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Black Sails: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray Review)

Lionsgate is all about getting these full seasons sets of their shows running on Starz out quickly. I recently reviewed the Ash Vs Evil Dead Complete Collection just a little bit back and now we are on to Black Sails. Granted, the last season set to come out for the show was August last year, but they are on it in terms of collecting it. Those holding out for the full series were rewarded this week (Release date was October 16th), when the set came out. Like Ash Vs Evil Dead, this is just a collection of all the discs from the previous single season sets compiled together in some trimmer, space saving, basic packaging. It’ll come with digital copies of the episodes as well. If you’re looking to pick it up, please consider using the Amazon link following the review. Continue reading ‘Black Sails: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray Review)’

Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Three New Indie Titles (And One Short!)

A mere tripod of full-length indie outings this week – plus one short – to give those with a hankering for smaller cinema some choices alongside big budget film fare.  Tales of somber egg donation, the mystery behind cults, dealing with some ghastly apparitions and Thanksgiving at gunpoint make up the three features films and one short dissected in this weeks edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Private Life, The Apostle, The Book Of Birdie and Holiday Hostage below!

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Halloween II Receives A Fresh Facelift (Movie Review)

HalloweenGoing into this one I was iffy.  It’s not because I don’t love Halloween.  I’m a huge fan of Michael Myers.  He’s my favorite fictional slasher.  It’s because of the X-Men-like way, albeit without time travel or a flux capacitor, the filmmakers want us to shrug off the former Halloween sequels ever happened.  Now I can easily do that when talking parts 3-6, but I’m quite fond of the original sequel to Halloween not to mention H20.  I know I’m in the minority here, but I’d much prefer a glorified reboot with Carpenter’s assistance then be forced to forget some of these great horror moments never happened.  You see my conundrum?  I’m forcing myself to accept this latest chapter because of my undying devotion to The Shape.  Ladies and gentlemen…we’re breaking new ground here, onward and upward from here on out.  It’s a whole new playing field wiped clean and ready to smear. Continue reading ‘Halloween II Receives A Fresh Facelift (Movie Review)’

Peppermint Extracts Revenge on Blu-ray December 11th

I missed this one in the theater so I’m excited to check this one out!  Revenge has no limits for Riley North in the action-packed thriller, Peppermint, arriving on Digital on November 20, 2018 and on Blu-rayCombo Pack, DVD and On Demand on December 11, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A powerful story about an underdog hero fighting for justice, the high-octane film is directed by Pierre Morel (Taken, The Gunman) and stars a stellar cast including Golden Globe® winner Jennifer Garner (“Alias,” Juno), John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook, American Gangster), John Gallagher, Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane, Hush), Juana Pablo Raba (The 33, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Annie Ilonzeh (“Person of Interest,” “Arrow”). Continue reading ‘Peppermint Extracts Revenge on Blu-ray December 11th’

Stay Away From The Cans But Keep Close To THE JERK – 40TH Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray December 18th!

On December 18, 2018, Shout Select celebrates the 40th anniversary of wacky comedy classic The Jerk with the film’s debut on Blu-ray, now remastered from a brand-new 2K scan. This release comes packed with bonus features, including new interviews with Steve Martin and Carl Reiner and with writers Michael Elias and Carl Gottlieb.

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Own THE INCREDIBLES 2 On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-Ray November 6!

Disney Pixar’s “Incredibles 2,” the sequel to 2004’s beloved Oscar®-winning “The Incredibles,” received a mega-strong reaction from critics and audiences — earning a 93 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, rocketing atop the list of highest-grossing animated films, and surpassing $1 billion at the global box office. Family members of all ages will be hypnotized by hours of delightful entertainment, with never-before-seen “Incredibles 2” bonus material highlighting the beloved characters in the film and the  filmmakers who bring them to life. When audiences instantly bring home the film two weeks early on Digital, they will receive additional exclusive featurettes, including two SuperScene Breakdowns and Samuel L. Jackson discussing his character Frozone a.k.a. “The Coolest Guy in Show Business.” Continue reading ‘Own THE INCREDIBLES 2 On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-Ray November 6!’

THE CRITTERS COLLECTION Comes In Glorious Scream Factory Blu-Ray Set November 27th!!!

