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KEANU highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for August 2, 2016

KEANU | © 2016 Warner Home Video

  KEANU – If you have ever seen the comedy of Key & Peele you know the duo is famous for pushing the limits and making the smallest thing down right hilarious. And that’s exactly what happens with KEANU, who is actually a kitten that is kidnapped and the duo who play bumbling cousins must don new personalities in order to infiltrate a street gang in order to get the cat back. But it doesn’t stop just there, as their actions create a bigger escalation of violence among the gangs all trying to get their hands on … a kitten. […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: GODS OF EGYPT

GODS OF EGYPT | © 2016 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Chadwick Boseman, Emma Booth, Rachael Black, Elodie Yung, Brenton Thwaites, Courtney Eaton Writers: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless Director: Alex Proyas Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment My experience with GODS OF EGYPT differs quite a bit from the lambasting it has taken from the critics when it first arrived in theaters, but I may have those same critics to thank for it. I had such extremely low expectations going in and that may have contributed to actually enjoying an amazingly over-the-top CG laden film that fictionalizes the powerful deities place among mortals. When I first saw the […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: VENOM

VENOM | © 2016 Blue Underground

Cast: Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson, Sarah Miles, Sterling Hayden, Susan George, Cornelia Sharpe Writer: Robert Carrington Director: Piers Haggard Publisher: Blue Underground Billed as the greatest snake-in-the-house movie of all time (Are there a lot of them out there? I’m asking for a friend), 1981’s VENOM begins as a kidnapping for ransom flick that quickly evolves into a fight for your life against the deadliest snake on the planet, the black mamba. A terrorist, his henchman chauffeur and a family maid strike a deal to kidnap a wealthy woman’s son but things go wrong quick as a mix […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE FINEST HOURS

THE FINEST HOURS | © 2016 Disney Home Video

Interesting that Disney has done something that doesn’t involve their fairy tale franchise, Marvel or LucasFilm. Not often we see a standalone movie from the massive corporation that doesn’t have any ties to the stuff that makes it the big bucks. But with THE FINEST HOURS we have an action film based on true events about the Coast Guard saving a merchant sea vessel after it gets split in half and those that survive are restlessly keeping it afloat. The visuals are pretty cool because how the hell does a boat stay floating after it has been sliced literally in […]Read On »

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4K Ulta-HD Review: RISEN

RISEN | © 2016 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

  Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis, Maria Botto, Luis Callejo Writers: Kevin Reynolds, Paul Aiello Director: Kevin Reynolds Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment  An interesting, albeit strange, story of a pair of Roman soldiers that set off on a mission to find the body of Jesus Christ after uprising begins in the country over reports that they holy figure rose from the dead. RISEN stars Joseph Fiennes as Clavius, a non-believer tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus after he died in order to prove that he has not risen and is not […]Read On »

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DVD Review: THE HAUNTING OF ALICE D

THE HAUNTING OF ALICE D | © 2016 RLJ Entertainment

Cast: Kane Hodder, Juan Riedinger, Al Snow, Megan Hensley, Aaron Massey, Kristina Page, Jessica Sonneborn Writer: Jessica Sonneborn Director: Jessica Sonneborn Distributor: RLJ Entertainment If you are expecting one of those exorcism flicks where a poor woman gets possessed by a demon and turns her head and vomits all over her loved ones and floats in the air, this ain’t it. Instead THE HAUNTING OF ALICE D should have been called THE HAUNTING BY ALICE D, because the Alice in question terrorizes a group of friends and their hired help (read hookers) in an old mansion that used to be […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE ZERO BOYS

THE ZERO BOYS | © 2016 Arrow Video

Cast: Daniel Hirsch, Kelli Maroney, Nicole Rio, Tom Shell, Jared Moses, Crystal Carson Writers: Robert Gilliam, Nico Mastorakis Director: Nico Mastorakis Distributor: Arrow Video THE ZERO BOYS is so 80s it hurts. Filled with numerous clichés that filled the decade, the film takes them all and packs them into an action thriller. From the big hair, to the horrendous treatment of women as objects, to the loud synthesized music and bad outdated references, it is a time capsule for the decade in a variety of ways. The film focuses on a group of paintball zeroes that worked hard and became […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: EMELIE

EMELIE | © 2016 Dark Sky Films

Cast: Sarah Bolger, Carly Adams, Carl Bailey, Thomas Bair, Elizabeth Jayne, Chris Beetem Writer: Rich Herbeck Director: Michael Thelin Distributor: Dark Sky Films There is something definitely wrong with Anna. As a baby sitter goes, she leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the wellbeing of the children she’s watching. And that’s what is at the heart of EMELIE. When Anna is brought to watch three children so the parents can go on a date night, the kids immediately take to her. She lets them run all over the house with abandon, she lets them do the […]Read On »

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VoD Review: THE HORDE

THE HORDE | © 2016 Gravitas Ventures

  Cast: Paul Logan, Matthew Willig, Bill Moseley, Costas Mandylor, Vernon Wells, Nestor Serrano Writer: Paul Logan Director: Jared Cohn Distributor: Gravitas Ventures If the genre of torture porn has gone away in the realm of horror, someone forgot to tell the makers of THE HORDE. This isn’t a knock against the genre or the film itself. I enjoy a good torture porn horror flick as much as the next guy. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it loosely describes a horror film that features a good number of scenes of people getting brutally tortured with use of objects […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: NORM OF THE NORTH

NORM OF THE NORTH | © 2016 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

  Outside of Disney, animated films are either hit or miss when it comes delivering something you as a parent can feel good about letting your children watch. While NORM OF THE NORTH isn’t necessarily a bad movie for kids. The number of pee and fart jokes that are contained within leave a lot to be desired when it comes to letting kids watch what you hope will be a decent animated flick. The story centers on Norm, a polar bear, who learns that humans are moving into his home in the vastness of the Arctic. He doesn’t really think […]Read On »

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