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Welcome back, fans of physical media. There are several great Blu-ray releases hitting the shelves this week, and if you’re one of those weirdos like me who cherishes physical copies, you’re going to want to grab some (if not all) of these. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

Knives Out

Shop Knives Out Includes Digital Copy 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray 2019 at Best Buy. Find low everyday prices and buy online for delivery or in-store pick-up. Price Match Guarantee. Directed by Rian Johnson. With Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis. A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

One of the most entertaining movies of last year, Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out is both a send-up of and a loving tribute to whodunits – specifically locked room mysteries in which a gaggle of colorful characters are all treated as suspects. Daniel Craig‘s private detective Benoit Blanc gets top billing here, but he’s actually a secondary character. The film truly belongs to Ana de Armas, playing Marta, the immigrant nurse of a wealthy author (Christopher Plummer). After the author turns up dead by apparent suicide, things take a turn for the surreal as the dead man’s family jockey for his inheritance. Johnson has so many tricks up his sleeve here that it borders on the absurd – and that’s part of the fun. Just when you think you’ve got Knives Out figured out, a new twist arises and shows you how wrong you’ve been.

Why It’s Worth Owning on Blu-ray:

You might assume that knowing the twist (or rather, twists) of Knives Out makes for a less-fun rewatch. But you’d be wrong! Knives Out is inherently rewatchable. In fact, rewatching it helps you pick up on the clues you missed the first time around. In addition to the film itself, you get two different commentary tracks – one with Rian Johnson, DOP Steve Yedlin, and frequent Johnson player Noah Segan; one Johnson recorded to be used in theaters. Johnson is a filmmaker who knows his stuff, making his commentary tracks must-listens. And if that isn’t enough for you, there’s a 2-hour making-of featurette.

Special Features Include:

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  • Audio Commentary by Writer-Director Rian Johnson, Director of Photography Steve Yedlin, and Actor Noah Segan
  • In-Theatre Commentary by Rian Johnson
  • Deleted Scene: “Bicycling Accident” (with Optional Audio Commentary by Rian Johnson)
  • Deleted Scene: “Don’t Do Anything Rash” (with Optional Audio Commentary by Rian Johnson)
  • “Making a Murder” Eight-Part Documentary
  • “Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder” Featurette
  • Writer-Director and Cast Q&A
  • Marketing Gallery
  • “Meet the Thrombeys” Viral Ads

Frozen 2

There seem to be two camps regarding Frozen 2. On one side you have those who think this is a step-down from the original. And then on the other you have people like me, who think this is, in fact, the superior film. The original Frozen is good, don’t get me wrong. But it kind of runs out of energy midway through, and never really recovers. That doesn’t happen with Frozen 2, which keeps moving along at a steady clip. That said, the movie commits an almost unforgivable sin: It gives us answers to questions we never really asked. There’s a storyline here about how ice queen Elsa got her magical ice powers – and honestly, we didn’t need to know that. It was fine as a mystery. But here we are! Once you get over that, though, you’ll find another charming adventure with endearing characters, and some great tunes, too.

Why It’s Worth Owning on Blu-ray:

Don’t lie: You want that sing-along version. “Oh, it’s for my kids!” you say defensively. Nice try: You don’t have kids. You just want Frozen 2 in your house so you can turn it on whenever you want and start belting out “Into the Unknown.” I see you. And I’m not judging you.

Special Features Include:

