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No Strings Hold Down This Trailer For Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Avg2_Teaser_1-Sht_v3_lgWell, the plan to release this teaser during ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did not pan out the way it was intended, but regardless, here it is, the first full length teaser trailer for the upcoming Marvel epic, Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Those who attended Comic Con will recognize some similarities to the footage presented there, but the biggest change is the increase in visual effects and the lack of any humor.  This is a trailer that wants to show the darker tone that will come from the presence of Ultron and it is pretty exciting to see.  The film hits theaters May 2015 and is easily one of the most anticipated films of next year.  Continue on to check out the trailer and the new poster for the film.

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‘Dear White People,’ You Cut Deep (Movie Review)

dear white people whysoblu thumbI don’t think there is any real way around me saying that I am of mixed-race and have certain views towards humor that delves into race.  Obviously I could just not mention this at all, but that seems like more of a disservice, when it comes to a review that focuses on a film satirizing racial politics on a college campus.  While my experiences do not reflect the events that take place in Dear White People, I did have a level of understanding of the circumstances and walked away both very satisfied and somewhat angered, given how the film works in its provocation.  The best way to look at Dear White People though, is as an examination of identity.  It leans on certain points for the sake of a particular story, but this is a film about understanding one’s self versus what the masses understand.  It also happens to feature some very fine filmmaking on display for a directorial debut.

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Dolphin Tale 2 Comes To Blu-ray This December!

1000446491BRDFLTO_3d2500d0I cannot say this is a film that has me super excited, but at the same time, I am sure it is probably pretty good.  I reviewed the first Dolphin Tale on Blu-ray and found it to be fine.  Everything I have heard about this sequel suggests the same, plus I still get Morgan Freeman, so it seems like a win.  Dolphin Tale 2 is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on December 9th and it has a bunch of special features coming with it.  This is another chapter in a story surrounding the true story of a dolphin who was rescued thanks to the work by people who care and some technological ingenuity.  I have seen the trailer for this sequel and it certainly gives me some interesting thoughts on how it will turn out, but I will find out soon enough what is going on, when this Blu-ray becomes available, as will everyone that missed out on this top family film in theaters.  Continue on to learn more about this upcoming release.

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America: Imagine The World Without Her (Blu-ray Review)

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 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The sixth-highest-grossing political documentary of all time, the film has been referred to as “important, inspiring, informative”.  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.  That’s some pretty high praise given.  Though if you wander on over to Rotten Tomatoes, you’ll see it has an 8% critic score and an 88% audience score.  Okay, so the film’s not unscathed, but my what a difference in opinion. Continue reading ‘America: Imagine The World Without Her (Blu-ray Review)’

A Letter To Momo (Blu-ray Review)

Letter-To-MomoA Letter To Momo marks director Hiroyuki Okiura’s first film in eleven years.  It was a passion project for the man, spending seven years in its production with scripting, storyboards, directing and all sorts of planning.  The film made its debut in 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it wasn’t shown in the United States until March 2012 at the New York International Children’s Film Festival.  The film seemed to resonate with most critics and audiences alike globally.  A Letter To Momo was also spun off into its own series of manga comics shortly after it started showing in theaters and festivals back in 2011.  Oddly enough, its now 2014 and the film is finally coming here to Blu-ray.  So, I guess the wait is over for those who have been eager to see it. Continue reading ‘A Letter To Momo (Blu-ray Review)’

Mad Men: The Final Season Part 1 (Blu-ray Review)

mad men final season whysobluSo the end is coming.  Mad Men has been a huge success in its many years on the air, but the show is finally coming to a close via a seventh season that has been split into halves.  At this point, I can only imagine that people are either with this series or not, regardless of the massive acclaim it has received over the years.  I say that, because Mad Men has a unique style and handle on how it proceeds, so I personally continue to be happy with how the series plays out, especially given how much enjoyment I get from seeing the journey of these characters.  With that in mind, series creator Matthew Weiner has certainly gotten enough in order to provide a very satisfying half of a season, with some terrific episodes and enough movement of the pieces to bring us to true closure, once the series comes to an end next year.  For now, we can enjoy the Blu-ray for part one of the final season.

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Kristen Wiig And Bill Hader Star In The Skeleton Twins Arriving on Blu-ray This December

skeletonSNL alumni Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader reunite in the acclaimed comedy The Skeleton Twins, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand on December 16th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The movie will also be available on Digital HD starting December 2nd.  The winner of Best Screenplay at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and described by Rolling Stone as “hilarious and heart-crushingly real,” the film also stars Luke Wilson (Old School) and Ty Burrell (TV’s “Modern Family”), is written by Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) & Mark Heyman (Black Swan) and is directed by Craig Johnson.  As one who was a big fan of the film (Review HERE), I am excited for more to see this little treasure, when it arrives on Blu-ray.  Continue on to read more about this upcoming release.

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Gerard’s Top-3 Halloween Horror Treats!

