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The Post (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

They may have different years of released attached to them, but Steven Spielberg had two big releases in three months. He’s no stranger to multiple films in a calendar year, as a quick peruse of his filmography will show many double features. Three months before Ready Player One, Spielberg had an Oscar caliber film in The Post (Which wide released in 2018, so you could argue its the same year for most people). Starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, the political thriller based on the attempt of the Washington Post to publish The Pentagon Papers may have been on of the most overlooked and taken for granted candidates for Best Picture. Scoring only a Best Actress nomination for Streep, in a crowded year of great films, Spielberg’s period piece could have easily argued for a lot more consideration. Heck, on another given year, it might’ve been a shue in for more gold. The film is already available on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray, so if you haven’t already, you can pick yourself up a copy and see for yourself. Continue reading ‘The Post (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Paddington 2 (Blu-ray Review)

It’s practically unfair how good Paddington 2 is when considering other movies. Seriously, there’s no reason the first Paddington should have been great, let alone have a sequel that tops it, and now other films coming this year will have to compete with hopes to have the same genuine level of quality. This is the rare family film treat that can work for everyone due to how enjoyable the comedy is, how sweet the film is, and just how well it puts in a message without drowning it out thanks to the terrific work from all the actors involved. If that praise seems excessive, so be it, but Paddington 2 is exceedingly good at being a charming, fun film that also finds a way to matter in today’s age. Since it was somewhat rejected in theaters (shame on all of you), everyone can now see what they missed in this Blu-ray set.

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Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell (Blu-ray Review)

Twenty eight years following the original cult classic horror/action/comedy/monster movie hybrid, here we arrive at the sixth Tremors film. As long as Michael Gross wants to come back, I’ll gladly keep up with the series. Its one that’s never really felt completely overdone, having its most output from 2001-2004 where we got two direct-to-DVD films and a short lived televisions show (That starred Dean Norris). Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell will be following the previous film Bloodlines a little more closely, returning Jamie Kennedy’s Travis Welker (The son of Burt Gummer) to our hero’s side. These films truly know what they are and mostly how to deliver. You’ll get to see if this sixth entry continues the trend when it releases on Blu-ray May 1st.  Continue reading ‘Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell (Blu-ray Review)’

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Source Code (4K UHD Blu-ray)

Duncan Jones launched onto the directorial scene with the heavily praised science fiction film, Moon. One that you really could call a modern cult classic. Moon was exciting a debut as one could have, landing on everyone’s radar, excited to see where Jones would end up next. Currently, Jones has contributed the Warcraft movie that has its fans but was a rather notable failure in the US and the Netflix film Mute that didn’t receive much positive response. Coming off Moon, he did Source Code, a thriller featuring the Groundhog’s Day-like storytelling device about having a short window over and over again to stop a bomb on a train. It received rave reviews and was a solid box office hit. So Jones is on the bad side of batting 50/50 (Even John Boorman had Zardoz and Exorcist II back to back). On the good side, Source Code is coming to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on May 8th! Continue reading ‘Source Code (4K UHD Blu-ray)’

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Dead Man – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

Jim Jarmusch is one of my favorite directors, and The Criterion Collection has seen fit to treat me with a release of Dead Man, his offbeat western from 1995, starring Johnny Depp. Featuring a strong and very Jarmusch supporting cast, beautiful black and white cinematography, and an improvised electric guitar score by Neil Young, Dead Man is the epitome of 90s indie film and one of Jarmusch’s best works as a director. Given my love for 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive and the declaration of Paterson as my favorite film of 2016, Jarmusch has not stopped entertaining me, so I was thrilled to take in a spectacular new release for his acid western.

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The House That Dripped Blood (Blu-ray Review)

When it comes to the notable classic horror studios or collaborations of the 1960s and early 1970s, we immediately lean toward Hammer Films, American International Pictures, the Roger Corman Edgar Allan Poe films, the works of Mario Bava and more. And included in that “more” is definitely Amicus Productions. Not that people aren’t immediately thinking of them too, but in terms of Blu-ray, it seems we are finally getting around to giving them some love. Last year (Which wound up coming out this past January), Severin Films put together an exciting box set of their films. Using many of the same actors as AIP and Hammer, these films fit right with them, albeit more modern than they are period. Scream Factory has brought together another of their famous anthologies (Previously they did the Tales From the Crypt/Vault of Horror double feature), The House That Dripped Blood onto Blu-ray May 8th. Continue reading ‘The House That Dripped Blood (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Commuter (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Jaume Collet-Serra may not be a marquee director or a household name, but he’s been doing some overall solid work this decade. Probably one of the tops when it comes to the mid-budget adult thriller, he’s coming hot off his Blake Lively horror film The Shallows and reteaming with Liam Neeson. The Commuter marks their fourth collaboration following Non-Stop, Run All Night and Unknown. During early rounds of press Neeson says his action hero chapter of his career would be coming to an end with this film, but he may have back tracked that a little. This film opened during Jumanji’s reign and managed to cross over one hundred million dollars worldwide by the end of its run. You’ll find it available for physical at home consumption on April 17.  Continue reading ‘The Commuter (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Molly’s Game (Blu-ray Review)

