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The Fall Guy – Extended Cut (Movie Review)

The Fall GuyThe Fall Guy was one of my favorite television shows growing up in the 1980’s.  I would watch it each week with my dad.  I secretly had a crush on Heather Thomas at a very young age.  That bikini she wore in the opening credit sequence each week…ooh la la.  The Fall Guy is also special to me because it’s the very first TV show I ever recorded on a VHS tape.  We were poor growing up so one day my grandfather gave my dad a brand new VHS deck.  I was over the moon.  I couldn’t believe it.  We went home later that evening and I recorded that night’s episode of The Fall Guy.  I was so in awe of the fact that I could record something and watch it back any time that I think I viewed that episode three more times that same evening.  Therefore, one can kind of come to the conclusion that The Fall Guy was responsible for my love of home media products and technology.  That sounds good to me! Continue reading ‘The Fall Guy – Extended Cut (Movie Review)’

Arthur the King (Blu-ray Review)

True story films can be a bit of a gamble. There are the ones that stretch the truth and there’s those ones that are encyclopedic in their accuracy.  Sometimes there are the rare films that toe the line between the two.  With Arthur The King, star Mark Wahlberg takes on another true story role, this time as Michael Light (real name Mikael Lindnord), who is a professional endurance racer.  When light and his racing team encounter a dog, their whole journey changes. How does this true story translate to film you ask? Find out below and click the cover art at the end to order a copy of Arthur The King for your collection.

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Bob Marley: One Love (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

I have been a fan of Bob Marley as long as I’ve known music.  The overwhelming empowerment of the lyrics, or the glimpses into life in Trenchtown, Jamaica are eye opening and ethereal. There has yet to be a major reggae artist with the impact of Marley. Even the legendary artist’s talented children and grandchildren can’t say they’ve been as successful.  In Bob Marley: One Love, we find Bob in 1976 looking for ways to unify his homeland, not with politics but music and ideals of love and togetherness.  Find out more about Bob Marley: One Love in the review and be sure to click the cover art at the end to order a copy of the standard edition or the steelbook variation of this 4K UHD Blu-ray release!

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CHALLENGERS Serves Up a Blu-ray on July 9th!

The much buzzed about film, Challengers, from Amazon MGM Studios, will be available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray on July 9. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”), the film is written by Justin Kuritzkes and produced by Amy Pascal, Luca Guadagnino, Zendaya, Rachel O’Connor. Challengers stars Emmy® Award Winner Zendaya (“Dune: Part Two”, TV’s “Euphoria”), Emmy® Award Winner Josh O’Connor (TV’s “The Crown”, TV’S “Peaky Blinders”), and Emmy ® and Grammy Award winner Mike Faist (“West Side Story”).

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Twister Brings Gale Force Thrills To 4K UHD Blu-ray July 9th!

Twister, the action-packed, iconic disaster film directed by Jan de Bont (Speed), will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital for the first time on July 9. The film will be available to purchase on July 9 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc from online and in-store at major retailers and available for purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Fandango at Home and more. Twister stars Academy Award winner (As Good as It Gets) and four-time Emmy Award winner (“Mad About You”) Helen Hunt and Screen Actors Guild Award Winner Bill Paxton (Apollo 13).  The film also stars Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Jami Gertz (The Lost Boys), Lois Smith (Minority Report), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Boogie Nights), Alan Ruck (television’s “Succession”), Todd Field (Eyes Wide Shut), and Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan).

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Kung Fu Panda 4 Heads to 4K, Blu-ray and DVD March 28th!

