Winner of Three Academy Awards® Including Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), THE REVENANT arrives on Digital HD March 22 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ & DVD April 19
Winner of Three Academy Awards® Including Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Director (Alejandro G. Iñárritu), THE REVENANT arrives on Digital HD March 22 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ & DVD April 19
It is time to binge watch one of the best series on television from FX now coming to 4-disc DVD this Tuesday from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with the intensity of Russian spies posing as THE AMERICANS.
The season begins with Elizabeth (Keri Russell) losing a list of contacts leading to Gabriel (Frank Langella) telling both she and Phillip (Matthew Rhys) that it might be time to recruit young daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) into the family business. The thought of it brings an argument between the couple.
But that isn’t the only bad about to happen as Annalise (Gillian Alexy) confesses to Yousaf (Rahul Khanna) of her reasons for being with him. Needless to say his response is dire and Phillip can do nothing to stop it. Phillip turns to Elizabeth to help with the problem and it brings closer to home the idea of recruiting.
It becomes imperative that Elizabeth get the contact list back but to do so puts the Jennings’ in danger of being discovered by the FBI/CIA. Tracking the signal in a mobile phone, it takes only a moment before rescue comes from an unexpected place.
The recruitment for Phillip isn’t over as Kimmie becomes the next target which still doesn’t solve the problems coming with daughter Paige. Religion is making its way into the Jennings’ home as Paige wants to be baptized and has the support of a Pastor and his wife. Phillip and Elizabeth feel trapped by their daughter yet let it all go forward.
Phillip continues to work on the babysitter Kimmie and while at her home learns her brother is a soldier in Afghanistan which opens the door to more taps. Phillip shares with Elizabeth everything he has learned and plans are in place that will bring Pakistan into the picture as well.
It finally becomes clear to Paige that the secrets in their house need clarifying and finally, Elizabeth and Phillip must talk about what they’ve been hiding. Elizabeth learns that her mother is ill and when problems with Paige become more complicated, they think it is best if Paige travels to Germany as well.
In the meantime Stan (Noah Emmerich) has been trying EST and when he tries to put a plan together with Nina and Zinaida and when it fails he must face Agent Gaad (Richard Thomas) as his job with the FBI hangs in the balance. To put finality to the season, Paige drops the bomb to her pastor that Phillip and Elizabeth are actually Russian!
Other cast include: Lev Gorn as Arkady Ivanovich, Annet Mahendru as Nina Sergeevna, Susan Misner as Sandra Beeman, Costa Ronin as Oleg Burov, Keidrich Sellati as Henry Jennings, Kelly AuCoin as Pastor Tim, and Frank Langella as Gabriel.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has been an industry leader for over 75 years with its award-winning filmmaking and television programming. Bringing all of this to DVD, Bluray, Digital Copy, Digital HD and Video-On-Demand has made film lovers happy and will continue to for years to come.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give The Complete Third Season of THE AMERICANS four tubs of popcorn out of five. I leave that last tube of popcorn to see what is coming next. This is such an amazing series filled with intensity, twists, turns, story changes that I don’t see coming and cliff hangers that are TRUE cliff hangers!
This is a cast that seriously comes in and takes every moment seriously. Russell as Elizabeth is amazing and I can’t get enough of her in this character. Watching her jump between “American” and spy is enough to give a gal whiplash but Russell can pass through this duality seamlessly.
Rhys as Phillip equally gives such an amazing performance as everything he knows comes into question, especially when it comes to recruiting his own daughter. My jaw dropped a few times with the way he reacted to certain situations but that is what makes the series so dang amazing. The one hour flies by making it cruel to wait for the next episode yet it also has brought up some amazing conversations with others that I watch the show with.
Emmerich as Stan has once again created a character that is memorable. I am a fan of Emmerich for so many reasons but mainly because he plays such a diverse selection of characters and each one of them stands out in its own right. In THE AMERICANS he gives Stan so much and even if there are times he isn’t on screen it is clear his presence is not far away.
Do I cover ever inch of the storyline – heck no! This is a series to be experienced and I love when new comers have the opportunity to be introduced to each character and see where their arc takes them. Trust me when I say that there is so much more to learn about THE AMERICANS and I can’t wait to hear your reaction!
THE AMERICANS has been recognized by the Peabody Awards, 5th Critics Choice Awards, TCA Awards, Writers Guild of America Awards and an Emmy for Margo Martindale for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama series.
