Fox Promotes ‘Deadpool 2’ Digital and Disc Release at Planet Hollywood Resort

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has teamed with Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to celebrate the Blu-ray and digital release of Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut.

The promotion includes a specialty room package, themed food and beverages, an all-day “Deadpool 2 Super Duper Pool Party” and a free exclusive movie screening at The Scene Pool Deck.

Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut is available now on digital and comes out on Blu-ray Aug. 21.

The pool party takes place Aug. 18 and includes a live DJ, movie trivia, costumes, giveaways and more beginning around noon. Themed food and drinks include Deadpool 2 pizza adorned with pepperoni and olives to resemble the classic character. A free screening of Deadpool 2: Super Duper Cut takes place at 8 p.m. The parties are free and open to the public. Guests must be 21 and over to attend.

Planet Hollywood’s Cafe Hollywood will offer a Deadpool milkshake and cocktail through the end of August.

The hotel’s Heart Bar will feature Deadpool’s favorite cocktail – The Sea Breeze. Café Hollywood will offer a specialty fruity cocktail, garnished with a chocolate strawberry, decorated to resemble Deadpool’s mask as well as a Deadpool-inspired milkshake. Both food specials are available through the end of August.

The “Deadpool Hotel & Pool Package” includes two free passes for the FlowRider attraction at The Scene Pool Deck and a $25 pool credit that can be used towards food and drink. Packages can be booked at caesars.com using code: IMPOL. For more information, visit planethollywoodresort.com.

Super Troopers 2

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Fox;
Comedy;
Box Office $30.62 million;
$29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug material and some graphic nudity.
Stars Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Rob Lowe, Brian Cox, Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, Hayes MacArthur, Lynda Carter.

Fans of 2002’s cult-favorite Super Troopers were apparently so desperate for a sequel that they were willing to pay for it themselves. The 16-year wait certainly hasn’t diminished interest in the potential franchise, with the sequel taking in a bigger box office haul than the original.

The Broken Lizard comedy team reportedly had an idea for a follow-up for quite a while, but were only able to move forward with it after raising $4.7 million through Indiegogo and supplementing the budget with private financing. The project was such a success that there’s already talk of a third film — though hopefully fans won’t have to wait another decade and a half for it.

The film continues the bungling adventures of a crew of dimwitted Vermont state troopers, and while there are some callbacks to the original film, it’s not as if an intimate knowledge of prior events is required to be able to follow along in this one.

The premise this time around is that after some off-camera shenanigans have threatened their careers, the troopers are given a chance at redemption with a thankless assignment to establish a police force in a Canadian border town that is going to be turned over to the United States after some clarification of old boundary markers. This gives the film all manner of excuses for an endless barrage of U.S. vs. Canada cultural jokes, and particularly jokes about French Canadians and their accents.

Rob Lowe plays the mayor of the affected town, who is also a famous local hockey player and owner of the local brothel, because why wouldn’t he be?

All the guys are back and up to their usual idiocy, especially Farva (Kevin Hefernan), the oblivious loudmouth who offers to cut off his toe with a shovel if he can’t score with a sexy local diplomat (Emmanuelle Chriqui) who clearly has no interest in him.

In addition to the trademark pranks the troopers play on the unsuspecting drivers they pull over, there’s a subplot involving contraband being stashed around town in anticipation of the border switch so that it will wind up in the U.S. without the need to smuggle it in. The case leads the guys to butt heads with a trio of local Mounties who resent potentially being reassigned somewhere else in Canada.

Some of the gags and physical humor are good for a few laughs, but like most Broken Lizard movies, the steady stream of obnoxious one-upsmanship and anatomical chicanery can be an acquired taste.

The Blu-ray includes a 39-minute behind-the-scenes featurette that delves into the crowd-funding campaign, including bringing a number of donors onto the set to appear in the film as extras.

Also included are 20 minutes of deleted scenes (some of which are shown in the making-of featurette) and a two-minute featurette about Heffernan getting into character.

Fox, Vudu Show Off ‘Deadpool’s Dream Suite’ at Comic-Con

Fox and Walmart’s Vudu showed off “Deadpool’s Dream Suite” before awarding a lucky fan of the July 18-22 San Diego Comic-Con International a chance to stay there on the Saturday evening of the convention.

