October 3, 2015

Reign: The Complete Second Season DVD Review


The second season begins with Mary and Francis on the throne of a nation burning. France is rocked by the aftereffects of the plague , a disease that crept inside the castle walls, taking thousands upon thousands of lives across the land, and ravaging the stability of a nation. From the ashes, powerful lords will rise, carrying out personal, religious and political vendettas, taking lives, and tearing at Mary and Francis' commitment to their people - and to each other. Though the plague will come to an end, famine will follow, and among the devastated survivors, there is a feeling that the dead still walk the earth. Reports of ghostly visitations will result in mass hysteria and lawlessness. Across all levels of society, there are people eager to exploit the fear and guilt of those who managed to live through the plague. Royals and commoners alike now face a future where friendships will be tested, loyalties betrayed and loved ones murdered.


Reign is a show that is visually pleasing but I could never get into the more soapy aspects. I would attribute that to me not being exactly the target audience. Young girls and women should love it though. 7/10.


Reign: The Complete Second Season arrives on DVD in the aspect ratio of 1.78:1 - Colors vary from darker tones to the lush and green countryside. Flesh tones appear natural. The image is sharp and detailing in the lavish costumes was easily seen. Black levels were deep. There are a few moments of inherent softness during indoor scenes but nothing to mar the overall score too much. 8.5/10


Audio is provided by a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. - Dialogue was crystal clear and had no problem reproducing the thicker accents. LFE performance was good and added some heft to the modern music choices. No pops or cracks were to be heard. 8.5/10


* Playing By Her Rules: A Day on Set with a Queen and Her Court - Behind-the-scenes featurette will take fans on set for one day in the life of their favorite reigning Queen, Adalaide Kane, and her co-stars.

* Deleted Scenes

October 1, 2015

The Gift Blu-ray October 27th

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release The Gift to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 27, 2015. The Blu-ray specs are set to be 1080p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track for audio. Below are the official details:


The Gift asks the question, “Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone?” Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance run-in with Simon’s high-school acquaintance sends their world into a narrowing tailspin. At first Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton), but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she is forced to contemplate: how well we really know those closest to us, and are bygones ever really bygones?


* Alternate Ending
* Deleted Scenes
* Karma for Bullies
* The Darker Side of Jason Bateman
* Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Joel Edgerton

September 22, 2015

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eighth Season Blu-ray Review


The Big Bang Theory — which was already renewed for two additional seasons on CBS — revolves around two genius roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper who remain socially challenged, but always produce hilarious results with their friends. With Leonard finally engaged to girl-across-the-hall Penny after countless proposals, the possibilities for happiness seem endless…while the probability for laughs is a foregone conclusion. What’s unknown is how this might impact the ironclad “Roommate Agreement” he’s entered into with Sheldon. Add to this, Sheldon’s uncomfortably close relationship with neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler; Raj’s newfound ability to talk to and date women; and Howard and Bernadette’s solution to an in-house caretaker (their friend Stuart) for the always outspoken Mrs. Wolowitz, and the worlds of science and sitcom are about to hilariously collide!


The Locomotion Interruption
The Junior Professor Solution
The First Pitch Insufficiency
The Hook-Up Reverberation
The Focus Attenuation
The Expedition Approximation
The Misinterpretation Agitation
The Prom Equivalency
The Septum Deviation
The Champagne Reflection
The Clean Room Infiltration
The Space Probe Disintegration
The Anxiety Optimization
The Troll Manifestation
The Comic Book Store Regeneration
The Intimacy Acceleration
The Colonization Application
The Leftover Thermalization
The Skywalker Incursion
The Fortification Implementation
The Communication Deterioration
The Graduation Transmission
The Maternal Combustion
The Commitment Determination


Eight years in The Big Bang Theory has a legion of fans and is the most watched comedy on television. I'll start by saying I'm not one of the nearly 23 million viewers that tune in every week on CBS. With that in mind I did find some things to like about the show, especially the performance of Johnny Galecki who's been seen on television screens since the late 80's as a supporting character on the iconic series Roseanne. He shows some depth while Jim Parsons performance kind of grates in my opinion. Kaley Cuoco and Mayim Bialik do solid work making the women on the show vital and likable. The two discs are easy to get through in a few nights and will be a welcome addition to any fans collection. 7/10


