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‘Sadomasochists From Hell: 50 Shades Of Eww’ – The Best Sex Of The Hellraiser Franchise

‘Sadomasochists From Hell: 50 Shades Of Eww’ – The Best Sex Of The Hellraiser Franchise

‘Sadomasochists From Hell: 50 Shades Of Eww’
The Best Sex Of The Hellraiser Franchise

 

Our resident deviant J-Mo is back with another titillating feature as he journeys into the deeps of Hell’s Labyrinth for a sampling of the best “beast with two backs” sessions of the ‘Hellraiser’ franchise. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, no less. That’s right folks, he’s counting down the top scenes to, um, “enjoy,” whether you find yourself stranded on an island with nothing more than your Hellraiser movie collection, a television with sufficient power and Blu-ray player, or you simply want to get the easy one out before you head out to a romantic dinner with your significant other.

First, let’s establish some ground rules:
1) J-Mo is counting them down from Most Vanilla to Kinkiest. 2) Though some movies have multiple romps per film, J-Mo is only choosing one scene per flick. 3) Thoughts and views on sadomasochistic acts, misogyny, sexism are those of J-Mo and do not reflect those of the staff at Icon Vs. Icon, any of their affiliates or sexual partners. Please do not contact Icon Vs Icon with any potential hate mail. You can contact J-Mo at ohgrowupyoudumbprudes@#metoo.org/thisisafunnybit

Yes, Hell Priest, we shall. Through the years, I’ve dissected the some of the sexiest material ever put to film. With pieces like Legendary Racks: The Top 12 Boobs of the ‘Friday the 13th’ Franchise, Heavy Hangers: The Best Boobs of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween Knockers: Celebrating Haddonfield’s Most Memorable Racks, even the Dreamboats: The Hottest Hunks of Elm Street, I couldn’t decide what franchise to focus on next. So many to choose from, but how to narrow it down? Well what franchise has a new release Tuesday, February 13th entitled Hellraiser: Judgement? Hellraiser, duh. So why not celebrate the sweet flesh. And with romance in the air, why not focus on couples. It feels more…”PC” to say the least.

I’d like to point out that this, like any other form of entertainment, is purely subjective. Sex is no longer taboo in Popular Culture. It comes in many forms from art – to cinema – to selling body spray. Sex sells. We know this as a society. We accept it. And only as of late, we’ve begun talking about it. But what defines kink? To quote a bloated politician lobbying to keep pornography under wraps and off shelves, “…I know it when I see it.” Can you get any more vague? Perhaps. What I consider vanilla, my mother might consider the most graphic act ever placed on celluloid. Also, we’re dealing with a very small sample size…

HELLRAISER: DEADER (2005) – Unknown Participants

The hardest part of these types of lists are settling on which film to start things off with. Never one to offend on purpose, I put too much reassure on myself. What if one of the many people that busted their ass come across this list and shout at their screen “we’re number nine!?” As if coming across a “Best sex of…” list is flattering, I’m sure. Hellraiser is no exception to this inner struggle. I’m such a fan of the franchise. Hardcore. But this franchise did the hard work for me as there isn’t really any sex in this film. Sure, star Kari Wuhrer lets us glance at her breasts more than a few times during the film, but that is a story for another list.

The best Deader has to offer us is what I like to call the Subway Car Orgy. Which isn’t really an orgy at all. Many topless women, and a nude dude, grace the screen, but nobody is penetrating, or so it seems. So, number nine is saved for the lost art of foreplay. The subway car acts as a home/nightclub/solid hang for many deviant misfits in Romania. A great place to cruise a possible lover, get a tattoo, or get shredded by a Cenobite.

HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH (1992) – Aimee Leigh & Kevin Bernhardt

One-night stands are common practice in the Hellraiser franchise. Kevin Bernhardt’s “J.P. Monroe” is one of the best. A collector of the macabre, J.P.’s senses almost seem dull to the act. Flexing and grabbing fistfuls of boobies, Monroe can’t get this chick out of his loft quick enough. During the scene I almost expect him to use Leigh’s “Sandy” as an ashtray. Which would have upped the kink factor for sure. Not to mention added to his supreme dickishness. But at the end of the day it feels like J.P. is just going through the nightly motions as he searches for the fuck to end all fucks.

As a side note I’d like to say I would have loved seeing Aimee Leigh come back as a Cenobite act the end of the second act. An airhead Cenobite has yet to grace the screen. Which I’m sure is for the better, but in a film that seems to take cues from the puns of Freddy Krueger, how cute would Sandy the Cenobite have been? Someone get on that fan fiction asap!

HELLRAISER: REVELATIONS (2011) – Sue-Ann Pien & Nick Eversman

Hellraiser: Revelations‘ puzzle box donkey punch is a highlight in what many have called the worst thing to happen to the franchise since Barker and Miramax parted ways. Revelations isn’t a masterpiece, but it has a lot going for it. The effects are top notch when they’re practical. The story is well thought out, though rushed for many reasons I’m sure were outside the filmmakers control. The actors give it their best. And we’re treated to a Donkey Punch via Puzzle Box.

Okay, so it isn’t really a donkey punch, but when you watch the film again and tell yourself it is, the scene plays out much funnier than it is supposed to. In another staple in the series, young Steven Craven seeks the company of a hooker. As he rails away on her frail figure, his dead buddy Nico reaches out to him. If you’ve been around the franchise this long you’d be right in assuming Nico needs the hooker’s flesh and blood to return from the depths of hell. In the throes of madness, Young Steven grabs the box and swings. The scene loses kink points due to the graphic death that interrupts coitus. Call me old school, but I think both parties should consent and have a safe word to avoid, you know, dying.

HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE (1996) – Valentina Vargas & Bruce Ramsay

Lust. Desire. Fantasy. Pain. Constant themes throughout the series that all harken back to Clive Barker’s novella ‘The Hellbound Heart.’ L’Merchant, the Toymaker, crafted the Box, or Lament Configuration, in the 18th century. Nothing more than a hired gun, the act of crafting a portal to hell would curse his family for generations. Enter John Merchant, one helluva architect, whom unknowingly comes closer to crafting the Elysium Configuration than any of his ancestors before him – through pure fate, of course.

