Ghostbusters Reboot Comes to Digital HD September 27th and Blu-ray/DVD October 11th

One of this year's most divisive movies thus far came in the form of a "Ghostbusters" reboot that nobody really asked for. Not only were they trying to restart a series that had been dormant for 27 years, but they were trying to do it with entirely new characters, so it's no surprise that the reaction was decidedly mixed. Critics gave the reboot a middling score of 6.4/10 on Rotten Tomatoes, while audiences were not quite so kind, that is, those that bothered to go see it at all (the film didn't do quite as well with its monstrous budget as the studio was hoping). However, the film did have it's fans, so they'll be glad to hear that Sony has officially announced the home release, declaring t

The Jungle Book (2016): A Stunning Visual Feast for All Ages (Blu-ray)

The Film: When most people think of writer/director Jon Favreau nowadays, they more than likely think of his work on the enormously popular “Iron Man” franchise, the first two films of which he directed. Many seem to forget that, before his days on the major superhero series, he actually gave us a pair of family-friendly films that included “Zathura: A Space Adventure” and the enduring Christmas favorite “Elf.” So while there may have been those that were surprised that he was chosen to direct a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” they really shouldn’t have been, for when you look at his filmography, he has quite the experience with big budgets, special effects, an

Lights Out Comes to Digital HD October 11th and Blu-ray/DVD October 25th

One of the better horror offerings of recent months was the surprise hit and critically-favored "Lights Out," which tells the story of a supernatural being that preys upon a family from the shadows. The film was a pleasant surprise, offering up a few good scares, all while putting an age-old premise to good use. To quote my review from last month: “Lights Out” ends up being a good example of taking an oft-used premise and turning it into something that’s highly effective. Today, Warner Bros has announced the home release of the film, stating that it will first come to Digital HD on October 11th, followed by the Blu-ray/DVD release on October 25th. Unfortunately, the only special featured tha

Samara Returns in the First Trailer for Rings

2002's "The Ring" has always been considered one of the better, if not the best, American remake of a Japanese horror film, and for good reason. It was tense, creepy, and followed an interesting mystery, all on a ticking clock that had our protagonist trying to save her and her son's lives. However, when it came to the sequel, things took a sharp nosedive, resulting in a rather dull, forgettable affair that couldn't even come close to the original's compelling and disturbing atmosphere. We all know a sequel has been in the works for quite some time, but at long last, we finally have a trailer for the film, which is simply titled "Rings." As we can see from these brief two and half minutes, S

DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season One: Uninteresting Characters Spoil a Potentially Great Show

Last year, I mentioned how the last few years had seen an enormous increase in comic book shows appearing on television, including “Arrow,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” and the best of the lot thus far, “The Flash.” Well, this trend has yet to subside, with these shows continuing to prosper and others appearing as well, including “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” which is a crossover between several characters from “The Flash” and “Arrow.” In theory, such a crossover could be extremely fascinating. Both shows have interesting characters, and both exist in the same universe (as we’ve seen through several crossover episodes in the past), but in order to achieve its potential, it woul

Damien Chazelle's La La Land Gets A Gorgeous Second Trailer

After the big success of "Whiplash," which included five Oscar nods and three wins, all eyes were on writer/director Damien Chazelle for what he would choose to work on next. As it turns out, he decided to stay in the realm of music, but this time delivering what looks to be a dream-like film that will be an actual musical called "La La Land," which tells the story of a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) that falls for an aspiring actress (Emma Stone). We've already seen one trailer that gave us a taste of the film's incredible visuals, as well as a little of Ryan Gosling's vocals, but now we've finally gotten a second trailer, this time giving us a listen to Emma Stone's beautiful singing voice. O

Independence Day: Resurgence Comes to Digital HD September 27th and Blu-ray/DVD October 18th

