Hal – The Movie (Blu-ray Review)

Hal - The Movie Blu-ray Review Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal s place and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.  Continue reading ‘Hal – The Movie (Blu-ray Review)’

A ‘Life Of Crime’ Should Be Better (Movie Review)

life of crime poster-001Sometimes I find myself asking, “Why wasn’t this better?”  Life of Crime has everything going for it.  The film is a prequel of sorts to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, as both films feature three key characters.  More specifically, crime novelist Elmore Leonard wrote both Rum Punch and The Switch, the novels both films are based on.  Regardless, the film has interesting source material and circumstances going for it, as well as a great cast, most of Leonard’s dialogue still intact, and a nice period-film aesthetic to top it all off.  Still, Life of Crime never manages to be anything more than average.  It is unfortunate, but I have some thoughts as to why this may have been the case.

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray Announced For October 21st!

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-rayIt’s official!  How To Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray flies on the HD premium format of choice on October 21st!  I can’t say where it will officially place by year’s end, but right now it’s definitely on my Top 10 list of favorite films in 2014 for sure!  So you know it has to be great, right?  Right-o!  That’s even what Bill Zwecker says below in a quote from Fox’s press release.  So join me in welcoming How To train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray to the family and read on below for all the information you can ever want about the title and more.  Oh!  And don’t forget to pre-order! Continue reading ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray Announced For October 21st!’

‘As Above, So Below’ Is Actually Pretty “Descent” (Movie Review)

As Above So Below (Movie Review)There’s a funny story about this movie review.  Should I tell it to you?  I wrestle back and forth of whether I should or shouldn’t because it has nothing to do with the film itself, but oh what the hell.  I’m all for entertainment and having a good time.  Many months ago my Irish dancing friend, Gregg Senko, was sending me the same text over and over all day long in like fifteen minute intervals or something close to that.  It was real annoying because I was trying to focus at work.  The text simply read “As Above, So Below.”  Having never seen the trailer for this film I had no idea what he was talking about.  It was going on about six o’clock or so when we had just sat down for dinner and upon the arrival of yet another text I finally couldn’t take it anymore and I texted back as politely as possible something to the effect that I have no idea what the hell you’re talking about.   He texted back and said it was a new movie.  That was it! Continue reading ‘‘As Above, So Below’ Is Actually Pretty “Descent” (Movie Review)’

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Blu-ray Review)

Captain-America-Winter-SoldierIt’s a rare occurrence when a movie drops a trailer that looks incredible, has expectations set very high and then delivers.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier did just that.  The film also opted to be a Spring movie and in turn wound up being the highest grossing film domestically until just a week ago.  Pretty impressive.  Its also big enough to scare off Batman and Superman from competing head to head with the follow up.   Personally, I was a big fan of the first Captain America film (It so happens to be my favorite pre-Avengers Phase I film) and was looking very forward to another Steve Rogers “solo” adventure.  The film also featured one of my favorite Avengers coming back too, Black Widow.  And then they were using The Winter Soldier storyline…just sounded too awesome to be true. Continue reading ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Blu-ray Review)’

Fed Up (Blu-ray Review)

Fed-UpThe Katie Couric-produced and narrated documentary, Fed Up premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.  Later, it found release in theaters back in May during summer movie season.  No, it didn’t finish in the Top 10 of summer films.  It was widely praised by critics, with one even calling it the “Inconvenient Truth of the health movement”.  The Weinstein Company bought the rights to it and are now bringing it to Blu-ray where hopefully more people will be able to become informed of what it has to offer.  If you are interested in learning more about this hidden cause to obesity in America and some of what you can do to improve your health to prevent it, you can use the Amazon link to pre-order the film. Continue reading ‘Fed Up (Blu-ray Review)’

All Aboard For SNOWPIERCER, Coming To Blu-ray This October!

snowpiercer whysoblu poster 3-001One of my favorite films of the year (Review HERE) and destined to become a cult classic, Snowpiercer is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on October 21st.  This is the film set in a frozen world, where the earth’s population is contained entirely on board a train that circles the globe.  Directed by Bong Joon-Ho, the film stars a host of great talent, including Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris, and more!  It’s one of the more wild and intriguing science fiction films to come along in some time and after waiting a year for an American release of Snowpiercer in theaters, the film is now coming to Blu-ray with a bevy of special features and some cool packaging.  Read on to learn more about this upcoming release.

