Historical Blu-ray Release Dates

This page lists all available information for new and upcoming releases in the Blu-ray format.
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Be careful what you witch for with this spellbinding thriller that delves into the realms of ancient covens and the conquistadors who loathe them. Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I.) delivers a commanding performance as James Robertson, an antique dealer living in Manila. James buys a Spanish painting dating back to 1592 from an art gallery ... because the painting depicts three witches being burned at the stake and one of the witches has an uncanny resemblance to James' wife, Chris. But the similarity turns out to be much more than a coincidence when Chris becomes possessed by the spirit of her evil doppelganger. She soon meets two local women who resemble the other two witches from the painting. The three decide to murder James, as he may be a descendant of the conquistador responsible for the burning of the original coven.

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With Dead Man, his first period piece, Jim Jarmusch imagined the nineteenth-century American West as an existential wasteland, delivering a surreal reckoning with the ravages of industrialization, the country’s legacy of violence and prejudice, and the natural cycle of life and death. Accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) has hardly arrived in the godforsaken outpost of Machine before he’s caught in the middle of a fatal lovers’ quarrel. Wounded and on the lam, Blake falls under the watch of the outcast Nobody (Gary Farmer), who guides his companion on a spiritual journey, teaching him to dispense poetic justice along the way. Featuring austerely beautiful black-and-white photography by Robby Müller and a live-wire score by Neil Young, Dead Manis a profound and unique revision of the western genre.

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Dead Man is the ultimate experimental western film with its unique visuals, modern musical score, and dialogue. This movie has everything going for it -- acting, story, cinematography, characters -- and features an incredible cast. Johnny Depp, Robert Mitchum, John Hurt, Crispin Glover, Gabriel Byrne, Lance Henricksen, Billy Bob Thorton, Alfred Molina, and Iggy Pop. I think this impressively creative and brutal film might be my favorite Jim Jarmusch movie.  Must-Own!

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Back in 1995, a brilliant filmmaker named Jim Jarmusch decided to make his own version of a western. Coming off of films such as Down By Law, Night On Earth, and Permanent Vacation, you could easily tell that Jarmusch's vision of a Western would be completely different than anything that came before it. His ability to tell a ruthless and well-researched story, along with his own original brand of dark humor and a magnificent score, only made Dead Man one of the better and most memorable films to come out of the 1990s. 

Dead Man follows a young man named William Blake (Johnny Depp) who is on his way to take up an accounting job across the country in a small town. Once there, he finds out that the job has already been filled and is forced to leave at gunpoint from the company's owner, John Dickenson. With no money or place to sleep, a local prostitute helps him out, but her ex-lover finds them in bed together and shoots them both. Blake survives while killing the woman's ex, only to find out the ex is Dickenson's son, who then hires a band of ruthless outlaws to hunt him down.

As Blake is on the run, he crosses paths with a Native American who goes by the name Nothing, as they help each other get away from the outlaws. Director Jim Jarmusch has added several modern elements throughout this film that bring this Western into its own category. It's brutally violent, but has a bit of dark comedy along with an amazing score from legendary songwriter Neil Young. The relationship Blake forges with Nothing is quite thrilling as we get a glimpse into both men's past of turmoil.

It's a very poetic film in how it's told as well, both literally and visually. Nothing is infatuated with the poet William Blake who just happens to be the name of the main character here, while the black & white visuals showcase even more detail to the story and feel of the film. Dead Man is one of those forgotten movies that still holds up more than twenty years later. Its performances, storytelling, brutality, and the dynamic relationship between Nothing and Blake are nothing short of flawless. To this day, I believe Johnny Depp models most of his characters after this William Blake persona. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Dead Man comes with a 50GB Blu-ray Disc from Criterion. There is a Criterion booklet that is fully illustrated, which includes cast and crew information, tech specs, and essays by Amy Taubin and Ben Ratliff. This comes with Spine #919. The disc and booklet are housed in a hard, clear plastic case.

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Back in 2011, we had a Blu-ray release of the film, which looked okay at best. Finally though, we have a Criterion version of the movie with a brand new 4K digital transfer that was supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch. According to the Criterion booklet, the new transfer and restoration was created form the original 35mm negative, where thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, and warps were manually removed. Also, the film has been reverted back to its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio after the 2011 release came with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio.

With the new aspect ratio, there is more to see in each frame, particularly the edges of the screen. The black and white colors are dynamic in well-lit environments as well as the night time scenes around campfires. The detail is very sharp and vivid throughout too. Facial pores are easily seen as well as individual hairs on the actor's faces. The wider shots that showcase the wooden sets in the Western town or even the bark on the trees look impressive with fine detail. The black levels are deep and inky throughout with zero crush. There is a perfect layer of filmic grain throughout that never fluctuates. This is a remarkable video presentation and the best the film has ever looked.

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This release comes with a DTS-HD MA 2.0 mix that, according to the Criterion booklet, was remastered from the 35mm magnetic tracks. All of the pops, cracks, hiss, and thumps were manually removed. It's a solid sounding track for sure with gun blasts sounding fairly robust, but never packing a ton of bass or heft like if it were a modern day action blockbuster. Instead, it's more realistic sounding.

The large sound of the trains moving by or horses trotting along all sound full and dynamic in each scene. The dialogue is always clear and easy to follow along with and free of any issues. The spotlight though here is the amazing musical score from Neil Young, with impressive guitar riffs and chords that completely make the film. It's a great soundtrack.

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Audio Commentary - Production designer Bob Ziembicki and sound mixer Drew Kunin deliver an engaging commentary track here, where they discuss the tones and theories on the film, along with the music, and anecdotes from the set. There are some long gaps in the discussion though so beware. 

Q&A With Jim (HD, 48 Mins.) - This new featurette is super cool. Criterion had fans of the film and Jarmusch send in questions for him to answer, which he does here. He reads the questions off and gives amazing answers to everything you wanted to know about the movie. There are 30 questions in total that he asks, from the food, the movie Dolemite, the music, and more. What a fantastic extras, which I hope shows up more in Criterion releases. This is audio only with an image of the film laid over. In addition to this, Criterion has allowed you to view/listen to the whole Q&A or select a specific question you'f like to listen to.

Interview with Gary Farmer (HD, 27 Mins.) - Here is a brand new interview with actor Gary Farmer who played Nothing in the film as he gives a video interview about working on the film, how he got the part, the character, and working with Depp and Jarmusch. A great interview.

Reading Blake (HD, 8 Mins.) - Iggy Pop, Alfred Molina, and Mili Avital all read select poems of William Blake here as photo stills from scouting the film are shown. 

Deleted Scenes (SD, 15 Mins.) - There are several deleted scenes here, which are in poor quality. Watching these scenes compared to the new transfer is night and day. Still, these scenes are worth watching, even if the video quality isn't great. 

Neil Young (SD, 30 Mins.) - This two-part featurette showcases raw footage of Neil Young composing the score to the film, while he watches it on a small screen in front of his instruments. The footage is not in HD, but rather poor and in a dark studio space. The other small featurette here is a music video of Neil Young performing some of the music from the film with clips from the movie spliced in. If you push the audio button on your remote, you'll be able to listen to Johnny Depp read a William Blake poem over the video.

Black and White in Color (HD, 1 Min.) - A slideshow of production stills of the film in full color. 

Trailer (HD, 3 Mins.) - Trailer for the film. 

Criterion Booklet - A fully illustrated booklet with cast and crew info, technical aspects, and two essays on the film by Amy Taubin and Ben Ratliff.

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Unique direction, poetic storytelling, an all-star cast, a fantastic score, and cracking dialog make Dead Man the ultimate experimental western. This fantastic film still holds up today and might even be my favorite Jim Jarmusch movie (it's certainly one of his best of that decade). Criterion has knocked the Blu-ray out of the proverbial park with a new 4K master, cleaned up audio, and some of the best extras to be found. MUST-OWN!

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When political turmoil forces a British-Caribbean dictator to flee his island nation, he seeks refuge with his pen pal, a rebellious teenage girl in suburban America, and teaches her how to start a revolution and overthrow the "mean girls" in her high school.

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Den of Thieves is a gritty Los Angeles crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Department and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as they plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of Downtown Los Angeles. Filled with gripping, explosive action and an ending that left audiences stunned, Den of Thieves is an electrifying game of cat-and-mouse that critics call "a gritty, realistic, engrossing LA heist movie" (Michael Rougeau, Gamespot).

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I was pleasantly surprised to see that Den of Thieves is a better than average crime drama. Unfortunately, choosing machismo posturing over plausibility cause it to lose the tension that this film so desperately needs, which would have caused it to be something so much more. But with a top-notch audio track and great video transfer, Den of Thieves proves to be Worth A Look.

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As far back as I can remember, I always loved a good crime drama. From loving Dick Tracy as a child to being enthralled with Heat as an adult, though my taste in the genre has changed my love for the genre has remained tried and true. Some of my favorite scenes of all time come from Heat, like the coffee shop scene with Pacino and De Niro, or the bank shootout on the California streets. Unfortunately, there has been a drought of good crime films this past decade or so, and even though the decks were stacked against Den of Thieves, I had hoped it would at least hold me over until one with a more notable cast list came along. 

Beginning with its opening shootout, director Christian Gudegast shows he understands how to film a shootout in a way that feels visceral and tactile, though not as good as the best of the genre. Pablo Schreiber's character of Ray is excellent as the leader of this band of criminals. He is the perfect mixture of calm and collected, while still coming across dangerous and in charge. He has recruited a mostly intelligent group of criminals to help pull off his heist to top all heists. With the exception of 50 Cent's character, everyone has their own unique role in the caper, giving the feeling that they are integral to pulling it off. Not least of which is getaway driver Ronnie Wilson (O’Shea Jackson), who gets caught in the middle of both sides, criminal and cop, and has the moral dilemma of where his allegiance lies. All of these are generally good conflicts, and the film works best when concentrating on Ray and his crew.

And, of course, we have to have the Pacino archetype here. That comes in the form of “detective” ‘Big Nick’ O’Brian. Detective is in air-quotes because he just so happens to be one of the worst detectives to ever grace the big screen. From his introductory scene (ripped straight out of Heat) where he is going over the crime scene, it is like they took every L.A. cop stereotype, put it in an oven, and baked until burnt to an inedible crisp. He’s a down on his luck, alcoholic, deadbeat husband cop who hires hookers to a hotel room just to keep up the façade that he is a recluse. And Butler doesn’t do his character any favors either. To say he plays the character broad and over the top is an understatement. Every interaction he has in the film is met with the most over the top, machismo response so that it becomes comical.

Speaking of comedy, the so-called "detective" work in Den of Thieves is so obvious it makes Inspector Clouseau seem brilliant. I mean there is a scene here where Ray and his crew are with their families at a teppanyaki restaurant, and Nick decides to show up, blow his and someone else's cover, and draw attention to the fact that he is on to them in the most obnoxious way. In another scene, Nick literally decides it’s a good idea to seduce and then sleep with Ray's wife, just to have an awkward stare down when Ray comes home. The perfect analogy for Nick's detective work is this: imagine if Colombo was actually as dumb as he let on before he entrapped his suspect. That is Nick's detective level here. But not only is he a bad detective, but he also is a pretty terrible person and hard to root for. In the end, Den of Thieves is like that grease-filled cheesy bread you get at your local pizza shops. It isn't what you should be consuming, and it might even kill you, but it tastes delicious and does its job just fine.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Universal brings Den of Thieves to Blu-ray in standard fashion with slipcover to hardcover casing. Enclosed is a BD-50 Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD code. Surprisingly, there are no trailers to be seen here. We are brought straight to the main menu, where we are allowed to select the theatrical or unrated version from there.

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Den of Thieves puffs out its chest and postures on Blu-ray, giving us a 1080p MPEG-4 encode that definitely flexes its muscles when it needs to. Framed at a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, this was all shot digitally with an Arri Alexa camera and boasts a 2K DI. Right from the opening heist, we are greeted with a great amount of detail despite the intentionally underlit night scene. Black levels continue to be impressive, especially in darker scenes like these, making great use of the Arri Alexa’s capabilities. In lighter daylight scenes, rays of sunlight have a yellow hue to them providing an engaging visual dynamic. There is a healthy amount of digital grain that looks to be done in post for a more gritty effect, but never does it subtract from the clarity of the image. I did notice a marginal amount of aliasing around background elements in a few scenes. By and large, I would say this is the most subdued portion of a film that in all other areas takes a more boisterous tack, which is much appreciated.

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Den of Thieves assaults your home theater with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix that is a true show stopper. I have already expressed my love for the bank shootout in Heat. Much of that has to do with the expert audio design done in that film. Thieves recreates that same exhilarating sound design during the shootouts. Every bullet fires off with a shocking crack that echoes through the sound field. Rarely do I hear visceral impact on this level, and when I do, it is music to this audiophile's ears. The score is presented throughout the fronts, through the LFE track, into the surrounds. Dialogue is crystal clear, with generous levels throughout. This is an extremely aggressive, bombastic track that is sure to become demo material for this reviewer's collection.

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Audio Commentary – This is only available for the theatrical version. The director and producer come back for a marginally informative audio track. I do like my commentaries a little more technical than this, but this is the place to hear them talk about the action moments in the film.

Alpha Males (HD 2:06) - Need a deeper look at the machismo men in this film? This is a shallow look at the lead characters.

Into the Den (HD 2:06) - A needless and all too brief run through of the plot.

Alameda Corridor (HD 3:13) - The final shootout here is pure adrenalized action. This is an all too short look at what made this scene possible. 

Outtakes (HD 23:22) - Den of Thieves is a film that already overstays its welcome. This collection of extended and deleted scenes would make this almost three hours long. That is way too long for a film like this and they were rightfully cut. 

Theatrical Trailer #1 (HD 2:32)

Theatrical Trailer #2 (HD 2:22)

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Den of Thieves can be an obnoxiously machismo film. It goes out of its way for macho posturing, in detriment to plausibility. Gerard Butler does turn in a terribly clichéd, over the top performance that I am still laughing at as we speak. But beyond that are characters that are deeper than they seem on the surface. The heist is well thought out. And the action in the film stands toe to toe with the most kinetic action scenes out there today. Throw in a good video transfer and a stellar audio mix and you get a release that is definitely Worth A Look.

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Restored and in 1.75:1 original aspect ratio.

When FBI agent Zack Stewart is gunned down in the line of duty, supervisor John "Rip" Ripley (Broderick Crawford) takes over his caseload. Believing that one of Stewart's three active investigations will reveal the identity of his killer, agent Ripley's assignment takes him "Down Three Dark Streets": chasing down fugitive criminal Joe Walpo (Joe Bassett), breaking down small-time hood Vince Angelino (Gene Reynolds), and hunting down an unknown extortionist threatening helpless Kate Martell (Ruth Roman)--ending with a thrilling climax set against the backdrop of the iconic "Hollywood" sign!

With a supporting cast that includes Martha Hyer, Casey Adams, Jay Adler, Claude Akins and William Johnstone, Down Three Dark Streets was directed by Arnold Laven (Without Warning!) and produced by Jules V. Levy and Arthur Gardner. The trio would enjoy much success in television as the creative team behind such hits as The Rifleman and The Big Valley.

Oscar-winning cinematographer Joseph F. Biroc (The Towering Inferno) adds the right noir flavor to the tight screenplay by Bernard C. Schoenfeld and The Gordons. Gordon and Mildred Gordon (who wrote the book on which Streets is based, Case File: FBI) would later supply screenplays for such classic films as Experiment in Terror and That Darn Cat!

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Stranded in a small California town after experiencing car trouble, vacationing John Emmett is spared the tedium of bus travel when he has a chance meeting with Ann Nicholson who offers him a lift if he'll agree to split the driving duties to Santa Fe. He soon learns that Ann is actually a patient recovering from a nervous breakdown, however, and a simple little road trip blossoms into a Cold War nightmare as the couple are ensnared in a web of mystery involving vital national security secrets!

Based on Donald Hamilton's "The Steel Mirror" (serialized in The Saturday Evening Post in 1948), 5 Steps to Danger stars film noir icon Sterling Hayden (The Asphalt Jungle) as a Hitchcockian hero innocently up to his neck in intrigue and danger. Ruth Roman, no stranger to noir films herself (The Window), is Hayden's love interest: a woman whose suspicious background makes her someone difficult to trust.

Directed by Henry Kessler, Danger also features several familiar classic TV faces among its supporting cast: Werner Klemperer, a two-time Emmy winner as Colonel Klink on Hogan's Heroes, portrays a psychiatrist, and daytime drama doyenne Jeanne Cooper (The Young and the Restless) is Roman's concerned nurse. Stir in uncredited contributions from Sidney Clute (Cagney & Lacey) and Ken Curtis (Gunsmoke), and you have in Five Steps to Danger a crackling good suspense thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end!

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Grease is back like never before in this vibrantly remastered edition! Includes New Bonus Features. Plus Grease 2 and Grease Live! on Blu-ray for the first time.

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Featuring an explosion of song and dance, as well as star-making performances from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, GREASE made an indelible impact on popular culture.  40 years later, the film remains an enduring favorite as legions of new fans discover the memorable moments, sensational soundtrack and classic love story.  Boasting unforgettable songs including “Greased Lightnin,” “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” “Beauty School Drop Out” and, of course, “Grease,” the film is a timeless feel-good celebration.

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Grease is still the word as it celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new Blu-ray release and a new 4K transfer (albeit only rendered in 1080p on Blu-ray). There's a few new bonus features as well, but the real draw here is the updated image. Those who have 4K capability will want to go with that version, but if you're wired for 1080p with no intention of updating in the near future, this version of the movie is Recommended.

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Ah, Grease...the hit musical from 1978 that taught young women everywhere that if they just started to smoke and dress in slutty clothing, they'd have a shot at the cute guy. I'm, of course, poking a little fun at the plot here, but let's be honest: Grease's appeal has never been from its rather lackluster and simplistic story, it's always been about the music and those fantastic dance numbers led by John Travolta.

The movie marked Travolta's second of a three-picture deal he had made with Paramount Pictures (back in the day when movie stars made such long-term commitments to studios), the first of which was Saturday Night Fever and the last of which would be Urban Cowboy. Of these three films, Grease was by far the most successful and the first Travolta movie fully accessible to mainstream audiences – as the R-rated Saturday Night Fever kept many of the teens that would prove to become Travolta's biggest fans out of theaters for that release (back in the day when theater owners actually enforced the MPAA rules).

If Saturday Night Fever established Travolta as a star, there's little doubt that Grease propelled him into superstar territory. While his singing talent has always been average, at best, Travolta's on-screen charm and exceptional dance ability almost make one wish he was born 20 years earlier – he would have been perfect for the great movie musicals of the 50s and 60s, yet came of age when the genre was slowly dying – indeed, Grease was the last blockbuster hit live-action musical film until the genre had a semi-resurgence in the early 2000s, starting with titles such as Moulin Rogue! and Chicago.

Grease, of course, is based on a stage musical of the same name, which started production back in Chicago in 1971 (a new bonus feature on this release relays that story). What's interesting about the movie version, though – and what kind of separates Grease from other movies based on preexisting stage musicals – is that it's not the musical numbers from the stage version (such as "Greased Lightning" and "Summer Nights") that causes the film version to soar. It's the music written exclusively for the movie, most notably "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Your The One That I Want", that were (in this reviewer's opinion, at least) the major reason the movie took off and became 1978's domestic box office king. In fact, those added songs were so popular, audiences who loved the movie and went to see the musical version were often disappointed to find out their favorite songs were not part of the stage production. Finally, in a 1993 revival and again in a 2007 revival (as well as a live TV version of the stage musical that aired in 2016), the popular songs from the film version were incorporated into the stage version and are likely to stay there in future revivals.

As for this new 40th Anniversary release, you'll want to review our specs coverage below to decide if this one is worth adding to your collection. As noted, if you don't already own the movie, this release is certainly worth your consideration. As for the film itself, it's still a blast to watch and – after all these years - Grease is still very much the "word".

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Grease dances back onto Blu-ray in this new 40th Anniversary packaging, a DigiBook designed to look like a Rydell High yearbook, with 16 pages worth of color photos. The 50GB Blu-ray and dual-layer DVD are held on a plastic overlapping hub on the inside right of the DigiBook. There are no front-loaded trailers on either the Blu-ray or the DVD; however, Blu-ray users will be asked to make a language selection before the disc goes to the main menu. The menu is a montage of footage from the movie (over the song "You're the One That I Want") and menu selections across the bottom of the screen.

The Blu-ray in this release is region-free.

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Grease was shot on 35mm film and is presented here in the 2:40:1 aspect ratio. The transfer on this release is the result of a brand-new 4K remastering, although – sadly – Paramount only provided this website with the Blu-ray release, so I'm unable to report on how the movie looks in Ultra HD.

The biggest difference between this version of the movie and the old Blu-ray is the huge color boost given to the film. I'm sure if we asked Paramount or those who worked on this transfer, they'd tell us that the new colors represent how the original negative looked, but it does appear that they've tinkered with the image a bit more than that – providing an amp up in color that the original movie never intended or captured on camera. How does the movie look? Well, it does indeed pop with bright colors, particularly when compared to the rather subdued and slightly darker rendering of the 2009 Blu-ray release (comparisons can be seen in the screenshots I've provided with this review).

However, while the colors stand out more, I'm not sure details are any better in this new release and – in fact – they may be just a touch worse. There is some evidence that not only has Paramount smoothed over some of the grain, but have slightly smoothed over some of the details in various shots as well. It's not enough to say this transfer is any better or worse than the old transfer, but depending on how much of a "purist" one is when it comes to movies, the old Blu-ray release may actually be the more preferable one (no, this reviewer isn't buying any argument that the color representation here is an accurate to the original negative). Still, this isn't one of those situations (seen with other re-masterings) where those involved have given the image a huge DNR scrubbing, smoothed over all the grain, or have given the movie a vastly different re-framing. The major difference here is in color and contrast, so pick the one you like more, and go with that version.

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The featured audio here is an English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track, although – according to all reports I can find re: this track online – this is not the same TrueHD track that was on the prior release, but actually a new rendering created from the original six-track mix created for the original 70mm print. The best moments, obviously, are during the songs, when the audio really comes to life. There's a noticeable amping up of the track here and a quality dynamic range that includes some nice LFE thumping, when applicable. Dialogue is equally clear throughout, without a hint of muddiness. One wonders if they'll try and tinker with the audio one more time in some future release of the movie (like the inevitable 50th anniversary down the road). I hope not...this track is fine as-is (although, honestly, I think the prior TrueHD version was fine as well) and any sort of upgrade to 7.1 or even Atmos would seem like overkill.

In addition to the lossless English track, an English Audio Description track is also an option, as are 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks in German, Spanish (Castilian), French, Portuguese, and Italian; a 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese track, and a mono Dolby Digital Spanish (Latin) track. Subtitles are available in English, English SDH, Cantonese, Danish, German, Spanish (Latin), Spanish (Castilian), French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, Chinese Mandarin, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Simplified Chinese, Finnish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.

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Commentary by Director Randal Kleiser and Choreographer Patricia Birch – The majority of bonus materials on this release are archival and from the 2006 "Rockin' Rydell" DVD. This commentary track is one of them. It's an okay listen, although die hards won't find out a whole lot new about the movie.

Introduction by Randal Kleiser (SD 0:24) – A brief intro to the movie from its director.

Rydell Sing-Along – A karaoke version of the movie, with lyrics provided so you can channel your inner John Travolta and/or Olivia Newton-John. Also given here is the option to jump to any one of the film's 11 songs. Missing? The theme song, "Grease" – come on!

The Time, The Place, The Motion: Remembering Grease (SD 22:26) – An entertaining featurette with members of the cast and crew (including Travolta and Newton-John) providing their memories of making the movie.

Grease: A Chicago Story (HD 24:30) –This brand-new featurette takes a look at the very first version of Grease to hit the stage.

Alternate Animated Main Titles (HD 3:44) – Another new bonus feature, this one showing how the original title sequence was designed to play to a different song – seen here for the first time. Bottom line? They made the right choice with the Gibb/Valli collaboration – this "Grease" song is awful. There's also a short introduction here from Director Randal Kleiser.

Alternate Ending (HD 0:45) – Shown here in color for the first time (and mostly animated), this "alternate ending" isn't much different from the one we're familiar with.

Deleted/Extended Alternate Scenes (SD 10:17) – A collection of 11 deleted and unused scenes, with the option to watch them back to back or individually. Starting with an introduction from the director (0:17), the scenes consist of: "T-Birds Harass Eugene – Extended" (0:38), "Classroom Announcements - Extended" (2:36), "Pink Ladies and Sandy at Lunch – Extended" (0:46), "She's Too Pure to be Pink – Extended" (0:46), "Intro to Summer Nights – Deleted" (0:21), "Rydell Pep Rally – Extended" (0:59), "Kenickie and Danny Outside Frosty's – Deleted" (0:36), "The Stroll – Extended" (0:24), "National Bandstand – Alternate" (1:15), "At the Dance – Alternate/Extended" (1:22), and "Thunder Road – Deleted (0:12). Note: All this footage is in black and white.

Grease Reunion 2002 – DVD Launch Party (SD 15:13) – Highlights of the big party thrown to celebrate the movie's DVD release, including footage of Travolta and Newton-John reuniting on stage for a live performance.

Grease Memories from John and Olivia (SD 3:23) – In this footage that was also taken from the 2002 Grease DVD Launch Party, the two leads reminisce about the movie.

The Moves Behind the Music (SD 8:14) – This featurette takes a look at the dance/production numbers in the movie.

Thunder Roadsters (SD 5:22) – This segment takes the "Greased Lighting" sequence of the movie and turns it into a larger (and largely unrelated to the film) look at classic cars in general and the people who love them.

John Travolta and Allan Carr "Grease Day" Interview (SD 1:48) – In an archival interview from 1978, the producer of Grease interviews its star.

Olivia Newtwon-John and Robert Stigwood "Grease Day" Interview (SD 2:06) – In another archival interview from 1978, Grease's other producer interviews its other star.

Photo Galleries – A selection of four different photo galleries, consisting of: "Rydell High Year Book", "Production", "Premiere", and "Grease Day". The images are navigated using one's remote control.

Theatrical Trailer (HD 2:09) – The original theatrical trailer for Grease.

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Grease gets a new 4K transfer and a brand-new audio track in this 40th Anniversary release, although – assuming one isn't wired for 4K – picking up this Blu-ray version is going to depend largely on if one already owns the prior release and what one thinks of the "new look" that this version provides. Still, with a few new bonus materials on tap (and all the previously released ones included), this title is Recommended for those that don't yet own the film on home video and have no plans to make the 4K leap in the near future.

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Bill Rohan, a young boy living on the outskirts of London experiences the exhilaration of World War II, as seen through the eyes of director John Boorman, who also wrote and produced the autobiographical film. During this period, Bill learns about sex, death, love, hypocrisy, and the faults of adults as he prowls the ruins of bombed houses on Rosehill Avenue. His childlike father is off chasing patriotic dreams of glory from behind a military clerk's typewriter; his teenage sister runs wild; his mother can't cope; and everything in the end will eventually turn out all right.

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Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army captain (Christian Bale) who, after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche, and ruthless outliers that they encounter along the way.

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A western in name only, Hostiles focuses on racial prejudice as it tells the tale of a bitter, bigoted army captain tasked with returning a Native American war chief to his homeland in a dark, brooding, and ultra-violent manner. The Blu-ray presentation features a beautifully crisp if overly bright video transfer, terrific audio, and a comprehensive behind-the-scenes documentary. Hostiles may not satisfy fans of traditional westerns, but it’s still Worth a Look.

You can also check out our 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review HERE.

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Take Apocalypse Now and transfer it to the American West and you've basically got Hostiles, the latest character-driven drama from writer-director Scott Cooper. Yet this journey across rugged terrain that exposes the dark recesses of the human soul lacks the flash and fury of Francis Ford Coppola's psychedelic epic, despite its excessive violence and potent themes. Like Cooper's other films (Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace chief among them), Hostiles feels too carefully and preciously constructed, as if every scene is designed to produce an indelible "moment." The poetic script often rings true, but we don't need to cherish each line of dialogue and every significant look or reaction shot. Ultimately, too much introspection stymies what should be a taut action movie, and the lack of narrative drive winds up distancing us from an intimate and important tale.

As blatantly stated on the cover art, the film promotes the idea that “we are all hostiles” (the line is adapted from a quote by Theodore Roosevelt that opens the movie), and the violent, bigoted impulses that propel the human race will one day destroy it, unless we can all find common ground. Army Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) epitomizes that anger and wears it like a badge of honor. Borne from decades of witnessing senseless deaths - first in the Civil War and later at the hands of marauding Native Americans waging desperate battles to protect their land and preserve their identity - it spreads inside him like a festering disease, and he can barely contain it when he’s ordered by his commanding officer at Fort Berringer, New Mexico in 1892 to escort Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi), an imprisoned Cheyenne war chief who has just received a government-mandated release, back to his native land in Montana. Riddled with cancer, Yellow Hawk wants to die at home, but the damaged, bitter Blocker blames him for the slaughter of several of his comrades and can barely stomach the sight of him.

Threatened with the loss of his pension (as well as a court martial), Blocker reluctantly accepts the mission and assembles a posse to accompany him. Not long after they embark, they come upon the charred remains of a small ranch and find the grief-stricken, delusional Rosalee Quaid (Rosamund Pike) quivering in a barn. A roaming band of Comanches recently murdered her husband and three children, and after Blocker and his men gain Rosalee’s trust and help her bury her brood, they promise to find her a safe haven. As the caravan traverses the unforgiving desert, it’s beset by more violence, but the shared struggles begin to bridge the gaping chasm that separates Blocker and Yellow Hawk, who slowly realize they’re not as different as their backgrounds, traditions, languages, and skin color might suggest. Rosalee also fosters a kinship with the tribe, as everyone on this journey of discovery learns hard truths about themselves and mankind.

Racial issues dominate Hostiles, which preaches tolerance and equality with a heavy hand. The timeless message certainly bears repeating in our current climate, which is dominated by arguments over immigration, refugees, and discrimination, yet while Cooper hammers home his points, does he do so at the expense of producing a good western? Gorgeous scenery and meticulous attention to period detail aside, Hostiles often feels like it’s trying to adapt to the genre, just as Blocker tries to adapt to a changing world in which he feels he no longer fits. Building a movie around a message is tricky business, and Cooper often gets lost in the weeds. Western clichés can be corny, but a few of them are necessary to provide context, and by refusing to embrace them, Hostiles sometimes feels as isolated and adrift as its main character.

