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One of my favorite films of 2012 was Lincoln. I proudly gave it a 10/10 praising the performances, screenplay, and make-up artists. If you didn’t see Lincoln because you thought it would be long and boring; cut the crap and see this movie. I’m not a huge history buff but I was entertained for the entire two and a half hours. Lincoln is a must see for anybody with a good taste in movies (if you saw Twilight that weekend instead, you do not have a good taste in movies).

Lincoln comes to Blu-ray in great fashion. The picture quality and sound are magnificent and there’s a good amount of bonus content that should please fans of the film. There’s unfortunately no Audio Commentary but the rest of the bonus content makes up for it.

I saw Lincoln twice in theaters. Once on opening night, which my review is based on, and another on a field trip for my Junior class (they didn’t seem to appreciate the movie as much as I did). Three times watching this movie and I’m still entertained. I don’t see myself watching this movie over and over again but a viewing once every couple of years should do just fine. Daniel Day-Lewis’s Oscar winning performance is still a joy to watch and Tony Kushner’s Oscar nominated screenplay makes the movie consistently entertaining. The movie does drag on a bit at the end and a good chunk of this movie could’ve been left for the Deleted Scenes, but there really isn’t much to say negatively about Lincoln. It really is one of the best Historical Dramas ever made and one of 2012’s best films.

The movie looks great on Blu-ray. Look past the unfortunate letterbox and you’ll see a very crisp and clean picture. I was worried that some of the darker and “dirtier” scenes (by dirtier, I mean the movie takes place in the 1800’s so the environments aren’t too clean and polished) wouldn’t hold up on Blu-ray but I was generally surprised by the picture quality. The sound, while nothing to write home about, works fine for the movie.

 

The Bonus Features in the Lincoln Blu-ray include:

Disc 1

“The Journey to Lincoln” (9 minutes) is comprised of interviews from the cast and crew who talk about Abraham Lincoln, the person and how they worked on bringing him to the big screen and some behind the scenes footage. It’s an interesting little bonus feature but it’s nothing that’s really worth checking out.

“A Historic Tapestry: Richmond, Virginia” (4 minutes) is a great look at the place where Lincoln was filmed. You see some great behind the scenes footage and beautiful shots of the city. It’s worth a look if you think it sounds interesting. If you don’t then you probably won’t find much enjoyment out of this feature. Fans of the film will like it.

Credits (1 minute) is a little bit more than just credits for the bonus features. You also see footage of Steven Spielberg shaking hands with all of the poor extras that had to do that “fun” battle scene at the beginning of the movie. Nothing too fascinating but any behind the scenes content is always appreciated.

Disc 2

“In the Company of Character” (10 minutes) is a bunch of interviews and behind the scenes footage of the cast and crew talking about the characters in the movie and the actors that portray them. Similar to the above features, it’s nice to have but nothing really worthwhile.

“Crafting the Past” (11 minutes) is a look at how the sets and costumes were made for the movie. The sets and costumes were some of my favorite parts of the movie so it’s a joy to see a feature about that. It’s very cool to see and one of the best features on the disc.

“Living with Lincoln” (27 minutes) is a feature with interviews from the cast and crew about creating the movie. Many scenes are discussed in detail which makes for a very cool feature. You get lots of behind the scenes footage and hear some interesting information. Don’t let the 27 minute runtime scare you, this is definitely one of the best features in the pack.

“In Lincoln’s Footsteps” (17 minutes) is about the other parts of the film that were not mentioned in “Living with Lincoln.” The music and the different shots are two of the noteworthy elements in this feature. Similar to “Living with Lincoln” it’s a great feature with some fun facts about the movie. Another great feature that’s worth a watch.

Overall

The Bonus Features for the Lincoln Blu-ray, while nothing too fantastic or noteworthy, are great. There are lots of interviews and behind the scenes footage and two great features, “Living with Lincoln” and “In Lincoln’s Footsteps,” that will please even casual fans of the film. An Audio Commentary would’ve been nice or maybe cutting out some footage of the movie and making some Deleted Scenes would’ve been preferable but the content we get is great.

