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The Return Of The Vampire (Blu-ray Review)

This is a pretty cool new spin with the Scream Factory and Sony/Columbia relationship. It appears they are unlocking another wing of their ever-growing vault for more classic horror of the black and white era. In addition to what they are grabbing from Universal, it seems the classic monster/horror era is building a better foundation in the Scream Factory library. Shout! Factory looks to be getting their hands on some Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and radioactive monster era horror now. While not the first time, the volume looks to have picked up significantly for 2019. We begin here with a Bela Lugosi film having him play a fanged menace once again (NOT Dracula, though) in The Return of the Vampire. You’ll be able to pick it up this month on February 19th. Pre-order using the Amazon link found below the review. Continue reading ‘The Return Of The Vampire (Blu-ray Review)’

Bohemian Rhapsody (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

Bohemian Rhapsody 4K ReviewWhile I never was a huge Queen fan growing up I was never ignorant to their musical place and historical significance and in the world of rock.  That much was never lost on me.  I was a fan of most of their songs and like many from my generation completely smitten by “Bohemian Rhapsody” when it was resurrected in the 1992 Wayne’s World film.  However, when the first trailers of Bohemian Rhapsody, the musical feature we’re all gathered here to talk about today, first came out I had little to no interest in it.  I had no doubts that I wouldn’t love it, but instead focused my thoughts on other urgent priorities.  Then all those positive reviews came pouring in and like usual try as I might I could never get myself to the theater to see this one during its run.  Today’s viewing is my first. Continue reading ‘Bohemian Rhapsody (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)’

Aquaman Swims on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 26th!

Aquaman 4KThe ocean comes alive when “Aquaman” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital. From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (“Justice League,” TV’s “Frontier,” TV’s “Game of Thrones”) in the title role. Continue reading ‘Aquaman Swims on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 26th!’

Overlord (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Overlord 4KNow this is a “Brian” film!  I started off last year believing Overlord was a fourth installment in the J.J. Abrams Cloverfield universe.  By mid year we were all aware that was not true.  Boo!  Overlord is so much better than that direct to Netflix Paradox feature.  If you don’t take my word for it, look no further than the highly reputable Rotten Tomatoes site the lay people of this nation perceive as gospel.  It’s Certified Fresh at 81%, yo!  The website’s critical aggregated consensus reads, “Part revisionist war drama, part zombie thriller, and part all-out genre gorefest, Overlord offers A-level fun for B-movie fans of multiple persuasions.”  I couldn’t agree more, but I know some of the peeps close to me in life surprisingly didn’t feel feverishly the same.  I hope I can convince you.  I giddily love this film! Continue reading ‘Overlord (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Ridley Scott’s SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME Arrives On Shout Select Blu-ray March 12th!

A stunning New York socialite and a down-to-earth city cop are caught in a deadly web of illicit passion and heart-stopping suspense in the taut, stylish thriller film classic, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME. Directed by Ridley Scott (The Martian, Blade Runner), the film stars Tom Berenger (Inception, Platoon), Mimi Rogers (Bosch, Lost in Space) and Lorraine Bracco (Blue Bloods, The Sopranos). On March 12, 2019, Shout! Select will release SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME on Blu-ray™. Movie collectors and fans can now pre-order SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME Blu-ray at ShoutFactory.com.

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Shout! Factory’s Collector’s Edition Of KALIFORNIA Arrives On Blu-ray March 5th!

Excitement, adventure and unimaginable terror await on the road to KALIFORNIA, a film directed by Dominic Sena (Swordfish, Gone in Sixty Seconds). “Brad Pitt is outstanding” (Rolling Stone) and “Juliette Lewis is utterly, heartbreakingly convincing” (Boxoffice) in this chilling psychological thriller co-starring David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes. On March 5, 2019, Shout! Select is proud to present the 1993 cult thriller classic KALIFORNIA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. This home entertainment release contains the theatrical cut and unrated version of the movie, and special bonus content. Movie collectors and fans can pre-order KALIFORNIA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray at ShoutFactory.com.

