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The Curse Of The Werewolf – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

For the past year and a half or so, Scream Factory has been enriching their catalog and filling a nice void in the US Blu-ray system with many Hammer Horror releases. Some newbies and plenty of upgrades to bring the horror collectors up to speed. The Curse Of The Werewolf was once release here stateside as a part of a Hammer 8-Film Collection from Universal Studios. Here, its getting a new 4K scan and a few new bonus features to go with some quality previously released material. This was released back in April, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my review copy was sitting on hold, finally arriving this week. Nonetheless, I’m still as always, excited to dig into quality new Hammer Horror films on Blu-ray. I’ve also done a comparison to the previous release of the film that you can find by CLICKING HERE. You can order yourself a copy (Available now) by using the Amazon Associates link that follows the review. Continue reading ‘The Curse Of The Werewolf – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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SCREENCAPS: Flashdance – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)

The Paramount Presents titles are getting a lot of attention and are a curiosity among collectors right now wondering whether or not as to upgrade with these new video transfers. Its been a little bit of a mixed and debated result so far on the titles. With Flashdance, I admittedly do not own the previous Blu-ray edition, so I cannot compare the two on a personal level. I did scour the interwebs for the thoughts and some screenshots of the old one before coming to my perspective on the Paramount Presents 4K transfer (REVIEW HERE). Since I’m unable to provide side by side comparisons, and I’m not going to steal images from other sites, I decided to provide 24 images from the Flashdance – Paramount Presents Blu-ray and just put them in one post. Said images could easily be compared to others of the previous edition found around the net. Or maybe just these images will be enough to inform your opinion on their own.

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Flashdance – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)

Paramount Presents debuted last month with three classic titles and the results for this reviewer were a bit mixed, with one title I recommended the old version over it. Nonetheless, the biggest gripe is the removal of available bonus features from these new “definitive editions”. The line continues in May with releases of 1983’s Flashdance and 1990’s Days of Thunder. We’ll be covering Adrian Lyne’s Flashdance, which is one of the most culturally significant female-led films of the entire 1980’s decade. Already having a pretty well received edition come out seven years ago, this new one will feature the nice Presents label packaging, a new 4K scan and a new interview with director Adrian Lyne. Heck, this is Lyne’s second title for the label (The first being last month’s Fatal Attraction). The Paramount Presents edition of Flashdance and Jennifer Beals’ greatness, will be landing on shelves (When stores open) and online stores May 19. Pre-order from the Amazon Associates’ link below to secure yourself a copy.
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D-Day: Normandy 1944 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Shout! Factory will make their first foray into feature films on the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray format later this month when Michael Cimino’s best picture winner The Deer Hunter arrives on May 26th. But, they’ve actually been putting out 4K Ultra-HD Blu-rays for a couple of years now, courtesy of these IMAX documentaries. And they’ve actually proven quite stunning in sight and sound. The latest addition is D-Day: Normandy 1944. Pascal Vuong directs a Tom Brokow narrated documentary that gives a nice fresh and unique take on the battle of Normandy during World War II. This release will feature a good host of bonus feature interviews and behind the scenes videos to accompany it after you’ve finished the film. The film dropped onto the format on May 5th. You can order the film by using the Amazon Associates link that follows the review.

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Blu-rays Are For Closers! GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – Collector’s Edition Available June 2 From Shout! Select!

Adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS shows David Mamet at his searing, profane best. A group of Chicago real-estate salesmen-cum-con artists live on the edge. Life is good for the one on a roll. For the rest, life hangs in the balance. There is no room for losers. A-B-C: Always Be Closing, sell, or go under, is the salesman’s mantra. With the pressure on, so begins a rainy night of cutthroat business and shattered lives. On June 2, 2020, Shout! Select will release GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by James Foley (House of Cards, At Full Range) and written by David Mamet (State and Main, Wag the Dog), the critically acclaimed movie GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS boasts an incredible winning cast. Delivering an Academy Award®-nominated performance*, Al Pacino (Scent of A Woman), plays the fast-talking Ricky Roma, alongside Jack Lemmon (Mister Roberts, Save The Tiger) giving a phenomenal performance as the veteran Shelley “The Machine” Levene, struggling to keep his neck above water. A star-studded ensemble cast includes Alec Baldwin (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Cooler), Ed Harris (Apollo 13, Pollock), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine, Argo), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, The Usual Suspects), and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, Game of Thrones).  Continue reading ‘Blu-rays Are For Closers! GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – Collector’s Edition Available June 2 From Shout! Select!’

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Scream Factory’s UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 5 Goes Ape June 16!

