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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Eleven New Indie Titles (And ‘The Meg’!)

For those looking for an abundance of Indie outings your movie ship has come in!  This week sees a massive and groundbreaking eleven smaller flicks dissected below – and one studio movie just for fun – to keep fans up to date on smaller film fare.  (Told you I was gonna make up for mere trio of flicks covered last week!)  Tales of possible killers next door, cloning for all the wrong reasons, an African-American cop messing with the ku klux klan, seven horror shorts squeezed together for a maximum single terror serving, demonic possession that runs in the family, trust in a post apocalyptic world, cops trapped inside a mazed gun-ridden drug den, coming of age in farm country, cybercrimes stopped by cybercops, learning to live life without cancer, being kidnapped alongside ones number one fan and a big budget killer fish flick (whew!) make up the eleven Indies and single big budget outing via this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the critical skinny on Summer of 84, Elizabeth Harvest, BlacKkKlansman, Blood Clots, Along Came The Devil, What Still Remains, Buybust, The Swan, Ghost Source Zero, Hope Springs Eternal, Pretty Bad Actress and The Meg all below! Continue reading ‘Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Eleven New Indie Titles (And ‘The Meg’!)’

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS Arrives In A 4K Ultra-HD Commemorative Edition November 13th!

Arthur Curry discovers his heroic roots, contends with diabolical foes and takes his place as Aquaman beside new “super” allegiances in the ultimate original story for everyone’s favorite underwater hero – now remastered for 4K presentation – in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – Commemorative Edition. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length DC Universe Movie arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital starting onNovember 13, 2018.

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Return Of The Living Dead: Part II – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Back when I did Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist as a somewhat weekly piece instead of annual, Return of the Living Dead: Part II made my list for its own article. It was a pipe dream then, as it belonged to Warner Bros, who wasn’t licensing out or doing much with schlocky B-horror titles at all. And likely, we wouldn’t have it with the appropriate soundtrack/score in play (Their DVD replaced it with new music, which is available as an “Alternate Audio Track”). I received a lot of flack for “wishing” it, because, well its not that great a movie, but its part of the Return series and for some damn reason, I do return to it every now and then. I dunno, classic bad zombie movies can still be fun (Hello, Nightmare City). Wish granted, haters. And who better to put this out than Scream Factory, rubbing it in your face with a boatload of new features and restoring the original music. Go ahead, try not to pick it up on October 14th. Well, maybe you won’t, but I’m in! Continue reading ‘Return Of The Living Dead: Part II – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

THE SEVENTH SIGN Starring Demi Moore Arrives On Blu-ray September 11th From Scream Factory!

The time is coming. The seals are breaking. Judgment is at hand. As the signs of the apocalypse come to pass, only one woman can stop the impending supernatural doom in THE SEVENTH SIGN. On September 11, 2018, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to present THE SEVENTH SIGN on Blu-ray. Directed by Carl Schultz (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles), this taut and riveting cult classic thriller stars Demi Moore (Margin Call), Michael Biehn (The Terminator), Peter Friedman (HBO’s Succession), and Jürgen Prochnow (In the Mouth of Madness). Available for the first time on Blu-ray, THE SEVENTH SIGN is a must-have for movie collectors, horror thriller enthusiasts, and contains new interviews with filmmaker and cast. Pre-order is available now at ShoutFactory.com. Continue reading ‘THE SEVENTH SIGN Starring Demi Moore Arrives On Blu-ray September 11th From Scream Factory!’

SCREAM FOR HELP Debuts On Blu-ray September 18th From Scream Factory!

The elusive 80s thriller Scream for Help is making its long-awaited Blu-ray debut on September 18th, 2018 from Scream Factory! Directed by Michael Winner (Death Wish, The Sentinel) with a score by John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Scream for Help comes with a number of brand-new bonus features, including a new 2k scan from the original film elements, new audio commentary by the Hysteria Lives, a new interview with writer Tom Holland, and a new interview with actor David Allen Brooks. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

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The Butterfly Tree [Montage Pictures] on Blu-ray & DVD September 24, 2018!

