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Inferno (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Inferno 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewThe Da Vinci Code book was one of those that come around every so often that make non-readers take note of and spend time doing something they normally wouldn’t…they READ.  Yes, I’m one of those suckers too.  While I love to read I often have this problem in life called no time.  By the time I snuggle up with a book it’s like I have taken a large dose of Tylenol PM.  A book, good or bad, usually puts me right to sleep just like a classic X-Files episode does calming my hectic nerves.  Dull reading material is prone to giving me narcolepsy during the middle of the day.  However, every once in awhile that magical manuscript does come along that wildly captivates and fascinates my imagination.  It ceases to let go of me as it manages to keep me engrossed, excited about and invigorated over throughout the read.  Those are the books that I can’t inexplicably put down and just want more of.  The Da Vinci Code was one of these so called “magical” books for me.  It kicked off mad fervor for author Dan Brown.  I fondly remember those moments like they were yesterday.
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Resident Evil: Afterlife (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Resident Evil Afterlife 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewThe Resident Evil franchise is a series I nearly gave up on had it not been for my friend Susan’s advice back to me in 2008.  You see, quite honestly, I take my films very seriously and well, Resident Evil movies just didn’t cut it for me in that department.  I was just not able to take the lunacy, stupidity and over-the-top nature of them.  Resident Evil: Extinction was that final nail in the coffin.  I liked the first film, hated the second outing and just thought the third one was okay.  But what was really wrong with me?  I’ll tell you what it was…I forgot how to have fun in life. I forgot how to not be serious all the time.  I mean after all, I liked Crank, so what was my deal?  Susan opened my eyes up to this world as she encouraged me to take a closer look at these films and to see them how her husband views them…purely as nonsensical entertainment.  I embraced Susan’s encouraging words and took the leap of faith.  The Blu-ray trilogy set eventually became my Valentine’s Day gift in 2008 (isn’t that sweet?) and I never looked back.  I found a way to appreciate these films and have fun with them while looking past everything else (I’m not perfect).  Thanks Susan!
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Jack Reacher Never Go Back 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewJack Reacher is one of those films I had to go back and revisit to not only freshen up going into the premiere of Jack Reacher Never Go Back, but make sure I liked it too.  I honestly could not remember as I hadn’t seen the first film since 2013 when I reviewed the Blu-ray here.  Fret not!  Despite only having three action scenes to write home about I still enjoyed it quite a bit.  I get so confused with the Mission Impossible films that I had to distance myself from them to get into the whole psyche of who the character of Jack Reacher really is.  I’m all good now and ready to tackle the second entry in the Jack Reacher film franchise made possible only because the first flick grossed $200 million worldwide.  That’s not a whole lot of money, but Paramount felt comfortable in it nonetheless to invest in a sequel so who am I to argue.  I love all new 4K Ultra HD releases.  Bring ’em!
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Ballers: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray Review)

Ballers Season 2 Blu-ray ReviewSpencer Strasmore and his boys are back to “ball out” in Season 2 of the hit HBO comedy Ballers.  I couldn’t be more excited about this!  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 (and I did not think that was possible).  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 Season 1 coverage over here.  So without further ado  Ballers: The Complete Second Season will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st and we’ll be talking about it all down below. Continue reading ‘Ballers: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Accountant (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Accountant 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewThe Accountant makes for a stupid film title in my opinion.  I don’t care how good the movie is, I still hate the name given.  I probably couldn’t come up with anything better, but that’s why I am writing Blu-ray movie reviews and not films themselves.  However, you can’t say it doesn’t grab your attention.  Come on!  I don’t know about you, but my mind strays to thoughts of how boring this flick can be with a name like this.  I can’t help it.  I’m high maintenance and like my lifestyle I want a zinger of a movie title to accompany the features I adore.  Whoa!  Stop the press!  This one stars Ben Affleck!  The man brought Batman back to life.  You can Argo F#%* yourselves.  He deserves our undivided attention.  So listen up as here comes the 4-1-1 on The Accountant releasing on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray January 10th.
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The Girl on the Train (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The Girl on the Train 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewBefore I begin this 4K Ultra HD review I wanted to give a big shout out to all my new Facebook friends on the 4K Ultra HD Home Cinema Group (join all the conversations here) for their support.  So let’s get down to business now.  The Girl on the Train instantly had two things going for it within my brain. It features two actresses that will get me in the theater no matter what the film’s subject matter is about. I’m respectfully talking Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson. Ever since Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario and Mission Impossible Rogue Nation I’m a sucker for both of them. Second, Entertainment Weekly talked so highly of this feature this past fall that it instantly warranted my attention. No. I take that back. Their praise of The Girl on the Train absolutely demanded my undivided attention. Here we are now. The moment is upon us once again and I’m eager to blow this train’s whistle now on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.  So let’s stop this 4K train and get on already!  I’m giving you a ticket to ride down below.

