Before we begin here let me ask you guys this. Have you ever heard the phrase hiding in the spotlight? Well I got to be honest with you. This Warner Bros./Amazon Exclusive Harley Quinn Suicide Squad Blu-ray set brings that phrase to life. I mean at least for me it does and here’s why. Don’t let that $116 price tag fool you. That’s an absolute bargain for what you’re getting here. I think it goes without saying that you’re getting the Blu-ray Combo Pack which includes the Theatrical and Extended Cut of Suicide Squad on Blu-ray disc, a DVD and a Digital HD redemption code. However, all that is secondary to the real treasure inside this big box. You’re also getting the long sold out and highly sought after DC Collectibles Harley Quinn Suicide Squad statue. It’s such a rare find anymore that it’s not even on the DC Collectibles website any longer. You can see the exact statue plus a video turnaround of it by visiting here. But that’s not it! I want to further blow your mind. The limited edition statue’s retail price was $154.99 and is going well over $200 on eBay and Amazon third parties currently. Continue reading ‘Amazon Exclusive Harley Quinn Suicide Squad Blu-ray Combo Pack (Review)’
Despite loving all things sci-fi and horror Life is a movie I’ve been against ever since I saw the very first trailer on television last year. I felt like it was such a ripoff of Alien that it did not even warrant my attention. The one thing I could not deny was what an absolutely fantastic cast. I have to admit that having Rebecca Ferguson (not related to Sean Ferguson by any means) made it more manageable to get me in the door. Well that and my fiancee’s constant nagging that she was so excited for it. She does so much for me that I have to take one for the team for her every so often. Ha ha. Fifty Shades Darker comes instantly to mind in that category. LOL. But I digress. Today we’re here to talk about Sony/Columbia Picture’s new sci-fi picture, Life, not the Milton Bradley board game or the Venom movie spinoff. Continue reading ‘‘Life’ Is As Tension Filled As My Own (Movie Review)’
I kind of wanted to try something new on the site here. Many years ago I became so smitten with the world of collecting (mostly Star Wars) that it got to the point of insanity when you have Master Replica lightsabers and Slave Leia’s in your kitchen, living room, office and basically anywhere you can think of because of lack of proper display space. Couple that with the expense of having to haul all of that crap half way across the country in a move from Ohio to Texas and I swore I’d never do it again. However, the itch has returned and has taught me a “valuable” lesson. Never say never. I quote the word valuable because let’s face it in order to really collect some cool items one must at least have some disposable income or else you’re very prone to go broke. I would say modern day, pop culture brands like Pop! Funko and Jada Metals in the Suicide Squad (mostly Harley Quinn) and Batman v Superman lineups have been my undoing. Thanks to them I’m once again a “Sucker For Pain.” My fiancee didn’t help stop my itch with all the wonderful toys she got me last Christmas. My co-worker has also been a bad influence too with all his collectibles he brings in. They both made me itchier. Ha ha. So that brings me to the reason we’re all gathered here today… Continue reading ‘DC Collectibles Suicide Squad Harley Quinn and Joker Statue (Review)’
Passengers is a film that I have a lot of history with personally speaking. The original script for Passengers was written by Jon Spaihts way back in 2007, and had been in development hell for years now. I mention this because not only have my own projects been in development hell, but this very script was my first read in a screenwriting class I took at Cleveland State University way back when. I remember this time period too because at one point the film was set to star Keanu Reeves and Emily Blunt. God this movie would have been fantastic with Emily as the leading female. Eventually in 2014 it it was announced that Sony had won the auction for the rights to the sci-fi flick and here we are. It’s 2017 and Passengers came out theatrically last year, but more importantly it’s finally here in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray! Continue reading ‘Passengers (4K UHD & 3D Blu-ray Review)’
A lot has changed in my home media arsenal since I first sat down last June to review my first set of 4K Ultra HD gear, the Sony XBR65X930D and Samsung UBD-K8500, over here. I’ve added Dolby Atmos, some really monstrous Klipsch speakers, a surplus of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles, a second 4K setup and most recently the newly released Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. In the past 8 months Brandon Peters and I have also put together a pretty impressive resume of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review titles archived here and I even did a pretty rad Top 10 list over here. While the relationship between my Samsung KS8000 4K set and the Samsung UBD-K8500 has been pretty harmonious the same one between the Samsung 4K player and Sony 930D has been quite heartbreaking at times. So it’s with eager arms that I jumped all over Sony’s first ever 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the UBP-X800, upon its release last week. And that ladies and gentlemen is what we’re gathered here to talk about today. Follow me in. Continue reading ‘3 Days With The Sony UBP-X800 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player (Review)’
Bad Santa has been a Christmas tradition in my family since 2004. You see we don’t have any kids of my own and nor do I want any. We have three dogs and they are enough work, bills and responsibility. The best kind of kids in my opinion are other peoples’ kids, but I digress. My reason for telling you all of this is because of my next statement. I don’t want anyone thinking I’m some kind of horrible person or parent for that matter. Every year and every Christmas morning Bad Santa is on repeat in my household. It’s my own Christmas tradition and last year was no exception. The only odd thing about last year, well last Thanksgiving, was the fact that they came out with a sequel brilliantly called Bad Santa 2. Much to my surprise I did not get around to checking it out, mostly because of all the negative reviews. How’s that to sell you on reading the rest of this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review? Ha!
