New on Blu: 20TH CENTURY WOMEN, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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.

20th Century Women

Writer/Director: Mike Mills
Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup
Rating: ★★★★
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When I saw 20th Century Women, I was certain Annette Bening was going take the Oscar for Best Actress. What I wanted more was at least a Best Supporting nod for Greta Gerwig, who gives the performance of her career in this film. Bening makes this movie as great as it is, but it's Gerwig who completes it. 

20th Century Women [Blu-ray]
Starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Director: David Yates
Writer: J.K. Rowling
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Ezra Miller
Rating: ★★★★
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Every Pot(ter)head is going to buy this regardless of what I say, but I'll have you know I really liked this film. Fantastic Beasts is a movie we go to the theaters for -- to escape from the cruel realities of the world, and to get sucked away in fantastic world of fantasy and be wowed by things we'll never see or do in real life. This movie has the all of the pleasures of fun cinema. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack)
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell