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Keeping Up With The Joneses (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Keeping Up With The Jonses 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewKeeping Up With The Joneses was oddly a selection that made Aaron Neuwirth’s list of 2016 anticipated movie titles over here.  So there’s that going for it.  For me though it means Keeping Up With The Joneses I get to spend more time with Wonder Woman, I mean Gal Gadot.  So there’s also that too.  However, even armed with the knowledge of both these aforementioned items I managed to successfully evade the film theatrically despite the fiancee wanting to check it out.  I knew the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray would inevitably be coming one day and I had more than a feeling that  Brandon Peters would make me the sacrificial lamb.  I do not mind being said lamb for Gal Gadot so proverbially slit my wrists now as we’re here to discuss everything Keeping Up With The Joneses down below.
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Underworld (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Underworld 4K ReviewUnderworld is one of those films that I’ll never forget where in life I was when I saw it.  I’ll spare you the details, but I  remember that evening vividly as it was a good one.  It also came out at just the right time when the vampire craze was just ramping up and ironically was both the rise and downfall of Kate Beckinsale’s career.  That’s what happens when you fall for your film’s director.  You’re forced to do sequel after punishing sequel.  Just ask Milla Jovovich how that works out for you.  However, there’s no disputing how fine Kate has always looked filling that tight, black leather corset coupled with those stunning Blu-ray eyes.  Even though we had the pleasure of spending time with the lovely Rhona Mitra in the third film, Rise of the Lycans, no Underworld fan can deny Selene’s (Beckinsale) presence and assets were greatly missed.  On the flip side, I really liked the third entry.  Ha ha.  I digress.  Let’s rewind back to 2003 as we nostalgically discuss the one that started it all, Underworld, which coincidentally sees a 4K Ultra HD release December 27th. Continue reading ‘Underworld (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Storks (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

StorksOoooh…Storks!  This is one of those films where I do the review because I reeeeeeeeeally love my children.  But, right now, I’m still curious on seeing a lot of different varieties on the 4K UHD format.  The only animated movie I’ve done before that is that fifth Ice Age film.  Storks is from a different studio that’s putting a little more to it with their presentations (Warner Bros).  And then I saw that it was directed by Nicholas Stoller, so that gained me a little hope.  One of two films he directed this year (The other, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising).  Storks opened against The Magnificent Seven (Which I just reviewed the other day).  It placed second in its opening weekend, but went on to gross more money than it worldwide (Magnificent Seven won the domestic battle, though).  Now its once again going head to head with it on the home video market as they both come out the same day in all formats.  You can find it on the shelves December 20th. Continue reading ‘Storks (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Sully (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

SullyWho didn’t know the story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger?  His courageous landing on the Hudson River was one of the biggest stories when the year flipped over to 2009.  Its crazy to think that its going to be eight years ago next month.  Its almost like its fresh on the brain.  As with all things historic and heroes, you have the talk show tours, followed by a book and then the movie or a TV mini-series or what-have-you.  “Sully” as he is known, got to have Tom Hanks play himself in the film and another Hollywood legend and icon, Clint Eastwood, craft the film about his maneuvering.  The film kicked off a sort of star-vehicle driven run at the box office last September, that ironically ended when another Tom Hanks film (Ron Howard and he’s third Robert Langdon film Inferno) tanked pretty hard.  Sully will be available on 4K UHD Blu-ray (As well as regular Blu-ray and the old DVD) on December 20th. Continue reading ‘Sully (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Magnificent Seven (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Magnificent-SevenTry as I might, I just could not get to Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven (The original, a Western re-imagining of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai) in the theater.  I had a free ticket from The Magnificent Seven collection Blu-ray set I picked up at Best Buy to revisit it before this new one.  Also in hand, I had a free IMAX ticket from a guest spot on an internet radio program I guested on to talk The Magnificent Seven.  The film opened and did well, keeping it in theaters for quite some time, but I just could not get the time.  Well, now I finally do, and in glorious 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray.  That’s no match for IMAX, but I’ll take it as a rather nice concession in the comfort of my own home. Continue reading ‘The Magnificent Seven (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Morgan (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Morgan 4K TNMorgan was a film I undeniably didn’t get to theatrically very much so on purpose.  While the trailers and the promise of Ridley Scott producing it initially sucked me in the overall negative critical response kept me far away.  However, I couldn’t help but wonder what really was under the surface here within Morgan.  Is it just some great concept cooked up, but executed poorly?  Does it really make you want to revisit Ex Machina immediately after viewing?  Those questions and more I hope to tackle and address down below in my 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review of Morgan, which releases at retailers everywhere this coming Tuesday, December 13th.  Here goes nothing or in more scientific terms, Great Scott! Continue reading ‘Morgan (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Argo (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

