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Good Riddance, Jessa! GIRLS: THE FINAL SEASON Comes To Blu-ray July 25th!

It’s the end of an era! Over the course of its first five seasons, Girls, the hit HBO comedy series created by and starring Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Lena Dunham, and executive produced by Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner, has continued to be one of the most critically acclaimed and buzzed about shows on television. Now fans can finally find out how this instantly-iconic HBO series ends when Girls: The Complete Sixth Season will be available for Digital Download on May 15, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM and DVD on July 25, 2017. All formats feature exclusive new bonus content, including an extended version of ‘A Goodbye to Girls’ featuring never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, ‘Inside the Episodes’ featurettes and more.
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Box Office Juggernaut BEAUTY & THE BEAST From Disney Comes To Blu-ray June 6th!

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, brought the story and characters audiences know and love to spectacular life and broke box-office records. The release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film was brought to life utilizing lavish sets, elaborately designed costumes and props, and state-of the-art technology. A feature on the amazing women behind the enchanted tale hosted by Emma Watson; and over 10 minutes of deleted scenes along with musical extras, including the “Beauty and the Beast” music video starring Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion’s heartfelt take on the new song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” and jump directly to all you favorite unforgettable songs. Bring home the timeless tale beloved by generations on Digital HD, Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, and On-Demand on June 6. Continue reading ‘Box Office Juggernaut BEAUTY & THE BEAST From Disney Comes To Blu-ray June 6th!’

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SONG TO SONG Lets You Experience Terrence Malick In 4K Ultra-HD July 4th!

Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (Best Actor, Steve Jobs, 2016; Best Actor, 12 Years a Slave, 2013), Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling (Best Actor, La La Land, 2017; Best Actor, Half Nelson, 2007), Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara (Best Supporting Actress, Carol, 2016; Best Actress, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2011) and Oscar® winner Natalie Portman (Best Actress, Black Swan, 2011) star in the visually sumptuous, modern love story SONG TO SONG, available on Digital HD June 27 and on 4K UHD + Blu-ray combo pack, Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on July 4.  The special feature included on all formats (except VOD) is “The Music Behind the Movie” featurette.
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VR Is Back And So Is THE LAWNMOWER MAN In A Scream Factory Collector’s Edition June 20th!

A world where the normal course of events could suddenly turn inside out — the imaginary becomes real, and reality is all in your mind.  Loyal fans of visionary filmmaker Brett Leonard (Virtuosity, Hideaway) know well the enthralling sci-fi action horror from his 1992 cult classic THE LAWNMOWER MAN, starring Jeff Fahey (Machete) and Pierce Brosnan (The Son). Directed by Brett Leonard (Virtuosity, Hideaway), the film also stars Jenny Wright (Near Dark) and Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil’s Rejects). On June 20, 2017, SCREAM FACTORY™ Home Entertainment is proud to present THE LAWNMOWER MAN Collector’s Edition. Available for the first time on Blu-ray, this definitive collector’s edition release boasts The Director’s Cut, theatrical cut and revealing extras. A must-have for movie collectors, sci-fi enthusiasts and loyal fans, THE LAWNMOWER MAN Collector’s Edition 2-Disc Blu-ray set also includes a collectible slipcover featuring newly rendered artwork and a reversible cover wrap featuring original theatrical key art. Continue reading ‘VR Is Back And So Is THE LAWNMOWER MAN In A Scream Factory Collector’s Edition June 20th!’

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Shaprio Glickenhaus Book Review + Sam Firstenberg Cannon Book Kickstarter (Book Review)

Nothing is more fascinating to a true movie geek than the history of films told by the folks who lived it.  German film critic and author Marco Siedelmann fully understands such a cinematic need and for fans of all things B-movie he’s got you covered.  The founder of the online Magazine Hard Sensations and Publishing House Editions Moustache has already created an extensive examination of the Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment (SGE) era with his book The Untold, In-Depth, Outrageously True Story of Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment which houses everything from candid interviews to archival photographs.  But the movie savvy Siedelmann didn’t stop there as his love of all things 80’s has led him to a new novel subject – that of former Cannon Films in-house Director Sam Firstenberg.  The filmmaker behind such classic outings as Revenge of the Ninja, Ninja III: The Domination (go Lucinda Dickey!), Breakin’ II: Electric Boogaloo and American Ninja has many stories to tell and Siedelmann is putting together a must-read book titled Stories From The Trenches: The Official Sam Firstenberg Book guaranteed to knock some socks off.  So to bring some attention to the Kickstarter campaign (only 7 more days to go people!) for the new novel we both giving the details below plus giving a review of his first book on SGE for those looking for a little more critical insight before purchasing.  So grab your nunchucks and colorful headbands – the 80’s cinema scene via some good reading is back in full swing!

