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The Endless (Blu-ray Review)

For all the praise given to horror films such as A Quiet Place and It in recent months, there have been plenty of smaller voices staking a claim on the genre as well. This month just gave us Ari Aster’s brilliant debut horror film Hereditary, but we also had another very well-reviewed horror film come out the same day as John Krasinski’s horror blockbuster. That would be The Endless, the latest film from the directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. The two have been quietly directing some interesting underground genre features, and this is their most recent dive into trippy territory on a low budget, which is now available on a solid Blu-ray disc.


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It’s Grimes vs. Negan in THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 8 on Blu-ray & DVD 8/21

While Fear the Walking Dead has eclisped The Walking Dead in terms of quality this past year, there’s still something for audiences to look forward to in this most recent season’s upcoming Blu-ray release. Get ready for The Walking Dead Season 8 on Blu-ray August 21. Per the release: “Together with the Hilltop and the Kingdom, Rick and the Alexandrians bring “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better equipped, and ruthless, but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.” Learn more about this upcoming Blu-ray set below.

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Bergman, Tarkovsky, Assayas & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in September 2018

Coming this September, Olivier Assayas’s long-unavailable coming-of-age masterpiece Cold Water, recently released theatrically for the first time in the U.S., will join the Criterion Collection in a new 4K restoration supervised by the director. Andrei Tarkovsky’s monumental epic Andrei Rublev will make its Blu-ray debut in an edition that includes both the director’s preferred 185-minute cut and the extended cut that was suppressed by Soviet censors. A Raisin in the Sun, the classic film version of Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play about a Chicago family’s struggle against racism and class barriers, starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, will appear in a new 4K restoration. American inequality gets lampooned from the top down in My Man Godfrey, the uproarious Depression-era screwball comedy starring William Powell and Carole Lombard, now on Blu-ray. And that’s not all: Ingmar Bergman plumbs the emotional depths of a couple’s life together and apart in Scenes from a Marriage, on Blu-ray for the first time.


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Coming To America – 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Along with the 35th anniversary of Trading Places, Paramount has also released a 30th-anniversary edition of Coming to America, another massive hit for Eddie Murphy. Unfortunately, much like the new Trading Places release, there’s nothing new to be found in this release, including everything on the technical side of the release. That’s a shame, as Coming to America is often looked at as one of Murphy’s best films for a good reason. It has plenty of classic hysterical moments, in addition to an ultimately sweet story that plays up a romantic angle, amid the fish out of water concept.

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Trading Places – 35th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

For better or worse, Paramount is delivering two Eddie Murphy classics this month, in honor of their anniversaries. The first is his two-hander with co-lead Dan Aykroyd, Trading Places, the modern take on The Prince and the Pauper, which features Murphy’s hustler taking over the life of Aykroyd’s spoiled yuppie. Trading Places is a beloved comedy from the 80s and while some may be pleased with a new Blu-ray release, just know that there’s almost no difference beyond the inclusion of a digital copy and new-ish box art. Still, there’s a great comedy to take in here.


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Mustache Meets Mountie as SUPER TROOPERS 2 Arrives on Blu-ray July 17

You have the right to remain laughing as the Broken Lizard comedy team returns in the long-awaited sequel to the hilarious cult hit SUPER TROOPERS arriving on Digital and Movies Anywhere July 3 and Blu-ray™ and DVD July 17. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the fun-loving Vermont Highway Patrolmen – Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva – are called in to resolve the situationThe Broken Lizard comedy team of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Solhanske and Paul Soter return to star alongside Brian Cox, Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Lynda Carter. Featuring hilarious bonus material on the making of the film along with extended and deleted scenes and a Kevin Heffernan featurette, the time is “meow” for SUPER TROOPERS 2.

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Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs Arrives on Blu-ray July 17th

Wes Anderson is a director that just doesn’t seem to know how to disappoint me. His second stop-motion animated feature once again proved to be a delight. Movie fans can add ISLE OF DOGS to their digital collection on Movies Anywhere beginning June 26th and purchase the Blu-ray and DVD starting July 17th. The film features an all-star cast voicing the dog and human characters including Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, and Frances McDormand.

