Every child and the child within you, especially females teens on up, will feel the romance and the special family values within Cinderella. The live action feature now on Blu-ray and DVD turns the original animated movie into a spectacular home entertainment show with a perfect cast and pin point direction by Kenneth Branagh. And there’s enough comedy and adventure to treat the boys as well. What’s missing however, are the songs that made the original animated version back in the 1950’s memorable. There is very little opportunity for toe tapping and humming that we’ve come to expect from a Disney film. Read more
The Walt Disney Company has released a collection of animated shorts on Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack. The twelve cartoon features are some of the top selections from their Animation Studio and includes 2015’s Oscar Winner. They are family friendly, comical, heartfelt as well as inspirational and informative. Some were never released in theaters and each has a personality all its own. This collection has some of the better productions ever put together for home viewing. Read more
Swinging into Pitch Perfect 2, the very funny and uplifting musical offers a good time for the over 13 crowd and it’s now on Blu-ray and DVD. The whole cast is returning from the first episode and they are in a battle to keep their legacy intact. You’ll be treated to the antics of your favorites from last year and a group of new characters who will rock the house. Jam packed with special features, other than Disney releases no other studio gives home viewers this many extras on Blu-ray. Available for home viewing on September 22. Read more
David Duchovny pulls off an exceptional performance in TV’s “Aquarius”. The first season of the series, now on Blu-ray in an unrated version, is loosely based on Charles Mansion prior to the murders of the La Bianca’s and Sharon Tate. The show introduces events that led up to the discovery of Mansion’s commune, the investigation, prostitution and how he established his following. Support actors are exceptionally good and the fast paced script plays out nicely without interruptions or cut-away. Read more
Sliding into a release slot the film Meru, a breathtaking mountain climbing documentary, takes center stage only 14 days before the opening of the movie Everest. The exciting action adventure uses cameras to record the actual events that took place in attempts to scale the over 4 miles high virgin peak of Meru in Gharwal Himalayas. Many experienced mountaineers tried to reach the summit called “Shark Fin”, but failed. Filmed in real time this is the true story of three determined climbers who just wouldn’t let the mountain defeat them.
The low budget indie film The Dempsey Sisters has come to DVD with a story of getting one’s life on track and bonding for friendship. The film gets very predictable after the first ten minutes and then settles down for an average bit of fun and entertainment. It would have been a lot better if more songs were used in the production, especially with this exceptional cast noted for their musical talent. Read more
Haven Season 5, vol 1 has arrived on Blu-ray and DVD just in time for binge watchers to re-live everything they loved or hated about season five on the cusp of the finale episodes of the series, airing October 8. Read more
Robbing a bank can be a disaster for everyone concerned and that’s what the film Checkmate’s story really has to say. Not well-acted and loosely directed, the story actually needs explaining if you want to know what the script writer intended. For entertainment purposes it’s easier to just go with the film as a robbery gone badly. Now on DVD it may be more of a Redbox rental than something you want to own.
Just released, the movie A Walk in the Woods showcases the fine acting of Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. Providing a lot of laughs mixed with drama the “never-ending” journey of their characters make for good entertainment. The film reminds me of The Bucket List, with good measure of last year’s Wild and even a little of Grumpy Old Men. While the story’s a bit wacky, it’s very amusing to see the two consummate actors up on the big screen in a comedy together. Read more
One of Robin Williams’s last motion pictures has come to Blu-ray. It’s called Boulevard and takes on a dark secret that his character has from the past. Nicely filmed and directed the movie catches you off guard in the beginning then slowly tells its unusual tale. If you are a film buff it’s a must see, for others it’s an acquired taste in subject matter. The film is now available on Blu-ray and DVD for home viewing. Read more
A comedy of errors but with a serious tone the film 7 Minutes comes to Blu-ray and DVD with a story that may seem a bit familiar, yet fun to watch. The low budget movie has a recognizable cast good uses of their fine talent within the loosely scripted storyline. If you like movies that get to the point, are action based and are not complicated, then invite your best buds over for a brewski or two and whoop it up with 7 Minutes. Read more
The very tense drama Good Kill based on actual events puts the audience inside the Middle East dealing with drone attacks. The high pressured men who control the payloads delivered by the unmanned air ships are at the center of the film and by all accounts convey a very realistic view of the ‘new’ warfare. Now on Blu-ray and DVD the movie stars 4 time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke in a poignant role that’s made for him to play.
For those that like a good gruesome movie, a lot of gore and some brutal deaths there’s The Curse of Downers Grove now on DVD. The interesting low budget thriller puts you in touch with your high school years, but not in a good way. The story plays out with deaths occurring similar to a Final Destination flick by unexpected means and from out of nowhere. It’s a cool little film that shows you can make a small production look big. Read more
Here’s a very quirky comedy that turns on the charm with some twists that you won’t see coming. The D Train now on Blu-ray and DVD does have its moments showing a lot of off color humor with Black kicking up his character old style much like days of his movies past. However directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul depend on James Marsden to carry the heavy role to make the film work and there’s no doubt that his performance saves the day. Read more
An inspirational drama The Surface comes to Home Video with very good acting and a different kind of story. The movie takes a look at the lives of two men and how they have to come to terms with their past. Directed by Gil Cates Jr. with script written by Jeff Gendelman the central theme is about despair and overcoming difficult odds at sea. The DVD has special extras that are well worth the watch. Read more