Wednesday, January 16, 2019

"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:

  • 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 CiarĂ¡n 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

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

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