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4K Review: The Little Mermaid
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The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid
4k Ultra HD | Blu-ray
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Writer: Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast: Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll, Samuel E. Wright, Jason Marin, Kenneth Mars, Buddy Hackett, and René Auberjonois
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Rated G | Minutes: 83
Release Date: February 26, 2019

Though hand-drawn animation may not be as common in movies as it once was before the days of Pixar, it is still a process that anyone can appreciate. And Disney’s The Little Mermaid reminds us about how the medium, along with a wonderful story, can work together in tandem to deliver a very entertaining effort.

As one of the films that helped launch the Disney Renaissance, 1989’s The Little Mermaid still has a story that resonates with its young audience today about a free-spirited young mermaid who wants to break free from her father, King Trident. Though he wants the best for her, she finds herself wanting more than being under the sea as she falls in love with Prince Eric, a dashing young human mariner.

In an attempt to be the one with she loves, Ariel signs a contract with Ursula, an evil sea witch, and in exchange for her voice, she is able to walk amongst the surface dwellers and has only 72 hours to get Eric to kiss her so she will regain her voice and make the change permanent. Check out the full review of the newly released 4k Ultra HD edition here below.

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Blu-ray Review: The Craft (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: The Craft (Collector’s Edition)

The Craft
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Andrew Fleming
Screenwriter: Andrew Fleming, Peter Filardi
Cast: Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich, Breckin Meyer, Christine Taylor
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 101 Minutes
Release Date: March 12, 2019

“We are the weirdos, mister.”

Co-written and directed by Andrew Fleming (Bad Dreams), 1996’s The Craft centers on a coven of teenage outcasts at a Catholic high school who practice witchcraft, conjuring spells and curses against those who anger them.

Released on May 3, 1996, The Craft was a sleeper hit, opening at number one at the North American box office and earning an impressive $55 million with a budget of $15 million. In the years since its release, the movie has gained a cult following and has been seen as a rite of passage for those who respond to its themes of female empowerment, sisterhood, and outsiderdom.

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Blu-ray Review: 8MM
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Scream Factory 8MM Blu-ray Review

8MM
Blu-ray
Director: Joel Schumacher
Screenwriter: Andrew Kevin Walker
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 123 Minutes
Release Date: January 8, 2019

“The things I do — I do them because I like them. Because I want to.”

Directed by Joel Schumacher (of The Lost Boys, Batman Forever, and The Phantom of the Opera) and written by Andrew Kevin Walker (of Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, and The Wolfman), 1999’s 8MM is a crime thriller about one man’s obsessive search for the truth about a young woman’s disappearance.

Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Mandy) stars as Tom Welles, a private investigator contacted by an attorney (Anthony Heald of The Silence of the Lambs) for a wealthy widow, Mrs. Christian (Myra Carter). While clearing out her late husband’s safe, Mrs. Christian discovered an 8mm home movie — one that appears to depict a real murder, but she needs to know for certain.

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Blu-ray Review: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (Collector's Edition)

Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Lee Harry
Screenwriter: Lee Harry, Joseph H. Earle
Cast: Eric Freeman, Elizabeth Kaitan, James L. Newman
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 88 Minutes
Release Date: December 11, 2018

Written and directed by Lee Harry, 1987’s Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 is a sequel to Charles E. Sellier Jr.’s controversial 1984 Christmas slasher film in which a deranged young man dressed as Santa Claus goes on a Christmas Eve killing spree.

The sequel picks up a few years after the first movie, with Ricky Caldwell (Eric Freeman), the brother of the first film’s killer, in a mental institution. While being interviewed by his psychiatrist, Dr. Henry Bloom (James L. Newman), the troubled 18-year-old reminisces about his traumatic childhood through a series of lengthy flashbacks.

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Blu-ray Review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (Collector's Edition) starring Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Kim Henkel
Screenwriter: Kim Henkel
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Matthew McConaughey, Robert Jacks
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 87/94 Minutes
Release Date: December 11, 2018

Written and directed by Kim Henkel (co-writer of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is the fourth installment in the series. Originally screened as The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the movie, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger, was shelved by Columbia Pictures until 1997 when it was re-cut and released as Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.

