Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Star Trek: Discovery S3 warps onto Blu-ray, DVD + Limited Edition Steelbook on 7/20

Star Trek: Discovery: Season 3 warps onto Blu-ray, DVD + Limited Edition Steelbook on 7/20

After following Commander Burnham into a wormhole in the second season finale, the season three, four-disc collection of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY finds the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery landing in an unknown future far from the home they once knew. Now living in a time filled with uncertainty, the U.S.S. Discovery crew, along with the help of some new friends, must work together to restore hope to the Federation. The third season stars Sonequa Martin-Green (“Commander Michael Burnham”), Doug Jones (“Commander Saru”), Anthony Rapp (“Lt. Commander Paul Stamets”), Mary Wiseman (“Ensign Sylvia Tilly”), Wilson Cruz (“Dr. Hugh Culber”) and David Ajala (“Cleveland “Book” Booker”). Blu del Barrio (“Adira”), Ian Alexander (“Gray”) and Michelle Yeoh (“Philippa Georgiou”) also appear in season three.

The Star Trek: Discovery: Season Three Blu-ray, DVD and Limited Edition Steelbook offer hours of special features, including:
- STAR TREK DISCOVERY: THE VOYAGE OF SEASON 3
- STUNTED
- BEING MICHAEL BURNHAM (Exclusive)
- KENNETH MITCHELL: TO BOLDLY GO
- BRIDGE BUILDING
- WRITER’S LOG: MICHELLE PARADISE (Exclusive)
- DELETED SCENES (Exclusive)
- GAG REEL (Exclusive)

Spiral (2021) arrives on Digital 7/13 and on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand 7/20



SPIRAL (2021)

Play Their Game on Digital on July 13th and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, & On Demand on July 20th from Lionsgate
 
4K Ultra HD to Include Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos

The terrifying new chapter in the book of Saw comes home when Spiral arrives on Digital July 13th and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 20th from Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures. Spiral: From the Book of Saw is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Repo! The Genetic Opera) and written by Josh Stolberg (Jigsaw, “Avatar: The Last Airbender”) & Peter Goldfinger (Jigsaw, Piranha 3D). It stars Chris Rock (“Fargo,” Top Five), Max Minghella (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” The Ides of March), Marisol Nichols (“Riverdale,” “Teen Wolf”) and Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Snakes on a Plane).
 
A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw. Working in the shadow of his father, an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game. 
 
Spiral, which opened to #1 at the box office and stayed there for two weeks in a row, stars Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is produced by the original Saw team of Mark Burg and Oren Koules. The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Josh Stolberg & Pete Goldfinger. From Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures, Spiral is a Burg/Koules production.
 
The Spiral 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
 
4K ULTRA HD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Director Darren Lynn Bousman, Co-screenwriter Josh Stolberg, and Composer Charlie Clouser
Audio Commentary with Producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg
- The Consequences of Your Actions: Creating Spiral
- Drawing Inspiration: Illustrated Trap Breakdowns
- Decoding the Marketing Spiral
- Theatrical Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
 
CAST                                                  
Chris Rock TV’s “Fargo,” Top Five
Max Minghella TV’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” The Ides of March
and Samuel L. Jackson  Pulp Fiction, Snakes on a Plane
 
Website: https://spiral.movie/
Facebook: @Saw
Instagram: @Saw
Twitter: @Saw
#Spiral
 
PROGRAM INFORMATION 
Year of Production: 2021
Title Copyright: Spiral ®, TM & © 2021 Lions Gate Ent. Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, pervasive language, some sexual references and brief drug use.
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery
Feature Run Time: 93 Minutes
Closed-Captioned: N/A
Subtitles: Spanish, English, English SDH
4K Ultra HD™ Format: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation
Blu-ray Format: 1080p High Definition, 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation
DVD Format: 16x9 (2.39:1) Presentation
4K Audio Status: English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio
Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio 
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Audio, English Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio 
 

Batwoman: The Complete Second Season - Arrives on Blu-ray & DVD September 21, 2021

BATWOMAN:
THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

Contains All 18 Exhilarating Episodes from the Second Season, Plus All-New Special Features!