The search for the new Dragon Warrior is on! Po learns he must face his biggest villain yet and embarks on a hilarious mission with his new team of misfits in KUNG FU PANDA 4, available with over an hour of extras on Digital, 4K UHD, Blu-rayTM and DVD May 28, 2024, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The never-before-seen bonus content includes dumpling making with Jack Black, Bad Bunnies commentary, deleted scenes, as well as the original animated short “Dueling Dumplings”!
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Imaginary (Blu-ray Review)

I have always been fond of the horror genre. Ever since I was a little kid terrified of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, yes you read it right… I have had a very real fascination with the genre. There’s definitely something psychological going on while you watch a horror film, and in my opinion something almost therapeutic.  You’re able to face the fear in the dark with an audience or at home and come out OK despite your discomfort.  That’s sort of special isn’t it? Blumhouse has been churning out films steadily over the last decade or so, with some sizable success with PG-13 horror films such as the Insidious series or M3gan . We’ve also got some R-rated thrills with Jordan Peele’s masterpiece Get Out, the rebooted Halloween trilogy, or the comical The Hunt. Now we have Imaginary, which I won’t even wait until after the jump to tell you was a massive disappointment. Read more about Imaginary below, and if you feel so inclined after my review, there’s a paid Amazon link accessible by clicking the cover art at the end!

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Orson Welles’ Classic Noir “The Lady From Shanghai” Debuts on 4K UHD Blu-ray July 23rd!

Baffling murders, fascinating plot twists, and remarkable camerawork all contribute to this spellbinding, time-honored film noir written, directed by, and starring Orson Welles. Hired to work on a yacht belonging to the disabled husband of femme fatale Elsa Bannister (Rita Hayworth), Michael O’Hara (Welles) is aninnocent man drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue and murder. The subject of great controversy and scandal upon its initial release, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI shocked 1948 audiences by presenting Hayworth with her flaming red hair cut short and dyed champagne blonde. THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI is now considered vintage Welles, with his famous hall-of-mirrors climax hailed as one of the greatest scenes in cinematic history.

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American Sniper (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

American military films are divisive to say the least.  Now more than ever, there is a general air of disdain for American military issues as they come to light over the years.  We watch the films as either an escape or an awakening and some people view these films as the worst of propaganda.  These feelings aren’t shared by everyone, especially those of us that are patriotic. Then there’s me.  I can’t really categorize my feelings. I watch military based films as entertainment and take what I want from them.  I don’t see propaganda and I don’t see jingoism.  Unfortunately, my sentiment isn’t very general and frustratingly, the line seems to be drawn in the sand for eternity! Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is based off an autobiographical book by Chris Kyle, who unfortunately was killed before the film could be made. Besides a garish CGI baby in one scene, some derided this film as military propaganda, and some saw it as an eye-opening portrait of mental health in veterans.  Either way you slice it, Clint Eastwood made the film and for many of us, this is what makes the film worth seeing.  Here we are 10 years later still discussing it and the film has debuted on 4K UHD Blu-ray too! Read more about American Sniper and its newest format version below and be sure to click the cover art at the end if you would like your own copy!

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Bertolucci, Brooks, Coolidge & More Coming to The Criterion Collection August 2024

Coming in August: Brief Encounters / The Long Farewell: Two Films by Kira Muratovatwo long-suppressed features by the fearless Ukrainian iconoclast; Not a Pretty Picturea metacinematic experiment in recreating trauma from Martha Coolidge; Real Lifea satirical mockumentary about attempting to document the life of an ordinary American family, from Albert Brooks; and Mothera comic portrait of a struggling novelist who decides to move back in with his mother, also from Brooks. Plus: The Last EmperorBernardo Bertolucci’s powerful Academy Award–winning epic set in Qing-dynasty China—now on 4K UHD.

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‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ Arrives on Digital 6/18 and 4K, Blu-ray and DVD June 25th!

Based on the true story of the first special forces mission in history, The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare arrives on Electronic Sell-Through on June 18 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, and DVD June 25 from Lionsgate. From Director Guy Ritchie (The Gentlemen) and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun: Maverick), this high-octane, history-changing story inspired author Ian Fleming to write the postwar James Bond spy novels. The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare stars Henry Cavill (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Alan Ritchson (Fast X), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Hero Fiennes Tiffin (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds), with Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).

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Purple Rain Makes Doves Cry For Its 40th Anniversary By Coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray June 25th!