Inspired by a friend whom director Priscilla Cameron lost to breast cancer, The Butterfly Tree is a sexual coming of age story which is both an emotionally seductive and beautifully immersive experience.  Teenager Fin (Ed Oxenbould) and his father Al (Ewen Leslie) are both grieving the loss of Fin s mother, who committed suicide 3 years earlier. Al seeks comfort in the arms of other women, whilst Fin secretly blames him for his mother s death. When the exotic Evelyn (Melissa George) arrives in town, both father and son find themselves competing for her affections, and realize they must come to terms with their shared grief or risk losing each other forever.  The debut feature from the Australian director is a heart-warming story which has received acclaim for its stunning visuals. Eureka Entertainment is proud to present the film in its UK debut as part of the Montage Pictures range of world cinema titles. Continue reading ‘The Butterfly Tree [Montage Pictures] on Blu-ray & DVD September 24, 2018!’

Own Summer Comedy TAG On Blu-ray August 28th!

Join five highly competitive friends as they hit the ground running in the most epic game of the summer when “Tag” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. From Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Broken Road production, this true story (We’re not kidding!) will now be yours to take home. “Tag” is directed by Jeff Tomsic (TV’s “Broad City”), with a starring ensemble cast led by Ed Helms (The “Hangover” movies, “We’re the Millers”), Jake Johnson (TV’s “New Girl”), Annabelle Wallis (“The Mummy”), Hannibal Buress (“Neighbors”), Isla Fisher (“Now You See Me,” “Wedding Crashers”), Rashida Jones (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”), Leslie Bibb (“Iron Man 2”), Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver,” TV’s “Mad Men”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker,” “The Town,” “The Avengers” films). The “Tag” screenplay was written by Rob McKittrick (“Waiting”) and Mark Steilen (TV’s “Mozart in the Jungle”). The screen story is by Mark Steilen, which is based on The Wall Street Journal article entitled “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It,” by Russell Adams. The film is produced by Todd Garner and Mark Steilen, with Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Hans Ritter serving as executive producers. Continue reading ‘Own Summer Comedy TAG On Blu-ray August 28th!’

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY – SEASON ONE On Blu-ray November 13th!

Marking the return of one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises in history, the debut season of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY: SEASON ONE arrives on Blu-ray and DVD November 13 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The four-disc Blu-ray and DVD collections will feature all 15 Season One episodes of the CBS All Access original series, along with a trove of compelling featurettes and other special features.
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UNCLE DREW Crosses Over To 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray September 25th!

An all-star cast drives to the hoop in the hilarious basketball comedy Uncle Drew,arriving on Digital September 11 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand September 25 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company. Based on the hit Pepsi web series, the film tells the raucous tale of a young team owner and Uncle Drew rounding up Drew’s old basketball squad to prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one. Starring in the film are NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving(Uncle Drew Web Series); Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, TV’s “Friends of The People” and “The Carmichael Show”); four-time NBA champion and Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal (The LEGO MovieScary Movie 4); five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber (UnexpectedLike Mike); five-time NBA All-Star, Basketball Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold medalist Reggie Miller (He Got GameForget Paris); three-time NBA slam-dunk champion Nate Robinson (TV’s “Mike & Mike” and “Ridiculousness”); NAACP Award-winner Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5You Can’t Fight Christmas, TV’s “Survivor’s Remorse”); two-time WNBA champion, three-time WNBA MVP, four-time Olympic Gold Medal winner and Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie (Think Like a ManMartinInconceivable); with Tiffany Haddish (Girls TripKeanu, TV’s “The Carmichael Show”), and Nick Kroll (Sausage PartySing, TV’s “The League”). Continue reading ‘UNCLE DREW Crosses Over To 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray September 25th!’