The location was converted from the most-expensive suite at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego across the street from the convention center, and decorated to look like the apartment shared by Deadpool and Blind Al in the “Deadpool” movies. The design team loaded the room with special artwork, Deadpool 2 posters and many subtle nods to the films (but, alas, there was nothing buried under the floorboards).

After Comic-Con, Vudu will host a giveaway of select loot from the suite, with signups at the sweepstakes site beginning July 20.

Deadpool 2 will be available through digital retailers Aug. 7 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 21 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Fox Planning Major ‘Deadpool 2’ Blu-ray Push at Comic-Con

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con will feature a huge Deadpool 2 presence to promote the home video release of the superhero comedy — which will be available through digital retailers Aug. 7 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 21 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Fox, which is releasing an extended “Super Duper $@%!#& Cut” of the film, will promote Deadpool 2 with a Hall H panel at 5:15 p.m. June 21, and a world premiere screening of the”Super Duper Cut” at 9:30 p.m. June 21 at the Horton Grand Theatre in San Diego.

In addition, Fox will set up Booth 3529 for the July 18-22 run of the show as “Deadpool’s Super Dance Party,” featuring an animatronic band and a different Comic-Con exclusive T-shirt given to the first 1,200 attendees each day Thursday through Sunday.

Booths 4229 and 3529 will also be giving out trucker hats with preorders for the Deadpool 2 Blu-ray, and fans can win a set of 18 Fox catalog Blu-rays with limited edition box art photobombed by Deadpool. The special covers will be available to purchase at Walmart stores begenning Aug. 7.

Finally, Fox and Walmart’s Vudu have decorated a suite at the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel to look like Deadpool’s apartment and is holding a sweepstakes for one Comic-Con attendee to stay in “Deadpool’s Dream Suite” on the Saturday evening of the convention. Those planning to be at Comic-Con can enter to win at watchvudu.com/deadpooldreamsuite from July 11-19, and the winner will be announced at Comic-Con July 20. An additional 15 winners will be allowed to tour the attraction.

After Comic-Con, Vudu will host a giveaway of select loot from the suite, with signups at the sweepstakes site beginning July 20.

Fox Releasing ‘Deadpool 2’ on Home Video in August With Extended Cut

The ‘R’-rated superhero comedy Deadpool 2 will be released through digital retailers Aug. 7 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 21 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the merc with

a mouth, earned more than $314 million at the domestic box office.

In addition to the theatrical cut, the digital and Blu-ray editions will include the Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut, which will include an additional 15 minutes of action and jokes.

The Blu-ray editions will include an audio commentary on the theatrical version from Reynolds, director David Leitch, and co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Additional Blu-ray extras include a gag reel, deleted/extended scenes, a stills gallery and several featurettes:
• “Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes”
• “Deadpool’s Lips are Sealed: Secrets and Easter Eggs”
• “The Most Important X-Force Member”
• “Deadpool Family Values: Cast of Characters”
• “David Leitch Not Lynch: Directing DP2
• “Roll with the Punches: Action and Stunts”
• “The Deadpool Prison Experiment”
• “Chess with Omega Red”
• “Swole and Sexy”
• “3-Minute Monologue”
• “Deadpool’s Fun Sack 2”

Fox will be taking preorders for the Blu-ray at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International July 18-22, and will hold a world premiere screening of the”Super Duper Cut” at 9:30 p.m. June 21 at the Horton Grand Theatre in San Diego, in addition to several additional Deadpool 2 promotional activities.

HDR10+ Licensing, Logo Certification Program Begins

HDR10+ Technologies LLC June 20 announced the start of the new licensing and logo certification program for HDR10+ technology.

HDR10+ is the royalty-free, open standard dynamic metadata platform for High Dynamic Range (HDR), which optimizes picture quality for 4K Ultra HD displays and improves the viewing experience for all audiences.

The new HDR10+ technology optimizes picture quality for 4K Ultra HD displays by using dynamic tone mapping to reflect frame to frame or scene to scene variations in brightness, color saturation, and contrast. The resulting enhanced viewing experience can now be easily provided on a wide range of displays bringing the viewing experience much closer to the original creative intent for the content.

The HDR10+ license and logo certification is available to interested companies that meet HDR10+ technical and testing specifications. The HDR10+ certification program qualifies the compliance based on different device categories and their technical performance to ensure that HDR10+ compliant products meet high standards for picture quality.

