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The following Blu-rays and DVDs are being released on March 21

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New to View: March 21
Posted on March 17, 2017 by Bob Bloom

By Bob Bloom
The following Blu-rays and DVDs are being released on March 21, unless otherwise noted:
Live by Night (Blu-ray + Ultraviolet)
Details: 2016, Warner Home Video
Rated: R, graphic violence, language, sexual content, nudity
The lowdown: “Live by Night” would have greatly benefited if Ben Affleck had committed wholly to embracing the dark side of his rum-running bootlegger.
Instead, Affleck, who also wrote the script and directed the movie, based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, goes to great pains to give his Joe Coughlin a moral code and honorable set of ethics.
Yes, Coughlin kills people — lots of them — but, per his view, they deserved to die.
Affleck’s use of voice-over narration reinforces his character’s outlook, as well as Affleck the director’s need to make audiences understand and sympathize with Coughlin.
“Live by Night” reeks of pretention as if Affleck was not satisfied with making a simple crime drama, but, instead, had to infuse it with messages and observations that seem aimed at today’s political and social climate.
The film crawls along, interspersed by kinetic moments of violence. It is unevenly paced, cold and uninvolving.
“Live by Night” is weighed down by Affleck’s ambitions to create more than a simple gangster film. As good as he is as a director, this is one case in which his reach outdistances his grasp.
The film does work better in the intimate confines of a home theater than on the big screen. Affleck’s narration is easier to understand as are some of the ethnic accents of the Southern and Hispanic characters.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.40:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 descriptive audio and French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: Bonus offerings include a featurette on the gangsters’ moral code, a look at Lehane, a featurette on the film’s women cast members, a behind-the-scenes look at creating the movie’s intense car chase sequence, a commentary track by Affleck and deleted scenes with commentary.

Sing: Special Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet)
Details: 2016, Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Rated: PG, rude humor, mild danger
The lowdown: Shows such as “American Idol” and “The Voice” tapped into people’s dreams of showcasing their vocal talents and propelling themselves to fame and riches.
“Sing” takes that premise and focuses it on the animal kingdom with various mammals and rodents letting loose to fulfill their aspirations.
A strong cast of vocal talent led by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, John C. Reilly and Seth MacFarlane make this an enjoyable feature that will please young and old alike.
Technical aspects: Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 widescreen picture; English Dolby ATMOS True HD, English 2.0 DVS, Spanish 7.1 Dolby digital Plus and French 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles; DVD: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen picture; English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby digital and English 2.0 DVS; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include three mini-movies, a music video with Tori Kelly, character profiles, the best of Gunter one-liners, two lyric videos, a making of featurette, a behind-the-scenes look at editing an animated film, a behind-the-scenes look at the “Faith” dance routine and a featurette on updates in the lives of many of the film’s major characters.

Assassin’s Creed (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
Details: 2016, Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13, intense action violence, language, adult themes
The lowdown: Michael Fassbender and Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard star in this adaptation of the popular video game franchise.
The movie focuses on Callum (Fassbender), who discovers through some breakthrough technology, that he is a descendant of an ancient line of Assassins.
The transformed Callum begins to gain new knowledge and skills that he will need to help thwart the Templar’s, another ancient order that aims for world domination.
Fans of the game will enjoy the movie, which contains some fine action sequences, but the narrative is a bit incoherent.
Technical aspects: Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 2.39:1 widescreen picture; English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 descriptive audio and Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles; DVD: 2.39:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 Dolby digital; English 5.1 descriptive audio; Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby digital surround; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include a five-part documentary on the making of the film and various behind-the-scenes looks at the weapons, costumes, stunts and other aspects of the movie; a conversation with director Justin Kurzel and deleted scenes.