4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Says “Join Us” And Sam Raimi’s THE EVIL DEAD Complies October 9th!

Celebrate the original beginning of the cult classic series when The Evil Dead arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital) October 9 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Sam Raimi, and starring Bruce Campbell in the role that made him a cult icon, this film follows five college friends who accidentally release a legion of demons and spirits. Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with 4K, as well as Dolby Vision™ HDR, to bring to life the stunning cinematography of this supernatural horror film. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Available for the very first time in this absolutely stunning format, The Evil Dead 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack will be available October 9th. Continue reading ‘4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Says “Join Us” And Sam Raimi’s THE EVIL DEAD Complies October 9th!’

Flesh & Blood [Eureka Classics] (Blu-ray Review)

A deliriously violent medieval epic from genre master Paul Verhoeven ( Robocop, Total Recall), Flesh + Blood sees a savage and amoral band of mercenaries take revenge on the noblemen who betrayed them.  In Western Europe, 1501, a small army of mercenaries led by the charismatic and mercurial Martin ( Rutger Hauer; Blade Runner, The Hitcher) reclaim a heavily fortified castle for its owner Arnolfini, who then betrays the band and ejects them from the city by force. Swearing revenge, Martin leads a violent assault on the nobleman and ends up accidentally kidnapping the beautiful Agnes ( Jennifer Jason Leigh The Hateful Eight), the fiancée of Arnolfini’s son Steven, who in turn pledges to wipe out the mercenary group once and for all.  With its vision of a brutal and morally bereft Medieval Europe, the film shocked audiences who had become used to the highly romanticized depictions of the era commonly seen on the big screen. Originally censored in the UK due to its extreme amounts of sex and violence, Eureka Classics is proud to present Flesh + Blood fully uncut, and on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a special Dual Format edition. Continue reading ‘Flesh & Blood [Eureka Classics] (Blu-ray Review)’

Monkey Shines [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray October 8, 2018!

From writer / director George A. Romero, the man who unleashed Night of the Living Dead, comes Monkey Shines, a terrific psychological thriller that delivers a disturbing message about messing with Mother Nature. Starring Jason Beghe and Janine Turner, this riveting tale is a white-knuckle triumph that doesn’t let up! Allan Mann (Jason Beghe) is a bitter, angry and vengeful man ever since an accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He’s fed up with himself and everyone around him. All that changes when he’s given Ella, a monkey trained to meet his every need. But when Ella begins anticipating Allan’s thoughts, strange and deadly things start happening. And as she stalks and wreaks havoc on Allan’s fair-weather girlfriend (Janine Turner), incompetent doctor and meddling mother, Allan realizes he must stop the cunning maniacal creature… before she fully takes over his mind! Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten, Stephen Root, John Pankow, and Stanley Tucci also star in this riveting thriller from the godfather of modern horror George A. Romero, presented on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK with an array of special features. Continue reading ‘Monkey Shines [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray October 8, 2018!’

Jackie Chan’s ‘Project-A’ & ‘Project-A Part II’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray October 22, 2018!

A pair of incredible action-adventure extravaganza’s from the legendary Jackie Chan, Project A and Project A Part II make their long overdue debut on Blu-ray in the UK from brand new 2K restorations. Starring three of the greatest martial-arts action stars of all time (Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao), the Project A films blended unparalleled martial artistry, death defying stunts and physical comedy in a way that has yet to be matched. Project A Jackie plays Sergeant Dragon Ma, a turn-of-the-century coastguard, hot on the trail of a ruthless band of cut-throat pirates, intent on spreading a trail of blood and mayhem across the South China Seas. Project A features some of the most dangerous stunts of Jackie’s career, including homages to Buster Keaton s Steamboat Bill, Jr. and Harold Lloyd s Safety Last!. Project A Part II After the events of the first film, Dragon Ma is given a new assignment, to clean up crime and corruption in the roughest part of town. The pressure was on to top the first film in terms of sheer spectacle, but Project A Part II rises to the challenge and delivers one of the most stunt-packed, rip-roaring action-adventures of all time. Presented from brand new 2K restorations and fully uncut, Eureka Classics is proud to present Jackie Chan’s Project A and Project A Part II for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Limited Edition Box Set packed with extra content. Continue reading ‘Jackie Chan’s ‘Project-A’ & ‘Project-A Part II’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray October 22, 2018!’

