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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Apr. 2

Thor Diakow | posted Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 2019

Hit the movie titles for trailer links.

April 2, 2019: Bumblebee, The Mule, Archer: Danger Island.

Bumblebee

SYNOPSIS: CYBERTRON has fallen. When OPTIMUS PRIME sends BUMBLEBEE to defend Earth, his journey to become a hero begins. Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a teenager trying to find her place in the world, discovers and repairs the battle-scarred robot, who’s disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. As the DECEPTICONS hunt down the surviving AUTOBOTS with the help of a secret agency led by Agent Burns (John Cena), BUMBLEBEE and Charlie team up to protect the world.

This is, hands down, the best Transformers movie yet, and I know the bar is pretty low these days. I could honestly watch the opening sequence on a continuous loop for a million years. Bumblebee wisely dispenses with the clanking, clattering cacophony of mayhem, that has plagued recent outings, in favour of a simpler story that brings some genuine emotion and ’80s nostalgia back to the franchise. The effects and action are dazzling as always but it’s Hailee Steinfeld (who rose to fame in 2010’s True Grit) who truly anchors the movie and makes us believe in the power of robo-friendship!

BONUS FEATURES:
·Sector 7 Archive
-Agent Burns: Welcome to Sector 7
-Sector 7 Adventures: The Battle at Half Dome (All-New Motion Comic)
·Deleted and Extended Scenes
·Outtakes
·Bee Vision: The Transformers robots of Cybertron
·Bringing Bumblebee to the Big Screen
-The Story of Bumblebee
-The Stars Align
-Bumblebee Goes Back to G1
-Back to the Beetle
-California Cruisin’ Down Memory Lane

The Mule

SYNOPSIS: Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood) is a man in his 80s who is broke, alone and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for the cartel. He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper). And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.

While the pacing is stilted at times and the writing occasionally clunky, The Mule does provide another admirable showcase for the 88-year-old Eastwood as a seasoned director and actor. Despite an inconsistent tone, the film features a solid cast, a few surprises, and still highlights the craft that the veteran Eastwood brings to his lengthy body of work.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Blu-ray Combo
•Nobody Runs Forever: The Making of The Mule
•Toby Keith “Don’t Let the Old Man In” Music Video
DVD
•Nobody Runs Forever: The Making of The Mule

Archer: Danger Island

SYNOPSIS: Get ready for a change of scenery with the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939. While the rest of the world is concerned about the impending Second World War, Archer is only concerned with who’s buying his next drink. Along with his trusty co-pilot Pam, Archer must navigate quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, poison darts, pirates, and did we mention quicksand? Enter the mysterious and deadly world of Archer: Danger Island when all 8 episodes from Season 9.

The gang’s all back and the tropical location lends itself to some pretty damn hilarious scenarios. Archer fans should delight in the madcap escapades of the ninth season as the team deals with another set of laugh-out-loud predicaments, missions, and villains.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•Inside look: Making Archer
•Crackers’ Costumed Playings