“Blood Father” is a gritty action thriller that many people have long since waited for Mel Gibson to do. It may not be on the best list of Gibson’s action film oeuvre but Gibson still shows us that he can still kick ass on the big screen! And for those who love popcorn action films, “Blood Father” is worth recommending!
TITLE: Blood Father
FILM RELEASE: 2016
DURATION: 88 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, (2:39:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
COMPANY: Lionsgate Premiere
RATED: R (Strong Violence, Language Throughout and Brief Drug Use)
RELEASE DATE: October 11, 2016
Based on the novel by Peter Craig
Directed by Jean-Francois Richet
Screenplay by Peter Craig, Andrea Berloff
Produced by Chris Briggs, Pascal Caucheteux, Peter Craig, Sebastien Lemercier
Executive Producer: Jennifer Roth
Music by Sven Faulconer
Cinematography by Robert Gantz
Edited by Steven Rosenblum
Production Design by Robb Wilson King, Eve McCarney
Art Direction by Billy W. Ray
Set Decoration by Susan Magestro, Penelope Rene Stames
Costume Design by Terry Anderson, Lisa Norcia
Mel Gibson as Link
Erin Moriarty as Lydia
Diego Luna as Jo0nah
Michael Parks as Preacher
William H. Macy as Kirby
Miguel Sandoval as Arturo Rios
Dale Dickey as Cherise
Richard Cabral as Joker
Daniel Moncada as Choop
Ryan Dorsey as Shamrock
Raoul Max Trujillo as The Cleaner
Mel Gibson delivers nonstop, no-holds-barred action in this dynamic thrill ride. When his estranged teenaged daughter (Erin Moriarty) is targeted by a drug cartel, ex-convict John Link (Gibson) must call upon connections from his criminal past and his own lethal skills to save his daughter’s future. Diego Luna, Michael Parks, and William H. Macy costar in this explosive story of how far one man will go to save his family.
From French filmmaker Jean-Francois Richet (“Assault on Precinct 13”, “Mesrine” films) comes his English language French action thriller film “Blood Father”.
Based on the novel by Peter Craig (writer of “The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1 and 2”, “The Town”) and a screenplay which he co-wrote with Andrea Berloff (“Straight Outta Compton”, “World Trade Center”).
The film stars Mel Gibson (“Braveheart”, “Lethal Weapon” films, “Signs”, “The Patriot”), Erin Moriarty (“The Kings of Summer”, “The Watch”, “Captain Fantastic”), Diego Luna (“Milk”, “The Terminal”, “Elysium”), Michael Parks (“Kill Bill” films, “Django Unchained”, “From Dusk Till Dawn”), William H. Macy (“Fargo”, “Shameless”, “Jurassic Park III”) and Miguel Sandoval (“Medium”, “Clear and Present Danger”, “Jurassic Park”).
The film begins with a missing persons poster of Lydia (portrayed by Erin Moriarty). The film then shifts to Lydia trying to purchase bullets for her boyfriend Jonah (portrayed by Diego Luna) and his gang.
The gang is planning to kill a tenant family who has stolen money hidden in their home. As Jonah takes the front, Lydia who is stressed out is given some meth to calm her nerves.
As Jonah and his gang get into the house, Lydia sees the tenants children in the back yard. As gunshots erupt, Lydia sees a dead father while Jonah is beating on the mother, demanding the woman to hell him where the money is. When she doesn’t, Jonah wants Lydia to shoot her. Instead, Lydia accidentally shoots Jonah in the neck and thinking she killed him, takes off and leaves.
We are then introduced to her father John (portrayed by Mel Gibson), an ex-convict on parole now working as a tattoo artist somewhere in the desert living in a trailer park. He often talks to his sponsor, Kirby (portrayed by William H. Macy) and is trying to live a happy life.
Out of the blue, Lydia calls her father and frantically asks for money and John tells her that he will meet her. But as Lydia doses off, she sees that she is drinking a lot of alcohol and when he takes her home, carries her to the bed. John checks her purse and finds alcohol and booze.
When Lydia wakes up, she tells him that her ex-boyfriend was killed and his gang is after her. Worried about the problems that her daughter is going through, and worried that it will ruin his parole. Things get worse when the gang arrive at the trailer park demanding him to give them a tattoo and when John tries to avoid trouble, he goes back inside.
They start busting up his mobile home and start shooting at it and eventually ramming the mobile home and destroy it. While John and Lydia survived the attack, they are saved by Kirby and the locals.
But John leaves the crime scene with his daughter and now they are both wanted by the police and to make things worse, there is a hit on Lydia and they are being pursued by the gangs and a hitman.
Will John and Lydia survive this ordeal?
“Blood Father” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:39:1 aspect ratio). The film looks very good in HD as closeups show great detail. May it be the pores on Mel Gibson’s skin, the water and dust on the car windows and more. I didn’t see any artifacts or banding during my viewing of the film.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Blood Father” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The film features crystal clear dialogue and the film features a good amount of action, with gun shootouts, motorcycle revving and more.
Subtitles are in English SDH and Spanish.
“Blood Father” comes with the following special feature:
- Lost Souls: On the Road with Blood Father – (27:50) A featurette about the making of “Blood Father” with interviews with the cast and crew.
“Blood Father” comes with a slipcover and an UltraViolet HD code.
It’s been awhile since we watched Mel Gibson in an action film as the primary protagonist.
While we have seen Gibson focus his career as a director and a producer, there is no denying that many people would like to see Gibson in an action film, as he had done in films such as the “Lethal Weapons” films, “Braveheart”, “The Patriot”, “We Were Soldiers” to name a few.
And sure, we have seen him in films such as “Machete Kills” and “The Expendables 3”, “Blood Father” is no doubt one of the more exciting action roles since his 2010 film “Edge of Darkness”.
In “Blood Father”, Gibson plays the role of ex-convict John Link, who has tried his best to keep out of trouble while on parole.
He has been looking for his daughter Lydia, who has gone missing and is now dating a major drug dealer and criminal, Jonah Pincerna.
When Lydia, Jonah and his gang try to kill a family who lived in a home to find stolen money hidden somewhere in the house, Lydia accidentally shoots Jonah and thinks she had killed him.
And now, Jonah’s gang are after her. So, who does she call for help? Her father, John who meets up with her to give her money.
But while she’s sleeping, John sees alcohol and drugs hidden in her bag and knows that she’s in bad trouble. But doesn’t know the extent until the gang shows up to John’s trailer park and starts to shoot up the mobile home that John and Lydia are at.
Fortunately, John’s sponsor Kirby (portrayed by William H. Macy) and the locals end up chasing the gang away but while Kirby wants John to not get in trouble and risk going back to jail, he wants him to stay put. Instead he runs away with his daughter and now they become fugitives of the law, are being hunted down by Jonah’s gang and a hitman.
And will father and daughter survive the entire ordeal?
Mel Gibson does a great job of playing the role of an ex-convict. We have seen him play a variety of roles, but this time, a man with a rough past and hardened in prison but yet being a caring father.
While Erin Moriarty plays a girl who had a lot of problems growing up and eventually gotten herself in even more major problems by geting involved with a major drug dealer. And after accidentally shooting him and thinking he was dead, now gangs and hitmen are now after her.
The film features a lot of tension, a lot of action and while the film is about father and daughter trying to stay away from the law and gangs that are pursuing them, but the film also explores two people who have had f*cked up lives but one thing they do have is a love for each other and being reunited, father and daughter have their long awaited bonding moment.
But with the trouble they are in, how much time does father and daughter have left?
As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality is fantastic as close-ups show amazing detail, outdoor scenes are vibrant and lossless audio during action scenes and ambiance are well-utilized through the surround channels.
Overall, “Blood Father” is a gritty action thriller that many people have long since waited for Mel Gibson to do. It may not be on the best list of Gibson’s action film oeuvre but Gibson still shows us that he can still kick ass on the big screen! And for those who love popcorn action films, “Blood Father” is worth recommending!
“Laid in America” is a tame sexy comedy starring YouTube stars KSI (Olajide Olatunji) and Caspar Lee. This comedy is crazy, unpredictable and so much fun! And if you happen to follow a lot of YouTube talents, you can definitely spot quite a number of cameos by other YouTube stars in this film as well. If you’re in a mood for a crazy comedy that will no doubt make you laugh, “Laid in America” is a film worth checking out!
TITLE: Laid in America
FILM RELEASE: 2016
DURATION: 1 Hr., 26 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, (2:44:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Subtitles: English SDH and French
COMPANY: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
RATED: Not Rated
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2016
Directed by Sam Milman, Peter Vass
Written by Sam Milman, Peter Vass
Produced by Elizabeth Destro, Adam Pally, Michael Zakin
Executive Producer: Kim Leadford, Matthew Perniciaro, Chris Swanson
Associate Producer: Michael Ferraro, Sean Maurer, Sean Monahan, Peter Pietrangeli, Lauren Russell, Kindred Sparks
Co-Producer: Joshua Bachove, Tracey Landon, Daniel McGilvray
Music by Devendra Banhart
Cinematography by Patrice Lucien Cochet
Edited by Ryan Brown
Production Design by Almitra Corey
Costume Design by Mollie Middleditch
Olajide Olatunji as Duncan
Caspar Lee as Jack
Bobby Lee as Goose
Angela Trimbur as Amber
Madison Iseman as Kaylee
Josh Leyva as Tucker
Angela Kinsey as Lisa
Gerry Bednob as Principal Raheem
Timothy Brennen as Jerry
Alexis G. Zall as Beth
Syd Wilder as Scarlett
YouTube superstar KSI makes his feature film debut alongside Caspar Lee in this laugh-out-loud, chaotic comedy. Duncan (KSI) and Jack (Caspar Lee) are exchange students with just one night left in the United States – and one final chance to lose their virginity with the girls of their dreams (something they really, really want to do). To have a shotat doing that, though, they need to get invited to the class bully’s house-party that night…and, sadly for them, they aren’t. The two friends hatch an elaborate and desperate bid to get in, which takes them on an unexpected adventure, navigating a minefield of problems from gun-wielding gangsters, to deviant drug lords. The boys must work together to fulfil their fantasies in time to catch their flights home. With an all-star cast, including Josh Leyva, Bobby Lee, Madison Iseman, and Deji Olatunji, this is an outrageous and hilarious story of two boys…becoming men.
From actor/filmmaker Sam Milman (“The Most Best Talk Show”) and writer Peter Vass (“The Most Best Talk Show”, “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”) comes their teen sex comedy, “Laid in America”.
The film stars English YouTube star KSI (Olajide Olatunji), South America YouTube star Caspar Lee (“Joe & Caspar: Hit the Road”), Bobby Lee (“MADtv”, “Paul”, “Pineapple Express”), Angela Trimbur (“The Final Girls”, “Californication”), Madison Iseman (“Still the King”, “Jumanji”), Angela Kinsey (“The Office”, “License to Work”, “Furry Vengeance”) and Josh Leyva (“Dirty 30”, “Saving Lives”).
The film revolves around two foreign exchange students, Duncan (portrayed by KSI/Olajide Olatunji) and Jack (portrayed by Caspar Lee) who are about to complete school in America. Before they go back home, the two hope they can get laid.
There only hopes are by going to a party hosted by the popular jock Tucker (portrayed by Josh Leyva), but Tucker tells them that they can go to his party only if Duncan and Jack can bring two girls who do not attend their school.
So, the two decide to go on the dating site Grindr and lie about their profile, as KSI says he is the owner of an oil company and Jack makes video games.
When both meet a woman named Amber (portrayed by Angela Trimbur), she drugs them and the two are held prisoner by drug dealer Goose (portrayed by Bobby Lee).
Will Duncan and Jack ever find a way to go to the party?
