Thursday, October 18, 2018

Bloodlines: The Art and Life of Vincent Castiglia

Award winning Filmmaker / Author John Borowski's (H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer) fifith feature documentary film, Bloodlines: The Art and Life of Vincent Castiglia, will be released in North America on November 13th. The film focuses on artist Castiglia's painful life of abuse, addiction, and recovery while also exploring the reasons why the world renowned artist paints exclusively in human blood.

Vincent Castiglia paints surreal images exclusively in human blood. He began doing so as form of self-healing following a troubled childhood and painful existence. From darkness, however, came light, and Castiglia's story is one of inspiration and hope, providing proof that art can heal and serve to inspire others.
 
Margaret Cho, who commissioned Vincent to paint her portrait in her blood, is interviewed in the film as well as celebrities Gregg Allman, Damien Echols, Kerry King and Gary Holt of the heavy metal band Slayer, record executive Michael Alago, and numerous others including filming in the studio and museum of legendary artist H.R. Giger, who designed the iconic creature for the Alien movies.

After a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign, production of the film spanned from 2014 to 2018, filming on location in the United States: New York City, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Chicago, Oregon, and internationally: Singapore and Switzerland.

Official Film Website: https://bloodlinesdocumentary.com/

Pre-order at MVDshop.com 
PRESS QUOTES:

"A tremendously entertaining look inside the mind of a remarkable artist." 
- Bloody Disgusting

"An honest and inspirational look into a unique and incredibly talented artist's soul." 
- Film Threat

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Originals: The Complete Fifth And Final Season DVD Set Review

Spun off from the hit CW prime time series, The Vampire Diaries, at a time when Vampire themed TV shows like True Blood were very popular, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment released The Originals: The Complete Fifth And Final Season DVD Set on October 2, 2018.

The series final season picks up seven years after select members of the Mikaelson family fleed New Orleans to keep their beloved city and Hope safe until events force them to return. The three-disc set contains all thirteen episodes of the final season in matted 16 by 9 enhanced standard definition with English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and English Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired encoded as options.

Two PSAs, footage from the SDCC 2017 panel and deleted scenes as well as a gag reel are included within the set too.

The Originals: The Complete Fifth And Final Season DVD Set is available now at retailers on and offline courtesy of Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.

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


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Supergirl: The Complete Third Season and DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Third Season Combined Blu-ray Disc Set Review

While Marvel has placed the majority of it's television series, which were at one time supposed to be directly connected to the same universe as their feature film counterparts, on streaming networks like Netflix as well as cable and satellite networks, DC never claimed their TV shows were connected to the same universe of the feature films and in fact created a great shared universe organically that began with Arrow and now includes The Flash, Supergirl and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. All of these shows air on The CW Network and can be viewed at no cost for anyone with a digital tuner and antenna in the United States so long as they can receive the broadcast reception. 

With all four television series are now airing new episodes of their respective seasons and all four are now available on home video, I was granted the opportunity to check out Supergirl: The Complete Third Season and DC's Legends of Tomorrow on Blu-ray Disc courtesy of Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.

I believe that no matter what show one may pick up, each series on Blu-ray Disc features the spectacular four part crossover episode entitled "Crisis On Earth-X." This is a generous value added decision on the part of DC and Warner Brothers because you don't have to buy each season of each show to get the entire story. If you are a fan of The Flash, you can just buy The Flash and so on.

So with that out of the way, collectively consumers who purchase Supergirl: The Complete Third Season will get 26 episodes in 1080p full HD in their 16 by 9 broadcast aspect ratios while those who purchase DC's Legends of Tomorrow will get the complete third season in the same fantastic picture quality as well as the four crossover event episodes two.

Both seasons of these respective series include aggressive and clear English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Soundtracks as well as Spanish Language Dolby Digital Soundtracks and English SDH, French, and Spanish Language Subtitles encoded as options. Please note that Supergirl's Spanish Language Soundtrack is 2.0 only and not 5.1 like the Spanish Language Track on DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

Series Specific featurettes that include deleted scenes, a gag reel, the best of the 2017 Comic Con panels and coverage of the making of "Crisis on Earth-X." Episode information is included within each series BD case and each season also features an insert with a limited time only redeemable code for an Ultraviolet Digital Copy of the respective shows the codes are featured with.