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Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season – A Dark Knight For The Series On Blu-ray This August

The latest season of Gotham, the hit FOX drama, shows the first signs of the emergence of Gotham City’s iconic Super Hero along with other DC characters that fans have come to know today. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) is set to release Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season on August 21, 2018 featuring every episode with brand-new extras exploring the DC characters that fans have come to know, love and love to loathe. Horror fills the streets as season four of Gotham witnesses the emergence of the criminal landscape for which Gotham City is best known while Bruce Wayne begins the path to vigilantism, showing signs of the caped crusader to come. Gotham City Police Department Captain Jim Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock remain at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains from Penguin to The Riddler and numerous others in between. Detective Gordon also finds himself fighting personal demons like never before. Continue on to learn more about this release.

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Annihilation (Blu-ray Review)

It can’t be simple to follow-up a directorial debut as successful as the Oscar-winning Ex Machina. For Alex Garland, however, things seem to be falling into place. Annihilation is his sophomore effort as a director, but Garland’s previous screenplays for films such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd have established him as one willing to explore science fiction in a variety of ways.  Given all his experience, it’s only right to see him take on a project such as this, which provides a balance between hard sci-fi concepts and the horror found in a beautiful, yet dangerous wonderland. Unfortunately, Paramount didn’t quite know what to do with the well-reviewed film, so following a controversial theatrical release, this solid Blu-ray release now exists to give audiences enough special features and a fantastic technical presentation to supplement a terrific film.

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Supernatural Thriller, THE ENDLESS Debuts on Blu-ray June 26

With a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, THE ENDLESS is one of the best-reviewed films of the year. Acclaimed filmmakers Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson return with this mind-bending supernatural thriller about two brothers who revisit the UFO death cult they escaped as teens, only to find there may have been truth to the cult’s otherworldly beliefs all along. Benson and Moorhead also star in the film as the brothers, along with Callie Hernandez (Alien: CovenantLa La Land), Emily Montague (Fright Night), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects), Tate Ellington (Straight Outta Compton) and James Jordan (Wind River). THE ENDLESS debuts on digital, Blu-rayand DVD June 26 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

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The Tree of Life, Heaven Can Wait & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in August 2018

This August, The Tree of Life, visionary filmmaker Terrence Malick’s magnum opus starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, will join the Criterion Collection in an edition featuring a new cut that includes nearly fifty minutes of additional footage. And fifty years after its initial release put Cuban cinema on the map, Memories of Underdevelopment, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s long-unavailable masterpiece set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Cuban Revolution, will appear in a new 4K restoration. Director Robert M. Young brings his keen eye for socially engaged drama to The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, a passion project for producer-star Edward James Olmos and a landmark of Chicano cinema, appearing on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time. Susan Seidelman will join the collection with her trailblazing independent debut, Smithereens, a punk-rock portrait of down-and-out scenesters in 1980s New York, in a new, director-approved 2K restoration. And that’s not all: Ernst Lubitsch’s sly Technicolor comedy Heaven Can Wait will makes its first appearance on Blu-ray in a new 4K restoration.

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Shark Week: 30th Anniversary Edition arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack This July

Just in time for America’s birthday, everyone will soon have the chance to enjoy one of the country’s biggest obsessions – The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Dive in and celebrate 30 years of sharktastic excitement when the Shark Week: 30th Anniversary Edition arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus Digital and DVD) July 3 from Lionsgate, exclusively at Walmart September 4. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes over six hours of classic episodes including many rarities and an exclusive code that allows fans to access 25 additional episodes. Get ready for mind-blowing fun when Shark Week: 30th Anniversary Edition arrives on Blu-ray.