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America-Imagine-The-World-Without-HerThe provocative political documentary from the creators of 2016: Obama’s America,America: Imagine the World Without Her steps onto the world stage on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Video on Demand October 28 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The sixth-highest-grossing political documentary of all time, the “important, inspiring, informative” (Movieguide) film will be available two weeks earlier on Digital HD October 14. During its theatrical release, America: Imagine the World Without Her joined the ranks of critically acclaimed films like Schindler’s ListThe GodfatherForrest Gump and Dances with Wolves by earning one of only 52 A+ Cinema Score ratings in the last 29 years, the benchmark for audience reactions. Co-written and co-directed by The New York Times best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza, based on his book America: Imagine a World Without Her, and produced by Academy Award®-winning producer, Gerald R. Molen (Best Picture, Schindler’s List,1993), America: Imagine the World Without Her attempts to show viewers why America as a nation is more important to the world than we could ever imagine. Continue reading ‘AMERICA: IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT HER Comes To Blu-ray’

A New Bonus Feature Clip From Spartacus: The Complete Series Blu-ray

Like you needed another reason to hail Spartacus.  Haha.  His legend will live on when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases every season of the acclaimed Starz Original series in a complete muscular thirteen-disc Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD box set on September 16th.  From executive producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Josh Donen and Steven S. DeKnight, here is every moment – uncut and uncensored – of the series that broke all the rules and took no prisoners!  Spartacus: The Complete Series is a beautifully packaged collection that contains a full disc of new bonus features. The Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet edition contains three new audio commentaries for the first season that are exclusive to this collection.  A limited edition Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet™ set packaged with a Spartacus collector’s figurine will also be available.   And now…courtesy of the best PR person in the world…here’s a new bonus feature clip!!! Continue reading ‘A New Bonus Feature Clip From Spartacus: The Complete Series Blu-ray’

14 Blades (Blu-ray Review)

14-BladesAnchor Bay is releasing the “new”est Donnie Yen film, 14 Blades.  I use the term “new” loosely as its been out since 2010.  The film is just now coming over to the United States after playing and being awarded elsewhere for four years.  While it premiered in Hong Kong, the film truly became a hit when it opened in Singapore.  It then ended up being nominated for two awards at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards.  The awards it was up for were for Best Sound Design and Best Action Choreography.  Of those nomination, however, it went home empty handed winning neither of them.  This isn’t the first Blu-ray release of the film either, but it is the first release of the film in the United States territory.

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Night Moves (Blu-ray Review)

Night MovesKelly Reichardt s suspense-thriller NIGHT MOVES is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam. Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing) is a former Marine, radicalized by tours of duty overseas. His life in the military is behind him, but at heart he remains excited by the prospect of mayhem and destruction. Dena (Dakota Fanning, The Twilight Saga) is a high-society dropout who s moved west and cut ties with her family, edging ever deeper into radical politics. And Josh (Jesse Eisenberg, Social Network), their leader, is a self-made militant, devoted to the protection of the earth by any means necessary. As the three plan, carry out and then witness the fallout of their attention-grabbing act of sabotage, they find their own personal limits tested on a journey of doubt, paranoia and unintended consequences.  Continue reading ‘Night Moves (Blu-ray Review)’

Yahoo! Transformers: Age of Extinction Is Coming To Blu!

Transformers Age of Extinction Blu-ray TNFrom director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg and in association with Hasbro, Inc., Paramount Pictures’ $1 billion worldwide blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction makes its highly-anticipated debut September 30, 2014 on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and VOD. Can’t wait that long?  Wait for it!  Paramount has you covered! The film will also be available to own two weeks earlier on Digital HD September 16, 2014.  Now you have no excuse!  So you want to know more, right?  Of course!  Check out the rest of the press release down below.  Yahoo! Continue reading ‘Yahoo! Transformers: Age of Extinction Is Coming To Blu!’

Scream Factory Reveals Full Details On SQUIRM – Collector’s Edition!