  • Sing-Along Version of the Movie – Sing along with your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
  • Song Selection – Jump to your favorite musical moments, with on-screen lyrics. Songs include Oscar®-nominated “Into The Unknown,” “All Is Found,” “Some Things Never Change,” “When I Am Older,” “Lost in the Woods,” “Show Yourself,” and “The Next Right Thing”
  • Outtakes – Laugh along with the cast of “Frozen 2” as they record their lines, sing their songs and have fun in the recording booth.
  • Deleted Scenes – Check out a few scenes that never made the final cut.
    • Intro – Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck offer a glimpse into their filmmaking process with scenes that didn’t make the final cut.
    • Prologue – A battle rages between Arendelle and the Northuldra while a mysterious figure challenges King Agnarr.
    • Secret Room – A secret room reveals even more of Anna and Elsa’s past, including a shocking revelation about their mother.
    • Elsa’s Dream – Anna’s playful glimpse into Elsa’s dream takes a dark turn.
    • Hard Nokks – Kristoff reveals his true feelings about life in Arendelle when the Nokk won’t take no for an answer.
    • A Place of Our Own – Elsa uses her magic to relieve Anna’s lingering doubts about their parents’ faith in her.
  • Deleted Songs – When it comes to “Frozen 2,” there can never be too much music. Hear some of the songs that got cut from the final film.
    • Intro – Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck revel in the chance to share a few songs that didn’t make it into the final film.
    • “Home” – Anna savors every moment as she wanders through this kingdom she calls home.
    • “I Wanna Get This Right” – Kristoff wants everything to be perfect before he proposes, leaving Anna to wonder, “Will it ever be just right?”
  • The Spirits of “Frozen 2” – Cast and crew explore the Scandinavian and Nordic mythology that inspired the spirits inhabiting the enchanted forest of “Frozen 2.”
  • Did You Know??? – Olaf asks us the question “Did You Know” as we discover “Frozen 2” fun facts, Easter eggs and tidbits about the making of the film.
  • Scoring a Sequel – Composer Christophe Beck combines a 91-piece orchestra with 30 choral voices to create the compelling score for “Frozen 2.”
  • Gale TestsThey say you can’t see the wind. Only its effects. Filmmakers give it a shot while creating the playful wind spirit, Gale.
    • Gale Test – A young girl and boy play tag in this fully animated effort to “give personality to something that’s invisible.”
    • Hand-Drawn Gale Test – A hand-drawn test to bring the precocious wind spirit to life.
  • Multi-Language Reel
    • “Into the Unknown” in 29 Languages – Hear Elsa’s soaring call to adventure in 29 different languages
  • Music VideosWeezer and Panic! at the Disco lend their voices to a few of the soaring melodies from “Frozen 2.”
    • “Into the Unkown” (Panic! at the Disco version) – Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie stars in their version of “Into The Unknown” from “Frozen 2.”
    • “Lost in the Woods” (Weezer version) – Weezer puts their spin on Kristoff’s epic ballad, “Lost In the Woods.”

Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit is not a film for everyone. In fact, many flat-out despise the film. But for me, it works. In fact, it works because it shouldn’t. There are a million ways a comedy about a boy and his imaginary friend, who is also Hitler, could’ve gone wrong. But writer-director-actor Taika Waititi does a fine job balancing the absurd with the serious. Jojo goes to dark places – how could it not? – but Waititi manages to make the humor work without seeming crass. Young actor Roman Griffin Davis is great as Jojo, a Hitler youth who idolizes the Nazis and then slowly begins to see how evil – and absurd – the regime really is. With this film, Waititi is saying that there’s hope for some people – people who have just started to go down the wrong path, but haven’t quite arrived at their destination yet. That may seem naive, but it’s a nice hope to hold onto.

Why It’s Worth Owning on Blu-ray:

Taika Waititi does a commentary track on this release that will be familiar to anyone who listened to his commentary on Thor: Ragnarok. It’s not even the least bit serious, and Waititi treats it as a total joke. Whether or not that works for you is up to you to find out. Some may get sick of Waititi’s constant jokes and droll comments, while others might find them endearing. But if you’re hoping for an informative track where Waititi talks about his process, and the making of the film itself, well…you won’t get that. But you will get that info via a making-of featurette, “Inside Jojo Rabbit.” At this point, you’ve likely made up your mind about Jojo. You either buy what Waititi is selling here, or you want a full refund.

Special Features Include:

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  • Deleted Scenes:
    • “Imaginary Göring”
    • “Little Piggies”
    • “Adolf Dies Again”
  • Outtakes
  • Inside Jojo Rabbit
  • Audio Commentary by Taika Waititi
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Teaser Trailer

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is tailor-made to make you weep – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Marielle Heller‘s film isn’t a Mr. Rogers biopic, even though the marketing might have convinced you otherwise. Instead, Rogers, as played by Tom Hanks, is a supporting character. The real focus is fictional journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a sour sod who has a terrible relationship with his estranged father (Chris Cooper). Will the saintly Mr. Rogers help Lloyd get over his anger and forgive? You can probably guess the answer to that – there are no plot twists here. Rhys is quite good as the surly journalist, but Hanks is the real draw. He doesn’t really look like Mr. Rogers, and he doesn’t exactly sound like the man, either. But he does nail Rogers’s soft-spoken cadence, which goes a long way towards convincing you that you really are watching the real Mr. Rogers.

