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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Back in 2014, The LEGO Movie took cinema-going audiences by surprise and by storm as it charmed and endeared everyone. It was the one of the first things to prop up Chris Pratt toward the superstardom he’d garner that following summer with Guardians of the Galaxy for Marvel as the lovable space-idiot hot shot Star Lord. This movie launched a LEGO brand of theatrical releases to hot and cold successes with LEGO Batman Movie and LEGO Ninjago that hit and missed financially. And now here we are with the Second Part of the first film which you can pick up on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray when it arrives May 7th.
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FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN Collector’s Edition Comes To Life On Blu-ray June 11th!

Scream Factory proudly presents the ghoulish cult classic Frankenstein Created Woman on Blu-ray™ in an all-new Collector’s Edition on June 11, 2019. A wild entry in the Hammer Films Frankenstein series, Frankenstein Created Woman stars the legendary Peter Cushing (Star Wars, The Mummy) as the title character. The film’s Scream Factory release comes presented in a new 2K scan from the original film elements, and loaded with special features including brand new interviews and audio commentaries.
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Further Dissect Jordan Peele’s “Us” When It’s Available to Own On Blu-ray This June

Academy Award® winner Jordan Peele follows the success of his blockbuster hit, GET OUTwith the masterfully executed and viscerally terrifying US. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 94%, the film is being hailed as “a colossal cinematic achievement” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker) and is “meant to be watched over and over” (Emily Yoshida, New York Magazine/Vulture). Fans around the world can now untether the truth with more than 50 minutes of bonus features delving deep into the mind of Jordan Peele, his filmmaking process and the symbolism behind US. The global sensation arrives on Digital on June 4, 2019, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on June 18, 2019. Featuring incredible must-see performances from Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther, 12 Years a Slave), Winston Duke (Black Panther), Emmy® winner Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Mad Men”) and Tim Heidecker (The Comedy, “Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories”), US is “the most out-of-the-box horror film of the past decade,” (Nathaniel Brail, Heroic Hollywood). Movie enthusiasts and horror fans alike can watch US again and again to unravel its darkest secrets.

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This August – APOCALYPSE NOW FINAL CUT – The 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S EPIC

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s visionary Vietnam War epic when the newly restored Apocalypse Now Final Cut arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (4K disc, plus three Blu-ray discs and Digital copy) and on Digital 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever August 27 from Lionsgate. A special NAGRA myCinema theatrical release of Apocalypse Now Final Cut can be experienced on the giant screen in select theaters nationwide on August 15. Restored from the original negative for the first time ever, Apocalypse Now Final Cut is Coppola’s most realized version of the film, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards®, won three Golden Globes® (Best Original Score, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, 1980), and is one of AFI’s top 100 films. Francis Ford Coppola’s stunning vision of “The Heart of Darkness” in all of us remains a classic and compelling Vietnam War epic. Martin Sheen stars as Army Captain Willard, a troubled man sent on a dangerous and mesmerizing odyssey into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade American colonel named Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has succumbed to the horrors of war and barricaded himself in a remote outpost.

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CRITTERS ATTACK! On Blu-ray July 23rd!

The feeding frenzy begins!  Critters Attack!, the newest entry in the bloody, live-action, horror/sci-fi film series lands on earth on July 23, 2019, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital.  Fans can also watch the fur-ocious creatures’ television debut on SYFY, scheduled to air in October later this year.

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THE ENTITY Starring Barbara Hershey Arrives On Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray June 11th!

Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother whose life becomes a nightmare when she is attacked in her bedroom by someone – or something – that she cannot see. Disbelieved by her friends and dismissed by skeptical psychiatrists, Carla begins to lose her grip as she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and even in front of her children. Could this be a case of hysteria, a manifestation of childhood sexual trauma, or something even more horrific? Seeking help from a group of daring parapsychologists, Carla will attempt an unthinkable experiment: to seduce, trap and ultimately capture the depraved spectral fury that is The Entity. On June 11, 2019, SCREAM FACTORY is thrilled to present THE ENTITY Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by Sidney J. Furie (Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Iron Eagle) and based on a novel by Frank De Felitta (Audrey Rose, Scissors), this fantasy thriller cult classic stars Oscar®-nominee Barbara Hershey (Insidious, Black Swan, The Portrait of a Lady). Ron Silver (The West Wing, The Arrival), David Labiosa (Bullet Proof, Walker, Texas Ranger), and George Cole (Archer, Wilfred) also co-star in the movie. Continue reading ‘THE ENTITY Starring Barbara Hershey Arrives On Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray June 11th!’

