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HD Report | August 24, 2017

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Blu-ray Disc Reviews

Review of movies and TV shows on Blu-ray Disc.

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Review: Looks & Sounds Great, But…

August 14, 2017 |

As a film, 2017’s Ghost in the Shell admirably translates the original movie’s animated design splendor into live-action but fails to replicate the animated version’s intelligence, charm, and compelling underlying philosophy. Scarlett Johansson and a couple of other key … Read More

‘Saturday Night Fever’ Blu-ray Review: Racism, Rape, and the Bee Gees

April 30, 2017 |

It’s been 40 years since Saturday Night Fever was released, and I’m here to say polyester leisure suits have held up far better.

While the famous soundtrack still sounds great, if you watch this movie – as I did – … Read More

Ghost in the Shell: Mondo X Steelbook Series Review

March 25, 2017 |

Format: Blu-Ray

Price: $34.99

While the Ghost in the Shell live-action adaptation is stealing all of the headlines, fans of the original animated film have been generating buzz about the Mondo Steelbook Blu-Ray edition of the 1995 movie based … Read More

‘Jackie’ Blu-ray Review: A Polished But Distracting Display of Grief

March 15, 2017 |

“Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief, shining moment that was known as Camelot. There’ll be great presidents again… but there will never be another Camelot.”               … Read More

‘Allied’ Blu-ray Review: A Surprisingly Good Old-Fashioned Thriller

February 19, 2017 |

It’s not often that a Brad Pitt movie (or one directed by Robert Zemeckis) silently slips past the public, but Allied managed to do just that when it was released last November. Between the forgettable title, lack of hype, mixed … Read More

Blu-ray review: ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Rich Mahogany Edition’

December 3, 2013 |

Story idea: Why don’t restaurants serve apples anymore?

This line made me laugh, but it’s not from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy – The Rich Mahogany Edition, it’s from Mr. Burgundy’s diary that accompanies this 2-disc Blu-ray … Read More

Blu-ray Review: ‘Chinatown’

April 14, 2012 |

Considered a classic film in all circles, Roman Polanski’s Chinatown is indeed well written, well acted, and well directed.  What’s more, now on Blu-ray, it looks pretty darn good for a 1974 picture. Having said that, I must admit this was my first time seeing it (here comes the shame), and its leisurely pace left me a little less than enthralled.  If you’re a fan of the film, it’s a must-own.  If you’ve never seen it and your senses have been dulled by years of fast action, big explosions, and rapid fire dialogue, your appreciation for Chinatown may be slightly watered down. Read More

Blu-ray Review: Super 8

November 17, 2011 |
It’s not every boy that gets to dream big and make those dreams become a reality by dint of a good friendship with an idol from their formative years…  but Jeffrey Jacob Abrams has had just that kind of luck, though he also earned his cinematic credentials—and strengthened that special friendship— by paying his dues.  Along with journeyman work as both a composer and screenwriter, J.J. Abrams exhibited a true love for the craft of filmmaking and the art of telling a good story… much like his boyhood idol.

Review: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ on Blu-ray Disc

October 24, 2011 | 1

Pity poor Captain America. While other superheroes from his era have had their stories told multiple times on the silver screen, Cap has been waiting for his proper Hollywood debut since 1941. Think about that. Betty White was 19—dang. Well, this summer it finally happened. Captain America: The First Avenger earned 175 million dollars in the US, making it the 8th highest grossing of the year, right behind his fellow Avenger, Thor. I didn’t catch the film in theaters, so I was anxious to see how the Blu-ray would tell the tale of one of Marvel’s oldest and most iconic heroes, and if it would look better than current-day Betty White. Read More

Blu-ray Picks of the Week for June 14th

June 14, 2011 |

This week offers up many new Blu-ray titles, but few worth owning… However, if you’re a fan of Japanese cinema (no, no the shock type, but a more poetical picture) Criterion has a little something for you… and they’re also releasing an underrated Nicolas Roeg headtrip for your viewing pleasure.  For those with more mainstream tastes there’s a slew of recent theatrical films on Blu-ray, and Warner’s catches fans up with Harry Potter with more HD Ultimate Editions of the successful franchise. Read More

