February 12, 2016

The Leftovers: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review


More than three years ago, 2% of the world’s population inexplicably vanished. 140 million people, gone in an instant. No country, no state, no city was spared, except for one small town in eastern Texas. Population: 9261. Departures: Zero. This is the setting for a tale of two families: the Garveys, who have moved to this special place, and whose lives were forever changed by the Departure, and the Murphys, a local family, who seem to have been spared from an event that shook the rest of the world. But even in the town of Miracle, you can’t escape your past. This “immersive, deeply satisfying drama” (Jen Chaney, Esquire) delivers profound mystery, heart-pounding action, shocking controversy and startling beauty in all 10 gripping Season Two episodes.


1. Axis Mundi
2. A Matter of Geography
3. Off Ramp
4. Orange Sticker
5. No Room At The Inn
6. Lens
7. A Most Powerful Adversary
8. International Assassin
9. Ten Thirteen
10. I Live Here Now


The first season of The Leftovers was interesting and different than any other series on cable and concluded with the viewer having no idea where the story would go from there. I'm happy to say the second season sees the cast move to the town of Jarden,TX. Jarden was spared on October 14th with zero departures, which leads it to having a National Park protecting it from masses of people destroying the town. Of course not everything is at it seems in this miracle place nor the fresh start Kevin Garvey and his family were hoping for.

The cast was stellar and improves this season with the brilliant addition of Regina King. I always enjoyed her work on Southland and here she has the same commanding presence. There are several twists and turns while the pacing of the show has picked up considerably. The second season has many standout episodes but the masterpiece would be episode 8 "International Assassin". Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta have developed the show into of on the absolute best of recent memory and the series will return with a third and final season on HBO sometime this year. 9.5/10


The Leftovers: The Complete Second Season arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 1.78:1 - The shows move to a new location helps brighten the overall look with lush greens and beautiful natural stone colors. Skintones have a natural appearance. Blacks levels were consistent in their richness and depth. There was some light noise in a few brief moments during darker scenes. Fine detail was quite impressive highlighting textures in the wardrobe and all the wrinkles, wear in faces, chipped and worn paint. 9/10


Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - Dialogue reproduction was perfect, crisp and clear. The show has a number of environmental effects that bring the sounds of birds, crowd din and outdoors to life. The score has excellent fidelity and a wide soundstage. The Pixies "Where's My Mind?" is featured in several episodes and it has never sounded better. LFE performance exhibits extremely deep rumbles for intense effect during pivotal scenes and adds depth and richness to the brilliant score. No pops, cracks or hissing. Near perfection. 9.5/10 T

Point Break Blu-ray March 29th

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced they will be releasing Point Break to Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on March 8, 2016. The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and a Dolby Atmos 7.1 track. Below are the official details:

Burbank, CA, February 11, 2016 – Witness the incredible stunts and gravity being defied when “Point Break” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. The action adventure feats were performed by elite athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing and high-speed motorcycling.

“Point Break” stars Édgar Ramírez (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Carlos the Jackal”) as Bodhi, and Luke Bracey (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “November Man”) as Johnny Utah, along with Teresa Palmer (“Warm Bodies”), Delroy Lindo (“Sahara,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds”) and Ray Winstone (“Noah,” “The Departed”), under the direction of Ericson Core (“Invincible”).

Core directed “Point Break” from a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer (“Salt,” “Law Abiding Citizen”), with a story by Rick King, W. Peter Iliff and Kurt Wimmer. Alcon principals Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson produced the film alongside producers John Baldecchi, David Valdes, Christopher Taylor and Kurt Wimmer. John McMurrick, Dan Mintz, Wu Bing, Robert L. Levy and Peter Abrams served as executive producers, with co- producers Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken and Christopher Fisser.

Own Point Break on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, or DVD on March 29 or Own It Early on Digital HD on March 15!


In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller “Point Break,” a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways.

Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes.


