new Blu-ray releases

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

We’re almost there, folks! 2017 is almost at an end, and as we burn through the holiday season, it’s time to kick back and catch up on some new films you might’ve missed in theaters. That’s where good old Blu-rays come in. Yes, that’s right – there’s more to movies than streaming. Pretty sure I mentioned that before. I’ve put together a jam-packed new Blu-ray round-up for you to close out the year. There’s a lot of good stuff here, including one of Christopher Nolan’s best films; a polarizing horror movie from Darren Aronofsky; a surprisingly honest biopic; a harrowing Kathryn Bigelow drama based on a true story; yet another one of those dang Lego movies; a spy sequel; and a true crime miniseries. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.

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Isle of Dogs poster display

Wes Anderson‘s latest stop-motion extravaganza Isle of Dogs looks pretty darn charming, brimming with Anderson’s trademark visual flare and style (only shrunken down into miniature form). A brand new Isle of Dogs poster just arrived online, and it is loaded with very good dogs (and also some robots). See the Isle of Dogs poster below.

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early man trailer

In an era where we’re inundated with mostly identical CG animation, it’s always a breath of fresh air when Nick Park arrives back on the scene. The creator of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, Park’s distinct stop-motion style of animation is always something we welcome with open arms.

This is the third trailer we’ve seen for Early Man, but it’s a treat for the eyes once more. Not just in the painstaking detail given to each character and piece of animation, but for the new gags that are scattered throughout the latest international trailer.

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New G.I. Joe movie

If you woke up today and thought, “I could go for some news about movies based on toys and games,” rejoice: Paramount Pictures just announced a slew of dates for several toy-and-game-based movie adaptations, including a new G.I. Joe movie, Dungeons and DragonsMicronauts, and an untitled Hasbro film. Happy Hasbro Movie Date Announcement Day, everyone!

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Oscar Isaac in The Addams Family

Right now you can see Oscar Isaac taking on the First Order as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But soon the actor will be getting animated for a role that many fans have been wanting to see him tackle for a little while now.

You might remember that The Addams Family was being turned into an animated feature film at MGM with Sausage Party director Conrad Vernan at the helm of the creepy and kooky family comedy. Now the first cast member has been revealed with Oscar Isaac in talks to play Gomez Addams, the mustachioed patriarch of the Addams clan. Read More »

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Flex your joystick finger. Not only is classic arcade video game Galaga getting adapted into an animated series, it will be made into a fully immersive interactive experience. So you don’t have to wait until Ready Player One comes out to experience the magic of Galaga rendered in the modern age.

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Best Christmas Movies Streaming Right Now

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

I don’t want to alarm you, but I have some shocking news: it’s currently the holiday season. Yes, I can’t believe it either, but here we are. The utterly bonkers year that was 2017 is almost gone, but before it goes we’ll have to muddle through the holiday season somehow. The holidays can be a stressful time for some people: there’s the hassle of finding the perfect gift for loved ones, mixed with lousy weather, congested traffic and the existential dread of the looming new year. My advice? Relieve some of that stress with movies. After all, movies are the reason for the season (please don’t correct me on this, I’m sure this is correct).

In the spirit of giving, I’ve compiled a list of Christmas movies for you to stream as we run out the clock on 2017. These aren’t your traditional Christmas movies, though. The films compiled here are primarily what I’d like to call alternative Christmas movies. In other words, a lot of these are Christmas movies for people who don’t like Christmas movies. But don’t worry, I made sure to throw in one or two traditional tales of holiday cheer just in case.

Here are the best Christmas movies streaming right now! Let’s get streaming.

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Woody Woodpecker trailer

Woody Woodpecker, the cartoon bird who laughs a lot, went and got himself a feature-length film, and now the trailer has arrived to make us all question our very existence. This live-action comedy has Woody making life a living hell for human beings everywhere, like the mischievous elf Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Also, there are poop jokes. Watch the Woody Woodpecker trailer below.

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Rick and Morty Christmas Stuff

There are only two weeks until Christmas arrives, but that’s plenty of time for you to get schwifty with some killer new holiday gear courtesy of Adult Swim’s fantastic animated series Rick and Morty.

Under normal circumstances, there’s no good reason to go into a Spencer’s gifts unless you need to get something for your dirtbag friend, or you just need a tacky white elephant Christmas gift. But since Spencer’s has some cool, exclusive Rick and Morty holiday gear that is only available for the next couple weeks, it might be time to bite the bullet and head to your local shopping mall.

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The Simpsons House Redesigned

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more iconic television residence than that of the house in which The Simpsons reside. Located at 742 Evergreen Terrace in Springfield, Somwhere, the two-story house is easily recognizable, and not just because it’s a cartoon. But what if the house was given a makeover?

Don’t worry, The Simpsons creators and executive producers aren’t looking to overhaul the house that The Simpsons have called home for 29 seasons and counting. But some architecture experts decided to give The Simpsons house a drastic change by redesigning it in eight different styles. It’s a pretty cool little project. Read More »