The DVD includes Special Features of Deleted Scenes and The Cold War for Paige. All of this is in preparation for the return for Season Four of THE AMERICANS with its premier in March. I can probably assure fans there will be more questions than answers, more twists than turns and everything marvelous that we have all come to expect from THE AMERICANS.
In the end – it’s all about what is under the guise of being THE AMERICANS.
Coming to theatres this Friday from writer/director Tobias Lindholm and Magnolia Pictures is a riveting look at the decisions made during A WAR.
In an Afghan province, Company Commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbaek) takes his position seriously. Keeping in touch with home and wife Maria (Tuva Novotny), he is constantly reminded that home is a few months away. When one of his men sees a fellow soldier killed, Pedersen takes pity and takes his place as the squad looks for the enemy.
As a local villager asks for help to stay inside the military compound, Commander Pedersen assures the family they will be safe in their home telling fellow soldier Najib Bisma (Dar Salim) of his plan. Promising the squad will return the next morning, horror awaits them.
Surrounded by gunfire and explosions, Pedersen calls for the bombing of the village as they become trapped behind a wall. When the fight is over, Pedersen is suddenly arrested for the death of villagers because of his orders.
Returning home, Pedersen and lawyer Martin Olsen (Soren Malling) face a trial that calls into question what really happened during the firefight and who is responsible.
This is war.
Asbaek as Pedersen is a soldier who clearly struggles with doing his job and still maintaining his humanity. Caring for the men under his command, each decision made is one that could potentially hurt the civilians or hurt the men he is sworn to protect. Asbaek isn’t a new face as my first introduction came in 2010 when he played the seriously unpredictable Kasper Juul in the Danish series BORGEN.
This is also the fourth time Asbaek has worked with writer/director Tobias Lindholm. That makes sense as Lindholm was responsible for several episodes of BORGEN as well as the 2012 films A HIJACKING and one of my favorite films – THE HUNT with heart stopper Mads Mikkelsen.
Novotny as Maria is a woman taking care of three children while her husband is in the middle of a war. Trying to keep the home front together, especially with one child acting out, Novotny portrays a wife and mother with strength and courage.
Malling as Olsen is also a BORGEN alum playing Torben Friis in 2010-13. It is a pleasure to see these two actors together again playing such different roles and enjoying every moment.
Salim as Bisma is a soldier who wants to help his friend but, at the same time, must tell the truth about the firefight. Salim has also worked with Asbaek and Lindholm before in the film A HIJACKING.
Other cast include: Charlotte Munck as Lisbeth Danning, Alex Andersen as Anders, Dulfi Al-Jabouri as Lutfi Hassan, Jakob Frolund as Terkel Sand and Philip Sem Dambaek as Brian Brask.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give A WAR four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a chaotic look at the life and death decisions a person in Pedersen’s position must make. There is nothing perfect about war and to see what these men are presented with, it becomes clear that the struggles with those decisions can be life altering.
The cast are engrained in these characters as the moral dilemma shows on each of their faces. Watching the testimonies it is so clear that although something terrible had happened and their Commander was sitting across from them in pain, how does one reconcile the decisions of a soldier and the life of a civilian when they reside in the same person.
These are questions that will never be easy to answer and perhaps there isn’t one. War and chaos change the decisions we all would make under those circumstances muddling the line of what is right and what is necessary. Not that it needed any more realism but Lindholm brought in Danish soldiers, Taliban warriors, relatives and refugees for the film.
A WAR has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
In the end – it is war.
Landing in theatres this Friday from director Alex Proyas and Summit Entertainment is the spectacle of GODS OF EGYPT.
It is a time of change in Egypt as Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is about to crowned the new king. Surrounded by the people he will serve and the other deities the crown is almost on his head – almost.
Uncle Set (Gerard Butler) arrives to give nephew a gift that includes murder and a take over of the throne. To make sure Horus isn’t a problem, Set takes the eyes of Horus stripping him of any powers. Set makes the announcement that all will follow him or perish, that includes Hathor (Elodie Yung), Mistress of the West and lover to Horus.
Watching the horror is Bek (Brenton Thwaites), a young mortal with his love Zaya (Courtney Eaton). Now slaves to the new ruler, Bek wants nothing more than to rescue Zaya from master builder Urshu (Rufus Sewell).
