May 21, 2015

The Divergent Series: Insurgent on Blu-ray August 4th

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has officially announced they will be releasing The Divergent Series: Insurgent to 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on August 4, 2015. The film stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James. The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and a Dolby Atmos7.1 track. Below are the official details:


Based on Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times best-selling novel Insurgent, The Divergent Series: Insurgent raises the stakes for Tris (Woodley) as she searches for answers and allies in this star-powered, action-packed second installment of the Divergent series. On the run and targeted by ruthless faction leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet), Tris fights to protect the people she loves, facing one impossible challenge after another as she and Four (James) race to unlock the truth about the past—and ultimately the future—of their world.


* Audio Commentary with Producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher
* “Insurgent Unlocked: The Ultimate Behind-the-Scenes Access” Feature-Length Documentary
* “Diverging: Adapting Insurgent to the Screen” Featurette
* “From Divergent to Insurgent” Featurette
* “The Others: Cast and Characters” Featurette
* “The Train Fight Unlocked” Featurette
* “The Peter Hayes Story” Featurette
* Marketing Gallery

X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut on Blu-ray July 14th

Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut to Blu-ray and DVD on July 14, 2015. The Blu-ray specs are set to be 1080p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track for audio. Below are the official details:


Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will take you back in time for an all new experience as the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut hits Blu-ray and DVD July 14. Fan-favorite mutant Rogue, played by Anna Paquin, finally joins the all-star cast, including Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, as they prepare to battle the Sentinels!

With a never-before-seen, alternate cut of the film—plus nearly 90 minutes of all-new, immersive special features, The X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!

Packed with an all new cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past and nearly 90 minutes of new content, the Rogue Cut is the ultimate fan collectible! Go behind-the-battle for Earth with the definitive documentary “Mutant vs Machine” or look into the future with a sneak peek of the new Fantastic Four film.


* Rogue Cut
- Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and John Ottman
* Theatrical Version of the Film
- Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg
* Mutant vs Machine
* X-Men: Unguarded
* Gallery
* Second Screen App
* Fantastic Four Sneak Peek

May 18, 2015

American Sniper Blu-ray Review


From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield, and as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.


The true story of Chris Kyle is one of heroism, love and tragedy. Director Clint Eastwood has made one of his finest films here with not a false moment to be found. Bradley Cooper transformed his physique and mannerisms for the role and it is clear why he was nominated for Best Actor. There is a scene where he has to hold back from shooting a young man who has picked up a rocket launcher and the intensity in his face and the relief afterwards is brilliant. The cast is rounded out with terrific and authentic feeling performances. The film really doesn't pick a side on whether war is right or wrong but it does show the terror, destruction and price payed for it while honoring the man who became the deadliest sniper in American history. I would highly recommend adding this one to your collection. 9.5/10


American Sniper arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 - The presentation is stunning in it's level of fine detail and clarity. Every little detail in fatigues, weaponry, facial hair and the war torn landscapes are razor sharp. Colors appear to have been toned down stylistically and skintones appear natural. Black levels were deep with solid shadow delineation. There were no nagging anomalies. 9.5/10


Audio is provided by a Dolby Atmos 7.1 and a default Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track. - With the arrival of this Blu-ray we have one of the most dynamic and immersive tracks ever. LFE performance is off the charts with startlingly deep and powerful rumbles and punch from tanks, explosions and gunfire. The detail in surround activity brings the viewer into the war and feel like your right there on the roof with Chris Kyle. Bullets whip around the listening are with lifelike clarity. Quieter moments at home put environmental effects to good use. Dialogue remained crisp and intelligible throughout. A reference quality presentation. 10/10


* One Soldier’s Story: The Journey of American Sniper (HD, 31min4sec) - Join director Clint Eastwood and his creative team, along with Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, as they overcome enormous creative and logistic obstacles to make a film that brings the truth of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's story to the screen.

* The Making of American Sniper (HD, 28min35sec)

The Longest Ride on Blu-ray and DVD July 14th

Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced they will be releasing The Longest Ride to Blu-ray and DVD on July 14, 2015. The film stars Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson. 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:


Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.


* Deleted and Extended Scenes
* A Writer’s Journey: A Day in the Life of Nicholas Sparks
* Beyond the Ride
* Bringing it to Life
* Meet The Real Bull Riders
* Luke’s Bull Riding School
* Audio Commentary by George Tillman, Jr. and Oona Chaplin
* Gallery