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Focus (Blu-ray Review)

Focus Blu-ray ReviewFocus is one of those films I initially saw trailers for on television earlier this year and thought to myself nah I’ll skip it.  It just didn’t do anything for me.  Then came all the reviews like Aaron Neuwirth’s positive coverage here (God I miss all his incredible movie reviews).  And so because of all the positive praise this film has garnered, sign me up!  I wanted to see it!  Thankfully Warner Bros. will be releasing this title in retailers everywhere on June 2nd and I just so happen to have exclusive access to one of those Blu-ray Combo Packs now.  So I thought oh what the hell.  Let’s do this!  Let’s review Focus for the people.  And here we are.  Ready to see things sharper?  Well, we’re talking about the Blu-ray format so chances are good that you’re ready.  Here we go! Continue reading ‘Focus (Blu-ray Review)’

Psychological Thriller ‘Ex Machina’ Infiltrates Blu-ray July 14th

Ex Machina Blu-rayThe stylish, psychological thriller Ex Machina will leave audiences visually and emotionally enthralled when it arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) July 14th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  After blowing away critics at its U.S.premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, the highly anticipatedsci-fi film was theatrically released by A24 and has been applauded as “sizzlingly smart, gorgeous and astute” (Wall Street Journal), “a triumph” (The Playlist), and “the year’s best sci-fi movie” (Esquire).  I can personally guarantee these claims too.  While it’s not action packed like the trailer may suggest, the film truly delivers by sucking you into one of the greatest human stories of artificial intelligence in our time.  The robot in question here will make you believe and heck, might even make you fall for her.  Find out more below! Continue reading ‘Psychological Thriller ‘Ex Machina’ Infiltrates Blu-ray July 14th’

Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Sleepaway-Camp-IIIThis summer, SCREAM FACTORY™ invites horror enthusiasts and movie collectors to further venture into the great outdoors and experience what Camp Rolling Hills and Camp New Horizons have to offer – nature walks, randy campers, puritanical camp counselor, murder and a feast of gory goodness!  Fans of the popular SLEEPAWAY CAMP movies rejoice as the collector’s editions of SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS and SLEEPAWAY CAMP III: TEENAGE WASTELAND hits on home entertainment shelves everywhere on June 9, 2015 from SCREAM FACTORY™.  Both movies debut for the first time on Blu-ray™. Each collector’s edition Blu-ray+DVD combo pack features anamorphic widescreen movie presentation, exciting bonus content, newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with theatrical key art and more!

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Foxy Brown (Blu-ray Review)

Foxy-BrownPam Grier teams up once again with Coffy director Jack Hill in this blaxploitation follow-up that was filmed in an astounding 17 days.  Foxy Brown co-stars Antonio Fargas (Conrack, Car Wash), Peter Brown (Teenage Tease, Merrill’s Marauder’s), Terry Carter (Brother On The Run), Sid Haig (Coffy, The Devil’s Rejects, Jackie Brown) and is directed by Jack Hill (Coffy, Switchblade Sisters).  Foxy Brown (Pam Grier, Coffy, Jackie Brown) is “a whole lot of woman” and more. Just you wait and see.  The film itself is intentionally a spiritual follow up to the previous Hill-Grier collaboration, Coffy.  And again, the film once again tuggs along grindhouse-era fan-favorite Sid Haig for a small role in the events.  Olive Films is bringing Foxy Brown to the fold for the firs time in the US, preceded by a release from Arrow Video back in 2013 (Which included a limited edition steel book case).   Continue reading ‘Foxy Brown (Blu-ray Review)’

Coffy (Blu-ray Review)

CoffyPam Grier became a staple of early 1970s blaxploitation films by playing bold, assertive women, starting with Jack Hill’s Coffy. Her character was advertised in the original trailer as the “baddest one-chick hit-squad that ever hit town!” Grier’s role was noted as being the first African-American female to headline an action film.  As many of you may know, I’ve been touting more blaxploitation on Blu-ray since my first wishlist back in 2013.  As a matter of fact, Coffy was at the top of that list.  It appears things are finally turning around here in 2015.  There are many on the slate over the globe throughout the year and on the horizon.  Olive Films is taking on a trio of Pam Grier’s finest.   Coffy was already available in the UK, but its now making its Blu-ray debut here in the US. Continue reading ‘Coffy (Blu-ray Review)’

Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Sleepaway-Camp-IIThis summer, SCREAM FACTORY™ invites horror enthusiasts and movie collectors to further venture into the great outdoors and experience what Camp Rolling Hills and Camp New Horizons have to offer – nature walks, randy campers, puritanical camp counselor, murder and a feast of gory goodness!  Fans of the popular SLEEPAWAY CAMP movies rejoice as the collector’s editions of SLEEPAWAY CAMP II: UNHAPPY CAMPERS and SLEEPAWAY CAMP III: TEENAGE WASTELAND hits on home entertainment shelves everywhere on June 9, 2015 from SCREAM FACTORY™.  Both movies debut for the first time on Blu-ray™. Each collector’s edition Blu-ray+DVD combo pack features anamorphic widescreen movie presentation, exciting bonus content, newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with theatrical key art and more!  Continue reading ‘Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

McFarland USA (Blu-ray Review)

McFarland-USAChannel your inner champion and brace yourself for this inspiring adventure based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles in McFarland USA on Disney Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere and Digital HD June 2nd! This moving story features Kevin Costner(“Dances with Wolves,” “The Untouchables”), Maria Bello(“A History of Violence, “Prisoners”) Morgan Saylor (TV’s “Homeland”) and Diana Maria Riva (“NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Castle”) amongst others in this touching tale displaying the power of family, commitment and work ethic that transforms a cross-county team into champions. Bonus features include McFarland Reflections, deleted scenes, extended scenes and more! 

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Request To Close Down The ‘Tomorrowland’ Attraction (Movie Review)

TomorrowlandLet the record show that I had zero interest in ever seeing Tomorrowland.  The various trailers and TV spots did little to interest in me in the film and worst, it reminded me of that God awful Jupiter Ascending piece of garbage )and that is being polite).  There’s no way I ever want to revisit that life experience again!  However, it was a chat amongst the Why So blu staff that sightly changed my point of view.  Such sentiments as “Brad Bird could do no wrong” were tossed about heavily.  Then while attending an IMAX screening of Avengers; The Age of Ultron, we were surprised with a 15-minute action clip of Tomorrowland.  Suddenly, the film didn’t look that bad.  I was now on the fence about Tomorrowland instead of being dead set against it.  So oh why the hell not?  Life’s too short for regrets.  Let’s see what promise Tomorrowland may show.  I do love me some original sci-fi. Continue reading ‘Request To Close Down The ‘Tomorrowland’ Attraction (Movie Review)’

They’ve Conjured Up A Stale Remake Of ‘Poltergeist’ (Movie Review)

poltergeist posterIt can’t be easy to face a certain kind of pressure when it comes to remaking classic films. This updated take on Poltergeist’ does not feel too much like a collaboration of great minds in an effort to make something new and different. Instead, it feels like the results of talented people making the best of a bad situation.

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In Life There Is Only One ABSOLUTION, And His Name Is Seagal!

AbsolutionAction icon Steven Seagal stars in Absolution, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD July 7 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand. Byron Mann (TV’s “Arrow”), UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett and Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand), bring the heat in this action-packed adventure directed by Keoni Waxman (Maximum Conviction). With bonus material including a “making of” featurette, an audio commentary and behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast, the Absolution Blu-ray and DVD will be available July 7th.

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Scream Factory Brings I, MADMAN To Blu-ray July 21!

I-MadmanAfter a spine-tingling paperback catches the imagination of bookstore clerk Virginia, she seeks out the author’s second book, I, Madman. But once she opens the cover, its eerie tale of obsessive love comes to life, catapulting a disfigured, scalpel-wielding killer from the world of fiction onto the streets of Hollywood with one demented goal: to win Virginia’s love, one murder at a time! Directed cult filmmaker Tibor Takacs (The Gate), I, MADMAN stars Jenny Wright (Near Dark, The Lawnmower Man), Clayton Rohner (April Fool’s Day, The Human Centipede III) and three-time Academy Award® winner Randall William Cook (Dr. Caligari) as the mysterious and frightening Malcolm Brand.

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The Knick: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray & DVD August 11

The KnickSet in downtown New York in 1900 – The Knick is a groundbreaking new scripted drama from Oscar® and Emmy®-winning director Steven Soderbergh starring Oscar® nominee Clive Owen, who also received a Golden Globe nomination for this series. The Knick centers on the Knickerbocker Hospital (dubbed The Knick), which faces a major upheaval due to poor finances and an exodus of wealthy patients. The one remaining star is Dr. Thackery (played by Clive Owen) who along with the hospital staff of surgeons, nurses and other personnel must struggle to keep both themselves and the hospital going.  Continue reading ‘The Knick: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray & DVD August 11′

The Last Unicorn – Enchanted Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Last-UnicornOne of the most beloved fantasy films of all-time, The Last Unicorn has enraptured generations of fans with its poetic tale of a brave unicorn’s journey through a mystic land seeking others of her kind.  On June 9th, 2015, rediscover this classic tale with Shout! Factory’s release of The Last Unicorn: The Enchanted Edition on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and standalone DVD. Fans who order their copies from ShoutFactory.com will receive a limited edition collectable 18”x 24” poster with their order, available while supplies last.

