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Atom Egoyan Video Career Interview – Part 1

Nothing says deep movie dissection like a good old-fashioned career interview – except maybe one you can watch.  Yearning for a beyond the norm detailed Q&A from the comfort of your own home?  Love The Adjuster, Exotic and The Sweet HereafterFlicks For Fans along with WhySoBlu has got a treat in store for you – indie film lovers read on!

 

 

 

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Westworld Season Three: The New World Rides on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray November 17th

Westworld Season 3 4KSince the award-winning drama series’ debut, Westworld has captivated audiences by exploring the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin with the latest season delving into the questions surrounding free will. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will be releasing Westworld Season Three: The New World on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD on November 17, 2020. Featuring all eight episodes from this new world’s latest evolution, along with close to two hours of bonus content including two exclusive featurettes. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack includes 2Ultra HD Blu-ray discs in 4K with HDR, 2 Blu-ray discs and Digital Copy. The Blu-ray also includes Digital Copy (Digital Copy US only). Westworld Season Three: The New World is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers. Continue reading ‘Westworld Season Three: The New World Rides on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray November 17th’

Hit THE HIGH NOTE on Blu-ray and DVD 8/11/20!

Experience the “unexpected and utterly enchanting” (Oliver Jones, Observer) stylish and contemporary female lead comedy THE HIGH NOTE, available on digital now, On Demand July 21, 2020, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 11, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe®  winner Tracee Ellis Ross (“Blackish”) stars as Grace Davis, a music icon who elevates her career to the next level with the help of Maggie, her ambitious assistant (Dakota Johnson; Fifty Shades of Grey franchise), in the delightful and glamorous film that brings a lighthearted humor to the illustrious and trendy LA music scene. Directed by Nisha Ganatra (Late Night) and written by Flora Greeson, a former personal assistant in the music industry, THE HIGH NOTE features a showstopping cast alongside Ross and Johnson including Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (Luce), Bill Pullman (“The Sinner”), Zoë Chao (Where’d You Go, Bernadette), and June Diane Raphael (The Disaster Artist) with Eddie Izzard (Ocean’s Thirteen) and Ice Cube (Ride Along).

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Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Nine New Indie Titles

Trying to do my critical part during this time of quarantine and no open theaters, I thought it proper to take a gander at the wave of indie flicks hitting home for those in need of some good movie comfort.  And despite the lack of current productions, there are still a massive amount of movies hitting various services to help those with a hankering for their film fix.  I weed through a whopping nine titles, from well-woven dramas about father and daughters to horror outings set down under, I brave a batch of nine hopefuls to give you the skinny on what’s hot and not.  Check out the Encapsulated Movie Reviews for Guest of Honour, YES, GOD, YES, Relic, Two Heads Creek, We Are Little Zombies, Parallax, All Hail The Popcorn King, The Beach House and Superhuman: The Invisible Made Visible below!

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Ghost – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)

Paramount Presents returns this month with two new editions of classics from Jerry Zucker that helped launch the 1980s and 1990s decades. One of which is the romance phenomenon that was Ghost. The Patrick Swayze / Demi Moore paranormal romantic drama nabbed Whoopi Goldberg an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Bruce Joel Rubin some Oscar hardware for Best Original Screenplay. It was also up for three more awards for that year, including Best Picture. Maybe hard to realize today or appreciate, but Ghost made over HALF A BILLION DOLLARS at the box office in 1990 ($217 million of that in the United States off of a $12 million opening). Ghost was everywhere and a staple in pop culture. Everybody knows the lines, the clay scene, everything. Now you can look at it again with a brand new 4K transfer when it arrives on the Paramount Presents label featuring a new interview with the director, Jerry Zucker. Pre-order now to secure your copy for its release date on July 21.
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‘District 9’ Officially Gets Dated on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

District 9 4KOctober 13th!!!! From producer Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and director, Neill Blomkamp comes a startlingly original science fiction thriller that “soars on the imagination of its creators” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). With stunning special effects and gritty realism, the film plunges us into a world where the aliens have landed… only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Now, one lone human discovers the mysterious secret of the extraterrestrial weapon technology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back alleys of an alien shantytown, he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on your own planet.

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‘James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction’ on Blu-ray & DVD July 28, 2020!

James Cameron Science Fiction Blu-rayJAMES CAMERON’S STORY OF SCIENCE FICTION is a uniquely intimate look at science fiction’s roots, futuristic vision and our fascination with its ideas through interviews by James Cameron with A-list storytellers, stars and other whose careers have defined the field, including Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith and Sigourney Weaver, among many others. Cameron takes us on a journey of discovery and exploration, helping us understand where science fiction’s ideas came from – and where they’re taking us.

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‘Valley of the Gods’ on Blu-ray & DVD August 11, 2020!

