Jun 132017
 

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced the date and released artwork for the conspiracy thriller, The Circle starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega and directed by James Ponsoldt. Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.

 

 

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Jan 242017
 

Inferno isn’t terrible but it was an underwhelming addition to an otherwise entertaining, if not flawed, franchise. The saving grace, as usual, is with Tom Hanks who makes this entry watchable, otherwise it was a rather forgettable viewing experience.

 

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Dec 192016
 

Sony Pictures has announced the date and released artwork for the latest in the Robert Langdon series, Inferno starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones and Ben Foster and directed by Ron Howard. Click on the link below or image to the left to check out the features and artwork.

 

 

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Oct 142016
 

Angels & Demons is technically better than The Da Vinci Code in many regards especially in terms of pacing and a tighter story and while Tom Hanks delivers in his performance and Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard make for fine supporting roles.

 

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Oct 142016
 

The Da Vinci Code has more or less remained the same in my eyes since seeing it in theaters a decade ago. The acting more or less steals the show over a bit of a convoluted story, yet the mystery and adventure aspect makes the nearly two-and-a-half hour running time bearable.

 

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Oct 282015
 

Toy Story That Time Forgot isn’t as good as Toy Story of Terror but it’s still a fun little short special where you get to see our old friends together again with a nicely constructed story and good voice work, in particular Kevin McKidd. Given the low $15 MSRP, this has the right amount of bonus material as well as good video/audio transfers to make it worth a purchase.

 

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Aug 092014
 

Toy Story of Terror is another solid entry in the franchise with some great humor and some decent, kid-friendly, terror. It’s also wonderful that they manage to get the cast back even in limited roles rather than go the cheaper/easier route with voice imitators. The Blu-ray release has excellent audio/video transfers and all things considered, there’s a fair amount of bonus material.

 

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May 072014
 

The Terminal is a nice small yet big drama featuring yet another solid performance from Tom Hanks re-teaming with director Steven Spielberg. It is a bit long clocking in over two hours but it’s still an immersive film that has held up well over the 10 years since its release. The Blu-ray offers up excellent video and audio transfers while the bonus material, while nothing extraordinary, are at least worth one viewing.

 

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Mar 182014
 

historical inaccuracies aside, Saving Mr. Banks is still a fine drama featuring two wonderful performances from Emma Thompson, who should have received an Oscar nod, and Tom Hanks. Yes, it is emotionally manipulative but it’s for one’s heartstrings not to be pulled at certain scenes.

 

 

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Dec 082013
 

This is yet another double-dip, the second on Blu-ray, offering the same content, including audio and video, as the 2009 release. Don’t get me wrong, this is a wonderful movie, a favorite of mine since I saw it back in the 90s, but if you already own the other Blu-ray you can skip this release all together. However, if you haven’t picked it up, now’s a good enough time with a relatively low $20 SRP.

 

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Jul 072013
 

Sleepless in Seattle isn’t the perfect romantic-comedies but it’s an effective one and respectable given the two leads share very little time on-screen with one another. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are great in their respective parts separated and even though I’ve seen the film dozens of times over the years, it’s still entertaining. The Blu-ray distributed by Twilight Time isn’t the best but certainly a good enough upgrade over the original DVD released back in 1999.

 

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Jun 102013
 

Killing Lincoln is far from a perfect movie but offers some interesting information not many people might know about. The performances by Billy Campbell and Jesse Johnson are both respectable especially Johnson who probably deserves an Emmy nomination for his great portrayal of James Wilkes Booth. The Blu-ray released by Fox has good audio/video transfers and the features, albeit limited, does lend to some depth on the production.

 

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Jun 052013
 

This 4K mastered release of Angels & Demons is certainly an upgrade over its Blu-ray counterpart, HOWEVER, it’s not a huge one nor something worth the $15 price point for a release that didn’t bother porting over the features (even if they were placed on a second disc). Still, if you have the proper equipment you’ll see a good difference.

 

 

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Nov 302012
 

Catch Me If You Can is a cool and energetic crime-drama featuring great performances, a fascinating main character, an amazing score and excellent direction that holds up quite well today. The Blu-ray itself has some basic but informative features while the audio/video transfers make this a worthy upgrade over the DVD version.

 

 

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