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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray Review)

While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was sold as the first “spin off” of the galaxy far far away, its far from the first side stepping project.  Most of it has been through television (Christmas! Ewoks!), books, comic books, video games and other mediums. But, its no stranger to the theatrical front, either. Star Wars: The Clone Wars, while really three episodes tied together, was launched as a feature film in 2008. What Rogue One really represents is an attempt at serious, hardcore canon, live-action films that have as much put into their production and development as that of the Skywalker saga. As much pressure as there was on The Force Awakens to help restore Star Wars and introduce it to a new generation, Rogue One had pressure to show George Lucas’ creation could branch out and do other things while also being a virtual unknown in terms of how something like this might look and feel.  Sigh of relief, the movie turned out to be outstanding, was well reviewed and took to audiences globally to a tune of over a billion dollars worldwide and becoming one of the highest grossing films of all time. You’ll be able to own the tale of  stealing the Death Star plans on Blu-ray starting April 4th. Continue reading ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray Review)’

‘The Boss Baby’ Deserves A Time Out (Movie Review)

He’s a boss and a baby. He’s a Boss Baby. The Boss Baby pitch meeting could not have been much simpler than that, but I guess that wouldn’t give credit to the original children’s picture book by Marla Frazee. Of course, that book is only 36 pages (and I’m sure The Bossier Baby isn’t much longer), where this DreamWorks computer-animated movie needs to fill at least 90 minutes. That was apparently a struggle and it shows. While the novelty of the premise is one thing, sitting through this entire feature didn’t exactly have me wishing for a promotion to sit even higher among the other boss babies of the world.

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Do Not SNITCH On Dwayne Johnson, But Buy This 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray On June 6th!

Inspired by true events, discover how far one father will go to reduce his son’s prison sentence in the most amazing picture quality available today when Snitch arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) June 6 from Lionsgate. Join blockbuster superstar Dwayne Johnson as he goes undercover to help make arrests for the U.S. government. The 4K Ultra HD disc heightens the film’s action and suspense with four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. The Snitch 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available June 6th.

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No Need To DREDD This 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray June 6th!

Court is back in session and more vibrant than ever when Dredd arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) June 6 from Lionsgate. Gear up for the Certified Fresh action-adventure with four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range for the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. Adapted by screenwriter Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Sunshine,28 Days Later) from the classic comic book series, the Dredd 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available June 6th.

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Ex Machina Comes Alive on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray This June!

I’m excited about this one for the 4K format!  Experience the Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects (2015),  Ex Machinamore vividly than ever before when it arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) June 6 from Lionsgate. Discover what it truly means to be human with dynamic performances by Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (2015, Best Supporting Actress, The Danish Girl), Domhnall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac. Written and directed by Alex Garland, the screenwriter behind 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go and Sunshine. Continue reading ‘Ex Machina Comes Alive on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray This June!’

Power Rangers (Movie Review)

“Power Rangers” is one of the most bizarre action films to be released in some time. Scenes are so visually and tonally inconsistent that they seem to have been directed and edited by completely different people. Sequences are repeated so often that the story never truly seems to get off the ground. The cast is likable enough, but they’re never given much to do besides look frustrated in a film that is not necessarily at war with itself, but oddly unaware of itself.

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Silence (Blu-ray Review)

This past winter gave us the latest film from Martin Scorsese. Silence garnered strong reviews and made a number of top ten lists, but was not able to find much of an audience in theaters or score any major awards, beyond an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. That’s not necessarily unexpected, but I do expect time to be quite kind to what Scorsese managed to accomplish here. It’s a film I certainly haven’t stopped thinking about and now that it’s on Blu-ray, I’ll be curious to see what the audience perception of this lengthy drama becomes.

