Friday, June 15, 2018

Happy Father's Day Everyone.

For all of you who are fathers, grandfathers or fathers to be and even those of you who own a pet, cause your pet depends upon you just as much as a child. Happy Father's Day to all.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Next Week On SYFY.

FACE OFF “Aztec Aliens”– 9/8c 
It’s another epic week of battles, as the artists create ancient aliens that could have been the inspiration for Aztec gods.
THE EXPANSE “Fallen World”– 9/8c 
Drummer and Ashford find themselves trapped with few options for survival. Anna tends to the wounded masses as Melba continues to hunt down her pretty. The Rocinante crew struggle to survive as Naomi reunites with her true family.
12 MONKEYS “Legacy”– 8/7c  
Team Splinter goes back in time to the wild, wild frontier in search of a weapon to destroy the Witness.
12 MONKEYS “After”– 9/8c 
A clue to breaking the cycle leads Cole and Cassie to the 1960s. Christopher Lloyd returns as Zalmon Shaw, a devoted follower of the Witness.
 12 MONKEYS “Die Glocke”– 10/9c
The team infiltrates a Nazi gala to steal an artifact known as ‘Die Glocke’. Their operation comes undone when French Resistance interferes and an unexpected guest arrives.

 
 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale: Season Two: Episode 10 Review

The tenth episode of the hit Hulu original series, The Handmaid's Tale continues what has been an incredibly bleak, but well written, acted, produced and Directed season. Yahlin Chang was the writer of this episode.

At this point I would have to state that while I enjoyed season two as a whole greatly, in some ways it has been too bleak and while it did subvert my expectations, the slow burn I felt the second season was building up to on one level has me hoping for some kind of major confrontation while on an emotional level, Offred's special reunion adds a bit of closure while the episodes last moments made me feel like I can already predict what will be happening next, which even if I am wrong, I should feel more excited for what is to follow next season.
There is a sequence in the episode that may be disturbing to viewers so I highly suggest that if you or someone you know and or love has been involved in domestic violence and what is essentially a type of rape, they might not want to watch this episode.
The tenth episode of Season Two of The Handmaid's Tale should premiere and stream the week of June 21, 2018 only on Hulu.


(C) Copyright 2018 By Mark A. Rivera 
All Rights Reserved.

The Originals: The Fifth and Final Season - Own The Final Installment on DVD October 2

Take One Last Bite of the Beloved Vampire Series

THE ORIGINALS: 

THE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON


Contains All 13 Episodes from Season Five, Plus the 2017 Comic-Con Panel and a Gag Reel & Exclusive to DVD Deleted Scenes!

Own the DVD On October 2, 2018

The Originals: The Complete Series Will Also Be Available Day-And-Date and Will Contain All 92 Episodes From All Five Seasons 
         
BURBANK, CA (June 13, 2018) – After five incredible seasons, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment marks the end of an ancient era with the release of The Originals: The Fifth and Final Season on DVD October 2, 2018. Bring a final piece of The French Quarter home as you feast on all 13 one-hour episodes from season five, plus the 2017 Comic-Con panel, exclusive to DVD never-before-seen deleted scenes, and a hilarious gag reel. The Originals: The Fifth and Final Season will be priced to own at $24.98 SRP for the DVD.

The final season of The Originals begins seven years after the core members of the Mikaelson family – Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah and Kol – each absorb a quarter of the Hollow’s dark energy and flee New Orleans to keep their beloved city and young Hope safe.  In the interim, Vincent and Josh preside over the Big Easy almost devoid of conflict, while Hayley and Freya watch Hope grow into a teenager, eventually opting to send her to the Salvatore School so that Caroline can keep an eye on her.  With Marcel following Rebekah out of town and Elijah stripped of his memory, the danger seems to be contained . . . Until a sudden tragedy forces the siblings to return home.  As the Mickaelsons return to New Orleans, bringing the pieces of a centuries old evil with them, it becomes clear that the closing chapter of this family saga will be as bloody and emotional as ever.

The Originals: The Complete Series will also be available on October 2nd on DVD. The set will retail for $89.99 SRP, representing a substantial savings over purchasing all five seasons individually. 

“After five strong seasons, The Originals continues to have a loyal and ravenous fanbase," said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “We think the fans are going to love this final installment to complete their Originals collection with exciting bonus features, in addition to the final 13 spellbinding episodes from season five."

