Outsiders: Season Two DVD Review

  • Actors: David Morse, Joe Anderson, Gillian Alexy, Ryan Hurst, Kyle Gallner
  • Producer: Larry Rapaport
  • Disc Format: AC-3, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Region: Region 1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2017
  • Run Time: 594 minutes




        “Outsiders” is a show that is as frustrating as it is addicting, mostly due to the complete inconsistency of its quality and characters. There are more plot holes than beards and it often feels as though the writers and show-runners are changing mid-season, with the direction of the narrative and the personality of each character shifting at the drop of a hat. Season two made this more apparent than ever, quickly killing off the protagonist from the first season, only to turn two of the main villains into good guys. This is not even taking into consideration how one of them was seemingly resurrected from the dead after being shot in the season one finale, which is accomplished by conveniently changing the location of a point-blank gunshot by at least a foot.

Rock Dog Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons, Lewis Black, Kenan Thompson
  • Director: Ash Brannon
  • Disc Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Rated: PG
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • Release Date: May 23, 2017
  • Run Time: 90 minutes




        Rock Dog resembles one of those generic cartoons you put on for children, the kind that are not meant for adults and provide only basic distraction for its intended younger audience. Don’t anticipate any of the characters becoming a household name. If your child is old enough to remember any of them, they are also likely too old to enjoy it. More than anything, Rock Dog feels like a poor amalgamation of several far more successful films in recent past. Imagine Kung-Fu Panda combined with Sing (and a little bit of Zootopia), but without any catchy music, none of the awesome martial arts, and very few laughs. The animation also feels like it was made a decade ago.

Alien Vs. Predator: ANNIHILOCALYPSE Bursts Online!




Just in time to celebrate the release of Alien: Covenant, editor Michael Prince has put together a fan-cut of two past Alien films for your viewing pleasure. Alien Vs Predator: ANNIHILOCALYPSE combines Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) into a master cut, minus the human characters, in order to allow the enjoyment of the iconic face-off without the unnecessary bits. It's campy and fun, while enhancing all of the alien carnage that made fans look forward to the release of these films in the first place.

Between Us DVD Review

  • Actors: Olivia Thirlby, Ben Feldman
  • Director: Rafael Palacio Illingworth
  • Disc Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2017
  • Run Time: 96 minutes




        Long-term relationships are difficult to get across on film, which is more accustomed and equipped to handle the thrill and passion of love in its early stages. With the average film length typically being no longer than two hours (this one being 94-minutes), it is tricky to convey the comfortable monotony that comes with the day-to-day existence alongside another person, specifically one that began as the aforementioned early love. Between Us is less interested in displaying the effects of falling in love, instead focusing on what it means to love someone long after the fire has subsided. In that regards, it is wholly successful, though many of the scenarios that filmmaker Rafael Palacio Illingworth puts his characters through often feel cliché and contrived.

Duck Dynasty: The Complete Series DVD Review





        In a surprisingly short amount of time, “Duck Dynasty” became more than just a reality TV show; it became a full-forced franchise. With all of the promotional material, clothing, novelty items, and toys for sale, one might assume this series nearly rivals any kid’s series or superhero in popularity. While I know that can’t be true, their following seems to at least have a fraction of the same dedication, if only because they became icons for a section of middle-America rarely represented in the entertainment industry. The product coming from these rich right-wing rednecks may not be anything special, and certainly never resembles reality, but the ideology gave many a reason to support the show. There was some controversy over racist and homophobic comments made by these God-fearing white folks, but that seems to have been what catapulted them into fame rather than hurting their popularity. I may be oversimplifying this some, but in many ways the success of this show also foreshadowed the rise in popularity of Donald Trump.

The Space Between Us Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson, BD Wong
  • Director: Peter Chelsom
  • Writer: Allan Loeb
  • Producer: Richard B. Lewis
  • Disc Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 16, 2017
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 2, 2018




        From the trailer of The Space Between Us, I anticipated an inoffensive (albeit uninspired) movie that would likely appeal to a small demographic of younger teens. What I wasn’t expecting was a film that has absolutely no audience, as the content is questionable for impressionable youths but filled with too many groan-inducing moments for any adult to enjoy. Imagine the polar opposite of an intelligent science fiction film like The Martian (2015) mixed with contrived fish-out-of-water romance elements stolen from Starman (1984) and you may have a chance at anticipating how bad The Space Between Us actually is. I can say without hesitation that this is the worst film I have seen in 2017 thus far, and this is a year that even had a Fifty Shades of Grey sequel.

Fifty Shades Darker Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes
  • Director: James Foley
  • Writer: Niall Leonard
  • Producers: Michael De Luca, E L James, Dana Brunetti, Marcus Viscidi
  • Disc Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 9, 2017
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 2, 2018




        They have made it far too easy to bash the Fifty Shades of Grey film franchise, simply by deciding to adapt books that are absolute garbage. The narrative itself is flawed from the very beginning, even more so than the first film. Here’s where reviewing Fifty Shades Darker gets tricky; while the filmmaking has noticeably improved since the first outing, the story being adapted in the second book is even more pointless than the first time around. There is virtually no plot, the characters are poorly developed and often contradictory, and somehow even with increased sex scenes it has become even more blandly forgettable.

