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Universal Horror Collection: Volume 6 (Blu-ray Review)

For the past (a little over a) year, Scream Factory has been blessing us every couple months with a Universal Horror Collection. Each set gathering four films from the 1930s-1950s that weren’t of the Classic Monsters canon and putting them onto Blu-ray for the first time. Many of them starring legends like Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwill. The previous set even put out a monster’s entire series (“Cheena, the Ape Woman”) for the first time. Some primarily science fiction movies have squeezed their way into these sets as well, and are certainly a welcomed addition. Sadly, Scream Factory has announced that this sixth set will be the last one in the series. I’m sure if they are able to, they will pick it up again, but for now, that’s all She-Wolf of London wrote. Its going out with a bang too, with films featuring Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and Barbara Shelley. You can pre-order the set from the paid Amazon link below to complete your set when it arrives August 25th.
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Judd Apatow’s THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND Hits Mainland 8/25

Pete Davidson is THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND in the moving, comedic event of the year inspired by his own true-life story, available to own for the first time on Digital August 11, 2020, and Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 25, 2020, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Renowned director Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) directs Davidson in “an emotional and comic knockout” (Rolling Stone) about love, loss, and laughter on Staten Island. THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND comes home with over two hours of never-before-seen bonus content.

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The Barge People (DVD Review)

Barge People DVDA group of friends sets off for a relaxing weekend away on the canals of the glorious British countryside, unaware of the flesh-eating mutants lurking in the water…ready and waiting to feed. THE BARGE PEOPLE is “a highly entertaining and satisfyingly gory horror film” (Starburst Magazine). RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, will release the horror film THE BARGE PEOPLE on August 18, 2020 on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray. Written by Christopher Lombard (The Writerand directed by Charlie Steeds (Deadman Apocalypse), the film stars Kate Davies-Speak (Off Grid), Mark McKirdy (Electric Man), Makenna Guyler (King of Crime), and newcomer Matt Swales.
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The Room (DVD Review)

Room DVDIn THE ROOM, when Kate and Matt leave the city to move into an old house, they discover a secret hidden room that has the extraordinary power to materialize anything they wish for. Their new life becomes a true fairy tale. Yet beneath this apparent state of bliss, something darker lurks: some wishes can have dire consequences. The claustrophobic shut-in film is the most-watched Shudder Original film of the year and one of the most watched Original premieres in the history of the service. Continue reading ‘The Room (DVD Review)’

‘Blood Quantum’ on Blu-ray & DVD September 1, 2020!

Blood Quantum Blu-ray ShudderRLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to BLOOD QUANTUM from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. BLOOD QUANTUM will be released on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray on September 1, 2020. BLOOD QUANTUM is directed and written by Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls). The horror film stars Michael Greyeyes (“Fear the Walking Dead” , True Detective ), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant), Kiowa Gordon (Twilight franchise),  and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open). RLJE Films will release BLOOD QUANTUM on DVD for $27.97 and on Blu-ray for $28.97. Continue reading ‘‘Blood Quantum’ on Blu-ray & DVD September 1, 2020!’

Are You Afraid Of The Dark? (DVD Review)

As a kid in the 1990s I was addicted to the tales from the Midnight Society coming to every Saturday night on Nickelodeon. Or I believe they were calling it “SNICK” back then (Or something to that regard). Sometimes spooky, sometimes just fun horror/monster stuff to enjoy, the show has long been fabled among my generation and a few after mine. It seemed ripe for a revisit and Nickelodeon agreed, giving it a 3-episode limited revival last year. Now, that updated version will be hitting…*looks down*…DVD on August 11th. Viva physical media though, right? The DVD will contain all 3 of the new episodes as well as 3 of the “fan-favorite” classic episodes to give us the best of both worlds. If you’re interested in owning it, no matter the format, go ahead and use the paid Amazon link following the review. Its only like $12 right now and that’s not bad. Or grab it to spook your kids if you got ’em. That’s a pretty good idea, too!
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Pat And Mike (Blu-ray Review)

