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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Popcorn & Coffee: Prison Break: Event Series Blu-ray

Fox Home Entertainment; 390 minutes;

Now available on Blu-ray from Twentieth Fox Home Entertainment is Prison Break: Event Series, featuring all nine exciting episodes from the reboot season (aka, the fifth season). Produced by Paul Scheuring, the series stars
Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Paul Adelstein, Robert Knepper and Rockmond Dunbar.

Prison Break: Event Series (also known as Prison Break: Resurrection) is a sequel mini-series to the series Prison Break that aired on Fox from 2005 to 2009.

Picking up seven years after season four finale, Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell is mysteriously released from prison and is given a picture of Michael in the Ogygia prison.

Since T-Bag has now forgiven everybody for sending him back to prison, he tracks down Michael's brother, Lincoln Burrows, and gives him the picture. After telling Michael's wife Sara about the picture, Lincoln, along with C-Note, travel to Sana'a, Yemen to see for himself if Michael is actually alive.

This is Prison Break, so of course Michael is somehow alive, sporting several new mysterious tattoos, and must once again find a way to escape from a prison, as well as unraveling another "hard to follow" conspiracy plot.

The only featurette is "A Return Home: The Making of Prison Break Event Series."

Monday, July 17, 2017

Popcorn & Coffee: Smurfs: The Lost Village Blu-ray Review

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; 90 minutes; Amazon
Now available on Blu-ray + Digital (also available on 4K Ultra HD, and DVD) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is the animated fantasy adventure Smurfs: The Lost Village.

Directed by Kelly Ashbury, the film features the talented voice-cast of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Mandy Patinkin, and Julia Roberts.

The Smurfs (also known as Les Schtroumpfs) characters were created in 1958 by Belgian comics artist Peyo, but didn't really become a pop culture phenomenon until the Hanna-Barbera produced Saturday morning animated series debuted in 1981; lasting 9 seasons with 256 episodes.

The franchise seemed to be over until Sony Pictures Animation released a CGI/live action film in 2011 and followed by a sequel in 2013. While both films made a decent amount at the box-office, the movies received negative reviews from critics and die-hard Smurfs fans; which eventually lead to the all 3D computer-animated reboot Smurfs: The Lost Village being released to theaters earlier this year.

Smurfs: The Lost Village mostly centers on Smurfette, the only female resident in Smurfs' village. Smurfette was originally made of clay by Gargamel, in the attempt to locate the Smurf's village, but things didn't go as planned. Papa Smurf redeemed Smurfette and she became one of the Smurfs.

After accidentally breaking Brainy's invention, Smurfette sees a blue Smurf-like creature go into the Forbidden Forest. While she couldn't catch up with the creature, she did find the creature's hat, which is similar to the ones the Smurfs wear. Unfortunately, Gargamel briefly captures Smurfette and he finds the creature's hat. After using a locator spell on the hat, Gargamel goes on the hunt for the lost village of the Smurfs.

Feeling responsible for what has happened, Smurfette and her pals Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty venture into the Forbidden Forest to save the lost village from Gargamel.

Blu-ray Special Features are:

  • Filmmaker Commentary 
  • Demi Lovato Meets Smurfette
  • Lost Village Dance Along
  • Smurfify Your Nails
  • Kids At Heart! The Making of Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • Meghan Trainor "I'm a Lady" Music Video
  • Baker Smurf's Mini Kitchen
  • Draw Your Favorite Smurfs
  • The Sound Of The Smurfs
  • “Making The Song ‘You Will Always Find Me In Your Heart’"
  • “The Lost Auditions” Featurette 
  • 4 Deleted Scenes
  • The Emoji Movie Sneak Peek

Monday, July 10, 2017

Popcorn & Coffee: The Unholy: Vestron Video Collection Series

Lionsgate; Rated R; 102 minutes; Amazon

Now available on Blu-ray for the very first time from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the 1988 horror-thriller The Unholy, the 10th title in the Vestron Video Collection Series.

Written by Phillip Yordan and Fernando Fonseca, and directed by Camilo Vila, the film stars Ben Cross, Ned Beatty, William Russ, Jill Carroll, Hal Holbrook, and Trevor Howard.

