August 13, 2017

Justice League: The New Frontier Commemorative Edition Blu-ray October 3rd






Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Justice League: The New Frontier Commemorative Edition to Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Steelbook and DVD on October 3, 2017. The Blu-ray specs are set to be 1080p video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and we await finalized details on the audio track. Below are the official details:


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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment returns to the roots of DC’s greatest Super Heroes – and their unifying moment – with the celebratory release of Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Steelbook, and DVD on October 3, 2017.

For the new Commemorative Edition of the popular 2008 PG-13 animated film, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has produced an all-new featurette spotlighting the late Darwyn Cooke. The comic book author and artist’s seminal work, DC: The New Frontier, received an Eisner, Harvey and Shuster Award, and that six-issue comic book limited series served as the key source material from which the film was adapted. Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition also features box art from Cooke’s canon of dazzling New Frontier imagery.

Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition is the epic tale of the founding of the Justice League. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the animated film is directed by David Bullock from a script by Stan Berkowitz. Sander Schwartz and Bruce Timm are Executive Producers. Michael Goguen is Supervising Producer.

The action-packed adventure features iconic DC Super Heroes Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman alongside Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash as they band together to form the legendary team. Strangers at first, these very different heroes must overcome fear and suspicion to forge an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman cannot stop it alone. If they fail, the entire planet will be "cleansed" of humanity.

Justice League: The New Frontier – Commemorative Edition features an impressive roll call of celebrity voice performances, including Golden Globe Award winner Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) as Superman, Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) as Batman, Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Wonder Woman, Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) as Barry Allen/The Flash, David Boreanaz (Bones) as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) as Carol Ferris, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) as Lois Lane, Phil Morris (Seinfeld) as King Faraday, and the late Miguel Ferrer (NCIS: Los Angeles) as Martian Manhunter. The cast also boasts the voices of Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Keith David (Platoon), Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio) and the late John Heard (Big).


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* Retro Action Cool: The Story of Darwyn Cooke – A revealing look into the life and times of one of comics’ most brilliant figures, the late Darwyn Cooke.

* Super Heroes United! The Complete Justice League History – A comprehensive look at nearly a half-century of Justice League chronology from the inception in the comics to vivid animated renditions in the late 2000s. The story is told with a myriad of interviews tracing the early days of DC Super Hero team ups during the Golden Age to the Silver Age rendition where the established heroes emerged and beyond. Interviews include such notables as Dan DiDio, Michael Uslan, Paul Levitz, Mark Waid, Denny O'Neil, Stan Lee and Marv Wolfman.

* The Legion of Doom: The Pathology of the DC Super Villain – This 10-minute piece examines the early mythological archetypes of nemesis characters from a historical perspective and reveals how the tenants of this rich history were adapted and woven into the Justice League stories.

* Comic Book Commentary: Homage to the New Frontier – This mini-documentary is a nod to the fans of the New Frontier comics, further expanding the themes contained in the source material and how these elements were truncated or evolved for inclusion in the film. It features vivid imagery culled from the pages of DC: The New Frontier, mixed with the commentary of Darwyn Cooke. This featurette is a treat for both fans and scholars of the medium.

* Sneak Peak: Gotham by Gaslight – A behind-the-scenes look at the next DC Universe Original Movie, inspired by the 1989 Elseworlds tale of Batman – at the turn of the 20th century – as first created as a graphic novel by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, with inks by P. Craig Russell.

* Audio Commentary I/The Filmmakers – Featuring Justice League: The New Frontier filmmakers Bruce Timm, Michael Goguen, David Bullock, Stan Berkowitz, Andrea Romano and Gregory Noveck.

* Audio Commentary II/Darwyn Cooke – Featuring award-winning writer/artist Darwyn Cooke

August 11, 2017

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review






**SYNOPSIS**



When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.





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**MOVIE REVIEW**



King Arthur while not loved by critics is a fun and quirky film. Guy Ritchie adds his trademark flashbacks and rapid fire dialogue in spots. Charlie Hunnam cuts a strong figure of Arthur who is the reluctant hero. Jude Law was an effective villain though I do wish we had a couple more scenes between him and Eric Bana at the beginning. The action rarely lets up and this is more a blend of the King Arthur legend with interesting fantasy elements. 8/10


**VIDEO QUALITY**



King Arthur: Legend of the Sword arrives on 4K UHD Blu-ray with a 2160p transfer in the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 - The 4K Ultra HD presentation HDR boost helps bring a vividness to chain mail, lush green mountains and the fantastical battle scenes. Black levels are deep but there are a few moments where it looks a little faded. The image is crisp and glossy though there are scenes that show softness and I would chalk these up to the visual look not a problem with the transfer. No issues with banding. 8.5/10


**AUDIO QUALITY**



Audio is provided by a Dolby Atmos track. - The thick English brogues have no problems with the crystal clear dialogue. Environmental effects, soaring eagles, fire, swords slashing all benefit from the additional surround and overhead channels. LFE performance was excellent exhibiting deep and precise bass. The score is well balanced in the mix. 9/10


**BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES**


* Arthur with Swagger (HD, 09:41) - Charlie Hunnam is a gentleman, a hunk and a rebel, setting new standards as king and new rules with the ladies.