Season five of The Originals stars Joseph Morgan (The Vampire Diaries), Daniel Gillies (The Vampire DiariesSaving Hope), Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire DiariesThe Secret Circle), Charles Michael Davis (Grey's Anatomy), Yusuf Gatewood (The Interpreter, Wonder Boys), Riley Voelkel (The Social Network, The Newsroom), Danielle Rose Russell (AlohaThe Last Tycoon), and Steven Krueger (GoosebumpsPretty Little Liars). Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, Kyle XY) executive produces along with Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars). Created by Julie Plec, the series is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, and based in part on the character Klaus from The Vampire Diariesnovels by L.J. Smith. 


SPECIAL FEATURES

·         The Originals: 2017 Comic Con Panel

·         Deleted Scenes

·         Gag Reel       

 

13 ONE-HOUR EPISODES


1.    "Where You Left Your Heart"
2.    "One Wrong Turn on Bourbon"
3.    "Ne Me Quitte Pas"
5.    "Don't It Just Break Your Heart"
6.    "What, will, I, have, left"
7.    "God's Gonna Trouble the Water"
8.    "The Kindness of Strangers"
9.    "We Have Not Long To Live"
10. "There in the Disappearing Light"
11. " 'Til the Day I Die "
12. "The Tale of Two Wolves"
13. "When the Saints Go Marching In"


DIGITAL 
The fifth season of The Originals is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital is available from various retailers including Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox and others. 

DVD BASICS

Price: $24.98 SRP 

Street Date: October 2, 2018

3 DVD-9s

Audio – English (5.1)

Subtitles – ESDH, Spanish, French

Running Time: Feature: Approx. 585 min., Enhanced Content: Approx. 38 min.

Presented in 16x9 widescreen format

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Schlock Blu-ray/DVD Media Book Limited Edition Overview


Along with the June 12, 2018 Blu-ray Disc releases of the classic John Landis directed comedies, Trading Places and Coming To America, consumers interested in completing their collection of feature films directed by John Landis will definitely want to pick up the already released Turbine Media Group’s  Schlock, in its Blu-ray world premiere in an exclusive dual-format mediabook Blu-ray/DVD worldwide-playable combo set, which is limited to 2000 copies and was released on April 27th, 2018. 

A love stronger, and stranger, than King Kong and Fay Wray! The long-slumbering banana monster Schlock wakes up after 20 million years and escapes from his cave, befriending a blind girl who thinks he's a dog, and causes mass panic in the small town with a shocking bloody massacre setting the scene. Schlock tries to escape but the military is fast approaching…


This low-budget prelude to Landis' brilliant career which includes Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, and An American Werewolf In London, Schlock is an ingenious monster comedy filled with wild movie references and absurd gags, with the then 22-year-old filmmaker paying respect to some of his favorite films like King Kong and Frankenstein. Schlock is also the beginning of Landis' partnership with makeup artist extraordinaire  Rick Baker.

Now available for the first time ever in high-definition from Turbine Media Group, this exclusive limited 2000-copy Blu-ray/DVD combo mediabook edition contains the main feature in full HD sourced from an all-new, detailed 4K frame-by-frame restoration on Region Code–Free Blu-ray for worldwide playback, and an NTSC SD 4:3 full-frame open-matte DVD version, just like in the good old days of VHS. The mediabook packaging features original artwork and a bound-in, fully illustrated booklet with rare pictures and new writing on the film in German and English. 

INCLUDES THESE SCHLOCKTASTIC SPECIAL FEATURES!

-       Exclusive new introduction by creator John Landis 
-       Exclusive newly shot interview with John Landis (approx. 41 min.) 
-       Vintage audio commentary by John Landis & Monster Maker Rick Baker (from the 2001 Anchor Bay DVD)
-       Trailers from Hell clip: John Landis on Schlock
-       Original trailers (theatrical release, re-release, "Banana Monster" title, the original German 35mm trailer, and a new transfer of the German version) 
-       Original 1970s radio spots 
-       Bilingual edition: menus and booklet in English and German

Specs:
Running time: approx. 79 minutes / Color 
Audio: English & German - DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (mono)
Video: Blu-ray: 1.78:1 (1080p, 23.976fps)
   DVD: 4:3 (720x480p, 29,97 fps)
Subtitles: English and German
Region code: Blu-ray (ABC Region Free) and NTSC DVD (Code 0) 
Schlock - Blu-ray Edition 


Available for worldwide shipping through rakete-shop: https://tinyurl.com/johnlandisschlock

The above information is based on the original press release. Final product was not made available for review hence I can only share this overview. Thank you.

