One of the years most exciting action thrillers stars Charlize Theron as a kick-ass MI6 spy. The movie is set in the late 1980’s and it looks and feels every bit of that time period. The action takes place in Berlin, Germany right at the pinnacle of the Berlin Wall demise. James McAvoy also stars alongside Theron as her sketchy acquaintance, but don’t be confused, Theron is the clear star of the film. It’s as physically impressive performance as she’s given, she puts Jason Bourne to shame with the beatdowns she puts on the baddies. Theron has a fantastic fight scene that’s arguably this years best, it takes up over 10 minutes of continual screen time and will have you gasping with awe. Aside from a somewhat convoluted and confusing plot that has an overabundance of twists and turns, Atomic Blonde is satisfactory and entertaining. It nails the time period and the look of it. Theron proves she can mix it up with the best of them. Simply, this movie is as cool as you could hope it would be.
BONUS FEATURES on 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY, DVD AND DIGITAL
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Welcome to Berlin – The ultimate setting for a Cold War spy thriller, Berlin becomes a character of its own. Go behind the wall for this making-off.
- Blondes Have More Gun – Lorraine Broughton has one impressive set of skills. See what it took for Charlize Theron to fully transform herself into this tenacious character.
- Spymaster – David Leitch spins the spy genre on its head through exemplary action sequences and complex characters. Hear from cast and crew what it was like to work with this cutting edge director.
- Anatomy of a Fight Scene – Director David Leitch breaks down the incredibly detailed long-take stairwell shot in this anatomy of a fight scene.
- Story in Motion: Agent Broughton – See Agent Broughton as you never have before in these motion storyboards.
- Story in Motion: The Chase – Gascoigne is on the run. Find out who’s after him in this motion storyboard.
- Feature Commentary with Director David Leitch and Editor Elisabet Ronaldsdottir
Atomic Blonde is out now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On Demand
Blu-ray Rating: 8/10 (special features including)
Halloween is officially behind us and November is here. The month is off to a good start with some interesting selections. The following are the must see Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and select theatrical under-the-radar latest releases.
THE GLASS CASTLE:
Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson and Naomi Watts star in the movie version of Jeannette Wall’s memoir of the same title. The story centers around Larson’s character Jeannette who recollects her poverty stricken childhood with her eccentric family. Harrelson plays the father, Rex, an alcoholic who paints a positive and hopeful life outlook for his children, amid their struggles to make ends meet. This film had a bit of a Captain Fantastic flare to it, but it’s filled with emotionally heavy moments. The characters are strong in their own right. Even though their situations may not be relatable to everyone, the struggles they each endure are relatable. This is a well acted movie, little long, but intriguing enough to keep you engaged throughout. Have some tissues ready, you might need them.
The Glass Castle is out now Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand
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October is winding down, but the film release slate is strong for the week of October 24. This weeks Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases include some notable films and some under-the-radar.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES:
The recent Planet of the Apes franchise has been outstanding. Matt Reeves has taken this franchise to a new level, War is the proof in that. War is as complete of a movie as you can get in a trilogy. Naturally sequels tend to water down, but War may the best of the three. The evolution of Ceasar has been thorough and compelling. In the film, we see Ceasar as an established leader that’s grown older, but wiser. The apes are facing their biggest threat, a ruthless out-of-control Colonel (Woody Harrelson). Many apes will die, but it’s up to Ceasar to guide them to safety.
