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The Little Mermaid 3D: Diamond Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Little Mermaid DE Combo Pack Box ArtWith unforgettable characters, thrilling adventures, soaring Academy Award-winning music (1989: Best Music, Original Score, and Best Music, Original Song, “Under The Sea”), The Little Mermaid is one of the most celebrated animated films of all time.  Now spectacularly transformed for the first time on Blu-ray with digitally restored picture and brilliant high-definition sound!  Venture under the sea where Ariel, a free-spirited mermaid princess, longs to be part of the human world.  After bravely striking a bargain with Ursula, a sneaky sea witch, Ariel embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.  With Flounder and Sebastian at her side, Ariel will need all of her courage and determination to make things right in both her worlds.
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Dino King 2D / 3D (Blu-ray Review)

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Experience what is was like to walk with nature’s greatest prehistoric predators when DINO KING 3D debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and digital June 18th from Well Go USA Entertainment. Painstakingly recreated in breathtaking CGI animation, the film takes viewers to a time before man, when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Speckles, a baby Tarbosaurus, is exiled and forced to flee his homeland when his entire family is killed by an evil, one-eyed T-Rex.  Lost in the deepest depths of the hostile jungle, hungry and alone, Speckles happens upon a much needed ally and companion in the form of a young female Tarbosaurus. Together they help each other survive through the treacherous and forbidding terrain. Speckles grows up learning fighting skills so he can be ready for the day when he will return to claim his family’s ancient hunting grounds and become The Dino King.

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Oz The Great and Powerful 2D / 3D (Blu-ray Review)

Oz Box ArtWhen Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. Fame and fortune are his for the taking. That is until he meets three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.  Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late.  Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity and even a bit of wizardry, Oscar transforms himself not only into a great wizard but into a better man as well. Continue reading ‘Oz The Great and Powerful 2D / 3D (Blu-ray Review)’

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Broken City (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)

Broken City (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)So I’ve heard mixed things about the Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones 2013 crime thriller, Broken City.  Sadly, I missed the press screening when it was previewed in my area and I altogether missed the theatrical release so needless to say I was thrilled when I recently offered the chance to review the DHD version of it.  For those of you that don’t know, DHD stands for Digital HD, Fox’s early access to newly released blockbuster films you can watch anytime and anywhere weeks before the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release, often with a discounted price of $14.99 or so.  But like I was saying, I accepted the chance to check this movie out in advance before all the Blu-ray and DVD critics get their colloquial paws on their respective review products and be one of the first, the elite, to tackle this one on the World Wide Web.  So without further ado, let’s take a private eye look at Broken City, through the eyes of yours truly…me!  Continue reading ‘Broken City (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)’

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Life Of Pi (3D Blu-ray Review)

I was very happy to see all the success that Life of Pi received during its theatrical run.  It is by no means a traditional Hollywood film, which is reflected by its international acclaim being more resonant than its domestic success.  With that said, the film did make a good splash box office-wise and critically, with the film scoring four Academy Awards, including a best director Oscar for Ang Lee.  Life of Pi works on many levels and is certainly suited for many different types of audiences, as it is an incredibly earnest, yet exciting film, and a visual treat for everyone.  The story is simple, but it has a lot more on its mind as well.  Now the Blu-ray is available and it definitely maintains so much of what made this a marvelous film to watch in theaters.

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Wreck-It Ralph – Ultimate Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray 3D/ Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy (Blu-ray Review)

Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy-winning director Rich Moore (TV’s “The Simpsons,” “Futurama”) take movie fanson a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in “Wreck-It Ralph.”  Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (voice of Jack McBrayer, “30 Rock”), the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day.  But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy.  He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.  On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch, TV’s “Glee”) from the first-person action game Hero’s Duty.  But it’s the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman, “The Sarah Silverman Program”) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade.  Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it’s too late? Continue reading ‘Wreck-It Ralph – Ultimate Collector’s Edition: Blu-ray 3D/ Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy (Blu-ray Review)’

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Monsters, Inc.: Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition: 3D Blu-ray / Blu-ray / DVD Combo + Digital Copy (Blu-ray Review)