Avengers: Endgame “Assembles” An Emotionally Charged, Satisfying “End”ing (Movie Review)

Avengers: EndgameAvengers: Endgame is the culmination of 11 years in the making, which spawned some 21 shared universe films before it.  It seems like so long ago, but really it has only been a decade and minus only a few lowlights the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has continued to fire on all proverbial cylinders.  Despite my love for the DC Comics Expanded Universe (DCEU) even they can’t say the same as MCU’s lucky lightning did not strike twice in their shared universe.  I blame the critics and studio on that, but I digress.  There will be no more talk of the DCEU, but instead we’re going to focus here on out solely on the MCU and the conclusion of the third phase of the film franchise.  Phase 1 ended with 2012’s The Avengers and Phase 2 concluded with the first AntMan.  And now we’re gathered here to wrap up a bombastic Phase 3 that gave us a whopping 9 entries so far: Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp and most recently Captain Marvel. Continue reading ‘Avengers: Endgame “Assembles” An Emotionally Charged, Satisfying “End”ing (Movie Review)’

A Star Is Born Encore Gets A Date on Blu-ray This June!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today that the extended cut of Bradley Cooper’s global hit A Star Is Born,“A Star Is Born Encore will be released on Blu-ray and Digital on June 4 with nearly 12 minutes of extended performances, intimate jam sessions with Jackson and Ally and all-new scenes.  Read all about it after the jump below. Continue reading ‘A Star Is Born Encore Gets A Date on Blu-ray This June!’

Destroyer (Blu-ray Review)

As is usually the case towards the end of any year, Destroyer is a film that got caught in the middle of a pile of 2018 movies all hoping to receive awards consideration. The Annapurna Pictures release was one of a few to underperform as a result, though it did garner a Golden Globe nomination for star Nicole Kidman. Regardless, the film is a solid gritty crime drama, and it is worth a look. Between the strong cast and the very visceral feel of the film, there’s a lot to latch onto for a movie that shows just how strong something can come across thanks to technical effort, even if the story plays into some familiar concepts.

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Police Story / Police Story 2 – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

A couple of years before this Criterion Collection release of Police Story and Police Story 2, international martial arts star Jackie Chan received an honorary Academy Award for the impact he has had on cinema. Having been in the business for over 50 years, it’s only right to some of this older and most famous films get the deluxe treatment. It further helps to cement Chan’s cinematic contributions into history, which is pretty great when you can see a couple of gritty (and occasionally quite funny) martial arts flicks sit on the same shelves as classic Hitchcock or Bergman features. Whatever the case may be, read on to hear more about what this release for two entries in Chan’s classic Police Story series has to offer.

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‘Under Fire’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray & DVD June 17, 2019!

Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman and Joanna Cassidy play three journalists caught up in the 1979 Nicaraguan revolution in Under Fire. Russel Price (Nolte) is a gutsy photo-journalist who gets caught between his love for reporter Claire Stryder (Cassidy) and his friendship with her husband, Alex Grazier (Hackman). Caught up in the war between the Nicaraguan government and the Sandinista rebels, Price loses sight of his objectivity and becomes deeply involved in the skirmish. With cinematography by the great John Alcott (2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon) and one of Jerry Goldsmith s greatest scores (later sampled in Quentin Tarantino s Django Unchained), Under Fire is director Roger Spottiswoode’s greatest filmmaking achievement, a complex political thriller with shades of Casablanca, and Eureka Classics is proud to present the film in its UK debut on Blu-ray. Continue reading ‘‘Under Fire’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray & DVD June 17, 2019!’

‘The Holy Mountain’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD June 17, 2019!

German filmmaker Arnold Fanck made this beautifully photographed Bergfilm, or mountain film , in 1926. Written in three days and nights especially for Leni Riefenstahl The Holy Mountain took over a year to film in the Alps with an entourage of expert skiers and climbers.  Ostensibly a love triangle romance between Riefenstahl s young dancer and the two explorers she encounters Fanck relishes the glorious Alpine landscape by filming death-defying climbing, avalanche dodging, and frenetic downhill ski racing. Continue reading ‘‘The Holy Mountain’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD June 17, 2019!’