Both Supergirl: The Complete Third Season and DC's Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Third Season are available on Blu-ray Disc now, but sold separately at retailers on and offline courtesy of Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018

ZOMBIE 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, New 4K Restoration

Just in time for its 40th Anniversary, Blue Underground is proud to present ZOMBIE in a brand-new 4K Restoration from the original uncut and uncensored camera negative. 

In Italy, it was considered the 'unofficial sequel' to DAWN OF THE DEAD. In England, it was known as ZOMBIE FLESH EATERS and banned as obscene. In America, it was called ZOMBIE and advertised with the depraved tag line "WE ARE GOING TO EAT YOU!" 

Tisa Farrow (THE GRIM REAPER), Ian McCulloch (CONTAMINATION), Al Cliver(CANNIBALS), and Richard Johnson (THE HAUNTING) star in this worldwide splatter sensation directed by 'Maestro Of Gore' Lucio Fulci (CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY) that remains one of the most eye-skewering, skin-ripping, gore-gushingly graphic horror hits of all time.

This is a ZOMBIE release like never seen it before, bursting at the seams with hours of new and archival extras. It includes the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Fabio Frizzi (with an exclusive bonus track), a collectible booklet with a new essay by Stephen Thrower, and a ton of other killer bonus features. A complete list is below...
Disc 1 (Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:
  • NEW! Audio Commentary #1 with Troy Howarth, Author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
  • Audio Commentary #2 with Star Ian McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Slater
  • NEW! When The Earth Spits Out The Dead - Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • Guillermo del Toro Intro
Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:
  • Zombie Wasteland - Interviews with Stars Ian McCullochRichard Johnson & Al Cliver, and Actor/Stuntman Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
  • Flesh Eaters on Film - Interview with Co-Producer Fabrizio De Angelis
  • Deadtime Stories - Interviews with Co-Writers Elisa Briganti and (Uncredited) Dardano Sacchetti
  • World of the Dead - Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati and Production & Costume Designer Walter Patriarca
  • Zombi Italiano - Interviews with Special Make-Up Effects Artists Gianetto De RossiMaurizio Trani and Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi
  • Notes on a Headstone - Interview with Composer Fabio Frizzi
  • All in the Family - Interview with Antonella Fulci
  • Zombie Lover - Award-Winning Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro talks about one of his favorite films
ABOUT:

Blue Underground is the entertainment company dedicated to guilty pleasures for adventurous movie lovers. Established in 2001, Blue Underground's goal is to bring cool movies to fans all over the world in beautiful, Criterion-level special editions. They are definitive discs of some remarkable films, all fully restored, remastered and packed with the most mind-blowing extras in the business. Blue Underground is always searching for fun movies, undiscovered films, and films for people that are into movies. We're committed to bringing these movies out of the dark and back into your life where they belong! For more information, please visit www.blue-underground.com.

Monday, October 8, 2018

NATHAN FOR YOU THE COMPLETE SERIES DVD Street Date: 12/11/18

NATHAN FOR YOU

THE COMPLETE SERIES

 

DVD Street Date: 12/11/18

 

Overview:

Hailed as “brilliant, fascinating, and uncomfortable” (Slate), Comedy Central’s hilarious series “Nathan For You” arrives in a complete series set on December 11, 2018.  Comedian Nathan Fielder uses his business degree and life experiences to help real small businesses turn a profit.  But because of his unorthodox approach, Nathan’s genuine efforts to do good often draw real people into an experience far beyond what they signed up for.

 

Enjoy all four seasons and more than 30 episodes in the 9-disc DVD set, which also includes audio commentary on select episodes and loads of uproarious extras such as the full “Dumb Starbucks” press conference, deleted scenes from “Finding Frances,” and much more.

Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season Blu-ray Disc Set Review

Released last month in anticipation of the fourteenth season premiere, Warner Brothers presents Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD, but the format choices are sold separately. The highlight of the season was the Scoobynatural crossover, which is explored among the extra value features chronicling the Winchester Brothers quest to save the universe.

Along with the final season of The Originals on Blu-ray Disc or DVD, Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season is a great way to prepare for the Halloween celebration in a prime time CW Network style.

