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May 16th Blu-ray Cover Art Gallery

Posted in News on May 16th, 2017 by Dave

The release week May 16th Blu-ray Cover Art Gallery for 2017 features top title Resident Evil: The Final Chapter from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Sony also has a 4K Ultra HD release for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Paramount Home Entertainment has the action title xXx: Return of Xander Cage on Blu-ray this week, along with a 4K xXx: Return of Xander Cage and a Blu-ray 3D release for xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

Warner Home Video has a 4K Ultra HD release for Clint Easwood’s Unforgiven.

Shout! Factory has the Bruce Lee movies Return of the Dragon and Game of Death on Blu-ray this week.

Foreign titles include Good Morning from the Criterion Collection.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has a number of re-releases, including an Ultimate Edition for Peter Jackson’s King Kong.

They also have Fandango Cash re-releases for Mummy related titles including Van Helsing, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

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Warner Ultra HD Blu-ray Titles Announced

Posted in 4K, Atmos, Blu-ray, News, Ultra HD, Warner on January 4th, 2016 by Dave

Warner Ultra HD Blu-ray

Mad Max: Fury Road will be one of the first Warner Ultra HD Blu-ray titles to be released for the product launch in 2016.

Warner is also promising San Andreas, The Lego Movie, and Pan for the launch, for a total of 35 titles for 2016.

Catalog titles released later in the year will include Man of Steel and Pacific Rim, and you should expect Dolby Atmos audio on some of these titles.

Additionally Warner expects to have some new Ultra HD Blu-ray titles released day and date with the Blu-ray and DVD releases.

Warner Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs will feature 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range, offering enhanced picture vibrancy and color contrast, a wider range of available colors, and smoother color transitions.

We are certainly getting closer to the point where the home theater experience will match or even eclipse your average movie house presentation.

I for one am excited to see where this technology leads.

Happy New Year!

Posted in News on January 3rd, 2015 by Dave

Happy New Year!

I am on vacation for another week so posts will be scarce during that period.

In any case I hope that you all have had a fun Holiday Season and wish you a great 2015!

On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter in Dolby Atmos

Posted in Commentary, Documentary, News, Sport on November 2nd, 2014 by Dave

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Recently I was given the opportunity to attend a screening of On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter at the Dolby theatre in San Francisco.

The Dolby theatre is easily one of the best places in the world to see a movie projected.

The room is equipped with a state of the art projector that is capable of High Frame Rate 3D projection.

The best part though is the sound – the theatre doubles as a lab for development and a Dolby Atmos mixing room.

As such the equipment is state of the art, right down to the comfy chairs that are designed to be acoustically neutral.

On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter is the first sports documentary to feature a Dolby Atmos sound mix, and as such, the best place to see it was at Dobly Labs. (more…)

The Rover to be Released on Blu-ray Disc September 23rd, 2014

Posted in Blu-ray, Lionsgate, News, Pre-orders on August 28th, 2014 by Dave

The Rover

Be sure to watch for the upcoming Lionsgate Home Entertainment Blu-ray release The Rover – on Blu-ray Disc September 23rd, 2014.

This Australian drama film features a screenplay written by David Michôd, and based on a story by Michôd and Joel Edgerton.

It is essentially a contemporary western film, that takes place in the Australian outback, some ten years after a global economic collapse.

The film cast features Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, and Scoot McNairy, along with Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones, Susan Prior, Nash Edgerton, David Field and Tawanda Manyimo.

The Rover was also directed by David Michôd, who previously directed Animal Kingdom.

The movie has a strong critical reception, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 65% and an IMDb score of 7.3/10.

The Rover also earned $1.1M at the US box office.

Planned features for the disc include a 1080p video encode presented at 2.40:1, along with lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.

A ‘making of’ featurette is also planned.

The retail price is $24.99, and you can pre-order it from Amazon for $21.24, saving 15%.

Alternatively you can add it to your Blu-rayStats Wishlist.

Extras:

  • Something Elemental: Making The Rover featurette

A Million Ways to Die in the West to be Released on Blu-ray Disc October 7th, 2014

Posted in News on August 9th, 2014 by Dave

A Million Ways to Die in the West

A Million Ways to Die in the West has been announced by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, scheduled for a October 7th, 2014 release.

This western comedy film about a cowardly sheep farmer was written and produced by Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, and Wellesley Wild.

The cast includes Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Liam Neeson.

A Million Ways to Die in the West was also directed by Seth MacFarlane, the man behind the TV show Family Guy and the movie Ted.

The movie was not treated kindly by critics with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 33%, though it has an IMDb score of 6.2/10.

A Million Ways to Die in the West went on to earn $42.7M at the US box office.

Planned features for the disc include a 1080p video encode with lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.

Deleted scenes, a gag reel, featurettes and audio commentaries are also planned.

The retail price is $34.98, and you can pre-order it from Amazon for $22.99, saving 34%!

Alternatively you can add it to your Blu-rayStats Wishlist.

Extras:

  • Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Once Upon a Time, In a Different West
  • A Fistful of Dirt… in Your Mouth
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Increasingly, Decreasing Population
  • Feature Commentary with Director/Producer/Co-Writer Seth MacFarlane, Co-Writers and Executive Producers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and Star Charlize Theron
  • Unrated Commentary with Director/Producer/Co-Writer Seth MacFarlane, Co-Writers and Executive Producers Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild and Star Charlize Theron

Synopsis:

This hilarious comedy from Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy and Ted, is filled with witty one-liners and an all-star cast. When Albert (MacFarlane) loses his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) to his moustached nemesis (Neil Patrick Harris), a mysterious and beautiful woman (Charlize Theron) rides into town and turns his luck around. But when her notorious outlaw husband (Liam Neeson) arrives seeking revenge, Albert must put his newfound courage to the test. Also starring the outrageous Giovanni Ribisi and Sarah Silverman.