Julieta (Blu-ray)
Details: 2016, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: R, nudity, sexual situations
The lowdown: Pedro Almodóvar directed this Spanish import about a rift between a mother and daughter that occurs after the death of the family’s patriarch.
Julieta and her daughter, Antía, are devastated when Julieta’s husband and Antía’s father dies.
Both are grieving, but instead of drawing them closer their pain creates a wedge that drives them apart.
When Antía turns 18, she leaves home without any explanation. Julieta is mystified by the loss and it begins affecting everything she does.
Her struggle leads to some self-discovery and surprising revelations.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 widescreen picture; Spanish 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English 5.1 Dolby digital audio description track; English SDH, English and French subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include a portrait of “Julieta” and a celebration of Almodóvar.

Insecure: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray + Ultraviolet)
Details: 2016, HBO Home Entertainment
Rated: TV-MA, language, sexual situations
The lowdown: This HBO series centers on two black women navigating the professional and personal landscape of Los Angeles.
Series creator Issa Rae stars as Issa who, along with her best friend, Molly (Yvonne Orji), deal with all kinds of turbulence and uncomfortable racy experiences as they seek fulfillment, success and love.
The Blu-ray contains all eight first-season episodes.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.78:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 5.1 DTS digital surround and Spanish 2.0 DTS digital surround; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: A look at the characters’ favorite reality TV show and two behind-the-scenes featurettes comprise the major bonus offerings.

Elle (Blu-ray)
Release date: March 14
Details: 2016, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rated: R, rape violence, nudity, language, disturbing images
The lowdown: Isabelle Huppert stars in this psychosexual thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven about the middle-aged head of a video game company who is brutally raped by an intruder in her apartment.
Instead of going to the police, Michelle (Huppert), decides to track the assailant down herself and inflict her own form of revenge.
Huppert earned a well-deserved Academy Award nomination for her striking performance.
The movie, at times, is uncomfortable to watch, but remains very compelling.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.40:1 widescreen picture; French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English audio description track and Hungarian 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH, English, Bulgarian, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish and Thai subtitles.
Don’t miss: A making of featurette and an AFI tribute to Huppert comprise the major bonus offerings.

S.O.B. (Blu-ray)
Release date: March 7
Details: 1981, Warner Archive Collection
Rated: R, language, nudity
The lowdown: Blake Edwards wrote and directed this Hollywood satire starring his wife, Julie Andrews, as well as Richard Mulligan, William Holden, Robert Preston, Larry Hagman, Robert Vaughn and Shelley Winters.
The plot centers on movie director Felix Farmer (Mulligan) who has had a string of flops.
To resurrect his career, Farmer, with the advice of agents, studio flacks and others, decides to make a film that will radically alter the wholesome image of his superstar wife, played by Andrews.
This is a biting behind-the-scenes satire that skewers the phoniness of Hollywood.
The release is a made-on-demand Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection and can be found at www.wbshop.com or other online sellers.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.40:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio monaural; English SDH subtitles.

Finian’s Rainbow (Blu-ray)
Release date: March 7
Details: 1968, Warner Archive Collection
Rated: G
The lowdown: Francis Ford Coppola directed this screen adaptation of the 1947 Broadway musical about an Irishman who plants a stolen pot of leprechaun gold near Fort Knox to reap a rich harvest.
Fred Astaire plays Finian, with Petula Clark as his daughter and Tommy Steele as Og, the leprechaun.
The film reprises such Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg favorites as “How Are Things in Glocca Mora?,” “That Old Devil Moon” and “Look to the Rainbow.”
The movie features some dancing by Astaire, which always is a pleasure to watch, plus some social commentary on race relations in the South during that era.
The release is a made-on-demand Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection and can be found at www.wbshop.com or other Internet retailers.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.35:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include a featurette on the movie’s premiere and a commentary track with Coppola.

