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Terminator: Dark Fate (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Terminator: Dark Fate 4K ReviewTerminator: Dark Fate is both a movie that never needed to be made nor one that I wanted made.  I never even bothered to see it theatrically.  Surprise, surprise, right?  There was absolutely nothing about the trailer that appealed to me.  NOTHING.  I say that because I embarrassingly judged a book by its cover so to speak.  The trailers for Terminator: Dark Fate looked atrocious to me.  Not one of them sold me on the feature I sat down with today.  Worst of all the previous entry, Terminator Genisys, pretty much  destroyed my childhood by tampering with both the timelines and characters from the first two epic Terminator films.  So where would this one take us?  Oh yeah it erases that last entry too.  I suppose I should be thankful here then, huh?  Absolutely!  As Brandon Peters said to me offline in a group text it’s those 3-star films you have to worry about eating crow over.  I hate to admit it, but he was so right.  Let’s chat about that down below. Continue reading ‘Terminator: Dark Fate (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Fantabulous Emancipation Of…Brian’s Top 10 Films of 2019

The Fantabulous Emancipation of... Brians Top 10 Films of 2019I sound like a broken record, but every single year this Top 10 movie list keeps getting harder to write.  This year was no exception again.  In fact it was probably my hardest year in the ten plus I have been doing this for.  I actually didn’t plan on writing or producing this year’s list, but I honestly couldn’t envision a world in which I did not.  Talk about a conundrum, huh?  The story as usual goes a little something like this.  As the years go by I see fewer movies theatrically.  Because of work, life and other commitments I feel like I don’t have enough time in life.  That’s probably a huge reason why I also could never have kids.  I’d be a terrible parent.  I’m telling you all of this so obviously you’re not expecting the usual Top 10 list of films that most critical reviewers will unanimously hail as the year’s best.  I also have a very simple mind so some of the movies that most critics rave about are completely lost on me.  Last but not least, I live in Austin, TX.  This is not Hollywood and I don’t have access to all the limited engagements and such, but we’ll cover that a little more down below. Continue reading ‘The Fantabulous Emancipation Of…Brian’s Top 10 Films of 2019′

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Brian’s TOP 10 2019 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases

Brian's Top 10 4K Releases of 2019Much like it was for me last year the highlight of 2019 on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format were mostly the exceptional catalog releases we received.  I hope they keep them coming!  Here’s looking at you Star Wars (Skywalker Saga sans the original theatrical presentations), Back to the Future and many more next year.  And while we expect our 2019 theatrical releases to look pristine and sound amazing on 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc it’s these aforementioned catalog releases that manage to surprise and delight us physical film collectors and aficionados out there.  Yes it sucks having to double dip on titles you already own sometimes on multiple formats, but don’t you want to own the best version of the movie?  That’s a rhetorical question because of course you flippin’ do!  You wouldn’t be reading this otherwise.  It feeds our passions!  This is who we are.  I have spoken. Continue reading ‘Brian’s TOP 10 2019 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases’

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Rambo: Last Blood (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Rambo: Last Blood 4K ReviewRambo: Last Blood didn’t have to be made, but I’m so glad it was.  After hearing rumors all these years of how John Rambo would ultimately fight a super soldier, alien, etc. never in a million years did I ever think we’d get another one of these entries in this legendary action franchise.  Kaboom!  I was so wrong and I love surprises like this.  Rambo’s back, older than ever, and has blood on his mind, not to mention his hands, porch, rocking chair and well pretty much everywhere.   And unlike the previous three entries Rambo: Last Blood brings the fight back home to the States.  That’s right!  We go full circle to beginning where it all began with this bookend to First Blood.  Come on in and I’ll show you all around.