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The Sisters Brothers (Blu-ray Review)

Here’s one of the latest post-modern, offbeat westerns that have come about in recent years. While the revisionist western serves as an interesting way to deconstruct the black and white ethics defined in classic westerns, The Sisters Brothers joins films like Damsel, Slow West or the Coen Brothers’ True Grit in terms of westerns that are aware of their perplexing nature. While still acknowledging the darker qualities of living in a time where outlaws could roam free, it is not above films like these to feature so much humor that reflects both the nature of that present era and where things will go. The Sisters Brothers goes one step further by taking on a level of self-reflection, which serves well for the terrific characters featured.

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Widows (Blu-ray Review)

You want them to get away with it. That’s the same thought that always comes to mind when watching a heist thriller. Widows stacks so much against the central characters that all you can do is hope they make it. This is the sort of tricky area that director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) is in, as Widows finds a need to balance the rhythms of a typical genre film with the serious-mindedness of his filmmaking style. It worked out as far as delivering a terrific drama for adults, but audiences, sadly, didn’t turn up to see it in theaters. Fortunately, the film can now be seen on Blu-ray.

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The Old Man & The Gun (Blu-ray Review)

Robert Redford has never been a chameleon-like performer, but there’s something to be said for the way he brings an unflappable cool to almost all of his features, let alone a naturalness to any persona he is tasked to put on. The Old Man & the Gun may or may not be the end of Redford’s career in front of the camera, but it would be a fine swan song. This laidback crime caper could have gone down some different avenues to tell the story of a real-life career criminal, but when the camera accomplishes so much with slow push-ins on old man Redford’s very friendly face, why make things more complicated?

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The Karate Kid Celebrates 35 Years With A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release!

The Karate Kid 4KWow!  Am I really this old already?  Shh…  Get ready to sweep the leg on April 16th … because Daniel is going to face off against Johnny again and audiences will be on their feet cheering when THE KARATE KID returns to movie theaters for its 35th anniversary as a limited engagement, followed by its debut on 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Continue reading ‘The Karate Kid Celebrates 35 Years With A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Release!’

In The Heat Of The Night – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

Starting the year with a bang, The Criterion Collection has released In the Heat of the Night, one of the bigger box office hits of the 60s, along with a major award winner. The mystery drama starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and is memorable for many reasons. In addition to the characters and quotable lines, the film tells a topical story involving murder, police officers, and the role a black man plays in a small town in Mississippi during the 1960s. As a result, you have a cinematic classic still relevant today, and Criterion has that film on a packed, new Blu-ray release.

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‘The Standoff at Sparrow Creek’ on Blu-ray & DVD March 5, 2019!

RLJE Films will release THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK on DVD and Blu-ray on March 5, 2019.  Written by Henry Dunham, who is also making his feature directorial debut, the film stars James Badge Dale (13 Hours), Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips), Brian Geraghty (NBC’s “Chicago P.D.”), Robert Aramayo (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Patrick Fischler (Showtime’s “Twin Peaks”), Happy Anderson (Cinemax’s “The Knick”) and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). RLJE Films will release THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 and on Blu-ray for an SRP of $28.97. Continue reading ‘‘The Standoff at Sparrow Creek’ on Blu-ray & DVD March 5, 2019!’

The Poison Ivy Collection (Blu-ray Review)

I’m sure there are people out there that were hoping to one day land Katt Shea’s 1992 thriller Poison Ivy on Blu-ray. I’m not so sure there were those out there clamoring for an entire set of the Poison Ivy quadrilogy on Blu-ray in order to get that film. But, hey, if you’re doing one of them, lets nab all four while we are at it. Shout! Factory’s new relationship with Warner Bros has led them to snagging this series from the library and putting three of them out on the format for the first time ever. Previously, just the fourth one had received a Blu-ray release (Back in 2009). They come in a nice little set together, in Unrated and Theatrical editions and will be able to be had by Valentine’s day as they release on February 12th. Continue reading ‘The Poison Ivy Collection (Blu-ray Review)’

On March 12, Own The “True” Collector’s Edition Of THE CRAFT From Scream Factory!

