver a unique and ambitious project.  As a result, we see a story about family and change and growth and many other things that make up life from a personal perspective.  It was a wonderful idea that has turned into an equally wonderful film.

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Why So Blu’s Staff Picks For 2014’s Best Films of the Year… So Far

best of 2014We are a little over halfway through 2014 and with that, I figured it would be a good idea for Why So Blu’s writing staff to spread the word on which films they believe to be the best of the year so far (along with some picks for the worst).  This article contains just that, as Brian, Brandon, and myself put down their thoughts on their three favorite films released theatrically this year.  There were many films to choose from, so narrowing it down may not have been an easy task, but it was a fun process and a nice way to prepare for the second half of this year, which is also full of promise.  Continue on and see which films came out on top! Continue reading ‘Why So Blu’s Staff Picks For 2014’s Best Films of the Year… So Far’

‘The Possession of Michael King’ on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD August 26th!

Possession of Michael KingMichael King (Shane Johnson) doesn’t believe in God or The Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, the documentary filmmaker decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural. Michael decides to make himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go. Dale Dickey (IRON MAN 3), Tomas Arana (GLADIATOR), and Julie McNiven (Mad Men) co-star in this intense supernatural spine-tingler from the producers of WHITE NOISE and THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT.

 

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‘The Twilight Zone: The Complete 80′s Series on DVD August 26th!

Twilight ZoneTravel into the fifth dimension once again with THE TWILIGHT ZONE, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the legacy of the original Rod Serling program and attracted a brand new audience of fans. The series features major stars – including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Martin Landau and many more! — in compelling tales of intrigue by such noted writers as Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Arthur C. Clarke and Theodore Sturgeon.   Continue reading ‘‘The Twilight Zone: The Complete 80′s Series on DVD August 26th!’

All Cheerleaders Die (Blu-ray Review)

All-Cheerleaders-DieThe Toronto International Film Festival particpant, All Cheerleaders Die is coming to Blu-ray after its short, limited theatrical run this past June.  A collective effort from Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson, this horror-dark comedy feature is actually a remake of a super low budget film the duo made back in 2001.  Of these two directorial names, one name interested me in the film and the other frightened me of it.  Lucky McKee had made an indie horror film I really liked in 2002 called May.  He also did a Masters Of Horror episode and a film I didn’t see but generated some buzz called The Woman.  Chri Sivertson on the other hand, directed the abysmal Lindsay Lohan vehicle, I Know Who Killed Me.  While the film is terrible it did contain one of my favorite all time bad movie lines, “Sometimes people get cut. That’s life”.  Would good balance out evil here?  Or was this going to be another I Know Who Killed Me. Continue reading ‘All Cheerleaders Die (Blu-ray Review)’

‘Ironclad: Battle for Blood’ on Blu-ray & DVD August 5th!

Ironclad 2Steel yourself for another brutal battle, as one of the few survivors of the Great Siege of Rochester Castle fights to protect his family’s estate from fierce Celtic raiders. With a new battleground and a new enemy, IRONCLAD: BATTLE FOR BLOOD delivers the same ferocious, adrenaline-filled action that defined IRONCLAD. Tom Austen (“The Borgias”) and Michelle Fairley (“Game of Thrones”) star in this exciting new adventure from the director, writers and producers of the original IRONCLAD.    Continue reading ‘‘Ironclad: Battle for Blood’ on Blu-ray & DVD August 5th!’

Spartacus: The Complete Series Blu-ray Trailer

Ladies and gentlemen…boys and girls…children of all sexes…on September 16th Anchor Bay Entertainment brings to you the biggest and baddest Blu-ray and DVD box set of them all…Spartacus: The Complete Series.  And straight of my email inbox from the most awesomest press person in the world comes straight to your computer, Mac, phone or tablet’s screen the dun…dun…dah…Blu-ray trailer capturing all the magic you will find here in this 39 episode set complete with new bonus features.  So check out the Blu-ray trailer and press release for yourself down below and remember to pre-order now so you can start your binge watching on September 16th right after work! Continue reading ‘Spartacus: The Complete Series Blu-ray Trailer’

Operation Petticoat (Blu-ray Review)

Operation-PetticoatOlive Films continues stocking its library with A-titles of Hollywood yesteryear with 1959′s Operation Petticoat.  This comedy stars two of the era’s biggest male leads in Cary Grant and Tony Curtis.  It also contains a few actors who would later find success in TV land in the years to come.  While I may not be a fan of everything they’re putting out, Olive Films really should be commended for saving films of the era they are plucking Blu-ray releases from.  As time marches on, these are the films that could be left in the dust and they are films that still have fans and a history.  Its nice to be able to have something at your disposal as opposed to waiting and hoping it pops up again on Turner Classic Movies sometime in the near future. Continue reading ‘Operation Petticoat (Blu-ray Review)’

Don’t Lose Your Head, But ‘SLEEPY HOLLOW’ Hits Blu-ray This September!

sleepy hollow bluFirst of all:  I love Sleepy Hollow, the breakout supernatural TV series that premiered on Fox last fall, and I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that myself and fellow Why So Blu? writer Brandon Peters co-hosted a podcast devoted to the entire first season, along with our friend Maxwell Haddad (which can be found HERE).  With that said, clearly Fox recognizes how big a hit this series was, as Sleepy Hollow: The Complete First Season is arriving on Blu-ray on September 16th and it is packed with special features.  This is a series that puts a twist on the classic Washington Irving tale about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman by turning it into an X-Files like procedural show, set in modern times.  If you think that sounds ridiculous, you would be right, but it is also a very fun show, with surprisingly strong writing, given that the pilot episode features a headless horseman wielding an assault rifle.  Read on to learn more about this upcoming Blu-ray release.

