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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 253: The Quest For 4K

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 253: The Quest For 4K

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On the latest episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, the gang is reunited for a brand new episode of pop culture goodness. Jason offers up a glimpse into his recent trip to Wizard World to meet members of ‘The Monster Squad’ and recounts his evening of online delight with Jeremy playing ‘Friday The 13th: The Game.’ Not to be outdone, Hank waxes poetic about the ‘Alien’ franchise and gives us mixed signals about his true feelings on ‘Alien: Covenant.’ Jeremy also shines a light on his latest ‘Unsung Heroes of Hollywood’ piece and his screening of the latest DC blockbuster known as ‘Wonder Woman.’ Jason also discusses hitting the road to spot Riki Rachtman in the wild on Riki’s Ride 2017 and the great cause it benefits.

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Trolls Show Their True Colors After Zack Snyder Suffers Tragic Loss

Trolls Show Their True Colors After Zack Snyder Suffers Tragic Loss

I tried to sit this one out, folks. I really tried. However I find myself gazing at my screen in disbelief less than 24 hours after Warner Bros. and Zack and Deborah Snyder released a joint statement regarding “Justice League” and its completion. Due to an unfortunate family tragedy, Zack Snyder, and wife Deborah, are stepping away from the film to focus on their family.

You see it is a damn shame that Snyder and Warner Bros. had to even make statement. But a week removed from the internet trolls and click bait mills running around the clock, I guess it makes sense. Due to those gossip rags running shit fake news, a man, his wife, and their children found themselves thrust into the public eye after a tragic event when what they truly need is to be left alone with each other to process the tragedy that fell upon their world. Marvel Cinematic Universe fan favorite and frequent “what the hell did he tweet that for” Joss Whedon is stepping up to finish the film in Snyder’s absence. Though most fans are concerned about the status of Zack and his family, a select few have taken it upon themselves to lash out at the director with such a sickness that has left me feeling overwhelming disgust.

There are three types of idiots trolling the comment section of your favorite comic book site at the moment:

1. The “I’m not a fan…I don’t like his films…I may have criticized his films, BUT” troll.

2. The “he can’t even direct his family right” troll.

3. And lastly The “sorry for your loss, but JOSS IS GOING TO SAVE THE DCEU AND EVERYTHING IS GREAT NOW” troll.

Let’s tackle number three first. Folks, that’s not how filmmaking works. I don’t have a fake inside source, but I’m guessing the film is at around 90% completed. Joss Whedon is simply stepping in to oversee Zack’s vision locked up. You see Joss isn’t magically reshooting the entire film from a script he has rewritten. He’s taking Zack’s approved script and footage shot, and he’s watching as Zack’s approved VFX team finish up Zack’s approved digital effects. He’s working with Zack’s approved composer to finish up Zack’s approved score. He’ll take Zack’s notes and do Zack’s scheduled reshoots. He’s sitting with Zack’s approved editor and locking up a final cut…probably to be approved by Zack which will then be recut by the studio. You know, like BvS. Joss Whedon will have his day with ‘Batgirl,’ but ‘Justice League’ is still Zack’s. In fact with most of the work done, I wouldn’t be surprised he doesn’t get credit as a director. Because the DGA has rules, folks.

Next up let’s take a moment to ask those qualifying trolls. Why? Just why? If you want to express sorrow for the man’s loss, do it. There is no need to say “hey man, I think your work is trash, but let me tell you what you’re going through sucks even worse than my already formed opinion of every film you’re ever going to make.” I understand you probably think you need to throw that in their for your edgy readers to not take you to task, but hey, why not just try being a human first. When Joss Whedon tweets something ridiculous, I don’t cry about ‘The Avengers.’ I separate the art from the artist. We don’t agree on stuff outside of film, doesn’t mean I can’t still watch ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and love what the man created. Try it with Snyder. So what if you didn’t like ‘Man of Steel,’ you’re allowed to send your condolences.