“Laid in America” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:44:1 aspect ratio). The film looks very good in HD as closeups show very good detail, lighting for the film, especially indoor, is very good. I didn’t notice any banding, artifacts or any negative issues during my viewing of the film.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Laid in America” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. While the film is primarily dialogue and music driven, there is use of surround channels during crowd-based scenes but for the most part, dialogue and music are both crystal clear.
Subtitles are in English SDH and French.
“Laid in America” comes with the following special feature:
- The Making of Laid in America Documentary – (58:24) Behind-the-scenes of the making of “Laid in America” hosted by KSI and Caspar Lee who take the audience through the process of making of “Laid in America” each day.
With a title like “Laid in America” and the fact that it stars several YouTube talents, the first few minutes into the film, you realize it’s a crazy comedy in the vain of films such as teen comedies such as “American Pie”.
You have two foreign exchange students who desire to get laid before they return back home. You have a principal who spouts nothing but profanity. You have a teacher that encourages a student talking about sex during class and you have an egotistical jock who talks about his sex conquests over the high school’s intercom.
Suffice to say, the film is farfetched but this film is more about the comedy and how far filmmakers/writers Sam Milman and Peter Vass will go in their storyline. And I have to say, the crazy situations that happen in this film made me laugh.
First, the positive. For the first major film for YouTube star KSI (Olajide Olatunji) and with fellow YouTuber Caspar Lee, the two are an unlikely pair but they manage to make things work perfectly and their chemistry has that odd couple feel but works. So effective that I wouldn’t mind seeing a return of Duncan and Jack, if there is another film.
As for the film and their characters, with the circumstance of these two being foreign exchange students and wanting to get laid before they go home. They are quite driven and determined in trying to make things happen.
So, because the two are naive and are trying to find a way to go to a party in hopes they can get laid, they need to find hot girls to bring to the party, who do not attend the same high school.
Duncan and Jack decide to find girls through a dating site known as Grindr and when they meet Amber (portrayed by YouTube comedian Angela Trimbur), hoping they meet her and a friend, she ends up drugging them and she and her boyfriend, drug dealer Goose (portrayed by Bobby Lee) end up holding the two captive.
And this situation would end up leading Duncan and Jack through a lot of crazy adventures. Another positive is that many people will see cameos by YouTubers such as Tay Zonday, Timothy DeLaGhetto, Alexa Losey, Taryn Southern, Syd Wilder and Bart Baker.
With that being said, for those expecting an “American Pie” type of film with a lot of sex, “Laid in America” is much tamer. But there are more than enough hilarious moments that will make people laugh.
For those wanting something deeper or meaningful, then you may want to pass. “Laid in America” is crazy, stupid comedy for those who want to laugh and pass the time, but also happen to be fans of these YouTube stars.
And to give this film some credit, I have watched quite a few films starring YouTube stars and “Laid in America” is probably one if not the better comedies starring YouTube stars that I have seen. And it helps that the film is not predictable and if anything, you’re in for a wild and crazy ride with this comedy, so I have to give co-directors and co-writers Sam Millman and Peter Vass some props for making this film entertaining.
Overall, “Laid in America” is a tame sexy comedy starring YouTube stars KSI (Olajide Olatunji) and Caspar Lee. This comedy is crazy, unpredictable and so much fun! And if you happen to follow a lot of YouTube talents, you can definitely spot quite a number of cameos by other YouTube stars in this film as well. If you’re in a mood for a crazy comedy that will no doubt make you laugh, “Laid in America” is a film worth checking out!
“Into the Forest” is a film that is less about what may be the apocalypse or destruction of society, but it is a film about two sisters who must undergo major challenges and be put into situations where they must make tough decisions as the life as they once lived, may no longer be possible. But through thick and thin, they must depend on each other in order to survive. “Into the Forest” is a film worth watching!
TITLE: Into the Forest
FILM RELEASE: 2016
DURATION: 101 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, (1:85:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
RATED: R (A Scene of Violence Involving Rape, Language and Some Sexuality/Nudity)
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2016
Based on the Novel by Jean Hegland
Directed by Patricia Rozema
Written by Patricia Rozema
Produced by Niv Fichman, Aaron L. Gilbert, Ellen Page
Executive Producer: Kelly Bush Novak, Jason Cloth, Sriram Das, Adrian Love, Kelly Morel, Haroon Saleem, Steve Shapiro, Allan J. Stitt
Co-Executive Producer: Kristina Sorensen, Steven Thibault
Co-Producer: Fraser Ash, Kevin Krikst
Supervising Producer: Margot Hand
Line Producer: Ron McLeod
Music by Max Richter
Cinematography by Daniel Grant
Edited by Matthew Hannam
Production Design by Jeremy Stanbridge
Art Direction by Tara Arnett
Set Decoration by Shannon Gottlieb
Costume Design by Aieisha Li
Ellen Page as Nell
Evan Rachel Wood as Eva
Max Minghella as Eli
Callum Keith Rennie as Dad
Michael Eklund as Stan
Wendy Crewson as Mom
Set in the near future, this riveting and suspenseful apocalyptic drama follows two sisters whose peaceful lives are disrupted one day by a world-wide power outage. The sisters must work together in order to survive in their increasingly treacherous new world, fighting intruders, disease, loneliness, and starvation.
Filmmaker Patricia Rozema (“Mansfield Park”, “When Night is Falling”) returns with “Into the Forest”, a film that she wrote and directed and is based on the 1996 novel by Jean Hegland.
The film stars Ellen Page (“Inception”, “Juno”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Wrestler”, “Across the Universe”, “Thirteen”), Max Minghella (“Agoa”, “The Social Network”, “The Ides of March”), Callum Keith Rennie (“Californication”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Memento”), Michael Eklund (“The Call”, “Eadweard”) and Wendy Crewson (“Air Force One”, “The Santa Clause”).
And now, “Into the Forest” is available on Blu-ray courtesy of Lions Gate.
The film is set in the non-distant future, Nell (portrayed by Ellen Page) is a student hoping to get into a good college and keep close to her boyfriend Eli (portrayed by Max Minghella).
Eva (portrayed by Evan Rachel Wood) is a dancer hoping to make it through a dance audition and be selected.
Their father, Robert (portrayed by Callum Keith Rennie) is the family patriarch, taking care of his two daughters, after the death of his wife (portrayed by Wendy Crewson).
The three live in a home in a forest area and life for the three was going good until a terrorist attack on the power grid has left the United States disabled. And with no power, the world around them is chaos.
With many people panicking and gas and food are in short supply, Robert takes his daughter out to the city to get some supplies. And as Nell is just grateful to get out of the house and be with her boyfriend, they realized how tough things are for people around town as supplies are low and their vehicle is not only low on gas and the car battery being nearly depleted, he knows that he will need to make tough decisions very soon.
While driving home, Robert tries to help two men stuck on the street but immediately they have their rifles aimed at him. Seeing the danger, Robert makes the decision that because the area is not safe, they will be staying at home and will not go back in town, which angers Nell.
And as the three try to work in the home, while Robert is using his buzz saw to cut trees, he gets into a tragic accident, severing an artery around his legs and while his daughters comes to his aid, his injuries are too great and the two sisters lose their father.
Having depended on their father, the two sisters must now work together to survive out in the forest, not knowing if the power will ever come back but only going by with what they hear from others. And these sisters must work together, to protect one another but also will need to maintain their home, hunt for survival but also to prepare themselves not just from animal predators but also other people who may bring them harm.
“Into the Forest” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1 aspect ratio). The film looks very good in HD as closeups show very good detail, lighting for the film, but also outdoor footage is filmed quite well. Skintones look natural, black levels look nice and deep. I didn’t notice any banding, artifacts or any negative issues during my viewing of the film.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Into the Forest” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. While the film is primarily dialogue and music driven, there is use of surround channels for outdoor ambiance.
Subtitles are in English, English SDH and Spanish.
“Into the Forest” comes with the following special features:
- “The Making of Into the Forest” featurette – Interviews with writer/director Patricia Rozema, cast talks about working with Patricia and their fellow castmembers and what attracted them to the script.
- Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary with writer/director Patricia Rozema.
“Into the Forest” comes with a slipcover and a UltraViolet digital HD code.
For a lot of people who watched the trailer for “Into the Forest”, it may give people the impression that the film is about events that take place after something horrible happens in the country. People are without power and with no power brings a lot of chaos around the world.
And typically we have seen films of survival after a major apocalypse the collapse of the infrastructure which lead to chaos.
But this is not that type of film.
Sure, chaos does happen but the film is more about two sisters, taking care of one another through difficult times and trying to survive with not much food and knowing they need to make tough decisions.
Life for sisters Nell and Eva become complicated when their father, a MacGyver type of guy who can fix anything, ends up getting into a major accident with a chainsaw and dies of his injuries.
The sisters who depended on their father face major challenges as wild animals are out in the forest and because they are living in dangerous times, the people around them, no one knows who can be trusted.
For Nell, her boyfriend Eli hears a rumor that the East Coast has power and that there is nothing for them by staying in the West Coast, but will Nell choose her love or her sister?
And unfortunately, things are made even more complicated when a family acquaintance does the unthinkable and the life for the sisters will never be the same again.
While the film keeps to similar settings and focus primarily on the performances of Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood for the majority of the film, I enjoyed “Into the Forest” for not succumbing to the banality of apocalyptic films and working within the constraints of their budget. Focuses on character development, the feeling of loneliness and the challenges each must face with food supplies dwindling and knowing that the lack of power and probably life as they once known it, to no longer be the same ever again.
But “Into the Forest” may not be for everyone. For those who watched the trailer and is expecting action and the potential destruction of civilization, this is not that type of film. This is a film about two sisters facing the biggest challenge in their lives and having to make touch choices. Especially for one of the sisters as something terrible happens to her.
As for the Blu-ray, picture quality is very good and lossless audio featuring crystal clear dialogue and surround channels more for outdoor ambiance and those certain moments that may startle you. As for special features, you get an audio commentary and making of featurette.
Overall, “Into the Forest” is a film that is less about what may be the apocalypse or destruction of society, but it is a film about two sisters who must undergo major challenges and be put into situations where they must make tough decisions as the life as they once lived, may no longer be possible. But through thick and thin, they must depend on each other in order to survive.
“Into the Forest” is a film worth watching!
“Joshy” may seem like a banal film at first. One that makes you feel that you have seen this type of film many times before. But in truth, filmmaker/writer Jeff Baena creates an honest film about a group of friends being there for their buddy after a tragedy and try to have a night to enjoy with one another. A film about bros, a film about friendship and “Joshy” is a film that I recommend!
FILM RELEASE: 2016
DURATION: 93 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, (2:40:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
COMPANY: Lionsgate Premiere
RATED: R (Drug Use and Language Throughout, Sexual Content/Nudity and a Disturbing Image)
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2016
Directed by Jeff Baena
Written by Jeff Baena
Produced by Elizabeth Destro, Adam Pally, Michael Zakin
Executive Producer: Kim Leadford, Matthew Perniciaro, Chris Swanson
Associate Producer: Michael Ferraro, Sean Maurer, Sean Monahan, Peter Pietrangeli, Lauren Russell, Kindred Sparks
Co-Producer: Joshua Bachove, Tracey Landon, Daniel McGilvray
Music by Devendra Banhart
Cinematography by Patrice Lucien Cochet
Edited by Ryan Brown
Production Design by Almitra Corey
Costume Design by Mollie Middleditch
Thomas Middleditch as Josh
Adam Pally as Ari
Alex Ross Perry as Adam
Nick Kroll as Eric
Brett Gelman as Greg
Jenny Slate as Jodi
Lauren Graham as Katee
Aubrey Plaza as Jen
Joe Swanberg as Aaron
Kris Swanberg as Anita
Alison Brie as Rachel
Brian Patrick Farrell as Tonie
Jake Johnson as Reggie
Frankie Shaw as Crystal
Jess Varley as Kylie
Lauren Weedman as Isadora
Paul Reiser as Steve
Lisa Edelstein as Claudia
After his engagement suddenly ends, Joshy and a few of his friends decide to take advantage of what was supposed to be his bachelor party in Ojai, California. In their attempt to help Joshy deal with the recent turn of events, the guys turn the getaway info a raucous weekend filled with drugs, booze debauchery, and hot tubs.
