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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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Trick (Blu-ray Review)

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 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Universal Horror Collection: Volume 3 (Blu-ray Review)

What started out as merely a Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff collection has pivoted into a pretty swell, and less limited, release line for Scream Factory. That original release became the Universal Horror Collection which has now spawned 4 volumes (The fourth coming in 2020), featuring various films that aren’t captured under the “Classic Monster” banner. Films, actors, directors and effects artists that all deserve their due on Blu. Volume 3 sees a more all-star lineup (In terms of casting) that feels a bit of a rebound after Volume 2’s Lionel Atwill heavy set. This third in the collection features Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr., Basil Rathbone and Lionel Atwill (Again!). Any classic horror hound would love to probably have this as a gift, so make sure you lock one in using our paid link for next week’s release (December 17th) and swoop in with the ultimate surprise gift this holiday season.
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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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Silver Bullet – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Stephen King properties are hot again to adapt to films, but nothing will probably ever compete with 1980s output for both theaters and television. There were many upon many of his works being adapted. Some good, some bad, but all in all an exciting time to be a horror fan or fan of the author’s work. One of my personal favorites from this era, is the often overlooked Silver Bullet from 1985. So overlooked that its 2019 and it is finally being released on Blu-ray in the United States. It just finally made its debut on the format a year ago in Australia. And good news, the new features for that release have been ported over here. Here to this Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. So far, the Paramount horror vault opening has been wonderful. And you’ll be able to own this wonderful Blu-ray Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory when it arrives on December 17th, just in time before that holiday full moon of your choosing to celebrate. Gary Busey wants you to know that the Amazon link at the end of this review is a paid link, and always appreciated when you use it.
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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Blu-ray Review)

How does Quentin Tarantino deal with getting older? Based on his many interviews in recent years, it’s pretty simple; he plans to retire. Much has been made about Tarantino’s thoughts on hanging up his director spurs after he’s completed ten films. With his 9th film, the utterly compelling Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, I’m starting to understand why. Here’s a film serving as a tribute to the end of Hollywood’s golden age and its innocence. It tackles the relevance of aging stars and filmmakers through rose-colored glasses when considering the sordid history of Tinseltown. The result is a funny, incredibly well-filmed ensemble movie, highlighted by three central performances, and serving as another historical fantasy only Tarantino could deliver. Now the film arrives on Blu-ray for all to enjoy, including additional scenes and other behind-the-scenes looks.

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It: Chapter Two (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review)

Two years ago, the 2017 adaptation of the legendary Stephen King novel It became a complete phenomenon. Setting the film world on fire from the launch of its trailer, It (2017) opened to an absurd amount of money for an R-rated horror film and surged its way, with strong legs to become a complete box office champion. It wouldn’t last too long, however, as another famous clown knocked off Pennywise from that pedestal this year. This same year that brought the follow up promised at the end credits of the first film, It: Chapter Two. The second film didn’t fare as well the second time around and merely became just another “hit movie”. The adult focused adventure seemed to come and go from the conversation before September was even over. Andy Muschietti’s film does arrive on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray just in time be be a part of your Holiday conversation though, arriving on December 10th. You can add IT to your Stephen King collection by using the paid Amazon linkage below.
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The Fly Collection (Blu-ray Review)

There have been sets made of The Fly films in the past. However, those were limited to just the eras. The old The Fly films stuck together and the two from the 1980s teamed up for double feature discs. But, never has the whole encompassing world of The Fly been available in one big collection…UNTIL NOW. Scream Factory has put together an impressive set for this holiday season with all five movies about transportation and screwing it up for yourself and the lives of others. This impressive collection features a load of all new bonus material interviews as well as the Blu-ray debut of the third film, The Curse of The Fly. And in true Scream Factory fashion, it comes in impressive packaging for all of us movie shelf display showoffs everywhere. Pre-order to receive when it arrives on December 10th!
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The Goldfinch (Blu Ray Review)

The release of The Goldfinch on Blu-ray offered me a chance to re-evaluate a film I liked well enough in theaters but was mired by poor reviews and a poorer box office. Was the nearly two and a half-hour run time too much or not enough to capture Donna Tartt’s Pultizer Prize-winning novel? As a fan of the story and the talented cast & crew involved, I wondered if my impression would go up or down. This might not be a masterpiece like the famed painting this film is named after but it certainly doesn’t deserve to be obliterated either. This stellar 2K disc will surely please those that did like the film (But why no 4K?).  Still, this an Oscar-bait film that screamed “cinema” and maybe that was the problem.

 

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection (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, it took a little while to plow through these 28 films and accompanying bonus material spread out over 15 discs. This review began by taking a disc-by-disc approach (2 Films each disc, Disc 15 is all bonus material). This final or “general” version of the review is here to collect links to all of the reviews for the 15 discs to have them in one place for easier navigation. If you enjoyed these reviews and are interested in picking up this set, please think about using our paid Amazon link below. Any time you do, it is very much appreciated. Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection (Blu-ray Review)’

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 10 (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 10 featuring Mexican Hayride (1948) and Abbott and Costello Meet The Killer, Boris Karloff (1950). Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 10 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 8 (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 8 featuring The Time of Their Lives (1946) and Buck Privates Come Home (1947). Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 8 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 7 (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 7 featuring The Naughty Nineties (1945) and Little Giant (1946). Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 7 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 6 (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 6 featuring In Society (1944) and Here Come The Co-eds (1945). Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 6 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 14 (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 14, featuring Abbott & Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955) and Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy (1955). Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 14 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 13 (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 13, featuring Abbott & Costello Go To Mars (1953) and Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1953). Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 13 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 12 (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 12 featuring Comin’ Round The Mountain (1951) and Lost in Alaska (1952). Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 12 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 11 (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 11, featuring Abbott and Costello In The Foreign Legion (1950) and Abbott and Costello Meet The Invisible Man (1951). Continue reading ‘Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection – Disc 11 (Blu-ray Review)’

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