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Hercules (Blu-ray Review)

HerculesAs is tradition in Hollywood, there are usually two films in a cinema-going year that are based on the same subject matter.  We’ve had years of double Joan of Arc movies, meteor gonna hit earth movies, volcano movies and even Truman Capote biopic movies.  This year was the year of Hercules.  First was the Renny Harlin, Kellan Lutz led The Legend Of Hercules.  I have not had the pleasure of seeing that one.  Even if, the one I’d be more interested in anyway would be this one, because it contains superstar Dwayne Johnson.  Unfortunately, this film came and left the box office underwhelming in the US.  The marketing on the film was very light and it came at the time when Guardians of the Galaxy and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles called dibbs on August.  However, this film was a pretty big hit overseas, helping the film to near $250 million total box office to help recoup the $100 million budget.  It didn’t seem like anyone I knew was really excited or looking forward to this movie.  But, should we have been? Continue reading ‘Hercules (Blu-ray Review)’

The One I Love (Blu-ray Review)

the one I love whysoblu bluWhat lengths can one go to in an effort to save a marriage?  That is a question that is not only brought up in The One I Love, but explored in ways that one would not expect.  While it would be a disservice to reveal why that is the case, it should be known that there is a realization early on that takes this enjoyable film out of the seemingly ordinary mold it looks to be filling, and heads in a whole other direction that will make the film quite memorable, even if the script does not quite nail the landing.  Now this film festival hit is available on Blu-ray.

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Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist – October 30, 2014

Brandon's Blu-ray Wishlist THUMBHappy Halloween – tomorrow.  I’ve saved my grooviest scary movie wishlist pick for last here.  If you’ve ever seen this one, you’ll know its tons of fun and man o man do we wish for it to get the Blu-ray treatment.  Make sure you check back next week (Wednesday to be exact) as it will have been one year since the original Wishlist article debuted and I’ll be doing things a little bit differently in light of that.

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AUTOMATA: Starring Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, And Dylan McDermott Comes To Blu-ray This November

automataMillennium Entertainment is proud to announce the home entertainment release of Gabe Ibáñez’s sci-fi thriller, AUTOMATAAntonio Banderas (Desperado, Evita, The Mask of Zorro, Machete Kills) leads the all-star cast of Melanie Griffith (Working Girl, Lolita, HBO’s RKO 281), Dylan McDermott (ABC’s “The Practice,” Olympus Has Fallen, CBS’ “Hostages”) and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Mulholland Drive, The Descendants, Olympus Has Fallen) in the film that AwardsCircuit.com hails as “compelling and thought provoking.” Audiences can take home the futuristic film on DVD and Blu-Ray™ November 18, 2014.

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Critically Acclaimed Documentary DINOSAUR 13 Arrives On Blu-ray January 6

Dinosaur-13An incredible true story 66 million years in the making, Dinosaur 13 “is a tale of plucky, underdog success, ‘the stuff that dreams are made of,'” (McClatchy-Tribune News Service) and arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) January 6th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The documentary is currently available on Digital HD and On Demand. The Dinosaur 13 Blu-ray and DVD will feature a new director’s cut of the film along with bonus material that includes deleted scenes plus numerous featurettes that provide more insight into the restoration and research completed on SUE along with a prior Larson excavation. The “awe-inspiring” (Variety) documentary will be available on Blu-ray and DVD. Continue reading ‘Critically Acclaimed Documentary DINOSAUR 13 Arrives On Blu-ray January 6′

Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (Blu-ray Review)

Pumpkinhead 2Oh Pumpkinhead II, I remember the first time I saw you quite well.  I am a big fan of the first film, one of the last great practical effects monsters ever created.  My uncle had bought me the VHS for my birthday and I had no clue what was coming and I was really taken by it.  Its a hard movie to watch being a father now, but I can still tough it out (I just see that gut punch as making the film even stronger).  Pumpkinhead II was straight to video, but I first saw it when it was the big Cinemax Friday Night premiere in the fall of 1994.  Funny thing is, we didn’t even really have Cinemax.  After a thunderstorm one night we suddenly got the channel slightly fuzzy, but really you could see everything going on.  I remember telling my friends that I couldn’t do anything that night because I was staying in to watch Pumpkinhead II.  My VCR was even set to record so I could watch again and again.  Yup, this sequel was a big deal to me at the time.  And I couldn’t have been the only one, I mean they did make a video game for this movie, too.  Who remembers that?. Continue reading ‘Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (Blu-ray Review)’

