Monday, December 5, 2016

'The Secret Agent' DVD Review

The year is 1886 and Europe is being taken over by Anarchist Terrorists. Russia is very worried about the situation and they are very upset with the English indifference. Spies are sent from Russia to England to convince them to take the threat seriously. The Russian's feel that by blowing up the Greenwich Observatory and passing the blame unto the terrorists that the English will change their ways.

In comes Verloc (Toby Jones) our Russian spy and he has been assigned the mission. He sets himself up in a very seedy sex shop in Soho. His wife Winnie (Vicky McClure) doesn't have a clue about any of this. Verloc is able to spy on local anarchists and no one is the wiser. Verloc simply comes off as some kind of sleaze and gets away with his cloak and dagger lifestyle. If any of this was to be found out Verloc would take a hard fall.

Verloc is using a Professor (Ian Hart) to get all the explosives he needs for the job. A small problem arises when his activities are becoming known to Chief Inspector Heat (Stephen Graham) of Scotland Yard. Now, Verloc finds himself caught between the police and the Russians so he begins to groom his wife's younger brother Stevie (Charlie Hamblett). Stevie is becoming an accomplice but really doesn't have a clue about the mission. There is just one major problem about all this and that is yes Verloc is possibly caught between a rock and a hard place with the police and the Russians. What he really doesn't realize is that if Vinniie was ever to find out what is going on all hell would break loose.

Acorn brings this exciting DVD to us on December 6th, 2016. The quality of the DVD is fantastic and the sights and sounds are excellent. This will make a perfect Christmas gift or if you simply want to add it to you personal library. This is great tale of espionage, terror and betrayal. Enjoy.

'The 2016 World Series, Two-Disc' Blu-Ray Review

The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series. What makes this such an amazing event is that the last time the Cubs were able to win the World Series was 108 years ago. For long time Cubs fan Vince Vaughn this was a dream come true. This two disc Blu-Ray is narrated by Vaughn and you can simply hear in his voice the pride and joy that he has for this fantastic feat.

The Cubs began this journey when they acquired Coach Joe Maddon from the Tampa Bay Rays. Many fans knew something special was going to take place when Madden took over, but no one had a clue that the drought would come to an end. For many years the Cubs were the joke every spring training that this was going to be the year, but for 108 seasons it never occurred. The acquisition of players like MVP Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Jake Arrieta, Dexter Fowler, Jon Lester and David Ross brought the dream team to Chicago.

The persons who ignited all this joy were Cub's owner Tom Ricketts and the President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. Between these two men they brought all of these people together and with the final out of the 2016 World Series brought the series trophy back to Chicago. You will see highlights of each and every game of the series between the Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. The Indians fought hard and a seventh game was needed to seal the deal. You will hear from the players themselves as they are interviewed about this tremendous event. You will feel as if you are right there for each play.

Shout Factory and Major League Baseball bring this wonderful event to Blu-Ray on December 6th, 2016. The quality of the Blu-Ray is excellent and the sights and sounds are fantastic. This would make a wonderful Christmas gift or an excellent addition to that personal library. This is history in the making and hopefully for the Cubs sake that it won't be another 108 years for another World Series Championship.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

'The Wild Life' Blu-Ray Review

Our story opens with a parrot named Mak (David Howard) telling us about a man named Robinson Crusoe (Yuri Lowenthal). Now Crusoe was sailing the Pacific Ocean and his ship runs into a terrible storm. The ship can't handle the weather and Crusoe and his dog Aynsley make it to a small island with some pretty quirky animals. Mak was out with some of his friends just strolling down the beach when they run into Crusoe. The problem is that the animals had no idea what Crusoe was, they had never seen a human before. At first the animals were very suspicious of Crusoe but as time went on they realized that this man actually needed them to survive. You see Crusoe was pretty clumsy.

Some of the other animals were a tapir named Rosie (Laila Berzins), an anteater named  Epi (Sandy Fox) and a almost blind goat named Scrubby (Joey Caman). Crusoe needed a place to stay and it's Mac who at first decided to help this human. Little by little the other animals lend a hand and Crusoe has a place to lay his head when he wants to sleep. The animals were pretty lazy. You see, they actually could have laid back and eaten bugs all day and would have been happy. It was Mac who always questioned if there was more to the world than just their little island. Life becomes complicated when two cats land on the island and stir things up. The cats want to take over control of the island but when Crusoe and the gang realize what they're up to all the chaos begins.

Lionsgate brings this wonderful story to Blu-Ray on November 29th, 2016. The quality of the Blu-Ray is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. Children will love the animation and story, and the whole family can sit back and enjoy this wonderful tale of adventure. You will definitely want to add this one to that personal library. Enjoy.


Monday, November 28, 2016

'Pete's Dragon' Blu-Ray Review

Our story opens with a family driving down the road. Pete (Levi Alexander) and his parents swerve to miss a deer but the car crashes. The impact kills his parents but Pete is able to get out of the car. He stumbles around and is surrounded by a pack of wolves. The wolves are frightened away by what appears to be a Dragon. Pete can't believe his eyes because it really is a Dragon and he eventually calls it Elliot (John Kassir).

