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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Mar. 12

Thor Diakow | posted Tuesday, Mar 12th, 2019

Hit the movie titles for trailer links.

March 12, 2019: Green Book, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Green Book

Academy Award nominee for his roles in Captain Fantastic and Eastern Promises, Viggo Mortensen, and Academy Award winner for Moonlight, Mahershala Ali, star in Green Book, a film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class, and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on The Green Book to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

For starters, this movie won three Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ali), Best Original Screenplay) so it should probably be seen for that reason alone! Say what you will about the film’s simplistic handling of complex themes, but Green Book is a highly engaging buddy comedy-drama with stellar performances and some strongly-edited narrative momentum. While it doesn’t cover a lot of new ground when it comes to racial examination in cinema, Green Book remains an admirable slice of history wrapped up in an entertaining and accessible little package.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•Virtuoso Performances– Go behind the scenes with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as they discuss their characters and the lengths they went to accurately portray them.
•An Unforgettable Friendship – Cast and filmmakers discuss the friendship between Don Shirley and Tony Lip.
•Going Beyond the Green Book – Filmmakers and cast discuss the significance of The Green Book.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

It’s definitely dense – crammed with exposition and complex character history – but the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts series is still full of wonder and whimsy plus marks a more mature approach to storytelling in the Wizarding World, as the original fans begin to grow up. The visual effects are exceptional and director David Yates (a Potter veteran behind the camera) once again brings his technical mastery to the forefront. While it may stumble a bit in the storytelling department, The Crimes of Grindelwald ultimately rewards the patience of franchise fans and leaves plenty of intrigue for what’s to come.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•J.K. Rowling: A World Revealed
•Wizards on Screen, Fans in Real Life
•Distinctly Dumbledore
•Unlocking Scene Secrets: The Return to Hogwarts
•Unlocking Scene Secrets: Newt’s Menagerie
•Unlocking Scene Secrets: Credence, Nagini and the Circus Arcanus
•Unlocking Scene Secrets: Paris and Place Cachée
•Unlocking Scene Secrets: Ministere des Affaires Magiques
•Unlocking Scene Secrets: Grindelwald’s Escape and the Ring of Fire
•Deleted Scenes

The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Rise up! In Nickelodeon’s newest animated series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Raph, Leo, Mikey and Donnie are becoming the heroes they are destined to be… But nothing can prepare them for what they face on – and below – the streets of NYC where they discover a hidden mystical world and wield brand-new, powered-up weapons. The Turtles face formidable foes, battle bizarre mutants, wrestle a heavyweight champ, and still make time for the best pizza in the city!

This is a snazzy new series for the TMNT lover in your life that is full of dynamic action, vibrant animation, great world-building, and crazy creatures. It’s a worthy reboot that brings some new flavour to the beloved property.

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