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The Curse Of Frankenstein – 2-Disc Special Edition (Blu-ray Review)

Fans of Hammer Horror have been waiting and wondering for many years now as to where one of them most seminal films in the catalog was on Blu-ray. The Curse of Frankenstein is literally considered “the one that started it all”. Warner Bros held the rights and wasn’t putting it out, leading collectors to seek the film out overseas to satisfy their shelves. Two years ago, Horror of Dracula was released and many thought surely it was around the corner. Indeed it was, just not as quickly as we’d hoped. However, Warner Archive Collection decided to go above and beyond their normal call of duty here with this one featuring a new 4K transfer and bonus features made for this release. If it goes well, they’ve told us to expect more releases similar to this one. If you’re a collector or support the efforts of Warner Archive Collection, be sure to pre-order this one as to show them that this is the kind of thing you want from them more often!
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The Lord Of The Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Warner Bros has lay upon us one of the finest motion picture trilogies of all time as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy is bestowed upon us. There have been strategies as to how this movies have been rolled out on both DVD and Blu-ray. 4K looks no different. Typically, the theatrical edits of the films have broken the seal with the extended coming later down the line. For 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray, we are getting both theatrical and extended right out the gate, but with the bonus features promised to coming sometime next year in 2021. It isn’t complete void of them (See the “Extras” section about that), but physically speaking you are getting straight up 4K discs of the movies here in some standard packaging and that’s it.  Hardcore fandom may want to wait, but for someone like me who enjoys them but who’s just cool with owning the movies, this may be the way to go. The Lord of the Rings, along with The Hobbit films are available now (released December 1st). Continue reading ‘The Lord Of The Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’


Top Gun (4K Steelbook Review)

Well, it finally happened… We finally have Top Gun in 4K.  And now also, we finally get the earlier promised steenbok, too! 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 order your copy of Top Gun 4K Steelbook, available now!

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Trading Places (Paramount Presents) (Blu-ray Review)

Paramount Presents is fast becoming a favorite catalog collection for me. Some releases are out of the box while others are lovingly reissued in a more deluxe way. While sometimes the features leave a little to be desired, often the new masters make the discs well worth the purchase. With Eddie Murphy’s classics Trading Places and The Golden Child being added to the line this week, I feel like a kid in a candy store. Like Coming To America, Trading Places is also a member of my 100+ viewing club. I can recite the film line for line and still find so much joy in all the classic scenes. Does it stand up now that Paramount has given it the “presents” treatment? Read on below and snag your copy by clicking the paid link at the end!

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Collateral (4K Blu-ray Review)

More Cruise in 4K? Many an enthusiast is probably so excited for Collateral on 4K Blu-ray. I remember my reaction to the film initially being cool. Does the Cruise/Jamie Foxx/Michael Mann mixture work now 16 years later? Check out more with this in-depth review and click the paid link at the end to get your copy of Collateral being released on December 8th!

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The Golden Child – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)

With The Golden Child, I once again get to wonder, “When did Paramount become Shout Select?” Given the expansive library of one of the oldest Hollywood studios, I have been very intrigued by the mix of classic and leftfield choices that have come out under the “Paramount Presents” Blu-ray release banner. That said, what better way to finally see the debut of this 1986 Eddie Murphy fantasy film than with a new HD presentation that is quite stellar, even if the movie is a bit too “Beverly Hills Cop: Tibet.” That said, having not seen this film since I was 10, it was a good chance to revisit the feature, let alone admire the work done to restore the look of the Chosen One.

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Coming to America (4K Blu-ray Review)

Coming to America goes on a short list of films I’ve seen over 100 times.  This is a film that captures irreverent humor and imminent sweetness in equal doses.  This is also the first time the world was given the opportunity to see Eddie Murphy at the height of his powers taking on a romantic lead, but also being tasked with the challenge of taking on different roles under still brilliant makeup work.  When the announcement was made that Paramount was bringing some classic Eddie films to 4K and Paramount Presents Blu-ray, this title was the one I was most anxious to check out.  Read my thoughts and appreciations in-depth below and be sure to click the paid links at the end to get your copy of Coming to America!

