Blu-ray Review: Eraser: Reborn - Out Now

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Eraser: RebornBased on the blockbuster hit from 1996, Eraser: Reborn arrives on Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD today. The action film stars Dominic Sherwood as U.S. Marshal Mason Pollard who specializes in “erasing people” – faking the deaths of those entering witness protection and erasing their digital fingerprint. When crime boss’ wife Rina Kimara (Jacky Lai) refuses to go into witness protection, Pollard proves to her she is in danger, and she reluctantly agrees to flee to Cape Town, South Africa. Things do not go as planned, however, when Pollard realizes he has been double-crossed, and they are chased by assassins who will stop at nothing to erase them permanently.

Eraser: Reborn is a mixed bag, although, overall, I had a positive experience watching it. The action keeps the movie flowing with a few comedic moments interspersed. However, it is an action film, don’t expect a futuristic science fiction movie. I admit, I don’t remember much about the original, so it might have been similar, but other than the very brief mention of a bit of tech that was barely utilized, it just felt like a run of the mill action movie about marshals protecting an asset. That’s not to say that it wasn’t enjoyable, because it was; it just wasn’t quite what I expected.

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DVD Review: Lucifer: The Complete Fifth Season is Not to be Missed

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.

Lucifer: The Complete Fifth SeasonToday the fifth season of the hit Netflix series Lucifer comes to Blu-ray and DVD. Based on the characters of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic book series, the show centers on Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), who has abandoned his throne in Hell to live on Earth where he runs the nightclub, Lux, and since season one, works as an LAPD consultant, with his partner, Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German). Together, they solve crimes often dealing with angelic, demon, and other supernatural threats.

By the end of season four, Chloe has not only accepted her discovery that Lucifer is the actual devil but confessed to him that she loves him. This makes Lucifer realize from a prophecy that evil will be unleashed on the Earth. As such, although not returning those three words, after a kiss, Lucifer returns to rule over Hell to protect Chloe and Earth.

Season five originally aired on Netflix in two chunks. In the first half of season five, Lucifer eventually makes his way back to LA, but things are not as he left them, as his twin, Michael (also Ellis), has come to Earth, wanting to take over his identity. Lucifer must face his brother’s actions as well as confront his true feelings for Chloe. In the second half of the season, God (Dennis Haysbert) comes down to Earth, and the fights between Lucifer and Michael come to a head.

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Blu-ray Review: Snowpiercer: The Complete Second Season is Dark, Gritty, & Not to be Missed

***Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free blu-ray copy to review. Opinions are my own.***

SnowpiercerBased on the graphic novel series and film from Bong Joon Ho, Snowpiercer is set in the not-so-distant future after the world has been frozen over. What’s left of humanity is aboard the perpetually moving train that is over ten miles long and, originally, over one thousand cars.

At the end of the first season of the series, the train passengers became aware that the train was not being led by Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean) as they had thought, but rather by Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly), pretending to give orders as the man. There was a revolt, and the Tailies took over with Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) emerging as the leader of the merged classes.

However, when a rival train called Big Alice appears and attaches to the tail of Snowpiercer and it’s revealed that Mr. Wilford is, in fact, alive, Melanie risks going outside the train in the deadly weather to stop him from taking Snowpiercer. It’s also revealed to those on the train that Melanie’s daughter, Alex (Rowan Blanchard), who she thought dead, is Wilford’s protege.

Season two hits the ground running, as Melanie remains outside, unaware that her daughter is alive. Meanwhile, Wilford threatens to uncouple from Snowpiercer and leave everyone to die if his demands are not met. Now, essentially one train, with Big Alice having parts Snowpiercer needs, and Snowpiercer having fresh food needed by Big Alice’s crew, both sides will have to work together to stay alive, but neither Wilford nor Layton is willing to bend.

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4K Blu-ray Review: Old Offers a Chilling and Engaging Story, Now Available

OldIn the film Old, which SciFi Vision was provided on 4K for review, Guy (Gael García Bernal) and Prisca Cappa (Vicky Krieps) are about to get a divorce but decide to take one last family vacation before breaking it to their two children, 11-year-old Maddox (Alexa Swinton) and 6-year-old Trent (Nolan River). Prisca is elated to find such a great deal for a resort online, and when they get there, they are offered access to a secluded too-good-to-be-true beach. They are not completely alone, however, as another family, including surgeon Charles (Rufus Sewell), his wife Chrystal (Abbey Lee), their 6-year-old daughter Kara, and his elderly mother, Agnes (Kathleen Chalfant) are offered the same access. Things get a little odd when the driver taking them to the beach (Shyamalan) gives them way too much packed food and sends them the rest of the way on foot. They soon discover that this paradise is even less exclusive and that it’s already occupied by rapper Mid-Sized Sedan (Aaron Pierre), and later another couple, nurse Jarin (Ken Leung) and Patricia Carmichael (Nikki Amuka-Bird).

Everything is fine until a body washes up on shore and accusations start flying. Things go from bad to worse when the adults notice that the children have aged by about five years. They also quickly discover that they are unable to leave, as they black out and end up back on the beach. Time continues to pass, and they realize that if they can’t get off the island, they may die of old age in the space of a day.

As with other films by Shyamalan, who both wrote and directed the movie, it can be quite dark and chilling at times. As much of it takes place in an open area on a beach, the seclusion and using the rocks and cliffs the way they did gives it that foreboding claustrophobia. The director found ways to make the alluring also feel sinister.

