Friday, January 22, 2021

Actress Mira Furlan has gone beyond the veil.



Babylon 5 was my favorite sci-fi show of the 1990s. Lost was my favorite of the 2000s. Mrs. Furlan will be missed dearly by friends, family, colleagues and fans. May she Rest In Peace beyond the veil.


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Thursday, January 21, 2021

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS Debuts on 4K Ultra HD March 30th to Celebrate 65th Anniversary

CELEBRATING ITS 65THANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR, CECIL B. DEMILLE’S LEGENDARY EPIC ARRIVES ON 4K ULTRA HD FOR THE FIRST TIME 




 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo with Digital Debuts March 30, 2021 in Time for Easter

 

Renowned director Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epicTHE TEN COMMANDMENTS arrives in spectacular 4K Ultra HD for the first time on March 30, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment. 

 

Bringing to life the inspiring story of Moses in all its stunning glory, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS has withstood the test of time.  To commemorate the film’s 65th anniversary in 2021, DeMille’s groundbreaking cinematic triumph will be available to watch at home in time for Easter in sparkling 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range.

 

As part of the restoration done in 2010, the film was scanned in 6K and those files were the basis for this brand-new Dolby Vision version, which shows off the full beauty of the original VistaVision negative. The VistaVision format used special cameras to feed 35mm film into the camera horizontally in order to capture a wider image spread over two 35mm film frames, giving VistaVision twice the resolution of regular 35mm film.  In addition, Paramount spent well over 150 hours doing new color work and clean-up on the scan.  The move to Dolby Vision created the opportunity to further improve the look of the film:  blacks are enhanced and improvements were made to smooth out special effects mattes to create the most vibrant and pristine image possible. 

 

The 4K film presentation contains an introduction by DeMille, an intermission, an overture/exit music card, and an entr’acte card, along with a DTS-HD 5.1 lossless soundtrack.

 

The new set includes a 4K Ultra HD disc, two Blu-ray discs, and access to a Digital copy of the film.  Following is a breakdown of the disc contents:

4K Ultra HD Disc

·       1956 feature film in 4K Ultra HD

·       Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic The Ten Commandments”


 

Blu-ray Disc #1

·       1956 feature film in high definition (Part 1)

·       Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic The Ten Commandments”

Blu-ray Disc #2

·       1956 feature film in high definition (Part 2)

·       Commentary by Katherine Orrison, author of “Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic The Ten Commandments”

·       Newsreel footage of the film’s New York premiere

·       Theatrical trailers, including at 10-minute “making of” trailer

 

For sheer pageantry and spectacle, few motion pictures can claim to equal the splendor of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. DeMille’s last motion picture made Charlton Heston a superstar and remains an unprecedented achievement and perennial fan favorite.  Filmed in Egypt and the Sinai with one of the biggest sets ever constructed for a motion picture, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS tells the story of the life of Moses (Heston).  Once favored in the Pharaoh's (Yul Brynner) household, Moses turned his back on a privileged life to lead his people to freedom.

 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: 65th Anniversary Edition Digital Copy Review

 


It may seem quaint by modern standards, but there is no denying the paranoia inducing hysteria in Kevin McCarthy’s eyes in the film’s iconic closing sequence. “They’re here!” To celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Don Siegel’s sci-fi thriller, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Paramount Home Entertainment has the film on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Copy. I just watched the digital screener so I can only discuss what I saw and cannot comment on any of the extra value content that may or may not be included on the physical media editions, which is always my preference, but believe it or not I have never seen the original before so I could not pass up the opportunity to screen and review this classic and I am very grateful to Paramount Home Entertainment for the chance. 

Invasion of the Body Snatchers in many ways is far more effective in the original than it was in the Philip Kaufman 1978 remake. Sure I missed the inhuman scream that would have made the final sequence all the more chilling, but in some ways I like the nonchalant way the “pod people” behave. They are not supposed to have any emotions, but aside from a wide eyed looks on the face that is inconsistent at times, the menacing people are able to pretend they are human so much that it is almost impossible to tell the difference. The proximity of a pod to a victim does not have to be very close either. 


Don Siegel had a cameo in the Philip Kaufman remake as a cab driver and much of what is talked about or suggested in the original is fully realized in the 1978 remake, but sometimes the imagination is just better and what we learn, but never see I find to be more frightening than what has been chronicled not only in the Philip Kaufman 1978 remake, which also is a classic in it’s own right, but in the 1990s directed by Abel Ferrara and Actress Nicole Kidman starred in a third remake in the 2000s as well. All owe their inspiration to this 1950s classic.


The digital copy looked spot on with a crisp and detailed widescreen black and white high definition presentation that is complimented by a sharp and clear English Digital Soundtrack.


You owe it to yourself to check out the 65th Anniversary Edition of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is now on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Copy, but each format is sold separately, courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment.


