Everyone’s favorite past his prime, lazy, slow-footed, washed up, overweight action hero is back! And make no mistake, I say this with great admiration and appreciation. Steven Seagal is back to his old antics in Contract To Kill. While no, his films could be considered bottom of the barrel (And they are), sometimes these things can hit the money in terms of schlock, unintentional hilarity or just straight up easy to watch action junk. Contract To Kill is currently playing OnDemand. On February 28th, you’ll be able to own the adventure on Blu-ray (With a digital copy of it to boot) which includes a Making Of Featurette. Get your Amazon pre-order (Link at the bottom) in to keep your Steven Seagal collection up to date and complete. Continue reading ‘Contract To Kill (Blu-ray Review)’
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Seven Suicides – and they roared back as The Living Dead! The United States gave motorcycle-mad cinemagoers Easy Rider, The Wild One and The Wild Angels. The United Kingdom gave them Psychomania, the tale of zombie bikers run amok is southern England. The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson) also has a Satanist for a mother, and when he discovers the secret of immortality, the name of his motley crew takes on a more literal meaning… Directed by Hammer veteran Don Sharp (The Kiss of the Vampire, The Devil-Ship Pirates) and co-starring Beryl Reid (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) and George Sanders (Village of the Damned), Psychomania is a wonderfully offbeat gem, outlandish and eccentric in equal measure. This new 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD combo now available from the good folks at Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group features 2K restoration from preservation negatives, High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations and Original 1.0 mono audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray). Extras include a brand-new Interview with star Nicky Henson, Return of the Living Dead, an archive featurette containing interviews actors Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor, Sound of Psychomania, an archive interview with composer John Cameron, Riding Free, an archive interview with ‘Riding Free’ singer Harvey Andrews, Hell for Leather, a brand-new featurette on the company who supplied the film’s costumes, Remastering Psychomania, a look at the film’s restoration from the original 35mm black and white separation masters, plus a Theatrical Trailer. Continue reading ‘Psychomania 2-Disc Special Edition (Blu-ray Review)’
I’m a big fan of the spy/espionage subgenre of dramas, thrillers and action films. Whether it be James Bond, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Jason Bourne or Bridge of Spies, I’m down for some those deceitful antics. While 2015 was the year of the spy film (Or return, there were a lot), 2016 was of course rather light. It had me looking forward to this Marion Cotillard (love her) and Brad Pitt team up, Allied. I didn’t make it to the theater, and medicore reviews led me to feel I had no rush to get there. However, I’m still excited to check it out on the new 4K UHD Blu-ray that will be available February 28th. Continue reading ‘Allied (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’
The heavy awards contender Manchester by the Sea is the equivalent of an arthouse blockbuster. It’s an impressively made drama from acclaimed writer/director/playwright Kenneth Lonergan about a man’s grief, while back in his hometown. It features reserved, but impressive performances from the likes of arthouse favorites Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, with an expanded running time to make sure we follow all the moving parts to these characters and this story. Manchester by the Sea allows for more resonance when it comes to taking in the emotional payoffs of a feature like this. With six Oscar nominations, it helps that the film has enough heart and humor to go along with the drama and make it ultimately quite rewarding.
Ahhh, the treasure trolls. They’ve been around forever. Everyone grew up with one, knows what they are, sold a lot of items based on different colors of hair. Popular damn things. Are they still? Not sure. However, wow, it has taken a REALLY long time for them to get a movie off the ground, right? You would have thought this movie would have been attempted or come out in the 1990s, on the second wave of their big fad (Originally made in 1959, they became popular in the 1970s first). It could have been regular 2D hand drawn or a CG movie. But, nope. Here we are in 2017 (Well, the film was released last year so 2016) and its finally here. If it would have came out then, though, they wouldn’t have likely instantly hit gold with a big pop song for the movie. Yes, they’ve got Justin Timberlake who (when it comes to music) is just instant success. The film is available for purchase on 4K UHD Blu-ray and regular Blu-ray on February 7th. Continue reading ‘Trolls (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’
Inspired by a custody case brought before the Irish courts in 1955, that of Desmond Doyle and his fight in the Irish courts to be reunited with his children. The film was directed by Bruce Deresford (Driving Miss Daisy) and starred Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye, Die Another Day, TV’s Remington Steele), Julianna Marguiles (Ghost Ship, TV’s The Good Wife, TV’s ER), Alan Bates (Women in Love, An Unmarried Woman, Nijinsky), Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire, V for Vendetta), Aidan Quinn (Legends of the Fall, The Mission, TV’s Elementary). Rounding out the cast of talented actors is Sophie Vavasseur (Becoming Jane) as Evelyn, the little girl who won the hearts of a nation. Evelyn is directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) from a screenplay written by Paul Pender (The Bogie Man). The film saw a limited release in the US. Its debuting on Blu-ray from Olive Films on February 21. Continue reading ‘Evelyn (Blu-ray Review)’
Doctor Strange is a Marvel comics character I was fully aware of, knew what he looked like, kinda understood his powers and the like, but knew not much of and backreading or the details of him. Couldn’t tell you his villains or allies or big arcs he went through. I believe I did see that 1970s TV movie they made for him back in the day which didn’t really stick with my brain much. So, this is one of those that is exciting because I have no fandom attachments going in and can just enjoy what they give me and really question nothing at all. What really appealed to me was their choice of director as well as the insane visuals on display when the trailers began to drop on us. It was a movie that screamed “I MUST SEE THIS IN 3-D!!!”. And when I went to the theater I did. But, here today I’m going to talk about the 2D Blu-ray release of the film. A film you can pre-order and have for yourself on release day, February 28th! Continue reading ‘Doctor Strange (Blu-ray 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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People may not remember this, but Indiana Jones was once pretty popular. Haha, okay so maybe he still is. But, Raiders of the Lost Ark was a phenomenon. And back in the day when there was a phenomenon, as a rival studio or an upstart, you did your best to keep up and rip off the hot properties. Its sort of a lost art that has been lost in an age of remakes, reboots, soft reboots, reimagings and overall trying to keep a brand’s name on the marquee rather than asking audiences to try something “different”. For Cannon Films, their hand went into the Jones’ well with bringing literary adventure hero Allan Quatermain back to the big screen with King Solomon’s Mines. The film was on the heels of the second Indiana Jones film, The Temple of Doom in 1985. It proved to be a solid hit, riding on the same wave that something like Romancing The Stone also was. Cannon shot a sequel back to back and was ready to cash in on it in 1987 with Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (Also available from Olive Films). King Solomon’s Mines will be making its US Blu-ray debut from Olive Films this week on Tuesday, February 21st. Continue reading ‘King Solomon’s Mines (Blu-ray Review)’
Michael Curtiz, the acclaimed journeyman director of films such as Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Yankee Doodle Dandy, finally finds one of his films as a part of The Criterion Collection with Mildred Pierce. An ambitious mix of film noir and melodrama, this acclaimed 1945 film marked a career comeback for Joan Crawford, who would go on to win a Best Actress Academy Award. Based on the hardboiled James M. Cain novel, the film is now heralded as a classic for its handling of Crawford’s character, the strong casting choices, blend of domestic drama with murder mystery and many other elements. Now everyone can dive into this Criterion Blu-ray release and revisit this story of maternal sacrifice.