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Perry Mason: Season 1 (Blu-ray Review)

Perry Mason arrived with quite a buzz to HBO Max at launch. Each week, my writing colleagues would be abuzz about the next episode, keeping things exciting and still spoiler free. Me being the physical media purist I strive to be, I waited until this awesome new Blu-ray set arrived to check the series out. Does it hold up to the buzz and the reaction? Is it a victim of the retread blues? Check out my thoughts below and be sure to click the paid link at the end to order your copy!

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Beverly Hills Cop (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

AH HA! Earlier this year, Paramount release The Beverly Hills Cop Trilogy to standard Blu-ray. It marked the first time the sequels were released on Blu-ray in the United States and boasted new 4K transfers for every film. We all wondered why not a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray release of them, then? Well, Paramount heard us, or the dollars were there for that trilogy set to suggest they knew we loved these movies. So, here we are 11 months later and the original film is getting the upgrade! Hell yeah! I’m okay with that. Its arriving with the same bonus features and audio, just the films 4K restoration is now in its native form. I’m very excited that it is a part of this Eddie Murphy celebration that Paramount is seemingly having on December 1st! You’ll find reviews coming for Coming To America 4K and the Paramount Presents for Trading Places and The Golden Child in the coming weeks on this very site. But, let’s kick things off with some Axel F! Pre-order available from the paid Amazon Associates link below.
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Popeye: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

One of the many odd titles never on Blu-ray before was Robert Altman’s contribution to the comic book movie lexicon in 1980’s Popeye. Sure, the film isn’t perfect, but its had a legacy of being remembered and stars the late and great screen legend Robin Williams in its titular role. Turning 40 years old, Paramount has now given it the green light for Blu-ray. Surprisingly, this would seem fit for the Paramount Presents label having never been released before and getting new supplemental features, but alas its getting regular release. Kindly enough, its debut price is of the most generous variety – $9.99 at the time of this review. Popeye: 40th Anniversary Edition will arrive (maybe) on shelves and in online stores December 1st.

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Mission: Impossible: The Original TV Series (Blu-ray Review)

Whether its movies or the TV series, I consider myself a Mission: Impossible fan. Its one of the best contributions we had from the spy fantasy entertainment phenomenon that took the 1960s by storm. With the breath of life and determination of one Tom Cruise, the series has maintained a pop culture staple for 54 years and counting. We have two more films still on the horizon from the current movie run. Paramount has left the television series absent from Blu-ray until now. On December 1st, they will be releasing every episode from the original 7 season run of the show on Blu-ray for the first time. Despite the massive 46 disc boxed effort, unfortunately no bonus features new or old are coming with it. That’s a damn shame, considering some already do exist. However, at this juncture I suppose we need to be grateful they have restored them and keep them living to die another day in a different format. Pre-orders are available now via the paid Amazon Associates link at the bottom of the review.
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Bugs Bunny: 80th Anniversary Collection (Blu-ray Review)

During my first year working in DVD quality control, one of the coolest things we worked on were the Warner Bros sets of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection. These things were a master class on the shorts, coming with great bonus material, conversations about racially insensitive material and more. Top to bottom, an entertainment and education in Looney Tunes. They were a hot item too and are now largely out of print. With Blu-ray, Bugs Bunny, Taz, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Wiley E. Coyote and the gang have been quite absent. Now, to celebrate the 80th birthday for Bugs Bunny, the first step has been made. In the Bugs Bunny: 80th Anniversary Collection, 60 original shorts have been restored proper to go with a new documentary, bonus cartoons and much more in this excellent box set from Warner Bros that includes an exclusive Funko Pop. Fans can only hope that maybe they take a character by character approach and a Daffy Duck or Roadrunner set could be on the horizon. This arrives December 1st and can be pre-ordered now from the paid Amazon Associates link below!
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2067 (Blu-ray Review)

