Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Knick: Season Two Digital HD Review

Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
In the second season, The Knick faces an upheaval, as Dr. John Thackery’s absence (due to his hospitalization for cocaine addiction), a dearth of affluent patients, and financial missteps have led to the board’s decision to shutter the hospital in favor of a new building uptown. In this world of corruption, invention and progress, everyone is searching for the new path that will help him or her survive. Whether it’s a path toward justice, freedom, love or just plain survival, nothing comes easy. As relocation plans proceed, the gifted but under-appreciated Dr. Algernon Edwards jockeys to become Thackery’s successor as chief of surgery, while fellow doctors, nurses, nuns and administrators grapple with challenges at work and in their private lives.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Criterion Collection: Inside Llewyn Davis Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Sean Ferguson
The visionary chroniclers of eccentric Americana Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo) present one of their greatest creations in Llewyn Davis, a singer barely eking out a living on the peripheries of the flourishing Greenwich Village folk scene of the early sixties. As embodied by Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), in a revelatory performance, Llewyn (loosely modeled on off-the-radar folk legend Dave Van Ronk) is extraordinarily talented but also irascible, rude, and self-defeating. Our man’s circular odyssey through an unforgiving wintry cityscape, evocatively captured by cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel (Amélie), is realized with poignant humor and the occasional surreal touch. Featuring a folk soundtrack curated by T Bone Burnett, Inside Llewyn Davis reminds us that in the Coens’ world, history isn’t necessarily written by the winners.

Major Crimes: The Complete Fourth Season Will Be Released on DVD on May 24th

The fourth electrifying season of Major Crimes finds the elite team of investigators facing some of their most challenging criminal cases yet. The division is led by department head Captain Sharon Raydor, portrayed by Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell (Dances with Wolves, "Battlestar Galactica"). The unit is comprised of Lieutenant Provenza (G.W. Bailey, "The Closer", "M*A*S*H," Police Academy), Lieutenant Andy Flynn (Tony Denison, "The Closer," Crime Story), Lieutenant Mike Tao (Michael Paul Chan, "The Closer," "Arrested Development"), Detective Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz, "The Closer," Training Day), Detective Amy Sykes (Kearran Giovanni, "One Life to Live"), tech expert and reserve police officer Buzz Watson (Phillip P. Keene, "The Closer", "The D.A."), Dr. Morales (Jonathan Del Arco, "The Closer," "Nip/Tuck") and Assistant Chief Russell Taylor (Robert Gossett, "The Closer," Arlington Road). Deputy Chief Fritz Howard (recurring guest star Jon Tenney, "The Closer," "King & Maxwell") also lends a hand as head of the Special Operations Bureau.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sisters: Unrated Edition Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on March 15th!

Tina Fey (TV’s Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (TV’s Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation) reunite in Sisters, the story of two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.

Giveaway Contest: Enter to Win One of Three Copies of The Carol Burnett Show: Treasures From the Vault!

During the late-'60s, CBS was "The Carol Burnett Show" network, a joking reference based on the program's widespread popularity and huge ratings. Yet, the first five seasons have never resurfaced -- no reruns, streaming video, DVDs or other formats -- until now. In late 2015, the award-winning TV archivists at Time Life delivered the first home entertainment release from these early seasons with the LOST EPISODES, showcasing the earliest days of one of the most honored and beloved shows in television history, and the birth of a TV legend - unseen by the public in more than 40 years!

The Giant King DVD Review

Reviewed by Allie Schembra
Bella Thorne (The Duff), YouTube sensation Meg “May Baby” DeAngelis (TV’s “Royal Crush”), and comedian Russell Peters (Chef, New Year’s Eve) bring life to a futuristic world as two enemies who find lifelong friendship after the adventure of a lifetime! One thousand years after an epic robot battle, sworn enemies Zork (Peters) and Pinky (Thorne) wake up with no memory of who they are or how they wound up chained together. In search of answers, they begin wandering the barren wasteland, looking for RAM, the creator of all robots – and making new friends, as well as a few enemies, along the way. But when they remember their past, will their newfound friendship prove to be stronger than an unbreakable chain?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

In the Heart of the Sea Will Arrive on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 8

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Own Creed on Blu-ray Combo Pack or DVD on March 1 or Own It Early on Digital HD on February 16!

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

The Fifth Element: Supreme Cinema Series Edition Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment expands the Supreme Cinema Series line with the addition of the classic The Fifth Element from visionary director Luc Besson. The film features the first-of-its-kind, limited edition collector’s packaging with the acrylic “Clear Case.” This limited edition sku includes a 24-page booklet of rare photos and behind-the-scenes detail that will only be available while supplies last. The Supreme Cinema Series and standalone editions of The Fifth Element are presented with an all-new 4K restorations and exclusive Dolby Atmos Audio. The new Dolby Atmos audio, remixed specifically for the home theater environment, delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Everest 3D Blu-ray Review

Reviewed by Jami Ferguson
Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. Jake Gyllenhaal (Southpaw, Brokeback Mountain), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game, Pirates of the Caribbean), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby), Josh Brolin (Sicario, No Country for Old Men), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, The Sessions), Robin Wright (“House of Cards,” Forrest Gump), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards,” Viral), Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) and Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything, Breaking the Waves) star in a thrilling and harrowing battle against the overwhelming power of nature.

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