Video and DVD

The Suspicious Death of a Minor

The Suspicious Death of a Minor

| October 6, 2017

By 1975, Italian director Sergio Martino had already made a name for himself in the major exploitation film genres in his home country. In addition to Spaghetti Westerns (Arizona Colt Returns) and sex comedies (Giovanna Long-Thigh), Martino had a hit poliziotteschi (The Violent Professionals) and a number of major gialli under his belt. His first […]

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Night of the Living Dead: 50th Anniversary Blu-ray

Night of the Living Dead: 50th Anniversary Blu-ray

| October 5, 2017

The death of George A. Romero in July 2017 shook the horror community badly. His work inspired countless filmmakers including myself and the impact of his work on the horror genre as a whole is incalculable. Not only did his film Night of the Living Dead (1968) make zombies in general popular—an effect still palpable […]

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Cult of Chucky

Cult of Chucky

| October 4, 2017

The Child’s Play franchise went completely off-the-rails with its fourth installment, 1998’s Bride of Chucky. And that’s saying a lot for a series that’s already predicated on the idea that a killer could put his soul in a doll to keep killing from beyond the grave! A post-Scream horror meta-narrative of absurd proportions, Bride delivered […]

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A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda

| October 2, 2017

For decades, the comedy genre has been unfairly ostracized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. In the early years of the Academy Awards, slapstick comedies were routinely recognized with nominations, as well as wins. The best example would be 1934’s It Happened One Night, which pulled off a rare feat not seen […]

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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 […]