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‘Kill Mode’ on Blu-ray & DVD June 16, 2020!

Kill Mode Blu-ray Years after a bacterium killed 31 million people, David Oscar must come out of hiding and face his past. He is tracked down by the remaining members of his former rebel group, who persuade him to take part in an important mission which they believe will lead to a cure for the infected and will destroy the pharmaceutical company they believe to be responsible for the sickness. As they break into a secure facility expecting to find the cure, they discover a young girl who has been held captive and subjected to experiments for years. As David and his companions help her escape the company facility, the mutation inside her body manifests itself and the rebels discover why she has been kept under lock and key all this time. Continue reading ‘‘Kill Mode’ on Blu-ray & DVD June 16, 2020!’

Comics Are Back! and also Doctor Aphra #1

Well it’s about time! Pick your poison, as chances are whatever anyone’s hobbies are, they have likely been slowed, ceased or altered in some way. Comic books are no exception as many have been left reading old back issues or even nothing at all. That has all taken a solid turn for the better during the virus lockdown. To being with, digital comics made their splash last week with print comics releasing this week. Among the first out was Marvel’s long-awaited reboot of Doctor Aphra.

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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)’

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)’

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)’

This August – The Criterion Collection Celebrates THE COMPLETE AGNÈS VARDA, A 15-Disc Collectors Set

The Criterion Collection is celebrating the boundless creative vision of Agnès Varda with a comprehensive collection of her genre-blurring, culture-shaping films. Bringing together all thirty-nine of her features, shorts, and documentaries for the first time, this fifteen-Blu-ray box set also contains extensive special features- many created by Varda herself- including introductions to the films, interviews with and tributes from family and friends, once-banned and unfinished works, behind-the-scenes footage, archival programs, and more. The edition is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated 200-page book, with notes on the films and essays on Varda’s life and work, as well as a selection of her photography and images of her installation art. The Complete Films of Agnès Varda captures the restless curiosity and radical imagination of a true original who invented a new cinematic language.

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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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Streets of Rage 4 (Video Game Review)

It has been a week, and I’ve received immense satisfaction from playing Streets of Rage 4. Growing up, my initial video gaming console was the Sega Genesis. Sonic the Hedgehog (specifically Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles) received their share of devoted playtime, but Streets of Rage 2 was where it was at for me. I know TMNT: Turtles in Time and River City Ransom have their share of fans, and who can forget the hundreds of quarters spent on The Simpsons and X-Men arcade console games, but SOR2 was the defining beat ‘em up game for me, as it perfected a formula. Now, over 25 years later, Dotemu, Lizardcube, and Guard Crush Games have done what they needed to develop a game that keeps what worked intact while modernizing Streets of Rage for today.

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The Curse Of The Werewolf – 2016 Universal Edition VS 2020 Scream Factory Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

When the time allows and I have the capable resources to do so, I’m going to do more of these screenshot comparisons as more and more films are seeing new transfers on standard Blu-ray instead of opting for a jump to 4K Ultra-HD. For this latest rendition, we will be looking at 10 screenshots of the new Scream Factory Collector’s Edition of Hammer Horror’s 1961 film The Curse of the Werewolf against the previously available version found in the 2016 set, Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection from Universal Studios. When the Universal set was released, there were plenty of framing gripes and debates as to what the correct aspect ratios should be on these vintage films from Hammer studios. Nonetheless, one could assume the true form is the one that looks the best, but even then, you never know. Follow along here to see for yourself. As always, I think these are best judged when in motion, but screencaps can tell a bit of the story as well. Continue reading ‘The Curse Of The Werewolf – 2016 Universal Edition VS 2020 Scream Factory Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

The Curse Of The Werewolf – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)

For the past year and a half or so, Scream Factory has been enriching their catalog and filling a nice void in the US Blu-ray system with many Hammer Horror releases. Some newbies and plenty of upgrades to bring the horror collectors up to speed. The Curse Of The Werewolf was once release here stateside as a part of a Hammer 8-Film Collection from Universal Studios. Here, its getting a new 4K scan and a few new bonus features to go with some quality previously released material. This was released back in April, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my review copy was sitting on hold, finally arriving this week. Nonetheless, I’m still as always, excited to dig into quality new Hammer Horror films on Blu-ray. I’ve also done a comparison to the previous release of the film that you can find by CLICKING HERE. You can order yourself a copy (Available now) by using the Amazon Associates link that follows the review. Continue reading ‘The Curse Of The Werewolf – Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray Review)’

SCREENCAPS: Flashdance – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)

The Paramount Presents titles are getting a lot of attention and are a curiosity among collectors right now wondering whether or not as to upgrade with these new video transfers. Its been a little bit of a mixed and debated result so far on the titles. With Flashdance, I admittedly do not own the previous Blu-ray edition, so I cannot compare the two on a personal level. I did scour the interwebs for the thoughts and some screenshots of the old one before coming to my perspective on the Paramount Presents 4K transfer (REVIEW HERE). Since I’m unable to provide side by side comparisons, and I’m not going to steal images from other sites, I decided to provide 24 images from the Flashdance – Paramount Presents Blu-ray and just put them in one post. Said images could easily be compared to others of the previous edition found around the net. Or maybe just these images will be enough to inform your opinion on their own.