Monday, June 11, 2018

One:12 Collective Dawn of the Dead Boxed Set - Press Release

 

“When there’s no more room in Hell, the dead walk the Earth.”

The One:12 Collective Dawn of the Dead Boxed Set includes two of the most recognizable undead corpses in cinematic history: Flyboy and Plaid Shirt Zombie.

Flyboy Zombie, also known as Stephen Andrews, is cornered by the living dead while trying to escape through an elevator shaft. Now joining the forces of the infected, Flyboy is outfitted in blood stained clothing – a button down workmen’s shirt, belt, workmen’s pants, and wedge work boots. He comes equipped with his signature pistol from the iconic scene in the film.

Straight from the original Dawn of the Dead movie poster, Plaid Shirt Zombie is presented in a distressed flannel shirt exposing his rotting flesh, jeans, and work boots.

Both zombies clawed their way into the public consciousness from their appearance in George A. Romero's groundbreaking horror film, Dawn of the Dead, where a group takes refuge to make humanity’s last stand against a horde of zombies swarming the U.S. Although their actual screen time was fleeting, their influence on pop culture is long-lasting. Life-size figures of the two characters flanked the entrance to the Monroeville Zombies Museum in the Monroeville Mall, the primary shooting location of the film.

 

THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE DAWN OF THE DEAD FIGURES FEATURES:

  • One:12 Collective body with over 28 points of articulation
  • One (1) head portrait
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Approximately 17cm tall
    • Flyboy Zombie ~16.6cm
    • Plaid Shirt Zombie ~16.7cm
  • Two (2) interchangeable hands
    • One (1) set of posing hands (L&R)

 

COSTUME:

  • Flyboy Zombie
    • Button down workmen’s shirt
    • Belt
    • Workmen’s pants
    • Wedge work boots
  • Plaid Shirt Zombie
    • Flannel shirt
    • Jeans
    • Work boots

 

ACCESSORIES:

  • Flyboy Zombie
    • One (1) pistol
    • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
    • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post
  • Plaid Shirt Zombie
    • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
    • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

 

Each One:12 Collective Dawn of the Dead Boxed Set is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind.

The One:12 Collective Dawn of the Dead 2-Pack is available for pre-order at http://mezcotoyz.com/one-12-dawn-of-the-dead-boxed-set


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Coming To America: 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Disc Review

Eddie Murphy and Director John Landis reunited for the hit 1988 comedy, Coming To America. The film is essentially a fairytale type comedy where a young African Prince (Eddie Murphy) who along with his loyal friend (Arsenio Hall) travel to America and New York City’s borough of Queens to find a woman that the Prince will love for her mind and will accept him for the man he is and not the wealthy heir to the throne of the fictional African Kingdom of Zamunda. To do this, he and his friend pose as poor African students at a fast food restaurant where Murphy’s character falls in love withthe daughter of his boss (John Amos). As he attempts to make an impression upon her, anonymously studying her character as they begin to spend time together, however it soon becomes clear to the King (James Earl Jones) that his son is up to something in America he disapproves of, having already picked out a bride for his son, who is waiting for the Prince to return for their arranged marriage.

Coming To America was a huge box office hit when it was released theatrically during the summer of 1988. The film also stars Madge Sinclair, Shari Headley, Eriq Lasalle, Frankie Faison and features early feature film roles for Louie Anderson, Jake Steinfeld, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson. In addition there are cameos by Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche, reprising their roles as “The Duke Brothers” from Trading Places, and genre filmmaker Tobe Hooper appears briefly too. The film is also notable as the first big screen collaboration between Eddie Murphy and Oscar Winning Makeup Effects Wizard Rick Baker, who enabled Murphy to portray four different characters in the film and Arsenio Hall portrays four different characters as well. 