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Logan is a film that really needs no elaborate setup to whet your appetite for. If you’re not already, you should be practically dying to see this one. The mere fact that this even got made with an R-rating is no doubt thanks to the brilliance and success of last year’s Deadpool. Had it not been for that film, which proved in a world of failed Kick-Ass movies R-rated comic book films can indeed thrive, I’m quite sure Logan would have been slapped with that dread PG-13 rating. Luckily for us that’s not the case in our present scenario. So let the bloodshed ensue with glorious reveal and the F-bombs roll off tongues like spit flies when yelling because we’re gathered here to talk all things Logan. Hell yeah! Continue reading ‘The Legend of Old Man ‘Logan’ (Movie Review)’
Nocturnal Animals is a flick I knew nothing about prior to seeing theatrically last year. I had never heard of it before so when the press screening invite arrived in my inbox it was very much a surprise to me. I saw that Amy Adams was in it and decided to give the trailer a spin. She has been in everything else last year (BvS, Arrival) so why shouldn’t I continue rolling with her like we were besties. The theatrical trailer looked very promising and rather Texan (in reference to the cowboy hats and scenery). However, what sealed the deal was the fact that Oblivion‘s Vika (Andrea Riseborough) was also in it. She’s one of my favorites so I signed up without anymore knowledge than that! Therefore I decided to give it a try and the next slew of paragraphs you’ll spend with me below sums up exactly how my time was with Amy and the rest of the star studded cast of Nocturnal Animals, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD February 21st. Continue reading ‘Nocturnal Animals (Blu-ray Review)’
Arrival is one of those films that when you first see the theatrical trailer for it just cries out to you. It screams that you must see me. Who knows. Maybe it’s the aliens in the film that called out to me. I don’t know but whatever it was I was smitten by the very first trailer I saw of it. I knew that as soon as I saw Amy Adams trying to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors that I must see this one. If she’s good enough for my God, Superman, she’s good enough for me. Couple that with the fact that we have the mind (Denis Villeneuve) behind Prisoners and Sicario in the director’s chair here and you have an event that I wouldn’t dare miss out on now that it’s finally out on 4K Ultra HD. As an added bonus it’s of the science fiction genre too. So in other words Arrival already had me at hello before I even saw it. Now let’s review this 4K science-fi odyssey that just gets better with every view (my third time now).
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I could start and stop my film review section right here with Why So Blu reviewer Aaron Neuwirth’s comments on my theatrical review of John Wick where he left the following remarks. “A dude with long hair, a dog, and Mustang beats up Theon Greyjoy. Of course you loved this movie.” He also went on to add that “and he listens to Marilyn Manson! You must have been in heaven.” Let the record show, Aaron knows me well. I was truly in a nirvana-like state throughout the movie’s entire runtime, and I have been salivating ever since for the eventual sequel this February. This is why I’m a reviewer! I already have John Wick on Blu-ray, but now in my grubby hands some weeks before anyone else I have it 4K Ultra HD! I want to shout it from the top of the tallest mountain, I LOVE IT SO! Continue reading ‘John Wick (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’
I honestly never saw this happening. Today I walked out of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter with a giddy smile on my face rather than one of disgust and regret. After covering Resident Evil: Afterlife a few weeks back here on 4K Ultra HD and rewatching Retribution I wasn’t sure about my decision to check out The Final Chapter. I debated waiting for the inevitable home media release, but Jordan Grout kind of gave me the courage needed to check it out. I even spent the eight bucks and change to see it in 3-D. The latter wasn’t worth it, but the decision to check out The Final Chapter so was. I had the time of my life. Okay, I’m exaggerating. How about this? I had the best experience in a theater this dreaded month of January. Is that better? Who would have ever thunk it? I am finally able to give a Resident Evil film a score of 3. I’ll be darn as its the last one too. Continue reading ‘Resident Evil Saves The Best For Last With ‘The Final Chapter’ (Movie Review)’
That’s right. I said it. While I have been completely disgusted by what has been transpiring with the American public these past couple days (rioting, violence, destruction) since the Inauguration there’s no doubt about it, the women very much have the power in XXX: Return of Xander Cage. Feminists cannot argue that. Without the many women players in this particular outing our titular hero would not have been the smashing success he is. You hear that feminists? Equal opportunities are everywhere in this new Paramount outing, which if you’re keeping score is the third film in this wild XXX action franchise. So now that I have my little political rant off my chest, as I too feel like a piece of meat at times, let’s talk about the good, the bad and the ugly in XXX: Return of Xander Cage. Continue reading ‘Feminists Rejoice! Xander Cage Returns! (Movie Review)’
The 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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The 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 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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Spencer 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)’
The 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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Before 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.