The Unholy centers on Father Michael (played by Ben Cross), a priest who recently survived from falling out of an apartment window. Shortly after the incident, Archbishop Mosely (played by Hal Holbrook), assigns Father Michael to take over the St. Agnes church. The two previous priests at the church were both murdered.

After reopening the church, Father Michael takes it up upon himself to solve the priests' murders. His only lead is Millie (played by Jill Carroll), a young waitress at a Satanic nightclub. He starts a friendship with Millie, and helps her to escape from her abusive older boyfriend, Luke (played William Russ), who happens the be owner of the Satanic nightclub.

At the Satanic nightclub, Luke has live fake sacrificial shows to entertain his customers. Through one of the performances, he accidentally released a demon known as the Daesidarius (played by Nicole Fortier), who is hellbent on sending any sinner's soul to hell.

Special Features on the Blu-ray are:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Popcorn & Coffee: Enter The Warriors Gate Blu-ray Review

Lionsgate; PG-13; 105 minutes

Now available on Blu-ray + Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the Chinese-French action-fantasy-adventure film Enter The Warriors Gate. Directed by Matthias Hoene the film stars Mark Chao, Ni Ni, Uriah Shelton, Dave Bautista, Francis Ng, Sienna Guillory, Ron Smorrenburg, and Dakota Daulby.

Enter The Warriors Gate (also known just as The Warriors Gate) centers on a bullied teen gamer Jack (played by Uriah Shelton), who's accidentally mistaken as a warrior when a Zhao (played by Mark Chao) travels to our world through a magical wooden chest. Believing Jack is a hero, Zhao assigns him the task of protecting Princess Su Lin. Not having any other choice, Jack agrees to protect (or more like babysitting) the princess.

After giving the princess a brief tour of our world, evil warriors travel through the chest and kidnaps the princess for their barbarian king, Arun the Cruel (played by Dave Bautista). Of course, young Jack chases the bad guys back through the chest and travels to an ancient empire. Jack teams up with Zaho and a weird wizard (played by Francis Ng) in the hopes or rescuing the princess before she is forced to marry Arun the Cruel.

Uriah Shelton ("Jack") and Su Lin ("Ni Ni") star in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's ENTER THE WARRIOR'S GATE.

Review - The Shack Blu-ray

Summit Entertainment; PG-13; 132 minutes

Now available on Blu-ray + DVD  + Digital HD combo pack from Summit Entertainment is the spiritual drama The Shack. Directed by Stuart Hazeldine, the film stars Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw.

Based on the novel of the same name by William P. Young, The Shack centers on Mackenzie "Mack" Phillips (played by Sam Worthington), a man who had lost faith in God after his young child, Missy, was kidnapped and murdered while they were on a camping trip.

Months go by, and Mack and his entire family are still grieving. While shoveling snow in his driveway, Mack finds a unstamped, typewritten note in his mailbox, telling him to go to the shack where Missy was murdered. The note is signed "Papa" (which is the name Missy called God).

Mack goes to shack carrying a gun, hoping to capture or kill Missy's murderer. However, Mack is shocked to find three strangers at the shack - Papa (played by Octavia Spencer), Jesus (played by Aviv Alush), and Sarayu (played by Sumire).

While it wasn't exactly a big blockbuster in theaters, the film managed to take in over $90 million  against a $20 million budget.

Special Features include:

Touched By God: A Writer's Journey
God's Heart For Humanity
"Heaven Knows": The Power Of Song With Hillsong United
Something Bigger Than Ourselves: The Making Of The Shack
Premiere Night: A Blessed Evening
Deleted Scene
Audio Commentary With Director Stuart Hazeldine

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review - Disney's Bambi: Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

Disney; G; 70 minutes
Now available on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack is Disney's Bambi: Anniversary Edition. This marks the very first time the 1942 animated classic has been released on Digital HD. As an added bonus, the combo pack comes a 'free' Collectable Tyrus Wong Lithograph.

