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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Oct. 16

Thor Diakow | posted Wednesday, Oct 17th, 2018

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October 16, 2018: Ant-Man and The Wasp, Skyscraper, Boundaries, The Affair: Season Four.

Ant-Man and The Wasp

SYNOPSIS: In “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices, as both the Super Hero Ant-Man and a father, in the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War.” As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission to rescue Janet van Dyne from the Quantum Realm. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp, all while attempting to serve house arrest, assist fast talking-Luis (Michael Peña) and the X-con Security crew, and thwart the efforts of a new adversary called Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and her ally Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne).

BONUS MATERIAL:
Blu-ray & Digital:
•Director’s Intro by Peyton Reed – The talented creator behind some of Marvel Studios’ funniest and most charming films will invite home audiences deeper into the world of “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”
•Making-of Featurettes:
-Back in the Ant Suit: Scott Lang – Hero and all-star dad Scott Lang keeps the laughs coming for the audience, cast and crew.
-A Suit of Her Own: The Wasp – Highly trained Hope Van Dyne is now the Wasp. See how some of her craziest stunts and action-packed scenes were brought to life.
-Subatomic Super Heroes: Hank & Janet – Hank Pym’s wife Janet was lost in the quantum realm. Trace the legacy of these characters and the iconic actors who portray them.
-Quantum Perspective: The VFX and Production Design of “Ant-Man and The Wasp” – Explore the movie’s visual effects and production design from a whole new viewpoint, in which every micro and macro detail counts.
•Gag Reel and Outtakes – Audiences are treated to the hilarious quips that did not make the film as well as exclusive outtakes from Stan Lee and Tim Heidecker.
-Gag Reel – Join in the fun with these outtakes from the set.
-Stan Lee Outtakes – Stan Lee tries out a series of hilarious one-liners for the scene in which his car shrinks.
-Tim Heidecker Outtakes – Check out Whale Boat Captain Daniel Goobler and his improvised whale-watching riffs.
•Deleted Scenes (with commentary by Director Peyton Reed)
-Worlds Upon Worlds – As Janet leads Hank through the surreal landscape of the quantum realm, they encounter an intelligent life form.
-Sonny’s on the Trail – On the hunt for Hank Pym and his lab, Sonny Burch and his henchmen check the security camera of a neighborhood bookstore.
Digital Exclusives:
•10 Years of Marvel Studios: The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – See what it takes to bring the MCU to life, and the role concept artists play in bringing Super Heroes from comic book to screen.
•Online Close-Up Magic University – This commercial will inspire you to expand your mind and maximize your full potential!

Ant-Man is back for a breezy follow-up that stands alone as a nice episodic entry sequel and takes full advantage of Evangeline Lily’s tremendous talents. The movie’s villain is a bit undercooked and it sticks pretty close to the comic book movie playbook. However, this rousing (and fun) flick coasts on the charms of Rudd, features more dazzling action – with plenty of eye-popping CGI – plus contains a few surprises. And those closing credits scenes? Yikes.

Skyscraper

SYNOPSIS: Fueled with adrenaline and high impact verticality, Skyscraper is led by superstar Dwayne Johnson who plays former FBI Hostage Team leader, U.S. war veteran and amputee Will Sawyer. While on assignment in Hong Kong as an assessor for security in skyscrapers, he comes to find the tallest and safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he has been framed for it. Wanted and on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and save his family who is trapped inside the building… above the fire line.

BONUS FEATURES:
-Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Rawson Marshall Thurber–Go behind the scenes with Dwayne Johnson and the rest of  the cast of  Skyscraper.
-Extended Scenes with Commentary by Director Rawson Marshall Thurber
-Dwayne Johnson: Embodying a Hero–Go behind the scenes to see what it took for Dwayne Johnson to bring the intense character of  Will Sawyer to life.
-Inspiration–Meet real life amputee and motivational speaker Jeff  Glasbrenner, the inspiration for Dwayne Johnson’s role of  Will Sawyer. See how Jeff’s consultations helped inform Dwayne’s character from day one.
-Opposing Forces–There’s no holding back as the women of  Skyscraperget in on the action. Now, see first-hand what it took for Neve Campbell and Hannah Quinlivan to be fight ready.•
-Friends No More–When Dwayne Johnson and Pablo Schreiber met face to face, they immediately knew what they were up against. Witness first-handthe making of  the intense apartment fight between two former on-screen friends, Will and Ben.•
-Kids in Action–In Skyscrapereveryone gets in on the action, even the Sawyer children. Go on set with Noah Cottrell and McKenna Roberts to discover the moves behind their stunts.
-Pineapple Pitch–Hear first-handfrom Dwayne Johnson how writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber pitched him the idea of  Skyscraper. It may be a little fruitier than you think.
-Feature Commentary by Director Rawson Marshall Thurber

Dwayne does his best here but Skyscraper is ultimately a missed opportunity that too closely resembles its far superior predecessor, Die Hard. Sure, it has some decent superficial action, several funny moments, and utilizes Neve Campbell as an action star rather well. However, interesting elements can’t quite hold this flick together, as it eventually gets bogged down by clunky writing, generic villains, and a lot of CG flames.

Boundaries

SYNOPSIS: Laura (Vera Farmiga) is a single mother living in Seattle, who has a constant need to put others and animals before her. When her estranged, criminally-minded father Jack (Christopher Plummer) is kicked out of his retirement home, Laura agrees to drive him down the coast to live with her sister JoJo (Kristen Schaal) in Los Angeles. Along for the ride is her bright but troubled son Henry (Lewis MacDougall), and an assortment of animal charity cases. Without telling Laura, Jack convinces Henry to help him sell off his copious supply of marijuana at every stop of their journey, resulting in unexpected reunions with old friends and family.

BONUS MATERIALS
•“Setting Boundaries: A Look Behind The Scenes”

Though the writing may be a little messy, Boundaries benefits from a great cast, including a pair of excellent performances from the legendary Christopher Plummer and the always reliable Vera Farmiga. Its clichéd at times but this comedy-drama is beautifully shot and features some stirring acting despite a hodgepodge of themes.

The Affair: Season Four

SYNOPSIS: Long past the secrets that brought them together and tore their lives apart, Noah, Alison, Helen and Cole are on separate journeys with the promise of new relationships and a fresh start. But as the past continues to surface, they question what they’re holding on to as their lives keep crashing back into one another.

Get caught up on the penultimate season of The Affair before it concludes next year. This taut and timely drama continues to be a fascinating character study and an impressive showcase for a formidable cast. While not quite as ‘sexy’ as previous years, the fourth feels somewhat more grounded and less soapy than the sometimes meandering third season. Fans and followers of the hit show should enjoy the palpable twists and turns once again.

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