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Blu-ray Review: Highlander: 30th Anniversary Edition
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Highlander
30th Anniversary Edition – Director’s Cut
Blu-ray
Directed Russell Mulcahy
Starring Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, Sean Connery
Lionsgate Home Video
Release date: September 27, 2016

Russell Mulcahy‘s 1986 feature Highlander centers on Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert), a man born in the Scottish Highlands in the 1500s who discovers he’s immortal after he miraculously recovers from a deadly wound he sustained during his first battle against a rival clan. The film seamlessly goes back and forth between MacLeod’s past in 16th century Scotland and his current life as antiques dealer Russell Nash in modern-day New York City, with a few other brief past-life flashbacks thrown in. Under the tutelage of Sean Connery‘s Ramírez, a fellow Immortal, MacLeod learns to swordfight and use his strength in preparation for the eventual Gathering, when all Immortals will be summoned together to fight for “The Prize.”

In modern-day, MacLeod comes under suspicion by the police after a man is found decapitated by an extremely rare broadsword, which was recovered at the crime scene by police forensics pathologist Brenda Wyatt (Roxanne Hart), who seeks to know more about the weapon and where it came from. Meanwhile, the Kurgan (Clancy Brown), the fierce warrior who dealt Connor that initial deadly blow back in Scotland, has arrived in New York City to seek the Highlander out and finish what he started so long ago.

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‘Highlander’ Getting A 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Release
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The cult classic film Highlander, starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery, is getting a 30th Anniversary Edition release on DVD and Blu-ray this Fall!

Liongate announced today that the 30th Anniversary Edition will be released on September 27, 2016 and will contain new bonus features, such as never-before-seen interviews, deleted scenes, a new “making of” documentary, and audio commentary with director Russell Mulcahy.

Check out the DVD and Blu-ray box art here below, along with a full list of bonus features.

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‘Bond 50’ Brings All 22 James Bond Films Together For The First Time On Blu-ray
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Bond 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the James Bond film franchise, and with the long-delayed Skyfall (watch the first trailer) finally in production and set for worldwide release in November, MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are marking the golden occasion by releasing all 22 original Bond adventures, from Dr. No – the movie that started it all – to 2008’s Quantum of Solace, in one massive Blu-ray box set called Bond 50.

You can check out the full special features list for Bond 50 here below.

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Must See: 24 Paintings Of Celebrities As Russian Generals
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At one time or another, you’ve probably seen one of the paintings that various people in a position of power have had commissioned of themselves. One particularly notable portrait out there is that of the Russian general, which someone has taken to an extremely entertaining new level.

George Dawe, an English portrait artist who has painted 329 portraits of Russian generals, uses a digital copy of his work as a basis to add his friends, family, and some celebrities into the paintings using Photoshop.

So far he’s done a bunch of celebrities, and most of them look amazing. If we didn’t know who these people were, you wouldn’t think twice about whether most of them were a legit Russian general or not. Some look a little off such as Sean Connery, for example, who looks as though he’s just passed gas in a room full of people, and is pleased that none of them can figure out who it was.

Continue on below now to check out the pictures, and to the source link for even more.

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Blu-ray Review: Highlander (Director’s Cut)
Empress Eve   |  

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Director’s Cut
Blu-ray Edition
Directed by Russell Mulcahy
Starring Christopher Lambert, Clancy Brown, Sean Connery, Roxanne Hart
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 2, 2010

There can be only one.

Even if you’ve never seen Highlander, chances are you’ve heard that phrase uttered countless times. It’s the battle cry of the sword-wielding Immortals in the 1986 fantasy-action film, starring Christopher Lambert.

Lambert appears as Connor MacLeod, a young Scotsman in the year 1536 who one day meets his fate on the battlefield at the hands of the Kurgan (Clancy Brown), a massive Slavic warrior out to slice Connor’s head from his neck. When Connor seemingly comes back to life after dying from his battle wounds, his superstitious clan banishes him, leaving him to build a new life for himself elsewhere. Five years later, a mysterious man named Ramirez (Sean Connery) seeks out Connor to become his mentor, explaining that they are of a group of Immortals who will eventually meet for The Gathering, where they will fight each other for The Prize until only one survives.

We learn about Connor’s early life through flashbacks, as the immortal now lives in present day (1985) New York City as antiques dealer Russell Nash, who’s currently being investigated by police after they catch him fleeing the scene where a man was found decapitated. Between dealing with the police and the probing questions from their overly curious forensics expert Brenda (Roxanne Hart), Connor also begins to feel the pull for The Gathering, which includes having to fight his old enemy The Kurgan, who’s wreaking havoc across the city in his quest to find and fight Connor.