It's been a long 20 years since the explosively entertaining "Independence Day" hit theaters back in 1996, and even though there wasn't a whole lot of demand for a sequel, that's exactly what we got this year in the form of "Independence Day: Resurgence." The response from both critics and audiences was not exactly enthusiastic, with the film earning some pretty miserable ratings from both groups, but I suppose that's the kind of thing that happens when you make a rather unnecessary sequel two decades after the original was a smash hit. Today, 20th Century Fox has announced the home release of the film, declaring that it will be coming to Digital HD on September 27th and Blu-ray/DVD October

The Nice Guys: A Splendid Tribute to Mystery Films of the 70s (Blu-ray)

The Film: Even if you’ve never heard the name of writer/director Shane Black before, chances are, you’ve seen at least one or two of his films. With a career that has spanned about 20 years, he has given us the screenplays to such films as “Lethal Weapon,” “The Monster Squad,” and “Last Action Hero. In 2005, he finally climbed into the director’s chair as well to deliver what has perhaps been his most popular film to date, the bizarre mystery-comedy “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” For his latest project, “The Nice Guys,” he once again pulls double duty as director and co-writer to return to similar territory, except this time, he takes it back a few decades to spice things up a bit. Taking place in 1

Roots (2016): A New Telling for a New Generation (Blu-ray)

The Show: What an extremely bold move it is to try and remake one of the most beloved and popular miniseries of all time. When “Roots,” based on Alex Haley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, first aired back in 1977, it was an event watched by around 30 million people for each of its eight nights, with the final part still ranking as one of the most-watched episodes of any show of all time. The news that it was going to be redone was nothing short of a surprise. After all, why would you bother remaking something that was practically perfect the first time? However, given the importance and grandeur of the infamous story of Kunta Kinte and his family, a new telling for a new generation could be

The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season: A Small Step Up, but Still Not Quite Enough (Blu-ray)

The Show: *Warning: Review Contains Spoilers* When last we left “The Walking Dead,” it was in desperate need of a change. Season five had been something of a mess that left the characters with barely a thing to do, little-to-no character development, and a story that had them wandering about aimlessly before the show became overly-complacent with leaving them be in their new home. As I mentioned back then, season four showed that the folks in charge seemed to understand what was missing, and indeed they had injected some of it in that season, but sadly they fell back into their old ways of just not caring. Season six presents yet another chance for them to put the show back together the way

Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete First Season: A Continuation Worth Waiting For (Blu-ray)

The Show: For over 20 years, ever since the release of Sam Raimi’s “Army of Darkness,” it has been the hope of millions of fans that we would one day get to see Ash Williams don his chainsaw once more to face off against the evil deadites. Most assumed that Raimi and his collaborators would eventually cook up another film at some point (ignoring the dreadful remake in the process) that would be the answer to our prayers, but little did we know that something completely different was in the works. When it was announced that it would in fact be a TV show (aptly titled “Ash vs Evil Dead”), there was no doubt a little skepticism from even the biggest fans. Could a show contain the craziness, the

The Legend of Tarzan Comes to Digital HD September 20th and Blu-ray/DVD October 11th

When David Yates' "The Legend of Tarzan" dropped in theaters back in July, it was not met well by critics or audiences to say the least. The main complaints against it appeared to be its sluggish pace and generic plot, which were indeed my main issues with the film, for it seemed to take forever to get going and even when it did, the filmmakers didn't seem to do very much with the material. However, at the very least, the film did have a pretty good cast that included Alexander Skarsgard as Tarzan, Margot Robbie as Jane, Christoph Waltz as the villainous Leon Rom, and Samuel L. Jackson as George Washington Williams, who becomes something of a sidekick to Tarzan. Today, Warner Bros. Home Ente

Middle-earth Limited Collector's Edition Comes to Blu-ray November 1st

UPDATE: Warner Bros. has confirmed a release date of November 1st for the set, in addition to the $800 price tag. The set will also be available exclusively from Amazon on October 4th. Good news for those of you who have held off buying the extended Blu-rays of Sir Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" for it's been unveiled today that a massive Collector's Edition featuring all six films is to be released sometime soon. At this time, there aren't many details about the set, but we do know that it will contain 30-discs, and that it will supposedly only contain previously-released special features. We also know that the set will come with several special items, including a

