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Blu-Ray Review: Captain Marvel

CAPTAIN MARVEL [Blu-ray]

Review:
When “Vers”crashes to Earth (in the mid-’90s), she begins searching for answers to her strange flashes of memories of a life she doesn’t remember. But the Skrull are also on earth and can appear as anyone. Vers teams up with a young Nick Fury to find a piece of technology before the Skrull can steal it.

As a huge Captain Marvel fan, I had very high hopes for this movie. I’m usually disappointed when the whole movie is given away in the trailers. And I try to stay away from spoilers (not fan theories though). Thankfully, they still had a few surprises for me. Some a little predictable, but still fun. But there was a big twist I didn’t see coming. Some comic fans may not like one of the bigger changes made to Captain Marvel lore, but I enjoyed it.

The cast was fantastic. Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and Samuel L Jackson have great chemistry. And Ben Mendelsohn and Annette Bening were exceptional in their roles. I only wish Agent Coulson had more screen time! The story was an origin story and a prequel. But the story was layered with a good plot and fun easter eggs. It’s definitely action-packed as well and loaded with humor and feel-good moments.

Captain Marvel is an inspiring woman. She has had to work harder to get to where she’s at – and never gives up. She has a sense of humor and can still be vulnerable – even though she’s one of the most powerful superheroes in the MCU. It’s no wonder she has become one of my all-time favorites.
There’s a lot packed into this powerful and inspiring movie. And I look forward to seeing it again.

Bonus Clips:

The Batman Four Film Collection in 4K

Own Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack on June 4. Own the Four Film Collection on September 17.

Batman 4K Blu Ray
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Batman Returns 4K Blu Ray
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.

Batman Forever 4K Blu Ray
Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

Batman & Robin 4K Blu Ray
Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

Review:
These are the Batman movies that I grew up with. I remember loving Michael Keaton as Batman, and he’s still my favorite to this day – by far. And Jack Nicholson was a fantastic Joker. These remastered films look great. I loved the nostalgic feel. And while Batman Forever and Batman & Robin still have a cheese factor, I can appreciate the 90s comicbook style of the films. These are certainly a bit more fun and goofy than the more recent Batman films that are mostly dark, action films.

Re-watching these iconic Batman films is a lot of fun. And now having them in my collection, I’ll be able to introduce them to my nieces and nephew when they’re a bit older.

Blu-Ray Review: Replicas

Replicas [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
In this suspenseful sci-fi thriller, Keanu Reeves stars as William Foster, a neuroscientist on the verge of transferring human consciousness into a computer when his beloved wife (Alice Eve) and children are tragically killed in a car crash. Desperate to resurrect his family, William recruits a fellow scientist (Thomas Middleditch) to help secretly clone their bodies and create replicas. When William learns that he can only replicate three of the four family members, he makes a decision with fateful consequences.

Review:
William Foster (Reeves) is a scientist obsessed with figuring out how to put human consciousness into clones of his family members who died in a car crash. Instead of calling the police or EMTs, his first thought it to map their brains. There were several decisions along the way that made me question the writer’s thought process. But suspending all disbelief, this was an exciting and suspenseful thriller. Keanu Reeves’ role is a bit different than I’ve seen from him before, and I thought he did a great job with this quirky character.

This film has gotten very mixed reviews. But I’m glad I gave it a chance. As a fan of most science fiction, the techno babble doesn’t faze me. The story, though strange and frustrating at times, is surprisingly unpredictable and really picks up in the last 30 minutes. I was even surprised by the ending – it took several turns I didn’t see coming. Through it’s faults, I enjoyed this one.

BLU-RAY / DVD/ DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES:
· Audio Commentary with Director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Executive Producer James Dodson
· “Imprint Complete: The Making of Replicas” Featurette
· Deleted Scenes

Blu-Ray Review: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-Ray I reviewed in this post. The opinions I share are my own.”

Synopsis:
After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights. But for 16-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference. Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

Review:
Nancy Drew is fearless and always up for an adventure. She also has a soft spot for those who can’t stick up for themselves. So, after the fallout of avenging her friend with a school bully, Nancy finds herself in community service. But helping out a sweet old lady with a ghost problem is just the thing she needs to save herself from boredom.

Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase resembles the second book in the Nancy Drew series of the same name. Though, this has obviously been modernized. Nancy, George, and Bess have very different looks and personalities. And this Nancy seems much more immature and brazen than her original character from the books. The story is intriguing and engaging. Though, most of the mystery is very predictable for any adult, children will still enjoy the suspense and silly humor. Despite the exciting suspense, it still remains lighthearted and fun. This family friendly film was a hit with my 9 and 11 year old nieces, who immediately wondered if there would be sequel.

Own it on Blu-Ray and DVD April 2!

Bonus Features:
A Sleuth, A Girl and an Inspiration (Featurette)
Pink Footprints: Touring Twin Elms (Featurette)
– Gag Reel

Blu-Ray Review: Bumblebee

Bumblebee

Synopsis:
CYBERTRON has fallen. When OPTIMUS PRIME sends BUMBLEBEE to defend Earth, his journey to become a hero begins. Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who’s disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the DECEPTICONS hunt down the surviving AUTOBOTS with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns (John Cena), BUMBLEBEE and Charlie team up to protect the world.

Review:
Bumblebee is a prequel to the Transformer movies. It’s set in the 80s and has a great soundtrack. Besides the setting changes, this story focuses mainly on Bumblebee with a couple Decepticons in pursuit. He is helped by teenage Charlie, who lost her father years ago and is trying to find direction.

