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Beautiful or Befuddled?

The Tree of Life

Terrance Malick’s fifth film The Tree of Life ($25) is a strange beast, to say the least. At Cannes, it was booed by some during its press screening, but went on to take the Palme d’Or. Established reviewers split in a similar fashion, with some crowning it as a profound and moving exploration of human...

There's epic miniseries, and then there's this

Band of Brothers & The Pacific Blu-ray Box Set

Two epic miniseries, in 1080p, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, in one limited edition box set. That about sums up the Band of Brothers & Pacific Blu-ray Box Set ($135) which is slated to hit shelves on November 8th. Whether you’ve caught the occasional re-run on the History Channel, or missed these series...

Boxed-In

Scarface Limited Edition Blu-ray with Humidor

When you get the money, then you get the $700 limited edition Scarface Blu-ray. Then, when you get the power and Blu-ray, then you get the women. That’s probably not the exact curriculum of the Tony Montana life coaching system, but we’re pretty sure he’d still splurge on this ridiculous version of Brian De Palma’s...

Like Netflix for Movie Theaters

MoviePass

MoviePass is a brand new startup hoping to revolutionize the way film addicts get their regular dose o’ big screen. For $50 bucks a month, clients can enjoy an unlimited number of movies. Everything works via an app, which is available for both Android and iOS users. Through it, users can reserve seats and simply...

It's All in the Pix

Happy Gilmore Blu-ray

You all know the lines, scenes and what Shooter eats for breakfast, but for more than a decade, anyone hoping for a rage-fueled trip through the PGA circa 1996 has had to put up with standard def. The wait is over starting tomorrow. Yup, Adam Sandler’s instant-classic Happy Gilmore ($20) has finally received a 1080p...

Right Brain, Left Brain

General Orders No.9

It’s official, the chock-a-blockbuster season has arrived. But, not all brain stimulus is lost. Coming out of nowhere and already sweeping awards for its mesmerizing cinematography, General Orders No.9 is a documentary unlike you’ve ever seen. For 11 years, writer-director Bob Persons has captured the markers of loss and change in the American South and...

Abiding Finally in 1080p

The Big Lebowski Limited Edition

The Dude would surely approve of the leisurely 10+ years it’s taken the Cohen Brothers to release their cult-classic on Blu-ray. Based on what’s included in the newly announced, limited edition version ($21), however, — the extended patience from fans will be paid back in full. For starters, the studio announced that the film has...

A peerless racing movie

Le Mans Blu-ray

Le Mans is a movie that was driven by passion, instead of the bottom line. Steve McQueen desperately wanted the film made to showcase his talents as a actor and driver, and authentically at that. Subsequently, he dumped millions of his own cash into the film, which nearly bankrupted him. The way he saw it,...

Never Doubt the Will to Survive

127 Hours Blu-ray/DVD

James Franco may have trouble delivering teleprompter lines realistically, but you shouldn’t let his Oscar hosting skills dissuade you from watching his excellent performance in 127 Hours ($20). If you happened to miss the memo on Danny Boyle’s latest masterpiece, Franco plays the role of outdoor legend Aron Ralston, who earned his notoriety by sawing...

Nolan's Breakthrough Film, Finally in True 1080p

Memento 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

Before Christopher Nolan was a mega-star director, he made Memento, based off a short story written by his brother, Jonathan Nolan. If you’ve never seen this cinematic mind-bender, you should, because it’s his finest work to date in our humble opinion. This film was released originally in 2002 on Blu-ray, but that copy was done...

Remember It's "Steeg" not "Stig"

The Stieg Larsson Trilogy Blu-ray Collection

While you’re waiting for David Fincher and co. to provide their own cinematic interpretations of Stieg Larsson’s break away “The Girl Who Played With..” series, we’d recommend checking out the original Swedish films. Those who have read the books will find that each of the films stays relatively close to their original novel story lines...

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The Social Network

Mark Zuckerburg, for better or worse, has changed the way the world communicates. That may sound hyperbolic, but it’s the truth. It just so happens that in the process of doing this, he also wound up becoming a billionaire several times over — while still in college. The Social Network ($17) may not portray the...

The hardest thing to do is simplify your life

180 Degrees South

Like many others here at GP, I have a reserved section in my film library dedicated to manly, adventure-travel documentaries. The voyages and endless possibilities of Mother Nature transform my couch into a vessel of exploration and put me hot on the trail for adventure. Filmmaker Chris Malloy’s 180 Degrees South ($18) is no exception...

Take It For What It Is

The Expendables

We’ll be honest. The Expendables isn’t a good movie per se — and it certainly won’t be up for any golden statue nominations. If you approach the film as the ridiculous farce of a blockbuster action film that it is however, watch it and you’re bound to have a good time. We won’t divulge any...

