January 29, 2015

DC Universe Batman VS. Robin on Blu-ray April 14th

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release the next DC Universe movie Batman Vs. Robin to Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD on April 14, 2015. The Blu-ray specs are set to be 1080p video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and what should be at least a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track for audio. Below are the official details:


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.


* Batman Vs. Robin Audio Commentary

* Gotham’s City Secret: The Mythic Court of Owls - 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 – 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 – An advance look at the next DC Universe Original Movie with the creators and cast.

* Bonus cartoons from the DC Comics Vault

January 28, 2015

The Judge Blu-ray Review


In “The Judge,” Robert Downey Jr. stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.


The Judge is a showcase for two of our finest actors. Robert Downey Jr (Hank Palmer) and Robert Duvall are at the top of their game as the hotshot lawyer son and the respected Father who has been a Judge for decades. The courtroom drama is kept to a minimum and instead focuses more on the time spent at home with father and son trying to repair their relationship. The cast is rounded out by the lovely Vera Farmiga as an old flame of Hank's who now owns a restaurant. Vincent D'Onofrio plays Hank's older brother who stayed home after suffering an injury that sidelined his hopes of having a baseball career. If I found any faults with the movie I feel it would have been helped by some tighter editing. Overall The Judge is a solid drama that deserves your attention. 8/10


The Judge arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 - Colors are beautifully balanced with perfect saturation. Lush greens and crisp whites pop in outdoor scenes while more subtle earth and warm wood tones are the palette for the courtroom setting. Skin tones appear natural. Black levels were rich and inky. Shadow delineation was good. Fine details in individual hairs on an arm, the subtle changes in the pattern of a waterfall and close ups on interesting faces all look fantastic. The cinematography is beautiful and this transfer does it justice. 9/10


Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - The Judge is a dialogue driven film and it comes through crystal clear. Surrounds are quiet for most of the film though they due get woken up when a twister tears through the small community and also for a couple outdoor moments on a lake where the environment sounds natural and enveloping. The score blends into the mix beautifully and sounds crisp and clear. 8/10


* Commentary by David Dobkin

* Inside The Judge (HD, 22min16sec) - One of the better bonus features I've watched in some time. This is a roundtable discussion with cast and crew sharing their thoughts on the film and how it was made.

* Getting Deep With Dax Shepard (HD, 9min21sec) - The actor has fun trying to be an interviewer.

* Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary by David Dobkin (HD, 18min28sec)

January 25, 2015

The Tom and Jerry Show: Funny Side Up DVD Review


The timeless adventures of Tom and Jerry are back in a brand-new TV show the whole family can enjoy! The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up features 13 exciting escapades featuring Tom and Jerry and their favorite pals, including Spike and Tuffy. The pursuit takes off as Tom, Jerry and the gang fly through unfriendly skies in Just Plane Nuts. Detectives Tom and Jerry are on the case to find Spike’s missing dog bones in Bone Dry. Love is in the air when a mad scientist transports Tom and Jerry to Paris to meet a girl cat and a girl mouse in Molecular Break Up. Jerry and Tuffy cause havoc on a luxury cruise liner in Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’. These and several other hilarious episodes are featured in this entertaining set.

“With cutting-edge animation and innovative story-telling, The Tom and Jerry Show, has brought a classic cartoon to a brand-new generation of viewers,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 2: Funny Side Up will delight viewers of all ages. We’re delighted to bring another entertaining Tom and Jerry release to consumers.”

Originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry emerged during Hollywood’s golden age of animation and became one of the most popular cartoon series in existence. The shorts focus on the never-ending rivalry between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. The plots of each short usually center on Tom’s attempts to capture Jerry. Jerry however, is clever and quick on his feet so Tom hardly ever manages to catch him.


I remember growing up and watching the classic Tom and Jerry animated shorts and how much they made me laugh with their cat and mouse game. This newly created series that originally aired on the Cartoon Network doesn't hold the same effect as episodes from decades earlier but any long time or viewer of these two characters will be entertained. God family fun. 8/10. This 2-disc set includes the following episodes:

Turn About/The Plight Before Christmas
Tuffy Love/Poof!
Top Cat/Mummy Dearest
Domestic Kingdom/Molecular Break Up
Just Plane Nuts/Pets Not Welcome
Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’/Road Trippin’
Magic Mirror/Bone Dry
My Bot-y Guard/Little Quacker and Mister Fuzzy Hide
Pipeline/No Brain, No Gain
Cat Napped/Black Cat
Hunger Strikes/Gravi-Tom
Ghost Party/Cat-Astrophe
Curse Case Scenario/Say Cheese


The Tom and Jerry Show: Funny Side Up arrives on DVD with a 480 transfer in the aspect ratio of 1.78:1 - The animation style is pleasing to the eyes. Colors are bright and bold. The image is crisp and shows no signs of anomalies. Black levels were inky. 8.5/10


Audio is provided by a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. - This track is more about the sound effects that are caused by the chaos from Tom constantly trying to catch Jerry. The minimal lines of dialogue spoken by human characters on the show were crystal clear. 7.5/10

Interstellar on Blu-ray March 31

Paramount Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Director Christopher Nolan'sfascinating Interstellar to Blu-ray and DVD on March 31, 2015. The film stars Mathew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The Blu-ray specs are set to be 1080p video in a variable aspect ratio of 1.78 :1 (Imax sequences) and 2.35:1 and a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track for audio.


* The Science of Interstellar - Extended cut of the broadcast special.
* Plotting an Interstellar Journey - Discusses the film's origins, influences and narrative designs.
* Life on Cooper's Farm - Bringing Americana and the grounded nature of a farm to a sci-fi space movie.
* The Dust - Learn how cast and crew avoided sand blindness, and see how to create, and clean up after, a catastrophic dust storm.
* TARS and CASE - Designing and building these unique characters and how they were brought to life on set and in the film.
* Cosmic Sounds - The concepts, process, and recording of Hans Zimmer's unforgettable score.
* The Space Suits - A look at the design and build of the suits and helmets, and what it was like to wear them.
* The Endurance - Explore this massive set with a guided tour by production designer Nathan Crowley.
* Shooting in Iceland: Miller’s Planet/Mann's Planet - Travel with the cast and crew to Iceland and see the challenges they faced in creating two vastly different worlds in one country.
* The Ranger and the Lander - A look at the other two spaceships in the film.
* Miniatures in Space - Marvel at the large-scale models used in the explosive docking sequence.
* The Simulation of Zero-G - Discover the various methods that the filmmakers used to create a zero gravity environment.
* Celestial Landmarks - Explore how the filmmakers used practical special effects informed by real scientific equations to give the illusion of real space travel for both the actors and the audience.
* Across All Dimensions and Time - A look at the concept and design of the Tesseract, which incorporated a practical set rather than a green screen.
* Final Thoughts - The cast and crew reflect back on their Interstellar experience.
* Theatrical Trailers
* Collectible 70mm IMAX Film cell (Limited Time only)