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Underwater, No One Can Hear You Scream (Movie Review)

In Underwater, Kristen Stewart sinks deep into an abyss, discovering something alien in the process, as in Alien circa 1979. For 93 minutes, this genre pic is precisely the kind of movie that opens at the beginning of the year, for better or worse. Still, I’m a fan of the “small group of scientists who bite off more than they can chew and find themselves isolated” trope, so I didn’t mind.

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All Hail Queen & Slim on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD March 3rd!

From Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe (Netflix’s “Master of None”) and Grammy Award-winning director Melina Matsoukas (“Insecure,” Beyonce’s “Formation” and Nike’s “Equality”), comes the unflinching new drama, QUEEN & SLIM, arriving on Digital February 18, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand March 3, 2020, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as “urgent and beautiful” (Mark Kennedy, Associated Press) and “simply gorgeous” (Cate Young, Jezebel), QUEEN & SLIM is a timely and powerful love story that confronts the staggering toll of racism where it meets the shattering price of violence.

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FORD v FERRARI VROOMS onto 4K and Blu-ray February 11

Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in this “thunderously exciting” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) film based on the remarkable true story about Ford Motor Company’s attempt to create the world’s fastest car and take on Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, critics and fans alike have raved about this epic underdog tale that will keep your heart pounding from start to finish. Add FORD V FERRARI to your digital collection on Movies Anywhere January 28 and buy it on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD February 11 to add a piece of history to your film collection.

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Cecil B. DeMille’s Classic The Ten Commandments Reaches The Mountaintop of Blu-ray on March 10th!

For sheer pageantry and spectacle, few motion pictures can claim to equal the splendor of renowned director Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.  Arriving in time for Easter gift-giving, the beloved masterpiece will be presented in a new Blu-ray Digibook on March 10, 2020, from Paramount Home Entertainment. This spectacular release features three Blu-ray Discs™ and includes not only the fully restored 1956 version of the film but also DeMille’s original 1923 silent version, as well as a 16-page booklet featuring rare photos and historical facts about both productions.

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Beverly Hills Cop: 3-Movie Collection (Blu-ray Review)

Yes, I’m in the same boat as you. Why is this not a 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray release, Paramount? Us collectors don’t care for your boasting of 4K Ultra-HD streams to “own”. At least the new transfers are being used for the Blu-rays on this new set that also includes some “new” extras for the taking (Stuff culminated from old interviews). Its hard for people to remember now, but Beverly Hills Cop was one of the biggest movies ever in the 1980s and its box office success was an absolute phenomenon. Seriously, go back and track it and see how many times it was #1 and how long it stayed (And returned) to the Top 10 for 1984 through 1986 (Well, Box Office Mojo sucks now, so it might be more difficult now that I think of it). Pretty stunning for this little action comedy. Its the movie that solidified Eddie Murphy as a superstar and rolled out 2 sequels (And a fourth that maybe someday gets made). The three movies will be landing on Blu-ray January 14th and are already currently on digital with their new restorations. Continue reading ‘Beverly Hills Cop: 3-Movie Collection (Blu-ray Review)’

Joker (4K UHD Blu-Ray Review)

Warner Bros. has delivered a 4K disc that might be the best comic book movie home release of all time in terms of visual and audio clarity. Fans of Todd Phillips’ anti-superhero one-off (well, for now) can rejoice as the $1 billion grosser is finally ready for its 4K close-up. Dolby Vision showcases amazing HDR, from the streets of Gotham to Anytown U.S.A. For newcomers, now is the time to check out Joaquin Phoenix’s Golden Globe-winning performance. As for myself, I was curious to see if this Joker would hold up a second time. I was a fan when it opened last October but haven’t thought about it since. Should Arthur start booking gigs at The Improv and The Comedy Store? Did he finally get the last laugh?

 

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‘Raining in the Mountain’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD February 24, 2020!

Set in a remote Buddhist monastery in 16th Century China, Raining in the Mountain deals with a power struggle that ensues when the Abbot of the Three Treasures Temple announces his imminent retirement.  The ageing Abbot invites three outsiders to advise him on the critical choice of appointing his successor: Esquire Wen, a wealthy patron of the monastery, General Wang, commander-in-chief of the local military, and Wu Wai, a respected lay Buddhist master. Within the monastery, several disciples aspiring to the position begin to collude individually with Esquire Wen and General Wang. But these two invited advisers have come with seditious intent, scheming to obtain the priceless scroll housed in the monastery: the scriptural text of “The Mahayana Sutra, ” hand-copied by Tripitaka. Meanwhile, convicted criminal Chiu Ming has arrived at the monastery to atone as a monk. He is assigned to safeguard the scroll at the house of scriptures, and encounters thieving rivals White Fox who poses as Esquire Wen s concubine and General Wang s fearsome Lieutenant Chang, who originally framed Chiu Ming for the crime he did not commit. Continue reading ‘‘Raining in the Mountain’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD February 24, 2020!’

