Friday, May 25, 2018

Lionsgate is proud to announce the third and final season of Ash vs Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell, arriving on Digital May 25th and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD August 21st

A SUPERNATURAL WAR IS BREWING!

ASH VS THE EVIL DEAD 
SEASON 3

The Final Season Buzzes onto Digital May 25TH and on
Blu-ray™ and DVD on August 21ST from Lionsgate

SANTA MONICA, CA (May 23, 2018) – Legendary horror icon Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead Franchise) stars in the “truly insane, awe-inspiring, and gruesome” (Merrill Barr, Forbes) final season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3, arriving on Digital May 25 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD August 21 from Lionsgate. Experience the final season of the hilarious, critically acclaimed, most-watched comedy series on Starz® that follows-up the classic horror film The Evil Dead. Alongside Campbell, “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 also stars Lucy Lawless (TV’s “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Spartacus: War of the Damned”), Ray Santiago (Meet the Fockers), Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas), and newcomer Arielle Carver-O’Neill (TV’s “Worst Year of My Life, Again!” and “Suburbs”).

“Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 features Ash, who – having gone from urban legend to hometown hero –discovers that he has a daughter. And, when Kelly witnesses a massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns to warn Ash and Pablo.

The “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 3 Blu-ray and DVD include audio commentary with executive producer Rob Tapert on every single episode, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97 and $34.98, respectively.

BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Executive Producer Rob Tapert on every episode

Trailer: https://youtu.be/68YmFCge8Fg
Facebook: facebook.com/ashvsevildead/
Twitter: @AshvsEvilDead
Instagram: @AshvsEvilDead
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PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2018

Title Copyright: Ash vs Evil Dead © 2018 Starz Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: TV-on-DVD
Rating: TV-MA (for Adult Content, Adult Language, Graphic Violence)
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Action
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: approx. 300 Minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 1.78:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround

ANNIHILATION (2018) (4K UltraHD+Blu-ray+Digotal Review)

ANNIHILATION (2018)
Label: Paramount Pictures 
Region Code: A
Rating: R
Duration: 115 Minutes
Audio: English Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1 with Optional English Subtitles 
Video: 2160p HD Widescreen (2.39:1) 
Director: Alex Garland 
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Sonoya Mizuno 

I was thoroughly  impressed with director Alex Garland's debut film, the A.I. tale Ex Machina (2015), and I was excited to see what he would bring us next. He was already a talented sci-fi screenwriter before Ex Machina with films like 28 Days Later and Sunshine to his name, but his directorial debut was both electrifying and stunning. With his sophomore bit of direction he gets to play in a larger sandbox with the story of a meteor impacting the Earth on the coast of Florida, it strikes a lighthouse which become ground zero for a strange phenomena dubbed the "shimmer", a multi-colored translucent curtain that envelopes the area around the lighthouse, slowly expanding deeper into a swamp, threatening to eventually swallow more heavily inhabited areas. The military have quarantined the area and sent in multiple military forces to investigate, but communication is lost once the men enter the shimmer and the men never reappear, save for one. After having disappeared for over a year on a secretive military mission Army Special Forces soldier Kane (Oscar Isaac, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse) returns home unexpectedly to the surprise of his still grieving wife Lena (Natalie Portman, The Professional), a cellular biologist, who clearly believed him to be dead. 

His startled wife presses him for details about his whereabouts for the past year but he's not forthcoming with any specifics, in fact he seems unable to recollect exactly what happened at all, which upsets her. Soon after arriving he falls ill and begins to bleeds from his nose leading to Lena calling an ambulance, en route to the hospital they are intercepted by military police who take both to a military facility known as Area X and placed in quarantine. There Lena is questioned by psychologist Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight) who interogates her questions about her husband's strange reappearance, in addition to informing her about the "shimmer", explaining that it's an electromagnetic field of alien origins that's been expanding for three years, inside the perimeter plants and animal are transformed in strange ways, animals are hybridized, even humans who enter the shimmer are transformed as well. 

