Movie review: Weaponized

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By Steven Biscotti

Weaponized, the latest film to be released by Cinedigm, “a leading independent content distributor”, released earlier this month on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital.  Starring Johnny Messner, the go to tough guy in action films of this genre, and sporting an impressive supporting cast of actors like Mickey Rourke and Tom Sizemore seems like just the kind of movie we’d see advertised theatrically.  Yet we have it available direct to the home video format.  Is the fast paced actioner quite the “white-knuckle, stunt-fueled film” that it’s hailed as?  Alternative Mindz gave it a watch and we have the word on whether or not you should check this one out!

The market for films like Weaponized is out there.  While for many that are excitedly counting down the days until the next major film release, it’s easy to overlook the likes of films like Weaponized.  Especially as one scans the new releases and sci-fi/action genre department at a store like Target.  Despite the class of movies that can sometimes go unnoticed and unspoken of, there are many solid entries out there that feature the talent we normally respond to.  Director Timothy Woodward Jr.’s Weaponized is just that kind of movie.  Quiet release yet it features a notable cast.  During the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s (and early 00’s), Tom Sizemore was the ultra cool tough guy on camera.  While he was never a leading man, he was surely one of the finest character actors in the business.  With roles in pictures like Saving Private RyanBlack Hawk Down, and Pearl Harbor, it’s hard to recall a picture that Sizemore wasn’t in.  Yup, he was the undercover agent in Point Break and he fought that alien/creature/monster in Relic.  But sometime after the Michael Mann series Robbery Homicide Division, he fell off the map – for reasons we won’t go into here.  But, here we are in 2016, and Tom Sizemore is back and in a co-starring role inWeaponized.  Not to mention he’s also next to the likes of Mickey Rourke, a man who needs no introduction.  So, we have Sizemore and we have Rourke.  The cast of Timothy Woodward Jr.’s futuristic action film holds up, but what about the picture itself?

Weaponized takes place in the not too distant future.  After a series of terrorist attacks, one in which sees “a blatant attack” on the Pentagon, we learn of a private operation that allows soldiers to swap consciousness with a target, which allows American soldiers to combat terrorism in a more effective way.  However, we are talking about a sci-fi/action film and, of course, the military program is severely abused.  Johnny Messner’s homicide detective, named Walker, gets involved after an incident out in public and the rest is an hour and a half of reliable action that is both entertaining and a bit borrow some of other films.

Timothy Woodward Jr.’s Weaponized isn’t a bad movie.  It’s just not terribly inspired.  The story by Sean Ryan feels like a sort of distant cousin to the far superior Universal Soldier.  If anything, Weaponized feels like a movie that should have starred Jean Claude Van Damme in the nineties, but for whatever reason, just never happened.  Weaponized is enjoyable and the action is steady, but the most intriguing aspect of the movie is found within its cast.  Tom Sizemore and Mickey Rourke are fun to watch and even though Johnny Messner is the go to tough guy, he does entertain us in a role that could have been played by many others.

Cinedigm does have a movie worth being discovered in Weaponized.  More films by Cinedigm should be recognized as it is a healthy and vital aspect of the movie-making business.  The cast and crew make up a movie that has as much put into it as many of the other films granted a larger release.  At the end of the day, people wrote, produced, and created a film – going far beyond a stage that so many could only dream of.  For that reason alone, Cinedigm should be applauded.

Alternative Mindz gives Weaponized two and a half stars.

COP CAR Starin Kevin BaconComing To Blu-Ray & DVD 9/29/15

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KEVIN BACON STARS IN A NAIL-BITING ACTION-THRILLER
IN WHICH AN INNOCENT PRANK SPARKS A PERILOUS CAR CHASE

 

COP CAR

NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL HD

COMING TO BLU-RAY AND DVD ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

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“A WILD BLEND OF INNOCENCE AND COEN BROTHERS VIOLENCE!” – Russ Fischer,Slashfilm

 

Universal City, California, August 10, 2015 – A corrupt small-town sheriff is on the hunt for two runaway kids who took his car on a joy ride in Cop Car, an unnervingly funny thriller now available on Digital HD and On Demand, and debuting on Blu-rayTM and DVD on September 29, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Golden Globe-winner Kevin Bacon (Footloose, Mystic River) and directed by Jon Watts (the upcoming Untitled Spiderman Reboot), Cop Car is “A midnight movie blast!” according to Russ Fischer of Slashfilm.