Acclaimed writer Aaron Sorkin has enjoyed a successful run as a screenwriter. Molly’s Game, his directorial debut, based on a memoir by Molly Bloom, was an attempt to accomplish more, even if he did have to settle for another writing nomination at the Academy Awards. Regardless, one can see why his interest was piqued with a story like this. It places a strong female character at the front of a newsworthy story involving the participation of celebrities, successful businessmen, and mobsters in an underground poker club. Thanks to a cross-cutting narrative approach, the film relies heavily on Sorkin’s ability to let the actors and especially the dialogue build a fantastic flow of the film and the results are quite exciting.

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The Greatest Showman (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Greatest Showman 4KI don’t know what it is about me.  I’m a red-blooded American male who craves carnage, gore and action in every movie going experience I partake in, but I also have a huge soft spot in my heart when it comes to moving, engaging and rousing musicals.  The latter is exactly how I felt after just one viewing of The Greatest Showman’s first theatrical trailer last year.  It was hook, line and sinker for me.  Try as I might I could not get my fiancee to share in the same blissful excitement as me because of the subject matter.  She’s very much against the circus and the long chronicles of animal abuse that usually goes hand-in-hand with them.  Try as I might I could not persuade her, but I understand her position and it’s admirable (although I assure that’s never shown onscreen here).  I just want to be entertained.  I desire to be dazzled by endless entertaining song and dance musical numbers.  That’s the appeal of The Greatest Showman for me going into it for the very first time in my review below.  Well, that and it’s leggy box office success this past December and January.  Let me change into my Big Top costume and we’ll get this 4K circus started down below. Continue reading ‘The Greatest Showman (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Grease – 40th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Grease is the word, and that word is about to go over the hill as the feature film celebrates its 40th birthday this year. And with how many darn rereleases this film has had since the inception of home video, you just know Paramount will not pass over the opportunity to throw us another. And here we are. But, they are doing it right, with a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray of the classic musical, with a brand new transfer and restoration overseen by director Randal Kleiser taking it back to what he felt it was originally supposed to look like. Toss in a couple new bonus features and this isn’t just some mere cover art change of a disc you may already own (Let alone a Blu-ray only steelbook edition that contains the Blu-ray debut of Grease 2). You’ll be able to relive these those summer niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiights when Grease – 40th Anniversary Edition releases on April 24th.  Continue reading ‘Grease – 40th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Suicide Squad Hell to Pay 4K Well hey now!  Are you all prepare to root for the bad guys once again?  That’s right!  The Suicide Squad gang is back!  Not so fast though.  This isn’t the DCEU version of the Suicide Squad.  Oh no!  It’s the DCAU (DC Animated Universe) Suicide Squad.  For the uninitiated the DCAU have both a pretty impressive resume and following.  You can find reviews of past titles such as Batman and Harley here and Batman: Gotham by Gaslight here, but I digress.  The team is back in action here when Amanda Waller once again sends her band of misfit DC Super-Villains on secret mission in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay.  I’m hearing great things about this title so I’m stoked to jump in head first below.  So without further ado let me get this message in from our sponsor here.  The feature-length animated film, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack April 10th.  Now with that being said let’s check out what this one’s all about under its slipcover and cellophane. Continue reading ‘Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Insidious: The Last Key (Blu-ray Review)

Just when movie going audiences thought it was finally safe to go back into The Further.  Surprise!  It is NOT!  I bet you never saw a fourth Insidious film coming, did you?  Given the low budget and success of the first three this was actually a no-brainer.  I wish there were more surefire guarantees like this in life.  I’d be a rich man, but I digress.  Insidious: The Last Key is yes the fourth installment in the Insidious franchise, but if you’re going by chronology of the in-story timelines this is actually second in order.  Confused yet?  Don’t be!  You just need to refresh up a bit down below before venturing into The Further blindly.  Come on!  I’ll show you around here. Continue reading ‘Insidious: The Last Key (Blu-ray Review)’

