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Equals, Blu-ray (2016)

Equals, Blu-ray (2016)

A moving sci-fi film about a society in which emotions are forbidden. Equals, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Nicholas Hoult Kristen Stewart, Bel Powley, Guy Pearce Director: Drake Doremus Studio: A24/Lionsgate (9/6/16) Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080p HD color Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH Extras: “Switched On”, “The Collective,” “Utopia” – commentary by the director, cinematographer & editor Length: 93 min. Rating: **** This takes place in a post-apocalyptic society which has formed apart from an area known only as “the peninsula,” about which nothing is known but those people (if they exist) are not living a futuristic lifestyle as the people in this one. Only emotions and coupling of opposites is strictly forbidden, and inoculations are used to prevent what is called “SOS” – giving in to emotions. Two young illustrators, who are part of this society, find they have a thing for one another and begin a secret love affair. The only thing that bothered me a bit was that the female seemed rather butch and not the sort most heterosexual men would go nuts over. The frustrations each feels for the other when alone are clearly shown. There is no reference to the populating […]

A Hologram for the King, Blu-ray (2016)

A Hologram for the King, Blu-ray (2016)

A memorable performance by Hanks as a salesman for a new holographic gadget for the King of Saudi Arabia. A Hologram for the King, Blu-ray (2016) Cast: Tom Hanks, Tom Skerrit, Sarita Choudhury, Ben Whishaw Director: Tom Tykwer Studio: Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate (8/9/16) Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 screens, HD color Audio: English & Arabic – DTS-HD MA 5.1 or 2.0 Subtitles: English. English SDH, Spanish Extras:  The Adaptation of A Hologram for the King, The Making of A  Hologram for the King Length: 104 min. Rating: ***** Hanks is Alan Clay, a recently-divorced middle-aged U.S. salesman pitching a holographic teleconferencing system to the king of Saudi Arabia. His past includes having been on the board at Schwinn bicycles, which he took to China, which turned out to be a mistake. He has a series of misadventures attempting to negotiate the new country’s unique customs and style. (At one point his driver takes him by a big crowd and he is told that is where the outdoor public executions take place.) He constantly works to see his contacts, who tell subordinates they will be in another day and are not. He works to get normal food and good Wi-Fi for his trio […]