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‘The Old Dark House’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD May 21, 2018

A group of weary travellers, a spooky mansion, and a madman on the loose upstairs! Director James Whale’s (Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man) The Old Dark House is one of the best and most entertaining horror films of the 1930’s. Dripping with atmosphere and packed to the brim with thrills, chills and gallows humour, it was considered lost for many years, but is now being presented from a stunning new 4K restoration. Caught in a storm whilst journeying through a remote region of Wales, a group of travellers take refuge in a sinister mansion inhabited by the bizarre Femm family and their mute butler, Morgan (played by the iconic Boris Karloff, Frankenstein, The Mummy). Trying to make the best of a bad situation, the group settles in for the night, but the Femm family have a few skeletons in their closet, and one of them is on the loose…  Continue reading ‘‘The Old Dark House’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD May 21, 2018′

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‘Early Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Three Films 1980-1983’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray April 16, 2018!

One of world cinema s most dynamic and highly regarded auteurs, Hou Hsiao-hsien has influenced entire generations of filmmakers and was once dubbed one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema . The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present three films from early in his career, Cute Girl, The Green, Green Grass of Home and The Boys from Fengkuei, all making their worldwide debut on Blu-ray. Eureka Entertainment to release Early Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Three Films 1980-1983 (Cute Girl / The Green, Green Grass of Home / The Boys From Fengkuei), a two disc set of formative films by one of world cinema’s greatest directors, on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world from 16 April 2018, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series featuring a Limited Edition O-card [First 2000 copies only].  Continue reading ‘‘Early Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Three Films 1980-1983’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray April 16, 2018!’

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‘Marty’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray & DVD April 9, 2018!

A beloved classic of American cinema, Delbert Mann’s Marty was the first ever recipient of the Palme d Or at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, one of only two films to ever win both organisations grand prizes (the second being Billy Wilder s The Lost Weekend). I ve been looking for a girl every Saturday night of my life, says Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine, The Vikings, Violent Saturday). Yet, despite all his efforts, this 34-year old Bronx butcher remains as shy and uncomfortable around women today as on the day he was born. So when he meets Clara (Betsy Blair, Il Grido), a lonely schoolteacher who s just as smitten with him as he is with her, Marty s on top of the world. But not everyone around him shares his joy. And when his friends and family continually find fault with Clara, even Marty begins to question his newfound love… until he discovers, in an extraordinary way, the strength and courage to follow his heart.  Continue reading ‘‘Marty’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray & DVD April 9, 2018!’

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‘Shirley: Visions of Reality’ [Montage Pictures] on Blu-ray & DVD March 19, 2018

Austrian filmmaker, architect and experimental artist Gustav Deutsch reproduces 13 of American painter Edward Hopper’s oil paintings on film in Shirley: Visions of Reality, connecting them through the fictitious story of a red-haired New York actress through the years 1931-63. Shirley’s reflective and contemplative inner monologues cover her involvement in three decades of political, social and cultural upheaval that changed a country and its people forever. Pearl Harbour and WWII, the atomic bomb and the “conquest of space”, McCarthyism and the Cold War, the assassination of JFK and the start of the Vietnam War, Billie Holiday and the Southern blues, Elvis Presley and rock n’ roll, and finally Martin Luther King and the March on Washington. Presented as a series of nearly static tableaux’s, with stunning cinematography from Jerzy Palacz, Shirley: Visions of Reality is an experimental tour-de-force.  Continue reading ‘‘Shirley: Visions of Reality’ [Montage Pictures] on Blu-ray & DVD March 19, 2018′

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‘Strangled’ [Montage Pictures] on Blu-ray & DVD February 5, 2018!

Based on real-life events, Strangled is set in the provincial Hungary of the 1960s at the height of socialism, when a series of atrocious murders shock the small town of Martf. A psychotic killer is on the prowl, strangling young women. Amidst the media frenzy, an innocent man is accused and sentenced for the crimes he could not possibly have committed. A determined detective becomes obsessed with finding the real killer, whilst under pressure from his superiors who just want to see a man hang.   Continue reading ‘‘Strangled’ [Montage Pictures] on Blu-ray & DVD February 5, 2018!’

