New 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for 10/3

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES | © 2017 Disney Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES Supposedly this is the last film in the franchise, the fifth film based on a freaking amusement park ride in Disneyland. Don’t get me wrong, these films have been fun from the get-go but after five of them, it has become a little long-in-the-tooth to see Captain Jack Sparrow continually get into trouble, fumble his way through problems for two hours only to have it all work out in the end. This time Sparrow must once again deal […]Read On »

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CD Review: ANONYMOUS REJECTED FILM SCORE soundtrack

ANONYMOUS REJECTED FILM SCORE soundtrack | ©2014 Taped Noise

Many composers have re-purposed scores that either were tossed because they simply were too smart for the movie they were intended for, frankly didn’t work with the picture or became the victim of studio politics that shelved the scores for spite. But whatever the reason the music didn’t see the official light of day, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy of release on its own, whether it’s John Corigliano turning EDGE OF DARKNESS into “Music from the Edge” (on Perseverance), Jerry Goldsmith transforming the main electronic melody from his blackballed ALIEN NATION way down to earth as the jazz love […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KICK-ASS 2

KICK ASS 2 movie poster | ©2013 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Morris Chestnut, Jim Carrey Writer: Jeff Wadlow, based on the comics by Mark Millar & John S. Romita Jr. Director: Jeff Wadlow Distributor: Universal Release Date: August 16, 2013 Released in 2010 and based on the comics series created by Mark Millar & John S. Romita Jr., the original KICK-ASS was a little uneven and slightly more controversial, what with a pre-pubescent Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) gleefully and gorily slaughtering bad guys. In the main, though, it was fun, surprising, self-aware without being self-sabotaging and generally worth seeing. Now […]Read On »

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Comic-Con News: KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL news from actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse

KICK-ASS 2 comic book | ©Icon

Even though the original Matthew Vaughn directed 2010 movie KICK-ASS (based on the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.) didn’t make a mint at the boxoffice, KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL is on its way and co-star Christopher Mintz-Plasse is thrilled. “The budget is cheaper,” says Mintz-Plasse talking about the new film while promoting his new animated film PARANORMAN at Comic-Con 2012. “It made money, but not a lot of money so we all took a cut because we wanted to make it.” In KICK-ASS 2, his character Chris D’Amico trades in the Red Mist hero to become a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GRIFF THE INVISIBLE

GRIFF THE INVISIBLE movie poster | ©2011 Indomina Releasing

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Darmody, Patrick Brammall, Toby Schmitz, David Webb Writer: Leon Ford Director: Leon Ford Distributor: Indomina Releasing Release Date (U.S.): August 19, 2011 GRIFF THE INVISIBLE is liable to remind people of SUPER, KICK-ASS, SPECIAL, et al, in that it’s about a fellow in a superhero costume who wants to fight crime, but lacks superpowers. The movie is set in Australia and has two major twists. One, a la SPECIAL, is that Griff (Ryan Kwanten) believes he does have superpowers. The other really big twist is that, apart from the police worrying a little bit […]Read On »

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Composer Interview: Henry Jackman marks the spot for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Composer Henry Jackman | ©2011 Henry Jackman

As cool as it is to have your music pumping the extra kick-ass mile into the hugely enjoyable antics of non-powered, wannabe superheroes, there’s nothing quite like getting your musical mutant on by graduating to the big leagues of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, a score that marks a huge evolution for composer Henry Jackman. Starting his career as an innovator in England’s electronica world, Jackman’s equally impressive string arrangements for album producer Trevor Horn drew the attention of Hans Zimmer, a composer with the Magneto-like powers of irresistibly pulling in promising talent to his lair at Remote Control. It wasn’t long […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SUPER

SUPER movie poster | ©2011 IFC Midnight

Rating: R Stars: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion Writer: James Gunn Director: James Gunn Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: April 1, 2011 There is nothing whatsoever wrong with being part of a subgenre. For example, despite the existence of ALIEN, it’s perfectly possible to make a terrific new movie about scary extraterrestrials – which SUPER writer/director James Gunn actually did a few years back with his horror comedy SLITHER. Gunn’s new film SUPER fits into the non-super-powered superhero genre. The giant monolith in this field is obviously BATMAN, but SUPER belongs to an even smaller […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1 – ‘Pilot’ – Series Premiere

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season One | ©2011 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, James Frain, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott Writer: Tom Wheeler Director: Deran Serafian Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: January 9, 2011 In all of the recent incarnations of TV superheroes, some sort of powers have come into play. The rights to BATMAN being tied up as they are at another studio, writer Tom Wheeler has come up with a new completely human hero, the Cape, who fights crime in fictitious Palm City. Of course, the Cape wasn’t always the Cape. He started out, and remains in his heart, Vince Faraday (David Lyons), loving […]Read On »

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