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Braveheart Limited Edition Steelbook (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Braveheart Steelbook 4K ReviewBraveheart is one of those Top 10 films of mine that I will continue to re-purchase without any thought or hesitation every time its available on a newer/better home media format.  First VHS, then DVD to Blu-ray and now I’m bringing this epic war film home again on 4K Ultra HD in a limited edition steelbook edition (available at Best Buy HERE).  There’s just so much I love about Braveheart not to mention the fact that I once dated a descendent of William Wallace’s, so she says.  To me historic pieces of this kind really don’t get any better than this especially under the love, care and ultimately direction of its main star, Mel Gibson.  Say what you want about the man.  He may be a drunk and a reckless person in real life, but he’s one hell of a passionate director when it comes to his film projects.  In this case though Braveheart is both the icing on the cake and the yummy cake itself.  I know it sounds like I’m biased in my words.  I am, but there’s just so much ammo to back up my thoughts here with.  Let’s revisit the years 1995/96 down below in more detail.  Shall we? Continue reading ‘Braveheart Limited Edition Steelbook (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Gladiator – Steelbook (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Pretty crazy to think that the Academy Award Best Picture winner Gladiator turned 20 years old this year. But hey, here we are. In celebration of that, Paramount is releasing a new Steelbook edition for the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray they brought out two years ago. This is coming out in tandem to celebrate Braveheart’s 25th anniversary with a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray steelbook. Gladiator‘s 4K steelbook features Russell Crowe’s Maximus in a battle ready pose, oversized for the space provided on the cover. Disc content-wise, this is the very same release from a couple years ago, the identical discs inside that include one 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray and two standard Blu-ray discs. Both cuts of the film are here like that set as well. As is, enjoy the images of the steelbook to accompany the review I wrote in May of 2008. You can find yourself a paid Amazon pre-order link at the bottom. Continue reading ‘Gladiator – Steelbook (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Sonic The Hedgehog (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Sonic the Hedgehog made its awareness even more well known thanks to online fan whining and pouting about the look of the character after the first trailer. This lead to the movie being pulled and set for a later date in order to improve the animation. And I’ll agree, it did look better, but old and animation or new, the movie itself was still going to be the same despite that irrelevant detail getting a fix. And the film got in and made itself some money just in time before theaters began closing their doors. The film also received an advanced digital release upon that shift in movie watching climate, but now is available on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray to own (Released on May 19th). You can relive or check out for the first time all the speedy animated hedgehog versus crazy 90s-like Jim Carrey antics paired with James Marsden smolder when you order it from the paid Amazon Associate link below. Thanks in advance to Lt. Grammar Police for the gripes. Continue reading ‘Sonic The Hedgehog (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Invisible Man (2020) (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

I’ve been a fan of Leigh Whannell (And James Wan) since the the original Saw put them on the map. Long have I admired how those can make five dollars look like 80 million dollars on the screen. The two, in both their respective directing careers have showcase such smaller film that have larger impacts and experiences. Heck, just the other day, Forbes’ Scott Mendelson pointed out with Aquaman that sure its an expensive movie, but he’s shocked it wasn’t even more expensive to an ungodly degree. Whannell isn’t quite to overstuffed budgeted blockbuster tentpoles yet, but he certainly is on track. His previous film, Upgrade, was my favorite film of 2018. So, it was with great excitement when not only did I hear he was directing a new Invisible Man feature, but that he was teaming with Blumhouse for it. That’s about as perfect a marriage as can be. And perfect it was. You’ll be able to check out this modern horror masterpiece in the finest 4K presentation when it arrives on May 26th! Continue reading ‘The Invisible Man (2020) (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Jaws (45th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray Review)

This spring has been representative of two things for me. One is that, for better or worse, being stuck in shelter-in-place has been helpful in some ways and hurtful in others. On a lighter note, two is that we have been blessed with so many fantastic catalog titles coming out to keep us happy at home.  Jaws is one such release, coming out on 4K Blu-ray (finally) in celebration of its 45th anniversary. The movie is just as you remember it being – tense, well crafted, slyly funny, and iconic. The new edition will certainly make the film’s fans very happy! Without further ado, here’s all you need to know about the Jaws 45th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray!

