Blu Ray Review: Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Synopsis:

Review:
Mark Wahlberg plays Cade Yeager, who stumbles upon a severely damaged Optimus Prime as the US military, led by Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammar), hunts the Autobots and Decepticons to extinction. But aiding the humans in their hunt for Autobots is another mysterious, alien force.

Transformers: Age of Extinction starts off a bit slow, as we get to know Cade and his family. Though, T.J. Miller provides a bit of comedic relief. The rest of the film gets darker as humans unleash their own version of robotic copycats that threaten more than just the remaining Autobots. Big explosions and impressive CGI make for a fun experience. At first glance, it seems like a rehash of previous film plots. But the alien bounty hunter provides an air of mystery. But that fizzles out too. The big showdown finale happens in Hong Kong this time, which makes for a nice change instead of yet another generic, US metropolis. The addition of pretty scenery and Dinobots, however, come too late in the film. It feels much too long. And by the end, I had quit caring what would happen. It’s a mindless, fun film for Transformers fans, but I was hoping for a bit more.

Blu-ray Combo Pack Includes:
Disc 1 (Blu-ray):

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SciFi Book Review: The Far Dawn

The Far Dawn by Kevin Emerson

Synopsis:
The Three is a lie.
The Three will fail.

Having barely escaped Desenna, Owen and Lilly are on their own now, two of the three Atlanteans on a journey to find Atlantis and protect it from the selfish greed of their nemesis Paul and Project Elysium. The horrors of the desert are behind them, yet the secrets buried in the ice ahead have the power to destroy not only the earth but the bond between Owen and Lilly, too. As time grows short and darkness overtakes the planet, Owen must face Paul’s greatest treachery yet.

Full of heartrending decisions, pulse-pounding action, and fascinating questions of science and ethics alike, The Far Dawn takes readers on an explosive journey through time and space. At the far ends of the earth, Owen must choose—does he save the planet, or the people he loves?

Review:
Owen and Lilly in a mad dash to reach Atlantis before Paul does. But there are several more hurdles along the way before they reach their goal. Though, their relationship is stronger than ever.

The Far Dawn is the final installment in a fast-paced, exciting trilogy. I do recommend reading a recap if you haven’t read the last books in over a year, as there are quite a few names I forgot along the way. The mythology was a bit confusing for me as well, with the crystal skull fantasy elements blending with the distant-future SciFi setting. Highly entertaining and unique, the story is refreshingly unpredictable. My favorite scene was early on – involving people stuck in a never-ending, violent computer game who originally wanted an escape from the harsh outside world, but found their utopia too boring. The pulse-pounding adventure builds to a surprising and dramatic conclusion that readers will not want to miss.

DVD Giveaway: Reign Season 1

Courtesy of Warner Bros., I have a copy of Reign: Season 1 for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends October 24. I’ll draw a name on October 25, and notify winner via email.

ENTER DAILY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING!

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Movie Trailer: BLACKHAT

BLACKHAT arrives in theaters on January 16, 2015

Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce alongside Mann, while Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod serve as the executive producers. www.blackhatthemovie.com

Disney Launches Star Wars Rebels Products

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And a little something for the young (and young at heart) Star Wars fans, looking forward to the new series…

From Press Release:
Glendale, Calif. (September 22, 2014) — Disney Consumer Products has unveiled an intergalactic assortment of products celebrating the release of Star Wars Rebels, the new Disney XD animated television series which debuts October 3rd on Disney Channel and continues on Disney XD starting October 13th. With all new exciting adventures and memorable new characters, Star Wars Rebels will introduce a new generation of fans to the Star Wars galaxy, inspiring new lines of figures, spaceships and lightsabers, apparel and accessories, home décor, books and more from best-in-class licensees including Hasbro, LEGO, Mad Engine, Rubies and Jay Franco.

Star Wars Rebels is set between the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Episode VI: A New Hope. It is a dark time in the galaxy. The evil Galactic Empire has tightened its grip on the star systems and the noble Jedi Knights are nearly extinct. Star Wars Rebels follows the brave and clever ragtag crew of the starship Ghost — street-smart hero Ezra, cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, Zeb, the muscle, explosives artist Sabine, and Chopper, the grumpy astromech droid — who embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

Highlights from the product line include:
Action Figures & Role-Play:
-Star Wars Rebels Action Figures by Hasbro (MSRP: $5.99-9.99): Team up characters or pit them against each other with these awesome action figures, featuring heroes and villains from the new animated series, Star Wars Rebels.

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Haven Sneak Peek Clips

Haven — Thursdays at 8/7c on Syfy
Spotlight – Sneak Peek
SUMMARY: Check out a sneak peek of the next episode of Haven, Thursdays at 8ET|7c.

Episode 2 – Inside Haven
SUMMARY: Go behind the scenes with the cast of Haven to talk about the second episode of the new season.

“Witch” Part 1 – Haven: Origins
SUMMARY: Take a journey into Haven’s past and see the beginning of the Troubles.

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