Blu-ray Picks of the Week for June 7th

June 7, 2011 |

This Tuesday offers a huge amount of Blu-ray releases… but it’s a mixed bag to be sure. What should you consider for your HD library and viewing pleasure? Here’s what we recommend for this Tuesday, June 7th:
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Blu-ray Picks of the Week for May 31st

May 31, 2011 |

With the long weekend, and an even longer list of Blu-ray releases over the past few says, including this Tuesday’s traditional street date, here’s a short rundown as we get over our Memorial Day Hangover here at HD Report (and no, we didn’t see the cash grab sequel this weekend)…  We didn’t get a chance to write out each of these (pure weekend laziness compounded by booze n’ BBQs), so this is simply a rundown of recommendations.  Note that, no matter how much we love the following films, it’s the BD quality we’re always letting you know about.  If it’s not recommended or has a light recommendation, it doesn’t mean we hated the movie itself.  That said… Read More

Blu-ray Review: The Firm

May 26, 2011 |

This Sunday on Blu-ray, Paramount releases The Firm (1993) starring Tom Cruise… but is it worth buying or are we being asked to purchase something that, sooner or later, probably soon, will end up a lot cheaper after being dumped into a bargain bin?  Let’s find out… Read More

Blu-ray Picks of the Week for May 24th

May 23, 2011 |

This week on Blu-ray Warner Bros is offering up some goodies worthy of the format.  Criterion also puts two older titles on Blu-ray, and that’s always worth a mention for the loving care they give their releases; however, if you own the already awesome DVDs, you need to consider the extra spend for what amounts to minor improvements at best.

Warner’s releases some fan favorites on Blu-ray, including Gettysburg: Director’s Cut (1993) and Gods an d Generals: Extended Director’s Cut (2003) just in time for the sesquicentennial of the beginning of the American Civil War.  Both films feature rich performances (a literal who’s who of A-list and B-list actors… with plenty of redshirted C-listers in there for good measure) and plenty of detail… the kind of stuff fans of the Jeff and Michael Shaara historical novels absolutely love to get lost in.  Both releases are minor upgrades from prior BDs.  The new editions are Digibook offerings with plenty of extras, but be forewarned that both films are extraordinarily long (some would say bloated), with Gettysburg nearly holding the record for one of the longest features ever theatrically released…  and Warners is offering the films (respectively) on one BD with the extras mainly confined to an SD disc.  Some reviewers have noted compression issues due to the length of the films on one disc, but for the most part the reviews say these are two discs worth owning… especially if you’re a Civil War buff. Read More

Blu-ray Picks of the Week for May 17th

May 17, 2011 |

This week bring us Criterion releases on Blu-ray as well as a solid classic from Fox.  The rest of the bunch… well, it depends on what your interests are and if what you consider a value in Blu-ray titles that may or may not have a terrific transfer behind them (most don’t… so, caveat emptor).

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Blu-ray Picks of the Week for May 10th

May 10, 2011 |

This week we’ve got the Alien set, now available as stand-alone Blu-ray discs at a friendlier price, and a load of Digibook releases on BD that are definitely worth a purchase for your HD library.

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Blu-ray Releases Include De Palma’s “Blow Out”

April 26, 2011 |

Criterion Collection releases a long awaited (and sometimes much maligned) Blu-ray disc today…  Brian De Palma’s Blow Out. Read More

Buy or Rent? Six Blu-ray Discs reviewed

October 10, 2010 |

Here’s where we look at six Blu-ray Discs and vote on whether or not we think they should be purchased or rented. As a rule, we always suggest watching a Blu-ray Disc vs. streaming HD from Netflix or other service.  Movies that have been compressed to stream or download are hard to fully appreciate when black levels are crunched and bit-rates sampled down to reduce file size. Here are the votes this week. Read More

Buy or Rent? Five Blu-ray titles reviewed

September 26, 2010 | 2

Willing to slap down $29.99 for a new Blu-ray title? Or more likely to rent a digital download or pick up a hard copy from Blockbuster? Maybe you are more patient, willing, (and frugal enough) to wait several months until … Read More

Blu-ray Picks of the Week for July 13th

July 13, 2010 | 1

This week there’s not a heck of a lot to recommend as must-own Blu-ray discs, though for dramedy you may wanna check out Ben Stiller in Greenberg as well as the newest Atom Egoyan film for rental. Let’s take a quick gander at what we’ve got for Blu-ray releases:

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