The Legal Alternative to Robbing a Blockbuster

Fox 75th Anniversary Collection

The Fox 75th Anniversary Collection ($358) is one of the easiest ways we can think of to buy a movie collection overnight. This mega box set contains 75 films produced by the studio and is divided into three volumes, each covering 25 years of production. Obviously there’s plenty worth watching — 46 have won at...

Lucid Dream Sedatives Not Included

Inception Briefcase Set

The Inception Blu-ray/DVD Briefcase Gift Set ($49) is an exclusive package only offered through Warner Brother’s WB shop and it’s the ultimate gift for Nolan fans still wondering if the top ever fell. Besides including both a Blu-ray and DVD copy of the movie, buyers also get seven Art Cards, “The Cobol Job Comic,” and...

Hey, You Guys!

The Goonies 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

There’s plenty about the 80’s that’s worth forgetting, but The Goonies shouldn’t fall on that list. Directed and produced by Richard Donner (who also happened to direct the Lethal Weapon movies and The Omen), and written by non other than Steven Spielberg, it’s no wonder the kids adventure was a tremendous success. The fact that...

It's "gonna mace you in the face"

The Darjeeling Limited Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

Wes Anderson is a polarizing director. People either hate or love his films. End of story. The Darjeeling Limited ($25) tends to rank lower on his list of films, possibly because it was co-written by Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola instead of Owen Wilson or Noah Baumbach. But in our book it’s still a highly...

Kal-El's Vacation Home

Into the Lost Crystal Caves

Impossibly large caverns 300 meters below the surface. 36 foot translucent gypsum crystals weighing 55 tons. Scorching 136° temperatures and intense humidity – enough to kill a human after 15 minutes of exposure. No, this isn’t the planet Krypton, this is Cueva de los Cristales near the town of Delicias, Mexico. Discovered 10 years ago...

10 Movie Posters Inspired by Men's Style

Dress the Part Movie Posters by Moxy Creative House

What can we say? We’re suckers for cool posters that go above and beyond the typical dorm room fair. This latest batch we’ve discovered by Moxy Creative highlights 10 films via their iconic or hilarious style. Available as 11.75″ x 15.5″ prints, buying one will cost your $30 plus $7 shipping — which is pretty...

Iron Man 2 (Blu-Ray)

One tell-tale sign that summer is over is that the season’s blockbusters are now making it to Blu-ray. We had the opportunity to review Iron Man II before its public release and thoroughly enjoyed it as a super hero action flick. Now the Iron Man 2 Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD ($25) is finally out for those of...

Yeah, He's Still Got It

Harry Brown Blu-ray

A long time has passed since Get Carter, but catching Sir Michael Caine as the star of Harry Brown ($22) couldn’t help but get us excited. It may not have smashed any box office records, but this film is well on its way to becoming a cult classic. Now that it’s out on Blu-ray, you...

Because Watching Detention is Better Than Serving It

The Breakfast Club 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)

John Hughes (may he rest in peace) directed many 80’s classics, but The Breakfast Club was arguably his best if not most memorable. Now, in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary, The Breakfast Club ($18) lands on blu-ray so fans can catch every minute of the detention-session bonding in high definition. Pre Community style. Sure,...

Go Joe!

G.I. Joe: The Movie (Blu-ray)

It’s never a bad day for a little nostalgia. Case in point, the original G.I. Joe animated movie released in 1987 is now available as a special edition Blu-ray ($19). While it may just be a decent 1080P transfer and PCM 2.0 soundtrack, it’s nice to see that Blu-ray.com reports that G.I. Joe: The Movie...

So Wrong, So Funny

In Bruges (Blu-ray)

In Bruges ($19) is a dark comedy that’s steadily picked up a cult following since its 2008 release. The story follows the actions of two Irish gangster/hit men who’ve been ordered to lay low – you guessed it – in Bruges (broozh), after a hit gets a little too messy. Don’t know how to pronounce...

A Future Comedy Classic

Hot Tub Time Machine Blu-ray

We’ve been patiently waiting for this Blu-ray release ever since we walked out of the theater back in March. It’s hands down one of, if not the funniest movie we’ve seen so far in 2010, and should not be missed if you happened to skip it while it ran in theaters. Trust us, we know...

1080p Tribute To A Legend

Clint Eastwood Blu-ray Collection

Few stars alive today are as respected and as recognized by so many generations of men like Clint Eastwood. He has been a constant presence in the movie industry for 30+ years, and for many, epitomizes the iron-willed tough guy persona we’ve all wished we could be. For guys looking for a chronicle of Clint’s...

Six Seasons Worth of Answers, All on Your Coffee Table

Lost Encyclopedia

There’s nothing like a good distraction to keep people from mulling over a void in their lives. Depressed Losties struggling to make sense of their Tuesday evenings now that all of the answers are out there should heed this advice and seriously think about pre-ordering the Lost Encyclopedia ($27). Scheduled to hit shelves everywhere on...

A Dark Knight-Worthy Sequel or Another Spider Man 3?

