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Pacific Rim Uprising (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Pacific Rim UprisingAs a huge fan of the first Pacific Rim I can honestly say I have been waiting for the second installment for quite some time now.  Dubbed Pacific Rim Uprising we finally got another story, which Guillermo del Toro said one day would happen.  However, no one really believed so did they?  This time though del Toro has passed on the directing torch.  We’ll talk more about that down below.  For now I want to focus on the mere surprise that this film actually exists and I believe we have China to thank for that.  The people there enthusiastically embraced the first outing and I’m sure the studio/producers were banking on this one’s success out there again.  Lightning can strike twice and let’s hope it does on home media because while I want more movies made like this I’m not going to lie.  The film’s trailers left me very underwhelmed, but I love being proven wrong.   I was hoping that would at least be the case here.  It’s meh, but still fun at times.
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Game of Thrones: Season 1 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Game of Thrones Season 1 4K ReviewIt’s no secret.  The smash hit HBO series Game of Thrones has sat atop the Iron Throne of the home entertainment charts as the best-selling TV on Blu-ray/DVD title in each of the last seven seasons.  All that time we have had you covered with our in-depth reviews of the series here on Why So Blu. If you missed any of our past coverage of these best selling Blu-ray sets, please refer to the following links to seasons 1 and 2 here, 3 here, 4 here, here and 6 here and 7 over here.  The box sets are extremely popular among fans for their extensive bonus content that takes diehard viewers even further into the world of Westerns.  Read any of our aforementioned past season reviews and you’ll know that’s no joke at all.  They even released Steelbook collectors editions that brought a whole new dimension to the series with the addition of a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and brand new box art designed by the team that created the series’ Emmy Award-winning title sequence (see those here and here).  And while we wait for Season 8’s debut (whenever that is) HBO Home Entertainment has done it again!  Now you can relive the warmer days and calmer nights of Westeros as Game of Thrones: Season 1 has made its highly-anticipated debut on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray optimized for Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range on June 5th.
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Tomb Raider (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Tomb Raider 4K ReviewI feel like I have been waiting forever for this reincarnation of the Tomb Raidemovie franchise.  While we just covered the Angelina Jolie films in 4K over here and here recently I never truly identified with them.  I found Angelina Jolie likable in the looks department, but was not able to fully marry myself with the goofiness of her role.  Oh well.  It mattered not as the franchise ended prematurely with only two adventures.  It’s all water under the bridge now.  I guess the same could be said for the Tomb Raider/Lara Croft video game series because in 2013 they were also rebooted too.  However, that was very much a good thing, a step in the right direction, and ultimately the reason why we’re all here today.  So let’s get started.
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Terminator Genisys (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Terminator GenisysIt’s the one-time trilogy starter as Brandon Peters declares.  To say the Terminator franchise has been a troubled one these past two entries would be like saying there’s a distinctive taste difference between vanilla and chocolate ice cream.  It’s simply that apparent.  Just when you thought Terminator Salvation was going to reinvigorate the franchise, production of a fifth film went right down the toilet slapped with bankruptcy forcing the property to once again go up for sale.  The question was who’s going to buy it?  You?  Me?  Why not Annapurna Pictures with distribution help from Paramount?  And then there’s that spelling of “Genisys” in this film’s title to deal with.  Oh well!  You can’t win them all.  