Saturday, November 22, 2014

After DVD Review

Reviewed by Allie Schembra
Set in the winter of 2002 in chilly upstate New York, After tells the story of a middle-class family struggling with the financial consequences of a failing business and a series of inter-generational conflicts and rivalries. But what truly threatens to upset their delicate balance - and shatter the emotionally fragile family matriarch - is an intricately buried secret that, if revealed, could alter their lives irrevocably. Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13, The Doors, Breakdown) stars as Nora Valentino, a woman whose husband, Mitch (John Doman; Blue Valentine, The Company Men), loves her more than anything in the world. So much so that he, along with his four children and sister-in-law, have gone to extreme lengths to hide a horror too painful for Nora to bear.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Boxtrolls Are Headed for Blu-ray and DVD on January 20th

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes in the family event movie The Boxtrolls. Starring, in voice performance, Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright ("Game of Thrones"), and Elle Fanning (Maleficent), the new movie from animation studio LAIKA, the makers of the Academy Award-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman, comes to Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet on January 20, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Boxtrolls will also be available on Digital HD December 23, 2014, just in time for the holidays.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Witness to Murder, The Emerald Forest, The Package, The Offence, Hickey and Boggs, The Quatermass Xperiment, The Missouri Breaks, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, Avenging Force and Running Scared Will Make their Blu-ray Debuts in December

Kino Lorber is proud to announce the release, on its Kino Lorber Studio Classics label, of Witness to Murder, The Emerald Forest, The Package, The Offence, Hickey and Boggs, The Quatermass Xperiment, The Missouri Breaks, Buffalo Bill and the Indians, Avenging Force and Running Scared, all making their Blu-ray debuts in December. Starring some of Hollywood's biggest names -- Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Hackman, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Connery, James Woods, Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster and Harvey Keitel, to name but a few -- this lineup of classic films come to Blu-ray for the first time from Kino Lorber, giving collectors the chance to own these sought-after classics in the best possible quality.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition 3D / 2D Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Sean Ferguson
Adventures abound as Bilbo, Gandalf and the Company of Dwarves continue their Quest through Middle-earth in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Extended Edition, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, is directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, who also produces together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Into the Storm Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
In the span of just a few hours, the city of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of the most furious twisters they’ve ever seen. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run toward the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.  Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, “Into the Storm” throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

Penny Dreadful: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
From three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo, Gladiator) and Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall), "Penny Dreadful" is a frightening psychosexual drama that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a gripping series that is "moody, mystical and wonderfully twisted" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). "Penny Dreadful," starring Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights) and Eva Green (Casino Royale), completely reinvents literature's most famous characters. Icons of terror such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul - even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Grace: The Possession DVD Review

Reviewed by Allie Schembra
Grace: The Possession is a story told like never before - through the eyes of the possessed. Grace (Alexia Fast) is a beautiful, naive, virginal college freshman trying to deal with campus culture and her outgoing new roommate. But when a terror takes over her body and unleashes chaos, Grace returns to the cold clutches of her severe grandmother (Lin Shaye) and the strict rules of the Church. Haunted by the horrific death of her mother and her deeply ingrained destructive urges, Grace must stop the demon inside before it’s too late.

Friday, November 14, 2014

22 Jump Street Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
Jonah Hill (Moneyball) and Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) are back in action in Columbia Pictures’ / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ outrageously explosive 22 JUMP STREET, debuting on Digital HD on Oct. 28, and on Blu-ray and DVD Nov. 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshman to real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.

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