LINK: DC Heroes: DIY Raven Cosplay

October 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Animation, Comic Books, Everything Else

DIY Cosplay Raven

Uncanny Megan and the Costume SuperCenter bring you a step-by-step tutorial for creating a Raven (Teen Titans) cosplay.

Judge Archer Arrives on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand on November 1st, 2016

October 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Movies

Judge Archer

Press Release:

Judge Archer starring Chengyuan Li Arrives on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand on November 1st

Street Date: 11/1/16

DVD SRP: $19.98 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

From the writer of The Grandmaster comes the action-packed Judge Archer, arriving on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and On Demand November 1 from Lionsgate. House of Flying Daggers star Chengyuan Li leads an all-star martial arts cast in this movie with amazing stunts and hard-hitting fight choreography. The Judge Archer DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS

In 1920s China, Judge Archer takes on the dangerous job of settling disputes between warring schools of martial arts. When a mysterious woman asks him to avenge her father’s murder, Archer poses as a fruit seller in a distant town to stake out his prey. To distract and seduce Archer, the clever killer sends a gorgeous woman, who proves to be a talented warrior herself. This action saga portrays knife, spear, and arrow battles, plus historic fighting methods never before seen on film.

CAST

Chengyuan Li                                      House of Flying Daggers, The Imperial Doctress

Yang Song                                          The Sword Identity, The Final Master

Cheng-Hui Yu                                      The Sword Identity, Yellow River Fighter

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2012

Title Copyright: JUDGE ARCHER © Beijing MTM Culture Media Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Home Entertainment Premiere

Rating: PG-13 for some violence, suggestive content and a thematic element. 

Genre: Action

Closed-Captioned: English

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Feature Run Time: 91 minutes  

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio Status: English and Mandarin 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

Scene and Reviewed: Broken Vows, a New Film by Lionsgate Available Oct 2016

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Movies

Broken Vows

Broken Vows, a New Film by Lionsgate Available Oct 11, 2016.

Experience the intensity of the psychological thriller Broken Vows when it arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand October 11 from Lionsgate.

Over the years, the story of a cheating husband being stalked by a crazed ex-mistress has become something of a cliche. With Lionsgate’s latest direct-to-audience film, Broken Vows, the writers do a decent job of flipping the script. In the movie, Jaimie Alexander stars as a woman who must find the strength to escape the grasp of a psychotic stalker before he destroys everything and everyone she loves. Here is a detailed description:

“In this chilling, sexy thriller, Tara (Jaimie Alexander, TV’s “Blindspot”) finds her life unraveling after hooking up with bartender Patrick (Wes Bentley, The Hunger Games) during her bachelorette party in New Orleans. Patrick becomes obsessed with Tara, not knowing she’s about to marry Michael (Cam Gigandet, The Twilight Saga franchise), and tracks her down to her quiet California home. As Patrick’s obsession turns violent, Tara stands to not only lose her marriage and her loved ones, but also her life.”

Though the plot is a tad formulaic, the cast does an honorable job of working with what they’ve been given. The been-there-done-that feel of the story is quickly forgotten given the gender role reversal of sorts. Having a strong female lead is a nice change of pace. Jaimie Alexander may not have the longest resume in the business, but she is definitely one to keep an eye on. I was already a fan of her work on the series Blindspot, and this film is a nice vehicle for her to put aside her action-hero notoriety and stretch her emotional chops. Alexandra Breckenridge, coming off of a memorable stint on the series The Walking Dead, does a fine job as well. This isn’t exactly Fatal Attraction, but Broken Vows is a thriller worthy of your time.

And, what made that time more enjoyable for me was Wes Bentley. I’ve always been a sucker for stalker movies; what can I say? They creep me out. But, couple that with Bentley’s smoldering gaze (it’s like he’s looking through you) and that’s enough to keep me glued to the television. Whether your familiarity with his work comes from American Horror Story or all the way back to American Beauty, there’s no mistaking his understated ability to crawl under your skin. His intensity, even in lighter roles, is frightening, and for some reason I find that attractive. I get that I should probably have felt sorry for the poor, betrayed husband-to-be, played by Cam Gigandet, but I didn’t. His character, Michael, had a smugness about him. I can’t put my finger on what it was, but I can see how it would be easy to lose yourself in Bentley’s bartender. (There’s something wrong with me).

