Baby Assassins 2 on Blu-ray April 2!

Baby Assassins 2 Blu-rsayBABY ASSASSINS 2 debuts on Digital and Blu-ray April 2 from Well Go USA Entertainment, and “once again deliver[s] the gold standard for bloody and hilarious slacker action/comedies.” (Film School Rejects) After the agency suspends its top assassins, aspiring hitmen decide to eliminate them—leading to a lightning-fast showdown between trained killers. Hugo SAKAMOTO (Baby Assassins) returns to the director’s chair for the “reliably funny, sometimes downright hysterical” (The Spool), action-packed sequel and brings back Akari TAKAISHI and Saori IZAWA from the original, along with “fantastic fight choreography” (/Film) by Kensuke Sonomura (Bad City, Hydra). BABY ASSASSINS 2 also stars Atomu MIZUISHI (Baby Assassins), Tomo NAKAI (Sayonara Girls.), Tsubasa TOBINAGA (Baby Assassins), Tetsu WATANABE (A Janitor), Joey Tee (Samurai Marathon) and Tatsuomi HAMADA (The Memory Eraser). Continue reading ‘Baby Assassins 2 on Blu-ray April 2!’

Beverly Hills Cop III (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Beverly Hills Cop series has always varied in quality.  The first film is an unquantifiable 80’s classic that was a huge hit in its era, making Eddie Murphy a superstar. The sequel carried 80’s excess and although it did very well, was critically savaged. By the time Cop III rolled around, not even Eddie Murphy was interested. The film didn’t perform well and critically was murdered upon release.  There are a very limited few that can say they enjoy the third film all that much, but as most collectors do, we must complete the set. And here we have Cop III arriving on 4K UHD Blu-ray in time for its 30th anniversary.  Of course, this one has memories attached to it for me, and so I have a soft spot for the film.  Read all about it below and click the cover art for a paid Amazon link to get your own copy, should you feel so compelled!

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Wonka (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

I have been a fan of Willy Wonka since I was a young kid. I had the Charlie and the Chocolate Factorybooks and read them over and over. I even had an audiobook on cassette that used to lull me to sleep on many nights.  I was soothed by the narrator and the story was so visual even on the page that I went right to that factory, wished I was Charlie and wanted so much to win by being a good kid.  The sense memory of it all, right? The 1971 film with Gene Wilder as the titular Willy Wonka was also a fever dream of goodness. Part whimsy and charm, part acid trip, even now I love that film.  When Johnny Depp stepped into Wonka’s shoes, I was intrigued and then sadly disappointed by the results. When I heard the filmmakers behind Paddington were working on another Wonka tale, I of course got interested. Those are such sweet films.  Did Paul King and his cast and crew deliver? Read on below and be sure to click the cover artwork at the end to order a copy of this candy-coated film!

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Monumental Western Classic ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST Comes To 4K UHD Blu-ray May 14th!

Director Sergio Leone’s monumental Western classic ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST celebrates its 55th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion Paramount Home Entertainment will release the fully restored film for the first time on 4K Ultra HD May 14, 2024, as the latest addition to the studio’s Paramount Presents line.

One of the most iconic and influential movies ever made, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST has been restored from the original 35mm Techniscope camera negative by Paramount’s archive team, L’Immagine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation. This restoration honors the 2007 Film Foundation photochemical restoration overseen by legendary director Martin Scorsese by matching its build and color palette.  The result is the definitive home release of the film, which features the 165-minute extended cut restored to its glory.

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All of Us Strangers (Digital 4K Review)

Andrew Haigh’s All of Us Strangers made a splash at the Telluride Film Festival in the summertime.  It became an immediate critical hit for audiences and was quickly purchased for distribution by Searchlight Pictures. The film is itself a remake of a Japanese film The Discarnates which is itself an adaptation of the 1987 Japanese novel Strangers by Taichi Yamada. This tale of love found and dealing with grief may have been a critical smash, but does it hold up for us mere mortal film fans? Find out below and be sure to give it a watch on Hulu or make a digital purchase wherever you buy digital films!

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Contagion (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

I don’t think anyone could have imagined how cathartic a movie like Contagion could be before Covid.  The film is a creepy reminder of 2020 now, and even if our pandemic ended up being nothing like the one in the film, to a point anyway, it’s a look into what might have been. Take an in-depth look at Contagion below and see if my thoughts are shared with yours.  As a surprising choice to make the jump the UHD Blu-ray, it may be a prime time to revisit the film.

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Darkman (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Darkman 4K UHD Blu-rayOscar® nominee and Golden Globe Awards winner Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Taken) and Oscar® winner Frances McDormand (Fargo, Nomadland ) star in Darkman – the explosive, action-packed thriller from director Sam Raimi (the Spider-Man trilogy). Dr. Peyton Westlake (Neeson) is on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in the creation of synthetic skin when his laboratory is blown up by gangsters. Having been burned beyond recognition and forever altered by an experimental medical procedure, Westlake becomes known as Darkman, assuming alternate identities in his quest for revenge and a new life with his former love (McDormand). Darkman is available now on 4K UHD Blu-ray!  Continue reading ‘Darkman (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Willy’s Wonderland (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Willys Wonderland 4K UHD A quiet drifter (Nicolas Cage) finds himself stranded in a remote town when his car breaks down. Taking on a janitorial job at the now-condemned Willy’s Wonderland seems like an easy way to earn some cash … but the mundane task suddenly becomes an all-out fight for survival when he must do battle with wave after wave of demonic, murderous animatronics. Willy’s Wonderland is now available on 4K UHD Blu-ray!  Continue reading ‘Willy’s Wonderland (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Celebrating 35 Years of Shelby Drinking Her Juice, STEEL MAGNOLIAS Comes To UHD Blu-ray April 23rd!

Steel Magnolias is celebrating its 35th anniversary, fully remastered on 4K UHD Blu-ray with HDR! Six divas of the silver screen – Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts – come together as bosom buddies in this hilarious and heartwarming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana parish. At the center of the group is Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), newly married and joyfully pregnant, despite the fact that her diabetes could make childbirth life-threatening. Terrified and angry at the possibility of losing her only daughter, M’Lynn Eatenton (Sally Field) looks to her four closest friends for strength and laughter as she battles her deepest fear of death in order to join Shelby in celebrating the miracle of new life. Continue reading ‘Celebrating 35 Years of Shelby Drinking Her Juice, STEEL MAGNOLIAS Comes To UHD Blu-ray April 23rd!’

‘Monster’ releases on Blu-ray April 9!

Monster Blu-ray After a mother (Ando Sakura) discovers that a teacher’s bullying is behind her young son’s sudden strange behavior, she storms into his school demanding an explanation. Continually left without satisfactory answers—and with an increasingly distressed child—she furiously escalates her concerns to the school board and the media. But as the story unfolds through the multilayered perspectives of mother, teacher, and child, the real truth gradually emerges—and proves much more complex than anyone could have expected. Monster is released on Blu-ray April 9, 2024! Continue reading ‘‘Monster’ releases on Blu-ray April 9!’

The Crow Flies High on 4K UHD Blu-ray This May!

The Crow 4KCelebrate the 30th anniversary of the thrilling, cult classic THE CROW when it arrives for the first time on 4K Ultra HD™ May 7, 2024 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Originally released on May 13, 1994, THE CROW entranced audiences and critics alike with its gothic aesthetic, breathtaking action, and Brandon Lee’s soulful performance at the center of director Alex Proyas’ revenge fantasy.  A sleeper box office hit, the film developed a passionate cult following that spawned three sequels, a television series, a video game, toys, and novels.  Based on the comic book saga of the same name by James O’Barr, THE CROW delivers an action-packed thriller bursting with hypnotic style and dazzling visuals. Continue reading ‘The Crow Flies High on 4K UHD Blu-ray This May!’

True Detective: Night Country: Season 4 on Blu-ray July 9!

