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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 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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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!’

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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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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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Jumanji: The Next Level (Blu-ray Review)

One of 2017’s big surprises was Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. It featured a fun concept, different from the original with humorous angle for its cast that absolutely nailed it. Even more surprising was hold well it was able to do so well alongside box office juggernaut Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well as the leggy The Greatest Showman. Holiday 2017 seasons was one prosperous time for the accountants at the studios as they counted all them big bucks for these movies. Obviously as sequel was an easy conclusion and it arrived just 2 years later with its victory lap in the form of Jumanji: The Next Level, also a substantial hit film at the box office. That film is on the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray format, which you should definitely go and purchase. But for today, we’ll be talking about the standard Blu-ray version of the film and how it fares on the edition for the outdated format. Pre-order below if you’d like, and know that it is linked to an Amazon Associates account.
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We Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – So Let’s Watch BAD BOYS FOR Life (On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray April 21)!

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back on the case in the roles that launched the dynamic duo to global superstardom in BAD BOYS FOR LIFE. The action-packed comedy that has earned over $400 million dollars at the worldwide box office and a Certified Fresh rating by Rotten Tomatoes, explodes onto Digital March 31 and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD April 21 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. BAD BOYS FOR LIFE was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Will Smith and Doug Belgrad, executive produced by Chad Oman, Barry Waldman, Mike Stenson and James Lassiter and directed by Adil & Bilall.

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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker gave us the finale of the Skywalker saga of the Star Wars Universe. Though ultimately that’s primarily been the crux of the whole thing, we’ll likely be seeing spin-offs and new efforts finding themselves even more separate from it as time wages onward for the Disney Lucasfilm investment. Perhaps a lot of streaming television programming is the majority of it, with The Mandalorian going over very well as a Cassian Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi pair of series set to arrive in the future. As far as feature films, the allure of a Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, or Kylo Ren focused films are pretty much now in the rearview. And your collections will all find themselves complete one the ninth and “final” episode of the saga finds its way to your shelves on March 31st. It will be available in many different standalone versions and also as a part of the Skywalker Saga box set that includes all nine Star Wars episodes.
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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Arrives Early On Digital (March 31) And 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray May 19!

Get ready for epic fun and super-sonic action when everyone’s favorite hedgehog races home in the blockbuster hit SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, debuting early for purchase on Digital March 31, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.  The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and for rental on demand or disc May 19.

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Munster, Go Home! (Blu-ray Review)

The Munsters or The Addams Family? What kind of a household are you? How about you can love and enjoy both of them! Its crazy how we had multiple horror based sitcoms at the same time, but here we are. Both were pretty popular too and pop culture staples. Scream Factory is taking on the feature film from The Munsters, aptly titled Munster, Go Home! And I got to hand it to them, they created quite a bit of excitement for me when they unveiled the special features for this that included a commentary not just with Butch Patrick, but also dragging Rob Zombie along for the ride. That might be the most exciting thing I’m looking forward to on this release. They also have included the TV film The Munsters’ Revenge, so its pretty much a double feature disc. Quite a fun release that other studios might not have done so much with. You’ll be able to collect this one when it arrives…well…during these times I’d say its safer to say “online”…March 31st!
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2/3 Of ‘The Skywalker Legacy’ (Movie Review)

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is already available on digital streaming video on demand platforms and will be available on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD in a myriad of stand-alone releases and ‘The Skywalker Saga’ 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray box set (a Best Buy/Amazon UK exclusive). One of the bonus features found on the release is ‘The Skywalker Legacy’, a feature-length (Over 2 hours) documentary chronicling the production of The Rise Of Skywalker, complete with interviews and behind the scenes footage. Every Star Wars Disney film during their run has included a documentary like this, so its no different in that regard. When I sat down to watch this for my upcoming 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray review, I had too many thoughts on this documentary (And kind of the angle they have played on these as a whole) to limit it just a few sentences recap in my extras section. So, here we are, a bonus feature for a disc getting its own film review aside from the the release.  But I figured it was worth the exploration and discussion. Continue reading ‘2/3 Of ‘The Skywalker Legacy’ (Movie Review)’

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Uncut Gems (Blu-ray Review)

The Safdie Brothers made a nice jump onto the scene a couple years back with their rough and tumble thriller, GoodTime. Not only did they make someone what of a critical cult hit, the film also took note for its outstanding performance from Robert Pattinson (Adding such humor to the people who don’t seem to realize the Twilight movies ended almost 10 years ago, showcasing their lack of movie watching/knowledge). And in a nice turn of events, their follow up effort, Uncut Gems followed suit in upping their game and continuing to explore the magic they found with GoodTime. While the films are quite different, the descriptor of a rough and tumble thriller highlighted by a Goliath performance from the lead remains. And this time, even more people became aware of their talents, with people quite disappointed in the lack of any recognition from the Academy. And in another disappointment, it was stiffed on the 4K Ultra-HD treatment, landing on standard Blu-ray. Available now.
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Knives Out (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review)