Believing the only way to do that is to return sight to Horus, the two embark on a journey that will take them to the underworld, on a search for wisdom with Thoth (Chadwick Boseman) and to the heavens to seek counsel from Ra (Geoffrey Rush). If you think Set is going to take this all without flexing a muscle – you’d be so very wrong.
While Bek and Horus move closer to Set, it is only a matter of time before they clash for an epic battle to save the people of Egypt!
Butler as Set is an uncle who has serious Ra-daddy issues. Jealousy seems to be his main problem and thus begins the reason behind his little tantrums, lashing out with sharp objects, making the life of his ex miserable, unresolved daddy-loved-you-more rages all leading up to a narcissism bath while thinking the world owes him something. This is Leonidas evil twin only wearing a bit more and the immortals wear red. Hey, Butler still looks good!
Coster-Waldau as Horus is a spoiled little brat who lays around thinking the world is his oyster and that the little people are at his Bek and call. Not taking the role of King seriously enough he blows a horn and loses his eyes. Sulking in the ruins Jamie Lannister must learn to see again with only one good eye – oh wait, I mean Horus. Lying to get what he wants, upset that his deity girlfriend didn’t wait around pining for him, unable fetch his own water and misleading mortals is a full time job for a vengeful not-yet king.
Thwaites as Bek is a fairly straight forward mortal hero who isn’t all that impressed by the large gold-oozing gods. In fact, he seems down right irritated with them and doesn’t even have the decency to fall under their spells – what nerve! Thwaites has a great sense of humor and adventure and seems to have it together way more than his ‘superiors’.
Yung as Hathor is just a chick in a bad dress who avoids the underworld like the plague by wearing very expensive jewelry and bedding the enemy to keep her head. Yep, that about sums her up. Eaton as Zaya was just to dumb for her own good and ends up trekking along creepy roads with Anubis who seems to be on peasant escort duty.
Sewell as Urshu is a bad guy who happens to build pretty cool structures; then again we’ve always known Sewell can play a good bad guy. Boseman as Thoth is self-centered wisdom seeker with an ear damaging accent who can’t answer a riddle the first time to humongous sand dog. Yep, the mortal has to remind a deity to think like a mortal to save the lives of the gods – huh?
Finally, Rush as Ra, I mean what is there to say. How could Rush pass up an opportunity to wear a very cool grey braid, zap what looks to be a coal dust sand worm on a nightly basis, and boat around the universe on top of Tinker bells fairy dust!
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give GODS OF EGYPT two and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. I have a list a mile long but will try to keep it all in perspective. First, the sound quality of the film is loud music that drowns out the dialogue in the beginning. I still can’t tell you what was said. The narration is confusing to the point of madness and I’m not sure if it was what was said or how it was said that made me crazy.
The money obviously went into making this film a huge CGI spectacle and that’s where the film goes wrong. I have seen all of these special effects before (and yes I have a list of films if you want it) so there was nothing special about them. The film relies on that so heavily it is almost as if the characters and dialogue come in a distance tenth to everything else.
I truly wanted to like the film, I even chuckled a few times because there is humor in it but everything else is just a hot mess. For example, in the beginning – why are the bathers the size of hobbits? Why are the deities looking in the same direction as the mortals yet the mortals are five feet shorter? What was up with Hathor’s hideous outfit? Is Leonidas having a midlife crisis? Is Jamie Lannister losing more body parts? Yea, the list is endless.
So we have Ra with a British accent, Set with an Irish accent, Horace with a Dane accent, a couple of mortals with Australian accents, Thoth with a bit of a southern accent, and an underworld deity with a French accent – and they say there is no cultural diversity in Hollywood.
Admittedly, if it weren’t for Butler and Coster-Waldau I would have left the theatre 15 minutes into the film. I came for beef-cake and that’s what I got in gold.
In the end – the battle for eternity begins!
On family fun DVD this week from SHOUT! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios is the next installment of the Bots we all love with TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: Adventures in Time and Space.
Now it’s time for Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder to go further than they ever thought they would together. Once again Earth is being tested and they only way to save everyone is by travelling away through time and space.
Each character brings their care and concern over the fate of not only Earth but one another – that is why they are our heroes!
Hasbro Studios is an iconic brand with some of the best in animation and family programming with TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, and LITTLEST PET SHOP. Since its formation in 2009, Hasbro Studios has received seven Daytime Emmy’s!