Paramount Home Entertainment’s 30th Anniversary Edition of Coming To America features a clear 16 by 9 widescreen 1080p Full HD presentation along with a lively mixed English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Soundtrack that balances the music by Nile Rogers along with the dialogue and sound effects beautifully. A French Language Dolby 2.0 Soundtrack and a Spanish Language Mono Soundtrack are also encoded onto the Blu-ray Disc along with English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired and English, French and Spanish Language Subtitles as options. 

Like the Trading Places: 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Disc, the extra value features appear to have been ported over from a previous home video release. With the exception of the theatrical trailer (2:41), they are all presented in a (1.33:1) aspect ratio and include a making of documentary (24:39), a costume design featurette (18:04) a makeup effects featurette on Rick Baker’s character creations for the film (12:54), an excellent profile of musician Nile Rodgers, who described the film’s soundtrack he composed as a mix of African music, classical scoring, urban pop and new jack swing (11:08). It is interesting to note that Paula Abdul was the choreographer for the film too.  A vintage publicity interview done on the set with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall is quite interesting in that Hall seems so excited to be there that he starts answering Eddie Murphy’s questions for him and Eddie takes it in stride until when Hall and Murphy are asked to describe each other in one word, Hall describes Eddie Murphy as “Giving” while Murphy retorts his one word description of Arsenio Hall as “Taking.” (5:37). Within the BD case is a limited time only redeemable code for either an iTunes or Ultraviolet Digital Copy.

Coming To America: Thirtieth Anniversary Edition will debut day and date on Blu-ray Disc with Trading Places: 35th Anniversary Edition, but sold separately on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at retailers on and offline courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.

(C) Copyright 2018 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

JACK REACHER 2-DISC 4K UHD/BLU-RAY COMBO PACK W/DIGITAL COPY Street date: June 26th, 2018

JACK REACHER

2-DISC 4K UHD/BLU-RAY COMBO PACK W/DIGITAL COPY

 

Street dateJune 26th, 2018

 

Synopsis:  Ex-military investigator Jack Reacher (TOM CRUISE) leaps off the pages of Lee Child’s bestselling novel and onto the big screen in the explosive thriller the critics are calling “taut, muscular, gruff and cool” (Peter Suderman, THE WASHINGTON TIMES).  When an unspeakable crime is committed, all evidence points to the suspect in custody who offers up a single note in defense: “GET JACK REACHER!” The law has its limits, but Reacher does not when his fight for the truth pits him against an unexpected enemy with a skill for violence and a secret to keep.

 

Audio & Subtitles: 

 Blu-ray

  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital/Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital/Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Description
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

4K UHD

  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital/French Parisian 5.1 Surround Dolby Digital/German 5.1 Dolby Digital/Italian 5.1 Dolby Digital/Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital/Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital/Castilian Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital/Latin American Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Description
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French Canadian, French Parisian, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Swedish

 

Special Features:

4K UHD

  • Commentary by Tom Cruise and Director Christopher McQuarrie
  • Commentary by Composer Joe Kraemer

Blu-ray

  • Commentary by Tom Cruise and Director Christopher McQuarrie
  • Commentary by Composer Joe Kraemer
  • When the Man Comes Around
  • You Do Not Mess with Jack Reacher: Combat & Weapons
  • The Reacher Phenomenon

 

Trading Places: 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Disc Review

After 48 Hours, Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd teamed up for the comedy hit Trading Places. Directed by John Landis, the film also stars Jamie Lee Curtis in her first post scream queen comedy role as the Hooker with the “Heart of Gold” who takes Ackroyd’s character in after his scheming blue blooded bosses make a bet with one brother played by Ralph Bellamy and another brother played by Don Ameche, in what John Landis described as his first villain role, despite the the film being essentially an R-rated rags to riches comedy. As noted above, Ralph Bellamy’s character makes a wager with his brother, played by Don Ameche. The bet is over whether or not success is hereditary, but rather the result of select behavioral circumstances. This bet has sinister implications that go beyond the film’s premise since it is basically Social Darwinism versus Eugenics with the two brothers cruelly attempting to manipulate both men so that Aykroyd’s character is basically brought so low that he is willing to commit a crime while Murphy’s character goes from being a street hustling conman into a responsible executive in a Philadelphia based investment house. I use the word eugenics because basically Don Ameche believes black men are inherently corrupt. His line, “He’s probably been stealing since he can crawl.” is so abhorrent that it is only the film’s comedic tone and the talent of the cast and the Director that makes one able to suspend his or her disbelief enough to just roll with it. In some ways a comedy like Trading Places could not be made today given all bank and investment scandals that have occurred would make it harder to root for Ackroyd’s privileged character, no one would buy the quick transition Murphy makes from conman to investment executive and I am sorry to say the Hooker with a heart of gold cliche would not work so easily either. About the only thing I can believe in are two ruthless, racist wealthy old men taking pleasure in ruining other people’s lives and attempting to get insider information to stay on top. That sounds all too believable to me. Still for what it is, Trading Places is still one of Eddie Murphy’s better early comedies and the film was a hit at the box office when it was released back in 1983. Trading Places also features Denholm Elliott, James Belushi, Al Franken, Paul Gleason and Giancarlo Esposito.