MIDWAY Ships the Battle Home on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD 2/18/20!

Fly into the heat of battle with megastars like Golden Globe® nominee Aaron Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking), Golden Globe® nominee Patrick Wilson (TV’s “Fargo”), Ed Skrein (Deadpool, Alita: Battle Angel, If Beale Street Could Talk), Golden Globe® nominee Nick Jonas (2018, Best Original Song – Motion Picture, Ferdinand), and more! Midway arrives on Digital February 4 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand February 18 from Lionsgate.

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Don’t Make WAVES, But Watch It On Blu-ray February 4

“An epic family drama bursting with life” (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post) comes home when Waves arrives on Digital January 21 from A24 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD February 4 from Lionsgate. Featuring award-winning and up-and-coming talent, Waves stars Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lucas Hedges. Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (LuceMonsters and MenIt Comes at Night), Taylor Russell (“Lost in Space,” Escape Room, “Falling Skies”), Alexa Demie (Mid90s, “Euphoria,” “Ray Donovan”), and Tony Award-winner Renée Elise Goldsberry (“Altered Carbon,” “The Good Wife,” “One Life to Live”). Learn more about this great film and its upcoming release.

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BRANDON Is My Name, And Ten’in Up Movies Is My Game! (Brandon’s Top Ten Films Of 2019)

Here I am, returning once again for my seventh Top 10 Films list in my Why So Blu career. And like any other year, I feel like I have a good handle on things to make a top list until I actually go to write it. 2019, due to life things, was a year where I missed out on more than I normally would have and I thought the list would be simpler in the end. Turns out, it was just as hard as any other and my final pick was an incredibly tough choice to make among the ones fighting for that 10 spot. While the task to list out, narrow down, weed out and make excruciating cuts is a frustrating task, it makes me happy that I am enjoying so many movies to such degrees year in and year out. So many people poo poo the “current state of movies” and my honest advice that you need to do some work (Not hard work even) and seek out something you’re mildly curious on. Don’t feel handcuffed to blockbusters, stop judging thing so hard on the trailers you’re seeing and go see something out of your comfort zone. If it doesn’t work out, well, maybe it will next time. That’s the gamble and fun of movies. Follow things by creators (Directors, writers) and not genre. Don’t be afraid of challenging yourself once in a while. Don’t be afraid of watching something ridiculous once in a while (And appreciating what fluff is). Enjoy movies. All kinds. Explore. Remember…Star Wars was once something weird and new. Continue reading ‘BRANDON Is My Name, And Ten’in Up Movies Is My Game! (Brandon’s Top Ten Films Of 2019)’

The Good Liar Charms it’s Way Home on Blu-ray and DVD February 4th!

Read between the lies when “The Good Liar” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. Legendary actors Helen Mirren (“The Queen,” “Hitchcock”) and Ian McKellen (“Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “Gods and Monsters”) star together on screen for the first time, in this smart and suspenseful thriller about the secrets people keep and the lies they live.

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A New Year Miracle — Adam’s Top Ten Films of 2019!

2019 was an interesting year for me. I had a great dream realized that I thought would only happen in the form of Amazon or iTunes reviews — I was invited to write about movies here at WhySoBlu. This exceptional opportunity has afforded me the privilege to share with you my passion for film as a whole, to share a small dose of me with every article I write. This has been a dream for me as long as I can remember. With my last 2019 film list and my first official post of the year, I want to thank my colleagues Aaron, Brandon, Brian, Corey, Gerard, Gregg, and Peter. Thank you for giving me so many great reviews to read and to look up to. You all have wonderful ways with words and I hope that I find myself continually influenced by your work. I’d also like to give a shout out to my husband B. for his patience and understanding with my writing. He hears a lot about my critiques now and he’s been essential in sharing his opinions as well. We’ve become like a more amiable Siskel and Ebert at home. For all the readers of WhySoBlu, I thank you just as much for your continued reading, sharing and mutual love of film and physical media. I hope you enjoy reading about my top 10 films of 2019 and find a few surprises in there!