With her husband quickly deteriorating from systemic organ failure cellular biologist Lena joins Ventress on a research mission into the shimmer in hopes of obtaining information that could possibly save her husband's life, or at least give her an understanding of what happened to him. The team consists of physicist Josie Radeck (Tessa Thompson, Thor: Ragnarok),  geomorphologist Cass Sheppard (Tuva Novotny, Stoned) and paramedic Anya Thorensen (Gina Rodriguez, TV's Jane the Virgin). Once inside the team quickly discover that their communications do not work and they experience a reoccurring loss of time and they cannot seem to get a bearings. Eventually make their way to an abandoned military base where Kane and the previous expedition holed up for a a period of time, there they find a memory card from a video camera which contains video of Kane and the others cutting open one of the soldiers while he's still alive, revealing that his intestines are moving around like the coils of python inside of the man.  

Along the way a sense of hopelessness and dread settle upon the group, they're attacked by a mutated albino alligator with what looks to be the teeth of a shark, and a hideous emaciated looking bear with a harrowing shriek that sounds like it's screaming "help me", mimicking the voice/cries of one of the women who was attacked and carried off by the beast earlier, it's a strange and dread-filled touch, and the attack is brutal. The beast tears the lower jaw off of one of the women in the process, her tongue left hanging from her torn mouth, there's not a lot of gore, but what there is is pretty damn disturbing, just wait till you see what happens to the corpse of the man with the squirming intestines! The group also begins to crumble as the women begin to contemplate what exactly is happening, turning on one another when it is revealed that Lena's husband was part of the earlier expedition, a fact that was known only to Lena and Dr. Ventress but kept from the remainder of the group. 

The film is based on a novel by Jeff VanderMeer which I've never read, but it bares more than a passing resemblance to the H.P. Lovecraft short story "The Color Out of Space" which has been adapted many times before (Die Monster Die, The Curse II), it tells the story in flashback (as Annihilation also does) of a meteorite that lands on Earth, transforming the landscape and afflicting the local inhabitants, I'm not saying it rips it off but it certainly is heavily influenced by it in many ways, as I have not read the novel I cannot say if this is something shared by the source material or something brewed into the adaptation.  

Set in the transformed swamps of Florida (but cleverly shot in England) the film balances a familiar setting with a subtle alien transformations, we see strangely hybridized flowers, deer with tree-like antlers, strange fish, and crystalline trees, all set among the dense canopy of moss covered trees drenched in pervasive fog, it's familiar yet alien all at same time. The hybrid creatures and transformed plant life are cool looking, though I would have loved to see more of creatures, but what we do get is pretty great. The film comes to a deeply satisfying discovery/encounter when some of the surviving team finally make their way to the epicenter of the event at the lighthouse that I thought was a real showstopper, with Lena discovering the true fate of her husband in a mind-bending sequence. It's something strange, unknowable and hard to describe, which was a lot of the essence of what Lovecraft wrote about, definitely falling into the category of a slow-burn sci-of tale along the lines of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in that it's a movie that moves along decidedly paced with a stunning visual event that caps it off, but still maintains a lot of it's mystery, and I liked it a lot, I didn't love it, but I've watched it three times this week, and each time I was more and more intrigued by the questions and ideas it posed, not just of alien encounters but of human grief, loss and environmental issues. 
  
Audio/Video: Annihilation arrives on 4K UltraHD and Blu-ray on this 2-disc set from Paramount Pictures, framed in the theatrical aspect ratio of  2160p HD widescreen (2.39:1). For a science fiction film I will say that visually the movie has a bit of a subdued color palette, there's a lot of lush green swamp canopy punctuated by some muted colors, a lot of it shrouded of fog, but the 4K does offer some crisp visuals with nice clarity, resolving the fog nicely, details of the mutated creatures and plant life which populate the swamp look fantastic.  The effect of the prismatic shimmer which envelops the area has a nice unearthly quality about it, the purples and greens of it have a good intensity in 4K. It looks true to the theatrical but might not be the truly eye-popping 4K UltraHD experience some might be hoping for visually.  

Audio comes by way of both English Dolby Atmos with optional English subtitles, the Atmos track strong and robust, the sounds of the surrounding swamp come to life in the surrounds, and the score from of Ben Salisbury and Portishead's Geoff Barrow (Ex Machina) is nicely atmospheric but also menacing throughout, particularly during the stunning finale which becomes an overwhelming symphony of low-end frequency and dread-making sounds. Everything is razor sharp and crisply delivered, dialogue is never hard to decipher. 

