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The Fall Guy (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Fall Guy (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)A long, long time ago I would watch The Fall Guy TV show 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 very 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 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Tarot (Blu-ray Review)

We have seen some interesting new horror films this year. From the queer representation of I Saw the TV Glow to reboots of The Omen to the refresh of vampire horror in Abigail, horror fans have had something to savor.  Tarot came and went quickly but made a few bucks in theaters. Now we have it on Blu-ray and Digital to check out at home.  How are the scares within Tarot? The fortune couldn’t be clearer! Look on below for more in-depth on Tarot, and as always, don’t forget to click the cover art at the end to purchase a copy of Tarot!

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COLUMBIA CLASSICS VOL. 5 — On 4K UHD Blu-ray October 1st!

Celebrate 100 years of Columbia Pictures and complete your Columbia Classics collection as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment proudly debuts six more iconic films from its library on 4K Ultra HD disc for the first time ever, exclusively within the COLUMBIA CLASSICS 4K ULTRA HD COLLECTION VOLUME 5, available October 1. This must-own set includes a variety of powerful and moving award-winning favorites: ALL THE KING’S MEN, ON THE WATERFRONT, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, TOOTSIE, THE AGE OF INNOCENCE and LITTLE WOMEN (2019). Each film is presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range, and five of the films include immersive Dolby Atmos mixes.

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“Wind River” on 4K UHD Steelbook, September 10th!

Wind River – written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, creator of the hit series “Yellowstone” – arrives September 10 on 4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital SteelBook® from Lionsgate, exclusively at Walmart. The story of a murdered Native American girl whose body is found on federal land, Wind River explores the tensions that arise when a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen, “WandaVision,” “Love & Death”) is sent to lead the investigation, aided by a game tracker (Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker, “Mayor of Kingstown”) with a haunted past. The Wind River SteelBook® will be available on 4K UHD + Blu-ray™ + Digital for the suggested retail price of $42.99.
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40 Years of Scandalous Good Times — BODY DOUBLE comes to 4K UHD Steelbook on September 24th!

Brian De Palma invites you to witness a seduction… a mystery… a murder. It’s BODY DOUBLE — a spine-tingling look at voyeurism and sexuality from the modern master of suspense. Jake Scully (Craig Wasson), an unemployed actor, is asked to house-sit at a luxurious hillside apartment. As a bonus, the home offers Jake a telescopic peek into the bedroom of Gloria Revelle (Deborah Shelton), who performs an arousing striptease. When Jake discovers another man is also spying on Gloria, he begins an obsessive surveillance of her. Soon a grisly murder leads him into the world of X-rated film where he meets adult film star Holly Body (Melanie Griffith), who is a key to the crime. De Palma has created a gripping adult thriller of eroticism and horror!

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Harmony Korine, Val Lewton, Pabst & More Coming to The Criterion Collection October 2024

Coming in October from The Criterion Collection: I Walked with a Zombie / The Seventh Victima pair of moody horror milestones from visionary producer Val Lewton; Demon Ponda folk-horror fantasia from Japanese New Wave renegade Masahiro Shinoda; and Gummoa transgressive portrait of angelic and devilish souls in America’s rural underbelly from Harmony Korine. Plus: Pandora’s Box, a sensationally modern melodrama from master of early German cinema G. W. Pabst—now on Blu-ray. 

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Abigail (Blu-ray Review)

Horror films are like preschoolers.  They’re likely to test your limits and may even make you scream. The analogy is my own and it hits home for me.  In my day job as an early childhood educator, I find myself in this predicament especially at the beginning of a new school year.  When I approached Abigail for the first time, I wondered if the story of a captive child in danger would test my patience or test my jump-scare readiness.  Did I hide my face in horror or balk at the silliness of it all.  Read more on Radio Silence’s newest scare show below, and don’t forget to click the cover art at the end to order yourself a copy of Abigail on Blu-ray! Ballerinas be damned!

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Le Samouraï – The Criterion Collection (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

It was an absolute pleasure to review The Criterion Collection’s Blu-ray release of this film back in 2017, and now here we are again with the 4K UHD release. Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï is one of a couple of films from this timeframe that brought a modern sense of cool to practically all the movies about contract killers, hitmen, and assassins that proceeded it (I would also look to Point Blank and Tokyo Drifter). Thanks to a blend of elegance, straightforward storytelling, well-handled tension, and pitch-perfect lead performance, Le Samouraï is a true masterpiece that skillfully blends 40s gangster/noir sensibilities and the evolving nature of 60s new wave cinema. Now on a 4K Blu-ray and presented in HDR, the film can be experienced and enjoyed on an even grander level.

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‘The Hitcher’ on 4K UHD Blu-ray September 30!

Hitcher 4K UHD Blu-rayYou’ll definitely want to pick up The Hitcher as the seminal eighties’ slasher gets the full Limited Edition overhaul from experts in the field Second Sight Films. They present a brand-new restored 4K version from the original camera negative supervised and approved by director Robert Harmon, that’s set for release on 4K UHD Blu-ray September 30, 2024! Hit the road with The Hitcher for a ride from hell wrapped in a box set from heaven. Continue reading ‘‘The Hitcher’ on 4K UHD Blu-ray September 30!’

