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‘Valerian’ Packs An Incredible World Into One Big, Visual Rollercoaster (Movie Review)

About halfway through writer/director Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, my main thought was how I just wanted more of this. The film had not even concluded, but I had already bought so much into this sci-fi/fantasy world that I was ready to see further adventures of Valerian and Laureline. Fortunately, the film is based on a French comic from the 1960s with plenty of additional stories and Besson is a filmmaker full of imagination, with a deep investment in this series. That’s great news, as even when Valerian feels more like it’s just taking diversions for the sake of seeing more funky-looking creatures, this movie is a joy to watch.

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Buster’s Mal Heart (Blu-ray Review)

Loaded with visually interesting and arresting shots as well as some muted, but solid performances from its leads, it is hard to say that Buster’s Mal Heart is bad, but it is very easy to come to the conclusion that it is simply not good. The sophomore effort from writer/director Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim) commits the fatal film crimes of being too boring and too overburdened with trying to seem deep at the expense of giving the audience something onto which to actually latch. Buster’s Mal Heart is a couple of beats away from being something worthwhile, but at the very least, audiences will want to talk about it after seeing it. Continue reading ‘Buster’s Mal Heart (Blu-ray Review)’

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY Available on 4K Ultra-HD & Limited Collector’s Edition Box Set October 3rd!

Director James Cameron’s iconic sci-fi action classic returns in pristine clarity when Terminator 2: Judgment Day arrives in a Limited Collector’s Edition EndoArm box set including a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on October 3 from Lionsgate. Still lauded by critics today as one of the greatest action films of all time, only 6,000 of the Limited Collector’s Edition EndoArm box sets will be released in the U.S., allowing fans to own a life-sized replica of the T-800 EndoArm mounted on a uniquely numbered stand with James Cameron’s signature. Say “hasta la vista, baby” to SD and relive each quintessential moment in four times the resolution with Full HD and High Dynamic Range on the film’s first-ever 4K scan. The Terminator 2: Judgment Day EndoArm Limited Collector’s Edition 4K Combo Pack box set is loaded with bonus content, including an all-new, never-before-seen documentary featuring commentary from the cast and crew (including James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Edward Furlong). The groundbreaking masterpiece written by James Cameron and William Wisher will also be available as a standalone 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on October 3rd. Continue reading ‘TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY Available on 4K Ultra-HD & Limited Collector’s Edition Box Set October 3rd!’

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI Celebrates 60 Years With A 4K Ultra-HD Release!

A must-own for film fans and adventure-seekers alike,Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuts THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI on next-generation 4K Ultra HD for the first time October 3 to commemorate its diamond anniversary. One of the crown jewels in the Columbia Pictures catalog, the release also includes the existing Blu-ray with incisive special features and historical context, making it the perfect holiday gift. Fully restored in 4K resolution and presented with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos audio, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI won seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director (David Lean) and Best Actor (Alec Guinness.)* William Holden also stars in this epic WWII drama of POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. Continue reading ‘THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI Celebrates 60 Years With A 4K Ultra-HD Release!’

‘Dunkirk’ Spirals Upwards Into An Intense And Superb Experience (Movie Review)

In the time since seeing Dunkirk, writer/director Christopher Nolan’s tense World War II survival story, I’ve thought a lot about how essential the use of structure and time was to the film. Nolan played around with narrative structure in his early films such as Memento and Batman Begins. He used time as a primary narrative conceit in his previous film, Interstellar. Time is a theme that’s less talked about for the acclaimed filmmaker, compared to other noted elements in his films. For Dunkirk, time plays a critical role, as Hans Zimmer’s score literally functions as a ticking clock. Keeping structure in mind, it’s amazing how these two particular components combine to deliver such a precise film that deserves to be viewed on the biggest screen possible.
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SDCC 2017: Claudio Sanchez Brings Sci-Fi Odyssey “The Amory Wars” to San Diego Comic Con

Comic-Con 2017Claudio Sanchez returns to San Diego Comic Con this year with his NY Times Bestseller, The Amory Wars. His latest 12 issue series, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, hit comic shops in April via Boom! Studios and Claudio’s own Evil Ink Comics.