RoboCop 2: Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)
RoboCop 3: Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)
Details: 1990, 1993, Scream Factory
Rated: R, graphic violence, language (“RoboCop 2”), PG-13, violence (“RoboCop 3”)
The lowdown: These two sequels are pale comparisons to the original, despite utilizing many cast members from “RoboCop.”
In “RoboCop 2” cyber cop Murphy (Peter Weller) must contend with another rampaging cyborg, a police strike and a new designer drug called “Nuke.”
Once again, an evil corporation that has its tentacles in every aspect of Detroit stands in RoboCop’s way.
“RoboCop 3” features Robert John Burke as the new RoboCop who, again, must do battle with the evil corporation that runs the city.
Once again, he must face off against an evil android, protect a group of disenfranchised people trying to save their homes and take on a corporate militia in order to save Detroit.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras on “RoboCop 2” include a commentary track, a making of featurette, a look at the special effects, a Robo-Fabricator featurette and an “OCP Declassified” featurette. “RoboCop 3” bonus offerings include a commentary track, a making of featurette, a look at the special effects, a “The Corporate Ladder” featurette, a look at “Training OTOMO” and a “War Machine” featurette.

The Zeta Project: Season 1 (DVD-R)
The Zeta Project: Season 2 (DVD-R)
Release date: March 14
Details: 2001-02, Warner Archive Collection
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: This animated series, from the world of “Batman Beyond,” features Zeta, an experimental infiltration robot designed to be a government agent.
Zeta’s robotic technology allows it to assume any identity so it can be the ultimate assassin.
However, when Zeta’s programming evolves, it refuses to carry out orders from the government.
Zeta is now considered the enemy and government Agent Bennet wants to destroy it before it can harm humanity.
Zeta flees and forms a friendship with Ro, an orphan also on the run.
The first season set contains two discs with 12 episodes, while the second season set contains 14 episodes on two discs.
The sets are made-on-demand DVDs from the Warner Archive Collection and can be found at www.wbshop.com or other online dealers.
Technical aspects: 1.33 (4×3) full-frame picture; English Dolby digital surround.
Don’t miss: Bonus materials on the season one set include a featurette on the making of the series and how it evolved as well as two bonus episodes of “Batman Beyond” featuring Zeta.

Other Blu-rays and DVDs being released on Tuesday, unless otherwise indicated:
Ali & Nino (IFC Films)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Complete Season Three (Blu-ray-R) (Warner Archive Collection)

FOR KIDS
Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Super Shredder (Nickelodeon-Paramount Home Entertainment)

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS and STREAMING
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilms-Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, March 24)
Asylum (Acorn TV, March 27)

Coming next week: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
20th Century Women

Bob Bloom is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. He reviews movies, Blu-rays and DVDs for ReelBob (ReelBob.com), The Film Yap and other print and online publications. He can be reached by email at bobbloomjc@gmail.com. You also can follow Bloom on Twitter @ReelBobBloom and on Facebook. Movie reviews by Bloom also can be found at Rottentomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com.

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Bob Bloom’s New To View March 13th !

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New to View: March 14
Posted on March 11, 2017 by Bob Bloom

By Bob Bloom
The following Blu-rays and DVDs are being released on Tuesday, March 14, unless otherwise noted:
Collateral Beauty (Blu-ray + Ultraviolet)
Details: 2016, Warner Home Video
Rated: PG-13, adult themes, strong language
The lowdown: If you like cheap, artificial and manipulative sentimentality than this is the movie for you.
It is unimaginable to understand the pain and suffering a parent must go through after the loss of a child, which is what makes “Collateral Beauty” such an emotionally disgusting feature.
The cynical and insincere fashions in which the film deals with grief are unpardonable and outrageous.
So many aspects of the film are so phony that you can easily create a laundry list of shortcomings.
The movie also is simplistic and predictable: You know everything that is going to happen within the first 10 minutes.
And that is a shame because the movie features a stellar cast, including Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena and Naomi Harris.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.40:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 descriptive audio and French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: The primary bonus feature is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie.