I suppose in the end we should all be thanking the Gods for even letting a fifth film in this troubled Terminator franchise to exist, right?  Absolutely! Continue reading ‘Terminator Genisys (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Dirty Grandpa (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Dirty Grandpa 4K ReviewThere was something a bit subliminal that originally drew me into eventually reviewing Dirty Grandpa on Blu-ray last May (see here for that review).  Maybe it was partly my love of Bad Grandpa (see my review here) or my loss of my own grandfathers in real life, but it could have also been that ingenious swag Lionsgate sent over too (see in the review).  You pick.  However, I do miss my own grandfathers.  The one was very wise and I wish I would have listened to him a lot more.  He had a lot of valuable life lessons that went in one ear and completely out the other.  And after taking in Dirty Grandfather for the very first time, I could totally see my other grandfather nailing De Niro’s role.  That’s the kind of “dirty,” lovable guy he was.  R.I.P. guys. Continue reading ‘Dirty Grandpa (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Jurassic Park 4K Collection ReviewDespite never being the biggest fan of the Jurassic Park movie franchise, there’s no denying the legacy of these suckers, especially that of the first one (hence the 25th anniversary moniker of it all).  There’s also no denying the fact that many Hi-Def/4K UHD enthusiasts have been salivating over the eventual release of these monstrous titles on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format.  I can respect all of that.  Heck!  Even I found myself a little giddy the lower and lower they minimized the retail price on this 4K 8-disc set.  With its current price tag here of $50, which equates to roughly $12.50 per 4K feature, it makes it quite difficult to refute the appeal and obligatory addition of this box set to your home media collection.  You’re never too old for peer pressure, right?  Absolutely!  So join me down below in celebration of the groundbreaking Jurassic Park franchise in this all-new limited edition 4K set released on May 22nd. Continue reading ‘Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Patriot (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Patriot 4K ReviewNot too long after the historic release of Braveheart (see my 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review of it all here) an oddly similar role and tale came into existence for Mr. Mel Gibson.  I suppose it’s relatively easy to confuse the two tales as we’ll cover in more detail down below they very much share the same DNA in both story and character.  However, Braveheart took place in Scotland within the 1200s and the story we are all gathered here today for, The Patriot, transpires during the 1770s in which the American Revolutionary War went down.  Like Braveheart though The Patriot thrives on a very inspirational leader in a character once again portrayed by Mel Gibson and is ripe for the picking with grand scale epic action and emotional zingers.  It very much moves me in all the same ways in which Braveheart does and for that I can award the film nothing less than a P-E-R-F-E-C-T score.  Keep in mind though like Braveheart is The Patriot is also a long one too, albeit well worth the wait in my opinion. 
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Escape Plan (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Escape Plan 4K ReviewLet’s face it.  Escape Plan is the tag team hardcore action moviegoers of my generation have been dying to see happen on the big screen ever since the big guns of the 80’s.  With the exception of Arnold’s brief scenes in The Expendables series, Escape Plan truly marks the first time Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have starred together in the same film.  I don’t know how you feel about it, but that’s one massive production in my opinion with both of those hulking names thrown together in the same ring.  With the upcoming sequel, Escape Plan 2: Hades, hitting theaters everywhere June 14th Lionsgate decided to step the game up here with the first film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray June 5th.  So until we can discuss the sequel in more detail we are gathered here today to everything about 2013’s Escape Plan.
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Board, Blast Away and Have Fun with ‘Solo,’ A Star Wars Story (Movie Review)