While this psychological thriller is somewhat predictable, it was well shot and still held enough twists and turns (stick with it til the end) to make it worth the hour and a half you’ll spend yelling at your TV. If the typical array of October/Halloween horror movies are not your cup of tea, I would recommend an evening of Broken Vows. The Broken Vows DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Alexandra Breckenridge:

Mini Trailer:

Wedding Social:

Wes/Jaimie Social:

CAST

Wes Bentley                              TV’s “American Horror Story: Hotel,” The Hunger Games

Jaimie Alexander                       TV’s “Blindspot,” Thor

Cam Gigandet                           Easy A, The Twilight Saga Franchise

Astrid Bryan                              TV’s “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Alexandra Breckenridge             TV’s “The Walking Dead”

and Alex Ladove                       Life of Crime

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production:  2016

Title Copyright: © 2015 Bullet Entertainment, LLC.  All Rights Reserved.

Type: Home Entertainment Premiere

Rating: Rated R for Disturbing Violent Content, Language and Some Sexuality

Genre: Thriller

DVD Closed Captioned: English

DVD Subtitles: English and Spanish

Feature Run Time: 91 minutes

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

 

 

 

Scene and Reviewed: 6 Plots

October 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Horror, Movies

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I want to play a game. The game is to count how many classic horror films were mimicked in the making of the Australian thriller 6 Plots. Right on the DVD cover you see references to Saw and Buried. Another review mentioned Hostel. You could make arguments for Cube, Vile, and The Hills Have Eyes. But the greatest debt owed by this movie is to an older film, one that helped originate the slasher genre despite itself being a suspense thriller (and a nonpareil one at that): Halloween.

SPOILERS:

Seven students at Oak Bay High School plan a Friday night bash. There will be music. Booze. Sex. Hijinks. The party will take place in a “borrowed” (read: they broke in) house on the beach. We see the kids doing what kids do at parties, every jiffy of which they intend to livestream on the Internet because–well, you’ve seen American Pie. Anyway, everybody passes out, and when one of the kids, Brie, wakes up, she notices the others have skedaddled.

As Brie gathers her stuff to head home, she gets a phone message from this guy.

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The message tells her to play a game, no parents, no authorities. The game: find her friends. All are locked in boxes and stashed around town. All can communicate with her via their phones. She is also sent video updates of their predicaments via the cameras installed in each box. Inevitably, parents get involved, as do the cops, so a few kids have to die. One is burned (she kept saying she was “covered in petrol”). Another is buried alive. A saw mill blade provides the most gruesome killing. Brie and the cops manage to save the other three, and a few weeks later, they are all back at school, cracking wise and calling one other “bitches.” Then they run into a creepy guy we saw for five seconds at the beginning of the film who makes some cryptic remarks in a basso profundo voice and walks away with the above emoticon on his skateboard. I guess he was the bad guy.

Did you catch all the Halloween analogs?

  1. Teenagers plan a gathering.
  2. They lie to their parents about it (in one geek-gasmic scene, a guy’s father calls home to check on him, and his buddy sitting in a different house answers the home phone using his cell phone and an “automated Skype message faker”).
  3. They use someone else’s house without permission.
  4. The girl with no boyfriend (Brie) becomes the savior.
  5. One victim’s father is the police chief.
  6. The whole thing is broadcast online (as in Halloween: Resurrection).

Now let me tell you what is not like Halloween: there isn’t one bit of menace in this movie. When there is a movie involving a villain, that villain is the film’s strength. Michael Myers’s mix of childlike wonder and unholy force is established from the first moment of Halloween, and it twists through all the films in the series. You can’t take your eyes off him. Ditto for John Kramer (aka, Jigsaw), Fred Krueger, Dracula, and all the great horror villains. Their personalities–Kramer’s cold logic, Krueger’s impishness, Dracula’s smug ferocity–make them compelling, while their motives make them scary.