Jackie (Blu-ray + DVD + digital HD)
Release date: March 7
Details: 2016, Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: R, graphic violence, language
The lowdown: No one encapsulated the life of celebrity — of living in that public fishbowl — as much as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
This private woman was thrust into a whirlwind life of politics and campaigning after marrying up-and-coming politician John F. Kennedy, who rose from Massachusetts senator to president of the United States.
After her husband was elected, she decided to add some class and culture to the “people’s house,” making it her mission to heighten sophistication and art through example.
The assassination of John F. Kennedy threw a very glaring spotlight on this quiet woman, thrusting her into the public eye in a manner never before experienced by any first lady.
And, that, basically is where we meet her in “Jackie,” which is not a biopic, but a character study of a woman in turmoil — trying to maintain her dignity and secrecy, preserve her husband’s legacy, take care of her young children and get on with a life that has been cruelly and brutally interrupted — all under the scrutiny of an inquisitive and curious public and media.
As portrayed by Natalie Portman, Jacqueline Kennedy is a soft-spoken woman with a backbone of steel who is determined to do things her way.
Technical aspects: Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 1.66:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 descriptive audio and Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles; DVD: 1.66:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 Dolby digital and descriptive audio and Spanish 2.0 Dolby digital; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: Bonus offerings include a featurette on the making of the movie and a look at Portman’s portrayal and a commentary track.

45 Years: Special Edition (Blu-ray)
Release date: March 7
Details: 2015, The Criterion Collection
Rated: R, language, sexual content
The lowdown: Veteran actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star in this dark drama about a couple of the eve of celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary when a letter to Courtenay’s Geoff shakes the foundation of their relationship.
The letter tells Geoff that the body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in an icy glacier in the Swiss Alps.
Geoff and Rampling’s Kate go about their daily lives, doing their usual mundane routine.
But the letter unearths cracks in their marriage that, by the time the anniversary celebration arrives, the couple may have little to celebrate.
This is a slowly-paced feature that is carried by the performances of these two longtime British stars.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: Bonus offerings include a commentary track, interviews with Rampling, Courtenay, director Andrew Haigh, producer Tristan Goligher, editor Jonathan Alberts and director of photography Loi Crawley, an interview with author David Constantine, whose short story was the basis for the film, and an essay about the movie.

For the Love of Spock
Details: 2016, FilmRise
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: Adam Nimoy made this documentary about his famous father, Leonard, the beloved Mr. Spock of “Star Trek,” and his influence on people and culture.
This tribute to a father by his son includes interviews with William Shatner, Zachary Quinto, JJ Abrams and astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
The feature looks at Nimoy’s life and career.
Technical aspects: Widescreen picture; English 5.1 Dolby digital; English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian and French subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include a Boston TV special about Nimoy, a commentary track, a “Star Trek” trivia featurette with Jason Alexander, an on-set at “The Big Bang Theory” featurette and a Tribeca question-and-answer session with Adam Nimoy and Quinto.

Solace (Blu-ray + Ultraviolet)
Details: 2017, Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Rated: R, graphic violence, bloody images, sexual content, nudity, language
The lowdown: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Farrell and Abbie Cornish star in this thriller about a serial killer and the psychic who is helping the FBI find him.
Morgan is the FBI agent who turns to his clairvoyant colleague, Hopkins, to help in the case after three bodies turn up with identical wounds and cryptic notes near the murder scenes.
Farrell, of course, plays the killer in this tense, cat-and-mouse feature.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.40:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH, English and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: A making of featurette and a commentary track are the major bonus components.

Firestarter: Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)
Details: 1984, Scream Factory
Rated: R, graphic violence, language
The lowdown: A very young Drew Barrymore stars in this adaptation of the Stephen King novel about a “Charlie,” a little girl who can start fires with simply a glance.
An evil government agency, “The Shop,” wants to control “Charlie” and harness her powers. The Shop uses “Charlie’s” love for her dad, played by David Keith, to pressure her into conducting experiments for them.
The cast includes Martin Sheen, George C. Scott and Roscoe Lee Brown as the evil Shop representatives. The cast also includes Art Carney and Louise Fletcher.
A score by Tangerine Dream helps move the film along.
If you like to see people incinerated, then “Firestarter” is your cup of tea.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.35:1 widescreen picture; English DTS-HD Master Audio; English subtitles.
Don’t miss: Bonus offerings include a commentary track and interviews with cast members and filmmakers.