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War Of The Worlds (2005) (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Paramount is unloading a trio of Tom Cruise headlining films on May 19, including Top Gun, Days of Thunder and the 2005 Steven Spielberg adaptation of War of the Worlds. No doubt these were ready to be released in anticipation of Top Gun: Maverick this summer, but alas that film has moved to December. Luckily these 4K Ultra-HD Blu-rays move on as originally planned. This review is covering War of the Worlds, a film I actually hold close to my heart as it has a special place for me. It was the first film I saw in the fabled Grauman’s Chinese Theater when I moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 2005. I enjoyed the film well enough then and more upon subsequent viewings, but regardless of its quality I will always carry that special memory with me. Nonetheless, as mentioned, it arrives on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on May 19th and you can land yourself a copy of it to hopefully be delivered as soon as it can using the Amazon Associates link following the review. Continue reading ‘War Of The Worlds (2005) (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Birds of Prey (4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray Disc Review)

Birds of Prey 4K ReviewBirds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is a movie title I have loved saying over and over for some time now.  It rolls off the tip of my tongue like a youth’s belly skin does over a wet Wham-O Slip ‘N Slide.  It’s also my number one most favorite film of 2020 and NOTHING can top it.  I was looking forward to this one for over 3 years since I authored this insightful 4K Review of 2016’s Suicide Squad HERE.  If you really do think about it, one might even say I was born to write this Blu-ray review like some fateful, divine intervention, deity kind of crap.  Needless to say if I never see another movie in 2020 due to COVID-19, I’d be perfectly content as I have my just about near perfect as you can get, Harley Quinn movie, and all the endless merchandise I was lucky enough to get my grubby hands on in bulk (from the UK too).  And I do mean in BULK, but I digress.  The time has finally come down below to intelligently construct a fair, honest review of why I feel Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is so hotdog, damn good.  Continue reading ‘Birds of Prey (4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray Disc Review)’

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Days of Thunder (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Days of Thunder 4K ReviewDays of Thunder here finds me doing some of my first writing in a long time.  While I immensely enjoy the downtime that the “Quarantine of 2020” provides I can’t help but ultimately feeling lazy from too much sleep and my vice, heavy Call of Duty playing.  However, it’s time to shake the cobwebs off and get back to work here.  That starts with Days of Thunder, which makes its 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debut on May 19th courtesy of Paramount.  I have a secret as it relates to this movie.  I have never seen Days of Thunder before.  Thus I signed myself up for this assignment.  Top Gun and War of the Worlds, which are also coming out on 4K disc the very same date, are a no-brainer purchase for me (I’ll let the other reviewers cover them).  Sink or swim I wanted Days of Thunder.  I figure the worst case scenario is I dodge a bullet on a blind buy, but I’m hoping to completely smitten just like I am with virtually every other Tom Cruise feature.  So c’mon!  Let’s get those engines started, baby!  Vroom!  Vroom! Continue reading ‘Days of Thunder (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Top Gun (4K Blu-ray Review)

Well, it finally happened… We finally have Top Gun in 4K.  The iconic action classic finally hits home in the best way to watch films at home.  The sights, the sounds, the sweat, the soundtrack.  The film is a cultural standpoint for blockbuster filmmaking.  There is something special that radiates through this movie that is almost unexplainable. At one point, this was a film I avoided like the plague. Does the film still hold up? How about the transfer? Let’s go in depth below, and don’t forget to click the paid link at the bottom to preorder your copy of Top Gun, available May 19th!

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D-Day: Normandy 1944 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Shout! Factory will make their first foray into feature films on the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray format later this month when Michael Cimino’s best picture winner The Deer Hunter arrives on May 26th. But, they’ve actually been putting out 4K Ultra-HD Blu-rays for a couple of years now, courtesy of these IMAX documentaries. And they’ve actually proven quite stunning in sight and sound. The latest addition is D-Day: Normandy 1944. Pascal Vuong directs a Tom Brokow narrated documentary that gives a nice fresh and unique take on the battle of Normandy during World War II. This release will feature a good host of bonus feature interviews and behind the scenes videos to accompany it after you’ve finished the film. The film dropped onto the format on May 5th. You can order the film by using the Amazon Associates link that follows the review.