Lastly, for the trolls cheering on death, I can’t even be mean to you. You’re just sad. You’ll probably troll this post because empathy is beyond your comprehension. I just hope one day you find happiness. If you’re so riled up with mock outrage over your childhood being ruined because Snyder made some movies, maybe stay home from the cineplex next time and take up pottery. I hear it soothes the soul.

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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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 251: The Unexpected Journey of Life and Death

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 251: The Unexpected Journey of Life and Death

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On the latest episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason sit down to discuss the many steps it took to announce Producer Danielle and J-Mo’s latest addition to their ever growing family. Jason shares with us a recent tragedy that took him by surprise, but it “could always be worse.” After a short break Hank returns to the show and he and J-Mo chat up some video game purchases before spoiling the hell out of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but we give spoiler warnings so you know to skip ahead if need be. The boys than throw out their Pick of the Weeks before calling it a night. As always, ratings and reviews help boost the show in the iTunes algorithm. Sharing with a friend is appreciated. Tune in, you beautiful angels!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 244: No Justice League, No Peace

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 244: No Justice League, No Peace

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On the latest episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason take an in-depth look at the recently released trailers for ‘Justice League’ and ’Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ That’s right! It’s Zack Snyder fanboy versus a guy who’s just in it for the action! Additionally, Jason brings us up to speed on his recent interviews including what was revealed in his chat with creative dynamo and all-around good guy Adi Shankar. Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes for our continuing adventures!

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Blu-Ray Review: Another Look At Warner Bros. ‘Suicide Squad’ Extended Cut

Blu-Ray Review: Another Look At Warner Bros. ‘Suicide Squad’ Extended Cut

So let’s start this one out with a disclaimer. I was a big fan of Dawn of Justice: Batman V Superman. As I’ve stated multiple times in the past, I’m a youngin’, my Superman was the gritty 90’s Supes and Batman killed multiple times in the past. DOJ, especially the extended cut, hit every point I wanted it to and truly got me excited for the DC cinematic universe. Even with everyone complaining I was curious where they would go from here.

I’ve been following Suicide Squad from the beginning. For all the love I showed DOJ I was genuinely more excited for Squad than anything else last year. Finally, I was going to see all of these beloved DC characters together on the big screen. We would finally have a cinematic portrayal of Killer Croc, Deadshot, and, one of the more famous characters in pop culture, Harley Quinn. What was there not to be excited about?! The excitement continued to build as we were given looks at all of the actors in character and even a near perfect trailer. I could not have been more stoked when I went to the theatre in August. Upon first viewing I was stoked after the film. They portrayed every character correctly and created a hybrid between their original instances and the “New 52” versions. It wasn’t until a month later that reality began to set in. Someone who hadn’t seen the film said to me, “I haven’t seen it yet, what was it about?”.

I was at a loss. I couldn’t remember. Aside from a few humorous moments and enjoying the characters I couldn’t remember a damn thing about the movie. Err, it was a pretty good cast. Leto knocked it out of the park but other than that, I don’t remember much about the plot. I had been completely blinded by the comic book reader in me; I had no real opinion towards the film whatsoever. When I was sent the film to look at I put it off as long as I could. This film came out a month ago and I’m just now looking at it again. I didn’t want to view it in a negative light because I knew it wasn’t as good of a film as I remember after first watch. Guess what? I was right.

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I sat down and popped the disc in. After months of David Ayer, and others stated that there wouldn’t be an extended version released I was pressing the play button on the 2 hour and 14 minute extended edition of the film. As the film begins we go right into the description of each “villain” by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). I didn’t skip passed any opening credits or scenes, we literally go from a neon Warner Bros. sign into Waller describing each character of the film. That being said, I can honestly say that each of the character’s backgrounds are more interesting than anything that actually takes place during the film. We see Deadshot’s (Will Smith) life as both a father and an assassin. His conflicting emotions and lifestyles are compelling. We see Harley Quinn’s (Margot Robbie) life with the Joker (Jared Leto) and how they came to be a unit. Don’t count on fleshed out back stories on the other characters, they get about a minute here or there.