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Eastbound & Down: The Complete Fourth & Final Season (Blu-ray Review)

eastbound and down s4 whysoblu coverI have been a huge fan of HBO’s comedy series Eastbound & Down and the ridiculous, foul-mouthed anti-hero character that is Kenny Powers since the beginning.  I know some people are not big fans of Danny McBride, but I find him hilarious and this show, which he is heavily involved in the production of, was a perfect way to harness his comedic energy over the years.  The fourth season was an unexpected one, given the finality of its third, but dammit if McBride and co-creators Jody Hill & Ben Best didn’t find a way to make a truly glorious final season for the series.  Eastbound & Down was always the story of a former baseball player and all-around horrible guy coming to terms with evolving for the better as a person, but in the craziest ways possible, making it plenty entertaining.  Now the final season is available on Blu-ray for all to see…or better yet, the whole series is now f***kin’ out!

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The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray & DVD Retailer Exclusives!

Walking Dead Season 4It’s almost August!  Baseball season will have been in full swing.  Barbecues would have been blazing ever since Memorial Day or even before that depending upon where you’re situated.  Yet fans can count on another August tradition when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD on August 26th.   As with previous season releases, the Blu-ray or DVD sets also rewards fans with hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen production footage, deleted scenes and audio commentaries, with ultra-exclusive content only available on the Blu-ray release, including additional audio commentaries and several “extended” episodes seen for the very first time!  But wait!  That’s not it!  There’s also the retailer exclusives to be had and drooled over too!  Thankfully for me and you, my favorite press release lady in the world has us covered on all fronts.  Read on! Continue reading ‘The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray & DVD Retailer Exclusives!’

‘BOYHOOD’ Press Conference Highlights And More!

boyhood whysoblu 3-001A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to not only see the new Richard Linklater film, Boyhood, but attend a press conference for it, featuring writer/director Linklater, along with stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, and Lorelei Linklater.  Boyhood was shot intermittently over the course of 12 years, as the story follows a boy, Mason (Coltrane), from 6 to 18-years old, and depicts his life with his family along the way.  I will have a review of the film posted later in the week, but this post contains the highlights from the press conference, along with the audio from it.  Continue on to learn more about the film, the stars, Linklater’s filming process, and more!

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Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Sale!

planet of the apesThere is going to be a lot of ‘Apes’ talk this week.  We at Why So Blu were big fans of the 2011 re-imagining of the Planet of the Apes franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set to be released on July 11th, we are very much excited for what this entry will have to offer.  With that said, a number of deal on Amazon are going on right now, which includes an awesome low-price for the original Planet of the Apes series on Blu-ray.  It is not only very cheap, but comes with movie cash to use for your ticket to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  The other films, ‘Rise’ and Tim Burton’s remake (if you dare to go down that road) are also fairly cheap as well and also come with movie cash.  Continue on to get your hands on these deals, while they are going on!

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New ‘Gone Girl’ Trailer And Teaser Posters

gone girlFollowing the previous (and great) teaser trailer, we now have a full theatrical trailer for director David Fincher’s (Se7en, Zodiac, The Social Network) upcoming 2014 film, Gone Girl, based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn.  After The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it seems that Fincher is fine with adapting popular pulp novels found in grocery stores, but I am not one to complain, if he at least continues to make these films entertaining via his visual and directorial style and stocked with a great cast.  This film features Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, Scoot McNairy, Patrick Fugit, and of course, Tyler Perry.  Continue on to see the new trailer along with four new teaser posters from the film.

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Take On ‘Life Itself’ Even After The Balcony Has Closed (Movie Review)

life itself whysoblu thumbRoger Ebert was a force to be reckoned with when it came to film criticism, and I was very saddened by his death in April, 2013.  The documentary film Life Itself, an adaptation of the late film critic’s memoir and a look at the last few months of his life, puts his story front and center, with no one more fitting than Steve James (director of Hoop Dreams, one of Ebert’s favorites) to be the one to direct the film.  The film is rife with stories and insight about the life of Roger Ebert, as far as his career as a writer and onward goes, with plenty of interviews to back up a truthful look at a man who was not perfect, but certainly a huge influence and impressive figure when it came to what he accomplished.  This is a documentary for many film fans, as they may not have been shaped by Ebert’s film criticism, but it has certainly been a factor, while he had his time to say something about cinema.

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Nymphomaniac: Volume I and Volume II (Blu-ray Review)

Wow!  What can I say about this feature(s) that hasn’t been said before?  There’s a million and one ways I can spin this.  Was I curious about it?  Hell yeah I was.  Was I scared of it?  Honestly, I was a little bit.  I really didn’t know what to expect when I first popped this Blu-ray title into my PlayStation 4 except for what I guessed would be a whole lot of graphic nudity.  But that’s not necessarily a bad thing is it?  Haha!  I guess it all depends upon who you are, how you are raised and what your opinions and beliefs are on how tasteful and/or delicate nudity should be depicted and handled within a motion picture.  That’s a safe and borderline way to say it, isn’t it?  I think so.  And that’s what I’m sticking to as I press straight ahead with nothing but forward progress in tackling this two-part Blu-ray review fully clothed.  Wish me luck! Continue reading ‘Nymphomaniac: Volume I and Volume II (Blu-ray Review)’

Jodorowsky’s Dune (Blu-ray Review)

jodorowskyWhat if you had the chance to see the greatest science fiction film never produced?  Unfortunately you can’t, because, as stated, it was never produced, but you can come very close!  Jodorowsky’s Dune is a fascinating documentary that details the intended plans by director Alejandro Jodorowsky to create an ambitious project, utilizing the talents of many great filmmakers, artists, musicians, actors, and more.  It never came to be for various reasons, but the story has now been revealed for all to see.  Find out more about this captivating film and the Blu-ray it is now housed on.

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