No doubt about it, this is a well-made motion picture, but I had trouble connecting to it. The characters feel too remote, the mood is too somber (I don’t think Bale cracks a single smile during the whole movie), and the entire enterprise exudes an off-putting air of self-importance. Bale is a very good actor, but his work here is overly studied and mechanical. Everyone, in fact, walks around in what seems like a traumatized stupor, making it hard to feel anything but numb even during scenes of graphic violence (of which there are too many). Only Ben Foster, as a disgraced sergeant who arrives in the movie too late and departs too early, registers much of a pulse.

Deliberate pacing is a hallmark of Cooper’s films, and it often puts a drag on them. He draws vivid characters, yet prefers to expose their ticks and quirks rather than craft an exciting narrative. Hostiles includes several thrilling sequences, but after the opening assault on the Quaid family, they lack visceral impact. This is a film that probably needs to be seen several times to absorb all the subtleties and gain a complete understanding of the characters, but I don’t believe I’ll ever have the patience or desire to perform such a task.

Hostiles isn’t your father’s or your grandfather’s western. And despite its good heart, admirable ideals, and noble aspirations, that’s a shame. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Hostiles arrives on Blu-ray packaged in a standard case inside a sleeve. A standard-def DVD and a leaflet containing the code to access the Digital Ultraviolet copy are tucked inside the front cover. Video codec is 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 and audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Once the disc is inserted into the player, previews for The Hurricane Heist, 47 Meters Down, and Friend Request precede the full-motion menu with music.

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Terrific clarity and contrast distinguish the 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer of Hostiles, but the picture’s overly bright appearance occasionally lends this rendering a glaring harshness. While the natural light that’s often employed during nocturnal scenes and in dingy interiors proves problematic in the 4K UHD transfer, it fares much better here. Shadow delineation is quite good and incidents of crush are merely sporadic. The cinematography, however, doesn’t look quite as lush, but the stunning vistas of both the Southwest deserts and Northwest forests remain intact. The red rock formations set against verdant evergreens often produce glorious images, while vibrant hues make elements like warpaint, foliage, blood, the shiny hides of horses, and the landscape’s dusty red clay pop. Close-ups are sharp and the absence of grain lends the picture a smooth finish. No marks of any kind sully the pristine source material and no digital enhancements could be detected. While more lushness and warmth might make this transfer easier on the eyes, its bold appearance complements the film’s gritty subject matter and the desolation of the Old West.

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Details abound in the well-balanced, crisply rendered DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. From crackling flames, babbling brooks, jangling chains, and footsteps crunching in the sand to chirping crickets, gentle breezes, piecing gunfire, and horse hooves galloping across the wild terrain, the audio always sounds lifelike and helps to fully immerse us in the rugged atmosphere. Palpable surround activity and distinct front-channel stereo separation produce a wide, enveloping soundscape, while strong bass frequencies supply welcome weight and booming accents. An expansive dynamic scale fully embraces Max Richter’s music score, which benefits from superior fidelity and tonal depth, and no distortion or surface noise mar the mix. Some of the dialogue is so soft-spoken it can be difficult to comprehend, but that’s the only hiccup on this impressive, beautifully modulated track.

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The only disc supplement is the in-depth, three-part, 63-minute documentary, A Journey of the Soul: The Making of Hostiles. Writer-director Scott Cooper dominates the lengthy piece, which also includes interviews with Bale, Pike, Studi, and other members of the cast and crew, as well as plenty of behind-the-scenes footage. Cooper stresses he wanted to make Hostiles on his own terms, notes he wrote the script expressly for Bale, and points out the film is a western ”only in era and locale.” He also says he tried to avoid western cliches and focus more on character. Other topics include the New Mexico locations, set and costume design, and the actors’ approach to their respective roles. If you’re a Hostiles fan, you’ll certainly appreciate this well-made, comprehensive documentary, but the casual viewer may find it rather cumbersome.

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Dark, brooding, violent, and a bit lethargic, Hostiles paints a bleak portrait of a racially divided America through the prism of the Old West. Though the highly charged story of a bitter, bigoted army captain ordered to accompany a recently freed Native American war chief back to his Montana homeland takes place in 1892, it’s tough not to draw parallels to the racial turbulence afflicting our contemporary society. Writer-director Scott Cooper’s powerful, yet strangely numbing western adopts a self-important tone as it plods along and promotes its agenda, leaving the joys of the genre behind. Lionsgate’s Blu-ray presentation features a beautifully crisp video transfer that’s a hair too bright for my taste, terrific audio, and a comprehensive behind-the-scenes documentary. Western fans looking for the next Unforgiven will be disappointed, but despite its flaws, Hostiles is still Worth a Look.

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What if all humans were given the unlimited power to advance our society overnight?

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When Mike and his girlfriend Debbie warn the local police that a gang of homicidal alien-clowns have landed in the nearby area (in a spaceship shaped like a circus big-top, no less), the cops are naturally sceptical. Before long however, reports are coming in from other anxious residents detailing similar run-ins with the large-shoed assailants. There can no longer be any doubt the Killer Klowns from Outer Space are here, and they're out to turn the Earth's population into candy floss!

Written and produced by the Chiodo brothers, known for their work on a host of special-effects laden hits such as Team America: World Police and the Critters movies, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a cinematic experience unparalleled in this galaxy, now newly restored by Arrow Video for this stellar edition.

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Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.

Margaret (Anne Carlisle) is a fashion model with dreams of stardom, whose alter ego and rival, Jimmy (also Carlisle), abuses and takes advantage of her to satisfy his rampant drug addiction. Unknown to them, tiny, invisible aliens have landed on the roof above the bohemian squalor in which they live and begin killing anyone Margaret has sex with to feed on their pleasure giving neurotransmitters. All the while, a German scientist attempts to capture and study them.

Hailed by Time Magazine as 'a two hour act of imagination,' Slava Tsukerman's LIQUID SKY is an underground masterpiece of avant-garde science fiction filmmaking. Set against the visual majesty of New York's early 80s New Wave scene, and filled with arresting cinematography by Yuri Neyman, along with an acclaimed original soundtrack, Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings this quintessential midnight movie to Blu-ray, newly restored in 4k from its original 35mm camera negative.

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4. Interview with Anne Carlisle (actress)
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8. Isolated soundtrack
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10. Alternate opening sequence
11. Behind the scenes rehearsal footage
12. Multiple trailers
13. Still gallery
14. Cover artwork by Derek Gabryszak

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As with its predecessors, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a well-executed YA adaptation and adequately entertaining, and the final entry culminates to a strong, satisfying conclusion of the series. The third installment races to Blu-ray with a gorgeous video presentation, a DTS-HD soundtrack and a healthy selection of supplements, making the overall package Recommended.

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Knowing this is their final entry in the dystopian sci-fi trilogy, the filmmakers responsible for adapting the popular YA novel series go balls to the wall and to the hilt in Maze Runner: The Death Cure, starting with an unexpectedly thrilling rescue mission aboard a speeding train. Last we left the runaway kids, they found safe haven with rebel organization The Right Arm but were soon betrayed by one of their own, making captives of friends and nearly collapsing the resistance group. In the opening minutes of this second sequel, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) has apparently moved up the ranks, taking a leadership role in the operation to save his friends despite previous entries leaving us to question his competency in such a role. He may eventually lead his team to an intended goal and destination, but it's never without extraneous difficulty and a great deal of mistrust, making his so-called successes more a result of dumb luck than as planned. And once again, his command rescues two familiar faces by chance but fails its main objective: saving Minho.

Granted, mistakenly leaving Minho (Ki Hong Lee) behind is really the catalyst and central point of the whole script, written by T.S. Nowlin, who is also responsible for the first two movies and served as co-writer on Pacific Rim Uprising. However, it all feels a bit too convenient, a seemingly random coincidence giving the protagonists (O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dexter Darden) an excuse to carry out another rescue attempt that quickly spirals out of control yet coincidentally works in the hero's favor. It's almost as if the filmmakers were solely relying on coincidences for moving the plot along, perhaps something along the lines of bumping into an old friend from the Glades previously thought dead (Will Poulter). By sheer chance, he is also part of a rebellion faction just outside the walls of Last City, the final stronghold of the WCKD organization responsible for imprisoning and testing on the kids. And of course, he also knows a secret entrance and the key to rescuing Minho: backstabbing, morally-ambiguous Teresa (Kaya Scodelario).

For a more in-depth take on the movie, you can read our review of the day-and-date 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray release HERE.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment brings Maze Runner: The Death Cure to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a flyer for a Digital HD Copy. The dual-layered Region A locked, BD50 disc sits comfortably opposite a DVD copy inside a blue, eco-cutout keepcase with a glossy slipcover. After a few skippable trailers, viewers are taken to the main menu screen with full-motion clips, the usual options along the bottom and music playing in the background.

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The third installment in the sci-fi action series escapes death with a marvelous, near-reference 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode that screams with an interestingly sullen yet eye-catching picture. The most fascinating aspect is Gyula Pados' weirdly captivating photography engulfed in an orange-teal palette that slightly skews the rest of the colors. Any scene outside the Last City or involving the resistance fighters is flooded in warm, hearty yellows and earthy browns, such as the hot desert scenery or inside the small rebel city. But conversations involving WCKD officials and their research facility are drowning in cold, steely blues, making it very clear who the cold-hearted villains are. While glowing, animated primaries supply the super-serious and brooding YA flick with some life, brightness levels deliver intensely rich blacks in the clothing and shadows, providing the 2.40:1 image with appreciable dimensionality and a welcomed cinema quality.

With spot-on contrast, the HD video is consistently vibrant and energetic with crisp, brilliant whites throughout, allowing for outstanding clarity in the far distance. Occasionally, some of the brightest sections, such as lamps and other sources of light, come off a tad strong and consume the finer details, but that seems like the result of the cinematography and doesn't happen too often. Nevertheless, the freshly-minted transfer comes with outstanding definition and resolution, revealing the tiniest object in the background, from the clean, distinct lines along the concrete walls of Last City to the rust scratches of the rebellion base. Viewers can plainly make out the stitching of clothing or individual pebbles on the desert floor, and facial complexions appear healthy with excellent lifelike textures, exposing every wrinkle and negligible blemish.

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The race to find a cure to death screeches and howlers to home theaters with a fantastic DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack, filling the entire room with the thrill and excitement of running from the infected. In truth, the track isn't quite as enveloping and consistently absorbing as the previous two entries, but the design holds its own splendidly well, delivering a variety of atmospherics that move between the surrounds smoothly. The tunnel scene and the final third act are an awesome highlight, as screams, gun blasts and and explosions echo all around. There are a couple times throughout when the helicopter-like blades of the aerial vehicles are distinctly heard in the sides and rears. But on the whole, the movie comes with a good deal of silence during the more dialogue-driven scenes, which is then offset by the sudden bursts of action.

Along the front soundstage, the design is far more satisfying and engaging, kept busy with lots of background activity. Various effects discretely move across all three channels evenly and fluidly, generating an awesomely wide and spacious image. An outstanding mid-range delivers superb detailing and clarity, allowing the listener to hear every grinding crunch of metal on metal, the distinct throaty shriek of the infected and the ear-piercing blasts of explosions. Amid the chaos and commotion, dialogue remains top priority and precise in the center. Slightly disappointing is a low-end that mostly hovers in the upper mid-bass levels, which still delivers an adequate punch and weight to the action but can also dig much deeper given the on-screen visuals. The bass may not energize the room in any particular standout way, but overall, the lossless mix is very satisfying with plenty of force behind it.

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All the same supplements are shared with its day-and-date 4K counterpart, which can be read in more detail in our 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review HERE.

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The filmmakers responsible for adapting the popular YA novel series go balls to the wall and to the hilt in Maze Runner: The Death Cure, bringing the franchise to a large, blockbuster-like, explosive finale. With the same cast of the previous two entries reprising their roles, the third installment delivers the visual thrills and excitement to maintain interest but not much else thanks to a script that arrives at a conclusion by sheer luck. The dystopian sci-fi sequel finds sanctuary on Blu-ray with a marvelous video presentation and a fantastic DTS-HD soundtrack. With a healthy collection of supplements to boot, the overall package is recommended for both fans of the franchise and those who've already invested time on the first two movies.

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In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

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An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.

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What happens when a drunken promise leads to living with a dragon? That’s Miss Kobayashi’s new reality when Tohru appears in her life. With a maid-slash-dragon in her home, she’s experiencing a whole new level of domestic bliss! But the dragons don’t stop there. On a mission to find Tohru appears Kanna, a little dragon with a big attitude. Before she knows it, Kobayashi’s got a house full of dragons—one serving tail and the other serving serious moe! Together, they live side-by-side with only the occasional disaster…well, maybe. But nothing beats coming home to the warm welcome of a dragon maid!

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When shark-mania struck America in the mid 1970s, it was only natural that a cartoon character would surface inspired by Steven Spielberg's Jaws. The result was MisterjawTM which represents one of the final accomplishments of animation legend Robert McKimson. With his signature catch phrase Gotcha! and his sidekick Catfish (the incomparable Arnold Stang) the German-accented great white (voiced by Arte Johnson of TV's Laugh-In) swam for a remarkable 34 episodes, which revived some of the popular tropes of classic animated shorts, while providing clever send-ups of the decade s other pop-cultural phenomena.

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Inspired by famed occultist Aleister Crowley's 1923 novel of the same name, Agusti Villaronga's film centers around the extraordinary 12-year-old David (Enrique Saldana), who has been adopted by a treacherous scientific cult where extraordinary mental powers are common. He begins an archetypal journey across two continents with Georgina (Lisa Gerrard) to find his destiny as Child of the Moon. 

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While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. Hilarity and adventure ensue when the book is stolen and Paddington and the Browns must unmask the thief.

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Evil Comes in All Sizes!

The story of Andre Toulon and the Puppet Master saga begins... Alex Whittaker and three other gifted psychics are investigating rumors that the secret of life has been discovered by master puppeteer Andre Toulon. But the psychics quickly discover Toulon's secret of death in the form of five killer puppets-each one uniquely qualified for murder and mayhem. Tunneler has a nasty habit of boring holes in people with his drill bit head. Ms. Leech regurgitates killer leaches that suck her victims dry. Pinhead strangles his enemies with his powerful vice-like hands. Blade has a gleaming hook for one hand and a razor-sharp knife for the other. And Jester, the ruthless brains of the bunch, is absolutely merciless. Together, they're an army of skilled assassins, diabolically programmed to guard the deadly secrets of the Puppet Master.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATUES

  • Introduction by Charles Band
  • ''No Strings Attached'': The Making of The Original Puppet Master
  • ''Puppet Master: Axis of Evil'' promo
  • Original Trailers From The Firth 12 Full Moon Features

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • One Blu-ray + DVD set
  • One retro style blister pack ''Blade'' action figure
  • Items are housed in an early 1980 s style ''big box VHS'' replica measuring appx. 9'' x 5 ¾'' x 1 ½''

THIS SET DOES NOT INCLUDE A VHS TAPE

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Carolina is the setting for this family drama which has a young tomboy (Jennifer Jones) falling for a local gentleman (Charlton Heston). Their relationship is as tempestuous as her lifestyle, which eventually takes her off to the seas as the captain of a ship.

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Sailor Moon SuperS Part 1 (Season 4) (Standard BD/DVD Combo Pack)

A majestic pegasus with a golden horn has appeared in Chibi-Usa’s dreams with a request—to help him and keep his presence a secret. This plea turns out to be more than a childish dream, for the fearsome Dead Moon Circus led by the villainous Zirconia arrive in town to draw out Pegasus by targeting people with beautiful dreams! Sailor Moon and the Guardians must unite to fight a new enemy and her deadly henchmen, the Amazon Trio. But without the power to transform into Super Sailor Moon, the Guardians find themselves seriously outmatched! Will Sailor Chibi Moon’s strong desire to protect everyone’s be the key to accessing Pegasus’s power?

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The country estate of filmmaker James Garrick has been haunted for centuries by a mysterious and deadly curse. Everyone in his family line comes to a gruesome end at the hand of an unknown supernatural assailant. When Garrick's long lost cousin Ann unexpectedly arrives at his secluded manor, mayhem and bloodshed soon follow. But is Ann the person behind these acts of carnage or could something more horrifying be afoot?

Taking inspiration from Italian gothic horror films and giallos, Norman J. Warren's TERROR features lurid gelled lighting, bizarre plot twists, and copious amounts of brutal bloodshed. A classic of British-made 70s horror, Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings Terror to Blu-ray, newly restored from its camera negative and featuring all of its jaw dropping carnage fully intact.

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The Maze has been referred to as "A dark fable... invaluably unique for its era" (Jeff Kuykendall, Midnight Only) and "One of the damnedest films ever made... surprisingly moving" (Bill Warren, Keep Watching the Skies!). These assessments are on the mark and only begin to describe one of the most intriguing 3-D movies ever made.

William Cameron Menzies' unique visual style produced one of the most stunning three-dimensional productions of all time. While other 3-D movies can boast higher budgets and more prestigious pedigrees, none can equal its inspired mix of mystery, science fiction and Lovecraftian horror.

One of the most highly desired 3-D films, The Maze will be restored from original 35mm left/right archival elements by Kino Lorber Studio Classics and the 3-D Film Archive!

The stereoscopic image restoration will be handled by Archive technical director Greg Kintz; dirt and damage cleanup will be done by digital artist Thad Komorowski and the lost three-channel stereophonic sound will be restored by audio engineer Eckhard Büttner.

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If you're a fan of old gothic-style horror and 3-D, it doesn't get much better than Kino Lorber's Blu-ray release of The Maze, which features a first-rate restoration by the talented team at 3-D Film Archive. Directed by William Cameron Menzies and starring genre stalwart Richard Carlson with Veronica Hurst, the film plays dark and mysterious using light and sound to creep you out while tickling the eye with some terrific 3-D visuals. 3-D Film Archive keeps raising the bar with their 3-D Blu-ray restorations and this transfer is no exception. The ominous and effective imagery is bolstered by a moody and effective three-channel stereophonic audio mix. If you love vintage 3-D titles, this is a Highly Recommended release. 

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"You shouldn't have come here." 

Growing up with a stable diet of horror films, I've come to love the movie that knows how not to rush things too quickly. If timing is the essential element for comedy, anticipation is the benchmark for effective and chilling horror. You tease the audience, you give them a little hint of flavor - you don't give them the full desert before the main course. So when the big reveal is made, it hits them over the head. This is how William Cameron Menzies crafted a chilling and effective gothic horror yarn with The Maze. Taking the basic elements of a family curse, Menzies along with his stellar cast including genre regular Richard Carlson with Veronica Hurst and Katherine Emery settle into a suspenseful and effective horror picture. Some may find the resolution to the mystery a bit on the silly side, but fans of vintage horror should get a kick out of it just the same and appreciate the bone-chilling ride along the way.

The whole show starts with the death of a Scottish Baron under mysterious circumstances. His nephew Gerald MacTeam (Richard Carlson) learns he is his uncle's only heir and must take over his position as Baronet of Craven Castle. Intent on marrying his fiancé Kitty (Veronica Hurst), Gerald is convinced it will be a simple matter of tying up a few loose ends, signing a few documents, and he can return and marry his bride-to-be. But for poor Kitty, it isn't that simple. As the weeks pass by, Kitty and her aunt Edith (Katherine Emery) grow impatient and concerned for Gerald. When a letter from Gerald finally does arrive, he seeks to break his engagement with Kitty and warns her to keep away from Craven Castle. Disregarding the dire word from Gerald, Kitty and Aunt Edith trek to the dark and mysterious Scottish castle in the hopes of learning what terrible fate has befallen poor Gerald - no matter the cost.

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If there is one thing The Maze does correctly is know how to pace itself. Each scene lasts only a few moments - just long enough to tease the audience a little bit, give them a tidbit of information before asking another little question that helps build the sense of dread. Throughout, one gets the ominous sense of foreboding. When Kitty and Edith arrive at the castle and see that the once young and virile Gerald has aged and grown notably weary, you want to know how and why. When Gerald insists his unwanted visitors stay in their locked rooms and not venture about the castle, you want to know what secret he's keeping. When Kitty is awakened in the night by the sound of shuffling and limping, she's terrified but must know what it is. It's something creepy. It's something mysterious. It makes you feel cold and frightened by the unknown. It's right out of The Hound of the Baskervilles or The Wolfman, a story that makes you fear the little nooks and crannies where light fails to shine. 

Now, I don't aim to spoil anything - as the film's marketing asks one not divulge the shocking secret - I will say that some will find the resolution a bit… silly. One has to keep in mind the mindset of the era when this was made. Unfortunately for the conventions it plays around with, it's a pretty dated bit of schlock that may tip the movie over into completely ridiculous for some. However, if you're a fan of old-school horror and classic monster stories, you should at least appreciate what the film was going for. I'll admit to giggling a bit, my wife had a bit of a laugh, but we loved the flick for all of its mood and atmosphere and the arresting 3-D imagery up to that point.  

While I'll go into specifics of the image quality in a bit, I felt it worthy to touch upon the effectiveness of the 3-D image per its impact on the film. I tried watching this film in 2-D, and in all honesty, it diminishes the value. This is a film that really makes full use of the 3-D effect with a brilliant staging of objects and characters so that there is always a sense of depth from near objects to far away vistas. The titular hedge maze not only gives you that sense of near and far, but the close walls on either side of the frame maintain a sense of claustrophobia and danger. It's a real kick and the film makes great use of the visuals. Menzies clearly knew how to stage a shot so all of the principal actors could be in frame while maintaining a distance that doesn't make the image feel flat or confined to a simple soundstage on a Hollywood lot. A scene where Kitty and Edith travel to the castle in a car is a terrific example of character staging. 

Cheers to Kino Lorber and 3-D Film Archive for not letting The Maze fall by the wayside. It's a creepy good time to watch on a cold dark night when you need something to keep you entertained while you huddle under the blankets. Fans of classic horror will absolutely want to give this one a go around. Newcomers and those who love the moldy oldies should have a great time with it just the same. I had a blast with this one so I got a hunch others will too.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Maze arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber. Pressed onto a Region A BD-50 disc, the disc is housed in a standard sturdy Blu-ray case with reversible artwork options. The disc loads to a static-image main menu with traditional navigation options. If you're 3-D ready, the disc defaults to the 3-D menu so if you're keen on watching the film in 2-D you have to switch it back in the disc options. 

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The Maze makes its Blu-ray debut with a stellar 1.37:1 1080p transfer minted from a new restoration by 3-D Film Archive and funded by The Film Foundation. I'll just put my feelings about this restoration in simple terms: "wow!" Between It Came From Outer Space, GOGThe MaskA*P*E, The Stewardesses, Cease Fire - it's getting really hard to determine which one is their best restoration effort to date and The Maze just makes that even more difficult. Aside from a couple moments of speckling the image hardly looks to have aged at all in the last 65 years. The strengths of this film's 3-D presentation are largely due to the framing of objects and people within any given shot. By keeping the camera relatively static, the audience gets to enjoy the framing and the sense of object depth along the z-axis. Even in the most confined rooms and spaces, there is a fantastic sense of depth. 

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The image retains a fine amount of film grain ensuring that details are spot on. Facial features, costuming, the film's ominous production design are all on display. Black levels, contrast, are spot on giving the image some deep inky black levels with a strong grayscale. There is a slight bit of speckling here and there in the image, but nothing too distracting or serious enough to negatively affect the 3-D experience. All around this is a great viewing experience that should excite fans still holding onto their 3-D gear and refuse to let the format die. 

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Keeping pace with the great 3-D visuals, The Maze comes packed with a solid English DTS-HD MA 3.0 stereophonic audio mix. Dialogue is crystal clear throughout. Sound effects are dynamic with a strong presence and help give the image a sense of dimension and spatial awareness. This is really effective during the quiet creepy moments when there are that distinct shuffle and limp sounds from behind the locked doors of the castle. When Kitty and Edith enter the maze and lose track of one another their attempts to find each other creates a nice dimensional effect with footsteps and whispers moving around the mix. Scoring by Marlin Skiles is moody enough to keep the tension up without overpowering the mix. Free of any hiss, pops, or any kind of age-related issue, this track is in exceptional shape. All around this is pretty great stuff that suits the mood and style of the film perfectly. 

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The Maze comes packed with a strong little package of bonus features. There may not be a whole lot of material here, but it is robust and informative. The Audio Commentary is a fountain of information about the film as well as the effort that went into the restoration of the elements to produce this Blu-ray. It's a must listen track.

Audio Commentary featuring film historian Tom Weaver, Bob Furmanek, Dr. Robert J. Kiss, and David Schecter. Between all of the players, there is a lot of ground to cover here. This is a very in-depth commentary track that coves a ton of ground in quick order without any gaps. 

Veronica Hurst Interview (HD 6:08) While this is an unfortunately short interview, she goes into a bit about how she was cast as Kitty and what it was like making a 3-D film and her career. 

Original 3-D Trailer (HD 2:14)

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The Maze is a trip through classic gothic-horror where the setting and sound are just as horrifying as what you see. The film wisely knows how to hold back on big reveals, teasing the audience along the way until it reaches its big conclusion. How well that finale will play out depends entirely on your own sensibilities. I had a blast watching this film, letting its eery story unfolds with some strikingly effective 3-D visuals and I can't wait to give it another spin. It's another great addition in a growing collection of vintage 3-D films. Kino Lorber brings The Maze to Blu-ray in terrific form featuring another grand restoration effort from the great folks at the 3-D Film Archive. With a beautiful 3-D transfer, an impressive audio mix and a great little bunch of bonus features. The Maze is an easy Blu-ray to call Highly Recommended. 

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With this debut feature, Sofia Coppola announced her singular vision, which explores the aesthetics of femininity while illuminating the interior lives of young women. A faithful adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s popular first novel, The Virgin Suicides conjures the ineffable melancholy of teenage longing and ennui in its story of the suicides of the five Lisbon sisters, stifled by the rules of their overprotective religious parents—as told through the collective memory of a group of boys who yearn to understand what happened. Evoking its 1970s suburban setting through ethereal cinematography by Ed Lachman and an atmospheric score by Air, the film secured a place for its director in the landscape of American independent cinema and has become a coming-of-age touchstone.

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The Virgin Suicides finally comes to the incredible Criterion Collection for the first time with new audio and video transfers, along with new and vintage supplements. This film marks Sofia Coppola's feature film debut, which follows a group of now older men, recalling their time in high-school in regards to their love of the mystery of the five Libson sisters and why they took their lives while growing up. It's beautiful, tragic, and simple in the best of ways, which permanently etched Sofia's name into the moviemaking business. Again, Criterion has another hit release on their hands with this. Must-Own!

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Some eighteen years later, Sofia Coppola's directorial debut of The Virgin Suicides still packs an emotional punch and is relevant as ever in our current social and political climate. Based on the book of the same name by Jeffrey Eugenides, Coppola stays faithful to the characters and story while adding her own unique and now iconic view on people and family along with all of the awkward stereotypes that go with growing up as a wishful teenager. I do believe this is a timeless tale and film, as a lot of us can relate to all sides of this story, in addition to each character, while still reeling from the mystery surrounding the five female siblings.

The story is told by a voice-over by a grownup narrator as he recalls his time in high-school along with his buddies, who all chime in at some point. It's said that these boys, some decades later, are still in shock and coping with what happened during their high school years, which involved the five Libson sisters. The Libson sisters had two loving parents, however, they were super religious and quite strict, which led the youngest sibling to take her own life. From then, nothing was ever the same as the boys developed a fascination with the reclusive siblings, as they all had long blonde hair, all beautiful, and fun.

That all being said, their parents withdrew them from school and kept them inside in fear of that they would take their own lives like their little sister. The boys recall how much they simply loved them and kept in contact with them over the phone with a series of songs they would play for each other. Eventually, the siblings invited the boys over in an attempt to help them escape their home-prison, but like the title of the film reads, the boys got more than they bargained for. Sofia Coppola does a perfect job of showing us both the good and bad, as well as the beautiful and ugliness of how people can act, whether it be overprotective parents, flirting, and even betrayal, which are things we all go through in high-school. It's a perfect balance of something genuine and real, which each actor brings their certain simplistic charm to each role.

Again, almost two decades later, The Virgin Suicides is as relevant as ever in regards to how we treat others. The camera work, script, and performances are all top notch here, along with the incredible music score by the French band, Air. It's no doubt that Sofia exploded onto the directorial scene with this film, as it's one of the more important pieces of cinema over the past 20 years. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Virgin Suicides comes with a 50GB Blu-ray Disc from Criterion  There is a Criterion booklet that is fully illustrated, which includes cast and crew information, tech specs, and an essay by Megan Abbott on the film. This comes with Spine #920. The discs and booklet are housed in a hard, clear plastic case. 

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This Criterion version of The Virgin Suicides comes with a 1080p HD transfer and is presented in 1.67:1 aspect ratio. According to the Criterion text, this new transfer was approved by Sofia Coppola herself and is in fact a new digital transfer of the film that was created in 4K resolution from the 35mm original camera negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, and warps were manually removed as well. Needless to say, this new transfer is excellent when compared to previous releases.

The colors are more natural and well-balanced, enhancing some of the white levels of the fantasy elements much better. The colors of the clothing and suburban neighborhoods are all bold and striking, but never overly done. It's a more subtle color palette, rather than harsh looking primary colors. The detail is sharp and vivid too, revealing facial features, including freckles, individual hairs, makeup effects, and more. The grain for the film adds to the filmic aspect of the movie and only adds to the time period of the film in the best ways possible.

There are certain scenes that have a blue or green tint to them, but these are stylistic choices to enhance emotions and the tone of the picture and not a transfer issue. Lastly, the black levels are all deep and inky and the skin tones are natural. There are no issues with any banding, aliasing, or video noise to speak of either.

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This release comes with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix, and according to the Criterion booklet, the original track was remastered from the 35mm Dolby SR magnetic track where clicks, thumps, hiss, hum, and crackle were all manually removed. There isn't much to this audio track, in that there are no gunshots or explosions. Instead, this is a very soft sounding mix.

Highlights are the impressive soundtrack music, which always adds to the emotional tone of the film in the best ways possible. Dialogue is crystal clear and easy to follow, and free of all problems. The bigger sound effects are all robust and full, but never over-bearing. From this quiet dialogue-driven movie, this is a great audio presentation. 