Onto the extras we get three 2-part featurettes which add-up to about 72-minutes in total. These feature contributions from the director, cast, cinematographer and special effects crew members, it goes into adapting the source material, the shooting locations, selecting the cast, creating the digital and practical effects, I found it all very interesting, this is a film that doesn't button up a lot of questions you might have after watching it, and truthfully the extras don't either, but I enjoyed hearing about the process of making the film. 

The 2-disc 4k/Blu-ray release is a Best Buy exclusive for the time being, it comes in a black 4K keepcase with a one-sided sleeve of artwork and a slipcover with the same art. The artwork itself is a standard issue photo-shopped floating head style number that doesn't impress on any level. As a side note, I do wish that they would not print the HDR box directly on the slipcover and the sleeve, what an eyesore!   

Special Features: 
Part 1 Southern Research 
- Refractions (11 min) HD
- For Those That Follow (15 min) HD
Part 2 - Area X
- Shimmer (12 min) HD
- Vanished Into Havoc (15 min) HD
Part 3 - To the Lighthouse
- Unfathomable Mind (12 min) HD
- The Last Phase (8 min) HD

Annihilation (2018) is a science fiction film of the brain-tingling variety, it's not a alien shoot 'em up disguised as science fiction movie, it's a sci-fi film that makes you think, it inspires wonder, and might leave some viewers thoroughly unsatisfied, but it's exploration of environmental and behavioral ideas are interesting. We get some healthy world building and visuals with a healthy dose of Lovecraft-ian other-worldliness made for a great watch. I've watched it three more times this week and each viewing brought a bit more understanding but more questions than answers, but that's the sort of the sci-fi I tend to love. It's a slow-burn that generates wonder not finality, highly recommended for fans of thoughtful sci-fi and Lovecraftian horror.   

THE MATRIX (1999) (4K UltraHD Review)


THE MATRIX (1999)

Label: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Region Code: A
Rating: R
Duration: 136 Minutes
Audio: Dolby Atmos 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround 5.1, with Optional English Subtitles
Video: 2160p HD Widescreen (2.39:1)
Director: The Wachowskis
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano

I remember walking out of the cinema in 1999 after taking in The Matrix and being all like "whoa!", my mind was properly blown by the kung-fu sci-fi actioner, the story of a computer programmer Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves, River's Edge) who also goes by the hacker handle "Neo". As the story unfolds he learns that his perceived reality is really an elaborate virtual simulation created by intelligent machines that have enslaved mankind for hundred of years at this point, having placed all of humanity into fluid-filled pods, immersed in a false digital reality, all the while feeding off of their warmth and electrical activity, effectively turning people into the batteries that power this dystopian future-world while humans believe that their virtual prison is a true reality.

The movie opens with in very noir scenario with the character Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss, Fido) being pursued by police, she's cornered in a room at gunpoint when the film kicks into reality-bending awesomeness as she runs up a wall and the camera does a full 360 degree turn around her as she whoops some serious ass, defying gravity with a kinetic blend of kung-fu and black leather-clad cyberpunk aesthetics. Trinity later makes contact with Neo inviting him to a meet with the resistance leader Morpheus (Laurence Fishburn, John Wick: Chapter 2), who gives him a choice, take the blue pill and remain in his current reality, or take the red pill and have the veil lifted from his eyes. He chooses the red pill and finds his perceived reality literally melting away before his eyes, waking up naked in a goo-filled pod where he basically flushed down the drain by the machines, where he is picked-up by Morpheus in a hovercraft vehicle named the Nebuchadnezzar. Once on-board he is introduced to the rest of the resistance fighters who have aligned themselves with Morpheus, we have Cypher (Joe Pantoliano, Memento), brothers Dozer (Marcus Chong, The Crow: Wicked Prayer) and Tank (Anthony Ray Parker, Dead Air), Apoc (Julian Arahanga, Once We Were Warriors), Switch (Belinda McClory, Turkey Shoot) and Mouse (Matt Doran, The Thin Red Line). Once they get Neo up to speed he learns of the intelligent machine uprising of the 21st century, of how machine rose up against the humans and enslaved them in the Matrix, pacifying their minds with the illusion of reality, and of how there are freed humans living in a secret city called Zion, and how the Matrix is protected by sentient programs called Agents who manifest as C.I.A. looking spooks in suits, lead by Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings) as Agent Smith. 