Directed by David Hand (supervisor for the other scene directors), the film was based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film received three Academy Award nominations: Best Sound, Best Song (for "Love Is a Song") and Original Music Score.

Bambi tells the story of the fawn Bambi, as he explores the wonders of the forest and befriends a rabbit named Thumper and a skunk named Flower. While there are many beautiful things about the forest, there are also many dangers, including hunters.

Bambi learns about the harsh ways of the forest after a tragedy occurs, leaving him to be raised by his father, Great Prince of the Forest. Several years passes by and Bambi is now full-grown, which leads him to learn about romance after he stumbles upon a female deer named Faline.

The Blu-ray contains brand-new extras, as well as classic extras that have appeared on previous releases.

New Bonus Extras are:

  • THE BAMBI EFFECT – “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time. Let’s take a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today.
  • STUDIO STORIES: “BAMBI” – Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs during the production of “Bambi.”
  • DELETED SCENE: BAMBI’S ICE AND SNOW – Bambi coaxes Thumper and his brothers and sisters to come play on the ice during the first snow.
  • DELETED SCENE: THE GRASSHOPPER – A grasshopper confronts Bambi and Thumper and finds himself in quite a predicament.
  • BAMBI FAWN FACTS – Think you know everything there is to know about Bambi and his forest companions? Well, it’s time to discover some fun real-life facts about the creatures that live in the forest he calls home.
  • CELEBRATING TYRUS WONG (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE) – A heartfelt look at the man who played a key role in the success of “Bambi.” Much like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, Tyrus Wong had a unique signature style all to his own. The soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes in “Bambi” were inspired by Tyrus’ concept art paintings.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Popcorn & Coffee: The Young Pope Blu-ray Review

HBO; TV-MA; 600 minutes

Available today on Blu-ray + Digital HD from HBO Home Entertainment is the critically acclaimed mini-series The Young Pope. Created by the Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Paolo Sorrentino, the ten-episode series stars Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Scott Shepherd, James Cromwell, Ludivine Sagnier, Silvio Orlando, Cecile De France, Javier Camara, and Toni Bertorelli.

The Young Pope tells the fictional story of the first-ever American Pope, Lenny Belardo, a.k.a Pius XIII (played by Jude Law). The College of Cardinals elected Lenny, as they thought he would be easier to control than the older and more experienced clerics. However, the Cardinals and the entire world are in for a surprise, as Pius XIII plans on setting his own rules for the Vatican.

By Pius XIII's side is Sister Mary (played Diane Keaton), the nun who became his mother after his parents had abandoned him at a young age. Unlike previous Popes, Lenny refuses to be seen in public and doesn't allow himself to be photographed. He wastes no time announcing strict initiatives for the Vatican, which backfires with the world's followers.

Special Features on the Blu-ray are:

The Making of The Young Pope
An Invitation to the Set
Inside the Episodes

Monday, June 5, 2017

Popcorn & Coffee: Disney's Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray Review

Disney Home Entertainment; PG; 129 minutes
Arriving tomorrow on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment is this year's smash-hit Beauty and the Beast. Directed by Bill Condon, the film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-raw, Emma Thompson, and Ian McKellen.

Based on the Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name (which was based on eighteenth-century fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont), Beauty and the Beast centers on a cold-hearted prince (played by Dan Stevens), who is cursed by an enchantress. The curse turns him into a monstrous beast and also turns all of his servants into household items. The enchantress puts a spell on one single rose. Unless the princes finds true love before the rose's last petal falls, he will become a monster forever.

Years later, a widow father named Maurice (played by Kevin Kline), gets lost in the woods and stumbles upon the Beast's castle, where he comes upon a rose garden. After attempting to steal a rose to bring back home for his daughter, Belle (played by Emma Watson), the Beast catches Maurice and tosses him into a dungeon.

After finding her father's horse, Belle goes out to look for him, and she too stumbles upon the castle, where she makes a deal with the Beast to take her father's place in exchange for his release.

While the Beast has no other intention than to just keep her imprisoned, his servants have other plans for her. They are hoping that Belle is the one who will help break the Beast's curse, thus turning them all back into their human forms.

