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Fri 28.9.18
Move to new IP address partially complete
Michael D
I have moved the site itself to its new IP address, but left the email server and the site's nameserver at the old address for now. The practical upshot of this is that at the moment, the site will work perfectly so long as you access it with a "www" address.
i.e. www.michaeldvd.com.au will work perfectly, but
michaeldvd.com.au will time out


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Thu 27.9.18
Rampage (3D Blu-ray) (2018)
CallumK

Rampage is a fun enough blockbuster, pure and simple. It's certainly daft, and the surplus exposition can be mind-numbing, but the movie delivers when it comes to pure, raw thrills. The climactic showdown in Chicago alone ensures this is worth watching if this genre is your cup of tea. Just don't expect high art. This 3D Blu-ray from Roadshow is adequate but unremarkable, with the 3D conversion only occasionally providing outstanding moments, while the downgrade in audio to a 5.1 mix is disappointing. The set also contains the 2D disc with an acceptable array of special features. This is a try before you buy situation, but if you're 3D-compatible and liked the movie, it's worth picking up at sale price. . Sponsored by DeVoteD.

Wed 26.9.18
Only the Brave (Blu-ray) (2017)
CallumK

Only the Brave is a masculine ugly-cry movie for the ages. It is far better than its appalling box office performance implies, and it should be on your radar. The technical presentation of this Blu-ray is top-notch, with a beautifully-encoded video transfer and a crisp, powerful 5.1 audio track. The selection of extras is disappointing, particularly given the exclusion of the audio commentary. If audio commentaries matter to you, import from overseas. If 4K matters to you, import from overseas. For everyone else, this one comes recommended. . Sponsored by Disk Doctor.

Tue 25.9.18
Mystery Road (2018)
DanielB

A quality Australia mystery mini-series set in the Outback which continues the story of detective Jay Swan, started in two feature films. Good transfers but its a shame there is no Blu-ray option. . Sponsored by DVD Buzz.

Mon 24.9.18
Brawl in Cell Block 99 (Blu-ray) (2017)
CallumK

Brawl in Cell Block 99 is astonishing; one of the most badass, outright manly and mesmerising movies I've seen in some time. This one will see plenty of re-watches in my household. Although it's disappointing that the movie did not receive a 4K Ultra HD release locally, Universal Sony's Blu-ray is adequate nevertheless, with a strong technical presentation and a short but worthwhile making-of featurette. Especially given the low price point, this one is a no-brainer - highly recommended. . Sponsored by Atomic Movies.

Sat 22.9.18
Upgrade (Blu-ray) (2018)
CallumK

For my money, Upgrade is the film of the year. Smart, exhilarating and slickly-produced, it blew me away with I saw it in cinemas, and it holds up on home video. Coming to Blu-ray from Madman, Upgrade looks and sounds fantastic, ably replicating the cinematic experience. I do wish that we got a 4K release, but beggars can't be choosers - at least it's being released on Blu-ray despite underperforming at the box office. The special features are disappointing in terms of quantity, but Whannell's commentary track is top-notch, making this worth the purchase. All things considered, this one comes highly recommended. . Sponsored by Atomic Movies.

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