Neo is trained in the ways of the Matrix, taught that his strength and skill inside the Matrix world are only limited by his imagination and determination, and niftily he can learn kung-fu and martial arts by simply downloading them directly into his brain through a port created by the machines, leading to a fantastic dojo fight sequence with Morpheus, one of the early highlights of the film, as Morpheus presses him to go beyond his perceived limits while inside the Matrix. . 

The action in this one comes fast and furious, plenty of cyber-kinetic kung-fu action rolled into the heady philosophical mind-fucking, with Neo and the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar re-entering the Matrix and facing off against the dreaded agents while also facing real world threats like the squid-like machine known as Sentinels who hunt the freed humans. Also mixed into this is a budding love story between Neo and Trinity, plus a Christ-like prophecy with Morpheus believing Neo to be the "chosen one" who will lead to the destruction of the Matrix once and for all.

This was mega-hit right out of the gate from what I remember, raking in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box-office, inspiring loads of action and sci-fi films in it's wake, including two sequels of it's own. The kinetic kung-fu action and slick cyberpunk visuals - including "bullet time" - have been aped and re-used ad nauseum since it was revealed here, it was certainly a ground-breaking movie, though the cyberpunk, mind-bending sci-fi and dystopian elements were seen previously in films like Dark City (1998) and Strange Days (1995), but this is the one that captured movie goers attentions the most, it expanded on and perfected what those films hinted at. 


Audio/Video: The Matrix (1999) arrives on 3-disc Blu-ray/4K UltraHD + Digital from Warner Home Entertainment with a new 4K transfer from the original camera negative, supervised by the film’s director of photography, Bill Pope (Baby Driver) framed in 2160p HD Widescreen (2.39:1), and the results are potent. The image has a pleasing layer of film grain, it's crisp and finely detailed with facial details and textures coming through as never before, this is a very pleasing upgrade in fine detail and texture. Color grading is notably different than past editions have been, the somewhat overwhelming green hue has been toned down, the skin tones look more natural as a result, but the new color-grading isn't perfect in my eyes, it fluctuates quite a bit, and some of the whites do seem slightly blown in certain scenes, but overall I find this to be a nice upgrade that brought me lots of enjoyment.

Onto the audio, we get choice of Dolby Atmos or Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes, strangely the lossy Dolby Digital is the default audio option, with optional English (and many other languages) subtitles. The audio presentation for the Matrix has always been fantastic, from the cinema to the first DVD and onto the previous Blu-rays, but this new 4K presentation includes a new Dolby Atmos track, which is also included on the Blu-ray, that is simply stunning, the bass rumbles deeply, scenes of bullet-fire and breaking glass come through crispy and powerfully, everything is nicely balanced with the pulsing score pounding away, it's truly an ear-gasm of sound. 


Onto the extras we get what looks to be everything from the past releases ported over, with the 4K disc and Blu-ray containing the feature films plus a written introduction from the Wachowskis, and the four audio commentaries which includes a critic's commentary, a philosophers commentary, cast and crew and one from the composer, the highlight is the philosopher's commentary, it adds a lot to the viewing experience. Disc one also includes the In-Movie Experience which features commentary and video interviews that pop-up during playback. A second Blu-ray contains the rest of the extensive special features which are quite good, it's been years since I re-watched any of them, so it was a fun revisit. 


This 4K release comes housed in a black 4K keepcase with a one-sided sleeve of artwork featuring the white rabbit, which I'm not too keen on, but it does include a slipcover with a slightly more attractive artwork, but not by much. I think my favorite artwork for the original Matrix release was the Best Buy exclusive Steelbook with the pod artwork, I would have loved that for this release. 

Special Features:
- Written Introduction by the Wachowskis
- “Philosopher” Commentary by Dr. Cornel West and Ken Wilbur
- “Critics” Commentary by Todd McCarthy, John Powers and David Thomson
- “Cast and Crew” Commentary by Carrie-Anne Moss, Zach Staenberg and John Gaeta
- “Composer” Commentary by Don Davis with Music Only Track
- The Matrix Revisited (123 min)
- The Music Revisited (
- Behind the Matrix (33 min)
- Follow the White Rabbit (23 min)
- Take the Red Pill (18 min)
- Marilyn Manson “Rock is Dead” Music Video (3 min)
- Teaser Trailer (1 min)
- Theatrical Trailer (3 min)
- TV Spots (4 min)

