Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Mill Creek Entertainment Releases The Shield, the Definitive Collector’s Edition Set on Blu-Ray...And, It's A Must Have for Fans of this Emmy-Winning Television Series (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


All 88 episodes from seven groundbreaking seasons of the Emmy®-winning series available for the first time ever in stunning widescreen High Definition!


When it comes to binge watching shows and series on streaming, I find myself looking for televisions hows I missed when the girls were little and TV time was non-existent.  One show that  I have always wanted to find time to watch from from start to finish was The Shield, which starred Michael Chiklis, and ran from 2002-2008. So, when I heard the folks at Mill Creek Entertainment were coming out with a box set of The Shield this past December that not only icnluded all 7 seasons (88 episodes in total), but also a bunch of bonus features, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy to watch.  


"This definitive collector’s edition set features full 4k HD restorations of each episode, along with dozens of hours of special features including deleted scenes, commentaries from the cast and crew, featurettes and so much more!"

Thanks to the kind folks at Mill Creek Entertainment, they sent along the new The Shield, The Complete Series on Blu-Ray, which you purchase from their website for only $229.98.  While this may seem like a lot of money, once you get your hands on this box set, you will see it is well worth the money.  While I wish I could say that I have found time to watch all 7 seasons over the past few weeks, unfortunately sickness has made its way into our house, and left me tending to my two girls who had the stomach bug and then a head cold.  And, just when I thought illness was gone, I woke on Sunday feeling lousy and have been sick with a head cold ever since.  Hopefully by this weekend, I will be able to kick this and get back to watching this amazing television series.  When I left off, I was 4 seasons in, and addicted to this show. I can now see why so many people were talking about this television series when it aired back in 2002-08, and why they continue to talk about it.  It really is good!  If you like police dramas and action-packed shows, then you will definitely like The Shield.  And, now you can binge watch The Shield when you pick up the entire series on Blu-Ray from Mill Creek Entertainment.  

So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over to Mill Creek Entertainment today and pick up this box set.  Then, get ready for some unforgettable moments in television history, as you watch this amazing Emmy-winning television series from start to finish, along with so much great bonus content.

More about this new Blu-Ray Set:



"Controversial, compelling and critically acclaimed, THE SHIELD, reinvented the police genre and gave us one of the greatest anti-heros in television history.  Vic Mackey, a corrupt cop, runs his elite Strike Team under his own set of rules, bringing conflict to the streets of Lost Angeles and within his precinct.  Experience “one of the best police dramas” (Gillian Flynn, Entertainment Weekly), newly remastered in 4K and now available for the first time on Blu-ray!
INCLUDES ALL-NEW SPECIAL FEATURES AVAILABLE ONLY IN THIS BLU-RAY SET:
  • 2018 Cast Reunion with Creator Shawn Ryan
  • Writers Panel from the ATX Festival featuring Shawn Ryan, Kurt Sutter, Glen Mazzara, Scott Rosenbaum and Charles Eglee
  • “Beyond The Badge” Retrospective
Also featuring bonus features from previous releases including:
  • Over 10 Hours of Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
  • Cast & Crew Commentary on Select Episodes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • English Language Subtitles
Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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"First Man," Starrring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, Now Available on Digital, and Coming Soon to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on 1/22 (Review) #FirstMan

Disclosure: I was provided with a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.




The other night my husband and I found ourselves wide awake after the girls decided they would wake a few times in the night.  We turned on the television and started to look for a show or movie on streaming to watch, but couldn't find anything.  Then, I remembered I was recently sent the new "First Man" release, which is available now on Digital as of 1/8, and will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD on Jan. 22nd.  The movie has a run time of 2 hours and 20 minutes, and it goes by fast as there is so much action and drama that you can't stop watching.  

Usually we save movies like this until the weekend, but after finding ourselves both wide awake, I thought this would be fun to watch.  And, come one, who will say "No" to watching a movie with Ryan Gosling in it? :-)  There have been so many space movies releases about the infamous Apollo 11 flight, but none like this one.  What sets this movie apart from the others is that it shares the personal side of Neil Armstrong including the ten years prior to the mission to the moon, and all the training and hardships he, his family and his colleagues went through, to get that this moment we all know him for.


