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‘The City Without Jews’ on Blu-ray & DVD July 28, 2020!

City Without Jews Blu-rayBased on the controversial and best-selling novel by Hugo Bettauer, H.K. Breslauer s 1924 film adaptation of The City without Jews (Die Stadt ohne Juden) was produced two years after the publication of the book, only a decade before events depicted in the fictional story became an all-too-horrific reality. Set in the imaginary city of Utopia (a thinly-disguised stand-in for Vienna), the story follows the consequences of an antisemitic law passed by the National Assembly forcing all Jews to leave the country. At first, the decision is met with celebration, yet when the citizens of Utopia are confronted with the loss of the Jewish population – and the resulting economic and cultural decline – the National Assembly must decide whether or not to invite the Jews back. Though darkly comedic in tone, and stylistically influenced by German Expressionism, the film also contains starkly realistic and eerily prophetic sequences, such as the shots of trains transporting deported Jews out of the city. The implicit critique of Nazism in the film is one reason it no longer screened in Continental Europe after 1933, and no prints were thought to have survived. The 1933 fragment, found and published by the Filmarchiv Austria in 1991, was missing critical scenes. Now, thanks to the discovery of a nitrate print with the missing footage in a Parisian flea market in 2015, as well as the comprehensive restoration work of the Filmarchiv Austria, this previously lost film can once again be appreciated in its ever-relevant entirety. The most definitive and authoritative edition of this remarkable film published anywhere in the world, The City without Jews (Die Stadt ohne Juden) features a newly-commissioned score by the acclaimed silent film ensemble, pianist Donald Sosin and Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals. Continue reading ‘‘The City Without Jews’ on Blu-ray & DVD July 28, 2020!’

The Reluctant Debutante (Blu-ray Review)

Warner Archive Collection capped off May of 2020 (Which already feels so long ago) with the release of the 1958 film, The Reluctant Debutante. The cast features Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall at the top of the chain, but also notably stars Angela Lansbury, John Saxon and Sandra Dee. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli, father of Liza Minnelli and husband to Judy Garland. In other words, its stacked with somebodies. Some might not realize that the film was actually remade in the first part of this century with 2003’s What A Girl Wants that starred Amanda Bynes and Colin Firth. Crazy, I know. Warner Archive Collection release The Reluctant Debutante into its Blu-ray library on May 26, making it available and ready for you to order as soon as you complete reading my wonderful words, soon to be policed by the wonderful haters of our site. Thank you all in advance for the corrections, so I can save the time on doing them. Continue reading ‘The Reluctant Debutante (Blu-ray Review)’

KISS OF THE VAMPIRE – Collector’s Edition Sinks Its Teeth Into Blu-ray July 14th!

This summer, brace yourself for the long-awaited Hammer cult film classic debuting on Blu-ray. On July 14, 2020, SCREAM FACTORY™ is excited to present the highly sought-after Hammer Film cult classic THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by Don Sharp (The Avengers, The Four Feathers) and produced by Anthony Hinds (The Phantom of the Opera), this spine-chilling horror classic stars Clifford Evans (The Curse of the Werewolf), Noel Willman (Doctor Zhivago), Edward De Souza (The Spy Who Loved Me), Jennifer Daniel (Wuthering Heights), and Barry Warren (Frankenstein Created Woman). A must-have for movie collectors and loyal fans of Hammer Films, this definitive Blu-ray release contains special bonus content, including new 2K scan of the interpositive, new audio commentaries with author and film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/film historians Constantine Nasr, new interviews with composer James Bernard and production designer Bernard Robinson, and much more! Continue reading ‘KISS OF THE VAMPIRE – Collector’s Edition Sinks Its Teeth Into Blu-ray July 14th!’

SCREENCAPS: Urban Cowboy – 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

As I have been doing lately with some Blu-ray debuts or newly minted transfers, here are more screen captures to tell the tale of the debut of 1980’s Urban Cowboy on the format. Below you’ll find 20 screen shots from this release. Paramount’s Blu-ray of the film starring John Travolta and Debra Winger is available now (Released June 2nd). Take a look through the pictures, read my full review by CLICKING HERE, and then order yourself a copy of this terrific release at the bottom of the page!

