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Heat (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Early on into the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray era, there was a Director’s Definitive Edition release of Michael Mann’s Heat onto standard Blu-ray that everyone picked up anyway but was baffled why an upper echelon title didn’t just hit up the new format with a new edition that had a 4K restoration. Well, after 5 years of waiting, we are finally getting that 4K release of that version of the film. Heat’s debut on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ay will be a 3-disc set that carries over that standard Blu-ray edition with all the goods. There aren’t any new features exclusive to this one (which isn’t necessary). The release is set to arrive on August 9th. You can get yourself a copy by easily scrolling down to the end of this review and clicking on the paid Amazon Associates link that follows.

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Child’s Play 3 – Collector’s Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Child’s Play 3 caps off the original run of films that would actually follow that title moniker. From here on out, everything would just be labeled “of Chucky” with the TV show merely called Chucky. This film isn’t the most popular of the bunch, but there’s a nostalgic good in its fit into the series and it still delivers many of the goods that you enjoy in the first two films. Scream Factory is giving it all the love you could want though with a brand new Collector’s Edition and bumping the film to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray. Available on August 16th, this new edition contains a load of brand new interviews, including Perrey Reeves, scenes from the television cut and two commentary tracks. You can order yourself a copy by using the paid Amazon Associates link that follows the review at the bottom.

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Child’s Play 2 – Collector’s Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Scream Factory has your horror August jackpot in the form of bringing the first 3 Child’s Play films to 4K Ultra-HD for the first time. Child’s Play 2 has largely been one of the most popular entries, many preferring it to the original even. One thing it hasn’t had before is some love on the home video front. For the first time, we are getting a Collector’s Edition treatment to the film in the form of commentary, interviews and deleted scenes. It’s long been overdue for the movie and will be available for you to have on August 16th. You can order yourself a copy by using the paid Amazon Associate’s link following the review. Also available that same day are the original film and Child’s Play 3 on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray for the first time as well.

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Child’s Play – Collector’s Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Scream Factory got their hands on the original Child’s Play six years ago and put out a boffo Collector’s Edition of the film, finally giving it some justice in the extras department, to go with a new transfer. Now, they get to introduce Chucky to the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray format. Rather than just coast on what they had, they’ve put in overtime! No only is there a new transfer, but they’ve remixed for Dolby Atmos and added five brand new interviews including major players like Don Mancini, Alex Vincent, Chris Sarandon and David Kirschner! Now a 3-Disc set, it will be available, along with Child’s Play 2 and Child’s Play 3 on 4K Ultra-HD on August 16th. Get yourself a pre-order in using the Shout Factory site of the paid Amazon Associates link that follows the review.

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Event Horizon: 25th Anniversary Edition Steelbook (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

25 years ago, The Shining in space came and went and really wasn’t the bees knees upon its arrival. However, over the years and people finally checking it out, Event Horizon has not only become a cult classic, but considered one of the best horror movies from the entirety of the 90s. So much so, that we celebrate its milestones with brand new home video releases each time. Paramount is now putting the film out on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray for the very first time and packing it up in a beautiful new steelbook. The release will carry over all the previous bonus features which come with the standard Blu-ray edition that is included here. You can pre-order it now and have it in time for release on August 9th by using the paid Amazon Associates link that follows on at the end of the review.

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The Lost City (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Lost City looked like a last hope for saving the box office and theater going from being only franchise tentpoles all the time. And hey – there are still some stars that’ll put the butts in the seats. There are few better at that than the incredible Sandra Bullock. She does her thing and people follow. Someone able to walk the line between big theater movies and Netflix original movies. This 100 million plus domestic earner will be hitting 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on July 26th. The release will come with a digital code (no back up Blu-ray, as per usual with Paramount), Atmos sound and a host of little quick featurettes to satisfy post-viewing. You can order yourself a copy to own by using the paid Amazon Associates link that follows the review.