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Revisiting The Virgin Suicides (HD, 27 Mins.) - These are new interviews, made specifically for this release in which Sofia Coppola, cinematographer Ed Lachman, and actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett talk about making the film and what it means to them some two decades later. Topics include working with Coppola, the original novel, the tone, and music of the film.

Jeffrey Eugenides (HD, 16 Mins.) - This new interview was also made for this release in which the author and writer of the film talk about writing the book and how he became involved with the movie adaptation. He talks about the production of the film, the characters, the actors, and more.

Strange Magic (HD, 14 Mins.) - Also a new interview for this release, Tavi Gevinson talks about the tones and themes of the film and how it impacted audiences around the world.

Making The Virgin Suicides (HD, 23 Mins.) - The original behind the scenes featurette is here with interviews, raw footage, and discussions about the film.

Lick the Star (HD, 14 Mins.) - A short film by Sofia Coppola from 1988, which is in B&W.

Playground Love (HD, 4 Mins.) - This is the music video from Air that was featured in the film.

Trailers (HD, 4 Mins.) - Two trailers for the film are included here.

Criterion Booklet - Fully illustrated booklet featuring bast and crew info, tech specs, and an essay by Megan Abbott on the film.

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The Virgin Suicides still holds up some eighteen years later and brought the world the directorial stylings of Sofia Coppola. This film is a big gut-punch, but also a coming-of-age film in the most peculiar of ways. The performances and story are all top notch here, which has you hypnotized from scene one, just as the young boys in the movie are when they see the beautiful Libson sisters. Criterion has knocked it out of the park yet again with the new video and audio presentations, along with brand new bonus features, along with the vintage ones. This is a MUST-OWN for sure.

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When a body is discovered in a derelict building, DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) must untangle lies that have been covered up for nearly forty years. With her partner, DI Sunil "Sunny" Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) they narrow the list to four suspects, each with something to hide. As their deceptions are discovered, the people they love most begin to wonder what else they might be capable of.

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Coney Island on a cold winter's day is the setting for this thoughtful, yet very funny drama about friendship, memory, and regret. Two lifelong friends, Stan and Daniel, hear a rumor that childhood buddy Richie has lost his mind and is now homeless and living somewhere near the fabled amusement park. In a search for meaning in their own lives, they set off on a day-long quest to find him, encountering a cast of oddball characters including a philosophical skee-ball attendant, a most unlikely pair of lovers, and a less than freaky Freak show. In the process, we discover that Stan and Daniel have their own demons to deal with; Stan's drinking is bringing him to the brink of losing everything he loves, while Daniel harbors the memory of a betrayal that may have been more important than he could have ever imagined. When they actually find Richie, the revelations come fast and furious; the real reason for Richie's disappearance, the true impact of Daniel's treachery, and the extent of Stan's descent into alcoholism. When the dust settles they are faced with the dilemma: what do they do now?

Based on a true story, the award-winning Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back by Five is a journey that goes from the hilarious to the heart-rending. It is about the limits of friendship, and the meaning of love. 

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Be careful what you witch for with this spellbinding thriller that delves into the realms of ancient covens and the conquistadors who loathe them. Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I.) delivers a commanding performance as James Robertson, an antique dealer living in Manila. James buys a Spanish painting dating back to 1592 from an art gallery ... because the painting depicts three witches being burned at the stake and one of the witches has an uncanny resemblance to James' wife, Chris. But the similarity turns out to be much more than a coincidence when Chris becomes possessed by the spirit of her evil doppelganger. She soon meets two local women who resemble the other two witches from the painting. The three decide to murder James, as he may be a descendant of the conquistador responsible for the burning of the original coven.

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With Dead Man, his first period piece, Jim Jarmusch imagined the nineteenth-century American West as an existential wasteland, delivering a surreal reckoning with the ravages of industrialization, the country’s legacy of violence and prejudice, and the natural cycle of life and death. Accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) has hardly arrived in the godforsaken outpost of Machine before he’s caught in the middle of a fatal lovers’ quarrel. Wounded and on the lam, Blake falls under the watch of the outcast Nobody (Gary Farmer), who guides his companion on a spiritual journey, teaching him to dispense poetic justice along the way. Featuring austerely beautiful black-and-white photography by Robby Müller and a live-wire score by Neil Young, Dead Manis a profound and unique revision of the western genre.

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Dead Man is the ultimate experimental western film with its unique visuals, modern musical score, and dialogue. This movie has everything going for it -- acting, story, cinematography, characters -- and features an incredible cast. Johnny Depp, Robert Mitchum, John Hurt, Crispin Glover, Gabriel Byrne, Lance Henricksen, Billy Bob Thorton, Alfred Molina, and Iggy Pop. I think this impressively creative and brutal film might be my favorite Jim Jarmusch movie.  Must-Own!

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Back in 1995, a brilliant filmmaker named Jim Jarmusch decided to make his own version of a western. Coming off of films such as Down By Law, Night On Earth, and Permanent Vacation, you could easily tell that Jarmusch's vision of a Western would be completely different than anything that came before it. His ability to tell a ruthless and well-researched story, along with his own original brand of dark humor and a magnificent score, only made Dead Man one of the better and most memorable films to come out of the 1990s. 

Dead Man follows a young man named William Blake (Johnny Depp) who is on his way to take up an accounting job across the country in a small town. Once there, he finds out that the job has already been filled and is forced to leave at gunpoint from the company's owner, John Dickenson. With no money or place to sleep, a local prostitute helps him out, but her ex-lover finds them in bed together and shoots them both. Blake survives while killing the woman's ex, only to find out the ex is Dickenson's son, who then hires a band of ruthless outlaws to hunt him down.

As Blake is on the run, he crosses paths with a Native American who goes by the name Nothing, as they help each other get away from the outlaws. Director Jim Jarmusch has added several modern elements throughout this film that bring this Western into its own category. It's brutally violent, but has a bit of dark comedy along with an amazing score from legendary songwriter Neil Young. The relationship Blake forges with Nothing is quite thrilling as we get a glimpse into both men's past of turmoil.

It's a very poetic film in how it's told as well, both literally and visually. Nothing is infatuated with the poet William Blake who just happens to be the name of the main character here, while the black & white visuals showcase even more detail to the story and feel of the film. Dead Man is one of those forgotten movies that still holds up more than twenty years later. Its performances, storytelling, brutality, and the dynamic relationship between Nothing and Blake are nothing short of flawless. To this day, I believe Johnny Depp models most of his characters after this William Blake persona. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Dead Man comes with a 50GB Blu-ray Disc from Criterion. There is a Criterion booklet that is fully illustrated, which includes cast and crew information, tech specs, and essays by Amy Taubin and Ben Ratliff. This comes with Spine #919. The disc and booklet are housed in a hard, clear plastic case.

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Back in 2011, we had a Blu-ray release of the film, which looked okay at best. Finally though, we have a Criterion version of the movie with a brand new 4K digital transfer that was supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch. According to the Criterion booklet, the new transfer and restoration was created form the original 35mm negative, where thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, and warps were manually removed. Also, the film has been reverted back to its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio after the 2011 release came with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio.

With the new aspect ratio, there is more to see in each frame, particularly the edges of the screen. The black and white colors are dynamic in well-lit environments as well as the night time scenes around campfires. The detail is very sharp and vivid throughout too. Facial pores are easily seen as well as individual hairs on the actor's faces. The wider shots that showcase the wooden sets in the Western town or even the bark on the trees look impressive with fine detail. The black levels are deep and inky throughout with zero crush. There is a perfect layer of filmic grain throughout that never fluctuates. This is a remarkable video presentation and the best the film has ever looked.

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This release comes with a DTS-HD MA 2.0 mix that, according to the Criterion booklet, was remastered from the 35mm magnetic tracks. All of the pops, cracks, hiss, and thumps were manually removed. It's a solid sounding track for sure with gun blasts sounding fairly robust, but never packing a ton of bass or heft like if it were a modern day action blockbuster. Instead, it's more realistic sounding.

The large sound of the trains moving by or horses trotting along all sound full and dynamic in each scene. The dialogue is always clear and easy to follow along with and free of any issues. The spotlight though here is the amazing musical score from Neil Young, with impressive guitar riffs and chords that completely make the film. It's a great soundtrack.

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Audio Commentary - Production designer Bob Ziembicki and sound mixer Drew Kunin deliver an engaging commentary track here, where they discuss the tones and theories on the film, along with the music, and anecdotes from the set. There are some long gaps in the discussion though so beware. 

Q&A With Jim (HD, 48 Mins.) - This new featurette is super cool. Criterion had fans of the film and Jarmusch send in questions for him to answer, which he does here. He reads the questions off and gives amazing answers to everything you wanted to know about the movie. There are 30 questions in total that he asks, from the food, the movie Dolemite, the music, and more. What a fantastic extras, which I hope shows up more in Criterion releases. This is audio only with an image of the film laid over. In addition to this, Criterion has allowed you to view/listen to the whole Q&A or select a specific question you'f like to listen to.

Interview with Gary Farmer (HD, 27 Mins.) - Here is a brand new interview with actor Gary Farmer who played Nothing in the film as he gives a video interview about working on the film, how he got the part, the character, and working with Depp and Jarmusch. A great interview.

Reading Blake (HD, 8 Mins.) - Iggy Pop, Alfred Molina, and Mili Avital all read select poems of William Blake here as photo stills from scouting the film are shown. 

Deleted Scenes (SD, 15 Mins.) - There are several deleted scenes here, which are in poor quality. Watching these scenes compared to the new transfer is night and day. Still, these scenes are worth watching, even if the video quality isn't great. 

Neil Young (SD, 30 Mins.) - This two-part featurette showcases raw footage of Neil Young composing the score to the film, while he watches it on a small screen in front of his instruments. The footage is not in HD, but rather poor and in a dark studio space. The other small featurette here is a music video of Neil Young performing some of the music from the film with clips from the movie spliced in. If you push the audio button on your remote, you'll be able to listen to Johnny Depp read a William Blake poem over the video.

Black and White in Color (HD, 1 Min.) - A slideshow of production stills of the film in full color. 

Trailer (HD, 3 Mins.) - Trailer for the film. 

Criterion Booklet - A fully illustrated booklet with cast and crew info, technical aspects, and two essays on the film by Amy Taubin and Ben Ratliff.

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Unique direction, poetic storytelling, an all-star cast, a fantastic score, and cracking dialog make Dead Man the ultimate experimental western. This fantastic film still holds up today and might even be my favorite Jim Jarmusch movie (it's certainly one of his best of that decade). Criterion has knocked the Blu-ray out of the proverbial park with a new 4K master, cleaned up audio, and some of the best extras to be found. MUST-OWN!

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Den of Thieves is a gritty Los Angeles crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Department and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as they plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of Downtown Los Angeles. Filled with gripping, explosive action and an ending that left audiences stunned, Den of Thieves is an electrifying game of cat-and-mouse that critics call "a gritty, realistic, engrossing LA heist movie" (Michael Rougeau, Gamespot).

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I was pleasantly surprised to see that Den of Thieves is a better than average crime drama. Unfortunately, choosing machismo posturing over plausibility cause it to lose the tension that this film so desperately needs, which would have caused it to be something so much more. But with a top-notch audio track and great video transfer, Den of Thieves proves to be Worth A Look.

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As far back as I can remember, I always loved a good crime drama. From loving Dick Tracy as a child to being enthralled with Heat as an adult, though my taste in the genre has changed my love for the genre has remained tried and true. Some of my favorite scenes of all time come from Heat, like the coffee shop scene with Pacino and De Niro, or the bank shootout on the California streets. Unfortunately, there has been a drought of good crime films this past decade or so, and even though the decks were stacked against Den of Thieves, I had hoped it would at least hold me over until one with a more notable cast list came along. 

Beginning with its opening shootout, director Christian Gudegast shows he understands how to film a shootout in a way that feels visceral and tactile, though not as good as the best of the genre. Pablo Schreiber's character of Ray is excellent as the leader of this band of criminals. He is the perfect mixture of calm and collected, while still coming across dangerous and in charge. He has recruited a mostly intelligent group of criminals to help pull off his heist to top all heists. With the exception of 50 Cent's character, everyone has their own unique role in the caper, giving the feeling that they are integral to pulling it off. Not least of which is getaway driver Ronnie Wilson (O’Shea Jackson), who gets caught in the middle of both sides, criminal and cop, and has the moral dilemma of where his allegiance lies. All of these are generally good conflicts, and the film works best when concentrating on Ray and his crew.

And, of course, we have to have the Pacino archetype here. That comes in the form of “detective” ‘Big Nick’ O’Brian. Detective is in air-quotes because he just so happens to be one of the worst detectives to ever grace the big screen. From his introductory scene (ripped straight out of Heat) where he is going over the crime scene, it is like they took every L.A. cop stereotype, put it in an oven, and baked until burnt to an inedible crisp. He’s a down on his luck, alcoholic, deadbeat husband cop who hires hookers to a hotel room just to keep up the façade that he is a recluse. And Butler doesn’t do his character any favors either. To say he plays the character broad and over the top is an understatement. Every interaction he has in the film is met with the most over the top, machismo response so that it becomes comical.

Speaking of comedy, the so-called "detective" work in Den of Thieves is so obvious it makes Inspector Clouseau seem brilliant. I mean there is a scene here where Ray and his crew are with their families at a teppanyaki restaurant, and Nick decides to show up, blow his and someone else's cover, and draw attention to the fact that he is on to them in the most obnoxious way. In another scene, Nick literally decides it’s a good idea to seduce and then sleep with Ray's wife, just to have an awkward stare down when Ray comes home. The perfect analogy for Nick's detective work is this: imagine if Colombo was actually as dumb as he let on before he entrapped his suspect. That is Nick's detective level here. But not only is he a bad detective, but he also is a pretty terrible person and hard to root for. In the end, Den of Thieves is like that grease-filled cheesy bread you get at your local pizza shops. It isn't what you should be consuming, and it might even kill you, but it tastes delicious and does its job just fine.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Universal brings Den of Thieves to Blu-ray in standard fashion with slipcover to hardcover casing. Enclosed is a BD-50 Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD code. Surprisingly, there are no trailers to be seen here. We are brought straight to the main menu, where we are allowed to select the theatrical or unrated version from there.

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Den of Thieves puffs out its chest and postures on Blu-ray, giving us a 1080p MPEG-4 encode that definitely flexes its muscles when it needs to. Framed at a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, this was all shot digitally with an Arri Alexa camera and boasts a 2K DI. Right from the opening heist, we are greeted with a great amount of detail despite the intentionally underlit night scene. Black levels continue to be impressive, especially in darker scenes like these, making great use of the Arri Alexa’s capabilities. In lighter daylight scenes, rays of sunlight have a yellow hue to them providing an engaging visual dynamic. There is a healthy amount of digital grain that looks to be done in post for a more gritty effect, but never does it subtract from the clarity of the image. I did notice a marginal amount of aliasing around background elements in a few scenes. By and large, I would say this is the most subdued portion of a film that in all other areas takes a more boisterous tack, which is much appreciated.

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Den of Thieves assaults your home theater with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix that is a true show stopper. I have already expressed my love for the bank shootout in Heat. Much of that has to do with the expert audio design done in that film. Thieves recreates that same exhilarating sound design during the shootouts. Every bullet fires off with a shocking crack that echoes through the sound field. Rarely do I hear visceral impact on this level, and when I do, it is music to this audiophile's ears. The score is presented throughout the fronts, through the LFE track, into the surrounds. Dialogue is crystal clear, with generous levels throughout. This is an extremely aggressive, bombastic track that is sure to become demo material for this reviewer's collection.

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Audio Commentary – This is only available for the theatrical version. The director and producer come back for a marginally informative audio track. I do like my commentaries a little more technical than this, but this is the place to hear them talk about the action moments in the film.

Alpha Males (HD 2:06) - Need a deeper look at the machismo men in this film? This is a shallow look at the lead characters.

Into the Den (HD 2:06) - A needless and all too brief run through of the plot.

Alameda Corridor (HD 3:13) - The final shootout here is pure adrenalized action. This is an all too short look at what made this scene possible. 

Outtakes (HD 23:22) - Den of Thieves is a film that already overstays its welcome. This collection of extended and deleted scenes would make this almost three hours long. That is way too long for a film like this and they were rightfully cut. 

Theatrical Trailer #1 (HD 2:32)

Theatrical Trailer #2 (HD 2:22)

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Den of Thieves can be an obnoxiously machismo film. It goes out of its way for macho posturing, in detriment to plausibility. Gerard Butler does turn in a terribly clichéd, over the top performance that I am still laughing at as we speak. But beyond that are characters that are deeper than they seem on the surface. The heist is well thought out. And the action in the film stands toe to toe with the most kinetic action scenes out there today. Throw in a good video transfer and a stellar audio mix and you get a release that is definitely Worth A Look.

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Featuring an explosion of song and dance, as well as star-making performances from John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, GREASE made an indelible impact on popular culture.  40 years later, the film remains an enduring favorite as legions of new fans discover the memorable moments, sensational soundtrack and classic love story.  Boasting unforgettable songs including “Greased Lightnin,” “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” “Beauty School Drop Out” and, of course, “Grease,” the film is a timeless feel-good celebration.

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Grease is still the word as it celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new Blu-ray release and a new 4K transfer (albeit only rendered in 1080p on Blu-ray). There's a few new bonus features as well, but the real draw here is the updated image. Those who have 4K capability will want to go with that version, but if you're wired for 1080p with no intention of updating in the near future, this version of the movie is Recommended.

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Ah, Grease...the hit musical from 1978 that taught young women everywhere that if they just started to smoke and dress in slutty clothing, they'd have a shot at the cute guy. I'm, of course, poking a little fun at the plot here, but let's be honest: Grease's appeal has never been from its rather lackluster and simplistic story, it's always been about the music and those fantastic dance numbers led by John Travolta.

The movie marked Travolta's second of a three-picture deal he had made with Paramount Pictures (back in the day when movie stars made such long-term commitments to studios), the first of which was Saturday Night Fever and the last of which would be Urban Cowboy. Of these three films, Grease was by far the most successful and the first Travolta movie fully accessible to mainstream audiences – as the R-rated Saturday Night Fever kept many of the teens that would prove to become Travolta's biggest fans out of theaters for that release (back in the day when theater owners actually enforced the MPAA rules).

If Saturday Night Fever established Travolta as a star, there's little doubt that Grease propelled him into superstar territory. While his singing talent has always been average, at best, Travolta's on-screen charm and exceptional dance ability almost make one wish he was born 20 years earlier – he would have been perfect for the great movie musicals of the 50s and 60s, yet came of age when the genre was slowly dying – indeed, Grease was the last blockbuster hit live-action musical film until the genre had a semi-resurgence in the early 2000s, starting with titles such as Moulin Rogue! and Chicago.

Grease, of course, is based on a stage musical of the same name, which started production back in Chicago in 1971 (a new bonus feature on this release relays that story). What's interesting about the movie version, though – and what kind of separates Grease from other movies based on preexisting stage musicals – is that it's not the musical numbers from the stage version (such as "Greased Lightning" and "Summer Nights") that causes the film version to soar. It's the music written exclusively for the movie, most notably "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Your The One That I Want", that were (in this reviewer's opinion, at least) the major reason the movie took off and became 1978's domestic box office king. In fact, those added songs were so popular, audiences who loved the movie and went to see the musical version were often disappointed to find out their favorite songs were not part of the stage production. Finally, in a 1993 revival and again in a 2007 revival (as well as a live TV version of the stage musical that aired in 2016), the popular songs from the film version were incorporated into the stage version and are likely to stay there in future revivals.

As for this new 40th Anniversary release, you'll want to review our specs coverage below to decide if this one is worth adding to your collection. As noted, if you don't already own the movie, this release is certainly worth your consideration. As for the film itself, it's still a blast to watch and – after all these years - Grease is still very much the "word".

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Grease dances back onto Blu-ray in this new 40th Anniversary packaging, a DigiBook designed to look like a Rydell High yearbook, with 16 pages worth of color photos. The 50GB Blu-ray and dual-layer DVD are held on a plastic overlapping hub on the inside right of the DigiBook. There are no front-loaded trailers on either the Blu-ray or the DVD; however, Blu-ray users will be asked to make a language selection before the disc goes to the main menu. The menu is a montage of footage from the movie (over the song "You're the One That I Want") and menu selections across the bottom of the screen.

The Blu-ray in this release is region-free.

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Grease was shot on 35mm film and is presented here in the 2:40:1 aspect ratio. The transfer on this release is the result of a brand-new 4K remastering, although – sadly – Paramount only provided this website with the Blu-ray release, so I'm unable to report on how the movie looks in Ultra HD.

The biggest difference between this version of the movie and the old Blu-ray is the huge color boost given to the film. I'm sure if we asked Paramount or those who worked on this transfer, they'd tell us that the new colors represent how the original negative looked, but it does appear that they've tinkered with the image a bit more than that – providing an amp up in color that the original movie never intended or captured on camera. How does the movie look? Well, it does indeed pop with bright colors, particularly when compared to the rather subdued and slightly darker rendering of the 2009 Blu-ray release (comparisons can be seen in the screenshots I've provided with this review).

However, while the colors stand out more, I'm not sure details are any better in this new release and – in fact – they may be just a touch worse. There is some evidence that not only has Paramount smoothed over some of the grain, but have slightly smoothed over some of the details in various shots as well. It's not enough to say this transfer is any better or worse than the old transfer, but depending on how much of a "purist" one is when it comes to movies, the old Blu-ray release may actually be the more preferable one (no, this reviewer isn't buying any argument that the color representation here is an accurate to the original negative). Still, this isn't one of those situations (seen with other re-masterings) where those involved have given the image a huge DNR scrubbing, smoothed over all the grain, or have given the movie a vastly different re-framing. The major difference here is in color and contrast, so pick the one you like more, and go with that version.

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The featured audio here is an English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track, although – according to all reports I can find re: this track online – this is not the same TrueHD track that was on the prior release, but actually a new rendering created from the original six-track mix created for the original 70mm print. The best moments, obviously, are during the songs, when the audio really comes to life. There's a noticeable amping up of the track here and a quality dynamic range that includes some nice LFE thumping, when applicable. Dialogue is equally clear throughout, without a hint of muddiness. One wonders if they'll try and tinker with the audio one more time in some future release of the movie (like the inevitable 50th anniversary down the road). I hope not...this track is fine as-is (although, honestly, I think the prior TrueHD version was fine as well) and any sort of upgrade to 7.1 or even Atmos would seem like overkill.

In addition to the lossless English track, an English Audio Description track is also an option, as are 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks in German, Spanish (Castilian), French, Portuguese, and Italian; a 2.0 Dolby Digital Japanese track, and a mono Dolby Digital Spanish (Latin) track. Subtitles are available in English, English SDH, Cantonese, Danish, German, Spanish (Latin), Spanish (Castilian), French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Hungarian, Chinese Mandarin, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Simplified Chinese, Finnish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.

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Commentary by Director Randal Kleiser and Choreographer Patricia Birch – The majority of bonus materials on this release are archival and from the 2006 "Rockin' Rydell" DVD. This commentary track is one of them. It's an okay listen, although die hards won't find out a whole lot new about the movie.

Introduction by Randal Kleiser (SD 0:24) – A brief intro to the movie from its director.

Rydell Sing-Along – A karaoke version of the movie, with lyrics provided so you can channel your inner John Travolta and/or Olivia Newton-John. Also given here is the option to jump to any one of the film's 11 songs. Missing? The theme song, "Grease" – come on!

The Time, The Place, The Motion: Remembering Grease (SD 22:26) – An entertaining featurette with members of the cast and crew (including Travolta and Newton-John) providing their memories of making the movie.

Grease: A Chicago Story (HD 24:30) –This brand-new featurette takes a look at the very first version of Grease to hit the stage.

Alternate Animated Main Titles (HD 3:44) – Another new bonus feature, this one showing how the original title sequence was designed to play to a different song – seen here for the first time. Bottom line? They made the right choice with the Gibb/Valli collaboration – this "Grease" song is awful. There's also a short introduction here from Director Randal Kleiser.

Alternate Ending (HD 0:45) – Shown here in color for the first time (and mostly animated), this "alternate ending" isn't much different from the one we're familiar with.

Deleted/Extended Alternate Scenes (SD 10:17) – A collection of 11 deleted and unused scenes, with the option to watch them back to back or individually. Starting with an introduction from the director (0:17), the scenes consist of: "T-Birds Harass Eugene – Extended" (0:38), "Classroom Announcements - Extended" (2:36), "Pink Ladies and Sandy at Lunch – Extended" (0:46), "She's Too Pure to be Pink – Extended" (0:46), "Intro to Summer Nights – Deleted" (0:21), "Rydell Pep Rally – Extended" (0:59), "Kenickie and Danny Outside Frosty's – Deleted" (0:36), "The Stroll – Extended" (0:24), "National Bandstand – Alternate" (1:15), "At the Dance – Alternate/Extended" (1:22), and "Thunder Road – Deleted (0:12). Note: All this footage is in black and white.

Grease Reunion 2002 – DVD Launch Party (SD 15:13) – Highlights of the big party thrown to celebrate the movie's DVD release, including footage of Travolta and Newton-John reuniting on stage for a live performance.

Grease Memories from John and Olivia (SD 3:23) – In this footage that was also taken from the 2002 Grease DVD Launch Party, the two leads reminisce about the movie.

The Moves Behind the Music (SD 8:14) – This featurette takes a look at the dance/production numbers in the movie.

Thunder Roadsters (SD 5:22) – This segment takes the "Greased Lighting" sequence of the movie and turns it into a larger (and largely unrelated to the film) look at classic cars in general and the people who love them.

John Travolta and Allan Carr "Grease Day" Interview (SD 1:48) – In an archival interview from 1978, the producer of Grease interviews its star.

Olivia Newtwon-John and Robert Stigwood "Grease Day" Interview (SD 2:06) – In another archival interview from 1978, Grease's other producer interviews its other star.

Photo Galleries – A selection of four different photo galleries, consisting of: "Rydell High Year Book", "Production", "Premiere", and "Grease Day". The images are navigated using one's remote control.

Theatrical Trailer (HD 2:09) – The original theatrical trailer for Grease.

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Grease gets a new 4K transfer and a brand-new audio track in this 40th Anniversary release, although – assuming one isn't wired for 4K – picking up this Blu-ray version is going to depend largely on if one already owns the prior release and what one thinks of the "new look" that this version provides. Still, with a few new bonus materials on tap (and all the previously released ones included), this title is Recommended for those that don't yet own the film on home video and have no plans to make the 4K leap in the near future.

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Bill Rohan, a young boy living on the outskirts of London experiences the exhilaration of World War II, as seen through the eyes of director John Boorman, who also wrote and produced the autobiographical film. During this period, Bill learns about sex, death, love, hypocrisy, and the faults of adults as he prowls the ruins of bombed houses on Rosehill Avenue. His childlike father is off chasing patriotic dreams of glory from behind a military clerk's typewriter; his teenage sister runs wild; his mother can't cope; and everything in the end will eventually turn out all right.

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Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army captain (Christian Bale) who, after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche, and ruthless outliers that they encounter along the way.

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A western in name only, Hostiles focuses on racial prejudice as it tells the tale of a bitter, bigoted army captain tasked with returning a Native American war chief to his homeland in a dark, brooding, and ultra-violent manner. The Blu-ray presentation features a beautifully crisp if overly bright video transfer, terrific audio, and a comprehensive behind-the-scenes documentary. Hostiles may not satisfy fans of traditional westerns, but it’s still Worth a Look.

You can also check out our 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review HERE.

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Take Apocalypse Now and transfer it to the American West and you've basically got Hostiles, the latest character-driven drama from writer-director Scott Cooper. Yet this journey across rugged terrain that exposes the dark recesses of the human soul lacks the flash and fury of Francis Ford Coppola's psychedelic epic, despite its excessive violence and potent themes. Like Cooper's other films (Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace chief among them), Hostiles feels too carefully and preciously constructed, as if every scene is designed to produce an indelible "moment." The poetic script often rings true, but we don't need to cherish each line of dialogue and every significant look or reaction shot. Ultimately, too much introspection stymies what should be a taut action movie, and the lack of narrative drive winds up distancing us from an intimate and important tale.

As blatantly stated on the cover art, the film promotes the idea that “we are all hostiles” (the line is adapted from a quote by Theodore Roosevelt that opens the movie), and the violent, bigoted impulses that propel the human race will one day destroy it, unless we can all find common ground. Army Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) epitomizes that anger and wears it like a badge of honor. Borne from decades of witnessing senseless deaths - first in the Civil War and later at the hands of marauding Native Americans waging desperate battles to protect their land and preserve their identity - it spreads inside him like a festering disease, and he can barely contain it when he’s ordered by his commanding officer at Fort Berringer, New Mexico in 1892 to escort Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi), an imprisoned Cheyenne war chief who has just received a government-mandated release, back to his native land in Montana. Riddled with cancer, Yellow Hawk wants to die at home, but the damaged, bitter Blocker blames him for the slaughter of several of his comrades and can barely stomach the sight of him.

Threatened with the loss of his pension (as well as a court martial), Blocker reluctantly accepts the mission and assembles a posse to accompany him. Not long after they embark, they come upon the charred remains of a small ranch and find the grief-stricken, delusional Rosalee Quaid (Rosamund Pike) quivering in a barn. A roaming band of Comanches recently murdered her husband and three children, and after Blocker and his men gain Rosalee’s trust and help her bury her brood, they promise to find her a safe haven. As the caravan traverses the unforgiving desert, it’s beset by more violence, but the shared struggles begin to bridge the gaping chasm that separates Blocker and Yellow Hawk, who slowly realize they’re not as different as their backgrounds, traditions, languages, and skin color might suggest. Rosalee also fosters a kinship with the tribe, as everyone on this journey of discovery learns hard truths about themselves and mankind.

Racial issues dominate Hostiles, which preaches tolerance and equality with a heavy hand. The timeless message certainly bears repeating in our current climate, which is dominated by arguments over immigration, refugees, and discrimination, yet while Cooper hammers home his points, does he do so at the expense of producing a good western? Gorgeous scenery and meticulous attention to period detail aside, Hostiles often feels like it’s trying to adapt to the genre, just as Blocker tries to adapt to a changing world in which he feels he no longer fits. Building a movie around a message is tricky business, and Cooper often gets lost in the weeds. Western clichés can be corny, but a few of them are necessary to provide context, and by refusing to embrace them, Hostiles sometimes feels as isolated and adrift as its main character.