The Matrix (1999) still looks great some twenty years later, though some of the leather-clad visuals haven't exactly aged well in my opinion, and the digital Sentinels and scenes of the digitally created Nebuchadnezzar cruising through the utility tunnels of the future stand out as not being seamless integrated, especially with this 4K presentation, but otherwise I'm still impressed by the production design and detail that went into this one. The fight-sequences are outstanding and well shot, the energy and momentum combined with the gravity defying special effects in 4K are still mesmerizing,

This release was sent by Warner Bros. for review on the site, but this did not effect the review one way or the other, the review is my own. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Golden Globe® winner Jim Carrey (Best Actor, Drama, The Truman Show, 1999) stars in the slick crime-thriller, 'Dark Crimes', arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD July 31st from Lionsgate.

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DARK CRIMES (2018) 

Street Date: 7/31/18
Blu-ray™ + Digital SRP: $21.98
DVD SRP: $19.98

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Golden Globe® winner Jim Carrey (Best Actor, Drama, The Truman Show, 1999) stars in the slick crime-thriller, Dark Crimes, arriving on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital) and DVD July 31 from Lionsgate. This film is currently available On Demand. Based on The New Yorker article, “True Crimes: A Postmodern Murder Mystery,” the film tells the tale of an officer’s pursuit of a murderer whose killings eerily resemble those found in a novel. Dark Crimes also stars Marton Csokas and Charlotte Gainsbourg and will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.98 and $19.98, respectively.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
Jim Carrey commands the screen in this spellbinding thriller from the executive producers of The Revenant and Black Mass. When police officer Tadek (Carrey) finds similarities between an unsolved murder and a crime outlined in a book by famed writer Krystof Kozlov, Tadek begins to track Kozlov and his girlfriend, a mysterious sex-club worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg).  As his obsession with Kozlov grows, Tadek descends into a deadly underworld of sex, lies, and corruption to find the shocking, deadly truth.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
- “The Making of Dark Crimes” Featurette

CAST
Jim Carrey - Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty
Marton Csokas - The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Noah, xXx
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Melancholia, Antichrist, Nymphomaniac: Vols. I and II

Year of Production: 2017
Title Copyright: © 2016 LAMF TC LTD. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Premiere
Rating: R for strong and disturbing violent/sexual content including rape, graphic nudity, and language
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 93 Minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master AudioTM
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

Lionsgate is proud to announce the thriller 'You Were Never Really Here', starring Joaquin Phoenix, arriving on Digital July 3rd and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 17th.

           
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE (2018) 

Early EST: 7/3/18
Blu-ray™/DVD Street: 7/17/18
Blu-ray™ SRP: $24.99
DVD SRP: $19.98

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Golden Globe® winner Joaquin Phoenix (Best Actor – Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Walk the Line, 2006) is “haunting” (Chris Nashawaty, EW) in You Were Never Really Here, arriving on Digital July 3 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 17 from Lionsgate. Based on Jonathan Ames’s novella of the same name, and written for the screen and directed by award-winning director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Ratcatcher), this Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ gritty thriller won Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Also starring Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, and Judith Roberts, the You Were Never Really Here Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

CAST
Joaquin Phoenix  - Walk The Line, Gladiator, The Master
Ekaterina Samsonov  - Anesthesia, The Ticket
Alessandro Nivola - American Hustle, Face/Off
Judith Roberts - Eraserhead, TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”

Trailer: https://youtu.be/7k9eU2bkPPw
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/youwereneverreallyhere/
Instagram: @youwereneverreallyhere
Twitter: @YouWereNeverMov
#BringTheHammer

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production:  2018

Title Copyright:  You Were Never Really Here © 2017 Why Not Productions, Channel Four Television Corporation, and The British Film Institute. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2018 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for strong violence, disturbing and grisly images, language, and brief nudity
Genre: Thriller, Action
Closed-Captioned: NA
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 90 minutes
BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 Widescreen 2.39:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 2.39:1 Presentation
BD Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master AudioTM
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

Own Ready Player One on 4K UHD Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD on July 24th, or Own It Early on Digital HD on July 3rd!


EXPERIENCE THE EPIC ADVENTURE WHEN
READY PLAYER ONE (2018)
ARRIVES ONTO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY, 3D COMBO PACK, BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK, DVD AND DIGITAL HD FROM
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Own it early on Digital HD on July 3rd
Blu-ray debuts on July 24th

Burbank, CA, May 22 – Join an immersive virtual universe when “Ready Player One” arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From Warner Bros. Pictures, Amblin Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures, along with filmmaker Steven Spielberg, comes the action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.

