Godzilla Ranking: The Millennium Era (1999-2004)

Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse expands this Summer with Godzilla: Kong of the Monsters. As a huge Godzilla fan, I’ve been happy to put together some fun posts about the classic Kaiju franchise. Enjoy some fun facts here, but this post for Why So Blu continues what I started with my Heisei era ranking. Now, I have a look back at Godzilla’s Millennium period, which ran from the late 90s to the mid-2000s. Get ready for more rankings, trivia, and killer poster art.

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Godzilla Ranking: The Heisei Era (1984 – 1995)

This Summer, everyone will have a chance to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the latest entry in Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse. As a massive Godzilla fan, I’ve been doing my part to spread the good word on the classic Kaiju. Enjoy some fun facts here and eventually beginner’s guide on another site, but for Why So Blu, I wanted to put together a ranking of the films from a couple of key periods in the long-running franchise’s timespan. So, with this first of two posts (for now), enjoy this look back at the films from Godzilla’s Heisei period, which ran from the 80s to the mid-90s.

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Shazam! Poof! Flies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 16th!

Watch all of the powers and none of the practice when “Shazam!” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation,” “Lights Out”) directs New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!,” the origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck,” “Tangled”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies, “The Imitation Game”) in the role of DC Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana and Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack,” “Driven to Dance”) as Billy Batson. Continue reading ‘Shazam! Poof! Flies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 16th!’

ARROW: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON Arrives On Blu-ray August 20th!

Get ready for nonstop action from start to finish when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray and DVD August 20, 2019. Both sets contain all 22 action-packed episodes from the seventh season, plus the show’s 2018 Comic-Con Panel, a crossover featurette, deleted scenes, a gag reel and more! All three DC Crossover: Elseworlds episodes will be available only for fans who purchase the Blu-ray set. The Complete Seventh Season is priced to own on DVD Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Both sets have an order due date of July 16, 2019. Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers. Continue reading ‘ARROW: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON Arrives On Blu-ray August 20th!’


Just in time for the sixth season premiere of the highest-rated series on The CW, you will be bolting into stores to pick up The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the Blu-ray and DVD on August 27, 2019. Fans will be able to speed-watch all 22 electrifying episodes from the fifth season, plus the show’s 2018 Comic-Con Panel, three featurettes, deleted scenes, a gag reel and more! All three DC Crossover: Elseworlds episodes will be available only for fans who purchase the Blu-ray set. The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season is priced to own on DVD and Blu-ray), which includes a Digital Copy (available in the U.S.). Both sets have an order due date of July 23, 2019. The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers. Continue reading ‘THE FLASH: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON Bolts On To Blu-ray August 27th!’

‘The Doors: The Final Cut’ 4K arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Digital 4K Ultra HD on July 23, 2019!

In 1991, Oliver Stone crafted a psychedelic and powerful musical portrait that brilliantly captured the furious energy of the ’60s and the myth of The Doors’ iconic front man, Jim Morrison – the man whose music shaped an era. Two decades later, Lionsgate presents a stunning new 4K restoration — The Doors: The Final Cut — supervised by Oliver Stone and brought to life with Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos®, which will take audiences back in time, into the world and sound of the psychedelic ’60s when the film arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Digital 4K Ultra HD on July 23. Continue reading ‘‘The Doors: The Final Cut’ 4K arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Digital 4K Ultra HD on July 23, 2019!’

Gloria Bell (Blu-ray Review)

Lionsgate will be releasing Sebastian Lelio’s film Gloria Bell, starring Julianne Moore on Blu-ray, coming June 11th. Lelio’s film is a reimagining of his original film Gloria from 2013. Gloria Bell premiered at the 2018 Toronto International film festival and was followed by a small release this past March. It actually held the distinction of having the highest per-theater average in grosses in 2019 for any film not named Captain Marvel during that weekend (Albeit in 5 theaters). This Blu-ray will come with a digital copy and a making of featurette. Pre-order now using the link below. Continue reading ‘Gloria Bell (Blu-ray Review)’

Alita: Battle Angel Journeys Home on 4K and Blu-ray with Hours of Extensive Special Features This July

Add ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL to your Digital collection on Movies Anywhere July 9 and buy it on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD July 23. From Academy Award winners James Cameron & Jon Landau, and visionary filmmaker Robert Rodriguez comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this discarded cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past. When deadly and corrupt forces come after Alita, she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love. Now with hours of extensive special features, the home entertainment release takes you behind-the-scenes with James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez to see the journey from Manga to Screen and what it took to bring Alita to life.

