GHOSTBUSTERS and GHOSTBUSTERS II (Mastered in 4K) Blu-ray Reviews

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Ghostbusters was a cultural phenomenon, and hasn’t left pop culture since it was released in 1984.  Then again, it would be hard to forget considering co-writer Dan Aykroyd has been promising a third entry in the franchise since the nineties.  To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the first film (and the twenty-fifth of the sequel Ghostbusters II) Sony has packaged both together with new extras and the best transfers yet of the films.  The first film remains a classic, while the sequel is not without pleasures.  Both star Bill Murray, Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts, and both were directed by Ivan Reitman.  My review of Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II on Blu-ray follows after the jump. 

New to Blu-ray: NEIGHBORS, HALLOWEEN: The Complete Collection, SAW: The Complete Movie Collection, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the funniest films of the year, a trio of horror movie collections for a few franchises—one classic, one unlikely, and one incredibly gory—a dramatic turn from Robert Pattinson, and more.  Briefly:

Quicksilver Runs to Social Media for the X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Blu-ray

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I think many of us can agree that Quicksilver (Evan Peters) was one of the best and surprising aspects of X-Men: Days of Future Past.  20th Century Fox is now seizing on the character’s popularity by sending him on to social media.  Please don’t ask me why a character from the 1970s is on Instagram and Vine.  They don’t show his face in this “post” so I guess you could say it’s an adult Peter Maximoff making sure to Instagram and Vine his movements?  I will say Vine is probably the best medium for someone who does a lot with not much time.  Look for more updates from Evan Peters over the next week.

Hit the jump to check out the video.  X-Men: Days of Future Past will be available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th.  Click here to pre-order.  The film is currently available to own on Digital HD.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Viral Videos Tease the Blu-ray Release, Gather Info on Mutants

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is due out on Blu-ray/DVD in a few weeks and Fox has started doling out some viral videos (and a website or two) to remind us of its existence and perhaps to further cement the perception that there’s indeed a very strong connection (how could there not be) with the about-to-shoot X-Men: Apocalypse. The first video to hit is slight, but also aesthetically pleasing.

Hit the jump to check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past viral videos, and click here to pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD, which will be released on October 14th.  The film stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael FassbenderJennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellan, Patrick StewartPeter Dinklage, Ellen PageShawn AshmoreOmar Sy, and Halle Berry.

Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN and TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! Criterion Blu-ray Reviews

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Criterion has released two Spanish-language movies of a sexual nature, one from Mexico, one from Spain.  The former is Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien (which translates to “And your mother too”), which Criterion has been promising for five years, while the other is Pedro Almodovar’s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, which was notorious for its NC-17 rated content at the time.  My review of both Criterion editions of these films follow after the jump.

Enter Our Giveaway to Win HANNIBAL Season Two and HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION on Blu-ray

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Damn I wish I was eligible for this giveaway.  NBC’s Hannibal might be the best looking show on network (or cable, for that matter) television.  It’s so well shot, gory and archly funny that Blu-ray is really the only option (don’t forget that even those 1080p iTunes downloads are still compressed).  And Halloween: The Complete Collection captures all of the films in that series, from John Carpenter‘s all-time original on down to Rob Zombie‘s two interpretations.  This also includes a pristine remaster of the long-lost producer’s cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers.  I can’t wait until I can see that cut myself.

The contest opens today.  Hit the jump to see how you can win Hannibal Season 2 or Halloween: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray.  We’ve got three copies of Hannibal and one copy of the Halloween box to unload. 

Exclusive Clip from THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Goes Behind the Famous Hook Scene

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the most formative films from my childhood.  I of course didn’t get to see it until I was in my early teens, but the box was always taunting me from the shelf of my local Blockbuster, “I dare you to watch this.”  Once I watched, I wasn’t disappointed.  And the film still holds up wonderfully today.  When you break it down it’s actually far less gory than its title implies, but it’s shot in such a visceral manner that you think you’re seeing things you actually aren’t. Even if director Tobe Hooper never made another film (and he’s made several great ones since), his mark on cinema history would have been complete.

Dark Sky Films has done a truly stunning job on the 4K restoration of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for its 40th Anniversary Release.  Their Blu-ray also has a bevy of bonus features, including a through making-of documentary.  The clip we’re sharing with you today comes from that doc and explores the famous meat-hook scene.  Hit the jump to check it out.