SHOUT! Factory brings the best to fans offering up feature films, classic television series, animation and specials. For more of what they have to offer go to www.shoutfactory.com.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: Adventures in Time and Space four tubs of popcorn out of five. Once again Shout! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios bring family entertainment to all of our home libraries.
Every adventure continues to bring home lessons of loyalty, friendship and selflessness as Chase and his Bot friends do what ever they must to protect Earth. That is what makes the Rescue Bot series one that I am thrilled my grandchildren love to watch.
The animation is seriously cool which bring the storylines such richness. As a fan of almost all things animated, Shout! Kids Factory and Hasbro Studios get it right each and every time bringing the series home for families to enjoy together again and again.
The DVD includes the episodes: It’s A Bot Time, Unfinished Business, Switcheroo, Time After Time and The Last of Morocco. Executive produced by Jeff Kline, TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS features the vocal talents of LeVar Burton, Lacey Chabert, Steve Blum, Maurice LaMarche and legendary Peter Cullen who voices the iconic Optimus Prime.
In the end – they are bringing home a new adventure!
That’s right, Fargo is back and the cast is bigger and badder. From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes the Golden Globe Nominated series that has captured the imagination of fans with FARGO – Year Two.
This series writer and showrunner Noah Hawley brings another season based on the megahit film FARGO that was written and directed by the Coen brothers in 1996.
It is 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and into Luverne, Minnesota as State Police Officer Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson) investigates local crime with a dash of the mob and more recently beautician Peggy (Kirsten Dunst) and husband Ed (Jesse Plemons).
Helping Lou separate it all is father-in-law Hank Larsson (Ted Danson) as they come into contact with town lawyer Karl Weathers (Nick Offerman), crime front man Joe Bulo (Brad Barrett) and partner Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine).
What are they after? Taking the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo led by Floyd Gerhardt (Jean Smart), sons Dodd (Jeffrey Donovan), Bear (Angus Sampson) and Rye (Kieran Culkin).
As you might have guess, it isn’t all that simple. Let’s do a quick run down (pardon the pun) shall we?
So Otto Gerhardt has had a stroke, sons Dodd and Bear want in on the family action. Youngest Rye is all about extorting the law but also has seen a UFO. There are corpses in meat freezers and people being shot at the local waffle house. The law shows up bringing the in-law who is dealing with family cancer.
That doesn’t stop other crime families from coming to town to try and pull off a buy out. The local butcher and his beautician wife are losing their perspective on life and proper meat grinder usage. Henchmen are in the mix as plans are made and town lawyers get involved.
If that isn’t interesting enough how about townsfolk being knocked out, shot in the leg, manhunted, strangled with everyone running around wanting revenge as UFO’s seem to enjoy motel hovering.
Welcome to Fargo!
It must be said I absolutely loved season one of the FX series FARGO so waiting for the second season made me a little nuts. There is something about my own twisted sense of humor that plays well with Executive Producers Noah Hawley, Joel & Ethan Coen along with Warren Littlefield and John Cameron.
Once again FARGO – Year Two managed to bring just about everything delightfully sinister and crazy thing imaginable. What brings it up another notch is the amazing talent that joined the ranks this season. There isn’t a single actor that didn’t thrill me to see taking their stab at a role in the series.
Patrick Wilson and Ted Danson together are just stellar and that could be because I just love both of them. They play off each other so well with moments I am so happy to see again on Bluray.
Dunst and Plemons I thought was an odd paring yet again, they play off one another so dad-gum well! Offerman as Karl is just amazing in and of himself so you won’t hear nothing but me singing this actors praises from start to finish.
Garrett as Joe made me laugh – probably inappropriately at times but hey, this is Fargo we are talking about. Smart as the matriarch of the Gerhardt family takes the reigns even though Donovan as Dodd just wants both parents gone!
Other cast include: Michael Hogan as Otto Gerhardt, Zahn McClarnon as Hanzee Dent, Joey King as Greta Grimly, Colin Hanks as Gus Grimly and Bruce Campell as Ronald Regan.
