New on Blu: SUICIDE SQUAD, PHANTASM REMASTERED, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU

Suicide Squad Extended Cut

Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Film Rating: ★★★
Special Features: ★★★★★
Buy/Rent: BUY

Let's cut to the chase: I like the Extended Cut of SUICIDE SQUAD. Is it because I got to watch it without a theater full of critics scoffing at everything, or because the little bit of extra footage made the movie a bit better? I don't have the answer, but I like the Extended Cut of SUICIDE SQUAD. It was more entertaining and fun on the second watch. Here's to keeping the DC Universe continuing at the cinema. 

Special Features: 
- Task Force X: One Team, One Mission – Discover the rich legacy of DC’s most infamous bad guys
- Squad Strength and Skills – How’d they whip themselves into shape?
- Get the inside story Joker and Harley: The ‘It’ Couple of the Underworld – She’s rotten. He’s damaged. They’re a match made in hell
- Chasing the Real – Writer/director David Ayer reveals techniques for creating an authentic surreal world
- Gag Reel
- Character bios
- Download Vudu's app and get the exclusive "Suicide Squad Extras+ Experience
- Thre's also a slick feature where you can view certain scenes in 360 oculus-style

Suicide Squad (Extended Cut Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack)
Starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis

Phantasm Remastere

Director: Don Coscarelli
Writer: Don Coscarelli
Cast: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm
Film Rating: ★★★★
Special Features: ★★★★
Buy/Rent: BUY

Well Go USA is changing and doing big things. First starting out as America's leading Asian film distributor, they've branched out to American indie movies, and now, repertory cult cinema. Their first grab? The wildly popular PHANTASM, which has been running on a full tank of gasoline since 1979. We've all been waiting for a Remastered Blu-ray, and now it's here, along with a fifth and final film in the franchise, PHANTASM: RAVAGER, directed by the weird and wonderful filmmaker who made the original, Don Coscarelli. (Never take off those Elvis glasses, Coscarelli, never.)

Two things that made PHANTASM brilliant and became Hollywood tropes to this very day: having a kid figure out the terror and how to kill it instead of grown-ass people, and silently mouthing "What the fuck?" (BLADE is the best one of the bunch.)

PHANTASM REMASTERED is now in HD, but they've kept the quality of giving it that 70s, yellow-esque tone, so don't worry. Well Go USA did as great of a job on this as Scream Factory does on all their films. 

Long live The Thin Man!

Also available, PHANTASM: RAVAGER!

Special Features:
- New 5.1 Surround Sound
- Original Mono Track
- Audio Commentary with Director & Writer Don Coscarelli, Michael Baldwin (Mike), Angus - Scrimm (The Tall Man), and Bill Thornbury (Joan)
- Graveyard Carz Episode
- Interviews from 1979 with Don Coscarelli and Angus Scrimm
- Deleted Scenes
- Trailers

Phantasm: Remaster [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Starring Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

Southside with You

Director: Richard Tanne
Writer: Richard Tanne
Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Vanessa Bell Calloway
Film Rating: ★★★
Special Features: ★★
Buy/Rent: RENT

Two fiction films have been made about soon-to-be former president Barack Obama: Barry and Southside with You. This will not be said about Trump (unless you count Jeremy Konnor's hilarious satire THE ART OF THE DEAL, where Johnny Depp nails his portrayal of King Bozo, Trump). 

SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU gained a bigger audience since it went to theaters (BARRY is Netflix), and it's not a bad story about Obama wooing Michelle on their first date. There's something missing to this story, and I'm not sure what. I just didn't feel complete. 

It is worth your time since it's about one of your coolest presidents -- now is the time to watch it more than any. Barack knows how to treat a lady, something else that will not be said about Trump. 

Special Features:
Audio Commentary: 
Original Artwork and Animations
Theatrical Trailer

Southside With You [Blu-ray + Digital HD]
Starring Tika Sumpter, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Parker Sawyers