The cool thing about the Apes movies is that they have had a natural progression of the characters. They went from wild and semi-villainous, to being the ones you root for, while the humans have gradually turned into the villains. These movies have a lot of underlying messages. From political to the human treatment of animals. These are smart films. War is as emotionally impactful as it’s visually startling. Tears will be shed from the pure emotions that the story will make you feel. Whether this is the end of the franchise or a new start, War for the Planet of Apes is one of the best films of 2017. An absolute must-see blockbuster that feels a lot more like a finely crafted indie drama.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu-ray Special Features Include:
- Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
– Barrier Wall
– “I Owe You One”
– “A Great Man”
– “Do Not Lose Hope”
– The Colonel’s Speech
– Malcolm and the Dinosaurs
– “I Am Like Koba”
- “Waging War for the Planet of the Apes” – In-depth documentary on the making of ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’
– “All About Caesar”
– “WETA: Pushing Boundaries”
– “Music for Apes”
– “Apes: The Meaning of it All”
– “The Apes Saga: An Homage”
MOVIE RATING: 9/10
BLU-RAY/DVD FEATURES: 9.5/10
War for the Planet of the Apes is out now on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD
While Tyrese and Dwayne Johnson are feuding on social media. I’ll gladly have a suitable replacement, that being, Overdrive. Starring Scott Eastwood and Ana de Armas, this octane fueled thrill ride arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on November 7, 2017.
The trailer looks awesome. Stacked with action and car chases. Two of my current personal favorites in de Armas and Eastwood. I’m excited about this one, are you?
Overdrive will release on Blu-ray & DVD on November 7
In the weekly installment of must see releases of the week, the week of October 17 offers some interesting under-the-radar choices. The following are Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases you should check out.
This film is a drama-thriller, but it’s scary how intense it is. Shot Caller depicts the intimidating world of prison life. Game of Thrones Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars in the leading role (he’s terrific) as a prisoner who is operating outside the prison, but under prison rules. It’s about two very different worlds, the prison life, and outside and how little gangs rule from both sides. The inside look that of prison life is as authentically depicted as a non-documentary movie possibly can. The cast is of supporting talent is very strong with the likes of Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal and Emory Cohen. Shot Caller is raw, violent and engrossing. Life throws us curveballs and this story you see the extreme measures someone will go to protect people closest to them.
- “Inside Job” Featurette
- Filmmaker Commentary
Shot Caller is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
In this weeks installment of must see movies of the week we take a look at a strong horror movie slate. The week of October 10 offers some good scary movies, just in time for Halloween season. The following are the must see under-the-radar Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases.
Be careful what you wish for. That’s one of the messages this film relays. A teenage girl (Joey King) finds a mysterious old box, soon she finds out that the box can make any of her wishes come true. Fun, right? Not really. Little does she know that each wish comes with a deadly price (literally). People close to her will die once each of her wishes comes true. Ryan Phillippe plays King’s father in the movie. So there is that for all you Phillippe fans, such as myself. This film is plenty entertaining. The plot develops with plenty of suspenseful twists and turns. There are some really creepy deaths. You’ll never want to use the kitchen sink garbage disposal after seeing this film. The timing of the release fits nicely with Halloween a couple weeks away. This is a horror you should really check out.
- “I Wish: The Cast Share What They Would Wish”
- “Attic Tour with Joey King”
- “Directing Darkness: John Leonetti and Cast Talk About Developing a Horror Film”
- “Motion Comic: Lu Mei’s Curse and Arthur Sands Reveal The Stories Behind The Previous Owners Of The Box”
Wish Upon is out now on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital HD and VOD
October has arrived and a new batch of movies are releasing for home entertainment. This week offers some good VOD choices and limited theatrical ones you must see. Here are the most see movies for the week of October 3 on Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and limited theatrically.
A GHOST STORY:
Oscar winner Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in this haunting tale (no pun intended) about love, life, loss and the meaning of existence. The film follows a white-sheeted ghost (for real) that follows his wife along her life journey after his passing (Affleck’s character). This is an obscure and eccentric film that is meant to drive conversation and push debate. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it sure is interesting. It’s not the spookiest of flicks, but it is fairly suspenseful and mysterious. If you give this film a chance (you should should) there is a lot to be derived from the story. This film is best digested by watching and brining your personal interpretation to it.
BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Director David Lowery, Cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo, Production Designer Jade Healy, and Composer Daniel Hart
- “A Ghost Story and the Inevitable Passing of Time” Featurette
- “A Composer’s Story” Featurette
- Deleted Scene
A Ghost Story is available now on Blu-ray and DVD