The Salesman Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati
  • Director: Asghar Farhadi
  • Producer: Asghar Farhadi
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Farsi
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 2, 2017
  • Run Time: 124 minutes




        There are numerous ways to approach thinking about The Salesman, a deceptively simple film from Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi and the winner of Best Foreign film at this year’s Academy Awards. Although resembling a basic revenge narrative, it is also a film that is distinctly Iranian. At the same time, the film comments on the differences between East and West in the depiction of an Iranian stage adaptation of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” But the beauty of Farhadi’s work is not simply that it is a revenge narrative, nor that it has commentary on cultural differences, but in the way that it accomplishes both of these tasks with subtlety and ambiguity. Even as I continue to think about the end, I am constantly faced with shifting certainty about the events in the film and their meaning.

Tunnel DVD Review

  • Actors: Jung-Woo Ha, Doona Bae, Oh Dal-Su
  • Director: Kim Seong-Hun
  • Disc Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2017
  • Run Time: 127 minutes





        Disaster films are a difficult sub-genre, relying on the effectiveness of filmmaking to build suspense even when the narrative itself rarely offers many surprises. If it is a disaster film about tornados, the audience is anticipating the specific destruction they will bring. Tunnel has an even harder task, limiting the cast and the number of things that can happen in a confined space after a tunnel collapses as our protagonist is driving through it. In fact, only the first portion of the film actually feels like a disaster movie, with much of the run-time being more of a confined survival narrative.

Orange is the New Black: Season Four Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Michael Harney, Nick Sandow
  • Directors: Andrew McCarthy, Constantine Makris, Erin Feeley, Tricia Brock, Uta Briesewitz
  • Disc Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • Release Date: May 9, 2017
  • Run Time: 778 minutes




        Even the best televisions shows need to find ways to reinvent themselves after the first few seasons, otherwise it begins to feel repetitive and formulaic. Despite primarily being a comedy based series, “Orange is the New Black” made some boldly dramatic moves in season four, not afraid to change the dynamic of the show and even the cast. This was also the season that the prison series decided to enter the discussion of current events and social issues, specifically relevant to the minorities making up a majority of the inmates.

The Expendables 1 & 2 4K Ultra HD Review

  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts,
  • Director: Sylvester Stallone
  • Disc Format: 4K, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • Release Date: May 2, 2017
  • Run Time: 103 minutes





        The Expendables is a franchise that was both ahead of its time while simultaneously being dated. Often humorous, occasionally unintentionally, The Expendables feels like an 80’s action film in many ways, which is fitting considering the impressive cast of veteran action stars. At the same time it stylistically belongs to another decade, this franchise was also the first to benefit from the novelty of a beefed-up ensemble cast of movie stars. Simply put, without The Expendables, there may never have been The Avengers. It also served as a return for Sylvester Stallone, both as an action star and as a filmmaker, coming on the heels of revivals of several of his most popular 80’s franchises (Rambo, Rocky Balboa).

The Red Turtle Blu-ray Review

  • Director: Michael Dudok De Wit
  • Producers: Toshio Suzuki, Vincent Maraval, Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat
  • Disc Format: AC-3, Animated, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: Portuguese, English, Spanish
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 2, 2017
  • Run Time: 81 minutes




        I usually take great pride in being able to analyze each film I watch, finding purpose and meaning in even the most ambiguous endings. While there are certain themes that were clear to me after watching The Red Turtle, aspects of the narrative were indecipherable to me. What’s more, I felt little desire to dissect the narrative. Despite having a number of confounding fantastical sequences in an otherwise realistic tale of survival, I was content to let the feelings from Michael Dudok De Wit’s images wash over me like the waves that kept him confined to his deserted island. Although one could speculate on deeper meanings and practical explanation, I found the beauty of The Red Turtle to lie in the emotions evoked by the atmosphere of the imagery, even when the film seems makes little realistic sense.

Catfight Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone
  • Director: Onur Tukel
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • Release Date: April 25, 2017
  • Run Time: 95 minutes




        Catfight is a film determined to follow through on the promise of the title, though somehow manages to complicate a simple premise with the uneven elements of social satire in the world beyond the main characters engaged in battle. At the center of the story may be a conflict between two former college friends that repeatedly results in violence, but filmmaker Onur Tukel is never satisfied with focusing on these characters between the fistfights. Instead, much of the movie becomes preoccupied with the world they live in, including too many unnecessary characters and odd elements which often make it unclear whether this is a satire of modern times or a prediction of where we will be in the near future. 