The now-classic Academy Award-winning animated comedy adventure Monsters, Inc. is set in Monstropolis, a thriving company town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside. Lovable Sulley (voiced by John Goodman) and his wisecracking best friend Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the largest scream-processing factory.  The main power source in the monster world is the collected screams of human children—and at Monsters, Inc., an elite team of scarers is responsible for gathering those precious natural resources.  Believed by monsters to be toxic, children are strictly forbidden from entering Monstropolis.  But when a little girl named Boo (voiced by Mary Gibbs) accidentally follows Sulley back into his world, he finds his career in jeopardy and his life in utter chaos.  Assisted by Mike, the two pals plot to rectify the mistake and return Boo to her home.  When the trio encounters an unexpected series of complications, they become embroiled in a cover-up catapulting them into a mystery beyond their wildest dreams. Continue reading ‘Monsters, Inc.: Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition: 3D Blu-ray / Blu-ray / DVD Combo + Digital Copy (Blu-ray Review)’

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Frankenweenie 3D / 2D 4-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray Review)

From Disney and creative genius Tim Burton (Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes the hilarious and offbeat Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town learn that getting a new ‘leash on life’ can be monstrous. Frankenweenie features an all-star cast including the voices of Emmy Award-winner Catherine O’Hara, Tony Award-winner Martin Short, Academy Award-winner Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Golden Globe-winner Winona Ryder. Continue reading ‘Frankenweenie 3D / 2D 4-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray Review)’

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Up 2D / 3D (Blu-ray Review)

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios take moviegoers up, up and away with a wildly original adventure with their latest comedy-fantasy.  Up follows the uplifting tale of 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America.  But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell.  Their journey to a lost world, where they encounter some strange, exotic and surprising characters, is filled with hilarity, emotion and wildly imaginative adventure. Continue reading ‘Up 2D / 3D (Blu-ray Review)’

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Finding Nemo 2D / 3D Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

In this stunning underwater adventure teeming with memorable comedic characters and heartfelt emotion, Finding Nemo follows the momentous journey of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) and his young son Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould).  When the two are unexpectedly separated in the Great Barrier Reef, Nemo is carried far from his ocean home and deposited in a fish tank in a dentist’s office.  Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son – who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.  Finding Nemo is now available for the first time ever in high-definition Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and Digital platforms! Continue reading ‘Finding Nemo 2D / 3D Ultimate Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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Brave: Five Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition – Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy (Blu-ray Review)

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate.  Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane).  Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish.  The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.  Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, Brave is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor that audiences of all ages around the world have come to eagerly expect. Continue reading ‘Brave: Five Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition – Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy (Blu-ray Review)’

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Secret of the Wings 2D / 3D Flitteriffic Fairies Double Pack (Blu-ray Review)

Secret of the Wings is Disney’s highly-anticipated all-new movie in the Tinker Bell Disney Fairies film franchise.  For Tinker Bell and the other warm season fairies, the Winter Woods remains a mysterious and forbidden place.  Secret of the Wings takes audiences on an amazing journey of discovery with Tink, into this forbidden world where she discovers a magical secret that changes her life forever.  Secret of the Wings is a magical fairy adventure for the whole family,  and it features a spectacular voice cast including Academy Award-Winner Anjelica Huston (TV’s ‘Smash’), Timothy Dalton (TV’s ‘Chuck’, The Living Daylights), Lucy Liu (TV’s ‘Elementary’, Charlie’s Angels), Raven-Symoné (TV’s ‘That’s So Raven’), Megan Hilty (TV’s ‘Smash’), Pamela Adlon (TV’s ‘Louie’), Matt Lanter (TV’s ‘90210’), Debby Ryan (TV’s ‘Jesse’) and Mae Whitman (TV’s ‘Parenthood’), and introducing the sparkling new winter fairy, Periwinkel, voiced by Lucy Hale (TV’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’).   Continue reading ‘Secret of the Wings 2D / 3D Flitteriffic Fairies Double Pack (Blu-ray Review)’

