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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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Own SUPERMAN: MAN OF TOMORROW On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray September 8th!

Daily Planet intern Clark Kent takes learning-on-the-job to new extremes when Lobo and Parasite set their sights on Metropolis in Superman: Man of Tomorrow, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting August 23, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on September 8, 2020. Order due date is August 4, 2020. Superman: Man of Tomorrow will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition, and a digital version of the movie. Continue reading ‘Own SUPERMAN: MAN OF TOMORROW On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray September 8th!’

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Cannery Row (Blu-ray Review)

Warner Archive Collection extends its library in June with the release with a bit of an ambitious film from the glorious year of 1982. David S. Ward’s Cannery Row was the bold attempt to pair two novels together, which is a bit of a love story. Personally I’ve not seen the film before, but after the Blu-ray debut of Urban Cowboy a few weeks ago, I suppose I’m on a Debra Winger kick and was more eager to check this one out. They also tout it as an “atmospheric gem” and I’m excited to see what that’s all about. Somebody over at Warner Archive Collection deems it pretty worthy as they gave it a 4K transfer. Unfortunately nothing new or vintage in terms of bonus features is available to fill the disc up, but like many of these older titles now, a fresh transfer and the ability to own it are bonus enough. Cannery Row released on June 9th and is available to order by using our paid Amazon link below or finding it on the WB Shop.
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DC’s STARGIRL – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Sees Its…ahem…Stars Align On Blu-ray September 29th!

It’s time for a new generation of justice! Get ready for nonstop action with the release of DC’s Stargirl: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29, 2020 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating ride with all 13 episodes from the first season of the original series on DC UNIVERSE & The CW. DC’s Stargirl: The Complete First Season is priced to own on DVD and Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy on September 29th. DC’s Stargirl: The Complete First Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

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Kiss Of The Vampire – 2016 Universal Edition VS 2020 Scream Factory Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Time again for a round of comparing some screen shots. This finds us taking a look at the transfers from the new Scream Factory Collector’s Edition of Kiss of the Vampire against the 2016 Universal Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection release. That particular one shared a disc with another film, whereas Scream Factory’s it does not. Below are 10 shot comparisons between the two. I’ve decided to not include any captures from the 1.66:1 presentation on the Scream Factory disc and just use the more direct comparison of the 1.85:1 since that how it was presented on the Universal release.

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Kiss Of The Vampire – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Scream Factory has been doing a pretty admirable job here with their foray into the iconic Hammer Horror vault, bringing improved and beefed up editions of previously released titles as well as scratching many of them off the bucket list for many a collector. Falling into the former is July’s release of Kiss of the Vampire, upgrading a title from the 8-film Universal set yet again. And they are doing this one quite well. Not only do we receive new bonus content, including two fresh “Men of Hammer” profiles and a new commentaries, they’ve done a new 2K transfer of the film. And that’s not all, the release includes three different ways to watch it, which consists of two different versions of the film (Theatrical and television) across three different aspect ratios. All in all, I’d say they’ve loaded this little cult film up with the goods. You’ll be able to add it to your Scream Factory or Hammer library when it becomes available to own on July 21st. Pre-orders are available now and you can secure your copy now by clicking the paid Amazon link below. Continue reading ‘Kiss Of The Vampire – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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Own SCOOB! On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray July 21st!

Learn the origins of Mystery Inc. and prepare for adventure when “SCOOB!” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 21st.  “SCOOB!” reveals the never-before-told story of Scooby’s origins. It shows how one of history’s most famous friendships began when an adorable, homeless puppy met a lonesome young boy named Shaggy, and how the two of them joined forces with aspiring young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to become the celebrated Mystery Inc.  Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face the biggest and most challenging mystery of their careers: a plot that will unleash the legendary ghost dog Cerberus upon the world.  As they race to stop this “dogpocalypse,” they discover that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined. “SCOOB!” features an all-star ensemble cast led by Will Forte, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell, and Frank Welker. It was directed by Warner Bros. animation stalwart Tony Cervone, an Annie Award nominee for the feature film “Space Jam,” two-time Emmy nominee for his work on “Duck Dodgers” and one of the creators of the popular Scooby-Doo series “Mystery Incorporated.” Continue reading ‘Own SCOOB! On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray July 21st!’

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THIRTEEN GHOSTS – COLLECTOR’S EDITION Scares Its Way To Blu-ray July 28th!

This summer, thrills and chills abound with the arrival of the horror thriller THIRTEEN GHOSTS Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on July 28, 2020 from SCREAM FACTORY™. Awesome ectoplasmic specters populate THIRTEEN GHOSTS, an effects-rampant remake of the 1960 William Castle haunted-house film directed by Steve Beck (Ghost Ship) and from producers Gilbert Adler (House on Haunted Hill), Joel Silver (The Matrix, Suburbicon) and Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, What Lies Beneath). Tony Shalhoub (Galaxy Quest) leads a cast that includes Embeth Davidtz (Mad Men), Matthew Lillard (Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?), Shannon Elizabeth (Jay and Silent Bob Reboot), Rah Digga (Blade II), and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland). The house itself is a design marvel and a mysterious puzzle-cube whose eerie corridors, sliding walls, spinning floors and phantasmic fiends may allow no escape. A must-have for movie collectors and horror enthusiasts, this definitive Blu-ray release contains special bonus content, including new audio commentary, interviews and more. Pre-order is available now at ShoutFactory.com. Continue reading ‘THIRTEEN GHOSTS – COLLECTOR’S EDITION Scares Its Way To Blu-ray July 28th!’