Merchant’s titular bloodline brings him to Angelique, Hell’s princess. Though a happily married family man, Merchant is drawn to Angelique in his dreams. Their passion filled trysts, a courtesy of his lineage, come to him through his subconscious. Eleven-year-old me thought Valentina Vargas was the most exotic creation in all of history. In hindsight, things always seemed grander in scale during one’s youth, including Vargas’ ample bosom.

Side note: Kim Myers’ Bobbi Merchant is the real hero of the 1996 timeline, sending the Hellhound and Pinhead back to the depths of hell after her husband’s early exit. Also, interesting enough, she is the first of The Elm Street gals to not only dispatch of Freddy, but Pinhead as well. I noticed Heather Langenkamp plays “Landlady” in Hellraiser: Judgement. Something tells me she isn’t there to kick Cenobite ass.

Shout out to Kevin Yagher as well. Though he did exit the production, the master special effects artist is why Bloodlines‘ effects are pretty fucking dope.

HELLRAISER: HELLWORLD (2005) – Desiree Malonga & Henry Cavill

I know what you’re thinking… Really J-Mo? A blowie lands this high up on the list? Is it because I’m a Henry Cavill mark? Maybe, but there is no doubt that this man (of) steals every scene he is in, especially whilst receiving very public head. Henry Cavill plays douchey Mike. He’s gathered alongside his pals to escape into the debauchery of Hellworld, kinda mourn the death of a bro, and get sucked off in the middle of a room dedicated to swingers and exhibitionists. I could say a lot about this scene, but how about we just play a clip for your enjoyment.

Solid, right? Hellraiser: Hellworld is one of my favorites of the franchise. Carl V. Dupre’s screenplay is a smart, fresh take on the franchise. I’ve always been confused as to why our Hell Priest has been lumped in with he slashers of the 80s. Hellraiser never was a slasher franchise. Not in the 80s, at least. Sure, the pressure of the big three got to the filmmakers with 92’s Hell on Earth, but quips and “how is Freddy suddenly crashing a pool party” logic aside, the film was still a study on good vs evil. Darkness vs The Light. Bloodline retconned the slasher elements and the franchise went further into the depths of the psyche than ever before. Until 05’s Hellworld, of course. The film plays like a Slasher film with Pinhead and Cenobites hiding inside a mansion ready to pick off our cast one-by-one. But the third act twist is so clever (I refuse to spoil is here for any first timers out there) that it turns the rules of the film on its head and delivers one of the truest films to the source material that we’ve had the pleasure of watching. Kudos to Dupre, director Rick Bota, and all involved.

Also, you folks gave us a film co-starring Superman and Cyborg. You’re Saints in my book.

HELLRAISER: HELLSEEKER (2002) – Sarah-Jane Redmond & Dean Winters

Adultery will not only ruin your marriage, it could tear your soul apart. Hellseeker reunites Doug Bradley and Ashley Laurence for the first time in the franchise since 1988’s Hellbound: Hellraiser II, not counting the cameo VHS tape appearance in Hell on Earth, of course. Another extremely smart screenplay, this time from Carl V. Dupre and Tim Day, the film is helmed by Rick Bota as well. Hellseeker is another {insert Cenobite here} film, but it doesn’t feel like it. You see, in the early 2000s in order for Miramax to keep the rights, they needed to release films. They would take existing screenplays and pepper in the Hell Priest and his leather clad buddies, slap a film onto the DTV market, and retain the rights and count the cash. Or so it is rumored. I’m fairly certain more would go into the formula than that, but I digress…

Hellseeker’s appeal lays on the shoulders of Dean Winters, everyone’s favorite Mayhem and the best thing to happen to Liz Lemon. Dean Winter’s is a journeyman that not only wrecks every role he’s cast in in the absolute best way possible, he’s also a man that has overcome death. That’s right, folks, Winters has stood toe-to-toe with Pinhead in film and bitch slapped the Grim Reaper in real life. Winters’ plays (SPOILER ALERT FOR A 15 YEAR-OLD FILM) the titular Hellseeker. We find that out through a wonderful performance of a man coping with short-term amnesia putting together the pieces of his fractured mind while trying to find out what happened to his wife, Laurence’s Kirsty. I can’t say enough great things about Winter’s performance. He is, like, 100 percent my favorite.

Much to his surprise, Trevor (Winters) begins to realize he wasn’t such a good dude prior to a car accident that has left him with memory loss and his wife missing. Multiple affairs, a plot to inherit his wife’s small fortune, and an appetite for knowledge of the great beyond, Trevor uses anyone to further his plan. But if we’ve learned one thing from Kirsty Cotton over the course of these films, it is that she is the only one that can cut a deal the Hell Priest can’t refuse. She should write a book. “The Art of the Squeal: 1,000 Ways to Save Your Life From A Cenobite Encounter” could be a best seller.

Winters and co-star Sarah-Jane Redmond land at number four on the list for good reason. The scene is epic in creep factor and perhaps a bit of foreshadowing of things to come in Hollywood as Redmond’s Gwen quips “good luck on getting a promotion” after being turned down for a recorded sex act that I only assume would be rough and nasty. Because for sure sex in exchange for personal gain is a new concept.

Side note: After this portion on Winters and the next spot on our list perhaps this thing is turning into LOST IN THE LABYRINTH: THE STUDS OF LAMENT…

HELLRAISER: INFERNO (2000) – Sasha Barrese & Craig Sheffer

Hello adultery, our old friend… Seriously, you’ll be hard pressed to make a great Hellraiser entry without characters that cheat on their spouses. It makes their suffering so much more legendary. Scott Derrickson’s Hellraiser: Inferno is the first of the series to go DTV, but it is one of the best in the series. Also, the first of the alleged “add a splash of Pinhead, rinse, repeat” screenplays, Derrickson and his longtime co-writer Paul Harris Boardman tell the tale of Detective Joseph Thorne, a master of sleight of hand, puzzle and riddle enthusiast, and horrible husband, son, father. Detective Thorne is played by another stellar character actor in Craig Sheffer. Sheffer of course is no stranger to the work of Barker having played Boone in the cult classic Nightbreed. I know and love him as Joe Kane from The Program where he put the women and children to bed and went out looking for dinner with ten of the most talented men to ever win a bowl bid under the James Caan coaching umbrella.

