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James Wan’s ‘Malignant’ is Delightfully Bonkers (Movie Review)

What’s weirder: a studio horror film that’s not screened for critics or one that’s screened mere hours before release? James Wan’s Malignant is a little of both as some members of the press didn’t get invites while others did, but the screening was, as already mentioned, only hours before the film opened at your local theater and via your TV on HBO Max. Coming off its first weekend, the film has a healthy 74% at RottenTomatoes. Audiences weren’t as kind, though, with Cinemascore being a paltry C. As yours truly hit play at midnight last Friday on HBO Max, I didn’t know what I was going to experience. Would it be a trainwreck from arguably the past decade’s biggest name in horror? Or a masterpiece that would change the scare-fest landscape? At the very least, I’d get to see Anabelle’s own Annabelle Wallis donning a ridiculous raven wig, so that’s something to behold. 111 minutes later…

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Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat – Collector’s Series (Blu-ray Review)

After an “are they dead?”, “is Vestron over with?” period, Vestron Video returned last year with a pair of releases, then quickly disappeared again. Now, they seem to be finding a little bit of consistency with The Wraith last month and more announced for the future. August saw this release of Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat. Now, while I’m familiar with the works of Anthony Hickox, David Carradine and Bruce Campbell, I had never known or heard of anything to do with this movie until Vestron announced the release. And this sucker is plenty loaded with interviews and commentary. They also have it priced pretty stellar for a new Collector’s Series release of something. You can order yourself a copy of the film by using the paid Amazon Associates link below.

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ParaNorman (Blu-ray Review)

In what seems like an incredibly perfect match, Shout! Factory will be releasing new digitally remastered versions of the first four films from the wonderful stop-motion animation studio, LAIKA. Those films include Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings. In addition to the new restorations, every release will feature new bonus features while carrying over the old ones. Also, a booklet is included inside the packaging. For today’s review, we’ll be taking a look at their sophomore effort ParaNorman, which found LAIKA really flexing and taking a rather giant swing after their breakout feature. ParaNorman and Kubo and the Two Strings are the second wave of these LAIKA Blu-rays arriving from Shout! Factory on September 14th. The other two films were released back in August. You can land yourself a copy of ParaNorman by clicking the paid Amazon Associates link that follows the review.
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Star Trek: The Original 4-Movie Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

It feels like we should’ve already been at this point by now; the Star Trek films on the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray format. But alas, Paramount has waited for the 55th anniversary of the show’s television premiere to do so. And in waiting, it feels like they almost are here unprepared. This “Original 4-Movie Collection” is quite an odd way to come out of the gates. Its almost as if they didn’t finish restoration on The Final Frontier and The Undiscovered Country in time. And I suppose I applaud getting something out, but you knew this was coming. Anyway, minor quibble aside, I’m very excited to finally see these 4 films restored with a quality upgrade. This set is arriving this week (released on Tuesday, September 7th), the day before the anniversary of the airing of “The Man Trap”, which introduced us to Captain Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu and Scotty. This set includes The Motion Picture, The Wrath of Khan, The Search For Spock and The Voyage Home. You can order it using the link below.
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Wes Craven’s DEADLY FRIEND Debuts On Blu-ray October 12th!

From Director Wes Craven (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream) comes a terrifying tale of technology gone haywire!  A lonely teenage genius, a specialist in brain research, has two best friends: his remarkable robot and a beautiful girl next door. When tragedy strikes both of his friends, he desperately tries to save them by pushing technology beyond its mortal limits into a terrifying new realm. Like a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein, Paul discovers too late that he has created a rampaging monster!

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The Lord Of The Rings MIDDLE EARTH ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION Lands On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray October 26th!

Celebrate 20 years of adventure and friendship as Warner Bros. releases the Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition, timed to the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  The 31-disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga contains new special features along with the theatrical and extended versions of all six films in 4K Ultra HD and on Blu-ray discs remastered from the 4K master. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be released on October 26. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition includes the theatrical and extended versions of the six films from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures in 4K UHD with HDR – The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Continue reading ‘The Lord Of The Rings MIDDLE EARTH ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION Lands On 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray October 26th!’

THE SUICIDE SQUAD Comes To The 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray On The October 26th!

