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Wonder Woman (4K UHD VUDU Review)

Wonder Woman VUDU UHD ReviewLast night I attended something pretty cool hosted by VUDU here, a watch party of Wonder Woman.  Since I purchased the 4K UHD stream of it on August 29th I used the viewing opportunity to review the technical merits of the VUDU presentation.  They gave out some really cool prizes too (#jealousy that I did not win any).  Now like George Washington once proclaimed “I cannot tell a lie.”  Wonder Woman was my number one most anticipated film of the calendar year.  Say what?  I’m 100% serious and no I’m not on any drugs.  This is 80 plus years in the making here, folks!  It’s historic!  I would be prone to say Justice League is, but I’m weary about how ridiculous Cyborg looks thus far.  I’m joking of course.  However, I’ll reserve judgement of that until November (as I hear they are working on him in reshoots anyway).  For now let me bask in the ever radiant light of everything Gal Gadot (in Hebrew her first name means “wave” and her surname means “shores”)  and the Amazonian princess she portrays, Wonder Woman.  Call me a sucker, but I just love a strong female protagonist in my action movies, and it doesn’t hurt if they’re hot too.  So you’ve all seen my proverbial masturbation over the three DCEU films that have come before, Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, and now it’s time to lasso up Wonder Woman.  Wouldn’t that be spectacular to lasso up Wonder Woman, huh (insert dirty evil thought)?  Ha ha.  Come on!  Let’s get started!

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Finding Dory (Digital HD Review)

Finding-DoryAs most probably expected, Finding Dory became the year’s biggest film this summer.  Following one of Disney/Pixar’s most successful, beloved and heralded films of all time was sort of a no-brainer in the wondering of who’s going to go see it.  This time they would focus on the fish with the short term memory loss, Dory, who was voiced by Ellen Degeneres.  The whole crew from the first film returns for this adventures as well as adding in some new friends voiced by character acting favorites.  This review is covering the digital release, specifically the DisneyMoviesAnywhere version, which can be purchased whenever you’d like actually.  A Blu-ray review will happening in the coming weeks, but there are a lot of extras on this one that really should be touted out in anticipation of that release.  So, here we are! Continue reading ‘Finding Dory (Digital HD Review)’

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Southbound (VOD Review)

Southbound thumbSouthbound, out now on various Video On-Demand services (Amazon Video, iTunes), weaves four different stories together into a playful take on anthology horror to create a strange, well-scored, creepy ride down a desert highway. While the stories don’t have a common theme, their connecting tissue comes in the form of a radio program that appears in each short and a change in point-of-view or, in one case, a character moving from one story right into the next one. It is a clever way to make it the entire film feel like a cohesive project, which has its advantages and disadvantages as far as effective storytelling goes. Luckily, despite some setbacks, each short film succeeds at keeping interest and maintaining an overall feel of unease in the viewer. Let’s take a look at Southbound. Continue reading ‘Southbound (VOD Review)’

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A Good Day to Die Hard (DigitalHD™ Copy Review)

A-Good-Day-To-Die-Hard-Blu-rayBruce Willis reprises his iconic role as police detective John McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard, set against the backdrop of deadly corruption and political vendetta in Russia. McClane arrives in Moscow to track down his estranged son, Jack, (Jai Courtney), and is stunned to discover he’s working undercover to protect a government whistleblower, Komarov. With their own necks on the line, the McClanes are forced to overcome their differences in order to get Komarov to safety and thwart a potentially disastrous crime in the most desolate place on Earth – Chernobyl. Keeping audiences on the edge of their seats for 25 years, this latest chapter of the popular action franchise delivers the thrills and the ultimate father-son action duo as A Good Day to Die Hard debuts on Digital HD on May 14 three weeks before the Blu-ray and DVD release on June 4 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.    Continue reading ‘A Good Day to Die Hard (DigitalHD™ Copy Review)’

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The Last Stand (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)

The Last Stand (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)Like my curious flirtation with Mama in my last HD Digital Download review over here, I really wanted nothing to do with The Last Stand.  Why?  Quite simply…I felt embarrassed for Arnold Schwarzenegger in it after seeing how much he makes fun of himself in the trailers.  It was funny at first, but I have heard and seen enough of it in the Expendables films.  However, unlike the boring and painful experience of sitting through Mama, The Last Stand was actually a decent/fun movie and a great action vehicle for Arnold to launch his feature film comeback with his first starring role since 2003’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.  So join me, if you’re brave enough, at taking a behind-the-scenes look at a fun action and adrenaline charged film, which hit theaters this past January.  Complete with outrageous stunts and humor, I promise you’ll have a good time with it.  I did.  So I know you will too.  Moving on… Continue reading ‘The Last Stand (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)’

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Mama (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)