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The Girl On The Train (Blu-ray Review)

The Girl on the Train 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewThe Girl on the Train instantly had two things going for it within my brain.  It features two actresses that will get me in the theater no matter what the film’s subject matter is about.  I’m respectfully talking Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson.  Ever since Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario and Mission Impossible Rogue Nation I’m a sucker for both of them.  Second, Entertainment Weekly talked so highly of this feature this past fall that it instantly warranted my attention.  No.  I take that back.  Their praise of The Girl on the Train absolutely demanded my undivided attention.  Here we are now.  The moment is upon us once again and I’m eager to blow this train’s whistle now on HD Blu-ray.  So let’s stop this Blu-ray train and get on already!
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‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ Sucks The Final Blood Out of the Franchise (Movie Review)

Underworld Blood WarsIt wasn’t until I completed my Christmas Eve review of Underworld on 4K Blu-ray (here) that I realized how hated the franchise was in my inner circle of confidants.  I felt like a minority for the first time in my life.  However, that’s not to say there aren’t fans out there because there totally are.  All you have to do is look no further than the endless forums of fans proclaiming their love for the 2003 film now on 4K Ultra HD to realize there’s still a viable fanbase out there.  Although I don’t think any one of them can honestly look me in the eyes without smirking and say 2012’s Awakening was the strongest of the franchise and deserved a follow-up.  I would have been A-okay if that was the final nail in the coffin, but low and behold we have a new entry in the seemingly never-ending franchise, that truly lives up to its subject matter…vampires.  It’s 2016 folks.  Once again the new Underworld film, this time dubbed Blood Wars, sees a spectacular January release date.  We all know what that means for films like these so let’s now take a look at how well it fairs down below. Continue reading ‘‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ Sucks The Final Blood Out of the Franchise (Movie Review)’

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Keeping Up With The Joneses (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Keeping Up With The Jonses 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewKeeping Up With The Joneses was oddly a selection that made Aaron Neuwirth’s list of 2016 anticipated movie titles over here.  So there’s that going for it.  For me though it means Keeping Up With The Joneses I get to spend more time with Wonder Woman, I mean Gal Gadot.  So there’s also that too.  However, even armed with the knowledge of both these aforementioned items I managed to successfully evade the film theatrically despite the fiancee wanting to check it out.  I knew the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray would inevitably be coming one day and I had more than a feeling that  Brandon Peters would make me the sacrificial lamb.  I do not mind being said lamb for Gal Gadot so proverbially slit my wrists now as we’re here to discuss everything Keeping Up With The Joneses down below.
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Brian White’s ‘Sin’sational TOP 10 Films of 2016

