Blu Tuesday is a weekly column where we review the newest Blu-ray and 4K releases, along with a brief rundown of the included bonus material, to determine whether they’re worth buying, renting or skipping.
Pick of the Week: “Creed III”
The third installment in the “Creed” series was the perfect vehicle for actor Michael B. Jordan to make his directorial debut, as it likely afforded him a certain comfort level due to his previous experience working on the first two films. There’s not enough here visually to know what kind of filmmaker Jordan will become (though the anime-inspired boxing sequences are definitely a highlight), but he does an admirable job with a pretty flawed script, thanks largely to some great performances from his cast. Jonathan Majors is the clear standout as the movie’s antagonist, arguably the best Rocky/Creed villain since Ivan Drago, but Jordan and Tessa Thompson also turn in strong work in their roles. Though “Creed III” is by no means perfect, it’s yet another solid addition to the series and perhaps the perfect ending to the franchise as a whole.
Extras include a pair of behind-the-scenes featurettes and some deleted scenes. FINAL VERDICT: RENT
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“Shazam! Fury of the Gods” — After delivering one of the more enjoyable entries in the DC Extended Universe with 2019’s “Shazam!”, director David F. Sandberg’s follow-up is a massive disappointment that completely ignores what made its predecessor successful. While the first film was a charming and lighthearted action-comedy led by some winning performances from Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer, “Fury of the Gods” is a dull and drab slice of superhero mediocrity that wastes the talents of its cast, particularly Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu, whose villains are basically just there to spout boring exposition and some truly horrendous dialogue. The DC movie brand has been in a steady decline for a number of years now, and “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” is the pinnacle of all that is wrong with the franchise. Extras include an audio commentary by Sandberg, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at making the movie, deleted scenes and more. FINAL VERDICT: SKIP
Disclosure: Bullz-Eye was provided a copy of the above titles for review purposes.