One of Hollywood’s most legendary and electric onscreen and offscreen couples of all time were Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. The duo starred in a total of nine films together from 1942’s Woman of the Year all the way to 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, with the run only ending due to the death of Tracy that same year. As a couple they were their own brand and franchise and have seldom been match or had anything like it in the history of cinema before and after. Warner Archive Collection will be bringing two of their classics to Blu-ray for the first time in August, 1945’s Without Love and 1952’s Pat and Mike. This review will be taking a look at the sports romantic comedy Pat and Mike that also stars Aldo Ray and has smaller roles filled by the likes of later stars Charles Bronson and Chuck Connors. You can pre-order the film now and find it available on Warner Archive Collection’s own shop for release on August 25th.
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Michael (Blu-ray Review)

Growing up, I had parents that were big fans of John Travolta. Pretty much, if he was in a movie playing in theaters, we were seeing it. If we missed it, we were renting it the week it came out on VHS. They were mostly addicted to the subpar outings of his. An unfortunate piece of trivia for me, is that due to this, I’ve seen every movie in the Look Who’s Talking series in theaters. And of course, one film we DIDN’T go see him for in theaters was Pulp Fiction. Go figure. Anyway, what does my crying and griping about my parents taking me to Mr. Travolta’s lesser projects have relevance for here? Well, I saw Michael opening weekend. Which is the film for which the Blu-ray I’m about to review is of. I didn’t remember much of this Nora Ephron film, so I felt maybe it’d be neat to revisit it when the Warner Archive Collection August titles came by my desk. The film will be available for the first time on August 11th and can be pre-ordered on their website or from the paid Amazon link below.
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‘976-Evil’ on Blu-ray October 19, 2020!

976-Evil Blu-ray Director Robert Englund (the iconic Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street series) dials up a gothic tale of high-tech horror in 976-EVIL. High school underdog Hoax (Stephen Geoffreys – Fright Night) fills up the idle hours in his seedy little hometown fending off the local leather-jacketed thugs, avoiding his overbearing mother (Sandy Dennis) and dreaming of a date with trailer park temptress Suzie (Lezlie Deane), But his quietly desperate life takes a terrifying turn when his cousin introduces him to an unusual new hobby – phoning in for his “horrorscope”. Hoax is hooked up with a compellingly hideous demonic force that slowly begins to overtake his entire life and now there’s more than just a phone bill to pay for anyone who ever dared cross “the neighborhood nerd”. Continue reading ‘‘976-Evil’ on Blu-ray October 19, 2020!’

BATMAN: DEATH IN THE FAMILY Comes As Part Of DC Showcase Blu-ray Release October 13th!

Five fascinating tales from the iconic DC canon, including the first interactive film presentation in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) history, come to animated life in DC Showcase – Batman: Death in the Family. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the anthology of 2019-2020 animated shorts arrives from WBHE on Blu-ray and Digital starting October 13, 2020. Anchoring the compilation of shorts is Batman: Death in the Family, WBHE’s first-ever venture into interactive storytelling that allows fans to choose where the story goes through an innovative navigation guided by the viewer’s remote control. Central to the extended-length short is an adaptation of “Batman: A Death in the Family,” the 1988 landmark DC event where fans voted by telephone to determine the story’s ending.

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ on 4K UHD Blu-ray September 8, 2020!

4K UHD Blu-ray Ghost Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of one of the most critically acclaimed anime films of all time when Ghost in the Shell arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital 4K Ultra HD) and Digital 4K Ultra HD on September 8th from Lionsgate. Based on the beloved manga from Japanese writer and illustrator Shirow Masamune, the film’s voice cast includes Atsuko Tanaka (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, TV’s “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex”, “Ghost in the Shell 2.0”), Akio Ôtsuka (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Paprika, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots), and Kôichi Yamadera (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Ninja Scroll). Remastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, and featuring fan-favorite commemorative artwork from pop illustrator Martin Ansin – along with brand new bonus material – this will be the most definitive Ghost in the Shell package to date. Continue reading ‘‘Ghost in the Shell’ on 4K UHD Blu-ray September 8, 2020!’

‘Terrified’ on Blu-ray September 1, 2020!

Terrified Blu-rayRLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to Terrified from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. Terrified will be released on September 1, 2020 on DVD and Blu-ray. The horror film from writer/director Demián Rugna (Cursed Bastards) and produced by Fernando Diaz stars Maxi Ghione (“Montecristo”), Norberto Gonzalo (“El Asesor”), Elvira Onetto (Russian Roulette), and Demián Salomón. RLJE Films will release Terrified on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 and on Blu-ray for an SRP of $28.97.
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‘Z’ on Blu-ray & DVD September 15, 2020!

