TNT’s “THE LAST SHIP” Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 5

The Last Ship Season 4 DVD Details

Embark on the latest journey of TNT’s hit series The Last Ship: The Complete Fourth Season, now available on Blu-ray and DVD today, June 5. From blockbuster filmmaker and executive producer Michael Bay (Transformers franchise; Bad Boys; Armageddon), the fight to save mankind aboard The Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James continues with an all-star cast including Eric Dane, Bridget Regan and Adam Baldwin. Continue reading

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John Krasinski’s A QUIET PLACE Creeps onto Blu-ray July 10

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Director John Krasinski’s “sensationally gripping” (Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times), “heart-pounding” (Stephen Whitty, New York Daily News) and “mind-blowingly tense” (Isaac Feldberg, The Boston Globe) film A QUIET PLACE debuts on Digital June 26, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD July 10 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Continue reading

Viz Media to Release SAILOR MOON SUPERS Set 1 on Blu-ray April 24

Sailor Moon SuperS Set 1 Season 4 Part 1 Blu-Ray Box Art Packaging

VIZ Media, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, adds a new home media edition to its renowned Sailor Moonanime catalog with the release of “Sailor Moon SuperS” Set 1. Continue reading

Paramount’s ANNIHILATION on Blu-ray May 29 and Digital HD May 22

Annihilation 2018 Blu-ray Details

Hailed as “a masterpiece” (Chris Evangelista, Slash Film) and “a mind-blowing experience” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), director Alex Garland’s (Ex Machina) Annihilation debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD May 29, 2018 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives on Digital May 22. Continue reading

STEVEN UNIVERSE Season One Arrives on DVD January 30

Steven Universe Season 1 DVD Details

Fans can revisit the adventures of “Steven Universe,” Cartoon Network’s Emmy nominated and critically acclaimed animated series when “Steven Universe” The Complete First Season DVD arrives on January 30, 2018. Featuring all 52 captivating episodes and the first time a full season has been available on DVD, relive the episodes that ignited a fierce and dedicated fandom. Continue reading

Blu-ray Review: ARRIVAL

While the sheeple of Earth may never truly know if life outside our own has made first contact, I’ve always pondered over how the scenario would play out on a global scale. And in the crazy times we live in, that thought has crossed my mind more frequently than ever. Thankfully, Arrival has made first contact.

Of course there’s Independence Day, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Mars Attacks, and War of the Worlds among others, but they narrowly focus on aggressive aliens threatening our planet and how the two-time, undefeated, back-to-back World War champions from the United States of America must find a way to put an end to their existence. Then on the other side of the coin we have Contact, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Abyss approaching the situation with no aggression, but very intimately and impacting only a certain group of people and not the world. Arrival bridges the gap of the entire spectrum of first encounter cinema and absolutely sticks the landing.

Arrival Movie Amy Adams

Its well-crafted narrative blends science fiction into a political thriller with a sense of urgency unmatched by the big popcorn blockbusters of its ilk. The tension it so carefully builds reaches incredible heights all the way up to the final moments of the film thanks to the varying degrees of cultural perspective in handling the global encounter. The many layers of Arrival evoke a satisfying thirst of Inception-esque conversation as it delicately balances its enriched themes without feeling overstuffed, preachy, or derivative, which help lead up to its powerful ending.

Director Denis Villenueve is no stranger to this caliber of storytelling as seen from his earlier work in Sicario and Prisoners. Not only has he assembled a stellar cast led by Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker – of which Adams was completely snubbed from this year’s Academy Awards – but the technical prowess behind Arrival is sensational. Bradford Young (Selma; A Most Violent Year), the second black cinematographer to ever be nominated for an Oscar, paints a chilly canvas of epic proportions complemented by a uniquely haunting score by Oscar-nominated Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario; The Theory of Everything). Additionally, the eerie sound design and original look of the aliens along with the production design of the interior of the spaceship is top-notch.

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One of the most important factors that makes Arrival shine, aside from Eric Heisserer’s (Lights Out; Final Destination 5) screenplay adapted from Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life” short sci-fi story, is its editing. Standing atop an intricate glass house of panels consisting of suspenseful plots, engaging themes, and riveting emotions, editor Joe Walker (12 Years a Slave; Shame; Sicario) has elegantly constructed each element to nurture an astounding and moving story.