The bonus features on the Blu-ray and Digital HD includes:

  • Enchanted Table Read – Join the cast for the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more.

  • A Beauty of a Tale – Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic.
  • The Women Behind “Beauty and the Beast” – Emma Watson introduces several of the talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life.
  • Making a Moment with Celine Dion – Celine Dion shares what it’s like to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever” – and be a part of the legacy of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Friday, April 21, 2017

Popcorn & Coffee: Band Of The Hand Blu-ray

Mill Creek Ent.; Rated R; 110 minutes;

Now available on Blu-ray from Mill Creek Entertainment is the 1986 Michael Mann produced action-drama Band Of The Hand. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser, the film stars Stephen Lang, Michael Carmine, Lauren Holly, John Cameron Mitchell, Danny Quinn, Leon, and Laurence Fishburne. There are no special features or bonus extras on the disc.

Band Of The Hand centers on five young felons, Ruben Pacecho (played by Michael Carmine), Moss Roosevelt (played by Leon Robinson), Carlos Aragon (played by Danny Quinn), James Lee "J.L." MacEwen (played by John Cameron Mitchell), and Dorcey Bridger (played by Al Shannon), who all get a second chance after being accepted into an experimental rehab program led by a Vietnam veteran named "Indian Joe" Tegra (played by Stephen Lang).

Tegra drags the five felons into the dangerous swamps and forces them to learn how to survive. Afterwards, they work together on restoring a vacant house in a bad neighborhood in Miami. This might all sound good at first, but their actions causes a war with the local drug kingpin named Cream (played by Laurence Fishburne).

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Popcorn & Coffee: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Buy; Walmart

Now available to own from Lucasfilm on Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray +DVD+Digital HD) is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first standalone adventure set in the Star Wars franchise. Directed by Gareth Edwards, the film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.

Set just prior to the events that took place in the original movie, Star Wars: A New Hope, Rogue One tells the story of the small group of rebels who stole the plans to the first Death Star, which will eventually finds its way to Princess Leia.

The rebel group consists of Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), Cassian Andor (played by Diego Luna), Chirrut Îmwe (played Donnie Yen), Bodhi Rook (played by Riz Ahmed), Baze Malbus (played by Jiang Wen), and K-2SO (played by Alan Tudyk), all of whom must (Spoiler Alert) sacrifice their lives in the attempt to stop the Empire's greatest weapon - the Death Star.

The special features are a little lacking for this release. There are no deleted scenes, bloopers, or commentaries. However, there are several short behind-the-scenes features.

These bonus features are:

  • A Rogue IdeaHear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The RebelGet to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.

  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the WhillsGo deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Popcorn & Coffee: Moana Blu-ray Review

PG; 107 minutes; Walmart

Arriving on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD from Disney Home Entertainment today is the animated blockbuster Moana. Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the film features the talented voice cast of of Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk.

Moana centers on Moana Waialiki, the daughter of Chief Tui on the small Polynesian island of Motunui. At a young age she was chosen by the ocean to receive the mystical heart that once belonged to the island goddess Te Fit. The heart was originally stolen by the the demigod Maui over a millennium ago.

While their island has always provided enough resources for their tribe, vegetation and fish have now become scarce. Moana recommends sailing pass the reef to search for fish, but Chef Tui denies her request as he believes the ocean is too dangerous to cross.

After finding several boats belonging to ancestors in a cave, Moana, along with her pet rooster Heihei, sails off pass the reef in search for the long lost demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson). Moana hopes she can convince Maui to return the mystical heart and save her tribe.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Popcorn & Coffee: Doctor Strange Blu-ray Review

PG-13; 115 minutes; Amazon
Available today on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD from Marvel Studios is the fantasy comic book adventure Doctor Strange. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.

Created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, Doctor Strange debuted as a comic book supernatural superhero in 1963. The film adaptation stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, a brilliant (but arrogant) neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands after a terrible car crash. After having several unsuccessful surgeries to restore the nerves in his hands, Strange travels to Kamar-Ta to seek out the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton), who has been known to help others heal from wounds.

