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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Some men seem to have all the luck. They can date anyone woman they want and easily find love. For the men in this family it's the complete opposite. And So It Goes explores the generations of men from one particular family who struggle to find love. Whether it was failing to "get the girl" or keeping the one they loved, these men just can't get it right. And So It Goes is a low budget comedy-drama independent film, that follows multiple generations of men from one family through time in a series of short stories. First, we meet Charlie in the 1920's as he does everything to get a beautiful girl's attention done as a silent film. We then go forward a few decades and peak in on a heated therapy session of a husband and wife who seem to hate each other. Mostly she thinks he's an idiot and he thinks she's a...well you get the point. Things then get serious in a story told completely through a poem about a man who is too afraid to approach the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. He must decide whether to walk away or take a chance. His answer could change his life forever. Sometimes love is the hardest thing to find. Sometimes we pass by it, sometimes we are clueless to it, and sometimes we destroy it.

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And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Shinsuke Yanagi.Ako Tamaki has everything she could ever want: a wonderful husband, a cute outfit, and a guild filled with great friends. The problem? It’s not reality. It’s all in the online world of LA—aka Legendary Age! And when her guild meets IRL, her inability to discern between the real and online world becomes a problem. Can she trade magic spells for social skills, or will she forever be an IRL n00b?Special Features: Episode 03 Commentary, Episode 05 Video Commentary, Promo Video, Luce Twinkle Wink "1st Love Story" Music Video Promo, Commercial Collection, Textless Opening & Closing Songs, Trailers

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Just because a journey leads you somewhere you didn't expect, doesn't mean you ended up in the wrong place.

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Most of our houses hold our secrets within their walls. It's our safe place. What if those secrets never actually die but hide in plain site. What if they come back to life and hurt new occupants? In this home the walls hold the tortured souls of the dead. Beyond The Walls is an experimental low budget independent film that contains multiple short stories that are all connected to a cursed home that targets all that move in. Sometimes the house will just make you go crazy and sometimes it will cost you your head! In this home once you move in, you never move out! Mike M. Burke directs and stars along with Szilvia Kovacs. Move in if you must, but don’t expect to ever move out. This house won’t let you!

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Bloodlust - The world Blu-ray premier of a sick 1970s shocker!

Haunted by a childhood trauma… a deaf mute accountant develops a fixation with blood spilling across his skin. Brief flirtations with ketchup and red ink seem to satisfy him at first, but he soon develops a taste for the real thing. Though he nurses a weird fascination for a neighbourhood girl who passes the time by dancing on the rooftop, he remains socially withdrawn with his co-workers and can't even find comfort in the arms of a hooker. One night he breaks into the property of the local undertaker and ravages the prettiest female corpse. Now addicted, he habitually raids the tombs of the dead and drinks blood from their throats via a spiked, double pronged glass straw. Authorities and citizens are incensed by these crimes and the search is on for this modern day vampire.

BLOODLUST is one of the darkest and most affecting horror movies to come out of 1970s Europe. Based on the macabre true story of Kuno Hofmann, the "Vampire of Nuremberg", the film plays like a kind of grown up fairy tale, albeit one that includes bloodsucking, eyeball evisceration and voyeuristic lesbian sex scenes among a host of other activities. Cut and banned in many countries, this is the full length version in all its gruesome, gory, glory.

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This sizzling four-film collection celebrates two of Hollywood’s greatest: the on- and off-camera team of tough guy Humphrey Bogart and cool gal Lauren Bacall. Their love of their craft, as well as each other, and the gift of their timeless talent are showcased in this glorious 4-disc set, full of action, laughs, suspense, danger and, above all, a romance that forever sparks a flame in the hearts of all movie fans.

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Severin Films Presents BRIDES OF BLOOD - The First Sex & Gore BLOOD ISLAND Classic Remastered Uncut In 4k For The First Time Ever!

In this first, unforgettable hit of the BLOOD ISLAND trilogy, legendary Filipino filmmakers Eddie Romero and Gerry de Leon combined '50s-style radioactive monster mayhem with taboo-smashing levels of graphic violence, nudity, dwarf-whipping and cuckolding that set insane new standards for drive-in/grindhouse depravity. 

Hollywood has-been Kent Taylor (BOSTON BLACKIE), former teen heartthrob John Ashley (BEACH BLANKET BINGO) and exotic-dancer-turned-Elvis-squeeze-turned-minister Beverly Powers (KISSIN' COUSINS, SPEEDWAY) star in this "brutal orgy of ghastly terror" - also known as ISLAND OF LIVING HORROR, JUNGLE FURY and BRIDES OF BLOOD ISLAND &$45; now featuring a 4k scan from a recently discovered 35mm interpositive and presented absolutely uncut for the first time ever! 

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Charlie Sheen narrates and Paul Sanchez directs what he calls a love letter to the actor's experience making Platoon. The non-union, low budget, independent film cast with young, unknown actors, went on to win four Academy Awards and changed the way we view the Vietnam War. Defying Hollywood convention, the actors trained in extreme circumstances: they slept in holes, endured nightly raids, and ate military rations in the unforgiving jungle of the Philippines, under the take no prisoners technique of their director, Oliver Stone. The cast tell their war stories from the audition and real military boot camp, all the way through winning the Academy Award. After three decades, the iconic film and the brotherhood they forged remain. Brothers in Arms. The unauthorized Platoon documentary.

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Code:Realize Guardian of Rebirth contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Hideyo Yamamoto. Cardia Beckford is a monster—or so she’s been called due to a deadly poison dwelling in her body. Unable to touch anyone or anything, she is locked away in her home and abandoned by her father. But one fateful night, she’s swept away by the dashing phantom thief, Arsène Lupin for a brand-new adventure! Special Features: Promo Videos, Commercials, Music Clip, Textless Opening Songs, Trailers

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Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knocking On Heaven's Door is a side story to the TV series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe. Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction. On the spaceship "Bebop," Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters (Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed, and Ein) are bored and short of cash. But with the news of the reward everything changes. Special Features: English Voice Cast Reunion, Featurettes, Storyboard Comparisons, Music Videos, U.S. Theatrical Trailer

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Audio Commentary with actor/producer/director Kevin Costner and producer Jim Wilson
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Kevin Costner stars in and directs this triumphant masterpiece written by Michael Blake, based on his novel. This breathtaking Steelbook Collector's Edition includes the original theatrical cut for the first time on Blu-ray, an extended cut of the film and an entire disc of bonus features. Winner* of seven Academy Awards®, including Best Director and Best Picture, this modern classic tells the story of Lt. Dunbar (Costner), a Civil War hero who befriends a tribe of Native Americans while stationed at a desolate outpost on the frontier. What follows is a series of unforgettable moments — from Dunbar's tender scenes with Stands With A Fist (Mary McDonnell), to the thrilling, action-packed buffalo hunt. Experience the excitement, emotion and sweeping beauty of this cinematic treasure as never before on Blu-ray!

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A bold and exciting new entry into the smash hit wuxia fantasy franchise from master action director Tsui Hark, Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings sees the detective embroiled in his most difficult case yet. Accused of wrongdoing by Empress Wu, Detective Dee must defend himself against this formidable foe, all while investigating a crime wave that has engulfed the city, marked by strange and seemingly supernatural occurrences.

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From the creators behind Hellsing comes a thrilling story where history and fantasy collide. Join figures from the past in an epic battle of good versus evil!

Shimazu Toyohisa, a samurai from the historical Battle of Sekigahara, was moments from death when he stepped through a door. Transported to a world both like and unlike his own, he finds himself in a new war and a new fight—but he is not alone. By his side, Japan’s most notable historical figures Oda Nobunaga and Nasu no Yoichi will join him in this new world at war. As they discover more about their roles as “Drifters,” they’ll face the “Ends,” a group of Europe’s most brilliant and deadly minds led by a man cloaked in darkness who seeks to bring destruction and devastation to this world.

What awaits these heroes of old? Are their bloodthirsty ways the only hope for victory, or does something worse than death await them?

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Ed Wood was the filmmaker behind PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, the author of hundreds of adult novels, and a pall-bearer at Bela Lugosi's funeral. Wood fought in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II while wearing a bra and panties under his uniform. Basically, there will never be another hero like Ed Wood. And there will never be another movie like TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE. Unseen for almost fifty years, this is a surreal sexploitation detective comedy that would feel right at home on a triple-bill with John Waters's MULTIPLE MANIACS and Russ Meyer's THE IMMORAL MR. TEAS. With delirious narration by Wood himself, positive depictions of LGBTQ relationships, and a miraculous role by Ed Wood in drag as ''Alecia,'' TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE is a joyous swan song from one of the most seminal exploitation filmmakers of all time.

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Jonathon Grant is a very paranoid writer and illustrator. He specializes in works of horror. He also suffers from hellish nightmares and delusions. Now he must convince everyone that something is seriously wrong with his wife and that it is not his paranoia. Sarah Grant is married to Jonathon. But after six years of marriage something is happening to her. Something dark and twisted. Dr. Vincent Stone is the mysterious psychiatrist that Jonathon sees. He hopes Stone will help him with his paranoia. Dr. Stone thinks Jonathon's wife is having an affair. Jonathon thinks differently. Katrina is the women in black that appears to Jonathon by the river. She claims to be their to help Jonathon. Jonathon is not sure if he is dreaming her or if she is real. Meanwhile in the woods behind his house there is a rash of women murders. Town's people claim to see strange paranormal activity in the dark forest. Jonathon begins to see evil and finds himself being chased and haunted by a hooded killer. Jonathon's paranoia is getting worse, women are being murdered in the forest, Jonathon's wife is up to no good, and evil and horrific things are going on all around Jonathon. But what is real and what isn't. Jonathon must find out. Along his way he hears evil voices, sees creatures swimming in the river, faces in the trees warn him, and the masked man continues to chase him.

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After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.

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Ten years ago everything seemed great for Dale, he had a beautiful wife, lived in a great town, and found out he was going to be a father, then tragedy struck and his whole world changed. The town was not so nice as they accused him of a crime he did not commit and his wife was gone forever. It took ten years but finally he was able to move on with his life and that is when he met Danielle. They fell madly in love with each other and were happier than any couple could ever be. It would not last as tragedy would destroy Dale's life once again. One night after an argument with Danielle, Dale leaves her alone by the river. Danielle would never be seen again. Now fingers are pointing at Dale and the police are baffled by the mysterious disappearance which have left no clues. Dale goes into a deep depression as he tries to figure out what could have happened, where did she go, and why. His only friend, there to be by his side, is his long time friend Tracy. Tracy thinks Dale is slowly killing himself. Feeling nothing but hopelessness and no progress from the police Dale can longer take it. His anger begins to control him until the night that would change his entire outlook. While he sleeps suddenly a blue mist creeps into his room. His dead wife appears from the mist with news about Danielle. This is when Dale decides to give up on the Police's investigation and does it himself. What he will uncover will be unlike anything he could have ever imagined . He will uncover the truth and the person behind it all that will shock the town from it's core. A discovery that no one will see coming. This film is a dark drama that will go in many unexpected directions. It will go deep inside the emotional turmoil of a very sad man, challenge his determination, and test his deep love. It will challenge the abilities of a determined Police force, test the power of friendship, and test the ability of living life when it seems not worth living anymore.

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acob Hunt's life has fallen apart. His wife left him, his friends and children have all abandoned him, he is left with nothing except the prospect of a new job. As the new guard for the ShadowView Manor, he is about to learn nights around the old Manor is filled with nightmares and regret. A dark past is breaking through the boundaries of time, leaking into this dimension with a disgusting malevolence that he can't ignore. His first night on the job is the anniversary of a massacre that has cursed the building and is about to repeat itself. Will he be able to right the wrongs or slip into death itself for all eternity? Bonus features include: Unearthed Trailers, Gallery, Deleted Scenes, Commentary, Behind the Scenes, Gag Reel, Documentary on House of Forbidden Secrets, Extended Rough Cut on available on Blu Ray

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In this stand-up special, comedian Jim Gaffigan uses humor to discuss difficult topics as he opens up about his family's struggles when dealing with his wife's brain tumor for the past year. The father of five also speaks about parenting and how it often means multitasking.

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Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd) - an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker's hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life's second chances.

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Juliet, Naked stars Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O’Dowd in a charming dramedy about second chances and toxic fandom. Employing a number of rom-com tropes, this Nick Hornby adaptation may not reinvent the genre, but it presents some interesting characters and deep emotional themes that resonate long after the credits roll. Lionsgate brings the film to Blu-ray with a solid A/V presentation but only an EPK featurette for bonus features. Give it a Rent. 

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“I’m nobody’s mom.”

There is a funny scene early on in Jesse Peretz’s Juliet, Naked that caught me off guard. Media professor Duncan is teaching a class about the Shakespearean themes within American gang films. It’s the kind of scene in which a “cool” professor is trying to reach his students and I love it. Remember the 90’s, kids? He ends the lecture with “These characters, they’re already bound to their fate.” And in that moment I had this aching fear that this film spoiled itself right there. Juliet, Naked confidently bills itself as reinventing the romantic comedy. As a viewer of many rom-coms, I’m here to say this rarely happens. The tried and true genre formulas are a welcoming blanket to those needing some romance (and reassuring comedy) to weather whatever storm they’re facing at the moment. In this story, it’s this reliable yet regretful comfort that is the undoing of our character’s lives. 

Annie (Rose Byrne) spends her days toiling away at her father’s museum in the tiny English town of Sandcliffe. She inherited the work after a stint in art school and at the beginning of her relationship with media studies professor Duncan (Chris O’Dowd). Spending his free time obsessing over a 90’s alt-rocker named Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), Duncan runs a blog and expenses every ounce of his energies towards celebrating the artist. When an unreleased version of Tucker’s album “Juliet” arrives on Annie’s doorstep she immediately opens it and tries to understand Duncan’s unhealthy obsession. Detested by what she hears, Annie writes a scathing review of the album on his fansite. As expected he is furious with Annie’s take and can’t understand why she doesn’t agree with him. Cruising Duncan’s blog is the actual Tucker Crowe. He reads Annie’s blistering take on “Juliet, Naked” and reaches out to her. The two start exchanging lengthy emails and, before Annie knows it, he is heading to the UK and wants to meet up. 

Juliet, Naked is more of an emotional journey than a zany rom-com. The email relationship between Annie and Tucker raises the stakes but once the introductions are over we’re into some deep emotional territory about life’s second chances and wasted years. This connection plays out with a heightened anticipation for an affair, but things take a turn once the two lost souls allow themselves to be vulnerable. Tucker regrets being an absentee father to his many children and, for Annie, it’s coming to terms with her empty relationship with Duncan which she describes as “faint conditional affection”. In this, we’re treated to two people who need guidance in their emotional lives rather than romantic love. Living in the garage behind his ex-wife’s house with his son, Tucker coasts by on royalty checks. Add in his numerous children (and their mothers) and this rock god isn’t what he seems. Annie maintains the image of a caring girlfriend but secretly harbors thoughts of children and breaking up with Duncan. As the sad details of their lives are intertwined Juliet, Naked falls into familiar territory but thankfully the great performances keep it afloat.  

Ethan Hawke is wonderful as the deadbeat rocker dad. With faded band shirts, an old cabriolet convertible, and a softie at heart with a deep emotional awareness of his parenting skills, he’s the dad-hipster dads want to be. Rose Byrne’s performance as Annie is just spot on. She absolutely nails the “bored woman listening to her partner drone on about boring nonsense” face. (Frankly, I see it quite often myself.) Her charming sensibilities don’t obstruct her commitment to selling Annie’s disdain for her long-term boyfriend nor her complicated feelings for Tucker. Her delivery of “Do you know what I would do for a couple of angry kids?” clearly announces the emotional stakes of this film. Chris O’Dowd absolutely nails the toxic fanboy character. From the breaking point of Duncan’s relationship with “I don’t want to spend time with people who don’t get it I wanna spend time with people who do” to the moment he gets a chance to meet his hero, O’Dowd imbues the character with just enough depth to understand his choices, but not enough to give him adequate weight in this story. He’s basically the guy at a Q&A who says, “It’s more of a comment than a question, really”. 

Fans of Nick Hornby adaptations High Fidelity and About a Boy will certainly see similar themes present in Juliet, Naked. Record collecting, fandom, and the disjointed relationship between a father and son to name a few. Audiences familiar with those films will certainly feel at home here. I had a wonderful time watching the film and seeing that no matter how many years of our lives we’ve wasted we’re never bound to our fate.  

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Lionsgate brings Juliet, Naked to Blu-ray on a Region A BD50 disc housed in an Eco keepcase with a Digital Copy insert. The disc loads with a Lionsgate logo followed by 4 trailers before landing on the Main Menu screen. Clips from the film play behind the navigation bar with typical options available.

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With a MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.39:1 Juliet, Naked looks naturalistic and bright on Blu-ray. The transfer presents strong primaries and even flesh tones. Detail is strong but a softness prevails for some indoor scenes with natural light. A slight loss in detail is evident during most scenes in Annie and Duncan’s house. This shift in quality isn’t terribly evident and won’t detract from your experience with the feature. Outdoor scenes are bright and vibrant with bold colors and excellent contrast levels. Black levels are stable throughout the feature. 

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Juliet, Naked arrives with a lossless DTS HD-MA 5.1 audio track that is clear with direct and well-defined dialogue. The presence of the aforementioned music in the sound mix is pronounced and, at times, overpowers the balance within dialogue-heavy scenes. The original tracks recorded by Ethan Hawke translate nicely to the film’s tone and add a layer of authenticity to the alt-rock vibe. Surround channels handle atmospherics and music confidently while keeping the 5.1 balanced nicely throughout the feature. 

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  • Making Juliet, Naked (HD 9:51) Standard EPK featurette with cast and crew. 
  • Also From Lionsgate: Trailers
  • Bookmarks: Revisit your favorite moments from the film with each bookmark you place during the feature. 

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Juliet, Naked convincingly masquerades as a love-triangle rom-com involving a lazy boyfriend and a lost 90’s rocker dad. Sounds intriguing, but at its heart, the film deals with deeper levels of romantic love, second chances, and the redemptive power of honesty. With a stellar cast the film navigates the emotional journeys of our characters with ease and leaves a lasting impression well after the credits roll. The Lionsgate Blu-ray provides a solid A/V presentation of the Nick Hornby adaptation but fails a bit on the Special Features front offering only an EPK featurette. Give it a Rent.

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In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Commemorative Edition, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of DC's Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind's only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

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There's a reason the character of Aquaman has never really caught on the way his DC counterparts Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Flash have – and that isn't because he's been ignored, under-promoted, under-used. It's simply because he's just not that interesting of a comic book superhero. Take Exhibit A: the latest DC Comics animated feature, 'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis'. Here, Aquaman (Matt Lanter) finally gets his home video due with an 'origin story' release, and – yep – he's the least interesting character in the entire movie. You know you're in trouble when the introduction to the character has him saving a lobster, but I digress.

Fortunately, while 'Throne of Atlantis' isn't a good Aquaman movie, it is a pretty good 'Justice League' story, as there's enough of the rest of the gang here to make this release worth a look. There's some very fun interaction between Batman (Jason O'Mara) and Green Lantern (Nathan Fillion), as well as a continuation of the romance between Superman (Jerry O'Connell) and Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson). Rounding out the roster of heroes are Cyborg (Shemar Moore), the Flash (Christopher Gorham), and Shazam (Sean Astin).

Fans who were miffed at Aquaman's absence in last year's animated release of Justice League: War finally get an answer to why he was left out, as DC wanted to do an origin story for this release. That makes the animated 'Thrones of Atlantis' slightly different than the comic book version (which was a story arc as opposed to a stand-alone graphic novel), as Aquaman was already a full-fledged version of the League in the print story. However, most aspects of the plot are kept, with Aquaman's half-brother Orm (Sam Witwer) wanting to declare a war against the surface world.

There's a nice mix of both characterization and action in the movie, so if you're bored with one it won't be long before you get to the other. For myself, I rather liked the interchanges between most of the main characters, but found myself less enthralled with the action pieces, although I realize the big animated fight scenes are the reason many fans look forward to these titles. It all moves along at a brisk 72-minute pace, which may seem short and rushed to some, but seemed about right to me. In other words, the movie wraps up just at the point where it's starting to outstay its welcome.

Still, I'm not sure mixing Aquaman's origin in with this storyline was the best thing to do. His story here feels both by-the-numbers and rushed. It perhaps would have been better to have Aquaman already part of the League as the movie begins, and have his entire origin told in flashbacks while he's fighting the threat here. He just turns from a disgruntled barroom brawler into a noble hero a little too fast for believability in this release. Hopefully, the next Justice League title will show him as a more rough around the edges – that's what makes the 'New 52' (DC's latest, updated version of the Justice League in an entirely rebooted 'Universe') so appealing in the first place.

While I wasn't thrilled with most of the Aquaman aspects of 'Throne of Atlantis', I did like the rest of the Justice League characters quite a bit (with the possible exception of Shazam, who comes across as a spoiled brat…which I'm assuming is a reflection of the way he is/was in the comics). So while I think this origin story is below average in execution, the rest of this release is good enough to please most fans and followers of DC Comics and their animated features. This isn't the best movie they've done, but it isn't the worst, and it's certainly worth a viewing.

The Blu-Ray: Vital Disc Stats

'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis' swims to home video in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack. The 50GB Blu-ray and the single-layer DVD are housed inside an Elite eco-friendly keepcase, with the DVD on the inside left and the Blu-ray on the inside right. There are two inserts included – one containing a code for an UltraViolet copy of the movie; and the other containing information for an online survey about the movie. An embossed slipcover with artwork matching that of the keepcase slick slides overtop the case (on a side note, is it just me, or does Aquaman on the front and back box cover look like a blonde-haired Tom Cruise?).

Both the Blu-ray and the DVD front-loaded with trailers for The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown!, 'Teen Titans Go!', and Lego: Justice League vs. Bizarro League. The main menu is a standard Warners one, with a still image of the box cover and menu selections along the bottom of the screen.

In addition to the combo pack reviewed here, there are a few retailer exclusives available. Target is offering this one in an exclusive steelbook, while Best Buy is offering the combo pack with an exclusive Aquaman figurine.

The Blu-ray in this combo pack is region-free.

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Frequent viewers/purchasers of DC Comics' animated releases already know the issues that have haunted these titles in terms of video quality, and much of the same is present in the release of 'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis'. Banding continues to be the biggest problem with these animated titles from Warners, and it continues again here with this release. Aliasing and pixilation are less of a problem this time around than they have been in other DC titles I have watched (and granted, I've only watched a handful of the releases).

My biggest issue here has to do with the overall color scheme and animation, which has more do to with the animators than this transfer. Because so much of the story takes place underwater, DC/Warners has decided to put sort of a 'haze' over the image, to give an impression of the characters being in the ocean. While it manages to do that, it also manages to drain some color out of the movie. However, even the shots not taking place underwater seem rather drab to me.

With the above in mind, detail is still pretty good, and black levels are solid, if not exactly inky-deep. So, for an animated title in HD, 'Throne of Atlantis' disappoints, but for frequent watchers of these DC releases, it's about what most of us expected to see.

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Early on, it sounded like the English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track was going to be a big letdown, with almost everything up front except for the use of the rears to enhance the musical score. Fortunately, once 'Throne of Atlantis' hits some of its action-packed scenes, the rears are used for lots of ambient noises and directionality, and even the subwoofer kicks in from time to time with a few LFE effects.

Still, this is far from the most dynamic or immersive of tracks, but – like my description of the video above – it's about what fans have come to expect from these DC Comics' releases. It doesn't pack a ton of punch, but it's acceptable for a release of this type. The track is also free from any obvious glitches like dropouts, hissing, or the like.

In addition to the English lossless audio, the Blu-ray also contains 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks in Spanish (Castilian), Spanish (Latin), and French. Subtitles are available in English SDH, Spanish, and French.

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  • A Sneak Peek at 'Batman vs. Robin' (HD, 10 min.) – A look at DC Comics' next animated title, which is a sequel to Son of Batman.
  • Villains of the Deep (HD, 11 ½ min. ) – A look at the two main villains of 'Throne of Atlantis', Aquaman's brother Orm Curry (aka 'The Ocean Master') and Black Manta. (Note: This featurette is not on the DVD in this set, but is available on the stand-alone 2-disc DVD set available for purchase exclusively at Wal-Mart.)
  • From The DC Comics Vault (HD & SD, 84 min.) – A collection of four bonus animated episodes, consisting of 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!" (HD, 23 min.); 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Evil Under the Sea!' (HD, 23 min.); 'Aquaman: Menace of the Black Manta and the Rampaging Reptile-Men' (SD, 15 min.); and 'Justice League Unlimited: Far From Home' (HD, 23 min.). (Note: These episodes are not on the DVD in this set, but two of them available on the stand-alone 2-disc DVD set available for purchase exclusively at Wal-Mart – although the Wal-Mart website doesn't list which two they are.)
  • Trailers (HD, 6 min.) – A collection of additional trailers, consisting of 'Lego: Ninjago: Season Three, Part 1'; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Extended Edition; 'Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness'; and 'Jupiter Ascending'.
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  • Scoring 'Atlantis': The Sound of the Deep (HD, 30 min.) – A featurette on the musical score, which was composed by Frederik Wiedmann.
  • Robin and Nightwing Bonus Sequence (HD, 4 min.) – This bonus scene was created exclusively when Warners/DC wanted deleted scenes on the home video release, but there really weren't any to show. So instead, this bonus scene was created from part of the original script which was never animated. This segment first has Supervising Producer James Tucker giving a running commentary of some of the footage, followed by the complete short in its entirety.
  • 'Throne of Atlantis': 2014 New York Comic-Con Panel (HD, 27 min.) – Footage from the October 12, 2014 panel at the 2014 New York Comic-Con, which includes Voice Actor for Aquaman Matt Lanter, Supervising Producer James Tucker, Voice Director Andrea Romano, Screenwriter Heath Corson, and Character Designer Phil Bourassa.
  • 'Throne of Atlantis' Soundtrack – This bonus allows viewers to watch the film sans dialogue. It's not just the musical soundtrack though…it also contains any background/additional noises, so it's not exactly a music-only track. The track plays in Dolby Digital 2.0.
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I have mixed feelings about 'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis'. If you're a fan of the Justice League as a whole, you're probably going to like this one, as the interactions between characters like Batman/Green Lantern and Superman/Wonder Woman are quite good. However, if you're hoping that DC has finally given Aquaman an animated movie worth his due, I'm not so sure you get that here, as this release serves primarily as an origin story for him – and not a particularly enthralling one. For a DC release, this one falls around the mid-range in terms of quality. Still, this is something most DC and comic book fans will want to add to their collection, and worth a viewing for the rest of us.

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An Active Senior Tour group outing turns deadly when the crazed, bloodthirsty cowboys from a local rodeo attraction start abducting and killing people!

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Severin Films Presents MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND - The Most Extreme BLOOD ISLAND Of Them All - Now Uncut In 4k For The First Time Ever!

In perhaps the most infamous film in the BLOOD ISLAND trilogy, co-directors Eddie Romero and Gerry de Leon upped the already over-the-top nudity, violence, horny monster havoc and unmatched WTF?-ness of the first movie to deliver what Dangerous Minds hails as, "One of the greatest/nastiest/goriest films of the 1960s." 

AIP-leading-man-turned-producer John Ashley (HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI, THE A-TEAM) and '60s-starlet-turned-'80s-porn-queen Angelique Pettyjohn (STAR TREK, TITILLATION) star in this "horrifying nightmare of a thousand frightening dreams" - also known as GRAVE DESIRES and TOMB OF THE LIVING DEAD - now scanned in 4k from a recently discovered camera negative and presented totally uncut for the first time ever, including the legendary "Oath of Green Blood" prologue! 

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Ambitious young lawyer John Mason (James Stewart) cuts short his honeymoon with new wife Jane (Carole Lombard) when his curmudgeonly boss, Judge Doolittle (Charles Coburn), demands he return to work. Doolittle, who had wanted John to marry his daughter Eunice (Ruth Weston), gives the partnership John had been angling for to his daughter's new beau, Carter (Donald Briggs). But when tragedy strikes the young couple, John finds he must beg his recalcitrant boss for the money to save the day. NEWLY REMASTERED.