Trading Places looks simply great in it’s 16 by 9 1080p full HD resolution and features a well mixed English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Soundtrack. French and Spanish Language Mono Soundtracks are also included along with English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired as well as English, French and Spanish Language Subtitles encoded as options. The extra value features appear to have been ported over from a previous release, but for those who have not seen them before they are a treat. The Making Of Trading Places (18:05) contains retrospective interview clips from the film’s 25th Anniversary and the time of production. Trading Stories (8:01) focuses on the release of the film and then there is a deleted scene (3:10) as well as a truncated form of the deleted scene with commentary by Executive Producer George Folsey 1:48), which explains why the scene was cut from the theatrical version, but subsequently reinstated for the commercial broadcast television debut. A featurette on the costume design (6:33) a look at real life investors who work the floor of the Stock Exchange (5:27) and a vintage Show West reel with an introduction by John Landis features Murphy and Ackroyd riffing off each other from the set, since there was no completed footage to show at the time. It is a treat to see these comedians work off the cuff and prove how funny they really are (4:20).

Included within the BD case is an insert with a limited time only code for a free high definition iTunes or Ultraviolet Digital Copy. The seamless interactive menus are well rendered and easy to navigate. Trading Places: 35th Anniversary Edition will debut on Blu-ray Disc along with Coming To America (review coming presently), which will be sold separately at retailers on and offline on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.

(C) Copyright 2018 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale: Season Two: Episode Nine Review

Episode Nine of Season Two of The Handmaid’s Tale proves once again that the Hulu original dystopian dramatic series is without a doubt the best dramaon television period. 
I have one criticism about Gilead and that is no one is happy there. For any government to function, one has to believe in it enthusiastically whether it is legitimately welcomed by the people of Gilead or not, I can understand how Huxley’s Brave New World works. I can understand how George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four works. I can even understand how Terry Gilliam’s Brazil works, but everyone in Gilead is miserable. The Commanders are just as likely to frame each other as commit the other atrocities they do on the show, but outside of the fear of death, which even that can be overcome as seen on the show if death feels like a release, I can’t see how a republic like Gilead would endure because from the top of the heap to the bottom of the barrel, everyone in Gilead is miserable. So as sick as this may sound, they need to show people of different levels of stratification actually believe Gilead is better because if I was a Commander from Gilead in Canada, I would defect in a heartbeat and not go back to that miserable dying country again.
This brings me to the main plot of episode nine, which is the Commander takes his Wife and former Driver with him on a diplomatic mission to Canada, which is in part to convince the Canadian government to return the illegal expatriates that successfully escaped Gilead. We get to see what life is like outside and about Canada and even learn that the United States still exists in some form. If that is the case though then why are the Canadians holding onto them as refugees? Why not return them to what is left of America or is the remains of the American government also in Xilinx in Canada. I am not sure how clear the series makes it either way. The subplot revolves around the driver’s mission to deliver the handwritten letters given to him by Offred to her husband in Canada without being detected.
I still wonder whether the season finale will involve some kind of attack on Canada or false flag attack on Gilead, giving the Commanders an excuse to invade? Is that coming? Or will Offred give birth? Perhaps both will occur? I have no idea and if I am given the opportunity to review the second season finale, I could not say what is going on regardless.
Season Two, Episode Nine Of The Handmaid’s Tale will debut on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 streaming on demand on Hulu.
(C) Copyright 2018 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.