Halloween Horror

2014 is just flying by as we are already in my favorite coveted month of October. The leaves have started to turn red and yellow and the ghosts and goblins are out there creeping about. This short list is made up of my favorite horror films that I like to watch during the Halloween holiday season. A slice of pumpkin pie and nice pumpkin craft ale and a nice horror movie hits the spot perfectly. This obviously isn’t a comprehensive but just a tasty sampler of films that are relatively short in running time but hit you right in your fear spot. In any event sit back and enjoy my Top-3 Halloween Horror Treats!  

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

SquirmSquirm is a film that I had never truly seen in its entirety before.  I had caught scenes of it on television at different times (Maybe not even knowing what the movie was).  It was a popular late night cable movie in the 80s and early 90s.  Also, as a big fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, I know this film as one of the final episodes of the entire series (And the films are heavily edited for that as well).  The director Jeff Lieberman also directed one of my all time favorite slashers a few years after Squirm called Just Before Dawn (Which I reviewed last year).  Don Scardino is mostly known now for what he’s directed, but I’ll always remember him from another slasher film called He Knows You’re Alone (Also the feature film debut of none other than Hollywood legend, the one the only Tom Hanks).  Thanks to Scream Factory, I’m finally getting to see Squirm in its slimy entirety thanks to this new collector’s edition. Continue reading ‘Squirm – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

The First Power (Blu-ray Review)

The First PowerHow do you stop a killer with immortal powers? Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba) stars as a hotshot L.A. homicide detective caught in a harrowing game with a man who lives to kill – and cannot die – in this psychological thriller that transcends mortal terror! After a long, gruesome hunt. Detective Russell Logan (Phillips) finally captures the brutal Russell Logan (Phillips) finally captures the brutal Pentagram Killer (Jeff Kober), and watches as the murderer is executed at San Quentin. Finally, the terror is over… or is it? When the ritualistic killings begin again. Logan is haunted by violent visions of the executed man, and seeks the counsel of a beautiful psychic (Tracy Griffith). Together they discover that the Pentagram Killer, one of Satan’s disciples, possesses the First Power – the ability to inhabit the bodies of others at will! Now Logan has to catch the killer again, not knowing where – or in whom – he’ll show up next! Charged with bone-chilling suspense and otherworldly evil, The First Power will scare the devil out of you!  Continue reading ‘The First Power (Blu-ray Review)’

‘Cantinflas’ on DVD & Digital HD December 2nd!

CantinflasThe untold story of Mexico’s greatest and most beloved comic film star comes to life when Cantinflas charms the world on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand December 2nd from Pantelion and Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In the most successful Hispanic film of the summer, the true story of Mario “Cantinflas” Moreno is brought to vivid life. Nicknamed “The Charlie Chaplin of Mexico,” Cantinflas tries his hand at a number of odd jobs including boxing and bullfighting, finally stumbling to success in small-town bars and theaters. His improvisational quirks and fearlessness send him to the global stage where he becomes a beloved, comedic fixture. Mexico’s official submission for the 2014 Academy Award®‘s Best Foreign Language Film category, Cantinflas stars Óscar Jaenada (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) accompanied by the talents of Michael Imperioli (HBO’s “The Sopranos”), Ilse Salas (Güeros), Luis Gerardo Méndez (The Noble Family) and Gabriela de la Garza (Dragonball: Evolution), along with Adal Ramones (Saving Private Perez) and Bárbara Mori (La Mujer de Mi Hermano). Cantinflas is a unique tale of one man’s journey from modest beginnings to superstardom.  Continue reading ‘‘Cantinflas’ on DVD & Digital HD December 2nd!’

‘Justified:Season 5′ on Blu-ray & DVD December 2nd!

Justified Season 5

The Emmy® Award-winning JUSTIFIED returns for its fifth season with Dewey Crowe heading north to invest a $300,000 settlement from the Marshals Service in a brothel owned by Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), but it isn’t long before his cousin Daryl Jr. and the rest of their Florida crime family arrive to cash in, too. As Daryl looks to consolidate the business in Harlan, Boyd’s efforts to help Ava (Joelle Carter) fix her murder trial run aground, forcing him to reach out to ruthless crime bosses from Lexington, Detroit, and even Canada and Mexico. With the Crowes complicating life in Harlan, Boyd enters into a series of ill-fated alliances that threaten to bring him down and expose Raylan Givens’ (Timothy Olyphant) involvement in a mobster’s questionable death. With Raylan’s future in doubt, a revenge attack catches Art (Nick Searcy) in its crosshairs, unleashing a federal investigation that throws the Crowes into turmoil and puts Boyd on a collision course with the law. Developed for Television by Graham Yost, JUSTIFIED is based on the short story “Fire in the Hole” by Elmore Leonard. The show is executive produced by Elmore Leonard, Graham Yost, Michael Dinner, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly (“Unforgettable”), Fred Golan, Don Kurt and Dave Andron. The show is co-executive produced by Chris Provenzano, Timothy Olyphant, Taylor Elmore and Benjamin Cavell.  