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Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Spider-Man and Doctor Strange opened up the multiverse in Spider-Man: No Way Home and the Sorcerer Supreme (and Doctor Strange) explore it themselves in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. Along the way introducing quite possibly the most important character yet in the MCU; the Pizza Poppa. Sam Raimi returned to mesh both his super hero and horror expertise in this wicked spin through Marvel. It’ll come to you on 4K Ultra-HD on July 26th. The release has an Atmos track, commentary, deleted scenes, multiple featurettes and Aaron Neuwirth’s favorite – the Gag Reel. Sure, you’ve beeen able to watch this on Disney+ for a month, but own the better presentation of the film with this disc. You can order one by using the paid Amazon Associates link that follows this review at the bottom.

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Edge Of Tomorrow (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Edge of Tomorrow was a film we all couldn’t shut up about 8 years ago. We were all debating on how better it could have been marketed or released with the studio even going by a tagline more than its title when it first came to home video. Nonetheless, its live to be a sort of modern cult film in that people loved it but not enough people ever really saw it. And it must be such a well doer on home video as Warner Bros has put it out on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray. Released on July 5th, it has a new Atmos track and comes with all the bonus feature that had been released on the prior Blu-ray. If you’d like to own yourself a copy of Edge of Tomorrow, you can use the paid Amazon Associates link that follows the review.

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Devil In A Blue Dress – The Criterion Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Seeing the announcement of Devil in a Blue Dress as an upcoming 4K release from the Criterion Collection was a great joy. An underperformer at the time of its release, only to find more appreciation as the years have gone why, this period thriller starring Denzel Washington brings together two major ideas – a neo-noir detective story starring a black lead and the social realism of what it meant to be black in 1948 America. Featuring several great performances and plenty of style, thanks to director Carl Franklin and his team, the film is terrific. Thanks to Criterion, the film now looks and sounds better than ever, with a couple of new extras to round out the package.

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Downton Abbey: A New Era (4K Blu-ray Review)

OK, confession time… I’ve never seen a second of the Downton Abbey TV series.  Beloved as it is, I never thought the show would hold my interest.  Be that as it may, some force of nature propelled me to put my hat in the ring to receive a review copy of this, the second installment of the Downton Abbey film series. Subtitled A New Era, something intrigued me to take a look into the world of the Crawley family, with the matriarch, the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) and her son Robert, the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) at the lead. What I encountered was a lovely world I was pleasantly enthralled with. Read more about the new film below, and be sure to get your copy by clicking the paid link that follows the review!

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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (or Fantastic Beasts) series of adventures to continue the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, while ducking in to the events prior to the flagship story, hasn’t caught on as the folks behind them probably would have hoped for. The first film was generally received well, but its sequel seemed to fall off for most audiences. The Secrets of Dumbledore is attempt to both right the ship and to tie things up a bit in case the ship is too far underwater to get ashore. Warner Brothers is putting it out on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray with an Atmos track and a nice array of bonus features on June 28th. So that means its available now and you can order yourself a copy using the paid Amazon Associates link following the review.

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The Bad Guys – Collector’s Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Bad Guys has been a series with me for a few years, having younger ones. My son has been into it for quite a while and when it came to the movie coming out I got to be a “I know what this is” asset to my film friends who had no idea where this animated flick was coming from. And it release to solid reviews which, knowing the source material, didn’t surprise me as it had them. Now its come home to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray where it can continue to find audience. They are touting this as a Collector’s Edition primarily based on the fact it includes a brand new short as a bonus feature. The disc was released on June 21st, so you can order it now as you see fit. You can use the paid Amazon Associates link that follows the review if you’d like as well.

