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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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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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After The Wedding Blu-ray Review

Big secrets will be revealed After The Wedding. Big drama is the star of this show. Julianne Moore, Michele Williams and Billy Crudup all come together to entice us into mystery with this story of family, sacrifice and unlikely necessity.  Whether you will want to know the secret remains to be seen.  More on that below…

 

 

 

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Angel Has Fallen 4K Blu-ray Review

Mike Banning is back. The unlucky secret service agent always happens to put himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Last most of us (not me) saw him, he was saving the President in London.  Now, back home, Mike has some demons and some ailments making him less heroic. The human side of Banning is what makes Angel Has Fallen one of the better 3rd installments I’ve seen recently.  Read more about the action packed three-quel below and grab your copy (at a great price) from the link below. As an Amazon Associate your purchases from that link help keep the site going, and gives me a small (minuscule, really…) kick back that can go to buying more movies, eventually. Read on!

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Blinded By The Light (Blu-Ray review)

The rousing and irresistible Blinded by the Light didn’t quite catch on in theaters the way it might have ten years ago, but savvy home viewers can now catch the film on Blu-ray. To see what those great reviews were all about and catch Springsteen fever. And remember, he is “the Boss of us all.”

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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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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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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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Mary (Blu-ray Review)

David (Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea. Continue reading ‘Mary (Blu-ray Review)’

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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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The Angry Birds Move 2 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

A few summers ago, I thought the first Angry Birds Movie would fare a lot better at the box office than it did. Maybe the big craze had really passed by before the film could strike that proverbial iron that had been plugged in and heated up. The film didn’t do horrible worldwide at all really, but nothing to set the world on fire and command a sequel quickly turning around. But hey, the once insanely popular mobile game that became plushies, collectibles, licensing themed and animated shorts was up for another round. And here we are with its sequel just a couple years later and it did not do too hot, but I’m also sure it wasn’t that expensive of a venture. If we see a Angry Birds 3, perhaps a streaming service can utilize it as an exclusive. For those who didn’t get to take your kids to 2, it arrives November 12, 2019 on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray.
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The Kitchen Blu-ray Review

Can you stand the heat in The Kitchen? I’m pretty sure you can.  Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss take the screen for all (well, at least some) of what it’s got in this crime drama from Andrea Berloff (writer of Straight Outta Compton).  I was excited to see this one despite the box office demise and the negative reviews.  Something had to come out of this mostly serious drama for its two comedy superstars, right? Read my weigh in below and click the link at the end if you want to grab yourself a copy of The Kitchen. As Amazon Associates, we at Whysoblu take a small amount of your purchase price on Amazon to keep this fantastic site humming along for you fans of physical media!

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The Peanut Butter Falcon Blu-ray Review

Friendship can come in times when you don’t realize you need it most. Friendships that come in tough times, are some of the most unlikely and the most necessary of all.  The Peanut Butter Falcon tells a Huck Finn-esque coming of age tale that is sure to delight fans of what I like to call “nice movies.” “Nice movies” are the types that make you laugh, challenge your feelings about fictional characters, and make you hopeful for those people you’ve followed for the length of the film. To be short, The Peanut Butter Falcon is pure delight. Read more in-depth below and click the link at the end of the post to purchase a copy too! Just a reminder, as Amazon Associates, we take a small percentage of those link sales to keep this amazing site going for you all!

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