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Review: “Captain America: The Winter Solder” Blu-ray gives behind-the-scenes look at Marvel’s superhero realism

Review: “Captain America: The Winter Solder” Blu-ray gives behind-the-scenes look at Marvel’s superhero realism

As is noted multiple times on its new Blu-ray release, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” brought a different take on Marvel superhero films by bringing the action down to Earth and in your face. With handheld cameras and hand-to-hand combat, this sequel succeeds as one of Marvel’s best yet.

A combination spy thriller and action adventure, “The Winter Soldier” follows Captain Steve Rogers in a modern day caper that ultimately shakes up the entire landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the aid of Black Widow and newcomer Falcon, the good guys take on a new set of villains – but it’s not always clear who exactly those baddies are. It’s a movie that stays interesting from opening moments to closing credits, mixing lots of laughter with plenty of suspense.

On Blu-ray, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is easy to get sucked into. It looks and sounds great, making just about any home surround system sound like a movie theater. It’s not necessarily a great film to show off the color range of a new TV, as much of the film is dark and desaturated, but its high energy action sequences – particularly Nick Fury’s car chase – are great demo material.

For bonus features, Marvel includes one fantastic look at how those action scenes came to be, following the film’s actors from training to rehearsal to filming both in front of green screens and on location, shutting down miles of streets. Particularly impressive are Chris Evans’ combat moves, Sebastian Stan’s agility with a knife, and Scarlett Johansson’s wire work.

On the lighter side of things, a gag reel features a few amusing flubs on set while another short extra dubbed “Cut the Check!” follows Anthony Mackie’s favorite catch phrase whenever he feels he nails a scene. Neither are over-the-top funny, but they are entertaining.

Deleted scenes are mildly interesting and perhaps reveal a tiny extra detail or two for the hardcore Marvel fans about some of the film’s minor and major characters. The movie’s running commentary has interesting stories but plays a bit drab due to the Russo brothers’ low key style of speaking.

For those following the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is certainly a must own on Blu-ray. Anyone who is a casual superhero movie fan owes it to themselves to at least pick up the original “Captain America: The First Avenger” along with “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this new release to complete the story arc. You might miss a few beats in between, but you’ll still get the best mix of storytelling, humor, and action that Marvel has released to date.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is available now on Blu-ray from Amazon and all major retailers. It’s also available in a 3D combo pack.


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Apple held the world’s attention today as it first announced the iPhone 6, then added two new products – Apple Pay and Apple Watch – each with a Disney flair.

The newly announced Apple Watch has many unique features to be excited about, but for Disney fans it’s a chance to have an animated Mickey Mouse face digitally on their wrists.

The Apple Watch adds technology to the wrist, allowing sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone, and even sharing your own heartbeat. Apps will be available for the new device along with the customizable digital faces.

Coming to Disney Store locations and Walt Disney World by Christmas, Apple Pay will allow iPhone 6 users to simply hold their phones up to checkout registers to pay for products without pulling out any credit cards, which will be stored digitally. It’s the next step of MyMagic+, which already allows Disney theme park guests to do just that with MagicBands.

Apple Watch will have Apple Pay features and will debut in 2015 at $349, requiring an iPhone 5 or higher to link to.

Disney is also developing games for the iPhone 6, taking advantage of the new phone’s enhanced processing power.


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Halloween Horror Nights 2014 mixes classic chaos with new blood as Universal Orlando previews haunted houses, scare zones

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 mixes classic chaos with new blood as Universal Orlando previews haunted houses, scare zones

Last night Universal Orlando held its annual press preview of Halloween Horror Nights, unveiling costumes, makeup, masks, set pieces, and even one of their eight new full haunted house experiences.

Taking place in one of the many sound stages at Universal Studios Florida, the Halloween Horror Nights 24 media preview began with an introduction from Entertainment Director Mike Aiello, as passionate as ever, discussing all of this year’s haunted houses and scare zones. That’s right, traditional scare zones are back and their design team is just as excited about it as every fan of the event.


Video: Halloween Horror Nights 2014 haunted houses, scare zones detailed at Universal Orlando


Halloween Horror Nights 2014 preview at Universal Orlando

Throughout the evening, Aiello, along with show directors Charles Gray and Lora Wallace, made even the least interesting experiences sound fantastic amidst an entertainment line-up that features three original concept mazes with five based on intellectual properties – movies and TV shows.

The videos below offer up-close looks at the costumes and artwork displayed at the event, including interviews with these talented folks that are bringing it to life.


Costumes & artwork for Halloween Horror Nights 2014 haunted houses at Universal Orlando


Video: Creating scare zones & creatures for Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at Universal Orlando


Halloween Horror Nights 2014 preview at Universal Orlando


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Universal Orlando announces new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort hotel to open Summer 2016 with Caribbean flair

Universal Orlando announces new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort hotel to open Summer 2016 with Caribbean flair

This morning Universal Orlando and Loews Hotels announced the new Sapphire Falls Resort to open in Summer 2016.

Featuring 1,000 guest rooms and suites amidst a Caribbean theme, the hotel’s centerpieces will be a tropical river and towering waterfall. Including 77 suites, Sapphire Falls will bring the number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 5,200

The hotel’s lobby will feature floor-to-ceiling windows unveiling the “island” view, along side a pool, waterslide, and sand beach. There will be a poolside bar and grill and full-service restaurant with Caribbean-style views too.

Sapphire Falls will be pet friendly, also offering a fitness center and sprawling convention space – Loews’ second largest – with 131,000 square feet of meeting and event space. An air-conditioned bridge will link it to the Royal Pacific Resort.

Guests of the hotel will also enjoy early park admission to Universal’s theme parks.

“Our guests repeatedly tell us that our Universal Orlando on-site hotels provide them a completely immersive vacation experience from the moment they enter our hotels and are transported to another place,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Parks & Resorts. “We look forward to bringing them yet another incredibly themed experience with the opening of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.”

This will be the fifth on-site hotel for Universal Orlando when it opens in 2016. Reservations will be accepted in spring 2015.

More information can be found on the Loews web site.


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Ever wonder what Disney’s classic TV show “DuckTales” would look like with real ducks in place of animated ones? No? Well Oh My Disney did, creating a shot-for-shot remake of that original intro – and it’s glorious:

The real duck versions of Scrooge, Magica, and Launchpad are particularly amusing.

Here’s the original, for comparison:


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