X-Men: Dark Phoenix Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner
  • Director: Simon Kinberg
  • Disc Format: NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: 
     Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date: September 17, 2019

        The way that superhero/comic book movies are received by audiences is beginning to feel a bit like high school. If a film is thought to be popular, there are those who make up their mind about it before they have even taken the time to get to figure out if their expectations will be met. And then there are those films that the masses decide are a waste even before they have been released. We have seen this fan-backlash before, and it seemed that every comic-book fan I knew would roll their eyes at the mention of Dark Phoenix, long before it was in theaters. I find this mob mentality to be ironically tantamount to the popularity cliques of high school that likely made life miserable for most of the same comic book fans without ever taking the time to get to know them.

Buster Keaton Collection: Volume 3 Blu-ray Review

  • Actors: Buster Keaton, Sally O'Neil, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards, Francis McDonald
  • Director: Buster Keaton
  • Writers: Paul Girard Smith, Clyde Bruckman, Al Boasberg, Jean C. Havez, Charles Henry Smith
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Region: Region A/1 
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: 
     Not Rated
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: August 20, 2019
  • Run Time: 136 minutes

        The first two volumes of the Buster Keaton collection, following the release of a fantastic documentary to remind us all why he was such an icon of the silent comedy era, included some of the slapstick star’s most recognizable titles. The first one included The General, while the second featured Sherlock Jr. as headliner. While neither of the titles in Volume Three carry the same historical significance, it does include one of Keaton’s personal favorites and another with an unforgettable premise. Even if these aren’t the most famous of Keaton’s films, they are every bit as memorable as the ones in Volumes 1 and 2.