After catching a case of “Who’s Finger Is This Anyway,” Det. Thorne heads home, puts the wife and daughter to bed, and goes out looking for dinner. Thorne’s appetite leads him to Daphne, a young girl hanging out on a street corner with some friends that enjoy accepting payment for company that may include, but definitely not limited to, snorting drugs and doing whatever you want, as many times as you want it, because you offered up said drugs. The scene is brief, but also may very well be why I’ve been known to google CFNM from time to time. Thanks, Sasha Barrese!

Years before her husband was getting lost on Vegas hotel rooftops by his idiotic friends suffering from wicked hangovers, Sasha was taking all of Thorne’s stolen coke and then complaining “hasn’t (she) earned her money yet”…Seriously Daphne? Hooker etiquette dictates when you offer whatever he wants, as many times as he wants it, you deliver. On the other hand, and this is pure speculation as the brief scene leaves much to the imagination, she did give up the butt, so maybe she earned the right to give Thorne the cold shoulder moments before he opens the Box and spirals into a purgatory that involves a Torso Chatterer, Ninja Cowboys, Wonder Twin Cenobites, and The Engineer played by another fan favorite, James Remar.

HELLRAISER (1987) – Clare Higgins & Sean Chapman

“What’s your pleasure, Mr. Cotton?” The opening line of 1987’s Hellraiser are as epic as the franchise. Five words and nine syllables are all it takes set the foundation of the film for Frank. The film, written and directed by Clive Barker is adapted from Barker’s novella “The Hellbound Heart,” a masterpiece to some, erotic sleaze to others. The film and the book depart in some avenues, but stay synced in many others. The root of both, of course, is the relationship of Frank and Julia. Frank, Julia’s brother-in-law, is a globe trotter, always seeking the next thrill to push his limits of pleasure and fill his vices. Julia married Larry, Frank’s brother, but has sent her life reminiscing of a brief affair with Frank a week before the wedding.

The act plays out shorter in the film, but the set piece remains the same. I understand the film version was trimmed a bit to please the bastards at the MPAA for an R rating. Frank seduces Julia, lays her atop the wedding dress and begins to pound her with” the aggression and joylessness of rape.” I guess that’s some people’s idea of a kinky fun time. Before I continue, both fictional characters consented, and she spends the rest of her short-lived days pining for and servicing Frank’s needs to feed in attempt to become whole.

Like the “Jason’s mom, Pamela Voorhees is the killer” swerve, many forget that in the first film Julia is the true antagonist of the film. Frank’s brought back, but without a body, skin, etc., he isn’t much of a threat until Julia spends her afternoons leading unsuspecting men home to bash them in the head with the claw end of a hammer to feed Frank. That is of course until Frank can manage to steal Larry’s skin and come for Kirsty in a third act round of hide ‘n seek for an audience of then unnamed Cenobites.

Without this sex scene Julia doesn’t fall for Frank. Frank doesn’t have a servant to feed him after he escapes the Hell Priest. The Hell Priest doesn’t broker deals with Kirsty. Kirsty doesn’t “Come to Daddy.” Thank god for infidelity.

HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II (1988) – Clare Higgins & Sean Chapman

Before you protest, I almost called dirty pool on myself. Two actors, virtually the same scene on the same list. Allow me to explain–

A. Though the same sexual encounter, Hellbound: Hellraiser II delves deeper into the passion and obsession between Julia and Frank. I don’t know for certain, but perhaps this extended encounter is part of the cut footage from Hellraiser that hit the floor to ensure the R rating.
2. Clare Higgins and Sean Chapman bring the heat. We may have seen some bits of this scene in the original, but it is so damn hot it DESERVES two spots on this list, ultimately sharing number one and two.
D. I stole this joke structure from John Hughes.

Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a solid sequel. It promises to tear our souls apart…again, and the film delivers. The film gives us more blood; more gore; more nudity; more Cenobites. It also takes us into the labyrinth. We see Leviathan and all its matte painting glory. Hellbound also brings Peter Atkins into the fold. A key ingredient to the franchises success. Before Carl Dupre and Tim Day were tasked with keeping the troupes alive while fresh, Atkins was taking Barker’s work and creating on the fly. The scribe penned Hellbound, Hell on Earth and Bloodline, never repeating himself and only calling back to the source material when called upon. Atkins managed to pump more and more into Pinhead and the Cenobite’s lore, while introducing fresh faced protagonists into the fold to thwart the Hell Priest’s plans for demonic dominion over earth.

Fun fact: Hellbound: Hellraiser II was also my earliest recollection of missing footage. How many of you out there saw the still of Pinhead and Bitch wearing surgical attire on the back cover of the VHS, DVD, or in a magazine? How stoked were you when Kirsty and Tiffany exit the Labyrinth for the first time, are running through the corridors and come across the room where all of the patients are laid out in bed, clutching boxes, chains dug deep into their flesh. And how sad were you when there wasn’t a Cenobite payoff? There should be a Facebook group for us, because that scarred me for life. To this day when a publicity still or footage is missing from a film I leave the cinema and scream to the heavens “Damn you, PR Department! You Hellbound me!”

In conclusion, with a new film on the horizon I am excited to check it out and continue the journey into Hell. Friday the 13th was an early and constant love, but Hellraiser has a special place in my heart. I revisit the franchise more often than most and truly love everything about the films. I can’t wait to see how veteran FX artist and Pinhead make up guru Gary J. Tunnicliffe handles the franchise from the director’s chair. Hellraiser and its sequels get short shafted within the horror community. Many are quick to claim love for the Cenobites yet turn their back on anything post Hell on earth. Not me. I eat these DTV projects up like a fiend. The box sets are beautiful. The comics are badass. The toys are beautifully grotesque.

