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The Matrix (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Matrix 4K ReviewThe Matrix is almost synonymous with the term science fiction in the late 90’s.  If you look the term up in the dictionary, you’ll find a reference to the film The Matrix.  I’m just kidding, but universal law should work that way.  When The Matrix came out it was pretty much instantly adopted and heralded as a sci-fi classic.  It was even pioneering in the way special effects were done in movie making.  Do you remember how pretty much every film that came out within a few years of The Matrix’s release adopted the slow motion action sequences seen within?  I do and they still use this gimmick.  Look at last year’s Justice League.  Some of the film’s action sequences took pages out of The Matrix’s playbook.  Not that it was ever dead, but it certainly lit a fire under the career of Keanu Reeves not to mention pave the careers of The Wachowski Brothers.  So let’s talk all about this down below.  What say you?  The red pill or blue?
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Black Panther (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Its slightly odd to be here writing a Blu-ray review for a movie that is not only still playing in theaters on its first run, but was STILL in the top 10 last weekend at the box office. A film that is going to cross 700 million dollars in the United States and has made over 1.3 billion dollars worldwide. But, here we are, in the middle of a phenomenon and at the home video demands and scheduling of modern times. Black Panther was a massive phenomenon and quite an unstoppable force in theaters pretty much all 2018 so far (Once February hit). Of course, there’s a new Avengers movie out right now, too, so you have to get Black Panther out on all formats so that the 5 people who didn’t see it can catch up for the big Thanos expedition. This 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray comes courtesy of Disney and comes piled with some really nice bonus features. Its available now, so grab yourself a copy and hopefully the Amazon link works, so you can grab yourself a copy and say Why So Blu sent ya! Continue reading ‘Black Panther (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Die Hard – 30th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Die Hard 4K ReviewFor thirty years now there are people who still endlessly debate and call the action movie Die Hard a Christmas film.  To me I never really thought of it that way until recently.  Maybe I had blinders on all this time, but I always just regarded Die Hard as simply one of the greatest action films of my generation growing up.  It had it all: a flawed hero, a donut eating cop as a buddy, a memorable villain, a high tower and most importantly, Rated R action, execution and language.  If you know me personally and all my seemingly endless hang ups in life, then you’ll know that last point I make about it be Rated R is very important to me.  It allows the film and its action to breathe unrestrictedly.  You keep telling yourself that people getting sprayed down mercilessly by automatic weapons in Christopher Nolan PG-13 films with no visible blood is perfectly fine.  I’ll just nod at you in a non-verbal agree to disagree mentality, but I digress.  Let’s talk some 30th anniversary Die Hard down below.
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Braveheart (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Braveheart 4KBraveheart is one of those Top 10 films of mine that I will continue to re-purchase without any thought or hesitation every time its available on a newer/better home media format.  First VHS, then DVD to Blu-ray and now I’m bringing this epic war film home on 4K Ultra HD,  There’s just so much I love about Braveheart not to mention the fact that I once dated a descendent of William Wallace’s, so she says.  To me historic pieces of this kind really don’t get any better than this especially under the love, care and ultimately direction of its main star, Mel Gibson.  Say what you want about the man.  He may be a drunk and a reckless person in real life, but he’s one hell of a passionate director when it comes to his film projects.  In this case though Braveheart is both the icing on the cake and the yummy cake itself.  I know it sounds like I’m biased in my words.  I am, but there’s just so much ammo to back up my thoughts here with.  Let’s revisit the years 1995/96 down below in more detail.  Shall we? Continue reading ‘Braveheart (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Fifty Shades Freed (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Fifty Shades Freed 4K Review

Well if I ever wanted to know what it felt like to be stranded on a deserted island, all I had to do was watch Fifty Shades Freed.  Why you ask?  Because I absolutely loved it!!!  I know I am not in the majority here, but I had so much fun with here. I mean who doesn’t want to live vicariously through Anastasia Steele (Grey)? She is getting married to Cristian Grey, a handsome billionaire with “all the right moves”  if you know what I mean ;-).

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Gladiator (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