All 23 episodes are presented in 1080p full HD with English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound as well as Portugese Language 5.1 Audio with English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired encoded as options plus French, Spanish, and Portuguese Language Subtitles encoded as options.

In addition to the making of Scoobynatural featurette, there are examinations of the Winchester Legacy and the rise of the Nephilim, Kansas' performance of "Carry On Wayward Son" from SDCC 2017 as well as the Comic-Con Panel, audio commentaries, deleted scenes and a gag reel. The Blu-ray set comes housed in a blue multidisc keep case within a cardboard slip. A limited time redeemable copy of an ultraviolet digital version of the season on an insert within the BD keep case wraps up the highlights of the Blu-ray Disc Set.

Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season is available now at retailers on and offline courtesy of Warner Brothers Home Entertainment.

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

Hidden Messages?

Since we know subliminals are used every day in programming I felt there were quite a few here. On the wood gate it says "Final Warning" and I think I spotted another word, maybe "Dead" backwards on the gate too. Can anyone confirm this please? https://youtu.be/DmOVRyy4A5E

Friday, October 5, 2018

Denzel Washington Announced as 2019 AFI Life Achievement Award Honoree

DENZEL WASHINGTON TO RECEIVE 

47TH AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

America's Highest Honor for a Career in Film to Be Presented June 6, 2019

Tribute to Premiere on TNT and Encore on Turner Classic Movies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, LOS ANGELES, CA, October 5, 2018 — The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that Denzel Washington will receive the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award, America's highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Washington at a Gala Tribute on Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Los Angeles, CA. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its seventh year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Audi and American Airlines return as Official Sponsors of the event.

"Denzel Washington is an American icon," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, AFI Board of Trustees. "As an actor, he stands tall as a heroic, stoic embodiment of the best in all of us, and he does so with heart, humanity and one of the brightest smiles to ever light up the screen. Equally formidable as director and producer, he is a creative force to be reckoned with — and one of the most vital, relevant artists working today. AFI is proud to present him with its 47th Life Achievement Award."

Actor, director and producer Denzel Washington is an iconic leading man whose career spans five decades — an esteemed repertoire ranging from screen to stage, in works defined by his towering presence as heroic everymen, troubling antiheroes and real-life figures with complicated, often controversial histories. His cinematic legacy includes powerhouse, Academy Award®-winning performances in GLORY (1989) and TRAINING DAY (2001), as well as celebrated roles in CRY FREEDOM (1987), MALCOLM X (1992), THE HURRICANE (1999), FLIGHT (2012) and ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. (2017), earning additional nominations for each. Washington has crafted compelling, unforgettable characters in recurring collaborations with master directors past and present, bringing stalwart grit and nuanced complexity to films essential to the American canon, such as Jonathan Demme's PHILADELPHIA (1993), Spike Lee's INSIDE MAN (2006) and Ridley Scott's AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007) — and to blockbuster, crowd-pleasing fare such as Edward Zwick's (AFI Class of 1975) CRIMSON TIDE (1995), Tony Scott's MAN ON FIRE (2004) and Antoine Fuqua's THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016). A creative force behind the camera as well, Washington has helmed critically acclaimed films, including ANTWONE FISHER (2002) and THE GREAT DEBATERS (2007), in which he also stars. He won a 2010 Tony® for his performance in the play "Fences," and directed, produced and starred in the 2016 film adaptation that earned him Best Actor and Best Picture Oscar®nominations, as well as AFI AWARDS recognition.

More About Denzel Washington
The son of a Pentecostal minister and a beauty parlor owner, Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, NY, on December 28, 1954. His parents' professions shaped Washington's ambition to begin acting, with their natural inclination toward storytelling and oration. After graduating from Fordham University with a BA in Journalism, Washington won a scholarship to the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, CA. Soon after leaving ACT, he appeared in off-Broadway productions and television movies before being cast in a starring role in the hit television series ST. ELSEWHERE.

Washington's filmography also includes MO' BETTER BLUES (1990), MISSISSIPPI MASALA (1991), THE PELICAN BRIEF (1993), COURAGE UNDER FIRE (1996), THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (2004), THE EQUALIZER (2014) and THE EQUALIZER 2 (2018).