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Leon: The Professional (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Not too far back, Brian White covered the 20th anniversary release of director Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray.  Because he likes me/feels bad for me/wanted to be generous/something, we agreed to split the Besson 4K Ultra-HD Blu-rays coming out in July (In preparation for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets nonetheless). The other, his sorta underground classic 1990s hitman drama/action/thriller, Leon: The Professional. This one, like Fifth Element, you’ll remember was released on Blu-ray last year remastered in 4K. Well, now we TRULY get to see what that is all about. Unlike The Fifth Element, you’ll ONLY be able to purchase this one at Best Buy starting on July 11th for the time being. With this release you get both cuts of the film (Theatrical and Director’s Extended Cut). Here’s hoping the go the full mile and we see La Femme Nikita on 4K Ultra-HD soon! Continue reading ‘Leon: The Professional (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

STARSHIP TROOPERS & New Animated Sequel Come To 4K Ultra-HD September 19th!

Original Starship Troopers stars Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer return to voice the iconic sci-fi action heroes Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores in the all-new CG animated sequel STARSHIP TROOPERS: TRAITOR OF MARS, available to own on digital August 22 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD September 19 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The 4K Ultra HD disc will feature both Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio. The new film will also be released in select movie theaters nationwide on August 21 for a special one-night event from Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Continue reading ‘STARSHIP TROOPERS & New Animated Sequel Come To 4K Ultra-HD September 19th!’

Barry Lyndon, Twin Peaks, Personal Shopper & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in October 2017

This October, Stanley Kubrick’s breathtaking period epic Barry Lyndon will join the Criterion Collection in a new 4K restoration. Our edition will feature a host of supplements that explore how Kubrick and his team brought the eighteenth century to life with unprecedented achievements in cinematography and production design. Then, it is happening again: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the centerpiece of David Lynch’s newly revived Twin Peaks saga, receives its first standalone Blu-ray release, featuring ninety minutes of deleted scenes and new interviews with members of the film’s cast and crew. And in time for Halloween: Vampyr, the hallucinatory horror masterpiece by Carl Theodor Dreyer, on Blu-ray for the very first time; The Lure, a flesh-eating mermaid musical hot off its theatrical run; and Personal Shopper, a genre-bending ghost story from Olivier Assayas that features the magnetic Kristen Stewart in her most mesmerizing performance to date.  And there’s more: Orson Welles’s towering Shakespeare adaptation Othello, in an edition featuring two versions of the movie, and now including Filming “Othello,” the great filmmaker’s last completed feature.

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Alien: Covenant “Colonist Certification Test” To Invade Comic-Con 2017

The Alien universe comes to life at San Diego Comic-Con when the ALIEN: COVENANT “Colonist Certification Test” arrives courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Fans will be given the opportunity to test their fortitude and attempt to be selected for Weyland-Yutani’s next colonization mission.  Those who enter the test will be subjected to rigorous standards like the crew of the Covenant had to endure, specifically testing their ability to handle tense situations.  Upon completion of their assessment, guests will receive their own “Colonist Certification Badge,” and a set of collectible pins from Weyland-Yutani and the Covenant.  Additionally fans will have a chance to pre-order their copy of ALIEN: COVENANT on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD and receive one of 500 limited edition lithographs as a gift with purchase while supplies last.  Fans can pre-order at the “Colonist Certification Test” Booth #3529 or at the main Fox booth #4229. Continue reading ‘Alien: Covenant “Colonist Certification Test” To Invade Comic-Con 2017’

SDCC 2017: Todd McFarlane & McFarlane Toys at SDCC!

Comic-Con 2017Todd McFarlane has a jam-packed San Diego Comic Con schedule this year. Check out where to find Todd in and around the show floor and what NEW McFarlane Toys will be on display for the very first time! Read about the big beats not to miss!