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Ballers: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray Review)

Ballers Season 3 Blu-ray ReviewOnce again I guess you can say Spencer Strasmore and his boys are back to “ball out” in Season 3 of the hit HBO comedy Ballers releasing on Blu-ray and DVD April 3rd.  I couldn’t be more excited about this season in particular!  It hits home and gets personal for me here.  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.  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 previous Season 1 coverage over here and 2 here.  But wait!  There’s so much more!  Remember I said this season hits home for me?   Well I wasn’t talking about my relationship with the Rock.  Read on below to find out more.  What?  You didn’t think I ws going to shoot my load proverbially in the first paragraph did you?  Of course not!   Continue reading ‘Ballers: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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Cyborg – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

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In 1988, Jean-Claude Van Damme lept into the role of action hero to lead a film for the very first time in Bloodsport. His next role would take him to postapocalyptic wasteland fantasy in Albert Pyun’s Cyborg. A grungy, low budget action fantasy, the film has had a cult legacy and a post production that had its share of drama over the final cut of the film. With that in mind, Scream Factory is putting out a collector’s edition of the film featuring new bonus features (Sorry no Van Damme or Director’s Cut) and a new transfer of the film. This little film is one that has had its fans and Van Damme himself comes with his own little subset of a following. Be sure to check out one of his earliest and more interesting works when Cyborg – Collector’s Edition hits Blu-ray April 24th. Continue reading ‘Cyborg – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Sandlot – 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

I tend to not be very shy about my distaste for a lot of kid-friendly films that various members of my generation cherish. It’s not that I enjoy hating on Hook or Jumanji (for being terrible movies), I have no nostalgic love for them because I didn’t like them when I was young, so I certainly don’t have much care for them now. All of this is a way of saying I am completely fine celebrating The Sandlot, as it is a wonderful coming-of-age film that blends elements of underdog sports movies with the mythic storytelling of an urban legend about a great, big dog. The film has seen its share of Blu-ray releases, but this year is the 25th anniversary, meaning Fox decided to put out another edition of the cult favorite, even if there was still hardly any effort going into the disc itself.

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Legion: The Complete Season One (Blu-ray Review)

With superheroes dominating the box office many months of the year, it’s only natural that TV attempt to follow suit in its own way. We have the Arrow-verse, Gotham, and multiple Marvel Studios Netflix series, among other examples. FX got in the game too last year with Legion. Inspired by the Marvel Comics character, Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley took on the property and made an interesting, exciting, and very stylish series about a mutant diagnosed with schizophrenia, resulting in an uneven perspective on his own life, to say the least. Dan Stevens leads a strong ensemble cast in this eight-episode first season that happens to be my favorite of the different superhero shows currently on air. Now, with the second season fast approaching, the complete season one is now available to own.

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Doctor Detroit (Blu-ray Review)

Shout! Factory, under their Shout Select banner, is bringing the Dan Aykroyd starring comedy Doctor Detroit to Blu-ray for the very first time. Michael Pressman’s film, that also starred Fran Drescher, was a high profile film for the summer of 1983 that ended up falling quite short of expectations. However, it caught on with some people and has become a cult classic over the years since its release. Shout! Factory is bringing the film to Blu-ray with some new bonus features that include an interview and commentary with director Michael Pressman. You’ll find it coming out on April 24th to the format. Amazon pre-orders are available now, so feel free to use the link after the review to secure yourself a copy of this cult classic comedy when it releases. Continue reading ‘Doctor Detroit (Blu-ray Review)’

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Up In Smoke – 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

In 1978, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong made their feature film debut in UP IN SMOKE, the outrageously funny classic inspired by their now legendary comedy routines of the early ‘70s.  Following massive success with over 10 million comedy albums sold, four Grammy nominations and a win for Best Comedy Recording for “Los Cochinos,” Cheech and Chong took Hollywood by storm when UP IN SMOKE became a smash hit, establishing the pair as the reigning comedy duo of a new generation.  Today, the film still has viewers rolling in the aisles and maintains surprising cultural relevance four decades after its original release. Paramount will be celebrating the anniversary of the film but lighting up a fresh new Blu-ray release of the film with some all new bonus materials. You’ll be able to have it with plenty time to get ready for 4/20 when the it release on April 10th. Continue reading ‘Up In Smoke – 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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