Shortly upon arriving, Strange learns that the Ancient One is a powerful sorcerer, who shows him that magic is real, as well as the astral plane and other dimensions. He learns there are are three buildings called the Sanctums (one in New York City, one in London, and one in Hong Kong) that protects the world from the other dimensions.

Under the guidance of the Ancient One and another sorcerer named Mordo (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), Strange begins his training as a sorcerer, and hopefully he will one day be able to regain control of his hands. Using his photographic memory, he easily learns their ways and starts to gain magical powers, such as bending time with the mystical Eye of Agamotto.

Unfortunately, Strange also learns there are evil sorcerers, lead by Kaecilius (played by Mads Mikkelsen), who are going to destroy the Sanctums and summon Dormammu of the Dark Dimension.

Blu-ray Bonus Extras includes:

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Blu-ray Review - Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life

Rated PG; 92 minutes; $39.99; Amazon

Now available on Blu-ray (with Digital HD) and DVD  from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the family-friendly comedy Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life. Directed by Steve Carr, the film stars Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle, Thomas Barbusca, Andy Daly, and Adam Pally.

Based on the popular children book series by James Patterson and Chris Tebbets, the film centers on Rafe Khatchadorian (played by Griffin Gluck), a teenager who keeps getting himself kicked out of schools. Rafe's mother (played by Lauren Graham) has had just about enough of his trouble-making ways, and she hopes that transferring him to Hills Village Middle School might change his attitude.

Within minutes of arriving at his new school, Rafe makes enemies with the school bully, "the Killer" (played by Jacob Hopkins) and Principle Dwight (played by Andy Daly). After the principle destroys his sketch book, Rafe vows to disobey every school rule.

Griffin Gluck ("Rafe") stars in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE.

With the help of his new friend Jeanne (played by Isabela Moner) and his invisible friend Leo (played by Thomas Barbusca), he comes up with the "Operation R.A.F.E" plan, which involves exposing Principle Dwight for what he really is - a liar.

Andrew Daly ("Principal Dwight") stars in Lionsgate Home Entertainment's MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: The BFG Blu-ray


Studios: Walt Disney, Amblin Entertainment, and Reliance Entertainment
Director: Steven Spielberg
Retail: $39.99

Running Time: 118 minutes
Rated: PG

Where To Purchase?

Bonus features includes:

  • Bringing “The BFG” to Life – Ruby Barnhill (Sophie) hosts a phizz-whizzing journey through the making of “The BFG.” This behind-the-scenes documentary details the film’s progression through interviews with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, executive producers Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Kristie Macosko Krieger, and numerous members of the talented cast and crew.
  • The Big Friendly Giant and Me – Sophie wasn’t the first “bean” in Giant Country—many illustrations were created as if drawn by a little boy who was there long before Sophie. This charming, in-world short will bring the drawings to life with animation and narration, recounting the friendship and the dreams shared between the boy and the Big Friendly Giant.
  • Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG – A whoopsey-splunkers tutorial on the meaning of the gloriumptious gobblefunk in “The BFG.”
  • Giants 101 – Jemaine Clement (Fleshlumpeater) and Bill Hader (Bloodbottler) introduce us to the loathsome giants in “The BFG,” along with movement choreographer/motion capture performer Terry Notary, who collaborated with the actors and Director Steven Spielberg prior to filming to develop their movements and character traits.
  • Melissa Mathison: A Tribute – An homage to Melissa Mathison, the extraordinary, Oscar®-nominated screenwriter of “The BFG” and “E.T.,” whose talent and heart were as immense as the giants in “The BFG.”
  • John Williams: Scoring A Dream – A journey through the film’s concept art and memorable moments, interwoven with the sights and sounds of legendary composer John William’s scoring session.

  • Gobblefunk: The Wonderful Words of The BFG and Melissa Mathison: A Tribute

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Journey Back To Wonderland in "Alice Through The Looking Glass"

*This is a sponsored review: All opinions are 100% mine.

PG; 113 minutes; $39.99; Amazon

Now available to own on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment is Alice Through The Looking Glass. Directed by James Bobin, the film stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen.