True Detective Night Country Get on the case and catch up on all the clues from HBO’s riveting Emmy Award®-winning limited series, as Warner Bros Discovery Home Entertainment releases True Detective: Night Country on Digital now, and on Blu-ray & DVD July 9. Fans and newcomers alike can binge on all 6 thrilling episodes from Season 4, while they search for answers and go behind the scenes with bonus content. True Detective: Night Country is available now to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more. The series will also be available on Blu-ray & DVD by purchasing online and in-store at major retailers on July 9. Pre-order your copy now. Continue reading ‘True Detective: Night Country: Season 4 on Blu-ray July 9!’

Two Decades Worth of MEAN GIRLS Arrive on 4K UHD Blu-ray, April 30th!

Get in, loser…we’re watching the hit comedy MEAN GIRLS (2024) at home on February 20, 2024 when it arrives to buy or rent on Digital from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The new movie will debut on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, and DVD on April 30, which just happens to be the 20th anniversary of the original contemporary classic MEAN GIRLS (2004).  And the original MEAN GIRLS (2004) just happens to be arriving on 4K Ultra HD for the first time, like, ever on April 30, too.  It’s gonna be totally grool.

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The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

It feels like out of nowhere The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was announced and then released.  The film did well financially and received mixed reviews out of the gate. As we all know, even with our reviews here, film criticism is divisive.  So, does this prequel deliver the goods? Are we delving deeper into Panem lore or is none of this surprising? Get in on the action of the tenth annual Hunger Games below and be sure to click the cover art at the end to access a paid Amazon link to grab your copy of this newest installment of the Hunger Games saga.

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The Iron Claw will be available March 26 on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital

Bringing the true story of the Von Erich brothers to the world, The Iron Claw will be available on Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital on March 26 from A24 and Lionsgate. Starring Zac Efron and Golden Globe® winner Jeremy Allen White (Best Performance by an Actor in Musical or Comedy TV Series, “The Bear,” 2023), The Iron Claw will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 for Blu-ray + DVD + Digital.

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Next Goal Wins (Blu-ray Review)

Taika Waititi quietly released Next Goal Wins first at Toronto International Film Festival and then in wide release in the fall of 2023. It was a film that just like so many lately came and went without much fanfare.  As with all decades, we seem to get our fair share of underdog true story adaptations and we can surely add this one to the list.  But does Next Goal Wins make the good list or the bad list.  Find out in the review below and read all about the technical side in-depth as well! Be sure to click the cover art at the end for a paid Amazon link to grab a copy there and do your part to keep physical media alive!

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Anatomy of a Fall, Girlfight, Peeping Tom 4K & More Coming to The Criteron Collection May 2024

Coming this May: Three Revolutionary Films by Ousmane Sembène, three powerful 1970s works by the trailblazing Senegalese auteur; Anatomy of a Fall, Justine Triet’s masterful examination of the line between truth and fiction; and Girlfight, Karyn Kusama’s singular tale of a young woman’s path to self-realization. Plus: a Blu-ray upgrade of A Story of Floating Weeds / Floating Weeds: Two Films by Yasujiro Ozu, a silent classic from one of cinema’s greatest directors alongside his color remake, and Peeping Tom, Michael Powell’s still-shocking masterpiece of British cinema, now on 4K UHD.

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A Creature was Stirring (Blu-ray Review)

Creature was StirringA nurse taking care of her daughter’s mysterious affliction struggles to hide her secrets when uninvited strangers take shelter in her house during a lethal blizzard in the terrifying holiday horror thriller A CREATURE WAS STIRRING, available on Blu-ray and DVD February 13, 2024 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The first feature film by Director Damien LeVeck with creature design and effects by award-winning SFX artist Tate Steinsiek (Face Off), A CREATURE WAS STIRRING stars Chrissy Metz (“This is Us,” “American Horror Story”) Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, Halloween II), Annalise Basso (Ouija: Origin of Evil) and Connor Paolo (Stake Land, Better Half). Continue reading ‘A Creature was Stirring (Blu-ray Review)’