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Bushwick (Blu-ray Review)

Emerging from a NY subway on her way home from college, Lucy (Brittany Snow, Pitch Perfect) discovers her neighborhood of Bushwick engulfed in utter chaos. Trying to escape the violence, Lucy seeks refuge in the basement of Stupe (Dave Bautista, Guardians of the Galaxy), a former Marine on his way out of town to find his family. As the unlikely pair navigate through a hail of gunfire and lethal explosions, they learn they are in the middle of a civil war as Texas attempts to secede from the US. With the clash between local residents and the militia escalating, Lucy and Stupe must rely on each other in an impossible race to get out of the city and survive another day.

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Cult of Chucky (Blu-ray Review)

With the success of the surprisingly pretty good Curse of Chucky back in 2013, writer/director Don Mancini has once again found a way to put together a film that displays the intrigue, entertainment, and horror that comes with the killer doll named Chucky. Cult of Chucky is the seventh entry in the now 29-year-old series and the second direct-to-video release. Given the current model of finding old properties and making them new again, I was surprised when ‘Curse’ was somehow not given a theatrical release, but with plenty of strong films finding an audience without that theatrical benefit these days, I’m pretty happy with getting ‘Cult’ as it is. It helps that ‘Cult’ is a pretty solid entry that will easily delight old fans as well as bring joy to those looking for some fresh ideas. Thanks to an unrated Blu-ray release that goes along with a same-day (R-rated) Netflix release, everyone has the chance to see what our favorite ‘Good Guy’ is up to.

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Kick-Ass (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Kick-AssTo say that I was not looking forward to the original April 16th theatrical release date of Kick-Ass would be like saying that I would rather watch a SD DVD of my favorite film over its superior HD counterpart.  It’s just not going to happen.  My obsession with this film happened way back on the magical date of July 24, 2009.  It was on that very day, within Hall H at Comic-Con 2009 in San Diego, that I was introduced to the world of Kick-Ass. I never wore a grin so large in life as compared to when we, the captive audience within Hall H, were treated to not only the film’s Red Band trailer, but also exclusive clips highlighting the mayhem and action of the eccentric cast.  Weird thing is, the film had no distribution deal as of yet.  It was shown first at Comic-Con to gauge the public’s interest.  And if memory serves me correct, the panel even got a standing ovation by the end of its time slot.  Not long after, Lionsgate, one of my favorite movie studios sealed the deal to distribute Kick-Ass nationwide.  And that was a great day indeed.  Sadly, Nicolas Cage was absent from the 2009 Comic-Con panel, but this girl (see below), Chloe Moretz (aka Hit-Girl), won the audience over with not only her youth and innocence, but also her, for lack of a better term, “kick-ass” action sequences.  I’m a firm believer that Kick-Ass would not be half the film it is without Hit-Girl.
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A Ghost Story (Blu-ray Review)

There is an infectiously sweet, sad solitude that runs through the very well shot, directed, acted, and scored A Ghost Story, which comes out today on blu-ray, that is guaranteed to captivate and transfix anyone who views it. Despite its title, A Ghost Story could never really be mistaken for a horror or thriller, as it is much more akin to a dramatic fantasy romance. Excellent, nuanced performances by Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) make this small film with a small cast and a small budget feel like a spectacle not to be missed. You can read further on for all the details about why, but if you are into strange, quiet, slow films just go pick this one up already.

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UNBOXING The Close Encounters Of The Third Kind “Light And Sound” 4K Ultra-HD Gift Set

Curious about the Close Encounters of the Third Kind 40th Anniversary Edition 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray “Light and Sound” gift set? You are almost sure you want to buy it, you’d just like to see what it looks like inside before you finalize your decision to purchase it? Well, you can rest safely, we’ve made an unboxing video of said release just for you. This gift set edition of the release contains the standard 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray release with it that you can find our review for right HERE.  The set contains a few more things than that release, including some super sweet interactive packaging. After you take in the excitement of someone opening one, you can share that experience by ordering your own from the Amazon link below the video. Thank you, and ENJOY! Continue reading ‘UNBOXING The Close Encounters Of The Third Kind “Light And Sound” 4K Ultra-HD Gift Set’

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The Poughkeepsie Tapes (Blu-ray Review)

Leave it to Scream Factory to finally unearth upon everyone a long unseen, but well heard about horror movie. Its been 10 years since The Poughkeepsie Tapes had its first trailer come out for the planned release in 20o8. And then…well…it had two screenings and disappeared. Sure, those who have wanted to see the film have found the way or means to be able to scratch the itch, but its never been available on home video via a physical format or legit legal stream. Scream Factory now is finally making it the real deal here with the Blu-ray release of this notorious unseen found footage film that’s infamy has had people curious to see it. You’ll be able to add it to your horror film marathon viewing in October by pre-ordering using the Amazon link below. Continue reading ‘The Poughkeepsie Tapes (Blu-ray Review)’

