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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Nov. 13

Thor Diakow | posted Wednesday, Nov 14th, 2018

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November 13, 2018: The Meg, Star Trek: Discovery – Season One, Scorpion: The Complete Series, A Legacy of Whining.

The Meg

SYNOPSIS: A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, former deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is drawn out of self-imposed exile by a visionary Chinese oceanographer, Dr. Zhang (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter, Suyin (Li Bingbing), who thinks she can rescue the crew on her own. But it will take their combined efforts to save the crew, and the ocean itself, from this seemingly unstoppable threat—a prehistoric 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. Thought to be extinct, the Meg turns out to be very much alive…and on the hunt. Five years before, Jonas had encountered this same terrifying creature, but no one had believed him. Now, teamed with Suyin, Jonas must confront his fears and risk his own life to return to the ocean depths…bringing him face-to-face once more with the apex predator of all time.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•Chomp On This: The Making Of The Meg
•Creating The Beast

Jason Statham does his best to crank up the charm in this B-movie schlock-fest but even his undeniable charisma can’t save the sinking mess that is The Meg. It does have some decent moments and a bit of fun, plus boasts a formidably diverse cast, but this creature feature ultimately lacks bite and contains only a few pulpy thrills.

Star Trek: Discovery – Season One

SYNOPSIS: Welcome to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Season One, an odyssey that unfolds a decade before the era of Star Trek: The Original Series. Sonequa Martin-Green stars as Michael Burnham, formerly one of Starfleets’s most respected first officers – and now its first mutineer. A human raised as a Vulcan, Burnham learned early that “all life is born from chaos.” Her defiance of a direct order resulted in an all-out war with the Klingon Empire, and she was sentenced to life in prison – until Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) recruits her aboard the U.S.S. Discovery. Joining her on this dramatic, epic journey are Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs), First Officer Saru (Doug Jones), Chief of Security Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif), Chief Engineer Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), and Cadet Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman). Together, their powers of logic, science and compassion will meld on their quest for victory, survival and ultimately, peace in the universe.

Star Trek is back on the small screen and boldly takes the franchise in thrilling new directions. Discovery brilliantly combines hard sci-fi tropes, compelling performances from a solid cast, striking production design, top-notch visual effects, and insightful themes that have helped consistently propel the Star Trek universe into pop culture for decades.

Scorpion: The Complete Series

SYNOPSIS: All 4 Seasons of SUPER SMART STUFF Take a group of misfit super-geniuses, one brainy kid, his beautiful mom, a super spy and you have Scorpion. Inspired by the true-life story of hacker Walter O’Brien, this brilliant, quirky team starring– Katherine McPhee (Paige), Elyes Gabel (Walter), Jadyn Wong (Happy), Eddie Kay Thomas (Toby), Robert Patrick (Cabe), and Ari Stidham (Sylvester) combine brainpower, street smarts, and clashing personalities to defend the world against global threats. Now all 94 unforgettable episodes, plus hours of must-see bonus features, are packed into this collectible box set.

Don’t miss your chance to own this charming mixed genre show that quickly became a favourite with fans of brainiacs on TV. Consistently engaging and full of intriguing episodes, Scorpion always maintained a likeably quirky cast and plenty of super sleuth twists.

A Legacy of Whining

SYNOPSIS: A Legacy of Whining not only throws gasoline on the familiar cinematic trope of male mid-life crisis but watches gleefully as it sits back and throws a lighted match onto the proceedings. Inspired by its love of early 1970’s American buddy films, this shaggy dog comedy (played out in one desperation-soaked dreamlike evening) tells the tale of two former high school friends, Mitch and Dunc, who reunite thirty years later in an attempt to resurrect the faded corpse of their “glory years” only to find, perhaps, that the past ain’t all it’s cracked up to be… “A Legacy of Whining” is really funny!” Starring Ross Munro (“Mitch”), Robert David Duncan (“Dunc”) and Angie Descalzi (“Esmeralda”). Written and Directed by Ross Munro. Produced by Maria Munro, Ross Munro, and Ron Heaps. Cinematography by Ron Heaps.

Get ready for one twisted reunion! This delightful indie features some hilarious performances and is full of verve. A Legacy of Whining should satisfy anyone looking for a nice little dark comedy.

Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Nov. 6

Thor Diakow | posted Thursday, Nov 8th, 2018

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November 6, 2018: Incredibles 2, Christoper Robin, BlacKkKlansman, Who Is America.