In the history of cinema, we’ve been through many teachers with challenging students or schools altogether. It usually winds up in a happy renaissance for both the teacher and the students, overcoming their lifestyles and whatnot to unlock a knowledge based key to a world they never imagined they could be a part of. Hell, you know what Coolio sang about. Now, when it comes to horror, I’m not sure there are many scary teachers that put the spin on this, but here’s a new one for you in The Lesson. First-time feature helmer Ruth Platt “comes out swinging as an intelligent directorial force with this debut” (DreadCentral.com) that “ramps up the tension dramatically and results in a solid horror coming-of-age film that features one of the scariest teachers ever put on screen” (Bloody-Disgusting.com)! The Lesson makes its debut on Blu-ray on March 7th.
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During horror’s heyday of the 1980s, one particular genre seems to flourish more than it ever has since. The horror anthology became popular mainly after Creepshow burst onto the scene. Doing multiple shorts in one film has been a sort of lost art that fans have been clamoring for and in recent years its made a bit of a comeback in the indie/VOD scene. Deadtime Stories is one such anthology from the 1980s, bombing at the box office then later likely finding an audience on home video. And for you, that audience, Scream Factory, as they’ve done many times before, has rescued it to Blu-ray. Continue reading ‘Deadtime Stories (Blu-ray Review)’
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 HERE. Continue reading ‘Quarry: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray 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)’
Ang Lee is one of modern cinemas most celebrated and colorful directors when it comes to his filmography. He has constantly challenged himself, pushed boundaries and always seems ahead of the curve. Things he does that seems odd, taboo or weird now end up becoming somewhat a bit of normalcy later on. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is his latest foray down that road. And yes, there’s a movie here, a plot, actors and all the like, but its not been the buzz and discussion for the film at all. Lee has instilled the highest framerate ever used on a film; 120fps. The talk of this movie was all about that technological movement and nothing to do with the film. For its 4K UHD Blu-ray debut, the frame rate is being cut in half to 60fps; a home video landmark (Still a big deal considering, in some theaters The Hobbit films were 48fps). People will get a chance to see this for themselves when the film releases on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Continue reading ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’
Based on a stranger-than-fiction true story, King Cobra is a deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the pornography industry. Starring Christian Slater, James Franco, Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald, King Cobra is part delirious tabloid-shocker satire, part American tragedy. Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on February 14th, 2017 from Shout! Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, King Cobra also includes an audio commentary with director and co-writer Justin Kelly, outtakes from the film and the theatrical trailer as bonus features. Fans of this debauched thriller can pre-order their copies now at ShoutFactory.com.
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Hey Trekkies! Its that time again where we witness Paramount reissuing all the Star Trek series in new bundles or editions. Well, not new editions, because we’re always trying to get the most miles on the discs we’ve owned. This winter/spring we’re privy to new complete collections of Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Enterprise is the only one coming to Blu-ray probably…well…ever. Last week broke a terrific story I’m sure you saw on the insane amount of effort to restore The Next Generation and the reasons why time, money and demand just aren’t there for Deep Space Nine and Voyager (Bummer, yes, so don’t scoff at the DVD sets you’ve been holding off on, pick them up). Here today, we are glossing over the complete set of the most recent Star Trek TV show (Until Discovery launches), Enterprise! Continue reading ‘Star Trek: Enterprise – The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review)’
To keep the totally rad 80’s movies kick going, this week sees a special edition of my regular column of all things five-star film past – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Since the good folks over at Mill Creek Entertainment decided to finally release the film I’ve chosen here on a more lush than VHS Blu-ray format I thought why not kill two birds with one critical stone. The result – a film review and Blu-ray review rolled into one for your reading convenience! That’s right folks! Not only do you get the full review of my favorite produced by Michael Mann 80’s misfit flick for Forgotten Friday Flick time, but you also get a bird’s eye view into the Blu-ray specs on the latest release ala Mill Creek to boot. So let’s get the team together, form a bond and become one of the five fingers ala…Band Of The Hand!