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Thor’s Blu-ray/DVD Reviews: Oct. 15

Thor Diakow | posted Tuesday, Oct 15th, 2019

Hit the movie titles for trailer links.

October 15, 2019: Toy Story 4, Stuber, Crawl, The Haunting of Hill House, Deadwood: The Movie.

Toy Story 4

SYNOPSIS: In “Toy Story 4,” Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So, when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy Forky (voice of Tony Hale) calls himself “trash,” Woody decides to teach Forky how to embrace being a toy. But a road-trip adventure, including an unexpected reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts), shows Woody how big the world can be for a toy. In addition, carnival prizes Ducky (voice of Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (voice of
Jordan Peele) bring a new level of fun to the film.

Incredibly the magic is still alive, even though the last Toy Story movie came out almost 10 years ago. While it was always going to be a Herculean effort to top the third installment, this new adventure finds our favourite characters in fine form with the addition of new, endearing ones who provide some patented life lessons along the way. Don’t forget to keep watching while the end credits are rolling before taking a deep dive into the bonus features!

Bonus Features:
Blu-ray & Digital:
•’Toy Stories – The Toy Story 4 cast and crew share their love of toys!
•Woody & Buzz – Take a look at the relationship between these two legendary characters.
•Bo Rebooted – Discover how Team Bo reimagined all aspects of Bo Peep’s identity to arrive at the fully realized character seen in the film.
•Toy Box – Enjoy a collection of mini-docs on the film’s memorable new characters, featuring
the voice actors, director Josh Cooley and Pixar artists talking about the many elements that
make these characters fun and lovable
•Let’s Ride With Ally Maki – Ally Maki, voice of Giggle McDimples, learns all about Pixar’s dialogue recording process from director Josh Cooley and his team.
•Deleted Scenes introduced by director Josh Cooley including:
-Scamming Playtime
-Bo Knows Hippos
-Desperate Toys
-Recruit Duke
-She’s The One
•Audio Commentary, Trailers and more!
Digital Exclusive:
•Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue – Filmmakers and crew review key scenes of the movie and dissect the practical and technological methods used to bring them to life.
•Additional Deleted scene – Bonnie’s Playtime


SYNOPSIS: When a mild-mannered driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani; “Silicon Valley”) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista; Guardians of the Galaxy) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, Stu is thrust into a harrowing ordeal in which he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.

Despite some simplistic plot issues, Stuber makes great use of its two leads and provides some admittedly hilarious road trip movie laughs. Nanjiani and Bautista make the perfect foil as their two characters couldn’t be further apart at the start. Stuber doesn’t rewrite the playbook when it comes to comedies but brings just enough wit, physical gags, and even some heart to the table.

Bonus Features:
•Deleted Scenes
•Gag Reel
•Georgia Film Works
•Audio Commentary by Michael Dowse and Kumail Nanjiani
•Theatrical Trailer
•Sneak Peak


SYNOPSIS: As a hurricane tears through Florida, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) rushes to find her father (Barry Pepper), who is injured and trapped in the crawl space of their home. With the storm intensifying and water levels rising, the pair face an even bigger threat lurking below the surface.

This year’s best guilty pleasure cult hit; Crawl is perfect for B-movie lovers and a thoroughly crowd-pleasing creature feature. Backed by a solid cast, genuine tension, and some decent visual effects, the film is the perfect schlocky horror thriller with just the right amount of self-awareness.

Bonus Features:
•Intro to Alternate Opening
•Alternate Opening
•Deleted and Extended Scenes
•Beneath Crawl
•Category 5 Gators: The VFX of Crawl
•Alligator Attacks

The Haunting of Hill House

SYNOPSIS: The Haunting of Hill House is the critically acclaimed, modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s legendary novel about five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America. Now adults, they’re reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister, which forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their pasts… some of which lurk in their minds… and some of which may really be lurking in the shadows of the iconic Hill House. For the first time, experience even more thrills with three extended Director’s Cut episodes featuring never-before-seen footage and go deeper inside Hill House with four exclusive commentaries from Creator and Director Mike Flanagan (Doctor Sleep).

Riveting tension, palpable thrills, strong acting, and excellent writing make this one of the finest entries into the world of TV horror in recent memory. The Haunting of Hill House features impeccable production design and atmospheric dread, plus benefits immensely from a sprawling story that is equal parts terrifying saga and epic family drama.

Bonus Features:
•EP 101: Steven Sees a Ghost
•Steven Sees a Ghost Extended Director’s Cut
•Steven Sees a Ghost Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan
•EP 102: Open Casket
•EP 103: Touch
•EP 104: The Twin Thing
•EP 105: The Bent-Neck Lady
•The Bent-Neck Lady Extended Director’s Cut
•The Bent-Neck Lady Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan
•EP 106: Two Storms
•Two Storms Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan
•EP 107: Eulogy
•EP 108: Witness Marks
•EP 109: Screaming Meemies
•EP 110: Silence Lay Steadily
•Silence Lay Steadily Extended Director’s Cut
•Silence Lay Steadily Extended Director’s Cut Commentary by Director Mike Flanagan

Deadwood: The Movie

SYNOPSIS: Continuing the story begun in David Milch’s critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning HBO series, DEADWOOD: THE MOVIE follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought. Returning cast members for the Deadwood movie include: Ian McShane (Al Swearengen), Timothy Olyphant (Seth Bullock), Molly Parker (Alma Ellsworth), Paula Malcomson (Trixie), John Hawkes (Sol Star), Anna Gunn (Martha Bullock), Dayton Callie (Charlie Utter), Brad Dourif (Doc Cochran), Robin Weigert (“Calamity” Jane Canary), William Sanderson (E.B. Farnum), Kim Dickens (Joanie Stubbs) and Gerald McRaney (George Hearst).

The wait is over, Deadwood fans! A must-have for those who followed the storied (and all too brief) exploits of the residents of the infamous South Dakota town. The real treat of the long-gestating movie is how effortless the entire cast falls back into their respective roles. It may not be an entire season but the movie is sure to satisfy loyal viewers who felt the show was gone too soon, when it ended in season three, and should provide some much-needed character closure.

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