May 5, 2015

Blu-ray & DVD: The Digital Dread Report for May 5th!

The best Mob movie ever made (that doesn't have Godfather in its title), a doomed medieval romance, and a heavy dose of Aussie Post Apocalyptic mayhem ... this is The Digital Dread Report for May 5th!

*Read on, and be sure to click the pics to order whatever strikes your fancy.
"On May 5, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release Goodfellas on 2-Disc Blu-ray featuring a new documentary with interviews from Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta and more, and a 36-page photo book exploring the films far-reaching influence. The book also includes a letter written by Martin Scorsese.

The 25th Anniversary Blu-ray release of GoodFellas, cited by film critic Roger Ebert as the best mob movie ever, has been remastered from a 4K scan of the original camera negative, supervised by Martin Scorsese. The Blu-ray release also includes Digital HD with UltraViolet and will be available for $34.99 SRP. Fans can also own GoodFellas on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers."

The Godfather is probably still King as far as Mob movies go, but Goodfellas is a very, very close second. This new Blu-ray release interests us for a few different reasons: we'd love to see the movie in a pristine 4K scan, the new documentary, and that packaging... that packing is going to look great on our shelves.

As man can not live by Horror alone, this new Goodfellas release is just about as great as it gets when we need something to watch in between all of the usual blood and carnage that we witness. It probably has something to do with the fact that it has a bunch of blood and carnage in it too, but it's also like, artistic and stuff.

This movie is a masterpiece, and this Blu-ray release is just about as A+ as it gets.
"On the run from the dungeons of the medieval city of Aquila, thief Phillipe Gaston is helped by Etienne Navarre (Rutger Hauer), a mysterious knight who carries a precious hawk on his arm and is also pursued by the soldiers of Aquila. Two years ago, Navarre and his lover Lady Isabeau were banished from the city and placed under a spell which turns him into a wolf by night and her into a hawk by day, leaving them only a few brief moments to spend together at dawn and sunset. Now, Navarre tries to persuade Phillipe to help him and Isabeau re-enter the city and confront the evil Bishop who, out of his lust for Isabeau, cast the jealous spell which keeps the two lovers apart. Phillipe agrees, but the path to the Bishop is a heavily guarded one, and it will take great courage to follow this mission through to the end."

When we were kids, Ladyhawke always went hand in hand with The Princess Bride. Sure, Ladyhawke had more action and violence, and Princess Bride was basically a comedic Fairytale, but they were both heavily-steeped in Fantasy, and both were essentially love stories, so they always felt like a matching pair to us.

Anyhow, this is a great movie that showcases Rutger Hauer at the peak of his career, and the sexy as hell Michelle Pfeiffer right as hers was about to explode, and if you love Medieval Fantasy, then this is an absolute Must Own title.
"In the ravaged near-future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max's best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for – revenge! Also starring Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Steve Bisley (The Great Gatsby, Red Hill), this rugged racecar of a film runs on "comic book volatility… exhilarating rowdiness and visual intensity" (The New York Times)!"

It's no Road Warrior, but 30 years after its release, Mad Max is still a pretty kick-ass Post Apocalyptic flick. It's also the film that set Mel Gibson on the path to Super-Mega stardom, which depending on how you feel about the guy now, might not be such a great thing. *For the record, we love him. Screw the haters.

We'll be picking this one up for the new Mel Gibson commentary alone. He always has such interesting things to say.

Aside from Lost River (which we respect, but did not enjoy at all), there really isn't a Blu-ray release this week that isn't worth checking out.

  • Duel is not only one of Steven Spielberg's oldest movies, but it's one of his coolest; there's just something about Road Revenge flicks from the 70's that makes us happy.
  • Kiss of the Dragon is our favorite Jet Li movie, mainly because it kicks ass, and it has that Luc Besson feel about it. Because it was produced by Luc Besson. Also, aside from TV work, this was basically Bridget Fonda's last movie. We miss her hotness.
  • Lost River was artistically interesting, but it was devoid of anything that we'd call entertainment. Great cast though.
  • Munich is an A+ in our books. Excellent story, excellent cast, and it gets better every time we watch it. This movie (and disc) is a true MUST OWN.
  • The big draw for this new Terminator release (which is just a re-packaging of the previous release), are the UV Codes for the movie and new Digital Only Extras. Too bad the extras can only be streamed a total of 10 times, which means you're basically renting them. Great movie, but screw that. Love the red case though. 
  • The Pyramid (our review HERE) was a fun little flick despite its flaws, but it needs to drop down from its $19.99 price by half, before we'd even consider picking it up. If you're really dying to see it, click the picture, and select the Amazon Instant option to rent it for $5.99 instead. There's plenty of other things to spend that extra $15 on.

As far as this week's DVD releases go...

  • The original Scandi version of The Bridge (Bron/Broen) is absolutely superb, and well worth a purchase if you love great TV drama.
  • The Second Season of Broadchurch was pretty solid too, as the UK version is way better than its American counterpart. 
  • And everything else, as always, is a crap-shoot.
  • Enjoy!



  1. I want to bugger Heather O`Rourke and Krystina Kouhoutova.

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