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That’s THE TICKET! Dan Stevens & Malin Akerman Star In Dramatic Thriller From Shout! Select June 6th!

A captivating tale of desire and perception, Ido Fluk’s The Ticket will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut on June 6th, 2017 from Shout! Factory. Starring Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast, FX series Legion), Malin Akerman (Billions, Watchmen), Kerry Bishé (Halt and Catch Fire, Argo) and Oliver Platt (Chicago Med, Fargo), this emotionally rich drama also features an audio commentary by writer/director Ido Fluk and writer Sharon Mashihi, as well as the original theatrical trailer as bonus features. Fans can pre-order their copies now on ShoutFactory.com.

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Own CHIPS On Blu-ray And DVD On June 27 Or Own It Early On Digital HD On June 13!

Meet the squad when “CHIPS” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. Dax Shepard (“Hit & Run,” TV’s “Parenthood”) and Michael Peña (“Ant-Man”) star in the action comedy “CHIPS,” directed by Shepard from his own script. “CHIPS” also stars Rosa Salazar (“Insurgent”), Adam Brody (“Think Like a Man Too”), Kristen Bell (“Bad Moms”), and Vincent D’Onofrio (“Jurassic World”). “CHIPS” was produced by Andrew Panay (“Earth to Echo,” “Wedding Crashers”), who previously produced Shepard’s “Hit & Run,” and Ravi Mehta (“Get Hard”), and is based on the popular television series created by Rick Rosner.  Robert J. Dohrmann, Nate Tuck, Rick Rosner, Michael Peña and Dax Shepard served as executive producers. “CHIPS” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack on June 27, and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet*. Fans can also own “CHIPS” via purchase from digital retailers beginning June 13. Continue reading ‘Own CHIPS On Blu-ray And DVD On June 27 Or Own It Early On Digital HD On June 13!’

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Don’t TRESPASS At The CARWASH WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM For Shout! Select’s NEXT MOVIE(s)!

This June, Shout! Factory is proud to present four additions to Shout Select, a line of movie releases shining a spotlight on the essentials in film. Trespass, Car Wash, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie and Where the Buffalo Roam all come to Blu-ray for the first time, complete with bonus features including new interviews with cast and crew members, audio commentaries, theatrical trailers, vintage featurettes and more.

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POWER RANGERS 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray On June 27th Is Anything But Repulsa-ive!

The action-packed, coming of age feature film Saban’s Power Rangers will morph onto Digital HD June 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand June 27 from Lionsgate. As part of the 24-year-old global phenomenon and based on the five Rangers from the original TV series, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,”, the reimagined movie features a modern generation of Rangers including Dacre Montgomery (TV’s “Stranger Things”) as Jason the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Becky G. (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, as they attempt to stop the evil and unpredictable Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games Franchise) from destroying their city…and ultimately the world. Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) as Zordon, and Bill Hader (Finding Dory) as Alpha 5 train the Rangers to morph and master their powers as a united team. Continue reading ‘POWER RANGERS 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray On June 27th Is Anything But Repulsa-ive!’

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Logan Slashes And Claws His Way in 4K Glory This May!!!

Logan 4KTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings Hugh Jackman’s celebrated seventeen-year run as Wolverine to a close when the box office phenomenon Logan arrives on Digital HD on May 16 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-rayand DVD May 23. Sir Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Stephen Merchant (Hello Ladies, The Office), Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) and newcomer Dafne Keen join Jackman in the iconic character’s final chapter, directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine, Walk the Line). Continue reading ‘Logan Slashes And Claws His Way in 4K Glory This May!!!’

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BAMBI Thumps Its Way To Disney Signature Collection Blu-ray May 23rd!

Disney’s Bambi, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection. The Collection release includes a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of “Bambi;” deleted scenes and characters; stories and effects that “Bambi” had on the Studio, other films and artists; and much, much more. Additionally, the Digital HD release includes an exclusive, heartfelt feature on the incredible artist, Tyrus Wong, who inspired the film’s soft watercolor backgrounds and beautiful palette. Bambi arrives home on Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, and on DVD & Blu-ray™ May 23rd.

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Horror Icon Barbara Crampton Headline BEYOND THE GATES On Blu-ray May 2nd!

Welcome, curious viewers…have you the courage to go Beyond The Gates?  A creepy homage to ‘80s horror, Beyond The Gates makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on May 2nd, 2017 from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight.  Filled with gory fun, this love letter to the VHS Golden Age of home video contains a number of bonus features, including audio commentaries with director Jackson Stewart, actress Barbara Crampton and the cast and crew, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and a retro-style Beyond The Gates commercial. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

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OKLAHOMA Starring Hugh Jackman, KISS ME KATE & MAN OF LA MANCHA Available This Spring From Shout! Broadway!