Welcome to the witching hour. Scream Factory brings The Craft [Collector’s Edition] to Blu-ray™ on March 12, 2019. The release contains a slate of exciting new bonus features, including new interviews with director and co-writer Andrew Fleming, producer Douglas Wick, co-writer Peter Filardi, and the makeup effects supervisor. This spectacular horror thriller stars Robin Tunney (Supernova, The Zodiac) as Sarah, the new kid at St. Benedict’s Academy. Having always been a bit unusual, she fits right in with the school’s outsiders. There’s something different about them though, and it’s not just that they won’t settle for being a group of powerless misfits. They have discovered The Craft … and they are going to use it. Continue reading ‘On March 12, Own The “True” Collector’s Edition Of THE CRAFT From Scream Factory!’

Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist For 2019!

As promised after much delay, the annual wishlist is here! I’m actually glad I waited until the end of January to publish it, because in the time between November and now, many past wishlist titles have been announced for this coming year. So, we can scratch them off the list. There are titles that were originally on this list (Like Klute) that didn’t get a chance to be. The Blu-ray landscape began to evolve a lot in 2018, merely with the decision Warner Bros has made to license out movies to independent distributors like Criterion and Shout! Factory. Sony used to be strict about adding new features to their titles in licensing deals (Hence why many of theirs went to Twilight Time in the past), but appear to have scaled back and now we are getting better editions and titles companies want to pull the trigger on BECAUSE they can make the Collector’s Editions they were wanting to. Its becoming obvious with major studios that home video itself is pushing and moving toward streaming being the dominant format going forward and Blu-ray/4K UHD will go way of vinyl and be a collector’s medium. Premium prices will be more standard, but as long as the big studios are turning a corner like Warner Bros and your Arrows, Criterions and Shouts continue to put out top notch product, things will prosper for us fans of cinema and the physical media formats.  Continue reading ‘Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist For 2019!’

Her Majesty Decrees, THE FAVOURITE (Nominated for 10 Oscars) Arrives on Blu-ray March 5

In early 18th-century England, a frail Queen Anne (Golden Globe® Winner Oliva Colman) occupies the throne, and her closest Friend, Lady Sarah (Academy Award® Winner Rachel Weisz), governs the country while tending to Anne’s ill health and volatile temper. When new servant Abigail (Academy Award® Winner Emma Stone) arrives, Sarah takes Abigail under her wing as she cunningly schemes to return to her aristocratic roots, setting off an outrageous rivalry to become the Queen’s favourite. The Favourite has been one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year. It has received numerous awards including The Venice Film Festivals’ Grand Special Jury Prize for Director Yorgos Lanthimos, 10 wins at the British Independent Film Awards, selected as AFI’s 2018 Movie of the Year and a Golden Globe for Olivia Colman’s performance as Queen Anne. The film has also nabbed 10 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.

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Valentine – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

When the Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for the 2001 slasher film Valentine releases on February 12th, it will have been almost 5 years exactly since I wrote my Blu-ray Wishlist piece pleading for the film to come to the format. At the time, Warner Bros sub-licensing seemed an impossible task and the hope was for maybe the Warner Archive Collection to put out a bare bones release. I would have been A-Okay with just that. Patience and time has proven kind as we are getting a super loaded Scream Factory version now. This has proven very exciting and considering the bar set so high with Jamie Blanks’ other slasher offering, Urban Legend, getting a phenomenal release just a few months ago, this one has to deliver in the same fashion. Continue reading ‘Valentine – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

THE DEADLY MANTIS Arrives On Scream Factory Blu-ray March 19th!

This was the day that engulfed the world in terror! A thrilling classic from the golden age of sci-fi cinema, Deadly Mantis debuts on Blu-ray on March 19, 2019 from Scream Factory. The release sports a new 2k scan of the original film elements and new audio commentary with film historian Tom Weaver and Dr. Robert J. Kiss. What’s worse than a horde of locusts? A gigantic man-eating praying mantis, released from a million years of deep, frozen sleep and ready to claw its way to world domination!
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