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The Meg Swallows The Competition This Weekend With “Meg”a-Size Fun! (Movie Review)

The MegI know The Meg is based off a book, which we’ll cover in a moment, but one look at its insane trailer, crazy cast and cute name had me instantly at hello.  I don’t even care if the movie is a turd or a shipwreck of events.  I have to go see it if for nothing else than to get my DC Batwoman err I mean Ruby Rose fix, but I digress.  I just like saying Ruby Rose for some reason.  It flows off your tongue effortlessly and it’s fun to say and count all her tattoos too.  Didn’t I say I digress a second ago?  Well this time I really do mean it.  The Meg is really just a movie about a big @$$ shark.  It is being released in my favorite summer month of August.  It features something that I never see here in Austin, TX…beaches and water.  What’s not to love about it already?  Am I right?  Damn right I am! Continue reading ‘The Meg Swallows The Competition This Weekend With “Meg”a-Size Fun! (Movie Review)’

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‘Mission: Impossible Fallout’ Is ‘The Dark Knight’ Of The Franchise (Movie Review)

Mission Impossible Fallout Movie Review Having been revisiting the Mission: Impossible franchise as of late on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format (our reviews here, here, here, here and my favorite one here) I was pumped to take in the latest one dubbed Fallout.  My giddy excitement for this latest installment was further fueled by the early reports of reviewer peers of mine lucky enough to live on the West Coast have hailed this as one of the best action films of all-time.  That says a lot when you can make a bold statement like that.  In the olden days we would have said you have big you know what to make such a declaration, but we’re so politically correct nowadays I just have to digress for the best and safest results.  So without further ado ladies and gentlemen I give to you Mission: Impossible Fallout. Continue reading ‘‘Mission: Impossible Fallout’ Is ‘The Dark Knight’ Of The Franchise (Movie Review)’

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‘The Equalizer 2’ Delivers More of The Same R-Rated Brand of Vigilante Justice (Movie Review)

The Equalizer 2 Movie ReviewThe Equalizer 2 brings warm feelings to my heart much like how Jar Jar Binks felt seeing Padme again in Episode 2.  Words cannot describe how overjoyed I am not only seeing The Equalizer 2, but the fact that it was even made in the first place.  The critics were pretty split on the first one, but as you can see here that wasn’t the case with yours truly.  I flipping loved everything about it!  I just thought the meh word of mouth on the first one would have killed any chance of a sequel much like everyone ruined things for the Justice League.  Whoah I just immediately went there, huh?  Strong accusations.  Ha ha.  I’m sorry and I digress.  Let’s get back on topic.  Perhaps the only thing I instantly don’t like about The Equalizer 2 is the movie title itself.  I mean how long did they spend thinking about that name?  What’s the third one going to be called?  The Equalizer 3?  Ha ha!  Nevertheless, retired CIA Agent Robert McCall is back and I couldn’t be happier about that.  Let’s chat! Continue reading ‘‘The Equalizer 2’ Delivers More of The Same R-Rated Brand of Vigilante Justice (Movie Review)’

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‘Skyscraper’ Is A Gravity Defying Blast! (Movie Review)

SkyscraperSkyscraper, which we are gathered here to discuss today, is NOT the rousing Demi Lovato song.  Instead, Skyscraper is the newest Dwayne Johnson action vehicle.  I mean how much lull can we have theatrically speaking without a new Rock movie packing seats in the theaters?  That was of course a very rhetorical question.  The answer to that is simply not much at all.  The Rock is back and this time he’s playing Die Hard in a very tall building occupied by terrorists with a slight “twist.”  He has a twist off lower left leg!  Now you can not say this is the same old kind of movie The Rock is always in or they didn’t give his character a flaw.  If nothing else, Skyscraper is the film that puts The Rock at a slight physical disadvantage, but not too much where can’t make huge, gaping horizontal/vertical leaps or use his artificial stump as an effective prop.  There are limits, people. Continue reading ‘‘Skyscraper’ Is A Gravity Defying Blast! (Movie Review)’

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The Equalizer (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The EqualizerTruth be told I wanted nothing to do with The Equalizer when it came out theatrically.  I even went as far as to not make any plans to attend the press screening of it when it dropped in my area.  What kind of reviewer does that?  I can tell you.  It’s a bad one.  I guess it all harkens back to the fact that whenever I heard this film being tossed around while in production my mind instantly drifted to an elder white man (Edward Woodard) from the television series back in the mid 80’s, not the bada$$ that Academy Award winner Denzel Washington really could be circa his Oscar-winning Training Day era.  However, life works in mysterious ways and I reluctantly found myself in the theater checking this out.  And checking this out I did…more like with my mouth wide open in complete awe and shock as to what I was seeing on screen.  To say I loved what I saw would be like saying the sun always sets in the West.  I was over the moon and I couldn’t be happier now to re-live The Equalizer all over again on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with the next film in the hopefully long running series only weeks away.   Continue reading ‘The Equalizer (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Rampage (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Rampage 4KDo any of you suffer from the same infliction I do in life?  The infliction I’m talking about is if you don’t see a film within a couple weeks of its theatrical release, are you less prone to spend money to see it in the theater and just wait for its eventual home media release?  I know I am and the mentality was the case with Rampage.  I wanted to see this one badly, but the stars didn’t align for me and before I knew weeks had gone by.  So needless to say I did not see it theatrically.  Therefore, I made the executive decision that my first viewing of Rampage would be on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format.  Therefore, that’s the reason we are all gathered here today to discuss and rejoice in everything Rampage, Dwayne Johnson’s latest action vehicle of the hour, has to offer you.  Follow me down below and we’ll get thing started.
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What’s More American Than Hotdogs, Fireworks & The First Purge? (Movie Review)

