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Blu-ray Review: The Girl With All The Gifts
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The Girl With All The Gifts
Blu-ray
Director: Colm McCarthy
Screenwriter: Mike Carey
Based on the book by Mike (M.R.) Carey
Cast: Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Dominique Tipper, Paddy Considine, Anamaria Marinca, Fisayo Akinade, Anthony Welsh, Sennia Nanua
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rated R | 111 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: April 25th, 2017

Zombies are one of the defining characters in horror, alongside vampires, werewolves, and Frankenstein monsters. In the post-The Walking Dead world, writers and filmmakers have tried with various levels of success to create something new and original from a sub genre that can often produce B-level dreck. My favorite film of 2016 was South Korean zombie flick Train to Busan. Just when I thought I had seen it all from zombies, I watched The Girl With All the Gifts, just released in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. The film is written by Mike (M.R.) Carey who also penned the novel in 2014.

Spoilers below.

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Blu-ray Review: Tales From The Hood (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Tales from the Hood (Collector's Edition)

Tales from the Hood
Blu-ray
Director: Rusty Cundieff
Screenwriter: Rusty Cundieff, Darin Scott
Cast: Corbin Bernsen, Rosalind Cash, David Alan Grier, Anthony Griffith, Paula Jai Parker, Joe Torry, Clarence Williams III
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 98 Minutes
Release Date: April 18, 2017

“Don’t worry. You’ll get the shit. You’ll be knee-deep in the shit.”

Co-written and directed by Rusty Cundieff (Chappelle’s Show) and executive-produced by Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing), 1995’s Tales from the Hood is a horror anthology that presents four black-centric horror stories centered on police brutality, domestic abuse, racism, and gang violence.

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Blu-ray Review: Firestarter (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Firestarter (Collector's Edition)

Firestarter
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Mark L. Lester
Screenwriter: Stanley Mann
Cast: David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney, Louise Fletcher
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 114 Minutes
Release Date: March 14, 2017

Based on the 1980 best-seller by Stephen King, Firestarter tells the story of Charlene “Charlie” McGee (Drew Barrymore), a pyrokinetic nine-year-old child who can start fires with her mind.

Written by Stanley Mann (Conan the Destroyer) and directed by Mark L. Lester (Commando), Firestarter is the latest forgotten genre film to receive the Scream Factory treatment.

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Blu-Ray Review: The Wishmaster Collection (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
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Vestron's Wishmaster Collection Coming To Blu-ray

The Wishmaster Collection
Blu-ray (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
Directors: Robert Kurtzman, Jack Sholder, Chris Angel
Writers: Peter Atkins, Jack Sholder, Alex Wright, John Martin
Cast: Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Robert Englund, Reggie Bannister, Ted Raimi, Holly Fields, Paul Johannson, Jason Connery, A.J. Cook, Jason Thompson, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Michael Trucco, Kimberly Huie, John Novak
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 370 minutes
Release Date: March 2018, 2017

“Once, in a time before time, God breathed life into the universe. And the light gave birth to Angels. And the earth gave birth to Man. And the fire gave birth to the Djinn, creatures condemned to dwell in the void between the worlds. One who wakes a Djinn will be given three wishes. Upon the granting of the third, the unholy legions of the Djinn will be freed to rule the earth. Fear one thing in all there is… fear the Djinn.”

In the Wishmaster series, an evil djinn grants three wishes to the person who releases him, fulfilling a prophecy that will unleash his fellow djinn upon the earth and plunge the world into eternal damnation. For the first time, the horror-fantasy series will be available on Blu-ray on March 28, 2017, from Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series label. The three-disc set includes all four films, restored and remastered, plus never-before-seen special features.

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Blu-Ray Review: RoboCop 3 (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-Ray Review: RoboCop 3 (Collector's Edition)

RoboCop 3
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Fred Dekker
Screenwriter: Fred Dekker, Frank Miller
Cast: Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen, Rip Torn, John Castle, Jill Hennessy, C. C. H. Pounder, Robert DoQui, Shane Black, Jeff Garlin, Stephen Root, Daniel von Bargen
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated PG-13 | 105 Minutes
Release Date: March 21, 2017

“My friends call me Murphy. You call me… RoboCop.”

Co-written and directed by Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad), 1993’s RoboCop 3 is the final installment in the RoboCop trilogy, with Robert John Burke (Dust Devil) as RoboCop, replacing Peter Weller, who left the series to star in David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch.