When a pair of 10-year-olds find an abandoned cop car in a field and take it for a joyride, it seems like they could kill themselves at any moment. But things only get worse when the small-town sheriff goes looking for his missing car—and the illicit cargo he left in the trunk—and the kids find themselves at the center of a deadly game of cat and mouse they don’t understand. The only way out is to go as fast as their cop car can take them.

Grossing a high per-theater average opening weekend, Cop Car will shift into 55 theaters in 45 U.S. markets on August 14th!

BLU-RAYAND DVD BONUS FEATURE

  • Their First and Last Ride: The Making of Cop Car

 

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Cast: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Wigham, Camryn Manheim

Directed By: Jon Watts

Written By: Jon Watts, Christopher D. Ford

Produced By: Sam Bisbee, Andrew Kortschak, Cody Ryder, Alicia Van Couvering, Jon Watts

Executive Produced By: Lance Acord, Kevin Bacon, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Frank Brenner, Walter Kortschak, Bill Perry, Tom Valerio

Director of Photography: Matthew J. Lloyd, Larkin Seiple

Production Designer: Michael Powsner

Edited By: Megan Brooks, Andrew Hasse

Costume Design By: Ruby Katilius

Music By: Phil Mossman

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY:

Street Date: September 29, 2015

Copyright: 2015 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 62171305

Layers: BD-50

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Rating: R for language, violence and brief drug use

Languages/Subtitles: English SDS, French and Spanish Subtitles

Sound: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Run Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:

Street Date: September 29, 2015

Copyright: 2015 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Selection Number: 62171304

Layers: Dual

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Rating: R for language, violence and brief drug use

Languages/Subtitles: English SDS, French and Spanish Subtitles

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1.0

Run Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes

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DVD Review: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood

So thanks to Shout Factory, we received an advance DVD review of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising the movie. We, here at Alternative Mindz, have been huge supporters of the Prime series on Hub channel so we were especially excited when this showed up on our doorstep. This DVD release is supposed to bridge the gap of the series and help tie up any loose ends.

(Below we will slightly spoil events of the series and movie)

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The movie takes place on a barren wasteland once known as Cybertron.
Optimus Prime, with fellow Autobots Arcee, Wheel Jack, Bulk Head, Ultra Mahmud and Bumble Bee (who got his voice box back), are trying to restore Cybertron and bring home all refugees.

Optimus and Wheel Jack set out to find the AllSpark, leaving Ultra Magnus and the rest to search out Cybertron for any survivors. In their search, they find Predaking, the once mighty leader of the Predacons.

He is in no mood after his defeat on Earth. We soon find that Starscream and Shockwave are cloning remains of fallen Predacons.

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This film has everything you need and everything you love about the Prime series. I don’t want to spoil too much, but a great evil returns and, in a weird way, is an homage to the 1986 TF film.

I give Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Movie a 4.5/5 and everyone needs to buy this film when it comes out.

This amazing DVD has a behind the scenes featurette and is available on Blu Ray tomorrow.

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Wrestleshock Reviews #22 – Best of MSG and Payback 2013

Hey guys

Welcome back to another episode of Wrestleshock Reviews and this time Chris is joined by Allan Price as we have a couple of reviews coming your way.  The first review is the Best of Madison Square Garden which is out 9th September and you can order it here – http://www.wwedvd.co.uk/payback-2013-p-11754.html?osCsid=d02503bcefe9df7253dfd21f14099dfb.  Chris goes through the listing of the blu-ray and what are the top moments on this fantastic set available to order through www.wwedvd.co.uk.

The second review is one Allan goes through the WWE ppv Payback which was headlined by Ryback vs John Cena in a three stages of hell match.  you can order it here – http://www.wwedvd.co.uk/payback-2013-p-11754.html?osCsid=d02503bcefe9df7253dfd21f14099dfb.

No Holds Barred is also available to pre-order through the site and you can win a Hulk Hogan signed sleeve, so listen to the end of the podcast for the details and here is the link – http://www.wwedvd.co.uk/holds-barred-p-11763.html

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Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk! Marvel Knights and Shout! Factory Continue Their Quest for Animation Domination!

In their quest to release animated versions of every cool Marvel story line Shout! Factory and Marvel Knights bring you Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk!

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Now I remember back in 2006 when this mini series started. I don’t think I caught on at the time that it was being written by Lost co-creator and Producer Damon Lindelof. What I did notice was that it was amazing! We all (comic book peeps) go on and on about who kills, who doesn’t what character has this or that moral set this series pulled no punches. C’mon Hulk ripped his freakin legs off!

