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Spider-Man: Homecoming (a J!-ENT 4K Ultra HD Disc Review)

October 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” may not be featuring the Spider-Man that I grew up reading but I will say that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was entertaining to the point that I watched it multiple times already because I really enjoyed watching the film.  The way I see it, if the “Spider-Man” trilogy or the next two films didn’t win you over, this movie may.  Wonderful story, loved the characters and this film was just a lot of fun and I highly recommend it!

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TITLE: Spider-Man: Homecoming

DATE OF FILM RELEASE: 2017

DURATION: 133 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 2160p 4K Ultra High Definition, 2:39:1 aspect ratio, English Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio,  French, Spanish, Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Description, SUBTITLES: English, English SDH, Arabic, Cantonese,  Chinese, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Korean, Malay, Spanish and Thai

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: PG-13

RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017


Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Directed by Jon Watts

Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers

Producer: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal

Executive Producer: Victoria Alonso, Avi Arad, Louis D’Esposito, Jeremy Latcham, Stan Lee, Matt Tolmach, Patricia Whitcher

Co-Producer:  Mitchell Bell, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor

Music by Michael Giacchino

Cinematography by Salvatore Totino

Edited by Debbie Berman, Dan Lebental

Casting by Sarah Finn

Production Design by Oliver Scholl

Set Decoration by Lauri Gaffin

Costume Design by Louise Frogley


Starring:

Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man

Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/Vulture

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man

Marisa Tomei as May Parker

Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts

Zendaya as Michelle

Donald Glover as Aaron Davis

Jacob Batalon as Ned

Laura Harrier as Liz

Tony Revolori as Flash

Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz/Shocker

Tyne Daly as Anne Marie Hoag

Garcelle Beauvais as Doris Toomes


A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.


It is well-known that there is friction between Marvel Studios (which is currently owned by Disney) and their Marvel’s deal with FOX which gave them ownership to the X-Men films (and formerly the “Fantastic Four” films) which prevents the interaction of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to co-exist.  But one big question that many have wondered is if one of the most iconic characters, Spider-Man, which the films are with Sony Pictures, would ever appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

And when it was announced that Sony Pictures, Marvel Studios and Disney would collaborate and allowed Spider-Man to be featured in a MCU film, not only was it unprecedented, fans applauded the studios of working together.

Spider-Man would be featured in “Captain America: Civil War” and now we have a new Spider-Man film which allows Tony Stark (Iron Man) and even Captain America to be featured in a Sony Pictures film, “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.

The film begins not long after the Battle of New York (as featured in the first “Avengers” film).  Adrian Toomes (portrayed by Michael Keaton) owns a salvage company and is contracted to clean up the city of the destroyed alien Chitauri technology that have littered the streets of New York.

As Adrian sees the financial possibilities of obtaining this technology, the Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.) and a partnership with Stark Industries and the U.S. government have come in to take over, upsetting Adrian because he hired a lot of helped and spent his own money for the operation.

Having lost the job, his men reveal that they still have some of the alien technology.

Fastforward eight years later (following the events that took place in “Captain America: Civil War”), Peter Parker went to help Tony Stark/Iron Man and when taken home, is told that if they need him, they will call. Meanwhile, Happy Hogan (portrayed by Jon Favreau) would be watching over him.

And while Peter lives a double life as an intelligent studying at the Midtown School of Science and Technology, he takes on thugs or helps people with issues around the city, growing bored and wanting to do something huge.  He lives with his Aunty May (portrayed by Marisa Tomei) and hangs out with his best friend Ned (portrayed by Jacob Batalon) and has a crush on Liz (portrayed by Laura Harrier).

Meanwhile, we see that Adrian Toomes and his men have utilized the technology to pull of major theft of alien technology and selling it to the highest bidder and becoming wealthy because of it.

One device made is a shocking device and the person utilizing the technology would be known as The Shocker, while Toomes has a vulture like apparatus that allows him to fly and use the machinery as a weapon.

One day, as Spider-Man is out patrolling, he discovers a group of thieves dressed up with Avengers masks trying to rob a bank near his home.  Spider-Man goes to stop them but is shocked that they have alien technology that can literally destroy buildings quickly and another that makes him utilizing magnetic technology.

When he goes back home and sneaks in, Peter is unaware that his friend Ned is in his room and now Ned knows his secret that Peter is Spider-Man.

And as Peter tries to keep his double life in check, he is wanting to know more about the people using the alien technology despite the warning he receives from Tony Stark that he must stay on the ground.  Will Peter’s pursuit of who is using the Chitauri put him in true danger, especially of the people who are close to him?


VIDEO:

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is presented in 4K Ultra High Definition ala 2160p 4K Ultra High Definition (2:39:1 aspect ratio).

The film looks absolutely magnificent in 4K Ultra HD and Spider-Man’s outfit is vibrant, colors and visual effects look magnificent and with each passing year, I can’t help but be in awe of how these MCU films look better and better.

Videophiles will no doubt be happy with this release.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: To watch 4K Ultra HD, you will need a 4K UHD TV with HDR and an Ultra HD Blu-ray Player + a high-speed HDMI (Category 2) Cable.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

Lossless audio quality is equally impressive. Presented in English Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French, Spanish, Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Description.

The lossless audio is no doubt immersive considering the amount of action featured in this film.   Each shockblast, each web shot by Spider-Man, hearing the Vulture’s steel wings in action to the many numerous situations that involve explosions and weaponry, these sound effects for this film is truly marvelous.  Similar to the picture quality, for audio, lossless audio for this film is magnificent!

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Korean, Malay, Spanish and Thai

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” comes with the following special features (on the Blu-ray Disc):

  • The Spide Study Guide – Watch the film with informative pop-ups and hidden references.
  • Gag Reel – (2:17) Bloopers from “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes – (16:17) Featuring ten deleted and extended scenes.
  • A Tangled Web – (6:12) Stan Lee and filmmakers discusses Spider-Man becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Searching for Spider-Man – (8:05) A featurette about Tom Holland and having him as Spider-Man.
  • Spidey Stunts – (5:48) A featurette about the stunts on “Spider-Man” and how when Tom Holland auditioned for the film, he was doing stunts and using his gymnastic/dance background in the film.
  • Aftermath – (4:48) A featurette about the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe and incorporating storyline elements (featured in the “Avengers” film) to Spider-Man.
  • The Vulture Takes Flight – (6:02) A featurette about creating the antagonist, the Vulture on film.
  • Jon Watts: Head of the Class – (5:30) A featurette about hiring Jon Watts as the director of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and how he takes the character somewhere that has never been done for character on film.
  • Pros and Cons of Spider-Man – (3:28) Tom Holland and Jacob Batalon discussing the pros and cons of Spider-Man.
  • Rappin with Cap – (2:26) Featuring all four Captain America school films.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailers

EXTRAS:

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” comes with a slipcover, both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray disc and an UltraViolet Digital HD code.


Growing up as a fan of “Spider-Man”, it has been interesting cinematic experiences.  From the Sam Raimi trilogy featuring actor Tobe Maguire in the 2000’s and the Marc Webb films starring Andrew Garfield in 2012 and 2014.  I was entertained by those films.

But with the Marvel Cinematic Universe establishing a well-oiled machine showcasing Marvel’s well-known characters interacting in each other’s films, one of the troubling situations was knowing that various superhero teams or superheroes featured from one studio, may not appear in the Disney/Marvel Studios films.

And when it was announced that Sony agreed to a collaboration for Spider-Man to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first with “Captain America: Civil War” and now with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and I see this as a win-win, for the studios but also the fans who have seen the MCU and how these characters and films tie together as a major plus.

But with numerous Spider-Man films, how would “Spider-Man: Homecoming” do compared to the other films?

For one, there is no rehash of how Spider-Man became a hero, no Uncle Ben, no jocks vs. geeks storyline.  No Mary Jane Watson.  No Gwen Stacy.  In fact, no one knew what to expect from filmmaker Jon Watts (known for indie films, “Cop Car” and “Creative Control”), especially as the film had numerous writers such as Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Watts along with Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.

And probably the unknown is what made this film so enjoyable for me.  We saw how Spider-Man was recruited by Tony Stark in “Captain America: Civil War”, but what happened after that film is what many wondered how “Spider-Man: Homecoming” would end up.

The film would kick off by creating a tie-in to the first “Avengers” film with showing how Adrian Toomes owning a salvage company, taking alien high-technology from the ravaged streets of New York and then being kicked to the curb by the government and Stark Industries.  But Toomes and company managed to keep some of that alien technology and eight years later, he and his crew would be able to create superpowered weaponry with the salvaged Chitauri technology and become an arms trafficker.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker who served with Iron Man and other Avengers would now be returned back home and would need to report to Happy Hogan, the former head of security of Stark Industries.  While wanting to be in major skirmishes like the Avengers, Peter Parker for now will be the neighborhood crime-fighting hero, even if it means walking elderly across the street or vandalism.

But meanwhile Peter is trying to balance school and uses his superhero front working with Stark Industries as a “student internship” and trying to enjoy his teenage life with his buddy Ned while enjoying the presence of his high school crush, Liz from afar.

But life changes for Peter when he discovers Toome and their crew trying to use Chitauri technology for crime and because of their deadly weapons, he was nearly killed until Tony Stark utilized one of his costumes to save Peter.  But Peter wanting to prove himself to Tony Stark pursues the criminals not realizing the full extent of the danger that awaits him but also how with great power comes great responsibility.

The major difference between this Peter Parker than other incarnations of Peter Parker is that this is a modern film.  The costume that Peter Parker wears utilizes technology from Stark Industries giving him a wide range of selections for combat and even has an assistant built in to the costume.  And part of the entertainment factor is seeing Parker learn what his costume is capable of.

Meanwhile, as for Peter, another key difference is that while he is often bullied by Flash, unlike the first trilogy and the comic books, Flash is not an athlete but a part of Peter’s decathlon team.  Modernized for today’s generation, I liked how the film portrayed Peter, Ned, Liz, Flash as smart, intelligent teens and showcasing geeks as “cool” unlike the past where the geeks were always tormented by the jocks.

The film mirrors today’s world society and one of the things that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done was to show diversity.  The film showcases a white teen who has a crush on an African American teen, her mother is married to a Caucasian man, the film features Peter Parker’s best friend Ned who happens to be a Filipino.

It may not mean a lot to some people but for those who have been wanting to see diversity, wanting to see situations that mirror real life and have wanted Hollywood to showcase diversity will definitely get that with “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.

The film looks absolutely fantastic on 4K Ultra HD and the lossless soundtrack is immersive and quite active thanks to the plethora of action sequences.  And you also get a numerous special features included as well.

Overall, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” may not be featuring the Spider-Man that I grew up reading but I will say that “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was entertaining to the point that I watched it multiple times already because I really enjoyed watching the film.  The way I see it, if the “Spider-Man” trilogy or the next two films didn’t win you over, this movie may.  Wonderful story, loved the characters and this film was just a lot of fun and I highly recommend it!

Hello, My Name is Doris (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

June 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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And while the film is certainly plausible, the film is made enjoyable thanks to the wonderful performance by Sally Field. A charming comedy, “Hello, My Name is Doris” is a film worth watching.

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TITLE: Hello, My Name is Doris

FILM RELEASE: 2015

DURATION: 90 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:86:1), English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: R (Language)

Release Date: June 14, 2016


Directed by Michael Showalter

Based on the short film “Doris & The Intern” by Laura Terruso

Screenplay by Laura Terruso, Michael Showalter

Produced by Kevin Mann, Riva Marker, Jordana Mollick, Daniela Taplin Lundberg

Co-Producer: Christopher Boyd, Anthony Brandonisio, Dominic Ottersbach

Executive-Producer: Mauricio Betancur, Michael Showalter

Co-Executive Producer: Tiana Idoni- Matthews, Alison Sanders

Associate Producer: Rebecca Cammarata, Valerie Contreras

Cinematography by Brian Burgoyne

Casting bySunday Boling, Meg Norman

Music by Brian H. Kim

Edited by Robert Nassau

Production Design by Melanie Jones

Art Direction by Catherine Devaney, Eva McCarney

Set Decoration by Karuna Karmarkar

Costume Design by Rebecca Gregg


Starring:

Sally Field as Doris

Max Greenfield as John

Tyne Daly as Roz

Stephen Root as Todd

Wendi McLendon-Covey as Cynthia

Peter Gallagher as Willy Williams

Natasha Lyonne as Sally

Beth Behrs as Brooklyn

Isabella Acres as Vivian

Elizabeth Reaser as Doctor Edwards

Kumail Nanjiani as Nasir

Rebecca Wisocky as Anne Patterson

Rich Sommer as Robert


After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, Doris (Sally Field) finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new coworker (Max Greenfield) and a self-help guru that inspires her to take a chance on love. Hello, My Name Is Doris is a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age story that will make you cheer and want to say, “I’m Possible!”


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Academy Award winning actress Sally Field has had a successful career which began with the 1965-1966 TV series “Gidget” and continued into the ’70s with “The Flying Nun” and “The Girl with Something Extra”, in the 2000’s with “ER” and “Brothers & Sisters”.

Field would show her diverse acting on the big screen with films such as “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993), “Forrest Gump” (1994), “The Amazing Spider-Man” films and “Lincoln”.

And now, she returns with another wonderful performance in the 2015 comedy “Hello, My Name is Doris”, which will be available on Blu-ray in June 2016.