New to Blu-ray: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, GODZILLA, HANNIBAL Season 2, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a tear-jerking box office smash, the King of the Monsters, the second season of the most visually arresting show on television, and more.  Briefly:

ALL THAT JAZZ Criterion Blu-ray Review

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All That Jazz is a masterpiece.  The film transcends genre, as it’s a perfect blend of musical, dark comedy, biopic and fantasy.  It’s a self-portrait, really, of co-writer and director Bob Fosse, and it’s made all the more impressive by the fact that it marked the second to last feature film from the man who had already helmed films like Cabaret, Sweet Charity, and Damn Yankees—talk about going out with a bang.  It’s a seminal piece of cinema that is both wildly entertaining and introspective, ruminating on life and death in unique fashion, and the film has now been given the grand Criterion Collection treatment.  It’s an absolute must-own for any serious film fan.  Read my full All That Jazz Criterion Blu-ray review after the jump. 

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Blooper Reel Featuring Cast Dance Party

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The sooner Star Trek 3 happens, the better.  Why?  Because we need another one of these blooper reels.  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch and co. get pretty serious in the film, but on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness there’s jokes, line flubs and even some pretty impressive dance moves.

The blooper reel is actually part of Star Trek: The Compendium, a four-disc Blu-ray box set that comes with the original two-disc Star Trek Blu-ray, the two-disc Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray special edition and loads of extras (click here to order it on Amazon).  Hit the jump to check out that Star Trek Into Darkness blooper reel as well as a full list of bonus features for Star Trek: The Compendium.

NEIGHBORS Deleted Scene Spells Trouble for Zac Efron’s Original Frat House

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Universal Pictures has released the alternate opening scene of Neighbors online.  I loved director Nicholas Stoller’s (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement) new film when I saw it in theaters, but couldn’t help but think there were a ton of party images in the trailer that were absent from the film.  Now I know which scene many of them came from, this deleted opening scene that introduces us to the frat members and the house they burned down (necessitating their move to a new neighborhood).  This is actually only the first half of the deleted scene (which I’ve seen via iTunes extras), so it doesn’t get into the explosive stuff yet.  But it’s still hilarious.  I actually think the whole movie is pretty great except for a few moments in the third act when they try to include unnecessary characters in the action.

Hit the jump to check out the Neighbors deleted scene, which is one of the many special featurs on the upcoming Blu-ray. The film stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jake Johnson, Ike Barinholtz, and Lisa KudrowNeighbors hits Blu-ray on September 23rd.

22 JUMP STREET Outtakes: Channing Tatum Gets Tickled By a Rainbow, Peter Stormare Has a Dance Party

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22 Jump Street doesn’t arrive on Blu-ray and DVD until November 18th, but about two of the 100 minutes of bonus footage set to come with the Blu-ray edition hit the web early and it’s loaded with wacky and absolutely hilarious outtakes.  In fact, I could probably just watch a full feature’s worth of material with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum messing around while filming that bad trip scene.

Hit the jump to catch Tatum getting tickled by a smiling football and rainbow, hear Hill’s abundance of bleeps and to see Peter Stormare dancing it up at a Spring Break concert in the 22 Jump Street outtakes.  The film also stars Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, Ice Cube and Nick Offerman.

WINTER’S TALE Blu-ray Review

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Quentin Tarantino has complained about how one of the biggest problems with American cinema is that it’s afraid of big emotions.  Of melodrama that might descend into camp (or perhaps is camp to begin with).  And it’s true, more movies are likely to adapt an ironic distance than go for something earnest.  There’s a reason for that: when earnest doesn’t work, you get films like The Postman and The Room.  But that means some material just isn’t going to translate into American cinema, and that’s why Winter’s Tale is a boring disaster.  Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith star in this story of star-crossed lovers and miracles, and my Winter’s Tale Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

BREAKING BAD: The Complete Series Barrel Blu-ray Set Now Available After Being out of Print

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In news that will surely please any Breaking Bad completionist who didn’t get a chance to snag one of these up last year, the awesome Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel Blu-ray boxed set is once again available.  I’m not sure how much longer this deal will be around (good timing after the Emmy wins last night though), so you might want to snag it up ASAP.

The set features every episode of the show, plus a good deal of assorted ephemera, all packaged in one of the show’s signature body-dissolving barrels.  Hit the jump for more on the Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel or click here to buy it on Amazon.

New to Blu-ray: THE WALKING DEAD Season 4, ALL THAT JAZZ Criterion, THE DOUBLE, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest season of one of the most popular shows on TV, a musical classic on Criterion, one of the year’s underseen dark comedies, and more.  Check them out below:

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