300TH POST SPECIAL! June 2019 Blu-ray Collection Update!

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Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! Well, whaddya know? It’s post 300! If you remember around the time of my 200th post, I did an analysis of my Blu-ray collection. Now we have reached a total of 300 and with that in mind, we have an update to go through. Last Spring we have gone through my ENTIRE Blu-ray collection only to realize… They’re a hell of a drug for me. We live in an era where “Netflix and Chill” seems to be the cool and hip thing to say, but the reality is, I just like the feeling of having something and knowing that a studio or service is not going to take away my right of viewing it after awhile. We live in one hell of a time where everything is at our fingertips, but I’m old fashioned. I’m 19 years old, and I already feel like that old man complaining to my grandchildren about the ways things used to be and that sort of thing.

“Back in my day, we went to this thing called a store, where we bought cases, that you had to pick up with your own hands. And it was like a Tamagotchi, you had to take care of it. You had to store it on shelf space, and when you wanted to watch it, you had to physically maneuver yourself to a media player. And hopefully, the disc wasn’t scratched! Swell times!”

No, seriously, even though I know there is a market for physical media out there, this is the way I feel right now. But who cares? Because it is time to dive into the collection.

Before getting into the collection however, I would like to point out something. This is for my Blu-ray collection ONLY, so while I do own a number of DVDs, they will not count. Blu-ray is my main physical medium, which is part of why I continue to collect it to this day. And yes, this will include 4K discs, because those are technically under the Blu-ray label.

Also, instead of what I did last time, which is simply listing everything I’ve collected, I am making the choice to record a video showing off the collection in detail. I feel like it would provide a more immersive experience instead of me just telling you what I have. Anyway, hope you enjoy the video!

I just want to say, I tried uploading this video directly to this WordPress page, but unfortunately it wouldn’t go through. However, if you want to see more from my YouTube channel (which does not really have much to do with movies), click the link below and subscribe!

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Thanks for checking this out, and I will remind everyone that coming soon I have my review for “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” which… Oooh boy. That’s gonna be a fun review. Just you wait. Be sure to follow Scene Before either with an email or WordPress account so you can stay tuned for more great content! I want to know, do you still buy Blu-rays? Samsung just recently stopped making Blu-ray players, which according to a lot of people, seems to signify *the end of physical media*. I think it has *at least* ways to go, but if that end comes soon, I am gonna be a mess. But hey! This may be worth something one day, so who knows? Let me know down below! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

Christopher Nolan: The Bright Auteur Rises

WARNING: The following post is a piece of college work based on months of research. As you may know, I, Jack Drees, continue to operate Scene Before every day for a general audience and film lovers everywhere, dedicating time to film reviews, news updates, countdowns, and my general opinion on various matters. If this post sounds abnormal or differing in style, it is due to an attempt to follow guidelines in order to achieve a positive grade in my class. Thanks for your attention, enjoy the post! 

Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! For the past few years on Scene Before, you, my viewers, have been exposed to a variety of film reviews, four of which are for movies directed by Christopher Nolan. For a portion of my life, I have practically been an evangelical towards his work, and if you followed this blog for some time, you’d know that. Today, however, I would like to take the opportunity to discuss something that some of you might find to be a con when it comes to Nolan. If you know about Nolan’s statistics, you’d know he generally receives extremely positive reviews, in fact the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score he received for a film he directed was a 72%. This and other factors have solidified Nolan as a filmmaking powerhouse and an auteur with an unusual amount of power.

Film buffs happen to know that Nolan is dedicated to his craft and will do a film his way, which to him, is his absolute preference. Think of Nolan as a newer incarnation of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas. In fact, as I personally watch his movies, I happen to find a similar vibe between all of them, even if they aren’t in a linked franchise or have completely different storylines. For example, Nolan’s scripts tend to have a main character who is a white male with darker hair, because diversity is totally, without objection, a top priority. Speaking of repetition, Nolan often inserts a wife character in some way who will eventually meet her fate with death. Nolan’s trademarks also include puzzle-like plots, tons of practical effects, and relying on film stock. In fact, relying on film stock is not just a trademark for Nolan, but it’s a lifestyle.

In an age where people lack the attention span to pick up a paper case, open it, and insert a media file into a player (unless you’re me, as proven above), it is almost surprising that film stock is still a thing.

But based on the efforts of Christopher Nolan and other directors including Quentin Tarantino, it is still thriving for a select number of directors, cinematographers, and movie theaters. As more and more theaters switch to digital projection, Nolan still had no problem with releasing his films the way he intended in certain areas. After all, these are his creations, not anyone else’s. Nolan and his recent films such as Interstellar and Dunkirk have surfaced in the news because they released either on 35mm or 70mm film. Digital projection, which Nolan and others see as inferior, has gotten an enormous boost thanks to the release of James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009. This is partially due to its use of 3D, which is primarily shot digitally (unless there are certain cases of post-conversion), which Nolan has yet to use for any of his films, even for cases like The Dark Knight Rises, released in 2012, a time when post-conversion to 3D was a new and popular fad and 3D Blu-rays were still being made for American audiences. Speaking of movie gimmicks, Nolan also broke ground by being the first director to shoot a Hollywood feature with IMAX cameras.

If the IMAX experience has proven anything aside from the fact that consumers are willing to pay extra money to watch Spider-Man shoot a web into their faces, it has proven that Christopher Nolan changed moviemaking by shooting The Dark Knight on what is theoretically the highest quality format for a motion picture. Nolan shot The Dark Knight with select scenes, about thirty minutes of footage to be precise, on IMAX film. IMAX’s film stock is technically 65mm film, but unlike traditional cameras of that sort, IMAX’s film camera holds film that goes horizontal as opposed to vertical. Nolan’s IMAX footage covered its brand-specific screens from floor to ceiling during the film’s theatrical run, which then carried over to the film’s Blu-ray release. Speaking of carrying over, Nolan’s pioneering efforts allowed directors like Michael Bay and Zack Snyder to create films of their own using IMAX-shot footage.

The reality is, Christopher Nolan, above all, is not necessarily a filmmaker, he’s an auteur. While people who worked with him managed to point out his calmness on set, Nolan also embodies the qualities of a filmmaker who needs to get his way. Luckily for Nolan, he has had successes from his previous films which allow him to make whatever kind of film he wants. Much like how the franchise name Star Wars is likely to get people to watch a movie, even with a character like Jar Jar Binks, the director name, Christopher Nolan, is likely to do the same. This is even during cases where Nolan does a movie that doesn’t base itself on a popular or preexisting franchise. Inception, Nolan’s first film after The Dark Knight, grossed over $800 million at the box office. Interstellar, which came out four years after Inception, managed to make under $700 million.

