2018 Academy Awards Nominees on Home Video (Release Calendar)

The 2018 Academy Awards Nominees were announced Tuesday. Lucky for you, most of them are quite easy to find and add to your collection before Oscar Night on March 4. We’ve assembled this list of all the feature length Oscar nominees either available now or soon to be available on home video (4K, Blu-ray, DVD, VoD, and Streaming) in the Read more about 2018 Academy Awards Nominees on Home Video (Release Calendar)[…]

Ronin (Arrow) – Blu-ray Review

Ronin is a 1998 action-thriller from John Frankenheimer, presented here on 1080p from a 4K restoration scanned from the negative of the original 35mm print by Arrow Video, which was overseen and approved by director of photography, Robert Fraisse.

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2017: A ReDVDit Year in Review

2017 was a transitional year – both for our beloved home video and for reDVDit. As a crew, we journeyed together through many of the years largest releases, and dug into the catalogs of some of the industry’s most boutique labels. We persevered through lame April Fools’ Day jokes involving media formats that have been lost to history, staff changes, and enough 4K content to make any enthusiast’s head spin. As the names behind the reviews began to shift, we learned to embrace new means of presenting content – video reviews have now become a staple of our method of coverage thanks to our newest member, Andrew, allowing us to stay flexible and relevant in an ever changing landscape for media consumption.

Outside of the business end of things, we celebrated the birth of our founder Doug’s son, ensuring that there would be an heir to the Beav media empire for decades to come, and Chris graduated from college and accepted my first teaching position – as a result I’ve been in self-imposed hiatus to focus on that, but I figured I would stick my head out of the sand to celebrate the close of another largely successful year.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk 2017 – what happened, why it was important, and how it impacts us moving forwards:

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War for the Planet for the Apes – Blu-ray Review

The Movie (3/5) War for the Planet of the Apes is the third and final movie of the re-rebooted Planet of the Apes Trilogy, Caesar (Andy Serkis) leads his Apes in a final conflict against the mad Colonel McCullough. Director Matt Reeves is fond of pitting humanity against nature in his films, and this movie Read more about War for the Planet for the Apes – Blu-ray Review[…]

Kong: Skull Island – Blu-ray Review

After snoozing through most of Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla (2014), I had very little faith in the ability of the MonsterVerse to generate a movie that could rile my senses. That’s why my biggest surprise blockbuster during 2017 has been Kong: Skull Island. Let’s dig in, and find out what makes this an excellent film that Read more about Kong: Skull Island – Blu-ray Review[…]

The Great Wall

The Great Wall – Blu-ray Review

The Great Wall (2016) was heavily panned by critics (even Chinese ones) and was widely regarded as a flop at the box office. It is one of the first big budget collaborations between Chinese and American film studios, and was directed by Zhang Yimou and features Hollywood actors Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, and Willem Dafoe. Read more about The Great Wall – Blu-ray Review[…]

The Marine 5: Battleground – Blu-ray Review

Most people don’t take professional wrestling very seriously… and those people often wind up taking a clothesline to the face. I was surprised when I made the personal realization there’s a lot of crossover between professional wrestlers and some very good action films. Wrasslers have repeatedly demonstrated their prowess at choreographing film fights on the fly, and much like Hong Kong’s famed martial artists they’re willing to take a convincing punch or two while the camera is rolling. Still don’t believe me? Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride showcased a great performance by Andre the Giant. The greatest street fight in American cinema was fought between Keith David and Rowdy Roddy Piper in John Carpenter’s They Live. More recently, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has become an integral part of the ridiculously immortal Fast saga, and is currently the highest paid star in Hollywood.  Dave Batista has also won audience and box office approval as Drax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Weekly wrasslin’ on TV and at county fairgrounds across America might be a cheesy fight-centric soap opera,  but it’s had an undeniable role in shaping American action film culture. Can WWE Studios’ The Marine 5: Battleground honor the cult legacy of films like They Live and Jeremy Lin’s Fast franchise?

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