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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 17, 2017

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Welcome to another look at some of the highlights arriving on DVD and Blu-ray. As always, there’s plenty of choose from with all sorts of features in a wide variety of genres. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ does its monsters proud, but ignores humans

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Rating: «« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 120 min.

I have a confession to make. As a kid, I grew up watching old giant monster movies on TV weekend afternoons, featuring the likes of Godzilla and other fantastical creatures. As a result I still have a fondness for them. Looking back, most of those films weren’t particularly strong (and some are downright awful), but they were fun. Kong: Skull Island feels a bit like one of those old movies, only heightened with top-tier special effects. It’s certainly enjoyable to an extent. Yet after so many iterations, these movies still forget an essential element that can really elevate a story - the human characters.

This re-imagining is set...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for March 10th, 2017

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Welcome back to another look at all the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. There’s incredible variety in this week’s releases, with interesting films featured from all around the globe. So if you can’t make it out to the movies this week, be sure to give one of these titles a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES!

Bad Kids of Crestview Academy - Only in the movies can you end up spending a Saturday in detention. Taking its cue from The Breakfast Club, this comic thriller is about a group of kids who find themselves at school, locked up and being picked off one by one by another student who blames them for a sibling’s death. Apparently, it’s based on a graphic novel...

‘Logan’ delivers a darker, grimmer X-men story

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 137 min.

It has been quite a run for Hugh Jackman in one of his most memorable roles as the X-Men superhero, Wolverine. Logan, which marks his ninth onscreen appearance as Wolverine, is by far the darkest tale for the character. Perhaps encouraged by the R-rated hit, Deadpool, the filmmakers have been allowed to go down a more adult path (if you consider dropping more f-bombs and adding graphic violence mature). Regardless, this is still a strong movie, bolstered by some solid performances and an attempt to deliver something a little different.

Set several years in the future, human mutations have seemingly stopped and pre-existing...

‘Get Out’ – a creepy, thought-provoking genre flick

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Rating: ««« out of 4 stars

Running Time: 105 min.

It looks as if the low-budget genre picture house Blumhouse Productions are on a bit of a roll. Last month’s Split has been an unqualified success at the box office and based on initial impressions, their latest release looks to make a memorable impression as well. Get Out combines elements of suspense, horror and dark satire. It’s a picture that certainly hits all of the expected fear genre beats, but presents its familiar elements in a completely new and thoughtful way.

Written and directed by comedian Jordan Peele (Keanu), the story involves Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American photographer who receives an...

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