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There is also an argument to make is that Nolan’s freedom and control comes from family roots. Aside from directing, Nolan often receives credits for writing and producing on the same films. After all, Auteur Theory, developed in the 20th century, gives cases like these as support for a director being the film’s author per se. In fact, one of his scripts is based on a short story from his brother, Jonathan Nolan, but since Christopher claims the director’s chair, he is obviously receiving more attention. Speaking of which, Nolan has a wife by the name of Emma Thomas who often works alongside him. Most of the projects where they worked together had Nolan as the director and Thomas as a producer. While this is not technically family, Nolan has managed to release almost every single one of his films (at least internationally) under the Warner Brothers label. In fact, he is not stopping, because his next film, set to release in July 2020 starring John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) is also from Warner Brothers. Wait a minute… What happened to the white dude cliche? I’m intrigued…

To link common roots even further, followers are also aware that Nolan often recruits the same people to work on his films. Aside from his family members, he has done three films with Tom Hardy, five films with Cillian Murphy, and for each film Nolan has directed since 2005 (Batman Begins), Michael Caine had an appearance in every single one of them. Such a correlation between Nolan and Caine for example can be traced through relationships between other directors and the actors they have worked with. Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. for example had an ongoing relationship that has been present through their work on films like Iron Man and Chef. Another auteur often pointed out, Tim Burton, has a significant business relationship with Johnny Depp based on their collaborations during Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice In Wonderland (2010), and Corpse Bride.

If Nolan had not succeeded, developed business relationships, had family by his side, or ignored his individuality and developed a cookie cutter style that didn’t particularly pertain to him, chances are he wouldn’t have the success he does today. I love Christopher Nolan, but there is no denying that part of why I love him so much is due to his position which he practically earned. He, unlike other directors, has the ability to make whatever films they please with little to no interference from others, including studios. While the film industry as a whole has an ideology of saying that big, known franchises, and expensive, perhaps disposable films with tons of special effects are the ones that make money. Nolan steps up to the plate and doesn’t exactly cheapen the filmmaking process, nor does he ignore preexisting material, but he makes all of the material his own, which is part of why audiences like me continue to support him.

Thanks for reading this post! If you want to see more from Scene Before, be sure to follow either with a WordPress account or email! Once you hit that follow button, be sure to stay tuned for more content like my upcoming reviews for “Shazam” and “Long Shot.” I also recently scored some passes for the “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” remake, or more specifically, “The Hustle.” So I might check that out next week depending on whether I get someone to go with me because I actually have a +1 on my pass. But let’s face it, you guys don’t care about those movies, because according to quite literally every movie-related site in existence, everybody cares about “Avengers: Endgame.” It’s what all the cool kids are talking about, even if it was made for a nerdy demographic. If you want to see my SPOILER-FREE review of the film, feel free to click the link below and check it out! Again, follow Scene Before if you haven’t already and be sure to stay tuned for more great content! I want to know, who is your favorite auteur director? Also, what is your favorite Christopher Nolan movie? Let me know down below! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

Avengers: Endgame Review! (NO SPOILERS!)

Black Friday 2018 4K and Blu-ray Pickups!

Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! To all who live in the United States, I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving, or as turkeys may see it, genocide. To be honest, I have no personal vendetta against Thanksgiving as a holiday. It’s a good time of year to eat lots of food, talk with your family, and see the Detroit Lions lose yet another football game. Although to be honest, I’m more of a fan of the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday. For one thing, I don’t currently work in a crappy, overcrowded retail store, with idiotic overlords, so I have no real reason to hate Black Friday. After all, this Black Friday, much like others, I have been in the position of the consumer. Unlike a couple years ago, when I ventured out to a nearby mall for Black Friday to mainly shop for others, I self-indulged this year because I was on top of things when it came to Christmas shopping for the most part. I’m not saying that I completely self-indulged, but still.

I live in the Boston area, so I went to the Cambridgeside Galleria, a mall just about a half-hour away from my house, but in reality it took longer because I took public transportation and the train was stuck in the middle of the track for some time. I could have gone to other malls, but more than anything, I wanted to hit a Best Buy. And Cambridgeside happens to have one of those stores. Cambridgeside is also a home to a local nerd shop, Newbury Comics, which is basically Boston’s slightly tweaked version of FYE. Although in reality I wouldn’t say Newbury is quite as stellar as FYE. However, Cambridgeside has my personal least favorite of all the Newbury stores because they don’t even have a movie section. But even if they had a movie section, I probably wouldn’t have shopped there anyway, because I went to Newbury on Black Friday for the past couple of years and they never had movie deals if my memory is correct. Nevertheless, Cambridgeside has Best Buy, which aside from Burger King, happened to be the only place at the mall where I purchased something.

Let’s get into the movies, starting off with the standard Blu-rays!

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First off, we have “Battle of the Sexes!” I’ve heard a lot about this movie, I’ve heard positive reviews regarding the film itself. Plus, judging by the cover, the two leads are probably phenomenal. You’ve got Emma Stone (La La Land, Easy A) and Steve Carell (The Office, Despicable Me) playing two pro tennis players who have to duke it out against each other? I’m sold! As a nerd, it is probably somewhat expected that I’m not really into sports. However, tennis is one of the few sports which I actually happen to appreciate. Plus, if my memory serves me right, there are not many tennis movies out there that I’ve been exposed to. To actually own a sport-related film that revolves around tennis is actually kind of a treat. It would be a better treat if the movie is good, just saying. I haven’t watched it yet.

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Next we move onto my cheapest purchase, Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” When I first saw the marketing for this movie, I wasn’t really sold on it. Then again, my tastes probably weren’t mature enough to appreciate the overall quirkiness of the film. Because I saw the film a few years after it released and I found it to be very enjoyable. The film has a fine list of actors including Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Zombieland), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, xXx: State of the Union), and many others. The color palette of the film gives the feeling that I’m attending an authentic Italian restaurant inside an art museum. I also thought one interesting thing about this film from a cinematography perspective was the decision to shoot and present a good portion of the film in 4:3, which is the aspect ratio on an old school TV. By the way, I mentioned this was my cheapest purchase, and if you are curious, it was $3.99.

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The last three pickups I have are all 4Ks, one copy I have is significantly different from all the others, which means we’re saving that one for last. This next purchase, as you can tell, is “Patriots Day.” I reviewed this movie back in 2016 and I REALLY enjoyed it. It was not my favorite movie of the year, but at the time of watching, I thought it was one of 2016’s best. Again, I’ll mention, I’m near Boston, so this kind of hit me where I live, but even if I weren’t from Boston, chances are I’d see this as a movie where a community comes together in a time of crisis. I still remember where I was during the moment I heard about the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon. I was leaving a movie theater after going to see Dreamworks’ “The Croods” with my father and sister, and I believe I got in the car and this was what was all that was being talked about on the radio. Some call it propaganda, and maybe it is. I have only watched the movie once, so I was only able to judge it after my first viewing. Maybe my brain was locked and loaded into thinking a certain way. But maybe my mind will change after viewing #2. I’m not sure, but we’ll see what happens. Also, upon reviewing my receipt, this was a fantastic deal. This movie was originally $29.99, but when I bought it, it was $7.99! Unbelievable!