Why It’s Worth Owning on Blu-ray:

While I have a few issues (mostly script related) with A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, it’s absolutely worth owning for Tom Hanks’s performance. The ability to skip ahead to Hanks’s scenes is nice, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook the rest of the movie. For all of its clunky elements, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is ultimately a kind, empathetic movie, and we certainly need more of that right now.

Special Features Include:

  • Over 15 Minutes of Additional Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers
  • The People Who Make a Neighborhood: The Making Of
  • Dreaming Big, Building Small: The Puppets & Miniatures
  • Daniel Tiger Explains: Practice Makes Perfect
  • Filmmaker Commentary

Color Out of Space

How does one even begin to describe a film like Color Out of Space? This absolutely bonkers H.P. Lovecraft adaptation is a film at war with itself. It’s both a film that tries to capture the cosmic horrors of Lovecraft’s work while also letting Nicolas Cage go insane and yell about alpacas. That makes the film sound more fun than it ultimately is, but pacing – and some poor acting from supporting cast members – nearly sink things. And yet, this is a fascinating experiment. Director Richard Stanley is in a class of his own, and when he’s taking Color seriously, he delivers – there are several genuinely unnerving moments that feel as if they’ve sprung from an unwell mind. I only wish the rest of the movie, which is about alien light turning everyone insane and/or into mutated monsters, could live up to those moments.


Why It’s Worth Owning on Blu-ray:

Boy oh boy, I wish this release had come with a Richard Stanely commentary track. I have the privilege of interviewing Stanley about this film (read it here!), and it was one of the most fascinating interviews I’ve ever conducted, simply because he’s so otherworldly and intelligent that it kind of throws you off-kilter. So I can only imagine what a commentary track from the filmmaker would sound like. Alas, we’ll all have to make do with a making-of featurette.

Special Features Include:

  • The Making of COLOR OUT OF SPACE
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
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Knives Out (4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Review)

When it comes to modern filmmakers, Rian Johnson is an instant ticket purchased no matter what he’s doing. He’s proven over and over a knowledgeable student of film and a clever, thoughtful filmmaker with a fantastic ideology in the world of story craft and character work. The fact that this guy went and tackled an Agatha Christie style murder mystery is even more delicious and exciting. Just hearing of Knives Out, you knew this would be special and then the trailer made it one of the most exciting releases of the year. And it proved to be that old school star-led programmer people had been clamoring for as it continued to make a leggy run at the box office (Even, funny enough, surpassing The Rise of Skywalker in regular daily grosses late into its run). It found itself nominated for an Oscar, but could have easily been worthy of many more. The film is now available on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray (Apologies, review copies were sent out late for it), and you can order from the Amazon Associates link following the review.


The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) knows for sure — everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is the real deal and full on big moviegoing experience. It has a big and game cast, a clever script with good dramatics and thrills. A film that definitely feels well of the moment and built to last beyond it. An adult film that even some of the younger leaning audience members will get a kick out of. Something for the parents to make babysitter “night out” plans for. The kind of movie that when I was very young, I couldn’t wait to get old enough to check out those older skewing films. Now, its not a throwback film or retro in any kind of regards, its just something we once took for granted and now feels extra special in the sea of constant CGI blockbusters and safe storytelling affairs.


Easy enough, on the surface, the film has one of the most all-star casts seen in a long time for a wide release general audiences movie. But its beyond that heavy hitter cast that we find our lead is the up and coming Ana de Armas. She has been a part of plenty of notable films in recent years, but Johnson gives her the biggest break she’s had in leading the charge here. Treating her as something other than just having jaw dropping good looks, she is given a chance to show us what she has in terms of acting props. She’s dressed like a human being throughout and goes toe to toe with the most veteran presences that could absolute intimidate or sink a lesser actor. And de Armas shines about and really launches herself as a force to be reckoned with. This is truly one of the best breakout combos of role + performances we saw in the last decade. When she was cast in No Time To Die, she felt like the perfect compliment to a James Bond film. Now, after Knives Out, they are lucky to have her as she deserves her to lead her own James Bond type film.