He is married to actor Pauletta Washington, with whom he has four children: John David Washington, Olivia Washington, Katia Washington and Malcolm Washington, who is an alumnus of the AFI Conservatory, Class of 2016.

About the AFI Life Achievement Award
The highest honor given for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees in 1973. It is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees:

"The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time."

AFI Life Achievement Award Recipients

1973   John Ford

1974   James Cagney

1975   Orson Welles

1976   William Wyler

1977   Bette Davis

1978   Henry Fonda

1979   Alfred Hitchcock

1980   James Stewart

1981   Fred Astaire

1982   Frank Capra

1983   John Huston

1984   Lillian Gish

1985   Gene Kelly

1986   Billy Wilder

1987   Barbara Stanwyck

1988   Jack Lemmon

1989   Gregory Peck

1990   David Lean

1991   Kirk Douglas

1992   Sidney Poitier

1993   Elizabeth Taylor
1994   Jack Nicholson

1995   Steven Spielberg

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE- FALLOUT releases on Digital November 20th & on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD December 4th

 

TOM CRUISE STARS IN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SMASH HIT

 

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—FALLOUT

 

$789+ Million Worldwide Blockbuster Comes Home On Digital November 20
Just in Time for Thanksgiving Viewing


On 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD December 4, 2018

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  – “The action is off-the-charts spectacular” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) in the “wildly entertaining” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly) global hitMISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—FALLOUT, arriving on Digital November 20, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD December 4from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The exhilarating, action-packed movie will also be available as part of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 6-movie Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray Collection, the perfect gift for the holidays.

 

Produced by Tom Cruise and Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures and Skydance presentMISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—FALLOUT, one of the best reviewed movies of the year, thrilling critics and audiences alike and boasting a 97% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Now fans can go deeper into the Mission with over an hour of high-octane, behind-the-scenes footage highlighting the incredible stunts, heart-pounding action and exotic locations on Digital*, a 3-disc 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack or a 3-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack. 

 

Drop from the sky, race through Paris, and cling to a cliff with Ethan Hunt as the cast and crew reveal the incredible work that went into creating the breathtaking action.  Plus, check out deleted scenes, storyboards, multiple commentaries, and much more.  The 4K Ultra HD disc and 4K Ultra HD Digital release** feature Dolby Vision™, which brings entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality with spectacular colors, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead***.  In addition, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include access to a Digital copy of the film.

 

On a dangerous assignment to recover stolen plutonium, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) chooses to save his friends over the mission, allowing it to fall into the hands of a deadly network of highly skilled operatives intent on destroying civilization. Now, with the world at risk, Ethan and his IMF team (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson) are forced to work with a hard-hitting CIA agent (Henry Cavill) as they race against time to stop the nuclear threat.  Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—FALLOUT also stars Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Michelle Monaghan and Alec Baldwin.

 

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD COMBO, BLU-RAY COMBO & DIGITAL*

·         Behind the Fallout

o   Light the Fuse

o   Top of the World

o   The Big Swing: Deleted Scene Breakdown

o   Rendezvous in Paris

o   The Fall

o   The Hunt is On

o   Cliffside Clash

·         Deleted Scenes Montage with Optional Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton

·         Foot Chase Musical Breakdown

·         The Ultimate Mission

·         Storyboards

·         Theatrical Trailer

·         Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise

·         Commentary by director Christopher McQuarrie and editor Eddie Hamilton

·         Commentary by composer Lorne Balfe

·         Isolated Score Track

 

                          

The MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE—FALLOUT DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

 

MissionImpossible.com

 

PARAMOUNT PICTURES and SKYDANCE Present A TOM CRUISE / BAD ROBOT Production

TOM CRUISE “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT” HENRY CAVILL VING RHAMES SIMON PEGG

REBECCA FERGUSON SEAN HARRIS ANGELA BASSETT with MICHELLE MONAGHAN and ALEC BALDWIN

Music by LORNE BALFE Co-Producer TOMMY GORMLEY

Costume Designer JEFFREY KURLAND Film Editor EDDIE HAMILTON, ACE

Production Designer PETER WENHAM Director of Photography ROB HARDY, BSC

Executive Producers DAVID ELLISON DANA GOLDBERG DON GRANGER

Produced by TOM CRUISE CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE JAKE MYERS J.J. ABRAMS

