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The Amazing SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Swings Onto 4K UHD March 19th!

The Academy Award® Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, swings onto Digital February 26 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD on March 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Animation. From Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the uniquely creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, the film offers a fresh vision of the Spider-Man universe with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.

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The Clovehitch Killer (Blu-ray Review)

IFC Midnight typically picks up some really nifty independent horror films that usually wind up on the Scream Factory Blu-ray line. Not all are complete successes, but you can at least see why they’d be interested. The combo of IFC Midnight and Scream Factory is almost an immediate sign of quality when it comes to super low budget and very independent productions. The Clovehitch Killer is their most recent release and its comes with quite a bit of buzz to where I’d had people recommending this film to me before I’d even heard about it. It featured a festival screening, small theatrical release and a VOD one. Seeing the IFC Midnight logo on it, I’d figured the Factory of Scream was bound to be releasing it in the near future and I’d held off. In addition, I decided to go in on recommendation, title and poster image alone, as dark as possible. You’ll be able to own this compelling little serial killer thriller when it arrives on Blu-ray March 5th! Continue reading ‘The Clovehitch Killer (Blu-ray Review)’

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THE STREET FIGHTER COLLECTION Starring Sonny Chiba Kicks Its Way To Blu-ray March 26th!

Shout Select will release The Street Fighter Collection on Blu-ray for the first time on March 26th, 2019. This set comes jam-packed, containing all three Street Fighter films with uncut versions, new 2K scans of the original film elements, and bonus features including new interviews with star Sonny Chiba and Filmmaker Jack Sholder. Fans can preorder the trilogy now at shoutfactory.com. Meet the meanest and most lethal karate master ever to rule the streets. He’s Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift), one of the greatest martial arts actors to ignite the screen. In The Street Fighter, Chiba stars as Terry Tsurugi, a mercenary who has been hired by both the yakuza and the mafia to kidnap a wealthy heiress, but when he isn’t paid, a violent clash will ensue. Chiba is back in Return Of The Street Fighter. This time Tsurugi is hired by the mob to kill two informants, but when he realizes one is an old friend, he refuses, and now he is the one being hunted. When Tsurugi is double crossed by the Ôwada clan, he takes off with something they want in The Street Fighter’s Last Revenge. Soon he is being chased by a group of deadly assassins.

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BUMBLEBEE Transforms From The Theater To 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray April 2nd!

Hailed as “fun, action-packed and exciting” (Scott Mantz, Collider), director Travis Knight’s thrilling new film BUMBLEBEE lands on Digital March 19, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD April 2 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Boasting an impressive 93% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, BUMBLEBEE is filled with “personality, wit [and] imagination” (David Fear, Rolling Stone).  The Digital*, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with over an hour of exciting special features, including an all-new BUMBLEBEE motion comic following the beloved AUTOBOT on his next adventure. Plus, check out deleted and extended scenes you didn’t see in theaters, including the original opening of the movie, enjoy hilarious outtakes, and see G1 (Generation 1) TRANSFORMERS robots on CYBERTRON through the eyes of BUMBLEBEE with exciting Bee Vision.

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GIVEAWAY: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Blu-ray!

On February 26th the sequel to Wreck-It-Ralph, Disney’s Ralph Breaks The Internet, makes its way onto physical media. You can currently watch it digitally via MoviesAnywhere. Here at Why So Blu, we are going to be giving away a brand-spankin’ new copy of Ralph Breaks The Internet on Blu-ray to one lucky winner of our contest. Pay careful attention to the instructions below (After the release details) to better your chances at winning the big prize! Best of luck to everyone who enters! Contest will end a week from today on February 20th where I’ll pick the winner as randomly as I can (Also a congrats to Autumn Keesling, winner of my previous Halloween contest!). No, on with the infomania! Continue reading ‘GIVEAWAY: RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Blu-ray!’