When it comes to modern filmmakers, Rian Johnson is an instant ticket purchased no matter what he’s doing. He’s proven over and over a knowledgeable student of film and a clever, thoughtful filmmaker with a fantastic ideology in the world of story craft and character work. The fact that this guy went and tackled an Agatha Christie style murder mystery is even more delicious and exciting. Just hearing of Knives Out, you knew this would be special and then the trailer made it one of the most exciting releases of the year. And it proved to be that old school star-led programmer people had been clamoring for as it continued to make a leggy run at the box office (Even, funny enough, surpassing The Rise of Skywalker in regular daily grosses late into its run). It found itself nominated for an Oscar, but could have easily been worthy of many more. The film is now available on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray (Apologies, review copies were sent out late for it), and you can order from the Amazon Associates link following the review.
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1917 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

When it comes to end of the year “Best” (or as I like to say, “Favorite”) lists, many of us looked toward Sam Mendes 1917 as a glaring omission as it had not opened in theaters near our residency. And I’ll be damned if the first time I watch something like this is on an overly compressed, watermarked behind on the times format DVD screener. To the luck of some of the other films that DID get included on my Top Films of 2019 list, they were grateful for my snobbery as some of them were included where they may have been given an unfortunate bump. 1917 would easily have moved into my top ten and shaken the list up had it been able to open wide before I wrote my list (I believe it came out just a week after mine published). It is one of the great theatrical experiences of this millennium and I hope people truly find themselves immersed at home (At least watch it on a damn TV folks, please don’t do this on your phone, tablet or laptop). You’ll be able to watch it in the comfort of said home when it arrives on March 24th.
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April Fool’s Day – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

The Scream Factory dip into the Paramount catalog vault has not been messing around. From the outset they are getting right to the titles they KNOW people are wanting. April Fool’s Day is one of those titles, being one of the most popular slasher films from the 1980s still left with no Blu-ray release (He Knows You’re Alone still looms large. Will 2020 finally be the year?). Longtime readers will know I’ve been waiting for this one for a good while as I wrote THIS wishlist piece <<Eyes open wide when they see the date>> six years ago. The wait is worth it in the end as a company is putting it out that will put some effort in to the extras, giving us a slew of new interviews that I’m not sure Paramount themselves would have. This super exciting release will be landing on shelves virtual and physical on March 24th, just in time for you to watch it ON April 1st this year. How considerate of Scream Factory (They’re no dummies.). Continue reading ‘April Fool’s Day – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Wizard – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Kids movies were of a whole different world back in the 1980s and 1990s. There is nothing quite like them. And when they are bad, they are baaaad or quite fun for the shortcomings. When they are on, the tears be flowing or a lifelong fandom be growing. The Wizard is a bit of a crazy concoction when you hear about it, that someone how finished itself a pretty solid story narratively. The whole purpose of this thing was to sell Nintendo and Nintendo products be “Kids like it, its cool.” We’ll get into it a little more in the review, but it has had a legacy of dedicated fandom and nostalgic memories for it, mainly because we really didn’t get much in the way of stuff like this that seemed to know exactly what we were into. Incredibly, Shout! Factory is giving the film the handsome 4K restorative treatment along with some great new bonus features to celebrate the film. Personally, I think the new cover art is right on the money and one of their most brilliant ones of all time. You’ll be able to marvel at said art in person when it arrives on Blu-ray March 24th.
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Hammer’s THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF – Collector’s Edition Arrives April 21st!

His beast-blood demanded him KILL … KILL … KILL! On April 21, 2020, SCREAM FACTORY™ is excited to present the highly sought-after Hammer Film cult classic THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by legendary horror filmmaker Terence Fisher (Horror of Dracula, The Curse Of Frankenstein), this horror classic stars Clifford Evans (The Kiss of the Vampire), Oliver Reed (Gladiator), Yvonne Romain (The Last of Sheila), and Catherine Feller (The Little World of Don Camillo). A must-have for movie collectors, this definitive Blu-ray release contains special bonus content, including a new 4K scan of the original film elements, new audio commentaries, and much more! Pre-order is available now at ShoutFactory.com.

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THE MASK OF ZORRO Debuts On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray May 5th!

Here comes a nice surprise from Sony today! The classic swashbuckling superhero film The Mask of Zorro which starred Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins and introduced most everyone to Catherine Zeta-Jones is getting a handsome 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray upgrade coming on May 5th. This is one of the best efforts coming in the wake of Tim Burton’s Batman nine years later and at the end of that run right before X-Men would change the game. I personally saw this one a few times in the theater as it absolutely delivered and saved the day as the best big budget blockbuster film of the summer of 1998. A summer that had a lot of largely hyped films that turned into big disappointments. Sony is giving this one a blistering new 4K transfer from the original negative, an Atmos track and new deleted scenes to make the release fully worthwhile. See the details for yourself below.

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