‘La La Land’ Blu-ray Combo Pack Review

Damien Chazelle‘s sophomore film La La Land has hit in-home release. As far as the film goes, our very own Pete Towe has written up a review of it when the film first hit theaters, a review I pretty much agree with for the most part. But this time around I’ll be reviewing the equally sensational La La Land Blu-ray combo pack. So enjoy the show!

The La La Land Blu-ray combo pack has over three hours of special features. That much extra content is impressive in itself but the really impressive part of the —– are the Blu-ray exclusives. On the blu-ray you get several featurettes: “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down the Freeway”, “La La Land’s Great Party”, “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project”, “The Music of La La Land”, John Legend’s Acting Debut”, The Look of Love: Designing La La Land“, “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream”, “Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos”, and a marketing gallery. I’ll breakdown some of these features a bit.

“Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down the Freeway” takes us behind-the-scenes of the very in your face opening scene of the film. The opening number took place on an L.A. freeway. If you’ve driven in L.A. then you just how busy those freeways can get. The city of Los Angeles allowed for a portion of the freeway to be closed down for a couple of days in order for Chazelle to get his ideal opening scene shot. Well as you can imagine, it takes a lot to put together a scene for a musical which involves dancers dancing in, out and between cars, a freeway, traffic noise, extras and having to do all that before the sun goes down. The featurette shows just how Chazelle and the crew had to deal with all of those issues, even explains that some of the shots that he wanted weren’t possible due to certain issues getting in the way.

“Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” reveals how Gosling learned how to play piano just for the role. Rather than having a pianist stand-in for the piano shots, Gosling practiced the songs on piano for about 4 months hours at a time. If that isn’t dedication, then I don’t know what is.

My favorite out of the featurettes was “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project”. In this featurette Damien discusses how and why he wanted to make this film so badly and what it took to get a musical like La La Land made. From the title of the featurette you obviously find out that Chazelle has been writing La La Land before his debut film Whiplash. He and Justin Hurwitz, the composer of the film, began writing the script years ago after they met in a band. Chazelle explained that he made Whiplash first because it was a smaller project that a film company could backup a lot easier than they could back a huge musical from a rookie director.

The features included on the DVD are limited to commentary from Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz, “Another Day of Sun”, “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm”, “La La Land’s Love Letter to Los Angeles”, and Song Selection, all of which are also on the Blu-ray.

All of the featurettes are not just for fans but I feel like they are catered more towards the aspiring director, writer, actor, dancer, producer, composer etc who are out there hoping to fulfill some big dreams of theirs. It’s what made me love the featurettes as much as I did.

When it comes to sound and quality of the film on Blu-ray it’s amazing. The vibrant scenes are as gorgeous as they could be. This musical was equally made for the big screen as it was for in-home enjoyment. Obviously the bigger the screen the better but its stunning visuals are still as beautiful as they were in theaters. The blu-ray is 1080p high def 16×9 widescreen. When watching this at home, I had my sound bar and surrounded sound on at a pretty high volume and was crystal clear. The audio is Dolby Atmos with 2.0 Dolby digital audio optimized for late-night listening, which not many blu-rays contain. I could only imagine how great this film would be on 4k, which is also available. So if you did purchase it on 4K, please let us know what you thought of it.

The packaging of the La La Land Blu-ray combo pack catches your eyes just as much as the film’s musical scenes do. It has a cardboard foil dust cover which turns multiple colors as you move the box and it eve has a 3D feel with its title on the front box art.

As far as the cost goes, the suggest retail prices are: $42.99 (4K), $39.99 (blu-ray combo pack), and $29.95 (DVD). These are all pretty pricey in my opinion but often retail stores will have pretty decent prices within the first week of a new release. So I’m betting that this in-home release will be no different and you can probably purchase it at a fair price first week of its release.

When it comes down to it, I would highly recommend to go out and purchase the La La Land Blu-ray combo pack if you have the money to do so. Though it may be pricey, you do get a lot of content with it. You get the Blu-ray, DVD and a digital HD copy plus all of the extra features attached. Not only is this one of my new all-time favorite films but it is also one of my favorite blu-ray releases.