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Blu-Ray Review: RoboCop 2 (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-Ray Review: RoboCop 2 (Collector's Edition)

RoboCop 2
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Irvin Kershner
Screenwriter: Frank Miller, Walon Green
Cast: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O’Herlihy, Tom Noonan, Belinda Bauer, Gabriel Damon
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 117 Minutes
Release Date: March 21, 2017

“They say he’s got a brain. I wanna see it.”

Written by Frank Miller (Sin City) and Walon Green (The Wild Bunch), and directed by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back), 1990’s RoboCop 2 picks up after Paul Verhoeven’s classic 1987 film.

After the success of the RoboCop program, Omni Consumer Products (OCP) has their sights on privatizing Detroit. The mega-corporation plans to have the municipality default on its debt, then foreclose on the entire city, taking over its government. The crime-infested sprawl that is Old Detroit will be bulldozed and rebuilt as Delta City, a city center independent of the United States government.

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Blu-ray Review: The Eyes Of My Mother
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The Eyes of My Mother
Blu-ray l DVD
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Writer: Nicolas Pesce
Starring: Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, Paul Nazak, Flora Diaz, Clara Wong, Diana Agostini
Magnet Releasing
Rated R l 76 Minutes
Release Date: March 7, 2017

Writer and director Nicolas Pesce‘s debut feature, The Eyes of My Mother, arrived on Blu-ray and DVD today.

This is a movie that I’ve been anxious to see since first watching the unsettling trailers last year. If a trailer alone can be that disturbing, what would the full movie do to me? An exciting thing to ponder for a horror fan.

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Blu-ray Review: Moana
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Moana

Moana
Blu-ray l DVD l Collector’s Edition
Director: Ron Clements and John Musker
Screenwriter: Jared Bush
Cast: Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Rachel House, Jemaine Clement
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Rated PG | 113 minutes
Release Date: March 7, 2017

Last year, Disney released two Oscar-nominated animated films: Zootopia and Moana. Choosing a favorite between the two was no easy decision. Both had gorgeous animation and both and beautiful stories to tell. The former had themes of inclusion and welcoming diversity, while the latter focused on a spirited young girl who strived for independence but also wanted to pay respect to her family’s history and culture. In the end, Zootopia came out the winner, but you can make an argument for Moana being the better film.

Now you’ll be able to make a comparison with Moana hitting Blu-ray shelves this week. The film, of course, comes chalk full of bonus feature goodies which include deleted scenes, an animated short, and the Polynesian culture that helped inspire the film in more ways than one. Check out the full review below.

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Blu-ray Review: Marvel’s Doctor Strange (Cinematic Universe Edition)
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Doctor Strange
Blu-ray Combo Pack | DVD | 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack | Digital HD
Directed by Scott Derrickson
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton
Disney Home Entertainment
Release date: February 28, 2017

Back in November, I got to see Marvel’s Doctor Strange at a special advanced Dolby Cinema screening. I have to say, that was an incredible way to see a film like this. But as I left the theater blown away by both the film and the theatrical experience, I was like, “I can’t wait to watch this again in Blu-ray.” Then I sent an email to the other GoD writers saying, “No one dare even think of requesting Doctor Strange, that one is mine!”

So, basically, after one viewing I loved the movie and already knew I’d be excited to watch it on Blu-ray in the comfort of my own home, and to also check out the bonus features. And here we are, several months later with me now in possession of a “Cinematic Universe Edition” Blu-ray review copy, complete with lenticular cover insert, after having left no one else on staff standing. (Yes, I’m a brutal conquerer and dictator!) Right away, I was like, there’d better be feature-length audio commentary on this thing! And, yes, director Scott Derrickson did provide this for the Blu-ray Edition, so he’s safe.

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Blu-Ray Review: The Gate (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
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Blu-Ray Review: The Gate (Vestron Video Collector's Series)

The Gate
Blu-Ray (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
Director: Tibor Takács
Screenwriter: Michael Nankin
Cast: Stephen Dorff, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan, Jennifer Irwin
Distributor: Lionsgate
Rated PG-13 | 85 Minutes
Release Date: February 28, 2017

Like Gremlins, Ghoulies, and Critters, 1987’s The Gate is a horror movie about pint-sized demons hell-bent on taking over the planet. Directed by Tibor Takács (I, Madman), the film stars Stephen Dorff and Louis Tripp as Glen and Terry, two suburban kids who unearth a gateway to a nightmarish realm brimming with evil.

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