Video and DVD

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun

| April 15, 2016

Occasionally a film comes along that feels almost like a parody of itself or its genre, and it takes a little digging to figure out if that is indeed the case. Take The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, for example. It’s an adaptation of a popular French novel that has previously […]

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Identicals

Identicals

| April 13, 2016

I think that people who write sci-fi are smarter than the rest of us in a few key ways.  They have a real capacity for keeping entire worlds in their head all at once, with an incredible attention to detail concerning how these fictional worlds work and how the characters therein interact with each other.  […]

Dangerous Men

Dangerous Men

| April 12, 2016

The late John S. Rad’s Dangerous Men—produced over the course of 26 years before finally being released in 2005—is a film unlike any other I’ve ever seen. I mean, its constituent parts are all clearly sourced from any number of 1980’s action movies/rape-revenge movies, making it highly derivative in a sense. Yet, these particular elements […]

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Bride of Re-Animator

Bride of Re-Animator

| April 12, 2016

It’s about damn time someone gave Bride of Re-Animator (1989) the Blu-ray release it deserves! And with this release produced by Arrow Video US, we find ourselves with an HD Limited Edition release which easily trumps that of the original Re-Animator (1985) on Blu-ray. And Arrow’s transfers of both the Unrated and R-Rated versions of […]

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Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli

Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli

| April 8, 2016

Giallo, that peculiarly Italian strain of mystery and horror that flourished in the 1960s and 1970s, has seen a huge resurgence in popularity among cult films fans over the last decade. DVD helped bring many of the best of these films to audiences in the States who may have never had a chance to see […]

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The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music

The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music

| April 6, 2016

There are a number of charming, affective moments that tugged at the heart in The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music from Dutch film director Ben Verbong. Von Trapp daughter and singer Agathe loses her mother to scarlet fever and vows to never sing again. Most people should know a bit of this story. […]

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Mojave

Mojave

| April 4, 2016

When film director Tom (Garrett Hedlund; Tron Legacy) needs a break from the stress of being on set, he heads out into the Mojave Desert to camp, hike, hunt, and relax.  Everything goes well until a mysterious stranger, Jack (Oscar Isaac; Star Wars: The Force Awakens), shows up and presents a real threat to Tom, […]

The Hateful Eight – Blu-Ray Review

The Hateful Eight – Blu-Ray Review

| March 29, 2016

After watching The Hateful Eight twice now, once in the 70mm roadshow and another on home video, I feel confident enough to say that it’s not only my least favorite Quentin Tarantino film, but also one of the major cinematic disappointments of 2015. Set a few years after the American Civil War, the film follows […]

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

| March 28, 2016

When time allows, I do enjoy reading, and because I’m a slow reader, I have to be choosey with what I spend my time on.  I first heard about the Hunger Games trilogy through my position as a college instructor when several of my students wanted to use it as the source material for one […]

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Kill Me Again

Kill Me Again

| March 24, 2016

Film noir, as a movie genre, is an acquired taste. Noir is not the most easily accessible movie genre, with its dark undertones and snappy dialogue. Even during the noir heyday of the 1940’s and 1950’s, successes were hit and miss. Yet directors for decades have been inspired to attempt to conquer the noir. The […]

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