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Jojo Rabbit (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Jojo Rabbit (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)Jojo Rabbit is one of those films that I unfortunately missed out on seeing last year in the theater.  However, if I would have, this one would have definitely found a home in my Top 10 Films of 2019 HERE.  Yes!  Believe the hype.  Jojo Rabbit is that good!  Is it a war film, a drama film or a comedy film?  That’s a good question, but for argument’s sake let’s call it all three.  Like last year’s Joker and this year’s Rated-R Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey I feel fortunate to live in a time when we can comfortably laugh at Adolf Hitler and his Nazi trope.  That’s not to say it’s no joking matter, but Jojo Rabbit gives us permission to poke fun at and laugh a long with the Nazi party all under a very flexible PG-13 rating.  Did I mention Walt Disney is distributing this film on Blu-ray and 4K UHD Disc?  I know!  Mind-blown!
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Frozen II (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

In 2013, Frozen launched itself into quite the phenomenon that Disney hadn’t seen from a Princess movie in decades.  Elsa climbed atop a pedestal with Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, Snow White, Aurora and others. And she did so in a very new and exciting way. Everyone felt the fever of “Let It Go” and the other tunes that masterfully built up one of the best collection of showtunes for a musical in eons (“Do You Want To Build A Snowman” is my personal favorite, though “Love Is An Open Door” offers a lot!). Hell, I am an avid lover of Frozen, despite my children doing their best to try and tire me of it. Unlike those other princesses, have a huge hit movie mean Elsa was getting a sequel instead of just moving on to the next princess (Which they did as well with Moana). Six years later, Frozen II was unveiled to the world and became an even bigger hit than its predecessor. You be able to venture “Into The Unknown” with Anna, Else, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven when it arrives on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray and DVD February 25th.
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A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood was one of 2019’s best reviewed and praised films while also being a box office success story. The film warmed and won over both critics and audiences alike, and when you think of who the subject of the film is, its just kind of fitting that this would be a film where everyone gets along in times when there seem to be many anti-critic enthusiasts out there. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood only found itself nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers) at the recent Academy Awards ceremony, the award ultimately going to Brad Pitt for his role as Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood.  Sony will be putting the film onto 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray (With the overblown “IMAX Enhanced!” tag; it just means it has a DTS:X audio track).  The film is available now, having been release on February 18th. The Amazon purchase link in this review is a paid Associate’s Account.
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MUNSTER, GO HOME! Goes To Blu-ray March 31st!

Get ready to see America’s funniest family in their first full-length feature film! On March 31, 2020, Scream Factory proudly presents Munster, Go Home! on Blu-ray for the first time. Complete with bonus features including the television film The Munsters’ Revenge and new audio commentary with Butch Patrick and Rob Zombie, this release of Munster, Go Home! is a “munst”-have for any fan of The Munsters. Following the wildly popular Munsters TV series, original cast members Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster), Yvonne De Carlo (Lily Munster), Al Lewis (Grandpa) and Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) are reunited in this hilarious movie as you’ve never seen them before … in spooky color!

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‘Goalie’ Tells Real Life Story of Terry Sawchuk

Directed by Adrianna Maggs, who is best known for her writing on TV series like Frontier and Saving Hope, the film Goalie takes audiences behind the scenes of late NHL goalie Terry Sawchuk. Sawchuk’s career took place from 1949 to 1970 where he was a seven-time all star and four-time Vezina Trophy winner (best goalie). In that span, he amassed 103 shutouts and 445 wins eventually supplanting him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Still, his accolades on the ice were never medicine for his off-ice struggles. Maggs guides us through Sawchuk’s tragic story.

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Darth Vader Returns to Marvel

Technically he never left, but the black-clad Sith Lord has had two ongoing monthly series from Marvel in recent memory with this being the third. The most recent was the 25-issue series that was absolutely brilliant from start to finish (and one I hated to see come to an end). While that prior series took place during the tale end of Order 66, the new series picks up during the events of The Empire Strikes Back when he and Luke faced off in person for the first time.