Valley Gods Blu-rayVALLEY OF THE GODS, the latest film from award-winning Polish filmmaker Lech Majewski (The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Mill and the Cross),  comes to Digital, Blu-ray and DVD August 11 from Well Go USA Entertainment.  Starring Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor, Black Hawk Down), Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall) and two-time Best Supporting Actor Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (Places in the Heart, 1984; In the Line of Fire, 1993), VALLEY OF THE GODS juxtaposes abundance and poverty through the eyes of an anguished writer, a bizarre trillionaire and a struggling Navajo community armed with only a now-imminent ancient legend.  The film features an original music score by Oscar®-winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (Best Original Score, Finding Neverland, 2004) and co-stars Jaime Ray Newman (TV’s “The Punisher”), Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey, Madame X) and John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings).  Bonus materials include a “making-of” featurette. Continue reading ‘‘Valley of the Gods’ on Blu-ray & DVD August 11, 2020!’

Belzebuth (DVD Review)

Belzebuth DVD In Belzebuth, Special Agent Emanuel Ritter leads a police investigation into a series of shocking deaths. But after a priest from the Vatican finds a link between the murders and an ancient demon, a descent into horror ensues. BELZEBUTH is Emilio Portes’ (Pastorela) fourth feature film and first horror film, from a script co-written by Portes and Luis Carlos Fuentes (“Kipatla”). The horror/thriller stars Joaquín Cosio (“Narcos: Mexico,” The Lone Ranger ), Tobin Bell (Saw franchise), and Tate Ellington (Sinister 2). The film premiered at the 50th Sitges Film Festival and received Best Picture at 2019 Santiago Horror Film Festival and Best Special Effects at 2019 Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre. Continue reading ‘Belzebuth (DVD Review)’

‘Made in Hong Kong’ on Blu-ray September 21, 2020!

Made Hong Kong Blu-rayReleased to critical acclaim in 1997, the year of the Hong Kong handover, Fruit Chan’s Made in Hong Kong was praised as an anarchic masterpiece, a powerful distillation of urban alienation and youthful despair. Moon (Sam Lee) is a small-time triad, stuck in an endless cycle of pointless violence with no hope of escape. After he and his friends witness the suicide of a young girl, they embark on a journey to deliver two letters she had on her when she died. Produced on a shoestring budget, with non-professional actors and using discarded film reels for stock, the film was rescued from obscurity and fully restored in 4K in time for its 20th anniversary in 2017, thanks to the Far East Film Festival, in collaboration with Andy Lau’s Hong Kong production company, Focus Film. Continue reading ‘‘Made in Hong Kong’ on Blu-ray September 21, 2020!’

Thirteen Ghosts (2001) – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

One of the joys of covering the Scream Factory titles for me is the ability to revisit some films that I haven’t seen in a significantly long time with a completely refreshed pair of eyes. Does it always pan out? No. But its still exciting to have another look. Thirteen Ghosts was a film I didn’t think much of (Or care for) back when it was released in 2001, but I was always a much different person then that I am now. While I wasn’t particularly fond of it, I’ve noticed over the years that there does seem to be a cult following for this one, so I’m looking forward to another chance. Regardless, this second release for the film (Originally on a double feature release with the 2005 House of Wax remake) is quite loaded and given the typical loving touches that Scream Factory is known for. They even nabbed Shannon Elizabeth (Very much an “it girl” in the early 2000s when this came out) back for an interview. You can pre-order now to secure a copy for the July 28th release date.
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SWALLOW Chews Before It Comes To Blu-ray On August 4th!

A provocative and squirm-inducing psychological thriller, Swallow follows one woman’s unraveling as she struggles to reclaim independence in the face of an oppressive system by whatever means possible. Written and directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis (The Swell Season), this critically acclaimed film makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut August 4, 2020 from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. Fans of this unnerving tale can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.
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WHIPLASH Arrives On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray September 22nd!

The modern classic, written and directed by Academy Award®-winner Damien Chazelle [i] and starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in an Oscar®-winning performance [ii], is newly remastered in stunning 4K with High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos audio. The 4K Ultra HD release also includes the film and special features on Blu-ray, plus a digital version of the film via Movies Anywhere.

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – COLLECTOR’S EDITION Unmasks On Blu-ray August 11th From Scream Factory!