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‘Avatar’ Limited 3D Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Avatar is finally available for all of those who wanted to purchase a 3D version of the film.  James Cameron’s groundbreaking film has obviously had an effect on how people now view movies (for better or worse), given the onslaught of 3D releases, but now anyone with the proper capabilities will be able to experience the film that ranks amongst the best to utilize the format.  While a 3D version has been made available before, certain licensing rights have made it difficult to obtain on its own.  Now, a special Limited Edition is available for everyone to get their hands on and they will be able to experience the thrilling visuals from the biggest film of all time in stunning 3D.  Avatar continues to bring the revolutionary experience first seen in theaters to the homes of anyone looking to revisit the visual marvel that is Pandora and the adventures that occur there.  Read on the learn more about this Blu-ray release and its absolutely stunning transfer. Continue reading ‘‘Avatar’ Limited 3D Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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Ghosts of the Abyss 3D / 2D (Blu-ray Review)

Academy Award-winning Director and master storyteller, James Cameron journey’s back to the site of his greatest inspiration – the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world’s foremost historic and marine experts and friend Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted adventure back to the final grave where nearly 1,500 souls lost their lives almost a century ago. Using state-of-the-art technology developed expressly for this expedition, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never-before. With the most advanced 3D photography, moviegoers will experience the ship as if they are part of crew, right inside the dive subs. In this unprecedented motion picture event, made especially for IMAX 3D theatres and specially outfitted 35MM 3D theaters across the country, Cameron and his team bring audiences to sights not seen since the sinking 90 years ago and explore why the landmark vessel – more than any shipwreck – continues to intrigue and fascinate the public. Continue reading ‘Ghosts of the Abyss 3D / 2D (Blu-ray Review)’

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Dr. Suess’ The Lorax 3D (Blu-ray Review)

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax transports viewers into a fantastical landscape imagined by Dr. Seuss and vividly brought to life by Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team at Illumination Entertainment.  Directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) from a screenplay adapted by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul from the 1971 children’s classic, the film is an imaginative journey that begins in the town of Thneedville, where a boy searches for the one thing he knows will win the heart of his dream girl.  But in order find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax, the often grumpy but loveable protector of Truffula Valley, in an exciting adventure filled with comedy and heart.  Danny DeVito (Twins) lends his unmistakable voice to the Lorax, the remarkable creature who “speaks for the trees,” with Ed Helms (The Hangover I & II) as his enigmatic nemesis, the Once-ler.  The all-star cast also includes Zac Efron (High School Musical) as Ted, an idealistic 12-year-old searching for the Lorax; Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift (Valentine’s Day) as Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams; Rob Riggle (The Hangover) as the villainous O’Hare; Jenny Slate (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) as Ted’s protective mother; and five-time Emmy Award winner Betty White (The Proposal) as Ted’s wise Grammy Norma. Continue reading ‘Dr. Suess’ The Lorax 3D (Blu-ray Review)’

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History of the World in Two Hours 2D / 3D (Blu-ray Review)

Did you know that 1% of the white noise you see on your television is actually background radiation from the Big Bang? From the formation of the earth and the emergence of life, to the advance of man and the growth of civilization, the CGI-driven special History of the World in Two Hours 3D offers viewers a rapid-fire view of 14 billion years of history – an epic story that reveals surprising connections to our daily lives.  Featuring incredible graphics specially created for 3D, this 3D blu-ray – the latest release in A+E Networks Home Entertainment’s best-selling 3D line-up — will make a nice addition to the collection of any fan of history and science. Continue reading ‘History of the World in Two Hours 2D / 3D (Blu-ray Review)’

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John Carter 2D / 3D (Blu-ray Review)

From Academy Award–winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton comes John Carter – a sweeping action-adventure set on the mysterious and exotic planet of Barsoom (Mars). John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins).  In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands. Continue reading ‘John Carter 2D / 3D (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Darkest Hour 3D / 2D (Blu-ray Review)

The electrifying science-fiction thriller The Darkest Hour arrives on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD April 10th from Summit Entertainment. Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, Into the Wild), Max Minghella (Ides of March, The Social Network) and Olivia Thirlby (TV’s “Bored to Death,” Dredd) star in this story of five young people who find themselves stranded in Moscow and fight to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.  With Moscow’s classic beauty as the backdrop, The Darkest Hour features some interesting special effects from the minds of visionary filmmakers Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and Chris Gorak (Fight Club, Minority Report).  The movie never lets up as the invaders begin their assault on Earth, targeting the planet’s power supply. Continue reading ‘The Darkest Hour 3D / 2D (Blu-ray Review)’

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