I’m quickly reminded why I didn’t remember the plot of this film — there isn’t one. There are 20 minute amusing segments that the editors pulled together to create one long film. I don’t hate these segments, as a matter of fact most of them are pretty awesome and really make you feel like you’re watching a Suicide Squad comic book come to life. There’s very little substance. The “Escape from New York” style midpoint is completely nonsensical and ultimately feels forced to make this film longer. I don’t want to go too far into the plot because there are a couple of very minor twists and I don’t want to spoil too much but you won’t really be missing much either way.

As stated, while the film itself is pretty generic with its “Expendables” style plot, the characters/actors is where this film shines. I commend the cast as they really didn’t have much to work with in the script department. I remember most critics and audience members complaining about the lack of Joker in the film. The counter argument was always “well this is a Suicide Squad film, he’s not a member of the Suicide Squad”. This is a great point, however, the entire film’s marketing was built around Leto’s gangster Joker and it didn’t help that his plotline was the most interesting thing in the film. We did get a bit more Harley/Joker in the extended edition but not enough to do much.

Looking further on the disc this thing is jam packed with behind the scenes featurettes that discuss the original comic, the stunts, the relationship behind Harley and Joker, and the creation of the world itself. Also included is a gag reel, tv spots, etc. Along with the extended edition the Blu-ray also includes the theatrical release, and besides the extra Harley/Joker scenes not much is changed.

VERDICT: I think you could tell throughout this writing that I don’t find this to be a very good film. That being said, it was fun. Suicide Squad is not a coherent film with an in depth plotline. You may say, well it’s a comic book movie, duh! This excuse would mean something in the Sam Raimi Spider-man films era but that excuse just doesn’t cut it anymore. Honestly, I would probably consider it the Michael Bay, or dare I say Rob Zombie of comic book movies. It’s a fun film, not necessarily a good film. It’s not a movie I would watch over and over again but I still enjoyed it and will revisit sometime in the future. If you’re interested in these characters or have ever picked up a comic book involving any of them I think you should at least give this film a chance. It’s a fun watch on a rainy, or snowy, afternoon.

For a much different look at the ‘Suicide Squad’ Extended Cut Blu-ray, read Jeremy Morrison’s take on the release from December. Click here for the review > 

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!
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SKWAD GOALS: Warner Bros. ‘Suicide Squad’ Extended Cut Is Fully Loaded!

SKWAD GOALS: Warner Bros. ‘Suicide Squad’ Extended Cut Is Fully Loaded!

Today I’m going to take a look at the Suicide Squad: Extended Cut and perhaps help you decide why the most popular movie on IMDb this year is worth your physical copy purchase.

I’d like to start off by saying that I did really enjoy the Theatrical Cut of the film when I saw it in theaters. I enjoyed it even more when I saw it a second time in theaters. But a few months have passed and I wondered how the Extended Cut would hold up against the built up theatrical Cut in my head. Would it be a different tone and ultimately better experience like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, or would it be a quick cash grab for the studio promising more Joker. There seems to be more at stake than when Zack Snyder cast Ben Affleck as Batman. Don’t dare go into a comment section after dark if you’re a fan of this movie. It’s more dangerous than crime alley and will surely leave you feeling the need for a safe space at your nearest college campus. The hate for this movie is so strong amongst fanboys and critics. I just don’t get it. I assume these are the same people that kept Ghost Whisperer on the air for so long. Just horrible taste.

So how about that Extended Cut experience. Well, where to begin. The Extended Cut boasts 15 extra minutes to the film in total. The overall tone of the film is left alone. Unlike BvS, the Suicide Squad cut just feels longer. But that is not a bad thing for me. The majority of the footage that has been restored is indeed Joker related, but there are a few scenes, one featuring Harley Quinn mocking the Squad specifically, that are either new or much longer as it features moments cut from theatrical to make fighting weight.

