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Blu-ray Review: Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Edition
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Hocus Pocus Blu-ray review

Hocus Pocus
25th Anniversary Edition
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Kenny Ortega
Starring Bette Midler, Thora Birch, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stephanie Faracy
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Run Time: 96 minutes
Rated PG
Release Date: September 4, 2018

It is the 25th anniversary of this cult favorite and to celebrate, there is a spanking brand new Blu-ray for sale everywhere. Just for fans, you can watch the We Love Hocus Pocus Trivia and Treats Edition of Hocus Pocus, which plays the movie “with fun facts, trivia, concept art, storyboards, behind-the-scenes magic, and more!”

In 1993, Hocus Pocus was written off by critics as a silly Halloween-themed kids movie. While it grossed $39.5 million, it barely cracked the top 40 box office for the year, under such “classics” as The Beverly Hillbillies and Dennis the Menace. However, as often is the case with movies aimed at children, the kids grow up and with them come large pairs of nostalgia goggles that, in this case, have turned Disney’s witch comedy into a cult classic, especially for those now in their mid-30s. Capitalizing on this nostalgia and the fact that most of these 30-somethings have children of their own now, Disney released a new Anniversary Edition of the film on Blu-ray and digital right in time for its 25th birthday and Halloween season.

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Blu-ray Review: Ghost Stories
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Blu-ray Review: Ghost Stories, from IFC Midnight and Scream Factory

Ghost Stories
Blu-ray | DVD
Directors: Andy Nyman, Jeremy Dyson
Screenwriters: Andy Nyman, Jeremy Dyson
Cast: Andy Nyman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, Martin Freeman, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Paul Warren
Distributor: Scream Factory | IFC Midnight
Not Rated | 98 Minutes
Release Date: September 4, 2018

“Everything is exactly as it seems.”

Written and directed by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, Ghost Stories is an atmospheric, impeccably crafted British horror anthology that subverts genre conventions while delivering legitimate chills. Adapted from their stage play, the film sees Nyman (of The Commuter and Death at a Funeral) reprising his role as Phillip Goodman, a well-known professor who has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and supernatural shenanigans.

A debunker of all things paranormal, Goodman believes that it is his life’s work to stop people’s lives from being ruined by superstition. He receives an invitation to visit a famed 1970s paranormal investigator, Charles Cameron (Leonard Byrne), who inspired him as a kid, but disappeared decades ago. Now living as a sick and impoverished old man, Cameron asks Goodman to investigate a few unsolved cases of supposedly real ghost sightings.

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Blu-ray Review: Hereditary
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Hereditary review

Hereditary
4K | Blu-ray | DVD
Written & Directed by Ari Aster
Starring Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Release Date: September 4, 2018

Hereditary is written and directed by first-time feature-length filmmaker Ari Aster and is currently ranked as my second best film of 2018 and far and away my favorite horror film of the year, and maybe of the past decade. Since seeing it on opening night back in June, I’ve been haunted by it, waking up in the middle of the night and checking the corners of my ceiling. The movie was critically lauded, currently sitting at 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, but has divided film audiences. Produced by indie darlings, A24, the same company that gave us The Witch, It Comes At Night, and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Hereditary is a complex horror film that deserves full attention and the utmost respect. One of the most talked about and debated films of 2018 is available in stores now as special Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo pack.

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Blu-ray Review: Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut
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Deadpool 2 Super Duper Cut edition

Deadpool 2
Super Duper $@%!#& Cut – Unrated
4K Ultra HD | Blu-Ray | DVD | Digital
Directed by David Leitch
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date: August 21, 2018

“I was fighting a caped badass, turns out his mother’s name is Martha too…”

In 2016, Deadpool burst onto screen and into our hearts, earning a ridiculous $783 million worldwide and proving that Rated-R superhero films can indeed break banks. It’s follow-up, Deadpool 2, was one of the most anticipated films of this year and again topped $700 million worldwide. The very Rated-R superhero sequel about the merc with the mouth and his collection of crazy mutant friends hits stores today in a special appropriately named “Super Duper $@%!#& Cut” Blu-ray Edition packed with special features and a super duper extended cut of the film.

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Blu-ray Review: Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3
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Ash vs Evil Dead, Season 3 Blu-ray review

Ash vs Evil Dead
Season 3
Blu-ray | DVD | Digital
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana Delorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Arielle Carver-O’Neill
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release date: August 21, 2018

Bruce Campbell has played Ash Williams in the Evil Dead universe longer than I’ve been alive, and I’m 36! Through an epic cinematic trilogy that took him from battling deadites in a cabin in the woods to fighting his evil twin in Medieval Times, Ash has faced it all and won in groovy style. On Halloween night in 2015, the Starz network opened the Necronomicon and resurrected Ash as part of a 10-episode series, Ash vs Evil Dead. For three glorious blood and booze soaked seasons, the creators of the original film delivered one of the best shows on TV, capturing the gore and wittiness of the films while creating new amazing stories and characters. Horror fans were dealt a painful blow earlier this year when Starz announced they would not be renewing Ash vs Evil Dead for a fourth season. While Bruce Campbell has officially retired from the role, laying down the noble chainsaw and boomstick for good, you can now take home Ash’s final ride with the Blu-Ray release of Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3.