This is easily the best movie in the series since the original Transformers. This story has focus and direction. And it’s still action-packed and full of humor and heart. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, especially Charlie and her awkward friend Memo. And fan-favorite Bumblebee really gets to shine, of course. And finally someone (Agent Burns) comments on the obvious “They literally call themselves Decepticons. That doesn’t set off any red flags?” It’s kind of silly that the government would work with the Decepticons, but they believe they’ll gather advanced technology out of the deal. This is a light-hearted, exciting and just plain fun movie for all ages.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD COMBO, BLU-RAY COMBO & DIGITAL*
• Sector 7 Archive
o Agent Burns: Welcome to Sector 7
o Sector 7 Adventures: The Battle at Half Dome (All-New Motion Comic)
• Deleted and Extended Scenes
• Outtakes
• Bee Vision: The Transformers robots of Cybertron
• Bringing Bumblebee to the Big Screen
o The Story of Bumblebee
o The Stars Align
o Bumblebee Goes Back to G1
o Back to the Beetle
o California Cruisin’ Down Memory Lane

And this mini Sector 7 comic was included with my 4k copy!

Blu Ray Review: Krypton Season 1

Krypton: The Complete First Season

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this post. The opinions I share are my own.”

Synopsis:
What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, Krypton follows a young Seg-El, the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, who is faced with a life and death conflict –save his home planet or let it be destroyed in order to restore the fate of his future grandson. With Krypton’s leadership in disarray and the House of El ostracized, Seg fights alongside Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange to redeem his family’s honor and protect the ones he loves while saving the future of his legacy from DC Super-Villain Brainiac.

Review:
Seg-El is visited by time-traveling Adam Strange who claims to be from the future. He has returned to help Seg-El stop Brainiac – who has returned to end Superman by changing the past. Seg-El resembles his future grandson, though is more flawed and conflicted. He’s certainly more relatable than Kal-El.

This first season of Krypton is only 10 episodes. But there is a lot of story that unfolds. Krypton’s politics and deep-rooted mythology is a fascinating background, but very different from what we’ve seen in previous portrayals of a Utopia. Then, adding Brainiac’s infiltration adds another layer of chaos. This is a dark and suspenseful season with plenty of mystery and intriguing characters. And the season finale ends with a big cliffhanger that leaves fans impatient for more.

BLU-RAY & DVD FEATURES:
•Krypton: 2017 Comic-Con Panel
•Krypton: Bringing the Home World to Life
•A Lost Kingdom: Life on Krypton
•Gag reel
•Deleted Scenes

Blu-Ray Review: Viking Destiny

Viking Destiny Blu-ray

Synopsis:
A Viking princess is forced to flee her kingdom after being framed for the murder of her father, the king. Under the guidance of the god Odin, she travels the world gaining wisdom and building the army she needs to win back her throne.

Review:
“It is a curse for a child to be born with an absent father.” At least, that’s the phrase repeated throughout the film. Though, Princess Helle only seems cursed with a terrible uncle. The story is fairly simplistic and the pacing slow. The only exciting parts are the battle scenes. Odin does appear briefly, a few times to Helle to give cryptic guidance. But Loki appears many times to lead mortals astray. Unfortunately, this Loki doesn’t have much personality. And while Princess Helle is beautiful, she doesn’t have much character depth either.

I really wanted to enjoy some part of this film, as I enjoy Norse mythology and learning more about my Scandinavian historical roots. But the movie doesn’t look like it was even filmed in Scandanavia, so even the scenery was disappointing. If you’re looking for historical Viking fiction, stick to the Vikings tv show.

Viking Destiny is rated R for violence and nudity.

BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES:
· “One True Heir: A Warrior’s Destiny” Featurette
· “Of Gods, Women & Men: The Cast” Featurette
· “Strength from Within: Staging the Battles” Featurette

Blu-Ray Review: Westworld Season 2: The Door

Westworld Season 2: The Door Blu-Ray

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”

Synopsis:
In Season Two, viewers are welcomed back to Westworld, where the puppet show is over and the newly liberated “hosts” are coming for humankind. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) takes charge, Maeve (Thandie Newton) is on a mission and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) is back. Chaos takes control in this dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness, the birth of a new form of life and the evolution of sin.

Review:
The hosts have revolted and most want revenge or simply freedom from humanity. Deloris is now self-aware, with a mission. Maeve searches for her daughter. Bernard searches for answers. And we get to see more of the Man in Black’s past catch up with him.

This second season is just as dark and violent as before. But we get more answers, if muddled with time jumping. Poor Bernard’s memories are so confusing that it’s hard to keep track of what is past and present. The acting is fantastic, and the story (while sometimes confusing) is even more intriguing and engaging than last season. With loads of mystery, action, and drama – this mature scifi show has only gotten better. With plenty of surprises along the way, there is an impressive amount of story packed into just 10 episodes.

DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES:
-Bring Yourself Back Online (New)
-Reflections on Season Two –Dolores, Teddy and Bernard
-Of Love and Shogun –Maeve, Hector and Lee
-Journeys and Technology –Stubbs, Logan and Clementine
-The Buzz: On the Red Carpet
-Return To Westworld
-Creating Westworld’s Reality
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: An Evocative Location
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Fort Forlorn Hope
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Delos Experiment
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Shogun World
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Inside the Cradle
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Chaos In The Mesa
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Ghost Nation
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: Deconstructing Maeve
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Valley Beyond
-Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Drone Hosts
4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
Includes all digital special features plus:
-The Truth Behind Delos(New)
-These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends (New)