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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 3 (Blu-ray Review)

One of Shout! Factory’s more impressive releases this holiday season is definitely the Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection. This truly is an all-timer set, collecting 28 of the legendary comedy duos’ films. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello did 36 feature films altogether, so you’re getting pretty much everything here. Yes, that does mean if you’re a Classic Monsters fan, you’re getting Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein for the bazillionth time (As well as the other monster films for the ga-jillionth time). Given the enormity of this box set and the fact that we do things right over here at Why So Blu, its going to take a while to plow through these 28 films and accompanying bonus material spread out over 15 discs. We’ll be taking a disc-by-disc approach (2 Films each disc, Disc 15 is all bonus material) culminating in a “Full” review of the entire set featuring links to quickly navigate from film-to-film/disc-to-disc. This review focuses on Disc 3, which I shall dub the ” ’em” disc as it includes Keep ‘Em Flying (1941) and Ride ‘Em Cowboy (1942). Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 3 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Big Trouble In Little China – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

One day, maybe EVERY John Carpenter film will have a Scream or Shout! Factory release. With a quick glance at their catalog, they make no secret about that being a company goal. There are challenges lying ahead, but with their diving into Paramount material now, Escape From LA seems like it could be right around the corner. But, being more present and around the very next corner (Also a collaboration with actor Kurt Russell) is the action/adventure romp Big Trouble In Little China. Its being dubbed a collector’s edition and is loaded with so much new material that its going to take 2 whole Blu-ray discs to cover it all. It includes it seems EVERYONE but Kim Cattrall participating (I’m willing to bet they asked her to). This impressive release comes in MANY MANY different iterations, so study up hard at the variety tray of variables and make your pick accordingly. And make your movie fast, as it arrives on December 3rd. And if you’re a basic B, then just click the paid Amazon link below.
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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 2 (Blu-ray Review)

One of Shout! Factory’s more impressive releases this holiday season is definitely the Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection. This truly is an all-timer set, collecting 28 of the legendary comedy duos’ films. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello did 36 feature films altogether, so you’re getting pretty much everything here. Yes, that does mean if you’re a Classic Monsters fan, you’re getting Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein for the bazillionth time (As well as the other monster films for the ga-jillionth time). Given the enormity of this box set and the fact that we do things right over here at Why So Blu, its going to take a while to plow through these 28 films and accompanying bonus material spread out over 15 discs. We’ll be taking a disc-by-disc approach (2 Films each disc, Disc 15 is all bonus material) culminating in a “Full” review of the entire set featuring links to quickly navigate from film-to-film/disc-to-disc. This review focuses on Disc 2, featuring In The Navy (1941) and Hold That Ghost (1941). Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 2 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Candy Corn (Blu-ray Review)

As has always been true here at Why So Blu, when it comes to slasher films, I’m an easy slay. Candy Corn kinda/sorta came into my radar via the online horror apparel outlet Fright Rags (Go visit their site, its BADASS). They were doing the merchandising for this film, and low and behold the owner Ben Scrivens was an executive producer on this film as well. There was one night on Twitter where I saw people discussing it, but I sort of forgot about it until it was offered to me for review. The film comes via DREAD (I think its the Dread Central film branch), who has been amassing a nice library of new indy horror films. Genre vets Tony Todd, Courtney Gaines and PJ Soles fill in some roles in the cast for director Josh Hasty. The Blu-ray for the film features plenty of bonus material and is currently able to order at online outlets including Amazon (For which we include a paid link following the review of the film and disc content).
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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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‘Bliss’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray February 10, 2020!

Struggling through a seemingly endless creative rut, hard-partying and Los-Angeles-based artist Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison, Friday Night Lights) can’t stop the resulting bad streak of problems, including unpaid rent and professional stagnation. In an effort to combat her tough luck, Dezzy throws caution to the wind, indulges in heavy drugs and rages her nights away. Her kinda/sorta boyfriend, Clive, is concerned while her debauchery-minded friend Courtney and her enigmatic hubby Ronnie keep feeding Dezzy s darkest urges. Gradually, though, the party starts to end, and in its place, Dezzy finds herself thirsting for blood and suffering from terrifying visions. Having never been one for moderation or self-control, she’s unable to resist her newfound dangerous impulses. And that’s very bad news for everyone in her life, all of whom are filled with the red liquid she now so desperately craves. Continue reading ‘‘Bliss’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray February 10, 2020!’

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‘The Courier’ on Blu-ray & DVD January 21, 2020!

This intense action-thriller unfolds in real time as two embattled souls fight for their lives. Academy Award® winner Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) stars as a vicious crime boss out to kill Nick, the lone witness set to testify against him. He hires a mysterious female motorcycle courier (Olga Kurylenko, Quantum of Solace) to unknowingly deliver a poison-gas bomb to slay Nick. But after she rescues Nick from certain death, the duo must confront an army of ruthless hired killers in order to survive the night. Continue reading ‘‘The Courier’ on Blu-ray & DVD January 21, 2020!’