* Sword from the Stone (HD, 18:49) - Director Guy Ritchie as he breathes 21st Century life and luster into England’s most iconic legend and he creates Camelot for a new audience!

* Parry and Bleed (HD, 05:44) - Charlie Hunnam and other cast members get a crash course in swordplay. Vikings versus Saxons style!

* Building on the Past (HD, 14:00) - Londinium comes to life with a new design of Medieval Urban life, built from scratch.

* Inside the Cut: The Action of King Arthur (HD, 06:08) - Join stunt choreographer Eunice Huthart as she teams with Director Guy Ritchie to create the mind-blowing action of King Arthur.

* Camelot in 93 Days (HD, 10:23) - Friendships and romances strengthen and fray as the realities of a 93 day shoot set in.

* Legend of Excalibur (HD, 06:05) - The world’s most famous sword is brought to life for a new generation.

* Scenic Scotland (HD, 05:33) - Wrapping a monumental production on location in glorious Scotland.

Wonder Woman 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray September 19th






Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Wonder Woman to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on September 19, 2017. The 4K Blu-ray specs are set to be 2160p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and a Dolby Atmos track for audio. Below are the official details:





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Celebrate the wonder when “Wonder Woman” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Gal Gadot returns as the DC Super Hero in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”).

The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include an all-new bonus scene never before seen in theaters.

“Wonder Woman” will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition and hi-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. The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include a digital version of the movie with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “Wonder Woman” via purchase from digital retailers beginning August 29.

Additionally, all of the special features, including an all-new bonus scene, interviews with filmmakers, featurettes, and extended scenes, 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 “Wonder Woman” 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.


**SYNOPSIS**



Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films), Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, “The Theory of Everything”), Connie Nielsen (Fox’s “The Following,” “Gladiator”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”), Ewen Bremner (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Snowpiercer”), Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead,” FX’s “Better Things”), Lisa Loven Kongsli (upcoming “Ashes in the Snow”), Eugene Brave Rock (AMC’s “Hell on Wheels”) and Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle”).

The film was produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Stephen Jones, Geoff Johns, Jon Berg, Wesley Coller and Rebecca Steel Roven serving as executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Tencent Pictures and Wanda Pictures, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.” The film is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* Epilogue: Etta’s Mission - Etta Candy gets the boys back together for a secret mission that could impact humanity’s future.

* Crafting the Wonder - Wonder Woman finally comes to life in her first, breathtaking solo film. Explore the journey to create an adventure worthy of DC’s greatest warrior.

* A Director's Vision - Join director Patty Jenkins as she takes you on an exclusive journey through “Wonder Woman’s” most pivotal and exciting moments.
- A Director’s Vision: Themyscira: The Hidden Island
- A Director’s Vision: Beach Battle
- A Director’s Vision: A Photograph Through Time
- A Director’s Vision: Diana in the Modern World
- A Director’s Vision: Wonder Woman at War

* Warriors of Wonder Woman - Witness the creation of the Amazon army as the women of “Wonder Woman” transform emotionally and physically into the world’s most powerful and heroic warriors.

* The Trinity - Filmmakers and comic book creators explore the legend of Wonder Woman and how she stands shoulder to shoulder with Superman and Batman to create the pillars of the DC Universe.

* The Wonder Behind the Camera - Meet the women behind the wonder as they welcome a group of aspiring filmmakers on set for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

* Finding the Wonder Woman Within - Feel the power of Wonder Woman as award-winning poets and inspiring public figures reveal the impact and importance of DC’s greatest heroine.

* Extended Scenes

* Blooper Reel

August 10, 2017

Pure Country: Pure Heart 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.

**SYNOPSIS**



Pure Country: Pure Heart is the moving, music-driven tale of teenage sisters Ada and Piper. Upon discovering a letter about their late father, a Marine who died in Iraq, they leave rural Tennessee and hit the road secretly in search of the truth about the man they never knew. As they uncover his past as a budding country music star, the sisters find their own voice, beginning their journey as singers/songwriters.


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**MOVIE REVIEW**



Pure Country: Pure Heart is a entertaining film for all ages. The music is what really drew me in and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels. The living legend Willie Nelson is a pleasant addition. 8/10


**VIDEO QUALITY**



Pure Country: Pure Heart arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 1.78:1 - Color reproduction is full of lush greens, sandy browns and beautiful earth tones. Skintones appeared natural. Black levels have good depth. The image is sharp with clarity in fine details shining through. 9/10


**AUDIO QUALITY**



Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - Dialogue was crisp and prioritized to the center channel. Where this track shows it strength is in the full and rich sound of the music. LFE performance added just the right amount of depth to the great music. No issues to speak of. 9/10


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* "We Don't Run - Music Video with Willie Nelson

* You've Got to Have Heart

* Me Oh My Meemaw's Pecan Pie