But if there is one thing that left the biggest impression on me, it is the way the movie approaches communication. In an age where technology has brought us closer together than ever before, it has also torn us apart. Technology has evolved mankind to speak and conduct social interactions with one another differently now than how we used to five or even ten years ago. Imagine bringing an alien species into the mix, one we cannot understand, and having to make sense of it all. It’s difficult enough for some to communicate with another human who comes from a different background and speaks a foreign language – a topic of which Paramount hits outs of the park with a video entitled “Common Ground” that premiered during its theatrical run. Arrival tackles this unfamiliar territory like a house of cards ready to crumble under the vast pressure from every country trying to understand what the aliens want. As Louise (Adams) and Ian (Renner) inch closer to the unveil the truth, others become tired of waiting and have their phones dialed-in for all out war. To provide a less straightforward narrative and achieve maximum feels, congruently the film sprinkles in glimpses of Louise’s family life that adds to its one-two punch climax. With such brilliant direction from Villenueve, Arrival is able to capture the bigger picture in how reshaping the way we think can lead to forward progress among each other and within ourselves.

Needless to say, Arrival is a master class film with nuance and nail-biting suspense that is too important to miss. Firing on all cylinders, Villenueve has created a work of art that entertains, arouses wonder, and sparks discussion that can resonate across the world. Effective communication is key, and Arrival delivers its message with grace.

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Special Features:

  • Xenolinguistics: Understanding Arrival – Featurette
  • Acoustic Signatures: The Sound Design – Featurette
  • Eternal Recurrence: The Score – Featurette
  • Nonlinear Thinking: The Editorial Process – Featurette
  • Principles of Time, Memory & Language – Featurette

The bonus material is very solid for those who love filmmaking, especially for a science fiction think piece like Arrival. All of the featurettes are inherently fascinating thanks to the level of craft that went into its development. Everyone involved fawns over the story, with each vignette explained in meticulous detail. Although you won’t find high-energy special features on this disc as you would an action blockbuster, the Arrival Blu-ray special features leaves you with no doubt that Villeneuve approached this film with the utmost respect and care.

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Green Room, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Person of Interest, and More

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Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD for the week of May 7, 2016 includes Green Room, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Person of Interest: Season 5, and more Continue reading

Coming Soon to Blu-Ray and DVD: Zootopia, Eye in the Sky, How to Get Away with Murder, and More

While we provide you with a list of available new releases Now Available to Own every Tuesday, Coming Soon to Blu-ray and DVD looks at all of the recent home video announcements. For the week of April 30, 2016 we have Zootopia, The Other Side of the Door, Eye in the Sky, Risen, and more. Find out when they’ll be out and what special features movie fans can expect below.

Zootopia Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtAvailable June 7 on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD

Zootopia (Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush) Rated PG [108 min] – In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Nate Torrence, J.K. Simmons, Jenny Slate, and Shakira

Special features include:

  • Zoology: The Roundtables – Ginnifer Goodwin hosts an in-depth look at the movie’s characters, animation, environments and more. The artists at Disney Animation give a rare and in-depth look at the complexities of bringing an all-animal world to life from the ground-breaking technology behind the characters’ fur and clothing to the varied and vast environments of Tundratown, Sahara Square and the Rainforest District as well as the deep thought and research given to bringing 64 unique animal species to life through animation.
  • The Origin of an Animal Tale – Follow the story’s development from its origins to a big story shift that turned the film upside down. In this feature-length documentary, filmmakers give a candid look into the difficulties of creating the story of Zootopia and the bold decision to switch the main character late in the production process, putting one resolute rabbit center stage.
  • Research: A True-Life Adventure – The filmmakers traveled the globe to find inspiration for the diverse characters and amazing city of Zootopia. They reflect on the importance of research and how a deep dive into animal behavior at Disney Animal Kingdom theme park and a deep immersion into animal society on the African savanna shaped and inspired the characters of Zootopia and changed the filmmakers’ lives forever.
  • Z.P.D. Forensic Files – Find the movie’s hidden Easter Eggs. Every city has its hidden gems, especially when it has been created by the filmmakers of Disney Animation who love nothing more than sprinkling hidden references to some of Disney’s greatest animated features throughout the story.
  • Scoretopia – Academy Award®-winning composer, Michael Giacchino spotlights five of cinema’s greatest percussionists and how they brought an organic, animalistic sound to his powerful and emotional music score.
  • Deleted Characters – Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore introduce citizens of Zootopia who did not make the final cut.
  • Deleted Scenes:
    • Alternate Opening – Young Judy Hopps rescues a fellow classmate and realizes she can reach beyond a life in carrot farming to a future in law enforcement.
    • Wild Times! Pitch – Nick desperately pitches the bankers of Zootopia on funding Wild Times!, an amusement park made exclusively for the predators of Zootopia and a sure-fire, money-making scheme for Nick and his friends.
    • Alternate Homesick Hopps – After a frustrating first day on the force, Judy has a conversation with her parents. See how this scene changed from a heartfelt conversation with her parents to tough love when her parents discover their daughter is only a meter maid and not a “real cop.”
    • Detective Work – Judy borrows a fellow police officer’s computer to conduct research, which turns out to be no small task.
    • Alternate Jumbo Pop – In this early version of the story where Nick was the main character, the filmmakers and Jason Bateman were able to take hustling to a new level.
    • Hopps’ Apartment – When Judy’s entire family pays her a surprise visit they are shocked to discover the company she’s keeping.
    • The Taming Party – In this emotional clip from an early version of “Zootopia,” Judy attends her first “taming party” and gains a deeper understanding of the plight of the predator.
  • “Try Everything” Music Video by Shakira