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‘House’ (Hausu) [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray February 12, 2018

An unforgettable mixture of bubblegum teen melodrama and grisly phantasmagoria, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s deranged fairy tale House is one of Japanese cinema s wildest supernatural ventures and a truly startling debut feature. Upset by her widowed father s plans to remarry, Angel sets off with six of her schoolgirl friends in tow for a summer getaway at her aunt s isolated mansion. In this house of dormant secrets, long-held emotional traumas have terrifyingly physical embodiments and the girls must use their individual talents if any are to survive.   Continue reading ‘‘House’ (Hausu) [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray February 12, 2018′

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‘The Housemaid’ [Montage Pictures] on Blu-ray & DVD February 19, 2018

First-time director Derek Nguyen makes a captivating debut with The Housemaid [Cô Haû Gaí], a haunting gothic romance which blends bold eroticism with a pervasive sense of dread. Linh is a docile and hardworking poor orphaned girl who comes to Sa Cat seeking a housemaid job. Sebastien Laurent is a French captain and owner of the Sa Cat rubber plantation. For years, the massive mansion is rumoured to have ghosts, particularly those of Camille Sebastien s late wife and the mistreated plantation workers. Once Linh comes to Sa Cat, she begins to hear strange sounds, have frightening dreams, and witness bizarre occurrences. After some time, Linh and Captain Laurent become close to each other and develop a romance. However, their love soon awakens the vengeful souls of Sa Cat plantation.  Continue reading ‘‘The Housemaid’ [Montage Pictures] on Blu-ray & DVD February 19, 2018′

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‘The Barefoot Contessa’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD March 12, 2018!

Humphrey Bogart plays down on his luck writer and director Harry Dawes, reduced to working for an egotistical and abusive producer, Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens). Whilst scouting for the female lead in his new movie, Dawes meets the beautiful and charismatic Maria Vargas, a barefooted flamenco dancer, in a Madrid night club and convinces her to star in his movie. Maria is an overnight sensation, but cannot find satisfaction in the shallow world of Hollywood, and the men in her life who treat her as nothing more than a commodity.   Continue reading ‘‘The Barefoot Contessa’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD March 12, 2018!’

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‘Legend of the Mountain’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD March 19, 2018!

A young scholar, Ho Yunqing (Shih Jun, A Touch of Zen, Dragon Inn), is tasked by an eminent monk to transcribe a Buddhist sutra said to have immense power over the spirits of the afterlife. To execute his work in peace, he travels to an isolated monastery deep in the mountains, where he encounters a number of strange people, including the mysterious and beautiful Melody (Hsu Feng, A Touch of Zen, Dragon Inn). As malicious spirits attempt to steal the sutra, Ho becomes entangled in a conflict between duelling forces of good and evil. Will he leave the mountain alive?  Continue reading ‘‘Legend of the Mountain’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD March 19, 2018!’

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‘RE:BORN’ is released on Blu-ray & DVD March 12 from Eureka! Masters of Cinema

Toshiro (Tak ∴, formerly Tak Sakaguchi, Versus), a former special forces operative, now lives a quiet life in the Japanese countryside. Despite his seemingly peaceful existence, Toshiro struggles to contain the destructive impulses that once made him the top soldier in an elite unit of killers. When his former commanding officer, the enigmatic Phantom (Akio Ôtsuka), comes out of the shadows seeking revenge, Toshiro goes on a kill-crazy rampage against a squad of ruthless assassins.  Continue reading ‘‘RE:BORN’ is released on Blu-ray & DVD March 12 from Eureka! Masters of Cinema’

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Gerard’s “They Saved the Best for Last” Top 10 Films of 2017