Gotham: The Complete Second Season: An Even More Compelling Sophomore Effort (Blu-ray)

The Show: When “Gotham” premiered two years ago, it was met with a fair amount of skepticism as to whether or not such a show would work. In fact, there were many who wouldn’t even look past the fact that it didn’t focus on Batman like most adaptations of Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s universe of characters. However, for those who were able to get past its original approach (i.e. focusing on Detective Gordon and the villains he faces as a detective), they were treated to a fascinating show that consisted of several captivating storylines, a compelling cast of characters, and a fresh angle that gave us a unique take on this oft-explored world. In short, what we got was one of the best new shows

The Full-Length Trailer for Denis Villeneuve's Arrival Has Arrived

Last week we finally got the first footage for Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival" in a brief one-minute trailer, but today Paramount has finally unveiled the full-length trailer that gives us an even better idea as to what we can expect. Just in case you're unfamiliar with what the upcoming film will be about, here's a brief synopsis: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks - are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. With an incredible cast

International Trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Presents Some New Footage

Just a few days ago, we got the second full-length trailer for Gareth Edwards' upcoming "Star Wars" spinoff entitled "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," but hot on its heals comes a new international trailer that gives us a little bit of new footage and a few new snippets of dialogue. It may not be very much, but we do get a small indication of just how important one of the yet unseen characters is going to be. As you're probably well aware of by now, the film will deal with the Rebels' mission to steal the plans for the Empire's ultimate weapon, The Death Star, a mission which is only mentioned in brief in "A New Hope." It's a part of the story that fans have always wondered about, making it th

11.22.63: A Fascinating Premise Gets Sidetracked (Blu-ray)

The Show: When it comes to turning the works of Stephen King into films, we’ve gotten something of a mixed bag over the past few decades. There are some good ones out there, including Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Frank Darabont’s “The Green Mile,” but there are also plenty that have yielded iffy results, including the “It” miniseries from 1990, “Dreamcatcher,” “Salem’s Lot,” “and “The Mist.” The latest in the long line of adaptations, “11.22.63,” takes the route that many of King’s sprawling novels are forced to take in that nothing short of a miniseries will do to contain it. Even so, it runs for much longer than your standard King affair, taking eight episodes that total around seve

The First Thrilling Trailer for Robert Zemeckis' Allied Has Arrived

At long last, Paramount has finally dropped the first trailer for Robert Zemeckis' World War II thriller "Allied," starring Brad Pit and Marion Cotillard. The film tells tells "the story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war." It's only a brief, minute-long trailer, but it gives us a good idea of what kind of film we'll be getting, and it certainly looks intriguing to say the least. The amount of talent involved alone (Oscar nominee Brad Pitt and Oscar winner Marion Co

The Second Full-Length Trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Has Landed

With still four long months left to go, Disney has finally given us another full-length trailer for their upcoming "Star Wars" spinoff entitled "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," and as we can see, it was clearly worth the wait. Featuring plenty of new footage, it looks like it's shaping up to be an incredible adventure that will do justice to this expanding cinematic universe. With a cast that includes Oscar nominee Felicity Jones ("The Theory of Everything"), Oscar winner Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland"), Mads Mikkelsen ("Casino Royale"), Ben Mendelsohn ("The Dark Knight Rises"), and Riz Ahmed ("Nightcrawler"), the film will deal with the Rebel's mission to steal the plans for th

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector's Edition Comes to Blu-ray on November 15th

Good news for those of you who felt that we didn't get quite enough extras on the first Blu-ray release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," as today Disney has announced that a Collector's Edition will be coming to Blu-ray in the US and Canada on November 15th. Here's what's expected on the new release: 3D COLLECTOR’S EDITION BONUS FEATURES: Audio Commentary with J.J. Abrams – Enter the mind of visionary director J.J. Abrams as he reveals the creative and complex choices made while developing the first film in the new Star Wars trilogy. Foley: A Sonic Tale – Foley artists, consisting of old pros and new talent, unite to bring the world of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” alive through the match

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