Directed by Michael Showalter (“Wet Hot American Summer”, “The Baxter”) and co-written with Laura Terruso (which the film is based on Laura’s short film, “Doris & the Intern), the film would star Sally Field, Stephen Root (“No Country for Old Men”, “NewsRadio”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”, “Bridesmaids”, “Reno 911!”), Max Greenfield (“New Girl”, “Veronica Mars”, “The Big Short”), Tyne Daly (“Cagney & Lacy”, “Judging Amy”, “The Enforcer”), Peter Gallagher (“The OC”, “While You Were Sleeping”, “Mr. Deeds”), Elizabeth Reaser (“The Twilight Saga” films), Natasha Lyonne (“American Pie” films, “Kate & Leopold”), Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”, “American Pie Presents the Book of Love”) and many more.

The film focuses on the character of Doris (portrayed by Sally Field), a sixty-something woman who is an office worker and has taken care of her mother and a while taking care of her mother who has passed, has become a hoarder.

Trying to find a new purpose in life, her best friend Roz (portrayed by Tyne Daly) tries to get her out of the house.  And when Roz takes Doris to see a motivational speaker (portrayed by Peter Gallagher), about taking big risks and pursue new goals, Doris wants to get out of her comfort zone and try something new.

When John (portrayed by Max Greenfield) moves from Malibu to work in Manhattan and Doris’ company, needless to say, wanting to try a risk and pursue a new goal, she becomes attracted to John and fantasizes about him.  So, much that she has Roz’s young teenage daughter Vivian create a social media account for her and create a fake profile in order to learn more about John and try to enjoy the things that he enjoys.

Meanwhile, Doris’ brother Todd (portrayed by Stephen Root), his wife Cynthia (portrayed by Wendi McLendon-Covey) and Dr. Edwards (portrayed by Elizabeth Reader), try to intervene out of concern for Doris’ hoarding lifestyle and are trying to get her to rid of the junk she has in her home, so they can sell the house and for Doris to start anew.

Will Doris be able to turn her life around?  And will she be able to get closer to John?


VIDEO:

“Hello, My Name is Doris” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1 aspect ratio). The film looks vibrant in outdoor scenes and close ups are full of detail. I didn’t notice any problems with overall picture quality and for the most part, “Hello, My Name is Doris” looks very good in HD!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Hello, My Name is Doris” is presented in English and French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital.  While the film is primarily dialogue-driven, there are many scenes which involve a party and also going to the club.  So, the surround channels are utilized more for ambiance at these crowded locations.  And music is crystal clear!

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

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Hello, My Name is Doris” comes with the following special features:

  • Filmmaker Commentary – Featuring an audio commentary by director Michael Showalter.
  • Deleted Scenes and Alternate Opening – (25:05) Featuring 16 deleted scenes and an alternate opening.

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Actress Sally Field delivers a wonderful performance in the comedy “Hello, My Name is Doris”.

A film about a sixty-something single woman who gave up most of her life to take care of her mother and work and through that time of staying at home, accumulating many things and literally becoming a hoarder.

With the death of her mother, she now can live her life but the world has changed a lot.

But as she starts to embrace her new life, she becomes smitten with a young executive and even begins fantasizing about him.  Making her want to pursue a new goal, to become closer to him and eventually have a relationship with him.

Her best friend thinks she is crazy but for Doris, she wants a new chance at life.

Meanwhile her brother Todd and his wife Cynthia want to sell her house (which belonged to her mother) and most of all, to put an end to Doris’ hoarding ways.

But will Doris find a new lease on life?  And begin anew?

Directed by Michael Showalter and co-written by Laura Terruso and Showalter, “Hello, My Name is Doris” features a talented cast alongside Field such as Stephen Root, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Peter Gallagher, Natasha Lyonne, and Beth Behrs to name a few.

Max Greenfield has the task to play Doris’ love interest, John.  The character of John is for the most part a good guy, to the point where he doesn’t look at Doris as too old and invites her to watch a live concert with him.  And because she is short, carries Doris on his shoulders.  The two develop a friendship and Doris interprets John wanting to spend time with her as possibly inching closer to love.  But does he feel the same about her?

As for the film on Blu-ray, the picture quality is very good as close-ups feature a lot of detail, outdoor scenes are vibrant and lossless audio compliments the film’s dialogue and music.  There are numerous deleted scenes included and also an audio commentary by filmmaker Michael Showalter.

While “Hello, My Name is Doris” is made better by the performance by Sally Field, the film is charming but also a little predictable.

While I was not expecting something like Hal Ashby’s 1971 film “Harold and Maude” (about a young man having a romantic tryst with an older woman), it would have been interesting to test similar waters.

While I don’t want to spoil the film and whether or not Doris and John find love, the film has its share of deep moments as Doris’ friends question her change and not wanting to “act her age” and her brother and sister-in-law trying to get her to rid of her belongings (because Doris is a hoarder).

And while the film is certainly plausible, the film is made enjoyable thanks to the wonderful performance by Sally Field.

A charming comedy, “Hello, My Name is Doris” is a film worth watching.

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