What to do for a friend in need?
This is a question posed for the film “Joshy” from filmmaker/writer Jeff Baena (“I Heart Huckabees”, “Life After Beth”, “The Little Hours”).
The comedy film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, with the film production only lasting 15 days and only shooting off a 20-page outline and the rest of the dialogue improvised by the cast.
Starring in the film are Thomas Middleditch (“The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Silicon Valley”, “The Final Girls”), Adam Pally (“Happy Endings”, “Iron Man 3”, “Dirty Grandpa”), Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip”, “Queen of Earth”, “The Color Wheel”), Nick Kroll (“The League”, “I Love You, Man”, Date Night”), Brett Gelman (“30 Minutes or Less”, “The Other Guys”, “Jobs”), Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”, “Zootopia”, “The Lorax”), Lauren Graham (“The Gilmore Girls”, “Parenthood”, “Bad Santa”), Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”, “Safety Not Guaranteed”, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”), Alison Brie (“Community”, “Get Hard”, “Sleeping with Other People”), Joe Swanberg (“Easy”, “Drinking Buddies”, “Happy Christmas”), Brian Patrick Farrell (“Ted 2”, “New Girl”), Jake Johnson (“New girl”, “Jurassic World”, “Let’s Be Cops”), Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”, “My Two Dads”, “Aliens”), Lisa Edelstein (“House”, “What Women Want”, “As Good As It Gets”) and many more.
And now, “Joshy” will be released on Blu-ray courtesy of Lions Gate Premiere.
The film begins with Joshy (portrayed by Thomas Middleditch) going home and seeing his fiance, Rachel (portrayed by Alison Brie) cooking dinner to celebrate his birthday.
As Joshy makes his stop to workout at the gym, when he returns, he discovers his fiance dead, as she has hung herself.
Fastforward four months later and his married buddy Ari (portrayed by Adam Pally) discovers that the down payment he made for a house in Ojai for Joshy’s bachelor party is non-refundable, so he tries to hold a party for his Joshy and bring other friends along in hopes to keep his hopes up.
While no one wants to bring up or ask Joshy about the death of his fiance, they just want to make him happy, whichever way they can.
So, Joshy and friends decide to meet up in Ojai.
Ari brings the pot, Adam (portrayed by Alex Ross Perry) brings a “Dungeons & Dragons” style role-playing game that he and Joshy had put down money via crowdfunding, Eric (portrayed by Nick Kroll) is more of the party guy who hopes to make the party lively and he invites his friend Gregg (portrayed by Brett Gelman), who is a person that tries to live life happy and to the fullest and brings life to this party.
While Eric gets everyone to go out to the local bar and have fun, the married Ari tries to be a wingman and hopes to find a woman for Joshy. But as Joshy is still having difficulty being happy, Ari meets a drunk woman named Jodi (portrayed by Jenny Slate) and both discover they a lot in common and eventually find themselves attracted towards each other.
But through the night, each of the men discover something about each other and their friendship. But most importantly, how will the mourning Joshy be throughout the evening and will he ever discuss his true feelings about the tragedy of his fiance and let go of his emotions that has been bottled up within?
“Joshy” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). The film looks very good in HD as closeups show very good detail, lighting for the film, especially indoor, is very good. I didn’t notice any banding, artifacts or any negative issues during my viewing of the film.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Joshy” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. While the film is primarily dialogue and music driven, there is use of surround channels during crowd-based scenes but for the most part, dialogue and music are both crystal clear.
Subtitles are in English, English SDH and Spanish.
“Joshy” comes with the following special feature:
- Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary with writer/director Jeff Baena, actor/producer Adam Pally and actor Thomas Middleditch.
“Joshy” comes with a slipcover and a UltraViolet digital HD code.
I have to admit that when I was watching “Joshy”, I thought this was going to be another banal stoner film.
Like any other stoner film in which the bummed out protagonist finds himself a beautiful woman and in the end, they all live happy ever after.
Fortunately, “Joshy” is not one of those films.
While a comedy, the film starts out with a tragedy as the protagonist, Joshy’s fiance commits suicide and dies by hanging on the day of his birthday.
What was supposed to be a celebration for Joshy’s bachelor party becomes an unknown party for a friend. But no one knows what to do for Joshy. Should they get him high? Get him drunk? Find him a new girlfriend? Should they get him strippers? No one really knows what they are supposed to do or how to react.
Ari is Joshy’s good friend who is married and he and his wife just had a child and is the person who rented a house in Ojai to celebrate with Joshy. But for the night, he tries to find ways of getting his friend’s spirit up, hoping to be a wingman and introduce him to other women.
Adam is Joshy’s RPG board game friend. He is philosophical, intelligent and very much into playing “Dungeons & Dragon” board games.
Meanwhile, Eric is the party guy who came to have fun, came to make sure Joshy and the guys have fun and he also brings his even more happy, fun and crazy friend Greg to the party.
Because no one is bringing up Josh’s fiance’s death or talking to him about it, not wanting to be a downer for his party, Greg comes in thinking that Joshy got dumped by his fiance.
So, what we have is an awkward party but everyone’s goal is to make sure their buddy, Joshy has fun because it’s his night.
While all the guys party, while the group heads to the bar, Ari tries to get a drunken woman named Jodi together with Joshy. But as Joshy is not yet over the death of his fiance and is still mourning, Ari and Jodi end up talking to each other and realize that they have a lot in common. And the married Ari (which he doesn’t say a thing to Jodi about him being married), finds himself attracted to Jodi and she to him.
Adam worries about his relationship because for the first time, he went to party with Joshy and friends and never told his girlfriend where he was at. While some guys see it as no big deal, for Adam and his girlfriend, this could be a dealbreaker.
Meanwhile, the film features a list of guests that have cameos. From Katee (portrayed by Lauren Graham) as a woman the guys all meet, Aubrey Plaza as Jen, one of Jodi’s friends, who also gets drunk and is left with Joshy’s friend Adam.
Jake Johnson plays the role of Reggie, who listens to Adam’s girl problems, Joe Swanberg as Aaron, one of Joshy’s friends who comes to the party late with his wife and child, very upset that the guys have held a party and haven’t confronted Joshy about the tragedy.
Meanwhile, Paul Reiser and Lisa Edelstein play the role of Joshy’s fiance, Rachel’s parents. Who come to the home and are demanding answers from Joshy about why their child has died.
For the most part, I found “Joshy” to be an entertaining film when it focuses on the primary cast. I’ve been in similar situations, while not as tragic, but a group of friends hanging out and trying to bring happiness to a friend who may be unhappy. And similar to the situations that have happened in the film (substituting the D&D board game with video games), watching “Joshy” was like going back in time and being with my friends. And so I had fun watching the film for that aspect.
What I found wrong about the film is trying to bring other characters that were probably never needed and their scenes felt forced. Personally, I felt that Jeff Baena had a good film for the majority of the film and keeping the film around it’s core characters, introducing self-discovery about their friendship and having fun but then slowly seeing the emotions of Joshy trying to come out, the film is unfortunately knocked off pace by trying to include other actors to make an appearance, when the film didn’t need it.
In some ways, I felt that Jeff Baena was trying to feature as many friends in the film as possible. But the film didn’t really need it.
But still, I can’t help but really enjoy “Joshy” because I think a lot of guys can remember or be nostalgic of being around their buddies during their adulthood, before everyone got married and just having fun, enjoying time together and being there for each other like brothers. This is how I saw the film and so I found it quite entertaining in that aspect.
The Blu-ray release looks very good. Picture quality shows good detail and lossless audio featured crystal clear dialogue and music. As for special features, you get a cool audio commentary with filmmaker/writer Jeff Baena, actor/producer Adam Pally and actor Thomas Middleditch.
Overall, “Joshy” may seem like a banal film at first. One that makes you feel that you have seen this type of film many times before. But in truth, filmmaker/writer Jeff Baena creates an honest film about a group of friends being there for their buddy after a tragedy and try to have a night to enjoy with one another. A film about bros, a film about friendship and “Joshy” is a film that I recommend!
“Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV” is a gorgeous, exciting and well-performed CG animated film that serves as a small introduction to the upcoming “Final Fantasy XV” videogame. Some may find it complex with the many characters introduced and the problems existing within kingdoms, and I do recommend watching this film more than once for a better understanding of its storyline. But this film made me even more excited about the upcoming video game release and if you are a fan of “Final Fantasy” and are planning to purchase “Final Fantasy XV”, I definitely recommend watching this film!
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TITLE: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
DURATION: 115 Minutes
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:39:1 aspect ratio), English, Portuguese, French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Japanese, Spanish and Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, Cantonese, Chinese (Simplified), French, Indonesian/Bahasa, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
RATED: PG-13 (Fantasy Violence and Action Throughout)
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Directed by Takeshi Nozue
Written by Takashi Hasegawa
Produced by Hajime Tabata
Associate Producer: Robert A. Dobbins
Production Executive as Juck Somsaman
Music by John R. Graham
Casting by Rui Kawada, Gabriel Moszkowski
Featuring the following voice talent:
Aaron Paul as Nyx Ulric
Sean Bean as Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII
Lena Headey as Lunafreya Nox Fleuret
David Gant as Emperor Iedolas Aldercapt
Darin De Paul as Ardyn Izunia
Trevor Devall as Ravus Nox Fleuret
Adrian Bouchet as Titus Drautos
Liam Mulvey as Libertus Ostium
John DeMita as clarus Amicitia
Andrea Tivadar as Crowe Altius
Todd Haberkorn as Luche Lazarus
Max Mittelman as Tredd Furia
Ray Chase as Noctis Lucis Caelum
Adam Croasdell as Ignis Scientia
Christopher L. Parson as Gladiolus Amicitia
Robbie Daymond as Prompto Argentum
Bo Bragason as Young Luna
David Chun Cheung as Sonitus Belum
The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis (Sean Bean) commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx (Aaron Paul) and his fellow soldiers fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae (Lena Headey), captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to the empire’s rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.
On November 26th, many gamers are highly anticipating the release of the Square Enix PS4/XBOX Onevideo game “Final Fantasy XV”.
But before the release of the video game, the animated film “Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV” was released theatrically in Japan in July 2016 and had a limited theatrical run in North America in August.
The film takes place in parallel to the events that are presented in the “Final Fantasy XV” video game and revolves around Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII, the father of the game’s protagonist, Noctis. The film focsues on the Kingsglaive, an elite guard sharing Regis’ magical powers that defend the kingdom of Lucis and its crystal from the invading empire of Niflheim.
The film is directed by Takeshi Nozue and written by Takashi Hasegawa. The talented voice cast includes Sean Bean (“Lord of the Rings” films, “The Martian”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”, “Need for Speed”, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones” “300” films), David Gant (“Braveheart”, “Gandhi”), Darin De Paul (“Julie & Julia”, “Overwatch”, “Doom”), Trevor Devall (“Johnny Test”, “Kid vs. Kat”, “Batman vs. Robin”), Adrian Bouchet (“Clash of the Titans”, “The Monuments Men”, “Predator Dark Ages”), Lian Mulvey (“The Box”, “616”), John DeMita (“Princess Mononoke”, “Castle in the Sky”), Andrea Tivadar (“Inside”), Todd Haberkorn (“Soul Eater”, “D. Grayman”, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood”), Max Mittelman (“One Punch Man”, “Fallout 4”), Ray Chase (“Final Fantasy XV”, “Xenoblade Chronicles X”, “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided”), David Chun Cheung (“The Real Target”, “Out of Control”) and Amanda Piery (“The Underwater Realm”, “City of Dreamers”).