SquirmWith this week comes the end of Scream Factory’s “Summer Of Fear”.  But in two week’s they’ll be switching gears to their “Fall Frights” slate which itself is another rock solid list of film jumping to Blu-ray beginning with Pumpkinhead.  Today’s details come on one of their October titles, Jeff Lieberman’s Squirm!  Here’s another cult classic horror movie get the ultimate in Blu-ray treatment.  Lieberman directed one of my favorite slasher films of all time, Just Before Dawn.  This one is also another treat and feature goopy gorey makeup effects from none other than Rick Baker.  You can pre-order this one today and read about all the details below.

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‘Mystery Road’ on Blu-ray & DVD October 15th!

Mystery Road -Set in the spectacular vista of the Australian Outback, Director Ivan Sen’s (Toomelah) mesmerizing thriller MYSTERY ROAD debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Oct. 14 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The modern-day Western follows an indigenous detective investigating the murder of a teenage girl. The stellar cast includes Aaron Pederson (Bad Karma), Hugo Weaving (The MatrixV for Vendetta,Captain America: The First Avenger), Ryan Kwanten (TV’s “True Blood,” Not Suitable for Children), Jack Thompson (The Great GatsbyStar Wars Episode II) and Tony Barry (Baz Luhrmann’s Australia).  Bonus materials include the two-part featurette “The Making of Mystery Road,” as well as stand-alone interviews with cast members Aaron Pederson, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson and Tony Barry. The Film Critics Circle of Australia nominated MYSTERY ROAD in 11 categories, with the film taking home trophies for Best Film, Best Director (Ivan Sen) and Best Actor (Aaron Pedersen).  In addition, the film was nominated in six categories for the Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Film.

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Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (Blu-ray Review)

Cabin Fever Patient Zero -A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned research facility where a deadly, flesh-eating virus has been unleashed. In the aftermath of a massacre, the only people left alive are a handful of secretive medical personnel and “Patient Zero” (Sean Astin), the lone person who’s been exposed to the disease and shows no symptoms. Can they find a way to survive and escape, or will the virus consume them all in a bloodbath of chaos and carnage?   Continue reading ‘Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (Blu-ray Review)’

SEX TAPE Arrives On Blu-ray October 21!

Sex-TapeSEX TAPE, starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, arrives Oct. 21 on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  The funny and salacious comedy reunites Diaz (Bad Teacher) with Segel (“How I Met Your Mother”) as married couple, who after 10 years, two kids and crazy work schedules, long for the good old days.  In an effort to reignite the spark in their love life, one night of crazy fun turns into a wild adventure, as they try to track down and delete a sex tape that has accidentally been uploaded to “the cloud.”  The ensemble cast also includes Rob Corddry (“Childrens Hospital”), Ellie Kemper (“The Office”) and Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation”).

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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson: Thick As A Brick – Live In Iceland (Blu-ray Review)

Thick as a BrickJethro Tull’s famous concept album ‘Thick As A Brick’ was originally released in 1972 and featured one continuous track spread across two sides of an LP telling the story of a young boy called Gerald Bostock. 40 years later in 2012, Jethro Tull’s founder and leader Ian Anderson created ‘Thick As A Brick’ 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock? . Following this release Ian Anderson took both albums on the road to perform the complete story of Gerald Bostock and this concert from the tour was filmed in Iceland. The show combines music, video screens and mime to bring Gerald s tale to life as never before and create the definitive presentation of ‘Thick As A Brick’.  Continue reading ‘Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson: Thick As A Brick – Live In Iceland (Blu-ray Review)’

Blended (Blu-ray Review)

BlendedWhen it comes to the films of Adam Sandler, critics either have their negative review written before they see the film or just avoid the movie all-together.  Personally, I can’t say I’m a big fan, but I’m sort of indifferent.  Back in the 90s and early 2000s he made a good handful of movies I did enjoy.  In fact, his first pairing with Drew Barrymore The Wedding Singer is actually an all time favorite film of mine.  Sandler and Barrymore’s chemistry was off the charts and they rekindled that years later in a follow up 50 First Dates which I thought was “ok” (ending just felt creepy and depressing to me).  When Blended was announced as another pairing of the two, I was actually sort of looking forward to it.  Then, of course like clockwork is was instantly reviled and panned.  And unlike most Sandler movies, it barely scraped past its budget at the box office.  As you can see, even with the negative critic reaction, I was still somewhat optimistic going into this one (it should be noted that audiences did seem to be ok with it as it scored a 67% on RT and  6.5 on IMDB). Continue reading ‘Blended (Blu-ray Review)’