Universal’s Mama was a film I purposely missed when I had a chance to attend the press screening for it up in Cleveland.  The movie’s trailer did not sell me and quite frankly, it looked God awful to me.  I had already suffered through a Guillermo del Toro produced film before and I did not want to lose two hours of my life doing it again.  But the weirdest thing happened.  Instantly, this film garnered all sorts of positive reviews and attention from critics and fans alike.  Even friends of mine raved about it.   So like usual in life, I was kicking myself for missing out on the opportunity I had to see it and needless to say, I was very much anticipating this title’s arrival on the high definition format of choice…in this case iTunes HD Digital Download.  So lets get down to the nitty gritty.  What say you? Continue reading ‘Mama (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)’

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Broken City (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)

Broken City (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)So I’ve heard mixed things about the Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones 2013 crime thriller, Broken City.  Sadly, I missed the press screening when it was previewed in my area and I altogether missed the theatrical release so needless to say I was thrilled when I recently offered the chance to review the DHD version of it.  For those of you that don’t know, DHD stands for Digital HD, Fox’s early access to newly released blockbuster films you can watch anytime and anywhere weeks before the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release, often with a discounted price of $14.99 or so.  But like I was saying, I accepted the chance to check this movie out in advance before all the Blu-ray and DVD critics get their colloquial paws on their respective review products and be one of the first, the elite, to tackle this one on the World Wide Web.  So without further ado, let’s take a private eye look at Broken City, through the eyes of yours truly…me!  Continue reading ‘Broken City (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)’

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The Impossible (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)

Well geez…what can I tell you that you don’t already know already about this film?  If I told you it was the feel good movie of the year, would I be lying?  Well, I guess that depends upon what makes you feel good in life.  If you like a heart wrenching, but uplifting tale of a family that defies all odds amidst a natural disaster that the whole world was caught up in the middle of watching, then this probably is the film for you.  If you are one of those naysayers who says why do I want to be depressed and bash this film without even seeing it, then I want you to skip reading this review right now because Evil Dead is currently out in the theaters and you probably belong there anyway.  For those of you that are still here with me…congratulations.  You have taken your first step towards being a better human in this world. Continue reading ‘The Impossible (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)’

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Django Unchained (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)

“Django, have you always been alone?  Django, have you never loved again?  Love will live on, Oh Oh Oh…Life must go on, Oh Oh Oh…For you cannot spend you life regretting.  Django, you must face another day.  Django, now your love has gone away.  Once you loved her, whoa-oh…Now you’ve lost her, whoa-oh-oh-oh…But you’ve lost her for-ever, Django.”  God!  I love that song!  And God I love this movie!  Let it be know here and now that this review is going to be nothing but praise for Quentin Tarantino’s Christmas 2012 masterpiece…Django Unchained.  So if you’re not a fan of the film or Tarantino’s work in general, there’s Sean Ferguson’s Wreck it Ralph Blu-ray review over here.  Are we straight now?  Great!  Let’s get this shindig started. Continue reading ‘Django Unchained (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)’

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The Collection (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)

It seemed like a long wait, but the day has finally arrived when we get treated once again to the bloody gore and pulverized meat of last November’s The Collection, a sequel to the 2009 horror film The Collector, on Blu-ray, DVD and HD Digital Download.  The film sees Josh Stewart (Bane’s right hand man from The Dark Knight Rises) returning and reprising his role as Arkin alongside Emma Fitzpatrick, Christopher McDonald and more.  Marcus Dunstan is back in the director’s chair and also serves as scribe with Patrick Melton.  If you’re a fan of 2009’s The Collector at all, boy are you in for a treat here.  The Collection picks up right after the brutal events in the first film and really never lets you come up for air throughout its short 82-minute runtime.  Sound interesting to you?  Well…read on for more!  That’s why you’re here. Continue reading ‘The Collection (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)’

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Les Misérables (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)

Being the Blu-ray snob I have been ever since the fall of 2006, I’d never thought I would ever hear myself mutter the following words.  It didn’t dawn on me until my move from Cleveland, OH to Austin, TX just how much cheaper it would have been to transport my 500 HD movies in the cloud as opposed to their real world vessels, not to mention the physical space such a collection takes up in one’s place of dwelling.  I’ve gone on record in the past how I would never support digital downloads, what a waste Digital Copies are and how I’m sore because I can’t get lossless audio from the source.  Then I think back to 1996 when I attended Kiss’ unplugged concert.  I remember hearing Gene Simmons tell the audience he would never ever think about ripping apart the Revenge lineup in favor for a reunion tour with the old members.  And guess what?  He did.  It was a business decision.  And that’s partly why I have chosen to go all digital in life.  I want to simplify my life. Continue reading ‘Les Misérables (iTunes HD Digital Download Review)’

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