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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Oct. 30

Thor Diakow | posted Tuesday, Oct 30th, 2018

Hit the movie titles for trailer links.

October 30, 2018: Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Teens Titans GO! to the Movies, The Darkest Minds, 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K Ultra HD, Seinfeld: The Complete Series Festivus Boxset.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

SYNOPSIS: Both a prequel and a sequel, the film tells two stories: present day as Sophie Sheridan (Seyfried) prepares for the grand reopening of her mother Donna’s (Streep) hotel and 1979 when young Donna (James) first arrives on the island. Sophie learns about her mother’s exciting, fun-filled adventures with the young Dynamos, Tanya (Jessica Keenan-Wynn) and Rosie (Alexa Davies), and how young Donna first met her three possible dads Harry (Hugh Skinner), Bill (Josh Dylan) and Sam (Jeremy Irvine) all those years ago.

BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM & DIGITAL:
•Deleted/Extended Songs and Scenes with Commentary by Director/Screenplay Writer Ol Parker
-Extended Song Performance – The Name Of The Game
-Extended Song Performance – Knowing Me, Knowing You
•Enhanced Sing-Alongs
• Cast Meets Cast
-Tanya Meets Tanya – Jessica Keenan Wynn interviews Christine Baranski about playing the sassiest Dynamo – Tanya.
-Rosie Meets Rosie – Alexa Davies interviews Julie Walters as the two actresses share their experiences playing Rosie.
• Cast Chats
-Dynamo Chit-Chat – A conversation between the three Young Dynamos reflecting on their favorite song, costumes, scenes to shoot, and funniest moments.
-Dad Chat – The young dads come together to share some of their favorite memories from set.
•High Jinks
•Sophie’s Story – Of all the characters, Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie has developed the most since the first movie. Here we will chart how Sophie has gone from a vulnerable young girl to a confident young woman following life-changing events.
• Choreographing MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN – Choreographer Anthony Van Laast and his team will reveal some of the secrets behind the highly original dance routines.
•Dancing Queen: Anatomy of a Scene – The most famous piano roll in musical history opens one of ABBA’S biggest hits, “Dancing Queen.” The number is the biggest and most complex sequence. Ol Parker will discuss where and how he wanted to use the song in the story.
•Performing for Legends – Here the Young Dynamos will discuss the daunting prospect of stepping into the recording booth at Air Studios to sing ABBA to ABBA.
•Class of ’79 – The story of the Young Dads and Dynamos is told against the backdrop of Oxford, Paris and the Greek Islands of 1979, when hairstyles were wackier and the fashions were bolder. This featurette will focus on the Young Dads and Dynamos and their experience bringing these characters to life.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL:
• Deleted Songs and Scenes with Commentary by Director/Screenplay Writer Ol Parker
-Deleted Song Performance – I Wonder
-Deleted Scene – Tahini
•Enhanced Sing-Alongs
•The Story – Producer Judy Craymer reveals how the MAMMA MIA! legacy began, evolved into the first feature film and how she teamed with executive producer/co-story writer Richard Curtis and director/screenplay writer Ol Parker to develop the perfect sequel.
•MAMMA MIA! Reunited – Focusing on the legacy performers and their excitement at reuniting a decade later, the filmmakers discuss the paths they’ve paved for the characters since we last saw them.
•Playing Donna – This piece centers on Meryl Streep’s cameo performance and Lily James’ preparation for filling this iconic role.
•Meeting Cher – The Queen of pop reveals her excitement at joining the MAMMA MIA! family as Ruby Sheridan – Sophie’s glamorous grandmother. Fellow cast members will share their delight at meeting and watching a legend on set.
•Costumes and The Dynamos – The Young Dynamos have some pretty cool costumes in MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN, and of course so does Cher. And who could forget those trademark dungarees? We will join costume designer Michelle Clapton as she highlights some of her favorite outfits from the movie.
•Curtain Call – Who can forget the finale to MAMMA MIA! when the cast danced onto cinema screens in full spandex for one final number? Ol Parker has chosen “Super Trouper” to close his movie and it features all 16 key cast members.
•NBC’s TODAY Show Interview with Cher & Judy Craymer
•Feature Commentary with Director/Screenplay Writer Ol Parker
•Feature Commentary with Producer Judy Craymer

The gang’s all back…well almost all of the them. Despite the notable lack of Meryl Streep (until the rousing finish), this follow-up to the global smash (ten years ago!) is a total blast from start to finish. Jam-packed with more epic singing and dancing, a more fleshed out (and sometimes rather poignant) story, and a sensational performance from Lily James make this one exuberant crowd-pleaser. Plus the Blu-ray is loaded with delightful extra goodies!