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Urban Cowboy – 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Urban Cowboy‘s Blu-ray release feels like an awfully long time coming. Sure, the film hasn’t stuck in the conversation as well as other’s in Travolta’s career be it the iconic masterpiece Saturday Night Fever or the reappraisal and film nerd appreciation of Brian DePalma’s Blow Out. The 1980 mechanical bull riding drama set to country music is one of the most essential films in his entire career, not just his break out run. It was almost what Saturday Night Fever was for country music and remained his last hit and respected film for quite some time. You may remember (or not), that when I had my Blu-ray Wishlist articles as a weekly instead of yearly piece, Urban Cowboy was one of the first additions. That was over six years ago, which seems pretty crazy. Luckily it hit a milestone and is coming to the format with some bonus features attached. Surprisingly, this one didn’t get put with the Paramount Presents label, but that’s no bother. Its welcome any way they’d like to deliver. Continue reading ‘Urban Cowboy – 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

Creepshow: Season 1 (Blu-ray Review)

Creepshow Season 1 Blu-rayIt’s the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! From showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) comes a new anthology horror series inspired by George A. Romero’s iconic 1982 classic film. A comic book comes to life in twelve chilling tales told across six episodes featuring stories by Joe Hill (NOS4A2), Joe Lansdale (Bubba Ho-Tep), Josh Malerman (Bird Box) and more. Haunted dollhouses, werewolves, mischievous creatures, villainous trick-or-treaters and the undead are just a few things you’ll see. You never know what will be on the next page… Continue reading ‘Creepshow: Season 1 (Blu-ray Review)’

Watchmen: Season 1 (Blu-ray Review)

The initial announcement of a Watchmen television series was intriguing to hear. Arriving ten years after Zack Snyder’s (pretty good) attempt to bring the groundbreaking graphic novel series from creators Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons to life, would HBO be able to deliver the deluxe treatment in a manner similar to what Game of Thrones was able to accomplish? Would it be the novel again, but stretched out into a weekly series? Was the plan to take the name ‘Watchmen’ and do something else entirely? As it turns out, creator Damon Lindelof had some bold plans up his sleeves – a tangential sequel series designed to carry on many of the ideas presented in the original graphic novel, but continue going down that rabbit hole in a manner fit for today’s society. The result was one of the best self-contained seasons of television I can recall seeing in recent years. Now you can enjoy the whole season and more in this complete package. Continue reading ‘Watchmen: Season 1 (Blu-ray Review)’

“Everything’s Ducky” as PRETTY IN PINK debuts on Paramount Presents Blu-ray!

Produced and written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, the beloved teen classic PRETTY IN PINK is the latest addition to the Paramount Presents line. Newly remastered from a 4K transfer supervised by Deutch, the film arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever June 16, 2020.

AIRPLANE! Celebrates 40 Years With A New Blu-ray July 21st!

A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, AIRPLANE! celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020 with a brand-new Blu-ray in the Paramount Presents line, as well as a limited edition Blu-ray Steelbook, both arriving on July 21, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Originally released in July of 1980, AIRPLANE! was a major hit and become a pop culture touchstone.  Voted “one of the 10 funniest movies ever made” by the American Film Institute, the film continues to be widely referenced and quoted 40 years after its theatrical debut.

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Universal Horror Collection: Volume 5 (Blu-ray Review)

One of the best archival efforts going on with Scream Factory the past year has been their Universal Horror Collection series. Now hitting Volume 5, with Volume 6 already announced, they are highlighting and saving four horror titles from the Universal vaults that aren’t quite as well known as the standard Classic Monsters fare. Usually there will be a theme to it, or sometimes it feels a film would be picked up because of an actor associated with horror. This fifth volume feels like a fresh new lot as it showcases a more ape/jungle type theme with the films involved. A closer look finds a standalone film that closely relates to a trilogy within the set. The “Cheena, The Ape Woman” films all are included here. Not familiar with them, I’m excited to be introduced. One of them has never been on DVD or Blu-ray before and the others have only just recently had Universal DVDs in the last 5 years, or been subject to those bargain bin and 100-Sci Fi Films collections which aren’t known for having the best of transfers. You can pre-order the set to have when it becomes available on June 16th! Continue reading ‘Universal Horror Collection: Volume 5 (Blu-ray Review)’

Star Trek: Short Treks (Blu-ray Review)

CBS has decided that its going all in with the Star Trek game when it comes to their streaming channel CBS All Access. The streaming platform launched with the debut of Star Trek: Discovery (Which is heading into its third season) and then added Star Trek: Picard the following year. We will soon see even more series with The Lower Decks and the recently announced Strange New Worlds. For Discovery, in between the seasons and such, they’ve had this little short films or interludes that tie in and act as little excursions called Short Treks. They follow characters in the series or sometimes not, just relative to places or events going on. They’ve been plenty fun and pretty well regarded. Short Treks has been an exclusive to CBS All Access until now, as Star Trek fans want to collect, so they are bringing brought to Blu-ray (Shame, no 4K, but this keeps in line with the Discovery releases). You can pre-order to have when it arrives June 2nd! Continue reading ‘Star Trek: Short Treks (Blu-ray Review)’

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON Waverides To Blu-ray September 22nd!

