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‘Darkest Hour’ Prize Package Giveaway Contest!

Currently in theaters, Darkest Hour is one of the best films of the year. It features an Oscar-worthy performance from Gary Oldman and details the early days of Winston Churchill’s tenure as Prime Minister of England, which was right at the same time the real struggles of World War II were emerging. Director Joe Wright has assembled a great film about an important figure and you should try to catch it if you can. Additionally, why not do your duty and enter this contest to win a Darkest Hour-themed prize package! Continue on to learn more details about the fun items that come from taking a little time to learn a bit more about a great movie and doing a couple things for us fine folks here at Why So Blu.
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Own GEOSTORM On Blu-ray January 23rd!

Uncover the world’s biggest conspiracy when “Geostorm” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Dean Devlin (writer/producer, “Independence Day”) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller “Geostorm,” The film stars Gerard Butler (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “300”), Jim Sturgess (“Cloud Atlas”), Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Alexandra Maria Lara (“Rush”), Daniel Wu (“The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Warcraft: The Beginning”), Eugenio Derbez (“How to Be a Latin Lover”), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (“The Hours,” “Apollo 13”) and Andy Garcia (“The Godfather: Part III”). Continue reading ‘Own GEOSTORM On Blu-ray January 23rd!’

Forgotten Friday Flick – “Sound Of Noise”

Keeping the stellar #1 selections of my previous years going, this week sees the film that captured the top prize from 2012 getting a little past picture love – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Original is the name of the game for this Swedish import that dared to combine inspired musical concerts with an anarchist sensibility.  The toe tapping tale of a gang of drummers who decide to play out their four musical movements terrorist style – all the while with a music hating cop hot on their tale.  It’s orchestra with an edge via the fully five-star gem…Sound Of Noise.

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Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series (Blu-ray Review)

Twin Peaks was a true cult sensation. The short lived show is probably the biggest such television program since the original Star Trek. It only had life for 2 seasons and almost 30 episodes. Fandom never died on the show, it delivered a film prequel by Lynch himself and was one of the few televisions shows to have a complete series release on VHS. When Netflix rolled out the show, it found a new life with many newcomers entering the world of Twin Peaks. Now, finally, the series received a popular return and Showtime gave the show an completely unfiltered 18 episode run with every single hour directed and written by David Lynch himself. Now, we get the full collection, with a proper and full on “go for broke” Blu-ray set, coming December 5th.  Continue reading ‘Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series (Blu-ray Review)’

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season (Blu-ray Review)

Game of Thrones Season 7 Blu-ray ReviewIn addition to our exclusive 2017 Game of Thrones Hall H Comic-Con coverage here it’s that time of the year once again here at Why So Blu.  HBO’s record-breaking phenomenon, Game of Thrones, is back with a seventh season that proved to be worth the extra wait this year.  In fact, despite the brevity of this year only being 7 episodes it packs the most action packed wallop ever seen thus far in a single season.  Yes ladies and gentlemen there’s finally epic dragon battles and long awaited character meetings too.  Best of all Winter is FINALLY here!  Also, try these stats on for size as the latest season of Game of Thrones here featured the most-watched premiere and finale episodes in HBO history.  The series also remains the most-awarded drama series in Emmy history with 109 nominations to date and inner of the 2015 and 2016 Best Drama Series.  If you missed any of our past coverage of these best selling Blu-ray sets, please refer to the following links to seasons 1 and 2 here, 3 here, 4 here, here and 6 over here.   So join me down below as we celebrate everything Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season in this historic December 12th HBO Blu-ray release.
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‘The Shape of Water’ Is A Fantastical Masterwork: Part 2 (Movie Review)

The Shape of Water Movie ReviewThe Shape of Water had me very curious.  It’s not because it’s brought to you by the masterful mind of Guillermo del Toro, but it’s because of our resident MPAA certified reviewer, Sir Aaron Neuwirth.  He gave it an overwhelming 5 doggies out of 5 doggies over here.  Truth be told he doesn’t hand out that kind of praise for a film very often.  In fact he even went as far as to call The Shape of Water a “Fantastical Masterwork,” hence the continuation of the title here.  His movie review was also tweeted like none other here on the site before even by the del Toro man himself.  If memory serves me correct, he has already seen this one three times too so I felt incredible pressure to at least see it once.  Therefore, that’s why I am here folks plus the fact that the trailer (provided below) looked freaking phenomenal.  Let’s get started! Continue reading ‘‘The Shape of Water’ Is A Fantastical Masterwork: Part 2 (Movie Review)’

Election – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised when The Criterion Collection announced it would be bringing Election into its lineup. The company tends to find some of the older works of celebrated directors and it just so happens that this film was one of the best comedies of the 90s. Alexander Payne’s acclaimed comedic satire has landed in the cinematic pantheon of being an acclaimed and popular enough film, and a cult favorite in its own way. Perhaps that has to do with the film’s spirit. There’s a Midwestern charm, but the film’s whole story is rooted in very political ideas that reflect not only one important election, but others as well. All of that and Election still manages to be wickedly funny. Now it has this fantastic Criterion Blu-ray release sure to please many.

