Video and DVD

Children of the Corn

Children of the Corn

| October 2, 2017

2017 has been quite the year for legendary horror author Stephen King. Over the summer, King’s very popular Dark Tower series finally got a big screen release. Critical and fan reviews were mixed, at best. In early September, King’s novel IT arrived in theaters to critical acclaim and boffo box office. As of this writing, […]

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The Dead Next Door

The Dead Next Door

| September 26, 2017

For anyone not familiar with the history of J.R. Bookwalter’s insanely ambitious 8mm zombie film The Dead Next Door, it may seem odd that the film is getting a Criterion-level Blu-ray/DVD release the better part of 30 years after it first hit video store shelves. But there are a number of reasons this little film […]

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Flatliners (1990): Steelbook Special Edition

Flatliners (1990): Steelbook Special Edition

| September 24, 2017

With the 2017 remake of Joel Schumacher’s Flatliners (1990) making its way to theaters this coming Friday, I say what better time than now to revisit the original? Mill Creek Entertainment clearly knew folks like me would be thinking that very same thing when they decided to release a Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo […]

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Parable: Four Films by Rolf Forsberg

Parable: Four Films by Rolf Forsberg

| September 24, 2017

Before his death earlier this year at the age of 92, filmmaker Rolf Forsberg participated in the restoration of his most famous work, “Parable” (1964) and participated in interviews about his filmmaking process and philosophy that have since been packaged alongside four of his nowadays all-but-forgotten works on DVD.  This set, Parable: Four Films by […]

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Footnotes

Footnotes

| September 19, 2017

Inspired by the films of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen, Footnotes is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy. Living out of a backpack, Julie spends her days jumping from job to job until she’s finally offered a temporary stockroom position […]

2:22

2:22

| September 19, 2017

Every once in a while a movie comes along that really lights up my imagination and I appreciate the potential of it more than the film itself.  It can be frustrating to see what a movie could do while instead it plays it safe.  Inception comes to mind as one of the coolest concepts for […]

Glory

Glory

| September 17, 2017

When Tzanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), a stuttering, scraggly-bearded railroad linesman discovers millions of dollars on some rural train tracks, he decides to turn the entire amount over to the police.  The authorities, ever grateful, reward him with a televised ceremony and a new wristwatch.  But when the glitzy new watch stops working, Julia Staikova (Margita […]

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

| September 17, 2017

Harold (Thomas Middleditch; Silicon Valley) and George (Kevin Hart; Ride Along) have been best friends since bonding over the hilariously named Uranus in kindergarten.  Doing whatever it takes to survive their soul crushing elementary school, Harold and George play pranks, torment their principal Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms; The Daily Show), and spend hours upon hours […]

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The Lost World (1925)

The Lost World (1925)

| September 13, 2017

Look back on the history of cinematic special effects artists and consider for a moment how many master/protégé working relationships found the protégé moving on to become as important and influential in their respective fields as the men they studied under had been. When I think about those special make-up effects artists who’ve defined the […]

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Erik the Conqueror

Erik the Conqueror

| September 12, 2017

The Blu-ray era has been very kind to the legacy of legendary Italian director Mario Bava. Even in earlier home video formats, Bava’s incredible eye for striking compositions and color palettes has been obvious. But Blu-ray has led to some major restorations of some of his best work, including Arrow Video’s releases of The Girl […]

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