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I wanted to get some 2018 releases into my collection, and I managed to get one, which was “The Spy Who Dumped Me.” This is a movie I would have checked out in the theater had I been given the opportunity. I’m not saying it would have been my first choice, but if someone said to me that they wanted to see a review of “The Spy Who Dumped Me” I wouldn’t have denied that person’s request. This movie stars Mila Kunis (Family Guy, Bad Moms) and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, The Angry Birds Movie) as a couple of besties who get involved in an international conspiracy. Although to add more weight, one of the two best friends has an ex-boyfriend who turns out to be a spy. The trailers do kind of resemble a typical studio comedy, but comedy this year for me has been a goldmine. I’m not saying this year’s comedies are perfect, but we’ve gotten a number of surprises, and even one that I can highly relate to. “The Spy Who Dumped Me” may be pretty good, it could even suck. For all I know it could be the worst movie of the year, but I hope to watch it at some point before the end of 2018. I need to rack up more nominees for my end of the year top 10 lists!

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Last but not least we actually have an appropriate title considering another movie that just came out. Specifically, “Wreck-It Ralph.” I often make fun of Disney for being all about showering them with money, but when they make something good, I gotta give credit where it is due. “Wreck-It Ralph” is not just a good movie, but it is one of the best movies out there related to video games. While “Wreck-It Ralph” itself is technically not based off of a video game, it still manages to utilize its own arcade game universe where a bunch of characters from arcade games and video games interact with each other. Certain cameos come from franchises like “Pac-Man,” “Super Mario,” “Street Fighter,” “Sonic the Hedgehog,” and “Q*bert.” Also, may I add, this was also a 4K steelbook. I got it for $11 off its original price, making it a $23.99 purchase, which I will say is a swell deal. This is especially true when you consider the regular 4K’s price. It was originally $29.99, bumped to $22.99 after a $7 subtraction. This collector’s item is literally just a buck more. It reminds me of one time I found “Red Sparrow” either in the “Best Buy” store or online and the 4K steelbook was $5 cheaper than the regular 4K. Let’s say I got a, STEEL.

I would have gone to other stores had I had the time, there was a Target that was about a mile walk down the road but also the more I think about it, I’m glad I didn’t go there because for some reason almost every time I walked through a scanner at the entry of a store during the day, the alarm would beep even though I had nothing that was stolen or not purchased. The worst part was in Sears because I was waiting for the elevator and they actually have scanners at the outside doors. The employees didn’t care and one told me to explain the situation when I left. I’m rather glad I avoided any accusations. But then again, had I unintentionally stole something, that is… A TRUE… BLACK FRIDAY DEAL.

Thanks for reading this post! As far as some future posts go, my next review is rather uncertain, however I’m trying to make sure I can get something in next week at the latest. Part of me wants to talk about how big of a month December is going to be in terms of new releases. Sure, it’s award season, but that’s not the point. The point is that when it comes to big budget films, the quality may not be the big debate, but the real debate on my mind is, how much money will each big budget movie make? I won’t answer that question here because it is incredibly complicated to complete. However, should I make a post related to that topic, I can tell you it will have a crapload of detail. Be sure to follow Scene Before either with a WordPress account or email so you can stay tuned for more great content! I want to know, did you go out Black Friday shopping this year? What did you buy? Doesn’t have to be movies, it can be anything. But don’t reveal what Christmas gifts you purchased for others! Or, since I got three 4Ks on Black Friday, what is your favorite movie that has gotten a 4K Blu-ray release? Let me know down below! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

Complete Blu-Ray Movie Collection! Scene Before’s NOT EXACTLY 200TH POST SPECIAL!

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Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! If you had read my review for the all new comedy “Tag,” you may have noticed me saying that post is the two-hundredth I’ve ever done on Scene Before (aside from one that has been deleted). The day before that review was posted, the sign of the number 200 was on the rise. I wasn’t even aware of it all that much until that moment. But I felt the need to put out early reviews for “Incredibles 2” and “Tag” because, I don’t know, first world problems I guess. So if I were to do a special post for my 200 mark, this would be it. As you read in the title, this is going a be a complete Blu-ray movie collection glance. Now let me just go over something before we dive any further into the list of movies I own, this is a BLU-RAY movie collection. So each copy I go over must at least have one Blu-ray disc in it, so while I do have a number of DVD only copies of certain films, those don’t have Blu-ray discs, and therefore you won’t be seeing any of those things on this list. Also, for each Blu-ray, I will be stating not only the title of the copy or movie I own, I will also be stating if it comes with a DVD or digital copy code. It doesn’t matter whether a disc is missing or a code has expired, I’m mentioning what the case suggests. Special editions of Blu-ray such as 3D and 4K will also be included, partially considering how each one of the 4K and 3D copies I possess also comes with a standard Blu-ray disc as well, and they are technically part of the Blu-ray realm. Let me just state that this is a movie collection, so there won’t be any TV shows here, I don’t have many TV Blu-rays, so that sort of collection would be kind of pointless. Also, I’ll remind you, not sure why I’m reminding you of this, but I feel it’s necessary, this is in blog format, as opposed to how some others do this, which is in video format, so it’s not like I’m going to be showing you each case one-by-one and telling you some sort of story. Without further ado, let’s start the list!

