On Movies: My Favorite Films from the 1980s

According to a pie chart in the Statistics page of my Blu-ray.com Blu-ray Collection, 17% of the movies I own were produced and released in the 1980s. That’s the third-largest percentage overall (eclipsed only by the 2000s [23.5%] and 2010s [22.4%] and the biggest wedge of movies made in the 20th Century. For me, theContinue reading “On Movies: My Favorite Films from the 1980s”

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, March 22, 2021, or: Where in the World Did the Time Go?

Hello, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, March 22, 2021. Currently, it is a chilly – by Sunshine State standards, at least – and gray day here; the temperature is 64˚F (18˚C) under cloudy skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northwest at 7 MPH (11 KM/H) and humidityContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, March 22, 2021, or: Where in the World Did the Time Go?”

4K UHD Blu-ray Set Review: ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – 35th Anniversary Limited Edition’ (2017)

“You’re not supposed to fall in love with your own movie but I fell in love with E.T.” – Steven Spielberg On September 12, 2017, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – 35th Anniversary Limited Edition, a three-disc (4K UHD, 1080p HD Blu-ray, and audio CD) box set which, along with the digitalContinue reading “4K UHD Blu-ray Set Review: ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – 35th Anniversary Limited Edition’ (2017)”

My Blu-ray Collection Expands Yet Again, Thanks to Amazon’s Shop with Points Rewards Program

One of the few good things about my Chase Amazon Visa credit card is its 5% rewards point system, which “gives you back” five cents for each dollar you spend on Amazon and other selected places, plus lower amounts (3% and 1%) every time you use it at other places of business. Its main benefitContinue reading “My Blu-ray Collection Expands Yet Again, Thanks to Amazon’s Shop with Points Rewards Program”

4K UHD Blu-ray News: Paramount’s ‘Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection’ Box Set to be Released on June 8

Indiana Jones fans, rejoice. The Man with the Hat and his adventures – well, the extant four – will be released on 4K UHD in less than three months. That’s right. On June 8, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark,[1] Paramount Home Media Distribution and Lucasfilm willContinue reading “4K UHD Blu-ray News: Paramount’s ‘Indiana Jones 4-Movie Collection’ Box Set to be Released on June 8”

Blu-ray Box Set Review: ‘Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures’ (2012)

On September 18, 2012, Paramount Home Media Distribution and Lucasfilm Ltd. released Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures, a five Blu-ray disc box set of the four Indiana Jones feature films produced by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg. It consisted of: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark[1] (1981) Indiana Jones andContinue reading “Blu-ray Box Set Review: ‘Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures’ (2012)”

Book Review: ‘The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films’

This film could very easily not be a hit. All films are a risk. I mean, there’s no way to know. You can’t predict a hit.” – George Lucas, on Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981 On May 20, 2008, Del Rey Books – an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of Penguin Random HouseContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Complete Making of Indiana Jones: The Definitive Story Behind All Four Films’”

Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, March 2, 2021, or: ‘Indiana Jones’ Comes to 4K UHD Blu-ray in 2021….But WHEN?!?!?

Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s a hot mid-afternoon in New Hometown, Florida on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 85˚F (29˚C) under mostly cloudy skies. With humidity at 61% and the wind blowing from the west at 11 MPH (17 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 88˚F (31˚C). Today’s forecast calls for a highContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Tuesday, March 2, 2021, or: ‘Indiana Jones’ Comes to 4K UHD Blu-ray in 2021….But WHEN?!?!?”

TV Miniseries/Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Band of Brothers’

On November 11, 2008 – Veterans’ Day – HBO Home Entertainment released the Blu-ray edition of Band of Brothers, a 10-part miniseries based on the 1992 book by Stephen Ambrose. Co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, Band of Brothers follows Easy (“E” in the U.S. Army’ 1944 phonetic alphabet) Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,Continue reading “TV Miniseries/Blu-ray Set Review: ‘Band of Brothers’”

Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition’

In 2018, La-La Land Records released Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition, a commemorative – and slightly updated – reissue of John Williams’ 1998 soundtrack featuring most of his score for Steven Spielberg’s widely-acclaimed World War II drama set amidst the backdrop of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings and the first week ofContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition’”