Based on the Television Series Created by BRUCE GELLER

Written and Directed by CHRISTOPHER McQUARRIE

 

Monday, October 1, 2018

FANDANGONOW HOSTS EXCLUSIVE ANT-MAN AND THE WASP STAN LEE CAMEO OUTTAKE CLIP

FANDANGONOW HOSTS EXCLUSIVE ANT-MAN AND THE WASP STAN LEE CAMEO OUTTAKE CLIP

LOS ANGELES (October 1, 2018) --“Ant-Man and the Wasp,” one of the most highly-anticipated 4K UHD digital debuts this month, is available for purchase starting tomorrow on FandangoNOW, Fandango’s on-demand video service. To get fans excited about Tuesday’s digital premiere, Fandango is currently hosting a special clip of outtakes from Stan Lee’s memorable cameo in the movie here.

To help celebrate the film’s digital debut on October 2, Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis will host a live Q&A with “Ant-Man and the Wasp” director Peyton Reed on Fandango’s Twitter page on Tuesday at 10 am PT. Please submit your questions on Fandango’s Twitter and follow the chat here.

FANDANGO’S STREAMING SERVICE, FANDANGONOW, BRINGS TO LIFE TOP 25 ZOMBIE MOVIES, RANKED BY ROTTEN TOMATOES’ TOMATOMETER SCORES, TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF “NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD”

FANDANGO’S STREAMING SERVICE, FANDANGONOW, BRINGS TO LIFE TOP 25 ZOMBIE MOVIES, RANKED BY ROTTEN TOMATOES’ TOMATOMETER SCORES, TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF “NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD”

 

LOS ANGELES (October 1, 2018) – Today marks the 50th anniversary of “Night of the Living Dead,” the granddaddy of the modern-day zombie movies. To celebrate the occasion, Fandango’s fast-growing on-demand video streaming service, FandangoNOW, is bringing to life the 25 “freshest” zombie movies in a list of classics curated by movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and based on those movies’ Tomatometer scores. (A movie gets a “Fresh” designation when at least 60% of its critic reviews are positive, and the original “Living Dead” retains its crown as the “freshest” film of the zombie pack.)

“Zombies owe their popularity today to a little low-budget film from Pittsburgh released 50 years ago today, and ‘Night of the Living Dead’ has lost none of its power to shock, stun and terrify,” says Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “With its stark, in-your-face black-and-white imagery of the dead coming back to flesh-eating life, director George Romero’s film made it clear to 1968 audiences that visceral horror no longer took the shape of Gothic frights like werewolves and vampires. It now looks just like your friends and neighbors, and there is no escape.  To celebrate the ‘Dead’s 50th-anniversary FandangoNOW is hosting the top 25 zombie movies that you can view at home today, starting of course with the film that started it all.”

To celebrate the anniversary today only, fans can rent any (or all) of the zombie movies on the FandangoNOW list at a discounted rate, with $1.00 off the regular low price when using the promo code LIVINGDEAD50 at checkout.  

FandangoNOW has the most comprehensive selection of films in 4K Ultra HD from all the major studios and content providers. The fast-growing service’s robust catalog is available on more than 200 million devices, offering 70,000 new release and catalog movies, next-day TV shows, and an extensive library of 4K and HDR titles to buy or rent -- no subscription required. The streaming service curates entertainment options for every occasion and provides Tomatometer scores to help consumers with their viewing decisions.


Please see below for FandangoNOW’s list of top 25 Zombie Movies ranked by Tomatometer Scores.


Title

Tomatometer Score

Night of Living Dead (1968)

97%

Train To Busan

96%

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

93%

Shaun of the Dead

92%

I Walked with a Zombie

92%

The Cabin in the Woods

91%

Return of the Living Dead

91%

Zombieland

90%

ParaNorman

89%

White Zombie

89%

[Rec]

88%

28 Days Later

87%

Dead Alive

86%

Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

83%

The Plague of the Zombies

80%

Warm Bodies

80%

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

75%

Planet Terror

74%

Land of The Dead

73%

The Crazies

71%

28 Weeks Later

71%

Dead Snow

68%

Night of the Living Dead (1990)

68%

World War Z

66%

The Serpent and the Rainbow

61%