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its theatrical release, Purple Rain, the iconic 1984 film starring Prince in his film acting debut, will be available for purchase on 4K Ultra HD Disc and Digital for the first time on June 25. Purple Rain will be available to purchase on June 25 on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc from online and in-store at major retailers and available for purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Fandango at Home and more.

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One From The Heart: Reprise (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

There is never going to be a debate that Francis Ford Coppola is a genius filmmaker.  Some may even say that he’s a mad genius.  Throughout his career he has been trying to make films that are personal and unique while still attempting to make them palatable for mainstream audiences.  In the early days of his career after proving himself with The Godfather Parts 1 and 2, The Conversation and Apocalypse Now, there was absolutely no denying his style and his magical touch behind the camera.  Cue the 80’s and likely still reeling from the years long filming, editing and release of Apocalypse Now, Coppola looked to make something totally different.  That something was One From The Heart, a near notorious film “musical” filmed almost entirely on his Zoetrope Studios soundstages.  The result was not well received despite being created in a very innovative new way. Read more about the movie and a few useless facts I’ve read about over the years below, and if you’re a fan of Coppola or the film, this new 4K edition is available at the cover art paid Amazon link if you wish to buy a copy!

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THE FIRST OMEN Demonizes Digital 5/28, Hulu 5/30, and Blu-ray and DVD July 30th!

Witness the birth of evil when 20th Century Studios’ The First Omen arrives on Hulu on May 30. Directed by Arkasha Stevenson and Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™, The First Omen is a prequel to the classic horror film franchise that has been described as “death-fully intense” (Witney Seibold, Slash Film), “truly petrifying” (Daisy Phillipson, Dexerto) and “the best horror movie of the year” (Witney Seibold, Slash Film).

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Dune: Part Two (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Denis Villeneuve is a true auteur of modern commercial cinema.  His visionary work can be challenging, surprising, and meaningful in equal doses. When Dune came out at the height of Covid, it was a blessing and a curse for the film to hit theaters and HBO Max at the same time.  Some people got to witness the incredible spectacle in the theater when the rest of us stayed home and checked it out from our couches.  I was in the latter category, but the effect the film had on me stayed with me completely.  The visual style, the music, the performances, and the ability to translate the infamous Frank Herbert novel to screen had finally succeeded! Even with the Part One badge that followed the title, I knew if we didn’t get the whole story in one piece, we would be waiting for the next installment and hopefully not too far off from the original. Read more on the continuation of the Dune saga, Dune Part Two,  and the incredible UHD Blu-ray presentation below. Also, do yourself a favor and click the cover artwork for a paid Amazon link, because you’re going to want to grab a copy of this stunning film!

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Once Upon a Time in the West (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

There aren’t any conversations on western films where Sergio Leone doesn’t come up. His signature style and seamless way of making Italy look like the American West brought iconic images that are burned in film fans’ memories.  Once Upon a Time in the West is one of Leone’s crowning achievements. This is a unanimous point. Even without seeing this or any of his films at length, I know you’re reading this envisioning sun-scorched faces of tough cowboys and busty strong women looking at you with emotional eyes. Come on, admit it.  Now, Paramount as part of the Paramount Presents line has released a 4K Limited Edition of the film. Read on about my thoughts on the film and the presentation and click the cover art at the end for a paid link to order yourself a copy!

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The Ocean’s Trilogy (4K UHD Blu-ray Collection Review)

Heist films can be hit or miss from time to time.  In 2001, when Ocean’s Eleven was released, it was something of a new renaissance for that particular genre.  The con was on, and what a fantastic one it was.  Followed by two solid sequels, The Oceans Trilogy has also had a long legacy on physical media.  Out now in 4K, all 3 films come packaged together or individually in Steelbook form.  Relive the iconic series below and be sure to check out the video and audio sections for more details! You can click the cover artwork at the end to order whatever variations you may want!

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Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire, The Ultimate Team-Up, Hitting 4K UHD & Blu-ray on June 11

Godzilla x KongThe latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, which follows up the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure, debuts for purchase and rental Digitally at home on May 14, 2024, and on 4K UHD and Blu-ray on June 11. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence – and our own.  The epic new film delves further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humanity forever.

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