This spring, bring home a trio of celebrated Broadway favorites on Blu-ray with new releases from home entertainment imprint Shout Broadway.  Featuring timeless American standards and some of the world’s biggest stars, titles being released include the award-winning 1999 Royal National Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical classic, Oklahoma!, starring Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables, The Prestige) and Maureen Lipman (The Pianist); the masterful 1999 London revival of the 1949 Tony® Award-winning Best Musical, Kiss Me, Kate, starring Rachel York and Brent Barrett; and the film adaptation of Tony award-winning Broadway smash Man of La Mancha, starring Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren.  Spotlighting musicals and performances that deserve a place on your shelf, Shout Broadway features some of the greatest stage and screen productions ever captured. From recent hits to all-time favorites and Hollywood gems, Shout Broadway celebrates the best in theater and beyond. Continue reading ‘OKLAHOMA Starring Hugh Jackman, KISS ME KATE & MAN OF LA MANCHA Available This Spring From Shout! Broadway!’

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Oscar Nominee “LAND OF MINE” Debuts on Blu-ray June 6

LAND OF MINE, Academy Award® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, will debut on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital on D-Day, June 6, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Written and directed by Martin Zandvliet (A Funny Man, Applause) and featuring Roland Møller (A Hijacking, A Second Chance), LAND OF MINE, set in post-World War II Denmark, explores the relationship between a hardened Danish sergeant and the young German prisoners of war who are conscripted to defuse thousands of land mines from the Danish coast. LAND OF MINE, which is based on true events, was awarded 3 European Film Awards, including Best Cinematographer, Best Costume Design and Best Hair and Makeup and was an official selection at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

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Vestron Video Returns On June 26th With THE UNHOLY!

Say your prayers before the Vestron Video Collector’s Series releases the demonic horror classic The Unholy, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on June 27 from Lionsgate. Following the mysterious murders of his predecessors, a newly appointed pastor must battle a powerful demon to save his parish and the world. The Unholy is packed with all-new special features, including an audio commentary with director Camilo Vila, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, the original storyboard gallery and more! Plus, this special edition includes the film’s original ending with optional audio commentary from producer Mathew Hayden. Restored and remastered, The Unholy Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray will be available on June 26th. Pre-order now! Continue reading ‘Vestron Video Returns On June 26th With THE UNHOLY!’

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Dolph Lundgren & Denise Richards (You Are Indeed Reading That Correctly) Star In ALTITUDE On Blu-ray June 20th!

Buckle up for high-stakes action when Altitude arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD June 20 from Lionsgate. Depart on flight 709 with star Denise Richards as she embarks on a thrilling ride fighting action veteran Dolph Lundgren and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. Packed full of nonstop action, the Altitude Blu-ray and DVD will be available June 20th!

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Brooks, Bresson and More Coming to The Criterion Collection July 2017

This July, Criterion will travel to the Zone with Andrei Tarkovsky’s hypnotic, philosophical sci-fi masterpiece Stalker-making its U.S. Blu-ray debut in a new 2K restoration, with special features that explore this endlessly mysterious film’s production and significance, including interviews with the crew as well as a new conversation with author Geoff Dyer. Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty drop out of society and hit the road in Lost in America, a hilarious satire of yuppie dreams and delusions written and directed by Brooks, featuring new interviews with the cast and crew. Robert Bresson presents a world stripped of illusion in his final film, L’argent, an unsparing tale of crime and corruption adapted from a Tolstoy novella, on Blu-ray for the first time in a new, restored 4K digital transfer. And there’s more: the neorealist landmarks of Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy-intensely humane portraits of resistance, mourning, and hope filmed in the rubble of the Second World War-will arrive on Blu-ray in new restorations.

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Audience Awards Film Festival 2017 – Horror Shorts Reviews, Shout Outs & Award Winners Announced

The Audience Awards Film Festival wrapped this past weekend in North Hollywood, CA and it was a real hoot.  Not only did yours truly get to represent the great WhySoBlu.com by hosting and moderating a Q&A for the Project Earth Doc Challenge, but I also got to meet the illustrious Effie T. Brown and take in a gaggle of horror shorts to boot!  (That’s an evening!)  In any case thought I would pay tribute to the new fest by taking an “Encapsulated” look at the six flicks that made up the Horror Shorts program, give a few shout outs and post the release of the winners to which the fantastic festival gave over $100,000 in cash and prizes – read on!

 

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