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Ford v Ferrari (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Ford v Ferrari 4K ReviewThere was a time when the old Brian would have found such a movie like Ford v Ferrari to be an absolute wet dream.  Up until about two years ago my world literally revolved around my 2006 Mustang GT.  She, affectionately named Dark Angel after Jessica Alba’s failed TV show back in the day, was everything to me.  And I mean everything.  She was the only physical connection left to my old life in Cleveland, OH (Austin has nothing on that city) and my bridge to the proverbial road ahead.  I never imagined a day of my life without her.  Then some “great” guy in Austin, TX, whose hair just happen to get in his eyes while driving (no kidding), took my world away from me.  My life has never been the same.  I absolutely hate driving nowadays and pretty much want nothing at all to do with cars anymore to the point where I sadly drive a Honda Civic Hatchback I named Vegas.  However, I digress because secretly my motor revs for Ford v Ferrari.  So fill up your racing tanks and speed on down below with me as I test drive Ford v Ferrari on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Continue reading ‘Ford v Ferrari (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Color Out of Space (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Color Out of Space 4K UHD Blu-rayAfter a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a living nightmare. Based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft short story, Color Out of Space is “gorgeous, vibrant and terrifying” (Jonathan Barkan, Dread Central). Continue reading ‘Color Out of Space (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Pet Sematary Two – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

While the original Pet Sematary (Adapted from the novel by Stephen King) has had a vast wealth of Blu-ray releases, even a 4K Ultra-HD release, as well as a remake even gracing both formats, the sequel to the original has be stuck as DVD only for years and years. But alas, not anymore as the Scream Factory – Paramount Blu-ray partnership continues to give and give for us horror aficionados. The possibly forgotten Edward Furlong-starring sequel has its fans and has been on the demand list for a good while now. Scream Factory recognizes that and is giving it the coveted Collector’s Edition release featuring brand new interviews and a 4K scan of the original camera negative. Yes, they got Furlong to come back and talk about the film. This exciting release will be able to be your when it arrives on February 25th. There is a link to pre-order following the review which is for a paid Amazon Associates account. Continue reading ‘Pet Sematary Two – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

Spies In Disguise Sleuth Discreetly On 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on March 10th

Experience the hilarious thrills of SPIES IN DISGUISE, which is Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™, from the comfort of your own home, along with Blu-ray™️ bonus features including multiple making-of featurettes and two awesome music videos. Additionally, the Blu-ray™️ edition of SPIES IN DISGUISE includes “Super Secret Spy Mode,” an immersive, in-movie experience that takes you deeper into the story with Easter eggs, fun facts, and behind-the-scenes insights into the making of the film. SPIES IN DISGUISE will make its way into the home on March 10th! Read more below about the release of this fun family film!

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The Great Escape, Scorsese, Wildlife & More Coming to The Criterion Collection May 2020

This May, John Sturges’s World War II adventure classic The Great Escape, with a stellar ensemble cast led by Steve McQueen, will join the Criterion Collection. Scorsese Shorts will collect five newly restored short films by Martin Scorsese, including the intimate documentaries Italianamerican and American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince and three student films that illuminate the artistic development of one of our greatest directors. Feminist trailblazer Dorothy Arzner, the only woman of her time to work as a director in the Hollywood studio system, joins the Collection with Dance, Girl, Dance, a subversive backstage melodrama starring Maureen O’Hara and Lucille Ball. Husbands, John Cassavetes’s fearlessly honest portrait of American manhood in crisis, and his first collaboration with stars Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk, will make its Blu-ray debut. Paul Dano’s acclaimed directorial debut, Wildlife, anchored by a revelatory Carey Mulligan performance, will appear on home video for the first time. And that’s not all: Eric Rohmer’s wildly influential series Six Moral Tales will return to the Collection on Blu-ray.

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Finally! Slasher Classic APRIL FOOL’S DAY Comes To Blu-ray March 24th!

Guess who’s going to be the life of the party? On March 24, 2020, Scream Factory brings the fan-favorite 1980s mystery slasher April Fool’s Day to Blu-ray for the first time! This Collector’s Edition release includes a number of brand-new bonus features including new interviews with director Fred Walton, actress Deborah Goodrich Royce, actor Clayton Rohner, composer Charles Bernstein, and cinematographer Charles Minsky, and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.

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Biopic ‘Goalie’ About Legendary Netminder Terry Sawchuck

As an avid hockey fan and former player, I nearly did a backflip when I caught news of the upcoming film about hall of fame goalie Terry Sawchuk. While he played for numerous teams in the NHL, he was best known for his time with the Red Wings from 1949 throughout much of the 50’s and into the early 1960’s.  Now the late, great Sawchuk gets his own movie.