Star Wars Solo I was very much against this movie being made ever since it was originally announced.  I even rejoiced when the rumored Boba Fett film crashed and burned.  It’s not that I don’t want another Star Wars film, because I do.  It’s because of the fact I can’t credibly think of a world where you can ever do Han Solo justice in his early years with anyone besides Harrison Ford portraying the character.  I know that’s being completely short-minded, but that’s just me and my selfish/bullish beliefs.  I never said I was perfect, far from it in fact.  However, then a flick came around and changed my mind on how I saw the Star Wars universe, in particular the spinoffs.  That gem was Rogue One.  I adore everything about the feature despite the fact that not a single Jedi with a lightsaber was pictured in it.  Well, there was that Darth Vader guy, and what a scene/spectacle that was!  Needless to say the trailers for Solo here looked like an absolute blast.  Given the fact that I was enamored by Rogue One I have nothing but longing hope for much the same sentiments with Solo here.  And oh yeah!  That’s what we’re gathered here today to tackle down below.  Time to rev up the hyperdrive! Continue reading ‘Board, Blast Away and Have Fun with ‘Solo,’ A Star Wars Story (Movie Review)’

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The Matrix (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Matrix 4K ReviewThe Matrix is almost synonymous with the term science fiction in the late 90’s.  If you look the term up in the dictionary, you’ll find a reference to the film The Matrix.  I’m just kidding, but universal law should work that way.  When The Matrix came out it was pretty much instantly adopted and heralded as a sci-fi classic.  It was even pioneering in the way special effects were done in movie making.  Do you remember how pretty much every film that came out within a few years of The Matrix’s release adopted the slow motion action sequences seen within?  I do and they still use this gimmick.  Look at last year’s Justice League.  Some of the film’s action sequences took pages out of The Matrix’s playbook.  Not that it was ever dead, but it certainly lit a fire under the career of Keanu Reeves not to mention pave the careers of The Wachowski Brothers.  So let’s talk all about this down below.  What say you?  The red pill or blue?
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Die Hard – 30th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Die Hard 4K ReviewFor thirty years now there are people who still endlessly debate and call the action movie Die Hard a Christmas film.  To me I never really thought of it that way until recently.  Maybe I had blinders on all this time, but I always just regarded Die Hard as simply one of the greatest action films of my generation growing up.  It had it all: a flawed hero, a donut eating cop as a buddy, a memorable villain, a high tower and most importantly, Rated R action, execution and language.  If you know me personally and all my seemingly endless hang ups in life, then you’ll know that last point I make about it be Rated R is very important to me.  It allows the film and its action to breathe unrestrictedly.  You keep telling yourself that people getting sprayed down mercilessly by automatic weapons in Christopher Nolan PG-13 films with no visible blood is perfectly fine.  I’ll just nod at you in a non-verbal agree to disagree mentality, but I digress.  Let’s talk some 30th anniversary Die Hard down below.
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Braveheart (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Braveheart 4KBraveheart is one of those Top 10 films of mine that I will continue to re-purchase without any thought or hesitation every time its available on a newer/better home media format.  First VHS, then DVD to Blu-ray and now I’m bringing this epic war film home on 4K Ultra HD,  There’s just so much I love about Braveheart not to mention the fact that I once dated a descendent of William Wallace’s, so she says.  To me historic pieces of this kind really don’t get any better than this especially under the love, care and ultimately direction of its main star, Mel Gibson.  Say what you want about the man.  He may be a drunk and a reckless person in real life, but he’s one hell of a passionate director when it comes to his film projects.  In this case though Braveheart is both the icing on the cake and the yummy cake itself.  I know it sounds like I’m biased in my words.  I am, but there’s just so much ammo to back up my thoughts here with.  Let’s revisit the years 1995/96 down below in more detail.  Shall we? Continue reading ‘Braveheart (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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It All Converges Here – Avengers: Infinity War (Movie Review)

Avengers Infinity WarYou would have to be living under a rock if you’re not familiar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) of films by now.  Avengers: Infinity War is basically the culmination that we have been waiting for all these years in regards to everything that has come before (referring to the Phase 1-3 of MCU films).  I guess one could call this film a proverbial melting pot so to speak.  It’s intended to be the sequel to pretty much everything that has happened thus far in the MCU. Coincidentally that would also make this the nineteenth film in the MCU too.  Needless to say we’ve certainly come a long way since the very first Iron Man, which I remember like it was only yesterday, driving to Best Buy to buy it on Blu-ray and more. That’s what happens when you get old folks.  Time becomes a big blur, but I digress.  Let me grab my Infinity Stones gauntlet cookie jar (yes I have one) and get this ensemble party started down below. Continue reading ‘It All Converges Here – Avengers: Infinity War (Movie Review)’