An on-pack HDR10+ logo signifies a product’s certification. The royalty-free adoption of HDR10+ for content production, distribution and consumption currently has more than 40 supporting companies.

“The new HDR10+ licensing and certification program represents a technological step forward for next generation displays,” said Danny Kaye, EVP of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Managing Director of the Fox Innovation Lab. “HDR10+ improves the viewing experience for all audiences by delivering higher picture quality to a wider range of affordable TVs and devices.”

The HDR10+ platform was also designed to allow for future development and innovation in order to deliver a more powerful technology in the years to come.

Death Wish (2018)

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Fox;
Action;
Box Office $34.02 million;
$29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for strong bloody violence, and language throughout.
Stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise, Beau Knapp, Camila Morrone.

A knee-jerk reaction to director Eli Roth’s new version of Death Wish in these politically charged times is that it’s some sort of glorification of gun culture and a celebration of vigilante justice. This would be an oversimplification of any intent the film actually has, which would be the psychological examination of what it would take to push a reasonable person to the point of wanting to take the law into their own hands. If anything, the pro-gun crowd is portrayed a bit satirically and even a bit buffoonish.

A remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson film that was based on a 1972 novel by Brian Garfield, the new Death Wish is methodical in its set-up and leans more toward character drama than the kind of intense action one might expect by the casting of Bruce Willis in the vigilante role. It’s an unexpected approach given Roth’s horror credentials, though when the action comes, Roth knows how to ramp it up, even if the middle section of the film turns into a bit of a cartoon.

The psychological elements are pretty straightforward as well. Willis plays Dr. Paul Kersey, whose wife is murdered and daughter left in a coma after an interrupted burglary at their upper-crust residence in the suburbs of Chicago. With the police seemingly unable to make any headway on the case, Paul finds himself heavily weighing the words of his father-in-law, a Texas rancher who tells him that people have to protect what’s theirs and not rely on anyone else.

At one point, Paul discovers an unregistered gun among the possessions of a shot-up thug brought into his hospital, and he uses it to train himself to shoot. Inspired, he begins to patrol the streets to take out criminals, inspiring a wave of less-than-effective copycats and prompting the city’s media, including real-life radio personalities Mancow and Sway to debate the morality of vigilante justice.

Eventually Paul uncovers clues to discovering the gang that murdered his wife, giving him a measure of revenge that was largely missing from the story of the original film.

It also, to a degree, negates Paul’s reasoning for taking the law into his own hands, given that he has to withhold the evidence the police are looking for to crack the case. But that’s a debate for another day.

Roth in his audio commentary points out many clues he subtly layered into the film to hint at what in Paul’s backstory could have led to his decision to take drastic action in dispensing his own brand of justice.

It’s a very good conversational commentary between Roth and producer Roger Birnbaum, two guys who enjoy making movies and have no shortage of things to talk about with this film, from casting to staging to influences and all the themes they were trying to explore.

The Blu-ray also includes six minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary from the pair. The scenes offer some nice bits of additional emotional context to the main story of the film. The disc also includes six-and-a-half minutes of extended footage from the Mancow and Sway segments filmed for the movie.

There’s also a 12-minute behind-the-scenes featurette. But the most fun extra is a version of the film’s trailer presented in the style of a 1970s grindhouse movie.

‘Super Troopers 2’ Hitting Home Video in July

The comedy sequel Super Troopers 2 will be available through digital retailers July 3, and on Blu-ray and DVD July 17 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Created by the Broken Lizard comedy team, the long-awaited sequel to the 2002 original finally came to fruition after a crowdfunding campaign generated about $4.7 million toward the film’s reported budget of $13.5 million.

The movie deals with the fun-loving Vermont Highway Patrol guys called upon to resolve a border dispute between the United States and Canada. The Broken Lizard team of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Solhanske and Paul Soter are joined by a cast that includes Brian Cox, Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Lynda Carter.

Super Troopers 2 earned $30.3 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray and DVD extras include a making-of featurette, a “Kevin Heffernan: Method Actor” featurette, deleted and extended scenes, and theatrical trailers.

Red Sparrow

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Fox;
Thriller;
Box Office $46.83 million;
$29.99 DVD, 34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity.
Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Joely Richardson, Ciarán Hinds, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Irons.

Based on the same-titled 2013 novel by Jason Matthews, Red Sparrow is a complex psychological thriller about the divided loyalties of a young woman caught amid the international intrigue of spycraft in Eastern Europe.

