January 16, 2017

Insecure: The Complete First Season Blu-ray March 21st






HBO Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Insecure: The Complete First Season to Blu-ray and DVD on March 21, 2017. 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. Below are the official details:





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**SYNOPSIS**



Season 1 of Insecure, the “bright, cutting, funny” (USA Today) new HBO comedy series, is set to make its Home Entertainment debut on March 21, 2017. This series—created by, written by and starring Golden Globe® nominee (Best Actress in a Comedy Series) Issa Rae (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl) is a bold and honest depiction of a modern-day African-American woman and the everyday challenges she faces. Insecure: The Complete First Season will be available on Blu-rayTM and DVD (both with a free digital download copy) March 21, 2017, featuring all eight Season 1 episodes and bonus content, including an exclusive and extended look at the Insecure characters’ favorite reality show, “Conjugal Visits.”

Creator/writer/star Issa Rae brings her fresh voice to HBO with this painfully funny new comedy series, which follows best friends Issa (Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) as they navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles, while facing the challenges of being two black women who defy all stereotypes. Insecure explores the black female experience in a subtle, witty and authentic way, as Issa and Molly stumble their way towards pulling their lives together, while trying their hardest to never settle for less. Heralded by critics as “the year’s best new comedy… engrossing, deeply relatable, hugely funny” (Buzzfeed), Insecure: The Complete First Season is not to be missed.

The series, written, created, and executive produced by Issa Rea, one of the “23 Funniest People in America” (Rolling Stone), is also executive produced by show runner Prentice Penny, and Grammy®-winning director Melina Matsoukas, who helms three episodes of Insecure, as well as Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry . Along with Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji, series regulars include Jay Ellis (Lawrence) and Lisa Joyce (Frieda).

Veep: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray April 11th






HBO Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Veep: The Complete Fifth Season to Blu-ray and DVD on April 11, 2017. 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. Below are the official details:





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**SYNOPSIS**



In its most-watched season to date, season 5 of the hit HBO® comedy series Veep is the winner of three 2016 Emmy® awards including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won an Emmy® for each season of Veep), and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series. The 10-episode VEEP: The Complete Fifth Season will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD on April 11, 2017, including a free digital download copy of the full season, plus exclusive new bonus content containing more than 30 minutes of hilarious deleted scenes and entertaining audio commentaries from cast and crew including Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, David Mandel and more!

Season 5 of the acclaimed comedy series created by Armando Iannucci finds Selina Meyer in the midst of a virtually unprecedented Electoral College tie – with her future as President coming down to only a few hundred votes. Selina finds herself spinning her wheels in D.C. as her staff continues their mission to make her seem presidential (even though she is the President) while fending off the ambitions of her charismatic Vice Presidential running mate who, through an obscure constitutional procedure, could end up being President. Veep continues to prove that in Washington, even the most banal decisions can have ripple effects – with unexpected and often hilarious consequences.

The fifth season of Veep, the first with showrunner and executive producer David Mandel (Curb Your Enthusiasm®) at the helm is “one of its strongest and most creative seasons yet” (TV Insider). The series features an acclaimed ensemble cast including Emmy® winner Tony Hale, Emmy® nominee Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy C. Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson.

Trolls Blu-ray February 7th






Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Trolls to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on February 7, 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 for audio at the least. Below are the official details:




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**SYNOPSIS**



The colorful, richly textured Troll Village is full of optimistic Trolls, who are always ready to sing, dance and party. When the comically pessimistic Bergens invade, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set off on an epic journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

From Shrek franchise veterans Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After) and Walt Dohrn (Shrek 2, Shrek the Third), TROLLS features the voice talents of Golden Globe® nominee Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, The Accountant), Grammy and Emmy® Award winner and Golden Globe® Award nominee Justin Timberlake (Friends with Benefits, Shrek the Third), Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, How to Train Your Dragon), Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winner Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife,” How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Grammy Award nominee Gwen Stefani (“The Voice”), Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee John Cleese (Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After), Emmy® Award winner James Corden (“The Late Late Show with James Corden”, Into the Woods), Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winner Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, “Arrested Development”) and Ron Funches (“Undateable,” Get Hard).