Red Dawn: Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)
Details: 1984, Shout! Factory
Rated: PG-13, violence, language
The lowdown: John Milius directed this fantasy that looks at what could have happened if the Cold War turned hot.
The movie follows a group of Colorado high school students who wage a guerrilla war against invading troops, including Russians, who have occupied their home town.
Patrick Swayze leads the small band, which includes Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey.
The adults in the cast include Harry Dean Stanton, Ben Johnson, Powers Booth, William Smith and Ron O’Neal.
The movie utilizes several World War II clichés, but, nevertheless has become a cult favorite.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include a new featurette that looks back on the making of the movie and its impact and archival featurettes that go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew.

Other Blu-rays and DVDs being released on Tuesday, unless otherwise indicated:
Country Crush (Blu-ray) (Shout! Factory)

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS and STREAMING
A Monster Calls (Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Harry Benson: Shoot First (Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Miss Sloane (Fox Home Entertainment)
Psychos (Leomark Studios, March 17)
Striking Out (Acorn TV, March 17)

Coming next week: Sing

Bob Bloom is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. He reviews movies, Blu-rays and DVDs for ReelBob (ReelBob.com), The Film Yap and other print and online publications. He can be reached by email at bobbloomjc@gmail.com. You also can follow Bloom on Twitter @ReelBobBloom and on Facebook. Movie reviews by Bloom also can be found at Rottentomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com.

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New to View: March 7
Posted on March 4, 2017 by Bob Bloom

By Bob Bloom
The following Blu-rays and DVDs are being released on Tuesday, March 7, unless otherwise noted:

Moana (Blu-ray + DVD + digital HD)
Details: 2016, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Rated: PG, scary action and images, brief thematic material
The lowdown: This colorful and tuneful Disney animated adventure about a spirited and fearless young girl, Moana (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) who embarks on a dangerous quest to save her people.
Along the way, she enlists the help of the demigod Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) to help her succeed in her mission.
The movie will appeal to children and adults, plus you get the rare treat of hearing Johnson sing.
The movies is filled with humor and action. The animation is superb and the soundtrack blasts from the screen.
Technical aspects: Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 2.39:1 widescreen picture; English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 2.0 descriptive audio, and Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH, Spanish and French subtitles; DVD: 2.39:1 widescreen picture; English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital and English 2.0 descriptive audio; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: The set contains hours of bonus materials including a featurette on how the heritage of Pacific islanders inspired the story and filmmakers, a deleted song, behind-the-scenes looks and profiles at the film’s stars, a featurette on the costuming, a featurette on the film’s composers and how working on “Moana” changed their lives, a music video, deleted scenes, Easter eggs, four behind-the-scenes featurettes on the movie’s effects and a commentary track.

Man Down (Blu-ray + Ultraviolet)
Details: 2016, Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Rated: R, disturbing violence, language
The lowdown: Shia LaBeouf stars as Gabriel Drummer, a Marine just home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, he finds home as much as a battlefield as the one he left.
Drummer, with the aid of a fellow Marine, sets out to find his estranged family. Along the way, he meets a man with important information that could help Drummer in his search.
This psychological thriller revisits Drummer’s past as it helps unravel the puzzle of his missing family and the search to locate them.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.40:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH, English and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: A commentary track is the major bonus component.