So why cut the Joker stuff to begin with? Well, it’s a Suicide Squad movie, ya jerk. I thought Leto was great as Cholo Joker, but it was never his movie. I’m sorry he got all method and gave so much to his b-storyline, only to maybe be hurt by the end product, but he’s not the main villain and he’s not in the Squad. One might think he went through all the work to steal the movie, which next to Ms. Robbie, I think he did. Personally I was hoping for a little more Ike Barinholtz in this cut, and I’m pretty sure I got it. I haven’t went back to the theatrical since my two trips in theater, but I’ve watch the Extended Cut three times now and Barinholtz is a scene stealer for sure.

So why put out this Extended Cut, Warner Bros.? Cash grab or fan service? Probably a little of both. But you know what, I’m stoked it’s out. 15 minutes isn’t a stretch when you’re already talking about a genre where anything under 2 hours and 20 minutes is technically classified as a short fan film on YouTube. Do the extended Joke scenes grind the film to a halt? Not really. Maybe on first viewing I found myself craving more, but now I’m used to the pace of the Extended Cut and have no problem with the flow of he film.

As far as the special features, holy crap. This disc is jam packed with insightful BTS and really brings to mind the type of releases we were getting back when DVD first started hitting the shelves. Detroit Rock City comes to mind. Now that was a disc you could watch the supplemental materials for hours and keep yourself as entertained as if you were watching the film itself. Suicide Squad is no different, folks. And apologies to those wanting to read a little bit more about the VR features on the digital copy of the film, but I am tech illiterate at times and the whole experience was pretty overwhelming to me. However, the few features I did check out on VR were pretty amazing. But for the same reason I can’t really watch 3D flicks, I had to bail out on it sooner than I’d hoped.

THE VERDICT: So what’s the verdict. Should you stuff your stockings with some Suicide Squad? I think so. It’s a fun release for a fun film, I really think Warner Bros. went above their usual high bar standard for this package. If you were one of those sour grapes that hated the film in theaters, I don’t know what to tell you. We’re just not gonna see eye-to-eye on this issue. But maybe give a digital purchase a chance and if your opinion is left unchanged so what. You’re out a couple of bucks but don’t have to worry about that physical media taking up space on your shelf.

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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‘Suicide Squad’ Extended Cut Gets A Trailer, To Hit Blu-ray On December 13th!

‘Suicide Squad’ Extended Cut Gets A Trailer, To Hit Blu-ray On December 13th!

suicide-squad-blu-2016-1Bring the Squad home when Suicide Squad arrives onto Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. From director David Ayer (“Fury,” “End of Watch”) comes “Suicide Squad,” starring Oscar® nominee Will Smith (Best Actor, 2002, “Ali,” Best Actor, 2007 “The Pursuit of Happyness,”), Oscar ® winner Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor, “Dallas Buyers Club,” 2013), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”).

Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC, the film also stars Jai Courtney (“Insurgent”), Jay Hernandez (“Takers”), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Thor: The Dark World”), Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Scott Eastwood (“Fury”), Cara Delevingne (“Paper Towns”), Adam Beach (“Cowboys & Aliens”), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

“Suicide Squad: Extended Cut” features more action and more Squad with 13 more minutes of footage not previously seen in theaters. The Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack will include the extended version of the film on the Blu-ray disc. The extended version will also be available to own on Digital HD.

Suicide Squad” will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray 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 features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc with the extended 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 extended version in hi-definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the extended version and theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition.All Blu-ray products include a digital version of both the extended and theatrical versions of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own “Suicide Squad” via purchase from digital retailers.

The Blu-ray discs of “Suicide Squad” 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.

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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
Twitter: @acidpopcult
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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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