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Blu-Ray Review: Avengers Endgame


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Avengers Endgame [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers – Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner – must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos – the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

Review:
Marvel films, especially the Avengers, have culminated to this film. Infinity War left off in possibly the biggest cliffhanger ever – with half of the universe turned to dust. Now, the original Avengers, War Machine, Captain Marvel, Rocket, and Nebula decide to go after Thanos and use the Infinity Stones to bring everyone back. But things (obviously) don’t go as planned.

While this film has an insanely large cast of characters, the main story predominantly focuses on the original Avengers – their lives post-snap and their search for a way to undo what Thanos did. Some stay the course, some lose themselves, and some just decide to move on. It’s intriguing and heartbreaking. At 3 hours long, it seems like there would be slow times. But it actually felt crammed full of action, suspense, drama, and still plenty of humor. The surprising timeline builds to an epic final battle and a sweet, heartwarming tribute with a wonderful send-off to some beloved characters. This is a superhero movie worth watching over and over.

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):
Digital Exclusive:
• Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.”
Blu-ray & Digital:
• Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos.
• Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU.
• A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero.
• Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.
• The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back!
• The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble.
• Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.
• Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”
• Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.
• Visionary Intro – Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
• Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Book Giveaway: Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt

Courtesy of Titan Books, I have a copy of Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt by Neil Kleid for one lucky winner!

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Book Giveaway: Earth

Courtesy of Tor, I have a copy of Earth by Ben Bova for one lucky winner!

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SciFi Book Review: Containment

Containment by Caryn Lix

Synopsis:
Ex-Omnistellar prison guard Kenzie and her superpowered friends barely made it off Sanctuary alive. Now they’re stuck in a stolen alien ship with nowhere to go and no one to help them. Kenzie is desperate for a plan, but she doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Everyone has their own dark secrets: Omnistellar, her parents, even Cage. Worse still, she’s haunted by memories of the aliens who nearly tore her to shreds—and forced her to accidentally kill one of the Sanctuary prisoners, Matt.

When Kenzie intercepts a radio communication suggesting that more aliens are on their way, she knows there’s only one choice: They must destroy the ship before the aliens follow the signal straight to them. Because if the monstrous creatures who attacked Sanctuary reach Earth, then it’s game over for humanity.

What Kenzie doesn’t know is that the aliens aren’t the only ones on the hunt. Omnistellar has put a bounty on Kenzie’s head—and the question is whether the aliens or Omnistellar get to her first.

Review:
Containment is the sequel to last-year’s scifi thriller Sanctuary. Kenzie and the teenage, escaped Sanctuary prisoners are on the run from Omnistellar and deadly aliens. It seems like they should take their chances with Omnistellar, but no one seems to believe them when they say more of the aliens are coming.

The feel of this sequel is a little less intense than before, mostly because they aren’t stuck on one claustrophobic ship. Sanctuary felt like Alien meets X-Men. But this sequel had more story and character development. With plenty of suspense, intrigue, and dangerous foes – this novel is an exciting thrill ride that doesn’t stop. Despite the size of the book, I read it quickly. I appreciate that there isn’t cheesy, insta-love, but relationships that seem genuine – which develop through the story as well. And there are several surprises along the way. I look forward to the next in this heart-pounding series.

Received in July

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

DVD/Blu Rays:
Shazam! Blu-Ray
Manifest Season 1 DVD

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Del Rey:
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Dark Age by Pierce Brown
Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn
Astounding by Alec Nevala-Lee

Disney Hyperion:
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Mary Blair’s Unique Flair: The Girl Who Became One of the Disney Legends by Amy Novesky
Frozen: Conceal, Don’t Feel: A Twisted Tale by Jen Calonita

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: Discovery: The Enterprise War by John Jackson Miller

Little, Brown:
Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Scholastic:
Wings of Fire: The Poison Jungle by Tui T. Sutherland

Shadow Mountain:
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen

Subterranean Press:
My Beautiful Life by K. J. Parker
The Sky Done Ripped by Joe R. Lansdale

Titan Books:
Thanos: Death Sentence by Stuart Moore
Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt by Neil Kleid
X-Men: Days of Future Past by Alex Irvine
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga by Stuart Moore
Avengers: Infinity Prose Novel by James A. Moore

Tor:
Medusa in the Graveyard by Emily Devenport
The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons
Earth by Ben Bova

PBS American Masters – Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin on August 2nd

PBS’ American Masters is airing a documentary of SciFi/Fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin this Friday, August 2nd at 9/8c! The film is called the Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin and will be available to watch live on PBS and available to stream live on pbs.org/americanmasters and the PBS app. You will also be able to stream it for 28 days after for free as well.

Loot Crate Box Review: Marvel Gear + Goods – March 2019

Loot Crate – Marvel Gear + Goods – March 2019 “Take Flight” was a Captain Marvel -themed box that didn’t ship until JULY! The delays were beyond ridiculous and will make me think twice about ordering from them again. Still, it was a fun box that I wanted to share.

The box came with a nice card detailing everything included. As well as a pin, and Captain Marvel luggage tag.

I don’t really wear hats, but this is a cool SHIELD design, that I will at least have on display.

This Captain Marvel beach towel is a fun idea for summer, that I love!

And finally, this original Captain Marvel (Mar-Vel) logo design is great. And I love that it’s on a green shirt, which is unique. I’ve worn this already.

DVD Review: Manifest: The Complete First Season

Manifest: The Complete First Season
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD. I reviewed in this post. The opinions I share are my own.

Synopsis:
A plane inexplicably disappears on a trans-oceanic flight and returns five years later after being presumed lost at sea. While no time has passed for those on the flight, years have gone by for their loved ones who have learned to live with their loss. In addition to the outward mystery of what happened on that flight, there’s also an inward mystery of what has happened to the passengers…and why. Nothing will ever be the same as you follow the unexpected journey full of hope, heart and destiny!

Own Manifest: The Complete First Season on DVD July 23rd.

Review:
At first, this series feels like a slightly less complicated version of The 4400. However, the Manifest returnees don’t have cool abilities other than a creepy version of their own voice giving them cryptic warnings of the future. But I enjoy the mysterious premise.

After the first few episodes, I got bored with the characters and storyline. There are 16 episodes with the story stretched a bit too thin. And far too little character development. However, in the 3rd part of the season, the excitement picks up with the introduction of a new important character and young Cal’s connection to some returnees who have been abducted.

I like the actors and their various characters. How the returnees are treated after their return is very dramatic and realistic. And there is quite a bit of intensity and danger looming. There’s still a big mystery of what happened to the returnees and the tension is only building. I look forward to season 2.