The Marine 5: Battleground Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Mike Mizanin
  • Director: James Nunn
  • Disc Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Czech, German, Russian, Estonian, Finnish, Swedish, Polish, Arabic, Latvian, Italian, Korean, Dutch, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Romanian, Thai, English, Spanish, Danish, Turkish, Greek, Lithuanian
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, German
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Rated: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: April 25, 2017
  • Run Time: 91 minutes




        The title Marine of The Marine franchise has remained the same for the last three of the five movies, but even with a familiar character returning, these films often feel like ordinary scripts that have repurposed to become the next installment. There is rarely any connection in the storyline beyond the returning main character with a military background, this time even removing him from the job he is known for. I suppose titling the film The Former Marine is not as catchy, and it is actually somewhat of a relief that the latest entry has simplified the narrative.

Release Set for Wes Anderson's New Film

Fox Searchlight has announced the release date for the upcoming film ISLE OF DOGS, directed by Wes Anderson. Check out the cast list on the first poster released.

ISLE OF DOGS hits theaters everywhere on April 20, 2018.

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Punching Henry Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Henry Phillips, J.K. Simmons, Ashley Johnson, Sarah Silverman
  • Director: Gregori Viens
  • Disc Format: Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • Release Date: April 18, 2017
  • Run Time: 94 minutes


        Part cynical satire of celebrity and the shallowness of the entertainment industry, part true-to-life depiction of the life of a struggling artist, Punching Henry is the opposite of a feel-good comedy. Stand-up comedy has a long history of celebrating self-deprecating humor, and Henry Phillips simply takes this idea into a feature film role as he essentially just plays himself. It is somewhat like watching a stand-up comic’s set being played out in script form, which is somehow less satisfying as one might expect. That is not to say that there isn’t humor in the depressing exploits of the traveling comic troubadour, but the funniest part of the film is when he puts down the guitar at the end of the film and makes jokes about the torturous events that we have endured in the narrative.

A Cowgirl’s Story DVD Review

  • Actors: Bailee Madison, Chloe Lukasiak, Pat Boone, Aidan Alexander, Froy Gutierrez
  • Director: Timothy Armstrong
  • Disc Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2017
  • Run Time: 98 minutes


        Filmmaker Timothy Armstrong has an odd preoccupation with films about young girls and competitive horseback riding, with A Cowgirl’s Story being his third entry into the genre. Reuniting with the star of his 2012 feature, Cowgirls ‘n Angels, Armstrong piles a typical saccharine story with an extra dose of patriotism and faith-based melodrama, nearly to the point of eliminating horseback riding from the film altogether. While some undiscerning pre-teen girls may find the film mildly diverting, there is hardly a redeeming moment in within A Cowgirl’s Story for any intelligent viewer.

Mad Families DVD Review

  • Actors: Charlie Sheen, Leah Remini
  • Director: Fred Wolf
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Region: Region 1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 11, 2017
  • Run Time: 89 minutes



        Mad Families relies wholly upon an unrealistic scenario of coincidence for its plot, lazily treating the feature film as though it were a forgettable episode of a poorly written sitcom. This is somewhat fitting, considering how much of the cast is made up of television actors in obvious need of a payday. But even these fading stars of the small screen deserve better than writer/director Fred Wolf has to offer, a man whose crowning achievement was writing the screenplay for the Grown Ups movies and directing the straight-to-video sequel to Joe Dirt.

Isolation DVD Review

  • Actors: Dominic Purcell, Luke Mably, Marie Avgeropoulos, Tricia Helfer, Stephen Lang
  • Director: Shane Dax Taylor
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: June 20, 2017
  • Run Time: 94 minutes



        After sitting on the shelf for several years, this 2015 action thriller has finally been given a release on VOD and through an exclusive Walmart DVD release. Isolation is home invasion horror mixed with a tourists-in-peril thriller, though it is ultimately as bland as a Lifetime movie, which is fitting considering how many TV actors make up the cast. Watchable as the film may be, it offers no surprises and very little excitement beyond the opportunity to see these beautiful actors in different roles.

We Don’t Belong Here DVD Review

  • Actors: Catherine Keener, Anton Yelchin, Kaitlyn Dever, Riley Keough, Annie Starke
  • Director: Peer Pedersen
  • Producers: Annelise Dekker, Adam Gibbs, Michael Kristoff, Roger Pugliese
  • Disc Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 
  • Rated: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2017
  • Run Time: 89 minutes



        Dysfunctional family films tend to work a lot better if there is at least one character to ground the extremeness of the rest. While We Don’t Belong Here does afford the film one family member not suffering from a traumatic past, addiction, or mental illness, but it also happens to be the most inconsequential of characters. Even more troubling is the film’s overall lack of direction, mistaking scenes of quirky character traits as an adequate replacement for plot. The characters may be well developed and played by talented actors, which make it even more of a shame that filmmaker Peer Pedersen doesn’t know what to do with them.