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Prophecy (Blu-ray Review)

Prophecy celebrates its 40th anniversary with a brand new Scream Factory release, marking its debut on the Blu-ray format. The environmental horror film notably has Talia Shire in its cast. Oh and you may have heard something or other about a mutated bear. I’ll say this; what you’ve heard is likely true and possibly more bizarre than you’d imagined. Scream Factory know a piece of cheese when they see one and were ready in the wings to take on this movie and they did not disappoint. Its crazy, but this thing wound up nabbing a pretty impressive amount of interviews, and the results they got are pretty blunt, honest and of the best type when it comes to these Scream Factory releases. This one is available now, and you can order it from the link below (To which I do earn a small percentage) or you can go to Shout! Factory’s website where they can also hook you up with a copy. So, without further adieu, lets get our mutated bear on.
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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 9 (Blu-ray Review)

One of Shout! Factory’s more impressive releases this holiday season is definitely the Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection. This truly is an all-timer set, collecting 28 of the legendary comedy duos’ films. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello did 36 feature films altogether, so you’re getting pretty much everything here. Yes, that does mean if you’re a Classic Monsters fan, you’re getting Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein for the bazillionth time (As well as the other monster films for the ga-jillionth time). Given the enormity of this box set and the fact that we do things right over here at Why So Blu, its going to take a while to plow through these 28 films and accompanying bonus material spread out over 15 discs. We’ll be taking a disc-by-disc approach (2 Films each disc, Disc 15 is all bonus material) culminating in a “Full” review of the entire set featuring links to quickly navigate from film-to-film/disc-to-disc. This review focuses on Disc 9, featuring The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947) and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 9 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 15 (Blu-ray Review)

One of Shout! Factory’s more impressive releases this holiday season is definitely the Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection. This truly is an all-timer set, collecting 28 of the legendary comedy duos’ films. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello did 36 feature films altogether, so you’re getting pretty much everything here. Yes, that does mean if you’re a Classic Monsters fan, you’re getting Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein for the bazillionth time (As well as the other monster films for the ga-jillionth time). Given the enormity of this box set and the fact that we do things right over here at Why So Blu, its going to take a while to plow through these 28 films and accompanying bonus material spread out over 15 discs. We’ll be taking a disc-by-disc approach (2 Films each disc, Disc 15 is all bonus material) culminating in a “Full” review of the entire set featuring links to quickly navigate from film-to-film/disc-to-disc. This review focuses on Disc 15, where the meaty bonus features are held. Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 15 (Blu-ray Review)’

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‘Trick’ on Blu-ray & DVD December 17, 2019!

On Halloween night in 2015, Patrick “Trick” Weaver massacred his classmates at a costume party. After being arrested, he managed to escape police custody, but not before being shot five times by Detective Mike Denver. Everyone believes Trick must be dead, but when a masked killer reappears the following Halloween, and every Halloween after that, they realize the nightmare is not over. With Trick wreaking havoc and killing people in increasingly terrifying ways, Denver will stop at nothing to finish what he started and bring the carnage to an end. Continue reading ‘‘Trick’ on Blu-ray & DVD December 17, 2019!’

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 1 (Blu-ray Review)

One of Shout! Factory’s more impressive releases this holiday season is definitely the Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection. This truly is an all-timer set, collecting 28 of the legendary comedy duos’ films. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello did 36 feature films altogether, so you’re getting pretty much everything here. Yes, that does mean if you’re a Classic Monsters fan, you’re getting Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein for the bazillionth time (As well as the other monster films for the ga-jillionth time). Given the enormity of this box set and the fact that we do things right over here at Why So Blu, its going to take a while to plow through these 28 films and accompanying bonus material spread out over 15 discs. We’ll be taking a disc-by-disc approach (2 Films each disc, Disc 15 is all bonus material) culminating in a “Full” review of the entire set featuring links to quickly navigate from film-to-film/disc-to-disc. This review focuses on Disc 1, housing the films One Night In The Tropics (1940) and Buck Privates (1941)
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‘Adopt A Highway’ on Blu-ray & DVD December 24, 2019!

In ADOPT A HIGHWAY, Russ Millings has just been released from prison after serving 21 years for a 3rd strike conviction for possessing an ounce of marijuana. As he tries to adapt to a world he doesn’t recognize – including trying to learn how to use the internet – he finds an abandoned baby in a dumpster behind the fast food restaurant where he works as a dishwasher. Unsure of what to do, and caught between impulses of kindness and panic, Russ soon realizes this could be his chance at redemption. Continue reading ‘‘Adopt A Highway’ on Blu-ray & DVD December 24, 2019!’