The Verdict

The lack of an Audio Commentary and not so powerful Bonus Features hurt the Lincoln Blu-ray a bit but the picture and sound quality are great and while the Bonus Features aren’t too noteworthy, there’s still a decent bit of content (decent in both quality and quantity). When this particular Blu-ray (the two disc version) is about $20, it’s well worth picking up.

8 out of 10

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What Men Want Blu-Ray Review

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What Men Want is a film which comes directed by Adam Shankman who some may know as the director of Rock Of Ages (2011) or Bedtime Stories (2008). The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Josh Brener and Aldis Hodge.

What Men Want is a film about a female executive named Ali, who works in a sports agency. She’s quite good at her job, but often finds that the males around her keep beating her out for a promotion. But all of this changes when she gets bumped on the head one night after seeing a psychic and gains the power to read men’s minds. The film is a sort of remake of What Women Want (2000) although, it has genders reversed this time with a female main character hearing men’s thoughts rather than a male character hearing women’s thoughts.

I had seen this film release in the cinema not long ago and did not get the chance to see it. Actually it disappeared from cinemas around me so fast, I never got the chance to get out there and watch it. Although, at the time, I must admit it wasn’t my highest priority as it didn’t really look like something I’d want to see. But now that it’s out on Blu-Ray, I got the chance to take a look.

I must say, that this film did surprise me. I thought it was actually rather funny and much better directed and written than I was expecting. Each of the actors were rather pleasant and I enjoyed Taraji P. Henson’s performance in the film quite a bit. The tone of the film is rather light and nothing at all is really done with any seriousness. Somehow Adam Shankman did manage to make something pretty entertaining. Now watching this at the cinema probably isn’t worth it, but renting it or buying it on whim to see it at home just might be. Especially if you really just want a comedy to watch this weekend.

The Blu-Ray disc actually comes with quite a bit of special features. To be honest much more was there than I expected, with many of the special features containing quite a bit of content within them. The special features do take a while to get through, which is good as there’s a lot of content there.

Special Features include

  • Commentary with director Adam Shankman
  • Deleted and extended scenes with introduction by director Adam Shankman
  • Gag reel with introduction by director Adam Shankman
  • The Dream Team
  • Flipping the narrative What do men want?
  • Poker Night
  • Ali + Athletes
  • Sister spills the tea informercial

If you were a fan of this film, the special features on the disc would be rather good to have. But if you didn’t see it at the cinemas and you want to see a comedy film this week, What Men Want isn’t the worse choice you could make and it could be worth taking a look at.

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Instant Family Blu-Ray Review

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Instant Family was a film which I really enjoyed back when I saw it at the cinema during its initial release. Back then I said “Instant Family is a very good comedy/drama film about a young couple starting to become parents. The character development for the parents, but also for the kids, especially Lizzy is very good and I did feel for the characters by the end of the film. As both a comedy and a drama it works well and Sean Anders did a great job directing this one. The actors in this are excellent, with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne delivering good performances, but Isabela Moner was very impressive in this film. Definitely go and see this one if you’re looking for a comedy this week or a family drama.” If you would like to read my full review for the film you can find it here.

Instant Family is a film which comes directed by Sean Anders who some may know as the director of Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) or Daddy’s Home (2015). The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, Julianna Gamiz and Octavia Spencer.

The Blu-Ray of the film actually does come with quite a few good extras to watch. More than actually I expected for a film of this genre. Mainly I was just expecting to see maybe a few deleted scenes or some funny moments, but we got a lot more than that.

What I like about the special features included on this Blu-Ray, was some of the extra care from the director. For example the deleted scenes all have an introduction from the director before them explaining the scene a little and why it was cut. This is so much better than some Blu-Ray’s I see, which simply included a bunch of deleted scenes as a viewer watching them you have no idea what the context or idea for them were.

The Instant Family Blu-Ray special features include:

  • Commentary by Director/Writer Sean Anders and Writer John Morris
  • Mr. And Mrs. Fix It
  • Kid Power
  • I Need Some Support
  • Order In the Court
  • The Families Behind The Fair
  • Crew Inspiration
  • The Anders Family
  • Gag Reel
  • Isabela Moner Ïll Stay” promotional music video
  • On set proposal
  • Deleted and Extended scenes

For me this was more than enough extras. Mr. And Mrs Fix It and Kid Power provided some nice insights into the film and I particularly liked all the insights into the casting process. I would have never known that Isabela Moner auditioned for this film via a Skype call. I thought this was all done in person! I also enjoyed watching the music video and the deleted and extended scenes were great to see.

