New on Blu: RED DAWN Collector's Edition, THE LOVE WITCH, FENCES

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 column from film pundit Chase Whale (that's me!), 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, not how amazing the transfer looks because you already know this system.

Red Dawn Collector's Edition

Director: John Milius
Cast: Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey
Rating: ★★★
Buy/Rent: BUY

WOLVERINESSSSSS! I'm pretty sure it's un-American to not want to watch Patrick Swayze kick ass, first-timer Charlie Sheen be a good little brother, and Jennifer Grey blow shit up with a rocket launcher while hiding out in the woods, taking out Russians in a world where World War III happens. 


Red Dawn [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray]
Starring Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Charlie Sheen, Harry Dean Stanton, Jennifer Grey

The Love Witch

Writer/Director: Anna Biller
Cast: Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso
Rating: ★★★
Buy/Rent: BUY

The Love Witch is an acquired taste. If you love 60s pulp cinema like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, or movies that were shot in Technicolor, this film is for you. It's an intoxicating throwback to films like the aforementioned and All That Heaven Allows. What makes The Love Witch so fascinating is the pitch perfect set and costume design, as well as the Technicolor look and feel, and biting tale on girl power. Writer/director Anna Biller's first feature, Viva, is another throwback, so it's clear this filmmaker has a passionate affinity for the 60s and 70s pulp cinema. I can't wait to see what she's up to next. 

Is this entrancing homage to Technicolor and pulpy cinema going to be the next cult classic? We'll know soon. 

The Love Witch [Blu-ray]
Starring Samantha Robinson, Laura Waddell, Jeffrey Vincent Parise


Director: Denzel Washington
Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, 
Rating: ★★★★
Buy/Rent: BUY

Banging out one of this best performance of his career, Denzel Washington also directed Fences, a tough tale of family and the effects of tough love. Fences first started out as a play starring Washington and his co-lead in the film, the super talented Viola Davis, who deservingly won an Academy Award just a few weeks ago for her performance in the film. In hindsight, Fences is an everyday story about regular family issues, but these two performances really bangs you over the head.

Fences [BD/Digital HD Combo] [Blu-ray]
Starring Denzel Washington, Russell Hornsby, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo