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Hellraiser: Judgement (Blu-ray Review)

When last we saw old Pinhead and the Hellraiser gang, it was in Revelations. It was the first non-Doug Bradley in the series and heaping pile of flaming turds. The film was made with the sole purpose of hanging onto the rights and it absolutely felt like it. Now, we are here again with Hellraiser: Judgement, a film likely made to hold onto the rights to the cenobites. However, this one appears to have been given more time to get a decent straight to video production done (The last one got whipped together after their plans to remake the original fell apart last minute). As a horror junkie and fan of the series, I can help but not give into my mortal sins of curiosity and check this out. Lowest of the low in expectations, just give me some of the essentials and we can dance. You’ll be able to see for yourself on February 13th, making for a nice bloody Valentine’s Day. Continue reading ‘Hellraiser: Judgement (Blu-ray Review)’

BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON Slashes Its Way Onto A Scream Factory Collector’s Edition March 27th!

You know legendary maniacs Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger. Now meet Leslie Vernon, the next great psycho-slasher, in the cult favorite Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Available as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray March 27th, 2018 from Scream Factory, Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon comes loaded with bonus features, including interviews with actors Angela Goethals, Ben Pace and co-writer/co-producer David Stieve, an audio commentary with co-writer/director Scott Glosserman, moderated by filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch, an audio commentary with Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Britain Spelling and Ben Pace, Making of Behind the Mask and Casting of Behind the Mask featurettes, and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com. Continue reading ‘BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON Slashes Its Way Onto A Scream Factory Collector’s Edition March 27th!’

Interview: ‘Entanglement’ Star Jess Weixler On Off The Norm Characters, The Power Of ‘Teeth’ & Female Filmmakers On Her To-Do List

Anyone who knows me as a passionate movie geek knows I go professionally ga-ga over the layered work of actress Jess Weixler.  Having been on my movie radar since her groundbreaking turn as a teen with a little something extra in the vagina dentata steeped sleeper Teeth, the classically trained Juilliard graduate has gone on to create a multitude of memorable performances that do not disappoint.  From her chemistry ridden pairing with Jason Ritter in Peter And Vandy to her tasty turn as the sister of Jessica Chastain in The Disappearance Eleanor Rigby (Her and Them!) and even getting behind the camera to co-write and co-direct the quirky comedy Apartment Troubles (formerly Trouble Dolls!), Weixler and her work continue to captivate.  (Plus her five-star role in the sassy outing Free Samples earned her the coveted #1 spot on my Top Five Female Performances of 2012!)

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The Strangers – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Like Drag Me To Hell before it, here comes another more “modern” Collector’s Edition version from Scream Factory.  Its The Strangers which, doesn’t seem like it, is now ten years old this coming summer. And its taken that long for the film to get a sequel which is arriving very soon. They are updating it with a new HD master of both cuts of the film as well as some new interviews with a few folks (Not Liv Tyler, Scott Speeman or …man it would be awesome…Glenn Howerton). This is one of the spookiest films of the previous decade and I’m glad to see it getting some genuine double dip love here.  If you want to pre-order yourself to have it when it arrives next month, click the Amazon link below. It arrives on March 6th, which is just 3 days before the new one comes out! Continue reading ‘The Strangers – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

‘Early Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Three Films 1980-1983’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray April 16, 2018!

One of world cinema s most dynamic and highly regarded auteurs, Hou Hsiao-hsien has influenced entire generations of filmmakers and was once dubbed one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema . The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present three films from early in his career, Cute Girl, The Green, Green Grass of Home and The Boys from Fengkuei, all making their worldwide debut on Blu-ray. Eureka Entertainment to release Early Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Three Films 1980-1983 (Cute Girl / The Green, Green Grass of Home / The Boys From Fengkuei), a two disc set of formative films by one of world cinema’s greatest directors, on Blu-ray for the first time anywhere in the world from 16 April 2018, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series featuring a Limited Edition O-card [First 2000 copies only].  Continue reading ‘‘Early Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Three Films 1980-1983’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray April 16, 2018!’

‘Marty’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray & DVD April 9, 2018!

A beloved classic of American cinema, Delbert Mann’s Marty was the first ever recipient of the Palme d Or at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, one of only two films to ever win both organisations grand prizes (the second being Billy Wilder s The Lost Weekend). I ve been looking for a girl every Saturday night of my life, says Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine, The Vikings, Violent Saturday). Yet, despite all his efforts, this 34-year old Bronx butcher remains as shy and uncomfortable around women today as on the day he was born. So when he meets Clara (Betsy Blair, Il Grido), a lonely schoolteacher who s just as smitten with him as he is with her, Marty s on top of the world. But not everyone around him shares his joy. And when his friends and family continually find fault with Clara, even Marty begins to question his newfound love… until he discovers, in an extraordinary way, the strength and courage to follow his heart.  Continue reading ‘‘Marty’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray & DVD April 9, 2018!’

‘Peter Rabbit’ Has Fun, Big Screen Mischief (Movie Review)

Well, it’s clear the American trailers have done a disservice to Peter Rabbit. Based on the classic children’s stories created by Beatrix Potter, this 2018 cinematic interpretation has the appearance of…well, something like Smurfs. The actual film is much better. It’s no Paddington 2, which came out first and could bury this movie any day of the week, but Peter Rabbit has a lot more cleverness and understated comedy going along with all the slapstick fun and jukebox-like soundtrack selection. Suffice it to say, this rabbit has a few good-natured tricks up its jacket sleeves.

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Play Ball! The Sandlot – 25th Anniversary Collector Edition Arrives on Blu-ray 3/27

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is celebrating a quarter century of laughter and friendship with THE SANDLOT – 25TH ANNIVERSARY Collector Edition, arriving on Blu-ray™ March 27. In this beloved family-favorite, it’s the early 1960s and fifth-grader Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) has just moved into town with his folks (Karen Allen and Denis Leary). Kids call him a dork — he can’t even throw a baseball! But that changes when the leader of the neighborhood gang recruits him to play on the nearby sandlot field. It’s the beginning of a magical summer of baseball, wild adventures, first kisses and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded beast and its owner (James Earl Jones) who live behind the left field fence. Soon nine boys have become best friends, Scotty is part of a team, and their leader has become a local legend in this hilarious and warmhearted comedy.

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Prepare Breakfast And Put On Your Nicest Dress, PHANTOM THREAD Comes To Blu-ray April 10

Here’s a film that only gets better the more I think about it – Three-time Oscar® winner Daniel Day-Lewis earns his sixth Academy Award® nomination as Reynolds Woodcock, the fastidious and controlling fashion designer  whose glamorous and carefully tailored life is disrupted by love in Phantom Thread, arriving on Digital and the all-new digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on March 27, 2018 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on April 10, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Daniel Day-Lewis reunites with multi-Oscar®nominated director, writer and producer Paul Thomas Anderson in this spectacular film praised as a “pure delicious pleasure” (Guardian). The Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital versions include special bonus features to give viewers a more in-depth look into the behind the scenes of the film. Phantom Thread received six Academy Awards® nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.

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Daddy’s Home 2 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Daddy's Home 2 4K ReviewDaddy’s Home 2 huh?  I’m a bit lukewarm when it comes to the first Daddy’s Home in 2015.  It was mildly funny and heartwarming, but I dunno.  I just haven’t always been the biggest fan of every Will Ferrell movie, but really for no reason in particular.  There’s also no denying his wealth of catalog titles that I do like too.  Am I confusing you yet?  Ha!  Let’s just say the Daddy’s Home franchise of films is nothing I would ever pay theatrically to see.  However, in the home front it’s a whole different story.  If it doesn’t cost you anything extra, then why not?  So here we are a few years later and low and behold we have a sequel.  Why not when you can make easy money on a bankable property, right?  Absolutely!  Money is what makes this world go around.  The first was popular, featured a likable cast so here we are again with a bonafide sequel primed to double its money back in Daddy’s Home 2.  Let’s take a closer look below at this feature and everything you’ll find here in this February 20th 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray package from Paramount.
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Things Get Gross In TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL, On Blu-ray May 1st!

Gear up for the next chapter of the beloved Tremors franchise when Michael Gross and Jamie Kennedy return in Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, arriving on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand on May 1 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Explore the fully loaded bonus features the delve further to unearth the secrets of the cult horror franchise. Additionally, Tremors: The Complete Collection will also be available on DVD on May 1, 2018, which will include Tremors, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, Tremors: The Legend Begins, Tremors 5: Bloodlines and the newest film Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell. Continue reading ‘Things Get Gross In TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL, On Blu-ray May 1st!’

Gate II (Blu-ray Review)

The Gate was a nice little cult classic in the way of those like an Amblin film, The Goonies or Monster Squad was. Kids against some supernatural evils. Its fun and still holds up pretty decently. The original was release from the Vestron Video Collector’s Series line last year. Now, complimenting that, from Scream Factory we get the supercharged sequel to that horror classic that comes alive with unearthly creatures, heart-stopping action and incredible special effects.  While not a part of the Collector’s Edition line, its coming complete with a 2K transfer that also has new interviews and such, giving the essentials of one of those. You’ll be able to pick this one up (You can already pre-order it, do so below) when it released on February 20th.  Continue reading ‘Gate II (Blu-ray Review)’

Fall Into The “TOMB RAIDER Trap” When Both Angelina Jolie Films Come To 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray February 27th!

This March, we are getting another crack taken at the Tomb Raider game franchise being adapted to the big screen with Alicia Vikander as the new Lara Croft. Let us not forget the early 2000s when much excitement came and the perfect bit of dream casting in that of Angela Jolie in the title role. While the film did solid box office, most found it to be a bit of a disappointment, though still led to a sequel The Cradle of Life. Many will tell you that was a much better and actually good film. However, people didn’t trust their dollars on it after the first and its box office failure effectively shut down the franchise. But, with a reboot comes the great think in that the home video editions of the originals usually see a nice upgrade. And here we are with both Tomb Raider films seeing a 4K Ultra-HD format jump. You can pre-order these and have them ready to go on February 27th. Continue reading ‘Fall Into The “TOMB RAIDER Trap” When Both Angelina Jolie Films Come To 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray February 27th!’

Sleep With The Fishes in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water On Blu-ray This March

Hey, a new PR for my favorite film of 2017! From master storyteller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly fairy tale set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1962. In the hidden, high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones. Up for 13 Oscars and featuring special features to bring you closer to del Toro’s world, add THE SHAPE OF WATER to your digital collection on Movies Anywhere beginning February 27 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 13.

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Victor Crowley (Blu-ray Review)

As we are in the wake and “awe” of the surprise Super Bowl-Netflix-The Cloverfield Paradox-Watch It After The Game event, there are probably a lot of people that don’t realize something even sneakier and more surprising occurred last year. Adam Green was hosting a would be 10th anniversary screening of his popular gory slasher love letter Hatchet, only to start it and shock everyone with the fourth film in the series, Victor Crowley. Nobody even knew this movie was being made. It was a completely shock and surprise. See, we all knew this third Cloverfield movie was coming, we just had the rug pulled out from under us in terms of how and when it was being released. Victor Crowley pulled a Phantasm: RaVager and managed to be one hell of a good kept secret. The film had itself a roadshow tour to screen it, but now you’ll be able to own it and check it out on various mediums February 6th. Continue reading ‘Victor Crowley (Blu-ray Review)’

‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Is A Challenge For Movie Scientists And Brand Association (Movie Review)

So it turns out Cloverfield is not just the name of a road in Santa Monica, CA, it’s a space station. That’s a spoiler for a premise, but The Cloverfield Paradox seems like a film so bent on throwing surprises at you that this one is not a major reveal to feel that concerned with. More concerning is how J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions plan to use the Cloverfield label. While I’m fully ready to review this third entry, it is, frankly, impossible to evaluate the film without considering the unprecedented nature of its release. What we have is a sci-fi horror film that was suddenly dropped on audiences every, following the Super Bowl, and whether or not that’s a matter for those watching this film years from now, it does play a role in understanding what is making this film tick.

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The Deuce: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

Set during the early 1970s in New York City’s Times Square, The Deuce, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, gives viewers an up-close look at the gritty world of sex and crime, as the porn industry begins its climb to legitimacy, cultural permanence, and billion-dollar profitability.  HBO has announced that it will release The Deuce: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray, available for purchase on February 13. Get your Valentine’s Day kicks by relieving or role-playing all the whore-sational hi-jinx this show has.  The release contains a digital copy of the whole season plus various extras that feature interviews with the cast and crew regarding the show and the period of history they are recreating. If you liked the show and are interesting in grabbing it or are curious but are certain to blind buy, please use the Amazon link below. Continue reading ‘The Deuce: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)’

Jason Momoa Throws Axes In Braven, Which Arrives on Blu-ray This April

Now this is a 90s action throwback that I can get behind. Jason Momoa stars in the slick action-thriller, Braven, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD and Digital April 10 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand. The edge-of-your-seat action film tells the tale of Joe Braven (Momoa) and his father on a remote hunting trip that very quickly goes wrong, forcing them to defend their home and family at all costs. Also starring Garret Dillahunt and Stephen Lang, the Braven Blu-ray and DVD include a never-before-seen featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

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