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Flashdance – Paramount Presents (Blu-ray Review)

Paramount Presents debuted last month with three classic titles and the results for this reviewer were a bit mixed, with one title I recommended the old version over it. Nonetheless, the biggest gripe is the removal of available bonus features from these new “definitive editions”. The line continues in May with releases of 1983’s Flashdance and 1990’s Days of Thunder. We’ll be covering Adrian Lyne’s Flashdance, which is one of the most culturally significant female-led films of the entire 1980’s decade. Already having a pretty well received edition come out seven years ago, this new one will feature the nice Presents label packaging, a new 4K scan and a new interview with director Adrian Lyne. Heck, this is Lyne’s second title for the label (The first being last month’s Fatal Attraction). The Paramount Presents edition of Flashdance and Jennifer Beals’ greatness, will be landing on shelves (When stores open) and online stores May 19. Pre-order from the Amazon Associates’ link below to secure yourself a copy.
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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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Blu-rays Are For Closers! GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – Collector’s Edition Available June 2 From Shout! Select!

Adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS shows David Mamet at his searing, profane best. A group of Chicago real-estate salesmen-cum-con artists live on the edge. Life is good for the one on a roll. For the rest, life hangs in the balance. There is no room for losers. A-B-C: Always Be Closing, sell, or go under, is the salesman’s mantra. With the pressure on, so begins a rainy night of cutthroat business and shattered lives. On June 2, 2020, Shout! Select will release GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by James Foley (House of Cards, At Full Range) and written by David Mamet (State and Main, Wag the Dog), the critically acclaimed movie GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS boasts an incredible winning cast. Delivering an Academy Award®-nominated performance*, Al Pacino (Scent of A Woman), plays the fast-talking Ricky Roma, alongside Jack Lemmon (Mister Roberts, Save The Tiger) giving a phenomenal performance as the veteran Shelley “The Machine” Levene, struggling to keep his neck above water. A star-studded ensemble cast includes Alec Baldwin (Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Cooler), Ed Harris (Apollo 13, Pollock), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine, Argo), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, The Usual Suspects), and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, Game of Thrones).  Continue reading ‘Blu-rays Are For Closers! GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – Collector’s Edition Available June 2 From Shout! Select!’

Scream Factory’s UNIVERSAL HORROR COLLECTION: VOLUME 5 Goes Ape June 16!

Universal Horror Collection Vol. 5 will scream to life on Blu-ray™ on June 16 from Scream Factory. The collection includes four tales of terror from the archives of Universal Pictures, the true home of classic horror. A mobster’s brain is transplanted into an ape who carries out his revenge in The Monster And The Girl. A mad scientist turns an ape into a beautiful, but deadly woman in Captive Wild Woman. Jungle Woman, the sequel to Captive Wild Woman, is an eerie thriller with all the danger of wild animals on the loose and a sexy killer on the prowl! And in The Jungle Captive, a scientist has experimented on re-animating animals … but now he has decided to go one step further and re-animate a human!
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The Photgraph (Blu-ray Review)

Romance films often carry the same nuances. No matter how good or bad, there seems to be some requirements for a successful romance formula.  Intrigue, attraction, chemistry, doubts and insecurities, finding yourself and feeling like you’re right for the one you have feelings for are all parts to a whole that make a romantic movie great.  Does Stella Meghie’s The Photograph hit on those formula ingredients? Find out below and be on the lookout for The Photograph available May 12th! If you haven’t already, check out the Amazon link below to grab yourself a copy!

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‘One Cut of the Dead’ on Blu-ray & DVD June 2, 2020!

One Cut Dead Blu-ray

In ONE CUT OF THE DEAD, while shooting a low-budget zombie film in an abandoned warehouse, the crew find themselves caught between actual zombies and a mad director who won’t stop rolling. If you think you know what happens next, think again. Filmmaker Shinichiro Ueda turns the film on its head more than once for one of the wildest, funniest, and most surprising zombie movies of all time.

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BATWOMAN: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON Arrives On Blu-ray August 18th!

The future of Gotham is in her hands with the release of Batwoman: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on August 18, 2020 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating ride with all 20 episodes from the first season, plus The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019, deleted scenes and a gag reel. A limited-edition bonus disc featuring all five DC Crossover Event Crisis on Infinite Earths episodes will be available exclusively for fans who purchase the Blu-ray. Batwoman: The Complete First Season is priced to own on DVD and Blu-ray, which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Batwoman: The Complete First Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

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