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Strike Back: Cinemax Season 3 on Blu-ray & DVD August 4

Strike BackCinemax’s first scripted primetime drama series returns. A high-octane, globe-spanning thriller, Strike Back focuses on two members of Section 20, a secret British anti-terrorist organization: Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), a consummate British soldier still struggling to overcome tragedy in his life, and Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), a disgraced U.S. Delta Force operative who has found redemption with S-20. In Season 3, the series will have a true global canvas, opening in Colombia – with parallel missions in Beirut, Budapest, Russia, and Germany – and following a trail of drug money that is funding terrorists in the Middle East. Continue reading ‘Strike Back: Cinemax Season 3 on Blu-ray & DVD August 4′

Scarecrows (Blu-ray Review)

ScarecrowsTrespassers will be violated. Scream Factory proudly presents the action-packed supernatural thriller Scarecrows. Making its Blu-ray debut, this release comes packed with new bonus features, including audio commentaries with director William Wesley and producer Cami Winikoff, and interviews with special make-up effects creator Norman Cabrera and actor Ted Vernon.  This is a sort of horror/slasher/horror-action film that I’d really never heard of.  It comes from a fabled year in horror; 1988.  So, of course I was pretty eager to tear off the plastic and dig into this, seeing what I had been missing out on all these years.  Like many, it has a nice following and set of fans, but would I wind up one of them. Continue reading ‘Scarecrows (Blu-ray Review)’

The Legend Of Longwood (DVD Review)

Legend-Of-LongwoodA beautiful new film out of Ireland, The Legend of Longwood, is coming from Shout! Factory, following its appearance at several film festivals in early 2015. An adventure for all ages, the release includes a fascinating behind-the-scenes featurette as a bonus feature.  Crumbling castles, mysterious riddles, frightening spirits, beautiful horses and a plucky, fearless heroine – director Lisa Mulcahy has lovingly burnished the most beloved coming-of-age elements in this “quest” film, set in the starkly beautiful landscapes of rural Ireland, set to music from Brave composer Patrick Neil Doyle.

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[REC] 4: Apocalypse (DVD Review)

REC 4The popular Spanish-language horror series [REC] comes to a terrifying conclusion in[REC]4: APOCALYPSE, available on DVD April 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Original series writer/director Jaume Balagueró ([REC], [REC]2) returns to deliver a “head-bashing, blood splattering and gut gushing explosively awesome ending to a franchise that aims at nothing but to scare the living daylight out of you” (Rama’s Screen). Manuela Velasco ([REC], [REC]2) also returns in her Fangoria Chainsaw Award®-nominated performance ([REC], Best Actress, 2007) as television reporter Ángela Vidal.  Finally rescued from the virus-infected building, Ángela is taken to an oil tanker quarantine facility to be examined. Little do the soldiers on board know, Ángela now carries the seeds of the mysterious demonic virus that is about to be unleashed one last, horrifying time.  This must-own finale to the action-packed horror saga that inspired the hit American remake Quarantine comes with a thrilling making-of featurette. Continue reading ‘[REC] 4: Apocalypse (DVD Review)’

‘It Follows’ Creeps Onto Blu-ray July 14th

It FollowsIn March I had the pleasure of visiting Los Angeles after not being in that beloved city for over two years.   Absence truly made my heart grow fonder, but it did not do anything for the ridiculous traffic out there.  Anyway, one of my most fondest memories from my most recent trip was taking WSB Staff writer Gerard Iribe on a date to see It Follows.  I was blown away by it.  As soon as the credits rolled I turned to Gerard and said was that old school Carpenter Halloween style or what.  He agreed!  We then ate a vegetarian dinner, but I digress.  So here’s the deal…It Follows, the critically acclaimed breakout movie of the year, arrives on Digital HD July 3rd and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand July 14th from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.  Check out the rest of the press release down below!  I dare you! Continue reading ‘‘It Follows’ Creeps Onto Blu-ray July 14th’