They’re back and ready to devour your Blu-ray player! Scream Factory proudly presents The Critters Collection in a 4-Blu-ray set on November 27, 2018. The terrifying and tiny menaces are out in full force with this four-film collection packed with enough special features to make any fan’s mouth water! The hit creature franchise finally comes packaged together and on Blu-ray for the first time with this release. Fans can now pre-order on shoutfactory.com and receive two exclusive lithographs featuring the brand-new artwork and its alternative

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City Slickers – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Its not hitting any kind of anniversary milestone this year (Or next, for that matter), but City Slickers is jumping over to a brand new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Shout! Factory under they Shout Select banner. Return to join Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby as they take a cattle herding vacation with Curly (A role that nabbed Jack Palance his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor). This looks to be pretty much a port of the previous edition with some new artwork (A slip cover) and a new 4K transfer of the film. Fans who order at Shout! Factory’s website from their store will get a free poster of the new art as a toss in with their Blu-ray. Or, if you want, you can help out our site by ordering your City Slickers – Collector’s Edition from the Amazon link below. Continue reading ‘City Slickers – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series – 35th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Sure, this came out a few weeks back, but better late than never, right? Besides, I’ve only just received it. So now I can join Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober and Red in celebrating the 35th Anniversary of their beloved series as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuted FRAGGLE ROCK: THE COMPLETE SERIES on Blu-ray for the first time on September 25th. This extensive set, sprawling over 12 loaded discs containing every episode from both the original series and the animated one, is quite a sight to behold. There is also a lot of bonus material from past and present to sink your teeth into while watching your favorite episodes over and over and over and OVER again. Or, introduce your children to it. Order yourself a copy now by clicking the Amazon link at the end of the review. Continue reading ‘Fraggle Rock: The Complete Series – 35th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Blu-ray Bundle Giveaway Contest!

Oh hey there!  You know you want to bring family and friends together and have the time of your life with MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN Sing-Along Edition, the all-new smash-hit romantic comedy based on the songs of ABBA, for a one-of-a-kind at home experience. MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN arrives on Digital and the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on October 9, 2018, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on October 23, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Ten years after MAMMA MIA! The Movie, MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN invites you to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi to continue the story’s emotional journey of family and friendship whilst discovering just how those life-changing relationships were formed.  And best of all we got a Blu-ray prize bundle to give away to one lucky winner!  Read on to find out more. Continue reading ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Blu-ray Bundle Giveaway Contest!’

You Can Find SEARCHING, Starring John Cho, On Blu-ray November 27th!

Dive deep into the virtual world of social media with a mystery-thriller for the digital age, SEARCHING, debuting on Digital and redeemable via the Movies Anywhere App. on November 13, coming to Blu-ray and DVD November 27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. A unique take on society’s pervasive use of technology, SEARCHING is the feature film debut for writer-director Aneesh Chaganty, and writer-producer Sev Ohanian. Chaganty and Ohanian’s script constructs a new form of cinema inspired by the connection between parent and child in the Internet age. Stopping at no lengths to find his missing daughter, a determined father, played by John Cho (Star Trek, Harold & Kumar), explores her social media accounts, emails, pictures, videos and more to aid in the police investigation. Cho is joined by an impressive cast including Emmy Award® winner Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Joseph Lee (“NCIS: Los Angeles”) and Michelle La in her feature film debut.  Continue reading ‘You Can Find SEARCHING, Starring John Cho, On Blu-ray November 27th!’

Hitchcock, Kiarostami & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in January 2019

In January, Elaine May will join the Criterion Collection with Mikey and Nicky, an unsung masterpiece of 1970s cinema, starring John Cassavetes and Peter Falk as small-time gangsters in a barbed study of friendship and betrayal. Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant enact an anguished romance in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic spy thriller Notorious, appearing in a stunning new 4K restoration. Cristian Mungiu’s riveting 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the Palme d’Or-winning breakout film of the New Romanian Cinema, will appear on Blu-ray for the first time. The indomitable Sidney Poitier faces off against Rod Steiger in In the Heat of the Night, an Academy Award-winning landmark in Hollywood’s treatment of racism, appearing in a new 4K restoration. And there’s more: Abbas Kiarostami’s final film, the contemplative 24 Frames, breathes motion into still images in a poignant coda to a life dedicated to cinema.