Fox and MGM Blu-ray Titles Under $5 at Amazon!

Posted in Amazon Bargains, Blu-ray, Deals, News on June 21st, 2014 by Dave

EpicA bunch of Blu-ray titles are listed at under $5 at Amazon right now, including EpicThe HeatPrometheusWarGamesRioWe Bought a ZooLife of Pi and The Way, Way Back.

Marvel X-Men title The Wolverine is under $10 at $9.99, a full 75% off retail price.

There are savings on box sets too, with Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures at only $34.26 and Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy at only $25.99.

See the full list if Blu-ray titles at $4.99 after the break: (more…)

Blu-ray Cover Art Gallery for the Week of March 17th, 2014

Posted in News on March 18th, 2014 by Dave

FrozenDisney heads up the Blu-ray Cover Art Gallery for the week of the March 17th, 2014 with some key new titles!

Top title is of course Frozen from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, where in an interesting and annoying move, the Blu-ray 3D release is a retailer exclusive.

Disney also has the Mary Poppins based movie Saving Mr. Banks this week, along with The Jungle Book 2 sequel.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment also has a big week, with the Academy Award nominated American Hustle and Kill Your Darlings on Blu-ray.

MGM Home Entertainment has the 1979 movie The Black Stallion this week, while Criterion Collection has Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time and the Kurosawa movie The Hidden Fortress this week.

Also watch for the Bio-pic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Mysterious Skin from Strand Releasing.

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Nurse 3D to be Released on Blu-ray 3D April 8th, 2014

Posted in News on March 17th, 2014 by Dave

Nurse 3D

April 8th, 2014 will mark the arrival of the new Lionsgate Home Entertainment Blu-ray 3D release for the thriller Nurse 3D.

The movie written by David Loughery and was apparently inspired by the photography of Lionsgate’s chief marketing officer Tim Palen.

The film saw limited released on February 7 in theaters and also on VOD.

The cast includes Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu and Judd Nelson.

Nurse 3D was directed by Douglas Aarniokoski, the man behind The Day.

The movie has a strong critical reception, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 65%, though it didn’t do so well at the IMDb with a score of 4.6/10.

Planned features for the disc include a stereo MVC 1080p video encode presented at 2.40:1, with lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.

A commentary, making of featurette and behind the scenes video diaries are also planned.

The retail price is $24.99, and you can pre-order it from Amazon for $19.99, saving 20%!

Alternatively you can add it to your Blu-rayStats Wishlist.

Extras:

  • Bad Medicine: The Making of Nurse
  • Audio Commentary with director Douglas Aarniokoski
  • Video Diaries – behind-the-scenes with actors Katrina Bowden and Corbin Bleu

Synopsis:

Paz de la Huerta (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire) turns up the body heat in this wickedly entertaining story of a fatal attraction. By day, nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night, Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni, a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby’s fury and a rampage of terror.

The Nutty Professor to be Released on Blu-ray Disc June 3rd, 2014

Posted in News on March 10th, 2014 by Dave

The Nutty Professor

Classic Sci-Fi comedy The Nutty Professor has been announced by Paramount Home Entertainment, scheduled for 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Blu-ray Edition on June 3rd, 2014.

The film was produced, directed, co-written and starring Jerry Lewis.

The story is a parody of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the movie was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Along with Jerry Lewis, the cast includes Stella Stevens, Del Moore and Kathleen Freeman.

NuttyProfessorLaidoutThe film has received strong reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 86% and an IMDb score of 6.7/10.

Planned features for this release are extensive, including additional DVDs and CDs, and books, as well as deleted scenes, gag reel and a new featurette on Jerry Lewis.

The retail price is $54.99, and you can pre-order it from Amazon for $44.99, saving 18%!

Alternatively you can add it to your Blu-rayStats Wishlist.

Extras:

  • Jerry Lewis: No Apologies – An intimate look at the artist who has entertained and educated audiences for more than eight decades
  • Directors Letter: A letter specially written by Jerry to present this new collection
  • Recreated “Being A Person” book: 96-pages made up of drawings and quotes inspired/written by Jerry Lewis and drawn by his personal illustrator. 250 copies of this book were originally made and distributed to members of the cast and crew of The Nutty Professor after the director heard of general conflicts among them.
  • CD: Phoney Phone calls 1959-1972 – Years before the Jerky Boys were harassing unwitting shop clerks, housewives and businessmen, Lewis perfected the art, as these recordings show. Released in 2001 on the Sin-Drome label, this is a collection of private prank calls secretly recorded by Jerry Lewis over the years.
  • 48-Page Storyboard Book
  • 44-Page Cutting Script with Jerry’s notes
  • Commentary by Jerry Lewis and Steve Lawrence
  • The Nutty Professor: Perfecting The Formula Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Jerry Lewis at Work
  • Jerry at Movieland Wax Museum with commentary by son Chris Lewis
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Jerry and Stella Promos
  • Bloopers
  • Screen Tests
  • Outtakes
  • Original Mono Track
  • Trailers

Synopsis:

The title’s eponymous professor is Julius F. Kelp (Lewis), a shy, bumbling chemistry teacher who has a mad crush on his student Stella Purdy (Stella Stevens). When he tires of being made fun of, Kelp develops a magic potion that turns him into smooth and smarmy nightclub singer Buddy Love. Stella is drawn to Buddy but unfortunately, the potion’s formula is unstable and Buddy keeps slipping back into Julius at the most embarrassing moments. In the end the professor’s ploy is revealed, but not before he delivers a speech calling for everyone to learn to love themselves first before others can return the favor. Stella realizes she loves him for who he is and, needless to say, the ending is a happy one.