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A Most Violent Year Blu-ray Review


Although it is very light on action and violence, A Most Violent Year features powerful performances in a slow-burning drama about a good man trying to make an honest living while everyone around him seems to be happy to cut corners anyway they can. Written and directed by J. C. Chandor (Margin Call and All Is Lost), the film features an incredible ensemble cast including Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, and Elyes Gabel. Set in 1981’s New York City, the film follows Abel Morales (Isaac), the owner of the small Standard Oil, a heating oil […]

Outcast Blu-ray Review


Despite Nicolas Cage’s questionable accent and the familiarity of the plot, Outcast manages to be an entertaining film for fans of the action adventure genre.The film has decent battle sequences and a pace fast enough for the audience not to notice some of its shortcomings. It also has some comical moments thanks to Cage’s gonzo performance as “The White Ghost.” Directed by Nick Powell from a screenplay by James Dormer, Outcast sees Cage joined by Hayden Christensen, Andy On, Yifei Liu, Fernando Chien and Anoja Dias Bolt.The film kicks off during the Crusades of the 12th Century where the audience […]

FX ‘The Strain’ Season One Premium Blu-ray Arrives June 9!


  We freaking LOVED “The Strain” on FX!Created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the series is based on their novel trilogy of the same name. This thirteen-episode first season opens with a bang and ramps up lightening speed each episode that you are sucked into. I use the word “suck” deliberately because there is lots of THAT in this series. Think blood lust and parasitical infestation with an evil agenda.When a freak virus kills all but four passengers on an airplane at JFK, Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of the Center for Disease Controls Canary Team, is immediately […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Blu-ray Review


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 manages to capture all the elements that has kept the franchise great, but fails to be more than a cash-grab by the studio who felt the need to break the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy into two films.Directed by Francis Lawrence (who helmed Catching Fire), Mockingjay, Part 1 features an incredible supporting cast including Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Mahershala Ali, Jeffrey Wright, Paula Malcomson, and Stanley Tucci. The film picks up right after the events of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) broken […]

The Homesman Blu-ray Review


Although it is light on action, Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman is a slow-moving western that feels authentic and features powerful performances from Jones and the incredible Hilary Swank. The film also benefits from Miranda Otto, Grace Gummer and Sonja Richter – who make the most of their time on screen and force the audience to care about their characters through heartbreaking flashbacks and the hardships they endure. The term ‘homesman’ refers to the now outdated pioneer occupation of returning someone to their family. In the film (which was directed by Jones), the journey involves taking three women, Arabella Sours […]

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Blu-rau Review


Loosely based on the popular children’s book, Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, brings lots of laughs Steve Carell-style and is a fun family film. However, with all children’s books turned major motions pictures (think Shrek, Polar Express, Where the Wild Things Are), the originality of the book must be expanded to make a full length film. The story is very much expanded and many, many plot developments were added.I must admit I was not looking forward to watching this movie, but was cracking up within minutes and loved the film. This is simply a fun movie […]

Nicolas Cage gets medieval in Outcast – CLIPS ADDED!

Nicolas Cage stars in Outcast – on DVD and Blu-ray March 31st.

Entertainment One has announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of the medieval action film Outcast – which is the directorial debut of Nick Powell (X-Men: The Last Stand, Batman, Cinderella Man) and stars Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen. The film is now available OnDemand.Synopsis: When the heir of the Imperial throne becomes the target of an assassination by his despised older brother, the young prince must flee the kingdom and seek protection. His only hope for survival is a reluctant war-weary crusader named Jacob, who must overcome his own personal demons and rally the assistance of a mythical outlaw known […]

Nightcrawler Blu-ray Review


Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an intense and mesmerizing performance in Nightcrawler – a film that captures the audience in the opening moments and keeps them on the edge of their seats until the end credits roll.Gyllenhaal is joined by an incredible cast of character actors including Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, Kevin Rahm, Ann Cusack and Riz Ahmed. Writer/dirctor Dan Gilroy sets the story in the gritty streets of Los Angeles and injects the film with a glossy pseudo-documentary feel – similar to the approach David Ayer used for his 2012 crime film End of Watch. The film introduces the audience to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]