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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Feb. 27

Thor Diakow | posted Tuesday, Feb 27th, 2018

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February 27, 2018: Thor: Ragnarok (March 6), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Murder on the Orient Express, Coco, Lady and the Tramp: Signature Collection, The Dark Crystal: 4K Ultra HD (March 6).

Thor: Ragnarok (March 6)


SYNOPSIS: Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” the God of Thunder’s third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, electrified both audiences and critics alike reaching over $845M at the global box office. Now the colorful cosmic adventure, loaded with action, humor, drama and spectacle, bursts into homes Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD, 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand.

The god of thunder gets a much-needed infusion of dazzling visuals and plenty of laughs in this third installment of the Thor series. Thanks mainly to New Zealand film director Taika Waititi’s trademark humour, along with a catchy, electronic-infused score from Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, Thor: Ragnarok proves there is still a lot of gas left in the tank of this Marvel franchise. Watch for scene-stealing from Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, and Cate Blanchett as the villainous Hella.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


SYNOPSIS: Award-winning actress Frances McDormand (Fargo) delivers a stunningly powerful performance in this darkly comic drama that has been hailed as one of the year’s best films. A murdered girl’s defiant mother (McDormand) boldly paints three local signs with a controversial message, igniting a furious battle with a volatile cop (Sam Rockwell) and the town’s revered chief of police (Woody Harrelson).

With under a week to go before the Academy Awards it looks like this savage dark comedy could be a lock for a Best Picture Oscar. A career-topping performance from Frances McDormand – and Sam Rockwell in a brilliantly stunning, complex role – mixed with writer-director Martin McDonagh’s acerbic examination of middle America, Three Billboards… was one of the finest films of 2017 and is equal parts poignant, heartbreaking, and hilarious. Don’t miss this one.

•Featurette: “Crucify ‘Em: The Making of Three Billboards”
•Six Shooter (Short Film)

Murder on the Orient Express


SYNOPSIS: Follow celebrated detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) as he works to solve the mystery of the murder that occurred on his train ride. The film will fully entrance you with its beautiful aesthetics and scenic shots. Murder on The Orient Express has a stacked cast – it stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, and Daisy Ridley.

While this throwback mystery boasts an impressive cast it ultimately fails to offer anything new to the genre. Branagh is certainly commanding in the lead role but his direction is pedestrian at best. The story meanders at a sometimes glacial pace and, while the costumes and production design are admirable, some of the visual effects needed a bit of polish. Despite a strong ensemble cast and several moments of intrigue, this twisting drama is sorely lacking in palpable thrills and may have been better served by a different director and stronger script.



SYNOPSIS: “Coco” —the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician’s extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors—won a 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Motion Picture. The critically acclaimed animated film celebrates the importance of family, honoring your ancestors and following your dreams, and includes extensive extras for the whole family.

Coco is a delight for the whole family and another impressive achievement from Disney/Pixar. It may prove a tad laborious (due to the runtime) for very small kids but will create an opportunity to chat with older children about the importance of family legacy and even how we handle the subject of death. It’s chock-full of gorgeous animation, catchy songs, will certainly tug at the heartstrings, and is a beautiful ode to rich, vibrant Mexican culture.

Lady and the Tramp: Signature Collection


SYNOPSIS: Experience the timeless tale three different ways along with all-new bonus features! We are proud to announce that this February, Disney’s cherished animated classic, “Lady and the Tramp,” joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. Every member of the family will treasure this timeless tale—loaded with three versions of the film, classic bonus material and three all-new features.

Here’s another one to add to your animated Disney collection. Some of the reference and dialogue may seem dated to young viewers but Lady and the Tramp is still heralded as a benchmark in animation, considering it was made way back in 1955. This new version features a breathtaking restoration and some very cool bonus features.

The Dark Crystal: 4K Ultra HD (March 6)


SYNOPSIS: In another time, The Dark Crystal was the Balance and Truth in the Universe, but was destroyed dividing the world into two factions: the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics.  Now as the convergence of the three suns approaches, the Crystal must be healed or darkness will reign forever.  It is up to Jen, the last of his race, to carry out the prophecy that a Gelfing will return the missing chard of crystal and destroy the Skeksis’ evil Empire.  But will Jen be up to the challenge of battling the unknown? Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz with producer Gary Kurtz (Stars Wars, The Empire Strikes Back), The Dark Crystal is a fantasy masterpiece weaving a timeless myth of Good and Evil.

Don’t miss your chance to own this groundbreaking fantasy with this ultimate collector’s edition packaging. Jim Henson’s masterpiece is still considered a major filmmaking feat and the 4K Ultra HD transfer is simply stunning. This is a must-have for fans of the movie and it also comes with an impressive array of special features that delve into the arduous and complicated production of the iconic film.

•ALL-NEW: The Myth, Magic and Henson Legacy: Go behind the scenes of this iconic film with stories from Lisa Henson and Toby Froud.
•Deleted Scenes
•Commentary with Brian Froud
•Picture-in-Picture Storyboard Track
•Original Skeksis Language Scenes with Introduction by Screenwriter David Odell
•The World of The Dark Crystal Documentary
•Reflections of The Dark Crystal: “Light on the Path of Creation” & “Shard of Illusion”
•Photo Galleries
•Theatrical Teaser & Trailer






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