March 22, 2017

Collateral Beauty Blu-ray Review






**SYNOPSIS**



When a successful New York ad executive suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways. From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, this thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest tragedy can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and loss interlock in a life fully lived.





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**VIDEO QUALITY**



Collateral Beauty arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p transfer in the aspect ratio of 2.40:1 - Color reproduction was warm and features various, beautifully saturated hues. Black levels were deep with no sacrifice in shadow details. The image is strikingly sharp in it's clarity. Close-ups of the star studded cast reveals almost every pore , wrinkle and hair they must have. No signs of edge enhancement or artifacts. Warner's presentation here is a "Beauty". 9/10


**AUDIO QUALITY**



Audio is provided by a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. - Dialogue was prioritized to the center channel and was clearly presented throughout the film. Surrounds are used for subtle environmental effects. The LFE channel does add some extra depth to the score. Overall it's mostly a dialogue heavy presentation with zero problems to speak of. 8.5/10


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* A Modern Fable: Discovering Collateral Beauty (HD, 15:03) - A basic epk style featurette with various cast and crew speaking about the film mixed with clips from it.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray May 16th






Sony Pictures Entertainment has officially announced they will release Resident Evil: The Final Chapter to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on May 16, 2017. The 4K Blu-ray specs are set to be 2160p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio and a Dolby Atmos track for audio. Below are the official details:





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**SYNOPSIS**



Picking up after Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Written and Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is produced by Jeremy Bolt, Paul W.S. Anderson, Robert Kulzer and Samuel Hadida; with Martin Moszkowicz and Victor Hadida serving as executive producers.


**SPECIAL FEATURES**



* “Explore the Hive” featurette

* “The Badass Trinity & The Women of Resident Evil” featurette

Divorce: The Complete First Season Blu-ray May 9th






HBO Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release Divorce: The Complete First Season to Blu-ray and DVD on May 9, 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**



The woman who brought to life one of HBO’s most iconic characters in Sex and the City now stars in the HBO comedy Divorce. See for yourself why the “terrifically on point” (Washington Post) Sarah Jessica Parker earned a Golden Globe nomination (Best Actress in a Comedy Series) for her role in the new hit series. Available on Blu-ray™ and DVD on May 9th, Divorce: The Complete First Season includes a free digital download plus exclusive audio commentaries including a bonus feature with actress and executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker, executive producer/writer Paul Simms, and more.

Created by Sharon Horgan (creator and star of the Emmy®-nominated series Catastrophe), Divorce centers on Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker), who, after more than a decade of marriage and two children, has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband Robert (Thomas Haden Church). The story of a very, very long divorce, the 10-episode first season follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing union, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends. Finding sharp, observant humor in tense situations ranging from awkward public encounters to bitter private therapy sessions, Divorce is about two people at the most difficult moment in their lives, feeling more intense emotions for each other than they've felt in years.

The ensemble cast includes Sarah Jessica Parker (Frances), Thomas Haden Church (Robert), Molly Shannon (Diane), Talia Balsam (Dallas), Tracy Letts (Nick), Sterling Jerins (Lila), Charlie Kilgore (Tom) and more. Parker serves as executive producer, along with Paul Simms, Sharon Horgan, Alison Benson and Aaron Kaplan.

The Young Pope on Blu-ray June 6th






HBO Home Entertainment has officially announced they will release The Young Pope to Blu-ray and DVD on June 6, 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**



Starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Jude Law and Academy Award® winner Diane Keaton, the “superb” (Rolling Stone) HBO® limited series The Young Pope is yours to own on Digital Download April 10, 2017 and on Blu-RayTM and DVD June 6th, 2017. The series, which delves in to the life of a newly elected pope (Law) – the youngest in history and first-ever American – whose audacity, independence and arch-conservatism wreaks havoc within the Vatican. Heralded by critics as “dazzling, riveting” (TV Guide), The Young Pope on Blu-rayTM, DVD and Digital Download includes all ten episodes of the limited series and three special features including an exclusive new “The Making of The Young Pope” featurette. The Blu-rayTM and DVD release also include a free Digital Download copy.

​​From Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Paolo Sorrentino, the ten-episode limited series The Young Pope tells the fictional story of Lenny Belardo, a.k.a. Pius XIII, the first-ever American Pope and the youngest elected by the College of Cardinals. At first glance, Lenny's selection over older and more experienced clerics – in particular Cardinal Spencer, a fellow American and Lenny's mentor – seems part of a simple media strategy by Vatican elders, who no doubt expect the new Pope to toe the line and follow their lead. Instead, Pius XIII eschews the counsel of the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello, and enlists the woman who raised him, Sister Mary, to be his chief confidante. To the chagrin of Voiello and the PR reps who would market the handsome and charming young Pope, Lenny refuses to allow himself to be photographed, and he announces a series of severe, hardline initiatives that confound the Vatican status quo. The Young Pope paints a portrait of a mysterious, complicated man fully aware of the contradictions and consequences of being the conservative leader of a billion followers in a changing world – but unwilling to bend in the execution of his duties.

The ensemble cast includes Jude Law (Lenny Belardo), Diane Keaton (Sister Mary), Scott Shepherd (Cardinal Dussolier), James Cromwell (Cardinal Spencer), Ludivine Sagnier (Esther), Silvio Orlando (Cardinal Voiello), Cécile De France (Sofia), Javier Cámara (Monsignor Bernardo Alonso Gutierrez), Toni Bertorelli (Cardinal Caltanissetta), and more. All 10 episodes are directed and edited by Paolo Sorrentino, co-writer and director of The Great Beauty and winner of an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film in 2014.