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Toy Story 4 (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review)

Woody, Buzz, Jesse and the rest of Bonnie’s toys are back and ready to reacquaint with old friend Bo Peep and find help from newbie daredevil Duke Kaboom! Toy Story made its fourth outing in cinemas a big deal, cracking the billion-dollar mark worldwide. Surprisingly, just usurping Aladdin but still falling well behind The Lion King in the fight to be Disney’s 2nd place movie behind Avengers: Endgame. The film will be arriving on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on October 8, with all-new bonus features and some digital exclusives. Disney had previously issued new 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray editions of the original three films earlier in the summer, so this fourth one will sit neatly next to those in your collection. Once the pre-order link goes active you can order from it below.
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Screamfest 2019 – “What To See” (Father & Son Edition!)

For those who live in Los Angeles and have a love for all things horror, October is the month to watch for in that it houses the ultimate genre festival of the year – the beyond compare Screamfest 2019!  That’s right fright fans, for those who need their blood bucket filled to the movie brim the Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2019 (go to www.screamfestla.com for more details!) taking place October 8th – 17th at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in LA at the Hollywood and Highland Center is on the dark horizon and as usual this year’s crop looks to be a wondrous mix of both blood and gore for the conservative yet cannibalistic cinephile.  From creepy features to scary shorts, the line up for Screamfest 2019 proves once again why the yearly event is the king of seeking out the outstanding in the realm of what makes us scared.  And since there is such an abundance of savory unsettling selections this year, both film critic Jason Coleman and his proud movie-loving pop Michael Coleman will be working in tandem to bring the skinny on the full crop of horror hopefuls.  (Two movie geeks for the price of one!)  But as always first up are the initial impressions on what they think are the hot tickets of the fest.  Father and son coverage time… it’s What To See’!

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This holiday season, every Universal Pictures film from the most popular comedy duo of all time comes home when Abbott and Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection hits Blu-ray™ for the first time as a complete collection on November 19, 2019 from Shout! Factory. The Complete Universal Pictures Collection comes loaded with bonus features, including 10 new audio commentaries, a collectible book, and a bonus disc with more than eight hours of content. Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Abbott and Costello’s first film One Night in the Tropics, the massive 15-disc set is the ultimate tribute to two of the funniest and most enduring comedians in contemporary history.

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The Shining (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review)

Following last year’s well-received and highly lauded debut of the first Stanley Kubrick film on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray with 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warner Bros is returning to the well (Or hotel) for more. Coming this year will be probably the next likely choice in his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining. Largely looked upon as one of the crowning achievements of not only Kubrick’s career but the entire horror genre, it is getting a brand new 4K transfer and I’m sure is going to look stunning on the format (Keep on reading to find out). Unfortunately, no new extras have been commissioned for this release. BUT, as I’ve become accustomed to, the important thing is just getting the film itself upgraded. And in all honesty, the DVD and Blu-ray formats have already put out much of what we would want already in these films for bonus features (Though, I don’t think a couple more on The Shining would hurt, wink wink). You can return to the Overlook on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on October 1st.
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Gremlins (4K UHD Blu-Ray Review)

The incredible success Steven Spielberg had in the late 70s and 80s was in a word: unprecedented. Only his pal George Lucas could claim similar blockbuster status in the same era. Beyond Spielberg’s great achievements in directing, he also had a knack for spotting budding talent to take on more ideas that would feel “Spielbergian.” After the release of the biggest domestic film of all time, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Spielberg produced many 80s hits like Poltergeist, Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Smack dab in the middle of the Reagan era is Joe Dante’s 1984 horror-comedy hybrid Gremlins. Fans of the tiny creatures that ought never to be fed at night can scream, “Bright light!” as they should order this new 4K package set for release on October 1. As someone old enough to have seen this on the big screen, I can attest this is the best Gizmo’s adventure has ever looked. But first, the film itself….

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The Addams Family / Addams Family Values (Blu-ray Review)

Looking at the many decades of movies based on TV shows, you can see a real mixed bag of results. While Mission: Impossible has become the best ongoing action movie franchise and The Fugitive was a Best Picture nominee, you also have pure junk such as The Dukes of Hazzard or The Mod Squad. The Addams Family films, fortunately, side with the former. The first film established the solid cast, and became a huge blockbuster hit, while the sequel is one of the best comedy sequels of all time. Now the movies have arrived in a Blu-ray two-pack (the Blu debut of Addams Family Values, no less), bringing back the macabre laughs and very exciting direction from Barry Sonnenfeld.