Z Blu-ray RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to Z from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. will be released on September 1, 2020 on VOD, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray. Directed by Brandon Christensen (Still/Born) who co-wrote the movie with Colin Minihan (What Keeps You AliveGrave Encounters), the horror film stars Keegan Connor Tracy (Final Destination 2), Jett Klyne (The Boy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters), Sara Canning (War for the Planet of the Apes), Stephen McHattie (Watchmen), and Chandra West (White Noise). RLJE Films will release on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 and on Blu-ray for an SRP of $28.97.
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Spike Jonze’s ADAPTATION Arrives on Shout! Select Blu-ray October 20!

Spike Jonze’s critically acclaimed film Adaptation, starring Nicolas Cage (Face/Off, Valley Girl), Meryl Streep (Little Women, Sophie’s Choice), and Chris Cooper (Little Women, August: Osage County), will be released on Blu-ray™ on October 20 by Shout Select. Special features include the original featurette, a trailer, and a still gallery.

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Great Scott! Back to the Future Trilogy Gets Dated on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray!

Back to the Future Trilogy Great Scott! In 1985, Director Robert Zemeckis, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and Producer/Screenwriter Bob Gale embarked on a three-part journey through time that broke box-office records worldwide and catapulted BACK TO THE FUTURE into one of the most beloved trilogies in motion picture history. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the groundbreaking first film with BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ULTIMATE TRILOGY available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on October 20, 2020 – just in time to celebrate “Back to the Future Day” on October 21! This collection is loaded with bonus material including a bonus disc that comes with over an hour of brand-new content such as rare audition footage from Hollywood stars Ben Stiller, Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane, Peter DeLuise and C. Thomas Howell, a tour of the film’s props and memorabilia hosted by co-writer/producer Bob Gale, a sneak peek at the new musical show, and a special episode of the popular YouTube Series “Could You Survive The Movies?” Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum! Continue reading ‘Great Scott! Back to the Future Trilogy Gets Dated on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray!’

BUGS BUNNY 80TH ANNIVERSARY Available On Blu-ray November 3rd From Warner Bros!

Eh, what’s up Doc? It’s Bugs Bunny’s 80th anniversary! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment invites you to celebrate that wascally wabbit’s milestone anniversary with the release of Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection, a gorgeous collector’s set featuring 60 theatrical shorts on Blu-ray, plus a full-size Bugs Bunny glitter Funko figure.  Available in stores on November 3, 2020, Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection will also include a Digital Copy of the 60 original theatrical shorts, a new documentary, 10 episodes of the Looney Tunes Cartoons – the new HBO Max series produced by Warner Bros. Animation – and an introductory letter from animation historian Jerry Beck. Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection is priced to own on Blu-ray.  Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection will be available to own on Digital for $39.99 SRP in the US and $49.99 SRP in Canada on November 3, 2020.

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Alice (Movie Review)

Alice Movie ReviewHappily married Alice’s (Emilie Piponnier) life is turned upside down when she discovers her husband (Martin Swabey) has spent all their money on prostitutes and they are now a year behind on their mortgage. In a last-ditch bid to support herself and her child, Alice becomes a high-end escort, which challenges her perceptions of life and love. At times bitterly funny but always brutally honest, the film traces Alice’s journey to her own kind of freedom. Writer-director Josephine Mackerras’ powerful debut feature won the Grand Jury Award at last year’s SXSW, and the ‘Spirit of The Festival Award’ at the 27th Raindance Film Festival, and stars Emilie Piponnier in a breakout performance.
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TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE – COLLECTOR’S EDITION Comes To Blu-ray August 25th!

Four ghoulish fables in one modern nightmare. On August 25, 2020, Scream Factory proudly presents the anthology Tales from the Darkside: The Movie. (Collector’s Edition) in its ultimate Blu-ray debut. The horror fan-favorite comes home in a release packed with bonus features, including a new audio commentary with co-producer David R. Kappes and a new six-chapter feature-length documentary featuring a bevy of cast and crew. Fans who order from shoutfactory.com will also receive an exclusive poster, while supplies last. From the clever and creepy minds of Stephen King (Pet Sematary), Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice), George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead) and Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes), comes an all-star anthology of horror.
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