In a perfect world the Hellraiser franchise would have an in-depth documentary alongside Crystal Lake Memories and Never Sleep Again. And/or a book as thick and lovingly wrote as Peter M. Bracke’s Crystal Lake Memories retrospective that the documentary was based off of. If nobody jumps on that prime real estate I will be forced to take matters into my own hand. Don’t tempt me, I will talk about doing it for years and maybe get around to creating a GoFundMe for it. I’ll do it, I swear!

Special thanks to all that worked so hard throughout the years to bring this franchise to light.

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @acidpopcult
IG: @almostgothim

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‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed!

‘Justice League’ Blu-Ray Details and Box Art Revealed!

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and DC Entertainment’s epic action adventure “Justice League” is arriving in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars the famed lineup of DC Super Heroes: Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

Justice League” will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D high definition and high definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in high definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include a digital version of the movie.  Fans can also own “Justice League” via purchase from digital retailers beginning February 13, 2018.

4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Justice League” will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.

Also, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D discs of “Justice League” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Additionally, all the special features, including interviews with filmmakers and featurettes, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When a Combo Pack is purchased and the digital movie is redeemed, or the digital movie is purchased from an UltraViolet retailer, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

Justice League” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

Justice League 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack contains the following special features:

  • Road to Justice

o   Journey alongside DC comic creators as they explore over fifty years of the Justice League, from comic books to animated adventures to their cinematic debut.

  • Heart of Justice

o   Discover the heart, soul and mind of the Justice League, as the cast and filmmakers share their admiration for DC’s iconic Trinity: Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.

  • Technology of the Justice League

o   From Batman’s arsenal to Cyborg’s alien tech, interface with the Justice League database to learn their most advanced secrets.

  • Justice League: The New Heroes

o   Join Ray Fisher on a personal tour to meet the newest members of the Justice League: Aquaman, the Flash and Cyborg.

  • The Return of Superman

o   Bonus scenes not seen in theaters

  • Steppenwolf the Conqueror

o   Join actor Ciarán Hinds and the filmmakers as they reveal the story behind mankind’s ancient enemy and the Justice League’s greatest challenge.

  • Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: Heroes Park

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle

o   Take a closer look at the filmmaking process behind Justice League’s most visually exciting and action-packed sequences

  • Suit Up: The Look of the League

o   Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson explores the innovation and artistry that goes into creating the costumes of DC’s iconic heroes.

 

Justice LeagueStandard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • Road to Justice
  • Heart of Justice
  • Technology of the Justice League
  • Justice League: The New Heroes
  • Steppenwolf the Conqueror
  • Scene Studies: Revisiting the Amazons
  • Scene Studies: Wonder Woman’s Rescue
  • Scene Studies: Heroes Park
  • Scene Studies: The Tunnel Battle
  • Suit Up: The Look of the League

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Ultimate Edition Dazzles!

Blu-ray Review: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Ultimate Edition Dazzles!

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“BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE” ULTIMATE EDITION PROVES ONCE AND FOR ALL WE CAN’T ALL BE ZACK SNYDER”

The most talked about film of 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” hits store shelves July 19 (the film has been on digital platforms since June 28), and our resident Zack Snyder fanboy Jeremy L. Morrison is here to tell you about all the goodies packed on the disc. But first, the plot…

Fearing the actions of a god-like superhero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known.

Directed by Zack Snyder, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Laurence Fishburne, Harry Lennix, Scoot McNairy, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Lauren Cohen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, Joe Morton, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Patrick Wilson, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane. The Extended Cut also features Jena Malone, forever our #WCW.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is finally coming out on home video this week and I’d be lying if I said this was an easy wait since the films March 25 theatrical release date. Upon the film’s release, the internet lost its collective mind, quickly becoming the most heated online debate since the advent of the interwebs: “Does BvS suck as bad as angry commenters and quippy journalist say?!”

It is no secret to anyone who follows my exploits on social media, or subscribes to Acid Pop Cult, Icon Vs. Icon’s weekly podcast, that I loved the theatrical cut of the movie. I’m putting that on front street. But if you felt the film had copious problems that ruined your childhood, fear not gentle reader. I, Zack Snyder apologist, I mean, Jeremy Morrison, am here to ease your pain and suffering.

The “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition” features a 182-minute cut of the film that has a large portion of the film’s critics and fans apologizing to Mr. Snyder. The restored 30 minutes of footage, lost upon theatrical release to tighten the film, are being hailed as the most crucial 30 minutes to ever grace the big screen in the history of cinema. Though I don’t agree, I do agree the Ultimate Cut is the superior film because who doesn’t want more Batman and Superman in their life.

The Ultimate Cut features a plethora of added moments and scene extensions that will leave you asking yourself why couldn’t a three hour cut exist from the start. I understand it all comes down to dollars and cents, and perhaps the added 30 minutes would leave a lot of casual cinema-goers skeptical on making the trek to check out the film, but the Ultimate Cut has a fast pace to go along with a jaw-dropping spectacle. If you had a dirty taste in your mouth after leaving the cinema, grab some Scope and wash out your kisser.

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Everything the average hater felt was wrong with the film is properly spoon fed in this cut. Did you feel like Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane didn’t have enough going on? Fixed. Featured in the 30 minutes are a well fleshed-out plot showcasing Kent and Lane walking the beat, reporting on social injustices, and figuring out what Luthor is up to. Were you spellbound by Batman’s ability to punch crime in the face like a comic book or video game come to life? Me too! In the extended cut you get added moments of Batman taking out villains like a 20-year veteran. And to add a little something, Snyder and his post department went in and gave us added blood effects, which is pretty sweet. When I envision Batman firing his grappling gun into a shipping crate and launching it into some dummy thug, you’re damn right I want a bloody smear across the wall as said thug falls limp to the ground.