No doubt about it, this is a well-made motion picture, but I had trouble connecting to it. The characters feel too remote, the mood is too somber (I don’t think Bale cracks a single smile during the whole movie), and the entire enterprise exudes an off-putting air of self-importance. Bale is a very good actor, but his work here is overly studied and mechanical. Everyone, in fact, walks around in what seems like a traumatized stupor, making it hard to feel anything but numb even during scenes of graphic violence (of which there are too many). Only Ben Foster, as a disgraced sergeant who arrives in the movie too late and departs too early, registers much of a pulse.

Deliberate pacing is a hallmark of Cooper’s films, and it often puts a drag on them. He draws vivid characters, yet prefers to expose their ticks and quirks rather than craft an exciting narrative. Hostiles includes several thrilling sequences, but after the opening assault on the Quaid family, they lack visceral impact. This is a film that probably needs to be seen several times to absorb all the subtleties and gain a complete understanding of the characters, but I don’t believe I’ll ever have the patience or desire to perform such a task.

Hostiles isn’t your father’s or your grandfather’s western. And despite its good heart, admirable ideals, and noble aspirations, that’s a shame. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Hostiles arrives on Blu-ray packaged in a standard case inside a sleeve. A standard-def DVD and a leaflet containing the code to access the Digital Ultraviolet copy are tucked inside the front cover. Video codec is 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 and audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Once the disc is inserted into the player, previews for The Hurricane Heist, 47 Meters Down, and Friend Request precede the full-motion menu with music.

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Terrific clarity and contrast distinguish the 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer of Hostiles, but the picture’s overly bright appearance occasionally lends this rendering a glaring harshness. While the natural light that’s often employed during nocturnal scenes and in dingy interiors proves problematic in the 4K UHD transfer, it fares much better here. Shadow delineation is quite good and incidents of crush are merely sporadic. The cinematography, however, doesn’t look quite as lush, but the stunning vistas of both the Southwest deserts and Northwest forests remain intact. The red rock formations set against verdant evergreens often produce glorious images, while vibrant hues make elements like warpaint, foliage, blood, the shiny hides of horses, and the landscape’s dusty red clay pop. Close-ups are sharp and the absence of grain lends the picture a smooth finish. No marks of any kind sully the pristine source material and no digital enhancements could be detected. While more lushness and warmth might make this transfer easier on the eyes, its bold appearance complements the film’s gritty subject matter and the desolation of the Old West.

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Details abound in the well-balanced, crisply rendered DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. From crackling flames, babbling brooks, jangling chains, and footsteps crunching in the sand to chirping crickets, gentle breezes, piecing gunfire, and horse hooves galloping across the wild terrain, the audio always sounds lifelike and helps to fully immerse us in the rugged atmosphere. Palpable surround activity and distinct front-channel stereo separation produce a wide, enveloping soundscape, while strong bass frequencies supply welcome weight and booming accents. An expansive dynamic scale fully embraces Max Richter’s music score, which benefits from superior fidelity and tonal depth, and no distortion or surface noise mar the mix. Some of the dialogue is so soft-spoken it can be difficult to comprehend, but that’s the only hiccup on this impressive, beautifully modulated track.

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The only disc supplement is the in-depth, three-part, 63-minute documentary, A Journey of the Soul: The Making of Hostiles. Writer-director Scott Cooper dominates the lengthy piece, which also includes interviews with Bale, Pike, Studi, and other members of the cast and crew, as well as plenty of behind-the-scenes footage. Cooper stresses he wanted to make Hostiles on his own terms, notes he wrote the script expressly for Bale, and points out the film is a western ”only in era and locale.” He also says he tried to avoid western cliches and focus more on character. Other topics include the New Mexico locations, set and costume design, and the actors’ approach to their respective roles. If you’re a Hostiles fan, you’ll certainly appreciate this well-made, comprehensive documentary, but the casual viewer may find it rather cumbersome.

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Dark, brooding, violent, and a bit lethargic, Hostiles paints a bleak portrait of a racially divided America through the prism of the Old West. Though the highly charged story of a bitter, bigoted army captain ordered to accompany a recently freed Native American war chief back to his Montana homeland takes place in 1892, it’s tough not to draw parallels to the racial turbulence afflicting our contemporary society. Writer-director Scott Cooper’s powerful, yet strangely numbing western adopts a self-important tone as it plods along and promotes its agenda, leaving the joys of the genre behind. Lionsgate’s Blu-ray presentation features a beautifully crisp video transfer that’s a hair too bright for my taste, terrific audio, and a comprehensive behind-the-scenes documentary. Western fans looking for the next Unforgiven will be disappointed, but despite its flaws, Hostiles is still Worth a Look.

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Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument, Bill kills him. Panic-stricken, he wanders the streets and eventually stops at a bar. There he runs into a drunken factory worker named Joe, who hates hippies, blacks, and anyone who is "different", and would like to kill one himself. The two start talking, and Bill reveals his secret to Joe. Complications ensue.

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What if all humans were given the unlimited power to advance our society overnight?

The entire world is stunned when a massive alien structure appears out of nowhere and absorbs a commercial jet. Fortunately for mankind, ace negotiator Shindo Kojiro is onboard the plane and bravely confronts the being which calls itself zaShunina. Though he seems to come in peace, zaShunina shares four incredible gifts that humanity may not be ready to accept, inciting tension between nations and instantly redefining the natural order of the world. Only Shindo and a select group of officials stand at the crossroads of humanity’s fate.

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Step aside Pennywise... These Killer Klowns from Outer Space are outta this world literally! and they're packing deadly popcorn guns and cotton candy cocoons!

When Mike and his girlfriend Debbie warn the local police that a gang of homicidal alien-clowns have landed in the nearby area (in a spaceship shaped like a circus big-top, no less), the cops are naturally sceptical. Before long however, reports are coming in from other anxious residents detailing similar run-ins with the large-shoed assailants. There can no longer be any doubt the Killer Klowns from Outer Space are here, and they're out to turn the Earth's population into candy floss!

Written and produced by the Chiodo brothers, known for their work on a host of special-effects laden hits such as Team America: World Police and the Critters movies, Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a cinematic experience unparalleled in this galaxy, now newly restored by Arrow Video for this stellar edition.

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"Get ready for an epic quest—the killer class is back, but this time they’ve got…magic?! It’s time for a fun-sized adventure with your favorite group of assassins! Join the chibi students of the E Class as they work their way through dungeons to defeat the Big Bad, aka the Demon King Koro Sensei. But their skills aren’t quite where they need to be, which means they’ll take lessons of swordsmanship and sorcery from the Demon King himself. Will they finally level up or suffer game over?

As they face familiar foes, they’ll gain the experience points they need to finally take on Koro Sensei—that is, if their bugs don’t get in the way! Cursed with nasty little quirks, they’ll endure misplaced aim, missing clothes, falling pans, and more annoying mishaps as they make their way towards the final boss."

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Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.

Margaret (Anne Carlisle) is a fashion model with dreams of stardom, whose alter ego and rival, Jimmy (also Carlisle), abuses and takes advantage of her to satisfy his rampant drug addiction. Unknown to them, tiny, invisible aliens have landed on the roof above the bohemian squalor in which they live and begin killing anyone Margaret has sex with to feed on their pleasure giving neurotransmitters. All the while, a German scientist attempts to capture and study them.

Hailed by Time Magazine as 'a two hour act of imagination,' Slava Tsukerman's LIQUID SKY is an underground masterpiece of avant-garde science fiction filmmaking. Set against the visual majesty of New York's early 80s New Wave scene, and filled with arresting cinematography by Yuri Neyman, along with an acclaimed original soundtrack, Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings this quintessential midnight movie to Blu-ray, newly restored in 4k from its original 35mm camera negative.

Bonus Features:
1. Scanned and restored in 4k from the 35mm original negative
2. Commentary track with: Slava Tsukerman (director)
3. Interview with Slava Tsukerman
4. Interview with Anne Carlisle (actress)
5. Director's introduction
6. "Liquid Sky Revisited" (2017) - 50 minute making-of documentary
7. Q&A from a 2017 Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers screening with: Slava Tsukerman, Anne Carlisle and Clive Smith (co-composer)
8. Isolated soundtrack
9. Never before seen outtakes
10. Alternate opening sequence
11. Behind the scenes rehearsal footage
12. Multiple trailers
13. Still gallery
14. Cover artwork by Derek Gabryszak

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In the epic finale to The Maze Runner Saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary last city, a WCKD controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get the answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. Will Thomas and the crew make it out alive? Or will Ava Paige get her way?

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As with its predecessors, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a well-executed YA adaptation and adequately entertaining, and the final entry culminates to a strong, satisfying conclusion of the series. The third installment races to Blu-ray with a gorgeous video presentation, a DTS-HD soundtrack and a healthy selection of supplements, making the overall package Recommended.

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Knowing this is their final entry in the dystopian sci-fi trilogy, the filmmakers responsible for adapting the popular YA novel series go balls to the wall and to the hilt in Maze Runner: The Death Cure, starting with an unexpectedly thrilling rescue mission aboard a speeding train. Last we left the runaway kids, they found safe haven with rebel organization The Right Arm but were soon betrayed by one of their own, making captives of friends and nearly collapsing the resistance group. In the opening minutes of this second sequel, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) has apparently moved up the ranks, taking a leadership role in the operation to save his friends despite previous entries leaving us to question his competency in such a role. He may eventually lead his team to an intended goal and destination, but it's never without extraneous difficulty and a great deal of mistrust, making his so-called successes more a result of dumb luck than as planned. And once again, his command rescues two familiar faces by chance but fails its main objective: saving Minho.

Granted, mistakenly leaving Minho (Ki Hong Lee) behind is really the catalyst and central point of the whole script, written by T.S. Nowlin, who is also responsible for the first two movies and served as co-writer on Pacific Rim Uprising. However, it all feels a bit too convenient, a seemingly random coincidence giving the protagonists (O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dexter Darden) an excuse to carry out another rescue attempt that quickly spirals out of control yet coincidentally works in the hero's favor. It's almost as if the filmmakers were solely relying on coincidences for moving the plot along, perhaps something along the lines of bumping into an old friend from the Glades previously thought dead (Will Poulter). By sheer chance, he is also part of a rebellion faction just outside the walls of Last City, the final stronghold of the WCKD organization responsible for imprisoning and testing on the kids. And of course, he also knows a secret entrance and the key to rescuing Minho: backstabbing, morally-ambiguous Teresa (Kaya Scodelario).

For a more in-depth take on the movie, you can read our review of the day-and-date 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray release HERE.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment brings Maze Runner: The Death Cure to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a flyer for a Digital HD Copy. The dual-layered Region A locked, BD50 disc sits comfortably opposite a DVD copy inside a blue, eco-cutout keepcase with a glossy slipcover. After a few skippable trailers, viewers are taken to the main menu screen with full-motion clips, the usual options along the bottom and music playing in the background.

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The third installment in the sci-fi action series escapes death with a marvelous, near-reference 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode that screams with an interestingly sullen yet eye-catching picture. The most fascinating aspect is Gyula Pados' weirdly captivating photography engulfed in an orange-teal palette that slightly skews the rest of the colors. Any scene outside the Last City or involving the resistance fighters is flooded in warm, hearty yellows and earthy browns, such as the hot desert scenery or inside the small rebel city. But conversations involving WCKD officials and their research facility are drowning in cold, steely blues, making it very clear who the cold-hearted villains are. While glowing, animated primaries supply the super-serious and brooding YA flick with some life, brightness levels deliver intensely rich blacks in the clothing and shadows, providing the 2.40:1 image with appreciable dimensionality and a welcomed cinema quality.

With spot-on contrast, the HD video is consistently vibrant and energetic with crisp, brilliant whites throughout, allowing for outstanding clarity in the far distance. Occasionally, some of the brightest sections, such as lamps and other sources of light, come off a tad strong and consume the finer details, but that seems like the result of the cinematography and doesn't happen too often. Nevertheless, the freshly-minted transfer comes with outstanding definition and resolution, revealing the tiniest object in the background, from the clean, distinct lines along the concrete walls of Last City to the rust scratches of the rebellion base. Viewers can plainly make out the stitching of clothing or individual pebbles on the desert floor, and facial complexions appear healthy with excellent lifelike textures, exposing every wrinkle and negligible blemish.

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The race to find a cure to death screeches and howlers to home theaters with a fantastic DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack, filling the entire room with the thrill and excitement of running from the infected. In truth, the track isn't quite as enveloping and consistently absorbing as the previous two entries, but the design holds its own splendidly well, delivering a variety of atmospherics that move between the surrounds smoothly. The tunnel scene and the final third act are an awesome highlight, as screams, gun blasts and and explosions echo all around. There are a couple times throughout when the helicopter-like blades of the aerial vehicles are distinctly heard in the sides and rears. But on the whole, the movie comes with a good deal of silence during the more dialogue-driven scenes, which is then offset by the sudden bursts of action.

Along the front soundstage, the design is far more satisfying and engaging, kept busy with lots of background activity. Various effects discretely move across all three channels evenly and fluidly, generating an awesomely wide and spacious image. An outstanding mid-range delivers superb detailing and clarity, allowing the listener to hear every grinding crunch of metal on metal, the distinct throaty shriek of the infected and the ear-piercing blasts of explosions. Amid the chaos and commotion, dialogue remains top priority and precise in the center. Slightly disappointing is a low-end that mostly hovers in the upper mid-bass levels, which still delivers an adequate punch and weight to the action but can also dig much deeper given the on-screen visuals. The bass may not energize the room in any particular standout way, but overall, the lossless mix is very satisfying with plenty of force behind it.

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All the same supplements are shared with its day-and-date 4K counterpart, which can be read in more detail in our 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review HERE.

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The filmmakers responsible for adapting the popular YA novel series go balls to the wall and to the hilt in Maze Runner: The Death Cure, bringing the franchise to a large, blockbuster-like, explosive finale. With the same cast of the previous two entries reprising their roles, the third installment delivers the visual thrills and excitement to maintain interest but not much else thanks to a script that arrives at a conclusion by sheer luck. The dystopian sci-fi sequel finds sanctuary on Blu-ray with a marvelous video presentation and a fantastic DTS-HD soundtrack. With a healthy collection of supplements to boot, the overall package is recommended for both fans of the franchise and those who've already invested time on the first two movies.

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In the year leading up to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

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An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.

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What happens when a drunken promise leads to living with a dragon? That’s Miss Kobayashi’s new reality when Tohru appears in her life. With a maid-slash-dragon in her home, she’s experiencing a whole new level of domestic bliss! But the dragons don’t stop there. On a mission to find Tohru appears Kanna, a little dragon with a big attitude. Before she knows it, Kobayashi’s got a house full of dragons—one serving tail and the other serving serious moe! Together, they live side-by-side with only the occasional disaster…well, maybe. But nothing beats coming home to the warm welcome of a dragon maid!

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When shark-mania struck America in the mid 1970s, it was only natural that a cartoon character would surface inspired by Steven Spielberg's Jaws. The result was MisterjawTM which represents one of the final accomplishments of animation legend Robert McKimson. With his signature catch phrase Gotcha! and his sidekick Catfish (the incomparable Arnold Stang) the German-accented great white (voiced by Arte Johnson of TV's Laugh-In) swam for a remarkable 34 episodes, which revived some of the popular tropes of classic animated shorts, while providing clever send-ups of the decade s other pop-cultural phenomena.

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Inspired by famed occultist Aleister Crowley's 1923 novel of the same name, Agusti Villaronga's film centers around the extraordinary 12-year-old David (Enrique Saldana), who has been adopted by a treacherous scientific cult where extraordinary mental powers are common. He begins an archetypal journey across two continents with Georgina (Lisa Gerrard) to find his destiny as Child of the Moon. 

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While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. Hilarity and adventure ensue when the book is stolen and Paddington and the Browns must unmask the thief.

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Evil Comes in All Sizes!

The story of Andre Toulon and the Puppet Master saga begins... Alex Whittaker and three other gifted psychics are investigating rumors that the secret of life has been discovered by master puppeteer Andre Toulon. But the psychics quickly discover Toulon's secret of death in the form of five killer puppets-each one uniquely qualified for murder and mayhem. Tunneler has a nasty habit of boring holes in people with his drill bit head. Ms. Leech regurgitates killer leaches that suck her victims dry. Pinhead strangles his enemies with his powerful vice-like hands. Blade has a gleaming hook for one hand and a razor-sharp knife for the other. And Jester, the ruthless brains of the bunch, is absolutely merciless. Together, they're an army of skilled assassins, diabolically programmed to guard the deadly secrets of the Puppet Master.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATUES

  • Introduction by Charles Band
  • ''No Strings Attached'': The Making of The Original Puppet Master
  • ''Puppet Master: Axis of Evil'' promo
  • Original Trailers From The Firth 12 Full Moon Features

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • One Blu-ray + DVD set
  • One retro style blister pack ''Blade'' action figure
  • Items are housed in an early 1980 s style ''big box VHS'' replica measuring appx. 9'' x 5 ¾'' x 1 ½''

THIS SET DOES NOT INCLUDE A VHS TAPE

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Carolina is the setting for this family drama which has a young tomboy (Jennifer Jones) falling for a local gentleman (Charlton Heston). Their relationship is as tempestuous as her lifestyle, which eventually takes her off to the seas as the captain of a ship.

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Sailor Moon SuperS Part 1 (Season 4) (Standard BD/DVD Combo Pack)

A majestic pegasus with a golden horn has appeared in Chibi-Usa’s dreams with a request—to help him and keep his presence a secret. This plea turns out to be more than a childish dream, for the fearsome Dead Moon Circus led by the villainous Zirconia arrive in town to draw out Pegasus by targeting people with beautiful dreams! Sailor Moon and the Guardians must unite to fight a new enemy and her deadly henchmen, the Amazon Trio. But without the power to transform into Super Sailor Moon, the Guardians find themselves seriously outmatched! Will Sailor Chibi Moon’s strong desire to protect everyone’s be the key to accessing Pegasus’s power?

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A majestic pegasus with a golden horn has appeared in Chibi-Usa’s dreams with a request—to help him and keep his presence a secret. This plea turns out to be more than a childish dream, for the fearsome Dead Moon Circus led by the villainous Zirconia arrive in town to draw out Pegasus by targeting people with beautiful dreams! Sailor Moon and the Guardians must unite to fight a new enemy and her deadly henchmen, the Amazon Trio. But without the power to transform into Super Sailor Moon, the Guardians find themselves seriously outmatched! Will Sailor Chibi Moon’s strong desire to protect everyone’s be the key to accessing Pegasus’s power?

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Are the Gallaghers finally on an upswing? As Season Eight begins, Frank emerges from a drug-induced haze determined to make amends and become a contributing member of society. Fiona strives for independence and discovers the pitfalls of being a successful landlord. Lip faces unexpected sacrifices to maintain his sobriety, while Ian takes up a new cause in his quest to win back Trevor. Debbie hopes welding school will secure a future for her and Franny, as Carl finds creative ways to pay for his tuition after he loses his scholarship. And Kev and V must deal with Svetlana after she tricks them into giving up their bar, turning The Alibi into Putin’s Paradise. Join William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and an incomparable cast for all 12 unabashed, unapologetic episodes.

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The country estate of filmmaker James Garrick has been haunted for centuries by a mysterious and deadly curse. Everyone in his family line comes to a gruesome end at the hand of an unknown supernatural assailant. When Garrick's long lost cousin Ann unexpectedly arrives at his secluded manor, mayhem and bloodshed soon follow. But is Ann the person behind these acts of carnage or could something more horrifying be afoot?

Taking inspiration from Italian gothic horror films and giallos, Norman J. Warren's TERROR features lurid gelled lighting, bizarre plot twists, and copious amounts of brutal bloodshed. A classic of British-made 70s horror, Vinegar Syndrome proudly brings Terror to Blu-ray, newly restored from its camera negative and featuring all of its jaw dropping carnage fully intact.

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Spoofing the 1972 blockbuster The Godfather (while paying homage to the classic gangster pictures of the 1930s and 40s), DePatie-Freleng's The Dogfather centers around a bumbling pack of canine mafiosi. Backed by his overgrown henchman Pug and the diminutive Louie (voice artist extraordinaire Daws Butler), the mumble-mouthed Dogfather (voiced by Bob Holt) unleashes his own breed of disorganized crime in a series of seventeen cartoons that were a conscious throwback to the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes films.

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The Maze has been referred to as "A dark fable... invaluably unique for its era" (Jeff Kuykendall, Midnight Only) and "One of the damnedest films ever made... surprisingly moving" (Bill Warren, Keep Watching the Skies!). These assessments are on the mark and only begin to describe one of the most intriguing 3-D movies ever made.

William Cameron Menzies' unique visual style produced one of the most stunning three-dimensional productions of all time. While other 3-D movies can boast higher budgets and more prestigious pedigrees, none can equal its inspired mix of mystery, science fiction and Lovecraftian horror.

One of the most highly desired 3-D films, The Maze will be restored from original 35mm left/right archival elements by Kino Lorber Studio Classics and the 3-D Film Archive!

The stereoscopic image restoration will be handled by Archive technical director Greg Kintz; dirt and damage cleanup will be done by digital artist Thad Komorowski and the lost three-channel stereophonic sound will be restored by audio engineer Eckhard Büttner.

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If you're a fan of old gothic-style horror and 3-D, it doesn't get much better than Kino Lorber's Blu-ray release of The Maze, which features a first-rate restoration by the talented team at 3-D Film Archive. Directed by William Cameron Menzies and starring genre stalwart Richard Carlson with Veronica Hurst, the film plays dark and mysterious using light and sound to creep you out while tickling the eye with some terrific 3-D visuals. 3-D Film Archive keeps raising the bar with their 3-D Blu-ray restorations and this transfer is no exception. The ominous and effective imagery is bolstered by a moody and effective three-channel stereophonic audio mix. If you love vintage 3-D titles, this is a Highly Recommended release. 

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"You shouldn't have come here." 

Growing up with a stable diet of horror films, I've come to love the movie that knows how not to rush things too quickly. If timing is the essential element for comedy, anticipation is the benchmark for effective and chilling horror. You tease the audience, you give them a little hint of flavor - you don't give them the full desert before the main course. So when the big reveal is made, it hits them over the head. This is how William Cameron Menzies crafted a chilling and effective gothic horror yarn with The Maze. Taking the basic elements of a family curse, Menzies along with his stellar cast including genre regular Richard Carlson with Veronica Hurst and Katherine Emery settle into a suspenseful and effective horror picture. Some may find the resolution to the mystery a bit on the silly side, but fans of vintage horror should get a kick out of it just the same and appreciate the bone-chilling ride along the way.

The whole show starts with the death of a Scottish Baron under mysterious circumstances. His nephew Gerald MacTeam (Richard Carlson) learns he is his uncle's only heir and must take over his position as Baronet of Craven Castle. Intent on marrying his fiancé Kitty (Veronica Hurst), Gerald is convinced it will be a simple matter of tying up a few loose ends, signing a few documents, and he can return and marry his bride-to-be. But for poor Kitty, it isn't that simple. As the weeks pass by, Kitty and her aunt Edith (Katherine Emery) grow impatient and concerned for Gerald. When a letter from Gerald finally does arrive, he seeks to break his engagement with Kitty and warns her to keep away from Craven Castle. Disregarding the dire word from Gerald, Kitty and Aunt Edith trek to the dark and mysterious Scottish castle in the hopes of learning what terrible fate has befallen poor Gerald - no matter the cost.

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If there is one thing The Maze does correctly is know how to pace itself. Each scene lasts only a few moments - just long enough to tease the audience a little bit, give them a tidbit of information before asking another little question that helps build the sense of dread. Throughout, one gets the ominous sense of foreboding. When Kitty and Edith arrive at the castle and see that the once young and virile Gerald has aged and grown notably weary, you want to know how and why. When Gerald insists his unwanted visitors stay in their locked rooms and not venture about the castle, you want to know what secret he's keeping. When Kitty is awakened in the night by the sound of shuffling and limping, she's terrified but must know what it is. It's something creepy. It's something mysterious. It makes you feel cold and frightened by the unknown. It's right out of The Hound of the Baskervilles or The Wolfman, a story that makes you fear the little nooks and crannies where light fails to shine. 

Now, I don't aim to spoil anything - as the film's marketing asks one not divulge the shocking secret - I will say that some will find the resolution a bit… silly. One has to keep in mind the mindset of the era when this was made. Unfortunately for the conventions it plays around with, it's a pretty dated bit of schlock that may tip the movie over into completely ridiculous for some. However, if you're a fan of old-school horror and classic monster stories, you should at least appreciate what the film was going for. I'll admit to giggling a bit, my wife had a bit of a laugh, but we loved the flick for all of its mood and atmosphere and the arresting 3-D imagery up to that point.  

While I'll go into specifics of the image quality in a bit, I felt it worthy to touch upon the effectiveness of the 3-D image per its impact on the film. I tried watching this film in 2-D, and in all honesty, it diminishes the value. This is a film that really makes full use of the 3-D effect with a brilliant staging of objects and characters so that there is always a sense of depth from near objects to far away vistas. The titular hedge maze not only gives you that sense of near and far, but the close walls on either side of the frame maintain a sense of claustrophobia and danger. It's a real kick and the film makes great use of the visuals. Menzies clearly knew how to stage a shot so all of the principal actors could be in frame while maintaining a distance that doesn't make the image feel flat or confined to a simple soundstage on a Hollywood lot. A scene where Kitty and Edith travel to the castle in a car is a terrific example of character staging. 

Cheers to Kino Lorber and 3-D Film Archive for not letting The Maze fall by the wayside. It's a creepy good time to watch on a cold dark night when you need something to keep you entertained while you huddle under the blankets. Fans of classic horror will absolutely want to give this one a go around. Newcomers and those who love the moldy oldies should have a great time with it just the same. I had a blast with this one so I got a hunch others will too.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Maze arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber. Pressed onto a Region A BD-50 disc, the disc is housed in a standard sturdy Blu-ray case with reversible artwork options. The disc loads to a static-image main menu with traditional navigation options. If you're 3-D ready, the disc defaults to the 3-D menu so if you're keen on watching the film in 2-D you have to switch it back in the disc options. 

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The Maze makes its Blu-ray debut with a stellar 1.37:1 1080p transfer minted from a new restoration by 3-D Film Archive and funded by The Film Foundation. I'll just put my feelings about this restoration in simple terms: "wow!" Between It Came From Outer Space, GOGThe MaskA*P*E, The Stewardesses, Cease Fire - it's getting really hard to determine which one is their best restoration effort to date and The Maze just makes that even more difficult. Aside from a couple moments of speckling the image hardly looks to have aged at all in the last 65 years. The strengths of this film's 3-D presentation are largely due to the framing of objects and people within any given shot. By keeping the camera relatively static, the audience gets to enjoy the framing and the sense of object depth along the z-axis. Even in the most confined rooms and spaces, there is a fantastic sense of depth. 

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The image retains a fine amount of film grain ensuring that details are spot on. Facial features, costuming, the film's ominous production design are all on display. Black levels, contrast, are spot on giving the image some deep inky black levels with a strong grayscale. There is a slight bit of speckling here and there in the image, but nothing too distracting or serious enough to negatively affect the 3-D experience. All around this is a great viewing experience that should excite fans still holding onto their 3-D gear and refuse to let the format die. 

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Keeping pace with the great 3-D visuals, The Maze comes packed with a solid English DTS-HD MA 3.0 stereophonic audio mix. Dialogue is crystal clear throughout. Sound effects are dynamic with a strong presence and help give the image a sense of dimension and spatial awareness. This is really effective during the quiet creepy moments when there are that distinct shuffle and limp sounds from behind the locked doors of the castle. When Kitty and Edith enter the maze and lose track of one another their attempts to find each other creates a nice dimensional effect with footsteps and whispers moving around the mix. Scoring by Marlin Skiles is moody enough to keep the tension up without overpowering the mix. Free of any hiss, pops, or any kind of age-related issue, this track is in exceptional shape. All around this is pretty great stuff that suits the mood and style of the film perfectly. 

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The Maze comes packed with a strong little package of bonus features. There may not be a whole lot of material here, but it is robust and informative. The Audio Commentary is a fountain of information about the film as well as the effort that went into the restoration of the elements to produce this Blu-ray. It's a must listen track.

Audio Commentary featuring film historian Tom Weaver, Bob Furmanek, Dr. Robert J. Kiss, and David Schecter. Between all of the players, there is a lot of ground to cover here. This is a very in-depth commentary track that coves a ton of ground in quick order without any gaps. 

Veronica Hurst Interview (HD 6:08) While this is an unfortunately short interview, she goes into a bit about how she was cast as Kitty and what it was like making a 3-D film and her career. 

Original 3-D Trailer (HD 2:14)

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The Maze is a trip through classic gothic-horror where the setting and sound are just as horrifying as what you see. The film wisely knows how to hold back on big reveals, teasing the audience along the way until it reaches its big conclusion. How well that finale will play out depends entirely on your own sensibilities. I had a blast watching this film, letting its eery story unfolds with some strikingly effective 3-D visuals and I can't wait to give it another spin. It's another great addition in a growing collection of vintage 3-D films. Kino Lorber brings The Maze to Blu-ray in terrific form featuring another grand restoration effort from the great folks at the 3-D Film Archive. With a beautiful 3-D transfer, an impressive audio mix and a great little bunch of bonus features. The Maze is an easy Blu-ray to call Highly Recommended. 

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With this debut feature, Sofia Coppola announced her singular vision, which explores the aesthetics of femininity while illuminating the interior lives of young women. A faithful adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s popular first novel, The Virgin Suicides conjures the ineffable melancholy of teenage longing and ennui in its story of the suicides of the five Lisbon sisters, stifled by the rules of their overprotective religious parents—as told through the collective memory of a group of boys who yearn to understand what happened. Evoking its 1970s suburban setting through ethereal cinematography by Ed Lachman and an atmospheric score by Air, the film secured a place for its director in the landscape of American independent cinema and has become a coming-of-age touchstone.

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The Virgin Suicides finally comes to the incredible Criterion Collection for the first time with new audio and video transfers, along with new and vintage supplements. This film marks Sofia Coppola's feature film debut, which follows a group of now older men, recalling their time in high-school in regards to their love of the mystery of the five Libson sisters and why they took their lives while growing up. It's beautiful, tragic, and simple in the best of ways, which permanently etched Sofia's name into the moviemaking business. Again, Criterion has another hit release on their hands with this. Must-Own!