ArgoBen Affleck’s directorial catalog has been nothing short of a perfect batting average.  Despite your thoughts on his films, none of them are terrible and at worst you can’t say any of them aren’t pretty damn entertaining.  There were no clumsy steps or learning curves, he started right out with some prestige.  His second film The Town, which Brian just recently expertly covered the 4K of garnered him some big attention and people wanting to give the man a second Oscar.  That would come with this film, Argo, the one that famously snubbed him a Best Director nod only to land him that second Oscar with a Best Picture Oscar in the producer role (As well as George Clooney).  Its a well directed, exciting, educational and crowd pleasing film that had a quadruple threat of box office money, audience, critical approval and statues to go with. Continue reading ‘Argo (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Goodfellas (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Goodfellas-4K Thumb4K UHD has been impressing me along the way this year.  One thing I really want to see more of on the format are classic films.  I know new films are going to look shiny, new and vibrant.  But, what I really want to see is how the vintage stuff is going to look and improve when done right.  Just a few months ago, I was downright disappointed when Sony released yet another version of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (One of the greatest Blu-ray transfers of all time) on regular Blu-ray when they actually do have a 4K remaster just sitting there waiting.  Thankfully, Warner Bros didn’t let me down.  Like usual, when a new format drops, here comes Goodfellas.  Last year, you’ll remember they release a Blu-ray sourced from a 4K remaster…well…here’s what said master actually looks like now.  I couldn’t be more excited to be revisiting this film and transfer just a year later.
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Suicide Squad (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Suicide Squad 4K Blu-ray TNSuicide Squad is one of those movies where you just have to get that first screening under your belt.  It’s like being on a Southwest Airlines airplane.  You know how you hear that ding and the captain says you’re now free to move around the cabin?  It’s sort of the same principle with David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.  After you get that initial first viewing of the film out of the way you’re now able to freely have fun with all subsequent watches.  That was at least the case for me as I went on to see this one a total of three times theatrically despite my initial disdain.  There are just too many good morsels to eat up in here to harbor any hate for the film.  It’s not like the second through fourth Transformers films.  Suicide Squad gets better with repeat visits.  If you don’t believe me, check out how much money this bad boy made at the box office.  Surely Margot Robbie doesn’t draw that much in attendance.  Or does she now?! Continue reading ‘Suicide Squad (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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I Am Legend (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

I Am Legend 4K Blu-ray ReviewI Am Legend is best known to me as that Will Smith “zombie” apocalypse movie that featured the real star of the show…a red 2007 Shelby GT500.  He does drive other Ford vehicles in the film, but none compare to that beastly, now classic muscle car.  Now I know how that can be construed by someone just reading this.  You’re probably thinking Brian hates this film and the only thing good about it is some stupid race car.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth.  I don’t hate I Am Legend at all.  It’s no World War Z, but it’s definitely not the worst “zombie” film ever made either.  I consider it middle of the road and for me it’s a very odd selection for Warner Bros. to include in their next wave of catalog 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases alongside Goodfellas, Argo and The Town.  You get where I’m going here?  However, for the moment I wish to digress and for the next five minutes or so (depending upon how fast of a reader you are) I’d like to discuss all things I Am Legend.  After all, that is my job!
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The Town (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Town 4KI didn’t use to be the biggest Ben Affleck fan around, but The Town was definitely one of the movies I could not wait to see after viewing its initial theatrical trailer.  Maybe it was those devilish looking bank robbing masks (click here to see what I am talking about) that reminded me so much of  Point Break‘s creepy presidential masks or maybe it was the simple fact that this film blatantly looked so bad-a$$.  I don’t know what it was.  But I did know this.  I was pumped and primed for it.  I love me a good Boston crime drama any day of the week.  Little did I also know back then, but Ben Affleck was about to light the world on fire, not to mention Jeremy Renner too.  With an impressive cast, an intriguing storyline and a trailer that made me instantly want to plop my hard earned cash down on there was little chance that The Town was ever going to be anything less than crowd pleasing.  Looking back six years now I definitely was not disappointed at all with the end product.
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Jason Bourne (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Jason Bourne 4K Blu-ray ReviewJason Bourne needs no trailer to sell it.  Let’s be honest of that fact.  When Bourne Identity dropped in 2002 it rejuvenated the stale international spy franchises out there.  Just look at the style of what came next in the Bond series, Casino Royale, as living proof.  Suddenly Bourne-like movies infected our screens everywhere from the mainstream Mission Impossible franchise to even television series like 24.  Yes, technically 24 came out first, but surely you can see the influence of the Bourne films.  Ha ha.  Whatevs!  What I want to know is what’s up with these “character name” movie titles?  Stallone resurrected two dead franchises like that.  Now I guess it’s Greengrass’ turn, eh? Continue reading ‘Jason Bourne (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Hunger-Games-Catching-FireHot on the heels of the original came the obvious sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire.  Since there’s, you know, multiple books in the series, anybody and everybody was expecting regardless of “how big” the first film would do.  With the sequel came a changing of the guard as Gary Ross stepped away from the director role and Francis Lawrence would fill his shoes and finish out the series.  Along with Lawrence came some hard hitters filling in the supporting character roles with the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright and Amanda Plummer.  It was another huge success for the franchise, which is making a full on 4K UHD Blu-ray appearance, just a year after finishing its run.  This thrilling second chapter, er book…or sequel will be making its Blu-ray debut on November 8th. Continue reading ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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War Dogs (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

War DogsI wasn’t able to get to War Dogs this past summer when it released to theaters.  And I was interested in checking it out theatrically.  There were a lot of factors that appealed to me.  Miles Teller and Jonah Hill seemed like a natural and exciting team up.  Todd Phillips is also a pretty good and overlooked director and seemed to be using his talents for something new.  It also looked like a piece of cinema akin to the Pain and Gain and The Wolf Of Wall Street type of movies.  Oh, and it had a true story aspect with a topic that I kind of was interested in learning more about how this all actually happened.  Well, I was able to check it out on this new 4K UHD Blu-ray that just released this week from Warner Bros. Continue reading ‘War Dogs (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Secret Life of Pets (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Secret Life of Pets 4KThe Secret Life of Pets was a film we never made it to theatrically this year.  It wasn’t because we did not want to see it, quite the contrary, but it was just a bad timing thing.  Time is our enemy in life.   Then came news of the fact that this title was coming to the superior Ultra HD Blu-ray format in December.  I jumped at the chance to be one of the first peeps to review it.  Call it an ego thing or call it what you want.  I just really wanted to see it.  See I don’t have any kids in my life.  I’m too selfish and impatient to ever have them.  However, what I do have are loving, adorable pets.  They are my kids to me and I know I love my son Star-Lord just as much as Brandon Peters loves Logan.  If I could give him my extra kidney in time of need, I would without hesitation.  That and so many reasons more is why I have been smitten by the idea of The Secret Life of Pets ever since it was first announced.  And now the wait is finally over!  Join me in talking everything fur babies down below. Continue reading ‘The Secret Life of Pets (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Mechanic Resurrection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Mechanic Resurrection 4K Blu-ray ReviewMechanic: Resurrection was a film I never made it to theatrically this year.  In fact I never even saw the first film in the series.  After reading Aaron Neuwirth’s review of the second one here I took away the fact that I don’t even need to visit the first film for continuity sake at all.  Bonus for me!  Truth be told though I always felt like you’ve seen one Jason Statham action movie you’ve seen them all.  Now I know that is being ignorant and completely not true.  I also adore Jason Statham in a lot of his features too.  It’s just that some of his outings are so damn generic they’re not memorable one bit to say the very least.  However, how often does Jason get paired with Jessica Alba?  To top it off this one’s being released in glorious 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.  How on Earth can I say no to that combo?  It’s a rhetorical question.  I cannot! Continue reading ‘Mechanic Resurrection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Sausage Party (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Sausage Party 4K Bu-ray ReviewSausage Party, which sort of made its premiere at SXSW this year, is one film I purposely missed out on theatrically this year.  I know I’m not alone in my way of thinking.  The overall consensus is very split on this one too.  Either people seem to love it or others outright hate it like our boy Bron Anderson here.  I have not heard anyone say they are in the middle of the road in regards to Sausage Party.  Nevertheless here it is ladies and gentlemen.  From the team that brought you Superbad, Pineapple Express, This is the End and Neighbors comes the highest grossing R-rated animated film of all-time, Sausage Party, now on the next-generation 4K Ultra HD format courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  So what the hell is it all about?  That’s the question of the hour and I’m not sure you’re going to like what I have to say about it all.  Follow me down folks. Continue reading ‘Sausage Party (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Hunger-Games-Mockingjay-Part 2All good things must come to an end and all Mockingjays must have their part 2.  And it all felt like it came and went so quickly.  Just a mere 3 and a half years following the first film, here we were with a fourth (extra film to be honest) and final chapter.  It was quite an enlightening and engaging journey through some terrific science fiction, action and thrilling politics.  The series also gave us a iconic actor/character in Katniss Everdeen that will forever remain one of cinema’s best.  The Hunger Games series raised the bar and went beyond the level of just simply something for the young adult enthusiasts.  While Twilight never went beyond the Twi-hards (And there are a TON of them) and Harry Potter really didn’t pick up the all-ages crowds til around the fourth one, The Hunger Games had it from the start.  And here’s its climactic finish.  You can own it and the rest of the films on 4K UHD Blu-ray when Lionsgate drops them November 8th. Continue reading ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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