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Monsters Exist: A Review of ‘Kong: Skull Island’ On Blu-ray!

Monsters Exist: A Review of ‘Kong: Skull Island’ On Blu-ray!

Giant monster movies, or Kaiju films, are my bag! You put an enormous creature on the big screen and I’m probably going to eat it up. Hell, I’m still waiting for a proper sequel to Cloverfield. So you know that as soon as I heard there was a King Kong reboot heading our way it took a lot for my head not to explode. Sadly, when Kong: Skull Island hit theaters I was unable to make it out. Now, with Kong coming to bluray/digital I had a chance to sit down and take in the giant primate’s greatness! Join me as I take on Warner Bros newest release, Kong: Skull Island!

Kong opens in 1944, smack dab in the middle of World War 2. Two fighter pilots, on opposite sides of the conflict, crash land on a mysterious island. The two continue their fight on foot until their skirmish is broken up at the site of the title’s gigantic creature. Flash forward 30 years and we open on scientist Bill Randa (John Goodman) attempting to convince government officials of the existence of an unexplored island in the South Pacific. Under the guise of scientific geological exploration, Randa leads a military and research team (headed by Tom Hiddleston, Samuel Jackson, and Brie Larson) on a dangerous excursion through hidden land. As you can guess things go “not so according” to plan and the group must fight to escape the many inhabitants of “Skull Island”.

Let me start out by stating that this is not your run of the mill King Kong film. While there are brief moments of the “beauty and the beast” storyline seen in the origin story Kong films this is a mile a minute adrenaline rush. Honestly, this film closely resembles a Vietnam War film, which made the Southeast Asian country the perfect shooting location. This influence could even be seen in the film’s promotional art; one particular poster is a purposeful copy of classic war film, Apocalypse Now. Director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts places our characters in the trenches of an all-out battle between goliaths. That’s mainly where this film differs from the others before it. For example, while there are moments of terror in the Peter Jackson film, nothing compares to the “man vs beast” match ups we have in this latest incarnation.

This leads me to the visuals. This is, hands down, one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen. Each scene delivers a specific color pallet that draws the audience in. Not to spoil anything, but there is a particular scene that takes the color green and creates one of the craziest action sequences of all time. All of the color I wanted to see in Suicide Squad, can be seen in Kong! Along with the visuals, the music creates the perfect set piece for war. The mixture of Henry Jackman’s score and 60’s/70’s rock takes the audience through a range of emotions including hope and dread.

Now let’s talk the disc itself, and what everyone who has already seen the film is thinking about, EXTRAS! I’m here to tell you that this release does not disappoint. There are multiple making of/behind the scenes featurettes on the creation of Kong himself and shooting in Vietnam. There are also quick looks at Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson in their perspective roles. The feature I wanted to talk about most is the Monarch Files 2.0. This is a feature that continues over from the 2014 Godzilla bluray. Monarch is, of course, the agency put in place to deal with these “massive unidentified terrestrial organisms”. There are multiple parts to these files and each part deals with a specific aspect of the island and its inhabitants. It truly reminds me of the ghost stories on the Thir13en Ghosts DVD (2001). If you want more on the lore of these films, here’s where you’re going to get it. Along with these features we have very informative Director’s Commentary and various Deleted Scenes.

This is, in no doubt, my favorite Kong film since the original 1933 classic. While the other films are enjoyable in their own way, this is the only movie to truly capture the size and power of colossal primate. As a matter of fact, Kong is much more than a giant ape, he’s a god. That’s what’s brought to the screen here. If you want a fun, giant monster movie then look no further than Kong: Skull Island.

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles – Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ To Be Unleashed On Blu-ray and DVD On July 18th!

‘Kong: Skull Island’ To Be Unleashed On Blu-ray and DVD On July 18th!

See the origins of one of the most powerful monster myths of all when “Kong: Skull Island” arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. This compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”) tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful.

Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Oscar® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Supporting Actor, “The Color Purple,” 1994, “Pulp Fiction,”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (Best Actress, “Room,” 2015) and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly (Best Supporting Actor,“Chicago,”  2003).

Vogt-Roberts directed the film from a story by John Gatins and Dan Gilroy and a screenplay by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein. “Kong: Skull Island” is produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and Alex Garcia, with Eric McLeod and Edward Cheng serving as executive producers.

To fully immerse audiences in the mysterious Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his team filmed across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii, Australia’s Gold Coast and Vietnam, filming across multiple locations, some of which have never before been seen on film.

Kong: Skull Island” 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 DVD for $28.98. The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with 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 hi-definition and hi-definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the movie.  Fans can also own “Kong: Skull Island” via purchase from digital retailers beginning June 20.

Additionally, all of the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, new original shorts, featurettes, and deleted scenes, 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.

