Jul 302016

No Escape is an all around entertaining film perfect for a Saturday movie night. No, it doesn’t make you think or have any profound performances but the acting isn’t bad with Owen Wilson serving as a fine everyman type of character and Pierce Brosnan in his small part is a lot of fun. This is probably worthy of a rental.



Sing Street

Genre(s): Drama, Music
Anchor Bay | PG13 – 105 min. – $34.99 | July 26, 2016

Date Published: 07/30/2016 | Author: The Movieman


Directed by:
John Carney
Writer(s): John Carney (written by)
Cast: Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Kelly Thornton, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A



Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (FERDIA WALSH-PEELO) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, uber-cool and beautiful Raphina (LUCY BOYNTON), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of the band… yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos.



Making Sing Street (4:54; HD) is a short behind-the-scenes featurette with some interview sound bites by the cast and crew as they discuss the plot and characters.

Writer/Director John Carney and Adam Levine Talk Sing Street (3:25; HD) – Levine (singer/songwriter) and the Carney talk about the movie and its final song written by Levine.

Cast Auditions is a collection of footage for the various young roles.

Digital Copy – The redemption code for the HD digital copy is also included.


VIDEO – 4.0/5

Anchor Bay releases Sing Street onto Blu-ray presented in its original 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and given a solid, if not mundane, high-definition transfer. Detail isn’t bad with some OK sharpness and colors appear to be well balanced and natural. There were no major instances of artifacts, aliasing or other flaws.

AUDIO – 4.5/5

Where this disc excels is with the DTS-HD MA 5.1 track which takes full advantage of the variety of music strewn throughout while ambient noises coming from the rear channels gives the lossless track some nice depth. It’s nothing extraordinary but for any music enthusiast, it is quite impressive.


OVERALL – 4.0/5

Overall, Sing Street is another crowd-pleasing winner from John Carney who scored hits with Once and Begin Again (one of my personal favorites of 2014), and although it’s not great, there is a nice coming-of-age emotion at the film’s core. The performances from this young cast also is fantastic led by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Lucy Boynton. The Blu-ray released by Anchor Bay offers good video, great audio but falls short in the features department.





Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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