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Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray disc review $79.98

Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray disc review

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GAME OF THRONES: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
(2013, Blu-ray released February 18, 2014 – MSRP $79.98)

THE SERIES:

    In the third season of the hit HBO drama series Game of Thrones, the Lannisters are barely holding onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power in Westeros. Robb Stark, King in the North, is facing major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters while beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen – reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons – attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne.
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Criterion May 2014 Blu-ray titles: Red River, The Life Aquatic, Like Someone in Love

Criterion May 2014 Blu-ray titles: Red River, The Life Aquatic, Like Someone in Love

Wow. Another killer month of new Criterion titles including the long-awaited high-def reissue of Wes Anderson‘s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and a totally drool-worthy edition of Howard HawksRed River that features not one, but two versions of the film, both newly restored. As excited as I am to get my hands on those titles, the film of the lot I’ve been dying to see is Abbas Kiarostami‘s Like Someone in Love, the legendary director’s latest opus. I just love the fact that an Iranian filmmaker took the chance to make a movie in Japan, shot in the land-of-the-rising-sun’s native tongue. Awesome!

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Scream Factory bringing Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre to Blu-ray

Scream Factory bringing Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre to Blu-ray

Werner Herzog‘s take on Nosferatu is one of my all time favourite films. It’s also been one of the DVDs in my collection that perpetually pains me. It’s old, non-anamorphic transfer is like a pox on my eyes. A pox I’ve been suffering since the ’90s. Thanks to the lords of horror home video, otherwise known as Scream Factory, I’m about to be able to bin my old, well worn DVD and grace my poor, sullied eyeballs with a brand spanking new high-def transfer of one of the best films ever made. Nosferatu the Vampyre hits Blu on May 20.

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Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray announced and detailed

Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray announced and detailed

Mel Brooks‘ cowboy genre send-up Blazing Saddles has been available on Blu since 2006. Warner is finally re-issuing the title in a deluxe 40th Anniversary edition, complete with new special features and added googahs. The VC-1 transfer on the original release was decent but was saddled with a weak, lossy Dolby Digital audio track. If this new edition gives the audio a bump up to lossless DTS-MA, the 40th Anniversary Edition will be a must-buy for all fans.

Note: the new disc appears to have lost the 4-minute long “Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn” featurette. If that’s a big deal to you, you better hold on to your old disc.

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Justice League: War Blu-ray disc review $24.98

Justice League: War Blu-ray disc review

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR
(2014, Blu-ray released February 4, 2014 – MSRP $24.98)

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    When the powerful Darkseid and his massive, relentless forces invade Earth, a group of previously unaligned super heroes – misunderstood and, in some cases, hunted by the authorities – discover the only way to fend off the attack will be to work together as a cohesive unit. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Shazam and, in his origin story, Cyborg combine their respective talents in an all-out battle to save the planet. Based on the 2012 graphic novel, “Justice League: Origin,” by Geoff Johns & Jim Lee, JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR provides a glance into the world before the Justice League was created, and offers the initial animated incarnation of DC Entertainment’s “The New 52.”
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Son of Batman animated film on Blu-ray

Son of Batman animated film on Blu-ray

I love these DCU animated films to bits. I also love Batman to bits. But I have to admit I’m always a little disappointed when Warner announces that their next DCU flick will be starring the Dark Knight. Haven’t we seen enough of his adventures on film? What about another Wonder Woman film? Or how about giving Green Arrow a chance to prove he’s more than a CW pretty boy? Or hell, how cool would a New Gods movie be? Man, I’d pay top dollar for that.

Sigh.

In the meantime, I’ll watch the shit outta Son of Batman film when it comes out on Blu-ray May 6 and I’ll no doubt love it!

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1923 Hunchback of Notre Dame coming to Blu-ray in March

1923 Hunchback of Notre Dame coming to Blu-ray in March

This might just be the first big home video horror-nerd announcement of 2014! And one that I’ve been waiting for for years. Flicker Alley let loose an email blast last week letting the world know that they intend to release the 1923 version of Hunchback of Notre Dame – yes, the iconic silent one starring Lon Chaney – on Blu-ray sometime this coming year. But details were slim. Now the company has updated their site with a preorder for the disc and a bunch of details, including package art and a list of special features. Fans will note that this release appears to mirror the 2007 Image DVD in a lot of ways, which makes sense as David Shepard, owner of the Blackhawk Films library, is once again involved. Both Shepard and Flicker Alley have a history of taking great care with their projects. I’ve got high hopes for this one!

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Criterion April Blu-ray titles: Breaking the Waves, Il Sorpasso, Master of the House, more

Criterion April Blu-ray titles: Breaking the Waves, Il Sorpasso, Master of the House, more

Another great line up of titles from the world’s finest home video studio, headlined by Lars von Trier‘s breakout hit, Breaking the Waves. Note that the 400 Blows is a dual-format re-release title that will now include both Blu-ray and DVD in the same package.

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