When it comes to the catalog title 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray game, Paramount seems to have a better handle on what to pick early on to upgrade. They seem to either go for something that’s pretty popular to being with in terms of something that always gets picked up no matter the format or they release something prestigious that there’s no question why they would put it out. And often, they do a rock solid job of their new transfers and audio. With Gladiator, they are kind hitting on the best of both options; a super popular film in DVD/Blu-ray found in collections as well as being a Best Picture winner from a very notable director. No new bonus features, but this one has already been loaded with them in the past and they all port over here. You can pre-order to have it ready to put on the shelf for its release on May 15. Continue reading ‘Gladiator (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Peter Rabbit (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Just as summer is about to hit, let us look back and recognize that Peter Rabbit is currently one of the Top 5 films at the box office for 2018 (Top 10 worldwide). Assuredly, it won’t even be Top 10 by years end if even by the end of summer. But, it managed to be a popular family/kids film to check out where #Justice4Paddington didn’t seem to catch fire no matter how much the raves came in for the sequel. Something stuck though, with it making solid bank through competition like Black Panther, the continued dominance of Jumanji, A Wrinkle In Time and Sherlock Gnomes coming out. You’ll be able catch the film again or for the first when you’re able to own the film on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on May 1st. You can order a copy using the Amazon link below.  Continue reading ‘Peter Rabbit (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Saving Private Ryan – Commemorative 20th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Not only has telling stories of World War II brought director Steven Spielberg Academy Award attention in the form of Best Director nominations and his two Oscar wins, the historical subject has brought forth some of his best and most passionate work. His second Oscar win for director is actually his sixth exploration of the second great war in some way, shape or form. Twenty years have come since this film that began the Spielberg-Tom Hanks relationship that also likely paved the way for the phenomenal HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. In celebration, Paramount is debuting the film on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on May 8th. This year (As well as last) is seeing plenty of Spielberg jumping to the format and they can keep on rolling. Hopefully Jaws and Munich aren’t too far away either! Continue reading ‘Saving Private Ryan – Commemorative 20th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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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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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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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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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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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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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest installment of the “Saga” series of Star Wars films, may have made loads and loads of money at the box office, but it is making home video history for the series when it arrives on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray March 27th. Rian Johnson’s chapter finds itself being the first to be released on the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray format. It joins 1977’s original Star Wars (Super 8, BetaMax, VHS, CED), The Phantom Menace (DVD) and The Clone Wars feature film (Blu-ray) as being the “first” Star Wars by itself on home video formats. Any new thing like that is a pretty big deal in the giant world of Star Wars fandom. Heck, if I could, I’d collect every possible physical home video format release of the original trilogy that I could (Sorry, streaming is a nice backup option, but doesn’t feel like “collecting” to me). You can own Star Wars: The Last Jedi by clicking the Amazon link following the review. Continue reading ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Ferdinand (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

This past holiday season, Jumanji and The Greatest Showman showed that even with a Star Wars movie around, there was still winter money to be made at the box office. Hoping to be like the film Sing! the year before, an animated movie that thrived alongside a Star Wars, Ferdinand released to some solid reviews. The film mad some okay money and did well worldwide, but didn’t really launch like I’m sure its creators and respective studio would have liked. But, it’ll now have its chance to thrive in the home video world. The animated film features the voices of people from all over the map like John Cena, Kate McKinnon and Peyton Manning. The film is currently available on all formats and you can order yourself a copy from the link following the review. Continue reading ‘Ferdinand (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle 4K ReviewTruth be told I really have no right reviewing this.  Yes, I’m tackling this one by default because I have two 4K Ultra HD setups at home, but I have never seen the original Jumanji starring Robin Williams.  Is that bad?  I’m told no because I surveyed a lot of my peers and none of them had any great things to say about the classic family film.  So if they don’t have any kind words, then why should I waste my valuable time on it?  However, I feel very different about this 2017 reboot of the action/adventure comedy.  This very likable Rock-driven (Dwayne Johnson) vehicle has had mammoth legs at the box office and thee’s always the added attraction of Nebula (Karen Gillan) to gaze upon here too.  Heck, I even hear there’s talk of not one, but two sequels already planned in this world.  So hell yeah.  Sign me up.  I am very eager to tackle Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle down below for the very first time and bonus…on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray too.  Let me put on some bug spray and I’ll be right back.  It’s a jungle out there! Continue reading ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Shape of Water (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Shape of Water 4K ReviewThe Shape of Water had me very curious.  It’s not because it’s brought to you by the masterful mind of Guillermo del Toro, but it’s because of our resident MPAA certified reviewer, Sir Aaron Neuwirth.  He gave it an overwhelming 5 doggies out of 5 doggies over here.  Truth be told he doesn’t hand out that kind of praise for a film very often.  In fact he even went as far as to call The Shape of Water a “Fantastical Masterwork,” my favorite movie review title he ever made.  His movie review was also tweeted like none other here on the site before even by the del Toro man himself.  If memory serves me correct, he had already seen this one three times before I got see it even once.  Therefore, that’s why I am here because like Aaron I loved this film and I’m honored to provide my take on this March 13th 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release. Continue reading ‘The Shape of Water (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Pitch Perfect 3 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Every popular film must find itself a way to being a trilogy, right? Well, that’s the case now with the Pitch Perfect franchise. Personally, I found the first film to be charming enough and it was quite popular enough to warrant an encore performance or a victory lap of sorts.  That victory lap turned into a really really awful film, but it did make money, so here with are with our third film about a zany female collegiate acapella group. And hey, it didn’t total as much money as the second film, but still made plenty enough to count your winnings take it home and bid the world adieu. This final performance of the Bellas will be making its way to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on March 20th (The first two films will also see an upgrade on this date). Don’t be one of those lazy pitches, pre-order yourself to have it on release.  Continue reading ‘Pitch Perfect 3 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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