Rules Don’t Apply (Blu-ray + DVD + digital HD)
Release date: Feb. 28
Details: 2016, Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13, sexual situations, language, adult themes, drug references
The lowdown: Warren Beatty wrote, directed and costars in this comedy set in 1958 Hollywood.
Beatty portrays eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Lily Collins portrays an aspiring actress who is a devout and virginal Baptist, and future Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich portrays the religious Methodist chauffeur who both work for Hughes.
The relationship between Collins’ Marla and Ehrenreich’s Frank tests their religious tenets as well as Hughes’ rules that no one can have a relationship with any of his female contract players.
As Marla and Frank are drawn deeper and deeper into Hughes’ bizarre world, their lives are forever changed.
The movie, which received a 55 percent positive rating at Rottentomatoes.com, did not gel at the box office, despite its heavy-duty cast that also included Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, Candice Bergen and Martin Sheen.
Technical aspects: Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 Dolby digital descriptive audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby digital and French 5.1 DTS; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles; DVD: 1.85:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 Dolby digital and descriptive audio, Spanish and French 2.0 Dolby digital surround; English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include a making of featurette and a music video.

Shut In (Blu-ray + DVD + digital HD)
Release date: Feb. 28
Details: 2016, Fox Home Entertainment
Rated: PG-13, terror and graphic violence, bloody images, nudity, adult material, language
The lowdown: Naomi Watts plays a recently widowed child psychologist in this psychological thriller.
Watts’ Mary Portman lives an isolated existence in rural New England with her bedridden stepson.
When a young boy Portman is treated goes missing in a snowstorm and is presumed dead, she becomes convinced that his ghost is haunting her.
As events escalate, Portman’s grip on reality begins to loosen.
Technical aspects: Blu-ray: 1080p high definition, 2.39:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH and Spanish subtitles; DVD: 2.39:1 widescreen picture; English 5.1 Dolby digital; English SDH and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include two behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the movie.

Colors: Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray)
Details: 1988, Shout! Factory
Rated: Not rated, violence, language
The lowdown: Dennis Hopper directed this violent drama set in the gang world of Los Angeles.
Sean Penn and Robert Duvall star in this unrated version of the movie, which includes footage from the original international and home theater cuts of the movie.
Penn is the brash rookie and Duvall is the wise veteran as the two cops work in an anti-gang unit that covers East Los Angeles.
Their mission is to try keeping the peace in what is literally an urban war zone.
Don Cheadle and Damon Wayans are among the supporting cast.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 widescreen picture; English DTS-HD Master Audio stereo; English subtitles.
Don’t miss: Bonus offerings include interviews with screenwriter Michael Schiffer and technical advisor Dennis Fanning, a former L.A.P.D. gang division officer.

The Eyes of My Mother (Blu-ray)
Details: 2016, Magnolia Home Entertainment
Rated: R, disturbing and violent content and behavior, nudity
The lowdown: A psychological thriller about a former surgeon who teaches her daughter to understand anatomy and not be fazed by death.
One day, though, a mysterious stranger shatters the daughter’s world, deeply traumatizing the girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities within her.
Years later, the daughter, now an adult, her longing to connect with the world takes on a dark form.
The movie, shot in black and white, is very disturbing and uncomfortable.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 2.35:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English and Portuguese 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; English SDH, English and Spanish subtitles.
Don’t miss: The major extra is an interview with the movie’s director.

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (Blu-ray)
Release date: Feb. 28
Details: 1970, Warner Archive Collection
Rated: Not rated, nudity, violence
The lowdown: This Hammer Studios production is a follow-up to the Raquel Welch hit, “One Million Years B.C,” offering more beautiful blondes in scantily-clad fur costumes.
This feature stars Victoria Verti as a young woman rescued by a member of another tribe from a ritual sacrifice.
The two share many dangers and adventures and fall in love and as they are being pursued by members of Verti’s tribe.
While all this is going on, a new “fire” is forming in the sky — the moon.
As you can see, the movie is not scientifically accurate, but who cares. It’s fun, with special effects by Jim Danforth, a story by J. G. Ballard (“Crash”) and direction by Hammer veteran Val Guest.
The release is a made-on-demand Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection and can be found at www.wbshop.com or other online retailers.
Technical aspects: 1080p high definition, 1.85:1 (16×9 enhanced) widescreen picture; English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio monaural; English SDH subtitles.