In this sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland (and based on the characters by Lewis Carroll), Alice Through The Looking Glass picks up three years later where Alice (played by Mia Wasikowska) has been at sea commanding her late father's ship. When she returns home, she learns that her ex-fiancé, Hamish Asco (played by Leo Bill) had taken over her father's company and is threatening to take her family home as well.

Once again, Alice runs away, but this time she follows the butterfly Absolem (voiced by Alan Rickman in his final performance) through a mirror that takes her to Underland. There she learns that her old friend, the Mad Hatter (played by Johnny Depp), has become homesick after finding a mini-hat he had made when he was a child. It seems his family died during the Attack of the Jabberwocky.

After talking to the White Queen (played by Anne Hathaway), Alice decides to search for Time (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) and try to convince him to travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter's family. Unfortunately, things doesn't go as plan, forcing Alice to steal the Chronosphere and travel through time herself.

Of course the Red Queen (played by Helena Bonham Carter) is never too far behind.

Bonus Features includes:

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Skiptrace Blu-ray Review

PG-13; 108 minutes; $24.99; Amazon

Arriving on Blu-ray +Digital HD on October 25th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the action-comedy Skiptrace. Directed by Renny Harlin, the film stars Jackie, Chan, Johnny Knoxville, and Fan Bingbing.

For over a decade, Hong Kong detective Bennie Chan (played by Jackie Chan) has been tracking down the crime boss Matador who had killed his partner Yung (played by Eric Tsang). Yung's daughter Samantha (played by Fan Bingbing), who is also Bennie's Goddaughter, gets herself into trouble with a crime syndicate boss Victor Wong (played by Winston Chao).

To help save Samantha, Bennie has to track down Connor Watts (played by Johnny Knoxville), an American gambler and conman who has been making his way through the Chinese casinos. Connor had witnessed a murder of a young woman at Wong's casino. The only problem is Connor doesn't want to help Bennie at all and he tries his best to escape.

To make matters worse, there is a Russian kingpin on Connor's trail as the gambler supposedly got his daughter pregnant. Now, Conor has no choice, but to let Bennie taking him back to Hong Kong, that is if they can outrun the Matador's henchmen.

Special Features includes:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

31 Days of Halloween: Ghostbusters: Answer The Call

PG-13; 117 mins (Theatrical) /134 mins (Extended); Walmart
Being released this week on 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray & Digital, and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is the supernatural-comedy Ghostbusters: Answer The Call, the reboot of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters. Directed by Paul Feig, the film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. There are cameos by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver.

The film centers on Physicists Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert, and engineer Jillian Holtzmann witnessing a ghost sighting in a New York library. Afterward the trio decide to start their own ghost hunting business called "Conductors of the Metaphysical Examination" above a Chinese restaurant.

Hotzmann builds ghost trapping equipment, while the Yates and Gilbert hire a dumb receptionist, Kevin Beckman. Eventually, they recruit Patty Tolan, a MTA worker, to join their team.

After learning that electronic devices have been placed throughout the city to summon ghosts, the Ghostbusters sets out to find out who is responsible. This all leads leads them to a mad scientist, Rowan North, who plans on releasing hundreds of ghosts upon the city.

Special Features on the Blu-ray are:

Popcorn & Coffee: Blood Father Review

Rated R; 88 minutes; $24.99; Amazon

Available today on Blu-ray + Digital HD, and DVD Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the action-thriller Blood Father. Directed by Jean-Francois Richet, the film stars Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, and William H. Macy.

Based on the novel of the same name by Peter Craig (who also co-wrote the screenplay), Blood Father centers on an ex-convict John Link (played by Mel Gibson) who is out on parole. He spends most days as a tattoo artist; tattooing people in his trailer/home. The rest of the time he is trying to stay sober and out of trouble.

Out of the blue, John receives a phone call from his estranged, runaway teenage daughter, Lydia (played by Erin Moriarty), who is in hiding after accidentally shooting her drug-dealer boyfriend Jonah (played by Diego Luna). While he is well aware that she is probably just wanting money from him, John picks up his daughter and brings her to his trailer, hoping he can try to figure out where she has been and what kind of trouble she has gotten herself into.