Universal Horror Collection Vol. 5 will scream to life on Blu-ray™ on June 16 from Scream Factory. The collection includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. A mobster’s brain is transplanted into an ape who carries out his revenge in The Monster And The Girl. A mad scientist turns an ape into a beautiful, but deadly woman in Captive Wild Woman. Jungle Woman, the sequel to Captive Wild Woman, is an eerie thriller with all the danger of wild animals on the loose and a sexy killer on the prowl! And in The Jungle Captive, a scientist has experimented on re-animating animals … but now he has decided to go one step further and re-animate a human!
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BATWOMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Arrives On Blu-ray August 18th!

The future of Gotham is in her hands with the release of Batwoman: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on August 18, 2020 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating ride with all 20 episodes from the first season, plus The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019, 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. Batwoman: The Complete First Season is priced to own on DVD and Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Batwoman: The Complete First Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

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Fatal Attraction – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)

Paramount is launching into a pretty exciting new endeavor and keeping us home video collecting enthusiasts relieved that some studios are putting some effort behind catalog titles. With the newly minted Paramount Presents line, the brand is promising collectible packaging, new bonus features and new transfers of classic films from all eras of their storied studio’s career. The popular 1987 Michael Douglas and Glenn Close adult thriller Fatal Attraction will brand the #1 spine labeling for the line as it finds itself the head of the launching group of titles. The Adrian Lyne film (Which he’ll be also be getting his film Flashdance distributed in this line later on) had a previous edition that seemed ripe for a new transfer, so we’ll see if it can improve upon the previous release. The line debuts on April 21st, and you can order yourself the Paramount Presents edition of Fatal Attraction by clicking on the Amazon Associates link following the review. Continue reading ‘Fatal Attraction – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)’

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King Creole – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)

Paramount is launching into a pretty exciting new endeavor and keeping us home video collecting enthusiasts relieved that some studios are putting some effort behind catalog titles. With the newly minted Paramount Presents line, the brand is promising collectible packaging, new bonus features and new transfers of classic films from all eras of their storied studio’s career. The Elvis Presley starring film King Creole will be making its debut on the Blu-ray format with this new home video brand. Directed by the famed Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, Robin Hood and many MANY more), this is exactly the type of film collector’s were potentially hoping to see more from on this line – catalog titles still hanging out in the vault collecting dust and still only being offered on outdated DVDs. Well, fear no more Elvis and Michael Curtiz fans, here comes King Creole! The Paramount Presents line launched on April 21st, and you can order King Creole now using the Amazon Associates link below. Continue reading ‘King Creole – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)’

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To Catch A Thief – 2012 Edition Vs 2020 Paramount Presents Edition (Blu-ray Review)

I have recently reviewed the new Paramount Presents Blu-ray of Alfred Hitchock’s 1955 film To Catch A Thief starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. For that release, Paramount has presented the film with a new 4K transfer. Said transfer is quite different and had some work done on it and some very notable differences as I mentioned in my review. For this one, I thought I’d go a step further and show a screencap comparison of the 2 editions to potentially illustrate the differences and to help you in deciding which one you would most prefer. As I mentioned, I’m sure there are those more happy with the more polished/scrubbed look of the new release. Personally, I’m of preference to the original color timing and grain-present look of the original. Click on to see my screen shots from similar shots of the 2 editions. Let me know in the comments which you like better. Continue reading ‘To Catch A Thief – 2012 Edition Vs 2020 Paramount Presents Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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To Catch A Thief – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)

Paramount is launching into a pretty exciting new endeavor and keeping us home video collecting enthusiasts relieved that some studios are putting some effort behind catalog titles. With the newly minted Paramount Presents line, the brand is promising collectible packaging, new bonus features and new transfers of classic films from all eras of their storied studio’s career. One of the three launch titles is Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief, featuring the fabled classic Hollywood pairing of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Originally released on Blu-ray back in 2012, the new release boasts a 4K transfer and a new interview with famed film critic Leonard Maltin about the film. The launch of this line was April 21st, with new titles already announced and prepping for a go in the coming months. You can order To Catch A Thief from Paramount Presents using the Amazon Associate’s link following the review. Continue reading ‘To Catch A Thief – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Rhythm Section (Blu-ray Review)

I’ve  been digging what Blake Lively has been serving up for the most part the last few years. Highlights of such efforts include The Shallows and I absolutely LOVE A Simple Favor. I can’t say I know what she’s offered on a regular basis in terms of parts, but she seems to be carving a path out for herself with interesting parts and genres, showcasing an array of range and entertainment. It almost feels a bit Jake Gyllenhaal-like in a way. A sort of “I don’t care if everyone sees them or not, I just want interesting roles and interesting movies” kinda thing. Her latest comes from EON Productions (Famous for James Bond), and it was an absolute critical failure and box office disaster this past January. Those sort of things won’t keep me from seeing it and forming my own opinion, but are certainly cause for some hesitation going in. The Rhythm Section is scheduled to release from Paramount on Blu-ray April 28th, but as with what is going on in the world right now, that could easily push back a bit. Continue reading ‘The Rhythm Section (Blu-ray Review)’

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HARLEY QUINN: The Complete First Season Laughs Its Way To **Sigh** DVD On June 2nd!