10 Cloverfield Lane (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
12 Years a Slave (Blu-ray, Ultraviolet)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Blu-ray)
21 Jump Street (Blu-ray, Ultraviolet)
22 Jump Street (Blu-ray, DVD)
300 (Blu-ray)
300: Rise of an Empire (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet)
3:10 To Yuma (2007) (Blu-ray)
4 Film Favorites Batman *Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin* (Blu-ray)
Action Double Feature *Bloodsport/Timecop* (Blu-ray)
Air Force One (Blu-ray)
Alien Quadrilogy *Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection* (Blu-ray)
Alien Covenant (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
All the Right Moves (Blu-ray)
Allied (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
The Amazing Spider-Man (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, first Blu-ray I owned, with slipcover)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
The American (Blu-ray, digital copy)
American Assassin (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
American Graffiti (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy)
American Hustle (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
American Pie 4 Movie Collection *American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding, American Reunion* (Blu-ray, includes theatrical and unrated versions)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, includes 3 cuts of film, with slipcover)
Ant-Man (Blu-ray)
Apollo 13 15th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy)
Argo (Blu-ray)
Arrival (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Atomic Blonde (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (3D, Blu-ray, digital, red case)
The Aviator (Blu-ray)
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (Blu-ray, includes original and unrated extended director’s cut)
AVPR: Alien vs. Predator – Requiem – Extreme Unrated Set – Digital Copy Special Edition (Blu-ray, digital copy, includes theatrical and unrated director’s cut)
Back to the Future – The 25th Anniversary Trilogy (Blu-ray, digital copies, digipack, with slipcover)
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, includes theatrical and ultimate edition, with slipcover)
Better Off Dead (Blu-ray)
The Big Lebowski (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, Universal 100th anniversary slipcover)
Birdman (Blu-ray, digital HD)
The Birds (Blu-ray, Ultraviolet)
Black Hawk Down (Blu-ray)
Black Swan (Blu-ray, digital copy)
Blade Runner 2049 (4K, Blu-ray, digital, steelbook, Best Buy exclusive)
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (4K, Blu-ray, digital, includes multiple cuts but the only 4K is The Final Cut, all the rest plus The Final Cut are available on Blu-ray, with slipcover)
Blu-ray Double Feature *The Green Mile, Forrest Gump* (Blu-ray)
Body of Lies (Blu-ray, digital copy)
The Boondock Saints (Blu-ray)
The Bourne Identity (Blu-ray, DVD, includes theatrical and extended version)
The Bourne Supremacy (Blu-ray, DVD)
Braveheart (Blu-ray, Sapphire Series)
The Breakfast Club 30th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray, digital)
Broken City (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
Bulletproof (Blu-ray)
Caddyshack (Blu-ray)
The Campaign (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
Captain America: Civil War (Blu-ray)
Captain America: The First Avenger (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, DVD not in case)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Blu-ray)
Captain Phillips (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet)
Cast Away (Blu-ray)
Clerks 15th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray, Ultraviolet)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 40th Anniversary Edition (4K, Blu-ray, digital, includes theatrical edition, special theatrical edition, and director’s cut)
Colossal (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
The Commuter (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
The Crow (Blu-ray, Ultraviolet)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Blu-ray, Criterion)
Dances with Wolves 20th Anniversary Edition *EXTENDED EDITION* (Blu-ray)
The Dark Knight Trilogy – Limited Edition Giftset (Blu-ray, with The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy, with slipcover)
Deadpool – Holiday Edition (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with Christmas card, with slipcover)
The Debt – Focus Pictures Four-Star Collection (Blu-ray)
The Departed (Blu-ray)
Dinner For Schmucks (Blu-ray)
The Disaster Artist (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
Divergent (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Blu-ray, digital)
Django Unchained (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, Ultraviolet)
Doctor Strange (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
Due Date (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, with slipcover)
Dunkirk (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Easy A (Blu-ray)
Edward Scissorhands (Blu-ray)
Elysium (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
Ex Machina (4K, Blu-ray, digital)
Exposed (Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Fatal Attraction (Blu-ray)
The Fifth Element (Blu-ray, remastered)
Fight Club (Blu-ray, with Fox Icons slipcover)
Fist Fight (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
Flatliners (Blu-ray)
Flight (Blu-ray)
Following (Blu-ray, Criterion, includes original and chronological version)
The Fugitive (Blu-ray)
Full Metal Jacket (Blu-ray)
The Gambler (2014) (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
Gangster Squad (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
Ghost in the Shell (1995) 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)
Ghost in the Shell (2017) (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
Ghostbusters (1984) (Blu-ray)
Gladiator (Blu-ray, remastered, Sapphire Series)
Gods and Generals (Blu-ray)
Gods of Egypt (Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Gone Baby Gone (Blu-ray)
Good Will Hunting *15th Anniversary Edition* (Blu-ray)
Grand Piano (Blu-ray)
Gravity (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet)
The Great Wall (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
Green Zone *2 Disc Limited Edition* (Blu-ray, digital copy)
Guardians of the Galaxy (3D, Blu-ray, digital)
The Hangover (Blu-ray, digital copy, includes theatrical and unrated version with slipcover)
The Heat (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, includes unrated and theatrical versions)
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition (Blu-ray, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Extended Edition (Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: Extended Edition (Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Horrible Bosses *Totally Inappropriate Edition* (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, includes theatrical and unrated versions, with slipcover)
Hot Tub Time Machine (Blu-ray, digital copy, includes theatrical and unrated editions, with slipcover)
How to Be a Latin Lover (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
The Hunger Games 2 Disc Blu-ray + Digital copy (Blu-ray, digital copy)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
The Hunt For Red October (Blu-ray, Metalpak, Walmart exclusive, which is amazing because I got it new at FYE)
The Hurt Locker (Blu-ray, with slipcover)
Ice Age: Continental Drift (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, Target exclusive material inside)
The Imitation Game (Blu-ray, digital)
In Time (Blu-ray)
Inception (Blu-ray)
Inception (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
The Incredible Hulk (Blu-ray, digital copy, green case)
Insomnia (Blu-ray)
The Internship (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
Interstellar (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with IMAX film cell, with slipcover)
Interstellar (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Iron Man 2 (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy)
It Follows (Blu-ray, steelbook)
Jack Reacher (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, with slipcover)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, DVD not in case)
Jarhead (Blu-ray)
Jason Bourne (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
The Jerk (Blu-ray, digital copy, Ultraviolet, with 1970s Best of the Decade slipcover)
Jumper – Digital copy special edition (Blu-ray, digital copy)
The Jungle Book (2016) (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
Jurassic Park (3D, Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
Jurassic Park 3 (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, Ultraviolet)
Jurassic World (3D, Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
Justice League (4K, Blu-ray, digital, steelbook, Best Buy exclusive)
Kill Bill Double Feature (Blu-ray)
King Kong (4K, Blu-ray, digital, includes theatrical and director’s version, with slipcover)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (Blu-ray, digital)
Kong: Skull Island (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
La La Land (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Labyrinth *30th Anniversary Edition* (Blu-ray, digibook)
The Last Samurai (Blu-ray)
Legends Blu-ray 2 Pack *Chaos, The Bank Job* (Blu-ray)
Legends Blu-ray 2 Pack *Crank, Crank 2: High Voltage* (Blu-ray)
The LEGO Movie (4K, Blu-ray, digital)
Limitless Unrated Extended Cut (Blu-ray, digital, includes theatrical and extended cuts, with slipcover)
Live Free or Die Hard (Blu-ray)
Lone Survivor (4K, Blu-ray, digital HD)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Blu-ray, special features DVD disc)
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Blu-ray, special features DVD disc)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Blu-ray, special features DVD disc)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, Ultraviolet)
Man of Steel (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet)
The Man with the Iron Fists (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
The Martian: Extended Edition (4K, Blu-ray, digital, includes both threatical and extended cuts)
The Maze Runner (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
Memento (Blu-ray)
A Million Ways to Die in the West (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
Mission: Impossible Collection *Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible III, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Blu-ray)
The Monuments Men (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, with slipcover)
Mortal Kombat (Blu-ray)
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (Blu-ray)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Blu-ray)
Napoleon Dynamite (Blu-ray)
Nerve (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
Nightcrawler (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) (Blu-ray, digital copy)
No Country For Old Men (Blu-ray, Ultraviolet)
Non-Stop (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet)
Now You See Me – Extended Edition (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet, includes theatrical and extended edition)
Oz: The Great and Powerful (Blu-ray, digital copy)
Pacific Rim (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet)
Point Break – Pure Adrenaline Edition (Blu-ray)
Porky’s (Blu-ray)
Predator: Ultimate Hunter Edition (Blu-ray)
Premium Rush (Blu-ray, Ultraviolet)
The Prestige (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Prometheus (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy)
Race (Blu-ray, digital)
Ray (Blu-ray, includes theatrical and extended edition)
Revenge of the Nerds (Blu-ray)
Riddick – The Complete Collection (Blu-ray, includes theatrical and unrated director’s cuts for all three movies)
Ride Along (Blu-ray, DVD, Ultraviolet)
Ride Along 2 (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
Road House *25th Anniversary Edition* (Blu-ray, red case)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show *35th Anniversary Edition* (Blu-ray, includes US and UK theatrical versions)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (3D, Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
Room (Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
S.W.A.T (Blu-ray)
Safe (Blu-ray, digital copy)
Safe House (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy)
Salt *Deluxe Unrated Edition* (Blu-ray, includes theatrical, unrated, and director’s cuts)
Say Anything *20th Annniversary Edition* (Blu-ray)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, digibook, Target exclusive)
Selma (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
The Shawshank Redemption (Blu-ray, European version)
The Shining (Blu-ray)
The Siege (Blu-ray)
Silence of the Lambs (Blu-ray)
The Sixth Sense (Blu-ray)
Slumdog Millionaire (Blu-ray, digital copy)
The Space Between Us (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
Spider-Man Trilogy – Limited Edition Collection (Blu-ray, digibook, includes Spider-Man 2.1 and never before released Spider-Man 3 Editor’s Cut)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Spotlight (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
Spy (Blu-ray, digital)
Star Wars Original Trilogy Despecialized (Blu-ray, recut)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, steelbook, Best Buy exclusive)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (4K, Blu-ray, digital, steelbook, Best Buy exclusive)
Star Wars – The Prequel Trilogy (Blu-ray)
Sucker Punch – Extended Cut (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, includes theatrical and extended director’s cuts)
Suicide Squad – Extended Cut (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, includes theatrical and extended cuts, with slipcover)
Sully (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, with slipcover)
Super 8 (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy)
Taken (Blu-ray, digital copy, includes US theatrical and international theatrical/director’s cut)
Taken 2 (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, includes theatrical and unrated extended cuts)
Taken 3 (Blu-ray, digital, includes theatrical and unrated extended cuts)
Talladega Nights: The Balled of Ricky Bobby (Blu-ray)
Ted (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, Ultraviolet)
Ted 2 (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
They Live (Blu-ray, limited Scream Factory steelbook, one of 10,000 ever made)
Thor (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, with slipcover)
Thor: The Dark World (Blu-ray)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Titanic (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy)
Top Gun (Blu-ray, digital HD, MetalPak, Target exclusive)
The Town (Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy, includes theatrical and director’s cut)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Blu-ray, DVD, digital)
The Transporter (Blu-ray)
Transporter 2 (Blu-ray)
Transporter 3 (Blu-ray, digital copy)
Transporter: Refueled (Blu-ray, digital)
Triple Feature *48 Hours, Norbit, Trading Places* (Blu-ray)
Triple Feature *Beetlejuice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride* (Blu-ray)
Triple Feature *Collateral, Days of Thunder, The Firm* (Blu-ray)
TRON (Blu-ray, DVD)
TRON: Legacy (Blu-ray, DVD)
Underworld: Awakening (Blu-ray, Ultraviolet)
Underworld: Blood Wars (Blu-ray, digital)
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (Blu-ray, digital copy)
V For Vendetta (Blu-ray)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (4K, Blu-ray, digital, with slipcover)
Wanted 2 Disc Special Edition (Blu-ray, digital copy)
Weird Science (Blu-ray, Ultraviolet)
Whiplash (Blu-ray, digital)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Blu-ray, DVD, digital, steelbook, Walmart & Target exclusive)
Wonder Woman (4K, Blu-ray, digital, steelbook, Best Buy exclusive)
X-Men (Blu-ray, digital)
xXx (Blu-ray, silver case, has Blockbuster Video sticker on it)
Zero Dark Thirty (Blu-ray, DVD)
Zombieland (Blu-ray, digital copy)
Zoolander (Blu-ray)

