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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Feb. 4

Thor Diakow | posted Tuesday, Feb 4th, 2020

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February 4, 2020: Last Christmas, Doctor Sleep, The Good Liar, Playing with Fire.

Last Christmas

SYNOPSIS: From director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson (Bridget Jones’s Baby) comes a heartfelt romantic comedy inspired by the unforgettable music of George Michael. Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) stars as Kate, who works as an elf at a year-round holiday shop. Kate faces an endless streak of bad luck and poor decision-making until she meets Tom (Henry Golding, Crazy Rich Asians), a kind-hearted man with a mysterious past who challenges her cynical world view. It seems like nothing can keep this mismatched couple together, but sometimes you gotta listen to your heart… and you gotta have faith.

Bridesmaids and A Simple Favor director Paul Feig returns for this delightfully charming rom-com with a holiday twist. Despite a somewhat formulaic plot, some strong performances, genuine chemistry, snappy writing, and a likeable cast make this romp a worthy addition to your romance collection.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Alternate Ending
Blooper Reel
Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
Alternate Opening
“Last Christmas” – Full Performance
-Director in Vision
-It’s All So Cold
-Try Not To Laugh
-A Legacy Revealed
-Pure Golding
-Emilia Recording Session
-Love Letter to London
-Santa and Her Elf
-Paul Feig Takes Over the Tram
-12 Days of Production
Feature Commentary with Director Paul Feig
Feature Commentary with Director Paul Feig and Producer/Co-Writer Emma Thompson

Doctor Sleep

SYNOPSIS: Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.” Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.

While it could never fully live up to Stanley Kubrick’s original horror classic, The Shining sequel contains plenty of well-earned scares, disturbing themes, a thoroughly engrossing Ewan McGregor performance, and another great role for the ever-versatile Rebecca Ferguson. Be warned though, like most of Stephen King’s adapted material, this one is not for younger viewers. If you feel like some things are missing from the film check out the director’s cut, which contains nearly 30 minutes of extra material.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•Return to the Overlook
•The Making of Doctor Sleep: A New Vision
•From Shining to Sleep

The Good Liar

SYNOPSIS: Consummate con man Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And Roy means to take it all. From their very first meeting, Roy begins plying Betty with his tried and true manipulations, and Betty, who seems quite taken with him, is soon going along for the ride. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes—revealing more insidious deceptions that will take them both through a minefield of danger, intrigue and betrayal.

The Good Liar boasts a formidable cast, with two sensational leads, and offers a decent little mystery. While it may be short on overall thrills, this genre flick utilizes its main stars well and provides enough of an intriguing escape.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•A Perfect Match: Inside the Good Liar
•Over 12 minutes of deleted scenes

Playing with Fire

SYNOPSIS: When firefighter Jake Carson (John Cena) and his team (Keegan-Michael Key & John Leguizamo) rescue three siblings in the path of a wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could have prepared them for their most challenging job yet – babysitting. While trying to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire station turned upside down and learn that kids – much like fires – are wild and full of surprises.

While mostly geared towards the little ones, this family-friendly comedy features a great cast who are truly having fun with the sometimes sentimental material. The story is predictable and the life lessons get heavy-handed but Playing with Fire offers enough charms to entertain the kids and should prove engaging for the adults.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
•Storytime with John Cena
•Deleted Scenes
•Bloopers
•Lighting Up The Laughs
•The Director’s Diaries: Read By Star Cast
•What It Means To Be A Family
•The Real Smokejumpers: This Is Their Story