The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eighth Season arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 1.78:1 - Colors feature nice saturation of primaries and natural flesh tones. Black levels were solid. Contrast is set just right for a sitcom setting. The image was crisp and detailed. No artifacts or edge enhancement seen in any of the episodes. 8/10


Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - This collection of episodes feature tracks that Dialogue is placed front and center sounding crystal clear through the entire season. Surround activity was used mostly for spacing of the laugh track. No anomalies to speak on. 7.5/10


* Shooting Stars: BBT on BBT (HD, 05:01)

* 2014 The Big Bang Theory Comic-Con Panel (HD, 28:21)

* Constellation Prize (HD, 3:52)

* Here's To You, Carol Ann Susi (HD, 9:47)

* It's A Quark…It's An Atom…It's the #BBTSuperfans! (HD, 12:29)

* Gag Reel (HD, 7:17)

September 19, 2015

Entourage The Movie Blu-ray Review


Movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back…and back in business with super-agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood with hilarious antics.


Entourage as a series ended it's eight season run on HBO on September 11, 2011. 4 years later Entourage The Movie brings Vincent Chase and his friends back in what feels like an amped up episode with a ton of cameos, the best being Liam Neeson and his reaction Ari Gold when they are both at a stop light. The guys do grow a bit during the film with Eric becoming a father and Vince getting acclaim directing his first movie. Drama finally gets the respect he has always craved. Part of the plot involves Billy Bob Thornton's T rich Texas investor and his goofball son played to perfection by Haley Joel Osment.

The women get some good screen time as well with Ronda Rousey starting a relationship with the now trim and rich Turtle, she shows a natural warmth during one scene that will serve her well if she pursues acting more in the future. For fans of the show the movie can at times feel kind of like a massive episode with the volume turned up which may irritate some but for most they will enjoy seeing the gang back again and living the lifestlye of the rich and famous. 7.5/10


Entourage The Movie arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 - Being set in sunny LA the color palette pops with lush primaries, blue skies and crisp whites. Warmer earth tones at a investors Texas home look great too. Skin tones appear natural. The image is crystal clear with fine detail in the beautiful cars and the beautiful people looking exceptional. Black levels are deep and rich. There were zero signs of edge enhancement or artifacts. 9/10


Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - The snappy dialogue is crisp and clear throughout. Surround channels help to expand the music tracks and add a sense of environment whether that's on a yacht full of partying, a red carpet, or the few quieter scenes of the guys at home on the deck. LFE performance was robust during the scene of Hyde that Arie watches. Bass was solid during rest of the movie adding nice depth to the music.9/10


* The Gang - Still Rockin’ It (HD, 14:18) - Director Doug Ellin is joined by actors Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara to discuss the series and why they wanted to bring it to the big screen. Mark Wahlberg adds some insight in a separate interview.

* Hollywood, Baby! (HD, 08:28) - The cast and producers discuss upping up the ante for the movie. The Cadillac CIEL concept car that is driven by the guys during a couple scenes in the movie was chosen specifically by them to use for the movie. Doug Elling says that HBO wouldn't let any of them keep all the high dollar cars, clothes and tech that was seen during the shows run or for the movie. Armie Hammer, Ronda Rousey, Bob Saget and Russell Wilson talk about their cameos.

* The Making of Hyde (HD, 04:34) - An interesting in character behind-the-scenes look at Vincent Chase making his directorial debut with the film Hyde, a reimagining of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

* Deleted Scenes (HD, 18:39) - A collection of six deleted/extended scenes. There is no option to watch the scenes separately.

* Gag Reel (HD, 02:46)

* Meet the Newest Member of Entourage (HD, 02:16) - Director Doug Ellin's son Lucas is asked what it was like to play Ari Gold's son Jonah in the film.

* Lucas Ellin is Jonah Gold (HD, 01:59) - Doug Ellin and son Lucas are interviewed on the red carpet.