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This is Where I Leave You Blu-ray Review


With a stellar cast, This is Where I Leave You brings a dramedy that is funny, loveable, and heartfelt at the same time. Jane Fonda is the matriarch of the Altman family and leads the march in this off-beat movie about a dysfunctional family that must stay together for seven days because of their dead father’s last wish.Though not necessarily Jewish and a self-proclaimed atheist, the deceased head of the Altman family has made his last wish known to his wife, Hillary (Fonda). He wanted his four children to “sit Shiva”, in other words, to stay together under the same […]


British TV Gift Sets!!!


Christmas shopping in ones pyjamas is a glorious unexpected benefit of the computer age.  I am in sweats and a puffy jacket writing this and pondering great new shows to watch just by clicking.  It’s a beautiful thing that I can buy or stream my beloved English TV mysteries and series right here in at home.  It’s important to remember that during you want to shop for others during the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza season and that’s where Acorn’s latest Gift Sets come in. Maybe you can get a little something for yourself at the same time. There are some incredible complete series […]


Christmas Blu Ray and DVD Wish List, Classic Horror, Humor and Family Selects

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Christmas is practically upon us (Dec. 25) and the eight day festival of lights Hanukkah comes first (Dec. 16) in the gift giving season, and you probably have some shopping to do.Monsters and Critics has curated a tight, bright list, including two that the whole family can enjoy, vibrant musical Rio 2 and moody masterpieces Universal’s Classic Monster Box collection (older 7+ kids will love this) that were made for a lazy long cold day.Along with these two titles, make sure to catch up on great TV with American Horror Story: Coven, where the sins of New Orleans are still […]


Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse soars to Blu-ray in February

The Dragonheart franchise returns February 24th.

From the producer of Dragonheart and featuring the voice of Ben Kingsley as Drago, Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse soars to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD February 24th and Digital HD February 10th from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.Renowned producer Raffaella De Laurentiis returns with a brand-new installment of the legendary fantasy franchise that has delighted audiences worldwide. Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse finds aspiring knight Gareth in search of a fallen comet rumored to contain gold and is shocked to instead find the dragon Drago. After Drago saves Gareth’s life the two become intricately bonded, and must work together to […]


Black Sails: The Complete First Season arrives in January


Anchor Bay Entertainment has announced the pirate adventure Black Sails: The Complete First Season will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD January 6th in a three disc set loaded with bonus features. The STARZ original series, from executive producer Michael Bay, follows the tale of the feared pirate Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) as he embarks on a grand scheme with the fast-talking John Silver (Luke Arnold). Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers, […]


Maleficent Blu-ray Review


Thanks to beautiful visual effects and the talents of Angelina Jolie, Disney’s ultimate villain has received a new a backstory worth telling – even if the movie has a few flaws in the telling of that story. The film delivers a new twist to the classic fairy tale and makes the audience understand why she is a tad naughty from time to time.Unfortunately, every good villain is ruined by their backstory, and Maleficent (Jolie) is no different. The objective of this backstory is to explain why Maleficent became such an evil character and to make you feel differently for her. […]


Christmas Cuts: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ DVD/Blu-ray Collector’s Set A Must-Have


A moment of high praise for FX’s top drama, “Sons of Anarchy,” riding off into the sunset this year as Sutter’s Hamlet on Harleys says goodbye to characters like Gemma (Katey Sagal), Jax (Charlie Hunnam), Tig (Kim Coates), Bobby (Mark Boone Junior), Juice (Theo Rossi), Wendy (Drea de Matteo), Unser (Dayton Callie) and Chuckie (Michael Ornstein) among many stellar acting peers who have served showrunner Kurt Sutter well over the seven years it aired on the network. Sutter even played a pivotal SAMCRO character – Otto Delaney – in the series.Even FX chief exec John Landgraf’s wife Ally Walker was […]


Acorn Releases New British Series You Love


North American TV Anglophiles listen up! Some superb new (to us) murder /police procedurals from over ‘ome are now available on Acorn TV for streaming this month. I have a huge bias towards British television dramas in all genres, because I find Americans ones, in general, to be written by committee and aimed at the lowest common denominator. So this is great news.American TV is in awe of British shows because they keep remaking them with varying degrees of success for home audiences. Gracepoint is no Broadchurch to be sure but some series have landed on their feet. It’s rare […]


Supernatural: Season 9 DVD Review

Supernatural Season 9's twist shows the series is just getting better.