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I will say for those who actually follow me on other areas of the digital universe aside from here, this is not really my first time this year doing a Blu-ray collection glance. The other time was a little over a month ago on the livestreaming service Periscope. While I managed to get every single one of the copies I had at the time into the video, I feel it wasn’t exactly what one would call quality content, because the way I store some of my movies makes them really hard to get out and it just wastes time. Maybe if I were doing it on some place where you can see the video edited such as YouTube that sort of thing would have worked out better, but hey, I got it done. I feel that showing my Blu-rays this way as opposed to Periscope would have been better because you don’t have to deal with as much cringe (hopefully) and plus you don’t have to watch me pull out every single one of my movies. As you can see in my pictures, I’ve done all the work already! I almost forgot some if you look at the photo containing a smaller amount of movies, and those make up part of my exclusive and special editions. They’re in a place I never check, which is why I almost forgot them. By the way, I can assure you that I got each and every Blu-ray I own which just so happens to be part of my collection in the opening pictures. If I missed a Blu-ray on the list, that only means it’s in the pictures! I’m hoping I can get each and every copy on the list, however, this task is not as easy as I would hope.

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Thanks for reading this post! I do plan on doing this again sometime in the future, maybe when I hit 300 posts or if I get enough followers or requests, we’ll see. Also be sure to check out my reviews for “Incredibles 2” and “Tag!” If you’re currently reading this, you can actually click the red icon that has the word “Tag” in it, which will take you right over to my “Tag” review. However, I don’t have one of those for “Incredibles 2” in this post, so if you are interested, check out the link below! Stay tuned for more great content! I want to know, do you collect any physical media? Blu-rays? DVDs? VHSs? I’ll even consider video games if you want me to. Or, what is your favorite item in my collection? Let me know down below! Also, if you want to hear more about my Blu-ray collection or certain items in said collection, let me know! Maybe I’ll dedicate a separate post to that! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

INCREDIBLES 2 REVIEW: https://scenebefore.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/incredibles-2-2018-too-late-fourteen-years-too-late/

10 Movies That Have Changes You May or May Not Have Noticed *SPOILERS*

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Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! You might have clicked on this post thinking “Oh, crap! Clickbait! GO BACK! GO BACK! GO BACK!” First off, thank you for giving me one extra view, very much appreciated. Second, regardless of how clickbaity this sounds, I will say what you’re about to read is somewhat interesting. When movies come out, you might think of it in a certain way. You might go back and watch it the way you remembered. Although in some cases you might go back and watch it, and there’s something different about it. Today we’re going to be looking at some of these changes, see if you see the movie in a different view than you did before. One rule I’m making for this list is that no made-for-TV changes apply here. If a movie gets a change from its original release because it airs on TBS or something, it doesn’t count. So changes as the one from “Home Alone” where Buzzy doesn’t say “I wouldn’t let you sleep in my room if you were growing on my ass,” and instead says “butt,” doesn’t qualify. Just for the record, this is not a countdown, these aren’t in any specific order, and I’m not sticking to any sort of idea, stating how much I like or dislike these changes. I might go into that, but I’m not saying I like every single change or dislike every single change. So let’s dive into this.

Revenge of the Nerds: Phone Number

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The first change comes from the 1984 comedy “Revenge of the Nerds.” This is one of my personal favorite comedies. The sequels? Not so much. The movie has been released on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD, and Blu-ray. However, the sequels haven’t gotten past the DVD mark. This is a change that is seen on both the DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film. In 2003, the film was put out on DVD, but with a reedit brought to the mix. There’s a “For Rent” sign in the movie which had a genuine phone number on it. For legal reasons, the footage where the phone number was displayed was removed. Note, I didn’t say blurred, but removed. I have never seen the footage of where the phone number is revealed and as I write this, I’m looking at originaltrilogy.com, where a bunch of users are talking about this change and a couple of them called it “jarring.” I will have to watch the original cut in order to agree or disagree, but if you really want to make everyone happy, just blur the phone number. Also to everyone, please don’t call the phone number. Don’t be a dick.