The Blu-ray discs of “Kong: Skull Island” 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; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

Kong: Skull Island Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:

  • Director’s Commentary
  • Creating a King: Realizing an Icon
  • Creating a King: Summoning a God
  • Monarch Files 2.0
  • Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler
  • Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography
  • On Location: Vietnam
  • Deleted Scenes

Kong: Skull IslandStandard Definition DVD contains the following special features:

  • Director’s Commentary
  • Creating a King: Realizing an Icon
  • Creating a King: Summoning a God
  • Monarch Files 2.0
  • Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler
  • Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography
  • On Location: Vietnam
  • Deleted Scenes

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On June 20, “Kong: Skull Island” 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, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On July 18, “Kong: Skull Island” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

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Teaser Trailer For ‘Valerian And The City A Thousand Planets’ Starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne Debuts

Teaser Trailer For ‘Valerian And The City A Thousand Planets’ Starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne Debuts

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Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. Check out the synopsis and trailer below!

Synopsis: Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

‘Valerian And The City A Thousand Planets’ hits theaters on July 21st, 2017.

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We Watched ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ — A He Said, She Said Review of The Genre-Bending Flick

We Watched ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ — A He Said, She Said Review of The Genre-Bending Flick

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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 Dan Trachtenberg’s, ’10 Cloverfield Lane,’ which stars John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr. and Douglas M. Griffin. Give this dynamic duo a follow and marvel at their online antics on Twitter at @deloresprice80 and @thehenrypricejr.

She said: Hank and I sat down to watch “10 Cloverfield Lane” the other night.
The only things I recall from the first film in this franchise, “Cloverfield,” is the found footage storytelling made me wanna barf and there was a dinosaur. Also, heartthrob Hank took me to a double feature at the movies that day – “Cloverfield” and “Rambo.” Back off ladies, he’s taken.

Anyway, I’m a longtime fan of John Goodman from his days as my lower middle class hero, Dan Conner, on “Roseanne,” so my interest was piqued when I saw the trailer portray him as a paranoid basket case.

I knew this was connected to the first “Cloverfield” film but it’s almost a standalone with the tension and drama unfolding across the screen from Michelle’s (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) terrible car crash to her waking in chains in a grimy room reminiscent of the “Saw” films. Howard (John Goodman) apparently found her on the side of the road and saved her from an attack – aliens, nuclear, your mom? You don’t need to know what exactly, if anything, is outside lurking but it’s added drama for the viewer that mixes well with Howard’s slow unveiling. Is he a doomsday savior or a psycho? If there was an apocalyptic situation unfolding on the world, a doomsday prepper would be the only person truly prepared – and I don’t mean those weirdos ready for the Zombie Apocalypse.

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The setting is a bunker in rural Louisiana. A tight space that is more than enough for three talented actors, especially my boy John Goodman. Such an amazing performance. I also enjoyed Winstead’s work as well as John Gallagher’s Jr.’s role as likeable Emmett DeWitt. However, I learned Bradley Cooper was the voice of Michelle’s boyfriend, Ben. That doesn’t sound cost effective. What’s the point? Is his voice that great? He was in the movie for how many minutes? Weird.

I won’t spoil the ending because that would be rude (hear that Hank?!). However, I will say I didn’t like it because it wasn’t believable through the character development. So, although the ending in itself is climactic, for me it was anti-climactic because it wasn’t true to the character as we had been presented. Perhaps they could have further explored these traits they wanted her/him to have during the film, maybe it’s just me. Who knows!

He Said: It’s always a treat when I manage to see a movie months after its theatrical release that hasn’t been spoiled for me. Fortunately, I managed to avoid any significant spoilers for “10 Cloverfield Lane” because it’s a great movie that I won’t spoil for you, Dear Reader. (To Dolores – HMPF!)

This movie pretty much came out of nowhere. The trailer, which gives nothing away, dropped about a month or so before the movie’s release. Everybody had theories about the plot and how it connected to “Cloverfield.” What’s funny is the movie’s connection to “Cloverfield” is made about five minutes in, though it doesn’t really give anything away. Nonetheless, very little is revealed and it’s great to watch the layers peeled away over the course of 100 minutes. Is Howard telling the truth? Is he crazy? Is it both? The answer isn’t revealed until the very end.

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Unlike Dolores, I really liked the ending and what it might mean for future “Cloverfield” movies. The movie is different from its predecessor, which was a found-footage Godzilla movie. “10 Cloverfield Lane” is a suspense/sci-fi movie that bears little resemblance. Perhaps JJ and Friends will employ other genres in future installments.

It’s hard to say much more without getting into the details, which may give too much away. I will say it’s easy to enjoy this movie without having seen “Cloverfield,” and it’s a great way to spend a weekend evening in a dark room with a bottle of wine. Two thumbs up from Hank.

Editor’s Note: Despite Hank’s mention of a dark room and a bottle of wine, no lovemaking occurred during the screening of the film or it’s subsequent review. Maybe next time, pal! 

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