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Wonder Woman dazzles on Blu-ray

by on Sep.17, 2017, under Movies, Video/DVD

Put simply, Wonder Woman is a spectacular movie. It is likely the best superhero movie DC and Warner Bros has yet put out. And now it heads to Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, Ultra 4K Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, September 19th! And the Blu-ray releases include a special bonus scene not seen in theaters!

Like any superhero action movie, Wonder Woman is laden with action scenes and visual effects, but they are done so well and don’t detract from the character story, which delves into the origin of Diana, Princess of Themyscira, who we all know as Wonder Woman, although it starts off where Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had left with Bruce Wayne wondering about where she came from in a photo taken 100 years earlier.

The visual effects were simply amazing. To me, extensive use of “bullet time” effects can get annoying, but their use here was not only not distracting but incredible. Combine that with some of the spectacular location shots, and it makes for a beautiful movie. There were only a couple of visual issues I picked up on, and only on viewing the Blu-ray…the early wide shot of the Amazon training felt composited where it seems like some of the fighters were overlaid on the scene. And the glowing of the lasso rope felt too cartoonish…a light glow only to enhance the color would have been better.

The cast was excellent as well.

Gal Gadot was awesome. Aside from her appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (which as a movie I didn’t care for), this was the first movie I actually saw her in. I think she was perfect in the part as a fish-out-of-water superhero, both fierce and beautiful simultaneously.

Chris Pine as Steve Trevor…Pine for some reason always makes me feel like he’s somehow going to charm his way out of every situation with his smile…and I still like him. His charm I think works for the spy character.

I especially liked their misfit team: Charlie (Ewen Brenmer), the drunken singing Scotsman sharpshooter who suffers from PTSD but gets dragged back in to the war for the mission to stop Ares; Sameer (Saïd Taghmaoui), the French Moroccan super-spy master of disguise; and Chief Napi (Eugene Brave Rock), the Blackfoot mystic tracker and smuggler who knows he won’t die in _this_ war. I believe all three might be original characters. Throw in Etta Candy (Lucy Davis), Trevor’s secretary, who I think might be my favorite secondary character in the movie. If they wanted to do a spinoff TV series, this group would be it…

The story was compelling, not dwelling on the origin too long to no get to the meat of the story but still providing it and her motivation to travel to the world of men. But in the process, it provided a female character could be beautiful and strong and not simply be an object or companion. And while being based on the character we are familiar with, it provides a completely fresh take on the character.

The climax is a bit of a shocker, and I can’t comment without it becoming a serious spoiler, but that’s the one thing I didn’t like about the story – not because it was bad for the story, but for what it did…

The extras on the home release complement the movie very well:

Crafting the Wonder – The obligatory making-of feature, but very interesting as it shows the attention to details during filming, down the to color of smoke and how it would look on film and interact with the costumes, and individualized imagery given to the Amazons.

A Director’s Vision – A five part look at 5 important and exciting moments with director Patty Jenkins.

  • Themyscira: The Hidden Island – creating the mysterious island of the Amazons
  • Beach Battle – filming the spectacular battle between the Amazons and invaders
  • A Photograph Through Time – The photograph that links two different eras
  • Diana in the Modern World – Diana enters the strange world of men
  • Wonder Woman at War – Filming of the incredible “No Man’s Land” battle scene

Warriors of Wonder Woman – The creation of the Amazons, and all the work transform them into the classic warrior women of mythology.

The Trinity – Exploration of the legend of Wonder Woman, in comparison to Superman and Batman.

The Wonder Behind the Camera – The women behind Wonder Woman discuss film making with a group of aspiring filmmakers while on set.

Finding the Wonder Woman Within – Poets and public figures discuss the importance and impact of Wonder Woman.

Extended Scenes – A few alternate scenes from the movie.

Blooper Reel – See why Chris Pine gave Gal Gadot the nickname “Giggles”!

And the exclusive special feature on the Blu-ray editions…
Epilogue: Etta’s Mission – Etta gets the team back together to take on new missions, including a search for a very powerful artifact that just might have an impact on the upcoming Justice League movie. Remember how I said that if they were to make a spinoff series, that was the team they’d do it with? Well, here is a start…

Wonder Woman will be the first modern DC Comics-based movie to join our disc shelf. Don’t forget to order yours today!

Let’s hope this gives the boost they need and continue the trend in Justice League and beyond.

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Wonder Woman co-writer Jason Fuchs to take on Robotech

by on Sep.12, 2017, under Movies, Television

Deadline reports that writer Jason Fuchs, who co-wrote Wonder Woman and also wrote Pan and Ice Age: Continental Drift, will take on the screenplay for Sony’s Robotech. Andy Muschietti (It) was attached as director in July.

The project is Sony’s attempt at a new franchise based on the 1985 anime series from Harmony Gold USA in partnership with Tatsunoko Production Company, and was actually three separate anime series (“Super Dimension Fortress Macross”, “Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross”, and “Genesis Climber MOSPEADA”), dubbed and edited to have a common plot line, showing three “generations” of characters. The common theme in the series is what is called “robotechnology” (a.k.a. “mecha”) – vehicles and spaceships which could transform into robots, which allowed the humans to take on aliens of immense size. It also spawned a number of direct-to-video movies.

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J.J. Abrams to direct and co-write Star Wars Episode IX, release delayed to December 2019

by on Sep.12, 2017, under Movies

With last week’s surprise announcement that Colin Trevorrow was ousted as director of Star Wars IX, speculation ran wild on who would take over…but that’s all put to rest now as it was announced today that J.J. Abrams himself will return to direct and co-write the script with Chris Terrio.

With the change in direction, the release has been pushed back to December 20th, 2019.

J.J. ushered a new era of Star Wars with The Force Awakens, directing and producing along with co-writing with Lawrence Kasdan. He handed the reins over to Rian Johnson for the upcoming The Last Jedi, and was considered the front runner to replace Trevorrow.

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Trevorrow out as Star Wars IX director

by on Sep.05, 2017, under Movies

News is spreading across the galaxy fast that directory Colin Trevorrow is out of Star Wars IX in a mutual parting.

In a release from Lucasfilm, the company stated “Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.”

Trevorrow, who ushered back the Jurassic Park franchise with Jurassic World, was announced as the director of the ninth saga film just over two years ago. Last month it was announced that Jack Thorne would take over writing duties from a draft Trevorrow and Derek Connolly worked on.

In June, Ron Howard took over the director’s chair for the Han Solo anthology film from co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller after the two were ousted, also over “creative differences”.

Star Wars IX is expected to release on May 24, 2019.

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Del Toro’s Fantastic Voyage remake likely pushed to at least 2020

by on Aug.29, 2017, under Movies

It appears that the Guillermo del Toro-led remake of 1966’s sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage is getting pushed back about a year, to allow time for del Toro to deal with the release of The Shape of Water, which is coming out December 8th in time for Oscar season.

Deadline reports that Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment are willing to push full development of the film until next Spring, to allow del Toro to be able to fully concentrate on the development before they start spending money on set production, etc. Given the original timeline was to start dull production in the Spring for a late 2019 release, but this would probably push filming until the Fall, and a release sometime in 2020.

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Thomas Meehan, writer of Annie and Spaceballs, 1929-2017

by on Aug.24, 2017, under Movies, Obituaries

Thomas Meehan, who wrote many various Broadway productions and book adaptations, passed away on Monday at the age of 88.

Meehan was best known as the writer of the musical Annie with songwriter Charles Strouse, was also a collaborator with Mel Brooks and helped to bring the latter’s 1967 movie The Producers to Broadway. He also worked on the book for Hairspray, making him the only person to have written three productions that each ran for more than 2,000 performances.

Another collaboration with Brooks resulted in the screenplay for Spaceballs, the standard for science fiction spoofs. He won three Tony Awards for Best Book from a Musical.

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Obi-Wan film in development for next Star Wars anthology film

by on Aug.17, 2017, under Movies

Rumor no more…Disney/Lucasfilm is developing an Obi-Wan-centric movie to be the third Anthology film in the Star Wars franchise.

And this is EARLY in development. There is no deal currently in place with anyone, but we understand that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader) is being eyed.

So now the next movie rumor can be put to rest, and now we can speculate on who will play him…

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Stuntwoman dies on set of Deadpool 2

by on Aug.14, 2017, under Movies

We have to report the sad news that a stuntwoman working on the set of Deadpool 2 unfortunately was killed during a motorcycle stunt this morning on location in Vancouver near near Jack Poole Plaza. The cause is under investigation.

According to witnesses, the stunt had been rehearsed a couple times, but on the last attempt the motorcycle appeared to accelerate instead of slowing down at the end of some ramps and went out of view, but she apparently jumped a curb and crashed into the plate glass windows of the Shaw Tower. Emergency responders arrived quickly and treated the woman but she died at the scene.

Ryan Reynolds tweeted, “Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool. We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated… but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”

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Wonder Woman arrives on Digital HD 8/29, Blu-Ray 9/19

by on Aug.11, 2017, under Movies, Video/DVD

The summer blockbuster hit for DC and Warner Bros. starring Gal Gadot arrives before the summer is out…and it will include a bonus scene not shown in theaters!

It will be available first on Digital HD on August 29th, followed by the Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray 3D and 4K Ultra HD discs on September 19th.

Additionally, all of the special features, including an all-new bonus scene, interviews with filmmakers, featurettes, and extended scenes, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When purchased digitally and redeemed on UltraViolet, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene, simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia, or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

See the trailer again below!

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Marvel and James Gunn release 70s music video starring David Hasselhoff for release of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

by on Aug.07, 2017, under Movies, Video/DVD

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 comes out on Digital HD tomorrow and Blu-ray on August 22nd, and to celebrate, they released a music video with a bunch of cameos…I have no more words to say… 🙂

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