The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition 3D (Blu-ray Review)

The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug Extended 3DHere we are once again.  It’s the same place we were last year.  It’s fall time and the leaves are changing so it must be coincidentally time for the latest Lord of the Rings (LOTR) saga…err I mean The Hobbit saga on Blu-ray in its “Extended” form.  And low and behold…IT IS!  How about I make a promise to you from the get go?  My review below will not be as long as every LOTR infused butt numbing experience you ever had.  No sir!  Or no ma’am!  This is the Extended Edition after all.  You’re all here for all the prizes at the bottom of the Cracker Jack boxes so I promise to keep my babbling to a minimum, but just in case I get a bit tongue tied let’s get a move on it.  We really do have lots to discuss here.  We have a dragon to slay, elves, dwarves and orcs to feud with and possibly even a certain hobbit to toast.  Ladies and gentlemen…this is second “Extended” installment in the three-part film series set to conclude with The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies this December…may I introduce to you The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition…on Blu-ray. Continue reading ‘The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition 3D (Blu-ray Review)’

MARVEL STUDIOS UNVEILS PHASE 3 OF MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

Marvel-Studios-LogoI was not planning on putting out a full article on this, but a press release does make things a lot easier, so here it is: This morning, Marvel unveiled a heap of announcements regarding their upcoming films for Phase 3 of their cinematic universe. Lots of reasons for comic book and superhero movie fans to get excited, as this list of films is  composed of exciting sequels, new film properties, and a chance to see some exciting comic book storylines come to life.  Personally I am most excited for Black Panther (with a wonderful casting choice of Chadwick Boseman no less), but I cannot deny how epic Thor: Ragnarok is for a title of a movie, regardless of its quality.  That in mind, to get a list of the films, some concept artwork, and more, continue on with this post. Updated with Images from the event and a Q&A video with Kevin Feige.

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Love Is Strange Available On Blu-ray This January

love is strangeA wonderful, little film:  Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow (Best Supporting Actor, Terms of Endearment, 1984) and Alfred Molina (The Normal Heart) star in Sony Pictures Classics’ poignant, modern-day love story, LOVE IS STRANGE, available on Digital HD Jan. 6, and debuting on Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 13 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. After nearly four decades together, Ben (Lithgow) and George (Molina) finally tie the knot among family and friends. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home.

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The Dog (Blu-ray Review)

The-DogIn 1972, John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to pay for his lover’s sex change operation. The act resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcasted across the nation. Three years later Al Pacino portrayed his crime in Dog Day Afternoon. Drawing upon extraordinary archival footage, the film shuffles between the 1970s and the 2000s. We gain a historic perspective on New York’s gay liberation movement, in which Wojtowicz played an active role. In later footage, he remains a subversive force, backed by the unconditional love of his mother Terry, whose wit and charm infuse the film. How and why the bank robbery took place is recounted in gripping detail by Wojtowicz and various eyewitnesses. Continue reading ‘The Dog (Blu-ray Review)’

Yes: Songs From Tsongas – 35th Anniversary Concert (Blu-ray Review)

Songs From TsongasThis Special Edition of Songs From Tsongas contains two different concerts from Yes 35th Anniversary Tour in 2004, the last tour by the band to feature the classic line-up of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White. Part One contains the whole of the concert from the Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts. This epic show features a brand new stage set by legendary designer and Yes collaborator Roger Dean and the setlist features tracks from across the band s career including an extensive acoustic section (tracks 11 18) and some tracks that have rarely been performed live. Part Two contains 70 minutes of highlights from a very different concert on the same tour filmed at Estival in Lugano, Switzerland. This outdoor concert sees a stripped down stage and full on rock versions of the acoustic tracks from Tsongas whilst the crowd wield a multitude of umbrellas against the pouring rain, which is clearly not preventing them having a great time!  Continue reading ‘Yes: Songs From Tsongas – 35th Anniversary Concert (Blu-ray Review)’

The Taking Of Deborah Logan (DVD Review)

Taking Of Deborah LoganThe Taking Of Deborah Logan boats “From The Producer Of X-Men and Trick r’ Treat” because Bryan Singer is a producer on it.  Although, I’m not too sure how involved the guy is on it, as its a low budget found footage horror cash in that doesn’t at all feel like some sort of passion or special project.  Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang and Ryan Cutrona who have all no doubt popped up in various things you may have seen over the years.  Over the last five years we’ve had a zillion of these found footage exorcism/possession/haunted house movies, so what would it be with this film that would set it apart from the pack?  Or would it just be another run of the mill exercise in the horror found footage aesthetic?  I guess that’s what I’m here to analyze and take a look at. Continue reading ‘The Taking Of Deborah Logan (DVD Review)’