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Ralph Breaks The Internet (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Disney animation’s new animation hot streak may be more notable for the Frozen phenomenon, but it did start the year prior with the very popular and profitable Wreck It Ralph. And before we start sequelizing the recent run and getting the (sure to be HUMONGOUS) Frozen 2, Ralph gets his second turn at bat. And oddly enough, looking over, balance and consistency may be his strong suit. The sequel did about even critically and just a little better at the box office than the original. That’s a pretty solid carry over considering these both made just shy of half a billion dollars. You’ll be able to take home Ralph’s breaking of the internet when it comes to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on February 26th (Same day as Ariel!). Continue reading ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Little Mermaid – Anniversary Edition / The Signature Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Many outstanding blockbuster films will hit their 30 year milestone this year. I’ve long talked about how 1989 was an important year to me, in which my passion and love for film took to brand new heights that summer, primarily with the release of Tim Burton’s Batman. Disney also found itself refreshed when The Little Mermaid arrived in theaters and paved way to a resurgence of fairy tale animated features for them, complete with some of the most memorable songs in their catalog. With that 30 year milestone, The Little Mermaid is not only getting a Signature Collection release, its also making the jump to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray for the very first time. Make sure you grab this one before those pesky vault keepers lock up all the dingle-hoppers for good. You’ll be able to own it on February 26th, and you can pre-order below. Continue reading ‘The Little Mermaid – Anniversary Edition / The Signature Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Vengeance Of She (Blu-ray Review)

Scream Factory continues its dig through the annals of Hammer Horror history with the debut of the hotly demanded and requested title, The Vengeance of She! The first film remains only on DVD via Warner Archive Collection (C’mon dudes, lets match up here!), but getting the sequel is a nice start. Its coming with some fresh new interviews, a 2K scan and an episode of World of Hammer (Always cool to see these on the extras list). Start off your She collection at the end by picking this one up and hopefully its not too long before the Ursula Andress original arrives on Blu-ray. The Vengeance of She arrives on February 26th, available from the Amazon link below.

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The Mole People (Blu-ray Review)

Here we go with more of Scream Factory’s dive into Universal’s classic catalog of more radioactive horror features. The Mole People is an honest classic of this era. They’ve actually put together a new Making Of documentary for it which is really cool. And, like a previous elder horror title The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, they’ve included the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode that riffed on it. To me, that’s ultimate cool bonus. Basque in its restoration, but typically, just go back the MST3K version. This one lands at the end of the month on February 26th. Get your Amazon pre-orders in now to ensure you receive on the day of release.

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Modern Horror Classic THE WITCH Arrives On 4K UHD Blu-ray April 23rd!

One of the most original horror films of the past decade has never looked so good as when The Witch arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) April 23 from Lionsgate. Directed by Robert Eggers, winner of Best Director at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, this supernatural horror tale stars Ralph Ineson, Katie Dickie, and up-and-coming star Anya Taylor-Joy in a “breakout performance” (Jake Coyle, Associated Press), and has been hailed by Indiewire as “the most exciting and genuinely horrifying American horror film since The Blair Witch Project.” Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision® HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on-screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Available for the very first time in this absolutely stunning format, The Witch 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack includes an audio commentary with director Robert Eggers, a featurette, a Q&A with cast and crew, and a design gallery, and will be available April 23rd. Continue reading ‘Modern Horror Classic THE WITCH Arrives On 4K UHD Blu-ray April 23rd!’

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The Return Of The Vampire (Blu-ray Review)

This is a pretty cool new spin with the Scream Factory and Sony/Columbia relationship. It appears they are unlocking another wing of their ever-growing vault for more classic horror of the black and white era. In addition to what they are grabbing from Universal, it seems the classic monster/horror era is building a better foundation in the Scream Factory library. Shout! Factory looks to be getting their hands on some Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and radioactive monster era horror now. While not the first time, the volume looks to have picked up significantly for 2019. We begin here with a Bela Lugosi film having him play a fanged menace once again (NOT Dracula, though) in The Return of the Vampire. You’ll be able to pick it up this month on February 19th. Pre-order using the Amazon link found below the review. Continue reading ‘The Return Of The Vampire (Blu-ray Review)’

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Ridley Scott’s SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME Arrives On Shout Select Blu-ray March 12th!

A stunning New York socialite and a down-to-earth city cop are caught in a deadly web of illicit passion and heart-stopping suspense in the taut, stylish thriller film classic, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME. Directed by Ridley Scott (The Martian, Blade Runner), the film stars Tom Berenger (Inception, Platoon), Mimi Rogers (Bosch, Lost in Space) and Lorraine Bracco (Blue Bloods, The Sopranos). On March 12, 2019, Shout! Select will release SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME on Blu-ray™. Movie collectors and fans can now pre-order SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME Blu-ray at ShoutFactory.com.

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Shout! Factory’s Collector’s Edition Of KALIFORNIA Arrives On Blu-ray March 5th!