The First PurgeI wasn’t sold on Universal’s first Purge film in 2013, but the acting of Frank Grillo in the second 2014 outing made me an instant fan.  The third installment, 2016’s Election Year, was pretty good, but nothing in my opinion can top that “you killed my son” moment in Anarchy.  However, I digress.  We’re not here to measure sequels, but instead to talk about the all new Purge prequel titled The First Purge.  It releases everywhere nationwide on our Nation’s Birthday, July 4th (with some showings tonight too).  This one tells the story of how it all began with the New Founding Fathers of America testing our Nation’s first ever Purge out in one isolated community.  I think y’all knows what happens next, but the getting there part is what makes this sociological experiment worth the watch.  At least that is what I was hoping for going in. Continue reading ‘What’s More American Than Hotdogs, Fireworks & The First Purge? (Movie Review)’

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A Quiet Place (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

A Quiet Place 4K ReviewI have been living in Austin, TX now for over five years and I have yet to attend the infamous SXSW film/music festival.  Is that wrong of me?  I just don’t want to contend with all the mad traffic that event brings to the area, which in my opinion can’t appropriately accommodate an event of this size anyway.  However, I mention this event only because that’s where A Quiet Place first premiered this past March.  A month later it opened theatrically wide to rave reviews from critics, moviegoers and even Hollywood actors themselves praising the film for its smart moves and breathtaking scares.  I remember one famous actor even said he saw it three times and was on the radio encouraging all moviegoers to go see it.  Needless to say I was pumped to tackle this one theatrically.  I mean how could all these people be wrong about it, right?  So without further ado let’s talk some A Quiet Place down below.  What say you?
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Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice With ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ (Movie Review)

Sicario 2I have been anxiously waiting for the past three years to see a sequel to one of my favorite films from 2015, Sicario.  Truth be told, it’s also one of my favorite 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays too.  Looks phenomenal and that opening blast scene…wow!  So here we are it’s 2018 and the sequel they have been promising us has finally arrived…Sicario: Day of the Soldado.  I’ll skip over the parts of who has what distribution rights and where as to what it’s named, etc.  I’m just excited to be back in this gangster-ladden, drug war world of Sicario once again.  However, I must admit I had some mild reservations going in due to some meh critical reviews not to mention those comments from friends.  Needless to say I’m all in.  Now let’s see who’s telling the truth. Continue reading ‘Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice With ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ (Movie Review)’

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Gives The Dinosaurs A Fighting Chance (Movie Review)

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Movie ReviewJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom…just what the world needed, eh…another Jurassic Park film?  One could say that yes Jurassic World came with little new to offer longtime fans of the franchise and left us in a very familiar fashion as well.  One could also say the only thing it really did right was left us with two bankable stars, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, and one hell of a likable Velociraptor, Blue.  Regardless of how you felt about it I was still a fan of the fourth entry and I can honestly say after four viewings I still have fun with it.  And for what it’s worth you can see how I personally rank the previous four films in this franchise here in my 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review of the collection.  So getting back to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, hell yes I was excited to see where they were going to take this one.  I purposely read no reviews prior to my first watch of this and all I knew before going in was the trailers pretty much only showed Acts 1 and 2 meaning they saved the good stuff for inside the theater…the way it should be.  Count me in.  I am all about that! Continue reading ‘‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Gives The Dinosaurs A Fighting Chance (Movie Review)’

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Jack Reacher (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Jack Reacher 4K ReviewI’m not sure where I’ve been since 1997, but I’ve never heard of the name Jack Reacher until I heard news of the film being developed some years ago.  Turns out Jack is quite the popular character from literary author Lee Child’s wildly “popular” series of novels.  Heck, back when I wrote my original Blu-ray review of this here in 2013 they were getting set to release the eighteenth novel in the series.  Where have I been?  So when I was asked if I wanted to see this film with a friend in December of 2012, I kindly turned down the many offers because I simply had no prior insight as to what the film was about nor did I have any interest really in spending hard earned money on something I felt unsure of.  After the film garnished some praise I guess you could say curiosity got the best of me.  I wanted to see what I have been missing out on all this time and more importantly…who is this Jack Reacher guy?  My inquiring mind wanted to know.  And now I’m here to tell you all about him once again as along with the Mission Impossible films reviewed by Brandon Peters starting here this one’s also getting the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray treatment June 26th.  It’s a Tom Cruise day fo sho!
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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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