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'Pirates' sails home to 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 3

Posted July 14, 2017, 8:07 AM

Remember when Disney wasn't in the 4K UHD business? Yeah, that was Monday. In case you were sleeping earlier this week, Disney announced on Tuesday that they were going to release their first ever film on the nascent 4K UHD Blu-ray format when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 debuts on home entertainment on August 22.

Well, Disney wasted no time to reaffirm its newfound commitment to the latest home entertainment format when it announced this morning that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales would also be available on 4K UHD Blu-ray when it debuts on home entertainment on October 3. Disney will also be bringing Pirates out on Blu-ray and DVD.

Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales who finds that he has a band of ghost sailors...

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Review: 'Smurfs' returns to its roots with 'The Lost Village'

Posted July 11, 2017, 4:07 PM

As much as I appreciated the attempt to combine live-action and animation in the two recent Smurfs films, there was just something intrinsically wrong with seeing Smurfs interact with live actors. It's not that either film was inherently flawed per se, it's just that they lacked a bit of the mystique and panache of the original animated TV series.

I get it. Today's film environment has evolved to a place where a traditional animated Smurfs adventure would feel dated. The easiest way to make something new again is to introduce a new gimmick like live action and hope that it works.

It didn't. So, I was both hesitant and optimistic that the fully animated Smurfs: The Lost Village would capture the mystery and fun of the original series that I grew up watching. I will say this, The Lost Village is an...

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Review: 'Their Finest' is a most worthy effort

Posted July 11, 2017, 3:07 PM

I know that I'm late to the party on Gemma Arterton, but if there's one film that proves that I should have noticed her sooner, it is Their Finest. There isn't any one thing about her performance that stands out, but rather the fact that she is able to carry the weight of a rather predictable plot and still make it enjoyable to watch is, in itself, amazing.

The film is set in London during the early parts of World War II when the Germans are ramping up their efforts to blitz London. Foreshadowing later propaganda films from Hollywood, the British Ministry of Information decide to create morale-boosting films to help take British minds off of the real horrors of war that confronted them every day.

Enter Gemma Arterton's Catrin who plays the role of Rosie the Riveter as a screenwriter enlisted...

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Review: Luc Besson debuts two beautiful films on 4K UHD

Posted July 11, 2017, 3:07 PM

If there's one director that has a polarizing visual style, it's Luc Besson. He's known for his distinctive visual epics that have gotten better as technology has finally caught up to his vision. But, you either love his style or hate it, there's really not much middle ground to be had.

I have always considered myself a fan of Luc's work and have spent many hours to no avail arguing with those who despise his films, so I won't lead you down that rabbit hole. With his latest film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets set for a theatrical release next week, Sony is doubling down on Luc Besson with the 4K UHD debut of two of his pivotal films, The Fifth Element and Leon, The Professional.

I don't care what you think about Luc Besson, these two films are...

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Disney enters the 4K UHD business with 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

Posted July 11, 2017, 1:07 PM

Phew, Hollywood's worst-kept secret is finally out of the bag. With today's announcement that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be coming to all physical home entertainment formats on August 22, Disney is officially in the 4K UHD Blu-ray business.

Disney was the last holdout among the "big six" studios with the newest format, but relented when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn practically coerced them to release his latest film on 4K UHD.

Yes it’s true #GotGVol2 will be coming to home video in 4K UltraHD - the 1st #Disney release released this way! 👍— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 5, 2017

As you can see, James let the proverbial cat out of the UHD bag last week, but Disney enforced its embargo on us until today. You can see the full details and artwork for each version...

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Review: 'Song to Song' is more B-side than hit single

Posted July 4, 2017, 5:07 PM

If there's one thing about a Terrence Malick film, you are destined to either love it or hate it. There really isn't much of a middle ground. Song to Song is the first of his films that might see people from both sides meet in the middle.

I'm normally a big Malick fan, but I was left with a rather meh feeling after watching Song to Song. There's really nothing wrong with it per se, and the cast features the likes of Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender, so there's plenty to enjoy in the film.

The main problem, I think, is that the film is almost too experimental, which is saying a lot for a Terrence Malick film. The difference between Song to Song and Malick's other films, say last year's Knight of Cups which I really loved, is that...

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Review: Jessica Chastain earns Oscar cred with 'Zookeeper's Wife'

Posted July 4, 2017, 3:07 PM

After countless films detailing the atrocities of World War II in the last 70 years or so, you would think that they would run out of stories to tell. And then, something like The Zookeeper's Wife comes along. Sure, it's easy to simply dismiss it as another quasi-Schindler's List, but the power of its message isn't easily duplicated.

The true power, of course, is that both films are based on true stories and the fact that so many powerful films are still being made speaks volumes to the true strength of the human spirit in the face of true evil. In fact, you could argue that these stories need to continue to find the light of day to prove that everything during that time wasn't simply black and white. In truth, there were many shades of gray that stood up to...

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