The Brand New Testament
Details: 2016, Music Box Films
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: This religious satire from Belgium portrays God as living in a high-rise apartment in Brussels, where, dressed in a T-shirt and ratty bathrobe, he takes sadistic glee in dreaming up new laws to torment and befuddle humanity.
He also torments his wife and 10-year-old daughter.
One day, his daughter, Ea, like her brother, JC before her, becomes fed up with her father’s tyranny.
When she gets the opportunity, Ea breaks into her father’s community and texts everyone’s death date to the people of the world, thus negating the one hold her Father held over humanity.
As the world reacts, Ea takes the elevator down to Earth — with her Father in hot pursuit — gathers a new group of disciples around her and writes her own New Testament in an attempt to fix the mess her Dad made of humanity.
Some people may find this comedy disrespectful and blasphemous, but others will enjoy its wry social, political and religious observations.
Technical aspects: 2.35:1 widescreen picture; French 5.1 Dolby digital; English and French subtitles.
Don’t miss: Extras include a making of featurette, an interview with the film’s director, a featurette on the special effects, a “Home Cinema” episode with director Jaco Van Dormael and a booklet with essays and other writings about the movie.

When Comedy Was King
Release date: Jan. 14
Details: 1961, The Sprocket Vault
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: This compilation of reprises some of the greatest moments — and stars — from silent film comedies.
Featured are excerpts with Laurel & Hardy, Charley Chase, Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, the Keystone Kops and, of course, Charlie Chaplin.
The feature was compiled by Robert Youngson and has been digitally restored.
This is a treat for fans of silent comedies.
Technical aspects: 1.37:1 full-screen picture; English 2.0 Dolby digital.
Don’t miss: Extras include a commentary from film historian Richard M. Roberts as well as three silent comedies from Roberts’ private collection.

Lonestar: Stevie Ray Vaughan 1984-1989
Release date: March 10
Details: 2017, Sexy Intellectual
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: A DVD that looks at the glory years of guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan between 1984 and 1989.
Vaughan first emerged as a blues guitarist in the mid-1970s, but struggled for the next 10 years before garnering the recognition he deserved.
This documentary covers the period from the release of his debut album to his death in 1989 in a helicopter crash.
The film includes concert footage, interviews with friends and colleagues, photographs and other features that comprise his story.
This DVD is the sister release to the earlier “Rise of a Texas Bluesman — Stevie Ray Vaughan 1954-1983.”
Technical aspects: 16:9 widescreen picture; English Dolby digital stereo.

The Soldier and the Lady
Release date: Jan. 14
Details: 1937, The Sprocket Vault
Rated: Not rated
The lowdown: This adventure feature is an adaptation of Jules Verne’s “Michael Strogoff,” about a brave courier of Tsar Alexander II who struggles to deliver important information to Russian troops fighting a losing battle against invading hordes of Tartars in Siberia.
This 85-minute film moves quickly, aided by a strong musical score by the legendary Max Steiner.
The cast is headed by Anton Walbrook and Elizabeth Allen. It also features Akim Tarmiroff, Margot Graham, Faye Bainter, Ward Bond, Eric Blore and Edward Brophy.
Technical aspects: 1.37:1 full-screen picture; English 2.0 Dolby digital.
Don’t miss: The major extra are program notes by film historian Richard M. Roberts.

Other Blu-rays and DVDs being released on Tuesday, unless otherwise indicated:
Bloodrunners (Blu-ray) (Speakeasy Pictures)
The Lesson (Blu-ray) (Scream Factory)
Slasher.com (MuchoMuchoMucho Productions)
Officer Downe (Blu-ray) (Magnolia Home Entertainment, Feb. 28)

FOR KIDS
Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon (DVD + digital) (Shout! Kids)
Paw Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies (Nickelodeon-Paramount Home Entertainment)