Harley Quinn premiered on DC UNIVERSE this past November to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Now, fans can enjoy the non-stop laughs and excitement of the adult animated action-comedy series as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment gets set to release Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season. Available on DVD June 2, 2020, the set features all 13 half-hour episodes. Harley Quinn has finally broken things off once and for all with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. With the help of Poison Ivy and a ragtag crew of DC castoffs, Harley tries to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy – the Legion of the Doom. She’s got her eyes on the prize and nothing can stop her, except maybe Batman and Commissioner Gordon or her jealous, deranged ex. But don’t worry – she’s got this. Or does she? So strap in for this non-stop, demented thrill ride! Continue reading ‘HARLEY QUINN: The Complete First Season Laughs Its Way To **Sigh** DVD On June 2nd!’

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Digital Home Premiere Star THE HUNT Comes To Blu-ray June 9th!

Who is the hunter and who is the hunted? Decide for yourself! From producer Jason Blum (The Invisible ManHalloween), director Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah, “The Leftovers”) and writers Damon Lindelof (“Watchmen,” “The Leftovers”) and Nick Cuse (“Maniac,” “Watchmen”) comes a “clever, gory, often very funny” (Ty Burr, The Boston Globe) film that has “all the makings of a cult classic” (Forbes), as THE HUNT arrives on Digital May 26, 2020 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 9, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Featuring “a seriously cool action performance” (William Bibbiani, The Wrap) from Betty Gilpin (“Glow”), THE HUNT includes behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of this suspenseful thriller.

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Underwater (Digital HD Review)

While we haven’t had a movie in the theater for a while, Underwater is one that did see one of the earliest releases of the year coming in January. It opened to some “eh” box office and middling reviews, but an appreciation has come from the horror community regarding it and going to bat for it. There is a lot of support for the deep (DEEP) sea monster movie starring Kristen Stewart to peek that “I’ll check it out on home video” interest for people. Its arrived on Blu-ray on April 14, but unfortunately due to the craziness we live in now, review copies were not available. However, I did want to check out and cover this movie, so in the rare case I accepted the digital code review copy compensation. So, please don’t be confused, you CAN purchase a physical copy of Underwater, but for this particular occasion, I am covering the HD digital version of the film (Yeah, didn’t even send me a 4K redemption code, LOL) for this review.
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DOWNHILL Winds Up On Blu-ray May 19th!

Downhill debuted in theaters on February 14, 2020, after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell star in this biting comedy. Downhill is directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, written by Jesse Armstrong and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, and stars Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Zach Woods, Zoe Chao, Giulio Berruti, Kristofer Hivju and Miranda Otto. Anthony Bregman p.g.a., Julia Louis-Dreyfus p.g.a. and Stefanie Azpiazu p.g.a. are producing with Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Östlund serving as executive producers.

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Harrison Ford Stars In CALL OF THE WILD On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray May 12th!

THE CALL OF THE WILD delighted audiences upon opening February 21, earning an 89% Verified Audience Score on RottenTomatoes®. Adapted from the novel by Jack London, it vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team — and later its leader — Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master. As a live-action/animation hybrid, THE CALL OF THE WILD employs visual effects and animation technology in order to bring the animals in the film to life. THE CALL OF THE WILD is directed by Chris Sanders and stars Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford, Cara Gee, Michael Horse, Jean Louisa Kelly, Colin Woodell, Adam Fergus and Abraham Benrubi. Erwin Stoff, p.g.a. and James Mangold, p.g.a. are producing with Diana Pokorny, Ryan Stafford and screenwriter Michael Green serving as executive producers. Continue reading ‘Harrison Ford Stars In CALL OF THE WILD On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray May 12th!’

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THE DEER HUNTER Arrives On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray From Shout! Factory May 26th!

Shout Select is proud to present one of the greatest films of all time with the release of The Deer Hunter (Collector’s Edition) on 4K UHD for the first time. The 2-disc UHD + Blu-ray combo pack will arrive May 26, 2020, loaded with bonus features including new interviews with actors John Savage and Rutanya Alda and producer Michael Deeley. Fans who preorder this Collector’s Edition set from shoutfactory.com will also receive an exclusive 18”x 24” poster, while supplies last.

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