December 14, 2014

This Is Where I Leave You Blu-ray Review






**SYNOPSIS**



When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.





**MOVIE REVIEW**



Director Shawn Levy does a good job reigning in the large ensemble cast and gets terrific performances across the board. The screenplay adapted by and from Jonathan Tropper's novel is laced with humor and also moments that will leave some individuals reaching for a tissue or two. 8.5/10


**VIDEO QUALITY**



This Is Where I Leave You arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 - Color reproduction is flawless with lushly saturated primaries popping. Fine details such as close ups, clothing and furniture textures have great clarity. Black levels were consistently deep and inky. No signs of compression artifacts. 9/10


**AUDIO QUALITY**



Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - The crackling dialogue is placed front and center with razor sharp clarity. Surrouns feature some nice environmental effects that gives you a feeling of being in the same space as the characters. LFE performance was solid but is rarely called upon. No pops, cracks or hisses to be heard. 8/10


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* Deleted and Extended Scenes (HD)
* The Narrative Voice: A Discussion with Shawn Levy and Jonathan Tropper (HD)
* The Narrative Voice: A Commentary with Shawn Levy and Jonathan Tropper (HD)
* The Gospel According to Rabbi Boner (HD)
* Points of Departure (HD)

December 11, 2014

David Fincher's Gone Girl on Blu-ray January 13th






Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release the hit thriller Gone Girl to Blu-ray and DVD on January 13, 2015. The David Fincher directed film stars Ben Affleck, and Rosamund Pike. The Blu-ray specs are set to be 1080p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track for audio. Below are the official details:





**SYNOPSIS**



Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global best seller by Gillian Flynn — unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Every Blu-ray comes with an exclusive new Amazing Amy story – “Tattle Tale.” The 36-page children’s book is only available with the purchase of the Gone Girl Blu-ray.


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* Audio Commentary by David Fincher
* Amazing Amy Tattle Tale - Book

The Book of Life on Blu-ray and DVD January 27th






Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release The Book of Life to Blu-ray and DVD on January 27, 2015. The film stars the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum. 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:





**SYNOPSIS**



Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* Audio Commentary by Jorge R. Gutierrez
* The Adventures of Chuy
* Closer Look At The Book of Life
* The Music of Life
* Digital Carpenters: The Art Direction of The Book of Life
* Music Machine
* “No Matter Where You Are” Music Video by Us The Duo
* Galleries
- Meet the Cast
- Visual Development – Color Keys
- Visual Development – Production Art
- Background Poster-Paintings
- The Final Look

Dolphin Tale 2 Blu-ray Review






**SYNOPSIS**



The inspiring true story of Winter isn’t over. Several years after receiving a prosthetic tail, Winter loses her surrogate mother, leaving her alone, grieving and unwilling to engage with anyone, even her best human friend, Sawyer. Worse, she may have to be moved from her home at the aquarium due to regulations requiring dolphins to be paired. When Dr. Clay Haskett and his dedicated team can’t find her a companion, it looks like they may lose their beloved Winter...until an unexpected turn of events brings them Hope.





**MOVIE REVIEW**



Winter returns in this sweet and worthy sequel. For any young one in your family that loved the first film you can be certain they'll be thrilled to receive this Blu-ray combo pack under the Christmas tree. The cast is given more screen time and the characters are more fleshed out. I could nitpick with the film throwing in lifetime movie of the week problems for the family to face but it doesn't harm the score too much. Recommended for animal lovers and anyone looking for a good family family film. 8/10


**VIDEO QUALITY**



Dolphin Tale 2 arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 1.85:1 - Bold primaries and various cheerful colors look great. Fleshtones appear natural. Black levels were solid. Overall image sharpness was good but there were a few slightly soft scenes. Closeups and clothing exhibit fine little details like textures, wrinkles, freckles, and the marine life looks brilliant. No compression artifacts to be found. 8/10


**AUDIO QUALITY**



Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track. - Don;t be too excited to see the 7.1 designation for this track as it doesn't add all that much. Dialogue was consistently crisp and clear and Winter sounds good too. Surrounds activity was lively with environmental effects being crisp and precise. LFE performance was good when bass was needed but certainly not a wall shaker and nobody should be expecting that with this material. No anomalies to speak of. 7.5/10


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* Dolphin Tale 2: Underwater Magic (HD, 3min)

* Dolphin Tale 2: True Story (HD, 4min)

* Look Who's Running The Show (HD, 3min20sec)

* Bethany Hamilton Meets Winter (HD, 3min18sec)

* Dolphin Tale 2: The Mission (HD, 3min34sec)

* Cozi Zuehlsdorff - "Brave Souls" Music Video

* Gavin DeGraw - "You Got Me" Music Video

* Blooper Reel (HD, 7min22sec)