Six years later Pete (Oakes Fegley) and Elliot have been living in a cave and seem to be doing quite well considering. Now Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) is telling some children the story of the dragon. Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) overhears her father and becomes interested. You see Grace is a Forrest Ranger and thinks she might get lucky and spot the dragon sometime. Grace was walking in the woods one day and Pete spotted her. He followed her for awhile but then a lumberjack named Gavin (Karl Urban) comes on the scene so he holds back. Grace's fiancé Jack (Wes Bentley) and his daughter Natalie (Oona Laurence) also arrive to see what Gavin is doing. Gavin and Jack are brothers and Jack's not too happy that Gavin is out cutting down trees on his own.

Natalie spots Pete and follows him. The two climb a tree but Natalie almost falls out of the tree but is only scraped up. Pete tries to run away but hits his heads and is unconscious. They take him to the hospital but Pete runs away. Grace and Natalie go looking for Pete and eventually do find him. They take him in but Pete wants to be with Elliot.

This is pure Disney at its best. I'm not going to tell the ending, that you will have to see for yourself, but you better have some tissue around. Disney brings this wonderful story to Blu-Ray on November 29th, 2016. The quality of the Blu-Ray is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is definitely one for that personal library. So don't waste any time and pick up a copy right away.

'Sound breaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music' DVD Review

This is a music documentary that goes beyond all others. This eight part series looks at the innovation and experimentation of a centuries worth of music. It literally details the birth of new sounds and explores just how society reacted to them. From The Beatles and their use of multi-track technology to the use of synthesized instruments, our story will explore the drum machines that were used in the disco-era to the simple use of artificial and natural sounds in today's music.

You the viewer will hear in their own words how artists over the years have come up with groundbreaking music time and again. The Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will discuss the innovative approach they took towards their music. Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Roger Walters and Annie Lennox will discuss the sounds that made them famous. Producers like Sir George Martin, Quincy Jones will talk of work behind the music that took place to make those wonderful sounds of the 1960's until today.

Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, as well as Steven Van Zandt and Billy Idol will talk about the sounds they have worked on for their entire careers. Groups like The Black Keys and Questlove will discuss their brand of music and discuss the sound they wanted to sell. This is big. What you have in these eight episodes is the artist simply telling the audience about how the music was made. In the end, you will literally listen to certain songs in a whole different light. Music has become such an integral part of our lives that it might just be worth watching just to simply learn why you listen to the type of music that you enjoy.

Athena brings this wonderful story of music to us on DVD November 29th, 2016. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are superb. This history of modern music will be a wonderful addition to that personal library. So don't waste any time and pick this up if not for yourself then for a wonderful Christmas gift for that special someone.

'Brief Encounters' DVD Review

Jacqueline Gold wrote a book titled, "Good Vibrations: The True Story of Ann Summers". Now Ann Summer's group is a company that was started by Ms. Gold in the 1980's and sold lingerie and sex toys at parties. It was based on the Tupperware approach where one woman or a group of women would throw a party and invite others to come and see the items to be sold. It was a great way for housewives to make an extra dollar.

'Brief Encounters' is the story of four women who come together to broaden their horizons so to speak. Steph (Sophie Rundle), Dawn (Sharon Rooney), Pauline (Penelope Wilton) and Nita (Angela Griffin) are our future businesswomen for the Ann Summers company. What makes this a great show is that when this show takes place these types of parties didn't go over well at first. For instance, husbands and families didn't take to this sort of business at first. If you think about it society in general didn't take to them at first.

For some of our women they took on this sort of job because husbands were getting laid off and bills needed to be paid. For others they simply wanted to spread their wings so to speak, from the day in and day out routine of being wife and mother. What's great is that once everything takes off the women can see changes taking place in their personality and surroundings. The woman grew in their own confidence and others could see changes. This would be a plus and for some a challenge in their lives.

Acorn brings this wonderful show to DVD on November 29th, 2016. The quality of the DVD is excellent and the sights and sounds are exquisite. This is a must for all of you who enjoy British comedy/drama. This will make an excellent addition to that personal library. So sit back and watch our young entrepreneurs take off into the business world of lingerie and sex toys and the fun it brings to all involved.

'C.H.U.D. II: Bud The Chud' Blu-Ray Review

Our movie opens in two ways, the military is wanting to perfect the 'C.H.U.D.'s and a couple of teenagers lose their teachers cadaver. Now a 'C.H.U.D'. is simply a Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller. The military want to use these creatures to fight in wars rather than risk actual humans.

Our teenagers Kevin (Bill Calvert), and Steve (Brian Robbins) were in their teachers lab when they discover a human corpse. The two want to use it but they lose the corpse. They decide to break into a government lab and steal a body but the corpse they end up with is Bud the Chud (Gerrit Graham) a human whose body is decomposing due to the military experiments it has gone through. Bud is brought back to life sort of, with a disease it carries starting to infect everyone it comes into contact with. Kevin and Steve aren't totally at fault for this hometown destruction. Their friend Katie (Tricia Leigh Fisher) was right there to help procure Bud from the military.

Now, what helps this horror flick is the comedy that is added to the plot. Kevin and Steve are good for a laugh but when you add Katie, along with the Army, the local police, and the FBI well let's face it you really do open yourself up for a laugh. All Bud wants to do is bring dead people back to flesh eating zombies. It's everybody else who wants to try and stop them.

Lionsgate brings this wonderfully funny and ghoulish movie to Blu-ray on November 22nd, 2016. The quality of the Blu-Ray is fantastic and the sights and sounds are excellent. This is a must for all horror aficionados. It will be a wonderful addition to that personal library. So don't waste any time and see who comes out ahead.