The fate of the world is in their hands as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 22, 2020. Suit up for all 15 captivating one-hour episodes from the fifth season, plus enjoy the epic extra content including a post-production featurette, deleted scenes and a gag reel. A limited-edition bonus disc featuring all five DC Crossover Event Crisis on Infinite Earths episodes will be available exclusively for fans who purchase the Blu-ray. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season is priced to own on DVD and Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. Only). DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

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Sonic The Hedgehog (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Sonic the Hedgehog made its awareness even more well known thanks to online fan whining and pouting about the look of the character after the first trailer. This lead to the movie being pulled and set for a later date in order to improve the animation. And I’ll agree, it did look better, but old and animation or new, the movie itself was still going to be the same despite that irrelevant detail getting a fix. And the film got in and made itself some money just in time before theaters began closing their doors. The film also received an advanced digital release upon that shift in movie watching climate, but now is available on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray to own (Released on May 19th). You can relive or check out for the first time all the speedy animated hedgehog versus crazy 90s-like Jim Carrey antics paired with James Marsden smolder when you order it from the paid Amazon Associate link below. Thanks in advance to Lt. Grammar Police for the gripes. Continue reading ‘Sonic The Hedgehog (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Throw Down [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray Review)

Throw Down 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 [Masters of Cinema] (Blu-ray Review)’

The Postcard Killings (Blu-ray Review)

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 (Blu-ray Review)’

The Invisible Man (2020) (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

I’ve been a fan of Leigh Whannell (And James Wan) since the the original Saw put them on the map. Long have I admired how those can make five dollars look like 80 million dollars on the screen. The two, in both their respective directing careers have showcase such smaller film that have larger impacts and experiences. Heck, just the other day, Forbes’ Scott Mendelson pointed out with Aquaman that sure its an expensive movie, but he’s shocked it wasn’t even more expensive to an ungodly degree. Whannell isn’t quite to overstuffed budgeted blockbuster tentpoles yet, but he certainly is on track. His previous film, Upgrade, was my favorite film of 2018. So, it was with great excitement when not only did I hear he was directing a new Invisible Man feature, but that he was teaming with Blumhouse for it. That’s about as perfect a marriage as can be. And perfect it was. You’ll be able to check out this modern horror masterpiece in the finest 4K presentation when it arrives on May 26th! Continue reading ‘The Invisible Man (2020) (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season (DVD Review)

No, you’re seeing that correctly. Something Harley Quinn related is being reviewed on Why So Blu and the name “Brian White” is not attached to it. Is the man too cool for animation? Well, no, actually. Does he have it against subscribing to another streaming service? Nope, he subscribes to the DC Universe service. And yes, while we are at  it, he LOVES the animated Harley Quinn show (check out his Interview w/ Patrick Shumacker HERE). Won’t shut up about it actually. But, when it comes to the decision to release it on DVD only for physical media…well…he’s none too happy. Though, I tried to explain to him that its animated and the type of animation it was done in wasn’t going to make it matter much, he wasn’t having it. Personally, I watched the freebies offered on YouTube for the show and wanted to seek more, so I thank him for the opportunity to do that now with the review. If you’re wanting to actually own the show, you can do so by pre-ordereing it in time for its June 2nd street date on (sigh) DVD. Continue reading ‘Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season (DVD Review)’

Jaws (45th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray Review)

This spring has been representative of two things for me. One is that, for better or worse, being stuck in shelter-in-place has been helpful in some ways and hurtful in others. On a lighter note, two is that we have been blessed with so many fantastic catalog titles coming out to keep us happy at home.  Jaws is one such release, coming out on 4K Blu-ray (finally) in celebration of its 45th anniversary. The movie is just as you remember it being – tense, well crafted, slyly funny, and iconic. The new edition will certainly make the film’s fans very happy! Without further ado, here’s all you need to know about the Jaws 45th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray!

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