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12 February 2016

Well Go USA wields MEMORIES OF THE SWORD (review)

In this dazzling but deliriously-plotted Korean swordplay drama, an orphaned girl trained from childhood to avenge the murders of her parents discovers that her own mentor is to be one of her targets and that the other is a ruthless general who has plans to usurp the throne.

REVIEW LINK: Well Go USA (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

MEMORIES OF THE SWORD Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • Korean DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews 

11 February 2016

LionsGate, Simon Pegg, and Lake Bell MAN UP (review)

Simon Pegg and Lake Bell star in this romantic comedy from the producers of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ as two strangers thrown together on a blind date that escalates into a series of comic misadventures with stalkers, cheating exes and their wanker lovers.

REVIEW LINK: LionsGate (US) Region A Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

MAN UP Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English SDH, English, and Spanish subtitles
  • "The Seven Beats of MAN UP" featurette
  • Gag Reel
  • Lake and Simon Interview Clips
  • Previews
  • Digital HD code included

10 February 2016

LionsGate stalks THE LAST WITCH HUNTER (review)

Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie, Michael Caine, and Elijah Wood star in the action fantasy THE LAST WITCH HUNTER.  Cursed with immortality by The Witch Queen, Kaulder has spent the last eight hundred years keeping the peace between good witches and the church while hunting down those who use black magic against humankind.  When his mentor is murdered by supernatural means, he uncovers a plot to resurrect The Witch Queen and unleash a new Black Plague.

REVIEW LINK: LionsGate (US) Region A Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo (DVDCompare)

THE LAST WITCH HUNTER Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English DTS X, English DTS 2.0 stereo, English DTS Headphone X 2.0 stereo, English Descriptive Audio DTS 2.0 stereo, and Spanish DTS 5.1
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.40:1 widescreen
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1, English DTS 2.0 stereo, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles 
  • Audio Commentary by director Breck Eisner
  • "Crafting the Magic: The Last Witch Hunter" featurette
  • Animated Short Films "The Origin of the Axe and Cross"
  • "The Last Witch Hunter Sizzle Reel/Paint It, Black"
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital HD Code Included 

Sony Pictures Classics pays a visit to GRANDMA (review)

Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Elizabeth Pena, and Julia Garner star in Paul Weitz's family drama.  No sooner has burnt-out poet Elle breaks it off with her younger girlfriend than her estranged granddaughter turns up in need of money for an abortion.  Flat broke and unwilling to seek help from her daughter, Elle drags her granddaughter around town shaking down friends and old flames and dredging up drama and opening up old wounds.

REVIEW LINK: Sony Pictures Classics (US) Region ALL Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

GRANDMA Blu-ray specs:
  • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.85:1 widescreen
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 5.1, French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Portuguese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English, English HoH, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai subtitles
  • Audio Commentary by director Paul Weitz & actors Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott, and Julia Garner (with optional English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles)
  • "A Family Portrait: Making Grandma" featurette
  • Q&A with Lily Tomlin, Sam Elliott, and director Paul Weitz
  • Theatrical Trailer (2:06)

08 February 2016

Film Movement reveals SECRETS OF WAR (review)

In this Dutch WWII epic, two schoolboys find themselves at odds when the father of one sympathizes with the Nazis and is elected mayor of the town and father and brother of the other have joined the resistance.  Further dividing them is the secret of a new female classmate which puts her life in danger if one of them reveals it.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

SECRETS OF WAR DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • Dutch Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Closed Captioning 
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Bonus Short Film "So You've Grown Attached" (Kate Tsang)
  • Previews 

Strand Releasing heals THE CUT (review)

In this epic from Turkish/German director Fatih Akin set during World War I, metalsmith Nazaret loses his family, his friends, his faith, and his voice when he is conscripted by the Ottoman Empire and then given the choice to convert or die.  Surviving his execution by the hesitation of his killer, he falls in with bandits and is then taken in by a Turkish soapmaker.  After the war, he discovers that his twin daughters may still be alive and mounts a journey across multiple countries in search of them.

REVIEW LINK: Strand Releasing (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

THE CUT DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescree
  • Armenian/Arabic/Turkish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews 

Film Movement tries to BREATHE (review)

In this dark French drama of youth, friendship, and jealousy, studious Charlie becomes infatuated with charismatic new transfer student Sarah, but their fast friendship leads to jealousy and the threat of exposed secrets.  As Sarah charms Charlie's family and friends, Charlie finds herself powerless to fight back as the other girl uses embarrassing secrets against her in a subtle bullying campaign.

REVIEW LINK: Film Movement (US) Region 1 NTSC DVD (DVDBeaver)

BREATHE DVD specs:
  • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen
  • French Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Closed Captioning
  • Cast and Director Interviews
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Previews
  • Bonus Short Film 

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