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The Gentlemen (4K Blu-ray Review)

Guy Ritchie has returned to form.  For us that means a crime caper! The Gentlemen is just that.  Foul language, violence, ridiculous amounts of money and a lot of twists to keep you guessing.  Just what we’ve been waiting for through some not so great experiments.  Read on about Ritchie, his film and the tech specs below! The Gentlemen is available on April 21st, so feel free to click the paid link at the bottom to order a copy!

 

 

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Ip Man 4: The Finale (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Ip Man Finale 4K Donnie Yen reprises his role as the legendary Wing Chun master in the grand finale of the revolutionary martial arts series. Following the death of his wife, Ip Man travels to San Francisco to ease tensions between the local kung fu masters and his star student, Bruce Lee, while searching for a better future for his son. From the action visionary behind Kill Bill and The Matrix, witness the heroic sendoff to the saga that inspired a new wave of martial arts movie fans. Continue reading ‘Ip Man 4: The Finale (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Spies in Disguise (4K Blu-ray Review)

Will Smith and Tom Holland team up in Spies in Disguise.  The film was the first non-Disney/Pixar animated film since the big acquisitionThis particular cartoon journey is centered in a super-cool spy situation. Will Smith’s super spy has a doppelganger on his hands… How does he clear his name and still stay hidden… Duh… Disguise! But… Does the film go for the gold, or does it come in dead last? Read in depth below, and check for a paid purchase link afterwards to grab a copy for yourself!

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Dolittle (4K Blu-ray Review)

Robert Downey Jr. returns after his epic demise in Endgame with a little family movie reimagining Dr. Doolittle.  Rex Harrison’s first incarnation remains the one to beat, despite being dated. Eddie Murphy had a nice retread that worked for me in the 90’s but which wore off considerably as an adult. Does RDJ save the storied history of the doc who can talk to the animals? Or is it just as bad as you read it was?

 

 

 

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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker gave us the finale of the Skywalker saga of the Star Wars Universe. Though ultimately that’s primarily been the crux of the whole thing, we’ll likely be seeing spin-offs and new efforts finding themselves even more separate from it as time wages onward for the Disney Lucasfilm investment. Perhaps a lot of streaming television programming is the majority of it, with The Mandalorian going over very well as a Cassian Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi pair of series set to arrive in the future. As far as feature films, the allure of a Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, or Kylo Ren focused films are pretty much now in the rearview. And your collections will all find themselves complete one the ninth and “final” episode of the saga finds its way to your shelves on March 31st. It will be available in many different standalone versions and also as a part of the Skywalker Saga box set that includes all nine Star Wars episodes.
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Knives Out (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review)

When it comes to modern filmmakers, Rian Johnson is an instant ticket purchased no matter what he’s doing. He’s proven over and over a knowledgeable student of film and a clever, thoughtful filmmaker with a fantastic ideology in the world of story craft and character work. The fact that this guy went and tackled an Agatha Christie style murder mystery is even more delicious and exciting. Just hearing of Knives Out, you knew this would be special and then the trailer made it one of the most exciting releases of the year. And it proved to be that old school star-led programmer people had been clamoring for as it continued to make a leggy run at the box office (Even, funny enough, surpassing The Rise of Skywalker in regular daily grosses late into its run). It found itself nominated for an Oscar, but could have easily been worthy of many more. The film is now available on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray (Apologies, review copies were sent out late for it), and you can order from the Amazon Associates link following the review.
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Shadow (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Shadow 4K UHD Blu-rayWith Shadow, director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a shadow , a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want. Continue reading ‘Shadow (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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1917 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

When it comes to end of the year “Best” (or as I like to say, “Favorite”) lists, many of us looked toward Sam Mendes 1917 as a glaring omission as it had not opened in theaters near our residency. And I’ll be damned if the first time I watch something like this is on an overly compressed, watermarked behind on the times format DVD screener. To the luck of some of the other films that DID get included on my Top Films of 2019 list, they were grateful for my snobbery as some of them were included where they may have been given an unfortunate bump. 1917 would easily have moved into my top ten and shaken the list up had it been able to open wide before I wrote my list (I believe it came out just a week after mine published). It is one of the great theatrical experiences of this millennium and I hope people truly find themselves immersed at home (At least watch it on a damn TV folks, please don’t do this on your phone, tablet or laptop). You’ll be able to watch it in the comfort of said home when it arrives on March 24th.
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