Another fix to the film is Lex Luthor’s already crystal clear plot to take down Superman and Batman by pitting them against each other in battle while he attempts to secure his place as the world’s leader in security. Found within these minutes you’ll see a few more ways he has set out to accomplish this, which is cool because it really beefs up Callan Mulvey’s screen time. In case it wasn’t clear from the theatrical cut, Mulvey plays Anatoli Knyazev, Luthor’s top enforcer and flamethrower aficionado. Knyazev has extended scenes here, most notably in the opening of the film as he and his dummy thugs stage the desert to look like Superman went all Heat Vision happy on innocent terrorists. You’ll also see some CGI bloodflowers. A bloodflower, for the uninitiated, is that crimson spray you see after someone gets hit with a bullet.

And then we come to Jena Malone. Nothing had me happier than seeing Ms. Malone grace the screen for a few short scenes and she was not only NOT Barbara Gordon, she wasn’t Carrie Kelley Robin either. I may sound like a dick here, but for over a year every gossip rag and mouthbreather has weighed in on Malone’s role because they want clicks and shares as they are the first to spoil plot points. You were all wrong and I loved it. Jena actually plays Jenet Klyburn and is more of a DC Comics Easter Egg you won’t get until you see her name in the credits. Jenet comes along at the right time to help Lois figure out what Lex has up his sleeve as she explains some exposition to the audience.

I don’t want to continue to drone on (too late!) about the differences between the two cuts. That has been done a bunch by every other geek site once the film hit digital platforms. Let’s get into the meat and potatoes here, folks. Why you should pick up the three disc set is pretty simple: Bonus content, baby! Here is what you can find on the Ultimate Edition, along with some thoughts to go along with them.

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THE BONUS FEATURE BREAKDOWN:

UNITING THE WORLD’S FINEST – Glimpse the future of DC’s bold new cinematic superheroes. — Hands down the coolest feature on the disc, Uniting the World’s Finest is packed with BTS footage from not only BvS, but new BTS and footage from “Suicide Squad” (Aug. 5) and “Wonder Woman” (2017).

GODS AND MEN: A MEETING OF GIANTS – Become a witness to history as you discover how everything in Batman and Superman’s pasts led up to this ultimate, epic showdown. — Here cast members, DC CCO Geoff Johns, Producers Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, Director Zack Snyder, and a handful of others breakdown more than 75 years of Batman and Superman’s past and what led the creative team to finally bring these titans of comics to the big screen, including some wonderful BTS footage of the two filming their first scene together.

THE WARRIOR, THE MYTH, THE WONDER – Explore the origin, evolution and powerful impact on popular culture by the legendary Amazonian Wonder Woman. — Patty Jenkins (director, “Wonder Woman”) and others talk about Wonder Woman’s social impact over the course of 75 years as well as a fascinating look into the creators of the iconic character.

ACCELERATING DESIGN: THE NEW BATMOBILE – Batman’s newest ride is sleek, tough, loud and fast as hell. Host Sal Masekela goes under the hood of the celebrated vehicle, then puts rubber to the road. — I’m no gearhead, but who doesn’t want a Batmobile?! Sal Masekela joins Production Designer Patrick Tatopoulos, Specialty Vehicles/Batmobile Designer Dennis McCarthy, and their crew as they showcase what went into the creation of one of, if not the greatest, cinematic Batmobile to date. If that’s not cool enough, Stuntman Mike Justus coaches Sal as he takes the iconic vehicle out for a spin.

SUPERMAN: COMPLEXITY & TRUTH – Experience the transformation as Henry Cavill goes from earnest journalist in glasses and tweeds to a powerful godlike being in a streamlined caped costume. — Henry Cavill, Zack Snyder and others talk about the challenges of bringing Clark Kent/Superman to the big screen for the second time, as well as his look for BvS and how, through movie magic, the right stuntman can make you look like a god.

BATMAN: AUSTERITY & RAGE – From cape to cowl and from rugged body armor to carefully-tailored suits, Batman’s outer gear perfectly camouflages and expresses the fury that simmers within. — Zack and Deborah Snyder, Ben Affleck, and Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson break down Bruce Wayne/Batman’s look. Then Property Master Doug Harlocker shows us the new gadgets Batman has to play with and Stuntman Richard Cetrone breaks down his fighting styles. Oh, and abs, ladies. ABS!

WONDER WOMAN: GRACE & POWER – From her gladiator-influenced costume to her shield and sword, she is the mortal incarnation of a warrior goddess. — Gal Gadot, Deborah Snyder and DP Larry Fong bring us up to speed with what it felt like filming this iconic character. Then Cast Trainer Mark Twight and Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator Damon Caro talk about getting Gal into peak Amazonian shape and what goes into her fighting style. Also worth a look is how much detail went into her costume and weapons.

BATCAVE: LEGACY OF THE LAIR – Nature and technology exist side by side in Batman’s breathtaking and modernistic subterranean digs. — The ultimate hideout, I’ve always wanted one of my own. Here Patrick Tatopoulos takes us from the sculpture to set, then walks us through showing off gadgets galore.

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THE MIGHT AND THE POWER OF A PUNCH – A dynamic and illustrative look at the power, physics and fascinating details making the battle between Batman and Superman formidable. — An interesting look at the science behind the movie, breaking down just how plausible the third act fight is. Y’know, if they were real people.

THE EMPIRE OF LUTHOR – Dive deeper into the inception of an entirely new interpretation of Lex Luthor, including an examination of his storied history in the comics and what makes him tick. — Here, Jesse Eisenberg, Zack Snyder and others discuss what went into creating a new Lex Luthor for today’s audience. For once it isn’t about real estate. Be happy, trolls.

SAVE THE BATS – Learn how the cast and crew gave back to the environment and brought awareness to a very real ecological problem. — A wonderful organization. For more info go here: savebats.org

SUBTITLES – English (for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing), French, Spanish, Portuguese.

AUDIO – English, English Descriptive Audio, French, Spanish, Portuguese.
An impressive bonus selection for sure. Although, I was a little bummed we didn’t get a feature on Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL’s score. And I would have loved a Maximum Movie Mode, but it’s understandable Zack Snyder and Co. are a little busy filming “Justice League” at the moment.