 
The Apollo 11 mission was truly a dangerous one, and this movie does an amazing job at showcasing this, through an intimate account, told by Armstrong's perspective.  Like I said, my husband and I couldn't stop watching the movie -- even though we would pay it for the next day as it ended at 3AM and we had to be up at 6AM.  But, as the credits rolled, we both looked at each other and said, "That was a great movie!"  And, then like the girls usually do, we talked about when we would watch it again. :-)  But, before we would watch it again with the girls, we knew we had to check out the bonus features which include the following:

4K UHD, BLU-RAYDVD & DIGITAL BONUS FEATURES:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Shooting for the Moon – Take an intimate look at the production of FIRST MAN and the collaborative relationship between Director Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling.
  • Preparing to Launch – It’s difficult to believe that FIRST MAN is the first major feature film to tell the journey to Apollo 11. Hear from Director Damien Chazelle and his cast why now is the time to tell the story of this historic event.
  • Giant Leap in One Small Step – A heroic character study, FIRST MAN sheds light on all the hard working individuals that got us to the moon and back.
  • Mission Gone Wrong – Watch as Ryan Gosling reenacts a test piloting sequence gone terribly wrong. Go behind the scenes to see how he trained to nail the landing, performing the majority of his own stunts.
  • Putting You In the Seat – Through the use of innovative technology, most of FIRST MAN was shot in-camera. Take an in-depth look behind the lens of this epic film.
  • Recreating the Moon Landing – Filmed in IMAX to show the vastness of the moon, find out all that it took to recreate the most famous moment in NASA history.
  • Shooting at NASA – Hear from Ryan Gosling and Director Damien Chazelle on how shooting at NASA brought unparalleled authenticity to FIRST MAN.
  • Astronaut Training – Go behind the scenes of the three day boot camp each of the actors underwent prior to filming FIRST MAN.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Damien Chazelle, Screenwriter Josh Singer and Editor Tom Cross

Just the bonus features alone make this a great movie to pick up and enjoy with your family.  I, for one, love learning about NASA and the different space missions, and this movie really does give you a new perspective on the lives of the astronauts and what they have to endure just to train for a mission.  If you are looking for an entertaining movie to watch with your family (note this movie is PG-13), and you missed First Man when it was in theaters last year, then you will want to pick up a copy of this movie when it arrives on Blu-Ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD on Jan. 22nd.  Can't wait that long?  Not to worry as it is now available for purchase on Digital to enjoy. :-)  This is going to be one of those movies you can't stop talking about, and will want to watch time and again.



More about this upcoming 4k Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD release:

 Follow the gripping and captivating true story of the first manned mission to the moon in FIRST MAN, arriving on Digital and via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on January 8, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayDVD and On Demand on January 22, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as “the best movie of the year” (Collider) and “exhilarating” (Entertainment Weekly), FIRST MAN comes from acclaimed Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) and stars Ryan Gosling (La La Land,The Big Short) as Neil Armstrong and Claire Foy (“The Crown,” Breathe) as Janet Armstrong in the heroic and emotionally driven journey through a pivotal moment in the history of mankind. Receiving two Golden Globe® nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Foy) and Best Original Score (Justin Hurwitz), the critically acclaimed film is packed with bonus features including deleted scenes and special featurettes showing behind-the-scenes looks at creating the film.

Based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen and from visionary filmmaker Damien Chazelle, FIRST MAN is the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history. The critically acclaimed FIRST MAN comes from legendary executive producer Steven Spielberg (Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomSchindler’s List) alongside fellow executive producers Adam Merims (Baby DriverStraight Outta Compton) and Josh Singer (The PostSpotlight) with a screenplay by Singer allowing audiences to relive the historic achievement in human history that has never been told cinematically. Filled with outstanding performances from an all-star cast led by Gosling and Foy alongside an incredible roster of supporting talent including Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, “Friday Night Lights”), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark ThirtyMudbound), Corey Stoll (“The Strain,” “House of Cards), Pablo Schreiber (Skyscraper, “Orange is the New Black”), Christopher Abbot (“The Sinner,”Whiskey Tango Foxtrot),  and Ciarán Hinds (“Game of Thrones,” Tinker Tailor 
Solider Spy), FIRST MAN “explodes with cinematic wonder” (Inverse).
 


FIRST MAN will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes 4K Ultra HD Blu-rayTM, Blu-rayTM and Digital. The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the same bonus features as the Blu-rayTM version, all in stunning 4K resolution.



  • 4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for four times sharper picture than HD and the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR), with immersive audio delivering a multidimensional sound experience.
  • Blu-rayTM unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.
  • Digital lets fans watch movies anywhere on their favorite devices. Users can instantly stream or download.
  • MOVIES ANYWHERE is the digital app that simplifies and enhances the digital movie collection and viewing experience by allowing consumers to access their favorite digital movies in one place when purchased or redeemed through participating digital retailers. Consumers can also redeem digital copy codes found in eligible Blu-rayTM and DVDdisc packages from participating studios and stream or download them through Movies Anywhere. MOVIES ANYWHERE is only available in the United States. For more information, visit https://moviesanywhere.com.