Surrounding de Armas we have just too many veteran and younger acting wizards to champion in such a review. Christopher Plummer is an absolute delight to see chewing up and enjoying being a central figure in a classic murder mystery setting. His strength casts his spectre over every moment and character we see and investigate throughout. Daniel Craig hams it up but finds a fine line of being able to make his Benoit Blanc investigator still a human being rather than a glorified cartoon. I always gush over Jamie Lee Curtis in such a commanding presence and absolutely finding strength of being able to play up such great humorous chops with such a force in playing straight. Then there’s Michael Shannon who is one of the finest performers working today in a quite an interesting role that feels at home in his wheelhouse. And its nice to see such a fun, bubbly, change of pace role for Toni Collette. As I said, these folks are a joy on their own, but a complete blast put together here.

Johnson’s film is so well crafted, clever and thought out that its almost a more enjoyable experience on the replays than it is on the first watch where you are interacting and trying to solve this yourself. Many little bits and pieces, both visually and through dialogue have been laid set not only to hold things together for the case, but for enjoyment in not quite catching or seeing the importance of said “throwaway” the first time around. As has been before with the likes of Brick, Looper and The Last Jedi, a Rian Johnson films continues to give long after you’ve seen it. His films are rich with inspirations, ideology, clues, depth and layering that they make for a completely fun study over and over. He’s not the only person he who does so working today, but his strength may be in the more natural way he weaves this information in and out. Rian Johnson has a full grasp on the medium of filmmaking and you’ll continue to see more things pulled from his films that we never found before years down the road.

The technical prowess of Knives Out is quite astonishing and the film is lovingly photographed and edited together. One of the things it does bring out and call great attention to is helping to highlight some of the other top tier efforts in the film as well. The sets and costume design for this film are quite of their own and pretty outstanding. The exteriors and interiors of the house are rich, having their own character while following under one uniformed umbrella that comes off quite natural. In terms of costuming, this movie has its own style and an aggressive love of fancy sweaters. I know I’m not the first to say this, but we need a catalog of or a fashion line of Knives Out sweaters in some department store. Heck there was even a #KnivesOutChallenge (Started by Patrick Willems) on Twitter dedicated to showing off your finest sweater attire. Rian Johnson even got involved with a cool pic from the set of The Last Jedi.

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A complete winner, Knives Out blazes a trail for a potential franchise and/or more murder mysteries or adult dramatic thrillers to add to our lexicon in the sea of “nothing but tentpoles” movie going climate. It owes and respects plenty to mysteries of old and at the same time modernizes and adds its own worthiness to that long lost art. And simply put, this is just a prime example of every single aspect of a film working at their highest level in great harmony with one another. The film is easily a water cooler piece, prescient, timely and with some good social ideal and reflection nicely tied in. Greatest film of all time or even its genre, lets not get crazy, but one of the most well put together products a studio could be into theaters.


Disclaimer: Screen captures used in the review are taken from the standard Blu-ray disc, not the 4K UHD Blu-ray disc.

Encoding: HEVC / H.265

Resolution: 4K (2160p)

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Layers: BD-100

Clarity/Detail: While Knives Out was mostly shot at 3.4K with a shot done at 5.1K, it was sadly finished with a 2K digital intermediate, making it a 4K upscale. Regardless, it does look very lovely and has an easily refined and discernible upgrade from its standard Blu-ray counterpart. Overall, the film has a the look of a lovely, rich painting and showcases plenty of detail and texture in its sharp, crisp frames that almost feel a piece of art themselves at times. A noticeable upgrade from the other format, this is one of those cases that argue an upscale is not bad and often can look quite impressive.

Depth: The film features a strong depth of filed and literally has a nice push down hallways and rooms. Character slide easily through every frame with good distancing and looseness showcased between them and the environment and surroundings. Movements are natural, cinematic and feature no issues handling rapid movements.

Black Levels: The way the disc handles the blacks may be what sets it most apart from the Blu-ray counterpart. Hitting natural levels is obvious (Matching the matte lines easily), but also there is much more details, textures and patterns held in place and visible. It also helps to sharpen and define the image. No crushing witnessed.