Alien 40th Anniversary (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Alien 4K ReviewAlien is a title I have been waiting for on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format for some time now.  Ever since we got Prometheus and Alien: Covenant last year I felt we got shortchanged with no Alien release.  But alas, they were strategizing.  It’s the 40th Anniversary of the film.  There was um a purpose for the film’s delay on the 4K disc format.  Alright, I’ll let that fly then.  What it really all boils down to is the fact that I’m ecstatic not only to have this movie in 4K now, but also to be among the first in the US with an advance review.  I’ll do my best to do this one justice and give it some love, but truth be told it really doesn’t need much TLC from me.  It’s a science fiction masterpiece after all.  I could just easily give the feature a 5-doggie score and move along to the audio and video sections, which you’re all here for anyway.  However, I won’t be that reviewer who simply does an unboxing or says the movie is good.  I’ll give you a little bit of expose.  If you’re not interested, well then scroll down 2 screenshots below and check out how things look.  So without further ado… Continue reading ‘Alien 40th Anniversary (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Welcome To Marwen (Blu-ray Review)

Welcome to Marwen Blu-ray ReviewWhere to begin with this film. There are great actors, solid performances, and an engaging based on a true story storyline… Yet why does it seem like a complete and utter mess? Why does the film seem discombobulated, half baked and partially made? Story points open, yet don’t close out…. Welcome to a “Royal Mess” is more like it.  Check out our full Blu-ray review of it which saw Welcome to Marwen hit the format on April 9th. Continue reading ‘Welcome To Marwen (Blu-ray Review)’

It’s Miller Time When NIGHT OF THE CREEPS – Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Arrives June 25th!

The good news is your date is here. The bad news is…he’s dead. Scream Factory proudly presents Night of the Creeps in a definitive collector’s edition Blu-ray release on June 25, 2019. This release is jam-packed, with both theatrical and director’s cut versions of the film and new bonus features including interviews with cast and crew and an episode of Horrors’ Hallowed Grounds. When an alien experiment goes awry, it crashes to Earth in 1959 and infects a young college student. Twenty-seven years later, his cryogenically frozen body is thawed out by fraternity pledges … and the campus is quickly overrun by alien creatures whose victims turn into zombies!

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The Kid Who Would Be King (Blu-ray Review)

It has become something of a joke to see new cinematic takes on characters such as King Arthur and Robin Hood, and yet studios keep trying and failing to set up new franchises around them. Now, along comes Joe Cornish, director of 2011’s brilliant Attack the Block, with a vision for a kid-centric take on Arthurian legend, and it’s the best interpretation of the property in decades. The Kid Who Would Be King has the spirit and ambition needed to work as a proper film for a young adult audience that adults can also appreciate as well. It did about as bad as expected at the box office, which is a shame, but now families can discover the film at home on Blu-ray.

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Do The Right Thing, Klute, 1984 & More Coming to Criterion Collection in July 2019

When the summer heats up this July, the Criterion Collection will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Spike Lee’s 1989 masterpiece Do the Right Thing with a definitive director-approved edition, featuring a new 4K restoration. Jane Fonda gives one of the most electrifying performances of her career as a sex worker in peril in Alan J. Pakula’s Klute, appearing on Blu-ray for the first time. Agnieszka Holland’s Europa Europa, a breathless adventure story set amid the chaos of World War II, will appear in a new 2K restoration. Michael Radford’s 1984 stars John Hurt and Richard Burton in the definitive screen adaptation of George Orwell’s prophetic novel, appearing in a new restoration approved by cinematographer Roger Deakins. Marcel Pagnol’s enchanting comedy The Baker’s Wife, featuring the legendary actor Raimu in a new 4K restoration. And that’s not all: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s career-crowning BRD Trilogy — The Marriage of Maria BraunVeronika Voss, and Lola — will return to the Collection on Blu-ray.

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The Karate Kid – 35th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Karate Kid 4K ReviewThe Karate Kid is one of those films that was almost always a big part of my movie watching as a kid.  I was drawn to the underdog story of Daniel Larusso, who with a great deal of spunk and determination proved himself to be a teenage hero for some.  I was so excited to see this 35thAnniversary Edition announced earlier in the year and when it arrived I was immediately ready to give it a watch!  This time, for me anyway, felt like the first time.  Check out my review of this April 16th release down below. Continue reading ‘The Karate Kid – 35th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’