Witness the collection of the most degenerate delinquents in the DC lineup when “The Suicide Squad” arrives for Premium Digital Ownership at home on September 17. The film is directed by James Gunn (the “Guardian of Galaxy” films) from his own screenplay and stars Margot Robbie (“Birds of Prey,” “Bombshell”), Idris Elba (“Avengers: Infinity War”), John Cena (“Bumblebee”), Joel Kinnaman (“Suicide Squad”), and Jai Courtney (the “Divergent” franchise). The film will also be available on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD beginning on October 26. The film was produced by Charles Roven and Peter Safran, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo, Nikolas Korda and Richard Suckle executive producing. The film also stars Peter Capaldi (“World War Z,” TV’s “Doctor Who”), David Dastmalchian (“Ant-Man and the Wasp”), Daniela Melchior (“Parque Mayer”), Michael Rooker (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films), Alice Braga (“Elysium”), Pete Davidson (“The King of Staten Island,” TV’s “Saturday Night Live”). Continue reading ‘THE SUICIDE SQUAD Comes To The 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray On The October 26th!’

Get Crazy For Swayze With The STEEL DAWN Collector’s Series Blu-ray On October 26th!

The acclaimed Vestron Video Collector’s Series delivers a gripping dystopian punch when the suspenseful and action-packed Steel Dawn — available for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) — arrives on October 26 from Lionsgate. Golden Globe® nominee Patrick Swayze (1996, Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar) stars as a new breed of warrior in a post-nuclear era where laws are useless and water is more precious than blood. Also featuring Lisa Niemi (TV’s “Super Force”) and Primetime Emmy® Award winner Anthony Zerbe (1976, Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, “Harry O”), Steel Dawn will be available on limited-edition Blu-ray on October 26th.

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Own SEX AND THE CITY: THE COMPLETE SERIES + 2 MOVIE COLLECTION For The First Time On Blu-ray November 2nd!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release all six seasons of the groundbreaking HBO comedy series Sex and the City plus both Sex and the City feature films on Blu-rayÔ for the first time on November 2, 2021. Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, Sex and The City: The Complete Series + 2 Movie Collection will feature 96 unforgettable episodes of the iconic series plus Sex and the City: The Movie and Sex and the City 2 in one, elegant must-own box set. It’s the ultimate collection for any Sex and the City fan! Experience the friendships and the fashion in gorgeous high-definition and catch up on all the episodes and films before the highly anticipated next chapter, And Just Like That…, debuts on HBO Max later this year. Sex and The City: The Complete Series + 2 Movie Collection is priced to own on November 2nd. Sex and the City: The Complete Series, Sex and the City: The Movie and Sex and the City 2 are also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers, and to stream on HBO Max. Continue reading ‘Own SEX AND THE CITY: THE COMPLETE SERIES + 2 MOVIE COLLECTION For The First Time On Blu-ray November 2nd!’

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review)

While I don’t agree with or appreciate the toxic way in which fanboys went about demanding the “Snyder Cut” of 2017’s Justice League, I’m happy that it existed, was greenlit to be finished and we were able to all check it out. Debuting as a crown jewel of HBO MAX, it was the talk of town for comic book movie nerddom for a bit. Even if it underwhelmed with its streaming numbers, it felt like a rewarding experience for those who wanted it and converted plenty who didn’t believe. A nice closing chapter on the lengthy saga of 4 years. We can now all move on. Already available outside the US (Likely because not every country has HBO MAX access), the film dubbed Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be available on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray on September 7th. You can pre-order the set from the paid Amazon Associates link that follows the review to have when it arrives just after Labor day.
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**UPDATE** Criterion Announces Uncut Gems 4K For November – This Is How They Win

Following the announcement of the Criterion Collection’s first set of 4K UHD releases, we now have an update regarding the Safdie’ Brother’s acclaimed 2019 film, Uncut Gems. The Adam Sandler-starring thriller, which was already set to come out this year, has been upgraded to a 4K release, complete with new artwork as well. The 4k UHD + Blu-ray combo will arrive in stores and online on November 23. Continue on to catch up on all the supplements and more arriving with this release.

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THE GREEN KNIGHT Arrives On 4K Ultra-HD October 12th!

The bold new take on the 14th century medieval story of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”, comes home! The Green Knight arrives on 4K, Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital October 12 from Lionsgate. From acclaimed writer-director David Lowery (Petes’ DragonsAin’t Them Bodies SaintsA Ghost Story), this fantasy re-telling of the classic 14th century medieval tale stars Academy Award® nominee Dev Patel (2017, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Lion), Academy Award® winner Alicia Vikander (2016, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, The Danish Girl), Golden Globe® nominee Joel Edgerton (2017, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, Loving), Sarita Choudhury (TV’s “Blindspot,” “Jessica Jones,” “Little Fires Everywhere”), Sean Harris (The King, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Tresspass Against Us), Kate Dickie (Prometheus, The Witch, Filth), and Ralph Iverson (The Witch, Brahms: The Boy II, TV’s “The Accidental Medium”). The Green Knight will be available on 4K + Blu-ray™ + Digital Combo , Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Combo, and Blu-ray™ October 12th. Continue reading ‘THE GREEN KNIGHT Arrives On 4K Ultra-HD October 12th!’