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Check Out These New Releases from Mill Creek Entertainment -- Includes The Karate Kid III, a 7-Part Dogumentary and More... (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent screeners from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

I wanted to take a few minutes and share a few new Blu-ray/DVD releases from Mill Creek Entertainment with you, that are available now to purchase through the online store at www.millcreekent.com, as well as over at Amazon.

First up is one of my favorite childhood franchise movies -- The Karate Kid III, which is part of a double feature Blu-Ray release from Mill Creek Entertainment.  



Can you believe that Ralph Macchio is 57 years old (his birthday is 2 days after mine)?  When I saw this on Facebook a few months ago, I couldn't believe it. Then, I thought, "Boy, am I old, as he was a teenager when I was watching these movies with my family."  I used to have a few copies of The Karate Kid I, II and III on VHS just in case one brought from watching it too much.  That also shows how old I am, as I was using VHS tapes. :-)  But, now I own them on DVD and Blu-ray, and love sitting down to watch them with my girls.


When I heard that the folks at Mill Creek Entertainment were releasing "The Karate Kid Part III and The Next Karate Kid as a Double Feature, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy.  One reason was that I didn't have a copy of The Next karate Kid, which introduced Hillary Swank to the popular franchise, and which showed girls that they can excel in martial arts too, but also because my girls had never seen this movie and I knew they would like it. My girls took a year of karate and had fun with it. They never got to the big kicks and that, but I could see that it was helping to build their self esteem and created a comradery between their fellow karate friends. 

This past weekend, while it was too cold to be outside, we had a The Karate Kid marathon. We started with the first three movies and then finished with The Next Karate Kid.  At the end, I asked the girls which movie they liked the most out of all of them.  My girls both agreed that they loved The Next Karate Kid as they loved seeing a girl kick some butt. :-)  I, however, am still partial to the first The Karate Kid which introduced us to Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-son.  It was, though, to be able to watch these movies with my girls, as I grew up watching them with my family, and seeing my girls get excited for them, especially the tournament scenes.

These movies are definitely ones we will watch time and again, and I love that you can get two movies on one Blu-Ray disc, thanks to the folks at Mill Creek Entertainment.  If you loved The Karate Kid movies growing up, and want to add a new copy of the films on Blu-ray to your collection, then make sure you pick up the Double Feature - The Karate Kid Part III and The Next Karate Kid, available now for only $ .

In addition to this Blu-Ray release, another fun family-friendly release that my family starting watching this past weekend and loved was "Dogs on the Job: A 7-Part Dogumentary Series." 



This release is available on DVD with option of adding the digital version to your Mill Creek Entertainment account to stream on multiple devices.  This series follows a groups of dogs through the training it takes for them to be service animals. 

The dogumentary explores the history, training and duties of service gos, and the important roles they play in helping their humans with day-to-day tasks.  At over 3 hours and 12 minutes in length, viewers will see the greater purpose these man's best friends companions have through a very fascinating series, layed out in 7 parts...

1. Wolves Become Dogs
2.  Dogs Move Into the Stage and Stadium
3. Herding and Mushing
4. The Nose Will Get the Job Done
5. Police and Military
6. Dogs Helping People Live Normal Lives
7. Protection and Companion

We have only made it through the first 4 episodes, and can't wait for the weekend to get here so that we can continue to watch the remaining 3 episodes, and learn more about these amazing animals.  My family is a dog-loving family, and this documentary series is perfect for us.  If you love dogs, you will love it, too!  So, make sure you pick up a copy of Dogs on the Job to share with your family, and have a greater appreciation for man's best friend.

If Native American studies is your thing, then you will love Trail of Tears: 36 Documentary Collection, that chronicles over 14 hrs of America's Indigenous People, which is now available on DVD and Digital.  



This really is a nice compilation of award-winning documentary programs that chronicles the struggles of the Native Americans "from their forced relocation known as the "Trail of Tears" to the current issues faced by America's aboriginal people.  This DVD is jam packed with so much great content and you will want aware with a better appreciation for the Native Americans, after learning about all their struggles and hardships.  We are only halfway through this DVD, and can't wait to continue watching it with our girls.  

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These are just a few of the new releases from Mill Creek Entertainment worth checking out. You can learn more about these and other new and upcoming releases by visiting https://www.millcreekent.com.

Disclosure: I was sent screeners from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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