What of the villain in 6 Plots? Other reviews call him The Emoticon, but I don’t recall anyone saying that in the film, and for good reason: it sounds like a lame Charlton Comics superhero. So he’s nameless, and until the final scene, he’s invisible. This is another mistake by the filmmakers. It isn’t necessary for the protagonists to meet the villain until the end–the Die Hard movies have mastered this approach–but it is necessary for the audience. How can we be afraid of someone we can’t connect with? As for motive, think of John Kramer’s aim: “to test the fabric of human existence.” It’s an unusual goal, lofty and sinister. The guy behind The Emoticon? His motive seems dull as driftwood.

The opening credits of 6 Plots include the line “Based on a concept by Leigh Sheehan and Tim C. Patterson.” Because these are the film’s director and writer, I wondered why they were credited this way, since “concept” seems an integral part of writing and directing. The unfortunate answer is that concept is most of this movie’s appeal. The non-villain characters are relatable, and the actors are good–so good I wanted to see interviews with them in the making-of documentary that forms the DVD’s sole special feature (I was disappointed). It is an interesting concept, though maybe too ambitious. With six victims to keep up with, I found myself getting confused.

Maybe 6 Plots should have stuck to one plot this time around.

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2012

Type: Home Entertainment Premiere

Rating: R for Language, Some Violence/Terror and Teen Partying/Drug Material

Genre: Horror

Closed Captioned: English

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Feature Run Time: 87 minutes

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2:35:1)

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

ABOUT LIONSGATE

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video game sand international distribution and sales. The company has nearly 80 television shows on 40 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses. These include the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange in the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication successes The Wendy Williams Show and Celebrity Name Game (with FremantleMedia), the breakout series The Royals and the Golden Globe-nominated dramedy Casual.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, Sicario, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate’s The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions’ Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. See www.lionsgate.com.

 

“The BFG” comes to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and Disney Movies Anywhere December 6

September 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Animation, Everything Else

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Press Release:

STEVEN SPIELBERG’S IMAGINATION AND DISNEY MAGIC COME TOGETHER TO BRING ROALD DAHL’S BELOVED CLASSIC TO LIFE

“The BFG” comes to Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and Disney Movies Anywhere Dec. 6

This magical tale of an extraordinary friendship loaded with exciting extras will brighten the holidays for the whole family!

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 23, 2016 — This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The BFG,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

As dreamers around the globe gear up for Sunday’s World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring a dream-collecting Big Friendly Giant. This heartwarming tale for the whole family arrives home for the holidays on Dec. 6 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.

“The BFG” unites the talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – to bring to life the classic tale of a courageous little girl named Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and a gentle and charming Big Friendly Giant (Oscar®-winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Spielberg employs a new, hybrid style of filmmaking blending live-action and performance-capture techniques, resulting in genuine, heartfelt performances and super-photorealistic animation.

Families and fans will be swept away by this spectacular adventure and delight in extensive bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The BFG” hosted by Ruby Barnhill and featuring Steven Spielberg; a charming, all-new short; a fun and whimsical tutorial on the Big Friendly Giant’s unique language of Gobblefunk; a touching tribute to screenwriter Melissa Mathison (“E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”); and more.

Spielberg’s directorial debut with The Walt Disney Studios was a labor of love, as he’s been a fan of Dahl’s for years. In fact, he read “The BFG” to his own children when they were younger. According to Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship; it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends; and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” “The BFG” is a Golden Phizzwizard* come true for Spielberg, Dahl fans and audiences around the world.

Bonus features include**:

BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:

  • 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.”

DIGITAL/VOD:

  • 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.

