April 27, 2017

Animal Kingdom: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.


Executive produced by Emmy® winner John Wells (Shameless, ER, The West Wing) and developed by Jonathan Lisco (Southland), this series, inspired by the critically acclaimed 2010 Australian movie by the same name, centers on 17-year-old "J" Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of an overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch "Smurf" Cody and her right-hand Baz, who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope, the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig, the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran, the troubled, suspicious "baby" of the family. It isn't long before J is pulled into the family's life of indulgence and excess, but he soon discovers that it's all being funded by criminal activities. Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle.

“When you take three generations of criminals and put them under one roof, you are bound to have a gripping drama with secrets, lies and family power struggles, and it’s no wonder that millions of loyal fans tuned in to each episode to see what was in store for the Cody clan,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. “We are delighted to bring the show’s gritty first season to Blu-ray™ and DVD for existing fans to binge-watch the full season with all-new special features and for new fans to discover and catch up on the show before the second season premiere on TNT."

Animal Kingdom: The Complete First Season stars Emmy® and Tony® Award winner Ellen Barkin (Ocean’s Thirteen), Scott Speedman (The Strangers) Shawn Hatosy (Southland), Ben Robson (Vikings), Jake Weary (Pretty Little Liars), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders), Daniella Alonso (Revolution) and Molly Gordon (I Am Sam). Based on the motion picture written by David Michôd, and developed for television by Jonathan Lisco (Southland, Halt and Catch Fire), the series is executive produced by Emmy® winner John Wells (Shameless, Southland), Lisco, Christopher Chulack (Southland, ER, Shameless), Etan Frankel (Shameless, Southland), Michôd and Liz Watts. The series is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television.


We Don’t Hurt People
Stay Close, Stick Together
Dead to Me
Flesh is Weak
Child Care
Goddamn Animals
Man In
Judas Kiss
What Have You Done

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Animal Kingdom: The Complete First Season arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 1.78:1 - The show has a pleasing sunny SoCal afternoon palette. Colors have nice pop with no issues of bleeding. Fine details were quite stunning in close-ups, showing individual hairs and lines in faces. Black levels were pleasingly deep with no sacrifice in shadow detail. 9/10


Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - Dialogue reproduction was crystal clear throughout the first season. Surrounds add a nice blend of environmental effects especially when outdoors. LFE performance was solid with crisp, thumping bass during action scenes. All 10 episodes are engaging and feature nice dynamic range.9/10


* Inside Animal Kingdom (HD, 02:16)

* Animal Kingdom: Stunts (HD, 02:01)

* Meet the Codys (HD, 01:58)

* Getting Into Character (HD, 01:59)

* Setting The Stage (HD, 02:24)

* Family Comes First (HD, 14:18)

* Deleted Scenes

April 24, 2017

The Belko Experiment Blu-ray June 27th

Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release The Belko Experiment to Blu-ray and DVD on June 27, 2017. 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. Below are the official details:

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From writer, producer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue, The Darkness) and producer Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle), comes the story about a group of 80 American employees who are tested in a twisted social experiment of bone-crunching horror! Belko Industries, a normally calm workplace, gets a rude awakening when a mysterious voice on the intercom orders them to participate in a ruthless game of kill or be killed in a blood-soaking battle royale at their office building in Bogotá, Colombia. As the terror escalates, so does the body count. Everyone is a competitor and everyday objects become deadly weapons. Let the corporate carnage commence!

Presented by Orion Pictures, an arm of MGM, The Belko Experiment stars John Gallagher Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Adria Arjona (True Detective), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil), Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Sean Gunn (Ordinary World) and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy). The mind-blowing bonus features include Rules of the Game, Lee Hardcastle’s Survival Tips, deleted scenes and more.

April 18, 2017

Table 19 Blu-ray June 13th

Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Table 19 to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on June 13, 2017. 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. Below are the official details:

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Academy Award® Nominee Anna Kendrick leads a hilarious ensemble cast—including Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant and Craig Robinson—in this laugh-out-loud tale of mischief and matrimony. Relieved of her maid of honor duties after being dumped by the best man, Eloise (Kendrick) decides to attend her oldest friend’s wedding anyway and finds herself seated among random strangers in the back of the ballroom. As secrets are revealed, Eloise bonds with her new tablemates and discovers that friendships, and even romance, can develop under the most unlikely circumstances.


* Deleted Scenes
- “Carol Milner Kills It”
- “Cousin Donny Toasts It”
- “Infamous Kate Works It”
- “Table 19 Swings It”
* Featurettes
- “Table of Rejects”
- “Head of the Table”
- “Table for Six”
* Gallery

The Lego Batman Movie 4K ULtra HD Blu-ray June 13th

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release The Lego Batman Movie to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on June 13, 2017. The 4K Blu-ray specs are set to be 2160p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and I would expect Dolby Atmos track for audio but that has not been finalized at the moment. Below are the official details:

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Bring home the year’s funniest family adventure when “The LEGO® Batman Movie,” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The film features Will Arnett who reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie,” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne.

The film also features Zach Galifianakis (the “Hangover” films, “Muppets Most Wanted”) starring as The Joker; Michael Cera (TV’s “Arrested Development”) as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson (TV’s “Daredevil”) as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films) as Alfred.

“The LEGO Batman Movie” is directed by Chris McKay, and produced by Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Roy Lee, who worked together on “The LEGO Movie.” Jill Wilfert, Matthew Ashton, Will Allegra and Brad Lewis serve as executive producers. The story by Seth Grahame-Smith is based on LEGO Construction Toys characters from DC and the screenplay is written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern and John Whittington.

“The LEGO Batman Movie” will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and 2-disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc of the film in high definition, and a digital version of the film in Digital HD with UltraViolet*.The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. All versions include a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own “The LEGO Batman Movie” via purchase from digital retailers beginning May 19.

Additionally, all of the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, new original shorts, featurettes, deleted scenes and 360° videos, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When purchased digitally and redeemed on UltraViolet, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

The Blu-ray discs of “The LEGO Batman Movie” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.


In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble—LEGO Batman—stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.


* Original Animation Shorts
- Dark Hoser
- Batman is Just Not That Into You
- Cooking with Alfred

* Movie Sound Effects: How Do They Do That?

* The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short

* Deleted Scenes

* Featurettes
- One Brick at a Time: Making the Lego Batman Movie
- Inside Wayne Manor
- Brick by Brick: Making of the LEGO Batman
- Behind the Brick
- Me and My Mini Fig
- Comic Con Panel

* Rebrick Contest Winners

* Film Trailers

* Lego Life Trailer

* Social Promos
- Follow Me Online
- Don't Skip
- Happy Holidays Jingle
- Batsby New Year's
- Team Cutdown

* Director and Crew Commentary