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Film Review: FEAR - Out Now on DVD & Digital

FEARFEAR, or Fear Everything and Run, which is now available to own on DVD and Digital, takes place in an apocalyptic landscape after a pathogen has been released and cities are zoned and sealed off. Ethan (Jason Tobias) and Josephine (Marci Miller), struggle to keep their family, including their daughter, Mia (Cece Kelly), who is on life support, and son, Josh (Danny Ruiz), alive while scavenging for supplies and keeping the dead at bay.

Things go from bad to worse when armed bandits raid their supplies. While defending their home, Joe is hurt, but so is the marauder’s matriarch, Desiree (Susan Moore). After a battle, there is a standoff, and an agreement is made that Ethan will go with Desiree’s brother, Lincoln (Justin Dray), to their camp to get medicine for Joe and Desiree, and everyone will go their separate ways. Of course, things don’t go according to plan, and no one can be trusted.

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4K Blu-ray Review: Elysium - Out Now

ElysiumFrom writer and director Neill Blomkamp (District 9), the science fiction film Elysium comes to 4k Ultra HD. The film stars Matt Damon as Max, who grew up on the slums of an overpopulated Earth with his friend Frey (Alice Braga), dreaming of the luxurious lifestyle of those on Elysium. Secretary Delacourt (Jody Foster) will do anything in her power to keep those of Earth away from Elysium, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. After a life-threatening accident at work, Max is willing to do what it takes to make his way to Elysium to be cured. Agreeing to steal information from John Carlyle (William Fichtner), Max is outfitted with body mods and an exoskeleton by Spider (Wagner Moura) and sent on a deadly mission pitting him against the rogue Agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley). He gets more than he bargained for when he receives information that could bring equality to the two worlds.

I very much enjoyed Elysium. The story of the movie is relatable to the world today, featuring social commentary on issues such as social class division, health care, and more, yet is not patronizing. It’s also, just in general, a really fun sci-fi movie with a good script.

The film also looks fantastic, from the sets to the special effects. There is so much detail in everything, and the worlds of Elysium and future LA are really believable and make you feel like you are there. Blomkamp really knows his world building, and everything just fits together perfectly.

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Blu-Ray Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerI'll tell you up-front that I've been a Star Wars fan ever since I was sixteen when the first movie came out. I was already a Trekkie and sci-fi fan, so I was just mesmerized by the original Star Wars and its colorful universe. You can't underestimate the effect that movie had on many of us. Good sci-fi films and TV shows were relatively rare back then, and special effects were pretty bad. When George Lucas made the first Star Wars movie, he not only created a completely original universe full of unusual aliens, planets, handsome heroes, and butt-kicking heroines, but he actually created new cameras and other techniques still used in film today. His vision was the most important factor driving the films. When Empire Strikes Back came out three years later, it was not only a great sequel but an even better movie.

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Blu-ray Review: Emma is a Charming and Amusing Update on a Classic

Emma.Emma. is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s comedic nineteenth-century tale of love, matchmaking, and moving beyond the stigma of social classes.

The story takes place in Regency-era England and follows Emma Woodhouse, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, a rich, privileged, and pretentious girl who is entering adulthood. Revered by the town and wanting for nothing, Emma thinks herself quite the matchmaker when her governess, Miss Taylor (Gemma Whelan), marries the man she introduced to her, Mr. Weston (Rupert Graves). Taking a girl, Harriet (Mia Goth), with uncertain parentage under her wing and ignoring the advice of her brother-in-law Mr. Knightley (Johnny Flynn) who she has known for years, she decides to match her up with the local vicar, Mr. Elton (Josh O’Connor), and persuades her to refuse a marriage proposal from farmer Robert Martin (Connor Swindells). Mr. Elton, however, would never marry someone so below his social status and instead proposes to an oblivious Emma.

Emma may believe she doesn’t need a man for herself, but that doesn’t stop her from flirting with Frank Churchill (Callum Turner), Mr. Weston’s son, who seems to favor her, regardless of Mr. Knightley’s warnings.

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Blu-ray Review: Lucifer: The Complete Fourth Season is a Hell of a Good Time - Available Now

Lucifer: The Complete Fourth SeasonBased on a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg and taken from the comic book series The Sandman and the subsequent spin-off, Lucifer, the television series Lucifer originally aired on FOX for three seasons. After its cancellation, it was picked up by Netflix for a 10-episode fourth season, which arrived today on DVD and Blu-ray (via the Warner Archive Collection).

The series follows Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), who came to Los Angeles and bought a bar after deciding to take a vacation from Hell, but who now works as a consultant for the LAPD with partner Detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German). The two work together solving murders, with Lucifer sometimes using his powers of being able to force people to admit their true desires to help the cases along.

During the course of the three seasons, the two became closer and Lucifer started to change his ways.

At the end of season three, the two finally kissed, however, Chloe later saw Lucifer’s devil face, proof that he was really who he claimed to be.

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Blu-ray Review: Disney's Frozen II is a Magical and Enchanting Sequel

Frozen IIDisney’s Frozen II, the sequel to the 2013 3D computer-animated film Frozen, was recently released on digital and in physical versions, including 4-K Blu-ray. The film features returning directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, as well as songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and composer Christophe Beck. The movie sees the return of all of fans’ favorite characters, including Queen Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, her sister Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff, and of course the lovable magical snowman, Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, and Sven.

Three years after the first film takes place, after Elsa hears a mysterious voice calling to her, she accidentally awakes the elemental spirits. When the kingdom of Arendelle is threatened, Elsa and her sister, along with their friends, leave for the Enchanted Forest to follow the voice. While trying to uncover and understand the source of Elsa’s powers, the sisters will not only learn more about the origin of her powers, but also the truth about what happened to their parents.

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