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Blu-ray Review: Incredibles 2
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Incredibles 2 review

Incredibles 2
4K Ultra HD | Blu-ray | DVD | Digital
Director: Brad Bird
Writer: Brad Bird
Starring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush, Isabella Rossellini
Disney/Pixar
Rated PG
118 Minutes
Release Date: November 6, 2018

Incredibles 2 starts right after the end of the first film. Our heroic family, the Parrs, try to stop The Underminer from robbing a bank. They end up causing more harm than good when the Underminer’s tank causes a lot of damage. They did stop him, but there is still that pesky superhero law that forced them to go into hiding in the first place, and they lose their financial assistance on top of that. With help from their friends, they try to regain the public’s trust.

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Blu-ray Review: Candyman (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Candyman (Collector’s Edition)

Candyman (Collector’s Edition)
Blu-ray
Director: Bernard Rose
Screenwriter: Bernard Rose
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons
Distributor: Scream Factory
Unrated | 99 Minutes
Release Date: November 20, 2018

“The pain, I can assure you, will be exquisite. As for our deaths, there is nothing to fear. Our names will be written on a thousand walls. Our crimes told and retold by our faithful believers. We shall die together in front of their very eyes and give them something to be haunted by. Come with me and be immortal.”

Based on author Clive Barker’s short story, The Forbidden, 1992’s Candyman is the definitive horror film of the 1990s. Written and directed by British filmmaker Bernard Rose (Immortal Beloved), the film stars Virginia Madsen (Dune, Sideways) as Helen Lyle, a Chicago graduate student who is researching urban legends. She stumbles upon a local legend, the Candyman (Tony Todd), a hook-wielding phantom who haunts the city’s notorious Cabrini-Green housing project.

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Blu-ray Review: Superman: The Movie (1978) (4K Ultra HD)
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Superman The Movie (1978) Blu-ray review

Superman: The Movie
4K Ultra HD | Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Richard Donner
Written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, Robert Benton
Starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Valerie Perrine, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Marc McClure
Warner Brothers
PG | 143 minutes
Release Date: November 5, 2018

This year celebrated the 80th anniversary of the creation of maybe the iconic comic character in American history, Superman. It’s also the 40th anniversary of the seminal film by Richard Donner that for many still holds up as the one true film version of Superman. Played by the late great Christopher Reeve, the film details the demise of alien planet Krypton as Jor-El, Oscar winner Marlon Brando sends his child off to planet Earth. Kal-El (Reeve) grows up to become mild mannered reporter Clark Kent of the Daily Planet, who must balance his time between wooing his colleague Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), and saving the world from the plans of corrupt tycoon Lex Luthor, (Gene Hackman). Now you can take the Man of Steel home with you on a brand new 4k Ultra Blu-Ray combo pack.

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Blu-ray Review: Maximum Overdrive (Vestron Video Collector’s Series)
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Maximum Overdrive review

Maximum Overdrive
Vestron Video Collector’s Series
Blu-ray
Written and directed by Stephen King
Starring Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith, John Short
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Maximum Overdrive marked the directorial debut of the most successful horror author of all time, Stephen King. The film and King’s direction were widely panned to the tune of 24% on Metacritic and a measly 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. Time has been kind however, as the film built a cult following over the years and now there’s a brand new collector’s edition Blu-ray out by Vestron Video.

Based on King’s short story “Trucks,” Maximum Overdrive is about a rag tag group of survivors battling sentient machines sprung to life due to a mysterious comet. While no one will confuse this with an Oscar-winning classic, or even a top King adaptation, there is a certain charm about this weird movie.

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Blu-ray Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2 Extended Editions
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2 Blu-ray review

Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2
Blu-ray
Directed by Bill Condon
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
Based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Sarah Clarke, Booboo Stewart, Alex Rice, Kiowa Gordon, Tyson Houseman, Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Julia Jones, Alex Meraz, Justin Chon, Michael Welch, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy
Lionsgate Films / Summit Entertainment
Rated PG-13
117 minutes
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Breaking Dawn was the final book in the Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga series, and it was so full, it had to be broken into 2 movies. Parts 1 and 2 revolve around the marriage, pregnancy, birth, and childhood of Edward and Bella’s (Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart) little family, which now include Reneesmee and Jacob (Mackenzie Foy,Taylor Lautner).

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