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Some eighteen years later, Sofia Coppola's directorial debut of The Virgin Suicides still packs an emotional punch and is relevant as ever in our current social and political climate. Based on the book of the same name by Jeffrey Eugenides, Coppola stays faithful to the characters and story while adding her own unique and now iconic view on people and family along with all of the awkward stereotypes that go with growing up as a wishful teenager. I do believe this is a timeless tale and film, as a lot of us can relate to all sides of this story, in addition to each character, while still reeling from the mystery surrounding the five female siblings.

The story is told by a voice-over by a grownup narrator as he recalls his time in high-school along with his buddies, who all chime in at some point. It's said that these boys, some decades later, are still in shock and coping with what happened during their high school years, which involved the five Libson sisters. The Libson sisters had two loving parents, however, they were super religious and quite strict, which led the youngest sibling to take her own life. From then, nothing was ever the same as the boys developed a fascination with the reclusive siblings, as they all had long blonde hair, all beautiful, and fun.

That all being said, their parents withdrew them from school and kept them inside in fear of that they would take their own lives like their little sister. The boys recall how much they simply loved them and kept in contact with them over the phone with a series of songs they would play for each other. Eventually, the siblings invited the boys over in an attempt to help them escape their home-prison, but like the title of the film reads, the boys got more than they bargained for. Sofia Coppola does a perfect job of showing us both the good and bad, as well as the beautiful and ugliness of how people can act, whether it be overprotective parents, flirting, and even betrayal, which are things we all go through in high-school. It's a perfect balance of something genuine and real, which each actor brings their certain simplistic charm to each role.

Again, almost two decades later, The Virgin Suicides is as relevant as ever in regards to how we treat others. The camera work, script, and performances are all top notch here, along with the incredible music score by the French band, Air. It's no doubt that Sofia exploded onto the directorial scene with this film, as it's one of the more important pieces of cinema over the past 20 years. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Virgin Suicides comes with a 50GB Blu-ray Disc from Criterion  There is a Criterion booklet that is fully illustrated, which includes cast and crew information, tech specs, and an essay by Megan Abbott on the film. This comes with Spine #920. The discs and booklet are housed in a hard, clear plastic case. 

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This Criterion version of The Virgin Suicides comes with a 1080p HD transfer and is presented in 1.67:1 aspect ratio. According to the Criterion text, this new transfer was approved by Sofia Coppola herself and is in fact a new digital transfer of the film that was created in 4K resolution from the 35mm original camera negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, and warps were manually removed as well. Needless to say, this new transfer is excellent when compared to previous releases.

The colors are more natural and well-balanced, enhancing some of the white levels of the fantasy elements much better. The colors of the clothing and suburban neighborhoods are all bold and striking, but never overly done. It's a more subtle color palette, rather than harsh looking primary colors. The detail is sharp and vivid too, revealing facial features, including freckles, individual hairs, makeup effects, and more. The grain for the film adds to the filmic aspect of the movie and only adds to the time period of the film in the best ways possible.

There are certain scenes that have a blue or green tint to them, but these are stylistic choices to enhance emotions and the tone of the picture and not a transfer issue. Lastly, the black levels are all deep and inky and the skin tones are natural. There are no issues with any banding, aliasing, or video noise to speak of either.

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This release comes with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix, and according to the Criterion booklet, the original track was remastered from the 35mm Dolby SR magnetic track where clicks, thumps, hiss, hum, and crackle were all manually removed. There isn't much to this audio track, in that there are no gunshots or explosions. Instead, this is a very soft sounding mix.

Highlights are the impressive soundtrack music, which always adds to the emotional tone of the film in the best ways possible. Dialogue is crystal clear and easy to follow, and free of all problems. The bigger sound effects are all robust and full, but never over-bearing. From this quiet dialogue-driven movie, this is a great audio presentation. 

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Revisiting The Virgin Suicides (HD, 27 Mins.) - These are new interviews, made specifically for this release in which Sofia Coppola, cinematographer Ed Lachman, and actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett talk about making the film and what it means to them some two decades later. Topics include working with Coppola, the original novel, the tone, and music of the film.

Jeffrey Eugenides (HD, 16 Mins.) - This new interview was also made for this release in which the author and writer of the film talk about writing the book and how he became involved with the movie adaptation. He talks about the production of the film, the characters, the actors, and more.

Strange Magic (HD, 14 Mins.) - Also a new interview for this release, Tavi Gevinson talks about the tones and themes of the film and how it impacted audiences around the world.

Making The Virgin Suicides (HD, 23 Mins.) - The original behind the scenes featurette is here with interviews, raw footage, and discussions about the film.

Lick the Star (HD, 14 Mins.) - A short film by Sofia Coppola from 1988, which is in B&W.

Playground Love (HD, 4 Mins.) - This is the music video from Air that was featured in the film.

Trailers (HD, 4 Mins.) - Two trailers for the film are included here.

Criterion Booklet - Fully illustrated booklet featuring bast and crew info, tech specs, and an essay by Megan Abbott on the film.

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The Virgin Suicides still holds up some eighteen years later and brought the world the directorial stylings of Sofia Coppola. This film is a big gut-punch, but also a coming-of-age film in the most peculiar of ways. The performances and story are all top notch here, which has you hypnotized from scene one, just as the young boys in the movie are when they see the beautiful Libson sisters. Criterion has knocked it out of the park yet again with the new video and audio presentations, along with brand new bonus features, along with the vintage ones. This is a MUST-OWN for sure.

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When a body is discovered in a derelict building, DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) must untangle lies that have been covered up for nearly forty years. With her partner, DI Sunil "Sunny" Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) they narrow the list to four suspects, each with something to hide. As their deceptions are discovered, the people they love most begin to wonder what else they might be capable of.

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Coney Island on a cold winter's day is the setting for this thoughtful, yet very funny drama about friendship, memory, and regret. Two lifelong friends, Stan and Daniel, hear a rumor that childhood buddy Richie has lost his mind and is now homeless and living somewhere near the fabled amusement park. In a search for meaning in their own lives, they set off on a day-long quest to find him, encountering a cast of oddball characters including a philosophical skee-ball attendant, a most unlikely pair of lovers, and a less than freaky Freak show. In the process, we discover that Stan and Daniel have their own demons to deal with; Stan's drinking is bringing him to the brink of losing everything he loves, while Daniel harbors the memory of a betrayal that may have been more important than he could have ever imagined. When they actually find Richie, the revelations come fast and furious; the real reason for Richie's disappearance, the true impact of Daniel's treachery, and the extent of Stan's descent into alcoholism. When the dust settles they are faced with the dilemma: what do they do now?

Based on a true story, the award-winning Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back by Five is a journey that goes from the hilarious to the heart-rending. It is about the limits of friendship, and the meaning of love. 

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Cheech & Chong: Up In Smoke features the drug-addled duo on a road trip throughout California; that is to say, a road-trip they hope will culminate in finding some quality weed. Instead, a series of mishaps result in their respective deportations to Mexico. Desperate to get back to the states so they can perform in their band's gig later that night, Cheech and Chong unwittingly agree to drive a very unique car across the border -- rather than steel and various metal bits, the vehicle is constructed entirely out of marijuana.

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At this point, DOKKEN simply needs no introduction. The band cemented their status as one of the legendary hard rock/heavy metal archetypes of the '80s rock scene with nu-merous successful albums and tours, evergreen songs and music videos and a lore that will live on forever. The tumultuous relationship between band members is well documented and need not be repeated here, but what does need to be made known is that in 2016, the classic original line-up of Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and Mick Brown reunited to play the world famous Loud Park Festival in Japan.

Already a special release, the inclusion of a BRAND NEW STUDIO TRACK, "It's Just Another Day" and two acoustic reworking of classic tracks, from the original members makes it all the more special! 

TRACKLISTING

1.Tooth And Nail

2.Unchain The Night

3.When Heaven Comes Down

4.Breakin' The Chains

5.Into The Fire

6.Alone Again

7.It's Not Love

8.Paris Is Burning

9.Kiss Of Death

10.The Hunter

11.Dream Warriors

12.In My Dreams

13.Behind the Scenes

BAND LINE-UP

Don Dokken – Vocals

George Lynch – Guitars

Jeff Pilson – Bass

Mick Brown - Drums

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Already a special release, the inclusion of a BRAND NEW STUDIO TRACK, "It's Just Another Day" and two acoustic reworking of classic tracks, from the original members makes it all the more special! 

TRACKLISTING

1.Tooth And Nail

2.Unchain The Night

3.When Heaven Comes Down

4.Breakin' The Chains

5.Into The Fire

6.Alone Again

7.It's Not Love

8.Paris Is Burning

9.Kiss Of Death

10.The Hunter

11.Dream Warriors

12.In My Dreams

13.Behind the Scenes

BAND LINE-UP

Don Dokken – Vocals

George Lynch – Guitars

Jeff Pilson – Bass

Mick Brown - Drums

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In this powerful true story set in 1980, a down-on-his-luck taxi driver from Seoul is hired by a foreign journalist who wants to go to the town of Gwangju for the day. They arrive to find a city under siege by the military government, with the citizens, led by a determined group of college students, rising up to demand freedom. What began as an easy fare becomes a life-or-death struggle in the midst of the Gwangju Uprising, a critical event in modern South Korea.

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Bobby has a new '68 Camaro and a dead-end job. Rose has a young son and a nowhere life. One night, they meet, fall in love and share a dream of leaving the seedy side of Hollywood for the easy life of Hawaii. But when an innocent prank goes tragically wrong, Bobby and Rose are on the run from the law and for their lives. As they take to the highway, they find that paradise is just out of reach...and that 'aloha' can also mean 'goodbye.'

Aloha Bobby and Rose stars Paul Le Mat (Melivin & Howard) and Dianne Hull (Girls On The Road), with Robert Carradine, Tim McIntire and Edward James Olmos. Featuring classic songs by Elton John, Bob Dylan, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Jr. Walker and The All-Stars and The Temptations. This is a road movie like you've never seen...and a love story you'll never forget. NEW REMASTER.

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Auto Focus (2002) is director Paul Schrader’s “dramatized” biography of Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear, in a career-making performance), a TV sitcom star (Hogan’s Heroes) who descended into sexual addiction, obsessed with recording his encounters with scores of women.  Willem Dafoe co-stars as John Henry Carpenter, an electronics expert who encouraged and collaborated with Crane; he becomes a prime suspect after Crane is bludgeoned to death in an Arizona motel room.

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A man takes a trip to Nicaragua with his hapless brother-in-law when his wife decides she doesn't want to go.

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Writer-director Philip Dunne, collaborating with Edith Sommer on an adaptation of James Leo Herlihy and William Noble’s play, brings us Blue Denim (1959), an echt-Fifties “issue movie” about a pair of teenagers (Carol Lynley, Brandon de Wilde) who find themselves facing the horror of an unwed, unwanted pregnancy. These are “good kids,” for whom things go wrong, to the dismay of parents, friends, educators, all of whom, somehow, have failed to educate these children: babies having babies, indeed. Highlighted by a score from the singular Bernard Herrmann.

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Hollywood funnyman Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, The Addams Family) lights up the screen as a hilarious one-man cast of characters in this rip-roaring comedy hit. Lloyd stars as an out-of-work actor lassoed into service by a group of thrill-seeking teens. They're out to create the summer camp of their dreams - a place with no parents, no counselors, and no rules. With Lloyd's off-the-wall nuttiness in his funniest role yet, it's nonstop laughs at the wackiest summer camp ever. Don't miss Camp Nowhere - the outrageously funny comedy hit sure to drive you wild! The wonderful cast features Peter Scolari (TV's Newhart), M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple), Kate Mulgrew (TV's Star Trek: Voyager), Burgess Meredith (Rocky) and Jessica Alba (Sin City). 

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Camp Nowhere has been re-released on Blu-ray through Kino Lorber and still holds up after all these years. When a bunch of kids secretly go to a camp for an entire summer with zero adults or responsibility, the fun to be had is limitless in this coming-of-age comedy that stars Christopher Lloyd. Also, this is Jessica Alba's first film... which she has zero lines in. The video and audio presentations get the job done, but have quite a few problems along the way. The only supplement included is a new commentary track with the director, which is actually so much fun that it's a must-listen. For the commentary track alone, along with the film still holding up since 1994, this one comes Recommended.

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Your faithful narrator here used to be an actor/model quite some time ago. Well a husky model for JCPenney, but a model none-the-less. On the acting side, there were a few things here and there, but two big movies came very close for me. One will remain unmentioned, but the other was Camp Nowhere, which I went through a few rounds of auditions for a main role. It was quite the experience for sure, but I hold no grudges, because I still love this film in all its silliness.

I imagine the pitch meeting for the movie was something like, "Let's remake Animal House in present day, but with young kids at a summer camp." It's a fun idea for sure, and it brought us kids in 1994 an entertaining glimpse at what might happen if we somehow managed to go to a summer camp for several weeks with no adults and a ton of money. An underlying theme about overbearing "helicopter" parents who are too hard on their children when they deny them a few weeks of fun in between each school year is present as well. It's told in such a way by filmmaker Jonathan Prince, that the adults are never the so-called villains here, but just want the best for their kids in their own eyes.

The film follows a young kid named Morris (Jonathan Jackson) who at the end of the school year is being forced to attend a boring computer programming camp for the duration of summer, where his parents think he needs to be serious all the time. This sets in motion an idea for him and a few of his friends to rent an abandoned campground and have a lot of fun for the summer. They enlist the help of a former theater teacher (Christopher Lloyd) to help with the logistics of everything. When word gets around about this secret summer camp, the entire school wants to be a part of it. This turns the film into a coming-of-age summer camp movie with a ton of kids and no adult supervision. What could go wrong?

There are some fun montage scenes of kids playing out their fantasies with super-soaker water-gun fights, giant stereo systems, and various water sports, but the real soft center of the film involves the kids learning that acting responsibly and more like an adult is the right thing to do. The story itself is simple, but it's a great performance from Christopher Lloyd as a free-spirited adult, and Thomas F. Wilson's rookie cop routine that really make the movie stand out. Sure, it's silly and dumb, but it also has quite a bit of heart and a good underlying message, which is more than we can say for most films of this type these days. Camp Nowhere still holds up as that one summer vacation we always wanted to take before the internet and mobile phones were available.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Camp Nowhere comes with a 25GB Blu-ray Disc from Kino Lorber. There are no inserts or digital downloads of any kind. There is new cover art, but that's about it. The disc is housed in a hard, blue plastic case.

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Camp Nowhere comes with a 1080p HD transfer and is presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This was released on Blu-ray back in 2011, but now Kino Lorber has re-released it with what looks like a cleaned up, if not new transfer. Previous releases of the film always had problems, image wise, and while this transfer still has some issues, it looks a lot better. Colors are brighter and bold with tons of deep primary colors and bright pastels in the costumes and artwork throughout. There is never a dull moment as much of the film takes place outdoors at camp during the hot, sunny days of summer.

With that said, black levels bleed over and are brighter than normal, especially at the beginning of the film. There are also certain scenes that have a halo like glow that makes the image softer than it should be, but in other scenes, the detail is quite sharp and vivid. The close-ups also reveal some good facial features, such as acne and freckles, and even textures in the wood at the cabins at camp are visible. There is some heavy grain in the darker scenes that fluctuates, though, and there is some heavy banding and video noise throughout. Still, the video presentation looks good most of the time and never hinders the viewing experience.

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This release comes with a DTS-HD MA 2.0 soundtrack but could have been a lot better if given a full 5.1 mix. The dialogue is always clear and easy to follow, even with a ton of kids screaming and talking, but the other big sound effects are rather soft and never robust like they should be.

With all of the big sound effects of fireworks, music, the jet planes that fly over, and other summer activities, you'd think there would be a great low-end with bass and surround activity, but that's sadly not the case. It's all rather soft sounding and packs no real punch. On the bright side, the music lights up the soundscape with its early 90s rock songs and it never drowns out any of the other dialogue or effects. Lastly, there are no pops, cracks, or hiss here.

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Audio Commentary - This is a brand new commentary track with director Jonathan Prince and Kino Lorber employee Douglas Hosdale. This is a highly entertaining commentary track that is definitely worth the listen. Prince talks about casting the young kids, letting them improv their scenes, working with Christopher Lloyd, and even having a young Jessica Alba in the film with zero lines at all.

Trailer (HD, 2 Mins.) - A trailer for the film is included.

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Camp Nowhere remains a fun film that features every kid or teen's dream -- getting to go to a camp all summer long with zero responsibility and no adults. But while the movie itself still holds up all these years later, the video and audio presentations leave something to be desired from time to time. The only extra is a brand new commentary track with the director, but it's a must-listen. For the commentary track alone, this comes Recommended!

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The drama heats up, both on and off the volleyball court, as the rivalry between teammates Shoyo Hinata and Tobio Kageyama continues to develop in new and unexpected ways. After the team's dramatic setback in Inter-High Preliminaries, Karasuno gets the unexpected opportunity to go to a training camp in Tokyo alongside other top schools in the nation... including their rival team, Nekoma! In order to attend, though, the dynamic duo must pass their exams, and getting Hinata and Kageyama through that challenge will be the trial by fire for Hitoka Yachi, who could be joining Kiyoko Shimizu as a team manager. With the eyes of their opponents fixed on their progress, will it be the spark needed to get the team moving in the right direction? Passions burn, and tempers flare as the fuse is lit for Haikyu!! Season 2!

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The drama heats up, both on and off the volleyball court, as the rivalry between teammates Shoyo Hinata and Tobio Kageyama continues to develop in new and unexpected ways. After the team's dramatic setback in Inter-High Preliminaries, Karasuno gets the unexpected opportunity to go to a training camp in Tokyo alongside other top schools in the nation... including their rival team, Nekoma! In order to attend, though, the dynamic duo must pass their exams, and getting Hinata and Kageyama through that challenge will be the trial by fire for Hitoka Yachi, who could be joining Kiyoko Shimizu as a team manager. With the eyes of their opponents fixed on their progress, will it be the spark needed to get the team moving in the right direction? Passions burn, and tempers flare as the fuse is lit for Haikyu!! Season 2!

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Producers Kanye West and Damon Dash present this explosive saga of life on the streets, where a gangster's survival depends on maintaining the code of honor - and keeping his mouth shut. Loaded with Special Features!

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Remember it's just a TV show and really you should just relax. Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns to television screens courtesy of series creator and original star Joel Hodgson, Shout! Factory, a record-breaking Kickstarter crowdfunding effort, and Netflix. After its unceremonious cancelation in 1999, MSTies everywhere were finally given an eleventh season featuring their favorite wise-cracking robots and hapless human. New stars Jonah Ray, Baron Vaughn, Hampton Yount, Felicia Day, and Patton Oswalt deliver a MST3k that is a pleasing mix of old-school kitsch with a bit of a modern refresh to bring the show into the age of High-Definition. While there are some bumpy patches throughout this fourteen-episode run, the return of MST3k is a success. Laughs come hard and fast and there are several classic new episodes in the bunch. Shout! Factory brings all fourteen episodes to Blu-ray in fine order with strong A/V presentations for each episode. While new DVD box sets of the classic episodes may have stalled out due to rights issues, fans can breathe easy knowing that more Mystery Science Theater 3000 is on the way. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season Eleven is an easy one to call Recommended. 

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I wish I could say that I was an original card-carrying MSTie, but like so many others I was introduced to it by someone else. As my family didn't have cable until I was in my teens, I only infrequently got to enjoy Mystery Science Theater 3000 courtesy of my best friend. I was playing at his house one fateful weekend when all of a sudden the entire house dropped dead. From downstairs I heard my friend's father holler out "It's on!" Following the sound of thundering footsteps on the stairs, my friend and I shut off the video game we were playing and I was ushered into their T.V. room where on their mid-sized screen I saw the entire family huddled around the glowing box like they were watching the moon launch. I had no idea what was going on or why we were watching this strange show with a sleepy-eyed guy in a red jumpsuit and two "robots" being berated by two mad scientists. Then Hercules Unchained starring Steve Reeves started and the jokes began to fly. It was the funniest thing I had ever seen and for the next two hours, the only reprieve from constant painful fits of laughter were the commercial breaks. 

Unfortunately, I couldn't be at my friend's house every weekend, but whenever I was - Mystery Science Theater 3000 was always in the prescribed plan for fun and games. We could be in the middle of a great game of Sonic and it wouldn't matter, once that clock hit its mark it was time to shut down and watch Joel - and then later Mike - along with the crimson Tom Servo and the golden Crow T. Robot give some hapless B-movie the runaround that actually made the flick watchable. When Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie made its way to theaters deservedly skewering This Island Earth, my friend and I were in the theater front and center laughing our heads off. We were the only ones in the theater but that didn't matter, it was one of the best theater-going experiences of my life. 

Mystery Science Theater 3000

All these years later, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back following a wave of cultural nostalgia - but it's not exactly like it ever went away. Joel Hodgson and pals kicked off a touring riff show with Cinematic Titanic while Mike Nelson geared things up online alongside Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett with Rifftrax to skewer big blockbusters with their downloadable MP3 commentaries. Even with all this hilarious content available. MST3k fans longed for a return. After a massive record-breaking Kickstarter effort, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 11 landed on Netflix giving fans fourteen brand spanking new episodes to pick through. Was it a massive success or was it simply an easy cash-in on a cult property?

For all of the cash I tossed into the Kickstarter, and then later to see the first episode premiere with the cast in Chicago, I would have to say that it was a success. With its heart in the right place, the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 aims to bring the old into a new world. Shepherded by Joel Hodgson, we're given a new hapless human Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) as he's kidnapped and stranded on the Satellite of Love with Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn) and Crow T. Robot (Hampton Yount) by the diabolical Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and her cohort "TV's Son of TV's Frank" Max (Patton Oswalt) as they aim to revitalize the Mystery Science Theater 3000 brand in an evil effort to sell the rights off to Disney for a billion dollars! If there's ever been a right time to skewer the homogenization of intellectual properties into a corporate conglomerate, now is the time and MST3k is the show to do it.

The flicks skewered in Season 11 are as follows:

Reptilicus - 3.5/5

Cry Wilderness - 4/5

The Time Travelers - 3/5

Avalanche - 5/5  - A new classic episode in my book! 

The Beast of Hollow Mountain - 3.5/5

Star Crash - 2.5/5 

The Land That Time Forgot - 4/5

The Loves of Hercules - 3.5/5

Yongary - 3.5/5

Wizards of the Lost Kingdom - 4/5

Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II - 3/5

Carnival Magic - 4/5

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't - 4/5

At The Earth's Core - 3.5/5

Mystery Science Theater 3000

If you've been a long time fan of the original run of the show, you know there were more than a few periods of bumps along the way. It was most of two full seasons before the show really found its footing. Then with cast changes and network shifts, there would follow a period of adjustment. As fierce as the battle gets between Joel and Mike fans, there are going to be some wildly divided fans on this new iteration. As there have been nearly twenty years of technological advancements in the time the show went off the air in 1999 to its return, a lot about the show has changed, but its heart and charm remain the same. While the jokes fly fast and furious, the show still manages to celebrate these cheesy and often times terrible movies. It's still about sitting in front of a movie screen with a trio of good friends and laughing at the barrage of jokes you would otherwise naturally make yourself. I also appreciate that they made the best effort they could to not truncate the films while also maintaining the film's original aspect ratio. TV sets have come along way since the original run, there's a lot more space to fill and this new MST3k makes every effort to fill the screen. 

While I am over the moon for the return of MST3k and am overall very happy with the results, I do have a couple of qualms about this run. The primary issue and it's one that I've heard from many other fans is that there are simply too many jokes and they come entirely too fast. While I appreciate the effort that went into not riffing over the actual movie dialogue so folks could understand what was going on, that need to fill dead air leads to a lot of dropped punchlines. Some great stuff sticks the landing, but the furious pace that the jokes fly makes it difficult to appreciate the humor. With a twelfth season confirmed, my hope is that the great cast and team of writers slow things down, edit the jokes and take a "less is more" approach. Don't get me wrong, they're damn funny - but when you're already laughing it's hard to appreciate the next joke. My only other quibble was the number of celebrity cameos, everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Mark Hamill make an appearance and it can get a bit distracting. I'll forgive it simply because they didn't know if there would even be a twelfth season and they wanted to make the fourteen episodes they got as special as they could. 

MST3k Season 11

Like the classic theme song says, remember it's just a show and really should relax. As this is the first undertaking to bring Mystery Science Theater 3000 back in nearly 20 years, it's excusable that there would be growing pains. I didn't expect everything to be perfect - this new crew of the Satellite of Love has a lot of learning and growing to do. Jonah Ray is a great new host and I really dig his interplay with Hampton Yount's Crow and Baron Vaughn's Servo. Felicia Day's Kinga Forrester is delightfully evil while Patton Oswalt's TV's Son of TV's Frank Max makes the perfect lovelorn minion. For all of the Kickstarter bucks I tossed in, it was money well spent in my book. I'm glad the show is back and will continue on Netflix allowing this new crew to get their footing and take on some more classically terrible flicks. Lord knows there's plenty of them out there and Hollywood makes more of them every year. Maybe Geostorm will find new life via Mystery Science Theater 3000

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 11 arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Shout! Factory in an 8-disc set. Spread out over seven BD-50 discs (which are apparently region free but untested for regions outside North America), each disc contains two episodes from the show with the eighth disc reserved for the bonus feature documentary. Each disc loads directly to an animated main menu allowing you to choose which episode you want to view. All discs are housed in a hard 8-disc case with each disc getting their own tray to occupy and are not stacked on top of each other. The case is housed in a book slipcover with identical artwork.

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When examining the 1080p 1.85:1 transfer for Mystery Science Theater 3000, you've got to keep expectations in check. The overall image quality of the film is subject to the quality of the movies they're skewering. As such, one episode may look better than the next and vice versa. They're merely using the masters they were given and each film can display its own respective amount of wear and tear in contrast to the newly digitally shot host segments which look pristine with clean lines, sharp details, and bright bold primary colors. If you want to get a sense of what the individual movies look like, we've actually done reviews for the Blu-ray releases on a couple of these. Reptilicus, Avalanche, The Beast of Hollow Mountain, Star Crash, The Land That Time Forgot, Yongary, Carnival Magic, and At The Earth's Core were all reviewed by HDD and it looks like the same masters for those releases were used for these episodes.

Now, compared to the Netflix streams, I would say that I favor their appearance on these discs - even if two or three episodes are pressed onto the same disc. The details in the host segments, as well as some of the episodes, appear more refined, sharper without looking compressed or any signs of ringing or banding. There also feels like there is a better sense of depth to the image - namely in the host segments around King's Moon 13 laboratory. The classic corridor looks awesome as a miniature was used to shoot the transition to the theater offering up lots of little details to see and appreciate in quick succession. All around, this is a great looking set of episodes - especially compared to the original tape masters sourced from the previous DVD volumes that Rino and Shout! released over the years. 

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Each episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 arrives with a decent and workable DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio mix. Like the video transfers, the audio is a bit of a jumble depending on the masters provided for each movie. Sometimes dialogue of the film is intelligible and clear, other times it can be a bit soft. In contrast to the silhouetted riffers, their dialogue is crystal clear throughout every episode. Host segments are on point and make the most use of the 5.1 surround spacing. Channels aren't always active, but there's a nice sense of space to the sets. While these episodes are in 5.1, most of the movies themselves are 2.0 stereo mixes and sound much more front/center focused. So in terms of a traditional "surround" experience, there's not a lot going on. It's still a great audio mix given the style of the show and the films being skewered and serves the nature of the comedic onslaught. 

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Bonus features for this release of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 11 is a little on the slimmer side of things. If you posted up enough during the Kickstarter, the Bonus Features disc had a lot more content exclusive to that release. For this general release, the only bonus feature to carry over from the Kickstart Edition is the documentary. So if you're looking for the complete package and want all of the bonus feature goodies, start saving those pennies for the gray market value of those very rare sets. For what's here, this isn't bad. You get a lot of behind the scenes stuff and it's a great look at what it took to bring MST3k back.

We Brought Back MST3K (HD 1:13:39) This is a very nice part retrospective of the show, part coverage of the re-launch. It's filled with a bunch of cast and crew interviews, as well as a bunch of backer fan interviews with people who helped bring the show back and had contributed enough to be able to visit the set. It's especially nice to see that this isn't a simple puff piece. They go into a lot of detail about the Kickstarter, how it was nearly bungled at launch because of some internal communication snafus. I was one of the early backers who feverishly kept reposting the Backer link on my Facebook and Twitter and increasing my contribution as the stretch goals came through and this doc nicely captures that feeling and excitement.

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Nearly 20 years and a Kickstarter campaign later, we finally have new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to enjoy. It was a long road, but one well worth traveling to get to where we are with even more laughter-filled episodes on the near horizon. Season 11 may have a few bumps and kinks to iron out, but overall I'm very happy with the final product. Since its release a year ago, my wife and I have gone through each episode a couple of times. There are a couple of tough ones, but there are also a couple of genuine classics in this fourteen-episode run that stands up well alongside the classics of the original series run. Shout! Factory has done a terrific job bringing Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 11 to Blu-ray. The image transfers are on point considering the source elements for the films and the audio is spot on for this type of show. Bonus features are plentiful and provide a great amount of information about the making of the series and what it took to relaunch the Satellite of Love back into orbit. Here's hoping the wait for Season 12 isn't too long! Fans of the show will absolutely want to pick this one up - if for no other reason than to complete their home video collections. Recommended. 

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Two chefs in DC struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants. Against all odds, one becomes Bon Appetit Magazine's Best New Restaurant in America. The other is forced to redefine success. Starring Aaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury and Frank Linn of Frankly...Pizza. Featuring legendary chefs and restaurateurs Danny Meyer, Michel Richard, Mike Isabella and Washington Post food writer Tim Carman.

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An all-star cast – including Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Rush, and Pat Hingle – highlights No Down Payment (1957), a Martin Ritt-directed “problem film” about the denizens of a California subdivision, struggling to make ends meet even as they deal with racism, alcoholism, and promiscuity. Appropriately, given the film’s uneasy themes, the screenplay was written by blacklisted Ben Maddow, fronted by Philip Yordan.

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An activist group makes a deal with treasure-seeking Rovers and their modified four-wheel-drives for an expedition through treacherous Australian terrain. Tensions rise and ulterior motives are revealed with exciting off-road chases, daring rescues and amazing discoveries to follow.