And now, the Blu-ray and DVD release of “Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV” will be available in October 2016.
The setting is in the planet Eos, where each nation once were in possession of magical crystals. Now only one kingdom, Lucis, it the only nation to possess a crystal and how the ruling Caelum dynasty has used it to create a magical barrier to prevent invaders from destroying their city. Because the magic barrier is huge, it accelerates the age of King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII (voiced by Sean Bean).
And the Royal Citadel has possession of it and only accessible through the Ring of the Lucci, a ring passed down from the line of Lucis kings.
But the nations that no longer possess a magical crystal were all conquered by the Niflheim, a military and technologically advanced empire that is now wanting to take control of Lucis.
Niflheim is ran by the emperor, Iedolas Aldercapt (voiced by David Gant). But most of the duties are ran by Niflheim chancellor, Ardyn Izunia (voiced by Darin De Paul), who is responsible for the empires use of Magitek technology.
To also protect Lucis, an elite unit known as Kingslaive that wields the royal family’s magical power in order to fight against the powerful monsters that try to get into the city, including attacks from Niflheim and Tenebrae.
The film focuses on Kingslaive soldier, Nyx Ulric (voiced by Aaron Paul). When Nyx was younger, he was saved by King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII and indebted for saving him, he is tasked to protect Lunafreya Nox Fleuret (voiced by Lena Headey).
Lunafreya was the former princess of Tenebrae, but when her land was attacked by Niflheim, she was captured by the Niflheim empire. Her older brother, Ravus Nox Fleuret (voiced by Trevor Devall) is a man full of hatred.
His mother was killed by Niflheim’s imperial general, Glauca and during the invasion, while trying to plea for help, King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII could only rescue so many people. He tried grabbed his young son Noctis Lucis Caelum (the heir of Lucis) and Lunafreya, but as they tried to escape, Lunafreya decides to stay back for her older brother and was captured. But in the process, knew he was unable to help Ravus’ mother and Ravus.
Fastforward 12 years later, as the land of Tenebrae becomes a province of Niflheim, Ravus has grown up to become a commanding officer of the Niflheim army and wants nothing more than to destroy Lucis and its king.
As Niflheim chancellor threatens Kings Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII, he offers him a peace treaty, that Regis must cede the territories around Lucis, including the crown city of Insomnia to Niflheim and allow his son Prince Noctics to marry Luna Fraey Nox Fleuret. King Regis accepts the terms to the peace treaty.
But at the night of the treaty-singing ceremony, the Niflheim delegation begins a surprise attack inside Lucis in order to kill the ruling council and destroy the magical barrier that King Regis had put up.
Can Kingslaive soldier Nyx Ulric protect Lunafreya and the King?
“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:39:1 aspect ratio). An all CG film, the animation is absolutely gorgeous and the technology has come a long way since “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” and the realistic details have come much farther along since “Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children”.
The characters look quite realistic (especially at the beginning of the film with female character Crowe and how close she looks to model Andrea Tivadar, who voiced the character).
The detail on the characters, the monsters, the cities, the vehicles and everything about the film looks magnificent in HD! If anything, the gorgeous CG made me even more excited for the video game release of “Kingslaive: Final Fantasy VI”.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” is presented in English, Portuguese, French DTS-HD MA 5.1 and Japanese, Spanish and Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital. The lossless soundtrack for this film is absolutely immersive. With the number of action sequences, my surround channels and use of LFE through my subwoofer was used quite frequently. Great use of ambiance when it comes to the monsters, destruction of cities, the revving of a car and more.
Subtitles are in English, English SDH, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), French, Indonesian/Bahasa, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai.
“Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV” comes with the following special features:
- A Way with Words: Epic and Intimate Vocals – (4:51) Featuring the talent who voiced the characters in “Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV”.
- To Capture the Kingslaive: The Process – (6:01) Featuring the crew and mocap actors at audiomotion studios creating the movement and the challenges of 3D scanning and more.
- Fit for the Kingslaive: Building the World – (5:29) Featuring the concept art and the imaginative and creative world featured in “Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV” and interviews with the cast and crew.
- Emotive Music: Scoring the Kingslaive – (6:04) A behind-the-scenes look at the music of “Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV” with composer John Graham and his musicians.
“Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV” comes with a slipcover and Ultraviolet HD code.
Before I get into my review for “”Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV”, I must first say how much I love the “Final Fantasy” series.
I have purchased nearly every game that has been available for the consoles, including portable consoles and PC versions and while I’m not a hardcore gamer, I always try to fit in time for me to play a “Final Fantasy” game, most often right before I go to bed.
So, I admit that I am biased to the series, but also have been critical as I have been more of a fan from “Final Fantasy X-2” and games released before. While newer games, I have been more critical of how there is more dedication to visuals than gameplay and story.
But with the upcoming worldwide release of “Final Fantasy XV” and the sneak peeks that have been released in the past few years of this highly anticipated video game, I was quite pleased that Square Enix has chosen to release a film that runs parallel to the video game. Call it a taste before delving into the video game but establishing the world and some of its characters.
What the film does focus on is how the kingdom of Lucis is the last nation to possess a magical crystal and currently, it’s king, Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII has protected it using the royal family’s magical power to erect a magical barrier around the city for over a decade.
The big bad military/advanced technology empire of Niflheim has been wanting in and wanting to control this nation and its cities. And Niflheim is offering a peace/treaty, which is like having Darth Vader’s Empire offering the rebels a peace treaty and you know how well that is going to work. It’s not going to happen. If anything, it’s a way to introduce a trojan horse into the city that will leave the king and his kingdom vulnerable to attacks.
But everything hinges on the marriage of the king Regis’s son Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya Nox Fleuret of Tenebrae, who had been captured by Niflheim.
But to make sure they are not being deceived, the king has his trustworthy Kingslaive soldier, Nyx UIric to retrieve and protect the princess and making sure that Niflheim does not have possession of her.
While Nix Ulric is the primary protagonist of the film, if anything, the film is primarily a primer to the kingdom of Lucis and how it’s the last kingdom with a magical crystal and how Niflheim are the protagonist country led by an emperor and his ruthless chancellor, Ardyn Izunia.
The film introduces us to the spunky princess who takes far too many risks and can easily end up dead for her rash decisions and while the video game’s protagonist, Noctis is shown as a young child, he does show up at the end of the credits, so remember to keep watching after the ending credits are completed.
The voice acting by Aaron Paul, Sean Bean and Lena Headey are fantastic! Actually, the entire film features wonderful voice acting but there is no doubt that the gorgeous visual effects are what captivates viewers of the film. From its characters, the smoothness of the characters in a fighting sequence, the amazing detail of costumes, detail of character closeups and its vast scenery which are visually impressive.
The film looks absolute incredible in HD and there is no doubt that videophiles and fans of the “Final Fantasy” series will by in awe of how wonderful this film looks, but audiophiles will no doubt love the immersiveness of the film’s lossless soundtrack. If you have a 7.1 setup, you can expect to see your surround channels and subwoofer being well-utilized throughout the film. And you also get a few special features as well, that go into the motion capture and the voice acting of the film and more!
With that being said, I discussed the many positives of “Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV” but are there any negatives? Quite frankly, with the complex story of the cities and the many characters introduced, I can see some viewers being lost. To be truthful, everything started to kick-in for me by the second viewing of the film, learning about character motivations but most importantly, King Regis, his kingdom and of course, the big bad empire, Niflheim. So, with this release on Blu-ray and DVD, one may need to watch this film several times in order to understand things thoroughly and how it correlates to the upcoming video game, is something I look forward to.
Last, one hoping to get a glimpse of some closure or finality with the characters or storyline are probably going to be disappointed as the film is more of a primer to the world of Eos and the political struggles between nations and a few characters leading up to the video game release. And will no doubt add fuel to the fire for those who dislike films that are based on a popular video game series.
But I love “Final Fantasy” games and perhaps my bias to the series has led me to enjoy the film than most people. Because I absolutely enjoyed the visuals of the film and its acting.
Overall, “Kingslaive: Final Fantasy XV” is a gorgeous, exciting and well-performed CG animated film that serves as a small introduction to the upcoming “Final Fantasy XV” videogame. Some may find it complex with the many characters introduced and the problems existing within kingdoms, and I do recommend watching this film more than once for a better understanding of its storyline. But this film made me even more excited about the upcoming video game release and if you are a fan of “Final Fantasy” and are planning to purchase “Final Fantasy XV”, I definitely recommend watching this film!
Gabriel Mascaro’s “Neon Bull” is a unique, sensual film that entertains viewers with its honest portrayal of its characters that work within the vaquejada in northeastern Brazil. Recommended!
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TITLE: Neon Bull
DATE OF FILM RELEASE: 2015
DURATION: 103 Minutes
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 2:35:1, Portuguese 5.1 Surround, Optional English Subtitles
COMPANY: Kino Lorber Inc.
RATED: NOT RATED
RELEASE DATE: September 6, 2016
Directed by Gabriel Mascaro
Written by Gabriel Mascaro
Produced by Rachel Ellis
Co-Produced by Rodrigo Pia, Sandino Saravia Vinay, Marleen Slot
Music by Carlos Montenegro, Otavio Santos
Cinematography by Diego Garcia
Edited by Fernando Epstein, Eduardo Serrano
Art Direction by Maira Mesquita
Juliano Cazarre as Iremar
Maebe Jinkings as Galega
Josinaldo Alves as Mario
Roberto Berindelli as Fazendeiro
Samya De Lavor as Geise
Vinicius de Oliveira as Junior
Abigail Pereira as Valquiria
Carlos Pessoa as Ze
Alyne Santa as Caca
Neon Bull is a wild, sensual and transporting experience. Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro s second fiction feature (after August Winds), it takes place within the world of the vaquejada, a demanding traditional style of rodeo in which cowboys attempt to wrest bulls to the ground by their tails. Neon Bull explores this dangerous job through the eyes of Iremar (Juliano Cazarre ), a mysterious and handsome cowboy who cares for the bulls. While riding the roads with the animals and his close-knit circle of outcast friends, he begins to think of a world outside the ring, dreaming of sequins and fabrics and of his desire to become a fashion designer.
Filmmaker Gabriel Macaro known for his documentary “HOUSEMAIDS” and his first feature film “Ventos de Agosto” (August Winds) has received a lot of attention and critically praised reviews. And his 2015 film “Boi Neon” (Neon Bull) would receive nominations and win awards at various festivals around the world.
And now Macaro’s “Neon Bull” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Kino Lorber.
Shot in northeastern Brazil, the film captures life for those who work at the Vaquejadas (a rodeo in which two cowboys ride on horseback to bring down a bull by grabbing its tail).
One of the cowboys, Iremar (portrayed by Juliano Cazarre) shares his quarters with others from the rodeo and lives in a truck that transports livestock to various events. While most of the day, he is grooming the animals and doing his fill of shoveling manure, his passion is creating costumes, especially for his sexy female friend, Galega.
One of the truck drivers, Galega (portrayed by Maeve Jinkings) is an exotic dancer who is a truck driver by day, but participates in sexy dances for patrons wearing a horse head and tail, while neon lights shine upon her.
Galega’s husband is hardly in the picture but she has to raise her daughter Caca (portrayed by Aline Santana) who is a bit curious for her own good and being one of the youngsters touring with the Vaquejadas crew, she tends to find things that others are not wanting her to know. Such as Ze’s (portrayed by Carlos Pessoa) stash of pornography.