THE VERDICT: When it’s all said and done, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” Ultimate Edition is rich with content in a day and age where discs are shipped out bare bones, save for a few companies that pick up a cult flick, interview the cast or director and throw out a new edition of the same tired release packaged with a new poster to make you sink in those preorder dollars as soon as it’s announced.

At the end of the day if you loved the theatrical cut, you’ll adore the ultimate cut. If you hated the theatrical cut, you’ll probably think the new cut is a good flick. I, however, urge you to take the chance. If anything all the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Cut,” like the “Unrated Cut of Dawn of the Dead,” the “Extended Cut of Sucker Punch,” “The Director’s Cut of Watchmen” has proven: Zack Snyder is a helluva filmmaker, and … We Can’t All Be Zack Snyder.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition hits Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack or DVD on July 19 and is available on Digital HD now!

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
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We Watched ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ — A He Said, She Said Review of The Super-heroic Hit!

We Watched ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ — A He Said, She Said Review of The Super-heroic Hit!

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Icon Vs. Icon’s husband and wife team, Delores and Hank Price, Jr., continue their winning streak this week with a brand new Pick of The Week. Check out their takes on Zack Snyder’s, ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ which stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams and more. Give this dynamic duo a follow and marvel at their online antics on Twitter at @deloresprice80 and @thehenrypricejr.

She Said: I Googled it so I would get this right. Hank and I recently bore witness to the Ultimate Edition of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” I hadn’t seen the original film and, of course, Hank saw it already along with scores of others geeked out for the war between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. So, he was steamed up to get an extra 30 minutes of … I’m not sure what … sweet, hot action?
I’ve been described as out of touch so I sometimes feel an urge to view popular blockbusters that have folks passionately arguing one way or the other. Sometimes. Usually I’m disappointed with these popular flicks but at least I attempt to reach through my personal space bubble into society and touch something relevant.
Reach out and touch … Henry Cavill. Yes, it didn’t hurt Hank’s chances of watching this film with a friend (me!) when he mentioned this beautiful creature would be adorning the screen and, later, my dreams and possibly nightmares. I’ll take what I can get.

So, the movie. The plot was for people with a stake in this Batman, Superman, superhero universe. I got the gist but it’s not worth a detailed rehash. Quickly, Superman ain’t so popular anymore because he battled bowl cut Zod and made the city look like a ruin. “Eat My Wake Metropolis.”

A lot of crap happened. Superman stinks. He floods apartments while trying to make sweet, sweet love to a Plain Jane Lois Lane and blows shit and people up. Homey don’t play that.

Jesse Eisenberg is the worst. Lucky for him the character he’s playing, Lex Luthor, is the worst. Way to play yourself.

It took me a bit to forget dopey Ben Affleck and believe in rich, dark, troubled Bruce Wayne but I did. Gal Gadot and her accent made a fetching Wonder Woman, definitely trumping Amy Adams. Blah blah blah I checked out at 1:11:42.
Too much was going on that I didn’t care about. If you are a fan of Batman or Superman I am sure you will enjoy this movie. The end.

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He Said: My time is precious, so I implemented a rule when it comes to movies – I’ll only watch a movie more than once if I really loved it, and usually no more than twice. A third viewing is high praise from me, and an honor I’ve bestowed upon “Batman v. Superman – Dawn of Justice.” Of course, I’m counting the theatrical release and the recently released “Ultimate Edition” as the same movie.

Batman v Superman_Dawn of Justice 3D Box ArtIf you’re reading this, you’ve probably seen the movie (it made damn near a billion dollars, after all), but to briefly rehash the story, Bruce Wayne/Batman is pissed at Superman for destroying Metropolis and killing scores of innocents during his fight with Zod and the other Kryptonians at the end of “Man of Steel,” and is also fearful of an alien he doesn’t understand. He’s not alone – plenty of other people are pissed off at Superman, including Congress, who want Superman to answer for what he’s done. Of course, many other people see Superman as a god (as his biological father predicted). This doesn’t sit well with crazy Lex Luthor, who’s pissed and stirring panic and experimenting on the Kryptonian technology recovered by the U.S. government. Meanwhile, Clark Kent/Superman is understandably pissed so many people hate him. And Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is pissed because Luthor has information on her proving she’s a metahuman. Basically, everyone’s pissed, which builds to Superman and Batman throwing down in an epic clash. Ultimately, Batman realizes he was wrong about Superman and the two team up with Wonder Woman to take on Doomsday, a Kryptonian Frankenstein’s monster made from Zod’s corpse and Luthor’s blood.

The Ultimate Edition adds about 30 minutes of extra footage. Most of the scenes give Clark and Lois more to do in their day jobs, which is fine. There’s a scene at the end of Steppenwolf, who’s rumored to be the main villain in next year’s “Justice League.” There’s nothing particularly earth-shattering, though it is the definitive way to watch the movie. It reminds me of the director’s cut of “Aliens” in that way.

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A battle for the ages.

I was initially skeptical of the decision to make BvS the sequel to “Man of Steel.” After Marvel spent five films building to “The Avengers,” it seemed like DC was rushing to get to “Justice League.” But the story makes sense given the events of its predecessor, and its conclusion sets up “Justice League” perfectly. Plus, characters like the Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman and Green Lantern aren’t as well-known to the general public as many of Marvel’s characters, so it makes sense to tether them to Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman before sending them out on their own. So far, the casting of the main characters has been perfect (I especially loved Affleck as Batman and Bruce Wayne, which is not an easy feat to pull off). If the new characters are cast just as well, they’ll generate more of a draw for their standalone movies. Ezra Miller is already getting strong buzz for his performance as the Flash and Jason Momoa looks like a legit Aquaman (sorry Vinnie Chase).

While I can’t say the movie is perfect, I was baffled by the criticism it received. I can’t think of another movie of this magnitude that was so unfairly criticized. I’m not one to spout conspiracy theories about critics and their agendas, but I can’t help but wonder what movie some of these people were watching. Oh well, there’ll be more popcorn and beer for me when I watch it again.

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“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition” Blu-ray Details And Trailer Revealed!

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition” Blu-ray Details And Trailer Revealed!

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Prepare for war when “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. The extended cut will be available on all Blu-ray formats and Digital HD.