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BOUNDARY-BREAKING EARLY CRIME THRILLERS, MOB DRAMAS AND ACTION MOVIES FROM LEGENDARY CULT DIRECTOR SEIJUN SUZUKI

Includes: Eight Hours of Terror (1957), The Sleeping Beast Within (1960), Smashing the 0-Line (1960), Tokyo Knights (1961), The Man with a Shotgun (1961).

Available for home-viewing for the very first time ever outside of Japan, this collection of bleak crime thrillers, brash mob dramas and exuberant action movies, made across the first five years of Seijun Suzuki s career within Nikkatsu s Borderless Action (mukokuseki akushon) line, presents a heady mix that laid the ground for what was to come.

The Sleeping Beast Within (1960) is a gripping crime thriller that sees a newspaper reporter s search for his girlfriend s missing father lead him into heart of the criminal underworld of Yokohama s Chinatown. Its companion piece, Smashing the 0-Line (1960), follows two reporters descent into a scabrous demimonde of drug and human trafficking. In Eight Hours of Terror (1957), a bus making its precarious way across a winding mountain road picks up some unwelcome passengers. In Tokyo Knights (1961), a college student takes over the family business in the field of organised crime, while The Man with A Shotgun (1961) marks Suzuki s first entry into the territory of the borderless Japanese Western.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Limited Edition Dual Format Collection [1500 copies]
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Newly translated optional English Subtitles
  • Audio commentary by critic and author Jasper Sharp on Smashing the 0-Line
  • Tony Rayns on the Crime and Action Movies the critic and historian discusses the background to the films, their place within Suzuki s career and the talent involved with them
  • Trailers
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • 60-page illustrated collector's book featuring new writing by Jasper Sharp
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Brand New HD Master from a 4K Scan of the Original 35mm Trucolor Nitrate Negatives by Paramount Pictures Archives! Singing legend Vaughn Monroe (Toughest Man in Arizona) in his acting debut portrays Rhiannon, a notorious stagecoach robber who shoots the new sheriff (Ward Bond, Hondo), but decides to take him to the doctor (Walter Brennan, Rio Bravo). With the help of the kind doctor, Rhiannon cleans himself up and is presented to the sheriff as the man who saved his life. Rhiannon, who's fond of singing a tune now and then, is deputized by the sheriff and falls in love with a lovely saloon gal (Ella Raines, Hail the Conquering Hero). Rhiannon is now torn between his new life and his old one... can he turn over a new leaf and give up his illegal ways or are the prospects of robbing the next gold shipment too much for the ex-outlaw? R.G. Springsteen (Tiger by the Tail) directed this singing-cowboy classic featuring Jeff Corey (Little Big Man) and Barry Kelley (Too Late for Tears).

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Adapted from C.K. Stead's novel Smith s Dream, Sleeping Dogs almost single-handedly kickstarted the New Zealand New Wave, demonstrating that homegrown feature films could resonate with both local and international audiences, and launching the big-screen careers of director Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Species) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Possession).

Neill in his first lead role in a feature plays Smith, a man escaping the break-up of his marriage by finding isolation on an island off the Coromandel Peninsula. As he settles into his new life, the country is experiencing its own turmoil: an oil embargo has led to martial law and civil war, into which Smith reluctantly finds himself increasingly involved.

Co-starring Warren Oates (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) as the commander of a US army unit drawn into the conflict, Sleeping Dogs is simultaneously a political thriller, a personal drama and a true landmark in New Zealand cinema.

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When down-on-her-luck country girl Shirlee Kenyon (Dolly Parton, 9 to 5) walks through the wrong door at the right time, she accidentally becomes Chicago's newest talk radio celebrity and turns the Windy City's hottest radio station upside down. With her homespun wit and down-home advice, Shirlee immediately wins listeners' hearts but causes hilarious confusion for her ratings-conscious boss (Griffin Dunne, After Hours) and comical havoc for the investigative reporter (James Woods, The Onion Field) trying to uncover her mysterious past. Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Teri Hatcher (TV's Desperate Housewives), Jerry Orbach (TV's Law & Order), Philip Bosco (Angie) and Jeff Garlin (TV's Curb Your Enthusiasm) co-star in the romantic comedy that will warm your heart. 

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In this Oscar-winning farce, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) and Irene Dunne exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who, fed up with each other’s infidelities, resolve to file for divorce. Try as they each might to move on, the mischievous Jerry can’t help but meddle in Lucy’s ill-matched engagement to a corn-fed Oklahoma businessman (Ralph Bellamy), and a mortified Lucy begins to realize that she may be saying goodbye to the only dance partner capable of following her lead. Directed by the versatile Leo McCarey, a master of improvisation and slapstick as well as a keen and sympathetic observer of human folly, The Awful Truth is a warm but unsparing comedy about two people whose flaws only make them more irresistible.

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A breathtaking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema, Sergei Parajanov’s masterwork overflows with images and sounds that burn into the memory. In a series of tableaux that blend the tactile with the abstract, The Color of Pomegranates revives the splendors of Armenian culture through the story of the eighteenth-century troubadour Sayat-Nova, charting his intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth through iconographic compositions rather than traditional narrative. The film’s tapestry of folklore and metaphor departed from the realism that dominated the Soviet cinema of its era, leading authorities to block its distribution, with rare underground screenings presenting it in a restructured form. This edition features the cut closest to Parajanov’s original vision, in a restoration that brings new life to one of cinema’s most enigmatic meditations on art and beauty.

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Michael's (Liam Neeson) daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.

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The Commuter has an interesting premise, a ridiculous execution, some horrible decisions by its hero, yet still manages to entertain thanks to the gravitas of its star, Liam Neeson, and some slick direction from Jaume Collet-Serra. The transfer here is solid, as is par for the course for a Lionsgate release, although the drab color palette means viewers aren't going to get much in terms of high-def "pop". The Atmos track, however, is fun and active. While this may not be something you'll want to watch multiple times, the movie is certainly Worth a Look.

You can also check our 4K Ultra HD review HERE.

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Liam Neeson has a certain set of train transfers in The Commuter, another one of those "ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances" action movies that puts our hero in a confined space. Sometimes it's a plane high above, sometimes it's a skyscraper in the city, this time it's New York City's commuter rail. Unfortunately, it doesn't take this movie long to go off the tracks from Hitchcockian thriller to implausible silliness, but either way it's not that unpleasant of a ride – thank largely to Neeson, who's almost always watchable as the lead.

Neeson stars as Michael MacCauley, an insurance salesman who happens to be an ex-cop (that will come into play later) who lives in the suburbs but works in New York City. He has a wife (Elizabeth McGovern in a small role), two sons, and one big mortgage (yet another factor that plays in his decisions). MacCauley – like many of our readers out there, I'm guessing – has a daily grind when it comes to work: get on the train, take it into Grand Central Station, go to work, hop back on the train and head home. Wash, rinse, repeat. But MacCauley is about to have a very bad day – starting with arriving at work and finding out he's been axed.

Not yet wanting to reveal to his wife that he's been fired, Michael goes first to a local bar in the city, where he runs into a former NYPD colleague and friend, Alex Murphy (played by Patrick Wilson, and no relation to RoboCop). Also, there is Alex's boss and the head of the police division, Captain Hawthorne (Sam Neill). Hint to the uninitiated: when significant actors appear in what seem to be otherwise insignificant roles, it bears noting.

When Michael finally heads back home on the train, a woman (Vera Farmiga) takes a seat across from him. After some small talk, she asks Michael if he'd be willing to do something if he'd never know or have to worry about the consequences. When he asks her why he would do something like that, she responds that it would be for $100,000 - $25,000 of which is currently hidden in a bathroom on the train and the bulk of which he'd get when the task was complete. Michael soon realizes that this isn't a joke and then learns what needs to be done: There's someone on the train that will be getting off at the Cold Spring stop, with a bag and something very important in it. Michael needs to find that person and put a tracker in their bag. But he also needs to figure out who that person is.

This is the point in the movie – as they say – where the "fun begins". Of course Michael takes the offer and at various points throughout tries to do the morally right thing, only to get a phone call from the mysterious woman (who, by this point, has exited the train) threatening Michael's family (who may or may not have been taken hostage by the people she's working for). Everyone's a suspect on the train, naturally, and The Commuter throws enough red herrings at us to fill up the Hudson.

While the story is never as smart as it thinks it is, I can't say it isn't entertaining...although not as much in a "taut thriller" kind of way, as a "let's see what poor life decision this guy makes next" kind of way. Among events that can be filed under realm of the improbable include Neeson's character hanging on for dear life underneath the train, hanging on for dear life on the side of the train, and surviving a derailment that makes the one you saw in The Fugitive look like a fender-bender.

But it's all good fun...or bad fun, as the case may be. No, this isn't going down as one of Liam's best efforts. In fact, it makes the original Taken look like Oscar material. However, if you're just looking to check your mind at the turnstile and hop aboard the crazy train for the evening, you could do a lot worse than The Commuter.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Commuter has a ticket to ride with this Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack. The 50GB Blu-ray and dual-layer DVD come housed inside an eco-friendly Elite keepcase along with an insert containing a code for either an UltraViolet or iTunes copy of the movie. A slipcover with artwork matching that of the keepcase slides overtop. The Blu-ray is front-loaded with trailers for American Assassin, Rememory, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Winchester, and Our Kind of Traitor. The main menu features a drawn image of a train combined with a montage of scenes from the movie diagonally above it. Menu selections are across the bottom of the screen.

The Blu-ray in this release is Region A locked.

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The Commuter was shot digitally using Arri Alexa Mini cameras and the movie is presented in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The transfer here is quite impressive as Blu-ray releases go, although the presentation loses some luster simply due to the fact that the movie's setting (Neeson is on the train for a good 90 or more percent of the movie) doesn't lend to a lot of colorful imagery or the opportunity for visual depth. But what we do get is some impressive black levels as well as defined facial features that show every crease and wrinkle in Liam Neeson's aging face (hey, the man is under a lot of stress here, so it works for the premise of this film).

In terms of glitches, there are no apparent ones to be found, although the quality of the transfer does make the special effects (including the obviously green-screened exteriors through the train's windows) a little more obvious. Overall though, the transfer is a solid rendering of the movie's intended visual look and viewers should be satisfied with what they get here.

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Lionsgate has provided an Atmos track (which is 7.1. Dolby TrueHD compatible), and as such tracks go, this is one of the better ones, with the directionality of the train moving (as well as plenty of LFE rumblings) throughout. The track notches things up a bit during several fight/action sequences that take place aboard the train, and then really blows things out of the water (or in this case, off the tracks) with a derailment sequence towards the end of the movie. It all adds up to a quite immersive experience, and while I didn't feel the track was quite good enough for a reference-quality score, it's close enough that most won't be disappointed in the aural presentation. There are no evident glitches in the audio.

In addition to the Atmos track, 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks are available in Spanish and French, as well as an English 2.0 Dolby Digital track optimized for "late night listening" and an English Descriptive Audio track. Subtitles are available in English, English SDH, and Spanish.

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End of the Line (HD 9:15)– This is standard EPK material about the making of the film, featuring comments from members of the cast and crew, including star Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra.

Off the Rails (HD 4:18) – Another, albeit shorter, EPK-style featurette, this time focusing more on how the train was built on the set and how the sequences were shot. Once again, members of the cast and crew provide comments.

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The Commuter is one of those movies that I like to call "big, loud, and stupid", but also one that falls firmly in that "so bad, it's good" description that action films such as this one often get labeled. The premise is a good one, but star Liam Neeson could have used a better script and a smarter character. That said, there's no denying him trying to make the most of every scene. Even if you don't wind up buying The Commuter, I still think it's Worth a Look.

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OSCAR ® winners Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks team up for the first time in this thrilling film based on a true story. Determined to uphold the nation's civil liberties, Katharine Graham (Streep), publisher of The Washinton Post, and hard-nosed editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) join forces to expose a decades-long cover-up. But the two must risk their careers -- and their freedom -- to bring truth to light in this powerful film with a celebrated cast.

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Timely and timeless themes, such as freedom of the press, feminism, and personal empowerment, permeate The Post, but the absorbing story of The Washington Post’s controversial decision to publish the notorious Pentagon Papers, terrific performances from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, and elegant direction distinguish Steven Spielberg’s latest historical film. Excellent video and audio transfers and top-notch supplements enhance the Blu-ray presentation, which comes Highly Recommended.

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“We have to be the check on their power. If we don’t hold them accountable, I mean, my God, who will?”

Though Steven Spielberg has directed some of the most imaginative and entertaining films ever to come out of Hollywood -- JawsClose Encounters of the Third KindRaiders of the Lost ArkE.T., and Jurassic Park chief among them -- his historical movies best reflect his artistry. The presentations may be more subdued and the subjects may be far from flashy, but the passion behind the ideas, meticulous attention to detail, and timeless underlying themes make Schindler’s ListSaving Private RyanLincolnBridge of Spies, and now The Post achieve a lasting resonance. While some may view Spielberg’s latest drama as a hastily mounted bit of Oscar bait designed to make a carefully crafted political statement during a turbulent period, The Post stands on its own as a finely crafted film that examines a watershed event with insight, fervor, elegance, and emotion.

Sure, the themes it explores strike a chord in our contemporary culture, and The Post certainly makes it clear on which side of the fence it stands. But when you’re addressing issues like freedom of the press, gender equality, and personal development and empowerment, there’s only one side of the fence to be on. The Post can be preachy at times and consistently wears its heart on its sleeve, but screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer (who penned a couple of other potent journalism films, most notably Spotlight) strive mightily to present this important tale with the respect and gravity it deserves. The fact that Spielberg churned out such a superior movie in a mere nine months is equally impressive, and the swift pacing reflects both its urgent elements and frenzied production schedule.

The previews for The Post promoted it as a political thriller about journalistic ethics, and while that’s not entirely false advertising (fake news?), the crux of the tale centers around the personal evolution of Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the reluctant publisher of The Washington Post, a struggling, “cash poor” local newspaper that dreams of competing with the lofty New York Times and becoming a player on the national journalism scene. Graham took over the paper’s reins after her husband’s suicide, but despite her smarts and social connections, finds herself ill-equipped to work in an intensely chauvinistic world where women are constantly dismissed, marginalized, patronized, and ignored. As the only female in the room, Graham must overcome her passive personality, fight to be heard, and learn how to exert authority, wield influence, and make tough decisions. It’s a tall order and she’s not always sure she’s up to the challenge.

In 1971, former government employee Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) tests her mettle when he begins photocopying top-secret Pentagon documents that reveal the U.S. government lied to the American public for decades regarding its policy in Vietnam. Realizing early on it could never win the war in Southeast Asia, the U.S. continued to fight and sacrifice thousands of American lives not in a noble if futile attempt to stem the tide of Communism, but because Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon refused to accept the humiliation of defeat. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood), who ordered the secret study and for years participated in the deception, finds himself in the hot seat when Ellsberg turns over the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times. After the first excerpts appear, the outraged Nixon administration successfully secures a judicial injunction against further publication, which spurs Ellsberg to leak the papers to the Post. It's then up to Graham to decide whether to violate the law and publish more excerpts, an act that could threaten her long-standing family business and send her and the Post's gruff editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) to prison. Does this former housewife and socialite who valiantly took a job she never wanted have the guts to risk everything to defend the First Amendment and reveal an ugly truth that will disillusion millions of Americans?

It's no secret how The Post turns out (anyone who has studied American history knows the ending), but Spielberg still manages to build tension and capture the furious excitement, passion, and exhaustion that comes with chasing an important yet elusive story. Alan J. Pakula did all that so well in All the President's Men more than 40 years ago, and trust me, after watching The Post, you'll want to revisit that classic again right away. Like a beeline, the cause célèbre surrounding the Pentagon Papers‘ release led directly to the Watergate break-in and ensuing cover-up that would topple Nixon's presidency three years later, and that makes The Post feel like a perfectly crafted prequel to Pakula's film.

Parallels to today's turbulent socio-political climate abound as well. Women still fight to be heard and respected, the press is once again under attack, many feel the government isn't trustworthy, and a controversial, polarizing figure leads the country. (Familiar jargon like “rigged elections” and “collusion” not-so-coincidentally crop up.) Times have changed since 1971, but many of the issues facing our society have not, and that lends The Post both a relevance and relatability many contemporary films lack. Years from now, The Post will most likely settle into a historical niche, but today it strikes a chord - or maybe a nerve - and that doubles its impact.

At the center of it all is Streep, who both leads and overshadows a formidable ensemble cast. At its core, The Post is a personal story, chronicling one woman’s trailblazing journey and unlikely rebirth at an advanced age. Before this film, Graham was largely an unsung heroine in the women’s movement, but thanks to an astute script and Streep’s beautifully measured, graceful yet steely portrayal, she finally gets her due. Exuding a painful insecurity that gradually morphs into a tentative and then more forceful confidence, Streep captures the essence of what many women felt and continue to feel in a male-dominated world. And like she has done so many times when playing real-life characters, from Karen Silkwood to Julia Child to Margaret Thatcher, Streep steps into Graham’s shoes as if she’s worn them all her life. Her understated performance may have been overshadowed at this year’s Oscars by showier work, but her superb turn ranks as one of her finest...and for someone who’s been nominated for a whopping 21 Academy Awards, that’s saying something.

Hanks captures the gravelly-voiced, no-nonsense Bradlee quite well, projecting the brash confidence and dedicated work ethic that defined this iconic, roll-up-your-sleeves, get-your-hands-dirty editor. Although it’s tough to accept anyone other than Jason Robards in the role (he won an Oscar playing him in All the President’s Men), Hanks makes Bradlee his own and creates a comfortable chemistry with Streep that helps fuel the film. Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitfield, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Greenwood, Rhys, and a host of others all contribute great work as well.

There’s a lot going on in The Post, but it manages its various components -- narrative, issues, themes -- like sections in a newspaper, making them easy to absorb and digest. Spielberg’s direction is fluid and slick, but the underlying substance provides the film with a firm foundation and solid emotional core. (Mark my words, Meryl will make you cry.) There’s something thrilling about a crackerjack journalism movie, and The Post delivers mightily in that regard. Yet beneath the headlines and history lies an inspirational tale of personal growth, courage, perseverance, and standing up for inalienable rights that touches both women and men, and that’s what makes The Post special.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Post arrives on Blu-ray packaged in an eco-friendly blue plastic case inside a sleeve along with a standard-def DVD, a leaflet that contains the code for the Movies Anywhere digital copy, and a leaflet offering a free 60-day digital subscription to The Washington Post (clever marketing tool). Video codec is 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 and audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. Once the disc is inserted into the player, the full-motion menu with music immediately pops up; no previews or promos precede it.

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Fox serves up a crisp, clean 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer that features excellent contrast and clarity and just a hint of grain to provide both a film-like feel and heighten the period atmosphere. The muted color palette suits the newsroom, boardroom, and courtroom settings, but when the narrative shifts to Graham’s stately home, a lovely warmth bathes the image and splashes of primary and pastel hues nicely pop. Black levels are rich and deep, whites are bright but never bloom, and flesh tones remain natural and stable throughout. Patterns are rock solid and resist shimmering, background details like wallpaper patterns and various decorative items are easy to discern, and sharp close-ups nicely highlight the careworn faces of the cast. Not a single nick or mark sullies the pristine source material and no digital doctoring could be detected. The Post isn’t a flashy film from a visual standpoint, but this superior transfer immerses us in the action and seamlessly transports us to another era.

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A surprisingly immersive DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track heightens the impact of the film. From the opening Vietnam War scenes that feature crisp machine gun fire to the incessant tapping of typewriter keys in the newsroom, finely rendered sounds provide a critical sense of atmosphere and keep the senses engaged. Surround activity is noticeable, especially during a rain sequence and the newsroom and printing scenes, yet isolated elements like popping flashbulbs and slamming doors are seamlessly woven into the track’s fabric, while distinct stereo separation across the front channels widens the soundscape and provides striking directional effects. Strong bass frequencies supply necessary weight and a wide dynamic scale handles all the highs and lows without a hint of distortion. All the dialogue is clear and easy to comprehend, and John Williams’ majestic score fills the room with ease, thanks to exceptional fidelity and tonal depth. Films that take place in offices, boardrooms, restaurants, and stately homes usually don’t include interesting soundtracks, but The Post is a notable exception, and this high-quality track maximizes all the elements.

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The Post comes packed with a bushel of high-quality, comprehensive featurettes, all produced by the format's master (and frequent Spielberg collaborator), award-winning documentary filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau. All the special features are located on the accompanying Blu-ray disc.

Featurette: "Layout: Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee & The Washington Post" (HD, 22 minutes) - This terrific background package provides essential historical perspective on Graham, Bradlee, Ellsberg, The Washington Post, the Vietnam War, Pentagon Papers, and Nixon White House. Interviewees include two of Graham’s children and one grandchild, Bradlee’s widow Sally Quinn, and Daniel Ellsberg himself, who explains his motives and actions surrounding the release of the Pentagon Papers. The impact of Graham’s husband’s suicide, the hiring of Bradlee, the era’s social climate, and the close relationship between Graham and Bradlee are also examined, and a slew of archival photos illustrate the period’s events.

Featurette: "Editorial: The Cast and Characters of The Post" (HD, 16 minutes) - This slick piece covers the broad spectrum of performers who populate the film, from the major stars like Streep and Hanks, all the way down to minor, but essential, players. (Remember, according to the old adage, there are no small parts, only small actors.) We learn from Spielberg that all his first choices readily agreed to appear in the movie, and both Spielberg and Hanks lavishly praise Streep's work. Streep herself talks about her preparation for her role, the challenges she faced, and how she hoped above all to capture Kay Graham's "personal grace." The long-term Spielberg-Hanks collaboration is also addressed, along with the film's timely nature.

Featurette: "The Style Section: Recreating an Era" (HD, 17 minutes) - In this fascinating featurette, Washington Post consultants and former employees reminisce about the more primitive period in which they worked and how the newsroom set, right down to its typewriters, butt-filled ashtrays, vintage desks, first-generation Xerox machines, and rotary-dial telephones, perfectly jives with their memories. Authenticity was a top priority for the crew, many of whom discuss the movie's sound, props, makeup, and the pitch-perfect costumes by legendary designer Ann Roth. A look at the old printing presses and linotype machines Spielberg so lovingly showcases throughout the picture is also included here.

Featurette: "Stop the Presses: Filming The Post" (HD 26 minutes) - This mini-documentary examines the rushed production schedule (which included no rehearsal time for the time for the actors, much to Streep's dismay), the genesis of Spielberg's involvement in the project, the film's cinematography and lighting, Spielberg's "play it by ear" direction, and the gender equality and freedom of the press themes the movie so adroitly addresses. Screenwriter Liz Hannah reveals her "obsession" with Katharine Graham, Streep lauds Spielberg's style and direction, the Vietnam War sequence is dissected, and we learn more women worked on the movie than men. Spielberg notes everything pretty much fell into place during production, leading him to believe The Post was "meant to happen."

Featurette: "Arts & Entertainment: Music for The Post" (HD, 7 minutes) - The legendary John Williams, with an assist from Spielberg, talks about how to make music "constructive," how it can enhance performance, and his decision to employ both orchestral and electronic themes during the film. The long-standing Spielberg-Williams collaboration is also touched upon in this brief piece.

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The Post may not end up in the top tier of films directed by Steven Spielberg, but it’s a meticulously produced, superbly acted, and utterly absorbing movie that uses a historical context to address some current hot-button issues. Freedom of the press, feminism, and personal evolution in a prejudicial climate are just some of the themes that swirl about this insightful chronicle of The Washington Post’s quandary over whether to publish the notorious Pentagon Papers, which exposed government lies and shocking policies concerning the Vietnam War. Meryl Streep gives one of the year’s best performances as Post publisher Katharine Graham, whose personal history is seamlessly entwined in the tale. Excellent video and audio transfers and a collection of high-quality featurettes distinguish Fox’s Blu-ray presentation, which comes Highly Recommended.

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A man takes a trip to Nicaragua with his hapless brother-in-law when his wife decides she doesn't want to go.

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Writer-director Philip Dunne, collaborating with Edith Sommer on an adaptation of James Leo Herlihy and William Noble’s play, brings us Blue Denim (1959), an echt-Fifties “issue movie” about a pair of teenagers (Carol Lynley, Brandon de Wilde) who find themselves facing the horror of an unwed, unwanted pregnancy. These are “good kids,” for whom things go wrong, to the dismay of parents, friends, educators, all of whom, somehow, have failed to educate these children: babies having babies, indeed. Highlighted by a score from the singular Bernard Herrmann.

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Hollywood funnyman Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, The Addams Family) lights up the screen as a hilarious one-man cast of characters in this rip-roaring comedy hit. Lloyd stars as an out-of-work actor lassoed into service by a group of thrill-seeking teens. They're out to create the summer camp of their dreams - a place with no parents, no counselors, and no rules. With Lloyd's off-the-wall nuttiness in his funniest role yet, it's nonstop laughs at the wackiest summer camp ever. Don't miss Camp Nowhere - the outrageously funny comedy hit sure to drive you wild! The wonderful cast features Peter Scolari (TV's Newhart), M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple), Kate Mulgrew (TV's Star Trek: Voyager), Burgess Meredith (Rocky) and Jessica Alba (Sin City). 

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Camp Nowhere has been re-released on Blu-ray through Kino Lorber and still holds up after all these years. When a bunch of kids secretly go to a camp for an entire summer with zero adults or responsibility, the fun to be had is limitless in this coming-of-age comedy that stars Christopher Lloyd. Also, this is Jessica Alba's first film... which she has zero lines in. The video and audio presentations get the job done, but have quite a few problems along the way. The only supplement included is a new commentary track with the director, which is actually so much fun that it's a must-listen. For the commentary track alone, along with the film still holding up since 1994, this one comes Recommended.

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Your faithful narrator here used to be an actor/model quite some time ago. Well a husky model for JCPenney, but a model none-the-less. On the acting side, there were a few things here and there, but two big movies came very close for me. One will remain unmentioned, but the other was Camp Nowhere, which I went through a few rounds of auditions for a main role. It was quite the experience for sure, but I hold no grudges, because I still love this film in all its silliness.

I imagine the pitch meeting for the movie was something like, "Let's remake Animal House in present day, but with young kids at a summer camp." It's a fun idea for sure, and it brought us kids in 1994 an entertaining glimpse at what might happen if we somehow managed to go to a summer camp for several weeks with no adults and a ton of money. An underlying theme about overbearing "helicopter" parents who are too hard on their children when they deny them a few weeks of fun in between each school year is present as well. It's told in such a way by filmmaker Jonathan Prince, that the adults are never the so-called villains here, but just want the best for their kids in their own eyes.

The film follows a young kid named Morris (Jonathan Jackson) who at the end of the school year is being forced to attend a boring computer programming camp for the duration of summer, where his parents think he needs to be serious all the time. This sets in motion an idea for him and a few of his friends to rent an abandoned campground and have a lot of fun for the summer. They enlist the help of a former theater teacher (Christopher Lloyd) to help with the logistics of everything. When word gets around about this secret summer camp, the entire school wants to be a part of it. This turns the film into a coming-of-age summer camp movie with a ton of kids and no adult supervision. What could go wrong?

There are some fun montage scenes of kids playing out their fantasies with super-soaker water-gun fights, giant stereo systems, and various water sports, but the real soft center of the film involves the kids learning that acting responsibly and more like an adult is the right thing to do. The story itself is simple, but it's a great performance from Christopher Lloyd as a free-spirited adult, and Thomas F. Wilson's rookie cop routine that really make the movie stand out. Sure, it's silly and dumb, but it also has quite a bit of heart and a good underlying message, which is more than we can say for most films of this type these days. Camp Nowhere still holds up as that one summer vacation we always wanted to take before the internet and mobile phones were available.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Camp Nowhere comes with a 25GB Blu-ray Disc from Kino Lorber. There are no inserts or digital downloads of any kind. There is new cover art, but that's about it. The disc is housed in a hard, blue plastic case.

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Camp Nowhere comes with a 1080p HD transfer and is presented in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This was released on Blu-ray back in 2011, but now Kino Lorber has re-released it with what looks like a cleaned up, if not new transfer. Previous releases of the film always had problems, image wise, and while this transfer still has some issues, it looks a lot better. Colors are brighter and bold with tons of deep primary colors and bright pastels in the costumes and artwork throughout. There is never a dull moment as much of the film takes place outdoors at camp during the hot, sunny days of summer.

With that said, black levels bleed over and are brighter than normal, especially at the beginning of the film. There are also certain scenes that have a halo like glow that makes the image softer than it should be, but in other scenes, the detail is quite sharp and vivid. The close-ups also reveal some good facial features, such as acne and freckles, and even textures in the wood at the cabins at camp are visible. There is some heavy grain in the darker scenes that fluctuates, though, and there is some heavy banding and video noise throughout. Still, the video presentation looks good most of the time and never hinders the viewing experience.

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This release comes with a DTS-HD MA 2.0 soundtrack but could have been a lot better if given a full 5.1 mix. The dialogue is always clear and easy to follow, even with a ton of kids screaming and talking, but the other big sound effects are rather soft and never robust like they should be.

With all of the big sound effects of fireworks, music, the jet planes that fly over, and other summer activities, you'd think there would be a great low-end with bass and surround activity, but that's sadly not the case. It's all rather soft sounding and packs no real punch. On the bright side, the music lights up the soundscape with its early 90s rock songs and it never drowns out any of the other dialogue or effects. Lastly, there are no pops, cracks, or hiss here.

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Audio Commentary - This is a brand new commentary track with director Jonathan Prince and Kino Lorber employee Douglas Hosdale. This is a highly entertaining commentary track that is definitely worth the listen. Prince talks about casting the young kids, letting them improv their scenes, working with Christopher Lloyd, and even having a young Jessica Alba in the film with zero lines at all.

Trailer (HD, 2 Mins.) - A trailer for the film is included.

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Camp Nowhere remains a fun film that features every kid or teen's dream -- getting to go to a camp all summer long with zero responsibility and no adults. But while the movie itself still holds up all these years later, the video and audio presentations leave something to be desired from time to time. The only extra is a brand new commentary track with the director, but it's a must-listen. For the commentary track alone, this comes Recommended!