But Galega is more interested in trying to live her life and is not so thrilled that Caca lives with her and not going to school and feels she should live with her grandmother, so she can live a better life at school.
Meanwhile, Galega becomes attracted to the new guy named Junior (portrayed by Vinicius de Oliveira). While, Iremar starts to take interest in a pregnant woman who tends to show up selling cologne and perfume which she works during the day and working as a security guard at night.
Gabriel Mascaro’s “Neon Bull” is a honest portrayal of life within a group of people within a Vaquejadas crew.
“Neon Bull” is presented in 1080p (2:35:1 aspect ratio). Picture quality for the most part is very good. Closeups show great detail, lighting is very well done when focused on the characters (lighting plays a big part in the film). Skintones look natural, black levels are nice and deep and there is a good amount of grain throughout the film.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Neon Bull” is presented in Portuguese 5.1 Surround. The lossless soundtrack is crystal clear, rodeo announcer and crowd ambiance or animal ambiance can be heard through the surround channels. Dialogue is crystal-clear as the club music and subtitles are easy to read.
“Neon Bull” comes with the following special features:
- Behind-the-Scenes Featurette – (14:30) Behind-the-scenes of the rehearsing and filming of “Neon Bull”.
- Interview with Director Gabriel Mascaro – (21:09) Interview with filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro about “Neon Bull”
- Trailer – Theatrical trailer for “Neon Bull”
When it comes to showcasing characters in a natural light, filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro is able to accomplish that very well in his previous films including his latest, “Neon Bull”.
A film that focuses on people that work within the vaquejada in northeast Brazil, “Neon Bull” is a film that is not a film one follows for its story, because there really isn’t one. If anything, it’s an honest portrayal of workers that live their life, making sure they take care of the animals and try to co-exist with each other.
Iremar works in the upkeep of the animals, creating sultry costumes for the female driver, Galega (who behave like brother and sister) and often helping out her daughter Caca, who is at that age of sexual curiosity but still wanting her mother’s attention but never receiving much of it.
While the film can be described as sensual or sultry, considering how much dedication is put into the sex scenes in the film, one can find enjoyment in the film for its actions and dialogue. To even the animals as Iremar and Ze use the scent of a mar to arouse a stallion, to steal his sperm to a group of guys showering together nude, filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro wants to show viewers how sex, to maintaining animals is just as everyday part of life for the characters.
But humor can be found in the film as Iremar’s pot-bellied co-worker Ze is often looking at porno and while his sticky nude pages are often drawn over by Iremar trying to envision fashion and drawing it on the nude women, he and Ze are often involved in verbal spars as Ze can’t understand why Iremar focuses to much on fashion and not the women.
But when Ze is transferred and a long-haired young man named Junior arrives and immediately, he starts to get the attention of all the women including young Caca, which leaves Iremar quite jealous.
Meanwhile for female character, Galega, she is stuck trying to work as a truck driver for the animals, wanting to have fun with the men but her life is made difficult as she feels her young daughter Caca is in her way. So, as Galega tries to focus on her work and her life, most often, Caca is with Iremar.
So, if anything, it’s those small interactions which makes up for the film. Emotions of characters, character interaction and how everything culminates into an honest, entertaining film.
As for the Blu-ray, picture quality is very good as cinematography showcases the characters, character interactions with animal or their daily worklife, to the lighting that shines on them when indoors, to their events with the neon bull. The cinematography brings the characters to life. And as for audio, the loss audio features crystal clear dialogue, music and also surround sound usage geared for crowd, animals or announcer ambiance. And the film has a good number of special features included such as a behind-the-scenes featurette and an interview with director Gabriel Mascaro.
Overall, Gabriel Mascaro’s “Neon Bull” is a unique, sensual film that entertains viewers with its honest portrayal of its characters that work within the vaquejada in northeastern Brazil. Recommended!
May you be a hardcore fan of “Beauty and the Beast”, the young at heart that may want to share this Disney animated classic to a new generation of Disney fans, you can’t go wrong with “Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition”. Recommended!
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TITLE: Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition
FILM YEAR OF RELEASE: 1991
DURATION: Special Extended Version (1:31:44), Original Theatrical Release (1:24:54), Sing Along Version (1:24:54)
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:78:1), English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz/24-bit), 5.1 DEHT French and Spanish Language Tracks, Subtitles: English SDH and English ESL Subtitles, French and Spanish Subtitles
COMPANY: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
RATED: G (for General Audiences)
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Story by Brenda Chapman, Burny Mattinson, Brian Pumental, Joe Ranft, Kelly Asbury, Chris Sanders, Kevin Harkey, Bruce Woodside, Tom Ellery and Robert Lence
Animation Screenplay by Linda Woolverton
Story Supervisor: Roger Allers
Executive Producer: Howard Ashman
Produced by Don Hahn
Associate Producer: Sarah McArthur
Music by Alan Menken
Edited by John Carnochan
Casting By Albert Tavares
Art Direction by Brian McEntee
Featuring the following voice talent:
Paige O’Hara as Belle
Robby Benson as Beast
Richard White as Gaston
Jerry Orbach as Lumiere
David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth
Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts
Bradley Pierce as Chip
Rex Everhart as Maurice
Jesse Corti as Lefou
Hal Smith as Philippe
Tony Jay as Monsieur D’Arque
Be our guest at the enchanted 25th Anniversary celebration of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, universally acclaimed as one of Disney’s finest animated features and now honored in the Walt Disney Signature Collection. Join brave, independent Belle on the adventure of a lifetime as she sets out to rescue her father and finds herself in the enchanted castle of a mysterious beast. Enjoy this timeless tale overflowing with unforgettable characters and Academy Award(R)-winning music (Best Song, Best Score, 1991)!|It took more than 600 animators, artists, and technicians three and a half years to complete the project.|BEAUTY is the first animated Disney feature scripted by a woman, Linda Woolverton.|The film marked the first time each animator was credited on screen specifically for the character he or she brought to life.|Disney’s animation department won a Scientific and Technical Academy Award for the design and development of the Computer Animated Production System used to make the film.|The style of illustration was inspired by French painters Fragonard and Boucher.
The story of “Beauty and the Beast” was born as a fairy tale back in the 1740′s by Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and then revised in 1757 by French novelist Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont received its animated adaptation courtesy of Walt Disney in 1991.
The film is directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise (both worked on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”) and the screenplay adaptation by Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King”, “Mulan” , “Arctic Tale” and “Alice in Wonderland”).
“Beauty and the Beast” is the 30th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics line and is considered one of the greatest Disney animated films of all time. The film was an amazing success as the film which cost $25 million to make had made over $377 million dollars worldwide and the film was also the first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture (note: The second was 2009’s “Up”) and was successful in blending traditional animation with CG.
And now the popular animated film receives its second release on Disney Blu-ray and receives a “25th Anniversary Edition” release. In this release, we get more special features than its previous 2002 DVD release and also three different versions of the film which includes a special extended edition, the original theatrical release and singalong version (NOTE: The previous Diamond Edition featured a third version which was the original theatrical release with storyreel picture in picture, which is watching the film with the original storyboards in picture in picture format).
“Beauty and the Beast” begins with an enchantress who is disguised as a beggar gives a young prince a rose in exchange for a night’s shelter. Unfortunately, the prince turns her away and so she transforms him into a beast and also transforms his servants into furniture and silverware.
The enchantress gives him a rose and a magic mirror. The rose will bloom until his 21st birthday and he must find a woman who loves him for what he is inside, not for what he is in the outside. If he does not find someone who will love him, he will remain a beast forever. As for the magic mirror, it grants him to view what is going on around him from faraway.
We are then introduced to the characters of Belle and her father, an inventor named Maurice. In her village, Gaston is the local hero, an arrogant man she has been courting but has no interest in.
One day, Maurice has invented a wood-chopping machine and plans to take it to a fair. Unfortunately, he gets lost and while his horse knows where to go, Maurice takes the other direction where the woods look dark and creepy. He ends up at the beast’s castle and when he goes to check inside he meets the beast’s servants such as Lumiere the candle holder, Mrs. Potts (a pot) and her son Chip (a chipped tea cup) and Cogsworth. Because Maurice has stepped into private property, the beast has imprisoned him.
Meanwhile, Belle is worried that her father has not returned but the horse has. So, she goes with the horse to the Beast’s castle and in order for the Beast to release her father, Belle tells the beast that she will be his prisoner and to let her father go. The beast accepts.
Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts know that this is the probably there best chance in order for the beast and the to change back to human-form and they to show the kind and gentler side of the Beast (and trying to curb his anger).
As for Maurice, when he arrives to the village, he tries to tell people that Belle has imprisoned by a Beast but no one believes him.
Will the beast manage to convince Belle to stay and somehow have her confess her love to him? Or will she leave him and he will stay a beast forever?
Everything about “Beauty and Beast” screams gorgeous, vibrant and magnificent with the release of “Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition”. In my 2002 DVD review, I talked about how beautiful the animation was and how well-painted the backgrounds were but after watching this on Blu-ray, I’m going to focus on how vibrant the colors are, how well-defined the lines are, how detailed the backgrounds to the simplest of objects such as wood, leaves and objects are. How every character and object and its shadowing are well-done.
“Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1). From the daylight scenes that showcase the amber oranges to the winter scenes that show the whites and blues, to the night-time and more ominous and darker scenes, blacks are nice and deep but yet you can still see detail where shadows are present on objects. You can see the stains on the roof of the background and can easily make out the different color bricks on the chimneys, the pattern of wood on the home and well. And of course, the animation and how free flowing the characters are, especially in the dance scene. For a film that was created in 1991, you can’t tell this animated film is nearly 20-years-old. This film still looks incredible and it looks wonderful in HD. I detected no banding, edge enhancement, haloing, combing or compression artifacting.
This is the definitive version to own of this title yet and if you have a Blu-ray player and love Disney animated classics, picture quality-wise, this is a title that simply is a must-own.
As for the included DVD, the DVD is presented in 1:78:1 aspect ration-enhanced for 16×9 televisions.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition” is not only fantastic in picture quality, the film is absolutely fantastic via lossless as well. Presented in English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, “Beauty and the Beast” does not disappoint.
If anything, I wished that everything Disney releases were in English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and fortunately, the animated classics have received this attention. Audio literally envelops the soundscape with immersive audio coming from the front and center channels, the surround channels, the rear surround channels. Dialogue and music is crisp and clear, the slight sounds of leaves, horse galloping, the leaves rustling, the Beast growling, the sound of flame flickering, pots and tea cups clinkering, these are all well-done. And it doesn’t stop there, there is also LFE present as well.
But if anything, one thing that “Beauty and the Beast” is known for is its music. Alan Menkin’s music for the film is wonderful. You will find yourself singing to songs such as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Be Our Guest” and “Belle” and the truth is, the music captivated many people in 1991, so much that it won an Academy Award for “Best Music, Original Score” and “Best Music, Original Song” and also won two Golden Globe Awards as well for its score and for “Best Original Song – Beauty and the Beast”.
As for subtitles, “Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition” is presented in English SDH, French and Spanish.
As for the included DVD, the DVD is presented in English French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 with English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
“Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition” comes with the following special features presented in HD (note: original DVD features that are on the Blu-ray are presented in standard definition):
- Always Belle – (11:30) Featuring Paige O’Hara and her memories of working on “Beauty & the Beast” as the voice of Belle.
- Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration – (19:05) Grammy Award winning Robert Lopez and Grammy Award winning Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Broadway actor Lin-Manuel Miranda visiting Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken.
