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DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for August 9, 2019

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Welcome to one of the busiest editions of Blu-ray and DVD highlights we’ve had in some time. It’s full of both Hollywood blockbusters and small independent features that you’ve likely never heard of. All in all, a lot of interesting stuff is arriving for your perusal. 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!

American Hangman- A judge who presided over a botched criminal case finds himself kidnapped in this independent thriller. With cameras all around, he’s prosecuted for his part in the trial, with viewers watching the streaming video on multiple social networks. As the details unfold, those...

‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ is an interim fix for Fast & Furious superfans

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Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 136 minutes

In 2017, Universal released the eighth title in its Fast & Furious franchise. Naturally, it was a massive success like all the others in the series. While there is a follow-up in the works, studio heads have decided that another year is too long for audiences to wait to get another fix. As such, they’ve created the spin-off, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

It’s an overlong and very silly action picture that almost revels in its plot’s slapdash absurdities. This movie certainly isn’t an action classic, but at least the bickering leads don’t appear to be taking things too seriously and have a few fun moments...

‘Once upon a time…in Hollywood’ Another winner from Tarantino

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Rating: ««« out of ««««

Running Time: 161 minutes

Over the years, writer/director Quentin Tarantino made some iconic works like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. Even his genre film homages like the Kill Bill movies and The Hateful Eight boast exceptional writing and elevated production value. His latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is not only an examination of show business in the ‘60s from the perspective of an actor, but it also incorporates a tragic part of Hollywood history. And when Tarantino decides to broach any subject, viewers know that he won’t pull his punches.

Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a TV star facing a mid-life crisis. He has...

DVD/Blu-ray Roundup for July 26, 2019

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Hello and welcome to another look at highlights arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. Some interesting material is coming your way this week, including everything from big studio films to privately financed, independent fare. 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!

Alita: Battle Angel - Based on the Japanese manga series, this sci-fi/action picture follows a cyborg who wakes up with no memory of who she is or where she came from. A scientist attempts to replace parts and restore the teen to her full potential. She soon develops incredible abilities and sets out to uncover the truth about her past. Critics were a...

‘The Lion King’ is visually impressive, but feels logy

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Computer techniques add a lot, but take away something vital

 

Rating: «« out of ««««

Running Time: 118 minutes

This week’s big release is Disney’s photo-realistic take on the 1994 animated classic, The Lion King. Fans of the original film may be happy to learn that the primary story hasn’t been changed a great deal. Instead, the selling point is the CGI animal creations backed by an impressive Africa savannah. On a technical level it’s a marvel, with stunning visual effects and imagery. Unfortunately, the extended running time drags events out, resulting in some logy pacing.

The story follows Simba (Donald Glover), a kind-hearted lion forced into self-banishment...

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