Blu-ray Invasion – Week of August 30 & September 6
Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season
After defeating his most formidable foe to date and riding off into the sunset with longtime flame Felicity Smoak, Oliver Queen (aka The Arrow) left Starling City with the hopes of beginning a new life. But will Oliver ever truly be able to leave behind his past as the Arrow, and, if so, what becomes of the team he has worked so hard to assemble? Will military vet John Diggle, Oliver’s sister Thea Queen, and lawyer-turned-vigilante Laurel Lance be left to continue Oliver’s crusade without him? And with Malcolm Merlyn having ascended to the top of the League of Assassins as the new Ra’s al Ghul, is anyone really safe?
There’s too much good TV, and even too much good superhero TV for a show as good as this one has been to have an ‘off” year. Nothing about this season was bad enough to warrant quitting the show, and the crossovers with the, at this point, superior Flash show are enough to keep things interesting in Arrow’s world. Despite the mediocrity of this season, the lead players still turn in good performances week after week. Buy It to keep the collection you’ve been building going. Besides, with The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and now Supergirl joining the mix, that’s going to end up being a pretty exciting shelf.
Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Season Two
The epic battle to defeat the evil Empire continues in Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Second Season! As Ezra continues his journey to become a Jedi under Kanan’s guidance, the crew of the Ghost bands together with a secret rebel cell and ex soldiers from the Clone Wars to join a fledgling alliance to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. But the dark side looms large as Darth Vader dispatches new Inquisitors, setting the stage for a climactic showdown in which terrible truths will be revealed and the lives of our heroes will be changed forever.
The way this show has managed to build off of the popularity of the defunct Clone Wars has been admirable, and these epic seasons continue to provide the perfect buffer between films. Obviously if you’re a die hard Star Wars fan, you need to Buy This. Along with the DC Superhero shows as mentioned above, impressive shelf space that will allow for endless hours of entertainment are built upon properties like this.
The Flash: The Complete Second Season
Last year, the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator exploded, creating a dark matter storm that struck forensic scientist Barry Allen – bestowing him with super-speed and making him the fastest man alive. But Barry wasn’t the only person who was given extraordinary abilities that night. The dark matter also created meta-humans – many of whom have wreaked havoc on the city. With the help of the S.T.A.R Labs team, Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon and Dr. Harrison Wells, Barry protects the people of Central City from these powerful new threats as The Flash. Following the defeat of Allen’s arch-nemesis Eobard Thawne (aka Reverse Flash), Team Flash must quickly turn their attention to the singularity swirling high above Central City, consuming everything in its path. Armed with the heart of a hero and the ability to move at super speeds, Barry charged into the eye of the singularity, but can he actually save his city from impending doom?
This show, perhaps even better than Arrow manages to blend super dark and grim tones with plenty of light-hearted fun that makes you remember these were originally properties for kids. The perils that Barry Allen goes through are immensely heavy, and The Flash managed to grow as a show in a really great way. Arrow crossovers don’t hurt from time to time, and it’s easy to see why this is quickly surpassing Arrow as the better DC superhero show on the CW. Buy It
A Major League rookie pitcher loses control over his pitching and is sent down to the minor leagues, where he begins sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist. In the process, hidden conflicts with his overbearing father are brought to light.
There are many ways to cover a sports film about an athlete with psychological issues and The Phenom just doesn’t do as good a job as it could, especially given this cast. A disappointment all around. It strays away from baseball too much to be considered a sports film, and as a psychological drama it doesn’t deliver on what it should. Skip It
Hard Target 2
Disgraced and retired mixed martial artist Wes “The Jailor” Baylor (Scott Adkins) couldn’t refuse the million dollar purse offered to fight in Myanmar. When he arrives to fight, he learns he’s been tricked into becoming the target of a human hunt. Carrying only water and a ruby-filled money belt for the last person standing, Wes must outsmart the heavily armed group who’s paid to kill him. As Wes fights for his life in the treacherous jungle terrain, the hunters become the hunted. Hard Target 2 is a must see film for action and martial arts fans featuring Adkins in incredible fight scenes.
Scott Adkins is the best kept secret of the direct to video action world, it’s no secret why he’s a protege of Jean Claude Van Damme. Any movie he’s in is instantly elevated in quality and he’s a fantastic action actor. Hard Target 2 is a lot of fun. It’s everything a DTV actioner should be. Great shot action and fight scenes, cheesy villain, questionable music score. Queue It
From the producers of The Purge and Insidious, comes this terrifying supernatural thriller starring Kevin Bacon (TV’s The Following) and Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill). When their young son (David Mazouz, TV’s Gotham) brings home five mystical stones he found on their family’s camping trip to the Grand Canyon, Peter (Bacon) and Bronny (Mitchell) begin to notice strange things happening in their house. Having awakened dark entities bound to the rocks, the family fights for survival as malicious demons feed off their fears and threaten to destroy them.
Far from an original idea for a film, you’d think it could be bolstered by the inclusion of Kevin Bacon, but even he isn’t able to save this film. It’s an unscary mess of a film that is pretty tame when it comes to the scares it tries to deliver. Skip It
The Dead Room
When a terrified family flees a desolate southern New Zealand farmhouse, two cynical scientists and a young psychic are sent to investigate their claims of a haunting. There, they encounter a powerful spirit that will protect the house’s secrets at all cost.
At 78 minutes, it stands to reason that this is going to be a relatively simple plot, and simple is the best way to describe this movie. Harmless, too. It’s got a few decent scares, and a terrific ending. Best to see once, but won’t have much staying power for revisits. Queue It
At a prestigious South African school, Melea and her boyfriend imagine a hip-hop version of Romeo and Juliet, but Melea’s dreams are dashed when she’s unable to pay tuition and is made to leave. Determined to fulfill her destiny, she does the unthinkable – persuades the community to support her artistic and unique vision. When adrenaline-filled rehearsals cause dance crew rivals and egos to get in the way, everything falls apart. Once again, Melea dares to dream and risks it all to put on a performance you’ll never forget. From the director of Honey and Honey 2, Honey 3 is full of dance, romantic love triangles and heart-pumping music you won’t want to miss.
If you missed that there was ever a Honey 2, you’re not alone. But the good news is that if you’ve seen one dance movie, you’ve seen pretty much all that this one offers. Well, that might not be good news, but at least it will make you go back and remember all the Step Up movies that are much better and way more fun. Skip It