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From the thrilling best seller from Alistair MacLean (Where Eagles Dare, When Eight Bells Toll, Ice Station Zebra, The Guns of Navarone) now comes the exciting motion picture! American Neil Bowman (David Birney, Nightfall, Someone's Watching Me!) is traveling through France when he meets British photographer Lila (Charlotte Rampling, Zardoz, Farewell My Lovely). They are hired by French land owner Duc de Croyter (Michael Lonsdale, The Passage, Moonraker) to escort a Hungarian scientist to New York. But they soon realize that the job is not a cushy number, and have to deal with a gang of kidnappers who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the scientist. Also starring Marcel Bozzuffi (The Destructors, French Connection), Michael Bryant (Girly) Flamenco Guitar legend Manitas De Plata, and directed by Geoffrey Reeve (Puppet on a Chain).

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Five women on vacation are stalked by a hooded cannibal killer in the town of Sunnyville Florida. Silly antics and H.G. Lewis-style gore follow the survivors in this camp super-8 epic.

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The drama heats up, both on and off the volleyball court, as the rivalry between teammates Shoyo Hinata and Tobio Kageyama continues to develop in new and unexpected ways. After the team's dramatic setback in Inter-High Preliminaries, Karasuno gets the unexpected opportunity to go to a training camp in Tokyo alongside other top schools in the nation... including their rival team, Nekoma! In order to attend, though, the dynamic duo must pass their exams, and getting Hinata and Kageyama through that challenge will be the trial by fire for Hitoka Yachi, who could be joining Kiyoko Shimizu as a team manager. With the eyes of their opponents fixed on their progress, will it be the spark needed to get the team moving in the right direction? Passions burn, and tempers flare as the fuse is lit for Haikyu!! Season 2!

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Producers Kanye West and Damon Dash present this explosive saga of life on the streets, where a gangster's survival depends on maintaining the code of honor - and keeping his mouth shut. Loaded with Special Features!

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What happens when a demi-obsessed researcher meets a vampire, a dullahan, a snow woman, and a succubus? A whole lot of learning, that’s what! Meet Takahashi Tetsuo, a researcher obsessed with demi-humans, aka demis. After starting his new job as a science teacher, he discovers that this school has three demi students and a demi teacher. With these subjects close at hand, Takahashi does the only thing a dedicated researcher can—interview them! But he quickly discovers there’s more to them than the stories and rumors claim. Between struggling to fit in and dealing with adolescent pressures, Hikari, Machi, and Yuki show Takahashi there’s nothing more complicated than being a teenaged demi! So he decides to help them out, no matter what.

As he learns more about them, Takahashi finds that his research does more than just educate—it also helps the girls learn to accept themselves and connect with one another, making high school just a little bit easier for everyone. Together, they’ll prove that there’s more to demis than the legends reveal!

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Remember it's just a TV show and really you should just relax. Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns to television screens courtesy of series creator and original star Joel Hodgson, Shout! Factory, a record-breaking Kickstarter crowdfunding effort, and Netflix. After its unceremonious cancelation in 1999, MSTies everywhere were finally given an eleventh season featuring their favorite wise-cracking robots and hapless human. New stars Jonah Ray, Baron Vaughn, Hampton Yount, Felicia Day, and Patton Oswalt deliver a MST3k that is a pleasing mix of old-school kitsch with a bit of a modern refresh to bring the show into the age of High-Definition. While there are some bumpy patches throughout this fourteen-episode run, the return of MST3k is a success. Laughs come hard and fast and there are several classic new episodes in the bunch. Shout! Factory brings all fourteen episodes to Blu-ray in fine order with strong A/V presentations for each episode. While new DVD box sets of the classic episodes may have stalled out due to rights issues, fans can breathe easy knowing that more Mystery Science Theater 3000 is on the way. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season Eleven is an easy one to call Recommended. 

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I wish I could say that I was an original card-carrying MSTie, but like so many others I was introduced to it by someone else. As my family didn't have cable until I was in my teens, I only infrequently got to enjoy Mystery Science Theater 3000 courtesy of my best friend. I was playing at his house one fateful weekend when all of a sudden the entire house dropped dead. From downstairs I heard my friend's father holler out "It's on!" Following the sound of thundering footsteps on the stairs, my friend and I shut off the video game we were playing and I was ushered into their T.V. room where on their mid-sized screen I saw the entire family huddled around the glowing box like they were watching the moon launch. I had no idea what was going on or why we were watching this strange show with a sleepy-eyed guy in a red jumpsuit and two "robots" being berated by two mad scientists. Then Hercules Unchained starring Steve Reeves started and the jokes began to fly. It was the funniest thing I had ever seen and for the next two hours, the only reprieve from constant painful fits of laughter were the commercial breaks. 

Unfortunately, I couldn't be at my friend's house every weekend, but whenever I was - Mystery Science Theater 3000 was always in the prescribed plan for fun and games. We could be in the middle of a great game of Sonic and it wouldn't matter, once that clock hit its mark it was time to shut down and watch Joel - and then later Mike - along with the crimson Tom Servo and the golden Crow T. Robot give some hapless B-movie the runaround that actually made the flick watchable. When Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie made its way to theaters deservedly skewering This Island Earth, my friend and I were in the theater front and center laughing our heads off. We were the only ones in the theater but that didn't matter, it was one of the best theater-going experiences of my life. 

Mystery Science Theater 3000

All these years later, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back following a wave of cultural nostalgia - but it's not exactly like it ever went away. Joel Hodgson and pals kicked off a touring riff show with Cinematic Titanic while Mike Nelson geared things up online alongside Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett with Rifftrax to skewer big blockbusters with their downloadable MP3 commentaries. Even with all this hilarious content available. MST3k fans longed for a return. After a massive record-breaking Kickstarter effort, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 11 landed on Netflix giving fans fourteen brand spanking new episodes to pick through. Was it a massive success or was it simply an easy cash-in on a cult property?

For all of the cash I tossed into the Kickstarter, and then later to see the first episode premiere with the cast in Chicago, I would have to say that it was a success. With its heart in the right place, the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 aims to bring the old into a new world. Shepherded by Joel Hodgson, we're given a new hapless human Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) as he's kidnapped and stranded on the Satellite of Love with Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn) and Crow T. Robot (Hampton Yount) by the diabolical Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) and her cohort "TV's Son of TV's Frank" Max (Patton Oswalt) as they aim to revitalize the Mystery Science Theater 3000 brand in an evil effort to sell the rights off to Disney for a billion dollars! If there's ever been a right time to skewer the homogenization of intellectual properties into a corporate conglomerate, now is the time and MST3k is the show to do it.

The flicks skewered in Season 11 are as follows:

Reptilicus - 3.5/5

Cry Wilderness - 4/5

The Time Travelers - 3/5

Avalanche - 5/5  - A new classic episode in my book! 

The Beast of Hollow Mountain - 3.5/5

Star Crash - 2.5/5 

The Land That Time Forgot - 4/5

The Loves of Hercules - 3.5/5

Yongary - 3.5/5

Wizards of the Lost Kingdom - 4/5

Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II - 3/5

Carnival Magic - 4/5

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't - 4/5

At The Earth's Core - 3.5/5

Mystery Science Theater 3000

If you've been a long time fan of the original run of the show, you know there were more than a few periods of bumps along the way. It was most of two full seasons before the show really found its footing. Then with cast changes and network shifts, there would follow a period of adjustment. As fierce as the battle gets between Joel and Mike fans, there are going to be some wildly divided fans on this new iteration. As there have been nearly twenty years of technological advancements in the time the show went off the air in 1999 to its return, a lot about the show has changed, but its heart and charm remain the same. While the jokes fly fast and furious, the show still manages to celebrate these cheesy and often times terrible movies. It's still about sitting in front of a movie screen with a trio of good friends and laughing at the barrage of jokes you would otherwise naturally make yourself. I also appreciate that they made the best effort they could to not truncate the films while also maintaining the film's original aspect ratio. TV sets have come along way since the original run, there's a lot more space to fill and this new MST3k makes every effort to fill the screen. 

While I am over the moon for the return of MST3k and am overall very happy with the results, I do have a couple of qualms about this run. The primary issue and it's one that I've heard from many other fans is that there are simply too many jokes and they come entirely too fast. While I appreciate the effort that went into not riffing over the actual movie dialogue so folks could understand what was going on, that need to fill dead air leads to a lot of dropped punchlines. Some great stuff sticks the landing, but the furious pace that the jokes fly makes it difficult to appreciate the humor. With a twelfth season confirmed, my hope is that the great cast and team of writers slow things down, edit the jokes and take a "less is more" approach. Don't get me wrong, they're damn funny - but when you're already laughing it's hard to appreciate the next joke. My only other quibble was the number of celebrity cameos, everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Mark Hamill make an appearance and it can get a bit distracting. I'll forgive it simply because they didn't know if there would even be a twelfth season and they wanted to make the fourteen episodes they got as special as they could. 

MST3k Season 11

Like the classic theme song says, remember it's just a show and really should relax. As this is the first undertaking to bring Mystery Science Theater 3000 back in nearly 20 years, it's excusable that there would be growing pains. I didn't expect everything to be perfect - this new crew of the Satellite of Love has a lot of learning and growing to do. Jonah Ray is a great new host and I really dig his interplay with Hampton Yount's Crow and Baron Vaughn's Servo. Felicia Day's Kinga Forrester is delightfully evil while Patton Oswalt's TV's Son of TV's Frank Max makes the perfect lovelorn minion. For all of the Kickstarter bucks I tossed in, it was money well spent in my book. I'm glad the show is back and will continue on Netflix allowing this new crew to get their footing and take on some more classically terrible flicks. Lord knows there's plenty of them out there and Hollywood makes more of them every year. Maybe Geostorm will find new life via Mystery Science Theater 3000

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 11 arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Shout! Factory in an 8-disc set. Spread out over seven BD-50 discs (which are apparently region free but untested for regions outside North America), each disc contains two episodes from the show with the eighth disc reserved for the bonus feature documentary. Each disc loads directly to an animated main menu allowing you to choose which episode you want to view. All discs are housed in a hard 8-disc case with each disc getting their own tray to occupy and are not stacked on top of each other. The case is housed in a book slipcover with identical artwork.

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When examining the 1080p 1.85:1 transfer for Mystery Science Theater 3000, you've got to keep expectations in check. The overall image quality of the film is subject to the quality of the movies they're skewering. As such, one episode may look better than the next and vice versa. They're merely using the masters they were given and each film can display its own respective amount of wear and tear in contrast to the newly digitally shot host segments which look pristine with clean lines, sharp details, and bright bold primary colors. If you want to get a sense of what the individual movies look like, we've actually done reviews for the Blu-ray releases on a couple of these. Reptilicus, Avalanche, The Beast of Hollow Mountain, Star Crash, The Land That Time Forgot, Yongary, Carnival Magic, and At The Earth's Core were all reviewed by HDD and it looks like the same masters for those releases were used for these episodes.

Now, compared to the Netflix streams, I would say that I favor their appearance on these discs - even if two or three episodes are pressed onto the same disc. The details in the host segments, as well as some of the episodes, appear more refined, sharper without looking compressed or any signs of ringing or banding. There also feels like there is a better sense of depth to the image - namely in the host segments around King's Moon 13 laboratory. The classic corridor looks awesome as a miniature was used to shoot the transition to the theater offering up lots of little details to see and appreciate in quick succession. All around, this is a great looking set of episodes - especially compared to the original tape masters sourced from the previous DVD volumes that Rino and Shout! released over the years. 

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Each episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 arrives with a decent and workable DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio mix. Like the video transfers, the audio is a bit of a jumble depending on the masters provided for each movie. Sometimes dialogue of the film is intelligible and clear, other times it can be a bit soft. In contrast to the silhouetted riffers, their dialogue is crystal clear throughout every episode. Host segments are on point and make the most use of the 5.1 surround spacing. Channels aren't always active, but there's a nice sense of space to the sets. While these episodes are in 5.1, most of the movies themselves are 2.0 stereo mixes and sound much more front/center focused. So in terms of a traditional "surround" experience, there's not a lot going on. It's still a great audio mix given the style of the show and the films being skewered and serves the nature of the comedic onslaught. 

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Bonus features for this release of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 11 is a little on the slimmer side of things. If you posted up enough during the Kickstarter, the Bonus Features disc had a lot more content exclusive to that release. For this general release, the only bonus feature to carry over from the Kickstart Edition is the documentary. So if you're looking for the complete package and want all of the bonus feature goodies, start saving those pennies for the gray market value of those very rare sets. For what's here, this isn't bad. You get a lot of behind the scenes stuff and it's a great look at what it took to bring MST3k back.

We Brought Back MST3K (HD 1:13:39) This is a very nice part retrospective of the show, part coverage of the re-launch. It's filled with a bunch of cast and crew interviews, as well as a bunch of backer fan interviews with people who helped bring the show back and had contributed enough to be able to visit the set. It's especially nice to see that this isn't a simple puff piece. They go into a lot of detail about the Kickstarter, how it was nearly bungled at launch because of some internal communication snafus. I was one of the early backers who feverishly kept reposting the Backer link on my Facebook and Twitter and increasing my contribution as the stretch goals came through and this doc nicely captures that feeling and excitement.

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Nearly 20 years and a Kickstarter campaign later, we finally have new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to enjoy. It was a long road, but one well worth traveling to get to where we are with even more laughter-filled episodes on the near horizon. Season 11 may have a few bumps and kinks to iron out, but overall I'm very happy with the final product. Since its release a year ago, my wife and I have gone through each episode a couple of times. There are a couple of tough ones, but there are also a couple of genuine classics in this fourteen-episode run that stands up well alongside the classics of the original series run. Shout! Factory has done a terrific job bringing Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 11 to Blu-ray. The image transfers are on point considering the source elements for the films and the audio is spot on for this type of show. Bonus features are plentiful and provide a great amount of information about the making of the series and what it took to relaunch the Satellite of Love back into orbit. Here's hoping the wait for Season 12 isn't too long! Fans of the show will absolutely want to pick this one up - if for no other reason than to complete their home video collections. Recommended. 

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Two chefs in DC struggle to open and maintain their first restaurants. Against all odds, one becomes Bon Appetit Magazine's Best New Restaurant in America. The other is forced to redefine success. Starring Aaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury and Frank Linn of Frankly...Pizza. Featuring legendary chefs and restaurateurs Danny Meyer, Michel Richard, Mike Isabella and Washington Post food writer Tim Carman.

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An all-star cast – including Joanne Woodward, Sheree North, Tony Randall, Jeffrey Hunter, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Rush, and Pat Hingle – highlights No Down Payment (1957), a Martin Ritt-directed “problem film” about the denizens of a California subdivision, struggling to make ends meet even as they deal with racism, alcoholism, and promiscuity. Appropriately, given the film’s uneasy themes, the screenplay was written by blacklisted Ben Maddow, fronted by Philip Yordan.

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An activist group makes a deal with treasure-seeking Rovers and their modified four-wheel-drives for an expedition through treacherous Australian terrain. Tensions rise and ulterior motives are revealed with exciting off-road chases, daring rescues and amazing discoveries to follow.

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BOUNDARY-BREAKING EARLY CRIME THRILLERS, MOB DRAMAS AND ACTION MOVIES FROM LEGENDARY CULT DIRECTOR SEIJUN SUZUKI

Includes: Eight Hours of Terror (1957), The Sleeping Beast Within (1960), Smashing the 0-Line (1960), Tokyo Knights (1961), The Man with a Shotgun (1961).

Available for home-viewing for the very first time ever outside of Japan, this collection of bleak crime thrillers, brash mob dramas and exuberant action movies, made across the first five years of Seijun Suzuki s career within Nikkatsu s Borderless Action (mukokuseki akushon) line, presents a heady mix that laid the ground for what was to come.

The Sleeping Beast Within (1960) is a gripping crime thriller that sees a newspaper reporter s search for his girlfriend s missing father lead him into heart of the criminal underworld of Yokohama s Chinatown. Its companion piece, Smashing the 0-Line (1960), follows two reporters descent into a scabrous demimonde of drug and human trafficking. In Eight Hours of Terror (1957), a bus making its precarious way across a winding mountain road picks up some unwelcome passengers. In Tokyo Knights (1961), a college student takes over the family business in the field of organised crime, while The Man with A Shotgun (1961) marks Suzuki s first entry into the territory of the borderless Japanese Western.

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  • Limited Edition Dual Format Collection [1500 copies]
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Newly translated optional English Subtitles
  • Audio commentary by critic and author Jasper Sharp on Smashing the 0-Line
  • Tony Rayns on the Crime and Action Movies the critic and historian discusses the background to the films, their place within Suzuki s career and the talent involved with them
  • Trailers
  • Stills Gallery
  • Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • 60-page illustrated collector's book featuring new writing by Jasper Sharp
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Brand New HD Master from a 4K Scan of the Original 35mm Trucolor Nitrate Negatives by Paramount Pictures Archives! Singing legend Vaughn Monroe (Toughest Man in Arizona) in his acting debut portrays Rhiannon, a notorious stagecoach robber who shoots the new sheriff (Ward Bond, Hondo), but decides to take him to the doctor (Walter Brennan, Rio Bravo). With the help of the kind doctor, Rhiannon cleans himself up and is presented to the sheriff as the man who saved his life. Rhiannon, who's fond of singing a tune now and then, is deputized by the sheriff and falls in love with a lovely saloon gal (Ella Raines, Hail the Conquering Hero). Rhiannon is now torn between his new life and his old one... can he turn over a new leaf and give up his illegal ways or are the prospects of robbing the next gold shipment too much for the ex-outlaw? R.G. Springsteen (Tiger by the Tail) directed this singing-cowboy classic featuring Jeff Corey (Little Big Man) and Barry Kelley (Too Late for Tears).

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Adapted from C.K. Stead's novel Smith s Dream, Sleeping Dogs almost single-handedly kickstarted the New Zealand New Wave, demonstrating that homegrown feature films could resonate with both local and international audiences, and launching the big-screen careers of director Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Species) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Possession).

Neill in his first lead role in a feature plays Smith, a man escaping the break-up of his marriage by finding isolation on an island off the Coromandel Peninsula. As he settles into his new life, the country is experiencing its own turmoil: an oil embargo has led to martial law and civil war, into which Smith reluctantly finds himself increasingly involved.

Co-starring Warren Oates (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) as the commander of a US army unit drawn into the conflict, Sleeping Dogs is simultaneously a political thriller, a personal drama and a true landmark in New Zealand cinema.

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When down-on-her-luck country girl Shirlee Kenyon (Dolly Parton, 9 to 5) walks through the wrong door at the right time, she accidentally becomes Chicago's newest talk radio celebrity and turns the Windy City's hottest radio station upside down. With her homespun wit and down-home advice, Shirlee immediately wins listeners' hearts but causes hilarious confusion for her ratings-conscious boss (Griffin Dunne, After Hours) and comical havoc for the investigative reporter (James Woods, The Onion Field) trying to uncover her mysterious past. Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Teri Hatcher (TV's Desperate Housewives), Jerry Orbach (TV's Law & Order), Philip Bosco (Angie) and Jeff Garlin (TV's Curb Your Enthusiasm) co-star in the romantic comedy that will warm your heart. 

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In this Oscar-winning farce, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) and Irene Dunne exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who, fed up with each other’s infidelities, resolve to file for divorce. Try as they each might to move on, the mischievous Jerry can’t help but meddle in Lucy’s ill-matched engagement to a corn-fed Oklahoma businessman (Ralph Bellamy), and a mortified Lucy begins to realize that she may be saying goodbye to the only dance partner capable of following her lead. Directed by the versatile Leo McCarey, a master of improvisation and slapstick as well as a keen and sympathetic observer of human folly, The Awful Truth is a warm but unsparing comedy about two people whose flaws only make them more irresistible.

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A breathtaking fusion of poetry, ethnography, and cinema, Sergei Parajanov’s masterwork overflows with images and sounds that burn into the memory. In a series of tableaux that blend the tactile with the abstract, The Color of Pomegranates revives the splendors of Armenian culture through the story of the eighteenth-century troubadour Sayat-Nova, charting his intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth through iconographic compositions rather than traditional narrative. The film’s tapestry of folklore and metaphor departed from the realism that dominated the Soviet cinema of its era, leading authorities to block its distribution, with rare underground screenings presenting it in a restructured form. This edition features the cut closest to Parajanov’s original vision, in a restoration that brings new life to one of cinema’s most enigmatic meditations on art and beauty.

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Michael's (Liam Neeson) daily commute home quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger (Vera Farmiga), Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes, for himself and his fellow passengers.

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The Commuter has an interesting premise, a ridiculous execution, some horrible decisions by its hero, yet still manages to entertain thanks to the gravitas of its star, Liam Neeson, and some slick direction from Jaume Collet-Serra. The transfer here is solid, as is par for the course for a Lionsgate release, although the drab color palette means viewers aren't going to get much in terms of high-def "pop". The Atmos track, however, is fun and active. While this may not be something you'll want to watch multiple times, the movie is certainly Worth a Look.

You can also check our 4K Ultra HD review HERE.

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Liam Neeson has a certain set of train transfers in The Commuter, another one of those "ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances" action movies that puts our hero in a confined space. Sometimes it's a plane high above, sometimes it's a skyscraper in the city, this time it's New York City's commuter rail. Unfortunately, it doesn't take this movie long to go off the tracks from Hitchcockian thriller to implausible silliness, but either way it's not that unpleasant of a ride – thank largely to Neeson, who's almost always watchable as the lead.

Neeson stars as Michael MacCauley, an insurance salesman who happens to be an ex-cop (that will come into play later) who lives in the suburbs but works in New York City. He has a wife (Elizabeth McGovern in a small role), two sons, and one big mortgage (yet another factor that plays in his decisions). MacCauley – like many of our readers out there, I'm guessing – has a daily grind when it comes to work: get on the train, take it into Grand Central Station, go to work, hop back on the train and head home. Wash, rinse, repeat. But MacCauley is about to have a very bad day – starting with arriving at work and finding out he's been axed.

Not yet wanting to reveal to his wife that he's been fired, Michael goes first to a local bar in the city, where he runs into a former NYPD colleague and friend, Alex Murphy (played by Patrick Wilson, and no relation to RoboCop). Also, there is Alex's boss and the head of the police division, Captain Hawthorne (Sam Neill). Hint to the uninitiated: when significant actors appear in what seem to be otherwise insignificant roles, it bears noting.

When Michael finally heads back home on the train, a woman (Vera Farmiga) takes a seat across from him. After some small talk, she asks Michael if he'd be willing to do something if he'd never know or have to worry about the consequences. When he asks her why he would do something like that, she responds that it would be for $100,000 - $25,000 of which is currently hidden in a bathroom on the train and the bulk of which he'd get when the task was complete. Michael soon realizes that this isn't a joke and then learns what needs to be done: There's someone on the train that will be getting off at the Cold Spring stop, with a bag and something very important in it. Michael needs to find that person and put a tracker in their bag. But he also needs to figure out who that person is.

This is the point in the movie – as they say – where the "fun begins". Of course Michael takes the offer and at various points throughout tries to do the morally right thing, only to get a phone call from the mysterious woman (who, by this point, has exited the train) threatening Michael's family (who may or may not have been taken hostage by the people she's working for). Everyone's a suspect on the train, naturally, and The Commuter throws enough red herrings at us to fill up the Hudson.

While the story is never as smart as it thinks it is, I can't say it isn't entertaining...although not as much in a "taut thriller" kind of way, as a "let's see what poor life decision this guy makes next" kind of way. Among events that can be filed under realm of the improbable include Neeson's character hanging on for dear life underneath the train, hanging on for dear life on the side of the train, and surviving a derailment that makes the one you saw in The Fugitive look like a fender-bender.

But it's all good fun...or bad fun, as the case may be. No, this isn't going down as one of Liam's best efforts. In fact, it makes the original Taken look like Oscar material. However, if you're just looking to check your mind at the turnstile and hop aboard the crazy train for the evening, you could do a lot worse than The Commuter.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Commuter has a ticket to ride with this Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack. The 50GB Blu-ray and dual-layer DVD come housed inside an eco-friendly Elite keepcase along with an insert containing a code for either an UltraViolet or iTunes copy of the movie. A slipcover with artwork matching that of the keepcase slides overtop. The Blu-ray is front-loaded with trailers for American Assassin, Rememory, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Winchester, and Our Kind of Traitor. The main menu features a drawn image of a train combined with a montage of scenes from the movie diagonally above it. Menu selections are across the bottom of the screen.

The Blu-ray in this release is Region A locked.

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The Commuter was shot digitally using Arri Alexa Mini cameras and the movie is presented in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The transfer here is quite impressive as Blu-ray releases go, although the presentation loses some luster simply due to the fact that the movie's setting (Neeson is on the train for a good 90 or more percent of the movie) doesn't lend to a lot of colorful imagery or the opportunity for visual depth. But what we do get is some impressive black levels as well as defined facial features that show every crease and wrinkle in Liam Neeson's aging face (hey, the man is under a lot of stress here, so it works for the premise of this film).

In terms of glitches, there are no apparent ones to be found, although the quality of the transfer does make the special effects (including the obviously green-screened exteriors through the train's windows) a little more obvious. Overall though, the transfer is a solid rendering of the movie's intended visual look and viewers should be satisfied with what they get here.

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Lionsgate has provided an Atmos track (which is 7.1. Dolby TrueHD compatible), and as such tracks go, this is one of the better ones, with the directionality of the train moving (as well as plenty of LFE rumblings) throughout. The track notches things up a bit during several fight/action sequences that take place aboard the train, and then really blows things out of the water (or in this case, off the tracks) with a derailment sequence towards the end of the movie. It all adds up to a quite immersive experience, and while I didn't feel the track was quite good enough for a reference-quality score, it's close enough that most won't be disappointed in the aural presentation. There are no evident glitches in the audio.

In addition to the Atmos track, 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks are available in Spanish and French, as well as an English 2.0 Dolby Digital track optimized for "late night listening" and an English Descriptive Audio track. Subtitles are available in English, English SDH, and Spanish.

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End of the Line (HD 9:15)– This is standard EPK material about the making of the film, featuring comments from members of the cast and crew, including star Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra.

Off the Rails (HD 4:18) – Another, albeit shorter, EPK-style featurette, this time focusing more on how the train was built on the set and how the sequences were shot. Once again, members of the cast and crew provide comments.

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The Commuter is one of those movies that I like to call "big, loud, and stupid", but also one that falls firmly in that "so bad, it's good" description that action films such as this one often get labeled. The premise is a good one, but star Liam Neeson could have used a better script and a smarter character. That said, there's no denying him trying to make the most of every scene. Even if you don't wind up buying The Commuter, I still think it's Worth a Look.

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OSCAR ® winners Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, and Tom Hanks team up for the first time in this thrilling film based on a true story. Determined to uphold the nation's civil liberties, Katharine Graham (Streep), publisher of The Washinton Post, and hard-nosed editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks) join forces to expose a decades-long cover-up. But the two must risk their careers -- and their freedom -- to bring truth to light in this powerful film with a celebrated cast.

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Timely and timeless themes, such as freedom of the press, feminism, and personal empowerment, permeate The Post, but the absorbing story of The Washington Post’s controversial decision to publish the notorious Pentagon Papers, terrific performances from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, and elegant direction distinguish Steven Spielberg’s latest historical film. Excellent video and audio transfers and top-notch supplements enhance the Blu-ray presentation, which comes Highly Recommended.

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“We have to be the check on their power. If we don’t hold them accountable, I mean, my God, who will?”

Though Steven Spielberg has directed some of the most imaginative and entertaining films ever to come out of Hollywood -- JawsClose Encounters of the Third KindRaiders of the Lost ArkE.T., and Jurassic Park chief among them -- his historical movies best reflect his artistry. The presentations may be more subdued and the subjects may be far from flashy, but the passion behind the ideas, meticulous attention to detail, and timeless underlying themes make Schindler’s ListSaving Private RyanLincolnBridge of Spies, and now The Post achieve a lasting resonance. While some may view Spielberg’s latest drama as a hastily mounted bit of Oscar bait designed to make a carefully crafted political statement during a turbulent period, The Post stands on its own as a finely crafted film that examines a watershed event with insight, fervor, elegance, and emotion.

Sure, the themes it explores strike a chord in our contemporary culture, and The Post certainly makes it clear on which side of the fence it stands. But when you’re addressing issues like freedom of the press, gender equality, and personal development and empowerment, there’s only one side of the fence to be on. The Post can be preachy at times and consistently wears its heart on its sleeve, but screenwriters Liz Hannah and Josh Singer (who penned a couple of other potent journalism films, most notably Spotlight) strive mightily to present this important tale with the respect and gravity it deserves. The fact that Spielberg churned out such a superior movie in a mere nine months is equally impressive, and the swift pacing reflects both its urgent elements and frenzied production schedule.

The previews for The Post promoted it as a political thriller about journalistic ethics, and while that’s not entirely false advertising (fake news?), the crux of the tale centers around the personal evolution of Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the reluctant publisher of The Washington Post, a struggling, “cash poor” local newspaper that dreams of competing with the lofty New York Times and becoming a player on the national journalism scene. Graham took over the paper’s reins after her husband’s suicide, but despite her smarts and social connections, finds herself ill-equipped to work in an intensely chauvinistic world where women are constantly dismissed, marginalized, patronized, and ignored. As the only female in the room, Graham must overcome her passive personality, fight to be heard, and learn how to exert authority, wield influence, and make tough decisions. It’s a tall order and she’s not always sure she’s up to the challenge.

In 1971, former government employee Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) tests her mettle when he begins photocopying top-secret Pentagon documents that reveal the U.S. government lied to the American public for decades regarding its policy in Vietnam. Realizing early on it could never win the war in Southeast Asia, the U.S. continued to fight and sacrifice thousands of American lives not in a noble if futile attempt to stem the tide of Communism, but because Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon refused to accept the humiliation of defeat. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood), who ordered the secret study and for years participated in the deception, finds himself in the hot seat when Ellsberg turns over the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times. After the first excerpts appear, the outraged Nixon administration successfully secures a judicial injunction against further publication, which spurs Ellsberg to leak the papers to the Post. It's then up to Graham to decide whether to violate the law and publish more excerpts, an act that could threaten her long-standing family business and send her and the Post's gruff editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) to prison. Does this former housewife and socialite who valiantly took a job she never wanted have the guts to risk everything to defend the First Amendment and reveal an ugly truth that will disillusion millions of Americans?

It's no secret how The Post turns out (anyone who has studied American history knows the ending), but Spielberg still manages to build tension and capture the furious excitement, passion, and exhaustion that comes with chasing an important yet elusive story. Alan J. Pakula did all that so well in All the President's Men more than 40 years ago, and trust me, after watching The Post, you'll want to revisit that classic again right away. Like a beeline, the cause célèbre surrounding the Pentagon Papers‘ release led directly to the Watergate break-in and ensuing cover-up that would topple Nixon's presidency three years later, and that makes The Post feel like a perfectly crafted prequel to Pakula's film.