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Giant (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

George Steven’s big Western epic, which happened to house the final performance of James Dean in a lead role (More of a supporting one honestly, but I’ll go with the tagline here), is coming to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray. Giant is legendary for that Dean finality, but its much more than that. It was a major player in the Academy Awards, being nominated nine times, though on taking home the director trophy for Stevens. This 4K Ultra-HD disc only comes with a commentary track previously released and carries over none of the other previous bonus feature. You’ll be able to order it when it releases on June 21st. And that can be done by using the paid Amazon Associates link that is all the way at the bottom of this review.

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The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

One of the year’s most original films and “Wait what? I HAVE to see that” concepts has come in the form of a tribute to one of cinema’s most noted thespians and film geek himself, Nicholas Cage. Playing himself in a movie about him caught up in a secret operation is a whirlwind of awesome that is one of the year’s best hooks. Said film was released to good reviews but didn’t quite hit like the internet demand may have hinted it would. Nonetheless, it exists and that’s all that really matters in this case. That film, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, is now available on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray (released on June 21st). It comes with Dolby Atmos sound and nice little array of extras to keep the fun going after the credits have rolled. You can order yourself a copy of the film by using the paid Amazon Associates link that follows the review.

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The Northman (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Robert Eggers has quickly shot up everyone’s favorite indie director’s list with only 3 films under his belt. With a terrific debut in The VVitch and equally awesome follow up The Lighthouse, its easy to see why. In a sea of lots of safe and monotone looking films we see in the blockbuster market, his quirks, weirdness and visuals are of the most refreshing lot. Granted, he’s not for everyone as people who aren’t the biggest film buffs probably have them in the “terrible column”. But for them, his latest film The Northman felt like a bridge between the abstract and mainstream for him. And you’ll be able to check out his Viking tale on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ay. I released back on June 7th with plenty of bonus material in tow. You can order yourself a copy of the film from the paid Amazon Associates link that follows the review.

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Ambulance (Collector’s Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

What do you think of when you hear the name Michael Bay. Some would say toxic masculinity. Some would say over the top. Some would say style over substance.  There are also some that would say action film icon, auteur of mainstream cinema or underrated genius.  I can put myself somewhere in the middle.  The Rock is one of the finest action films of the 90’s or any decade.  It’s big, loud, implausible and a whole lot of fun.  Armageddon and Pearl Harbor are two of the most overlong, lazily plotted slogs through film that I’ve ever seen.  They’re all from the same director. The same can be said even for franchise work from Bay. Bad Boysand Bad Boys II are two wildly different films to me. One works in a nice tight structure, while the other bloats like me after a big meal.  This is all of course in my humble opinion… but why do I ask these questions and make these claims? For the purpose of this review’s exploration of Ambulance. This is Bayhem on a grand scale, but just so slightly different.  Check out the details below and be sure to snag a copy of Ambulance using the paid Amazon Link!

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Cloak & Dagger (VSU Limited Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Cloak & Dagger is often overlooked when it comes to 80’s child-centric cinema.  An espionage thriller for kids that isn’t silly or over the top? How you say? Very well in fact.  I was able to sit down with Vinegar Syndrome’s exceptional new 4K Collector’s Edition and take the kid friendly Hitchcockian thriller in.  What a pleasant surprise! Read more on director Richard Franklin’s Cloak & Dagger below and be sure to visit vinegarsyndrome.com starting July 1st, 2022 to grab a copy of this unexpected, excellent release.

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Shaft – The Criterion Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

In an entirely fitting movie for the Criterion Collection, 1971’s Shaft has been selected to join the ranks and has received the deluxe treatment with a 3-disc 4K UHD set (2 Blu-ray discs). A notable film from the Blaxploitation era, it may not be the first or perhaps even the best, but Shaft is the most iconic, having been a box office hit, leading to a franchise, winning an Oscar, and being selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Shaft was a game-changer and remains cooler than cool thanks to the presence of star Richard Roundtree (in his debut film) and Isaac Hayes’ “Theme from Shaft” title track. Now, thanks to this 4K UHD release, Shaft has even more to deliver to film fans all over again.

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