Brian's Top 10 2016 SelectionsIt’s that time of the year again, and I’m not referring to the expensive Holiday season.  I’m talking about the dreaded TOP 10 Favorite Films lists us reviewers annually face.  While some of us love putting these lists together others I know absolutely dread it.  It could be the notion of the extra work involved or just the burdened thought of the controversy and negative, judgemental comments these can carry.  Therefore, Top 10 annual lists like this can be quite cumbersome, at least for me.  The good thing about all of this is you the reader can definitely feel free to disagree with my choices below.  You can also completely dismiss them too.  For me, Top 10 Favorite Films lists are all about instilling and creating controversy in the critical sense.  I don’t expect anyone to whole-heartedly agree with my choices.  After all, the below selections as I’ll go on to explain are all very much personal ones.  However, I believe as a reviewer it is your duty to stir that proverbial pot of controversy.  You should desire to create that insatiable dish of debate that follows in the wake of such a list like this.  That’s what the comments section below are all about.  Down there’s it’s your turn to provide the voice of undeniable reason.  Go for it! Continue reading ‘Brian White’s ‘Sin’sational TOP 10 Films of 2016′

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Underworld (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Underworld 4K ReviewUnderworld is one of those films that I’ll never forget where in life I was when I saw it.  I’ll spare you the details, but I  remember that evening vividly as it was a good one.  It also came out at just the right time when the vampire craze was just ramping up and ironically was both the rise and downfall of Kate Beckinsale’s career.  That’s what happens when you fall for your film’s director.  You’re forced to do sequel after punishing sequel.  Just ask Milla Jovovich how that works out for you.  However, there’s no disputing how fine Kate has always looked filling that tight, black leather corset coupled with those stunning Blu-ray eyes.  Even though we had the pleasure of spending time with the lovely Rhona Mitra in the third film, Rise of the Lycans, no Underworld fan can deny Selene’s (Beckinsale) presence and assets were greatly missed.  On the flip side, I really liked the third entry.  Ha ha.  I digress.  Let’s rewind back to 2003 as we nostalgically discuss the one that started it all, Underworld, which coincidentally sees a 4K Ultra HD release December 27th. Continue reading ‘Underworld (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Why Him? Spreads The F-ing Holiday Cheer (Movie Review)

Why Him? TNWhy Him? is ordinarily not the kind of film I would go see in the theaters.  Had it not been for two key factors I don’t think I would have gone.  First it has the very irresistible and hilarious trailers on its side.   That Red-band one is insane.  Although I’m hoping all the funny parts were not included in said trailers.  Second, there’s the nod to “from the makers of I Love You Man.”  I love that comedy!  So as you can see right from the get go I’m walking into Why Him? ahead in the count.  Now is the moment of truth and also the chance to have fun with the title’s question mark.  What did I think of Why Him?  That is the question we are all pondering here, right?  Why Him?
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Brian’s TOP 10 Favorable 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Titles of 2016

Top 10Unlike last year, this was a brave, bold, new world for me in terms of Blu-ray collecting.  I upped my game as I stepped into the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray arena.  I took on the combatants (HDMI handshake and audio sync issues being most problematic) like a champion and came out unscathed.  You can read all about my trials and tribulations with my new 4K Ultra HD gear (my first setup) right here.  Being the only reviewer on the staff here for a long time with 4K Ultra HD compatibility has been both a blessing and a curse.  It put me in a situation of being the proprietary reviewer of all 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles (see an archive of reviews here).  I have to admit though, it enables me to grow my 4K collection cost-effectively and an accelerated rate.  So there’s always that.  However, it does mean regardless of what title it is, you’re stuck with reviewing it no matter how painful the viewing experience is.  I’m looking at you Ice Age: Collision Course (thank you Brandon), Independence Day: ResurgenceWarcraft and The Huntsman: Winter War.  You have to be able to take the good with the bad and appreciate what you have in life.  So that’s what I do! Continue reading ‘Brian’s TOP 10 Favorable 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Titles of 2016′