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‘Bombshell’ Has Plenty To Offer Under The Surface (Movie Review)

Bombshell Movie ReviewBombshell is a film I’m only here for because of the 3 leading women, most notably Harley Quinn…err I mean Margot Robbie.  I pretty much will see anything with her nowadays, but I digress.  Other than that I had originally thought there was really no reason for me to be here.  While I am totally for the women exposing the audacious acts against them here there were a few moments in the trailer I didn’t particularly care for.  On the surface I thought it was going to be a lot of political propaganda.  I‘ll usually leave it at that because politics is something I never talk about or at least I do my best to try not to, but I do need to still address it here.  Truth be told though there was also something very trippy and mesmerizing in that first Bombshell trailer that hook, line and sinker caught ahold of me and never let me go (that song and the leading ladies in the elevator).  So that’s why I’m here! Continue reading ‘‘Bombshell’ Has Plenty To Offer Under The Surface (Movie Review)’

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Ad Astra (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Ad Astra 4K ReviewAd Astra is a film I purposely avoided in the theater.  I heard way too many people complain that it was boring, was trying to copy off of 2001 and more.  However, my main reason for not wanting to see it stems with the fact that father and son stories bore the bejesus out of me (here’s looking at you 24 Season 6).  On the flip side though I love science fiction so I knew despite not seeing this one theatrically I was going to visit it as soon as it was released on the 4K format.  It’s safer that way in the pocketbook me thinks.  You’ll also have the chance to discover a diamond in the rough where you may have just dismissed it rudely by judging it on the surface without properly diving in.  Such is the story of Ad Astra with me.  The film releases on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray this week and if you follow me down below I’ll not only share my innermost deep thoughts with you on the subject, but also what you can expect with the release.  Blast off! Continue reading ‘Ad Astra (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Game of Thrones: Season 8 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Game of Thrones Season 8 4K ReviewOnce again it’s no secret.  The smash hit HBO series Game of Thrones has sat atop the Iron Throne of the home entertainment charts as the best-selling TV on Blu-ray/DVD title in each of the last seven seasons.  All that time we have had you covered with our in-depth reviews of the series here on Why So Blu. If you missed any of our past coverage of these best selling Blu-ray sets, please refer to the following links to seasons 1 and 2 here, 3 here, 4 here, 5 here and 6 here and 7 over here.  The box sets are extremely popular among fans for their extensive bonus content that takes diehard viewers even further into the world of Westerns.  Read any of our aforementioned past season reviews and you’ll know that’s no joke at all.  They even released Steelbook collectors editions that brought a whole new dimension to the series with the addition of a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and brand new box art designed by the team that created the series’ Emmy Award-winning title sequence (see those here and here).  And here we are with Season 8.  Oh wow!  Let the controversy begin! Continue reading ‘Game of Thrones: Season 8 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Hustlers (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Hustlers 4K ReviewHustlers was one of those films that try as I might I could not make time and the Earth’s axis around the stars align to see it in the theaters.  However, that’s the beauty of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format.  If you miss a feature during its initial theatrical run, you still have an opportunity to watch it in one of the finest presentations available within the privacy of your own home.  When you think positive like that life seems really swell (and it’s completely feasible too as Austin is not known for good theaters).  And double the fact that if you know me well, you know I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs over a film that features strong, powerful women.  Having the ageless Jennifer Lopez behind the driver’s wheel is just the proverbial icing on the cake.  Come on!  Let’s talk some Hustlers down below! Continue reading ‘Hustlers (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review)

The Big Bang The Complete Series Blu-ray ReviewIt’s time for my annual fall ritual with something a little special for all your Christmas Wishlists.  The Big Bang Theory returns once again to the Blu-ray format.  However, the buck stops here literally speaking.  Sadly this twelfth year of the show was its final.  I still feel like they could have kept going with or without the character of Sheldon Cooper, but who am I make to make such a hypothesis like that.  Truth be told though I am excited to be once again covering this annual release for now the sixth year in a row.  You can find Gregg Senko’s Blu-ray review coverage of Season 3 HERE and I took over in season seven HERE, eight HERE, nine HERE, ten HERE and finally eleven HERE.  And now it’s time for the complete twelfth and final season on Blu-ray.  As stated by me in prior reviews Warner Bros. always does a bang up job on these seasonal Blu-ray releases in terms of a great looking presentation.  That’s why I’m overjoyed to be tackling this series again on Blu-ray, but wait!  That’s not it!  Warner Bros. hooked me up!  Today we’re not only here to celebrate all things Big Bang Theory Season 12, but the COMPLETE SERIES!  That’s right!  Down below we’re going to pay tribute to all 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory and take an exclusive look at what’s all inside this big box set.  I’m excited!  You can’t see me, but I have smile on my face from ear-to-ear.  Let’s get started! Continue reading ‘The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review)’