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Annabelle Comes Home (Blu-ray Review)

Well, score Annabelle. The spin-off has passed its man series The Conjuring now in installments with her third. This gives us an Annabelle Trilogy now. This one was released at a time this past summer that was all about dolls/toys come to life and affecting the lives of youths in certain ways (The Child’s Play remake and Toy Story 4 were released the week before). She did her normal success at the box office (Though on a slight down click). Now Annabelle Comes Home can come to your home on October 8th on Blu-ray. A shame these shadows and fog type movies aren’t taking advantage of the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray technology and HDR/Dolby Vision because they would look quite stunning I’d imagine. Anyway, the film is available for pre-order now and you are more than welcome to use the Amazon link below to get yourself a copy delivered to you on the day of release.

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My Favorite Year (Blu-ray Review)

Warner Archive Collection’s September releases includes the Peter O’Toole film My Favorite Year. The film is inspired by real life instances that happened to the one and only Mel Brooks while writing for Sid Caesar. The film also stars Suspiria icon Jessica Harper and was the feature film directorial debut for actor Richard Benjamin. There are many characters and such based upon real life Hollywood personalities. The film is a pretty popular one, receiving a pretty warm reception when announced finally to be put out onto the Blu-ray format on September 17th. Its available now, which you can secure yourself a copy of this little classic by using the Amazon link that follows the review and also helps this website out a little here and there.
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Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

Doom PatrolThe first time I attempted to watch the 6-minute trailer for DC Universe’s Doom Patrol I lasted about two minutes before turning it off.  I thought it was stupid, absurd and honestly really boring.  However, as fate would have it the critics really never stopped raving about the first season, which consists of 15 full length episodes (ranging anywhere from 45-60 minutes a piece).  It was also around this time that I subscribed to said DC Universe (it’s a streaming service with a monthly premium) to stream James Wan’s first episode of Swamp Thing.  I don’t know exactly why other than the fact that I was pumped to see a modern day take on the big green guy.  Since DC Universe already had my $7.99 that’s when I decided to make the most of it.  I attempted the first episode of Doom Patrol.  I loved it.  The second one drew me further in.  As you can probably tell the rest is history as I’m the one volunteering to write about this October 1st Blu-ray release. Continue reading ‘Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)’

The Set-Up (Blu-ray Review)

Warner Archive Collection’s September slate includes a Robert Wise film, The Set-Up. The film is found to be very influential for many director’s to follow. The Set-Up comes out swinging as one of the great films about the so-called sweet science. Robert Wise directs, shaping real-time events into an acclaimed and unsparing film-noir look at the stale-air venues, bloodthirsty fans, ring savagery and delusional dreams of boxing’s palooka world. Robert Ryan embraces perhaps his fi nest screen hour as Stoker. Audrey Totter, an icon of the noir genre like Ryan, plays Stoker’s steadfast wife. In a sport that would take their last flicker of dignity, the Thompsons are reclaiming theirs. The film was released on September 17th, and you can pre-order using the link below.
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Pan’s Labyrinth (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

One of Guillermo del Toro’s many masterpieces, Pan’s Labyrinth, is wandering on over to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on October 1st. For us collector’s, this is a fun problem to have. It feels like yesterday that we just traded it in for the upgraded Criterion Collection edition of the film. Now it feels we are going to bump up the presentation quality but sacrifice some extras. Though, I’m A-okay with holding onto both as the solution, though for some fellow fans, it might not be that simple. Nonetheless, this is an exciting new release from Warner Bros and we can only hope that more surprises like this one are around the corner as 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray continues to be a curious place where not everything is going to be expectedly hitting the format (Midsommar-damnit Lionsgate!). Speak with your wallet, merely based on the title not whether the edition is nit picky perfect or not, and that’s really all we are able to do. Anyway, pre-order this one through the link available below.
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Fitz and the Tantrums has ‘All the Feels’ …Or Does It?

It’s been a week since I’ve had a chance to digest All the Feels, the latest release from Fitz and the Tantrums, which is the band’s fourth studio album. I’ve been a mild fan of them for the better part of five years now and finally got to see them live this past summer when I definitely got the Fitz fever. Without question, they put on one of my favorite performances I have had the privilege to experience in person. Their energy is infectious, but does this latest recording bring that same positive punch?