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A fishing-equipment salesman is persuaded to participate in a big fishing tournament-even though he hates the outdoors and has never caught a fish in his entire life!

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[2] => Francesca Eastwood - working with Angie Wang featurette
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[4] => Big Man on Campus - Choreographing A Kiss featurette
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Step into the drug-fueled 1980s in this harrowing and powerful drama based on the true-life experiences of writer/director Angie Wang. When Angie (Annie Q., The Leftovers), a damaged but brilliant young woman from a tough urban background, is accepted at a prestigious university, she sees a way out of her troubled life. But when her financial aid is cut, she breaks into the organic chemistry lab and synthesizes the drug Ecstasy in order to supplement her income and stay in school. Becoming one of the west coast's largest distributors of "X," cutting deals on campus and in posh nightclubs, her dual life – as a "model minority" coed and a profit-driven drug dealer — becomes further complicated by the effect it has on those she cares about the most, including a young underprivileged girl who reminds Angie of her own dark past. As Angie's increasingly reckless ways spin her life and the lives of those around her out of control, she must learn to transcend the hardships of her past and step into the light.

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In a visceral modern thriller from the director of Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg plays James Silva, an operative of the CIA's most highly-prized and little-known unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must transport an asset (Uwais) who has vital information to an airfield for extraction before the enemy closes in. "Loaded with edge-of-your-seat action" (Steve Weintraub, Collider), Mile 22 is the perfect film for fans of fast-paced combat cinema.

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Mile 22 - the fourth collaboration between Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg - appears to be the perfect action adventure foil for the collaborative talents. Unfortunately, Mile 22 is an arduous silly slog with bizarrely incomprehensible plotting with twists right out of Scooby-Doo complete with nonsensical editing and hyper-busy cinematography. Intended as the first of a trilogy, the film is too busy to develop decent characters that you would actually want to commit that amount of time. While the film isn't all that, Universal Studios gives Mile 22 a technically excellent Blu-ray release with a terrific image transfer and a solid audio mix to match. It's Worth A Look if you're game for some brutal nonsense action - just don't expect anything from it. 

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Mark Wahlberg is James Silva, a member of the elite Overwatch - a CIA special ops splinter group tasked with handling sensitive strikes and extractions. When Indonesian police officer and Overwatch asset Li Noor (Iko Uwais) turns himself into the U.S. Embassy, Overwatch lead Bishop AKA "Mother" (John Malkovich) tasks Silva and his team members Alice (Lauren Cohan) and Sam Snow (Ronda Rousey) to move Li Noor 22 miles to a safe airstrip for extraction. Within moments after leaving the U.S. Embassy, Silva and the rest of his team are ambushed and set upon by an army of operatives who want Noor dead. If that wasn't bad enough, Silva will have to navigate a maze of internal betrayals and revelations about past operations that are somehow tied to their current operation. 

Mile 22 Blu-ray

Normally I wouldn't fault a movie for being ambitious with lofty goals for a trilogy. It feels like virtually every movie these days is being designed for the franchise long haul. So I can't blame director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg for having longterm dreams with their pseudo-spy actioner. Unfortunately for Team Wahl-Berg - it doesn't feel like either Mark or Peter spent too much time crafting a well thought out story let alone intricate and interesting characters before getting this film in front of cameras. Had this first film been something closer to Lone Survivor meets Patriots Day, Mile 22 certainly could have been the foundation for a series of movies about a shadow CIA operation that can cause an incredible amount of vehicular mayhem and wholesale destruction without consequence. Instead, this limp and chaotic mess stalls any franchise hopes before they get a chance to start the engine. But on the plus side of things, the violence is packed with brutality with tons of fisticuffs, broken bones, and gaping wounds to suit any gore hound. Even if the movie doesn't make sense, I have to tip my hat to the brutal and bloody action sequences - they're impressive! 

From the opening prolog operation to the laughably bad twist to the silly final moment, it's difficult to peg exactly where Mile 22 went off the rails. Without stopping the production and doing a page one rewrite, the film is a problematic mess from the get-go. After Deep Water Horizon and Patriots Day, I felt like Team Wahl-Berg were on a bit of a hot streak and a go for broke action flick would do the pair well - sadly Mile 22 doesn't get the job done. It's chaotically shot without giving the audience much of a clue as to what the hell they're looking at and then the hyper-cut editing is dizzying and irritating when it should be trying to make sense of what's going on. From the writing to the photography to the editing - this is a mess that should have been cleaned up within the first weeks of dailies when there was still time to course correct during production. 

If this hadn't been a Team Wahl-Berg movie, if I didn't thoroughly enjoy their last three outings together, I wouldn't be nearly as disappointed. In someone else's hands, Mile 22 would have been just another haphazard action film with a big name star cashing in another huge payday. As it stands Mile 22 is a massive missed opportunity on virtually every front. I heard the bad reviews going into this, I knew it wasn't something great so my expectations were already pretty low, but I went in for 90 minutes of mindless entertainment. As the film closes with a sad setup for a second film, Mile 22 didn't even meet the low bar for me. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Universal Studios dashes Mile 22 off to Blu-ray in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital set. The discs are housed in a standard sturdy Blu-ray case with identical slipcover artwork. The disc loads to trailers for other Universal releases before arriving at a static image main menu with traditional navigation options. The included digital copy appears to only redeem through iTunes. 

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Mile 22 Blu-ray

Digging through the technical specs on IMDB, it appears that Mile 22 was something of a technical undertaking. Shot digitally at 8K and finished on a 4K DI, the film is sharp, pristine, and exudes fine details of a modern big-budget spectacle event film. I'm not at all surprised that the film wasn't dropped onto 4K UHD Blu-ray - or at least yet - but I can understand why it wasn't given the critical and box office thrashing it took. That said, even if the movie is practically unwatchable, it'd be interesting to see at 2160p with HDR.

As it stands, this 1080p 2.40:1 Blu-ray image certainly is beautiful! From little beads of sweat to tiny chunks of grit in actor's skin after explosions to the intricate wound makeup, there is a lot of imagery to soak up. Colors are on point with strong primaries and healthy skin tones. Black levels are deep and inky with only a couple odd scenes that honestly look like last-second pickup shots in front of greenscreen backgrounds where blacks falter just a bit. All around this is a transfer to be proud of - if only it had been applied to a better movie!

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Mile 22 Blu-ray

Forgoing Universal's traditional leanings toward object-based audio, Mile 22 squeaks by with an aggressive and impressive DTS-HD MA 7.1 audio track. It may not be as nuanced as Atmos or DTS:X, but it holds its own during the film's many gunfights and explosive set pieces. Dialogue is crystal clear throughout - even during the heaviest of action sequences, the mix holds tight and keeps key elements in place. There is plenty of near-constant surround activity with lots of imaging and channel movement while the front/center keeps the mix grounded. The score by Jeff Russo is the typical action material designed to keep the heart rate up and thumping and it works to punch in the low tones where necessary. My only true gripe is it feels as if the bass and low LFE tones are a tad off in places. While they don't sound hollow or tinny, some fo the big explosions I thought that would normally feel a bit more impactful felt pulled back and restrained. Which is a weird complaint when roaring car engines and blasts of gunfire sound terrific. It's a small gripe really, but one that does stick out from an otherwise perfect show. All around there's very little to complain about with this audio mix and it should give your audio setup a solid little workout. 

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Mile 22 Blu-ray

Unsurprisingly, the bonus features package for Mile 22 is little better than the promotional EPK snippets you would see during the pre-movie show at a theater. There's ultimately not a lot here of substance beyond the talking head "I'm really excited to be a part of this movie" dry material. 

  • Overwatch (HD 1:36)
  • Introducing Iko Uwais (HD 1:48)
  • Behind-the-Scenes Stunts (HD 1:56)
  • Modern Combat (HD 1:56)
  • Bad Ass Women (HD 1:44)
  • Colombia (HD 3:45)
  • Trailers
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Mile 22 Blu-ray

Mile 22 is a few yards short of being a genuinely decent movie. I don't blame it for having lofty ambitions and wanting to be more than a one-off action feature, but if you want to have a big franchise, you need to have an intriguing story leg worth standing on. To his credit, Mark Wahlberg has never really been one for franchises even with two Transformers flicks under his belt. He should keep it that way. Team Wahl-Berg had their first true misfire after three great flicks. I hope they've got another everyman "based on a true story" feature in the works because that is what they're best at. Mile 22 is completely forgettable. Despite the movie's shortcomings, Universal Studios manages to deliver a technically near-perfect disc with a beautiful transfer and a rock solid audio mix. Bonus features aren't anything of consequence. I had friends who really enjoyed this movie for its brutal violence and action, but it wasn't enough for me. If you want mindless gory violence, Mile 22 is at least Worth A Look, but don't expect much from it. 

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Alan Putts has died in a most unusual way but who is he? His friends, family, and those who knew him tell his life story from beginning to end in this comical mocumentary. We learn that he was a war hero, factory worker, radio DJ, had a dog name Poo, was addicted to sugar packets, and could whistle out of his... well you'll find out! Director and actor Mike M. Burke takes on his biggest role yet by playing all 25 characters featured in the film! You might even see a few US Presidents! Don't miss this wildly entertaining mocumentary full of wild characters, comedy and a splash of drama!

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Naked Vengeance (1985)

Carla Harris (Deborah Tranelli, Dallas) leads a normal, happy life until a maniacal killer brutally murders her husband. She retreats to her parent's lakeside cottage. But there is no escape from harsh reality when local rowdies break into the home and ravage Carla, leaving her for dead. That was their first mistake, because Carla has survived their attack and is now bent on gruesome revenge! FULLY UNCUT.

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Tough-as-nails stuntwoman Laurie Collins (Karen Chase, Private School) purposely commits a crime to land herself in the same prison as the murderous gang that killed her sister. Now on the inside, Laurie is finally able to settle the score! With the help of her cellmate, Laurie infiltrates the circle of terror – a ruthless mob made up of inmates and guards. What Laurie does to this mob is no accident ... it's justice!

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People are being attacked in a town where a descendant of the famous Dracula lives. They have bite marks on their necks. Some of these victims are showing up dead. For two FBI agents (Lady Altovise and Kristy White), it's no mystery who is responsible. Vlad Dracula III (Mike M. Burke), a direct decedent to Dracula of Transylvania doesn't kill and now must prove his innocence. Vlad seeks out a lawyer and finds one in the beautiful and sweet Rebekah (Malissa Longo). For Vlad it's love at first site but his hopes are dashed when her obnoxious boyfriend (John Gaydos) storms in. Dracula is not the only "vampire" in town. He lives with his three beautiful brides (Angalisha Marie, Sylvia Kovacs and Xaviera Desgrottes ) who find victims for him by drinking their blood and then let Dracula feed from them. Vlad is too lazy to seek out victims unlike his famous relative. Meanwhile a sexy and evil vampire woman, who has the ability to not only suck blood from her victims but can take away their immortality, sneaks around the woods at night attacking people leaving behind their lifeless bodies. Of course the two FBI agents thinks it's Vlad and they will stop at nothing to catch him in the act. Dracula will fight his hardest to prove his innocence and even harder to win over Rebekah, who unknowingly catches the eye of the blood thirsty evil vampire woman. Will he get the girl of his dreams? Will he prove his innocence? Will he stop the vicious vampire from framing him? Will he save the one he loves before it is too late? Find out in the very funny and spooky low budget independent film Nosferatu's Crush.

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He's an unscrupulous newspaperman eager to exploit the story of a young woman's death by radium poisoning. She knows she's not really dying but can't pass up a free trip to New York with all the trimmings. Carole Lombard (Made for Each Other) and Fredric March (Inherit the Wind) co-star in this classic black comedy by the great William Wellman (Beau Geste). Legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht's sharply satirical screenplay, depicting the morbid nature of the scandal-hungry public, is more relevant than ever—with such wonderfully comic lines as "Doctor, I want to know the worst... we go to press in fifteen minutes!" 

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Disney animated short. With Christmas fast approaching, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) organise a celebration for everyone in Arendelle. However, when the party dies down and everyone heads home the sisters soon realise they don't have any holiday traditions of their own. Determined to save Christmas, Olaf (Josh Gad) sets off into the kingdom in a bid to look for the best holiday traditions and bring them home for his friends to enjoy.

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Every town has their own stories but none compare to the stories of terror that come from this one. No matter how much they try, the people can't escape the evil that lives here. Four people, four stories, four victims! They will find out the hard way as they come face to face with the evil that lives in the town of Dreary.

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In a controversial career that flayed every envelope of cinematic excess, nothing can prepare you for this stunning thriller from the infamous director of Zombie and The Beyond.

Jean Sorel (Belle De Jour) stars as an arrogant San Francisco doctor trapped between his sultry mistress (Elsa Martinelli of Blood And Roses) and an amoral stripper (Marisa Mell of Danger: Diabolik) who bears an uncanny resemblance to his recently deceased and possibly murdered wife. What follows has been called Fulci's first true masterpiece, where sexual obsession, cruel deception and depraved murder all come together in one unforgettable Perversion Story.

John Ireland and Faith Domergue co-star in this gripping giallo - also known as One on Top of the Other - that features eye-popping nudity, provocative locations (including the gas chamber at San Quentin) and a badass jazz score by Riz Ortolani (Mondo Cane, Kill Bill).

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From Disney•Pixar and the creative minds who brought you The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and Toy Story comes the studio’s latest collection of delightful and inspiring animated stories – Pixar Shorts: Volume 3. Eleven short films include Oscar® winner Piper (Best Short Film, Animated, 2016) and nominees Sanjay’s Super Team (2015) and Lou (2017). With unforgettable characters, insightful bonus extras, and cutting-edge animation, it’s a must-own for any movie fan!

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Fulfilling a promise to his deceased father, one-time outlaw Jesse Custer returns home to West Texas to take over his dad's church. Jesse's mission, however, becomes twisted when his body is overcome by a cryptic force that unleashes within him a highly unconventional power. Together with hell-raising ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vagabond Cassidy, the preacher-in-training embarks on a journey to find God in a world inhabited by holy, hellish, and everything-in-between characters. The darkly comedic "Preacher" is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's popular 1990s comic book franchise of the same name. Season 3 sees Jesse, Cassidy and Tulip return to Angelville, the Louisiana Plantation where Jesse was raised and where old grudges and deadly obligations await them. With the help of his friends — and a few enemies — Jesse will need to escape his past… because the future of the world depends on it.

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Princess Principal the Complete Series contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Hasaki Tachibana. Early in the 20th century, the discovery of Cavorite, an anti-gravity substance, gave birth to a technological renaissance including the development of giant airships and other fantastical inventions. However, the scientific revolution was not the only one afoot, as Great Britain was torn in two by an armed rebellion when the oppressed poor finally turned on the ruling elite. Now the Commonwealth has a plan to take Albion by stealth, substituting their undercover operative Ange for the beautiful young Princess Charlotte. But Charlotte and Ange both have surprises in store for their respective governments and instead hatch a plan wherein the Princess herself will act as an agent in exchange for help in claiming the throne! A dazzling team of femme fatales sets out to rule Britannia and English History will never be the same! Special Features: Japanese Promos; Japanese Commercials; Picture Dramas; Clean Opening Animation; Clean Closing Animation

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Princess Principal the Complete Series contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Hasaki Tachibana. This Premium Edition Box Set comes in a chipboard box along with a Storyboard, Secret Files and the Staff Interview Booklets, a Set of 4 Metal Drink Coasters, and a 20 x 44 inch Fabric Poster. Early in the 20th century, the discovery of Cavorite, an anti-gravity substance, gave birth to a technological renaissance including the development of giant airships and other fantastical inventions. However, the scientific revolution was not the only one afoot, as Great Britain was torn in two by an armed rebellion when the oppressed poor finally turned on the ruling elite. Now the Commonwealth has a plan to take Albion by stealth, substituting their undercover operative Ange for the beautiful young Princess Charlotte. But Charlotte and Ange both have surprises in store for their respective governments and instead hatch a plan wherein the Princess herself will act as an agent in exchange for help in claiming the throne! A dazzling team of femme fatales sets out to rule Britannia and English History will never be the same! Special Features: Japanese Promos; Japanese Commercials; Picture Dramas; Clean Opening Animation; Clean Closing Animation

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When General Hotdog assembles his new pup recruits BooBear and Piper to learn all there is to know about the fascinating world of dogs, the two pups jump in their planes and go for a amazing learning adventure around the globe guided by their know-it-all friend Scuzzy Bot.

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ReLIFE the Final Arc contains anime episodes 14-17. As the year begins to wrap up, Arata and Chizuru must face the end of their ReLIFE. But there’s still plenty to do, like get ready for the cultural festival and...Christmas dates?! Except there’s one thing that’s been on Chizuru’s mind, and despite her best efforts, she can’t get An to confirm whether or not Arata is a part of the experiment. Even so, Arata and Chizuru find themselves growing closer to one another. Though they both know the consequences, will they dare to follow their hearts, or will the fear of forgetting kill their growing romance? When it’s finally time for graduation, the true results are in! Has the ReLIFE been a success, or will Arata go back to his life as a shut-in? Special Features: Internal Secret Files, Trailers

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The hunt for Pegasus heats up after the evil Zirconia enlists the help of the mischievous, but deadly, Amazoness Quartet to find the mystical creature and the Golden Crystal he possess for their ruler, the beautiful Queen Nehelenia! As the Dead Moon Circus makes their presence known to the world, Sailor Moon and the Guardians begin to have even more trouble in and out of costume. From hypnotic stage shows to energy-draining spiderwebs, the Amazoness Quartet seems to endanger even its own members in its attempts to obtain the crystal. What would they do if they ever discovered that Chibi-Usa is the host of Pegasus? And why is Queen Nehelenia so obsessed with obtaining the Golden Crystal? The Sailor Guardians are in for a real surprise as they uncover the Queen of Darkness’s secret, and her connection to Sailor Moon’s past!

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No one said dating and relationships are easy. If they did, they are lying. Scenes From A Bench is a compilation of comedy film shorts that explore the exciting and not so exciting world of dating, romance, and relationships in the workplace. We start off by going back in time where an old grandfather remembers how hard it was to win over his future wife. We go further in time to the 1920's in a short silent film where we watch a relentless Hollywood starlet try to get a man who has no interest in her. She will try everything to get his attention but he just doesn't care. Next up is a series of shorts that rides along with a woman who has chosen to go on a speed dating event. Her hopes for love are quickly dashed when she is presented with a series of crazy men that would make any woman scream in horror. Finally we explore personality types in the work place that everyone has come across at one time or another. Every place has them and we explore those behaviors in a series of funny scenes between a man and a woman. Scenes From The Bench will have you laughing from the very first scene to the very last.

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It is 1955 and the students of a Parisian performing arts conservatoire are young, talented, in pursuit of fame and recognition,and regrettably prone to petty infatuations and romance as well. The school is rife with teenage angst that pits students Sophie, played by Brigitte Bardot, and Elis, played by Isabelle Pia, against each other for the attention of their singing teacher (Jean Marais) - a handsome tenor with a fading career who uses his position to take advantage of his charges. Futures Vedettes/School for Love is a captivating study of the unfortunate consequences that befall those who succumb to unbridled spurious desires from both the outside and from within themselves.

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After an unfaithful fiancé leaves her suddenly single, Allison Jones (Fonda) advertises for a roommate to share her spacious apartment. But when the introverted Hedra (Leigh) moves in, she doesn't just take over Allie's spare bedroom. She takes over her clothes, her boyfriend ... and her identity. An unrelenting thriller from director Barbet Schroeder (Barfly, Reversal Of Fortune), Single White Female boasts terrific performances and stylish suspense to die for. Bring this Blu-ray into your home today (at your own risk).

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1992’s Single White Female successfully rode the wave of tense thrillers that defined a decade of psycho sexual dramas and softcore cable films. Though often copied and parodied, the film remains the best “bad roommate” movie ever made. It’s filled with talented actors, dynamite cinematography, and keeps you on the edge of your seat till the credits roll. Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray provides a great A/V presentation and a slew of new bonus features worth checking out. Answer the classified ad cause this one is Recommended.

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“Gee Hedra, I hope you never get mad at me”

Roommates are the worst, right? Even if you get to share a place with your best friend you’re still going to get on each other’s nerves. Some petty detail is going to peck away at you every time you see them. Whether it’s an open toothpaste tube or the loud parties having a roommate can take some adjustment. The next time you’re about to break the lease and shack up with your ex-boyfriend take at look at Single White Female and see how that turned out. 

Software programmer Allison (Bridget Fonda) kicks out her cheating fiancé Sam (Steven Weber) after his ex-wife calls with a sexy invitation. Moving to NYC, Allison doesn’t know anyone except for her cat-loving neighbor Graham (Peter Friedman). Out of options, she places a classified ad for a roommate. Her cavernous rent-controlled apartment is a steal, but too much for one person to handle. The introverted Hedra (Jennifer Jason Leigh) shows up answering the ad as Allison cries on the floor thinking of Sam. She seems like a perfect match. The move-in montage shows some obvious foreshadowing like a screwdriver to run the elevator door, the incinerator room, and the after-hours laundry room full of creepy weirdos. The two roomies become fast friends until Allison suspects something isn’t quite right about her new roommate. A hostile rift emerges as Hedra becomes possessive of Allison once Sam tries to reconcile the broken relationship. The cozy veneer begins to crack wide open when Allison discovers that her controlling roommate has the exact same wardrobe as her and a penchant for flirtatious breakfasts with Sam. 

The late ’80s and through the ’90s saw the rise of a wonderful psychosexual-thriller subgenre. From Fatal Attraction to peaking with Basic Instinct and a million variations with softcore cable films, there was something for everyone. Director Barbet Schroeder’s Single White Female could easily be written off as a cheap thriller like those cable films fueled by cheap sex and a thin story. I’d agree with that if it weren’t for the outstanding performances and Schroeder’s ability to develop the story and characters beyond the genre's conventions. For starters, the obsessive manipulator is a woman seeking to control another woman, which twists the accepted notion in these kinds of films (although the film isn’t without toxic male behavior either). While Allison is incurring the wrath of Hedra’s mind games she is dodging the unwanted sexual advances of her software client Mitchell (Stephen Tobolowsky) and rekindling the broken physical relationship with Sam. The once sweet and trusting Allison is now suspicious of everyone’s intentions elevating the sense of paranoia and intrigue that makes Single White Female more than just an average thriller. 

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bridget Fonda rise to the occasion and offer up memorable performances that are hallmarks of their celebrated acting chops. Witnessing the subtle manipulation from Leigh gingerly slide into obsession then become unhinged violence makes the film worth watching. Leigh seemingly possesses an arresting quality in every performance that lures unsuspecting characters to their doom. Her recent turn in Good Time is an excellent example. Thankfully Leigh is given plenty of room to stretch this character’s neurosis and develop it nicely. Fonda’s Allison begins the gradual acceptance of the terrifying reality closing in which morphs this once ambitious programmer into a fighter hellbent on survival. Simply brilliant work here that never veers into the countless exploitative parodies we’ve seen over the years. Steven Weber turns in a solid performance as Sam that could’ve been anyone else, but his commitment to the more salacious scenes allowed this character to be fleshed out more than expected. No pun intended. The supporting cast is all great including a fine performance from Peter Friedman as Graham the neighbor and Stephen Tobolowsky as the creepy client Mitchell. 

Single White Female did for classified ads what Psycho did for showers. Surely, after this film came out, parents everywhere were helping struggling daughters with rent and bills in hopes they wouldn’t get caught within a similar situation. Let’s not forget 1992 also brought us gems like The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Crying Game, and Basic Instinct. However, where SWF endures isn’t in a single moment or quote, but in producing a solid character-driven thriller. It goes the extra mile handling the sexual content and squeamish gore without a hint of subtlety. All of these elements combined and you’ve got a stylish thriller that never looks down on its audience. 

I had a great time revisiting Single White Female and getting sucked into the crazy story again. For all of its successes as a solid thrill ride, it’s also a wacky guilty pleasure for fans of '90s dramas. Add in some black leather gloves and you’d have an American giallo! The film still holds up as a great little slice of paranoia that bears rewatching.  

Blu-ray Vital Disc Stats

Single White Female moves into the apartment with a BD-50 Region A Blu-ray in a standard keepcase. The disc opens to a Shout! Factory logo before landing on the static Main Menu screen. Typical navigation options available. 

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Presented in 1080p with an Anamorphic 1.85:1 aspect ratio, Single White Female looks great, with this transfer reportedly carried over from a 2K scan for European releases. Retaining fine film grain and stable colors the image quality is naturalistic with depth and vibrant primaries. Skin tones are warm throughout the feature. Black levels are solid like the pumps Hedra tries on, but become slightly noisy and unstable in dark interior shots and some shadows. A softness prevails during interior shots with natural light that juxtaposes the blue-hued nighttime scenes rife with detail and tension. Cinematographer Luciano Tovoli’s (Suspiria, Tenebre) photography here is absolutely stunning as expected.

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Single White Female calls about the classified ad with a respectable DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio track. The mix is clear and clean with a nice balance but lacks some much needed depth. The film is dialogue centered but in the cavernous apartments of NYC we lose a bit of clarity in the dialogue track. Music and effects are nicely reproduced without pushing out the dialogue. Some hiss is evident but isn’t. Keep the volume at a medium level so you don’t miss out on all the ambient effects and scoring elements. 

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Shout! Factory puts together a great set of features for this Blu-ray release. The interviews make up the majority but its the commentary track that I recommend the most. 

  • Audio Commentary With Director Barbet Schroeder, Editor Lee Percy, & Associate Producer Susan Hoffman -A fascinating track that balances conversations about the complicated process of filmmaking and anecdotes about the production.  
  • Interview with Barbet Schroeder (HD 27:20) - A wonderful interview with Schroeder who speaks at length from his inspirations to his detailed notes on the film’s production departments.  
  • Interview with Actor Peter Friedman (HD 7:17) - A quick yet enjoyable interview with an actor that is mostly spent talking about cat allergies. 
  • Interview with Actor Steven Weber (HD 19:41) - Everyman Steven Weber speaks at length about working with Schroeer and his process of getting into character. 
  • Interview with Screenwriter Don Roos (HD HD 25:41) - Screenwriter Don Roos discusses how he adapted the book on which the film is based and how his personal life influenced the screenplay. 
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD 2:04)
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Single White Female remains one of the great thrillers from the 1990’s. Thanks to a talented cast, a solid script with fully fleshed out characters, and a commitment to the story’s emotional stakes by a veteran director, the film still works incredibly well. Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray release arrives with a solid A/V presentation and loads of new bonus features sure to please fans of the film. Recommended.

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Soul Sessions starts in current day Chicago, where Nick Dalton is a troubled yet highly successful Investment Banker with a gorgeous girlfriend and an extravagant lifestyle. Despite all his success, Nick falls into a deep depression after a life altering event. Just as it looks as though Nick's life might end in suicide, enter Katrina DuMont, a gifted psychologist who is an expert in both traditional and new age methods of treatment for depression. Together, using past-life regression techniques, they explore several of Nick's prior incarnations, where he unwittingly discovers a beautiful woman who repeatedly appears as his lover and soul mate. To potentially reawaken his epic love affair, Nick is compelled to search for her in this lifetime. Thus begins an astonishing story of love and intrigue, where Nick stumbles across inconceivable answers to some of life's greatest mysteries - and once again finds the course of his life altered.

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Starker is the one man in a society of complacent people who can see the stifling control exerted on humankind by beings from another dimension. Living on garbage and in ever-changing disguise, he bounces from one person to another, trying to wake the world from its slavery. But as his ideas start to gain traction, he becomes the singular target of the Agency Director, a formidable dictator. Starker must race against advanced surveillance technology and evade countless agents to get his message out to the masses before he is neutralized by the forces of order.

As much entertaining science fiction as it is and illustration of chaos theory applied to human nature, and featuring pioneering computer effects by MacArthur Genius Grant winner Robert Shaw, SPLIT is the fiercely unique vision of savant mathematician and artist Chris Shaw.

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Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

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Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

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Severin Films Presents TERROR IS A MAN - The Original BLOOD ISLAND Shocker Scanned Uncut In 4k For The First Time Ever!

