Video and DVD

Hired to Kill

Hired to Kill

| May 17, 2016

“They’re models. They’re mercenaries. They’re Hired to Kill!” If that had been the tagline to this 1990 actioner from prolific director Nico Mastorakis, it would have suited the tone of the picture all too well. Hired to Kill, now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Arrow video, is sleazy, cheesy, and exactly what I look […]

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Deadpool… on Blu-ray!

Deadpool… on Blu-ray!

| May 12, 2016

Chances are I don’t have to sell you on seeing Deadpool (2016), because you probably already saw it. A hell of a lot of people did! And if you didn’t, it’s probably because: 1) You’re between the ages of 13 and 16 and couldn’t get into the theater, 2) You were living in a hole […]

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Return of the Lost Noir Classics: Too Late for Tears & Woman on the Run

Return of the Lost Noir Classics: Too Late for Tears & Woman on the Run

| May 12, 2016

Flicker Alley, a distributor whose consistently impressive output we’ve touted at length here on FilmMonthly, has partnered with the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive to bring two once nearly-lost and now newly-restored film noir classics to home video, each in its own deluxe Blu-ray/DVD combo edition release. The first of […]

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The Boy

The Boy

| May 10, 2016

2016 has been a big year for prosaic horror film titles. The Forest, The Witch, The Other Side of the Door, and The Darkness will all have seen release before half the year is over. Other than The Witch, all of these films are (or in the case of the as yet unreleased The Darkness, […]

Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition

Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition

| May 8, 2016

When Independence Day (1996) hit rental stores, I was 12. All my friends had seen it in the theater and had been raving about it. So I was thrilled! But then, when I finally saw Roland Emmerich’s two-and-a-half-hour alien invasion epic myself, I found it didn’t even come close to the hype. I was decidedly […]

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Scherzo Diabolico

Scherzo Diabolico

| May 6, 2016

Adrián García Bogliano made a big impression on horror fans with his first English-language feature Late Phases, which was also a pretty big departure for the filmmaker in other ways. He didn’t write the screenplay, and the subject matter–a blind veteran taking on a werewolf terrorizing a retirement community–couldn’t have been more different from most […]

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Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records

Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records

| May 1, 2016

After the release of his extremely influential 1991 film Deep Blues, a look at Mississippi blues culture, which was funded by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and involved a collaboration with legendary music writer Robert Palmer, acclaimed music filmmaker Robert Mugge received a phone call. The caller was Bruce Iglauer, founder and president of Alligator Records, the Chicago-based record […]

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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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