Incredibles 2

SYNOPSIS: In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

BONUS FEATURES:
Blu-ray & Digital:
•All-New “Auntie Edna” Mini-Movie – When Bob Parr visits super-suit designer Edna Mode looking for help with his high-energy toddler Jack-Jack, Edna pulls an all-nighter designing a suit to harness the baby’s seemingly limitless powers.
•10 Deleted Scenes With Introductions – Suburban Escape,  Kari Revisited, Return of the Supers, Chewed Out, Late Audition, Slow Day, Frozone and Honey, Restaurant Robbery, Fashion Show and Security Breakdown.
•Super Stuff – From buildings and vehicles to costumes and props, every action movie requires a lot of really cool stuff. Meet the makers and learn what it takes to design and build such a uniquely incredible world.
•Heroes & Villains – A collection of mini-docs about the backstory and major design ideas behind the “Incredibles 2” characters — featuring voice actors, director Brad Bird, and Pixar artists talking about the many elements that make these characters feel real.
•Ralph Eggleston: Production Designer – This short piece explores the many ways a single production designer has influenced the look, feel and character of the Pixar universe, culminating in “Incredibles 2.”
•Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird – Brad Bird’s passion for animation dates back to his childhood and mentorship under Disney’s Milt Kahl, and that enthusiasm and powerful insight emanates from every film he’s made. Take a deep dive into Brad’s early years at Disney Animation Studios and his time at Pixar.
•Paths to Pixar: Everyday Heroes – At its heart, “Incredibles 2” is about family dynamics and the challenges of being a working parent. Meet the parents of Pixar as they discuss their personal connections to the film and their experience with stretching to balance work and family.
•SuperBaby – A documentary/hip hop music video hybrid hosted by Frankie and Paige from Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark. This piece explores how Jack-Jack came to life onscreen — from design to special effects to animation — all set to a hot beat.
•Commentary – Get inside commentary from animators Alan Barillaro (supervising animator), Tony Fucile (supervising animator, story artist and character designer), Dave Mullins (supervising animator) and Bret Parker (animation second unit and crowds supervisor).
•Theatrical Short: “Bao” – An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.
•Making “Bao” – Director Domee Shi shares her secret recipe for making an animated short — discussing how her rich cultural heritage, unique relationship with her mom, and her love of food all informed the making of the food-fantasy “Bao.”
•Outtakes & Stories – Raccoon Fight Story, Evelyn Animation Outtakes, Puppet Animator Interview, Outtakes Goofy Arms Story and SuperBaby Music Video.
•Character Theme Songs, Vintage Toy Commercial TV Spots , Toolkit Montage and Global “Incredibles 2” Trailers

DVD:
•Theatrical Short: “Bao” & Commentary

After years in development, Incredibles 2 finally arrived this year and managed to recapture most of the magic that was laid down in 2004. The sequel’s plot does a commendable job of bringing many current social themes to the forefront and features loads of dazzling animation, action, comedy, and good old fashioned hijinks, including one hilarious raccoon sequence. Grab the Blu-ray as it’s LOADED with juicy bonus material.

Christopher Robin

SYNOPSIS: Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” the wondrous, live-action film in which Winnie the Pooh and friends venture into mid-century London to help grown-up Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), arrives. The fun-filled tale features A.A. Milne’s timeless characters from the Hundred Acre Wood — Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl — making their first appearance as three-dimensional characters who remind Christopher Robin, and viewers of all ages, to appreciate the simple pleasures in life.

BONUS FEATURES:
•In Which … A Movie Is Made for Pooh – Filmmakers and cast share their passion for this story in a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie.
•In Which … Pooh Finds His Voice – Discover what it’s like to voice Winne the Pooh, from voice actors Sterling Holloway to Jim Cummings.
•In Which … Pooh and Walt Become Friends – How did Walt Disney and Pooh meet? Take a journey through time to explore the legacy of Walt’s first encounter with Pooh.
•In Which … Pooh and Friends Come to Life – See how Winnie the Pooh and Friends were brought to life as walking and talking stuffed animals in this magical live-action world.
EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL BONUS FEATURE:
•In Which … We Were Very Young – Meet the actual, original teddy bear who, along with his best friends, has inspired so much love worldwide for almost a century.

Break out the tissues because this nostalgia-soaked trip down memory lane is sure to tug at the heartstrings of anyone who grew up loving Pooh and all his friends. Ewan McGregor does solid work in the lead and the story, which may not work for some purists, is a lovely updated tale that should give original fans all the feels while introducing a new generation to these beloved characters. Earnestly-made and lovingly-crafted, Christopher Robin has tons of heart.

BlacKkKlansman

SYNOPSIS: From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. In the early 1970s Ron Stallworth (Washington) becomes the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a difference, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. He recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Driver), into the undercover investigation. Together, they team up to take down the extremist organization aiming to garner mainstream appeal. BlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as relevant in today’s tumultuous world.

BONUS FEATURES ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND DIGITAL:
•A Spike Lee Joint – Producer Jordan Peele, cast and film subject Ron Stallworth discuss the unique experience of working with iconic director Spike Lee.
•BlacKkKlansman Extended Trailer Featuring Prince’s “Mary Don’t You Weep”

Spike Lee is back with one of his most incendiary films in decades. BlacKkKlansman weaves compelling performances – highlighted by Washington and Driver – razor-sharp wit, and timely themes. The brilliance of the film lies in its deft handling of comedy and dark subject matter as it examines a troubling time in U.S. society, that bears eerie parallels to the present day.

Who Is America

SYNOPSIS: Famous for creating some of the funniest movies the world has known, Baron Cohen returns to TV for the first time in 15 years. WHO IS AMERICA features incendiary characters so believably performed that they can exist in the real world and even convince some of America’s most notable political and pop culture figures. Hoodwinking high-profile names such as Bernie Sanders, O.J. Simpson, Corinne Olympios, Ted Koppel, Dick Cheney and more, Baron Cohen pulls back the curtain and provides a shocking look at the nation. Baron Cohen created 6 hilarious characters in the most biting satire of the Trump era: right-wing conspiracy theorist and citizen journalist Billy Wayne Ruddick, Jr., PhD; Dr. Nira Cain-N’Degeocello, a Democratic activist and far-left lecturer on gender studies; the British ex-convict and artist Rick Sherman; Erran Morad, an Israeli anti-terrorism expert with unconventional tactics against terrorists, immigrants and pedophiles; Italian billionaire playboy and fashion photographer Gio Monaldo; and OMGWhizzBoyOMG!, a Finnish YouTuber.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•Dick Cheney Extended Interview
•Megamosque Extended Cut
•Joe Arpaio Extended Interview
•Deleted Scenes

Get ready for the most cringeworthy television of the year! Who Is America is equal parts hilarious, shocking, and downright infuriating. Watch the master of disguise do what he does best while exposing the seedy underbelly of a fractured and divisive American political society.