- #1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and the Beast – (9:33) Featuring audio recordings of Walt Disney creating fairy tales and crew of “Beauty & the Beast” discussing Walt Disney and more.
- The Recording Sessions – (3:47) Featuring a sneak peak at the original voice actors at the recording booth and recording for the film.
- 25 Fun Facts About Beauty and the Best – (5:25) Kayla Maisonett (of “Stuck in the Middle”) and Gus Kamp (of “Best Friends Whenever) discuss the 25 fun facts of the film.
- Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Live Action Preview – (1:24) Emma Watson and Dan Steven at a table read, the massive sets and more.
- Sing A Long – Watch the movie with karaoke style Sing A Long.
- Audio Commentary (Extended Edition Only) – Audio Commentary for the special extended edition is included. Featuring commentary by directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise plus producer Don Hahn. The three go into look and feel of “Beauty and the Beast” and what they wanted to achieve. As well as dissecting the scene and the characters of the film. Alan Menken lends his commentary on the creation of the music for the film.
- Classic Bonus Preview – (:43) Promotion of Disney Movies Anywhere
A DVD version of the feature film is included (all three versions of the film is presented on DVD). Also, a slipcase cover and Disney Movie Rewards code is included for this release.
My opinion of “Beauty and the Beast” has not changed since my DVD review for the title back in 2002. The animation, the painted backgrounds, the music, the characters, the movement… everything about the film is a pleasant reminder of the classic Disney films that I have loved and “Beauty and the Beast” is a film I still love.
Similar to the “Snow White” Blu-ray release, when “Beauty and the Beast” was released on Blu-ray in 2010, it was a magnificent improvement over the original 2002 release? Easy…by adding a ton of special features and three different versions of the film. This is what I love about Disney, they know what their customers want and what they expect and that is simply getting quality releases each time but raising the bar higher and higher of what a release should be. And for Disney, there classic animated films are expected to be fantastic releases and fans expect nothing lower.
I expected something incredible and to tell you the truth, I was pretty much expecting better picture quality in HD and lossless audio quality with the same special features and maybe a new audio commentary and possibly a retrospective featurette, but Disney has surpassed my expectations by giving us way more than what we would have expected for this film and I’m impressed and also very grateful.
The film has everything you want. Great characters, adventure, drama, action, memorable music and more! And 25-years later, “Beauty and the Beast” looks and sounds phenomenal on Blu-ray.
But now, to answer the question that everyone may be wondering. Which version is better? The 2010 “Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition” or the 2016 “Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition”. For one, you are going to get all three versions of the film that were featured in the 2010 version on this 2016 Blu-ray release, but you will not get the story reel version.
Picture quality and lossless audio are the same for both releases but the true differences are in the special features featured.
Surprisingly, all special features on this 2016 Blu-ray release are new. And all the special features from the 2010 two-disc Blu-ray release were not included. In fact, Disney put a lot of the special features from the previous discs up on there Disney Movies Anywhere website, in order for people to access them digitally.
This was a big surprise, as the “Diamond Edition” had two Blu-ray discs and a DVD and to me, because it was fully loaded with special features along with the brilliant picture and audio quality, the “Diamond Edition” was and I still consider it the definitive edition.
But because Disney releases are only released every 6-7 years, chances of finding the Diamond Edition new, is probably very slim. But because we are living in a digital age and Disney is really wanting to promote there Disney Movies Anywhere streaming site, by purchasing this 2016 Blu-ray releases, you will have access to the special features, just not on Blu-ray, those special features can be accessed online. Otherwise, if you want it on Blu-ray, then you are going to have to look for the 2010 “Diamond Edition” Blu-ray release.
So, it’s quite subjective of whether or not the special features matter to you. Otherwise, if you are in it just for the film, by all means, “Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition” is the way to go.
If you have a fast Internet connection and don’t mind watching the previous special features online and want access to the newer special features, then also, the 25th Anniversary Edition is the way to go. But if those older and newer special features are important to you and you want it on physical media, then you’re going to have to purchase both.
But I do feel that hardcore fans will want to own both, while casual fans and parents just purchasing for their children will be content with the “Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition” release.
Overall, may you be a hardcore fan of “Beauty and the Beast”, the young at heart that may want to share this Disney animated classic to a new generation of Disney fans, you can’t go wrong with “Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition”.
Abel Ferrara’s “Napoli Napoli Napoli” is a hybrid documentary that goes far to show the negative aspects of life in Naples and how several people were affected with the problems of their municipality. But also featuring fictional storylines of crime and survival. An audacious film that strays from having any blaance and gives viewers an unforgiving look at Naples.
TITLE: Napoli Napoli Napoli (Naples Naples Naples)
FILM RELEASE: 2009
DURATION: 106 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, (1:85:1), Italian 2.0 DTS, Subtitles in English
COMPANY: Raro Video
RATED: Not Rated
RELEASE DATE: July 12, 2016
Directed by Anbel Ferrara
Written by Peppe Lanzetta, Maurizio Braucci, Gatano di Vaio, Abel Ferrara
Collaboration on Screenplay by Maria Grazia Capaldo
Produced by Pier Francesco Aiello, Massimo Cortesi, Gianluca Curti, Gaetano di Vaio, Luca Liguori
Associate Producer: Fabio Gargano, Pietro Pizzimento
Cinematography by Alessandro Abate
Edited by Fabio Nunziata
Production Design by Frank DeCurtis
Art Direction by Peppe Cerillo
Lucy Lionello as Sebastiano
Salvatore Ruocco as Franco
Benedito Sicca as Carmine
Salvatore Striano as Gennaro
Ernesto Mahieux as Celestino
Shanyn Leigh as Lucia
Peppe Lanzetta as Padre di Lucia
Anita Pallenberg as Madre di Lucia
Giovanni Capalbo as Tic Tac, secondino
With his crooked face and rough demeanor Abel Ferrara looks and acts like he could have been born in Naples, Italy, the subject and location of his raw and hyperreality film Naples Naples Naples. Inspired by real events, this docudrama, narrated by the director, depicts a young woman metaphysically lost in the passionate and vibrant streets of Naples. Ferarra takes the viewer through the neighborhoods and parks of Naples while starkly showing the division between the classes. The undercurrent of characters associated with a women s prison penetrate the narrative with a message of injustice and despair. though criticized by some for its harsh representation of the city, the outcome is a portrayal of a city that no one has yet figured out, and that so many love, but also criticize; a city that has much to discover, but can never be known well enough. Ferarra depicts Naples through the words of the excluded and marginalized, portraying the chaotic mosaic of the Neapolitan universe with lucidity and love, characteristics that only he knows how to express with such intensity and immediacy.
Naples, the capital of the Italian region of Campania and the third largest municipality in Italy after Rome and Milan.
While historically, Naples is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and was once a cultural center for the Roman Republic long ago. Despite having the fourth-largest urban economy in Italy after Milan, Rome and Turin and also is the birthplace of the original Neopolitan pizza, the city suffers from political and economic corruption and high unemployment.
Aside from the city being controlled by the stronghold of the Camorra – the local mafia, the city has been a dumping ground for toxic waste, garbage litters the streets, the main highway in the Mezzogiorno region is in horrible shape, a lot of fights and robberies happen in the city and it’s also one of the poorest cities in Europe.
But how bad is it?
In 2009, filmmaker Abel Ferrara’s (“The Funeral”, “Body Snatchers”, “King of New York”, “Bad Lieutenant”) documentary, “Napoli Napoli Napoli” would examine how bad things are within the cities in Naples.
And the documentary was released on Blu-ray courtesy of Raro Video.
Abel Ferrara’s “Napoli Napoli Napoli” is a documentary that interviews female and youth inmates about how they got in trouble and are serving time and how their city and living conditions led them to a life of crime.
The documentary interviews community leaders, journalists, lawyers and others who discuss the problems in Naples and various areas, the poor living conditions and lack of employment and how life is in the area.
Meanwhile, to add to the documentary are fictional storylines which were co-written by Abel Ferrara, Peppe Lanzetta (“Spectre”, “Take Five”), Maurizio Braucci (“Gomorrah”, “The Interval”, “Reality”) and Gaetano di Vaio (“Take Five”, “Scampia”, “Deep in the Wood”).
The fictional portions star Peppe Lanzetta, Luca Lionello (“The Passion of Christ”, “Sangue”), Salvatore Ruocco (“Gomorrah”, “Take Five”), Benedito Sicca (“Romanzo Criminale”), Salvatore Striano (“Caesar Must Die”, “Gomorrah”, “Take Five”), Ernesto Mahieux (“The Embalmer”, “Golden Door”, “Don’t Waste Your Time, Johnny!”), Shanyn Leigh (“Public Enemies”, “4:44 Last Day on Earth”, “Welcome to New York”), Anita Pallenberg (“Barbarella”, “Dillinger is Dead”, “Performance”) and Giovanni Capalbo (“The Passion of Christ”, “The Seventh Room”, “Colpo d’occhio”).
One story line revolves around the mafia and Sebastiano (portrayed by Luca Lionello) and Franco (portrayed by Salvatore Ruocco) are told by their boss that they must kill one of their own, Carmine (portrayed by Benedito Sicca) and must dispose of the body.
Another storyline revolves around a family, Padre di Lucia (portrayed by Peppe Lanzetta) is a drunkard and gambler and often yelling at his kids. His daughter Lucia (portrayed by Shanyn Leigh) earns money for the family as a prostitute but when she gets home, her life is even more unfortunate.
And the other fictional storyline are men who are locked up in prison and all trying to co-exist in crowded prison settings.
A scathing hybrid documentary by filmmaker Abel Ferrara about the corruption of Naples.
“Napoli Napoli Napoli” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1). The documentary, while made in 2009, features a variety of archived sources, so as one can expect, picture quality is much better than other scenes through the film. Fictional portions feature much better picture quality, while interviews and other footage, sometimes looks a bit aged or on a cheaper film stock. But for the most part, picture quality is good.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Napoli Napoli Napoli” is presented in Italian linear PCM 2.0 with English subtitles. Dialogue is clear via center channel. I didn’t notice any hiss, crackling or pops during my viewing of the film.
“Napoli Napoli Napoli” comes with the following special features:
- Backstage – (33:53) Behind-the-scenes of the making of “Napoli Napoli Napoli”.
- Trailer – Theatrical Trailer for “Napoli Napoli Napoli”
“Napoli Napoli Napoli” comes with a 16-page booklet featuring essays such as “Naples, daughter of the Bronx”, “Abel, the Cain of Cinema”, “Naples Naples Naples in Progress”, “Naples, the Capital of Cinema” and “Gaetano, the Neapolitan, Neapolitan, Neapolitan” plus “Little Big Stories of Prodution” and “Galactic Guide for Naples Naples Naples”.
Abel Ferrara’s “Napoli Napoli Napoli” is an unforgiving film on its portrait of the seedy, corrupted areas of Napoli.
No, you won’t find any positive things about the city when it comes to its museums, pizza or anything that would attract tourism to the location, considering the film is financed by the Regional Tourist Bureau, if anything, the documentary is a cautionary story of how government neglect, high unemployment and corruption has turned the once cultural center of Western Europe to a crime-filled city with drugs, murder, dilapidated buildings, people who have ended up in prison because they have no way for survival and some involvement in crime is there only way to survive.
For some viewers, they must be asking why Ferrara would create such a film?
His previous film, “Chelsea on the Rocks” (2008) focused on the famous tennants of the popular Hotel Chesea in New York, while his 2010 drama “Mulberry St.” focused on where Ferrara would start his film career in New York and events leading to the the celebration of Little Italy’s San Gennaro.
