Blockbuster Tentpoles: The Streaming Conundrum

When it comes to blockbuster tentpoles, the studios are less likely to unload onto a streamer so as to preserve the theatrical experience. I can’t blame studios and filmmakers for wanting to preserve the theatrical experience.  Listen, I miss going to theaters myself but at the advice of medical experts, it’s just not going to be feasible without a vaccine.  I’ll be staying home until it’s truly safe to return.  Theaters are hurting and there’s…

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Requiem for a Dream: Director’s Cut on 4K Ultra HD

Darren Aronofsky’s second feature, Requiem for a Dream: Director’s Cut, arrives on 4K Ultra HD to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary. There are certainly a few Oscar winners and nominees involved in the psychological drama:  Darren Aronofsky, Matthew Libatique, Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Connelly.  Following its out-of-competition premiere during the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and North American premiere during the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival, the film would also receive plenty of critical…

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Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! Now on Blu-ray

Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! heads home to Blu-ray just over a decade after the release of the the second sequel in the franchise. Following the second sequel, a Great Truce was made.  Cats and dogs have come together to form Furry Animals Rivalry Termination or, you guessed correctly, F.A.R.T.  Some jokes are made and yes, they’re rather juvenile but it won’t distract us from the cute and cuddly friends on the screen.  Of…

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Bad Education Available On Blu-ray

Hugh Jackman turns in a career performance as a superintendent in Bad Education and the film is now available on Blu-ray. My original film review from the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival: Bad Education features a star-studded cast and tells the incredible true story about what transpired in a prestigious Long Island school district. When Hilltop Beacon reporter Rachel Bhargava (Geraldine Viswanathan) looks into some expense reports for an upcoming Roslyn School District project, she…

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AFI Fest 2020 Unveils Complete Lineup

Following the announcement of I’m Your Woman and special presentations, AFI Fest Fest 2020 has announced the complete program. The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the World Cinema, New Auteurs, Documentary, Cinema’s Legacy, Short Film Competition, Meet the Press Film Festival at AFI FEST and the AFI Conservatory Showcase sections at AFI FEST 2020 presented by Audi, completing this year’s festival’s program.  The complete AFI FEST program includes…

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Drop Dead Gorgeous Arrives on Blu-ray

Four years after Warner Archive first issued Drop Dead Gorgeous on DVD, the cult classic finally makes its arrival on Blu-ray. The Blu-ray itself is short on special features.  There’s an opportunity to add on some supplemental materials.  Instead, all we are left with is the theatrical trailer.  No commentary or where they are now features.  Aside from this, they use a new 1080 master to present the film.  What follows is my full review…

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Focus Features: 10-Movie Spotlight Collection

The Focus Features: 10-Movie Spotlight Collection is among four Blu-ray box sets now available from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. This is an impressive collection that combines for 11 Academy Award wins and countless nominations.  Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with any film in this collection.  I may be biased to the Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading but that’s just me.  In addition to Focus Features, Universal released collections for DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and Blumhouse…

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First Cow Is Available on Blu-Ray

Following an abbreviated theatrical run earlier this year, First Cow is now available for audiences to watch at home on Blu-ray and Digital. What follows is my review of the film from this year’s theatrical release: First Cow takes us back in time to the Pacific Northwest where we look at life as seen through the lens of a fur trapper and Chinese immigrant. Fur trapper Cookie Figowitz (John Maguro) befriends a Chinese immigrant, King-Lu…

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Full Metal Jacket Arrives on 4K Ultra HD

Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War classic, Full Metal Jacket, arrives on 4K Ultra HD over three decades after its theatrical release. While a recluse at home, Kubrick is also one of the all-time greats behind the camera.  It shows through in films such as Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Spartacus to name a few.  Full Metal Jacket is certainly no exception.  Kubrick works the camera as only he can. The 4K remaster is…

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Roman Holiday On Blu-Ray For First Time

William Wyler’s Roman Holiday, starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, arrives on Blu-ray for the first time as a part of the Paramount Presents line. This is one of the few films issued on the Paramount Presents line to include a digital copy.  The collectible packaging also includes a fold-out poster and interior photo spread.  In any event, the limited edition Blu-ray is a worth addition to anyone’s collection. Paramount wanted William Wyler to film…

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