Watch as Javicia Leslie takes on the mantle of DC Super Hero Batwoman, when Batwoman: The Complete Second Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on September 21, 2021 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Strap yourself in for a thrilling ride with all 18 episodes from the second season, plus never-before-seen bonus content including deleted scenes and a gag reel. Batwoman: The Complete Second Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($44.98 in Canada) and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($49.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Batwoman: The Complete Second Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers, and to stream on HBO Max starting July 27, 2021.

At the end of the first season, Crows Commander Kane (Dougray Scott) has declared war on Batwoman, forcing everyone around them to choose sides. Season two kicks off with a major game-changer that alters Gotham City and The Bat Team forever. A new hero emerges from the shadows. Relatable, messy, loyal, and a little goofy, Ryan Wilder (Leslie) couldn’t be more different than the woman who wore the Batsuit before her, billionaire Kate Kane. Living in her van, Ryan has been made to feel trapped and powerless by the system her whole life and believes the Batsuit is the key to breaking out of it. But what she’ll come to discover is that it’s not the suit that makes Ryan Wilder powerful, it’s the woman inside of it who finds her destiny in changing Gotham City for good. 

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Batwoman: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. Featuring all 18 episodes from the second season in high definition, as well as a digital code of the season (available in the U.S. only).

Batwoman stars Javicia Leslie (God Friended Me), Rachel Skarsten (Birds of Prey, Reign), Meagan Tandy (unREAL, Teen Wolf), Nicole Kang (You), Camrus Johnson (The Sun Is Also a Star) and Dougray Scott (Departure, Snatch). Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, Batwoman is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville), Geoff Johns (DC’s Stargirl, The Flash, Titans), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), James Stoteraux and Chad Fiveash (Gotham, The Vampire Diaries). 

BLU-RAY & DVD FEATURES
Deleted Scenes (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
Gag Reel (Exclusive to Blu-ray and DVD)
Villains Analyzed
Never Alone: Heroes and Allies

18 ONE-HOUR EPISODES
Whatever Happened to Kate Kane?
Prior Criminal History
Bat Girl Magic!
Fair Skin, Blue Eyes
Gore on Canvas
Do Not Resuscitate
It's Best You Stop Digging
Survived Much Worse
Rule #1
Time Off for Good Behavior
Arrive Alive
Initiate Self Destruct
I’ll Give You a Clue
…And Justice For All
Armed and Dangerous
Rebirth
Kane, Kate
Power

DIGITAL
Batwoman: The Complete Second Season is available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others.

BASICS
Street Date: September 21, 2021
Order Due Date: August 17, 2020
BD and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx 793 min
Enhanced Content: Approx 55 min

DVD
Price: $39.99 SRP ($44.98 in Canada)
4-Discs (4 DVD-9s)
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English SDH

BLU-RAY
Price: $44.98 SRP ($49.99 in Canada)
3-Discs (3 BD-50s)
Audio – DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
BD Subtitles – English SDH
 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, PART ONE (2021) (WBHE Blu-ray Review)

BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, PART ONE (2021)

Label: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment 
Region Code: A
Rating: PG-13 
Duration: 85 Minutes 
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 with Optional English  Subtitles 
Video: 1080p HD Widescreen (1.78:1) 
Director: Chris Palmer 
Cast: Jensen Ackles, Naya Rivera, Josh Duhamel, illy Burke, Titus Welliver, David Dastmalchian, Troy Baker, Amy Landecker, Julie Nathanson, Jack Quaid, Fred Tatasciore, Alastair Duncan, Frances Callier, Greg Chun, Gary Leroi Gray, Jim Pirri

Based on the iconic mid-1990s 13-issue DC story from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One takes place not too long after the events of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One story arc, with a still green Batman (Jensen Ackles, Supernatural) teaming-up with Police Captain James Gordan ( (Billy Burke, Lights Out) and upcoming District Attorney Harvey Dent(Josh Duhamel, Netflix's Jupiter's Legacy) to take down Carmine "The Roman" Falcone (Titus Welliver, TV's Bosch), the head of Gotham's notorious Falcone Crime Family. At the start of the film Falcone's nephew Johnny Viti is gunned down in his bathtub, a murder which is assumed to be a mob hit from rival gang. However, when more Falcone connected associates end up dead each month on major holidays it becomes clear that there's a serial killer stalking the crime family, but who and to what end? The identity of the killer is difficult to suss out due to conflicting clues, leaving the World’s Greatest Detective to sleuth the identity of a serial killer dubbed the Holiday Killer, with Batman enlisting the help of Catwoman (the late Naya Rivera, Glee) and Arkham Asylum inmate the Calendar Man (David Dastmalchian, Ant Man and The Wasp) to get to the bottom of it all. 