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Gladiator – Steelbook (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Pretty crazy to think that the Academy Award Best Picture winner Gladiator turned 20 years old this year. But hey, here we are. In celebration of that, Paramount is releasing a new Steelbook edition for the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray they brought out two years ago. This is coming out in tandem to celebrate Braveheart’s 25th anniversary with a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray steelbook. Gladiator‘s 4K steelbook features Russell Crowe’s Maximus in a battle ready pose, oversized for the space provided on the cover. Disc content-wise, this is the very same release from a couple years ago, the identical discs inside that include one 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray and two standard Blu-ray discs. Both cuts of the film are here like that set as well. As is, enjoy the images of the steelbook to accompany the review I wrote in May of 2008. You can find yourself a paid Amazon pre-order link at the bottom. Continue reading ‘Gladiator – Steelbook (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Hunt (Blu-ray Review)

The Hunt appeared to by a normal Blumhouse release til it became a controversial one and delayed thanks to Tweets from a certain dolt running the country I live in. Nonetheless it just moved to a later time and then wound up hitting theatrical release the weekend before theaters closed up shop for the pandemic. It then wound up a headliner for the theatrical at home push for digital streaming while folks have been couped up. What a crazy history for this little Blumhouse thriller. Nonetheless, Its finally getting a Blu-ray release (Including a digital code) to bring a little relief in that its coming to the format with ease. While, I was sure it would come to physical media, part of me was curious if it would, due to a wonder if it was necessary with the at home push being so strong and appealing early on digitally. Alas, Blu-rays are still going pretty well and this one is out and available for you to purchase, so you can using the paid Amazon link below. Continue reading ‘The Hunt (Blu-ray Review)’

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Head Of The Class: The Complete First Season (DVD Review)

While we are well into the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray era for home video, seeing the likes of more boutique labels now joining the battle in 2020, it may surprise you what movies and television shows still are not on the home video disc format. That leads us to 1986’s Head of the Class, which made its debut on DVD this week from Warner Archive Collection. Sure, we can bemoan releasing it on a format from 2 generations ago, but with the quality in which the show was mastered and broadcast, the SD 480i resolution is a rather fine way to put it out. Updated it to HD would probably only minimally enhance the quality. As of right now, the only way to watch head of the class is on the Roku channel. This will give fans and nostaligists a chance to own the show. If you’re wanting to order the show, you’ll be able to purchase it when it pops upon on the WB Shop store. As of this review posting, its not listing on the site and being and MOD title, you’ll want to keep checking back. Continue reading ‘Head Of The Class: The Complete First Season (DVD Review)’

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Friday The 13th – 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook (Blu-ray Review)

Fridvay The 13th turned 40 years old this year. Granted, it happened during the beginning of the pandemic and lockdowns initiating so it feels it kind of had an underwhelming celebration. Happily, my friends Jason Coleman and James Oster were able to hold their rad Flicks For Fans event honoring the film. With the film in legal troubles, no further entries are able to cash in on the milestone. Maybe its the fact that multiple Fridays a year, the film gets highlighted by the same rankings, “Things you didn’t know”, top 10 kills lists and more that it waters the excitement down. Paramount could have brought some excitement with a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray debut for (at least) the original film. But instead we are seeing the same disc that released in 2009 repurposed again (So long ago that I worked on it before I moved out of Los Angeles) with different packaging. And even that got delayed and couldn’t hit the anniversary (Just announced on the day). Regardless, the packaging utilizes the original poster and is pretty cool looking. We’ll have a look here at it in this review. Continue reading ‘Friday The 13th – 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook (Blu-ray Review)’

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Selena (Blu-ray Review)

Hard to believe, but until last month (May 19th to be precise), the popular and well regarding biopic of the 1990s late Tejano pop sensation Selena had never made it to Blu-ray. The 1997 famously launched icon Jennifer Lopez from a supporting player to a lead star all on its own and also put her musical talents to the forefront as well. There are many a strange late additions or still not on Blu-ray titles out there and some even surprise me as I research this stuff constantly and do a wishlist piece on them every year. The film debuts on the format with a new transfer and a ported upgrade over its 2007 DVD special edition with its bonus features intact and offering up two separate editions of the film (Theatrical and Extended Edition). If you’ve been wanting to own Selena on Blu-ray, as always, feel free to use the paid Amazon link following the review. It both helps our site and helps you to get the product for which you’ve been seeking. Continue reading ‘Selena (Blu-ray Review)’

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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)’

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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!’

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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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