Parallels to today's turbulent socio-political climate abound as well. Women still fight to be heard and respected, the press is once again under attack, many feel the government isn't trustworthy, and a controversial, polarizing figure leads the country. (Familiar jargon like “rigged elections” and “collusion” not-so-coincidentally crop up.) Times have changed since 1971, but many of the issues facing our society have not, and that lends The Post both a relevance and relatability many contemporary films lack. Years from now, The Post will most likely settle into a historical niche, but today it strikes a chord - or maybe a nerve - and that doubles its impact.

At the center of it all is Streep, who both leads and overshadows a formidable ensemble cast. At its core, The Post is a personal story, chronicling one woman’s trailblazing journey and unlikely rebirth at an advanced age. Before this film, Graham was largely an unsung heroine in the women’s movement, but thanks to an astute script and Streep’s beautifully measured, graceful yet steely portrayal, she finally gets her due. Exuding a painful insecurity that gradually morphs into a tentative and then more forceful confidence, Streep captures the essence of what many women felt and continue to feel in a male-dominated world. And like she has done so many times when playing real-life characters, from Karen Silkwood to Julia Child to Margaret Thatcher, Streep steps into Graham’s shoes as if she’s worn them all her life. Her understated performance may have been overshadowed at this year’s Oscars by showier work, but her superb turn ranks as one of her finest...and for someone who’s been nominated for a whopping 21 Academy Awards, that’s saying something.

Hanks captures the gravelly-voiced, no-nonsense Bradlee quite well, projecting the brash confidence and dedicated work ethic that defined this iconic, roll-up-your-sleeves, get-your-hands-dirty editor. Although it’s tough to accept anyone other than Jason Robards in the role (he won an Oscar playing him in All the President’s Men), Hanks makes Bradlee his own and creates a comfortable chemistry with Streep that helps fuel the film. Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitfield, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Greenwood, Rhys, and a host of others all contribute great work as well.

There’s a lot going on in The Post, but it manages its various components -- narrative, issues, themes -- like sections in a newspaper, making them easy to absorb and digest. Spielberg’s direction is fluid and slick, but the underlying substance provides the film with a firm foundation and solid emotional core. (Mark my words, Meryl will make you cry.) There’s something thrilling about a crackerjack journalism movie, and The Post delivers mightily in that regard. Yet beneath the headlines and history lies an inspirational tale of personal growth, courage, perseverance, and standing up for inalienable rights that touches both women and men, and that’s what makes The Post special.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Post arrives on Blu-ray packaged in an eco-friendly blue plastic case inside a sleeve along with a standard-def DVD, a leaflet that contains the code for the Movies Anywhere digital copy, and a leaflet offering a free 60-day digital subscription to The Washington Post (clever marketing tool). Video codec is 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 and audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. Once the disc is inserted into the player, the full-motion menu with music immediately pops up; no previews or promos precede it.

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Fox serves up a crisp, clean 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer that features excellent contrast and clarity and just a hint of grain to provide both a film-like feel and heighten the period atmosphere. The muted color palette suits the newsroom, boardroom, and courtroom settings, but when the narrative shifts to Graham’s stately home, a lovely warmth bathes the image and splashes of primary and pastel hues nicely pop. Black levels are rich and deep, whites are bright but never bloom, and flesh tones remain natural and stable throughout. Patterns are rock solid and resist shimmering, background details like wallpaper patterns and various decorative items are easy to discern, and sharp close-ups nicely highlight the careworn faces of the cast. Not a single nick or mark sullies the pristine source material and no digital doctoring could be detected. The Post isn’t a flashy film from a visual standpoint, but this superior transfer immerses us in the action and seamlessly transports us to another era.

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A surprisingly immersive DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track heightens the impact of the film. From the opening Vietnam War scenes that feature crisp machine gun fire to the incessant tapping of typewriter keys in the newsroom, finely rendered sounds provide a critical sense of atmosphere and keep the senses engaged. Surround activity is noticeable, especially during a rain sequence and the newsroom and printing scenes, yet isolated elements like popping flashbulbs and slamming doors are seamlessly woven into the track’s fabric, while distinct stereo separation across the front channels widens the soundscape and provides striking directional effects. Strong bass frequencies supply necessary weight and a wide dynamic scale handles all the highs and lows without a hint of distortion. All the dialogue is clear and easy to comprehend, and John Williams’ majestic score fills the room with ease, thanks to exceptional fidelity and tonal depth. Films that take place in offices, boardrooms, restaurants, and stately homes usually don’t include interesting soundtracks, but The Post is a notable exception, and this high-quality track maximizes all the elements.

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The Post comes packed with a bushel of high-quality, comprehensive featurettes, all produced by the format's master (and frequent Spielberg collaborator), award-winning documentary filmmaker Laurent Bouzereau. All the special features are located on the accompanying Blu-ray disc.

Featurette: "Layout: Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee & The Washington Post" (HD, 22 minutes) - This terrific background package provides essential historical perspective on Graham, Bradlee, Ellsberg, The Washington Post, the Vietnam War, Pentagon Papers, and Nixon White House. Interviewees include two of Graham’s children and one grandchild, Bradlee’s widow Sally Quinn, and Daniel Ellsberg himself, who explains his motives and actions surrounding the release of the Pentagon Papers. The impact of Graham’s husband’s suicide, the hiring of Bradlee, the era’s social climate, and the close relationship between Graham and Bradlee are also examined, and a slew of archival photos illustrate the period’s events.

Featurette: "Editorial: The Cast and Characters of The Post" (HD, 16 minutes) - This slick piece covers the broad spectrum of performers who populate the film, from the major stars like Streep and Hanks, all the way down to minor, but essential, players. (Remember, according to the old adage, there are no small parts, only small actors.) We learn from Spielberg that all his first choices readily agreed to appear in the movie, and both Spielberg and Hanks lavishly praise Streep's work. Streep herself talks about her preparation for her role, the challenges she faced, and how she hoped above all to capture Kay Graham's "personal grace." The long-term Spielberg-Hanks collaboration is also addressed, along with the film's timely nature.

Featurette: "The Style Section: Recreating an Era" (HD, 17 minutes) - In this fascinating featurette, Washington Post consultants and former employees reminisce about the more primitive period in which they worked and how the newsroom set, right down to its typewriters, butt-filled ashtrays, vintage desks, first-generation Xerox machines, and rotary-dial telephones, perfectly jives with their memories. Authenticity was a top priority for the crew, many of whom discuss the movie's sound, props, makeup, and the pitch-perfect costumes by legendary designer Ann Roth. A look at the old printing presses and linotype machines Spielberg so lovingly showcases throughout the picture is also included here.

Featurette: "Stop the Presses: Filming The Post" (HD 26 minutes) - This mini-documentary examines the rushed production schedule (which included no rehearsal time for the time for the actors, much to Streep's dismay), the genesis of Spielberg's involvement in the project, the film's cinematography and lighting, Spielberg's "play it by ear" direction, and the gender equality and freedom of the press themes the movie so adroitly addresses. Screenwriter Liz Hannah reveals her "obsession" with Katharine Graham, Streep lauds Spielberg's style and direction, the Vietnam War sequence is dissected, and we learn more women worked on the movie than men. Spielberg notes everything pretty much fell into place during production, leading him to believe The Post was "meant to happen."

Featurette: "Arts & Entertainment: Music for The Post" (HD, 7 minutes) - The legendary John Williams, with an assist from Spielberg, talks about how to make music "constructive," how it can enhance performance, and his decision to employ both orchestral and electronic themes during the film. The long-standing Spielberg-Williams collaboration is also touched upon in this brief piece.

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The Post may not end up in the top tier of films directed by Steven Spielberg, but it’s a meticulously produced, superbly acted, and utterly absorbing movie that uses a historical context to address some current hot-button issues. Freedom of the press, feminism, and personal evolution in a prejudicial climate are just some of the themes that swirl about this insightful chronicle of The Washington Post’s quandary over whether to publish the notorious Pentagon Papers, which exposed government lies and shocking policies concerning the Vietnam War. Meryl Streep gives one of the year’s best performances as Post publisher Katharine Graham, whose personal history is seamlessly entwined in the tale. Excellent video and audio transfers and a collection of high-quality featurettes distinguish Fox’s Blu-ray presentation, which comes Highly Recommended.

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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom.  When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal.  With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.

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The ghost of Kevin Spacey may haunt All the Money in the World, but director Ridley Scott’s captivating take on the notorious Getty kidnapping case remains a fine movie that’s distinguished by a solid script and excellent performances. High-quality video and audio transfers and a few slick supplements heighten the appeal of Sony’s Blu-ray presentation, which earns an enthusiastic recommendation.

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“We look like you. But we’re not like you. But we were...once.”

When a series of explosive sexual misconduct allegations leveled against actor Kevin Spacey threatened to derail the upcoming true-life thriller All the Money in the World, director Ridley Scott and his band of producers took drastic action. Just 47 days prior to the movie’s Christmas Day release, Team Scott dumped Spacey’s footage, recast the pivotal role of J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer got the plum part), and reshot a whopping 22 scenes in only eight - that’s right, eight! - days. The audacious and admirable move most certainly salvaged the film, but also instantly transformed a straightforward thriller about the notorious kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III in 1973 into a cinematic poster child for the #metoo movement. And all the quality in the world couldn’t keep All the Money in the World out of that glaring spotlight.

Which is not totally a bad thing. When it comes right down to it, a social movement is more important than a piece of entertainment, so whether you feel the replacement of Spacey was warranted or not, the fact that Scott took a stand and found a way to keep his film viable and preserve the work of hundreds of professionals is commendable. And if that’s the legacy of All the Money in the World, so be it. I’m sure Scott wouldn’t quarrel with that.

Yet it is interesting how turbulent behind-the-scenes events can alter the perception of a film and keep it from being evaluated on its own terms. Without question, the narrative surrounding the production of All the Money in the World somehow eclipses the on-screen narrative. If you’re aware of it, it’s almost impossible not to be distracted by it. As good as Christopher Plummer is - and he’s very, very good - it’s difficult to remain completely focused on his portrayal. On more than a few occasions, I found myself wondering how Spacey might have played the same scenes, how he might have looked, and what kind of chemistry he might have created with the other actors. Because Spacey’s footage will most likely never see the light of day, I’ll never know, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to watch All the Money in the World without those thoughts swirling around my brain. It’s just the nature of the beast.

And yet, in spite of all that, All the Money in the World still delivers the goods. It’s not one of Scott’s best movies, but it’s an elegant, often stellar effort that might have gained more artistic attention if the Spacey scandal hadn’t engulfed it. The titillating subject matter and fascinating characters fuel the film, and the exotic locations and gorgeous production design elevate its look, evoking the opulence that defined - and continues to define - the Getty name.

J. Paul Getty was at one time the richest private citizen in the world, amassing a colossal fortune, much of which stemmed from a lucrative deal he made with a Saudi king for rights to a barren plot of land that would soon yield copious amounts of oil. He was also a legendary tightwad and could never connect emotionally to other people. Art was his passion, and he spent lavishly on rare works. At one telling moment in the movie, Getty (Christopher Plummer) simply states, “There’s a purity to beautiful things that I’ve never been able to find in another human being.”

And that includes his children. So when his 16-year-old grandson, Paul (Charlie Plummer), is kidnapped in Rome by an arm of the Italian Mafia, Getty refuses to pay the multi-million-dollar ransom, claiming if he did so, he would invite an army of thugs to abduct his other 13 grandchildren. Paul’s mother, Gail (Michelle Williams), who divorced his irresponsible, drug-addicted father and refused alimony so she could have full custody of her children, is shocked (but not surprised) by the elder Getty’s coldness, yet her lack of financial means forces her to deal with him and his square-jawed right-hand man, Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg), in a desperate attempt to get her son back before his kidnappers make good on their threats to kill him.

Scott weaves an often hypnotic spell, thrusting us into a surreal world of unimaginable wealth and ruthless power plays and, with a deft hand, he balances Paul’s horrific plight with his mother’s dogged perseverance and grandfather’s chilling detachment. Scott builds suspense well, despite a couple of slow stretches, and one harrowing torture scene just might eclipse all the chest-bursting gore that fills his Alien films. The script by David Scarpa brings all the characters to life, but the creative licenses taken with the story to heighten its impact are unnecessary. I’m always suspicious of movies that claim to be “inspired by” real events (I prefer “based on”; it wields more gravitas) because they tend to play fast and loose with the facts. All the Money in the World is no exception, but a few computer clicks reveal the Getty case to be dramatic enough on its own and not in need of embellishment or alteration.

All the actors embrace their roles, but despite the considerable buzz surrounding Christopher Plummer’s deliciously frigid performance, it’s Williams who impresses the most. (Though Plummer nails his portrayal and rightfully earned his Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, it’s a stretch to buy his work during flashback scenes as a far younger man.) Donning an intriguing accent and projecting equal parts concern, frustration, anger, and steely strength, Williams paints a dimensional portrait of a complex, somewhat mysterious woman who refuses to be marginalized, manipulated, or bullied. Wahlberg does what he can with a rather bland part, and Charlie Plummer (no relation to Christopher) contributes a fine turn as the cocky, privileged teen who discovers he’s not as worldly - or valuable - as he believes.

Scott’s movie stands on its own as a solid, engrossing thriller, and those who appreciate this legendary director’s superior craftsmanship will find much to like here. As time passes, there’s a chance we’ll forget the movie’s Kevin Spacey connection, but I wouldn’t bet on it. All the Money in the World is by no means the first film to be influenced by incidents of sexual harassment and assault, but it’s the first one to take visible action because of it. And that may well be its legacy.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

All the Money in the World arrives on Blu-ray packaged in a standard case inside a sleeve. A leaflet containing the code to access the Movies Anywhere digital copy is tucked inside the front cover. Video codec is 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 and default audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Once the disc is inserted into the player, the static menu with music immediately pops up; no previews or promos precede it.

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It's too bad there isn't - as of yet - a UHD release of All the Money in the World, because this strikingly crisp 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer from Sony would look even more beautiful in that format. This superior Blu-ray rendering, however, will certainly suffice until a 4K edition comes along, thanks to its dazzling clarity, pitch-perfect contrast, and slick yet organic look. Despite its often cold, muted appearance (which reflects the characters’ emotional detachment), the image seems very film-like, exuding a palpable texture that complements both the ornate interiors of the Getty mansion and numerous locations. Color is used sparingly, but it pops with intensity when necessary. Black levels are deliciously lush, whites are bright but never bloom, and flesh tones remain natural and stable throughout. The weave on Wahlberg's seersucker jacket is razor sharp, and the fine details on all the decorative Getty treasures come through cleanly. Excellent shadow delineation keeps crush at bay most of the time, and marvelous close-ups showcase every facial wrinkle and blemish, out-of-place hair, and scraggly beard. Not a single speck mars the pristine source material and no digital doctoring could be detected. Sony scores with a fantastic transfer that immerses us in the drama and always keeps the eye engaged. It may not look like all the money in the world, but it sure looks like a million bucks.

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Clear, well-balanced sound with a high degree of detail distinguishes the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Seamless bleeds to the rear speakers enhance sporadic surround effects, but the front channels really shine, providing an expansive soundscape that draws us into the on-screen drama. A wide dynamic scale handles all the highs and lows without a hint of distortion, and strong, well-integrated bass frequencies supply necessary weight. Gunfire, clicking cameras, revving car engines, barking dogs, chirping birds, and especially a mass of buzzing buzzards are all marvelously distinct, superior fidelity and tonal depth helps Daniel Pemberton‘s music score to fill the room with ease, and all the dialogue is easy to comprehend. This is a first-rate track that really heightens audience involvement through subtlety, not bombast.

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A few supplements enhance this Blu-ray release. An audio commentary from Ridley Scott that would really go in depth about the film’s dramatic production and the scandal that rocked it would have added immeasurably to the presentation, but is sadly not included.

Deleted Scenes (HD, 7 minutes) - All eight excised scenes were well left on the cutting room floor. A few supply extra bits of atmosphere or irony, but none are essential to the film’s plot or cohesion.

Featurette: “RIdley Scott: Crafting a Historical Thriller” (HD, 9 minutes) - What begins as a fawning testimonial to Scott by myriad members of the cast and crew evolves into a standard making-of piece that examines Scott’s distinctive style and methodology and the film’s locations, costumes, scoring, and cinematography. Lots of behind-the-scenes footage enhances this slick, all-too-standard featurette.

Featurette: “Hostages to Fortune: The Cast” (HD, 10 minutes) - Williams, Wahlberg, Christopher and Charlie Plummer, and Romain Duris - with occasional interjections from Scott - all discuss their respective characters and how they researched, crafted, and identified with them. They also analyze their personalities and motivations in this breezy piece.

Featurette: “Recast, Reshot, Reclaimed” (HD, 5 minutes) - Though not as interesting or frank as one might hope, this brief featurette examines the frenetic reshoot of 22 scenes in eight days after the “unanimous” decision was made to recast the role of old man Getty just 47 days before the movie’s release. The challenges of scheduling and replacing existing footage without disrupting other elements of the film are discussed, and we also hear how Williams, Wahlberg, and Plummer approached the unusual situation. Quite tellingly, Kevin Spacey’s name is never mentioned In the featurette.

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The infamous Getty kidnapping case gets an absorbing and suspenseful treatment in All the Money in the World, but at times, the true-life scandal that rocked the film’s production overshadows director Ridley Scott’s stylish drama. Christopher Plummer may grab the headlines for replacing Kevin Spacey at the 11th hour, but Michelle Williams steals the spotlight with a near-perfect portrayal that infuses this tawdry tale with both strength and heart. Sony’s Blu-ray presentation features superior video and audio transfers and a few slick supplements, all of which enhance this meticulously crafted movie that searingly depicts the dark side of wealth. Recommended.

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Plot twists and turns can make or break a movie. Mishandled, a clever and smart film can completely be undermined by its big finale. Thankfully, Damian Harris' 1995 high-concept erotic spy thriller Bad Company smartly handles it's plot machinations by showing just enough cards to keep you in the game without giving away its entire hand. Starring Laurence Fishburne, Ellen Barkin, and Frank Langella, Bad Company is a solid thriller that doesn't overstay its welcome or blow the big finish. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings the film to Blu-ray in middling order with a sadly dated video transfer and audio mix. The director's audio commentary is well worth a listen. It's not the best Blu-ray out there, but it's a good flick and well Worth A Look.

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High-concept used to be the "it" phrase to describe your pitch to any producer. Right away it was supposed to put them in a place of anticipation and excitement about what genre crossovers your little yarn would knit together. Today - it's a passé and could kill your script before it's even read. 1995's Bad Company from director Damian Harris and starring Laurence Fishburne, Ellen Barking, with Frank Langella and Michael Beach is the sort of high-concept material that actually pulls it off. Part erotic thriller, part film noir, part spy thriller, Bad Company plays things deceptively simple as it builds towards a fitting conclusion without blowing the game. 

CIA black ops agent Nelson Crowe (Laurence Fishburne) is on the outs with the agency. Blackballed for supposedly failing to deliver a $50,000 bribe in gold, Crowe finds himself in the fringe outskirts of the intelligence community known as the Toolshed lead by the enigmatic Vic Grimes (Frank Langella). Shadowed by fellow operative Margaret Wells (Ellen Barkin), Crowe is tasked with any number of illegal activities - including bribing Supreme Court Justice Beach (David Ogden Stiers) into changing his opinion about a case. As Crowe and Wells find themselves in bed together in more ways than one, the pair share visions of double-crossing Grimes and running the Toolshed themselves. But when everyone is betraying one another, it's impossible to know who to trust. 

Bad Company

Bad Company was the sort of middling, better than average espionage thriller that one would find on a premium movie channel late at night. That's actually how I found this film. Through bouts of insomnia, Bad Company was a frequent midnight companion. Not bad enough to immediately turn off and keep channel surfing, not amazing enough to be the movie you would immediately recommend to friends, but good enough to leave on with the lights off. Much of the strength of the film comes from the interplay and chemistry between Fishburne and Barkin. Without these two actors in the lead, I have a hard time imagining folks seeing the film through to the twisty turn ending that makes the film worthwhile. 

Perhaps that's the biggest issue with Bad Company. The film tries to keep its secrets by showing its hold cards at the same time. A lot of the movie seems very one note, on the nose and basic. What would constitute a "twist" doesn't come off and just looks stylish with good actors slipping out clever dialogue. If the movie was just that, it would be a big disappointment. That first 45-minutes is heavy on exposition with twists that feel very obvious. But, if you can work your way past that mark and let the story really sink in, you'd discover that it's a lot smarter than it lets on and is far more crafty than it seems. It's not perfect mind you. Admittedly, that first 45-minutes can feel a bit hammy, trite, and very on the nose, but by the end, I'm convinced most viewers would find the journey worth the time without a lame "Scooby Doo" ending. 

Given that it has probably been closing in on 20 years since I last saw Bad Company, I was glad to see that it held up well and wasn't just a piece of midnight nostalgia from my late teenage years when I couldn't sleep. It may not be the greatest film ever made, but it gets more right than wrong and benefits from a very strong cast. Fishburne and Barkin on their own make the movie great, but toss in a steely Frank Langella and a slimy sly Michael Beach, with a cagy David Ogden Stiers and you start to appreciate why the flick works in the first place. It's certainly one to keep on your watch list for when you find yourself up late at night and need something to keep you company.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Bad Company drops onto Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber and their Studio Classics label. Pressed onto a Region A BD-25 disc, the disc is housed in a standard sturdy Blu-ray case. The disc loads to a static image main menu with traditional navigation options. 

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For how well shot Bad Company is courtesy of Director of Photography Jack Green, I wish it had been given a fresh remastering. From the looks of things this 1080p 2.39:1 transfer was probably sourced from the same scan utilized for the old DVD. Admittedly, it is better than your average upconverted DVD, there is an appreciable uptick in clarity and detail, but only just so much. Close-ups look great, middle shots are fine, but wide shots tend to struggle. There are brief soft patches and periods where the image just looks flat and lifeless. Colors are strong, but never really striking. Black levels are on par but there is still plenty of room for improvement. The source elements are in good shape with only mild speckling. For a movie that wasn't a huge hit when it made it to theaters, this is probably the best we'll get, even though it could look better. 

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Like the video, the supplied English DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio track for Bad Company could have benefited from a little extra TLC. Dialogue is clean enough without much issue - however there are a few moments were Langella can talk low and slurry where his words can come off like mush mouth requiring a brief punch in volume. Scoring is on point and sound effects work well to give this stereo mix some presence and life, but it isn't very dynamic. Free of any hiss or age-related issues this mix more or less just goes through the motions. It gets by, but one can tell it could have used an upgrade. 

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While there may not be a huge package of bonus features for Bad Company, what's here is pretty good. The Damian Harris audio commentary is a great listen as it's the main bonus feature, but it also offers up a lot of interesting tidbits about the production. So if you're a fan give that a listen.

Audio Commentary featuring director Damian Harris. There are a few gaps and pauses throughout the track but it's an informative and interesting track to listen to.

Animated Stills & Behind The Scenes Gallery (HD 3:36)

Theatrical Trailer (SD 2:08)

Malice Trailer (SD 1:57)

Consenting Adults Trailer (SD 1:50)

China Moon Trailer (SD 1:31)

Deceived Trailer (SD 1:47)

Shattered Trailer (SD 1:51)

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Bad Company certainly isn't the best high-concept spy thriller of the ages, but for what it sets out to accomplish, it does a solid job. Deceptively simple, the film keeps it's best aces up its sleeves for a final act that makes the admittedly slow and on the nose start worth pushing through. Plus, great turns from leads Barkin and Fishburne make for an attractive and dynamic duo to showcase the seedier side of the intelligence community. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings Bad Company to Blu-ray in middling order. Unfortunately, the image and audio haven't seen much of an upgrade over the years and sport a decidedly dated look and sound quality. It's certainly watchable, but far from perfect. Thankfully the audio commentary makes for a great listen. On the whole, Bad Company is one most people should enjoy and is certainly at the very least Worth A Look.

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Cheech & Chong: Up In Smoke features the drug-addled duo on a road trip throughout California; that is to say, a road-trip they hope will culminate in finding some quality weed. Instead, a series of mishaps result in their respective deportations to Mexico. Desperate to get back to the states so they can perform in their band's gig later that night, Cheech and Chong unwittingly agree to drive a very unique car across the border -- rather than steel and various metal bits, the vehicle is constructed entirely out of marijuana.

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Everyone's favorite easy-going, music-loving, hilarious pot-loving duo, Cheech and Chong, drive their way onto Blu-ray with Up In Smoke. Less of a plotted movie than a series of great gags, Cheech and Chong still deliver plenty of great comedy with their loose story and improvisational stylings. The film's 40th Anniversary Blu-ray debut is a solid effort bringing all of the hilarious antics with a strong A/V presentation and a bunch of great bonus features. Fans of the film are sure to dig it while newcomers should consider this one Recommended.

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40 years is a long time for any movie to not only wriggle its way into the cultural zeitgeist but also hold its position there. Did stars Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong really think that their breakout hit flick Up In Smoke would still be culturally relevant today? Or was it all a supposed to be a goof to make some quick cash? Whatever their initial intentions, their debut was a big hit and spawned numerous sequels. Forty years later, the story of two aimless stoners searching for just a little smoke as they drive a van literally made of marijuana across the border is just as funny today as it was when it lit its way into theaters. 

California is a variable desert. No one can score. All the dealers and fiends out there are just trying to get a lid's worth to take the edge off. When two stoner pals Pedro (Cheech Marin) and The Man (Tommy Chong) get deported after trying to score some smoke, they don't quite realize they're about to score the opportunity of a lifetime. Hired by his uncle to transport a van across the border into the United States, Cheech and Chong continue their search for a hit - even though they're driving a vehicle literally made of the stuff! With the tenacious Sergeant Stedenko (Stacy Keach) hot on their tails, the boys decide entering a rock competition is the best way to get the cash they need to score. 

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It's really weird for someone in their mid-thirties who went through the excruciatingly silly D.A.R.E. program and the sanctimonious "War on Drugs" to witness a time where states are starting to reevaluate the legality of marijuana. One by one, more states are deciding that what was feared as the ultimate gateway drug to a life on the street really isn't so bad as compared to the stuff that's legally prescribed and killing people every single day. Considering all things, I was worried this tidal change would diminish the comedic value of Up In Smoke. Thankfully that isn't the case at all. If anything, this shift has made the film funnier - especially as you examine ineffectual drug enforcement in the guise of Stacy Keach's Sergeant Stedenko.

That isn't to say that Up In Smoke is a perfect example of comedy. It does have its rough patches. This primarily stems from Cheech and Chong's penchant for improvisational humor rather than tightly scripted comedy. Forgoing a script, Cheech and Chong's focus on comedy was to storyboard scenarios and then let the performers do their work and let the silliness of the moment dictate what they say. Sometimes this works like Tom Skerritt's Strawberry and his Viet Nam flashbacks during a police raid. On the other hand, Stedenko's team of Narcs are duds. Keach is committed to the part and his overbearing belief that he's the red line on the map in the war on drugs makes his character hilarious as the obvious slips right under his nose - but the team he has to work with aren't funny. They're supposed to highlight this ineffectual approach, but they're too dimwitted and slow to actually be funny. The ups and downs keep the hijinks of Up In Smoke a bit uneven but thankfully when it works it's hilarious.

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As the first of seven cinematic outings between Cheech and Tommy, Up In Smoke may not quite be the best of them (for me Nice Dreams is the funnier flick), but this first time out is still pretty hilarious. I'm glad that in the twenty-odd some years since I saw this film for the first time in high school that it still makes me laugh. There's nothing like revisiting an old favorite after a number of years and finding out your tastes have changed and it isn't that funny anymore. Up In Smoke is a 40th Anniversary well worth celebrating. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Up In Smoke arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Paramount Home Video in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital set. Pressed onto a BD-50 disc, the discs are housed in a two-disc eco-friendly Blu-ray case with identical slipcover artwork. The disc loads to an animated main menu with traditional navigation options. 

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As this is the first outing for Up In Smoke on Blu-ray, I'm pleasantly surprised at the results for this 2.35:1 1080p presentation. This would appear to have been a recent master and not merely one that was recycled from the numerous previous DVD releases over the years. Film grain is apparent throughout and is stable most of the time. There are a few scenes here and there where the film grain thickens and for lack of a better word can look a bit hazy, but overall this is a very pleasing film-like appearance. Details are strong throughout allowing you to take in the finer points of the film. Colors are bright and bold with some terrific primary pop. Reds look great and the dark herbal green of the truck comes through perfectly. There are some soft spots here and there, but nothing to get too worked up about. Free of any notable dame or age-related wear and tear, this is a fine first Blu-ray outing for this comedy classic. 

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Up In Smoke arrives with a solid English DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio mix. While there are some great surround effects, this is largely a front/center channel focused affair. Dialogue comes through crystal clear throughout without any background element interference. Like I said, there isn't a whole lot of surround focused activity, the activity helps fill scenes and give a sense of space and atmosphere. Some great effects on the road when the guys get pulled over or when they're at their big final rock concert event plays nicely with the surrounds. Music is also well rendered throughout as there are a number of classic tunes that get big moments during the movie. Without any hiss, pops or other age-related issues, this is a solid audio mix. 

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True to a 40th Anniversary special edition, Up In Smoke comes with a great assortment of bonus features. The audio commentary track is great and there's plenty of nice retrospective materials to dig through.

Audio Commentary features Cheech Marin and director Lou Adler. This is a great little commentary as the pair cover a lot of behind the scenes stuff, as well as dissecting the various jokes and scenarios they concocted but only loosely scripted. 

How Pedro Met The Man: Up In Smoke At 40 (HD 15:15) Features interviews with Cheech and Chong along with Lou Adler. The trio talks about the movie, their own personal drug usage, as well as a bunch of funny stuff. I wish this was longer because it's a lot of fun.

Roach Clips (SD 11:29) This is a collection of outtakes and deleted segments. Some of this material is pretty good but it's understandable why it was cut. Also features an optional commentary with Lou Adler and Cheech Marin.

Lighting It Up: A Look Back at Up In Smoke (SD 11:11)

"Earache My Eye" Music Video (SD 5:43)