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Pet Sematary Arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 9th

Called “the stuff of nightmares” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) and “flat out terrifying” (Erik Davis, Fandango), the chilling new adaptation PET SEMATARY comes home on Digital June 25, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Video-On-Demand July 9 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with over 90 minutes of special features, including hair-raising deleted and extended scenes, a chilling alternate ending, a look at the main characters, behind-the-scenes footage, cast interviews and more.  A must-own for every Stephen King fan, PET SEMATARY is a “twisted and bone-chilling” (Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting) thrill ride. Continue reading ‘Pet Sematary Arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 9th’

Frankenstein Created Woman – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Scream Factory’s 2019 year of Hammer Horror films on Blu-ray continues in June with a new release of Frankenstein Created Woman starring Peter Cushing. Previously released on Blu-ray by Millennium Media (Like another Scream Factory update, Dracula: Prince Of Darkness from last December), they’ve brought over those features and are doing a new 2K transfer on the film. Unlike Dracula: Prince of Darkness, it doesn’t appear to have 2 different transfers to choose from. It also packs some new features, including an interview and commentary track! Continue reading ‘Frankenstein Created Woman – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Dreamworks has had some strong series in their animation wing (Kung Fu Panda, Shrek) and How To Train Your Dragon has possibly been their very best. The Hidden World marks the close to this story (Which also has a television series) and completion of a trilogy. Each of these films has been full of fantasy action, adventure and severely pulls at those heartstrings. The final adventure will be flying through the skies of 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray and blowing beautiful HDR fire into your viewing rooms when it arrives on May 21st. Pre-order for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World available below! Continue reading ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Own STAND BY ME On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray August 27th!

Before Stranger Things and IT, there was the original coming of age classic STAND BY ME, debuting on 4K Ultra HD August 27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Rob Reiner and based on the Stephen King short story, STAND BY ME set its incredible young cast, including Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell and Kiefer Sutherland, on the road to stardom.  The Academy Award®-nominated (Best Adapted Screenplay, 1986) film follows a quartet of inseparable friends who set out in search of a dead body. During their life-changing adventure, the personal pressures brought on them by the adult world come to the surface and turns the journey into an odyssey of self-discovery. Newly scanned from the original camera negative in 4K and presented with High Dynamic Range on the 4K UHD, STAND BY ME also includes an all-new Dolby Atmos immersive audio mix and both the original theatrical mono audio and the 5.1 remix.

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When A Stranger Calls Back (Blu-ray Review)

Mill Creek has held onto the rights for the classic horror film When A Stranger Calls for many years, in a bare bones 2-pack with Happy Birthday To Me. While Second Sight released a UK set last year (Region Free) that included the sequel, its never had a proper US release until now! Scream Factory is putting out the 1993 Showtime film When A Stranger Calls back that features new interviews with Fred Dalton, Carole Kane and Jill Schoelen as well as the original short film The Sitter that started it all. This is a nice compliment to that bare bones Mill Creek release and one fans should be pretty happy with. They’ve even gone a step above and added the option to watch it in a more theatrical 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Let’s take a look, shall we? Continue reading ‘When A Stranger Calls Back (Blu-ray Review)’

‘Rondo’ on DVD & VOD June 4, 2019!

