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Bluray/DVD Roundup for December 22, 2023

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Happy holidays and welcome to a look at some of the highlights arriving this week. This particular edition is filled with some huge titles and independent efforts – there is plenty to choose from and even a few gift ideas. So as always, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors for a while...

‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ is an unexpected but delightful sequel

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This animated motion picture will premiere on Netflix Friday, Dec. 15.

In the year 2000, British animation studio Aardman premiered their first feature-length movie. That feature was Chicken Run and it was a massive hit with critics and at the box office. It likely would have snagged an Oscar for Best Animated Film, but remarkably this award category didn’t yet exist at the time. After a very, very long wait, a somewhat unexpected sequel has arrived.

The 23-year break between films suggests that Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget may not really need to exist. Despite this potential issue, the final product is chock-full of...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for December 22, 2023

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Happy holidays and welcome to a look at some of the highlights arriving this week.



BIG NEW RELEASES!



AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER: After its theatrical release at the end of 2022, the third-highest grossing film of all time worldwide (behind the original Avatar and Avengers: Endgame) is finally arriving on a variety of formats. In fact, there’s a 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray edition, a Best Buy exclusive in 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray, and a 3D Blu-ray and regular Blu-ray version.

This sequel is set many years after the previous installment, where main characters Jake Sully and Ney’tiri have nurtured a family. When invading military forces arrive on Pandora once again, the leads move...

‘The Iron Claw’ deserves some attention this awards season

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This film from A24 opens at theaters on Friday,  Dec. 22.

This reviewer is no authority on the subject of professional wrestling, but does remember watching it on television as a kid in the early 1980s. In fact, this era appears to have been something of a “golden age” that introduced viewers to some of the biggest names in the industry. While not as famous as personalities like Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, the Von Erich brothers were also from this period and performed in leagues like the WCCW, NWA and WWE (known as the WWF during the 80s).

The Iron Claw is a biopic that tells their story, including their rise to...

Blu-ray/DVD Roundup for December 15, 2023

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Welcome to another look at some of the highlights arriving on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, as well as DVD. This is an incredibly busy week, with so many titles that a few micro-budgeted movies had to be cut from this article. Still, there’s something for everyone, including documentary, drama and biopics, to genre flicks and science-fiction. So, if you can’t make it out to the movies this week or need to stay indoors for a little while, be sure to give one of these features a try!

BIG NEW RELEASES!

BAD THINGS: A group of friends decide to take a vacation at a remote mountain resort. Since this is a horror movie, this kind of trip can only be a bad one. Friction arises between group...

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