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Paddington 2 (Blu-ray Review)

It’s practically unfair how good Paddington 2 is when considering other movies. Seriously, there’s no reason the first Paddington should have been great, let alone have a sequel that tops it, and now other films coming this year will have to compete with hopes to have the same genuine level of quality. This is the rare family film treat that can work for everyone due to how enjoyable the comedy is, how sweet the film is, and just how well it puts in a message without drowning it out thanks to the terrific work from all the actors involved. If that praise seems excessive, so be it, but Paddington 2 is exceedingly good at being a charming, fun film that also finds a way to matter in today’s age. Since it was somewhat rejected in theaters (shame on all of you), everyone can now see what they missed in this Blu-ray set.

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Dead Man – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

Jim Jarmusch is one of my favorite directors, and The Criterion Collection has seen fit to treat me with a release of Dead Man, his offbeat western from 1995, starring Johnny Depp. Featuring a strong and very Jarmusch supporting cast, beautiful black and white cinematography, and an improvised electric guitar score by Neil Young, Dead Man is the epitome of 90s indie film and one of Jarmusch’s best works as a director. Given my love for 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive and the declaration of Paterson as my favorite film of 2016, Jarmusch has not stopped entertaining me, so I was thrilled to take in a spectacular new release for his acid western.

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Get Ready For The ANNIHILATION on Blu-ray May 29th

ANNIHILATION is coming and it plans to take us all! The film was a great studio programmer from director Alex Garland (Ex Machina) that the studio had little faith in, but certainly worth your time. So get ready for this movie, as you have another chance to see it on Blu-ray. Here are the details: Biologist and former soldier Lena (Academy Award® winner* Natalie Portman) is shocked when her missing husband (Oscar Isaac) comes home near death from a top-secret mission into The Shimmer, a mysterious quarantine zone no one has ever returned from. Now, Lena and her elite team must enter a beautiful, deadly world of mutated landscapes and creatures, to discover how to stop the growing phenomenon that threatens all life on Earth.  The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and Tuva Novotny. The ANNIHILATION Blu-ray Combo Pack includes over an hour of bonus content.

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Bull Durham, Powell and Pressburger & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in July 2018

This July, the Criterion Collection will pay tribute to one of cinema’s most legendary collaborations with Dietrich and von Sternberg in Hollywood, a lavish box set featuring six newly restored classics starring the alluring Marlene Dietrich and directed by the visually extravagant Josef von Sternberg: MoroccoDishonored,  Shanghai ExpressBlonde VenusThe Scarlet Empress, and The Devil Is a Woman. Steven Soderbergh’s disarmingly frank debut, sex, lies, and videotape, the film that changed the course of American independent cinema, will join the collection in a new, restored 4K digital transfer supervised by the director. Ron Shelton’s hall-of-fame baseball comedy Bull Durham, starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins in one of the most beloved sports movies of all time, will also appear in a director-approved 4K digital transfer. And there’s more: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s otherworldly Technicolor romance A Matter of Life and Death and King Hu’s martial-arts classic Dragon Inn will both make their Blu-ray debuts in stunning new 4K digital restorations.

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Molly’s Game (Blu-ray Review)

Acclaimed writer Aaron Sorkin has enjoyed a successful run as a screenwriter. Molly’s Game, his directorial debut, based on a memoir by Molly Bloom, was an attempt to accomplish more, even if he did have to settle for another writing nomination at the Academy Awards. Regardless, one can see why his interest was piqued with a story like this. It places a strong female character at the front of a newsworthy story involving the participation of celebrities, successful businessmen, and mobsters in an underground poker club. Thanks to a cross-cutting narrative approach, the film relies heavily on Sorkin’s ability to let the actors and especially the dialogue build a fantastic flow of the film and the results are quite exciting.

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Eddie Murphy Classics TRADING PLACES and COMING TO AMERICA Available on Blu-ray June 12th

Eddie Murphy demonstrates his incomparable comedic talent in the beloved 80s classics TRADING PLACES and COMING TO AMERICA, available individually on Blu-ray™ + Digital June 12, 2018, from Paramount Home Media Distribution.



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