2067 Blu-rayBy the year 2067, Earth has been ravaged by climate change and humanity is forced to live on artificial oxygen. A mysterious illness is slowly killing the worlds’ population and the only hope for a cure comes in the form of a message from the future: Send Ethan Whyte. Suddenly Ethan, an underground tunnel worker, is sent to the future where he must face imminent and unknown dangers as well as the possibility of never returning home. 2067 is now available on Blu-ray & DVD!  Continue reading ‘2067 (Blu-ray Review)’


Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Peninsula 4K UHD Blu-rayFour years after South Korea s total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA (on 4K UHD Blu-ray), the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best or worst of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances. Train to Busan Presents: PENINSULA, is released on 4K UHD Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD November 24 from Well Go USA Entertainment! Continue reading ‘Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’


The New Mutants (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

At long last, the final film of the X-Men series that began during the 20th Century Fox era managed to find its way to a theatrical release. No, The New Mutants was not riding on the best buzz before finally being seen by audiences, nor did the film deliver anything more than a middling end to this iteration of the long-running X-Men Cinematic Universe. It’s a shame, as there was potential to see something neat by bringing a horror element into this world. Still, for those interested and the completists out there, The New Mutants now has a 4K Ultra HD release to dig into. It may not be the ideal film to show off a system with, but the teenage-tinged superhero film does what it can with the format.

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Moonstruck – The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

It’s not as though The Criterion Collection doesn’t have its share of comedies or romantic films, let alone downright hilarious features. That in mind, seeing 1987’s Moonstruck enter the collection is the kind of move that will ideally not only help restore the value to be found in this Norman Jewison-directed, John Patrick Shanley-written romantic comedy but perhaps even settle some debates concerning who “deserved” an Academy Award. From where I sit, Moonstruck remains a delightful feature that is well-written, performed, and highly entertaining. Now the film has a deluxe release, arriving on Blu-ray with a brand-new restoration. For many, that’s amoré for this feature.

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Rambo: The Complete SteelBook Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Rambo Complete Collection 4K ReviewRambo: The Complete SteelBook Collection may not be a necessity due to the double dipping nature of it all, but for the right fan it’s a very much appreciated way to house all the Rambo films on 4K Ultra HD Disc in 5 separate collectible steelbook arrangements within one hard shell vessel.  Yes I know that was a long sentence.  However, talking about Rambo movies makes me excited!  The 5-movie set also comes with original art by some of today’s most celebrated illustrators (we’ll show you around in much more detail down below) featuring five uniquely designed steelbooks by Justin Erickson, Ken Taylor, Grzegorz Domaradzki, Vance Kelly, and John Guydo, housed in a large, custom SteelBook case.  Therefore, it should come as no surprise that this the collection features all five action-packed Rambo films including First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo III, Rambo, and Rambo: Last Blood.  This was released on October 27th.  We just got our review copy!  And I’m very excited to show you all around.  Read on! Continue reading ‘Rambo: The Complete SteelBook Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’


Westworld Season 3: The New World (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Westworld Season 3 4K ReviewYours truly has now covered the first season of HBO’s Westworld, also known as The Maze, on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray over HERE, and the second season, also known as The Door, HERE.  Therefore, it only makes sense to have me lock down the third season, which wears the moniker The New World.  I think Warner Bros. says it best in their press release. Since the award-winning drama series’ debut, Westworld has captivated audiences by exploring the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin with the latest season delving into the questions surrounding free will.  That’s a good setup, but what I am most looking forward to is seeing life outside the park in a future world with some familiar faces here like Evan Rachel Wood.  Truth be told this review of Westworld Season 3 is my first experience with the third season.  So what you’ll read down below will very much be my first impressions.  Ready or not here I come!   Continue reading ‘Westworld Season 3: The New World (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’