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Moebius (Blu-ray Review)

Moebius-ThumbMoebius is the latest from Korean art-house auteur Kim Ki-duk.   The film was originally banned on its home turf of South Korea, but after the ratings board took another look or two at it they rescinded their response and gave the film a rating.  The film premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival and later was selected to play at the Stanley Film Festival.  The film has been commended for being a daring and bold piece of disturbing art-house cinema that really pushes some limits.  It has been coupled with the horror genre a bit, because of how disturbing things can get, but I’m not sure that’s an appropriate genre to classify it under.  Its just really its own sort of thing. Continue reading ‘Moebius (Blu-ray Review)’

Scratch and Claw Your Way to Gregg’s Top 3 Horror Films

Gregg's Top 3 Horror FilmsAh it’s good to be back.  After nearly a year hiatus from Why So Blu, Brian White recently approached me to contribute an article, along with the other WSB staffers, on our top 3 favorite horror films of all time.  My split-second initial reaction was one of apprehension.  Horror has never been a genre at the top of my list.  I can’t think of one horror film I really liked…oh, but wait, there was that one.  Okay so now I need two more.  That’s not going to happen because…oh…yeah…that one was pretty good too.  So this whole non-existent list suddenly snowballed in my head, and for a good 72 hours, I wrestled with what my top 3 were going to be (and let’s not forget that one guilty pleasure). Continue reading ‘Scratch and Claw Your Way to Gregg’s Top 3 Horror Films’

Toy Story of Terror! (Blu-ray Review)

tsterror160x160Toy Story has seen a few spin-offs, one shots, and shorts featuring the show’s beloved characters over the years, and for Halloween 2013, Disney Pixar brought (most of) the crew back together for this short and spooky episode, Toy Story of Terror!  Can this feature find its way into the holiday “must sees” for families, or does this release cheapen the series?  Does anyone else find it strange a billion dollar franchise is airing episodes over the air on standard channels to the tune of no real financial gain or merchandising opportunity? Continue reading ‘Toy Story of Terror! (Blu-ray Review)’

Disaster L.A.: The Last Zombie Apocalypse Begins Here (Blu-ray Review)

160x160disasterIt’s almost chic to question and call out the over-saturation of zombie/infected flicks on the market.  For the last five plus years, in part due to the massive success of The Walking Dead, in part due to the manner in which low budget flicks can strive on the genre, it seems every week there’s another couple movies on the shelves.  Every studio is trying to grasp onto the cash cow and ride it into the ground, trying to find the next big low cost, high return feature that can be pumped out annually to line the coffers, and everyone thinks that their idea, their take on the shambling and/or running dead will revolutionize and be forever aped, homaged and called back to in years to come.

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See No Evil 2 (Blu-ray Review)

See-No-Evil-2Looking back, See No Evil appears to be one of (if not THE) the last original slasher films to get a wide release.  Everything else in the subgenre following it looks to be big studio remakes.  This was the earlier days when Lionsgate was all about the horror.  The first film managed to almost double its budget, bringing some mild success.  However, no sequel came about.  Now, eight years later, here we are with the limited engagement but mainly VOD, straight-to-video release of its sequel.  Its interesting that Lionsgate was interested in going back after such a long gap from a film that did solid business but isn’t really looked back upon.  Maybe this was more WWE’s bidding since they just had another iconic horror villain come back with Leprechaun.  The best thing about this movie is that its being helmed by the up and coming Soska Sisters who have been making waves, working to become a powerful horror directing team.  This caught my eye actually more than this being the sequel to a pretty solid slasher. Continue reading ‘See No Evil 2 (Blu-ray Review)’

Attack on Titan, Part 2: LIMITED EDITION (Blu-ray Review)

Attack on Titan Part IIEren Jaeger vowed to rid mankind of the bloodthirsty giants who devoured his mother and destroyed his city. Now, after discovering that he has the ability to turn into a Titan, the world Eren promised to protect looks at him like he is the monster. Narrowly avoiding execution, Eren’s fate is entrusted to the Scout Regiment where he must prove capable of following orders. But on an expedition outside the wall, a unique female Titan appears and cuts through the Scouts, leaving a trail of carnage and splintered bones behind her and making it difficult for Eren to control his rage. As it becomes obvious that a traitor is sabotaging the Regiment from within, Eren must ask himself who humanity’s true enemy really is. Bloody revelations await beyond the wall in this jaw-dropping series io9.com calls ”Japan’s equivalent of The Walking Dead.”  The Attack on Titan – Part Two – Limited Edition Plus Box release comes with a 3-D Lenticular Art Card, and the Notes From Beyond The Wall: Part 2 (a 24 page digibook containing 4 panel comics, artwork, interviews and more!). Packed with over 67 minutes of extras, including: Episode 14 & 25 Commentaries, Attack on Titan at Anime Expo, ”Chibi Theatre: Fly, Cadets, Fly!” Days 14-25, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Songs, and more!  There is also an Ender Art Box, which is designed to house both the Part 1 & Part 2 Attack on Titan Limited Edition releases. It comes with a removable filler box, perfectly designed to slide the separately purchased Part 1 into place.  Continue reading ‘Attack on Titan, Part 2: LIMITED EDITION (Blu-ray Review)’