All the Right Moves: Lea Thompson In the Nude

Remember how I said this isn’t a countdown? Well, I guess this may be an excuse to talk about movies I haven’t seen. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “All the Right Moves,” starring Tom Cruise (Risky Business, The Outsiders) and Lea Thompson (Jaws 3-D, Back to the Future). Why am I talking about this? Well apparently I was in Connecticut and while I was there, I managed to pick up a bunch of Blu-rays to add to my collection. This movie happened to be one of them and I figured it would go great in my Tom Cruise collection. Due to random research, I came across something interesting. When “All the Right Moves” came out in 1983, there’s a sex scene featuring Tom Cruise and Lea Thompson which contains full frontal nudity, however when the Blu-ray released in 2012, the framing of Lea Thompson’s character in the nude was altered. This prevented people from seeing Lea nude below the waist. I don’t want to sound like a pervert, but I don’t know why that change had to be there. First off, the movie’s rated R. Second, if people who have watched this before are rewatching this today, they might be slightly jarred by what they’re seeing and the experience of that scene might be ruined for them. Not to mention, this is a Blu-ray cut! Not a cut made for television! On TV, I can sometimes understand some movies being altered for certain viewers for a number of reasons. But, on a Blu-ray?! What do I know really? I’ve yet to see the film so I can’t really say much.

2001: A Space Odyssey: “Affirmative, Dave” and Nineteen Minutes of Footage

It’s been almost fifty years since the release of “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In that span of time, the movie has been considered a classic by fans of science fiction and film from a general perspective. You know what they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This change, much like the “Revenge of the Nerds” change, didn’t really break the film or anything for some people. In fact you can say it broke the film less because if you think about this, it’s not really that jarring compared to the “Revenge of the Nerds” change. In 1998, MGM released “2001: A Space Odyssey” on DVD, with a slight change in the dialogue. During the scene when Dave is trying to get through the pod bay doors, he asks HAL “Do you read me, HAL?” In that particular release, HAL responds by saying “Affirmative, Dave.” Although in the original release, HAL says “Affirmative, Dave. I read you.” What makes this change extra wacky is that the English subtitles for the DVD released by MGM actually still displays the line from the original release. The full dialogue however was revived in future home video releases from Warner Brothers. Speaking of changes, when “2001: A Space Odyssey” was first released, it was slightly over two and a half hours long. The version which is seen on most home video releases is a version that’s just slightly shorter than two and a half hours. Stanley Kubrick, the director of the film, removed nineteen minutes of footage after the film premiered. It would be nice to see that footage restored for when “2001” comes out on 4K, I’d totally buy that!

Blade Runner: Endless Cuts (SPOILERS AHEAD)

“Blade Runner” is one of the best sci-fi films ever made. In fact, a sequel just released in October and it might be just as good, if not better, compared to the original. Followers over the years have been exposed to multiple editions of what director Ridley Scott regards as “probably his most personal and complete film.” Ridley might not be lying when he says that, and we’ll get to that in a second. “Blade Runner” has had seven different cuts of the film released to the public.

In 1982, the workprint prototype version was shown to test audiences in Denver and Dallas. This was also shown in 1990 and 1991 to audiences in San Francisco and Los Angeles as a “Director’s Cut.” Although it didn’t have the approval of Ridley Scott. We’ll get back to that in a sec.

There was also a San Diego sneak preview version shown to audiences only once in May 1982. This version included three scenes that was never shown in any other version of the film (before or after).

Then we have the version the US audiences saw in theaters. This included a “happy ending” that the studio wanted in the film. Fun fact by the way, there are aerial helicopter shots which weren’t even filmed for “Blade Runner.” These shots were actually from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” The movie also included narration by Harrison Ford, who played the lead character of Deckard. While some might say Ford either was angry about his task or he intentionally narrated poorly, he said it was simply bad narration. This was also referred to as the “Domestic Cut,” which wasn’t released on DVD until 2007 as part of a collector’s set of the film.

Then we have the International Cut. This cut is a minute longer than the US version, and included more violence in three action scenes than the US version. This cut was eventually released in the US on VHS and Criterion Collection laserdiscs. Interestingly, this version was shown to the US on HBO during the 1980s, the 1990s, and 2015.

In 1986, the US broadcast version was released. This was put together by CBS to meet TV broadcast requirements. There’s even narration that wasn’t in any other version of the film leading up to it, plus a different opening crawl. And yes, I said made-for-TV changes don’t count, but I’m just providing evidence to prove my point.

Next came the Director’s Cut, which was created technically by film preservationist, Michael Arick. This cut was discovered as a 70mm print which nobody had an idea that it actually was the movie’s workprint version. This was discovered after a screening of the film in Los Angeles. Ridley Scott said the cut was roughly edited, lacked a key scene, and the climax missed Vangelis’s score. The Director’s Cut was very popular that it rereleased theatrically in 1992. This cut also brought up a very popular fan theory if you will to the table. At one point in the film, we cut to a clip of a moving unicorn. The original idea for this scene was to cut between Deckard and the Unicorn, but the condition of the print associated with this was not presentable, so it just shows the unicorn trotting. This scene along with a clip of Deckard holding an origami unicorn, may suggest he is a Replicant. Speaking of things this film removed, the movie no longer has the narration from Deckard along with the happy ending the studio wanted. Despite being called the “Director’s Cut,” Scott wasn’t satisfied. To be fair, he was busy with “Thelma and Louise,” time and money happened to be a problem, however this cut brought more satisfaction in general to Scott than the original. There’s one cut although, that brought even more satisfaction to Scott…

Here’s where we get to “The Final Cut.” This is the cut where Ridley Scott had complete artistic control. Remember the unicorn dream? Turns out in this version, the original dream was included. You know, the one where it cuts between Deckard and the unicorn. Other additions include alternate edits and violence featured in the international cut. It turns out there were parts of this version that went through reshoots to fit in this version. One such example is Zhora’s death scene. Fun fact, if it weren’t for Warner Brothers gaining total control over distribution rights in 2006, this would have probably never been released. This project started once the 21st century began, and in mid-2001, legal and financial troubles put the project to a halt.