DVD:

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

Disney and Amblin Entertainment, in association with Walden Media, present the fantasy adventure film “The BFG,” the first-ever motion picture adaptation of Roald Dahl’s resonant tale of childhood, the magic of dreams and the extraordinary friendship between a young girl and a big friendly giant. Directed by three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, the film reunites the director with his Oscar®-nominated collaborator on “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” Melissa Mathison, who adapted the children’s author’s timeless adventure for the big screen. “The BFG” is produced by Spielberg, p.g.a., Frank Marshall, p.g.a., and Sam Mercer, p.g.a., with Kathleen Kennedy, John Madden, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Michael Siegel serving as executive producers.

The film stars three-time Tony Award®, two-time Olivier Award and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant; newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie, the orphan who befriends him and is swept into a world of rampaging giants; Penelope Wilton as The Queen; Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater, the most fearsome giant from Giant Country; Rebecca Hall as Mary, The Queen’s handmaid; Rafe Spall as Mr. Tibbs, The Queen’s butler; and Bill Hader as Bloodbottler, another unruly giant from Giant Country.

The creative team is comprised of some of Spielberg’s longtime collaborators, including: two-time Oscar®-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski; two-time Oscar-winning production designer Rick Carter; three time Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn, A.C.E.; and Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston, with legendary five-time Oscar winner John Williams composing his 24th score for a Spielberg-directed film.

Joining them is two-time Oscar® winner Robert Stromberg as production designer and four-time Oscar winner Joe Letteri from Weta Digital, the visual effects company founded by Peter Jackson, as senior visual effects supervisor.

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Product SKUs: Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy),

Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and Video On-Demand SD/HD

Feature Run Time: Approximately 117 minutes

Rating: PG in U.S., PG in CE, and G in CF

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / Widescreen 2.39:1

DVD Feature Film = Widescreen 2.39:1

Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA & 2.0 Descriptive Audio,

Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks,

English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

Languages/Subtitles: Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French

DVD = English SDH, Spanish and French

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook: Facebook.com/TheBFGmovie

Website: Movies.Disney.com/The-BFG

Twitter: Twitter.com/BFGmovie

Website: Instagram.com/BFGmovie

ABOUT DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE (DMA): 

Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) is an engaging and family-friendly cloud-based digital movie service that makes it easy to buy Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars movies once and watch them anywhere. Viewers can enjoy their digital movies from the comfort of their living room and across multiple mobile platforms by simply adding the free DMA app or channel to their devices, such as iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android mobile phones and tablets, Android TV, Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Roku, and Xbox 360, and connecting to their DMA account with participating providers including iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and Fios by Verizon. DMA users can explore Disney’s library of over 450 digital movies, discover hours of new and exclusive short-form content, redeem Digital Movie codes found in eligible Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars product, and earn Disney Movie Rewards points with every digital purchase.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

ABOUT ABMLIN PARTNERS:

Amblin Partners is a content creation company formed by DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment and Entertainment One (eOne). The company develops and produces films using the Amblin, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant banners and includes Amblin Television, a longtime leader in quality programming.

*A wonderful dream in the BFG’s language of Gobblefunk

**Bonus features may vary by retailer

The Cast of Beauty and the Beast…25 Years Later

September 20, 2016 by  
Filed under Animation, Everything Else

Press Release:

“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ” returned to Alice Tully Hall this evening, 25 years after it made its much acclaimed debut with a “work in progress’ screening, when Walt Disney Studios and the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented an exclusive screening in celebration of the “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION” release [which comes out today].

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Richard White (voice of Gaston), Angela Lansbury (voice of Mrs. Potts), Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle) and Robbie Benson (voice of Beast).

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ABOUT “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”:

Walt Disney Pictures’ magical animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” captures the magical journey of Belle (voice of Paige O’Hara), an independent and intelligent, modern-day heroine who’s taken prisoner by a hideous beast (voice of Robby Benson) in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff—a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others—and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince. In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, this tale as old as time joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Sept. 6 on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and on Sept. 20 on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

For more information, visit www.BeOurGuest.com and connect with us at www.Facebook.com/DisneyBeautyAndTheBeast.