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Roma, Teorema, Paris Is Burning & More Coming to The Criterion Collection February 2020

Next February, the Criterion Collection is proud to present Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-winning masterpiece Roma, making its home-video debut in a director-approved edition packed with special features. Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman collects a trio of the renowned special-effects fabulist’s most enchanting films- Journey to the Beginning of TimeInvention for Destruction, and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen– newly restored and in a limited-edition deluxe Blu-ray set featuring gorgeous pop-up art. Jennie Livingston’s wildly influential Paris Is Burning, an extraordinary celebration of 1980s Harlem’s vibrant drag-ball culture, will make its Blu-ray debut in an edition featuring more than an hour of never-before-seen outtakes. Teorema, a provocative and poetic treatise on sexuality, faith, and the bourgeois family from enfant terrible Pier Paolo Pasolini, will appear in a new, restored 4K digital transfer. And that’s not all: Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Antonio Gaudí, a hypnotic tribute to the visionary Catalan architect, will make its first appearance on Blu-ray.

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‘Cloak and Dagger’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD January 27, 2020!

Nuclear physicist Alvah Jesper (Cooper) is recruited by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services to become a reluctant undercover agent, traveling to Switzerland to meet with a fellow scientist regarding information on Germany’s plans to construct an atomic bomb. After this colleague is assassinated, Jesper must sneak into Italy via the underground resistance, to contact another scientist. While there, Jesper falls in love with resistance fighter Gina (Lilli Palmer, in her first Hollywood role), and the two must battle shootouts, double crosses, and narrow escapes to smuggle the scientist out of Italy.  A more perfectly titled film would be difficult to imagine, as Cloak and Dagger is a consummate wartime espionage suspense picture, and an intriguing mixture of genres for Lang: part spy thriller, part romantic melodrama, and part patriotic war movie, Cloak and Dagger is another triumph among Lang’s U.S. features, and an expert exercise in genre fusion that’s ripe for rediscovery. Continue reading ‘‘Cloak and Dagger’ [Eureka! Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD January 27, 2020!’

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‘What’s New Pussycat?’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray December 2, 2019!

It’s tough being the cat’s meow! A zany blend of slapstick gags and madcap comedy, What s New Pussycat?, starring Peter Sellers, Peter O’Toole and Woody Allen in his acting and screenwriting debut, is the wildest, wackiest film to emerge from the swinging ’60s. Michael (O’Toole) is a mademoiselle magnet. His demented psychiatrist (Sellers) and sex-starved friend (Allen) would kill for this problem, but his would-be fiancé (Romy Schneider) might just kill him. Undergoing therapy, Michael tries to reform, but it won’t be easy with sex kittens like Ursula Andress, Paula Prentiss and Capucine on his tail! Wonderfully directed by Clive Donner (The Caretaker) and featuring the hit title song written by Burt Bacharach and performed by Tom Jones, Eureka Classics presents What s New Pussycat? on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. Continue reading ‘‘What’s New Pussycat?’ [Eureka Classics] on Blu-ray December 2, 2019!’

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Road Games – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Quite possibly the most underseen film during Jamie Lee Curtis’ legendary horror run in the late 1970s/early 1980s that gave her the moniker of being THE scream queen, is 1981’s Road Games. Richard Franklin’s Australian film is a cult classic and has yet to see United States representation on the Blu-ray format. Umbrella Entertainment in Australia saw a very nice release a few years back, but now, Scream Factory is trouting out a brand new Collector’s Edition of the film to put up alongside the other Jamie Lee Curtis classics in their vault; The Fog, Halloween II, Virus and the out of print Terror Train (Though now available from Scorpion Releasing as a Ronin Flix exclusive). Road Games is loaded with some new interviews and bonus features as well as some old ones. Sadly no new Jamie Lee stuff on the disc, but Stacy Keach lent himself for a new interview. You’ll be able to grab this one very soon as it releases on Tuesday, November 12th. You can grab one ordering from Shout! Factory’s site or the Amazon link in the review (Which Why So Blu receives a minuscule percentage of off of the purchase). Continue reading ‘Road Games – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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Dracula (1979) – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

1979 was the year of Count Dracula in cinemas. And now, 40 years later, all 3 films featuring the dark prince can be found on Scream Factory Blu-rays. Joining the previously released Love at First Bite and Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu comes John Badham’s follow up to his cultural phenomenon that was Saturday Night Fever. The film debuted on Blu-ray a few years back but has remained controversial on home video ever since the days of VHS. But, no longer, as Scream Factory will be including the theatrical version of the film featuring the original color timing (We’ll get to that in the review). It also features an impressive lineup of all new interviews (Unfortunately none of them Frank Langella). This release is under the Collector’s Edition banner and encompasses its content over 2-discs (Each color timing is presented on its own disc). You’ll be able to own this one just before your Thanksgiving feast (If you’re an American) when it arrives on Scream Factory Blu-ray November 26th. Continue reading ‘Dracula (1979) – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

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