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Take The Test Drive w/ Ford v Ferrari (Movie Review)

Ford v Ferrari Movie ReviewThere was a time when the old Brian would have found such a movie like Ford v Ferrari to be a 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.  She was the only physical connection left to my old life in Cleveland, OH and my bridge to the proverbial road ahead.  I never imagined a day 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 I named Vegas.  However, I digress because secretly my motor had been revving with anticipation for Ford v Ferrari.  So fill up your racing tanks and speed on down below with me as I test drive Ford v Ferrari. Continue reading ‘Take The Test Drive w/ Ford v Ferrari (Movie Review)’

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Good Boys (Blu-ray Review)

Good Boys Blu-ray ReviewGood Boys for me is just one of those moments in life when you watch a trailer, it reminds you of a blast from the past (in this case Superbad) and you say why not.  Why not refers to the fact that it appears like you could have a fun time with this one.  It may be hard to relate to the age of the main characters, but make no mistake we’re all coming to see this one for the profane humor and raunchiness of it all.  Can you blame us?  After all, Seth Rogen is kind of responsible for this.  So follow me down below and will take a look at Good Boys, which you can warmly call a more innocent reboot of Superbad…with of course a much younger cast. Continue reading ‘Good Boys (Blu-ray Review)’

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Hobbs & Shaw (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Hobbs & Shaw 4K ReviewWe’ve been covering the Fast & Furious films on the site ever since part six with my reviews of the eighth HERE, seventh HERE and finally that sixth one of Aaron’s HERE.  Lucky for me the franchise shows no signs of slowing down with a ninth one on its way next year, but I digress.  Today it’s time to talk about a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious franchise.  That’s right!  You heard me correct.  Fans loved the chemistry between Jason Statham (as Deckard Shaw) and Dwayne Johnson (as Luke Hobbs) in the seventh and eighth installments so much that they are now getting their cake and eating it too.  Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the spin-off appropriately titled Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (we’ll roll with the latter half of that name throughout the rest of this review).  There’s no mistake about it.  When it comes to a title like that you know who the movie revolves around.  But wait!  There’s so much more to talk about.  Buckle up and follow me down below.  Vroom!  Vroom!
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007 The Daniel Craig Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

007 The Daniel Craig Collection 4K ReviewI have something shameful to admit.  I’ve been living with this secret for the longest time and I need to get this off my chest once and for all.  Why So Blu writer Brandon Peters is going to be so disappointed in me, but here goes nothing.  Up until the point when Daniel Craig took the reins of the James Bond role I had little interest in the legendary franchise.  Blasphemy!  I know.  I always respected them and all the pop culture references and nostalgia that popped up in Austin Powers and whatnot, but I never truly got into them whole-heartedly.  It’s ironic too as I once was known as a Ford Mustang guy and low and behold that car made its initial debut in a 007 film.  However, then the unthinkable happened.  Sony’s Blu-ray format emerged on the scene and I blind bought Casino Royale (it came with a toy Astro Martin).  That’s all it took.  I became an instant fan of not only this Bond series, but I’m also a proud papa of the former 22-film collection on Blu-ray too.  And now I’m so honored to go back full circle and pay homage to the film where it all started for me.  Casino flipping’ Royale is now available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and I’m like a pig rolling around in mud! Continue reading ‘007 The Daniel Craig Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Scarface “The World is Yours” Limited Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Scarface The World Is Ours Limited Edition 4K ReviewBack in September of 2011 we did an experiment here on the site.  At that time we let veteran staff writer Sean Ferguson loose with covering Scarface’s debut on the Blu-ray format.  You’re probably wondering why is that even relevant here.  Well it’s because it was Sean’s first ever viewing of the infamous Al Pacino film and the world was wondering his thoughts.  The last part is of course an exaggerated stretch, but one did definitely not expect the outcome of such a feat.  Long story short, Sean wasn’t impressed.  The film, which I have long considered a cult classic was only given a score of 2.5 by Sean.  As one would expect that raised a lot of eyebrows, scrutiny and comments of blasphemy from fellow Why So Blu readers and whatnot.  That legendary Blu-ray review of Scarface is still alive and kicking here on the site and can be viewed HERE complete the 21 comments of debate that ensued.  Ah…memories.  I promise you that you’ll see a different point of view from my review below and I even enlisted Adam Byrne (sans cowboy boots) to chime in as well to compliment any sentiments or highlights I may have missed.  Enjoy! Continue reading ‘Scarface “The World is Yours” Limited Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Haunting of Hill House: Season One (Blu-ray Review)