Unfortunately, John has to risk his newfound morals when Jonah's gang comes looking for Lydia, who now has a ransom on her head. And John will do anything to protect his daughter.

The only special feature on the Blu-ray is "Lost Souls: On the Road with Blood Father" Featurette.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse Blu-ray

*This is a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% mine.
PG-13; 144 minutes; Retail - $39.99; Best Buy
Back in July 2000, less than two months after my high school graduation, the X-Men, based on the Marvel comic books arrived in theaters. I didn't see the film until I received a the VHS (Remember those?) for Christmas that year. While I had never watched the old animated series or even read one single issue of the comic books, I became an instant of the fan of the movie franchise.

Now sixteen-years later, there have been nine feature films, with a tenth film, Logan, coming out next March, and a spinoff television series, Legion, debuting on FX next year.

The latest film in the franchise X-Men: Apocalypse is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: Days of Future Past), the film stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn and Lucas Till.

Inspired by Ultimate X-Men's Apocalypse arc and X-Factor storyline Fall of the Mutants, X-Men: Apocalypse is set in 1983, where CIA agent Moira MacTaggert accidentally awakens En Sabah Nur, otherwise known as Apocalypse, the first mutant, from his tomb in Egypt. Believing the world has lost it's way, Apocalypse enlists four horseman to help him rebuild the world. The four horsemen are: Ororo Munroe, aka Storm; Psylocke; Angel; and Erik Lehnsherr (aka Magneto).

Professor Charles Xavier had reopened his school for mutant kids since the events that took place in X-Men Days of Future Past. His most recent students are Scott Summers, who has a mutation that gives him the ability to shot optic beams out of his eyes, and, Kurt Wagner, who has the ability to teleport.

Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), the original and most powerful mutant, embark.

While using the mutant-locating computer known as Cerebro, Professor Xavier's mind is taken hostage by Apocalypse, who uses his powers to release mayhem upon the world. This brings in Colonel William Stryker and his soldiers to lead an assault upon the school and in the process kidnapping some of the students. Luckily, Quicksilver happens to arrive in the nick of time to save a few of the kids. However, he couldn't save Professor Xavier from being taken by Apocalypse.

All of this leads to Raven, aka Mystique, and Beast taking command of the X-Men by rescuing the students from Strykers facility, and confronting Apocalypse in the hopes of saving Professor Xavier and the entire world.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Popcorn & Coffee: Banshee: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray

TV-MA; 480 minutes; $27.99; Best Buy

Available today on Blu-ray +Digital HD from HBO Home Entertainment is Banshee: The Complete Fourth Season, featuring all 8 episodes from the final season.

Created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler, Banshee aired on CINEMAX from January 2014 to May 2016. The series centered an unnamed man (played by Antony Starr)who was recently released from prison after being incarcerated for fifteen years for stealing $15 million dollars worth of diamonds for his Ukrainian mob boss, Rabbit (played by Ben Cross). With the help of his computer hacker friend Job (played by Hoon Lee), the man tracks down his partner in crime and former lover Anastasia Rabitov (played by Ivana Miličević), who is also Rabbit's daughter. For the last fifteen years, Anastasia has been living in Banshee, Pennsylvania under the name Carrie Hopewell, where she is now married with two children.

After witnessing the death of the soon-to-be sheriff, Lucas Hood, at the bar outside of town that is owned by Sugar Bates (played by Frankie Faison), the man takes the sheriff's identity.

Season Four takes place two years after the season three finale, where Hood has isolated himself from the world, well, that is until the new sheriff, Brock Lotus (played by Matt Servitto), locates and informs him that the Rebecca Bowman (played by Lili Simmons) had been murdered. The news brings Hood back to Banshee, where Kai Proctor (played by Ulrich Thomsen), Rebecca's uncle and the town's crime kingpin, is the now the mayor.

In episode three, Hood, along with Carrie, track down the location of Job (who was kidnapped at the end of season three) and rescue him from his captors. The rest of the season focus on Hood's quest to find Rebecca's murderer.

Bonus Features on the three-disc set are: