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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: March 27

Thor Diakow | posted Monday, Mar 26th, 2018

Hit the movie titles for trailer links.

March 27, 2018: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Downsizing.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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SYNOPSIS: Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi—the next action-packed chapter of the Star Wars saga— Earned critical acclaim and the No. 1 spot atop 2017’s list of highest-grossing films. The visually stunning film welcomes the return of original characters, including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Yoda, R2-D2 and C-3PO and further explores the deepening journey of the saga’s new members, Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren. This release also marks Disney’s first title available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in both Dolby Vision™ HDR and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio, delivering consumers a transformative viewing experience.

Arguably the most controversial – and polarizing – Star Wars film yet, The Last Jedi certainly bears re-examining no matter what you thought the first time you saw it. Writer-director Rian Johnson made some bold decisions when it came to the characters and overall direction of the saga but that is perhaps what makes Episode VIII so special. Thrilling, bold, daring, exciting, and sometimes downright weird, The Last Jedi leaves many unanswered questions and it may work better, nestled in the middle, once this new trilogy is complete. The deleted scenes (14 of them!) and making-of material alone make this Blu-ray a must-have for any Star Wars fan.

Special Features:
Director Rian Johnson takes fans on an intimate journey into the creation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a feature-length documentary, explaining his unique interpretation of the Force, detailing the painstaking process of creating Snoke, and deconstructing action-packed scenes from the film such as the epic space battle and the final confrontation. Johnson also reveals two exclusive scenes, featuring Andy Serkis as Snoke prior to his digital makeover, as well as 14 never-before-seen deleted scenes, in addition to his audio commentary.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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SYNOPSIS: When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of–Jumanji–they are immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) “the top two feet of his body” and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji–you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves–or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.

Many (myself included) rolled their eyes at the prospect of another Jumanji movie but most of us were pleasantly surprised with this rollicking adventure. Welcome to the Jungle does a commendable job of bringing the 90s action-comedy into the modern moviemaking era. It may be silly and frantic at times but the flick also moves at a decent pace, features hilarious performances from a great cast, and is consistently funny. It also works as a fitting tribute to the 1995 original starring the late, great Robin Williams.

Blu-ray Special Features:
-Gag Reel
-“Jumanji, Jumanji” Music Video by Jack Black and Nick Jonas
-Five Featurettes:
-“Journey Through The Jungle: The Making of Jumanji”
-“Meet the Players: A Heroic Cast”
-“Attack of the Rhinos!”
-“Surviving the Jungle: Spectacular Stunts!”
-“Book to Board Game to Big Screen & Beyond! Celebrating The Legacy of Jumanji”

DVD Special Features:
-Gag Reel
-“Jumanji, Jumanji” Music Video by Jack Black and Nick Jonas
-Three Featurettes:
-“Journey Through The Jungle: The Making of Jumanji”
-“Meet the Players: A Heroic Cast”
-“Attack of the Rhinos!”

4K Ultra HD Special Features:
-Feature film presented with Dolby Vision high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound
-Also includes the film and special features on the included high-def Blu-ray

Downsizing

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SYNOPSIS: When scientists find a way to shrink humans to five inches tall, Paul Safranek (Academy Award winner** Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to ditch their stressed out lives in order to get small and live large in a luxurious downsized community. Filled with life-changing adventures and endless possibilities, Leisureland offers more than riches, as Paul discovers a whole new world and realizes that we are meant for something bigger. “Brilliant and daring” (Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV) and “full of surprises” (Noah Gittell, Nerdist), DOWNSIZING also stars Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz*** and Hong Chau in a breakthrough performance that earned her Golden Globe® and SAG nominations.

This satirical sci-fi drama boasts some fine acting from a great cast but it’s high concept premise can’t quite sustain the entire film. The first half of Downsizing is utterly fascinating, mixed with compelling ideas and striking visual effects. However, as the story progresses it succumbs, in the plot department, to the typical genre clichés. Still, Alexander Payne’s skilled direction and the plot’s intriguing premise keep it afloat just enough to make it worth a watch.

Special Features:
The DOWNSIZING 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include nearly an hour of fascinating bonus content with six behind-the-scenes featurettes. Join the incredible cast including Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, plus Academy Award-winning director Alexander Payne to see how his unique vision was brought to life. Take a journey on set and check out the production design and visual effects behind the miniaturized world of Leisureland, and much more!

·Feature film in high definition
·Bonus Content:
-working with Alexander
-the cast
-a visual journey
-a matter of perspective
-that smile
-a global concern

 

 

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