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The Equalizer 2 Infiltrates 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray December 11th

The Equalizer 2 4KTwo-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington (Best Supporting Actor, Glory, 1989; Best Actor, Training Day, 2001) returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career when the gritty, pulse-pounding thriller THE EQUALIZER 2 hits digital November 13 and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD December 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Reunited with Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Washington is Robert McCall, who serves unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed, but how far will his no-holds-barred vengeance go when the victim is someone he loves?  THE EQUALIZER 2 also stars Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) with Bill Pullman (Independence Day) and Oscar® winner Melissa Leo (Best Supporting Actress, The Fighter, 2010). Continue reading ‘The Equalizer 2 Infiltrates 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray December 11th’

Come Get Some! EVIL DEAD 2 Debuts On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray December 11th!

Ash returns in one of horror’s greatest sequels when Evil Dead 2 arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) December 11from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Army of Darkness), and starring Bruce Campbell in the role that cemented his place in horror history, Ash must, once again, battle the deranged dead after returning to the same cabin from The Evil Dead and unleashing Hell on Earth. Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision HDR, bringing the stunning cinematography of this supernatural horror film to life. 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 Evil Dead 2 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will include a brand new, never-before-seen 52 minute featurette, “Bloody and Groovy, Baby! – A Tribute to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead II” featurette and will be available December 11th! Continue reading ‘Come Get Some! EVIL DEAD 2 Debuts On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray December 11th!’

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Blu-ray Giveaway!

YES! You’re reading that correctly! We’ll be giving away a free copy of the BLU-RAY edition of Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp (Available 10/16)! The tiny adventure will come in its actual size when it arrives to you, should you be the winner of the giveaway. This release comes with a digital copy and bonus features in addition to the film itself. The movie is a fun, family, comedic adventure with our tiniest Avenger Scott Lang teaming up with his fully capable colleague Hope Van Dyne, aka The Wasp, in search of her mother thought long lost in the Quantum Realm. Keep on reading to find out how just a small action can win you this big prize! Seriously, its so simple. I’m not even going to challenge you to make any more more effort than need be. Continue reading ‘ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Blu-ray Giveaway!’

Constantine: City Of Demons (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

John Constantine has been somewhat of a constant with DC following the success of the Keanu Reeves’ film back in the last decade. He’s had ups and downs but they’ve always kept the character around. Constantine had a short lived live action television series that ran on NBC for one season. Matt Ryan portrayed him there and he’s stuck to the character doing guest appearances on the CW Arrow-verse and being the voice for the animated CW Seed show. Said show is where this brand new DCAU film, City of Demons, comes from. It’ll arrive on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray October 9th, which, well, is this week! Pick it up in time to watch him have a nice solo adventure before he joins up full time with the Legends of Tomorrow for their fourth season! Continue reading ‘Constantine: City Of Demons (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles (And One Short!)

Back with the skinny on smaller film fare, it’s time once again to round up the indie animals and see if they are up to the cinematic excellence challenge.  Tales of 80’s romance, gambling and bookie action on the down-low, being trapped with family dysfunction for the holidays, fighting for life with the help of baseballs, mirror images with nefarious intentions and male and female relationships gone awry make up the slew of five feature films and one short covered in this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the short opinions on Cruise, All Square, Await Further Instructions, Knuckleball, Look Away and Punching Bag below.

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King Cohen (Blu-ray Review)

Schlocky filmmaking is seriously my cup of tea. That should come as no surprise, considering I host and produce my podcast Cult Cinema Cavalcade. Funny enough, I’ve yet to tackle the filmmaker who is the subject of this documentary even though I have many planned on the docket. Larry Cohen is one of the best of the B-filmmakers of all time. And its great to see that he’s been given a really thoughtful and detailed documentary on his entire career. La-La Land entertainment has put the film out on Blu-ray for home consumption after a nice brief. limited theatrical run last year. You can pick it up now, as it was released on September 25th (Though there doesn’t seem to be an Amazon order link for it at this time).  Continue reading ‘King Cohen (Blu-ray Review)’