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Just Mercy (Blu-ray Review)

Just Mercy was one of those films I didn’t hear about too much at the end of the year.  Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson should’ve been a huge draw for moviegoers, even with this film being a drama.  The surprising part for me, is that they all shine here (more on that below) and the story is injected with determination, community and love at its core.  Read more on Just Mercy below and be sure to click the paid Amazon link below to get your own copy too!

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THE GENTLEMEN Come In Smokin’ April 21st on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD!

Get lit in the stylish ensemble caper, THE GENTLEMEN, a star-studded, sophisticated action-comedy written and directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch). This engaging and unpredictable film is available now on Digital, lighting up on On Demand April 14, 2020 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD on April 21, 2020, from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Set in the underworld cannabis industry in London, Ritchie makes a grand return to his signature, kinetic style, enthralling and surprising audiences with every scene, made even more dynamic by the performances of its star-powered ensemble cast. The home release includes exclusive bonus content bringing audiences deeper into the provocative world of the film.

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COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA-HD COLLECTION Debuts June 16th!

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is proud to debut six of the most acclaimed and beloved films from its library on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time ever, exclusively within the COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION, available June 16. This must-own set includes iconic favorites that span the studio’s history: MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTONLAWRENCE OF ARABIADR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMBGANDHI, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN and JERRY MAGUIREEach film is fully restored in 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range.

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‘The Postcard Killings’ on Blu-ray & DVD May 19, 2020!

Postcard Killings Blu-rayIn The Postcard Killings, based on the James Patterson and Liza Marklund #1 New York Times bestselling novel, NY Detective Jacob Kanon’s (Jeffery Dean Morgan) world is destroyed when his daughter and son-in-law are brutally murdered in London. Unable to sit idly by and do nothing, Jacob travels to London get the answers he needs. As he learns of similar heinous murders happening across Europe – each preceded by a postcard sent to a local journalist – Jacob is in a race against time to stop the killings and find justice for his little girl. Continue reading ‘‘The Postcard Killings’ on Blu-ray & DVD May 19, 2020!’

THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN Gets A Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray May 19th!

The Evil Of Frankenstein [Collector’s Edition] comes to Blu-ray™ on May 19 from Scream Factory. Customers ordering from ShoutFactory.com will receive an exclusive 18″ X 24″ rolled poster featuring our brand new artwork, available while supplies last. This release will also feature a new transfer and a slew of additional bonus features not seen on the previous iteration found in the Hammer Horror 8-Film Universal collection.

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DC Universe’s Harley Quinn: Exclusive Interview w/ Patrick Schumacker

Harley Quinn Season 1 Interview with Patrick ShumackerWhat I am about to say is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke.  People look at me crazy whenever I proclaim that DC Universe’s Harley Quinn animated series is the BEST Batman cartoon ever.  Yeah I know the Batman Animated Series changed a lot of our lives back in the day, but I’m currently in my forties.  I need more in my cartoons nowadays than just mild adult themes and that’s exactly where I feel Harley Quinn immensely delivers.  It took only one viewing of the first Season One episode last year for me to ask out loud the following eight words.  Where has this show been my entire life?  And if being 2020’s Birds of Prey and The Emancipation of One Harley Quinn number one fan out there doesn’t reinforce the point enough (already at 10+ views), I’m certainly a man of exquisite tastes.  What I mean by that is I enjoy the finer things in life in my media like gratuitous moments of excessive foul language, extreme carnage and gore, poop/puke gags and the list goes on.  You know…everything the Harley Quinn show offers.  Also being a devoted fan of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory for its twelve season run and having the real life Penny from it embody your favorite anti hero of all time is literally just the sweetest icing on the cake a guy like me could ever ask for. Continue reading ‘DC Universe’s Harley Quinn: Exclusive Interview w/ Patrick Schumacker’

Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn Ignites on 4K Blu-ray May 12th!

Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” arrives on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 12. Margot Robbie (“Bombshell,” “Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood,” “I, Tonya”) reprises her role as the endearingly daring ne’er-do-well Harley Quinn in DC’s “Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.

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James Bond 007 Themes – Worst to Best (Music Review)

With the current state of affairs around the world, cinemas and movies theaters alike have taken a pause and closed the curtain temporarily, which unfortunately also includes flicks that were soon to be released.  One such movie was the next (and possibly final!) outing of Daniel Craig as James Bond 007 that was supposed to hit in April – the tasty looking No Time To Die.

 

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‘Zombie’ on 4K Ultra HD May 26, 2020!

Zombie 4K UHD Blu-rayIn Italy, it was considered the ‘unofficial sequel’ to DAWN OF THE DEAD. In England, it was known as ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS and banned as obscene. In America, it was called ZOMBIE and advertised with the depraved tag line ”WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!” Tisa Farrow (THE GRIM REAPER), Ian McCulloch (CONTAMINATION), Al Cliver (CANNIBALS), and Richard Johnson (THE HAUNTING) star in this worldwide splatter sensation directed by ‘Maestro Of Gore’ Lucio Fulci (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY) that remains one of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly graphic horror hits of all time! Continue reading ‘‘Zombie’ on 4K Ultra HD May 26, 2020!’

‘Maniac’ on 4K Ultra HD May 26, 2020!

