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WWE® STUDIOS AND SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS TO PARTNER ON THE MARINE 6: CLOSE QUARTERS

November 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Starring WWE Superstars The Miz® and Becky Lynch™, and
WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels®


Burbank, Calif. (November 22, 2017) – WWE Studios and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) today announced that the two studios will partner again to release the upcoming action film The Marine 6: Close Quarters, directed by James Nunn (The Marine 5: Battleground, Eliminators). The film will feature WWE Superstars The Miz and Becky Lynch, and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, and is set to begin production on Monday, November 27 in London.
When Jake Carter (The Miz) and fellow Marine Luke Trapper (Shawn Michaels) stumble upon a kidnapped girl being held prisoner by a dangerous gang of international criminals, they find themselves in the crosshairs as they try to save the girl and bring her kidnappers to justice.

The Marine series continues to deliver action-packed entertainment to our fans, and we are excited to partner again with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and director James Nunn to bring The Marine 6: Close Quarters to a global audience” said Michael Luisi, President of WWE Studios. “The motion picture debut of the talented Becky Lynch and the addition of Shawn Michaels to the series, alongside The Miz, is sure to bring the excitement and action to the next level.”

The film is written by Craig Walendziak.

ABOUT WWE STUDIOS
WWE Studios develops and produces feature films, as well as television and digital content. Its diverse slate is released theatrically, direct to home, and/or across digital platforms, and is co-produced & distributed through partnerships with premier global entertainment companies. WWE’s film division, led by President Michael Luisi, is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA.

Upcoming films from WWE Studios include Fighting With My Family, written and directed by Stephen Merchant and featuring Dwayne ‘The Rock®’ Johnson, Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Lena Headey and Nick Frost, and The Buddy Games, co-written and directed by Josh Duhamel who also stars alongside Dax Shepard, Kevin Dillon, Olivia Munn, Nick Swardson, Dan Bakkedahl, James Roday and WWE Superstar Sheamus®.

Films from WWE Studios include The Call with Halle Berry and WWE Superstar David Otunga®, Birth of The Dragon acquired at the Toronto Film Festival, the Sundance film Sleight starring Jacob Latimore, Dulé Hill and Seychelle Gabriel, Oculus directed by Mike Flanagan starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff, Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and WWE Superstar Wade Barrett®, Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart and featuring WWE Superstar Mark Henry®, Armed Response starring Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Dave Annable and WWE Superstar Seth Rollins®, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone starring Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels®; and animated films, Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania, Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Speed Demon, The Flintstones Stone Age Smackdown and The Jetsons & WWE:  Robo-WrestleMania.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES WORLDWIDE ACQUISITIONS
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group includes film labels Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Classics.  For additional information, visit http://www.sonypictures.com.

No Good Deed (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

January 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“No Good Deed” is a film that had the potential of being dark, sinister and creepy, but while I enjoyed the beginning and the ending of the film, everything inbetween was not as creepy or violent as one would expect.  Still a film worth checking out.

Images courtesy of © 2014 Screen Gems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: No Good Deed

FILM RELEASE: 2014

DURATION: 84 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 Aspect Ratio), English and Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English – Audio Descriptive Track, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish

COMPANY: Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: R (For Sequences of Violence, Menace, Terror and for Language)

Release Date: January 6, 2015


Directed by Sam Miller

Written by Aimee Lagos

Produced by Lee Clay, William Packer

Executive Producer: Idris Elba, Glenn S. Gainor, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Rob Hardy, Taraji P. Henson, Aimee Lagos, Lindsay Williams

Music by Paul Haslinger

Cinematography by Michael Barrett

Edited by Randy Bricker, Jim Page

Casting by George Pierre

Production Design by Chris Cornwell

Art Direction by Michael H. Ward

Set Decoration by Melinda Sanders

Costume Design by Keith G. Lewis


Starring:

Idris Elba as Colin

Taraji P. Henson as Terry

Leslie Bibb as Meg

Kate del Castillo as Alexis

Henry Simmons as Jeffrey

Mirage Moonschein as Ryan

Kenny Alfonso as Javier


McCall (Denzel Washington) has put his mysterious past behind him and is dedicated to living a new, quiet life. But when he meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.


What happens when one of the most wanted men escapes from prison and goes on a killing rampage?

From filmmaker Sam Miller (“The Bill”), writer Aimee Lagos (“96 Minutes”) and producer Will Packer (“Think Like a Man”, “Takers”, “Ride Along”) comes the American thriller “No Good Deed”.

The film stars Idris Elba (“Pacific Rim”, “Prometheus”, “Thor”), Taraji P. Henson (“The Karate Kid”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Person of Interest”) and Leslie Bibb (“Iron Man”, “Law Abiding Citizen”, “Iron Man 2”).

“No Good Deed” was #1 in the box office upon release and would become the third #1 film for producer Will Packer after “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man too”.  The film which was budgeted at $13.2 million would go on to make $53.8 million in the box office.

The film begins with the introduction to one of the most wanted men in America, Colin Evans (portrayed by Idris Elba).  Colin killed a man and is suspected of killing five women and he is now up for parole after serving a prison term for manslaughter.

After five years serving a prison term for manslaughter, he is denied for parole.  But while being transported to prison and winning the trust of the guards transporting him, Colin kills both men and escapes.

We are then introduced to Terri Granger (portrayed by Taraji P. Henson) who is raising her baby Sam and her young daughter Ryan.  She is planning an all girls night with her friend Meg (portrayed by Leslie Bibb).  Meanwhile, her husband Jeffrey (portrayed by Henry Simmons), acts cold towards her and is packing up to see his father.

Colin returns to Atlanta to visit his fiance Alexis (portrayed by Kate del Castillo).  But when he confronts her about being unfaithful and sleeping with another man, when she admits to it, he savagely kills her.

As Colin is angry and drives through the storm, he accidentally crashes his Ford Ranger and walks to Terri’s home.  Being the kind person that she is and Colin pretending that he is calling for someone to pick him up, she allows Colin to come inside.

But when Meg comes to visit Colin, he begins flirting with her and when they go out for a smoke break, he savagely murders Meg.  When Terri goes to find her friend, she can’t find her.  But she sees that the phone lines in the house have been cut and the kitchen knives are all missing.

Terri knows that Colin is not the man she thinks he is and she and her children are in deep trouble.  Will Terri and her children escape from Colin or will he kill her?


VIDEO:

“No Good Deed” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:40:1 aspect ratio) and mastered in 4K.  Picture quality is fantastic as details from closeups on the characters face or clothing are evident.  While skin tones look natural, black levels are nice and deep.

During my viewing of the film, I didn’t see any artifacts, banding issues, aliasing whatsoever.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“No Good Deed” is presented in English and Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English – Audio Description Track and French 5.1 Dolby Digital.  Dialogue and music is crystal clear, while certain scenes such as the action sequences can be heard through the surround channels.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“No Good Deed” comes with the following special features:

  • Making a Thriller – (12:21) Producer Will Packer, director Sam Miller and cast talk about working on “No Good Deed”.
  • The Thrill of a Good Fight – (6:10) The cast talk about working on the fight scenes in the film.
  • Good Samaritan – (4:28) Writer Aimee Lagos discusses the script and crew discuss what they wanted to accomplish with the film.

EXTRAS:

“No Good Deed” comes with an Ultraviolet code.


When I first watched the trailer for “No Good Deed”, I was curious about Idris Elba playing an antagonist role.

I suppose it was hard for me to see him as a murderer and escaped convict but having watched “No Good Deed”, Elba manages to play the role rather well.

With that being said, I felt the writing played the characters a bit too safe.

The character of Colin is supposed to be ruthless and we see that darkness very early in the film.

The problem is that it takes awhile for us to see evil Colin until later in the film as too much is spent on trying to establish Colin as this character that Terry can’t trust.  And unfortunately, that is the problem with the film, you don’t get creeped out that much because it’s too tame compared to similar other films that will infuriate or scare the crap out of you.

Of course, no one wants to see a mother and her little daughter especially a baby put into an unfortunate conundrum but the film lingers too much around Colin trying to win Terry’s trust and Terry trying to entertain him after she invites him to his home.

If Colin is to be the most wanted criminal and an evil antagonist, you can’t take any compromise in trying to make him out as nice.  The character is a killer and I just felt there was too much time spent in trying to make him as something different.

Taraji P. Henson does a good job of playing the mother of her two children and it’s great to see her in an action role and doing whatever is necessary to protect her children.

While the Blu-ray of “No Good Deed” will get high marks for its awesome picture quality and also its crystal clear lossless soundtrack, you also get a good number of special features included as well.

Overall, “No Good Deed” is a film that had the potential of being dark, sinister and creepy, but while I enjoyed the beginning and the ending of the film, everything inbetween was not as creepy or violent as one would expect.  Still a film worth checking out.

WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION TO OFFER TITLES FROM SONY PICTURES’ “SCREEN CLASSICS BY REQUEST”

April 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

150 Manufactured On Demand Titles from the Columbia Film Library to be featured at both WarnerArchive.com and Columbia-Classics.com


Burbank and Culver City, Calif., (April 13, 2011) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG). and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) today announced that Warner Archive Collection (WAC), Warner’s online on-demand distribution arm, will offer select catalog titles from SPHE’s “Screen Classics By Request.”  Beginning April 13, www.warnerarchive.com <http://www.warnerarchive.com/> will feature approximately 150 manufactured-on-demand titles from the Columbia Pictures film library.  Fan favorites among these films include Genghis Khan, A Song To Remember and A Study In Terror.

The joint announcement was made today by Warner Executive Thomas Gewecke, President, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and SPHE’s John Calkins, Executive Vice President, Global Digital and Commercial Innovation.

“Our companies share the excitement of offering fans access to even more previously unreleased, hard to find titles all in a single location,” said Gewecke. “This is yet another exciting opportunity for us to provide even more films to aficionados and collectors, who have voracious appetites for the classics, and who value them for entertainment, historical context and collectability.”

“Warners has long been a pioneer in the deep catalog business, and we’re thrilled to partner and extend the reach of our extensive catalog to consumers,” added Calkins.  “This is another step in the execution of our multi-platform distribution strategy to cultivate the market for the remarkable films in our vault.”

The Warner Archive Collection, established in March 2009, was the first online, manufacturing on-demand service to offer rare film and TV titles from their library, the world’s largest.  DVDs are created only after consumers order them via the web.  In a little more than two years, WAC has released nearly 1,000 previously unavailable films, short subjects, TV movies and mini-series.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s “Screen Classics by Request” program was announced last September with the introduction of 100 digitally remastered titles (never-before-released on DVD) spanning 75 years of movies from Columbia Pictures.

About Warner Bros. Digital Distribution
A Division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) oversees the electronic distribution of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group’s content through Video-On-Demand, Pay-Per-View, Electronic Sell-Through and Subscription Video-On-Demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels.  WBDD also distributes content through third party digital retailers and licensees. A worldwide industry leader since its inception, WBDD also manages the Studio’s E-commerce sites that include WBShop.com and WarnerArchive.com. Twitter: @WBDigitalDist


About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHEG oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHEG distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 140 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com <http://www.sonypictures.com/>

 

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