But “Napoli Napoli Napoli” is the most scathing of the three documentaries. There is no doubt that Ferrara was trying to show viewers of how much of the mafia stronghold there is over the city and region but he tries to show a correlation of how many of these young men and women were introduced to a life of crime because of the mafia and the circumstances of why Napoli is the way it is, is because of the corruption in which the mafia is involved.
With government corruption and also corruption in law enforcement, with the already corrupted city, the film tries to show how a few residents feel that their choices are limited and there is nothing else out there for them but crime.
Apartments created in the ’60s which many residents are living in are now in bad shape and because of the way they were designed, they now resemble prisons and to make things worse, many people who are not financially stable, many who are unemployed are losing their homes.
While the documentary provides testimonies of various people, many who got involved in crime due to family or spouse involvement with the mafia, to others having to support their siblings after their parents have passed, these few who have turned to drugs and prostitution and were incarcerated.
But as journalists, lawmakers and community leaders give their two cents on the problems afflicting their area, there is a lot of talk and not enough being done.
Meanwhile, Ferrara blends fictional drama with one story featuring men from the mafia trying to off one of their own, another featuring a dysfunctional family that no doubt gets darker when you see what happens towards the end of the film and the tensions in prison due to overcrowding.
While documentaries try to keep some sort of balance of showing the bad and the good, “Napoli Napoli Napoli” doesn’t really show any signs of positive movement from the government or any way to solve the issue, because it has been going on for so long with no resolve.
Many who treasure Naples should feel badly for the way the film doesn’t show any shining light or glimmer of hope and had every reason to critique Abel Ferrara for his documentary showing Naples in a negative light.
The fact is that other countries or cities, may it be in Detroit, Rio de Janeiro, Manila, etc., there is crime in major cities, especially where there is high unemployment. There are bad areas, there are bad people but a city and its people should not be generalized into this percentage of those who have committed a crime or live in poor areas.
But I will give filmmaker Abel Ferrara some respect in taking on a film and wiling to show an honest portrayal of those who were incarcerated and why.
As for the Blu-ray release, while the film is made in 2009, it may not have a digital feel to it, when compared to other recent films but footage does look slightly aged. Just slightly. And of course, as a documentary, you have a mix of present to archived historic footage of Naples in the past.
Overall, Abel Ferrara’s “Napoli Napoli Napoli” is a hybrid documentary that goes far to show the negative aspects of life in Naples and how several people were affected with the problems of their municipality. But also featuring fictional storylines of crime and survival. An audacious film that strays from having any blaance and gives viewers an unforgiving look at Naples.
“Assassination Classroom” is an enjoyable, humorous and exciting action-packed anime series. And with the second part of season one, the series just gets better and better! I can’t wait for season two!
Image courtesy of © 2016 FUNimation. All Rights Reserved.
TITLE: Assassination Classroom, Season 1, Part 2
DURATION: Episodes 12-22 (275 Minutes)
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English and Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0, English Subtitles
RATED: TV 14
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Originally Created by Yusei Matsu
Directed by Seiji Kishi
Screenplay by Makoto Uezu
Music by Naoki Sato
Character Design by Kazuaki Morita
Art Direction by Ayumu Miyakoshi, Kazuto Shimoyama
Mechanical Design by Tomohito Hirose
Production by Lerche
Featuring the following voice talent:
Aya Suzaki/Monica Rial as Kaede Kayano
Jun Fukuyama/Sonny Strait as Koro-sensei
Mai Fuchigami/Lindsay Seidel as Nagisa Shiota
Nobuhiko Okamoto/Apphia Yu as Karma Akabane
Ayaka Suwa/Michelle Rojas as Tōka Yada
Chie Matsuura/Morgan Garrett as Megu Kataoka
Eiji Miyashita/Kyle Phillips as Sōsuke Sugaya
Fuko Saito/Terry Doty as Kirara Hazama
Hisako Kanemoto as Hinano Kurahashi
Junji Majima as Ryūnosuke Chiba
Kana Ueda as Yuzuki Fuwa
Kenta Miyake as Akira Takaoka
Kouki Harasawa as Takuya Muramatsu
Mamoru Miyano as Gakushū Asano
Manami Numakura as Rio Nakamura
Megumi Ogata as Itona Horibe
Miho Hino as Sumire Hara
Minami Tanaka as Hinata Okano
Ryo Naitou as Taiga Okajima
Ryota Ohsaka as Yūma Isogai
Saki Fujita as Jiritsu “Ritsu” Shikō Kotei Hōdai
Satomi Satou as Yukiko Kanzaki
Sayuri Yahagi as Manami Okuda
Shiho Kawaragi as Rinka Hayami
Shintarō Asanuma as Hiroto Maehara
Shinya Takahashi as Kōki Mimura
Shizuka Itou as Irina Jelavic
Sho Hayami as Gakuhō Asano
Shunsuke Kawabe as Masayoshi Kimura
Subaru Kimura as Ryōma Terasaka
Takahiro Mizushima as Kōtarō Takebayashi
Takehito Koyasu as Gastro
Tomokazu Sugita as Tadaomi Karasuma
Yoshitaka Yamaya as Tomohito Sugino
Yoshiyuki Shimozuma as Taisei Yoshida
From the studio behind Danganronpa and Monster Musume comes Assassination Classroom! After the battle with Itona, the students of Class 3-E settle back into a normal routine. Well, normal for a class filled with would-be assassins! As the weather turns warm, the class can’t afford to laze about, and up their training under the guidance of Karasuma. But with the semester already half over, the government decides to send a new teacher to take over their training. Are his methods too extreme? Or will it be the push they need to become real killers?
While training is all well and good, they can’t forget about final exams! And if they want to up their chances of taking out Koro Sensei, they’re going to have to do their very best. The stakes are raised even higher when Class A makes a bet that could send Class E on the best summer vacation ever. Could an island retreat help them set up the perfect assassination?
What happens when Class 3-E gets a sadistic instructor as their new P.E. teacher?
Meanwhile, what happens when the students are poisoned by a deadly virus and the remaining students must get the antidote by infiltrating a high-security hotel and taking on their deadliest rivals yet?
All this and more in “Assassination Classroom, Volume 1, Part 2”!
What is “Assassination Classroom” all about?
In 2012, mangaka Yusei Matsui created the manga series “Assassination Classroom” (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu).
Matsui, who was known for the manga series “Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro” and also was a former assistant of mangaka, Yoshio Sawai, would eventually create one of the best selling manga series in the past few years.
Serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump”, a total of 12 volumes have been collected into Tankobon format and the first volume has had over one million copies printed and was on the list for best-selling manga in 2013. Came second in Media Factory’s “Book of the Year” and won the #1 position for “2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi!” voted by male readers for Takarajimasha.
With an anime adaptation in Japan that debuted in 2015, the first part of the first season of “Assassination Classroom” was released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of FUNIMATION.
The anime series is produced by Lerche (“Danganronpa the Animation”, “Persona 4: The Animation”, “Re: Hamatora”) and was directed by Seiji Kishi (“Angel Beats!”, “Persona 4: The Animation”, “Ragnarok the Animation”, “RE: Hamatora”), a screenplay by Makoto Uezu (“Kamisama Dolls”, “Arslan Senki: Fujin Ranbu”, “Quiz Magic Academy”, “Is This a Zombie?”), music by Naoki Sato (“Blood-C”, “Eureka Seven”, “Heroic Age”), character design by Kazuaki Morita (“Kamisama Dolls”, “Tentai Senshi Sunred”, “Persona 4: The Animation”) and art direction by Ayumu Miyakoshi (“Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Noba DC”) and Kazuto Shimuyama (“Daganronpa the Animation”, “Devil Survivor 2: The Animation”).
The series begins by introducing us to a powerful alien creature that destroyed 70% of the moon, making it a crescent moon forever. The alien has said that within a year, he will destroy the Earth but he does give mankind a chance to prevent it.
Having special speed and quick reflexes, with a number of tentacles like an octopus, the alien known as Koro-sensei, becomes a teacher for the lowly class 3-E at the prestigious Kunugigaoka Junior High School.
Government worker Tadaomi Karasuma tells the entire class 3-E what problems they are facing and how Koro-sensei will destroy the Earth. But the deal the alien made with the government and military is that if he is assassinated before the end of the year, he will spare Earth. So, Tadaomi Karasuma announces that the focus of class 3-E is to kill their homeroom teacher.
And Koro-sensei is hoping the students can do it..but can they?
For volume 1, we are introduced to Nagisa Shiota, a weak student but very observant and smart and studies Koro-sensei’s color-changing moods and tries to find any weakness that he can.
Meanwhile, bad boy Karma Akabane joins class 3-E and was suspended from school prior to Korosensei’s arrival and now, Karma wants to do all he can to kill Koro-sensei.
But each time the students try to kill Koro-sensei, his mach 5 ability makes him difficult to see and kill and all fail. But when they try to kill him, Koro-sensei tries to teach each student on becoming a better person and in someways, making him likeable to a point.
With the destruction of Earth many months away, can these students kill Koro-sensei before it’s too late.
Also, a new English teacher is brought to Kunugigaoka Junior High School. Her name is Irina Jelavich who is very fashionable, sexy and no doubt has her own ways to charm the guys. But in truth, this new teacher is a mercenary and one of the best. But will she be skillful enough to assassinate Koro-sensei?
Meanwhile, we are introduced to Kunugigaoka Private Academy’s principal Gakuho Asano and learn how he views Class E!
In the second part of the first season. Government worker Tadaomi Karasuma’s former teacher in special forces replaces him as teacher for 3E, but his methods are not the most kindest and includes torture. How will the class of Koro Sensei’s 3-E respond to their new teacher?
Many of the students of Class 3-E were inflicted with a deadly virus and the person responsible for the virus is demanding that Koro-sensei’s head be delivered to him at the Fukuma Denjo Hotel, in exchange for an antidote.
But Class 3-E must use their skills which they have learned to go against high-level assassins waiting for them.
Will they survive the ordeal?
“Assassination Classroom” is presented in 1080p High Definition. The anime series is colorful and vibrant.
Backgrounds are well-painted and it was interesting to see the darker character lines for how the main characters are drawn. But for the most part, the animation does compliment the manga series very well! And the overall anime series looks fantastic!
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Assassination Classroom” is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD stereo. “Assassination Classroom” is a series that features crystal clear dialogue. Both soundtracks are well-acted but I felt the English dialogue had the advantage of the use of the surround channels when it comes to lossless audio utilization.
Subtitles are in English.
“Assassination Classroom” Season 1, Part 2 comes with the following special features:
- Episode 14 Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Sonny Strait (voice of Koro-sensei) and Lindsay Seidel (voice of Nagisa)
- Episode 17 Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Martha Harms (voice of Irina Jelavich) and Chris Ryan (voice of Tadaomi Karasuma).
- Top 10 Moments – (11:17) Featuring the “Assassination Classroom” voice dub cast (Sonny Straight, Apphia Yu, Chris Ryan, Lindsay Seidel, Monica Rial, Micah Solusud) discussing the top 10 moments from the first season.
- Textless Opening Song – “Jiriki Hongan Revolution” Version 1 and 2
- Textless Closing Song – “Hello, shooting-star”
- U.S. Trailer
“Assassination Classroom” Season 1, Part 2 comes with a Blu-ray and DVD version of the series.
We have seen the students within Class 3-E grow. Grow as friends, grow as assassins, even seeing their own respect for their alien teacher. And each time they have tried to assassinate Koro-sensei, they would lose, thanks to Koro-sensei’s super speed.
But part of what makes Koro-sensei so quick and powerful is the use of his tentacles. And through failure, the class have grown adept in their ways of assassination.
In the second half of the season, we get to see the class work as a team in a baseball challenge, but also see them get a new pool. But the main storyline is the hiring of Akira Takaoka of the Ministry of Defense Special Task Department.
