This is the first in a weekly series where we discuss the blu-ray releases that you should be adding to your collection. You have the media room or home theater you’ve dreamed of (and if you don’t… CONTACT US already!) and now you need to fill the room with the pulse-pounding effects of the latest action flick, the insatiable terror of the zombie apocalypse, or even the swooping glamour of a dramatic literary classic. So, without further ado:
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and directed by Baz Luhrman, The Great Gatsby is a swooping, visually dynamic drama based on the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating of 49% by critics and 69% by fans. Regardless of critical response you should own this Blu-Ray, if for no other reason, Luhrman’s beautiful direction and the high-impact visual art that unfolds brilliantly on a big screen.
Pain and Gain (2013)
If pulse-pounding action is what you are after you should definitely check Pain & Gainout on Blu-Ray. Starring today’s action go-to actors, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, Pain & Gain is filled with muscles, bikinis, and beaches. You know, Man Stuff! (Don’t worry ladies, there is eye-candy for you too!) For the sake of honesty, you have to be willing to have fun with this flick. This is not an earth-shattering drama or an intricate, thought-provoking thriller, but it is FUN. And, that is what movies are supposed to be right? Based on the unbelievable true story of three personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating of 47% by critics and 52% by fans. This is the kind of Blu-Ray you stick into the player, pop some popcorn, and sit back to have a good time.
The Walking Dead (2010-13)
Horror buff? TV fanatic? Things that are awesome-aholic? If you checked yes to any of those you NEED to check out The Walking Dead Season 3 Blu-Ray pack. It is, not only cable’s, but one of television’s most riveting series. If you want to be on the edge of your seat, hardly able to swallow that last gulp of cherry coke you slurped through your Mickey Mouse commemorative swirly straw (just me?) than The Walking Dead is the show for you. Many critics and pop-culture extraordinaires have claimed the time we are living in as the new Golden-Age of television, and shows like The Walking Dead are the reason why.
Synopsis: In this uncertain world, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors must not only fight the dead, but also face a whole new fear: the living. In this 16 episode season, the series Entertainment Weekly called the “greatest thriller ever produced for television”, Rick and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. This season also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.
Chock-full of Special Features that will satiate even the most hardcore fans, this is a must-own. Long story
longer short, own The Walking Dead on Blu-Ray and binge watch it (and then watch it again.) You’ll thank me later.
I seriously hope you enjoy these posts. I will be doing a weekly Blu-Ray release series because I am passionate about films and pop culture. Stay tuned for more and also stay tuned for other blog series Electronics Design Group will be rolling out in the future.
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