FARGO is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions for the FX Network.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has been an industry leader for over 75 years with its award-winning filmmaking and television programming. Bringing all of this to DVD, Bluray, Digital Copy, Digital HD and Video-On-Demand has made film lovers happy and will continue to for years to come. For more please visit www.foxconnect.com.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give FARGO – Year Two four tubs of popcorn out of five. Another thing I loved about the second season of FARGO was that Martin Freeman returns to narrate, Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson stops by with Keith Carradine as the older Lou Solverson.
I have always been a huge fan of the film FARGO and will never pass it by when I’m channel surfing so when FX brought the series to air for season one I thought that would be it. Can I say how happy I was to be wrong? The second season of FARGO brought the intensity, humor, edginess, dark, strangely comical storyline back to fans in a big way.
The episodes on Bluray include Waiting for Dutch, Before the Law, The Myth of Sisyphus, Fear and Trembling, The Gift of the Magi, Rhinoceros, Did You Do This? No, You Did It!, Loplop, The Castle, and Palindrome. The Special Features include Lou on Lou: A Conversation with Patrick Wilson, Keith Carradine and Noah Hawley, Waffles and Bullet Holes: A Return to Sioux Falls, The Films of Ronald Regan: Extended Fargo Cut, The True History of Crime in the Midwest and Skip Sprang TV Commercial.
The Bluray is just a fantastic re-visit of the series that I am thrilled will be coming back for another season on FX. This week pick up your well done Bluray copy of FARGO – Year Two!
The ultimate quest to find the remains of Noah’s Ark, this documentary follows a group of researchers and explorers as they make their 17,000 ft trek atop Mt. Ararat in Turkey. A testament of the human spirit where belief and the need for exploration transcends risk and limitations, follow these explorers into never before filmed locations as they conduct a scientific expedition to uncover the mystery of Noah’s Arks remains.
Alchemy is the largest independent distributor of film and television content across all platforms and windows in North America. Led by Co-Presidents Scott Guthrie and Kelly Summers, Alchemy develops tailored distribution strategies, from theatrical release to DVD, digital, VOD, and television. The company has distributed the work of some of the world’s finest filmmakers including Gregg Araki,James Cameron, Lee Daniels,Werner Herzog, John Hillcoat,Richard Linklater, Oren Moverman, Gaspar Noe and John Turturro. Past successes include WELCOME TO ME, FADING GIGOLO, WHAT MAISIE KNEW, RAMPART, BERNIE and MEET THE PATELS. Upcoming releases include Rob Zombie’s 31, Nanni Moretti’s MIA MADRE,Yorgos Lanthimos’ THE LOBSTER and Ben Wheatley’s FREE FIRE.
Alchemy owns a catalog of more than 1,000 film titles and has deals for the ongoing distribution of film titles and programming for clients including DreamWorks Animation, Magnolia, Microsoft, MPI Media, Music Box Films, nCircle, Phase 4 Films, PBS Distribution, Team Marketing, Well Go USA and Vertical, among many others.
Starz Digital’s comedic love story, Tumbledown starring, Rebecca Hall (The Gift, The Town, The Prestige), Jason Sudeikis ( Horrible Bosses, Sleeping with Other People ), Dianna Agron ( I Am Number Four, The Family, “Glee”), Blythe Danner (The Lucky One, Meet the Parents), Griffin Dunne (Dallas Buyers Club, “House of Lies”), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, “True Blood”) and Richard Masur (My Girl, “Girls” and “All My Children”) arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD on April 5, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Tumbledown, “a sweet and gently comic tale” (John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter) is directed by Sean Mewshaw (Last Night, What Were You Thinking) from a screenplay by Desi Van Til (producer Open Heart). Kristin Hahn of Hahnscape Entertainment, Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert, and Margot Hand produced the film.
Pop culture scholar Andrew (Jason Sudeikis) comes to Maine to interview Hannah (Rebecca Hall), the protective widow of an acclaimed singer. When the unlikely pair strike a deal to co-write a biography, Andrew finds himself clashing with a cast of locals, including Hannah’s hunky suitor (Joe Manganiello), and her loving but defensive parents (Blythe Danner, Richard Masur). When Hannah and Andrew’s stormy partnership blossoms into an unexpected connection, they face the possibility that the next chapter in their lives may involve each other. Dianna Argon and Griffin Dunne costar in this startlingly funny and sweetly romantic tale of moving on and finding love in the unlikeliest of places.
Tumbledown will be available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment on April 5, 2016. To learn more about the film, please visit www.anchorbayentertainment.com.
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