In 1959, American producer Kane Lynn teamed with Filipino filmmakers Eddie Romero and Gerardo de Leon to make a grisly thriller billed as "a unique experience in motion picture terror!" Its global success would soon transform the Philippines' movie industry, launch the legendary BLOOD ISLAND series, and change the face of drive-in/grindhouse horror forever. 

Francis Lederer (RETURN OF DRACULA), Richard Derr (WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE) and former Miss Denmark Greta Thyssen (JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET) star in this "quite terrifying" (The New York Times) take on H.G. Wells' Island Of Dr. Moreau - also known as BLOOD CREATURE - now featuring a new 4k scan from a fine-grain print recently discovered at the UCLA Film Archive and presented totally uncut, including its "bell system for the squeamish and faint-hearted!"

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When The Adventures of Prince Achmed premiered in Germany on September 23, 1926 it was hailed as the first full-length animated film. More than seventy-five years later, this enchanting film still stands as one of the great classics of animation — beautiful, mesmerizing and utterly seductive.

Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death. But the prince foils the magician’s plan, and soars headlong into a series of wondrous adventures — joining forces with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountains, doing battle with the sorcerer's army of monsters and demons, and falling in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu.

This cinematic treasure has been beautifully restored with its spectacular color tinting and with a new orchestral recording of the magnificent 1926 score by Wolfgang Zeller. Thrilling, sensuous and dazzling, Prince Achmed will enthrall children and film enthusiasts of all ages. This collector's edition includes a marvelous 60-minute documentary on pioneer animator Lotte Reiniger and a 1921 commercial she did for a beauty cream company!

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They’ve been called “defiantly lurid” (1000MisspentHours.com), “delightfully depraved” (FlickAttack.com) and “blood-soaked & naked broad-filled” (MrSkin.com). Their cult of fans is worldwide. And for more than fifty years, these four monster shockers from Filipino directors Gerry de Leon and Eddie Romero have stunned drive-in, grindhouse and VHS audiences, became the foundation of infamous exploitation distributors Hemisphere Pictures and Independent-International, and remain among the most insane/esteemed classics in horror history. Severin Films is now proud to present The BLOOD ISLAND Trilogy and its celebrated prequel, all featuring uncut scans from recently discovered film elements and oozing with all-new Special Features!

Terror is a Man Special Features:

  • Man Becomes Creature: Interview with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman
  • Dawn of Blood Island: Interview with Co-Director Eddie Romero
  • Terror Creature: Interview with Pete Tombs, Co-Author of “Immoral Tales”
  • When the Bell Rings: Interview with Critic Mark Holcomb
  • Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Reversible BLOOD CREATURE Cover

Brides of Blood Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman
  • Jungle Fury: Archival Interview with Co-Director Eddie Romero
  • Here Comes the Bride: Interview with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman
  • Beverly Hills on Blood Island: Interview with Actress Beverly Powers a.k.a. Beverly Hills
  • Alternate BRIDES OF BLOOD ISLAND Title Sequence and JUNGLE FURY Title Card
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Reversible ISLAND OF LIVING HORROR Cover

Mad Doctor of Blood Island Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Horror Film Historians Nathaniel Thompson and Howard S. Berger
  • Audio Commentary with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman
  • Tombs of the Living Dead: Interview with Pete Tombs, Co-Author of “Immoral Tales”
  • A Taste of Blood: Interview with Critic Mark Holcomb
  • The Mad Doctor of Blood Island: Archival Interview with Co-Director Eddie Romero
  • Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Bonus Disc: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD (in box set only)
  • Reversible TOMB OF THE LIVING DEAD Cover

Beast of Blood [Available ONLY in Box Set] Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman
  • Celeste and the Beast: An Interview with Celeste Yarnall
  • Dr. Lorca’s Blood Devils: Interview with Actor Eddie Garcia
  • Super 8 Digest Version
  • Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
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When Johnny (Alan Ladd) comes home from the navy he finds his wife Helen kissing her substitute boyfriend Eddie, the owner of the Blue Dahlia nightclub. Helen admits her drunkenness caused their son's death. He pulls a gun on her but decides she's not worth it. Later, Helen is found dead and Johnny is the prime suspect.

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A young man fresh out of law school tries to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather who is on death row.

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In 1996, legal thriller juggernaut John Grisham punched the anti-death penalty theme in the gut with the near back to back releases of A Time to Kill and The Chamber. The Chamber was the weaker entry of the duo and if it weren't for an excellent turn from Gene Hackman and an impressive showing from Chris O'Donnell, the film wouldn't be nearly as good as it is. Not the best Grisham movie, but not the worst either. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings The Chamber to Blu-ray with a decent image transfer and a solid audio mix. If you're a fan of Grisham this one is Worth A Look. 

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"I don't give a damn how you feel. I'm telling you who you are. Isn't that why you're here?"

Chris O'Donnell trades in his rubber super-suit for a three-piece as Adam Hall, an up and coming Chicago attorney with an unfortunate relation to his convicted murderer racist bigot grandfather Sam Cayhall (Gene Hackman). Sam's due for execution for the bombing of a Jewish man's law office resulting in the death of two children and Adam is hellbent on ensuring that his grandfather doesn't make it into the gas chamber. Against the wishes of his aunt Lee (Faye Dunaway), Sam starts digging into the past of Sam's sad history within the KKK. As certain revelations come to light, it becomes apparent that Sam may not have acted alone - and possibly may not even have built the bomb.

The Chamber

On July 24th, 1996 John Grisham had a hit novel adapted into a film with a great cast and released into theaters to critical and fan acclaim. That was A Time to Kill, and it proved to be a slingshot for Matthew McConaughey's career while giving Samuel L. Jackson one of his best starring roles. A scant two and a half months later, The Chamber squeaked its way into theaters. Similar themes about death row, a racially biased legal system, and plot points featuring the KKK. Needless to say, The Chamber might have managed a bit better if it had been delayed a year as content familiarity didn't help distinguish it from its sibling adaptation. Not even a great performance from Gene Hackman could win over critics and draw folks to theaters as this legal family drama faded into obscurity as a lesser entry in Grisham's catalog. 

As much as I love schlocky action films and gory horror flicks, legal thrillers and Grisham movies are one of my guilty pleasures. They're not that great. Most of them are pretty standard and predictable, but even at their worst, they're fun little meditations on the law. When they're great you can appreciate their themes about how the legal system affects people. Now, The Chamber isn't a great movie. Its first half is great stuff but the home stretch is a bit all over the place. However, it does offer an interesting look at how a crime affects not only the criminal and the victim but the family of the criminal who has to live down their family legacy. 

Where The Chamber works best is when it's exploring these themes. Adam want's closure for his father's suicide he witnessed as a child. The only way to do that is by confronting the monster the family has kept in the closet for decades. Even if they can only interact between a wire screen, these moments prove tense and showcases the material's confidence. At the same time, Sam doesn't want to face the responsibility his actions have had on his estranged family.

It's some good stuff and had the story kept the focus and not tried to punch in cliche thriller elements it might have fared better. This is the closest we'll get to see what Gene Hackman would have brought to Hannibal Lecter and he does a pretty good job as the empathetic monster. As it stands, it's a lesser Grisham movie that happens to feature great performances from its primary cast. It's not the best Grisham thriller, but it isn't the worst either.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Chamber arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber Studio Classics in a single disc release. Pressed onto a Region A locked BD-25 disc, the disc is housed in a standard sturdy Blu-ray case. The disc loads directly to a static image main menu with traditional navigation features. 

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The Chamber

The Chamber arrives with a dated but still decent 2.35:1 1080p transfer. This transfer doesn't look to have been touched in quite some time, probably dating back to the original DVD mastering, however, that isn't entirely a bad thing. The source for this transfer is in impeccable shape without any signs of speckling, scratches or any age-related wear. Film grain is apparent but not completely resolved as details don't really spring to life. Facial features, clothing, furniture, and production design have some of the cursory standout elements to them but a bit of edge enhancement gives the image a little crunchy quality to it. Thankfully there isn't any terrible haloing or banding, but all the same, this looks in line with a mid-90s film that hasn't really seen much TLC in the past 20 years. Close-ups look the best. It's much better than the old DVD which I was surprised to discover I still had and some quick disc swapping shows this Blu-ray's improvements. But it's not the most stunning image. 

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The Chamber

The Chamber arrives packed with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix as well as a DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo track. The good news here is whichever one you choose, you're getting a pretty solid audio mix. The 5.1 track is the cleaner and clearer of the two offering a better range of element placing and atmosphere. There isn't a dramatic amount of surround activity as the film takes place in small places but when it opens up in the streets of Chicago or a few party sequences to the Klan rally towards the end it's a lot more active. Dialogue is clear throughout without any issues and the Carter Burwell score comes through nicely to round out the mix.

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The Chamber

Not surprisingly, The Chamber doesn't come with any bonus features beyond KLSC's standard bundle of trailers 

  • Theatrical Trailer (SD 2:32)

  • The Gingerbread Man Trailer (SD 2:19)

  • The Package Trailer (SD 2: 18)

  • The Interpreter Trailer (SD 2:26) 

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The Chamber

The Chamber isn't the best Grisham flick to come out of the 90s, but it's still decent enough entertainment largely because of a magnetic performance by the always excellent Gene Hackman. Dwarfed by A Time To Kill at release, the film still holds its own. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings The Chamber to Blu-ray in decent order. The image transfer may be dated but it gets the job done and the audio mix is solid stuff. Sadly no meaningful bonus materials were included. If you're a Grisham fan in need of a fix, The Chamber is Worth A Look

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On his way home, during a winter storm on Christmas Eve, a lonely and depressed man discovers a homeless person sleeping out in the cold. Without much thought he takes off his heavy winter jacket and places it on the person to hep keep them warm. He then continues on his way home to where he lives alone. The next morning there is a knock at his door. The moment he opens that door his whole life will change forever. In just one day he will discover hope in a sea of darkness. The Christmas Story is a film short about finding hope when all hope is lost. It all takes place within 24 hours. It is a heartwarming story with a stunning reveal at the end that will have you smiling for days. This low budget film short stars Mike M. Burke and Sandra Elizabeth Rodriguez.

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The Crown, created by Peter Morgan, follows Queen Elizabeth through the late 1950s and early '60s as she struggles to navigate a world that's changing around her. She must face the challenges of a new era, from the Suez Canal crisis to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, while preserving both the monarchy and her marriage.

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He knew the law, but he forgot the rules: Never get involved with a client. And never put your family in danger. Legendary director Robert Altman (The Long Goodbye, Thieves Like Us) helms this thriller based on a John Grisham (The Chamber) original story. Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie), Robert Downey Jr. (Less Than Zero), Daryl Hannah (Summer Lovers), Tom Berenger (Shattered), Famke Janssen (Deep Rising) and Robert Duvall (True Confessions) star in this complex mystery thriller. Step into the courtly world of Savannah's top-tier law firms. Meet one of the brightest young stars of the bar, Rick Magruder (Branagh). And witness how his obsession with a beautiful, mysterious client (Embeth Davidtz, Feast of July), stalked by her deranged father, plunges him into a world of terrifying intrigue and deadly deceit. As a hurricane bears down on the city, Rick finds himself locked in a battle without a judge or jury—only an executioner. Beautifully shot by Changwei Gu (Farewell My Concubine) with a rousing score by Mark Isham (Billy Bathgate).

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Robert Altman goes full noir-thriller by way of John Grisham with The Gingerbread Man. Starring Kenneth Branagh as a sleazy lawyer who gets in way over his head with a sultry Embeth Davidtz, the story plays to Grisham's traditional legal thrillers with a distinctly Altman point of view. It's an interesting blend of creative elements for a story that is pretty paint-by-the-numbers. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings The Gingerbread Man to Blu-ray with an aged but decent A/V presentation and a great commentary track from Robert Altman to round out the bonus features. Better than average and pretty entertaining - this one is Worth A Look. 

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"The only exercise you are gettin' is jumpin' to conclusions."

Kenneth Branagh plays the 90s version of himself as Rick Magruder a sleazy Savannah, Georgia lawyer with severe fidelity issues and a knack for getting into trouble one way or another. In spite of his personal issues, he's a hell of a lawyer and occasionally tries to do the right thing. That's what he thought he was doing when he tried to help stranded waitress Mallory Doss (Embeth Davidtz) after her car was stolen. After sleeping with her, Rick discovers she's packed a lot of baggage - namely in the form of her crazy shoe-averse father Dixon (a tragically underused Robert Duvall). With the help of scummy private detective Clyde Pell (pre-prison Robert Downey Jr.), Rick tries to protect her any way he can legally, but when his kids are kidnapped, Rick proves he's more than willing to bend the law. 

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man was an original screenplay from John Grisham without any literary base. It was a long-gestating project that took years to come together. When Robert Altman came aboard to direct, he did a page-one rewrite with final credit ultimately going to Clyde Hayes. The final product plays more akin to Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye and less like a standard Grisham legal thriller. While there may not be many surprises in store for the audience, it's a good run and Altman gives a relatively routine flick a lot of character. 

Headlining the show is a fine turn from Kenneth Branagh - a great actor who has some trouble not being the center of attention. Altman uses this to his advantage by casting Branagh as a sleazy guy who has a heart. You're never once supposed to like the guy and it's one of the few times where a character like this doesn't come out clean and clear. His actions have consequences even if he learned a few valuable lessons along the way. 

In the typical seductress femme fatale role, Embeth Davidtz rolls with her part and does a great job playing the damaged but sultry object of Rick's obsessions. You know right away that she's up to no good but when you've got a shoeless crazy Robert Duvall running around, you can't blame Rick for being short-sighted. As the plot unfolds and the characters expose their true colors, the film follows the expected course of almost every action thriller with a rain-soaked climax in the middle of a hurricane. 

While imperfect and far from Altman's best efforts, I do enjoy The Gingerbread Man quite a bit. As I mentioned in my review for The Chamber, I'm a bit of a legal thriller apologist and Grisham flicks were guilty pleasures. The Gingerbread Man proved to be the last film based on any of his works I saw in theaters. This one stuck with me more than others simply because it wasn't all courtroom hijinks with impassioned legal speeches and moralizing that would otherwise bog down most of his books and adaptations. This was a lean detective thriller that happened to feature a lawyer as the lead character. I'd love to see what the original script looked like before Altman got it, but as it stands, I'm pretty sure he made a number of necessary changes to make it work.   

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Gingerbread Man slinks its way on to Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber through their Studio Classics label. Pressed onto a Region A BD25 disc, the disc is housed in a standard Blu-ray case. The disc loads directly to a static image main menu with traditional navigation options. 

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The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man arrives with a dated but still very good looking 1080p 1.85:1 transfer. This doesn't appear to be a recent scan, the image can be a bit soft and a tad flat in places, but overall the appearance is a nice step up over the very aged DVD. There is a slight veneer of film grain giving the image a pleasing film-like appearance without ever looking too noisy. Details are pretty strong allowing facial features in close-up and middle shots to shine. Again there are some soft spots that keep a few notable details from leaping off the screen.

Production design still comes through and the Savannah setting allows a lot of location character to fill the image. Colors favor rich browns and earthy greens. With the stormy setting, there isn't a lot of natural sunlight giving the film a dark and moody atmosphere - it looks great in some of the swampy locations. Flesh tones are appropriately healthy without looking too pink. Primaries are on point with nice vivid reds and blues in particular. Black levels can be a bit grey keeping some dark scenes from enjoying that deep inky black, but overall they're stable. The source for this transfer is in great shape without any speckling or notable scratching. 

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The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man is given a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix as well as a DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio track that are both equally impressive - while both being a bit on the softer side. I felt like for both tracks I had to punch my volume up past my normal ranges for an average viewing experience. But once I got things up to a comfortable level, both tracks sounded great. Dialogue was clean and clear. Sound effects for the 5.1 mix offered plenty of subtle surround activity - especially in crowded scenes like Rick's office or during the brief trial sequence. The 2.0 mix is decent enough, it just loses out on some nice surround activity in the last act during the hurricane and during some of the action beats the mix can sound a bit flat and front-loaded. Overall both mixes offer suitable viewing experiences, I would just slip the 5.1 mix above the 2.0 out of personal preference. 

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The Gingerbread Man

Bonus features for The Gingerbread Man may not be a bounty of content, but an Altman audio commentary track is always welcome. There are a few brief pauses here and there but he does a solid scene-specific commentary discussing working conditions, the film's ill reception from producers and the fight for the edit - as well as some nice things to say about working with Robert Downey Jr. just before he went to prison. 

  • Audio Commentary featuring director Robert Altman

  • Theatrical Trailer (SD 2:19)

  • The Chamber Trailer (SD 2:31)

  • China Moon Trailer (HD 1:31)

  • Bad Company Trailer (SD 2:07)

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The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man probably marks the last really good John Grisham cinematic thriller to hit theaters - at least until someone decides it's time to start remaking The Client or The Pelican Brief. Robert Altman wasn't exactly on his A-Game, a better thriller is The Long Goodbye, but the master filmmaker showed he could still manage the genre and give a by-the-numbers plot some legs. Great performances from Branagh and Davidtz go a long way as the film may not be the greatest in Altman's catalog of films, but it's a worthwhile ride and very entertaining. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings The Gingerbread Man to Blu-ray in fine order with a solid A/V presentation and a terrific commentary track with Altman as the primary bonus feature. If you're a fan of Grisham movies, check out what Altman was able to do with the genre. Worth A Look

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Blast off with hapless Englishman Arthur Dent only seconds before a Vogon construction fleet demolishes planet Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass! Remastered at last, all the dialogue, sound effects and music of the original BBC television series sound as wildly outrageous as they did more than 35 years ago. You won t miss a hilarious word or background cue as Arthur explores the galaxy with his alien rescuers, in search of the answers to life, the Universe and Everything! Based on the international best-selling novel by Douglas Adams, with hours of fun extras.

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As the attorney for a mobster (Randy Quaid), Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) has access to some not-so-clean money, which he readily embezzles with the help of an associate, Vic (Billy Bob Thornton). On Christmas Eve, the two partners decide to hightail it with the money, but an ice storm sweeping through the area delays their departure. Stuck in town, Charlie visits strip club owner Renata (Connie Nielsen) and lets on about the money. But the longer he stays, the more trouble builds.

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The Ice Harvest is one of those movies that must have looked great on the page (indeed, it's based on a novel of the same name) but isn't quite able to translate to the big screen. What viewers are left with are a lot of interesting scenes with good actors, but the sum of the parts doesn't add up to a whole lot. This Kino Lorber Blu-ray ports over all the bonus materials from the 2006 DVD, and provides a solid, if not spectacular, A/V transfer of the film. Still, newbies to the movie will want to Rent It before making a purchasing decision.

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I love a good "dark" comedy as much as the next person, but The Ice Harvest doesn't work all that well, despite having a great cast and solid direction (from Harold Ramis). The movie is based on a novel that I never read, so perhaps fans of the book will get more out of the big screen version than I did, but I found this movie to be more about the individual scenes (a few quite good; others not so much) than a story that provided coherent entertainment from beginning to end.

The film focuses on Wichita, Kansas attorney (for the mob, no less) Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) who, as the story begins, has just stolen over $2 million from a mob boss in a heist that he's orchestrated with pal Vic (Billy Bob Thornton). The heist has taken place on Christmas Eve in the middle of a bad ice storm, so Charlie and Vic need to stay cool (pardon the pun) until the weather allows them to get out of town safely. The movie isn't about how they got the money (in fact, we never learn) but instead whether these two are going to be able to get away with what they've done.

While the scenes between Cusack and Thornton are quite good (arguably, Thornton is the best thing in the movie), the plot gets sidetracked with too many scenes involving Charlie's perpetually drunk friend, Pete (Oliver Platt), who is married to Charlie's ex-wife. If you like watching an actor play drunk on camera, you may enjoy Platt's performance here, but his scenes really seem wrong for what the rest of the movie is trying to be.

There's also pretty much zero chemistry between Cusack and co-star Connie Nielsen, who plays the owner of one of the town's (many) strip clubs. She learns of what Charlie has done and becomes involved in his plot to get out of town – but like all femme fatales in motion pictures, she's got a few secrets of her own to reveal before the end credits roll.

The Ice Harvest gets a little too bloody and violent for its own good in the final act, turning from a dark film noir comedy into more of a straightforward thriller. Again, the tonal shift is distracting as a viewer, and Harold Ramis's tacking on of a "happy" ending seems to be his final of many mistakes. This Blu-ray contains two Alternate Endings (which are pretty much identical) that would have fit the movie much better. While Ramis states in his commentary track that he chose the ending, I can't help but wonder if the ending is actually studio tinkering (the 89-minute runtime also suggests that the final edit may have been taken from Ramis – but I've found no confirmation of this online).

Although I can't quite recommend The Ice Harvest for purchase, it's not totally dismissible, either. It's less of a "bad" movie than a movie that just makes poor decisions. Perhaps it was trying to be too faithful to the book; perhaps it's not faithful enough (again, only those who have read the novel can answer this). I did admire the performances, and there's one excellent section right around the midway point where Charlie and Vic are trying to dispose of a body (still alive) that Vic has locked in a large trunk. But even if you're a huge fan of all the performers here, this is something you'll want to rent before adding to your permanent collection.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Ice Harvest thaws out on Blu-ray in a standard keepcase. The case holds the 25GB single-layer disc without any inserts, although the keepcase's slip is reversible (the flip side contains the artwork used for the 2006 DVD release). There are no front-loaded trailers on the Blu-ray, whose main menu is a still of star John Cusack sitting at the bar area of one of the strip clubs in the film, with menu selections across the bottom of the screen.

The Blu-ray is Region A locked.

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The Ice Harvest was shot on 35mm film and is presented here on Blu-ray in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (despite a typo on the keepcase slick that states 2.35:1). The transfer here is assumingly one provided to Kino Lorber by Universal, the American home video distributor of this Focus Features production.

While the image lacks the deep colors and "pop" of a film shot on the digital format, details here are quite good and nothing about the transfer seems over-processed – providing viewers with a pleasant, film-like image, without any instances of heavy grain. Not having seen this movie before, I can't vouch for the color timing, but everything seems naturalistic and I detected no obvious problems with banding, edge enhancement, or excessive DNR use.

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We get two audio options here (not counting the audio commentary track listed in our Supplements section below): a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track and a 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Both tracks are well-done, and since the movie is pretty dialogue-heavy (although it does have a bit of action in it), the only real immersion that is felt on the 5.1 track is right after the opening credit sequence when the sounds of a ice storm surround the home viewer. Other ambient noises are a little less noticeable on the 5.1 audio, although it's obviously the track you'll want to go with. Dialogue is crisp and clear and no glitches in the audio were evident.

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  • Audio Commentary by Director Harold Ramis – This is far from a verbose track from the late director, but it does provide a lot of good behind-the-scenes info about the settings and the way certain things were shot. It's certainly worth a listen if you're inclined to learn more about the film.
  • Alternate Ending #1 (SD 4:46) – While the final version of the film contains a "happy" ending, this is a look at a darker, more tone-appropriate ending to the movie.
  • Alternate Ending #2 (SD 5:42) – This second alternate ending is basically the same as the first one, with the addition of short flashback involving actors Cusack, Thornton, and Nielsen.
  • Outtake with Billy Bob Thornton (SD 1:31) – Perhaps the most entertaining bonus feature, Billy Bob does a scene with John Cusack in the character of Karl Childers from Sling Blade.
  • Cracking the Story (SD 17:04) – A featurette covering how the story made the jump from written novel to the big screen. Included here are comments from the novel's writer Scott Phillips and screenplay writers Robert Benton and Richard Russo.
  • Beneath the Harvest (SD 13:06) – A making-of featurette with Director Harold Ramis, Producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger, and stars John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, and Oliver Platt.
  • Ice Cracking: Analysis of a Scene (SD 6:17) – This featurette provides a detailed look at how a scene in the movie where Cusack's and Thornton's characters have to dispose of a body was shot.
  • Trailers – In addition to the trailer for The Ice Harvest (SD 2:27), the Blu-ray also includes trailers for Big Trouble (SD 2:03), Gun Shy (SD, 2:19), and The Interpreter (SD 2:26). Each of the trailers must be viewed individually, and there is no "Play All" option.
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The Ice Harvest tries to be a lot of different things, and the tonal shifts throughout the film add up to something less that an enjoyable movie experience. Still, the actors here provide interesting performances, particularly Billy Bob Thornton, who may be the best thing about the movie. This Kino Lorber release provides a nice A/V transfer and, while it doesn't bring us any new bonus materials, ports all the extras over from the earlier DVD release. Still, I'm not sure there's enough here to warrant a purchase, which is why I'm suggesting you Rent It first.

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The Inheritors - A chilling and timely look into the twisted world of the extreme right.

On his way home from school, 16 year old Thomas helps Charly, an unemployed teenager, escape from the police. Despite their differing backgrounds the boys become good friends and Charly persuades Thomas to join a neo-Nazi youth group. Intrigued and confused by his new friends Thomas, who is experiencing trouble at home and school, is drawn deeper into a web of sex and violence that leads to a tragic end.

In 1979, Austrian film director Walter Bannert was among a group of Vienna cafe patrons beaten up by a gang of young neo-Nazis who wrecked the place. Researching the burgeoning movement in West Germany and Austria for 3 years, Bannert infiltrated their private meetings by convincing party leaders that he wanted to make an objective documentary. His film The Inheritors is the result, a disturbing and timely fictional drama based entirely on real characters, events and conversations that Bannert came across in the neo-Nazi camps. The film was highly controversial on its original release and theatres screening it were threatened with violent action by neo-Nazi sympathizers. Although it is now over thirty years old, the film remains incredibly relevant as we witness, across the world, the rebirth of right wing extremism using exactly the same lies and tactics exposed so powerfully in this film.

The Inheritors was not screened in its native country for many years until it was rediscovered at the 2015 Viennale Exhibition where it was praised as a rare and powerful example of Austrian genre cinema with a strong political message.

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In one of the hidden corridors of power at United Nations headquarters, translator Silvia Broome overhears a potentially explosive secret about a planned assassination attempt. But when federal agent Tobin Keller investigates her claim and digs deeper into Silvia's dangerous past, he begins to question whether she is a victim -- or a suspect.

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Among the most storied productions of the New Hollywood Era, Hopper was given carte blanche by Universal for his next directorial feature after the tremendous commercial success of Easy Rider, and writer-director-star took the money and ran - literally - staging The Last Movie in Peru at farthest remove from the Hollywood machine, with an on-screen entourage in tow that included Kris Kristofferson, Julie Adams, Stella Garcia, Peter Fonda, Dean Stockwell, Toni Basil, Russ Tamblyn, Michelle Phillips and director Samuel Fuller.

Although it won a special award at the Venice Film Festival, The Last Movie would effectively end Hopper's career for many years - the Hollywood establishment gleefully writing him off as a self-indulgent madman. Yet the movie remains thrillingly innovative and remarkably contemporary - influenced greatly by the work of Bruce Conner and the French New Wave, as well as the Pop and Abstract artists Hopper revered.

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Jake Carter (WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin) and former fellow Marine, Luke Trapper (WWE Legend Shawn Michaels), join forces to rescue a kidnapped girl from a gang of international criminals headed up by Maddy Hayes (WWE Superstar Becky Lynch).

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A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own. But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself, from this seemingly unstoppable threat—a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive…and on the hunt.
 
Five years before, Jonas had encountered this same terrifying creature, but no one had believed him. Now, teamed with Suyin, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life to return to the ocean depths…bringing him face-to-face once more with the apex predator of all time.
 

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Director Jon Turtletaub delivers a brainless rip-roaring fish tale featuring Jason Statham doing what he does best as he hunts a massive prehistoric CGI shark. It's not smart, but it never tries to be. It's just big-budget spectacle fun that proves to be an improvement over the literary series that spawned it. Whether or not this is your sort of fish story, Warner Bros. has delivered a technically terrific Blu-ray release with a bold and colorful transfer, a fantastic Dolby Atmos Audio mix, with an anemic assortment of bonus features. If you're just looking for pulpy, silly entertainment, The Meg is Recommended.

(We have also reviewed this movie on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray.)