Porky’s: Cherry Forever’s Extra Nudity

“Porky’s” is an interesting movie to say the least. When it comes to its reception, critics weren’t exactly pleased, but it did gain a cult following and there are still people who go back and watch it today. As far as 1980s coming of age stories go, this isn’t my goto pick. However, back in the 80s, this was a hit among many people who flock to the cinema. The film was #1 at the box office for nine consecutive weekends, suggesting that either a lot of people either wanted to see it, liked it and went multiple times, or happened to be really horny. The film eventually released on VHS and something appeared in that which never appeared in the theatrical release, or the future DVD release. Based on how the release was open matte, more nudity was revealed in the VHS version. This happened during the Cherry Forever scene. The additional nudity was a result of the transfer, and was never intended to be shown. You know, unlike my secret identity–whoops! That was close! I almost told you guys I’m the guy who saved the Golden Gate Bridge from absolute destruction. Oh, crap! I did it! I’m a failure! I was told by a wizard to keep that a secret! Oh, well! Sucks to be me!

xXx: Head-butt

One interesting move executed in battle is a headbutt. There’s something about it, you’re literally using your head to bounce off someone else as a fighting technique. Plus, the term itself is awesome. One movie where a headbutt is shown is 2002’s “xXx,” starring Vin Diesel. This movie isn’t exactly the next “Citizen Kane” or anything, however it is a fun action flick with some interesting lines in the lines in the script. Going back to headbutts, when this movie was released in several territories, audiences were exposed to a moment where a headbutt occurs. One territory where audiences didn’t get to see this however, was in the UK. Similar to the US’s MPAA, the UK operates under a rating system referred to as the BBFC. The BBFC has a rating labeled as 12A/12, which was the rating “xXx” was given. If the headbutt was kept in, the rating wouldn’t have been secured and would have bumped up to 15. This is how the film was presented for years. The headbutt wasn’t even in the eventually released Director’s Cut DVD. Although on January 5th, 2017, the film was rereleased on Blu-ray in honor of the film’s 15th anniversary. It was at this point that the BBFC waived the cuts to the film, and the headbutt was then inserted. The BBFC must have had this slogan for years:

BBFC: We’re buttheads!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Paramount Logo

I love “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” It’s a coming of age story that a lot of people in high school can relate to. In fact, you can also include anyone going to school in general, not to mention anyone who’s working a s*itty job can relate to. Sure, “Office Space” kind of does the same thing, but this came first. This change doesn’t even affect much of the movie, it just has to do with the logo. This movie is from Paramount, and if you know who they are, there’s a good chance you’ve seen one of their logos. Some time after the movie was in theaters, it came out on VHS. However, the VHS versions contain a plastered Paramount logo depending on the year the print released. The original logo although was restored on all future DVD and Blu-ray releases.

American Graffiti: Digital Effect

Ah, George Lucas. What have you done? You took a bunch of people’s childhoods, which were epic because of your “Star Wars” movies, and you threw them in the garbage! Because if you haven’t noticed, the original “Star Wars” trilogy has made a crapton of changes over the years! Well ya know what?! I’m not gonna focus on that! Because I already did a countdown focusing on those changes, and apparently George Lucas made a change to “American Graffiti” as well! This change didn’t exactly offend me as much. Then again I only saw this movie once. The change is shown in the 1998 Collector’s Edition DVD and VHS, and once you hear what it is without any specification, it almost sounds like something George Lucas would do. Lucas requested for the opening scene which features Mel’s Drive-In to have a sunset with clouds. The original opening had a cloudy sky with buildings in the background. In this opening, the buildings are still there, but the weather is different. Interestingly, there was also a documentary on the making of “American Graffiti” included as a bonus feature on the DVD, and the original shot was inserted there. Time travel much?

Kindergarten Cop: Little Terrorists

I imagine some people getting a sense of surprise from “Kindergarten Cop.” The film itself is a comedy where a cop goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate the ex-wife of a dangerous criminal. This movie released in 1990 and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s kind of interesting to put the Terminator as the star of a comedy, but stranger things have happened. Although I wouldn’t say it’s all too strange because another comedy, “Twins,” released two years before this one, and while not all critics and audiences appreciated the film, there were a number of them to say it was worth a watch. Interestingly, both comedies were directed by Ivan Reitman, who also directed “Ghostbusters” 1 and 2. And the movie does have some witty Schwarzenegger lines and also has some funny lines given by a bunch of kids as well. Speaking of lines, let’s talk about one of them. As mentioned, this movie released in 1990, which is eleven years before 9-11. Once that day occurred, it inspired the removal of one particular line in all future versions of the film. After Schwarzenegger’s first day with the kindergartners, he has this to say about them.

JOHN KIMBLE: They’re horrible. They’re like little terrorists.

I’d just like to state that if I were in kindergarten watching this film, it would probably be debatable on whether or not I should be watching it given it has a PG-13 rating. However I don’t know if this one incident means this line should be deleted. I don’t know if Reitman decided on this or if Universal did or anyone else for that matter, but you don’t really need to get rid of it. Sure, in reality, kindergartners aren’t commonly associated with terrorists, although that would make for an interesting cartoon or something, but I don’t see how this would offend anyone. I mean, it’s probably better than changing the line, but the elimination felt unneeded. Let’s face it. Kindergartners are crazy, and I know that because I was one. I wouldn’t blame someone comparing me with a terrorist at that age because I was a chaotic brat. Anyways, let’s move on.

Jaws: Smile, You son of a… (SPOILERS AHEAD)

“Jaws” is considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time. It has a terrific script, admirable characters, and an awesome score from John Williams, who went on to do “Star Wars,” “Superman,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T,” “Home Alone,” “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” and “Harry Potter.” If you’ve seen the ending, you’d probably know how it ends. Part of that ending involves the character of Brody. He’s in a duel against the shark and he’s got a gun. He’s in full concentration mode, trying to take the creature down. In honor of the movie’s 30th anniversary, a DVD was released in order to celebrate. This brought a very minor change in one line, in fact, it’s actually one of the lines of the movie that I remember most. In versions prior to this release, before Brody shoots his gun to kill the shark, he says “Smile, you little son of a bitch.” Here, he says “Smile, you little son of a…” and then his gun is shot. Like the original, all the blood and gore remains, but the word “bitch” is removed. I’m glad I’m not Jesse Pinkman from “Breaking Bad,” because finding this out would be the worst day of my life. I can now say that my memory suggests that all the versions of “Jaws” I’ve seen in my life at this point, have this specific “bitch” removed. I want to know how this feels for everyone who has either seen the original version and possibly been exposed to alternate editions of the film. How does this “bitch” removal come off to you? Does it take away from the scene? Does it not take anything away at all? Does it anger you? I really want to know. I can’t say much about this change, but if they ever alter “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,” there will be riots.

Thanks for reading this post, there’s a good chance I just possibly either ruined a scene for you, so if I did, I apologize. If so, don’t blame me, blame the people who changed them! Nevertheless, the year’s almost over, the holiday season is coming to its conclusion, but that also means I will have two countdowns coming up. Like at the end of 2016, I’m counting down my top 10 BEST and WORST movies of the year. I’ve seen a number of films that came out this year. Most of those films are ones I reviewed, and there are others I’ve watched but couldn’t make a review of for the sake of time such as “The Great Wall,” “American Assassin,” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Believe it or not I will still be going to see more movies as the year comes to a close, because I have aspirations to go see “Downsizing,” “Father Figures,” “The Disaster Artist,” and if any other opportunities come up to see a movie released this year, I’ll take those as well. Stay tuned for more great content! Also, what is the worst alteration you’ve ever seen in a movie? For me, I gotta say Darth Vader screaming “no” at the end of “Return of the Jedi.” Leave your responses down below! And yes, can also includes ones from TV. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

Why Is A Bad Moms Christmas Happening?