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Many highly touted classic films are celebrating their 40th anniversaries this year. While Star Wars is the poster child for cinema in the year 1977, it was an amazing year for film. Even some that were overlooked that year (Cough, Sorcerer) have been rediscovered and reexamined as classics. Director Steven Spielberg had a contribution to that year, his highly anticipated follow up to his phenomenon Jaws; Close Encounters of the Third Kind. A more straightforward science fiction film compared to Star Wars sweeping space fantasy. Close Encounters would up being another smashing success for Spielberg and it has seen numerous rereleases over the years, including a one-week theatrical run not too long ago. It also continues its journey in cinematic immortality by getting a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-release on September 19th. You can pre-order it below using the Amazon link. Continue reading ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 40th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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976-Evil (Blu-ray Review)

Coming out of nowhere and as a complete welcome surprise of Sony announcing the release of vintage 80s horror classic, 976-Evil.  Its super notable as the film marks the directorial debut of fright icon and Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund. The movie dialed itself up a sequel a couple of years later (Your move now, Vestron!) and Englund would only direct one more feature 20 years later, though he did direct two episode of the Freddy’s Nightmares television show. This nice little release from Sony will be available and ready to kick of your October Halloween horror movie marathons on October 3rd. Pre-order this little bit of fun below, following the review to ensure yourself a copy come new release day.  Continue reading ‘976-Evil (Blu-ray Review)’

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Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars (Blu-ray Review)

Starship Troopers might be the best sci-fi action movie of the 1990s and the one that has held up the best over time. I was a pretty big fan of it when I saw it in the theater opening weekend. Being a huge Aliens fans, it played to those sensibilities, but truly was its own beast. Lost on my was a lot of the satirical brilliance at play by Paul Vehoeven, who had shown this same expertise that is impossible to replicated in both Robocop and Total Recall. These three of his movies kinda form a bit of trilogy.  Anywho, its been 20 years since the original Starship Troopers and here they are giving us a new adventure featuring Johnny Rico and resurrecting Dizzy Flores. Oh but, its animated. And this review will be of the standard Blu-ray edition, not the 4K Ultra-HD one. You can pick this up as of last week, September 19th. Continue reading ‘Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Pilgrimage (Blu-ray Review)

Leaving his Irish monastery for the first time, a young novice (Tom Holland, Spiderman: Homecoming) departs with a devoted group of monks and a mysterious former Crusader (Jon Bernthal, “The Punisher”) as they attempt to transport a holy relic to Rome. Threatened at every turn by savage tribes, traitorous Norman soldiers and those that seek the power they believe the relic holds, the young man finds surprising courage while faced with deadly challenges that will push his body, mind and spirit to the breaking point.

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Warm Bodies (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Warm Bodies 4KI remember back in 2013 wanting nothing to do with this movie and shamefully saying how awful it looked.  However, I also remember flying home on a work trip and being bored out of my mind knowing that I had a long flight ahead of me. The conundrum was that I had nothing to watch on the plane.  Eureka!  I came up with the idea that I should download Warm Bodies on my iPad to keep me company for the next three hours.  After all our own Aaron Neuwirth had originally given this one some nice nods in his movie review originally published here.  I’m glad I did because not only did Nicholas Hoult go on to become one of my most favorite War Boys, but I actually had a rather splendid experience watching Warm Bodies for the first time.  All my apprehension was for absolutely nothing.  So with that being said I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to revisiting this Lionsgate catalog title again on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format.  That ladies and gentlemen is my segue to why we’re all here.
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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