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47 Meters Down Attacks on Blu-ray November 12th!

The fear goes deeper in this thrilling, must-see underwater sequel when 47 Meters Down: Uncaged arrives on Digital 4K Ultra HD October 29 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand November 12 from global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B). Starring Sophie Nélisse (The Great Gilly Hopkins), Corinne Foxx (TV’s “Beat Shazam”), Brianne Tju (TV’s “Light as a Feather,” “iZombie”), Sistine Rose Stallone (TV’s “Entertainment Tonight”), Khylin Rhambo (TV’s “Teen Wolf,” Ender’s Game), Nia Long (TV’s “Empire,” Are We There Yet?), Brec Bassinger (TV’s “Bella and the Bulldogs”), and John Corbett (The Silence), the terrifying, claustrophobic film has everything you could want from a killer shark movie.

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Find Out The Secret AFTER THE WEDDING on Blu-ray 11/12/19

“Every Family Has A Secret…” Bring home After The Wedding on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital November 12th, 2019! Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup head a dazzling cast as pasts are brought present, and new discoveries emerge. Discover the secret and more in this stylish and entertaining drama from Sony Pictures Classics!




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Bring Home THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON On Blu-ray 11/12/19!

The Peanut Butter Falcon arrives on Digital November 5 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD and On Demand November 12 from Lionsgate. The Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ film, about a young man with Down syndrome who dreams of becoming a professional wrestler, also stars Oscar® nominee John Hawkes (2010, Best Supporting Actor, Winter’s Bone), Zack Gottsagen (Bulletproof), Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner Thomas Haden Church (2004, Best Supporting Actor, Sideways), and Oscar® nominee Bruce Dern (2013, Best Actor, Nebraska.)

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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK Lights Up On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray November 5th!

Get ready to be absolutely terrified when Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark arrives on Digital October 22 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand November 5 from global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B). The highly anticipated film adaptation of the iconic book series brings the thrills and chills of some of Alvin Schwartz’s scariest stories to life. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is produced by Academy Award® winner Guillermo del Toro (2017, The Shape of Water, Best Director), with screen story by Guillermo Del Toro and Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan, written for the screen by Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman, and directed by André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Trollhunter). The film stars Zoe Margaret Colletti (AnnieWildlife, “Rubicon”), Michael Garza (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, “Wayward Pines,” “Timeless”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad,” “Claws,” “Scandal”), Lorraine Toussaint (Selma, “Into the Badlands,” “Orange is the New Black”), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight, “Wonder Pets!,” “Kidding”), and Natalie Ganzhorn (“The Stanley Dynamic,” “Make it Pop”). Continue reading ‘SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK Lights Up On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray November 5th!’

Power Of Grayskull: The Definitive History Of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe (DVD Review)

Power Of Grayskull: The Definitive History Of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe (Now that’s a lengthy title if I’ve ever seen one), calls to be THE documentary of the one who shouts “I have the power!” Netflix has a fantastic series called The Toys That Made US (FANTASTIC series, especially if you were an 80s kid) which spent an episode focusing on He-Man. Being the prime audiences for that product then and now (With retrospectives), I was immediately intrigued and wanted to see what could be done with an even deeper dive. Which now brings us to Power of Grayskull: TDHOH-MATMOTU for…short? Its arrived on DVD September 3rd from High Octane, which we will now be checking out. Its purely the documentary (With 2 audios) on the disc, so very much in it to win it with the content.

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Shaft (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

Shaft made his big return to cinemas this summer, but not with much fanfare as when he did back in the summer of 2000. The Tim Story film just cleared over $20 million in box office receipts along with poor reviews from critics (Audiences metrics showed they loved it, though). Many countries only received the film as a Netflix movie though. They should have capitalized on it shortly after the 2000 entry (Which is a pretty damn good film, go seek it out) and made at least 4 of them with Samuel L. Jackson. But, here we are, with him FINALLY reprising his role 19 years later, along with bringing back the original Shaft again for good measure. Kudos to keeping the universe alive and not fully rebooting it in today’s climate. Anyway, the film will be arriving on Blu-ray September 24th, so maybe it’ll find life then and Shaft could return to us in some way, shape or form (He’s no stranger to TV, remember).
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