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"...just keep swimming, just keep swimming…"

Jason Statham is Jason Statham pretending to be Jonas Taylor - a disgraced former Navy rescue sub commander. Years ago, a rescue at the deepest depths of the Pacific in the Marianas trench went horribly wrong with several casualties. Jonas says it was a prehistoric sea creature that attacked them and blew up the sub before everyone could be rescued including two of his team members. The Navy says he cracked up under pressure. Now eccentric nerd billionaire Jack Morris (Rainn Wilson), Dr, Zhang (Winston Chao) and his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing) are conducting experiments in the depths of the trench to prove that ancient prehistoric life is hidden under a thermal cloud. When a gigantic 75-foot Megalodon attacks the exploration team, Jonas is called back into action because his ex-wife is trapped thousands of feet below the surface. During the rescue attempt, Jonas and Suyin unwittingly allow the Meg to rise from the icy depths. The massive mindless eating machine becomes an unstoppable menace attacking and swallowing whole an entire cast of disposable characters. 

The Meg 4K 3D Blu-ray

The Meg is not smart - not even close. But I give it credit for being a whole lot more clever than the source novels by Steve Alten. This movie has been in development hell since the late 90s. The first novel was a huge hit and I devoured it quickly slamming through the pages while on vacation. As the sequel novels started churning out one after the other, the plots became daffy and ridiculous disposing of any genuine science and going full pulp science fiction. The first book would have been unwieldy to adapt on its own and take seriously, but the idea that this could be a series of films outside of the SyFy Channel seemed impossible. Thanks to the barrage of Megasharks, Giant Octopuses, annual Sharknados, and the box office bite shark flicks have been chomping the last couple of years, the time was right for The Meg to surface. And without staying completely true to the original novel, the movie sheds a lot of hokum baggage that was little better than soap opera dramatics.

This film only works because it knows exactly what it is - a fishy fleshy B-movie with a Megalodon-sized budget. You're not here to find Oscar-worthy performances. It's a full-on special effects buffet offering up plenty of impressive CGI creatures with some occasionally impressive practical effects work. I give Turteltaub and his team of writers full kudus for finding the pace of the film and never letting the energy dip for long. Character development is virtually non-existent. Any character conflicts are resolved within a matter of minutes. Seriously, Statham enjoys the most amicable and friendly relationship with his ex-wife in the history of legalized divorce. The Navy doctor that blackballed him and killed his career? It's resolved with a quick handshake. While for most movies this would be a problem, it works for The Meg because audiences paid good money to see Jason Statham fight a giant shark - and there is plenty of that to pass around. There's a love subplot and a cute kid, but that's just filler to give the effects crew time to work on the big set pieces. 

It may sound like I'm jaded or cynical about this movie, and maybe I am a little bit, but I have to admit that I enjoyed the hell out of it. This was one of the best 3D theater-going movies, after Infinity War, that I saw all summer. Skyscraper was similar brainless 3D fodder, but The Meg really knew how to work the whole show offering plenty of nods and nudges to past shark movies while staking a claim all its own. It's big dumb spectacle fun. It never tries to be high art and it doesn't have to be to work.

The trailers are every indication of what to expect with this movie. If you're not enticed by what you saw in two and three-minute snippets, you're probably not going to love this one nearly half as much as you would have hoped. At first, I was only mildly entertained but after a couple more viewings I've had a lot more fun with it. The only real surprise for me was how Statham takes out the titular creature. It may be completely impossible and ridiculous, but trust me it works 100-times better than what was in the book. Since this flick bit out about half a billion bucks at the global box office, a sequel is apparently already in the works. If they add a little more blood and guts to the mix with a lot more wholesale carnage, they will already have a solid sequel. As it is, The Meg is easy disposable fun. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Meg takes a bite out of HD courtesy of Warner Bros. in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD set. Pressed onto a BD-50 disc, the discs are housed in an eco-friendly Blu-ray case with identical slipcover artwork. The disc loads to trailers for other WB titles before arriving at Warner's standard static image main menu with traditional navigation options. 

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The Meg 4K 3D Blu-ray

The Meg makes for a solid 1080p 2.40:1 transfer. This is a big-time CGI effects-heavy spectacle and those results can be a bit mixed. On the whole, the details are really impressive. Statham's beard stubble and fine facial features of the rest of the cast come through with great clarity. Clothing and set look great with every character getting their own sort of signature style and look to show off. Where the image has a bit of a hard time is whenever there is some heavy CGI work against practical set pieces. The key moments that throw me are the gantry leading into the big laboratory from the helicopter pad - the backgrounds are obviously CGI effects and tend to flatten the image. When scenes are 100% live practical or almost completely CGI the depth issue isn't as apparent, but when things are on that 50/50 threshold all of a sudden the image has this odd sort of cookie-cutter quality to it that isn't as apparent in the 3D screening or as dramatic in the 4K UHD disc. Overall, this is still a quality image that should please fans who rock 1080p and haven't made the leap to 4K yet. 

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The Meg 4K 3D Blu-ray

The Meg splish-splashes around with a rocking-good Dolby Atmos mix. Worth noting, for the standard1080p disc as well as the 4K UHD, like all Warner Bros. discs, you have to go into the audio subsection of the main menu to select Atmos otherwise it'll default to the perfectly decent but nowhere near as impressive DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track.

As a big loud spectacle movie, The Meg makes impressive usage of Atmos with near constant channel activity. The only time any of the surround or overhead material slows or feels absent is when the movie pauses for a silly meaningful conversation between the cast. But thankfully those moments are relatively brief as the rest of the movie maintains a flurry of activity. 

My favorite effects are the creaking sounds of ocean pressure squeezing the submersible vehicles as they descend. It's a great overhead effect that rumbles with nice subtle LFE kicking up those dissonant notes. Also noteworthy is anytime anyone is doing battle with the Meg. Whether they're in a mini-sub or in a helicopter, there is great overhead activity. The best is whenever the mini-subs are racing around in the water as they rise and fall the swirling rotors and displaced bubbles give off an awesome vertical effect.

Dialogue clarity is spot on without any issues. Levels are never a problem as this film is pretty loud and active from the get-go. If anything, I felt like I actually had to turn things down a tad just so I didn't tick off my neighbors! Gregson-Williams' score is a perfect accompaniment to the on-screen action and the low base tones provide some great LFE rumbles of their own. So even when the show is trying to be quiet and contemplative, there is plenty of movement and activity to keep the mix lively. 

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The Meg 4K 3D Blu-ray

Considering The Meg was one of a relative few hits for Warner Bros. this summer season, I'm rather surprised at how anemic and inconsequential the bonus features are. Little more than talking head EPK material, you don't get much sense of what went into the show. As short as it is, the New Zealand Film Commission mini-feature has a lot of production information about the shoot. 

  • Chomp on This: The Making of The Meg (HD 12:09)
  • Creating the Beast (HD 10:25)
  • New Zealand Film Commission (HD 1:53)
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The Meg 4K 3D Blu-ray

The Meg is a SyFy channel shark movie with a gargantuan budget and plenty of Jason Statham badass snark to spark an aquatic giant shark franchise. Whether or not the rumored sequels arise, this first outing was a good way to burn a couple of disposable hours. Warner Bros. delivers The Meg onto Blu-ray with a solid transfer and a great Dolby Atmos mix to match. Sadly bonus features are a bit of a letdown. Overall, if you've become a connoisseur of summer shark movies and don't have a 3D or 4K TV, The Meg is a good one to add to the collection. Recommended

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A dying man’s report of a ritual black mass stirs Britain’s security chief into action, and a mansion filled with young vampire girls is soon discovered. And this is but the first twist in a labyrinth of horror. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee pair up for the final Hammer Dracula in this follow-up to Dracula A.D. 1972. In this go-round, the Count (Christopher Lee, naturally) follows a more pulpish, super-villainous playbook, posing as a millionaire industrialist alive and well and living in London while secretly brewing up a batch of super-plague in a quest to destroy the world. Mixing Satanists, spies and sci-fi, the film makes viewers glad that Peter Cushing is on hand to solidly anchor the more outré elements as the effortlessly expositioning Dr. Van Helsing. Lee, in turn, has more dialogue as Dracula than was the norm, and ratchets up the evil to the nth degree. Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) costars. Also known as Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride.

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Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori's chances of winning the case seem low - his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim s family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all.

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From the crazed madman of the macabre, late splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!), comes his most fiendish feat of terrifying onscreen trickery yet - behold, The Wizard of Gore! You've all seen the trick in which the magician saws his glamorous assistant in half - but what about the spike through the brain gag? Or the good old smashing punch-press? Montag the Magnificent's blood-curdling onstage performances shock and dazzle his audiences in equal measure. But when his participants start winding up dead, local TV talk show hostess Sherry Carson suspects his gruesome act may be more sinister than it first seems... Featuring some of the most notorious gory setpieces in all of director H.G. Lewis' blood-soaked career, The Wizard of Gore is a stomach-churning, Grand Guignol production that's less sleight of hand and more slice of hand!!! Bonus features include: Original theatrical trailer, Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil, The Incredibly Strange Film Show an episode of the cult documentary series focusing on the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis, The Gore the Merrier An interview with Jeremy Kasten, director of the 2007 Wizard of Gore remake, Stephen Thrower on The Wizard of Gore, Montag Speaks an interview with Wizard of Gore actor Ray Sager, Feature-length audio commentary with Herschell Gordon Lewis and Mike Vraney, Bonus Feature! 1968s How to Make a Doll , Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio , English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing , High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

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After a car accident leaves them stuck between two worlds, the Kerbys set out to win their eternal reward by doing a good deed – loosening up (i.e., wreaking havoc in the life of) stuffy banker Cosmo Topper.

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Twin Star Exorcists Part 3 contains episodes 27-40 of the anime series. The imbalance between worlds is traced back to Sae, and to save them all, the ray of sunshine that lit their hearts must now return to her roots. All hands are on deck as the beastly Basara continue to plague the land, and time is of the essence as the Twin Stars put heart and soul into saving their city in a battle that brings them closer than ever before. Special Features: Textless Opening & Closing Songs, Trailers.

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When Mike and his film crew can't seem to make a good movie it seems the end is near. That is until Mike begins to see advertisements everywhere for a music festival starring Fernando Valez. Who? Mike decides to find out along with his film crew. Along their search for Valez they come across some very unusual people and no one seems to know who Valez is. Each have a different story about who Valez is. Larry, the camera guy, decides to turn the cameras on the crew and sometimes without their knowledge capturing humorous and some times dramatic moments. This is a don't miss comedy that will have you laughing from the start!

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In the brutal World War II Battle of Saipan, Sergeant Joe Enders (Academy Award® Winner* Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas) guards - and ultimately befriends - Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach, Suicide Squad), a young Navajo trained in the one wartime code never broken by the enemy, the Navajo Code. But if Yahzee should fall into Japanese hands, how far will Enders go to save the military's most powerful secret?

John Woo (Face/Off) directs this ''exciting'' (Premiere) ''against-all-odds battle adventure'' (The Toronto Star) co-starring Peter Stormare (Fargo), Noah Emmerich (The Americans), Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Infinity War) and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) and written by John Rice and Joe Batteer (Blown Away) and inspired by the true story of the Navajo soldiers whose courage and sacrifices helped win the war in the Pacific.

*1995: Actor, Leaving Las Vegas

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Includes both the 134 minute Theatrical Version and the 153 minute Director s Cut

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p, 2.40:1) presentations of both versions of the film

Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1, French 5.1 Surround, Spanish 5.1 Surround

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Audio Commentary with Director John Woo and Producer Terence Chang

Audio Commentary with Christian Slater and Nicolas Cage

Audio Commentary with actor Roger Willie and real-life Navajo code talker consultant Albert Smith

Deleted Scenes

''The Code Talkers -- A Secret Code of Honor'' (23:12)

WWII Tribute Piece ''American Heroes: A Tribute to Navajo Code Talkers'' (9:00)

''The Music of Windtalkers'' (4:30)

Four Fly-on-the-Set Scene Diaries (23:37)

''Actors Boot Camp'' Featurette (15:05)

Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery

Windtalkers Theatrical Teaser and Original Theatrical Trailer

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Some men seem to have all the luck. They can date anyone woman they want and easily find love. For the men in this family it's the complete opposite. And So It Goes explores the generations of men from one particular family who struggle to find love. Whether it was failing to "get the girl" or keeping the one they loved, these men just can't get it right. And So It Goes is a low budget comedy-drama independent film, that follows multiple generations of men from one family through time in a series of short stories. First, we meet Charlie in the 1920's as he does everything to get a beautiful girl's attention done as a silent film. We then go forward a few decades and peak in on a heated therapy session of a husband and wife who seem to hate each other. Mostly she thinks he's an idiot and he thinks she's a...well you get the point. Things then get serious in a story told completely through a poem about a man who is too afraid to approach the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. He must decide whether to walk away or take a chance. His answer could change his life forever. Sometimes love is the hardest thing to find. Sometimes we pass by it, sometimes we are clueless to it, and sometimes we destroy it.

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And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Shinsuke Yanagi.Ako Tamaki has everything she could ever want: a wonderful husband, a cute outfit, and a guild filled with great friends. The problem? It’s not reality. It’s all in the online world of LA—aka Legendary Age! And when her guild meets IRL, her inability to discern between the real and online world becomes a problem. Can she trade magic spells for social skills, or will she forever be an IRL n00b?Special Features: Episode 03 Commentary, Episode 05 Video Commentary, Promo Video, Luce Twinkle Wink "1st Love Story" Music Video Promo, Commercial Collection, Textless Opening & Closing Songs, Trailers

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Just because a journey leads you somewhere you didn't expect, doesn't mean you ended up in the wrong place.

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Most of our houses hold our secrets within their walls. It's our safe place. What if those secrets never actually die but hide in plain site. What if they come back to life and hurt new occupants? In this home the walls hold the tortured souls of the dead. Beyond The Walls is an experimental low budget independent film that contains multiple short stories that are all connected to a cursed home that targets all that move in. Sometimes the house will just make you go crazy and sometimes it will cost you your head! In this home once you move in, you never move out! Mike M. Burke directs and stars along with Szilvia Kovacs. Move in if you must, but don’t expect to ever move out. This house won’t let you!

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Bloodlust - The world Blu-ray premier of a sick 1970s shocker!

Haunted by a childhood trauma… a deaf mute accountant develops a fixation with blood spilling across his skin. Brief flirtations with ketchup and red ink seem to satisfy him at first, but he soon develops a taste for the real thing. Though he nurses a weird fascination for a neighbourhood girl who passes the time by dancing on the rooftop, he remains socially withdrawn with his co-workers and can't even find comfort in the arms of a hooker. One night he breaks into the property of the local undertaker and ravages the prettiest female corpse. Now addicted, he habitually raids the tombs of the dead and drinks blood from their throats via a spiked, double pronged glass straw. Authorities and citizens are incensed by these crimes and the search is on for this modern day vampire.

BLOODLUST is one of the darkest and most affecting horror movies to come out of 1970s Europe. Based on the macabre true story of Kuno Hofmann, the "Vampire of Nuremberg", the film plays like a kind of grown up fairy tale, albeit one that includes bloodsucking, eyeball evisceration and voyeuristic lesbian sex scenes among a host of other activities. Cut and banned in many countries, this is the full length version in all its gruesome, gory, glory.

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This sizzling four-film collection celebrates two of Hollywood’s greatest: the on- and off-camera team of tough guy Humphrey Bogart and cool gal Lauren Bacall. Their love of their craft, as well as each other, and the gift of their timeless talent are showcased in this glorious 4-disc set, full of action, laughs, suspense, danger and, above all, a romance that forever sparks a flame in the hearts of all movie fans.

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Severin Films Presents BRIDES OF BLOOD - The First Sex & Gore BLOOD ISLAND Classic Remastered Uncut In 4k For The First Time Ever!

In this first, unforgettable hit of the BLOOD ISLAND trilogy, legendary Filipino filmmakers Eddie Romero and Gerry de Leon combined '50s-style radioactive monster mayhem with taboo-smashing levels of graphic violence, nudity, dwarf-whipping and cuckolding that set insane new standards for drive-in/grindhouse depravity. 

Hollywood has-been Kent Taylor (BOSTON BLACKIE), former teen heartthrob John Ashley (BEACH BLANKET BINGO) and exotic-dancer-turned-Elvis-squeeze-turned-minister Beverly Powers (KISSIN' COUSINS, SPEEDWAY) star in this "brutal orgy of ghastly terror" - also known as ISLAND OF LIVING HORROR, JUNGLE FURY and BRIDES OF BLOOD ISLAND &$45; now featuring a 4k scan from a recently discovered 35mm interpositive and presented absolutely uncut for the first time ever! 

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Charlie Sheen narrates and Paul Sanchez directs what he calls a love letter to the actor's experience making Platoon. The non-union, low budget, independent film cast with young, unknown actors, went on to win four Academy Awards and changed the way we view the Vietnam War. Defying Hollywood convention, the actors trained in extreme circumstances: they slept in holes, endured nightly raids, and ate military rations in the unforgiving jungle of the Philippines, under the take no prisoners technique of their director, Oliver Stone. The cast tell their war stories from the audition and real military boot camp, all the way through winning the Academy Award. After three decades, the iconic film and the brotherhood they forged remain. Brothers in Arms. The unauthorized Platoon documentary.

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Code:Realize Guardian of Rebirth contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Hideyo Yamamoto. Cardia Beckford is a monster—or so she’s been called due to a deadly poison dwelling in her body. Unable to touch anyone or anything, she is locked away in her home and abandoned by her father. But one fateful night, she’s swept away by the dashing phantom thief, Arsène Lupin for a brand-new adventure! Special Features: Promo Videos, Commercials, Music Clip, Textless Opening Songs, Trailers

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Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knocking On Heaven's Door is a side story to the TV series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe. Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction. On the spaceship "Bebop," Spike Spiegel and his crew of bounty hunters (Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed, and Ein) are bored and short of cash. But with the news of the reward everything changes. Special Features: English Voice Cast Reunion, Featurettes, Storyboard Comparisons, Music Videos, U.S. Theatrical Trailer

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Audio Commentary with actor/producer/director Kevin Costner and producer Jim Wilson
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[3] => The Original Making of Dances with Wolves
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Kevin Costner stars in and directs this triumphant masterpiece written by Michael Blake, based on his novel. This breathtaking Steelbook Collector's Edition includes the original theatrical cut for the first time on Blu-ray, an extended cut of the film and an entire disc of bonus features. Winner* of seven Academy Awards®, including Best Director and Best Picture, this modern classic tells the story of Lt. Dunbar (Costner), a Civil War hero who befriends a tribe of Native Americans while stationed at a desolate outpost on the frontier. What follows is a series of unforgettable moments — from Dunbar's tender scenes with Stands With A Fist (Mary McDonnell), to the thrilling, action-packed buffalo hunt. Experience the excitement, emotion and sweeping beauty of this cinematic treasure as never before on Blu-ray!

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A bold and exciting new entry into the smash hit wuxia fantasy franchise from master action director Tsui Hark, Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings sees the detective embroiled in his most difficult case yet. Accused of wrongdoing by Empress Wu, Detective Dee must defend himself against this formidable foe, all while investigating a crime wave that has engulfed the city, marked by strange and seemingly supernatural occurrences.

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From the creators behind Hellsing comes a thrilling story where history and fantasy collide. Join figures from the past in an epic battle of good versus evil!

Shimazu Toyohisa, a samurai from the historical Battle of Sekigahara, was moments from death when he stepped through a door. Transported to a world both like and unlike his own, he finds himself in a new war and a new fight—but he is not alone. By his side, Japan’s most notable historical figures Oda Nobunaga and Nasu no Yoichi will join him in this new world at war. As they discover more about their roles as “Drifters,” they’ll face the “Ends,” a group of Europe’s most brilliant and deadly minds led by a man cloaked in darkness who seeks to bring destruction and devastation to this world.

What awaits these heroes of old? Are their bloodthirsty ways the only hope for victory, or does something worse than death await them?

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Ed Wood was the filmmaker behind PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, the author of hundreds of adult novels, and a pall-bearer at Bela Lugosi's funeral. Wood fought in the Pacific Ocean theater during World War II while wearing a bra and panties under his uniform. Basically, there will never be another hero like Ed Wood. And there will never be another movie like TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE. Unseen for almost fifty years, this is a surreal sexploitation detective comedy that would feel right at home on a triple-bill with John Waters's MULTIPLE MANIACS and Russ Meyer's THE IMMORAL MR. TEAS. With delirious narration by Wood himself, positive depictions of LGBTQ relationships, and a miraculous role by Ed Wood in drag as ''Alecia,'' TAKE IT OUT IN TRADE is a joyous swan song from one of the most seminal exploitation filmmakers of all time.

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Jonathon Grant is a very paranoid writer and illustrator. He specializes in works of horror. He also suffers from hellish nightmares and delusions. Now he must convince everyone that something is seriously wrong with his wife and that it is not his paranoia. Sarah Grant is married to Jonathon. But after six years of marriage something is happening to her. Something dark and twisted. Dr. Vincent Stone is the mysterious psychiatrist that Jonathon sees. He hopes Stone will help him with his paranoia. Dr. Stone thinks Jonathon's wife is having an affair. Jonathon thinks differently. Katrina is the women in black that appears to Jonathon by the river. She claims to be their to help Jonathon. Jonathon is not sure if he is dreaming her or if she is real. Meanwhile in the woods behind his house there is a rash of women murders. Town's people claim to see strange paranormal activity in the dark forest. Jonathon begins to see evil and finds himself being chased and haunted by a hooded killer. Jonathon's paranoia is getting worse, women are being murdered in the forest, Jonathon's wife is up to no good, and evil and horrific things are going on all around Jonathon. But what is real and what isn't. Jonathon must find out. Along his way he hears evil voices, sees creatures swimming in the river, faces in the trees warn him, and the masked man continues to chase him.

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After deadly terrorists abduct his niece at a soccer match, an ex-soldier with lethal fighting skills wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.

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Ten years ago everything seemed great for Dale, he had a beautiful wife, lived in a great town, and found out he was going to be a father, then tragedy struck and his whole world changed. The town was not so nice as they accused him of a crime he did not commit and his wife was gone forever. It took ten years but finally he was able to move on with his life and that is when he met Danielle. They fell madly in love with each other and were happier than any couple could ever be. It would not last as tragedy would destroy Dale's life once again. One night after an argument with Danielle, Dale leaves her alone by the river. Danielle would never be seen again. Now fingers are pointing at Dale and the police are baffled by the mysterious disappearance which have left no clues. Dale goes into a deep depression as he tries to figure out what could have happened, where did she go, and why. His only friend, there to be by his side, is his long time friend Tracy. Tracy thinks Dale is slowly killing himself. Feeling nothing but hopelessness and no progress from the police Dale can longer take it. His anger begins to control him until the night that would change his entire outlook. While he sleeps suddenly a blue mist creeps into his room. His dead wife appears from the mist with news about Danielle. This is when Dale decides to give up on the Police's investigation and does it himself. What he will uncover will be unlike anything he could have ever imagined . He will uncover the truth and the person behind it all that will shock the town from it's core. A discovery that no one will see coming. This film is a dark drama that will go in many unexpected directions. It will go deep inside the emotional turmoil of a very sad man, challenge his determination, and test his deep love. It will challenge the abilities of a determined Police force, test the power of friendship, and test the ability of living life when it seems not worth living anymore.

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THEY'RE SISTERS. BUT IT WILL TAKE A MIRACLE TO MAKE THEM A FAMILY. Adapted from the novel Don't Look and It Won't Hurt by Richard Peck, Allison Anders (Grace of My Heart) whipped up a storm at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival with her masterfully crafted tale of a young woman trying to find love while struggling to bring up her two daughters. Abandoned by her husband, Nora (Brooke Adams, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Stuff) waitresses to keep her head above water while raising two teenagers in a small New Mexico town trailer park. Beautiful and rebellious, Trudi (Ione Skye, Wayne's World, Zodiac) quits school to work alongside her mother, while her sister Shade (Fairuza Balk, The Craft, American History X) whittles away her time watching old movie matinees. Their life is turned on its head when Trudi finds that she has fallen pregnant after a string of promiscuous relationships and the girls' absent father returns with hopes of mending the relationships he broke when he left. A wonderfully engaging story of the woes of teenagers reaching adulthood, Gas Food Lodging is a distinctly American portrayal of a mother trying to raise two wayward teens with growing pains, who are learning about love, life and each other. This director-approved restoration finally affords this 90s modern classic the home video treatment it rightly deserves.

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acob Hunt's life has fallen apart. His wife left him, his friends and children have all abandoned him, he is left with nothing except the prospect of a new job. As the new guard for the ShadowView Manor, he is about to learn nights around the old Manor is filled with nightmares and regret. A dark past is breaking through the boundaries of time, leaking into this dimension with a disgusting malevolence that he can't ignore. His first night on the job is the anniversary of a massacre that has cursed the building and is about to repeat itself. Will he be able to right the wrongs or slip into death itself for all eternity? Bonus features include: Unearthed Trailers, Gallery, Deleted Scenes, Commentary, Behind the Scenes, Gag Reel, Documentary on House of Forbidden Secrets, Extended Rough Cut on available on Blu Ray

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In this stand-up special, comedian Jim Gaffigan uses humor to discuss difficult topics as he opens up about his family's struggles when dealing with his wife's brain tumor for the past year. The father of five also speaks about parenting and how it often means multitasking.

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Joker Game contains anime episodes 1-12. Surpassing rigorous physical and mental training, eight Japanese men live as spies in the years before World War II. Whether they’re caught in clever mysteries or enduring torture, blowing their cover is not an option, and murder and suicide are out of the question. Inspired by real events in history, this is a recollection of their endeavors. Special Features: The Adventures of Night, the Black Cat (Part 1), The Adventures of Night, the Black Cat (Part 2), Textless Opening & Closing Songs, Trailers

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Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd) - an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker's hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life's second chances.

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Juliet, Naked stars Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O’Dowd in a charming dramedy about second chances and toxic fandom. Employing a number of rom-com tropes, this Nick Hornby adaptation may not reinvent the genre, but it presents some interesting characters and deep emotional themes that resonate long after the credits roll. Lionsgate brings the film to Blu-ray with a solid A/V presentation but only an EPK featurette for bonus features. Give it a Rent. 

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“I’m nobody’s mom.”

There is a funny scene early on in Jesse Peretz’s Juliet, Naked that caught me off guard. Media professor Duncan is teaching a class about the Shakespearean themes within American gang films. It’s the kind of scene in which a “cool” professor is trying to reach his students and I love it. Remember the 90’s, kids? He ends the lecture with “These characters, they’re already bound to their fate.” And in that moment I had this aching fear that this film spoiled itself right there. Juliet, Naked confidently bills itself as reinventing the romantic comedy. As a viewer of many rom-coms, I’m here to say this rarely happens. The tried and true genre formulas are a welcoming blanket to those needing some romance (and reassuring comedy) to weather whatever storm they’re facing at the moment. In this story, it’s this reliable yet regretful comfort that is the undoing of our character’s lives. 

Annie (Rose Byrne) spends her days toiling away at her father’s museum in the tiny English town of Sandcliffe. She inherited the work after a stint in art school and at the beginning of her relationship with media studies professor Duncan (Chris O’Dowd). Spending his free time obsessing over a 90’s alt-rocker named Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), Duncan runs a blog and expenses every ounce of his energies towards celebrating the artist. When an unreleased version of Tucker’s album “Juliet” arrives on Annie’s doorstep she immediately opens it and tries to understand Duncan’s unhealthy obsession. Detested by what she hears, Annie writes a scathing review of the album on his fansite. As expected he is furious with Annie’s take and can’t understand why she doesn’t agree with him. Cruising Duncan’s blog is the actual Tucker Crowe. He reads Annie’s blistering take on “Juliet, Naked” and reaches out to her. The two start exchanging lengthy emails and, before Annie knows it, he is heading to the UK and wants to meet up. 

Juliet, Naked is more of an emotional journey than a zany rom-com. The email relationship between Annie and Tucker raises the stakes but once the introductions are over we’re into some deep emotional territory about life’s second chances and wasted years. This connection plays out with a heightened anticipation for an affair, but things take a turn once the two lost souls allow themselves to be vulnerable. Tucker regrets being an absentee father to his many children and, for Annie, it’s coming to terms with her empty relationship with Duncan which she describes as “faint conditional affection”. In this, we’re treated to two people who need guidance in their emotional lives rather than romantic love. Living in the garage behind his ex-wife’s house with his son, Tucker coasts by on royalty checks. Add in his numerous children (and their mothers) and this rock god isn’t what he seems. Annie maintains the image of a caring girlfriend but secretly harbors thoughts of children and breaking up with Duncan. As the sad details of their lives are intertwined Juliet, Naked falls into familiar territory but thankfully the great performances keep it afloat.  