Avengers: Infinity War (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Maybe you’ve heard of this movie? Haha. What kind of introduction does Avengers: Infinity War need not require? The film is the biggest movie of the summer and probably the most talked about and referenced one as well. And with good purpose, this is not only a big movie, but its a pretty sizeable event too. And its only half the story to boot! Disney is bringing it to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on August 14th to help you cope or relive your grieving at home. The film will feature a commentary track as well as some featurettes, deleted scenes and the as usual worthless gag reel. There are also many special versions like steelbooks and the like available at other retailers, but if you don’t care to mess with all that and just want the bread and butter, then pre-order from our Amazon link below. Continue reading ‘Avengers: Infinity War (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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

The flagship of the DCTV universe on the CW network, Arrow (Which, well, its deemed the “Arrowverse” for that reason), will be heading into its seventh season this coming fall. Oliver Queen have gone from being hip and dark, too cool to call the vigilante what he is to fully embracing the Green Arrow. Its been a ride and still has held itself strong while the universe surrounding it has introduced meta humans, time travel, aliens and more. As always, the previous season arrives on Blu-ray, giving you ample time to catch up before the next season (If you decided not to catch up using Netflix first). It will come with the usual set of bonus materials to accompany it. You can pick yourself up a copy on or pre-order one for the release date August 14th. Continue reading ‘Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season (Blu-ray Review)’

Transporter 3 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Before you ask, “Where’s The Transporter and Transporter 2 on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray?”, remember that those are 20th Century Fox films and…I guess soon to be Disney’s. Lionsgate distributed the third film in the Jason Statham action franchise which sorta kick started his whole “action man” persona following some popular turns in Guy Ritchie films. As Lionsgate isn’t waiting for anyone when it comes to releasing catalog titles (And good on them, too), here comes Transporter 3 aligning itself with the release of Statham’s summer sharketacular film The Meg. This one gets the picture and audio upgrade (Atmos) and retains all of the prior bonus materials on the 4K Ultra-HD disc. You’ll be able to grab this one on August 7th, 3 days before The Meg. So now, the ball is in your court to put out The Transporter and Transporter 2 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Fox! Continue reading ‘Transporter 3 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Elena Of Avalor: Realm Of The Jaquins (DVD Review)

Elena of Avalor is a show that has run on both the Disney Channel and Disney Junior during its run. The show is currently in a run for its second season. I’m not the expert on it or anything, but I have taken note of the good section of merchandise it usually has in the toy section at stores over the past year or two, so I imagine its either really popular or getting a big push from Disney currently. This DVD set, dubbed Realm of the Jaquins, collects four episodes of the show. One is a combination of two first season episodes and two are from the second season. It also provides ten shorts as bonus material for the disc. Disney will have this one store shelves and virtual ones on August 7th. You can pre-order yourself a copy for your kids (or yourself if you’d like) using the Amazon link below.  Continue reading ‘Elena Of Avalor: Realm Of The Jaquins (DVD Review)’

Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Three New Indie Titles

A mere trio of Indie outings critically covered this time (rest easy film fans – there are ten in the following week!), but there are some diamonds in the lesser-known movie rough.  Docs on difficult musicians, plus flicks about the struggles of criminal families and a guessing game of who is the serial killer cover the three flicks via this edition of Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the short opinions on 40 Years In The Making: The Magic Music Movie, Night Comes On and The Forest Of The Lost Souls all below.

 

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