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Hey everyone, Jack Drees here! If you have been looking at the movies that have come out during the year of 2016, you may have come across one titled “Bad Moms.” I actually saw that in the theater, enjoyed it for what it was, but considering the audience that was there, I clearly wasn’t the target demographic, the amount of times I laughed were much fewer than the majority of attendees, and I clearly don’t laugh at swear words as much as other people. Maybe I’ve watched too many movies with foul language to know what I’m getting into. I’m not saying that other people are stupid for liking this film, we all have our personal tastes. Although then again I’m kinda pissed it made more than “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Sure it’s an animation so I imagine some people might not like the idea, but MY GOSH that was a masterpiece. At least we have “Sausage Party.” Right? Anyway, “Bad Moms” was relatively successful when it came out. It never hit the #1 spot on any of its weekends in theaters, although to be fair it was competing against movies like “Jason Bourne,” “Star Trek: Beyond,” and “Suicide Squad.” So at some point, a sequel goes into production. What’s the difference this time around? Well, it’s a Christmas movie.

For those who want to know the cast of the upcoming “Bad Moms” sequel, the movie will star Mila Kunis (Family Guy, Black Swan), Kristen Bell (The Good Place, Frozen), Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick, Tomorrowland), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Son of Zorn), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory), and Susan Sarandon (James and the Giant Peach, Thelma & Louise). The movie is basically a follow-up revolving around the characters played by Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn as they try to rebel against the expectations laid upon them concerning Christmas.

Now, on paper, I wasn’t thrilled that this was happening. Sure, I enjoyed the first movie, but it’s not even that great. Plus, the more I think about it, I may have just been in a particular mood that day and I was trying to put my mind in another person’s shoes. I’m not a mother, nor am I a girl. I’m a teenage boy, there’s not many people I PERSONALLY can relate to when watching this movie. Then again this is why they make different movies for different people. This is why they make “Sharknado” and its sequels for stupid people. I’m not saying only stupid people enjoy “Sharknado” but keep in mind their movies are OBJECTIVELY DUMB. So what did I do to verify my interest or lack of interest in this movie? I watched the trailer. I didn’t laugh once, but then again, I go to the movies and see funny trailers which nobody laughs at. Although consider this, usually when there’s a trailer for a comedy, all the funny parts are shown in the trailer.

Let’s also consider the fact that this is a Christmas movie. What was the first movie? It was it’s own thing! There was no particular holiday on the rise, it was just a simple movie. Sure, Christmas might be a less than pleasant holiday for a number of mothers, but at the same time, I don’t see a Christmas theme fitting in the “Bad Moms” universe. If “Bad Moms” had a sequel that focused less on the Christmas theme, maybe someone has a birthday, maybe a number of children have birthdays coming up, something like that, a situation such as that might work out. In fact, you don’t even have to eliminate Christmas entirely, maybe you can make it subtle and not have all of this holiday theme strip club s*it. Besides, there are movies which happen to be sequels that take place during Christmas time that I enjoy despite the previous movies having no relation to that holiday. Just look at “Iron Man 3!” By the way, that movie was released in May, so that’s saying something.

Now there is another movie that’s actually coming out the week after this one comes out, which is “Daddy’s Home 2.” That movie is also going to have a Christmas theme, and a similar layout in terms of plot. “A Bad Moms Christmas” is going to have the mothers of the main characters coming for Christmas and “Daddy’s Home 2” is going to have the fathers of the main characters coming for Christmas. I saw both the original “Daddy’s Home” and “Bad Moms” movies, but if you had to ask me which was better as a movie, I’d say it would be “Bad Moms.” I’d honestly rather watch “Daddy’s Home” the more I think about it, but I found more things wrong with it and part of the illogical humor got into my head that it made me nearly frustrated. Plus I also found something that bothered me with the whole cones thing in the movie. I feel like “Daddy’s Home 2’s” Christmas theme is a little more appropriate for the film partially considering the last one came out in December and mainly considering that part of the last one took place on Christmas Day.

Another thing I had in the back of my mind is the wonder of repetition we’ll be seeing in this sequel. This may be judging a book by its cover, just like how watching a trailer might be judging a book by its cover, but just check out the posters. The poster for the original movie said “Party like a mother.” That slogan is also on the Blu-ray and DVD for the film. On the poster for this new movie, the slogan is “Celebrate the holidays like a mother.” Comedies and sequels can get some slack for repetition in full-length movies, but I don’t usually recall seeing repetition like this on many posters!

If you ask me, if I were making executive decisions, I’d say “A Bad Moms Christmas” sounds more like a straight to TV or straight to DVD film as opposed to a theatrical film. The first movie may have been fit for theaters, but this just feels out of place. I feel like the fact that it’s a sequel to a previous successful movie and the people starring in it are at least two reasons why this is getting a theatrical release. Moms will go see it, girls who want to see men without clothes on will go see it, heck, part of me even thinks teenage boys might even want to see this. Just think about it, Mila Kunis is the star of the movie!

On a little sidenote, a hint of dialogue was uttered in the trailer that caught my attention. Mila Kunis’s character is communicating with her mother, played by Cheryl Hines, and Mila Kunis tells Cheryl Hines that she just wanted to enjoy Christmas this year. Cheryl Hines replies saying “You are a mom. Moms don’t enjoy Christmas they give joy.” I understand what she meant there, but let me just have you know that I try to pay back my mother on Christmas Day. I understand it’s hard for mothers to cope with this holiday. This involves spending tons of money, buying gifts, preparing food, decorating, wrapping, possibly meeting in-laws that they may consider crazy, etc. I do try to help whenever I can, and you know what I gave to my mother last Christmas? I gave her a Roku! I try to put tons of thought in what to give to people, sometimes it’s hard. This is why I make lists for what I want. Some people I imagine don’t do that. I help in any way I can. Cooking’s a bit of stretch for me, I’m not the greatest at cooking, but I try to help buy gifts, wrap them, those sorts of things. So yeah, moms give joy for Christmas, but it doesn’t mean they can’t get it in return. Just thought I’d say that.

“A Bad Moms Christmas” comes out November 1, which is two days before “Thor: Ragnarok.” I personally don’t think that’s the best business decision possible, but let’s see how it plays out. I don’t know how much of the world will go see “A Bad Moms Christmas” when it comes out, but then again I’m talking about the same world containing millions that decided to skip out on seeing “Blade Runner 2049.” By the way, f*ck you, that movie was amazing, it should have made more money! I’m willing to bet this could break soon, but as of right now, “THE EMOJI MOVIE” HAS MADE MORE MONEY OVERALL THAN THIS PIECE OF WORK! Thanks for reading this post, tomorrow I will have my review for “Thor: The Dark World,” so look forward to that! Stay tuned for more posts and I’ll ask you a question. Are you going to see “A Bad Moms Christmas?” What are your thoughts on the original? Let me know down below! Scene Before is your click to the flicks!