* POINT BREAK: Rock Climbing
* POINT BREAK: Wingsuit Flying
* POINT BREAK: Snowboarding
* POINT BREAK: Motocross
* Deleted Scenes
* Trailers

February 11, 2016

Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Sixth Season DVD June 7th

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Sixth Season to DVD on June 7, 2016. The DVD will feature video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Audio will be provided by a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Below are the official details:


Based on the best-selling crime thriller books by Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles focuses on tough-as-nails Boston police detective Jane Rizzoli (Harmon), who has an uncompromisingly brash and beautiful bull-in-a-china-shop approach to both cases and life, and the brilliant medical examiner from a privileged background, Dr. Maura Isles (Alexander), who may be the best-dressed science nerd in New England. Together they are close friends and complete opposites who solve some of Boston’s most notorious crimes.

In Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Sixth Season, Jane and Maura are put in charge of investigating a number of challenging criminal cases. The duo gets wrapped up in the world of competitive bass fishing when a leading champion tournament fisherman is killed. The team must solve the murder of a victim who is found buried in a shallow grave. When a teenage girl’s body is found inside of a cage, the duo sets out to find her killer. Jane and Maura investigate the murder of a college student, who they learn had 32 girlfriends. The duo’s detective skills are put to the test when they investigate the case of a dog trainer who is found dead at her home and the prime suspect is her champion Rottweiler. Jane and Maura travel to Los Angeles to investigate a murder that has connections to Boston. Season six is loaded with several more captivating new cases that promise to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

In addition to Harmon and Alexander, the series stars Jordan Bridges (Rushlights, Mona Lisa Smile) as Frankie Rizzoli Jr., Jane’s younger brother who is now following in her footsteps as a detective; with Bruce McGill (Lincoln, Law Abiding Citizen) as the seasoned and lovable Detective Vince Korsak, Rizzoli’s former partner; and Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) as Jane’s nosy but warm-hearted mother, Angela Rizzoli, who moved into Maura’s guesthouse after her recent divorce and works at the coffee shop inside the Boston Police Department. Also in season six, Idara Victor (TURN: Washington’s Spies) joins the cast as a series regular, continuing her role as crime scene analyst Nina Holiday, and Adam Sinclair (24: Live Another Day) guest stars as Kent Drake, an assistant medical examiner in Maura’s office.


* From the Shadows: A Criminal Revealed - Someone from Rizzoli’s past waits patiently in the shadows, ready to strike against her. This featurette covers the cat and mouse game seen in season six.

February 10, 2016

Youth Blu-ray March 1st

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced they will be releasing Youth to Blu-ray and DVD on March 1, 2016. The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track. Below are the official details:


From Paolo Sorrentino, the internationally renowned writer and director of Italy’s Oscar-winning foreign language film THE GREAT BEAUTY, comes YOUTH. Starring ACADEMY AWARD® Winner Michael Caine as Fred and ACADEMY AWARD® Nominee Harvey Keitel as Mick, YOUTH explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (ACADEMY AWARD® Winner Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing a screenplay in what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (ACADEMY AWARD® Winner Jane Fonda). Set against a sprawling landscape of unforgettable sights and intoxicating music, YOUTH asks if our most important and transformative experiences can come at any time – even late -- in life. **Step behind the scenes with exclusive extras featuring the cast and director – only on Blu-ray.

YOUTH garnered Jane Fonda a Golden Globe® nomination for her turn as Brenda and features David Lang’s moving composition, nominated for a Golden Globe® and an Academy Award® for Best Original Song “Simple Song” #3. Lang wrote the signature song before Sorrentino completed the script which was a vital plot point for the character of Fred Ballinger. A recipient of the Pulitzer prize in 2008 and Carnegie Hall’s Debs Composer’s Chair for 2013-2014, Lang is one of America’s most performed composers.


* Featurette of Michael Caine
* Featurette of Paolo Sorrentino
* Featurette of the cast
* Featurette of music and sound
* Featurette of The Essence of Youth
* 24-image gallery
* Theatrical trailer