Scene and Reviewed: Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge: Breakout on DVD July 12, 2016

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Saban’s Power Rangers Dino Charge: Breakout DVD Hits the Street on July 12, 2016

Saban’s Power Rangers are back in action with Power Rangers Dino Charge: Breakout, arriving on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and On Demand July 12 from Lionsgate.

Your favorite color-coded heroes are back in action! If you’re looking for something fun to watch with the kids (or for your own enjoyment) this summer, then look no further. Here’s what you need to know:

“The Red, Black, Blue, Green, and Pink Rangers must once again rely on each other and their new dino-charged powers as they battle to defend the Earth from the villainous Sledge. This all-new Power Ranger series ranked #1 in its time period across all TV with kids 2-11. The Power Rangers will have to outsmart a puzzling villain, save a prince, and try to defeat Sledge’s monsters. When the evil Fury unleashes the powerful Ptera Zord, only the Power Rangers can regain control with the help of their newest ally–the Gold Ranger! With an ever-growing fan base, Power Rangers Dino Charge: Breakout will be the biggest, and most shocking, Power Rangers adventure yet, when it arrives on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.98.”

This DVD includes episodes 9-12, which aired in 2015.  These are some of the better episodes from the season, especially with the addition of the Gold Ranger. As far as the Nickelodeon era Power Rangers (Samurai, Super Samurai, Mega Force, Super Mega Force), Dino Charge is one of the better ones, though it still lacks something that hasn’t been around in Power Rangers since the days of Mighty Morphin through Time Force. Though newer Saban series differs slightly from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of the past, but retains its charm and sense of humor, appealing to audiences both young and old.

Episodes:

  • “When Logic Fails”
  • “The Royal Rangers”
  • “Breakout”
  • “Knight After Knights”

Program Information:

Year of Production: 2015

Title of Copyright: 2015 SCG Power Rangers LLC. All Rights Reserved

Type: TV on DVD

Rating: TV-Y7

Genre: Action/Adventure, TV Series, Children, Superhero

Closed-Captioned: English

Subtitles: None

Run Time: 92 Minutes

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio Status: English 5.1 Dolby Digital; French and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

About Saban Brands:

Formed in 2010 as a subsidiary of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company’s experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands. SB applies a strategic transmedia management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full-service management, marketing, promotion, and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives, and specialized property extensions. SB is led by a superior management team with decades of experience in licensing, marketing and finance. For more information, visit sabanbrands.com.

About Lionsgate:

Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as THE LINCOLN LAWYER, TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, THE EXPENDABLES, MARGIN CALL, THE LAST EXORCISM and the critically-acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won two Academy Awards. With the January 2012 acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the Company now has the two leading young adult franchises — the blockbuster TWILIGHT SAGA, which has grossed more than $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office, and the HUNGER GAMES franchise, whose first film will be released on March 23. Recent Summit hits include RED, LETTERS TO JULIET, KNOWING, the STEP UP franchise and the Academy Award winning Best Picture THE HURT LOCKER.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

 

 

Toonseum Looking for Star Trek Original Art

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Press Release:

The Toonseum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, is currently in the process of organizing an exhibit of Star Trek original comic art. Art collectors have been instrumental in the success of prior exhibits at the ToonSeum, including last year’s Avengers: 50 Years of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the current Captain America: 75 Years of the Sentinel of Liberty exhibits, and the hope is that this will again prove true with Star Trek.

The Toonseum is thus reaching out to any collectors who might be willing and kind of enough to loan the Pittsburgh-based museum some amazing Star Trek pages to be placed on display to the public. The exhibit will run from October 28, 2016, until January 15, 2017.

If you think that you would like to loan some Star Trek art and/or have questions about the process, you can e-mail Board Member, Treasurer and Exhibit Curator Anthony Letizia (anthonyletizia@geekpittsburgh.com). Anthony would be happy to answer any questions you might have about transport, insurance, museum security and can provide references from collectors who have loaned the Toonseum art for previous exhibits. You can also check out the museum at the website.

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Scene and Reviewed: The Witch

June 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Horror, Movies

The Witch

Remember high school, when we had to read several “classics” of literature? The Scarlet Letter, Moby-Dick, A Tale of Two Cities—you know the ones. These books were classics because they broke new ground, doing things that had not been done before.

God, were they boring! They were books only a professor could love. I was reminded of such books when I watched The Witch, Robert Eggers’s tale of an unlucky girl suspected of witchcraft. Critics have loved the film, giving it 91%, 83 out of 100, 3½ stars, etc. Stephen King tweeted the movie “scared the hell out of” him. It did well at the box office, grossing nearly $40 million on a $1 million budget, but that may be because audiences were expecting The Blair Witch Project redux. I suspect that DVD and Blu-ray sales will be more modest. Film students may study this movie for years to come—it is visually gorgeous and technically advanced—but I doubt it will maintain a larger following.

The movie starts promisingly. Set in New England in 1630, it is the story of a farming family, William and Katherine and their five children. (Other reviews of The Witch call them Puritans, an assumption that may not be true. They are clearly pious, but piety was not limited to any one religious group. Besides, the Great Migration, as it is called, of Puritans to New England began in earnest in 1630, the year this movie was set.) After a tiff with other settlers, William moves his family to the edge of forbidding-looking woods. Immediately, the youngest child, an infant, disappears. The family’s search for the missing boy, and its descent into anger, finger-pointing, and suspicion of demonic involvement, forms the plot for the rest of the film.

So who is the witch of the movie’s title? That would be the oldest daughter, Thomasin. We are never told her age, though she is clearly a teenager. The family first thinks a wolf took the child, but as tensions mount, this becomes a polite fiction. Thomasin was looking after her brother when he vanished, so naturally, she is doing the work of the devil. It isn’t clear what prompted the family to think Thomasin a witch, or why. We tend to imagine people of this era attributing every odd occurrence to dark magic, but surely they had a deeper cosmology than that. Not once does anyone lash out at God for allowing such tragedy, a reaction that seems at least as normal as “because witches.”

Robert Eggers, a former production and costume designer who somehow leapfrogged all other roles to direct The Witch, has been praised for the historical accuracy of the film. A note at the end states that many of the details, including dialogue, come “directly from period journals, diaries, and court records.” No doubt the scenes and wardrobes are spot-on. I wonder also whether Eggers consulted a little book called The New England Primer. Published in 1727, but no doubt circulating in oral form long before, it includes a section called “A Dialogue between Christ, a Youth, and the Devil” whose lines are similar to a prayer uttered several times in the movie: “Oh God my Lord I now begin. Oh help me and I’ll leave my sin,” etc. Whether inspired or made up, it is an excellent detail (you can hear Thomasin reciting it around the 1:55 mark of this trailer).

One thing I could have done without is the decision to have the actors speak in the archaic tongue of the early 1600s. The film is full of “thee” and “thou,” with the occasional “prithee.” One character says, “Speak, if this be pretense,” and other announces, “I’ll to the wood.” Early Modern English, which is what linguists call this time period, can feel like a different language. I had to turn on subtitles to make sure I didn’t miss stuff, a practice I hate. (Diction wasn’t the only reason. Despite setting the volume on my TV at 50, I strained to hear anything softer than a shout.) Many period pieces have not suffered from contemporary speech—Shakespeare in Love won seven Oscars without a single “thou”—so I don’t understand Eggers’s compulsion here.

Another thing I struggled to grasp was what constitutes a “witch” in Eggers’s world. Toward the end of the film, Thomasin talks to Black Phillip, the family goat. Goats have long been associated with Satan, so does that mean a witch is someone who can talk to possessed animals? No, because two of the other children claim they’ve heard the goat talk. Thomasin kills her mother, so does that mean a witch is someone who commits murder? No, it was self-defense: her mother attacked her. Thomasin seems uninterested in magic and incurious about dark forces, so it must be that she is a witch because weird things are happening. There is that limited cosmology again. Black Phillip asks Thomasin if she wants to live “deliciously,” and as far as I can tell, this vague invocation is the crux of Eggers’s witchery. What does it mean to live deliciously? Kidnap babies, I guess.