Maniac 4K UHD Blu-rayFrank Zito (a career performance by writer/executive producer Joe Spinell of ROCKY and THE GODFATHER fame) is a deeply disturbed man, haunted by the traumas of unspeakable childhood abuse. And when these horrific memories begin to scream inside his mind, Frank prowls the seedy streets of New York City to stalk and slaughter innocent young women. Now Frank has begun a relationship with a beautiful photographer (Caroline Munro of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), yet his vile compulsions remain. These are the atrocities of a human monster. This is the story of a MANIAC. Continue reading ‘‘Maniac’ on 4K Ultra HD May 26, 2020!’

‘Throw Down’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray May 18, 2020!

Throw Down Eureka Masters of Cinema Blu-rayIn this visually arresting action drama from acclaimed director Johnnie To (Mad Detective, Election), legendary Judo fighter Szeto Bo (Louis Koo; Flash Point, The Legend of Zu) unexpectedly gave up the sport and now lives the life of an alcoholic gambler who runs a pub. However, cocky Judo newcomer Tony (Aaron Kwok) wants to challenge him, while old foe Kong (Tony Leung Ka Fai, Ashes of Time) demands Szeto to finish the match that never took place, Soon Szeto s pub becomes the ultimate arena where the greatest Judo fighters challenge one another. Filled with brutal, no-holds-barred Judo fight scenes, Throw Down is director To s ultra-stylish homage to the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, and is an emotional tale of one man s determination to rediscover himself and win at all costs. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Throw Down in its UK debut from a 4K restoration. Continue reading ‘‘Throw Down’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray May 18, 2020!’

‘Better Days’ on Blu-ray & DVD May 5, 2020!

Better Days Blu-rayIn the dramatic thriller BETTER DAYS, debuting on digital and Blu-ray May 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment, a bullied teenage girl forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious young man who protects her from her assailants, all while she copes with the pressures of her final examinations.  Director Derek Kwok-Cheung Tsang (Soulmate) paints a bleak picture of an oppressive society, in the guise of a gripping fairy-tale love story, exposing the dark world of bullying and societal pressures of achievement facing today’s youth.  BETTER DAYS acclaimed cast includes Zhou Dongyu (Kung Fu Monster, The Thousand Faces of Dunjia, Soulmate) and C-pop superstar Jackson Yee (TFboys, GG Bond: Guarding). Bonus materials include a “making-of” featurette. Continue reading ‘‘Better Days’ on Blu-ray & DVD May 5, 2020!’

Spies in Disguise (4K Blu-ray Review)

Will Smith and Tom Holland team up in Spies in Disguise.  The film was the first non-Disney/Pixar animated film since the big acquisitionThis particular cartoon journey is centered in a super-cool spy situation. Will Smith’s super spy has a doppelganger on his hands… How does he clear his name and still stay hidden… Duh… Disguise! But… Does the film go for the gold, or does it come in dead last? Read in depth below, and check for a paid purchase link afterwards to grab a copy for yourself!

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GRETEL & HANSEL Arrives On Blu-ray May 5th!

Experience the nightmare behind the fairytale when “Gretel & Hansel” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. Directed by Osgood Perkins, the film is a terrifying reimagining of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairytale for a new generation. From Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s Orion Pictures, the film stars Sophia Lillis (IT, IT: Chapter 2) as Gretel, newcomer Samuel J. Leakey as Hansel and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact) as The Witch. “Gretel & Hansel” was directed by Perkins from a screenplay by Rob Hayes.  The film was produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger. Fans can own “Gretel & Hansel” via purchase from digital retailers beginning April 7. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on May 5. The Blu-ray disc features the film and special features in hi-definition and the DVD features the film and special features in standard definition.  Both versions feature a Digital version of the film. Continue reading ‘GRETEL & HANSEL Arrives On Blu-ray May 5th!’

Some Forking Great News! THE GOOD PLACE: THE COMPLETE SERIES Blu-ray Arrives From Shout! Factory May 19th!

Welcome! Everything is fine. The complete series of the fan-favorite comedy hit The Good Place makes its Blu-ray debut on May 19, 2020, courtesy Shout! Factory. All 53 episodes from the NBC series will come to Blu-ray in a 9-disc set, complete with bonus features including the series finale after show and extended episodes, with footage not seen on television.

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‘The Specialists’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray May 18, 2020!

Specialists Eureka Classics Blu-ray From 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] on Blu-ray May 18, 2020!’

Little Women (Blu-ray Review)

It saddens me to say, but quite possibly my largest blind spot in the Academy Award nominated films from 2019 was Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Gerwig’s Lady Bird was one of my absolute favorite films of 2017 and (Like her acting output) I’ll see anything she directs. Unfortunately, for personal reasons, the holiday season wasn’t the easiest time for me to get out and see a movie this past season. I am very excited to finally be seeing it via Blu-ray for this review. I don’t know why Sony has opted to shaft it on getting a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray release, but here we are. They have supplied it with a nice chunk of featurettes (But no commentary) which is nifty. If you are really itching for the 4K Ultra-HD presentation, infuriatingly it IS available that way via streaming for purchase and on-demand rental. This standard Blu-ray edition of the film will be available on April 7th, though I don’t know delivery for it will be getting to people by then (Hopefully it does!). You can roll the dice on that using the Amazon Associates link below if you’re feeling lucky!
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Stuart Gordon: A Career Retrospective

With the recent passing of famed filmmaker Stuart Gordon, it felt appropriate to pay tribute to one of the genre’s most notorious helmers with a look back at the talented writer/director’s long film career.  From cool cheddar fare (Robot Jox is still a guilty pleasure!) to flicks that changed the game (Re-Animator is a classic no matter how you slice it!) here is a loving look at the life and film work of all things Stuart Gordon.

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