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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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‘Good Boys’ Pleases With Raunchy Innocence (Movie Review)

Good Boys Movie 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’ Pleases With Raunchy Innocence (Movie Review)’

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‘The Kitchen’ Serves Up Some Cold Food (Movie Review)

The Kitchen Movie ReviewThe Kitchen sounds like it should be a cooking talk show.  Does it not?  Come on it doesn’t hurt to start a review off by being silly and don’t tell me you’re not thinking along those lines either.  The ironic part about The Kitchen too is how excited I am for it.  I say that because I never used to be a fan of Melissa McCarthy at all.  I used to avoid everything she was in.  Then the unthinkable happened.  I reluctantly checked out a press screening for the new Ghostbusters a few years back and left the theater instantly a fan.  Ever since then I instantly, like overnight kind of instantly, became a fan of hers and I even by free choice watched her Rated-R Muppets movie last year.  While it wasn’t that good it was at least somewhat tolerable, but I digress.  I’m all about strong women in my movies and from the trailer The Kitchen doesn’t look like an exception at all.  We’re so used to seeing men in these kind of crime, gangster roles so I’m stoked to see how the women proverbially take care of the business.  Bring it! Continue reading ‘‘The Kitchen’ Serves Up Some Cold Food (Movie Review)’

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Batman: Hush (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Batman: HushI kind of ruined the surprise for myself, but when the motion picture release of Batman: Hush was announced I did the unthinkable.  I grabbed the digital version of the comic book series this storyline appears within and dived in headfirst.  It was a compelling storyline, which I found difficult at times to put down (as I read through it in chunks).  I’m not going to lie.  What really drew me in though was seeing Batman’s famous rouge of Gotham enemies all being controlled by a masked man behind the scenes like puppets.  It dives into Bruce Wayne’s personal life a bit and explores the complications in his relationship with the seductive Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.  However, I am getting a bit ahead of myself here in this first paragraph.  I apologize as I get a bit excited and giddy when talking about the world of Batman and the rich characters surrounding him.  So without further ado I bestow upon you my review of Batman: Hush, which makes it 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debut tomorrow, August 6th. Continue reading ‘Batman: Hush (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ Supercharged! (Movie Review)

Hobbs and Shaw Movie 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! Continue reading ‘‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ Supercharged! (Movie Review)’

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My First Experience w/ The LFL: Austin Acoustic v. L.A. Temptation

LFL Austin Acoustic v LA Temptation LFL ExperienceI’ve lived in the Austin area for over six years now and let me tell you, having lived in Cleveland my entire life I miss professional sports something awful.  I can’t get into the minor league sports here like baseball, basketball and hockey.  Just like college sports they ain’t my thing.  I’m a big leaguer!  When I tell people this they usual rebuttal by saying this is a college town or more recently professional sports are coming to Austin, TX.  Yes folks, it’s an MLS soccer team (yawn) that will be known as Austin FC.  Their logo is even that of a tree.  How boring can you get?  Don’t answer that.  It was a rhetorical question.  But wait!  What’s this “football” league here, which I somehow never heard of before?  Who are the Austin Acoustic?  Fret not.  You’re in the right place to a get a crash course on both.  Follow me onto the proverbial field down below, but not before I post a picture of my new favorite LFL quarterback (as you’ll quickly tell I’m very much into this). Continue reading ‘My First Experience w/ The LFL: Austin Acoustic v. L.A. Temptation’

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‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Is Quentin’s Golden Fairytale (Movie Review)

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood Movie ReviewLike George Washington once said I cannot tell a lie.  I haven’t told many people this, but Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is my most anticipated movie of 2019.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been waiting an eternity for another Tarantino film to release.  Also, for the life of me I could not have envisioned such a large ensemble cast as this one packs in.  The big names in this one are absolutely ridiculous.  Rest assured we’ll get to all those big names down below in a moment, but I do want to pay homage to one in particular before we begin.  Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the last film to feature one of my most favorite actors from my home state of Ohio, Luke Perry.  He tragically died in March 2019.  Rest In Peace.  I’ll always have that memory of you and I chatting it up about Normal Life in LAX.  And with that thought I officially digress.  Let’s talk all about Quentin Tarantino’s long awaited ninth film! Continue reading ‘‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Is Quentin’s Golden Fairytale (Movie Review)’

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Shazam! (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

I remember seeing the first production stills of Shazam! online and thinking how awful/embarrassing our hero’s inflated muscle outfit looked.  Surely this was a joke and they were keeping his real superhero suit under wraps or inserting it digitally later in post.  Wrong!  Then something happened and I was like whoa this actually looks not only legit, but fun and hysterical as well.  That moment I speak of was when the film’s first theatrical trailer dropped.  Not only was the inflated muscle bound costume the real thing, but for the first time since I saw those stills I breathed a somewhat sigh of relief.  This feature looked like a blast on the cover.  Couple that with the initial wave of early reviews that were not only favorable, but claiming this was one of the best DCEU movies yet and you had my attention dripping whet with anticipation.  So here we are!  It’s Shazam! on 4K time!
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