Color Reproduction: Colors come through quite lovingly with a bold, well saturated palette. Clothing has some nice pop where appropriate as well as the fabrics, furniture and decor within the household. There is a nice glow added to outdoor lighting, phone displays and other little naturally glowing items.

Flesh Tones: Skin tones are natural and consistent from start to finish of the film. Faces are nice and flush, fully and strong with their color and raging in visible details and textures clear as day from any distance. Make up brush strokes, blemishes, stubble, wrinkles, moles, pores and more are finely displayed.

Noise/Artifacts: Clean.


Format(s): English Dolby Atmos, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

Dynamics: Knives Out features a well done and fitting sound design for what the film is in its Dolby Atmos presentation. This is a pretty well grounded drama, rooted in many character to character and verbal exchanges. Some of the more “action-y” bits are told in flashback with the volume on the action down so a voiceover can prominently assure us this is in the past. However, the sound mix does have a great sense of restrain and doesn’t send this thing going over the top for no reason at all. This is pretty much the best presentation one could hope for on this, even if its not some big guns blazing film.

Height: There isn’t a lot to go crazy about from the overhead channel as the movie keeps it to only things that would be pertinent, with maybe the biggest highlight being the piece of the of debris that Ana de Armas breaks off with her foot climbing the house falling from above.

Low-Frequency Extension: The subwoofer keeps it natural with a pinch of heightened reality to doors slamming, car engines humming or something falling to the ground. All have a nice, warming thud to them.

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Surround Sound Presentation: The design for this keeps every room in check, knowing a full 360 degree awareness as to what is going on. Vocals hit from good directions and follow with good accuracy from shot to shot. Sound travel is hauntingly natural and accurate from back to front or side to side. Environmental ambiance features a good quiet, but active attention to crafting a “in the room with the characters” feel on the film.

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Dialogue Reproduction: Vocals are at the forefront of what this movie is about and the track nails it. There is a good deep feel to every voice and all mouth sounds and diction are captured brilliantly.


Knives Out comes with the standard Blu-ray edition and a digital copy code.

Audio Commentary

  • With Writer / Director Rian Johnson, Director of Photography Steve Yedlin and Actor Noah Segan
  • In Theater Commentary With Rian Johnson

Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary By Rian Johnson (HD, 4:57)

Rian Johnson: Planning a Perfect Murder (HD, 6:17) – A featurette with Rian Johnson discussing mapping out and writing the screenplay for the film.

Making A Murder – Your full on making of, split into multiple sections that go over in good fluffy detail the full gamut of the film’s production full of talking head interviews and the like. Its some good, poppy insight and education on the film and as always Johnson is of great mind and wonderful to hear talk of his films and inspirations and the cast and crew fills it in nicely as well.

  • Premeditation: Inspirations & Origin (HD, 11:55)
  • Gathering the Suspects: The Cast (HD, 19:29)
  • Dressed to Kill: Costume Design (HD, 8:19)
  • The Scene of the Crime: Production & Design (HD, 13:05)
  • Visual Clues: Cinematography (HD, 11:51)
  • Putting the Clues Together: Editing (HD, 12:35)
  • Music to Kill For: Music & Sound (HD, 24:40)
  • Denouement: Whodunnit? (HD, 11:32)

Director and Cast Q&A (HD, 42:09) – A full Q&A session following a 2019 screening of the film in Westwood, CA.

Marketing Gallery

  • Teaser Trailer (HD, 2:12)
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2:35)
  • Final Trailer (HD, 1:08)
  • Ode To The Murder Mystery (HD, 1:43)

Meet The Thrombeys Viral Ads

  • Thrombey Real Estate (HD, :34)
  • Blood Like Wine Publishing (HD, :56)
  • Flam (HD, :34)


Rian Johnson’s Knives Out offers up the whole gamut of entertainment. Mystery, thriller, comedy, character drama, acting spotlights and more. Its one of the most enjoyable mainstream wide release movies we saw over the last decade and one that continues to develop and deliver upon every return to it. Lionsgate releases it with a handsome presentation in both audio and video while giving us a nice wealth of extras that are educational, fun and not too overwhelming or tiresome. This is an instant pick up and must have for the simple joy of just loving good movies.

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