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Scott Pilgrim comes to Blu-ray November 9th

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Scott Pilgrim is coming to Blu-ray in a pretty amazing Combo pack this November.  The Blu-ray is going to be stuffed with extras including four Commentary tracks, several featurettes, alternate takes, a feature on the music of Scott Pilgrim that includes four music videos, a look at how the special effects were created, Universal’s cool Pocket Blue app, Digital Copy and hey they even throw in a free BD Live stream of either Tremors or Pitch Black.  Full Press release after the break.

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The Wolfman Blu-ray takes a bit out of Michelle.

Wolfman Blu-ray Review

A few years ago I took one of those Who is your Celebrity Match quizzes and Benicio Del Toro came up as my match. I was like, hmmm… A tortured, pretentious artist is my match, I can see it but at least he looked good.  Now 10 years later Benicio has completely let himself go which is fine because in Wolfman he’s an Actor who returns home to find out what happened to his brother.  Wolfman is all about atmosphere and tone, which it gets mostly correct. Director Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III, Hildago and the upcoming Captain America movie) does an interesting job of bringing that 60s horror vibe into the present. The movie looks just right, it’s dirty, muddy, dank, like an old style classic horror movie would look if it was shot today. The problem is the story is boring and the acting is just terrible, especially Anthony Hopkins as Lawrence’s father.  It took me 3 days to watch this disk because it kept putting me to sleep.

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Michelle reviews The Bourne Supremacy the first Flipper Blu-ray Disc!

They call them flipper, flipper, flipper of the sea.. With Universal’s new Flipper disc, the Blu-ray format has finally come up to par with its old rival HD-DVD – almost 2 years later. For the last year Studios have been experimenting with way to satisfy people who have both Blu-ray and DVD players. Some see the solution being Digital Copy, others like Disney have embraced the give us the movie on “every” format option with 3 Disc Combo Packages (Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy), now we have the Flipper disc. It’s a simple concept put the Blu-ray and DVD versions on one disc that you can “flip” over. This saves in packaging costs and saves space in my DVD/Blu-ray binders. Instead of having 3 discs to keep up with, I now only have one. I prefer this method to the combo packs.

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Blu-ray Review: Michelle Loves her some Inglourious Basterds, Blu-ray

Inglourious Basterds, one of the best films of 2009 finally comes to the Blu-ray format and I’m glad to say this is one gorgeous looking transfer; I put this in and just went, wow. The colors man, the colors are just so vibrant and alive. The transfer is 1080p, 2.40:1 and includes DTS-HD Master audio that sounds great. Do you really need 5.1 surround when the entire movie is basically people talking?

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Blu-ray News: They Call them Flipper, Flipper…

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Disney Home Video and other home video companies have come up with a killer Blu-ray deal in their Blu-ray Combo packs that include a Blu-ray and separate DVD version of their films. The folks at Universal are taking a page out of the HD-DVD playbook by coming up with their “Flipper” Disk. These will be double sided discs that include the Blu-ray version one side and the regular DVD on the flip. I kind of like this idea a bit better than the combo disk because it’s one less thing I have to keep track of.  The first Universal release will be The Bourne Trilogy. Looks like this is basically the HD-DVD set re-done for the Blu. Check out the really long press release after the break.

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BLU-RAY NEWS: Away we Go Hits Blu-ray/DVD Sept. 29

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One of the more interesting looking movies of the summer, Away We Go is coming to Blu-ray/DVD September 29th.  I missed this in the theaters so I’m looking forward to catching it on Blu-ray.  From acclaimed Director Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road) comes this funny, romantic, honest and surprisingly moving film that explores the comedic twists and emotional turns in one expectant couple’s journey to find the right place to put down roots. John Krasinski (NBC’s “The Office”) and Maya Rudolph (NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”) transcend what you’ve seen before with break out performances that are warm, emotional and funny, as they go on their journey visiting friends and family brought to life by the enormously talented ensemble cast including Catherine O’Hara (Best In Show), Jeff Daniels (State of Play), Allison Janney (Juno), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Batman: The Dark Knight), and set to the original music of singer songwriter Alexi Murdoch (Garden State). This is a small film so I don’t expect to get much in terms of extra features.BLU-RAY NEWS:

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DVD REVIEW: The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior – Fast Acting B-Movie Fun!

One of the mixed blessings of the continuing advancement of CG effects is that they make it possible for movies that might not otherwise exist to reach the public – usually in the form of sequels and/or prequels to theatrical films that earned enough to warrant a sequel/prequel, but maybe not quite enough to warrant a blockbuster – like The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior.

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The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior is, essentially, the story of how the young Mathayus [Michael Copon] became the warrior who would eventually become the Scorpion King. TSK2 is a jaunty little B-movie given more flare than it deserves by director Russell Mulcahy [Highlander], who almost made the resident Evil franchise interesting. Of course, in his RE movie, he didn’t have to contend with the stolid Randy Couture as Sargon, the brutish trainer of would-be Black Scorpion warriors and assassin of the king. Couture looks good in fight sequences, but has the acting chops of Howdy Doody.

Still, the adventures of Mathayus and his friends, Layla [Karen David] and the poet Aristophenes of Naxos – not Aristophenes of Corinth [that hack!] – [Simon Quarterman], are rousing fun in the tradition of spear & sandal/sword & sorcery epics of the sixties. You’ve got travel to exotic lands, messed up myths, and even an angry/jealous/lonely goddess [Astarte, played with cheerful malevolence by Natalie Becker].

Mulcahy keeps things moving at a quick enough pace that you might not even notice a scantily clad member of the group suddenly sprouting a couple of dangerous [and long] swords, and the effects are above average for a direct-to-DVD release. Plus, we get the usual gang of just-there-to-die-horribly characters to add the possibility of danger.

For a straight-to-DVD fantasy, TSK2 has a pretty decent assortment of bonus features: Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Fight Like an Akkadian: Black Scorpion Boot Camp [again, not quite the in-depth look at training it suggests, but still fun] Making of TSK2 [more a behind-the-scenes glimpse than an actual look at the making of the film]; Becoming Sargon: One on One Randy Couture [Couture discusses his time making the film]; On set With The Beautiful Leading Ladies [behind-the-scenes with Karen David and Natalie Becker]; Creating a Whole New World [Production design], and The Visual Effects of TSK2.

Grade: The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior – B-

Grade: Features: B+

Final Grade: B