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 Comes To 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray 2018 January 16th!

See what critics are calling “the best movie of the year” when “Blade Runner 2049” arrives onto 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”) comes Alcon Entertainment’s science fiction thriller “Blade Runner 2049.” Sure as it is to delight ‘Blade Runner’ fans, this stunningly elegant follow-up doesn’t depend on having seen the original. The film stars Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”) as K, and Harrison Ford (the “Star Wars” films, “Witness”), reprising the role of Rick Deckard.  The main international cast also includes Ana de Armas (“War Dogs”), Sylvia Hoeks (“Renegades”), Robin Wright (“Wonder Woman”), Mackenzie Davis (“The Martian”), Carla Juri (“Brimstone”), and Lennie James (“The Walking Dead”), with Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films) and Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”). “Blade Runner 2049” was produced by Oscar nominees Andrew A. Kosove & Broderick Johnson (“The Blind Side”) and three time Emmy winner Bud Yorkin & Cynthia Sikes Yorkin.  Multiple Oscar nominee Ridley Scott (“The Martian,” “Gladiator”), who directed the first “Blade Runner,” is an executive producer.  Bill Carraro served as executive producer and unit production manager. Continue reading ‘BLADE RUNNER 2049 Comes To 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray 2018 January 16th!’

Get Your Hatchet Handy When VICTOR CROWLEY Slashes Onto Blu-ray February 6th!

Dark Sky Films today announced the official release date of VICTOR CROWLEY, the surprise fourth film in the fan-favorite Hatchet franchise. The film will be released on VOD, Digital and Blu-ray and DVD on February 6, 2018. Kept tightly under wraps for over two years, the slasher reboot unexpectedly debuted this past August. The highly anticipated release was shown in theaters across the country in October  as part of the “Victor Crowley Road Show.”

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Five New Indie Titles (w/Bonus 5-Star Short Link!)

The year is closing down, but that doesn’t mean the indie film fare train is in anyway starting to cinematically slow down.  (Aka there is life besides end of year Oscar fare film freaks!)  Teen detective stories, road racing outings, wild bio-pics, women in the wasteland and cheaters getting their due all make up the five films covered in this weeks Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on Hollow In The Land, Fast Convoy, I, Tonya, Apocalypse Road and The Condo below! (Plus check out article end for a special link to the five-star genre short The Plague as a bonus Christmas gift!)

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Leatherface (Blu-ray Review)

In terms of horror franchising, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Or Chainsaw as just one word, it varies) is the messiest of the bunch in terms of finding any semblance of continuity or hold. They’ve had sequels, soft reboots, remakes, prequels to remakes, sequels that ignore all the rest and now we have a prequel to the original in the world of the sequel that ignored all the rest. To make matters all the more confusing, it named itself the same as the third film. Well, if there is one constant its the title character of this (And the third film), the horror icon Leatherface. This latest installment was moved around, delayed and then finally debuted in a couple theaters and straight to VOD. Now, just a couple months later you can pick it up on Blu-ray December 12th. Continue reading ‘Leatherface (Blu-ray Review)’

Vestron’s CLASS OF 1999 Coming To Blu-ray January 30th!

The ultimate teaching machine spirals out of control when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the sci-fi thriller Class of 1999, arriving for the first time on limited edition Blu-ray™ on January 30 from Lionsgate. A high school principal employs robotic teachers to keep order in an inner-city school, but when the androids become deadly, opposing teenage gangs must unite to save their own lives. Starring Pam Grier, Stacy Keach, and Malcolm McDowell, Class of 1999 is packed with all-new special features, including audio commentaries with director Mark L. Lester, interviews with the crew and more! Restored and remastered, the Class of 1999 Blu-ray will be available January 30th. Continue reading ‘Vestron’s CLASS OF 1999 Coming To Blu-ray January 30th!’