Ethan Hawke is wonderful as the deadbeat rocker dad. With faded band shirts, an old cabriolet convertible, and a softie at heart with a deep emotional awareness of his parenting skills, he’s the dad-hipster dads want to be. Rose Byrne’s performance as Annie is just spot on. She absolutely nails the “bored woman listening to her partner drone on about boring nonsense” face. (Frankly, I see it quite often myself.) Her charming sensibilities don’t obstruct her commitment to selling Annie’s disdain for her long-term boyfriend nor her complicated feelings for Tucker. Her delivery of “Do you know what I would do for a couple of angry kids?” clearly announces the emotional stakes of this film. Chris O’Dowd absolutely nails the toxic fanboy character. From the breaking point of Duncan’s relationship with “I don’t want to spend time with people who don’t get it I wanna spend time with people who do” to the moment he gets a chance to meet his hero, O’Dowd imbues the character with just enough depth to understand his choices, but not enough to give him adequate weight in this story. He’s basically the guy at a Q&A who says, “It’s more of a comment than a question, really”. 

Fans of Nick Hornby adaptations High Fidelity and About a Boy will certainly see similar themes present in Juliet, Naked. Record collecting, fandom, and the disjointed relationship between a father and son to name a few. Audiences familiar with those films will certainly feel at home here. I had a wonderful time watching the film and seeing that no matter how many years of our lives we’ve wasted we’re never bound to our fate.  

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Lionsgate brings Juliet, Naked to Blu-ray on a Region A BD50 disc housed in an Eco keepcase with a Digital Copy insert. The disc loads with a Lionsgate logo followed by 4 trailers before landing on the Main Menu screen. Clips from the film play behind the navigation bar with typical options available.

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With a MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.39:1 Juliet, Naked looks naturalistic and bright on Blu-ray. The transfer presents strong primaries and even flesh tones. Detail is strong but a softness prevails for some indoor scenes with natural light. A slight loss in detail is evident during most scenes in Annie and Duncan’s house. This shift in quality isn’t terribly evident and won’t detract from your experience with the feature. Outdoor scenes are bright and vibrant with bold colors and excellent contrast levels. Black levels are stable throughout the feature. 

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Juliet, Naked arrives with a lossless DTS HD-MA 5.1 audio track that is clear with direct and well-defined dialogue. The presence of the aforementioned music in the sound mix is pronounced and, at times, overpowers the balance within dialogue-heavy scenes. The original tracks recorded by Ethan Hawke translate nicely to the film’s tone and add a layer of authenticity to the alt-rock vibe. Surround channels handle atmospherics and music confidently while keeping the 5.1 balanced nicely throughout the feature. 

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  • Making Juliet, Naked (HD 9:51) Standard EPK featurette with cast and crew. 
  • Also From Lionsgate: Trailers
  • Bookmarks: Revisit your favorite moments from the film with each bookmark you place during the feature. 

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Juliet, Naked convincingly masquerades as a love-triangle rom-com involving a lazy boyfriend and a lost 90’s rocker dad. Sounds intriguing, but at its heart, the film deals with deeper levels of romantic love, second chances, and the redemptive power of honesty. With a stellar cast the film navigates the emotional journeys of our characters with ease and leaves a lasting impression well after the credits roll. The Lionsgate Blu-ray provides a solid A/V presentation of the Nick Hornby adaptation but fails a bit on the Special Features front offering only an EPK featurette. Give it a Rent.

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In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Commemorative Edition, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of DC's Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In this all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe, mankind's only hope of escaping from the darkness lies with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

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There's a reason the character of Aquaman has never really caught on the way his DC counterparts Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Flash have – and that isn't because he's been ignored, under-promoted, under-used. It's simply because he's just not that interesting of a comic book superhero. Take Exhibit A: the latest DC Comics animated feature, 'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis'. Here, Aquaman (Matt Lanter) finally gets his home video due with an 'origin story' release, and – yep – he's the least interesting character in the entire movie. You know you're in trouble when the introduction to the character has him saving a lobster, but I digress.

Fortunately, while 'Throne of Atlantis' isn't a good Aquaman movie, it is a pretty good 'Justice League' story, as there's enough of the rest of the gang here to make this release worth a look. There's some very fun interaction between Batman (Jason O'Mara) and Green Lantern (Nathan Fillion), as well as a continuation of the romance between Superman (Jerry O'Connell) and Wonder Woman (Rosario Dawson). Rounding out the roster of heroes are Cyborg (Shemar Moore), the Flash (Christopher Gorham), and Shazam (Sean Astin).

Fans who were miffed at Aquaman's absence in last year's animated release of Justice League: War finally get an answer to why he was left out, as DC wanted to do an origin story for this release. That makes the animated 'Thrones of Atlantis' slightly different than the comic book version (which was a story arc as opposed to a stand-alone graphic novel), as Aquaman was already a full-fledged version of the League in the print story. However, most aspects of the plot are kept, with Aquaman's half-brother Orm (Sam Witwer) wanting to declare a war against the surface world.

There's a nice mix of both characterization and action in the movie, so if you're bored with one it won't be long before you get to the other. For myself, I rather liked the interchanges between most of the main characters, but found myself less enthralled with the action pieces, although I realize the big animated fight scenes are the reason many fans look forward to these titles. It all moves along at a brisk 72-minute pace, which may seem short and rushed to some, but seemed about right to me. In other words, the movie wraps up just at the point where it's starting to outstay its welcome.

Still, I'm not sure mixing Aquaman's origin in with this storyline was the best thing to do. His story here feels both by-the-numbers and rushed. It perhaps would have been better to have Aquaman already part of the League as the movie begins, and have his entire origin told in flashbacks while he's fighting the threat here. He just turns from a disgruntled barroom brawler into a noble hero a little too fast for believability in this release. Hopefully, the next Justice League title will show him as a more rough around the edges – that's what makes the 'New 52' (DC's latest, updated version of the Justice League in an entirely rebooted 'Universe') so appealing in the first place.

While I wasn't thrilled with most of the Aquaman aspects of 'Throne of Atlantis', I did like the rest of the Justice League characters quite a bit (with the possible exception of Shazam, who comes across as a spoiled brat…which I'm assuming is a reflection of the way he is/was in the comics). So while I think this origin story is below average in execution, the rest of this release is good enough to please most fans and followers of DC Comics and their animated features. This isn't the best movie they've done, but it isn't the worst, and it's certainly worth a viewing.

The Blu-Ray: Vital Disc Stats

'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis' swims to home video in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack. The 50GB Blu-ray and the single-layer DVD are housed inside an Elite eco-friendly keepcase, with the DVD on the inside left and the Blu-ray on the inside right. There are two inserts included – one containing a code for an UltraViolet copy of the movie; and the other containing information for an online survey about the movie. An embossed slipcover with artwork matching that of the keepcase slick slides overtop the case (on a side note, is it just me, or does Aquaman on the front and back box cover look like a blonde-haired Tom Cruise?).

Both the Blu-ray and the DVD front-loaded with trailers for The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown!, 'Teen Titans Go!', and Lego: Justice League vs. Bizarro League. The main menu is a standard Warners one, with a still image of the box cover and menu selections along the bottom of the screen.

In addition to the combo pack reviewed here, there are a few retailer exclusives available. Target is offering this one in an exclusive steelbook, while Best Buy is offering the combo pack with an exclusive Aquaman figurine.

The Blu-ray in this combo pack is region-free.

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Frequent viewers/purchasers of DC Comics' animated releases already know the issues that have haunted these titles in terms of video quality, and much of the same is present in the release of 'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis'. Banding continues to be the biggest problem with these animated titles from Warners, and it continues again here with this release. Aliasing and pixilation are less of a problem this time around than they have been in other DC titles I have watched (and granted, I've only watched a handful of the releases).

My biggest issue here has to do with the overall color scheme and animation, which has more do to with the animators than this transfer. Because so much of the story takes place underwater, DC/Warners has decided to put sort of a 'haze' over the image, to give an impression of the characters being in the ocean. While it manages to do that, it also manages to drain some color out of the movie. However, even the shots not taking place underwater seem rather drab to me.

With the above in mind, detail is still pretty good, and black levels are solid, if not exactly inky-deep. So, for an animated title in HD, 'Throne of Atlantis' disappoints, but for frequent watchers of these DC releases, it's about what most of us expected to see.

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Early on, it sounded like the English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track was going to be a big letdown, with almost everything up front except for the use of the rears to enhance the musical score. Fortunately, once 'Throne of Atlantis' hits some of its action-packed scenes, the rears are used for lots of ambient noises and directionality, and even the subwoofer kicks in from time to time with a few LFE effects.

Still, this is far from the most dynamic or immersive of tracks, but – like my description of the video above – it's about what fans have come to expect from these DC Comics' releases. It doesn't pack a ton of punch, but it's acceptable for a release of this type. The track is also free from any obvious glitches like dropouts, hissing, or the like.

In addition to the English lossless audio, the Blu-ray also contains 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks in Spanish (Castilian), Spanish (Latin), and French. Subtitles are available in English SDH, Spanish, and French.

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  • A Sneak Peek at 'Batman vs. Robin' (HD, 10 min.) – A look at DC Comics' next animated title, which is a sequel to Son of Batman.
  • Villains of the Deep (HD, 11 ½ min. ) – A look at the two main villains of 'Throne of Atlantis', Aquaman's brother Orm Curry (aka 'The Ocean Master') and Black Manta. (Note: This featurette is not on the DVD in this set, but is available on the stand-alone 2-disc DVD set available for purchase exclusively at Wal-Mart.)
  • From The DC Comics Vault (HD & SD, 84 min.) – A collection of four bonus animated episodes, consisting of 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!" (HD, 23 min.); 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Evil Under the Sea!' (HD, 23 min.); 'Aquaman: Menace of the Black Manta and the Rampaging Reptile-Men' (SD, 15 min.); and 'Justice League Unlimited: Far From Home' (HD, 23 min.). (Note: These episodes are not on the DVD in this set, but two of them available on the stand-alone 2-disc DVD set available for purchase exclusively at Wal-Mart – although the Wal-Mart website doesn't list which two they are.)
  • Trailers (HD, 6 min.) – A collection of additional trailers, consisting of 'Lego: Ninjago: Season Three, Part 1'; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Extended Edition; 'Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness'; and 'Jupiter Ascending'.
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  • Scoring 'Atlantis': The Sound of the Deep (HD, 30 min.) – A featurette on the musical score, which was composed by Frederik Wiedmann.
  • Robin and Nightwing Bonus Sequence (HD, 4 min.) – This bonus scene was created exclusively when Warners/DC wanted deleted scenes on the home video release, but there really weren't any to show. So instead, this bonus scene was created from part of the original script which was never animated. This segment first has Supervising Producer James Tucker giving a running commentary of some of the footage, followed by the complete short in its entirety.
  • 'Throne of Atlantis': 2014 New York Comic-Con Panel (HD, 27 min.) – Footage from the October 12, 2014 panel at the 2014 New York Comic-Con, which includes Voice Actor for Aquaman Matt Lanter, Supervising Producer James Tucker, Voice Director Andrea Romano, Screenwriter Heath Corson, and Character Designer Phil Bourassa.
  • 'Throne of Atlantis' Soundtrack – This bonus allows viewers to watch the film sans dialogue. It's not just the musical soundtrack though…it also contains any background/additional noises, so it's not exactly a music-only track. The track plays in Dolby Digital 2.0.
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I have mixed feelings about 'Justice League: Throne of Atlantis'. If you're a fan of the Justice League as a whole, you're probably going to like this one, as the interactions between characters like Batman/Green Lantern and Superman/Wonder Woman are quite good. However, if you're hoping that DC has finally given Aquaman an animated movie worth his due, I'm not so sure you get that here, as this release serves primarily as an origin story for him – and not a particularly enthralling one. For a DC release, this one falls around the mid-range in terms of quality. Still, this is something most DC and comic book fans will want to add to their collection, and worth a viewing for the rest of us.

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An Active Senior Tour group outing turns deadly when the crazed, bloodthirsty cowboys from a local rodeo attraction start abducting and killing people!

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Severin Films Presents MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND - The Most Extreme BLOOD ISLAND Of Them All - Now Uncut In 4k For The First Time Ever!

In perhaps the most infamous film in the BLOOD ISLAND trilogy, co-directors Eddie Romero and Gerry de Leon upped the already over-the-top nudity, violence, horny monster havoc and unmatched WTF?-ness of the first movie to deliver what Dangerous Minds hails as, "One of the greatest/nastiest/goriest films of the 1960s." 

AIP-leading-man-turned-producer John Ashley (HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI, THE A-TEAM) and '60s-starlet-turned-'80s-porn-queen Angelique Pettyjohn (STAR TREK, TITILLATION) star in this "horrifying nightmare of a thousand frightening dreams" - also known as GRAVE DESIRES and TOMB OF THE LIVING DEAD - now scanned in 4k from a recently discovered camera negative and presented totally uncut for the first time ever, including the legendary "Oath of Green Blood" prologue! 

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Ambitious young lawyer John Mason (James Stewart) cuts short his honeymoon with new wife Jane (Carole Lombard) when his curmudgeonly boss, Judge Doolittle (Charles Coburn), demands he return to work. Doolittle, who had wanted John to marry his daughter Eunice (Ruth Weston), gives the partnership John had been angling for to his daughter's new beau, Carter (Donald Briggs). But when tragedy strikes the young couple, John finds he must beg his recalcitrant boss for the money to save the day. NEWLY REMASTERED.

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A fishing-equipment salesman is persuaded to participate in a big fishing tournament-even though he hates the outdoors and has never caught a fish in his entire life!

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Audio Commentary with writer/director/producer Angie Wang
[1] => Angie Wang - working with Annie Q featurette
[2] => Francesca Eastwood - working with Angie Wang featurette
[3] => Authentic 80's – Hair, Makeup and Wardrobe featurette
[4] => Big Man on Campus - Choreographing A Kiss featurette
[5] => MDMA L.A. Premiere
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Step into the drug-fueled 1980s in this harrowing and powerful drama based on the true-life experiences of writer/director Angie Wang. When Angie (Annie Q., The Leftovers), a damaged but brilliant young woman from a tough urban background, is accepted at a prestigious university, she sees a way out of her troubled life. But when her financial aid is cut, she breaks into the organic chemistry lab and synthesizes the drug Ecstasy in order to supplement her income and stay in school. Becoming one of the west coast's largest distributors of "X," cutting deals on campus and in posh nightclubs, her dual life – as a "model minority" coed and a profit-driven drug dealer — becomes further complicated by the effect it has on those she cares about the most, including a young underprivileged girl who reminds Angie of her own dark past. As Angie's increasingly reckless ways spin her life and the lives of those around her out of control, she must learn to transcend the hardships of her past and step into the light.

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In a visceral modern thriller from the director of Lone Survivor, Mark Wahlberg plays James Silva, an operative of the CIA's most highly-prized and little-known unit. Aided by a top-secret tactical command team, Silva must transport an asset (Uwais) who has vital information to an airfield for extraction before the enemy closes in. "Loaded with edge-of-your-seat action" (Steve Weintraub, Collider), Mile 22 is the perfect film for fans of fast-paced combat cinema.

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Mile 22 - the fourth collaboration between Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg - appears to be the perfect action adventure foil for the collaborative talents. Unfortunately, Mile 22 is an arduous silly slog with bizarrely incomprehensible plotting with twists right out of Scooby-Doo complete with nonsensical editing and hyper-busy cinematography. Intended as the first of a trilogy, the film is too busy to develop decent characters that you would actually want to commit that amount of time. While the film isn't all that, Universal Studios gives Mile 22 a technically excellent Blu-ray release with a terrific image transfer and a solid audio mix to match. It's Worth A Look if you're game for some brutal nonsense action - just don't expect anything from it. 

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Mark Wahlberg is James Silva, a member of the elite Overwatch - a CIA special ops splinter group tasked with handling sensitive strikes and extractions. When Indonesian police officer and Overwatch asset Li Noor (Iko Uwais) turns himself into the U.S. Embassy, Overwatch lead Bishop AKA "Mother" (John Malkovich) tasks Silva and his team members Alice (Lauren Cohan) and Sam Snow (Ronda Rousey) to move Li Noor 22 miles to a safe airstrip for extraction. Within moments after leaving the U.S. Embassy, Silva and the rest of his team are ambushed and set upon by an army of operatives who want Noor dead. If that wasn't bad enough, Silva will have to navigate a maze of internal betrayals and revelations about past operations that are somehow tied to their current operation. 

Mile 22 Blu-ray

Normally I wouldn't fault a movie for being ambitious with lofty goals for a trilogy. It feels like virtually every movie these days is being designed for the franchise long haul. So I can't blame director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg for having longterm dreams with their pseudo-spy actioner. Unfortunately for Team Wahl-Berg - it doesn't feel like either Mark or Peter spent too much time crafting a well thought out story let alone intricate and interesting characters before getting this film in front of cameras. Had this first film been something closer to Lone Survivor meets Patriots Day, Mile 22 certainly could have been the foundation for a series of movies about a shadow CIA operation that can cause an incredible amount of vehicular mayhem and wholesale destruction without consequence. Instead, this limp and chaotic mess stalls any franchise hopes before they get a chance to start the engine. But on the plus side of things, the violence is packed with brutality with tons of fisticuffs, broken bones, and gaping wounds to suit any gore hound. Even if the movie doesn't make sense, I have to tip my hat to the brutal and bloody action sequences - they're impressive! 

From the opening prolog operation to the laughably bad twist to the silly final moment, it's difficult to peg exactly where Mile 22 went off the rails. Without stopping the production and doing a page one rewrite, the film is a problematic mess from the get-go. After Deep Water Horizon and Patriots Day, I felt like Team Wahl-Berg were on a bit of a hot streak and a go for broke action flick would do the pair well - sadly Mile 22 doesn't get the job done. It's chaotically shot without giving the audience much of a clue as to what the hell they're looking at and then the hyper-cut editing is dizzying and irritating when it should be trying to make sense of what's going on. From the writing to the photography to the editing - this is a mess that should have been cleaned up within the first weeks of dailies when there was still time to course correct during production. 

If this hadn't been a Team Wahl-Berg movie, if I didn't thoroughly enjoy their last three outings together, I wouldn't be nearly as disappointed. In someone else's hands, Mile 22 would have been just another haphazard action film with a big name star cashing in another huge payday. As it stands Mile 22 is a massive missed opportunity on virtually every front. I heard the bad reviews going into this, I knew it wasn't something great so my expectations were already pretty low, but I went in for 90 minutes of mindless entertainment. As the film closes with a sad setup for a second film, Mile 22 didn't even meet the low bar for me. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Universal Studios dashes Mile 22 off to Blu-ray in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital set. The discs are housed in a standard sturdy Blu-ray case with identical slipcover artwork. The disc loads to trailers for other Universal releases before arriving at a static image main menu with traditional navigation options. The included digital copy appears to only redeem through iTunes. 

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Mile 22 Blu-ray

Digging through the technical specs on IMDB, it appears that Mile 22 was something of a technical undertaking. Shot digitally at 8K and finished on a 4K DI, the film is sharp, pristine, and exudes fine details of a modern big-budget spectacle event film. I'm not at all surprised that the film wasn't dropped onto 4K UHD Blu-ray - or at least yet - but I can understand why it wasn't given the critical and box office thrashing it took. That said, even if the movie is practically unwatchable, it'd be interesting to see at 2160p with HDR.

As it stands, this 1080p 2.40:1 Blu-ray image certainly is beautiful! From little beads of sweat to tiny chunks of grit in actor's skin after explosions to the intricate wound makeup, there is a lot of imagery to soak up. Colors are on point with strong primaries and healthy skin tones. Black levels are deep and inky with only a couple odd scenes that honestly look like last-second pickup shots in front of greenscreen backgrounds where blacks falter just a bit. All around this is a transfer to be proud of - if only it had been applied to a better movie!

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Mile 22 Blu-ray

Forgoing Universal's traditional leanings toward object-based audio, Mile 22 squeaks by with an aggressive and impressive DTS-HD MA 7.1 audio track. It may not be as nuanced as Atmos or DTS:X, but it holds its own during the film's many gunfights and explosive set pieces. Dialogue is crystal clear throughout - even during the heaviest of action sequences, the mix holds tight and keeps key elements in place. There is plenty of near-constant surround activity with lots of imaging and channel movement while the front/center keeps the mix grounded. The score by Jeff Russo is the typical action material designed to keep the heart rate up and thumping and it works to punch in the low tones where necessary. My only true gripe is it feels as if the bass and low LFE tones are a tad off in places. While they don't sound hollow or tinny, some fo the big explosions I thought that would normally feel a bit more impactful felt pulled back and restrained. Which is a weird complaint when roaring car engines and blasts of gunfire sound terrific. It's a small gripe really, but one that does stick out from an otherwise perfect show. All around there's very little to complain about with this audio mix and it should give your audio setup a solid little workout. 

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Mile 22 Blu-ray

Unsurprisingly, the bonus features package for Mile 22 is little better than the promotional EPK snippets you would see during the pre-movie show at a theater. There's ultimately not a lot here of substance beyond the talking head "I'm really excited to be a part of this movie" dry material. 

  • Overwatch (HD 1:36)
  • Introducing Iko Uwais (HD 1:48)
  • Behind-the-Scenes Stunts (HD 1:56)
  • Modern Combat (HD 1:56)
  • Bad Ass Women (HD 1:44)
  • Colombia (HD 3:45)
  • Trailers
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Mile 22 Blu-ray

Mile 22 is a few yards short of being a genuinely decent movie. I don't blame it for having lofty ambitions and wanting to be more than a one-off action feature, but if you want to have a big franchise, you need to have an intriguing story leg worth standing on. To his credit, Mark Wahlberg has never really been one for franchises even with two Transformers flicks under his belt. He should keep it that way. Team Wahl-Berg had their first true misfire after three great flicks. I hope they've got another everyman "based on a true story" feature in the works because that is what they're best at. Mile 22 is completely forgettable. Despite the movie's shortcomings, Universal Studios manages to deliver a technically near-perfect disc with a beautiful transfer and a rock solid audio mix. Bonus features aren't anything of consequence. I had friends who really enjoyed this movie for its brutal violence and action, but it wasn't enough for me. If you want mindless gory violence, Mile 22 is at least Worth A Look, but don't expect much from it. 

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After the third world war the Earth was plunged into chaos. The resources were depleted and the water was undrinkable. In this bleak future, only the diabolical survive. There are moonshiners, the undead, and cannibals, in this world. There is not much to live for and death is only the beginning. Prepare yourself for the B-Movie action thriller for the modern-day connoisseur, prepare yourself for… MOONSHINE MEAT MARKET MAYHEM!

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Alan Putts has died in a most unusual way but who is he? His friends, family, and those who knew him tell his life story from beginning to end in this comical mocumentary. We learn that he was a war hero, factory worker, radio DJ, had a dog name Poo, was addicted to sugar packets, and could whistle out of his... well you'll find out! Director and actor Mike M. Burke takes on his biggest role yet by playing all 25 characters featured in the film! You might even see a few US Presidents! Don't miss this wildly entertaining mocumentary full of wild characters, comedy and a splash of drama!

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Naked Vengeance (1985)

Carla Harris (Deborah Tranelli, Dallas) leads a normal, happy life until a maniacal killer brutally murders her husband. She retreats to her parent's lakeside cottage. But there is no escape from harsh reality when local rowdies break into the home and ravage Carla, leaving her for dead. That was their first mistake, because Carla has survived their attack and is now bent on gruesome revenge! FULLY UNCUT.

Vendetta (1986)

Tough-as-nails stuntwoman Laurie Collins (Karen Chase, Private School) purposely commits a crime to land herself in the same prison as the murderous gang that killed her sister. Now on the inside, Laurie is finally able to settle the score! With the help of her cellmate, Laurie infiltrates the circle of terror – a ruthless mob made up of inmates and guards. What Laurie does to this mob is no accident ... it's justice!

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People are being attacked in a town where a descendant of the famous Dracula lives. They have bite marks on their necks. Some of these victims are showing up dead. For two FBI agents (Lady Altovise and Kristy White), it's no mystery who is responsible. Vlad Dracula III (Mike M. Burke), a direct decedent to Dracula of Transylvania doesn't kill and now must prove his innocence. Vlad seeks out a lawyer and finds one in the beautiful and sweet Rebekah (Malissa Longo). For Vlad it's love at first site but his hopes are dashed when her obnoxious boyfriend (John Gaydos) storms in. Dracula is not the only "vampire" in town. He lives with his three beautiful brides (Angalisha Marie, Sylvia Kovacs and Xaviera Desgrottes ) who find victims for him by drinking their blood and then let Dracula feed from them. Vlad is too lazy to seek out victims unlike his famous relative. Meanwhile a sexy and evil vampire woman, who has the ability to not only suck blood from her victims but can take away their immortality, sneaks around the woods at night attacking people leaving behind their lifeless bodies. Of course the two FBI agents thinks it's Vlad and they will stop at nothing to catch him in the act. Dracula will fight his hardest to prove his innocence and even harder to win over Rebekah, who unknowingly catches the eye of the blood thirsty evil vampire woman. Will he get the girl of his dreams? Will he prove his innocence? Will he stop the vicious vampire from framing him? Will he save the one he loves before it is too late? Find out in the very funny and spooky low budget independent film Nosferatu's Crush.

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He's an unscrupulous newspaperman eager to exploit the story of a young woman's death by radium poisoning. She knows she's not really dying but can't pass up a free trip to New York with all the trimmings. Carole Lombard (Made for Each Other) and Fredric March (Inherit the Wind) co-star in this classic black comedy by the great William Wellman (Beau Geste). Legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht's sharply satirical screenplay, depicting the morbid nature of the scandal-hungry public, is more relevant than ever—with such wonderfully comic lines as "Doctor, I want to know the worst... we go to press in fifteen minutes!" 

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Disney animated short. With Christmas fast approaching, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel) organise a celebration for everyone in Arendelle. However, when the party dies down and everyone heads home the sisters soon realise they don't have any holiday traditions of their own. Determined to save Christmas, Olaf (Josh Gad) sets off into the kingdom in a bid to look for the best holiday traditions and bring them home for his friends to enjoy.

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Every town has their own stories but none compare to the stories of terror that come from this one. No matter how much they try, the people can't escape the evil that lives here. Four people, four stories, four victims! They will find out the hard way as they come face to face with the evil that lives in the town of Dreary.

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Welcome back to the town of Dreary where the gates of hell are open and waiting for you. This time we get five spine chilling stories including a horrifying space Alien invasion of Little Green Men, a visit from a hellish demon that appears from inside a bedroom closet who knows all your dark secrets, a seemingly happy couple who becomes the target of an angry phantom, a husband and wife on a flight who wake up in a mysterious dome structure with no idea how they got there, and finally a young woman seeking answers for her sister's gruesome death in the woods that is a continuation from the first film. While she searches, she catches the eye of the very creature that killed her. Once Upon A Midnight Dreary II is a much darker film featuring space aliens, demons, ghosts, an pure evil.

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In a controversial career that flayed every envelope of cinematic excess, nothing can prepare you for this stunning thriller from the infamous director of Zombie and The Beyond.

Jean Sorel (Belle De Jour) stars as an arrogant San Francisco doctor trapped between his sultry mistress (Elsa Martinelli of Blood And Roses) and an amoral stripper (Marisa Mell of Danger: Diabolik) who bears an uncanny resemblance to his recently deceased and possibly murdered wife. What follows has been called Fulci's first true masterpiece, where sexual obsession, cruel deception and depraved murder all come together in one unforgettable Perversion Story.

John Ireland and Faith Domergue co-star in this gripping giallo - also known as One on Top of the Other - that features eye-popping nudity, provocative locations (including the gas chamber at San Quentin) and a badass jazz score by Riz Ortolani (Mondo Cane, Kill Bill).