Batman v Superman_Dawn of Justice 3D Box ArtIn “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition” features an extended cut of the film which includes 30 more minutes of story and action not seen in theaters.  The extended cut is rated R.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and 2-disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the Ultimate Edition in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version and special features in HD, and Digital HD versions of both the Ultimate Edition and theatrical version. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition and hi-definition, as well as the Ultimate Edition in hi-definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the Ultimate Edition and theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include digital versions of both the Ultimate Edition and theatrical version movies in Digital HD with UltraViolet*. Fans can also own “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition” via purchase from digital retailers.

The Blu-ray discs of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition” will feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment that aren’t Dolby Atmos compatible.

From director Zack Snyder (“Man of Steel”) comes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”) as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing.

The film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams (“American Hustle,” “Man of Steel”) as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane (“Unfaithful,” “Man of Steel”) as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Man of Steel”) as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”) as Alfred, and Holly Hunter (“The Piano”) as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot (the “Fast and Furious” films) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.

Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film was produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On June 28, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On July 19, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Standard Definition 2-Disc DVD contain the following special features:

  • Uniting the World’s Finest
  • Gods and Men: A Meeting of Giants
  • The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder
  • Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile
  • Superman: Complexity & Truth
  • Batman: Austerity & Rage
  • Wonder Woman: Grace & Power
  • Batcave: Legacy of the Lair
  • The Might and the Power of a Punch
  • The Empire of Luthor
  • Save the Bats

 

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 174: Batman V. Superman Borderline

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 174: Batman V. Superman Borderline

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jason and Jeremy dive into the world of the Dark Knight Detective. But first the boys recap their super chill Thanksgiving weekend. Talk then turns to the nightmare that is Black Friday shopping and the joke known as Cyber Monday. Up next the dynamic duo offer up their Picks of the Week as Jeremy talks a little “The Dark Knight III: The Master Race,” and Jason offers up his review of “Vacation” for your listening pleasure. Finally, The Caped Podcasters dissect the latest “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” clip, what we might expect from the latest trailer premiering on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and John Lequizamo. Tune in, folks, it feels like we’re going to lose our minds. You just keep on pushing our ratings, reviews, and share over the borderline!

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Zack Snyder Unveils ‘Batman v Superman’ IMAX Posters

Zack Snyder Unveils ‘Batman v Superman’ IMAX Posters

Director Zack Snyder has unveiled a pair of new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice posters in the lead-up to the planned IMAX debut of the Batman v Superman trailer. One poster features the Man of Steel defaced with a bat symbol while the other features The Dark Knight himself, obscured by a Superman logo.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jeremy Irons as Alfred and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning fromMan of Steel.

The film is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to open in the US on March 25, 2016.

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Review: Zach Snyder’s Iconic ‘Man of Steel’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray!

Review: Zach Snyder’s Iconic ‘Man of Steel’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray!

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Over the past decade, films based on superheroes have exploded in popularity with the help of highly innovative and creative directors like Zack Snyder. His latest adventure as a director finds him taking on one of, if not the most beloved franchise’s in comic book history. Not only did Snyder step up to the plate with “Man of Steel” but he hit the ball out of the park, dominating the box office in the summer with a massive box office haul of over $662 million worldwide. It is no secret that superhero films have taken a turn from an often cartoony approach to a more human approach in recent years, following the impact of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy. “Man of Steel” follows a similar path featuring a story by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer. A powerful re-imagining of Superman’s origins coupled with the personal challenges he faces in his journey is without a doubt what captivated audiences when the film exploded into theaters.

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An Epic Adventure!

The “Man of Steel” movie is film that is steeped in both action and plot. The film masterfully walks the tight rope of balancing complex issues as well such as what it means to be human with heavy hitting action sequences. Instantly captivating, the flick introduces us to the dying world of Krypton where Jor-El (Russell Crowe) places his infant son Kal-El into a tiny spacecraft and sends him across the stars to our planet. Meanwhile, Krypton’s military leader General Zod (Michael Shannon) attempts a coup but is defeated, earning him and his followers a one way ticket to The Phantom Zone. It is important to mention, the first fifteen minutes of the film has more action than was featured in the entirety of the franchise’s last outing, “Superman Returns.” After this masterfully played sequence, we find Clark Kent on Earth as an adult. Through flashbacks, we a given glimpses into the past the shaped the man who would become the World’s Greatest Hero. Eventually, Zod and his cronies escape The Phantom Zone and arrive on Earth for a knock-down, drag-out fight with our hero. What results is best described as a “full-throttle action extravaganza.” As a fan of the franchise, this is what many fans have been waiting for decades! Michael Shannon’s Zod goes down as one of his most memorable performances to date and the prefect compliment to Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel. Other standout performances include the portrayals of Superman’s two fathers, played by Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe. Both actor’s bring powerful and convincing deliveries which help to shape of view of the title character. That isn’t to say that the woman in his life are less influential. Diane Lane plays the role of Martha Kent to perfection, while Amy Adams as an understated Lois Lane. Adams was a terrific choice and approach to the character, providing her character plenty of room for growth in the films to come.

“Man of Steel” is both visually and technically stunning. It is a pleasure to see the film in all of it’s high definition glory on Blu-ray. It is what all summer blockbuster’s should be — highly-enjoyable outings that serve up epic spectacle, solid storylines and over the top action! Check out the details below on the special features that accompany this awesome release.

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Man of Steel” Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 3D Limited Collector’s Edition contain the following special features:

· Journey of Discovery: Creating “Man of Steel” – This immersive feature-length experience allows you to watch the movie with director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and others as they share the incredible journey to re-imagine Superman.

· Strong Characters, Legendary Roles – Explore the legendary characters of the Superman mythology and how they have evolved in this new iteration of the Superman story.

· All-Out Action – Go inside the intense training regimen that sculpted Henry Cavill into the Man of Steel and Michael Shannon and Antje Traue into his Kyptonian nemeses. Includes interviews with cast and crew.