Adapting such a beloved work as Batman: The Long Halloween is no enviable task but the first half of this two-part story seems up to the task. This first half is laying it all out, setting up the story and characters,  and doing a lot of the heavy lifting in the process, so it's a bit of a slow-burn, but it's very well done. There are bits excised from the original story to streamline it and I thought it was done organically and that the animated film stands on it's own, sort of. It's a two-part story, so it's obviously it does not resolve by the end, but the set-up is fantastic, and the tone and atmosphere feels spot-on to the source material. 

I love the animated style of it, which looks a bit like Superman: Man of Tomorrow by way of Batman: The Animated Series, it does not ape the Tim  Sale artwork from the comics, though images from the comics are gleaned during the opening title sequences, and the film pays plenty of respect to the iconic images from the comics, replicating many but in it's own style. The backgrounds are particularly great, the architecture of the Gotham skyline is some of the best I've seen, the scenes of pouring rain and falling snow are also quite nicely done. I dig the character designs, which are often a departure from the comics, particularly the design of Catwoman, which much more Batman: The Aminated Series than Batman: The Long Halloween comic. The story also features villains by way of an down in the sewers appearance from Solomon Grundy (Fred Tatasciore, Looney Tunes Cartoons), and the Joker, voiced by Troy Baker (Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), a talent who has been voicing the the Clown Prince of Crime in various animated films for a few years now and is pretty great. The voice cast in general is fantastic, including Jensen Ackels who turns in a fine performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman. 

The first half of the story caps off on a high-note, with Joker attempting to laughing-gas bomb a New Years Eve celebration and the Holiday Killer making an appearance on a party Yacht owned by Carmine Falcone, nicely setting-up the second half of the story, I am definitely keen to checkout out part two, which is set for release on Blu-ray on August 10th, with a deluxe 4K UHD edition arriving later in the year that will combine both parts one and two.

The single-disc release arrives in a standard keepcase with a single-sided sleeve of artwork featuring very attractive  illustration, which is mirrored on the slipcover. Inside there's a redemption code for a digital copy of the film, which I have not been able to checkout yet, as it is not active till 6/22. 

Audio/Video: Batman: The Lon Halloween Part. 1 arrives on Blu-ray from WBHE in 1080p HD framed in 1.78:1 widescreen. The bold-lined animated style looks great in 1080p, the visuals are well-defined with deep color-saturation, it has excellent contrast and looks wonderful in motion. 

Audio comes by way of English DTS-HD MA 5.1 with optional English subtitles, and it's a lively and atmospheric presentation. There's not a ton f action in this first half but what we do get is well done, the sound design gives weight to the scenes in the sewer, the shoot-outs are piercing, and the Michael Gatt score sounds great.

Extras come by way of the all-new animated short The Losers which runs about sixteen-minutes, a story about a rag tag group of WWII searching for missing scientist on a South pacific island inhabited by dinosaurs. This was alright, not great, the animation style did not do much for me. We also get a 9-minutre advance looks at  Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two with cast and crew interviews, animatics and more. There are also two vintage episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, and they recycle the previews of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part One  and Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, which seems kind of lazy. I am hoping when this gets the deluxe UHD treatment we get more new animated shorts at least. 

Special Features:
- Digital Copy 
- DC Showcase – The Losers (New Animated Short) (16 min) 
- A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie – An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two. (9 min) 
- From the DC Vault – Batman: The Animated Series – “Christmas With The Joker” (22 min) 
- From the DC Vault – Batman: The Animated Series – “It’s Never Too Late” (22 min) 
- A Preview of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part One (13 min) 
- A Preview of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (9 min) 

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One is a solid watch, it's not big on action, but does the heavy lifting setting up the second act that's coming in August. The animation looks great, the voice cast is terrific, and I thought the adaptation nicely captures the tone and atmosphere of the comic, looking forward to the second half! 

Screenshots from the Blu-ray: 


Extras