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Deal: Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection
Empress Eve   |  

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is Alfred Hitchcock – The Masterpiece Collection DVD box set for only $50.99 (that’s 58% off the list price of $119.98).

Note, this sale is only for today, Tuesday, October 19, 2010 until midnight PST while supplies last.

This DVD box set comes with 14 classic Alfred Hitchcock suspense films, which starred actors like James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Anthony Perkins, Sean Connery, and Doris Day: Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Birds, Shadow of a Doubt, Family Plot, Frenzy, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Marnie, Rope, Saboteur, Topaz Torn Curtain, The Trouble with Harry.

Let’s do the math: that’s about $3.64 per movie — that’s an insane deal, and even lower than the last time this item was up for sale. These movies are all great and therefore worth more than just a few bucks each.

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Peter Jackson Knighted In New Zealand, Shall Now Be Known As Sir
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Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson is best known as the man behind one of the biggest cinematic trilogies of all time: The Lord of the Rings. As we all know, Jackson is a born and bred New Zealander, and due to its never ending beauty and perfectly other-worldly look, he crafted his wonderful adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s vision there, creating the perfect Middle Earth. The trilogy went on earn itself an incredible 30 Academy Award nominations, with 17 Oscar statues coming through in the end. Since then, Jackson has become one of the most recognizable and desired directors working today, and it was only a matter of time before some major accolades would find him.

It’s being reported that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who is New Zealand’s Head of State due to it formerly being a British colony, has officially named Jackson to their yearly honors’ list, officially making him Sir Peter Jackson. He joins an elite group that includes Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Sean Connery, Sir Elton John, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, and honorary representative Steven Spielberg.

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Video: ‘Zardoz’ Reference On ‘The Golden Girls’
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I’m a big fan of The Golden Girls. Though I followed the series back in the 1980’s, I still enjoy watching episodes in syndication today and every so often I catch something I didn’t notice years ago. For instance, in the 1987 episode “Whose Face Is This Anyway?”, Rose (Betty White) mentions the 1974 Sean Connery science fiction film Zardoz.

In the episode, the vain Blanche (Rue McClanahan) attends her college sorority’s reunion thinking she’ll be the most beautiful one there. When she gets there, she feels that her natural beauty is nothing compared to the other women, who’ve all had plastic surgery. When she returns home, she tells her friends that when she got to the reunion, it was as if time stood still for 30 years and the other women looked like they’d hardly aged at all.

That’s when the airheaded Rose (played by Betty White) says these women sound a lot like the ones from the movie Zardoz. She asks Blanche, “Did any of them mention a leader named Zardoz?”

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Deal: ‘James Bond’ DVD & Blu-ray Box Sets
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In light of today’s release of the lastest Bond flick Quantum of Solace on DVD and Blu-ray, the Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon is a special on James Bond box sets for DVD and Blu-ray.

Get the James Bond Blu-ray Collection Six-Pack for $64.95 (that’s 64% off the list price of $179.96). This 2-volume Blu-ray box set contains six movies from three different Bond actors: Sean Connery in Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Thunderball; Roger Moore in Live and Let Die and For Your Eyes Only; and Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day.

Also up for grabs is the James Bond Ultimate Collector’s Set for $89.95 (that’s 69% off the list price of $289.98). This 42-disc DVD box set contains 21 James Bond films, from Dr. No to Casino Royale (that’s all the movies except Quantum of Solace), plus another 21 discs full of bonus features.

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DVD Review: The Hunt for Red October (Blu-Ray)
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HFROThe Hunt for Red October
Blu-Ray Edition
Directed by: John McTiernan
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery, Sam Neill
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release date: July 29, 2008

The Hunt for Red October is hands-down the best film in the Jack Ryan series for a number of reasons, but first and foremost is the lack of a major villain. Instead the conflict is provided by the cryptic world of international politics and tense foreign relations that are all too real. Obviously there are villainous characters, but their roles are minor and are often interjected to give the plot a single push when needed.
A young Alec Baldwin plays a Jack Ryan who believes in others more than he believes in himself, but whose dedication to doing the right thing is unwavering.

Sean Connery play the mysterious submarine Captain Marko Ramius, whose internal conflict creates an international crisis. Ramius is perhaps the most interesting character in any of the Ryan films. His own dreams surpass any nationalism that may be ingrained into him through years of military service. Despite the fact that we see him commit treason, desertion, murder and conspiracy, viewers will find it near impossible not to sympathize with Ramius’ cause.

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