Apart from the special features, I did like listening to the music on the Blu-Ray disc menu. It reminded me a lot of the music in The Sims.

Overall I enjoyed revisiting Instant Family at home this week and if you enjoyed the film as much as I did, then I’m happy to recommend taking a look at this Blu-Ray release.

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Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom Blu-Ray Review

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Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom Blu-Ray Review

Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom is now out on Blu-Ray and comes packed full of special features and extras for fans of the film to watch and enjoy. But should you add this Blu-ray to you current film collection?

Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom is a film which comes directed by J.A. Bayona who some may know as the director of A Monster Calls (2016). The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Isabella Sermon and Jeff Goldblum. Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom is the latest film to be released in the Jurassic Park franchise and the second in recent years.

You can read my review in full for the film right here.

Since getting Jurassic World on Blu-Ray last week, I’ve now watched the film around 6 times in total. I have come to really enjoy this movie. It’s got a lot of charm to it and it’s quite a nice experience. Although the cinema is probably the best place to enjoy this film. it still holds up pretty well on the home release. I also felt that the sound on this Blu-ray for this film was good as I didn’t find myself having to put the volume up and down constantly in between the loud and quiet scenes as much as I do in other films I’ve watched on Blu-ray.

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Apart from the main feature film, it does come packed with quite a few extras. All of them I really enjoyed watching and they provide a good insight into the behind a scenes making of the film. There are good videos in there featuring both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard where we see them take part in activities around the set and provide comments about different things in the film. There’s also some interesting pieces from Chris Pratt (Chis Pratt’s Jurassic Journals) where he goes around the set and chats to some non-famous people about the work they do on the film. It’s interesting to learn about all the different occupations one encounters on the film set and all the different things people do in the world.

Here’s a list of all of the special features on this Blu-ray:

  • On set with Chris and Bryce
  • The Kingdom evolves
  • Return to Hawaii
  • Island Action
  • Aboard the Arcadia
  • Birth of the Indoraptor
  • Start the bidding
  • Death by Dino
  • Monsters in a mansion
  • Rooftop showdown
  • Malcolm’s return
  • VFX evolved
  • Fallen Kingdom: The conversation
  • A song for the kingdom
  • Chris Pratt’s Jurassic Journals

Individually all of these reveal some very interesting things about the film. My favourite special features were Rooftop Showdown which went through how the final rooftop scenes were filmed and mentioned about the almost western style to those scenes, secondly the Monsters in a mansion feature explained about the angle they were going for by having all the dinosaurs moved to a single home. The VFX feature is also a great one and it’s interesting to see how everything visually was made. Overall the special features here on the disc are pretty decent and don’t feel like they were just thrown in there like on some other Blu-ray releases. There seems to be at least some thinking behind what went into this disc.

Where I think possibly some people might be a little let down with is with the audio commentary. There is no audio commentary at all on this particular release which is a real shame as I would have liked to have a watch of the film with the director or either Chris Pratt or Bryce Dallas Howard. For fans of films, audio commentaries sometimes do provide quite a bit of insight into the different scenes or what the director thought of certain moments that special feature segments don’t really cover. So that’s the only thing holding back this Blu-Ray release at the moment.

Overall this is a decent film to add to your current Blu-ray collection. If you liked the film at the cinema or are a fan of the franchise, it’s worth picking this one up if you’re keen. It does come packed with a lot of special features and much more than I was expecting. In the list I’ve written above, each of those features were quite interesting to see and provided a lot of insights into the behind the scenes action of the film. They also heavily feature both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in quite a few of them and those two are both interesting people to watch, which made watching it all through rather enjoyable. It doesn’t have any audio commentary, but other than that, I’m happy to recommend Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom for you future collection.

You can find copies of Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom On Blu-Ray on Amazon AU right here.

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