One of the biggest surprises for summer 2003 was the original Pirates of the Caribbean film. There was a lot of goodwill with that movie and its sequels that would form a trilogy were very highly anticipated. Then came that fourth one, whatever you want to call it. I’m still a big fan of the first two films and can watch the third one, though its rather overplotted and confusing. I saw the fourth once. While interested in the fifth one, I didn’t make it to the theater and it wasn’t really priority viewing for me. It didn’t need me though as the film grossed almost 800 million dollars. What surprised me, though is looking back, this series was clearly more of a fan based one that critic. There is a pretty solid discrepancy among the sequels aside from pretty much agreeing the fourth one sucked. Now we come to the fifth one which has a huge distance between audience and critic. You’ll be able to find out for yourself, or if you’re a fan, own it on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray October 3rd. Continue reading ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Transformers: The Last Knight (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Transformers Last Knight 4K ReviewBelieve me when I say this I never wanted write this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review.  In fact I never wanted to even see this flick.  Call me a glutton for punishment, but I know the real truth.  I’m just flat out cheap and don’t want to pay to view it nor do I want to see anyone else on my team remotely speak any praise about it.  You see I loved the first Transformers film.  It was both epic and adventurous, but the second feature was a bloated, flaming turd.  The third outing improved upon things, but everything gained was lost in my opinion in the last entry, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  The title says it all and I wish the franchise would have died there as the stupid title implies.  Nevertheless Michael Bay is back here with another mess to rip apart and ridicule, Transformers: The Last Knight.  Yes ladies and gentlemen this summer blockbuster is just as ludicrous as the name suggests not to mention owning some of the worst trailers of the year too.  Thankfully the people spoke with their wallets and this one did not fair as well as the others did at the box office.  However, before we get into everything that’s wrong with Transformers: The Last Knight let’s get all the proverbial housekeeping out of the way.
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hype! – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Grunge was all the rage as the music and fashion scene of the 1990s was beginning to take shape. Of course it all started with Nirvana and immediate take off the moment Kurt Cobain started up “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. They single handedly killed the hair metal of the 1980s just upon arrival. Their success opened the door for many others to take a more commercial stage like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice n Chains. It was the beginning of what would be called the Alternative Rock of the 1990s. In 1996 a documentary was put together to tell the story of the early roots of the Seattle grunge movement. Called “hype!”, Shout! Factory will be putting out a special Collector’s Edition of the documentary that is now 21 years old and old enough to drink. You may also pre-order below in time for the September 29th release. Continue reading ‘hype! – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Devil’s Candy (Blu-ray Review)

The Devil’s Candy comes from director Sean Byrne who gave us the beloved little indie/underground horror film, The Loved Ones back in 2009. Now, Scream Factory and the folks over at IFC Midnight are teaming up (Surprise, right?) to bring it to Blu-ray This film had been done since 2015, but finally was getting show around just this very year.  Its a fresh, newer, modern horror movie to add to their slowly yet quickly expanding library of modern horror films that themselves are already under ground. This one will be releasing on September 19th, so don’t everybody at once rush down to click on that attractive, helpful Amazon link.  Oh and did I mention it has the star of Can’t Hardly Wait, That Thing You Do, Poppa Georgio himself, Ethan Embry as a metalhead? Continue reading ‘The Devil’s Candy (Blu-ray Review)’

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Tra La Laa! Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is coming to the greatest format in all the land: 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray. Or, depending on when you’re reading this juicy, informative and amazing intro paragraph that is lightly treading water, it could be out already. Yeah, actually its out already. The film was released on September 12th, giving you the chance to vindicate yourself for missing it in theaters. Its a sweet fun little movie that was really good, but unfortunately audiences didn’t take a chance on it.  But, hey, that’s okay, now it can be this little Cult kids movie that is based of the very popular book series (Of which I am not familiar at all).  The film features the vocal talents of three very different comedic actors; Kevin Hart, Ed Helms and Thomas Middleditch. Tra La Laa! Continue reading ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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VEEP: The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray Review)

Two seasons of VEEP on Blu-ray in the same calendar year? What kind of awesome time to be a fan of great, top notch comedy is this? Yes, it is coming back again next year, but they have announced the show will be ending its run in the seventh season. All good things must come to a close and VEEP seems to have found its natural time.  And boy has it made its mark. For every year the show has been on the air, Julia Lous-Dreyfus has won herself an Emmy for her role as Vice President/President/Former President Selina Meyer. That’s an incredible streak and a record for such. Will she cap it all off with a seventh win? We’ll have to see, but you can see her most resent representation of winning talent when the sixth season arrives on Blu-ray from HBO on September 12th. Continue reading ‘VEEP: The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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It Comes At Night (Blu-ray Review)

When It Comes At Night released this past summer it was met with much approval upon the critical reviews. However, once those pesky general audiences got their hands on it, it was seen as all of a sudden being divisive and controversial. They hated it. Using the Tomato meter, the critics wound up giving it an 89% (Acutal: 7.4/10) while the general audiences saw it to be more of a 44% (4.4/10). One very fresh the other very rotten. Primarily, this happens when a film is “different”, unique, outside the box and tries something newer. In this case, the crime might have been assuming that the audiences that were going to buy a ticket to see it generally were smart. Continue reading ‘It Comes At Night (Blu-ray Review)’

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