Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Impostor's Top 2019 Bluray Tuesday Releases

December 31st 2019

2019 is coming to an end and the last Bluray Tuesday is upon us. Today no new releases arrive today so I decided to feature a few of my personal favorite blurays released in 2019. These are in no particular order but I consider collection worthy and have re watchable value. It's been a great year for film and Bluray alike and there are many more that are just as great that are not listed. I'm very thankful to all who check these out over the past few years and I enjoy talking about the releases on Instagram and social media with you guys. Here's to another great year in 2020! What are some of your favorite releases this year let us know in the comments. Until next year!

Hell Fest 4K (Blu-ray) 

Hell Fest (4K): Amazon - $19.99 

A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

Hell Fest hit theaters in 2018 and was out week one of 2019 on Bluray. Slashers are my number one in the horror genre and it was great to see slashers make a comeback to the big screen. Hell Fest has just enough mystery, story and cool kills to keep you engaged, so this was an easy pick for me.


Halloween 4K (Blu-ray) 

Halloween (2018) (4K): Amazon - $12.99

A woman faces the masked figure who has haunted her since she escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Halloween 2018 was announced and I was genuinely excited and counted the days to see this in theaters. I wanted to see how Blumhouse re wrote history with this sequel taking place after John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). While my excitement took over but once I saw in theaters I was left wanting something more. I re watched on Bluray, released mid January, and thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to Halloween Kills October 2020.


Valentine (Blu-ray) 

Valentine: Amazon - $26.99

Four best friends are looking for a Valentine to die for. And this year, they might just get their wish.

For years, fans of this cult post-Scream slasher have been looking forward to an upgraded Bluray edition to add to their collections. Thanks to the awesome Scream Factory, our dreams came true! It's loaded with bonus material, a great new scan and cool artwork with a reversible cover. I watch this film every year for Valentine's Day, so glad to own this edition for the yearly holiday watch.


The Little Mermaid 4K (Blu-ray) 

The Little Mermaid (4K): Amazon - $18.99

Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, is off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian at her side. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true—and save her father's beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula!

Now I'm a huge horror film fan number one but I also love Disney, and 2019 celebrates the 30th anniversary of one of my favorites, The Little Mermaid. This edition was released with some new material, new 4K scan that looks amazing and a few retailer exclusives when it hit shelves late February. This Disney film features my favorite Disney villain, Ursula, and favorite sidekick, Flounder. It is one collector's edition releases worth owning. 


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 4K (Blu-ray)

Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse (4K): Amazon - $19.99

Miles Morales takes up the Spider-Man mantle in order to help several other Spider-Men from other dimensions stop the Kingpin from destroying the universe with a super collider.

Arguably one of the best Spider-Man movies to date and is one I've watched a few times since I bought it. I sadly missed this in theaters and will definitely catch its sequel in theaters when it comes out. This animated feature is full of action has a great story and is even pretty funny. I highly recommend this film and Bluray.


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 4K (Blu-ray)

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Amazon - $19.00

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

I loved this first Fantastic Beasts film and couldn't wait for its sequel. This 4K Bluray looks stunning and is a solid sequel to its predecessor. The Harry Potter series is a favorite of mine and this is a great addition to the collection especially if you love the wizarding world of Harry Potter.


Aquaman 4K (Blu-ray) 

Aquaman: Amazon - $16.99

Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.

DC Comics live action films have had a rough road with a string of not so great films. Wonder Woman was the light at the end of the tunnel and showed a glimmer of hope for WB. So going into Aquaman I was super hesitant but I was surprised how much I enjoyed this film. The casting was perfect and I liked the action, fight scenes and story overall. I'd love to see a sequel to this one with the hopes that DC can keep up this momentum.


Climax (Blu-ray) 

Climax: Amazon - $22.99

In the mid 90’s, 20 urban dancers join together for a three-day rehearsal in a closed-down boarding school located at the heart of a forest to share one last dance. They then make one last party around a large sangria bowl. Quickly, the atmosphere becomes charged and a strange madness will seize them the whole night. If it seems obvious to them that they have been drugged, they neither know by who nor why. And it’s soon impossible for them to resist to their neurosises and psychoses, numbed by the hypnotic and the increasing electric rhythm of the music. While some feel in paradise, most of them plunge into hell.

I went into Gasper Noe's Climax blind and was shocked as to what I was watching. The movie takes a few turns and doesn't let up. One of my favorite films of 2019 for sure. Very intense, fluid, and it's definitely a trip worth taking.


Shredder (Blu-ray) 

Shredder: Amazon - $25.99

Horror hits the slopes in this sexy slasher film about a gang of snowboarders on a one-way chair lift to terror! Featuring hot young stars, killer suspense and snowboarding sequences to die for, Shredder is an ice-cold, rip-roaring scare-fest that takes terror to a whole new altitude! When seven hot-blooded coeds break into an abandoned ski lodge, the stage is set for a wild weekend of hot partying and heavy powder. But when the bodies start turning up, they begin to suspect they're not alone. Stalked by a psychotic skier, the gang soon discovers that on the slopes...no one can hear you scream!

Shredder is one of those cheap blind buys you find in the $1.99 bin of DVD's. One night watching this with friends and some drinks expecting the worst, it caught us all by surprise as to how fun this film is! And this year we are gifted this awesome Bluray release from Scorpion Releasing with a cool slip cover with art from Cavity Colors main artist Devon. This is a must own for horror and film fans alike and has great replay value.