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YouTuber Tries To Recreate The ‘Bart Simpson Megaphone Challenge’

(PCM) YouTuber Kevin Kohler, who runs the popular channel TheBackyardScientist, recently made an attempt to recreate the ‘Bart Simpson Megaphone Challenge’ which was inspired by a cult favorite episode of the long running FOX animated series “The Simpsons”. Kohler set up 10 megaphones back to back to see just how loud of a sound he could create.

Kohler explained in the video that the idea for the challenge came to him when he was watching “The Simpson” and saw Bart’s prank from the episode titled “The Secret War Of Lisa Simpson” which aired in season 8 of the series. In the episode, Bart puts 10 megaphones back to back and creates a sound so loud that it led to a shock wave that shattered all of the windows in town, including his father Homer’s full fridge of beer.

Everything started off well for Kohler with the test challenge as he collected and lined up all the megaphone, but what he failed to anticipate was any type of feedback loop. He attempted to rearranged the megaphones to tone down some of the feedback and then shouted into the first one. His sound was not that loud and was pretty much the same as using only one megaphone, as the power sources that make up the megaphones were not strong enough to amplify the sound to the level he anticipated. The sound ended up becoming quite distorted.

Not thrilled with the way the experiment turned out the first time, Kohler and his assisant then decided to move the megaphones into a circular shape and finally created the ear-splitting noise they desired. The feedback loop they measured was 16 times louder than your average vacuum cleaner. You can watch their entire ordeal and the outcome in the video below:

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Pennsylvania Pastor Is Accidentally Mailed 10 Pounds Of Pot

(PCM) Police in Pennsylvania are just as perplexed as the pastor who was accidentally mailed ten pounds of marijuana. The pastor claimed that she received a UPS package to her home in Yeadon, PA which contained the drugs and she immediately contacted the local authorities. The package was originally shipped from Sacramento, California and she ended up opening the box when she arrived at her Southwest Philadelphia ministry only to discover that the box contained several bundles of marijuana which were wrapped up in cellophane and stuffed inside of a plastic bucket.

Of course the pastor is now worried for her own safety, as she fears the packages intended recipients may come looking for the package which landed at her address by mistake. The authorities in Yeadon claim that this is not the first time they have received reports about someone using a stranger address to mail drugs to themselves and are currently planning on investigating the incident further.

They are making an attempt to gain access to surveillance footage from the UPS shipping location in California where the package was dropped off to see if they can identify the suspects who originally shipped the package. Thus far they have had no luck. A similar situation occurred at the City Blue retail store location in Upper Darby, PA where instead of receiving a shipment of menswear they were expecting, the store received a package containing ninety pounds of marijuana instead that had a street value estimated at around $270,000.

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Not Everyone Is ‘Loving’ McDonald’s New Dystopian-Looking Uniforms

(PCM) We are not “loving it” and neither is anyone else when it comes to the new uniform choice for McDonald’s employees. In fact, they truly resemble something straight out of science fiction movie and paint the picture of quite the dystopian future. Something tells us that is definitely not what the company was going for, but they certainly succeeded tenfold!

Many are comparing the new uniforms to the commander uniforms in the “Star Wars” film franchise and while it is understandable that after so many years McDonald’s would want to change up their dress code, couldn’t they have chosen something a little less … can we say … drab!

According to a press release from the McDonald’s corporation the new uniforms were designed as a collaboration between Bindu Rivas and Waraire Boswell, who actually worked at a McDonald’s in California before he started designing for celebrities like Will Smith and Ellen DeGeneres. The new look debuted in April 2017 at all 14,000 restaurants.

“Our new collections focus on comfort, fit, functionality and contemporary professionalism, delivering a uniform that crew and managers will feel comfortable to work in and proud to wear,” Jez Langhorn, McDonald’s Senior Director of HR, said in the release. “Beyond that, it’s another step in the company’s continuous effort to raise the bar by investing in people and improving the restaurant experience with a focus on hospitality.”

We are certain that the company never expected the internet backlash they have began receiving once the images of the new uniform design was released.

We are curious to see just how long this new uniform design will last! The power of the internet can speak volumes sometimes and the last thing McDonald’s would want is for everyone to not be “loving it”!