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From Disney•Pixar and the creative minds who brought you The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and Toy Story comes the studio’s latest collection of delightful and inspiring animated stories – Pixar Shorts: Volume 3. Eleven short films include Oscar® winner Piper (Best Short Film, Animated, 2016) and nominees Sanjay’s Super Team (2015) and Lou (2017). With unforgettable characters, insightful bonus extras, and cutting-edge animation, it’s a must-own for any movie fan!

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Fulfilling a promise to his deceased father, one-time outlaw Jesse Custer returns home to West Texas to take over his dad's church. Jesse's mission, however, becomes twisted when his body is overcome by a cryptic force that unleashes within him a highly unconventional power. Together with hell-raising ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vagabond Cassidy, the preacher-in-training embarks on a journey to find God in a world inhabited by holy, hellish, and everything-in-between characters. The darkly comedic "Preacher" is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's popular 1990s comic book franchise of the same name. Season 3 sees Jesse, Cassidy and Tulip return to Angelville, the Louisiana Plantation where Jesse was raised and where old grudges and deadly obligations await them. With the help of his friends — and a few enemies — Jesse will need to escape his past… because the future of the world depends on it.

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Princess Principal the Complete Series contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Hasaki Tachibana. Early in the 20th century, the discovery of Cavorite, an anti-gravity substance, gave birth to a technological renaissance including the development of giant airships and other fantastical inventions. However, the scientific revolution was not the only one afoot, as Great Britain was torn in two by an armed rebellion when the oppressed poor finally turned on the ruling elite. Now the Commonwealth has a plan to take Albion by stealth, substituting their undercover operative Ange for the beautiful young Princess Charlotte. But Charlotte and Ange both have surprises in store for their respective governments and instead hatch a plan wherein the Princess herself will act as an agent in exchange for help in claiming the throne! A dazzling team of femme fatales sets out to rule Britannia and English History will never be the same! Special Features: Japanese Promos; Japanese Commercials; Picture Dramas; Clean Opening Animation; Clean Closing Animation

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Princess Principal the Complete Series contains episodes 1-12 of the anime directed by Hasaki Tachibana. This Premium Edition Box Set comes in a chipboard box along with a Storyboard, Secret Files and the Staff Interview Booklets, a Set of 4 Metal Drink Coasters, and a 20 x 44 inch Fabric Poster. Early in the 20th century, the discovery of Cavorite, an anti-gravity substance, gave birth to a technological renaissance including the development of giant airships and other fantastical inventions. However, the scientific revolution was not the only one afoot, as Great Britain was torn in two by an armed rebellion when the oppressed poor finally turned on the ruling elite. Now the Commonwealth has a plan to take Albion by stealth, substituting their undercover operative Ange for the beautiful young Princess Charlotte. But Charlotte and Ange both have surprises in store for their respective governments and instead hatch a plan wherein the Princess herself will act as an agent in exchange for help in claiming the throne! A dazzling team of femme fatales sets out to rule Britannia and English History will never be the same! Special Features: Japanese Promos; Japanese Commercials; Picture Dramas; Clean Opening Animation; Clean Closing Animation

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When General Hotdog assembles his new pup recruits BooBear and Piper to learn all there is to know about the fascinating world of dogs, the two pups jump in their planes and go for a amazing learning adventure around the globe guided by their know-it-all friend Scuzzy Bot.

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ReLIFE the Final Arc contains anime episodes 14-17. As the year begins to wrap up, Arata and Chizuru must face the end of their ReLIFE. But there’s still plenty to do, like get ready for the cultural festival and...Christmas dates?! Except there’s one thing that’s been on Chizuru’s mind, and despite her best efforts, she can’t get An to confirm whether or not Arata is a part of the experiment. Even so, Arata and Chizuru find themselves growing closer to one another. Though they both know the consequences, will they dare to follow their hearts, or will the fear of forgetting kill their growing romance? When it’s finally time for graduation, the true results are in! Has the ReLIFE been a success, or will Arata go back to his life as a shut-in? Special Features: Internal Secret Files, Trailers

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The hunt for Pegasus heats up after the evil Zirconia enlists the help of the mischievous, but deadly, Amazoness Quartet to find the mystical creature and the Golden Crystal he possess for their ruler, the beautiful Queen Nehelenia! As the Dead Moon Circus makes their presence known to the world, Sailor Moon and the Guardians begin to have even more trouble in and out of costume. From hypnotic stage shows to energy-draining spiderwebs, the Amazoness Quartet seems to endanger even its own members in its attempts to obtain the crystal. What would they do if they ever discovered that Chibi-Usa is the host of Pegasus? And why is Queen Nehelenia so obsessed with obtaining the Golden Crystal? The Sailor Guardians are in for a real surprise as they uncover the Queen of Darkness’s secret, and her connection to Sailor Moon’s past!

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No one said dating and relationships are easy. If they did, they are lying. Scenes From A Bench is a compilation of comedy film shorts that explore the exciting and not so exciting world of dating, romance, and relationships in the workplace. We start off by going back in time where an old grandfather remembers how hard it was to win over his future wife. We go further in time to the 1920's in a short silent film where we watch a relentless Hollywood starlet try to get a man who has no interest in her. She will try everything to get his attention but he just doesn't care. Next up is a series of shorts that rides along with a woman who has chosen to go on a speed dating event. Her hopes for love are quickly dashed when she is presented with a series of crazy men that would make any woman scream in horror. Finally we explore personality types in the work place that everyone has come across at one time or another. Every place has them and we explore those behaviors in a series of funny scenes between a man and a woman. Scenes From The Bench will have you laughing from the very first scene to the very last.

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30th ANNIVERSARY SYNOPSIS: Celebrate 30 years of iconic filmmaker Spike Lee's music-filled, off-beat comedy that takes an unforgettable look at black college life. Amidst gala coronations, football, fraternities, parades and parties, the students of Mission College find themselves caught up in romance and relationships, rituals and rivalries during one outrageous homecoming weekend. With dynamic music, including EU's hit "Da Butt", and dance numbers choreographed by Otis Sallid (Fame), Lee successfully challenges viewpoints about self-identity and self-esteem in this original and unforgettable musical comedy. Innovative filmmaker, Spike Lee (She's Gotta Have It), brings to the screen a music-filled, offbeat contemporary comedy that takes an unforgettable look at black college life. Amidst gala coronations, football, fraternities, parades and parties, the stars of the film-Laurence Fishburne ("Dap" Dunlap), an intense student who encourages his buddies ("DaFellas") to fight for his bel

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It is 1955 and the students of a Parisian performing arts conservatoire are young, talented, in pursuit of fame and recognition,and regrettably prone to petty infatuations and romance as well. The school is rife with teenage angst that pits students Sophie, played by Brigitte Bardot, and Elis, played by Isabelle Pia, against each other for the attention of their singing teacher (Jean Marais) - a handsome tenor with a fading career who uses his position to take advantage of his charges. Futures Vedettes/School for Love is a captivating study of the unfortunate consequences that befall those who succumb to unbridled spurious desires from both the outside and from within themselves.

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After an unfaithful fiancé leaves her suddenly single, Allison Jones (Fonda) advertises for a roommate to share her spacious apartment. But when the introverted Hedra (Leigh) moves in, she doesn't just take over Allie's spare bedroom. She takes over her clothes, her boyfriend ... and her identity. An unrelenting thriller from director Barbet Schroeder (Barfly, Reversal Of Fortune), Single White Female boasts terrific performances and stylish suspense to die for. Bring this Blu-ray into your home today (at your own risk).

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1992’s Single White Female successfully rode the wave of tense thrillers that defined a decade of psycho sexual dramas and softcore cable films. Though often copied and parodied, the film remains the best “bad roommate” movie ever made. It’s filled with talented actors, dynamite cinematography, and keeps you on the edge of your seat till the credits roll. Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray provides a great A/V presentation and a slew of new bonus features worth checking out. Answer the classified ad cause this one is Recommended.

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“Gee Hedra, I hope you never get mad at me”

Roommates are the worst, right? Even if you get to share a place with your best friend you’re still going to get on each other’s nerves. Some petty detail is going to peck away at you every time you see them. Whether it’s an open toothpaste tube or the loud parties having a roommate can take some adjustment. The next time you’re about to break the lease and shack up with your ex-boyfriend take at look at Single White Female and see how that turned out. 

Software programmer Allison (Bridget Fonda) kicks out her cheating fiancé Sam (Steven Weber) after his ex-wife calls with a sexy invitation. Moving to NYC, Allison doesn’t know anyone except for her cat-loving neighbor Graham (Peter Friedman). Out of options, she places a classified ad for a roommate. Her cavernous rent-controlled apartment is a steal, but too much for one person to handle. The introverted Hedra (Jennifer Jason Leigh) shows up answering the ad as Allison cries on the floor thinking of Sam. She seems like a perfect match. The move-in montage shows some obvious foreshadowing like a screwdriver to run the elevator door, the incinerator room, and the after-hours laundry room full of creepy weirdos. The two roomies become fast friends until Allison suspects something isn’t quite right about her new roommate. A hostile rift emerges as Hedra becomes possessive of Allison once Sam tries to reconcile the broken relationship. The cozy veneer begins to crack wide open when Allison discovers that her controlling roommate has the exact same wardrobe as her and a penchant for flirtatious breakfasts with Sam. 

The late ’80s and through the ’90s saw the rise of a wonderful psychosexual-thriller subgenre. From Fatal Attraction to peaking with Basic Instinct and a million variations with softcore cable films, there was something for everyone. Director Barbet Schroeder’s Single White Female could easily be written off as a cheap thriller like those cable films fueled by cheap sex and a thin story. I’d agree with that if it weren’t for the outstanding performances and Schroeder’s ability to develop the story and characters beyond the genre's conventions. For starters, the obsessive manipulator is a woman seeking to control another woman, which twists the accepted notion in these kinds of films (although the film isn’t without toxic male behavior either). While Allison is incurring the wrath of Hedra’s mind games she is dodging the unwanted sexual advances of her software client Mitchell (Stephen Tobolowsky) and rekindling the broken physical relationship with Sam. The once sweet and trusting Allison is now suspicious of everyone’s intentions elevating the sense of paranoia and intrigue that makes Single White Female more than just an average thriller. 

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bridget Fonda rise to the occasion and offer up memorable performances that are hallmarks of their celebrated acting chops. Witnessing the subtle manipulation from Leigh gingerly slide into obsession then become unhinged violence makes the film worth watching. Leigh seemingly possesses an arresting quality in every performance that lures unsuspecting characters to their doom. Her recent turn in Good Time is an excellent example. Thankfully Leigh is given plenty of room to stretch this character’s neurosis and develop it nicely. Fonda’s Allison begins the gradual acceptance of the terrifying reality closing in which morphs this once ambitious programmer into a fighter hellbent on survival. Simply brilliant work here that never veers into the countless exploitative parodies we’ve seen over the years. Steven Weber turns in a solid performance as Sam that could’ve been anyone else, but his commitment to the more salacious scenes allowed this character to be fleshed out more than expected. No pun intended. The supporting cast is all great including a fine performance from Peter Friedman as Graham the neighbor and Stephen Tobolowsky as the creepy client Mitchell. 

Single White Female did for classified ads what Psycho did for showers. Surely, after this film came out, parents everywhere were helping struggling daughters with rent and bills in hopes they wouldn’t get caught within a similar situation. Let’s not forget 1992 also brought us gems like The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Crying Game, and Basic Instinct. However, where SWF endures isn’t in a single moment or quote, but in producing a solid character-driven thriller. It goes the extra mile handling the sexual content and squeamish gore without a hint of subtlety. All of these elements combined and you’ve got a stylish thriller that never looks down on its audience. 

I had a great time revisiting Single White Female and getting sucked into the crazy story again. For all of its successes as a solid thrill ride, it’s also a wacky guilty pleasure for fans of '90s dramas. Add in some black leather gloves and you’d have an American giallo! The film still holds up as a great little slice of paranoia that bears rewatching.  

Blu-ray Vital Disc Stats

Single White Female moves into the apartment with a BD-50 Region A Blu-ray in a standard keepcase. The disc opens to a Shout! Factory logo before landing on the static Main Menu screen. Typical navigation options available. 

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Presented in 1080p with an Anamorphic 1.85:1 aspect ratio, Single White Female looks great, with this transfer reportedly carried over from a 2K scan for European releases. Retaining fine film grain and stable colors the image quality is naturalistic with depth and vibrant primaries. Skin tones are warm throughout the feature. Black levels are solid like the pumps Hedra tries on, but become slightly noisy and unstable in dark interior shots and some shadows. A softness prevails during interior shots with natural light that juxtaposes the blue-hued nighttime scenes rife with detail and tension. Cinematographer Luciano Tovoli’s (Suspiria, Tenebre) photography here is absolutely stunning as expected.

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Single White Female calls about the classified ad with a respectable DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio track. The mix is clear and clean with a nice balance but lacks some much needed depth. The film is dialogue centered but in the cavernous apartments of NYC we lose a bit of clarity in the dialogue track. Music and effects are nicely reproduced without pushing out the dialogue. Some hiss is evident but isn’t. Keep the volume at a medium level so you don’t miss out on all the ambient effects and scoring elements. 

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Shout! Factory puts together a great set of features for this Blu-ray release. The interviews make up the majority but its the commentary track that I recommend the most. 

  • Audio Commentary With Director Barbet Schroeder, Editor Lee Percy, & Associate Producer Susan Hoffman -A fascinating track that balances conversations about the complicated process of filmmaking and anecdotes about the production.  
  • Interview with Barbet Schroeder (HD 27:20) - A wonderful interview with Schroeder who speaks at length from his inspirations to his detailed notes on the film’s production departments.  
  • Interview with Actor Peter Friedman (HD 7:17) - A quick yet enjoyable interview with an actor that is mostly spent talking about cat allergies. 
  • Interview with Actor Steven Weber (HD 19:41) - Everyman Steven Weber speaks at length about working with Schroeer and his process of getting into character. 
  • Interview with Screenwriter Don Roos (HD HD 25:41) - Screenwriter Don Roos discusses how he adapted the book on which the film is based and how his personal life influenced the screenplay. 
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD 2:04)
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Single White Female remains one of the great thrillers from the 1990’s. Thanks to a talented cast, a solid script with fully fleshed out characters, and a commitment to the story’s emotional stakes by a veteran director, the film still works incredibly well. Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray release arrives with a solid A/V presentation and loads of new bonus features sure to please fans of the film. Recommended.

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As much entertaining science fiction as it is and illustration of chaos theory applied to human nature, and featuring pioneering computer effects by MacArthur Genius Grant winner Robert Shaw, SPLIT is the fiercely unique vision of savant mathematician and artist Chris Shaw.

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Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

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Severin Films Presents TERROR IS A MAN - The Original BLOOD ISLAND Shocker Scanned Uncut In 4k For The First Time Ever!

In 1959, American producer Kane Lynn teamed with Filipino filmmakers Eddie Romero and Gerardo de Leon to make a grisly thriller billed as "a unique experience in motion picture terror!" Its global success would soon transform the Philippines' movie industry, launch the legendary BLOOD ISLAND series, and change the face of drive-in/grindhouse horror forever. 

Francis Lederer (RETURN OF DRACULA), Richard Derr (WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE) and former Miss Denmark Greta Thyssen (JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET) star in this "quite terrifying" (The New York Times) take on H.G. Wells' Island Of Dr. Moreau - also known as BLOOD CREATURE - now featuring a new 4k scan from a fine-grain print recently discovered at the UCLA Film Archive and presented totally uncut, including its "bell system for the squeamish and faint-hearted!"

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When The Adventures of Prince Achmed premiered in Germany on September 23, 1926 it was hailed as the first full-length animated film. More than seventy-five years later, this enchanting film still stands as one of the great classics of animation — beautiful, mesmerizing and utterly seductive.

Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death. But the prince foils the magician’s plan, and soars headlong into a series of wondrous adventures — joining forces with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountains, doing battle with the sorcerer's army of monsters and demons, and falling in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu.

This cinematic treasure has been beautifully restored with its spectacular color tinting and with a new orchestral recording of the magnificent 1926 score by Wolfgang Zeller. Thrilling, sensuous and dazzling, Prince Achmed will enthrall children and film enthusiasts of all ages. This collector's edition includes a marvelous 60-minute documentary on pioneer animator Lotte Reiniger and a 1921 commercial she did for a beauty cream company!

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They’ve been called “defiantly lurid” (1000MisspentHours.com), “delightfully depraved” (FlickAttack.com) and “blood-soaked & naked broad-filled” (MrSkin.com). Their cult of fans is worldwide. And for more than fifty years, these four monster shockers from Filipino directors Gerry de Leon and Eddie Romero have stunned drive-in, grindhouse and VHS audiences, became the foundation of infamous exploitation distributors Hemisphere Pictures and Independent-International, and remain among the most insane/esteemed classics in horror history. Severin Films is now proud to present The BLOOD ISLAND Trilogy and its celebrated prequel, all featuring uncut scans from recently discovered film elements and oozing with all-new Special Features!

Terror is a Man Special Features:

  • Man Becomes Creature: Interview with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman
  • Dawn of Blood Island: Interview with Co-Director Eddie Romero
  • Terror Creature: Interview with Pete Tombs, Co-Author of “Immoral Tales”
  • When the Bell Rings: Interview with Critic Mark Holcomb
  • Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Reversible BLOOD CREATURE Cover

Brides of Blood Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman
  • Jungle Fury: Archival Interview with Co-Director Eddie Romero
  • Here Comes the Bride: Interview with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman
  • Beverly Hills on Blood Island: Interview with Actress Beverly Powers a.k.a. Beverly Hills
  • Alternate BRIDES OF BLOOD ISLAND Title Sequence and JUNGLE FURY Title Card
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Reversible ISLAND OF LIVING HORROR Cover

Mad Doctor of Blood Island Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Horror Film Historians Nathaniel Thompson and Howard S. Berger
  • Audio Commentary with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman
  • Tombs of the Living Dead: Interview with Pete Tombs, Co-Author of “Immoral Tales”
  • A Taste of Blood: Interview with Critic Mark Holcomb
  • The Mad Doctor of Blood Island: Archival Interview with Co-Director Eddie Romero
  • Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Bonus Disc: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD (in box set only)
  • Reversible TOMB OF THE LIVING DEAD Cover

Beast of Blood [Available ONLY in Box Set] Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Hemisphere Marketing Consultant Samuel M. Sherman
  • Celeste and the Beast: An Interview with Celeste Yarnall
  • Dr. Lorca’s Blood Devils: Interview with Actor Eddie Garcia
  • Super 8 Digest Version
  • Trailer
  • Poster & Still Gallery
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When Johnny (Alan Ladd) comes home from the navy he finds his wife Helen kissing her substitute boyfriend Eddie, the owner of the Blue Dahlia nightclub. Helen admits her drunkenness caused their son's death. He pulls a gun on her but decides she's not worth it. Later, Helen is found dead and Johnny is the prime suspect.

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A young man fresh out of law school tries to win a reprieve for his racist grandfather who is on death row.

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In 1996, legal thriller juggernaut John Grisham punched the anti-death penalty theme in the gut with the near back to back releases of A Time to Kill and The Chamber. The Chamber was the weaker entry of the duo and if it weren't for an excellent turn from Gene Hackman and an impressive showing from Chris O'Donnell, the film wouldn't be nearly as good as it is. Not the best Grisham movie, but not the worst either. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings The Chamber to Blu-ray with a decent image transfer and a solid audio mix. If you're a fan of Grisham this one is Worth A Look. 

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"I don't give a damn how you feel. I'm telling you who you are. Isn't that why you're here?"

Chris O'Donnell trades in his rubber super-suit for a three-piece as Adam Hall, an up and coming Chicago attorney with an unfortunate relation to his convicted murderer racist bigot grandfather Sam Cayhall (Gene Hackman). Sam's due for execution for the bombing of a Jewish man's law office resulting in the death of two children and Adam is hellbent on ensuring that his grandfather doesn't make it into the gas chamber. Against the wishes of his aunt Lee (Faye Dunaway), Sam starts digging into the past of Sam's sad history within the KKK. As certain revelations come to light, it becomes apparent that Sam may not have acted alone - and possibly may not even have built the bomb.

The Chamber

On July 24th, 1996 John Grisham had a hit novel adapted into a film with a great cast and released into theaters to critical and fan acclaim. That was A Time to Kill, and it proved to be a slingshot for Matthew McConaughey's career while giving Samuel L. Jackson one of his best starring roles. A scant two and a half months later, The Chamber squeaked its way into theaters. Similar themes about death row, a racially biased legal system, and plot points featuring the KKK. Needless to say, The Chamber might have managed a bit better if it had been delayed a year as content familiarity didn't help distinguish it from its sibling adaptation. Not even a great performance from Gene Hackman could win over critics and draw folks to theaters as this legal family drama faded into obscurity as a lesser entry in Grisham's catalog. 

As much as I love schlocky action films and gory horror flicks, legal thrillers and Grisham movies are one of my guilty pleasures. They're not that great. Most of them are pretty standard and predictable, but even at their worst, they're fun little meditations on the law. When they're great you can appreciate their themes about how the legal system affects people. Now, The Chamber isn't a great movie. Its first half is great stuff but the home stretch is a bit all over the place. However, it does offer an interesting look at how a crime affects not only the criminal and the victim but the family of the criminal who has to live down their family legacy. 

Where The Chamber works best is when it's exploring these themes. Adam want's closure for his father's suicide he witnessed as a child. The only way to do that is by confronting the monster the family has kept in the closet for decades. Even if they can only interact between a wire screen, these moments prove tense and showcases the material's confidence. At the same time, Sam doesn't want to face the responsibility his actions have had on his estranged family.

It's some good stuff and had the story kept the focus and not tried to punch in cliche thriller elements it might have fared better. This is the closest we'll get to see what Gene Hackman would have brought to Hannibal Lecter and he does a pretty good job as the empathetic monster. As it stands, it's a lesser Grisham movie that happens to feature great performances from its primary cast. It's not the best Grisham thriller, but it isn't the worst either.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Chamber arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber Studio Classics in a single disc release. Pressed onto a Region A locked BD-25 disc, the disc is housed in a standard sturdy Blu-ray case. The disc loads directly to a static image main menu with traditional navigation features. 

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The Chamber

The Chamber arrives with a dated but still decent 2.35:1 1080p transfer. This transfer doesn't look to have been touched in quite some time, probably dating back to the original DVD mastering, however, that isn't entirely a bad thing. The source for this transfer is in impeccable shape without any signs of speckling, scratches or any age-related wear. Film grain is apparent but not completely resolved as details don't really spring to life. Facial features, clothing, furniture, and production design have some of the cursory standout elements to them but a bit of edge enhancement gives the image a little crunchy quality to it. Thankfully there isn't any terrible haloing or banding, but all the same, this looks in line with a mid-90s film that hasn't really seen much TLC in the past 20 years. Close-ups look the best. It's much better than the old DVD which I was surprised to discover I still had and some quick disc swapping shows this Blu-ray's improvements. But it's not the most stunning image. 

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The Chamber

The Chamber arrives packed with a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix as well as a DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo track. The good news here is whichever one you choose, you're getting a pretty solid audio mix. The 5.1 track is the cleaner and clearer of the two offering a better range of element placing and atmosphere. There isn't a dramatic amount of surround activity as the film takes place in small places but when it opens up in the streets of Chicago or a few party sequences to the Klan rally towards the end it's a lot more active. Dialogue is clear throughout without any issues and the Carter Burwell score comes through nicely to round out the mix.

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The Chamber

Not surprisingly, The Chamber doesn't come with any bonus features beyond KLSC's standard bundle of trailers 

  • Theatrical Trailer (SD 2:32)

  • The Gingerbread Man Trailer (SD 2:19)

  • The Package Trailer (SD 2: 18)

  • The Interpreter Trailer (SD 2:26) 

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The Chamber

The Chamber isn't the best Grisham flick to come out of the 90s, but it's still decent enough entertainment largely because of a magnetic performance by the always excellent Gene Hackman. Dwarfed by A Time To Kill at release, the film still holds its own. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings The Chamber to Blu-ray in decent order. The image transfer may be dated but it gets the job done and the audio mix is solid stuff. Sadly no meaningful bonus materials were included. If you're a Grisham fan in need of a fix, The Chamber is Worth A Look

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On his way home, during a winter storm on Christmas Eve, a lonely and depressed man discovers a homeless person sleeping out in the cold. Without much thought he takes off his heavy winter jacket and places it on the person to hep keep them warm. He then continues on his way home to where he lives alone. The next morning there is a knock at his door. The moment he opens that door his whole life will change forever. In just one day he will discover hope in a sea of darkness. The Christmas Story is a film short about finding hope when all hope is lost. It all takes place within 24 hours. It is a heartwarming story with a stunning reveal at the end that will have you smiling for days. This low budget film short stars Mike M. Burke and Sandra Elizabeth Rodriguez.

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The Crown, created by Peter Morgan, follows Queen Elizabeth through the late 1950s and early '60s as she struggles to navigate a world that's changing around her. She must face the challenges of a new era, from the Suez Canal crisis to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, while preserving both the monarchy and her marriage.

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On drugs by mistake, a disco dancer (Dianne Hull) is locked in a mental ward with little chance of escape. Also starring Robert Englund, Mel Ferrer, Bo Hopkins, Patti D'Arbanville, Sharon Farrell, Anthony James, and Julie Adams. Cinematography by Daniel Pearl (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre).

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In the midst of religious intolerance and extremism, one religion-the Bahá'í Faith-offers a path toward world peace by advocating the oneness of humanity's major religions. Now, this groundbreaking documentary tells the amazing, little-known story of the origins of the Bahá'í Faith. The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá'í Faith recounts the founding of this new world religion in Persia by a Prophet known as The Báb. In the mid-1800s, Jews, Christians and Muslims alike were awaiting the imminent arrival of a Divine Messenger. Beginning in 1844, the Báb's message, which included then-controversial ideas like the oneness of major religions and the empowerment of women, spread like wildfire across the region amidst this religious climate. However, His groundbreaking new message presented a threat to religious and political leaders of the time, resulting in relentless persecution of the Báb and His followers. The Báb's message ultimately triumphed with a growing number of faithful; today, the Bahá'í religion is practiced throughout the world by over five million people. Combining dramatic reenactments with interviews of renowned historians, religious scholars and Bahá'í Faith experts, The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá'í Faith celebrates the brief, exciting life of a prophet and the indelible impact His message continues to have on the world today.

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He knew the law, but he forgot the rules: Never get involved with a client. And never put your family in danger. Legendary director Robert Altman (The Long Goodbye, Thieves Like Us) helms this thriller based on a John Grisham (The Chamber) original story. Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie), Robert Downey Jr. (Less Than Zero), Daryl Hannah (Summer Lovers), Tom Berenger (Shattered), Famke Janssen (Deep Rising) and Robert Duvall (True Confessions) star in this complex mystery thriller. Step into the courtly world of Savannah's top-tier law firms. Meet one of the brightest young stars of the bar, Rick Magruder (Branagh). And witness how his obsession with a beautiful, mysterious client (Embeth Davidtz, Feast of July), stalked by her deranged father, plunges him into a world of terrifying intrigue and deadly deceit. As a hurricane bears down on the city, Rick finds himself locked in a battle without a judge or jury—only an executioner. Beautifully shot by Changwei Gu (Farewell My Concubine) with a rousing score by Mark Isham (Billy Bathgate).

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Robert Altman goes full noir-thriller by way of John Grisham with The Gingerbread Man. Starring Kenneth Branagh as a sleazy lawyer who gets in way over his head with a sultry Embeth Davidtz, the story plays to Grisham's traditional legal thrillers with a distinctly Altman point of view. It's an interesting blend of creative elements for a story that is pretty paint-by-the-numbers. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings The Gingerbread Man to Blu-ray with an aged but decent A/V presentation and a great commentary track from Robert Altman to round out the bonus features. Better than average and pretty entertaining - this one is Worth A Look. 

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"The only exercise you are gettin' is jumpin' to conclusions."