Twisted, kinky and violent, Rondo is a highly stylized pulp noir revenge-murder melodrama that relishes in the dark underbelly of civility. Troubled war vet Paul (Luke Sorge) is told by a psychiatrist that sex may be the solution to his dependency and drinking problems. She sends him to an apartment where he is to release his tensions by having sex with a beautiful young woman, all under the encouraging eyes of the woman’s husband. But deception is the name of the game as Paul and eventually his sister, are sucked into a bizarre criminal underworld where sex and murder are daily specials and revenge is served piping hot. Part black comedy, part slasher and part homage to the seedy films of 1970s grindhouse cinema, writer/director Drew Barnhardt has created a wholly unique American Indie. Continue reading ‘‘Rondo’ on DVD & VOD June 4, 2019!’

The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (Blu-ray Review)

Accompanying both Shaft sequels’ Blu-ray releases in the month of May (CANNOT WAIT for those!) from Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray debut of 1974 Melvin Frank film The Prisoner of Second Avenue. The Jack Lemmon/Anne Bancroft starrer looks to have been out of print on DVD (Going for $50 on Amazon currently. Oof), so getting the Blu-ray upgrade is both good for the quality and the wallet of those who’d like to add it to their film library. This is an interesting film that wasn’t too hot reception-wise when it came out, but seems like a forgotten film candidate to maybe have another look at. And a nice new presentation is one of the best ways to do that. Continue reading ‘The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (Blu-ray Review)’

Earthquake – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Growing up, 1974’s Earthquake felt like a legendary “big deal” film to me. It was a big time disaster movie, starred a huge star in Charlton Heston and had a ride/theme park attraction at Universal Studio. As time as passed by, I feel its fallen out of public consciousness and sort of is a forgotten blockbuster. As we endure the trend of superhero films now, if you look back at the 1970s, disaster movies were that of its era. And Earthquake is one of the most notable ones of the era. Its also seen 2 bare bones releases on Blu-ray which Shout! Factory is rectifying with this pretty loaded Collector’s Edition featuring a new scan and the TV cut of the film! A must have for blockbuster enthusiasts, it releases on May 21st. Pre-order now! Continue reading ‘Earthquake – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

Cold Pursuit (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Liam Neeson — A name now synonymous with revenge action-thrillers. He will find you, and he will kill you. A fan of the genre will take note right now in their heads of all the films they’ve seen with Mr. Neeson kicking butt and taking names. There truly are quite a few, some good and some bad. Cold Pursuit takes our favorite “wronged man” and puts him in a bleak Colorado winter setting. The results here are like something we’ve seen before, but with a few very welcomed quirks and some unexpected humor. Supported by a strong narrative, some truly interesting plot twists, and the occasional laugh out loud moments, this newest piece feels more like a drama with some action than a knock down, drag out action film. Bundle up for the cold details below on this newest Neeson entry that hit stores May 14th! Continue reading ‘Cold Pursuit (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

‘Last Hurrah For Chivalry & Hand Of Death: Two Films By John Woo’ (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray & DVD June 24, 2019!

A decade before he would change action filmmaking forever with A Better Tomorrow and The Killer, director John Woo was directing martial-arts films for the two biggest studios in Hong Kong, Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest. Under the mentorship of the great Chang Cheh (Five Deadly Venoms), Woo began to develop his signature style, films that featured slick, stylish and often violent choreography, with dramatic plots that revolved around brotherhood, honour and redemption. Presented here are two of his early works from this period.  In Last Hurrah for Chivalry, two killers (Pai Wei and Damian Lau) agree to help a man exact vengeance upon a kung fu master. Woo’s first cinematic masterpiece, Last Hurrah for Chivalry is a dark and violent revenge film, featuring lightning fast swordplay and stylish cinematography.  In Hand of Death, a young Shaolin monk must train to defeat a dangerous Manchu warlord (James Tien) who is intent on wiping out the Shaolin once and for all. Featuring early performances from Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung (both also handled the film s stunts, along with third brother Yuen Biao), Hand of Death is an exquisitely stylish example of old school kung fu filmmaking.  Obscure and largely unseen for many years, Eureka Classics is proud to present these two early films from one of action cinema s all-time greats for the first time ever on Blu-ray, from brand new 2K restorations. Continue reading ‘‘Last Hurrah For Chivalry & Hand Of Death: Two Films By John Woo’ (Eureka Classics) Blu-ray & DVD June 24, 2019!’