They saved the best for last, that’s why I’m last. It was a great year for movies and a shame that I couldn’t include more than what’s already included, but my Top 10, give or take, of 2017 is a nice and hearty list. A fellow reviewer from a different website used a cool word for his list when I noticed that he had a particular film one would not consider for traditional Top 10 year-end accolades. “Iconoclastic.” I am taking that word and using it for my list. Some of the films on my list are on there just for the sheer enjoyment I had in viewing them – not necessarily for their cinematic merits. Enough with the pleasantries – step right up and enjoy the show!  Continue reading ‘Gerard’s “They Saved the Best for Last” Top 10 Films of 2017′

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Gerard’s Top-10 Blu-rays of 2017

I can’t believe it has been another year of rocking and rolling here at Why So Blu?. Once again, it is my Top-10 Blu-ray list of the year — some may or may not come as a surprise but most should be no-brainers for the most part. I do not know if I will be crossing streams with my fellow WSB writers, but that’s half the fun. In any event, the following list does not examine film merit at all. It is all about the best bang for your Blu-ray buck. It is all about presentation, special features, and bells & whistles. It’s as simple as that. Without further ado I give you my favorite Blu-rays of 2017. Enjoy!  Continue reading ‘Gerard’s Top-10 Blu-rays of 2017′

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The Limehouse Golem (DVD Review)

The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer – dubbed The Limehouse Golem – is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) – a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own (Olivia Cooke), so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice.

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Bushwick (Blu-ray Review)

Emerging from a NY subway on her way home from college, Lucy (Brittany Snow, Pitch Perfect) discovers her neighborhood of Bushwick engulfed in utter chaos. Trying to escape the violence, Lucy seeks refuge in the basement of Stupe (Dave Bautista, Guardians of the Galaxy), a former Marine on his way out of town to find his family. As the unlikely pair navigate through a hail of gunfire and lethal explosions, they learn they are in the middle of a civil war as Texas attempts to secede from the US. With the clash between local residents and the militia escalating, Lucy and Stupe must rely on each other in an impossible race to get out of the city and survive another day.

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‘Bushwick’ on Blu-ray & DVD October 24!

RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) is set to release the action film BUSHWICK on DVD and on DVD/BD combo on Oct. 24, 2017.  Written by Nick Damici (We Are What We Are, Stake Land) and Graham Reznick (Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear) and directed by the filmmaking team of Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (Cooties), BUSHWICK stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre), Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect franchise, Hairspray), Angelic Zambrana (Precious, Fighting) and Jeremie Harris (FX’s “Legion,” The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Pariah).  RLJE will release BUSHWICK on Oct. 24, 2017 on DVD for an SRP of $29.96 and on DVD/BD combo for an SRP of $34.97.   Continue reading ‘‘Bushwick’ on Blu-ray & DVD October 24!’

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The Pilgrimage (Blu-ray Review)

Leaving his Irish monastery for the first time, a young novice (Tom Holland, Spiderman: Homecoming) departs with a devoted group of monks and a mysterious former Crusader (Jon Bernthal, “The Punisher”) as they attempt to transport a holy relic to Rome. Threatened at every turn by savage tribes, traitorous Norman soldiers and those that seek the power they believe the relic holds, the young man finds surprising courage while faced with deadly challenges that will push his body, mind and spirit to the breaking point.

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Catch the ‘Aftermath’ on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD June 6!

Witness the gripping story of two lives forever bound by tragedy when Aftermath arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD and On Demand June 6 from Lionsgate. Inspired by true events, Golden Globe® winner Arnold Schwarzenegger (1977, New Star of the Year – Actor, Stay Hungry) stars as a husband fearlessly seeking revenge on the air traffic controller responsible for his family’s death. The Aftermath Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively   Continue reading ‘Catch the ‘Aftermath’ on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD June 6!’

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Quarry: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

Quarry Quarry is the story of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, Conway is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. The previously published review was for the Digital HD version of the show. This is a new review for the Blu-ray, which will have new content for the video and audio specs. The original review can be found HEREContinue reading ‘Quarry: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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