· Krypton Decoded – Dylan Sprayberry (Clark Kent, age 13) gives the lowdown on all the amazing Krypton tech, weapons and spaceships featured in “Man of Steel.”

· Planet Krypton – The world’s first exploration of Krypton and its lost society.

Man of Steel is available via Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on DVD 2-disc Special Edition for $28.98, and as a 3D Collector’s Edition for $59.99.

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as the special features disc.

The DVD 2-disc Special Edition features the theatrical version, and the 3D Limited Collector’s Edition features the theatrical version of the film in 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD. It also includes a limited release metal “S” glyph with lucite glass stand.

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Headphones For Hope: Monster® And Viacom Team Up For Celebrity Fundraiser!

Headphones For Hope: Monster® And Viacom Team Up For Celebrity Fundraiser!

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Monster®, the world leader in high-performance personal audio, is proud to launch “Headphones for Hope,” a fundraiser featuring celebrity-autographed Monster® DNA™ headphones for sale with bidding beginning today at 10AM PST on eBay. Now through July 1, fans can bid on headphones signed by celebrities and musicians including Snoop Lion, Ben Affleck, Sheryl Crow, Swizz Beatz, Will Ferrell, Kerry Washington, Henry Cavill, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Carrie Underwood and dozens more. As part of a global alliance with Viacom, all proceeds from “Headphones for Hope” will benefit non-profit partners of Viacommunity, Viacom’s companywide umbrella for social responsibility, including the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Born This Way Foundation, Lifebeat, Caliber Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank and Spike TV’s Hire-A-Vet Foundation. 

Each autographed Monster® DNA™ headphone is one-of-a-kind and were signed during leading Viacom award ceremonies this past year including the MTV Movie Awards, VH1 Divas, LOGO’s NewNowNext Awards, CMT Music Awards, and more. Below is a complete list of participating celebrities and the charities they are supporting with their autographs. Each signed headphone will debut at an opening bid of 99 cents and fans and charity supporters can bid here – www.ebay.com/headphonesforhope.

“This fundraiser is a perfect example of how people can come together to really make a difference, and Monster is grateful that so many great artists, musicians and celebrities have literally ‘signed up’ to help out,” said Noel Lee, CEO of Monster. “This entire campaign has not only been a great way for us to help the causes that we believe in, but to also bring our message of better sound to influential artists and fans, in sharing the many lifestyle benefits of Monster® DNA™ and the elevated music listening experience of our Pure Monster Sound™.”

Monster is redefining what a headphone can look and sound like with Monster® DNA™ headphones, which deliver the company’s outstanding Pure Monster Sound™.  Articulate, tight, and ultimately revealing, it’s as close to live music as being on stage with the musicians. Designed with both the music and fashion consumer in mind, Monster® DNA™ features a distinctive “not-round, not-oval,” but totally new, bold and striking triangular shape.  The color scheme itself is just as innovative, with the inside color asserting itself just as prominently as the outer headband color.

MONSTER® ‘HEADPHONES FOR HOPE’ – CELEBRITY SIGNED HEADPHONES BY EVENT & BENEFITTING CHARITY

VH1 DIVAS – BENEFITTING ‘SAVE THE MUSIC’

Amber Riley

Bootsy Collins

Buckethead

Jordan Knight

Melanie Fiona
ACM – BENEFITTING ‘SECOND HARVEST’

Carrie Underwood

Cassadee Pope

Chris Young

Dustin Lynch + Greg Bates

Eli Young Band

Florida Georgia Line

Jason Aldean

Jewel

Luke Bryan + Bush Hawg

Miranda Lambert + Kacey Musgraves

Sheryl Crow

VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC SONGWRITERS MUSIC SERIES – BENEFITTING ‘SAVE THE MUSIC’

Bodega Bamz

Swizz Beatz

Walka

Watch the Duck

MTVU WOODIE AWARDS & VH1 CAFE – BENEFITTING ‘LIFEBEAT’

Alt-j

Atlas genius

Haim & Borgore

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Perez Hilton

Skylar Astin

Watch the Duck

Youngblood Hawke

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LOGO’S NEWNOWNEXT AWARDS – BENEFITTING ‘BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION’

Andrew Rannels

Barry Sloane

Carrie Preston

Heather McDonald

JWoww

Kenny Britt

Naya Rivera

Ross Mathews

Skylar Astin

Tabatha Coffey

Vinny Guadagnino

MTV MOVIE AWARDS – BENEFITTING ‘CALIBER FOUNDATION’

Avengers Cast: Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson + Joss Whedon

Pitch Perfect Cast: Hana Mae Lee + Alexis Knapp

Townies Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron + Danny McBride

Flava Flav

Kerry Washington

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Quvenzhane Wallis

Will Ferrell

CMT MUSIC AWARDS – BENEFITTING ‘SECOND HARVEST’

Brett Eldredge

Carrie Underwood

Cody Alan

Darius Rucker

Dog & Beth, Bounty Hunter

Dustin Lynch

Florida Georgia Line

Kevin Bacon + Michael Bacon

Kree Harrison

Lenny Kravitz

Nelly

 

SPIKE GUYS CHOICE AWARDS – BENEFITTING ‘HIRE-A-VET’

?uestLove

Andrew Luck

Ben Affleck

Bradley Cooper

Clint Eastwood

David Spade

Dwight Howard

Henry Cavill

Jackie Chan

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Ross

Jimmy Kimmel

Rampage Jackson

Randy Couture

Snoop Lion

Vin Diesel

Vince Vaughn

 

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Explosive New Trailer For Relativity Media’s 3-D Epic ‘Immortals’

Explosive New Trailer For Relativity Media’s 3-D Epic ‘Immortals’

Relativity Media has just unleashed the full trailer for their 3-D epic IMMORTALS, directed by Tarsem Singh. Check it out below and weigh in with your thoughts! The film stars Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. On November 11, 2011, legends of the Greek Gods will come to life like never before when this film hits theaters.

Synopsis: Visionary director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and producers Gianni Nunnari (300), Mark Canton (300) and Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) unleash an epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and spectacular 3-D adventure. As a power-mad king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful.

The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission.

As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.

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