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Amazon Exclusive Harley Quinn Suicide Squad Blu-ray Combo Pack (Review)

Amazon Exclusive Harley Quinn Suicide Squad Blu-ray Combo Pack Before we begin here let me ask you guys this.  Have you ever heard the phrase hiding in the spotlight?  Well I got to be honest with you.  This Warner Bros./Amazon Exclusive Harley Quinn Suicide Squad Blu-ray set brings that phrase to life.  I mean at least for me it does and here’s why.  Don’t let that $116 price tag fool you.  That’s an absolute bargain for what you’re getting here.  I think it goes without saying that you’re getting the Blu-ray Combo Pack which includes the Theatrical and Extended Cut of Suicide Squad on Blu-ray disc, a DVD and a Digital HD redemption code.  However, all that is secondary to the real treasure inside this big box.  You’re also getting the long sold out and highly sought after DC Collectibles Harley Quinn Suicide Squad statue.  It’s such a rare find anymore that it’s not even on the DC Collectibles website any longer.  You can see the exact statue plus a video turnaround of it by visiting here.  But that’s not it!  I want to further blow your mind.  The limited edition statue’s retail price was $154.99 and is going well over $200 on eBay and Amazon third parties currently. Continue reading ‘Amazon Exclusive Harley Quinn Suicide Squad Blu-ray Combo Pack (Review)’

Forgotten Friday Flick – “Starman”

With the 80’s and fine films ala John Carpenter going hand-in-hand, there’s more than enough past picture work to hail.  So let’s get to it – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  This week we’re getting a little more romantic and melancholy as we step to the side of the terror tales via the master of horror and visit a story with some surprisingly sweet sentiments in spades. It’s a fish out of water journey that fully explores what it is to be human…even if you’re an alien.  Loss, love and learning all rolled into one out of this world adventure about a few days on earth through the eyes of…Starman!

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The Smurfs (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Ahh…the Smurfs. That song; La la la-la la la, Sing a happy song. La la la-la la la, Smurf it all day long. La la la-la la la. Smurf along with me! La la la-la la la. Simple as can be. Next time you’re feeling blue just let a smile begin, Happy things will come to you..So smurf yourself a grin! La la la-la la la, Now you know the tune, You’ll be Smurfing soon! When I was a kid, I was singing along, but after this movie, maybe I’m more in tuned to what cartoon Gargamel said during that opening sequence in the animated (Well, 2D television cartoon animated)  “Oooooo I hate Smurfs! I’ll get you, I’ll get all of you if it’s the last thing I ever do! hehehehe!” Oh yeah, we’re here reviewing the debut of the 2011 film on 4K UHD Blu-ray.  The sequel to the film is already available on the format (One of the launch titles), but this one is jumping in on March 28th. Continue reading ‘The Smurfs (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

In celebration of the 4K Ultra HD release Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the latest adventure and series starter in the wizarding world lived in by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Warner Bros is format jumping the original films in the series.  They’ll all get that higher resolution with High Dynamic Range applied to them, to look sharper, prettier and newer.  In my opinion, Warner Bros has been one of the more impressive studios when it comes to upgrading their catalog titles to 4K.  One would think they are going to a lot of attention to one of their biggest franchises ever.  They are releasing them in waves, with the four David Yates films (The back half of the series) being the first to come out.  No date is set yet for the first four, but they’ll be here soon enough.  This review will focus on the first part of the finale of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 from 2010.  It, and the others will be available March 28th. Continue reading ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

In celebration of the 4K Ultra HD release Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the latest adventure and series starter in the wizarding world lived in by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Warner Bros is format jumping the original films in the series.  They’ll all get that higher resolution with High Dynamic Range applied to them, to look sharper, prettier and newer.  In my opinion, Warner Bros has been one of the more impressive studios when it comes to upgrading their catalog titles to 4K.  One would think they are going to a lot of attention to one of their biggest franchises ever.  They are releasing them in waves, with the four David Yates films (The back half of the series) being the first to come out.  No date is set yet for the first four, but they’ll be here soon enough.  This review will focus on the fifth film in the series (Also the longest of the novels), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from 2007.  It, and the others will be available March 28th. Continue reading ‘Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The wizarding world of Harry Potter led one of the most impressive runs in cinematic franchise history.  Not only did all seven books in the series get adapted, but there were eight films.  Aside from one major change due to a death, the films managed to keep its cast intact for the entire telling of J.K. Rowling’s story.  Harry Potter started before brand IP became a major thing and it left us as it was becoming one.  Being that its one of the most successful and popular cinematic IPs ever, it could only lay dormant for so long.  What direction to go with it now that a major eight film story has taken place and the characters completed their important arcs? Well, the answer is backward. J.K. Rowling has returned to give us a new story based loosely off the adventures of a fictional author of a book in the wizarding world.  And back in November, we began what is to be a five film journey on its own about events well before even Harry Potter’s parents were around.  The magic was not gone, as Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them made almost a billion dollars worldwide. It now makes its way to 4K Ultra-HD and Blu-ray March 28th. Continue reading ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

