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Solo: A Star Wars Story Comes to Blu-Ray



Solo: A Star Wars story flies on to shelves next week and really does make for a great watch on DVD and blu-ray.

The movie itself is outstanding and quite underrated compared to the rest of the Star Wars movies currently available but once people really get to sit down with the film I have no doubt they will come to appreciate it. If ever there was a cult Star Wars film it’s this one.

The digital transfer is fantastic on blu-ray and if anything benefits the movie quite a bit. Watching the movie in theaters there were a few scenes, especially in the beginning, that were overly dark and made viewing a little rough. That’s all been color corrected by the time it hits the small screen and it really does make a difference. The quality is crystal clear and all the dirty, grimy details of Han’s home planet come to life.

The sound transfer is top notch as well. As with any Star Wars movie there’s a lot going on and the minor details that would normally fade into the background with something like an IMAX screen get brought out at home.

Where the blu-ray really shines though is in its special features. Disney knew what fans were hungry for and delivered…for the most part. There are so many special features that they can be found on a separate disc so they don’t get in the way of your enjoyment of the film itself. This allows them to make a special feature on pretty much every aspect of the movie. Almost every character gets their own featurette which really brings a lot more depth to everyone involved.

The best feature though is the cast and crew roundtable. Placed right up front the featurette shows everyone involved in the film sitting down and discussing their thoughts on making the movie. The panel is moderated by director Ron Howard and really gives some fascinating insight into the making of the film.

What it does though, unintentionally, is downplay Howard’s role in the production. For those that weren’t following the film’s creation Howard was actually brought in almost halfway through production to course correct the movie for Disney. The result is that Howard is portrayed as more of a Director-for-Hire than a driving force in the film. That isn’t an insult to him but hard to ignore, especially when it’s brought up in the roundtable. Howard’s first day was after their imposed hiatus and many of his early scenes were doing shots that were already ready to go. It would have been fascinating to see more discussion on what might have been.

That being said, there’s so much love on screen from everyone involved it’s hard not to fall in love with the film because of it. The featurette on the Kasdan family writing the movie shows just how deep and generational Star Wars has become in pop culture. Having the push and pull of generations at the writing helm comes through in the script and we’re all better for it.

If anything is lacking it is commentary. Solo is one of those movies that just begs for a commentary track. For whatever reason the studio decided against it and it leaves a bit of a void on the special features. Solo is one of those films that was made for casual fans and diehards alike and will only gain new life on home video. This one is worth buying.

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No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters



If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago. 

It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced. 

 Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.

Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game. 

From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.

Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.

The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.

What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?

And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Back to the movie. 

Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.

Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.

The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!

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Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023



Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).

Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm

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Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3



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