BAD DAY FOR THE CUT Arrives on Blu-ray January 9, A Good Day Indeed

I’m looking forward to this one, after hearing so much praise from Why So Blu’s Jason Coleman. Check this out: A mild-mannered farmer becomes a gun-totin’ vigilante on a bloody quest to avenge his beloved mother’s brutal murder in the witty and ultra-violent neo-noir BAD DAY FOR THE CUT, blasting its way onto Blu-rayJanuary 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Chris Baugh makes his explosive directorial debut with this action-packed tale of revenge starring Nigel O’Neill (The Old Irish Washer Woman), Susan Lynch (From Hell), Józef Pawlowsku (Warsaw ’44), Stuart Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), David Pearse (“Vikings”), Brian Milligan (Leap Year), Anna Prochniak (The Innocents), with Stella McCusker (Five Minutes of Heaven) and Ian McElhinney (Rogue One, “Game of Thrones”). BAD DAY FOR THE CUT made its world debut in the Midnight section at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

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BETTER CALL SAUL Season Three On Blu-ray January 16!

Pull out your space blankets and grab a bucket of Los Pollos Hermanos chicken because the stand-out prequel to the Emmy®-winning pop culture phenomenon Breaking BadBETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON THREE, lands on Blu-ray and DVD January 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  In the critically acclaimed third season, Jimmy McGill’s faltering moral compass is strained when he learns of the vengeful campaign Chuck has mounted against him — threatening to damage the brothers’ relationship irrevocably.  Meanwhile, Mike’s search for answers brings him deep into the underworld of criminal mastermind Gus Fring.

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A New Leaf (Blu-ray Review)

 A New Leaf, presented by Olive Films is a dark, sarcastic, deadpan comedy from writer-director-comedian Elaine May. It stars Walter Matthau as Henry Graham, who, due to his extravagant lifestyle and having no job, has emptied his bank account of his inheritance entirely. After pleading with the Uncle who raised him for a loan, Henry convinces Uncle Harry to give him the money under the terms that the loan must be repaid within six weeks or Henry will forfeit all of his property used as collateral. With the aid of his gentleman’s gentleman, Harold, George Rose, Henry decides to marry into wealth, and once the vows have been taken he’ll decide how to handle getting out of the marriage. Enter wealthy heiress Henrietta Lowell, played by May, a klutzy botanist and the woman of Henry’s get-rich-quick-scheme dreams. But as best laid plans often go, Henry must weather the obstacles placed in his path not only by his Uncle Harry but by Andy McPherson, Jack Weston, Henrietta’s jealous and unscrupulous lawyer.

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A Bad Moms Christmas Arrives on Blu-ray After Christmas

A Bad Moms ChristmasThree overwhelmed and overworked mothers are ambushed during the holidays by their own moms in the hilarious and heartfelt comedy, A Bad Moms Christmas, arriving on Digital on January 23, 2018 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on February 6, 2018 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  The original trio of suburban Chicago pals, Mila Kunis (Ted), Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent”), are joined by newcomers Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”), Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), and Susan Sarandon (“Feud”) as the leading ladies’ respective mothers in this sequel to 2016’s breakout hit Bad Moms. Raunchy, witty, and fun, A Bad Moms Christmas, from STXfilms, also stars Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”) and Peter Gallagher (“Law & Order: SVU”) and offers a hysterical look into the lives of moms dealing with familial pressures and expectations during the holidays. The bonus gag reel, deleted scenes and extended music video on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital deliver tons of laughs from the all-star comedic cast. Continue reading ‘A Bad Moms Christmas Arrives on Blu-ray After Christmas’

‘The Post’ Is Spielberg’s Ace In The Hole (Movie Review)

Leave it to director Steven Spielberg to once again turn a history lesson into an invigorating character study with potent relevance. The Post is another excellent movie from one of the most revered filmmakers of all time. A cast led by two of the world’s most well-liked actors is just one of the highlights in a film pushed into production rather quickly and has now arrived at a time when cynicism may be winning out against the drive to do good. At just under two hours, The Post has all it needs to recall a time when real battles were being fought over American liberties. It was great spending that time to see the talents of so many come together for a film that’s not only incredible to watch, but something of a reward to those who want to see what it means to find the truth.

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Operation Petticoat (Blu-ray Review)

Olive Films has done a terrific job with the high definition transfer of Operation Petticoat. Cary Grant is the commander of a wheezy old submarine which he gets underway and operational through his conniving junior officer, Tony Curtis.  In a series of improbable but acceptable situations, the sub takes on as passengers five army nurses, a few Filipino families including expectant mothers, and a goat.  Some of the situations are predictable, such as those arising when chesty nurses meet seamen in a sub’s narrow corridors. At first, this odd group of characters seems poised to eternal conflict, but as it happens in these comedies, they soon learn to complement each other and become indispensable as a team.

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