He has been hired to be in charge of the training for the students, while Mr. Karasuma looks for more assassins.
But for Karasuma, leaving the kids with Takaoka freaks him out because he remembers how Takaoka, as a trainer, used torture to get what he wants. Does he follow the chief’s order to let Takaoka teach the kids, or does he actually care for the kids and wants to protect them?
But now they must put their skills to use as classmates have been inflicted with a deadly virus and now they need to obtain the antidote from the person responsible.
Also, as students of Class 3-E were inflicted with a deadly virus, time is in the essence of getting an antidote to save them. So, a few of the students along with Koro-sensei, Ministory of Defense teacher Tadaomi Karasuma and Ms. Irina Jelavich must infiltrate Fukuma Denjo Hotel, where the person who was responsible is staying. But not only is he waiting for them, so are many high level assassins.
Can Class 3-E survive?
With this second part of the first season, the storyline is exciting as class 3-E finally get to use all what they learned and put it to practice, as they take on their greatest challenge yet! And while this is all happening, of course, class 3-E continues to find ways to assassinate Koro-sensei.
As for the Blu-ray release, animation is vibrant and colorful, voice acting for both Japanese and English soundtracks are well-done. You also get a good number of special features included, from two audio commentary, top 10 moments and more.
Overall, “Assassination Classroom” is an enjoyable, humorous and exciting action-packed anime series. And with the second part of season one, the series just gets better and better! I can’t wait for season two!
“Warcraft” is a visually mesmerizing film. While its plot may require a second viewing for better clarity, it’s a film that holds tremendous potential for its sequel. A promising first film adaptation of the popular Blizzard Entertainment videogame franchise, “Warcraft” is recommended!
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YEAR OF FILM: 2016
DURATION: 2 Hrs. and 3 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English Dolby Atmos, DVS Dolby Digital 2.0, Espanol, Francais Dolby Digital 5.1
COMPANY: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
RATED: PG-13 (Extended Sequences of Intense Fantasy Violence)
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Directed by Duncan Jones
Screenplay by Charles Leavitt, Duncan Jones
Produced by Stuart Fenegan, Alex Gartner, Jon Jashni, Charles Roven, Thomas Tull
Co-Producer: Nicholas S. Carpenter, Stuart Fenegan, Alex Gartner, Jon Jashni
Executive-Producer: Michael Morhaime, Brent O’Connor, Paul W. Sams, Jillian Share
Cinematography by Simon Duggan
Music by Ramin Djawadi
Edited by Paul Hirsch
Casting by Sandra-Ken Freeman, Lindsay Graham, Mary Vernieu
Production Design by Gavin Bocquet
Art Direction by Dan Hermansen, Helen Jarvis, Iain McCaig, Margot Ready, William Ladd Skinner, Grant Van Der Slagt
Costume Design by Mayes C. Rubeo
Travis Fimmel as Anduin Lothar
Paula Patton as Garona
Ben Foster as Medivh
Dominic Cooper as Llane Wrynn
Toby Kebbell as Durotan/Antonidas
Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar
Robert Kazingsky as Orgrim
Clancy Brown as Blackhand
Daniel Wu as Gul’dan
Ruth Negga as Lady Taria
Anna Galvin as Draka
Callum Rennie as Moroes
Burkely Duffield as Callan
Ryan Robbins as Karos
Dean Redman as Varis/Caged Frostwolf
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, an unlikely set of heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their families, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
Since 1994, the “Warcraft” franchise of video games, novels and other entertainment by Blizzard Entertainment has entertained millions of people all over the world.
And since the announcement of a “Warcraft” film a decade ago, there was always a question if a film would ever be made.
In 2016, “Warcraft” would be released in theaters. Directed by Duncan Jones (“Moon”, “Source Code”, “Whistle”), which he co-wrote with Charles Leavitt (“Blood Diamond”, “In the Heart of the Sea”, “K-PAX”).
The film would star Travis Filmmel (“Vikings”, “The Experiment”), Paula Patton (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”, “Deja Vu”, “Precious”), Ben Foster (“3:10 to Yuma”, “Lone Survivor”, “The Mechanic”), Dominic Cooper (“Captain America” films, “Need for Speed”, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer”), Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, “Rock n Rolla”, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”), Ben Schnetzer (“Pride”, “The book Thief”, “Goat”), Robert Kazinsky (“EastEnders”, “Pacific Rim”, “Hot Pursuit”), Clancy Brown (“Highlander”, “Starship Troopers”, “The Shawshank Redemption”), Daniel Wu (“Europa Report”, “One Night in Mongkok”, “Protege”), Ruth Negga (“World War Z”, “The Samaritan”, “Jimi: All is by My Side”), Anna Galvin (“Girl vs. Monster”, “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf”), Callum Rennie (“Born to Be Blue”, “Memento”, “Battlestar Galactica”), Burkely Duffield (“House of Anubis”, “Pathfinder”, “Rags”) and Ryan Robbins (“Sanctuary”, “Walking Tall”, “Apollo 18”).
While critics were not favorable to the film and domestic box office wasn’t great, the worldwide box office would be fantastic as the film budgeted at $160 million, would go on to earn $433.5 million, surpassing the 2010 film, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” as the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time.
And now “Warcraft” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
The film begins with Durotan (portrayed by Toby Kebell), the chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan, comforting his pregnant mate Draka (portrayed by Anna Galvin) looking forward to having a child. But for the time being, he and his tribe must find a new world, as Draenor, the homeworld of the Orcs is being torn apart by a green mysterious magical force known as fel magic.
Gul’dan (portrayed by Daniel Wu), the powerful orc warlock has united the orc clans to form the Horde and he would use the spirit energy of non-Orc’s (known as draenei) to create a portal that would lead to the world of Azeroth (human world).
Gul’dan sends out a group to venture into Azeroth to capture prisoners, so they can use them as draenei to power the portal and bring the rest of the Horde to go through the portal into Azeroth.
Meanwhile, a mage named Khadgar (portrayed by Ben Schnetzer) has noticed that deceased bodies have shown traces of fel magic. He tells the military commander, Andui Lothar (portrayed by Travis Fimmel) about what he has found and together, they inform Stormwind’s king, Llane Wrynn (portrayed by Dominic Cooper). Concerned, he has Anduin and Khadgar to consult with Medivh, the Guardian of Tirisfal in Karazhan.
When Anduin, Khadgar and Medivh join a scouting team to find traces of fel magic, they are ambushed by orcs. The human warriors are saved by the magic of Medivh, while Blackhand, Durotan and Orgrim flee and the soldiers capture a half-orc slave named Garona (portrayed by Paula Patton).
King Llane gives Garona her freedom, but to prove her loyalty to Stormwind, she must lead the humans to spy on an orc camp and they learn about Gul’dan’s plan to bring the Horde to Azeroth.
But when Durotan finds out that fel magic is responsible for the destruction of his homeland and with Gul’dan using fel magic in Azeroth, he fears that it would lead to the destruction of Azeroth, so Durotan and his Frostwolf Clan try to negotiate an alliance with the humans, to stop Gul’dan but are they enough to stop Gul’dan? And can human and orc’s trust each other?
“Warcraft” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio). As for the Blu-ray release, picture quality features great detail. The orcs simply look wonderful. The gorgeous created landscapes look awesome! Even the various animal characters feature great detail, especially when it comes to closeups and skintones look natural. Picture quality for the most part looks very awesome on Blu-ray with no signs of artifacts or banding issues.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Warcraft” is presented in English Dolby ATMOS, Dolby Digital 2.0, Espanol, Francais Dolby Digital 5.1. As one can expect, the film features a lot of action sequences and primarily a lot of fight scenes from the orc’s clanging or the pounding of their weapons, the screeching of the giant bird, the sound of the fel surging within the gate, to the galloping horses from a distance and many more action scenes that utilize the surround channels and LFE.
Subtitles are in English SDH, Espanol and Francais.
“Warcraft” comes with the following special features:
- Deleted/Extended Scenes – (13:57) Featuring 11 deleted/extended scenes.
- Gag Reel – (3:25) Featuring the gag reel for “Warcraft”.
- The World of Warcraft on Film – Featurettes exploring the origin of “Warcraft”, the talent, the visual effects, costumes, motion capture and stunts for the film.
- The Fandom of Warcraft – (6:29) A look at the fandom for “Warcraft” and BlizzCon.
- Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood Motion Comic – (53:43) Featuring the five chapters of the comic book of “Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood”. A motion comic featuring the comic book and voice acting.
- Warcraft: The Madame Tussauds Experience – (2:38) A few of the cast members talk about their Madame Tussaud experience of seeing the wax version of their character.
- ILM: Behind the Magic of Warcraft – (2:59) A short featurette of Industry Lights and Magics involvement for “Warcraft”.
- Warcraft Teaser – 2013 – (2:23) The 2013 teaser trailer for “Warcraft”.
“Warcraft” comes with a Blu-ray and DVD version of the film, an UltraViolet HD code and Blizzard Entertainment game codes.
For anyone who has been involved with PC gaming, Blizzard Entertainment’s “Warcraft” is a video game that has long since been part of gaming culture since the early ’90s.
While my foray into the game was more with the “Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos” PC game (and more so with their “Starcraft” game), I know of many friends (and even relationships ended) thanks to the popular and addicting game, “World of Warcraft”.
Needless to say, “Warcraft” has a large legion of fans and those fans have been awaiting the release of the “Warcraft” film since it was announced back in 2006.
And while it would have been awesome if the film was released in the mid-to-late 2000’s, when the video game was still at its peak, what benefits the film being released nearly a decade after its announcement is the fact it can utilize newer CG technology available and for that, the film looks fantastic in HD!
But there are positives and negatives about the film and for the most part I enjoyed the film.
Let’s first take a look at the positive aspects of the film. Filmmaker Duncan Jones and writers Jones, Charles Leavitt and Chris Metzen were careful and made sure to give fans what they wanted and incorporate various aspect of the video games into the film.
The film looks absolutely gorgeous with the detail of the orc’s, the overall costume design and production design were top notch and the visual effects, especially the creation of Azeroth really looks amazing.
And the storyline setting up the challenges between humans and orcs in the first film was well-done!
But the problem with “Warcraft” is that the film tries to feature too much within it’s two-hour time frame. Upon my first time viewing the film, I’ll be truthful, I was lost because there were so many characters that a lot of situations went over my head.
Watching the film again, this time on Blu-ray, to be truthful, a second viewing gave me more clarity and I think for those who watched it once and were a little confused, may find themselves enjoying the film the second time around.
But one will notice that there are number of deleted/extended scenes included on the Blu-ray, and some scenes I wish were not cut from the film. But for timing and pacing, similar to the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films, “Warcraft” is a film that would benefit from an extended version. People who are willing to watch the longer version of the film, especially “Warcraft” fans.
I’m not a “Warcraft” fans, but I really enjoyed the film, I just felt too much was being crammed in the first film, that I wouldn’t have minded if it had an extra 15-30 minutes of additional storyline to make things a bit more comprehensive.
I also hope there is a second film and while the domestic box office was unkind, the fact that “Warcraft” has an international following, that international following helped make this film profitable. And I do feel that this film will receive more attention for those who passed on the film at the theaters and are now more willing to watch the sequel if it’s ever released (hopefully not ten years from now).
As for the Blu-ray release, as mentioned, picture and lossless audio is magnificent and there are a good number of special features included. I absolutely love the inclusion of the “Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood” motion comic (although the voice acting was not the greatest).
Overall, “Warcraft” is a visually mesmerizing film. While its plot may require a second viewing for better clarity, it’s a film that holds tremendous potential for its sequel. A promising first film adaptation of the popular Blizzard Entertainment videogame franchise, “Warcraft” is recommended!