American Hustle (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

american hustleI often see films that seem to ooze a lot of cool and pizazz, regardless of substance, from directors I enjoy. My go-to example of this tends to be Steven Soderbergh and Ocean’s Eleven. What helps is how that film and others like it also have a collection of actors turning in solid work, even amid a story that is more about having a fun time. American Hustle, from director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter), has this vibe. Loosely based on a story, it’s been about a decade since I last watched the film, but revisiting the film now on its new 4K UHD release, the confidence in the filmmaking remains, even if it really doesn’t add up to a whole lot.

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Louis Feuillade: The Complete Crime Serials (1913-1918) on Blu-ray September 30, 2024!

Louis Feuillade Serials An early cinematic pioneer with an undeniably pervasive influence, Louis Feuillade made hundreds of films in a short career spanning only a few decades. Today, he is best remembered for his landmark serials FantômasLes Vampires, Judex and Tih Minh, four crime epics that have had an immeasurable impact on popular culture around the globe. The Masters of Cinema series is honoured to present these silent masterworks on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK from astonishing 4K restorations. Louis Feuillade: The Complete Crime Serials is released September 30, 2024!
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Twister (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Chances are that if you’re at whysoblu.com, you know we are likely similar. I bet you have some sort of home theater setup and no doubt, you, like me, have been waiting for a 4K UHD Blu-ray release of Twister.  That day has come and rejoice, because it’s a doozy. A real F5 if you will.  Join Jo, Bill, Melissa and the gang for this still wild ride which finally gets the treatment it deserves! Be sure to order yourself a copy by clicking the cover art at the end of the review! Gale force winds can’t stop you!

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Madame Web (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

After a couple of Venom films and a Morbius, Madame Web is the latest swing and a miss in Sony’s Spider-Man-less Spider-Man universe. Granted, Tom Hardy has pulled in high numbers with his wild take on Eddie Brock, and who knows, maybe the upcoming Kraven the Hunter will spin this web of missed opportunities in a more vital direction. However, as it stands, for all the merit that could come with a film designed to be relatively standalone and focused on strong female characters that would ideally appeal to a teen girl audience, missing the mark in so many ways does no one any favors, and likely keeps Peter Parker swinging in a different direction.

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Taxi Driver (4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook Review)

Taxi Driver is a benchmark of 1970s cinema. The film is dark, gritty, grimy and shocking.  Travis Bickle is the man we witness descending into the bowels of his mental health.  Desperate for some clean normalcy, but dragging himself into other more torrid directions, we travel the darkness of 1970s New York with him and we begin to feel his paranoia. And now, nearly 50 years later, we are given this film in a 4K UHD Blu-ray package that was once only available in Columbia Classics Vol. 2’s set of 6 films.  Are there any improvements to the transfer included there? Anything new? Read on below and if you don’t have it already, be sure to click the cover art at the end to get yourself the new Steelbook!

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Civil War (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Over the years, Alex Gardner has pushed the visual boundaries of whatever genre he is playing in.  If we were fearing AI in Ex-Machina, or extraterrestrials in Annihilation or zombies in 28 Days Later, Garland was delivering.  The next real threat? The government is now authoritarian, and regions of the US are now grouping together to rebel.  In, Civil War, we are seeing something almost too real.  I also could not look away.  Find out more about Civil War below.  Does it live up to the hype or does it fizzle under the over-expectation of good reviews? Be sure to click the cover art at the end if you feel so inclined to order a copy for yourself!

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The Fall Guy Lands on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray This July!

The Fall GuyBring home the film that is “100 percent joy from start to finish” (Fresh Fiction), THE FALL GUY, available to own with all-new bonus content on Digital tomorrow July 2, 2024 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD July 23, 2024 from 87North and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Now featuring over an hour of never-before-seen bonus content including the filmmakers breaking down five different stunts from the film and a behind-the-scenes look at filming in Australia with the all-star cast and crew for an insider’s look at turning the original TV series into a crowd-pleasing new movie, as well as a gag reel, alternate takes and much more. When you purchase, get both the theatrical version and the Extended Cut with 20 additional minutes containing more action, more laughs, more stunts, and more sexy bacon. Continue reading ‘The Fall Guy Lands on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray This July!’

“Back To Black” Debuts on Digital 7/5 and Blu-ray and DVD on July 23rd

In telling the extraordinary story at the center of one of the most legendary albums of all times, Focus Features delivers the influential film about pop culture icon Amy Winehouse in BACK TO BLACK, available on Digital July 5, 2024 and on Blu-rayTM and DVD on July 23, 2024 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In all-new exclusive bonus material, go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew as they show the substantial and important work in telling Amy’s story for old and new fans. Directed by BAFTA Award nominee Sam Taylor-Johnson, BACK TO BLACK stars a talented cast featuring Marisa Abela (“Industry”), BAFTA Award winner Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), BAFTA Award nominee Eddie Marsan (The Gentleman), and Academy Award nominee Lesley Manville (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Phantom Thread, “The Crown”).

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Succession: The Complete Series — On Blu-ray August 13th!

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will be newly releasing Succession: The Complete Series on Blu-ray. Get ready to binge on all 39 episodes from HBO’s Emmy® award-winning original series, along with all the previously released special features. The brilliant high-stakes drama following the Roy Family and their quest for power will be available to purchase online on August 13. Pre-order your copy today.

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