Weekly Release Roundup!


Hello fellow geeks!  Welcome to the first of a weekly article I’ll be doing on Blu-Ray/4K Ultra HD/Digital film and television releases.  While I won’t be noting everything released for a particular week, I’ll be highlighting some of the more notable ones.  I’ll also include a brief description of the film, the main actors/actresses and director, whether or not I’ve seen it, and a Rotten Tomatoes/MetaCritic score for those who like that kind of thing.  Enjoy!

 

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Ghostbusters

Director:  Paul Feig

Starring:  Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth

What It’s About:  A remake of the 1984 hit film, four women create a paranormal investigative unit and look to save NYC from complete spectral annihilation.

Have I Seen It:  Yes.  Read my review here!

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  Certified Fresh at 73%

MetaCritic Score:  60

 

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The Legend of Tarzan

Director:  David Yates

Starring:  Margot Robbie, Alexander Skarsgard, Christof Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Jim Broadbent, Djimon Hounsou

What It’s About:  A new take on the titular character created by author Edgar Rice Burroughs.  This latest iteration finds Tarzan returning to Africa to investigate developments in the Congo.  Although Tarzan, now Earl of Greystoke, wishes to leave his past behind, he’s drawn into a web of intrigue and corruption he can’t avoid.

Have I Seen It:  No.  But Gfunk has.  Read his review here!

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  Rotten at 36%

MetaCritic Score:  44

 

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Ice Age: Collision Course

Director:  Mike Thurmeier

Starring:  Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Simon Pegg, Queen Latifa, Jennifer Lopez

What’s It’s About:  The fifth edition in the Ice Age film franchise, this fourth sequel finds Manny, Sid, Diego, Ellie, and Peaches weathering an asteroid strike and trying to prevent global extinction.

Have I Seen It:  No.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  13%

MetaCritic Score:  34

 

John Carpenter’s The Thing Collector’s Edition

 

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Director:  John Carpenter

Starring:  Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David

What’s It About:  A scientific research group based in Antarctica confront an alien buried in the ice for 100,000 years that can imitate anything it touches.

Have I Seen It:  Hell yes!  Multiple times.  I’ve had things to say about this movie before.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  Certified Fresh at 80%

MetaCritic Score:  None Listed

 

Hillary’s America:  The Secret History of the Democratic Party

 

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Director:  Dinesh D’Souza

Starring:  Dinesh D’Souza

What It’s About:  A conservative documentary of 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the history of the Democratic Party.

Have I Seen It:  No. No.  God no.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  4%

MetaCritic Score:  2

 

Miami Vice:  The Complete Series

 

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Director:  Various

Starring:  Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas

What It’s About:  All five seasons and 112 episodes of the hit 1980s television show about two undercover cops managing their way through the seedy underbelly of the Miami crime world.

Have I Seen It:  Despite growing up in the 1980s and 90s, no I have not.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  None

MetaCritic Score:  None

 

Blood Father

 

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Director:  Jean Francois-Richet

Starring:  Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, William H. Macy

What It’s About:  Recovering alcoholic and ex-con John Link is surprised one day by the return of his estranged teenage daughter Lydia.  Unfortunately, Lydia has gotten mixed up in the Mexican cartel and it’s up to John to keep her safe.

Have I Seen It:  Yes.  Read my review here!

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  Certified Fresh at 90%

MetaCritic Score:  66

 

The Infiltrator

 

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Director:  Brad Furman

Starring:  Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, Amy Ryan

What It’s About:  Based on the autobiography written by U.S. Customs Agent Robert Mazur, the film relays Mazur’s attempts in the 1980s to bust drug lord Pablo Escobar’s money laundering operation.

Have I Seen It:  No.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  69%

MetaCritic Score:  66

 

Knight Rider:  The Complete Series

 

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Director:  Various

Starring:  David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Patricia McPherson

What It’s About:  All four seasons and 90 episodes of the classic 1980s television show starring The Hoff.  After a near fatal shot to the face, Detective Michael Arthur Long is given plastic surgery and employed by billionaire Wilton Knight to be the primary field agent in a new public justice organization called FLAG.  Taking on the name Michael Knight, the detective uses his skills and the help of KITT, a suped up Pontiac Firebird Trans Am powered by artificial intelligence to fight crime.

Have I Seen It:  Uh yeah.  It’s The Hoff with an A.I. car.  Hello?

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  None

MetaCritic Score:  None

 

McCabe and Mrs. Miller

 

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Director:  Robert Altman

Starring:  Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

What It’s About:  Set in 1902, this anti-Western has Beatty in the role of John McCabe, a gambler who comes to the mining town of Presbyterian Church.  McCabe soon takes over most of the mining operations and starts a brothel with partner and love interest Constance Miller.  However, he has to contend with some ruthless mining agents bent on purchasing McCabe’s interests.  The conflict inevitably leads to violence.

Have I Seen It:  No.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:  Certified Fresh at 89%

MetaCritic Score:  None

 

Middle-Earth Six Film Collector’s Edition*

 

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Starring:  Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch

What It’s About:  The adventures of Bilbo Baggins and his quest to regain the Dwarves’ ancient stronghold of Erebor and a vast treasure from the dragon Smaug.  Also the further adventures of Frodo Baggins charged with destroying the Ring of Power.

Have I Seen It:  If I could I’d watch them on a daily basis.

Rotten Tomatoes Scores:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:  64%

The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug:  Certified Fresh at 74%

The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies:  59%

The Fellowship of the Ring:  Certified Fresh at 91%

The Two Towers:  Certified Fresh at 96%

The Return of the King:  Certified Fresh at 95%

MetaCritic Scores:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: 58

The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug:  66

The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies:  59

The Fellowship of the Ring:  92

The Two Towers:  88

The Return of the King:  94

*There are two editions here.  One is just a six film set that runs about $70 and includes only the theatrical editions.  The second is a Limited Edition (seen in the picture above) that is a 30 disc set including both extended and theatrical editions.  The price tag is $499.99 on Amazon

 

Also Out This Week: Krampus (Holiday) – Glengarry Glen Ross – Dark Water (SE) – Carrie Collector’s Edition-Boyhood Criterion Edition- Hannibal (The Complete Series) – The Hills Have Eyes (1977 – Limited Edition) – Private Property – Clint Eastwood: 4-Movie Thriller Collection – The Musketeers (S3) – Boiling Point – Violent Cop – Witchcraft – It’s a Wonderful Life (Platinum) – The Astro-Zombies – Man on Fire (1987) – Coral Reef Paradise 4K – INCAS – The Lost City Machu Picchu – Feed The Beast – Marvel Animated Features – Doctor Strange – Beep: A Documentary History Of Game Sound – Magic Coral Reefs 4K – Lupin III: Woman Named Fujiko Mine – MAYA – The Mythical Civilisation Of The Ancient World – Hakuoki (S1) – The Da Vinci Code – Angels & Demons – Level E (Complete Series) – The Trolls-

 

 

 

 

 

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