April 22, 2015

Kingsman: The Secret Service on Blu-ray and DVD June 9th






Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release the action spy hit Kingsman: The Secret Service to Blu-ray and DVD on June 9, 2015. The film stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine and Taron Egerton. The Blu-ray specs are set to be 1080p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track for audio. Below are the official details:





**SYNOPSIS**



A super-secret organization recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a dire global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. A phenomenal cast, including ACADEMY AWARD Winners Colin Firth and Michael Caine and OSCAR Nominee Samuel L. Jackson, leads this action-packed spy-thriller directed by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class).


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* Kingsman: The Secret Service Revealed
- Panel to Screen: The Education Of A 21st Century Super-Spy
- Heroes And Rogues
- Style All His Own
- Tools Of The Trade
- Breathtakingly Brutal
- Culture Clash: The Comic Book Origins Of The Secret Service
* Galleries - Behind-The-Scenes, Sets and Props

The Duff on Blu-ray and DVD June 9th






CBS Films and Lionsgate Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release The Duff to Blu-ray and DVD on June 9, 2015. The film stars Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne and Ken Jeong. The Blu-ray specs are set to be 1080p video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track for audio. Below are the official details:





**SYNOPSIS**



Breaking down barriers and erasing labels, the smart, honest, hilarious comedy The DUFF arrives on Digital HD on May 26th and will follow on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and On Demand on June 9th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and CBS Films. Based on the best-selling book by Kody Keplinger, The DUFF reveals that while social media can amplify even the little things, high school social hierarchy hasn’t changed since the John Hughes era. Directed by Academy Award® winner Ari Sandel (Best Live Action Short Film, West Bank Story, 2006), The DUFF features some of today’s hottest stars, including Mae Whitman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Robbie Amell (TV’s “The Flash”), Bella Thorne (Blended), Bianca Santos (Ouija), Skyler Samuels (upcoming TV’s “Scream Queens”) Romany Malco (Showtime’s “Weeds”), Nick Eversman (Wild) along with Ken Jeong (TV’s “Community”) and Allison Janney (TV’s “Mom”).

Bianca’s (Whitman) universe turns upside down when she learns that her high school refers to her as a “DUFF” (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Hoping to erase that label, she enlists the help of a charming jock (Amell) and her favorite teacher (Jeong). Together they’ll face the school’s mean girl (Thorne) and remind everyone that we are all someone’s DUFF…and that’s totally fine.


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* “The DUFF Hits The Red Carpet” featurette
* “Bringing the Book to Life” featurette
* “Teen Comedies and The DUFF” featurette
* “I Am the DUFF” featurette
* The DUFF Files
* Extended Gag Reel

Justice League: Gods & Monsters on Blu-ray July 28th






Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Justice League: Gods & Monsters to Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD and DVD on July 28, 2015. The Blu-ray Deluxe Edition will include the Blu-Ray and include an exclusive Wonder Woman figurine in a numbered limited edition gift set. The Blu-ray specs are set to be 1080p video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track for audio. I will update when special features are announced.





**SYNOPSIS**



This is not your parents’ Justice League! These heroes are not the renowned saviors of the world – they’re more likely Earth’s despotic rulers. Witness the divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet – but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. In this alternate universe, Superman was not raised by the Kents in Smallville, the Caped Crusader is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior of Themyscira. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the trail of clues to the Justice League, but is there a more powerful player operating from the shadows? It’s a high stakes game of intrigue, mystery and action that asks the question: How do you serve justice to those above the law?

With a twist on your favorite Justice League characters, this film is full of thrilling new adventures and jam-packed with a celebrity voice cast which includes Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as Batman, Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, 24) as Superman, Tamara Taylor (Bones) as Wonder Woman, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) as Lois Lane, Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films, Dig) as Lex Luthor and C. Thomas Howell (E.T., Southland) as Dr. Will Magnus.


**Blu-ray SPECIAL FEATURES**



* ALTERNATE REALITIES: Infinite Possibilities - Justice League: Gods & Monsters falls into a category of storytelling where our well-known characters and the worlds they inhabit are re-imagined. This documentary explores the various attempts by writers to have a little fun and tinker with the characters, resulting in exceptional storytelling that posed thought-provoking questions to audiences.

* CALCULATED RISKS: The Making of Gods and Monsters – Justice League: Gods & Monsters was an idea that pushed the boundaries. It began with that challenging question writers face: “What haven’t we seen before?” Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett audaciously answered that challenge, resulting in a fresh and exciting film that forces us to think differently about the DC Universe.

* The New Gods – Encore presentation of 2010 documentary about Jack Kirby’s New Gods.

* A Sneak Peak at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie – An advance look at the next DC Universe animated feature film.

* Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault

April 17, 2015

Batman vs. Robin Blu-ray Review






**SYNOPSIS**



The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child but Damian Wayne is no ordinary child. Now bearing the mantle of Robin, he blazes a headstrong and sometimes reckless trail alongside his father, Batman. While investigating a crime scene, Robin encounters a mysterious figure, Talon, who leads him on a life-altering course through the depths of Gotham’s secret society, known as The Court of Owls. It’s a dangerous journey that will force Batman and Robin to face their most dangerous adversary, each other! Based on the #1 best-selling graphic novel, Batman: The Court of Owls, this action-packed caper is one that fans won’t want to miss!

Television stars Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova) and Stuart Allan (Son of Batman) reprise their roles as the voices of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Robin/Damian, respectively. Adding to the celebrity-laden voice cast is Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) as Talon, Sean Maher (Serenity) as Nightwing, and Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Thomas Wayne.





**VIDEO QUALITY**



Batman vs. Robin arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 - The image is sharp overall with crisp lines. Colors are muted and appear as they should for this dark tale, though some bold splashes of color pop up. Black levels were solid. There are noticeable issues with banding and is an ongoing trend with these DC Universe titles unfortunately. 8/10


**AUDIO QUALITY**



Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - The solid voice acting work comes through crystal clear with dialogue placed front and center. LFE performance was impressive with powerful, chest thumping deep bass. Surrounds are used effectively to immerse the viewer in the action and carnage happening on screen. This is a dynamic presentation. 9/10


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* Batman Vs. Robin Audio Commentary

* Gotham’s City Secret: The Mythic Court of Owls (HD, 31min25sec) - The Court of Owls is the secret society that directly connects the past of Gotham to the current city. Are they silent guardians that are the noble benefactors or are they the malevolent force that manipulates a city toward their grand design?

* Talons of the Owl (HD, 14min3sec) – If the Owls are the masterminds, their instruments of destruction are their assassins. Appropriately called The Talons, these warriors are designed to carry out the will of the Owls.

* A Sneak Peak at Justice League: Gods & Monsters (HD, 11min8sec) – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators and cast.

* Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault (HD and SD)

* Merry Melodies Classic Short Super-Rabbit (HD, 8min15sec) - Bugs Bunny stars in this vintage short.