September 13, 2014

Any Given Sunday 15th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review


Embattled Sharks coach Tony D'Amato (Pacino) faces a full-on blitz of team strife plus a new, marketing-savvy owner (Diaz) who's convinced the aging Tony is out of his league. An injured quarterback (Quaid), a flashy, bull-headed backup QB (Foxx), a slithery team doctor (Woods) and a running back with an incentive-laden contract (LL Cool J) provide some of the stories that zigzag like diagrams in a playbook.


15 years after it's theatrical debut Any Given Sunday is more relevant than ever given all the controversy surrounding the NFL currently. Director Oliver Stone is at the top of his game and has become one of his best films after multiple viewings. The cast is packed with fun cameos, a breakout performance by Jamie Foxx and Al Pacino as the Sharks coach chews the scenery. The game sequences are brutal and thrilling. Pick this one up and run home fast as you can without fumbling. 9/10


Any Given Sunday arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 2.39:1 - Colors are varied and exhibit perfect saturation. Some of the more bright an bold hues pop. Black levels are deep and shadow delineation was solid. Fine detail was good in closeups but I did notice a few soft shots during the 2hr 37 minute running time. 8.5/10


Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - Dialogue is placed front and center remaining crystal clear throughout the film, their are some problems though during game scenes and some of the lines are drowned out. LFE performance features crushing blows on the field and thumping bass to the music cues. Surround activity is used most effectively during game time. Crowd din and panning effects bring you into the action. 8/10


* Audio Commentary with Oliver Stone

* Audio Commentary with Jamie Foxx

* Anything Can Happen (HD, 30min) - The only new special feature on the disc, this retrospective features NFL stars Marshall Faulk and Willie McGinest, 49ers coach Steve Mariucci and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Director Oliver Stone also gives insight on the modern NFL, a look back at the film how it resonates with players today.

* Full Contact: The Making of Any Given Sunday (SD, 27min) - A standard making of doc with talking head interviews. This originally aired on HBO when the film debuted.

* Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD, 33min)

* Music Videos (SD, 7min)
- LL Cool J's Shut Em Down
- Jamie Foxx's "My Name is Willie" and "Any Given Sunday".

* Audition and Screen Tests (SD, 7min)

* Gag Reel (SD, 4min)

* Football and Landscape Outtakes (SD, 12min)

* Instant Replay (HD, 15min)

* Production Stills

* Theatrical Trailer

Kingdom of Heaven: Ultimate Edition on Blu-ray October 7th

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Kingdom of Heaven: Ultimate Edition to Blu-ray on October 7, 2014. The Sir Ridley Scott directed film stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green and Liam Neeson. The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Audio will be provided by a DTS-HD Master 5.1 track. Below are the official details:

From visionary director Sir Ridley Scott comes a cinematic masterpiece with this 2-Disc Blu-ray Edition that includes all three versions of the film — the Director’s Cut, Director’s Cut Roadshow Version and Original Theatrical Version — all presented in high definition, plus over nine hours of in-depth special features, including a full-length documentary that takes you on the path from pre-production to release. On the brink of celebrating its 10th anniversary, a truly legendary cast leads this visually spectacular epic, including Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson and Academy Award®-winner Jeremy Irons*.

Bloom stars as Balian, a young blacksmith who has lost his family and his faith. But when his father (Neeson) reveals his destiny, Balian joins the heroic fight to protect his people from overwhelming forces, and rises to knighthood.

