Do you even care to know how "gorgeous" the 1080P or 2/4 K scan transfer looks, or how cool the extra features are? By now, you are well-versed in what transfers look like and you know what's coming with the release. You're (hopefully) here because you want to know the experience I had watching this/these film(s).
New on Blu is a new column from film pundit Chase Whale, exploring studio, arthouse, underground, exploitation and cult cinema released on Blu-ray and DVD from some of the most cutting-edge independent distributors around the U.S. He talks about the movie and whether it's worth a buy or rent.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (Black and Chrome Edition)
Director: George Miller
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne (who played the villain "Toecutter" in 1979's Mad Max which starred and boomed Mel Gibson's career)
Film Rating: ★★★★★
Special Features: ★★★★★
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is one of the best films of this decade. Filled with batshit crazy stunts and sparse CGI when required, George Miller, 71, is a wunderkind made one of the best movies of 2015. You won't find many 71-year-olds making movies like the high-octane MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, well, ever.
This is why the Black and Chrome edition is so important -- it's what Miller wanted from the get-go.
On the Blu-ray, Miller introduced the Black and Chrome edition by saying it's the better version of the film. I wholeheartedly disagree because the dusty sepia color palette gives FURY ROAD the feel of a wasteland. However, something monstrous about Black and Chrome version -- you can't see the obvious CGI moments. That's not the intention why they sucked out the colors and hyped up black and chrome -- Miller had this vision for a long time. It's tough to put up an argument with the director who made the film you love, but there's a gray area in there for every voice. (excluding the ones in your head.)
It's a necessary buy just to have the option to watch in either version. Invite your BFFs over for a back-to-back FURY ROAD extravaganza, then debate which is better. It'll drive you all mad.
The cover of the Black & Chrome edition is slick, symmetrically splitting Immortan Joe's soulless face -- half in color and the other, black & chrome.
Miller's brief introduction to the Black & Chrome version
Featurettes: Maximum Fury: Filming Fury Road, Mad Max: Fury on Four Wheels, The Road Warrior: Max and Furiosa, The Tools of the Wasteland, The Five Wives: So Shiny, So Chrome, Fury Road: Crash and Smash
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
Directors: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney
Cast: Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Albert Brooks, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Steve Coogan
Film Rating: ★★★★
Special Features: ★★★
THE SECRET LIFE TO PETS is there is not secret: it's exactly how you imagine it to be -- dogs running amuck around the house, cats knocking over things, both eating everything in sight, and animals acting how we know them. Their decorum emphasizes jokes adults will appreciate, and there are enough gratifying gags that will surely make the kids laugh. It's a cunning animated film on why pets act they way they do and how they act and feel in certain situations. Say, when a dog and his best friend, as well as caretaker, brings in another dog and they start to get territorial with their owner and things turn topsy-turvy. "They" being a Jack Russell Terrier, Max (Louis C.K.) and a Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a brown breed that's unknown but perhaps the filmmakers thought it would be funny to put Chewbacca on all fours. (It works because it's funny.) For this household, there can be only one.
While on a routine dog walk from a dog walk (a super popular job in New York), Max and Duke get themselves captured by the pound. To their rescue are animals from all over the city. But not so fast, no all come in peace. A game of cat-and-mouse becomes the central focus when Max and Duke upset a bunny with a 'tude named Snowball (Kevin Hart). (There's no irony that Kevin Hart plays the smallest animal in the film, I'm sure.)
I think my favorite character is the pig, who's all tattooed up. It doesn't say "Pig' on IMDb, but a wild guess would be the character "Tattoo" (played by Michael Beattie).
We know from the beginning where the relationship of Max and Duke is going to go, but their journey to get there is what's gratifying to watch. Sure, a lot of animated movies follow a conventional plot that always works, but it's the second act that's the most important.
Blu-ray Exclusive Features:
-- How to Make an Animated Film.
-- Anatomy of a Scene.
More Special Features:
-- All About The Pets – Kevin Hart and Eric Stonestreet, with the help of animal trainer Molly Mignon O’Neill take you on an educational journey to learn more about your average and not-so average, household pets.
-- Animals Can Talk: Meet The Actors – The comedy superstars who give voice to the film’s menagerie of characters talk about their roles and the process of bringing them to life.
-- Hairstylist To The Dogs – Inspired by “Hairspray Live!,” Eric Stonestreet, with the help of a professional dog groomer Jess Rona, will take you through the basic steps to help your pups look as awesome as possible when they’re hanging out with their pet pals.
Director: George Miller
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas
Film Rating: ★★★★
Special Features: ★★★★★
DON'T BREATHE is full of shocking surprises. It takes the conventional home invasion-gone-wrong trope but throws in a lot of twists and turns you won't see coming. This is the best and most violent in the HOME ALONE series. Kevin McCallister grew up and went off the deepend.
This Blu-ray release comes with a mountain of special features, but the most important one is the sound. If you have surround sound, it feels like you're put right in the middle of the invasion. You hear all creeks and cracks and sounds that will make you shit your pants where you stand.
It's mind-bending watching how The Blind Man (Stephen Lang, in a victim-turned-villain hyper-menacing performance) how the blind man takes out his burglars and reveals his own horrifying secret.
I didn't expect DON'T BREATHE to be as good as it is. This is my favorite kind of movie, ones that catch me off guard and tell people, "see it."
-- Eight deleted scenes with Director's Commentary
-- No Escape
-- Creating the Creepy House
-- Meet the Cast
-- Commentary with Director Fede Alvarez, Co-Writer Rodo Sayagues and Actor Stephen Lang
-- Man In The Dark
-- The Sounds of Horror