The ninth season for Supernatural has arrived on DVD and finds Sam and Dean strapping in for one hell of a great ride with an ending that will leave you stunned. While some television series are showing signs of staleness by the ninth season, Supernatural is firing on all cylinders with Sam and Dean facing another round of fighting demons, brotherly love, and other supernatural aspects that have kept the series a blast to watch since the pilot of season one.Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) are the brother-duo who fight against everything supernatural. They often impersonate FBI […]


Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Review


In time for the trick or treating season, Michael Myers is back for his favorite holiday with the Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory release of Halloween: The Complete Collection – which features John Carpenter’s Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of The Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Halloween: Resurrection, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, and Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2.The set was also released in a deluxe edition that included a bonus disc of features for 1978’s John Carpenter’s Halloween, the […]


Cowabunga! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Blu-ray


Just in time for Christmas and featuring an extended ending, Michael Bay’s blockbuster Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles hits Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD and VOD December 16, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives on Digital HD November 25th.The film arrives three weeks early on Digital HD November 25. Specially marked Blu-ray Combo Packs include two reversible masks featuring all four signature colors of the turtle warriors. Select retail outlets will also offer exclusive versions of the Blu-ray with collectible packaging, premiums and more.Bay’s big screen update on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle legend finds […]


Dawn of the Planet of Apes to Blu-ray in December


Get ready for war as Dawn of the Planet of Apes arrives on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD December 2nd from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The film will be available Digital HD November 11th. The studio is also set to release Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Warrior Collection on December 2nd – which comes in a limited-edition bust of Caesar.Picking up after humans have been virtually wiped out thanks to a deadly virus, Dawn of the Planet of Apes sees a group of survivors desperate to find a new source of power travel into the woods near San Francisco, […]


Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection DVD Review


Just in time for Halloween, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released a box set loaded with scares with the arrival of the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection – which features Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.The collection also features performances from some of the horror genre’s greatest icons – including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, and Elsa Lanchester. Their performances brought the creatures to life in such a way they became the first image viewers […]


My Little Pony: The Complete Series DVD Review


For those that are fans of this classic show, My Little Pony comes to DVD as a complete series. This set includes all 65 episodes of the original show on four discs and is sure to please any fan. For those ‘80s kids who are now parents, this is the perfect opportunity to show their little kids the Little Pony world.The Flutter Ponies must fight the elements that attack their land which include but not limited to evil witches, Stone Backs, and goblins. The ponies and their friends, of course, are the good and must fight the evil. Classic ‘80s […]


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray Review


Although it manages a few good moments and has some solid action sequences, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is nothing short of a bad movie. It is filled with unnecessary scenes, poor special effects, and a villain who’s only motive to destroy the city is because Spider-Man didn’t remember his name.The film is further weighted down by a second villain who wants to destroy Spider-Man for not wanting to share his spidey blood and an ending that takes too long to end. The sequel never seems to have a chance to live up to the potential or leave you counting the […]


Brick Mansions Blu-ray Review


Although it has a “by the numbers” approach to its plot that takes out any suspense, Brick Mansions features some great action sequences to keep the audience entertained.  Paul Walker and David Belle have solid chemistry as reluctant partners thrown together to take down a vicious drug kingpin played to the hilt by RZA.Directed by Camille Delamarre and featuring a screenplay by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri, Brick Mansions’ cast includes Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota, Andreas Apergis, Richard Zeman, Robert Maillet, Bruce Ramsay, and Frank Fontaine.Borrowing a bit from Escape from New York, Brick Mansions’ plot sees the […]


South Korean thriller Moebius to DVD and Blu-ray in October


The shocking thriller Moebius is set to hit DVD and Blu-ray on October 28th from RAM Releasing, the New York-based noir film distribution company and a division of Film Movement.From director Kim Ki-duk (whose signature style pushes the limits of challenging filmmaking and often blows right through them, won the Golden Lion with Pieta at the Venice Film Festival last year), the thriller Moebius follows a wife scorned and taking her revenge in an extreme way. When she catches her husband having an affair, a woman attempts to castrate the cheater for his wrongdoing. Unsuccessful, she instead inflicts the unspeakable […]