Kenneth Branagh plays the 90s version of himself as Rick Magruder a sleazy Savannah, Georgia lawyer with severe fidelity issues and a knack for getting into trouble one way or another. In spite of his personal issues, he's a hell of a lawyer and occasionally tries to do the right thing. That's what he thought he was doing when he tried to help stranded waitress Mallory Doss (Embeth Davidtz) after her car was stolen. After sleeping with her, Rick discovers she's packed a lot of baggage - namely in the form of her crazy shoe-averse father Dixon (a tragically underused Robert Duvall). With the help of scummy private detective Clyde Pell (pre-prison Robert Downey Jr.), Rick tries to protect her any way he can legally, but when his kids are kidnapped, Rick proves he's more than willing to bend the law. 

The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man was an original screenplay from John Grisham without any literary base. It was a long-gestating project that took years to come together. When Robert Altman came aboard to direct, he did a page-one rewrite with final credit ultimately going to Clyde Hayes. The final product plays more akin to Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye and less like a standard Grisham legal thriller. While there may not be many surprises in store for the audience, it's a good run and Altman gives a relatively routine flick a lot of character. 

Headlining the show is a fine turn from Kenneth Branagh - a great actor who has some trouble not being the center of attention. Altman uses this to his advantage by casting Branagh as a sleazy guy who has a heart. You're never once supposed to like the guy and it's one of the few times where a character like this doesn't come out clean and clear. His actions have consequences even if he learned a few valuable lessons along the way. 

In the typical seductress femme fatale role, Embeth Davidtz rolls with her part and does a great job playing the damaged but sultry object of Rick's obsessions. You know right away that she's up to no good but when you've got a shoeless crazy Robert Duvall running around, you can't blame Rick for being short-sighted. As the plot unfolds and the characters expose their true colors, the film follows the expected course of almost every action thriller with a rain-soaked climax in the middle of a hurricane. 

While imperfect and far from Altman's best efforts, I do enjoy The Gingerbread Man quite a bit. As I mentioned in my review for The Chamber, I'm a bit of a legal thriller apologist and Grisham flicks were guilty pleasures. The Gingerbread Man proved to be the last film based on any of his works I saw in theaters. This one stuck with me more than others simply because it wasn't all courtroom hijinks with impassioned legal speeches and moralizing that would otherwise bog down most of his books and adaptations. This was a lean detective thriller that happened to feature a lawyer as the lead character. I'd love to see what the original script looked like before Altman got it, but as it stands, I'm pretty sure he made a number of necessary changes to make it work.   

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Gingerbread Man slinks its way on to Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber through their Studio Classics label. Pressed onto a Region A BD25 disc, the disc is housed in a standard Blu-ray case. The disc loads directly to a static image main menu with traditional navigation options. 

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The Gingerbread Man arrives with a dated but still very good looking 1080p 1.85:1 transfer. This doesn't appear to be a recent scan, the image can be a bit soft and a tad flat in places, but overall the appearance is a nice step up over the very aged DVD. There is a slight veneer of film grain giving the image a pleasing film-like appearance without ever looking too noisy. Details are pretty strong allowing facial features in close-up and middle shots to shine. Again there are some soft spots that keep a few notable details from leaping off the screen.

Production design still comes through and the Savannah setting allows a lot of location character to fill the image. Colors favor rich browns and earthy greens. With the stormy setting, there isn't a lot of natural sunlight giving the film a dark and moody atmosphere - it looks great in some of the swampy locations. Flesh tones are appropriately healthy without looking too pink. Primaries are on point with nice vivid reds and blues in particular. Black levels can be a bit grey keeping some dark scenes from enjoying that deep inky black, but overall they're stable. The source for this transfer is in great shape without any speckling or notable scratching. 

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The Gingerbread Man is given a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix as well as a DTS-HD MA 2.0 audio track that are both equally impressive - while both being a bit on the softer side. I felt like for both tracks I had to punch my volume up past my normal ranges for an average viewing experience. But once I got things up to a comfortable level, both tracks sounded great. Dialogue was clean and clear. Sound effects for the 5.1 mix offered plenty of subtle surround activity - especially in crowded scenes like Rick's office or during the brief trial sequence. The 2.0 mix is decent enough, it just loses out on some nice surround activity in the last act during the hurricane and during some of the action beats the mix can sound a bit flat and front-loaded. Overall both mixes offer suitable viewing experiences, I would just slip the 5.1 mix above the 2.0 out of personal preference. 

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Bonus features for The Gingerbread Man may not be a bounty of content, but an Altman audio commentary track is always welcome. There are a few brief pauses here and there but he does a solid scene-specific commentary discussing working conditions, the film's ill reception from producers and the fight for the edit - as well as some nice things to say about working with Robert Downey Jr. just before he went to prison. 

  • Audio Commentary featuring director Robert Altman

  • Theatrical Trailer (SD 2:19)

  • The Chamber Trailer (SD 2:31)

  • China Moon Trailer (HD 1:31)

  • Bad Company Trailer (SD 2:07)

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The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man probably marks the last really good John Grisham cinematic thriller to hit theaters - at least until someone decides it's time to start remaking The Client or The Pelican Brief. Robert Altman wasn't exactly on his A-Game, a better thriller is The Long Goodbye, but the master filmmaker showed he could still manage the genre and give a by-the-numbers plot some legs. Great performances from Branagh and Davidtz go a long way as the film may not be the greatest in Altman's catalog of films, but it's a worthwhile ride and very entertaining. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings The Gingerbread Man to Blu-ray in fine order with a solid A/V presentation and a terrific commentary track with Altman as the primary bonus feature. If you're a fan of Grisham movies, check out what Altman was able to do with the genre. Worth A Look

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Blast off with hapless Englishman Arthur Dent only seconds before a Vogon construction fleet demolishes planet Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass! Remastered at last, all the dialogue, sound effects and music of the original BBC television series sound as wildly outrageous as they did more than 35 years ago. You won t miss a hilarious word or background cue as Arthur explores the galaxy with his alien rescuers, in search of the answers to life, the Universe and Everything! Based on the international best-selling novel by Douglas Adams, with hours of fun extras.

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As the attorney for a mobster (Randy Quaid), Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) has access to some not-so-clean money, which he readily embezzles with the help of an associate, Vic (Billy Bob Thornton). On Christmas Eve, the two partners decide to hightail it with the money, but an ice storm sweeping through the area delays their departure. Stuck in town, Charlie visits strip club owner Renata (Connie Nielsen) and lets on about the money. But the longer he stays, the more trouble builds.

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The Ice Harvest is one of those movies that must have looked great on the page (indeed, it's based on a novel of the same name) but isn't quite able to translate to the big screen. What viewers are left with are a lot of interesting scenes with good actors, but the sum of the parts doesn't add up to a whole lot. This Kino Lorber Blu-ray ports over all the bonus materials from the 2006 DVD, and provides a solid, if not spectacular, A/V transfer of the film. Still, newbies to the movie will want to Rent It before making a purchasing decision.

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I love a good "dark" comedy as much as the next person, but The Ice Harvest doesn't work all that well, despite having a great cast and solid direction (from Harold Ramis). The movie is based on a novel that I never read, so perhaps fans of the book will get more out of the big screen version than I did, but I found this movie to be more about the individual scenes (a few quite good; others not so much) than a story that provided coherent entertainment from beginning to end.

The film focuses on Wichita, Kansas attorney (for the mob, no less) Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) who, as the story begins, has just stolen over $2 million from a mob boss in a heist that he's orchestrated with pal Vic (Billy Bob Thornton). The heist has taken place on Christmas Eve in the middle of a bad ice storm, so Charlie and Vic need to stay cool (pardon the pun) until the weather allows them to get out of town safely. The movie isn't about how they got the money (in fact, we never learn) but instead whether these two are going to be able to get away with what they've done.

While the scenes between Cusack and Thornton are quite good (arguably, Thornton is the best thing in the movie), the plot gets sidetracked with too many scenes involving Charlie's perpetually drunk friend, Pete (Oliver Platt), who is married to Charlie's ex-wife. If you like watching an actor play drunk on camera, you may enjoy Platt's performance here, but his scenes really seem wrong for what the rest of the movie is trying to be.

There's also pretty much zero chemistry between Cusack and co-star Connie Nielsen, who plays the owner of one of the town's (many) strip clubs. She learns of what Charlie has done and becomes involved in his plot to get out of town – but like all femme fatales in motion pictures, she's got a few secrets of her own to reveal before the end credits roll.

The Ice Harvest gets a little too bloody and violent for its own good in the final act, turning from a dark film noir comedy into more of a straightforward thriller. Again, the tonal shift is distracting as a viewer, and Harold Ramis's tacking on of a "happy" ending seems to be his final of many mistakes. This Blu-ray contains two Alternate Endings (which are pretty much identical) that would have fit the movie much better. While Ramis states in his commentary track that he chose the ending, I can't help but wonder if the ending is actually studio tinkering (the 89-minute runtime also suggests that the final edit may have been taken from Ramis – but I've found no confirmation of this online).

Although I can't quite recommend The Ice Harvest for purchase, it's not totally dismissible, either. It's less of a "bad" movie than a movie that just makes poor decisions. Perhaps it was trying to be too faithful to the book; perhaps it's not faithful enough (again, only those who have read the novel can answer this). I did admire the performances, and there's one excellent section right around the midway point where Charlie and Vic are trying to dispose of a body (still alive) that Vic has locked in a large trunk. But even if you're a huge fan of all the performers here, this is something you'll want to rent before adding to your permanent collection.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Ice Harvest thaws out on Blu-ray in a standard keepcase. The case holds the 25GB single-layer disc without any inserts, although the keepcase's slip is reversible (the flip side contains the artwork used for the 2006 DVD release). There are no front-loaded trailers on the Blu-ray, whose main menu is a still of star John Cusack sitting at the bar area of one of the strip clubs in the film, with menu selections across the bottom of the screen.

The Blu-ray is Region A locked.

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The Ice Harvest was shot on 35mm film and is presented here on Blu-ray in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (despite a typo on the keepcase slick that states 2.35:1). The transfer here is assumingly one provided to Kino Lorber by Universal, the American home video distributor of this Focus Features production.

While the image lacks the deep colors and "pop" of a film shot on the digital format, details here are quite good and nothing about the transfer seems over-processed – providing viewers with a pleasant, film-like image, without any instances of heavy grain. Not having seen this movie before, I can't vouch for the color timing, but everything seems naturalistic and I detected no obvious problems with banding, edge enhancement, or excessive DNR use.

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We get two audio options here (not counting the audio commentary track listed in our Supplements section below): a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track and a 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Both tracks are well-done, and since the movie is pretty dialogue-heavy (although it does have a bit of action in it), the only real immersion that is felt on the 5.1 track is right after the opening credit sequence when the sounds of a ice storm surround the home viewer. Other ambient noises are a little less noticeable on the 5.1 audio, although it's obviously the track you'll want to go with. Dialogue is crisp and clear and no glitches in the audio were evident.

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  • Audio Commentary by Director Harold Ramis – This is far from a verbose track from the late director, but it does provide a lot of good behind-the-scenes info about the settings and the way certain things were shot. It's certainly worth a listen if you're inclined to learn more about the film.
  • Alternate Ending #1 (SD 4:46) – While the final version of the film contains a "happy" ending, this is a look at a darker, more tone-appropriate ending to the movie.
  • Alternate Ending #2 (SD 5:42) – This second alternate ending is basically the same as the first one, with the addition of short flashback involving actors Cusack, Thornton, and Nielsen.
  • Outtake with Billy Bob Thornton (SD 1:31) – Perhaps the most entertaining bonus feature, Billy Bob does a scene with John Cusack in the character of Karl Childers from Sling Blade.
  • Cracking the Story (SD 17:04) – A featurette covering how the story made the jump from written novel to the big screen. Included here are comments from the novel's writer Scott Phillips and screenplay writers Robert Benton and Richard Russo.
  • Beneath the Harvest (SD 13:06) – A making-of featurette with Director Harold Ramis, Producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger, and stars John Cusack, Billy Bob Thornton, Connie Nielsen, and Oliver Platt.
  • Ice Cracking: Analysis of a Scene (SD 6:17) – This featurette provides a detailed look at how a scene in the movie where Cusack's and Thornton's characters have to dispose of a body was shot.
  • Trailers – In addition to the trailer for The Ice Harvest (SD 2:27), the Blu-ray also includes trailers for Big Trouble (SD 2:03), Gun Shy (SD, 2:19), and The Interpreter (SD 2:26). Each of the trailers must be viewed individually, and there is no "Play All" option.
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The Ice Harvest tries to be a lot of different things, and the tonal shifts throughout the film add up to something less that an enjoyable movie experience. Still, the actors here provide interesting performances, particularly Billy Bob Thornton, who may be the best thing about the movie. This Kino Lorber release provides a nice A/V transfer and, while it doesn't bring us any new bonus materials, ports all the extras over from the earlier DVD release. Still, I'm not sure there's enough here to warrant a purchase, which is why I'm suggesting you Rent It first.

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The Inheritors - A chilling and timely look into the twisted world of the extreme right.

On his way home from school, 16 year old Thomas helps Charly, an unemployed teenager, escape from the police. Despite their differing backgrounds the boys become good friends and Charly persuades Thomas to join a neo-Nazi youth group. Intrigued and confused by his new friends Thomas, who is experiencing trouble at home and school, is drawn deeper into a web of sex and violence that leads to a tragic end.

In 1979, Austrian film director Walter Bannert was among a group of Vienna cafe patrons beaten up by a gang of young neo-Nazis who wrecked the place. Researching the burgeoning movement in West Germany and Austria for 3 years, Bannert infiltrated their private meetings by convincing party leaders that he wanted to make an objective documentary. His film The Inheritors is the result, a disturbing and timely fictional drama based entirely on real characters, events and conversations that Bannert came across in the neo-Nazi camps. The film was highly controversial on its original release and theatres screening it were threatened with violent action by neo-Nazi sympathizers. Although it is now over thirty years old, the film remains incredibly relevant as we witness, across the world, the rebirth of right wing extremism using exactly the same lies and tactics exposed so powerfully in this film.

The Inheritors was not screened in its native country for many years until it was rediscovered at the 2015 Viennale Exhibition where it was praised as a rare and powerful example of Austrian genre cinema with a strong political message.

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In one of the hidden corridors of power at United Nations headquarters, translator Silvia Broome overhears a potentially explosive secret about a planned assassination attempt. But when federal agent Tobin Keller investigates her claim and digs deeper into Silvia's dangerous past, he begins to question whether she is a victim -- or a suspect.

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Consciously self-reflexive and co-written by Hopper and Rebel Without a Cause screenwriter Stewart Stern, The Last Movie follows a Hollywood movie crew in the midst of making a western in a remote Peruvian village. When production wraps, Hopper, as the baleful stuntman Kansas, remains, attempting to find redemption in the isolation of Peru and the arms of a former prostitute. Meanwhile, the local Indians have taken over the abandoned set and begun to stage a ritualistic re-enactment of the production - with Kansas as their sacrificial lamb.

Among the most storied productions of the New Hollywood Era, Hopper was given carte blanche by Universal for his next directorial feature after the tremendous commercial success of Easy Rider, and writer-director-star took the money and ran - literally - staging The Last Movie in Peru at farthest remove from the Hollywood machine, with an on-screen entourage in tow that included Kris Kristofferson, Julie Adams, Stella Garcia, Peter Fonda, Dean Stockwell, Toni Basil, Russ Tamblyn, Michelle Phillips and director Samuel Fuller.

Although it won a special award at the Venice Film Festival, The Last Movie would effectively end Hopper's career for many years - the Hollywood establishment gleefully writing him off as a self-indulgent madman. Yet the movie remains thrillingly innovative and remarkably contemporary - influenced greatly by the work of Bruce Conner and the French New Wave, as well as the Pop and Abstract artists Hopper revered.

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Jake Carter (WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin) and former fellow Marine, Luke Trapper (WWE Legend Shawn Michaels), join forces to rescue a kidnapped girl from a gang of international criminals headed up by Maddy Hayes (WWE Superstar Becky Lynch).

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A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own. But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself, from this seemingly unstoppable threat—a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive…and on the hunt.
 
Five years before, Jonas had encountered this same terrifying creature, but no one had believed him. Now, teamed with Suyin, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life to return to the ocean depths…bringing him face-to-face once more with the apex predator of all time.
 

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Director Jon Turtletaub delivers a brainless rip-roaring fish tale featuring Jason Statham doing what he does best as he hunts a massive prehistoric CGI shark. It's not smart, but it never tries to be. It's just big-budget spectacle fun that proves to be an improvement over the literary series that spawned it. Whether or not this is your sort of fish story, Warner Bros. has delivered a technically terrific Blu-ray release with a bold and colorful transfer, a fantastic Dolby Atmos Audio mix, with an anemic assortment of bonus features. If you're just looking for pulpy, silly entertainment, The Meg is Recommended.

(We have also reviewed this movie on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray.)

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"...just keep swimming, just keep swimming…"

Jason Statham is Jason Statham pretending to be Jonas Taylor - a disgraced former Navy rescue sub commander. Years ago, a rescue at the deepest depths of the Pacific in the Marianas trench went horribly wrong with several casualties. Jonas says it was a prehistoric sea creature that attacked them and blew up the sub before everyone could be rescued including two of his team members. The Navy says he cracked up under pressure. Now eccentric nerd billionaire Jack Morris (Rainn Wilson), Dr, Zhang (Winston Chao) and his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing) are conducting experiments in the depths of the trench to prove that ancient prehistoric life is hidden under a thermal cloud. When a gigantic 75-foot Megalodon attacks the exploration team, Jonas is called back into action because his ex-wife is trapped thousands of feet below the surface. During the rescue attempt, Jonas and Suyin unwittingly allow the Meg to rise from the icy depths. The massive mindless eating machine becomes an unstoppable menace attacking and swallowing whole an entire cast of disposable characters. 

The Meg 4K 3D Blu-ray

The Meg is not smart - not even close. But I give it credit for being a whole lot more clever than the source novels by Steve Alten. This movie has been in development hell since the late 90s. The first novel was a huge hit and I devoured it quickly slamming through the pages while on vacation. As the sequel novels started churning out one after the other, the plots became daffy and ridiculous disposing of any genuine science and going full pulp science fiction. The first book would have been unwieldy to adapt on its own and take seriously, but the idea that this could be a series of films outside of the SyFy Channel seemed impossible. Thanks to the barrage of Megasharks, Giant Octopuses, annual Sharknados, and the box office bite shark flicks have been chomping the last couple of years, the time was right for The Meg to surface. And without staying completely true to the original novel, the movie sheds a lot of hokum baggage that was little better than soap opera dramatics.

This film only works because it knows exactly what it is - a fishy fleshy B-movie with a Megalodon-sized budget. You're not here to find Oscar-worthy performances. It's a full-on special effects buffet offering up plenty of impressive CGI creatures with some occasionally impressive practical effects work. I give Turteltaub and his team of writers full kudus for finding the pace of the film and never letting the energy dip for long. Character development is virtually non-existent. Any character conflicts are resolved within a matter of minutes. Seriously, Statham enjoys the most amicable and friendly relationship with his ex-wife in the history of legalized divorce. The Navy doctor that blackballed him and killed his career? It's resolved with a quick handshake. While for most movies this would be a problem, it works for The Meg because audiences paid good money to see Jason Statham fight a giant shark - and there is plenty of that to pass around. There's a love subplot and a cute kid, but that's just filler to give the effects crew time to work on the big set pieces. 

It may sound like I'm jaded or cynical about this movie, and maybe I am a little bit, but I have to admit that I enjoyed the hell out of it. This was one of the best 3D theater-going movies, after Infinity War, that I saw all summer. Skyscraper was similar brainless 3D fodder, but The Meg really knew how to work the whole show offering plenty of nods and nudges to past shark movies while staking a claim all its own. It's big dumb spectacle fun. It never tries to be high art and it doesn't have to be to work.

The trailers are every indication of what to expect with this movie. If you're not enticed by what you saw in two and three-minute snippets, you're probably not going to love this one nearly half as much as you would have hoped. At first, I was only mildly entertained but after a couple more viewings I've had a lot more fun with it. The only real surprise for me was how Statham takes out the titular creature. It may be completely impossible and ridiculous, but trust me it works 100-times better than what was in the book. Since this flick bit out about half a billion bucks at the global box office, a sequel is apparently already in the works. If they add a little more blood and guts to the mix with a lot more wholesale carnage, they will already have a solid sequel. As it is, The Meg is easy disposable fun. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

The Meg takes a bite out of HD courtesy of Warner Bros. in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD set. Pressed onto a BD-50 disc, the discs are housed in an eco-friendly Blu-ray case with identical slipcover artwork. The disc loads to trailers for other WB titles before arriving at Warner's standard static image main menu with traditional navigation options. 

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The Meg 4K 3D Blu-ray

The Meg makes for a solid 1080p 2.40:1 transfer. This is a big-time CGI effects-heavy spectacle and those results can be a bit mixed. On the whole, the details are really impressive. Statham's beard stubble and fine facial features of the rest of the cast come through with great clarity. Clothing and set look great with every character getting their own sort of signature style and look to show off. Where the image has a bit of a hard time is whenever there is some heavy CGI work against practical set pieces. The key moments that throw me are the gantry leading into the big laboratory from the helicopter pad - the backgrounds are obviously CGI effects and tend to flatten the image. When scenes are 100% live practical or almost completely CGI the depth issue isn't as apparent, but when things are on that 50/50 threshold all of a sudden the image has this odd sort of cookie-cutter quality to it that isn't as apparent in the 3D screening or as dramatic in the 4K UHD disc. Overall, this is still a quality image that should please fans who rock 1080p and haven't made the leap to 4K yet. 

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The Meg 4K 3D Blu-ray

The Meg splish-splashes around with a rocking-good Dolby Atmos mix. Worth noting, for the standard1080p disc as well as the 4K UHD, like all Warner Bros. discs, you have to go into the audio subsection of the main menu to select Atmos otherwise it'll default to the perfectly decent but nowhere near as impressive DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track.

As a big loud spectacle movie, The Meg makes impressive usage of Atmos with near constant channel activity. The only time any of the surround or overhead material slows or feels absent is when the movie pauses for a silly meaningful conversation between the cast. But thankfully those moments are relatively brief as the rest of the movie maintains a flurry of activity. 

My favorite effects are the creaking sounds of ocean pressure squeezing the submersible vehicles as they descend. It's a great overhead effect that rumbles with nice subtle LFE kicking up those dissonant notes. Also noteworthy is anytime anyone is doing battle with the Meg. Whether they're in a mini-sub or in a helicopter, there is great overhead activity. The best is whenever the mini-subs are racing around in the water as they rise and fall the swirling rotors and displaced bubbles give off an awesome vertical effect.

Dialogue clarity is spot on without any issues. Levels are never a problem as this film is pretty loud and active from the get-go. If anything, I felt like I actually had to turn things down a tad just so I didn't tick off my neighbors! Gregson-Williams' score is a perfect accompaniment to the on-screen action and the low base tones provide some great LFE rumbles of their own. So even when the show is trying to be quiet and contemplative, there is plenty of movement and activity to keep the mix lively. 

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The Meg 4K 3D Blu-ray

Considering The Meg was one of a relative few hits for Warner Bros. this summer season, I'm rather surprised at how anemic and inconsequential the bonus features are. Little more than talking head EPK material, you don't get much sense of what went into the show. As short as it is, the New Zealand Film Commission mini-feature has a lot of production information about the shoot. 

  • Chomp on This: The Making of The Meg (HD 12:09)
  • Creating the Beast (HD 10:25)
  • New Zealand Film Commission (HD 1:53)
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The Meg 4K 3D Blu-ray

The Meg is a SyFy channel shark movie with a gargantuan budget and plenty of Jason Statham badass snark to spark an aquatic giant shark franchise. Whether or not the rumored sequels arise, this first outing was a good way to burn a couple of disposable hours. Warner Bros. delivers The Meg onto Blu-ray with a solid transfer and a great Dolby Atmos mix to match. Sadly bonus features are a bit of a letdown. Overall, if you've become a connoisseur of summer shark movies and don't have a 3D or 4K TV, The Meg is a good one to add to the collection. Recommended

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A dying man’s report of a ritual black mass stirs Britain’s security chief into action, and a mansion filled with young vampire girls is soon discovered. And this is but the first twist in a labyrinth of horror. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee pair up for the final Hammer Dracula in this follow-up to Dracula A.D. 1972. In this go-round, the Count (Christopher Lee, naturally) follows a more pulpish, super-villainous playbook, posing as a millionaire industrialist alive and well and living in London while secretly brewing up a batch of super-plague in a quest to destroy the world. Mixing Satanists, spies and sci-fi, the film makes viewers glad that Peter Cushing is on hand to solidly anchor the more outré elements as the effortlessly expositioning Dr. Van Helsing. Lee, in turn, has more dialogue as Dracula than was the norm, and ratchets up the evil to the nth degree. Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) costars. Also known as Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride.

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Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori's chances of winning the case seem low - his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim s family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all.

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From the crazed madman of the macabre, late splatter movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!), comes his most fiendish feat of terrifying onscreen trickery yet - behold, The Wizard of Gore! You've all seen the trick in which the magician saws his glamorous assistant in half - but what about the spike through the brain gag? Or the good old smashing punch-press? Montag the Magnificent's blood-curdling onstage performances shock and dazzle his audiences in equal measure. But when his participants start winding up dead, local TV talk show hostess Sherry Carson suspects his gruesome act may be more sinister than it first seems... Featuring some of the most notorious gory setpieces in all of director H.G. Lewis' blood-soaked career, The Wizard of Gore is a stomach-churning, Grand Guignol production that's less sleight of hand and more slice of hand!!! Bonus features include: Original theatrical trailer, Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Twins of Evil, The Incredibly Strange Film Show an episode of the cult documentary series focusing on the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis, The Gore the Merrier An interview with Jeremy Kasten, director of the 2007 Wizard of Gore remake, Stephen Thrower on The Wizard of Gore, Montag Speaks an interview with Wizard of Gore actor Ray Sager, Feature-length audio commentary with Herschell Gordon Lewis and Mike Vraney, Bonus Feature! 1968s How to Make a Doll , Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio , English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing , High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

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In the brutal World War II Battle of Saipan, Sergeant Joe Enders (Academy Award® Winner* Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas) guards - and ultimately befriends - Ben Yahzee (Adam Beach, Suicide Squad), a young Navajo trained in the one wartime code never broken by the enemy, the Navajo Code. But if Yahzee should fall into Japanese hands, how far will Enders go to save the military's most powerful secret?

John Woo (Face/Off) directs this ''exciting'' (Premiere) ''against-all-odds battle adventure'' (The Toronto Star) co-starring Peter Stormare (Fargo), Noah Emmerich (The Americans), Mark Ruffalo (Avengers: Infinity War) and Christian Slater (Mr. Robot) and written by John Rice and Joe Batteer (Blown Away) and inspired by the true story of the Navajo soldiers whose courage and sacrifices helped win the war in the Pacific.

*1995: Actor, Leaving Las Vegas

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Includes both the 134 minute Theatrical Version and the 153 minute Director s Cut

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p, 2.40:1) presentations of both versions of the film

Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1, French 5.1 Surround, Spanish 5.1 Surround

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Audio Commentary with Director John Woo and Producer Terence Chang

Audio Commentary with Christian Slater and Nicolas Cage

Audio Commentary with actor Roger Willie and real-life Navajo code talker consultant Albert Smith

Deleted Scenes

''The Code Talkers -- A Secret Code of Honor'' (23:12)

WWII Tribute Piece ''American Heroes: A Tribute to Navajo Code Talkers'' (9:00)

''The Music of Windtalkers'' (4:30)

Four Fly-on-the-Set Scene Diaries (23:37)

''Actors Boot Camp'' Featurette (15:05)

Behind The Scenes Photo Gallery

Windtalkers Theatrical Teaser and Original Theatrical Trailer

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Since exploding onto the global stage in 1993 with the multi-platinum Tuesday Night Music Club album, the one-time music teacher and studio vocalist from Kennett, Missouri has forged a career to become the finest female singer/songwriter of her generation. On November 10, 2017, at the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester New York, Sheryl Crow played the final night of her Be Myself tour. The show features Sheryl with her all new band in top form, performing new songs from her 8th studio album. featuring the Title Track Be Myself along with her newest hits Halfway There and Atom Bomb , and featuring her classic hits including Comon' Comon All I Wanna Do, Leaving Las Vegas , First Cut Is The Deepest, Soak Up The Sun, If It Makes You Happy and many more hits. This Film also features a vintage Black and White flashback introduction of many Legends who have graced the Capitol Theatre stage over the years, interspersed with exclusive interview segments with Sheryl recently filmed at her Farm in Nashville. Bonus features include: Includes a vintage Black and White 'Flashback' introduction of many legends who have graced the Capitol Theater stage over the years, interspersed with exclusive interview segments with Sheryl recently filmed at her Farm in Nashville, TN.