Leprechaun Returns (Blu-ray)

Leprechaun Returns: Amazon - $5.99

Twenty-five years ago, a young woman and her friends stopped an evil Leprechaun by shoving a four-leaf clover in its mouth and watching its melting body fall into a well in North Dakota. What happened to his pot of gold is anyone's guess. Today, the property is run by the AU Sorority House of a premiere Eco-science college. A group of students decide to spend their summer vacation turning the house into a perfect "green" living abode. And it would be challenging enough, without the depraved Leprechaun they unwittingly revive. 

Set after the events of the original Leprechaun, Leprechaun Returns was announced for the SyFy Channel. After Leprechaun Origins, I had no faith in another film in this franchise especially without Warwick Davis attached. But I'd highly recommend this film, it's everything you would want from it and has a few surprises I didn't see coming. Definitely a solid sequel with its new actor doing an awesome job as Leprechaun. I'm all in for a sequel to this. 


Shazam! 4K (Blu-ray)

Shazam! (4K): Amazon - $19.99

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.

Referring to Aquaman earlier and hoping DC Comics films can keep up their momentum, and now they have three in a row. Wonder Woman, Aquaman and now Shazam!! Out of all of these Shazam! is one I knew the least about and went into it blind but I loved every moment of this film. I feel this one is super underrated and deserves a watch its full of heart, action and laughs. 


Alita: Battle Angel 4K + 3D (Blu-ray) 

Alita: Battle Angel: Amazon - $28.99

Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious past.

Talking about underrated films of the year, this also applies to Alita. I'd never seen the anime this film is based on but as a summer popcorn flick this has everything you would want. I'd love to see a sequel to this but I guess time will tell if we see it.


Avengers: Endgame 4K (Blu-ray) 

Avengers Endgame (4K): Amazon - $26.99

Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers -- Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner -- must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos -- the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

10 years of story and films all comes down to this. Avengers Endgame is a satisfying end to the core 6 Avengers stories that have been told over 22 films. And while not a perfect film, it's definitely impactful. Must watch and is for sure cinematic history.


Brightburn 4K (Blu-ray) 

Brightburn: Amazon - $18.99

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

Evil kids were definitely a trend this past year with The Prodigy, Netflix's Eli and Brightburn, which may be the most intense and evil. I loved this film and the aspect of what if "superman" was evil and not chose to do right and abide by society's rules. Must watch and own in my opinion. 


Booksmart (Blu-ray) 

Booksmart: Amazon - $14.99

Two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high school graduation, realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

One of the funniest films I've seen this year! I loved the dynamic of the two leads and the scenarios they are put in. Overall great coming of age story and life experiences with your best friends.


Nightmare Cinema (Blu-ray) 

Nightmare Cinema: Amazon - $11.99

Five strangers converge at a haunted movie theater owned by The Projectionist (Mickey Rourke). Once inside, the audience members witness a series of screenings that shows them their deepest fears and darkest secrets over five tales.

I love a good horror anthology and this indie straight to Bluray went a little under the radar but it has some great and creepy stories. I'm looking forward to rewatch again soon.


John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum 4K (Blu-ray) 

John Wick 3: Amazon - $19.99

Former hit man has a $14 million dollar open contract on his life after he killed a member of the High Table. He now must find a way to survive!

Nonstop action and edge of your seat fight sequences with everyone, and anyone is after John Wick! It gets super intense. This is a great chapter in the John Wick trilogy and another highlight Bluray of 2019.


Crawl (Blu-ray) 

Crawl: Amazon - $16.99

A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Catagory 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

This was the most I've held my breath during a movie. I was on edge of my seat in 90% of its runtime. Anxiety filled but defiantly a fun ride. 


The Haunting of Hill House (Blu-ray) 

The Haunting of Hill House: Amazon - $27.99

The Haunting of Hill House is a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson's legendary novel of the same name, about five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America. Now adults, they're reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister, which forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their own pasts...some which lurk in their minds...and some which may really be lurking in the shadows of the iconic Hill House.

I loved this series and binge watched it in a day when it was released on Netflix. Season 2 hits this coming year and the Bluray released comes with new bonus material and extended episodes that i plan to revisit before its sophomore season. 


Suspiria 4K (Blu-ray)

Suspiria (1977) (4K): Amazon - $42.99

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy gradually realizes that something very sinister is going on at the school.

Stunning 4K transfer of a classic film with amazing new artwork. Must own for film collectors.


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 4K (Blu-ray)
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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Amazon - $27.99

A story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton, former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth. Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a new next-door neighbor, who may be a rising star…Sharon Tate.

Quenten Tarantino's 9th film with an all star cast and beautiful 4K transfer. It pays nostalgic homage to the golden age of cinema. Overall makes this a collection worthy title. 


It: Chapter Two 4K (Blu-ray)

It Chapter 2: Amazon - $27.99

In the sleepy town of Derry, the evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years later to torment the grown-up members of the Losers' Club, who have long since drifted apart from one another.

My number one most anticipated film of the year and Bluray. The slip cover is really nice and it includes an exclusive bonus bluray disc filled with bonus material and an in depth documentary on the makings of both films. I love Pennywise and while I liked Chapter One a bit more, this bluray is visually stunning and benefited from the second viewing for me.

 -The Impostor

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