Video and DVD

Final Combination

Final Combination

| April 27, 2016

If the title doesn’t sound familiar, you may know the movie under its original title: Dead Connection.  Or, of course it’s possible that you’re like me and have just never heard of this movie.  However, know that Dead Connection is a better title given the story centers around a grizzled detective (Michael Madsen; Resevoir Dogs) […]

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The Iron Curtain

The Iron Curtain

| April 27, 2016

Based on a true story, The Iron Curtain tells the story of Igor (Dana Andrews), a soviet soldier who is assigned a post in Canada at the Russian embassy working as a cypher clerk.  His work is top secret.  He’s not allowed to tell anyone what he does, or even overhear what goes on in […]

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Goodbye Lover

Goodbye Lover

| April 27, 2016

When Ben (Don Johnson; Eastbound & Down) decides to call off his affair with Sandra (Patricia Arquette; Boyhood), who is the wife of his brother Jake (Dermot Mulroney; Shameless), and pursue a normal relationship with Peggy (Mary-Louise Parker; Weeds), the four enter into a love rectangle that is tainted with lust, murder, and money. That […]

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Dillinger

Dillinger

| April 26, 2016

Before writing and directing Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Red Dawn (1984), John Milius made a name for himself as a screenwriter on Dirty Harry (1971) and Magnum Force (1973). As a feature film director, though, his career began with 1973’s Dillinger, a film he also penned, which makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD […]

Magical Girl

Magical Girl

| April 22, 2016

Noir can take many different forms, and even if on first glance Carlos Vermut’s Magical Girl does not seem to fit the bill, a little digging reveals its roots. Vermut’s debut feature Diamond Flash has never seen a stateside release, but this follow-up made big waves at film festivals all over the world including some […]

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Theory of Obscurity

Theory of Obscurity

| April 21, 2016

In the early 70s, an avant garde group of artists known as The Residents started making music and films anonymously.  They believed that with their identities secret, they would be free to produce art in its purest form, without the influences and pressures that come along with celebrity.  Over the decades, The Residents have amassed […]

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The Revenant

The Revenant

| April 20, 2016

Winner of three Academy Awards and nominated for nine others, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s (who won the Oscar for best director) The Revenant proved to be one of cinema’s most highly praised, critical smashes of 2015. And it’s no wonder. The stunning, Academy Award-winning cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki might draw your eye in and never let […]

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The Stuff

The Stuff

| April 19, 2016

The 1980’s were a transcendent decade for independent horror movies. Young directors with little to no experience could make cheap horror that would somehow, someway find an audience. The VCR was instrumental in helping said audience satiate their craving. If a horror movie made little to no money at the box office, it was bound […]

Outlaw: Gangster VIP

Outlaw: Gangster VIP

| April 19, 2016

After years of waiting for the Criterion Collection to release the Outlaw: Gangster VIP series on their label, here comes Arrow Video to the rescue.  A precursor to Kinji Fukasaku’s seminal yakuza series, Battle with Honor or Humanity series, the Outlaw: Gangster VIP manages to be a major bridge between the Ninkyo-eiga (Chivalry Films) and […]

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Flight 7500

Flight 7500

| April 19, 2016

When the number of previews before the movie starts rivals the number of minutes in the actual movie? You’ve got a problem. When your previews are actively more engaging and horrifying than the horror movie in question? That can’t be good. Unfortunately, these are just the issues that Flight 7500 encounters before taking off. The […]

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