Excitement, adventure and unimaginable terror await on the road to KALIFORNIA, a film directed by Dominic Sena (Swordfish, Gone in Sixty Seconds). “Brad Pitt is outstanding” (Rolling Stone) and “Juliette Lewis is utterly, heartbreakingly convincing” (Boxoffice) in this chilling psychological thriller co-starring David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes. On March 5, 2019, Shout! Select is proud to present the 1993 cult thriller classic KALIFORNIA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. This home entertainment release contains the theatrical cut and unrated version of the movie, and special bonus content. Movie collectors and fans can pre-order KALIFORNIA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray at ShoutFactory.com.

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The Poison Ivy Collection (Blu-ray Review)

I’m sure there are people out there that were hoping to one day land Katt Shea’s 1992 thriller Poison Ivy on Blu-ray. I’m not so sure there were those out there clamoring for an entire set of the Poison Ivy quadrilogy on Blu-ray in order to get that film. But, hey, if you’re doing one of them, lets nab all four while we are at it. Shout! Factory’s new relationship with Warner Bros has led them to snagging this series from the library and putting three of them out on the format for the first time ever. Previously, just the fourth one had received a Blu-ray release (Back in 2009). They come in a nice little set together, in Unrated and Theatrical editions and will be able to be had by Valentine’s day as they release on February 12th. Continue reading ‘The Poison Ivy Collection (Blu-ray Review)’

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On March 12, Own The “True” Collector’s Edition Of THE CRAFT From Scream Factory!

Welcome to the witching hour. Scream Factory brings The Craft [Collector’s Edition] to Blu-ray™ on March 12, 2019. The release contains a slate of exciting new bonus features, including new interviews with director and co-writer Andrew Fleming, producer Douglas Wick, co-writer Peter Filardi, and the makeup effects supervisor. This spectacular horror thriller stars Robin Tunney (Supernova, The Zodiac) as Sarah, the new kid at St. Benedict’s Academy. Having always been a bit unusual, she fits right in with the school’s outsiders. There’s something different about them though, and it’s not just that they won’t settle for being a group of powerless misfits. They have discovered The Craft … and they are going to use it. Continue reading ‘On March 12, Own The “True” Collector’s Edition Of THE CRAFT From Scream Factory!’

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Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist For 2019!

As promised after much delay, the annual wishlist is here! I’m actually glad I waited until the end of January to publish it, because in the time between November and now, many past wishlist titles have been announced for this coming year. So, we can scratch them off the list. There are titles that were originally on this list (Like Klute) that didn’t get a chance to be. The Blu-ray landscape began to evolve a lot in 2018, merely with the decision Warner Bros has made to license out movies to independent distributors like Criterion and Shout! Factory. Sony used to be strict about adding new features to their titles in licensing deals (Hence why many of theirs went to Twilight Time in the past), but appear to have scaled back and now we are getting better editions and titles companies want to pull the trigger on BECAUSE they can make the Collector’s Editions they were wanting to. Its becoming obvious with major studios that home video itself is pushing and moving toward streaming being the dominant format going forward and Blu-ray/4K UHD will go way of vinyl and be a collector’s medium. Premium prices will be more standard, but as long as the big studios are turning a corner like Warner Bros and your Arrows, Criterions and Shouts continue to put out top notch product, things will prosper for us fans of cinema and the physical media formats.  Continue reading ‘Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist For 2019!’

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

When the Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for the 2001 slasher film Valentine releases on February 12th, it will have been almost 5 years exactly since I wrote my Blu-ray Wishlist piece pleading for the film to come to the format. At the time, Warner Bros sub-licensing seemed an impossible task and the hope was for maybe the Warner Archive Collection to put out a bare bones release. I would have been A-Okay with just that. Patience and time has proven kind as we are getting a super loaded Scream Factory version now. This has proven very exciting and considering the bar set so high with Jamie Blanks’ other slasher offering, Urban Legend, getting a phenomenal release just a few months ago, this one has to deliver in the same fashion. Continue reading ‘Valentine – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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THE DEADLY MANTIS Arrives On Scream Factory Blu-ray March 19th!

This was the day that engulfed the world in terror! A thrilling classic from the golden age of sci-fi cinema, Deadly Mantis debuts on Blu-ray on March 19, 2019 from Scream Factory. The release sports a new 2k scan of the original film elements and new audio commentary with film historian Tom Weaver and Dr. Robert J. Kiss. What’s worse than a horde of locusts? A gigantic man-eating praying mantis, released from a million years of deep, frozen sleep and ready to claw its way to world domination!
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