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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Redemption: Release Dates: Now In Select Theaters, On Digital & On Demand On DVD February 23, 2021

 REDEMPTION DAY



 

 

Release Dates:                  Now In Select Theaters, On Digital & On Demand

                                                On DVD February 23, 2021

Starring:                              Gary Dourdan, Serinda Swan, Martin Donovan, Ernie Hudson, Samy Naceri, Andy Garcia

Directed By:                      Hicham Hajji

Written By:                        Sam Chouia, Hicham Hajji

Synopsis:                             Having just returned home, decorated U.S. Marine Captain Brad Paxton's (Gary Dourdan) wife, Kate, is kidnapped by a terrorist group while working in Morocco. He is forced back into action for a daring and deadly operation to save the woman he loves.

Genre:                                  Action

Run Time:                           100 minutes

Rating:                                  Rated R for violence and language

Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-4 Own the Out-of-this-World Box Set on Blu-ray™ & DVD March 2, 2021 From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WAdult Swim’s Two-Time Emmy® Award Winning Series 
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Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-4 
 
Own the Out-of-this-World Box Set on Blu-ray™ & DVD March 2, 2021
From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
 
BURBANK, CA (January 12, 2021) Wubba-lubba-dub-dub! From creators Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time”) and Dan Harmon (“Community”), go on an intergalactic journey across the multi-verse with the release of Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-4 boxed set from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on March 2, 2021.  Get ready to binge on one of cables #1 watched comedies - and follow the misadventures of America’s favorite crazy scientist and his grandchildren with this outrageous boxed set which includes all 41 episodes from the first four seasons of the award-winning series, along with copious special features, including audio commentary, deleted scenes, “Inside the Episode” segments, numerous featurettes, past animatic sketches, and more. For a limited time, fans who purchase the set will receive an exclusive poster from the series. Rick and Morty: Seasons 1-4 is priced to own at $79.99 SRP for the DVD ($89.99 in Canada) and $89.99 SRP for the Blu-ray ($99.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Rick and Morty also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.
 
After having been missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez suddenly arrives at daughter Beth's doorstep to move in with her and her family. Although Beth welcomes Rick into her home, her husband, Jerry, isn't as happy about the family reunion. Jerry is concerned about Rick, a sociopathic scientist, using the garage as his personal laboratory. In the lab, Rick works on a number of sci-fi gadgets, some of which could be considered dangerous. But that's not all Rick does that concerns Jerry. He also goes on adventures across the universe that often involve his children, Morty and Summer.
 
With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Rick and Morty: Season 1-4 Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. Featuring all 41 episodes from the season 1-4 in high definition, as well as a digital code of the seasons (available in the U.S. only).
 
DIGITAL
Rick and Morty is 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 iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others. A Digital Code is also included in the U.S. with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.
 
 
BONUS FEATURES
 
Season 1
  • Commentaries for Every Episode
  • Animatics for Every Episode
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes
 
Season 2
  • Commentaries for Every Episode
  • Animatics for Every Episode
  • Deleted Animatic Sketches
  • Rick and Morty Season 2 Premiere Party Featuring Chaos Chaos
 
Season 3
  • Commentaries for Every Episode
  • Animatics for Every Episode
  • “Inside the Episode” for Every Episode
  • Exclusive “Inside the Recording Booth”
  • Origins of Rick and Morty Part 1 & 2
 
Season 4
  • A Day at Rick and Morty: Inside Season 4
  • “Inside the Episode” for Every Episode
  • Creating Snake Jazz
  • Directing Rick and Morty
  • Samurai and Shogun
  • Prop Process
  • Character Creation
  • Animation Challenges
 
 
41 (22 Minute) EPISODES 
 
Season 1
  1. Pilot
  2. Lawnmower Dog
  3. Anatomy Park
  4. M. Night Shaym-Aliens!
  5. Meeseeks and Destroy
  6. Rick Potion #9
  7. Raising Gazorpazorp
  8. Rixty Minutes
  9. Something Ricked This Way Comes
  10. Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind
  11. Ricksy Business
 
Season 2
  1. A Rickle in Time
  2. Mortynight Run
  3. Auto Erotic Assimilation
  4. Total Rickcall
  5. Get Schwifty
  6. The Ricks Must Be Crazy
  7. Big Trouble In Little Sanchez
  8. Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate
  9. Look Who’s Purging Now
  10. The Wedding Squanchers
 
Season 3
  1. The Rickshank Rickdemption
  2. Rickmancing the Stone
  3. Pickle Rick
  4. Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender
  5. The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy
  6. Rest and Ricklaxation
  7. The Ricklantis Mixup
  8. Morty’s Mind Blowers
  9. The ABC’s of Beth
  10. The Rickchurian Mortydate
 
Season 4
  1. Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat
  2. The Old Man and the Seat
  3. One Crew over the Crewcoo’s Morty
  4. Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty
  5. Rattlerstar Ricklactica
  6. Never Ricking Morty
  7. Promotyus
  8. The Vat of Acid Episode
  9. Childrick of Mort
  10. Star Morty Rickturn of the Jerri