New Paramount Presents Edition Of VANILLA SKY Arrives For Its 20th Anniversary November 16th!

Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz star in Cameron Crowe’s VANILLA SKY, arriving on Blu-ray as part of the Paramount Presents line on November 16, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment. A mind-bending roller coaster ride of romance, suspicion, sex and dreams, VANILLA SKY was produced by Crowe, Cruise and Paula Wagner and features visually stunning cinematography by Academy Award® winner* John Toll (Braveheart, Legends of the Fall), including an unforgettable sequence in New York City’s Times Square.   The film was originally released on December 14, 2001 and follows a self-indulgent and vain publishing magnate (Cruise) who finds his privileged life upended after a vehicular accident.

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Coraline (Blu-ray Review)

In what seems like an incredibly perfect match, Shout! Factory will be releasing new digitally remastered versions of the first four films from the wonderful stop-motion animation studio, LAIKA. Those films include Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings. In addition to the new restorations, every release will feature new bonus features while carrying over the old ones. Also, a booklet is included inside the packaging. For today’s review, we’ll be taking a look at 2009’s breakout Coraline, which introduced the world to LAIKA and provided a rather dashing effort in 3-D cinema as well as breaking new ground in stop-motion animation. Coraline and The Boxtrolls are the first two arriving from Shout! Factory on August 31st. The other two films will be following them with a September release. You can land yourself a copy of Coraline by clicking the paid Amazon Associates link that follows the review. Continue reading ‘Coraline (Blu-ray Review)’

In The Heights (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

One of the unfortunate box office disappointments this summer was Lin-Manuel Miranda’s big offering of the musical In The Heights.  One of the best reviewed movies of the year (And judging from social media reaction, it was very well received), it failed to strike anything at the box office. In addition, the numbers of its simultaneous HBO MAX release were underwhelming as well. Perhaps with it available through digital purchase and rental as well as physical media, it can begin to build a cult audience and shine on for years to come. Said physical media release is getting a boffo 4K disc with an Atmos track and plenty of extras and watching options (Sing-Along) to enjoy the film by. You can pre-order the film using the paid Amazon Associates link below so you can have one when it releases on August 31st.

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ELVIRA’S HAUNTED HILLS Lands On Blu-ray October 5th From Scream Factory!

Elvira’s back and she’s fabulous! On October 5, 2021, Scream Factory proudly presents the camp classic Elvira’s Haunted Hills from the iconic horror host in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release. The Blu-ray features a brand-new 4K scan of the original camera negative and comes loaded with bonus features including a new introduction by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, all housed within limited-edition collectible slipcase packaging, while supplies last.  Fans who order their copies from shoutfactory.com will also receive an exclusive poster featuring brand-new artwork, while supplies last.

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The Return of ‘Candyman’ Is Sweet… and Sour (Movie Review)

Ever since the trailer for Candyman dropped last year with the slowed-down version of Destiny’s Child’s 90s hit “Say My Name” used to underscore his return, I’ve been eager to see this new take. Jordan Peele was producing (and co-wrote the script!,) and hot new director Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) had just been announced to be helming Marvel’s The Marvels. If Kevin Feige and Peele had faith in this new talent, how could I not be excited to return to my hometown of Chicago’s Cabrini Green for an update to the iconic 90s slasher flick? Alas, COVID happened, so Universal had to shelve the pic until 2021. It was definitely a smart move on the studio’s part to wait to release the film in theaters. Seeing dumb teens and adults with questionable judgment say his name fives times in the mirror is better with an audience. But, is the essence of his hookedness return worthy of buzz like his loyal bees? You have gotta say his name to find out…

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The Boxtrolls (Blu-ray Review)

In what seems like an incredibly perfect match, Shout! Factory will be releasing new digitally remastered versions of the first four films from the wonderful stop-motion animation studio, LAIKA. Those films include Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings. In addition to the new restorations, every release will feature new bonus features while carrying over the old ones. Also, a booklet is included inside the packaging. For today’s review, we’ll be taking a look at 2014’s The Boxtrolls, which really pushed their animation team to some all new levels which really pushed and challenged them in evolving their aesthetic. The Boxtrolls and Coraline are the first two arriving from Shout! Factory on August 31st. The other two films will be following them with a September release. You can land yourself a copy of The Boxtrolls by clicking the paid Amazon Associates link that follows the review.
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