October 11, 2017

The House Blu-ray Review






**SYNOPSIS**



When Scott and Kate Johansen’s daughter gets into the college of her dreams it’s cause for celebration. That is, until Scott and Kate (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) learn that the scholarship they were counting on didn’t come through, and they’re now on the hook for tuition they can’t begin to afford.

With the help of their friend and neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas)—also in need of a major payday—they decide to open an illegal casino in his suburban house, risking everything together on a Vegas-style bacchanal where money flows, inhibitions are checked at the door, and all bets are off.





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**MOVIE REVIEW**



The House starts off a bit dull until things get more entertaining once Ferrell and Amy Poehler get to let loose and be a bit wild with their characters. A fun cameo from Jeremy Renner is the best part of the film. Jason Mantzoukas is a wild card that helps to add intrigue whether you can trust Frank or not. Worth a purchase for fans of the cast. 7/10


**VIDEO QUALITY**



The House arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 - Color reproduction was good. The palette gets a nice warm depth to it with reds, oranges and wood grains when the casino is in full swing. Black levels were pleasingly deep and inky. Overall clarity was excellent save for a few instances at the beginning where the image softens a touch. 8/10


**AUDIO QUALITY**



Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - Dialogue reproduction was crisp and clearly presented. The highlight of this track are the fun selection of music. The LFE channel flexes it muscle with some hip hop music cues and a couple action beats later in the film. 8.5/10


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* The House: Playing with a Loaded Deck (HD, 12:47) - Pranks, practical jokes and unpredictability. Watch Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas and a full house of all-star comedians go all in during this hilarious and highly inappropriate look backstage that you won’t be able to unsee.

* If You Build The House They Will Come (HD, 13:43) - Discover how the cast and crew transformed an ordinary quiet suburban house to a full-blown underground Vegas-style casino complete with high-roller tables, a pool party and Fight Night, and how the cast went to poker school, learning to place their bets from the pros.

* Deleted Scenes (HD, 15:43)

* Extended/Alternate Scenes (HD, 1:19:54)

* Gag Reel (HD, 09:57)

* Line-O-Ramas (HD, 08:41)

September 29, 2017

Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray Review





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


**SYNOPSIS**



In Season Five, newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With his right hand, John Diggle, back in the military and his sister Thea adamant about hanging up her vigilante hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles rather than allies in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice), David Ramsey (Blue Bloods, Dexter), Willa Holland (The O.C.), Emily Bett Rickards (Brooklyn), Echo Kellum (Sean Saves The World), with Josh Segarra (Sirens, Chicago P.D.) and Paul Blackthorne (The River). Based on the characters from DC, Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot), Marc Guggenheim (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Supergirl), Wendy Mericle (Desperate Housewives) and Sarah Schechter (The Flash, Supergirl,Blindspot).





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**VIDEO QUALITY**



Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 1.78:1 - The show has a certain look that is a bit monochromatic is spots with brilliant flashes of oranges, green and blue. Blacks exhibited inky depth with solid performance with shadow delineation. The overall image was razor sharp and has quite a bit of fine detail in clothing and close-ups. 9/10


**AUDIO QUALITY**



Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - Dialogue reproduction was consistently crisp and clearly presented. LFE performance was solid though there could be more punch in the low end. Surround channel activity is used for atmospheric effects. 8/10


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* Arrow: 2016 Comic-Con Panel (HD, 27:19)

* The New Team Arrow (HD, 09:48)

* Allied: The Invasion Complex (HD, 12:44)

* Returning to the Roots of Arrow: Prometheus (HD, 15:18)

* Deleted Scenes (HD)

* Gag Reel (HD, 05:23)

Annabelle: Creation Blu-ray October 24th






Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Annabelle: Creation to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 24, 2017. The Blu-ray specs are set to be 10800p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and a Dolby Atmos track for audio. Below are the official details:





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Your favorite creepy doll is back when “Annabelle: Creation” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. From New Line Cinema comes “Annabelle: Creation,” with David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle,” which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who previously partnered on “The Conjuring” hit movies.

Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote “Annabelle.” The film stars Stephanie Sigman (“Spectre”), Talitha Bateman (“The 5th Wave”), Lulu Wilson (“Ouija 2,” “Deliver Us from Evil”), Philippa Coulthard (“After the Dark”), Grace Fulton (“Badland”), Lou Lou Safran (“The Choice”), Samara Lee (“Foxcatcher,” “The Last Witch Hunter”), and Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s “Without a Trace”) and Miranda Otto (Showtime’s “Homeland,” “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy).

Serving as executive producers on “Annabelle: Creation” are Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Hans Ritter.

“Annabelle: Creation” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. 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 Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the movie. Fans can also own “Annabelle: Creation” via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 20.


**SYNOPSIS**



In “Annabelle: Creation,” several years after the tragic death of their young daughter, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shut-down orphanage into their home. They soon become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* The Horror Continues
* Horror Shorts: Attic Panic and Coffer
* Director’s Commentary
* Directing Annabelle
* Deleted Scenes Featurette

September 23, 2017

The Dark Tower 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray October 31st






Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release The Dark Tower to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on October 31, 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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Idris Elba (Prometheus) and Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013) star in THE DARK TOWER, the epic adventure based on the Stephen King book series, debuting on digital October 17 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™, Blu-ray and DVD October 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Roland, the last Gunslinger (Idris Elba) has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from destroying the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle. THE DARK TOWER also stars Tom Taylor making his feature film debut, Katheryn Winnick (“Vikings”), Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Best Supporting Actor, Little Children, 2006).

THE DARK TOWER Blu-ray is loaded with bonus material, including deleted scenes, a blooper reel and “A Look Through the Keyhole,” which features three vignettes narrated by Roland and The Man in Black. Also included are five behind-the-scenes featurettes that capture the imagination of fans. The filmmakers and Stephen King reveal the plot points that allowed the film to pay tribute to everything great about Stephen King’s novels while making it a whole new experience for fans in “Last Time Around.” Fans step inside the fully realized sets and locations that play host to the physical embodiment of Stephen King’s Mid-World in “The World Has Moved On …”. For “The Man in Black,” Matthew McConaughey takes the audience inside his perceptions and process for portraying the villain Walter, aka The Man in Black. Fans go behind the scenes and inside the stunt team’s process for creating the action-packed battles in “The Gunslinger in Action”. Stephen King discusses the journey from his book series to screen in “Stephen King Inspirations.”


**SYNOPSIS**



Based on the best-selling book series by highly-acclaimed author Stephen King. The last Gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the epic battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

From Columbia Pictures and MRC, directed by Nikolaj Arcel from a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner and Anders Thomas Jensen & Nikolaj Arcel, THE DARK TOWER was produced by Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins and executive produced by G. Mac Brown and Jeff Pinkner.


**BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES**



* Deleted Scenes
* Blooper Reel
* A Look Through the Keyhole
* Five Featurettes
- “Last Time Around”
- “The World Has Moved On…”
- “The Man in Black”
- “The Gunslinger in Action”
- “Stephen King Inspirations”