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The Greatest Showman (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Greatest Showman 4KI don’t know what it is about me.  I’m a red-blooded American male who craves carnage, gore and action in every movie going experience I partake in, but I also have a huge soft spot in my heart when it comes to moving, engaging and rousing musicals.  The latter is exactly how I felt after just one viewing of The Greatest Showman’s first theatrical trailer last year.  It was hook, line and sinker for me.  Try as I might I could not get my fiancee to share in the same blissful excitement as me because of the subject matter.  She’s very much against the circus and the long chronicles of animal abuse that usually goes hand-in-hand with them.  Try as I might I could not persuade her, but I understand her position and it’s admirable (although I assure that’s never shown onscreen here).  I just want to be entertained.  I desire to be dazzled by endless entertaining song and dance musical numbers.  That’s the appeal of The Greatest Showman for me going into it for the very first time in my review below.  Well, that and it’s leggy box office success this past December and January.  Let me change into my Big Top costume and we’ll get this 4K circus started down below. Continue reading ‘The Greatest Showman (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Suicide Squad Hell to Pay 4K Well hey now!  Are you all prepare to root for the bad guys once again?  That’s right!  The Suicide Squad gang is back!  Not so fast though.  This isn’t the DCEU version of the Suicide Squad.  Oh no!  It’s the DCAU (DC Animated Universe) Suicide Squad.  For the uninitiated the DCAU have both a pretty impressive resume and following.  You can find reviews of past titles such as Batman and Harley here and Batman: Gotham by Gaslight here, but I digress.  The team is back in action here when Amanda Waller once again sends her band of misfit DC Super-Villains on secret mission in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.  I’m hearing great things about this title so I’m stoked to jump in head first below.  So without further ado let me get this message in from our sponsor here.  The feature-length animated film, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack April 10th.  Now with that being said let’s check out what this one’s all about under its slipcover and cellophane. Continue reading ‘Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Blockers Is Like a Good Pixar Film, Something In It For Both Young & Old To Enjoy (Movie Review)

BlockersI really hope this goes without saying, but you never know.  The worst you can ever do is to assume.  So here’s the million dollar question I feel I need to ask before we start legitimately talking about the new comedy film Blockers.  You all know what the rooster in front of the word “Blockers” here refers to, right?  That title while vulgar would have been so much more what do I want to say…sexy.  Not that this movie needs anything else to sell it since the positive word of mouth from last month’s SXSW screening, but clever marketing never hurts.  However, I completely understand the PC World (not the magazine title) we all live in and Universal’s primary goal is making sure this one is in as many theaters as possible and of course seats are filled.  I think they have a winner on their hands here, but stick around below and I’ll fill y’all in on why I confidently believe so. Continue reading ‘Blockers Is Like a Good Pixar Film, Something In It For Both Young & Old To Enjoy (Movie Review)’

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Insidious: The Last Key (Blu-ray Review)

Just when movie going audiences thought it was finally safe to go back into The Further.  Surprise!  It is NOT!  I bet you never saw a fourth Insidious film coming, did you?  Given the low budget and success of the first three this was actually a no-brainer.  I wish there were more surefire guarantees like this in life.  I’d be a rich man, but I digress.  Insidious: The Last Key is yes the fourth installment in the Insidious franchise, but if you’re going by chronology of the in-story timelines this is actually second in order.  Confused yet?  Don’t be!  You just need to refresh up a bit down below before venturing into The Further blindly.  Come on!  I’ll show you around here. Continue reading ‘Insidious: The Last Key (Blu-ray Review)’

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Ballers: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray Review)

Ballers Season 3 Blu-ray ReviewOnce again I guess you can say Spencer Strasmore and his boys are back to “ball out” in Season 3 of the hit HBO comedy Ballers releasing on Blu-ray and DVD April 3rd.  I couldn’t be more excited about this season in particular!  It hits home and gets personal for me here.  Not only am I a fan of NFL football, which this show revolves around, but HBO’s Ballers also brought me closer to The Rock as an actor.  I love him now even more than I did in the Fast & Furious films.  Dwayne Johnson takes the reins with his larger-than-life charisma in this series that looks at the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of former and current football players in sun-soaked Miami (a paradise on Earth).  In case you missed it you can read all about my previous Season 1 coverage over here and 2 here.  But wait!  There’s so much more!  Remember I said this season hits home for me?   Well I wasn’t talking about my relationship with the Rock.  Read on below to find out more.  What?  You didn’t think I ws going to shoot my load proverbially in the first paragraph did you?  Of course not!   Continue reading ‘Ballers: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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