 

 

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SDCC 2017: NECA ANNOUNCES LAIKA MERCHANDISE

Comic-Con 2017The National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), an entertainment conglomerate and global leader in licensed consumer goods, has signed a deal to produce a multi-category lineup of merchandise with Oscar®-winning animation studio LAIKA. NECA will arrive in San Diego with an exclusive action figure for sale at Comic-Con®, a Coraline in a Deluxe Display Box, and will be promoting the high end bespoke replicas of LAIKA’S hero puppets from its four Oscar®-nominated films:  Coraline (2009),ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and Kubo and the Two Strings (2016).  The deal was brokered by licensing agency Striker Entertainment, which represents the rights to the LAIKA library of legacy and future films.

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“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” BEAMS INTO COMIC-CON

Comic-Con 2017CBS Television Studios and CBS All Access invite Star Trek fans from around the world to join them in a celebration of over 50 years of Star Trek and the upcoming premiere of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY with a line-up of panels, events, activations and merchandise exclusives July 20-23 at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.  Check it all out below!

 

 

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SDCC 2017: MARVEL’S THE DEFENDERS UNITE FOR DEN OF GEEK’S SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SPECIAL EDITION

Comic-Con 2017This San Diego Comic-Con, DEN OF GEEK street teams are bringing street-level heroes to fans around the Gaslamp District. Today, the company announced the cast of Marvel’s The Defenders as the cover story for their fourth print edition. DEN OF GEEK’s glossy, 68-page collector’s edition will be distributed at San Diego Comic-Con and at select retailers in San Diego’s Gaslamp District. A digital version of the magazine will be available to read for free on DenofGeek.com beginning on Wednesday, July 19th.

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SDCC 2017: Saban’s Power Rangers!

Comic-Con 2017It’s official! The Power Rangers will be at SDCC this week. There will be various appearances by costumed characters (including appearances by the costumed Green MMPR Ranger for the first time in years!), a Legacy Wars tournament featuring an appearance by MMPR Green Ranger, Jason David Frank, two panels, giveaways, and an exclusive MMPR slap bracelet that will bring major 90s nostalgiaThe MMPR SDCC-exclusive slap will be distributed via partner booths (Bandai #3535, Nickelodeon, BOOM! #2229, etc.) throughout the weekend. Whenever I talk I gesture like a Power Ranger, even if I’m just telling you how to find the bathroom.

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Free Fire (Blu-ray Review)

I love seeing various action movies that show you two extremes. On the one side, you get a vintage John Woo flick like Hard Boiled, where Chow Yun-fat can equip himself with dual pistols and slide down a staircase banister while hitting plenty of bad guys. The other side leads something like one of my favorites, The Way of the Gun or the subject of this Blu-ray review, Free Fire, where people are terrible at shooting guns, regardless of distance and it’s a complicated process to actually put someone down for good. This action-comedy from director Ben Wheatley delivers on its simple premise, making for an incredibly entertaining ride through one sloppy shootout. While it came and went in theaters, Free Fire is now available on Blu-ray for all to see.

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Comic-Con 2017: Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle Hall H Panel Announcement!

Kingsman Comic-ConSweetness!  I cannot wait for this Hall H panel this weekend!  Kingsman and Statesman are kicking off ComicCon 2017.  On behalf of 20th Century Fox, check out who will be attending San Diego Comic Con for KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE with the BRAND NEW Character PostersTaron Egerton, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal will be joined by screenwriter Jane Goldman and Kingsman co-creator and ComicCon legend Dave Gibbons for the KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Panel in Hall H on Thursday July 20th starting at 11am PT. Continue reading ‘Comic-Con 2017: Fox’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle Hall H Panel Announcement!’

Song To Song (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Terrence Malick has been on a tear in this current decade (Do we call it “the tens” or whatever?). It once took the man thirty eight years to put out five films, now he’s put out five works in the last six or seven years (One of said films is a documentary). I actually still haven’t seen Knight of Cups, which this reminded me of that gap. His latest is a look on the Austin, Texas music scene called Song To Song. The main players in the film are quite an elite bunch, featuring three (each multiple) Academy Award nominees and one Oscar winner. That would be Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling. So, ideally you’re getting some of the finest voice over inner monologues you can get, right? Song To Song is coming to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray (Malick’s first film to land on the format) on July 4th. Continue reading ‘Song To Song (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’