Brazilian Western (Blu-ray Review)

Brazilian-WesternBrace yourself for a gritty gangster crime drama that delivers neo-Western violence, revenge and a captivating tale of love in equal measure. Shout! Factory releases to DVD and Blu-ray the much-anticipated South American box office hit Brazilian Western. Since its theatrical premiere in Brazil and at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, this movie has been hailed by international critics and audiences alike for its passionate storytelling, melding the stylistic approach of classic genre films with a distinct and original vision.  The film truly has the spirit, tone and feel in that of a modernized western film in the setting of Brazil as opposed to the old west we’re most familiar with those movies tackling.  Much in the vein of something akin to a No Country For Old Men when it comes to westerns.  Not the same kind of movie, but that same kind of more modernized feeling to the western tropes and aesthetic.  This movie is mainly a kind of love story. Continue reading ‘Brazilian Western (Blu-ray Review)’

Drive Hard (Blu-ray Review)

Drive HardFormer hotshot racecar driver Peter Roberts (Thomas Jane, The Punisher) traded the winner’s circle for safety, stability, a pile of debts and a 9 to 5 job as a beginners’ driving instructor. But his life shifts into overdrive when mysterious out-of-towner Simon Keller (John Cusack, Numbers Station) shows up for a driving lesson and hijacks Peter to be his getaway driver in a $9 million heist. Now these unlikely fugitives are on a white knuckle race to stay one step ahead of the mobsters who want their money back and the corrupt cops who will kill anyone who gets in their way. Peter and Simon just might have half a chance, if they can stick to the plan, drive faster than the bullets being fired at them…and don’t kill each other first.  Continue reading ‘Drive Hard (Blu-ray Review)’

Maleficent (Blu-ray Review)

MaleficentDisney’s Maleficent was not only one of the biggest hits of summer, its one of the biggest movies of the the 2014 cinema-going year.  The film has grossed over $241 million just domestically and dominated worldwide taking in over $757 million.  Its another instance in helping prove that female-led and driven blockbusters should be more commonplace in our theatrical release slate.  The film also goes to show Angelina Jolie is just a genuine superstar.  She doesn’t do many films of this ilk anymore, but when she does, people will flock out to go and see it.  Plus, there’s also the perfect joining of her and Disney to take on this character for the film.  A film that tells a different angle on a classic fairy tale.
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Begin Again (Blu-ray Review)

Begin-AgainBack in 2oo6, I was a big big fan of the sort of musical film Once.  Love the movie, loved the soundtrack even more.  It was a daring film, because above all else, that music had to be excellent in order for the film to truly work, and it did.  Then, it wound up winning an Academy Award for one of its songs, all was great and then I never really followed anyone involved from the film afterward.  Writer and Director John Carney has made two films since, but I didn’t know about them until I looked him up for this review.  He returns to craft another music based film, this time focused in a bigger city, with bigger stars and a story dealing with a similar musical mission to Once, but this one with a little more promised success and bigger ambition.   And wow, Keira Knightley isn’t too bad of a singer.  I was surprised to learn she actually sang for her own songs that were performed in the film. Continue reading ‘Begin Again (Blu-ray Review)’

‘Housebound’ on Blu-ray & DVD November 18th!

HouseboundKylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return. 

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Life Of Crime (Blu-ray Review)

Life-Of-CrimeLife Of Crime interested me because it features characters from Jackie Brown.  On any given day, Jackie Brown is either my absolute favorite Quentin Tarantino film or at the very least Top 3.  Life Of Crime takes place with Ordell, Louis, Melanie and brief appearance from Ray in the year 1978.  This was a festival touring film that wound up playing in theaters finally around the end of August.  A side note, I’m just curious, but the film takes place in 1978 and features a scene with Will Forte trapped in a closet and he begins smashing his way out of the door just like Michael Myers did in the original Halloween.  I’m wondering if this was intentional, as Forte strangely knocks the pieces of the door out in the same manner that Michael did even.  Oh well, the Halloween season is upon us, so I thought I’d take note of that. Continue reading ‘Life Of Crime (Blu-ray Review)’