DOWNLOADS and STREAMING
Bloodrunners (Speakeasy Pictures)
Capture Kill (Midnight Releasing)
Departure (Wolf Video)
Fair Haven (Breaking Glass Pictures)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Home Video)
Ghost of Darkness (Uncork’d Entertainment)
Ice Guardians (Upstream Flix)
Live by Night (Warner Home Video)
Passengers (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
The Red Pill (Gravitas Ventures)
Sword Master (Well Go USA Entertainment)
Martin Clunes’ Islands of Australia (Acorn TV, March 13)

Bob Bloom is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. He reviews movies, Blu-rays and DVDs for ReelBob (ReelBob.com), The Film Yap and other print and online publications. He can be reached by email at bobbloomjc@gmail.com. You also can follow Bloom on Twitter @ReelBobBloom and on Facebook. Movie reviews by Bloom also can be found at Rottentomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com.

BOB BLOOMS REVIEW OF “LOGAN”

http://reelbob.com/2017/03/02/reelbob-logan/

ReelBob: ‘Logan’
Posted on March 2, 2017 by Bob Bloom

By Bob Bloom

“Logan” is far from your average superhero movie.

This latest venture into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an intense drama surrounded by a thick aura of melancholy.

It is a bleak and sad experience, but a worthy farewell — at least for now — to two beloved Marvel characters.

The movie, set in 2029, finds an aged, worn-down and heavy-drinking Logan (Hugh Jackman), aka Wolverine, hiding out in Mexico with an ailing Dr. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and a grousing Caliban (Stephen Merchant).

Mutants are nearly extinct, and Logan, who works as a driver for hire, drinks to forget the past.

Logan’s self-imposed exile abruptly comes to an end when he is thrust into protecting and transporting a young girl with extraordinary gifts to safety.

The girl, Laura (newcomer Dafne Keen), is wanted by one of those sinister corporations that are trying to create super-soldiers by using DNA and other materials from mutants.

“Logan” bypasses the escapism normally associated with the genre.

This is a violent, profane feature that, when Logan is forced to unleash the Wolverine within him, sends heads rolling and limbs flying.

If this is the last hurrah for Jackman and Stewart, then director James Mangold, who also is one of the screenwriters, has given them a vehicle worthy of their talents.

It’s a bit disconcerting hearing Wolverine and Dr. X drop f-bombs as though they were in a Quentin Tarantino feature. However, the language is appropriate for the setting.

Stewart’s Dr. X has severe seizures that, when they erupt, have devastating effects on him and those around him.

Jackman’s Logan is resentful and angry about carrying the responsibility of driving Laura to a sanctuary in North Dakota where she, and many children like her, can cross the border into Canada where mutants will find sanctuary from hate, fear and extermination.

Despite the graphic and viscous violence, “Logan” is a movie with heart.

Logan may growl and complain about his unwanted charge, but he slowly comes to care — even love — the youngster, who is more like him than he can imagine.

At close to 135 minutes, “Logan” drags at times, and the villains are one-dimensional caricatures.

Still, “Logan” is a fitting sendoff for two pillars of a Marvel franchise that has been uneven and seems to be searching for a singular identity like its cinematic cousins at Disney,

That aside, “Logan” is a satisfying thriller that constrains the superhero spectacle in favor of emotional human drama.

A farewell valentine, “Logan” offers visceral excitement combined with empathy and soulful introspection.

Bob Bloom is a member of the Indiana Film Journalists Association. His reviews appear at ReelBob (reelbob.com) and Rottentomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com). He also reviews Blu-rays and DVDs. He can be reached by email at bobbloomjc@gmail.com or on Twitter @ReelBobBloom.

LOGAN
(R), graphic violence, language, brief nudity
3½ stars out of 4

MCDONALDS SECRET DRINK

SECRET DRINK
McDonald’s has a secret drink, and it’s called the Shamrock Iced Coffee.
The secret drink costs about $2 and can actually be found on some McDonald’s
menus. Not every location has it, but every location can make it — to
order the Shamrock Iced Coffee all you have to do is ask for an iced coffee with
the McCafé Mint Mocha Flavored Syrup. That’s it.
Source: Cosmopolitan magazine, 3/1/17

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