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* Party Mode - Sing, dance and laugh along with the Trolls in this engaging, interactive feature * PLUS, only on Blu-ray: use your remote to conTROLL fun on-screen moments!

* Travel Through Troll Village - Cloud Guy narrates a fun exploration of Troll Village.

* The Potion for Stop-Motion - Part behind-the-scenes, part stop-motion tutorial, this featurette explores the process of creating Poppy's visually stunning scrapbook.

* Creating Troll Magic - Trolls Production Designer Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin leads a kid-friendly exploration of her role as production designer on the film before highlighting four key stages of creating the animation with detailed visuals of each stage.

* Troll 2 Troll - Poppy and Branch have a friendly debate on important topics such as “Cat vs. Dog.”

* Inside the Bunker - An in-depth exploration of Branch's "special" place, narrated by Cloud Guy.

* Deleted Scenes with Intros by Director, Mike Mitchell and Co-Director, Walt Dohrn.

January 15, 2017

LEGO Nexo Knights Season 2: Book of Monsters DVD 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**



The NEXO Knights are back again to continue their fight against Jestro, the King's Jester turned to the dark side, and the stolen Book of Monsters which is filled with the world's most powerful spells! As the evil powers continue to grow, it is up to these seasoned pros to keep the villains at bay and the Kingdom of Knighton safe. But, Jestro and the Book are back with a vengeance and plan to do whatever it takes to conquer Knighton as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The LEGO Group release LEGO NEXO Knights - Season 2: Book of Monsters. Available on January 17, 2017 for $19.98 SRP, LEGO NEXO Knights - Season 2: Book of Monsters includes all 10 action-packed episodes as our heroes continue their journey to defeat the villains and their growing army of monsters.

To begin their lengthy quest to defeat Jestro and the Book of Monsters, the Knights must return to their old stomping grounds - the Knights Academy - to ensure that their NEXO powers and equipment are strong enough to keep up with the evil army. The second season is filled with a new set of hilarious adventures for the NEXO Knights, from a golden gala to a spicy chili cook off and to a crazy comic book convention. With experience under their belt, new gear at their disposal, enhanced powers, and Merlock the Magician guiding the charge, it is up to the NEXO Knights to protect Knighton and continue to search for the lost magical books. Will this be enough to defeat the army of monsters once and for all? The battles will be tougher, the monsters will be scarier and the stakes are higher as the threat to Knighton grows. Discover the fate of the Kingdom of Knighton in LEGO NEXO Knights - Season 2: Book of Monsters.

"After seeing the huge popularity of the first season, we are excited to continue the Knights' saga," said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family and Animation Marketing, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, "There has been such a positive response to the series from children and parents alike, we are thrilled to share the next hilarious chapter for these medieval knights in the LEGO world."





**SERIES REVIEW**



More fun for all ages arrives with Season 2 of LEGO Nexo Knights. The 10 episodes included here breeze by with quality entertainment. I found the the humor to be cute and smart enough to hold my attention. Of course you can't go wrong picking this set up for any young fan in your life or for yourself. 8.5/10


**VIDEO QUALITY**



LEGO Nexo Knights Season 2 arrives on DVD with a transfer in the aspect ratio of 1.78:1 - Colors are varied and Black levels are solid. Overall clarity was great with fine details really coming through. I did notice a couple instances of banding. 9/10


**AUDIO QUALITY**



Audio is provided by a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. - Dialogue was crystal clear and prioritized to the center channel. Surrounds are actively engaged to open up the environment and uses some nice directional effects. Bass was tight and has a good amount of depth. No pops or hissing to worry about. 9/10