‘Life’ Is As Tension Filled As My Own (Movie Review)

Despite loving all things sci-fi and horror Life is a movie I’ve been against ever since I saw the very first trailer on television last year.  I felt like it was such a ripoff of Alien that it did not even warrant my attention.  The one thing I could not deny was what an absolutely fantastic cast.  I have to admit that having Rebecca Ferguson (not related to Sean Ferguson by any means) made it more manageable to get me in the door.  Well that and my fiancee’s constant nagging that she was so excited for it.  She does so much for me that I have to take one for the team for her every so often.  Ha ha.  Fifty Shades Darker comes instantly to mind in that category.  LOL.  But I digress.  Today we’re here to talk about Sony/Columbia Picture’s new sci-fi picture, Life, not the Milton Bradley board game or the Venom movie spinoff. Continue reading ‘‘Life’ Is As Tension Filled As My Own (Movie Review)’

Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Four New Indie Titles

Only a few indie outings covered this week, but the months ahead promise to be fruitful for smaller films for sure.  But in the meantime tales of war woe, odd ghost stories, revenge plans and strong women with no affinity for the almighty all make up the subjects of the four flicks in this weeks edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on Frantz, Personal Shopper, Dig Two Graves and The Most Hated Woman In America below!

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‘Life’ Can Be Harsh (Movie Review)

A couple weeks before seeing man tackle Life, I was able to witness the man versus nature in Kong: Skull Island. Both films feel similar in terms of their approach and inspiration. The situations presented are not unfamiliar and the filmmakers seem happier taking advantage of the means afforded to them in playing out their wildest cinematic genre movie fantasies, rather than dwell on deep character building. As a result, while I was a bigger fan of Kong, Life also functions as a condensed thriller influenced by a variety of other movies and video games. That’s the name of the game with these younger filmmakers and this sci-fi horror show is another example of seeing how branching out from familiar territory can pay off.

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‘Power Rangers’ Is A Serious And Silly Reboot With Attitude (Movie Review)

Unsurprisingly, Power Rangers is the best film yet, as far as seeing the cinematic treatment applied to the popular kid’s action TV series. More surprising is how well this film manages to work in spite of itself. There are some terrible choices made in regards to the direction and delivery of plot. However, as a coming-of-age film that happens to end with a giant kaiju battle in broad daylight, there is something to be said for Lionsgate’s efforts to compete with the bigger studios in terms of large scale action movies.

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Blu-ray Review)

The wizarding world of Harry Potter led one of the most impressive runs in cinematic franchise history.  Not only did all seven books in the series get adapted, but there were eight films.  Aside from one major change due to a death, the films managed to keep its cast intact for the entire telling of J.K. Rowling’s story.  Harry Potter started before brand IP became a major thing and it left us as it was becoming one.  Being that its one of the most successful and popular cinematic IPs ever, it could only lay dormant for so long.  What direction to go with it now that a major eight film story has taken place and the characters completed their important arcs? Well, the answer is backward. J.K. Rowling has returned to give us a new story based loosely off the adventures of a fictional author of a book in the wizarding world.  And back in November, we began what is to be a five film journey on its own about events well before even Harry Potter’s parents were around.  The magic was not gone, as Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them made almost a billion dollars worldwide. It now makes its way to 4K Ultra-HD and Blu-ray March 28th. Continue reading ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Blu-ray Review)’