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Blu-ray Review: Return Of The Living Dead Part II (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Return of the Living Dead Part II (Collector's Edition)

Return of the Living Dead Part II
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: Ken Wiederhorn
Screenwriter: Ken Wiederhorn
Cast: James Karen, Thom Mathews, Dana Ashbrook, Suzanne Snyder, Michael Kenworthy, Marsha Dietlein, Phil Bruns
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 89 Minutes
Release Date: August 14, 2018

Written and directed by Dan O’Bannon (screenwriter of Alien, Dead and Buried), 1985’s punk rock horror-comedy The Return of the Living Dead is known for introducing the concept of zombies feeding on human brains, as opposed to just eating flesh. The wildly entertaining film tells the story of how a warehouse owner, his two bumbling employees, a mortician, and a group of teenage punks deal with a horde of zombies.

O’Bannon’s film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $14 million domestically on an estimated budget of $4 million. The cult classic spawned four sequels, including 1988’s Return of the Living Dead Part II, written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn (Shock Waves, Eve of a Stranger).

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Blu-ray Review: Terminator 2: Judgment Day 4K Ultra HD
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Blu-ray review

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
4K Ultra HD | 4K Ultra HD Endoarm Box Set | Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by James Cameron
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release date: July 17, 2018 (Endoarm Box Set)

Terminator 2 remains one of the most important films of my life. Nine years old in 1991, the TV ads for it drove me into a frenzy and my dad’s bad judgment or not allowed me to watch the original before taking me to see T2 in theaters on opening weekend. It was the first movie I ever saw multiple times in theaters, and 27 years later it still holds up as one of the greatest films of all time. It is a masterpiece of action set pieces, drama, music and violence. Titanic and Avatar be damned, THIS is James Cameron’s magnum opus. Now there is new 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray bundle available, giving home viewers the chance to enjoy one of the most epic films in the most epic way.

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Blu-ray Review: John Carpenter’s In The Mouth Of Madness (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: In the Mouth of Madness (Collector's Edition)

In the Mouth of Madness
Blu-ray
Director: John Carpenter
Screenwriter: Michael De Luca
Cast: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, Charlton Heston
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 95 Minutes
Release Date: June 24, 2018

“Do you read Sutter Cane?”

Influenced by the work of seminal horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, In the Mouth of Madness is the third installment in John Carpenter‘s Apocalypse Trilogy, preceded by The Thing and Prince of Darkness. The 1994 film’s title references Lovecraft’s 1936 novella, At the Mountains of Madness, and insanity plays a significant role in both the movie and the novella.

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Blu-ray Review: The Curse Of The Cat People
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Blu-ray Review: The Curse of the Cat People 02

The Curse of the Cat People
Blu-ray
Directors: Gunther von Fritsch, Robert Wise
Screenwriter: DeWitt Bodeen
Cast: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph, Ann Carter, Eve March, Elizabeth Russell, Julia Dean, Sir Lancelot
Distributor: Scream Factory
Not Rated | 70 Minutes
Release Date: June 26, 2018

Directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise, 1944’s The Curse of the Cat People is a sequel to Jacques Tourneu’s 1942 film, The Cat People. The film marks Wise’s directorial debut, who would go on to direct classic films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, The Haunting, and The Sound of Music. Produced by the legendary Val Lewton (I Walked With a Zombie), the film is now available on Blu-ray for the first time thanks to Scream Factory.

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Blu-ray Review: Of Unknown Origin
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Of Unknown Origin Scream Factory Blu-Ray Review - Peter Weller

Of Unknown Origin
Blu-ray
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Screenwriter: Brian Taggert
Cast: Peter Weller, Shannon Tweed, Jennifer Dale, Lawrence Dane, Kenneth Welsh, Louis Del Grande, Maury Chaykin
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 89 Minutes
Release Date: May 22, 2018

“If it can’t scare them to death, it will find another way.”

Directed by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Cobra, and Tombstone) and written by Brian Taggert (V: The Final Battle, Poltergeist III), 1983’s Of Unknown Origin is based on the novel, The Visitor, by Chauncey G. Parker III. The film stars Peter Weller (RoboCop), Shannon Tweed (Hot Dog… The Movie, Meatballs III: Summer Job), and a giant, man-eating rat.

Bart Hughes (Weller) is a Wall Street executive caught up in the rat race of corporate America. While his wife (Tweed) and young son (Leif Anderson) leave for a vacation, Bart stays behind to work on a project that should earn him a promotion. Alone in his newly renovated Manhattan brownstone, Bart discovers that he isn’t alone at all, but rather an unwilling host to an unwanted houseguest.

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