Herbert Lom stars as “The Phantom” in Hammer Films’ celebrated production of Gaston Leroux’s horror classic. Arriving on Blu-ray August 11, 2020 from Scream Factory, this Collector’s Edition of The Phantom of the Opera  is a new 2K scan from the interpositive, with both 1.85:1 and 1.66:1 aspect ratio options available. The release of this acclaimed film is loaded with bonus features, including new audio commentary with film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson, new featurette The Men Who Made Hammer: Anthony Hinds, new interview Phantom Triumphant: Edwin Astley and Hammer’s Horror Opera – an interview with author David Huckvale, new featurette Herbert Lom: The Soul Behind the Mask – an interview with film historian/screenwriter/novelist C. Courtney Joyner, a new interview with special effects artist Brian Johnson, the featurette “The Making of Phantom Of The Opera” – narrated by Edward De Souza plus interviews with Richard Golen, Alan Lavender and Edward De Souza, the longer TV version of the film, and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

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Braveheart Limited Edition Steelbook (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Braveheart Steelbook 4K ReviewBraveheart is one of those Top 10 films of mine that I will continue to re-purchase without any thought or hesitation every time its available on a newer/better home media format.  First VHS, then DVD to Blu-ray and now I’m bringing this epic war film home again on 4K Ultra HD in a limited edition steelbook edition (available at Best Buy HERE).  There’s just so much I love about Braveheart not to mention the fact that I once dated a descendent of William Wallace’s, so she says.  To me historic pieces of this kind really don’t get any better than this especially under the love, care and ultimately direction of its main star, Mel Gibson.  Say what you want about the man.  He may be a drunk and a reckless person in real life, but he’s one hell of a passionate director when it comes to his film projects.  In this case though Braveheart is both the icing on the cake and the yummy cake itself.  I know it sounds like I’m biased in my words.  I am, but there’s just so much ammo to back up my thoughts here with.  Let’s revisit the years 1995/96 down below in more detail.  Shall we? Continue reading ‘Braveheart Limited Edition Steelbook (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Criss Cross [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray Review)

Criss Cross Blu-rayIllicit passion, greed, robbery, and murder collide in Criss Cross, a crime suspense tale from a true master of the genre, Robert Siodmak (The Killers). Steve Thompson (Burt Lancaster Novecento, Birdman of Alcatraz) is a hardworking armoured car driver with a fatal attraction to his ex-wife Anna (Yvonne DeCarlo The Munsters), who’s now married to notorious hoodlum Slim Dundee (Dan Duryea Winchester 73). Unable to stay away from her, Steve has a secret tryst with Anna … only to be discovered by Dundee. To cover up their affair, Steve convinces Dundee that he only met with Anna to get Dundee’s help in robbing an upcoming payroll shipment he will be driving. The hood falls for the ruse, which triggers a series of harrowing events that ultimately lead to violence and death. From a new 4K restoration, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this essential film noir in its UK debut on Blu-ray. Continue reading ‘Criss Cross [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray Review)’

The Specialists [Eureka Classics] (Blu-ray Review)

Specialists Eureka Classics Blu-rayFrom Sergio Corbucci, the legendary director of Django, Navajo Joe, The Great Silence, Companeros and The Mercenary comes The Specialists (Gli Specialisti, aka Drop Them or I ll Shoot) , a thrilling spaghetti western starring French music and film great Johnny Hallyday (The Man on the Train, Détective, Vengeance). Notorious gunfighter Hud Dixon (Hallyday) arrives in Blackstone, a town where his brother was wrongfully accused of robbing a bank and lynched for it. As Hud seeks revenge, he starts to discover the truth behind the stolen loot, and has to contend with an idealistic sheriff, a beautiful and seductive female banker, a corrupt businessman and a one-armed Mexican bandit, who was once his friend. Also starring Gastone Moschin (The Conformist, Caliber 9), Françoise Fabian (Belle de Jour, My Night at Maud s), and gorgeously filmed by Dario Di Palma (The Seduction of Mimi, The Oldest Profession), Eureka Classics is proud to present Gli Specialisti on Blu-ray from a new 4K restoration. Continue reading ‘The Specialists [Eureka Classics] (Blu-ray Review)’

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray Review)

Eyes Dr Mabuse Blu-ray ReviewAfter enjoying fantastic success with Fritz Lang’s two-part “Indian Epic” in 1959, German producer Artur Brauner signed the great director to direct one more film. The result would be the picture that, in closing the saga he began nearly forty years earlier, brought Lang’s career full-circle, and would come to represent his final celluloid testament by extension: his final film masterpiece. The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse [Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse] finds that diabolical Weimar name resurfacing in the Cold War era, linked to a new methodology of murder and mayhem. Seances, assassinations, and Nazi-engineered surveillance tech all abound in Lang’s paranoid, and ultimate, filmic labyrinth. One of the great and cherished “last films” in the history of cinema, The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse provides a stylistic glimpse into the 1960s works on such subjects as sex-crime, youth-culture, and LSD that Lang would unfortunately never come to realize. Nonetheless, Lang’s final film remains an explosive, and definitive, closing statement. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Fritz Lang’s final film on Blu-ray. Continue reading ‘The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray Review)’