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The Shed (Blu-ray Review)

Stan and his best friend Dommer have put up with bullies their entire lives. All of that changes when Stan discovers he has a murderous vampire living in his shed. Seeing the bloodshed and destruction the monster is capable of, Stan knows he has to find a way to destroy it. But Dommer has a much more sinister plan in mind. RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, will release THE SHED on January 7, 2020 on DVD and Blu-ray.  Written and Directed by Frank Sabatella (Blood Night), the film stars Jay Jay Warren (“Bosch”), Cody Kostro (“City on a Hill”), Sofia Happonen (Woman of a Certain Age), Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction), Siobhan Fallon Hogan (Men in Black) and Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show). Continue reading ‘The Shed (Blu-ray Review)’

‘Mon Mon Mon Monsters!’ on Blu-ray & DVD February 4, 2020!

RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to MON MON MON MONSTERS from Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. MON MON MON MONSTERS will release DVD and Blu-ray on February 4, 2020. Written and directed by Giddens Ko(You Are the Apple of My Eye), the horror / comedy stars Eugenie Liu (“Behind Your Smile”), Pei-Hsin Lin, Carolyn Chen (Attention, Love!), Yu-Kai Deng (Tree in the River), and Kent Tsai (All Because of Love). RLJE Films will release MON MON MON MONSTERS on DVD for $27.97 and on Blu-ray for $28.97. Continue reading ‘‘Mon Mon Mon Monsters!’ on Blu-ray & DVD February 4, 2020!’

‘The Bolshevik Trilogy – Three Films by Vsevolod Pudovkin’ [Flicker Alley] on Blu-ray & DVD February 25, 2020!

Flicker Alley, Lobster Films, and Blackhawk Films® proudly present a deluxe Blu-ray edition of Vsevolod Pudovkin s renowned Bolshevik Trilogy. Experience a trilogy of Russian master filmmaker Vsevolod Pudovkin s seminal works: Mother (1926), The End of St. Petersburg (1927) and, in a stunning new 2K remaster furnished by Lobster Films, Storm Over Asia (1928). After serving alongside his fellow Russians in the first World War, Vsevolod Pudovkin was radically altered by a life-changing screening of D.W. Griffith s Intolerance, inspiring the young man to shift away from his studies in chemistry in order to pursue the cinematic arts. Continue reading ‘‘The Bolshevik Trilogy – Three Films by Vsevolod Pudovkin’ [Flicker Alley] on Blu-ray & DVD February 25, 2020!’

Aaron’s Outstanding Top Ten Films of 2019

Here it is, my Top Ten Films of 2019! After plenty of viewing and consideration, I have put together my list of year-end favorites. This was another incredible year for film, and having watched around 200 2019 releases theatrically, as well as on various streaming services (though Netflix had another banner year), there was a lot to narrow down from. Some films were instant favorites, others stuck with me and only managed to grow on me over time. All of that in mind, the following is the list of films that resonated with me most, complete with runner-ups, honorable mentions, and more. (Reviews are linked when available. As per usual, I’ve also linked some fun Easter Eggs in all of the pictures. Enjoy!)

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The Fantabulous Emancipation Of…Brian’s Top 10 Films of 2019

The Fantabulous Emancipation of... Brians Top 10 Films of 2019I sound like a broken record, but every single year this Top 10 movie list keeps getting harder to write.  This year was no exception again.  In fact it was probably my hardest year in the ten plus I have been doing this for.  I actually didn’t plan on writing or producing this year’s list, but I honestly couldn’t envision a world in which I did not.  Talk about a conundrum, huh?  The story as usual goes a little something like this.  As the years go by I see fewer movies theatrically.  Because of work, life and other commitments I feel like I don’t have enough time in life.  That’s probably a huge reason why I also could never have kids.  I’d be a terrible parent.  I’m telling you all of this so obviously you’re not expecting the usual Top 10 list of films that most critical reviewers will unanimously hail as the year’s best.  I also have a very simple mind so some of the movies that most critics rave about are completely lost on me.  Last but not least, I live in Austin, TX.  This is not Hollywood and I don’t have access to all the limited engagements and such, but we’ll cover that a little more down below. Continue reading ‘The Fantabulous Emancipation Of…Brian’s Top 10 Films of 2019′

Peter’s Movies of the Decade: 2010s

The triumph of cinema for the 2010s has been varied, to say the least. While streaming became the medium of choice for millions, blockbusters still broke records, and smaller films, whether seen on a phone or big screen, created much by way of discussion. We close out the decade with the old “what is cinema?” question back in the conversation. True cinephiles would simply throw shade, offering their best Billie Eilish “Duh,” but for those who think of movies as merely “entertainment,” Martin Scorsese’s remark about the MCU films not being “real cinema” was a brain-busting WTF moment. Still, the decade began with business as usual (franchises, Oscar-bait). It ended with what felt, for some, like the very survival of more adult fare, which too was an overreaction. Along the way, great strides in diversity arrived by way of #OscarsSoWhite, the success of Black Panther, gender-focused shakeups, and more.

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