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Blu-ray Invasion – May 16th

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (Wal-Mart Exclusive)

It’s just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse comes in. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doeeerily well preserved and with no visible signs of trauma shrouded in mystery. As they work into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead. The latest from Trollhunter director Andre Ovredal is a scarily unpredictable, supernatural shocker that never lets up.

An extremely creepy time in a mortuary, not that there could ever be good times in a mortuary. But this is driven by two fantastic performances that carry every single moment of the film beautifully. Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch bring just the right amount of star power to a film like this. You really feel like no one else could have made this film work. The work of the corpse is also brilliant, even though she doesn’t really do anything. The extra features on this disk leave a lot to be desired. It’s a film shorter than 90 minutes, but there are three different trailers included and that is it. Still, this is a great film, one that’s infinitely rewatchable. BUY IT

I Am Not Your Negro

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #Blacklivesmatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

One of the most powerful documentaries you could ever hope to see. Even if you’re a good person and are aware of what an absolute horror racism in America is, this is still a must watch for everyone. Powerful imagery, great storytelling, compelling interviews. This has everything a great documentary needs and delivers on every level. For even more information, there are three Q&As included, one with Samuel L. Jackson. Queue It

Heat – Definitive Director’s Edition

Oscar® winners Al Pacino* and Robert De Niro** both drive one of the most powerful and complex crime dramas of all time – four-time Oscar nominee Michael Mann’s*** 1995 classic HEAT, arriving in an all-new Director’s Definitive Edition May 9 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
In the wake of a precision heist of an armored van, the crew of a fierce, professional thief (De Niro) and an obsessively driven LAPD detective (Pacino) are locked in deadly opposition as they vector towards each other in Mann’s dazzling, twilight vision of Los Angeles. As the stakes escalate and their lives begin to unravel, the crew initiates its most dangerous and complex heist.
Heat is beyond reviews at this point. It’s a modern classic and one of Michael Mann’s masterpieces. This Blu-ray has upgraded video quality and two new supplemental features to go along with all supplemental material from previous versions of the Blu-ray. Even if you’re not all that into supplemental material, having better video quality for one of the greatest films of all time at a fairly cheap price is a no-brainer. BUY IT
Sixteen-year-old Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) has lived his whole life with a team of scientists on Mars. He’s always longed to see Earth to find the father he’s never known and to meet a beautiful street-smart girl named Tulsa he’s become friends with online. But when his chance finally comes, doctors discover his heart can’t withstand the Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner and Tulsa escape on a cross-country race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be and where he belongs in the universe. Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino also star in this heartfelt and inspiring romantic adventure about how far one person can go for love.
As far as young love romance movies go, this one at the very least has a unique premise to it. It’s even performed very capably by Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson. The trouble is, this has very little wiggle room if you already don’t like this sort of movie. If you do, there is plenty here for you to love. Beyond the two leads, Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino turn in great performances as well. There are compelling twists and turns that make for great storytelling and visually it’s a beautiful film as well. Could have done with more special features, but this is still worth a watch. Queue It

 

 

 

 

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J.C. De Leon

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Hailing from Austin, Tx. J.C. is maybe the biggest fan of sports movies you'll ever see. He's got an affinity for great writing and two of his favorites are Aaron Sorkin and Shane Black. When he's not watching movies at home, he can be found watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. He occasionally tries to play video games, but he's not very good at them. Follow him on Twitter for witty tweets and pictures of his cats.