The best horror films rely on suspense, not gore, and in that way, The Witch scores big. As I watched Katherine go insane with grief, Thomasin struggle with guilt, and William become Job-like (in addition to the baby, his crops died, his wife didn’t trust him, and he watched another son die), I thought, all this plus witchcraft? But for a horror story, the evil force needs more definition. Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Fred Krueger—these are great horror villains because we can see them, and we know what they’re about. The Blair Witch never appears in person, but we see her stalking the three filmmakers. We hear locals talk about kids being abducted and killed. Then Josh disappears. Problems are clearly supernatural in origin. In The Witch, I never felt that William’s struggles couldn’t be explained by his living arrangements: the American wilderness in the 17th century.

In terms of extras, this Blu-ray is not packed, but it does have a few nice elements. The audio commentary features Eggers alone. I am used to commentaries featuring several cast members in an improvised dialogue, but these quickly wear thin. A director-only commentary can be more focused and insightful, which this one certainly is. There is a short (eight minutes) making-of featurette, The Witch: A Primal Folklore, that should be a bit more in-depth. Much better is the Q&A mixing cast members with a pair of experts, novelist Brunonia Barry (The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places) and historian Richard Trask. The group discusses witchcraft in American history, especially the Salem witch trials, on which Trask has a unique perspective: two of his ancestors were hanged as witches.

Interesting as these features are, I will suggest one that should have been added: digital images of the “period journals, diaries, and court records” that Eggers drew on to make the film. I would have enjoyed seeing how those print sources were transformed into a cinematic narrative.

The Witch is an entertaining and though-provoking film. It works as a historical drama as well as a thriller. I wouldn’t call it scary, and the filmmakers outsmarted themselves in a few places, making an intellectual choice when something simpler would have worked better. Still, it is an important film, one that makes an original and significant contribution to the horror genre.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Year of Production: 2015

Type: Theatrical Release

Rating: R for Disturbing Violent Content and Graphic Nudity

Genre: Horror, Suspense

Closed Captioned: N/A

Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH

Feature Run Time: 92 minutes

BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.66:1)

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (1:66:1)

BD Audio: English 5.1 DTS HD-MA

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

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Help Zootopia’s Officer Judy Hopps Solve a Mystery with Facebook Messenger

June 1, 2016 by  
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Zootopia

Press Release:

OFFICER JUDY HOPPS SEEKS YOUR HELP TO SOLVE THE ZOOTOPIA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S NEWEST MYSTERY

Rookie Rabbit Officer Judy Hopps Takes Over Facebook Messenger, June 1-8, to Crack the ZPD’s Latest Case, and “Zootopia” Arrives Home with A Robust Line-up of New Bonus Features on June 7

The innovative creators behind Walt Disney Animation Studios’ wildly witty, comedy-adventure “Zootopia” are offering fans of all ages an exciting opportunity to rediscover the stunning animal metropolis and its comedic creatures via a Judy Hopps Facebook Messenger takeover and a robust line-up of extended bonus features included in the in-home release.

Judy Takes Over Facebook Messenger And Seeks  Your Help to Crack Her Next Case, June 1-8, 2016

Rookie Rabbit Officer Judy Hopps is commandeering Facebook Messenger and seeking your help to solve the Zootopia Police Department’s hottest new case. Volunteers are invited to visit the Zootopia Facebook page and click on the Message icon, where they can chat with Judy directly and follow a series of clues to help solve the mystery. This live chat was built through a partnership with imperson, which creates premium conversational bots called Chat Personas that converse in natural language and can be tailored with distinct yet authentic personalities—in this case, the eternally optimistic and determined Judy Hopps.

“Zootopia” Arrives Home with A Robust Line-up of In-Depth Bonus Features, June 7, 2016

“Zootopia” arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand* platforms on June 7, 2016 with thrilling new bonus offerings including candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind “Zootopia,” an alternate opening, never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes, and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that reference Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters. The record-breaking animated film for all ages is a must-add to your movie collection!

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