Advance Review: Iron Man 2

Our normal modus operandi is to avoid movie reviews, but Gear Patrol was invited to catch an early look at Iron Man 2 which we just couldn’t pass up. If you’re like us, you’ve probably been anticipating this movie all year. Problem is, the advance reviews range drastically in sentiment. We purposely avoided what others...

30 Essential Movies | Cool Hand Luke

Another member of the National Film Registry, Cool Hand Luke, is one the great films in Paul Newman’s stellar career. The movie follows Luke Jackson, a decorated war vet, that has a bit of trouble following rules. After decapitating parking meters while drunk he winds up in a Georgia penitentiary for a 2 year stint....

30 Essential Movies | North by Northwest

Over fifty years old now, North by Northwest, is an Alfred Hitchcock classic. Starring Cary Grant as “Mad Man” (Madison Avenue advertising exec.) Roger Thornhill, Roger is mistaken for another man and kidnapped. Throughout the movie he’s relentlessly pursued through more plot twists than The Departed x5. Trying to explain it would be impossible. Suffice...

30 Essential Movies | The French Connection

Based around a drug smuggling connection between Marseilles and New York City, The French Connection, follows “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) of the NYPD in his dogged pursuit of the drug smugglers. A bit of a rogue cop, Doyle gets onto the hunt for the smugglers after “interrogating” a suspect who’d slashed his partner with a...

Never Steal Tony Jaa's Elephant

The Protector Ultimate Edition Blu-ray

Long time Gear Patrol readers may remember our first mention of this new martial arts classic back in our feature on Five Foreign Films Every Man Should Watch. Finally released earlier this week on Blu-ray, if you haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, now is the time. Presented stateside by Quentin Tarantino, besides...

Watch Holmes at Home

Sherlock Holmes on Blu-ray & DVD

Last December, Robert Downey Jr. proved to the world that he didn’t need the help of special robotic armor to hold his own in a big budget blockbuster. Then again, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that Jr. fit right in as Holmes, who was characterized by Arthur Conan Doyle as a brilliant, substance abusing man,...

30 Essential Movies | 48 Hrs.

When a convicted robber escapes from prison and kills a cop, rogue detective Jack Cates decides to parole the robber’s old cell partner in crime, Reggie Hammond, for two days (48 hours) to help him solve the case. Starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy when they were both solid actors who weren’t bat-shit crazy, 48...

30 Essential Movies | Rocky

If it so happens you haven’t watched this movie (and its five sequels, likely on TNT) a dozen times, we’ll give you the quick run down. Rocky Balboa, a debt collector for a Philly loan shark and amateur boxer, gets a shot at the title when the challenger drops out with a broken hand. He...

30 Essential Movies | The Graduate

Before Stifler’s Mom there was Mrs. Robinson, the original MILF. Centered around recent college grad Ben Braddock, played by a young(er) Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate follows Ben as he returns home and after college and attempts to figure out what’s next. Quickly he finds himself the boy toy of Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his...

World War II, Revisited In Grand

Watch This | The Pacific on HBO

This Sunday, be sure to keep 9pm wide open as executive producers Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Geotzman bring us the epic ten-part miniseries The Pacific, a follow-up to the incredible Band of Brothers. The Pacific follows the real-life stories of three U.S. Marines across the Pacific Theater during World War II from their...

30 Essential Movies | Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Shocking as it may seem, there was a time when Matthew Broderick was not married to John Kerry masquerading as a woman. During that time he made some solid movies and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is most certainly one of the best. The iconic Ferris Bueller is a senior in high school outside of Chicago...

30 Essential Movies | Goodfellas

Martin Scorcesse makes our list once again with Goodfellas. Based on the non-fiction book Wise Guys, it follows the life the Henry Hill, an Irish-American who dreams of being a gangster growing up in Brooklyn. Eventually he earns his way into the mafia, and works his way up through the ranks. Heavily involved in the...

And Then The Earth Went BOOM...

2012 Blu-Ray

You won’t buy 2012 on Blu-Ray ($25) for any more reason than knowing it will be your latest showcase movie to demonstrate your new HDTV and surround-sound system. Of course, Roland Emmerich would have you believe 2012 is as good of a movie as his epic, Stargate, but he, you, and I all know that’s...

Bring Da Ruckus

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Blu-ray)

Wu-Tang and Kung Fu fans alike should appreciate this classic finally being released on Blu-ray. Basically defining old-school martial arts movies, the plot of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin has been imitated by countless movies since its release including The Karate Kid. All you need to know about this original is that a recently orphaned...

30 Essential Movies | Raging Bull

Considering Shutter Island opened this past weekend, it’s only fitting that we add another Scorsese masterpiece to our 30 Essential Movies roster. Fast approaching its 30th birthday, Raging Bull follows the life of prize fighter Jake LaMotta, played by Robert Deniro. An absolute beast in the ring, Jake literally dismantles his opponents. That viscous instinct...