“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Mud”), Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” TV’s “Bates Motel”) and Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story,” TV’s “Bloodline”). The ensemble cast also includes Lena Waithe (TV’s “Master of None”), T.J. Miller (“Deadpool,” TV’s “Silicon Valley”), Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar® winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk”).

Three-time Oscar® winner Spielberg* directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. It is based on the novel by Cline, which has now spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers List, recently climbing to the No. 1 spot, as well as reaching No. 1 on Amazon’s Most Read Fiction chart. “Ready Player One” was produced by Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg and Dan Farah. Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris deFaria and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

“Ready Player One” will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the theatrical version and a Digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a Blu-ray disc with the special features in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Ready Player One” will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.

Also, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D discs of “Ready Player One” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

“Ready Player One” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own “Ready Player One” via purchase from digital retailers beginning July 3rd




SYNOPSIS
In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spend their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone—the only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his immense fortune and total control of the OASIS to the winner of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. When Wade conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends—known as the High Five—are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS and their world.


BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Ready Player One” 4K Ultra HD 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
- Game Changer: Cracking the Code
- Effects for a Brave New World
- Level Up: Sound for the Future
- High Score: Endgame
- Ernie & Tye's Excellent Adventure
-  The '80’s: You’re The Inspiration

“Ready Player One” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
-  The '80’s: You’re The Inspiration

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On July 3, “Ready Player One” will be available to own in 4K HDR from select digital retailers including iTunes, Google and Vudu. It will also be available in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others.

On July 24, “Ready Player One” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

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BASICS

PRODUCT SRP
4K Ultra 3D Blu-Ray Combo Pack - $44.95
Blu-ray Combo Pack - $35.99
DVD Amaray (WS) - $28.98

Standard Street Date: July 24th
EST Street Date: July 3rd
DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French
BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French
BD Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
Running Time: 140 minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, partial nudity and language

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Impulse Pictures Releases naughty Nikkatsu 'Nun Story' and 'White Rose Campus' in July 2018

NUN STORY: FRUSTRATION IN BLACK (1980)

Label: Impulse Pictures
Release Date: July 10th 2018 
Duration: 69 Minutes
Rwgion Code:1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio: Japanese Dolby Digital Mono with Optional English Subtitles  
Director: Nobuaki Shirai
Cast: Eri Kanuma, Nami Misaki, Yuri Yamashina

A young woman takes a vow to become a nun for the rest of her life. Now known as "Sister Maria," she settles in at the local monastery for her new life of poverty, chastity and obedience. Maria soon discovers something horrifying is happening within its locked gates... Something beyond mere sin! The nuns are being mercilessly tortured and when they try to flee, they suffer a worse fate! After a brutal assault, Maria discovers she is now pregnant. Knowing it is strictly forbidden for any nun to have relations with men, Maria must figure out how to escape her own living Hell!

Nikkatsu Films is famous for their controversial and sexually-themed films, but with NUN STORY: FRUSTRATION IN BLACK they tackle one of the most forbidden taboos with explicit nunsploitation.

Special Features:
- Newly Translated Removable English Subtitles


 
WHITE ROSE CAMPUS (1982) 

Label: Impulse Pictures
Release Date: July 10th 2018 
Duration: 66 Minutes
Region Code: 1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio: Japanese Dolby Digital Mono with Optional English Subtitles  
Director: Koyu Ohara
Cast: Nami Misaki, Ayako Ota, Waka Oda, Makato Mino

A relaxing and fun White Rose Academy field trip turns horrifying when a school bus full of young girls is hijacked by rifle wielding, cross-dressing thugs. These sex-crazed maniacs have no agenda except to fulfill their own sexual desires. Soon all the "ugly" girls are thrown off the bus and those that remain are subjected to unspeakable assault and terror. Will any of them escape this living nightmare?

Prepare yourself for WHITE ROSE CAMPUS, one of the most notorious, controversial, and offensive titles ever released from Nikkatsu Film Corporation. This 1982 oddity makes its North American DVD debut from Impulse Pictures in a new anamorphic widescreen transfer with newly-translated, removable English subtitles. Watch it, if you dare!

Special Features:
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Newly Translated Removable English Subtitles