 

Needless to say after the first issue I knew I was buying the rest! But then the bane of the comic collector set in, the dreaded delay! Issue three had been scheduled for release in April of 2006 and after no less than eight rescheduling it was announced that issue three was cancelled until the rest of the series was finished. The scripts being finished the assumption is that the delays were at the hands of the artist Leinil Francis Yu but editor in chief (at the time) Joe Quesada remarked that Yu was very excited to get back to the series once he was finished working on “Secret Invasion”. We may never really know all the reasons for the delays but it doesn’t matter, taken as a whole this story was truly well done and one hell of a lot of fun!

But we aren’t talking about the comic are we? This is about the animated feature (motion comic to be exact). We’ve had discussions around the water cooler over at Whatchareading.com regarding whether or not a motion comic is a cartoon or something different. Though most of the contributors over there disagree with me I’ve gone on record more than once that I regard motion comics differently. This one doesn’t change my opinion. To compare the current crop of motion comics to cartoons like Doctor Strange (Marvel 2007), Hellboy Blood & Iron (Starz 2007), or Justice League: The New Frontier (WB) wouldn’t make sense. It’s not a better or worse argument, in my opinion it’s apples and oranges. I don’t compare comic strips to comic books either, the story telling is handled completely differently.

The motion comic stays true to the original (just like the previous release Marvel Knights Inhumans) so each chapter plays out in a flashback, the story told from more than on point of view. It was a rhythm I had to get used to but once I did it flowed nicely. One of the things about this series (and the Ultimate Universe in general) was the subtle, and some not so subtle, differences in the characters. This is the universe that gave us the Nick Fury we now all know and love (though I’ll always have a soft spot for the Steranko era Fury) and an interesting takes on  Betty Ross and Jennifer Walters. An interesting side note to those who haven’t read the series. She-Hulk makes a rather important appearance but not in the way you’d expect!

Once again Marvel Knights and Shout! Factory have given us a well written, beautifully drawn, engaging movie. They just keep getting better.

I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Pre-order Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk directly from Shout! Factory  for $13.98 or Amazon for $10.96 but order it now, you’ll be glad you did!

Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk
Written by: Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness)
Art by: Leinil Francis Yu (Secret Invasion)
Bonus features: Retrospective Featuring Brand-New Interviews With Damon Lindelof And Leinil Francis Yu
Discs: 1
Format: NTSC
Video region: Region 1
Color: Color
Language: English

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NEW VIDEO’S FLATIRON FILM COMPANY RELEASES SMASH HIT SERIES “RED VS. BLUE” FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY

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NEW VIDEO’S FLATIRON FILM COMPANY RELEASES SMASH HIT SERIES “RED VS. BLUE” FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON BLU-RAY

“RED VS. BLUE SEASON 10” AND 14-DISC BOXED SET “RVBX: TEN YEARS OF RED VS. BLUE” AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 6

Based on the Blockbuster Xbox Video Game HALO®
Flatiron Film Company will release Season 10 and a complete 14-disc boxed set of the award-winning web series, RED VS. BLUE, for the first time on Blu-ray on November 6. Elijah Wood (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy) joins the cast of RED VS. BLUE SEASON 10 as the voice of the artificial intelligence program, “Sigma.”

Project Freelancer casts a mighty long shadow. In nine seasons of RED VS. BLUE, the top-secret military operation has affected the lives of the Blood Gulch crew in more ways than they even know. Now in the climactic tenth season, we experience the conclusion of the Project Freelancer story by watching how it all began and how it all went wrong. Witness the birth of series villains and heroes, betrayals and alliances, all while the Reds and Blues embark on a hunt for answers from the one man that started it all — with a few diversions along the way of course.

RED VS. BLUE SEASON 10 is the gripping and hilarious finale to the Project Freelancer saga, complete with newly animated battle sequences, a quest for revenge, and last but not least — your favorite inept space marines. Set in the universe of the enormously popular video game franchise Halo®, RED VS. BLUE combines innovative machinima and animated sequences that have made it the world’s longest running web series of all time.

RVBX: TEN YEARS OF RED VS. BLUE is the definitive collection of the hilarious first decade of the Blood Gulch crew and a landmark release on Blu-ray. This 14-disc boxed set collects the full first ten seasons of RED VS. BLUE episodes with newly remastered surround sound audio, plus additional videos and miniseries, hours of special features, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage.

Red vs. Blue Season 10 Teaser Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iShTj25doJM

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