Hercules hits Blu-ray in extended Cut


Dwayne Johnson’s action-packed Hercules is set to arrive on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D November 4th in a theatrical and extended cut with more than an hour of bonus material. The film will be available on Digital HD October 21st.Johnson brings his muscle and charm to the screen for a new version of the legendary Hercules that manages to provide lots of laughs with some epic action sequences. The story follows Hercules and his fearless team of warriors as they take on overwhelming odds to help the innocent and make a few coins on the side. The film features a stellar […]


Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster gets 10-year Anniversary Blu-ray


Metallica’s documentary Some Kind of Monster will hit Blu-ray on November 24th in a 10-year anniversary edition. The film will also be available for the first time digitally and on Video On Demand. The band has also announced plans to release a limited edition “Lords of Summer” 12-inch vinyl to independent retail on Black Friday Record Store Day, November 28, 2014.The anniversary Blu-ray edition will feature the additional bonus “Metallica: This Monster Lives,” a 25 minute follow-up piece filmed at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 during the release of the band’s second film, Metallica: Through the Never. The feature includes […]


‘Spartacus: The Complete Series’ On Blu-ray and DVD September 16


All hail Spartacus…his legend will live on! Anchor Bay Entertainment releases every season of the acclaimed Starz Original series in a complete muscular thirteen-disc Blu-ray – Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD box set on September 16th.Get ready to re-enter the arena! ‘Spartacus: The Complete Series’ will finally hit shelves on Blu-ray and DVD on September 16, and there’s so much more to Spartacus than the nudity, sex, blood and gore – but there really is a great deal of nudity, sex, blood and gore, so you do not want to watch while the kids are milling about or you […]


Smithsonian Channel’s Shark Collection DVD A Must For Sharkies

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DVD Picks: Get the “Shark Collection” by Smithsonian and Inception for the Sharkies in the house!  The Smithsonian Channel’s Shark Collection includes three exciting programs that take you from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the remote shores of Africa’s east coast to the operating room of a shark autopsy to explore what makes these fish so unique.Man vs. Shark … Who’s the Real Predator?Dive in for a look under the skin and into the mind of the ocean’s perfect predator in Shark Collection, available on DVD from Inception Media Group. Sharks are universally feared, but also widely misunderstood and suddenly […]


Need for Speed Blu-ray Review


Although the racing sequences will please fans of the genre, Need for Speed’s predictable plot and lackluster pacing grind the film to a halt. The movie becomes an exercise in waiting for the next action spot with no suspense in how everything will turn out by the time the end credits roll.Based on the hit video game franchise, Need for Speed was directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) from a screenplay by George Gatins (who wrote the story with John Gatins). The film features an extremely talented ensemble cast including Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Imogen Poots, and […]


Noah Blu-ray Review


Although it is weighed down by its script and pacing, director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah features dazzling visual effects and action sequences that make the film feel truly epic. The film straddles the line of Biblical tale and full on fantasy, but manages to be entertaining if the audience is willing to give it a chance.Very loosely based on the story of Noah found in Genesis (within the opening seconds it is clear this film will not follow the original text word for word), Aronofsky (who wrote the screenplay with Ari Handel) crafted a film that feels almost post-apocalyptic and tells […]


Winter’s Tale Blu-ray Review


With supernatural elements that bring the classic good vs. evil story to the screen and an impressive cast, Winter’s Tale should have been a great film. Instead, the movie is weighed down by a confusing plot that doesn’t live up to expectation, a lot of overacting, and a very slow moving pace.With that said, the movie does have plenty of charm and a classical feel that makes it entertaining to watch. If you are a romantic at heart, you will love this film. If you question for any reason the strange entity of true love, then this movie is probably […]


James Clavell’s Shogun Blu-ray Review


Sporting beautiful cover art, the classic television miniseries James Clavell’s Shogun has arrived on Blu-ray looking incredible and loaded with enough bonus features to make it truly worth the purchase price. The series does feel a tad dated on Blu-ray, but the costume design and sets still manage to capture the essence of Clavell’s novel and the time period.Aired over five nights in September, 1980, on NBC, Shogun won three Golden Globes and three Emmys. The three-part miniseries, which was filmed on location in Japan, featured Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune, Yôko Shimada, Damien Thomas and John Rhys-Davies. It was directed […]