Jennifer Lawrence stars as Dominika, whose career as a ballerina is cut short by a leg injury. She is quickly recruited by her uncle, a Russian spy chief, to train as an elite covert operative, lest she be executed for her knowledge of an assassination.

Her mission is to root out a mole in the Russian government by seducing his U.S. contact, Nash (Joel Edgerton). What follows are a series of plot twists and turns as Dominika maneuvers through a complicated game of espionage while her true allegiances remain a mystery.

The film is more or less a slow burn that really benefits from multiple viewings. Director Francis Lawrence even helps out with an audio commentary that dissects the storylines and delves into the motivations of the characters, if they aren’t already apparent from the performances.

The subplot of a secret spy school in the heart of Russia brings to mind the backstory for Marvel’s Black Widow, and in the absence of a long-anticipated solo movie for that character, Red Sparrow plays like a bit like an ersatz stand-in, minus the dozens of obligatory references to other comic book movies.

The Red Sparrow Blu-ray includes 12 minutes of interesting deleted scenes that can be viewed with option commentary from the director.

The disc also comes with more than 70 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes organized in standard fashion by the various aspects of the production. The 13-minute “A New Cold War: Origination and Adaptation” deals with the development of the film from the source material; “Agents Provocateurs: The Ensemble Cast” is a 15-minute round-up of the actors; “Tradecraft: Visual Authenticity” covers the look of the film in 13-and-a-half minutes; “Heart of the Tempest: Locations” is an 11-minute piece about the film’s settings; the 12-minute “Welcome to Sparrow School: Ballets and Stunts” focuses on the action sequences, limited as they may be; and the 14-minute “A Puzzle of Need: Post-Production” deals with things like editing and music.

The Post

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Fox;
Drama;
Box Office $81.88 million;
$29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for language and brief war violence.
Stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Carrie Coon, Bruce Greenwood, Jesse Plemons, Sarah Paulson, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, David Cross, Zach Woods.

Even before seeing the movie, the obvious question surrounding The Post is why the filmmakers would decide to focus a story about the publication of the Pentagon Papers on the efforts of The Washington Post newspaper when the bulk of the material was broken by The New York Times.

After watching it, though, it’s a lot easier to understand some of the reasons director Steven Spielberg guided the film along the approach it took.

For one, there just seems to be much more storytelling to mine from the Washington Post perspective, whereas a Times POV would likely have been a more straightforward legal drama about the relationship between the press and government.

At the time, the Post was still seen as primarily a local D.C. publication without the broad national following it has now. Financially strapped, the paper issued an IPO that could have been threatened by any legal troubles encountered as a result of publishing the leaked documents copied from a classified report that exposed government deception in the conduct of the Vietnam War.

And that’s on top of the expected discussions of the role of journalism in a democracy and defending the First Amendment against government pushback, with the Times included in all those story points anyway.

There’s also an argument to be made that the primary interest of the film isn’t even about the Pentagon Papers to begin with.

Certainly, looking at the film from the prism of the Pentagon Papers as the subject matter makes it seem like it’s the story of a minor newspaper jumping on the bandwagon of a bigger newspaper to gain stature.

But keeping a bigger picture in mind, the film is much more about how the Post rose in prominence under the leadership of publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), and that the Pentagon Papers just happened to be the catalyst.

From Spielberg’s perspective, it probably didn’t hurt that this approach also allowed him to devote significant screen time to Graham in depicting the ascension of a female publisher in a man’s world.

Spielberg also seems interested in positioning the film as a prequel of sorts to All the President’s Men, showing how the Post became the paper that drove coverage of the Watergate break-in.

As such, The Post is more fascinating for its procedural aspects and character dynamics for any actual history it’s trying to explore. The film also sees itself as an allegorical commentary on criticism of President Trump’s relationship to the media, and his tendency to label detractors as “fake news,” but these aspects of the film are really only going to appeal to choirs expecting to be preached to. One could be completely oblivious to such perceived messaging and still find the film immensely entertaining. The performances are terrific and the nitty-gritty details of classic print journalism are just fun to see, particularly contrasted with the digital simplicity of today.

The Blu-ray includes a number of good behind-the-scenes featurettes that detail the making of the film and explore the real-life circumstances being explored. This being a Spielberg movie, there’s also a featurette about the music composed by longtime collaborator John Williams, this being their 28th film together.