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12 August 1945, 11 AM. Two mysterious strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station of a Hungarian village. Within a few hours, everything changes.

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New HD master from a 4K scan of the original Trucolor negative and positive separations! Ray Milland (Panic in Year Zero!), Ward Bond (Dakota), Raymond Burr (Pitfall) and Lee Van Cleef (Barquero) are headed for a lethal showdown of greed, treachery and vengeance in this blazing Western adventure directed by Milland (Lisbon). When notorious gunslinger Wes Steele (Milland) chances upon the gruesome remains of a stagecoach robbery, he reports the carnage in a nearby town. But there he is framed for the crime by Stanley (Burr), the town’s most respected citizen, who secretly committed the murders himself as part of an intricate bank robbery scheme. Escaping the town’s relentless lynch mob, Wes finds refuge in the house of the local sheriff (Bond), where he falls for his host’s winsome daughter (Mary Murphy, The Wild One) and gradually wins the lawman’s trust and respect. Now together with his newfound allies, he must return to face the vengeful townspeople and wage a bloody war with cunning Stanley and his ruthless gang. Co-starring Alan Hale Jr. (TV’s Gilligan’s Island). 

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Director/Star Ray Milland' traditional western A Man Alone with generic plot beats succeeds at sticking to traditional tropes while proving to be far better than average. A great cast including Mary Murphy and Ward Bard, with sinister performances by Raymond Burr and Lee Van Cleef, turn something run-of-the-mill into exciting and suspenseful. It may not be the greatest western ever, but it's damn entertaining. Kino Lorber Studio Classics delivers A Man Alone to Blu-ray with a strong video transfer and a good audio mix to match. Bonus features are light but the audio commentary is worth a listen. Recommended.

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Ray Milland is Wes Steele - an infamous gunfighter with a reputation for a quick draw and an honest heart. In the desert, his horse goes lame. Stranded, he comes across a massacred stagecoach with women and children dead. As he tries to return to town to report the crime, he's accosted by the acting sheriff (Alan Hale Jr.). Shooting him in self-defense, Steele flees as the town forms a mob lead by Mr. Stanley (Raymond Burr) and his right-hand man Clanton (Lee Van Cleef). Forced to take shelter in the basement of the ailing Sheriff Corrigan (Ward Bond) and his daughter Nadine (Mary Murphy). As the mob conducts house to house searches, Steele must convince Nadine and the Sheriff he's not only innocent of the massacre but the suspicious death of the town's banker. 

A Man Alone Blu-ray

As his first time in the director's chair, Ray Milland proves that he's skilled behind the camera as well as in front. A Man Alone isn't dramatically original or too much of a workout when it comes to storytelling, but by keeping to the basics the film stands on its own two feet and proves a good aim in a standoff shootout. If you're a fan of westerns you've seen the story of the outlaw with an honest streak who gets into a hell of a lot of trouble and has to shoot his way out against terrible odds - this is that movie again, but it has its own subtle moves in the territory to make it stand out. 

The cast is what makes the flick. Milland is an adept lead and is able to play the heavy nicely while still having a heart. His exchanges with Mary Murphy and Ward Bond allow him to show a soft side while his play time with Burr and Lee Van Cleef shows he's capable of being the stone cold hardass. The story beats are by the book, there are few surprises, but it's how the movie gets from point A to point B that makes it worth the while. Plus, it's also a lot of fun to see Raymond Burr play a bad guy and Lee Van Cleef is always a welcome presence in any western with that steely-eyed stare of his. 

A Man Alone certainly isn't the greatest western ever made or the most original, but it gets enough right to be solid entertainment. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this one going in, I'd only seen Milland in a couple of films, but I was pleasantly surprised. At a brisk 96-minutes, the film doesn't sell itself short nor does it overstay its welcome. It proved to be great entertainment. Uncomplicated, to the point, but fun just the same. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

A Man Alone arrives on 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 directly to a static image main menu with traditional navigation options. 

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When you watch A Man Alone, it's important to keep in mind the difference between a new 4K "Scan" and a 4K "Restoration." Reportedly featuring a new 4K Scan of the original Trucolor negative and positive separations, A Man Alone sports a beautiful 1080p 1.66:1 transfer - that still shows its age. Details are strong with crisp lines allowing you to soak in the desert location, the rustic western production design, and fine facial features. The aftermath of a sandstorm provides some notable sandy dusty accents to costuming. Colors are vivid with bright and bold primaries. Skin tones are healthy and accurate. Black levels are nice and inky giving the image a notable presence of depth. Where the score gets a little iffy is in the condition of the elements sourced for this transfer. While the scan is terrific, it could have used some restoration work. Mild speckling is apparent throughout without being too intrusive. There are some heavier patches here and there with some brief appearances of vertical scratches, but they never last for very long. It's a movie with an attractive face that just has a few blemishes. 

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A Man Alone

A Man Alone Sports a strong DTS-HD MA 2.0 mono mix that more or less takes care of business. The nature of the film itself doesn't call for much in the way of dynamic atmospherics, much of the action takes place in small rooms with just a handful of characters to fill with dialogue. Sound effects and the traditionalist score by Victor Young round out the mix nicely keeping things active without dead patches. Dialogue is crisp and clean and there isn't much in the way of audible age-related anomalies. A patch or two of hiss and that is all. Overall the mix is good, it's just not earth-shattering in any way. 

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A Man Alone

A Man Alone wasn't given a huge package of bonus features, the typical KLSC trailer collection is present, but the inclusion of a commentary track by Film Historian Toby Roan is a good listen. 

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A Man Alone

A Man Alone certainly isn't the most original western ever made, nor is it the best - but that doesn't keep it from being good. Milland's first outing as a director proves the man had talent in front and behind the camera. He's a strong leading man and his cast members play to the traditional tropes while still finding ways to stand out. I love a good western, and this was a good one. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings A Man Alone to Blu-ray in fine form with an aged but still impressive video transfer, a reliable audio mix, and a worthwhile commentary track. It's a good time so if you're tempted, give it a spin. Recommended.

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Facing mounting odds, a small but determined band of American soldiers venture into dangerous enemy territory on a mission to stop an advancing German unit from breaking through the Allied line.

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A rock musician enrolls in college after she breaks up with her boyfriend and her band falls apart.

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When a recent widower is consumed with regret, he embarks in a cross-country motorcycle ride looking for absolution and to confront the mistakes of his past and unexpectedly discovers that life is about moving forward, one mile at a time.

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Things are going well for Isobel, a single mother of one and Pilates instructor, until a chance encounter with a photographer, Peter, opens up the possibility of a new career. Peter offers Isobel an opportunity to try out for a modeling contract. Arriving at the studio prepared to do the photoshoot Peter brings Isobel into his work space but in a shocking twist of fate abruptly closes the door and locks it. Isobel panics but Peter threatens her with a knife. Forces her her to drink some milk and then to do a photoshoot in some skimpy underwear. Isobel refuses and Peter turns violent. Isobel passes out. She wakes up in a different apartment She screams but nobody hears. Isobel threatens Peter with the police but he doesnt care. He explains that she is trapped here. Her only way out is to work as a sex slave. Isobel is attacked again and again. This a story based on true events about a womans fight for her life and her lucky escape to freedom at last.

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ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL follows talented young artist Jerome Platz (Max Minghella, The Social Network) as he escapes from high school to a tiny East Coast art school. Here the boyish freshman's ambition is to become the world's greatest artist, like his hero Picasso. Unfortunately, the beauty and craft of Jerome's portraiture are not appreciated in an anything-goes art class. Neither his harsh judgments of his classmates' efforts nor his later attempts to create pseudo-art of his own win him any admirers. But Jerome does attract the attentions of his dream girl, the stunning and sophisticated Audrey (Sophia Myles, Transformers: Age of Extinction), an artist's model and daughter of a celebrated artist. Rejecting the affectations of the local art scene, Audrey is drawn to Jerome's sincerity. When Audrey shifts her attention to Jonah (Matt Keeslar, Scream 3), a hunky painter who becomes the school's latest art star, Jerome is heartbroken. Desperate, he concocts a risky plan to make a name for himself and win her back. From Terry Zwigoff, the director of Ghost World and Bad Santa, Art School Confidential features a stellar supporting cast that includes John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire), Ethan Suplee (Mallrats), Joel David Moore (Avatar), Angelica Huston (The Addams Family), Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!), Nick Swardson (Grandma's Boy), Adam Scott (Step Brothers) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) in a movie that's enjoyable and reprises the same dyspeptic attitude that infused Ghost World (The Washington Post).

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A world-renown opera singer becomes trapped in a hostage situation when she's invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America.

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Laboratory Company 3 (digital intermediate)

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Benji has never been more lovable than in this magical musical holiday special. A surprise visit to meet Kris Kringle (Oscar® nominee Ron Moody) finds the jolly old elf with a secret that could break the hearts of millions of kids. He's planning to take the night off on Christmas Eve! And there's only one who can melt his heart and change his mind!

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When Kevin is witness to the holiday heartbreak of his life, Brad and friends come to the rescue with a disastrous guys night out.

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In BEYOND THE SKY, Chris Norton (Carnes) has been hearing about alien abductions his entire life but, in his gut, he knows they are not real. Setting out to disprove the alien abduction phenomenon once and for all, he attends a UFO convention to meet alleged abductees and reveal the truth behind their experiences. It is only when he meets Emily, who claims to have been abducted every seven years on her birthday, that Chris realizes there may be more to these claims than meets the eye. With Emily's 28th birthday only days away, Chris helps her to uncover the truth as they come face to face with the reality that we are not alone.

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Most people who try skydiving only do it once, but the subjects of this documentary have jumped thousands of times!Beyond The Thrill is a feature length documentary that follows a 4-way competitive skydiving team through training and competition.  It is a look into the unique and unknown world of skydiving.

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Based on humorist Dave Barry's best-selling first novel, Big Trouble follows the comedic chaos created when a mysterious suitcase that threatens the security of Miami changes the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, 2 hit men, a pair of street thugs, 2 love struck teens, 2 FBI men and a psychedelic toad. There is something for everyone no matter who is looking for BIG TROUBLE, and in the end all-star comedy conquers all.

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Black Clover Season 1 Part 2 contains anime episodes 11-19 and is from Pierrot, the studio behind Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto, and Yu Yu Hakusho. Asta’s hard work is gaining him recognition from the Wizard King and he’s given a new task—investigate a magical dungeon! Together with Noelle and Luck, he’ll learn they weren’t the only ones sent to explore. Yuno and his Golden Dawn teammates are also after the secrets. But their race to the treasure takes a dangerous turn when they come up against mages from the Diamond Kingdom. Special Features: Episode 12 Commentary, Episode 15 Commentary, Black Clover: Inside the NEW Studio J, Inside the Episode, Clover Clips Special Edition, Textless Opening & Closing Songs, Trailers

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From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It's the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award winning Get Out.

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Spike Lee delivers one of his best joints in years with the real-life inspired BlacKkKlansman, starring John David Washington and Adam Driver. The story of an African American undercover officer and a Jewish detective infiltrating the KKK in 1970s Colorado sounds like the stuff of a comedy, but this really happened albeit not necessarily as depicted in this film. While an examination of race relations, the film deftly balances the serious and dangerous overtones of the police officers' work with some pitch-perfect comedy. It's a hell of a ride and one absolutely worth taking. Universal Studios delivers BlacKkKlansman to Blu-ray in terrific order with a terrific image transfer and an effective Dolby Atmos mix to match. One of the best movies I've seen all year. Highly Recommended. 

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John David Washington (son of Denzel) is Ron Stallworth, Colorado Springs' first African American police officer. Hired to add diversity to the force and improve community outreach, Ron is unceremoniously assigned to records. That changes when a prominent member of the Black Panthers Kwame Ture (Corey Hawkins) speaks at a community event and the CSPD need an inside man to report on the event. Proving himself loyal - his chief (Robert John Burke), tasks him to Intelligence alongside fellow officers Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) and Jimmy Creek (Michael Buscemi) where he proceeds to do - nothing. When Ron spots an ad in the newspaper looking for a few good men to join the Ku Klux Klan, he couldn't resist giving them a call and leaving a message. When the Klan calls back, Ron, Flip, and Jimmy get caught up in infiltrating the Klan with Ron on the phone and Flip doing the in-person work. As their investigation develops, the situation becomes more serious as questions swirl about the real identity of Ron Stallworth.

BlacKkKlansman 4K Blu-ray

The story of officer Ron Stallworth and the real-life unnamed man the Flip Zimmerman character was based on is one of those tall tales where if your friend told you that an African American man and a Jewish man became members of the KKK, talked to David Duke, and nearly became leaders of their local chapter, you'd tell him he was full of crap. But, real life is full of those funny little ironies and this story more or less actually happened. The film BlacKkKlansman may shift and truncate the timeframe a bit, but then few if any historically-based films are ever 100% accurate in that measure. 

Spike Lee has always been one for finding interesting slices of life and making great movies in the process. With BlacKkKlansman he fully explores Ron as the first African American officer of a police force in a city not well known for celebrating diversity. We get to watch as Ron tries his best to be his best at all times - even in the face of grotesque racism from his fellow officers in blue. As his investigations into the Klan intensifies he's also caught in a relationship with a young woman who grew up not trusting the police and knows him only as a man who attended the Ture rally. It's in these moments that Washington shows he's got some of his father's natural talents for conveying a range of emotions. I've only ever seen a handful of episodes of Ballers, so John David Washington is still a relatively new talent to me, but he's already one I'm looking forward to seeing a lot more. All the while, Spike Lee finds the deft balance been serious and terrifying and an almost playful satirical sense of humor. While the humor never feels forced, it's a welcome respite considering the ground this film is covering. 

After some of Lee's recent offerings, I'd begun to fear that the filmmaker's best years may be behind him. With BlacKkKlansman he managed to put those fears to rest giving the film an energy, life, and a sense of timelines I haven't felt from one of his movies since 25th Hour. Outside of some of his documentaries, most of his feature films have been unfortunate misfires with Old Boy among the worst offenders. Chi-Raq had an interesting idea behind it and was well-intentioned, but again I personally feel it missed its mark. BlacKkKlansman always felt on point. It never overstepped itself nor did it play things too silly. It offered up a well-executed message and reminder of where things are at from a director famous for having a lot to say while proving to be intensely entertaining.  

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

BlacKkKlansman arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Universal Studios in a two-disc Blu-ray + DVD + Digital set. Housed in a sturdy two-disc case with identical slipcover artwork, the disc loads directly to trailers for other upcoming Universal releases before arriving at a static image main menu with traditional navigation options. The included Digital Copy is Movies Anywhere compatible. 

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BlacKkKlansman 4K Blu-ray

It's times like this when you really appreciate filmmakers who still shoot on film and finish their films at a 4K DI. Such is the case with Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman. After shooting his last couple features and docs on digital, Lee returned to 35mm and 16mm and this 1080p 2.40:1 transfer is beautiful. It captures the fine details while maintaining a purposefully hazy look to heighten the period look and feel. Colors have strong primaries with reds and blues getting plenty of pop while the overall color tone of the film pushes the golden yellows nicely. Flesh tones are accurate and healthy across the board. Film grain is apparent and well resolved without becoming too thick. Some of the 16mm segments are a bit more pronounced than others, but nothing too distracting. Black levels are pretty strong, although there were a few sequences where they could appear a lighter grey/black and hazier than others, those are only brief shots and not a serious issue. Contrasts can also get a little sharp with whites and bright windows, in particular, edging towards blooming. Again small pea stuff that really isn't a problem, just something worth cataloging. Otherwise, this is a damn near flawless 1080p transfer. 

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BlacKkKlansman 4K Blu-ray

I love a Dolby Atmos mix that doesn't always have to be all show and pizzaz. The Atmos mix afforded BlacKkKlansman is a pristine example of how a film -- one that isn't loaded with explosions, spaceships, or gunfire -- can benefit from an object-based audio mix. There is a rich range of active subtleties throughout the mix that keeps it lively, engaging, with near constant surround activity that doesn't call attention to itself or feel like a gimmick. The mix maintains a lifelike atmosphere throughout with a great sense of space. The movie can shift from the tight and confined CSPD offices and then open up beautifully to the rally hall filled with hundreds of cheering voices complete with a range of sound effects and a moody score and still maintain element fidelity. Key effects like telephone rings are given extra punch and give you a nice little comical/suspenseful jump depending on the scene in question. Dialogue is crystal clear throughout without any issues. Even during the busiest of scenes like the nightclub sequence where there are a bunch of background effects, the dialogue keeps to the front/center channels and never falters. Toss in another effective and occasionally ominous score by Terence Blanchard and it's a solid mix. My only teeny-tiny complaint was that it felt like I had to pop my levels up a notch or two above normal, but that's it. Otherwise, this is an effective, active, and immersive audio mix. 

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BlacKkKlansman 4K Blu-ray

I get it that studios aren't really keen on producing in-depth bonus features these days but Universal could have made an effort. There is so much history and ground to cover between the film itself and the real-life events that some sort of genuine featurette would have been great. As it is, there really is only one actual EPK bonus feature accompanied by an extended trailer played to Mary Don't You Weep by Prince. 

  • A Spike Lee Joint (HD 5:09)

  • Extended Trailer (HD 4:29)

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BlacKkKlansman 4K Blu-ray

BlacKkKlansman is a timely film in more ways than one. As an examination of our country's race relations history, it's relevant and offers a look at an important case set within small local law enforcement. On the other hand, it marks a grand return to form for Spike Lee whose best films I had feared were behind him. Equal parts funny and entertaining while dramatic and suspenseful, BlacKkKlansman was one of the best movies I've seen this year and I can't wait to give it another watch. Universal Studios delivers a terrific Blu-ray featuring a high-quality transfer and a terrific Dolby Atmos mix. Hopefully, a Special Edition is on the way because the bonus features are sadly inadequate. At the end of the day, despite the lacking bonus materials, this one is still Highly Recommended. 

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The year is 1972 and like most high school students, Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams) just want to have a good time. But when, during a class field trip to the White House, they cluelessly wander into a behind closed doors, top-secret shredding session, it's time to both wag the dog, and walk it. Seeking to uncover just how much the witless duo discovered, the Commander In Chief, appoints them "Official White House Dog Walkers," and it isn't long before the girls go from taking out Checkers, to taking out Tricky Dick, in this fun raising comedy of historic distortions.

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Director/Star Ray Milland' traditional western A Man Alone with generic plot beats succeeds at sticking to traditional tropes while proving to be far better than average. A great cast including Mary Murphy and Ward Bard, with sinister performances by Raymond Burr and Lee Van Cleef, turn something run-of-the-mill into exciting and suspenseful. It may not be the greatest western ever, but it's damn entertaining. Kino Lorber Studio Classics delivers A Man Alone to Blu-ray with a strong video transfer and a good audio mix to match. Bonus features are light but the audio commentary is worth a listen. Recommended.

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Ray Milland is Wes Steele - an infamous gunfighter with a reputation for a quick draw and an honest heart. In the desert, his horse goes lame. Stranded, he comes across a massacred stagecoach with women and children dead. As he tries to return to town to report the crime, he's accosted by the acting sheriff (Alan Hale Jr.). Shooting him in self-defense, Steele flees as the town forms a mob lead by Mr. Stanley (Raymond Burr) and his right-hand man Clanton (Lee Van Cleef). Forced to take shelter in the basement of the ailing Sheriff Corrigan (Ward Bond) and his daughter Nadine (Mary Murphy). As the mob conducts house to house searches, Steele must convince Nadine and the Sheriff he's not only innocent of the massacre but the suspicious death of the town's banker. 

A Man Alone Blu-ray

As his first time in the director's chair, Ray Milland proves that he's skilled behind the camera as well as in front. A Man Alone isn't dramatically original or too much of a workout when it comes to storytelling, but by keeping to the basics the film stands on its own two feet and proves a good aim in a standoff shootout. If you're a fan of westerns you've seen the story of the outlaw with an honest streak who gets into a hell of a lot of trouble and has to shoot his way out against terrible odds - this is that movie again, but it has its own subtle moves in the territory to make it stand out. 

The cast is what makes the flick. Milland is an adept lead and is able to play the heavy nicely while still having a heart. His exchanges with Mary Murphy and Ward Bond allow him to show a soft side while his play time with Burr and Lee Van Cleef shows he's capable of being the stone cold hardass. The story beats are by the book, there are few surprises, but it's how the movie gets from point A to point B that makes it worth the while. Plus, it's also a lot of fun to see Raymond Burr play a bad guy and Lee Van Cleef is always a welcome presence in any western with that steely-eyed stare of his. 

A Man Alone certainly isn't the greatest western ever made or the most original, but it gets enough right to be solid entertainment. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this one going in, I'd only seen Milland in a couple of films, but I was pleasantly surprised. At a brisk 96-minutes, the film doesn't sell itself short nor does it overstay its welcome. It proved to be great entertainment. Uncomplicated, to the point, but fun just the same. 

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

A Man Alone arrives on 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 directly to a static image main menu with traditional navigation options. 

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A Man Alone Blu-ray

When you watch A Man Alone, it's important to keep in mind the difference between a new 4K "Scan" and a 4K "Restoration." Reportedly featuring a new 4K Scan of the original Trucolor negative and positive separations, A Man Alone sports a beautiful 1080p 1.66:1 transfer - that still shows its age. Details are strong with crisp lines allowing you to soak in the desert location, the rustic western production design, and fine facial features. The aftermath of a sandstorm provides some notable sandy dusty accents to costuming. Colors are vivid with bright and bold primaries. Skin tones are healthy and accurate. Black levels are nice and inky giving the image a notable presence of depth. Where the score gets a little iffy is in the condition of the elements sourced for this transfer. While the scan is terrific, it could have used some restoration work. Mild speckling is apparent throughout without being too intrusive. There are some heavier patches here and there with some brief appearances of vertical scratches, but they never last for very long. It's a movie with an attractive face that just has a few blemishes. 

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A Man Alone

A Man Alone Sports a strong DTS-HD MA 2.0 mono mix that more or less takes care of business. The nature of the film itself doesn't call for much in the way of dynamic atmospherics, much of the action takes place in small rooms with just a handful of characters to fill with dialogue. Sound effects and the traditionalist score by Victor Young round out the mix nicely keeping things active without dead patches. Dialogue is crisp and clean and there isn't much in the way of audible age-related anomalies. A patch or two of hiss and that is all. Overall the mix is good, it's just not earth-shattering in any way. 

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A Man Alone

A Man Alone wasn't given a huge package of bonus features, the typical KLSC trailer collection is present, but the inclusion of a commentary track by Film Historian Toby Roan is a good listen. 

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A Man Alone

A Man Alone certainly isn't the most original western ever made, nor is it the best - but that doesn't keep it from being good. Milland's first outing as a director proves the man had talent in front and behind the camera. He's a strong leading man and his cast members play to the traditional tropes while still finding ways to stand out. I love a good western, and this was a good one. Kino Lorber Studio Classics brings A Man Alone to Blu-ray in fine form with an aged but still impressive video transfer, a reliable audio mix, and a worthwhile commentary track. It's a good time so if you're tempted, give it a spin. Recommended.

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A rock musician enrolls in college after she breaks up with her boyfriend and her band falls apart.

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When a recent widower is consumed with regret, he embarks in a cross-country motorcycle ride looking for absolution and to confront the mistakes of his past and unexpectedly discovers that life is about moving forward, one mile at a time.

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Things are going well for Isobel, a single mother of one and Pilates instructor, until a chance encounter with a photographer, Peter, opens up the possibility of a new career. Peter offers Isobel an opportunity to try out for a modeling contract. Arriving at the studio prepared to do the photoshoot Peter brings Isobel into his work space but in a shocking twist of fate abruptly closes the door and locks it. Isobel panics but Peter threatens her with a knife. Forces her her to drink some milk and then to do a photoshoot in some skimpy underwear. Isobel refuses and Peter turns violent. Isobel passes out. She wakes up in a different apartment She screams but nobody hears. Isobel threatens Peter with the police but he doesnt care. He explains that she is trapped here. Her only way out is to work as a sex slave. Isobel is attacked again and again. This a story based on true events about a womans fight for her life and her lucky escape to freedom at last.

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ART SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL follows talented young artist Jerome Platz (Max Minghella, The Social Network) as he escapes from high school to a tiny East Coast art school. Here the boyish freshman's ambition is to become the world's greatest artist, like his hero Picasso. Unfortunately, the beauty and craft of Jerome's portraiture are not appreciated in an anything-goes art class. Neither his harsh judgments of his classmates' efforts nor his later attempts to create pseudo-art of his own win him any admirers. But Jerome does attract the attentions of his dream girl, the stunning and sophisticated Audrey (Sophia Myles, Transformers: Age of Extinction), an artist's model and daughter of a celebrated artist. Rejecting the affectations of the local art scene, Audrey is drawn to Jerome's sincerity. When Audrey shifts her attention to Jonah (Matt Keeslar, Scream 3), a hunky painter who becomes the school's latest art star, Jerome is heartbroken. Desperate, he concocts a risky plan to make a name for himself and win her back. From Terry Zwigoff, the director of Ghost World and Bad Santa, Art School Confidential features a stellar supporting cast that includes John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire), Ethan Suplee (Mallrats), Joel David Moore (Avatar), Angelica Huston (The Addams Family), Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge!), Nick Swardson (Grandma's Boy), Adam Scott (Step Brothers) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) in a movie that's enjoyable and reprises the same dyspeptic attitude that infused Ghost World (The Washington Post).

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A world-renown opera singer becomes trapped in a hostage situation when she's invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America.

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Laboratory Company 3 (digital intermediate)

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Benji has never been more lovable than in this magical musical holiday special. A surprise visit to meet Kris Kringle (Oscar® nominee Ron Moody) finds the jolly old elf with a secret that could break the hearts of millions of kids. He's planning to take the night off on Christmas Eve! And there's only one who can melt his heart and change his mind!

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When Kevin is witness to the holiday heartbreak of his life, Brad and friends come to the rescue with a disastrous guys night out.

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Interview with Travis Walton, Alien Abductee and Author of "Fire in the Sky"
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In BEYOND THE SKY, Chris Norton (Carnes) has been hearing about alien abductions his entire life but, in his gut, he knows they are not real. Setting out to disprove the alien abduction phenomenon once and for all, he attends a UFO convention to meet alleged abductees and reveal the truth behind their experiences. It is only when he meets Emily, who claims to have been abducted every seven years on her birthday, that Chris realizes there may be more to these claims than meets the eye. With Emily's 28th birthday only days away, Chris helps her to uncover the truth as they come face to face with the reality that we are not alone.

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Most people who try skydiving only do it once, but the subjects of this documentary have jumped thousands of times!Beyond The Thrill is a feature length documentary that follows a 4-way competitive skydiving team through training and competition.  It is a look into the unique and unknown world of skydiving.

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Based on humorist Dave Barry's best-selling first novel, Big Trouble follows the comedic chaos created when a mysterious suitcase that threatens the security of Miami changes the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, 2 hit men, a pair of street thugs, 2 love struck teens, 2 FBI men and a psychedelic toad. There is something for everyone no matter who is looking for BIG TROUBLE, and in the end all-star comedy conquers all.

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Black Clover Season 1 Part 2 contains anime episodes 11-19 and is from Pierrot, the studio behind Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto, and Yu Yu Hakusho. Asta’s hard work is gaining him recognition from the Wizard King and he’s given a new task—investigate a magical dungeon! Together with Noelle and Luck, he’ll learn they weren’t the only ones sent to explore. Yuno and his Golden Dawn teammates are also after the secrets. But their race to the treasure takes a dangerous turn when they come up against mages from the Diamond Kingdom. Special Features: Episode 12 Commentary, Episode 15 Commentary, Black Clover: Inside the NEW Studio J, Inside the Episode, Clover Clips Special Edition, Textless Opening & Closing Songs, Trailers

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