The Other Side of the Door Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtAvailable June 7 on Blu-ray and DVD; Digital HD on May 13

The Other Side of the Door (Johannes Roberts) Rated R [1h36min] – After her young son is killed in a tragic accident, a woman learns of a ritual which will bring him back to say goodbye, but when she disobeys a sacred warning, she upsets the balance between life and death.Director: Writers: Johannes Roberts, Ernest RieraStars: Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Sofia Rosinsky

Special features include:

  • Six Deleted Scenes
  • Behind the Door – Making of Featurette
  • Still Gallery

Eddie th Eagle 4K Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtAvailable June 14 on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD

Eddie the Eagle (Dexter Fletcher) Rated PG-13 [1h 46min} – The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, and Tom Costello

Special features include:

  • Let The Games Begin: Soaring with Eddie the Eagle Documentary
    • All or Nothing: The Hero’s Heart
    • An Unlikely Friendship: Eddie & Peary
    • Attitude is Altitude: Filming the Ski Jumps
  • Still Gallery

Eye in the Sky Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtAvailable June 28 on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD

Eye in the Sky (Gavin Hood) Rated R [1h 42min] – Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare. Starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and Alan Rickman

Special features include:

  • Featurettes:
    • Morals
    • Perspectives

The Martian Extended Edition Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtAvailable June 7 on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray

The Martian: Extended Edition (Ridley Scott) Rated PG-13 [141 min] – During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Jeff Daniels

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott (Director), Drew Goddard (Writer, Exec Producer) and Andy Weir (Author of The Martian)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Long Way Home: Making the Martian
  • Dare Mighty Things: NASA’s Journey to Mars
  • Journey to Mars 101 Q&A

Risen 4K Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtAvailable May 24 on Blu-ray and DVD

Risen (Kevin Reynolds) Rated PG-13 [1h 47min] – In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of an executed Jew rumored to have risen from the dead.Director: Writers: Kevin Reynolds (screenplay), Paul Aiello (screenplay) | 1 more credit »Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, and Peter Firth

Special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Battle of the Zealots Deconstructed
  • The Mystery of The Resurrection: Making Risen
  • A.D. Jerusalem
  • Script to Screen
  • Audio Commentary

The Brothers Grimsby Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtAvailable June 21 on Blu-ray and DVD

The Brothers Grimsby (Louis Leterrier) Rated R – A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, and Rebel Wilson

Season 2 special features include:

  • The Making of The Brothers Grimsby
  • The Elephant in the Room
  • Line-O-Rama: Hilarious Outtakes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes

A War Blu-Ray Box Cover ArtAvailable June 7 on Blu-ray and DVD

A War (Tobias Lindholm) Rated R [1h 55min] – Company commander Claus M. Pedersen and his men are stationed in an Afghan province. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus’ wife Maria is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father. Starring Alex Høgh Andersen, Pilou Asbæk, and Dar Salim

Season 2 special features include:

  • Interview with Writer/Director Tobias Lindholm
  • Interview with Colonel Arnold Strong
  • Los Angeles Film Screening Reactions
  • Theatrical Trailer

How to Get Away With Murder Season 2 DVD Box Cover ArtAvailable June 21 on DVD

How to Get Away with Murder (Peter Nowalk) Rated TV-14 [43min] – A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives. Starring Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, and Liza Weil

Season 2 special features include:

  • Deleted Scenes – Unseen moments from Season 2.
  • Bloopers – Who says Murder isn’t funny?  Check out some of the lighter moments and goof-ups from How To Get Away With Murder.

And that’s it for this week. What are you looking forward to picking up when they release?

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