Tuesday, August 22 marks the highly anticipated release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Blu-ray & DVD. The Blu-ray has a ton of special features to check out. Here is a sample, courtesy of Disney Movies Anywhere, of some of the cool features you can expect when you pick up a copy.
ROCKET & GROOT:
This feature highlights the voice actors (Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper) and their work, as they bring Groot and Rocket to life.
FILMING WITH BABY GROOT:
Director James Gunn talks about what makes Baby Groot special and show you how they used a Baby Groot figure on set, to film the scenes.
DESIGNING BABY GROOT:
Hear the creators discuss the creation of Baby Groot and all the steps that lead to this process.
ROCKET IN THE TREES:
The production team talks about filming and creating the scene of Rocket in the trees.
Check out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 out now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere
The Steve Martin and John Candy comedy classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD for its 30th Anniversary release on October 10. This is a true classic and a personal Thanksgiving Holiday classic. I’m excited for the special features.
Blu-ray Special Features:
- Retrospective on John Hughes’ career that includes interviews with those who worked with him and explores his indelible impact as a writer and filmmaker
- “Getting There is Half the Fun: The Story of Planes, Trains And Automobiles”
- “John Hughes For Adults”
- A tribute to John Candy
- Deleted scene
Planes, Trains and Automobiles 30th Anniversary releases on October 10 on Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD
The week of August 15 offers some nice choices. As usual this weeks choices include under-the-radar Blu-ray/DVD releases, select theatrical and VOD. Check these films out and you’ll be happy you did:
There has been a nice run of boxing movies in the past year. The story of Roberto Duran in Hands of Stone, then there was the remarkable story of of Vinny Pazienza in Bleed For This, now comes another true life story of boxer Chuck Wepner in this film. Liev Schreiber stars as Wepner, a liquor salesman turned prizefighter who is famously known for going fifteen rounds with Muhammad Ali and being the real-life inspiration for Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa. I know I haven’t heard of Wepner till I saw this film. Schreiber is terrific in this role. They way Schreiber portrays the man as he goes through highs and lows and dealing with short-term fame duo to the popularity of Balboa. This is the real Rocky, and he’s not what you expect him to be. Very well written, presented and acted. This is a must see film not only for boxing lovers. Before you run out to see McGregor vs Mayweather on August 26, check this film out.
Blu-ray Special Features:
Chuck is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
So the one big movie of the summer I missed seeing is Transformers: The Last Knight. I won’t have to wait much longer as it was just announced that the film will be coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on September 26. If you want to catch it earlier, you can see it on Digital HD on September 12.
I’m looking forward to seeing those special features on the Blu-ray:
- Merging Mythologies – Explore the secret TRANSFORMERS history
- Climbing the Ranks – Military training
- The Royal Treatment: Transformers in the UK
- Motors and Magic
- Alien Landscape: Cybertron
- One More Giant Effin’ Movie
August 10 was national Lifeguard Appreciation Day.
This weekend the United States Lifesaving Association’s 2017 National Lifeguard Championships are taking place in Daytona Beach August 9-12, 2017.
More than 1,000 of the nation’s finest lifeguards will take part in the 2017 USLA National Lifeguard Championships in Daytona Beach. This three-day event celebrates the incredible fitness, endurance and dedication of the country’s lifeguards.
The movie Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron and featuring a special cameo by David Hasselhoff will release on an extended version on Digital HD August 15 and on Blu-ray/DVD August 29.
We have entered the second week of August and this week offers another interesting blend of movies to see. A few of these titles are fun under-the-radar choices. Here are the Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases you should see for the week of August 8.
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD:
The movie might not have done great box office numbers, but the good things the movie offers has been overlooked. It pops visually. The landscapes of tall intimidating castles to the towering mountainous regions and endless seas, it all looks really grand. The special effects look good. The battles look cool. The action delivers. I liked Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law in their roles. The film has some really good qualities to it, so for an action movie it delivers. I can see how it would appeal more to fans than critics, but films like these are made for fans. This is a good movie to watch at home with a bowl of popcorn.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is out now on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
August is here and that means new home movie releases that you should see. The week of August 1 offers a nice variety of choices. Here are the must-see Blu-ray/DVD, VOD and limited theatrical releases for the week:
BRAVE NEW JERSEY:
I remember learning in school about the Orson Welles’s infamous “War of the Worlds” radio hoax. It’s said that many people took into the broadcast as reality. We had the Tom Cruise led War of the World’s movie and other incarnations of this hoax on-screen, but we never seen the movie version of those people who took the hoax as reality. Now we get that story in Brave New Jersey. In the movie Anna Camp, Tony Hale, Sam Jeager and Heather Burns among others play villagers of a small New Jersey town that react to their perceived alien invasion. This film is a entertaining and fun. It’s a comedy and it plays on the bewilderment of these foolish small town folks. The cast works well.
Brave New Jersey is out now in select Theaters and On Demand