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Happy Days Actress Erin Moran Dead At Age 56

(PCM) Hollywood is mourning the loss of “Happy Days” and “Joanie Love Chachi” actress Erin Moran who was found dead in her Indiana home at the age of 56.

Moran is best known for her role as the lovable Joanie Cunningham on the long running TV sitcom “Happy Days”. She also appeared in “Murder She Wrote”, “Desperation Boulevard” and “Celebrity Fit Club”.

According to Indiana authorities, they received a call reporting an “unresponsive female”. When EMT’s arrive on the scene they discovered Moran’s body and she was already deceased. An autopsy to determine her exact cause of death is still pending.

Moran struggled with drinking and several incidents of bizarre behavior after her “Happy Days” fame. She ended up living in an Indiana trailer park with her husband Steve Fleishmann, but it is being reported that the two were allegedly on their way to being kicked out of the trailer park and were flat broke.

Many of Moran’s “Happy Days” co-stars have expressed their condolences online. Actor/director Ron Howard tweeted “Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens.”

The “Fonz” himself Henry Winkler tweeted, “OH Erin… now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth …Rest In It serenely now.. too soon”

Our sincere condolences go out to Erin Moran’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.


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Gorillaz Gear Up For An Invasion! Tons Of Release Week Celebrations!

(PCM) Gorillaz continue to keep the surprises coming with an incredibly momentous week commemorating their highly anticipated new album Humanz—out April 28th on Warner Bros.

After unveiling the immersive fan experience of their augmented reality pop-up Spirit House in Brooklyn, Gorillaz have gone a step further in bringing Humanz to the world by hosting the virtual Humanz House Party. From Friday April 21st at 11am EST until end of Sunday April 23rd, those keen enough to download the Gorillaz app (Apple or Android) will be able to go to specific locations and walk through the Spirit House as they hear the new album before its release on a continuous loop. This will be the first opportunity for fans to hear Humanz in full. While those in NYC and Los Angeles can head to Bryant Park or Silver Lake Meadow for the unique experience, a full list of all participating cities and locations will be revealed within the Gorillaz App, http://gorillaz.com and Gorillaz Facebook.

To kick off the actual week of release for Humanz, Gorillaz has announced an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime close-up performance at Rough Trade NYC (located in Brooklyn) on Tuesday, April 25th—doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. To be one of the lucky few to score a ticket, stop by Rough Trade NYC April 25th and pre-order the album to receive a wristband for entry to the show (limit one per person, wristbands will be placed on at time of purchase).

As an extension of the Sonos and Gorillaz Spirit House, Gorillaz will also unveil an exclusive installation of Jamie Hewlett’s original artwork at the Sonos flagship store at 101 Greene Street in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. The custom installation will be on display starting April 26th, and will feature a selection of Gorillaz artwork carefully created and curated by Hewlett from his personal archive.

If that’s not enough Gorillaz, never fear! Tune in to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on April 27th to catch an extraordinary appearance of the band featuring Damon Albarn, Seye Adelekan, Jesse Hackett, Mike Smith, Karl Vanden Bossche, Gabriel Wallace, Jeff Wooton PLUS several special guests.

And the global fascination for Gorillaz will continue when Humanz takes to the road this summer–with special pop-up guest appearances from many more of the album’s featured artists, drawing from a stellar lineup including Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis, among others. Tickets available at http://gorillaz.com/tour.

Keep up with Gorillaz at www.gorillaz.com.

HUMANZ Tour 2017

4/25/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC

6/10/17 – Margate, UK – Demon Dayz 2017

7/08/17 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

7/10/17 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

7/12/17 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

7/13/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

7/15/17 – Quebec City, Canada – Festival d’Été International de Québec

7/17/17 – Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion

7/28-30/17 – Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock 2017

8/11-13/17 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

9/15-17/17 – New York, NY – Meadows Music & Arts Festival

9/18/17 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre

9/20/17 – Minneapolis, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium

9/22/17 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center

9/24/17 – Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful

9/26/17 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

9/30/17 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena at Seattle Center

10/05/17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

10/11/17 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Center

10/13-15/17 – Miami, FL – III Points Festival

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