The Haunting of Hill House was another one of those Netflix shows where I heard from word of mouth that you should be binging this.  And binge that we did!  However, unlike say a Stranger Things for example, The Haunting of Hill House is a slow burn.  So instead of taking all the episodes in within one 24-hour period like we did with Stranger Things it took about a week to get through this one.  That’s not to say it’s not as good as Stranger Things, but instead Hill House takes a lot more dedication and attention because of its intertwining timelines.  Therefore, it took a little bit longer to get through.  Much like the positive buzz I heard prior to watching all I can do is smirk when I think how well done the horror drama The Haunting of Hill House was.  Very rarely do we also get Netflix releases on the Blu-ray format so it’s with great honor that I tackle this October 15th Paramount title for y’all.  Here goes nothing. Continue reading ‘The Haunting of Hill House: Season One (Blu-ray Review)’

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Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

Doom PatrolThe first time I attempted to watch the 6-minute trailer for DC Universe’s Doom Patrol I lasted about two minutes before turning it off.  I thought it was stupid, absurd and honestly really boring.  However, as fate would have it the critics really never stopped raving about the first season, which consists of 15 full length episodes (ranging anywhere from 45-60 minutes a piece).  It was also around this time that I subscribed to said DC Universe (it’s a streaming service with a monthly premium) to stream James Wan’s first episode of Swamp Thing.  I don’t know exactly why other than the fact that I was pumped to see a modern day take on the big green guy.  Since DC Universe already had my $7.99 that’s when I decided to make the most of it.  I attempted the first episode of Doom Patrol.  I loved it.  The second one drew me further in.  As you can probably tell the rest is history as I’m the one volunteering to write about this October 1st Blu-ray release. Continue reading ‘Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

X-Men- Dark Phoenix 4K ReviewDark Phoenix, the end of Fox’s long running X-Men franchise, can’t come and go quick enough in my opinion.  The longevity of Fox’s X-Men pictures produced some outstanding entries like Logan, The Wolverine, Day’s of Future Past, First Class and the very first two releases.  However, it also produced some serious stinkers like the third one (Last Stand), the Wolverine’s origin story and most recently Apocalypse.  I could honestly care less if New Mutants EVER sees the light of day, but we’re not here to talk about that one.  We’re here to chat about Dark Phoenix, a redundant story that I don’t think is worth re-telling, but we’re here again nonetheless this time with the younger class (their final onscreen adventure together).  I know many of you, like my good friend Robert, will consider what I just said as blasphemy, but that’s the power of opinion.  We’re each capable of forming one.  I paid homage to the ones I loved, but I’m ready for this franchise to die and what better way than a fiery death with a character I could care less about, Jean Grey. Continue reading ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Rambo – Theatrical & Extended Cuts (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Rambo 4K ReviewRambo, Rambo: The Extended Cut, Rambo IV, John Rambo or whatever you want to call it is Sylvester Stallone’s follow-up, some 20 years later, to the successful Rambo franchise of the 80’s.  Unlike its predecessor, Rambo III, this film kicks a$$ in all four of my major action/war critical requirements: realism/believability, brutality, heart pounding action sequences and satisfying necessary emotional ties.  However, this time around on the newer 4K disc format, Lionsgate provides us customers from the get go with both the theatrical and alternate Director’s Cut versions on the 4K disc of what many peeps may call Stallone’s best entry into the franchise since the original film. Continue reading ‘Rambo – Theatrical & Extended Cuts (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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