*Best Actor in a Leading Role; Reversal of Fortune (1991)


* All Three Versions of the Film
- Theatrical Version
- Extended Director’s Cut Version
- Director’s Cut “Road Show” Version
* Introduction by Director Sir Ridley Scott
* Pilgrim’s Guide Trivia Track
* The Engineer’s Guide Trivia Track
* Roadshow Commentary with Orlando Bloom, Ridley Scott and Writer William Monahan
* The Path to Redemption
* Sound Design Suite
* Visual Effects Breakdowns
* Press Junket Walkthrough
* World Premieres
* Special Shoot Gallery
* Poster Explorations
* A&E Movie Real
* History vs. Hollywood
* Orlando Bloom “The Adventure of a Lifetime”
* Featurettes and More

Ridley Scott's ALIEN: 35TH Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray October 7th

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release director Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi horror film Alien: 35th Anniversary to Blu-ray on October 7, 2014. The film stars Sigourney Weaver. The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Audio will be provided by a DTS-HD Master 5.1 track. Below are the official details:

A word of warning…. This Halloween revisit one of the scariest films of all-time as ALIEN: 35TH Anniversary Edition arrives on Blu-ray October 7 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. This Limited-Edition Set includes both the theatrical version and director’s cut on Blu-ray, along with audio commentaries, deleted scenes and more — PLUS — a reprint of the original Alien illustrated comic and all-new, collectible art cards as a tribute to the late H.R. Giger, creator of the iconic movie monster that started it all.

When the crew of the space-tug Nostromo responds to a distress signal from a barren planet, they discover a mysterious life form that breeds within human hosts. The acid-blooded extraterrestrial proves to be the ultimate adversary as crew members battle to stay alive and prevent the deadly creature from reaching Earth. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver in her breakout performance as Ripley, this legendary first film in the ALIEN saga will leave you breathless!

Throughout 2014, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products is honoring the milestone 35th anniversary with a yearlong celebration marking the beginnings of the Alien legacy by releasing commemorative and fan-favorite products. Best in Class licensees including Dark Horse Comics, SEGA, NECA, Titan Publishing, Sideshow Collectibles, Diamond Select toys, Super7 x Funko and other partners will roll out exclusive branded publishing, toys and collectible merchandise worldwide to celebrate the ALIEN franchise. The highly-anticipated first person survival horror game Alien: Isolation will be available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 ® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC also on October 7. In addition to Alien: Isolation, hardcore fans can finally add Lieutenant Ellen Ripley to their ALIEN collections as we welcome her NECA figures into the family of officially-licensed merchandise. Many other exciting first-time and limited edition products will also release to celebrate this exciting milestone this year.

Fans can also help celebrate the 35th anniversary of ALIEN by joining the fight at Simply login to Facebook to create your profile, choose your team and complete the missions, sharing your triumphs with friends. The more badges you earn the bigger chance you have taking home some great ALIEN prizes including H.R. Giger’s Alien Diaries, a copy of the all-new ALIEN: ISOLATION video game from Sega and more!


* Includes the 1979 Theatrical Version and 2003 Director’s Cut!
* Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Cast and Crew
* Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (Theatrical Version Only)
* Introduction by Ridley Scott (Director’s Cut Only)
* Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
* Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
* Deleted and Extended Scenes
* Digital HD
* Alien Illustrated Comic
* Collectible Art Cards

Beethoven's Treasure Tail on Blu-ray and DVD October 28th

Universal Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Beethoven's Treasure Tail on Digital HD October 14, 2014 and Blu-ray or DVD October 28, 2014. The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Audio will be provided by a DTS-HD Master 5.1 track. Below are the official details:


Get ready to howl with laughter in this all-new family comedy starring America’s favorite St. Bernard, the one and only Beethoven! After a doggone disaster of a movie shoot, the big-hearted pooch and his trainer, Eddie (Jonathan Silverman, Beethoven’s Big Break), are heading home when they get stranded in a small coastal village. When Beethoven befriends a local boy (Bretton Manley, Ted), he helps him find a pirate map to lost treasure and together they em-bark on an adventure that brings the whole town together. Co-starring Morgan Fairchild (Flamingo Road), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), it’s a heartwarming “tail” about finding fun wherever your nose leads you.

Produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, Beethoven’s Treasure Taildebuts on Digital HD on October 14, 2014, and on DVD and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with DVD, Digital HD & Ultraviolet™ on October 28, 2014.