DARK STAR PICTURES will release the critically acclaimed GOALIE, starring Mark O’Brien (Marriage Story), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, “The Marvelous Miss Maisel”), and Georgina Reilly (“City on a Hill”) On Demand and Digital February 25. It based on the true story of hockey player Terry Sawchuk and is directed by Adriana Maggs.

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CATS Gets A Home On Blu-Ray April 7th

Cats are coming! Although Alamo Drafhouse has started hosting Rowdy Cats screenings now you can take home Universal’s musical oddity. Judge for yourself if this is a misunderstood classic. Perhaps it’ll be catnip for ya! I am looking forward to revisiting this much-maligned but can’t look away film. I wish it was getting a 4K Whiskers Edition but I digress. The story of the Jellicle cats can soon take up space on your shelf as your real furry companions do. As I recall, Taylor Swift’s performance outdid her early acting bit from Valentine’s Day. Sir Ian McKellen went method. And newcomer Francesca Hayward was clearly a much better dancer than anyone else. I’m not looking forward to seeing Rebel Wilson eating bugs on-screen again but it’s a Blu-ray, I can skip that!

 

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Watch The Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series Out On Blu-Ray 6/2

Tick tock. Fans can dive even further into the alternate world that has captivated audiences since its debut when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series on Blu-ray and DVD, June 2, 2020. Featuring all nine riveting one-hour episodes – plus over 90 minutes of bonus content, including two never-before-seen special features exclusive to the Blu-ray and DVD. Created for television and executive produced by Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers)Watchmen drew 1.5 million viewers in its series premiere, becoming the second-highest rated HBO original series debut of the past three years, only behind Big Little Lies. The show is also currently “certified fresh” with a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own. Continue reading ‘Watch The Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series Out On Blu-Ray 6/2’

FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY As Reported By Scream Factory Blu-ray, March 24th!

Get ready to experience the horror and suspense of the timeless Frankenstein story. On March 24, 2020, SCREAM FACTORY™ will unleash the epic horror classic FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY on Blu-ray. Directed by Jack Smight (The Twilight Zone, Damnation Alley) and teleplay by Christopher Isherwood (A Single Man, Cabaret) and Don Bachardy, this gruesome, heart-pounding thriller features an incredible cast, including James Mason (Child’s Play, Lolita), Leonard Whiting (Romeo & Juliet), David McCallum (NCIS, The Man from U.N.C.L.E), Jane Seymour (Live and Let Die, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), Nicola Pagett (An Awfully Big Adventure), Michael Sarrazin (The Sweet Ride, The Outer Limits), and Agnes Moorehead (Bewitched, Citizen Kane). FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY retells Mary Shelley’s unforgettable story. Victor Frankenstein’s medical experiments result in the shocking discovery that he can revive the dead. But when the creature he brings forth becomes a killer, is anyone safe? Continue reading ‘FRANKENSTEIN: THE TRUE STORY As Reported By Scream Factory Blu-ray, March 24th!’

Sonic the Hedgehog Is An Ok Video Game Movie (Movie Review)

Videogames flicks based on the actual games have, at best, a spotty track record. I personally enjoy a few Resident Evils and at least one Tomb Raider (the Alicia Vikander entry), but I can’t argue that most films which use the language of games and their ideas with original characters and plots are much better. Your Wreck-It Ralphs and Scott Pilgrims are, to paraphrase Marty Scorsese, actually cinematic. Still, as one whose love of videogames is second only to film, I’m hoping a beloved property will crack that digital ceiling someday and be truly great. In my mind, studios have infinite lives to get this right. Will Sonic the Hedgehog runs laps around the previous game-inspired features?

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LITTLE WOMEN Releases On Plain, Standard Blu-ray March 10th

Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Greta Gerwig’s fresh, unique and modern adaptation of the timeless Louisa May Alcott masterpiece LITTLE WOMEN comes home on Digital March 10 and Blu-ray™ and DVD April 7 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases will take viewers even deeper into the beloved story of Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth with over 45 minutes of fascinating bonus features. See how Writer/Director Greta Gerwig led this modern adaptation of a literary classic with a magnificent new cast, incredible art direction, elaborate costumes, set pieces and how she took inspiration from the real-life Orchard House where Louisa May Alcott lived and wrote LITTLE WOMEN.

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