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Morgan (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Morgan 4K TNMorgan was a film I undeniably didn’t get to theatrically very much so on purpose.  While the trailers and the promise of Ridley Scott producing it initially sucked me in the overall negative critical response kept me far away.  However, I couldn’t help but wonder what really was under the surface here within Morgan.  Is it just some great concept cooked up, but executed poorly?  Does it really make you want to revisit Ex Machina immediately after viewing?  Those questions and more I hope to tackle and address down below in my 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review of Morgan, which releases at retailers everywhere this coming Tuesday, December 13th.  Here goes nothing or in more scientific terms, Great Scott! Continue reading ‘Morgan (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Suicide Squad (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Suicide Squad 4K Blu-ray TNSuicide Squad is one of those movies where you just have to get that first screening under your belt.  It’s like being on a Southwest Airlines airplane.  You know how you hear that ding and the captain says you’re now free to move around the cabin?  It’s sort of the same principle with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.  After you get that initial first viewing of the film out of the way you’re now able to freely have fun with all subsequent watches.  That was at least the case for me as I went on to see this one a total of three times theatrically despite my initial disdain.  There are just too many good morsels to eat up in here to harbor any hate for the film.  It’s not like the second through fourth Transformers films.  Suicide Squad gets better with repeat visits.  If you don’t believe me, check out how much money this bad boy made at the box office.  Surely Margot Robbie doesn’t draw that much in attendance.  Or does she now?! Continue reading ‘Suicide Squad (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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I Am Legend (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

I Am Legend 4K Blu-ray ReviewI Am Legend is best known to me as that Will Smith “zombie” apocalypse movie that featured the real star of the show…a red 2007 Shelby GT500.  He does drive other Ford vehicles in the film, but none compare to that beastly, now classic muscle car.  Now I know how that can be construed by someone just reading this.  You’re probably thinking Brian hates this film and the only thing good about it is some stupid race car.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth.  I don’t hate I Am Legend at all.  It’s no World War Z, but it’s definitely not the worst “zombie” film ever made either.  I consider it middle of the road and for me it’s a very odd selection for Warner Bros. to include in their next wave of catalog 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases alongside Goodfellas, Argo and The Town.  You get where I’m going here?  However, for the moment I wish to digress and for the next five minutes or so (depending upon how fast of a reader you are) I’d like to discuss all things I Am Legend.  After all, that is my job!
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The Town (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Town 4KI didn’t use to be the biggest Ben Affleck fan around, but The Town was definitely one of the movies I could not wait to see after viewing its initial theatrical trailer.  Maybe it was those devilish looking bank robbing masks (click here to see what I am talking about) that reminded me so much of  Point Break‘s creepy presidential masks or maybe it was the simple fact that this film blatantly looked so bad-a$$.  I don’t know what it was.  But I did know this.  I was pumped and primed for it.  I love me a good Boston crime drama any day of the week.  Little did I also know back then, but Ben Affleck was about to light the world on fire, not to mention Jeremy Renner too.  With an impressive cast, an intriguing storyline and a trailer that made me instantly want to plop my hard earned cash down on there was little chance that The Town was ever going to be anything less than crowd pleasing.  Looking back six years now I definitely was not disappointed at all with the end product.
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Mad Max Fury Road BLACK & CHROME Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Mad Max Fury Road Black & Chrome Blu-ray ReviewHere’s a true fact for you.  Never in a million, zillion years would I ever have believed that I could experience unhappiness while watching my favorite film of 2015, Mad Max Fury Road.  Before we go there I want to take a step back.  Last year the rumor was that the Blu-ray release of Mad Max Fury Road would also include the film in black and white (or as Warner Bros. now dubs Black & Chrome).  That obviously never happened, which is why we’re here now over a year later with an unmistakable cash grab at getting whatever left that they can out of this phenomenal picture.  However, if you already own the first Blu-ray release (see my review of it here), then you’re getting less here in my opinion.  Sure you’re getting the film on Blu-ray in “black and chrome.”  Big stinking deal!  They don’t even give you a Digital HD file of it all.  Boo!  To top it all off watching this film in “black and chrome” was an absolute chore for me.  When I first heard about this I was like wow that is going to look so cool.  Not the case at all!  Half the film’s appeal for me was the harsh, scorching , burn-your-eyes-out colors employed throughout and I hate to be the naysayer here but without said colors you lose A LOT of the detail.  I didn’t think this was possible, but I hated every single minute of my viewing of Mad Max Fury Road Black & Chrome. Continue reading ‘Mad Max Fury Road BLACK & CHROME Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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