Monday, July 25, 2016

Transformers - The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition Will Be Released on Blu-ray on September 13th

Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Hasbro Studios announced a strategic distribution collaboration to bring the iconic animated feature, Transformers - The Movie to the home entertainment marketplace in the U.S. and Canada. This full-length animated adventure boasts the voice talent of Orson Welles in his final role and an all-star voice cast that includes Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack and Frank Welker. Action-packed animated feature Transformers - The Movie chronicles the heroic efforts of the Autobots as they defend their native planet Cybertron from the evil Decepticons and Unicron. The Autobots, led by the heroic Optimus Prime, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of Megatron and the Decepticons. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way –Unicron. The only hope of stopping Unicron lies within the Matrix of Leadership and the Autobot who can rise up and use its power to light their darkest hour. Will the Autobots be able to save their native planet from destruction or will the Decepticons reign supreme?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Slasher: Season One Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Allie Schembra
Thirty years ago, in the sleepy community of Waterbury, a killer known as "The Executioner" murdered Sarah Bennett's parents. Now Sarah (Katie McGrath) and her husband Dylan (Brandon Jay McLaren) have returned to town, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying murders centered around the seven deadly sins. It seems "The Executioner" is back. But if Tom Winston - the original Executioner - is behind bars, who is the new person behind the mask? As the murders escalate, long-buried secrets are revealed, making everyone around Sarah a suspect…or a victim.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Dear Eleanor DVD Review

Reviewed by Allie Schembra
From director Kevin Connolly (Entourage) comes the heartwarming coming-of-age adventure with an all-star ensemble cast, Dear Eleanor, debuting on digital and DVD July 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Set in 1962, the film stars Liana Liberato (If I Stay) and Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games) as two teen-age friends who set out on a cross-country road trip to meet their heroine, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. On their inspiring journey, Ellie and Max encounter an entertaining mix of characters, including a glamorous showgirl played by Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four), a mysterious ex-con played by Josh Lucas (TV’s “The Mysteries of Laura”) and a handsome cowboy played by Patrick Schwarzenegger (Grown Ups 2). The film also stars Luke Wilson (Concussion, Old School) and Joel Courtney (Super 8).

Pirate Attack! Board Game Review

Reviewed by Sean Ferguson
In Pirate Attack! by What the Fun Games, players try to amass large pirate fleets to control the ocean and reap all of the loot and treasure available. I hadn't seen a card based pirate game before, so I couldn't wait to try this game out and I'm glad that I did as it's not only a lot of fun, but every game is different due to the variety of options available, especially when you add in the six expansion packs which add quite a bit to the base game.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Criterion Collection Releases for October Have Been Announced!

Guillermo del Toro is at the center of the exciting October slate, which features a new stand-alone edition of the haunting, Oscar-winning fantasy epic Pan's Labyrinth as well as a set-available in both a DVD edition and a sumptuously designed Blu-ray box that includes a deluxe hardcover book-collecting the writer-director's trilogy of fabulist Spanish-language films: Cronos, The Devil's Backbone, and Pan's Labyrinth. We're also thrilled about two European masterpieces making long-awaited entries into the collection: Ermanno Olmi's Palme d'Or-winning The Tree of Wooden Clogs, an absorbing and sensual elegy that faithfully captures the rhythms of a now-lost way of life in rural Italy at the turn of the twentieth century; and The Executioner, a darkly comedic and fiercely subversive political satire by Luis García Berlanga, regarded by filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar as "the true father of Spanish cinema." All this plus Richard Linklater's one-of-a-kind chronicle of childhood and adolescence, Boyhood, in a special edition featuring exclusive new material; and a new Blu-ray of Robert Altman's star-studded adaptation of Raymond Carver stories, Short Cuts.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The X-Files: The Event Series Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Sean Ferguson
Almost 14 years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of "The X-Files" is a thrilling, six-episode event series from creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reinhabiting their roles as iconic FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner, Mulder and Scully's boss, who walks a fine line between loyalty to these investigators and accountability to his superiors. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.

Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues Arrives on Blu-ray on August 6th

From Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey) and Walter Geovani (Vampirella, Witchblade), Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues gives the iconic fantasy heroine a fresh new attitude! And now, you can see it all brought to life in this animated comic, starring Misty Lee (Ultimate Spider-Man) when Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and DVD arrive on home entertainment shelves everywhere on August 2, 2016 from Shout! Factory.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Blu-ray Review

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a true story based on the life of Kim Baker and her book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  The film was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and is now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Journalist Kim Baker saw some crazy things during her time in the region and put it into the best-selling book which was quickly optioned for film.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Disney's The Jungle Book Arrives on on Digital HD August 23 and on Blu-ray August 30

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Chef”) and produced by Favreau and Brigham Taylor (executive producer of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “Tomorrowland”), “The Jungle Book” is a live-action epic adventure based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories, inspired by Disney’s classic 1967 animated film and centered on Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. The film’s musical score, composed by Emmy® winner and Oscar-, BAFTA- and Annie Award-nominee John Debney (“Elf,” “Iron Man 2”), features a classic orchestral sound accented by ethnic instruments and pays homage to the original film by highlighting snippets of the classic songs we all know and love.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Hello, My Name is Doris Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Allie Schembra
Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Sally Field (Norma Rae, 1979;Places in the Heart, 1984) leads an all-star ensemble cast in the hysterical late-life coming-of-age-story Hello My Name is Doris. Field stars as Doris, a quirky sixty-something woman who takes a chance on love with a (much) younger co-worker. “Certified Fresh” by critics on Rotten Tomatoes and recipient of the Audience Award Winner at SXSW Film Festival, the charming comedy also stars Max Greenfield (“New Girl”), Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), Stephen Root (Office Space), Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight franchise), with Natasha Lyonne (“Orange is the New Black”), Tyne Daly (“Cagney & Lacey”) and musician Jack Antonoff. After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, Doris (Sally Field) finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new coworker (Max Greenfield) and a self-help guru that inspires her to take a chance on love. Hello, My Name Is Doris is a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age story that will make you cheer and want to say, "I'm Possible!"

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