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

It seems like all the superheroes are getting their own movies – everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! Determined to be a star, Robin vows to change this. If only they could get Hollywood director Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) to notice them! With a few madcap ideas and musical numbers (of course), the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town. But when Supervillain Slade (Will Arnett) messes with their plans, the Teen Titans will have to become true superheroes to save the world!

BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

“Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
•Lil Yachty Music Video: “Teen Titans GO! Rap”
•Sing-a-long with Silkie “DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby” Mini-Movie
•Red Carpet Mayhem
•Teen Titans GO! To the Movies: WB Lot Shenanigans
•“Everything is Fake”: Exclusive song not in the movie
•“Teen Titans GO!: Translated”
•Storyboard Animatics:
“Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
•Storyboard Animatics: Time Cycles
•The Final Battle

The Teen Titans finally get their own movie and it’s a total winner! This one works as a straight animated flick for the kids, which should also satisfy adults, and makes for a genuinely hilarious superhero parody. Bursting with verve, dazzling animation, exciting action, and loaded with zingers, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is definitely one to add to your collection.

The Darkest Minds

SYNOPSIS: From producers of Stranger Things comes an empowering tale of teens who mysteriously develop new abilities and are declared a threat by the government. Ruby (Amandla Stenberg), one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon, this newfound family realizes that collective power is needed to take back control of their fate and save future generations.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•Remember – A Look Beyond Ruby and Liam’s Last Kiss (Original Animatic by Jennifer Yuh Nelson)
•Deleted Scene
•Gag Reel
•Jennifer Yuh Nelson: Heroine at the Helm
•Character Profiles
•Storyboard to Screen Comparison
•Feature Commentary by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen
•The Power of Georgia
•Behind the Scenes in Georgia
•Gallery
•Theatrical Trailer

While well-intentioned and boasting a solid central performance from Amandla Stenberg, The Darkest Minds amounts to little more than a familiar ride through many tropes and themes we’ve seen executed more effectively in previous dystopian young adult franchises.

2001: A Space Odyssey 4K Ultra HD

SYNOPSIS: Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.

4K UHD AND BLU-RAY ELEMENTS:
•4K UHD Blu-ray™ with Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
•Remastered Blu-ray™ with Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
•The Making of a Myth
•Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001
•Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001
•2001: A Space Odyssey – A Look Behind the Future
•What Is Out There?
•2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork
•Look: Stanley Kubrick!
•11/27/66 Interview with Stanley Kubrick [Audio Only]
•Original Theatrical Trailer
•Premium Booklet
•Art Cards

One of the greatest movies of all time gets an extreme makeover. Despite being made in 1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey continues to be the gold standard when it comes to bold science-fiction and remains one of Stanley Kubrick’s finest, and most spellbinding, films. What are you waiting for? Just buy it!

Seinfeld: The Complete Series Festivus Boxset

SYNOPSIS: Widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms ever made, Seinfeld follows four single friends living in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in New York City. The show features a handful of Jerry’s friends and acquaintances, including best friend George Costanza (Jason Alexander), friend and former girlfriend Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and neighbour across the hall Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) who all deal with the absurdities of everyday life in New York City. Includes all 180 episodes in the 33-disc set, all the features above, as well as items to throw your very own “FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US’ party! Includes a set of 8 invitations and RSVPS, cups/napkins, a mini Festivus pole replica, 4 thumb wrestlers for a “Feats of Strength” physical challenge and a deck of playing cards for a “Feats of Strength” mental challenge.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•Documentaries For All Nine Seasons
•Inside Looks
•Not That There’s Anything Wrong With That (Bloopers)
•In the Vault (Deleted Scenes)
•Yada Yada Yada (Commentaries)
•“SEIN-IMATION”
•Notes About Nothing
•Bonus disc featuring the exciting reunion of the entire cast plus Larry David on the ninth anniversary of the season finale.

The ultimate collection for any Seinfeld fan, just in time for the holidays!

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