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Trolls (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

TrollsAhhh, the treasure trolls.  They’ve been around forever.  Everyone grew up with one, knows what they are, sold a lot of items based on different colors of hair.  Popular damn things.  Are they still?  Not sure.  However, wow, it has taken a REALLY long time for them to get a movie off the ground, right?  You would have thought this movie would have been attempted or come out in the 1990s, on the second wave of their big fad (Originally made in 1959, they became popular in the 1970s first).  It could have been regular 2D hand drawn or a CG movie.  But, nope.  Here we are in 2017 (Well, the film was released last year so 2016) and its finally here.  If it would have came out then, though, they wouldn’t have likely instantly hit gold with a big pop song for the movie.  Yes, they’ve got Justin Timberlake who (when it comes to music) is just instant success.  The film is available for purchase on 4K UHD Blu-ray and regular Blu-ray on February 7th.  Continue reading ‘Trolls (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Evelyn (Blu-ray Review)

EvelynInspired by a custody case brought before the Irish courts in 1955, that of  Desmond Doyle and his fight in the Irish courts to be reunited with his children.  The film was directed by Bruce Deresford (Driving Miss Daisy) and starred Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, Die Another Day, TV’s Remington Steele), Julianna Marguiles (Ghost Ship, TV’s The Good Wife, TV’s ER), Alan Bates (Women in Love, An Unmarried Woman, Nijinsky), Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, V for Vendetta), Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall, The Mission, TV’s Elementary).  Rounding out the cast of talented actors is Sophie Vavasseur (Becoming Jane) as Evelyn, the little girl who won the hearts of a nation. Evelyn is directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) from a screenplay written by Paul Pender (The Bogie Man). The film saw a limited release in the US.  Its debuting on Blu-ray from Olive Films on February 21. Continue reading ‘Evelyn (Blu-ray Review)’

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Doctor Strange (Blu-ray Review)

Doctor-StrangeDoctor Strange is a Marvel comics character I was fully aware of, knew what he looked like, kinda understood his powers and the like, but knew not much of and backreading or the details of him.  Couldn’t tell you his villains or allies or big arcs he went through.  I believe I did see that 1970s TV movie they made for him back in the day which didn’t really stick with my brain much.  So, this is one of those that is exciting because I have no fandom attachments going in and can just enjoy what they give me and really question nothing at all.  What really appealed to me was their choice of director as well as the insane visuals on display when the trailers began to drop on us.  It was a movie that screamed “I MUST SEE THIS IN 3-D!!!”.  And when I went to the theater I did.  But, here today I’m going to talk about the 2D Blu-ray release of the film.  A film you can pre-order and have for yourself on release day, February 28th! Continue reading ‘Doctor Strange (Blu-ray Review)’

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King Solomon’s Mines (Blu-ray Review)

King-Solomon's-MinesPeople may not remember this, but Indiana Jones was once pretty popular.  Haha, okay so maybe he still is.  But, Raiders of the Lost Ark was a phenomenon.  And back in the day when there was a phenomenon, as a rival studio or an upstart, you did your best to keep up and rip off the hot properties.  Its sort of a lost art that has been lost in an age of remakes, reboots, soft reboots, reimagings and overall trying to keep a brand’s name on the marquee rather than asking audiences to try something “different”.  For Cannon Films, their hand went into the Jones’ well with bringing literary adventure hero Allan Quatermain back to the big screen with King Solomon’s Mines.  The film was on the heels of the second Indiana Jones film, The Temple of Doom in 1985.  It proved to be a solid hit, riding on the same wave that something like Romancing The Stone also was.  Cannon shot a sequel back to back and was ready to cash in on it in 1987 with Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (Also available from Olive Films).  King Solomon’s Mines will be making its US Blu-ray debut from Olive Films this week on Tuesday, February 21st. Continue reading ‘King Solomon’s Mines (Blu-ray Review)’

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LIVE BY NIGHT Lives By Blu-ray March 21st!

Live-By-NightWhat you put out into this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you predict. Witness the price of the American Dream when “Live By Night” arrives onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Oscar® winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) directed and stars in “Live By Night.” Live By Night” features an all-star cast, including Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”), Brendan Gleeson (“In the Heart of the Sea,” the “Harry Potter” films), Chris Messina (“Argo,” “The Mindy Project”), Sienna Miller (“American Sniper,” “Foxcatcher”), Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avatar”) and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (“Adaptation,” “The Town”). Continue reading ‘LIVE BY NIGHT Lives By Blu-ray March 21st!’

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STAR WARS: FORCE FRIDAY II Debut THE LAST JEDI Toys On September 1st!

