“The Force Awakens” Blu-Ray Review

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Let’s talk about “The Force Awakens” Blu-ray, because this is my blog and I can talk about what I want.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the seventh installment in the “Star Wars” franchise and needless to say, the movie was incredible. Capturing the magic of what made the original trilogy so loved while introducing the series to a new generation, J.J Abrams surpassed the pretty high expectations that the film had.

Now that the film is out on Blu-ray for you to watch over and over again, the question is now is that is this Blu-ray worth the price. The answer is yes.

I could go on about how beautiful the film looks like on Blu-ray (which it does) but that isn’t the most exciting part. The best part about this release are the plethora of bonus features that come with it.

First up there’s the documentary “Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey” that gives an in-depth look at the making of the film from when Disney bought Lucasfilms all the way up to the last day of production. This documentary is worth the price of the Blu-ray alone as we get insightful reviews from cast and crew as what it was like working on “Star Wars” and how the franchise inspired them.

Along with that we get several mini features that covered the cast getting together for the first table read, creature designs, how they designed BB-8, and even one that details how composer John Williams went about writing the score for the film. Despite these ones being short on length they’re heavy with content and add more insight to how the film came to be.

And lastly we have deleted scenes, while not as many as previous “Star Wars” movies had, they’re still interesting to watch and it’s cool to see the bits that didn’t make into the movie. A highlight would be the one where we see Kylo Ren explore the Millennium Falcon.

The bonus features though are not without their shortcomings. One notable presence lacking in them is the creator of the series George Lucas. It would have been nice to see Lucas give his thoughts on the new installment along with his original idea for “Episode VII” were. Also the bonus features have little to no reference to the prequel trilogy. While they are not well-received as the original trilogy, it would be surprising if they had no influence at all on this new film.

Despite these minor setbacks, this Blu-ray is a fantastic release and one any “Star Wars” or even movie fan should pick up.

Side note: The discs have artwork on them and that’s amazing. I miss days when the discs for DVDs or Blu-rays had actual images on them instead of just the title of the film.

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Three Movies You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

What better way to start a new movie blog than sharing some hidden gems that you can find right now on Netflix.

 

“World’s Greatest Dad”

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Some films tip toe back and forth between the boundaries of tasteful and tastelessness. Others sprint across and keep going. “World’s Greatest Dad” tells the story of Lance Clayton, a single father who dreams of being an author despite every book he’s written get rejected by publishers. After a tragic accident, Clayton is given an opportunity to achieve the fame he’s always wanted but only if he can live what he has to do to get it. This pitch black comedy written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait offers viewers a cynical outlook at humanity that is insightful as well as morbidly hilarious. With a great soundtrack and a fantastic performance by Robin Williams as Clayton, “World’s Greatest Dad”is a tragic comedy tale that is worth watching.

“Fruitvale Station”

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Before last year’s “Rocky” spin-off “Creed”, Ryan Coogler made his name known with 2013’s “Fruitvale Station”. The film tells the true story of Oscar Grant and the final hours of his life before being shot by a police officer. Michael B. Jordan stars as Grant and delivers one of his best performances to date. As Grant goes about his day we learn more about him and how despite his flaws, he’s a good person trying to turn his life around. Giving complexity and depth to an otherwise straight forward story. The end result is a film that is powerful and is sure to stay with you long after it ends.

“The Babadook”

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“If It’s in a word or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.” Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, “The Babadook” tells the story of Ameilia who struggles with raising her son Samuel after losing her husband in a car accident. After a mysterious book enters her household, Samuel starts fearing that a creature called the Babadook is haunting their home. Despite having the appearance of a monster movie, “The Babadook” is a tense psychological film heavy with themes of loss, grief and blame that one wouldn’t expect in a traditional horror movie.  Kent does fantastic work of using suspense and your own imagination to cook up frights instead of falling into the trap of non-stop jump-scares that most horror films use today.  “The Babadook” is horror film that trust its audience to think about what they’re watching which in turns leads to a film that is unsettling and thought-provoking. You might want to sleep with the lights on afterwards.