Force Friday ThumbDisney and Lucasfilm today announced Star Wars Force Friday II, a global fan event celebrating the launch of new products inspired by the highly anticipated “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Toys, collectibles, books, apparel and more will go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2017, with stores around the world opening for a weekend-long celebration of all things Star Wars.  The first Star Wars Force Friday event was truly unique, uniting fans across five continents in an unprecedented global live unboxing event ahead of thousands of midnight openings at retail,” says Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “We’re excited to confirm that Star Wars Force Friday is back for ‘The Last Jedi’. Plans for this year’s world-wide event are top secret but expect something befitting the excitement around the next episode of the Star Wars saga.” Continue reading ‘STAR WARS: FORCE FRIDAY II Debut THE LAST JEDI Toys On September 1st!’

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The Lesson (Blu-ray Review)

LessonIn the history of cinema, we’ve been through many teachers with challenging students or schools altogether.  It usually winds up in a happy renaissance for both the teacher and the students, overcoming their lifestyles and whatnot to unlock a knowledge based key to a world they never imagined they could be a part of.  Hell, you know what Coolio sang about.  Now, when it comes to horror, I’m not sure there are many scary teachers that put the spin on this, but here’s a new one for you in The Lesson.  First-time feature helmer Ruth Platt “comes out swinging as an intelligent directorial force with this debut” (DreadCentral.com) that “ramps up the tension dramatically and results in a solid horror coming-of-age film that features one of the scariest teachers ever put on screen” (Bloody-Disgusting.com)!  The Lesson makes its debut on Blu-ray on March 7th.
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SING Comes To 4K UHD Blu-ray & Blu-ray March 21st!

SingLove is in the air! And this Valentine’s Day Universal Pictures Home Entertainment would like to share a special first-look at an all new mini-movie, “Love at First Sight,” which will be featured on the home entertainment release of SING when it arrives on Digital HD March 3, and will be available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD, and On Demand March 21. Swipe right for a cute, romantic look into the life of Miss Crawly (voiced by writer/director Garth Jennings), and find two more exciting original mini-movies from Illumination Entertainment featured on the Sing Special Edition when it releases. Featuring the incredibly talented ensemble voice cast of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, and Tori Kelly, Sing is the perfect musical comedy for the whole family! 
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New Clips From The Digital & Blu-ray Release of DOCTOR STRANGE! Team Thor 2!

Doctor-StrangeToday marks the digital release of Doctor Strange, and to celebrate that occasion and our two weeks to go on that Blu-ray or Blu-ray 3D to come out, here are some clips.  One is a follow up to the very buzzed about Thor short that appeared on the Civil War Blu-ray.  Anywho, continue on for the clips and don’t forget to pre-order the Doctor Strange Blu-ray, coming February 28th!

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Deadtime Stories (Blu-ray Review)

Deadtime-StoriesDuring horror’s heyday of the 1980s, one particular genre seems to flourish more than it ever has since.  The horror anthology became popular mainly after Creepshow burst onto the scene.  Doing multiple shorts in one film has been a sort of lost art that fans have been clamoring for and in recent years its made a bit of a comeback in the indie/VOD scene.  Deadtime Stories is one such anthology from the 1980s, bombing at the box office then later likely finding an audience on home video.  And for you, that audience, Scream Factory, as they’ve done many times before, has rescued it to Blu-ray. Continue reading ‘Deadtime Stories (Blu-ray Review)’

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Billy-LynnAng Lee is one of modern cinemas most celebrated and colorful directors when it comes to his filmography.  He has constantly challenged himself, pushed boundaries and always seems ahead of the curve.  Things he does that seems odd, taboo or weird now end up becoming somewhat a bit of normalcy later on.  Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is his latest foray down that road.  And yes, there’s a movie here,  a plot, actors and all the like, but its not been the buzz and discussion for the film at all.  Lee has instilled the highest framerate ever used on a film; 120fps.  The talk of this movie was all about that technological movement and nothing to do with the film.  For its 4K UHD Blu-ray debut, the frame rate is being cut in half to 60fps; a home video landmark (Still a big deal considering, in some theaters The Hobbit films were 48fps).  People will get a chance to see this for themselves when the film releases on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Continue reading ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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King Cobra (Blu-ray Review)

King-CobraBased on a stranger-than-fiction true story, King Cobra is a deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the pornography industry. Starring Christian Slater, James Franco, Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald, King Cobra is part delirious tabloid-shocker satire, part American tragedy. Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on February 14th, 2017 from Shout! Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, King Cobra also includes an audio commentary with director and co-writer Justin Kelly, outtakes from the film and the theatrical trailer as bonus features. Fans of this debauched thriller can pre-order their copies now at ShoutFactory.com.
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Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review)

Star-Trek-Enterprise-CompleteHey Trekkies!  Its that time again where we witness Paramount reissuing all the Star Trek series in new bundles or editions.  Well, not new editions, because we’re always trying to get the most miles on the discs we’ve owned.  This winter/spring we’re privy to new complete collections of Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.  Enterprise is the only one coming to Blu-ray probably…well…ever.  Last week broke a terrific story I’m sure you saw on the insane amount of effort to restore The Next Generation and the reasons why time, money and demand just aren’t there for Deep Space Nine and Voyager (Bummer, yes, so don’t scoff at the DVD sets you’ve been holding off on, pick them up).  Here today, we are glossing over the complete set of the most recent Star Trek TV show (Until Discovery launches), Enterprise! Continue reading ‘Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review)’

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Unrated Cut Of OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY Lights Up Blu-ray April 4th!

Office-Christmas-PartyParty like your job depends on it when the “hilarious” (Neil Genzlinger, New York Times) and “raucous” (Frank Lovece, Film Journal) OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY arrives in a new unrated cut on Blu-ray Combo Pack April 4, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Get the unrated version two weeks early on Digital HD March 21.  When an overbearing CEO (Jennifer Aniston) decides to close her hard-partying brother’s failing branch, he (T.J. Miller) and his fired up co-workers (Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon) decide to throw an epic office party to land a big shot client and save everyone’s jobs.  Fueled by booze and bad decisions, things quickly spiral out-of-control in one of the craziest nights of their lives.  OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY features an incredible supporting cast of comedic talent including Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jillian Bell (Fist Fight), Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”), Fortune Feimster (“The Mindy Project”) and Courtney B. Vance (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”). Continue reading ‘Unrated Cut Of OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY Lights Up Blu-ray April 4th!’

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Dirty Dancing – 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Dirty-DancingIn Lionsgate’s vault, as with any other studio, there are some titles that just do good business for them.  Lionsgate, of course inherited the Artisan library and Vestron Pictures one when it was in its infancy.  Dirty Dancing is one of their staples on the home video market and with the 30th anniversary of the film’s release upon us, its no surprise that a new edition is coming.  This marks (In the US alone) the fourth iteration of the Partick Swayze / Jennifer Grey dance classic on home video.  While, yea, its always a cash grab, Lionsgate has at least added new supplements (In one previous iteration a new transfer) to make it not just be a new cover.  With them having a Vestron Video label (primarily mirroring the Scream Factory model) and Dirty Dancing originally being a Vestron Pictures release, I thought it would have been fun to have done a Vestron Collector’s Series with this one, siding up to the likes of Return of the Living Dead 3 and Chopping Mall.  But alas, it was not to be.  Those Hungry Eyes settled for just an updated regular Blu-ray line of release. Continue reading ‘Dirty Dancing – 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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RED DAWN Collector’s Edition Invades Blu-ray March 14th

Red-DawnFrom legendary writer-director John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Conan The Barbarian) comes the tale of what-could-have-been, had the Cold War gone another way. When Communist paratroopers descend on a Colorado high school football field, a group of students wages an all-out guerilla war to save their town — and their country. Powerful and gripping, RED DAWN features an all-star cast, including Patrick Swayze (Road House), C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders), Lea Thompson (Back To The Future), Ben Johnson (Terror Train), Harry Dean Stanton (Alien), Ron O’Neal (Super Fly), William Smith (Conan The Barbarian), Charlie Sheen (Platoon), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) and Powers Boothe (Tombstone). Continue reading ‘RED DAWN Collector’s Edition Invades Blu-ray March 14th’

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ROBOCOP 2 & 3 Receive Collector’s Edition Enhancements From Scream Factory March 21st!

Robocop 2Back online. Back on duty. Scream Factory™ proudly presents the ultimate presentations of the action-packed second and third entries in the RoboCop series on March 21, 2017. Part of the worldwide known franchise,RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3  now come to Blu-ray in Scream Factory Collector’s Editions, complete with a new 2K scan of Robocop 2, hours of new bonus content featuring commentaries and interviews with cast and crew, and limited-edition collectible slipcover packaging with newly commissioned artwork.

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John Waters’ SERIAL MOM On Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray May 9th

Serial-MomIf you are ill-mannered, have a poor sense of social etiquette or just plain irresponsible, then beware of the cheerfully psychotic housewife Beverly Sutphin from John Waters’ wickedly hilarious cult classic, SERIAL MOM. She will stop at nothing to rid of anyone failing to live up to her moral code! Starring Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone) as Beverly Sutphin, Sam Waterston (Grace and Frankie) and Ricki Lake (Hairspray), writer-director and pop culture icon John Waters puts a twist on the everyday mediocrity of suburban life in this outrageous dark comedy brimming with his unique brand of perverse humor and high camp. The film also stars Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos), Patricia Hearst (A Dirty Shame), Matthew Lillard (Scream), Mary Jo Catlett (Diff’rent Strokes), Traci Lords (Cry-Baby), with special appearance by Suzanne Somers (Three’s Company). It’s a killer comedy that will take fans and audience over the edge with laughter! Continue reading ‘John Waters’ SERIAL MOM On Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray May 9th’

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